October 2016 Articles

BLOOD WEDDING "BORDUS DE SANGRE" CONTINUES OCT. 6-15 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 11, 2016  (El Cajon) Blood Wedding is a Spanish play directed by a white guy from North Carolina who speaks very little Spanish. Rob Lufty jumped at the chance when asked if he would like to direct the piece of work by Federico Garcia Lorca. With the help of his assistant director, Jessica Hanley, he did the poet proud.

LA MESA COUNCIL TO VOTE ON PROPOSAL REQUIRING TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS TO PUT AN ITEM ON THE AGENDA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 11, 2016 (La Mesa) –  At today’s 4 p.m. meeting, La Mesa City Council will consider a proposal introduced by Council members Bill Baber and Kristine Alessio that would require signatures  of two  Council members to place any item on the agenda.  Under the proposal (item 10 on the agenda), all requests must also be made in writing, be relevant to the official business of the City, and submitted with any pertinent materials by the Wednesday prior to a Tuesday Council hearing.

Until now, any member could ask to add an item to the agenda and seek full discussion, sometimes at the request of a concerned citizen. 

LEMON GROVE MAYOR RESPONDS TO THREATS AGAINST HER FAMILY OVER WELCOMING COMMUNITIES RESOLUTION

 

Lemon Grove Council highlights:  public speaks out on immigrants resolution and cannabis dispensaries; Council approves new housing development

By Jonathan Goetz

October 11, 2016 (Lemon Grove) — Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom spoke at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to denounce threats circulated on Facebook by people opposed to the City Council’s “Welcoming Communities Resolution,” an affirmation of inclusion for refugees displaced by war and violence that Council approved.

CASINO OPENING IN JAMUL CAUSES TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES FOR RESIDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos courtesy of Deerhorn Valley Antler and Ray Conser

October 11, 2016 (Jamul) – Opening of the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego yesterday caused extreme traffic delays of to several hours, according to the California Highway Patrol and residents.  The Deerhorn Valley Antler reported 2-4 hour delays.  Traffic on State Route 94 (Campo  Road)  was  backed up for  many miles, all the way from Otay Lakes Road in the south and from  Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley in the north.Side roads such as Lyons Valley Road and Skyline also became jammed.

CHP’s incident page logged multiple complaints of motorists parking on both sides of  highway 94 and other nearby streets illegally after the casino parking lot, which holds 1,800 vehicles, filled to capacity. There were reports of  vehicles making illegal U-turns, passing illegally, and making right turns from a left-hand lane, as well as motorists walking along the roadway.  One caller voiced distress, reporting that her vehicle overheated and her daughter was home along,  per the CHP log. On Brush Fire Partyline’s  Facebook page, Melissa Woodall worried about her children stuck in traffic on a school bus with no air conditioning. John MJodline wrote that it took two hours to get his son at Steele Canyon High school, where dozens of kids were stranded waiting for parents and some students crossed a dangerous thoroughfare.

CHIFE’S CORNER: FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

October 11, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

BUREAU OF MEDICAL CANNABIS REGULATION SETS UP PRE-REGULATORY MEETINGS TO DISCUSS ISSUES REGARDING MEDICAL CANNABIS

 

By Janis Russell

October 10, 2016 (San Diego) - Close to a hundred people turned out on Wednesday October 5 at the Jacob Center for a pre-regulatory meeting on medical marijuana regulatory issues.  The public meeting was convened by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation (BMCR) in the California Department of Consumer Affairs and the Office of Medical Cannabis Safety, Department of Public Health.

OAK TREE EXPERTS: HOW OAK TREES ARE DYING AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO SAVE THEM

 

By Janis Russell

October 10, 2016 (Jamul) - On Saturday, October 1, the public gathered under some oak trees near the Lyons Valley Trading Post in Jamul to hear two experts talk about what has been happening with the coast live oak trees in California.

