October 2017 Articles

TOAST OF EAST COUNTY: SAVOR THE FLAVORS OCT. 22

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present this year’s “A Toast to East County” on Sunday, October 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.  at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).


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READER’S EDITORIAL: GUN CONTROL IS NEEDED

 

By Joe Bialek

October 8, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This letter is in response to the articles covering the recent shooting in Las Vegas.

The second amendment of the United States Constitution states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Obviously the need for a state militia has been replaced by the National Guard and Coast Guard whereby trained military personnel are entrusted with the defense of this country against domestic enemies. Their weapons are tightly controlled and safeguarded.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: FIREARMS POLICY COALITION OPPOSES PROPOSED BANS ON SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARMS AND ACCESORIES, INCLUDING "BUMP FIRE" STOCKS

 

Source:  Firearms Policy Coalition

October 7, 2017 (San Diego) — Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has issued the following statement concerning calls for new bans and regulations on firearms and firearm accessories: 

In depraved acts of self-centered posturing, politicians who do not respect our Constitution are leveraging the recent tragedy in Las Vegas to push for more unconstitutional bans and restrictions on common, semi-automatic firearms, ammunition, and accessories.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY AN EMPLOYER SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO EXCLUDE BIRTH CONTROL FROM HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS BASED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

October 7, 2017 (San Diego) - According to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, “The Trump administration on Friday moved to roll back the federal requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, vastly expanding exemptions for those that cite moral or religious objections (Robert Pear. “Birth Control Mandate Rolled Back”, October 7, 2017, page A1). People believe that health insurance is a bonus offered by employers. Not true! To understand this, one has to understand both the history of employer-based health insurance and what a pay/wage packet is.


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SDSU VOLLEYBALL DOWNS AIR FORCE IN FOUR SETS; COLLINS-PARKER COLLECTS 300TH CAREER VICTORY

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Deitre Collins-Parker courtesy goaztecs.com

October 7, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State volleyball head coach Deitre Collins-Parker picked up her 300th career victory on Saturday as the Aztecs emerged triumphant over Air Force 3-1 (25-14, 29-31, 25-20, 25) in a Mountain West match at Aztec Court.


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A TALE OF TWO OKTOBERFESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 7, 2017 (El Cajon) – Crowds flocked to Oktoberfests in El Cajon and La Mesa for bratwurst, beer, and festivities. The two community events differed sharply, with the German-American club’s event at its headquarters in El Cajon focused on authentic offerings such as a German band and Bavarian pastries, while La Mesa added some international elements and carnival attractions.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: UNMASKING CAL FIRE -- ILLUMINATING THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY/CAL FIRE PLAN FOR JCFPD

 

By Patricia Landis, former board member, Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District

October 7, 2017 (Julian) -- I am a retired psychologist and not a journalist or investigative reporter. As a psychologist, my job was to listen. Maybe that is why so many individuals come and tell me “what’s going on.” I have become a repository of information about our fire department and I believe I need to share what I am hearing because it affects the lives of all of us living in the Julian-Cuyamaca fire district.


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CPUC HOLDS MEETING IN CHULA VISTA, PUTS OFF DECISION OF SDG&E CHARGING RATEPAYERS FOR 2007 SAN DIEGO COUNTY WILDFIRE LOSSES

 

By Paul Kruze

October 7, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Residents from San Diego's East County testified during the open comment period at last Thursday’s California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) meeting in Chula Vista.

Earlier in the day, the CPUC held a hearing on whether or not to approve a recommendation made by two CPUC administrative law judges to reject SDG&E’s application seeking to charge ratepayers for its uninsured losses in three of the 2007 wildfires. That hearing consisted largely of technical arguments. Afterward, a second meeting in Chula Vista was held for all parties involved, and public testimony was also taken. 


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IDENTIFY THEFT SUSPECT WANTED: UP TO $1,000 REWARD

 

East County News Service

October 7, 2017 (Santee/La Mesa) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers along with investigators from the Santee Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for identity theft.

The victim from Santee never lost her credit card and does not know how her information was compromised.


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MAN ATTACKS FEMALE STUDENT NEAR SDSU

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2017 (San Diego) – Campus police at San Diego State University are asking for public help to identify a suspect accused of attacking a female student Sunday around 10:30 p.m. 

