JOIN OUR “FEAST FROM THE EAST” AT HIMALAYAN CUISINE WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB OCT. 19

FIRE IN WARNER SPRINGS

SHERIFF STING OF MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICES IN SANTEE DRAWS COMPLAINT, CALLS FOR REFORMS FROM MEDICAL CANNABIS ADVOCATES

WILDFIRE RELIEF CARAVAN TO LEAVE FROM EAST COUNTY ON FRIDAY; DONATED ITEMS NEEDED

SHORTAGE OF HEPATITIS A VACCINES LEADS GOV. BROWN TO DECLARE STATEWIDE EMERGENCY

KALASHO DEFIES EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL RULE ON WIRELESS DEVICES; COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES CRACKDOWN ON MARIJUANA

LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS BRINGS HISTORY OF MOUNTAIN MAN ENCAMPMENTS TO LIFE OCT. 13-22

WILL TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER UNDERMINE HEALTH-INSURANCE MARKETS?

31 DEAD, HUNDREDS MISSING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

HIGH DESERT MOUNTAIN YOGA RETREAT OCT. 31-NOV. 3

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO REDUCE CHILD DROWNINGS

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CONGRESS LETS CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE PROGRAM FOR NINE MILLION POOR KIDS EXPIRE: CHIP FUNDS ALSO COVERED MATERNITY CARE

 

Meanwhile, Congress weighs bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, but robs babies of healthcare at birth

By Miriam Raftery

October 3, 2017 (Washington D.C. ) – Nine million children in low-income families and poor  pregnant mothers are losing healthcare nationwide due to the Republican-led Congress failing to allow a vote on renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), letting  it expire on September 30th, the Washington Post reports.

BRAVO! EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB EVENT AT TIRAMISU TRATTORIA IS ANOTHER SUCCESS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 3, 2017 (La Mesa) – Our second East County Dining Club event once again filled a local restaurant to capacity. Guests savored special Italian dishes, homemade pasta,Italian and local wines, and  live Italian vocal music  at Tiramisu Trattoria in La Mesa--also winning a wealth of prizes, meeting neighbors and making new friends.

CAMPO-LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP OFFICIAL THREATENS TO PUNCH SENIOR WOMAN IN THE FACE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2017  (Campo) – After being blocked on a neighborhood watch forum, Campo-Lake Morena Community Planning Group member Keven Owens posted a profanity-laced podcast on his “Erroneous Opinions” webpage in which he threatened to punch 69-year-old Claudia Millerbragg in the face.

A partial transcript of his more than 20 minute rant is below, asprovided in writing by Owens in an email response after ECM sent him an inquiry. You can hear an audio excerpt at the audio link above published under the Fair Use doctrine on a matter of clear public interest:

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OTAY WATER BOARD TO VOTE ON FIVE-YEAR RATE PLAN OCT. 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) – Otay Water District’s Board of Directors, at its October 4 meeting at 3:30 p.m., will hold a public hearing and vote on rates, fees and charges for fiscal year 2017-18 and to consider authorizing a five-year pass-through of cost increases from water wholesalers and district rate increases. That rate may not exceed 10 percent a year for all costs other than pass-through costs. 

INVASIVE AEDES MOSQUITOES FOUND AT 273 TRAPS ACROSS REGION, INCLUDING MANY EAST COUNTY COMMUNITIES

 

Residents in La Mesa, Mount Helix, and other local neighborhoods complain of swarms biting during daylight hours

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – After numerous residents on the Mt. Helix Next Door forum complained of swarms of small, aggressive mosquitoes biting during daylight hours and often, indoors, East County Magazine contacted County Vector Control. We learned that the invasive Aedes mosquitoes have been found in 273 traps at 23 different locations between January 1st and September 21st this year.  View map.

