August 2018 Articles

August 2018 Articles

LEDERER ON LANGUAGE: HERE'S HOW YOU CAN TELL IF YOU ARE A TRUE BOOK LOVER

 

By Richard Lederer

Editor’s note: Richard Lederer will be our special at East County Fest, East County Magazine’s 10-year anniversary celebration the evening of August 25th at Mission Trails. For tickets and details, click here.

August 22, 2018 (San Diego) -- A week from today, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the Union-Tribune and KPBS, both of whom I've worked with, will launch our city's second annual Festival of Books. The setting will be the McMillin Event Center at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Along with a galaxy of local authors, I'll be signing my books in Authors' Alley. I'd love to meet you there.

WASTE MANAGEMENT OF SAN DIEGO REMINDS CUSTOMERS OF LABOR DAY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

 

Trash and recycling services delayed one day in observance of Labor Day

Source:  Waste Management

August 22, 2018 (San Diego) - Waste Management of San Diego’s curbside residential and commercial trash and recycling pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day throughout the week of Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. In addition, all Waste Management operations will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, with normal operations resuming on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

BOARD OF PHARMACY LAUNCHES ONLINE SEARCH TOOL FOR DRUG TAKE-BACK LOCATIONS

 

Source:  California State Board of Pharmacy

August 22, 2018 (San Diego) - Consumers looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs can now find pharmacies offering drug take-back services authorized by the California State Board of Pharmacy.

SERIAL RAPIST PROPOSED FOR PLACEMENT IN JACUMBA: HEARING SET FOR OCTOBER 12

 

East County News Service

August 22, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – The Department of State Hospitals has proposed the release of Alvin Quarles, a sexually violent predator, at 43050 Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Springs.  A serial rapist, Quarles attacked victims at knifepoint while they were sleeping in their homes or hotel rooms. He sometimes raped women in front of their husbands or boyfriends, and at times forced them to have sex while he watched.  Investigators suspect he was responsible for over a dozen assaults in San Diego County during the 1980s. In 1989, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison under a plea bargain.

UNPLUGGED DINING ANNOUNCES “CONTROL YOUR TECH” WORKSHOP AND “TECH BREAK TUESDAY” EVENTS AT LA MESA RESTAURANTS

 

East County News Service

August 22, 2018 (La Mesa) – Following several successful events at local restaurants aimed at encouraging people to put down cell phones and enjoy interacting with others during dinners out, Unplugged Dining announces a Sept. 18 “Control Your Tech” workshop as well as “Tech Break Tuesday” events at local restaurants on Sept. 25. See below for details.

SDSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: BRIAN DUTCHER INKS EXTENSION THROUGH 2022-23

 

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 22, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State men’s basketball head coach Brian Dutcher has signed a contract extension that will keep him on The Mesa through the 2022-23 season. The extension comes five months after Dutcher led the Aztecs to the program’s Mountain West-leading 11th conference title and to the NCAA tournament.

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER AND WIFE INDICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

 

 

Hunter stripped of committee assignments over "deeply serious charges", House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges

Update: August 23, 2018: Congressman Hunter and his wife have entered not guilty pleas. ECM news partner 10 News has details: https://www.10news.com/news/rep-duncan-hunter-set-to-be-arraigned-follow....

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret, have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and falsifying campaign records to take over a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds and use them for personal expenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced yesterday.

The indictment alleges that the Hunters also falsely represented personal expenses as purchases made to help wounded veterans and other charitable causes. in addition, a letter from Hunter's attorney to the Justice Department reveals, prosecutors suggest campaign funds were spent on "extramarital infidenlities and excessive drinking."

KALASHO LEAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, LASHES OUT AT MEDIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Councilman Kalasho's Facebook followers have shrunk to just 21 people following his numerous ethical and legal controversies.

August 17, 2018 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Councilman Bessmon "Ben" Kalasho tried to reregister as a member of the Federalist Party earlier this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. However, the Federalist Party is not recognized in California, so Kalasho is now officially a “decline to state party affiliation” voter.

Originally the party of founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, the Federalist Party advocated for a strong federal government but dissolved in the 1820s.  In 2016, a new Federalist Party formed with a polar opposite view, touting smaller government.

AZTEC ROWING REVEALS 2018-19 SCHEDULE

 

SDSU to compete in two fall events prior to spring slate

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 21, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State head rowing coach Bill Zack announced this week his team’s schedule for the 2018-19 season, with the Aztecs competing in two events in the fall of 2018 prior to beginning the regular season slate in the spring of 2019.

