FEBRUARY CALFRESH BENEFITS TO BE ISSUED EARLY

JAMUL CASINO TO SPICE UP SAN DIEGO RESTAURANT WEEK

PIANIST YUKO MARUYAMA PERFORMS FEB. 10 AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH

SEALS WIN HOME-OPENER IN FRONT OF NEAR-CAPACITY CROWD

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET AIMS TO LOWER PREMIUMS, EXPAND MEDI-CAL

SIGNUP DEADLINE FOR COVERED CA HEALTH PLANS IS TUESDAY

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DOCKLESS VEHICLE REGULATIONS

STORM SYSTEM SWOOPS INTO REGION BRINGING HEAVY RAIN, SNOW AND WAVES UP TO 14 FEET

MAN WANTED FOR TRYING TO LURE BOY, 12, INTO PICKUP TRUCK IN SANTEE

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

SANTEE CONSIDERS SHIFT TO COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY

FEDERAL SHUTDOWN HALTS CONTROLLED BURNS IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

NEW 4-STORY MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROJECT PROPOSED IN LA MESA: COMMUNITY MEETING DEC. 17

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – Developers of Jefferson La Mesa, a proposed multi-family apartment project proposed at 4949-4999 Baltimore Drive, invite the community to a meeting to hear about project plans.  The meeting will be held on Monday, December 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Department (8085 University Ave.).

The proposed four-story project would include 230 residential rental units, including some designated as affordable housing on-site. Though designated officially as mixed use, only four of the units are designated as work/live apartments.  The developer is listed as South Baltimore LLC/The Forties Challenge.

OLAF WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS QUILT EXHIBIT THROUGH DECEMBER

 

 

East County News Service

December 13, 2018 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, is presenting an exhibit of 25 quilts created by East County residents, including Cheryl Minshew, Daniela Stout and Sylvia Thomas. “Visitors to the Wieghorst will be impressed by the variety and creativity of patterns designed by East County residents,” said Minshew, the show’s curator. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Dec. 29.  Admission to the museum is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 590-3431, or visit www.wieghorstmuseum.org.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

December 13, 2018 (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.

Trump investigations

Other national news

WORLD

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COUNTY INSTALLING BLEEDING CONTROL KITS AT PUBLIC FACILITIES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2018 (San Diego) - “At the urging of ER doctors, first-responders and others, the county has started installing bleeding control kits at its facilities,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob announced on Facebook. Medical experts say the kits are critical in boosting survival rates after a traumatic event. I want to thank my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for supporting this initiative.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

December 13, 2018 (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

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COLLEGE DISTRICT TRIO PRESENTED CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE AWARDS

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

December 12, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Cohesion and excellence are concepts often expressed in threes. The Three Musketeers. The Three Tenors. The Three Wise Men. The Triple Crown. The three Olympic medals. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has a winning trio of its own – the winners of the 2018 Chancellor/Classified Senate Award -- who were lauded Tuesday night by the Governing Board in recognition of their exemplary work. The jobs of the winners – Rochelle Weiser from Grossmont College; Gwen Nix from Cuyamaca College and Gabriella Avila-Garcia from District Services, are varied, representing the broad expanse of tasks performed by non-instructional staff.

PRIVATE JULIAN PATIENT DATA BREACHED AMID 11-DAY HARD DRIVE LOSS, FIRE OFFICIALS FEAR

 

Update December 26, 2018 -- Patient data was not on the missing hard drive, long-time Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District Chief Mike Van Bibber has informed EMC. Patients' information was on a county server instead.

By Ken Stone

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

Photo:  photo taken Tuesday after backup hard drive was discovered missing. Photo via Brian Kramer

December 12, 2018 (Julian) - Julian fire district officials and local authorities are looking into the possible theft of private medical information and employee records from a backup hard drive.

According to Julian-Cuyamaca fire board member Brian Kramer, the external hard drive with possibly years of data went missing Dec. 1 from a locked room at the Julian fire station on state Route 79.

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR DEC. 16-30, 2018

 

 

By Sam Warren © 2018

“The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or a new thing in an old way.” —Richard Harding Davis, journalist and author (1864-1916)

 

December 12, 2018 (San Diego) – From a year-end wrap-up at the Book Catapult to book discussions, author signings and a holiday writers’ potluck, here are the upcoming local literary events in late December.  

 

Click to scroll down for a list of book events.

TRUMP ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN PRISON, IMPLICATES PRESIDENT IN FELONY CRIMES

By Miriam Raftery

December 12, 2018 (Washington D.C) – President Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced today to three years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes and admitting to prosecutors that Trump ordered him to commit felony crimes regarding payoffs to hide affairs. Cohen further provided evidence that the President was actively negotiating with Russia on business dealings during the campaign, contrary to what the president told voters at the time, the New York Times reports.

