July 2017 Articles

CONSERVE DURING ECLIPSE AUGUST 21, STATE POWER REGULATORS ASK PUBLIC

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Monday, August 21st, a total solar eclipse will pass over the Pacific Northwest affecting California’s solar resources that supply power to the grid. The eclipse is expected to occur from 9:02 a.m. to 11:54 a.m., with the moon obscuring 58 to 76 percent of solar rays, depending on the resource location, and causing a loss of 4,194 megawatts of California large scale solar electricity.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: BRING YOUR DOG TO THESE RAMONA WINERIES AUGUST 5-6

 

East County News Service

August 1, 2017 (Ramona) – The Ramona Valley Vineyards Association presents the Dog Days of Summer. You’re invited to bring your dog to 10 participating wineries on August 5 or 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. to get a treat for your furry friends and maybe even win prizes.

For a list of participating wineries, see http://www.ramonavalleyvineyards.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/dog_days....

Some wineries are also offering specials for both owners and dogs. At Vineyard Grant James, for instance, you’ll receive 50% off all glasses of wine or sangria, plus goodie bags and popsicles for your furry friends.  There will also be contests for best tail wagger, best kisser, best bark, best trick, and a grand prize for best dressed.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER REVEALS 2017 SCHEDULE

 

Aztecs to play 10 home games in program’s 50th anniversary season

Source:  goaztecs.com

July 31, 2017 (San Diego) - Celebrating the program’s 50th year of competition, San Diego State men’s soccer head coach Lev Kirshner unveiled the Aztecs’ highly anticipated 2017 schedule on Monday. The challenging slate features 10 matches at SDSU Sports Deck, along with seven dates against opponents that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.

SDSU T&F ALUM ALLISON REASER PLACES SECOND IN THORPE CUP

 

Reaser was making her third Thorpe Cup appearance

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

July 30, 2017 (Dusseldorf, Germany) - San Diego State track and field alum and heptathlete Allison Reaser placed second in the Thorpe Cup this weekend, helping Team USA win the annual competition between the United States and Germany.

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE ELEPHANTS OF AUGUST

 

By Jack and Helen Ofield, https://www.newpacificproductions.com

July 31, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Once upon a time in America, the circus came to town with the elephants everyone loved. Those midsummer days are gone. After 146 years as a circus -- older than baseball and Coca-Cola -- Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus closed this year after retiring its five huge stars in 2016 to join 27 others at the Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. The oldest is 70; the youngest, three; many were born in captivity. Ringling spends about $65,000 a year on each elephant. No such luck in the smaller circuses still roaming the country. No such luck for those still in "the wild," where poaching, disease and deforestation spell death for the endangered elephant.

CHIEF’S CORNER: HOW TO KEEP COOL AND DRY IN HOT, HUMID WEATHER

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 31, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - I don’t know about you, but people seem to be more grumpy and impatient when temperatures heat up and even more so when the humidity increases. The next few days may be a little tough with hot humid weather coming in.  First and foremost - Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty, to stay cool in hot weather. Then follow these safety tips:

LAKESIDE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP MEETING AUG. 2 INCLUDES WIRELESS FACILITY HEARING AND MORE

 

East County News Service

July 30, 2017 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Community Planning Group meets Wednesday, August 2nd with an open house from 6:00 to 6:30 including public viewing of available project plans.  An earlier Trails Subcommittee meets from 6:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the Planning Group meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The agenda includes a public hearing on a proposed 35-foot-high AT&T wireless facility at Buena Vida and Muth Valley roads disguised as a water tank, a major use permit to expand an assisted living facility on Willow Road, a tentative parcel map approval at West Hills Road and West Hills Terrace, and approval of new Planning Group appointees, as well as subcommittee reports and more.  For full agenda, scroll down.

ECM PADRES REPORT: MCCUTCHEN GETS HOME RUN HAT TRICK AS PADRES CAN'T GET SWEEP OF BUCCOS

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs in a four-home run game for Pittsburgh.  Via @Pirates on Twitter

July 30, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres looked phenomenal in last night's win over the Bucs and that allowed them to win the series.  They'd go for the sweep today with Pirates ace Gerrit Cole on the mound against Clayton Richard.

