February 2019 Articles

February 2019 Articles

GROSMONT CENTER SNOW DAY FEB. 23

East County News Service

February 20, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Center in La Mesa invites you to enjoy a full day of free snowy fun on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In addition to playing games with the whole family, you can enter a drawing to win Mountain High lift tickets and ski lessons for four.


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LA MESA POLICE CITE, WARN 342 MOTORISTS FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS IN ENFORCEMENT ACTION

 

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Today, the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit hosted the County-wide Inter-agency Traffic Enforcement Team which consists of motorcycle traffic enforcement officers from all over the County of San Diego, who meet once a month for the specific purpose of targeting primary collision factors and reducing traffic violations in problem areas.


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ALL LANES OF WESTBOUND I-8 THROUGH MISSION VALLEY CLOSED TONIGHT

 

 

Source:  Caltrans

February 20, 2019 (San Diego) - All westbound lanes of Interstate 8 (I-8) from State Route 163 (SR-163) will close tonight from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the I-8/Interstate 5 (I-5) Interchange Improvement Project, weather permitting.


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OLAF WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS FREE LECTURE ON NATIVE AMERICAN PUEBLO STORYTELLER POTTERY

 

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2019 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present a free lecture about Native American Pueblo Storyteller pottery from 1 to 2 p .m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FROSTY VIEW

 

 

East County News Service

February 21, 2019 (Julian) – Carol Faith from Julian sent in this photo of frost patterns on her window pane framing views of snow outside.


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LOW SNOW TONIGHT COULD DIP TO 1,500 FEET

East County News Service

Photo: Rare winter snowfall in Ramona in 2011, by Mike Mulligan

February 20, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- A storm tonight coupled with a cold front is forecast to drop snow as low as 1,500 to 2,500 feet, the National Weather Service predicts. That could mean rare snowfalls in Ramona, Alpine, or even atop Cowles Mountain.  At higher elevations, 2 to 5 inches are forecast above 3,000 feet in areas such as Julian and Descanso, 6 to 12 inches above 5,000 feet including Mount Laguna and Palomar Mountain, and  12 to 16 inches above 6,500 feet including Cuyamaca Peak.

The storm is expected to bring rainfall of .25 to 1 inch to San DIego County's coastal and desert areas. A frost warning has been issued for Thursday and Friday morning.


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SDSU BASEBALL SHINES IN 9-3 WIN OVER NO. NR/25 UC IRVINE

 

 

Brian Leonhardt went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two doubles

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 19, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team came out victorious with a 9-3 win against No. NR/25 UC Irvine on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Brian Leonhardt led the Aztecs with a 3-for-4 performance including four RBIs. Casey O’Sullivan (1-0) earned the win on the mound for SDSU, pitching two innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts.


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PROPERTY OWNERS WITH RAIN DAMAGE ASKED TO COMPLETE SURVEY; RESULTS COULD DETERMINE REGION'S ELIGIBILITY FOR DISASTER FUNDS

 

 

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  flooding around Quarry Road in Spring Valley

February 19, 2019 (San Diego) - If your property sustained damage during the storms that struck the week of Valentine’s Day, the County would like your help estimating the cost for our region.

The cold winter storms brought record-setting rainfall, flooding and high winds to San Diego County. If your property or small business was damaged during the Valentine’s Day storm, the County Office of Emergency Services is asking you to complete a short damage survey form that will assist in collecting information and associated costs.


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CHAIRWOMAN PINTO KICKS OFF GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION AT JAMUL CASINO POKER ROOM WITH STAR STUDDED POKER TOURNAMENT

 

 

East County News Service

Watch video of the grand opening of Jamul Casino’s Poker Room:  https://youtu.be/mNBTA7mep8w

February 19, 2019 (Jamul) -- On Friday, Jamul Casino® united hundreds of local poker players with celebrities and professional players vying for a $50,000 prize pool in the inaugural Golden Cap poker tournament.  Included in the celebrity line-up were Professional Poker Player Tiffany Michelle and legendary ESPN poker commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, as well as numerous others.  The poker tournament was part of the Grand Opening celebration for the casino’s new Poker Room. 


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POTRERO WOMAN, 38, DIES OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING; TWO MORE HOSPITALIZED

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 19, 2019 (Potrero) – Alejandra Alejandre, 38, of Potrero died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home on Hartley Hill Road. Two other family members, including a child, were taken to a hospital on Wednesday, according to Cal Fire.

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ROLLOVER CRASH DURING CHASE INJURES FIVE PEOPLE IN BOULEVARD

 

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2019 (Boulevard) – A blue Mazda that failed to stop for U.S. Border Patrol agents this evening on McCain Valley Road near Olde HIghway 80 regarding possible immigration violations led officers on a chase that resulted in a rollover crash in Boulevard, injuring several peopole.

