January 2017 Articles

CALIF. SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INSURANCE COMMISSIONER’S RIGHT TO ISSUE RULES PROTECTING FIRE SURVIVORS AND CONSUMERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2017 (Sacramento) -- In a sweeping victory for consumers, the California Supreme Court, in a 7-0 decision, upheld Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ authority to require that insurers’ replacement cost estimates must actually reflect the complete cost of rebuilding a policyholder’s home after a fire.

GREGORY PAGE IN CONCERT MARCH 5 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

January 25, 2017 (Mission Trails) -- Gregory Page will perform a free concert (donations appreciated) at the beautiful Visitor’s Center Concert Hall at Mission Trails Regional Park on March 5that 3 p.m.  Please join Mr. Page to be among the first in the world to hear selections from his brand new soon to be released album, So It Goes as well as other classics from the extensive Gregory Page Songbook. 

THREE FORMER AZTECS TO COMPETE AT FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN

 

Ex-SDSU stars J.J. Spaun, Xander Schauffele, Todd Baek to tee off Thursda

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Xander Schauffele courtesy goaztecs.com

January 25, 2017 (San Diego) - Former San Diego State men’s golf stars J.J. Spaun, Xander Schauffele and Todd Baek are all scheduled to compete this week at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif.

SDSU BASKETBALL PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TO TURN THREE POINT SHOTS INTO LIFE-SAVING WORK AGAINST CANCER

 

The Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge lets fans compete for the most donations for every 3-pointer their team scores

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo: SDSU men's basketball head coach Steve Fisher courtesy goaztecs.com

January 25, 2017 (San Diego) - Making 3-point shots this basketball season takes on even more meaning this year for Steve Fisher and the San Diego State basketball team. The Aztecs will square off against teams across the nation to fight cancer as part of the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge.    

BOYS SOCCER: HELIX ROUTS EL CAP 5-0

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

January 25, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Helix High varsity boys soccer team is off to a decent start in conference play with only one tie.  The 6-2-4 overall Highlanders stayed at home today and faced El Capitan.  The Vaqueros are 0-1 in league play and 5-5-1 overall.

ASSEMBLYMEMBER VOEPEL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 WOMAN OF THE YEAR

 

Local honoree will be recognized in Sacramento on March 6

January 25, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Randy Voepel, R-Santee, invites constituents to nominate extraordinary women in their communities for consideration as the 2017 Woman of the Year for the 71st Assembly District.

TRUMP CANCELS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) TRADE DEAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2017 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to cancel the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact with 12 Pacific Rim nations.

The action is being hailed by even many Trump opponents who did not support the trade deal, but has drawn criticism from others, particularly in the business community.

WOMEN’S GROUP TO FLY PLANE WITH BANNER OVER GOP RETREAT: “FOX POLL: ACA MORE POPULAR THAN TRUMP”

 

East County News Service

January 25, 2017 (Philadelphia) -- On Thursday, January 26th, as Donald Trump meets with Republican Congressional leaders at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia debating how to repeal the Affordable Care Act, UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, will fly a plane banner over the meeting reading:  “Fox Poll: ACA More Popular Than Trump.”

JANET AND GEORGE GASTIL-THE LEGACY CONTINUES

 

By Mimi Pollack

January 24, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- In her 80 years, Janet Gastil has worn many hats and is a true Renaissance woman. She has been a wife and mother, teacher, musician, realtor, and politician.  Her son, George, has followed in Janet’s footsteps, dedicating himself to teaching and public service, as well as raising his family. 

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENT “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” FEB. 17-26 AT OFF BROADWAY LIVE IN SANTEE





"If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."- President Barack Obama, Farewell Address January 2017

Source: Pickwick Players

January 24, 2017 (Santee) -- Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is the timeless and timely story of Atticus Finch, a widower, and his children Scout and Jem in the summer of 1935 in their town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus strives to raise his children to be willing to see the world from other people’s perspective, to “walk around in other people’s shoes”.  Over the course of the story, a young black man is unfairly accused of accosting a white woman and Atticus agrees to defend him.  Atticus’ morality and honor puts not only his client, but his children and himself in grave danger.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD TO CONSIDER CHANGING DISPATCH SERVICES TO HEARTLAND; CRITICS SAY COST WILL BE HIGHER

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (Spring Valley) – San Miguel Fire District’s board meets Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the District’s board room (2850 Via Orange way in Spring Valley).  The hot agenda item is a proposal to shift dispatch services from CAL FIRE to Heartland Communications, by joining Heartland’s Joint Powers Agremeent along with the cities of El Cajon, Lemon Grove,  La Mesa and Santee as well as fire districts in Alpine and Lakeside.

BOYS BASKETBALL: MATADORS PULVERIZE BRAVES 70-32

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

January 24, 2017 (El Cajon) - Deep in the heart of conference play, the El Cajon Valley High School Braves varsity boys basketball team looked to improve their 0-2 record in conference play against the Matadors of Mount Miguel.

TRUMP CANCELS FUNDING FOR NONPROFITS HELPING WOMEN AND BABIES OVERSEAS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Federal funding for abortions has long been banned, including under the Obama administration. But now President Donald Trump has gone farther, signing an executive order to ban all funding for nonprofits that provide abortions overseas, even money that provide vital women’s health services such as birth control, mammograms, pre-natal and maternity care.

