MUSICAL STARS TO SHINE THIS WEEK AT THE MAGNOLIA

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT

241 PINTS OF BLOOD AND OVER 4,215 POUNDS OF FOOD COLLECTED AT SDCCU HOLIDAY BOWL BLOOD AND FOOD DRIVE IN LA MESA

CHABAD OF EAST COUNTY ADAPTS TO CARRY OUT FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH CELEBRATION

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

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

BARBECUE BLAMED FOR SPRING VALLEY FIRE THAT DESTROYED TWO HOMES

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

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. 

JASON ROBO LOSES NORCAL RADIO GIG AFTER RACIST RANT AGAINST COUNTY SUPERVISORS

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

Photo:  Jason Robo in one of his YouTube channel videos, which mostly get very light traffic.

November 4, 2021 (San Diego) - Comedian Jason Robo on Wednesday apparently lost his 5-year-old unpaid radio gig in Humboldt County a day after his crude rant against three county supervisors and racist attack on the county’s public health officer.

AS THOROUGHBRED DEATHS MOUNT, EFFORTS GROW TO BAN GAMBLING ON HORSE RACING

By Miriam Raftery

November 3, 2021 (San Diego) – California’s 2021 thoroughbred racing season is off to a deadly start.  So far, 62 racehorses have died, prompting animal rights advocates and the San Diego Democratic Party to call for a state constitutional amendment to ban gambling on horse racing.

RACIAL SLURS, PERSONAL ATTACKS BY ANTI-VAXXER AT SUPERVISORS’ MEETING PROMPT CALLS FOR REFORMS

By Miriam Raftery 

Rebecca Jefferis Williamson contributed to this story.

Update (11:15 a.m.) : See link at end of story regarding Jason Robo. Robo allegedly bills himself as a comedian. 

Photo: Jason Robo’s personal attacks included racial slurs against the County’s Black public health officer.

November 3, 2021 (San Diego) – Personal attacks including profane and racist remarks by an anti-vaxxer during San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors meeting have prompted a prominent civil rights leader to call for limits on public speech.

A man identifying himself as Jason Robo testified that Chairman Nathan Fletcher should commit suicide, then made racial slurs against County Public Health Director Wilma  Wooten, who is Black. Among other things, Robo called Wooten a “f***king Aunt Jemima.”  (View video)

CDC APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR KIDS AGES 5-11, BUT HOLDS OFF ON MODERNA

The first COVID vaccines for children have arrived at Rady Children's Hospital and are quickly rolling out to locations across the region

By Miriam Raftery

Photo; CC by ND via Bing

November 3, 2021 (San Diego) – The nation’s top health official is urging parents to have children vaccinated against COVID-19 in time for the holidays, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11.  The federal action will make the shots available to 28 million children nationwide.

“This is another major milestone in our efforts to protect more children, their families, and our communities as we work to end the pandemic,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We are following the data and science, and after a thorough review by FDA and CDC, we are ready to get millions of children vaccinated. Thanks to their rigorous, comprehensive and independent review of the data, we know that vaccination of younger children against COVID-19 proved to be safe and effective.”

LOTHIAN WINS LA MESA COUNCIL SPECIAL ELECTION

 

 

 

Update November 2, 2021:  The final, official results give Lothian the win with 4,474 votes, or 38.43% of the vote, a comfortable margin of nearly 2,000 votes. Out of 39, 346 registered voters, 11,686 cast votes. Afghsan too, 21.67%, Dillard 20.36%, Stieringer 10.95%, Brand 6.84%, and Louden 1.76%.

By Miriam Raftery

November 3, 2021 (La Mesa) – Realtor Laura Lothian appears poised to win the La Mesa City Council special election.  Preliminary results posted by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters show Lothian with 39.18% of the vote in the six-candidate race, more than double the vote tally of the next highest candidate.

With 2,000 votes yet to be tallied, Lothian has a lead of 1,451 votes over Patricia Dillard, who has 20.85% of the votes.

ANZA-BORREGO PHOTO CONTEST NOW OPEN

East County News Service

Nov. 2, 2021 (Borrego Springs) – You’re invited to submit your best photos of the unique and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park by December 7. There are six categories to enter your photos – and the Best of Show winner will receive a 2.5 hour private tour for two with California Overland Desert Excursions.

The contest is presented by the Anza Borrego Foundation in partnership with the Borrego Art Institute and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: KEEPING KIDS SAFE, CLEAN AND SOBER DURING THE HOLIDAYS

By David R. Shorey, East County Program Manager, Institute for Public Strategies

Photo:  Creative Commons

November 3, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- As we move into the holiday season and pandemic restrictions are loosening in the East County, in-person gatherings are going to become more common. For many, this will be the first time in a couple of years that families will all be able to gather and there may be increased temptation to party hard this year to make up for lost time. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year’s, Festivus and winter solstice are all opportunities to celebrate with alcoholic beverages. While traditions of celebrating the holidays with fancy cocktails, good food and reminiscing about past experiences can be done responsibly, the opportunities for increased access to alcohol by youth presents a challenge to those gathered. This is the season to become even more diligent about reducing kids’ access to alcohol.

COUNTY INITIATIVE TO OFFER MORE HEALTH SERVICE OPTIONS IN RURAL AREAS

By Chuck Westerheide, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Firefighter Paramedic Brenton Rowell from the Mt. Laguna County Fire Station is completing his morning checks of the Advanced Life Support gear.

