September 2016 Articles

NATURAL GAS LINE BREAK IN LEMON GROVE HALTS TROLLEY

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- At 9:20 a.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a report of a natural gas line break in the 7700 Block of North Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters determined that a 2” gas line had been severed by construction crews who were using an excavator to dig a trench.

U.S.-MEXICO TRADE DEFICIT SMALLER THAN YOU THINK

 

By Jonathan Goetz

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) - Former United States Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, speaking at San Diego State University on Monday, estimated that products made in Mexico and exported to the U.S. contain 40% U.S. components.   As examples, he cited Honda’s CR-V, which contains a motor and transmission made in the USA.

READER’S EDITORIAL -- FORD’S PUSH ON DISABILITY RIGHTS SHOULD BE A MODEL FOR PHILANTHROPY

 

By Steve Bartlett and Tony Coelho

September 15, 2016 (Detroit) -- The Ford Foundation made history last year when it announced it was focusing its grant making on equality. Now one of the nation’s wealthiest and oldest foundations is making history in a new way: It acknowledged in big, bold fashion that inclusion means focusing on disability as well as race, gender, and class. Indeed, according to the U.S. Census, people with disabilities are the poorest of the poor in America.

GROSSMONT BOARD APPROVES MORE MONEY TO FIGHT LAWSUIT OVER ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Grossmont Union High School District’s board voted 3-2 to approve more funds for legal defense in a lawsuit filed by Alpine taxpayers and parents. The lawsuit and a Grand Jury report both contended that the district misappropriated bond funds approved by voters for an Alpine High School.

FOUR WAYS SWIMMING CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

 

By Brooks Hill

September 14, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Almost everyone enjoys hanging out at the pool. Whether it’s in your own backyard or at an apartment complex, people love splashing in the water. Often times, though, pools are viewed simply as a means for fun and not an effective way to workout. Believe it or not, swimming is actually one of the most effective ways to workout and promotes both physical and mental health, and although summer is coming to a close a heated pool or the right recreational swimming or triathlon wetsuit can have you swimming all year round!

PADRES RALLY IN NINTH; SCHIMPF HOMER LIFTS THEM OVER GIANTS IN GAME TWO; GIANTS BULLPEN CURSES THEM AGAIN

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo via @SFGiants on Twitter

September 13, 2016 (San Francisco) - The Padres said hello to San Francisco in a big way last night with the shutout.  They looked to do it again tonight with Clayton Richard on the mound against Albert Suarez.  

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2016 (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:

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WORLD

 

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

East County News Service

September 13, 2016 (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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STATE

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

COUNTY TO PRESENT RECOMMENDING ZONING CHANGES FOR ALPINE, FOREST LANDS INITIATIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS AT SEPT. 22 MEETING

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2016 (Alpine) -- The Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) Lands General Plan Amendment (GPA) will be on the agenda for the September 22, 2016 meeting of the Alpine Community Planning Group.  This meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine. 

 County staff will present the following:

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER: JEROEN MEEFOUT SELECTED TO COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS TEAM OF THE WEEK

 

Aztec junior notched four goals in two games last weekend

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo via goaztecs.com

September 13, 2016 (San Diego) - After recording braces in each of his last two matches, San Diego State forward Jeroen Meefout (Houten, Netherlands) was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, the website announced Tuesday. The Aztec forward was the lone Pac-12 representative on the prestigious 11-player squad.

AZTECS' WOMEN'S GOLF: SIRENE BLAIR TAKES SECOND AT NEW MEXICO TOURNEY

 

Aztec senior breaks 54-hole school record with 13-under 203

Source: goaztecs.com press release

September 13, 2016 (Alberquerque) - San Diego State women’s golfer Sirene Blair (South Jordan, Utah) finished second at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational Tuesday after posting a school-record 54-hole total of 13-under-par 203 at UNM Championship Course. The Aztec senior fired a final-round 70 on the par-72, 6,317-yard track to jump one spot on the individual leaderboard for her 11th top-five placement as a collegian. In the process, Blair eclipsed her own program standard of 11-under 205 set at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown last October.

WARNER SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AMONG 95 PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS WITH HIGH ARSENIC LEVELS

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Over three years after the federal government found California in noncompliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, 95 public water systems serving more than 55,000 people across the state are still providing water with illegal levels of arsenic, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project.

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE WITH ROCKY LONG: GOING ON THE ROAD

 

By Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy of SDSU Assistant Athletic Director Darin Wong

September 13, 2016 (San Diego) - After a heart-stopping 45-40 win against Cal on Saturday, San Diego State football head coach Rocky Long, senior running back Donnel Pumphrey, Kick returner Rashaad Penny and cornerback Derek Babiash sat down with the media for their weekly press conference.

BIRD TALK: MOCKINGBIRDS

By Greg Dunne

“Hush, little baby don’t say a word, Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.”—traditional lullaby

September 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Northern Mockingbird is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America. This bird is mainly a permanent resident, but northern birds may move south during harsh weather.  While most other North American birds become silent or migrate in the fall, mockingbirds keep on singing in hopes of landing a mate for next spring.  Males with a good repertoire of song can be a good catch.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER: JEROEN MEEFOUT SELECTED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Aztec forward accounted for four of team’s five goals in two home games

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Jeroen Meefout became the second Aztec in a row to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.  Via goaztecs.com

September 13, 2016 (San Francisco) - San Diego State’s Jeroen Meefout (Houten, Netherlands) was named the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for his efforts in the Aztecs’ two home shutouts over UT Rio Grande Valley and Memphis in the Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament.  With his selection, the SDSU junior garnered the first weekly league accolade of his career and marked the second consecutive conference honor for an Aztec player this season.

