February 2020 Articles

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SEEKS TO DISMISS OR REDUCE PENALTIES FOR THOUSANDS OF MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: cc via Bing
 
February 26, 2020 (San Diego)—San Diego’s District Attorney has filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss 1,000 misdemeanor marijuana (cannabis) convictions and reduce 25,000 felony marijuana convictions to misdemeanors.  The office indicates it has reviewed convictions as far back as 1968.
 
The motions are pending, awaiting a judicial decision.
 
Proposition 64, which California voters approved in 2016, legalized recreational use of marijuana and gave prosecutors the ability to seek sentencing reductions for felony convictions of growing, transportation, or possessing cannabis for sale. It also allowed dismissal of misdemeanor convictions on cannabis charges. To date, the San Diego D.A. has reduced or dismissed over 1,600 marijuana convictions.
 

APPEALS COURT ALLOWS GAG RULE TO TAKE EFFECT: CLINICS THAT DISCUSS ABORTION OPTIONS WITH PATIENTS WILL LOSE FEDERAL FUNDS

“Leaving women in the dark about their healthcare and restricting doctors from providing candid advice is simply not in the best interest of public health.” – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra  
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 25, 2020 (San Francisco) – By a 7-4 vote, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that federal Title X funds for family planning can be blocked to any clinics that provide abortion referrals, even if they don’t perform abortions.  
 
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the ruling troubling” adding, “The gag rule interferes with healthcare decisions that should remain between women and their healthcare providers. This reckless rule is just another attempt by the Trump-Pence administration to roll back women’s access to reproductive healthcare.”
 

LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE APRIL 20-23 CELEBRATES AUTHORS AND POETS

February 25, 2020 (El Cajon) – Grossmont College will host its 24th annual literary arts festival on April 20-23. Scroll down for details and find more information here.
 
MONDAY, APRIL 20
 
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Why Lit Matters panel hosted by Professors Lisa Ledri and Sarah Martin
2.-3:15 p.m. Student Poetry Slam hosted by Gill Sotu
7-8:15 p.m. poet Chris Baron reading / book signing
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
 
7-8:15 p.m. New Voices student reading (Building 26, Room 220)
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

TWO SLATES VIE FOR DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE IN 71ST DISTRICT

By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) –In the 71st Assembly District, two slates of candidates are vying for seats on the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee.

One is running on a platform of progressive issues and change, the other on a record of accomplishments and a goal of turning more of East County “blue” by appealing to moderate voters while respecting party principles, noting that politics in East County are not the same as in the more liberal city of San Diego.  

Democrats can vote for up to six candidates, choosing all from one slate, or a combination from both.

SUPERVISORS TO HOLD HEARING FEB. 26 ON PROPOSED ZONING LANGUAGE FOR FORMER FOREST CONSERVATION INITIATIVE (FCI) PROPERTIES

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2020 (San Diego) – On Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 9 a.m., San Diego County’s Planning & Development Services will present to the Board of Supervisors a Zoning Ordinance amendment to include “Former Forest Conservation Initiative Properties Overlay of Part Five: Special Area Regulations” on former Forest Conservation Initiative lands that lie outside of Village or Rural Village boundaries.

The Forest Conservation initiative passed initially by voters once protected extensive forest lands in the vicinity of Cleveland National Forest, but the measure expired through sunsetting and was not renewed by Supervisors.

The Overlay does not change underlying land use regulations or General Plan densities. However, it requires additional analyses and findings before approval of any proposals that increase residential density on these lands beyond what is currently allowed by the General Plan.

The Supervisors meeting will be held in the County Administration office at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, Room on the north end of the third floor.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL OUTLASTS COLORADO STATE 64-61 IN OT

Aztecs held CSU to 2-for-21 shooting in the fourth quarter and OT

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February 24, 2020 (Fort Collins, Colo.) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (13-16, 8-9) outlasted Colorado State (12-16, 6-11) 64-61 in overtime inside Moby Arena Monday evening.

The Aztecs, who trailed the majority of the game, were whistled for a foul at the buzzer at the end of regulation when the game was tied, but after a review the officials ruled that the foul occurred after the buzzer and the game went to overtime. In the extra period the Aztecs held the Rams to 1-for-8 shooting and got a stop in the final seconds to hold on for the win.

