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LA MESA LAUNCHES "GO FUND ME" DRIVE FOR FLAG DAY PARADE COSTS

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2015 (La Mesa)—In this era of tight budgets, the City of La Mesa has launched a “Go Fund Me” online drive to raise money to help defray costs of the 19th annual Flag Day Parade.  The annual salute to Old Glory will be held on Saturday, May 30th down La Mesa Boulevard, with pre-parade concerts by the La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands.

AMBULANCE UPDATES ANNOUNCED

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Earlier we reported on a new contract for ambulance service that the County has signed, effective April 1st.  That contract required only four ambulances for an entire district stretching from the border north to Mount Laguna, and from Jamul east to the Imperial County line.

COUNTY CHANGES AMBULANCE SERVICE WITHOUT PUBLIC NOTICE: PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATES VOICE ALARM

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 23, 2015 with clarifications provided by Mercy, which has decided to add 2 more permanent ambulances to this service area..

March 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – What if you had a medical emergency and the nearest ambulance had to come from Imperial County or other distant places up to an hour away?  That’s the very real prospect facing rural East County residents under a stealth change in ambulance service approved by a county bureaucrat with no public notice, no hearing, and no vote by the Supervisors.

While some aspects of coverage stand to improve under the contract, adding more in-district ambulances and newer equipment, there are some major concerns raised by local safety advocates with regard to mutual aid and staffing.

TWO ALARM FIRE AT VACANT COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN EL CAJON

 

East County Magazine

Photo by Heartland Fire Marshall Chris Jensen

March 21, 2015 (El Cajon) –Heartland Fire & Rescue doused a structure fire in a vacant commercial building at 581 South Marshall Avenue in El Cajon at 1:22 a.m.

MISSING SPRING VALLEY WOMAN

 

Update March 21: Linda Adene Snow-Biggers has been found safe and unhramed, the Sheriff reports.

East County News Service

March 20, 2015 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff seeks public help to locate a missing Spring Valley woman.  On Wednesday, March 18th,  Linda Adene Snow-Biggers walked away from her home at 2601 Sweetwater Road, where she lives with her husband.  She was last seen walking barefoot by a neighbor, wearing a white sun dress.  She is 53 years old, six feet tall, weighs 160 pounds, and has brown hair and green eyes.

FIREFIGHTERS DOUSE CAR PORT FIRE IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

March 16, 2015 (La Mesa)--Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa, with assistance from San Diego Fire, were dispatched to reports of a car fire in the 7900 block of La Mesa Blvd Saturday night.  The call was quickly upgraded to a residential structure fire after dispatch received multiple cars of a fire.

IF YOU CALLED OUR MAGAZINE'S OFFICE AND DIDN"T GET A CALL BACK., PLEASE TRY AGAIN

March 17, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Our office mascots have been mischievious.  Our editor discovered her phone unplugged and her answering machine messages erased! Rex, our cat with a personality like Garfield, is the principal suspect, thought the dog did have a slightly guilty expression...must be the spirit of the leprechauns!

If you left a message and did not get a call back, please call us again at 619-698-7617 or for longer messages, please e-mail editor@eastcountymagazine.org.  (Thankfully these little rascals have not yet figured out how to delete e-mails...we hope.)

BILL TO DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL CANNABIS

 

By Leon Thompson

March 17th, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--Senators Cory Booker, Kristen Gillibrand, and Rand Paul introduced SB.683, the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act.

A WOMAN ON THE $20 BILL?

 

East County News Service

March 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--A woman’s place is on the money. That’s the slogan of a new group called Womenon20s.org, which has launched a national campaign to put a woman’s face on the $20 bill.

ECM EDITOR NOMINATED FOR “WOMEN OF INFLUENCE” AWARDS

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2015 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Editor Miriam Raftery is among the nominees for the  Women of Influence Awards set to honor women business leaders as well as organizations and individuals championing women in leadership. 

