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POW-WOW DANCER LOSES REGALIA ON FREEWAY, ASKS HELP TO FIND CHERISHED ITEMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2015 (San Diego) – Native American dancer Chuck Cadotte seeks public help to find his lost regalia, or ceremonial attire which he lost en route to the Tachi pow-wow north of our region. A box containing the regalia festooned with many eagle feathers fell off the roof of his vehicle somewhere along his pre-dawn route this morning, which stared at Balboa Avenue onto 805 north, then I-5 north and the 405 freeway before the Castaic Lake exit, where he discovered the treasured items were missing.

“I’m at a loss,” he posted on his Facebook page.  “If anyone out there has found my regalia items on the freeway, please, please call me to return my feathers.” It is illegal for non-Native Americans to possess eagle feathers, which are considered sacred in Native American culture.  Cadotte adds that he has a permit to prove his right to possess them. His phone is 619-929-2875.

HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS DRIVER ON HIGHWAY 94 NEAR JAMUL

East County News Service

August 27, 2015 (Jamul) – A 75-year-old man driving a Chevy Blazer is dead of injuries sustained in a crash that occurred at 12:50 p.m. on State Route 94 west of Steele Canyon Road in unincorporated San Diego County near Jamul.

According to Officer Kevin Pearlstein from the California Highway Patrol, the  elderly driver’s vehicle drifted across a turn lane and into oncoming traffic, striking a Toyota Sienna taxi head-on.

BRUSH FIRES IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

August 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Corners Fire burning near Lake Morena is holding at five acres with no structure threat, Kendal Bortissier with Cal Fire told East County Magazine at 3:40 p.m. today.  Air and ground resources are fighting the fire.

Bortissier confirmed that a second fire is burning in Cleveland National Forest near Cameron station. USFS has not yet responded to our call requesting details.

“GOLDEN STATE STANDARDS” BILL ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE; SENATOR ANDERSON SPEAKS OUT TO OPPOSE MEASURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2015 (Sacramento)—Senate Bill 350 aspires to set new standards for renewable energy in California that the authors day will grow the state’s economy and improve public health by cutting petroleum use, increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings. But opponents contend that raising taxes on gas and vehicle users’ fees would create economic hardship for some Californians.

RESIDENTSAND AN ER DOCTOR SPEAK OUT AGAINST SAND MINING IN EL MONTE VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2015 (Lakeside) - - Residents, environmentalists and medical experts presented strong evidence for why a proposed sand mining project in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley should not be approved.  Opponents of Enviornmine’s proposed 167-acre project spoke out at tonight’s scoping meeting conducted by the county.’s Planning department.  Public comment remains open until September 14th, after which an Environmental Impact Report will be drafted.

Dr. Christy Walker, an emergency room physician, testified about the confirmed presence of Valley Fever (coccidioides immitis) in El Monte Valley; evidenced in the treatment of both people and pets who contracted the potentially lethal illness in the Valley. She indicated that Valley fever does not just affect the lungs but can affect multiple organs. Her concern is that mining that lift layers of sand to dig the 100' deep, 182 acre wide mining pit would release fungal coccidioides spores d into the air, greatly increasing exposure and infection.

EL CAJON APPOINTS NEW POLICE CHIEF

 
City Manager announces a successor to replace retiring Police Chief Jim Redman

August 24, 2015 (El Cajon)--City Manager Douglas Williford announced today that Police Captain Jeffery “Jeff” Davis will become El Cajon’s next Chief of Police on December 5, 2015. Davis, a long-time member of the El Cajon Police Department, will replace retiring Chief Jim Redman. Earlier this month, Redman announced that he will retire on December 4, 2015.

HUNDREDS PROTEST PLANNED PARENTHOOD LOCALLY

 

East County News Service

Photos courtesy of Mary Moran: crowd downtown, Pastor Jim Garlow, and Rosemary Garlow

August 22, 2015 (San Diego)—Hundreds of people demonstrated outside multiple Planned Parenthood locations in San Diego as part of a nationwide  protest in over 310 cities.  Mary Moran, a local organizer, says the protests are over Planned Parenthood “harvesting and selling aborted baby parts—some organs were harvested while the baby’s heart was still beating.”

PASSAGES: PROMINENT PALESTINIAN BISHOP DIES IN POWAY

 

August 22, 2015 (Poway)--The Most Rev. Samir Hana Kafity, twelfth president-bishop and primate of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and bishop-in-residence at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway, died on Friday afternoon at home after a stroke. He was 81 years old.

CALTRANS, SANDAG & CHAMBER TO HOST FORUM ON TRANSPORTATION ISSUES AUG. 25

August 24, 2015 (San Diego)--The California Transportation Commission (CTC), San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce are hosting a public forum on Tuesday in San Diego on road infrastructure and maintenance needs at the local, regional and state level.  The forum from 4 to 6 p.m. will be held at the CALTRANS building’s Garcia auditorium at 4050 Taylor St., San Diego.

