January 16, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump today signed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act into law, which passed Congress with bipartisan support. It provides that furloughed and exempted federal employees will receive back pay whenever this shutdown ends.
But it does not grant any back pay to federal contractors, many of who are struggling without pay.
Zayn Dornstauder set career-highs with 13 points and eight rebounds
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January 16, 2019 (Albuquerque) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team rallied back from a 19-point deficit, but fell just short at New Mexico Wednesday evening, losing 70-62. The Aztecs tied the game with 3:25 left, but then saw the Lobos finished the contest on an 8-0 run to seal the victory.
January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Will you know what to do in the case of a wildfire, a home fire, or earthquake? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. Applications are now being accepted.
January 16, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes an art show at the Wieghorst Museum, Hawk Watch in Ramona, a Lamplighters Theatre murder mystery play in La Mesa, bluegrass music at the Alpine library, and a beer pairing at Baron’s back room in Alpine.
Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a powwow at Cuyamaca College, the rock band KISS in concert at San Diego State University, and an open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.
So scroll down for all of these events and many more!
January 16, 2019 (San Diego) - California Coast Credit Union, the longest-serving financial institution in San Diego County, announced today that it will offer special relief programs to Cal Coast members who are federal employees impacted by the current government shutdown. Impacted federal employees who are not yet members of Cal Coast may also be eligible for assistance.
January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) - Native American tribes from throughout the West will be well represented at Cuyamaca College’s 5th Annual Powwow on Feb. 2 – a free, public event celebrating American Indian culture complete with bird singing, gourd dancing, storytelling, and more.
January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Citizen of the Year luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the El LCajon Elks Lodge (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).
Cost per person is $20. For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (619) 440-6161.
January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Citizen of the Year Committee has selected Joe Mackey as its 2018 El Cajon Citizen of the Year award.
Mackey, founder, president and CEO of XL Staffing Service, Inc. and Excell Security, Inc., will be honored at a luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812, 1400 E Washington Ave., El Cajon. Admission is $25 per person, lunch is included. Tickets are available online at www.EastCountyChamber.org under “Events,” or by calling (619) 440-6161.
January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) — The public is invited to join El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, January 30th at 6 p.m. at El Cajon Valley High School Theater, 1035 East Madison Avenue in El Cajon.
January 16, 2019 (Alpine) – The County has announced plans to purchase 98 acres next to Wright’s Field along South Grade Road in Alpine. Combined with an adjacent environmental preserve, the new acquisition will give Alpine residents almost 330 acres of open space.
January 16, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Keeping Your Brain Fit,” an informational program about how to improve your brain health with brain exercises and lifestyle changes, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.
January 15, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents who receive CalFresh food nutrition assistance will receive their February benefits early because of the ongoing partial federal government shutdown, San Diego County officials announced today.
January 15, 2019 (San Diego) – Facing enormous potential liabilities for major wildfires in Califiornia, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 29th.
Cal Fire has blamed PG&E powerlines and other equipment for causing 17 fires in 2017. The company’s equipment is also being investigated as a likely cause of the deadly Camp Fire that killed 86 people and burned nearly 14,000 homes in Butte County. The utility was also found criminally liable for the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion in 2010.
January 15, 2019 (San Diego) – The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors across San Diego County. Blood and platelet donations dropped by 27,000 over the holiday/flu season. These are perishable supplies that must be replaced to meet the needs of patients in need of life-saving medical treatment.
January 15, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has elected its 2019 board officers.
Randy Lenac, who recently won reelection to his second four-year term, was elected as 2019 board president. Virginia Hall was elected as vice president and Robert “Bob” Ayres was elected as secretary. Lenac selected Gloria Chadwick to serve as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Michael Emerson, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018.
January 14, 2019 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two of its 2019 scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as health technicians.
January 14, 2019 (Jamul) – The highly anticipated 2019 Restaurant Week will feature two Jamul Casino® restaurants: Prime Cut and Tony Gwynn’s. Sponsored by the California Restaurant Association’s San Diego Chapter, San Diego Restaurant Week is January 20-27, 2019. Over 180 restaurants will participate in the event. As an opportunity to highlight their tastiest fare, many restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus especially for the event.
By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society President
January 14, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society continues "Meet the Author" on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, when Dolores Van Rensalier Warren details the remarkable story in her new book, "Bridge Street to Freedom."
January 14, 2019 (Alpine) – An El Cajon man, 29, died last night in a solo motorcycle crash in Alpine.
The victim was riding a black 2017 Harley Davidson northbound on Tavern Road at Victoria Park Terrace at a high rate of speed, when he missed a curve and drifted across the roadway, striking a concrete wall.
January 14, 2019 (San Diego) - Yuko Maruyama, pianist-composer-arranger, will perform jazz compositions from her CD albums as well as her uniquely modern interpretations of favorite American classics from the 1940’s Big Band era with the Mercantile Alley Band – piano, bass drums, accordion, percussion, vocals. This free concert will be held on February 10 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Avenue.
Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Airlines, Sun Country Airlines to move terminal locations
January 14, 2019 (San Diego) - Effective January 29, several airlines at San Diego International Airport (SAN) will move their terminal operations to better accommodate and support future growth.
Alaska Airlines, the largest carrier impacted, currently operates more than 45 daily departures from SAN utilizing both Terminals 1 and 2. Alaska Airlines operations will consolidate entirely in Terminal 2 East, helping to streamline the passenger experience.
Damian German also signed a homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake
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January 14, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State defender Aleks Berkolds (Northridge, Calif.) was selected in the third round (68th overall) by the Seattle Sounders in the MLS SuperDraft Monday morning.
“It feels amazing to have this opportunity with such a great club, and also knowing that all the sacrifice I put into this sport is paying off,” Berkolds said. “I’m going to work hard every day to show what I have to offer.”
January 13, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego Seals won their first home game in franchise history on Saturday night in front of 11,323 fans at Pechanga Arena San Diego.
“We knew that we had a special feeling in that room and we were so anxious to share it with that electric crowd out there and the city of San Diego,” said general manager and head coach Patrick Merrill. “Starting the first three games on the road, we were so anxious to get back here and I’m so proud that we were able to come out with a win tonight.”
Photo: Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his $209 billion budget proposal in Sacramento on Thursday. (Flickr)
January 12, 2019 (Sacramento) - The State of California would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve access to healthcare and health insurance under Gov. Gavin Newsom's first budget, released on Thursday.
January 12, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) – Sheriff’s deputies surrounded a Verizon store in Rancho San Diego last night, after a citizen in the parking lot saw two men wearing masks enter the store. The witness called 911 at 6:22 p.m. The tip resulted in arrested of two suspected armed robbers, both teens, as they ran out of the store on Jamacha Rd. east of Campo Rd. After the teens entered the store, “one of them pointed a firearm at the four employees in the store,” says Sgt. Michael Hettinger. “They demanded the employees give them the cash from the register and forced them at gunpoint into the back storeroom. The suspects then forced the employees to give them the cash from their wallets and open the safe which contained a large stock of phones.”