September 2015 Articles

U.S. TO ADMIT MORE REFUGEES OVER NEXT TWO YEARS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S. will raise its cap on refugees from the current level of 70,000 to accept 85,000 next year and 100,000 in 2017. The news comes in response to a growing refugee crisis of people fleeing ISIS in Syria and Iraq, including Christians and other minorities as well as Muslims.

That came as welcome news in El Cajon, where Iraqi-American Christians are celebrating at the Chaldean Festival.


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WHERE DOES FIORINA STAND ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS ISSUES?

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - In the second Republican presidential debate, Ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina scored high approvals from voters for standing up to Donald Trump over his disparaging “look at that face” remark. But when it comes to standing up for women’s rights, just how does Fiorina compare to the leading contenders in either party?


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THEATER ARTS FOR ALL: VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE

 

By Ariele Johannson

September 18, 2015 (La Mesa)--You might be surprised how much some kids love Broadway! Recently, several teenagers from Visionary Dance Theatre showed off their love of singing Broadway hits for the supporters and staff of East County Magazine, with solo performances and a coed dance duet.


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GIRL, 7, KILLED BE VEHICLE WHILE PLAYING IN PARKING LOT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

September 20, 2015 (El Cajon) – A 7-year-old girl has died after being struck by a Ford Ranger pickup truck in the parking lot of an apartment complex where she lived at 589 North Johnson Street in El Cajon.  A makeshift memorial for the victim, identified as Riley Jackson by neighbors, has been set up, 10 News reports.

El Cajon Police officers and Heartland Fire paramedics responded to the scene at 7:11 p.m. last night. According to the Medical Examiner’s office, the girl and another child were playing in the parking lot when the victim ran out from behind a dumpster into the path of the Ford Ranger.

The driver, Bradley Brown, a 20-year-old from National City, called 911 and remained at the scene. He has been fully cooperative with the investigation, said  Lieutenant Soulard with the El Cajon Police, adding that neither alcohol nor speed were factors.


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SCHOOL BOND MEASURE QUALIFIES FOR STATEWIDE BALLOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2015 (Sacramento – California’s Secretary of State has confirmed that a  $9 billion school construction bond measure has qualified for the November 2016 ballot. The measure is sponsored by Californians for Quality Schools.


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FLASH FLOOD WATCH MONDAY AND TUESDAY FOR MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS

 

East County News Service

File photo: Flooded road in Pine Valley, by Alex Tardy, National Weather Service

September 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch, cautioning that heavy rainfall and flash flooding is possible from Monday afternoon through Tuesday in San Diego’s eastern mountains and deserts.

Rainfall could exceed two inches in mountains and could top an inch in the deserts.  Recent wildfire burned areas will be particularly susceptible to flash flooding and debris flows.


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. SWAT TEAM ARRESTS SHOOTING SUSPECT IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

September 19, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police dispatched its SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics team) and evacuated neighbors due to an active shooter at 1400 Petree Avenue.

The incident began at 7:40 p.m. when a caller reported three gunshots from a neighbor’s apartment. While on the phone, police heard another shot.Officers responded and established a perimeter around the apartment, hearing additional gunshots from inside.


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ON THE AGENDA: LA MESA CITY COUNCIL SEPT. 22

 

By Kristin Kjaero

September 19, 2015 (La Mesa) – Two development projects are on the agendas for regular and special meetings of the La Mesa City Council on September 22.  These include an assisted care facility and an apartment complex.


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TWO SANTEE HOUSING PROJECTS MOVE AHEAD

 

 

By Mike Allen

Photo, left: Parc One artist's rendering

September 19, 2015 (Santee)--Two long-planned residential projects in Santee moved ahead this summer, with the Parc One apartment complex nearing its opening and the larger, more controversial Castlerock development looking to obtain final permits to begin construction, possibly later this year.

Castlerock, a project that’s been in the works for about 12 years, should go before the Local Area Formation Commission in October, said developer Pardee Homes.


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SANTANA CHEER HOSTS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT OCT. 9

 

 

 

 

East County News Service

September 19, 2015 (Santee)—Santana High School’s cheerleaders have an event for golfers to “cheer” about:  a charity golf tournament Friday, October 9 at the Carlton Oaks Golf Course in Santee.

The event also features contests, raffle prizes, a silent auction, dinner and awards ceremony.


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OUR JUNE RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

September 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - - -Our June 2015 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in June, click here and scroll down.

Our interviews included representatives from the Senior Gleaners providing food for people in need, International Student Exchange, the San Diego Concert Band, the Water Conservation Garden with water-wise tips,  Enviro-Dems, Lionheart Academy of fencing, Lisa Wood on a controversial Lakeside sand mining project as well as her “long rider” cross country horseback trip, Assembly candidate Tony Teora, and a delegation of Philippino authors Sarka-Jonae Miller and Cherie Kephart, visitors here through a U.S. State Dept. program seeking ways to end corruption and improve government transparency.

