April 1, 2018 Special Edition

SPECIAL EDITION: BREAKING NEWS APRIL 1, 2018

 

April 1, 2018—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today.

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Be sure to click this hot link to view blurbs on these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. (Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!)  Then click "read more" at the bottom of each blurb to open each story and get the full scoop.

BUSINESSES PULL TOGETHER TO SOLVE PARKING PROBLEMS AND RESTAURANT CONCERNS FOR FARMER’S MARKET IN LA MESA VILLAGE

 

 

By Dinah Ryder

April 1, 2018 (La Mesa) – Today, a group of business owners outside the downtown village have announced an innovative plan to provide both free transportation for La Mesa farmer’s market shoppers and incentivize their customers to patronize village eateries.

The action comes after La Mesa’s City Council last week approved moving the Farmer’s Market to the downtown village, to the delight of many but the dismay of some shoppers concerned about lack of parking, as well as restaurants fearful of losing patrons on Friday nights.

EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO REOPEN WITH ALL-STAR CAST IN “EL CAJON FOLLIES”

 

 

 

By Wanda Seymour

April 1, 2018 (El Cajon) – After being shuttered for a decade, the East County Performing Arts Center has announced a grand reopening event under management by Live Nation.

This stellar event will feature an inclusive cast of celebrities, local all-stars, and multi-cultural participants in “El Cajon Follies,” an original production choreographed for the occasion. 

The lineup will include:

LEMON GROVE HIRES PROFESSIONAL HELP

 

 

By Miss Perceptions

April 1, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Following a barrage of negative news stories and claims of alleged misconduct by city council members, Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez has announced plans to bring in professional help to seek reconciliation, restore good relations among elected officials and staff, and improve the city's image in the community.

“Thanks to the intervention of Oprah Winfrey, whom I met at a Democratic Party fundraiser, we’ve arranged for Dr. Phil to counsel our council and restore civility and civic trust to Lemon Grove," Mayor Vasquez announced in a press conference at the city's landmark lemon.

PROJECT LOON TO POWER BACKCOUNTRY DURING POWER OUTAGES

 

 

 

By Will U. Pay

April 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Responding to rural residents’ concerns over frequent power shut-offs to prevent its lines from sparking wildfires, SDG&E today announced an innovative partnership with Google’s parent company, Alphabet. 

“Just as Alphabet deployed a fleet of balloons over Puerto Rico to power cell phone service and restore Internet connections after the hurricane there, Alphabet’s Project Loon will launch a fleet of balloons over San Diego’s East County to aid residents in our rural areas during future planned power outages,”  SDG&E spokesperson Sharon Power announced today.

SANTEE GOES UNDERGROUND TO SOLVE TRAFFIC WOES

 

 

By Ima Rider

April 1, 2018 (Santee) – With multiple major housing communities proposed on some of the last developable land in San Diego County, Santee’s City Council has faced strong opposition from residents fearful of traffic gridlock on already congested city streets and State Route 52.

Today, Mayor John Minto announced an innovative solution.

TRUMP DUMPS CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

By Jose Cañu Sí

April 1, 2018 (San Diego) – Today, President Donald Trump announced an agreement with Mexico to fully fund the border wall.  In exchange, Trump revealed, “I’ve signed a treaty ceding California to Mexico.”

The wall separating San Diego from Mexico will be torn down. The new wall will begin in Yuma at the California-Arizona border and extend north to Oregon, then west to the Pacific.

PEGLEG SMITH’S GOLD FORTUNE FOUND

 

By Peggy Leg

April 1, 2018 (Borrego Springs) – Way back in the late 1820s, Thomas “Pegleg” Smith got lost in a sandstorm and hobbled up a hill on his wooden leg to get his bearings. There, he claimed to have discovered walnut-sized rocks that he later learned contained gold as well as silver and manganese.

As his story went, Pegleg was chased away by Indians and could never find his lost gold. Now Pegleg, who was also a horse thief, trapper and notorious teller of tall tales, was suspected by many to have made up the whole story – especially since he sold maps to eager but luckless prospectors. He event inspired the Pegleg Smith Liar’s Contest held each April.

 Many have searched for Pegleg’s lost gold through the years, but no one ever found it – until now...