RESIDENTS BATTLED FLAMES IN EL MONTE, CITING FEARS THAT A SAND MINE MAY BLOCK EVACUATION IN FUTURE FIRES

SAN DIEGO RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK SHELTERS ASYLUM SEEKERS DUMPED BY ICE ONTO SAN DIEGO STREETS; LAUNCHES GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

CDC WARNING: DO NOT EAT ANY ROMAINE LETTUCE DUE TO NATIONWIDE E-COLI CONTAMINATION

PASSAGES: ROBERT BATTENFIELD, LA MESA ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL

HUNTER LEAD SLIPS AS COUNTING CONTINUES; CAMPA-NAJJAR TRAILS BY JUST OVER 10,000 VOTES

LAKESIDE RESIDENT FILES GRAND JURY COMPLAINT OVER SAND MINE, SUBMITS PETITION TO COUNTY WITH MAJORITY OF NEIGHBORS OPPOSED

BRUSH FIRE IN LAKESIDE NEAR LAKE JENNINGS

LEADERS IN WINE INDUSTRY HONORED WITH SIXTH ANNUAL TRAILBLAZERS AWARDS

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS AIR ISSUES OVER OUTAGES

630 MISSING AS CONFIRMED DEATH TOLL RISES TO 60 IN CAMP FIRE

COMING SOON TO SANTEE: A COMBINED MULTIPLEX CINEMA AND RESTAURANT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 16-DEC. 22

PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON UTILITIES’ WILDFIRE MITIGATION PLANS BEFORE NOV. 14 PREHEARING CONFERENCE

 

East County News Service

November 3, 2018 (San Francisco) – “We want to hear from you about wildfires!” states a message from Agatha Wein at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  “The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is examining how well California's electric utilities are prepared for wildfires and we want input from community leaders.”

SDG&E, PG&E, Southern California Edison, and several other utilities are required to develop wildfire mitigation plans that will include details on:

  • wildfire prevention strategies for electric utilities,
  • maintenance and inspection of lines,
  • outreach to first responders and customers, including low-income, elderly, disabled, and those with limited English,
  • restoration of service after a wildfire

MOTORCYLIST IN FATAL RAMONA CRASH IDENTIFIED

 

East County News Service

November 3, 2018 (Ramona) – Erinn Clarke Edens, 48, of Ramona has been identified by the County Medical Examiner as the motorcyclist killed on October 20th in a solo vehicle accident.

He lost control of the motorcycle in the 15000 block of Wildcat Canyon Road in Ramona and was ejected into the path of an oncoming vehicle, which ran over him and dragged him a short distance until the vehicle was able to stop.

MOTORCYCLIST IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER EL CAJON CRASH

 

East County News Service

November 3, 2018 (El Cajon) – A 55-year-old rider on a Harley Davidson was traveling with a group of motorcyclists this morning in the 900 block of East Main Street in El Cajon when according to witnesses, he began passing vehicles in the inside left turn lane.  When the lane ended, the rider struck a raised center median and was ejected on the roadway, suffering severe head injuries.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: AZTECS RALLY PAST BIOLA 63-53

 

Naje Murray & Mallory Adams had double-doubles

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 2, 2018 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s basketball team knocked off Biola 63-53 in an exhibition contest at Viejas Arena Friday evening. After falling behind by double-digits in the first quarter, the Aztecs used a 15-2 run in the third quarter to take the lead and then held off the Eagles down the stretch.

MCNELIS LEADS ALL SANTEE CANDIDATES IN CONTRIBUTIONS

 

By Mike Allen

November 2, 2018 (Santee) -- Running in his fourth city election, Santee Councilman Rob McNelis has been around the block a few times asking for funds to pay for such things as campaign signs and mailers so it’s no surprise that he easily leads the pack of seven candidates for the City Council with about $23,000 collected as of late October.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: RUDY REYES, FIRE SURVIVOR RUNNING FOR SANTEE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2018 (Santee) –  The race for Santee City Council District 1 pits incumbent Councilman Ronn Hall,  an insurance company owner and former Chamber of Commerce president, against Rudy Reyes, a San Diego State University program director, Cedar Fire survivor and advocate for burn victims.

We invited both candidates onto our radio show at KNSJ 89.1 FM.  Reyes accepted; you can listen to his full interview at the audio link and view highlights below. 

Councilman Hall declined, citing dental surgery, but did answer written questions earlier in the campaign which you can read here.

Audio: 

Rudy Reyes interview - District 1, Santee

DEVELOPMENT IS KEY ISSUE IN SANTEE CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 RACE: HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS



 

East County News Service

November 1, 2018 (Santee) – This is the first election in which Santee residents cast votes by district. In District 1, Councilman Rob NcNelis, a market leader with a mortgage banking company and former Chamber of Commerce president, is running against Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield, a software engineer and business owner who worked at U.C. Berkeley’s school of public health as a program manager and chair of the staff advisory council.

