April Fools Day

EX-POLITICOS UNITE TO FORM FOUNDATION

By Ben Badd

April 1, 2023 (San Diego) – A quarter of former elected officials who left office amid scandals held a press conference today to announce formation of their new “Reboot & Rehab” foundation for recovering politicians. The organization was founded by former Congressmen Duncan D. Hunter and Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who both left office after being convicted on criminal charges, in partnership with ex-Mayor Bob Filner and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who both faced sex scandals that drove them from office.

“We believe everyone deserves a second chance, including politicians,” said Fletcher, speaking remotely from an undisclosed rehab facility after announcing his resignation following a lawsuit filed by an MTS employee alleging sexual misconduct. “There are programs to help recovering drug addicts and prisoners with reentry, but no programs tailored specifically to the needs of recovering former officials.”


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LOVELAND RESERVOIR TO BECOME RECREATIONAL PARADISE – THANKS TO POWERBALL WINNER

By Willie Prosper

April 1, 2023 (Alpine) – Loveland Reservoir in Alpine will be restored and transformed into a recreational paradise – thanks to a deal hammered out between Sweetwater Water Authority and the winner of California’s billion-dollar Super-Lotto, Russell Walsh. 

Walsh had been the district’s most vocal critic, faulting Sweetwater for draining the reservoir down to dead pool status. Besides killing off fish, the extreme draining preceded destruction of a fishing dock and erosion so severe that the district shut down all recreational access since January.


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HARMONY COMES TO LEMON GROVE

 

By Holly Wood

April 1, 2023 (Lemon Grove) – A new reality show called “Harmony” has announced plans to feature Lemon Grove’s City Councilmembers in its debut episode.

Producer Kanya Diggit said, “The concept of our show is to take dysfunctional groups and take them to a deserted island to vie for prizes.  Unlike “Survivor” and other shows, ours will be based not on competitors vying against each other, but on rewarding them for working together under extreme circumstances to achieve key goals.”


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LEMON GROVE RESIDENTS REVEAL PLANS FOR CITRUS FEST

By Sunny Day

April 1, 2022 (Lemon Grove) – Today, a group of Lemon Grove citizens held a press conference in front of the city’s landmark lemon to reveal preliminary plans for a Citrus Festival to fund reopening the community’s recreation center.  Here are the juicy details.

“We anticipate sweet success from our Citrus Festival,” said festival organizer Flora Bloom, crowned by a citrus-studded cap. She then listed ideas harvested from community suggestions in meetings and on social media.


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NEW RIDE SHARING SERVICE FOR EAST COUNTY ANNOUNCED

By E.Z. Ryder

April 1, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – First came Uber and Lyft,  Now, Hump, a new ride sharing option featuring camels, has been introduced as an option for East County commuters.

“With gas prices soaring and much of East County lacking access to mass transit, this provides an economical alternative to carry rural commuters from their homes to transit stations, colleges, and other major destinations,” says Supervisor Joel Anderson, who took an inaugural ride this morning along with Nathan Fletcher, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

“Camels provide a sustainable form of transportation,” Supervisor Fletcher says. “Each camel can travel up to 30 miles per day, and can traverse up to 100 miles without needing any fossil fuels or even water, since their humps store around 80 pounds of fat.”


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STRANGE VISITORS

By Matthew Manosh

April 1, 2022 (Borrego Springs) -- Early this morning, at about 1:15 a.m. residents in the sleepy town of Borrego Springs were awakened when a strange sound emitted from the sky. The sound was hard in a five-mile radius from the town. Some of the townsfolks stepped outside hoping for an answer to their disturbed sleep.

Witnesses describe the source of the sound as a strange metal disc with an indent in the center, almost looking like a CD. Others describe it as something out of a science fiction film from the ‘80s. It hovered above the town before zooming out further into the desert. It was gone in an instant, leaving no trace.

During this encounter the residents found that their cellphones, cameras, and other electronic devices around their houses did not work. When the UFO darted out into the desert, the devices started working once again.


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SPECIAL EDITION: BREAKING NEWS APRIL 1, 2021

East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on some surprising major stories breaking today.

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Click any title  to view a description of each, then click "read more" to view the full story. Or click here to view our complete April 1, 2021 edition.

Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!


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SAN DIEGO SKY GONDOLA TO SOAR INTO EAST COUNTY

 

 

By Skye Ryder

Image:  Artist's rendering of a reimagined Chase Bank in La Mesa, topped by a Sky tram station.

April 1, 2021 (La Mesa) -- Sky rides at the San Diego Zoo and Sea World are among the most popular attractions for visitors. Now an aerial gondola adventure is coming to East County.

The idea is a joint proposal by East County’s newly elected Supervisor Joel Anderson and La Mesa City Councilman Colin Parent, also a spokesman for Circulate San Diego, which promotes advancing mobility choices for communities across our region.

Back in 2017, then-County Supervisor Ron Roberts suggested expanding the ride to downtown San Diego.  Roberts said,  “I was looking at the zoo ride, and I was thinking, ‘You know what, if we just kept going across the freeway to Sixth Avenue and went downtown.’ That would be fun.”

The current board of Supervisors is now embracing that concept – and carrying it a step further. (Read more)


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LAKESIDE RODEO APPROVED TO BE HELD WITH ANIMALS AND RIDERS WEARING MASKS

By Yi Ha

April 1, 2021 (Lakeside) – The rodeo clown won’t be the only one wearing a mask at the 2021 Lakeside Rodeo.

To protect valuable livestock and participants, from COVID-19 the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has sanctioned the event under condition that all participants – humans and animals – must wear masks.

“This hankers back to the days of the old West, when cowboys tied on bandanas over their faces to keep the dust out when herding cattle,” says Champ Roper, public relations spokesman for the Lakeside Rodeo Arena.  ()


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SPECIAL EDITION: BREAKING NEWS APRIL 1, 2020

April 1, 2020—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today.

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Click any title  to view a description of each, then click "read more" to view the full story. Or click here to view our complete special April 1st edition.

Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!


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