February 2019 Articles

February 2019 Articles

SANTEE WWII VETERAN HONORED AT PRESIDENT'S STATE OF UNION ADDRESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 6, 2019 (Santee) -- During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump spoke on issues ranging from the economy to immigration, also honoring the upcoming 75th anniversary of D-Day.  Joseph Reilly of Santee, a D-Day paratrooper, was among three World War II veterans whom Trump praised as “incredible heroes.”

Trump took credit for an improving economy and urged “unity” to avoid a future shutdown. He called for an end to “foolish wars” and what he called “partisan investigations” of his administration amid the special prosecutor’s investigation. 

Despite calls for unity, his speech repeatedly argued for funding for a border wall. He cited San Diego, calling for a ““smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall.” The president has threatened to invoke a national emergency to build the border wall in order to keep out migrant caravans of immigrants seeking asylum.


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SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES EDGE IN SECOND HALF; FALLS TO UNM 83-70

 
 
Story by Liz Alper
 
Photo courtesy goaztecs.com
 
February 5, 2019 (Albuquerque) - San Diego State men’s basketball had a rare national TV appearance tonight for their battle against the Lobos, the only team that has knocked off Top 10-ranked Nevada.

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HEART-SHAPED PLANTS TO GIVE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

 

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo:  Anthuriums, courtesy of Melinda Myers LLC

February 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Consider giving your valentine something different this year. Select an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers.

Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red, pink or white heart shaped flowers rise above glossy green leaves.


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CALIFORNIA COAST CREDIT UNION MARKS 90TH ANNIVERSARY, BUILDS UPON LEGACY WITH "DAY OF SERVICE"

 

 

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) - California Coast Credit Union, the longest-serving financial institution in San Diego County, is celebrating its 90th Anniversary with a community-wide “Day of Service” and other events to build upon its legacy of giving back to the community. 


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SAN DIEGO COUNTY MATHNASIUM CENTERS TO ‘SHARE THE LOVE’ FOR EDUCATION AND MILITARY FAMILIES: DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES IN FEB.

 

 

East County News Service

Photo credit:  Scatena Daniels

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) -- During the month of love, staff at select Mathnasium of San Diego County locations will lead a community initiative to “Share the Love” for education. The community is encouraged to stop by their neighborhood Mathnasium Learning Center locations, including several in East County, from Feb. 1-28 to donate school supply items for families served by the Armed Services YMCA in San Diego and Camp Pendleton.


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RUSSIA RETALIATES AGAINST U.S. BY PULLING OUT OF NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 5, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty negotiated by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and  Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev may soon be history. Last week, President Donald Trump accused Russia of violating the treaty for years and announced that the U.S. would no longer honor its commitments under the treaty unless Russia complies within six months. Russia claimed it is not in violation and retaliated Friday by announcing it is pulling out of the landmark pact.

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EDITOR OF SAN DIEGO VOICE AND VIEWPOINT TO SPEAK AT “HISTORY ALIVE” THURSDAY IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

East County News Service 

February 5, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold a fireside chat this Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. with Dr. John Warren, publisher and editor of San Diego Voice & Viewpoint, covering San Diego’s African-American community.  His presentation is titled “Things I Remember” with eye-opening observances of events past and present. 


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MCALISTER INSTITUTE RECEIVES OVER $11,000 IN GRANTS FROM LAS PATRONAS

 

 

East County News Service

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) - McAlister Institute, a non-profit organization in East County that helps bring life-saving services in substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, life skills education, and vocational training to individuals and families regardless of their inability to pay, has received an $11,195 grant from Las Patronas to fund a wellness courtyard at the organization’s Kiva Learning Center for Women and Children (Kiva).

Kiva, which receives its primary funding through contract with the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, was established in 1981. With its founding, McAlister Institute became one of the first five organizations in the nation and the first in San Diego County to develop a residential program that allows women to live with their children in a safe, instructive, and supportive environment while they receive treatment. 


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KIDZ DANZ KOMPANY PRESENTS AMERICAN’T DREAM FEB. 8-9

 

 

East County News Service 

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) -- The critically-acclaimed and award-winning Kidz Danz Kompany of La Mesa presents its annual teen dance concert “American’t Dream” at the City Heights Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA, 92105) on February 8-9, 2019 at 7 p.m.


