November 2016 Articles

READER’S EDITORIAL: HOW CAN TAXPAYERS’ LAST LINE OF DEFENSE BE MISSING IN ACTION IN GROSSMONT’S MEASURE BB?

 

By Priscilla Schreiber, Trustee, Grossmont Union High School District

November 3, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- After reviewing statements made in the San Diego County Taxpayers Association's (SDCTA) campaign literature, "Yes on BB", I thought it would be helpful to the voters if I shared my perspective, as the Board member who did not vote to put this bond measure on the ballot.

My comments (not in bold) follow their statements (in boldface):

AZTEC DUO NAMED OCTOBER STARS OF THE MONTH

 

Baron and Barba are two of six amateur Stars of the Month honored.

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 3, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s soccer senior Victoria Barba (Albuquerque, N.M.) and sophomore kicker John Baron II (Temecula, Calif.) were named two of 16 Stars of the Month for October, selected by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

DECEPTIVE HIT PIECE LANDS IN LA MESA MAILBOXES

 

Update with comments from the Lincoln Club President and links to prior concerns raised about the PAC by the FPPC.

By Miriam Raftery

November 3, 2016 (La Mesa) — A hit piece mailer on La Mesa City Council Colin Parent has been sent by a shadowy political action group tied to his opponent.

The mailer deceptively states Parent moved to La Mesa only to run for Council and mentions he’s lived in Sacramento and San Diego.  It fails to mention his long and deep ties to East County.  Parent went to Fuerte Elementary School near Mt. Helix, had his first job on La Mesa Blvd. with the East County Development Council, grew up going to local La Mesa hang-outs such as the Aquarius roller rink, was active in Boy Scots and graduated from Valhalla High School in the Grossmont Union High School District before attending UC San Diego and later, getting a law degree in New York.

WHO LEAKED CONFIDENTIAL PERSONNEL FILES AT HELIX WATER DISTRICT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – Someone with access to confidential files at Helix Water District violated state law and district policy by anonymously mailing part of a board candidate’s personnel file to East County Magazine.

We will not violate privacy rules by publishing the contents.  However, we did speak with the candidate, Louis Tejeda, who gave permission for us to disclose the leaking of his confidential record: a notice of proposed disciplinary action sent 21 years ago, when he was an employee of the district.

THE CURSE OF THE GOAT IS BROKEN; CUBS SNAP 108-YEAR WORLD SERIES DROUGHT WITH DRAMATIC WIN OVER INDIANS

 

By Liz Alper

Photo: David "Grandpa Rossy" Ross gets a hug from teammates as he retires a champion.   Cover photo:  Cubs fans celebrate the win outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. Both photos courtesy @Cubs on Twitter

November 3, 2016 (Cleveland) - Well, actually, that's not entirely true.  The goat was apparently at Progressive Field in Cleveland throughout the entire game.

But tonight, he had no effect.  The Cubs fought their way through the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

But none of that mattered anymore.  It all came down to fighting through the team who led the AL Central for most of the season, the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians fought through the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.  Both teams had been through probably a bloodier battle than every battle in the Civil War combined in their leagues.

COUNTY BREAKS GROUND ON CAJON AIR CENTER

 

By James Kecskes, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 2, 2016 (El Cajon)--County officials and community members broke ground on Gillespie Field Airport’s new Cajon Air Center on October 31st.

The groundbreaking kicked off the first phase of a multi-phase redevelopment project in unincorporated El Cajon.

FALL IN LOVE WITH PARKS THIS MONTH

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 2, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Give thanks all month through several fall and Thanksgiving-themed happenings at San Diego County Parks. Take a pilgrimage to one or all three of the community gatherings in the East County.

The trio of events is free and open to all ages. There is a $3 parking fee at Louis A. Stelzer and El Monte parks.

I-805 RAMP TO 52 EAST CLOSED FOR EMERGENCY REPAIR

 

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, Caltrans requested an emergency road closure for bridge repairs to be done on the transition road from southbound I-805 to eastbound SR-52.

Beginning immediately, the transition from southbound I-805 to eastbound SR-52 is closed to allow Caltrans to conduct their work.  The transition road is expected to be re-opened tonight around 2000 hours.

