April 2016 Articles

LEMON GROVE RESIDENTS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS SHOW ENTHUSIASM FOR BY-TRUSTEE AREAS FOR GUHSD

 

By Janis Russell

Photo:  Mt. Miguel High School Principal Hedrick

April 9, 2016 (Lemon Grove) - A public hearing was conducted April 6th in Lemon Grove to inform the public and let them voice their opinions for the by-trustee area election for GUHSD.

COTTON CANDY, FACE PAINTING AND MORE AT BRACES SAN DIEGO’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Saturday, April 30th, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join an afternoon open house and celebrate one-year of Braces San Diego at their La Mesa location (7323 Jackson Drive) from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m..

PADRES BLOW OUT ROCKIES AGAIN IN GAME TWO

 

By Liz Alper


Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter


April 9, 2016 (Denver) - Even if you don’t watch baseball, you should know how these work by now based on these recaps.  The Padres took the field at Coors for game two of their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.  Drew Pomeranz took the mound for San Diego against Jorge “Rubby” De La Rosa for Colorado.

HOUSEKEEPER RESCUED FROM FORCED LABOR IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the arrest of an El Cajon couple charged with forcing an Indonesian woman to work in their El Cajon home up to 18 hours a day without pay.  The victim was rescued after giving a note to a visiting nurse asking for help.

BURGLAR IN TERMITE-TENTED HOME NABBED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2016 (Lakeside) --  A worker for a pest control company who arrived to remove a termite fumigation tent from a home at 9548 Farmington Drive in Lakeside Friday found an intruder in the home. The suspect fled and the employee pursued him in his work truck, said Sergeant Mike McNeill.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS' SANTEE CLUBHOUSE TO RUN ON SOLAR POWER

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2016 (Santee) - The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced installation of a solar power system has been completed at its Santee clubhouse, 8820 Tamberly Way. San Diego-based Empowered Energy Solutions said its solar system costing $184,000 to install will save the Santee clubhouse $338,000 in utility costs over the next 10 years and $824,000 over the next 25 years.

THE CURSE IS OVER; PADRES BLOW OUT ROCKIES FOR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo:  Rockies Opening Day courtesy @Padres on Twitter


April 8, 2016 (Denver) - The Padres hit the road for their first trip of the season.  First, it’s to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies and the deadly Trevor Story.  Colin Rea took the mound for San Diego against Jordan Lyles for Colorado.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT APPROVES THREE WATERING DAYS PER WEEK

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2016 (La Mesa) - At their April 6, 2016 meeting, Helix Water District’s Board of Directors approved a three day per  week limit on landscape irrigation, rescinding the two-day limit in effect since June 2015, when the State Water Resources Control Board mandated a 25 percent reduction in statewide water use.

DEPUTIES FIND CHILD LIVING IN SHED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 7, 2016 (Lakeside) – A 9-year-old girl was been taken into protective custody this morning after patrol deputies from the Lakeside substation found her living in a small shed with her father and a woman at 12721 Lindo Lane in Lakeside. The discovery occurred during a probation compliance check in which six men and 2 women were arrested on charges that included child endangerment as well as drug, weapons, and parole violations.

SANDERS, CRUZ WIN BIG IN WISCONSIN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Senator Bernie Sanders, by Johnathunder under GNU Free  Documentation license

Photo, right: Senator Ted Cruz, by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons license

April  6, 2016 (San Diego) –Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Senator Ted Cruz won big victories in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary, making contested conventions in both the Democratic and Republican parties increasingly likely prospects.

ALPINE RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST GROSSMONT REDISTRICTING PLAN

 

By Janis Russell

“We have the appearance of political gerrymandering.” – George Barnett, Alpine Education Foundation director, speaking against the redistricting plan.

Assigning Jim Kelly as Alpine’s trustee through redistricting “is like putting a hungry, vengeful fox in charge of an unprotected henhouse.” – Mark Price, past president of the Alpine Union School District..

“We have exercised zero influence…please look past the irrelevant rhetoric on building a high school...” -- Trustee Robert Shield,  who voted for the plan.

“Funds spent on litigation would be better spent on children in our classrooms.” – Mike Fowler, Granite Hills principal, speaking in support over fear of a Voting Rights Act violations  lawsuit.

April 7, 2016 (Alpine) - In the third of six meetings on the Grossmont Union High School District’s proposed new election system for trustees, dozens of Alpine residents attended the meeting and voiced strong criticisms of the plan to the County Board of Education’s Committee on School District Organization. 

STEER CLEAR OF SOUTHBOUND STATE ROUTE 67 APRIL 15-18

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Drivers are being advised by Caltrans and the County to steer clear of southbound State Route 67 in Lakeside from 10 p.m., Friday April 15, to 5 a.m. Monday, April 18, when a construction project will close a roughly 1 ½ mile stretch of the highway.

LAKESIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOUNDER, 101, HONORED BY CONGRESS OF HISTORY AWARD

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – We wanted to share with you that Edna Swink Kouns, Class of 1932, received the Congress of History Ben Dixon Award in February 2016 for her preservation efforts in her hometown of Lakeside.  Edna’s acceptance speech emphasized and encouraged the importance of volunteering in your community,” the Grossmont High School Museum reports. “Edna has a lifetime passion for history, shown by her founding role in 1972 in the Lakeside Historical Society and is a driving force in its efforts to preserve, display, and celebrate the community’s history.  Edna at the age of 101 continues to volunteer weekly!”

NEW FOUR-STAR HOTEL COMING SOON TO EL CAJON

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr

April 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon has something new on the horizon. It’s a Courtyard by Marriott luxury style hotel, which is scheduled to be opening soon and will accommodate visitors choosing East County for  our region’s many attractions. The location is 141 N. Magnolia Ave. on the corner of Rea Ave. near the El Cajon Police station.

EL CAJON PUBLIC HEARING FOR NEW GROSSMONT ELECTION SYSTEM HAS SPEAKERS MOSTLY IN FAVOR

 

By Janis Russell

April 7, 2016 (El Cajon) - At the El Cajon public hearing held March 28, many speakers expressed their support for the new election system for the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD).  The hearing was the second in a series of six public meetings convened by the County Office of Education Committee on School District Organization regarding Grossmont’s plan to shift to five trustee districts elected by voters within each district, instead of at-large elections voted upon by all voters district-wide.

POWER BLACKOUTS POSSIBLE THIS SUMMER

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2016 (San Diego) – Southern California, including San Diego County, could experience up to 14 days of unscheduled blackouts this summer and up to 18 days of additional outages later in the year, state officials warn.  The outages could occur due to the massive gas leak at Aliso Canyon, which depleted gas reserves before the four-month leak was finally plugged.

NEWS FROM THE ALPINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY: APRIL - JUNE 2016

 

By Tom and Judy Myers

April 7, 2016 (Alpine) - The following are some upcoming events from the Alpine Historical Society.



1. Potluck Luncheon & Presentation, Sunday, April 17, 2016

History in the Headlines, by Del Hood, contains a half-century of El Cajon Valley’s most notable events, from 1950 to 2000, chronicled as a ready reference to the area’s important historical moments. Drawn from headlines in The Valley News and The Daily Californian, more than 1,700 “little stories” about what happened in the valley and in neighboring communities depict the notable events of those years. The events are presented in chronological order and are designed as a guide for those researching specific events or newsmakers. Historic photographs enhance several stories.

EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. JOINS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO END DISTRACTED DRIVING

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 7, 2016 (El Cajon) – Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

April 6, 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.

General news

Presidential primary

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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