November 2016 Articles

TWITTER SUSPENDS RACISTS’ ACCOUNTS

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) — Twitter is taking aim at racism.  In dual actions, the company announced it will suspend accounts of prominent ‘alt-right’ leaders who are promoting white supremacy and bigotry.  Twitter also released new anti-harassment tools that allow users to block offensive tweets containing key words.

BOXER INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — For the fifth time in U.S. history, the president who won the popular vote has lost the presidency.  Hillary Clinton received nearly a million more actual votes than Donald Trump, yet Trump is poised to be named president by the Electoral College after receiving more electoral college delegates.

NURSES VOTE FOR STRIKE AT SHARP HEALTHCARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Nurses may soon be going out on strike at Sharp Healthcare facilities, including Grossmont Hospital here in East County.

The union, Sharp Professional Nurses Network, overwhelmingly approved a strike, with over 98% voting to strike unless wages are raised more than the 16 to 26 percent that Sharp has proposed over the next three years.

REP. HUNTER COULD BE NAMED SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) could be the next Secretary of Defense.  His name, along with several others, appears on a list of possible Defense Secretary nominees who could be appointed by President-Elect Donald Trump, Politico reports.

WEEKEND GETAWAYS: TIPIS AT LAKE JENNINGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CAMPING ADVENTURES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Robin Norris Kendall, Miriam Raftery, and Mike Uhrhammer

November 15, 2016 (Lakeside) – If you love camping but don’t want to lug around camping gear, now there’s a fun new camping experience at Lake Jennings in San Diego’s East County:  tipis!

They’re spacious – each measures 20 feet in diameter, made of canvas from Colorado and pine wood poles from Montana.  Tipi (also spelled tee-pee) is a Lakota Sioux Indian word meaning “living in.” The Native Americans used buffalo hides to make their tipis, which were toted on horseback from site to site across the Great Plains. 

COUNTY TO HAND-SPRAY SPRING VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD IN TRAVEL-RELATED ZIKA CASE

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

Image credit: CDC

November 15, 2016 (Spring Valley) - County Vector Control crews will hand-spray a neighborhood in Spring Valley this week to kill invasive Aedes mosquitoes to keep them from potentially spreading the Zika virus after mosquitoes were found near a person who contracted Zika traveling abroad.

SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB HOSTS "SPELLING BEE FOR GROWNUPS"

 

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: Peter Sokoloski

November 15, 2016 (San Diego) – The San Diego Press Club will host its inaugural “Spelling Bee for Grownups” starting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, at the San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown San Diego. The public is invited to attend. Cost to compete as a speller is $10 per person. There is no cost to attend and watch.

AZTEC ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 15: IS IT WINDY IN WYOMING?

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy Jamie McConeghy

November 15, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State football team won again last week against Nevada, but now it's on to their second road game in a row against Wyoming on Saturday and this time, it's a day game.  Coach Rocky Long, redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman, junior running back Rashad Penny and senior defensive lineman Kyle Kelley spoke to the media at this week's press conference.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER EARNS SEVEN ALL-PAC-12 HONORS

 

Aztecs’ Travis Nicklaw, Pablo Pelaez receive second-team recognition

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Pablo Pelaez courtesy goaztecs.com

November 15, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team had seven players earn all-Pac-12 honors as announced Tuesday by the league office. Travis Nicklaw and Pablo Pelaez garnered second-team accolades, while Adam Allmaras, Matt Callahan, Casey Macias, Jeroen Meefout, and Michael Sauers received honorable mention.

SDSU SWIM & DIVE: CAPLAN EARNS MOUNTAIN WEST DIVER OF THE WEEK HONORS

 

 

Aztec diver receives fifth conference award of her SDSU career

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 15, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State’s Alexandra Caplan has earned Mountain West Women’s Diver of the Week honors for competition through November 13, 2016. It is the fifth MW weekly honor for Caplan.

HELP SOUGHT TO FIND MISSING WOMAN LAST SEEN IN LA MESA/LAKE MURRAY AREA

 

East County News Service

November 15, 2016 (La Mesa) – Friends of Angie Andrus are asking for public help to locate her.  According to Esther McElroy Beish, a family friend, Andrus suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

She was last seen in the Lake Murray area on October 24, when her vehicle was towed.   She could be living on the streets and confused.  “We have no idea where she is or if she is okay,” says Beish.

