HOW WOULD A VACANCY BE FILLED IF REP. HUNTER IS CONVICTED AND EXPELLED FROM CONGRESS, OR RESIGNS?

NO NEW FLU CASES AMONG ASYLUM-SEEKING MIGRANTS IN SAN DIEGO

AT CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM IN SAN DIEGO, CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR GREEN NEW DEAL

QUESTIONS RAISED OVER LA MESA VILLAGE ASSOCIATION’S NONPROFIT STATUS

NATIVE RUNNERS SAVE 2 WOMEN TRAPPED IN VEHICLE AFTER CRASH NEAR IN-KO-PAH, BUT A THIRD VICTIM DIES

TRUMP SAYS HE’D TAKE DIRT ON AN OPPONENT FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENT; FEC CHAIR CONFIRMS THAT’S ILLEGAL

SANTEE COUNCIL GETS WARNING ON ITS FINANCIAL FUTURE

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER'S WIFE IMPLICATES CONGRESSMAN IN VAST MISUSE OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS

SOARING THROUGH HISTORY IN "SAN DIEGO AVIATION THROUGH TIME"

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

REP. HUNTER’S WIFE TO CHANGE PLEA TO GUILTY IN CORRUPTION CASE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 13-JULY 4

AZTECS MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS TO HOST TWO CAMPS THIS SUMMER

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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May 16, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s and women’s tennis programs will offer youth tennis camps this summer, which will be led by men’s assistant coach Jeff Thomsen and women’s assistant coach Nico Vinel. Two camp weeks will be offered, first from July 22-26 and again from July 29 through August 2, both at the Aztec Tennis Center.

CELEBRATION OF FLAVORS AT “TASTE OF SAN DIEGO EAST” JUNE 3RD

 

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to savor the flavors of restaurants across East County at “Taste of San Diego East” on Monday, June 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Town and Country Hotel’s Golden Ballroom (500 Hotel Circe North) in Mission Valley.

CAJON VALLEY BOARD ATTACKS MEDIA, DECLINES TO RECONSIDER OTERO CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT DESPITE CONFLICT OF INTEREST QUESTIONS

By Miriam Raftery and Paul Kruze

May 15, 2019 (El Cajon) – The Cajon Valley Union School District stepped up its war on the media during its May 7th board workshop.  A guard demanded that East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery and contributing editor Paul Kruze move from the front row to the back, in a clear effort to prevent the investigative journalists from recording an audible copy of the meeting. Both refused, citing First Amendment freedom of the press and the district’s continued non-compliance with California public records act requests to receive audios of past meetings.

 At a subsequent meeting May 14, the guard repeated this demand for Kruze to move out of a front row seat, even threatening to the El Cajon Police for “disruption” if he would not comply. Kruze’s recording device is inobtrusive, about the size of a cell phone. There is nothing inherently disruptive about a journalist quietly recording a meeting, which is a right guaranteed to any citizen by the California Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s public records act.

These intimidation tactics come after the board admitted destroying recordings of public meetings despite our requests for the recordings.  After receiving a cease and desist letter from an attorney at CalAware, the board on March 29 responded with a letter agreeing to comply with the law, as we reported, but has not done so. The board also voted to retain recordings for a year and make copies available on request. But the  district’s lawyer claims our more records request, along with other emails sent to multiple  people at the district, all went to a spam folder.

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CAL FIRE INVESTIGATORS DETERMINE CAMP FIRE CAUSED BY PG&E POWER LINES

 

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2019 (Sacramento) -- The Camp Fire in Butte County, started the morning of November 8, 2018, and burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroying 18,804 structures and resulting in 85 civilian fatalities and several firefighter injuries. The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 16, 2019 (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:

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

May 16, 2019 (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.

WORLD

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WINE TASTING JULY 27 TO BENEFIT ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC PARISH IN JAMUL



 

East County News Service

May 16, 2019 (Jamul) - D&S Farms, home to Granite Lion Cellars (2801 Jamul Highlands Rd., Jamul) will host a wine tasting that also features live entertainment, food, and craft beer on Saturday, July 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The event will benefit St. Pius X Catholic Church’s parish improvement fund, earmarked for heating and air conditioning repairs.

LOCAL DIOCESE TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF SEX ABUSE BY PRIESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2019 (San Diego) -- Victims who were sexually abused as children by priests in California may soon be eligible for compensation by the Roman Catholic Church – but only if they agree not to sue.

Anyone who previously settled a lawsuit will also be excluded, but those barred from suing due to statutes of limitations can apply for compensation. Victims would be eligible regardless of their immigration status.