November 2, 2021 (San Diego's East County) - The County is moving forward with a Community Health and Injury Prevention Initiative to expand health services and community education to areas that lack health care facilities and transportation.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR COMES TO THE MAGNOLIA IN EL CAJON NOVEMBER 17

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2021 (El Cajon) - The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Tour is coming to El Cajon’s The Magnolia on Wednesday, November 17 at 8 p.m. This all-new production will feature favorite holiday songs of all time performed with the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica.

SANTEE KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON WITH TREE LIGHTING NOV. 19: EVENT INCLUDES CARRIAGE RIDES, SNOW SLEDDING AND SANTA

East County News Service

November 2, 2021 (Santee) -- The City of Santee’s annual Holiday Lighting Celebration returns this year, and will provide the community with the traditional elements they have come to expect when celebrating the holiday season. The event will take place Friday, November 19 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Santee Trolley Square.

ACTIVITIES RETURN AT MISSION TRAILS INCLUDING HAWK TALKS, STAR PARTIES AND MORE

East County News Service

November 2, 2021 (San Diego) – After 20 long months, Mission Trails Regional Park welcomes back many of its programs including Trail Guide walks, Hawk Talk, Star Parties, the Native Flute Circle and more. For details, visit www.MTRP.org.

ESCONDIDO RENAISSANCE FAIR RETURNS WITH MERRIMENT AND FANTASY: FUN CONTINUES NOV. 6-7

By Henri Migala

November 2, 2021 (Escondido) -- I can’t believe that I have lived in San Diego for over 20 years and have only now discovered the magic and fun of the Renaissance Fair in Escondido! I’m really sorry I never took my children there when they were little. I’m sure they would have loved at least as much as I did.

MORE EL CAJON SCHOOLCHILDREN FREED FROM AFGHANISTAN, ISSA ANNOUNCES

“After months of teamwork, a brave family is finally coming home.” – Rep. Darrell Issa

 Nov. 2, 2021 (El Cajon) --  Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) announced that a seventh family and schoolchildren from the El Cajon school district has escaped Afghanistan and will be returning to their home in California.

“For months, my staff and I have joined an unprecedented community wide effort to bring this family and these kids home. Today, we can say that they are for certain on their way back to us,” said Issa. “There are so many people to thank for making this possible.”

BILL TO PROTECT PALA INDIANS’ SACRED SITE PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

East County News Service

November 2, 2021 (Pala) -- Bipartisan legislation to facilitate the Pala Band of Mission Indians’ work to protect a sacred San Diego County site passed in the House of Representatives today.  H.R. 1975 – The Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021 – was authored by Congressman Darrel Issa (CA-50)  and cosponsored by Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51). 

The legislation will authorize the Secretary of the Interior to transfer approximately 720 acres of land – which includes a sacred site known locally as Gregory Mountain or Chokla– that was acquired by the Pala into trust for the benefit of the tribe and its members.

The action ends a two-decade battle by the tribe to prevent the Gregory Canyon Landfill.  In 2016, the land was purchased by the Pala Band of Mission Indians to prevent construction of a landfill on the mountain, a site of tremendous cultural significance to Pala tribal members. 

GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS CHECKS COMING SOON FOR SOME CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

Source: Assemblymember Akilah Weber 

November 2, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- As many Californians struggle financially during the pandemic, the Golden State Stimulus program continues to provide cash assistance to those who were affected. Eligible Californians earning between $30,000 to $75,000 a year can soon expect to see the stimulus payments.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CRUISES PAST BIOLA 79-52 IN EXHIBITION

Sophia Ramos finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 1, 2021 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s basketball team defeated Biola 79-52 in an exhibition Monday evening inside Viejas Arena. SDSU poured in 56 points in the first half and at one point led by as much as 38 points.

SULLIVAN SOLAR ACCUSED OF SHUTTING DOWN, LEAVING CUSTOMERS IN LURCH

By Miriam Raftery

File photo: Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar

November 1, 2021 (San Diego) – Consumers who hired Sullivan Solar Power have cast a pall over the company’s once-shining reputation. The company has closed its doors without notice to its customers. Some report being stiffed for tens of thousands of dollars, including deposits paid for work not completed, as well as having to pay subcontractors that Sullivan reportedly never paid.

"PACK THE PANTRY" VIRTUAL FOOD DRIVE LAUNCHES TO HELP FILL LOCAL COLLEGE PANTRIES

50% of area college students face food insecurity

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

November 1, 2021 (San Diego) - Approximately 50% of local community college students grapple with food insecurity. As a result of not having reliable, consistent access to food, students are more likely to miss classes or drop out of school.  The pandemic continues to severely impact students, and has increased the demand at food pantries on local college campuses.

With the 3rd annual Pack the Pantry food drive, California Coast Credit Union is partnering with all of the local community college campuses and the San Diego Food Bank to raise funds and fill local college pantries. During the month of November, you can donate online to help provide much-needed food for local college students at https://www.calcoastcu.org/news-and-events/pack-the-pantry-2021/. Donors can even select which college food pantry they want their donation directed to.

PROBATION AWARDED GRANT TO SUPERVISE HIGH-RISK, REPEAT DUI OFFENDERS

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 1, 2021 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Probation Department received a $335,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to provide more intensive monitoring for people convicted of driving under the influence.

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