FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA BAN ON GUN MAGAZINES WITH OVER 10 ROUNDS

COURT TEMPORARILY HALTS SAN DIEGO UNIFIED'S VACCINE MANDATE OVER RELIGION CHALLENGE

BARBECUE BLAMED FOR SPRING VALLEY FIRE THAT DESTROYED TWO HOMES

LA MESA STUDENT, 12, KILLED BY STRAY BULLET IN BACKYARD OF AUNT’S SKYLINE HOME

FIRE-SAFE CHRISTMAS TREE TIPS

LEMON GROVE TOY DRIVE SEEKS GIFTS FOR KIDS

AUTHORITIES IDENTITY WOMAN WHO DIED IN RAMONA FIRE

RENOVATED AND REBRANDED, SAMMY’S IN LA MESA OFFERS CASUAL ELEGANCE AND FULL VARIETY OF FABULOUS FOODS

MAYOR VASQUEZ, IN LEMON GROVE’S STATE OF CITY ADDRESS, HIGHLIGHTS EFFORTS TO ADDRESS HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS AND PANDEMIC

PASSAGES: MIKE HANCOCK, RADIO REPORTER

CONGRESSWOMAN SARA JACOBS CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING WITH SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERANS IN SOUTH KOREA

HO HO! HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL EVERY WEEKEND FROM THANKSGIVING TO CHRISTMAS

COURT SERVICES IMPACTED BY COLLAPSED ROOF AT VISTA COURTHOUSE

Source: Superior Court of San Diego County

November 8, 2021 (Vista) – The ceiling collapsed in Department 12 of the Vista Courthouse at 6 a.m. Fortunately, no one was present in the courtroom at the time of the collapse. 

The single-story (North) building was evacuated and will remain closed indefinitely until the officials determine what caused the collapse and deem it is safe to reopen. The closure impacts 18 courtrooms, the criminal business office, juvenile court business office, Family Court Services, Family Law Facilitator, and the children’s waiting room.

The South building and annex are not affected and remain open.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

East County News Service

November 8, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County ushers in the holiday season with a wealth of holiday happenings and other special events across San Diego’s inland region.

Scroll down for all of these events and many more!

SURVEY FINDS MOST SANTEE RESIDENTS GIVE HIGH MARKS TO CITY’S QUALITY OF LIFE, BUT NOT ALL ARE HAPPY

Traffic, homeless and racism are top concerns

By Mike Allen

Photo:  Josh Williams, president of BW Research, answers question about the Santee survey on Nov. 2 in front of City Council members Rob McNelis, Dustin Trotter and Mayor John Minto. All five members were present.

November 8, 2021 (Santee) -- A survey commissioned by the city of Santee found that while the great majority of residents, 80 percent, feel the city’s quality of life is excellent or good, about a third said that quality is declining.

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE SHOOTING OF MAN AND TRUCK IN LEMON GROVE

East County News Service

November 8, 2021 (Lemon Grove) – Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call reporting a shooting near Blossom Lane and Washington Street in Lemon Grove this morning at 10:15 a.m. found an unoccupied truck with multiple bullet holes in its side. The truck had struck a curb, causing a tire to go flat.  A 29-year-old victim later arrived at a hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.

“The gunshot wound did not appear to be life-threatening and the victim is currently listed in stable condition,” says Sergeant Pat Fox.

ADVOCATES FOR OLDER AMERICANS PROMOTE ACA OPEN ENROLLMENT

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

November 8, 2021 (Sacramento) --  Now is the time to sign up for health insurance or hunt for a better deal, as this year's CoveredCA's open-enrollment period runs now through Jan. 31.

Groups advocating for older Americans urged everyone, even those currently insured, to check out the CoveredCA website, which said more than 70% of consumers who get subsidies could choose health coverage for less than $10 per month.

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND RETURNS WITH HOLIDAY REUNION CONCERT DEC. 7-8 AT JOAN KROC THEATRE

East County News Service

November 8, 2021 (San Diego) – The San Diego Concert Band will have two performances of its “Holiday Reunion” concert feature Barbara Allen as guest vocalist. The concerts will be held December 7th and 8th at 7 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Theatre for the Performing Arts, 6611 University Avenue in San Diego (just one block west of La Mesa).

