April 2018 Articles

April 2018 Articles

DEMOCRATS FILE SUIT ALLEGING RACKETEERING AND CONSPIRACY IN 2016 ELECTION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and associates of President Donald Trump. The suit alleges racketeering, computer hacking, fraud and conspiracy to win the 2016 presidential election and harm Democrats.

The suit provides evidence of how the Trumps allegedly used their family business to curry favor with Russians as well as how Russia allegedly shared findings of a cyber-attack on Democratic National Committee headquarters with the Trump campaign. The evidence includes numerous written communications between Trump advisors and Russians, the Washington Post reports.


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BILL WOULD BAN SALE OF AFRICAN TROPHY ANIMAL PARTS IN CA

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2018 (San Diego) – Senate Bill 1487, the African Species Protection Act, is set for hearing in the California State Senate’s Public Safety Committee, where members include Senator Joel Anderson, whose district includes most of East County.  Wildlife conservation groups are urging the public to contact legislators on the committee to urge passage of the measure, which would ban possession in California of body parts from elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and other iconic African species.


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LA MESA CONVERSATIONS HOSTS FORUM ON FUTURE OF HOUSING IN LA MESA APRIL 25

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2018 (La Mesa) – What’s in store for housing in La Mesa and the greater region?  Join experts in the field and the leadership of La Mesa Conservations at a panel discussion Wednesday, April 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Department community room, 8085 University Avenue, La Mesa. 


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 21-MAY 30

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a murder mystery theatre in Julian, a meteor watch in Lakeside, a hike for you and your dog in Santa Ysabel, an antiques and crafts fair at Summers Past Farms, girls night out at Cajon Classic Cruises, and a lilac festival.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the San Diego Concert Band’s American salute, the Lakeside Rodeo, a garden and butterfly festival at the Water Conservation Garden, a medieval music concert at Mission Trails, History Alive and film nights at the Library in Lemon Grove, El Cajon’s dinner and a concert series, Vintage Alpine, the Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes onstage at Grossmont College, a Salsa Fiesta in Lemon Grove, a Taste of Julian, San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra's spring concert, and the Coyote Music Festival at Cuyamaca College.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

April 19, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

 STATE

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

April 19, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

 U.S.

 WORLD

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LEMON GROVE REJECTS CLAIMS OVER POTHOLES AND BUCKLED SIDEWALKS



By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove’s City Council on Tuesday voted to reject, per staff recommendation, liability claims submitted by three separate individuals plus a lawsuit filed, all claiming injury or harm due to allegedly poorly maintained city streets and/or sidewalks.


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SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS PRESENTS "MUSICAL JOURNEYS" APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) - East County’s San Diego Festival Chorus presents its spring concert on April 29th with Rutter’s "Requiem" and songs from "West Side Story" and "The Wizard of Oz".

The "Requiem" comes from the Englishmen, John Rutter. It is a contemporary masterwork, a beautiful, simple requiem with an appeal to all who hear it.


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SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF'S MILA CHAVES CAPTURES INDIVIDUAL CROWN AT MW CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

Aztec senior wins tournament by one stroke for first collegiate victory

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April 18. 2018 (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) - San Diego State women’s golfer Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay) claimed the individual title at the 2018 Mountain West Championship on Wednesday after shooting an even-par 72 during the final round at Mission Hills Country Club.


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ASSEMBLYMAN VOEPEL ACCUSED OF "VALOR THEFT" BY GOP RIVAL, NAVY VETERAN

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Voepel wearing the Combat Action Medal.

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) - Republican Assemblyman Randy Voepel is taking heavy flak from a GOP rival, who along with another Navy veteran is accusing the former Santee mayor of having “Stolen Valor.”

Monday morning on KUSI TV, 30-year Navy SEAL veteran Larry Wilske brought up claims by retired Master Chief Petty Officer Terence Hoey* that Voepel misrepresented his military service record.


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HOUSING COSTS HIT RECORD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) -- The dream of home ownership is slipping away from many San Diego County residents.

The median price of a home has shot up 9.5 percent in the past year, hitting a record $625,400 in March, according to the California Association of Realtors.


