August 2017 Articles

HELIX WATER TO FORM CITIZENS' ADVISORY BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2017 (La Mesa) – If you’d like to have a say-so about water rates and other issues in the Helix Water District, you may soon have that chance.  The district’s board has voted unanimously to establish an advisory board comprised of its customers.


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SDPD CHIEF ZIMMERMAN TO RETIRE; CITY HOLDS PUBLIC FORUMS ON CHOOSING A NEW CHIEF

 

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August 23, 2017 (San Diego) – San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is retiring next March.  Now Mayor Kevin Faulconer has announced plans to hold four community forums in September to get public input on the process of choosing a new chief.


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TRUMP DUMPS CLIMATE CHANGE AVISORY COMMITTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, NASA: Consequences of climate change

August 23, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump’s administration is eliminating its climate change advisory committee, which made recommendations to federal state and local governments as well as businesses based on scientific findings.


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HATE RALLIES CANCELLED ACROSS U.S. FOLLOWING MASSIVE BOSTON PROTEST

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo of Boston Free Speech counter-protest rally by Ken Breeman (cc)

August 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - Across the U.S., 67 rallies in 23 states organized by hate groups including Nazis and  Ku Klux Klan members have been cancelled, Newsweek reports.  The groups say that they will instead hold a virtual event online on September 9th, but will not be wielding torches and marching through America’s streets  chanting anti-Jewish, anti-black and anti-immigrant messages as they did in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: SEPTEMBER 17 AT LA MESA’S AZTEC PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Interfaith Council of La Mesa invites the public to join millions of people around the world participating in activities to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 17th. The La Mesa event will be held starting at 3 p.m. in Aztec Park, 7945 Morocco Drive, La Mesa.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

August 22, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

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POT GROWING OPERATIONS CAUSED SEVERAL MAJOR CA FIRES, BUT WILDFIRES ALSO POSE RISKS TO MARIJUANA FARMERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2017 (California) – Growth in commercial-scale marijuana farming has created a new set of wildfire-related issues.  Several recent wildfires in California were caused by pot growing operations, Cal Fire reveals.  But in other western states, pot farmers are facing uninsured losses when wildfires threaten their crops.


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SHRINERS’ HOPES OF REBUILDING CAMP BURNED IN CHARIOT FIRE DIM WITH JUDGE’S RULING

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Nadin Abbott

August 22, 2017 (Mount Laguna) — Many of you may know the Shriners as the clowns in fez hats driving miniature cars to delight crowds at the Mother Goose Parade each year.  But they also own hospitals across the nation dedicated to treating children.


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BY A WHISKER - ANIMAL SERVICES BREAKS THE CLEAR THE SHELTERS RECORD

 

Lots of purring, happy barks and maybe even a cock-a-doodle-do Monday as shelter pets from County Animal Services settle into their new forever homes. They were among 306 animals adopted from the County’s three shelters on Clear the Shelters Day Saturday. That total beat last year’s total of 304 by just a (doggie) hair and a whisker.


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SPRING VALLEY COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP APPOINTS EARLIEST APPLICANTS TO EMPTY SEATS

 

By Kendra Sitton

August 22, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Bob Eble and John Scott Shaffer were appointed to Seat 14 and Seat 8 of the Spring Valley Community Planning Group, respectively. This occurred on August 11,  two weeks after the last minute application of Brenda Simmons was not included on that agenda because this would have been a violation of the Brown Act had the group voted.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: CALL PETA; PADRES DOWN CARDINALS 12-4

 

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Photo via @PadresRadio on Twitter

August 22, 2017 (St. Louis) - The Padres said goodbye to Petco Park again and found themselves in St. Louis taking on the Cardinals and hoping to get the bats hot again.  Clayton Richard started tonight’s game one against Lance Lynn for the Cardinals.


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BLUEGRASS AND MORE WITH THE BOROFFS AUGUST 23 AT BREW COFFEE SPOT IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to experience bluegrass, Cajun, Flamenco, and country blues music this Wednesday night at Brew Coffee spot, the happening new gathering place in La Mesa, at 6101 Lake Murray Blvd.  from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m.


