Febuary 2016 Articles

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE OF THE TONY AWARD MUSICAL NOMINEE "MACK AND MABEL"

 

Source:  Lamplighters Community Theatre press release

February 23, 2016 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Community Theatre (LCT) is proud to present performances of the Tony Award Nominee “Mack and Mabel” at the new Lamplighters Community Theatre located at 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, Ca running  March 11 through April 10.


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18TH ANNUAL BORREGO DESERT GARDEN TOUR

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - It’s Garden Tour time in the desert and the 18th Annual Borrego Springs Garden Tour invites visitors to experience private gardens and homes at their own pace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.


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WARNER SPRINGS RANCH RESORT FORMS CONSERVANCY TO PRESERVE, SUSTAIN MORE THAN 1,000 ACRES OF HISTORIC LAND

 

East County News Service

Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural Conservancy oversees protection of the resort currently under renovation

February 22, 2016 (Warner Springs) – Warner Springs Ranch Resort has formed the nonprofit Warner Springs Ranch Habitat and Cultural Conservancy to protect and manage the property’s numerous historic, cultural and natural assets.


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CHILDREN'S DENTAL CLINIC AIMS TO BRIGHTEN SMILES

 

County News Service

February 22, 2016 (San Diego) -- Hundreds of San Diego County children should be smiling brighter by this time next week thanks to the volunteer efforts of local dental health professionals.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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11-YEAR-OLD KILLED IN CRASH AT CAMPO CHECKPOINT

 

East County News Service

February 22, 2016 (Campo) — An 11-year-old girl died in a fiery three-vehicle crash at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 westbound in Campo.  Four other people are hospitalized with moderate to major injuries from the collision last night at 9 p.m.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WILDFLOWER TRAIL RIDE

 

February 21, 2016 (Warner Springs) – Spring is in the air – and one of the most beautiful trail rides you’ll find is along the high mountain trail in Warner Springs.


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CPUC HOLDS HEARING ON GAS RATES IN SAN DIEGO—AND FAILS TO NOTIFY MEDIA OUTLET

 

Want a hearing and proper notice to the public and media? Contact public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2016 (San Diego) – Why did the California Public Utilities Commission hold a hearing on a proposal to increase gas rates for SoCalGas and SDG&E customers, but failed to notify our media outlet? 


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TRUMP WINS SOUTH CAROLINA, CLINTON TAKES NEVADA

Photo: Youtube screenshot

Jeb Bush exits race

East County News Service

February 21, 2016 (San Diego) – Two key presidential contests were held on Saturday – the Nevada Democratic Caucus and the Republican primary in South Carolina.


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TYSON ROSS GETS OPENING DAY NOD

 
Photo credit to UCinternational on Wikipedia
 
By Liz Alper
 
February 21, 2016 (San Diego) - In an obvious choice, Padres manager Andy Green has named Tyson Ross the Friars' Opening Day starting pitcher. 

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FORECAST: HOT, HOT, HOT!

 

East County News Service

February 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — A heat wave is moving into our region, with temperatures forecast to climb to 15 to 20 degrees above normal Monday and Tuesday.  Gusty offshore winds are also expected, reaching up to 45 miles an hour through mountain passes and on slopes.


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ANDERSON WITHDRAWS FROM SUPERVISOR RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – State Senator Joel Anderson has announced that he is withdrawing from his race to unseat Supervisor Dianne Jacob.  Anderson indicated that he will instead file to run the 2nd Supervisorial District in 2020, when it will be an open seat due to term limits.


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SDG&E RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS ON ALPINE ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD (EMF) LEVELS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Sunrise Powerlink (left) transmits 500 kilovolts of electricity above ground across most its its route, but was installed underground in Alpine, where it flows beneath the main street in  the rural mountain town.

February 20, 2016 (Alpine) – East County Magazine reached out to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)  after reviewing results of two studies measuring electromagnetic field (EMF) levels in Alpine. (The first study, done by an engineer and contractor, found high levels along Alpine Blvd. above the underground Sunrise Powerlink. The second, commissioned by the County Office of Education, measured levels at Alpine Elementary School.  It found relatively low levels at most places on the campus, though two outside areas nearest the boulevard were higher, one substantially so. View details here.) Those reports raised concerns among some community members about potential health risks for chlidren, though medical studies have shown conflicting results on this issue.

