May 2018 Articles

May 2018 Articles

RESCUES ON RISE AT POPULAR WATERFALL TRAILS IN EAST COUNTY DESPITE TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS

 

Source: U.S. Forest Service

May 10, 2017 (Ramona) -- As temperatures begin to rise, so have the number of heat-related injuries and air rescues at the popular Three Sisters and Cedar Creek trails in Cleveland National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service reports.

ASIA SMITH EARNS FIFTH PLACE HEPTATHLON FINISH AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Smith records PR in the high jump, long jump and 800m

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 10, 2018 (Clovis) - Asia Smith wrapped up the second day of the heptathlon Thursday evening, earning a fifth place finish at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif. Smith finished with a personal best 5,100 points and earned four crucial points for the Aztecs, who are seeking their fourth MW Outdoor Championship in the past six years.

BYSTANDERS HELP RESCUE SANTEE RESIDENTS FROM BURNING APARTMENTS; BLAZE DISPLACES 40 PEOPLE

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson and Miriam Raftery

April 10, 2018 (Santee) – A fire has scorched multiple apartments at Santee Villas in the 10400 block of Mast Boulevard across the street from Santana High School tonight, where a passerby told East County Magazine details of efforts to save residents and pets from the flames.

“I was riding down Mast Boulevard when I noticed black smoke coming from an apartment complex,” says Robert Johnson, a Santee resident.  “I chucked my backpack and bike,” he says, adding that he followed the lead of others trying to assist. He says  he “started busting windows and helping people out where I could.”

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR 2018 BROADWAY SAN DIEGO AWARDS

 

 

Source: Steele Canyon High School Drama Department

 

Photos: Leanna Neely, Jackson Shaffer (cover photo), Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur

 

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- The Steele Canyon High School Drama Department is proud to announce that three of their students have received nominations for the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards for their roles in the SCHS spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

“PADRE FOR LIFE” MATT LACHAPPA FEATURED ON ESPN E:60

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2018 (Lakeside) – A quarter of a century ago, Matt LaChappa was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, the pride of the Barona tribe on the Native American reservation where he grew up. But three years later, tragedy struck on April 6, 1996 while the talented left-hander was warming up in the bullpen on opening day of the season with the Padres’ minor league team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

He collapsed after suffering a heart attack, then had a second heart attack during an ambulance ride to the hospital.  In a coma for months, he suffered irreversible brain damage. Yet to this day, he remains on contract with the Padres, who promised to take care of their injured player for life.

LaChappa’s inspiring story was highlighted last Sunday on ESPN’s E:60 program in an episode titled “The Contract.” (View trailer.) The show will be replayed throughout the month.

TOP SELLING AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND RADIO HOST RICHARD LEDERER PRESENTS “FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT OUR PRESIDENTS” IN SANTEE MAY 16

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2018 (Santee) – Who was our youngest president?  Who was our oldest? Who was our tallest, shortest and fattest?  Find out on Wednesday, May 16th,, when San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Richard Lederer will offer a treasury of fascinating facts about the feats, families, foibles and firsts of our American presidents.  

The self-proclaimed “Wizard of Idiom, Attila the Pun and Conan the Grammarian” will be sharing his wit and wisdom on our nation’s presidents at the Santee City Hall, building 7, at 10671 Magnolia Avenue in Santee from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The even is sponsored by Santee Seniors 55 Plus and San Diego Oasis. It’s free and worth every penny!

Dr. Lederer has sold over a million books, also hosting “A Way With Words” on KPBS and authoring “the “Lederer on Language” column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. He will be signing copies of his books at the event.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 10, 2018 (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

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

READER’S EDITORIAL: COUNTY READIES TO DISRESPECT THE VOTERS—BIG TIME

 

Reprinted with permission from the Valley Roadrunner

By David Ross

May 10, 2018 (Valley Center) -- Anyone who knows me knows I generally turn up my nose at conspiracy theories. But there is something going on at the County’s planning department that is worthy of the word “conspiracy,” one that involves the ultimate disrespecting of the voters.

Unless I’m missing something, it also has the unspoken complicity of the lame duck members of the Board of Supervisors who will exit the board at the end of 2018.    Something this big could not be carried forward by the staff of County Planning and Development Services without their knowledge and tacit approval.