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WHEELS ROLLING TO PROVIDE MORE PATROLS AT LAKESIDE SKATEPARK DUE TO CONCERNS OVER ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE

 

By Julie Pendray

Photo courtesy County Parks and Recreation

August 22, 2017 (Lakeside) -- Lindo Lake Skatepark in Lakeside has been a source of community pride since it opened in 2014, next to Lindo Park Elementary School. But, for the past few months, Sheriff’s deputies and County Parks staff have been asked to keep a closer watch there due to increased concerns over alcohol and drug use. Some parents say they no longer take their children there because of bad examples and potential risk. Others are encouraging residents to keep supporting what has been a highly popular facility that was 20 years in the making, from conception to fruition. They say it still offers many positive outlets for all ages. Parks staff and law enforcement encourage the public to call whenever they see a problem.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE

 

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August 21, 2017 (Planet Earth) — As people across the nation sought out viewing areas, eclipse glasses and solar shields to photograph the eclipse,  the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) got the premier eclipse photo—shot from space.


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FROM VICTIM TO VICTOR: “RAPPING DAD” DEREK CLARK SHARES INSPIRATIONAL WORDS WITH DEHESA STUDENTS

 

By Nancy Hauer

August 21, 2017 (Dehesa) -- On Friday, August 18, 2017, Dehesa School hosted Derek Clark, an inspiring motivational speaker and the author of Never Limit Your Life and the critically acclaimed I Will never Give Up book series.


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PELAEZ NAMED TO TOP DRAWER SOCCER'S PRESEASON BEST XI

 

San Diego native named to TDS Preseason Best XI Second Team

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 21, 2017 (San Diego) - Pablo Pelaez of the San Diego State men’s soccer team was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s Preseason Best XI Second Team on Monday. The honor comes just under two weeks after being named to the 2017 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List, known as the most prestigious individual award in college soccer. 


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EVACUATIONS: ECLIPSE FIRE NOW 200 ACRES, BURNING NEAR CAMPO

 

Update August 22:  The fire is 80% contained and holding at 200 acres, per Cal Fire. 175 federal, state and local firefighters have been battling the blaze.  Cause has not been determined.

Update 6:00 p.m.: Forward spread of fire has been stopped and threat to Campo Indian reservation mitigated, Cal Fire reports.

Update 4:12 p.m.:  Campo Sheriff Substation reports  is at 200 acres. Safe zone is at Mountain Empire High School, 3305 Buckman Springs Rd. in Campo. Fire is advancing at moderate spread, 10-15 mph winds, 0% contained.

Update 3:50 p.m.:  Campo Indian reservation is also now threatened, Cal Fire tweeted moments ago. Evacuations are in progress.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Donna Tisdale

August 21, 2017 (Campo) -- The #EclipseFire has burned 25 acres at La Posta Road and Royal Willie Road in the Campo area.  Structures are now threatened and evacuations are occurring at a Navy training site on La Posta Road, Isaac Sancheez, Cal Fire public information officer, has advised ECM.

The fire is burning at moderate rate of spread and no structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire.  The California Highway has ordered closure of La Posta Road. 

SDG&E has dispatched its air crane to help battle the blaze.


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SUSPECT WANTED FOR ANNOYING CHILDREN IN LAKESIDE AND EL CAJON

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

August 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Do you recognize the man in this sketch? He is suspected of following two young girls in the East County.

The first incident happened just before 8:30 a.m. on June 29th near Royal Road and Winter Gardens Boulevard in Lakeside. The suspect honked his car as he drove by a 14-year-old girl. The victim says the suspect made a U-turn and pulled over to tell her she was "too pretty to be walking." The suspect then asked the victim if she wanted a ride. She said no and he drove away.


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MISSION TRAILS GAINS GROUND WITH 178 ACRES FROM PARDEE HOMES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2017 (San Diego) – Already one of the largest urban park in the United States, Mission Trails Regional Park is expanding by 178 acres, to a total of 7,400 acres.  The addition is due to a dedication by Pardee Homes as open space mitigation for its 415-unit housing development, Weston, formerly known as Castlerock in Santee, just off State Route 52 north of Mast Blvd.


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SAN DIEGO DISTRICT ATTORNEY DENOUNCES RACISTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VOWS TO MAKE FIGHTING HATE CRIMES A PRIORITY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of the District Attorney’s office

August 20, 2017 (San Diego) – “What we saw in Charlottesville is a bunch of thugs, bullies and criminals masquerading behind the freedom of speech,” said newly appointed San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan in a statement issued today, referring to white supremacists who rallied in Virginia, a gathering that included Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members armed with guns, chemicals, and other weapons.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES BATS COLD YET AGAIN AS NATIONALS WIN SERIES

 

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Photo:  Gio Gonzalez, who nearly pitched a no-hitter a few weeks ago, had only one unearned run today and zeros the rest of the day.  Via @Nationals on Twitter

August 20, 2017 (San Diego) - Finally, the Padres got the upper hand over the Nationals last night, winning 3-1.  Today, they went for the split with Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals against Dinelson Lamet.