The victim told police she was walking in the 4900 block of Campanile Drive when a man threw water in her face, then wrestled her to the ground. She managed to fight off the assailant, who fled in a faded, dark blue car. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a dark, long-sleeve shirt and dark pants.


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SDSU SWIMMING & DIVING PLACES SECOND AT CHICK-FIL-A INVITATIONAL

 

Aztecs finish first among Mountain West programs

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 7, 2017 (Fresno) - The San Diego State swimming and diving team capped a strong weekend performance, finishing the Chick-fil-A Invitational in second place (677 points) among five teams on Saturday afternoon. The Aztecs finished ahead of four Mountain West programs, topping Nevada (654.5), Fresno State (518), and San Jose State (460), while 2016-17 national runner-up Cal recorded 1318.5 points to bring home first-place honors.


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MISSING COLLEGE AREA WOMAN’S PHONE FOUND IN DUMPSTER: POLICE SEEK HELP TO FIND HER

 

East County News Service

October 7, 20127 (San Diego) – Alexandria Nicole Smith, 30, left her home near San Diego State University last Monday morning around 11 p.m. in her grey 2015 Toyota Corolla (license 7CPB649).  She hasn’t been seen since, though her cell phone was found thrown in a dumpster in Vista on Wednesday.


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THE SAPS AT SEA PRESENT HOWLARIOUS HALLOSCREAM! OCT. 28

 

By Liz Alper

October 7, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel & Hardy fan club, presents their Halloween program, Howlarious HalloScream! on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbytarian Church in Spring Valley.   The Saps are teaming up with the Theater Organ Society of San Diego and both groups' very own Russ Peck will be playing organ accompanyments to the films.


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ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: FOOTHILLERS LEAVE EL CAP IN RUINS; WIN 51-7 ON WEEK ONE OF GROSSMONT LEAGUE PLAY

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

October 6, 2017 (Lakeside) - ECM Friday Night Lights is back after a two-week hiatus with our first-ever trip to Lakeside as the Foothillers of Grossmont (3-2 overall) made the trip out to visit the Vaqueros of El Capitan (2-3 overall) in both teams’ first matchup of Grossmont League play.


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SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER AND SJSU PLAY TO A SCORELESS 2OT DRAW

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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October 6, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State and San Jose State played an exciting 110 minutes, but neither team scored as the game ended in a 0-0 draw. The result kept the Aztecs (6-6-1) and Spartans (6-5-1) knotted at 3-1-1 in the Mountain West, which is tied for third in the league standings with Wyoming and two points behind the conference leader New Mexico.


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OTAY WATER BOARD OVERHAULS WATER RATES AND AUTHORIZES FIVE-YEAR PASS-THROUGH OF RATE INCREASES

 

By Kendra Sitton

October 6, 2017 (Spring Valley) — The Otay Water Board approved the rates and charges for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, as well as a five-year authorization of cost-increases up to 10 percent. The board passed the rate changes in a 4-1 vote on Wednesday, Oct. 4 following a public hearing at its headquarters in Spring Valley.


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WARNER SPRINGS RANCH RESORT TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF ART GALLERY ON OCT. 15

 

"The Gallery at Warner Springs” will showcase local art, serve as visitor center in historic Loretta Young House

Photos: Judith Doxey artwork depicting Warner Hot Springs pools and walkway

East County News Service

October 6, 2017 (Warner Springs) – Warner Springs Ranch Resort (WSRR) will now be home to “The Gallery at Warner Springs,which will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the property’s Loretta Young House, located at 31652 Highway 79. In addition to food and drinks, the event will feature a raffle and silent auction benefitting the Warner Springs Cultural Association.


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EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL WANTS YOUR IDEAS FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY: OCT. 10 WORKSHOP

 

East County News Service

 

October 6, 2017 (El Cajon) — El Cajon’s City Council seeks community input at a workshop set for Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. City Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Way. Residents, community groups and businesses are invited to attend the public forum to offer their ideas for making a better El Cajon.


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APPLICATIONS FOR SHERIFF’S DISPATCHERS ARE NOW OPEN

 

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff's Department

October 6, 2017 (San Diego) - Four hours per day, seven days a week, Sheriff's Dispatchers answer emergency calls from all across San Diego County. They save lives by getting help out to those calling 9-1-1.


