February 2020 Articles

SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN EIGHTH PLACE AFTER FIRST DAY AT THE PRESTIGE

Aztecs at 3-over 287 after 18 holes

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February 17, 2020 (La Quinta, Calif.) - The San Diego State men’s golf team is in eighth place after the first day of The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab after carding a 3-over-par 287 Monday on the par-71, 7,100-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST.


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DRIVER DEAD AFTER HITTING TREE IN EL CAJON

 

 

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February 16, 2020 (El Cajon) – A man in his 30s was found dead this afternoon in a black 1998 Ford Explorer that struck a tree in the 1200 block of North Second Street. 

El Cajon Police officers and Heartland Fire personnel responded at 1:49 p.m., where  witnesses and an investigation indicated the Ford was traveling northbound when it drifted onto the center divider and hit a tree. The driver’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

“It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision and no other vehicles or persons were involved,” says Lt. Jason Taub with Ell Cajon Police.


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SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTECS RUN STREAK TO 26 WITH 17 POINT WIN IN BOISE

 

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February 16, 2020 (Boise) - No. 4 San Diego State keeps winning, forcing coach Brian Dutcher to dig deep for creative ways to keep his team focused.



After the Aztecs beat Boise State 72-55 Sunday, he revealed some of his slogans that keep the team on task.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: AMERICAN BASEBALL – SIGNS OF THE TIMES

By Greg Dunne 
                                                 
February 16, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) -- Baseball made the front page of the Wall Street Journal this week with the Astros’ scandal about cameras in the outfield stealing signs from opponents, especially in their 2017 World Series vs. the Dodgers. 
 
I’m pretty much standing alone on my views of this scandal. I’m sure even baseball historians will say my views on this matter are absurd. When did the time-honored tradition of stealing signs in baseball become a bad thing? I guess in 2020 when the entire Astros team had to apologize for stealing signs in the World Series of 2017.
 
I’ve been a baseball fan for a long time, dating back to the 1960s when I was a kid. I have followed baseball and its history ever since, which always made the game so great for me. The history of the game was always a big part of the game as a player and as a fan. So, now that technology is helping a team steal signs, stealing signs is not the “art form” that it used to be? And now you have to be politically correct and apologize for it? 

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AZTECS LACROSSE FALLS TO STANFORD

Captain Taylor Sullivan led the Aztecs with three goals, Sharretts collected 17 saves (second most in program history)

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February 16, 2020 (Palo Alto) - San Diego State's lacrosse team opened the 2020 regular season on a sour note when it fell to No. 20 Stanford by a 15-7 count on Maloney Field inside Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.


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AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS BEATS MUSTANGS 6-1

SDSU completes a perfect weekend at home with victory over Cal Poly

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February 16, 2020 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s tennis earned its second win of the weekend when it topped Cal Poly 6-1 Sunday at Aztec Tennis Center.

In doubles play, Cal Poly got a quick jump on the Aztecs with a 6-4 victory over senior Mia Smith and sophomore Alicia Melosch on court one. With the match’s first point on the line, juniors Nnena Nadozie and Abbie Mulbarger secured a 6-4 decision on court three to even the score. In exciting fashion, second-seeded freshman Julia Jordan and junior Tamara Arnold broke a 5-5 tie with two-straight game wins, winning 7-5 and bringing the doubles point home for SDSU.


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SDSU BASEBALL FALLS TO UNC GREENSBORO 11-4

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February 16, 2020 (Conway, S.C.) - San Diego State was unable to complete a weekend sweep of first-time opponents on Sunday, dropping an 11-4 decision to UNC Greensboro in the Brittain Resorts Baseball by the Beach event at Springs Brooks Stadium.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: ON SUSAN B. ANTHONY’S 200TH BIRTHDAY, BEWARE OF MEN RUNNING IN THE 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHO OPPOSE WOMEN’S RIGHTS

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. Independence is happiness.” – Susan B. Anthony

By Hope C. Justice

Photo: Susan B. Anthony, public domain image, drawing by J.E. Baker, Boston

February 15, 2020 (San Diego) – Today is the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony, who fought tirelessly to win the constitutional right for women to vote- a victory finally attained 100 years ago. She also fought for equal rights for women – a battle that two centuries later, has still not been won.

