DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 30 - JULY 29

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA’S CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN LIMITS

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER KILLS SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA FOR THIS YEAR

ALPINE RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO FIND SUSPECTS CAUGHT ON TAPE PLANTING FIRECRACKER UNDER CHILD’S WINDOW

FIRE NEAR MESA GRANDE RESERVATION THREATENS HOMES

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: MORGAN COOK, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST, ON HER INVESTIGATION INTO REP. HUNTER

FIND YOUR INNER COWBOY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JUNE 25 - JULY 29

CA GROUPS: SENATE HEALTH BILL "MORE DRACONIAN" THAN HOUSE VERSION

NATIONAL HOUSING EXPERT HIRED AS CEO OF NEW REGIONAL TASK FORCE ON HOMELESS: WALKER LED EFFORTS THAT REDUCED CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS 90% IN UTAH

TRAVEL + LEISURE CHOOSES RAMONA WINERY VINEYARD GRANT JAMES AS #2 WINERY IN U.S. TO VISIT

FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES IN EAST COUNTY

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JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ORDER TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 26, 2017 (San Diego) – A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that required withholding of federal funds from sanctuary cities and states that shelter immigrants and decline to cooperate with federal authorities on deportation efforts.

CALIF. SEA LEVELS RISING AT A RAPID RATE: 67% OF BEACHES COULD BE LOST BY END OF THIS CENTURY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 26, 2017 (San Diego) -- Sea levels rising much faster than expected could submerge over two-thirds of the state’s beaches by the end of this century, also forcing damage and relocation of major infrastructure. Those are among the disturbing findings of an updated  state-commissioned report, “Rising Seas in California.”  Sea levels could rise 30 to 40 times faster than in the last century, raising the sea level 10 feet after 2050 under the most severe scenario.

HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED AS MISSING LEMON GROVE TEEN WHO VANISHED OVER THREE YEARS AGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A body found in Otay Valley Regional Park in Chula Vista has been identified as Kimberly Arteaga, Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson with the San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail announced today.

PASSAGES: ARLENE ALPER, RAMONA RESIDENT AND STAFFER AT RANCHO BERNARDO HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2017 (Ramona) -- Arlene (Paladino) Alper, 63, died at her home on Mt. Woodson in Ramona, CA  on April 18, 2017 after a long battle with stage four breast cancer.  She was the mother of East County Magazine sportswriter Liz Alper.

TWO RESCUED OFF COWLES MOUNTAIN

 

East County News Service

Photo: San Diego Fire-Rescue

April 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Two hikers were rescued over the weekend off Cowles Mountain.

A 69-year-old woman suffered heat exhaustion and was airlifted off the trail on Saturday afternoon.  Then on Sunday, a second airlift was done to rescue a 25-year-old hiker who suffered an injury.  She was taken by ambulance to a hospital for non-emergency treatment, according to San Diego-Rescue Service.

RAMONA PLANNERS PUSH STATE FOR SAFETY SOLUTIONS ON STATE ROUTE 67

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2017 (Ramona) – State Route 67 between Ramona and Lakeside is one of the most accident-prone stretches of highway in San Diego County. 

Caltrans is planning to install flexible posts between Willow Road in Lakeside and Shady Oaks in Ramona at a cost of $7.14 million in hopes of preventing head-on collisions.

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to escalate.  NBC news reports that Korean officials have called deployment of the USS Carl Vinson, a San Diego-based carrier, to the region “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade the north.”

EAST COUNTY HOMELESSNESS INCREASES 7%--AND NEARLY ALL ARE UNSHELTERED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- The annual count of San Diego County’s homeless population found 9,116 people living on the streets or in shelters, a 5 percent increase from last year countywide. Results were released Thursday from the Point-in-Time Count held in the early morning hours of January 27th. The effort is organized by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

AB 805 ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE AS EAST COUNTY CITIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST SANDAG POWER GRAB

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

“I will argue that my minority and low income citizens have just as much right to be fairly represented as San Diego and Chula Vista.”—Lemon Grove Councilman Jerry Jones

April 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Assembly Bill 805  passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.  The measure claims to  reform SANDAG,  but in fact gives virtually all power to the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, leaving East County cities and other communities in our county powerless to add agenda items to benefit other cities or block objectionable measures at SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District.

