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

COUNTY, STATE WARN BACKYARD BIRD OWNERS ABOUT VIRULENT NEWCASTLE DISEASE

 

 

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 28, 2019 (San Diego) - It still has not been detected here, but San Diego County officials are urging backyard bird owners to watch for virulent Newcastle disease, a highly contagious, agriculturally dangerous, bird-killing virus, after the state expanded its quarantine in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

February 28, 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.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

February 28, 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.

EAST COUNTY SOLAR EXPERIENCE MARCH 2 IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2019 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to an East County Solar Experience on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Salvation Army KROC Center community center room, 6845 University Ave. in La Mesa. 

Hear from nationally accredited energy professionals and nonprofit climate champions to learn about the evolving solar power landscape including what’s changing for solar power and clean energy policy in 2019. You’ll also learn from neighbors who went solar.

Register at www.SDSolarExperience.org for this event hosted by Sullivan Solar Power and Climate Action Campaign.  There’s power through education!

FULL SOUTHBOUND CLOSURE OF INTERSTATE 5 SCHEDULED THURSDAY NIGHT FOR TROLLEY BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

 

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2019 (San Diego) -- Starting Thursday, February 28, at 9:30 p.m., and running through Friday, March 1, at 5 a.m., all southbound lanes on Interstate 5 (I-5) will be closed to vehicular traffic  from the interchange of I-5 and Interstate 805 to La Jolla Village Drive.

REAL ESTATE REALTY: GROWING CANNABIS WHILE HOLDING AN ACTIVE DUTY STATUS

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson Real Estate Broker CNE, CPRES.

 

February 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

 

Dear Maryanne,

 

My husband and I purchased a home last year in East County. My husband is currently Active Duty Military and we used his VA benefits to purchase the home. We have a large area in our fenced in rear yard that has been perfect for growing vegetables.

 

I have an honorable discharge from the military due to an injury, because of this injury I am subject to constant pain. I have been managing the inflammation and pain flare ups with my medical marijuana license that enables me to purchase the amount of vapor inserts that I need. The cost has become staggering to buy the medical marijuana that I need as it is not covered under my TRI CARE health insurance.

 

Last spring, I decided to take matters into my own hands and planted several marijuana plants. I have a green thumb to say the least. The plants are getting huge and I am planning on using the dried leaves to offset my cost. Upon my husband’s last visit home from sea he was mowing the grass and noticed the plants. He is concerned that he could get arrested or kicked out of the military for the plants growing on our private property.

 

Do you know where we stand on this? After all, marijuana has been legalized now in California and I do have a medical marijuana license.

 

A.J. Lakeside, CA.

 

LA MESA APPROVES GRANNY FLAT ORDINANCE AND CREATION OF CITIZENS COMMITTEE ON HOMELESSNESS

 
 
By Allan Acevedo
 
February 28, 2019 (La Mesa) – With a packed agenda, the La Mesa City Council addressed concerns of increased homelessness, the ongoing housing crisis, and the City’s action plan to meet 2020 and 2035 greenhouse gas reduction goals.

AZTECS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL KNOCKED OFF BY UTAH STATE 65-52

 

 

Sophia Ramos paced the Aztecs with 15 points

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photos by Don De Mars

February 28, 2019 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (10-15, 5-10) suffered a 65-52 defeat to Utah State (13-14, 8-8) Wednesday evening inside Viejas Arena. The Aztecs, who fell behind by 16 points early in the second quarter, were able to pull within one point late in the third, but then saw Utah State finish the game on a 15-3 run.

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE ON FORESTER CREEK PARK PROPOSALS DRAWS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD IN EL CAJON

 

You can provide your input on the Foundation’s survey on El Cajon Recreational Access Plan at www.sandiegoriver.org/survey.html (available in English, Spanish and Arabic)

By Jonathan Goetz

February 27, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego River Park Foundation held an open house yesterday on proposed parks along Forester Creek and other locations in EL Cajon. The event at the Ronald Reagan Community Center drew nearly 200 people, with multiple stations staffed by the Foundation's volunteers, staff and California Polytechnic State University graduate consultants.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN MARCH, 2019

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: CC by SA

February 27, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- Destination East County highlights March events including an Off Broadway Live production in Santee, a wildlife tracking walk at Mission Trails, a Borrego historical tour and living history presentation, Tomatomania at the Water Conservation Garden, and Quartet Luminosos at Mission Trails Church.

