March 2022 Articles

March 2022 Articles

NEW RIDE SHARING SERVICE FOR EAST COUNTY ANNOUNCED

By E.Z. Ryder

April 1, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) – First came Uber and Lyft,  Now, Hump, a new ride sharing option featuring camels, has been introduced as an option for East County commuters.

“With gas prices soaring and much of East County lacking access to mass transit, this provides an economical alternative to carry rural commuters from their homes to transit stations, colleges, and other major destinations,” says Supervisor Joel Anderson, who took an inaugural ride this morning along with Nathan Fletcher, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

“Camels provide a sustainable form of transportation,” Supervisor Fletcher says. “Each camel can travel up to 30 miles per day, and can traverse up to 100 miles without needing any fossil fuels or even water, since their humps store around 80 pounds of fat.”


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SDSU WATER POLO ROLLS OVER MONTEREY BAY 13-4

Senior Samantha Loughlin led the team with her second hat trick on the last four games

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2022 (Seaside, Calif.) - The No. 20 San Diego State water polo team opened its two-game northern California trip with a 13-4 drubbing of the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters on Thursday evening at the CSUMB Aquatics Center.


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LAKESIDE’S WESTERN DAYS PARADE APRIL 23

East County News Service

March 31, 2022 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s 57th annual Western Days Parade is set to take place on Saturday, April 23.  This year’s theme is “Reading – a passport to adventure.”


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES SUFFER AGAINST DIVISION RIVALS

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Blake Snell via @padres on Twitter

 

March 31, 2022 (Scottsdale) - The Padres recovered nicely yesterday after that big Giants loss and now, they’re back in Scottsdale seeing the Diamondbacks for the first time.  Blake Snell started against Luke Weaver for Arizona.


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LATE-NIGHT FIRE BEHIND SANTEE WALMART POINTS UP IMPORTANCE OF NIGHT-FLYING HELICOPTERS, WHICH COUNTY WILL SOON ACQUIRE

Supervisor Fletcher pledged in his State of the County speech Tuesday to finally acquire a night-flying helicopter for San Diego County

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot off Malik Earnest’s Twitter post

 

March 31, 2022 (Santee) – A brush fire reported shortly before midnight behind the Santee Walmart at 170 Town Center Parkway took over three hours to fully extinguish.


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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ASSAULT THAT LEFT PARTNER SEVERELY INJURED IN SANTEE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson: Las Colinas Detention facility, Santee

March 31, 2022 (Santee) – Brandi McCrystal, 26, has been arrested for felony domestic violence after allegedly severely injuring her partner, a 24-year-old woman.

Deputies responded to a medical aid call on March 29 shortly after 9:30 p.m. in the 8700 block of Graves Ave., Santee. Fire department personnel provided medical aid to the victim, who was transported to a hospital for treatment.


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SMALL FIRE DOUSED NEAR LA MESA TROLLEY STOP

East County News Service

Image: CC via Bing

Update April 2, 2022: A suspect, 31, has been arrested on suspicion of arson in this case, as well as throwing a rock at the trolley.

March 31, 2022 (La Mesa) – A brush fire scorched less than an acre yesterday afternoon before being doused by Heartland Fire & Rescue crews.


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SAPS AT SEA PRESENT 'NO FOOLING' APRIL 30

East County News Service

March 31, 2022 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the worldwide Laurel and Hardy fan organization, present their April program, "No Fooling!", on Saturday, April 30 at Williams Hall at Trinity Presbytarian Church in Spring Valley.


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SDSU LACROSSE KNOCKS OFF QUINNIPIAC 13-7

Eight different Aztecs scored

Source:  goaztecs.com

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March 30, 2022 (Hamden, Conn.) - The Aztec lacrosse team (4-6) won at Quinnipiac (5-4) 13-7 Wednesday afternoon. SDSU had eight different players score and their seven goals allowed were the second fewest an opponent has scored against them.


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CLOSED OVER A DECADE, LEMON GROVE RECREATION CENTER MAY SOON REOPEN AS COMMUNITY AND MEMBERS OF COUNCIL JOIN FORCES

By Elijah McKee

 

March 30, 2022 (Lemon Grove) — “I’m only helping 120 kids on the weekends — this could help thousands. Everyday,” said Mark Horton, standing in front of the Lemon Grove Recreation Center’s large red gates. “When I lock it up, it’s done.”


