Federal judge rules action violates Constitutional rights of detained immigrants
By Miriam Raftery
October 19, 2017 (San Diego) – A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the Trump administration has violated the rights of a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant detained in Texas by refusing to allow her to have an abortion. The Trump administration has appealed. “Failure to comply with this order may result in a finding of contempt,” wrote D.C. Circuit Judge Tanya Chutkan.
October 19, 2017 (San Diego) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 932 authorizing suspension of state and local building standards for three years upon declaration of a shelter crisis in specified areas, including the City of San Diego, in order to create homeless shelters on an emergency basis.
October 19, 2017 (Lakeside) -- Lake Jennings – the lake, not the campground -- will be closed to all activities, including fishing and boating, from October 30 to November 16 so Helix Water District can study the lake’s hydraulics.
October 5, 2017 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to join our East County Dining Club in a “Feast from the East” at Himalayan Cuisine (7918 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa) on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. The restaurant features delicious foods from Nepal, India and Tibet.
For this event, you can order food and drinks off the extensive exotic and affordable menu, plus we’ll have a wealth of prizes. View the delicious menu options: www.HimalayanCuisineOne.com.
You can pay at the door for this event, but please RSVP early to reserve space—our last two events sold out! RVSP to reserve space: (619)698-7617 or email email@example.com .
The restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds to benefit East County Magazine and East County Wildfires & Alerts. More delicious details:
Update October 19, 2017: The man killed while standing beside his disabled vehicle has been identified as Cesar Duenas, 55.
By Miriam Raftery
October 18, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A Lexus driver struck and killed a disabled motorist who was on the shoulder of State Route 94 at the Lemon Grove off ramp at 5:50 p.m. yesterday. A tow truck driver, 39, from Santee who was assisting the disabled motorist also was struck and sustained minor injuries.
October 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed Senate Bill 649, a bill by State Senator Ben Hueso, a San Diego Democrat whose district includes large portions of rural East County. The bill would have allowed wireless technology companies to install 5G mini and micro cell sites on any government-owned property without county or city oversight.
October 17, 2017 (San Diego) – The County of San Diego has released a map showing the number of Hepatitis A cases by zip code.
By far the largest share of the county’s 490 cases have occurred in San Diego’s 92101 zip code, which has had 81 people diagnosed. But cases have been diagnosed across the region, and some East County communities have high clusters of the contagious illness.
October 17, 2017 (San Diego) – A contracted firefighter from Missouri has died in Napa Valley after the water truck he was driving overturned. Fatigue may have been a factor, according to Cal Fire.
Richard Edwords, a contracted water truck driver from Alpine on the scene in Napa, has been sending photos documenting his experience in the fires to East County Magazine, including poignant notes of thanks, such as this one (right):
October 17, 2017 (Dulzura) — A San Diego man, 56, was killed in a collision today on State Route 94 east of Dulzura. He was riding a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound when his vehicle crossed the center double yellow lines and struck the left front of an International truck/tractor combination vehicle driven by a 30-year-old San Diego man.
Photo: Rep. Duncan Hunter and challengers Ammar Campa-Najjar and Josh Butner
October 17, 2017 (San Diego) -- The latest campaign fundraising data available through the Federal Elections Commission revealsthat two strong Democratic challengers to Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, at least from a financial standpoint, have emerged in the 50th Congressional district: Ammar Campa-Najjar and Josh Butner.
October 17, 2017 (San Carlos) --Rabbi Rafi Andrusier of Chabad of East County will recount 2000 years of Jewish history through the lens of six epic debates that rocked the Jewish world and still resound powerfully today.Beginning Tuesday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m., Chabad will be offering a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Great Debates in Jewish History.
October 15, 2017 (Cuyamaca) -- The Green Fire is 75 percent contained at eight acres as of 10:30 a.m., Cal Fire reports. The grass fire began yesterday afternoon near the Green Valley Falls campground area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, not far from State Route 79.
A witness, who asked that his name not be published, told East County Magazine that he and his wife were hiking on the Harvey Moore Trail moments before the fire started and saw several people in the meadow. Arriving at the parking lot and learning of the fire, the witness says the saw the people -- a couple and a third inidividual, get into an SUV and drive away.
Supporters of medical marijuana delivery invited to Oct. 16 meeting
By Miriam Raftery
October 15, 2017 (Santee) – On October 12th, the San Diego County Sheriff’s department targeted medical marijuana delivery services in a sting operation. Six arrests were made, including one driver who was a registered sex offender, the Sheriff’s department reports. The Santee station’s COPPS unit ordered purchases through online sources using delivery drivers within Santee’s city limits, a violation of the city’s municipal code.
