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CITY WARNS KALASHO OVER LEGAL VIOLATIONS USING CITY LOGO AND EMAIL ADDRESS FOR CAMPAIGNING

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Manager Graham Mitchell has sent a second letter again warning Councilman Ben Kalasho to cease illegal use of the city’s official seal/logo on his campaign materials.

The letter states that Kalasho is violating FPPC state ethics laws as well as possibly violating Government Code section 8314. The city’s municipal code also prohibits use of the city logo by officials for non-official city business. Kalasho was previously warned in August and again in September, after complaints were lodged, says Mitchell.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK DRIVER WHO HIT AND SERIOUSLY INJURED CHILD

 

ECM photographer who aided victim gives eyewitness account of accident he calls "heartbreaking," calls for more funds for police to enforce traffic laws

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Suspect vehicle, from surveillance footage

Update October 5, 2018 -- An arrest has been made in this case.  Read details here. 

October 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – A 9-year-old boy on a bicycle was hit and seriously injured this morning while crossing an intersection at Main Street and Sunshine Avenue. Police are seeking a woman described by witnesses as possibly blond and driving a blue hatchback or SUV, possibly a Honda Fit, who fled the scene of the accident.

ECM photographer Robert Gehr was walking home from the post office between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when he saw the boy ride past him, press a button and wait for the green light, then ride across the intersection. He witnessed the vehicle strike the child.

JUDGE, CITING RACISM BEHIND TRUMP’S ORDER TO REMOVE NONWHITE IMMIGRANTS, TEMPORARILY BLOCKS DEPORTATIONS OF HAITIANS, SUDANESE AND CENTRAL AMERICANS WITH PROTECTED STATUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 3, 2018 (San Francisco) – U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco has temporarily blocked an order by the Trump Administration to revoke the legal status of over 300,000 immigrants who had been granted temporary protection in the U.S.  after fleeing violence and natural disasters in Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Some have lived in the U.S. for over 20 years.  The order also protects children who are U.S. citizens, whose parents have been ordered deported.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS: FOUR CANDIDATES VIE FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Dave Myers, Bill Baber, Akilah Weber and Guy McWhirter

 

September 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Councilmembers Bill Baber and Guy McWhirter are running on their records. Their challengers, retired Sheriff’s commander Dave Myers and physician Akilah Weber, are running on the slogan “Elect a cop and a doc.” East County Magazine sat down with all four candidates on our radio show, originally aired on KNSJ. 

Key issues in La Mesa include affordable housing and development vs. community character, downtown revitalization, crime and public safety, public health,  marijuana regulations, the city’s climate action plan, and a potential new library.

You can click the audio links to hear each interview, and scroll down for highlights. Candidates are listed in the order that they scheduled their interviews.

Audio: 

Interview with Dave Myers, La Mesa City Council candidate 2018
Interview with Bill Baber, La Mesa City Councilmember on candidacy 2018
Interview with Dr. Akilah Weber, La Mesa City Council candidate 2018
Interview with Guy McWhirter, La Mesa City Councilmember on candidacy 2018

WASHINGTON POST GIVES DUNCAN HUNTER AD FOUR PINNOCHIOS; HIT RIVAL WITH NAKED 'ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS'

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Screenshot from Duncan Hunter campaign ad suggests that Ammar Campa-Najjar’s father said “They deserved to die,” referring to Israelis killed in 1972 Olympic attack. Image via Youtube.com

October 1, 2018 (San Diego) - Rep. Duncan Hunter’s YouTube ad attacking his Democratic rival has received four Pinocchios — the worst rating, used for “whoppers” — from The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker column.

KALASHO ACCUSED OF THREATENING PROCESS SERVER WITH ATTACK DOG

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Ben and Jessica Kalasho

October 2, 2018 (El Cajon) – A process server has filed a report with El Cajon Police (incident #938) accusing Councilman Ben Kalasho of threatening him with an attack dog on September 26th.

According to an email sent by Knox Services, the process server company, to attorney Jennifer Hasso, the threat occurred while a process server was attempting to serve Jessica Kalasho, the Councilman’s wife, at their residence regarding a civil lawsuit in which the Kalashos are accused of harassing and defaming multiple plaintiffs. ECM has viewed a copy of that letter with the police incident number.

