TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR OUR PARTY IN PARADISE AND COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS AWARDS SEPT. 25

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR FATHER JOE CARROLL: AUGUST 10 AT SAN DIEGO CONVENTION CENTER

READER’S EDITORIAL: JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS PUTTING OUT SOS: LEARN ABOUT SOLAR PROJECT TRYING TO “SWALLOW THE TOWN” AT ICE CREAM SOCIAL AUG. 7

SHERIFF’S DEPT. IDENTIFIES SUSPECT IN COLD-CASE MURDER OF SANTEE WOMAN IN 1980 USING GENETIC GENEOLOGY

BRIANA GOMEZ, MULTI-CULTURAL JOURNALIST FOR ECM, DIES IN ROLLOVER CRASH

SAN DIEGANS NOW PRIMARILY VACCINATED AT PHARMACIES, COMMUNITY CLINICS

MAYOR WELLS HEADLINES CONCERT AUG. 28 IN EL CAJON TO HELP THE HOMELESS

QUEEN FIRE BURNING NEAR JULIAN AND BANNER

BRIDGE FOR MAX: MISSION TRAILS SECURES GRANT TO BUILD BRIDGE OVER SAN DIEGO RIVER WHERE HIKER DIED

FORMER AZTEC XANDER SCHAUFFELE WINS GOLD AT 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS

BORREGO RESIDENTS ORGANIZE TO OPPOSE PREDATOR PLACEMENT AT DE ANZA GOLF ESTATES

SHERIFF GORE WON’T SEEK REELECTION

THE LA MESA CLASSIC CAR SHOW RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN LA MESA THIS SUMMER

Hosted by the La Mesa Village Association and presented by Johnny B's

Source:  La Mesa Village Association

Photos courtesy CeCe Canton Photography

June 21, 2021 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Classic Car Show rolls back into downtown La Mesa this summer after being put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The car show will feature pre-1974 cars, trucks and vans that will be parked along La Mesa Boulevard between 4th Street and Spring St. for the public’s viewing pleasure. The Classic Car Show is a free, community event that will be held every Thursday beginning June 24, 2021 - August 26, 2021 from 5 – 8 p.m.

OFFICIALS WARN ABOUT INCREASED FENTANYL OVERDOSE DEATHS

“Parents are finding their children dead from fentanyl overdoses, boyfriends finding their girlfriends dead, and children are being put at risk by this alarming spike,” said DA Summer Stephan.

Source: San Diego District Attorney

June 21, 2021 (San Diego) -- The top law enforcement leaders in San Diego County are sounding the alarm about a concerning increase in overdose deaths related to fentanyl, especially among younger people. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department and Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association are pushing out the warning on social media in an effort to educate youth and parents that if the pill you’re taking didn’t come from a pharmacy, it could kill you.

In 2019, there were 151 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in San Diego County. According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, there were 461 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in San Diego County in 2020, triple the number from the year before. While still early, the projection for 2021 is 700 such overdose deaths. 

The District Attorney’s Office is part of the Narcotics Task Force Team 10, which responds to an average of 5 to 6 calls per week; most of them fatal overdoses and most involving a fentanyl-related overdose. The deaths are occurring in every part of the county and affecting every demographic. 

WOMAN FATALLY STABBED IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2021 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police detectives are investigating the stabbing death of a woman who appeared to be homeless found sitting in a pool of blood at a bus stop at East Madison Ave. and Walter Way Wednesday night at 6:40 p.m. 

“Officers arrived and began CPR. The victim appeared to have been stabbed at least one time,” says Lieutenant Keith MacArthur.

WITHOUT BEAR OR REALITY TV, SAN DIEGO'S KEVIN FAULCONER RUNS A SERIOUS CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR

By Ben Christopher, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

Photo:  Kevin Faulconer after an election victory in 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

June 20, 2021 (San Diego) - Kevin Faulconer is not the guy with the bear. 

