June 2016 Articles

GRAND JURY REPORT SLAMS EAST COUNTY CITIES' “LACK OF RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS”

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report critical of four cities in East County for failing to provide adequately for the needs of homeless people, including failing to apply for federal funds available for that purpose. The Grand Jury report, titled “East County Cities’ Lack of Response to Homelessness,” also made recommendations to improve the situation.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: HARVESTING EAGLES - PART TWO

 

How agencies charged with protecting our wildlife continue to betray our trust

By Jim Wiegand

June 13, 2016 (San Diego) - It is difficult to read that word “harvest” without thinking of harvesting crops, grown for the purpose of feeding humanity. In this case, however, we are talking about one of our most iconic species, one of our most magnificent raptors – and the “harvesting” is to be done by “grim reaper” machines: wind turbines.


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SANTA CATALINA – THE ISLAND OF ROMANCE

 

By Leon Thompson

Photos by Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2016 (26 miles across the sea) – Catalina is the perfect romantic getaway.   The beautiful shores of Catalina Island “The Island of Romance” is an easy boat ride from San Pedro to a whole different world.  A world of Mediterranean charm where you can picnic, stroll the beach, watch whales the dolphins play and discover a secluded cove.  Put away your watch because you will be on “island time.” So how did this unique place come to be?


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50 DEAD IN ONE OF WORST MASS SHOOTINGS IN U.S. HISTORY AT FLORIDA GAY NIGHTCLUB; KILLER SWORE ALLEGIANCE TO ISIS

 

 

East County News Service

Photo: Memorial in Hillcrest, posted on Twitter by Shawn Van Diver

June 12, 2016 (San Diego) -- The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history is being investigated as both a terror attack and a hate crime.  Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen born to Afghan immigrants, killed 50 people and injured 53 during a gay pride celebration at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida early this morning. 

The gunman called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS, the Islamic state before the massacre, the FBI has indicated.

The massacre has prompted outpourings of sympathy across the nation and here in San Diego.


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THE LOOKOUT AT LEGACY PARK AND CLOCK DEDICATION TO BE HELD JUNE 29

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (La Mesa) - You're invited to celebrate the grand opening of The Lookout at Legacy Park in La Mesa on June 29th at 6:00 p.m. in honor of La Mesa's centennial.


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LAWNMOWER TRADE-IN EVENT JUNE 18

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (San Diego) — The County of San Diego invites you to trade in your gas-guzzling lawnmower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer or string trimmer for a brand new rechargeable model for just $99.99.  The 17th annual trade-in event will be held Saturday, June 18 from8 a.m. to 12 noon at Qualcomm stadium. Each household can get up to one of each type of item so you can save some green by cutting green.


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PADRES' SUNDAY LOSING STREAK MOVES TO 12 STRAIGHT

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Coors Field takes a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shootings.  Courtesy @Rockies on Twitter

June 12, 2016 (Denver) – The Padres and Rockies wrapped up their series today.  Christian Friedrich took the mound for San Diego against Tyler Anderson making a surprise start for Colorado.


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DEA WARNING TO PUBLIC AND POLICE: FENTANYL EXPOSURE KILLS

 

Law enforcement urged to exercise extreme caution handling fentanyl. Sold as heroin, it’s 40-50 times stronger than heroin. A small amount can be lethal if absorbed through skin or ingested

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences.  Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 


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ONE-THIRD OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDOCUMENTED COLLEGE STUDENTS IN CA REMAIN UNUSED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2016 (San Diego) – Five years ago, the California Dream Act authorized grants to help undocumented immigrant students attend community colleges, public universities and some private colleges.  But last year, about one-third of that “Dreamer” scholarship money was not given out, Ed Source reports.


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LA MESA CONVERSATIONS JUNE MIXER TO BE HELD AT BOLT BREWERY

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (La Mesa) - This month's La Mesa Conversations will be held this Thursday, June 16, at Bolt Brewery, 8179 Center Street in La Mesa from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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FDA APPROVES VACCINE TO PREVENT CHOLERA FOR TRAVELERS

 

Source: FDA News Release

Photo: bacteria cholera, Youtube screenshot

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vaxchora, a vaccine for the prevention of cholera caused by serogroup O1 in adults 18 through 64 years of age traveling to cholera-affected areas. Vaxchora is the only FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of cholera.


