November 2016 Articles

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE, SANTA'S ON HIS WAY; TIME TO CHECK RECEIPTS

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Black Friday is coming. Santa is readying the reindeer.

That means the “shop ‘til you drop” holiday season is back! It also means it’s time to remember to double-check your receipts when you hit the stores so you don’t get overcharged by faulty cash-register price scanners.

GO GREEN ON BLACK FRIDAY - ENJOY COUNTY PARKS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Save green and enjoy the upside of outside with County Parks’ Green Friday events this weekend. The County Parks and Recreation Department has come up with a variety of fun activities starting Friday, Nov. 25 and stretching into Saturday, Nov. 26. Parking, or day-use fees, will be waived on Green Friday so visitors can picnic and play at dozens of parks, and explore 350 miles of trails for free!

LEADERSHIP PROFILE: EL CAJON COUNCILMAN GARY KENDRICK, A HERO FOR THE HOMELESS

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left to right: Councilman Gary Kendrick with his son, TJ, and two formerly homeless men they have taken into their home, Tony and Michael

November 24, 2016 (El Cajon) -- It’s rare to find elected officials willing to stand up to special interests or cast votes unpopular with vocal constituents, doing what he or she believes is right for the community and for people in need.

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENTS MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL “SOMETHING’S AFOOT” DEC. 2-17 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Pickwick Players will present a murder mystery musical, “Something’s Afoot,” performing off-Broadway live December 2-7 at 9490 Cuyamaca Street in Santee.

VETERANS LED BY WESLEY CLARK JR. TO DEPLOY DEC. 4-7 TO SUPPORT STANDING ROCK WATER PROTECTORS AGAINST MILITARIZED POLICE

 

By Miriam Raftery

“Bring body armor, gas masks, earplugs (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons…if we don’t stop it, who will?”—Wesley Clark Jr., a veteran and son of retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark Sr., former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

November 23, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) – Nearly 1,000 U.S. military veterans have signed to join  Veterans for Standing Rock December 4-7 to support Native American tribes standing up to protect clean water and halt the Dakota Access oil pipeline that they fear will burst and contaminate the Missouri River.  The pipeline also desecrates sacred Standing Rock Sioux sites.

The water protector activists have faced brutality at the hands of a militarized police force in recent days, including spraying a water cannon in below-freezing temperatures.  Three hundred people have been injured and 26 hospitalized, including a 21-year-old girl hit by a concussion grenade whose bone was shattered and now faces possible amputation of her arm.

A CALL FOR COMMUNITY INCLUSION OF SYRIAN REFUGEES

 

By Rachel Williams

Photo (left to right): Ramla Sahid, founder and executive director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans; Shadi Martini, senior Syria advisor to the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees; Dr. Georgette Bennett, President of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; David Murphy, former county director for the IRC in Ethiopia; Sana Shtasel, senior advisor to the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees.

Of the 16,000 Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S. in recent years, not a single one has been tied to terrorism. San Diego has more Syrian refugees than any other U.S. city.

November 22, 2016 (San Diego) – Shadi Martini was manager of a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, when the Assad regime began to prosecute suspects working in opposition. Martini and his coworkers provided undercover aid to the wounded and people suffering.  But in 2012, the secret network was discovered, forcing him to flee the country.

Thereafter he served as an organizing assistant for Syrian refugees in a neighboring nation. Later, he joined the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

 “What I have witnessed is suffering is not limited to my country,” Martini said during a post-election discussion on refugees held last Thursday in San Diego by the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans.

AZTEC FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 11-22: SENIOR DAY

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy Jamie McConeghy

November 22, 2016 (San Diego) - With the Aztecs' final regular season matchup against Colorado State looming on Saturday, which also happens to be Senior Day, head coach Rocky Long and senior warrior Malik Smith talked about what this game means and how emotional it will be for the senior class in today's press conference.

OCOTILLO WIND TURBINE COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED

 

Part II in our series on the Ocotillo wind turbine collapse

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Jim Pelley

November 22, 2016 (Ocotillo) – Ocotillo Wind Energy has issued a statement on its website after collapse of a massive wind turbine Monday at its Ocotillo, California energy project site.  The statement indicates the turbine fell within the designed setback zone and no one was injured. Officials say they are working closely with Siemens, the manufacturer of the collapsed turbine, to identify the cause of the failure, with a “full investigation” underway.   The company said safety is its “first priority” and that more information will be released as it becomes available, KYMA TV reports.

