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LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: HOT HEARINGS THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Here are some of the top agenda items coming up on this week’s boards and commissions across East County, from a solar field in Lakeside's El Monte Valley to renovations at El Cajon’s City Hall to a marijuana dispensaries measure in Lemon Grove.  This week, the El Cajon and Lemon Grove City Council meet, as well as the Helix Water Board district.  Know of a hot item we missed on a board or council in your community? E-mail editor@eastCountymagazine.org.

FROST WARNING: FREEZING CONDITIONS

 

November 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a frost warning for the high desert areas.  As cold air filters into the deserts and winds drop off, clear skies and very dry air will allow temperatures to plummet by Monday morning.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH GRETCHEN BURNS BERGMAN, A NEW PATH, ON CHANGES IN DRUG SENTENCING GUIDELINES

 

November 15, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Our interview with Gretchen Burns-Bergman, founder of A New Path, is now online. Listen now at : http://kiwi6.com/file/xkozf7hb1c .   Hear from this Spring Valley mother who helped lobby successfully to change drug sentencing laws and put more emphasis on getting help for those battling addiction. 

In the interview, she discusses newly announced reductions in federal drug sentencing laws that can also impact those already behind bars, as well as the impacts of Prop 47, the California ballot initiative recently passed.  This interview originally aired Wednesday on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio.

ELDERLY PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2014 (El Cajon)—An 87-year-old man died at a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle in the 600 block of El Cajon last night shortly before 5:30 p.m.  Witnesses told police that the man walked into the roadway from the center media, following two family members. He was wearing dark clothing and appeared unaware of the vehicle traffic.

COURT RULING ON CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS IGNITES CONTROVERSY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2014 (San Diego)—The U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 decision, ruled this week that California’s attorney general and gun control groups cannot appeal a decision that granted broader concealed gun carry rights in a San Diego case.

WARNING: DRIVER IMPERSONATING EMERGENCY VEHICLE IN DEERHORN VALLEY/JAMUL AREA

 

November 13, 2014 (Deerhorn Valley) – A vehicle with flashing blue and white lights and religious stickers has reportedly been impersonating an emergency vehicle on East County roadways.

CHALDEAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR UNITY IN COMMUNITY AT ANNUAL AWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos, (ltop left to lower right):  Noori Barka and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Wadi Deddeh and Congressman Susan Davis, Father Noel and Congressman Juan Vargas, Lion of Babylon/Citizen of the Year presentation to Pastor Harold Brown (third from right)

 

 

November 13, 2014 (El Cajon ) – With a theme of “together, we can build a better community,” the Chaldean American Association convened at the Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon on October 30th for the organization’s annual awards banquet. 

CPUC MAY REVOKE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF SMART METERS

 

East County News Service

November 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is weighing options that could make it more expensive to opt out of having a smart meter or even allow your right to remove a smart meter to be taken away in the future, under an interim proposed plan, warns the Center for Electrosmog Prevention. The group is an official intervenor in the current CPUC proceding on smart mater opt outs and recently   filed a formal response to a proposal that CEP founder Susan Brinchman of La Mesa calls “noxious.”

WATER RUSTLING ON THE RISE IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN CALIFORNIA

 

Fire stations, schools, and public waterways among those targeted by thieves

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Water rustling is on the rise across California amid the worst drought ever recorded.  A thriving black market for purloined water has arisen, leaving authorities scrambling to catch thieves and lawmakers looking to stiffen penalties for stealing water.

JULIAN'S GOLDEN CHARIOT MINE SELLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (Julian) – The Golden Chariot mine along the Banner Grade near Julian was once a motherlode that produced nearly a million dollars worth of gold.  Commercial mining there ceased in 1931 during the Great Depression, though small-scale operations continued up until 2002, when a fire blazed through the Chariot Canyon.

RAIN AND DEBRIS FLOWS POSSIBLE NEXT WEEK

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service predicts that the Polar Jet Stream will be forced south across the Pacific next week as a high pressure ridge moves to higher latitudes. This will force storms to track south, increasing the likelihood of significant rainfall by the middle of next week across southern California.

GROUPS SUE FDA OVER NEW DRUG "COCKTAIL" FOR FARM ANIMALS

 

By Monique Coppola, California News Service

November 9, 2014 (Sacramento) - Pharmaceuticals - they're what's for dinner. Now three groups in the U.S. are suing the federal government over the drugs.

DOGS ATTACK HORSE IN DEERHORN VALLEY

 

5 dogs now secured; missing pit bull mix sought by authorities

East County News Service

November 9, 2014 (Deerhorn Valley) – A pack of six dogs attacked a horse in Deerhorn Valley on Saturday.   Karen Sample heard her horse, Sergio, panicking and came out to find the horse kicking to defend itself against six dogs circling the frightened horse, lunging and biting. She fired a shotgun in the air to scare off the pack of dogs, the Deerhorn Valley Antler reports.

FIREWORKS SHOOT INTO CROWD AT QUALCOMM 'S SDSU HOMECOMING GAME CELEBRATION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 9,2014 (San Diego) – An 11-year-old suffered burns to the chest and torso after a fireworks launcher tipped over and sent a firework into field levels seats at Qualcomm Stadium Saturday night.

The accident occurred during the annual KGB Sky Show extravaganza following the San Diego State University homecoming game, in which SDSU defeated the Idaho State Vandals 35-21.

A CBS news report indicates up to five people may have been hit, though it’s unclear whether any were seriously injured.  UT San Diego reports the 1y-ear-old had burns on the torso and legs.

