June 2016 Articles

ARSON FIRE AT SPRING VALLEY MOBILE HOME PARK: 2 TEENS SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2016 (Spring Valley) – A fire that damaged mobile home in the Lamplighter Village mobile home park at 10767 Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley early yesterday morning was intentionally set, says John Debus with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. (Note corrected address issued by Sheriff.)


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CHIEF’S CORNER: IT’S HOT, IT’S DRY, IT’S THE 4TH OF JULY—THE FIRE DEPT. NEEDS YOUR HELP!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

June 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- It’s hot, it’s dry, it’s the 4th of July! These words make fire officials cringe, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. It will be a long three-day 4th of July weekend and the fire department needs your help!


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EL CAJON’S MARK LARSON IS RECORD HOLDER FOR BROADCASTING LONGEVITY

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2016 (El Cajon) – Radio and TV personality Mark Larson, a longtime El Cajon resident, recently began his 41st year of continuous on-air presence in the San Diego market. That makes Larson the current holder of the longevity record for local broadcast on-air work (Sam Bass has been heard on KyXy 96.5-FM since 1978; Hal Clement and Bill Griffith both had 39 years on TV before retiring in 2011 and 2015, respectively).


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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH DEL HOOD, AUTHOR OF “HISTORY IN THE HEADLINES” AND FORMER DAILY CALIFORNIAN EDITOR

 

East County News Service

Hear our interview with Del Hood:  https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au...

June 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Recently, East County Magazine sat down with Del Hood, long-time news editor of the Daily Californian and author of the new book History in the Headlines: Half a Century of the Most Notable Events in the El Cajon Valley and Surrounding Areas 1950-2000.

He recalled some of the most memorable stories of his career, as well as the fascinating history of our region.  This interview originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio. To listen online now, click the link above. (Note: sound files can take a few moments to load.)

Audio: 

Del Hood interview on East County Magazine Show, KNSJ Radio

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PADRES GET OPPORTUNITY TO SWEEP AND DON'T. WATER STILL WET

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 26, 2016 (Cincinnati) - Did you wake up early today for the last game of this Padres-Reds series to see if the Padres would finally get a sweep?  You should have gone back to bed.  


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LARGE BLACK CATS IN EASTLAKE?

 

 

Update: Not wild cats, County Animal Services Deputy Director concludes

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

June 2016 (Eastlake)—In 2014 and 2015, East County Magazine has documented dozens of local sightings by people who claim to have seen large black wild cats prowling the region, some as large as mountain lions or jaguars, others smaller but still much larger than a housecat.  But thus far, no photos had been provided of the elusive animals.

Then on June 6, 2016,we received cell phone images taken at night by a resident in the Eastlake community of Otay Mesa in Chula Vista, due east of where some earlier sightings were reported in Jamul/Deerhorn Valley and South Spring Valley.  It’s hard to judge the size or species, but looking at items such as a vehicle, hydrant , house and a three-feet-high wall in the photos raises  a question: what was prowling yards in this suburban neighborhood?


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A NIGHT OF REVELRY AT BOHEMIAN BASH HELPS RAISE FUNDS TO RESTORE KNSJ TRANSMITTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More donations needed to recover costs of repairing tranmitter on Mt. Laguna after vandalism

By Miriam Raftery

June 25,2016 (La Mesa) – Thanks to all who came out to our Bohemian Bash benefit!   KNSJ 89.1 FM founder Martin Eder announced the good news that thanks to generous community donations plus a loan, KNSJ’s transmitter has been repaired! The station is still working to fix software communication issues but anticipates full restoration of broadcasting soon – thanks to your help. 

Donations are still needed and can be made at www.knsj.org or www.eastcountymagazine.org to support KNSJ Radio and the East County Magazine Show production.

Guests enjoyed an expansive feast with international flavors a plethora of prizes, a wide variety of entertainment and even the opportunity to shimmy and shake as they learned classicial Indian dance steps in true Bohemian flair. Click"read more" and scroll down to see more photos of the festivities over the warm and wonderful summer solstice weekend.


