October 2021 Articles

October 2021 Articles

ECM PADRES REPORT: BOB MELVIN TO BE NEW PADRES SKIPPER

UPDATE AS OF 11/1 8:17 AM:  Bob Melvin has been confirmed as Padres manager.

By Liz Alper

Photo via Keith Allison on Wikipedia, CC by SA 2.0

October 28, 2021 (San Diego) - Former Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has agreed to a three-year deal to manage the Padres, according to Twitter and two sources reporting to mlb.com.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BOUNTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL FALL IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  fall foliage along Highway 78 in Ramona Valley

 


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GRAND OPENING OF "THE PLAZA" AT LANTERN CREST SENIOR LIVING IN SANTEE SETS NATIONAL MODEL FOR ELDER CARE

By Henri Migala and Miriam Raftery

October 31, 2021 (Santee) -- With the recent grand opening of "The Plaza," Lantern Crest Senior Living in Santee might have created a national model for how we provide care for our aging population. The senior living facility is complete with a theater, a '50s-style diner with soda fountain, bowling lanes custom-designed for seniors, on-site medical center and doctor, pharmacy, gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, dog park, community garden, an award-winning chef serving three restaurants and two bars, an elaborately appointed tea room, live music and entertainment venues and much more.


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SHERIFF WARNS OF SCAM INVOLVING CALLER POSING AS LIEUTENANT

By Miriam Raftery
October 31, 2021 (San Diego) – The San Diego Sheriff’s Department tonight issued a warning for consumers to beware of phone scammers posing as an employee of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

So far, six people have reported receiving the bogus phone calls to the Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency line on Saturday, October 30.

 

“To sound convincing the caller identifies himself as Lieutenant Hartman. The storyline involves a missed court appearance.  He demands the person come alone to Sheriff’s Department Headquarters located at 9621 Ridgehaven Court in Kearny Mesa immediately,” the Sheriff’s release states. “He also makes a threat, claiming the issue will escalate into a criminal matter if the person fails to show up. Those who reported receiving the call say they heard a robotic voice or a computer recording instead of a real person.”


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SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO BLOCK MAINE’S VACCINE MANDATE, WHICH HAS NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

October 31, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – By a 6-3 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court declined an emergency request to block a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in Maine. Unlike mandates in most other states, Maine has no exemptions for religious beliefs. 


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FOOTBALL; SAN DIEGO STATE SUFFERS FIRST LOSS

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 31, 2021 (Carson, Calif.) - Jake Haener passed for 306 yards and a touchdown, Jordan Mims rushed for a career-high 186 yards and two scores, and Fresno State handed No. 21 San Diego State its first loss with a 30-20 victory Saturday night.


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SDSU VOLLEYBALL DOWNED BY BOISE STATE IN FOUR SETS

Senior Victoria O’Sullivan leads Aztecs with match-high 23 kills

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 30, 20211 (San Diego) - The San Diego State volleyball team put forth another valiant effort on Saturday against Boise State, but ultimately fell short in four sets (21-25, 25-16, 20-25, 24-26) in a Mountain West showdown inside Aztec Court at Peterson Gym.


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NEARLY $800 MILLION IN AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN SUPPORTS SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT AND THEIR CHILDREN

Source: U.S. Health and Human Services

Photo:  CC via Bing

October 30, 2021 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding a total of $797.5 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.


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SDSU CROSS COUNTRY PLACES EIGHTH AT MW CHAMPIONSHIPS

Freshman Nicole Meyer was the top Aztec finisher
 
Source:  goaztecs.com
 
Photo courtesy goaztecs.com
 
October 30, 2021 (Albuquerque) - The Aztec women’s cross country team placed eighth at the Mountain West Championships at the University of New Mexico’s North Golf Course Friday morning. 


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SUPERVISORS REPEAL SUNSET CLAUSE, ALLOWS FIVE LEGAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS TO STAY OPEN, EXPAND WARES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Outlier’s Collective near Gillespie Field is one of five legal dispensaries that will be allowed to expand to include recreational, edible and drinkable cannabis products

October 30, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – Five medical marijuana dispensaries that were legally licensed to open in San Diego County’s unincorporated areas faced closure after Supervisors in 2017 repealed legalization and allowed existing dispensaries to stay open only until April 2022.  But now the current board of Supervisors has voted to remove the sunset clause and allow the five legal dispensaries to continue operations, as well as expand by up to 10,000 square feet to add recreational cannabis products including edibles and beverages.


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SUPERVISORS APPROVE ANDERSON PROPOSAL FOR HOMELESS SHELTERS AND SERVICES IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 30, 2021 (San Diego) – On Tuesday, Supervisors approved a measure introduced by Supervisor Joel Anderson to bring help to homeless people in East County.

The new ordinance gives staff 120 days to propose locations for homeless shelters in unincorporated areas, as well as safe parking lots for people living in vehicles. The sites will have wrap-around services, so homeless families and individuals will receive support to get off the streets.