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WOMEN'S SOCCER DEFEATS UC DAVIS; FRIESEN SETS WIN RECORD

 

SDSU earns 1-0 win over UC Davis

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 20, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State earned its first victory of the season, defeating UC Davis 1-0 at a sun-splashed SDSU Sports Deck Sunday afternoon. The decision evened the Aztecs’ record at 1-1 and supplied head coach Mike Friesen with his program-record 123rd career win.


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RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR, AUGUST 24-27, FUN FEATURING RIDES, FOOD, WILD WEST SHOW, GARDENING CLINIC, RAMONA GONG SHOW, MOTORCYCLES, MUCH MORE

 

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August 20, 2017 (Ramona) – The Ramona Chamber of Commerce will present the 47th annual Ramona Country Fair, Thursday, Aug. 24 to Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per carload. Fair hours are: 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24; 5 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.


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WHY IS COUNTY HOLDING MEETINGS ON RURAL ISSUES WHEN IMPACTED WORKING RESIDENTS CAN’T ATTEND—AND WHY IS NOTICE SO INADEQUATE?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Last month,  rural residents voiced frustration when the County announced meetings on outsourcing animal services with only 24 hours notice before the only meeting in East County, as ECM reported.  This week,  rural community leaders are voicing frustration that public meetings on how to improve ambulance services were again announced on short notice.  All the meetings are slated mid-day on weekdays this week, when working people can’t attend.  Moreover, rural planning group chairs say there were left in the dark and were never notified by the county of these meetings.


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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR OF EVENTS AUG. 20-SEPT. 3

 

By Sam Warren, copyright 2017

August 19, 2017 (San Diego) – From a happy hour adventure with a New York Times best-selling author to the San Diego Festival of Books, you’ll find many local events for literary lovers coming up across our region.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: NOT MUCH, BUT PADRES FINALLY GET UPPER HAND ON NATIONALS 3-1

 

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Photo:  Travis Wood allowed only one run tonight.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 19, 2017 (San Diego) - Last night, the Padres’ offense was non-existent, falling 7-1 to the Nationals.  Tonight was a bit of a nostalgic night for SDSU alum Stephen Strasburg, who started in his hometown stadium against Travis Wood.


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SANTA YSABEL MOTHER MOURNS A LIFE LOST; “GOFUNDME” CAMPAIGN STARTED TO BRING HER SON HOME

 

 

 

 

By Paul Kruze 

 

Photo: Shawn “Lone Wolf” Christman in mid-1980s

 

August 19, 2017  (Santa Ysabel) -- Things were not supposed to end this way.

 

Santa Ysabel resident Angela June (SortoreChristman  has traveled a long road of frustration that ended in heartbreak on August 10th, when Detective George Chrysler of the San Diego Sheriff Department gave her the bad news that her long lost son, Shawn “Lone Wolf” Christman (known to his friends as “Coyote”), had drowned in Lake Michigan in 1993.  His body was laid to rest as an unidentified John Doe in a pauper’s grave outside of Chicago, Illinois in 1994. 


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EL CAJON COUNCILMAN KALASHO FILES DISCRIMINATION CLAIM WITH STATE OF CALIFORNIA

 

By Paul Kruze

August 19, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Yet more eyes are going to be fixed on embattled El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho with news that he has filed a discrimination complaint with the State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The action follows last Tuesday’s 4-1 vote affirming that the only electronic device permitted to be used by Council members at the dais during City Council meetings are city-provided Apple iPad tablets.

The iPads provided to members of the City Council will be configured to only allow access to City of El Cajon official websites and access to the city’s financial budget documents and municipal codes, but other Internet sites will be blocked.  Note-taking software will be downloaded onto the iPads and an attached keyboard will be provided.


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COUNTY SEEKS COMMUNITY INPUT TO IMPROVE AMBULANCE SERVICES IN BACKCOUNTRY

 

The County of San Diego is studying how to improve access to and quality of emergency medical services provided in San Diego County’s backcountry, which includes rural and desert communities.


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SDSU MEN'S SOCCER DEFEATS CAL POLY POMONA 1-0 IN SEASON OPENER

 

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August 18, 2017 (San Diego) - The SDSU men’s soccer team took the pitch on SDSU Sports Deck for the first time in 2017 tonight against Cal Poly Pomona.


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