September 2017 Articles

ECM PADRES REPORT: DODGERS HAND PADRES A SWEEP AND BID THEM FAREWELL

 

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Photo via @Dodgers on Twitter

September 27, 2017 (Los Angeles) - At this point, we at ECM wouldn’t want to try anymore, either.  The season finale with the Dodgers was tonight and the Padres were probably on their knees kissing the ground they walk on.  Clayton Richard started against Rich Hill for LA.

HOUSE COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING ON SOLUTIONS TO MOVE NUCLEAR WASTE AWAY FROM SAN ONOFRE

 

East County News Service

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- Congressman Issa (R-Vista) took part in a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday, examining nuclear waste storage policy and solutions that would allow nuclear waste, like that from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), to be moved out of our communities.

STATE SUPREME DENIES SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY REQUEST TO REVEW APPELLATE COURT’S RATE DECISION

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Today the California Supreme Court denied a request by the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) to reverse a Court of Appeals decision in June that allows the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) to include its State Water Project costs in rates it charges to transport CWA’s independent Colorado River supplies through MWD’s pipeline and aqueduct.

See below for statements in full from the CWA and MWD.

COUNTY SEEKS INPUT ON NEW PARK IN SPRING VALLEY: PUBLIC MEETING OCT. 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Spring Valley residents are invited to a public meeting to provide input on future amenities for Ildica Street County Park. Join staff from the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide your ideas for developing this 0.6-acre parcel.

NEW COUNTY GRAND JURY MEMBERS NAMED

 

Source:  San Diego County Grand Jury

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) - Jeff Bryson, a retired San Diego State University psychology professor, was named chairperson of the 2017-2018 San Diego County Grand Jury, which began service on July 10, 2017.

The jury members, six women and 13 men, were drawn by lot from 90 volunteer applicants.  They serve for one year under a state constitution mandate that counties establish the full-time "watchdog" panels to look into the workings of city and county governmental agencies.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIES FOR FIFTH AT GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE

 

Aztec senior Georgia Lacey ties for 17th individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Georgia Lacey courtesy goaztecs.com

September 27, 2017 (Wolcott, Colo.) - Despite shaving five strokes off its collective score from the previous day, the San Diego State women’s golf team slipped into a tie for fifth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Wednesday after shooting a 7-over-par 295 during the final round at Red Sky Golf Club.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL'S BOWLING CLASSIC SET FOR NOV. 4

 

All proceeds from the event benefit the women’s basketball team

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s basketball will look to knock down pins instead of shots at the team’s third annual Aztec Bowling Classic on Sat., Nov. 4 at San Diego State’s Aztec Lanes at Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

BOYS WATER POLO: HIGHLANDERS STAGE BIG COMEBACK IN THE FOURTH, BUT FALL TO SULTANS IN THE POOL 14-9

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

September 27, 2017 (La Mesa) - It’s been a little cold the last few days, but it’s starting to warm up again and it’s perfect water polo weather as the varsity Santana Sultans boys--who are having an impressive season so far, sporting a 6-2 record (but 0-1 in league) made the trip to Helix to take on the Highlanders, who aren’t doing as hot at 4-7 overall and 0-2 in league play.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

September 27, 2017 (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.

Puerto Rico hurricane damage

Other national news

WORLD

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FELONY WARRANT SUSPECT ARRESTED ON MT. HELIX

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – Michael Todd Littlefield, 50, was taken into custody Monday on Weston Road near Grandview in the Mt. Helix area.  “Littlefield had a felony warrant for auto theft,” Ryan Keim, Media Relations Director for the San Diego Sheriff department informed East County Magazine.

BILL TO REQUIRE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO RELEASE TAX RETURNS HEADS TO GOVERNOR

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Donald Trump is the first president in modern times who did not release his tax return. But if he wants to be on the ballot for reelection in 2020, he may soon have to make his tax documents public.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

September 27, 2017 (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:

LOCAL

STATE

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SUPERVISORS BAN WEAPONS AT BORDER WALL PROTESTS AS CONSTRUCTION OF PROTOTYPES BEGINS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Existing border fence in Campo

September 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Construction of eight border wall prototypes, each costing up to a half million dollars, is now underway in Otay Mesa.  After testing of alternative materials and designs built here, President Donald Trump aims to erect a wall along the entire U.S.- Mexico border at a cost of some $60 billion.  But it is unclear why San Diego was chosen for the prototypes and many local officials have raised concerns.

