March 2019 Articles

March 2019 Articles

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN APRIL 2019

 

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- April activities include Lake Jennings Spring Carnival, a Star Party at Mission Trails, a Spring EggStravaganza, a warbirds event in El Cajon, Cajon Classic Cruise celebrating its centennial season, live music at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room in La Mesa, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa, Earth Day celebrations in La Mesa and Jacumba Hot Springs,a heavenly harp concert near Mission Trails, Lakeside’s Rodeo and Western Days Parade, and a Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival at the Water Conservation Garden.

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

SDSU BASEBALL ENDS HOMESTAND WITH 11-5 WIN OVER FRESNO STATE

 

 

Jaden Fein went 3-4 with a home run and a double 

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March 31, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team defeated Fresno State 11-5 on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs snap a three-game losing skid and improve to 15-12 (5-5 Mountain West) while the Bulldogs fall to 13-8 (4-5 MW).

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITE MAY SOON OFFER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES IN ALPINE

By Miriam Raftery



Updated April 1, 2019 with clarifications from Catherine Martin at the GUHSD.

March 31, 2019 (Alpine)  -- For over two decades, Alpine residents have sought a high school in their community.  After the Alpine Union-High School District (AUSD) board recently voted to close the Alpine Elementary School in June due to declining enrollment, the AUSD and the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) are exploring options to bring some high school programming to the campus on Alpine Boulevard. But it won't be a full-service high school, as the community was originally promised in two past bond initiatives.

GUHSD Superintendent Tim Glover confirmed in an e-mail to ECM, “We’ve been having discussions with AUSD over several months regarding potential programs and services as part of a satellite program option. We look forward to creating an MOU (memorandum of understanding) with AUSD and gauging the interest in some specialized program offerings such as Independent Study, Home Choice, and Adult Education classes.”

SDSU SOFTBALL EDGED BY UNLV 4-3 IN 17 INNINGS

 

 

Aztecs lose to the Rebels in longest game of the country this season

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March 31, 2019 (San Diego) - In the longest game in program history, SDSU Softball Stadium history and in NCAA play this season, San Diego State fell to UNLV 4-3 in 17 innings on Sunday afternoon.

SDSU MEN’S TENNIS BLANKS BOISE STATE 4-0

 

 

Aztecs post third shutout of the season 

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March 31, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State returned to the friendly confines of Aztec Tennis Center on Sunday to post a 4-0 shutout of Boise State in a Mountain West dual match.

SDSU WATER POLO WINS OT THRILLER VS. SJSU

 

 

Maura Cantoni tied a season-high with 17 saves

March 31, 2019 (Tempe) - The No. 21 Aztec water polo team won an overtime thriller 10-9 over San Jose State Sunday afternoon in their final game of the ASU Invitational. After neither team scored in either overtime periods or the first period of sudden death, Shelby Kraft scored the game-winning goal 23 seconds into the eighth period. The Aztecs have now won five of their last six games.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD: BONNIE DRAXLER BREAKS HER OWN POLE VAULT SCHOOL RECORD

 

 

Draxler clears 14-9.60

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 30, 2019 (Los Angeles) - The Aztec track and field team wrapped up the Jim Bush Legends Invitational at UCLA Saturday afternoon. SDSU showed their prowess with six first place finishes including Bonnie Draxler’s new school record in the pole vault.

SDSU WATER POLO FALLS TO ARIZONA STATE 6-4

 

 

SDSU's four game win streak snapped

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 30, 2019 (Tempe) - The No. 21 Aztec water polo team (12-12) fell to No. 8 Arizona State 6-4 Saturday afternoon in their second game of the ASU Invitational. SDSU fell behind 3-1 early in the game and were unable to recover.

MISINFORMATION ABOUT SINGLE-PAYER/MEDICARE-FOR-ALL: A REBUTTAL TO DAVID BROOKS “UNDO THE REVOLUTION”

 

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

 

March 30, 2019 (San Diego) - Unfortunately, our media is dominated by misinformation designed to protect our private for-profit health insurance industry. One of the latest, by syndicated columnist David Brooks, was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on March 6th.  Since that newspaper reaches over 1 million San Diegans, I hope those reading this article will agree and share it with others. At the bottom I list several articles/papers that give a more comprehensive detailed discussion of why a single-payer system designed to benefit people trumps a for-profit health insurance industry designed first and foremost to enrich corporations.

