September 2017 Articles

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES MARIJUANA GROWING AND MANUFACTURING IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2017 (San Diego) — San Diego’s City Council has voted 6 to 3 in favor of legalizing marijuana growing, manufacturing and testing operations to supply storefronts selling both medical and recreational pot products.

COUNTY LIBRARY EXPANDS ONLINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR ADULTS

 

Sources: County News Service and Career Online High School

September 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- In a significant expansion of the County Library’s online high school program, the County Board of Supervisors approved a contract Tuesday that would offer 160 scholarships to residents interested in finishing high school.

The Career Online High School scholarships allow any resident of San Diego County who is 19 years and older a chance to get their high school diploma. The scholarships would become available starting Sept. 15.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL SWEPT BY NO. 17 USD 3-0

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

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September 12, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State volleyball team opened its six-match road swing on a disappointing note Tuesday after dropping a three-set decision to No. 17 San Diego (23-25, 18-25, 16-25) in the annual city showdown at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

ECM PADRES REPORT: TWINS BURY PADRES 16 FEET UNDER WITH 16-0 WIN

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Jason Castro had two home runs that contributed to the Twins' crushing defeat of the Padres.  The Twins hit seven home runs, a Target Field record.  Via @Twins on Twitter

September 12, 2017 (Minneapolis) - After not getting the sweep of the Dbacks on Sunday, the Padres decided that they’d had enough of the National League and took a vacation to Minnesota to face the Twins for two games.  Travis Wood started tonight’s game one against Kyle Gibson for the Twins.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES FIFTH IN NEW MEXICO

 

Aztecs’ Lacey, Carpinelli, Kjellker tie for 25th individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Georgia Lacey posted SDSU's low card of the day with a 72 in the final round.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

September 12, 2017 (Alberquerque) - The San Diego State women’s golf team concluded its season-opening tournament with a fifth-place standing at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational after shooting a 10-over-par 294 on Tuesday during the final round at the par-72, 6,317-yard UNM Championship Course.

GROUP OPPOSED TO PARK STATION WEIGHS IN ON LITTLE FLOWER HAVEN CONTROVERSY; 2 COUNCILMEMBERS RESPOND

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2017 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Village Voice, originally founded to halt the Park Station proposed highrise project, has published an editorial on its Facebook page criticizing a proposed apartment project on the site of the former Little Haven convent The editorial also suggests that a proposal to eliminate the city’s design review board would simply clear hurdles for developers in the future. 

The La Mesa Village Voice editorial states in part, "Do you care about development in the Village? If so, you must read this. You may not be aware of the Little Flower Haven Apartment Complex Development that is being proposed at the old covenant on La Mesa Blvd. It may not affect you, it may not interest you, but the way the council responds to the developers pushing it through should – because it’s a window into the future of La Mesa."

Read the full editorial and discussion, including extensive comments by Council members Guy McWhirter and Kristine Alessio (photos, top left):  https://www.facebook.com/LaMesaVillageVoice/posts/1398618196853750 and see highlights below of the editorial and online responses below.

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF TIED FOR FIFTH AFTER DAY ONE IN NEW MEXICO

 

Aztec freshman Gioia Carpinelli tied for 23rd individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Georgia Lacey carded the Aztecs' low score of the day with a 70 in round two.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

September 11, 2017 (Alberquerque) - The San Diego State women’s golf team finds itself tied for fifth place at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational after shooting a combined 5-over-par 581 during the first two rounds on Monday at the par-72, 6,317-yard UNM Championship Course.

CALIFORNIA SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER DACA REPEAL

 

State joined by Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine in lawsuit standing up for Dreamers

East County News Service

September 11, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Today, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, joined by the attorneys general for Minnesota, Maryland and Maine, filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (DACA). The four States filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California arguing that the Trump Administration violated the Constitution and federal laws when it rescinded DACA.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF FINISHES 10TH AT GOPHER INVITATIONAL

 

Aztec senior PJ Samiere ties for 13th individually

Source:  goaztecs.com

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September 11, 2017 (Independence, Minn.) - The San Diego State men's golf team recorded a 10th-place performance at the Gopher Invitational on Monday after carding a collective 5-over-par 289 during the final round at the par-71, 7,388-yard Windsong Farm Golf Club.

EAST COUNTY ’S TWO CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANTS HOLDING FUNDRAISER FOR HURRICANE HARVEY VICTIMS

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2017 (La Mesa) – The two Chick-fil-A restaurants in the East County in Santee and La Mesa will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to support recovery efforts for Houston’s victims of Hurricane Harvey. Chick-fil-A officials said both stores will donate 15 percent of all sales between 5 and 8 p.m. to a Chick-fil-A fund earmarked for Houston residents.

