August 2017 Articles

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 5-SEPT.16

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Dog Days of Summer at Ramona wineries, a Sip of Julian, Cajon Classic Cruises, plus outdoor concerts in Lemon Grove, Santee and El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the HeART of Mt. Helix, a Star Party in Lakeside, a dive-in movie and ice skating at Kroc Center, the Chippendales at Sycuan, the Ramona Country Fair, Laurel and Hardy comedy films with Thelma Todd n Spring Valley, a Fall Art Show in Julian, the Ramona Grape Stomp, and Lakeside River Park Conservancy’s Once in a Blue Moon.

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


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LMSV SCHOOL BOARD PREPARES FOR SCHOOL YEAR, WILL VOTE THURSDAY ON APPOINTING NEW MEMBER

 

 

By Kendra Sitton

 

August 3, 2017 (La Mesa)-- In the La Mesa-Spring Valley (LMSV) Board of Education’s last meeting before the school year began, six candidates for the open seat moved forward to the public interview this Thursday, Aug. 3. Rebekah Basson, Charles Muse, Paul Schnaubelt, Jay Steiger, Dwight Sykes and Helen Yapura-Weiler were each nominated by current members for the appointment. The only eligible applicant who did not receive a nomination was John Shaffer.


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LA MESA MEETING AUG. 9 ON FUTURE OF MACARTHUR PARK, EX- GOLF SITE

 

East County News Service

August 1, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Community Services Commission will host a public meeting on August 9 at 6 p.m. at La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive) to get community input on proposed uses for MacArthur Park land, including the former Sun Valley Golf Course.


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LEMON GROVE 40th BIRTHDAY MEMORIES

 

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August 1, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Just in time for Lemon Grove’s 40th birthday celebration, Lemon Grove Historical Society president and award-winning journalist Helen Ofield has posted “The Way We Were,” a witty summation of the city’s colorful start.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES GET JOB DONE AGAINST TWINS WITH THREE RUNS

 

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Photo:  Austin Hedges' two-run homer sealed the win for the Friars against the Twins.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 1, 2017 (San Diego) - After a successful homestand against the Pirates, the Padres kicked off August with interleague play as the Minnesota Twins came to town.  Jose Berrios started for the Twins against Jhoulys Chacin.


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LA MESA BOY, 2, DROWNS IN PARENT’S POOL

 

By Miriam Raftery 

August 1, 2017 (La Mesa) – A two-year-old boy has drowned in a swimming pool at his family’s home in the 7200 block of Princeton Avenue in La Mesa.  According to La Mesa Police, it is believed that the boy’s parents put him to bed last night in his bedroom, but somehow the toddler got outside during the night or early morning through a rear sliding glass door that the parents believed was locked.


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SAN DIEGANS FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INTENT TO SUE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER EMAIL DESTRUCTION POLICY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- A prominent attorney, Cory Briggs, has sent a letter to San Diego Unified School District’s Superintendent Cindy Marten expressing an intent to file a lawsuit after the school board voted to destroy emails after just one year.  Briggs says such action appears to violate state law requiring that all school district records, including electronic ones, be retained for at least three years. He also accuses the district of failing to comply in a timely manner with public records requests.

Society of Professional Journalists has previously voiced concerns over the districts shortened e-mail retention policy and nonresponsive to public records requests by media and/or the public.

Briggs has requested a settlement meeting.  Below is the full text of his letter:


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ROLLER HOCKEY HEADED TO GRANITE HILLS HIGH

 

By Nick Pellegrino

Aug. 1, 2017 (El Cajon, Calif.) -- According to the Granite Hills High School official website, the school's athletic department fields every single sport sponsored by the CIF San Diego Section.
 
It's bold. It's proud. It's also inaccurate, yet the Eagles are getting closer.

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BACK TO SCHOOL SHOES NEEDED FOR HOMELESS KIDS AT EAST COUNTY TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER

 

By Mary Moran

August 1, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - There are over 100 kids living at East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC)  with their parents who are working on transforming their lives from homelessness into becoming self sufficient, employed, tax paying citizens. These children attend public schools while their family is living at ECTLC.


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LA MESA COUNCIL WEIGHS CHANGING COUNCIL MEETING TIMES, APPROVES OKTOBERFEST AND TRAFFIC CALMING, MOVES FORWARD ON GATEWAY SIGN

 

By Jonathan Goetz

August 1, 2017 (La Mesa) – This year’s Oktoberfest will be September 28-Ocober 1 and run by the La Mesa Village Association.  The La Mesa City Council approved the action at last week’s meeting. A proposal to change all City Council meetings to 6 p.m. was continued to a future meeting to allow more community feedback.  The City’s traffic calming program will use more than just speed humps to slow down traffic. Additionally, private fundraising efforts will be launched to raise money for a large gateway sign for downtown La Mesa.


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