April 2018 Articles

April 2018 Articles

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL GETS DOWN TO WORK; ACCEPTS MAJOR DONATION BY PETSMART FOR NEW ANIMAL SHELTER

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 7, 2018 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon City Council members temporarily set aside their differences and got down to work Tuesday in what some say was one of their most productive sessions in recent months.

TIFERETH ISRAEL ORCHESTRA AND EAST COUNTY SAN DIEGO MORMON CHORALE PREMIERE LANDMARK CHORAL WORK APRIL 10

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- As both the Christian and Jewish communities celebration of their holiest time of the year is coinciding with one another this year, the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra is joining forces with the voices of the East County San Diego Mormon Chorale in a landmark concert featuring the world premiere of an orchestral cantata written for cantor, choir, and orchestra called “Unetofah Takef” (Day of Reckoning) written by John Michael Luther. The performance features shofar (ram’s horn) virtuoso, Steve Ovitsky.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF TIES FOR THIRD AT WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE

 

Aztec senior P.J. Samiere (below) ties for sixth individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (Santa Cruz) - Bolstered by three individual finishes in the top 11, the San Diego State men’s golf team tied for third at the Western Intercollegiate on Sunday after carding a collective 5-over-par 355 during the final round at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS BLANKS AIR FORCE 4-0

 

Aztecs snap three-match slide

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Ignacio Martinez was a winner at No. 1 singles vs. Air Force on Sunday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State snapped a three-match losing streak with a much-needed 4-0 shutout of Air Force on Sunday in a Mountain West dual at Aztec Tennis Center.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS DOWNS DONS 4-1

 

SDSU dominant in Sunday afternoon dual vs. San Francisco

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (San Diego) - Following a trip to Long Beach on Saturday, San Diego State women’s tennis returned to the Aztec Tennis Center Sunday afternoon to host the University of San Francisco, where the Aztecs dominated the Dons 4-1 on their home courts. The team claimed the doubles point and only allowed one singles match to USF before clinching a victory.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS: STONEY’S NEIGHBORHOOD PARK REOPENS

 

By Eric Bartl

April 8, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Smiles are returning to the faces of children in El Cajon when they see Stoney’s Neighborhood Park, which reopened Thursday in front of the El Cajon branch of the County library.

The park had been closed since mid-December for a construction/park improvement project.

SDSU LACROSSE FALLS TO UC DAVIS ON SENIOR DAY 15-9

 

 

Aztecs outscored 7-0 in final 15:23 of the second half

Source:  goaztecs.com

Video courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State suffered its third straight defeat Sunday after dropping a 15-9 decision to UC Davis in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

SDSU (8-6, 0-1 MPSF) rallied from an early 4-0 deficit before taking its only lead of the game at 9-8 following Jill Haight’s second goal of the game with 16:30 left in the second half.

SENIORS CARRY NO. 21 SDSU WATER POLO TO 11-9 WIN OVER FRESNO STATE

 

 

Aztecs defeat Fresno State in final home game of the season

Source:  goaztecs.com

Video courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s senior class helped carry the 21st-ranked Aztecs to an 11-9 home win over Fresno State on Senior Day at Aztec Aquaplex. The victory bumped SDSU’s record to 12-13 and 4-1 in the Golden Coast Conference, while the loss dropped the Bulldogs to 5-15 (2-3 GCC).

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SWIRLING SUNSET AT THE DESERT VIEW TOWER

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- Paul Cumming sent in this other-worldly looking image of a sunset with saucer-shaped clouds spiraling around the Desert View Tower in the high desert community of Jacumba Hot Springs, California.
 
We're sure it's just a coincidence that Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrieval and Repair Service is located right next door! (Yes, really.)

SDSU BASEBALL FINISHES AIR FORCE SERIES WITH 15-11 WIN

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - The San Diego State baseball team ended its Mountain West series at Air Force on a positive note Sunday, defeating the Falcons 15-6 with the help of 19 total hits, four home runs, and seven total extra-base hits. SDSU improves to 21-11 (8-6 Mountain West), while Air Force falls to 14-17 (7-8 Mountain West).

SDSU SOFTBALL FALLS AT UNLV 3-2 IN SERIES FINALE

 

Aztecs outhit Rebels 11-7 in the loss

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Kelsey Munoz had four hits in SDSU's 3-2 loss at UNLV.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 8, 2018 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State softball team fell to UNLV, 3-2, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas. The Aztecs (12-24, 3-6 MW) had won the first two games in the series with the Rebels (22-15, 4-8 MW).

