April 2018 Articles

April 2018 Articles

BOSTONIA LANGUAGE ACADEMY IN EL CAJON NAMED A CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2018 (El Cajon) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that 287 elementary schools are being honored under the Distinguished Schools Program. That includes approximately 30 schools in San Diego County, but just one in East County:  Bostonia Language Academy in the Cajon Union School District in El Cajon.

GRANITE HILLS FOOTBALL PLAYER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2018 (El Cajon) – A 16-year-old football player from Granite Hills High School was struck by a vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries tonight.

According to Lieutenant Steve Kirk with the El Cajon Police Department, after a preliminary investigation and interviewing witnesses, “It appears the pedestrian was with three other male juveniles running south across East Washington outside of a controlled intersection” when the teen was struck by a white 2016 Toyota Rav4 traveling eastbound.

CBP OFFICERS STOP TEENAGERS ALLEGEDLY SMUGGLING FENTANYL AND COCAINE

 

Source:  U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry thwarted two alleged narcotic smuggling attempts after discovering one teen carrying packages of fentanyl strapped to his body and a young woman concealing fentanyl and cocaine in her vehicle.

JULIAN CANDIDATE FORUM APRIL 5 TO INCLUDE CANDIDATES FOR ASSEMBLY, SHERIFF, D.A. AND JUDGE

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (Julian) – The public is invited to “Meet the Candidates” on Thursday, April 5th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Julian Town Hall.  The forum is hosted by Julian Indivisible, a progressive political organization.  Candidates confirmed to appear include Dave Myers for Sheriff, James Elia for State Assembly, Genevieve Jones Wright for District Attorney, and Matt Brower for Judge.

You’re encouraged to bring questions to ask the candidates. Voter registration will also be available at this event.  For more information, contact julianindivisible@gmail.com.

SEVENTH ANNUAL WYLAND NATIONAL MAYOR’S CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION

 

East County News Service

Residents from 4,800 cities expected to participate in nationwide competition for Most Water-Wise Title in April; annual campaign to focus on clean water and watershed health

April 2, 2018 (Plano, Texas) – The annual month-long Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation has officially kicked off as part of an annual effort to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the nation to ensure a steady, reliable supply of clean water for the future. Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, the campaign encourages U.S residents, led by mayors across the nation, to spread the word about the benefits of managing water resources.

The annual competition, which takes place each year from April 1-30, rewards residents who heed the call with a chance to win $5,000 toward their home utility bills, home irrigation makeovers, environmentally friendly clean products, and hundreds more eco-friendly prizes. Plus, a deserving charity will receive a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for its organization. Last year, mayors from 36 states encouraged residents to make over 420,000 pledges to promote drought resiliency, protect watersheds, and ultimately reduce stress on aging water infrastructure.

CELEBRATION PLANNED FOR GRAND OPENING OF POTRERO COMMUNITY CENTER ON APRIL 21

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2018 (Potrero) – The public is invited to the grand opening of the Potrero Community Center on Saturday, April 21st.   Supervisor Dianne Jacob, county leaders and Mountain Empire residents will be on hand for the celebration of this new community asset at 24550 Highway 94, where the old volunteer fire station was located.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES REMAIN WINLESS IN LOSS TO ROCKIES

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Carlos Asuaje's RBI double in the third made it a one-run game, but the Rockies eventually pulled away.  Via @Padres on Twitter

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) - Well, that was a very...Padres opening series.  Ahem….moving on...the Padres got to test the waters against an NL West rival, the Rockies, starting tonight for four games.  Chad Bettis started for Colorado against Bryan Mitchell.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF IN SEVENTH AT THE BRUZZY CHALLENGE

 

Aztecs’ Chaves, Kjellker tied for 10th individually after 36 holes

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Sara Kjellker (left) and Mila Chaves are tied for 10th after the first two rounds of the Bruzzy Challenge.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 2, 2018 (Carrollton, Texas) - The San Diego State women’s golf team sits in seventh place at the inaugural Bruzzy Challenge after shooting a combined 34-over-par 610 on Monday during the first two rounds at Maridoe Golf Club.