MEDICAL EXAMINER SEEKS PUBLIC'S HELP IDENTIFYING PEDESTRIAN

 

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office is asking the public to help identify a young woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle Aug. 9 while trying to run across the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 just south of the San Clemente Border Patrol Station checkpoint.

RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR, AUGUST 23-26, FUN FEATURING RIDES, FOOD, WILD WEST SHOW, MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS, GARDENING CLINIC, GONG SHOW, MUCH MORE

 

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2018 (Ramona) – The Ramona Chamber of Commerce will present the 48th annual Ramona Country Fair, Thursday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 26, 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. 235 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2411 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STARS AND STRIPES

 

East County News Service

August 20, 2018 (El Cajon) – Shaun Pursglove sent in these photos of a large flag in El Cajon. He writes, “Many people in the East County have noticed this beautiful flag flying in our night sky.  I see it from my backyard (1st picture) and had to go see where it was coming from.  I took my dog for a walk and we tracked it down to Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar on Bond Ave (2nd picture) in El Cajon.  It fills my heart with pride when I see it and thought you might want to share it and give Mauzy a shout out.  I put a thank you note on their door and posted both pictures on Facebook. 

ECM PADRES REPORT: DBACKS WIN BACK AND FORTH WITH PADRES TO TAKE SERIES

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Hunter Renfroe hit two home runs, but the Padres still lost.  Via @Padres on Twitter

August 19, 2018 (San Diego) - The Padres are surprisingly holding their own against the Diamondbacks, winning one yesterday.  Today was their chance to split the series and avoid embarrassment against Zack Greinke for the Dbacks, who faced Brett Kennedy.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HOSTS RECEPTION FOR JAMES NEWLAND, AUTHOR OF NEW BOOK ON GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S HISTORY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Author and historian James D. Newland with his book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service

August 19, 2018 (La Mesa)—Author and historian James D. Newland’s latest book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service, provides a fascinating look into the colorful history of East County as well as the hospital itself and the evolution of healthcare in our region.

Newland was honored Thursday at the Grossmont Healthcare District headquarters with a reception attended by the district’s board of directors and community VIPs. Following appetizers and brews served up by Burning Beard brewery, the district’s CEO Barry Jantz and board president Michael Emerson gave welcoming remarks. 

Newland signed copies of his book, noting that the biggest challenge in its creation was handling the controversy over the hospital merging with Sharp Healthcare, a move that kept East County’s major hospital financially viable at a time when rising costs drove some other healthcare facilities under.

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO HELP FIRE SURVIVORS IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 19, 2018 (Alpine) – “Your life can change at the drop of dime,” Lisa Ford told a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 people packed the Alpine Community Center last night for a fundraiser to help survivors of the West Fire.

BACKPACK GIVEAWAY SUNDAY IN SANTEE

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 18, 2018 (Santee) -- On August 19th, inside the Santee Library, the Santee Mobile-Home Owner’s Action Committee, Inc. (SMOAC) will hold their 4th Annual Backpack & School Supplies Movement.  Backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out, free to students, at 10 a.m. until supplies are exhausted.

AMAZING AUCTION AND RAFFLE PRIZES AT EAST COUNTY FEST AUGUST 25

 

 

 

These are just some of the nearly $10,000 in prizes at East County Fest, our "Party of the Decade" celebrating our 10th anniversary on Saturday, August 25 from 6-10 p.m. at Mission Trails  Regional Park's beautiful visitors center. Get tickets.

By Miriam Raftery

Want to win a video production about your company or organization created by Raul Sandelin Films--a $1,200 value? 

Take home sports memorabilia from NBA superstar Bill Walton’s personal collection?

Get poker lessons from Richard Lederer, who taught his two children and they became world and national poker champions? 

Savor happy hour with friends at Hatfield Creek vineyard?  Or a vacation at an adobe inn at a winery? Or take home a barbecue for a cookout in your own backyard.

Wouldn't you love to win a beautiful pearl and silver ring and earrings set, baskets of wines, autographed books, restaurant gift certificates, San Diego Zoo passes, dance concert tickets, or tickets to a concert featuring a well-known performer at SDSU’s Cal Coast Open Air Theater?

