June 2018 Articles

June 2018 Articles

ELECTION NIGHT RESULTS: WHEN TO EXPECT THEM

June 5, 2018 (San Diego) -- On election night, we all want to know who won what race and which proposition passed – and as soon as possible! But the June 5 gubernatorial primary election results may take a little while to come in. Here’s why.

  • A high number of registered voters: San Diego County has over 1.69 million registered voters.
  • 1,444 polling places across the county.
  • More mail ballots than ever before were issued by the Registrar’s office, over 1.1 million.

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A TASTE OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS: FOURPENNY HOUSE IN LA MESA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 5, 2018 (La Mesa) –Fourpenny House (8383 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa’s downtown village is a natural fit in a community that’s home to the Helix High School Highlanders and bagpipe band. 

The Scottish pub and restaurant was inspired by owner Peter Soutowood’s family travels to his ancestral homeland in Scotland.

“Scottish food represents the flavors of the landscape,” says Soutowood, wearing a Scottish kilt during an industry night sampling of the fare. 


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LARGE CROWD FLOCKS TO OPENING OF EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left, by Monica Zech:  This dog found a fur-ever home with a visitor during the opening of the new shelter.

June 5, 2018 (El Cajon) – After years of doggedly determined planning efforts, El Cajon’s new animal shelter had its grand opening on Sunday.  An estimated 1,000 people flocked to the event, which resulted in 18 pet adoptions.

“We had a gloriously exhausting day,” says Jill Jones, manager of the facility at 1373 North Marshall Avenue.  “We found forever homes for eight dogs, four cats, five kittens and one tortoise.” The latter was adopted by Dirk Epperson, the city’s public works director and his family.


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SMALL FIRES DOUSED IN LA MESA AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 5, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Two small brush fires in La Mesa and Rancho San Diego caused brief evacuations over the weekend but were doused with no structure damage or injuries.

On Saturday, June 2nd, a fire started in brush near an apartment complex at Jamacha Road and Fury Lane in unincorporated La Mesa shortly after 4 p.m.  About 40 residents were evacuated from two apartment buildings as a precaution. The fire was held to 2.5 acres by San Miguel Fire Departments. The Sheriff’s Bomb Arson detectives are investigating the cause.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGLIGHTS


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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: HEAT SAFETY

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

June 4, 2018 (San Diego) - Summer is here and so is the heat!  No matter where you live or what you do, we’re all encountering Mother Nature’s wrath of the heat. You can get cool and beat the heat by practicing a few Summer Safety Tips.


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LAKESIDE RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER WITH VEHICLE IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – A Lakeside couple is accused of attempted murder and felony criminal conspiracy after allegedly assaulting an El Cajon woman and trying to run over her boyfriend.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon at East Madison Avenue and North First Street in El Cajon.  Several 911 calls reported a vehicle striking a pedestrian in what investigators found to be an intentional act.


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ECM PADRES REPORT - MLB DRAFT EDITION: DAY ONE

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  7th round pick Ryan Weathers via @MLBDraft on Twitter

June 4, 2018 (Secaucus, N.J.) - The 2018 MLB Draft is underway.  Today, we started with rounds one and two and the compensation round and both competitive balance rounds.  Click “read more” to see who the Padres took.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HONORS 2018 HEALTHCARE HEROES AWARD WINNERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  (Back Row, left to right) GHD board members Virginia Hall and Randy Lenac, Jan and Chuck Vermillion, GHD board member Michael Emerson, Shawn Kelley. (Front Row, left to right) Rick Doremus, Dee Davis, Ally Kellogg, GHD board member Bob Ayres and Gloria Chadwick.

June 4, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in the East County region recently honored local volunteers with its 2018 Healthcare Heroes awards. Now in its 12th year, Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program honoring volunteers helping to advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.


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CALIFORNIA COAST CREDIT UNION IT CHIEF RECEIVES TOP TECH EXEC AWARD

 

Angela Moran recognized among local IT technology leaders

Source:  Cal Coast Credit Union

June 4, 2018 (San Diego) - Angela Moran, Chief Information Officer at California Coast Credit Union, which has several branches in East County, is among 13 leading IT professionals recognized with a 2018 Top Tech Exec Award for “forward-thinking and innovative approaches and programs” involving information technology.


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CALIFORNIA SENATORS FIGHT TO STOP CHILDREN FROM BEING TAKEN FROM PARENTS AT BORDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via Twitter

June 4, 2018 (San Diego) – Outrage is growing over revelations that the Trump administration has dramatically expanded the number of children being forcibly separated from their parents at the international border. On Friday, dozens o f protests were held in cities across the nation, NPR reports. The hashtag #familiesbelongtogether is trending on Twitter, showing thousands gathered at protests from Trump Towers to the nation’s capital.