Both this project and Siemens have a history of serious problems, however, leading to questions of whether federal or state oversight is needed to protect public safety.

MARY’S DONUTS: A SANTEE FAVORITE NOW EXPANDS TO LAKESIDE

 

By Robin Norris Kendall

November 22, 2016 (Lakeside) -- When you die and go to heaven the first thing you will put in your mouth is one of Mary’s donuts. At least that is what I thought when I bit into one at the new Lakeside location. I am not like Homer Simpson, I don’t dream of donuts…donuts, but these are so fresh and light that I am now a fan.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SCOUTS SHOW PATRIOTISM

 

East County News Service

November 22, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Drum Macomber sent in this photo of Senior Patrol Leader Kyle Jackson and Patrol Leader Alex Horn, Boy Scouts from Troop 362, with the El Cajon Main Street Flag Committee.

"This photo was not staged; it just happened when we decided that we should have the Pledge of Allegiance at the Work Party," Macomber says. "This is a Norman Rockwell Moment if ever."

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: AZTECS CONCLUDE SEASON WITH VICTORY AT NEVADA

 

Volleyball wraps up 2016 campaign with five-set win over Wolf Pack

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo:  Deja Harris had a career-best tying 19 kills in the win at Nevada Monday evening.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

November 21, 2016 (Reno) - San Diego State wrapped up its 2016 season on a positive note as it defeated Nevada in five sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 13-25, 15-9) Monday evening at the Virginia Street Gym in Reno.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FIND WHO YOU ARE ON A HAWAIIAN JOURNEY (MOANA)

 

By Liz Alper

November 21, 2016 (San Diego) - I, like most little girls in the 90s, ate, slept and breathed Disney movies.  I was never a princess for Halloween--I was too tomboyish for that--but Belle was my favorite Disney princess and Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie.  I watched it all the time.  That and Toy Story.  That honor eventually went to 101 Dalmatians (seriously, I was obsessed with that movie.  I played the computer game all the time too).  Tonight I had the privilege of reliving my childhood as an almost 25-year-old.  I attended a pre-screening of the new Disney film Moana, directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams. 

LIBRARIES IN ALPINE AND LEMON GROVE LIBRARIES HOST VERMONT AUTHOR ON EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC FOOD MOVEMENT DEC. 5

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- On Monday, December 5th the San Diego County Library will host Vermont author Grace Gershuny in a discussion and book signing of her latest book. Ms. Gershuny will speak at the Alpine Branch, 1752 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. and at the Lemon Grove Branch, 3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

ALLAN GOETZ NAMED GHD REPRESENTATIVE TO GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CORPORATION BOARD

 

East County News Service

Nov. 21, 2016 (East County) – Spring Valley resident Allan Goetz has been approved to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers.

WIND TURBINE COLLAPSES IN OCOTILLO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Jim Pelley

November 21, 2016 (Ocotillo) – A 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed this morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor.

ECM photographer Jim Pelley, an Ocotillo resident, says 30 minutes after the collapse, the other 111 turbines were still spinning and no one from Pattern Energy had arrived.  Around an hour or more after the collapse, Pattern arrived and deenergized the entire project.

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR TO SPEAK SATURDAY IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2016 (Casa de Oro) -- Pearl Harbor Day is coming up on December 7th, a day to recall the worst attack on U.S. soil when the Japanese air force bombed an American air base in Hawaii during World War II.

There are very few survivors of Pearl Harbor left to tell their tales. But on Saturday, November 26th at 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor survivor Stuart Hedley, a Navy veteran, will give a presentation at the Casa de Oro Library in Spring Valley (9805 Campo Rd., #180).   Hedley was aboard a U.S. ship that was bombed and will share harrowing tales of survival and heroism.

STORM DRENCHES REGION; SUNNY SKIES FORECAST FOR THANKSGIVING

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sunday night’s storm brought heavy rains to much of drought-stricken San Diego County.

Descanso and Cuyamaca received more than an inch of rain and over an inch and a half fell on Palomar Mountain. Ramona and Julian received just under an inch, while Santee, Campo and Boulevard all got about a half inch of rain, though less than a quarter of an inch was received at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

TRUMP NAMES ALABAMA SENATOR SESSIONS AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, SPARKING CIVIL RIGHTS DEBATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Civil rights activists are voicing concerns over President-Elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Alabama Senator Jefferson “Jeff” Beauregard Sessions III to serve as Attorney General, the nation’s top law enforcement officer.  A staunch conservative politically, Sessions was once rejected for a federal judicial seat by the Senate under President Ronald Reagan’s administration due to reported racist statements and opposition to the Voting Rights Act.  

