BIG RIG IN FLAMES DAMAGES BRIDGE, SHUTS DOWN I-8 NEAR PINE VALLEY CHECKPOINT

EVACUATION ADVISORY LIFTED FOR COCHES FIRE

JOIN US FOR AN ELEGANT EVENING AT CHANDELIER LOUNGE CUISINE

JACUMBA MEETING SHINES LIGHT ON ARRAY OF SOLAR ISSUES

LA MESA WELCOMES NEW COFFEE SHOP: PINK ROSE CAFE

DROUGHT DECLARED IN 41 CALIFORNIA COUNTIES; ALL CALIFORNIANS ASKED TO CONSERVE WATER

FDA APPROVES COVID-19 VACCINES FOR KIDS AGES 12-15 ON EMERGENCY BASIS

SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR WAKEFIELD PLACEMENT DENIED BY JUDGE HARUTUNIAN

SUBSTANCE USE INCREASES RISK OF SEVERE COVID-19 ILLNESS, CDC REPORTS; USERS ADVISED TO GET VACCINATED

BIDEN RAISES CAPS ON REFUGEE ADMISSIONS; SAN DIEGO REFUGEE ADVOCATES VOICE RELIEF AT DECISION

EAST COUNTY PEOPLE’S FORUM CITES DISPARITIES IN VACCINE ACCESS, CONCERNS OVER REDISTRICTING

SUPERVISORS APPROVE ANDERSON MEASURE TO IMPROVE NOTIFICATIONS TO COMMUNITIES REGARDING SEX OFFENDERS

JONES’ MEASURE TO PROVIDE PPE TO SOCIAL WORKERS PASSES KEY SENATE COMMITTEE

East County News Service
 
April 7, 2021 (Sacramento) -- Legislation authored by Senator Brian W. Jones (R-Santee) aims to make sure that when social workers are declared “essential workers” during any state of emergency, that they are also prioritized to receive personal protective equipment (PPE), just as all other essential workers receive. 

KITTEN SEASON IS ANYTHING BUT CUTE FOR ANIMAL SHELTERS; BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SOCIETY OFFERS TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN HELP

Source:  Best Friends Animal Society

April 7, 2021 (San Diego) - What may sound cute to the general public causes a shudder every year among animal shelter staff across the country.  

GOVERNOR SAYS CALIFORNIA CAN FULLY REOPEN JUNE 15; SAN DIEGO ENTERS 'ORANGE' TIER

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks outside a vaccination site in San Francisco on Tuesday. Image from live feed

April 7, 2021 (San Diego) - Marking a major step in a return to normalcy, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, gatherings and recreational activities will be lifted June 15, although a statewide mask mandate will remain in place.

CONGRESSWOMAN SARA JACOBS TO HOST TOWN HALL THURSDAY

East County News Service

April 7, 2021 (San Diego) -- On Thursday, April 8, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA-53) will host a virtual town hall in San Diego. This event will be Congresswoman Jacobs’ first district-wide town hall, following a series of community events our office has hosted since January. 

 During the town hall, Congresswoman Jacobs will talk about her first three months in office, highlight the resources San Diego will receive from the American Rescue Plan, and take questions from constituents. 

BACKYARDING HAS A PURPOSE. WHAT'S YOURS? IDENTIFY YOUR BACKYARD'S PURPOSE, THEN BUILD THE YARD OF YOUR DREAMS

Source:  TurfMutt

April 6, 2021 (San Diego) - Backyarding – the trend to use the backyard for everything from tele-working and working out to relaxing and recreating – has a different purpose for each of us. Identifying your backyard’s role in your family’s health and happiness is the key to cultivating a purposeful outdoor space that is customized to your needs.

SUCCESSFUL SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING A CLICK AWAY FOR HELIX, PADRE DAM CUSTOMERS

Source: San Diego County Water Authority

Photos, before and after, courtesy of La Mesa resident Laurie Haeger: Haeger was inspired to replace her grassy front yard with sustainable, water-efficient landscaping thanks to landscape makeover classes and resources offered by the San Diego County Water Authority. 

April 6, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- No matter whether their landscaping is just a few square feet alongside a front porch or estate acreage, thousands of San Diego County residents have learned to embrace sustainability as a central principle for creating and renovating their landscapes. 

SANTEE HOLDS VIRTUAL DISTRICT 4 TOWN HALL ON WED. APRIL 7

East County News Service

Photo: Councilman Dustin Trotter

April 6, 2021 (Santee) – Santee Councilman Dustin Trotter and Mayor Minto will host a special District 4 town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually.  

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL NEEDS FUNDS TO SAVE CLASSICAL MUSIC IN OUR REGION

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo: Creative Commons image by NC
 
April 5, 2021 (El Cajon) – For the past 64 years, the Music Scholarship Council based in El Cajon has enriched our community with classical music. The nonprofit 501c3 group has provided over $400,000 in scholarships for aspiring young musicians ages 16-24 across San Diego County to further their musical ambitions, including instrumentalists and vocalists. But now, that mission is in peril. 

