August 2015 Articles

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE LA MESA YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION

August 11, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Applications are being accepted for several openings on the City’s Youth Advisory Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and be at least 13 years old, but not more than 20 years old, at the time of appointment.

Participating on the Commission is a great way for young people in middle and high school to work with their peers to explore and develop activities that promote positive youth relations in the City and gain volunteer experience that can be applied towards community service hours.

FREE FOOD DEMONSTRATION AND SAMPLING FOR ADULTS AND KIDS TOGETHER

August 11, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Get Back-To-School healthy with a free food demonstration! This free workshop begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, in the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive. This is the fifth in our series of healthy community interactive workshops and features presenter Kristie Holt, MPH, CHES, CLE who will demonstrate some healthy lunch and back-to-school snacking ideas. School aged kids are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian and will have an opportunity to decorate a lunch bag to show off their healthy choices to classmates.  Kristie will lead you in hands-on preparation of some delicious and nutritious examples that you and your kids can make and sample on the spot.

ANZA FIRE CHARS 487 ACRES

East County News Service

 

Update 5 p.m: This fire is holding at 50% and the same acreage reported this morning, according to the Riverside Fire Department. Highway 74 is now reopened.

August 11, 2015 (Anza)--A fire burning near Anza has charred 487 acres and is now 20% contained. (View incident page here for updates: http://www.rvcfire.org/_Layouts/Incident%20Information/IncidentInfoDetai...)

The blaze started yesterday afternoon with a mobile home fire. The brush fire is in Riverside County near Highways 74 and 371, but smoke is visible in parts of northeast San Diego County and Imperial County.

CALIFORNIANS PUT CONVENIENCE OVER WI-FI SECURITY

 

PHOTO: A new survey of Internet users shows the convenience of public wireless networks may come at a high cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about Wi-Fi safety, while tens of thousands admit to online activities that could put their personal information at risk. Photo credit: Joel Runyon/WikiMedia Commons.

By Eric Galatas, Public News Service

August 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)-- Californians often are putting convenience ahead of safety when they use free public wireless networks, according to a new AARP report that found that a quarter of adult Internet users access public Wi-Fi at least once a week and are vulnerable to cyber attacks.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IF YOU COULD IMMUNE YOURSELF FROM 'ONE' THING - WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Traffic?  Rude or obnoxious people? Crime? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could vaccinate specific things or people from our lives.  Unfortunately, those toxic people and situations are the association dues we must pay for being alive.

HEAT WAVE, POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS, AND METEOR SHOWERS THIS WEEK

 

August 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –  A heat wave is forecast to hit our region starting mid-week, with heat advisories possible by week’s end.  A high pressure system could bring temperatures above 100 degrees in inland valleys as well as deserts.

CAL FIRE CANCELS DAYS OFF FOR FIREFIGHTERS, HAS ALL 18 STATIONS FULLY STAFFED COUNTYWIDE AS FIRES RAGE ACROSS STATE

East County News Service

August 9, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--More than 10,000 firefighters are battling over 17 active wildfires statewide. The largest of these, the Rocky Fire, has consumed nearly 70,000 acres in Lake, Colusa and Yolo Counties. Thunder and lightning continue to spark new fires, while gusty and erratic winds could also create extreme fire growth potential, says Fire Captain Kendal Bortisser, public information officer at CAL FIRE.

While CAL FIRE San Diego continues to support the Northern California wildfires with fire engines, bulldozers, hand crews, and support personnel, Captain Bortisser says, “We are committed to ensuring that firefighting resources are in place here in San Diego County as a top priority.” Days off have been cancelled for all CAL FIRE firefighters and off duty firefighters have been recalled back to work. Additionally, all 18 CAL FIRE stations throughout San Diego County are staffed, he adds.

 CAL FIRE is asking all residents to be careful outdoors. Even simple household chores like cutting dead down dry grass can spark a wildfire if not done the right way with the right tool. To learn more go to www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Below are updates from CAL FIRE on the wildfires burning statewide as of Friday night:

EAST COUNTY ADVENTURE: SPELUNKING IN ANZA-BORREGO MUD CAVES

 

By Greg Dunne

August 8, 2015 (Anza-Borrego Desert)—I'm always up for a new outdoor adventure--especially something I haven't done in my own back yard (our East County). I was treated to one yesterday when Kyle (his third trip there) took me spelunking (Caving) at the Mud Caves in Anza-Borrego desert. WOW, what a cool (no pun intended) adventure; it was only 103 degrees yesterday in our desert, but was a whopping 106 the day before. I was a bit apprehensive about going, (Kyle's been threatening to take me for some time now) not liking the fact of a tight crawling space in a dark, unfamiliar place. But once I got started it was awesome--and about 30 degrees cooler!

