August 2017 Articles

GRAND THEFT AVO?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 15, 2017 (Mount Helix) – A resident on Mount Helix says he caught a woman driving a Lexus luxury car red-handed, stealing avocados off trees at his home before dawn last week.

The resident, Alan van Antwerp, in an interview with ECM news partner 10 News, said a motion sensor alerted him. He posted a photo of the startled woman and her license plate number on the Next Door Mount Helix forum, eliciting over 100 comments, many from residents reporting similar thefts of avocados and other fruits by thieves who left trees stripped bare.


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SANDAG CHAIR ASKS BOARD TO ACCEPT RESIGNATION FRIDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo credit: San Diego Free Press

Updated to include remarks from SANDAG member Jerry Jones of Lemon Grove


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SUNSHINE HORTON TO HOLD DINNER SEPT. 10 IN EL CAJON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Children’s Weekly

August 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – Today is Sunshine Horton’s 72nd birthday. Each year since 1995, Sunshine Horton has done a Miracle Maker birthday to raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

“For my 50th birthday I wanted to thank this country for giving me such a great life and I wanted to do something special, so I went to the Sheriff’s Department and they told me to do a walk.


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COUNTY RELEASES DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

The County of San Diego Thursday released a draft Climate Action Plan for a 45-day public comment period scheduled to end Sept. 25.

The draft plan is designed to cut greenhouse gases in the County’s unincorporated communities as well as those related to County government operations. It seeks to meet state requirements with actions that balance environmental, economic and community interests, while taking into account the County’s largely rural character.


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SPRING VALLEY POT SHOP ROBBERY IS LATEST IN STRING OF VIOLENT TAKE-OVER THEFTS AT DISPENSARIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 14, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – “In recent months, the Rancho San Diego Command has experienced a trend of violent take-over style robberies of marijuana dispensaries,” Sergeant K. Murashige with the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s substation says, adding, “In each case, armed guards were not a deterrent, the suspects were all armed, dispensary staff members failed to call for help even after people were physically assaulted, and in some cases the staff members refused to allow law enforcement to enter, causing a stand-off situation that stretched the department's resources in helping victims.”


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES TAKE GAME ONE FROM PHILLIES AFTER SEVERAL LEAD CHANGES

 

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Photo:  Austin Hedges and Cory Spangenberg did most of the work for the Padres tonight.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 14, 2017 (San Diego) - We all kind of expected that Dodgers series to be a terrible series, but now the Padres are back in San Diego taking on a team they should more than a chance of sweeping:  the Phillies.  Jerad Eickhoff was Philadelphia’s starter in tonight’s game one against Travis Wood.


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AZTEC FOOTBALL PRACTICE CANCELED DUE TO CHICKEN POX

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 14, 2017 (San Diego) - Today's San Diego State football practice was canceled after an outbreak of chicken pox among some players, ECM news partner 10 News reports.

Three players began showing symptoms on Saturday, SDSU Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications and Media Mike May told 10 News.


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PROST! THE 44TH ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST OFFERS EXPANDED FESTIVAL GROUNDS, NEW OFFERINGS AND LONG-LOVED FAVORITES SEPT. 29-OCT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 14, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Celebrating its 44th year in 2017, the popular La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more "Prost!” (cheers!) than ever before, organizers have announced. Under the direction of the La Mesa Village Association, this year’s fest will showcase a revitalized and elevated experience for all ages on Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 1st. Attractions include many vendors featuring craftwork and knick-knacks, foods ranging from scrumptious sausages to food truck favorites, live entertainment, beer and now, cocktails. 


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SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF ANNOUNCES 2017-18 SCHEDULE

 

Aztecs to play 10 regular season tournaments

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August 14, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s golf team will play 10 regular-season tournaments across five states and Mexico, as head coach Leslie Spalding revealed the Aztecs’ 2017-18 schedule on Monday.


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SHELIA BURRELL ADDS SDSU ALUM ROBERT LUSITANA TO STAFF

 

Lusitana most recently coached at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego

Source:  goaztecs.com

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August 14, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State alum Robert Lusitana has been added to the San Diego State track and field/cross country program staff as the head distance and cross country coach, head coach Shelia Burrell announced today.