SDSU RESEARCHERS TEAM UP TO PROTECT HEALTH OF SAN DIEGO RIVER AND MITIGATE FLOODING

 

Funded by the San Diego River Conservancy and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, SDSU researchers are working on several projects.

Source: SDSU News Center

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) – The San Diego River is a capricious and temperamental thing. The first Spanish explorers who worked the land discovered this the hard way: Upon encountering the dribbling stream in 1769 that emptied into False Bay (today Mission Bay), they concluded it was nothing more than a tame trickle. A month later, they planted grains along its banks. Then the year’s first rains swelled the river and took out the crops. The next year, they planted farther back—only to experience a drought year that left their fields dry and withered.

SDSU BASEBALL DEFEATS WASHINGTON 6-4

 

Five Aztecs record multi-hit performances

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team erased a pair of deficits in a 6-4 victory over Washington on Monday afternoon. SDSU improves to 19-9 on the year while Washington drops to 13-12.

Justin Goossen-Brown logged another successful start for the Aztecs, going 5.1 innings on the mound for SDSU, allowing just one earned run and four hits allowed.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP PLANT TREES IN COUNTY PARKS THIS EARTH DAY

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - The County of San Diego seeks volunteers to help plant thousands of trees in celebration of Earth Day during April, helping to replenish the tree canopy at parks across our region. Additional activities are also planned to restore the health and natural beauty of our parks.

In East County, the following events are planned:

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEMBERS TO DIALOGUE WITH ERNEST DRONENBURG ON APRIL 10

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s next “Dine and Dialogue with Elected Officials” event on Tuesday, April 10 will feature Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr., San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER APRIL 7

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present Health Fair Saturday, one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County Region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in the promenade area near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 6-MAY 6

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2018  (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Julian Gold Rush Days, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Martin Luther King remembrance in Lemon Grove, the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest in Borrego Springs, Meet the Winemaker Weekend in Ramona, and a Lilac Festival in Wynola.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a dance production of the Constitution,  a Warbirds Expo at Gillespie Field, the Jamul Hotrod and Chili Cookoff, Cajon Classic Cruises, Heritage of the Americas Museum’s anniversary party, a meteor watching night at Oakoasis Park, a hike for you and your dogs at the Santa Ysabel East Preserve, a  crafts fair in Flinn Springs, a Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival, a Spring concert by San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and medieval music at Mission Trails Regional Park.

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

SPECIAL EDITION: BREAKING NEWS APRIL 1, 2018

 

April 1, 2018—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today.

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Be sure to click this hot link to view blurbs on these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. (Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!)  Then click "read more" at the bottom of each blurb to open each story and get the full scoop.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS TOPPLED BY UTAH STATE 4-1

 

Aztecs fall to 1-2 in MW dual matches

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Rafael Gonzalez Almazan was triumphant at No. 5 singles vs. USU on Sunday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 1, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State dropped its second straight dual match to a conference opponent Sunday, falling to Utah State by a 4-1 count in Mountain West action at Aztec Tennis Center.

The Aggies (12-8, 3-0 MW) seized control in doubles competition before claiming three of four singles encounter to remain unbeaten in league play.

ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE SHOW IN EL CAJON APRIL 11

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 1, 2018 (El Cajon) - If you have treasures in your attic or garage that you’d like to have appraised ($5 per item) or just enjoy looking at collectibles, you’re invited to stop by the Antique and Collectible Show on Wednesday, April 11. This event will be held 12 to 4 p.m. at Unity Church Hall, 311 Highland Avenue in El Cajon.

EL CAJON OFFERS “APRIL POOLS DAY” APRIL 13 IN FLETCHER HILLS

 

Source: City of El Cajon

April 1, 2018 (El  Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will be hosting an afternoon of pool safety and fun - called “April Pools Day!”  This family event will be held on Friday, April 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Fletcher Hills Pool, 2345 Center Place in El Cajon.