WHITE HOUSE RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

 

Part II: The Mavericks: Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, and Lincoln Chafee

A series by Miriam Raftery, Devoreo Bell and Juwan Armstrong

August 8, 2015 – the 2016 run for the White House includes some maverick candidates outside the traditional political track.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was an independent and avowed democratic socialist before declaring his run for the presidency as a Democrat. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a Libertarian-leaning Republican on some issues, though not all, following in the footsteps of his Libertarian-turned-Republican father, former presidential candidate Ron Paul.  Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee was a liberal Republican before changing parties to run as a Democrat for the presidency.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SEEK TO PRESERVE 37 ACRES IN EL MONTE VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Supervisor Dianne Jacob proposed preservation of lands adjacent to those that Michael Beck, El Monte Nature Preserve LLC, seeks to turn into a sand mining operation.

August 7, 2015 (Lakeside) – The San Diego River Conservancy’s board voted unanimously on Thursday to support a motion made by Supervisor Dianne Jacob to lead a consortium of environmental groups in an effort to seek funding to buy parcels of surplus land that Helix Water District is planning to sell.  If successful, the acquisition would preserve the land for the public as open space with trails for hiking, horseback riding, jogging and dog walking. View full video of the hearing.

ONE WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT: NUDESTOCK MUSIC FEST AUG. 14-16

 

August 7, 2015 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – De Anza Springs Resort in Jacumba Hot Springs will present Nudestock ,  an annual outdoor music festival on August 14-16. No need for bellbottoms or love beads  at this music fest–since clothing is optional at De Anza Springs, located in the high desert region of San Diego’s East County.

SDG&E WANTS RATEPAYERS TO PAY FOR ITS WILDFIRE COSTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Updated August 8, 2015 with comments from SDG&E, clarifications/corrections.

August 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County ) – SDG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to pass on costs to ratepayers for the uninsured costs of legal settlements for the utility's role in causing three major fires in the 2007 firestorms.  The utility has announced plans to file an application this fall seeking to recover those costs, which could be as high as $367 million.

CHILI COOKOFF FUND RAISER AT LA SALINA 2015

 

Article and photos by Susan A Mahalick

August 7, 2015 (Baja California, Mexico)--Another beautiful summer day for this now locally famous annual event dawned just like most this time of year, with a light marine layer and cool temperatures. The event would not start until 11 a.m., when people have to start cooking their entries on site to be ready for judging and tasting at 2:30 p.m. Booths were mostly set up the night before, with one couple who always has the best spot in the first place where most people start their tasting. Frank and Darlene, who live here, have entered since the first cook-off seven years ago. Two hundred and eighty to three hundred and twenty people were estimated to have attended the event.

CPUC JUDGE FINDS 10 VIOLATIONS BY EDISON IN SAN ONOFRE CLOSURE DEAL

 

 

East County News Service

August 7, 2015 (San Diego) – Southern California Edison could face up to $34 million in sanctions for violating a ban on backdoor communications with state regulators over the San Onofre closure. Those are the findings of California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge Melanie Darling, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Darling will determine on August 20th whether or nor to hold Edison in contempt.  Her ruling faults Edison executives Ronald Litzinger and Stephen Pickett for omitting facts from prior testimony about secret meetings with former CPUC chair Michael Peevey, including meetings at a posh hotel lin Poland.

A NIGHT IN HONOR OF OUR ANGELS: SEPT. 9 IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

August 6, 2015 (Alpine) – For Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the Kylie Rowland Foundation is hosting “Wine and Bunco Under the Stars” on  Sept. 9 at 6 pm.. to raise funds for promising less-toxic cancer treatments for children. The foundation was started in memory of Kylie Rowland, who lost her battle to neuroblastoma at age two in February 2015.

PINE VALLEY WATER SHAREHOLDERS AIR CONCERNS IN TOWN HALL MEETING; BOARD LOCKS OUT SOME SHAREHOLDERS AT LATER OFFICIAL SESSION

 

By Miriam Raftery

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August 5, 2015 (Pine Valley ) –At a town hall meeting convened by disgruntled shareholders in the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company on August 2nd, over 100 people turned out to discuss a controversial water sale to Rough Acres Water.  A petition asking the water company to terminate the Rough Acres contract was passed out at the meeting and many attendees picked up copies of the petition.  

But at an official water company meeting on Tuesday, two nights later, shareholders who didn't RSVP were turned away by armed law enforcement officers, much to the dismay of residents/shareholders seeking to voice their concerns to their elected board.

