SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE CLEARS BIG HURDLE IN CALIFORNIA

ANDERSON URGES SUPERVISORS TO PREPARE FOR UPCOMING PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER SHORTAGES

UNIDENTIFIED PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, KILLED IN SPRING VALLEY

SHERIFF TRANSFERS 200 MALE PRISONERS TO LAS COLINAS AMID COVID OUTBREAK

ALL VISITORS TO U.S. MUST NOW SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION AT BORDER, INCLUDING THOSE TRAVELING FOR ESSENTIAL REASONS

CPUC DELAYS ACTION ON CONTROVERSIAL ROOFTOP SOLAR RATE CHANGE

LEMON GROVE APPROVES MTS CONTRACT, SEWER REPAIRS AND SEAT DESIGNATIONS

COMMISSIONER LARA APPROVES NEW COVERAGE OPTIONS FOR FARMS AND AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES UNDER FAIR PLAN

EL CAJON MAYOR AND TWO COUNCILMEMBERS DEFY MASK MANDATE AS COUNCIL HEARS REPORTS ON RELIEF FUNDS, DOWNTOWN UPGRADES, NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MORE

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

OUTGOING SAN DIEGO POLICE OVERSIGHT PANEL SEEING UPSURGE IN CASES

NEW PROGRAM TO PAY CA COLLEGE STUDENTS $10K FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE

SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE CLEARS BIG HURDLE IN CALIFORNIA

 

By Emily Hoeven, CalMatters

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

Photo:  State Capitol, CC-by-NC via Bing

January 22, 2022 (Sacramento) - Get ready for a showdown in Sacramento.

On Thursday, a key Assembly committee approved a controversial proposal to create a state-funded single-payer health care system — a move that could put many Democrats, and ultimately Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a tough bind ahead of this year’s elections.

DIGITAL.COM SURVEY FINDS S 43 PERCENT OF AMERICANS PLAN TO START A BUSINESS IN 2022, AND ONE-THIRD ARE FIRST -TIME ENTREPRENEURS

Retail, finance, and information technology are among the most popular industries to start a new business this year

East County News Service

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January 22, 2022 (San Diego) – Workers are leaving jobs at a record pace amid the pandemic, as CNBC recently reported. Fear of COVID, burnout over job stresses, and a desire to work remotely are likely all factors. But where are those workers going?  While some have found jobs elsewhere or dropped out of the workforce, others are starting up their own businesses – a trend that appears poised to accelerate in 2022. 

TWO MEN DIE OF GUNSHOTS IN SANTEE IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2022 (Santee) – Sheriff's deputies responded to the 8800 block of Diamondback Drive in Santee at 7:20 last night after a report that a man had shot another man. Deputies spotted a vehicle matching a description of the suspect’s and conducted a high-risk vehicle stop a block from the residence.

The suspect was alone in the vehicle and did not respond to the deputies' attempts to communicate with him. The deputies approached the vehicle and found the suspect had shot himself. They removed the suspect from the vehicle and performed lifesaving measures until relieved by fire department personnel, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

ANDERSON URGES SUPERVISORS TO PREPARE FOR UPCOMING PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER SHORTAGES

Action is needed to address public safety, Anderson says

East County News Service

January 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- At the January 25 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Joel Anderson will present a letter to the board urging the County to be prepared to face anticipated upcoming public safety personnel shortages throughout the region as vaccine mandates, retirements, recruitment and retention issues impact staffing levels.

UNIDENTIFIED PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, KILLED IN SPRING VALLEY

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2022 (Spring Valley) – A male pedestrian who has not yet been identified was struck and killed tonight at 7:09 p.m. by a Volvo in Spring Valley.

According to Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol, the victim stepped off the sidewalk into the path of the 2010 Volvo XC90, which was traveling north on Sweetwater Road near Saint George Street.