LANE CLOSURES THIS WEEK: STATE ROUTE 67 AND DYE ROAD/HIGHLAND VALLEY ROAD

 

Source: Caltrans

November 15, 2016 (Ramona) - Caltrans crews will set up lane closures on northbound State Route 67 at the intersection with Dye Road/Highland Valley Road near Ramona on Monday and Tuesday from  7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. for paving operations.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: LADY AZTECS REBOUND FROM BIG UCR LOSS, SOAR PAST SDC HAWKS 80-70

 

For more sports coverage, visit ECM's Sports section

By Liz Alper

Photos by Cris Rangel

November 14, 2016 (San Diego) - The lady Aztecs played their first game of the season on Steve Fisher Court tonight against San Diego Christian.

MISSING LAKESIDE MAN MAY TRY GOING HOME TO LEMON GROVE

 

Update 8 p.m.:   Todd Perkins has been found safe in Lemon Grove.

East County News Service

November 14, 2016 (Lakeside)—The  Sheriff has issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Todd Randolph Perkins,48.  He has been missing since 2:30 p.m.  His caretaker says he may have walked away from his home on Dorsal Drive in Lakeside.

He suffers from a medical condition that causes him to limp.  He has green tattooso on both arms. He is white with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 130 pounds.  He has told his caretaker that he would like to return to his former home on the 7100 block of Broadway in Lemon Grove,though he does not drive.

AIR BAG RECALLS

 

East County News Service

November 14, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Sheriff's Department is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other agencies in spreading the word about a nationwide recall to replace at-risk airbags in certain vehicles.

The recall involves vehicles, particularly Hondas and Acuras, that are equipped with Takata airbag inflators. Recall repairs are free of charge to all vehicle owners.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S JOHN BARON II NAMED A LOU GROZA AWARD STAR OF THE WEEK

 

Baron honored as one of the nation’s top kickers

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 14, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State sophomore kicker John Baron II has been named a Lou Groza Award “Star of the Week.” Each week the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes the top three kickers from the FBS division.

WINE TRAIL BLAZERS HONORED AT 2016 TOAST TO EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo 1:   Jane and Drum Macomber, Linda McWilliams, Dianne Jacob, Steve and Marilyn Kahle

Photo 2:  Greg Maness and Sarah Babine

November 13, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) — Visitors savored an array of local wine vintages, craft brews and foods at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Toast to East County.  Greg Maness of Maness Vineyards, Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Linda McWiilliams, president of the San Diego County Vintners Association, presented three “Dynamic Duo” awards in the annual Trail Blazer awards to a trio of power couples in our wine industry.

The winners were Sarah Babine and Grant Spotts from Granite Lion Cellars in, Steve and Marilyn Kahle from Woof and Rose Winery in Ramona and Drum and Jane Macomber, amateur wine makers and vineyard tour organizers.

Below are remarks from Greg and P.J. Maness on the winners. 

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER RECEIVES NCAA TOURNAMENT BID

 

Aztecs to play UNLV at home on Thursday

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 14, 2016 (San Diego) - For the ninth time in program history, the San Diego State men’s soccer team is heading to the NCAA Tournament. The No. 16/15 Aztecs will play host to UNLV in their first-round match on Thursday, November 17 at SDSU Sports Deck. First tap is set for 7 p.m. PT.

CHIEF’S CORNER: THANKSGIVING COOKING TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Now You’re Cooking – With Safety!

November 14, 2016 (San Diego)--Thanks giving is quickly approaching and did you know Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year? “Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it’s also very hectic says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. “All the entertaining and distractions make it easy to forget about what’s cooking on the stovetop.”

TRUMP APPOINTS WHITE SUPREMACIST AND ANTI-SEMITE PUBLISHER TO KEY POST

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — In contrast to his election night promise to bind America’s wounds and pull people together, President-Election Donald Trump has announced the appointment of a white supremacist and anti-establishment media site publisher as his chief White House strategist and put an officer in an anti-immigrant hate group in charge of his immigration transition team.

CITY OF EL CAJON VETERAN’S DAY CEREMONY HONORS VETS OF ALL AGES

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

November 13, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon held a Veterans Day ceremony at Centennial Plaza on November 11th and presented its first Veteran of the Year Award to retired Chief Ray Moody.

In addition to the WWII veterans and others in attendance, a 30-year-old veteran, Kenny Patterson, US Navy, was also present.  He went in the service at 19. The phrase “I am a veteran –my oath of enlistment has no expiration date” aptly applies to Patterson.  He gives back to the community by participating in the American Legion Riders Chapter #303 which raises money to help other veterans.  A vet helping other vets. A vet who was also honoring other vets by his attendance at the ceremony.