A JUICY STORY: RAMONA'S FIRST GRAPE STOMP IS A SUCCESS

 

Video: Teams compete at the 2017 Ramona Grape Stomp Competition

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (Ramona) – To the strains of songs like “Mountain Dew”,  teams of competitors vied to see who could crush the most grapes in two minutes and emerge champion at the first-ever Ramona Grape Stomp this weekend.

Teams chose names such as the “Juicy Lucys” or the “Toe Jammers.”  One team member stomped the ripe purple grapes, the other filled a cup with juice spurting out of a spigot on a wine barrel.

A Grape Stomp princess was also on hand to help officiate as contestants hopped in feet first, demonstrating their stomping skills on stage as the audience cheered them on with gusto.

ARTIST DRAWS NATIONAL ATTENTION WITH CHILD MURAL AT BORDER FENCE IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (Tecate) – “The history of humanity is the story of people migrating,” French artist JR posted on his Twitter feed.

Drawing attention to the plight of innocent children denied entry to, or facing expulsion from the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s tough policies, JR erected a 70-foot-tall mural titled Kikito. It depicts a one-year-old boy peeking over the border fence in Tecate, visible from the U.S. side of the border in San Diego’s East County.

COLLEGE STUDENT LEARNED SHE WASN’T A CITIZEN

 

By Iveth Estrada, provided by Grossmont Community College District

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World

September 11, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Iveth Estrada didn’t know she was an undocumented immigrant until shortly before she enrolled at Cuyamaca College. She didn’t know while growing up with her family in Spring Valley. She didn’t know while competing with the varsity swim and water polo teams at Monte Vista High School.

SAN DIEGO STATE FOOTBALL SWEEPS MW WEEKLY AWARDS

 

Penny becomes first player in MW history to win two weekly awards in same week

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Rashaad Penny (pictured) was named both the MW Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week, while Noble Hall was the MW Defensive Player of the Week.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

September 11, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State football team swept the Mountain West weekly awards after a 30-20 victory at Arizona State on Saturday, the league announced Monday. Senior Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) became the first player in MW history to win two of the three awards in a single week, capturing both the offensive and special teams award, while junior Noble Hall (Las Vegas) picked up the MW Defensive Player-of-the-Week award.

TRUMP SIGNS DISASTER RELIEF BILL, AFTER PARTNERING WITH DEMOCRATS TO RAISE DEBT LIMIT CEILING

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 9, 2017 (San Diego)—President Donald Trump has signed into law H.R. 601, to provide $15.25 billion in emergency appropriations for disaster response. The measure also extends authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8th to help those impacted by disasters including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The President confounded Republicans in Congress by crossing the aisle to work with Democratic leaders to pass the disaster relief bill, which also extends the nation’s debt ceiling until December 8th.  Conservatives have opposed raising the debt ceiling, wanting to take money from other programs instead and/or avoid further debt ceiling decisions closer to next year’s elections.  In the end, some Republicans joined with nearly all Democrats to pass the bill.

NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE BLASTS HOUSE VOTE TO EMBOLDEN PYRAMID SCHEMES

 

Source: National Consumers League

September 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) - The National Consumers League (NCL) is warning consumers over the inclusion of language in an appropriations bill approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives that will enable pyramid schemes to proliferate, putting millions of consumers at increased risk of financial harm.

AZTEC FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 9/12: 2-0, ANOTHER PAC-12 COMING UP

 

 

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For Noble Hall and David Wells' portion of the press conference, click "read more" and scroll down.

By Liz Alper

Videos courtesy goaztecs.com

September 12, 2017 (San Diego) - Aztec football is 2-0 coming into today's press conference with head coach Rocky Long, senior tight end David Wells and junior defensive lineman Noble Hall.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER FALLS 1-0 AGAINST UTAH VALLEY

 

Pablo Pelaez registered a game-high four shots

Source:  goaztecs.com

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September 10, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat against Utah Valley on Sunday night to conclude the 2017 Courtyard Marriott San Diego Central Tournament.

Utah Valley’s Gui Leme posted the only goal of the match, capitalizing on an unassisted opportunity by pushing a shot into the bottom left corner of the net for a 1-0 Wolverines advantage.

SILVERGATE DEVELOPMENT AT LITTLE FLOWER HAVEN CONVENT SITE BACK UP FOR A REVOTE TUESDAY IN LA MESA; COUNCIL ALSO CONSIDERS ELIMINATING DESIGN REVIEW BOARD

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Little Flower Haven circa 1954, via Postcards.com on City of La Mesa's website.

September 10, 2017 (La Mesa) - The hotly disputed Silvergate apartment development proposed at the site of the former Little Flower Haven convent is back up for a vote this Tuesday in La Mesa. The decision to re-hear the item comes under threat of legal action.

