COUNTY ASKS D.A. TO PROBE JOEL ANDERSON’S CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR SUPERVISOR RACE; HIS CAMPAIGN CALLS ALLEGATIONS “BOGUS”

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: WEEK 1 WRAP-UP

ROGER STONE FOUND GUILTY OF DEATH THREAT AGAINST WITNESS, LYING TO CONGRESS DURING RUSSIA PROBE TO COVER UP FOR TRUMP

TB CASES REPORTED IN LOCAL JAILS AND A BRIDGE SHELTER FOR HOMELESS

CA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO POWER OUTAGES

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS TOY DRIVE PARTY DEC. 4 FOR CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES

PROPOSED COTTONWOOD SAND MINE PROJECT DRAWS UNIFIED OPPOSITION FROM RANCHO SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS AT SCOPING MEETING

ROSIAK CLAIMS LEMON GROVE COMPLAINT IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED

SUPERVISOR JACOB SOUNDS ALARM OVER STATE’S PLAN TO RELEASE ANOTHER SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, NEAR BOULEVARD

DEAD HAWK IN RAMONA TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

EL CAJON POLICE ASKS PUBLIC’S HELP TO SOLVE ARMED CARJACKINGS AND ROBBERIES; TWO VICTIMS INJURED

POLICE SEEK VEHICLE THAT KILLED PEDESTRIAN, THEN FLED SCENE IN EL CAJON

SDG&E EXPANDS POTENTIAL OUTAGE AREAS; SOME CUSTOMERS COMPLAIN OF ERRATIC NOTIFICATIONS

By Miriam Raftery

 

Update October 24:  As of 8 a.m. Thursday, power is shut off for 431 people in Dehesa, Alpine, Rancho Palo Verde, Santa Ysabel, Wynola, Pine Hills, East Descanso, Green Valley Falls, Cuyamaca, Viejas, West Descanso, Boulder Creek, Live Oak Springs, Boulevard, Jacumba, Japatul Valley, Buckman Springs, Morena Village. Resource centers have been opened in Julian and Descanso; scroll down for details.

October 23, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – SDG&E is warning of a new round of potential power-shut offs that could affect up to 23,944 customers, with a red flag warning from 5 a.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Friday evening.

The areas that could be impacted are Alpine, Barona, Barrett Lake, Boulevard, Campo, Cuyamaca, Descanso, East Poway, East Valley Center, Julian, Mesa Grande, Mount Laguna, Palomar Mountain, Pine Valley, Potrero, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo (portions), Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley, Viejas and Warner Springs.

The utility’s site states that it makes several efforts to notify ratepayers prior to shutoffs. In many cases the system worked to provide customers with time to prepare for outages.  However, some rural residents have posted complaints on social media stating that they received repeated warnings of shut-offs that never occurred, and later had power shut-off with no warning.

LAKESIDE SAND MINE IN MORENO VALLEY TO EXPAND AMID LOCAL PROTESTS

Lakeside planning group postpones action until Nov. 20 on proposal to deepen East County Sand Mine in Morena Valley to 80 feet

 

By Ana Nita, East County Magazine

 

 

October 23, 2019 (Lakeside) – Early in the morning on October 1st, dozens of trucks and heavy machinery traveled through in all directions on the job for the many industrial sites located (some would say “dumped” here with minimal or no county oversight) in this town. 

DUNCAN HUNTER'S WIFE SEEKS APRIL SENTENCING; DELAY COULD HELP PROSECUTORS

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

Photo:  Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret, are seen in La Mesa at 2014 Polonia United event for Polish-Americans in the San Diego region. Photo by Miriam Raftery

October 22, 2019 (San Diego) - Giving prosecutors more time to bolster their corruption case against Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, the congressman’s wife has asked that her federal sentencing be delayed four months.

RED FLAG WARNING: HIGH FIRE DANGER

East County News Service
 
October 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning due to high fire danger beginning early Thursday morning through Friday night. The warning is in effect for San Diego mountains, foothills and inland valleys in San Diego County.

CARLTON OAKS OWNERS PLAN RESORT WITH HOTEL, HOUSING AND MORE

By Mike Allen

October 22, 2019 (Santee) -- The owners of the Carlton Oaks Golf Course submitted plans to the city of Santee to build 285 residential units on the site and other new development to create an upscale tourist attraction. The golf course itself will be moved and revamped to accommodate the new facilities.

SPRING VALLEY TAILGATE & BBQ FESTIVAL FIRES UP OCT. 27

By Miriam Raftery 

October 22, 2019 (Spring Valley ) – California’s Largest Annual Amateur Tailgate & BBQ Contest is the perfect way to learn how to take your backyard BBQ skills and test them out in a contest that helps raise money for local youth.The 10th annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HELIX HIGH SCHOOL: THE THEATRE IS ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Review by Caley Hernandez
 
October 21, 2019 (La Mesa) --The Highland Players of Helix High School treated their peers and the public to the well-known musical The Sound of Music over the past couple of weekends.  In this classical masterpiece, put on by high school students under the direction of Paul Reams, it is clear that these performers know how to work as professionals!  The casting choices were stellar, and all who were involved in the show appeared to have enjoyed their time working both on the show and with one another.  

