March 2019 Articles

March 2019 Articles

COUNTY STRENGTHENS OVERSIGHT OF CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

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March 13, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved creating a new board to enhance the ability of the County to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect on Tuesday.

The action dissolved the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council and replaces that body with a new Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board that will have broad oversight of the County’s child welfare system.


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SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS IN MW SEMIFINAL TO WYOMING 75-70 (OT)

 

 

Aztecs' season ends with overtime loss in MW semifinal game

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 13, 2019 (Las Vegas) - Freshman guard Sophia Ramos totaled 16 points and junior center Zayn Dornstauder had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in San Diego State’s 75-70 loss to No. 3 seed Wyoming in Tuesday’s semifinal of the MW Championship. The Aztecs led by as many as three points in the game and had a two-point advantage heading into the last 19 seconds of regulation, but two free throws by the Cowgirls pushed the game into extra minutes.


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SDSU MEN'S GOLF FINISHES FIFTH AT LAMKIN SAN DIEGO CLASSIC

 

 

Aztec sophomore Puwit Anupansuebsai ties for eighth individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 12, 2019 (Chula Vista) - The San Diego State men’s golf team was unable to gain ground at the Lamkin San Diego Classic on Tuesday, remaining in fifth place after shooting a 1-over-par 289 during the final round at San Diego Country Club.


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SDSU DIVERS FINISH DAY TWO AT NCAA ZONE E CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez leads Aztecs for second consecutive day

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 12, 2019 (Flagstaff) - Six San Diego State divers finished 1-meter action at the NCAA Zone E Championships on Wednesday. For the second consecutive day, the Aztecs were led by freshman Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez, who reached the finals and placed 13th with a two-round score of 542.05.


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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE: YAT’S MARY POPPINS RUNS THROUGH MARCH 17

 

 

Review By Kathy Carpenter

March 12, 2019 (Spring Valley) - Anything is possible if you let it happen. That’s the message that Mary Poppins provides to her charges in this whimsical, delightful adaption.  Joe Dionisio and the Young Actors' Theatre team continue to work their magic bringing us top-notch youth productions.


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DAYTIME ONE-WAY TRAFFIC CONTROL ON HIGHWAY 94 IN DULZURA STARTS WEDNESDAY

Source: Caltrans

March 12, 2019 (Spring Valley) -- Caltrans  crews will reduce a quarter-mile section of State Route 94 (SR-94) to one lane just east of Freezer Road in Dulzura (south of Jamul) weekdays, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, according to Caltrans.

The lane reduction is needed for work along the north side of the highway as part of the SR-94 Curve Realignment Project.


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SDSU BASEBALL TAKES DOWN CSUN 11-5

 

 

Aztecs score a season-high 11 runs with multi-RBI games from Chad Bible and Julian Escobedo

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March 12, 2019 (Northridge) - Behind multi-RBI performance by Chad Bible and Julian Escobedo, the San Diego State baseball team scored a season-high 11 runs in an 11-5 win over CSUN at Matador Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Aztecs jump above .500 at 8-7, while the Matadors fall to 9-8 on the year. 


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WOMEN'S GOLFER GIOIA CARPINELLI WINS WILDCAT INVITATIONAL

 

 

Aztec sophomore claims first collegiate crown after finishing as lone player below par for the week

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March 12, 2019 (Tucson) - San Diego State women’s golfer Gioia Carpinelli (Bopplesen, Switzerland) captured medalist honors at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational after shooting a 2-under-par 70 during the final round on Tuesday at Sewailo Golf Club.


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BIRD TALK: CEDAR WAXWING

 
 
By Greg Dunne 
                                                 
March 12, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s seems that it has been hard to find a sunny day for a walk or hike lately here in San Diego County. However, I did get out for a walk at Santee Lakes a few days ago without getting rained on. I had a very rare bird sighting here in our East County, the Cedar Waxwing.

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IN THE FACE OF MORE FREQUENT, LARGER CALIF. WILDFIRES, HOW SAN DIEGO BUSINESSES CAN PREPARE FOR UNEXPECTED POWER INTERRUPTIONS

 

 

By Dan Svejnar, Vice President, Head of Commercial North America, Centrica Business Solutions

 

March 12, 2019 (San Diego) -- Few businesses actually spend the time to consider the impact a power outage could have on their operations and revenue. When the power goes out, even for as short as two hours, the economic engine stalls for businesses of any size. Without electricity, cash registers are inoperable, and assembly lines grind to a halt.


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EL CAJON MAN GUNNED DOWN IN LEMON GROVE

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
March 12, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – Henry Weaver Jr., 29, of El Cajon died at a hospital after being shot in Lemon Grove on March 9th. The medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide caused by the gunshot.
 
