May 2016 Articles

GATE FIRE NOW 300-400 ACRES: EVACUATIONS ORDERED

 

Update 5:55 p.m.:  The Gate Fire is 800 acres and is now 10% contained.  Road closures remain in effect on Highway 94 from Honey Springs Rd. to State Route 188, and on Otay Lakes Road.

Update 4:50 p.m.:   Fire is now 500 acres and still only 5% contained. A Chula Vista policeman directing traffic was struck by a vehicle and has been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Update 3:20 p.m. :  The Gate Fire is now 425 acres and 5% contained, per Cal Fire. 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo left, by Dan Cassidy

May 20, 2017 (Jamul/Otay) – The Gate Fire has scorched 300 to 400 acres,  according to Cal-Fire.  Thus far no structures have been damaged.  The fire is burning  near Highway 94 and Otay Lakes Road, toward the Rancho Jamul Reserve with winds at 10-15 miles per hour.  The fire is zero percent contained and still spreading rapidly. 

HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES ANIMALS IN DISTRESS,PROVIDES RESOURCES AND HELP TO PET OWNERS IN BORDER FIRE

 

Source: San Diego Humane Society

June 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --As the #BorderFire continues to grow in East County, many people have been forced to evacuate, uncertain of options for their pets. San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Officers and Animal Rescue Reserve volunteer team have important information for pet owners in need of assistance.

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK MALLOY, DEMOCRAT CHALLENGING HUNTER

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 24,2016 (San Diego) – Patrick Malloy is the endorsed Democratic candidate challenging  Congressman Duncan D. Hunter in the 50th Congressional District.  A realtor running on a platform of “reigniting the American Dream,” he sat down for an exclusive, in-depth interview with the East County Magazine Show originally aired on KNSJ Radio. 

You can hear the full interview by clicking the blue buttons at the bottom of our story for part 1 and part 2 (sound files may take a few moments to load.)  You can also scroll down to read highlights of his proposals for creating jobs in the district and rebuilding the middle class and helping small businesses, as well as his views on the Middle East, refugees, immigration and other hot topics.

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THREE FLOUR BRANDS RECALLED BY GENERAL MILLS

 

Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens all recall flour products due to possible E. Coli contamination

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Minneapolis) - General Mills and health officials are investigating a possible E. Coli O121 outbreak in three General Mills flour brands.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

June 2, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

General news

Presidential primary

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

LAVENDER DAY, ANTIQUE AND CRAFT FAIR JUNE 11 IN FLINN SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Flinn Springs) - Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs invites you to experience Lavender Day along with an antique and crafts fair on Saturday, June 11th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BRING YOUR PARTNER! JULIAN DANCE AND BACK COUNTRY BARBECUE JUNE 11

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Julian) – You’re invited to grab your partner and mosey on up to Julian for the annual Julian Dance and Back Country Barbecue on Saturday, June 11th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

BUNGLING BURGLARS IN LEMON GROVE’S “HISTORY ALIVE” SERIES JUNE 2

 

By Helen Ofield

May 31, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The "History Alive" lecture series concludes on June 2 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, with a hilarious look back at Lemon Grove's criminal element, 1955 - 1964.

LOCAL VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES TO EMBARK ON INCREDIBLE JOURNEY WITH HELP FROM NO BARRIERS WARRIORS AND WELLS FARGO

 

Southern California servicemen join Warriors to Summits team to overcome personal barriers and traverse the Wind River Range in WY this summer

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (San Diego) - Local residents Christopher Laha, a Marine Corps veteran and Johnny Walker, an Army veteran, will join 11 other servicemen and women with various disabilities for a challenging week-long trek across the Wind River Range in Wyoming this June 11 – 17.

LARGE CROWD PROTESTS TRUMP IN SAN DIEGO; 35 ARRESTS INCLUDE CITY ATTORNEY CANDIDATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photos: Left:  Trump in San Diego by Shor Masori, courtesy of San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Association. Right: Police in riot gear, courtesy of Nadin Abbott,Reporting San Diego.  Cover:  Protesters, by Nadin Abbott.

May 28, 2016 (San Diego) –Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of several thousand people at the San Diego Convention Center yesterday, while a crowd estimated  by police at at least 1,000 people  protested outside. The protesters included representatives from labor, the Democratic Party, Mexican Americans, Muslims, women’s rights advocates and an array of progressive groups who urged that voters oppose Trump's divisive politics.

Trump sounded his familiar themes denouncing illegal immigration and calling for a wall, slammed trade deficits with Mexico, China and other nations, said he would eliminate Common Core in education, inexplicably claimed California has no drought, called media “bloodsuckers” and bashed Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an Obama appointee set to hear a civil fraud trail in San Diego after the election over the now defunct Trump University.  

 “I love you San Diego—get out and vote,” he concluded. (View video of Trump speech on CSPAN.)  

HELIX STUDENTS HELP SAVE SEA BASS

 

Source: Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute

Photo: California Dept. of Fish and Game

May 31, 2016 (La Mesa) — Students from Helix Charter High School in La Mesa will release tagged juvenile white sea bass into local waters off Crown Point tomorrow to restore healthy population levels as a participants in Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s “Sea Bass in the Classroom” (SITC), STEM education program.

OBAMA MAKES A HISTORIC TRIP

 

“We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.” - President Barack Obama

By Chisato Iversen

On Friday, May 27th,  President Barack Obama made a historic trip to Hiroshima, Japan. Obama became the first president to visit Hiroshima , site of the atomic bombing 71 years ago.