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE HOSTS WARBIRD EXPO APRIL 14 AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2018 (El Cajon) – At the Warbird Expo hosted by the Commemorative Air Force at Gillespie Field in El Cajon (north ramp of Marshall Ave.) on Saturday, April 14th, warbirds, classic aircraft, classic cars and WWII memorabilia will all be part of a fun-filled day for the whole family.  Gates open at 9 a.m. and the event runs until 4 p.m.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD EARNS FIVE FIRST PLACE FINISHES AT UCLA

 

Lisa-Anne Barrow wins long jump with eighth best mark in program history

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 1, 2018 (Los Angeles) - The San Diego State Track and Field team competed in the Jim Bush Legends Invitational at UCLA’s Drake Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs took first in five events and recorded numerous personal best marks.

BUSINESSES PULL TOGETHER TO SOLVE PARKING PROBLEMS AND RESTAURANT CONCERNS FOR FARMER’S MARKET IN LA MESA VILLAGE

 

 

By Dinah Ryder

April 1, 2018 (La Mesa) – Today, a group of business owners outside the downtown village have announced an innovative plan to provide both free transportation for La Mesa farmer’s market shoppers and incentivize their customers to patronize village eateries.

The action comes after La Mesa’s City Council last week approved moving the Farmer’s Market to the downtown village, to the delight of many but the dismay of some shoppers concerned about lack of parking, as well as restaurants fearful of losing patrons on Friday nights.

EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO REOPEN WITH ALL-STAR CAST IN “EL CAJON FOLLIES”

 

 

 

By Wanda Seymour

April 1, 2018 (El Cajon) – After being shuttered for a decade, the East County Performing Arts Center has announced a grand reopening event under management by Live Nation.

This stellar event will feature an inclusive cast of celebrities, local all-stars, and multi-cultural participants in “El Cajon Follies,” an original production choreographed for the occasion. 

The lineup will include:

LEMON GROVE HIRES PROFESSIONAL HELP

 

 

By Miss Perceptions

April 1, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Following a barrage of negative news stories and claims of alleged misconduct by city council members, Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez has announced plans to bring in professional help to seek reconciliation, restore good relations among elected officials and staff, and improve the city's image in the community.

“Thanks to the intervention of Oprah Winfrey, whom I met at a Democratic Party fundraiser, we’ve arranged for Dr. Phil to counsel our council and restore civility and civic trust to Lemon Grove," Mayor Vasquez announced in a press conference at the city's landmark lemon.

PROJECT LOON TO POWER BACKCOUNTRY DURING POWER OUTAGES

 

 

 

By Will U. Pay

April 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Responding to rural residents’ concerns over frequent power shut-offs to prevent its lines from sparking wildfires, SDG&E today announced an innovative partnership with Google’s parent company, Alphabet. 

“Just as Alphabet deployed a fleet of balloons over Puerto Rico to power cell phone service and restore Internet connections after the hurricane there, Alphabet’s Project Loon will launch a fleet of balloons over San Diego’s East County to aid residents in our rural areas during future planned power outages,”  SDG&E spokesperson Sharon Power announced today.

SANTEE GOES UNDERGROUND TO SOLVE TRAFFIC WOES

 

 

By Ima Rider

April 1, 2018 (Santee) – With multiple major housing communities proposed on some of the last developable land in San Diego County, Santee’s City Council has faced strong opposition from residents fearful of traffic gridlock on already congested city streets and State Route 52.

Today, Mayor John Minto announced an innovative solution.

TRUMP DUMPS CALIFORNIA

 

 

 

By Jose Cañu Sí

April 1, 2018 (San Diego) – Today, President Donald Trump announced an agreement with Mexico to fully fund the border wall.  In exchange, Trump revealed, “I’ve signed a treaty ceding California to Mexico.”

The wall separating San Diego from Mexico will be torn down. The new wall will begin in Yuma at the California-Arizona border and extend north to Oregon, then west to the Pacific.

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