You’re thinking of John Cox, the mild-mannered Republican and unsuccessful 2018 gubernatorial candidate who spent much of May palling around the state with a 1,000-pound Kodiak named Tag, hoping to siphon off some of the bear’s star power in his effort to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in the all-but-certain recall election that could be as soon as September.  

FAST-MOVING OVERLAND FIRE BURNING EAST OF MOUNT LAGUNA

Update June 20, 2021 11 a.m. -- The fire is holding at 343 acres and remains 5% contained, Cal Fire reports this morning.

Update 8 p.m.  --  Cal Fire tweet:  #OverlandFire off of Canebrake Canyon Road and Great Southern Overland Stage Route , East of Mount Laguna in San Diego County is 343 acres and 5% contained. Change in acreage due to better mapping. @CALFIRESANDIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 19, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – A brush fire burning near Canebrake along the Great Southern Overland trail has scorched 500 acres and is zero percent contained as of early this afternoon, Cal Fire reports. The #OverlandFire is east of Mount Laguna in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

No evacuations have been ordered as of 1:30 p.m. The fire is in a remote location and is not currently threatening any structures. However, a Cal Fire spokesman on Twitter indicated access for ground crews is difficult due to rugged terrain, requiring additional air resources that are now on scene.

Several Canebrake residents contacted ECM to clarify that the fire is not burning within the community of Canebrake, but to the west.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE GRAD TURNS 60 ON SAME DAY AS COLLEGE’S 60TH COMMENCEMENT

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

June 19, 2021 (El Cajon) -- For Caesar Mazahreh, June 9, 2021 was a milestone: celebrating his 60th birthday and ceremonial tassel turn on the same day as Grossmont College’s 60th commencement.

“I informed my daughter of the coincidence and she said, ‘Dad, you are as old as Grossmont College,’” said Mazahreh, who earned associate degrees in Business Administration, Economics and a certificate of achievement in University Studies with a 3.6 grade point average.

DOG FITTED WITH PROSTHETICS ADOPTED BY SDPD DETECTIVE WHO LOST LEG IN CRASH

(Photo - left) Adopter Chappie Hunter understands challenges of wearing prosthetics firsthand

June 19, 2021(Alpine) --  Chloe, one of two dogs rescued by San Diego Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement and fitted for prosthetics by the medical team at San Diego Humane Society’s Escondido Campus, is being adopted by a family who understands the challenges of having a leg amputated first hand. SDPD Detective Chappie Hunter and his family have been fostering Chloe since her three-month recovery period at SDHS. The family has decided to keep her and make the adoption official. Detective Hunter lost his leg in a crash in Alpine in 2013. After a year of recovery, he returned to work with a prosthetic leg.

CELEBRATING ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY, SANTEE LAKES GETS EVEN NICER WITH NEW LAKEVIEW DECK AT TIN FISH RESTAURANT

By Mike Allen
 
Photos by Mike Allen and Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
 
June 19, 2021 (Santee) - Santee’s best known tourist attraction, Santee Lakes, just got a whole lot more attractive with the opening of a new observation deck at Lake 4.

SHOP FOR FATHER'S DAY ON SMILE.AMAZON.COM AND SUPPORT OUR REPORTING

June 19, 2021 (San Diego's East County) -- Father's Day is June 20th. If you shop on Amazon for Father's Day or anytime year-round, you can also choose to support our nonprofit news reporting and the East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts that we support!

Just click this link to choose East County Media as your charity of choice (which supports East County Magazine) at  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/83-1108634.  Then in the future, eveytime you shop Amazon log in through Smile.Amazon.com and our nonprofit will receive a percentage of all your purchases!  If you are also an Amazon Prime member, you will still receive all of your benefits such as free shipping, too!

FLYING DRONES NEAR WILDFIRES IS ILLEGAL AND DANGEROUS

 

Source: Cal Fire and San Diego Sheriff

June 18, 2021 (San Diego) -- As we enter our summer fire season, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are reminding the public, it is against the law to fly a drone near or over a wildfire. Firefighting aircraft could be grounded, disrupting critical fire operations. Time is of the essence. 