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50TH ANNIVERSARY BORREGO DAYS DESERT FESTIVAL: “THOSE WERE THE DAYS” OCT. 23-25

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2015 (Borrego Springs) -- The Borrego Days Desert Festival has a long history of launching the peak season for Southern California’s desert region—welcoming snowbirds and enticing locals to join together after a long summer for a weekend of celebration.

 This year, the festival marks its 50th anniversary with a theme of “Those Were the Days” Oct. 23-25, aiming to create new memories for young and old alike. Live entertainment on the main stage, artists, a children’s fun zone, outdoor shopping, gourmet food trucks, beer and beverage garden, vendors, as well as a Saturday parade featuring flyover, equestrians, marching bands, floats, clowns, dancers, classic cars and more are all planned.


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SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

September 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE AND TECH

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CHARGERS NARROWLY ESCAPE FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON

 


By Liz Alper

 

Photos courtesy of Jamall LaFrance, Chargers Media Coordinator

 

September 14, 2015 (San Diego) - It looked like a lost cause.

 

In the first half, the Lions scored three touchdowns.  The Chargers, a mere field goal.  The score was 21-3 midway through the first half.  Philip Rivers made bad decision after bad decision and threw two interceptions.  The score was 21-10 at the half.

 

In the second half, it was as if the Chargers had been given a halftime speech by Mike McCoy that could only be rivaled by those in movies like Remember the Titans or Miracle (I know Miracle is a hockey movie. It still fits here) and the Lions turned back into the Lions that football fans know and love. 


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MOTORCYCLE CLUB BRAWL IN CREST ENDS IN DEATH

 

East County News Service

September 17, 2015 (Crest) – A brawl last weekend at the Stray Dogs Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse on Sierra Vista Drive in Crest ended in the death of 26-year-old Michael Raymond.


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AMENDMENT TO ROOMING HOUSE ORDINANCE PASSED BY CITY COUNCIL

 

East County News Service

September 18, 2015 (San Diego)—Aiming to help families and individuals sharing housing, San Diego’s City Council has unanimously passed an amendment to the Rooming House Ordinance proposed by Councilmember Marti Emerald.


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SAN DIEGO COUNTY SUPERVISORS SAY NO SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

September 17, 2015 (San Diego) - San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors made history today. Californians have never voted on whether to demand the Department of Energy remove nuclear waste. As San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is decommissioned, a toxic waste dump is being built 600 feet from the Pacific Ocean, and roughly the same distance from the I-5. Unless some action is taken, 1,400 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel will be stored there. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0, to “add to the County’s Legislative Program support for legislation that would remove and relocate outside of the San Diego region the spent nuclear fuel stored at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.” San Diego BOS Says NO Spent Nuclear Fuel.


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REPUBLICANS ATTACK OBAMA AND EACH OTHER AT 2ND GOP DEBATE

 

Key differences emerge in foreign policy stances

By Miriam Raftery

September 18,2015 (Simi Valley) -- Eleven Republican presidential candidates held their second debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley:  real estate tycoon Donald Trump, Senators Marco Rubio (Florida), Rand Paul (Kentucky), and Ted Cruz (Texas); ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush, current Governors Scott Walker (Wisconsin), Chris Christie (New Jersey), and John Kasich (Ohio), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and Hewlett Packard’s ex-CEO Carly Fiorina. The debate was hosted by CNN.

On some issues the candidates held similar stances.  All want to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare and seal the U.S.-Mexico border.  But some key differences emerged in their positions on foreign policy, with some calling for boots-on-the-ground troops in the Middle East and others warning of the dangers of such intervention. Candidates also had diverse stances on the Iran nuclear concern. Candidates’ views also differed on economic issues, Social Security and more.  View the transcript of the full 3-hour debate here or scroll down for highlights of the Republican debate, as well as responses from leading Democratic candidates.


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SAN DIEGO COUNTY PROGRAMS WIN STATE HONORS

 

County News Service

September 16, 2015 (San Diego)--A San Diego County program that helps safeguard vulnerable adults in dependent care has received the California Counties Innovation Award, the highest honor given in the California State Association of Counties’ annual awards.


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FORMER AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON TO SPEAK AT CA REPUBLICAN CONVENTION AFTER SCOTT WALKER BACKS OUT

 

September 16, 2015 (Anaheim)--The California Republican Party announced that former Ambassador John Bolton would headline the CRP 2015 Fall Convention Saturday Dinner Banquet on September 19 at the Anaheim Marriott. Ambassador Bolton was chosen to replace Scott Walker at the Saturday Dinner Banquet when the Governor withdrew to focus his efforts on the early primary states.


