June 2016 Articles

FIRE TRAINING EXERCISES IN ALPINE THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

June 7, 2016 (Alpine) -- San Diego County Fire Chiefs, in cooperation with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the community of Alpine, are conducting their annual Fire Preparedness Exercise June 6 – 8, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m...  Emergency Service Agencies from throughout San Diego County will come together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.


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BREAK-IN TAKES COMMUNITY RADIO KNSJ 89.1 FM OFF THE AIR: BROADCAST EQUIPMENT STOLEN & VANDALIZED

 

 

East County Magazine Show is among programming knocked off air; funds urgently needed to restore broadcasting

 

June 7,2016 (San Diego)—Community radio station KNSJ 89.1 FM Descanso has been temporarily knocked off the air after a break-in and theft. KNSJ's transmitter site on Monument Peak in the Laguna Mountains was broken into, with vandalism intentionally disabled broadcasting on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:05 p.m. PST. The immediate impact of this crime is loss of the FM broadcast and service as an emergency alert system. KNSJ continues to stream 24/7 online, but not over the public airways. Because this break-in occurred on federal land and interrupted a licensed FCC full-power FM station, this forced entry is a considered a federal crime.

KNSJ is making a public appeal to raise $5000 to get the station back on the air.

Donations are needed to replace equipment, upgrade a security system and the speedy return of this non-profit radio station to regular programming. Tax-deductible donations can be made at KNSJ.org KNSJ is an all volunteer station relying primarily on donations.


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PADS HAVE BIG REBOUND IN FIRST GAME AGAINST BRAVES

 

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres began a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves tonight.  Thankfully, this series is in San Diego, so we won’t have to deal with that annoying tomahawk chop.  Williams Pérez started on the hill for the visitors against Christian Friedrich for San Diego.


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PASSING OF HELEN CHAVEZ, WHO HELPED HER HUSBAND GIVE BIRTH TO AND SUSTAIN AMERICA'S FIRST ENDURING FARM WORKER'S UNION

 

Source: Cesar Chavez Foundation

Photo:  Helen and Cesar Chavez with six of their eight children in 1969 at the United Farm Workers’ “Forty Acres” property outside Delano. Standing from left are: Anna, Eloise and Sylvia. Seated are from left Paul, Elizabeth and Anthony.

June 6, 2016 (Keene, Ca.) - Helen Fabela Chavez, 88, who played a vital role helping her husband give birth to what became the first enduring farm workers union in U.S. history—and sustained Cesar Chavez during the 31 years he led the United Farm Workers of America—passed away today, Monday, June 6 at a Bakersfield hospital surrounded by many of her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


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LAKESIDE WOMAN SAYS MOUNTAIN LION KILLED DOG IN YARD

 
 
East County News Service
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
 
June 6, 2016 Lakeside) – A Lakeside resident has posted signs in her Eucalyptus Hills neighborhood warning that a mountain lion killed one of her pug dogs last Wednesday.

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FIRE IN BOULEVARD

 

June 6,2016  (Boulevard) – A wildland fire is burning near the border in Boulevard’s Tierra Del Sol Community, CAL FIRE and County Fire ChiefTony Mecham reports.  The blaze started late this afternoon and is currently about 8 acres, with no structures threatened. It has a moderate rate of spread.

According to CAL FIRE, the fire is off of Zarina Lake Drive in Tierra Del Sol.  However Donna Tisdale, Boulevard Planning Group chair and a resident of Tierra Del Sol, told ECM that the fire appears to be south of the Southwest Powerlink at the south end of Tierra del Sol Road.


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REVIVAL OF THE CITY HEIGHTS ANNEX THEATRE

 

“The long term goal here is to essentially turn this entire facility into a cultural production facility, so people from the community may learn to make their own T.V. programs and potentially internet YouTube channels, podcasting.” -- Nigel Brookes

ECM intern Chisato Iverson sat down for a Q&A interview with theatre manager Nigel Brookes on his vision for revitalizing the City Heights Annex, recently reopened after a long closure. Below are highlights from our interview:


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A SIGHT TO BEHOLD: VISIONARY DANCE PERFORMANCE IN NEW CITY HEIGHTS ANNEX

 

By Chisato Iversen

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- Visionary Dance Theatre showcased Shadoworx, an amazing dance performance choreographed by Natalia Valerdi-Rogers on May 27 and 28th.  All the dancers were stunning. They could really convey their emotions through to the audience. They were able to go from sad and forlorn to sassy and quirky to soft and delicate. The dancers ranged from children to adults.


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FARMERS AND BUSINESSES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR DROUGHT ASSISTANCE

 

County News Service

June 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- San Diego County farmers, ranchers and businesses may seek some relief from the drought through two loan programs.


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ARRESTS MADE FOR NARCOTIC SALES ONLINE IN EAST COUNTY

 

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June 6, 2016 (Santee) – Eight people have been arrested in Santee, Lakeside and Spring Valley for “blatantly” advertising drugs for sale on social media sites, the Sheriff’s department announced on Friday.


