ACTIVER SHOOTING SUSPECT SOUGHT IN EL CAJON: 1 DEAD, 2 INJURED

SDSU STUDENT NEEDS HELP FOR INJURIES, LOSS OF VEHICLE DUE TO HELPING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM

IRS EXTENDS TAX FILING DEADLINES FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY SEVERE STORMS

INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO TEACH ONE MILLION SAN DIEGANS HANDS-ONLY CPR

'WE'LL DO IT AGAIN': REPUBLICAN ACTIVISTS BACK FIFTH ATTEMPT TO RECALL GOV. NEWSOM

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN REOPENS TODAY; JPA TO TAKEOVER OPERATIONS

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY I'M AN INDEPENDENT FOR CONGRESS VS. SARA JACOBS AND BILL WELLS

A TSUNAMI OF EVIDENCE: SDPD'S SIX MILLION VIDEOS

CHAIRWOMAN DELIVERS HER SECOND STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

HELP COUNTY SET BUDGET PRIORITIES

LASHAE SHARP-COLLINS TELLS VOTERS ABOUT HER GOALS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR 79TH STATE ASSEMBLY RACE, IN ECM INTERVIEW

ECM HOLDS IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH ALL THREE CANDIDATES RUNNING IN 79TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

ACTIVER SHOOTING SUSPECT SOUGHT IN EL CAJON: 1 DEAD, 2 INJURED

February 29, 2024 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seeks public help to locate Mohammed Abdulkareem, 29, who is considered armed and dangerous. He is the suspect in an active shooter event tonight at the Smile Plus dental office in the 400 block of Magnolia Avenue.

He is described as light-skinned, 20-30 years old,wearing all black clothing. He fled the scene in a white U-haul pickup truck with Arizona license plate  AM 14894, last seen heading north on N. Mollison. If you see him or have any information, please call El Cajonj Police at 619 579-3311 or call 911.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE TO SUPPORT PROPERTY TAX PROPOSAL FOR FLOOD VICTIMS BROUGHT FORTH BY SHANE HARRIS

East County News Service

February 20, 2024 (San Diego) --On Tuesday, San Diego County Supervisors voted unanimously in support of a proposal that Shane Harris, President of the People’s Association of Justice Advocates, brought forth. Harris issued it to county supervisors on January 25th just three days after the San Diego floods that decimated several neighborhoods throughout southeastern San Diego, Southcrest and Barrio Logan as well.

The proposal requested that County Assessor and Supervisors establish a countywide ordinance that would defer the April 10th property tax delinquent deadline for flood victims, which would further support unincorporated areas like Spring Valley. Property taxes are usually due by April 10th before a delinquent notice is issued.

SDSU STUDENT NEEDS HELP FOR INJURIES, LOSS OF VEHICLE DUE TO HELPING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2024 (San Diego) -- A San Diego State University student who intervened to help a victim of domestic violence has suffered injuries including a sprained back and neck, as well as loss of the vehicle he relies on for his livelihood.

COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON LOVELAND TRAILS MARCH 14 IN ALPINE

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2024 (Alpine) -- A community workshop on trail improvements at Loveland Reservoir will be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Alpine Women’s Club (2156 Alpine Blvd) in Alpine from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

State Senator Brian Jones convened the workshop along with the Sweetwater Water Authority to hear from residents concerned about trail erosion and limited public access due to erosion caused by severe winter storms in January of last year.  

HOMELESS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED DAYS LATER AFTER GRABBING PURSE IN WOMAN’S APARTMENT

East County News Service

February 28, 2024 (El Cajon) – Four days after being released from jail, a homeless registered sex offender on parole is behind bars again. Samuel Salas, 36, was arrested Feb. 26 after entering a woman’s apartment on South Magnolia in El Cajon.

IRS EXTENDS TAX FILING DEADLINES FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY SEVERE STORMS

East County News Service

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February 28, 2024 (San Diego) -- The Internal Revenue Service has announced tax relief for individuals and businesses in areas with disaster declarations designated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This includes San Diego County residents and businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that began January 21st

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT SPENDING PLAN

By Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
February 28, 2024 (San Diego) -- The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today on how to spend the final $102 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. 
 
In 2021, the County got $650 million in ARPA funds from the federal government and adopted a framework for spending it. ARPA is a stimulus bill meant to help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social impacts.  