Alarmingly, as we see an erosion of protections for women across the nation in everything from equal pay to violence against women to reproductive health, we have men running for Congress here in California's 50th  Congressional district whose voting records indicate that they are dangerous for women. 

Two of them, Brian Jones and Darrell Issa, have long legislative records of voting against freedoms for women and touting policies that belong in the Stone Age, not the modern era. A third Republican, Carl DeMaio, is less extreme but still opposes full equality in pay and health services access. (Mercifully, there are other choices in this race, including at least two candidates who support equal rights for women.)


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READER’S EDITORIAL: PRO-CHOICE DANGEROUS DESCENT

By Sylvia Sullivan

February 16, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) -- This year marks the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision 47th anniversary. While mourning the deaths of over 61 million babies, it is also time to reflect on the direction of the pro-choice movement. For years those who defended a woman’s right to abort her baby were thought to be merely confused or misinformed.

Although, some disturbing incidents occurred in front of abortion clinics between pro-lifers and those against. Pro-choice young punks kicking a little old lady as she knelt in prayer. Or spewing the vilest language at pro-life teen girls as well as spitting in their faces. Pro-choice activists cheering a plane banner that proclaimed late term abortionist, George Tiller, a “national treasure!" These incidents were believed to be from extreme fringe elements but not representative of most of the pro-choice supporters.


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MEET CANDIDATES FOR SUPERVISORS IN DISTRICT 2 FEB. 25 IN ALPINE

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February 15, 2020 (Alpine) – The Alpine Chamber of Commerce will host a business townhall and candidate forum for those running in the San Diego 2nd Supervisorial District to fill the vacancy to be left by Dianne Jacob’s retirement. The forum will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the Alpine library, 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine CA 91901.
 
All four candidates running have confirmed that they will attend. They are former State Senator Joel Anderson, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, behavioral health consultant Kenya Taylor, and homebuilder/rancher Brian Sesko.  

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SDSU BASEBALL DEFEATS COASTAL CAROLINA 3-1

Aztecs improve to 2-0 on the year

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February 15, 2020 (Conway, S.C.) - Visiting San Diego State won its second straight Saturday with a 3-1 triumph over Coastal Carolina in the Brittain Resorts Baseball by the Beach event at Springs Brooks Stadium.


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SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO BOISE STATE 69-67 IN OVERTIME

Sophia Ramos had 25 points and a career-high 14 rebounds

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February 15, 2020 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (12-15, 7-8) lost to Boise State (18-9, 10-5) 69-67 in overtime inside Viejas Arena Saturday afternoon. The Broncos’ A’Shanti Coleman scored the game-winning bucket with three seconds left on a driving lay-up.


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CURVE REALIGNMENT ON HIGHWAY 94 IN DULZURA NEARS COMPLETION

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February 15, 2020 (Dulzura) – “I am happy to report that work on the State Route 94 (SR-94) Curve Realignment Project in Dulzura is nearing completion and is expected to be finished by the end of March,” says Cathryne Bruce-Johnson, public information officer for Caltrans in San Diego County. 
 
Construction activities will typically continue Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will require reducing SR-94 to one lane as needed so that crews can safely work on the closed side of the road. Motorists may be delayed for short periods as they are directed through the single open lane one direction at a time. 

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AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS BACK TO WINNING WAYS

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February 15, 2020 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s tennis cruised past Cal State Fullerton Saturday with a 4-0 victory at Aztec Tennis Center.

The Aztecs’ doubles teams secured SDSU’s first point of the match, led by junior Tamara Arnold and freshman Julia Jordan topping Fullerton’s Acidera and Valenzuela 6-0. Sophomore Alicia Melosch and senior Mia Smith followed with a come-from-behind victory over the Titans’ Suh and Garcia, besting the duo 6-3 after starting the set off down 3-0.


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FANITA RANCH GENERATES WORRIES ABOUT WILDFIRES

By Mike Allen
 
Photo: Theresa McCarthy, speaking against Fanita Ranch
 
February 15, 2020 (Santee) -- In a third public workshop Feb. 12 about Fanita Ranch, the 3,000 unit residential project proposed in northwestern Santee, developer HomeFed Corp. presented an extensive fire prevention plan--including construction of a new fire station and three roadway extensions from the site to main city thoroughfares in case of an emergency evacuation.
 
While the plans looked nice to some, others remained skeptical that the addition of all those houses will make the city safer during a wildfire.
 