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CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST WELCOMES NEW DISTRICT RANGERS

 

Source: U.S. Forest Service

June 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Descanso Ranger District in Alpine, and the Palomar Ranger District in Ramona, have recently gained over 30 years’ experience between them with the addition of 2 new district rangers. Christopher Dowling for the Palomar, and Bob Heiar for the Descanso, both come from an extensive Forestry background and have already begun making substantial head weight on improving recreational opportunities, enhancing community protection, and enforcing ecological restoration. Forest Supervisor William Metz believes the expertise and timing couldn’t be better, "This comes at a crucial time as we head into fire season and begin preparations on the ground. Our focus is to meet the mission of public safety by increasing resources and expanding expertise, demonstrating our continued commitment to the people of San Diego County.


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CAMPO HOTTEST IN OVRE HALF A CENTURY

 

East County News Service

June 6, 2016 (Campo) – The heat wave on June 2nd shattered records across southern California.   Here in East County, Campo reached 101, breaking a 46-year record of 99 set in 1970.  (Records have been kept since 1948 for Campo.)


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SANDERS DRAWS THOUSANDS IN FINAL SAN DIEGO STOP BEFORE TUESDAY ELECTION

 

East County News Service

Photo: 10 News Twitter feed

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) – At a concert and rally in Qualcomm’s parking lot Sunday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told a crowd of around 4,500 supporters that Donald Trump will  not win in November, “because in the year 2016, the American people will not accept a bigoted president.” 

First, though, Californians will head to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election—and California polls show Senator Sanders running neck and neck with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  

Sanders told San Diego supporters, “Real change has never taken place from the top down, only from the bottom up.” He urged people to reject income inequality and billionaires seeking to “buy elections.”


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PADRES FORGET THEIR BROOMS...AGAIN

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  the U.S. Coast Guard is honored on Military Sunday.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

June 5, 2016 (San Diego) - Would the Padres finally remember their brooms today?  Let’s find out together in our wonderful foray of the 2016 Padres season.  Jon Gray started on the hill for Colorado and Luis Perdomo started for San Diego in place of the traded James Shields.


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LET'S TALK TURKEY JUNE 18TH AT 2 P.M. AT LAKESIDE LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

June 5, 2016 (Lakeside) - The Lakeside Library will host "Country Living:  Let's Talk Turkey" on Saturday, June 18th at the Lakeside Library on 9839 Vine Street in Lakeside.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: YOUR NAME IS MUHAMMED ALI

 

By Dr. Arif Ahmad

Reprinted with permission from The Moderate Voice, a San Diego Online News Association member

What’s my name? What’s my name?

Most of us are fine spending our lives going with the flow. Very few if any want to swim against the tide. Even fewer appear comfortable doing it. We are not sure, if at all, how we are going to look coming out on the other side. We are content in our zone, afraid of the consequences, the inherent risks of failing and that of a wasted life.


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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH BASEBALL WRITER/AUTHOR KIRK KENNEY

 

East County News Service

June 4,2016 (San Diego) – At bat in our lineup of radio interviewees recently was Kirk Kenney, author of 100 Things Padres Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.

Kenney, a sportswriter with the San Diego Union-Tribune, shared some colorful insights and fascinating facts with our Bookshelf editor Reina Menasche on the East County Magazine Show,  aired originally on KNSJ  89.1 FM Radio.  

You can listen online now to our interview by clicking the audio link below (sound files may take a few moments to load).

Audio: 

Kirk Kenney interview on East County Magazine Show on KNSJ

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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PADRES SCORE SAME AMOUNT OF RUNS AS IN GAME ONE, BUT IT GETS THE JOB DONE

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo:  Girl Scout Troop 6116 from Imperial Beach presents the colors on Bitmoji Night.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

 

June 4, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres got a much-needed simple win last night.  They looked to do it again tonight against the Rockies.  Andrew Cashner was on the mound for San Diego against Chad Bettis for Colorado.


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RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCED FOR TASTE OF LA MESA: 400 HUNGRY GUESTS EXPECTED JUNE 6TH

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2016 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa.

Participating restaurants as of press time include Anthony's Fish Grotto, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brigantine Restaurant, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Edible Arrangements, El Torito, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill, Luna Grill, Marie Callender's, O's American Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Souplantation, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, Tiramisu Trattoria, and Valley Farm Market.  Samuel Adams is the exclusive beer sponsor of the evening. Wine sponsors include Nonno’s Ristorante Italino, Riviera Supper Club, The Regal Bar and San Pasqual Winery.


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FARM WORKERS’ OVERTIME PAY BILL FAILS PASSAGE IN ASSEMBLY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Department of Labor

June 4, 2016 (San Diego)— By a slim two-vote margin, a measure that would have given farm workers the same overtime pay as workers in other industries failed to win passage in the state Assembly  after emotional testimony on both sides.

In non-agricultural businesses, workers are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than eight hours a day or over 40 hours a week.  Although federal law does not mandate any overtime pay for farm laborers, California does require overtime pay for those working more than 10 hours a day or over 60 hours a week.  Assembly Bill 2757 would have required that farm workers who labor more than 8 hours a day would receive time and a half, while those working over 12 hours a day would receive double pay by 2020.