REPUBLICANS SHOW HIGHER VOTING RATE IN EARLY BALLOTS RETURNED LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2016 (San Diego)—Countywide, 324,415 voters have already cast ballots through early voting or mail-in ballots received at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters office,  as of 5 p.m. yesterday.  So far, 36.73% are from Republicans,  who are voting at 5.27% above their registration percentage. 

The highest number of ballots were cast by Democrats, 39.85%, but they are voting at only 2.91% above the party’s registration rate.  Independents account for 23.42% of votes, which is 8.18% below registration.

OLANGO FAMILY TO ESTABLISH FOUNDATION, FILES CLAIM WITH EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2016 (El Cajon) — The father of Alfred Olango, a Ugandan immigrant who was fatally shot last month by an El Cajon Police Officer Richard Gonsalves, has announced plans to establish the Alfred Olango Justice and Unity Foundation for police reform. In addition, Olango’s sister has filed a claim against the City of El Cajon alleging negligence in her brother’s death.

STATE APPROVES TULE WIND, PHASE II: OPPONENTS VOICE CONCERN FOR EAGLES, WILDLIFE & RESIDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  McCain Valley, site of the Tule Wind project slated to break ground soon

November 2, 2016 (Boulevard) – The State Lands Commission has approved a second phase of the controversial Tule Wind Project in McCain Valley.  Tule II will allow up to 24 wind turbines to be built after completion of Tule I, which will have 52 turbines, each hundreds of feet high.  Phase I is slated to break ground soon, with expected completion in September 2017.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

November  2, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

Presidential election

General News

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

SINGIN' FOR SAM: BEST FRIENDS ORGANIZE CONCERT IN THE PARK FUNDRAISER NOV. 11 FOR LOCAL TEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOSARCOMA

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Local teens are determined to help their best friend as she fights bone cancer by organizing a major fundraising event.

Samantha Bodger, 16 years old, who lives in Alpine and is a top student at Granite Hills High School, was diagnosed with High Grade Osteosarcoma in August 2016.  She requires 10 months of intensive chemotherapy and a major surgery to amputate her leg mid-November.

SEEDS OF HOPE

 

Source: County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Lakeside) - A job training program at the East Mesa Detention and Re‐entry Facility is taking root at county parks. Trees and plants that were cultivated and grown at the jail's greenhouse will be planted at five parks all over the county this month—including Lakeside’s El Monte Park here in East County.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER: BARBA SCORES TWICE IN SDSU'S 2-0 WIN OVER BOISE STATE

 

Senior scores sixth goal in last five games

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State all-conference midfielder Victoria Barba scored twice to lift third-seeded San Diego State to a 2-0 victory over sixth-seeded Boise State in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Mountain West Women’s Soccer Championship on Tuesday at SDSU Sports Deck. The Aztecs improved to 9-7-3, while the Broncos finished their season at 6-11-4.

COUNTY EXPERTS URGE PARENTS TO FOLLOW NEW SIDS GUIDELINES

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) -- Guidelines released recently include a new recommendation aimed at decreasing the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old in the United States.

NAACP, EL CAJON PROTESTERS AWAIT JUDGE’S DECISION

 

East County News Service

Jonathan Goetz and Miriam Raftery contributed to this report

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Superior Court Judge Janis Sammartino heard evidence October 26 in a case filed by the National Association of Colored Persons (NAAC) and seven protesters against the city of El Cajon, the Sheriff’s Department, and El Cajon Police.

VIEJAS CASINO AND RESORT NAMES THOMAS McCARTNEY AS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

 

Source: Viejas Press Release

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Chairman Robert Welch of Viejas Band of The Kumeyaay Indians today announced the hiring of Thomas McCartney in the role of President and General Manager of Viejas Casino and Resort. The veteran casino and gaming executive will begin his new position November 1, 2016.

KIDZ DANZ KOMPANY PRESENTS 1968 NOV. 11 AND 12

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Kidz Danz Kompany presents “1968” at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA, 92120) on November 11th-12th, 2016 at 7pm.

