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EL CAJON CLARIFIES POLICIES ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT POLICE DEPT.

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2015 (El Cajon) – In response to reports of multiple sexual harassment  and sexual misconduct claims against the El Cajon Police department through the years, we asked City Manager Doug Williford how many women are on the police force, including management. We also asked what policies have been put in place that aim to prevent sexual harassment.

Williford sent our request to Jim Lynch, director of human resources for the City of El Cajon. Lynch provided this response:

COUNTY RESPONDS TO AMBULANCE SERVICE QUESTIONS

 

April 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – AS we reported, effective April 1st the County has shifted to Mercy as its new ambulance provider for rural East County.  After residents raised concerns over coverage, response times and mutual aid, we asked Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office for a response.

GOVERNOR TO CITIES AND COUNTIES: CUT WATER 25%

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2015 (Sacramento)--Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will save water, prevent water waste and invest in new technologies that will make California more drought resilient.  The mandatory order requires all cities and counties to cut water use by 25 percent.

PASSAGES: ACCLAIMED POTRERO POET STEVE KOWIT

 

April 3, 2015 (Potrero) – Steve Kowit, well-known poet, author, teacher and Potrero resident, passed away this morning following heart surgery  Kowit taught at Southwestern College and San Diego State University, mentored many, and inspired a generation of local writers through his teaching, readings and writings.

He was distinguished by his many awards for poetry, which include the National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Ouroboros Book Award, the 2006 Tampa Review Poetry Prize, and most recently the San Diego Theodore Geisel Award.

CALIFORNIA'S WATER SITUATION IS BEYOND AN EMERGENCY

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

Photos courtesy of Dave Howard

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

April 3, 2015 (San Diego)--California’s water situation is beyond an emergency, according to Healdsburg resident Dave Howard. He and his sons returned from a “ski trip” in Northern California.

SDG&E USE OF DRONES APPROVED BY FDA

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2015(San Diego) – SDG&E has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use unmanned drones to conduct aerial inspections of its gas and electrical facilities in rural East County.

PARTY WITH THE PRESS! MARCH 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AS WE UNVEIL OUR LA MESA LIVING SPECIAL SECTION

 

 

 

East County Magazine invites you to join us for a night of wine tasting, wonderful food, spirited merrymaking, plus a sneak preview of our special La Mesa community news section! 

Join the festivities on Tuesday, March 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 at the San Pasqual Winery & Gallery Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa. Limited space - reserve now to enjoy:

 

  • Delicious foods from Tiramisu Trattoria, Bo Beau's and Grove Pastry Shop
  • Unveiling of Mesa Community special section on www.EastCountyMagazine.org!
  • Live music by “one man band” Paul Nichols
  • Tell us what you’d like to see covered in La Mesa
  • Learn about opportunities to “be the media”
  • Hear about opportunities for your business or organization
  • Plenty of prizes and surprises!

WHY IS CPUC PAYING $882 AN HOUR FOR PEEVEY'S CRIMINAL DEFENSE?

 

State’s own defense lawyers could do the job for $30 to $65 an hour

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2015 (San Diego)—As we reported last week, the California Public Utilities Commission’s Chairman, Michael Picker, unilaterally authorized the PUC to pay a criminal defense firm to mount a defense for the PUC’s former chairman, Michael Peevey and others  who are the targets of both state and federal investigations. Picker initially authored $49,000 and then bumped it up to $5.2 million – a 100-fold increase.

TAKE OUR POLL: SHOULD AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES IN EAST COUNTY BE IMPROVED?

 

March 29, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego County only requires that ambulances response within 30 minutes in rural areas, unlike urban areas where the limit is 10 minutes. The American Heart Association reports that brain death and permanent death start to occur in 4–6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest.  The County's response time requirements are far too long for a heart attack patient to survive without brain damage. In addition, these times mean it sometimes takes more than the "golden hour" to reach a hospital following a trauma, stroke or other medical emergency, the time frame that medical experts recommend for saving lives. 

Take our Poll:  Should San Diego County require faster ambulance response than the 30 minutes currently required in rural areas?

Vote here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/poll/should-county-require-faster-ambulanc...

SAN DIEGO IS 5TH MOST POPULOUS COUNTY IN U.S.

 

March 26, 2015 (San Diego)--If you think San Diego is having some growing pains, you may be right.  The Census Bureau’s numbers are in, and San Diego County is now the fifth most populous county in the nation.

SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE ON POLICE SHOOTING OF MENTALLY ILL WOMAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The Supreme Court this week is hearing arguments in the case of San Francisco v. Sheehan to determine whether or not San Francisco police officers were justified in shooting and killing a mentally ill woman in her own home. The officers fired five rounds and the case centers on whether non-lethal force should be used first in such cases.

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.

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