“The goal is to put these individuals on a path towards stability, independence, and employment,” says Anderson.


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“DASHA ON THE TRAIL” CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR AT MISSION TRAILS NOV. 13

Source: Sunbelt Publications

October 29, 2021 (San Diego) – You’re invited to meet Gwynne Margaret Bruck, author of the children’s book Dasha on the Trail,  at Mission Trails Regional Park on November 13 at 10 a.m. She will read and sign copies of her book in the amphitheater next to the visitor center, where you can also enjoy sights and sounds of the park.


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LOCAL AGENCIES JOIN TOGETHER NOV. 13 TO DISCUSS WOMEN WHO PROTECT AND SERVE

Source: AAUW

October 29, 2021 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa-El Cajon Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a panel discussion about women in law enforcement, fire protection and who serve as dispatchers for local agencies. The meeting will take place on November 13, 2021 in King Hall at Foothills United Methodist Church beginning at 9:30 a.m.


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RECALL OF SALAMI STICKS SOLD AT TRADER JOE’S LOCALLY AND OTHER STORES

By Miriam Raftery

October 29, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – A recall has been issued on Citterio Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks sold at Trader’s Joe’s across San Diego County and other locations. Trader Joe's voluntarily pulled the sticks from its shelves, but the item may be sold at other grocery stores, the CDC warns.


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AS COUNTY’S VACCINATION RATE CLIMBS, COVID DEATHS DROP SHARPLY AMONG THOSE WHO ARE VACCINATED

By Miriam Raftery

October 29, 2021 (San Diego) – San Diego County’s latest COVID-19 update provided Oct. 27 reveals that 90.2% of all residents countywide are at least partially vaccinated and 81.5% are fully vaccinated.  But 27 of the 28 deaths in the past week from COVID-19 were among people not fully vaccinated, further demonstrating the effectiveness of vaccines at protecting people from severe COVID cases.


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HALL-O-WINE FUN OCT. 30 AT WINE WORKS IN LA MESA

East County News Service 

October 29, 2021 (La Mesa) - Wine Works in La Mesa invites you to Hall-o-Ween on Saturday, October 30th. Come in costume for a 7 p.m. costume contest and get $2 off a glass of wine or $5 off bottles.  You can also enjoy live music by Blame Betty and food from Birria Madrical.

 

Wine Works is located at 8167 Center Street, La Mesa, CA 91942.


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WALMART RECALLS AROMATHERAPY SPRAY AFTER TWO DEATHS, INCLUDING CHILD, DUE TO DEADLY BACTERIA

East County News Service

October 29, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – Walmart has issued a recall of a lime and eucalyptus aromatherapy spray after a “rare and dangerous bacteria” linked to two deaths, including a child, were reported. Two other non-fatal cases have also been confirmed, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The product, Walmart’s Better Homes and Gardens-branded Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones is being recalled due to discovery of Burkholderia pseudomallei, a bacteria that can cause  melioidosis, a condition that is difficult to diagnose and can be deadly, the recall notice says.


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VISITOR DIES AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE RUNNING TRACK

East County News Service

Oct. 29, 2021 (El Cajon) A Grossmont College campus visitor died on Friday, October 29 due to what appears to have been natural causes. The individual, whose identity has not been released, appears to have collapsed while exercising on the campus’ track, according to a statement issued by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

The individual was found unresponsive by a campus employee about 10:35 a.m. The employee called 911. 


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FREE FLU VACCINES AND COVID BOOSTERS NOV. 8 IN EL CAJON

East County News Service

October 29, 2021 (El Cajon) – Volunteers in Medicine is offering free flu and COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, Nov. 8 from3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 1457 East Madison Ave. in El Cajon.

You can get both vaccines at the same time to protect yourself and your family in time for the holiday season, since it takes a couple of weeks for vaccines to be fully effective.


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NEED HELP TO ESCAPE AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?

East County News Service

October 29, 2021 (San Diego) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan wants you to know that confidential help is available.

If you are considering leaving an abusive relationship, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has trained staff to help.  Call 1-800-799-SAFE(7233), or text “Start” to 88788, or you can chat online at www.thehotline.org.


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SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER USES SECOND HALF TO REACH DRAW WITH LOBOS

By Liz Alper
 
Photos by Cris Rangel
 
October 29, 2021 (San Diego) - SDSU women’s soccer has just clinched a spot in the 2021 Mountain West Soccer Championship, so they celebrated by wrapping up their regular season with a match against New Mexico tonight on the Sports Deck, where they also honored six seniors on Senior Night.

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CELEBRATION OF LIFE NOV. 7 FOR UPS DRIVER KILLED IN PLANE CRASH

East County News Service

October 29, 2021 (Santee) – A celebration of life for Steve Krueger, the UPS driver killed by a plane that crashed in Santee on October 11, will be held at Santee Town Center Community Park on Sunday, November 7.  The service will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. fields 1 and 2.  The Santee Town Center Community Park is located at 550 Park Center Community Park, Santee.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of our driver Steve Krueger, and extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends," the company's statement read. "Those who knew Steve said he took pride in his work, and his positive attitude and joyful laugh made the hardest days a little lighter."

