July 2015 Articles

RAIN AND LIGHTNING IN EL CAJON

 

By Robert Gehr

July 18, 2015 (El Cajon)--Saturday morning July 18th began with an early morning wake up call by Mother Nature herself . The sound of lightning - THUNDER!


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3 LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES HONORED FOR VOTING TO PROTECT NATIONAL PARKS 100% OF TIME, 2 OTHER SD REPS SCORE ZEROS

 

Photo: Clark Bunting, NPCA President and CEO, Rep. Susan Davis, and Craig Obey, NPCA Senior VP, Government Affairs

July 17, 2015 (San Diego)—When it comes to protecting national parks, the partisan divide between our local Congressional representatives is as wide as the Grand Canyon.

Three of San Diego’s Congressional members were honored with the Friends of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association for their contributions to protection and enhancing America’s national parks. Congressional members Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas all voted to support national parks 100% of the time on bills tracked by the NPCA. California’s two Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, also scored 100%.  All five of these legislators are Democrats.

By contrast, San Diego’s two Republican Congressmen, Duncan D. Hunter and Darrell Issa, each scored 0%, voting against every measure to protect national parks that the NPCA tracked in the last Congressional session. That included five measures that passed the House of Representatives, three of which were opposed by the NPCA.


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A "GRASS" ROOTS INITIATIVE AIMS TO LEGALIZE POT IN CA

 

East County News Service

July 17, 2015 (Sacramento)—Advocates of a ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in California announced Thursday that they have amassed an e-mail list of 70,000 supporters for the campaign.


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SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT VOTES TO CREATE DISTRICT WIDE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

 

District to include study of community choice energy

July 17, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego Unified School District voted unanimously at its July 14 meeting to approve a resolution supporting development of a district-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP), in alignment with the City of San Diego’s CAP.


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LOCAL VOLUNTEERS HOST ALEX'S LEMONADE STANDS TO FIGHT KIDS' CANCER

 

San Diego family prepares for 10th annual “Grand Stand” to raise funds for childhood cancer research, family adds new stand location in 2015

July 17, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Continuing their quest to end pediatric cancer, the Miller family of San Diego will host their 10th annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10am-6pm. In addition to their home lemonade stand located at 3366 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights, the Miller family had added a second satellite location to their efforts this year in front of Thorn Street Brewery (3176 Thorn Street) in North Park. These “Miller Tribe and Crew San Diego Grand Stands”—led by team captain Amy Miller—will raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit that works toward better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer.


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WATER WELL DATA NOW AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

 

East County New Service

July 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Want to know data on water well locations, levels, pumping rates and more?  Until now, this info was not available to the public. But now thanks to passage of Senate Bill 83, the reports are available by request through a Well Completion Report Request Form at the California Department of Water Resources at this site: http://www.water.ca.gov/groundwater/wells/well_completion_reports.cfm.


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LA MESA CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING FOR CENTENNIAL LEGACY PROJECT

 

"Meet us at The Lookout" and meet the artists

Kristin Kjaero

July 17, 2015 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa is marking the groundbreaking for it centennial legacy project with a public ceremony on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. 

Come meet and greet La Mesa residents and design competition winners Jess, Mary Lynn and Amy Dominguez, who will be on hand for the ceremony.


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SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB AND ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE MIKE HARRISON SPEAK OUT AT CHALDEAN CHAMBER’S “MEET YOUR CANDIDATES” EVENT

 

By Janis Russell

July 16, 2015 (El Cajon)- The San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Meet Your Candidates event at Nicky Rotten’s Bar and Burger Joint in Rancho San Diego Tuesday evening. The speakers were County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who is running for re-election to the 2nd Supervisorial district seat and 71st State Assembly district candidate Mike Harrison, who has served as a staffer for Congressmen Duncan L Hunter and Duncan D Hunter.