Obama neither apologized nor had he blamed the Japanese for the attack on Pearl Harbor. He simply came to mourn the loss of the victims.

TECH COMPANIES TO CRACK DOWN ON HATE SPEECH

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2016 (San Diego) – A lawsuit filed against Twitter, Facebook and Google by a Jewish youth group in France in April has resulted in major social media and Internet companies pledging to remove hate speech in 24 hours or less after a complaint is filed.  The firms named in the suit, along with Microsoft, issued the promise in a joint statement with the European Commission today, Bloomberg News reports.

SANDERS THRILLS FANS AT WARRIORS GAME

 

East County Magazine

Photo: Twitter

 May 30, 2016 (Oakland) – After several campaign stops including addressing a crowd of 60,000 people in Oakland, Senator Bernie Sanders took time out to enjoy a Warriors game along with actor/activist Danny Glover at Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors are playing Game 7 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The winner will go on to play for the NBA Championship.

TRUMP BACKS OFF DEBATING SANDERS, PROMPTS #CHICKENTRUMP MOCKERY ON TWITTER

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- After Hillary Clinton backed out of debating Bernie Sanders in California,  late night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel asked Donald Trump if he would debate Sanders.  Trump said he would – provided $10 million could be raised for a charity.

TEEN DIES OF STABBING INJURIES

 

Authorities seek public help to locate his killer, an unidentified Hispanic man

May 30, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Jeffrey Quirino, 17, died this morning at a hospital of stabbing injuries suffered May 23rd in Spring Valley.  Family and friends held a candlelight vigil in his memory last night in Spring Valley.

COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION TAKES STAND IN ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL ISSUES

 

“Save Alpine High” GoFundMe site launched to pay for legal appeal

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2016 (Alpine) — The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is speaking out against the Grossmont Union-High School District for failing to honor the intent of voters who supported Proposition U.  The group’s new leader, Haney Hong, has also sharply criticized the GUHSD for spending taxpayer money on legal action while refusing to fund construction of an Alpine high school.

VACANCY ON LAKESIDE PLANNING BOARD: JUNE 1 DEADLINE TO APPLY

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Community Planning Group has a vacancy.  Applications are due June 1st at 6:30 p.m.  Qualified applicants may submit an application at the June 1st LCPG meeting at the Lakeside Community Center (9841 Vine St., Lakeside).

YEAR-LONG CONSTRUCTION STARTS THURSDAY ON STATE ROUTE 67 AT HIGHLAND VALLEY AND DYE ROAD INTERSECTION

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (Ramona) -- Travelers on State Route 67 in the community of Ramona are alerted that construction activities will begin Thursday at the intersection at Dye and Highland Valley roads, according to Caltrans.  Crews will begin placing construction signs and marking underground utilities.

ASK AN AUTHOR – BOOK COVERS AND WRITING PARTNERS

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

Writing duo Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke are dropping by to talk book covers, chick lit and favorite spots in San Diego. Although Steinke currently resides in Chicago both authors are San Diego natives. The writers have been best friends for decades and have some advice for people thinking of writing with someone else. Their published works include The Year We Turned Forty, The Status of All Things, and Your Perfect Life.

They say, "Don't judge a book by its cover" but with today's market, how important are book covers to overall exposure and success, and by extension, does the same theory also apply to e-books as well? - Sahar Abdulaziz, author of Secrets That Find Us

PADS TAKE EARLY LEAD, BUT SEATTLE RALLIES BACK TO TAKE GAME ONE

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo courtesy @Mariners on Twitter

 

May 30, 2016 (Seattle) - On this Memorial Day, the Padres traveled to Seattle, the land of Starbucks and where rain is the dominant weather pattern, to face the Mariners in a split four-game home-and-home series.  Andrew Cashner started on the mound for San Diego against Nathan Karns for Seattle.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FINDS MISTAKE DURING GAY CHORUS PERFORMANCE WAS HUMAN ERROR

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (San Diego) - Score one for the Padres. Major League Baseball has completed its investigation and concluded that human error, not any intentional action, was responsible for the mix-up during the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus appearance at a recent Padres game.

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED BY WOMEN SECRETLY FILMED DURING BIRTHS AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

Videos were reportedly seen by a male security guard and an attorney

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sharp Healthcare alleging that videos taken during surgeries at Sharp Grossmont Surgery violated women’s privacy, including women filmed during childbirth as part of the hospital’s effort to catch a doctor suspected of stealing anesthesia drugs,  Courthouse News reports.

FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

EAST COUNTY MAYORS AT EAST COUNTY CHAMBER BREAKFAST AT COTTONWOOD

 

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: (from left to right) Grossmont Healthcare District board member Rancy Lenac and City of El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells

 

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, June 3, at Cottonwood Golf Club, 3121 Willow Glen Dr., El Cajon. It’s the Chamber’s annual breakfast featuring elected officials providing updates on East County cities. Confirmed speakers at press time include the mayors of El Cajon, Lemon Grove and Santee.

HOW OUR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS ARE TAKING ACTION FOR MILITARY FAMILIES AND VETERANS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- Today is an appropriate time to talk about our military members, their families and veterans – and what our local members of Congress are doing to help them and to impact our men and women in uniform.

COUNTY PARKS AND REC'S CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD HAS VACANCY

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- County Service Area 26 Citizen Advisory Board is looking for members. This organization advises the County Department of Parks and Recreation about care, operations and maintenance, and the budget for same, of the parks in its jurisdiction, from Lonnie Brewer Park (next to Kaiser on Avocado BL) to Woodhaven Park in Cottonwood.

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