SDSU STUDENT DIES AFTER FALLING OFF 5-STORY BUILDING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 7, 2014 (San Diego)—A sophomore at San Diego State University has died after falling five stories off an apartment building near campus.  She has been identified as Melissa Kennon, a sophomore studying psychology.

UPTICK IN AVOIDABLE NATURAL GAS LINE DAMAGE PROMPTS WARNING TO CONTRACTORS: CALL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG

 

CONTRACTORS REMINDED TO “CALL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG”

Nov. 6, 2014 (San Diego) – In response to an increase in damage to unmarked natural gas pipelines, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is reminding contractors about the importance of calling 8-1-1 before you dig. In the third-quarter of 2014, SDG&E crews repaired third-party damage to 50 natural gas lines, compared to 36 in the second quarter and 15 in the first quarter. Calling 8-1-1 or Underground Service Alert will help avoid possible injury or damage to hidden gas lines or service interruption (video link).

MARINE VETERAN RELEASED FROM MEXICAN JAIL

 

East County News Service

November 6, 2014 (San Diego) – Veteran Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexican prison, the State Department has announced.  Tahmooressi was arrested and imprisoned for driving across the international border with three guns in his vehicle, which is illegal under Mexican law. He reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and was not able to obtain treatment while imprisoned for over 200 days.

LOTTERY TICKET PURCHASED IN FLINN SPRINGS WORTH $408,000

 

East County News Service

November 4, 2014 (Flinn Springs) – If you bought a Fantasy 5 California Lottery ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 14110 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs (just east of El Cajon), you could be instantly rich.

A ticket worth nearly $408,000 matches this week’s winning numbers of 3, 12, 14, 32 and 34—but the winner has not yet come forward to claim his or her prize.

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS 11 AWARDS FROM SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-East County Magazine picked up 11 more awards in San Diego Press Club’s 2014 Excellence in Journalism awards on October 28th, bringing our total to 80 journalism awards since our launch in 2008.

This year’s awards including winners in the following categories: breaking news, environment, general news, investigative reporting, political/government, public service/consumer advocacy, criminal justice, health and medicine, radio special reporting and radio feature categories.

To read and hear our award-winning reports, click "read more" and scroll down.

COUNTY TO BEGIN COMPLETING POTENTIAL BEEKEEPING ORDINANCE

 

County News Service

November 3, 2014 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors has taken another step forward in plans to promote beekeeping and agriculture while protecting the public by directing their staff at last week’s meeting to begin the final steps in creating a proposed “tiered” beekeeping ordinance.

COUNTY OFFERS FREE SAND BAGS

 

Source: County of San Diego

November 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Rainfall this weekend is a sign that the winter rainy season is right around the corner. Once again the County of San Diego is making free sand and bags available to residents in the unincorporated areas. (Just bring your own shovel, please.)

JUSTICE DEPT.'S ACTION WILL DERAIL CIVIL RIGHTS, COALITION LEADERS SAY

 

Coalition of civil rights leaders say U.S. Department of Justice's use of a six-year time bar “scheme” would restrict federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complainants access to the courts.

November 1, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), recently raised the statute 28 U.S.C. § 2401 (a) with the courts.  The general catchall statute sets a six-year limitation period on non-tort civil claims against the United States.  The DoJ, which has been representing the U.S. Department of Commerce for years in a race based complaint that two African American females filed against the Commerce Department nearly twenty (20) years ago, presented the statute in the case of Janet Howard and Joyce E. Megginson v. Rebecca Blank, Secretary-U.S. Department of Commerce, Civil Action No. 05-1968.  Most recently, the DoJ defended the statute in the Janet Howard and Joyce E. Megginson v. Penny Pritzker, Secretary-U.S. Department of Commerce proceedings (Cas. Nos. 12-5370 and 12-5392).

PASSAGES: AUBREY DUNNE, TEACHER AND ACTOR, 1932-2014

 

 

 

November 1, 2014 (La Mesa) – Aubrey “Bud” Dunne, 82, passed away on October 28, 2014 at his home in La Mesa.  Past president of the La Mesa/Spring Valley Teachers Association, he taught math at La Mesa and Parkway Middle Schools. 

He also played a major role in the Associated Community Theatres (ACT) of San Diego County, which named the Aubrey Awards in his honor.  During the 1960s on Lincoln’s birthday, you could find him dressed up as Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address at Grossmont Center. A lifelong stamp collector, he also founded the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

 

November 1, 2014 (Ramona)—A man who ran south across State Route 67 south of Mussey Grade Road was struck by a motorist and killed at 2:27 p.m. today.   “At this time, the pedestrian has not been identified,” said Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol.

The unidentified man was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 24-year-old Ramona man.  According to the CHP, the driver was traveling eastbound at 50 miles per hour when he came around a curve and saw the pedestrian running across the roadway in front of him.

I-15/SR-52 CONNECTORS CLOSED SUNDAY MORNING

 

November 1, 2014 (San Diego)--Caltrans advises motorists that northbound and southbound Interstate 15 (I-15) connectors to eastbound/westbound State Route 52 (SR-52) will be closed Sunday morning from 3 to 7 to repair damaged guardrail.

$5,000 REWARD FOR ANIMAL ABUSE WHISTLEBLOWERS

 

PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.

By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-CA

October 31, 2014 (Ramona)-- Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farms, slaughterhouses or livestock auctions.

SHOULD LA MESA "PASS THE J?"

 

By Leon Thompson

October 29, 2014 (La Mesa) – Medical Marijuana dispensaries are prohibited by code in La Mesa.  Proposition “J” The measure would require that City officials issue an operating permit and business registration to any dispensary applicant who demonstrates compliance with location requirements and presents a plan for compliance with operational requirements.

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