HUNTER ORDERED TO HALT USING MARINE CORPS SYMBOL AND SLOGAN IN CAMPAIGN AFTER LATEST ATTACK MAILER

SDG&E ANNOUNCES POWER OUTAGES PLANNED IN WARNER SPRINGS ON JULY 20 AND 22 FOR WOOD-TO-STEEL POLE UPGRADES

CAL FIRE BATTLING BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA

CALIFORNIA HAS MORE IMMIGRANT-OWNED BUSINESSES THAN ANY OTHER STATE

HOUSE VOTES TO CONDEMN `RACIST’ TWEETS BY TRUMP AGAINST FOUR CONGRESSWOMEN OF COLOR

STEEPED IN CHARM AT COBBLESTONE COTTAGE TEA SHOPPE

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPOINTS CABRERA TO PLANNING COMMISSION

EL CAJON ADOPTS CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY, DRAWS CRITCISM FROM CLIMATE ACTION GROUP

FANITA RANCH POP-UP INTERNET ADS STRIVE TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR MASSIVE PROJECT

CALIFORNIA'S NEW WILDFIRE PLAN: FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

IMMIGRATION SWEEPS LEAD TO 20 ARRESTS IN SAN DIEGO

BORDER FIRE SOUTH OF DULZURA NOW 85% CONTAINED AT 100 ACRES: FIREFIGHTERS AIDED BY NEW INFRARED TECHNOLOGY

HUNTER ORDERED TO HALT USING MARINE CORPS SYMBOL AND SLOGAN IN CAMPAIGN AFTER LATEST ATTACK MAILER

By Miriam Raftery

July 18, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Marine Corps has sent a letter ordering Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) to cease and desist using the official Marines emblem and slogan on any campaign materials. 

The demand comes after Hunter sent a misleading and Islamophobic mailer to smear his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is Catholic. 

COUPLE FOUND DEAD WITH TRAUMATIC INJURIES IN BORREGO SPRINGS

East County News Service
 
July 17, 2019 (Borrego Springs) — A homicide investigation is underway after the bodies of a man and woman were found inside a home at 2909 Double O Road in Borrego Springs this morning. Both had trauma to their bodies, says Lt.Chad Boudreau.

SDG&E ANNOUNCES POWER OUTAGES PLANNED IN WARNER SPRINGS ON JULY 20 AND 22 FOR WOOD-TO-STEEL POLE UPGRADES

Company provides tips on how to prepare for planned outages

East County News Service

July 17, 2019 (Warner Springs) -- To strengthen the regional electric system against the threat posed by wildfires, SDG&E contractors will be working in Warner Springs to upgrade wooden power poles with fire-resistant steel poles. For the safety of the construction crews, electricity in that community will need to be turned off on two days – Saturday, July 20, and again onn Monday, July 22, – to accommodate the work.

On both days the planned outages will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will last up to 8.5 hours, according to SDG&E. Swapping out wood poles with steel poles requires the use of a helicopter, which can only be flown during daylight hours. 

In addition to upgrading the poles, crews will also replace older overhead distribution lines and other equipment, to increase the system’s capacity to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as high winds.

CAL FIRE BATTLING BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA

UPDATE AS OF 6:49 PM:  ALL EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED

UPDATE AS OF 5:19 PM:  forward rate of spread stopped.  Fire at 10% containment.  Evacuation orders still in effect.

UPDATE AS OF 5:05 PM:  fire is 25 acres and 5% contained

UPDATE:  EVACUATION ORDERS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE STREETS OF TRAFALGAR RD., VISTA DE LA MONTAN AND CALLE DE NICOLE

East County News Service

July 17, 2019 (Dehesa) - Cal Fire is battling a vegetation fire off Vista De La Montana in the Dehesa area. The fire is eight acres with a moderate rate of spread. There is a report of structures threatened.

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND COUNTRY MUSIC GROUPS HEADLINE SANTEE’S CONCERT AT THE LAKES JULY 27

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2019 (Santee) - The July 27 Concert at the Lakes in Santee will feature a “whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit of country,” according to organizers. This year’s lineup of the event at Santee Lakes will feature Shannon Rae & 100 Proof, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers and DSB.

The concert is open to those age 14 and up.  Lawn and table tickets are available at https://www.concertatthelakes.com/.

