September 2015 Articles

COUNTY SEEKS "MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION" FOR SWEETWATER PLACE IN SPRING VALLEY

 

Hearing set for Oct. 13; public comments open now through Oct. 26

September 12, 2015 (Spring Valley ) – The County’s Planning & Development Services has proposed a Mitigated Negative Declaration of environmental impacts for the Sweetwater Place project at the northwest corner of Sweetwater Springs Blvd. and Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley.


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MAN, 26, FATALLY STABBED IN CREST

 

September 12, 2015 (El Cajon) – The Sheriff’s department is investigating the stabbing death of a 26-year-od man at a motorcycle club in the 100 block of Sierra Vista Drive in the Crest area of unincorporated  El Cajon.


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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

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ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN? PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING AT ISSUE AS BUDGET DEADLINE LOOMS

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The federal government will run out of money on September 30th if a funding resolution is not passed.  Some Republicans are threatening a shutdown of the government unless Planned Parenthood is defunded completely due to controversy over use of fetal tissue from abortions--even though the law already prohibits use of federal funds for abortions.


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EX-OFFICER, AUTHOR GARY MITROVICH TO SPEAK AT LAKESIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY DINNER SEPT. 28

 

September 11, 2015 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting their annual Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, Sept 28  at 6pm.  Tickets for dinner are $10 donation and reservations must be made by Sept. 25.  The Historical Society is located at 9906 Maine Avenue, corner of Parkside Ave. in the heart of the Historic District.  Please call the History Center at 561-1886 for reservations or questions.


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SUICIDE AT EL CAJON BUSINESS; VICTIM BELIEVED TO BE HOMELESS WOMAN

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2015 (El Cajon) – Employees of Advanced Air and Vacuum on Marshall Street in El Cajon responded  to a burglary alarm going off at 6:30 last night and made a disturbing discovery.


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BILL TO REGULATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA HEADS TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

 

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2015 (Sacramento)—A trio of bills to regulate medical marijuana in California have passed the Legislature and now await Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. 

The measures cover the full gamut of the billion dollar cannabis industry, from farming to dispensaries, all to be licensed for transportation and distribution under a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in the Department of Consumer Affairs. In addition to state licenses, local city or county licensing will also be required, so jurisdictions with bans or restrictions can keep them and voters can also weigh in on issues such as taxing the growing or sale of medical marijuana.


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THE GARDEN HOSTED 'THE MISSION CONTINUES' PLATOON ON 9/11

 

San Diego Military Veterans Volunteer at Garden As Part of National Service Project

September 12, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Water Conservation Garden proudly hosted more than a dozen military veterans from The Mission Continues as part of a national veterans service day on September 11. The volunteers planted trees in one of The Garden’s newest exhibits, the Native Habitat Garden.


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DOG DIES, HIKERS WARNED TO KEEP DOGS HOME IN INTENSE HEAT

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2015 (San Diego) – A bull dog died of heat stroke at Mission Trails Regional Park on September 7th.  As a result, the park posted warnings urging owners not to take dogs on trails during the excessive heat. 

But some ignored the warnings, including the owner of another dog that nearly suffered heat stroke a couple of days later, Fox 5 news reports.


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WILDFIRE THREATENS GIANT SEQUOIAS AT GRANT GROVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: General Grant Tree, courtesy National Park Service

September 12, 2015 (Sequoia National Forest)- The fast-moving Rough Fire (#RoughFire)  has charred over 128,000 acres and threatens the famed Grant Grove of ancient Sequoia redwood trees in King’s Canyon National Park. The lightning-sparked fire is 29% contained.

The grove includes giant sequoias thousands of years old, notably the General Grant tree, named in 1867 after Ulysses  S. Grant and declared our nation’s Christmas tree by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926. 

The National Park Service has closed and evacuated the Grant Grove area of King’s Canyon including John Muir Lodge, all campgrounds and the John Muir cabins. The Cedar Grove area and all lodging there are also closed. Those areas will stay closed until at least September 18.  Sequoia National Park remains open but a smoke advisory is in effect.


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TWO LIKELY HUMAN WEST NILE VIRUS CASES REPORTED IN SANTEE AND SAN DIEGO

 

September 11, 2015 (Santee)--The death of a 79-year-old San Diego woman on Sept. 8 and the recent hospitalization of an 80-year-old Santee woman are under investigation as probable West Nile virus cases, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. The 80-year-old woman is currently recovering.


