February 2017 Articles

KIDS DAY AT LAKE JENNINGS

 

Story, photos and video by Billy Ortiz (Lakeside)

February 12, 2017 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Optimists are a great group helping out our community.  Yesterday they were at Lake Jennings in Lakeside for the annual "Kids Day", where all kids under 10 were allowed to fish for free at Lake Jennings.


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COUNTY SUPERVISORS' VOTE WEDNESDAY COULD END SDG&E'S MONOPOLY

 

By Tyson Siegele, SanDiego350

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) -- This coming Wednesday, February 15th, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will vote on implementation for some or all of the San Diego County Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan (CREP). Many of the steps outlined in the plan save the county money and promote a healthier environment, but one particular piece of the plan could do more to promote clean energy and lower costs than all the rest combined: Community Choice Energy (CCE).


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RESISTANCE REPORT: THEY CAN RUN, BUT THEY CAN’T HIDE

 

 

Protesters storm town halls, march on Wall Street and call for national strike Feb. 17

By May Strong

February 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - It’s been a rough week for some Republican Congressional members backing the Trump agenda, as well as for a cabinet appointee.  They’ve been dogged by vocal protests at airports, town hall meetings, schools and even their own homes. Meanwhile a national strike is being organized on February 17 for all who seek to resist Trump.


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TAKEDA TO COMPLETE FOUR-YEAR RESTORATION OF PORTION OF SAN DIEGO RIVER TRAIL

 

Local drug discovery company to plant another 1,000 trees to enhance the area

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) - On Monday, February 20, Takeda California, Inc., the San Diego-based innovative research center of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, will return to the Walker Preserve in Santee to complete its four year effort to restore a 1.3-mile long stretch of the San Diego River Trail.


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USDA REMOVES ANIMAL ABUSE INFORMATION OFF WEBSITE; ASPCA THREATENS LEGAL ACTION IF NOT RESTORED

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Information on Animal Welfare Act violations has been taken down off the Department of Agriculture’s website under the Trump administration.  The action has outraged animal rights activists and consumers, who rely on the information to check complaints of animal abuse including puppy mills, horse racing, zoos, circuses, laboratories and other facilities.


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NEVADA DAM FAILURE AND HOLE IN OROVILLE DAM SPILLWAY HIGHLIGHT PROBLEMS WITH AGING DAMS

 

Source: American Rivers

Photo: Oroville dam spillway overflows for first time in history: Butte County Sheriff via Twitter

February 11, 2017 (Washington) – The failure of a dam in northern Nevada Thursday and the appearance of a 30-foot deep hole in the spillway of the nation’s tallest dam – Oroville Dam in California – highlight the crumbling of our nation’s water infrastructure and the danger posed by aging dams.


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MINORITY HUMANITIES PRESIDENT AND CHALDEAN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY LEADER PRAISES RULING UPHOLDING SUSPENSION OF TRAVEL BAN

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) -- The news of President Trump’s wide reaching immigration ban has stunned the world as well as many Chaldean Christians in San Diego. The ban, which has put a halt to the travels of many Chaldean Christians in San Diego and abroad has been uniformly condemned by Chaldean residents in El Cajon. A ruling suspending the Trump ban has just been upheld by the Court of Appeals.


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VOTERS’ WATCHDOG: VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE A SETTLEMENT OF "EXACT MATCH" LAWSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) — An estimated 42,000 eligible voters, most of them minorities, were denied their right to vote in George due to minor typos and data entry errors. In a landmark settlement for voting rights advocates, the state of Georgia has agreed it will no longer use the “exact match” system. The suit had contended that the system violated voters’ constitutional rights.


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CALIF. ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA JOINS 6 STATES, ASKS SUPREME COURT FOR CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FOR NON-CITIZENS DETAINED BY FEDERAL GOVT.

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Iraqi church leaders and families held prayer vigil in 2015 for Christians detained 6 months or more at ICE facility in Otay Mesa

February 11, 2017 (Sacramento) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with the state attorney general from Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Jennings v Rodriguez, a case involving the federal government’s authority to detain non-citizens pending completion of their removal proceedings.