Featuring the diverse and multi-cultural Kidz Danz Kompany, this concert reflects on the year 1968 and how it in many ways parallels 2016. Presented will be new works titled “Mama Said”, an homage to the dedication of single motherhood and its struggles, and “KDK/1968/2016”, the definitive work of the evening. Both works are choreographed by Artistic Director Spencer John Powell. These works incorporate music from 1968 and 2016 with some song selections from years in between that complement each work. With costuming by Debbie Sloan of Fusionglass Company, her unique and Avant-garde designs provide a modern visual to the works.

LAW ENFORCEMENT TEDDY BEAR DRIVE FOR RADY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO LAUNCH AT CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE

 

 

East County News Service

Nov.1, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) –
The 2016 San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Teddy Bear Drive benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital will launch on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant East County’s Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee.

AZTEC SPORTS PRESS CONFERENCE 11/1: MEN'S BASKETBALL IS "BACK IN BUSINESS"

For more sports stories, visit ECM's sports section

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy Jen Heisel

November 1, 2016 (San Diego) - With San Diego State men's basketball's first game on Thursday against UC San Diego, basketball head coach Steve Fisher joined football head coach Rocky Long, redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman and defensive end Dakota Turner for their weekly press conference.

PARKWAY PLAZA HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES BEGIN NOV. 18

 

Source: Parkway Plaza

November 1, 2016 (El Cajon) - Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon invites you to celebrate the season, revel in holiday traditions and create new ones with a series of holiday happenings—starting with Santa’s arrival on November 18th.  Below are details provided by Parkway Plaza:

LA MESA CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation is excited to host its first Cornhole Tournament & Family Festival Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 am to 5 pm. at La Mesita Park. The tournament, “Let’s Play!” features a cornhole tournament with two divisions offering cash prizes, craft booths, astro jump, delicious BBQ, beer garden, kids activities and more. Sign up at www.lamesaparks.org

REALTORS ANNOUNCE ENDORSEMENTS OF EAST COUNTY CANDIDATES

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) –  The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, has released its list of endorsed candidates vying for seats in East County city and special district election races in November. PSAR operates an office and conference center in El Cajon at 1150 Broadway.

BABYSITTER CLASS IN LA MESA NOV. 19

 

Source: City of La Mesa

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa will host a Babysitter Training Class on Saturday,  November 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at La Mesa Community Services, 4975  Memorial Drive,  La Mesa. The fun, hands-on class for ages 11-16 helps babysitters become better prepared.  Participants practice infant skills on dolls, learn and practice CPR for infants and children. Topics include babysitter responsibilities, sitter safety,  diapering procedures, recognizing an emergency,  infant and child CPR, and basic first aid.

LANE CLOSURES ON INTERSTATE 8 JUST EAST OF INTERSTATE 15 FOR REPAIRS

 

Source: Caltrans

November 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Phased lane closures will occur on Interstate 8 (I-8) just east of Interstate 15 (I-15) starting at 8 p.m. Sunday and continuing through the following week. The closures are needed so that maintenance crews can repair and reinforce the roadway from the effects of a small sinkhole on the shoulder.

The closures will occur on I-8 from just west of Mission Gorge Road/Fairmount Avenue to just west of I-15, as follows:

BORDER PATROL AGENTS RESCUE LOST ATV RIDER IN DESERT

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Ocotillo Wells) -- Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents rescued a man who was lost in the Ocotillo Wells Desert early Monday morning.

On Sunday, around 6:30 p.m., a ranger with California Department of Parks and Recreation contacted Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint and asked for help to locate a missing man last seen in the Ocotillo Wells Desert. He was reported missing by his family after he failed to return from an ATV ride in the desert.

POWAY MAN KILLED IN DESERT DIRT BIKE CRASH

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Ocotillo Wells) – Poway resident Gary Schultz, 56, was found Sunday morning after a dirt bike crash in Ocotillo Wells and died soon after of injuries.

Authorities believe he was riding his dirt bike when he lost control, hit a sand berm and was ejected.  Motorcyclists found him off Split Mountain Road near Old Kane Springs Road.

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