MASS SHOOTING IN LAS VEGAS: 400 INJURED, 50 DEAD

 
 
Update 8:15 a.m.:President Trump issued a statement calling for prayers for victims and their families, adding, "We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community and the comfort of our common humanity. Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence. And though we feel such great anger at the senseless murder of citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will forever.” President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Update 7:30 a.m.:   The death toll has climbed to 50, the Los Angeles Times now reports, with over 400 people transported to hospitals. This is now the deadliest mass shooting inn U.S. history. The suspect is identified as Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada,  ABC News reports. Other hotels now believed safe; rumors of explosives arose from police use of them at Mandalay to access shooter's room.
 
For families looking to locate missing loved ones,call 1-866-535-5654.
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
October 2, 2017 (San Diego) 1:45 a.m. - A horrific mass shooting has just occurred in Las Vegas.  Police confirm that at least 20 people are dead and more than 100 injured, many seriously. The shooting occurred at the Route 91 Harvest country music concert outdoors across the street from  the Mandalay Bay hotel.

The shooter, who shot from a hotel window at the Mandalay onto the crowd below with what audiotapes suggest was a fully automatic  military-style weapon, is now dead. Authorities also found 10 "assault" weapons in his room, Las Vegas authorities told media. 

Police are reportedly looking for a "companion" named Marilou Danley, described as an Asian woman 4 ft. 11 inches in height and a second woman for whom no description has been provided.  They are also searching for two vehicles: 

Hyundai Tucson | Nevada license plate 114B40

Chrysler Pacifica | Nevada license plate 19D401

GOVERNOR SIGNS HUESO BILL TO BAN UTILITY SHUT-OFFS FOR PEOPLE WITH CRITICAL MEDICAL NEEDS, STUDY HOW TO REDUCE DISCONNECTIONS OF POOR HOUSEHOLDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (San Diego) — Residential disconnections for nonpayment of gas and electric bills have gone up sharply in California, from 547,000 in 2010 to 816,000 in 2015.  According to Senate Bill 598, a bill authored by San Diego Senator Ben Hueso, gas and electric service shut-offs threaten the health of two million people a year, causing significant impacts on infants, children, the elderly, low-income families, communities of color, the disabled and persons with life-threatening medical conditions.

RURAL RESIDENTS COMPLAIN DISH TV HAS DISSED THEM BY DROPPING CW SAN DIEGO, ONLY SOURCE OF POPULAR NATIONAL TV SHOWS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2017 (Campo) – Backcountry residents in San Diego’s East County are baffled as to why, after they signed up for Dish TV satellite service, Dish has inexplicably dropped carrying CW San Diego programming. 

“I think it probably that local fans don’t even know that they will be unable to watch the new fall line-up, including the new season of Supernatural," a popular program aired on CW, says Billie Jo Jannen, chair of the Campo-Lake Morena Community Planning Group.

Jannen, a Dish subscriber, says Dish “still charges us the same for local channels” even after dropping CW San Diego.   She points out the rural residents rely on satellite and don’t have a wide range of other options.  “We have no access to cable and most don’t have the bandwidth to use a firestick or the like.”

SITUATION DIRE IN PUERTO RICO AFTER HURRICANE: TRUMP CRITICIZED FOR SLOW RESPONSE, LASHES OUT AT SAN JUAN MAYOR AND AMERICANS IN PUERTO RICO

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2017 (Puerto Rico) – Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, a military hospital ship has not yet arrived while the death toll continues to mount.  Only 10,000 National Guard members have been deployed, compared to 31,000 swiftly sent after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck Florida and Texas. There are also far fewer FEMA personnel, CNN reports

CUBA TRAVEL WARNING ISSUED BY STATE DEPARTMENT DUE TO “ATTACKS” ON AMERICANS THAT DAMAGED HEARING

 

East County News Service

Photo: La Habana, Cuba, cc by  Vgenecr from nl

September 30, 2017 (San Diego) — The State Department yesterday issued a warning for Americans not to travel to Cuba after attacks on hotels frequented by U.S. citizens as well as U.S. diplomatic residences and the American Embassy in Havana.  The attacks, which began on diplomatic personnel, have caused hearing loss, ear pain, dizziness, headaches, cognitive issues and other symptoms. The State Department warns that all Americans in Cuba could now be targeted.

