AFTER RULING BY JUDGE, COUNTY REMOVES ALL EQUIPMENT FROM JULIAN FIRE STATION 56, INCLUDING FIRE ENGINES, AMBULANCE AND WATER TENDER

STORM DOUSES COUNTY

THE RAINS ARE COMING; GET YOUR FREE SANDBAGS AT COUNTY, CAL FIRE STATIONS

STEELE CANYON CHARTER RENEWAL REJECTED BY GUHSD; PRINCIPAL GRILLED BY BOARD

WINTER STORM TO BRING SHOWERS AND SNOW

TALKING TURKEY: BEST BETS FOR THANKSGIVING DINNERS OUT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 22 - DEC. 24

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

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?

 

DOG ESCAPES, ATTACKS FROM GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE FACILITY IN LA MESA PROVOKE CALLS TO SHUT DOWN THE FACILITY

Photo:  Screenshot from 10 News, ECM news partner

East County News Service

October 20, 2019 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents are voicing concern over the Happy Hearts German Shepherd Rescue after the city’s police were called at least 28 times to help round up escaped canines.  Several people have reported being attacked by the dogs, ECM news partner 10 News reports after reviewing police records.

READER’S EDITORIAL: LA MESA CITY COUNCIL SET TO APPROVE HAZARDOUS 5G SMALL CELLS TUESDAY

Update: La Mesa's City Council voted 4-1 ton October 22 to approve the 5G measure, with Councilman BIll Baber voted against it.

 

By Susan Brinchman

Photo:  Small Cells on pole in Topanga, CA (Dafna Tachover)

October 20, 2019 (La Mesa) -- URGENT ALERT! The La Mesa City Council will vote on a policy to allow thousands of  very hazardous 4G and 5G small cells (cell towers on poles) to blanket La Mesa's streets, at their public meeting on Tues. 10/22/19, at La Mesa City Council Chambers, 8130 Allison Ave. La Mesa, CA 91942. It starts at 6 PM and  agenda item #7 (see below) will occur sometime later. Note that  scheduling it late in the meeting is a typical ploy used to reduce community input on controversial or harmful agenda items, and oversight. This certainly falls under all of those categories.

BARONA CULTURAL CENTER & MUSEUM RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIBAL ARCHIVES, LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS

October 20, 2019 (Lakeside) – The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums (ATLAM) recently presented the 2019 International Guardians of Culture and Lifeways “Museum Institutional Excellence” Award to the Barona Cultural Center & Museum at its annual international conference in Temecula.

 

 

 

Story and photo courtesy of Barona

 

LA MESA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR CITIZEN PUBLIC SAFETY OVERSIGHT TASK FORCE, WHICH OVERSEES POLICE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: La Mesa Police Chief Walt Vasquez

October 20, 2019 (La Mesa) – The city of La Mesa is seeking diverse representation for the newly created Citizen Public Safety Task Force. Members will develop the framework for a Commission that will review police department policy, complaint investigations, training, and citizen concerns. This Commission will provide recommendations to assist the La Mesa Police Department in serving the city in a more effective manner.

If you are interested in applying, visit http://www.cityoflamesa.us/250/Boards-Commissions.

HOW BAD TEETH AND LACK OF DENTAL CARE CAN LEAD TO POVERTY, DISCRIMINATION

By Manuela Tobias | CALmatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

Photo:  Fresno resident Gina Diaz-Nino is reluctant to go out in public because of her teeth. She has struggled to find quality dental care covered by MediCal. Photo by John Walker/The Fresno Bee

​October 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Gina Diaz-Nino considers herself an extrovert. But since her mouth began deteriorating after years of methamphetamine use and two fights, she receded into the shadows. 

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER BREAKS WITH GOP, WON'T REBUKE TRUMP ON TURKEY MOVE

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

Photo:  Donald Trump greets Rep. Duncan Hunter (left) and Rep. Darrell Issa at San Diego rally in 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

October 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Rep. Duncan D. Hunter had President Trump’s back Wednesday — even breaking with his party on what fellow veterans call the betrayal of U.S.-allied Kurds.

Some 129 Republicans joined 225 Democrats approving a resolution decrying Trump’s decision to green-light Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.

JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE VOLUNTEERS CHALLENGE CAL FIRE/COUNTY FIRE CHIEF TONY MECHAM'S MEDICAL ASSISTANCE CLAIM

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

October 18, 2019 (Julian) -- San Diego County Fire Authority/CAL FIRE Chief Tony Mecham raised alarms about a medical situation at the Julian Fire Station No. 56, which led San Diego Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp to issue a court order in late May that forced Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District volunteers out of the embattled fire station. But volunteers with the JCFPD vigorously dispute Mecham’s assertions and contend he misconstrued the matter.

WESTMONT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HOSTS GRAND OPENING: PUBLC TOURS THIS WEEKEND

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 18, 2019 (La Mesa) – Westmont of La Mesa invites the public to a tour, buffet lunch, entertainment and prizes this Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The upscale facility features independent living and assisted living, including memory care, at its location at 9000 Murray Drive at Wakarusa.

This 130,00-square foot, three story retirement community includes 50,000 square feet of common area space will include a common meeting room that can be used by community groups for meetings and workshops, along with a pool that can be used for aqua aerobics for residents, as well as the community.

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