June 2019 Articles

June 2019 Articles

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE AMMAR CAMPA-NAJJAR HOSTS TOWN HALL IN ALPINE AUGUST 18

East County News Service

August 7, 2019, 2019 (Alpine) – Congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar will be at a Town Hall Meet and Greet open to the public at the Alpine Community Center on August 18th from 1 to 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be served. The event is hosted by Alpine resident Anne Craig-Tillmond.

 

Campa-Najjar is facing off in the November, 2020 elections against incumbent Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, Jr. and/or other primary challengers.

 

The Town Hall format offers an opportunity for constituents to ask questions about issues that matter most to them.

MIKE MOULTON APPOINTED AS THE CITY OF EL CAJON’S NEW POLICE CHIEF

Source: City of El Cajon 

July 30, 2019 (El Cajon) - Earlier today, the City of El Cajon announced the appointment of Captain Mike Moulton as the next Chief of Police. Moulton replaces Chief Jeff Davis who will retire on September 12, 2019. Mike Moulton, 44, has worked for the El Cajon Police Department for the past twenty-four years.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JULY FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

By Miriam Raftery

July 3, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- July brings Independence Day celebrations including 4th of July parades in Julian and Alpine, the Lake Murray Fireworks and Music Festival as well as Independence Day celebrations in Santee, El Cajon and Poway.

Plus, we have even more July events, including The Sunshine Boys at Lamplighters Theater in La Mesa, the Descanso Days Parade and Fair, Watermelon Days at Oasis Camel Dairy, Pine Valley Days, and a Sip of Julian.

There are also some all summer long events including outdoor concerts, movies in parks across our region, classic car shows and dive-in movies at the Kroc Center’s swimming pool.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

JOIN US JULY 9 FOR A MIDSUMMER NIGHT FEAST AT ROMEO & JULIETA WINE CAFE!



Our next East County Dining Club adventure is a wonderful discovery!  Please join us for a midsummer night's feast on Tuesday,  July 9th at 6 p.m.  at Romeo & Julieta’s Wine Café. The event benefits East County Magazine and our East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.

Romeo & Julieta's is a treasure tucked into the Talmadge neighborhood just off Fairmont Ave.  about 10 minutes west of La Mesa. Their specialty is Polish and other Eastern European foods such as delicious pierogis, Kasha chicken, Kielbasa sausages and home-made schnitzel. They also have a wide range of other foods including delightful artisan cheese platters, salads, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, small plates to share and a wonderful selection of wines plus craft beers on tap—and more!

Feast your eyes on the menu:  www.RomeoandJulietaWineCafe.com

This is a small, cozy venue. RSVP  to reserve space -we have just a few spaces left: 619-698-7617 or editor@eastcountymagazine.org. (Note: If you need a wheelchair or disabled access table, be sure to let us know)

Prizes:  Hornblower Cruises whalewatching passes,  Gift certificates to Romeo & Julietas Wine Cafe and to Giardino's Italian Cucino, Red wine donated by Romeo & Julieta's, wrought iron wine rack,  Pearson Brothers Saccharo honey wine, Pete's Coffee, Shakespeare book from Maxwell House of Books ,jewelry, woven summer purse, Pike's Place coffee, car sun shades, cookbook, and more.

Dramatic reading:  In honor of San Diego's 250th birthday, actor Victor Crosswaite-Contreras will bring to life his ancestor, the infamous bandito Joaquin Murrieta, for your entertainment.

Full details:

TENNESSEE STIFFS APPEAR AT NAVAJO LIVE IN SAN CARLOS JULY 24

By Miriam Raftery

June 30, 2019 (San Carlos) – The Tennessee Stiffs, performing folk rock/American music, are are making their first west coast outing, the Wayward and Westward tour. Their songs recount “the veiled stories of characters so down and out and steeped in the lonesome tradition of American folklore, they seem more real than anyone would like to believe,” says spokesman Adrian Voorhies. Based in Texas, the performers are receiving national and international acclaim – and on Wednesday, July 24, en route to the Wildwood Music Fest in Oregon, the group will be performing a special no-cover show at The Navajo Live (8515 Navajo Rd., near the corner of Lake Murray Blvd. and Navajo Rd., San Diego) in the San Carlos community from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.