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BILL TO REGISTER DRIVERS TO VOTE GOES TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

 

September 11, 2015 (Sacramento)--Assembly Bill 1461, also known as the California New Motor Voter Act, was approved today by the California Assembly on a 44-21 concurrence vote. The bill will now be sent to the Governor for his consideration.


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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATED AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

September 11, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Latino Film Festival and a Cuyamaca College Latino Heritage Celebration highlight an array of special events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges beginning Sept. 15.

All of the events are free and open to the public.


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CLIMATE AND TRANSPORTATION MEASURES FAIL IN SPECIAL SESSION

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2015 (Sacramento)—Two major measured backed by Governor Brown have failed to win passage at the end of  a special legislative session.


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CHP TRAFFIC SITE RESTORED AFTER 15-HOUR OUTAGE

By Miriam Raftery

September 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Highway Patrol experienced a 15-hour outage on its popular traffic site (https://cad.chp.ca.gov/  ).  The site is now restored thanks to East County Magazine bringing the outage to the CHP’s attention.

We received this note this morning from Paul Leymaster, Systems Software Specialist for the CHP,s CAD unit:  “Thank you for bringing this to my attention.  The problem should now be fixed (as of 7:00 AM this morning).  We had a network problem starting at about 4:00 PM yesterday causing a quarter of the state to not update any incidents.  We were unable to resolve the problem until early this morning.”


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COURT REVOKES EPA APPROVAL OF PESTICIDE TOXIC TO BEES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2015 (San Francisco)—The U.S. Ninth Court of Appeal in San Francisco today revoked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor because it is highly toxic to bees.  The pesticide is sold under the brand names Closer and Transform.


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HISPANIC MAN IN MAROON PICKUP TRIED TO LURE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL TEEN INTO VEHICLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont High School’s principal sent a letter to all parents yesterday warning of a apparent attempt to kidnap a female student on Tuesday, September 8th. 

According to Principal Daniel Barnes, the teen girl was waiting for a ride at 3:30 p.m. near the baseball field on Milden Avenue when she was approached by a man, who beckoned to her with a cigarette and told her to “get in” his vehicle. She refused and the man drove off on Water Street.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic man about 30 to 40 years old with brown hair, brown eyes, dark complexion, round face and large mole on his right cheek.  He was driving  a maroon single cab pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-150, older model with chipped paint.


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VEHICLES SHOT IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2015 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police received a call at 10:06 p.m. last night reporting shots fired in the 4400 block of Parks Avenue, only a block from La Mesa Dale Elementary School.   

Responding officers “rolled out to the scene and found three cars with bullet holes,” Sergeant Brian Stoney told East County Magazine.

Thus far police have no suspect and no motive. 


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PRESIDENTIAL RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

 

Part IV: Rick Perry and Scott Walker

Miriam Raftery, Devoreo Bell, and Juwan Armostrong contributed to this series.

Update Sept. 11, 2015:  Rick Perry announced he has suspended his presidential campaign.

September 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – In part IV of our series on the 2015 presidential race, we profile Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, both Republicans who are among the most controversial contenders in this race. One is indicted on criminal charges of political favoritism,  the other survived a recall election over his anti-labor actions.


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FRUITFUL FESTIVITIES: JULIAN TO HOLD APPLE DAYS FESTIVAL SEPT. 26-27

 

By Elizabeth Alper

September 9, 2015 (Julian) – Like apples?  Julian is hosting its Apple Days Festival as part of its Apple Days Celebration.  The festival will span two days, September 26 and 27, and will be held at the Menghini Winery (http://www.menghiniwinery.com/).


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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: SEPT. 10-OCT.17

 

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

September 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features a Car-B-Que at Santee Lakes, live musical theatre productions, the Sycuan pow-wow and a bluegrass festival in Santee.

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Julian Music Festival, the opening of the silver anniversary season of the Poway Performing Arts Center featuring Kenny Loggins as well as some major fall festivals including Julian Apple Days, Fall Fest, and of course, Oktoberfest!

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

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Destination East County 9-11-15

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READER'S EDITORIAL: SHOULD AN ELECTED OFFICIAL'S RELIGION TRUMP THE CONSTITUTION?