CALIFORNIA HAS MORE IMMIGRANT-OWNED BUSINESSES THAN ANY OTHER STATE

East County News Service

 

July 17, 2019 (San Diego) -- Every year, thousands move to the U.S. in hopes of achieving the American Dream. To explore the state of entrepreneurship among immigrants living in the U.S., FundRocket analyzed data from the American Community Survey.  

FOUR-STORY HIGH GEYSER IN LAKESIDE AFTER HYDRANT DAMAGED BY VEHICLE

By Ana Nita
 
July 17, 2019 (Lakeside) -- A towed car came unhitched and hit a fire hydrant last week on Mapleview St. in Lakeside, offering a spectacular show of a four-story high geyser to the Lakeside residents.
 
According to officer Christopher Aguerre with California Highway Patrol, who responded to the event, there were two cars involved in this incident: a privately own SUV towing a BMW up the hill into an apartment complex. 

JOAN MACQUEEN MIDDLE ENGINEERING STUDENTS TAKE SECOND PLACE AT NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

Source: Alpine Union School District

July 16, 2019 (Alpine) -- Joan MacQueen Middle School Engineering students made the Alpine community proud by bringing home another national accolade from the 2019 Jr Solar Sprint held at the Technology Student Association (TSA) convention in Washington, DC. The JMMS team won first place in the sprint racing segment of the competition and finished 2nd out of 94 teams in the overall scoring of the Jr Solar Sprint event. This is the second top three finish for the JMMS Engineering program in the past three years.

HOUSE VOTES TO CONDEMN `RACIST’ TWEETS BY TRUMP AGAINST FOUR CONGRESSWOMEN OF COLOR

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – For the first time in over 100 years, the House of Representatives today voted to condemn the actions of a President. Congressional members voted 240 to 187 to formally condemn President Donald Trump’s Twitter posts attacking four minority Congresswomen as “racist,” in the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her floor speech.

SCE TO RESTART FUEL TRANSFERS AT SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR PLANT; WATCHDOG GROUP LEADER VOICES SAFETY CONCERNS

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: San Onofre beach and shuttered nuclear reactors

 

July 15, 2019 (San Onofre, CA) – Southern California Edison today announced that it will restart the transfer of spent nuclear fuel cannisters at the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant, after “rigorous regulatory, internal and third party readiness and operational reviews.”  

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPOINTS CABRERA TO PLANNING COMMISSION

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Photo, from left to right:  Mike Aquawi, Humbert Cabrera, Nathan Cornett, Robert Pennoyer, Amanda McGimpsey, Jaqueline Sona

 

July 15, 2019 (El Cajon) --The final chapter of the drama-filled Ben Kalasho novel was written on Tuesday when local businessman Humbert Cabrera was appointed to the El Cajon Planning Commission. The seat was recently vacated by the recent appointment of Phil Ortiz to the El Cajon City Council in May to replace Kalasho, who resigned in March after two stormy years on the Council.

FANITA RANCH POP-UP INTERNET ADS STRIVE TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR MASSIVE PROJECT

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2019 (Santee) – Fanita Ranch, the controversial master-planned development proposed in Santee, is seeking to drum up community support through pop-up ads targeting East County residents on the Internet.  This reporter had one of the ads pop up while paying an online solitaire game.

The ad claims that Fanita Ranch can “improve traffic” including adding westbound and eastbound lanes as well as a high-capacity onramp at Mast Blvd.  The ad clicks open to the website https://fanitaranch.com/improvingtraffic. But project opponents take issue with the advertising’s claims.  

EL CAJON ADOPTS CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY, DRAWS CRITCISM FROM CLIMATE ACTION GROUP

By Paul Kruze

July 15, 2019 (El Cajon) -- In a unanimous vote, the El Cajon City Council voted to approve a climate change policy developed in conjunction with community outreach sessions earlier this year. But some critics contend the plan does not go far enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

MAPLEVIEW CAMP BENEFIT CONCERT IN LAKESIDE JULY 28

East County News Service 

July 15, 2019 (Lakeside) – A concert by Pete and Norene Cook in Lakeside will benefit youths in our area who can’t afford summer camp.  Mapleview Baptist Church will host the concert on Sunday, July 28 at 6 p.m.

