SANDAG REPORT SHOWS CRIME TRENDS ACROSS REGION

SANTEE CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE WEDNESDAY ON SMOKE-FREE PARKS

NEW STORM TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN

ELEVENTH ANNUAL SANTEE STREET FAIR AND SIXTH ANNUAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 25

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AND JUNE EVENTS

LA MESA FARMERS MARKET MAY END IN AUGUST UNLESS A NEW OPERATOR COMES FORWARD

FPPC SENDS WARNING LETTER TO BILL BABER, LA MESA COUNCILMAN AND SAN DIEGO ETHICS COMMISSION MEMBER

EL CAJON FIRE WAS CAUSED BY HASH LAB EXPLOSION

ATTORNEY CORY BRIGGS REPRESENTS EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE IN ACTION AGAINST CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD

D-DAY VETERAN HONORED AT TRUMP’ S STATE OF UNION ADDRESS ENDORSES CAMPA-NAJJAR FOR CONGRESS IN RACE AGANST HUNTER, A VETERAN

BUSINESSMAN AND PLANNING COMMISSIONER PHIL ORTIZ APPOINTED TO FILL FORMER EL CAJON COUNCILMAN KALASHO’S SEAT

EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB INVITES YOU TO BUCKBOARDS BARBECUE AND BREW IN EL CAJON MAY 29

SDSU BASEBALL FINISHES PERFECT HOMESTAND WITH 10-5 WIN OVER BRIGHAM YOUNG

 

 

Aztecs top Cougars in first meeting since 2015

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 6, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team extended its win streak to four with a 10-5 win over No. NR/25 Brigham Young on Monday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs improve to 30-19 on the year, while the Cougars drop to 31-13. 

SUPERINTENDENT MIYASHIRO BLASTS STORY ON OTERO CONTRACTING CONTROVERSY, DECLINES TO TAKE ANY ACTION TO ADDRESS DISCLOSURE OR CONFLICT OF INTEREST ISSUES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

 

May 6, 2019 (El Cajon) – Cajon Valley Union School District Superintendent David Miyashiro, Ed.D., sent a blistering editorial in an e-mail to East County Magazine, board members and others blasting our article on board President Tamara Otero’s failure to disclose that her son owned a company that received a $665,000 contract.   He did not list any actions planned to address Otero’s lack of disclosure and transparency.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING INJURES VICTIM IN EAST COUNTY; AUTHORITIES SEEK WHITE SUV

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 6, 2019 (El Cajon) – The driver of a white Ford Explorer or Expedition SUV fired a shotgun into a vehicle on Los Coches Road in unincorporated El Cajon near the I-8 freeway shortly before midnight last night.  Shotgun pellets struck a rear passenger in the face and head.

COUNTY TEAMS WITH PADRES TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT STROKE

 

 

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 6, 2019 (San Diego) - On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the United States.

Do you know what to do if someone is having a stroke? If you don’t, you’ll have an opportunity to learn during a stroke awareness event at Petco Park.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SNAKE, RATTLE AND RUN!

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 6, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- With the coming of spring and warmer weather conditions, snakes of many species are through hunkering down, making human encounters with these elusive creatures more likely. Although most native snakes are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends giving the venomous rattlesnake a wide berth – and knowing what to do in the event of a strike.

HOTEL FIRE IN EL CAJON INJURES MAN

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 6, 2019 (El Cajon) - Firefighters rescued a man in a burning hotel in El Cajon early this morning.
 
Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from El Cajon, with assistance from Santee Fire and San Miguel Fire, were dispatched to the fire at the Relax Inn in the 1200 block of W. Main Street at 5 a.m.  Fire crews arrived within five minutes to discover smoke and fire coming from a downstairs bedroom. 

JONES HONORS SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING VICTIMS

 

 

East County News Service

May 6, 2019 (Sacramento) -- In the wake of Saturday’s shooting in Poway, Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) adjourned the Senate floor session on April 28th in memory of Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a Chabad of Poway synagogue congregator who died during the synagogue shooting on Passover. The occasion was also the State Capitol’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

FCC WARNS OF 'ONE RING' PHONE SCAM

 

 

Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

May 6, 2019 (Washington D.C.) -- For illegal robocallers, the goal isn't always getting you to answer. Sometimes, it's getting you to call back.