LAKESIDE RALLIES TO SAVE JACARANDA TREES FROM DESTRUCTION BY COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left by Billy Ortiz: historian Betty McMillan stands beneath the shade of a jacaranda tree, one of 22 she is fighting to save.

Updated with quotes from the County library director.

April 5, 2021 (Lakeside) – On April 9, San Diego County is slated to cut down nearly two dozen jacaranda trees to make way for a new county library—trees that the county claims are growing in a utility easement.  But Lakeside’s historian Betty McMillan disputes that claim – and is fighting to save the trees, which hold special significance as part of a “mile of trees” planted in Lakeside -- trees planted to replace an earlier canopy of trees felled by bulldozers.

RABBITS RESCUED BY SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

Source: San Diego Humane Society
 
April 5, 2021 (San Diego) -- Seventeen of the 23 rabbits rescued by San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement earlier this month are ready to find new, loving families. The rabbits have been rehabilitated and medically cleared by San Diego Humane Society’s veterinary team.
 

DOCS STARTING TO SEE CAUSES OF COVID-RELATED HEARING LOSS

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service CA

Photo:  One study from the United Kingdom found one in ten COVID-19 patients reports changes in hearing. Hearing aids can help people improve their listening comprehension. (UnitedHealthcare Hearing)

April 5, 2021 (Sacramento) - If you've noticed some hearing loss after you've had COVID-19, you're not alone.

Experts are starting to see cases pop up, and they advise people with symptoms to ask their doctor to arrange a hearing test right away, because treatments are more effective early on.

SDSU BASEBALL CRUISES PAST NEW MEXICO 15-0

Aztecs complete weekend sweep; maintain two-game lead in Mountain West

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 3, 2021 (San Diego) - Fresh off two walk-off victories, San Diego State put a huge exclamation point on a momentous weekend Saturday with a 15-0 thrashing of New Mexico in seven innings to wrap up three-game series at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

TONY GWYNN’S WIDOW AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER SHANE HARRIS URGE MLB TO MOVE ALL-STAR GAME TO SAN DIEGO

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 3, 2021 (San Diego) – One day after Major League Baseball announced that the 2021 All Star Game will not take place in Georgia to protest the state’s new law restricting voting rights, an effort to move the All Star Game to San Diego is underway.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ”DELIBERATELY” RAMMING MOTORISTS AT FOUR EAST COUNTY SITES

East County News Service
 
April 3, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – David Archer, 56, has been arrested after deliberately ramming multiple vehicles at three locations on Thursday. The suspect then fled, leading deputies in a pursuit from unincorporated La Mesa through Lemon Grove ending in Spring Valley, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s department.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SAN DIEGO PADRES' GAME

By Miriam Raftery 

April 3, 2021 (San Diego) ECM staff writer and photographer, Rebecca Jefferis Williamson, submitted this picture of a baseball game ---San Diego style - at the beach. The San Diego Padres' Petco Park includes a fan section that has beach chairs and sand. Pictured are three fans enjoying the second game of the season.  Fans were seated in "pods" or groupings of family and friends due to the pandemic. Social distancing between the pods was enforced. 

FIREFIGHTERS CONTAIN AUTO WRECKING YARD FIRE

By Miriam Raftery

(Photo courtesy of San Miguel Fire District) 

April 3, 2021 (Spring Valley ) --  Crews from San Miguel Fire Department, Heartland Fire and San Diego Fire & Rescue successfully controlled a fast moving commercial fire on Jamacha Road in Spring Valley on Thursday.

According to Heartland Fire in a post on Instragram, Initial arriving units encountered heavy fire and smoke from behind an auto wrecking and recycling facility. The smoke column was pushed by a strong west wind which produced an immediate threat to exposures including businesses and an apartment complex.

INDOOR EVENTS CAN RESUME IN MOST OF CALIFORNIA WITH CAPACITY LIMITS AND PROOF OF VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE COVID TEST

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2021 (Sacramento) – State officials yesterday announced a major rollback of COVID-19 restrictions.  Indoor events can resume in most counties starting April 15, including concerts, plays, indoor sports, conferencesand private receptions.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TAKES A STAND FOR VOTING RIGHTS

Georgia Public Officials’ Voter Suppression Law already costing jobs and revenue

 

By East County News Service 

 

April 3, 2021 (Washington D.C.) -- Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday that the 2021 All-Star Game and MLB draft will no longer take place in the state of Georgia after the state recently passed legislation designed to disenfranchise voters. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law..

