September 2019 Articles

September 2019 Articles

SAN DIEGO GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 10TH ANNUAL GREEN HOMES TOUR ON OCT. 19-20

Public tour expands to two days to showcase San Diego County’s most innovative eco-friendly residences

East County News Service

Photo: Straw bale home in Jamul

September 11, 2019 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC), a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable building and community practices in San Diego, will host its 10th annual Green Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20. In response to growing public interest in the green movement and an abundance of groundbreaking projects in the region, the Tour has been expanded this year to two full days, showcasing a diverse collection of the most innovative eco-friendly homes in the San Diego region including several in East County.

$25,000 REWARD OFFERED TO FIND HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO CRITICALLY INJURED BICYCLIST MICHELLE SCOTT, RAMONA CERT TEAM MEMBER

Fundraiser launched to help pay victim’s medical bills

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via ECM news partner 10 News

October 6, 2019 (Ramona) — A $25,000 reward is being offered anonymously for information leading to arrest of the driver of a black Ford Edge SUV with stolen license plates, NBC 7 reports. The vehicle struck and critically injured Ramona bicyclist Michelle Scott last Wednesday morning on State Route 67 north of Dye Road.  

LAKESIDE PLANNING GROUP TO HEAR SAND MINE EXPANSION PROPOSAL OCT. 2

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 1, 2019 (Lakeside) – Bob Turner, owner of a sand mine located on Moreno Ave. at State Route 67 in Lakeside, has applied to expand the sand mine. The issue will be heard on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. by the Lakeside Community Planning Group (LCPG) in the Lakeside Community Center. View agenda.

 

The documents on the specific expansion details are not available online. However journalist and Lakeside environmental activist Ana Nita states in an e-mail to ECM tonight,  “Turner is applying to expand the mine below the aquifer level at 80 ft.” The sand mine was reportedly approved in 2017 at a depth of 25 feet.

JUST A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR OUR FALL FIESTA OCT. 5 IN JAMUL INCLUDES SEAFOOD/MEXICAN CUISINE, WINE, LIVE MUSIC AND MORE!

Earlybird ticket rates extended to Oct. 2 for our Oct. 5 fiesta

 

East County Magazine and our East County Dining Club invite you to party hearty at our 

FALL FIESTA!

When: Saturday, October 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where:  D&S Farms, home of Granite Lion Cellars Winery

                                                                     (in their shaded oak grove at 2801 Jamul Highlands, Jamul)

  • Catered dinner from La Loteria de Jamul (choice of entrees: chicken poblano or fish in jalapeño/pineapple sauce, plus apple salad, ceviche, chips and salsa, potatoes, roasted vegetables, avocado aioli, and churro)
  • Music by Sergio D. Tala (Spanish, Caribbean, rhumba and flamenco. Ole!)
  • Wine tasting, wine by the glass available
  • Prizes galore, festive fun and more! Prizes include:  $300 gift basket from E-Med spa (facial and skincare products), $200 gift basket from Ava Hair Salon, gift certificates from La Loteria del Jamul,  Round Table Pizza, Home Depot and others, original wine-themed art by Annette Cirillo, purse with fringe and rhinestones, wine lovers' gifts, jewelry and more.

 

Cost: $33 with RSVP by Oct. 2,  $38 after Oct. 2 (if not sold out); designated driver/no alcohol $28

Tickets:  Click arrow below for menu of ticket options to pay via credit card or Paypal:

Tickets-Fall Fiesta

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

COHN RESTAURANT GROUP TO TAKE OVER SURF RIDER PIZZA IN LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery

September 30, 2019 (La Mesa) – Surf Rider Pizza Co. in La Mesa is among four restaurants that Cohn Restaurant Group will be temporarily taking over. Those four restaurants were managed by Patio Marketplace, an entity of Gina Champion-Cain. 

SDSU WOMEN'S GOLF IN FOURTH AFTER DAY ONE IN OREGON

Aztec junior Gioia Carpinelli records ace on par 3 no. 6 hole in round one

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 30, 2019 (Portland, Ore.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team sits in fourth place after the first two rounds of the Molly Murphy Crowley Collegiate Invitational, posting a collective 21-over-par 597 Monday at Waverley Country Club.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

September 30, 2019 (San Diego) - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape!" as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. This year’s campaign recognizes the everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan; these seemingly basic behaviors can have life-saving impact.

COUNTY TO OFFER FREE PRE-APPROVED HOUSING PLANS FOR GRANNY FLATS

 

By James Kecskes, County of San Diego Communications Office

September 30, 2019 (San Diego) - County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, joined by affordable housing advocates and builders, launched an incentive program aimed at spurring the development of granny flats and other accessory homes (granny flats).

