January 2016 Articles

NATIONAL “TRAIN YOUR DOG” MONTH: FREE TIPS FOR TRAINING YOUR FURRY FRIEND

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- According to the U.S. Humane Society, bad behavior is one of the top reasons people give up their pets. January is National Train Your Dog Month and to help promote responsible pet ownership to help pets stay in their fur-ever homes, Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest pet care franchise offers tips for training your dog. Training not only helps to build a strong owner-dog relationship, but it gives you a reason to spend quality one-on-one time with your pet.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 20, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

Presidential campaign

Other national news

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

January 20, 2016 (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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STATE

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 23-FEB. 1

 

Listen to Destination East County, also aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link.

We thank the County of Diego for a Community Enhancement Grant to support Destination East Couny.

 

January 19, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes disaster preparedness classes, hawk watching in Alpine, wine tasting with East County wineries from along Highway 94, desert hikes, and Health Awareness Month in Santee. 

Audio: 

Destination East County 1-21-16

CHP OFFICER WHO SAVED KIDNAPPED KIDS IS NOW IN NEED: DAUGHTER DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

 

January 19, 2016 (San Diego) – California Highway Patrol Officer Jared Mikulsky helped save the lives of four kidnapped children in a dramatic rescue on a Santee freeway overpass back in 2014.  Now his own two-year-old daughter, Kaylee, has been diagnosed with leukemia.  She is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Rady Children’s Hospital.  Officer Mikulsky and his wife, a nurse, are asking for the public’s help to pay for costs their insurance does not cover, 10 News reports. They have set up a GoFundMe page here where you can donate.

EL CAJON POLICE NAME OFFICER INVOLVED IN FATAL SHOOTING

 

 

ECM interviewed Officer Pak in December

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: Kelsey Hauser, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

 

January 19, 2016 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Department has identified Officer Samson Pak as the patrol officer involved in a fatal shooting of a woman passenger (photo, left) and a dog in the vehicle on Sunday following a high-speed chase. The identities of the driver and all three passengers have also been released, including two El Cajon residents.

METHANE LEAK AT ALISO CANYON COULD BE STOPPED BY LATE FEB.: COMPANY HALTS PROPOSAL TO BURN OFF GAS AND ANNOUNCES PLAN TO CLOSE WELL AFTER SEALING IT

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2016 (Los Angeles) – Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) announced yesterday that its relief well drilling to stop the massive Aliso Canyon natural gas leak north of Los Angeles is “proceeding ahead of schedule and the company expects to stop the leak by late February, if not sooner.” 

The relief well drilling began December 4th and must reach a depth of 8,500 feet.  “Once the well is sealed, it will be taken out of service permanently,” a SoCalGas press release states.

In addition, the company announced it has abandoned its earlier proposal for a gas capture system to burn off leaking gas because of safety concerns expressed by its engineers. State regulators had also expressed concerns that the plan could potentially result in a fire.

WANT TO SAVE OVER A MILLION BUCKS? STOP SMOKING!

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 19, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Just in time for Tobacco-Free Awareness Week, WalletHub, a financial website, has analyzed the cumulative cost of smoking a pack of cigarettes daily over several decades, along with health care expenditures, income losses and related expenses.

FORMER MONTE VISTA FOOTBALL STAR MURDERED

By Liz Alper

 

Photo: Instagram

Update as of January 19 - The Los Angeles Police Department has captured the suspect, Brian Anthony Gonzales, and arrested on suspicion of murder.  Police have also identified the female victim as Emily Ann Fox, 22, of Winnetka. 

January 19, 2016 (Los Angeles) – Jerrad Cardae Scott, 24, of La Mesa was a victim in a double murder Sunday in the Los Angeles area. 

SANTEE COUNCIL AFFIRMS BAN ON MARIJUANA SHOPS

By Mike Allen

January 18, 2016 (Santee)--Santee’s City Council has voted to amend an earlier ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, adding the explicit prohibition of cultivating and delivering weed within the city.

The city already prohibited the sale of weed dating to 2009, and has never allowed the activity, but a recent slate of regulations adopted by the state and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October has prompted many cities to pass additional laws ensuring that the cities maintain local control.

The vote on Jan. 13 was 5-0, although one council member said the city should take another look at the issue especially in light of the money the city is spending to enforce the ban.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 18, 2016 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon’s latest newsletter lists many special events in El Cajon, including festivals, a farmer’s market, Chamber and charity events,  disaster preparedness classes, a photography showing,  a beauty pageant, recreational classes and much more.  Scroll down for the full details. 

LOCAL RESERVOIR AND CALIFORNIA SNOWPACK LEVELS STARTING TO INCREASE

 

By Brigitte Garcia

 

January 18, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - El Niño has brought flooding since it has arrived in California this winter, but now those heavy rains may finally be doing something to help us. The snowpack is higher than it has been in years, and reservoir levels in San Diego County are looking better than they have in the last four years of drought.

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP LANDS GRANT TO CONTINUE CLEANUP OF ALPINE WATERSHED

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo courtesy of Backcountry Land Trust

January 18, 2016 (Alpine) – Clearing local watersheds of the arrundo donax, a hardy bamboo-like, non-native plant that is a major fire fuels hazard, and other invasive species is tough work.  To clear a four-mile stretch of Alpine Creek required contacting owners of about 700 private and public parcels, mapping the terrain and securing liability insurance and contracts.  So far, the initial work has been done on about 50 parcels, funded mainly by private donations.  But a lot more work is needed, including maintain those parcels already cleared.

SPRING VALLEY ARTIST TO DISPLAY WORKS IN SHOW AT SPANISH VILLAGE FEB. 16-29

 “The Jacaranda Street painting is a street in Spring Valley that is so beautiful in the early summer that my husband came home from work and took me to see it.  I took several photographs of the street in its full purple glory, and painted from the photos,” said Sharon Thomas, who painted the picturesque scene in watercolors.

