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

ANOMAR: A CREATIVE COMMUNITY GATHERING JUNE 29 IN RAMONA

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 2, 2019 (Ramona) -- A new, one-of-a-kind immersive arts festival is coming to Ramona this summer and will provide attendees the opportunity to explore hands-on creative activities.

 

Sponsors of the event are the non-profit organizations 2Create Gallery and The Art Center of Ramona, both located at 438 Main St., Ramona, Calif.

TASTE OF JULIAN: A RURAL DINING ADVENTURE SATURDAY, MAY 18

 

 

East County News Service

May 2, 2019 (Julian) – A Taste of Julian is a self-guided culinary tour of unique restaurants, wineries and breweries. This year’s Taste of Julian will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m.  From delicious main dishes to candied apples, apple pies, chocolates, wine, beer and hard cider, you’ll find plenty to tempt your tastebuds.

COUNTY URGES ADULTS TO BE AWARE OF THEIR VACCINATION HISTORY

 

 

By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 2, 2019 (San Diego) - Along with continuing to urge parents to ensure their infants are vaccinated, San Diego County public health officials are advising adults to be aware of their inoculation history and records.

HOMELESS COUNT SHOWS 6% DROP COUNTYWIDE: HOMELESS RISES IN RAMONA AND EL CAJON BUT DROPS IN SPRING VALLEY

 

Updated with corrected figures for El Cajon, where homelessness rose and a higher percentage are without shelter than last year.

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – For the second year in a row, the annual Point-in-Time homeless count for 2019 found a 6% drop in the number of homeless people living on the streets and in shelters across San Diego County.  The count found a 1% increase in those who are sheltered and a 10% decrease in those left unsheltered.

ARREST MADE IN SDSU SNAPCHAT CASE

 

 

Source:  SDSU

May 1, 2019 (San Diego) - On Wednesday, May 1, at 2:35 p.m., a suspect was arrested on allegations of making criminal threats via Snapchat toward a member of San Diego State University’s black community. The suspect, an SDSU student not currently enrolled in classes, was identified by the University Police Department within 48 hours after being notified of the incident. Officers immediately began investigating the incident and worked quickly to identify the suspect based on his description in the video and social media account handle. The suspect has been identified as Martin J. Ruiz.

RACIAL INCIDENTS AT SDSU

 

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: CC by SA

 

May 1, 2019 (San Diego) -- Three incidents in the past few weeks have targeted members of the black community at San Diego State University.

 

In March, a group of men yelled a racial slur from a vehicle while passing by the Black Resource Center on campus.  Then in mid-April, the center was vandalized, prompting a rally against racism and requests from student leaders for an alarm system.

BOARD APPROVES FIRST PHASE IMPROVEMENTS FOR POPULAR LINDO LAKE COUNTY PARK

 

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 1, 2019 (Lakeside) - San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to move ahead with a $7.5 million first-phase improvement project for the popular Lindo Lake County Park in Lakeside.

PUBLIC PLANNING SESSIONS TO GUIDE LA MESA AGE-FRIENDLY ACTION PLAN

 

 

Source:  City of La Mesa

May 1, 2019 (La Mesa) - The City of La Mesa invites the public to participate in the Livable La Mesa project by attending upcoming community action planning sessions. After collecting feedback from the community, La Mesa residents have prioritized the following domain topics for the La Mesa Age-Friendly Communities Action Plan: Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Transportation, Housing, Social & Civic Participation, Community Information, and Health & Wellness. All action planning sessions are open to the public.  Residents are encouraged to attend any session for the topic areas that are important to them. Light refreshments will be provided.

EXPLORE MISSION TRAILS AND LEARN ABOUT THE PLANTS AND CREATURES WITHIN IT

 

 

Source:  MTRP

May 1, 2019 (San Diego) - Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) has a series of events coming up in May, from a Kumeyaay ethnobotany presentation to star parties, guided hikes, a live hawk demonstration and more.  Scroll down for details.  Plus, the annual MTRP photo competition ends May 3rd and will be on display starting May 11. Click here for more information.

SPRING HIKES IN COUNTY PARKS

 

 

East County News Service 

May 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Spring is here – time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. The County is offering a series of special hikes in county parks, from leisurely strolls to a rugged “Warrior hike challenge” up El Capitan.