Sheriff’s deputies were flagged down by a person reporting that the shooting had just occurred near Olive and Main streets in Lemon Grove. Deputies also received 9-1-1 calls reporting a shooting in the vicinity.  They found Weaver on the ground with severe injuries and began life-saving measures. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital but died at 8:43 p.m.  

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SDSU WOMEN'S GOLFER GIOIA CARPINELLI TIED FOR FIFTH AT WILDCAT INVITATIONAL

 

 

Aztecs in seventh as a team after 36 holes

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March 12, 2019 (Tuscon) - San Diego State’s Gioia Carpinelli (Boppelsen, Switzerland) remains tied for fifth place on the individual leaderboard at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational after shooting a 1-over-par 145 during the first two rounds on Monday at Sewailo Golf Club.


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SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN FIFTH PLACE AFTER TWO ROUNDS AT LAMKIN SD CLASSIC

 

 

Aztec starters Puwit Anupansuebsai, Leo Oyo among individual top 20

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March 12, 2019 (Chula Vista) - Competing in its only home tournament of the season, the San Diego State men’s golf team finds itself in fifth place at the Lamkin San Diego Classic after shooting a combined 7-over-par 583 on Monday during the first two rounds at San Diego Country Club.


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CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT PARENTS GET TASTE OF FUTURE PLANS FOR SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

 

District releases audit of coordinated school safety plan

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Meeting recording provided by ECM: ECMCVUSDStudentSafety

March 11, 2019 (El Cajon)--Following a safety and security audit recently conducted by AECOM and DMB Consultants, two security engineering firms specializing in building security audits, the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD) has been conducting a series of town meetings at local schools over the past month. The meetings are being held throughout the district to advise parents on what the district is doing to improve student safety and building security.

Meetings have so far taken place at Hillsdale Middle School, Grossmont Middle School, and Montgomery Middle School. Future meetings are set to take place at Cajon Valley Middle School on March 14,  Emerald Middle School on March 21, and Los Coches Creek Middle School on March 27, all at 6 p.m.

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RANCHO SAN DIEGO SHERIFF STATION HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY MARCH 13

 

 

East County News Service

March 12, 2019 (Rancho San DIego) -- The Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Station will host coffee with the community on Wednesday, March 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Butler's Coffee House, 9631 Campo Rd. in Spring Valley.

The community is invited to meet deputies who patrol your neighborhoods, ask questions and learn about crime prevention.  Representatives from the San Diego District Attorney and the California Highway Patrol will also be on hand.

This will be the first community coffee for the Rancho San Diego station since the annocement that Captain Marco Garmo has been placed on administrative leave amid a federal criminal probe involving firearms sales that also resulted in raids earlier this month at the Jamul home and businesses of jeweler Leo Hamel.

Captain Charles Cinnamo, who previously headed up the Vista station, is currently in charge of the Rancho San Diego station.


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CIRCULATE SAN DIEGO’S “TRANSIT TOGETHER” REPORT DETAILS HOW NEW BALLOT MEASURE COULD FUND TRANSIT, POTHOLE REPAIRS AND SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS

 

 

East County News Service

March 11, 2019 (San Diego) -- Land use and transportation think tank Circulate San Diego released a report this week detailing how an MTS ballot measure could finance transformative transit projects, road repair and safety programs. Transportation leaders and advocates hosted a press conference at the Old Transit Center.


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LEMON GROVE COUNCIL HEARS POLICE AND FIRE UPDATES, PLANS TO REGULATE INFLATABLE JUMPERS IN CITY PARKS

 

 

By Allan Acevedo

 

March 11, 2019 (Lemon Grove) –  The Lemon Grove City Council conducted business this week in the absence of Councilmember Matt Mendoza. The remaining four councilmembers received annual updates from fire and police. Additionally, the Council discussed at length the possibility of adding a local ordinance regulating inflatable jumpers as soon as this summer.

 


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AZTEC WOMEN'S HOOPS TOPS SECOND-SEEDED LOBOS IN 70-61 OVERTIME THRILLER

 

 

San Diego State advances to MW Semifinal following Monday's win

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March 11, 2019 (Las Vegas) - Sophomore guard Najé Murray tallied 22 points with six three-pointers and freshman guard Mallory Adams recorded a career-high 16 rebounds in San Diego State’s 70-61 overtime win over second-seeded New Mexico in Monday’s Mountain West quarterfinal. The Aztecs came back from a 13-point deficit and tied the score with a Sophia Ramos’ runner at the end of regulation to push the game into extra minutes.


