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FINDING MIDDLE GROUND: CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CAMPA-NAJJAR SPEAKS OUT ON KEY ISSUES, IN HIS OWN WORDS

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor and Miriam Raftery, Editor

View video of complete town hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9ot7tcbXchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9ot7tcbXc

 

“We are one nation, under God, indivisible. But right now, I think that notion is being tested at our deepest core. I think it is time for us to lead with our values again as a nation." -- Ammar Campa-Najjar

September 17, 2019 (Alpine)—At a town hall meeting in Alpine on August 18, some 100 East County residents heard Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar field questions on a wide range of issues. He offered thoughtful responses, many moderate positions and at times, maverick views on topics such as healthcare, gun violence, climate change, jobs, education, immigration and more.

The Jamul resident and Democratic contender has worked at the national level on both business and labor issues. Now he’s running for the 50th Congressional district seat held by indicted Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, whose federal corruption trial begins in January.

Dressed in a long-sleeved sports shirt and blue jeans, the 30 year-old hopeful emphasized that to win in 2020, he has to attract voters across party lines. The Republican party still holds a substantial registration advantage, but Campa-Najjar came within three percentage points of ousting Hunter in 2018 in what had long been considered a GOP stronghold.

First, Campa-Najjar gave an overview of his platform. Next he answered questions on 10 topics randomly pulled from questions submitted beforehand. Then came live questions posed by audience members at a microphone.

WALDRON BILL WOULD REQUIRE VOTERS’ APPROVAL FOR CHANGES TO TRANSNET FUNDING ALLOCATION

By Miriam Raftery
 
September 17, 2019 (Escondido) – For months, officials in East County and North County have assailed as “highway robbery” a plan announced by the San Diego Regional Association of Governments (SANDAG)  to cancel some highway projects and instead, spend TransNet extension funds approved by voters in 2004 on transit projects such as high-speed rail and shared electric vehicles instead.

ARREST MADE IN 2016 SPRING VALLEY STABBING DEATH OF TEEN

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: Victim Jeffrey Quirino
 
September 17, 2019 (Spring Valley) -- Christian Lopez, 27, has been charged with the murder of  17-year-old Jeffrey Quirino, who was stabbed during a fight on May 23, 2016.
 
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a  fight in front of 8914 Delrose Ave. in Spring Valley, but learned that a passing motorist had taken the victim to a hospital, where he died of his injuries a week later.

DO NOT DRINK NOTICE FOR LAKE MORENA VIEWS MUTUAL WATER COMPANY

Test results show elevated nitrates in the drinking water supply

East County News Service

September 17, 2019 (Lake Morena) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH), has issued a Do Not Drink Notice and Public Notification effective immediately for Lake Morena Views Mutual Water Company located at 29846 Mallard Road, Campo, CA 91906.  Recent water sample results showed nitrate levels exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCL) in the water distribution system. The water system serves a population of approximately 123 residential connections and a general store.

 

PEARSON BROTHERS WINERY RETURNS TO EAST COUNTY – WITH A TASTING ROOM IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2019 (El Cajon) -- What could be more heavenly than wine made from wildflower honey, orange zest, cane sugar and vanilla?  How about this news: the creators of honey-wines known as “Saccharo” have moved their Pearson Brothers Winery back to its roots, returning to East County.

They now have a new tasting patio in a wildlife sanctuary open as of Sept. 21, as well as a wine club, and recipes for cocktails featuring their sustainably-produced Saccharo honey wines in several new varieties.

SDG&E TO HOLD LAST WILDFIRE SAFETY FAIR IN ALPINE ON SATURDAY

East County News Service

September 11, 2019 (Alpine) -- SDG&E is encouraging Alpine and surrounding area community members to attend the Wildfire Safety Fair taking place this Saturday, September 14th at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd.) from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GOT TALENT? CASA DE ORO HOSTS OPEN MIC NIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery
 
September 10, 2019 (Spring Valley) – The Casa De Oro branch of the San Diego County Library will host an Open Mic Night on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.  All ages are welcome to come build performance skills with featured local musicians to help build a positive, education-based environment.
 
Bring your own instrument and gear.
 
The library is located at 9805 Campo Rd. #180 in Spring Valley.  

