January 2018 Articles

January 2018 Articles

GRAND JURY ISSUES SUBPOENA IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF CONGRESSMAN HUNTER, UNION-TRIBUNE REPORTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2018 (San Diego) – A federal grand jury has subpoenaed documents from a local business as part of a criminal investigation into Congressman Duncan Hunter’s campaign finances, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday.

The newspaper’s award-winning journalist Morgan  Cook reports that the grand jury will hear evidence and testimony from a witness also ordered to appear in San Diego later this month.  Potentially, the grand jury could issue one or more criminal indictments, casting a pall over Hunter’s effort to win a primary race in June and reelection to Congress in November.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

January 11, 2018 (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:

LOCAL

STATE

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DEPUTY INJURED IN STRUGGLE WITH SUSPECT MISTAKEN FOR BURGLAR IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2018 (Alpine) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary alarm at the Alpine School District yesterday around 4 p.m.  After security the perimeter of the building, they contacted a person they believed to be a possible suspect.   The individual, Kelly Carpenter, 59, “became uncooperative and assaultive toward deputies,” according to Sergeant James Blanton.  A deputy was injured in the struggle and received treatment for minor injuries.


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ANOTHER SHOOTING IN CASA DE ORO: WOMAN INJURED

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 January 11, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Just weeks after the fatal shooting of a man outside an Albertson’s store in Casa de Oro, another shooting occurred last night just blocks away.

 At 10:22 p.m., deputies from the Rancho San Diego Station responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 3600 block of South Bonita Street in the Spring Valley neighborhood. They found a female with an apparent gunshot wound, says Sergeant Kotaro Murashige.


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SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOPPLES SAN JOSE STATE 75-65

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Senior Geena Gomez led the Aztecs with a career-high 21 points.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 11, 2018 (San Jose) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team gave itself a much-needed win on Wednesday with an uplifting 75-65 triumph over San José State in a Mountain West clash at The Event Center.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 10, 2018 (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 news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS TO HOLD YOUTH CLINIC ON JAN. 27

 

Clinic to be held at Viejas Arena prior to Aztecs-UNLV game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 10, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team will conduct a youth clinic at Viejas Arena on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., prior to its Mountain West game against UNLV later in the afternoon.


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SDSU NEWS FOR THE NEW YEAR

 

Source: SDSU News Center

January 10, 2018 (San Diego) -- There’s a lot happening at San Diego State, which recently celebrated its 120th anniversary.

Here are some of the top news stories to watch for from SDSU in the New Year.


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SEXUAL HARASSMENT ON AIRPLANES

 

By Maridian Broadus

January 10, 2018 (San Diego) -- Flying the friendly skies may not be so friendly after all. Female travelers report instances of sexual harassment and abuse in midair by other passengers. According to an investigative report by CNN, four women gave detailed accounts on how they were touched inappropriately or groped on commercial flights.


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SUSPECT IN RAMONA MURDER-SUICIDE DIES OF HIS INJURIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Samantha Banegas, via Facebook

January 10, 2018 (Ramona) – Bryan Hinkle, the suspect in the shooting death of Samantha Hayes Banegas, has died of self-inflicted injuries. Banegas, an El Cajon resident, had been honored as 2013-14 Barona Powwow Princess.


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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REMOVES FLORIDA FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf Coast

January 10, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – Just days after Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced plans to open up 98% of our nation’s coastlines to offshore oil drilling and fracking, Zinke said he is removing Florida off that list, stating, “I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.”


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES SUPPORT TO HOME OF GUIDING HANDS

 

East County News Service

Photo:  from left to right: GHD board members Randy Lenac, Gloria Chadwick; Kaye Kelley, Mark Klaus, Edward Hershey, Home of Guiding Hands; GHD board members Michael Emerson, Virginia Hall, Robert “Bob” Ayres.


