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RAIN, STRONG WINDS, HIGH SURF AND SNOW TO IMPACT REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Rain, thunderstorms and high winds are forecast starting Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening to cap off Thanksgiving weekend. Up to three inches of snow is possible above 5,500 feet, with rain-slicked highways expected to slow holiday travelers in lower elevations.

HIGH TIME FOR QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AS PROP 64 PASSAGE PLACES MARIJUANA IN LIMELIGHT

 

By Thea Skinner

November 25, 2016 (San Diego) - Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), approved by voters, legalizes recreational use of marijuana in California, where legal medical use continues for some two decades.  Legalization of recreational pot is raising questions from cities, landlords, employers and marijuana users.  Just what are the rights and limitations under California’s new law?

SYRIAN REFUGEES THANKFUL FOR NEW LIVES IN SAN DIEGO REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The youngest survivors of Syria’s civil war are a traumatized generation.  In the U.S., 80% of the 10,000 Syrian refugees admitted in 2016 are children—and nearly all have suffered unspeakable trauma. 

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE, SANTA'S ON HIS WAY; TIME TO CHECK RECEIPTS

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Black Friday is coming. Santa is readying the reindeer.

That means the “shop ‘til you drop” holiday season is back! It also means it’s time to remember to double-check your receipts when you hit the stores so you don’t get overcharged by faulty cash-register price scanners.

VETERANS LED BY WESLEY CLARK JR. TO DEPLOY DEC. 4-7 TO SUPPORT STANDING ROCK WATER PROTECTORS AGAINST MILITARIZED POLICE

 

By Miriam Raftery

“Bring body armor, gas masks, earplugs (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons…if we don’t stop it, who will?”—Wesley Clark Jr., a veteran and son of retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark Sr., former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

November 23, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) – Nearly 1,000 U.S. military veterans have signed to join  Veterans for Standing Rock December 4-7 to support Native American tribes standing up to protect clean water and halt the Dakota Access oil pipeline that they fear will burst and contaminate the Missouri River.  The pipeline also desecrates sacred Standing Rock Sioux sites.

The water protector activists have faced brutality at the hands of a militarized police force in recent days, including spraying a water cannon in below-freezing temperatures.  Three hundred people have been injured and 26 hospitalized, including a 21-year-old girl hit by a concussion grenade whose bone was shattered and now faces possible amputation of her arm.

OCOTILLO TURBINE COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Jim Pelley

November 22, 2016 (Ocotillo) – Ocotillo Wind Energy has issued a statement on its website after collapse of a massive wind turbine Monday at its Ocotillo, California site.  The statement indicates the turbine fell within the designed setback zone and no one was injured. Officials say they are working closely with Siemens, the manufacturer, to identify the cause of the failure, with a “full investigation” underway.   The company said safety is its “first priority” and that more information will be released as it becomes available, KYMA TV reports.

ALLAN GOETZ NAMED GHD REPRESENTATIVE TO GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CORPORATION BOARD

 

East County News Service

Nov. 21, 2016 (East County) – Spring Valley resident Allan Goetz has been approved to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers.

WIND TURBINE COLLAPSES IN OCOTILLO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jim Pelley

November 21, 2016 (Ocotillo) – A 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed this morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor.

Photographer Jim Pelley, an Ocotillo resident, says 30 minutes after the collapse, the other 111 turbines were still spinning and no one from Pattern Energy had arrived.  Around an hour or more after the collapse, Pattern arrived and deenergized the entire project.

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR TO SPEAK SATURDAY IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2016 (Casa de Oro) -- Pearl Harbor Day is coming up on December 7th, a day to recall the worst attack on U.S. soil when the Japanese air force bombed an American air base in Hawaii during World War II.

There are very few survivors of Pearl Harbor left to tell their tales. But on Saturday, November 26th at 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor survivor Stuart Hedley, a Navy veteran, will give a presentation at the Casa de Oro Library in Spring Valley (9805 Campo Rd., #180).   Hedley was aboard a U.S. ship that was bombed and will share harrowing tales of survival and heroism.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE NEW RULES FOR FOOD SAFETY AT WINERIES AND BREWERIES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2016 (San Diego)-- County Supervisors adopted new rules Wednesday aimed at making sure people are safe when they visit the region’s hopping number of breweries and wineries and decide to have a burger with their brew or more than just a little cheese with their wine.

