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WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS ART SHOW, RECEPTION TO BENEFIT PROMINENT WESTERN ARTIST JACK JORDAN

SILVERGATE THREATENS LITIGATION AFTER LA MESA CITY COUNCIL DEADLOCKS ON LITTLE FLOWER HAVEN REDEVELOPMENT

LA MESA VICE MAYOR QUITS REPUBLICAN PARTY OVER RACISM

TRUMP SHIFTS STANCE ON KKK AND NEO-NAZIS, HAS CANCELLED FUNDING TO COMBAT THEIR RECRUITING EFFORTS

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES GET FIRST SWEEP IN AN ETERNITY WITH 3-0 WIN OVER PHILLIES

CLEAR THE SHELTER DAYS: COUNTY WAIVES ADOPTION FEES ON AUGUST 19

WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: AUG. 20-OCT. 22

HELIX WATER TO CONSIDER CREATING A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT WEDNESDAY’S MEETING

COUNTY RELEASES DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

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DESCANSO WOMAN, 22, KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN CARLSBAD

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (Descanso) – Mireyaa Hernandez, 22, of Descanso died May 7th in a rollover crash in Carlsbad at 1:31 a.m.  According to the Medical Examiner’s report, she was the passenger in the back seat of a double-cab pickup truck that lost control in a curve on the ramp from northbound I-5 to eastbound 78.

DEATH OF SAILOR/MOM FOUND IN BURNING VEHICLE IN SANTEE RULED SUICIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Facebook

May 11, 2017 (Santee) — Santee resident Andrea Daves, 33, seemed to have everything to live for.  A married Navy sailor with children ages 2 and 3, she was on maternity leave when her body was found in a burning vehicle on Mast Boulevard in Santee back in February.   But now her death has been determined to be a suicide; cause of death was thermal burns, according to a press release issued by Lt. Kenneth Nelson with the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit.

 

 

 

HELP AVAILABLE TO EAT HEALTHIER: COUNTY EXPANDS CAL-FRESH AWARENESS EVENTS IN EAST COUNTY

 

Update: The County has provided a list of additional locations for CalFresh eents in East County.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  seagull-bt/Pixabay

May 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The desire to eat healthier often comes with an all too familiar roadblock: staying within the family food budget while grocery shopping. There is help for families and individuals to supplement their food budget through CalFresh, a supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet income guidelines.   CalFresh is designed to reduce food insecurity and increase food budgets, improving participant’s access to fresh and healthy food.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL NURSE JOINS CONSTRUCTION MONITORING CITIZENS COMMITTEE

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2017 (La Mesa) - The volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has a new member. Lindsey Ryan, the hospital’s Manager of Nursing Education and Professional Development, has joined the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC).

TELEMUNDO SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES JULY 1 ON LOCAL CHANNEL 20

 

Special program, “Telemundo 20, tu nuevo noticiero” airs on July 1 ahead of station’s first-ever live, local newscasts that debut on Monday, July 3 at 5 PM 

Station’s website and mobile app launch on June 1 

East County News Service

May 10, 2017 (San Diego) - The Telemundo Station Group today announced that Telemundo 20 San Diego will officially launch on Saturday, July 1 with a special 30-minute program, “Telemundo 20, tu nuevo noticiero” (“Telemundo 20, your new newscast”) at 6 PM (PT) that will feature interviews with the station’s news anchors and reporters and give local audiences a behind-the-scenes look at launch-day preparations in advance of the news team’s on-air debut on Monday, July 3. Telemundo 20 will air its first-ever weekday local newscasts, "Noticiero Telemundo 20" at 5 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM (PT) on July 3. Telemundo 20 will provide audiences in the San Diego and Baja California area in Mexico the local news, weather and sports information they need to stay informed across all platforms as well as Telemundo network entertainment programming they enjoy. 

TRUMP FIRES FBI DIRECTOR AMID INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN TIES, PROMPTING ACCUSATIONS OF COVERUP

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Comey official FBI portrait

May 10, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump has fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director over the weekend, stating that he has “lost confidence” in James Comey.   Comey was scheduled to testify this Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI investigation into Russia’s hacking of the U.S. presidential election.

DA FINDS OFFICERS JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING OF DANNY BALDWIN

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2017 (El Cajon) - San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis today released video of five San Diego County shootings involving officers and civilians, including a video of the shooting death of Danny Martin Baldwin, an El Cajon man who was killed by an officer on New Year's Day.

