May 2015 Articles

SUPERVISOR ROBERTS & STAFFER DENY MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy 10 News, an ECM news partner

May 27, 2015 (San Diego) – Supervisor Dave Robert, in an exclusive interview with 10 News, has issued strong denials to all allegations made by two ex-staffers now suing the county.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE IN THE DROUGHT

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Creating defensible space around your home is more important than ever amid the drought.  But that doesn’t mean hacking down landscaping to bare earth.  Now Cal-Fire has posted information on plants that are fire resistant and drought tolerant. These ideal choices not only provide color and beauty with minimal water – they also provide a safe area for firefighters to operate and increase the odds that your home will survive a wildfire.  

For details, click “read more” and scroll down, or visit http://www.ReadyForWildfire.org/landscape_ideas.

ALVARADO HOSPITAL AMONG TOP 5% IN NATION FOR PATIENT SAFETY AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (San Diego)--Alvarado Hospital was awarded the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades in recognition of the hospital’s superior track record for keeping patients safe, as well as the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for being among the top 5% in the nation for clinical excellence. This is the second year Alvarado has been ranked among the top 5% for clinical excellence nationally and is the only hospital serving East County to be ranked among the top 5%.

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCKING OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ORDER

East County News Service

May 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction issued by a federal court in Texas which blocks President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The President’s order granted protection from immigration and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Texas and 25 other states had sued to stop the President’s actions from taking effect this month as scheduled.

JAMUL ACTION COMMITTEE APPEALS CASINO RULING

East County News Service

Photo: Construction site at Jamul Indian Village

May 27, 2015 (Jamul) – The Jamul Action Committee and Jamulians Against the Casino (JAC/JCC) today announced that they have appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, after a federal judge denied their request for a prelimininary injunction to halt construction of a casino at the Jamul Indian Village.

The plaintiff’s request for a permanent injunction remains pending while the tribe moves forward on construction.

NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES OPENS FOR SUMMER

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes invites you to drop your line for night fishing.   Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be open for night fishing on June 4 and 18, July 16 and 30, August 13 and 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 :30 p.m.

Bring a lantern--but no radios please, to keep the lake quiet for best fishing.

PENN NATIONAL GAMING NAMES RICHARD ST. JEAN GENERAL MANAGER OF HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL-SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (Jamul) – Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: Nasdaq) announced today that Richard St. Jean has been named General Manager of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. Mr. St. Jean, who currently serves as General Manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, will also assume an oversight role at Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mr. St. Jean will have full responsibility for the opening and management of the planned $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, which will be owned by the Jamul Indian Village of California and managed by Penn National Gaming.

PASSAGES: ACCIDENTS CLAIM EAST COUNTY LIVES

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Accidents have claimed the lives of several local residents including Xochil Calvario or Ramona, Darrell Thomas King of Alpine, and Michael Young of El Cajon. In addition, a fatal Pine Valley accident killed Casey Phillip Ellis of Yuma, Arizona.

BODY FOUND IN SANTEE MOTEL; HOMICIDE LAUNCHES PROBE

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (Santee) – The body of a 54-year-old woman was found May 25th afternoon at the Rodeway Inn at 10135 Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

A deputy from the Santee Sheriff’s station was on patrol near the site when he was flagged down by a citizen who reported that there was a “person down” at the hotel, Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth says.

FOR WEDDINGS TO SAVOR, GROVE PASTRY TAKES THE CAKE

By Miriam Raftery

May 28, 2015 (Lemon Grove) – If you’re looking for a wedding cake that’s personalized, beautiful and delicious,  you’ll find your heart’s desire at Grove Pastry Shop in Lemon Grove. When San Diego Style Wedding magazine held a competition for wedding cake bakers last year, Grove Pastry Shop won six of eight categories (and didn’t enter the other two). 

In business since 1947, the bakery has evolved with the times, now offering an array of options ranging from specialty cake flavorings from mango to margaritas, as well as decorating options from tiered chandeliers to tattoos.  One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the bakery’s commitment to quality –with all cakes hand-crafted and baked the old-fashioned way, with the finest ingredients using many personal recipes from owner Teresa Johnson.

5 WOMEN HONORED BY SUNRISE ROTARY WITH PAUL HARRIS AWARD

By Miriam Raftery

May 28,2015 (Spring Valley)—The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary  Club honored five local women with its Paul Harris award, named for Rotary Club's founder.  The awards, presented at Noah Homes in Spring Valley On May 17th, were presented for outstanding community service to Supervisor Dianne Jacob, retired Grossmont College administrator Eve Lill, Noah Homes CEO Molly Nocon, Water for Children Africa executive director Vickie Butcher, and Jazzercise entrepreneur Susan Shofner.

