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TWO-CARD BALLOT FOR NOV. 6 ELECTION REQUIRES 71 CENTS POSTAGE FOR MAIL-IN VOTERS

LAKESIDE FIRE BOARD CANDIDATES RESPOND TO QUESTIONS

SAVOR SCOTTISH CUISINE AND BREWS WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB SEPT. 26 AT FOURPENNY HOUSE IN LA MESA

SDG&E’S FIREFIGHTING AIR-CRANE NOW STATIONED IN EAST COUNTY YEAR-ROUND

KALASHO SERVED WITH FEDERAL LAWSUIT AT EL CAJON COUNCIL MEETING

KENDRICK-KALASHO RACE HEATS UP

JULIAN SCRAPS APPLE DAYS FESTIVAL, REPLACES WIITH HARVEST CELEBRATIONS

LA MESA VOTERS TO DECIDE ON MARIJUANA BUSINESS TAXES: BABER PROPOSES COUNCIL ALSO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL ADULT USE

FREE 45TH LA MESA OKTOBERFEST IS GETTING READY TO OOMPAH WITH TWO STAGES OF NON-STOP MUSIC SEPT. 28-30

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CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TOUR MIGRANT CHILDREN DETENTION FACIITY IN EL CAJON, DENOUNCE SEPARATION FROM PARENTS

 

 

Protest planned Saturday downtown

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

Photo: Congressman Juan Vargas, right, and Congresswoman Susan Davis, left, arrive at child detention facility in El Cajon.

June 18, 2018 (El Cajon, CA) – San Diego Congressional members Susan Davis and Juan Vargas joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic members of the Hispanic Caucus in touring three local facilities holding child immigrants, including a fenced facility in EL Cajon with 65 migrant boys, 10 percent of whom were forcibly separated from their parents by the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting all undocumented parents.  In the past six weeks, the federal government has acknowledged taking away over 2,000 children from parents at the border, including infants and toddlers.

“The United States should have a zero tolerance policy for the immoral treatment of children,” said Rep. Davis (CA-53), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee whose district includes part of El Cajon. “We are a nation of values and we ask our men and women in uniform to defend those values every day. This policy is in no way consistent with those values.”

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY GETS CHILLY JULIAN RECEPTION

 

By Ken Stone, originally published at Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

June 18, 2018 (Julian) - Julian residents Lori Foss and Patricia Van Natta stood quietly in a heating-up helicopter hangar Thursday, watching their East County supervisor and Cal Fire chief boast of backcountry fire readiness.

SANTEE ACTIVISTS HOLD TWO PETITION DRIVES THIS SUNDAY ON TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK INITIATIVE AND PETITION TO STOP GAS PIPELINE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 June 17, 2018 (Santee) – Activists in Santee are spending Father’s Day  gathering signatures on two petitions on issues impacting Santee and Mission Trails Regional Park areas.   

 The first aims to put the Santee General Plan Initiative on the ballot to require voter approval of development projects larger than the general plan currently allows.  The second calls on the California Public Utilities Commission to halt SDG&E’s proposed gas pipeline. Click links in this paragraph to read ECM’s prior articles on these issues.  Below are details on where you can find petition gathers and rallies: 

PLANS FOR PROPOSED DOWNTOWN EL CAJON CREMATION FACILITY GOING UP IN SMOKE

 

 

Update June 30, 2018: El Cajon Planning Commission again denied the Conditional Use Permit sought by El Cajon Mortuary and Cremation Service to build a crematorium at its existing site near El Cajon’s city center. The vote was 3-0 at the June 19 meeting, with commission members Mroz and Longoria absent. For details, click here.

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Photo, left, by Paul Kruze:  Mortuary, shown on right.

 June 16, 2018 (El Cajon) -- A downtown El Cajon mortuary owner’s plans to add a crematorium to his existing mortuary business was upended on Thursday when the City of El Cajon Planning Commission staff recommended that the Planning Commission deny his application for a second time.