PASSAGES: PAUL JACOB, SUPERVISOR JACOB'S HUSBAND, A COMMUNITY LEADER WHO IMPROVED FIRE SAFETY IN JAMUL (1937-2018)

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Paul Jacob at YMCA Branding held at his ranch

September 30, 2018 (Jamul) – Paul Ernest Jacob, 80, a Jamul community leader, retired Naval aviator and husband of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, died September 23rd of Parkinson’s disease. Dedicated to improving fire safety for his community, he provided his ranch for use as an emergency shelter and fire operations hub during wildfires.

He was also a founding member of the Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group and was devoted to the East County YMCA. He helped organize “The Branding,” a fundraising gala held at the Jacob ranch for 14 years, raising over $1.5 million for local Y programs.

Deerhorn Valley Antler editor  Kim Hamilton says Paul Jacob was “beloved” by their neighbors, adding, “He and his wife, Dianne, were the backbone of the community we know and call home today.”

SANTEE CANDIDATE FORUMS SET FOR OCT. 4 AND 9: READ ABOUT THE 7 CANDIDATES RUNNING

 

 

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (Santee) – Santee's Council races have attracted seven candidates for three seats, drawing strong public interest following a heated Council meeting recently over the future of growth and development in the community.  Scroll down for details on two candidate forums, as well as information on all candidates in the race.

Two candidate forums are slated on October 4th and 9th for Santee City Council candidates running in districts 1, 2 and 3:

Thursday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m. at Carlton Oaks Golf Club Crest Room, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee

Tuesday, October 9, 6 p.m. at Pride Academy School, 9303 Prospect Dr., Santee

THIRD MENINGOCOCCAL CASE AT SDSU, COUNTY DECLARES OUTBREAK

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Neisseria Meningitidis via Photomic

September 29, 2018 (San Diego) - For the second time this semester, a San Diego State University undergraduate student has been hospitalized with serogroup B meningococcal disease, prompting the San Diego County public health officer to determine an outbreak on campus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

HURRICANE ROSA TO BRING RAIN STARTING SUNDAY: BEACH HAZARDS STARTING SATURDAY AND FLASH FLOOD WARNING ISSUED

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2018 (San Diego) – Remnants of Hurricane Rosa in the Pacific will bring rain to our region late Sunday, particularly in the mountain and desert areas.  A beach hazard warning is in effect Saturday evening through Monday night due to rip tides and waves up to seven feet.  A flash flood warning Monday morning through Tuesday night is in effect for many desert areas in California including Ocotillo and other Imperial County areas as well as Arizona deserts.

NATIONAL WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST POSTPONED TO OCT. 3

 

No reason to become alarmed. Your mobile phone will emit a special tone and vibrate as it receives an emergency test message on Oct. 3.  It is part of a nationwide test by the Federal Emergency Management Agency of Wireless Emergency Alerts systems to assess its effectiveness.

TOBY THE T-REX HAS NEW HILLTOP HOME IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos provided by Jeff Phair

September 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Last week,  San Diego Union-Tribune writer Karen Pearlman posted a photo of a Tyrannosaurus Rex metal sculpture that mysteriously appeared in La Mesa at the future site of the La Mesa Summit Estates, raising the question of why the giant dinosaur statue had suddenly shown up in the Jewel of the Hills, as La Mesa is known.

NEW DUNCAN HUNTER AD: DEMOCRATIC FOE IS ‘SECURITY RISK’ TIED TO MUSLIM TERRORISTS

 

 

Video attacking Campa-Najjar, a Christian, is denounced as false “hate-mongering”

By Ken Stone

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo: Screen shot from Duncan Hunter campaign ad suggests that Ammar Campa-Najjar’s father said “They deserved to die,” referring to Israelis killed in 1972 Olympic attack. Image via YouTube.com

September 28, 2018 (San Diego) - A new 30-second commercial, appearing on Rep. Duncan Hunter’s YouTube channel and shared via Twitter, depicts his Democratic opponent as a security risk bankrolled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

SENATE JUDICIARY ADVANCES KAVANAUGH NOMINATION TO SENATE FLOOR DESPITE SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS FROM THREE WOMEN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (center), Prof. Christine Blasey Ford (left), and  Julie Swetnick (right), who holds high-level security clearances and accused Kavanaugh of “gang rape” but was not allowed to testify

September 28, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a party line vote with all Republicans in favor, voted today to send controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote next week.