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SDSU MEN'S TENNIS WINS THRILLER VS. UC IRVINE 4-3

 

Senior Marko Goles-Babic wins No. 2 singles in three sets for Aztecs’ clinching win

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Marko Goles-Babic courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team won its second straight dual match Saturday with a dramatic 4-3 victory over UC Irvine at Aztec Tennis Center.  Senior Marko Goles-Babic (Zagreb, Croatia) provided the clinching point with a tough three-set victory at No. 2 singles to help SDSU even its record at 3-3 on the year, while the Anteaters slip to 1-4 overall with the loss.


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NO. 17 AZTECS WATER POLO DEFEATS NO. 16 HARTWICK, FALLS TO NO. 2 USC

 

Aztecs split on first day at UCSD Triton Invitational

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) - No. 17 San Diego State split two games on the first day of the UCSD Triton Invitational on Saturday. The Aztecs defeated No. 16 Hartwick, 11-7, to notch the program’s 500th victory before falling to second-ranked USC, 17-4. The results put SDSU at 3-3 on the season.


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SDSU SOFTBALL FALLS TWICE IN LONG BEACH

 

Aztecs drop games to No. 22/22 Notre Dame and Long Beach State

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Zaria Meshack had two hits apiece in SDSU's two losses Saturday in Long Beach.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (Long Beach, Calif.) - The San Diego State softball team dropped a pair of games Saturday in Long Beach, Calif., falling to No. 22/22 Notre Dame, 5-2, and Long Beach State, 5-1. The Aztecs are now 1-3 on the season.


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AZTECS TRACK & FIELD SETS TWO SCHOOL RECORDS TO CLOSE DON KIRBY ELITE INVITATIONAL

 

The 4x400-meter relay team broke a 10-year-old record to close the regular indoor season

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (Alberquerque) - San Diego State track and field had two school records broken in the final day of the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, as senior Micha Auzenne broke her own 60-meter dash record in the preliminaries and the Aztecs’ 4x400-meter relay team set the all-time mark on Saturday.


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FOURTH QUARTER DOOMS SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS AT NEVADA

 

Nevada out-scored SDSU 32-20 in the fourth quarter

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (Reno, Nev.) - San Diego State women’s basketball was able to keep their Mountain West game with Nevada within reach for three quarters, but could not counteract a stupendous fourth quarter by the Wolfpack, dropping its game at Nevada, 88-65.


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AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO WASHINGTON 7-0

 

Huskies sweep Aztecs in neutral-court match in Moraga

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (Moraga, Calif.) - The San Diego State women's tennis team fell in a tough battle against the Washington Huskies, 7-0, on Saturday at the Korth Tennis Complex.


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SDSU LACROSSE COMES UP SHORT AT OREGON 11-9

 

Senior Vickie Porter leads Aztecs with hat trick

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Vickie Porter courtesy goaztecs.com

February 11, 2017 (Eugene, Ore.) - The visiting San Diego State lacrosse team came up short for the second game in a row, falling to Oregon by an 11-9 count in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference opener for both teams on Saturday at Papé Field.


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LA MESA TO HONOR RON AND ALICE BRADY, ROERT AND MARY-EM HOWARD WITH “WALK OF FAME” PLAQUES MONDAY, FEB. 13

 

Source: City of La Mesa

February 11, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Since the incorporation of La Mesa in 1912, the city has benefited from the influence and giving spirit of residents and businesses within its borders. One way the City recognizes these contributions is by adding their names to the La Mesa “Walk of Fame.” Recipients are recognized through placement of a bronze plaque on the sidewalks of La Mesa Blvd. in the downtown Village between Spring St. and 4th St.


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KATIE STINCHCOMB, STEELE CANYON STUDENT, HONORED FOR SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Councilwoman Dianne Jacob honored Katie Stinchcomb, a La Mesa resident, with a proclamation that recognized it to be “Katie Stinchcomb Day” on Feb 10th.


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COURT BLOCKS ANTHEM –CIGNA MERGER, DRAWING PRAISE FROM DOCTORS AND REGULATORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) — Just two weeks after a court blocked merger of insurance giants Aetna and Humana, the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. has blocked another major insurance merger. This time, the court halted Anthem’s proposed merger with Cigna, the Wall Street Journal reports.  The court sided with California and 11 other states, as well as the Obama Justice Department, which had argued that the merger would reduce price competition and lower the quality of healthcare.


