DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 23 - APRIL 27

MORE RAIN AND SNOW COMING MID-WEEK

PASSAGES: FORMER LA MESA MAYOR AND COUNTY SUPERVISOR GEORGE BAILEY: 1919-2019

TRANSPARENCY CONCERNS PLAGUE LA MESA COUNCIL OVER GRANNY FLAT ORDINANCES

BLOOMS, BIGHORNS AND BUTTERFLIES

ONE TO GO; AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL DEFEATS NEVADA TO ADVANCE TO MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP

INFAMOUS HATE GROUP, WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH TO PICKET EL CAJON VALLEY AND MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOLS MARCH 25

FIERY LEMON GROVE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING DRAWS IRE FROM PARENTS OVER ALLEGED FORCED RESIGNATION OF 16 TEACHERS

YOUR VOICE HAS POWER: GROUP SEEKS TO STOP RELEASE OF SEXUALLY VIOLENCE PREDATORS INTO EAST COUNTY

RESPONSE TO EDITORIAL ON MEASURE A FROM CAL-FIRE FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 2881 VICE-PRESIDENT PATRICK WALKER

READER’S EDITORIAL: MEASURE A AND THE FUTURE OF FIRE SERVICES IN JULIAN AND CUYAMACA

TRUMP BUDGET SLASHES SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID IN VIOLATION OF CAMPAIGN PROMISES

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER TO HOLD 18TH MORNING GLORY BRUNCH APRIL 27

 

 

Source:  St. Madeleine Sophie's Center

March 5, 2019 (El Cajon) - St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, will hold its 18th Morning Glory Brunch on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The brunch will be hosted at SMSC’s Garden and Aquatics Center, located at 2119 E. Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019.

OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE RESTORATION PROPOSED AT CLOVER FLAT WILDLIFE PRESERVE: PUBLIC REVIEW OPEN

OHV Restoration Project Review Period

East County News Service

 

Restoration work has been proposed by the Back Country Land Trust for OHV impacted areas of their Clover Flat Wildlife Preserve.  The public is invited to review and comment on their application for funding of a habitat restoration grant. These grants are solicited by the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program,

Grant funding would be used to restore 15 acres of OHV impacted critical wildland habitat in Clover Flat Preserve to the east of Campo. Clover Flat is located to the west of La Posta Road and north of Highway 94.  Habitat restoration, fencing, and educational signage will protect endangered species, prevent soil erosion, redirect recreational Off-Highway Vehicle users to nearby legal recreational areas, and will employ local contractors.

REP. HUNTER SEEKS TO PROMOTE HUNTING ON PUBLIC LANDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2019 (San Diego) – Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) has introduced a resolution calling on the House of Representatives to prioritize hunting and recreational access to public lands. The action seeks to reinforce Executive Order 13443 issued by President George W. Bush.

CA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S REPORT FAULTS CONDITIONS IN IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES

 

 

Source:  California Department of Justice

March 4, 2019 (San Francisco) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced the release of a California Department of Justice (DOJ) report on immigration detention facilities in the state. The report is the result of Assembly Bill 103, which passed in 2017, requiring the DOJ, over a 10-year period, to report on: conditions of confinement; the standard of care and due process provided to detainees; and the circumstances around the apprehension and transfer of detainees to facilities. This initial report is intended to provide increased transparency around immigration detention facilities in California. The report is an important step forward in understanding the conditions under which civil immigration detainees are living, including their access to critical health and legal resources.

LATIN MUSIC IDOL ROBERTO CARLOS AT SDSU MARCH 24

 

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2019 (San Diego) – Roberto Carlos, Brazil’s number one singer, will be performing on Sunday, March 24 at 8 p.m. at the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University. The Latin music idol revered in many nations for his romantic music and sensual performances returns after five years to stage his “Amor Sin Limite” (Unlimited Love)” in cities across the U.S. Carlos had written over 600 ballads and has recorded duets with Jenifer Lopez and Alejandro Sanz. 

For tickets ($39 to $149), visit www.BrazilianNites.com or call (818) 566-1111.  For more information, visit https://gem.godaddy.com/p/5b84bd.