The action came after an emotional day of testimony in which accuser Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape and Kavanaugh denied the allegations in anger-laced and tearful testimony.  The committee leadership refused to allow testimony by two other accusers, including one accusing Kavanaugh of “gang rape,” or by any witnesses who might have corroborated or disputed the accounts.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake cast a key vote to advance the matter out of committee, but said he will not vote for Kavanaugh on the Senate Floor  unless that vote is delayed a week and an FBI investigation of the sexual assault allegations is conducted. However there is no assurance that Senate Leader Mitch McConnell will delay the vote scheduled for Tuesday, if he has enough votes for passage without the delay.

OCT. 16 HEARING ON EAST COUNTY TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER EXPANSION PROPOSAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Pastor Harold Brown, ECTLC, during holiday party for homeless children

September 27, 2018 (El Cajon) – The East County Transitional Living Center proposes to expand by adding two new buildings to its facility at 1527 East Main Street. The plan. submitted by Pastor Harold Brown, would add 48 beds to the center, which assists homeless people transition off the streets.

HONDA DRIVER AND PASSENGER KILLED IN LAKESIDE CRASH

 

SIG Alert issued; Wildcat Canyon Rd. closed at Willows Rd.

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2018 (Lakeside) – A collision on Wildcat Canyon Road this morning has resulted in two fatalities. A 21-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man, both from El Cajon, died after they were ejected from a 1992 Honda Accord that struck a 2013 Porsche Cayenne.

According to the CHP, the Honda was traveling south on Wildcat Canyon north of Willow Road at a high speed when the Honda struck a concrete curb. The driver veered left, directly into the path of the Porsche, which was driven by a Santee woman, 43.

“The two vehicles collided broadside,” said Officer Travis Garrow. “The force of the impact split the Honda in half.”

LANDING AT THE CORNER OF NORTH PARK AND HELL: MEMORY OF 40 YEARS AGO ON THE ANNIVERSARY DAY

 

By John Rippo, ESPRESSO Café Newspaper

Photo:  Wreckage of PSA flight 182, San Diego Air and Space Museum (public domain image)

September 26, 2018 (San Diego) -- I drove a fellow USD student back to his room in North Park in the late morning. He was stunned, bewildered and not altogether there after a 727 crashed on the street he lived in. In the back of his Subaru truck, a burned man's shoe lodged behind the jump seats. In the shoe was a burned, bloody and crushed foot. I volunteered to drive him home---and carry the shoe to Saint Augustine High School, which became a temporary morgue that day.

RECALLED GROUND BEEF WAS SOLD AT MAJOR RETAIL STORES

 

East County News Service

September 26, 2018 (San Diego) – The U.S. Department of Agricultural and Cargill Meat Solutions have recalled over 132,000 pounds of ground beef products sold at major retailers nationwide. In California, stores that sold the tainted meat include Target, Vons, Safeway/Albertson’s, Central Meat & Provision Co. in San Diego, and Pak N Save.

SENATOR FROM SAN DIEGO COUNTY REPRIMANDED FOR THREATENING TO 'BITCH SLAP' A LOBBYIST

 

By Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

Photo:  State Sen. Joel Anderson, Republican of Alpine. Photo by Robbie Short for CALmatters.

September 26, 2018 (San Diego) - State Sen. Joel Anderson was at least a little tipsy and rubbing a lobbyist’s shoulders during a political fundraiser at a steakhouse near the Capitol last month when he leaned in close and told her he wanted to “bitch slap” her.