Key issues are development vs. quality of life, as well as how to address the city’s budget deficit. Andrade-Heymsfield claims her opponent puts developers’ interests over those of residents; she pledges to oppose Fanita Ranch. McNelis says he’s voted against some developer donors’ projects and votes for what's best for Santee. He pledges to keep government small and out of people’s pockets; Andrade-Heymsfield says she has ideas for new revenue sources to address the city’s deficit without raising taxes. 

We interviewed both candidates on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio. Hear the full interviews by clicking the audio links (Evlyn Andrade Heymsfield audio and Rob McNelis audio) plus read highlights below.

Audio: 

Evlyn Andrade-Heymsfield interview
Rob McNelis interview

HOW A CHILD'S BREATHING PROBLEM CAN BE MISDIAGNOSED AS ADHD

 

By Ami Barakat, DDS

November 2, 2018 (San Diego) - They are two conditions that might seem to have nothing in common: mouth breathing and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Yet children who breathe through their mouths because of a dental issue may be easily misdiagnosed with ADHD, resulting in a lifetime of being given powerful drugs unnecessarily.

BOULEVARD MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF BROTHER

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2018 (Boulevard) – David Smith, 52, has been arrested for the murder of his brother, Danny Smith, 63.  Rural Sheriff’s deputies responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls yesterday at 4:17 p.m. reporting  a shooting at the large rural property at 38326 Highway 94 in Boulevard, where the brothers lived in separate residences.

Deputies found the victim inside the home, dead, with a traumatic gunshot wound, says Lt. Rich Williams with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.

ECM EXCLUSIVE: EL CAJON COUNCILMEMBER BEN KALASHO SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER ILLEGAL USE OF CITY RESOURCES

 

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

November 1, 2018 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho today signed a settlement to end his latest legal battle with the city he represents, after his fellow Councilmembers voted unanimously on Monday to sue Kalasho for illegal use of city resources in his campaign to unseat incumbent Gary Kendrick.

The City had intended to bring the matter to the attention of the County of San Diego District Attorney, the California State Attorney General, and the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

READER'S EDITORIAL: DEVELOPERS BUYING SANTEE CITY COUNCIL SEATS THROUGH PAC'S DARK MONEY

 

By Santee City Councilman Stephen Houlahan and Preserve Wild Santee Director Van Collinsworth

November 1, 2018 (Santee) - A flood of developer dollars are backing incumbents/status-quo candidates (McNelis, Hall & Koval) in this city council election. The dark money backing for these candidates show that this election is about resident versus developer control of city government and the ability to approve the massive Fanita Ranch project.

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE PICKS UP MORE AWARDS

 



By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Three East County Magazine writers received honors in San Diego Press Club’s 2018 Awards of Excellence presented this week.  All were entered in the online and daily newspapers category, bringing our total to 112 journalism awards as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 2-DEC. 14





East County News Service

October 31, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Cowboys and Aliens at the Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon, Kids Care Fest in Lemon Grove, the Ramona Art and Wine Fest, and the season opening of the outdoor ice skating rink at Viejas in Alpine.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including an East County Youth Symphony Concert, El Cajon’s Veterans Day ceremony, Santee’s holiday lighting ceremony, the Mother Goose Parade and Holiday Lights on Main in El Cajon, It’s a Wonderful Life radio play in Santee, Tony Orlando at Sycuan, La Mesa’s Holidays in the Village, and Leann Rimes in concert at Viejas.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE SHOOTINGS DENOUNCED LOCALLY AND AROUND THE WORLD

East County News Service

Photos: Pittsburgh memorial to slain synagogue victims, White House flag at half mast, Eifel Tower in Paris dark in commemoration, Pittsburgh Steelers logo with star of David.

November 1, 2018 (San Diego) – Around the world and locally, the world grieves the slaughter of 11 Jewish people during a worship service and baby-naming ceremony at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week.   

In San Diego, people of all faiths came together to show solidarity in the face of the attack by an avowed anti-Semitic mass shooter.  Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), who is Jewish,  posted on social media, “An overflowing and diverse crowd of thousands brought love and resolve to Temple Beth Israel - demonstrating how strongly San Diegans reject hate and division. So proud of everyone who stood up and said: Not Here! Not Anywhere!”

Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) has been silent on the issue on his social media. 

His opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, issued this statement: “I am horrified by the heinous attack,” adding, “There are no words to fully convey our sadness and horror at the murder of Jewish people who were worshipping with their community on Shabbat."

ALPINE FIRE NAMES NEW CAPTAIN AND DIVISION CHIEF

 

 

Source: Alpine Fire Department 

Photo:  Division Chief Brian Boggeln and Captain Greg O’Gorman take the oath and are sworn in to their positions.

