September 2015 Articles

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

September 16, 2015 (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:

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GUHSD BOARD HEARS UPDATE ON PROPOSITION H AND U STATUS, APPROVES FEASIBILITY STUDY ON ASKING VOTERS FOR MORE MONEY

 

"This is fiscal irresponsibility...The bond oversight is a joke." -- Nick Marinovich, bond oversight committee member who recently resigned in protest (photo, left).

"I don't think the public is aware of the damage being done by a handful of special interests." -- Jim Kelly, board member, referring to Alpine parents and taxpayers who sued the district over its failure to build the Alpine high school

 

By Janis Russell; Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

September 15, 2015 (El Cajon)- At the September 10th Grossmont Union High School District board meeting, president Robert Shield gave his report regarding a lawsuit the board is facing filed by citizens of Alpine. An update on Propositions H and U was presented to the board. The majority approved an agreement with CliffordMoss and John Hoy to study  the likelihood that voters would re-authorize Prop U bonds or issuance of new bonds.

That could be a tough sell to voters, since the district is being sued by Alpine taxpayers for failing to spend Prop H and U bonds on building an Alpine high school as spelled out in the bonds. The district has claimed enrollment triggers weren't met, though multiple knowledgeable insiders have repeatedly reported that triggers were met.


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WET WEATHER CAUSES CRASHES ACROSS COUNTY

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s been a rough day for motorists across San Diego County, with rain-slicked highways contributing to multiple crashes and long delays for commuters.

California Highway Patrol reports 385 collisions midnight to 9 p.m.—nearly triple the 140 accidents that occur on an average “good weather” day.  Those stats includes freeways and streets in unincorporated areas only and do not include accidents on any city streets.

By late morning, multiple crashes had clogged traffic on I-8 west in La Mesa and El Cajon.  Later in the day, all lanes on I-15 were blocked due to a major traffic collision.  A crash involving a big-rig and another vehicle on I-8 in Pine Valley sent both vehicles over the side, necessitating a rescue.


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MAJORITY OF SUPERVISORS VOTE TO SETTLE CLAIMS FILED BY DAVE ROBERTS’ STAFFERS

 

 

Roberts issues response to settlement decision

East County News Service

File photo by Nadin Abbott

September 15, 2015 (San Diego) – Today, the majority of County Supervisors voted to pay $310,000 to settle claims filed by three ex-staff members against Supervisor Dave Roberts. 

In a prepared statement, Supervisors indicated they determined the settlement to be “in the best interest of taxpayers” and said Roberts “at a minimum, showed poor judgment.” The statement added that “although not conclusive, the investigative material surrounding the inappropriate use of County funds, promoting a hostile work environment, an alleged bribe, campaigning on County time, improper use of a County vehicle and retaliation against District 3 staff members is significant and a matter of concern for the Board of Supervisors.”

Asked his response, Roberts, who has consistently denied the staffers' allegations, provided East County Magazine with the following statement:


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“HAIRSPRAY” SHINES IN PERFORMANCE OF "EPIC PROPORTIONS"

 

 

 

Musical continues Sept. 17-19 in Visionary production at Pt.. Loma High

Review by Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

September 14, 2015 (La Mesa) - Visionary Community Theatre and Visionary Youth Theatre join together for an outreach program of epic proportions to present "Hairspray." What do you get when you mash up several high schools and a professional choreographer? Great dancing, singing, and acting.


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COUNTY OVERHAULS JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAM: SUPERVISORS VOTE TO EXPAND SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS

 

As arrests and incarcerations decline, county will put greater emphasis on prevention, intervention

East County News Service

September 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--A major decrease in juvenile arrests and detentions has caused significant savings for the county, and now government officials are looking to transfer money into services that help keep young people out of serious trouble. In 2009, 5,000 juveniles were under supervision, but now there are approximately 2,100. Detention rates have had a similar decline, down from 842 to 438, said Ron Lane, deputy chief administrative officer.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to transfer this savings to training for law enforcement officers dealing with young offenders, increased mental health services, and a program that helps stop juvenile family violence.


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FIRE DESTROYS HOTEL IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

Photo: Heartland Fire & Rescue

September 15, 2015 (La Mesa)—An early morning fire has destroyed the Rodeway Inn on Spring Street in La Mesa, sending occupants fleeing from 17 rooms.


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POLITICAL WRANGLING: SPUNK, BLUSTER AND BACKBONE ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL

 

By Buck Schott

September 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Who’s talking about issues people care about on the presidential campaign trail--and who's trashing whom?  Who’s showing some backbone, and who’s breaking from the herd?  Which candidate is trouncing Trump in a saucy new ad—and which climate-denying candidate got a science lesson from our own California governor?

Find these juicy details and more in this week’s column, as well as an update on who’s in, who’s out, and who will be onstage at the upcoming debates.