TRUMP THREATENS WHISTLEBLOWERS, ACCUSES CONGRESSMAN OF TREASON OVER IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS AND EVOKES “CIVIL WAR” IN TWITTER STORM

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  President Trump and Congressman Adam Schiff, whom Trump accused of “treason” for chairing an impeachment inquiry

September 30, 2019 – Attorneys for the whistleblower whose complaint launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump have sent letters to the Acting Director of National Intelligence and to Chairs of the House and Senate intelligence committees requesting federal protection for their client.  The letter cites overt threats made by the President calling for the death of whistleblowers and leakers. On Sept. 26, Trump stated during a meeting with United Nations leaders caught on tape by the Los Angeles Times:

FDA ISSUES WARNING OVER PERFORMANCE DOG RAW FOOD DUE TO SALMONELLA AND LISTERIA: DANGERS TO HUMANS AND PETS

East County News Service

September 30, 2019 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any Performance Dog frozen raw pet food after a sample tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).  Bravo Packing, Inc. Performance Dog products are sold frozen in two-pound plastic pouches.

EAST COUNTY SPORTS WRAP SEPTEMBER 24-29

By David Willauer
 
September 29, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Here are this week's top East County alumni sports headlines:
 
September 24
 
El Capitan product Kevin Ginkel improves his record to 3-0 for the Arizona Diamondbacks as he pitched one inning, gave up one hit and struck out one batter in a 19-inning ballgame as the Dbacks defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2. 
 
Women's College Soccer 
 
Grossmont 3, Palomar 1:  the Griffins of Grossmont College behind the two goal performance of Maya Mozo and one goal by Carli Reese defeated the Comets of Palomar by a 3-1 score. 
 

AZTECS WOMEN'S SOCCER SHUTS OUT COLORADO STATE 2-0

Frische and Elve score to snap a six-match winless streak

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 29, 2019 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s soccer team hadn’t come out on the winning end of a decision in six matches, but in its Mountain West home opener on Sunday at the SDSU Sports Deck, that all changed with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado State Rams.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER SHUTS OUT BROWN 2-0

Pablo Pelaez had a goal and an assist

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 29, 2019 (Providence, R.I.) - The Aztec men’s soccer team (3-4-1, 0-2-0) knocked off Brown (1-5-1) 2-0 Sunday afternoon in Providence, R.I. Hunter George and Pablo Pelaez provided the offense and goalkeeper Max Watkin helped SDSU record their first shutout of 2019.

FESTIVAL OF SUNFLOWERS: POP-UP ART EXHIBIT OCT. 5 IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

East County News Service
 
September 29, 2019 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- Art lovers are invited to celebrate in Jacumba at the Festival of Sunflowers Artists’ Pop-Up Exhibit on Saturday, Oct. 5th, from noon until dark. The exhibit will place at Gilliam Gallery in downtown Jacumba Hot Springs at 44555 Old Highway 80.

ARMY VETERAN AND FEDERAL CONTRACTOR HELEN HORVATH, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS, TAKES AIM AT HUNTER’S SEAT

 

"I believe we need more independents in Congress because  parties are so mired in their fighting…they’re not representing the country. I value our community, and I want to serve the country.”  -- Helen Horvath, mliitary veteran, federal consultant and Alpine resident

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2019 (San Diego) – Like many voters, Helen Horvath is an independent whose views on key issues cross political aisles. She’s a fiscal conservative who wants to use her expertise to cut the national debt, but also believes we need to move toward a clean energy future and protect women’s rights, while taking a moderate stance on gun issues. She supports strong border security while also showing compassion for refugees fleeing violence, and pledges to be a strong voice for military families and veterans.

Now she’s entered the 50th Congressional district race, vying against indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter,  Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, conservative talk show host Carl DeMaio, former Rep. Darrell Issa and State Senator Brian Jones. (Note: the latter two entered the race this week, after our interview).

Hear our interview: In an interview originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio last month, Horvath shared her thoughts in depth. Listen to the full interview by clicking the audio link,  and scroll down for highlights.

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SDSU MEN'S GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT WILLIAM H. TUCKER INTERCOLLEGIATE

Aztec junior Christian Banke ties for fourth on individual leaderboard

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 28, 2019 (Albuquerque) - The San Diego State men’s golf team claimed fourth place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate on Saturday after firing a collective 4-over-par 292 during the final round at UNM Championship Course.

SDSU VOLLEYBALL STYMIED IN FOUR SETS AT NEVADA

Hannah Turnlund, Victoria O'Sullivan lead Aztecs with 14 kills each

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 28, 2019 (Reno) - The San Diego State volleyball team came up short on the first road trip of its Mountain West schedule Saturday, falling to host Nevada by a 3-1 count (22-25, 19-25, 25-20, 17-25) inside Virginia Street Gym.

SDSU CROSS COUNTRY TEAM RUNS AT CAPITAL CROSS CHALLENGE

Carlene Masar was the top Aztec finisher

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 28, 2019 (Sacramento) - The Aztec cross country team competed in the Capital Cross Challenge 6k at the Arcade Creek Course in Sacramento, Calif. Saturday morning. Carlene Masar once again had the top Aztec time, finishing in 22:53.2.