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EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. IS HIRING RECRUITS

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department is looking for highly qualified, highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference by serving their community.  The application process opens on Monday, June 27th and closes on Monday, July 11th.  All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on July 11th.  Visit the City of El Cajon website to begin the process and to obtain salary and benefit information.

www.cityofelcajon.us/your-government/departments/human-resources/jobs


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PORCELLA IN CHINA: JUNE 30 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (Lemon Grove) - On June 30 from 5 - 8 p.m. Porcella in China, a celebration of artist Don Porcella's sensational debut in Shanghai as the dazzling designer of four windows for the new flagship store of French couturier Hermès, will be held in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove. The kicker: Don built the fabulous creatures in this exhibit right here in Lemon Grove. See and hear how they did it from Don and ace studio manager Samantha Wilson, and quaff a little bubbly with the fans.


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COUNTY SEEKS OWNER OF DOG FOUND IN FIRE WITH BURNED PAWS

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is still seeking the owner of this dog found with burned paws during the Border Fire.


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IMPRESSIVE OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE OUTING BY POMERANZ GIVES PADRES GAME THREE SHUTOUT WIN

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 25, 2016 (Cincinnati) – The Padres and Reds got a nationally televised game three today.  What a treat!  It was also Pete Rose’s retirement ceremony (his number will be retired tomorrow), but considering that the Padres have won the last two games in this series decidedly, I don’t think they need any gambling help.  Drew Pomeranz started for San Diego against Brandon Finnegan for Cincy.


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FILM NIGHT AT THE LEMON GROVE LIBRARY JUNE 29

 

By Helen Ofield

June 25, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The Short List is back!  Summer film night resumes on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, and will continue every Wednesday evening thereafter through July 27.  Comedy, drama, animation and documentary from the long-running PBS series, The Short List -- now a cult classic among viewers who relish great short film as they do air and water -- will remind you that the world is large and never dull.


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NEED HELP AFTER THE FIRE?

 

Source: County of San Diego

For assistance reuniting with your pet, go to County Animal Services’ lost pet page. (Also view a gallery of rescued animals here.)  If you know of animals that need assistance, please contact County Animal Services at 619-236-2341.


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RESCUED HORSES AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

June 25, 2016 (Ramona) - Thirteen malnourished horses recently seized from a Ramona property are now available for adoption.


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SDG&E DRAWS PRAISE FOR SWIFT RESPONSE TO OUTAGES DURING FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – During the Border Fire, SDG&E rapidly mobilized resources that have been substantially beefed up since prior firestorms—getting electricity back on swiftly in burned-out communities sweltering in triple-digit heat.  For many rural residents,electricity also powers wells that provide water in and in some cases, equipment burned. 

But as of this morning, power has been fully restored in all areas impacted by the fire,according to SDG&E’s outage map.

“The SDG&E crews have been amazing. They have not stopped since the fire swept through,” Potrero resident Jan Hedlun writes. “They have a camp up next to the Potrero Community Church and are working, working, working. The rate of speed they took to get most of us hooked up is wondrous. I watched them using a helicopter to move the poles over the ridge. Well coordinated crews.”


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HELP NEEDED FOR RESIDENTS AND ANIMALS IN CAMPO, LAKE MORENA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Rapture's Horse Rescue joined efforts led by Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton with help from local community members and businesses to bring supplies to Potrero

June 25, 2016 (Campo/LakeMorena) – With the Border Fire now 70% contained, relief efforts continue.  Shontel Grivno at Rapture’s Horse Rescue Foundation sent us the following e-mail this morning asking for supplies of non-perishable foods, water  propane and animal feed for fire survivors, livestock and pets in the Campo/Lake Morena communities:


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RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED: 3 GENERATIONS OF HITS JUNE 26 AT SYCUAN

 

 

 

 

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – Ricky Nelson Remembered is a unique multi-media entertainment event featuring the live music of Hall of Famer Ricky performed by Ricky’s own twin sons Matthew & Gunnar, grandsons of ‘50s TV icons Ozzie & Harriet Nelson .   When Matthew and Gunnar hit #1 on Billboard with their rock band NELSON and their own mega hit “Can’t Live Without Your Love & Affection” is put the Nelson family in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only family in entertainment history with three generations of #1 hitmakers.