JIMMIE JOHNSON WINS SEVENTH SPRINT CUP CHAMPIONSHIP

 

For more sports coverage, visit ECM's Sports section

Source: NASCAR.com

Cover photo:  Creative Commons under Nascarking (Wikipedia).  Newsflasher photo:  Creative Commons under Flickr upload bot

November 20, 2016 (Miami) - Jimmie Johnson today won his seventh Sprint Cup championship and his first in three years at the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Miami.  The 41-year-old and El Cajon native is now tied with Dale Earnardt and Richard Petty as a seven-time premiere series champion.

AZTECS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: SLOPPY PLAY LEADS TO 60-53 LOSS AGAINST LMU

Update as of 5:10 PM: added box score and play by play

For more sports coverage, visit ECM's Sports section

Story and photos by Liz Alper

November 20, 2016 (San Diego) - After a big loss to crosstown rival USD, the lady Aztecs returned to the friendly confines of Viejas Arena to take on the Loyola Marymount Lions in a Sunday matinee.

NEWCOMERS’ COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP IN EL CAJON DREW OVER 100 PARTICIPANTS

 

Source: Newcomers’ Collaborative

November 20, 2016 (El Cajon) -- On Saturday, November 5th, 2016, 91 Spanish Speakers and at least 24 children attended a resource event coordinated by the Newcomers’ Collaborative, a workgroup of the El Cajon Collaborative. The event provided an opportunity for newcomers to browse local resources and attend workshops on navigating the education system, immigration and civic engagement, Child Welfare Services, domestic violence, equal housing rights and employment. Attendees were also able to apply for public benefits such as Cal-Fresh and Medi-Cal on-site, or ask questions regarding their eligibility or specific case.         

SABRA RECALLS DOZENS OF HUMMUS PRODUCTS DUE TO LISTERIA CONTAMINATION

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2016 (San Diego) – The Sabra company has announced a voluntary recall of its hummus dip products after finding Listeria Monocytognes at the manufacturing facility, but not in tested finished product.

Consumers with any product with a "Best Before" date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. You can find code and "Best Before" date on the lid of each package. The recall includes all hummus products by Sabra except not organic hummus. The recall does not include other Sabra products such as guacamole, salsa, or Greek yogurt dip.

WINTER STORM TO BRING HEAVY RAIN TONIGHT AND MONDAY

 

East County News Service

November 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter-like storm system will arrive Sunday and continue through the day on Monday. The brunt of this storm system will come after dark Sunday evening, and continue through Monday morning.  A wind advisory is also in effect for mountain and desert areas in San Diego County, where gusts up to 55 miles per hour may occur.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: AZTECS DROP THREE-SET DECISION AT NEW MEXICO

 

Volleyball sees two-match win streak halted

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo:  Alexis Cage had nine kills, three blocks and three digs at New Mexico on Saturday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

November 19, 2016 (Alberquerque) - In its only contest against New Mexico during the 2016 season, San Diego State came up on the short end of a three-set match as it fell in Albuquerque Saturday afternoon by set scores of 25-18, 25-19, 25-23.

MAN KILLS SELF AFTER TAKING SON HOSTAGE, TRIGGERING SWAT OPERATION IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 19, 2016 (El Cajon) — A man who prompted a SWAT standoff after firing shots and taking his 7-year-old son hostage last night is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.  According to Lieutenant Royal Bates, the child exited the residence in the 800 block of Grape Street unharmed shortly before the gunshot was heard.

TRUMP TO PAY $25 MILLION TO SETTLE LAWSUITS OVER TRUMP UNIVERSITY

 

East County News Service

November 19, 2016 (San Diego) — President-Elect Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits representing thousands of students alleging fraud and racketeering involving the now defunct Trump University, which was never an accredited school.

EL CAJON VALLEY GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY'S "ROCK & GEM ROUND-UP" DEC. 3 AND 4

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2016 (Lakeside) - The El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Society invites you to their "Gem & Mineral Round-Up" Saturday, December 3rd (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and Sunday, December 4th (9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.) at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.

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