SDSU BASEBALL FALLS TO FRESNO STATE 2-0

 

 

Matt Rudick extends hitting streak to 18 games

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 30, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team was shutout against Fresno State, 2-0, at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Saturday night. The Aztecs fall to 14-12 (4-5 Mountain West) while the Bulldogs stand at 13-7 (4-4). 

AZTEC SOFTBALL FALLS TO UNLV 7-2

 

 

SDSU loses series with the Rebels

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March 30, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State dropped a 7-2 decision to UNLV Saturday night at SDSU Softball Stadium, clinching the series for the Rebels (24-7, 5-2 MW).

UNLV scored the first six runs of the game, starting with a triple by Kiley Harrison in the top of the second inning that scored Mia Trejo.

SDSU LACROSSE FALLS AT JAMES MADISON 19-8

 

 

Aztecs’ Sheehan, Steele, Sullivan score two goals apiece

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March 30, 2019 (Harrisonburg, Va.) - The San Diego State lacrosse team was unable to dig itself out of deep hole in the first half at defending national champion and 10th-ranked James Madison, dropping a 19-8 decision on Saturday at Sentara Park.

MAN TRIED TO LURE SANTEE GIRL, 9, INTO SILVER CONVERTIBLE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery 

March 30, 2018 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s department is warning the public about a man who tried to lure a 9-year-old girl into his silver convertible vehicle on Thursday at 8 p.m.  The girl was riding her bicycle in the 8000 block of Poplin drive in Santee when the man asked if she wanted a ride to a “game,” says Sgt. Kamon Harris.

SDSU WATER POLO CRUISES PAST SIENA 10-2

 

 

Mia Harris collected 13 saves

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 30, 2019 (Tempe) - The No. 21 Aztec water polo team (12-11) won their fourth game in a row after knocking off Siena 10-2 in their first game of the ASU Invitational.

The SDSU defense has carried them the last two games. Goalkeepers Maura Cantoni and Mia Harris have combined for five shutout quarters and allowed just three goals over the last two games.

LA MESA RESIDENT, GUEN GARRIDO SPEAKS AT SAN DIEGO WOMEN’S WEEK

 

 

Millennial pays off $68k debt in three years and inspires others on how she did it

 

East County News Service

 

March 30, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Guen Garrido, a 2007 UCLA graduate had $40,000 in school loans and another $20,000 plus in credit card debt. She will share her story and how she became debt free after three years of hard work and planning. Guen believes anyone can do the same thing and her wisdom will be shared at the conference as a keynote speaker for the tenth anniversary of San Diego Women’s Week on April 5.

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO STRUCK BOY ON BICYCLE PLEADS GUILTY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
March 30, 2019 (El Cajon) - Courtney Webber has pled guilty and will be sentenced next month for hitting a 9-year-old bicyclist in El Cajon on October 5, 2018, then fleeing the scene, Times of San Diego reports.
 
ECM photographer Robert Gehr witnessed the accident near West Main and Sunshine.  He raced to comfort the young victim, also providing a description of the vehicle to police.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR MARCH 31-APRIL 14

 

 

By Sam Warren 

Hear from local and national novelists on issues, participate in library events, and learn about more upcoming literary happenings this month across our region.

March 31, 2019 (San Diego) -- "You may not make money on your book. You will make money because of your book."  —Dave Young, Branding Blog.

SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF BOOK EVENTS

24-HOUR CLOSURE AT SR-78 FROM SAN FELIPE ROAD (S-2) BORREGO SPRINGS ROAD BEGINS WEDNESDAY

 

 

Source: Caltrans

Photo:  Detour will route motorists onto Montezuma Valley Road

March 30, 2019 (Borrego Springs) — Construction crews will close a 13-mile segment of State Route 78 (SR-78) from San Felipe Road/ Great Southern Overland Stage Route (S-2) located just east of Julian to Borrego Springs Road for 24 hours beginning Wednesday at sunrise. The closure is needed for rock scaling to remove boulders and loose soil from highway slopes to ensure that they remain stable.