SDSU MEN’S SOCCER: AZTECS SHUT OUT PLNU 1-0 IN FRIENDLY

 

 

Robby Jacobs scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 18, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team closed out their preseason with a 1-0 shutout at Point Loma Nazarene Saturday  evening. Robby Jacobs had the game winning goal in the 54th minute, finishing a beautiful assist from Adam Vargas.

KIDZ DANZ KOMPANY PRESENTS “RED CLOAK” SEPT. 7-8 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The critically-acclaimed and award-winning Kidz Danz Kompany, San Diego’s premier children’s dance company, presents “The Red Cloak," a re-telling of the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood at Greenfield Middle School Theater (1495 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, CA, 92021) on September 7-8, 2018 @ 7 p.m. 

READER’S AND WRITER’S CALENDAR: AUG. 19-SEPT. 2, 2018

 

Copyright 2018 by Sam Warren, past president of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild.

"There's a word for a self-published writer who never gives up... rich." Joe Konrath

August 18, 2018 (San Diego) – Top events this week include the San Diego Book Festival and East County Fest, where many prominent local authors will be signing copies of their books.

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WEST FIRE RECOVERY EFFORTS PROGRESSING IN ALPINE

 

Fundraiser tonight

By Jo Moreland

August 18, 2018 (Alpine) -- Alpine has moved from emergency relief to recovery since the July 6 West Fire destroyed and damaged dozens of homes and other buildings.

That’s the assessment of authorities still working to help about 55 families displaced after flames blazed through the eastern edges of the foothills community of about 16,000 people.

MOOREHEAD PROVIDES GAME WINNER IN SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER'S 1-0 WIN

 

Aztecs defeats New Mexico State in season opener

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 18, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State overcame an early dose of adversity and its resilience ultimately paid dividends in the end as it defeated New Mexico State, 1-0, in its season opener on Friday night atop SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs moved to 1-0 on the year, while the Aggies dropped to 0-1.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: SULTANS CONQUER RED HAWKS AT HOME TO OPEN SEASON

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

August 18, 2018 (Santee) - It’s finally back.  You’ve waited all winter, spring and summer for it.  ECM Friday Night Lights has returned and it’s back and better than ever.  Our first stop is to Santana High, where we also got our first glimpse of not only the 2018 Sultans, but also of the Red Hawks, who made the journey in from Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

 

The Artist Portrait Project: A Photographic Memoir of Portrait Sessions with San Diego Artists, 2006 – 2016, by Jennifer G. Spencer (She Writes Press, Berkeley, CA, 2018, 117 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

  • Susan Sontag

August 17, 2018 (San Diego) - There is an old adage that says “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words!” Jennifer G. Spencer, a painter/photographer who creates images using alternative photographic processes and digital imagery, exemplifies that old adage in her groundbreaking memoir; The Artist Portrait Project: A Photographic Memoir of Portrait Sessions with San Diego Artists, 2006 – 2016.

SDSU MEN’S GOLF REVEALS 2018-19 SCHEDULE

 

Aztecs to play 10 regularly scheduled tournament in upcoming season

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 17, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State men’s golf head coach Ryan Donovan announced the team’s 2018-19 schedule Friday, with the Aztecs making repeat appearances in eight of 10 regular-season tournaments during the upcoming campaign, leading up to regional competition and the NCAA Championships.

INITIATIVE TO REVISE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX MOVES FORWARD

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo:  Disneyland and Universal Studios are among the large companies that benefit from California's Prop 13, paying pre-1978 tax rates on some of their properties. (Wikimedia Commons)

August 17, 2018 (Sacramento) - Backers of commercial property tax reform have just submitted 860,000 signatures to county registrars for an initiative on the November 2020 ballot. 

LEMON GROVE MAYOR VASQUEZ PAINTS OPTIMISTIC PICTURE IN STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

 

 

Despite positive changes, budget clouds loom as city draws on reserves for operating expenses

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

August 16, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Members of the Lemon Grove City Council and other city officials are grappling with concerns about a major budget deficit poised to sour the city’s future. The problem has led to media speculation that Lemon Grove might give up cityhood and become part of the County’s unincorporated area.

Yet, to a packed-to-the-rafters community room, recently-elected Mayor Raquel Vasquez painted a positive picture about the city’s many accomplishments in the past year and its challenges in the coming year. During her first State of the City address last week, the Mayor did raise the city’s financial dilemma, but not seeds for solutions over the long term.

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