On June 26th at 7 p.m., the show will be onstage at the Sycuan Live up Close Theatre (5484 Casino Way) in El Cajon. This performance includes never before seen big screen video footage of the NELSON family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson, as well as his hit songs including “Hello Mary Lou”, “Travelin’ Man”, “and Garden Party.”  This year marks the 31st anniversary of Rick Nelson’s passing in a tragic New Year’s Eve plane crash.


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FILING PERIOD TO OPEN FOR PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS

 

Public Can Submit Applications from July 2 to Nov. 30

June 24, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents and businesses who disagree with their property tax assessments for the 2016-2017 year may file an application to appeal them between July 2 and Nov. 30, David Hall, Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards, announced today.


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PADRES HAVE THE REDS SEEING RED IN GAME TWO

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  tonight’s hero.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 24, 2016 (Cincinnati) – After a great rally win yesterday in the series opener, the Padres looked to do it again tonight.  Colin Rea started for San Diego against Cody Reed, who was pitching in his first big league game for Cincinnati.  Let’s see how he did.


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BORDER FIRE 45% CONTAINED; EVACUATION SHELTER CLOSES FRIDAY

By Miriam Raftery

June 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – This morning Cal-Fire reports that the Border Fire is 45% contained after scorching 7,483 acres.  Five homes and 11 outbuildings were destroyed. 

The evacuation shelter at Los Coches Creek Middle School in El Cajon is closing today. All evacuated areas are now reopened, however some road closures remain in effect.  View full details from Cal Fire at: https://twitter.com/CALFIRESANDIEGO/status/746347587112828928

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HIT AND RUN DRIVER SOUGHT IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

June 24, 2016 (La Mesa) — California Highway Patrol seeks public help to locate a black pickup truck with a male driver that struck and injured a motorcyclist early this morning.  The accident occurred at 3:12 a.m. on westbound Interstate 8 just west of the Jackson Drive exit, said CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein.


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WHO IS AFFECTED BY SUPREME COURT RULING ON IMMIGRANT DEPORTATIONS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2016 (San Diego)--President Barack Obama’s executive orders to protect an estimated 5 million immigrants, or nearly half the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., from deportation have been blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The actions puts many immigrants brought here as children and parents of undocumented immigrants at risk of eventual deportation; their fate now depends on the outcome of the next election. The high court ruling also takes away new healthcare coverage recently granted by California to certain undocumented people.

Here’s what you need to know:


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LOCAL CHALDEAN CHRISTIANS REACT WITH FEAR AS SUPREME COURT DEADLOCK THREATENS DEPORTATION BACK TO RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION IN IRAQ

 

East County News Service

Photo: Iraqi Chaldeans rallied in El Cajon in 2014 pleading for the U.S. to help to save Christians from ISIS.

 

June 23, 2016 (San Diego) — Fear rippled through the community here, as word of Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court vote reached San Diego, home to the nation’s largest concentration of Iraqi Christians.

“Today’s announcement is alarming for immigrant families everywhere, but it is particularly frightening for Chaldeans,” said Mark Arabo, spokesperson for the Western U.S. Chaldean Catholic Diocese and the Minority Humanitarian Foundation, a San Diego organization that has rescued over 400 Iraqi Christians fleeing genocide in the Middle East and seeks to help another 700,000 victimized by religious persecution.

“People who came here to escape religious persecution and extermination at the hands of ISIS are now being told they have to go back. They’re terrified.” Arabo said.