READER'S EDITORIAL: 18 GRADUATES FROM FIRE ACADEMY JOIN JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIREFIGHTERS

 
 
By Patricia Landis
 
March 4, 2019 (Julian) — Today was a good day.  Eighteen men and women graduated from the JCFPD Academy and will join JCFPD as Firefighters. One more will be added after he completes the last few classes, but he could not graduate today because he sustained a broken elbow, slipping on the ice while training. Chief Mike Van Bibber orchestrated the graduation ceremony and pinned each firefighter with their new badge. 

JUDGE SAYS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES MUST COMPLY WITH NEW PUBLIC RECORDS LAW (SB 1421)

 

 

East County News Service

 

March 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- Superior Court Judge Eddie C. Sturgeon sided with the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) and several San Diego news media outlets, ruling on March 1st that local law enforcement agencies must comply with a new state public records law, SB 1421, and disclose relevant records regardless of when they were created.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SPRINGING FORWARD THE SAFE WAY

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- This Sunday, March 10, is Daylight Saving Time. Setting the clock forward means it’s time not to just check the clock, but for a spring clean safety check. As you make your “hot lap” around the home, setting clocks ahead, why not take a little extra time for a short safety checklist?

Help Spring your home into being safe and organized by following these steps:

“FLOWERS TO STREW THY WAY”: BILL MARSHALL CONCERT AT THE TABLE IN LA MESA MARCH 24

 

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2019 (La Mesa) - From Beauty and the Beast’s hauntingly melancholic “If I Can’t Love Her” to the impassioned spirituality of Vaughn-Williams “Five Mystical Songs,” noted baritone Bill Marshall “sings it all!”  Think the exuberant “They Call the Wind Maria” from Paint Your Wagon and Theodore Roethke’s disturbing tale, “My Papa’s Waltz.” All these and more will be showcased when Marshall, accompanied by Jim Tompkins-MacLaine,  appears as featured artist in program eight of East County’s popular Valerie Victor Concert Series. The concert will be held Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa.

STEELE CANYON PLAYERS PRESENT LES MISERABLES MARCH 20-24

 

 

East County News Service

 

March 3, 2019 (Spring Valley) -- Steele Canyon High School presents the world’s longest running musical, Les Misérables. This modern classic, based on Victor Hugo’s novel, features one of the most memorable scores of all time. The production includes over 130 students in the cast, crew and orchestra. According to Theatre Director, Nicole LaBella and Music Director, Heather Luck, Steele Canyon High School musicals are unique as they are the only school in the area to perform with live orchestral accompaniment.

CROWD TURNS OUT FOR ST. PATRICK’S RUN THROUGH EL CAJON

 
 
By Robert Gehr
 
March 3, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The early morn started out overcast and chilly, with wet streets, the threat of rain and folks everywhere wearing green - a symbol for the Irish. Yet the runners and walkers were undeterred as the first race - Green Mile Fun Run--began just after 7 a.m. with a crowd of enthusiastic kids and adults alike, while bystanders cheered everyone on, helping to get their adrenaline going.

SPROUTING UP IN LEMON GROVE, A COMMUNITY GARDEN HAS GRAND OPENING MARCH 30

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
March 3, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – The long-awaited Lemon Grove Community Garden will have its grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The site is located at 7730 Central Avenue, at the corner of Olive St. and Central Ave.

1,000 LIGHTS BRINGS WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL TO SANTEE LAKES MARCH 23

 

 

East County News Service

 

March 3, 2019 (Santee) -- 1000 Lights, a water lantern festival company specializing in events for families, will host a festival at Santee Lakes on March 23 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Thousands of attendees will launch their lanterns at 7 p.m., just after dusk, to enjoy an incredible view of the water.

CELEBRATION OF MUSIC MARCH 16 IN EL CAJON TO FEATURE RENAISSANCE, BAROQUE, CLASSICAL AND ROMANTIC

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
March 3, 2019 (El Cajon) — A celebration of music spring concert on March 16 at 4 p.m. will feature the combined forces of San Diego State University choirs, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts choirs, plus a battalion of brass, organ and percussion. The performance will be at the the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.
 