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JIMMY KIMMEL ROASTS CHARGERS IN PROMO VIDEO

 

 

By Liz Alper

Video via Jimmy Kimmel Live

October 6, 2017 (San Diego) - The ECM sports team is wondering why it took so long for late night comedy hosts to beat up the Chargers for bolting out of town, but on Thursday night, our prayers were answered as Jimmy Kimmel took the reins and roasted the now LA Chargers' attendance woes.


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SDSU MEN'S TENNIS COMPLETES DAY ONE AT AZTEC FALL INVITATIONAL

 

Aztecs Rafael Gonzalez Almazan and Daniel de la Torre post three victories each

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Rafael Gonzalez Almazan was a three-time winner on Friday at the Aztec Fall Invitational.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

October 6, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team made its home debut Friday at the 2017 Aztec Fall Invitational Friday, with 10 of the squad’s 11 players seeing action at Aztec Tennis Center.

Sophomore Rafael Gonzalez Almazan (Madrid, Spain) and redshirt freshman Daniel de la Torre (Calexico, Calif.) were the big winners on opening day of SDSU’s annual tournament, posting two victories apiece in singles competition, while each emerged triumphant in doubles.


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SDSU SWIMMING & DIVING IN SECOND AT CHICK-FIL-A INVITATIONAL

 

Aztecs trail only 2016-17 national runner-up Cal in five-team meet

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 6, 2017 (Fresno) - The San Diego State swimming and diving team recorded a strong first day at the Chick-fil-A Invitational at Fresno State University, capturing 443 points for a second-place standing. The Aztecs only trail 2016-17 national runner-up Cal, who leads the pack with 879 points.


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KIDS CARE FEST AT LAKESIDE RODEO GROUPS: WILL OFFER FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN

 

East County News Service

 

October 6, 2017 (Lakeside) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East Region, will present the 2017 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented health event open to the public. Featuring free health screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside.


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FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS OF 2017 PROMPTS MOSQUITO WARNING

 

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 6, 2017 (San Diego) - A 49-year-old woman from Spring Valley has been confirmed as the first person in San Diego County in 2017 to test positive for West Nile virus, County Health and Human Services Agency announced Friday.


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PASSAGES: EAST COUNTY BUSINESSMAN WILLIAM "BILL" THOMAS VERBECK PASSES AT AGE 90

 

East County News Service

October 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Known for his generosity in support of East County community organizations, businessman William “Bill” Thomas Verbeck passed away at his home in Spring Valley on September 27 at the age of 90, with friends by his side.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SHINE ON, HARVEST MOON

 

Story and photo by Robert Gehr

October 6, 2017 (El Cajon) -- October’s harvest moon is on display right now in our night sky. The full moon event peaked on October 5th and shows just how bright it can be depending on where it‘s positioned in the sky.


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2017: THEY MADE THE NFL ON OPENING DAY

 

By Rick Davis

Photo:  Granite Hills grad Joe Cardona, a long snapper for the New England Patriots

October 5, 2017 (San Diego) - Twelve former San Diego Section stars made the 32-team NFL rosters of 1,693 players at the start of the 2017 season.

Thirteen made the list in 2016 and 15 in 2015.

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HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS AT PARKS

 

 

It’s frightening how much fun you can have at parks this month. The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a dozen chilling and thrilling Halloween events including haunted hikes, pumpkin parties and a day of the dead.

Don’t be a scaredy cat. All events are family-friendly, for all ages and some are even in the daytime. Most are free, though some have parking fees. Inclement weather may cancel some of the outdoor events.


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SDSU MEN'S SOCCER SLIPPED UP BY NO. 22 WASHINGTON 3-0

 

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October 5, 2017 (Seattle) - The San Diego State fell to No. 22-ranked Washington, 3-0, on Thursday night. The Aztecs now stand at 4-7-0 (0-3-0 Pac-12), while the nationally-ranked Huskies improve to 9-2-0 (2-0-0 Pac-12) and extend their win streak to six.


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SDSU SWIMMING & DIVING DEFEATS PEPPERDINE 133-74

 

Aztecs take first place in seven of 10 events

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October 5, 2017 (Malibu) - The San Diego State women’s swimming and diving team took a 133-74 decision against Pepperdine at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool on Thursday afternoon.

“We mixed it up a bit today. We tried different athletes in different races,” said head coach Mike Shrader. “It provides a little bit of variety, and with the team having a lot of individual medley swimmers, that will hopefully make them stronger going forward.”


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