“30 Pieces,” the group’s record released last summer, is described by Voorhies as “an undeniably tasty blend of Outlaw Country, old time Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bluegrass & Folk” from soaring harmonies to grit fiddle riffs and catchy guitar hooks flowing through the record along with evocative songwriting and “just plain fun.”

The group has attained recognition on international and domestic radio. Their song “Nightery” was featured on The Daily Show. Their album, “Bet Americana Album” was an executive top pick by The Akademia Music Awards.

Check out their rave reviews:

DANGEROUS RIP TIDES, HIGH SURF FORECAST FOR JULY 2-4

East County News Service

June 30, 2019 (San Diego) – If you’re planning a beach party or surfing over the holiday weekend, wait until after the 4th of July. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard warning for Tuesday morning through Thursday night, July 2-4 for all south and southwest facing beaches in San Diego and Orange County. The warning is due to elevated surf up to 6 feet high, strong rip currents which can pull swimmers out to sea, and high astronomical tides near 6.7 feet.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SPECTACULAR SUNSET

East County News Service

June 30, 2019 (Mt. Helix) – Yvonne Goff shot this spectacular sunset from her home on Mt. Helix. Where else but San Diego could you frame a sunset with a pine tree and a palm tree?  Meteorologists say Thursday night’s dazzling sky show was due to high humidity in the air – or maybe it’s just magic.

EAST COUNTY SPORTS WRAP JUNE 23-27

By David Willauer

June 30, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Here arethis week's top sports highlights from East County alumni.

June 23

Grossmont High product Ben Brault started on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates as he pitched five innings and gave up six hits, three runs, (three earned), three walks and four strikeout and went 1 for 1 with a single, one, RBI and one run scored as the Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres by a 11-10 score.

Granite Hills Eagles product Travis Taijeron went 2 for 3 with a single along with a solo homer for the Syracuse Mets as they were defeated 5-1 by the Gwinnett Stripers. 

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY: GIARDINO NEIGHBORHOOD CUCINO HAS AWESOME AND AFFORDABLE APPETIZERS, MIMOSAS AND MORE

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – If you’re hungry and looking for flavorful foods at affordable prices, an array of tasty drinks and extended happy hours, look no further than Giardino Neighborhood Cucina.  Appetizers are just $5 and drinks range from $3 to $5. Also awesome – their happy hours start at 2 p.m. and run to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the bar, lounge and new patio area.

 

 

 

FOUR CHILDREN CONTRACT E. COLI, TODDLER DIES AFTER VISITS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

County News Service

Photo: Jeddediah King Cabezuela, 2, from a GoFundMe site set up to help his famliy.

June 28, 2019 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Fair has shut down public access to all animal exhibits and the petting zoo after four children were sickened with E.Coli and 2-year-old Jeddediah King Cabezuela died.

The County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) confirms four pediatric cases of Shiga-toxin-producing E. Coli (STEC) linked to contact with animals at the Fair. HHSA Epidemiology Program and the County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) are investigating the cluster of four infections. 

REP. HUNTER’S LAWYERS FILE MOTION TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE OF AFFAIRS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Activists have announced a rally Monday morning calling on Rep. Hunter to resign

June 29, 2019 (San Diego) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter’s legal team has filed a motion asking a federal court in San Diego to deny the prosecution’s motion which seeks to admit evidence that Hunter’s alleged misuse of campaign funds included money spent on five extramarital affairs.

EL CAJON MOTELS AND HOTELS TO GET CLOSER CITY SCRUTINY

Council passes ordinance regulating lodging establishments’ security and maintenance

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

June 29, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s 20 motels and hotels will be subject to more scrutiny, after passage of a new ordinance that sets minimum standards for cleanliness and security.