AZTECS WOMEN'S GOLF IN EIGHTH AFTER TWO ROUNDS AT BRUIN WAVE INVITATIONAL

Gioia Carpinelli leads Aztecs at three over par

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February 24, 2020 (San Luis Obispo) - The San Diego State women’s golf team is in eighth place after two rounds of the Bruin Wave Invitational, which began Monday at the par-72, 6,103-yard San Luis Obispo Country Club.

READER’S EDITORIAL: ABORTION IS A 1ST AMENDMENT ISSUE

Response to Sylvia Sullivan’s “pro-choice dangerous descent” (Feb. 16, 2020) 
 
By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH
 
February 24, 2020 (San Diego) – Sylvia Sullivan’s Reader’s Editorial makes a number of points that reflect more a rigid ideology rather  than valid arguments on abortion, from claims of violence at clinics to medical, social and economic considerations regarding abortion. As I make clear below her editorial ignores some compelling reasons for pro-choice. However, what I haven’t seen in her editorial is that abortion should be considered a 1st Amendment issue given that almost all pro-lifers base their position on the Bible.
 

IMMIGRANTS’ ADVOCATES URGE CALM AS PUBLIC CHARGE RULE TAKES EFFECT, LIMITING SOME BENEFITS FOR IMMIGRANTS APPLYING FOR GREEN CARDS

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service
 
Photo: Riko Best, Adobe Stock via California News Service
 
February 24, 2020 (Sacramento) - Starting today, immigrants applying for green cards will be subject to the Trump administration's new 'public charge' rule.
 
The changes make it harder for people who receive certain types of public assistance to be approved. Benefits used before February 24 will not count, and the changes do not include the use of WIC or Medi-Cal for children.
 

ANDERSON GOES ON ATTACK IN MAILERS TO SMEAR OPPONENTS

By Miriam Raftery
 
February 24, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – Negative and in some cases, deceptive mailers paid for by Joel Anderson For Supervisor 2020 have landed in voters’ mailboxes. One targets his opponent, Steve Vaus, claiming Vaus is “funded by never Trumpers” and displaying photos of liberals Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Anderson, in other mailings, touts his own loyalty to Trump.
 
Another mailer for Anderson lists Vaus’ occupation as “career politician.” It fails to mention that Anderson served in the state Assembly, state Senate, and Padre Dam Municipal Water District board -with more years as a “career politician” than Vaus.
 

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF BABY AT PARKWAY PLAZA

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2020 (El Cajon) – A suspect is in custody after an attempted kidnapping of a one-year-old girl yesterday afternoon outside of the Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon.

According to witnesses, the man tried to grab the baby from her mother at 3:18 p.m.. Witnesses gave officers a description of the man, who had fled the scene.

El Cajon Police officers located a man closely matching the description nearby. Witnesses identified the detained man as the suspect.

AZTECS LACROSSE FALLS AT USC 14-6

SDSU scored four goals in the final 10 minutes of play

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 23, 2020 (Los Angeles) - San Diego State women's lacrosse suffered a 14-6 defeat at the hands of No. 13 USC at Soni McAlister Field in Los Angeles, Calif. Sunday.

The Aztecs' (1-2) scoring was led by sophomore Cailin Young who scored two goals while adding a draw control and a ground ball. SDSU also saw offensive production from seniors Emily Resnick and Taylor Sullivan, redshirt junior Lexi Tan, and junior Bailey Brown. Sharretts shined once again in the goal, racking up a season-best tying 13 saves and a .481 save percentage.

SANDERS WINS BIG IN NEVADA, EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: screenshot from video uploaded by Sanders' campaign; speaking after in Texas after his Nevada win

View video of Sanders' victory speech, delivered  before a large crowd in San Antonio, Texas

February 23, 2020 (San Diego) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders scored a decisive win in yesterday’s Nevada caucus, winning 46% of the votes, more than twice as many as any other candidate. His big win raises questions over whether Sanders' has the potential to mobilize his substantial grassroots support to defeat President Donald Trump in November, or whether the divided moderate wing of the party should unify to block a Sanders' win.

 He also proved wrong critics who claimed he couldn’t appeal to minority voters in swing states, picking up support of over half of Nevada’s large Latino population and holding his own (along with former Vice President Joe Biden) with strong support among African-American voters, as well as most white voters according to exit polls. He had by far the biggest support among voters age 30 or younger, drew many moderate voters and even won five of seven caucus sites at casinos among rank-and-file union workers, despite the culinary workers union opposing his Medicare for All proposal.