SDSU BASEBALL SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER VS. NEW MEXICO IN DRAMATIC FASHION

Aztecs post two walk-off victories in Friday’s twin bill

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 2, 2021 (San Diego) - In a recurring theme of the 2021 season, San Diego State once again displayed its resiliency on Friday, posting a pair of walk-off victories against New Mexico at Tony Gwynn Stadium, winning the opener in a 10-9 thriller before completing the sweep with a 5-4 extra-inning triumph in the nightcap.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE STREAMS THE MAD ONES APRIL 8-17

By Kathy Carpenter

April  2, 2021 (El Cajon) - One of the things that has suffered greatly during the past year is live theatre at all levels. Over the past several months, many theatres have turned to streaming as an alternative to provide you with a form of entertainment, give a few people in the business a little work and serve as fundraisers to keep theatres afloat until they can get back to live performances.  Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre needs your support. The theatre will be streaming "The Mad Ones," a musical coming to your home/device April 8-17, 2021.

SDSU ATHLETICS TO WELCOME LIMITED NUMBER OF SPECTATORS TO OUTDOOR HOME EVENTS

Limited fans can start attending Aztec home events this weekend

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 2, 2021 (San Diego) - A limited number of spectators will be allowed to attend San Diego State outdoor sporting events, beginning this weekend on the Aztec campus. Only fans on the respective team pass lists from the state of California will be allowed to attend as no tickets will be sold or made available to the public.

SADDLE UP, KIDS: PONY RIDES RETURN AT BATES NUT FARM

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

 

April 2, 2021 (Valley Center) – Pony rides are back at Bates Nut Farm,located at 15954 Woods Valley Road in Valley Center.  The rides are available on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.:  April 3, May 1, June 5 and July 3.  

LILAC FESTIVAL IN FULL BLOOM AT FORT CROSS IN SANTA YSABEL DURING APRIL

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

 

April 2, 2021 (Santa Ysabel) – Spring is in the air – and lilacs are in full bloom.  The annual Lilac Festival at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel returns each weekend this month.  The hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon to 5 p.m.

 

"Hop on the hayride and enjoy the views on a scenic nature loop, try your skill with some tomahawk throwing, visit our friends at the petting zoo, enjoy a lively hoedown or pick up an instrument and join the jug band, paint a flower vase to keep, dip your very own lilac themed candle the old fashioned way, and so much more,” the Fort Cross website states.  "Our very own Jesse Cross, dance caller and music man extraordinaire will be playing live during various times to lead any willing kids and adults through the most fun jug band hootenanny you ever did see!”

THE CONRAD PREBYS FOUNDATION AWARDS $25,000 TO ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER

Source: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

 

Photo:  Artist Kristin McKenney shares her woven bookmark with other artists at one of the evening Art Social hour classes.  Kristen used a cardboard loom kit from the Galley to make her brother-in-law this bookmark.

 

April 1, 2021 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has been awarded a grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation for $25,000. The grant is designated towards Sophie’s Gallery Virtual Art Program. SMSC was among 121 local arts, education, health, and science projects to receive a combined $78 million in grant funding from The Conrad Prebys Foundation’s inaugural grant cycle. 

WEED OUT HATE DAY EVENT IN SANTEE ON APRIL 3

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo courtesy of Setche Kwamu-Nana 

April 1, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- This Saturday, April 3,diversity expert and musician Setche Kwamu-Nana is organizing a Weed Out Hate event to be held at Santee’s West Hills Park from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“In light of the rising violence, hate crimes, and polarization in our communities, though I’m not a conservative, I have been reaching out to conservatives in East County, where I used to live, to understand them and build bridges so we all can find common ground and make better choices for our communities,” said Kwamu-Nana, MBA-HRM, CDP, a diversity, inclusion, equity trainer and consultant via email. 

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES WIN WILD BACK AND FORTH WITH SNAKES ON OPENING DAY

By Liz Alper

 

Photo: Eric Hosmer had three RBIs on the day to help the Padres to victory. Photo via @padres on Twitter

 

April 1, 2021 (San Diego) - Opening Day is here!  And that’s not an April Fool’s joke.  The Padres finally opened their season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Madison Bumgarner started for Arizona against Yu Darvish.

FIRE AND ROAD CLOSURE ON JAMACHA ROAD IN SPRING VALLEY ONE MILE EAST OF CA-125

Photo by Miriam Raftery
 
April 1, 2021 (Spring Valley) -- A structural fire in a commercial building at 9246 Jamacha Rd. in Spring Valley has resulted in a road closure one mile east of CA-125, on Jamacha Rd. between Grand Ave. and Presioca St.
 
The facility has tires that are burning, putting out fumes from burning rubber.
 
Use caution and avoid the area.
 
Click "Read more" for an ECM exclusive photo and map.

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES IN EAST COUNTY

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

 

(Photo by Miriam Raftery)

April 1, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – Easter Sunday church services will be offered in person, at sunrise, and virtually. Other service times and activities will start on Good Friday, April 2 and run through-out the weekend. Some churches, during the COVID19 pandemic, are offering mixes of how to celebrate the Easter season. 

The traditional sunrise service for La Mesa’s Mt. Helix will be live-streamed at 7:00 a.m. This year’s service, virtual due to COVID, will be presented by Faith Chapel. The links for viewing the services will be added to: https://www.mthelixpark.org/easter-sunrise-service  according to their website. 

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