We asked SDG&E if it has plans to measure EMF levels at other locations, what EMF levels it would consider safe, what  fixes or mitigation might be possible, and what EMF research the company supports. Below are our questions and the answers provided by Allison Torres, SDG&E media representative:  


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ALPINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AGREES TO FUND INDEPENDENT EMF STUDIES

 

Superintendent issues correction: EPA has not issued recommended EMF safe levels.

Meetings Feb. 23 and 25  will address EMF issues in Alpine.

By Miriam Raftery

February 20, 2016 (Alpine)—The Alpine Education Foundation has agreed to fund hiring a professional independent expert to measure electromagnetic frequency (EMF) readings along the route of the buried Sunrise Powerlink in Alpine, AEF president George Barnett has informed East County Magazine.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: BROWN ACT REQUIREMENTS AND TIME LIMITS ON SPEAKING

 

 

An open letter to the Grossmont Union High School District Board regarding its ban on any public citizen speaking over 3 minutes total for all agenda items combined

By Nick Marinovich, former member, Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the Grossmont Union High School District

February 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- As a Citizen who actively participates in the governance process, I have indicated at several board meetings my frustration with not being able to adequately make my points when there is a three minute total time any one Citizen can speak at a regular board meeting. Government Code Section 54954.3 states:

(a) Every agenda for regular meetings shall provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the legislative body on any item of interest to the public, before or during the legislative body’s consideration of the item, that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body, provided that no action shall be taken on any item not appearing on the agenda unless the action is otherwise authorized by subdivision (b) of Section 54954.2.

 (b) The legislative body of a local agency may adopt reasonable regulations to ensure that the intent of subdivision (a) is carried out, including, but not limited to, regulations limiting the total amount of time allocated for public testimony on particular issues and for each individual speaker.

 (c) The legislative body of a local agency shall not prohibit public criticism of the policies, procedures, programs, or services of the agency, or of the acts or omissions of the legislative body. Nothing in this subdivision shall confer any privilege or protection for expression beyond that otherwise provided by law.


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COMMUNITY FORUM TO DISCUSS ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS FROM SDG&E UNDERGROUND TRANSMISSION LINES – FEB. 23 IN ALPINE

 

 

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2016 (Alpine) – A community forum to discuss electromagnetic fields from SDG&E’s underground transmission lines will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Elementary auditorium (1850 Alpine Blvd.)  You’re invited to join the Alpine Union School District, Supervisor Dianne Jacob and members of her administration for this informal discussion.


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PINE VALLEY, PLAY BALL!

 

 

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2016 (Pine Valley) -- Pine Valley is celebrating the grand opening of a multi-use field for baseball and soccer events.


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DEADPOOL FILM REVIEW

 

By Chocolate TeddyBear

Reprinted with permission from The Moderate Voice

Photo:  Youtube screenshot

February 20, 2016 - It’s been a couple of days since I’ve watched the film and the key question I have about Deadpool is whether I would have loved it as much if it was released in 2008, the same time as Iron Man. I really don’t know the answer to that question.


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FIRST MOBILE HOME PARK UTILITIES UPGRADE CONVERSION COMPLETED IN EL CAJON

 

SDG&E slated to upgrade 30 mobile home parks, improve safety for residents

By Mike Allen

February 19, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Elected officials, state and local utility people and residents of the Heart ‘O the Hills Mobile Lodge in El Cajon gathered Feb. 18 to celebrate the completion of a natural gas and electric line upgrading, the first park in San Diego County to obtain such a conversion.


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FULL CLOSURE OF STATE ROUTE 67 NORTHBOUND IN LAKESIDE FEB. 26-27

 

East County News Service

 

 

February 19, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Construction crews will close northbound State Route 67 (SR-67) from Winter Gardens Boulevard to Mapleview Street Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 at night until 11 the following morning, Caltrans reports.


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NRDC SUES EPA TO FORCE IT TO LIMIT TOXIC CHEMICAL IN DRINKING WATER

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 19, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Environmental Protection Agency in federal court in New York today to force it to set limits on perchlorate.  