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INCOMING RAMONA COMPLEX BRINGS SERVING SENIORS’ AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS TO MORE THAN 400

 

 

Rents for low-income seniors to range from about $476 to $978 a month; federal vouchers to cover portion

By Paul Downey, President & CEO, Serving Seniors

 

February 5, 2019 (Ramona) -- Serving Seniors may be most well-known for its meal program, which provides 2,500 meals a day to seniors across the county. In 2017, the organization served 600,000 meals, which can greatly assist seniors that may be on fixed incomes, yet their housing expenses continue to increase.

 

In addition to nutritious meals, Serving Seniors helps seniors in poverty live fulfilling and healthy lives by also providing health services and affordable housing. Early this summer, Serving Seniors will open its 62-unit Schmale Family Senior Residence in Ramona. Developed in partnership with Chelsea Investment Corporation, it will be the organization’s Seniors’ first affordable housing complex in east San Diego County.   


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VALENTINE DINING SPECIALS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Several  of East County’s most popular restaurants are offering specials for sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. Below are the delicious details. 


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CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMED 2019 DIGITAL CONVERGENCE NATIONAL SHOWCASE DISTRICT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery 

February 5, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Modern Teacher has named Cajon Valley Union School District the 2019 Digital Convergence National Showcase District. 


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CALIFORNIA SENATE REPUBLICANS UNANIMOUSLY ELECT SENATOR BRIAN JONES AS REPUBLICAN CAUCUS CHAIR

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 5, 2019 (Sacramento)  -- State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) is the new Senate Republican Caucus Chair, effective March 1st. 


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TEA BY THE SEA RAISED MORE THAN $19,000 FOR ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER

 

 

Source: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) of El Cajon partnered with The Marine Room to host the annual Tea by the Sea celebration on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The event hosted 210 guests and raised more than $19,000 to fund SMSC’s art program, where students can explore their creativity through a variety of artistic mediums at Sophie’s Gallery.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 10 - MARCH 2

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a jazz and soul food event at Grossmont College, an owl discovery event in Lakeside, open farm day at Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, a lunar new year celebration at Barona, hawk watch in Ramona, a star party at Mission Trails, a Celtic dance show in Poway, a Moxie theatre world premiere play, a Valentine’s tea in Julian, Black History month open mic night and a film showing at Grossmont College, and a mega-pet adoption at Grossmont Center in La Mesa..

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Butterfly Day, a Laurel and Hardy fan club event titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” a Borrego Historical tour and a living history presentation in the steps of explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.

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


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SAN DIEGO STATE FOOTBALL RELEASES 2019 SCHEDULE

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 4, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State football released its 2019 schedule on Monday. Game times and television arrangements, including moves to non-Saturdays will be announced at a later date.

The Aztecs open their 2019 slate at home on Aug. 31 against Weber State. It will be SDSU’s first meeting with the Wildcats since 1967 and third overall. WSU finished 10-3 last year, falling to No. 7 Maine in a FCS quarterfinal game.


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50 BEST SHORT HIKES: PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH DON ENDICOTT MARCH 2 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- Join co-author Don Endicott for a presentation on the revised 2nd edition of 50 Best Short Hikes, San Diego, the last book originally written by renown local hiking expert Jerry Schad, first published shortly after his untimely death in 2011. Endicott will be speaking and signing books at Mission Trails Regional Park on Saturday, March 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.


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BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA CAMPUSES

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges are recognizing Black History month with a series of events including film showings, music, foods, lectures, a book club and more. See below for a full schedule of events at both locations in El Cajon and Rancho San Diego.


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WINTER STORM WARNING: SNOW DOWN TO 2500 FEET TONIGHT

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning in effect now through 4 a.m. Wednesday for heavy snow in the mountains of San Diego’s East County. 

The snow level could dip down to 2500 to 3500 feet, with six to 12 inches of snow above 4500 to 5000 feet.


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SAN DIEGO SOLAR EXPERIENCE KICKOFF SLATED TO ENERGIZE RESIDENTS IN 2019

Local nonprofit and solar industry experts come together in Ramona to launch a new year of clean energy education

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- The third annual San Diego Solar Experience Kickoff returns to sunny San Diego on Saturday, February 9. The event, beginning with a presentation at the Ramona Public Library at 11 a.m., will unite residents with local cleantech businesses and nonprofits to piece together the puzzle of new clean energy policy and share insights into what’s changing in renewable energy in 2019. As policy changes and our communities continue to implement plans that achieve our climate goals, it's both necessary and difficult to remain informed. The San Diego Solar Experience Kickoff event aims to conquer this challenge.