TUBERCULOSIS SCARE AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

May 10, 2018 (El Cajon) -- This is the time of year when students have final exams and graduation on their minds. But this May, students at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College are wondering if they have been exposed to tuberculosis at either campus.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD: ASIA SMITH IN SECOND PLACE MIDWAY THROUGH HEPTATHLON AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The freshman tied for first in the high jump

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 9, 2018 (Clovis) - Asia Smith finished the first day of the 2018 Mountain West Outdoor Championships in second place (out of 12) after completing four of the heptathlon’s seven events Wednesday evening at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif.

THE GARDEN HOSTING CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY ON MAY 19

 

Source: Helix Water District

May 9, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) -- The award-winning Water Conservation Garden will host Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday,    May 19, for customers of Helix Water District, the City of San Diego, Otay Water District and Sweetwater Authority.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIES FOR SEVENTH AT NCAA SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

 

Aztecs fall one stroke shy of sixth-place cutoff mark for national championships

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Mila Chaves finished a solo 12th at the San Francisco Regional on Wednesday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 9, 2018 (San Francisco) - Despite recording its highest placement ever in a regional tournament, the San Diego State women’s golf team fell just short in its bid for the first NCAA Championship appearance in program history after tying for seventh at the San Francisco Regional on Wednesday at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN TO BE SEPARATED FROM PARENTS, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SAYS IN VISIT TO SAN DIEGO BORDER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2018 (San Diego) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, visiting border communities in San Diego and Arizona in the past week, affirmed a zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally. He also made clear that no compassion will be shown to parents seeking a safe haven in America for their children, stating, “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

REPORT: CHARTER SCHOOLS TAKE $65.9 MILLION IN FUNDING ANNUALLY FROM STUDENTS IN SAN DIEGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

 

$142.6 million net loss in three Calif. districts, while student needs go unmet

East County News Service

May 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- In a first-of-its-kind analysis, researchers found that public school students are bearing the cost of charter schools’ rapid expansion in San Diego and other school districts throughout the state. 

The analysis, Breaking Point: The Cost of Charter Schools for Public School Districts, conducted by think tank In the Public Interest with Dr. Gordon Lafer, examines the cumulative effect of charter schools on California school districts, which rank 42nd nationwide in per pupil spending. 

PASSAGES: EMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER ROBERT GARDNER (1939-2018)

 

Update: A memorial service will be held on May 30th at the Garden Chapel at Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA 92113. Viewing will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.with the service itself from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

East County News Service

May 9, 2018 (El Cajon) - El Cajon resident Robert D. Gardner, a video producer honored with 28 Emmy awards, died of a heart attack on May 6th at his home.  President of Gardner Productions, he also worked at KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego for 17 years.

CALIFORNIA NOW FIFTH LARGEST ECONOMY IN WORLD

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- California now has the fifth largest economy in the world, surpassing Great Britain to rank above all other nations on earth except the United States, China, Japan and Germany.

The state’s economic production last year topped $2.7 trillion, fueled in large part by California’s high-tech industry.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 12-JUNE 14

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Taste of Julian, the Coyote Music Festival at Cuyamaca College, the Jukebox Kings in downtown El Cajon, a Salsa fiesta in Lemon Grove, Sherlock Holmes Final Adventure at Grossmont College, and the Manzanita High Rendezvous in Lake Morena.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Mother’s Day hike on Volcan Mountain in Julian, a salute to military families including kayaking and mountain biking at Lake Morena, a star party at Oakoasis in Lakeside, hiking in Flinn Springs, wilderness survival for families in Lake Morena, a bicycle ride and safety talk at Lindo Lakes in Lakeside, the Ramona Rodeo, the America on Main Street festival in El Cajon, Wild in the Country at Lions, Tigers and Bears in Alpine, Laurel and Hardy comedy night in Spring Valley, La Mesa’s Flag Day parade, a Secret Garden Party at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Fido Fest in Santee and Santee’s summer concert series.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT BLOCKED IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Lemon Grove Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Jones

May 8, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Lemon Grove's downtown redevelopment climate dampened last week, as the City Council blocked a plan to allow four and five story buildings throughout downtown. The infill plan for redevelopment passed on April 17, by a 4-1 vote. But it failed upon second reading on May 1, by a 3-2 vote.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF COMPLETES ROUND TWO AT NCAA SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL

 

Senior Mila Chaves tied for fourth individually; Aztecs just three shots behind cutoff line in 11th place

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Mila Chaves is tied for fourth after 36 holes at the San Francisco Regional.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

May 8, 2018 (San Francisco) - San Diego State’s Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay) fired a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday to lead the Aztec women’s golf team during the second round of the NCAA San Francisco Regional at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. With her score, the SDSU senior carded the squad’s lone red figure of the day, jumping into a seven-way tie for fourth place individually at 3-under 141 heading into Wednesday’s final round on the par-72, 6,369-yard track.

