January 2019 Articles

January 2019 Articles

SAN DIEGO MAN FOUND DEAD AFTER KAYAK OVERTURNS IN SAN VICENTE RESERVOIR

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
January 28, 2019 (Lakeside) – The body of Nicolas Khaiaphone, 50, of San Diego was found yesterday by lifeguard divers in the San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.
 
A boater noticed an overturned kayak in the water around 10 a.m. and notified reservoir staff, who called San Diego City Park rangers. The rangers requested help from the San Diego Lifeguards. The lifeguards recovered the body shortly after noon and death was pronounced at the scene.
 
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

PEACHES, PLUMS AND NECTARINES RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) has announced a recall of thousands of cases of Fresh Peaches, Fresh Plums and Fresh Nectarines packed by Jac. Vandenberg Inc. The fruits were sold at major retailers in several states, including Costco in California.

FREEWAY SIGNS WELCOME I-15 DRIVERS TO LITTLE SAIGON DISTRICT IN CITY HEIGHTS

 

 

New freeway exit signs to be installed at El Cajon Boulevard on February 1

Source: Little Saigon Foundation

January 27, 2019 (City Heights) --Starting in February, commuters on I-15 will notice new freeway exit signs directing them to exit El Cajon Boulevard to reach the Little Saigon District in City Heights, San Diego. Caltrans confirmed that the signs will be set up at the transit station on El Cajon Boulevard over the I-15 North and South exits on February 1. An unveiling ceremony will be held on that day at 10 a.m. with guests including City Council President Georgette Gomez and Assemblymember Todd Gloria.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS DOMINATES UC RIVERSIDE

 

 

SDSU gets to 3-0 with solid 7-0 victory over the Highlanders

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 27, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State women's tennis kept a blemish-free record following Sunday’s dual against UC Riverside with its 7-0 victory over the Highlanders. The win marks the first time the Aztecs have collected three straight 7-0 wins dating back to before the 1994 season.

BODY FOUND OF HIKER MISSING ON EL CAJON MOUNTAIN IN LAKESIDE AREA

 

Update January 27, 2019:  The body of a man identified by family as Thomas Castiglia has been found at the base of a cliff on El Cajon Mountain, the Sheriff's department confirmed today. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

East County News Service

January 26, 2019 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff seeks public help to locate a missing hiker on El Cajon Mountain, known to locals as El Capitan, near Lakeside.  Thomas Mark Castiglia set out at 8:30 a.m. with a hiking group on a trail toward Lunch Rock, but around 10:40 a.m. he told other hikers that he was short of breath and would be hiking at a slower pace and advised them not to wait up for him.  As of 2:45 p.m., he had not returned from the trail head.

Castiglia, 50, is an experienced hiker with no known medical conditions. He is 5 ft. 6 inches tall, bald with hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing wearing a black sweater, black shorts, and green hat. He was carrying a green backpack and blue hiking poles.

SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS SHUTS OUT UCSD

 

 

Aztecs top Tritions to go 2-0

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 26, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State women's tennis remained perfect in its second dual of the season with a 7-0 victory over UC San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 26. This is second straight dual the Aztecs have blanked their opponent this season after downing Sacramento State last weekend.

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS AT UNLV

 

 

Mallory Adams had 19 points and 10 rebounds

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 26, 2019 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team suffered a 71-57 loss at UNLV Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs fell behind by double-digits in the first quarter and never recovered after struggling with turnovers and cold outside-shooting.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS RALLIES PAST UC IRVINE 4-3

 

 

Aztecs improve to 1-1 on the season

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 26, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team notched the first win of its 2019 dual-match schedule with a 4-3 triumph over UC Irvine Saturday in a non-conference clash at Aztec Tennis Center.

