January 2016 Articles

WOMAN AND DOG KILLED BY EL CAJON POLICE AFTER CHASE

 

Update: The Medical Examiner's office has identified the deceased woman as Kelsey Rose Hauser, 25.

East County News Service

January 16, 2016 (El Cajon) – Following a three mile pursuit of an allegedly stolen red Toyota with several people inside, the driver reportedly rammed two law enforcement vehicles.  El Cajon Police opened fire, killing a woman passenger and a dog, 10 News reports.

EFFORTS LAUNCHED TO SAVE YOSEMITE’S LANDMARK NAMES FROM CORPORATE COPYRIGHT GRAB

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2016 (San Diego) – The National Park Service has announced it must change the names of some of its most iconic landmarks due to a copyright claim filed by Delaware North, the former park concessionaire.  Items slated for name changes include the historic Ahwahnee Hotel and Wawona Hotel (both Native American names),  as well as Curry Village, Yosemite Lodge and Badger Pass http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/article54736110.html).

STATE MAY GIVE HELIX WATER USERS A BREAK ON CONSERVATION MANDATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Ratepayers in the Helix Water district have been under a state mandate to reduce water use by 20% under the Governor’s orders imposed last year during the drought.  But a new draft regulatory framework just released by the Staste Water Board would cut that to 12%, if approved.

GET THEM WHILE THEY’RE HOT – SPAY/NEUTER COUPONS FOR PETS!

 

County News Service

January 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- Breeding season is underway and San Diego County Animal Services is offering spay/neuter discount coupons throughout the month of January to reduce the number of unwanted and homeless animals that typically arrive in the spring. 

VILLIFY OR EMBRACE? TWO VIDEOS SHOW CANDIDATES’ SHARPLY CONTRASTING APPROACHES TO MUSLIMS AND JEWS

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2016 (San Diego) –A Muslim woman and a Jewish man were forcibly removed from a speech being given by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in South Carolina last week.  They were staging a peaceful, silent protest over Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, both wearing yellow Holocaust stars of David and the word “Muslim.”  The woman also wore a hijab head scarf and a shirt that read, “Salam. I come in peace.”  She stood up after Trump suggested refugees fleeing Syria are affiliated with ISIS terrorists.  Hecklers shouted hateful remarks at the pair and Trump later backed their ouster.

By contrast, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, speaking at a rally in Virginia five days later, stepped from behind the podium to embrace a Muslim woman student who voiced concerns over “Islamophobia” and bigotry voiced by some candidates.  Sanders, stood hand in hand with the woman, then spoke of his father’s family who died in concentration camps and gave an impassioned speech, vowing to stand against racism of all forms.

CDC ISSUES WARNING DUE TO ZIKA VIRUS: PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD AVOID TRAVEL TO MEXICO AND PARTS OF CARIBBEAN, SOUTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA

“There’s a pandemic in progress.”-- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health

East County News Service

January 15, 2016 (San Diego) – Zika virus has spread to at least 14 countries in the Western hemisphere as well as Puerto Rico. Tests have linked Zika virus to babies born with microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born with small skulls, brain damage and sometimes death. 

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning urging pregnant women and women who may become pregnant to postpone travel to  Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname, and Venezuela.

STORM FREEZES, BREAKS TRANSMITTER FOR KNSJ: DONATIONS NEEDED FOR REPAIR

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2016 (Descanso) -- KNSJ Radio (89.1 FM Descanso) is off the air affter the station's transmitter on Mount Laguna froze and broke during  last week's winter storm.  The repair estimate is $1,500, said Martin Eder, founder of KNSJ, a public nonprofit radio station that serves East County and San Diego.

Donations are urgently needed to cover this unexpected major repair cost and may be made via PayPal, credit card or check at http://knsj.org/donate/.  

The East County Magazine  Show airs on KNSJ on Mondays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  During the outage, which began last week, our radio show and others on the station can still be heard online by downloading the TuneIn App for your cell phone or by listening to the streaming audio online at http://knsj.org/knsjpopup.html.

HEALTHCARE LIBRARY’S WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION JAN. 27

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 14, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

OBAMA LOOKS TO FUTURE IN FINAL STATE OF UNION ADDRESS, CALLS FOR END TO DIVISIVE POLITICS

 

Gov. Haley's official Republican response also faults scapegoating based on race or religion, supports "stopping immigration" -- while Spanish translation hints at amnesty Haley never mentioned

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2016 (Washington D.C.)—In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama cited his administrations achievements and goals for his final term.  But he spent most of his speech focusing on “the next five years, ten years and beyond”, urging an end to divisive partisan politics.

Obama voiced hope for bipartisan support to enact criminal justice reforms. He indicated he will keep pushing to fix a “broken” immigration system, protect kids from gun violence and help workers by raising the minimum wage and fighting for equal pay for equal work, despite opposition from the Republican-controlled Congress.

Then he spoke about changes that have occurred throughout our nation’s history—and changes yet to come.