Trump’s action could result in 6.5 million unintended pregnancies, 21,700 mothers dying, 2.1 million unsafe abortions, and countless deaths of newborn babies from preventable conditions, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development. 

READERS SHARE SCARY STORM STORIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Crestwood summit on I-8 by Don Lumb

January 24, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – “I was nearly killed by a large boulder on Friday night,” a reader told ECM, adding that multiple rock slides occurred along the highway to Ramona along the San Pasqual grade.  “The County needs to evaluate that road right now before people are killed by the boulders.”

ATKINS, VOEPEL SHARE REACTIONS TO GOVERNOR’S STATE OF STATE

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) – State Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and East County’s new Assemblyman Randy Voepel (R-Santee) today shared their reactions to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address

GOVERNOR BROWN’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS: "CALIFORNIA IS NOT TURNING BACK, NOT NOW, NOT EVER"

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

Photo credit:  Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today delivered his State of the State address, departing with the traditional practice of listing every issue and priority to instead address the "broader context of our country and its challenges."



The Governor vowed to "defend everybody - every man, woman and child - who has come here...and has contributed to the well-being of our state" and committed to protecting the state's gains on immigration, health care and climate change, guided by the principles that make California "the Great Exception" - truth, civility and perseverance.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WIND ENERGY – A RUNAWAY FAILURE FOR NEARLY 4 DECADES--PART 1 OF 3

 

By Jim Wiegand, wildlife biologist

Editor's note:  This replaces an earlier version, with updates, additional documentation links and clarifications added.

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you are one of the millions across America, that that believes wind energy will create a better world, you need to read the facts presented here.   This information has been hidden by the media, utility companies, your government and by most of all, a terribly destructive industry seeking profits.   

RESERVE YOUR SEATS: HELIX WATER TALKS ON JANUARY 28TH

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Helix Water Talks is the Helix Water District’s new series of facility tours and panel discussions to give customers an inside look at how it provides a safe and reliable water supply – from the science and engineering to the policies and operations. The series begins with “On Demand: How We Deliver Water” on January 28 in El Cajon.

See below for details:

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AT FOUNDATION FOR GROSSMONT & CUYAMACA COLLEGES







East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (El Cajon) - Erich Foeckler, a fundraising professional for 20 years, is the new executive director of development for the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, the philanthropic partner for East County’s two community colleges.

FEDERAL RULE CHANGE COUD COST PROPANE USERS MILLIONS, INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION SAYS

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Trump Administration has not yet announced if it will roll back a rule imposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) during the Obama Administration that effective yesterday, imposes $125 million in new costs on propane consumers, according to a press release issued by the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) last week. 

SAN DIEGANS TO RALLY TONIGHT AGAINST TRUMP ACTIONS MOVING AHEAD ON DAKOTA ACCESS, KEYSTONE XL PIPELINES

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Tonight, over 100 San Diegans including members of the Kumeyaay Nation and local climate activists, will rally outside the Federal Building (880 Front St.) to oppose President Donald Trump's decision to move ahead with the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline. This is one of several actions across the country.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ASSAILED FOR “ALTERNATIVE FACTS,” ATTACKS ON MEDIA AND SHUTTING WHITE HOUSE PHONE LINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) - In his book, 1984, George Orwell wrote, “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

Recent actions by the Trump administration to discredit journalists over truthful reports and stifle public comments have alarmed First Amendment supporters, constitutional scholars, journalists, and government watchdog groups.

TRUMP SIGNS EXECUTIVES ORDERS TO ADVANCE DAKOTA ACCESS AND KEYSTONE PIPELINES: STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE THREATENS LAWSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  bird coated in petroleum from an oil spill; there have been hundreds of pipeline leaks and spills across the U.S in recent years

January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Environmentalists and Native American activists are voicing dismay and pledging to fight back against executive orders signed by President Donald Trump to advance construction of the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.

LA MESA COUNCIL TO HEAR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPOSAL

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s City Council will hear an Affordable homes Bonus Program proposed by Councilmembers Kristine Alessio and Colin Parent at tonight’s  meeting at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers (8130 Allison Ave., La Mesa.) View details: http://ca-lamesa3.civicplus.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/1472?fileID=2801

REDRAWING THE LINES: EL CAJON HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON REDISTRICTING TONIGHT

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon will hold public hearings tonight, January 24, and again on February 14th to approve criteria for creating City Council District boundaries and a schedule for establishing district elections. 

SDSU'S AUZENNE NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

 

This is Auzenne’s second career weekly honor

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 24, 2017 (San Diego) - After breaking a program record and tying a second school-best mark at the Cherry and Silver Collegiate Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 21, San Diego State track & field senior Micha Auzenne was named the Mountain West Indoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced today.

START SMART AT WEST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL JANUARY 25TH

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (Santee) -- The Start Smart Program is an opportunity for new drivers and their parents/guardians to clearly understand their responsibilities when a teen starts to drive. If you are a teen or know a teen who can benefit from this class please click on the following link for more information http://sdsheriff.net/co_startsmart.html,” says Martha Miramontes, Crime Prevention Specialist with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.

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