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SHAREHOLDERS REVOLT IN PINE VALLEY’S WATER DISTRICT

 

Update: Hear a podcast of our radio story on this (originally aired on KNSJ) with audio clips from the Pine Valley Mutual Water Co. Shareholders meeting here:

http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/snd5v902dn/PineValleyShareholdersStory.mp3

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Bob Ames Smith: Pine Valley Creek, several years ago and now, after 4 years of drought

 

July 15, 2015 (Pine Valley) –With water running short across the state, tensions are building where local water districts are being asked to share precious water supplies with neighboring districts and developers.

Directors of the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company found themselves in hot water with shareholders, who staged a revolt over their board’s decision to sell up to 5 million gallons of water to the newly formed Rough Acres Water Company in Boulevard.  Rough Acres Ranch wants to build an industrial scale solar facility on its property that needs massive amounts of water—and Boulevard doesn’t have enough.  

But when Pine Valley shareholders—the residents who rely on water from Pine Valley wells – found out about the secret sale, tempers at the latest shareholder meeting reached the boiling point, as a tape provided to East County Magazine by Charlene Ayers, leader of the Ranter’s Roost online discussion group on land use issues locally, makes clear.


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EL CAJON COUNCIL APPROVES SHIFT TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon currently holds at-large elections where everyone in the city votes for all five Council races.  But on Tuesday, the City Council voted 5-0 to have staff move forward with implementing a shift to individual districts each electing its own representative.  The concept of districts aspires to provide greater representation for minorities to elect representatives reflective of their neighborhoods' concerns.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

July 17, 2015 (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.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

July 17, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

 Mexico

Middle East

Europe and Asia

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


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LIVE TROPICAL BIRD SHOW: "THE MUSIC OF BIRDS" JULY 25 AT ALPINE LIBRARY

 

July 13, 2015 (Alpine)—A live tropical bird show, “The Music of Birds” will be presented on July 25th at 11 a.m. in the Alpine branch of the San Diego County Library (2130 Arnold Way, Alpine).


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EL CAJON AIMS TO ADD HAMPTON INN AS A SECOND FOUR-STAR HOTEL

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2015 (El Cajon ) – El Cajon’s City Council voted Tuesday to move forward on plans to build a Hampton Inn with upscale restaurants on the site of the former police station on Fletcher Parkway near North Magnolia Avenue.  The action comes after last month’s approval to bring a Marriott Hotel to town.

“Revitalization of El Cajon has a snowball effect,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine. Since approval of the Marriott deal, he says, “our phone has been ringing off the hook from investors because they know  that Marriott does their homework.”


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INFIGEN, OWNER OF KUMEYAAY WIND IN CAMPO, ANNOUNCES SALE OF ITS U.S. WIND ENERGY BUSINESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2015 (Campo) – Infigen Energy, owner of the Kumeyaay Wind facility in Campo, announced last week that it has agreed to sell its entire U.S. wind business to Primary Wind Power, LLC, a new private equity firm.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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JUDGE RULES FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY IN RATE CASE AGAINST MWD

 

 

Source: MWD

July 16, 2015 (San Diego)--A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled in a tentative decision on July 15 that he would require the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to pay the San Diego County Water Authority $188.3 million plus interest for illegal water rates MWD charged from 2011 to 2014.


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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT / EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR 2015

July 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Join the La Mesa Police Department and Heartland Fire and Rescue in celebrating the 4th annual “National Night Out against Crime” and Emergency Preparedness Fair Event, Tuesday, August 4th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the La Mesa Police Station Parking lot (8085 University Avenue - same location as the La Mesa Farmers Market).


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HIKES AND HOPS WITH VOLCAN MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION JULY 25

 

July 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - If you're looking for a reason for a weekend road trip, hop on up to Julian for Hikes & Hops with Volcan Mountain Foundation and Anza Borrego Desert Foundation on July 25th.Participants will receive a voucher for beer at Nickel Beer Company and a taste of Anza-Borrego Brew (a vanilla oatmeal stout ) after the hike, which will cover six miles with scenic views and cool, shaded groves.


