January 2017 Articles

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS DEFEATS UC SAN DIEGO IN HOME OPENER

 

SDSU improves all-time record over Tritons to 6-0

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 21, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s tennis team starts its season 1-0 after defeating UC San Diego at its home opener Saturday. The Aztecs were able to log a 4-3 victory over the Tritons, improving SDSU’s all-time record against UCSD to 6-0.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS FALLS SHORT TO NO. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 5-2

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Milen Ianakiev won his No. 2 singles match on Saturday vs. MSU.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 21, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team came up short in its home opener Saturday, falling to 20th-ranked Mississippi State by a 5-2 count at Aztec Tennis Center. The Aztecs (1-2) posted a pair of victories in singles play, but it wasn’t enough against the veteran Bulldogs (1-0), who returned the bulk of their lineup after advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

TOUCHDOWN WITH AN EAST COUNTY SUPERBOWL

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - One of the most exciting days in sports is right around the corner: Super Bowl Sunday on February 5th.  Everyone knows that no football party is complete without cold beers, huge TVs, delicious food and a little bit of game-day rivalry.  This year, The Hills Local Pub in La Mesa and Eastbound Bar & Grill in Santee are serving up Super Bowl parties where you can root for your favorite team, enjoy food specials, and go for a win of your own in games with prizes.


TRUMP SCRUBS WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, HEALTHCARE, SENIORS ISSUES AND MORE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The Trump administration has removed all references to civil rights, climate change, equal pay, rights of the disabled, immigration reforms, seniors and social security, reducing gun violence, the Affordable Care Act, equal pay, and veteran’s issues from the White House web page. All were removed from the issues tab at www.WhiteHouse.gov, just hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President.

STORM DUMPS NEARLY 6 INCHES OF RAIN, 10 INCHES OF SNOW IN EAST COUNTY: FLOODING PROMPTS RESCUES

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo: University Avenue in La Mesa between Olive and Parks

January 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – From Thursday through Saturday, storms doused our region.  Mount Laguna received over 10 inches of snow.

Julian got 5.97 inches of precipitation, the most in San Diego County.  Lake Cuyamaca, Descanso, and Pine Hills all got over 5 inches of rain.

CAL FIRE: A LEADER IN FLOOD RESPONSE

 

Source: CAL FIRE

January 21, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Though CAL FIRE is most often highlighted in its role as a wildland fire fighting agency, the Department’s forces answer the call more than 300,000 times for other emergencies each year.  During the 1990s CAL FIRE was called upon several times to respond to serious flooding in the state. 

40,000 JOIN WOMEN’S MARCH IN SAN DIEGO, MILLIONS MORE NATIONWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, right:  Cathy and Kayla Lechien at La Mesa trolley stop

Photo, left:  Women's marchers at the embarcadero in San Diego 

January 21, 2017 (San  Diego) – At the Spring Street trolley station in La Mesa, hundreds of East County residents converged to ride downtown and join this morning’s  Women’s March.

Major media outlets estimate some 40,000 marchers in San Diego joined millions more across the U.S. in what CBS reports was the largest protest in U.S. history.  Some participants estimate there were over 100,000 marching in San Diego; another 10,000 marched in North County. Other cities around the globe also drew huge crowds.

 Women and men,  young and old, straight and gay, white, black and Latino –and all shared one common goal:  forging a resistance coalition opposed to policies of President Donald Trump that would weaken rights and freedoms for  women, minorities, and many other American.

SDSU TRACK AND FIELD'S MICHA AUZENNE SETS TWO SCHOOL RECORDS AT CHERRY & SILVER INVITATIONAL

 

Auzenne breaks her own 60 hurdles record; ties record in the 60-meter dash

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 21, 2017 (Alberquerque) - Micha Auzenne broke her own San Diego State record in the 60-meter hurdles and tied her mark in the 60-meter dash to pace the San Diego State track and field team on the final day of the Cherry & Silver Invitational Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

HEARTS FOR SAN DIEGO TO RECEIVE LOTS OF LOVE AT CUPID'S CAROUSE FUNDRAISER FEB. 11 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2017 (La Mesa) -- People's hearts tend to grow 3x the size when Valentine's Day rolls around. This year, the community can show their love by attending Cupid's Carouse, an annual tasting party, on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7 - 10 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center.

TRUMP’S INAUGURAL SPEECH APPEALS TO HIS BASE: “FORGOTTEN” AMERICANS, BUT COMBATIVE WORDS FALL SHORT OF OFFERING UNITY IN A DIVIDED NATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – In an inauguration speech that Donald Trump has said he wrote himself, the new President pledged to “rebuild our country and to restores its promise for all of our people.”  

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS TO JOIN WOMEN’S MARCH JANUARY 21: 25,000 EXPECTED IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

January 17, 2017 (San Diego) - A women’s march, in solidarity with a national women’s march on Washington to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration and denigrating statements toward women, will be held in downtown San Diego on Saturday, January 21.

SDG&E AIMS TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION BY DEPLOYING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY







Seven new proposals would bring EV charging to the airport, local port, delivery fleets, taxi/rideshare, Park-and-Rides and residences

Source: SDG&E

January 21, 2017 (San Diego) – America’s transportation sector is the top source for producing harmful carbon emissions and in San Diego it accounts for more than half of all carbon emissions. Aiming to help solve the problem, today San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) filed a series of proposals with the California Public Utilities Commission to install tens of thousands of electric charging stations in new, key areas to encourage the transition to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs), trucks, shuttles, and delivery fleets, among other areas.