Click on the video to watch.

I-QUE BBQ: A SMART NEW EATERY IN LA MESA

By Henri Migala
 
Photo, left:  owners and employees at I-Que BBQ, by Miriam Raftery
 
June 18, 2021 (La Mesa) -- Very few things are better than really, I mean REALLY, good barbecue. And one of those things is really good barbecue served by delightful, engaging and endearing people. That’s exactly what you get at La Mesa’s newest barbecue restaurant, I-Que BBQ.
 
Located at 8733 Broadway in the small strip of shops near I-HOP, at the juncture of Spring Street and Broadway close to the SR-125 and SR- 94 interchange, I-Que BBQ enjoys a prime, convenient spot for both motorists and residents.

PASSAGES: SDSU PRESIDENT EMERITUS THOMAS DAY, 1932-2021

San Diego State University’s sixth president, who steered the institution through a transformative period of growth and expansion, has died.

By SDSU News Team

June 18, 2021 (San Diego) - Thomas B. Day, the sixth president of San Diego State University who began an 18-year-tenure in 1978 and saw the creation of six joint doctoral programs, significantly increased faculty research and led a major expansion of the university. 

SAN DIEGO OASIS AND COUNTY HOST FREE VIRTUAL AGING CONFERENCE JUNE 24 WITH “FONZIE” ACTOR HENRY WINKLER

Keynote speaker is best-selling author, Emmy award-winning actor, director and producer Henry Winkler

East County News Service

June 18, 2021 (San Diego) -- Local nonprofit San Diego Oasis in collaboration with the County of San Diego’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS), Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and Live Well San DiegoSan Diego Oasis will host “Vital Aging 2021: Resilient and Ready!,” an online conference that will provide those 60 and older with information and resources related to aging. The online event will be held Thursday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  This is a free virtual event.

USDA TO REINSTATE VITAL ORGANIC ANIMAL WELFARE PROTECTION GUTTED BY TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Source:  Center for Food Safety

June 17, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) - In a victory for organic farmers, advocates and animal welfare, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will be reinstating animal welfare standards on farms producing organic meat that were withdrawn during the Trump Administration. Secretary Vilsack announced that the USDA will “reconsider the prior Administration’s interpretation that the Organic Foods Production Act does not authorize USDA to regulate the practices that were the subject of the 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule,” including meaningful outdoor access for organic chickens and other animal welfare improvements. The Secretary “directed the National Organic Program to begin a rulemaking to address this statutory interpretation and to include a proposal to disallow the use of porches as outdoor space in organic production,” and make other improvements to the original rule.

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHY EVERYONE SHOULD CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH, THE NEW FEDERAL HOLIDAY

By Donald H. Harrison, Editor, San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Association 

Photo:  President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

June 17, 2021 (San Diego) - I was delighted to learn that Congress, by an overwhelming vote, has decided that Juneteenth should be a federal holiday. President Joe Biden subsequently signed the Juneteenth bill into law.

KIM G.’S EASTLIGHT: FATHER’S DAY REFLECTIONS

By Kim Garmo
 
Photo: Creative Commons by SA via Bing
 
June 17, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) -- Father's Day is a day to honor the men who raise not just their children, but other peoples' children. You don't have to be a biological father to play the role of one.   A father shapes you and helps you become the individual you grow up to be. 
 
My father, Ramzi Garmo, was a man who always provided for his family financially and still helping to provide for us from up above, as he is now passed on. His teachings from childhood were taught in a very strict and stern way, which is common for our Chaldean culture. He certainly wasn't full of daily kisses and hugs, but deep down we knew that we were loved.
    
Many people in children's lives can play the role of a father, such as an uncle, a teacher, a coach, a mentor, or any man who impacts a child's life. A father figure doesn't just tell you "I love you,” but shows you what it means.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT STUDENT POSTER CONTEST WINNERS HIGHLIGHT WATER IS LIFE

Source:  Helix Water District

June 17, 2021 (La Mesa) - Helix Water District honored local student artists for their winning Water Is Life posters at a virtual awards ceremony during Helix Water District’s board meeting on June 16, 2021. 