The driver failed to yield to a Border Patrol vehicle with flashing lights and siren at 5:15 p.m.  A pursuit was initiatied and the driver turned onto several roads before driving south on Shasta Way just south of State Route 94.  At a dip in the road, the driver lost control, striking a steel fence and utility pole. The vehicle overturned, coming to rest on its wheels, says Officer Travis Garrow with the California HIghway Patrol.


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PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN CASA DE ORO COLLISION

 

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2019 (Spring Valley) – A Volkswagen sedan struck and injured a pedestrian near the intersection of Campo Road and North Granada Avenue in the Casa de Oro area shortly before 5:50 this morning, the California Highway Patrol reports.


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EAST COUNTY NONPROFIT MCALISTER INSTITUTE DISTRIBUTES VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS TO HOMELESS

 

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2019 (San Diego) -- On Wednesday, February 13th, program clients from McAlister Institute’s Group Home East, a short-term residential treatment program for teens, funded by the County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, distributed Valentine’s Day cards to homeless individuals at the First Presbyterian Church on Date Street in San Diego. The distribution was an anonymous act of service, human kindness, and an expression of compassion for others.


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SDSU MEN'S GOLF WRAPS UP DAY TWO AT THE PRESTIGE

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 19, 2019 (La Quinta, Calif.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team remains in 16th place at The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab after carding a 14-over-par 298 during the second round Tuesday on the par-71, 7,100-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA West.


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HUNTER OPPOSES SPENDING BILL, BUT VOICES CONCERNS OVER EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 
 
East County News Service
 
February 19, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) voted against last week’s spending bill that forestalls another federal shutdown due to lack of funding for a border wall sought by President Donald Trump.  But he also voices concerns over the President declaring a national emergency to build the border wall that the majority of Congress declined to fund.

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COUNTY AGENCIES RESCUE HORSE STUCK IN MUD

 

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  a horse rescued from a ravine suffered only minor scratches 

February 19, 2019 (Descanso) - A horse is recovering from some minor scratches after being rescued from a muddy ravine in Descanso Monday.


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LAKESIDE PLANNERS CALL SPECIAL MEETING WED. FEB. 20 ON COUNTY ZONING CHANGES PROPOSED TO IMPACT LAKESIDE AND OTHER UNINCORPORATED AREAS

By Miriam Raftery

February 19, 2019 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Community Planning Group has called a special meeting to be held this Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Teen Center in the Community Center. The County will have a representative present to “explain some of the actions that the County Planning Commission has approved and is sending to the Board of Supervisors for their approval regarding changes to the local zoning ordinances that will have an effect on Lakeside,” according to an email sent by LCPG chair Brian Sesko.

Sesko told ECM that the county presented the matter as zoning “cleanup” and complying with state mandates, but that some residents who went down and ready the full proposal raised concerns about potential impacts on Lakeside and other unincorporated areas.

He added that Supervisors are slated to hear the proposed amendments next Wednesday and that the County Planning Commission already voted in favor despite some objections.


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LOCAL CONSERVATIVES SEEK LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT FOR CONVENTION OF STATES TO AMEND U.S. CONSTITUTION

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Assemblyman Randy Voepel, center, gives a thumb up to a Convention of States during meeting with local supporters

February 19, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Constitution grants states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the federal constitution. To do so would require that 34 states agree to call a convention, though it would take 38 states to ratify any proposed amendments.

A national movement has begun among conservatives seeking to convene such a convention, with Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) the latest to voice support for the idea.


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BREAKING: MANNY MACHADO SIGNS WITH PADRES

 

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2019 (San Diego) - In a shocking turn of events, MLB all-star third baseman Manny Machado has signed with the Padres after being scouted by the Yankees and several other teams, ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan reports.


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MOTORIST STRIKES CHP VEHICLE, INJURES OFFICER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2019 (San Diego) – California Highway Patrol Officer Betancourt was injured this evening when his patrol vehicle was struck by a 1994 Infinity sedan.  Officer Betancourt had stopped at the scene of an accident on the Interstate 8 east ramp to Misison Gorge Road, along with Officer Theal. He was parked on the right shoulder in his vehicle providing traffic control when the Infinity lost control in a curve at a high rate of speed and struck the rear and left side of the CHP vehicle. 


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SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS ROUTS HAWAII 5-2

 

 

Aztecs battle for a solid win over the Rainbow Wahine

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 18, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State women's tennis earned a hard-fought victory Monday over Hawai’i, 5-2. The Aztecs captured a win in doubles and went on to swipe four matches in singles action.


