May 2015 Articles

STABBING AT IHOP IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a stabbing near the IHOP restaurant on Broadway in Spring Valley around 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th.  According to Sergeant Jeremy Sheppard, two males were fighting in the parking lot when one began stabbing the other.

PURSUIT NABS ALLEGED LAKESIDE RITE AID THIEVES

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (Lakeside) – Lakeside resident Shermal Taha, 23, and Nicole Gonzales, 27 of Spokane, Washington have been arrested and booked on commercial burglary, conspiracy and felony evading of arrest.

63 ARRESTED IN GANG SWEEP

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (San Diego County) – Yesterday the Sheriff’s Department conducted 71 compliance checks as part of “Operation Surge” countywide, resulting in 63 arrests on charges that included possession of controlled substances for sale, probation violations, auto theft and outstanding warrants.

PLANE HITS TRUCK DURING EMERGENCY LANDING IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

Photo: Heartland firefighter Gabe Belloli

May 17, 2015 (Santee) – The pilot of a single-engine Cherokee plane made an emergency landing Saturday morning on Prospect Avenue near Cuyamaca Street in Santee.

F.A.C.E. SAVES PETS LIVES WHEN OWNERS CAN’T AFFORD SURGERY: KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

 

Hear our interview with Brooke Haggarty, executive director of Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) , originally aired on KNSJ Radio. 

Listen now:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/pzmrc3u90d/Newsmaker-FACE-Brook_Haggarty.mp3

May 17, 2015 (San Diego) – “What we do is give families hope when they are about to lose their best friends, their furry family members. We are able to keep them together,” says Brooke Haggarty, executive director at Foundation for Animal Care (FACE). 

The San Diego-based nonprofit  provides funds to help families save the lives or health of pets with life-threatening injuries or conditions. Unlike some other organizations, FACE does not require owners to give up their pets to get help. Instead, FACE partners  with over 100 veterinary hospitals countywide to negotiate discounts of 25% or more and pay most of the remainder for families that can’t afford care.

SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT NOW OFFERING MEMBERSHIPS

 

Hear our interview with Ashley Mazanec, membership  manager, San Diego Energy District

Listen now:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/siq4bd2kzz/Newsmakers-_Ashley_Mazanec-SDEnergyDistrctFdn.mp3

May 17, 2015 (San Diego) – If you’re looking for an alternative to SDG&E for buying your electric power, you can now become a member in the San Diego Energy District.  In an interview on KNSJ in April, Ashley Mazanec told us a dozen businesses have signed up so far.  Ratepayers can enjoy lower rates and know their energy is coming from clean energy sources, according to Mazanec.  Locally produced energy can also reduce the need for new power lines, improving wildfire safety.

San Diego has a feasibility study underway and Solana Beach has moved forward to become a community  choice city.  The San Diego Energy District is reaching out to additional communities and hopes to build support in other local cities such as La Mesa, El Cajon , Santee and Lemon Grove as well as with County Supervisors. Individual property owners can sell surplus power back into the grid. Entities such as nonprofit orgnaizations, school districts, Native American tribes and businesses can also join the grid.

WHERE ARE THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION?

 

Iraq: The War That Shouldn’t Be – You Decide, by M.M. Chantiloupe (Xlibris Corporation, 2010, 305 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Although the Iraq war is over, we are still feeling the residual effects of that controversial campaign, and it is put into perspective by San Diego resident M.M. Chantiloupe in her book; Iraq: The War That Shouldn’t Be – You Decide. Chantiloupe writes a scathing analysis and rebuke of the Bush Administration in this well-written and incisive book. She asks rhetorical questions that gets us all to think about why we actually went into that war and the harm that it has done to America and Iraq, as well as the world itself. Central in her discussion is the false pretenses of weapons of mass destruction. Chantiloupe writes in a scholarly fashion her analysis of this war and its residual effects, such as the current threat of ISIS, or the Islamic terrorist threat.

