CALIFORNIA VETERANS HEALTH INITIATIVE ESTABLISHED TO COMBAT SUICIDE AND ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH

ENJOY YOUR GARDEN AFTER DARK WITH LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

BORDER PATROL AGENT DIES IN CAMPO CRASH WHILE ON DUTY

INTERNET CRIMES TASK FORCE PROTECTING CHILDREN RECEIVES FUNDING

THREE KINGS BARBERSHOP IN LEMON GROVE ANNOUNCES FREE HAIRCUTS FOR FOSTER YOUTHS IN MAY

YAT IN SPRING VALLEY PRESENTS DISNEY’S “DESCENDANTS”

ELEGANT JAMUL HAVEN BED AND BREAKFAST IS UP FOR SALE, ALONG WITH ADJACENT DREAM HOME

STING OPERATION FINDS 24 STORES SELLING TOBACCO TO MINORS IN EL CAJON

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR CALFRESH BENEFITS?

ECM PADRES REPORT: BREAKING: PADRES SIGN ROBINSON CANO

UKRAINIANS RECEIVE FREE LEGAL HELP TO APPLY FOR U.S. IMMIGRATION STATUS

ANDERSON ASKS COUNTY TO CLEAR HOMELESS CAMPS ALONG PUBLIC ROADS AFTER COURT UPHOLDS CAL TRANS’ RIGHT TO DO SO WHEN PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT RISK

COUNTY FIRE REACHES NEW HEIGHTS WITH MT. LAGUNA FIRE STATION

By Chuck Westerheide, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  fire crews and residents gather to celebrate the opening of Mt. Laguna Fire Station 49

May 6, 2022 (Mt. Laguna) - County Fire, CAL FIRE and the community of Mt. Laguna on Wednesday celebrated the completion of the County’s highest elevation fire station, sitting at about 6,000 feet.

PROMS, GRADUATIONS RAISE NEED FOR COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS, COUNTY SAYS AS COVID CASES CLIMB

East County News Service

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May 5, 2022 (San Diego) – With a new Omicron subvariant circulating and cases climbing across the nation as prom and graduation season approaches, the County Health and Human Services Department is urging parents to make sure children are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and to take other preventive measures.

COUNTY OFFERS COVID TEST KITS TO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND AGENCIES IN AT-RISK COMMUNITIES

Source: County of San Diego Health and Human Services

May 5, 2022 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has received COVID-19 self-test kits from the state. Distribution criteria and a distribution plan have been developed to ensure that those at highest risk of illness and death from COVID-19 infection and those in low income and underserved communities receive these kits.   

LEMON GROVE MARKS THREE YEARS SINCE TREVON HARRIS’S DEATH WITH ROADSIDE VIGIL, PLANS FOR CROSSWALK

By Elijah McKee

 

May 5, 2022 (Lemon Grove) — Tuesday, May 3 at 6:50 p.m. marked exactly three years since Trevon Harris passed away, after he was struck by a vehicle on San Miguel Avenue in Lemon Grove. He was just 13 years old. 

LIMITED VEHICLE ACCESS TO SR-78/MAIN STREET IN JULIAN BEGINS SUNDAY

Through vehicles detoured at Washington Street and B Street May 8-11

East County News Service

 

May 5, 2022 (Julian) – Caltrans crews will limit vehicle access to a one-block section of State Route 78 (Main Street)between Washington Street and B Street in Julian starting Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8) at 8 p.m. through Wednesday, May 11 at 5 p.m. for drainage repairs.

THE COLONIZED AND THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA: LA MESA AUTHOR’S TRUE STORY DEPICTS STRUGGLES IN KENYA

Reviewed by Pennell Paugh

Author to hold book signing at Julian Library on May 10 at 1 p.m.

 

May 5, 2022 (La Mesa) -- The Colonized and the Scramble for Africa, the first of The Colonized series, provides true stories of how the author, Wanjirũ Waramaher family and community lived in abject poverty on British colonial farms in Kenya.

Warama, a resident of La Mesa, is a member of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. She will host a book signing in Julian at the County Library on May 10 at 1 p.m.