January 10, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), an El Cajon-based non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy to infants, adolescents and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


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CONGRESSMAN ISSA TO RETIRE, SETTING UP A BATTLE TO FILL THE 49TH DISTRICT SEAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2018 (San Diego) – Congressman Darrell Issa announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his term, creating an open seat in the 49th Congressional District for the first time in 18 years.  The action sets the stage for a battleground in the November election, since the 49th is considered a swing district that Democrats hope to capture in their effort to retake control of Congress.


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CALIF. COURT ISSUES NATIONWIDE INJUNCTION TO PROTECT DREAMERS

 

 

Attorney General Becerra helps secure victory for Dreamers as court blocks implementation of Trump Administration’s rescission of DACA until a final decision is reached in the litigation

By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2018 (Sacramento) – A California court has issued a nationwide injunction to temporarily protect Dreamers, or young people brought here as children of undocumented immigrants, or young people brought here as children of undocumented immigrants, before a Trump administration order forces them to be deported. Trump rolled back DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order issued by Barack Obama.

Congress is grappling with legislation that could permanently protect the Dreamers. But  the clock is ticking. President Trump has indicated he is open to a bill to protect the Dreamers, but only if it also includes funding for a border wall.  While Democrats and some Republicans support protection for dreamers, hard liners in the Republican Party oppose it and its unclear whether Democrats would back billions to build a border wall.


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SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: MONSTER SECOND HALF GIVES AZTECS 30+ POINT PILLAGING OF SPARTANS

 

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January 10, 2017 (San Diego) - The SDSU men’s basketball team has opened Mountain West conference play with a 2-0 record against Utah State and Colorado State.  Tonight they tried to make it 3-0 against the Spartans of San Jose State, whose women’s team will give the lady Aztecs a run for their money tomorrow night in San Jose.  The Spartans were greeted in Viejas on a cold, rainy San Diego night.  Luckily, basketball is played indoors!  San Jose State comes into Viejas at a pitiful (to put it nicely) 3-12 overall record and 0-4 in the Mountain West.


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COURT REJECTS CALIFORNIA'S BLANKET APPROVAL FOR PESTICIDE SPRAYING

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2018 (Sacramento) — A California court has halted a state program allowing pesticide spraying at schools, organic farms and backyards across California because of inadequate public disclosure of the chemicals’ harms.


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REVITALIZATION OF CASA DE ORO: VALLE DE ORO PLANNING GROUP APPROVES PROPOSAL

 

The advisory group recommends a plan to Supervisors for extensive redevelopment of Campo Road, plus a park on Conrad Drive

by Paul Kruze

Hear audio files of Valle de Oro planning group meeting:

Casa De Oro Revitalization

Estrella County Park

View the Casa de Oro options comparison table

January 9, 2018 (Casa de Oro) -- Before the main freeway arteries of State Highway 94 and Interstate Highway 8 were built, Campo Road in the East County community of Casa de Oro was a center of community and commerce. Even earlier, Campo Road served as a wagon road providing access to eastern San Diego County as well as Imperial County; it was added to the state highway system in 1933. But lack of vision and planning in the last 20 years has caused Campo Road to now be home to empty storefronts, liquor stores, smoke shops, medical marijuana dispensaries, dive bars, massage parlors, hookah lounges, and tattoo parlors interspersed with other businesses. Some of these shops turn a blind eye to local and state laws and regulations.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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FLOOD ADVISORY THROUGH 7 PM

January 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m. -- The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued an Areal Flood Advisory for San Diego County until 7:00 PM.

Doppler radar indicated moderate to heavy rain moving through San Diego County, especially the northwestern sections. This will likely cause urban and small stream flooding in the advisory area from the mountains west to the coast. Rainfall rates of up to one-half inch per hour could locally occur.

Some locations that will likely experience flooding include Chula Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Vista, Encinitas, National City, La Mesa, Poway, portions of the San Diego city limits, North Park, Hillcrest and Midway District Including Lindbergh Field.