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POWAY ONSTAGE ANNOUNCES THE 2018/2019 PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE SERIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2018 (Poway) -- “Country crooners, ‘80s hitmakers and man’s best friend are among the headlining talent Poway OnStage have lined-up for their 2018/19 Professional Performance Series at the Poway Performing Arts Center. This season, we are delighted to welcome old friends and new talents to the Poway stage,” says Poway OnStage President and CEO Michael Rennie.  “Returning Poway OnStage alum include perennial Poway favorites and equal opportunity offenders The Capitol Steps, guitar masters the Romeros; and celebrity talents from Dancing with the Stars and American Idol performing the all-new Motown with a Twist.” 

“First time appearances include  ‘80s hitmakers Starship featuring Mickey Thomas; the Indian-dance-by-way-of-Bollywood spectacular, Mystic India; the wily canine exploits of The Stunt Dog Experience; the revamped Kingston Trio, the inimatable Arlo Guthrie, Irish dance phenomenon Murphy’s Celtic Legacy and country singer Clay Walker.”

Below is the full schedule and details:


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PAGEANT WINNER ORGANIZES DRIVES FOR STUDENTS TO SUPPORT MILITARY AND TEDDY BEARS TO COMFORT CHILDREN OF DEPLOYED SOLDIERS

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – El Cajon resident Kristin Cohn, who attended Valhalla High School, was recently crowned Mrs. San Diego Woman of Achievement 2018. Her platform is titled One Nation one heart. A few months ago, she had noticed a video that was circulating via the Internet and showed a little boy that was very sad when his deployed father was not going to be able to make it home for his birthday. This really hit a nerve in Cohn as she realized that not only does the stress of a deployed parent affect the member of the military and the spouse but also the amount of stress it places on the children left at home.


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SANTEE-BASED GUN OWNERS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR JUNE 5TH

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2018 (San Diego's East County) – 
San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a Santee-based political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has announced its endorsement of nine candidates for the June 5 election.


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SAN DIEGO DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES ANNOUNCE ENDORSEMENTS

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2018 (San Diego) - Countywide elections are Tuesday and the San Diego Democratic and Republican parties have announced their endorsements below:

http://www.sddemocrats.org/sites/sdcdp/files/pdf/Endorsements_Flyer_P201...

http://www.sandiegorepublicans.org/endorsements.html


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DEL CERRO FIRE WAS STARTED BY JUVENILES, INVESTIGATORS FIND

 

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

Last updated June 4, 2018 at 9 a.m.

June 3, 2018 (Del Cerro) – San Diego Fire investigators have concluded that a fire that scorched 38 acres in Del Cerro yesterday was started by 12-year-old children playing with a lighter. It has not yet been announced whther the juveniles will face charges, ECM news partner 10 News reports.

The fire reported at 4:09 p.m. in the Adobe Falls area of Del Cerro on Del Cerro Blvd. near Waring Road forced evacuation of 60 to 80 homes on Adobe Falls Road this afternoon and evening.

The fire started in a brushy canyon and swiftly threatened homes, burning east and to within several feet of Interstate 8, forcing closure of the freeway and harrowing moments for motorists.

ECM reporter Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson was driving toward the fire on I-8 and got cell phone photos (top left and lower left) of flames beside the freeway and a wall of smoke confronting motorists.  "The other driver and I didn't know what we were driving into, but we were not stopped from advancing," she reports, adding that orange and black embers and ashes were hitting her car. One ember came through her open window and burned her finger, she added.


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JOIN THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE AT A COUNTY LIBRARY

 

 

Summer is officially underway at the San Diego County Library. Residents of all ages are invited to take the Summer Reading Challenge. Participants are awarded prizes based on the number of activities they complete. The more they read, the better their chance at winning prizes.


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SDSU BASEBALL ENDS 2018 SEASON WITH LOSS AGAINST NORTHWESTERN IN CORVALLIS REGIONAL

 

Aztecs finish 2018 season 39-21

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

June 2, 2018 (Corvallis, Ore.) - The San Diego State baseball team suffered a 9-0 loss in an elimination game against Northwestern State Saturday afternoon at Goss Stadium. The Aztecs finish its season 39-21 after reaching an NCAA Regional for the fifth time in the last six years.


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PARKS AFTER DARK SUMMER ADVENTURES

 

County News Service

June 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This June, wait out those warmer temperatures for the cool breezes the evening brings. We’ve planned star parties, evening hikes and educational programs the whole family will enjoy – at or after sunset! Inclement weather may cancel; contact the parks by clicking on the links below.