SCAMMERS POSE AS SOCIAL SECURITY EMPLOYEES TO CON SENIORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) — Scammers posing as Social Security employees are calling people and trying to con them into giving out personal information that can be used for identity theft, warns the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).  The swindlers claim that recipients are due a cost of living increase in their Social Security benefits, then ask for personal information that could be used to rip off your Social Security payments by changing your address or account information.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS AT MISSOURI 2-1

 

Root scores her third goal in last three games

Source: goaztecs.com

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September 10, 2017 (Columbia, Mo.) - San Diego State took an early 1-0 lead in the first half, but could not hold on as Missouri rallied to win, 2-1, Sunday night at Walton Stadium. The Aztecs fell to 3-4 on the season, while the Tigers improved to 3-4-1.

POWER GOES OUT TWICE IN ONE WEEK ON HELIX STREET AND VISTA DRIVE

 

By Jake Christie

September 10, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- A small section of Spring Valley suffered two power outages on August 28-29 and September 2-3, knocking power out on half of Vista Drive and Helix Street from where it connects to Lamar Street almost to the point where Helix connects to Montemar Drive. In the first instance, the power was out from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and the second from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

ROUND TWO SUSPENDED FOR SDSU MEN'S GOLF AT GOPHER INVITATIONAL

 

Tournament to resume Monday; Aztecs tied for 12th

Source:  goaztecs.com

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September 10, 2017 (Independence, Minn.) - The San Diego State men's golf team finds itself in a tie for 12th place at the Gopher Invitational after play was suspended on Sunday toward the end of round two due to darkness. Collectively, the Aztecs sit at 21-over par with four starters still on the course at the par-71, 7,388-yard Windsong Farm Golf Club when dusk fell.

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK FOUNDATION’S 16TH ANNIVERSARY

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego River Park Foundation will celebrate its 16th anniversary on September 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley.

Festivities include live music, food, wine, beer, awards presentation and a silent auction –all for a $10 suggested donation.

IRMA WALLOPS FLORIDA, HEADING NEXT TO GEORGIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) – Measuring 400 miles wide with winds still up to 120 miles an hour, Hurricane Irma has slammed into the Florida Keys and Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The storm that began as a powerful category 5 hurricane first devastated islands across the Caribbean with winds up to 185 mph, before striking Florida as a still-strong category 4 hurricane.

ECM PADRES REPORT: DBACKS RALLY TO AVOID SWEEP

 

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Photo:  J.D. Martinez hit the game-tying and game-winning home run.  Via @Dbacks on Twitter

September 10, 2017 (Phoenix) - If the Padres were teenage boys, last night, they’d have bought tons of alcohol and partied and they’d have earned it after their ninth inning rally that helped them topped the snakes 8-7 and win the series regardless of what happened today.  A sweep would be pretty nice, though, and the Padres went for it today with Luis Perdomo on the mound against Robbie Ray for the Dbacks.

SDSU'S RASHAAD PENNY NAMED WALTER CAMP OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Penny accounted for 353 all-purpose yards in San Diego State’s 30-20 win at Arizona State on Saturday

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) has been named the Walter Camp National FBS Offensive Player of the Week, the Walter Camp Foundation presented by Generation UCAN announced Sunday. He became the first Aztec to ever win the Walter Camp Offensive Player-of-the-Week award and the second on either side of the ball (also linebacker Calvin Munson on Sept. 6, 2015).

SEIU ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT THAT AVERTS STRIKE AGAINST SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Chris Jennewein

Originally posted at Times of San Diego, a San Diego Online News Association member

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) -- The union representing 10,000 San Diego County employees announced Saturday it has reached agreement on a new contract that will avert a potential strike.

“We now have an agreement that helps to close the wage gap for critical public servants like nurses and social workers which is an essential step in alleviating chronic staff turnover and significant short staffing of services to vulnerable residents of San Diego,” said David Garcias, president of the Service Employees International Union local 221.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: RAY LUTZ, CITIZENS OVERSIGHT FOUNDER, SPEAKS OUT ON BILL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD NEGATE HIS COURT WIN AGAINST SAN DIEGO’S REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (San Diego) – After Citizens Oversight sued San Diego’s Registrar of Voters, a judge ruled that in future elections, the 1% manual tally must include mail-in ballots dropped at the polls or received days after the election, as well as valid provisional ballots.  But now a last-minute amendment slipped into Assembly Bill 840 by an organization of election officials  would eliminate that requirement statewide – a move Lutz says puts election integrity at risk and could allow tampering with certain ballots to occur undetected.

Listen to our interview, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio, by clicking the audio link amd scroll down for highights. Also hear about a major difference in votes cast late vs. early – and why Lutz believes if all the local ballots had been examined, it may have changed the outcome in the Democratic presidential primary.

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PENNY LEADS SDSU FOOTBALL TO 30-20 WIN AT ARIZONA STATE

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 10, 2017 (Tempe, Ariz.) - Rashaad Penny accounted for 353 all-purpose yards and scored three different ways, leading San Diego State to a convincing 30-20 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.

The run-heavy Aztecs (2-0) rolled over the Sun Devils from the start, with Penny bursting through for a 95-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

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