August 2017 Articles

LA MESA COUNCIL TO REHEAR LITTLE FLOWER APARTMENT PROPOSAL AFTER DEVELOPER THREATENS LAWSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Facing a threat of legal action, on September 12th, La Mesa’s City Council will reconsider its vote on a proposed apartment complex at the former Little Flower Haven convent site on University Avenue.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HELPING TO PROVIDE SHELTER RESIDENTS WITH RIDES TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

 

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August 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $20,000 grant to the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC). The grant will provide transportation to medical and dental appointments, along with prescription pick-up, for some of the 400 men, women and children who are served daily by ECTLC, an El Cajon-based community services nonprofit.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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THE WELL ARMED WOMAN SAN DIEGO CHAPTER, TO HOST MEETING IN EL CAJON SEPT. 7: PUBLIC WELCOME

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – The San Diego chapter of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW), a firearms social and educational organization for women, will host its monthly meeting starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at P2K Range, 2082 Willow Glen Dr, El Cajon. The public is invited to attend. The meeting’s discussion topic will be “Trap Shooting 101.” Admission is free to the discussion. Following the discussion, chapter members will be invited to shoot on P2K's trap range. Range fees will be $8.50 for 25 birds. Firearm rentals will be free if ammo is purchased from the range. For more information, call Wendy Hauffen at (619) 828-3006 or visit www.facebook.com/TWAWsd.


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AZTECS ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE 8/29: FOUR MORE DAYS TILL FOOTBALL...

 

 

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By Liz Alper

Quotes and video courtesy goaztecs.com

August 29, 2017 (San Diego) - There's just four more days left until the San Diego State Aztecs football team takes the field again and men's soccer is back in town for their home opener.  Men's soccer head coach Lev Kirshner and two seniors, forward Jeroen Meefout and midfielder Thom Van Den Berg, football head coach Rocky Long, senior safety Trey Lomax and junior quarterback Christian Chapman discussed all that and more at this week's press conference.


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HOW TO BE REWARDED FOR BEING A WHISTLEBLOWER

 

The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself, by Stephen Martin Kohn, ESQ (Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2017, 550 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“You can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken. That’s just common

sense.”

-          Senator Charles Grassley, July 30th 2015 – Whistleblower Day Celebration

August 29, 2017 (San Diego) - Stephen Martin Kohn, nationally acclaimed expert on whistleblower law, has written a provocative book on an issue that seems timely in this day and age; The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself.

This book resonates with me for a number of reasons, most notably, as Kohn indicates that he dedicates the book to one of his “extraordinary teachers”, A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., whom I met many years ago at an event in my hometown of Chicago, and Mr. Higginbotham signed and autographed his book to me stating; “Keep fighting for justice!” Also, my earlier personal involvement in a whistleblower and retaliation case.


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LOCAL RESCUE PERSONNEL HEAD TO HOUSTON TO ASSIST IN EPIC FLOOD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Texas National Guard,  U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West

August 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Rescue personnel from the San Diego region including East County are heading to Texas, where  Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane since reclassified as a tropical storm,  has dumped the heaviest rainfall ever recorded on the U.S. mainland—50 inches or more in places.

Much of Houston, Texas is submerged beneath a swath of floodwaters 50 miles wide.  so much rain fell that the National Weather Service had to add new color coding to its maps.

At least eight people have died.  An estimated 1.7 million  have evacuated  in Texas and Louisana as the storm continues its destructive path, according to the White House website, with many people still awaiting rescue, trapped amid rising waters. Now, a levee south of Houston in Brazoria County has broken and residents in its path are ordered to get out immediately. 


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WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS ART SHOW, RECEPTION TO BENEFIT PROMINENT WESTERN ARTIST JACK JORDAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – Works by Jack Jordan, a distinguished El Cajon artist, art teacher and former art director of the Evening Tribune, will be displaced at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum (131 Rea Ave.) in El Cajon from September 9-28, with a reception on September 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  This is a benefit event to honor Jordan and raise funds for the aging artist’s medical expenses.


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JULIAN APPLE TIME TEA SEPTEMBER 21-25

 

By Valerie Watts

August 28, 2017 (Julian) - As the days start to shorten and the mountain air (finally) starts to get a little nippy, our thoughts drift to warm drinks and apples and then to Julian.  What better way to indulge during the season than with an apple-themed tea at the lovely Julian Tea & Cottage Arts?  From September 21 through Monday, September 25, they are offering an apple-themed menu highlighting that Julian specialty.  Tucked away a block from the busy Main Street in a historical home at 2124 Third Street, their "special-tea" features Hungarian apple soup, apple themed finger sandwiches, scones with apple butter and an apple dessert, and, of course, fine teas.  Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advance notice. 


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MEMORIAL SERVICE SEPTEMBER 8TH FOR H. DAIL RANKIN

 

East County News Service

Photo:  H. Dail Rankin, January 24, 1944 – June 14, 2017

August 28, 2017 (San Diego) A memorial service will be held for H. Dail Rankin on Friday, September 8th at 2:30 p.m. at Mirror Lake in Greenwood Cemetery (4300 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92113).