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VIDEO OF THE MONTH: SAVE EL MONTE VALLEY, THE JEWEL OF SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

View the video: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10201644595153046&id=1724097629

June 12, 2016 (Lakeside) - Billy Ortiz has created a beautiful and moving video of El Monte Valley in Lakeside, which is threatened by a proposed sand mining project. 


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LISTEN: OUR APRIL 2016 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

 

June 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our april 2016 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in April, click here or scroll down.

Our newsmaker interviews included Amber Albrecht from SDG&E on a new invention to help homeowners go solar affordably, Rev. Shane Harris with the National Action Network in San Diego on renters’ issues and police use of force, Lemon Grove Vice Mayor George Gastil, Stephanie Ortega from Promises to Keep, an organization helping foster youths, and more. We also covered hot issues from the Lakeside sand mine proposal to Earth Day’s climate change agreement, landmark legislation and much more.

The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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LISTEN: OUR MARCH 2016 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

June 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our March 2016 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in March, click here or scroll down.

Our newsmaker interviews included Mark Umphries and Michelle Curtis from the Helix Water District, Chaldean-American Chamber president Ben Kalasho,  gospel choir director Ken Anderson, citizens and a trustee concerned about Grossmont-Union High School District redistricting, author Rebecca Grant, Heartland Coalition’s Mark Hanson, and more.  We also covered other hot issues including the presidential primary, methane gas leak, Zika virus, efforts to help bee populations, an urban agricultural incentive program,and more.

The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

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CAL FIRE SUSPENDS BURN PERMITS IN SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES

 

Source: CAL FIRE

June 12, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- While recent rains this winter and spring have been a welcome sight in California, drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of San Diego and Imperial Counties. This suspension takes effect June 13, 2016 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris like branches and leaves.


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100 VOLUNTEERS TURN OUT TO HELP CLEAN UP CASA DE ORO COMMUNITY

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (Casa de Oro) – Nearly 100 Casa de Oro residents and businesses joined forces yesterday to clean up the Campo Road business corridor and strengthen community engagement in a neighborhood that is turning things around for a better future.  Following the work they celebrated the first-of-its-kind event with a barbecue and raffle, while also thanking the many business sponsors who made the event possible.


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NEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

 

By Leon Thompson

Photo: Fatty acids in the blood of a person with high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

June 11, 2016 (East County) – High cholesterol plagues millions of Americans.  Too much of the wrong cholesterol can predispose a narrowing and hardening of arteries leading to stroke or coronary artery disease (CAD).  CAD is the number one killer of men in America and the second most deadly disease among women, second only to breast cancer.


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CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY IN JULIAN ON JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Julian) -- The stars and stripes will move down Main Street in Julian during this year’s Fourth of July parade honoring Independence Day. For over 20 years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers turn out to watch what some call the “the best little town parade in America.” Pre-parade events start at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at 12 noon and ends around 2:00 p.m.


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OLD WEST COMES ALIVE AT OLD POWAY PARK JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Poway) - Bring your family and friends to Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Road in Poway) and celebrate our country’s independence “turn-of-the-20th-century-style” on Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event will feature patriotic entertainment, gun fighting re-enactments, crafts, and old-fashioned games (all free) amid restored buildings and museums from the early 1900s.  You can also take a ride aboard an old-fashioned train or savor tasty treats (for a nominal fee).  


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FIREWORKS AND FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon will hold its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks at Kennedy Park.  The fun starts at 1 p.m. with food vendors, kids’ activities and live music from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.   The fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m.


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SANTEE SALUTES: PATRIOTIC EXTRAVAGANZA JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Santee) – The city of Santee invites you to Santee Salutes, an annual extravaganza set for July 4th from 2:30 to 10 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive) in Santee.


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DEERHORN VALLEY HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL OLD-FASHIONED INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND PICNIC

 

UPDATE:  THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO ORGANIZERS HELPING WITH FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS. 

