November 2018 Articles

November 2018 Articles

RED FLAG WARNING EXTENDED TO TUESDAY AS WILDFIRES ENGULF CALIFORNIA: CAMP FIRE NOW DEADLIEST IN STATE’S HISTORY

 

Update November 14, 2018:  Updated information from Cal Fire indicates there are now at least 48 people confirmed killed in the Camp Fire, with over 100 still missing.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  U.S. Forest Service has 250 firefighters helping to battle the Camp Fire.

November 11, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A red flag warning for San Diego County and much of Southern California has been extended through Tuesday as three major wildfires continue to scorch the state.  Terrified evacuees posted videos such as this one, shot by a woman escaping through tunnels of fire along a freeway north of Los Angeles: https://twitter.com/i/status/1061430443134734339.


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TRUMP FANS FLAMES BY BLAMING WILDFIRES ON CALIFORNIA, THREATENING TO WITHHOLD FEDERAL FUNDS

 

By Julie Cart, CALmatters

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

November 11, 2018 (San Diego) - With a quarter-million Californians evacuated from their homes and wildfires so far claiming nine lives, President Donal Trump today took to Twitter and inflamed tensions—blaming California for causing the fires by mismanaging its forests and threatening to cut off federal funds.


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SDSU FOOTBALL FALLS TO UNLV 27-24

 

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November 11, 2018 (San Diego) - Lexington Thomas had 21 carries for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including a go-ahead 75-yarder with 3:27 to play, to help UNLV beat San Diego State 27-24 on Saturday night and snap a six-game losing streak.


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WOMEN’S TENNIS FACES CHALLENGING DAY TWO OF FALL CLASSIC II

 

 

Aztecs claim five singles wins on Saturday 

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November 10, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State women's tennis competed in the second day of SDSU Fall Classic II on Saturday where the team logged five singles wins but was unable to capture a doubles victory.


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SDSU VOLLEYBALL POSTS COMEBACK WIN AT NEW MEXICO

 

 

Aztecs erase 2-0 deficit to finish season sweep of Lobos

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November 10, 2018 (Albuquerque) - The San Diego State volleyball team erased a 2-0 deficit in a five-set match (17-25, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-8) against New Mexico at Johnson Center on Saturday afternoon. SDSU, which concluded its 2018 road schedule today, finishes a season sweep of New Mexico with today's win. 


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DISBARRED LA MESA ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING FORMER CLIENTS AND INVESTORS

 

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2018 (La Mesa) – Clayton Marlow Anderson, Jr., former La Mesa attorney disbarred in 2015, was sentenced Friday to serve 18 months in federal prison for defrauding clients and investors. He was also ordered to pay over $1.5 million in restitution to his victims. 


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AIRPLANE CRASHES IN RAMONA, NO INJURIES

East County News Service

Photo: SDG&E camera

November 10, 2018 (Ramona) -- A small plane crashed into a field west of the Ramona airport shortly before 8 a.m today and caught fire, but fortunately the pilot and a passenger escaped unharmed.

According to Cal. Fire/County Fire Authority, the fire was swiftly doused without spreading to adjacent brushy areas.


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ALL ABOARD! SANTA AND ELVES INVITE YOU TO RIDE THE NORTH POLE LIMITED TRAIN

 

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2018 (Campo) -- The famous North Pole Limited returns to celebrate the holiday season at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo. Aboard the historic 1920s train, Santaelves will sing Christmas carols, read a popular holiday story, passing out cookies and hot chocolate to allthen stop at Santas workshop to pick up Santa and Mrs. Claus.


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SAN DIEGO’S WOMEN AUTHORS TO BE SALUTED AT SOROPTOMIST PRE-THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (La Mesa) - The public is invited to Soroptimist International of La Mesa's  61th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Community Breakfast, which will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North in San Diego’s Mission Valley.  Admission is $45 per person.


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ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS PLAYOFF EDITION: NOA 12/325 WITH 5 TDS AS HIGHLANDERS RUN OVER FOOTHILLERS IN QUARTERFINAL 68-7

 

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November 9, 2018 (La Mesa) - A team that should be in the playoffs against a team hanging on by the seat of their pants.  This playoff edition of ECM Friday Night Lights takes us to Helix again, where the Scottie dawgs faced off with Grossmont in round two of the Battle for the Musket and the CIF Division I quarterfinal.


