April 2016 Articles

EARTH DAY PARTY AT THE TRIPLE H RANCH B&B IN LAKESIDE

 

 

East County News Service

April 21,2016 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to a fun and festive Earth Day celebration and birthday party for the new Triple H Ranch bed and breakfast, 12453 Yerba Valley Road in Lakeside from 1 to 8 p.m.

Activities for the whole family include tours of gardens and the bed and breakfast, a petting zoo, face painting, an open gallery, mosaic making, music, plant and seed exchange and gifts, poster and photo contests, and a pot luck luncheon.

CAJON VALLEY STUDENTS SHARE "IDEAS WORTH SPREADING" ON THE TEDX STAGE

 

Source: TEDxKids ElCajon Press Release

April 21, 2016 (El Cajon) - Cajon Valley Union School District hosted the community’s second annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event on Saturday, April 16. Speakers included students in grades 1-8, as well as featured speakers Aidan Fay, a local student who built a flight simulator in his bedroom, Brynjar Karl, the “Lego Boy” from Iceland who built a 20-foot replica of the Titanic using over 56,000 Legos, and Chula Vista teen Tae Ho, a Master Chef Junior contestant. Over 1500 children and families listened to inspiring talks from our youth, engaged in a unique Innovation Park, and participated in workshops such as hip hop dance and Minecraft modeling.

GUHSD SEEKS PARENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

East County News Service

April 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy within the eleven-member Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). The CBOC oversees the implementation of Proposition U, the $417 million general obligation bond measure passed in November 2008, to bring facility improvements and renovations to the district’s schools.

The appointee will serve a two-year term beginning June 2016, in the capacity of “Parent-at-Large” and will be eligible for up to two additional two-year terms, with the condition that the appointee must have a child or children continuously enrolled in a District school for all term periods. Deadline to apply is May 24 and there is a June 9 hearing.



In order to apply, you must….

BILL TO DROP LAND LINES PHONES PASSES COMMITTTTEE AFTER HEATED DEBATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2016 (Sacramento) – Despite intense opposition from more than 100 Californians at a grueling 3-hour hearing on April 13th, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee approved Assembly Bill 2395 by a 10 to 3 vote.  View hearing video on CalChannel.  (Click on AB 2395 to hear testimony).  The measure would allow elimination of land line telephones in many parts of California.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

April 20, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH                                                                          

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

SWEETWATER VISTAS ON AGENDA APRIL 25 AT SPRING VALLEY PLANNING GROUP MEETING

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Spring Valley) - The Spring Valley Planning Group will hold a special workshop meeting regard the old Pointe Property at Sweetwater Springs and Jamacha Blvd. known as Sweetwater Vistas, where 243 residential units are proposed.  The meeting will be held on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Otay Water District meeting room, lower level, 2553 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.

GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL MAY 5-8 TO FEATURE ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH

 

15th annual celebration includes East County musicians

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (San Diego)
San Diego’s 15th annual Gator By The Bay is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. The festival will be held from May 5-8, 2016 at Spanish Landing Park, across from the San Diego International Airport. Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, it features four days of live music with over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay.


Several East County bands are among the performers, including Chet Cannon Blues Party (El Cajon), Fanny & the Atta Boys (La Mesa), Blue Frog Blues Band (La Mesa), Bubba McCoy Band (La Mesa), Todo Mundo (La Mesa) will be joining the list of more than over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages.

RAMONA WINE INDUSTRY IN JEOPARDY, VINTNERS WARN: SUPERVISORS HOLD HEARING APRIL 27 ON REGULATORY CHANGES

Update April 23, 2016:  County staff has responded to ECM questions on this issue.  View their response here.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Elaine Lyttle, Hatfield Creek Winery & Vineyard, says the county's "priorites are wrong" and faults excessive regulations for stifling her award-winning winery in Ramona.

April 20,2016 (Ramona) –  Leaders in Ramona’s burgeoning wine industry warn in correspondence to Supervisors that Ramona’s wine industry could die on the vine as a result of changes proposed to the County’s Boutique and Small Wineries Regulations.

 The changes are set for hearing by Supervisors on Wednesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Center (Room310, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego).  View agenda and hearing announcement. 

Two versions of the ordinance will be up for consideration, one approved by the Planning Commission, the other a recommendation by staff of Planning & Development Services. One important note: legal challenges may be limited only to issues raised at a public hearing or in written correspondence delivered to the hearing body at or before the hearing, according to the hearing notice.

ZIPSPROUT PROFILES EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

 

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Zipsprout.com, a national company that puts the "roots" in grassroots marketing, has published a profile on East County Magazine.

Author Megan Hannay writes: “The demise of traditional journalism is a topic of unending fascination for me. Personally, I love a good story, and it’s sad to see so many tales go untold for the sake of another “which cat breed are you?” quiz. Professionally, as a strategy manager for an agency with PR clients, I feel a responsibility to remain on top of industry best practices, and with a decrease in journalists, the chances of local coverage for a brand’s community-oriented story also go down. For these reasons, I’m equally excited to see new forms of local storytelling grow, they be via podcasts, websites or startups. And I’m especially intrigued by nonprofit outlets, such as East County Magazine.”

THE GOATS ARE BACK—CLEARING BRUSH IN LEMON GROVE

 

April 20, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove, along with its fire department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, will be taking steps to clear brush from eight and a-half acres near Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas in Lemon Grove. Goats will be used as part of the process in clearing heavy brush to minimize fire danger and help create defensible space for homes in this area.