TONIGHT: LA MESANS TO HEAR STUDY FINDINGS ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY ALTERNATIVE TO SDG&E

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2019 (La Mesa)—The city of La Mesa is exploring a community choice aggregation (CCA) energy option to provide 100 percent clean energy for the entire community.

Tonight at 6 p.m., the city’s Environmental Sustainability Commission will discuss findings of a feasibility study funded jointly by the cities of La Mesa, Santee and Chula Vista on the viability of a CCA that would let each city purchase electrical power for its residents as an option to SDG&E for competitively priced clean energy. 

FBI SEEKS VICTIMS IN INDONESIA SHOWBIZ SCAM INVESTIGATION

Source: FBI

July 15, 2019 (San Diego) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking victims who may have traveled to Indonesia under the promise of a potential job offer from individuals purporting falsely to be well-known entertainment industry professionals. This ongoing transnational fraud scheme targeting U.S. citizens began in approximately 2013. Today, the FBI launched a victim page and form, available at www.fbi.gov/IndonesiaShowbizScam, to identify additional victims of the scam.  Below is information provided by Special Agent Davene Butler, Public Affairs Coordinator for the San Diego FBI.

ECM PADRES REPORT: EIGHTH-INNING FREEMAN BLAST GIVES BRAVES WIN

By Liz Alper

 

Photo: Fernando Tatis Jr. had his first careeer four-hit game today. Via @Padres on Twitter

 

July 14, 2019 (San Diego) - The Padres started off the second half of the season in usual Padres fashion:  by losing the first two games of their returning series. Mike Soroka started today’s game three finale for the Braves against Cal Quantrill.

MECCA IN THE HIGH DESERT: JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

By Daniel Smiechowski

Spa exterior, restaurant and running pictures courtesy Daniel Smeichowski.  Spa water photo courtesy Miriam Raftery

July 14, 2019 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- As I drove east on Old Highway 80 about five miles to the I-east junction, I came upon a God-forsaken outpost of ramshackle homes, a trailer park, County library, elementary school, a few churches and a grocery store. What brought me here, however, was the iconic spa named after the town itself, the Jacumba Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

It seems like yesterday when my Mother and Father brought me here on a Greyhound bus from Milwaukee 54 years ago. In 1966, this spa served as a waystation for Greyhound bus lines. Interstate 8 did not exist in 1966 going through the El Centro corridor. But what was my real motivation in coming here? I came here for the sake of my beloved sport of triathlon. It was a match made in heaven. Mecca in the high desert. Blissfully sensual and healthier than 20 Spanish Pamplona bulls. Yes, I considered the extreme temperatures but common sense solved any dangers to the body and mind.

CALIFORNIA'S NEW WILDFIRE PLAN: FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

Is this a utilities bailout? Will it help prevent future fires? How will all this work? Here's a breakdown of the new plan California lawmakers are putting in place.

By Julie Cart, CALmatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

Photo:  The deadly 2018 Camp Fire burns around PG&E transmission towers east of Pulga, near the source of the first report of the fire. (Photo by Karl Mondon, Bay Area News Group)

July 14, 2019 (San Diego) -  You will be forgiven for having the impression that California lawmakers have been talking about comprehensive wildfire legislation forever, when it has only been days since the new fire bill ricocheted  from the Assembly to the Senate and back again. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it today, less than a week after the first elected official cleared his throat to introduce the package.

IMMIGRATION SWEEPS LEAD TO 20 ARRESTS IN SAN DIEGO

 

Do you know your rights if ICE comes to your door?

By Miriam Raftery

July 14, 2019 (San Diego) – As part of immigration sweeps across the nation this week, 20 people with final deportation orders were arrested this past week in San Diego County, before the announced date of sweeps that President Donald Trump said would begin Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has announced.

According to ICE, 85 percent of those arrested had criminal convictions or criminal charges pending that included drug and weapons offenses, hit and run, driving under the influence, theft, domestic violence, fraud, or evading law enforcement.

The other 15 percent had only immigration violations, but all will be processed for deportation.

Across the nation, President Trump’s announcement of the impending sweeps struck fear into immigrant communities, raising fears of family separations and sending some immigrant households into hiding, NPR reports.

Fear, even among legal immigrants or those with family members who are undocumented, has prompted a "Know Your Rights" campaign by civil liberties and immigrant rights groups.