BEST LOCAL RECIPES: AUTUMN SALAD WITH HORSERADISH VINAIGRETTE

East County News Service

 

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) – Farmer/owner Andy Williamson at Grow Eco, a community supported agriculture farm in San Diego, has generous shared another of his recipes. Enjoy this autumn salad with horseradish vinaigrette to add some zest to your household this fall! (If you want to have fresh seasonal veggies delivered direct to your doorstep weekly or every other week, visit their website.)

BEST LOCAL RECIPES: PUMPKIN BISQUE

East County News Service

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) – This fabulous fall favorite recipe for Pumpkin Bisque comes to us from Andy Williamson, farmer/owner of Grow Eco, a community supported agriculture farm in San Diego.  You can order boxes of fresh, seasonal local produce delivered to your doorstep on a weekly or every-other-week basis and get more delicious recipes on their website

TWO CLASSICS BRING FOLK ROCK AND PEACEFUL EASY FEELINGS TO THE POWAY STAGE NOVEMBER 2

East County News Service

October  21, 2019 (Poway) -- The effervescent and eclectic folk singer Steve Poltzhas been described as “quite possibly the most talented and engaging solo performer on this planet” by Front Porch Music.

SDG&E ANNOUNCES FIRE SAFE 3.0 INNOVATIONS TO ADVANCE WILDFIRE SAFETY

New initiatives include creating a fire science and innovation lab and leveraging artificial intelligence to enhance forecasting 

Source: SDG&E

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) -- To adapt to the effects of our changing climate and threat of year-round wildfires, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is partnering with academia, government and public safety professionals to innovate and implement more advanced technologies designed to further improve wildfire safety in the region. Initial innovations include maximizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve situational awareness, a new Vegetation Risk Index and satellite enabled wildfire alerts.     

SEE AND LEARN HOW WATER IS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OCT. 26

Source: Helix Water District 

October 21, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This Saturday, October 26, Helix Water District is hosting Helix Water Talks, a behind-the-scenes look at how their field operations crews maintain the vast water distribution system that delivers water from their treatment plant in Lakeside to 276,000 people in El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley. 

FRED BENEDETTI, GUITARIST, TO PERFORM FREE CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH NOV. 10

East County News Service

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) -- The next free concert by Second Sunday Community Concerts will be guitarist Fred Benedetti on November 10th at Mission Trails Church, 4880 Zion Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120. The concert will be from 3-4 p.m.  This concert will be the 11th concert this year at the Mission Trails Church.  The concerts are presented by Second Sunday Community Concerts.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT SPENDS OVER A HALF MILLION DOLLARS ON PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS

Superintendent and school board president refuse to answer questions on videos; recent flash mob video cost over $21,500

Update:  Shortly after publication of this report, the CVUSD responded  to our California Public Records Act requst for documentation of any financial or enrollment benefits received by the district due to its promotional videos on YouTube.  Naomie Rodrigues advised us that that "NO SUCH DOCUMENTS EXIST" but noted that some videos were published on the County Department of Education's website.  View our article on her response and the district's lagging responses to numerous other records requests. 

Photo: Superintendent David Miyashiro in CVUSD flash mob video

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Miriam Raftery, Editor, also contributed to this report.

October 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The internet has revolutionized video marketing. From small businesses to government agencies, organizations can now harness resources at YouTube and other online portals to directly market messages to a target audience.

The Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) has utilized its Youtube channel and other social media portals to disseminate professionally produced video marketing and promotional messages for its school projects and World of Work career path program.

Utilizing taxpayer money, the district has produced and promoted impressive videos such as “A Day in the Life of a Cajon Valley Bus Driver,” “Education and business leaders from Vista and Colorado tour Cajon Valley,” an invitation to a Grandparents Day event, Fall Festivals, Madison Avenue Elementary Lemonade Fundraiser, and numerous WoW (World of Work) videos. The District also produces a monthly “broadcast” with news and events directed to school personnel and staff.

Hefty costs

But critics say the CVUSD is making too much of a good thing, since these videos produced by the district have come with a high price tag.

According to information provided to East County Magazine by the CVUSD in response to a public records request, from July 2014 (when David Miyashiro became Superintendent) through June 30, 2019, the district has spent over half a million dollars -- $576,289.60 to be exact -- on marketing and promotional videos.

KEY LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE WILDFIRE PREVENTION SIGNED BY GOVERNOR NEWSOM

Broad coalition applauds  Governor for supporting creation of a California Wildfire Warning Center, defensible space standards and development of more skilled workers to support firefighters

October 21, 2019 (Sacramento) -  Action for Wildfire Resiliencya broad coalition of labor, senior, public safety groups, businesses and utilities was pleased to see Governor Newsom sign key wildfire prevention legislation the coalition supported, including:

CITY OF LA MESA FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST OPIOID MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND RELATED PARTIES

Source:  City of La Mesa

October 21, 2019 (La Mesa) – Similar to other jurisdictions in California and around the nation, the La Mesa City Council has directed the City Attorney to file a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California against numerous opioid manufacturers and distributors.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

October 21, 2019 (El Cajon) - Neil Armstrong had become the first man to set foot on the moon just one month earlier, the minimum wage was just $1.60 per hour, and 50 years ago this fall, Grossmont College launched its renowned Respiratory Therapy program with an initial cohort of 20 students.