SAN DIEGO SUPERVISORS, CITY COUNCIL SPLIT ON POLICE USE OF FORCE BILL

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 15, 2019 (San Diego) – San Diego County Supervisors and the San Diego City Council have taken polar opposition positions on Assembly Bill 392, authored by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego), which would limit police officers’ use of force. 

REVIEW OF “FAILURE: A LOVE STORY" - A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE THROUGH MAY 27

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Reviewer for sdtheatrereviews.com

May 12, 2019 (La Mesa) - "It is February 1928. And it is the last year of each of the Fail Sisters' lives." Grossmont College Presents "Failure: A Love Story," directed by Brian Rickel. In the opening scene for the first time on stage, this production announces the death of the three sisters. One by a blunt object, one by disappearance and one by consumption.

ANOMAR INCLUSIVE ARTS FESTIVAL IN RAMONA JUNE 29 EXPANDS CREATIVE OFFERINGS

 

 

East County News Service

Photos courtesy of Anomar and Xavier Bailey Photography

May 14, 2019 (Ramona) -- Explore what it means to be creative at the upcoming Anomar Festival on June 29th in Ramona. Located at the scenic Begent Ranch, surrounded by the Ramona Grasslands, attendees can meet our art “collaborators” who will offer a variety of hands-on activities meant to spark joy and expand their horizons.   

FBI OFFERS $10,000 REWARD FOR INFO LEADING TO RECOVERY OF MISSING 5-YEAR-OLD ARANZA LOPEZ

 

 

East County News Service

May 14, 2019 (San Diego) -- The FBI needs public help in the search for missing 5-year-old Aranza Lopez, who was removed from a mall in Vancouver, Washington in October 2018 and is believed to be located in Mexico.  California residents may have information that could be key to her safe recovery, as an individual she may be residing or traveling with has close ties to the San Diego area.

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR JURIED MT. HELIX ART SHOW

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 14, 2019 (Mt. Helix) – Calling all artists! It’s time to head to the top of the mountain for inspiration to draw, paint and photograph Mt. Helix.  A juried art show reception will take place on Saturday, July 13th at 6 p.m. Award winners will receive a complimentary ticket to the heart of NMt. Helix event August 10th, where their artworks will be on sale.

 

This year, a photography category has been added and Nainsook Framing + Art is the sponsor.  Award winning art will also be on display at Nainsook July 13-Aug. 28. Entries are due by July 10. Below are entry details:

FAHEE SCHOLARSHIP SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISER MAY 22 IN LA MESA: FUND THE NEXT GENERATION IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE

 

 

East County News Service

May 14, 2019 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside-based Foundation for Allied Health & EMS Education (FAHEE) will host a fundraising evening at The Hills Pub in La Mesa on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 5 to 9 p.m.  The Foundation provides scholarships for qualified students pursuing careers in emergency medicine at East County’s EMSTA College.  View flyer.

 

LISTEN NOW: OUR FEB., MARCH AND APRIL RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

May 14, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our radio shows from January through April 2019 are now online.  For links to listen plus an index with full list of topics and interviews in each show, click  here, or click the "read more" link and scroll down for audio links below. (Audio files may take a few moments to load.)  Our recent interviews include Aguilas del Desierto volunteers on searches for lost migrants, attorney for the disabled Bob Frank on his lawsuit against San Diego over dockless scooters and bicycles, musician Diego Rodrigeuz on music in schools, as well as Al Senati and Romero Sandoval on efforts to help Iraqi immigrants  and rebuild Iraq.  We also covered top issues such as the Cottonwood Sand Mine, a ballot measure to dissolve Julian’s fire department, local actions on homelessness, and more.

The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  Our shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time but had fewer shows in January due to the station being off-air due to heavy snow that destroyed the transmitter. You can still listen live online via the TuneApp  The station is asking for donations to buy a new transmitter with a cover to protect it from snow and ice. You can donate by clicking here.

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REAL ESTATE REALITY: A ROOTY SITUATION - FINDING A PEACEFUL COMPROMISE

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson, real estate broker, CNE, CPRES

May 13, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - 

Dear Maryanne,

My wife and I have been having some issues with our neighbors’ large tree. The tree has encroached over the shared fence, causing damage to our deck.

 

The damage has since been repaired by our neighbor’s insurance company.

 

However, the deck repair company made note that the tree roots were growing under the fence and into our yard. Eventually this may cause damage to the deck again unless the tree is removed.

 

The insurance company will not cover the cost to remove the tree and our neighbors are not in a financial position to cover the cost.

 

Any ideas? We really don’t want to take legal action against our neighbors and are seeking peaceful solutions.

