January 2019 Articles

January 2019 Articles

THUNDERBOLT JOLTS EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Stock image of cloud-to-cloud lighting (not today’s jolt)

January 31, 2019 (La Mesa) – A lightning bolt between Lemon Grove and La Mesa this afternoon produced a prolonged thunderclap loud enough to be heard as far away as Fletcher Hills, Lake Murray, Mission Gorge and Rancho San Diego.  The noise startled residents and terrified pets, but fortunately the bolt did not result in any reported damage.

At my Mt. Helix home, the whole house shook as rumbling continued for approximately 30 seconds after the initial roaring jolt.

SEAFOOD SOIREE WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AT RED LOBSTER FEB. 7

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2019 (La Mesa)--Join us at our East County Dining Club’s next delicious event: a seafood soiree in the cozy party room at Red Lobster (8703 Murray Dr., La Mesa) across from Grossmont Center on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP and prepay  to reserve space for this popular event.

You don't have to be a member to attend, though members receive special benefits. Proceeds benefit East County Media to support East County Magazine and East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.

Your options include not only delicious wood-grilled lobster, shrimp and salmon, but also sizzling steak, Cajun chicken pasta, and options for luscious desserts.

We will also have plentiful prizes for our drawing including Red Lobster and other restaurant gift certificates, winery gift certificate, a wine rack, jewelry, novels, cookbooks, spa gift certificates, coffee, hand-woven scarf, and more.

SDG&E CONTINUES TO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO FEDERAL WORKERS IMPACTED BY THE RECENT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

 
 
Resources and protections help impacted workers maintain electric and gas service 
 
East County News Service
 
January 31, 2019 (San Diego) -- Although the partial shutdown of the federal government ended on Jan. 25, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) stands ready to help previously furloughed employees who are coping with the lingering financial effects of the recent shutdown and may be struggling to pay their energy bill.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR LAKE MORENA COUNTY PARK WATER SYSTEM

 

 

Source: County of San Diego

January 31, 2019 (Campo) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order for the Lake Morena County Park water system located at 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, effective immediately. The water system serves drinking water to recreational camping and RV sites, cabins, employee/volunteer housing, and public restrooms and showers.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED, ALSO CHARGED WITH DRUG CRIMES

 
 
By Miriam Raftery 
 
January 31, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) — Two suspects believed responsible for over 30 commercial burglaries countywide with losses totaling over $130,000 have been arrested in Lakeside and Spring Valley.
 
Detectives and crime suppression team deputies from Alpine, Rancho San Diego, Lakeside and Santee participated in serving search warrants that led to recovery of property stolen from a business in Rancho San Diego. The search also found a clandestine marijuana growing operation and a butane honey oil extraction laboratory. Detectives from the San Diego Regional Narcotics Task Force responded, along with HAZMAT personnel and other law enforcement personnel.

LA MESA RESTAURANT HELPS RAISE FUNDS FOR UN NUEVO AMANECER CASA HOGAR ORPHANAGE IN ENSENADA, MEXICO

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson

January 31, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Alma Future Foundation held a dinner on January 22nd at Tiramisu Trattoria restaurant in La Mesa to raise funds for an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico.

Many Thanks to Tiramisu Trattoria owner David Chiodo, who kindly donated the use of his restaurant. Chef and host Giulia Croce (photo) kindly donated her time preparing an amazing five-course meal.

JEROME’S DONATES RECLINERS TO JULIAN CUYAMACA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.

 

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2019 (Julian) – Jeromes Furniture Warehouse surprised Julian's & Cuyamaca's firefighters with five brand new reclining chairs for the lounge at Station #56. Now after fighting fighters and saving lives, firefighters can put up their boots and relax in comfort.

CAMPO SCHOOL BUS ASSAILANT SENTENCED TO DRUG REHAB AND COUNSELING

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
January 30, 2018 (Campo) – A knife-wielding man who punched a Campo Elementary School bus driver in the face on May 25, 2018 has been sentenced to a year in jail, with part of his sentence slated to be served in a drug rehabilitation facility.
 

SDPD OFFICER ARRESTED IN SANTEE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ASSAULT CHARGES

 
 
East County News Service
 
January 30, 2019 (Santee) – San Diego Police Officer Timothy Allan Romberger was arrested Wednesday in Santee. He is charged with felony domestic violence and assaulting his girlfriend by putting a semi-automatic gun to her head and asked her why he should let her live. 

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

 

January 30, 2019 (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 a  variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA URGES CALIF. BUSINESSES TO USE AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO HELP PREVENT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 

 

State law requires some businesses to post notices

Source:  California Department of Justice

January 30, 2019 (Sacramento) - During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra reminds California businesses to post notices informing the public and trafficking victims of resources available to help combat slavery and human trafficking. Up-to-date digital copies of these notices are available for free on the Attorney General’s website.

AZTECS WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS AT AIR FORCE

 

 

Mallory Adams finishes with 15 points and 21 rebounds

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 30, 2019 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - The Aztec women’s basketball team (6-12, 1-6) fell at Air Force (8-12, 4-5) 75-66 Wednesday evening. Mallory Adams led the Aztecs with 15 points and 12 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the year.

THE SAPS AT SEA PRESENT 'LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE' FEB. 23

 

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2019 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the official Laurel and Hardy fan club, will meet on Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Hall at Trinity Church in Spring Valley.

VIRTUAL HIKE: LAKE MORENA NATURE TRAIL

 

 

By Andy Tolley, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 30, 2019 (Lake Morena) - How about a fun, easy hike for the entire family?

