May 2017 Articles

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 2 – JULY 4

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes Fly Day at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, the In-Ko-Pah outdoor overnight concert at Jacumba’s Desert View Tower, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, and Family Day at the Van Ommering Dairy in Lakeside.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Lavender Day at Summers Past Farms, the Julian Dance, Fido Fest in Santee, summer concerts in La Mesa and Santee, a Taste of La Mesa, night fishing at Santee Lakes, Julian Blues Festival, a Father’s Day brunch with Cowboy Jack, a Father’s Day adventure at Fort Cross, the Secret Life of Pets showing at Santee Lakes, Julian’s 4th of July Parade, plus Independence Day events with fireworks in Santee and El Cajon.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

TRUMP WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD DRAWS CONDEMNATION FROM WORLD LEADERS; WEST COAST STATES FORM THEIR OWN ALLIANCE TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: NASA satellite:  Arctic ice reached an all-time record low in March, due to record temperatures.

June 2, 2017 (San Diego)—President Donald Trump’s announcement yesterday to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord  means the U.S. joins Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as the only other world leader who does not believe climate change is a serious threat to the planet.   Every nation on earth signed the Paris agreement calling for aggressive action to combat climate change, except for Syria and Nicaragua, but Nicaragua wanted even stronger actions to protect planet Earth.

ZAPATEADOS: DANCES OF MEXICO IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

Shows held June 23, July 28 and August 25

June 1, 2017 (Lemon Grove)—Muevete Dance Studio in Lemon Grove (3338 Main St.) presents  a Zapateados “fundraiser” on the fourth Friday each month from June through August. These events showcase dance styles from various regions in Mexico,  showcasing talented dancers from Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan.  All shows are free, starting at 7 pm.

DANCE WITH YOUR DARLING BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON: JULIAN DANCE JUNE 10

 

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2017 (Julian) --Sons of the American Legion will present the 11th annual Julian Dance on June 10th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The backcountry dance and barbecue features music by Three Chord Justice and the California Rangers, a large dance floor, plus dinner slow-cooked Santa Maria style over open oak-wood flames. 

This event is described as a “throwback to a simpler time with twinkly lights and bonfires backdropped by dark mountain skies,” a time for mountain residents and visitors to get together for a great time.

HUNTER AND VARGAS ASK EPA AND STATE DEPT. FOR HELP TO STOP MEXICAN SEWAGE SPILLS NEAR BORDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

After Hunter and Vargas sent letters, a new spill pumped more sewage into Tijuana River Valley at start of Memorial Day weekend

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) — Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine)  sent a letter May 9th to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and to Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, asking them to take action in the wake of a major sewage spill into the Tijuana River Valley in the U.S. from Mexico earlier this year.   Hunter cites concerns not only for environmental and public health, but also negative impacts felt by U.S. Border Patrol agents and Navy Seal teams performing responsibilities in the area daily.

LOCAL MOTHER FINDS A WAY TO GIVE BACK TO ANIMALS IN NEED

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Amie Brenner knew she needed to do more to help animals in need.  After volunteering at the Helen Woodward Animal Center for over a year, and having two rescue animals of her own, she decided to start a company designing and selling rescue themed phone cases.  Her company, PhoneCasesToTheRescue, donates 15% back to the rescues and shelters and has already seen the positive impact the proceeds have made, which is her entire goal. 

ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO BOOST TIPS FOR UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2017 (Sacramento) – If you’re hailing a ride through a service such as Uber or Lyft, you may soon have an option to add a tip onto your credit card charge. A measure requiring ride-serving aps that take credit card payments to offer an option to add a tip passed the Assembly today by a 41-22 vote.  The measure, Assembly Bill 1099, was authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego).

ASSEMBLY APPROVES LORENA GONZALEZ-FLETCHER BILL REQUIRING LEAD TESTING FOR SCHOOL WATER

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2017 (Sacramento) - California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won approval by the Assembly for her legislation that will require school districts to test for lead contamination in their water supplies, and to notify parents if any lead is discovered. Assembly Bill 746 was approved on a vote of 68-0.

CHP SEEKS WITNESSES TO FIND TWO HIT AND RUN DRIVERS WHO STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON I-8 IN LAKESIDE EARLY MONDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2017 (Lakeside) – California Highway Patrol’s El Cajon office is seeking witnesses to help find two drivers who fled the scene after striking and seriously injuring a 29-year-old woman who was standing in traffic lanes.

TWO AZTEC ROWERS NAMED CRCA NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

 

SDSU’s Emaleigh White and Nadirah Jamaludin awarded for academic performances

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) - The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced the list of CRCA National Scholar Athletes for the 2017 season, naming rowing’s Emaleigh White and Nadirah Jamaludin as award recipients. Both student-athletes are first-time recipients of the award.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES SWEEP DEFENDING WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Franchy Cordero scored the winning run in the eighth to sweep the Cubs.  Via @Padres on Twitter

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) - No matter what happens today, the Padres have won a series against the defending World Series champions.  Such an occurrence is like Haley’s Comet; it only happens once every [insert number of your choice] of years, so cherish it.  But in today’s game three, the Padres faced Jake Arrieta.  Luis Perdomo started for San Diego.  And something amazing would happen.

SDSU SOFTBALL'S JENAVEE PERES NAMED A NFCA SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

 

Peres becomes Aztecs’ fourth NFCA All-American in school history

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State softball junior catcher Jenavee Peres (Garden Grove, Calif.) has been named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second-Team All-American on Wednesday. The three All-America teams are voted on by coaching representatives for the NFCA throughout the country.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

May 31, 2017 (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.