The musical groups will perform Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic music.
 
Advance tickets are $8; tickets at the door $10.  For further information, call 619-442-2583.

EL CAJON POLICE CITIZEN'S ACADEMY BEGINS MARCH 13

 

 

East County News Service

March 2, 2019 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizen’s Police Academy. The ten-week academy provides an overview of the Police Department functions. Students attend weekly classes and learn about topics including the history of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and crime scene investigation from the various divisions within the Police Department. Students participate in hands-on exercises, such as conducting traffic stops, dusting for fingerprints, and a firearms simulation.

EL CAJON NOW ACCEPTING YOUTH OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

 

 

Photo: Creative commons image via S.A.

March 2, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition is now accepting applications for the “Youth of the Year” Award, recognizing outstanding youth who go above and beyond serving their community!  This annual award is given to one middle school and one high school student, honoring them for their leadership abilities and/or their quality or level of community service. Final awards will be based on dedication and commitment beyond what may be required by the school and its effect on the community.

READER’S EDITORIAL: EAST COUNTY CALL TO ACTION—STOP 5G MINI-CELL TOWERS FROM BEING PLACED IN FRONT OF YOUR HOMES

 

 

Supervisors have 180 days to amend ordinance and could consider legal action—if you speak out

By Susan Brinchman

March 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week the County Board of Supervisors (BOS) unanimously voted to allow hazardous high-radiation-emitting 5G "small cells", the same as are on cell towers, to be placed on street poles very close to homes in the unincorporated area of the County. This approval occurred despite receiving at least a thousand pages of information about the dangers to health, wildlife, insects, trees, plant life, andproperty values for the past month, and meeting with a number of concerned constituents. Property values may plummet as much as 30% near these "small cells", according to a local realtor, because people don't want to live near cell tower radiation. She was one of 24 speakers. Two Verizon employees spoke in favor of the ordinance, which is very industry-friendly. In September, the FCC issued orders which became effective on Jan. 14th, 2019, forcing local governments to have less control over this process. Meanwhile, 5G industry leaders admitted in a Senate hearing that no safety testing had been conducted.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS NABBED IN SPRING VALLEY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
March 2, 2019 (Spring Valley) – Two suspects accused of forcibly robbing a victim at gunpoint yesterday have been taken into custody following a pursuit early this morning in Spring Valley.
 
Deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station responded to a call reporting the robbery at 1:19 p.m. outside of the Giant Pizza King at 1029 Elkelton Blvd. in Spring Valley. The suspects were described as two young black males, one wearing a red sweatshirt and the other wearing a black sweatshirt.

BOARD VOTES TO SPONSOR STATE BILL GIVING LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS MORE AUTHORITY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: County News  Service
 
March 1, 2019 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Supervisors voted this week to support Assembly Bill 262, a statewide measure which would strengthen the authority of the County public health officer to direct actions of governments in other local jurisdictions affected by an infectious disease outbreak, such as the hepatitis A outbreak locally in 2017.

GROSSMONT HIGH CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

 

State-of-the-art facility will bring together performing arts programs in a central location; provides modern new venue for school, district, and community events

East County News Service

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – Grossmont High School broke ground last Tuesday on a state-of-the-art facility that will bring together performing arts programs including dance, choral, digital music, and drama. The $26 million project is funded by Proposition U and Ballot Measure BB.

EL CAJON CONSIDERS SIGN ORDINANCE CHANGES, ZONING CODE EXEMPTIONS FOR MUNICIPAL PROJECTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – El Cajon is considering an amendment to sign standards regulating the height and size of freestanding signs downtown. In addition, the city is considering exempting municipal projects and uses from the zoning code and entitlement process.

The Planning Commission will hold public hearings  on each of these proposals on Tuesday March 19 at 7 p.m.  The City Council will also hold public hearings on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon.

RESIDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS OFFER IDEAS ON LA MESA’S FARMERS MARKET

 
 
By Mike Allen
 
Photo, left:  Chris Gonzalez
 
March 1, 2019 (La Mesa) - After relocating the La Mesa Farmers Market from the Civic Center parking lot to La Mesa Boulevard last May, a lot of businesses on the main street of the Village cried foul, saying the Friday event was hurting their sales.