SDSU FOOTBALL: MUNSON NAMED LOTT IMPACT PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

This is Munson’s second-career Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honor

Source: goaztecs.com press release

September 13, 2016 (Newport Beach, Calif.) - San Diego State senior linebacker Calvin Munson has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today. In recognition of Munson’s performance, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a $1,000 donation to the general scholarship fund at SDSU.

PADS SHUT OUT GIANTS TO START ROAD TRIP

 

By Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

September 12, 2016 (San Francisco) - After a fairly decent showing against the Rockies at home in which they split the series, the Padres found themselves on the road again once more.  Their first stop was in San Francisco, where they took on Jeff Samardzija and the Giants starting tonight.  Paul Clemens started for the Padres.

GOVERNOR SIGNS LANDMARK FARMWORKER OVERTIME BILL

 

AB 1066 will establish an 8-hour workday and 40-hour workweek standard for California farm workers

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to establish overtime standards for farm workers in line with other Californians was signed into law today by the Governor.

DEER SEASON OPENS IN CALIFORNIA ON SEPT. 17

 

Hunters urged to be fire-safe; lead ammo now illegal in state forests

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (Sacramento) – If you’re hiking in California forests, you may want to wear bright colors to make sure you can easily be seen.  Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Sept. 17 in most zones in the state.

AUGUST WAS THE WARMEST AUGUST SINCE 1880

 

By Miriam Raftery

Data provided courtesy of Roger Coppock

September 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Last month was the warmest month of August in 136 years that NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies has kept land and sea records.  The last time it was this hot, back in 1880, James Garfield was president, France was building the Statue of Liberty, Mark Twain was busy writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the first outdoor electric light bulb was installed in a street lamp and Science magazine started publication with funding from inventor Thomas Edison.

The 1880s brought a second industrial revolution fueled by growth in railroads, rise of the steel industry, factories and the first skyscrapers, invention of the telephone and the internal combustion engine to power automobiles—all setting the stage for pumping increasing amounts of carbon industry the atmosphere.

READER'S EDITORIAL: HIDING EVIDENCE OF THE MASSACRE

 

By Mark Duchamp, Save the Eagles International

Photo courtesy Ontario Wind Resistance


September 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - News of bird and bat deaths at wind farms have reduced to a trickle. Does that mean that a solution has been found? Yes, it has, but it's not what you think. Wind turbines are every year more numerous and the massacre they cause is ever increasing. What has changed is that the cover up is now effective at 100%, or just about.

The following news sheds light on the latest technique for making mortality data unavailable to the public (and the media):

COUNTY PROMISES TO CLEAN UP DUMPING IN FLINN SPRINGS AND ADD INSPECTIONS

 

Update Sept. 14,2016:  Today we received this upate from  Ms. Pursglove:  "Hi all, The big pile of trash (mattress, box springs, TV, trash bags) are gone. There are still a few pieces of wood and a lot of trash, long weeds/grasses so I hope more will be done to clean up the area.  At least that big eyesore is gone.  Thanks so much for your help!"

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2016 (Flinn Springs) – After Flinn Springs resident Shaun Pursglove wrote to notify us of repeated illegal dumping on Chimney Rock Lane of items including a mattress, spa tub and trash bags, we contacted Supervisor Jacob’s office.  Within 24 hours, we received the following response from a Jacob staffer:

“I’m told that county Public Works will be reaching out to Shaun directly and will make sure the trash and debris are property disposed. I’m also told it plans to add that location to the list of sites it regularly inspects. Thanks for alerting us about this.”

Below is a copy of Pursglove’s letter of complaint:

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR KEYNOTES WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON AWARDS

 

East County News Service

 

Sept. 12, 2016 (East County) – Fitness instructor, dancer and choreographer Dionne Thomas has been selected as keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL). Awards will be presented Friday, Sept. 16 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley.

SANTANA HIGH TEACHER NAMED A TEACHER OF THE YEAR COUNTYWIDE

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (Santee) -- An East County teacher is among five San Diego County instructors named teachers of the year.  The winners were nominated by their school districts out of 26,000 teachers countywide and were honored at a ”Salute to Teachers” gala event on Saturday.

SDSU FOOTBALL'S DONNEL PUMPHREY AND RASHAAD PENNY WIN MOUNTAIN WEST WEEKLY HONORS

 

Pumphrey (offensive) and Penny (special teams) earn MW weekly accolades

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Rashaad Penny (left) and Donnel Pumphrey via goaztecs.com

September 12, 2016 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - San Diego State football players Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) have each been named Mountain West Players of the Week, the league announced today. Pumphrey was chosen as the MW Offensive Player of the Week, while Penny garnered MW Special Teams Player-of-the-Week accolades.

EL CAJON’S DINNER & A CONCERT SEASON FINISHES OCT. 7 WITH COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND MARTY STUART

 

By Robert Gehr

September 12, 2016 (El Cajon) -- John “Marty” Stuart, a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee and a multiple Grammy awards winner, began his early childhood years with a guitar in hand, and started seriously playing music at just 12 years old.

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