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SAN DIEGO FLU DEATHS DOUBLE, CASES DOWN

 

Another 46 local flu deaths were reported last week, bringing this season’s total to 91, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The new deaths were announced during a presentation by County health officials to the Board of Supervisors, who had asked during last week’s meeting if a flu emergency needed to be declared.


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RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO COUNTY BEACHES: AVOID SWIMMING OR SURFING NEXT THREE DAYS

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for General Advisories. Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions. 


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ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE JAMES ELIA SUPPORTS INVESTIGATION OF OUTAGES PLANNED BY SDG&E

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – 71st Assembly candidate James Elia is speaking to support an investigation into the SDG&E planned power outages in December that left many thousands of residents across the county without electricity, in some cases for a full week.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RAINBOW OVER BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

Photo:  © 2018 Peter Tellone – photographer

January 9, 2018 (Borrego Springs) – Photographer Peter Tellone sent in this postcard-perfect image of a rainbow after the storm in Borrego Springs.

You can view more of his works at petertellone.com.


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COFFEE WITH LA MESA CONVERSATIONS JANUARY 20

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2018 (La Mesa) — You’re invited to come join the La Mesa Conversations leadership and your neighbors at a no-host coffee on Saturday, January 20th from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at Light Bulb Coffee. La Mesa’s newest coffee shop is located at 8138 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa.


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KRISTIN GASPAR TO CHAIR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar was unanimously voted chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for 2018 on Tuesday. The Board also named Supervisor Dianne Jacob to serve as vice chairwoman and Supervisor Greg Cox as chairman pro tem.


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP COUNT AND INTERVIEW HOMELESS PEOPLE JANUARY 26 IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The annual “We All Count” Point in Time count of homeless people in our region will be held the morning of January 26th, organized by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless. 


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKS TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS WITH 2018 HEALTHCARE HEROES AWARDS

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2018 Healthcare Heroes Awards. Now in its 12th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program recognizing volunteers who advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.


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HEARINGS ON ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIFICATION

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 9, 2018 (Alpine) – Two key hearings that could determine the future of students in Alpine are coming up: a court appeal and a State Board of Education hearing  January 19 at which the Board will consider a recommendation by the Department of Education to deny a unification petition, and a January 11 appeal of a lawsuit over funds to build the long promised Alpine High School.


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SAN DIEGO MUSEUM COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 29TH ANNUAL MACY’S MUSEUM MONTH

 

 

East County News Service

Nationally-recognized program provides half-off admissions to more than 40 San Diego museums in February, including East County locations

January 4, 2018 (San Diego) -- Adding excitement to the winter season, adults and children from all over San Diego are invited to experience Macy’s Museum Month with half-off admission at over 40 San Diego Museum Council member museums from February 1st through 28th. Participating East County museums include the Barona Cultural Center and Museum, The Water Conservation Garden, Heritage of the Americas Museum, and the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center.


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FLOODING, CRASHES AND DEBRIS ON ROADWAYS

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

January 9, 2018 (9:45 a.m.) There are multiple hazards to report this morning per the CHP on East County roadways, including:

  • Lemoncrest in Lakeside is closed  from Wintergarden Blvd. to Riverview due to flooding in the 12028 block.
  • A high-wind advisory is in effect for I-8 east of Alpine and high-profile vehicles are not advised to travel here.
  • Mapleview at Pine in Lakeside is also flooded.
  • Debris is reported on I-8 west of the Sweetwater bridge in spring Valley.
  • In Ramona, there is roadway flooding at Hanson Lane and Wilson
  • A rockslide has been reported on Japatul Road with large boulders the size of deer; CHP is working to determine exact location of this slide called in.
  • A boulder half the size of a tire is reported in the left lane of Arnold Way at Tavern Road in Alpine.
  • A multi-car accident has occurred on I-8 west at Fletcher Parkway.

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