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CBS ALLEGES SDSU BASKETBALL UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR NCAA VIOLATION; ATHLETICS DEPT. DENIES PROBE

 

By Liz Alper

September 16, 2015 (San Diego) - CBS Sports reported Tuesday morning that the SDSU men’s basketball team is under investigation for alleged improper benefits allegedly given to prospective student athletes.


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10 SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN AFTER THREATS

 

Update:  La Jolla High and Pt. Loma High schools have been added to the list.

East County Magazine

September 17, 2015 (San Diego) – Threats of shootings or bombings have led to lock-downs at nine local high school campuses. Eight are in the San Diego Unified School District including Patrick Henry High School in the San Carlos neighborhood in East County. The ninth is in the Sweetwater Union High School District.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that no shooters or explosives have been found and no injuries have been reported; schools are locked down as a precaution while the threats are under investigation.


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LILAC HILLS: WHY PLUNK A CITY IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

On October 14th, or possibly the 28th, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will decide if they should rip up the dreams of a rural community so a developer can get a lot of money. As County Planning commissioners Peder Norby and Michael Beck recently pointed out, if the Lilac Hills project goes forward it will destroy 13 years of work, and close to $20 million, that went into San Diego County’s General Plan.

The project spreads across 608 acres in the Valley Center area. There are currently 16 “dwelling units” and a total of  just 110 are allowed under current zoning. Accretive Investments wants to build 1,786 units over the course of a decade. This would support a larger population that the city of Del Mar. Why plunk a city in the middle of nowhere?


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STATE OFFICIALS HONOR LATINO VETERANS

 

 

East County News Service

 

September 17, 2015 (Sacramento)--State officials gathered Tuesday at the El Soldado ("The Soldier") Memorial in the State Capitol Park to honor the sacrifices and contributions of Latino American Veterans.

To kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month, CalVet held a ceremony to honor the 296,000 Latino American Veterans who honorably defended our country in war and those who serve during times of peace. Latinos represent the highest number of Medal of Honor recipients per capita of any ethnic group. During World War II, about half a million Latinos served with distinction.


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HERE'S THE BUZZ: BEEKEEPING BOOST APPROVED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

 

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September 16, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved new rules Wednesday that will promote beekeeping and local agriculture while protecting the public. 

Supervisors approved a new “tiered” beekeeping ordinance that will allow beekeeping hobbyists and businesses to keep bees and hives closer to roads, property lines and homes in unincorporated areas — but still far enough away to keep people safe.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

September 17, 2015 (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 race

Other national news

WORLD

Europe and Asia

Middle East

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QUAKE TRIGGERS TSUNAMI WARNING FOR SOUTHERN CALIF. COAST AND HAWAII

 

 

East County Alert Service

September 16, 2015 (Orange County, California) -- An 8.3  magnitude earthquake has occurred off the coast of Chile has led to issuance of a Tsunami Advisory for the California coast from Orange County north to San Luis Obispo. San Diego County is  not included in the advisory. 

A Tsunami Advisory is issued for Tsunamis (or tidal waves) expected to be 1 to 3 feet higher than normal--capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or near the water.  Greatest threats will be the strong underwater currents early Thursday which will be hazardous to boaters and swimmers; coastal structures may also be damaged.  The tsunami arrival time ranges from 4:46 a.m. to 5:10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday) morning along the southern California coast.

The tsunami in Orange County is expected to be a foot high, with 4 to 8 inches expected in San Diego County. 

Hawaii is also on alert for a tsunami.


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY. SEPT. 17 TO OCT. 17

 

Listen to Destination East County, also airing on KNSJ, by clicking the audio link.

September 16, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County features the Chaldean American Festival in El Cajon, a Music Festival with Apple Pie in Julian, a live musical theatre production and Supervisor Jacobs with an event for seniors. 

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Julian Apple Days,   Oktoberfest El Cajon hosted by the German American Society followed by a new event, Fallfest in La Mesa and a water issues forum in La Mesa.

So scroll down tuned for all of these events and much, much more.

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Destination East County 9-18-15

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STORM BREAKS RECORDS

 

East County News Service

The National Weather Service reports that Tuesday’s storm, remnants of Hurricane Linda that drenched our region, has broken rainfall records.

Lindbergh Field got 1.21 inches of rain on Tuesday alone, breaking the previous record for September 14th set 109 years ago – and that old record was just over a tenth of an inch.Tuesday was also the second wettest day in September ever.


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FEINSTEIN URGES PASSAGE OF WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING ACT

 

September 16, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Wildfires, unlike  earthquakes or hurricanes, are not funded as natural disasters---and the money to fight devastating fires is running out.  Now as wildfires ravage our state, Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, has issued a statement urging Congress to pass the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. Here is her statement in full:


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