May 2017 Articles

HELIX WATER DISTRICT ANNOUNCES WINNER IN ITS 2017 WATER-WISE LANDSCAPE CONTEST

 

Source: Helix Water District

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) - Helix Water District has named Chandrika “Dusty” Patel-Lynch of La Mesa as this year’s winner of its WaterSmart Landscape Contest. The annual contest recognizes outstanding water-wise residential landscapes which are judged on overall attractiveness, appropriate plant selection and maintenance, design and efficient irrigation methods.


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SUNDAYS AT SIX: FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to come out and enjoy the line-up of local bands at La Mesa’s “Sundays at Six” free summer concert series each Sunday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 11-July 23.


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GET IN GEAR FOR COUNTY'S VEHICLE AUCTION

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

May 12, 2017 (San Diego) - Bidding begins Monday, May 15 for the County’s next vehicle auction but you can jump online now to see what’s going up on the block.

Dozens of vehicles ranging from Ford Crown Victorias, Ford Escapes, Ford trucks and a Toyota Tundra are available. Some not-so-typical vehicles are up for bid, too. Need a remote-controlled car? Parts for a ’65 Ford Mustang? An off-road vehicle perhaps? A sweeper, box trucks and school buses are also up for grabs.


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MOWING DOWN AIR POLLUTION: LAWN MOWER AND GAS-POWERED GARDENING TOOLS EXCHANGE THIS SATURDAY

 

Exchange will feature dual-battery mowers, price reductions on rechargeable chainsaws, hedge clippers and string trimmers

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (San Diego) - The County will host its 18th annual lawn mower exchange this Saturday, May 13th at Qualcomm Stadium.  Doors open at 6 a.m.; the event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. County Supervisor Ron Roberts, pollution control officers, recyclers, Electric Vehicle display sponsored by SDG&E and hundreds of San Diegans lined up with gasoline powered lawnmowers and gardening equipment to be exchanged for new rechargeable mode equipment.


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ONE STOP HEALTH SHOP OPEN IN EL CAJON

 

By Jonathan Goetz

May 12, 2017 (El Cajon) - This week the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting dedication ceremony for El Cajon Family Health Center. It is dubbed a “comprehensive regional healthcare facility” that offers primary care, women’s services, vision, dental and mental health.


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HANNAH GBEH WITHDRAWS FROM 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 12, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) — Hannah Gbeh has informed ECM that she is withdrawing her candidacy in the 50th Congressional District, after participating in two candidate forums with seven Democrats vying to run against incumbent Republican Duncan Hunter.  Her reason, given fortuitously on Mother’s Day weekend – is that she’s expecting her third child.


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JOURNALIST AMY GOODMAN, HOST OF DEMOCRACY NOW! IN SAN DIEGO MAY 16

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2017 (San Diego) — Award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the nationally syndicated Democracy Now! radio show, will speak and sign her book, Democracy Now! Covering the Movements Changing America at a benefit for KNSJ Radio and Activist San Diego on Tuesday, May 16 at St. Paul’s Cathedral Episcopal, 2728 Sixth Ave in San Diego from 7-9 p.m.   Cost is $20 at the door t $16 in advance through Evenbrite.com; see “Amy Speaks to SD.”


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EL CAJON SELECTS TOP FIVE MAPS

 

By Jonathan Goetz

May 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – After inviting the public to submit redistricting maps and hiring a consultant to advise the city as it moves toward district elections instead of citywide elections for all council members, the options have been narrowed to five maps.  Three of the five maps square Councilman Ben Kalasho off against Councilman Gary Kendrick by putting them in the same City Council District.  Four of the five maps put Councilman Bob McClellan and Councilman Steve Goble in the same district.  Below are the maps and descriptions of each proposal.


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SMALL BUT MIGHTY, SANTEE LIBRARY CHANGING LIVES

 

Goal of a new library still a long way from fulfillment

By Mike Allen

May 12, 2017 (Santee) -- Santee’s library changes lives, and does it in so many ways.

That was the message of the library branch manager Cheryl Cosart, who made a presentation on its services and programs May 10 to the City Council.


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ENTER THE FOREST IN CASA DE ORO: INTO THE WOODS RUNS MAY 11-13 WITH JUNIOR CAST, SENIOR CAST MAY 25-JUNE 3

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance writer Splash Magazine

May 12, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Not everything is black and white. If you have never had the opportunity to watch Into the Woods, it can be complex and difficult to follow. The more I see it, the more I love it. For some reason, it's one of those shows that resonates with me. Perhaps the show points out we are not on out path in life alone.


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NONSTOP FUN AT EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL THE ADDAMS FAMILY MAY 4-13

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

Journalist www.sandiegosplash.com

May 8, 2017 (El Cajon) - If you have not seen the play version of The Addam's Family, you are missing a classic. The same loveable characters are brought to life in a romantic comedy with little Wednesday all grown up and in love, comedy- you cannot help but laugh at with those old favorites.


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SDSU SOFTBALL OUTLASTS NEVADA 11-9

 

Aztecs win fifth straight game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  West Hills High grad Katie Byrd scored three runs in SDSU's 11-9 win at Nevada.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 11, 2017 (Reno) - The San Diego State softball team used a 14-hit performance to outlast Nevada 11-9 Thursday afternoon in Reno, Nev. The Aztecs improved to 30-17 overall and 14-8 in Mountain West play with their fifth consecutive victory, while the Wolf Pack dropped to 27-22 and 12-10.


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ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES LET LEAD SLIP OUT OF REACH AGAIN AS RANGERS WALK IT OFF AND TAKE SERIES

 

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May 11, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres had one more chance to salvage the series with the Rangers and split it tonight with Clayton Richard on the mound against Martin Perez for the Rangers.


