April 2016 Articles

VOTERS’ WATCHDOG: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS KEY PROVISION OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by David Sachs, SEIU on FlickR

April 5, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to civil rights activists and a loss to conservative challengers, upholding a key provision of the U.S. Voting Rights Act by a unanimous 8 to 0 vote.

GOVERNOR SIGNS MINIMUM WAGE HIKE; LOCAL CHALDEAN BUSINESS GROUPS SPLIT ON MEASURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  The increase will be gradual, with the minimum wage going up from $10 an hour to $10.50 next January, $11 the next year, then rising by $1 a year, after which raises would be tied to the cost of living.  Small business will have an extra year to comply and the Governor could waive increases in bad economic times.

READERS’ EDITORIAL: OUR CULTURE IS NOT FOR SALE

 

By students at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley and East County Youth Coalition members trained as advocates to educate the community about risks of underage drinking and how they can be prevented.

April 5, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Cinco de Mayo?

AMBER ALERT: TODDLER REPORTEDABDUCTED BY FATHER IN SILVER IMPALA

 

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2016 (San Diego )—Authorities have issued an Amber Alert across southern Calfornia for Ayden Avalas, an 18-month old Hispanic boy  reportedly abducted early this afternoon in Los Angeles by his father, 21-year-old Luis Avalos.

The suspect was driving a 2006 silver Chevrolet Impala four-door car with California license plate 7LPF713.  The suspect should be considered “violent and dangerous,” posing an “extreme-extraordinary threat” according to an alert sent by the California Highway Patrol.

The suspect is bald with brown eyes and tattoos around his neck and left check.  He stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.   The abducted child has black hair and brown eyes.

CPUC READY TO GRANT 44 PERCENT RATE HIKE TO TROUBLED LIVE OAK SPRINGS WATER CO.

 

By Mike Allen

April 4, 2016 (Boulevard) --Customers of tiny Live Oak Springs Water Co. in Boulevard are worried that a pending 44 percent increase to their water bills won’t provide them with better service, and is nothing more than a bailout to the water company that remains in bankruptcy.

When the California Public Utilities Commission convenes April 7 the commission will likely grant Live Oak its rate increase, which is on the consent calendar. That will send average water bills to $107 a month, from the current average $74, according to the proposed resolution). Yet some customers say instead of helping the company, the PUC should replace the woeful management of Live Oak Springs Water.

“If it’s in bankruptcy, why in God’s name are they allowing him to run the water district?,” says Paul Isham, a 27-year resident of the area at the eastern edge of San Diego County. Isham said Live Oak pumped water from a stream near his property several years ago that caused his well to dry up. The action forced Isham to greatly curtail a small ranch business.

PADRES HAVE OPENING DAY MELTDOWN; LOSE TO DODGERS 15-0

 

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo: Jabari Blash takes in his first Opening Day.  From San Diego Padres on Twitter.


April 4, 2016 (San Diego) - The grass was mowed.  Fans filled the seats.  Opening Day had arrived in San Diego.  And it was a big one; the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers came to town and they brought their ace, Clayton Kershaw, to face off against the Padres’ Tyson Ross.

“SAN DIEGO & BEYOND” PLEIN AIR ART SHOW AT MISSION TRAILS APRIL 23-MAY 20; RECEPTION APRIL 24

East County News Service

 

 

Photo: “Cabrillo Lighthouse”

April 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring an award-winning artist Marilyn Hallam.

PUNISHING WOMEN WHO HAVE (OR SEEK) ABORTIONS IS NEW REALITY IN MANY RED STATES

 

 

 

 

 

By Meg Jensen

 

Photos:  New state laws ban abortions even for serious deformities that would result in a chlid doomed to pain, suffering, or death. Shown: Microcephalic fetus with brain deformity, conjoined twins,  infant with two faces.

April 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Media headlines have been filled the past few days with news about Donald Trump’s changing stance on abortion. The Washington Post reports Trump took five different stances in three days, after stating on MSNBC that he believed there should be “punishment” for women who have abortions (but not for the men who impregnate them).  

Though Trump later shifted his stance following stinging criticisms, the truth is that in many Republican-controlled states, women who seek abortions or obtain them are already been punished with laws that restrict access even in extreme cases such as to end a miscarriage in progress or help a mother prevent carrying to term a fetus so severely damaged that it could not survive, or would face a brief life filled with suffering.