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BILL TO MANDATE HIGHRISE HOUSING NEAR TRANSIT FAILS IN COMMITTEE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2018 (Sacramento) – Senate Bill 827, a controversial bill that would have forced cities in California to allow high-rise housing up to 55 feet tall near major transit stops, died in the State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee.


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COUNTY SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR PARKS CHAMPION AWARDS

 

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the third annual Parks and Recreation Champion Awards. 

The program recognizes local champions for their work in environmental education and ambassadorship at parks and public centers across San Diego County. The winner will be awarded at a banquet in July in celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month. 


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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POLL WORKERS NEEDED FOR JUNE 5 ELECTION

 

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) - Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the June 5 Gubernatorial Primary Election. The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Arabic and Korean at just under 90 precincts across the county so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers who are bilingual in those languages.


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SAN DIEGO RANKS AN “F” FOR OZONE POLLUTION: CLIMATE CHANGE BLAMED FOR RISING HEALTH HAZARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) – San Diego County ranks an “F” on the American Lung Association’s Report Card on the state of the air you breathe.   Nationwide, the city of San Diego, along with Carlsbad, also ranked the 6th worst cities in the nation for ozone pollution, out of 227 metropolitan areas studied.


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CAL FIRE CAPTAIN JEFF GRIFFITH RUNS FOR STATE SENATE TO FIGHT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

Hear our interview on KNSJ on these hot topics and more by clicking the audio link:  Protecting residents from wildfires and frequent power outages,  setting state standards to shorten ambulance response times and beef up fire protection, make healthcare more accessible,  create opportunities for middle class jobs, and stop special interest influences.

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – “I’ve bene fighting to save lives and protect people my entire adult life,” says Cal Fire Captain/paramedic Jeff Griffith, who is also an elected member of the Palomar Health District board.  Now he’s running for the 38th State Senate district seat being vacated by Joel Anderson due to term limits, which includes most of East County’s urban, rural and mountain areas.

He’s running against Brian Jones, former Assemblyman and current Santee Councilman—and taking Jones to task for a legislative record that he says favored special interests over public health and safety. 

Captain Griffith wants to solve concerns raised recently by residents in San Diego’s inland region, such as  protecting residents not only from wildfires, but also from dangers posed by frequent intentional power outages. He would support legislation to improve ambulance response times, as a paramedic who has seen what happens when patients don’t get to an ER in time.  He also wants legislative to put fire protection as a guarantee in our county's charter and pledges to fight for better access and affordability to healthcare, as well as opportunities for middle class jobs.

Audio: 

Interview with Cal Fire Capt. Jeff Griffith, 38th State Senate Candidate

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SDSU BASEBALL EARNS 3-2 COMEBACK WIN OVER CSUN

 

Aztecs are 24-13 heading into conference series with Fresno State

Source:  goaztecs.com

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April 17, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 2-0 deficit and defeat CSUN, 3-2, at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Tuesday night. SDSU, which jumps back into Mountain West play this weekend at home against Fresno State, is 24-13 on the season while CSUN drops to 17-19.


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SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF'S MILA CHAVES IN THE LEAD AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

Aztecs second as a team after 36 holes

Source:  goaztecs.com

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April 17, 2018 (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) - San Diego State women’s golf senior Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay) took over sole possession of the individual leaderboard Tuesday at the Mountain West Championship after firing a 3-under-par 69 during the second round at Mission Hills Country Club.


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HISTORIC HAVEN: JULIAN GOLD RUSH HOTEL

 

 

Backcountry hidden pleasures:   Our guide to unique lodging adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Bobbi Zane

Photo, left, and interior photos courtesy Julian Gold Rush Hotel

April 17, 2018 (Julian) -- Julian Gold Rush Hotel is a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast that dates back to the 1890s. Known as the “Queen of the Back Country,” the hotel is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places 


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SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS EDGED 4-3 BY FRESNO STATE

 

Aztecs drop conference dual to Bulldogs

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April 17, 2018 (Fresno) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team traveled to the Central Valley Tuesday for a conference matchup at Fresno State where the Bulldogs edged the Aztecs, 4-3, at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. SDSU was unable to surpass the ‘Dogs in doubles play and recovered too late in singles.