TWELFTH NIGHT PRESENTED AT VALHALLA JUNE 4 AND 5

 

May 16, 2015 (El Cajon )--Upstart Theatre Company is proud to present its inaugural production, William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, hosted by the Valhalla Theatre Arts Department on June 4 and 5. Upstart, founded in 2015, is comprised of and run entirely by students from schools throughout the Grossmont Union High School District, dedicated to keeping classical works of theatre alive on the modern educational stage.

HOUSE PASSES ABORTION BAN AFTER 20 WEEKS

 

East County News Service

Photo: 20-week fetus (public domain image)

May 16, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The House of Representatives has passed a bill to ban virtually all abortions after 20 weeks.  The bill has an exception only for rape victims, after a 48 hour waiting period.

STORM DRENCHES REGION

 

May 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - The storm that doused our region in recent days brought some welcome drought relief. According to the National Weather Service, so far in May, 2.35 inches have fallen in San Diego—making this the second wettest May in our region’s history and the wettest since 1921—and we still have half a month to go!

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR MT. LAGUNA RECREATION AREA

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2015 (Mt. Laguna)--The County’s Department of Environmental Health has issued a Boil Water Order for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area’s water system on Sunrise Highway on Friday. The agency indicated that  the drinking water system tested positive for E.Coli and total coliform bacteria, which means water may be contaminated with human or animal waste.

I-8 BRIDGE DEDICATED TO FALLEN BORDER AGENT

 

May 16, 2015 (Jacumba) – A bridge over Interstate 8 near Jacumba has been renamed to honor Eric Norman Cabral, a Border Patrol Agent who died of a heart attack caused by heat exhaustion suffered while tracking a group of suspected undocumented immigrants in the area.

AMTRAK CRASH IN PHILADELPHIA RAISES TROUBLING QUESTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: National Transportation Safety Board, public domain

May 16, 2015 (Philadelphia)—What caused an Amtrak passenger train bound for New York from Washington D.C. to derail in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood, killed eight passengers and injuring 200 people?

IN-STATE TUITION GRANTED FOR GI BILL BENEFICIARIES

 

May 15, 2015 (Sacramento) - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) announced all Veterans and dependents using USDVA’s GI Bill benefits shall receive temporary in-state tuition status through the end of the year, regardless of their state of residence.

WINE CLASS, TASTING & PAIRING AT SPACEBAR CAFE & WINE BISTRO JUNE 3

 

May 15, 2015 (La Mesa)--Want to learn more about wine but not sure where to start? @Spacebar Café & Wine Bistro invites you to a wine class, tasting and pairing on June 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES EIGHT PEOPLE IN LEMON GROVE

 

May 14, 2015 (Lemon Grove)--At approximately 7:51 p.m., Sunday, May 3, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in Lemon Grove, responded to reports of a structure fire in the 25-hundred block of Pergl Street. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from a single-story structure at 2523 Pergl Street.

AREA PHOTOGRAPHER'S WORK WINS IN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

 

Cliff LaPlant is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.



May 14, 2015 (Alpine) – A photograph created by Cliff LaPlant, www.sierralara.com ) of Alpine, California has recently been accepted into the Motif Collective Galleries of Artists Showcase for the 2015 Landscape Photographic Competition. LaPlant’s work is now on display in the Online Gallery at www.motifcollective.com.  This International Photographic Competition is held monthly supporting Fine Art Photographers from around the world.

CRIMSON RIVER CONCERT MAY 30 IN LAKESIDE

 

May 14, 2015 (Lakeside) - The Crimson River quartet will perform a free concert feature a rich blend of harmony on Saturday, May 30th at 6 p.m.  The concert will be held at the Lakeside Christian Church, 13739 El Monte Road, in Lakeside as the church celebrates 60 years at the site.