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PLANTING TREES FOR THE FUTURE

 

 

A park isn’t a park without some shady trees! And after seven years of drought in San Diego County, trees in county parks have weakened and pests are causing them to die.

We’re doing what we can to protect trees and be forward thinking when it comes to ways to save them. More than 450 trees have been removed and 4,000 have been planted in their place.

Watch these volunteers who came together to give new life to our parks.


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SDSU BASEBALL DROPS 6-4 DECISION AGAINST LSU IN CORVALLIS REGIONAL

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

June 1, 2018 (Corvallis, Ore.) - The No. 3-seeded San Diego State baseball team fell to No. 2 seed LSU on Friday afternoon, 6-4, at Goss Stadium in the Corvallis Regional.


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HELIX WATER DISTRICT ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2018 WATERSMART LANDSCAPE CONTEST

 

Source: Helix Water District

June 1, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Helix Water District has named Carey Hultgren and Paul Geldbach of La Mesa as the winner of its 2018 WaterSmart Landscape Contest, an annual competition that recognizes outstanding water-wise residential landscapes based on design and overall attractiveness, appropriate plant selection and maintenance, and irrigation methods.


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PLANE DOWN AT RAMONA AIRPORT, PILOT SAFE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2018 (Ramona) – Cal Fire’s incident commander in Ramona reports an aircraft down at the Ramona airport.

An initial report indicated one patient had minor injuries, but the patient was released after evaluation at the scene.

No information on cause of the crash has yet been released.

A photo provided by Cal Fire, credited to Kevin Pack, shows the letters and numbers N9410M on the tail.  The 1970 fixed-wing Cessna is listed at FlightAware as registered to Steven F. Davenport of Peralta, New Mexico.


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 49TH ANNUAL DESCANSO DAYS PARADE AND FAIR JULY 7

 

By Colleen Ince

June 1, 2018 (Descanso) - You don’t want to miss the 49th Annual Descanso Days Parade and Fair on Saturday, July 7th.  The parade starts at 10:00 am but be sure to get your spot early. The road closes at 9:30 a.m. and the fair will begin following the parade. There is no admission fee.


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STATE SENATE PASSES PACKAGE OF BILLS IN RESPONSE TO WILDFIRE DANGERS

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2018 (Sacramento) -- The California Senate this week passed a comprehensive package of bills in response to the increasing frequency and intensity of wildfires in our state, addressing last year’s horrific fires and taking steps to prevent future devastation. The measures will next move to the Assembly for consideration.


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INVASIVE “AUSSIE MOZZIE” FOUND IN LA MESA

 

Aggressive, day-biting, hairy-legged mosquitos can transmit heartworms to pets

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 1, 2018 (La Mesa) -- San Diego County residents now have one more reason to find and dump out standing water in and around their homes to fight mosquitoes.

County environmental health officials have found a new type of invasive, aggressive, day-biting mosquito in La Mesa — the Australian backyard mosquito, Aedes notoscriptus, also known as the “Aussie Mozzie.”


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MAN SUFFERS LIFE-THREATENING STAB WOUNDS IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2018 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seek public help to identify suspects in a stabbing overnight that left the victim with life-threatening injuries, according to Lt. Jason Taub with El Cajon Police Department.

Police responded to a call shortly before 2 a.m. from a caller who said an acquaintance was “bleeding out,” and then hung up.


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GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILLS ESTABLISHING STATEWIDE WATER EFFICIENCY

 

East County News Service

June 1, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday signed SB 606 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and AB 1668 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by establishing statewide water efficiency standards.


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ALPINE’S QUEEN BEE LUNCH JUNE 23 WILL “BEE” A SPECIAL PARTY

 

Source: Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

June 1, 2018 (Alpine) -- Alpine will celebrate its wonderful honey history at the 2nd Annual Queen Bee Brunch on Saturday, June 23Complete with a fashion show, exclusive vendors and mimosas, the brunch is presented by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Alpine Community Center.


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THE ROSA PARKS OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 

17 Steps: A Federal Employee’s Guide for Tackling Workplace Discrimination, by Tanya Ward Jordan (Tanya Ward Jordan, M.S., 2018, 186 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

June 1, 2018 (San Diego) - Tanya Ward Jordan, M.S., President and Founder of The Coalition For Change, Inc., (C4C), has written an incisive and provocative book about the inner workings of the federal government; 17 Steps: A Federal Employee’s Guide for Tackling Workplace Discrimination, that is a must read.


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