RACE WALK COMPETITIONS IN SANTEE DRAW COMPETITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

 

By Mike Allen

 

Photo:  Race-walk winners Claire Tallent, Australia, and David Velasquez, Ecuador

 

January 26, 2019 (Santee) – The U.S.A. Track and Field 50 kilometer (31 mile) Race Walk Championship was held today in Santee, which has hosted the national championships eight times in the past 11 years. This year’s race determined the make-up of the U.S. team that will compete at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru in July. The race was also a qualifier for the IAFF World Track & Field Championships in Quatar in September.

 

Held concurrent with the national championship was the Waterbridge Capital International 50K Challenge,  on the same Santee course that started and finished at Santee Trolley Square. Winners were David Velasquez, 24 of Ecuador and Claire Tallent, 37 of Australia.  The international competition included race walkers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Mexico. Among the top US walkers was Nick Christie from El Cajon. 

'AND THEN THERE WERE NONE' REVIEW - AGATHA CHRISTIE CLASSIC THROUGH FEB. 10

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

January 25, 2019 (La Mesa) - Nothing beats a great whodunit. If you have seen or read "And Then There Were None," you may not remember the outcome. Even if you do, every play is different. That's what's great about seeing shows live. If you have not experienced a mystery play live, now's your chance. It's as if you are in the same room with a killer and you don't know who might sneak up and stab you.

HUNTER BILL WOULD ALLOW CITIZENS TO REFUSE TO ANSWER SOME CENSUS QUESTIONS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
January 25, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — 50th Congressional District representative Duncan D.  Hunter (R-Alpine) has announced plans to introduce a series of bills during the first 100 days of the new Congress.
 
Hunter calls his measures “common sense reforms” and calls on the new Democratic house majority to give his bills full consideration. The first measure he introduced is titled the “Authorizing Moderated Enumeration Responses Including Citizenship Acquisition (AMERICA) Act, which will limit the penalty imposed on U.S. citizens refusing or neglecting to answer one or more questions in connection with the 2020 census.  

HUNTER BILL WOULD STRIP FEDERAL FUNDS FROM “SANCTUARY CAMPUSES;” CSU AND UC SYSTEMS COULD BE IMPACTED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
January 25, 2019 (Washington D.C.) — Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) has introduced H.R. 483, the “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act.” More than 200 colleges and universities stand to lose major funding if the bill were enacted, likely including the University of California system and California State University campuses such as San Diego State University.
 

UNITED WAY AND 2-1-1 SAN DIEGO RECEIVE CA GRANTS TO EXPAND FREE TAX PREPARATION PROGRAM, HELP MORE COUNTY RESIDENTS GET REFUNDS

 

 

Last year, over $40 million in state and federal refunds were received by over 31,000 San Diegans

 

East County News Service

 

January 25, 2019 (San Diego) – United Way of San Diego County and 2-1-1 San Diego announced today that they are partnering to leverage funds granted by the California Department of Community Services Development (CSD), to promote the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and expand free tax preparation services. The two nonprofits are partnering with several other nonprofit organizations to help low- and moderate-income families prepare and file their 2018 taxes for free, and potentially add thousands of dollars to their refunds.

DID TRUMP COLLUDE WITH RUSSIA?

 

Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America, by Seth Abramson (Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2018, 448 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for promise of future business and covert election assistance.

January 25, 2019 (San Diego) - Coming at a time when President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is scheduled to testify publicly in Congress on February 7, 2019, Seth Abramson has written a provocative and timely book; Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America.

 

Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circles.


REAL ESTATE REALITY: SHOULD I RENT OR BUY A HOME?

By Maryanne Jackson

January 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) 

Dear Maryanne, 

My fiancé and I have been renting our apartment in La Mesa for two years. Our lease is coming up for renewal and, once again our landlord is raising our rent.

Should we renew our lease and pay the increase in rent? Or, should we start to look at purchasing our own place to avoid this constant increase in rent year after year? 

-- Melissa M., La Mesa, CA

TRUMP, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS REACH DEAL TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT, BUT ONLY FOR 3 WEEKS

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2019 ( Washington D.C.) – The longest federal government shutdown in history is slated to end tonight, after President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders agreed to enact a temporary bill to fund agencies through February 15th.  That bill does not include any funding for a border wall. 