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CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE: REPARATIONS FOR DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF ENSLAVED PEOPLE ONLY

By Lil Kalish, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

Photo by Robert Gehr in El Cajon

March 30, 2022 (Sacramento) - After more than six hours of debate Tuesday, California’s reparations task force voted that only Black Californians who can prove a direct lineage to enslaved ancestors will be eligible for the statewide — and first-in-the nation — initiative to address the harms and enduring legacy of slavery. 


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SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM - SIDELINE CONFESSIONS AT POWPAC

By Kathy Carpenter 

March 30, 2022 (Poway) - Soccer moms have come a long way, or have they? Once perceived as the happy all-American family, what secrets lay beneath the happy facade?  Find out at PowPac Community Theatre’s production of Secrets of a Soccer Mom, under the direction of Steve Murdock. It’s funny and heartfelt.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES KEEP BREWERS DOWN

By Liz Alper

Photo via @padres on Twitter

 

March 30, 2022 (Peoria, Ariz.) - The Padres return to Peoria with their tails between their legs after getting shell-shocked by the Giants yesterday to host the Brewers.  Freddy Peralta started for Milwaukee against Nick Martinez.


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INMATE CHARGED WITH MURDERING CELLMATE AT COUNTY JAIL

By Miriam Raftery

Updated 5:30 p.m. with preliminary autopsy results.

March 30, 2022 (San Diego) – Derek Baker, 56, an inmate found beaten in his cell in the San Diego Central Jail on March 12, died today of his injuries. Sheriff’s homicide detectives identified Baker’s cellmate, 28-year-old Patrick Ferncase, as the assailant. The case has been referred to the District Attorney to file charges against Ferncase.


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SDSU BASEBALL FALLS AT HOME TO UCSD 4-0

Aztec shortstop Caden Miller steals career-high three bases

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 30, 2022 (San Diego) -  San Diego State was unable to avoid its second straight shutout on Tuesday as visiting UC San Diego claimed a 4-0 decision at Tony Gwynn Stadium in the second installment of the inaugural Trolley Series.


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SDSU MEN'S TENNIS BESTED BY UCLA 7-0

San Diego State pushed the Bruins to final set tiebreakers in four of the six singles matches

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

 

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

 

March 29, 2022 (Los Angeles) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team pushed four of its six singles matches to a tiebreaker in the final set and three matches went to three sets, but the Aztecs were upended 7-0 against the No. 59 UCLA Bruins on Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: GIANTS ROCK PADRES IN SPRING

By Liz Alper
 
Photo via @padres on Twitter
 
March 29, 2022 (Scottsdale) - The Padres are finally rolling in the spring and today, they got to see the Giants for the first time this season.  Mike Clevinger started against Carlos Ródon for the Giants.  

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CITY OF LA MESA CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH FREE FAIR APRIL 9

Activities, resources & educational materials focus on ways to invest in our planet

Source:  City of La Mesa

March 29, 2022 (La Mesa) - The City of La Mesa, in partnership with the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and other sponsors, is ramping up efforts for the annual celebration of Earth Day at MacArthur Park on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will showcase fun, educational, and sustainable activities, products and services.


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REGION READIES TO WELCOME UKRAINIAN REFUGEES AND SEEK FEDERAL AID

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Ukrainian refugees crossing into Poland; Creative Commons image via Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs

March 29, 2022 (San Diego) – San Diego County Supervisors have issued statements preparing to welcome Ukrainian refugees, following President Joe Biden’s announcement that the U.S. will admit up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine displaced by the Russian invasion. 

Nathan Fletcher, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, issued a statement which reads in part, “Our county has time and again stepped up to help refugees and this time is no different. Together with Los Angeles and Sacramento, we are the largest metropolitan regions in California expected to accept these refugees.”

Fletcher added that the County has also begun helping Ukrainian refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border.