SUSPECT KILLED IN EL CAJON HAD ATTACKED A SECURITY GUARD, VIDEO AND WITNESS STATEMENTS REVEAL

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
March 29, 2019 (El Cajon) – Surveillance video, a cell phone video and witness interviews are providing new details on a man shot dead yesterday in the 1300 block of East Main St. in El Cajon.
 
The evidence indicates the man was likely trying to burglarize and then carjack a vehicle, says Lt. Royal Bates.  When an off-duty security guard reported the vehicle break-in, the suspect tried to “violently attack” the guard.  The guard told police he then pepper-sprayed the suspect, but it had no effect.

SDSU BASEBALL'S COMEBACK ATTEMPT FALLS SHORT IN 5-4 LOSS TO FRESNO STATE

 

 

Aztecs score three in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4

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March 29, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team used a three-run eighth-inning rally to tie the game at 4-4 against Fresno State, but ultimately fell just short in a 5-4 loss at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Friday night. The Aztecs fall to 14-11 (4-4 Mountain West), while the Bulldogs improve to 12-7 (3-4 MW). 

SDSU SOFTBALL'S LATE RALLY COMES UP SHORT IN 5-4 LOSS TO UNLV

 

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 29, 2019 (San Diego) - Molly Sturdivant hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning in San Diego State’s 5-4 loss to UNLV Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. 

Down by a 5-0 score, the Aztecs (15-17, 3-4 MW) loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice, single by Katie Byrd (West Hills) and a Rebel (23-7, 4-2 MW) error with two outs. Sturdivant then took a 2-0 pitch over the left-center field fence to bring SDSU within one run. Shelby Thompson followed with a walk, but UNLV pitcher Jenny Bressler struck out Jessica Cordola to end the game.

SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS CRUISES PAST FRESNO STATE 4-1

 

 

Aztecs claim first conference match of the season

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 29, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s tennis seized their first conference win of the season in Friday afternoon’s 4-1 victory over Fresno State. The Aztecs started the day with a win in doubles play and went on to clinch singles, allowing the Bulldogs just one point.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO UTAH STATE IN MW OPENER 4-2

 

 

Aztecs fall short in four of five completed singles matches

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March 29, 2019 (Logan, Utah) - San Diego State had its three-match winning streak snapped on Friday after dropping a 4-2 decision to Utah State in its Mountain West opener at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.

CONGRESS AND ATTORNEY GENERAL WRANGLE OVER ACCESS TO SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER’S REPORT

By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2019 (Washington D.C.)—Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long awaiting report has been submitted to the Justice Department.  A summary written by newly appointed Attorney General William Barr has been made public, but thus far, Congress and the media have not seen the full report.

According to Barr’s summary, Mueller’s two-year investigation did not find evidence of a conspiracy involving President Donald Trump and Russia to tamper with the 2016 election despite “multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.  But as for whether Trump committed the crime of obstructing justice, Barr states that while Mueller’s report does not recommend prosecution of Trump for obstruction of justice, “it also does not exonerate him.”

Trump called the report “a complete and total exoneration” based on Barr’s summary.

But that’s not fully accurate. The Justice Department has long held that it does not have the power to indict a sitting president, deferring investigation of presidential actions to Congress, which has the power to impeach under the Constitution. Without reading Mueller’s full report it is difficult to speculate on the Special Counsel’s intent, but Mueller could have intended for Congress to weigh any evidence his investigators found with regard to obstruction of justice.

LA MESA BUZZ



 

La Mesa Buzz brings you highlights of posts online and in social media about La Mesa’s people, places and hot topics.

By Jonathan Goetz

 

March 29, 2019 (La Mesa) – Chief Walt Vasquez is celebrating his upcoming fourth anniversary as La Mesa's top cop. He posed for a picture with Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient, Kyle Carpenter, and two of his officers@LaMesaPD, on Twitter, stating, Thank you for your service and sacrifice sir!!” 