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BORDER PATROL HALTS WOMAN WITH HIDDEN METH IN PINE VALLEY

East County News Service

September 14, 2015 (Pine Valley)--U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman Saturday evening at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had 38 bundles of meth in her car.The 38 bundles of methamphetamine weighed 45.46 pounds and have an estimated street value of $454,600. 


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CHALDEAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL: A CULTURAL CELEBRATION SEPT. 19-20 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2015 (El Cajon) -- The city of El Cajon is home to more than 40,000 Chaldeans, one of the largest Chaldean enclaves in the United States.  Chaldeans are an integral part of the local business community as well as the community at large, and would like to invite neighbors to sample the culture at the upcoming 5th Annual Chaldean American Festival on September 19 and 20. The City of El Cajon has proclaimed September Chaldean American Month, and invites the whole community to attend the Chaldean American Festival. The family event will feature authentic homemade Chaldean faire, traditional music and dancing, games for children, as well as local vendors for all to enjoy.


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LOCAL ARTIST MIKE HEFNER OF SAN CARLOS ON EXHIBIT AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2015 (La Mesa)--The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Summer Art Exhibit featuring 14 oil and watercolor paintings of landscape scenes by Mike Hefner of San Carlos. The show runs through the end of September.

The exhibit includes Hefner’s plein air watercolor paintings that highlight the beauty and history of San Diego, from its coasts and mountains to the deserts of Baja. Plein air means “open air” and refers to paintings created outside and on location.


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BAYOU BROTHERS ZYDECO ALBUM NOMINATED FOR SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS

 

September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine readers who attended our Mardi Gras party last year will recall the rollicking, zesty music of the Bayou Brother band playing Cajun and Zydeco blues, including several East County residents.  Now the Bayou Brothers “High Roller Zydeco” is nominated for Best Blues CD in the San Diego Music Awards—the first Zydeco band to win this nomination.


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BIRD TALK: GEESE GONE WILD

 

By Greg Dunne                                          

September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --I don’t claim to be an expert on birds descending from the dinosaurs, but if Geese did descend from millions of years ago, it’s not surprising that they are fearless creatures. I’ve been “honked” at, faced down on the path, and even charged by Geese at our local lakes in the East County. The Geese in particular at tiny Lindo Lake in Lakeside seem to rule the area with bravado and pride and can be extremely aggressive.  In addition, one of the most diverse amounts of species of Geese I’ve witnessed is at Lindo Lake.


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SEMPRA'S DEBRA REED RANKED AMONG FORTUNE'S 'MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS' IN 2015

 

Source: Sempra

September 14, 2015 (San Diego) – For the fifth consecutive year, Fortune magazine has named Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), to the magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” list.  Reed is ranked No. 23 in 2015, up from No. 30 last year.


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12 FIRES SCORCH DESTRUCTIVE PATH ACROSS CALIFORNIA

 

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Over 11,000 firefighters are battling 12 large fires across California.  The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and threaten thousands more.  Several firefighters have been injured (but are recovering) and at least one life has been lost in the Valley Fire.  Robert Louis Stevenson state park is closed due to the fires, which also continue to threaten giant sequoias at Kings Canyon National Park.

County Fire Chief Tony Mecham and the CAL FIRE unit in San Diego assure that stations in San Diego County are open and fully staffed; all days off for CAL-FIRE firefighters have been cancelled.  He also urged local residents to be prepared in case fires occur here, warning of dangerous conditions.


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HAGGEN FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY TO REORGANIZE AROUND FEWER STORES, PROFITABLE LOCATIONS

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Haggen, a major West Coast regional grocer, has announced plans to reorganize around its core profitable stores by filing voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has received commitments for up to $215 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from its existing lenders to maintain operations and the flow of merchandise to its stores during the sale process.


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LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS WITHOUT FIX REQUIRED BY FEDS FOR MEDI-CAL FUNDING

 

 

Senator Joel Anderson urges Governor to veto spending for preschool and protecting Monarch butterflies, calls for money to be used on services for disabled,Medi-Cal providers and in-home support services

By Miriam Raftery

September 14, 2015 (Sacramento)—The state Legislature adjourned without approving a change required by the federal government to avoid losing $1.1 billion in Medi-Cal funding.  Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers, with each blaming the other.


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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY AT THE HERRICK COMMUNITY LIBRARY

“The Wise Use of Medication” on Sept. 23

September 14, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Medicines can treat health problems and help you live a healthier life but must be used correctly.

The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library will host a free program on “The Wise Use of Medication” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Tips and suggestions will help attendees understand how to be safe and use medicines wisely, including information about over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as key questions to ask your doctor or the pharmacist.


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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: NATIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK!

 

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Can We Please Take Our Seat – Safely!

September 14, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - National Child Passenger Safety Week is this week. Make sure the ones you love are safe and secure in the car on every trip reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.