 

SDG&E IS PREPARED FOR SANTA ANA WINDS, WARNS 1,000 BACKCOUNTRY CUSTOMERS OF POTENTIAL SAFETY POWER SHUTOFFS

October 21 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s backcountry is expected to experience Santa Ana winds Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 20-22), winds expected to peak on Monday in the 30-40 miles per hour range.  The utility has warned 1,032 customers that it may need to turn off power for safety in these communities:

  • Boulder Creek
  • Boulevard
  • Cameron
  • Crestwood
  • La Posta
  • Valley Center East
  • Viejas

(A map of the areas that could potentially be affected is posted at sdge.com/ready.)

LAKESIDE RIVER PARK’S TRAIL OF TERROR OCT. 25-26

East County News Service

October 21, 2019 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to the first-ever Trail of Terror at Lakeside’s River Park.  This haunted trail will feature an Old West ghost town –where the inhabitants think it’s still 1850. The prospectors want their gold back, the townspeople want their town back—and they all want you OUT!

DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE TOUR COMING TO SYCUAN ON MARCH 26

Tickets are now on sale

 

Source Sycuan

 

October 21, 2019 (El Cajon) -- America’s favorite dance show is going back on tour this winter with “Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020.” The longest tour to date will be dancing through Sycuan Casino Resort on March 26 at 8 p.m. The all-new production will feature fan-favorite professional dancers wowing audiences with every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars.

BILL PROTECTING HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN CALIFORNIA SIGNED INTO LAW

Source:  Senator Leyva’s office

SB 227 Empowers CDPH to Enforce Nurse Staffing Ratio Requirements

October 21, 2019 (Sacramento) -- Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 227, a bill by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements in California.

NEW TRANSIT LEADERSHIP TAKES REIGNS AT MTS

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today began his two-year term as Chair of MTS

**Remarks from new MTS Board Chair Nathan Fletcher (video) 

East County News Service

October 21, 2019 (San Diego) - In a unanimous vote today, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board of directors elected San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to a two-year term as chairperson. His appointment will run through December 2021. Supervisor Fletcher takes over for San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez, who held the post since January 2018.

SDSU SCHOOL OF THEATRE, TELEVISION, AND FILM PRESENTS A NATIVE PLAY BY BLACKFEET PLAYWRIGHT JASON GRASL: LYING WITH BADGERS

Directed by Randy Reinholz (Choctaw) in SDSU’s Experimental Theatre; production is a collaboration with LA theatre company, Native Voices at the Autry

Source: SDSU

October 20, 2019 (San Diego) -- The SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film presents Lying with Badgers, a timeless story of hope, loss, identity, and wonder, from Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 10 in SDSU’s Experimental Theatre.  

THE POWER IS YOURS: PUBLIC ASKED TO CREATE VISION FOR TRANSIT IN SAN DIEGO

Online tool allows public to prioritize projects that will enhance the transit network

Watch the Vision Builder Challenge video!

East County News Service

October 20, 2019 (San Diego) -  The public has a unique opportunity to submit their vision for the future of transit in San Diego through an online tool called the Vision Builder Challenge.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is hosting the Vision Builder Challenge as part of Elevate SD 2020 – the agency’s public engagement effort for a potential transit-only revenue measure for voters to consider on the November 2020 ballot. Ultimately the MTS Board of Directors will decide whether to move forward with a measure in early 2020.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Source: Calif. State Council on Developmental Disabilities

October 20, 2019 (Sacramento) -- Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 1172 last Wednesday authored by Assemblymember Jim Frazier. In 2018, a student in El Dorado Hills died after he reportedly stopped breathing after being placed in a prone restraint for over an hour. The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities testified in support of the bill that takes important steps forward to protecting students attending non-public schools.

NEWSOM VETOED BILL ON SOURCES OF COLLECTING DOG BLOOD DONATIONS

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo: Creative Commons by SA

October 20, 2019 (Sacramento) -- California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Senate Bill 202 on Oct. 13, which in part would have allowed dog owners to permit their pets to become dog blood donors.

SB 202 passed the Senate on Sept. 11, 2019 before Newsom’s veto this month.

Additionally, the bill aimed to address concerns over dog blood farms where dogs are kept caged for months or years at a time with reportedly no oversight, solely to donate blood on a frequent basis.  This is a practice animal rights groups contend is inhumane.


REVIEW: THE CIRCLE PLAYERS – DINNER THEATRE FUN IN EL CAJON

By Kathy Carpenter

October 20, 2019 - (El Cajon) - Events done by The Circle Players are total entertainment. I've been to their murder mysteries in the past, always at dinner. This time I was at lunch. The food and price are the same, $20.00. Where else can you even get a meal and entertainment for that price?

 

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