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Deerhorn Valley) — Residents of Deerhorn Valley will be holding a true Americana-style parade on Monday, July 4th starting at 10 a.m.  Residents of this rural community south of Jamul are invited to take a tractor, lasso a llama, hop on a horse, drive a donkey, walk with a wagon, jump aboard a Jeep or just walk on two feet, festooned in patriotic red, white and blue.  The parade will include Clydesdale horses, an antique fire engine and live drumming.  Spectators are encouraged to bring flags, drums, rattles and shakers.


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NO MAGIC TODAY; PADRES LOSE 5-3

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 11, 2016 (Denver) - The Padres and Rockies played a Saturday matinee today.  Erik Johnson made his Padres debut today against Tyler Chatwood for Colorado.


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MLB DRAFT DAY THREE: NOW WE CAN FOCUS ON THOSE OTHER GUYS

 

By Liz Alper

Photos in order:  Jack Suwinski, Youtube screenshot, Jared Poché, Youtube screenshot, Chris Mattison, Youtube screenshot

June 11, 2016 (Secaucus, Nj.) - The last 29 rounds of the 2016 MLB Draft were today and the Padres finally remembered that there are other positions besides pitchers.  Scroll down for more info on all of the last 29 Padres picks.


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WHEN ALL WAS LOST, WIL MYERS SAVES THE DAY FOR PADS

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 10, 2016 (Denver) – After a needed day off, the Padres went back to work tonight against the NL West rival Colorado Rockies.  Andrew Cashner started for the Padres against Jon Gray for Colorado.  Cashner left the game early with a stiff neck and Luis Perdomo took his place.  This was a game that will go down in Padres' history.


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KEENAN ALLEN INKS FOUR YEAR EXTENSION

 

By Liz Alper

Photo by Jeffrey Beall, Wikipedia Commons

June 10, 2016 (San Diego) - Chargers receiver Keenan Allen has been inked to a four-year contract extension worth more than $11 million per season, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


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MLB DRAFT DAY TWO: PITCHERS, PITCHERS, PITCHERS!

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photos in order:  Lake Bachar, Mason Thompson, courtesy @MLBDraftTracker on Twitter

June 10, 2016 (Secaucus, Nj.) - The Padres were busy on Day One of the MLB Draft, drafting five picks.  Day Two of the MLB Draft covered Rounds 3-10.  Scroll down for reports on all seven of today’s Padres draft picks.


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RESIDENTS SHARE REACTIONS TO QUAKES IN DESERT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A 5.2 earthquake that struck northwest of Borrego Springs in Anza Borrego Desert State Park at 1:03 this morning was felt widely, in part because it was at a shallow depth of just 1 kilometer.  Residents and at least one seismologist jolted by the quake and aftershocks quickly took to social media to report their experiences.


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SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY JUNE 15 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

June 10, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on Wednesday, June 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove.


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DESERT QUAKES RATTLE REGION

 

June 10, 2016 (Borrego)—If you felt the earth move under your feet, that’s because a series of earthquakes struck in the Borrego Spring area including a 5.2 quake at 1:03 a.m.at a shallow depth or less than 1 kilometer along theSan Jacinto Fault.  Aftershocks as strong as 3.5 also rattled the area according to the U.S.. Geological Survey.

(Note: The USGS originally reported two strong quakes, 5.1 and 5.2, a minute apart but have since corrected the data to indicate this was just one major quake.)

Rocks are reported blocking the roadway on Montezuma Valley Road, per the CHP site.  There are no reports of serious damage as yet, though items felloff store shelves in La Quinta, a Lakeside resident reported a laptop fell to the ground and the screen broke. As far away as Downey, books reportedly fell off shelves.

We have reports the quakes were felt strongly across the San Diego region and as far away as the San Fernando Valley.  The quakes struck at a shallow depths near major fault lines capable of producing a 7.0 quake or higher. 

If you know of damage, impacts to roadways or other effects of the quake or have photos, contact editor@eastcountymagzine.org. You can also post in our commentsbelow.

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