The tea included catering of delicacies by Aubrey Rose Team Room in La Mesa , a display of vintage museum-quality dolls by Gail Pogue, and china place settings loaned by Rotary Club members.

PROTESTERS ASK REP. PETERS TO OPPOSE FAST-TRACKING TPP TRADE DEAL

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (San Diego) – The House of Representatives will soon be voting on a controversial proposal to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, after the Senate approved the fast-tracking.  On Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., activist groups led by the Sierra Club and SD County Democrats for Environmental Action plan a rally at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, where they will call on Peters to oppose the fast-track deal.

GUITAR MAESTRO ROBERT WETZEL IN CONCERT MAY 29 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

May 26, 2015 (El Cajon) - Guitar maestro Robert Wetzel will perform a special concert at the Cuyamaca College Theatre (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego) on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

May 25, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

NO BOMBS FOUND AFTER LOCKDOWN AT WEST HILLS HIGH

May 26, 2015 (Santee) – West Hills High School in Santee was placed in lockdown today after staff received a call at 9:15 a.m. claiming that several bombs had been placed around the campus.

Sheriff’s deputies swiftly responded and found suspicious items, prompting a call to the Bomb Arson unit and a lockdown order for the campus.  Additional agencies were summoned including the Santee Fire Dept., San Diego Fire Bomb Squad, federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cal Fire, El Cajon Police and numerous Sheriff’s detectives.

ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON “PREGNANCY CRISIS CENTERS”

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (Sacramento) – The California Assembly has passed a controversial measure, Assembly Bill 775, that would require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose if they have no licensed medical provider on staff and to provide women with a list of options including public programs offering free or low-cost prenatal care for those wishing to carry pregnancies to term and abortions for those who don’t.

The bill comes in response to a year-long undercover investigation of the centers by the National Abortion Rights League, which claims the centers are mostly set up by anti-choice groups and that women are given misleading information. 

But opponents call the measure a “bully bill” that they contend threatens the existence of abortion-alternative clinics and violates constiutionallly protected religious freedoms.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & ATTRACTIONS MAY 26 - JUNE 13

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May 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a classical guitar concert, a living legends art and photo exhibit, a Flag Day Parade, a fiddle picking contest, women’s health fair and more. Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including the Taste of La Mesa, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and the Julian Dance and Back Country Barbecue.  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

SHARKS SPOTTED OFFSHORE

 

East County News Service

Creative commons photo by Terry Gross

May 26, 2015 (San Diego) – More than a dozen young great white sharks have been spotted recently off the Southern California coast, mostly off Huntington Beach.  But this week, a six-foot-shark that lifeguards indicate could be a great white was seen off the shore in Oceanside.

MOVEMENT GROWS TO REDUCE DRUGGING OF FOSTER CARE KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - May is national Foster Care month. The Children’s Defense Fund is voicing concerns over the high number of children in foster care who are being given mind-altering drugs—in many cases to control behavior, not address real medical problems.

DROUGHT THREATENS REDWOODS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Stands of coastal redwoods have occupied California for millions of years. But now these towering giants are under threat following four years of drought and now, state mandates for cities to cut water.

MISSING COUPLE FOUND: WIFE SURVIVED 2 WEEKS IN VEHICLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (Warner Springs) – A Fullerton couple missing for two weeks after leaving Valley View Casino has been found.  An off-road vehicle rider spotted their vehicle on the Los Coyotes reservation in a remote are near Warner Springs.  That’s far off the route searched by authorities, since the couple was believed traveling north to a Mother’s Day celebration at a family member’s home in La Quinta.

NEW DOCUMENTARY EXPOSES RISING PROBLEM OF CAMPUS RAPES

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (San Diego)—A new documentary called ‘The Hunting Ground’ is shining a light on the increasing rate of campus rapes nationwide—and the failure of campuses to take action, particularly when the accused perpetrator is a college sports star.

AZTECS BASEBALL TEAM WINS MOUNTAIN WEST

 

May 26, 2015 (San Diego)--For the third year in a row, San Diego State University’s men’s baseball team has won the Mountain West Tournament Championship. The Aztecs scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind, adding another later in the game for a 6-4 victory over New Mexico’s Lobos.

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