THUNDERSTORMS AND HIGH HEAT FORECAST FOR THIS WEEK

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 30, 2017 (San Diego) – San Diego County will experience monsoonal moisture starting Monday through at least Friday, with high heat, afternoon and evening thunderstorms and rain possible each day, especially over the mountains and deserts, though dangerous conditions are also forecast along the coast.

JULIAN ARTS GUILD FALL ART SHOW SEPT. 2-4

 

East County News Service

July 30, 2017 (Julian) - Julian Arts Guild will hold its Fall Art Show on September 2, 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Julian Town Hall (2129 Main Street, Julian).

This is a free event showcasing the works of talented Julian artists. Artworks displayed will include weaving, ceramics, gourd painting, drawing and mixed media.

TRUMP CALL FOR VIOLENCE BY POLICE DRAWS CONDEMNATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot, the Washington Post

July 30, 2017 (San Diego) -- Law enforcement leaders across the nation are denouncing remarks made by President Donald Trump that critics say encourages police brutality. View video of Trump’s remarks.

Here is what President Trump said while speaking to law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in New York:

GLORIA CHADWICK SUSPENDS CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Gloria Chadwick announced on her Facebook page that she is suspending her candidacy in the 50th Congressional district and will instead seek reelection to her current position on the Grossmont Healthcare District Years, where she has served for many years.

ECM PADRES REPORT: OFFENSE COMES UP BIG IN SERIES WIN AGAINST BUCS

 

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Photo:  Another impressive outing for Dinelson Lamet; six innings, two hits, two runs, two walks and seven strikeouts.  Via @Padres on Twitter

July 29, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres put in a lot of effort last night and are feeling pretty good about themselves (as they should) after a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Pirates.  Now it was time for game two.  Ivan Nova started on the hill for Pittsburgh against Dinelson Lamet.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES PUT IN WORK FOR COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN AGAINST BUCS

 

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Photo:  Travis Wood had a decent Friars debut:  six innings, two hits, two runs, one walk and seven strikeouts.  Via @Padres on Twitter

July 28, 2017 (San Diego) - After a successful home series against the Mets, in which they split two games apiece, the Padres welcomed another member of the Eastern National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the weekend.  Chad Kuhl started on the mound for Pittsburgh against the Padres’ newest acquisition from the Royals, Travis Wood.

AUGUST BRINGS ANNUAL CLOSURES AT SEVERAL COUNTY PARKS

 

Six San Diego County parks will be closed in August due to extreme heat. The closures take place most years as a safety precaution, while providing Department of Parks and Recreation staff with an opportunity to conduct maintenance such as trail restoration.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE BRAIN HEALTH MEETING ON AUGUST 23

 

East County News Service

 

July 28, 2017 (La Mesa) – More than 60,000 people in San Diego County reportedly suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Another 150,000 people love and care for them. What are the risk factors for dementia and lifestyle factors associated with good brain health? What is the latest research telling us? Are there new daily habits that can improve brain health?

ABUSED DOG DUMPED IN SANTEE, ORANGE DODGE CHARGER SEEN LEAVING SCENE FRIDAY

 

Authorities ask public help to find abuser who bound dog’s snout

East County News Service

July 28, 2017 (Santee) -- An abused 3-month-old terrier is now recovering at County Animal Services after being found abandoned late Wednesday night outside a Santee fast food restaurant. A witness reported seeing an orange Dodge Charger stop, pause, then pull away. The puppy ran from the spot where the Dodge had been, then hid beneath another vehicle.

CALTRANS RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS RAISED ON STATE ROUTE 94 IMPROVEMENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Jamul) – Earlier this month, we covered concerns raised by Jamul community members and Supervisor Dianne Jacob over highway safety concerns on State Route 94 since the Hollywood Jamul-San Diego Casino opened and on delays in improvements planned on State Route 94.

In response to our inquiry, we received a statement issued by Caltrans, as well as additional remarks from Caltrans public information office Cathryne Bruce-Johnson.

