June 2019 Articles

June 2019 Articles

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

PROSECUTION DETAILS FIVE 'ROMANCES' BY REP. DUNCAN HUNTER USING CAMPAIGN CASH

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) - Rep. Duncan D. Hunter carried on “romances” with five women starting as early as April 2009 using campaign funds to pay for trysts, prosecutors wrote Monday in a motion devastating in detail.

REJECTING WHITE HOUSE CLAIMS AS 'CONTRIVED,' SUPREME COURT BLOCKS CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION...FOR NOW

"The Trump administration's attempt to politicize and manipulate this fundamental pillar of our democracy has failed."

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Reprinted with credit to CommonDreams.org under a Creative Commons License

June 27, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) - Civil liberties and immigrant rights advocates celebrated Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court blocked—at least temporarily—the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, an effort critics had decried as a blatant attempt by Republicans to "weaponize" the national survey for political advantage.

BRUSH FIRE IN BOULEVARD COULD REACH 20 ACRES

Update 9:56 a.m.:  The strucure fire has been extinguished and the brush fire has been halted, Cal Fire reports.  Firefighters will remain on scene for mop-up activities.

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alert Service

June 27, 2019 (Boulevard) -- Cal Fire is at the scene of a fully-involved outbuilding fire in the 41000 block of Old Highway 80 in Boulevard that has spread into the vegetation. Though currently only a 20 by 20 foot spot fire, the #McCainFire has the potential to reach 20 acres, Cal Fire San Diego tweeted shortly after 9 a.m.

LEMON GROVE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER

East County News Service
 
June 27, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – Gustavo Flores, 39, has pleaded guilty to killing Juan Martinez, 47, after a fight near the Home Depot store in Lemon Grove last year on June 21, 2018. 
 
The charge was reduced from murder to manslaughter.  Martinez could face up to 13 years in prison for striking fatal blows with an unknown weapon.

JACUMBA MAN, 76, DIES A WEEK AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 27, 2019 (Jacumba) – Larry Wayne McClellan, 76, of Jacumba died in a hospital June 24th of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident that occurred a week earlier.
 
On June 17th, he was driving a sedan from Jacumba to El Centro when he struck a fixed object and his vehicle rolled over off an embankment. He was transported to UCSD Medical Center, where his condition declined and he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. on June 24, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

DISENCHANTED REVIEW: THE PRINCESS COMPLEX

By Kathy Carpenter

June 26, 2019 (Spring Valley) - The Princess Complex is the age-old idea that you’re only desirable and valid if you are a beauty-obsessed, ditzy, insecure, Bambi-like-waif. Of course, this is not the Disney princesses at all. Nor is it what we want our daughters and loved ones to be. This show is about females being empowering and independent.

MUSIC, MISCHIEF AND MAGIC: MINDY DILLARD IN CONCERT JULY 28 AT THE TABLE UCC IN LA MESA

East County News Service

June 26, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Adventurer, musical alchemist and mythological scholar Mindy Dillard plays clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar, often in alternate tunings to accompany her electric and raw, crystal-clear voice.  Through her music, which pulsates with funky rhythmic grooves and sparkles with heartfelt storytelling, she transforms the ordinary into the magical. A genre hopper, Mindy’s sound holds shades of old-time Appalachia, contemporary folk, gospel, musical theatre and rhythm and blues.  In the words of Ruthie Naccarato, “...She will make you laugh and cry and you’ll leave her performance with a genuine smile and feeling of goodness.”

CVUSD ASST. SUPERINDTENDENT PAINTS POSITIVE FINANCIAL FORECAST FOR DISTRICT AND OTHER LOCAL SCHOOLS, BASED ON GOVERNOR’S REVISED BUDGET

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

June 26, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Cajon Valley Union School District Assistant Superintendent Scott Buxbaum (photo, left) painted a positive financial forecast for the district at its Board of Trustees meeting on Jun 11, after attending a meeting in Sacramento with Governor Gavin Newsom.

The latest financial forecast based on the Governor’s May budget revision is good news not only for the CVUSD, but for all local public school districts. Newsom, a father of young children, has pledged to make public education funding a priority.  

According to Buxbaum, the May Revision builds off of Newsom’s “California for All” vision from January. Due to strong April tax revenues, Newsom was able to retain most of his proposals from January, and invest additional funds into programs he has envisioned as prioirities.

LA MESA COUNCIL APPROVES 3-YEAR OKTOBERFEST CONTRACT AND INCREASED EDCO FEES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: LMVA president Peter Soutowood and Councilwoman Akilah Weber, during Oktoberfest discussion

June 26, 2019 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s City Council, majority approved a 3-year permit for McFarlane Promotions to run the city’s popular Oktoberfest in partnership with the La Mesa Village Association, which will be from October 4-6 this year.