Supervisors voted 4-0 to adopt an ordinance and two new permits that will apply food-safety rules found in restaurants to caterers hired to serve food at breweries, wineries and other businesses.

PASSAGES: DR .RICHARD BUTCHER, 77, HEALTHCARE HERO

 

Hear our 2015 radio interview with Dr. Butcher:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/9ljhcdy6y7/Newsmaker-RichardButcherMD-heal...

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18,  2016 (El  Cajon)—Dr. Richard O.  Butcher,  77, an El Cajon resident and  prominent San Diego physician honored nationally for his dedication to serving patients in poor and minority communities,  died of heart failure Saturday while attending the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in Florida.

Dr. Butcher was  highly respected in San Diego’s medical, philanthropic and sports communities,  as well as at the national  level.   Last year, he received the National Medical Association’s Practitioner of the Year Award.

FALL IN LOVE: DOGS AND CATS FOR HALF PRICE THIS WEEKEND AT COUNTY SHELTERS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- It’s the season to “fall” in love with a warm and fuzzy cat or dog at County Animal Services. It’s offering a “Fall in Love” half-price adoption special on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

As part of a 90-day pilot project, all three of the County’s shelters are open on Sundays, except for holidays. So feel free to stop by between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on either day and you may possibly meet the unconditional love of your life.

ALPINE MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Alpine) — A 55-year-old Alpine man died yesterday in a solo motorcycle accident.  He was riding a Harley Davidson westbound on Japatul Road near Hidden Glen Road at 2:36 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the yellow lines onto the dirt shoulder and struck an embankment, ejecting the rider.

TWITTER SUSPENDS RACISTS’ ACCOUNTS

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) — Twitter is taking aim at racism.  In dual actions, the company announced it will suspend accounts of prominent ‘alt-right’ leaders who are promoting white supremacy and bigotry.  Twitter also released new anti-harassment tools that allow users to block offensive tweets containing key words.

BOXER INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — For the fifth time in U.S. history, the president who won the popular vote has lost the presidency.  Hillary Clinton received nearly a million more actual votes than Donald Trump, yet Trump is poised to be named president by the Electoral College after receiving more electoral college delegates.

HELP SOUGHT TO FIND MISSING WOMAN LAST SEEN IN LA MESA/LAKE MURRAY AREA

 

East County News Service

November 15, 2016 (La Mesa) – Friends of Angie Andrus are asking for public help to locate her.  According to Esther McElroy Beish, a family friend, Andrus suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

She was last seen in the Lake Murray area on October 24, when her vehicle was towed.   She could be living on the streets and confused.  “We have no idea where she is or if she is okay,” says Beish.

LANE CLOSURES THIS WEEK: STATE ROUTE 67 AND DYE ROAD/HIGHLAND VALLEY ROAD

 

Source: Caltrans

November 15, 2016 (Ramona) - Caltrans crews will set up lane closures on northbound State Route 67 at the intersection with Dye Road/Highland Valley Road near Ramona on Monday and Tuesday from  7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. for paving operations.

MISSING LAKESIDE MAN MAY TRY GOING HOME TO LEMON GROVE

 

Update 8 p.m.:   Todd Perkins has been found safe in Lemon Grove.

East County News Service

November 14, 2016 (Lakeside)—The  Sheriff has issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Todd Randolph Perkins,48.  He has been missing since 2:30 p.m.  His caretaker says he may have walked away from his home on Dorsal Drive in Lakeside.

He suffers from a medical condition that causes him to limp.  He has green tattooso on both arms. He is white with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 130 pounds.  He has told his caretaker that he would like to return to his former home on the 7100 block of Broadway in Lemon Grove,though he does not drive.

AIR BAG RECALLS

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Sheriff's Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other agencies in spreading the word about a nationwide recall to replace at-risk airbags in certain vehicles.

The recall involves vehicles, particularly Hondas and Acuras, that are equipped with Takata airbag inflators. Recall repairs are free of charge to all vehicle owners.

THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN – HERE’S HOW

 

By Greg Palast

Reprinted with permission of Greg Palast, award-winning investigative reporter published in Rolling Stone, the Guardian and BBC News. His New York Times bestseller, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, is now a major motion picture documentary.