 

Find details below provided by County Parks: 

SDSU WOMEN’S SOCCER SET TO HOST ID AND YOUTH CAMPS THIS SUMMER

 

 

Friesen, Griggs and Schmidt to lead two camps this July

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 1, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women's soccer program is set to host two soccer camps this July on the SDSU campus. The first camp, the summer ID camp, is slated from July 6-7, while the youth camp is scheduled for July 8-10.

POWAY SHOOTER CHARGED WITH MURDER, PARENTS DISAVOW SON

 

 

Thousands turn out at vigil to commemorate victims of Chabad synagogue 

By Miriam Raftery

May 1, 2019 (Poway) – District Attorney Summer Stephan has said she may pursue the death penalty against John T. Earnest, 19, who is accused of one count of murder with special circumstances for a hate crime and three counts of attempted murder when he opened fire inside the Chabad of Poway synagogue Saturday during a Passover celebration. He is also charged with arson at a house of worship for setting fire to the Islamic Center of Escondido.

BETO O’ROURKE HANDLES FASTBALLS AND ONE CURVEBALL IN SAN DIEGO TOWN HALL

 

 

By Ken Stone

Photo by Chris Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association 

Photo courtesy Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

May 1, 2019 (San Diego) - Beto O’Rourke recalls knocking on 16,000 doors in his first run for Congress in 2012. He’s tackled nearly every issue imaginable.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY'S HISTORIC PLACES: MOUNT NEBO

 

 

By Donald H. Harrison

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

April 30, 2019 (La Mesa) - Sherman C. Grable, a Methodist from Ohio who evidently knew his Hebrew Scriptures quite well, purchased hundreds of acres of land here in 1906 and decided thereafter to offer to potential settlers a view that the Prophet Moses might envy.

BOARD EXPANDS SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE MARIJUANA

 

 

By Yvette Urrea MoeCounty of San Diego Communications Office

April 30, 2019 (San Diego) - The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its social host ordinance to add marijuana, so that as with alcoholic beverages, adults providing these substances to minors could be cited or arrested.

MOTHER'S DAY CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH MAY 12

 

 

By Chuck Carter

 

April 30, 2019 (San Diego) -- Second Sunday Community Concerts will present it's fourth concert of the year Sunday, May 12th from 3-4 p.m. at the Mission Trails Church located at 4880 Zion Avenue, just up the hill from the Kaiser Hospital.  All concerts are free.  Donations are collected and all the donated money goes directly to the musicians.

 

SUPERVISOR JIM DESMOND TO HOLD REVITALIZATION MEETING IN BORREGO SPRINGS MAY 7

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2019 (Borrego Springs) – Newly elected County Supervisor Jim Desmond has been holding a series of community revitalization meetings in his district. Now he is starting a Borrego Springs Community Revitalization Committee to bring public resources to Borrego Springs.  This is a community meeting and the public is welcome to attend.  On Tuesday, May 7, the meeting will be held in the community room at the Borrego Springs Library.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT OTERO FAILS TO DISCLOSE SON OWNS COMPANY THAT GOT $665,000 CONTRACT

Outbid contractor claims irregularities with bid process

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 30, 2019 (El Cajon) - A $655,000 construction contract for a new modular building at Los Coches Creek Middle School on Mar. 26 was awarded to Cajon Valley Union School District Board of Trustees President Tamara Otero’s son, Dryw Otero, owner of Otero Construction, Inc.   In total, 37 contractors “pulled plans” for the project and eight actually submitted bids.

Prior to the vote Tamara Otero was asked by fellow board member Jill Barto, “It looks like….is this your husband’s company?” Otero replied, “No,” and immediately brushed off the question, saying the internet connection to her computer on the dais is disconnected. (Barto says she asked about the family connections but her phrase, “and your family” was masked by Otero’s response.)

Tamara Otero is the mother to Dryw Ortero, the owner of Otero Construction, Inc., State Contractors License #1025227, according to the State of California, with offices located on the 8400 block of Magnolia Street in Santee. The young company has been in business less than two years, founded in April 2017.

DRIVER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS FOR INJURING BOY ON BIKE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery 

April 29, 2019 (El Cajon) - Courtney Webber has been sentenced to three years in prison for hitting a 9-year-old bicyclist in El Cajon on October 5, 2018, then fleeing the scene, Times of San Diego reports.  Webber pled guilty to the crime.

FIGHTING HATE FOR GOOD: A COMMUNITY VIGIL FOR POWAY TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M.