DENIM AND DIAMONDS AT WILD IN THE COUNTRY MAY 21

East County News Service

April 5, 2022 (Alpine) - Wild in the Country is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Lions Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine. After a two-year hiatus, the event returns May 21 with a “Denim and Diamonds” theme. You’re invited to  dust off those jeans, put on something sparkly, and get ready to visit with the animals, bid on amazing auction items, and rock out with The KING of Diamonds himself, Rob Garrett America's #1 NEIL DIAMOND tribute artist and impersonator who is a lead Las Vegas act.

ABOUT 75 PERCENT OF SUNSCREENS HAVE INFERIOR SUN PROTECTION OR WORRISOME INGREDIENTS

EWG’s 2022 Guide to Sunscreens rates safety, efficacy of more than 1,850 SPF products

Source: Environmental Working Group

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May 5, 2022 (Washington D.C.) --  Today, the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or have ingredients that could be harmful to health or heighten sensitivity to the sun’s harmful rays.

SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY POWER EXPLAINS ITS PROGRAM

By Pennell Paugh

May 4, 2022 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, April 27, the City of La Mesa (the City) provided a virtual meeting between the public and San Diego Community Power (SDCP) and San Diego Electric and Gas (SDG&E) to discuss the new SDCP program.

THE FIERY MARSH NEEDS TO BE CLEANED UP, SAYS CALIFORNIA; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS STILL LEAKING INTO BAY

By J.W. August, freelance journalist, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

 

May 4, 2022 (San Diego) – It’s aptly described as “The Fiery Marsh,” covering 95 acres on the southwest side of Naval Air Station North Island. The “fiery” part of the name refers to six pits in the marshy areas of the island that were used to burn off chemicals used on the Navy base.  

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST REFUGEE JOB FAIR FEATURING NEARLY TWO DOZEN EMPLOYERS

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

May 4, 2022 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College will host an inaugural Refugee Job Fair on May 10 with more than two dozen employers from a wide range of industries. The event is designed to benefit a growing number of refugees settling in the region, and is open to all.

FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN WARRIORS WILL HOST A MOTHER’S DAY DRIVE TO BENEFIT VETERAN MOMS

Donations made through May 2022 will increase access to essential goods and childcare supplies for women veterans living in San Diego

East County News Service

Photo courtesy Foundation for Women Warriors 

May 4, 2022 (Sa Diego) -- One of California’s longest-running nonprofit organizations Foundation for Women Warriors, based in San Diego, announces it will host a Mother’s Day Drive now through the end of May 2022 to benefit veteran mothers and their children living in Southern California.

IN WAKE OF PENDING ROE DECISION, NEW REPORT REVEALS DENIALS OF BIRTH CONTROL BY INSURERS

East County News Service

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May 4, 2022 (San Diego) - As the nation comes to grip with a leaked Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade and end abortion rights in many states, the nonprofit Power to Decide today released a new bombshell report that shows  a pattern and practice of insurance companies routinely denying free birth control to women that was prescribed by their doctor--even when the ACA mandates that birth control is free.  

PRE-SUMMER KICKOFF MAY 5 FOR SANTEE THURSDAY NIGHTS LIVE CONCERTS

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East County News Service

May 3, 2022 (Santee) -- You’re invited to join the City of Santee for a pre-summer kick off of the Thursday Nights Live series.

“We are warming everyone up before the Santee Summer Concerts start on Thursday, June 9 with free family fun and entertainment on Thursdays, May 5 – June 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Santee Trolley Square amphitheater,” the invitation states. “This new Thursday night occurrence will be for the whole family and a fun opportunity to get out and about on Friday Eve. Grab a bite to eat at one of the Santee Trolley Square eateries or pack a picnic dinner while you enjoy the free fun.”

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCES SUMMER OF MUSIC

East County News Service

May 3, 2022 (San Diego) – The San Diego Concert Band has announced five concerts in its upcoming “summer of music” series including a performance July 10 in East County at La Mesa’s Harry Griffin Park.

Below is the full schedule of events.

SDSU SOFTBALL SWEEPS SAN JOSE STATE WITH 8-3 VICTORY

 

SDSU improves to 33-12 overall and 16-2 in Mountain West play

Source:  goaztecs.com

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May 1, 2022 (San Jose) - San Diego State finished off a series sweep over San Jose State with an 8-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Spartan Softball Stadium. It was the sixth consecutive win for the Aztecs (33-12), who lead the Mountain West standings by three games with six to go at 16-2.

