CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO NEWS STORY ON ANCESTOR'S ALLEGED ACTIONS, AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR PEACE IN MIDEAST

STAYCATION, EAST COUNTY: COMFORTABLE CABINS AT SANTEE LAKES

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S TRAVEL SHOWCASE FEB. 27 HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING TRIPS TO EUROPE AND ISRAEL

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

2CREATE GALLERY IN RAMONA’S “FIRST FRIDAY” SHOW MARCH 2 CELEBRATES LIFE AND WORKS OF ARTIST HELEN PETRE

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 13: WOMEN'S HOCKEY WINS GOLD; CURLING REACHES GOLD MEDAL GAME; WISE WINS BACK-TO-BACK GOLDS; ANDERSON WINS SILVER

CPUC PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL TO CHARGE RURAL RATEPAYERS HIGHER RATES SPARKS ANGRY RESPONSES

SPRING THAW: TIME TO GET BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS AT THE LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS MARCH 9-18

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 22-APRIL 22

EL CAJON MAYOR BILL WELLS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESS AGAINST INCUMBENT DUNCAN HUNTER

COLD SPELL SETS RECORDS AND CLOSES SCHOOLS: FROST WARNING EXTENDED

MOMS AND ACTIVISTS RALLY FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION OUTSIDE CONGRESSMAN HUNTER’S OFFICE

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RESPONDS TO NEWS STORY ON ANCESTOR'S ALLEGED ACTIONS, AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR PEACE IN MIDEAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 23, 2018 (San Diego) – Few family trees are without some bad apples.  But should the actions of an ancestor you never met haunt you if you decide to seek public office?

Ammar Campa-Najjar was born in America to a Catholic mother of Mexican descent and a Palestinian Muslim father. Now a Democratic candidate for Congress running for Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s seat, his platform includes calling for a lasting peace in the Middle East that respects both Israelis and Palestinians.  

This week, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz ran a story headlined, Grandson of Munich Massacre Terrorist is Running For Congress – Sounding a Peaceful Tone on Israel. The story claims that Campa-Najjar’s grandfather was in the terrorist organization Black September that was responsible for killing Israeli Olympic competitors in Munich, and was later killed by Israeli security forces.

The newspaper also acknowledges that Campa-Najjar has rejected violence and won endorsements from San Diego rabbis,“winning praise from members of the local Jewish community for his moderate positions on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.”

SDSU SOFTBALL SHUTS OUT LIBERTY 7-0

 

Aztecs win third straight game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  West Hills High grad Katie Byrd (left) and Taylor Adams.

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February 23, 2018 (Cathedral City, Calif.) - The San Diego State softball team downed Liberty, 7-0, for its third consecutive victory Thursday night at Cathedral City near Palm Springs in the first game of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Aztecs are now 4-8, while the Lady Flames dropped to 9-2.

LA MESA POLICE CORVETTE DRIVES GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL’S CAREER TECH PROGRAM INTO HIGH GEAR

 

February is Career Technical Education Month

East County News Service

February 22, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Automotive students in teacher Jordie Lehr’s classes at Grossmont High School were treated to a fun experience as part of Career Technical Education Month. On Wednesday, February 21, La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez, Captain Matt Nicholass, and Officer Dan Paugh brought the La Mesa Police Department’s 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 onto campus for the day.

ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION NAMES LA MESA TREE CITY USA FOR 38TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

Source:  City of La Mesa

Photo via Tree City USA

February 22, 2018 (La Mesa) - The Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management, has named La Mesa a 2017 Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year.

La Mesa achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

LILAC RANCH PROJECT REVIVED WITH NEW EIR NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

East County News Service

February 22, 2018 (Valley Center) – Like the mythical hydra monster that grows new heads and refuses to die, a revived Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of the proposed and highly controversial Lilac Hills mixed use project in Valley Center has been submitted to the County and is now available for public review starting today. You can view it here:  https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/pds/ceqa/LHR_Recirculation_2.html

STAYCATION, EAST COUNTY: COMFORTABLE CABINS AT SANTEE LAKES

By Mike Allen, East County Magazine

February 22, 2018 (Santee) -- Ever since wood cabins were built at the end of Santee Lakes some seven years ago, I’ve been curious about what they were like.

I’ve stayed in a few cabins in my life, some quite rustic and spartan, and others with all the stuff you’d ever need if you’re “camping,” including one that had a spa tub.

The cabins at Santee Lakes are definitely at the higher end, in fact, downright luxurious with just about everything a family would need to enjoy one of America’s best campgrounds situated smack dab in the middle of Santee.