JUNETEENTH BECOMES FEDERAL HOLIDAY, COMMEMORATING END OF SLAVERY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via C-Span

View video of bill signing:  https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4967194/president-biden-signs-bill-making-juneteenth-federal-holiday 

June 17, 2021 (San Diego) — President Joe Biden today signed into law a bill making June 19, known as Juneteenth, a federal holiday.  The measure was passed by the Senate on unanimous consent yesterday and approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 415-14 vote. 

BOARD APPROVES NEW PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT, SUNSHADES FOR 18 COUNTY PARKS

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo: Flinn Springs County Park will receive a shade cover over existing equipment and have some older playground equipment and a swingset replaced (photo courtesy: Jonathan Goetz)

June 17, 2021 (San Diego) -- Staying fit, enjoying nature and just playing around will soon be cooler and more fun at 18 County parks after the Board of Supervisors approved installing new sunshade structures and playground equipment.

County supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to spend $1.4 million to install 11 fabric shade-sail structures at 10 County parks to keep visitors cooler and prolong the life of playground equipment, and to spend roughly $3.6 million to install 12 new or replacement playgrounds at 10 parks. Two parks in El Cajon, Flinn Springs County Park and Steele Canyon County Park, will get both sunshade structures and playground equipment.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING UNCLE OUTSIDE SPRING VALLEY BAR

Update June 19, 2021:  The Sheriff's department provided ths update:

Unfortunately, Raymond Bermudez Jr. was pronounced deceased last night. Bermudez's next of kin has been notified of his death. The Medical Examiner's Office has scheduled an autopsy has been scheduled for June 20, 2021. The suspect, Ronald Francis Valdez, has since posted bail on the lesser charge and has been released. Homicide detectives will amend the criminal charges as they continue their investigation. Detectives determined Bermudez was not in Shooter's Cocktails before the incident. Valdez did enter Shooter's Cocktails. However, he was denied service and left. The assault occurred in the parking lot and not in the business.   

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2021 (Spring Valley) – Ronald Francis Valdez, 31, is under arrest for the battery of his uncle, who is not expected to survive a serious head injury, says Lt. Thomas Seiver with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.

Deputies responded to a call at 9:30 last night of a fight at Shooter’s Cocktails at 10761 Jamacha Blvd. They found the victim, Raymond Bermudez, Jr. in front of the bar suffering from a head wound.

“Fire personnel responded and transported Bermudez to a local area hospital,” says Lt. Seiver. “Unfortunately, he is not expected to live. Due to the likelihood Bermudez may die, the Sheriff's Homicide Unit responded and assumed responsibility of the investigation.”

GROSSMONT COLLEGE'S FREE OFFICE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM GETS STUDENTS JOB-READY IN JUST ONE SEMESTER

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

June 16, 2021 (El Cajon) - Office Professional Training, the free, one-semester program at Grossmont College that has produced more than 2,600 well-prepared office workers and placed some 85 percent into jobs over the past 35 years, is gearing up for its fall 2021 term.

LEMON GROVE MAN PARTICIPATES IN NOVAVAX COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICAL STUDIES

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
 
(Photo courtesy of Edgar Gore, Jr. taken several years ago) 

June 16, 2021 (Lemon Grove) -- Not all are reciting “Moderna, "Johnson & Johnson," or “Pfizer” when asked what COVID-19 vaccine they received. Some are answering “NovaVax.” But very few. Only 2,000 Americans participated in the NovaVax COVID-19 vaccine clinical study. An East County man was one of them.

Lemon Grove resident Edgar Gore, Jr., 63, has had two doses of NovaVax’s COVID-9 vaccine, administered during the company’s clinical study. Thus far, the NovaVax vaccine has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S., though it may be in the future.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

June 15, 2021 (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:

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