East County News Service

April 29, 2019 (Poway)  -- In the wake of Saturday’s tragedy at Chabad of Poway, the San Diego Jewish community and its allies will gather at Poway High School (1550 Espola Rd., Poway) tonight at 6:30 p.m. to honor the victims and to stand together against anti-Semitism – and hate of all kinds.

In partnership with Poway Unified School District, the vigil is being convened by the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego County, Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Family Service of San Diego and Jewish Federation of San Diego County. The  Mayors of Poway and San Diego will speak, along with religious, law enforcement, civil rights and education leaders.

FAMILY OF CHABAD SUSPECT EXPRESSES ‘SHOCK, SHAME AND ANGUISH’

 

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  John T. Earnest via 10 News

April 29, 2019 (Poway) - The family of John T. Earnestthe suspect in the fatal attack on a Poway synagogue, issued a statement Monday expressing “shock,” “grief” and “anguish” while lamenting  their son “is now part of the history of evil.”

L.A. UNIVERSITIES QUARANTINE 1,000 DUE TO MEASLES: COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE MAY SPREAD TO SAN DIEGO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2019 (Los Angeles) — A major outbreak of measles (or rubella) in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities could soon spread to San Diego, health officials warn. Here are fast facts you should know:

 

• 704 measles cases have been diagnosed in 22 states
• Worst outbreak since the disease was eradicated in U.S.in 2000
• 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to measles contract the disease
• Vaccine offers 97% protection
• Those born from 1957-1967 may lack immunity and need booster shot

SDSU LACROSSE CAPTURES SECOND STRAIGHT MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

Senior Harlowe Steele named tournament MVP as Aztecs surge past UC Davis 15-7

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2019 (Davis) - The San Diego State lacrosse team captured its second straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship on Sunday with a 15-7 triumph over UC Davis in the title game at Aggie Stadium.

ERRORS PROVE COSTLY IN SDSU BASEBALL'S 5-1 LOSS AT UNLV

 

 

Aztecs suffer 5-1 loss on Sunday despite surrendering just one earned run

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2019 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State baseball team fell victim to a pair of run-producing errors in a 5-1 loss at Earl E. Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Aztecs fall to 26-19 (11-9 Mountain West) on the year while UNLV captures a series win and improves its record to 25-20 (12-12 MW)

SDSU SOFTBALL EDGED AT COLORADO STATE 4-3

 

 

Aztecs fall on walk-off single

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2019 (Fort Collins, Colo.) - The San Diego State softball team lost to No. 25 Colorado State, 4-3, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday afternoon at Ram Field in Fort Collins, Colo. The Aztecs (21-24, 8-10 MW) also dropped the series with the Rams (36-8, 17-4 MW).

POWAY SYNAGOGUE VICTIMS SHOWED COURAGE AND HEROISM IN FACE OF COWARDLY ATTACK

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Lori Kaye, the sole fatality, and injured survivors Rabbi Ysroel Goldstein, Almog Perez, and Noya Dahan

Updated April 29 with information on Iraq War veteran Oscar Stewart, who chased the gunman out of the synagogue

April 28, 2019 (Poway) – When a gunman opened fire on unarmed worshippers and a rabbi inside the Chabad Congregation synagogue on Saturday, his victims displayed remarkable courage—saving many lives.  About 100 people were in the synagogue, but only four were struck, according to Sheriff Bill Gore.

 Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, a founding member of the synagogue, jumped between the gunman and Rabbi Ysroel Goldstein, sacrificing her own life to save the spiritual leader, CNN reports. She had come to say a Kaddish prayer for the dead for her late mother, but now the prayer will be recited in her memory.

Rabbi Goldstein raised his hands and bullets tore through his fingers.  ““I saw a group of children in the banquet hall, including my granddaughter,” he told NBC TV after surgery, “not even knowing that my fingers were blown off, I got the kids and everyone out of the sanctuary safely.”  Outside the sanctuary, despite his bloody wounds, the Rabbi continued to deliver his Passover message and told his congregation, “We are united.”

CONNECTING AT A JEWISH-MUSLIM SEDER

 

 

By Mimi Pollack

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Network.

April 28, 2019 (La Jolla) - Whenever I hear of an organization whose purpose is to build bridges of communication, I want to find out more. I was invited to attend the Sunday Seder of the San Diego chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, an organization of Muslim and Jewish women, which was held at the Lawrence Family JCC. It proved to be a positive experience.

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