Plu, coming attractions include Arlo Guthrie on stage in Poway, a St. Patrick’s Day lucky adventure in Santa Ysabel, Sha Na Na at Sycuan, and the 1000 Lights Festival at Santee Lakes.

So scroll down for these events and many more.

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO STUDY IDEA OF BUYING, SELLING ENERGY THROUGH A COMMUNITY CHOICE PROGRAM

 
 
East County News Service
 
February 27, 2019 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to study the idea of buying and selling electricity to give county residents an alternative to having to buy it from the region’s utility, San Diego Gas & Electric. Under a community choice program, residents would still have the option to stay with SDG&E if they choose to do so.

JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BALLOT MEASURE: A “YES” VOTE DISSOLVES DISTRICT, A “NO” VOTE SAVES VOLUNTEER DEPT.

 

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor, and Miriam Raftery, Editor

 

February 26, 2019 (Julian) — Voters in the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) have until March 19 to mail in their ballots on Measure A. The ballot language is confusing to some.  

 

In plain English, a “yes” vote would dissolve the county’s last all-volunteer firefighting district and put the San Diego County Fire Authority run by Cal Fire in sole charge of fire and emergency medical protection.  A “no” vote would save the district from dissolving and keep the volunteer firefighters and paramedics who have protected the area for over 20 years, with Cal Fire providing backup/mutual aid.

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTECS FALL TO AGGIES IN LOGAN

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 26, 2019 (Logan, Utah) - Quinn Taylor recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds to lift Utah State to a 70-54 win over San Diego State on Tuesday night.

Sam Merrill had 19 points for Utah State (23-6, 13-3 Mountain West Conference), which earned its fifth consecutive victory. Diogo Brito added 12 points. Justin Bean had 10 points and eight rebounds for the hosts.

BOYS BASKETBALL: FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN ADVANCES TO CIF STATE QUARTERFINALS WITH 70-56 WIN OVER EL CAMINO REAL

 
 
Foothills Christian will travel to Santa Margarita High School Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
 
Story and photos by Liz Alper
 
February 26, 2019 (Spring Valley) - Foothills Christian boys basketball has trekked through the CIF San Diego Section playoffs and now, it’s time for the state playoffs.  The Knights are the #5 seed in the SoCal Division 1 Regional.  Tonight, they faced the Conquistadors of El Camino Real from Woodland Hills at neutral Mount Miguel High School.

FEMA ANNOUNCES COST SHARE ADJUSTMENT FOR THREE DISASTERS

 

 

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

February 26, 2019 (Washington D.C.) -- FEMA Administrator Brock Long announced that the federal cost-share for three major disaster declarations caused by wildfires in 2018 has increased from 75 to 90 percent, including major fire in California.

SNOW VISITORS DEFACE LA POSTA SACRED SITE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

February 26, 2019 (La Posta) — A couple who claimed responsibility on social media for spray-painting graffiti on rocks at a sacred site on the La Posta Indian reservation in East County claims they didn’t know they were on tribal lands, but have offered to clean up the damage.

FIERY LAKESIDE CRASH MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY RACING VEHICLES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM  news partner 10 News

February 26, 2019 (Lakeside) – A 1995 red Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed struck a raised curb and rolled over, catching fire around 2:47 a.m.  The occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene by the time emergency responders arrived and it’s unknown who was driving the vehicle.

FIRST FRIDAY ART SHOW MARCH 1 IN RAMONA

 

 

East County News Service

February 26, 2019 (Ramona) – The Gallery at 438 Main St. in Ramona invites you to a “First Friday” Art Party and Open House on March 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature free refreshments, art by local artists, and 20 percent discounts off purchases.