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MORE BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

 

 

February 19, 2016 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Eric Kallen, who runs the website http://www.jacumbabirding.comhas sent us more beautiful bird photos from Jacumba Hot Springs, including a Hooded Oriole, Lark Bunting, and a Merlin.  Here are his notes on this enticing visitors to our region—including tips on how to attract the yellow-plumed orioles to your backyard.


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GUHSD TO HOST COMMUNITY FORUM ON MARCH 1 SEEKING INPUT ON SELECTION OF NEXT SUPERINTENDENT

 

GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson to retire on July 1, 2016

Source:  Grossmont Union High School District

February 19, 2016 (El Cajon) – GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson will retire on July 1, 2016. The Governing Board of the Grossmont Union High School District has selected Dr. William E. Diedrich and Dr. John L. Roach of Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services, as its advisers to assist the Board in its search for a new superintendent.


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LA MESA TOWN HALL REVEALS COMMUNITY UNREST BREWING OVER BEER AND OUTDOOR MUSIC VENUE

 

By Leon Thompson

February 18, 20016 (La Mesa) -- The first La Mesa Town Hall event of 2016 exposed tensions brewing in the relationship between citizens of La Mesa and the City Council.  These open forum sessions aim to give citizens a forum to share “ideas, comments and opinions on issues in their neighborhood and throughout the City,” according to the City’s website.


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ALPINE POWERLINK CONCERNS SPARK RESPONSES

 

New EMF readings at Alpine Elementary have lower levels; district offers reassurance to parents

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2016 (Alpine) –  Alpine planners, school officials, and SDG&E have weighed in with responses to publication of meter readings that revealed high electric-magnetic frequency (EMF) levels along Alpine Boulevard, where Sunrise Powerlink high voltage lines are buried. The readings were first published in the Alpine Sun and later highlights, analysis and community reactions were published in East County Magazine and the Alpine Community Network.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKS TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS WITH 2016 HEALTHCARE HERO AWARDS

 

 

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

 

February 17, 2016 (La Mesa) --The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2016 Healthcare Hero Awards. Now in its 10th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program honoring volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Nomination forms are available at www.grossmonthealthcare.org. Deadline for submission of entries is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Entries can be mailed, faxed, emailed or personally delivered to the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. For more information, contact the GHD offices at info@grossmonthealthcare.org.


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A LITTLE KNOWN DISEASE FEW PEOPLE CAN PRONOUNCE

 

A community coming together to fight an invisible disease

Source: Lisa Drayton, Bloomin' Uterus

February 18, 2016 (San Diego) - On March 26, 2016, join the Bloomin’ Uterus™ Endometriosis Awareness and Support Walk beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Miramar.  Registration is free, but donations are appreciated. All of the funds are donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.


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FREE YOGA CLASSES BEING OFFERED IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Liz Alper

February 18, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Healthways Silver Sneakers Yoga in East County is offering five free-of-charge yoga classes to anyone interested in participating.  


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PADRE DAM ACCEPTS EAST COUNTY ADVANCED WATER PURIFICATION STUDY

 

Padre Dam and Helix Water Districts to develop new source of drinking water that is safe, locally-controlled and drought-proof

East County News Service

February 18, 2016 (Santee) - Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors accepted the East County Advanced Water Purification Program study at its February 3 board meeting. Additionally, the Board authorized a contract for $3,497,500 with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to provide as-needed engineering services for the program.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEBRUARY 19-MARCH 13

 

 

Listen to Destination East County, also aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link.

We thank the County of San Diego for a Community Enhancement Grant supporting Destination East County.

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a harpsichord and violin concert at Cuyamaca College by the San Diego Early Music Society, an author speaking on San Diego Legends, and an open artists’ studio tour in Borrego Springs.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a concert by country music stars the Gatlin Brothers, a moonlight hike in the Anza-Borrego desert, an all-night run/walk at Pirate’s Cove along Lake Cuyamaca’s shores, the La Mesa Chamber’s Mardi Gras and Salute to Local Heroes, plus a St. Patrick’s weekend run/walk in downtown El Cajon to benefit local charities.

So croll down for all of these events and more.

Audio: 

Destination East County 2-19-16

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