PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE, ALLOWS STATES TO END ABORTION RIGHTS

MICROBUSINESSES GET MORE TIME TO APPLY FOR $2,500 COUNTY GRANTS

LAWMAKERS WEAKEN CALIFORNIA'S NURSING HOMES BILL; SPONSORS YANK THEIR SUPPORT

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: LIGHTNING STORM

JUDGE ENDS RESTRAINNG ORDER AGAINST COUNCILMEMBER LEBARON

VIEW THE WINNING PHOTOS OF THE LAKE JENNINGS SPRING PHOTO CONTEST

FREE LUNCH AND LEARN WEBINAR ON VETERANS’ BENEFITS AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT

WIN A WIEGHORST! BID ONLNE NOW FOR SIGNED, LIMITED-EDITION PRINTS TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE AND EAST COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION

LA MESA CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH WITH A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND COMMUNITY

ACCESS TO LAKESIDE RECREATION AT LOVELAND AT RISK AS SWEETWATER AUTHORITY CONTINUES TO LOWER WATER LEVEL

VACCINES FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN APPROVED, APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE LOCALLY

SANTEE VICE MAYOR RONN HALL HOLDS DISTRICT 2 MEET AND GREET ON JUNE 30

PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE, ALLOWS STATES TO END ABORTION RIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Pro-choice demonstrators tonight at Waterfront Park in San Diego, by Josan Feathers

June 24, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Ending a half century of women’s rights to end a pregnancy, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a ruling overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. 

That means abortion becomes illegal in 26 states immediately due to trigger laws or older statutes on the books, many banning abortion even to save a mother’s life or prevent a rape or incest victim from being forced to give birth. More states are poised to consider banning or restricting abortion, while Republican leaders have pledged to seek a nationwide abortion ban if they regain control of Congress in November.

Today’s decision has sparked protests nationwide, including thousands protesting outside the Supreme Court and justices’ homes this evening, as well as a large crowd gathered in San Diego outside the County adminstration building at Waterfront Park.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WE HAVE TO RESTORE BALANCE IN THE SUPREME COURT

By Donna Forte, Spring Valley

June 24, 2022 (Spring Valley) -- When Donald Trump was in office, he and Mitch McConnell made three lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. McConnell went so far as to defy Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish—that the next president appoint her replacement—by packing the Court with Amy Coney Barrett just eight days before the 2020 election.

The result? Today’s Supreme Court has been taken over by a hyperpartisan supermajority that just dismantled abortion care in America.

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE SUPREME COURT IS PARTISAN ON PURPOSE

By Adam Gantz, San Diego

June 24, 2022 (San Diego) -- Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we have to have nine Supreme Court Justices. Nor would it require a Constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the Supreme Court five times throughout American history.

MICROBUSINESSES GET MORE TIME TO APPLY FOR $2,500 COUNTY GRANTS

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit via Shutterstock

June 23, 2022 (San Diego) - The smallest of San Diego County’s small businesses ― from dog walkers to tutors, sidewalk vendors and everything in between ― now have more time to apply for a free $2,500 County grant.

SUPREME COURT RULING TURNS SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE INTO 'CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION,' WARNS SOTOMAYOR

"We are witnessing one of the most extreme Supreme Courts in modern history rewrite the most basic social commitments of our society," said the head of one of the nation's largest teachers unions.

By Julia Coney, staff writer, Common Dreams

Photo:  Sonia Sotomayor, official court portrait

Reprinted under a Creative Commons license from Common Dreams

June 23, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday warned that the court's right-wing majority had further eroded the nation's bedrock laws separating church and government when it ruled that Maine must include religious schools in a state-run tuition program.

WHAT HAPPENS IF CALIFORNIANS PASS TWO SPORTS BETTING INITIATIVES?

By Grace Gedye, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

Photo CC via Bing

June 23, 2022 (Sacramento) - Come November, Californians will likely face the question: Should sports betting be legalized?

And then, a bit further down their ballot, there’s a good chance they’ll get asked again: Should sports betting be legalized?

LAWMAKERS WEAKEN CALIFORNIA'S NURSING HOMES BILL; SPONSORS YANK THEIR SUPPORT

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

June 22, 2022 (Sacramento) - A group of advocates that has long fought to reform the state’s troubled nursing home licensing system is now attempting to kill legislation it sponsored, calling the amended bill “a step backwards.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: LIGHTNING STORM

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 22, 2022 (Mt. Helix) -- Amy Payton took these dramatic images during last night's thunderstorm from her porch in Spring Valley overlooking state route 94 at Calavo.

Her photos show some spectacular lightning strikes over Mt. Helix in San Diego's East County.

MULTIPLE SMALL BRUSH FIRES

June 22, 2022 (San Diego's East County) -- Several small brush fires have ignited late this afternoon in East County and San Diego's inland areas, including blazes in McCain Valley near Boulevard, Borrego Springs, and Highland Valley near Ramona and Escondido. Firefighters have contained an earlier blaze near the border.

