CALAWARE ATTORNEY: COUNCILMAN PARENT SHOULD RECUSE FROM VOTING ON FARMER’S MARKET

READER’S EDITORIAL: “SOME ARE DOWN MEMORY LANE, SOME ARE ON FIRE.”

LA MESA CHAMBER WITHDRAWS FARMERS MARKET PROPOSAL, ENDORSES GROSSMONT CENTER’S —BUT STAFF PUSHES TO KEEP MARKET DOWNTOWN

HEAT RECORDS SHATTERED WORLDWIDE AS CLIMATE CHANGE EVIDENCE GROWS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 26-AUG. 31

TASTE OF ITALY WINE DINNER AT GIARDINO AUGUST 15

OVER 75 HUMMUS PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

COUNTY TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUMS ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY

LA MESA COUNCIL WEIGHS PARKING DISTRICT FUND TO ATTRACT SHOPPERS DOWNTOWN, HOUSING ON EX- POLICE STATION SITE, AND CANNABIS TAX FIX

LINEUP ANNOUNCED AT THE MAGNOLIA: REVITALIZED EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

BEN AND JESSICA KALASHO ARRAIGNED ON CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGES

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

LEMON GROVE CHECKPOINT RESULTS IN A DUI ARREST AND 22 CITATIONS; 10 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED

East County News Service
 
July 23, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – A DUI sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on July 20th in Lemon Grove resulted in one arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In addition, 22 citations were issued for suspended, revoked or no driver’s licenses and 10 vehicles were impounded.

CALAWARE ATTORNEY: COUNCILMAN PARENT SHOULD RECUSE FROM VOTING ON FARMER’S MARKET

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – An attorney with Californians Aware (CalAware), an organization that protects the public’s rights in open government matters, has advised ECM that Councilman Colin Parent should likely recuse himself from tonight’s vote on the La Mesa Farmer’s Market for showing bias prior to public testimony.

Four applicants have submitted applicants. Three would keep the market downtown and one, Grossmont Center, would move it to the regional shopping mall.

ECM sought Calaware's opinion after Councilman Parent posted a notice on the NextDoor forum urging residents to email a form letter to fellow councilmembers asking that the farmer’s market be kept downtown. A resident sent us a reader’s editorial and a letter to the full Council and  City Manager complaining of bias.  

Parent also sent a media advisory announcing a press conference to be held at 5 p.m., before tonight’s meeting, which he plans to hold with Brian Beevers, who currently operates the farmer’s market along with the La Mesa Village Association. The media notification states,  “ Both support the current location and date of the Farmer’s Market.”

READER’S EDITORIAL: “SOME ARE DOWN MEMORY LANE, SOME ARE ON FIRE.”

By Preston Brown


July 23, 2019, (San Diego’s East County) -- Recently at the Board of Supervisors hearing on the Otay Ranch V14 Project, “Adara," all the issues of land use in the wildland urban interface (WUI), environmental protection, conservation, urban planning, housing sprawl, fire safety and the County process for granting approval came together in this one project proposal for Proctor Valley in the Jamul Dulzura Sub Area Plan jurisdiction. 

 

Some people have a knack for hitting the bull’s eye. That would be our Supervisor Dianne Jacob of the 2nd District. Dianne spoke first and her first question was this. ‘Do folks have any fire insurance?’ ‘Have you been able to get fire insurance?’ This was a memorable moment. The room just froze. A proposal for 1,119 new high-density housing sprawl in a very high fire prone area in California and no one had thought about fire insurance.

READER’S EDITORIAL: COLIN PARENT – YOUR BIAS IS SHOWING ON FARMER’S MARKET

Who does Colin Parent really serve?

An Open letter to the La Mesa City Council and City Manager

By Marcia Tolin, La Mesa resident

July 23, 2019 (La Mesa) -- I am a bit taken back by this recent post on a thread on NextDoor regarding the Farmer’s Market before tonight’s vote on which of four proposals to adopt.  The scare mongers are out there in full force and one of your colleagues is spear heading it.  If you have not seen this link and web page, I encourage all of you to look at it.  https://www.colinparent.org/farmersmarket

It seems to me that Councilmember Parent is using the "power of his elected position" to garner support for the Market in the Village. Also he is using the City's current Farmer's Market marketing collateral and slogan on his website for the Farmer's Market and slogan and data on his Social Media and outreach.  In addition, he is using the City of La Mesa Logo with the Farmer's Market "logo" while he is sitting on the dais in pushing his agenda and exhibiting his bias. 

LA MESA CHAMBER WITHDRAWS FARMERS MARKET PROPOSAL, ENDORSES GROSSMONT CENTER’S —BUT STAFF PUSHES TO KEEP MARKET DOWNTOWN

 

Updated July 23, 2019 with comments from Grossmont Center

By Miriam Raftery

July 22, 2019 (La Mesa) – At tomorrow night’s 6 p.m. meeting, the La Mesa City Council is expected to decide on the future of the city’s farmer’s market, following a rift in the community over the market’s location and who should run the popular event.