KNSJ RADIO NEEDS FUNDS AFTER ICE STORM DAMAGES ANTENNAE

By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2019 (Descanso)—The worst ice storm in decades knocked East County’s nonprofit community radio station, KNSJ 89.1 FM, off the air for weeks, damaging its antennae atop Mt. Laguna. East County Magazine’s radio show airs on KNSJ, along with many other local and national shows providing independent news, views, music and culture.

Thanks to a board member’s $5,000 loan, the station is back on the area—but urgently needs donations recoup those costs for repairs and buying an ice shield, as well as thousands of dollars in more equipment recommended to improve reliability, boost the signal and prevent future disruptions during emergencies when people need news most.

You can help KNSJ’s “people powered radio” station by making a donation at www.KNSJ.org/donate.

COUNTY SAYS JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIREFIGHTERS CAN SERVE AS VOLUNTEERS ALONGSIDE CAL-FIRE IF THEY SIGN UP BY APRIL 15: BUT NOBODY TOLD JULIAN’S FIRE CHIEF

 

Update April 4, 2019 -- Alex Bell, public information officer for San Diego, has clarified that on March 29, the same day our story below ran, a letter was sent to JFCPD Chief Van Bibber and the JCFPD board president via email and certified mail notifying him of volunteer opportunities. In addition a flyer was provided to them for distribution to their volunteers. "Since Monday, 8 Julian firefighters have applied to the County Fire Authority program," Bell told ECM.

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2019 (Julian) – Measure A, the ballot initiative to abolish the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) and put the San Diego County Fire Authority/CAL FIRE in charge of emergency services, appears to have passed by a slim 114 vote margin, 54% to 46%, according to the Registrar of Voters though the results won’t be certified until April 4.

The County issued a press release today headlined “Julian joins the County Fire Authority.”  The County states this will bring “full-time professional firefighting and paramedic service to the popular East County tourist destinations.”

“Now that voters in Julian have spoken, it is my hope that the entire community will come together and rally around our common goal to bolster fire protection and other emergency services in the area,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, who represents the area. The JCFPD is San Diego County's last all-volunteer firefighting department.

But now the County appears to have offered an olive branch to the 60 volunteers in the JCFPD with an opportunity to continue to serve-yet the County failed to inform the JCFPD's Chief or others about that opportunity and a looming deadline.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD AMENDS POLICY ON ACCESS TO RECORDINGS OF PUBLIC MEETINGS—AFTER LEGAL DEMAND ON ECM’S BEHALF

CalAware warns district after CVUSD destroys requested school board meeting recordings

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Updated with CVUSD letter to CalAware)

March 28, 2019  (El Cajon) -- The Cajon Valley Union School District Board of Trustees voted 3-2 on Tuesday to change its policy on board meeting audio recordings. The action came after the district received a legal warning letter from Californians Aware (CalAware) regarding the district’s destruction of recordings from the Dec. and Nov. public meetings requested in a California Public Records Act request by East County Magazine in December.

Instead of destroying audio of board meetings after 30 days, the district will now keep them for one year and will make them available to the public on request on compact disc (CD). The measure, spearheaded by board trustee Jill Barto, was affirmed by Barto along with trustees Karen Clark-Meija and Jim Miller. Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) trustees President Tamara Otero and Jo Alegria voted “no” on the new policy.

The letter addressed to Otero accused the CVUSD of violating multiple sections of the California Government Code relating to its refusal to permit inspection and copying of audiotape recordings made by the District of open and public meetings. The government act violated is more commonly known as the “Ralph M. Brown Act” which legally obligates government agencies and bodies to abide by specific rules regarding open meetings and access to public documents.

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE TAKING THE LEAD TO CUT HIGH TEXTBOOK COSTS

 

 

Students saving nearly $1.3 million during 2018-2019

Source:  Grossmont College

March 28, 2019 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College Counselor and Professor Dave Dillon will pick up a national textbook excellence award in Philadelphia in June, but it is his passion for providing free textbooks to all students that gives him the greatest satisfaction.

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