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WEATHER SERVICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

East County News Service

March 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – We all want to know how much rain or snow has fallen in local communities – and get accurate forecasts on future weather. Now you can help make that happen. The National Weather Service is looking for volunteers to gather information that will help them better predict the weather, particularly in mountain and desert areas where valuable data on precipitation is lacking.

COUNTY SETS HEARINGS ON REDISTRICTING PROPOSED BY GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 



By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 31 with new info from the County Office of Education.

March 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The County Committee on School District Organization will hold six hearings to get public input on the Grossmont Union High School District’s proposed shift to electing governing board trustees by districts.  The GUHSD board voted 4-1 to adopt a controversial map and seek a waiver of a public vote despite opposition from members of the public who spoke, some alleging gerrymandering to oust a dissenting board member and break up a vocal minority voting block, as ECM reported.

The six hearings are set for March 17 in La Mesa, March 28 in El Cajon,  April 4 in Alpine,  April 5 in Jamul, April 6 in Lemon Grove, and April 11 in Lakeside.  The public can testify at the meetings and also submit written comments up until April 7.  The County’s committee will vote to approve or disapprove the district’s request at its April 13 meeting. The Alpine hearing was added after ECM and community members asked that Alpine be added as a location due to the many controversies involving the Alpine area.

For the full schedule of meetings, rules and details, click "read more" and scroll down.

To view the San Diego County Office of Education hearings announcement in English, Spanish and Arabic, click here.

To view data on the GUHSD redistricting plan including demographic details and maps, click here.

TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM TEST MARCH 23

 

Officials to test tsunami warning system in central and southern Calif. on March 23 during Tsunami Preparedness Week 



Source:  NOAA press release

Photo: Youtube screenshot

March 18, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - NOAA and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) plan to conduct a test of the tsunami warning communications system on Wednesday, March 23 at approximately 10:15 a.m. PDT in coastal areas of central and southern California.   

ARMY CORPS TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON CAMP LOCKETT STUDY APRIL 6

 

 

 

 

Study to address potential contamination and cleanup of historic military site

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (Camp Lockett) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a public meeting to present information on the upcoming Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study at Camp Lockett. Camp Lockett is a Formerly Used Defense Site located in San Diego County. Its property boundary surrounds the town of Campo.

Camp Lockett was initially used by the U.S. Army for cavalry training and border defense, then for training of troops during World War II. After its use as a training range, portions of Camp Lockett were used for the Mitchell Convalescent Hospital and for a prisoner of war camp.

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES FOIA REFORM BILL TO INCREASE ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 17, 2016 (Washington D.C.)—The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed legislation with rare bipartisan support that would make it easier for the public and media to obtain government records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The bill was authored by Senator John Cornyn of Texas with San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa as the lead sponsor of the bill.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK SILVER CAR THAT STRUCK GIRL, FLED SCENE

 

East County News Service

March 15, 2016 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Department seeks public help to find a hit-and-run driver who struck and seriously injured a 12-year-old girl. The child was crossing the street on East Chase near Avocado with friends around 8:20 a.m. when she was hit. According to witness statements, she was crossing mid-block and was not in a crosswalk.

The suspect vehicle was caught on surveillance video. It appears to be a silver 2016 Honda Accord, two-door, or similar model. It was traveling east on Chase when the accident occurred. The driver did not stop, leaving the injured child in the street.

BILL WOULD REQUIRE IGNITION LOCKS FOR FIRST-TIME DRUNK DRIVERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2016 (San Diego) — Two San Diego legislators, Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) and Assemblyman Brian Mainschein (R-San Diego) have introduced Senate Bill 1046, a measure that would require people convicted of first-time drunk driving offenses to install an ignition interlock system on each vehicle that they own or operate.  If the device detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the vehicle won’t start.