The Senate passed the short-term funding bill today, one day after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to reject two measures that would have reopened the government long-term. One was a Trump proposal with wall funding and a temporary extension of protection for young immigrants or Dreamers.  The other was a funding bill with no money for the wall passed by the Democratic-controlled House.

During the next three weeks, Congress will convene a bipartisan conference committee on a Homeland Security Department funding bill and attempt to strike a compromise on border security.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE HOSTING `DADDY-DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT’ ON TUESDAY, FEB. 5TH

 

 

East County News Service

January 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County will host a “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” for fathers and daughters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.  Local Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County are located at 9418 Mission Grove Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

HIGHER DENSITY CONDO PROJECT PRODUCES HAND WRINGING IN SANTEE

Santee Drive-In Theatre is one possible site for low-income housing

Council also approves feasibility study on community choice energy option, with two other cities

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By Mike Allen

January 24, 2019 (Santee) --Believe it not, Santee needs new housing, particularly affordable type, and more rental stock to handle demand from folks who cannot afford to buy houses.

But where to put housing geared to low income earners, and how that construction will impact other properties are not easy subjects, as was revealed at the latest City Council meeting Jan. 23.

The agenda item that prompted much frustration and hand wringing was a proposed residential condo development on a parcel owned by the county. City Ventures, a large Irvine-based developer, recently obtained the 22-acre parcel which is now in escrow. The company wants to build 365 new units at the site, which is just east of Town Center Community Park, behind the YMCA.

FREE FOOD FOR FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKERS MONDAY JAN. 28 IN EL CAJON

 

 

Source:  East County Transitional Living Center

January 24, 2019 (El Cajon) - Are you, or someone you know, an essential employee or furloughed federal employee or contractor?

East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) and Christian Fellowship of El Cajon are partnering to provide help to individuals and families affected by the government shutdown.

JULIAN FIREFIGHTERS HOST SPAGHETTI DINNER FOR COMMUNITY, COLLECT FOOD DONATIONS FOR THE HUNGRY

“This is your house.” -- Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Mike Van Bibber

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

January 24, 2019 (Julian) –“We’re rising from the ashes and we will emerge like the Phoenix, even better than before we were,” Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Mike Van Bibber told a crowd of some 75 citizens at a spaghetti dinner held Sunday in the main stationhouse on Highway79.

The mood was buoyant, despite storm clouds still looming over the district. A special election to save the county’s last volunteer fire department is slated for March, after residents gathered enough signatures to put the decision on the ballot and temporarily block takeover by the County Fire Department run by Cal-Fire.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 24, 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

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

January 24, 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.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

January 24, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE & TECH

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THE PATIO GROUP TO MANAGE FAMED LA CASA DEL ZORRO DESERT RESORT & SPA IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 24, 2019 (Borrego Springs)  The Patio Group division of American National Investments (ANI) announces new partnership and management ofLa Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort & Spa in Borrego Springs.

READERS AND WRITERS CALENDAR JAN. 27 - FEB.10, 2019

 

 

By Sam Warren, Copyright 2019 http://Bookwarren.com

"A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much." — Irwin Shaw

 

January 24, 2019 (San Diego) – Books and bingo, a writer’s conference, author appearances, book discussion groups and writer’s classes are among the literary happenings on the horizon locally.

CLICK TO SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF BOOK EVENTS

LA MESA COUNCIL HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING FOR COMMUNITY JAN. 29

 
 
East County News Service
 
January 24, 2019 (La Mesa) — The city of La Mesa will host a town hall meeting with city councilmembers and the community to discuss La Mesa and its future. 
 
The special meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at La Mesa Dale Elementary School, 4370 Parks Avenue in La Mesa.

HEARTLAND FIRE SEEKS PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER RECRUITS

 

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

January 24, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Heartland Fire & Rescue is currently recruiting for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter. The agencies is looking for individuals who are just starting off their career or are looking for a lateral opportunity.

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