POTENTIAL TB EXPOSURE AT VIEJAS BINGO FACILITY

 

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit: cdc.gov

September 25, 2018 (Alpine) - A person who played bingo at Viejas Bingo located in the Viejas Outlets and rode the Sun Charter San Diego North Line to the facility has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and may have exposed others, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

SKYLINE CHURCH PLAN FOR SENIOR FACILITY ON OPEN LAND DRAWS CONTROVERSY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 25, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) – The Valle de Oro Planning Group has voted 12-2 on September 4th to oppose a proposal by Skyline Church to build a senior living facility on 9 acres of open land  north of Highway 94 in Rancho San Diego.  Planners and long-time community residents say that when the evangelical megachurch was built, church leaders promised the county to preserve this site as open space. 

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD ELECTIONS COULD IMPACT BALANCE OF POWER IN NEWLY INDEPENDENT DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Ek, McKenna and Vacio billboard; Kiel image via Facebook

September 23, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The November election could have high stakes in the San Miguel Fire Protection District.  A slate of three incumbents who voted to return the district to local control and axe a contract with Cal-Fire are running for reelection: Theresa McKenna, Jim Ek and Mike Vacio. All are backed by the district’s firefighters. Also in the race is William A. Kiel, son of board member William Kiel, who voted against ending the contract with Cal Fire.

CPUC TO HOLD WORKSHOP IN SAN DIEGO SEPT. 28 TO EXPLORE IMPROVEMENTS TO UTILITY EMERGENCY PLANNING AND LOCAL COORDINATION

 

Source:  CPUC

September 21, 2018 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a public workshop in San Diego to examine existing emergency coordination and communication efforts by electric and water utilities with local and state government agencies and other stakeholders, and consider the need for new rules and regulations.

SENATE BLOCKS HOUSE RESTRICTIONS ON ADOPTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 23, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – U.S. Senate has passed an appropriations bill that removed the controversial Aderholt amendment inserted by Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee. The Aderholt amendment would have allowed federally funded child welfare service providers to withhold services for moral or religious reasons, with a stated goal of allowing agencies to ban adoptions of children by same-sex couples. But human rights groups say the measure would also open the door to discriminate based on an adoptive parent’s religion, race, marital status and more.

CAMPO MAN, 20, FOUND DEAD AT CRASH SITE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2018 (Campo) – Jonathan Jaroslav Shuster, 20, of Campo is dead of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash. 

His Honda Civic was found early September 16th by a driver on Church Road on the Campo Native American reservation.  The vehicle had sustained major damage from an apparent collision and Shuster had sustained fatal injuries.

CAMPAIGN AD SHOWS FOX NEWS REPORTERS CRITICIZING HUNTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A new video ad from Ammar Campa-Najjar consists entirely of Fox News reporters and commentators blasting his opponent, Congressman Duncan Hunter, over Hunter’s indictment on federal corruption charges and Hunter’s efforts to blame his wife for his legal troubles.

HIKER DIES AFTER COLLAPSING IN HORSE THIEF CANYON

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2018 (Jamul) – Cal Fire responded to a 911 all reporting a hiker in distress on a trail near Horse Thief Canyon off Lyons Valley Road near Jamul today. When they arrived, he was not breathing. Cal Fire personnel and Mercy medics attempted lifesaving measures, but could not revive him.

IN GROSSMONT HIGH DISTRICT, WOODS FACES CHALLENGE FROM TEACHER LIZ WEAVER, BUT KELLY AND SHIELD RUN UNOPPOSED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite litigation over the Grossmont High School District’s failure to build an Alpine High School, the Alpine community failed to mount a challenger to trustee Jim Kelly, who represents Alpine after redistricting.  Trustee Robert Shield is also running unopposed.

But trustee Gary Woods, who represents the El Cajon area in district 3 and directs a religious educational institute,  faces a challenge from Peggy “Liz” Weaver, a public school teacher of fourth and fifth graders at Rancho Elementary School.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK HIT AND RUN ALTIMA DRIVER WHO SERIOUSLY INJURED MAN IN WHEELCHAIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2018 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seek public help to find the driver of a silver Nissan Altima that struck and seriously injured a 58-year-old man in a wheelchair Thursday night around 9:25 p.m. in the 1000 block of East Main Street.

Officers and paramedics responding to a call of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle found the victim unconscious near the center left turn lane, alongside his wheelchair.  He was transported to a hospital with life-threatening head injuries, says Lt. Steve Kirk.

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