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SDSU'S ROCHENE SMITH NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

 

Smith won the 100 meter dash at the Triton Invite last week

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April 17, 2018 (San Diego) - Rochene Smith was named the Mountain West Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.


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SINKHOLE SWALLOWS CAR IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

Repair is difficult due to proximity to gas line and storm drain

April 17, 2018 (El Cajon) – A sink hole that formed overnight at Johnson Avenue and Vernon Way in El Cajon swallowed up a car, but fortunately emergency responders rescued the driver.

Helix Water District repair crews have begun making repairs and the intersection is now open to traffic on Vernon Way and southbound Johnson Avenue, though northbound Johnson remains closed.


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OH DEER: MOTORIST DIES AFTER STRIKING ANIMAL, FALLING OFF BRIDGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM News partner 10 News

April 17, 2018 (San Diego) – A driver who exited his vehicle after striking and killing a deer on northbound State Route 125 south of State Route 54 before dawn died after falling off an overpass into a canyon.

California Highway Patrol’s dispatch was notified of the collision at 4:39 a.m.   Upon arrival, CHP units found a black 2007 Audi A3 that had crashed into the deer in the right-hand lane.


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SUPERVISORS SUPPORT SANCTUARY CHALLENGE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2018 (San Diego) - By a 3 to 1 margin, San Diego Supervisors voted Tuesday to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California over Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act also known as the sanctuary state law.


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CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD UNDER FIRE FOR RESPONSES TO GUN VIOLENCE PROTESTS

 

By Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Standing room only crowd included dozens of gun control supporters as well as gun rights advocates

April 17, 2018 (El Cajon) – Actions of the Cajon Valley Union School District have become targets for both sides in the gun violence debate. At the April 10th board meeting, members came under fire over:

  • Hillsdale Middle School students put on lunch detention for participating in an on-campus walk out during the nationwide March for Our Lives, an event aiming to to prevent gun violence on campuses;
  •  Termination of a contract for counseling intern Margaret Katchur Morghen, who sat with students during detention as a “learning exercise on the First Amendment” and also spoke with media about the walk-out;
  • School board member Jim Miller firing off a derisive letter to a retired teacher who had written to the Superintendent asking for actions to reduce gun violence at schools. Miller responded on behalf of the San Diego Gun Owners Political Action Committee, and wore a National Rifle Association (NRA) hat during the school board’s April 10, 2018 public meeting.

Those actions got the public up in arms, figuratively speaking. Gun rights advocates and people concerned about gun violence packed the hearing room at the April 10th school board meeting.  Eight people testified during public comments, split evenly with four rounds on each side.


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FORMER FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH, CHAMPION OF LITERACY CAUSES, DIES AT 92

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2018 (San Diego) – Former first lady Barbara Bush died today in her Houston home at age 92.  Wife of George H.W. Bush and mother of George W. Bush, she is only the second woman in history (after Abigail Adams) to have both a son and husband who served as president.


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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: NORSEMEN WALK IT OFF IN EXTRAS ON MAX HAGEMAN'S BASE HIT

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

Cover photo:  Valhalla junior Max Hageman drove in the game-winning walkoff single in the eighth inning.

April 17, 2018 (El Cajon) - Valhalla baseball, usually one of the best high school baseball teams in San Diego County, is off to a rare bad start to 2018.  The Norsemen were 6-11 overall coming into today’s game, but were so far, so good in league with a 2-1 record.  The Cougars of Steele Canyon are quite the opposite.  They’re undefeated in league (3-0) and a solid .500 (8-8) overall.  Both teams met on Norsemen turf today.  In football, this would be the battle for the Jamacha Trophy.  We’ll call it that in baseball too for fun.  Senior Trevor Back started for the Cougars against senior Tanner Smith for Valhalla.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS $90,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO HEALTHCARE STUDENTS FROM 21 LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.


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SDSU LACROSSE PICKS UP TWO MORE MPSF WEEKLY AWARDS

 

Rourke earns honor on offense; Brown named top rookie (both pictured below)

Source:  goaztecs.com

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April 16, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State lacrosse team garnered two more Mountain Pacific Sports Federation accolades on Monday, as Elizabeth Rourke was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Bailey Brown was tabbed Rookie of the Week.


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