Representatives from the CTC, SANDAG, and the Chamber will discuss the reasons for California’s deteriorating transportation system, and potential short-term and long-term funding solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding. Topics to be covered include:

SUPERVISOR JACOB TO LEAD 'DON'T GET HOOKED' EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY SENIORS SEPT. 23

 

August 22, 2015 (El Cajon)--Learn how to avoid getting reeled in by financial scammers and other crooks at East County’s first-ever “Don’t Get Hooked” event set for Wednesday, Sept. 23, in El Cajon.

DRIVER CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR KILLING MOTHER OF 3 NEAR COWLES MOUNTAIN

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2015 (San Diego) – A suspected drunk driver who ran a light at Golfcrest and Navajo road struck and killed Rocia De Anda Leamon, a 38-year-old mother of three teenage sons.  The young mother was crossing the street to go walking on Cowles Mountain as she did daily, when she was hit and thrown 57 feet, landing face down on the pavement, the Union-Tribune reports.

MOTHER AND INFANT KILLED IN BORREGO SPRINGS CRASH

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2015 (Borrego Springs)—A mother and her infant son are dead of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision that occurred yesterday shortly before 4 p.m. in Borrego Springs. Three other people were injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

SAVING DROUGHT-STRESSED TREES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

August 21, 2015 (La Mesa) – “Although we have been asking to cut back on water, please do not let the trees dry,” Helix Water Board member Kathleen Coates Hedberg urges customers.  She provided a flyer with tips for how to water your trees within the district’s guidelines and keep them alive during the drought , such as  using soaker hoses that are exempt from level 2 drought restrictions.

Here are some benefits that trees provide--and tips for how to keep your shade or fruit trees healthy even in the drought:

SIGN UP FOR “REDUCE YOUR USE” ALERTS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR SDG&E BILL

August 21, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- You can reap rewards for saving electricity on hot days with SDG&E’s Reduce Your Use Rewards program. Here’s how it works:

  • Enroll in Reduce Your Use alerts so you know when to save.
  • Receive a day-ahead alert
  • Save energy between 11a.m. and 6 p.m. on the actual day
  • Automatically earn rewards for saving
  • View your reward credits online or on your bill

Looking for other ways to keep cooling costs down?

BEFORE YOU DIG, CALL 8-1-1

 

August 18, 2015 (San Diego)-- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has issued a reminder to the public about the importance of calling 8-1-1 before you dig. Last year, nearly 283 natural gas lines were damaged by third-party contractors or residents, which is an increase from the same time period in 2014.

MEDFLY QUARANTINE HITS EAST COUNTY, SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

August 18, 2015 (La Mesa)-- State, federal and County of San Diego officials have announced that 93 square miles covering portions of San Diego City and East County communities have been put under quarantine after the discovery of four Mediterranean fruit flies — a dangerous pest that can infest more than 250 crops.

STATE SUED OVER FAILURE TO DISCLOSE RECORDS ON ENGLISH LEARNER STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2015 (Sacramento)--California’s Department of Education is being sued for denying access to records on the number of students who are English language learners.  The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area and Public Counsel has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court to obtain the records pursuant to the California Public Records Act.

CHP AND SUPERVISOR JACOB RESPOND TO ECM INQUIRY ON 10-HOUR CLOSURE OF HIGHWAY 94

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Joseph Zatarain, Potrero Town on Facebook

August 18, 2015 (Jamul) – On Sunday, we reported on a 10-hour closure of State Route 94 last Friday due to a head-on collision involving a semi-truck that left many local residents stranded and angry by the long delays.  Our story included documentation of numerous past lengthy closures on the highway in the Jamul area provided by the Deerhorn Valley Antler editor.We asked the California Highway Patrol and Supervisor Dianne Jacob for comments on this serious issue.

Supervisor Jacob responded,  “The public has every reason to be outraged, given the length of the closure, the dangerously high temperatures that day and the lack of communication from state authorities. I will be sharing those concerns with the Caltrans, CHP and other state officials. Drivers are already at risk on this dangerous and congested state highway, and the situation will become even more dangerous if a casino opens. Thousands of lives are at risk in the event there is a need for an evacuation of the area with nowhere to go."

Kevin Pearlstein, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol in El Cajon, today advised East County Magazine that the delay was due in part to the truck shifting and dropping part of its load. 

"The truck was carrying a form of coal.  When the trailer opened up like a aluminum can it spilled everywhere," he said, adding that the prolonged road closure was due to cleanup of the coal spill.  The accident caused five injuries,two major and three minor to moderate, he added, and providing additional details:

WET WINTER ON THE WAY

 

By Tasha Matthews

August, 17, 2015 (San Diego)—National Weather Service forecasters are predicting a wet winter in San Diego due to the probability of a strong El Niño, perhaps the strongest since records began in 1950.

An El Niño occurs as a result of warming ocean surface waters which release heat into the atmosphere over the Pacific, creating a chain reaction that can result in cloud formation, storms and heavy rainfall.