With 60% of votes tallied, Sanders has 46%, Biden 19.6%, Pete Buttigieg 15.3%, Elizabeth Warren 10.1%, Amy Klobucher 4.8%, and Tom Steyer 4.1%.

Of note, Nevada’s early voting period had already closed before last week’s debate, in which Warren attacked billionaire Michael Bloomberg over efforts to buy the election and over Bloomberg’s history of demeaning comments toward women as well as settling many sexual harassment and discrimination claims filed against Bloomberg or his company.

Warren’s campaign reported a $14 million bump in fundraising after the debate, too late to help her in Nevada, but she could potentially see a rise in South Carolina, the next state to vote, and/or on Super Tuesday, March 3rd, when 14 states will hold primary elections, including California.

Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, was not on the ballot in Nevada, skipping caucus states but investing over half a billion dollars on ads in Super Tuesday states.

AZTECS WATER POLO DEFEATS LONG BEACH STATE ON HAGERTY'S LAST-SECOND GOAL

Haley Hagerty scored with nine seconds to play to propel SDSU to a 13th place finish in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 23, 2020 (Irvine) - In a rematch of each team’s season opener, which ended with a 10-9 win for Long Beach State, the San Diego State water polo team turned the table on the No. 12 Beach and, on a game-winner from Haley Hagerty with nine seconds left, came away with its own 10-9 decision.  With the win, SDSU finishes in 13th place at the 2020 Barbara Kalbus Invitational.

SDSU BASEBALL DOWNS NEBRASKA 4-2

Aztecs score all four runs in sixth inning

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 22, 2020 (San Diego) - San Diego State erupted for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to defeat visiting Nebraska by a 4-2 count in the Tony Gwynn Legacy tournament.

With two outs in their half of the frame, Wyatt Hendrie delivered a key two-run single to help lift the Aztecs to their third straight victory.

BIG INNINGS DOOM AZTEC SOFTBALL IN 10-4 LOSS TO MISSISSIPPI STATE

 

SDSU finishes 2-3 at Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 22, 2020 (Cathedral City, Calif.) - San Diego State was unable to contain rv/No. 24 Mississippi State’s power in a 10-4 loss Saturday night at Big League Dreams Complex. The Aztecs (11-6) finished the competitive Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 2-3 record.

AZTECS SWIM & DIVE WINS 2020 MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

SDSU earns second consecutive championship with most points scored in conference history

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February 22, 2020 (Minneapolis) - For the second consecutive year, the San Diego State swimming and diving team brought the Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championship back to The Mesa. The Aztecs collected 1463.50 points, the most in conference championship history, to successfully defend their conference crown.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT UNLV 72-67

Tea Adams had a season-high 18 points

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 22, 2020 (Las Vegas) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (12-16, 7-9) fell at UNLV (13-14, 9-7) 72-67 Saturday afternoon. SDSU trailed the entire second half but pulled within one with 39 seconds left. After a pair of UNLV free throws, the Aztecs had a chance to tie but failed to get a good look.

SDSU BASEBALL SURGES PAST IOWA 4-1

Fein, Cruce combine for three RBIs in decisive seventh inning

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 21, 2020 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Jaden Fein and Jacob Cruce combined for three RBIs on back-to-back singles in the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday to lift the Aztecs to a 4-1 triumph over Iowa as part of the Tony Gwynn Legacy event at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

SDSU SWIM AND DIVE CONQUERS DAY THREE OF MW CHAMPS

SDSU sits in first place with 1,058 points

Source:  goaztecs.com

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February 21, 2020 (Minneapolis) - San Diego State’s swimming and diving team continued its dominance at the 2020 Mountain West Conference Championships Friday, growing their lead to 328.5 points on the penultimate day of competition.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS FALLS JUST SHY OF UPSETTING USC

Match came down to the third set on court six

Source:  goaztecs.com

Phoro courtesy goaztecs.com

February 21, 2020 (San Diego) - A battle with No. 22 USC all came down to the third set on court six, but the Aztecs’ hard-fought battle with the nationally-ranked Trojans came up just short as SDSU fell 4-3 Friday night at Aztec Tennis Center.