WASTE MANAGEMENT DRIVER TURNS FOUND KITTEN OVER TO NEWLY OPENED EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER, ADOPTS KITTEN

 

Source:  Waste Management

June 15, 2018 (El Cajon) - A kitten who narrowly escaped death is now safe and sound in his new home, after being adopted by the Waste Management driver who rescued him.

In March, East County Waste Management driver Michael Cabrera was ending his shift with his routine safety inspection of his truck, when he noticed a cardboard box stuck in the grate of the truck’s compactor blade. Inside was a tiny kitten, with his umbilical cord still attached.

HONEY SMACKS CEREAL AND PRE-CUT MELONS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 June 15, 2018 (San Diego) – The Kellogg Company has announced a recall of Honey Smacks cereal, which is linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 70 people  in 31 states, including California.

 In addition, the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that pre-cut melons in California and other states have been recalled due to a separate salmonella outbreak. Melons were sold in major outlets including Walmart , Sprouts and Trader Joes. Read more on recalled melons here.

NEW SIGNS INSTALLED ALONG SR-15 TO KEEP CARS OUT OF MTS BUS-ONLY LANES

 

East County News Service

June 14, 2018 (San Diego) -- New signs have been installed leading into median of State Route 15 (SR-15) between Interstate 805 (I-805) and Interstate 8 (I-8). The signs are aimed to remind motorists, transit riders and other travelers to stay out of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) bus-only lanes.

ELECTRIC SHOCK: SDG&E WANTS HEFTY RATE HIKES

 

 

Hearings planned in San Diego June 26 and 28

By Miriam Raftery

June 15, 2018 (San Diego) — Ratepayers may be in for an unpleasant shock.  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for an 11% increase next year and increases of 6.9%, 5.1% and 4.9% in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

JUDGE ALLOWS CHALLENGE TO SAN DIEGO’S TICKETING OF HOMELESS IN RVS AND OTHER VEHICLES

 

 

East County News Service

June 13, 2018 (Sacramento) – A U.S. District Court issued a ruling  on June 8th denying the city of San Diego’s motion to dismiss disability discrimination claims made in a lawsuit that challenges the ticketing of homeless people in RVs and other vehicles.

2 POPULAR SUVS SHOW MAJOR RISKS TO OCCUPANTS IN CRASH TESTS, GET UNACCEPTABLE RATINGS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2018 (Arlington, Va.) — Two of the best-selling mid-size SUVs were found to have serious and life-threatening safety problems for passengers and drivers including head injuries in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

MISSING MAN WITH MEMORY LOSS IN LAKESIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2018 (Lakeside) – Lakeside Sheriff’s Department seeks help to find Bobby G. Applewhite, 69, who went missing yesterday at noon in lakeside. He has memory loss and is unfamiliar with the area.

He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt with black vertical stripes, brown Docker shorts, a tan boonie-style hat and Velcro sandals with long white socks,

SAN DIEGO-BASED INTERNATIONAL RELIEF TEAMS RESPOND TO VICTIMS OF DEADLY VOLCANO ERRUPTION IN GUATEMALA

 

 

Source: International Rescue Committee

Donate to help the IRC’s effort to help volcano victims. Click here.

June 11, 2018 (San Diego) -- San Diego-based International Relief Teams (IRT) is supplying relief aid to victims of the devastating volcano eruption in Guatemala. The Fuego volcano pushed high-velocity flows of gas, ash, and lava down its slopes, destroying villages in its wake and killing at least 110 people. Hundreds are still missing and thousands are displaced. The volcano continues to erupt and more evacuations have been ordered.