Every so often, your phone may ring once and then stop. If that happens to you, and you do not recognize the number, do not return the call. You may be the target of a "one-ring" phone scam.

LITTLE MERMAID REVIEW - BE A PART OF THE EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL WORLD THROUGH MAY 11

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter, reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

May 5, 2019 (El Cajon) - More than a few teens can identify with Ariel, The Little Mermaid, who hates her dad because he won't let her do what she really wants to do. Her dad doesn't understand or love her.  The theme is brought to us in fun fairy tale fashion, The Little Mermaid, based on the Disney version and yes, Disney does everything possible to entertain.

SAN DIEGO RIVER DAYS: TWO WEEKENDS OF FREE NATURE ACTIVITIES MAY 11-12 AND MAY 18-19

 

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego River Days is back for its 16th year with a full calendar of interactive activities; including hikes, bike rides, volunteer projects, bird walks, animal tracking adventures, open houses, tours, artists painting, a star party, fishing, a full moon hike and much more.

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS FIGHT HARD TO COMPLETE SWEEP AGAINST SPARTANS

 

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photos by Don De Mars

 

May 5, 2019 (San Diego) - In their second-to-last home series of the season, SDSU baseball has posted two huge come-from-behind wins against the San Jose State Spartans.  They looked to complete the sweep today with freshman Jonathan Clark on the mound for the Spartans against freshman Aaron Eden for the Aztecs.

FATHER’S DAY PIT BBQ JUNE 16 AT THE SANTA YSABEL INDIAN MISSION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2019 (Santa Ysabel) – You’re invited to bring Dad to a Father’s Day pit barbecue on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic 200-year-old Santa Ysabel Indian Mission (23013 State Route 79 in Santa Ysabel).  Contests will be held for best cowboy hats, boot and mustaches.  There will also be entertainment, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, barbecue ($10 a plate), beer, wine and sodas.

Tickets will be sold at the door, or in advance after mass.  Interested vendors can call (760) 765-0810 or (858) 335-3313. 

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: CALIFORNIA’S 4 A.M. BAR BILL – HERE WE GO AGAIN

 
 
By David R. Shorey, East County program manager, Institute for Public Strategies
 
Photo via Creative Commons
 
May 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County residents enjoy a great deal of peace and quiet, where it isn’t uncommon for folks to be up and on the roads in the predawn hours heading to work--to farms and livestock, others into the city. Most of the time traffic isn’t an issue and travel is uneventful. This could change with a new bill being considered that would extend the hours of bars and clubs two hours, for a closing time of 4 a.m.

AZTEC SOFTBALL COMPLETES SWEEP WITH 4-2 WIN OVER FRESNO STATE

 

 

SDSU sweeps Bulldogs for first time in program history

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 5, 2019 (San Diego) - Kelsey Munoz capped a four-run fifth inning with a bases loaded double to lead San Diego State to a 4-2 win and series sweep over Fresno State Sunday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium.

SALSA Y SALSA FESTIVAL MAY 11 TO BENEFIT LEMON GROVE LITTLE LEAGUE AND LIONS CLUB SERVICE PROJECTS

 

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove Lions Club, a nonprofit organization devoted to service and volunteering, is hosting its annual Salsa y Salsa Fiesta on May 11 from 6-9 p.m.at the Monte Vista Village Auditorium (2211 Massachusetts Ave, Lemon Grove.)  The event will feature salsa tasting, a salsa contest, Salsa Dancing, plus Mexican food, music & prizes.

BEATLES 50TH ANNIVERSARY ABBEY ROAD TRIBUTE CONCERT MAY 19 IN EL CAJON

 

 

East County New Service

May 4, 2019 (El Cajon) – It’s been 50 years since the Beatles completed their final album, Abbey Road, in 1969.  In honor of the anniversary, a 50th Abbey Road Concert will be held Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.

POWAY RABBI MAYOR GOLDSTEIN AND EL CAJON MAYOR BILL WELLS JOIN PRESIDENT TRUMP AT NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

President forcefully denounces violent attacks at churches, synagogues and mosques

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 4, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – The National Day of Prayer service hosted by President Donald Trump at the White House rose garden on May 2nd included two local VIPs: Rabbi Ysroel Goldstein of Poway and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells.