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DANGEROUS HEAT WAVE TO EXTEND THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

By Miriam Raftery

Sources: National Weather Service and San Diego County News Center

August 28, 2017 (San Diego) -- A dangerous heat wave will continue the rest of this week across all of San Diego County, with isolated thunderstorms through Labor Day weekend also forecast, the National Weather Service advised today.  The County of San Diego also issued an alert urging residents to take precautions during the extreme heat.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: GIANTS SILENTLY DEFEAT PADRES IN GAME ONE

 

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Photo:  Jeff Samardzija pitched a scoreless game.  Via @SFGiants on Twitter

August 28, 2017 (San Diego) - After an embarrassing sweep by the Marlins in a series the Padres should have won, they came back home to face the equally dismal Giants in a series they should definitely win.  Jeff Samardzija started for the Giants against Jhoulys Chacin in tonight’s game one.


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TWILIGHT TASTING AT THE TRAILS: THREE EAST COUNTY KIWANIS CLUBS IN BEER AND WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER SEPT. 9

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2017 (San Diego) -- Kiwanians in East County are hitting the trail come September – at least the trails at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Members of the Kiwanis Clubs of Lake Murray, La Mesa and Fletcher Hills are combining their efforts to raise funds for their youth scholarships and community sponsorships by presenting “Twilight Tasting at the Trails” from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, September 9.


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LIONS CLUB SALSA SEPT. 16 FOR LEMON GROVE LITTLE LEAGUE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

August 28, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove Lions Club is hosting a Salsa y Salsa Fiesta to raise money to buy new bleachers for Lemon Grove Little League.

Lemon Grove Mayor Pro-Tem Jennifer Mendoza cited safety concerns with the current bleachers . “Lemon Grove is one of the poorest communities in San Diego,” she said. “Our Little League has been here for some fifty years and is showing its age, so our Lions Club adopted it as our project.”


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SDG&E SHARES TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT





Enough electric resources have been secured to meet increased demand


Source:  SDG&E

August 28, 2017 (San Diego) – As triple-digit temperatures approach San Diego over the next several days, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is sharing energy-savings tips to ensure customers have the latest tools and resources to make smart energy choices and save money. While SDG&E is operationally prepared to meet energy demand and there is no formal call for conservation at this time, SDG&E is reminding customers that making small changes to save energy can help avoid high bills caused by increased energy use.


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JAMUL-DULZURA PLANNING GROUP ASKS SDG&E TO DONATE FORMER SIMPSON NURSERY PROPERTY AS A COMMUNITY PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2017 (Jamul) – The Jamul-Dulzura Community Planning Group is seeking a park in Jamul. At its last meeting, the group voted unanimously to approve a proposal by Joe Stuyvesant to ask SDG&E to donate a 3.75 parcel that it purchased from Simpson Nursery for a community park.

According to the meeting minutes, SDG&E pad $1 million for the property, but the value may have dropped to as little as $180,000, giving SDG&E a tax advantage to donate the parcel, which the County could be asked to maintain as a park for the benefit of residents. Stuyvesant offered to head a sub-committee if SDG&E will agree to the proposal.

Below is a copy of the letter sent to SDG&E:


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NEW VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED FOR HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 28, 2017  (San Diego) -- The ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County has claimed 14 lives and hospitalized 264 people among the reported 352 cases.

Approximately 70 percent of the cases have been among people who are homeless, use illicit drugs or a combination of those two factors.


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BOOST YOUR AQUA IQ WITH THE WATER AUTHORITY'S RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS



Free opportunities include entertaining assemblies and more

East County News Service

August 28, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - As students return to class across the region, the San Diego County Water Authority is offering schools, teachers and students an array of water-themed resources, including several that are free.


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SARAH RAMIREZ RETIRES AS EL CAJON’S DIRECTOR OF RECREATION

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photos credited to Mary Ann Prall

August 27, 2017 (El Cajon) - Sarah Ramirez, Director of the El Cajon Recreation Department, retired earlier this month. She started with the department as an intern in 1980 and over her career, led efforts to transform recreational opportunities for residents and oversee major public events to “rebrand” El Cajon and revitalize downtown, according to a proclamation issued by the Mayor.

She was honored at this month’s El Cajon City Council Meeting, and as is her style, she shared credit with her staff and her family for what she called her “incredible journey.”

The new Director of Recreation in El Cajon is Frank Carson. According to his LinkedIn Profile, he has experience with 25 years in Parks & Recreation, with 20 years serving in a supervisory capacity, and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He worked as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Chula Vista from 2003-2013 and as a Recreation Manager for the City of El Cajon since 2013.

The full text of the commendation for Ramirez and her speech is below:


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SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER BLANKED BY LONG BEACH STATE 2-0

 

Aztecs fall to 1-3 on the season

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 27, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s late offensive flurry came up empty in a 2-0 home loss to Long Beach State on Sunday night. The loss put the Aztecs at 1-3 on the year, while the 49ers moved to 2-1-1 with the decision.