Cohen pled guilty to crimes filed under two separate cases, one filed by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors in New York and the other by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

While Mueller recommended leniency for Cohen due to his cooperation with the probe into illegal election interference,  federal prosecutors in New York indicated Cohen was uncooperative in their investigations. Investigators also seized computer and other records of Cohen.

In court, Cohen said of Trump, “I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.” He apologized to the American people and said his loyalty to Trump “led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”

Judge William H. Pauley III stated that Cohen’s crimes were serious and implicated “insiduous harm to our democratic institutions.”

ANALYSIS: RAT POISON FOUND IN 85 PERCENT OF TESTED MOUNTAIN LIONS, BOBCATS, FISHERS

 

 

Poisonings prompt California to reassess super-toxic rodenticides 

 

East County New Service

 

Mountain lion photo courtesy USFWS

 

December 12, 2018 (La Mesa) -- A new state analysis has documented super-toxic rat poisons in more than 85 percent of tested mountain lions, bobcats and protected Pacific fishers, prompting state regulators to open a new evaluation of whether to further restrict or ban the powerful toxins.

RESIDENTS FLOOD LA MESA CITY COUNCIL WITH COMPLAINTS OVER PROPOSED PAROLE FACILITY

By Miriam Raftery

December 12, 2018 (La Mesa)--  Following the swearing in of newly elected Councilwoman Akilah Weber and reelected Councilman Bill Baber, the La Mesa City Council heard public comments last night from numerous area residents concerned about a state parole office proposed in a new building on Grossmont Summit Drive next to the Brigantine restaurant, other businesses and home.

SDSU FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 12/11: WAITING ON THE BOWL GAME

 

 

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Videos courtesy goaztecs.com

 

For videos of Kyahva Tenzino's, Myles Cheatum's, Ryan Agnew's and John Baron's portion of the press conference, click “read more” and scroll down.

 

December 11, 2018 (San Diego) - With a bowl game a week away, SDSU football brought in a plethora of players to talk to the media today, including a rare appearance from senior kicker John Baron II.  Joining him were obviously Rocky Long, junior linebacker Kyahva Tenzino, junior defensive end Myles Cheatum and junior quarterback Ryan Agnew.

 

“Seems like a long time since we’ve played a game and we’ve still got over a week before we actually get to play," Long lamented in his opening statement. "The good part about it is we’re practicing and Thursday, we’ll start to game prep... The bad deal is when you have this much time on your hands, you watch more and more film. And the more film I watch, the better they (Ohio) get. I think that one week of preparation before you play most games is probably plenty for a coach. When you have basically three weeks to prepare for a team, you see more and more things that they do well. I don’t know if that’s good on my psyche or not. But obviously we’re getting a lot out of these first two weeks developing our team for next year basically.”

READER’S EDITORIAL: FOOD FOR THOUGHT--ALPINE ELECTIONS

 

 

By Mary Harris

December 11, 2018 (Alpine) -- Running for a seat on the Alpine Community Planning Group taught me a lot. It was like a crash course on local politics. I’ve been attending the group for over three years and I can tell you this: if you have views that are nota carbon copy of the group majority, don’t expect to be warmly welcomed. When I was campaigning, lies sprouted up like weeds from long term group members, and their friendson Alpine’s social media sites. Some made little sense. One individual said that I had called Cal Trans and asked them to remove a church banner. This had nothing to do with the election. It was coming from a person grasping at straws, looking to put me in a bad light.

ELF JR, THE MUSICAL—THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS CONTINUES THROUGH DEC. 16 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

December 11, 2018 (Spring Valley) - Do you believe? If you currently need more holiday spirit or if your holiday spirit abounds and for all you in-betweenersElf Jr. brings us the Christmas magic everyone seeks. You will love Buddy the Elf and leave the show with a huge smile. The production continues through December 16th at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley.

GIARDINO OFFERS SEASONAL SPECIALS AND HOLIDAY TO-GO MENU

 

 

East County News Service

December 10, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- This holiday season, Lemon Grove’s cozy neighborhood eatery, Giardino, is giving diners multiple reasons to gather around its tables. A menu only available through the new year features chef’s specials highlighting flavors that bring on nostalgia. Start with a bowl of Lobster Bisque, or Portobello Ripieni stuffed with artichokes, gorgonzola, spinach and bell peppers. Pasta includes Oxtail Cannelloni and Turkey and Pumpkin Lasagna, while the entrees feature dishes like Roasted Duck Airline Breast, Veal Saltimbocca and Salmon San Remo. Save room for dessert – Chef Marco has a special Nutella Pistachio Tiramisu and housemade Limoncello to end the meal on a good note.

KEEP OFF SANTA’S NAUGHTY LIST, DON’T PACK A PEST!

 

 

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

December 10, 2018 (San Diego) - It could be mealy bugs in that homemade fruit basket, gypsy moth eggs hidden in the wreath you got from grandma’s house, whiteflies in those hand-picked poinsettias, or a dangerous plant virus in citrus picked from the backyard.