INDUSTRIAL HEMP GROWER BUYS POTRERO PROPERTY ONCE SOUGHT BY BLACKWATER FOR PARAMILITARY TRAINING, KEEPING IT GREEN

By Miriam Raftery

September 8, 2019 (Potrero) – A former chicken ranch that sparked a firestorm of controversy when Blackwater sought to acquire it to build a paramilitary training camp has been sold to Green Hygienics Holdings Inc., an industrial hemp cultivation company. The 824-acre Potrero Ranch land and buildings will be utilized to grow industrial hemp for cannabidiol (CBD) cultivation.

HOW HOT WILL IT GET WHERE YOU LIVE?

By Miriam Raftery

 

Roger Coppock contributed to this story

 

September 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Extreme heat is poised to rise steeply in frequency and severity over the coming decades, bringing unprecedented health risks for people and communities across the country. That’s the disturbing finding of the Union of Concerned Scientists in a just-issued report titled Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days.

12 APARTMENT UNITS DAMAGED IN SPRING VALLEY BLAZE; FIREFIGHTERS SAVE DOG

By Miriam Raftery
 
September 8, 2019 (Spring Valley) – San Miguel Firefighters were first on the scene after multiple reports of an apartment fire this morning at 8:30 a.m. in Spring Valley, arriving to find heavy smoke from the first and second floors of a 12-unit complex on Jamacha Blvd. near Trace Rd.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: PATRIOTS WIN WILD ONE FOR FIRST WIN ON NEW TURF

By Liz Alper

 

Photos by P.J. Panebianco

 

September 7, 2019 (San Diego) - Week three of ECM Friday Night Lights takes us to Patrick Henry High’s brand new field.  So far, it’s been the site of a big 30-point loss to Morse last week. But the Patriots are faring well at 1-1. Last night, they finally got to host their annual matchup against Monte Vista.  These two met last year, where now-UCLA Bruin Jahmon McClendon ran circles around the Patriots, resulting in a 42-9 Monte Vista win. The Monarchs are coming in at 1-1 as well, winning 28-14 last week against Rancho Buena Vista.

IN THE WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE WORKSHOP IN CAMPO SEPT. 7

East County News Service

 

September 4, 2019 (Campo) – The Fire Safe Council of San Diego, Cal Fire and the County Fire Authority invite you to learn principles firefighters use to protect your home and community at the Wildland Urban Interface Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Registration, networking and refreshments will begin at 7:30 with the course at 8 a.m. at the Mountain Health Community Center, 976 Sheridan Rd., Campo.

MOUNT MIGUEL HIGH FOUNDATION HOSTS “QUARTERMANIA” FUNDRAISER OCT. 5

East County News Service

September 3, 2019 (Spring Valley) – Mt. Miguel High School Foundation will present “QUARTERMANIA” on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mt. Miguel High School Multicultural Event Center (8568 Blossom Lane, Spring Valley).

“Bring a roll of quarters and have some fun,” the invitation states. Quartermania is a cross between an auction, a raffle and Bingo. Vendors put an item up for auction; if you are interested in it you bid 1 to 4 quarters, then raise your paddle. If the Vendor draws your paddle number, you win. 

112 YEARS AGO, CONSTRUCTION BEGAN ON `THE IMPOSSIBLE RAILROAD,’ GROUNDBREAKING AND REENACTMENT FESTIVAL SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 IN CAMPO

East County News Service

September 3, 2019 (Campo) - The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association (PSRM), a San Diego-area historical and educational nonprofit, will mark the 112-year anniversary of the start of construction of the San Diego & Arizona Railway (SD&A) with a variety of family-friendly activities at its “SD&A Groundbreaking Festival” on Saturday, Sept. 7 at PSRM’s Campo Railroad Park and Museum in Campo, Calif. The public is invited to attend.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY'S HISTORIC PLACES: BANCROFT RANCH HOUSE

By Donald H. Harrison

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

September 2, 2019 (Spring Valley) - Speculation was popular from the 17th through 19th centuries that Native Americans might have been descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel. In this community off State Route 94, there once lived a famous historian who was among those who investigated the Lost Tribe theory and then dismissed it as being fanciful.

PASSAGES: WESTERN REENACTOR EPIPHANY “EPIE” LOPEZ 1948-2019

By Miriam Raftery

September 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Epiphany “Epie” Lopez of Potrero, best known for his portrayal of bandito Cruz Lopez in the Gaskill Brothers Gunfighters, passed away on August 22, 2019 at age 71.