November 1, 2018 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) recently announced the promotions of Brian Boggeln and Greg O’Gorman.  The promotions were effective on October 1st.  Both firefighters participated in a badge pinning ceremony where they were ‘pinned’ by their wives and recognized for their accomplishments by the AFPD Board of Directors at the October 16th Board meeting.  

MANY FAITHS JOIN AS ONE AT BETH ISRAEL VIGIL FOR PITTSBURGH MASSACRE VICTIMS

 

 

By Donald H. Harrison

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

Photo:  Members of different faiths and communities united in solidarity against hate. Photo by Chris Stone

November 1, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego is 2,450 miles from Pittsburgh, but the psychological distance Monday was zero as representatives of many faiths filled Congregation Beth Israel’s sanctuary and social hall to overflowing.

LAKESIDE PLANNERS VOTE AGAINST SAND MINE EIR AS OPPOSITION GROWS, SHADY PAST OF DEVELOPER RAISED

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Lakeside Planning Group members unanimously cast votes to reject EIR on sand mine

November 1, 2018 (Lakeside) --The Lakeside Community Planning Group has voted unanimously to oppose the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a massive sand mining project proposed by El Monte Nature Preserve LLC, the deceptively named company that wants to mine sand on the 479 acre site for the next 12 years in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley. The decision drew applause, cheers and hugs from the large crowd present.  View video of the LPCG meeting by Billy Ortiz.

Meanwhile, opposition to the project is growing – and serious questions over the property owner’s ethics are being raised.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: TRUNK OR TREAT

 

By Robert Gehr

November 1, 2018 (El Cajon) - El Cajon's Trunk Or Treat on Halloween night made a solid return this year, with large crowds of people attending and happy kids collecting lots of candy.

Many styles of costumes were evident, worn by children and adults alike. From cute to scary, with many showing very creative skills in how they were designed and put together.

LEANN RIMES IN CONCERT AT VIEJAS DEC. 14

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2018 (Alpine) - The youngest singer to win a Grammy and also be nominated by the Academy of Country Music, LeAnn Rimes will be live onstage at Oak Ballroom stage at Viejas Casino & Resort on Friday, December 14 at 8 p.m. With a string of hits throughout her career, she is still best known for her signature song “Blue”.

For tickets and details, visit https://Viejas.com and click on the entertainment option.

LA MESA HOLIDAYS IN THE VILLAGE DEC. 7-8

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2018 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Village Association will present Holiday in the Village December 7th   from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 8th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  You’re invited to stroll through the streets of La Mesa’s historic downtown to enjoy live music and dance, cozy fires, craft vendors, food, and a kids' area with holiday movies and activities.

There will also be fire pits, caroling and more in the spirit of the season.

Find more information at www.LaMesaVillageAssociation.org.

VOTERS TO DECIDE BOND TO RENOVATE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE SCHOOLS IN RURAL EAST COUNTY

 

Source: Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

November 1, 2018 (Alpine) - Residents in the Mountain Empire Unified School District are being asked to find out more about Measure JJ, a $15-million bond to renovate aging facilities at eight schools in sprawling rural East San Diego County.

SUPERVISORS GET ASSESSMENT ON CARING FOR PEOPLE IN PSYCHIATRIC CRISIS

 

At an hours-long conference on caring for people in psychiatric crisis, the County Board of Supervisors got an assessment of the current behavioral health system and actions underway to address current and potential future gaps in emergency and inpatient psychiatric resources in the region.

FIRES IN PEUTZ VALLEY AND EL CAPITAN AREAS

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

 

Update November 1, 2018, 8 a.m. -- Cal Fire reports that there were six spot fires and forward spread is stopped on all of them.

Update 9:55 p.m.:  Two fires near El Capitan reservoir are burning; one south of the boat dock is "problematic" and incident commander has requested additional resources, per scanner traffic.

October 31, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- Cal Fire is at the scene of the #PeutzFire that started near Peutz Valley Road in the Alpine area shortly before 9 p.m. reportedly about half an acre. 

Scanner traffic indicates crews have been battling multilpe small spot fires.

Crews had difficulty reaching flames near El Capitan reservoir due to a locked gate, Fox 5 reports.  Scanner traffic indicates the fire may be two acres.

Be vigilant and please report any suspicious activity to authorities.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE NEW IMPROVED BIKE PLAN

 

 

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Bicyclists trekking along Old Highway 80 in bike lanes.

October 31, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new plan Wednesday that could eventually add several hundred miles of safer, more convenient bicycle lanes to roads in and around unincorporated communities.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BOBCAT ON MT. LAGUNA

 

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2018 (Mount Laguna) – After putting out water for birds,  Mount Laguna resident Dave Hogan spotted an unexpected sight:  a bobcat hunting birds.  He sent these photos, and this message: “Please help protect our wild animal neighbors by not using rodent poison, keeping vulnerable pets indoors and livestock in secure pens, and not using the Wildlife Services agency to kill predators like this lovely bobcat.

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