CONSUMER GROUP COMPLAINT ALLEGES GOVERNOR’S TOP AIDE ILLEGALLY HELPED PG&E, HER EX-EMPLOYER, AFTER SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION

 

Nancy McFadden benefitted financially from her decisions through PG&E stocks she held, complaint contends

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Youtube screenshot

March 15, 2016 (Santa Monica) – Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization, has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission contending that Governor Jerry Brown’s top aide, Nancy McFadden, broke state law by owning up to $1 million in stock in her former employer, Pacific Gas & Electric, and using her official position for personal financial benefit by intervening to inflate the company’s stock price.  She also reportedly failed to appropriately disclose the timing of her PG&E stock sales.

ALPINE HEARING ADDED ON GUHSD REDISTRICTING: APRIL 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – In response to an East County Magazine inquiry asking why Alpine was excluded from a list of upcoming hearings on the proposed Grossmont Union High School District's controversial redistricting plans, The County Committee on School District Organization has announced it will hold an additional hearing in Alpine on April 4 at 6 p.m. at Joan McQueen Middle School.

The County had previously scheduled four hearings in other locations,  to get public input on the Grossmont Union High School District’s proposed shift to electing governing board trustees by districts. 

For Alpine, the stakes are high. Alpine stands to lose its only advocate for an Alpine High School, Priscilla Schreiber, who would lose her seat under the plan approved by the GUHSD.  Alpine would be represented by Jim Kelly, a vocal opponent of the Alpine High School, an issue currently in litigation that has also led to unification efforts in which Alpine parents are seeking to break away from the GUHSD.

For the full schedule of meetings slated across East County set by the County Office of Education, rules and details, click "read more" and scroll down.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA MORATORIUM ON SUPERVISORS’ AGENDA WEDNESDAY

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2016 (San Diego) – Supervisors will hear a report with options for enacting a moratorium banning future medical marijuana collective facilities on Wednesday, March 16th.

In February, nine speakers addressed Supervisors during public comment with concerns over marijuana dispensaries.  The Supervisors asked the Chief Administration Officer to craft options now available for regulating medical marijuana collectives in light of “a recent California Supreme Court decision that allows local municipalities to ban marijuana facilities, newly adopted State laws pertaining to medical marijuana, and ballot initiatives slated for the November ballot,” according to the agenda.

ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT TURNS DOWN OFFER FOR INDEPENDENT TESTING OF ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine Union High School District(AUSD)  has turned down an offer by the Alpine Education Foundation to conduct independent testing of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) at the Alpine Elementary School campus, citing legal concerns. 

But Superintendent Bruce Cochrane suggests the door is open to a compromise to get the readings done.  “IF AEF were open to donating the necessary funds to the AUSD, the district would be open to contracting out to the firm they have recommended to do testing at AES,” the Superintendent told ECM.

FIX-A-LEAK WEEK DELIVERS DISCOUNT LEAK-STOPPING SERVICES





Water Authority partners with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of San Diego for second year

East County News Service

March 9, 2016 (San Diego) - As part of the regional effort to reduce water waste, the San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are again partnering with the local chapter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association during national Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20, to make fixing water leaks less costly for residents and businesses.

REVITALIZATION IN THE HOUSE OF GOLD

 

Community group brings change to Casa de Oro

Report from the Casa de Oro Alliance

March 9, 2016 (Casa de Oro) -- The increase of higher risk and illegal businesses in the neighborhood has lit a fire of enthusiasm for Casa de Oro residents and businesses alike. Instead of turning a blind eye or becoming apathetic, nearly three dozen multi-sector community members have united to strategically develop an action plan for revitalization efforts in the Casa de Oro community.