Now East County cities are fighting back.   On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council will consider a proposal from Council members Bill Baber and Kristine Alessio to hire a legislative lobbyist to advocate on La Mesa’s behalf against AB 805, which was authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), according to the agenda.

El Cajon’s City Council has voted to oppose AB 805, as did Lemon Grove and La Mesa.  East County Assemblyman Randy Voepel, former Mayor of Santee, voted against the measure in committee.

HELICOPTER TRAFFIC, PARKS AND MORE ON CAMPO LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP’S AGENDA APRIL 24

 

East County News Service

April 22, 2017 (Campo-Lake Morena) – The Campo Lake Morena Planning Group meets Monday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Empire Community Center (976 Seridan Rd., Campo).   

The agenda includes a discussion about low-flying military helicopters over communities, a proposed change in state law regarding parks funding, and a review of applicants for a board vacancy.  Applications are still being accepted. 

Scroll down to view full agenda.

VIEW OUR VIDEOS: 7 CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT IN FORUM ON RACE TO REPLACE DUNCAN HUNTER

 

 

Photo:  top left to right:  Ammar Campa-Najjar, Patrick Malloy, Hannah Gbeh, Josh Butner, Gloria Chadwick, Glenn Jensen, Pierre “Pete” Beauregard

By Miriam Raftery

View our videos and post your comments!  Which candidate(s) are strongest and why?  Which might you be most apt to consider voting for, and why?

Part 1: https://youtu.be/pOOQxhTDj5Q

Part 2:  https://youtu.be/kk4H7dNWTPQ

April 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County)—Seven Democratic candidates running  for the seat currently held by Republican Duncan Hunter participated in a lively forum last night hosted by the East County Democratic Club.   After opening statements, by each candidate they fielded questions on women’s rights,  healthcare, public education, protecting minorities, digital privacy, as well as their backgrounds, financing and organizing strengths. Many other issues were also addressed by this diverse and articulate array of candidates seeking to represent the 50th Congressional district.

The field includes a former Navy Seal, a farmer, a nurse, an ex-Navy medic, rural planning board members,   a Hispanic and Arab-American activist in the Obama administration, a realtor, a computer data expert, an environmnetalist, and more -- with several candidates having background in multiple fields.

Watch for our detailed analysis of the forum coming later. 

LAWSUIT TARGETS TRUMP'S BORDER WALL, ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM OVER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Center for Biological Diversity and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, who serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, sued the Trump administration this week over the proposed border wall and other border security measures, calling on federal agencies to conduct an in-depth investigation of the proposal’s environmental impacts.

DHS OIG HOTLINE TELEPHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN USED IN SCAM TO OBTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

 

 

Source:  Department of Homeland Security

April 19, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the DHS OIG Hotline telephone number has been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

MISSING BORDER ANGELS ACTIVIST HUGO CASTRO FOUND ALIVE AND INJURED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) — Hugo Castro, a San Diego-based activist with Border Angels, has been found alive after an apparent abduction near Mexico City, Mexico’s Attorney General announced.  According to Mexico’s Attorney General, an anonymous caller tipped off a special prosecutor for disappeared persons and Castro was found on a street in the city of Tlalnepantla de Baz.

WHAT’s UP, DUNC? GIANT RABBIT TO STALK REP. HUNTER ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Clip art; the actual "Duncan Thumpin'" costume has not yet been revealed

April 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Hopping down the bunny trail—and the campaign trail—Duncan Thumper will soon be popping up at Congressman Duncan Hunter’s events to draw attention to his campaign finance controversies that have sparked a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

GC ALUM BENSON WORKS BEST @MIDNIGHT

 

By Nick Pellegrino for East County Magazine

Photo courtesy Comedy Central

April 17, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Comedian Doug Benson is nothing close to an overnight success, yet after 20 years in show business, the former Grossmont College student is starting to gain notoriety after recently claiming the Tournament of Champion on the self-admitted, fake game show @midnight.