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CHIEF’S CORNER: AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION MONTH

 

Grant Yourself Immunity

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- Every week it seems there’s some new virus, disease, airborne, food contamination in which we have to exercise caution around or get an immunization.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get an immunization against the 405 freeway and stop that spread of toxic traffic! How about from rude and obnoxious people? I guess we can never rid ourselves of those.  However, vaccine-preventable diseases can be prevented if we take the time and get our immunization shots.


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GONE FISHIN’…

 

By Robert Gehr

August 14, 2017 (Santee) -- I spent a wonderful Sunday morning hanging out with my ‘son’ Jeffrey Caton and his son Jeffrey junior at this relaxing place of beauty.

The morning dawning was cool and slightly overcast, with a hushed calm accompanied by the pleasant sounds and smell of nature filling my senses.


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3 DEAD, 35 INJURED AS WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY TURNS VIOLENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (Charlottesville, VA)—Unite the Right, the largest white supremacist gathering in decades, was declared an unlawful assembly by the city of Charlottesville, Virginia,  where three people are dead and at least 35 injured. Governor Terry McAuliff declared a state of emergency and politicians across the country have spoken out to denounce the hate groups participating and a Nazi sympathizer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd has been charged with murder.

Former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) mperial Wizard David Duke had earlier credited Donald Trump with inspiring the rally.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: NOTHING FROM BELLINGER, BUT DODGER HOME RUNS STILL KILL PADRES

 

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Photo:  Justin Turner (right) hit the homer in the eighth that sealed the win for the Dodgers.  Via @Dodgers on Twitter

August 13, 2017 (Los Angeles) - The Padres let the lead slip out of their hands against the Dodgers last night, but today was a new day, so they tried again to win the series with Luis Perdomo on the mound against Kenta Maeda for the Dodgers.


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SEE A PROBLEM IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY? REPORT IT WITH YOUR PHONE USING “TELL US NOW” APP

 

Other County Apps can help find lost dogs, get emergency info, find veterans services, search for library books, save lives and more

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (San Diego) – See a pothole, graffiti, or other problem in San Diego’s unincorporated communities?  Now you can download the County’s “Tell Us NOW” app, enabling you to take a photo and instantly submit it. The App is available for Apple and Android phones.


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TIKI OASIS – INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE 2017

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 13, 2017 (Pine Valley) -- Pine Valley resident and artist Norm Daniels has this to say about the use of a tiki torch: “To me it means warm, backyard memories.”

Tiki torches were well represented at the 2017 Tiki Oasis-International Intrigue, a four-day event held at Mission Valley’s Crowne Plaza hotel from August 10-13. This Tiki Oasis is the largest and longest-running tiki festival in the world.


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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR OF EVENTS AUG. 13-27

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren

August 13, 2017 (San Diego) -- This week we have monsters, robots, goddesses, etc. to keep you occupied. Scroll down for a full list of local readers and writers’ events.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES LOSE LEAD TO DODGERS

 

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Photo:  Hunter Renfroe knocked in the game-tying RBI in the third.  The Padres eventually took the lead...and eventually lost it.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 12, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Last night was a great night for the Padres.  They won 4-3 against the NL West-leading Dodgers with home runs, perseverance and great defense.  They looked to duplicate that again tonight with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound against Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers.


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KALASHO COUNTERSUES BEAUTY CONTESTANTS FOR DEFAMATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2017 (San Diego) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho is counter-suing two contestants in the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant that he founded, alleging that his reputation has been harmed by their claims that include fraud and sexual harassment.


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THE HILLS’ CRAWFISH COOKOUT AUG. 26

 

Broil & brewfest will benefit La Mesa Police Department Peer Support Fundraiser

August 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Looking for a true southern cookout without having to travel to New Orleans? The Hills Pub has just the summer broil and brew event for you!

On Saturday, August 26, La Mesa’s The Hills Local Pub will be hosting its first annual neighborhood Crawfish Broil in conjunction with local breweries. From 2- 6 p.m., foodie enthusiasts can enjoy hearty portions of flavorful crawfish prepared and prepped in true bayou-style. The Hills will also have a smoker with slow-cooked sausages, and energetic live music will keep the party going all night long.