DEPUTY FISCHER CHARGED WITH GROPING MULTIPLE WOMEN, PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 22, 2018 (San Diego) – Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Fischer, who has been accused of groping and other sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, has been charged on multiple counts.  Today, he pled not guilty to all charges, 10 News reports.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SPRING VALLEY REVITALIZATION EFFORTS

 

By Jonathan Goetz

February 22, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Approximately 30 community members turned out at a meeting of the Spring Valley Revitalization Steering Committee Thursday, where Supervisor Dianne Jacob received an update from community and law enforcement.

The agenda covered a wide range of topics, from new parks and a community garden to  helping homeless youths and updates on community festivities.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS VOLUNTEERS AT HOMELESS COUNT

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Last month, Congresswoman Susan Davis volunteered to participate in the annual “We All County” homeless survey in East County.  In this photo, she is shown listening to Jesse, a homeless man who told his story to his representative.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S TRAVEL SHOWCASE FEB. 27 HIGHLIGHTS UPCOMING TRIPS TO EUROPE AND ISRAEL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’d love to see the world with fellow East County residents, you can learn about upcoming trips being planned for this fall and winter with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is hosing a travel showcase on September 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Chamber’s business resource center, 201 South Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon.

Travel coordinator Steve Lachman and a representative from Colette travel will preview these exciting upcoming trips during the free travel showcase Feb. 27:

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

February 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

2CREATE GALLERY IN RAMONA’S “FIRST FRIDAY” SHOW MARCH 2 CELEBRATES LIFE AND WORKS OF ARTIST HELEN PETRE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2018 (Ramona) – You’re invited to meet artists, art teachers, furniture artisans and celebrate the life of the late, great artist Helen Petre  on Friday, March 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the 2Create Gallery, 438 Main Street in Ramona.  The event is the first of a series of “First Friday” art events that the gallery plans to host, each featuring art, music and refreshments.

Helen Petre was a colorful and acclaimed artist who lived in Julian and continued creating works of art well into her nineties. Known for her stylish hats and fashionable clothing that she designed herself, during her long and productive life she became a prolific artist excelling in collage, monoprinting, mixed media and bookarts. 

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 13: WOMEN'S HOCKEY WINS GOLD; CURLING REACHES GOLD MEDAL GAME; WISE WINS BACK-TO-BACK GOLDS; ANDERSON WINS SILVER

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo via Team USA hockey

February 22, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Isn’t it always this way every four years?  United States?  Canada? Sixty minutes of hockey for one color medal?  One goal, usually in a shootout, deciding it all?

The men couldn’t get it done in a shootout.  Could the women?

Yes.

One hundred percent yes.

GOING TO THE SNOW? READ THIS FIRST

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

February 21, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Due to this week's winter storm, there is the possibility of snowfall in San Diego County Mountain areas including Julian, Pine Valley and Descanso.

For those planning to head out to the mountains, the Sheriff's Department wants to remind you to be prepared. Be sure to check road conditions before heading out. Have a full tank of gas, water and food supplies in case you are stranded in traffic since this region is known for “snow jams.”

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: DISMAL SHOWING BY AZTECS AS AIR FORCE WINS 56-48

 

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February 21, 2018 (San Diego) - After a rocky road trip, San Diego State women’s basketball returned home tonight to play host to Air Force.  The lady Falcons are a little worse for wear, sitting at 11th in the Mountain West.

CPUC PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL TO CHARGE RURAL RATEPAYERS HIGHER RATES SPARKS ANGRY RESPONSES

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

Photo: Sunrise Powerlink high voltage lines in Lakeside, by Billy Ortiz

February 21, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Picker has suggested that utilities be allowed to charge residents in high-fire risk areas higher rates for electricity.  The reason would be to cover costs of upgrades to prevent power lines from causing wildfires, including changes to meet tougher new fire safety rules approved by the CPUC in December, the San Francisco Chronicle reports

Picker’s proposal, made during a meeting on fire safety for utilities on January 31st, has sparked outraged responses among East County residents, planners, and County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

SPRING THAW: TIME TO GET BACK TO THE MOUNTAINS AT THE LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS MARCH 9-18

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2018 (Santa Ysabel) – You’re invited to step back in time and enjoy an authentic 1805-1840s Rocky Mountain fur trader’s encampment March 9-18 at the Mataguay Scout Reservation in Santa Ysabel.  Visit part of our historic past by attending a fun, educational and exciting mountain man rendezvous.

PYEONCHANG RECAP DAY 12: MEDALS GALORE!

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Jessie Diggins of the United States (L) and Kikkan Randall of the United States celebrate as they win gold during the Cross Country Ladies' Team Sprint Free Final on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  Via Zimbio

February 21, 2018 (PyeonChang, South Korea) - Forty-two years ago, Bill Koch won the USA's only medal in cross-country skiing.  It was a silver.  Forty-six years ago, the U.S. first formed a women's cross country skiing team.