G-7 ALLIES SAY TRUMP BACKED OUT OF AGREEMENT IN TWEETSTORM HOURS LATER

 

 

Does photo released by Germany’s Chancellor show a bold president standing up for U.S. interests, or a petulant outsider betraying America’s strongest allies and being scolded by a powerful woman leader?  It all depends on your perspective.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jesco Denzel, posted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel via Instagram

June 12, 2018 (Berlin) – Hours after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced at a news conference that leaders of all seven nations at the G-7 summit signed a communique agreeing on a broad range of economic and foreign policy goals, a statement affirmed other allied leaders, President Donald Trump sent tweets aboard Air Force One blasting apart the reputed deal. Trump accused Trudeau of “false statements” and said he has instructed Congress “not to endorse the Communique.”

Further frustrating allies, Trump also called for Russia to be readmitted to the G-7. Russia was kicked out for its backing of the Crimean invasion, a violating of international law, the New York Times reports.

THE MOSQUITOES ARE COMING - HELP FIGHT THE BITE!

 

By Allison Bray, Environmental Health Specialist, County of San Diego Vector Control

June 11, 2018 (San Diego) -- Mosquito season is here once again; are you ready? San Diego is home to mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus, as well as to a recent invader, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Aedes aegypti is non-native and has been spreading throughout San Diego County since at least 2015. It can transmit viruses that cause serious diseases including dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Fortunately, there have been no locally-acquired mosquito-transmitted cases of these diseases in the county. Two other invasive Aedes mosquitoes have also been detected in the county, Aedes albopictus and Aedes notoscriptus; collectively, all three are called “invasive Aedes.

NEW PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS WHO FREQUENTLY USE ERS

 

June 11, 2018 (San Diego) - The County is looking for 1,049 chronically homeless people who frequently use emergency rooms for medical treatment, resulting in high Medi-Cal costs.

These people, identified in 2016, are being sought to be a part of Whole Person Wellness, a County program that will help them find a home and give them access to behavioral and physical health services, saving millions in Medi-Cal costs.

EL CAJON POLICE TO CONDUCT PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY ENFORCEMENT DETAILS STARTING JUNE 22

 

East County News Service

City has had 20 fatalities and 205 injury collisions with pedestrians in the past three years

June 11, 2018 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations in the month of June, focusing on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots, while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users, says Lieutenant Steve Kirk.

BRUSH FIRE IN CAMPO

 

Update June 12, 2018 9:45 a.m. -- Church Road is reopened. The fire is 70% contained with forward spread stopped.

Update 7 p.m.:  Cal Fire reports the Church Fire is actually 2 fires, one that burned 9 acres and the other a spot fire at one acre. Forward spread has been stopped and the combined blaze is 30% contained.  Church Road remains closed from Highway 94 to Old Highway 80. One structure has been threatened and the resident self-evacuated. Crews remain on scene mopping up the fires.

June 11, 2018 (Campo) 3:25 p.m. -- Cal Fire reports a 4 acre brush fire, #ChurchIC, in Campo.

CHP has ordered a closure of Church Road at Old Highway 80, where the fire was reported a short time ago near the Golden Acorn Casino. The incident commander reports a structural threat and says the fire is burning at a moderate rate of spread.

MORE CRASHES TIED TO CONCRETE BLOCKS CHP SAYS WERE LEFT INTENTIONALLY ON I-8 NEAR ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 10, 2018 (Alpine) – California Highway Patrol seeks public help to find a person or persons who have been leaving 60-pound concrete parking blocks as well as cinder blocks on Interstate 8 near Alpine. Numerous vehicles have been damaged this year, starting in January. The most recent incidents occurred Saturday shortly after midnight, when eight to ten vehicles were damaged or disabled.

GUN GROUP HELD TEACHER TRAINING CLASS ON FIREARMS, THOUGH STATE LAW BANS TEACHERS FROM HAVING GUNS ON CAMPUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

June 11, 2018 (San Diego) – Nationally, the debate over how to stop school shootings has included proposals ranging from tighter gun control laws to arming teachers.  Some states have allowed the latter, but not California, where a new state law effective January 1st prohibits bringing guns on campus statewide except for law enforcement personnel, educational or sports uses. 