In a unanimous vote, the El Cajon City Council on June 11 approved a “Deemed Approved Lodging Establishment” ordinance which gives the city broad powers to regulate the 1,120 motel and hotel rooms in El Cajon. The city gains another 96 rooms when the Hampton Inn by Hilton opens next year. 

REAL ESTATE REALITY: SHOULD I ADD MY SPOUSE TO THE TITLE OF MY HOME?

By Maryanna Jackson

June 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) –  Dear Maryanne,

Two years ago, I purchased a condominium in San Carlos. I was single. I have since married and never did add my spouse to the title.

If I should sell my home will I need to add my spouse to the title of my property in order to sell?

--D.S., San Carlos, S.D.

ECM PADRES REPORT: BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS GIVE PADRES GAME ONE WIN OVER CARDINALS

By Liz Alper

 

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

 

June 28, 2019 (San Diego) - The Padres swept the Orioles and now it was back to Petco Park and to the NL  for the weekend as the Cardinals came to town. Michael Wacha started tonight’s game one for St. Louis against Eric Lauer.

ONE DEAD, TWO INJURED IN CAMPO CRASH

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 28, 2019 (Campo) – A two-vehicle collision at State Route 94 and Sheridan Road has left one person dead and three injured. The survivors were flown by air ambulance to a local hospital, Cal Fire San Diego posted on Twitter.
 
The California Highway Patrol website indicates a dog was also reported injured.

PARTY FOR A PURPOSE: 12TH ANNUAL HEART OF MT. HELIX AUGUST 10

East County News Service
 
June 28, 2019 (Mt. Helix) – You’re invited to come party for a purpose against the backdrop of the setting sun at the historic Mt. Helix Park, known for its 360-degree views. Early bird tickets are now on sale for the August 10 HeART of Mt. Helix event, a premier wine, food and art festival benefiting the Mt. Helix Park. Earlyb bird rates starting at $65 have been extended until July 31.

'THAT LITTLE GIRL WAS ME': WATCH KAMALA HARRIS CONFRONT JOE BIDEN OVER OPPOSITION TO SCHOOL BUSING AND PRAISE FOR SEGREGATIONISTS

Harris pointed to her personal experience as a child who was "bused to school every day" and slammed Biden's "hurtful" comments on his relationship with senators who built careers on opposition to civil rights

By Jake Johnson

Reprinted from Common Dreams under a creative commons license

Photos:  Kamala Harris, file photo via Ron Logan, and Kalama Harris Facebook page

June 28, 2019 (Miami) - Sen. Kamala Harris directly confronted Joe Biden over his civil rights record during Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate, highlighting the former vice president's opposition to school busing as a senator in the 1970s and his fond recollection of the "civility" of notorious segregationists.

DID AFFAIRS WITH LOBBYISTS INFLUENCE REP. HUNTER’S VOTES? ETHICS WATCHDOG GROUP VOICES CONCERNS

 

Sexual harassment allegation also surfaces

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Update:  Hunter's attorneys have filed a motion seeking to suppress the evidence of the affairs, claiming it would be prejudicial to a jury. Read details.  A judge later denied the motion and ruled that evidence of alleged affairs can be entered as evidence.

 

June 28, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – After federal prosecutors revealed evidence Monday alleging that in Rep. Duncan Hunter illegally spent campaign funds on romantic affairs with five women, including three lobbyists, a major government watchdog group today raises questions over a potentially deeper scandal.

CHP OFFICER STRUCK BY DUI DRIVER ON I-8 SUSTAINS MAJOR INJURY

East County News Service 

June 28, 2019 (El Cajon) – A CHP officer who had stopped to aid a disabled motorist in the center divide of Interstate 8 last night at 9:24 p.m. in El Cajon was struck by a Chevrolet Camero driven at a high rate of speed by Richard Chambers, 25.  The accident occurred on I-8 west, just east of West Main Street.