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SDSU MEN'S GOLF COMPLETES DAY ONE AT THE PRESTIGE

 

 

Aztecs in 16th place after 18 holes

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 18, 2019 (La Quinta, Calif.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team met with some adversity in its spring debut at The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab on Monday, landing in the 16th position after carding a collective 21-over-par 305 during the opening round on the par-71, 7,100-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA West.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: HOW NOT TO DEAL WITH THE HOUSING CRISIS AND SOME SUGGESTIONS

 

 

 

By Joel A. Harrison

 

Photo: Swedish bike lane, creative commons

 

February 18, 2019 (San Diego) -- While the following editorial uses my neighborhood as an example, other cities in San Diego County face similar housing problems and the currently proposed one for the city of San Diego will NOT solve them.

 

My family has been in North Park since 1936. My mother graduated from Hoover High, class of 1941. Currently there are 17 two-story apartments and seven houses on my block. At 5 a.m. every morning I walk my dog about a mile, where I often count between 25 and 30 cars parked at the North Park public library. Sometimes I don’t see a single empty space within several blocks. If not for the library, where would they park? And now the push is to build multiple story apartments with NO parking space requirement. So, let’s look at the issues:


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BODY FOUND OUTSIDE BURNED HOUSE IN RAMONA

 
 
East County News Service
 
February 18, 2019 (Ramona) – A man found dead after a house fire Feb. 16 at 20997 Black Canyon Road in Ramona is believed to have shot himself, according to Lieutenant Ken Jones with the San Diego County Sheriff.

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POWAY MAN KILLS SELF AMID SWAT STAND-OFF

 
 
East County News Service
 
February 18, 2019 (Poway) – A man who reportedly threatened his wife with a gun prompted an eight-hour SWAT team stand-off early yesterday morning in Poway before taking his own life.
 
According to Lt. Christopher Collier with the San Diego Sheriff’s department, after the woman reported the threat, deputies arrived and began communicating with her husband. Because he was armed, the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT team) were called in.

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IDENTITY RELEASED OF MAN WHO DIED PADDLE BOARDING IN STORM CHANNEL

 
 
East County News Service
 
File photo: San Diego Fire Dept. Swiftwater Rescue
 
February 18, 2018 (Escondido) – James Michael Miller, 62, has been identified by the County Medical Examiner’s office as the victim found dead in an Escondido flood channel on Thursday.  Witness told police that Miller was trying to paddle a surfboard down the flooded channel  near his home after heavy rains, but fell off the board.

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WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN: PRESIDENTS’ DAY THOUGHTS

 

 

By Jack and Helen Ofield, https://www.newpacificproductions.com

February 18, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- On President's Day we honor the father of our country, George Washington (born Feb. 22, 1732). Knowledge of his life and achievements is, alas, fading, yet he is the one who ensured the birth of our nation and the adoption of its Constitution--the document that prompts millions to move to the USA whether they understand it or not. 


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REAL ESTATE REALITY: TAKING THE FIRST STEP TOWARD A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson

 

Image credit: Pixabay

 

February 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

 

Dear Maryanne,

 

My wife and I are starting to consider options for retirement communities as we are getting on in age. The simple things have become more challenging for us to perform and despite our love for our home we feel it is time to start our search. We are looking for any suggestions you can offer for us as we start our investigating.

 

--J. Mount Helix


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DISTRICT CHANCELLOR CINDY L. MILES ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

February 18, 2019 (El Cajon) - The 10-year era of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District with Chancellor Cindy L. Miles at the helm will soon draw to a close.

 With what she described as “mixed feelings,” Miles announced today that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her retirement contract, set to go before the Governing Board Feb. 19, calls for Miles to remain until the end of the year to allow time for a successor to be selected.


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NEW STORM COULD DROP SNOW DOWN TO 2000 FEET; FROST WARNING IN EFFECT FOR INLAND AREAS

 

East County News Service

Photo: Sunrise HIghway, courtesy of the California Highway Patrol

 

Update 11:40 a.m. -- Update: SR-79 is now open from I-8 to SR-78 into Julian. Chains are not required.Sunrise Highway is open from Olde Highway to MPM 27.5 chains are still mandatory, per the CHP.

 

February 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A new storm slated to pummel our region Wednesday night through Friday morning will bring more snow and blustery winds, possibly dropping the snow level as low as 2,000 feet.  That would include areas such as Ramona, Campo, Descanso and possibly even Alpine and high desert areas. 

 

State Route 79 is still closed from Harvey Moore Trailhead (mile post marker 5) to SR-78. Sunrise Highway is closed from MPM 27.5 to SR-79. Sunrise Highway from MPM 27.5 south to Olde Hwy 80 is only open to vehicles with chains and chain requirements will strictly be enforced, CHP warns.


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