SANTEE LOOKS TO CREATE A BRAND

 
 
By Mike Allen
 
March 1, 2019 (Santee) -- Santee’s brand needs a makeover.
 
That’s the determination of the City Council, which on Feb. 27 approved spending $80,000 and possibly more for a consultant to help the city “uncover” its brand.
 
The Council voted 4-0 (with Councilwoman Laura Koval absent) to hire Tennessee-based North Star Destination Strategies, following a decision to delay the issue to consider a proposal from a local public relations firm.

MASKED ROBBERS SOUGHT IN FLINN SPRINGS

 

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2019 (Flinn Springs) – Sheriff’s investigators are seeking two armed men who reportedly robbed a man at gunpoint late Wednesday night at home on Olde Highway 80, just east of Flinn Springs County Park.

According to Sergeant Kelly Moody, the victim told deputies that the armed men had their faces covered.  During the robbery, a physical scuffle ensued and the victim was struck in the head. The thieves reportedly fled in a white Honda Civic with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

The victim was treated for minor injuries. Detectives from the Alpine station are investigating the incident.

SDSU BASEBALL TRIPPED UP AT AIR FORCE 9-5



 

 

Angelo Armenta recorded a season-high three hits with two RBIs

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 1, 2019 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - The San Diego State baseball team opened Mountain West play with a 9-5 loss at Air Force on Friday afternoon. The Aztecs fall to 5-4 on the season, while the Falcons up their 2019 record to 6-3.

ST. PATRICK’S 5K AND HALF MARATHON MARCH 3 IN EL CAJON

 

Photo by Robert Gehr

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) -- A St. Patrick’s Day 5K run and half marathon will be held a wee bit early, on March 3rd in downtown El Cajon starting at the El Cajon arch.

Funds raised will benefit East County charities. There’s also a beer garden and more at the annual event hosted by the Run East County Foundation.

COHEN IMPLICATES TRUMP IN CRIMINAL ACTIONS, PROVIDES CHECK SIGNED BY PRESIDENT FOR “HUSH MONEY”

By Miriam Raftery

View video of Cohen’s complete testimony:   https://www.c-span.org/video/?458125-1/michael-cohen-president-trump-he-racist-con-man-cheat

View highlights:  https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4782554/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-apologizes-lying

February 28, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, called his former boss a “liar”, a” conman” and a “racist” during several hours of testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee this week.  Cohen testified that Trump knew in advance that Wikileaks planned to release stolen Democratic Committee emails.  He also told committee members that Trump directed him to violate the law—and Cohen provided a check signed by Trump after he became president for “hush money” paid to cover up an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Republicans grilling Cohen sought to discredit him, since he previously lied to Congress and since his cooperation with federal prosecutors could result in a reduction of his three-year prison sentence. However Cohen also handed over documents to the committee, including extensive financial records that Cohen suggested implicate Trump and Trump’s family members in financial crimes.

Democrats on the committee probed Cohen’s knowledge of other potential witnesses to the alleged criminal activities, also laying the groundwork to subpoena the President’s tax records.  Cohen has apologized and voiced remorse for lying and covering up illegal activities on behalf of Trump.

COLD RECORDS BROKEN IN FEBRUARY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo by Dave Hogan:  Deep snow near his home in the Pine Valley/Mt. Laguna area
 
March 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Across Southern California, February broke records for cold temperatures.  Campo averaged just 42.5 degrees for the month of February, the chilliest since February 1956.  In Ramona, February temperatures averaged 46.8 degrees, tying the all-time record from January 2007.  Alpine’s average 47.7 degrees was the coldest since January 1955 and Palomar Mountain, at a brisk 35.3 degrees, was the coldest since January 1949.

LAKESIDE SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY MARCH 12

 

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2019 (Lakeside) — Lakeside Sheriff’s substation will hold a Coffee with the Community event on Tuesday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine St., Lakeside.

“Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff,” a press release from the Sheriff’s department states.

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