JORDAN VERDON TABBED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Verdon joins Chad Bible as only MW players to have won MW Player of the Week twice in 2018

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 8, 2018 (San Diego) - A day after earning Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, junior first baseman Jordan Verdon was named Mountain West Player of the Week after hitting three home runs and driving in 10 runs over four games last week. Verdon joins SDSU junior designated hitter Chad Bible as the only players in the Mountain West to have won Player of the Week twice this season.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

May 8, 2018 (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 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.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE PARTNER WITH SAN DIEGO PADRES ON DOUBLE PLAY PROMOTION; FREE CHICKEN SANDWICH WHEN THE TEAM COMPLETES A DOUBLE PLAY

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) – The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the two East County restaurants at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, are partnering with the San Diego Padres for a “Chick-fil-A Double-Play” promotion during the 2018 season at Petco Park.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

AUTHORS MAKING HOUSE CALLS: SAN DIEGAN HOSTS LAUNCH EVENT JUNE 10 FOR NOVEL NETWORK, FIRST NATIONAL REGISTRY TO CONNECT BOOK CLUBS WITH VISITING AUTHORS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Spirng Valley novelist Kate Quinn, New York Times best-selling author of  The Alice Network, will be among the writers at event

May 8, 2018 (San Diego) -- With more bricks and mortar booksellers closing their doors, authors are getting creative about marketing their books.  Making “house calls” to book clubs is not just a way to sell more books, though. It’s a great way to connect with readers who want meaningful discussion with their favorite authors. 

4.5 QUAKE RATTLES SOUTHERN CALIFONIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 8, 2018 (Cabazon) – If you awoke early this morning, you may have felt the earth move under your feet.  It wasn’t a bad dream.  A 4.5 earthquake struck at 4:49 a.m. 6.8 miles north of Cabazon, located about 20 miles northwest of Palm Springs in east Riverside County.

The quake was measured at 8.6 miles below the earth’s surface, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

Many small aftershocks have also been reported. There are no immediate reports of damage.

SANTEE GYM HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2018 (Santee) – Champion Gymnastics and Cheer (10580 Prospect Ave., Santee) will host a free open house Saturday, May 19 from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate its anniversary. 

The public is invited for tours of the facility offering lessons in gymnastics, cheer, tumbling, parkour, and dance plus laser tag, birthday parties, summer camp and a CHAMPS meetup group. There will be free use of the gym, a bounce house, foam pit, hotdogs, popcorn and beverages, plus karaoke and prizes.

For more information, call (619) 449-7717 or visit www.cgcchamps.com. If you sign up for a class, you can also get 50% off the first month’s tuition.

MOTHER’S DAY HIKE AND MORE THIS MONTH AT COUNTY PARKS

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – County Parks are offering a variety of recreational opportunities coming up in East County, including a Mother’s Day hike on Volcan Mountain in Julian, a salute to military families including kayaking and mountain biking at Lake Morena, a star party at Oakoasis in Lakeside, hiking in Flinn Springs, wilderness survival for families in Lake Morena, and a bicycle ride and safety talk at Lindo Lakes in Lakeside. For details, scroll down.

BLOOD DRIVE MAY 26 AT SANTEE STREET FAIR

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2018 (Santee) – One in seven people entering a hospital needs blood. One pint of blood, the amount volunteer give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives.  Around 38% of people in the U.S. are eligible to donate blood, but less than 10% do so annually.  You can help by donating blood during the Santee Street Fair on Saturday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 3:30. The fair is located at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.  (View map and event details.)

ART ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR “MASTERS OF THE MOMENT” JURIED SHOW

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2018 (El Cajon) – East County Art Association in El Cajon seeks entries for its “Masters of the Moment” juried art show, which will run June 1-July 13 at the Olaf Wieghorst Gallery in El Cajon. Entries will be accepted in these media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache, collage, ink, pencil, mixed media, and photography.

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