Despite this legal impediment, the San Diego County Gun Owners, a political action committee, held a firearms training class for teachers on Sunday at Discount Gun Mart in San Diego. According to ECM news partner 10 News, about a dozen attendees showed up.

CAL FIRE: 12 NORTHERN CA WILDFIRES CAUSED BY PG&E POWER LINES: EIGHT CASES SENT TO DISTRICT ATTORNEYS FOR ALLEGED CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS

 

East County News Service

June 8, 2018 (Sacramento) -- After extensive and thorough investigations, CAL FIRE investigators have determined that 12 Northern California wildfires in the October 2017 Fire Siege were caused by electric power and distribution lines, conductors and the failure of power poles. Cal Fire has referred cases in eight fires to local District Attorneys to consider criminal prosecutions.

NEW ENERGY PRICING PLANS ADD MORE CHOICE AND CONTROL FOR CUSTOMERS

 

Five reasons to consider switching to a Time of Use plan

East County News Service

June 7, 2018  (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) new Time of Use (TOU) pricing plans are giving residents more choices and control over their energy bills. These plans offer savings for customers who can shift some of their energy use outside the higher cost on-peak hours of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. According to an SDG&E press release:

EL CAJON MAN DIES AFTER CRASH IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – El Cajon resident Clyde Ray Chappell, 58, died at Sharp Memorial. from blunt force injuries suffered in a vehicle accident that occurred on June 2nd

Chappell was the rear passenger of a vehicle traveling north on State Route 67 through Lakeside when the driver lost control approaching Winter Gardens Blvd. The vehicle left the roadway and Chappell was ejected.

Witnesses called 9-1-1 and first responders transported the victim to Sharp Memorial, a trauma center, where despite aggressive resuscitative efforts, he was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. on June 3rd.

HIKER, 20, FROM LEMON GROVE DIES AT THREE SISTERS FALLS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2018 (Cleveland National Forest)—Nathalie Reed, a 20-year-old woman from Lemon Grove, died last night on at Three Sisters Falls in Cleveland National Forest.

Reed was hiking with a friend when her friend saw that she had become dehydrated and hypothermic. Reed fell into bushes and a bystander called 911, the Medical Examiner's report states.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call for help from Cal-Fire at 5:49 p.m. . Medical personnel along with deputies and a Sheriff’s helicopter arrived to find the victim was deceased, Sg. Chris Galve reports.

BRUSH FIRE IN CAMPO PROMPTS EVACUATION WARNINGS

 

Update June 8, 2018 11 a.m. -- Cause of the fire has been determined to be a campfire on private land. The fire is now 85% contained.

Update June 7, 2018 10 a.m. -- Cal Fire reports the fire is holding at 265 acres and is now 30% contained. 

Update 4:30 p.m.: The fire is now 265 acres and 5% contaiued with forward spread stop. Evacuations have been lifted but a soft closure remains at La Posta Rd., Cal Fire reports.

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark Siegmund, who called 911 to report the fire.

June 6, 2018 (Campo) – Cal Fire reports a fire called the #RecycleFire has burned 150 acres in Campo, prompting evacuation warnings for residents on North Campo Truck Trail.  The blaze is 0% contained.

The fire has caused closure of La Posta Road at State Route 94. The fire was reported at 10:24 a.m. in the 31000 block of highway 94.

REPUBLICANS SWEEP FOUR SAN DIEGO COUNTYWIDE ELECTIONS

 

Story and photos by Jonathan Goetz

June 6, 2018 (San Diego) – It was a strong night for Republicans running countywide in San Diego yesterday. The GOP swept all four countywide seats on the ballot June 5, 2018.

East County Magazine met up with all four winners at Golden Hall, and received some of their reactions as early results arrived at Golden Hall, Election Central.

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