The city received four proposals, but one applicant, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, has withdrawn its bid and endorsed a proposal submitted by Grossmont Center. “The Chamber is all about serving our members and our community and that is why we took this path,” Chamber President and CEO Mary England told ECM in an email tonight.

HEAT RECORDS SHATTERED WORLDWIDE AS CLIMATE CHANGE EVIDENCE GROWS

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo:  Simulation of maximum temperatures on July 3 from American (GFS) weather model at two meters above the ground. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)
 
July 22, 2019 (San Diego) -- Around the world, on virtually every continent, all-time heat records were shattered in July, CNN reports. And here in San Diego, a model created by scientists and journalists predict just how hot our region will become in future decades as the impacts of climate change take hold.

STORMS IN BACK COUNTRY FORECAST? FREE SANDBAGS AT COUNTY, CAL FIRE STATIONS

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 22, 2019 (San Diego) - The sun is shining, but weather forecasts say summer storms could possibly create heavy rains and flooding in the mountains and deserts this week, meaning this could be a good time to stock up on free sandbags.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 26-AUG. 31

East County News Service

July 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features some end of July festivities and hot August nights events including Pine Valley Days, a Sip of Julian, the Jamul Winetasting Festival, Herman’s Hermits at Sycuan, a concert at Santee Lakes, Julian’s Natural Wonderfest, the Ramona Country Fair, the Julian Star Fest, the HeART of Mt. Helix art and wine festival, a twilight walk at Mission Trails Regional Park and the Barona Powwow.

There are also some all summer long events including outdoor concerts, movies in parks across our region, classic car shows and dive-in movies at the Kroc Center’s swimming pool.

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

SDSU ALUMNUS INTRODUCES VIRTUAL WORLD FOR DISNEY'S THE LION KING

By Cory Marshall, SDSU News Center

Photo via Disney

July 22, 2019 (San Diego) - Imagine coming across a talking meerkat, muddled between tall blades of grass, somewhere in the serene savannas of Kenya, and feeling as though it is a completely normal encounter. That was the goal for the Disney filmmakers behind this summer’s live action “The Lion King” remake. In order to do that, filmmakers, including San Diego State University alumnus Tom Peitzman (‘87) set out to create a virtual world, and in the process, fashioned an entirely new way live action films are produced.

TASTE OF ITALY WINE DINNER AT GIARDINO AUGUST 15

East County News Service

July 22, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – Take your tastebuds on a culinary journey through Italy with five fine fantastic wines paired with five original courses (not on the menu) at Giardino Neighborhood Cucina in Lemon Grove on August 15 at 6 p.m.

SETTLEMENT REQUIRES INCREASED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE AND 10 YEARS OF FREE CREDIT MONITORING

Source: California Attorney General

Photo: Creative Commons

July 22, 2019 (Sacramento ) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a nationwide settlement against Equifax resolving allegations that the credit reporting agency improperly exposed the personal information of 147 million consumers, including 15 million Californians, after a massive data breach in 2017. 

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

 

Water:  a real force of nature!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovannaBy Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 22, 2019 (San Diego) -- As firefighters we know the power of water. We have some of the best apparatus capable of pumping thousands of gallons of water per minute during fires. In this capacity, water saves lives and property—it is essential to protecting our communities.

STATE AUDITOR SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR 2020 CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Eligible voters are urged to register at a Democratic rally in 2018. Photo by Chris Stone

July 21, 2019 (San Diego) - Concerned about the political gerrymandering that is the norm across much of the United States?  

You can do your part to make California different by applying for one of the 14 seats on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY'S HISTORIC PLACES: JULIAN

By Donald H. Harrison

Originally published at San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

Photo:  Julian Hotel, formerly Hotel Robinson

July 21, 2019 (Julian) - Whites who had been slaveholders and blacks who had been slaves contributed to the early history of Julian.  Today, in the colorful mountain town of gold mines, apples and antiques, both groups of people as well as other ethnic groups  are remembered and honored.

COUNTY PARKS OPENS ADA-ACCESSIBLE CABINS

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 21, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego County Parks and Recreation on Friday opened four new cabins built to be accessible to people with mobility challenges at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona, making it easier for nature lovers of all abilities to stay overnight.

EAST COUNTY SPORTS WRAP JULY 14-20

By David Willauer

July 20, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Here's what East County alumni in pro sports did this week:

July 14

Valhalla product Greg Garcia went 1 for 4 with a single for the San Diego Padres as they were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 4-1. 

Granite Hills product Travis Taijeron went 2 for 4 with a double and a single for the Syracuse Mets as they defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5-3. 
 

CLASSIC CAR SHOW AUGUST 24

East County News Service

July 20, 2019 (Spring Valley) - Christian Rods & Customs Car Club announces its 20th Annual “Classic Car Show” to be held on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 9am until 2pm at Faith Chapel located at 9400 Campo Road in Spring Valley. Pre-registration fee of $25 due by August 20th or $30 day of show. The first 100 registrants will receive a dash plaque, T-Shirt, goodie bag and raffle ticket. All cars, trucks & bikes welcome! No year or model limits!