This year’s event will include several changes including an additional beer garden that will be German-themed with traditional German music, foods, and German-costumed servers.  Event-goers can still find a broader variety of music and foods at another beer garden plus food trucks that will be moved to a side street for improved flow; a total of 45 food vendors and 95 nonfood vendors will be included. There will be two kids fun zones with attractions such as a trampoline, inflatable jumps, and face painting. Wiener dog (dachshund) races, another crowd favorite, will return but be moved to Alison Avenue.

McFarlane will  provide a 50% cost recovery to the city, up to a maximum of $50,000 per year. Councilmembers Kristine Alessio and Akilah Weber voted no, wanting a higher cost recovery rate in the wake of projections that the city will likely have to tap its reserves to balance its budget in the next couple of years.

JAYWALKING PEDESTRIAN KILLED ON LAKE MURRAY BLVD.

Update: The pedestrian has been identified as Billy Allen, 66, of La Mesa, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 25, 2019 (La Mesa) – A 66-year old man crossing mid-block on Lake Murray Blvd. near Marengo Ave. in La Mesa at 3:35 p.m. today was struck and killed by a black Toyota SUV.
 
“The pedestrian is being considered the party-at fault in this collision,” says Lt. Brian Stoney with La Mesa Police Dept.  The SUV, driven by a 19-year-old woman, had the right of way, he adds.

HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA TO HOST FREE MEETING ON HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE ON JUNE 26

Source:  Grossmont Healthcare District

Photo:  Janine Lortscher, Sharp HospiceCare representative  

June 25, 2019 (La Mesa) - The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library will host a program on hospice and palliative care from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 26, 2019, as part of its monthly “Wellness Wednesday” health education series.

COUNTY TO USE WIRELESS ALERT TO TEST EARTHQUAKE WARNING

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  All cell phones in the San Diego County area will receive this message at 11 a.m. June 27 to test ShakeAlert, the Earthquake Early Warning system.

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Office of Emergency Services together with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the United States Geological Survey will be conducting a test at 11 a.m. on June 27 using the Wireless Emergency Alert system. The test will affect all mobile phones in the county area and will evaluate if the system could be effectively used for the California Earthquake Early Warning, also called a ShakeAlert.

ASC WOMEN TIE WITH LA GALAXY SD IN THEIR FINAL HOME MATCH

Source:  ASC San Diego

Photo courtesy asc-sandiego.com

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) - ASC San Diego secures another point with a draw in their final home match. ASC’s Monica Navarrocapitalized on an open net in the 13th minute to give ASC an early lead in their final home match of their inaugural season at Mission Bay Stadium this Saturday in San Diego.

ASC MEN'S POSTS TREMENDOUS FINISH TO THE REGULAR SEASON WITH A 6-0 WIN AT HOME

Source:  ASC San Diego

Photos courtesy asc-sandiego.com

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) -  ASC San Diego celebrated a 6-0 rout over NPSL rivals, the Oxnard Guerreros, at home at Mission Bay Stadium this past Saturday in their final effort to keep their playoff hopes alive in the Southwest Conference. ASC no doubtedly needed a big win which would create a four point cushion over fellow postseason hopefuls Orange County FC heading into the final week.  They did not disappoint. 

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER: EMAIL PROVES WHY FEDERAL PROSECUTION IS POLITICAL

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, shown at recent Ramona forum, says a Freedom of Information Act request generated a Secret Service email indicating San Diego federal prosecutors attended a Hillary Clinton fund-raiser for the sake of getting a photo with the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. Photo by Ken Stone

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) - Rep. Duncan D. Hunter has long accused the San Diego U.S. Attorney's Office of being out to get him for political reasons. Now his lawyers are hoping a motion filed Monday proves it.

STATE ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTION SOUGHT FOR MOUNTAIN LIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, CENTRAL COAST

Some populations face extinction threat from freeways, sprawl, rat poison

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: National Park Service

 

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) -- The Center for Biological Diversity and Mountain Lion Foundation formally petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission today to protect mountain lions under the California Endangered Species Act.

 

The petition seeks protections for “gravely imperiled” cougar populations in Southern California and on the Central Coast, including all of San Diego County, the Eastern Peninsular Range as well as Santa Ana Mountains, San Bernardino Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains, and north along the coast to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

GROSSMONT CENTER TO HOST FARMER’S MARKET ON WEDNESDAYS STARTING JULY 24, AS LA MESA WEIGHS NEW PROPOSALS FOR FARMER’S MARKET

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 24, 2019 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Center shopping mall today announced that it will host a weekly farmer’s starting July 24th. From 2 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday, visitors can enjoy fresh produce straight from the farm and support local San Diego farmers. 

INDEPENDENT VOTERS RISK BEING IRRELEVANT IN CALIFORNIA PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

 

By Ben Christopher, CALMatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

Photo:  Sign at San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office in Kearny Mesa directs customers. Photo by Ken Stone

June 23, 2019 (San Diego) - Presidential challengers hoping to glide to victory through California’s newly relevant primary, a heads-up: Your electoral fate may hinge on convincing enough left-leaning millennials to send postcards over the holiday season.