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LAKESIDE MIDDLE STUDENT, BLAKE COLEMAN, TAKES 2ND PLACE IN 2018 NATIONAL AGRISCIENCE FAIR

 

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Blake Coleman of the Lakeside Middle Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in Lakeside, California, took home 2nd place at the 2018 National FFA Agriscience Fair in the Plant Systems category, Division I of the competition.


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ALPINE’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE, SNOW FESTIVAL DEC. 7

 

 

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (Alpine) - The glowing 23rd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever on Friday, Dec. 7 in AlpineShining holiday lights will decorate every entry in this hometown, award-winning parade that starts down Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive at 6:30 p.m.  Almost 100 entries, including decorated pets, children, floats and big trucks, have registered so far.  


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AZTECS WOMEN’S TENNIS FINDS SUCCESS IN DAY ONE OF FALL CLASSIC II

 

 

Scarlet and black earn 10 victories in first day of competition 

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November 9, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State women's tennis hosted the first round of the SDSU Fall Classic I on Friday where the team captured wins in four of five doubles matches and six of 10 singles pairings.


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SDSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: AZTECS WIN THRILLER OVER HAWAII 58-57

 

 

Tea Adams scored the game winner with seven seconds left 

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November 9, 2018 (San Diego) - The Aztec women’s basketball team knocked off Hawai’i 58-57 in their season opener Friday afternoon inside Viejas Arena. Téa Adams hit a difficult driving lay-in to give the Aztecs the lead with seven seconds left and then SDSU got a stop on the other side of the floor to secure the victory.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

November 9, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

November 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) --- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a  variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

 

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MASSIVE WILDFIRES BURNING IN LOS ANGELES, VENTURA AND BUTTE COUNTIES

By Miriam Raftery

November 9, 2018 (San Diego) – Three major, fast-burning wildfires have forced more than 100,000 evacuations in southern and northern California and shut down a major freeway, with the entire state now under a red flag warning. 


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FULL LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

East County News Service

November 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The County Registrar of Voters has posted results with 100% of precincts counted in all races, though some 465,000 late mail-in and provisional ballots remain to be tallied.

We've reported on the major races in East County, but with more than 52 districts on the ballot locally, plus numerous local ballot measures, it's impossible to cover them all. 

You can view results for all local races from water, fire and school boards to community planning groups and more at www.SDVote.com and click on election results.


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MEASURE TO KEEP JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT INDEPENDENT QUALIFIES FOR FUTURE BALLOT, BUT FIRE FEE HIKE FAILS

By Miriam Raftery

November 9, 2018 (Julian) – This week brought good news and bad news for Julian residents fighting to halt a county takeover of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and save the county’s last all-volunteer fire department.

A citizens’ protest petition seeking to reverse the vote by the Local Agency Formation Agency (LAFCO) to dissolve the fire district obtained enough signatures to qualify for a future ballot, the Registrar of Voters informed advocates this week.  That’s a tough hurdle, since the requirement is more than 50% of property owners in the district. 

“We did it! We are the only ones in the history of LAFCO to ever get this far!” Lori Foss, a supporter of the petition and survivor of the Cedar and Witch fires, stated in an email to East County Magazine on Election Day.


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JUDGE KREEP OUSTED BY MATT BROWER

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Judge-elect Matt Brower at an Election Night party downtown

November 9, 2018 (San Diego) – Matt Brower has defeated incumbent San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep by a 59% to 41% margin. 

It’s rare for a sitting judge to be voted out of office. But Kreep was censured by the State Commission on Judicial Performance for 29 counts on judicial misconduct and running his courtroom in a biased manner, making derogatory comments about minorities, women attorneys, and people with cases before him. He came within one vote of being removed as a judge by the Commission for his misconduct

Brower is a deputy district attorney and judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was backed by the San Diego County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and other law enforcement groups, as well as by the San Diego County Democratic Party and also had cross-party support including Supervisor Dianne Jacob.


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SDSU MEN'S SOCCER HOLDS OFF UCLA 1-0

 

GK Cameron Hogg had a career-high seven saves

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November 9, 2018 (Los Angeles) - The Aztec men’s soccer team ended their 2018 season on a high note with a 1-0 shutout at UCLA Thursday evening. SDSU took the lead late in the first half on a Damian German penalty kick and then withstood a barrage of Bruin opportunities in the second half while playing with ten men to earn the victory.