BIG INNING DOOMS SDSU BASEBALL IN LOSS TO UCR

Highlanders erupt for seven runs in second inning

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February 28, 2024 (Riverside) - For the second straight game, San Diego State was undone by the big inning as host UC Riverside scored seven runs in the bottom of the second on Tuesday to fuel a 13-9 victory over the Aztecs at Riverside Sports Complex.

JAEDON LEDEE LEADS AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL TO WIN OVER SAN JOSE STATE

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February 28, 2024 (San Diego) - Behind Jaedon LeDee's eleventh double-double of the season, San Diego State defeated San Jose State 72-64 on Tuesday night. The victory extends the Aztecs' home winning streak to 20 consecutive wins, the second-longest active streak in the country and third longest in program history.

'WE'LL DO IT AGAIN': REPUBLICAN ACTIVISTS BACK FIFTH ATTEMPT TO RECALL GOV. NEWSOM

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Gov. Gavin Newsom.  File photo

February 27, 2024 (San Diego) - A group of conservative activists on Monday launched a fifth effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Rescue California accused Newsom of abandoning the state to “advance his Presidential ambitions,” leaving behind a $68 billion budget deficit and a “public safety, immigration and education crisis.”

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY OF GAMESTOP STORE IN EL CAJON, TWO MORE SUSPECTS SOUGHT

East County News Service

February 27, 2024 (El Cajon) – Two teenage boys were arrested following a robbery at the Game Stop Store, 318 Broadway in El Cajon yesterday. El Cajon Police are still seeking two additional suspects.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN REOPENS TODAY; JPA TO TAKEOVER OPERATIONS

Tomatomania event restored, will take place March 8-9

By Miriam Raftery

Photo,left by Andy Franks:  Lauren Magnuson and Tim  Townsley are all smiles at entry of reopened Water Conservation Garden.

February 27, 2024 (Rancho San Diego, CA) – The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College reopened to the public today, after the Garden’s  Joint Powers Authority agreed to takeover operations from the financially struggling nonprofit group, Friends of the Water Conservation Garden. Following a brief closure,  Interim Executive Director Lauren Magnuson announced that she is “thrilled” that the Garden will be  “in bloom again.”

Hours will be limited initially to Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.  Education programs such as  Ms. Smarty Plants are temporarily paused until the operational transition is completed. 

The popular “Tomatomania” event has been restored and will be held as originally scheduled March 8-9.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY I'M AN INDEPENDENT FOR CONGRESS VS. SARA JACOBS AND BILL WELLS

By Stan Caplan
 
from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association
 
Photo: Stan Caplan holds up a bill he’s proposing for Congress while addressing a Ramona audience. Photo by Ken Stone, Times of San Diego
 
February 25, 2024 (San Diego) -- In a political landscape marked by extremes, I find myself standing as a beacon of reason and compromise. I ran as the endorsed Republican candidate against Sara Jacobs in the last midterm election, but today I proudly represent the people as an Independent/No Party Preference (NPP) candidate in California’s 51st Congressional District.
 
My decision to step away from the Republican Party is rooted in a deep sense of disillusionment felt by voters who have grown tired of politicians prioritizing self-interest over the needs of the people.

A TSUNAMI OF EVIDENCE: SDPD'S SIX MILLION VIDEOS

Body-Worn Cameras Ten Years after Ferguson
 
By JW August, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association
 
Photos Courtesy San Diego Police Department. Warning: Photos contain graphic violent content.
 
February 25, 2024 (San Diego) -- Ten years ago, angry widespread protests erupted after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Called the Ferguson uprising, Brown’s death and the aftermath of unrest and anger brought immediate attention to law enforcement methods in Ferguson and in time was seen as an indictment of policing in the country and here in San Diego1.

HELP COUNTY SET BUDGET PRIORITIES

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
February 25, 2024 (San Diego) -- It is not released until May, but the County is already working on the budget for the next fiscal year. And thinking about what to prioritize in a volatile economy.  
 
That’s where you come in. The County wants your help.  
 
You’re invited to fill out a survey on Engage San Diego County to tell us which services are most important to you. Your responses will be considered in balance with other critical factors to set budget priorities for this and future budget cycles.

CHAIRWOMAN DELIVERS HER SECOND STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by José Eli Villanueva: Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas delivers the 2024 State of the County Address at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista
 
February 25, 2024 (Chula Vista) -- County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas gave her second State of the County address during an evening presentation Wednesday, Feb. 21.

WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR CREEK IN SANTEE IDENTIFIED AS FAITH ANGLE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Forensic artist PJ Puterbaugh created this sketch that helped to identify the deceased woman. 

 

February 25, 2024 (Santee) -- A citizen’s tip helped the County Medical Examiner’s Office identify a woman who died in the Jan. 22 storm. The body of Faith Angle, 46, was found in brush along Forester Creek in Santee.

ECM HOLDS IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH ALL THREE CANDIDATES RUNNING IN 79TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, top left to lower right:  Dr. LaShea Sharp-Collins, Mayor Racquel Vasquez, and Councilman Colin Parent.

February 25, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) – ECM reporter Jessyka Heredia has done in-depth interviews with all three candidates running in the 79th Assembly District.

All three are Democrats, and each has substantial public service experience.  LaShae Sharp-Collins, PhD, the party’s endorsed choice, is  the County Office of Education’s community engagement specialist, an adjunct professor at SDSU, and former district director for Assemblymember Shirley Weber, PhD.  Racquel Vasquez is Mayor of Lemon Grove and previously served on the city council and planning commission.  Colin Parent is a La Mesa Assemblyman and former director of external affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as past director of policy at the San Diego Housing Commission.

Each has many accomplishments and goals, which they highlight in our exclusive interviews. Vasquez and Parent tout their successful tract records of bringing new housing to their cities, while Sharp-Collins emphasized her expertise in education issues.. All spoke of their approaches to the state’s top issues including housing, homelessness, healthcare and education, as well as commenting on how the state might help the 79th Assembly district prevent future flooding.

Each candidate has faced controversy at times. Parent, who serves as general counsel for Circulate San Diego, has helped raise funds from developers for that nonprofit organization and has drawn criticism for supporting developer/donor interests on the City Council. Vaquez has drawn complaints from some residents over the city’s flood response and  storm drain issues . Sharp-Collins raised controversy, according to the Daily Aztec for a slave persona assignment.

Below are links to our exclusive interviews with each candidate for the March 5 primary election, listed in alphabetical order:

Colin Parent

LaShea Sharp-Collins

Racquel Vasquez

LASHAE SHARP-COLLINS TELLS VOTERS ABOUT HER GOALS AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR 79TH STATE ASSEMBLY RACE, IN ECM INTERVIEW

By Jessyka Heredia

Watch full interview here

February 25, 2024 (East County) –East County Magazine spoke with Dr. LaShae Sharp-Collins about her campaign for the 79th State Assembly seat. She is currently the County Office of Education’s community engagement specialist and an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, as well as one of three candidate--all Democrats, vying for the Assembly seat being vacated by Dr. Akilah Weber, who is running for State Senate and has endorsed Sharp-Collins..

Before we got to questions, Sharp-Collins wanted to let our readers know that her website has real time information and resources for flood victims. Sharp-Collins family has also been impacted and she says she knows the struggles residents are going through. 

We then asked about her goals and accomplishments, as well as issues that matter to district 79.

MAYOR RACQUEL VASQUEZ TALKS TO ECM ABOUT CAMPAIGNING FOR THE 79TH STATE ASSEMBLY RACE

By Jessyka Heredia

Watch full interview 

February 25, 2023 (East County) – Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez is running for the 79th State Assembly seat--one of three candidates, all Democrats, vying for the open seat.

ECM interviewed her to find out what her views are on the issues that matter most and what she plans to do in Sacramento if elected. 

Vasquez is no stranger to running for office. She has served for neraly two decades, including on the Lemon Grove Planning Commission and City Council before becoming Mayor. Vasquez says she has a passion for public service.

COLIN PARENT TALKS TO ECM ABOUT HIS RUN FOR THE 79TH DISTRICT STATE ASSEMBLY SEAT

 

By Jessyka Heredia


Watch full interview here 

February 25, 2024 (East County) – La Mesa Councilmember Colin Parent is one of three candidates running for the 79th State Assembly seat that represents areas as far west as parts of North Park and as far east as El Cajon. ECM met up with Parent to discuss his qualifications and goals if elected. 

Parent grew up in East County and has served as a Councilmember in La Mesa since 2016, so he is no stranger to the district’s history and needs. This race has three candidates, all Democrats, vying for this seat currently held by Dr. Akilah Weber, who is now running for State Senate.  