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EL CAJON PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE LEADERSHIP ON HOMELESSNESS

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left: Eric Lund, CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the East County Regional Task Force on the Homeless

August 27, 2017 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon City Council approved four budget items earlier this month regarding homelessness, as well as approving a partnership agreement with the El Cajon Collaborative. Council unanimously approved $2,000 for anti-panhandling signs, $3,550 for a mobile app to help the homeless find service providers, $10,000 for a homeless reunification program to reunite 20 homeless people in El Cajon, and $125 for a brick at the El Cajon collaborative.


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON CHARLOTTESVILLE

 

By Vinny Lavalsiti

Originally published in the Grossmont Griffin

August 27, 2017 (El Cajon) -- It was fitting that dark, gloomy and ominous clouds hovered over Grossmont College’s campus on Thursday, Aug. 24. In response to the recent heinous acts and demonstrations committed in Charlottesville, VA, Grossmont College’s President Dr. Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh felt compelled to lead an impromptu vigil in the quad out in front of the Learning Tech Resource Center. He held a moment of silence to console any Griffin hearts that may be distraught after watching white supremacists and people affiliated with Neo-Nazism marching with guns and torches, chanting racist slogans in the streets of Charlottesville, where a woman was killed and 19 injured after a Nazi-sympathizer rammed a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters.


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VOTER VERIFICATION CARDS ARE IN THE MAIL

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2017 (San Diego) - Postcards from the Registrar of Voters will soon show up in some mailboxes around the County. Mailers started going out Thursday to over 100,000 residents to find out whether their addresses are current.


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CUTLER PUSHES SDSU MEN'S SOCCER TO OVERTIME WIN AGAINST VERMONT

 

Redshirt senior Dallin Cutler scored in the 95th minute to seal SDSU’s first win

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 27, 2017 (West Point, N.Y.) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team earned its first win of the season thanks to a golden goal scored by redshirt senior Dallin Cutler in the 95th minute to break a 1-1 tie in the team’s first-ever meeting with Vermont. With the win, SDSU ends its east coast swing with a 1-1 record on the young season.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: RICHARD GOES YARD, BUT STANTON GOES FURTHER AS FISH SWEEP PADS

 

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Photo:  even a two-run, game-tying home run by Clayton Richard couldn't get the Padres the win.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 27, 2017 (Miami) - The Padres lost 2-1 last night, which is a good thing considering how badly they’ve lost other games this season.  They’ve lost the series to the Marlins, but today they had the opportunity to avoid the sweep with Clayton Richard on the mound against former Padre Dan Straily for the Marlins.


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TRUMP PARDON OF ARPAIO DRAWS FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is drawing a firestorm of controversy.  Arpaio had been convicted of abusing his authority through racial profiling and was also found guilty of contempt of court for defying two judges’ orders to stop the illegal and unconstitutional actions. 


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ADVOCATES PRESS CONGRESS TO RENEW COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FUNDING

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo credit:  NACHC

August 27, 2017 (San Diego) - If Congress doesn't act by September 30 - the nation's nearly 1,300 community health centers will lose 70 percent of their funding.

This issue will be front and center for thousands of patients, providers and advocates at the annual Community Health Institute and Expo, which starts today in San Diego. New data show that community health centers now serve 27 million mostly low-income Americans.


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DOE ELECTRIC GRID STUDY CALLED FLAWED

 

Trump plan would weaken nuclear regulations

By Andrea Sears, Public News Service

Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay

August 27, 2017 (New York) - The U.S. Department of Energy has released its study of the electric grid's reliability, but some environmental groups maintain it isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

The study concludes that cheap natural gas is the main reason for the decline of coal and nuclear power.


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GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT CONTINUES TO USE FIELDTURF AS SOLE SOURCE FIELD PROVIDER DESPITE PROBLEMS

 

By Mike Allen

August 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- When West Hills High School in Santee replaced its artificial turf field in April, the feeling among the school’s administrators, staff and students was positive.

The old artificial football field in the school’s signature Wolf Pack blue had been wearing down, and needed upgrading, said West Hills Athletic Director Don Rutledge.


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WORMS FOUND IN LOCAL COSTCO SALMON; TAPEWORMS NOW FOUND IN ALASKAN AND PACIFIC FISH

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease Control

August 26, 2017 (San Diego) – Live worms have been found in packages of salmon sold at multiple Costco stores in San Diego County, 10 News reports.  The report does not name the type of worm, however, CNN reports that Japanese tapeworms are now being found in wild Alaskan salmon and could be in salmon caught anywhere along the Pacific Coast.

Other types of fish can also carry tapeworms or different parasites, so health experts advise to eat only frozen or thoroughly cooked fish in order to destroy worms and larvae.   Tapeworms cause infection and sometimes serious problems if consumed by humans in raw fish such as Sushi, smoked or marinated fish such as in Ceviche, the College of Medical Physicians Canada warns.


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