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AZTEC TRACK & FIELD'S ELLIS PLACES SIXTH IN MW HEPTATHLON

 

The Aztecs’ day tomorrow starts at 9 a.m. (MT) with the hammer throw.

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May 11, 2017 (Logan, Ut.) - San Diego State track and field senior Kassidy Ellis rose one spot to finish sixth in the heptathlon at the 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Utah State’s Ralph Maughn Stadium on Thursday.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: GREY FOX IN CUYAMACA

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (Cuyamaca) – Debbie Ekhaml shot this beautiful photo of a California gray fox in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  The gray fox can run up to 28 miles an hour and is the only species of canines in North America that can actually climb trees! 


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ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Source:  Anza-Borrego Foundation

May 11, 2017 (Borrego Springs) — The Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF), official partner of Anza-Borrrego Desert State Park, has named Sara Husby, executive director of Tuleyome, as new executive director of ABF. She succeeds Paige Rogowski, who is manager of the Cooperating Association Program at California State Parks. Husby will take office June 12.


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AZTECS ASSIST IN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR OUTFIELDER CHAD BIBLE

 

SDSU Strive Campaign set for baseball player diagnosed with cancer

Source:  goaztecs.com

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May 11, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State Athletic Department and the university development staff have come together to organize a fundraising effort for Aztec baseball player Chad Bible, who has missed most of the 2017 season due to cancer.


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COURT FILING SHOWS FBI HAS ACTIVE INVESTIGATION PERTAINING TO TRUMP’S CALL FOR RUSSIAN HACKING AND ESPIONAGE

 

Source:  Operation 45; Documents & Graphic Excerpts Available HERE

Photo: Kremlin in Moscow

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s May 9, 2017 letter firing now-former FBI Director James Comey in part reads, “I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation[.]” 


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HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES SIX IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (Spring Valley) – A fire that broke out Tuesday night at 8 p.m. has displaced six people.  Cal Fire responded to the blaze on Grand Avenue near Birch Street in Spring Valley, dousing the fire in approximately 15 minutes.


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SUSPECT SHOT DEAD BY OFFICER, 3 INJURED AFTER PURSUIT IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

May 11, 2017 (Lakeside) – Two deputies fired shots at a fleeing suspect yesterday at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and Ketuull Uunyaa Way on the Barona reservation in Lakeside, killing the suspect driver at the scene and injuring two people in another vehicle as well as a deputy, according to Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.


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DESCANSO WOMAN, 22, KILLED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN CARLSBAD

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (Descanso) – Mireyaa Hernandez, 22, of Descanso died May 7th in a rollover crash in Carlsbad at 1:31 a.m.  According to the Medical Examiner’s report, she was the passenger in the back seat of a double-cab pickup truck that lost control in a curve on the ramp from northbound I-5 to eastbound 78.


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DEATH OF SAILOR/MOM FOUND IN BURNING VEHICLE IN SANTEE RULED SUICIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Facebook

May 11, 2017 (Santee) — Santee resident Andrea Daves, 33, seemed to have everything to live for.  A married Navy sailor with children ages 2 and 3, she was on maternity leave when her body was found in a burning vehicle on Mast Boulevard in Santee back in February.   But now her death has been determined to be a suicide; cause of death was thermal burns, according to a press release issued by Lt. Kenneth Nelson with the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit.

 

 

 


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IN HONOR OF MOTHER’S DAY, MOMS FROM ACROSS NATION SHARE EXPERIENCES OF “DRUG WAR DAMAGE”

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Mothers across the country are telling their personal stories of drug war damage with stories, articles and interviews in honor of Mother’s Day. By sharing these powerful stories of losing loved ones to drug-prohibition-related violence, incarceration, overdose and addiction, they are bringing focus to what they believe is a need to reform our nation’s drug policies.  The effort is being led by Gretchen Burns Bergman of San Diego, whose two sons have struggled with addiction.


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SENATOR ANDERSON GETS AN “F” FROM COURAGE CAMPAIGN

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) has earned an “F” grade from Courage Campaign on its “People’s Report Card”  The “courage score” rating measures  how well  legislators “stand up for constituents over corporations or special interest groups that seek to exploit Californians, particularly the poor, disadvantaged, and communities of color,” according  to the website.  Anderson received a zero – the worst possible score.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

May 11, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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LA MESA SALUTES “OLD GLORY” WITH FLAG DAY PARADE JUNE 2

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2017 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa invites you to wear your red, white and blue to salute “Old Glory” at the 20th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, June 3rd. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. through the La Mesa Downtown Village, led by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

 

May 11, 2017 (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:

U.S.

WORLD

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JACUMBA HIKERS AND WALKERS HEAD TO A GARNET MINE AND WATERFALL MAY 13

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 11, 2017 (Jacumba Hot Springs) — The Jacumba Hikers and Walkers will hit the trail this Saturday, May 13th  on a five-mile hike to visit an inactive garnet mine. Hikers will encounter a waterfall, exhilarating views and othr hidden treasures of the high desert area.  “Bring your rock picks and safety glasses to do a little mining, or just enjoy your lunch on a scenic hilltop at the mine,”  the invitation reads.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

May 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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HELP AVAILABLE TO EAT HEALTHIER: COUNTY EXPANDS CAL-FRESH AWARENESS EVENTS IN EAST COUNTY

 

Update: The County has provided a list of additional locations for CalFresh eents in East County.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  seagull-bt/Pixabay

May 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The desire to eat healthier often comes with an all too familiar roadblock: staying within the family food budget while grocery shopping. There is help for families and individuals to supplement their food budget through CalFresh, a supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet income guidelines.   CalFresh is designed to reduce food insecurity and increase food budgets, improving participant’s access to fresh and healthy food.


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