EAST COUNTY SPORTS WRAP JULY 7-13

By David Willauer

July 13, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Here are this week's top headlines featuring East County alum:

July 7

Grossmont High alum Joe Musgrove started for the Pittsburgh Pirates as he pitched six innings and gave up five hits, three runs, (three earned), one walk, struck out five and didn't register the win as the Bucs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5. 
 
Granite Hills' Travis Taijeron went 0 for 1 with a double and an RBI for the Syracuse Mets as they were defeated by the Buffalo Bisons 10-5. 

BORDER FIRE SOUTH OF DULZURA NOW 85% CONTAINED AT 100 ACRES: FIREFIGHTERS AIDED BY NEW INFRARED TECHNOLOGY

Update July 15, 2019:  The Border Fire has been 100% contained after burning 100 acres on the U.S. side of the border, Cal Fire reports.
 
East County Wildfire & Emergency Alert Service
 
July 13, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The #BorderFire which charred over 650 acres in Mexico before jumping the international border yesterday in San Diego’s East County is now 85 percent contained, after burning 100 acres in the U.S.

HEAT, THUNDERSTORMS AND RISK OF LIGHTNING FIRES

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: UCSD’s HP Wren camera on Mt. Laguna shows approaching storm
 
July 13, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – This afternoon’s storm dumped two inches of rain on Mt. Laguna in just a 48-minute period, the National Weather Service reports, with potential flash flooding through 6 p.m. in the mountain areas.

A MAGICAL PLACE: HUBBELL HOME, STUDIO AND GARDENS

By Miriam Raftery

July 13, 2019 (Julian) – A visit to artist and architectural designer James Hubbell’s property atop a hill overlooking the Volcan Mountain Preserve in Julian, California is an entry into a whimsical world, where buildings appear to have sprouted from the landscape, complementing curves and rugged forms in nature, punctuated by colorful stained glass, murals and more.

Every year on Father’s Day, the Ilan Lael Foundation opens up the property to the public for a tour of the property, where James and his wife, Anne, still reside.  I had the pleasure of taking the tour this year.

COUNTY LETTER ON COTTONWOOD SAND MINE RECOGNIZES SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY CONCERNS

East County News Service

Photos: Map of proposed project; wildlife photos by Debbie Ekhaml, including raccoons in adjacent Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge and mule deer in Jamul ecological preserve are among wildlife species that could be negatively impacted

July 13, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) – Significant concerns raised by the community over the proposal for a 10-year sand mining operation at Cottonwood Golf Course have been confirmed with the release of the County of San Diego’s Scoping Letter on the project.

LA MESA ROCKS: 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION JULY 20 BENEFITS LA MESA PARKS & RECREATION FOUNDATION

East County News Service

July 13, 2019 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to join honorary guest Bill Walton, basketball Hall of Fame champion, to celebrate 20 years of successful parks projects and programs in La Mesa as the La Mesa Parks and Recreation Foundation kicks off fundraising to renovate McArthur Park.

FUTURE OF COLLIER PARK: LA MESA HOSTS PUBLIC MEETINGS

By Miriam Raftery

July 13, 2019 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa has an opportunity to apply for a Calif. Dept. of Parks and Recreation (Prop 68) grant. The grant will help the next phase of improvements at Collier Park.

The city is hosting a series of public meetings to get the community’s ideas and input.

KUMEYAAY LAND TRUST FILES NOTICE TO EVICT COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY FROM JULIAN FIRE STATION

New Julian fire station No. 56 sits on disputed land

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

July 13, 2019 (Julian) – Following a firestorm of controversy over San Diego County’s takeover of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District, the County may lose access to a new fire station. Theodore J. Griswold, attorney for the Kumeyaay Native American Land Conservancy, has filed an eviction notice with the San Diego County Fire Authority (SDCFA) that would force the SDCFA to abandon Julian Fire Station No. 56 within two weeks.

 

The future of Station No. 56,  located at 3407 State Route 79 just south of downtown Julian, has been a dicey subject from the onset of the county’s efforts to shut down of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire protection District (JCFPD), the county’s last volunteer fire department. Though the transfer of authority was approved by a majority of voters and the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), many area residents have fought strenuously to reverse the action, with litigation pending. 

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