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EL CAJON FIRE

 

East County News Service

September 26, 2017 (El Cajon) — A senior woman suffered extensive burns on her back and smoke inhalation from a fire Monday morning in a condominium in the 1000 block of Teatro Circle in El Cajon.

The blaze damaged two condo units.  Neighbors and police officers helped the injured woman out of the residence while firefighters were en route, Patch.com reports.

SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HONORS 2017 WILL AWARD WINNERS

 

East County News Service

Photo:  (from left to right):  Marla Black, Junior Achievement of San Diego County; Wendy McKinney, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Martha King, King Schools; Van Tran, Sharp Grossmont Hospital; Michelle Bergquist, Connected Women of Influence; Kristine Costa, Waste Management, Inc.; Barbara Ryan, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego; Bonnie Rush, Breast Imaging Specialists.

September 26, 2017 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce recently honored eight women with 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon (WILL) awards. Now in its 15th year, the annual WILL event honors women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, Chamber officials said. The awards event was held Friday, Sept. 22 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley

ECM PADRES REPORT: NO CHANCE FOR PADRES AS DODGERS DOMINATE WITH LONG BALL

 

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Photo:  Corey Seager sealed the win for the Dodgers with a three-run bomb in the seventh.  Via @Dodgers on Twitter

September 26, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Senioritis is in full swing for the Padres.  They’re perfectly content losing all of their games these last two weeks. In fact, they lost 9-3 to the Dodgers last night. But what is baseball without fun? They’d try again tonight with Dinelson Lamet on the mound against Alex Wood for the Dodgers.

RAMONA AIR FAIR FLIES IN OCT. 7

 

Cool airplanes, awesome cars, flapjacks, Mexican food, live country music, a hot air balloon and a really big Smokey Bear — if that sounds interesting to you, you’re in luck!

Visitors can see all of that and more from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 when the Ramona Air Fair & Fly-in comes back to Ramona Airport at 2926 Montecito Road.

SINATRA FOREVER AND HUMAN NATURE TO PERFORM AT SYCUAN CASINO MARCH 22; TICKET SALES OPEN SEPT. 29

 

Source:  Sycuan

September 26, 2017 (El Cajon) – Rick Michel, a master impressionist who has performed and headlined in Las Vegas since 1981, will present “Sinatra Forever,” a show focusing on the music of Frank Sinatra. Michel has been called “the closest thing to Sinatra we have ever heard” by Variety.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF DROPS TO THIRD AFTER ROUND TWO IN COLORADO

 

Aztecs’ Lacey, Krause, Carpinelli among individual top 20

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Fernanda Escauriza carded the Aztecs' low round on Wednesday with a 74.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

September 26, 2017 (Wolcott, Colo.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team slipped two places into third at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Tuesday after posting a combined 12-over-par 300 during the second round at Red Sky Golf Club.

AZTECS ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE 9/26: BRIAN DUTCHER'S FIRST DANCE

 

 

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Videos courtesy goaztecs.com

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September 26, 2017 (San Diego) - Aztecs football opened conference play on Saturday with 28-24 win over the Air Force Falcons.  This week, Rocky Long, senior tight end David Wells and junior safety Parker Baldwin sat down with the media.  Also this week, the Aztecs had a surprise for us:  new men’s basketball coach Brian Dutcher spoke first.

ALPINE SUNRISE POWERLINK MITIGATION OPEN HOUSE SHOWCASES GRANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS TO RESIDENTS

 

Concerned raised by Jamul residents who say inequities in fire mitigation grants favor Alpine areas at lesser risk

By Paul Kruze

September 24, 2017 (Alpine) -- Nearly 60 East County residents attended the first open house held by the Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Group (SPFMG) at the Alpine Community Center on Sept. 19. The purpose of the open house was to educate residents about the fire mitigation grants program and the results of the 2017 grant program.