WINNERS OF 2019 HEART OF MT. HELIX ART COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

East County News Service
 
Photo: First place fine arts, “Mountain Path,” acrylic by Linda Morton
 
July 19, 2019 (La Mesa) – Winners of the 2019 HeART of Mt. Helix juried art show are on display at Nainsook Framing + Art in La Mesa now through August 28. These fine art and photography works feature the people, places and events of Mt. Helix.  Twenty percent of art sales will benefit the Mt. Helix Park Foundation.
 

HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL HEFTY TAX SET TO LEVY EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH PLANS

By Miriam Raftery
 
July 19, 2019 (San Diego) – By an overwhelming 419 to 6 vote, the House of Representatives has passed H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.  The measure, if approved by the Senate and the President, would repeal the so-called “Cadillac Tax,” an Affordable Care Act provision set to roll out in 2022 (postponed from 2020). It would impose a 40% excise tax on generous employer-provided health insurance plans for employees and families.

OVER 75 HUMMUS PRODUCTS RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

East County News Service

 

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) – Over 75 hummus products distributed nationwide and sold under  multiple brand names have been recalled by Pita Pal Foods, LP of Texas due to concerns over listeria.  The brands include Bucee’s, Fresh Thyme, Harris Teeter, Hummus Hummus, Lantana, Pita Pal, Reasor’s, Roundy’s, Schnucks and 7-Select.

STRANGLING SUSPECT ARRESTED AT GROSSMONT CENTER

By Miriam Raftery
 
July 19, 2019 (La Mesa) – A man suspected of strangling his former girlfriend was arrested at 8:20 this morning in the parking garage next to Target in the Grossmont Center regional shopping mall.  The woman called police last night to report the strangling that allegedly occurred at her home in San Carlos on Hyde Park Drive. She was treated at a hospital, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

DAYTIME INTERSTATE 8 CLOSURES IN EAST COUNTY PLANNED THROUGH AUGUST

Source:  CalTrans

July 19, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Crews will close various connectors along Interstate 8 (I-8) in the mountain areas of eastern San Diego County weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pavement work, according to CalTrans. Full closures will take place at one intersection at a time in the coming week as follows:

33 1/3 HOUSE OF DREAMS: A PIECE OF MUSICAL HISTORY

By Mimi Pollack

July 19, 2019 (La Mesa) - There is nothing better than to see a labor of love come to its fruition.  After six incarnations, the musical play, 33 1/3 House of Dreams, will be presented at the SD REP during the month of August. It is a “dream come true” for Jonathan Rosenberg and Dr. Brad Ross. The history ofhow this play came about is also interesting.

 

It all started at the dentist’s office. Since 1989, San Carlos dentist, Dr. Brad Ross, has been and continues to beJonathan Rosenberg’s dentist. For many years, they shared a cordial professional relationship. Ross knew that Rosenberg was a special education teacher/psychologist in La Mesa, but it took some years for him to discover that Rosenberg was also a musician and music historian.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES EMPLOYEE AT SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DIAGNOSED WITH WITH TB; POTENTIAL EXPOSURE RISK JANUARY-MAY DEEMED 'LOW' FOR PUBLIC

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) - An employee at the San Diego International Airport has been diagnosed with infectious pulmonary tuberculosis but poses an extremely low exposure risk to the public and staff at the airport, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency officials.

JACK OFIELD DIGITAL PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY IN LEMON GROVE

East County News Service

July 19, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Library and the Lemon Grove Historical Society present a new exhibit of recent digital paintings by Jack Ofield, the noted filmmaker, animator, graphic designer, painter and writer.  Ofield is a member of the Directors Guild of America, a directing fellow of the American Film Institute, and emeritus professor of Film and former filmmaker-in-residence at San Diego State University.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: COTTONTAIL RABBIT

East County News Service

July 19, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Robert Gehr sent in this photo of a native Cottontail Rabbit spotted near city hall in downtown El Cajon.  Winter rains have encouraged growth in grasses and native wildlife that rely on grasses for feed and habitat.

Remember to avoid use of chemical pesticides on your grass, which can also harm cute critters like this one!

THE SUNSHINE BOYS REVIEW: BREAKUPS ARE NEVER EASY

By Kathy Carpenter

July 19, 2019 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Community theatre Presents The Sunshine Boys--a comfortable feud, with laughter at the stuff you can totally agree with.

Directed by Steve Murdock, The Sunshine Boys is about two old vaudeville partners. One day out of the blue, Al Lewis announces he is retiring. Willie Clark is so mad he does not speak to him for eleven years. Clark is not ready to retire.

COUNTY TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUMS ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) - The public can give input on whether the County should buy and sell electricity during four informational forums set for coming weeks.

Board supervisors started exploring the idea of starting a community choice energy program, also known as community choice aggregation, in February.

LA MESA COUNCIL WEIGHS PARKING DISTRICT FUND TO ATTRACT SHOPPERS DOWNTOWN, HOUSING ON EX- POLICE STATION SITE, AND CANNABIS TAX FIX

By Allan Acevedo
 
July 19, 2019 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa City Council meeting last week started with public comments from speakers advocating to keep a Farmer’s Market downtown. The early testimony foreshadows what could be a contentious next session, when Council will consider four proposals for the future of its farmer’s market.  

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