Below is the statement:

YAT'S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL REVIEW - JULY 20-30

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews,com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

July 28, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Beat the heat this summer by introducing or reintroducing your kids and or yourself to youth theatre. You have several choices over the next few weeks and you will probably surprise yourself how much you enjoy the show and at the very least, you will cool off for a couple of hours.

POMERADO BRASS QUINTET PERFORMS FREE CONCERT JULY 30 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

July 28, 2017 (San Diego) — The Pomerado Brass Quintet will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 in the visitor center at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Based in San Diego, California, the Pomerado Brass Quintet was formed in the summer of 2005 as a spin-off from the Pomerado Community Band.  The Pomerado Brass Quintet performs a wide variety of music from classical, marches, jazz, ragtime, Dixieland, and selections from Broadway musicals.

THREE REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING MCCAIN, JOIN DEMOCRATS TO KILL LATEST SENATE PLAN TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – John McCain, an 80-year-old war hero and former prisoner of war who recently underwent brain cancer surgery, has had more than his share of serious health conditions in his lifetime. 

Late last night, the Arizona maverick cast the deciding vote to kill the Senate’s latest and likely final effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act—standing up and giving a visual thumbs down to the so-called “skinny repeal” bill with no replacement plan. 

SENATE COMMITTEE STANDS UP FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS

 

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations votes on Leahy Amendment

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The amendment prohibits the use of Federal funds to interfere with medical cannabis patients and programs that are in compliance with state medical cannabis laws.  

SPRING VALLEY COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP SENDS LETTER TO COUNTY, LEAVES SEATS VACANT IN MEETING

 

By Kendra Sitton

Photo: Owners of empty lot at 1056 Leland look on as Member Elizabeth Lavertu presents their site plan to the board.

July 28, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- On Tuesday., July 25th, the Spring Valley Community Planning Group’s meeting had several heated debates and almost no actionable items as two proposed duplexes were not voted on, a new Navy program was not endorsed, and the two empty seats remained vacant. The group did agree to send a letter to Richard Crompton about a .7 mile of Jamacha Rd. not being improved without revision. Despite the seeming passivity of the minutes, vigorous discussion ensued about each item on the agenda.

JULIAN-CUYAMCA FIRE DISTRICT RESIDENTS TO HEAR DISSOLUTION PROPOSAL FROM COUNTY JULY 27

Country threatens to take away all funds and a fire/paramedic engine if district board refuses County’s offer

East County News Service

July 27, 2017 (Julian) -- On Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 pm, at the Julian Fire Station (3407 Highway 79 in Julian), the San Diego County Fire Authority will make its final presentation to try to convince the community to dissolve its volunteer fire department and be accepted under the Fire Authority. 

The meeting will begin with a professional video mad for  the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD),  followed by a Powerpoint presentation by County Fire Chief Tony Mecham. The audience will be able to ask questions and express concerns.

The County is proposing that, at a cost of $1.5 million, it will provide a staff of three professional firefighters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if the JCFPD refuses the offer, the County will withdraw all financial support that it has been giving for 30 years, including a paramedic/engine placed at CalFire almost 2 years ago.

NATIIONAL “NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME” AUGUST 1

 

East County News Service

July 27, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - National Night Out Against Crime© is on Tuesday, August 1st. The Sheriff’s Department is inviting the public to a dozen different events all over the county, including East County events in Alpine, Lemon Grove, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, and Santee. 

Night Out Against Crime© is a celebration of community relationships. Meet deputies who patrol your neighborhoods, learn about the many services the Sheriff’s Department provides, get crime prevention tips, giveaways at some locations, and other ways you can stay safe. Activities vary by location. 

Below are details on each location:

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO DELETE EMAILS AFTER A YEAR, IGNORES RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

 

Source: Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego

July 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday evening, the San Diego Unified School Board unanimously adopted a policy to delete all emails from district servers after one year despite a recommendation from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to retain them for two years as other large California school districts do. San Diego SPJ spoke at the meeting, raising concern with this and the fact that district employees will be charged with deciding which emails are public records.

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