ALFRED OLANGO’S DEATH, ONE YEAR LATER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Rally and march photos by Robert Gehr

Cover photo:  Alfred Olango's father, Richard Olango

September 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – A one-year anniversary event commemorating the death of Alfred Olango, an African-American man shot and killed by an El Cajon Policeman, was held Thursday on Civic Center Way in downtown El Cajon, followed by a march to city hall and the police station.

BALLOT INITIATIVE WOULD TRANSFER STADIUM TO SDSU FOR SPORTS, RESEARCH, CAMPUS VILLAGE AND RIVER PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2017 (San Diego) – With the Chargers gone, Friends of SDSU has announced a ballot initiative to transfer the former Qualcomm Stadium (currently SDCCU) to San Diego State University to become the SDSU West Campus Research Center. 

6 ECM WRITERS WIN IN 2017 SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB AWARDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 28, 2017 (San Diego) – Six of East County Magazine’s reporters are on the winners’ list in the San Diego Press Club’s  Excellence in Journalism awards.  Congratulations to our reporters Jonathan Goetz,  Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson, Paul Kruze, Mimi Pollack,  Rachel Williams, and editor Miriam Raftery.

HOUSE COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON SOLUTIONS TO MOVE NUCLEAR WASTE AWAY FROM SAN ONOFRE

 

East County News Service

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- Congressman Issa (R-Vista) took part in a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday, examining nuclear waste storage policy and solutions that would allow nuclear waste, like that from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), to be moved out of our communities.

STATE SUPREME DENIES SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY REQUEST TO REVEW APPELLATE COURT’S RATE DECISION

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Today the California Supreme Court denied a request by the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) to reverse a Court of Appeals decision in June that allows the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to include its State Water Project costs in rates it charges to transport CWA’s independent Colorado River supplies through MWD’s pipeline and aqueduct.

See below for statements in full from the CWA and MWD.

COUNTY SEEKS INPUT ON NEW PARK IN SPRING VALLEY: PUBLIC MEETING OCT. 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Spring Valley residents are invited to a public meeting to provide input on future amenities for Ildica Street County Park. Join staff from the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide your ideas for developing this 0.6-acre parcel.

NEW COUNTY GRAND JURY MEMBERS NAMED

 

Source:  San Diego County Grand Jury

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) - Jeff Bryson, a retired San Diego State University psychology professor, was named chairperson of the 2017-2018 San Diego County Grand Jury, which began service on July 10, 2017.

The jury members, six women and 13 men, were drawn by lot from 90 volunteer applicants.  They serve for one year under a state constitution mandate that counties establish the full-time "watchdog" panels to look into the workings of city and county governmental agencies.

ALPINE SUNRISE POWERLINK MITIGATION OPEN HOUSE SHOWCASES GRANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS TO RESIDENTS

 

Concerned raised by Jamul residents who say inequities in fire mitigation grants favor Alpine areas at lesser risk

By Paul Kruze

September 24, 2017 (Alpine) -- Nearly 60 East County residents attended the first open house held by the Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Group (SPFMG) at the Alpine Community Center on Sept. 19. The purpose of the open house was to educate residents about the fire mitigation grants program and the results of the 2017 grant program.

CPUC TO HOLD HEARING SEPT. 28 LOCALLY ON PROPOSED DECISION REGARDING WILDFIRE EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT FOR SDG&E

 

Update:  The CPUC has announced it will hold this agenda item slated for the Thursday morning hearing, meaning no vote will be taken on this agenda item.  Public comment will still be accepted before all five commissioners at the start of the mornng hearing .

Public comment will also be taken during an all parties meeting later in the day, but not all commisioners will be present at the later meeting. See more details at the end of this story.