DRIVER AND GOOD SAMARITAN KILLED BY PASSING MOTORIST AFTER CRASH

 

 

Update April 9, 2018: The good Samaritan who died has been identified as Kenneth Riddle, 46, of El Cajon. He leaves behind a wife and young daughter. A GoFundMe page to help the family has been established where donations can be made.

Update April 11, 2018: The driver who was killed has been identified as Lamont Taylor, 35, of El Cajon.

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2018 (El Cajon) – Two good Samaritans stopped to help a driver involved in a solo vehicle collision at 1:20 a.m.  on eastbound I-8 just west of El Cajon Boulevard in El Cajon.  The vehicle had come to rest in the number 2 lane of traffic.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ITS 2017 ANNUAL REPORT ON TAXPAYER BOND EXPENDITURES FOR HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2018 (La Mesa) – The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2017 Annual Report to the Community.

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCES SPRING AND SUMMER CONCERTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Concert Band has announced its 29th annual Spring Celebration concert and summer concert series at venues that include East County locations of Kroc Center, Old Poway Park, La Mesa’s Harry Griffen Park, and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Carlos, as well as San Diego locations at Civitas Park and the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Below is the full schedule:

HEAVENLY MUSIC: SAN DIEGO HARP SOCIETY TO PERFORM APRIL 15 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2018 (San Diego) – The San Diego Harp Society will present a free recital on Sunday, April 15th from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Auditorium (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, 92119).

Local exceptional harp students Katie Chan, Gigi Accomazzo, Julia Yang, and Betania Rodriguez will perform.

For more information on this and other upcoming concerts, visit the Mission Trails Regional Park webpage at www.MTRP.org.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN SECOND AFTER DAY ONE OF WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE

 

Aztecs in second as a team; Trevor Norby (left), Samiere tied for seventh individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  courtesy goaztecs.com

April 7, 2018 (Santa Cruz) - The San Diego State men’s golf team finds itself in second place at the Western Intercollegiate after play was suspended on Saturday during the second round due to darkness. As a team, the Aztecs remain at 6-under through holes 12-13 at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Course.

SAN DIEGO STATE SOFTBALL CLAIMS SERIES WITH 4-1 WIN OVER UNLV

 

Aztecs down Rebels to win first MW series of season

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  West Hills grad Katie Byrd (No. 11) and Taylor Adams (No. 99) combined for five hits and two RBIs in SDSU's 4-1 win at UNLV.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 7, 2018 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State softball team beat UNLV 4-1 to claim the weekend series Saturday at Eller Medium Stadium in Las Vegas. The Aztecs are now 12-23 on the season and 3-5 in Mountain West play, while the Rebels dropped to 21-15 and 3-8.

SDSU WOMEN’S TENNIS FALLS 4-2 TO LONG BEACH STATE

 

 

Aztecs drop two in a row with Saturday’s loss in Long Beach

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 7, 2018 (Long Beach) - The San Diego State’s women’s tennis team made a short trip up the California coast to play a Saturday afternoon dual against Long Beach State, ultimately falling 4-2 to the Beach. The Aztecs dropped the doubles point to LBSU and were only able to put together two singles victories before the Beach clinched the win.

SDSU BASEBALL FALLS IN DOUBLEHEADER NIGHTCAP 12-7

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 7, 2018 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - The San Diego State baseball team fell to Air Force 12-7 to complete a Saturday doubleheader. The Aztecs now sit at 20-11 overall and 7-6 in the Mountain West. 

SAVOR TASTES FROM 40 WINERIES AT VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 6

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2018 (Alpine)  You’re invited to savor fine wines from over 40 wineries and taste specialty foods from local restaurants at Vintage Alpine, a wine experience in the country.  The event takes place on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms (15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs)—all to benefit the children of Sna Diego County.

OVERTURNED HORSE TRAILER CAUSES MASS INJURIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) –  A horse trailer being towed by an F-250 truck overturned on the right side of westbound Interstate 8 shortly before noon today, about three miles west of Crestwood, according to Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol.

A witness told authorities she was following behind the trailer and saw it start to fishtail. The driver was unable to control the vehicle, which went off the roadway and overturned. The trailer separated from the truck and its top was sheered off. The witness reported numerous people exiting the overturned horse trailer.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS SPRING FLING BUSINESS EXPO APRIL 26

 

 

East County News Service 

 

April 7, 2018 (La Mesa) – On Thursday, April 26, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for a unique evening and opportunity to meet some of the local businesses within our community. The 4th Annual “Spring Fling - Business Expo” has been requested by local businesses to provide them an opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

SDSU BASEBALL BATS QUIET IN 2-0 LOSS AT AIR FORCE

 

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 7, 2018 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - The San Diego State baseball team suffered a 2-0 loss in its doubleheader opener at Air Force on Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs fall to 20-10 overall and 7-5 in the Mountain West. 