Editor’s note: I interviewed Palast before the election, when he warned that Trump operatives were conspiring to steal it by purging 7.2 million minority voters off voting roles in key swing states. Now Palast has evidence that Trump’s winning margin in these states was far less than the number of voters wrongly removed by software called “Crosscheck.” It purported to remove duplicate voters with common minority names, even when middle names were different, denying millions of Latinos, blacks and Asians their right to vote. The mastermind behind Crosscheck is Kris Kobach, now head of Trump’s immigration policies transition team. If you believe this election should be investigated, send this story to your elected officials or party leaders.  You can also Support The Palast Investigative Fund. E

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November 12, 2016 -- Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.

Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.

CALIFORNIA LEADERS REACT TO TRUMP ELECTION

 

"Let's repeal ObamaCare, abolish Common Core, and get constitutional judges on the Supreme Court,"-- California Republican Party

"For the more than 20million Americans who gained health insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, repeal and replace means death and despair.”-- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Leaders in the California Republican and Democratic parties are speaking out following the election of President-Elect Donald Trump. Reactions range from praise to condemnation.

LOCAL LATINOS REACT WITH FEAR, SORROW TO NEWS OF TRUMP ELECTION

Meeting Nov. 12 planned for communities of color concerned about the election outcome

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Estela de los Rios, past victim of a hate crime in El Cajon

November 11, 2016 (San Diego) – Maria, a maid and legal U.S. resident who has raised her daughter here,  tearfully put her elderly,  frail mother on a plane Wednesday night and said goodbye,  perhaps forever.  “She is going back to Mexico, before Donald Trump can deport her,” Maria told East Magazine.

President-Elect Trump has vowed to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants in America—including those brought here as children and the parents of U.S. citizens.  Even children who were brought here as babies, who have never known any other home.  Even ill and elderly parents such as Maria’s mother,  who has survived cancer and suffers from  diabetes.  Maria fears she is too ill to survive long on her own in Mexico—but the prospect of her mother languishing in a detention camp was even more frightening.

PET ADOPTION FEES WAIVED FOR MILITARY, VETS

 

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 10, 2016 (San Diego) - In honor of Veterans Day, County Animal Services is joining Animals for Armed Forces and waiving adoption fees to military members and their families on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13.

Residents who show a military ID can stop by the County’s three animal care facilities this Saturday and Sunday and choose from the many dogs, cats, rabbits up for adoption. The three locations will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL IN SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2016 (Jamul) --  This Friday, November 11th on Veteran’s Day Hollywood Casino Jamul is kicking off a military appreciation program that will honor veterans 52 weeks out of the year.  Each week on Thank You Thursdays all who served our great country will receive a 20% discount on their meal in any of the eight restaurants at the Hollywood Casino Jamul property as well as 15% off at the gift shop. 

THE MOST IMPORTANT POINTS TO PONDER BEFORE YOU VOTE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – For many Americans,  this presidential election poses the most difficult choice ever.  Whoever you choose for president—even if you leave the top of the ticket blank – remember that there are many other down ticket races that matter.  Recent local elections for school board and fire board have been decided by a single vote.

I can’t tell you who to support for president.  But as a news editor,  a mother, and a long-time political observer,  I can share thoughts on factors to weigh before you cast your vote--an analysis of the pros and cons of the two major candidates and even some third party alternatives.

I-8 LANE AND RAMP CLOSURES IN EL CAJON

 

Source: Caltrans

November 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Lane and ramp closures are taking place along Interstate 8 (I-8) in El Cajon between Johnson Avenue and Lake Jennings Park Road Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. until mid-December. According to Caltrans, the pavement rehabilitation project will also include lane closures on some adjacent surface streets.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS HOSTS VETERANS DAY TOWN HALL NOV. 10

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego) - Listen to San Diego Combat Veterans share their experience fighting for our country at a town hall hosted by Congresswoman Susan Davis at the Balboa Park Club at 2144 Pan American Road in San Diego from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. November 10.

PUBLIC’S PALM-READING NEEDED TO WARD OFF WEEVIL

 

Photos: Palm tree (right) heavily damaged by South American palm weevil (left); photos courtesy of the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- They’re 1 ½ to 2 inches long, jet black, with long snouts and a deadly appetite for one of Southern California’s biggest icons — palm trees.

In September, South American palm weevils were determined to have killed palm trees in San Ysidro.

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