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST COUNTY AND COVERT CANYON OVER SHOOTING RANGE IN HEART OF CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 

East County Magazine

January 14, 2016 (Alpine)--The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF), Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF), and Save Our Forest and Ranchlands (SOFAR) announced  that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the County of San Diego’s approval of a firearms training facility for military and law enforcement at Covert Canyon within the boundary of the Cleveland National Forest outside of Alpine.  

The suit seeks an injunction and restraining order to shut down commercial firearms training at the facility, among other remedies.

The lawsuit cites alleged violations of the California Environmental Quality Act, abuse of discretion in changing the use classification of the commercial firearms shooting facility, and violation of the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 (commonly referred to as the “Williamson Act”).

FIVE LOCAL WINERIES, ENTERTAINMENT AND FINE FOOD JAN. 23 IN EL CAJON

 

 By Kim Beales 

 

January 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- A night of enjoying fine wines, great food and live jazz is on the horizon in East County.  On Saturday, January 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the community will come together for a fun evening to benefit St. Pius X Catholic Church's building fund.  The money raised by the event is earmarked for the restoration of the church's buildings dating back to the 1950s.  Guests will enjoy unlimited wine tasting and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 

 

The event will feature the following wineries, all of which are located in East County along Highway 94:

BROWN’S PROPOSED STATE BUDGET BOOSTS FUNDS FOR EDUCATION AND THE POOR, PROJECTS HEALTHY SURPLUS

 

Budget cuts money for enviornmental protection, draws criticism for inadequate increase in funds for developmentally disabled

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2016 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a $170.7 billion budget that includes big increases in education funding and modest increases in programs for the poor, while also adding $2 billion to the state’s rainy day fund.

Relative to years past, the state budget is in good shape,” Brown wrote in a Governor’s message attached to a budget summary.  “Education funding is at its highest level ever,  Fifteen million Californians are covered by Medi‑Cal or Covered California, the minimum wage has risen to $10 an hour, and for the first time, the state will provide almost $400 million to low‑wage working families through an  earned income tax credit.”

EPA RULING ON BEE-KILLING PESTICIDE DRAWS CONTROVERSY

 

 

Top scientist claims evidence of neonicotinoids harming bees was silenced by agrochemical companies

 

By Brigitte Garcia

 

January 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week issued a ruling that neonicotinoids used on cotton and citrus crops harm bees -- but the same pesticide used on other crops does not, Associated Press reports. Some bee experts have argued that neonicotinoids are a major cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The controversial statement pleased neither environmentalists concerned over bee declines, nor Bayer, the maker of neonicotinoids.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES AND INSTALLATION DINNER FEB. 24

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2016 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its 8th annual Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner on February 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort Hotel (500 Hotel Circle, San Diego).

3 ALPINE SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR REPAIRS AFTER STORM DAMAGE

 

East County News Service

January 14, 2016 (Alpine) – Last week’s storm damage has necessitated closure of three Alpine schools today, with two remaining closed through tomorrow.

Joan MacQueen Middle School will be shut today and tomorrow due to propane leaks.  Shadow Hills and Mountain View  Learning Academy will be closed today for repairs on gas valves following leaks.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

ECM ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 14, 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:

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Middle East

Europe, Asia and Africa

Mexico

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

MOBILE HOME UTILITY PROGRAM BENEFITS PARK OWNERS AND RESIDENTS, BUT AT WHAT COST?

 

By Mike Allen

Photo: Barbara Kimbler, Shady Lane manager

January 14, 2016 (San Diego) -- A statewide utility upgrade program aimed at giving mobile home owners improved service and replacing old and defective gas pipelines and electric power lines benefits both park owners and tenants, but the considerable cost for the project, yet unknown, will be borne by the ratepayers of the eight investor-owned utilities participating in the program.

PREPARING FOR DISASTERS PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES FEB. 4

East County News Service

January 14, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- South County and East County Economic Development Councils will be hosting a Disaster Preparedness Forum for businesses on Thursday, February 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Spring Valley Community Center, 8735 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley.

COUNCIL DECLARES 2016 “YEAR OF INCLUSION”

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2016 (San Diego) – The San Diego City Council has proclaimed 2016 as the Year of Inclusion.  The proclamation notes that immigrants comprise 23 percent of the population in our region, with over 100 languages spoken by San Diego residents from around the world.

The proclamation recognizes organizations in San Diego dedicated to helping s build a “culture of civic participation among new generations” that empower leadership and activism. The city's welcoming gesture toward immigrants comes at a time when anti-immigrant has been on the rise nationally and among some prominent political figures, most notably Republican presidential frontrunner candidate Donald Trump.

SANTEE BURGARLY SUSPECT ARRESTED

 

January 13, 2016 (Santee) – A suspect reportedly caught in the act of burglarizing a home on Pasita de Kristy in Lakeside yesterday afternoon was apprehended a short time later during a routine traffic stop after fleeing the scene in a 2010 black Ford Ranger.  His truck contained stolen items from several recent burglaries, said deputies.

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