BOY, 14, KILLED NEAR SCHOOL IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 3, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – A 14-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in front of San Miguel Elementary School in Lemon Grove this evening at 6:19 p.m.  He was transported via ambulance to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, says Sergeant Aaron Montan with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED CHAMBER BRAVURA BRINGS A CAPELLA CHORAL MAGIC TO LA MESA MAY 26

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2019 (La Mesa) – Chamber Bravura has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera house, venues in Austria, Australia, England Ireland and Iceland.  They sang the mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. Now the globally acclaimed young singers—middle and high school seniors from the San Diego region—are bringing their a capella choral magic to The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa.  Under direction of Katherine Girvin,  Chamber Bravura will perform at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa.  (www.tableucc.com)

WEST HILLS ALUM KATIE BYRD'S WALKOFF DOUBLE LIFTS AZTEC SOFTBALL PAST FRESNO STATE 1-0

 

 

Byrd doubles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 3, 2019 (San Diego) - Katie Byrd (Santee, Calif./West Hills HS) drilled a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Katie Parker from second base and give San Diego State a 1-0 victory over Fresno State Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium.

SANTEE COUNCIL TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON MASSIVE FANITA RANCH PROPOSED PROJECT MAY 8

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2019 (Santee) -- A workshop describing the controversial Fanita Ranch proposed master-planned community will be held during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Wednesday, May 8th. The workshop is designed to provide information to the public about the project. No actions on the project will be taken at this meeting.

22 APPLICANTS SEEK TO FILL EL CAJON COUNCIL VACANCY: INTERVIEWS SET FOR MAY 14

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2019 (El Cajon) – The vacancy left on the El Cajon City Council by the resignation of Ben Kalasho has generated strong community interest.  Applications have been received from 22 residents, all seeking to fill the seat. They range from prominent individuals including a former mayor to community activists, members of the planning commission, and a retired police officer who received a Medal of Valor. They bring a diverse range of views and visions for  El Cajon as well.

The City Council will interview applicants at the May 14 meeting at 7 p.m.  Earlier, at the 3 p.m. meeting, Council members will discuss procedures for choosing the next Councilmember, who will fill the at-large seat held by Kalasho until the 2020 election.

The applicants are, in alphabetical order, are listed below along with highlights from their applications:

LA MESA POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS, WOUNDS INTRUDER

 
 
Suspect is a person of interest in an Ocean Beach homicide
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: LMPD Chief Walt Vasquez
 
May 2, 2019 (La Mesa) – Daniel Chase McKibben, 36, was shot in the shoulder and hand by a La Mesa Police officer who fired three shots at 9:15 a.m., Chief Walt Vasquez reports  Officers responded to a call reporting a trespasser who refused to leave a residence at 7920 Rainey Street and found the suspect armed with a knife.

WOMEN OF COLOR ROARED AT SHE THE PEOPLE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL FORUM

 

8 Presidential contenders shared their views

 
By Angela de Joseph
 
May 2, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- Indivisible Watu, a political advocacy nonprofit organization based in Lemon Grove, CA., was founded in February 2017. We produce the Women of Color Roar Breakfast.  The well-attended event is held in Black History Month to celebrate the election victories and milestones of African American female office holders and to encourage young women of color to run for office and seek careers in public service. 
 
It was a welcome surprise to be invited to, “She the People,” the first-ever Presidential primary candidate forum focused on issues important to women of color, which was held on April 24, 2019 at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. 
 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

 

May 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

 

May 2, 2019 (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:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

AZTECS FOOTBALL RELEASES START TIMES, TV DETAILS FOR 2019 SEASON

 

 

Mountain West announces game times for most of SDSU's 2019 slate

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 2, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State football team and the Mountain West announced start times and national television details on Wednesday afternoon. The Aztecs are set to play four times on CBS Sports Network and three times on ESPN Networks (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3).

FIVE-RUN FIFTH AND SIXTH CARRIES PADRES PAST BRAVES

 

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo via Twitter

 

May 2, 2019 (Atlanta) - Don’t look now, but the Padres are in second place in the NL West and Manny Machado has almost nothing to do with it.  His presence may be helping, but his bat has been quiet; the other bats have been stepping up to the plate. But Machado had a much bigger role today, as the Padres tried to split the series with the Braves.  Matt Strahm started against Mike Foltynewicz for the Braves.

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