 

EAST COUNTY CHURCH HOSTS `BLESSED WITH A DRESS,’ FREE FORMAL DRESSES FOR YOUNG LADIES

 

 

East County News Service 

February 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – Foothills Christian Church at 365 West Bradley Ave. in El Cajon will host “Blessed with a Dress,” a free event for young women needing high-quality, fashionable formal wear for school dances and other special occasions. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, girls can visit the church campus and select a free dress, pair of shoes and jewelry for upcoming formal events.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER PRESENTS `EAST COUNTY HONORS’ AWARDS

 

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce swore in its 30-member board of directors and presented awards at its recent 107th Annual Dinner, held Feb. 23 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in El Cajon. More than 200 people attended the “East County Honors” event.

CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE HOSTS SIXTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY ON FEB. 28TH

 

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2019 (Santee) – The Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, will celebrate six years of serving guests with an anniversary party in the restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 28.  The 110-seat restaurant opened on February 28, 2013.

NATIVE PLANT SALE AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK APRIL 6

 

 

East County News Service

February 24, 2019 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside River Park Conservancy will hold a native plant sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until supply runs out) at 12108 Industry Road in Lakeside.

Preorders are available with a $50 minimum order by March 23rd.  For more information or a complete plant list, visit www.lakesideriverpark.org/native-plant-sale.

AS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS IT CAN’T REUNITE ALL SEPARATED FAMILIES, JUDGE WEIGHS ACTION; HOUSE DEMOCRATS PREPARE TO SUBPOENA RECORDS

By Miriam Raftery

Illustration by Duke Windsor*

February 24, 2019 (San Diego) – Following revelations that the Trump administration failed to inform a federal judge that it had begun separating migrant children from their parents back in 2017, a federal judge in San Diego sent strong signals Thursday that he is prepared to expand his June 2018 reunification order to mandate reunions of more families who came to the U.S. seeking freedom from persecution.

Judge Dana Sabraw’s original order required unification only of children who were in government custody at the time, taken from migrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. But on Thursday, Judge Sabraw made clear, “No one but a few in the government knew that these separations had been going on nine or 10 months before, and that hundreds if not thousands were” being separated. He added, “The court didn’t know that and plaintiff didn’t know that, and I don’t think government counsel knew that.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF WOMAN IN ALPINE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: 10 News

 

Update February 27, 2019: The victim has been identified as Melanie Benitez, 27.  Paraschak, 42, has been charged with murder.

 

February 24, 2019 (Alpine) – A man armed with two guns was arrested yesterday for killing a woman in Alpine. Paul Paraschak has been charged with murder, Lt. Rich Williams told 10 News.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: HUMANITARIANS AL SANATI AND RAMIRO SANDOVAL SPEAK OUT ON EFFORTS TO HELP REFUGEES AND REBUILD IRAQ

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Al Sanati and Ramiro Sandoval

Cllick this audio link to hear our interview, or scroll down to read highlights.

February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) — Al Sanati, director of the War Refugees Group, and Ramiro Sandoval with Hermanos Unidos Sin Fronteras (Brothers United Without Borders) were our guests on our East Count Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ recently.

These humanitarian leaders are fighting for justice and filing suit to win financial reparations from the Iraqi government for1.2 million Iraqi refugees around the world, including over 80,000 in East County. They have also met with top dignitaries in Iraq in an effort to help the nation’s new government rebuild Iraq.

Audio: 

Interview with Al Sanati and Ramiro Sandoval

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DESERT GREENERY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Culp Valley at top of long passing lane (south side) looking southerly

February 23, 2019 (Borrego Springs) –  Bob Kutscher in Borrego Springs sent in thee images, stating, “I  captured some panoramic images yesterday of what Borrego desert looks like after the snowfall we had yesterday and have attached and inserted them with this email.  Note you can also see just how green the desert has become with all this rainfall.”  

FOUR NEW STORES TO OPEN INSIDE FORMER EL CAJON SEARS SPACE AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 
 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s iconic Parkway Plaza mall has dodged a bullet with the announcement that the recently vacated Sears store at the west end of the mall will be home to four new stores by Memorial Day Weekend. 

LA MESA TO HOLD COMMUNITY FORUM ON FARMER’S MARKET THURS. FEB. 28

 
East County News Service

February 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa wants your opinions on the future of its farmer’s market. A community forum will be held this Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Dept. Community Room., 8085 University Avenue.

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