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OBAMA PROPOSED RULE TO EXTEND OVERTIME PAY WOULD AID 420,000 WORKERS IN CA

 

East County News Service

July 16, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama has announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay protections to nearly 5 million American workers, including over 400,000 Californians. This proposal would increase the current overtime protection threshold, guaranteeing overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than $50,440 per year if they work more than 40 hours a week.


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PLANNED POWER OUTAGE AT LA MESA PUBLIC WORKS YARD ON FRIDAY, JULY 17

July 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- There will be a planned power outage at the Public Works Maintenance Yard on Friday, July 17. The phones will be down through Sunday, July 19. 

For a public works related emergency, including a sewer backup, please call 619.667.1400. 

For other non-emergency service requests, please use Request Tracker.


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FUND AIMS TO HELP FOSTER MOM WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AFTER THIEVES DAMAGE FAMILY’S VAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos, left: Three of the five special needs children in Zeldin's care.

July 11, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – Friends describe Debra Zeldin as an “angel.”  Twice named the County’s foster parent of the year, she has taken in over 60 foster children, specializing in those with special medical needs.  She currently has five children in her care, including a blind, 6-year-old boy for whom she helped obtain a kidney transplant and a 10-year-old girl with muscular dystrophy who  just came home from the hospital when Zeldin discovered her van had been stolen. Two of the children use wheelchairs and one is on a tracheotomy curently.

Now Zeldin needs help –and a friend has launched a fundraising drive to raise money for repairs, since the thieves who stole her van had no insurance or assets and Zeldin’s insurance company has informed her that her policy lacked comprehensive coverage.


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COUNTY SHELVES "FREE SPEECH" REGULATION EFFORTS

 

Photo: 1912 free speech rally in San Diego.

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2015 (San Diego) – Last month,  the county postponed action on a proposal to create “free speech zones” at the Waterfront Park after objections raised by the American Civil Liberties Union and local activists, as we reported. Now the County has shelved those plans indefinitely, ECM has learned.


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DINING IN THE VINEYARD AT GRANT JAMES

 

July 16, 2015 (Ramona)—The winemakers at Grant James Vineyard in Ramona say the best way to experience wine is dining in the vineyard. So they’re serving up Friday night dinners all summer long with a host of creative chefs.  Below are the delicious details on upcoming culinary events in the vineyard.


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BILLS WOULD CURB OVER-PRESCRIBING OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS TO FOSTER CARE KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2015 (Sacramento) – A package of bills have been introduced in Sacramento to curb the over-use of psychiatric drugs on foster care youths, the San Jose Mercury News reports.  But the bill fails to create new rules for doctors who prescribe such medications.


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Journey Community Church does community service

Food Bank Distribution July 18

School Supply Drive through August 9

July 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Journey Community Church currently has two outreach programs underway in La Mesa.


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HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES DOWN PROPOSED CIVIL PENALTIES FOR HIGH WATER USE

 

East County Magazine

July 16, 2015 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District’s Board on Wednesday voted down a staff/legal recommendation for a tough new emergency drought action plan resolution that would have imposed a “civil volumetric penalty” for every unit of water over 30 used by residential customers.


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CONGRESSMAN HUNTER TO SPEAK AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

 

East County News Service

July 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Congressman Duncan Hunter, who represents the 50th District, will be the keynote speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Marie Callender's (6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120). The public is welcome to attend and have the opportunity to hear from our energetic and knowledgeable Congressman. 


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ZERO WASTE POLICY APPROVED BY SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL

 

East County News Service

July 16, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego’s City Council has unanimously approved a landmark measure to cut trash in landfills to zero.


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FBI SEEKS INFORMATION FROM PEOPLE IN U.S. ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OVERSEAS

 

East County News Service

July 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reaching out to refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants in the U.S. to help identify and prosecute those committing human rights violations in other countries.


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