 

Born January 8, 1948, he was related to the Machados, one of the first families in Old Town, San Diego, though not to Cruz Lopez.  “My family has been in San Diego since 1769,” he once stated. 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO APPEAL RELEASE OF PREDATOR QUARLES

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 30, 2019 (San Diego) – Deputy District Jessico Coto announced today that her office will appeal Superior Court Judge David Gill’s decision to release sexually violent predator Alvin Quarles, known as the “Bolder than Most” rapist.

SYCUAN BUYS FORMER VOLUNTEER FIRE STATION IN DEHESA

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo via Cal Fire:  Cal Fire doused a brush fire in Dehesa in July, operating out of a Cal Fire station. 
 
August 25, 2019 (Dehesa) – Going, going, gone.  A county auction sold off the former Dehesa fire station as surplus property on August 6th. The buyer is the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation, which purchase the site for $650,000.  

ALBERT, RESCUE GRIZZLY BEAR AT ALPINE SANCTUARY, EUTHANIZED DUE TO CANCER-RELATED BREATHING OBSTRUCTION

East County News Service
 
August 24, 2019 (Alpine) – Albert, a rescued grizzly bear, won hearts and made headlines when he arrived at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine along with his sister, Cherry Bomb and two Himalayan black bears in 2014.  
 
But yesterday, the bear was euthanized after an examination by veterinarians under anesthesia for evaluation of a rapidly progressing upper airway disease found infiltration of his nasal passages and sinuses consistent with destructive cancer.  

XANADU REVIEW - MEET THE MUSES AT YAT THROUGH AUG. 25

By Kathy Carpenter

August 23, 2019 (Spring Valley) – Watching Xanadu is like stepping into a time warp. The musical is based on the Universal film starring Olivia Newton-John. Yes, I saw the movie way back when and loved it--the music, the romance, the innocent kind of fun. It's what we did back in 1980. But I haven't seen the movie since.

 

THREE ILLEGAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES SHUT DOWN IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

August 22, 2019 (Spring Valley) – As a direct result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens, three illegal marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley and Casa de Oro were searched and shut down by law enforcement and one arrest was made.

ALPINE CHAMBER FORMS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS HIGHWAY FUNDS SHIFT

East County News Service

August 22, 2019 (Alpine)  Concerned over the potential loss of funds to expand a portion of Interstate 8 in East County due to a shift in priorities at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the Alpine Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of a Government Affairs Committee.

JEWELRY STORE HEIST IN ALPINE

East County News Service
 
August 20, 2019 (Alpine) – Daniels Jewelers in the Viejas Outlets center in Alpine was robbed shortly after 11:30 this morning by three men in their 20s who fled in a dark sedan.  
 
Alpine deputies recovered the vehicle inn the 4300 block of West Willows Road within 20 minutes of the robbery but have not located the suspects.

SMART LEAK DETECTOR REBATES FOR HELIX WATER AND SWEETWATER CUSTOMERS CAN HELP REDUCE BILLS

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Through a new pilot program, customers of Helix Water and Sweetwater Authority can received a $100 rebate on a qualifying smart leak detector purchased August 1st or later, while supplies last.  Learn more and apply here.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT VOTES 4-1 TO APPROVE RATE HIKE FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

Board President Dan McMillan votes against the measure

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

August 17, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Water from the Helix Water District (HWD), which serves some 276,000 residents throughout East County San Diego, is going to get a little more expensive in spite of ample water supply in storage.

VEGETATION FIRE ON MARRON VALLEY RD. IN DULZURA

East County News Service

August 15, 2019 (Dulzura) - Cal Fire is responding to a reported vegetation fire on Marron Valley Rd. near Dulzura.  The fire is now estimated to be 30 acres, no structures threatened.  Cal Fire has requested additional air and ground resources.

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ALPINE SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATION LEADS TO RECOVERY OF RUNAWAY TEEN AND ARREST IN SUSPECTED TRAFFICKING CASE

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 15, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A runaway 15-year-old girl from San Diego has been rescued and was returned home yesterday as the result of an investigation by Alpine Sheriff’s deputies and detectives, along with Juvenile Services and the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force.

PILOT SURVIVES EMERGENCY LANDING NEAR JAMUL CASINO

By Miriam Raftery
 
August 15, 2019 (Jamul) – A single-engine plane went down on a hillside east of the Jamul Casino late this morning, near State Route 94.
 
Cal Fire Crews responded to the scene. The pilot was evaluated at the scene and was released without injury.  There were no other occupants in the plane and no other damage.
 
Cause of the emergency hard landing has not yet been determined.

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