AZTEC ROWING PARTICIPATES IN SAN DIEGO FALL CLASSIC

 

SDSU shows team depth with top two finishes in open and novice eights

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 13, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State rowing team participated in the San Diego Fall Classic this morning where they saw boats in the top two spots in each race. The regatta was hosted by the San Diego Rowing Club on Mission Bay.

SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS WRAPS UP FALL CLASSIC II

 

Aztecs claim victories in two singles championship brackets

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 13, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s tennis wrapped up Fall Classic II today at the Aztec Tennis Center where they saw victories in two championship singles matches, two singles consolation wins and one consolation victory in doubles play.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CIVIC LEADERS PAY HOMAGE TO VETERANS IN EL CAJON

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: (L-R) Hon. Gary Kendrick, Moody RL, BMC, Hon. Bob McClellan, Hon. Susan Davis, Hon. Star Bales, Hon. Tony Ambrose

November 13, 2016 (El Cajon) — Congresswoman Susan Davis joined members of the El Cajon City Council at a ceremony honoring our veterans on Friday in downtown El Cajon. Rep. Davis, who also hosted a town hall meeting for veterans last week, posted on her Facebook page,  “Let us never forget the veterans who dedicated themselves to defending and protecting our freedoms.”

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE CLEAR CONSCIENCE OF A GREEN



By Brett Stalbaum, Shelter Valley resident

Photo:  Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate 2016

November 12, 2016 (Shelter Valley) -- I come from a fairly conservative family with midwestern roots. My parents were college and nursing school graduates in the 1960s, the first in their families with degrees. They felt stifled by lack of opportunity in their home state, and enjoyed adventure. So they packed up and came to California, carrying me and my diapers. As a northern California kid, I grew up with a love of the redwoods, normally inclement beaches, the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, and the basins and ranges of Nevada. By 1989, I was a student at San Francisco State University, and was already considerably more liberal than my Catholic - and wonderful - mother and father. The community I grew up in was fairly described as an openly white supremacist one, with a particularly vicious and paranoid attitude toward black Americans. But my tolerant family, as well as our church, also introduced me to multiracial, multicultural, and yes, even multisexual California. I did not and do not know how to be the best ally all of the time, but certainly I have countered the hatred that some whites maintain toward people of color; indeed I have shamed and lost many friends. My concerns then and now are social justice, economic justice, and protecting the planet; although lately an emergent concern for the physical well being of friends, colleagues, and students of color has come ever more to the foreground.

VETERANS ELECTED TO JAMUL-DULZURA UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2016 (Jamul-Dulzura) — Two military veterans have won seats on the Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board.  Running on a platform of giving back and continuing to serve their community, the pair won two open seats.

Sam Manis is an Army veteran once assigned to the White House communications agency. He is a farmer and cheesemaker, father of triplets  and has served as treasurer of the San Diego County 4H Club.   He stated on his Facebook  page, “I am running for the Jamul-Dulzura Union School Board because I have devoted my life to serving my community and children. As a long time Jamul resident I am deeply rooted in this community and want to support our local schools so every child is able to grow and learn to the best of their ability. As a US Army veteran, I firmly believe in giving back to this great nation that has been so generous to me.”

TIGHT RACE IN ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Update December 1, 2016:  Lyon has pulled back ahead of Russo by 25 votes as the count contiunes.  The election will be certified  December 8th.

Update November 16, 2016:  Lou Russo has pulled ahead of Travis Lyon.

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 12, 2016 (Alpine) — With 100% of precincts counted but provisional and some mail-in ballots remaining to be counted, Joseph Perricone has won reelection to the Alpine Union School District board. But a second seat is still too close to call, with Travis Lyon leading Louis Russo by just 19 votes.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: AZTECS RALLY FROM TWO SETS DOWN TO DEFEAT WYOMING

 

Volleyball comes back to defeat Wyoming

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo Setter Lauren Utchen helped spark SDSU's five-set comeback win over Wyoming Saturday night on Aztec Court.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

November 12, 2016 (San Diego) - After dropping the opening two sets, San Diego State rallied to win the next three as it posted a five-set victory over Wyoming Saturday evening on Aztec Court. SDSU, which fell to the Cowgirls in five sets in Laramie in mid-October, claimed the contest by set scores of 18-25, 14-25, 25-20, 25-28, 15-12.

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