NEWLY ORGANIZED CANNABIS WORKERS GAIN STATEWIDE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

UFCW union members at STIIIZY retail locations in California to vote on historic contract

East County News Service

Photo:  screenshot from UFSC Local 135 on Facebook

January 21, 2022 (San Diego) – Newly organized workers at STIIIZY dispensaries throughout California including San Diego County are voting on their first ever contract as members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

SHERIFF TRANSFERS 200 MALE PRISONERS TO LAS COLINAS AMID COVID OUTBREAK

350 new COVID cases in county jails heightens concerns over lack of vaccination requirements for detention

personnel

 

East County News Service

 

January 21, 2022 (Santee)  -- With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the nation, San Diego County jails are also seeing a spike in the number of positive cases among incarcerated individuals. Over the past few days, more than 350 people in custody have tested positive for COVID-19 at local detention facilities.

 

“To ensure the health and well-being of those in our care, as well as deputies and jail staff, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be temporarily transferring about 200 male inmates to the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee,” a press release from the Sheriff’s office today states.

ALL VISITORS TO U.S. MUST NOW SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION AT BORDER, INCLUDING THOSE TRAVELING FOR ESSENTIAL REASONS

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2022 (San Diego) – Starting tomorrow, all people entering the U.S. at the Mexican or Canadian borders must be fully vaccinated, except for U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and U.S. nationals.  The new requirement will apply to both essential and non-essential travelers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced.

CPUC DELAYS ACTION ON CONTROVERSIAL ROOFTOP SOLAR RATE CHANGE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: rooftop solar, CC via Bing

January 21, 2022 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unveiled a proposal on December 13 that would take away most financial incentives for homeowners or businesses to install solar power.  But after backlash from outraged consumers and elected officials, the CPUC has postponed action.

COMMISSIONER LARA APPROVES NEW COVERAGE OPTIONS FOR FARMS AND AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES UNDER FAIR PLAN

Insurance coverage will be available starting February 1st for farm owners, wineries, and other outdoor businesses previously ineligible  

East County News Service

January 21, 2022 (Sacramento) -- Acting to address the growing needs for a competitive insurance market for farm owners, wineries, ranchers and other outdoor agricultural businesses, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today approved the FAIR Plan to offer new commercial coverage for farm structure risks starting February 1, 2022. The FAIR Plan is an association made up of all admitted insurance companies to be the state’s property “insurer of last resort.”

COUNTY EXPANDS COVID-19 TESTING TO MEET DEMAND CAUSED BY OMICRON

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 21, 2022 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is continuing to expand regional COVID-19 testing to meet the increased demand brought on by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. The County has a network of free testing sites, both walk-up and appointment-based.

DRIVER DIES AFTER STRIKING TREE AND ROCK

East County News Service

January 21, 2022 (El Cajon) – A Chula Vista man, 42, driving a 2020 Dodge Challenger eastbound on Willow Glen Drive in unincorporated El Cajon yesterday at 9:21 a.m. missed a curve and went off the edge of the roadway. His vehicle struck a rock and a tree, ejecting the driver.

California Highway Patrol units and fire personnel arrived on scene shortly after the crash.

LA MESA CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS NEW PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY

New policy & procedures aim to preserve remote access to meetings

Source:  City of La Mesa

January 21, 2022 (La Mesa) – In an ongoing commitment to transparency and accountability in local government, La Mesa City Council adopted a new public comment policy for City Council, Boards, and Commissions meetings. Currently, these meetings are held virtually, but the new policy preserves remote access to these meetings when in-person sessions return.

EL CAJON MAYOR AND TWO COUNCILMEMBERS DEFY MASK MANDATE AS COUNCIL HEARS REPORTS ON RELIEF FUNDS, DOWNTOWN UPGRADES, NEW VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MORE

By Henri Migala

January 19, 2022 (El Cajon) -- Despite a statewide mask mandate that was declared on December 15 and extended until February 15, Mayor Bill Wells as well as Councilmembers Michelle Metschel and Phil Ortiz, did not wear their masks at the January 11, City Council meeting. Councilmember Steve Goble removed his mask when he made comments.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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FARM TOUR ADVENTURES AT FORT CROSS OLD TIMEY ADVENTURES

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2022 (Santa Ysabel) – If you’re looking for some outdoor family fun, Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel, just outside of Julian, is offering farm tour adventures each Saturday and Sunday in January and February from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

IN FAMILIAR REFRAIN, UNITED FARM WORKERS GRAPPLES WITH HOW TO GROW

By Melissa Montalvo and Nigel Duara, CalMatters

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

Photo:  Protestors wave to passerbys, on Sept. 25, 2021 in Yountville, CA, as they make their way towards PlumpJack Winery, owned by Gov. Gavin Newsom, to protest the governor’s veto of bill AB 616. Photo by Rahul Lal for CalMatters

January 19, 2022 (San Diego) - When the nation’s high court effectively forbade union representatives from accessing fields and orchards to recruit workers last June, the United Farm Workers union turned to Sacramento for help. 