 

Jay N. Horizon Hills, Mount Helix


ALS FIESTA, A FUNDRAISING DINNER AT SYCUAN CASINO MAY 23, HONORS LEGENDARY NBA COACH DON CASEY OF LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

May 13, 2019 (El Cajon) – The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present its 2019 ALS Fiesta, the chapter’s annual major fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon.  Sycuan Casino is the event’s presenting sponsor.

LA MESA ACTIVIST ORGANIZES “STOP 5G CALIFORNIA” RALLY MAY 15

 

 

East County News Service

May 13, 2019 (San Diego) – As 5G small-cell antennas to improve wireless communications roll out in neighborhoods, the Center for Electrosmog Prevention in La Mesa is raising concerns about potential health and safety impacts of the microwave-emitting devices. The nonprofit group is organizing a “Stop 5G California” rally on Wednesday, May 15 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive (on the harbor side of the County Administration building at 1600 Pacific Highway).

SAN DIEGO’S PROPOSED NEW VEHICLE HABITATION ORDINANCE DRAWS OPPOSITION; PROTEST PLANNED TUESDAY

 

Update May 15, 2019: The San Diego City Council has voted to approve the new vehicle habitation ordinance.

By Miriam Raftery

May 13, 2019 (San Diego) – After a federal judge found San Diego’s vehicle habitation ordinance unconstitutional and issued an injunction to halt its enforcement of the ban on sleeping in vehicles, a new ordinance backed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer has been passed 3-1 by a committee and forwarded to the full city council, where a vote is expected on Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m.  

 

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: GRADUATION TIPS – SHOW SOME CLASS WITH SAFETY

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 13, 2019 (San Diego) -- Prom and graduation season is here again – You want to make sure you graduate "with" your class!

Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking which can result in tragedy reminds. It is therefore critical that parents keep the lines of communication open when it comes to talking to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving.

SDG&E ASKS SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON CONSTITUTIONALITY OF WILDFIRE COST RECOVERY LIMITS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 12, 2019 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional for states to make utilities strictly liability for wildfire damages without allowing companies to recover costs by charging ratepayers.

CALFRESH ELIGIBILITY EXPANDS, INCLUDING COVERAGE FOR MANY SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES STARTING IN JUNE

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 12, 2019 (San Diego) - Starting in June 2019, the CalFresh program will allow many seniors and people with disabilities receiving SSI/SSP to participate and have access to nutritious food.

CalFresh is designed to reduce food insecurity and increase food budgets, improving participants’ access to fresh and healthy food.

SDSU SOFTBALL DOWNS UTAH STATE 2-1 IN SERIES FINALE

 

 

Aztecs finish season with 25-26 record

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com 

May 11, 2019 (Logan, Utah) - The San Diego State softball team used a two-run home run by Molly Sturdivant and a three-hit complete game from Marissa Moreno to down Utah State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon in Logan, Utah. The Aztecs finished their season with a 25-26 record, including a 12-12 mark in Mountain West play.

SAN DIEGO'S LONGEST OPERATING SMALL AUTOMOTIVE PARTS BUSINESS DEBUTS NEWEST ADDITION IN ALPINE

 

 

County Motor Parts hosts grand opening with car show May 31 - June 2

 

East County News Service

 

May 10, 2019 (Alpine) – One of San Diego’s longest operating small businesses, County Motor Parts Inc., announces the opening of its 12th location--8th in San Diego County--in Alpine. The 73-year-old business has been run by three generations of the San Diego-based Eckis family.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN WEBER TO HOST COFFEE CHAT ON STATE BUDGET AND PRIORITIES MAY 18

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2019 (San Diego) — Assemblywoman Shirley Weber invites you to drop by a coffee chat to learn about the Governor’s proposed budget, current legislation that Dr. Weber is authoring, ask questions and share any concerns.

EAST COUNTY EDUCATION ALLIANCE EXPANDS TO ADD MOUNTAIN EMPIRE DISTRICT: NEXT MEETING MAY 21

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 10, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Education Alliance was founded in 2014  as a partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College and Grossmont Union High School districts. It’s now expanding to add the Mountain Empire Unified School District.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE ON MOUNT LAGUNA MAY 25-26

 

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2019 (Mount Laguna) -- The Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association invites you to the 32nd annual Living History program this  Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May  25 and 26.  Learn about the history of Mount Laguna residents and take free tours offered at 9:30, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days.

Meet at the Red-Tailed Roost, 10385 Sunrise Highway near mile marker 22.5, across from the Laguna Fire Station atop  Mount Laguna, the highest peak in San Diego’s East County.

TIME TO PREPARE FOR WILDFIRES IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

 

CAL FIRE and the County Fire Authority say don’t let the rainy weather fool you … fire season will be here before you know it. You should have a plan and be prepared now to protect yourself, your home and your community.

Learn more at readysandiego.org.

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