CHARGERS' FOURTH QUARTER WOES CONTINUE IN LOSS TO RAIDERS

 

By Liz Alper

Photos courtesy Joel Price

October 10, 2016 (Oakland) - For week four, the Chargers traveled north to face the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders.  The Raiders started the scoring midway through the first quarter with a field goal from Sebastian Janikowski, good for three points and the Raiders took a 3-0 lead.

“PROPOSITION SONG” MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED: A GUIDE TO ALL 17 MEASURES ON CALIFORNIA’S BALLOT

 

Song, online guide help Californians prepare to vote this November

October  10, 2016(Sacramento)---A new “Proposition Song” music video has been released by the California Voter Foundation (CVF) to give Californians a quick, informative, impartial and entertaining overview of all 17 measures on the November 8th ballot. The song and video can be accessed at http://www.calvoter.org or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yizO7L2J7LU .

Accompanying the new song, CVF also released its new California Online Voter Guide, providing voters with easy online access to information about all California state and federal contests.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL–SAN DIEGO TO CELEBRATE PREMIER OPENING MONDAY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Byron Croft: top, Richard St. Jean and Penn National team; right, Final Cut steakhouse view.

 

October 9,2016 (Jamul) – “I’m like a proud parent,” Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego vice president and general manager Richard St. Jean said,  during a preview tour of the 200,000 square foot facility on Saturday.  This has been a long time coming.”

The casino will opening to the public on Monday at 2 p.m., after an 11 a.m.ribbon-cutting for Penn National Gaming executive team members and tribal members of the Jamul Indian Village of the Kumeyaay Nation.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS WRAPS UP PLAY AT FALL AZTEC INVITE

 

Aztecs’ Raul de la Torre wins Flight 2 singles title

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Raul de la Torre captured the Flight 2 singles championship to wrap up a successful weekend at the Aztec Fall Invite.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 9, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State men’s tennis sophomore Raul de la Torre (Calexico, Calif.) captured the Flight 2 singles championship Sunday with a comeback victory over unattached player Reid Ponder to highlight the final day of competition at the Aztec Fall Invitational.

AZTECS WOMEN'S SOCCER: MITCHELL SCORES GOLDEN GOAL TO LIFT SDSU PAST NEVADA

 

Mitchell scores with three seconds left in 2OT

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 9, 2016 (Reno) - Angela Mitchell scored the golden goal with three seconds left in the second overtime period to lift San Diego State to a 2-1 victory at Nevada on Sunday afternoon. The victory propels the Aztecs to a 5-6-2 record (3-1-2 Mountain West), while the Wolf Pack fall to 4-9 (1-5 MW).

DETAILS ON PAST SHOOTINGS BY EL CAJON POLICE EMERGE

 

ECM records document 9 of the 12 ECPD shootings in the past decade

By Miriam Raftery

October 9, 2016 (El Cajon)—Yesterday,  the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that El Cajon Police Department had 12 officer-involved shootings in the past 10 years, including five fatal shootings.  According to the U-T,  El Cajon had the highest rate of shooting per 100,000 people of any law enforcement agency in the county.

The U-T story mentioned only two shootings specifically: the recent fatal shooting of Alfred Olango, an African refugee reportedly having a mental health crisis who pointed a vaping device resembling a gun at an officer, and Kelsey Hauser, a white female passenger fatally shot in January 2016 following a high-speed chase of a stolen vehicle that had rammed a police car.

East County Magazine searched our records, which date back to late 2008 when we began publishing,  and found details on a total of nine of the 12 shootings.  At least four of those were fatal, including the two listed above.

SDSU FOOTBALL: AZTECS BLOW OUT UNLV IN FIRST WEEK OF MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY

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Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 9, 2016 (San Diego) - Donnel Pumphrey had 198 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, Rashaad Penny added 160 scrimmage yards and two TDs, and San Diego State beat UNLV 26-7 on Saturday night.