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VALLEY FIRE IN LAKE AND NAPA COUNTIES BURNS HISTORIC TOWNS, ROARS TO 40,000 ACRES

 

 

4 firefighters injured battling blaze

By Miriam Raftery

Photo taken by a Cal Trans crew member

September 13, 2015 (Lake County, California)—Overnight, fueled by gasoline explosions, the Valley Fire grew from 400 acres to 40,000 acres, Cal Fire report.  The blaze has destroyed scores of buildings including the historic heart of Middletown, a historic silver mining town dating back to the 1880s. The communities of Cobb and Hidden Valley have also suffered extensive damage, ABC news reports.


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SAN MIGUEL LOCAL PARK DISTRICT ADVISORY BOARD

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The County seeks volunteers for the San Miguel Local Park District Citizen Advisory Board (County Service Area 128).


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COOLER TEMPERATURES AND WET WEATHER FORECAST

 

 

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Photo by Alex Tardy, National Weather Service forecaster

September 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--If you’re looking to beat the heat, here’s some news you can use.

Cooler weather is coming to our region, with the remnants of Hurricane Linda  forecast to bring showers starting Monday night through Wednesday. Over an inch of rain could fall in the mountain areas.


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AMBER ALERT: TOT ABDUCTED AT MISSION BAY

 

Update: The body of missing chlid Wesley Hilare was found in Mission Bay.  Police now believe the boy drowned and that the report of a man walking off with the boy was a false lead.

Photo of Wesley Hilaire, by Daniesha Hilaire

September 13, 2015 (San Diego)  --- An Amber alert has been issued across southern California for a 4-year-old African-American boy abducted from San Diego last night at 7:44 p.m.  He vanished while at Mission Bay in the 2800 block of East Mission Bay Drive. He was last seen with a man who is believed to have abducted him from a family gathering.

Wesley Hilaire was last seen wearing red shorts and no shirt.  He is 4 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 40 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.

The suspect, a stranger to the family, is described as a 40-year old African-American man, 6 feet tall, 235 pounds with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, dark blue jeans with a hole in the right knee, and flip flops.


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MEDIA WATCH: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SELLS TO FOX; OWNER RUPERT MURDOCH IS CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – First published in 1888, the National Geographic magazine has long been one of the world’s most popular and respected journals chronicling science and culture around the globe.   But its reputation is now at stake at news that the nonprofit magazine is turning for-profit—and just sold to Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.


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"DARE THE DEVIL" AUTHOR ROGER CONLEE AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY SEPT. 23

 

WWII storyteller now stalks the mean streets of Los Angeles

September 12, 2015 (Lemon Grove) "– Not long ago, author Roger Conlee gave a gripping lecture on Fog and Darkness, his dramatic story of a journalist and a Marine navigating the final years of World War II. It was “vintage Conlee, the tale-spinner of 20th century history,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society.


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RESULTS OF NEW STATE TEST SHOW GROSSMONT TOPS STATE AVERAGE IN MATH

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--The new Smarter Balanced (SBAC) State test scores are now out.  The tests are meant as a positive step forward in helping to ensure that students are prepared to enter the 21st century with the critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills required for success in college and careers, providing a benchmark for measuring progress in future years.


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IN HONOR OF ANGELS

 

Kylie Rowand Foundation founded by Alpine parents aims to help fight childhood cancer

By Janis Russell

September 11, 2015 (Jamul)—Luke and Bree Rowand lost their young daughter, Kylie, to neuroblastoma last February.  Now they have started the Kylie Rowand Foundation in hopes of sparing other families from having to endure with such a devastating loss.


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BUTTE FIRE THREATENS THOUSANDS OF HOMES, FORCES EVACAUTION OF HISTORIC GOLD RUSH TOWNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2015 (Amador and Calaveras County) – An explosive wildfire is threatening some of California’s most historic gold rush towns including Angel’s Camp (famed site of Mark Twain’s  “The Celebrated Tale of the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County) as well as San Andreas, Pine Grove and Mokelumne Hill.  The Butte Fire is currently threatening 6,400 homes and has already burned 85 houses and 51 outbuildings. 

Over 100 square miles – 65,000 acres have been scorched in Amador and Calaveras Counties by the blaze, which is currently 15% contained. For full details and complete evacuation information, visit the Cal Fire Incident page: http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1221


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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING EL CAJON MAN, 20

 

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September 12, 2015 (El Cajon)—Elijah “Bear” Diaz, 20, remains missing two weeks after vanishing from his El Cajon home on Saturday, August 29. A private investigator hired by the family calls his disappearance “suspicious,” NBC 7 reports.

Diaz is a diabetic with a serious foot injury who is likely on crutches. His family is deeply concerned that he left with only enough insulin for a week and has missed several doctor’s appointments.

A wide-screen TV was missing from his room.  Diaz left without his toothbrush, glasses and cell phone charger, NBC 7 has reported.


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JULIAN HOSTS ITS 46TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPT. 19

 

By Devoreo Bell

September 12, 2015 (Julian)--If you are looking to have a good time and share your love of music with others, then come to Julian and celebrate the arrival of fall at the 46th Julian Music Festival.


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