CALIFORNIA GAS TAX RISES TO HIGHEST IN NATION

East County News Service

June 23, 2019 (Sacramento) --- Starting July 1st, California’s tax on gasoline will rise to over 60 cents per gallon, up from 55.2 cents currently, as a result of legislation signed by former Governor Jerry Brown.  That will make the state’s gas tax the highest in the U.S., so you may want to fill your tank before the end of June.

PADRE DAM BOARD APPROVES INTERIM FUNDING AGREEMENT FOR REGIONAL WATER PURIFICATION PROJECT

By Mike Allen
 
June 23, 2019 (Santee) -- The board for the Padre Dam Municipal Water District has voted unanimously for a financing package that clearly outlines the costs to each of the four agencies building the East County Advanced Water Purification Project.

EAST COUNTY SPORTS WRAP JUNE 16-22

 

 

By David Willauer

June 23, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - East County alumni made waves this week in the MLB and MILB.  

June 16

Former Valhalla Norseman Greg Garcia went 4 for 4 with with one triple, three singles and four RBIs and two runs scored for the San Diego Padres as they defeated the Colorado Rockies 14-13. 

Former Ramona Bulldog Gage Canning went 1 for 3 with a single with one RBI and scored two runs for the Potomac Nationals as they defeated the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 15-4. 

RENTS RISING ACROSS SAN DIEGO AND EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

June 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The city of San Diego ranked second worst in the nation for rent hikes on  a one-bedroom apartment in 2018, at 17% with an average rent of $2,300, according to Rent.com. By contrast, the national average rent increase nationwide was 2.69% and California averaged a 4.48% increase in rents on one bedroom apartments during the same time period.

 

Rents are also skyrocketing in East County, where some communities had double digit rent hikes from March 2018 through March 2019 for 1 BR units:

Lemon Grove +15.66%

La Mesa +10.63%

El Cajon + 5.04%

Santee, by contrast, had only a modest 1.25% increase.

Spring Valley, the only unincorporated community in San Diego County with enough inventory to provide statistically valid data, had a 9.6% increase.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATES SET FOR JUNE 26 AND 27

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 22, 2019 (San Diego) - The first two debates among Democratic presidential candidates vying to run against Pres. Donald Trump will be held on Wed. and Thurs., June 26 and 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo. The debates can also be viewed live on the three networks’ websites and via their mobile apps.

WILD PARTIES AT AIRBNB RENTALS RAISE CONCERNS

By Miriam Raftery

June 22, 2019 (San Diego) – Short-term rentals through Airbnb and similar services have provided lucrative side incomes for some residential property owners. But vacation rentals have also caused complaints from neighbors, including concerns over wild parties that in some cases also caused serious damage to the hosts’ properties as well as resulting in theft, drug use, and violent crimes including fatal shootings

ECM PADRES REPORT: PIRATES SWASHBUCKLE PADRES IN 6-2 WIN

By Liz Alper

 

Photo: Manny Machado's homer wasn't enough. Via @Padres on Twitter

 

June 22, 2019 (Pittsburgh) - The Padres left San Diego for Pittsburgh yesterday, losing 2-1 to the Pirates.  Chris Paddack started today’s game two against Chris Archer for Pittsburgh.

 

After a slight pitchers’ duel, Manny Machado launched a solo homer in the fourth to left field to give the Padres a 1-0 lead after four.

DEADLINE NEARS FOR COMMENTS ON COUNTY’S PROPOSED 5G ORDINANCE

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 22, 2019 (San Diego) – The deadline is June 30th for the public to submit comments on the County of San Diego’s draft Zoning Ordinance Update for Small Cell Wireless Facilities. You can read the draft ordinance and supporting documents here. Read concerns about the ordinance here.  

BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE AT BONITAFEST AND NUESTRA FRONTERA IN BONITA

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview with Victor Crosthwaite Contreras, an actor, writer, historian and educator bringing to life early Californians from our region. Click here to listen to our interview on KNSJ 89.1 FM, and scroll down for details.

June 25, 2019 (San Diego) – In celebration of San Diego’s 250th anniversary, the Bonita Museum & Cultural Center (4355 Bonita Rd., Bonita) will present “Nuestra Frontera: Our South Bay Families at the Border” June 29 through August 24.  In addition a Bonita Fest comunity celebration on July 6 will include historical reenactments. There is also a June 29 fundraiser slated to raise funds in support of these historical celebrations.

We sat down for an interview with Victor Crosswaite Contreras, a professional actor, writer, historian and educator who is a direct descendant of early Spanish soldiers heping to bring our region's colorful past to live through historical reenactments.

At BonitaFest, he will be playing the role of another of his ancestors, Bonifacio Lopez, known as the “cattle king.”  San Diego’s cattle industry was once key to the world economy,  Contreras notes, providing hide and tallow globally.

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