BAJA BLOG: 5TH ANNUAL DAVE CLARK SAND GOLF TOURNAMENT AT LA SALINA

 

By Susan A Mahalick

Article and photos by the author

August 4, 2015 (Baja California, Mexico)--The day dawned as it usually does this time of year, with a marine layer clinging to the hills to the west of the beach. It is supposed to be 80 degrees later in the day, but for the game which is supposed to start at 11 a.m. this is perfect, especially in the shade. Thirty two people signed up for the fun event and played in teams of two or up to five. This is a usual amount I am told by Jesse, the cantina manager who has been here for many years.

FISH AND GAME COMMISSION VOTES TO BAN BOBCAT TRAPPING STATEWIDE

 

East County News Service

Photo: Creative Commons image by www.ForestWander.com

August 5, 2015 (Sacramento)-The California Fish and Game Commission has voted 3-2 to ban bobcat trapping statewide. The decision today completely bans bobcat trapping in California, with the exception of trapping bobcats that prey on livestock.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CRUISIN' IN EL CAJON

 

August 5, 2015 (El Cajon) – Leon Thompson snapped these photos at the El Cajon Classic Cruises held each Wednesday night in downtown El Cajon – or what he refers to as “hotrod heaven,” showcasing everything from a little deuce coup to low-riders.  For details on upcoming Classic Cruise night themes, you can visit www. DowntownElCajon.com .

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 6, 2015 (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:

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JULIAN FILM FESTIVAL AUG. 21-22: A WATERSHED YEAR

 
 
 
East County News Service
 
August 5, 2015 (Julian)--The 4th Annual Julian Film Festival, benefitting and sponsored by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, is moving from spring to summer for 2015 and will be held on Friday, August 21st & Saturday, August 22nd.
 
The nature-focused, environmental film festival will tie-in with, and support, VMF’s theme of A Watershed Year. It will focus on important themes of water and connectivity like those of the 15-mile long Volcan Mountain Range and it’s adjacent watershed and wildlife corridors in the San Diego County and Southern/Baja California regions. Two exceptional, award-winning, feature-length films also provide a local connection.

ACCUSED DRUNK DRIVER HITS 5 VEHICLES IN LEMON GROVE AND SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 5, 2015 (Lemon Grove) – Cosimo Ingrande, 49, has been arrested for drunk driving after causing three collisions and damaging five vehicles early this morning in Lemon Grove and San Diego, Sergeant Michelle McPhail with the San Diego Sheriff reports.

FOSTER MOM ZELDIN STILL NEEDS HELP

 

August 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –Last month we reported on community efforts to help Debra Zeldin, a foster mom with several special needs children.  Thieves stole her van and crashed it, leaving her with no transportation  since her insurance didn’t cover damage due to vehicle theft.  Now we’ve received an update from Zeldin with both good and bad news.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY’S WELLNESS WEDNESDAY TO DISCUSS SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST AUG. 26

August 4, 2015 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Help Save a Life from Sudden Cardiac Arrest” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

The speaker on Aug. 26 will be Maureen O’Connor, program manager, San Diego Project Heart Beat, the city of San Diego’s Public Access Defibrillation/CPR program managed by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

DAVID MCCULLOUGH: PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM RECIPIENT

 

The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2015, 320 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might

succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father

and mother, and begin life in Ohio.

  • Wilbur Wright

August 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - David McCullough, 2-time Pulitzer Prize winner, for Truman and John Adams, and 2-time National Book Award winner, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback, as well as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, demonstrates in his #1 New York Times Bestseller; The Wright Brothers, why he is deserving of those honors and accolades.

READER'S EDITORIAL: THE TRAGIC DEATH OF KATHRYN STEINLE IN SAN FRANCISCO: WHAT IS MISSING FROM THE NARRATIVE?

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

Photo: Creative Commons image by Rama

Updated August 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County) --As the narrative goes, Juan Francisco López-Sánchez, an illegal immigrant with a long criminal history in the United States, who had been deported several times, was to be deported again; but San Francisco’s sanctuary law delayed handing him over to the Immigration and Nationalization Service. López-Sánchez claims he found the gun and was shooting at sea lions, not Ms. Steinle. There is no evidence that he was trying to rob Ms Steinle, nor even confronted her, so his claim may be true. However, an investigation found that the gun was stolen from a federal agent’s car. Whether López-Sánchez actually was the person who stole the gun from the car or how he obtained the gun is unclear at this time. In either case, he is still guilty of manslaughter, whether shooting at sea lions, at tin cans, or in the air, his actions, together with his previous criminal history, should get the maximum sentence.

However, what is missing from the narrative is why it was so easy for López-Sánchez to get a gun.

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