MEET OUR EDITOR! AUG. 25 IN SANTEE: HELP BUILD OUR SANTEE/LAKESIDE COMMUNITY SECTION

 

 East County Magazine and the Santee Solutions Coalition invite you to meet our editor on Tuesday, August 25th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Santee Library (9225 Carlton Hills Blvd.) Help us build our new Santee and Lakeside community section!

What important community events, issues and organizations do you want covered in East County Magazine?

RESIDENTS SEEK ANSWERS AFTER 10-HOUR SHUTDOWN OF HIGHWAY 94

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Joseph Zatarain, Potrero Town on Facebook

August 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --Friday, August 14th was a rough day for motorists in East County. A motorhome sparked a dozen spot fires along 67, forcing closure of the highway and long delays for motorists while firefighters worked to douse the blazes.

Even longer delays were experienced by motorists along Highway 94, which was shut down for roughly 10 hours after a semi-truck collided head on with a vehicle carrying several passengers and rolled over.  Inadequate notifications from official channels left motorists stuck in traffic for hours during extreme heat over 100 degrees and an ambulance was forced to take a lengthy detour.

“Something is wrong here,” says Kim Hamilton, Editor of the Deerhorn Valley Antler. The publication's Antler Alerts  provided the most reliable source of information for the public during most of the extended shutdown.  “Not only was the primary artery and evacuation route closed, but there was little media coverage of it while it was taking place.”

PASSAGES: GARRY MCCLINTOCK, DESCANSO'S FAMOUS SADDLE MAKER

 

Memorial planned for September 26, 2015

By Miriam Raftery

August 16, 2015 (Descanso) –For the past 43 years, Garry McClintock has been making saddles to outfit trail riders and cowboys across our region. On August 14th, the master  saddle maker passed away at his Descanso home. With his passage, a towering part of San Diego’s western heritage rides off into the sunset. though his memories live on.

East County Magazine’s “Sounds of History” host Helen Ofield interviewed McClintock for our radio show on KNSJ. You can hear the  series here, including McClintock discussing the art of saddlemaking in part 1 and the history of vaqueros in our region in part 2:

http://k001.kiwi6.com/hotlink/7avse2re64/Soundsof_History-GarrymcClintock-saddles1.mp3

    http://k001.kiwi6.com/hotlink/n2cwhibth1/SoundsofHistory-2McClintock-Vaqueros.mp3

EL CAJON POLICE CHIEF REDMAN ANNOUNCEMENTS RETIREMENT PLANS

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2015 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman  has announced plans to retire on December 4th, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Redman has served as chief since 2011 and has been a member of the city’s police force since 2008.

El Cajon City Manager Doug Williford has said that the crime rate dropped 25 percent with Redman at the helm. He also credits Redman with community-based policing that shows sensitivity to El Cajon’s increasingly diverse community.

MASS DEMONSTRATIONS IN IRAQ: SOLIDARITY RALLY SET TODAY IN EL CAJON

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos courtesy of Camilia Sadik

 

August 15, 2015 (El Cajon) –This photo is not in Egypt nor Tunisia.  The scene is Iraq, this month, where demonstrators are calling for an end to corruption and a return to secular government amid scorching temperatures that have reached 122 degrees. 

A solidarity rally is planned today in El Cajon from 6 to 8 p.m. at 201 East Main Street.

“Mass demonstrations were triggered in Baghdad by lack of electricity and unbearable heat in August,” linquist Camilia Sadik told East County Magazine, also providing photos taken by her friend in Baghdad.  “They began in Tahreer Square in Baghdad on August 1 and then spread all over Iraq.  Two major slogans are `In the name of religion, we were burglarized by thieves” and “Yes to secularism, No to Shiites, no to Sunnis.”

COUNTY CONDUCTS LARVICIDE DROP WEDNESDAY AS WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON HEATS UP

 

East County News Service

August 12, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego County’s environmental health department will conduct its sixth aerial drop of larvicide of the year on wetlands around the county Wednesday to help keep mosquito populations down and West Nile virus at bay.

CA FARMERS IRRIGRATE CROPS WITH FRACKING WASTEWATER: CONSUMER GROUPS VOICE ALARM

 

 

East County News Service

August 14, 2015 (San Diego)—Fruits, nuts, and other crops including some sold as organic have been grown using irrigation from oil fracking wastewater laced with toxins in drought-stricken California.

Now some consumer advocacy groups including Food & Water Watch are calling for a halt to the practice.  Courage Campaign has launched a petition for consumers to pledge that they won’t buy food products grown with oil wastewater, or what Courage Campaign calls “toxic sludge.”

 A shocking investigation by Mother Jones magazine reveals that oil wastewater has reportedly been sold to 90 landowners in Southern California, including Bee Sweet Citrus and  Halos, a citrus company which has the slogan “pure goodness” and Sunview, which sells grapes and raisins including some certified as organic.  Another company reportedly irrigating with oil wastewater is Trinchero Family Estates, which supplies grapes for winemakers including Sutter Home.

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