TRUMP SIGNS BILL GRANTING BACK PAY TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES—BUT NOT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS—AFTER SHUTDOWN ENDS

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE: MEETING JANUARY 26

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN.19-FEB. 10

MAYOR’S TOWN HALL MEETING JANUARY 30 IN EL CAJON

FEBRUARY CALFRESH BENEFITS TO BE ISSUED EARLY

JAMUL CASINO TO SPICE UP SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK

PIANIST YUKO MARUYAMA PERFORMS FEB. 10 AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH

SEALS WIN HOME-OPENER IN FRONT OF NEAR-CAPACITY CROWD

SIGNUP DEADLINE FOR COVERED CA HEALTH PLANS IS TUESDAY

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET AIMS TO LOWER PREMIUMS, EXPAND MEDI-CAL

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DOCKLESS VEHICLE REGULATIONS

STORM SYSTEM SWOOPS INTO REGION BRINGING HEAVY RAIN, SNOW AND WAVES UP TO 14 FEET

TRUMP SIGNS BILL GRANTING BACK PAY TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES—BUT NOT FEDERAL CONTRACTORS—AFTER SHUTDOWN ENDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

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.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTECS' RALLY FALLS SHORT AT NEW MEXICO

 

 

Zayn Dornstauder set career-highs with 13 points and eight rebounds

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

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.

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CERT TRAINING STARTS MARCH 23

 

 

Source: Monica Zech, City of El Cajon

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.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN.19-FEB. 10

 

East County News Service

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!

CAL COAST CREDIT UNION OFFERS HELP TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES IMPACTED BY GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

 

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

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.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE POWWOW SET FOR FEB. 2

 

Source:  Cuyamaca College

Photo:  A participant in the 2018 Cuyamaca powwow

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.

CELEBRATE THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR ON FEB. 5

 

East County News Service

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.

JOE MACKEY SELECTED FOR EL CAJON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

East County News Service

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.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON BRAIN FITNESS ON JANUARY 23RD

 

 

East County News Service

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.

FEBRUARY CALFRESH BENEFITS TO BE ISSUED EARLY

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit via Pixabay
 
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.

WHAT DOES THE PG&E BANKRUPTCY MEAN FOR CALIFORNIA RATEPAYERS AND FIRE VICTIMS?

By Miriam Raftery

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.

RED CROSS ISSUES EMERGENCY CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS: FEB. 4 DRIVE IN SANTEE

 

 

East County News Service

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.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTS 2019 BOARD OFFICERS

 

 

East County News Service

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.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NURSING, HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

 

East County News Service

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.

JAMUL CASINO TO SPICE UP SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK

 

 

East County News Service

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.

BRIDGE STREET TO FREEDOM: MEET THE AUTHOR JAN. 19 IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

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."  

CITY OF EL CAJON NOW ACCEPTS PASSPORT APPLICATIONS

 

 

East County News Service

January 14, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon announced today  that it now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. 

U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at the City Clerk’s Office by appointment.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN ALPINE

 
 
East County News Service
 
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.

PIANIST YUKO MARUYAMA PERFORMS FEB. 10 AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH

 

 

East County News Service

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.

SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ANNOUNCES SEVERAL AIRLINE RELOCATIONS TO SUPPORT OPERATIONS

 

 

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. 

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER: ALEKS BERKOLDS DRAFTED BY SEATTLE SOUNDERS

 

 

Damian German also signed a homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

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.”

SEALS WIN HOME-OPENER IN FRONT OF NEAR-CAPACITY CROWD

 

 

Source:  San Diego Seals

Photo courtesy sealslax.com

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.”

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTEC RALLY COMES UP SHORT AT AIR FORCE

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 12, 2019 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - AJ Walker scored 19 points and Air Force closed with a 14-4 run to defeat San Diego State 62-48 on Saturday.

Ryan Swan had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Falcons (6-10, 1/3 Mountain West) and Lavelle Scottie added 16 points with 11 rebounds.

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET AIMS TO LOWER PREMIUMS, EXPAND MEDI-CAL

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

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. 

SIGNUP DEADLINE FOR COVERED CA HEALTH PLANS IS TUESDAY

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service 

Photo:  CoveredCA says 80 percent of people using its website to find health insurance are eligible for a subsidy to lower their premiums. (Goir/Stockphoto)
January 12, 2019 (Sacramento) - People who want to sign up for health insurance using the Covered California marketplace have only four days left – because open enrollment ends January 15th.

TIPSTER ALERTS DEPUTIES DURING ROBBERY AT VERIZON STORE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

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.

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