Here are details on the fires:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: COLORFUL CLOUDS

East County News Service

June 22, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – They may look like impressionist paintings, but they’re clouds over East County taken by Robert Gehr in El Cajon today.  The colorful palette and orange glow enhance formations from a tropical storm, says Gehr.

 

JUDGE ENDS RESTRAINNG ORDER AGAINST COUNCILMEMBER LEBARON

East County News Service

June 22, 2022 (Lemon Grove) – A judge has lifted a restraining order which had barred Lemon Grove Councilmember Liana LeBaron from her home due to her husband accusing her of assault. The order was ended after LeBaron’s husband, Timothy Howell, told the judge that the couple had sorted matters out civilly.

FREE LUNCH AND LEARN WEBINAR ON VETERANS’ BENEFITS AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT

East County News Service

June 22, 2022 (San Diego) – The Caregiver Coalition of San Diego and the County of San Diego invite you to a free Lunch and Learn webinar on veterans benefits and caregiver support on Wed., June 29 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

PUBLIC COMMENTS EXTENDED TO JULY 30 FOR SAN VICENTE COMPREHENSIVE MULTIMODAL CORRIDOR PLAN

East County News Service

June 22, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- SANDAG and Caltrans are seeking public input on their San Vicente Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP), which will involve transportation improvements in the Lakeside, Santee, Poway, and Ramona communities. The goal of the project is to balance future transportation needs while also preserving existing rural and community characteristics including the natural landscape of mountains, hills, valleys, lakes, and creeks.

VIEW THE WINNING PHOTOS OF THE LAKE JENNINGS SPRING PHOTO CONTEST

Source:  Helix Water District

June 22, 2022 (Lakeside) - Helix Water District is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest, with this year’s first place in the adult category going to photographer John Wozny of El Cajon for his image titled “Casting a Sunset.”

WIN A WIEGHORST! BID ONLNE NOW FOR SIGNED, LIMITED-EDITION PRINTS TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE AND EAST COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION

By Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2022 (El Cajon) – Bidding is now open online for a special auction of two signed, limited edition, framed and matted prints by Olaf Wieghorst, an internationally recognized artist considered one of the top painters of Western art.  Some of his works sold for over a million dollars during his lifetime.  Proceeds will benefit both the East County Art Association and East County Magazine. Now you can own one of Wieghorst’s  exceptional works, Spring Rain and Beef Herd. View video for a close-up look at these impressive artworks:  https://www.youtube.com/shorts/7V496dpqHSw.

About the auction:

The auction opens online (see below to bid),  and will close on Saturday, June 25  at 3 p.m. during the ECAA’s upcoming event, “Ocean Love” at the Courtyard Marriott in El Cajon. View event flyer. If you wish to view the works in person, you can visit the ECAA gallery at 124 East Main St. in downtown El Cajon, Wed.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  60 percent of proceeds will benefit the East County Arts Association and 40% will benefit East County Media, the nonprofit that supports East County Magazine.

How to bid:

Send your name, mailing address, phone number, and email along with your bid amount to editor@eastcountymagazine.org and the words "AUCTION BID" in the subject line, along with which art piece you wish to bid on, and the amount of your bid.  You will receive a bid number and confirmation your bid was received. Bid numbers and amounts will be posted online at the bottom of this page and updated regularly. (No personal information will be posted.) The online auction bids will be accepted until June 25 at 11 a.m., after which the auction will continue at the event from1-3 p.m.

LA MESA CELEBRATES JUNETEENTH WITH A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND COMMUNITY

 

By Henri Migala

Photo, left: ECM editor Miriam Raftery with Allan Durden, organizer of La Mesa’s Juneteenth event.

June 21, 2022 (La Mesa) -- Several hundred people came out to commemorate and celebrate Juneteenth at MacArthur Park in La Mesa on Sunday, June 19, with food, music, history, entertainment, including the MLK Choir, step-show dance groups, bounce house with slide, crafts, and family fun.

This La Mesa Juneteenth and Friends celebration is a grassroots community effort to bring the rich heritage, culture, and fun of a Juneteenth Jubilee to La Mesa, East County and the wider San Diego region.

Juneteenth commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S., when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedoms on June 19, 1865, over two years after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The inaugural commemoration of it was in 1866, and it was officially recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

ACCESS TO LAKESIDE RECREATION AT LOVELAND AT RISK AS SWEETWATER AUTHORITY CONTINUES TO LOWER WATER LEVEL

By Elijah McKee 

June 22, 2022 (Alpine) — On the outskirts of Alpine lies something rare in East County — an exceptional opportunity for fishing and other recreation on land that is free to access through an arrangement with the U.S. Forest Service. 

