May 2015 Articles

SYCUAN CASINO NOW OFFERING UPGRADED REWARDS TO MILITARY SPOUSES

 

May 14, 2015 (El Cajon)--Sycuan Casino recently announced that its exclusive Military Freedom Card, and all the benefits that come along with it, will now be extended to military spouses. The Military Freedom Card, which has previously been offered to active duty, retired and veteran members of the military only, now allows military spouses to access rewards at an upgraded level. Civilian players who sign up for Club Sycuan receive instant rewards like discounts at the casino’s restaurants, gift shop, poker room, Primrose Room and more. Upon sign up, Military Freedom cardholders instantly receive even higher levels of discounts at these venues in addition to receiving additional point boosters based on play.

PARK STATION: WILL THE THIRD TIME BE A CHARM?

May 14, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Park Station is coming before the La Mesa Planning Commission for the third time since the application was first submitted in 2008. The hearing will be held on May 20 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The first time it was kicked to the curb on the basis of height and density. The second time everyone -including the applicant- was stunned when the American Legion Hall withdrew their co-application during the hearing, requiring the Kitzman’s to come up with a new plan.

ECM'S NEW ASK AN AUTHOR COLUMNIST TAKING QUESTIONS, OFFERS ROMANCE TRILOGY GIVEAWAY

 

May 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Magazine is launching a new column called Ask An Author that allows readers, students, writers, and anyone with questions about writing, publishing, and publicity to get answers from local award-winning novelist, publicist, and journalist Sarka-Jonae Miller.

EXPLORE MISSION TRAILS DAY MAY 16 OFFERS FREE FAMILY FUN

May 14, 2015 (San Diego)--Explore Mission Trails Day celebrates unparalleled outdoor opportunities within the confines of a major city. Mission Trails Regional Park is one of the nation’s largest urban parks. But it isn’t size alone which sets it apart. Mission Trails Regional Park is a natural—or “open space” urban park. The biodiversity represented here, because of the variety of habitats located within its bounds, is astonishing.

HERB ALPERT AND LANI HALL: A TRIBUTE TO TWO CROSS-CULTURAL TALENTS

 

By Mimi Pollack

May 14, 2015 (San Dego's East County) - As a child in Mexico City in the 1960s, I remember my older siblings listening to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’s album, “The Lonely Bull”, and I thought he was a handsome, musical, Mexican bullfighter. I loved his distinctive trumpet and signature sound. That signature sound could later be heard in various commercials, the Dating Game, and the movie, Casino Royale.

SDG&E PRESENTS $1.2 MILLION INCENTIVE CHECK TO PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS

 

Pala receives largest On-Bill Financing loan in California for energy efficiency initiatives

May 14, 2015 (San Diego)-- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) presented a $1,246,692.70 check to the Pala Band of Mission Indians and Pala Casino Spa & Resort for energy-efficient equipment scheduled to be installed in the nearly 630,000 square feet property on May 4th, , making it the largest On-Bill Financing loan ever issued in California.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE PRESENTS - THE PIANO LESSON BY AUGUST WILSON MAY 14, 15, AND 16

 
 
By Kathy Carpenter
 
Associate and Youth reviewer sdtheatrereviews
 

May 14, 2015 (El Cajon) - The Piano Lesson was written by American playwright August Wilson in 1890 as the fourth play of ten in  the Pittsburgh Cycle. The play received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990. The play was inspired by a Romare Bearden painting. Wilson intended the play to deal with self-worth and ends up asking how do you best put your legacy to use?

WILD GRACES ART EXHIBIT AT MISSION TRAILS MAY 23-JUNE 19

 

May 13, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present an exhibition featuring two award winning photographers Jodie Hulden and Robert Treat. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery May 23 – June 19, 2015.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

May 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

May 13, 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

ART OPENING & BOOK SIGNING IN THE LA MESA VILLAGE

Sunbelt Publications is holding a Spring Showcase on Thursday, May 14, from 5-9 PM at the O'Dunn Fine Art, a multi-artist show and author exposition featuring local Sunbelt authors. Brad Bruce, a professional wine procurer, will be pouring some high end tastings for the event which also includes books and paintings.

The following authors will be there:

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BUTTERFLY RELEASE IN ALPINE

 

May 12, 2015 (Alpine) – Greg Dunn sent in these photos with this note:  “We had a blast watching the kids see the butterfly's released out in front of our store…Sage & Songbird Festival was out in front of Barons Market… We gave out apples and soft drinks. Great turnout, weather was perfect, the butterflys are free.”  He adds, “The best part was watching the smiles on the little kids.”