SDSU SOFTBALL FALLS TO ARIZONA 10-0

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February 21, 2020 (Cathedral City, Calif.) - The San Diego State softball team lost its Friday opener to No. 5/5 Arizona, 10-0, in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic at Big League Dreams Complex. 

SDSU was held to just one hit - a Sara Lillie single in the bottom of the second inning - and allowed three home runs to the Wildcats (11-2), which accounted for eight of the 10 runs in the game.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS WITH CANDIDATES FOR SUPERVISOR SPEAKING OUT ON LAND USE ISSUES, FIRE SAFETY, HOMELESSNESS AND MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Update: Brian Sesko, the fourth candidate in this race, has now completed an interview with ECM after the deadline for this article (Due to an email issue he said he did not receive the original invitation.)  You can hear his radio interview and read hiighlights at https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/hear-our-interview-brian-sesko-lakesi....

February 20, 2020 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Magazine sat down for in-depth interviews with three of the four candidates running for County Supervisor in District 2 to replace Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who is retiring due to term limits.  Full audio recordings are now posted below, along with highlights of candidates' thoughtful responses.

The candidates showed sharp differences on issues including protecting open spaces, housing, energy development, sand mining, homelessness, public safety, fire protection, and more.

  • Former State Senator Joel Anderson says fixing roads and providing attainable housing for the next generation are his top priorities. He touts his legislative experience working across the aisle on many bills and says he’ll lobby Sacramento for more funds for the region.
  • Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, who is also president of SANDAG, wants to focus on public safety, infrastructure, building housing and preserving open spaces. He urges voters to look at his record in Poway, which ranks high in public safety, open spaces, and meeting housing needs.
  • Kenya Taylor, an expert in health and human services who has worked on programs across the backcountry, wants to put public safety and health concerns first, plus create economic opportunities and rebuild the middle class. She opposes sprawl development and voices concerns over projects such as sand mines and wind farms close to homes.

(A fourth candidate, Brian Sesko, a homebuilder and chair of Lakeside's Community Planning Group, did not respond to our interview request, but did participate in an earlier candidate forum which ECM covered; you can read about that forum and view video by clicking this link.)

Scroll down for highlights, in alphabetical order by candidates under each topic, by clicking "read more"  or click the audio links to our full 45-50 minute interviews originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

Audio: 

PROTEST AT LEMON GROVE TOYOTA FEB. 29 TARGETS COMPANY’S SUPPORT OF TRUMP LAWSUIT AGAINST CA OVER EMISSION STANDARDS

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2020 (Lemon Grove) – Toyota positions itself in marketing as a green company. But the company recently joined the Trump administration in a lawsuit against California seeking to overturn our state’s clean emission laws for vehicles.

On Saturday morning, February 29, protesters are organizing a march through Lemon Grove ending in a rally at Larry Miller Toyota in Lemon grove.  A press release issued by Toyota Loves Trump, an environmental justice campaign organized by Activist San Diego, states, “Toyota management wants to put their profit above our health. We must let them know this is unacceptable."

All who care about clean air, healthy bodies and freedom from fossil fuels are invited to meet at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 29 at 7065 Broadway I Lemon Grove, outside a vacant social services building. The group will march to the Toyota dealership, where they will hold a protest rally and hear from several speakers.

COUNTY BOARD RATIFIES COVID-19 EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Illustration of 2019 novel coronavirus
Image Credit: CDC
 
By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
Feb. 20, 2020 (San Diego) - The Board of Supervisors yesterday voted to ratify the County’s declaration of a local health emergency and proclamation a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
 
The move is meant to reassure the public that local health authorities are proactively working to stay ahead of any challenges that may arise. The local health emergency will last for 30 days, the local emergency for 60 days. The Board will consider whether each action should be extended at its respective time interval.

DO NOT DRINK NOTICE ISSUED FOR JULIAN’S “APPLE WATER IS GOOD” WATER SYSTEM

Potential drinking water contamination due to water system repairs
 
February 20, 2020 (Julian) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH), is advising the public that the Apple Water Is Good water system, located at 4360 Highway 78 in Julian, California, has been directed to immediately issue a Drinking Water Warning. The water system serves drinking water to the Apple Tree Inn, three residences, and a restaurant.
 
The public is advised not to drink tap water supplied by the Apple Water Is Good water system until further notice. The Do Not Drink Notice will remain in effect until laboratory results confirm the absence of contamination in the water supply.

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