CASE OF ELIJA “BEAR” DIAZ, EL CAJON MAN MISSING SINCE 2015, TO BE FEATURED ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY TV APRIL 23

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) — “Every Mother’s Son,” an Investigation Discovery TV show episode about the disappearance of Elija “Bear” Diaz, will air on April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Diaz vanished in the middle of the night of August 29, 2015 from his El Cajon home and his family suspects he met with foul play. A member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, he was 20 years old at the time.

“We are encouraged that this national focus on Bear’s case will spark someone to remember any clues that might help us find him,” said LeLanie Thompson, Bear’s mom. “We miss our son and won’t stop looking for him until we have some answers about his disappearance. We appreciate the community’s continued support.”

UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA TO DIVEST FROM PRIVATE PRISONS AS BILL ADVANCES TO END ALL USE OF PRIVATE PRISONS STATEWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2017 (San Diego)  –  The University of California has announced that it will halt its investments in private prison companies, removing $25 million in investments from Corrections Corporation of America, G4S, and GEO Group Inc., the Los Angeles Times reports.

TRUMP POLICIES HURT TOURISM AND THREATEN SAN DIEGO’S ECONOMY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2017 (San Diego) – The U.S. is poised to lose $7.4 billion in lost tourism dollars this year and $10.9 billion next year due to President Donald Trump’s travel ban and other policies making travelers feel unwelcome in the U.S., Tourism Economics estimates, the Washington Post reports.  

TAX DAY PROTESTS CALL FOR RELEASE OF TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Across the nation, tens of thousands of people in more than 100 cities held Tax Day protests on April 15th – calling on President Donald Trump to release his income tax returns.  San Diego event organizers estimate that several thousands took to the streets locally, also urging Congress to subpoena Trump’s tax returns.

EL CAJON MOTORIST BLAMELESS IN DEATH OF WOMAN ON I-15; CHP SEEKS WITNESSES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2017 (San Diego) -- A woman, 60, was driving south on I-15 near Miramar Road Thursday at noon when she inexplicably came out of her vehicle and landed on the roadway, Officer E. Colunga with California Highway Patrol reports.  She was struck by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene.

“MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS” MAY HAVE KILLED OVER 90 ISIS FIGHTERS IN AFGHANISTAN

 

East County News Service

April 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed to destroy caves used by ISIS fighters in the Achin area of Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirms.  Some Afghan officials estimate that as many as 94 ISIS fighters and four commanders may have been killed, with no civilian deaths reported, according to NBC news.

BORDER ANGELS' HUGO CASTRO MISSING IN MEXICO AMID CHILLING VIDEO APPEAL

 

By Ken Stone and Chris Stone

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Border Angel volunteer coordinator Hugo Castro directs distribution of items to a Tijuana shelter for Haitians during a recent trip. Photo by Chris Stone


April 15, 2017 (San Diego) - Friends and family of migrant activist Hugo Castro fear for his life in the wake of a Facebook video in which he appeals for help on a road southeast of Mexico City.

SNAKES ALIVE! ANIMAL SERVICES WRANGLES BACKYARD RATTLER

 

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

April 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- It’s spring and it seems everyone is enjoying the sunshine, even snakes. A Rancho Peñasquitos couple found a red diamond rattler in their backyard Monday evening and called County Animal Services for help.

Animal Control Officer Joni Palumbo responded to the call. She’s handled snake calls before but never with a snake this large. View video of the rattlesnake wrangling: https://youtu.be/tN5NfsNBotM

SAN MIGUEL FIRE TAKES STEPS TOWARDS COMPLETING INDEPENDENCE

 

By Mike Allen

Photo:  San Miguel Fire & Rescue

April 13, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- The San Miguel Fire District continues to take the necessary steps to go back to being a stand-alone agency and cut the cord from Cal Fire, which currently provides its fire protection services.

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