39 VOTE CENTERS OPEN FOR MARCH PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
Photo: Registrar of Voters employee demonstrates use of ballot marking device
 
February 25, 2024 (San Diego) -- You don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote in person. Voters can take advantage of early voting at 39 vote centers. The centers are located around the county and will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MIGRANT CENTER CLOSES DESPITE SURGE IN IMMIGRANTS; DROP-OFFS AT TRANSIT STATIONS RESUMES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner KGTV 10 News.

February 25, 2024 (San Diego) – Bipartisan calls for federal help are escalating after closure of a local migrant welcoming center due to lack of funds amid an unprecedented surge in migrants from around the world.

The migrant center run by SBCS (formerly known as South Bay Community Center) closed its doors Thursday night.  Kathie Lembo, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, stated,  “As the number of migrants arriving at the center has increased significantly over the last few weeks, our finite resources have been stretched to the limit.”

San Diego County had allocated $6 million to fund the welcome center as an alternative to Border Patrol dropping off massive numbers of migrants at transit centers. The welcome center had provided temporary shelter, food, Wifi connections, and travel information for the vast majority of migrants seeking to rejoin family members elsewhere in the United States. The funds were expected to last until March.

But with more than 100,000 migrants arriving in our region since September, the center ran out of funds.  Now Border Patrol, which lacks sufficient facilities to detain migrants, is once again dropping many of them off at transit centers to fend for themselves, or accept help from volunteers.

AZTEC SOFTBALL FALLS TO OKLAHOMA

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February 24, 2024 (Cathedral City, Calif.) - The San Diego State softball team dropped a 7-0 decision to three-time defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Oklahoma in its final game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Saturday in Cathedral City, California. The Aztecs (8-6) finished 3-1 for the tournament with wins over previously unbeaten No. 11/13 Missouri and Nebraska.

FAMILY OF TODDLER CRITICALLY INJURED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN EL CAJON NEEDS HELP TO PAY MEDICAL BILLS

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2024 (El Cajon) – The family of Akeel Robinson, a 17-month-old toddler critically injured by flying concrete in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver Jan. 28 in El Cajon have launched a GoFundMe drive to help pay medical expenses. The boy remains hospitalized with serious head and neck injuries.Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-expenses-for-baby-akeel?utm_campaign=...

Akeel’s father, Anthony Robinson, was stopped at a traffic light in El Cajon with his three children in the family’s SUV, including Akeel, who was asleep in a car seat. Then a woman driving  a pickup truck the wrong-way on I-8 crashed into a concrete guardrail and plunged off the overpass.  It struck a wall below and burst into flames next to Robinson’s SUV. The wrong-way driver, Katy Frausto Aguilar, died at the scene.

Robinson was able to help his two older children out of the vehicle, but Akeel was slumped over, his head bleeding. He was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery for a fractured skull. To reduce brain swelling, he was put into a medically induced coma with part of his skull temporarily removed.

Ashleigh Jarrell, a cousin of Akeel’s mother, Kayte Blocker, has organized the GoFundMe page as the family’s medical bills mount.

DONATE TO ILLUMINATE: HOW YOUR EYEGLASSES CAN LIGHT UP LIVES

East County News Service

 

February 23, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Lions Club is always actively collecting gently used reusable eyeglasses for the Lions Club International Recycle for Sight Program.

 

Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions of people living in low and middle-income areas lack access to basic eye care services. The Lions Club recognizes the urgent need for corrective lenses and collects usable eyeglasses in their communities. The lack of eyeglasses denies children and adults opportunities for education, employment, and a better quality of life. 

 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING WITH CHILD IN STROLLER

East County News Service
 
February 23, 2024 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police arrested a young mother on February 1st  for allegedly stealing merchandise from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Parkway and removing anti-theft sensors—all while pushing her young child around the store in a stroller.

SBA OPENS BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER TO HELP BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS IMPACTED BY SEVERE STORM AND FLOODING

February 23, 2024 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Small Business Administration will open an SBA Business Recovery Center in National City on Monday, Feb. 26, to provide a wide range of services to businesses countywide impacted by the severe storm and flooding that occurred Jan. 21 - 23.

No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge. The Business Recovery Center will be located at :

Southwestern College, Higher Education Center National City

First Floor, Room 7100 - Center for Business Advancement

880 National City Blvd., National City, CA  91950

It will be open starting Monday, Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. and thereafter Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m.

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