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SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER EDGED BY CAL STATE FULLERTON IN EXHIBITION, 1-0

 

Aztecs yield goal 68 seconds into game

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August 12, 2017 (Fullerton) - San Diego State endured a 49-minute delay before the start of the game and surrendered a goal in the first 68 seconds in a 1-0 exhibition loss at Cal State Fullerton. Outside of the lone goal, the Aztecs showed promise, outshooting the Titans 12-4 for the contest.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: HOME RUNS POWER PADRES PAST FIRST-PLACE DODGERS

 

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Photo:  Jose Pirela hit the go-ahead, game-winning home run for the Padres in the eighth.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 11, 2017 (Los Angeles) - The Padres should have dominated that series against the Reds, but they didn't and now things are going to get worse as they're in Los Angeles for the weekend taking on the red hot, 80-win Dodgers. Clayton Richard started tonight's game one against Rich Hill for the Dodgers.a


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KALASHO THREATENS DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AS COUNCIL LIMITS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Ben Kalasho, August 8, 2017 (El Cajon)

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - Councilman Ben Kalasho threatened to file an employment discrimination complaint Tuesday as the Council discussed a resolution to limit Council members’ use of electronic devices during City Council meetings.    


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NUDE PROWLER IN SHOWER WAS FORMER SEX OFFENDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 11, 2017 (Valley Center) – When an elderly woman came home and water running, she went in the bathroom and was astonished when a stranger stepped out of the shower – facing her stark naked.

She ran and yelled for her husband, who was working in his shop outside their home.  The discovered the intruder had fled and taken the woman’s watch.  She went outside, spotted him walking north on Valley Center Road, and followed him until law enforcement arrived, said Sargeant John Silva with the Sheriff’s Department.


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GOLDEN CORRAL BUFFET & GRILL IS RETURNING TO EL CAJON

 

By Robert Gehr

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - The now closed Hometown Buffet building located at 390 west Main St. in El Cajon is currently being transformed into a brand new Golden Corral buffet restaurant.

As I write this article, construction is going on inside and out, giving the place a fresh new look and feel.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTED SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

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August 11, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently hosted graduation ceremonies for 15 high school students who spent the month of July interning at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa as part of the Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) Healthcare Exploration Summer Institute (HESI) 2017 program. The ceremonies featured the students presenting about their experiences at the hospital.


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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON

 

Events provided by Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) – This Saturday, El Cajon hosts a free e-waste and paper shredding event. Coming up this week are the Heroes in concert, and Cajon Speedway Night downtown.  Other upcoming activities include the Alley Cat art walk and an Air Group One breakfast featuring World War II aerial crew heroes sharing their historic memories.  Scroll down for these events and more – all in El Cajon.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: AUG.12 TO OCT. 22

 

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August 11, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes  a star party in Lakeside, a dive-in movie at Kroc Center, classic cruisin’ in El Cajon, outdoor concerts in Santee, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, ice skating and more.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including  Descanso’s deep pit barbecue, the Ramona Country Fair, La Mesa's Oktoberfest, an art show in Julian, Ramona’s first-ever grape stomp, a Laurel and Hardy comedy film night in Spring Valley,  the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, World War II pilots sharing living history, the Alley Cat Art walk in El Cajon, Barona powwow and more.

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


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SPRING VALLEY PLANNING GROUP REVIEWS DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR SHOPPING CENTER SITE “BLIGHT”

 

By Kendra Sitton

Photo:  Mrs. Monreau addresses Member John Eugenio while the public views the plans

August 10, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- In the warm training room at Otay Water District headquarters, every seat was filled by Spring Valley residents who quickly grew heated by the long process before Agenda Item 5, a proposal for the old shopping center at Sweetwater Springs Boulevard and Austin Drive, was reached.


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T. JEFFERSON PARKER AUTHOR VISIT AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY SEPT. 30

 

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August 10, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker will visit the Lemon Grove Library on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 P.M. to promote his new novel The Room of White Fire. Parker will read excerpts from the book, discuss themes from the story, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of the book.


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