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SDSU DIVERS FINISH DAY ONE AT NCAA ZONE E CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez posted a team-high 15th place finish

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March 11, 2019 (Flagstaff) -  Six San Diego State divers finished 3-meter competition at the NCAA Zone E Championships on Monday, highlighted by a 15th-place finish by freshman Ximena Lechuga Gonzalez in the 57-diver field.


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FROM THE SOUTHSIDE OF CHICAGO TO THE WHITE HOUSE

 

Michelle Obama: A Life, by Peter Slevin (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, 2015, 418 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“A deeply informed portrait of the first lady and her native Chicago…. Her larger story, told so powerfully in Slevin’s biography, which suggests she will forever be a force with which to be reckoned.” – Chicago Tribune

March 11, 2019 (San Diego) - Peter Slevin, who has written extensively about Barack and Michelle Obama, from his vantage point of being on the staff of The Washington Post, before joining Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, where he is currently an associate professor, has written a uniquely American story of a woman from the Southside of Chicago that changed the course of prior inhabitants of the White House; Michelle Obama: A Life.


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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY: SNOW AT HIGH ELEVATIONS TODAY AND TOMORROW

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

March 11, 2019 (San Diego) – A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect from 3 p.m. today until 12 noon tomorrow.  Snow is forecast above 5,500 feet in mountain areas of San Diego, San Bernadino and Riverside Counties.


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WHEELCHAIR DANCING IN LA MESA: BALLROOM AND LATIN DANCES

 

 

East County News Service

March 11, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Wheelchair Dancers Organization is offering free wheelchair dancers classes in ballroom and Latin dance on Monday nights from March 11 through April 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Classes will be at the Grossmont Hospital Conference Center (enter through the Rehabilitation Center) at 5555 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: PEOPLE WATCHING AND WILDFLOWER JAMS

 
 
East County News Service
 
March 12, 2019 (Borrego Springs) – If you’re going wildflower watching in the Anza-Borrego desert area, several sources tell us that the desert floor is now in full bloom—and with wildflower season comes tourists and traffic jams.

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LIBRARY COLLECTING BALL GOWNS FOR WANNABE CINDERELLAS

 

 

El Cajon Library to give away gowns on April 27

By Tracy DeForeCounty of San Diego Communications Office

March 11, 2019 (San Diego) - For many teenage girls, the prom, the quinceanera, the big night out – it’s all about the dress. But special occasion dresses are pricy. That’s why the County Library is playing fairy godmother.


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READERS CALENDAR: MARCH 11-17

 

 

Copyright 2019 by Sam Warren, SDWriteWay@gmail.com

"A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. An editor becomes kind of your mother. You expect love and encouragement from an editor."

—Jacqueline Kennedy

 

March 10, 2019 (San Diego) - Here are this week's readers' events, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF BOOK EVENTS


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SPRITES OF EAST COUNTY ANNOUNCES “SPRITE FEST” ANNUAL BENEFIT APRIL 6

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

March 10, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sprites of East County, Class of 2019 will host its annual fundraising benefit, “Sprite Fest” on Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay (1441 Quivira Rd., San Diego) to raise money for the nonprofit organization’s philanthropies.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: POPPIES NEAR BARRETT RESERVOIR

 

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - Mark Siegmund sent in these photos of California Golden Poppies, our state flower, taken March 7th near the Lake Barrett reservoir’s exposed aquaduct section.


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AZTEC WOMEN'S HOOPS ADVANCES TO MW QUARTERFINAL WITH 63-55 WIN OVER AIR FORCE

 

 

San Diego State outlasts Falcons to advance to quarterfinal

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March 10, 2019 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team stamped its ticket to the Mountain West Championship quarterfinal round following Sunday’s 63-55 victory over 10th-seeded Air Force. The Aztecs had three players in double figures, led by MW all-freshman honoree Mallory Adams’ 20 points.


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STRONG SECOND HALF LIFTS SDSU LACROSSE PAST LEHIGH 13-6

 

 

Sullivan leads Aztecs with four goals; SDSU improves to 6-1

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March 10, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State extended its winning streak to four straight games with a 13-6 victory over Lehigh on Sunday at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

SDSU erased a 6-5 deficit early in the second half with an 8-0 blitz over the final 26:29 to raise its record to 6-1 on the year, matching the program’s best seven-game start to a season after the 2014 squad accomplished the same feat.


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SDSU BASEBALL FALLS IN EXTRA INNINGS TO NEVADA 6-5

 

 

Casey Schmitt and Chad Bible both hit their first home runs of the season

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March 10, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team was unable to finish a three-game sweep of Nevada after a 6-5 loss against the Wolf Pack on Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs are now 7-7 this season, while the Wolf Pack up their 2019 record to 8-6.a


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