ELM began delivering 150 adult and 50 juvenile goats (kids) on Monday, April 18, 2016. The brush clearing event will last approximately 2 weeks. The goats may be visible to those traveling along the 125 freeway in the area of Lemon Grove during this weed abatement process.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

April 20, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

It's one of the more unexpected patterns in this year's election data...but why is it happening?

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

EARTH DAY 2016: INTERIOR SECRETARY CALLS FOR MAJOR COURSE CORRECTION

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

All national parks, including Yosemite, are free this weekend for Earth Day and National Park Week. The U.S Interior Secretary is calling for increased funds to maintain the parks. (schick/morguefile)

April 20, 2016 (Sacramento) -- The United States needs to make a major course correction on environmental issues according to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who spoke Tuesday to the National Geographic Society in Washington.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 22 - MAY 7

 

 

Listen to Destination East County, also aired on KNSJ, by clicking the audio link.

We thank the County of San Diego for a Community Enhancement Grant supporting Destination East County.

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Wings of Freedom Vintage Air Show, Earth Day activities,  Lakeside’s Western Days Parade, a Beethoven to Broadway concert, a Spring Garden Festival and an Artist’s reception.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including an Arbor Day celebration, the launch of El Cajon’s Dinner and a Concert series, a hike on the El Monte Flume Trail, the Coyote Music Festival and more.

So stay tuned for all of these events and more.

Audio: 

Destination East County 4-20-15

WINGS OF FREEDOM VINTAGE AIRCRAFT IN RAMONA APRIL 20-22

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Ramona) --You’re invited to view or take a flight aboard vintage World War II aircraft at the Ramona Airport (2898 Montecit Rd., Ramona) April 20 through 22nd as part of the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour.

EARTH DAY COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT IN SANTEE APRIL 22-25

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Santee) -- An Earth Day Community Mural project is being launched in Santee at the Walker Preserve this weekend. Volunteers are needed to help pain a series of six murals at the Magnolia Avenue underpass along the San Diego River starting Friday, April 22nd through Monday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HARRIET TUBMAN TO REPLACE ANDREW JACKSON ON $20 BILL, TREASURY DEPT. ANNOUNCES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – A woman’s place is on the money. That was the slogan of “Women on 20s,” a group that launched a national effort to put a woman’s face on our twenty dollar bills.  The group held a national vote, with abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman named their number one choice.

EIGHT RAMONA VALLEY WINERIES WIN BIG AT LARGEST-EVER NY FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Ramona) -- Eight winery members of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) received a total of 25 medals from the annual, largest-ever New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, known as the biggest charitable wine competition. This year’s event reviewed a total number of entries of 3,827 wines from more than 900 wineries in all 50 states, six Canadian provinces, and 26 different nations.

CLINTON, TRUMP WIN NEW YORK PRIMARIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2016 (San Diego) – Frontrunners widened their leads in yesterday’s New York presidential primary, where three of the five contenders had strong New York ties.

New York’s former Senator Hillary Clinton won with 58% percent of the vote, picking up 139 delegates.  But Senator Bernie Sanders, who was raised in Brooklyn, got 42% and picked up 106 of the delegates.

On the Republican side, New York businessman Donald Trump scored a resounding victory with 60, winning 89 delegates. In second place, Ohio Governor John Kasich got 25% and earned 3 delegates.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with just 14.5%, was shut out of receiving any delegates.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOLS TRUSTEE ELECTED AS CHAIR OF BLACK SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS/MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Vice-President Emma Turner appointed to leadership positions for the National School Boards Association during annual conference in Boston, MA.

Source:  La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools press release

April 19, 2016 (La Mesa) - Emma Turner, Vice-President of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board of Education, was elected to the position of Chair of the National Black Council (NBC) of National School Boards Association (NSBA) and also installed as a member of the Board of Directors of the NSBA at their annual conference on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the two-year term of office, Dr. Turner will be the leading educational advocate for providing a quality education for all African American students across the nation, as well as all students.  Dr. Turner will also serve as a spokesperson for issues that impact the education of African American youth.

JUST IN TIME FOR EARTH DAY, HEAT BREAKS 137-YEAR RECORD IN SAN DIEGO

 

Records also shattered worldwide for third consecutive month

East County News Service

April 19, 2016 (San Diego) – As citizens around the world prepare to commemorate the 36th anniversary of Earth Day this week, signs of climate change are increasingly evident on a local and national scale.

SYCUAN CASINO ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PADRES MEMBERSHIP CARD

 

Card announced during opening series

Press Release

April 19, 2016 (El Cajon) - Sycuan Casino recently announced an exciting new level of partnership with the San Diego Padres. Coinciding with their home opener, the casino rolled out a Padres version of its Club Sycuan membership card, a first of its kind program for Major League Baseball. The card, available to all sports fans and casino patrons alike, will allow guests to enjoy exclusive Padres benefits like 10% off future individual game tickets as well as opportunities to win fun VIP experiences and items like batting practice or playing catch on the field, a pre-game tour of Petco Park, VIP game seats and autographed Padres memorabilia.

IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! NO, IT'S A SUPERHERO VIDEO CONTEST!

 

California Coast Credit Union launches social media video contest to benefit local schools

East County News Service

April 19, 2016 (San Diego) – California Coast Credit Union, the oldest financial institution based in San Diego, with over $2 billion in assets, has launched a superhero-themed video contest to help raise money

for local schools. The Superhero Video Contest runs from April 1 to July 31 and contestants can win up to $1,500 for a school of their choice located in San Diego or Riverside County, plus $1,500 for themselves.


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