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CALIF. LATINOS “DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED” IN SUPREME COURT IMMIGRATION VOTE

 

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

June 24, 2016 (Washington D.C.) --Latino rights supporters are regrouping after the Supreme Court split 4-4 on the constitutionality of President Obama's immigration policy.

The tie lets a lower court decision stand, blocking two of the president's executive orders. One program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), would have given temporary work permits to parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents. The other is an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave a reprieve to certain people brought to the U.S. as children.

"This is really sad for the immigrant community," said Antonio Bernabe, organizing director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. "They are really disappointed, hoping for a real solution. Now they are still fearing for their families, fearing for themselves, living in terror every day."


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RESIDENTS HEAR UPDATES ON BORDER FIRE, THANK FIREFIGHTERS AND VOICE SOME CONCERNS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: County Fire Chief Gary Croucher

June 23, 2016 (El Cajon) --At a community meeting Thursday night at the Los Coches Creek Elementary School in El Cajon, fire officials gave a briefing on steps they took to battle the Border Fire, which since Sunday has burned close to 7,400 acres, destroying 5 homes and 11 outbuildings.  

Residents voiced gratitude toward firefighters for  valiant efforts to save homes and lives, also acknowledging much that has improved since the 2003 and 2007 firestorms thanks to better investments in firefighting equipment and technology.

But some voiced concerns over areas they hope to see improved-- notably helping children and young teens forced to evacuate when parents were away at work, slow communications early on about the fire’s progress, animals lacking food and water in the evacuation zone, and inadequate water at Lake Morena for firefighting aircraft due to the city of San Diego draining the reservoir too low.


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TACTICAL FIRING NEAR POTRERO

Source: Cal Fire

June 23, 2016 (Potrero) Tactical firing Operations are being conducted above the north east corner of the Border 3 Fire., Cal Fire advises.

These firing operations are one of the many tools used to stop and or slow down the spread of large fires. The firing operation, along with direct perimeter control efforts, will continue throughout the day and night until the objective has been met.


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ALL EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED: BORDER FIRE AREA RESIDENTS CAN GO HOME

 

 

June 23, 2016 (San Diego) -- Cal Fire has announced this evening that all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.

There will be three traffic control points restricting access to the fire burn area:


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PADRES TAKE GAME ONE OF WEEKEND SERIES WITH RALLY

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  red everywhere.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 23, 2016 (Cincinnati) - After failing to sweep (again), the Padres traveled west to the Great American Ballpark and back to the National League to face the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season in a four-game weekend series.  Christian Friedrich started on the mound for San Diego against John Lamb for Cincinnati.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND DONALD TRUMP

 

By Daniel J. Smiechowski

June 23, 2016 (San Diego) -- There are approximately 78 million Catholics in America. Fifty percent of them voted for President Obama in 2012. Donald J. Trump has a problem, if history is a window to this election.


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AFTER REPUBLICANS BAR VOTES ON BILLS TO LIMIT ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS, DEMOCRATS STAGE SIT-IN IN HOUSE, FILIBUSTER IN SENATE

 

East County News Service

June 23, 2016 (San Diego) –Although more than 60% of Americans support limits on access to assault weapons, Republicans in the House and Senate refused to allow votes on such measures.  In the Senate last week, Democrats filibustered to force a vote, but the Republican majority defeated a measure authored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Last night, House Democrats staged a sit-in seeking to prevent the House from adjourning without taking up a similar measure. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan shut off cameras to prevent TV coverage on C-Span, so San Diego Democrat Scott Peters  live-streamed the action on his cell phone with a Periscope app.  Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis, whose district includes San Diego and East County cmmunities, also spoke—and sat—on the House floor.

Hear Congresswoman Susan Davis’ floor speech here:  https://www.facebook.com/RepSusanDavis/videos/1183815441661009/

View video highlights from C-Span of the House Democratic sit-in here:


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