CPUC TO HOLD HEARING SEPT. 28 LOCALLY ON PROPOSED DECISION REGARDING WILDFIRE EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT FOR SDG&E

 

Update:  The CPUC has announced it will hold this agenda item slated for the Thursday morning hearing, meaning no vote will be taken on this agenda item.  Public comment will still be accepted before all five commissioners at the start of the mornng hearing .

Public comment will also be taken during an all parties meeting later in the day, but not all commisioners will be present at the later meeting. See more details at the end of this story.

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2017 (San Diego) –The California Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Chula Vista City Council Chambers  (276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista) on the CPUC’s proposed decision to deny SDG&E’s application to charge ratepayers $379 million for recovery of its uninsured losses related to the 2007 Witch, Rice and Guejito wildfires.  A similar request for $594 million was previously denied in 2012.

SDG&E sought to recover those losses through a Wildfire Expense  Memorandum Account (WEMA).  The proposed decision against SDG&E has drawn praise from some, including Supervisor Dianne Jacob, but concerns from others including a fire survivor and intervener in the case.  Some ratepayer advocates also warn that the CPUC could  change its mind on the proposed denial of SDG&E’s WEMA application or postpone action following ex-parte lobbying efforts by the utility company.

FAIR TRADE GIFT FAIRE TO BE HELD IN LA MESA OCT. 15

 

East County News Service

September 29, 2017 (La Mesa) -- A wide variety of high quality, fairly traded international items will be available at a La Mesa gift fair on Sunday, Oct. 15 in the church hall at St. Martin of Tours Church in La Mesa (7710 El Cajon Blvd.)  The event will take place from 8 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.  Attendees can enjoy samples of fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate and ice cream while perusing gift items such as handmade baskets, jewelry, clothing, home décor, crafts and more. Also, available for purchase will be fair trade chocolate, coffee & teas.

REPUBLICAN AUTHORS OF HEALTHCARE REPEAL BILL, GRAHAM AND CASSIDY, DEBATED INDEPENDENT SANDERS AND DEMOCRAT KLOBUCHAR ON FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot, CNN debate

September 26, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- In a lively debate on the future of healthcare in America hosted by CNN last night, Republicans Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) authors of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) sought to defend their measure while admitting they lack enough votes for passage. 

TRUMP CALL FOR FIRING OF NFL PLAYERS WHO KNEEL DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM TRIGGERS WAVE OF PROTESTS IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

 

By Liz Alper

Cover photo:  several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on Sunday.  Courtesy u/MAINEiac4434 on Reddit

September 26, 2017 (San Diego) - With Puerto Rico walloped by a hurricane and North Korea threatening nuclear war, President Donald Trump has taken time to lob criticisms at NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem, ratcheting up controversy that has now enveloped multiple professional sports.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ZERO OFFENSE FROM PADRES AS DODGERS TAKE GAME ONE

 

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Photo:  Cory Spangenberg scored one of the three Padres runs tonight.  Via @Padres on Twitter

September 25, 2017 (Los Angeles) - Petco Park is closed down for the year.  The Padres headed out on a Californian road trip to close out their year, starting with the Dodgers.  Travis Wood started against Yu Darvish for LA.

LA MESA TAKES STEPS TO ADDRESS HEPATITIS OUTBREAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap is an important step you can take to prevent spread of Hepatitis A.

September 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – After the County’s emergency declaration over Hepatitis A,  ECM learned that eight cases have been reported in La Mesa and at least six cases in Santee. So we asked both cities what steps they are taking to  address this public health problem.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO LIBRARY TO HOST SIX AUTHORS, NINE BOOKS ON OCT. 7

 

By Frans Leppanen, San Diego County Library

September 25, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- Six San Diego County authors will appear at a two-hour Author Event, Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m. at the Rancho San Diego Branch of the San Diego County Branch Library, located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019.  Authors Oyuki Aguilar, Renee Barnes, Sarah Bates, Dr. RH Gutierrez, Suzette Valle, and Wanjiru Warama will discuss their books. A book signing and reception will follow the authors’ presentations, with copies of the books available for purchase.

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