Pumphrey ran 31 times for 141 yards and caught seven passes for 57 yards. His 26th career 100-yard rushing game tied DonTrell Moore (New Mexico, 2002-05) for the Mountain West Conference record.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER: AZTECS LOSE PAC-12 MATCH TO UCLA

 

By Liz Alper

October 8, 2016 (San Diego) - Aztecs men’s soccer played in its third Pac-12 match of the season tonight against #13 UCLA.

After a quiet first half, it was UCLA who struck first in the 63rd minute of the second half on a nice goal by Jose Hernandez and the Bruins took a 1-0 lead to the 90th minute to win it.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: AZTECS DEFEAT SAN JOSE STATE IN THREE SETS

 

Volleyball downs Spartans, 3-0

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo:  Hannah Turnlund came off the bench to record 10 kills in the win over San Jose State Saturday afternoon.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 8, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State completed a successful two-match home stand with a three set victory (28-26, 25-17, 25-21) over San Jose State Saturday afternoon on Aztec Court. The win was the third straight and eighth in the last 10 matches for the Aztecs, who improved to 12-7 overall and 4-1 in the Mountain West.

SANTEE HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED AS LETICIA ARROYO

 

East County News Service

October 8, 2016 (Santee) — The woman found dead by her roommate on October 4th in Santee has been identified as Leticia Arroyo, 34. “The manner of death has been ruled a homicide,” said Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson with the Sheriff’s homicide unit.  “The autopsy for this case has been sealed.”

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER AND UNLV PLAY TO A 1-1 DRAW

 

Weiser scores her first goal of her career in the first half

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 7, 2016 (Las Vegas) - San Diego State rallied from a one-goal first-half deficit and then played even the rest of the way as it battled UNLV to a 1-1 double-overtime draw Friday night at Peter Johann Field. The Aztecs moved to 4-6-2 (2-1-2 Mountain West), while the Rebels watched their record go to 10-3-1 (3-1-1 MW).

POLICE: 7TH GRADER MADE KILLER CLOWN THREAT TARGETING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2016 (El Cajon )—El Cajon Police provided extra security today at Montgomery Middle School after a series of threats circulated on Instagram by a user named “elcajonclown.”

 ECM obtained a copy of one threat, which read, “Who wants to get hired killing teachers?” 10 News reports an additional threat posted, which stated, "Tomorrow we attacking Montgomery at 9:30 AM send this [expletive] to montgomerys teachers we will kill all teachers and kidnap students we will have 19 people age 17+ be ready.”

BORREGO DAYS OCT. 21 - OCT. 23

 

East County News Service

October 7, 2016 (Borrego Springs) -- The 51st Borrego Days Desert Festival will kick off Friday, October 21st through Saturday, October 23rd. Visitors are invited to pack your sunscreen and set your navigation devices to lead you to Borrego Springs for this weekend retreat for three days of music, art, a parade, car show, kids’ carnival activities and an opportunity to enjoy nature.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL: AZTECS OVERCOME FRESNO STATE IN FOUR SETS

 

Volleyball downs Bulldogs 3-1

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Emma Fuzie had a 11 kills, five blocks, two service aces and a dig while hitting at a .474 clip in the win over Fresno State.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 7, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State turned its seventh victory in its last nine outings as it defeated visiting Fresno State, 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-22), Thursday evening on Aztec Court. With the win SDSU improved to 11-7 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West and it moved into a tie for third place in the conference standings.

OFFICIALS MEET WITH POTRERO RESIDENTS ON BORDER FIRE CONCERNS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 6, 2016 (Potrero)—Supervisor Dianne Jacob convened a meeting at the Potrero Library on September 27th ,  where officials from Cal Fire, the Sheriff’s department,County Animal Services and the Office of Emergency Services responded to concerns raised by residents during the Border Fire.