The Nature Trail at Lake Morena County Park offers scenic views of the surrounding mountains and the lake. It’s just a half-mile and full of history. It even joins up with the popular Pacific Crest Trail!

Try out the trail here before hitting it with your family.

SAN DIEGO-BASED ANNEX BRANDS ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS, INCLUDING EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER STEVE GOBLE

 

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2019 (San Diego) – San Diego-based Annex Brands, Inc., a worldwide licensee and franchisee of business services retail outlets, recently announced several promotions. Patrick Edd has been named CEO and will remain company president. Edd has been part of the company’s leadership team since 1991, starting as director of finance and administration.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE MIGRANT SHELTER THROUGH DECEMBER

 

 

East County Supervisors Jacob and Desmond split on vote

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Courthouse building, courtesy of San Diego County

January 30, 2019 (San Diego) -- A temporary shelter for migrants will be set up in downtown San Diego at the old county courthouse slated for demolition – not at Camp Barrett, a former youth detention center in East County that was among several sites considered.

By a four to one vote, Supervisors voted to allow Jewish Family Services to lease the courthouse building for one dollar through December 31st.  The nonprofit group will reimburse the county for costs to open the migrant shelter and maintain the property near Balba Park on Sixth Avenue, and advised Supervisors that it has already secured funds.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

 

January 30, 2019 (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

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

BOYS BASKETBALL: EAGLES LEAVE BRAVES IN DUST IN CROSSTOWN MATCHUP

 

Story by Liz Alper

 

Photos by Don De Mars

 

January 29, 2019 (El Cajon) - We’re back at the home of the Braves this week, but this time for a boys’ game.  The Braves are struggling a little bit at 9-12 overall (2-4 in league) coming into tonight’s game against the school a couple of blocks away from them, Granite Hills.  The Eagles aren’t doing so great either; they sported a .500 record in league play coming into tonight (3-3) but overall, were at 8-13.

SDSU BASEBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 1/29: A NEW SEASON BEGINS

 

 

By Liz Alper

Video courtesy goaztecs.com

 

January 29, 2019 (San Diego) - At today’s press conference, San Diego State men’s basketball was joined by baseball head coach Mark Martinez and junior pitcher Logan Boyer.  Aztecs baseball started practice last Friday in anticipation for their season opener on February 15.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES SENT TO CONTROLLED BURN IN RANCHO CUYAMACA STATE PARK

 

 

East County News Service 

January 28, 2019 5:10 p.m. (Cuyamaca) -- A controlled burn in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park has jumped out of control, NBC 7 reports. Cal Fire has not confirmed this but the Cal Fire Twitter feed states that Cal Fire is assisting State Parks with this burn.

The burn began in the 13000 block of Highway 79 and is currently burning near I-8 east at Japatul Valley. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 30-MARCH 2

 

 

East County News Service

January 29, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Baron’s backroom beer pairing, a powwow at Cuyamaca College, the Lunar New Year at Barona, and Hawk Watch in Ramona

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions just in time for Valentine’s Day including a group wedding vow renewal at Parkway Plaza, Cupids and Canines at Grossmont Center, and KISS in concert at SDSU. There are also theatrical productions, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Borrego historical tour and living history presentation on the de Anza expedition.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

SCIENTIST RECEIVES $125,000 RESEARCH PRIZE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS, THEN DONATES IT ALL TO THE ALS ASSOCIATION GREATER SAN DIEGO CHAPTER

 

 

East County News Service

Photo:  (from left to right) Steve Becvar, ALS; Paul Negulescu, Vertex; Keith Miller (wearing Santa hat), ALS; Peter Grootenhuis, Vertex.

January 29, 2019 (San Diego) – The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter has received a $125,000 donation from Paul Negulescu, senior vice president at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, which operates a facility in San Diego.

BRODY’S BURGERS & BEER CO-OWNER IN JAMUL INJURED IN FALL OFF CLIFF WHILE SKIING: FUND SET UP TO HELP WITH MEDICAL COSTS

 

 
Update: A Go Fund Me site has been set up to help fund Brody's medical expenses. You can read more about his ordeal and donate here.
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
January 29, 2019 (Jamul) – Craig “Brody” Broderick, co-owner of Brody's Burgers & Beer in Jamul, is recovering in a hospital after suffering severe injuries in a skiing accident.  
 
According to a post by his wife on the restaurant’s Facebook page, “Craig was skiing Tuesday at Alta and in a freak accident went head first off of a 15 ft. cliff and landed on his head.”

SDSU VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES SUMMER CAMP DATES

 

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State volleyball team has released the dates of its 2019 summer camps set to take place at Peterson Gym on the SDSU campus. Camp registration starts at $99 and camp dates run between July 11 - July 21.

FIND PUPPY LOVE AT CUPIDS AND CANINES ADOPTION EVENT: FEB. 16 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (El Cajon) - You’re invited to discover puppy love at Cupids and Canines, a (free) mega pet adoption event at Grossmont Center on February 16th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

RENEW YOUR VOWS AT GROUP WEDDING VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY FEB. 9 AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Love knows no timeline. For up to 75 couples looking to refresh their commitments to each other, Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon is celebrating love with a first-of-its-kind marriage vow renewal ceremony.  On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., Center Court will be transformed into a chapel of love complete with flowers, music, champagne, cake and more. Up to 75 couples will join the Rev. Drummond Macomber, a non-denominational minister who is well-known for his community involvement.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SUPER BOWL SAFETY TIPS

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) -- On Feb. 3, the Los Angeles Rams will face the New England Patriots in the 2019 Super Bowl LIII. Millions of Americans will get together to root against the Patriots — ahem, I mean, to watch the game! 

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