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SDSU VOLLEYBALL DROPS MATCH AT UNLV

 

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November 8, 2018 (Las Vegas) - San Diego State volleyball fell in a straight-set decision on Thursday night, falling to UNLV at Cox Pavillion in a Mountain West contest.

Statistically, the Aztecs were led by Ashlynn Dunbar's 10 kills, Deja Harris' eight blocks, and Loren Teter's 15 digs. Offense was at a premium for both teams, however, as UNLV outhit SDSU, .183 - .081.


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POLITICAL WRANGLING: ELECTION FIRSTS AND ODDITIES

 

By Buck Schott

November 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- You’ve heard the hottest election stories. But have you heard the oddest?  Or a few historic firsts?  


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SCHOOL BOND MEASURES: MT. EMPIRE FAILING, SANTEE AND BORREGO PASSING

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2018 (San Diego's East County) -- Two East County school districts appear to have reached the 55% majority needed for passage, but a third failed to meet the mark, with 100% of precincts counted but some mail-in and provisional ballots still to be tallied.


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THEY’VE DECKED THE HALLS! ALPINE HOLIIDAY HOMES TOUR DEC. 15

East County News Service

November 8, 2018 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club will present its 13th annual Christmas in Alpine Home Tour on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This year’s tour will showcase five beautiful homes decked out in holiday style.


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TRUMP OUSTS ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS, REMOVES ROSENSTEIN FROM OVERSIGHT OF MUELLER PROBE: PROTESTS TODAY SEEK TO PROTECT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

 Protests against Whitaker takeover of Trump-Russia probe are slated at 5 p.m. today, including Ramona’s Collier Park  and federal courthouse downtown

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – Critics are accusing President Donald Trump of obstructing justice after the President forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Washington Post reports. The removal of Sessions shits oversight of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Sessions had recused himself from oversight of the special counsel probe due to conflict of interest laws, leaving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge.  But with Sessions gone, Whittaker is now in charge of the investigation that he has long criticized.


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RED FLAG WARNING TODAY AND FRIDAY

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

November 8, 2018 (San Diego) – The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for high fire danger, in effect from 10 a.m. today through 10 p.m. Friday in San Diego and Orange Counties.  Northeast winds of 20 ot 30 miles per hour are forecast near passes and canyons, with gusts up to 65 miles an hour possible.  Humidity is expected to fall into the 5 to 10 percent range Friday.


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CA BALLOT PROPOSITIONS: GAS TAX REPEAL AND RENT CONTROL MEASURES FAIL, BUT VOTERS APPROVE HOUSING BONDS, CAGE-FREE HENS AND ENDING DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2018 (Sacramento) – California voters will continue to pay a gas tax to fund repairs of roads and bridges, after Proposition 6, a ballot measure that would have repealed the tax, failed by a 55-45% margin. 

Prop 10, an effort to make it easier for cities to impose rent controls, failed by a whopping 62-38% vote. 

But voters approved ending daylight savings time, passing Prop 7 by a 60-40% margin.  Voters also passed Prop 1, approving bonds to fund affordable housing and housing for veterans by a 54-46% margin.

Below is a rundown on all 11 measures on the ballot (a 12th, Prop 9, was removed by a court due to constitutional concerns.)


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JONES WINS OPEN STATE SENATE SEAT; INCUMBENTS REELECTED IN OTHER EAST COUNTY RACES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Brian Jones, shown at Politics in Paradise, has returned to the Legislature

Update December 13, 2018:  In the final count, Jones won with 53% of the vote to 47% for Griffith, the closest margin in recent history for this district.

November 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Brian Jones, a familiar face in East County Politics, will be the new State Senator in the 38th State Senate District. Jones, a Republican former Assemblyman and current Santee City Councilman,  has defeated Cal Fire Captain Jeff Griffith a Democrat, by a 56 to 44 percent margin with 72% of precincts counted.


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SDSU MEN'S GOLF FINISHES SEVENTH AT ST. MARY'S INVITE

 

Aztec freshman Leo Oyo ties for 12th individually

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November 7, 2018 (Pebble Beach) - The San Diego State men’s golf team wrapped up its fall schedule with a seventh-place finish at the Saint Mary’s Invitational on Wednesday after shooting an even-par 284 during the final round at Poppy Hills Golf Course.


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