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

May 31, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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BORDER PATROL OFFICERS SEIZE $1.4 MILLION IN DRUGS, CAPTURE 14 FUGITIVES

 

Source: Border Patrol

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Over the holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico intercepted almost 270 pounds of narcotics, valued at over $1.4 million. A total of 14 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants were also captured, including a suspect wanted for homicide.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

ECM PADRES REPORT: GOOD HITTING GIVES PADRES SERIES WIN OVER CUBS

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

May 30, 2017 (San Diego) - Hunter Renfroe’s grand slam gave the Padres the 5-2 win over the defending World Series champion Cubs yesterday, so hopefully, they’re still riding the momentum as they headed into game two tonight.  Eddie Butler started for Chicago against Dinelson Lamet.

HUNTER AND ISSA VOTE TO SELL YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY AFTER TAKING BIG MONEY FROM TELECOM INDUSTRY; TRUMP SIGNS MEASURE INTO LAW

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2017 (San Diego) – Your Internet provider can now legally sell your browsing history and your email address, without your consent—thanks to legislation signed into law by President Trump.   The measure passed the Senate by just 2 votes and the House by 10 votes. San Diego Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa both voted for the measure – after taking $19,000 and $66,275 from the telecommunications industry respectively. 

REPORT: ONE IN THREE LOCAL STUDENTS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

 

 

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by James Kecskes

May 30, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - More than one-third of local fifth, seventh and ninth graders in public schools are overweight or obese.

This the key finding in the 2016 State of Childhood Obesity report released today by the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public-private partnership tasked with reducing and preventing childhood obesity in the region.

DEDICATION CEREMONY SATURDAY FOR “COUNTRY LIFESTYLE” — 14TH RAMONA MURAL

 

Source: Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals

Photo:  artist, Bob Teague (left) with Kenneth Tinsley, a member of the committee who helped with the installation.

May 30, 2017 (Ramona) – A dedication ceremony for the “Country Lifestyle Mural,” sponsored by the San Diego Country Estates Association, will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. at the site of the mural at 325 10th Street, Ramona CA 92065.  The public is invited to attend. In addition to refreshments, attendees will receive a picture of the mural, autographed by the artist.

EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES TOWARD MORE HELP FOR HOMELESS, APPROVES PUBLIC HEARINGS ON ADDING AGENDA ITEMS AND CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF AMERICA ON MAIN STREET

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

May 30, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon’s City Council had a packed agenda Wednesday at its 3 p.m. meeting, taking actions including:

  • Voting 5-0 to put an item on an upcoming agenda to have staff prepare a report on feasibility of hiring a Crisis House “homeless navigator” expert to match unique needs of homeless people with private and public programs to help house the homeless;  
  • Voting 4-1 to hold two town hall meetings annually to allow residents to propose agenda items and for Council to set agenda priorities;
  • Heard a report from the County Water Authority claiming Metropolitan Water has been squandering funds and overcharging ratepayers;
  • Honoring participants and supporters of America on Main Street;
  • Presented awards to local youths and Friends of East County Arts contest winners
  • Praised a resident for using a drone to get evidence of an illegal marijuana dispensary.

UBER VEHICLE PLUNGES INTO SINKHOLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 30, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – An Uber driver and passenger had an unexpectedly rough ride when a broken water main shortly before dawn caused a sinkhole to open up on Pecan  Park Lane at Olde Highway 80 in unincorporated El Cajon, just east of Lake Jennings Park Road. 

According to 10 News, crews responding to a report of the broken water main found  the vehicle in a huge sink hole that had formed.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE WINS CA STATE BASEBALL CROWN

 

By Nick Pellegrino

Photo courtesy CCCAA

May 30, 2017 (El Cajon) - The last time former West Hills High standout Jeremiah Barr played in a big-time stadium, many thought his baseball career might be over.

Playing as a senior for the Wolf Pack, "J-Barr" dislocated his kneecap while swinging at a pitch after his cleat became lodged in the rubberized batting box at Petco Park, considered one of the cathedral ballparks in Major League Baseball.

ECM PADRES REPORT: RENFROE'S GRAND SLAM ERASES 2-0 DEFICIT, GIVES PADRES WIN OVER DEFENDING CHAMPION CUBS

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

May 29, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres returned home today to face the reigning world champion Chicago Cubs and are hopefully still riding the momentum from a win yesterday.  Kyle Hendricks started on the mound for Chicago against Jarred Cosart.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: AMMAR CAMPA NAJJAR, CANDIDATE RUNNING AGAINST DUNCAN HUNTER, WITH BACKGROUND IN CREATING JOBS FOR BOTH LABOR DEPT. AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 

 

 “This campaign is about solving economic injustice, regardless of your views or hues. Regardless of whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, pain is pain.”—Ammar Campa-Najjar

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

May  29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Earlier this month, we sat down for an in-depth interview with Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat running for the 50th Congressional  district seat held by Republican Duncan Hunter.  (Hear the full interview, which aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link and scroll down for highlights.)

 He has a rare combination of qualifications, with  background in helping promote job creation both as public affairs officer for the Labor Department under President Obama and as director of communications for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

A native San Diegan of Hispanic and Arab descent, he’s also  the son of immigrants and a Christian who’s worked with his church to help working people and  deported veterans.   Now he says he’s running to listen to the problems faced by all people in the district,  use his experience in Washington to bring good-paying jobs to East County including rural areas, and bring “national pride, not national shame” as our region’s representative in Congress.

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CHIEF’S CORNER: HIKING SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hiker in distress!  Firefighters are responding to these calls more often now that our hillsides are dried out and weather has permitted. But before you hit the trail, follow some of these safety tips first, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

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