STRIKE, BOYCOTT ORGANIZED TO HELP BAJA FARMWORKERS

 

By Leon Thompson

May 15, 2015 (San Quintin, Baja Mexico) – About 220 miles south of Tecate near the Pacific Coast is the rich agricultural region known as San Quintin.  Strawberry fields stretch as far as the eye can see.  Tomatoes, blackberries and raspberries bound for American grocery stores like Whole Foods and Vons are grown in this fertile valley.  The work is backbreaking, the weather is scorching and the workers work from sunup to sundown.  They earn around $5 per day – about the cost of a basket of strawberries at Whole Foods.

COUNTY PROVIDES UPDATE ON BOULDER CREEK ROAD GRADING AND CLEANUP

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2015 (Cleveland National Forest) – Last month, we reported that the County had begun a major cleanup of dirt dumped inside Cleveland National Forest along Boulder Creek Road, an area proposed for federal wilderness desgnation, following an East County Magazine investigation.

Now County communications specialist Gig Conaughton has provided follow-up information in response to our questions on whether piles would be completely removed, whether the dirt contained invasive or flammable weed species, and whether a similar cleanup would be done following similar grading by SDG&E.

TRUTHDIG EDITOR & AUTHOR ROBERT SCHEER SPEAKS MAY 16 IN SAN DIEGO ON DOMESTIC SPYING

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2015 (San Diego) – Award-winning investigative journalist Robert Scheer will speak May 16th in San Diego on his new book, They Know Everything About you: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Governmetn Agencies are Destroying Democracy, a groundbreaking exposé of how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives--and a fierce defense of privacy and democracy. The event benefits KNSJ nonprofit community radio.

 Scheer, also the author of TruthDig, will speak and sign books on Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 3850 Westgate Place in San Diego. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Dinner is $10 and the presentation is $10.  Tickets for both are $19 at the door or $16 in advance.  Tickets can be reserved online at www.knsj.org.

EL CAJON TEAMS UP WITH RADY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL TO IMPLEMENT SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

 

May 14, 2015 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon has teamed up with Rady Children’s Hospital for school pedestrian safety improvements.

HELIX WATER BOARD WEIGHS FINES FOR EXCESS WATER USE, ADDITIONAL DROUGHT ACTIONS

 

By Janis Russell

May 14, 2015 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s board meeting, staff at Helix Water District presented a drought action plan and resolution to the board.  No action was taken, with the measure slated to be brought back to the board for action  on May 20th. If approved, the plan calls for tough enforcement and hefty fines of up to $500 against heavy residential water users who fail to cutback water use.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 15-30

 

May 15, 2015 (El Cajon)--This week’s Destination East County includes Classic Cars, a wine and food festival, America on Main Street, a Last Chance Romance and more.

Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including a fiddlers’ competition in Julian, A Street Fair in Santee and Craft Beer festival.   So stay tuned for all of these events and much more!

READER’S EDITORIAL: HARRIET TUBMAN A FITTING CHOICE FOR $20 BILL

 

By Leon Thompson

May 14, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – A group that wants to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman has, after months of collecting votes, chosen a successor: Harriet Tubman.

Tubman was the choice of hundreds of thousands of voters in an online poll by Women on 20s  that started with 15 worthy candidates.  Any of the final four would have been wonderful choices. The other three finalists were former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller, Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Tubman is certainly an excellent choice and risked her life many times for others.  Tubman is an especially good choice because with every $20 dollar bill with her likeness on it, we will be reminded about the good that came out of the Civil War. 

RURAL AND PINE VALLEY FIRE DISTRICTS JOIN COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY

County News Service

May 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Shortly after the release of a grand jury report that commends the County for making significant improvements to rural firefighting by unifying a patchwork of independent agencies, the Board of Supervisors approved a series of administrative steps toward bringing two more rural fire districts under the umbrella of the County Fire Authority.

SAN DIEGO PARENTS CREDIT MEDICAL CANNABIS FOR SAVING LIFE OF DAUGHTER, 2

 

May 14, 2015 (San Diego) - Sadie Higuera, of San Diego, California turned two years old earlier this month-- a birthday her family and doctors feared would never happen because of the hundreds of seizures she was suffering daily.

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