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FREAKY FRIDAY REVIEW - JUST ONE DAY

By Kathy Carpenter
 
February 15, 2020 (Spring Valley) -- Remember the saying be careful what you wish for? Freaky Friday is a possible result from the quote. Over-the-top-family-fun. Everyone always thinks the grass is greener on the other side.
 
In Freaky Friday a daughter wants just one day of peace—a hassle-free day from her mom. Her mom wants just one day together with her family under her expectations. When they argue over an hour glass, their lives are changed for a day. But not what they wished for. They are transformed into each other: the daughter now in the mom’s body, the mom is in the daughter's body. Since neither can live their lives looking like the other, they are forced to exchange places. The mom goes to school. The daughter takes on the day before the wedding preparations for a perfectionist mom planning her own wedding.

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PETCO FOUNDATION PROVIDED A VALENTINE SURPRISE FOR SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY STAFF

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

February 15, 2020 (San Diego) - Petco Foundation provided a $250,000 grant valentine surprise to staff at the San Diego Humane Society on Gaines Street on Feb. 13.

“As part of our mission we have committed $10 million to making a difference to shelters and pets during the valentine day week,” said regional field program manager Bill Gialenes with the Petco Foundation.  The $10 million will go to animal welfare organizations across the country.

Two hundred staff, guests, and volunteers gathered for lunch followed by the presentation of an oversized check for $250,000 to Dr. Gary Weitzman, president/ceo of the San Diego Humane Society from Gialenes.


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CAMPO TRIBAL MEMBERS PLEAD FOR LEGAL HELP, ALLEGE RIGHTS VIOLATED IN WIND PROJECT APPROVAL: PETITION SEEKS REVOTE ON CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT

“Our reservation is in dire financial condition. We have really nothing to give our youth…All we have are false promises.” – Denis Largo, tribal elder who delivered a petition calling for a vote to overturn wind project approval

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Tribal elder Dennis Largo

February 14, 2020 (Campo)—Whistleblowers in the Campo band of Mission Indians claim that their tribal leadership pushed through approval of a massive wind project during an improperly noticed meeting. They have now collected enough signatures to overturn that approval with a revote.  But despite the Feb. 13th deadline to notify tribal members of a meeting to revote on the controversial project, several tribal members say they have not received any such notice.   

The proposed Campo Wind project would allow 60 turbines built by Terra-Gen on the reservation. Each would be 586 tall, the tallest wind turbines ever built on land, according to Donna Tisdale, chair of the Boulevard Community Planning Group, which also opposes the project.


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SDSU TRACK & FIELD WRAPS UP DON KIRBY ELITE INVITATIONAL

Sonja Andenmatten finished with the sixth best time in SDSU's 800m indoor history

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February 14, 2020 (Albuquerque) - The Aztec track and field wrapped up the Don Kirby Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center Friday afternoon.

Sonja Andenmatten paced the Aztecs in the 800m with a personal best time of 2:11.89, the sixth best time in SDSU’s indoor history. Nyjari McNeil placed ninth with a time of 2:12.12.


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SAN DIEGO HARP SOCIETY TO PERFORM FREE CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH, MARCH 8TH

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February 14, 2020 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Harp Society will perform a free concert at the Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Avenue, San Diego,  CA 92120.   The concert will be from  3  - 4 p.m.   The church is located up Zion Avenue from the Kaiser Hospital.  There is plenty of free parking.  The church can accommodate 150 people.
 
Then San Diego Harp Society is a local chapter of the American Harp Society.   Harp students playing this year will be  Gigi Accomozzo, Emma MInami, Isabella McCormick, Lauren Colt, Sophie Dimmick, Anna Reynolds and Megan Apostol.
 
Every year the Society presents a recital of their advanced students.  This year there will be 7 young ladies, between the age of 13 and 17 playing tunes from the harp repertoire.   The Society has been with us for six years, the first five when we were at Mission Trails Regional Park.  In January 2019 the concerts moved to a new venue, Mission Trails Church. 

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PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, KILLED ON I-8 IN ALPINE

By Miriam Raftery
 
February 14, 2020 (Alpine) –A 24-year-old man who had pulled over to adjust loose items in the bed of his pickup truck on I-8 west near West Willows Road in Alpine yesterday at 1:30 p.m. was fatally inured by another motorist.
 