More than 250 nominations were submitted and 137 final nominees will be honored by ConnectedWomenofInfluence.com at the event on March 25th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mission Valley Hilton.  For tickets and details, visit www.womenofinfluenceawards.com.

CA COULD RUN OUT OF WATER IN A YEAR, NASA SCIENTIST WARNS

 

State considers mandatory rationing

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California could run out of water in a year as reservoirs run dry and groundwater resources are being overpumped.  That’s the dire warning of Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech.

SDG&E WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT IMPOSTERS BURGLARIZING HOMES

 

March 13, 2015 (San Diego)  – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a person or persons who have recently posed as utility employees asking to enter a customer’s home. It has been reported that the imposter will distract unsuspecting customers while performing “routine inspections,” while another imposter burglarizes the home.

SENATOR FEINSTEIN ASKS FDA TO INVESTIGATE DOG FOOD ILLNESS CLAIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – California Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to know why the FDA has not taken action to halt the sale of Purina Beneful dog food. The products remain on the market despite numerous complaints and now a lawsuit claiming that thousands of dogs were sickened or died after eating the dry kibble food.

HORSES HIT IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

March 11, 2015 (Alpine) – Two horses running loose in Alpine early this morning were hit by vehicles, and one horse is dead. The California Highway Patrol is trying to find out who owns the horses; if you have information please call Animal Control at 619-498-2305.

HEAT WAVE!

 

March 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – An unseasonable heat wave is forecast for Friday through Monday, sending daytime temperatures to record levels west of the mountains with very low humidity, according to Alexander Tardy at the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s in San Diego County’s inland areas and well into the 80s for several hours each of these days, though the peak of the hot weather should occur Saturday and Sunday.

OBAMA DELIVERS POWERFUL SPEECH ON VOTING RIGHTS AT 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SELMA MARCH

 

View video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/08/president-obama-marks-50th-anniversary-marches-selma-montgomery

East County News Service

This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of “bloody Sunday,” when marchers in Selma, Alabama were attacked and beaten back by police as they marched for voting rights.  The incident sparked national outrage and ultimately helped win passage of the Voting Rights Act.  Yet voting rights are once again under assault across the U.S., as bigotry and attempts to suppress African-American votes continue long after that fateful day in Selma.

We still have a long way to go as a nation, as President Barack Obama made clear in an speech delivered to a crowd on the bridge in Selma, Alabama on Sunday. The President celebrated the victories achieved since Selma, also urging that marchers symbolically continue.  calling for  voting rights for all Americans.

DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF BLACK VOTERS CONTINUES LONG AFTER SELMA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2015 (San Diego)--As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, investigative reporter Greg Palast has published findings that show we still have a long way to go as a nation to achieve civil rights for all people.

PURLOINED PUPPY RETURNED TO RIGHTFUL OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Missing pup has been reunited with his owner; photo courtesy 10 News

March 7, 2015 (El Cajon )—A puppy stolen from the backyard of an El Cajon home is back home, thanks to a story aired by ECM news partner 10 News.

CAL-TRANS ANNOUNCES CLOSURES OF I-8 AND S-52 RAMPS

 

 

March 6, 2015 (San Diego) – I-8 on ramps at State Route 163 will be closed Saturday morning for maintenance.  On Monday night, ramps and lanes at I-8 and I-5 will be temporarily shut down for work on a connector project. In addition, state route 52 connector routes at I-15 and 163 will be shut on Sunday morning. 

For details, scroll down.

VIEW EL CAJON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT DATA OBTAINED BY EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE THROUGH A PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

 

By East County Magazine

View a detailed list of pedestrian accidents resulting in serious injuries or deaths in El Cajon

March 5, 2015 (El Cajon)--El Cajon has had 17 fatality pedestrian accidents from 2011 to 2014, including six on Main and East Main Street. The city also had 61 serious injury accidents involving pedestrians during the same period.  During the first few weeks of 2015, fatal pedestrian accidents have claimed more lives, including a 7-year-old boy and an elderly woman in El Cajon.

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