Participants of the San Diego Solar Experience Kickoff event can attend one of the three county-wide seminars in Ramona, Carlsbad and Chula Vista, where they will learn from nationally certified energy practitioners and nonprofit experts on the facts and benefits of gaining energy independence.


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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: MT. HELIX ACTIVISTS WHO LED SUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO STOP A PAROLE OFFICE FROM OPENING IN COMMUNITY

By Miriam Raftery

The Boethin family with State Senator Brian Jones

February 3, 2019 (Mt. Helix) –  When Daniel and Stephanie Boethin learned that the state planned to open a parole office near their Mt. Helix home in La Mesa, they took action  As government contractors, they knew how to get the attention of bureaucrats and public officials. In just a few short weeks, they organized their community to successfully halt the parole office near homes, schools and businesses in their neighborhood.

We interviewed the Boethins on our East County Magazine Radio Show, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio. The Boethins offered advice for people in other communities on how to successfully organize to stand up against projects with negative impacts on neighborhoods.

Audio: 

Interview with Daniel and Stephanie Boethin

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STORM SOAKS REGION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Storm systems driven by atmospheric river, courtesy National Weather Service

 

February 3, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Three days of storms across San Diego have brought much-needed precipitation.  As of 9 a.m. Sunday morning, with more rain on the way, the National Weather Service reports  many portions of East County received two inches of rain or more.


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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS READYING CONTROVERSIAL BILL TO LIMIT POLICE USE OF DEADLY FORCE

 

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) carrying legislation

By Laurel Rosenhall | CALmatters

CALmatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics.

February 3, 2019 (Sacramento) -- Jamilia Land walked out of a meeting in the state Capitol feeling optimistic that 2019 may be the year California changes the law to try to reduce the number of people killed by police.


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FREE FEBRUARY EVENTS IN COUNTY PARKS

 

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February 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Nearly every day is a great day to be outdoors when it comes to San Diego County Parks and Recreation. Are you ready for an adventure? We can help with that. Here are some ideas for the month of February at parks in East County.


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SDSU TRACK & FIELD: BONNIE DRAXLER SHATTERS SDSU POLE VAULT RECORD

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 2, 2019 (Albuquerque) - Senior Bonnie Draxler shattered her own school record in the pole vault after clearing 14-10.00 (4.52m) at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic Saturday afternoon. Entering today, that would be the top height in the nation and beat her previous school record by over six inches.


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SDSU SWIMMING FINISHES PERFECT DUAL MEET SEASON; DIVERS WIN NORTHERN ARIZONA INVITATIONAL TITLE

 

 

Aztecs post fourth dual meet season in last six years

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 2, 2019 (Los Angeles/Flagstaff, Ariz.) - The San Diego State swimmers capped an undefeated run through dual meet action on Saturday, defeating Loyola Marymount 124-103 at the Burns Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. Heading into the Mountain West Championships beginning on Feb. 20, the Aztecs are a perfect 13-0 and have finished their fourth undefeated dual-meet season in the last six years.


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SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: WATSON, MCDANIELS LEAD AZTECS TO ROAD WIN

 

 

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February 2, 2019 (San Jose) - Devin Watson and Jalen McDaniels combined to score 49 points and San Diego State picked up its third straight victory, knocking off San Jose State 67-56 on Saturday night.

San Diego State swept the season series with the Spartans last year and now have won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the programs.


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SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS SQUEAKS BY SJSU 69-68

 

 

Tea Adams hits the game winner with two seconds left

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 2, 2019 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (7-12, 2-6) withstood a rally from San José State (2-18, 1-8) to win 69-68 Saturday afternoon inside Viejas Arena.

SDSU led by 17 points in the first quarter, but saw the Spartans take their first lead of the game with 16 seconds left after Analyss Benally banked in a three-pointer. On the other end, Téa Adams knifed through the lane and scooped up the game-winner off the glass with two seconds left to secure the nail-biting victory for the Aztecs.


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“THE BRIDGE” MUSICAL MARCH 24 IN SANTEE TO BENEFIT HOMELESS KIDS AND TEENS

 

 

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February 2, 2019 (Santee) – Off Broadway Live in Santee will donate all proceeds from its March 24th, 3 p.m. showing of “The Bridge” to benefit homeless kids at teens at Father Joe’s Villages.

The musical focuses on six people whose lives were forever changed by what happened one night on a bridge.  The bridge knows their secrets, and at a reunion of their high school football championship season, everyone will be there—and the bridge is waiting.


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