MARIJUANA PRODUCT DELIVERIES MUST BE ALLOWED STATEWIDE, REGULATORY AGENCY RULES

 

 

East County News Service

December 10, 2018 (San Diego) – Cities and counties throughout California must allow marijuana deliveries, even in jurisdictions where dispensary sales are banned. Thats the ruling issued last week by the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control.

SDSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: AZTECS’ RALLY AT CSUN FALLS SHORT

 

 

Freshman Sophia Ramos had 28 points 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

December 9, 2018 (Northridge) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (5-4) fell at CSUN 77-74 Sunday evening.  After trailing by 23 points early in the fourth quarter, the Aztecs came roaring back behind the hot shooting from freshman Sophia Ramos and pulled within a point with 28 seconds left and had two chances in the closing seconds, but ultimately fell just short.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP APRIL 10-14; LUKE PRICE IS NEW PROGRAM COORDINATOR

 

 

East County News Service

Video: Luke Price at 2016 Julian Fiddle and Picking Contest

December 9, 2018 (Julian) — National fiddle champion Luke Price will be program coordinator at the Julian Family Fiddle Camp April 10-14, 2019.  Registration is now open for the 8th annual camp, one of the most respected immersion acoustic/roots music camps in North America where campers young and young at heart come from near and far.

The camp includes lodging and meals in the historic mining town of Julian in San Diego’s East County mountains. Early-bird discounts and scholarships are available.

BORREGO SPRINGS CELEBRATES NEW LIBRARY, PARK AND SHERIFF'S OFFICE

 

 

It’s official, the new County Library, park and Sheriff’s office are open for business in Borrego Springs. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony took place this afternoon, kicking off a community celebration with music, artists, animals and tours of the new library and Sheriff’s office. The two buildings and park all share a 19-acre property.

The library branch is the larger of the two buildings and sits on 2.6 acres. The facility measures three times the size of the previous one and includes 2,215 square feet of community meeting space, a 330 square foot conference room, separate areas for children and teens, a technology center with a 3D printer, and a Friends of the Library Book Nook and Conversation Café.

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: LEADERS WE LOST IN 2018

 

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - They were prominent in business, government, nonprofit, educationand community activism  beloved local leaders who passed away in 2018, though their legacies live onClick each name for a full obituary.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA LEADS MULTISTATE AMICUS BRIEF CALLING FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO PROTECT ASYLUM-SEEKERS

 

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2018 (Sacramento) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a multistate amicus brief filed in support of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, which challenges the Trump Administration’s efforts to prevent people who have not entered the country at a “port of entry” from applying for asylum in the United States. 

 

CALIFORNIA RALLIES TO DEFEAT SDSU MEN’S BASKETBALL 89-83

 

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

December 8, 2018 (Berkeley) - Justice Sueing scored a season-high 23 points, Paris Austin added 15, and California rallied to defeat San Diego State 89-83 on Saturday night.

BEACH CLOSURES EXTENDED TO SILVER STRAND AND CORONADO SHORELINES

 

 

Flows from Tijuana River mouth may be moving north

East County News Service

 

December 8, 2018 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health has extended the existing water contact closure area at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park shoreline to include all of Imperial Beach, Silver Strand and Coronado shoreline. 

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR DEC. 9-23, 2018

 

 

Copyright 2018 by Sam Warren

“Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the backyard and shot it.”  —Truman Capote 

 

December 8, 2018 (San Diego) – From a writers’ and editors’ holiday potluck party to author book signings, writing classes and library events, there’s a lot happening in our local literary community.

 

CLICK TO SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF BOOK EVENTS

DELUGE DOUSES REGION, BUT SUNNY SKIES RETURN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Robert Gehr, left:  El Cajon Library closed temporarily due to flooding.

December 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Storms over the past two days brought much needed rain to our region, up to 3 inches in some areas.  But the downpour also causing flash flooding in many areas.

Several cars became caught up in rushing water up to four feet in southeast county, where major flooding occurred on Otay Lakes Road by Pio Pico RV Park and also on Highway 94 between the Jamul Casino and Jamul Estates.  Jan Hedlun, a motorist delayed due to the flooding, says  that 45 minutes after Cal Trans closed the highway, “There was no one directing traffic or telling stranded travelers to turn around and find another way home, as there has been during priori events. “No signs were being posted to prevent people from coming down Highway 94.” She asks why CHP or Border Patrol agents were not brought in to assist and why funding has not been allocated to fix the roads/drainage in these two recurring trouble spots.

In El Cajon, the County Library is closed today due to damage inside caused by flooding. 

Thunder, lightning and power outages also occurred across the region due to the storm.

A HAYRIDE IN LA MESA DEC. 8 – AND YOU’RE INVITED

 

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Picture it – a horse-pulled wagon filled with carolers young and old making its way through suburban streets as the neighbors call out Christmas greetings.  It’s the annual Hayride and Chili Dog Dinner at The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa 91942.

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