HOUSE PASSES REPEAL OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT; BILL MOVES TO SENATE

 

Hunter and Issa cast deciding votes

East County News Service

May 5, 2017 (Washington D.C.) - On Monday, ECM reported that a bill that could repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was heading to a rushed vote in the House on Thursday.  That bill, the American Healthcare Act, passed yesterday narrowly.

The bill passed by a four-vote margin with San Diego Republicans Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa both voting in favor. Had they voted against, the vote would have been tied and the measure would not have passed.

EXPERT FORUM: WHAT'S IN YOUR FAUCET? ISSUES OF WATER QUALITY MAY 18

 

Source:  Helix Public Outreach from Helix Water District

May 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Water Conservation Garden will be holding the second event in their Expert Forum series on Thursday, May 18th at 5:30pm.

A variety of panelists, including Helix Water District's Director of Water Quality, and points of view about drinking water quality will be presented, including ocean water desalination, the pros and cons of bottled water, recycled water and ways that our water is tested.

SPRING STORM COULD BRING SNOW THIS WEEKEND

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A late spring storm will bring gusty winds, rain and snow as low as 4000 feet this weekend, the National Weather Service advises

Starting Saturday afternoon, expect strong winds, with blowing dust and sands in desert areas producing hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

TRUMP TO SIGN “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM” ORDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that would order the IRS to take a hands-off approach to churches that endorse political candidates. It also orders federal agencies to exempt some religious groups from a requirement to provide birth control to employees.  

But a third provision has been scrapped, which would have allowed businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and other moral grounds.

AARP MAINTAINS FIRM OPPOSITION TO HEALTH BILL

 

Measure slashes coverage for Medicaid, nursing homes, in-home care, and pre-existing conditions, nation’s largest organizations of seniors warns

East County News Service

 May 3, 2017  (Washington D.C.) -- AARP Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy A. LeaMond sent the following letter today to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to the Upton Amendment to the health care bill, urging them to vote NO on the bill.  

Here is the letter in full:

AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: MILLIONS WILL LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE IF CONGRESS PASSES REVISED HEALTH CARE BILL TOMORROW

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – House Republican leadership is pushing for a rushed vote on a revised proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare and replace it – without bothering to wait for a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis. But the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest doctors’ organization, has sent a Tweet warning patients to contact their representatives and urge a no vote.

FIRST AMENDMENT WATCHDOG GROUP SENDS LETTER OBJECTING TO EAST COUNTY MAYORS PARTICIPATING IN PRAYER BREAKFAST WITH DAVID BARTON

 

Update: Two local mayors have cancelled their appearances at the luncheon, ECM has learned.

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2017 (El Cajon) – On Monday, ECM reported on objections raised by some local residents to the controversial “Christian nation” advocate David Barton being chosen to speak at the annual East County Mayors prayer luncheon this Thursday, May 4th at the Crystal Palace in El Cajon.  

Now the controversy has intensified, with a First Amendment watchdog group sending a letter to mayors of   El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee objecting to their participation and asking them to disassociate themselves from the event. The letter was signed by Andrew Seidel , staff attorney with the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

  In addition,  local residents are asking why alternate versions of the flyer were circulated to religious and secular groups – the latter omitting all mention of Barton and presenting the event as "progressive" oriented.

COUNTY APPROVES FUNDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS IN RAMONA AND VISTA

 

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image via PhotoSpin

May 3, 2017 (Ramona) - High rental prices and low vacancy rates have made it extremely difficult for many San Diegans to find affordable places to live.

To help address the need, the County Board of Supervisors today approved spending $4.5 million towards the construction of two affordable housing developments consisting of 143 units. Those units, combined with an additional 118 units of Section 8 housing, will result in the creation of 261 new affordable housing apartments in the County.

JACOB ASKS CPUC TO AUDIT POWERLINK FIRE MITIGATION GRANTS THROUGH SDG&E

 

East County News Service

May 1, 2017 (Jamul) – When SDG&E received approval to build the Sunrise Powerlink high voltage lines across rural East County, the company was required to provide fire mitigation grant of up to $2,000 for impacted homeowners to create defensible space through landscaping and/or install fire-hardening building materials to protect their properties.