Wednesday, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins one-upped Koch and won gold.

EL CAJON MAYOR BILL WELLS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESS AGAINST INCUMBENT DUNCAN HUNTER

 

 

By Paul Kruze

Hear audio: http://www.mediafire.com/file/5a742c5cj30npzp/BillWellsCampaignAnnouncement.mp3

February 21, 2018 (El Cajon) – If San Diego’s East County politics aren’t complex enough, another chess piece got moved on Tuesday with El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells announcing his intention to run against the troubled 50th District Republican incumbent, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 22-APRIL 22

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 21, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes Seussical, the Musical in Spring Valley’s Encore Theatre, Hawk Watch in Ramona, the Boots Ball in Borrego Springs, Gregory Page at Mission Trails, and the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including a First Fridays art show at 2Create Gallery in Ramona, the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, Circle of Art in Borrego Springs, Tomatomania at the Garden, the Alaskan String Band at Kroc Center, the Bunny Train at the Campo Depot, Spring Extravaganza at Santee Lakes, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa and a night of Laurel and Hardy comedy films in Spring Valley, all in March.

April’s events include Julian Gold Rush Days, Julian Family Fiddle Camp, Sweet Pea Days and an antique show at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs, Heritage of the Americas Museum’s 25th anniversary party, the season opening of Cajon Classic Cruises in El Cajon, and Musical Journeys, a spring concert presented by the San Diego Festival and Chorus.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

VEHICLE THIEVES FIRE SHOT AT OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 20, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police seek public help to locate two suspects wanted for stealing a pickup truck and shooting at the vehicle’s owner Tuesday morning shortly before 4 a.m.

The victim called 911 to report that two men had stolen his white, 2001 Toyota Tacoma parked in the 7200 block of Baldrich Street in La Mesa.  He told police that he was alerted to the theft when he heard his dog barking.

TRUMP TRIES TO ELIMINATE FUNDS FOR EARTHQUAKE EARLY WARNINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 20, 2018 (San Diego) – Earthquake warning systems have been proven effective in Japan, Taiwan and Mexico, where residents received warnings ranging from a few seconds to a minute before major earthquakes struck. 

Even a short warning can be enough to save lives at hospitals, airports, power plants, schools and other locations.

FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE DISABLED MAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 20, 2018 (La Mesa) –  Firefighters from Heartland Fire and Rescue, aided by San Diego Fire Department, saved an elderly and disabled man from a burning apartment building Tuesday night in La Mesa.

Crews responded to the blaze in the 7300 block of La Mesita Place around 6:45 p.m. after receiving reports of black smoke coming from underneath an apartment door, with an elderly couple inside. The fire was in the living room of their downstairs unit.

SDSU BASEBALL TRIPPED UP IN EXTRA INNINGS AGAINST SAN DIEGO

 

Aztecs suffer first defeat of 2018 season

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 20, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball suffered a 3-2 setback against crosstown foe San Diego on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium, falling victim to a 10th-inning RBI double by USD’s Dante Gutierrez. The Aztecs fall to 3-1 on the young 2018 season, while USD jumps above .500 at 3-2. 

BOYS BASKETBALL: HIGHLANDERS LOSE OT THRILLER IN ROUND ONE OF CIFSDS

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

February 20, 2018 (La Mesa) - Helix High boys basketball is in the playoffs again.  Tonight, they hosted round one of the CIFSDS Division 1 playoffs against Cathedral Catholic.  The Dons just barely squeezed into the playoffs with a 12-13 record overall and a 7-5 record in league.

COLD SPELL SETS RECORDS AND CLOSES SCHOOLS: FROST WARNING EXTENDED

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Frigid weather across our region caused closure of schools in the Julian and Warner Springs areas on Tuesday.  A frost warning has been extended through Wednesday morning.

The cold front brought record low temperatures, according to the National Weather Service, including a chilly 23 degrees Tuesday at Ramona in East County’s mountains and 35 degrees in coastal Oceanside.

MOMS AND ACTIVISTS RALLY FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION OUTSIDE CONGRESSMAN HUNTER’S OFFICE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Cheri Robertson and Vicki Shepperd Chin

February 20, 2018 (El Cajon) - Gun violence was at issue on Monday, President's Day, to protesters outside of Congressman Duncan D. Hunter Jr.'s office in El Cajon. Approximately 25 people showed up to hold signs and an American flag to protest Hunter's acceptance of National Rifle Association (NRA) money and his opposition to gun safety legislation.

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