October 14, 2017 (El Cajon) –“The unimaginable destruction of the ongoing northern California wildfires that have taken homes, schools, and lives has proven devastating to thousands upon thousands of families,” says Nancy Padilla, one of three East County women organizing a caravan of relief supplies to help fire survivors. “The daily images from this historic disaster have been both heartbreaking and terrifying, leaving those affected with literally nothing in the way of personal possessions. This week we will be collecting much needed supplies that will be transported by us to the affected area next weekend, and hope that many of our friends and supporters will be able to contribute to our efforts. Every little bit will help, and however much you can spare, in whatever form you give it, is meaningful and will make a difference,” she adds.
October 14, 2017 (San Diego) — Governor Jerry Brown today issued an emergency proclamation to allow California to increase its supply of the hepatitis A vaccine in order to control the growing outbreak.
October 14, 2017 (Buckman Springs) – A 61-year-old woman driving south on Buckman Springs Road south of Lake Morena Drive Thursday at 3:30 p.m. missed a curve and her vehicle spun out of control. The vehicle overturned and the motorist, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and killed.
October 14, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence. To shed light on this epidemic and reduce the number of lives lost, the El Cajon Police Department wants to draw public attention to National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-21.
October 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – An outburst and verbal kerfuffle between El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and Councilman Ben Kalasho at the end of Tuesday’s El Cajon City Council meeting almost overshadowed an earlier unified 5-0 decision to ban outdoor growing of marijuana by individuals and increase penalties for illegal commercial marijuana dispensaries and commercial growing facilities within the city limits of El Cajon.
Update October 16, 2017: The death toll is now at least 41, following death of a water truck driver.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo, left: Courtesy of Cal Fire
October 12, 2017 (San Diego)—The complex of nearly two dozen firestorms raging across northern California have now collectively surpassed in deadliness the 2003 Cedar Fire, which killed 16 people in San Diego County.
At least 31 people are now confirmed dead across northern California and the toll will likely climb higher, with hundreds of people still missing and dozens of official searchers combing the rubble of burned homes and businesses with dog teams, searching for bodies.
October 12, 2017 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 442, which aims to help make residential swimming pools safer. It requires new safety features for new pools and pools undergoing major repairs or remodeling, a well as disclosure of pool safety problems when a home is sold.
Drowning is currently the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in Califorinia. Drowning is a silent killer and only takes less than a couple minutes. Hospital records in California show for every fatal pool drowning there are five other near-drowning incidents resulting in hospitalization, with brain injury due to asphyxiation (lack of oxygen to the brain) being the main cause of the hospitalization.
October 11, 2017 (San Diego) – Carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer drug 5,000 times stronger than heroin, is turning up in street drugs marketed as opoid narcotic painkillers such as Oxycodone, as well as in tainted heroin.
The drug is so deadly that just a couple of granules the size of salt crystals will cause death, even with medical intervention, authorities warn. It’s turning up in street drugs locally and nationally, including drugs sold by dealers and on the Internet’s dark web—and deaths are skyrocketing as a result.
October 10, 2017 (Las Vegas) – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Slide Fire Solutions, LP, manufacturer of the bump stock device used by the mass shooter in Las Vegas to convert a semi-automatic weapon to “functional equivalent of a machine gun, thereby evading longstanding federal law,” according to a press release issued by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
By Vinny Lavalsiti and Matthew Ochoa, reprinted with permission from The Summit at Grossmont College
Images: property of The Summit and Grossmont College's Graphic design program
October 10, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Martha Amezcua was nine when she came to the United States, and she didn't know a lick of English, creating a hefty language barrier between her and her classmates once she enrolled in school. Her silence, because of the language barrier, led to a lot bullying.
October 10, 2017 (San Diego) — Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 54, the “sanctuary state” measure aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants in California. In his signing statement, Brown says, “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day.”
October 8, 2017 (San Diego) – The City of El Cajon will be reholding public hearings on filing liens against city residents over unpaid bills for trash removal services provided by Waste Management. That decision comes after Councilman Ben Kalasho voted in favor of filing the liens after Waste Management paid $2500 in membership fees to a chamber of commerce that he founded and which his wife headed up since his election to the City Council.
October 10, 2017 (Lakeside) – Sometimes, retrieving has its pitfalls. After a three-year-old golden retriever got his head stuck under a brick wall while chasing a ball, Lakeside firefighters came to the rescue.
The crew from Engine 2 freed the trapped dog which seemed no worse for the wear. “Upon release, he resumed chasing the ball,” Lakeside Fire reported on its Twitter feed.
By Miriam Raftery, East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts Service
Photo: Skott Dehla Crozz on Brush Fire Partyline's Facebook Page
October 9, 2017 (Tecate) – A brush fire is burning just south of the border in Tecate, Cal Fire Captain Isaac Sanchez advised in a phone interview with East County Magazine. Cal Fire has positioned resources on the U.S. side of the border to prepare in case the blaze crosses over.
“I've seen 4 fire trucks heading out the 94,” Candie Wemple said in an email to East County Magazine. Posts on social media indicate black smoke is visible from Campo, Potrero and Barrett Junction.