SYCUAN TRIBE IMPLEMENTS AGGRESSIVE WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM

 

Part of expanded efforts to increase conservation, reclamation, reuse and education

East County News Service

April 3, 2016 (Sycuan Reservation) –The Sycuan Tribe completed a major reduction in overall water usage through an aggressive conservation program that includes retrofitting irrigation equipment, removing and replacing water-dependent landscaping and increasing awareness around the importance of water conservation. 

LUAU AT LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS: WILD IN THE COUNTRY MAY 14

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2016 (Alpine) -- Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB), San Diego's only non-profit accredited big cat, bear and exotic animal rescue sanctuary, invites guests to its annual Wild in the Country Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14th, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. The family friendly event will feature a silent and live auction, live entertainment, a catered dinner and of course, visits with the big cats and bears.

JAMUL PILOT CRASHES ONTO I-15: KILLS WOMAN IN CAR, INJURES 5

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 2, 2016 (Fallbrook) – Jamul resident Dennis Hogge, 62, crash landed the Lancair IV plane he was piloting onto I-15 in the Pala Mesa area of Fallbrook this morning. Hogge has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries including head trauma, 10 News reports.

HOT TOPICS: ALPINE-MT. EMPIRE CHAMBER BREAKFAST APRIL 12 TO INCLUDE FIRE CHIEF AND BACK COUNTRY LAND TRUST SPEAKERS

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2016 (Alpine) – The Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce will host a “Hot Topics” breakfast on April 12 at 7:15 a.m. at Mike Place, 1620 Alpine Blvd. Suite 101.

OUR JANUARY 2016 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE: LISTEN NOW

 

 

 

Our January 2016 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in January, click here or scroll down.

Our newsmaker interviews included Congresswoman Susan Davis, Windwalker and the MCW (Grammy nominees), the founders of Camp Onward, and Steve Lauria from California Health Network.  Hot topics included  new laws in 2016, the presidential primary, a lawsuit over Covert Canyon, a felony charge against a local Superintendent, a police shooting in El Cajon, wild winter weather, and much more.  

The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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"UNDERWATER DREAMS" DOCUMENTARY SCREENING, SPEAKER PANEL ON TAP FOR APRIL 12

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

April 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College is hosting a free screening of “Underwater Dreams,” an inspirational documentary about the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who built an underwater robot as Arizona high school students in 2004 and defeated engineering powerhouse MIT in an international competition.

MAYOR FAULCONER KICKS OFF WYLAND NATIONAL MAYOR'S CONSERVATION CHALLENGE IN HONOR OF SAN DIEGO'S 2015 VICTORY

 

City builds on last year's success in national campaign with an expanded focus on sustainability

Source: Mayor Kevin Faulconer, the Wyland Foundation, SDG&E

April 1, 2016 (San Diego) - In celebration of San Diego winning the 2015 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and after enacting one of the most ambitious climate action plans in the country, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will be kicking off the 2016 campaign on April 1 by expanding the city’s effort to promote sustainability in all facets of the community.

FIRE-SAFE BACKCOUNTRY GARDENS SAVE WATER AND WILDLIFE,TOO

 

Native Gardens Tour April 2-3 previews

East County News Service

April 1, 2016 (Deerhorn Valley) --Two Deerhorn Valley couples who addressed their need for a fire-safe landscape using native plants discovered that native plants in the garden not only save water and reduce fire risk, but provide year-round beauty that appeals to all the senses.   They will be sharing their gardens and their experience as part of the California Native Plant Society’s (CNPS) Garden Native Tour, April 2nd and 3rd, which features a total of twenty gardens in inland San Diego County.  

LA MESA CHAMBER WARNS MEMBERS OF SCAM

 

Source: La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

April 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning about a scam targeting its members. See text below:

It has come to our attention that there are phone-calls being made from 888-001-0816 stating they are calling from the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. The caller is asking information about our business members potential move to a new location. We know that the caller is gathering your address and phone number for some type of unknown future use.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

April 1, 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.

STATE APPROVES ALPINE “DIVORCE” FROM GROSSMONT DISTRICT

 

Astonishing story rocks community and sends shockwaves across district

By Merry Parent

April 1, 2016 (Alpine) – Alpine residents are dancing in the streets in an impromptu town-wide celebration after the California Board of Education granted Alpine parents’ request to break off from the Grossmont Union High School and unify with the Alpine Union School District.  The move will require approval by district voters.  If approved, the AUSD announced today that it will finally build the long-promised high school in Alpine.

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