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HUNTER BILL WOULD DEFUND SANCTUARY CITIES, STATES AND COLLEGES: HIS ACTION COULD MEAN HUGE LOSS OF FUNDS FOR CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Thursday,  San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter issued a press release announced that for Fiscal Year 2018, he will not submit any federal appropriations requests on behalf of states, cities, universities or other entities that have an ordinance, policy or practice in place that undermines the enforcement of federal immigration laws.  


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IMMIGRATION RAIDS SPARK FEAR, GO BEYOND DEPORTING CRIMINALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) – Immigration raids in cities across the nation conducted since Friday are striking fear among immigrant communities.  Although the Trump administration has claimed the sweeps are routine, some of those picked up for deportation have no criminal backgrounds, belying President Donald Trump’s post-election promise to focus on criminals.


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HUNTER AIDE RESPONDS TO ECM INQUIRY ON TOWN HALL MEETINGS, BUT DOESN’T COMMIT TO HOLDING ONE FOR PUBLIC

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) – As we reported Friday morning, a group of constituents presented Rep. Duncan Hunter’s office in El Cajon with a petition signed by 500 voters asking the Congressman to hold a public town hall meeting where they could share concerns on various issues.  Hunter aide Joe Kasper told the Los Angeles Times that Hunter has held town hall meetings in the past, including telephone town halls.


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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HIKING WITH YOUR DOG

 

By Mate Garner, originally from https://www.scruffypuppyco.com/blogs/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-hiking-with-your-dog-1

February 11, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Most dogs love hiking outdoors as much as humans. It's a great workout for both of you, but they also enjoy countless new smells they can sniff. It's important to be prepared for your hike so you have a safe, relaxing adventure with your pup. 


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PEDESTRIAN KILLED BY TROLLEY IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (Santee) – A passenger was struck and killed by a trolley operated by Metropolitan Transit System last night at 6:20 p.m. The fatal collision took place in the 8800 block of Cuyamaca Street in Santee.


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HOLLYWOOD CASINO – JAMUL TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE FEB. 17

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (Jamul) - The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Hollywood Casino ‑ Jamul on Friday, February 17, 2017 from  1:30 pm ‑  7 pm.  The drive will be held at  14145 Campo Road, Jamul, in Training Rooms 1 & 2


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GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST BLOODMOBILE DRIVE FEB. 15

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Granite Hills High School on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from  8 am ‑  1:30 pm.  The drive will be held at 1719 E Madison Ave., El Cajon in the Wrestling Room.

About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Approximately, 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% do annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.


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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR FEBRUARY 12-26

 

By Sam Warren, Editor, San Diego Writeway

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren

February 11, 2017 (San Diego) – From a comic convention to author signings to an event with a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, you’ll find many great events for readers in San Warren’s Literary Calendar.  In addition, the Southern California Writers Conference is coming up—a perfect place for aspiring writers to learn more about the craft.


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INJURED PEDESTRIAN IN EL CAJON IDENTIFIED

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) – A pedestrian struck by a vehicle on February 3 has been identified as William Settles, 56, an East County resident. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.


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WANTED: I.D. THEFT AND BURGLARY SUSPECT

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

February 11, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The North Coastal Sheriff's Station and San Diego County Fugitive Task Force want your help in finding a man wanted on felony charges of identity theft and burglary. Chance Arnold Bowman, 37,  was previously convicted of I.D. Theft, stealing a car, possessing drugs and violating his parole. He is known to frequent the East County.

He was last seen driving an older model Silver Honda Civic with a red hood and red rear bumper.


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MOUNTAIN HEALTH HAS GRAND OPENING OF SANTEE FAMILY MEDICINE FEB. 11

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (Santee) – Mountain Health celebrates the grand opening of Santee Family Medicine, the organization’s 5th health center location, on February 11th at 120 Town Center Parkway in Santee. There will be an open house and guided tours, free blood pressure screenings, help with Medi-Cal and Covered California, dental information, vendors, speakers and a blood drive.


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