 

by Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (1st Amendment, US Constitution)

September 8, 2015 (San Diego)-- A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis has become a symbol of religious opposition to same-sex marriage after she was jailed Thursday for defying a federal court order to issue licenses to gay couples, the Union-Tribune reported.


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MEDICAL MINUTE: IS WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?

 

 

Free Seminar Sept. 17 at Alvarado Hospital

By Dr. Vadim Avulov

If you are considering gastric bypass surgery to lose weight, a therapeutic effect is often the reduction or elimination of type 2 diabetes. Gastric bypass reduces the amount of nutrients absorbed by the small intestine, which appears to result in metabolic changes that have a beneficial effect on diabetes.

If you are considering surgical weight loss, gastric bypass is a popular procedure because of its success rate. Even better, it can now be performed minimally invasively, which makes it much safer with quicker recovery.


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THE UNTOLD STORY OF FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND BILL AND HILLARY

 

Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY, 2015, 243 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

September 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Peter Schweizer, the author of Extortion, Throw Them All Out, Architects of Ruin, and other books that have revealed political wrongdoing, and has been featured on 60 Minutes, in the New York Times, and elsewhere, has written a timely and provocative book; Clinton Cash: The Untold Story Of How And Why Foreign Governments And Businesses Helped Make Bill And Hillary Rich. It is timely because Hillary is the presumptive Democratic candidate for president of the United States, with the excess baggage of Benghazi and the email controversy hanging over her head. This book really comes at a bad time for the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.


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PRATT'S THE VISION QUEST: BOOK ONE

 

The Atlantian: The Vision Quest, Book One, by Deborah M. Pratt (VGM Publishing, Beverly Hills CA, 2015, 287 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

September 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Deborah Pratt, a master storyteller with a vivid and imaginative mind for science fiction, the former co-executive producer and head writer on the iconic NBC series Quantum Leap, has followed this up with her latest book of a similar genre; The Atlantian: The Vision Quest, Book One. The Atlantian is a classic adventure that confronts the loss of innocence and the tender heartbeats of first love, held in secret while the whole of human existence hangs in the balance.


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GIANT PUMPKINS SOUGHT FOR RAMONA "PICK OF THE PATCH" CONTEST

 

September 9, 2015 (Ramona)--Attention, pumpkin patch owners!  If you’ve got the great pumpkin growing in your patch, the Ramona Home Journal invites you to enter its “Pick of the Patch” contest and win cash prizes.


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A FRESH LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF LA MESA: LA MESA CONVERSATIONS

 

New public discussion series considers water, public safety, downtown redevelopment and urban issues central to city’s future ; first meeting Sept. 23

September 8, 2015 (La Mesa – La Mesa Conversations, a new civic group organized as a volunteer committee, announced a new series of public programs and social events today. The Committee’s objective is to broaden, enrich and invigorate La Mesa’s civic dialogue on issues of enduring importance to residents citywide.


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UPDATE: KENTUCKY CLERK RELEASED FROM JAIL, BARRED FROM WITHHOLDING MARRIAGE LICENSES

 

By Liz Alper

September 8, 2015 (Grayson, Ky.) - A Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for withholding marriage licenses to gay and straight couples has been released today.


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9/11 REMEMBRANCES AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

September 8, 2015 (El Cajon)--A 9/11 commemoration organized by State Sen. Joel Anderson’s staff is set for 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at Grossmont College’s Main Quad. Speaking will be Grossmont College President Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Lannon, El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, El Cajon Councilman Bob McClellan, MCAS Miramar Chaplain Wayne (Bob) Freiberg, and Steele Canyon High School’s ASB President Trevor Krantz.


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ASK AN AUTHOR - USING TWITTER TO SELL BOOKS

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

September 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - I'd like to dedicate this week's column to my fur baby, Katie. She passed away suddenly on September 2. She was a beautiful American Eskimo and a never-ending source of joy.

What tips do you have that you would like to share with writers marketing on Twitter? I have a website and I put fresh posts on it daily with pictures. It targets the topic of my book, which is child abuse, and I share the latest information on new court cases and people who are battling this issue and suffering PTSD, relationship problems resulting from their past trauma currently. I also share my own experiences at intervals.  – M.J. Payne


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