WOMAN WHO SURVIVED DOUBLE HIT AND RUN ON I-8 IN LAKESIDE NEEDS HELP WITH MEDICAL BILLS—AND HOPES TO THANK TRUCKER WHO SAVED HER LIFE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2018 (Lakeside) – “My life changed forever during the early morning hours on Memorial Day, May 30, 2017,” says Korren Knapp Grada.  That’s when she suffered horrific injuries after being struck by two hit-and-run vehicles in I-8 near the Lake Jennings exit in Lakeside. 

How she got there remains a mystery, though she believes she was drugged by a man and was seeking to escape harm when she scaled a fence onto the freeway.

She’s shared her story with East County Magazine in hopes that someone can shed light on what happened, perhaps recognizing strangers in photos taken on her cell phone the night before. She also hopes to thank a good Samaritan who stopped and saved her life. 

Most of all, she needs help with staggering medical bills for multiple surgeries needed to save her life and help her on her long road to healing; you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/helpkorren.

SDSU SOFTBALL DOWNS UNLV 5-2 IN NINE INNINGS

 

 

Aztecs score three in ninth with two outs for series-opening win

Source:  goaztecs.com

Video highlights courtesy goaztecs.com

April 6, 2018 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State softball team scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning with two outs to down UNLV 5-2 in the series opener Friday night at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas.

HEALTH CLINIC SERVING CHILDREN FILES APPEAL ASKING LA MESA TO BLOCK MARIJUANA CLINIC

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 6, 2018 (La Mesa) – Last week, La Mesa’s City Council approved the city’s first medical marijuana dispensary, New Origins, set to open in the La Mesa Medical Plaza on Center Street near El Cajon Boulevard.  But now the chief executive officer of Family Wellness Center in the same complex, is asking the city to rescind the permit.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES STUN DEFENDING WORLD SERIES CHAMPS

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

April 6, 2018 (Houston) - This weekend will probably be the most predictable weekend in Padres history.  ECM’s Sports department has been told that readers can probably get their Padres news from the Union-Tribune, but ECM also loves being first to report anything, so we’d rather you experience the slaughter first-hand as the Padres traveled to Houston to face the defending World Series champion Astros.  Luis Perdomo started tonight’s game one against Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS EDGED BY NEW MEXICO 4-3

 

Aztecs fall to 1-3 in MW dual matches

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Raul de la Torre was a double winner on Friday vs. New Mexico  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 6, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State was unable to build on an early lead against visiting New Mexico Friday, dropping a tough 4-3 decision in a Mountain West dual match at Aztec Tennis Center.

The Aztecs (3-18, 1-3 MW) claimed the doubles point for just the fourth time this season; however, the Lobos (12-8, 2-1 MW) escaped with the win after capturing four of six singles encounters, handing the Scarlet and Black its third straight setback in conference play.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD WINS MOUNTAIN WEST CHALLENGE

 

Aztecs take first in six events

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 6, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State Track & Field team won the inaugural Mountain West Challenge at the Aztrack Sports Deck Friday afternoon. The Aztecs took first place in six of the 16 events they competed in and had 17 top-three finishes overall. They finished the day with 158 points, edging out UNLV (145), Nevada (144) and San Jose State (86).

JACOB CALLS FOR SUPERVISORS TO JOIN TRUMP SUIT AGAINST STATE OVER SANCTUARY LAW, BUT SHERIFF WARNS FORCING OFFICERS TO ACT AS IMMIGRATION AGENTS COULD “MAKE US ALL LESS SAFE”

 

By Miriam Raftery

San Diego Supervisors are considering joining the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California’s sanctuary state law, or Senate Bill 54, which protects certain undocumented immigrations by setting limits on cooperation between local law enforcement departments and federal immigration authorities.

San Diego Supervisors are expected to discuss the matter on April 17th in a closed-door meeting with County Counsel.  But while Supervisor Jacob agues that the Trump administration's push to force local law enforcement officers to stringently enforce federal immigration mandates would increase public safety, Sheriff Bill Gore suggests it would have the opposite effect, making communities less safe by making immigrants afraid to report crimes.

Audio: 

San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore on sanctuary state law vs. federal immigration crackdown

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