A white Lincoln MKZ driven by a Lemon Grove man, 70, crossed over the white line separating the right lane from the shoulder. The Lincoln struck the pickup and the impact caused the pickup’s driver to be thrown forward, landing on the shoulder and sustaining major injuries.  

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MICROCHIP CLINIC FOR PETS: SUNDAY, MARCH 1 IN SANTEE

East County News Service
 
February 14, 2020 (Santee) -- The San Diego Humane Society will host a microchip clinic for pets on Sunday, March 1 in Santee from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for dogs, cats and bunnies.  The cost is $15, cash only.  (You must be signed up by 12:15 p.m.)
 
The event will take place at 8917 Carlton Hills Blvd. Santee (near the GTM Store/Mary’s Donuts), hosted by Andy Popka from State Farm.  Phone: 619-698-2333 

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: COLORFUL HUMMINGBIRDS

By Miriam Raftery
 
February 14, 2020 (Flinn Springs) – Wildlife biologist and photographer Renee Owens caught these two beautiful hummingbird images in her backyard in Flinn Springs. The first is Costa’s hummingbird, the other is a Rufous hummingbird.
 
 
 
 
 

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

February 13, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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SAN DIEGO STATE SOFTBALL DROPS 3-0 DECISION TO BRIGHAM YOUNG

Starting pitchers combine for 18 strikeouts in game

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February 13, 2020 (San Diego) -  In a pitcher’s duel between former Mountain West rivals, San Diego State dropped a 3-0 decision to Brigham Young in the opener of the 30th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic Thursday night at SDSU Softball Stadium.


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SDSU TRACK & FIELD WRAPS UP DAY ONE OF DON KIRBY ELITE INVITATIONAL

Three of the seven Aztecs competing earned top three finishes

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February 13, 2020 (Albuqerque) - The Aztec track and field team wrapped up the first day of the Don Kirby Elite Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center Thursday evening. Only seven Aztecs competed but three earned top three finishes.


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BUDGET MONITORING SHOWS LA MESA ON STEADY FINANCIAL COURSE GOING INTO 2020; CITY COMMISSIONS REPORT ON STATUS OF THEIR WORK

By Kathleen Connell

February 13, 2020 (La Mesa)  On February 11th, La Mesa’s Mayor and City Council heard from Director of Finance Sarah Waller-Bullock (photo, left) on the state of the City’s finances and metrics versus the budget for the quarter ending December 31, 2019.  Ms. Waller-Bullock also provided information on state and regional financial data.  In general, with the exception of housing, La Mesa is “flat” without extreme fluctuations in income or expenditures in the period; most departments are “at or slightly below expectations.”


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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EL CAJON POLICE SHOOT UNARMED MAN IN STOLEN VEHICLE WHO REPORTEDLY TOLD OFFICERS “KILL ME, PLEASE”

 

Update February 14, 2020:  ECPC has identified the suspect who was shot as Keith Crenshaw, 21, of Arizona. The name of the officer has sitll not been  released.

By Miriam Raftery

February 12, 2020 (El Cajon) – A suspected car thief is hospitalized after being shot twice in the torso by an El Cajon Police officer this morning shortly before 9 a.m.  

According to Lt. Randy Soulard, an out-of-state law enforcement agency informed El Cajon Police Dept. that a stolen tan Kia Amanti sedan from their jurisdiction was in El Cajon.  The reported agency directed officers, who located the stolen vehicle parked in the 500 block of South Johnson.

The officers found a man asleep in the driver’s seat.  “As they planned their approach to arrest the suspect and prevent his escape, he woke up. The officers identified themselves as police officers and immediately began giving repeated commands for the suspect to show them his hands. The suspect refused to show his hands and repeatedly reached under his clothing and into his waistband,” says Lt. Soulard.

He reports that the suspect continued to ignore the officer’s commands and stated something similar to “Shoot me before I do it!” while reaching into his waistband.


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SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOLDS OFF NEW MEXICO 67-58

The Aztecs held the Lobos to 1-for-17 shooting from three

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February 12, 2020 (Albuqerque) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (12-14, 7-7) built a 19-point first quarter lead at New Mexico (13-13, 4-9) and then held on to win 67-58 in front of 4,753 fans inside Dreamstyle Arena Wednesday evening.


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