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JUDGE FINDS TRUMP'S ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN 2020 ELECTION WAS LIKELY A FELONY

By Brett Wilkins, staff writer, Common Dreams

Reprinted under a Creative Commons license from Common Dreams

Photo:  Former President Donald Trump’s speech shortly before the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.  Public domain image from Voice of America via Wikipedia

March 28, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday found that former President Donald Trump and legal adviser John Eastman probably committed felony obstruction in their efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: CAMPUSANO GRAND SLAM GIVES PADRES WIN

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Grossmont High alum Joe Musgrove via @padres on Twitter

 

March 28, 2022 (Glendale, Ariz.) - After playing the Cubs for a while, the Padres traveled to Glendale today to face the other Chicago team, the White Sox.  Grossmont High alum Joe Musgrove started against Lucas Giolito for the White Sox.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

March 28, 2022 (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.

WORLD

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


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

March 28, 2022 (San Diego) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego's inland regions, published in other media.  This week's round-up stories include:

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STATE

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


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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BRIGGS FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST LEMON GROVE OVER RECORDS OBSTRUCTION

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Matt Manosh: Lemon Grove City Clerk Audrey Malone denied attorney Cory Briggs' request to inspect public records the day before a proposed censure motion of Councilmember Liana LeBaron.

March 28, 2022 (Lemon Grove) – Attorney Cory Briggs has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the nonprofit Project for Open Government against the city of Lemon Grove. The suit alleges that the city acted illegally in failing to respond to multiple public records requests related to the city’s proposed censure and discplinary actions toward Councilmember Liana LeBaron. The City also denied Briggs access to inspect public records when he came to city hall in person the day before the censure hearing, and has still failed to respond weeks later.

The suit seeks a court order requiring the city to full comply with the California Public Records Act, California Constitution, common law and other applicable laws by disclosing all records requested. Briggs also seeks injunctive relief to inspect and copy public records (or portions allowed by law), as well as attorney fees and legal expenses.


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SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY PRESIDENT DEPLOYS TO POLAND TO HELP UKRAINIAN PETS

Source: San Diego Humane Society

March 28, 2022 (San Diego) -- San Diego Humane Society President Gary Weitzman, DVM, has deployed to Przemyśl, Poland on a 10-day mission to provide veterinary care, help set up a border crossing veterinary clinic and make arrangements for additional San Diego Humane Society veterinarians and animal care staff to support pets impacted by the war in Ukraine. Dr. Weitzman left San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus on Sunday, March 27, 2022 after loading veterinary supplies to bring to the ADA Foundation in Poland. Supplies included antibiotics, paid medication, syringes and gloves.

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SUPERVISORS APPROVE INTERIM SHERIFF

Source: County News Service

Mar. 28, 2022 (County of San Diego) The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed Anthony Ray as interim sheriff on Tuesday. He will step into the top leadership role through January 2023 when the winner of this year’s election for sheriff takes office.

Ray will be sworn in on April 5. He is currently an assistant sheriff and has served more than 30 years in the department. He will oversee one of the largest sheriff’s departments in the nation, managing nearly 4,700 employees and providing primary law enforcement to nearly one million people.


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CONTINENTAL MILLS RECALLS WALMART GREAT VALUE BUTTERMILK PANCAKE & WAFFLE MIX DUE TO POSSIBLE CONTAMINATION

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2022 (San Diego) – Continental Mills has recalled Great Value Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix sold at Walmart stores nationwide, due to possible foreign material contamination. Fragments from a cable used to clear the processing line were found in a limited number of products.

The recalled lot has the UPC 078742370828, lot code KX2063, and best by date of 09/01/2023.

No injuries have been reported to date.


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THE GENIUS UNDER THE TABLE: GROWING UP BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN

Reviewed by Pennell Paugh

March 28, 2022 (San Diego) – The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain was written by Eugene Yelchin, who is a member of the San Diego Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The topic is relevant at a time when Russia has launched a war in Europe threatening freedom of neighboring Ukraine, rekindling memories of the iron curtain, an invisible barrier which separated free nations from others in Europe until the Soviet Union collapsed.

In Leningrad, Russia, Yevgeny grows up in an apartment. Except for the kitchen and bathroom, each room is occupied by a separate family. One room has a government spy. Every apartment is like this.


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER WEBER TO HOST COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS WITH LA MESA RESIDENTS

East County News Service

March 27, 2022 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Conversations invites you to meet with Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber on Sunday, April 3 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a legislative update and a chance to share your priorities for the City of La Mesa.

The meeting will be at La Mesita Park, located at 8855 Dallas Street, La Mesa.  Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket for comfortable seating.


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