Verizon, AT&T and SDG&E were also on hand with information on communications issues and power outages.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER TO RECONSIDER ITS ENDORSEMENT OF MARIJUANA INITIATIVES IN LA MESA AND LEMON GROVE AFTER BACKLASH FROM CIVIC LEADERS

 

Update Oct. 12: The Chamber has rescinded its endorsement of Measures U and V after receiving more information from the cities of La Mesa and  Lemon Grove.

By Miriam Raftery

October 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) –Community leaders in La Mesa and Lemon Grove are reacting with shock and outrage over endorsement by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce (ECC) of Measures U and V, which would legalize medical marijuana dispensaries in the two cities.   Voters in both La Mesa and Lemon Grove rejected similar ballot measures in the last general election.

“The City of Lemon Grove is a dues-paying member of the ECC. Our tax dollars pay for those dues,” states an e-mail sent to  Lemon Grove’s mayor and others  from  Helen Ofield,  President of the Lemon Grove  Historical Society, and her husband, Jack.  “We urge the Lemon Grove City Council and City Manager to oppose the ECC’s action in the strongest possible terms and to cancel its membership in the ECC.”

CHARGERS MOURN PASSING OF MINORITY OWNER GEORGE PERNICANO

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Source: Chargers news release

October 6, 2016 (El Cajon) - San Diego Chargers minority owner George Pernicano passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at his home in El Cajon, California early Thursday.  He was 98. 

Pernicano was one of the five original San Diego Chargers minority owners who purchased interest in the team in 1963.  He helped Jack Murphy and other prominent San Diegans convince Barron Hilton, the owner of the Los Angeles Chargers, to bring the team to San Diego in 1961.

DEVELOPING A HABIT OF RESPECT FOR OTHERS

 

The Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence Without Intimidation, by Gregg Ward (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2016, 130 pages).

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

October 6, 2016 (San Diego) - Ironically and coming at a time when Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf has been called before the Senate Banking Committee to account for his actions and those of the bank, along with intemperate and disrespectful actions of numerous other business leaders, Gregg Ward, CEO of the Gregg Ward Group, a management consulting, training and coaching firm that focuses on helping leaders develop their Respectful Leadership, has written a timely book; The Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence Without Intimidation.

SANTEE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 5, 2016 (Santee) – Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman at her home in Santee last night.

The woman’s roommate called 911 to report finding the victim unconscious with trauma to her upper body.  Deputies and paramedics responded at 10:39 p.m. to the residence at 8837 Mission Greens Road #3 in Santee, but the woman was dead.

READY, PETS, GO! JINGLE PAWS DEC. 3

 

East County News Service

October 5, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) -- The Aces Foundation invites you and your dog to participate in the 6th annual Jingle Paws Walk for Pets on December 3rd.  Festivities begin at 9:00am with a warm-up from Leash Your Fitness and a Blessing of the Animals; the walk begins immediately after in the amphitheater at the Garden at Cuyamaca College, traveling throughout the campus.

HELIX WATER BOARD CANDIDATES CLASH IN LIVELY CANDIDATE FORUM

 

Listen now: click button above left to hear the candidate forum originally aired on East County Magazine's  Show on KNSJ radio on September 30, 2016.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mark Gracyk,  Dan McMillan, Lou Tejeda and John Linden

October 5, 2016 (Lemon Grove)—Four contenders vying for two seats on the Helix Water District Board shared their goals at East County Magazine’s candidate forum  at the Lemon Grove Library on September 21st.  Incumbent John Linden defended repeated  rate hikes as necessary, while challengers  Mark Gracyk, Dan McMillan, and Louis Tejeda pledged to fight for holding the line against future rate hikes and/or trying to reduce water rates.

Candidates fielded questions from  the audience and from East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery on a wide range of issues including water quality, the future of Lake Jennings, the  land deal for sand mining El Monte Valley, their financial backgrounds and more.

Audio: 

Helix Water District Candidate Forum 2016

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