ESTIMATE FOR COST OF ADVANCED WATER PURIFICATION SKYROCKETS

By Mike Allen

May 1, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- A new estimated cost for the Advanced Water Purification project, a system of recapturing sewage and transforming it to drinkable water for about 500,000 East County residents, escalated to about $850 million, an increase of more than $300 million above the estimate three years ago.

COUNTYWIDE EFFORT AIMS TO ELIMINATE DUI FATALITIES, INJURIES

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 1, 2022 (San Diego) - About seven San Diegans are injured every day in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

On April 29, the County Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, and other community partners joined forces in support of Vision Zero, a countywide initiative to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries related to driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs to zero by 2025.

SHERIFF SEEKS LEADS ON SUSPICIOUS FIRES IN NORTH COUNTY

Man seen setting multiple fires in Vista.

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff

May 1, 2022 (Vista) - The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit is investigating a series of suspicious fires in the North County. 

On April 28 just before 4:00 p.m., deputies from the Vista Sheriff's Station responded to a report of a brush fire near the intersection of La Tortuga Drive and Hacienda Drive in the City of Vista. 

GOVERNING BOARD OFFICIALLY NAMES MARY BETH KASTAN NEXT SUPERINTENDENT

35-year GUHSD educator will assume her duties as Superintendent on July 1, 2022

Source:  Grossmont Union High School District

April 30, 2022 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Governing Board (Board) voted unanimously to name Mrs. Mary Beth Kastan as GUHSD’s next Superintendent at its April 26 meeting.

READER'S EDITORIAL: LEGISLATORS MUST FUND SUICIDE CRISIS SERVICES

By Danielle McGonigle

Image by rebcenter-moscow on Pixabay

April 30, 2022 (San Diego) - May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a volunteer and advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this month I am asking everyone to join us and demand #MoreForMentalHealth.

FOUR AZTECS DRAFTED AT 2022 NFL DRAFT

 

SDSU’s four draft picks overall match program’s most in seven-round era

Source:  goaztecs.com

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April 30, 2022 (Las Vegas) - San Diego State had three players selected on the final day of the 2022 NFL Draft Saturday in Las Vegas, including Daniel Bellinger, Matt Araiza (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and Zachary Thomas.  Bellinger went to the New York Giants in the fourth round, while Araiza and Thomas went to the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears, respectively, in the sixth round.

GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES TO EXPLORE BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR STUDENTS

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

April 29, 2022 (El Cajon) - For the first time, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will explore building affordable housing for students. The new initiative is being funded by a pair of $150,000 state grants received by the colleges, enabling college leaders to take a serious look at ways of providing housing security to students in need.

LEMON GROVE COUNCILMEMBER TO FACE RESTRAINING ORDER AND POTENTIAL CRIMINAL CHARGES IN COURT AFTER ACCUSATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

By Elijah McKee

 

Rebecca Jefferis Williamson contributed to this report.

 

April 29, 2022 (Lemon Grove) — Lemon Grove Councilmember Liana LeBaron was arrested and charged with domestic violence on April 18 by the San Diego County Sheriff’s department, following an altercation with her husband over his life insurance policy.

 

A restraining order was filed the next day under the name Timothy C. Howell, which required that LeBaron leave her home upon its court approval. The protective order will last until May 10, when LeBaron will appear in court to address the issue. 

EDITORIAL: LIVING WITH BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTI-BULLYING TRAINING IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and research suggests those who need anti-depressants aren't necessarily happier than those who don't

Photo: I'm within two weeks of travel greater than 120 miles so MASK ON! (April 27, 2022)

By: Jonathan Goetz
 
April 28, 2022 (Buffalo, W.N.Y.) - Unlike many mental health issues, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is not treated with medication. The diagnosis was coined concurrently with Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by Dr. Marsha Linehan. It is often found in people who have other underlying medical conditions but unlike traditional mental health issues thought to warrant medication, is considered environmentally caused as opposed to irregular brain chemistry. Today it is regarded as being induced by an invalidating childhood.
 
At first this sounded strange to me; my parents were extremely supportive and I received accolades all the time! But later, I remembered homophobic taunting, just from my mannerisms, before my sexual orientation had even formed. Perhaps that forced me to continually feel the need to prove myself? I'll never forget those, "are you a boy or a girl?" Luckily by now I have a beard and receding hairline so I'm pretty sure I'm a dude.

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