UC ASKS RESIDENTS TO INSPECT CITRUS TREES FOR ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID THIS SPRING

 

California citrus - both on farms and in home landscapes - face a very real threat from a disease that is spread by Asian citrus psyllid. Florida and Texas citrus is already suffering terribly. California may be able to avoid the same fate, if all residents and farmers do their part to combat the pest.  A video on YouTube has details. View more high-resolution photos

Photos: Asian citrus psyllids, malformed leaves and deformed fruits caused by the destructive pest

By Jeannette Warnert, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

March 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- A tell-tale sign of spring in California is a flush of new leaf growth on citrus trees. Because the feathery light green leaves are particularly attractive to Asian citrus psyllids (ACP), the leaves' emergence marks a critical time to determine whether the pest has infested trees.

WINTER STORM BRINGS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, SNOW TO REGION

 

East County News Service

March 7, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--A strong line of thunderstorms will continue across the area this morning. Brief, heavy downpours, dangerous lightning, gusty winds, small hail and slick roads are expected this morning. The snow level could drop to 4,000 feet tonight, with several inches of snow above 4,500 feet.

There is also a special marine warning that includes all coastal waters in San Diego County due to severe thunderstorms. Boaters are advised to move to shore until the storm passes.

RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO COUNTY BEACHES

 

Source:  County of San Diego DEH

March 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Rain Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for General Advisories, activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions. 

HOME OWNERSHIP WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY MEMBERS MARCH 19

 

East County News Service

March 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — The San Diego Association of Realtors, Senator Joel Anderson, American Legion 731 and the Virtual Counselor Network will host a Military Housing Resource Workshop for all current and former military members.  The free workshop will be held Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the American Legion  (7245 Linda Vista Road) in San Diego


DEPOT SPRINGS OWNER HOSTS Q&A WITH COMMUNITY MARCH 15

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2016 (La Mesa) –“Many of you have asked for a time to meet myself and the entire Depot Springs team,” says Aaron Dean, owner of the Depot Springs Beer Company restaurant, brewery and entertainment venue under construction at the corner of Fletcher Parkway and Dallas Street. 

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS GOES TO FLINT TO LISTEN TO RESIDENTS’ ORDEAL WITH WATER CRISIS

 

Democratic presidential debate to be held Sunday in Flint, drawing national attention to lead poisoning, harm to city’s children

East County News Service

Photo: Roosevelt Mitchell on Twitter

March 4, 2016 (Flint, Michigan) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) went to Flint, Michigan as part of 26-member congressional delegation to hear firsthand from the residents of Flint about the challenges they faced.

DRIVER WITHOUT SEATBELT KILLED IN ROLLOVER ON HIGHWAY 94

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2016 (Spring Valley) – A 32-year-old Spring Valley man driving a 2002 Acura at a high rate of speed on State Route 94 eastbound at Spring Street yesterday morning struck a center divider wall, then veered to the right and hit a guard rail. 

VOTING FOR PRESIDENT IN THE PRIMARY? MAKE SURE YOU CAN

 

County News Service

March 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- If you are registered as a No Party Preference (or nonpartisan voter) and get your ballot by mail, the Registrar of Voters wants you to know presidential candidates will not be listed on your ballot. If you’d like to vote for a presidential candidate in the June primary, you must take action and request a party ballot.

CAMPO ROAD IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO TO UNDERGO 2-YEAR SEWER REPLACEMENT PROJECT

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

March 2, 2016 (Rancho San Diego)—Construction on a sewer replacement project along Campo Road through Rancho San Diego is slated to begin this summer and continue until spring 2018.  The project extends from Avocado to the Rancho San Diego Town Center near Cuyamaca College along the State Route 94 right-of-way.

Most work on the two-year project will be done at night between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. to lessen impacts on traffic, staff from Otay Water District have indicated.  Construction will also be restricted from March through August to protect birds from disruption during nesting season.

COST DOUBLES FOR NEW SAN MIGUEL FIRE STATION

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2016 (El Cajon) – A new fire station on Pepper Drive in El Cajon will cost up to $1.8 million to build, including the land acquisition cost. The San Miguel Fire District approved the expenditure last week of $1.4 million for construction costs – more than double the original cost projection.

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