DEBUNKED “CHRISTIAN NATION” ADVOCATE SPEAKING AT EAST COUNTY MAYORS’ LUNCHEON IGNITES CONTROVERSY

 

Updated May 1, 2017 9:30 p.m. to add statement from Warren Throckmorton calling Barton an "academic fraud" for misleading statements about his own academic record, including a PhD from a "diploma mill" and a claim to have played college basketball that the school could not substantiate. See his full e-mail at the end of this article.

By Miriam Raftery

May 1, 2017 (El Cajon) – Multiple East County leaders are speaking out to voice opposition to David Barton, a debunked “Christian Nation” advocate, speaking May 4th at an East County Mayors Prayer  Lunch at the Crystal Palace in El Cajon.   Barton has  long claimed that the Founding Fathers did not  support a separation of church and state. His book, The Jefferson Lies, was pulled off the market by its publisher after conservative Christian scholars exposed many falsehoods. 

Barton  is listed as an extremist on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s watch list for his virulent anti-gay views.  He has also drawn fire for anti-Muslim remarks and some stances views as racist. He has advocated to remove civil rights leader Martin Luther King and farmworkers organizer Cesar Chavez from school text books.

In a recent interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, he urged Christian Evangelicals that they have a Biblical “duty” to vote for candidates who will support anti-abortion judges and who oppose equal rights for LGTBQ individuals.  “It’s not your vote. It’s God’s vote,” he stated. On his  Wallbuilders Live radio show,  he claimed that the same “evil” responsible for the Holocaust is today responsible for the “homosexual lifestyle.”

Just who is behind inviting Barton to speak at a function with local governmental leaders is unclear.  But his appearance has prompted a backlash.

NIGHTTIME WORK ON SR-67 DYE ROAD/HIGHLAND VALLEY ROAD MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

 

Source:  Caltrans

May 1, 2017 (Ramona) -- Lane closures with one-way traffic control are scheduled on State Route 67 (SR-67) at the Dye Road/Highland Valley Road intersection in Ramona, Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. The closures are needed to accommodate intersection widening work for the SR-67 Dye Road/Highland Valley Road Project.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO FIGHT TRUMP ORDER OPENING OUR COAST TO NEW OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, UCSB collection

April 29, 2017 (San Diego) – The Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969 was the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history at the time.  Three million gallons of crude oil contaminated the ocean and beaches with thick, black goo. Oil bubbled from the blown well and from cracks in the sea bed, killing countless sea birds, seals and other marine life. 

The last remaining oil derrick off California's coast is slated to be decommissioned,  Public News Service reported last week. But now an executive order by President Donald Trump could result in offshore oil wells again pumping in the waters off California.

HELIX CANCELS MAY 3 BOARD MEETING, SCHEDULES BUDGET WORKSHOPS MAY 3 AND 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District has announced cancellation of its regularly scheduled meeting May 3rd, but will hold two budget workshops on May 3rd and 4th and 4 p.m.  See below for the budget workshop agendas, which are identical both nights.

PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR POTENTIAL ENERGY STORAGE FACILITY AFTER SUCCESSFUL INTEREST SOLICITATION

 

Potential 500-megawatt renewable energy project at the San Vicente Reservoir site could help stabilize water rates as a new revenue source

Source:  San Diego County Water Authority

April 27, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today authorized the Water Authority, in conjunction with the City of San Diego, to begin seeking detailed proposals for a potential energy storage facility at San Vicente Reservoir. The project could help ease pressure on electric grids by producing locally generated renewable energy on demand, and also lessen upward pressure on water rates by providing a new source of revenue.

MASTODON DISCOVERY IN SAN DIEGO SHAKES UP OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EARLY HUMANS IN THE NEW WORLD

 

Broken bones and rocks yield evidence that pushes back the record of early humans in North America by more than 100,000 years

Source: Natural History Museum

Photo:  Richard Cerutti, retired PaleoServices Field Paleontologist (left) and Dr. Tom Demere, Curator of Paleontology, San Diego Natural History Museum (right), with mastodon tusk

April 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- Discovery of a 130,000-year-old mastodon skeleton in San Diego with bones altered by early humans dramatically revises the timeline for when humans first reached North America, according to a paper to be published in the April 27 issue of the prestigious science journal Nature.  The Cerutti Mastodon site is the oldest well-documented site with evidence of human presence in the Americas—and analysis reveals some startling findings.

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.

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