VACCINES FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN APPROVED, APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

June 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months of age have been approved the federal regulators. The vaccines will be available locally within days at medical facilities including Rady Children’s Hospital, which is now scheduling appointments, as well as at community clinics, pediatricians’ offices, and some pharmacies.

SANTEE VICE MAYOR RONN HALL HOLDS DISTRICT 2 MEET AND GREET ON JUNE 30

East County News Service

June 21, 2022 (Santee) -- Santee residents are invited to join Vice Mayor Ronn Hall on Thursday, June 30 at Santee City Hall, Building 8 (10601 Magnolia Ave, Santee) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the District 2 Community Meet & Greet event.

SWANSON TAKES OVER AT PADRE DAM & EAST COUNTY AWP

By Mike Allen

June 21, 2022 (Santee) -- Kyle Swanson responds to a question about the safety of the drinking water to be produced at the East County Advanced Water Purification (AWP) plant in a way that conveys a sure grasp and confidence in the science behind the $950 million project.

CAMPO DAY BRINGS WESTERN HISTORY TO LIFE

 

By Kylie Dees

View video: Click Youtube image at left, or visit https://youtu.be/1WHC0JjAu84

June 21, 2022 (Campo) – Campo, an unincorporated community in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County, is striving to keep its Wild West heritage alive. The town has a rich history that includes railway lore, cowboys, a former cavalry fort, and a notorious gunfight. Earlier this month, the community revived its signature annual event. 

SUPERVISORS MOVE FORWARD ON CANNABIS TAX INITIATIVE AND SAFETY MEASURES FOR UNINCORPORATED AREAS

By Henri Migala and Miriam Raftery

June 20, 2022 (San Diego) – San Diego County Supervisors on June 15 approved a draft resolution for a ballot initiative to tax cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas.  The measure will still need final board approval on June 28 before going before the voters on the November ballot.

Supervisors also voted to have staff report back on a proposal by Supervisor Joel Anderson aimed at reducing disproportionate impacts on unincorporated communities through 16 measures that would enhance public safety, limit locations of cannabis businesses, require education on cannabis negative impacts and drug interactions, and require funds from a cannabis tax be used to benefit communities.

LATINO LEGACY AWARDS HONOR PIONEERS IN SAN DIEGO’S CHICANO CULTURE



By J.W. August

Photo:  Latino Legacy Foundation President Maria Velasquez, Granddaughter of Cesar Chavezcourtesy of the Latino Legacy Foundation

June 19, 2022 (San Diego) –  Social justice movements have swept America again and again.  When the times call for change, leaders have risen like Cesar Chavez, who led the struggle for farm workers rights in this country.  Recognizing him and other leaders in the Chicano movement was the purpose of a celebratory event on the Community District Campus in Barrio Logan.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR THEFTS FROM ELDERLY IN LEMON GROVE STORES

East County News Service

June 19, 2022 (Lemon Grove) – A suspect accused of robbing elderly victims inside grocery stores in Lemon Grove was arrested on June 10, thanks to help from the public, says Detective Freddy Herrero of the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s substation.

RACE AMITY DAY COMMEMORATED IN LEMON GROVE

By Mike Lavach

Photo: Mayor Racquel Vasquez presents proclamation to Roberta Bulling of the Lemon Grove Baha'i Community

June 19, 2022 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove’s Mayor, Racquel Vasquez attended a picnic hosted by the Baha'is of Lemon Grove in observance of Race Amity Day at Berry Street Park on June 12.  This was the fourth annual celebration in Lemon Grove.  Mayor Vasquez read an official statement proclaiming June 12, 2022 as Race Amity Day in Lemon Grove.

FAMILY NATURE DAY JUNE 25 ON MT. HELIX

East County News Service

June 19, 2022 (Mt. Helix) – You’re invited to celebrate the historic nature preserve, native plants, and the wildlife that rely on the native habitat at Mt. Helix Park at a family-friendly Nature Day on Saturday, June 25.  Take a free shuttle to the event from the fire station at 10105 Vivera (corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Drive) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. since there is no parking on Mt. Helix during the event.

CONCERTS BY CANDLELIGHT AT MT. HELIX PARK CONTINUE

East County News Service

June 19, 2022 (Mt. Helix) – The Fever Events Candlelight Series brings classical music to the amphitheatre atop Mt. Helix on July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. The concerts feature classical and popular music played by a string quartet beneath the stars, surrounded by the glow of candlelight in a spectacular setting.

SUPERVISORS ANDERSON AND FLETCHER ASK STATE TO BOOST FUNDS FOR NOAH HOMES, SAVE HOUSING FOR INTELLECTUALY AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS

By Henri Migala 

June 19, 2022 (Spring Valley)  A change in the state’s funding formula threatens to force Noah Homes in Spring Valley to evict 40 percent of the residents it houses, all with intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD). Now San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson and Chairman Nathan Fletcher are joining forces to urge the state to change its policy.

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