 

East County News Service

 

January 18, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Southwestern Artists Association will present a two-person show February 16-29 at historic Spanish Village (1770 Village Place, Studio 23) in San Diego’s Balboa Park.  The gallery is open every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

MASSIVE METHANE LEAK FORCED THOUSANDS TO EVACUATE; GAS SPREADING ACROSS SAN FERNANDO VALLEY; WELLHEAD IS AT RISK OF EXPLOSIVE BLOWOUT

Leak at So Cal Gas facility exposes nationwide problem of aging gas infrastructure at hundreds of sites

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2016 (Los Angeles)—The news sounds like the plot of a disaster thriller movie, but it’s real.  The worst environmental disaster since the BP oil spill, a methane gas leak that began Oct. 23 at a storage well in Aliso Canyon in northern Los Angeles has pumped over 85,000 metric tons of methane into the air.  According to the Environmental Defense Fund, each day of the leak spews as much climate pollutant into the air as 4.5 million to 9 million cars. 

The leak at the site operated by Southern California Gas (a Sempra Energy company that also supplies San Diego’s gas) is endangering health and safety of residents as well as contaminating the environment and pumping a powerful climate pollutant into the atmosphere.   But it may soon get a lot worse. 

A Los Angeles Times investigation reveals that efforts to plug the leak has been halted—after a backwash from those efforts caused a crater 80 feet long, 30 feet wide and 25 feet deep, leaving the wellhead itself exposed and now at risk of a catastrophic blowout. Access to control valves are cut off, documents revealed.  Should a massive explosion and fire occur with a 10-mile-long plume of methane over suburban neighobrhoods, the scenario would be horrifying.

BIRDING BASICS AT MISSION TRAILS JAN. 30

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -

Mission Trails Regional Park Guide and experienced birder Winona Sollock will lead a free educational bird identification class in the park on Saturday, January 30th  at 1 p.m.  The hour-and-a-half class will help increase your enjoyment of nature by teaching you five simple techniques to identify birds at a glance.You will also learn how to use a field guide, so bring one along if you have it.

CANYONEERS WALK JAN. 24 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 17, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Join naturalists, called Canyoneers, from the San Diego Natural History Museum, for a free guided walk in Oak Canyon in Mission Trails Regional Park on Sunday, January 24 starting at 9 a.m.

FIRST SONS OF THE DESERT MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR SURE TO BRING LAUGHS

 
By Liz Alper
 
January 17, 2016 (Spring Valley) - If you're like me and never have anything to do on Saturday night and you LOVE classic comedy (also like me), here is something for you.  

WINTER CONCERT JAN. 30: A 40-YEAR TRADITION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

January 17, 2016 (San Diego) -- Pacificaires and Cedar Center Chorus present this year’s winter concert at the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave., San Diego) on January 30th at 2 p.m..  You're invited to join in singing in the New Year.

NEW LIBRARIES COMING TO CASA DE ORO AND LAKESIDE

 

 

Source: County News Service

January 17, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – County Supervisors have approved spending $50,000 in Neighborhood Reinvestment funds to acquire land for new libraries in Lakeside and the Casa de Oro community in Spring Valley.  The plan was proposed by East County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

OVER $31 MILLION AWARDED TO WATER PROJECTS IN SAN DIEGO REGION

13 projects will boost conservation, habitat, water recycling and more

Source: County Water Authority

January 17, 2016  (San Diego) -- The San Diego region has been awarded $31.1 million in grant money by the state Department of Water Resources for a variety of projects that will increase local water supplies, decrease water demands, improve water quality, manage storm water, restore habitat and enhance species.

The awards include several East County and inland region projects, notably expansion of Padre Dam’s advanced water treatment reclamation facility, a program to improve water quality in disadvantaged rural communities, habitat recovery at Sweetwater Reservoir, water-wise educational programs for Lemon Grove and Spring Valley schools, water capture and grey water reuse in the Chollas Creek/Encanto area, as well as rehabilitation of the San Diego River headwaters including removal of invasive plant species, feral pigs, unauthorized trails/campgrounds and restoration of sites.

LOCAL NATURAL FOODS COMPANY LAUNCHES “FEEL THE BERN” ORGANIC RAW KIMCHI IN SUPPORT OF SANDERS CAMPAIGN

 

Joins tradition of naming foods for political figures, from Napoleon pastries to Washington Pie

 

East County News Service

 

January 14, 2016 (Poway) — Just in time for the presidential primary season, Gold Mine Natural Food Company is launching its new “Feel the Bern” Organic Raw Kimchi to drive donations to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Online customers can enter a discount code at checkout. The code will discount the entire order by 20%, and that savings can to be donated to Bernie 2016 by following an ActBlue link.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: THE STORY OF MIGRATION & IMMIGRATION TO THE GOLDEN STATE JAN. 29-30

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The non-profit Anza-Borrego Desert History Association (ABDNHA) in Borrego Springs announces a special two day program entitled “California Dreamin’: The Immigration and Migration History of California” to be held in Borrego Springs on January 29 and 30. This two day event will bring together a best-selling author, an anthropologist, a historian, and a genetic anthropologist to tell the full story of movement over time into what is now known as the Golden State.

FORMER SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT VAN ZANT FACING FELONY CONFLICT OF INTEREST CHARGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Steve Van Zant, former superintendent of Mountain Empire Unified School District, was arraigned today in San Diego Superior Court on a felony conflict of interest charge, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports

While serving as Superintendent of Mountain Empire, Van Zant pushed through charter schools to operate in other school districts---while profiting by having some of those same charters hire his consulting firm, EdHive Inc.

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