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: STROKE AWARENESS: ACT FAST!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Each year more than 135,000 Americans die from stroke—or one person every four minutes—died from stroke, making it the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. May is Stroke Awareness Month reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

WARNER SPRINGS VICTIMS IN DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE NAMED

 

May 12, 2015 (Warner Springs) – Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have identified the victims in a murder-suicide that occurred on May 1st at a home on Chihuahua Valley Road.  The double-murder victims are Sadie Louise Stockalper, 27, and Elena Howard-Vinnard, 54.  Both were found dead of gunshots in the upper bodies.

BODY FOUND IN BURNED ALPINE HOME

 

May 13, 2015 (Alpine) – Yesterday at 1:55 p.m., detectives from the Alpine Sheriff’s station responded to a radio call reporting a structure fire in the 1400 block of Marshall Road in Alpine.  Finding a home fully engulfed in flames, deputies evacuated nearby neighbors and check surroundings for any victims.

UT SAN DIEGO SELLS TO OWNERS OF LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 13, 2015 (San Diego) – UT San Diego, our region’s largest daily newspaper, has announced an agreement to sell to Chicago-based Tribune Publishing. The fourth largest newspaper chain in America, Tribune Publishing owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other major newspapers.  The $85 million deal would end local ownership of the 146-year-old newspaper and the controversial reign of developer Doug Manchester as publisher, opening the door to a potential shift toward higher journalistic standards.

FORMER EL CAJON POLICE STATION BURNS

 

May 12, 2015 (El Cajon) --  Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a commercial structure fire in the 100 block of Fletcher Parkway in the early morning hours on May 3rd.  Upon arrival firefighters found heavy black smoke coming from a commercial building at the site of the former El Cajon Police station.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER IMPOSING NEW WATER CUTS

May 12, 2015 (La Mesa) – At their upcoming meeting Wednesday May 13, 4 p.m., the Board will discuss a Drought Action Plan to meet state imposed water cuts of 20% to the District, including limiting all customers to watering two days per week, requiring 10-20% cuts by residential tier 3 users with penalties for violations, and increased enforcement on water waste reports.

EARTHTALK(R): CALIFORNIA'S CURRENT WATER CRISES IS MAN-MADE PHENOMENON

 

Earthjustice attorney says tough questions need to be Asked

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

May 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - According to Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr, California’s current water crisis is a man-made phenomenon. It is the outcome of the mid 20th century notion that equates progress with giant public works projects and assumes that we can engineer our way out of all sorts of problems, including living on a drought-prone state. This doesn’t work.

LA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP

May 11, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Police Department will be hosting its 4th Annual La Mesa Police Youth Leadership Camp from June 29-July 2, 2015. The purpose of the Youth Leadership Camp is to provide leadership training and life-enhancing skills, personal development training, academic enrichment, team building, and to teach responsibility to one’s family and community. Participants will engage in classroom instruction, discussions, and scenarios; athletic and academic challenges (team and individual); field trips to volunteer community service work; and other activities.

“SUNDAYS AT SIX” SUMMER CONCERTS SERIES LINE UP ANNOUNCED

May 11, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation announces the 14th season of the City of La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free outdoor concerts.  The popular concert series are held at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Following is a listing of the 2015 season concerts:

--GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTED SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK WITH NEW BLOOD MOBILE PURCHASE

 

May 11, 2015 (San Diego) - The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), the primary supplier of blood to the majority of hospitals in San Diego County, will introduce their newest blood mobile with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, 3020 Children’s Way, San Diego.

--WESTERN THEME FOR HOME OF GUIDING HANDS GALA ON JUNE 6

 

 

 

May 11, 2015 (El Cajon) - The Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), an El Cajon-based non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, will present its 41st annual Home of Guiding Hands Gala from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Hotel Del Coronado. Proceeds will benefit programs and services HGH provides to more than 1,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. Former Padres pitcher Randy Jones, a National League Cy Young Award winner, will be the master of ceremonies.

--SEN. JOEL ANDERSON SETS 'COMMUNITY COFFEE' MEETING IN SANTEE ON MAY 28

 

May 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee. The free event, open to the public, will be hosted by Santee Mayor Randy Voepel.

READY TO DE-CLUTTER? HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA OFFERS IDEAS

 

 

-- Health care library’s `Wellness Wednesday’ meeting will discuss de-cluttering and downsizing for health on May 27

May 10, 2015 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on  “De-Clutter and Downsize for Happiness and Health,”  from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27. The program is part of the Grossmont Healthcare District library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

--GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OPPOSING CLOSURE OF NAVAL HEALTH CLINIC IN SANTEE

 

May 9, 2015 (Santee) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, has sent a letter to the Navy stating its opposition to the pending closure of a health clinic in Santee.

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