FARMER'S MARKET SPROUTS UP IN CAMPO: FIRST AND LAST SATURDAY EACH MONTH

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2019 (Campo) – Golden Acorn Casino announces launch of an "Open Aire Market" that will be held the first and last Saturdays of each month from 3:30 to 7 p.m. starting this Saturday, June 29.

The market, held in the grand entry of the casino, will feature fresh produce, eggs from pasture-raised hens, dried and canned goods and other locally grown goods as well as a variety of vendors plus live music.

TWO EL CAJON STRONG-ARM ROBBERY SUSPECTS STILL AT LARGE, ONE ARRESTED IN ROLANDO

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2019 (El Cajon) – Two suspects masked with black bandanas demanded merchandise from customers at a T-Mobile store at 354 N. Second Street in El Cajon at 11:05 a.m. yesterday. A customer was assaulted, suffering minor injuries before the two robbers fled in a dark Chrysler four-door sedan along with a third suspect.

Two of the suspects were described as black male adult wearing jeans.  One wore a black hooded sweatshirt and is around 6 ft. tall, weighing 200 pounds. The other is approximately 5 ft. 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.  A third suspect is of unknown description.

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFO ON SUSPECT IN SHOOTING OF LA MESA WOMAN

East County News Service

 

June 27, 2019 (La Mesa) – A woman who was shot in the leg at her La Mesa home called 9-1-1 this evening.  La Mesa Police responded at 6:13 p.m. to the residence at 3752 Harris Street, where they found the woman in the front of the home and administered first aid until paramedics arrived.

TWO FROM GROSSMONT COLLEGE RECEIVE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR LGBTQ STUDENTS

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

June 27, 2019 (El Cajon) -  Two Grossmont College students are recipients of scholarships from the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: LIGHTS FANTASTIC AT HUBBELL HOUSE CHAPEL

June 27, 2019 (Julian) -- No, our editor hasn't gone punk. The vivid colors on her hair, hands and stone floor below are caused by sunlight filtered through stained glass crowning the "chapel" building at Hubbell House near Julian, which was recently open for the facility's annual Father's Day Tour.

The complex includes the home, studios and galleries of famed artist and architectural designer James Hubbell.  Proceeds from the tour benefit the Ilan Lael Foundation, working to keep alive the magical artistic style created by Hubbell for future generations to enjoy.

COUNTY APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITY IN OTAY RANCH

Ths project site burned in the 2007 Harris wildfire. State Route 94 through Jamul, the main access route, is rated by Cal Fire in the most dangerous 1%  of areas in the state for evacuation during a major fire.
 
By Kendra Sitton
 
June 27, 2019 (Jamul) – San Diego County Supervisors have voted 3-2 to approve a Master Planned Community outside of Otay along Proctor Valley within the Jamul area, known as Village 14 and Planning Areas 16/19. Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents Jamul, voted against the plan alongside the only Democrat on the board, Nathan Fletcher during the Wednesday, June 26 meeting.

SANTEE REVERSES COURSE, BANS SMOKING ENTIRELY AT PARKS

By Mike Allen
 
June 27, 2019 (Santee) -- In a stunning reversal of an earlier vote last month, Santee’s City Council rejected a watered down smoking ban for its parks, and approved an ordinance that bans the activity entirely.
 
The vote for a 100 percent smoking ban at its June 26 meeting was 4-1 with Councilman Rob McNelis opposed.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

June 27, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

 

U.S.

 

Migrant children crisis

 

Other national news

 

WORLD 

 

 

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS GERRYMANDERING FOR PARTISAN PURPOSES

“The bottom line is voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.” – ACLU voting rights attorney Alona Thomas Lundborg, criticizing the decision

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority has ruled that gerrymandering, or the redrawing of district lines to benefit a political party, is not unconstitutional. The ruling drew a blistering dissent by Justice Kagan and harsh criticism from voting rights advocates.

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