 

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, military and students, and free for children age 5 and under.

For tickets and more information, visit www.SanDiegoConcertBand.com.

FACEBOOK USER HELPS FIND MISSING LOCAL SENIOR

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2021 (San Diego) – After an  81-year-old man went missing from San Ysidro on November 4, San Diego Police posted notices on social media.  

Two days later, SDPD posted on Twitter, “Javier has been found! A Facebook user who saw our post recognized him and helped get him to safety! Thank you to everyone who kept an eye out for him.”

WINTER FUN IS BACK: VIEJAS ICE SKATING RINK REOPENS NOVEMBER 12

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2021 (Alpine) – Southern California’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at Viejas Casino & Resort will reopen for the holiday season  November 12 and will remain open until January 3.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with holiday lights, entertainment and a winter water show as well – all at the Viejas Outlets Center, across the street from the Viejas Casino in Alpine at 5003 Willows Road.

The rink is open daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting, except for these holidays:

FAST FOOD WORKERS TO STRIKE STATEWIDE ON NOVEMBER 9, CALL FOR PASSAGE OF FAST RECOVERY ACT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  flyer announcing fast-food strikes

November 7, 2021 (San Diego) – Fast food workers in San Diego are planning to join a statewide strike on Tuesday, November 9.  Workers will rally at 10 a.m. at Dennis V. Allen Park, 850 Boundary Street in San Diego, to highlight health and safety violations and wage theft, according to a flyer. They will also be calling on state legislators to pass Assembly Bill 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act also known as the Fast Recovery Act, which was introduced by San Diego  Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.

IMMIGRANT ADVOCATES CALL FOR PROSECUTIONS, CONGRESSIONAL PROBE INTO OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY BORDER PATROL’S SHADOW FORCE

By Miriam Raftery

November 7, 2021 (San Diego) – The Southern Border Communities Coalition has sent documents to Congress and to the District Attorney which reveal “unlawful operation of Border Patrol’s Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs),” a press release states. In shocking revelations, the documents detail how the shadow force teams “act without congressional authority to obstruct justice, undermine public safety, and violate public trust.” 

COUNTY BOARD ADOPTS NEW FRAMEWORK FOR ENDING HOMELESSNESS

Photo:  Homeless Outreach Team member speaks with a man who is homeless. 

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

November 6, 2021 (San Diego) -- The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on November 3 to adopt a new framework that aims to end homelessness in the San Diego region.

A comprehensive presentation shown at the Board meeting focused on how the County will centralize critical expertise and operations, and use equity and data, to better provide housing and supportive services that address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

SANTEE TO HONOR VETERANS NOV. 11 AT NEW MEMORIAL SITE

Story and photos by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

November 6, 2021 (Santee) -- The City of Santee and the Santee Chamber of Commerce will hold a ceremony on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, to unveil the new Santee Veterans Memorial Bridge & Monument.  The color guard, speakers, and refreshments will be a part of the event that will honor veterans. 

The memorial is at the intersection of Mast Boulevard and Fanita Parkway on the southwest corner at the the east end of the Mast Boulevard Bridge.

COURT ORDERS FCC TO EXPLAIN WHY IT IGNORED SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWING HARM FROM WIRELESS RADIATION

Environmental Health Trust and 13 petitioners win ruling 

Source: Environmental Health Trust

Photo: Creative Commons image via Bing

November 6, 2021 (Washington D.C.) --  The Environmental Health Trust recently won a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit with a ruling in favor of EHT. In its ruling, the court ordered the FCC to explain why it ignored scientific evidence showing harm from wireless radiation, such as that transmitted by cell phones and cell phone towers and 5G technology.

The court held that FCC failed to respond to “record evidence that exposure to radiofrequency radiation at levels below the FCC’s current limits may cause negative health effects unrelated to cancer.” The court also said that the agency demonstrated “a complete failure to respond to comments concerning environmental harm caused by RF radiation.” The court found the FCC ignored numerous organizations, scientists, medical doctors who called on them to update its 1996 human exposure limits for wireless radiation. The court found the FCC failed to address these issues.