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STUMBLES AGAINST NEVADA 58-46

Sophia Ramos led the Aztecs with 18 points

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 19, 2022 (Reno) -  The Aztec women’s basketball team (9-9, 3-4) lost at Nevada (12-4, 4-0) 58-46 Wednesday evening. SDSU shot 50 percent from three but couldn’t overcome poor free throw shooting and turnover issues which led to a season low 46 points.

NEW PROGRAM TO PAY CA COLLEGE STUDENTS $10K FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

January 19, 2022 (Sacramento -- The State of California is launching a new program that will pay college students $10,000 to volunteer doing public service work for a year.

Announced on Tuesday, some 6,500 students will be able to join the new Californians for All College Corps and will be required to put in 450 service hours, working on issues such as COVID-19 recovery, climate change and education.

Josh Fryday, chief service officer for the state, said it's a way to help low-income students afford college, earn credits and gain valuable work experience.

OUTGOING SAN DIEGO POLICE OVERSIGHT PANEL SEEING UPSURGE IN CASES

By J.W. August

Originally published in Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  San Diego police headquarters; @sandiegopolicedepartment via Facebook

January 19, 2022 (San Diego) - While the city wrestles with creating a new police review board, the current board, tasked with “holding the fort,” is having a “difficult and stressful” time managing the workload of incoming police cases they need to review.

LAMPLIGHTERS SERVES UP "THE COCKTAIL HOUR"

Review by Kathy Carpenter

January 19, 2022 (La Mesa) - Do we need permission? These days it is often touted to give yourself permission to move forward. A lot of people may think the whole plot of this play is hooey. As Nike’s slogan says, "Just Do It." But there is also such a thing as respecting others.

Lamplighters Theatre is presenting "The Cocktail Hour," a play written by A.R. Gurney. The play is based on Gurney and his family, a technique not uncommon in playwrights. The story is set in the northeast United States, many decades ago, with a somewhat affluent white family.

EL CAJON ARTIST WINS BEST OF THEME AWARD; EXHIBIT OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 29

Source:  San Diego Watercolor Society
 
Photo:  “Returning Light” by Elaine Harvey, Mixed Media, 22 x 30 in.  Image courtesy of San Diego Watercolor Society

January 19, 2022 (El Cajon) - Elaine Harvey, an artist and resident of El Cajon, California, has won the Best of Theme award in the continuingly competitive January 2022 San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Member’s exhibition “The New Purple is Black”, an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, CA. Newman’s painting entitled “Returning Light” was selected by prominent local artist and juror Linda Doll for this honor, out of 220 entries. Doll said of  the painting, “This painting has energy, with both subtle color and brilliant color, it has the movement of butterflies or of fireflies. There is always something moving, making it an energetic piece. It is definitely a beautiful painting.”

SHERIFF GORE TO STEP DOWN FEBRUARY 3

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2022 (San Diego) – Sheriff Bill Gore today announced that he will retire effective February 3 after 51 years in law enforcement, nearly a year before his term of office would have ended in January 2023. Gore was appointed Sheriff in 2009 to fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Bill Kolender, later winning elections three times.

COUNTY LIBRARY EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

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January 19, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – Libraries aren't just about books anymore! The San Diego County library branches across our region have a variety of events and activities coming up in late January and early February, from book clubs to writers' groups to crafts classes and Zumba workouts. There's also lunches for seniors, laser tag for teens and much more.

Below are highlights in East County; find details on these plus a full list countywide at https://sdcl.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index.

AMID LOW COVID VACCINE RATES, MORE CALIFORNIA CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED IN OMICRON SURGE

By Elizabeth Aguilera, CalMatters

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

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January 18, 2022 (San Diego) - COVID-19 hospitalizations among California’s children — especially those too young to go to school — are the highest they have been since the pandemic began.

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