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IT’S OFFICIAL: STATE APPROVES REDISTRICTING OF GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Voters in the Grossmont Union-High School District this fall will be casting ballots for candidates in five separate trustee districts, under a redistricting plan approved in May by the California Board of Education.    Candidates who wish to file to run in one of the new districts can do so starting July 18 with a deadline of August 12 for candidacy filings.

No signatures are required to run in these districts. There is no filing fee, however there is a fee for having a statement in the ballot. The amount has not yet been determined, but a candidacy guide will be available soon, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu told East County Magazine today.


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MULTIPLE FIRES IN REGION

 

 

 

East County News Service

Photo: Temecula Fire along I-15, via Twitter by Sofie Casillas

June 4, 2016 -- We have reports and updates on several fires burning across southern California including I-15 between Rainbow and Temecula, the Pala fire in San Diego's north county, and a hay truck on fire near the county line in Inkopah on I-8.


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BERNIE SANDERS TO HEADLINE RALLY AND CONCERT AT QUALCOMM STADIUM SUNDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2016 (San Diego) –  Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be back in San Diego on Sunday, June 5th at Qualcomm Stadium’s parking lot for a “Future to Believe in and Get Out the Vote Concert and Rally.”  Doors open at 3 p.m. 

The concert and rally will feature Nahko and Medicine for the People, Michael Mowgli & The Altruists, Joel Rafael, and special guests George Lopez, Shailene Woodley, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Kendrick Sampson and Dr. Cornel West.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.  To RSVP or get details visit https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/rally/gplf2x


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READER'S EDITORIAL: SAVE ACCESS TO OUR STATE PARKS

 

 

An open letter to the California State Parks and Recreation Department

"The parks do not belong to the government. They belong to the people." 

By Paul Pitt

 

Editor’s note:  The state is proposing to ban hiking, climbing or other public access off designated trails in all California state parks, including Rancho Cuyamaca, Anza Borrego Desert , Palomar, Mountain, and Torrey Pines State Beach locally among others. Deadline for comment is June 6th.  Learn how to make your voice heard by  clicking here. 

 Dear Sirs: Like millions of others I have been visiting California Parks and  natural treasures  MOST of my 75 year old life..  I have visited (with great pleasure) all of the National Parks and most of the state parks.  I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican Border to Warner Springs, from Humber Park to Taqhitz to the Tram and all of Golden Trout wilderness . Yosemite of course and Sequoia, Truckee to Hallelujah Junction, Ft. Bragg to Yreka, Channel Islands.  All of this takes some time--and now the government is going to forbid PEOPLE from using THEIR PARKS?  That is absolute tyranny.  How dare you?


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PADS SLOW IT DOWN, GET MUCH NEEDED WIN OVER THE ROCKIES

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo:  recognizing the San Diego Police Department before the game on SDPD Night.  Courtesy @PadresMikeDee on Twitter

 

June 3, 2016 (San Diego) - The Colorado Rockies came to town for a three-game weekend series that started tonight.  Chris Rusin got the start for Colorado against Drew Pomeranz.


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MISS MIDDLE EAST USA PAGEANT WINNERS RECEIVE CROWNS, SHATTER STEREOTYPES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: Ben Kalasho presents scholarship check to Zhala Tawfiq, Miss Middle East USA 2016

 

June 3, 2016 (San Diego) — “Our goal is to empower and embolden Middle Eastern women and redefine the world,” said Ben Kalasho, president of the Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the  Miss Middle East USA Pageant. “This was such a unifying event in San Diego; the nation must see that there are strong, independent women from the Middle East who aspire to lead by example and promote equality and women’s rights.”


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SYCUAN PAYS OUT $1.22 MILLION JACKPOT

 

East County News Service

Photo: Falina R. of Chula Vista hit a $1.22 million jackpot on Sycuan Casino’s lucky Buffalo Grand slot machine on Wednesday.

June 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- On Wednesday,  May 27, Chula Vista resident Falina R. turned pennies into $1.22 million while playing on Sycuan Casino’s Buffalo Grand slot machine. Unlike the popular theory that you have to play big to win big, Falina’s fortune was a result of a small bet on the lucky machine, which then hit the game’s huge progressive jackpot payout.


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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ANNOUNCES FINDINGS ON PETITIONS TO LIST SPECIES IN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2016  (Sacramento) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviewing petitions to list nine species in California and Nevada under the Endangered Species Act and a petition to delist one species.  The Service determined the petitions to list the California spotted owl, Inyo Mountains salamander, Kern Plateau salamander, lesser slender salamander, limestone salamander, Panamint alligator lizard, Shasta salamander, southern rubber boa, and tricolored blackbird contained substantial information and warrant more in-depth review of these species’ conservation status.  The petition to delist the Stephens’ kangaroo rat, an endangered species, did not provide substantial information to indicate delisting is warranted.


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HERRICK LIBRARY IN LA MESA EXHIBITS WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS THROUGH JUNE

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 3, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley. The show runs through June 30. The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji.


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