  • impacts of long-term wireless exposure

  • impacts to children,

  • the testimony of people injured by wireless radiation, 

  • impacts to wildlife and the environment,

  • impacts to the developing brain and reproduction.

LOCAL DOCTORS ADDRESS COVID MISINFORMATION AT COUNTY SUPERVISORS’ MEETING, INCLUDING INFO ON VACCINES FOR CHILDREN

East County News Service

An independent panel of local doctors addressed COVID-19 misinformation brought up by some public speakers at the Nov. 2 County Board of Supervisors meeting. View video in English and Spanish.

Among the facts presented:

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has strongly endorsed immunizing young children against COVID-19.
  • Several thousand U.S. children have gotten multi-system inflammatory syndrome (MSIS) from COVID, which causes long-term organ damage.
  • Children are getting long-term COVID symptoms such as brain damage/trouble concentrating.
  • 94 kids ages 5-11 have died of COVID in the U.S. There have been more deaths in pediatrics from COVID in the past year than is usually seen in a year from flu.
  • Children are just as likely to get infected with COVID as adults and can transmit it to family members or others.
  • Even a mild case of COVID means lost school time to quarantine, which can set children back in their education.
  • No children have died of COVID vaccines.
  • No cases of heart inflammation after COVID vaccines were found in any of the children ages 5-11 during testing.
  • Testing found the vaccines to be extremely safe for children ages 5-11.
  • The Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11 is only one-third the dose that adults or teens receive.

CAL FIRE LIFTS BURN PERMIT SUSPENSION IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Source: Cal Fire

Photo: CC via Bing

November 6, 2021 (San Diego) -- Effective Monday November 8th at 8 a.m., the burn permit suspension in San Diego County will be lifted. Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham is formally canceling the burn permit suspension and advises that those possessing current and valid agricultural and residential burn permits can now resume burning on permissible burn days from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CLOSURES AT SR-67/MAGNOLIA AVENUE AND I-8 START SATURDAY: ALLOW EXTRA TRAVEL TIME FOR LANE CLOSURES AND DETOURS

Source: Caltrans

November 5, 2021(San Diego’s East County) --  Construction Maintenance crews will close a segment of westbound and eastbound Interstate 8 (I-8) near State Route 67 (SR-67)/Magnolia Avenue Saturday at 3-11 a.m. and Sunday through Tuesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for bridge repair, according to Caltrans.

The Saturday closures include the westbound I-8 off-ramp to southbound SR-67/Magnolia Avenue, the northbound SR-67/Magnolia Avenue on-ramp to westbound I-8 and the Mollison Avenue on-ramp to westbound I-8.

HISTORIC INFRASTRUCTURE BILL PASSES HOUSE, HEADS TO PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR SIGNATURE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left by Miriam Raftery: bridge construction in Montana

November 5, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – The House of Representatives tonight approved the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act by a 228-206 vote. The landmark bill previously approved by the Senate 69-30 now heads to President Joe Biden, who has pledged to sign it into law.

The bill marks the most significant investment in the nation’s infrastructure (including roads, bridges, railways, power grid and internet upgrades, disaster responses, and replacing lead water pipes), since Roosevelt’s New Deal after the Depression in the 1930s.  It will fund major infrastructure projects – also putting people to work – in all 50 states.

Specifically, it includes:

QUESTIONS ON VACCINES FOR KIDS? 10 NEWS AND CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT HOST TOWN HALL WITH EXPERTS

Update:  Video of th expert panel answering parents' questions is now available to view here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIFudyPvXfQ 

By Miriam Raftery

November 5, 2021 (El Cajon) – Now that the federal government has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot for children ages 5 and up, many parents have questions.  So Cajon Valley Union School District and ABC 10 News are hosting a PTA town hall featuring a discussion with medical experts and education leaders. You can watch live on Thursday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. online at www.10News.com or on the ABC 10News smart phone app.

BREAKING BOUNDARIES, GROSSMONT COLLEGE DANCE CONCERT, SET FOR NEW PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS CENTER NOV. 18-20

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

November 5, 2021 (El Cajon) - The Grossmont College Dance Department will stage its annual student-choreographed dance concert in the new Performing and Visual Arts Center (PVAC) on November 18, 19 and 20.

SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION GRANTS $270,000 TO 13 LOCAL NONPROFITS TO SUPPORT CHILD TAX CREDIT APPLICATION OUTREACH

Grant recipients are members of the San Diego County Community Health Worker Coalition that was created during COVID-19
 
Source: San Diego Foundation
 
November 5, 2021 (San Diego) – The San Diego Foundation announced it has awarded $270,000 in grants to 13 local nonprofits to support federal Child Tax Credit application outreach. The 13 organizations are members of the San Diego County Community Health Worker Coalition created and coordinated through the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency.

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER ISSUES WARNING TO INSURERS WHO OWE AUTO PREMIUM REFUNDS TO CONSUMERS DUE TO PANDEMIC STAY-HOME ORDERS

East County News Service

Photo: CC by NC via Bing

November 5, 2021 (Los Angeles) -- California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the following statement after three insurance companies complied with his order to submit additional data to the Department of Insurance about auto premium refunds they provided to consumers during the pandemic and as a result of state and local public health “stay at home” orders. On October 5, he ordered Allstate, CSAA, and Mercury to respond within 30 days or face legal action.

LEMON GROVE HOSTS DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DISTRIBUTION NOV. 20

East County News Service

November 5, 2021 (Lemon Grove) – Are you hungry in Lemon Grove? No need to suffer in silence. Community members are invited to come to a drive-through food drive on November 20 at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center (3131 School Drive) starting at 9 a.m. while supplies last to get food, fruits, and veggies to help your family during these challenging times. In addition, two hundred turkeys and trimmings for a hearty traditional Thanksgiving meal will be given away during the food distribution.

REP. SARA JACOBS ADDS INCREASED CHILDCARE BENEFITS FOR FAMILIES IN HIGH-COST AREAS TO “BUILD BACK BETTER” BILL: VOTE EXPECTED FRIDAY

Update November 5, 2021: The vote on this bill has been postponed until November 15.

By Miriam Raftery

November 4, 2021 (San Diego) – The House of Representatives is expected to vote this Friday on the Build Back Better Act, President Joe Biden’s economic package aimed at rebuilding what the White House refers to as “the backbone of the country” – the middle class.” 

NURSE CHARGED IN SANTEE INMATE’S DEATH

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Elisa Serna, 24, died after hitting her head in a fall at Las Colinas in Santee, where she was denied drug withdrawal treatment

November 4, 2021 (Santee) – A nurse has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the 2019 death of a 24-year-old inmate at the Las Colinas women’s jail in Santee. District Attorney Summer Stephan announced the charges against the nurse, Danalee Pascua, who could face up to four years in prison.

SHOOTING DEATH IN SPRING VALLEY

Update 8 p.m. -- The victim has been identified as Arnolfo Quintero, 26, of Spring Valley.  The Medical Examiner has determined the death was a homicide caused by the shooting.

 

East County News Service

 

November 4, 2021 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s homicide unit is investigating the  death of a man who was shot in Spring Valley late last night.  

 

Deputies responded to multiple calls around 12:22 p.m. reporting the shooting in the 8700 block of Troy Street. Deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station arrived and learned that the victim was taken to a hospital by three concerned citizens, but despite treatment at the hospital, he did not survive. 

SANDAG APPROVES MILEAGE TAX OVER OBJECTIONS OF UNFAIRNESS TO EAST COUNTY

By Henri Migala and Miriam Raftery

Photo, left, by Henri Migala:  around 200 residents attended a forum in La Mesa organized by Carl DeMaio of Reform California, which opposes the mileage tax

November 4, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) on Friday approved a controversial road usage tax, also known as a mileage tax. The measure drew strong opposition from East County residents and political leaders, who argue that its unfair to charge hefty taxes to inland residents who won’t benefit from ambitious transit projects planned in coastal areas.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE NAMED CHAMPION OF HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE FOR TRANSFER EFFORTS

Source:  Grossmont College

November 4, 2021 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College has been named a 2021 Champion of Higher Education for its exemplary work in implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer program that provides a streamlined pathway between California’s community colleges and four-year colleges and universities. 

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