Krueger had worked for UPS for 30 years and was just months away from retirement. He had recently purchased a retirement home in Mammoth, NBC 7 reported.


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GIANT INVASIVE SNAILS TAKE HOLD IN LOCAL LAKES, CITY REVEALS AFTER ECM INQUIRY

These large snails can potentially transmit rat lung worm disease

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Katasha Cornwell, Florida Dept. of Transportation:  channeled apple snail laying a mass of pink eggs

October 28, 2021 (San Diego) – What are those pink clusters on rocks at Lake Murray and Lake Miramar?  After an East County Magazine inquiry, an official with the city of San Diego confirmed that they are eggs laid by Channeled Apple Snails. Also known as the “golden snail,” the crustacean is an invasive species from South America with potential to become a serious agricultural pest—and also potential to transmit rat lung disease.  They are listed as a restricted species prohibited in California – but they are now found in several California counties and a handful of other states including Florida, Alabama, Arizona, and Idaho.


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SAN DIEGANS URGED TO GET FLU VACCINE IN TIME FOR HOLIDAYS

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

October 28, 2021 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego is ramping up its flu vaccination efforts to lower the risk of San Diegans getting influenza this holiday season. County health officials are concerned this year’s flu season will be more severe than last year, when many people were staying at home due to COVID-19.


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PARKWAY PLAZA HOSTS FALL FEST OCT. 30

East County News Service

Photo courtesy of Parkway Plaza

October 28, 2021 (El Cajon) – Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon invites you to bring the family to a free Fall Fest on Saturday, October 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The event features “adventure throughout the plaza to say hi to your favorite live characters such as Wonder Woman and Captain America, and partake in a variety of activities throughout the mall,” according to Parkway Plaza.  Guests can also enjoy carnival games such as ring toss and skee ball, visit a face painting table, or stop at the arts and crafts station to make skeletons, bats and more.

Parkway Plaza is located at 415 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon. 


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SUPERVISORS FLETCHER, VARGAS OPEN COUNTY'S NEW DEMONSTRATION GARDEN

 

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by Brett Michel

October 28, 2021 (San Diego) - Hoping to help sow the seeds of sustainable, nutritional living, County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice Chair Nora Vargas, master gardeners and County staff opened a new demonstration garden at the County Operations Center Wednesday.


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JUSTICE DEPT. OPENS HOTLINE FOR SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO REPORT THREATS; ISSA INTRODUCES “STAND WITH PARENTS” RESOLUTION

By Miriam Raftery

October 27, 2021 (Washington D.C.) – Following a rise in complaints by school board members, teachers and school workers over threats of violence, harassment and intimidation, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced plans to convene a meeting with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement leaders to create strategies for addressing this trend.

In a press release, the Dept. of Justice also encouraged education officials to report threats to the FBI’s National Threat operations Center tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or via the FBI website at http://fbi.gov/tips. “Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland states. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”

Republicans have criticized Garland for setting up what they term a “snitch line on parents” and seeking to suppress free speech. But in testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Garland made clear that he has no intention of targeting free speech, which he said is “totally protected by the First Amendment…We are only concerned about violence and threats of violence against school administrators, teachers, staff.” 

In response to the Dept. of Justice announcement, Congressman Darrell Issa, a Republican from the 50th district which includes San Diego and much of East County, introduced the “Stand With Parents” resolution.


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SDSU MEN'S SOCCER BEATS SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN 3-1

The Aztecs wrap up their non-conference season undefeated (6-0-2)

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 27, 2021 (San Diego) - The Aztec men’s soccer team (8-4-2) beat San Diego Christian (5-9-2) 3-1 Wednesday evening on the SDSU Sports Deck. With the win, SDSU ends its non-conference season with a 6-0-2 record, their first time going undefeated in non-conference since 2005.


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HEARTLAND FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE WOMAN FROM STORM CHANNEL IN EL CAJON USING NEWLY DONATED SWIFT WATER RESCUE GEAR

East County News Service

View video: https://www.facebook.com/CityOfElCajon/videos/3043747972534333 \

October 27, 2021 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon and Heartland Fire & Rescue shared a video on its Facebook and Instagram accounts recounting a recent rescue by firefighters using swift water rescue equipment recently received through a grant from the Firehouse Sub Public Safety Foundation. The equipment was received just two weeks prior to the rescue


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CHRISTMAS MARKET DECEMBER 4 AT JULIAN MINING COMPANY

East County News Service

October 27, 2021 (Julian) – You’re invited to an old-fashioned Christmas Market at the Julian Mining Company (4444 Highway 78, Julian) on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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