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2017 (San Diego) –The California Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Chula Vista City Council Chambers  (276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista) on the CPUC’s proposed decision to deny SDG&E’s application to charge ratepayers $379 million for recovery of its uninsured losses related to the 2007 Witch, Rice and Guejito wildfires.  A similar request for $594 million was previously denied in 2012.

SDG&E sought to recover those losses through a Wildfire Expense  Memorandum Account (WEMA).  The proposed decision against SDG&E has drawn praise from some, including Supervisor Dianne Jacob, but concerns from others including a fire survivor and intervener in the case.  Some ratepayer advocates also warn that the CPUC could  change its mind on the proposed denial of SDG&E’s WEMA application or postpone action following ex-parte lobbying efforts by the utility company.

LA MESA TAKES STEPS TO ADDRESS HEPATITIS OUTBREAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap is an important step you can take to prevent spread of Hepatitis A.

September 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – After the County’s emergency declaration over Hepatitis A,  ECM learned that eight cases have been reported in La Mesa and at least six cases in Santee. So we asked both cities what steps they are taking to  address this public health problem.

NORTH KOREAN MINISTER SAYS TRUMP DECLARED WAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Steve Herman, Voice of America (VOA) news, 2013

September 25, 2017 (New York) -- This morning, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong accused President Donald Trump of declaring war. The top diplomat told media that North Korea reserves the right to shoot down American bomber planes, even if they are outside of North Korean air space, Associated Press reports.

ELEVATED FIRE CONCERNS AS HOT, WINDY WEATHER ARRIVES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Hot, windy weather is forecast this week, creating elevated fire concerns, the National Weather Service in San Diego advises.

Hottest weather will occur in inland valleys with temperatures up to 100 degrees.  There will also be gusty offshore winds of up to 35 miles per hour starting Sunday night and continue through at least Wednesday. 

FIRE AT SPRING VALLEY HOMELESS CAMP THREATENED CONDOS; HAZMAT CONSULTED AND FIRE CREWS DECONTAMINATED DUE TO HUMAN WASTE

 

East County News Service

 

September 24, 2017 (Spring Valley) – This morning around 1:30 a.m., San Miguel Fire District Engine 16 and Brush 14, along with San Diego and Bonita Fire, responded to a vegetation/trash fire at a homeless encampment near Spring Canyon Drive in Spring Valley.

CRITICS CALL TODAY'S "CELEBRATION" OF SETTLEMENT TO REMOVE NUCLEAR WASTE" A SHAM

 

East County News Service

September 24, 2017 (San Diego)--Critics are calling today's planned rally in Oceanside that "celebrates the removal of nuclear waste at San Onofre" a sham that does not reflect reality, the opinions of nuclear waste experts or the community. These experts say the celebration tricks the media and the public into believing that the nuclear waste problems at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) have been solved.

Local critics say that Citizens Oversight, the group hosting the "celebration" is misleading the public with magical thinking and an irrational belief in "purple unicorns."

CITIZENS OVERSIGHT TO ANNOUNCE TWO MAJOR PROJECTS AT SAN ONOFRE PUBLIC EVENT SUNDAY

 

 

Hear our interview aired earlier this month on KNSJ radio with Ray Lutz, founder of Citizens Oversight, talking about the settlement agreement, by clicking the audio link above.

East County News Service

UPDATE:  Other organizations concerned about San Onofre nuclear waste have issued statements calling today's event as a "sham" and voicing criticisms of the settlement deal. Read more:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/critics-call-todays-celebration-settle...

September 23, 2017 (Oceanside) — Citizens Oversight, an El Cajon-based watchdog group, will be announcing formation of a settlement oversight panel to monitor efforts to move nuclear waste from San Onofre to a safer place pursuant to a settlement agreement with Southern California Edison and the California Coastal Commission.  In addition, founder Ray Lutz will unveil a “1,000-year dry storage challenge” that aims to find a long-term solution to the nation’s lack of storage for nuclear wastes. 

Audio: 

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