PASSAGES: GORDON JONES, PAST PRESIDENT OF LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

East County News Services

January 21, 2017 (La Mesa) – Gordon Jones, who served as president of the La Mesa Historical Society for eight years  on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission,  died January 15th at his home.  Jones also founded the La Mesa Historic Home Tour. Services are pending.  Below is a notice sent by the La Mesa Historical Society:

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: A DIFFERENT LOOK AT A SAN DIEGAN HERO (THE FOUNDER)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Youtube screenshot

January 20, 2017 (San Diego) - One of San Diego’s most revered historical figures is Ray Kroc.  Kroc and his wife Joan donated billions of dollars to the Salvation Army and NPR.  The Kroc Center is practically a San Diego community landmark and where San Diego State men's hockey has their home games.  He's played by Michael Keaton in the film The Founder.  

TRUMP INAUGURATION TO INCLUDE MILITARY PARADE, TRACTOR BRIGADE, AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROTESTERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo credit: Photos for Class, Creative Commons image

January 19, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.  Trump enters office with the lowest approval rating of any President –Elect in history, according to polls done Tuesday by CNN and the Washington Post, which found only 40% approve of the job Trump has done during his transition time.

READER’S EDITORIAL: SHOULD WE KEEP THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE? NO!

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

January 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- Since the election, a lively debate has developed on the Electoral College.

In Federalist Paper No. 68, Alexander Hamilton promotes the Electoral College to ensure Presidents would have “the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary.” Hamilton called it “unsafe to permit less than a majority of the states’ electors to select the president.”

TRUMP BUDGET SLASHES $10.5 TRILLION, PROPOSES HUGE CUTS TO MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MORE

 

Programs funding the arts, public broadcasting, civil rights, legal services for the poor, violence against women, civil rights enforcement and police salaries are all set for elimination or deep cuts

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Donald Trump is preparing a budget that would “take an axe to government spending,” reports The Hill, an online news site specializing in capitol politics. The budget is based on plans from the conservative Heritage Foundation.  It includes deep cuts or outright elimination of many cherished American institutions, as well as safety nets for the poor and elderly.

SDSU WATER POLO'S CRAWFORD WINS SANDY NITTA DISTINGUISHED COACHING AWARD

 

SDSU coach wins award for Pacific Southwest Zone

Source: goaztecs.com

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January 19, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State water polo head coach Carin Crawford has won the 2016 Sandy Nitta Distinguished Coaching Award for the Pacific Southwest Zone, USA Water Polo announced in early January. The honor is the first of Crawford’s career.

CREMATORIUM PROPOSED BY EAST COUNTY MORTUARY IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2017 (El Cajon) – On February 7th at 7 p.m. El Cajon’s Planning Commission will consider a proposal to convert an existing building into a crematorium burning human remains.  The site is located at 1150-1168 North Marshall Avenue between Fesler Street and Vernon Way.

Crematoriums in urban areas can cause serious problems.  In 2011, the County shut down a crematorium in unincorporated El Cajon after numerous public complaints and findings of health hazards to the public.  Neighbors’ videos and eyewitness accounts documented smoke and sparks coming out of the facility, with ashes coating nearby cars, patios, and even hamburgers at a fast food restaurant next door, as ECM reported.

DEER MICE TEST POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 19, 2017 (Jamul) - Three wild deer mice caught in routine trapping in a rural area in Jamul have tested positive this week for hantavirus — the first to test positive for the potentially deadly virus in San Diego County in 2017.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S ROCKY LONG AGREES TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

 

Long is the Mountain West’s all-time winningest coach

Source: goaztecs.com

Quotes and photo by Liz Alper

January 19, 2017 (San Diego) - Rocky Long, the all-time winningest coach in Mountain West history and the three-time conference coach of the year, has agreed to a contract extension that will extend him as the San Diego State head football coach through the 2021 season, SDSU Director of Athletics John David Wicker announced Thursday.

SHARP HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVES JOIN PATIENTS AND DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS AT “SAVE OUR HEALTHCARE” PRESS CONFERENCE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo credit:  Tom and Nadine Abbott

Photo, left:  Dr. James V. Dunford, UCSD ER Director

January 19, 2017 (San Diego) — Leaders at Sharp Healthcare joined with patients and two Democratic Congressional members outside Sharp Memorial Hospital on Sunday, January 15th, to voice concerns over Senate Republicans vote last week to begin repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, without first passing a replacement plan or providing details of any proposed plan for public review.

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS REBELS AGAINST UNLV FOR 87-68 WIN

 

SDSU has a 6-2 record at home this season

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s basketball fashioned one of its most exhilarating games of the season, using a season-high 14 long balls, its most in nearly 13 years, to take down UNLV in Mountain West action, 87-68, Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.

NUESTRO CINE, NUESTRA VOZ! 24TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES DIVERSITY

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) -- Media Arts Center San Diego announces the 24TH annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, which will take place March 16-26 at the AMC 18 Fashion Valley theaters in Mission Valley.  The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain.

HUNDREDS ARRESTED ON OTAY MOUNTAIN DURING BORDER PATROL ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) — In mid-October, the Border Patrol launched Task Force Otay, focused on targeting criminal organizations that exploit the vast network of human smuggling routes on Otay Mountain. Since the onset of Task Force Otay on October 16, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 1,000 people who illegally entered the U.S. on Otay Mountain. 

SDSU FOOTBALL: FIVE AZTECS TO PLAY IN SENIOR BOWL GAMES

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo: running back Donnel Pumphrey (left) and cornerback Damontae Kazee (right) will each play in the Reese's Senior Bowl.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Five San Diego State football players are scheduled to play in senior bowl games over the next two weekends. Running back Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas), offensive guard Nico Siragusa (Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic HS) and cornerback Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino, Calif.) will play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 28, while linebacker Calvin Munson (St. Charles, Mo.) - East-West Shrine Bowl - and tight end Daniel Brunskill (Valley Center, Calif.) - NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - will each play in bowls this Saturday.

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