SDSU SWIM TEAM WINS AT IDAHO 76-71

SDSU won seven of the eight events

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 28, 2019 (Moscow, Idaho) - The Aztec swim team knocked off Idaho 76-71 Saturday morning in a dual meet in Moscow, Idaho.

SDSU had the top time in seven of the eight events and all six of the individual events, which were won by six different Aztecs.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS COMPLETES DAY TWO OF FALL CLASSIC I

SDSU sends five to championship matches on Sunday

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 28, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s tennis team continued play at the SDSU Fall Classic I Saturday, collecting three doubles victories and five singles wins on the second day of the annual event.

LA MESA COUNCIL APPROVES CANNABIS ORDINANCE AND GRANTS TO IMPROVE WEST LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery
 
September 28, 2019 (La Mesa) – A citizens-led effort to clean up their blighted West La Mesa neighborhood has borne fruit. On Tuesday, the La Mesa City Council unanimously approved two pilot programs offering grants to businesses in the area to improve the streetscape. 

SHERIFF INVITES LEMON GROVE RESIDENTS TO COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY OCT. 3

East County News Service
 
September 28, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – The Sheriff’s department will host Coffee with the Community on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Starbucks (3520 Massachusetts Avenue near Broadway) in Lemon Grove.  The public is invited to meet patrol deputies and ask questions about issues brewing in the community.  
 
During the one hour meeting, attendees can also learn about crime prevention and free safety programs offered by the Lemon Grove substation.

SDSU SWIM TEAM TAKES SECOND AT WSU RELAY MEET

Aztecs won three of the 10 events and took second in the remaining seven

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 27, 2019 (Pullman, Wash.) - The Aztec swim and dive team took second place in a relay meet at Washington State Friday evening, going up against the Cougars, Nevada and Idaho. The Aztecs took first in three of the 10 events and placed second in the remaining seven.

SDSU MEN'S GOLF IN FOURTH AFTER DAY ONE IN NEW MEXICO

Aztec junior Christian Banke tied for fourth individually after 36 holes

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 27, 2019 (Albuquereque) - The San Diego State men’s golf team sits in fourth place at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate after posting a combined 6-under-par 570 on Friday during the first two rounds at UNM Championship Course.

COMEBACK FALLS SHORT FOR SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER AT WYOMING

Aztecs came back from a 3-0 deficit in a 3-2 loss

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 27, 2019 (Laramie, Wyo.) - The San Diego State Aztecs scored a pair of second half goal within a minute of each other, but it wasn’t enough for a comeback victory as SDSU lost in its Mountain West Conference opener 3-2 to the Wyoming Cowgirls.

SDSU WOMEN'S TENNIS OPENS FALL CLASSIC WITH SINGLES SWEEP

The scarlet and black start off fall competition recording victories in all but one match

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 27, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego State women's tennis hosted the first round of the SDSU Fall Classic I on Friday, recording a sweep in singles play while capturing three doubles victories throughout the tournament’s first day of competition.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 28-OCT. 31

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County features a bounty of fall festivities, including the season finale of El Cajon’s concert series, Chaldean-American Festival in El Cajon, a Johnny Appleseed celebration in Santa Ysabel, concerts by Grammy Award and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stars at the Magnolia in El Cajon, and the start of Fall at the Farm harvest activities near Julian as well as a chamber music season launch at Cuyamaca College.

Plus, we have a preview of coming events including Oktoberfests in La Mesa and El Cajon, our own Fall Fiesta in Jamul, the Ramona Air Fair, Kids Care Fest in Lemon Grove, the Jacumba Fall Festival, Julian Autumn Jubilee, Ms. Smarty Plants Goes Batty at the Garden, a Fair Trade gift faire in La Mesa, vocalist Lillian Palmer at the Mission Trails Church, the Borrego Days Desert Festival and parade, Pints 4 the Park in Borrego Springs, a Green Homes Tour, HauntFest and Trunk or Treat in downtown El Cajon.

 

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

FOUR RIVALS DROP OUT AND ENDORSE ISSA IN RACE TO REPLACE HUNTER; DEMAIO DISRUPTS WITH COMPETING RALLY

 

CA Senator Brian Jones, also running, chides non-resident candidates for holding press conference in “wrong district”  

Video excerpt: Darrell Issa

Video excerpt: Carl DeMaio

by Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

September 26, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The weather in El Cajon Thursday morning was cloudy and drizzly in front of City Hall. But the political rhetoric was sweltering. In the race for San Diego’s 50th Congressional District, four Republican candidates for the seat bowed out and swung their support to former 49th District Congressman Darrell Issa.

Another candidate, former San Diego City Councilman and conservative radio host Carl DeMaio, held a rival press conference some 100 feet away to attack Issa. State Senator Brian Jones, who is also running, chose to remain above the fray by staying away.

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