May 2014 Articles

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 28, 2014 (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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NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES

 

May 28, 2014 (Santee Lakes) - If you’re angling for a fish dinner—or just enjoy catch and release, you may want to check out Santee Lakes, where night fishing kicks off on June 12th.   There are a total of six night fishing dates coming up: June 12th and 26th, July 20th and 24th, and August 7th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

BONITAFEST ASSOCIATION DISSOLVES, CANCELS FESTIVAL AN OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2014 (Bonita) – After more than 40 years, the Wild West Bonitafest is now history.

The Bonita Business and Professional Association has voted to disband, by a vote of just 15 of its 50 members, U-T San Diego reports.  The Association indicates the vote was uncontested, raising questions over what the apparently absent majority of members think about the decision to permanently cancel  Bonitafest and other community events sponsored by the group.

AUTHOR WHO FLED COLD WAR IN BERLIN WILL SPEAK MAY 28 IN LEMON GROVE

 

May 26, 2014 (Lemon Grove) --  When J. Elke Ertle heard John F. Kennedy's famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963, America suddenly became more real than ever.  Ertle will relate the story of her flight to America from a "walled-in" existence domestically and politically on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.

RE-ARREST RATES UP SLIGHTLY UNDER REALIGNMENT

 

Source: County News Service

May 27, 2014 (San Diego)--The shift of felons from state parole supervision to County Probation supervision did not result in a spike in crime, as measured by arrests, said Probation Chief Mack Jenkins, citing a San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) study released late last week.

DID BILL HORN DODGE TAXES BY MISUSING A NONPROFIT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2014 (San Diego)--Supervisor Bill Horn is under fire for operating a nonprofit organization that several tax experts say violated state and federal laws.

LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT IS TUESDAY MAY 27

 

May 27, 2014 (San Diego)--Tuesday, May 27th is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 3rd election.  You can download an application from the Registrar of Voters site and e-mail or fax it in.  Your request must include your name, registered address and date of the election, the address where your ballot should be mailed, and your signature.  You can email your request to ROVmail@sdcounty.ca.gov.

KUMEYAAY CAMPGROUND AT MISSION TRAILS HAS REOPENED

 

 

May 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—After being closed or two years due to city budget cuts, Kumeyaay Campground at Mission Trails Regional Park is now open again to campers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The San Diego City Council authorized the funding at the request of Councilmember Scott Sherman, according to an article in the Mission Trails Regional Park newsletter.

READER'S EDITORIAL: AN APPEAL TO CALIFORNIA'S FIRE AGENCIES

 

Emphasizing home flammability, as well as vegetation management, can save more homes during wildfires.

By Richard Halsey, Director, The California Chaparral Institute

May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – Local, state, and federal fire agencies are urged to expand their fire education efforts. Currently, the primary, and sometimes the only message citizens hear is to clear native vegetation ("brush") from around their homes. While creating defensible space is a critical component of fire risk reduction, it fails to address the main reason homes burn - embers landing on flammable materials in, on, or around the home, igniting the most dangerous concentration of fuel available, the house itself.

PLANNING COMMISSIONER AND ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER TO HEADLINE LA MESA DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING JUNE 6

 

“How we can affect our environment” is topic of session

May 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--San Diego Planning Commissioner Anthony Wagner will headline the June 4th meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.  Wagner, an area native, also heads up the Allied Gardens Town Council and was recently Chair of Navajo Community Planners.  He’ll discuss the results of the June 3rd primary election, as well as the importance of the updated Grantville Community Plan.  As a board member of the San Diego River Park Foundation, Anthony will discuss the balance planners must reach in protecting our open spaces and valuable natural resources with the plans proposed for high-density development of the Grantville area.

EUREKA! JULIAN GOLD RUSH DAYS COME ALIVE MAY 31-JUNE 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2014 (Julian)--Julian celebrates its Gold Rush Days next weekend, May 31st and June 1st, bringing to life the community’s colorful past.

WILDFIRES' TOLL ASSESSED

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS VISIT AFGHANISTAN, URGES SUPPORT FOR RIGHTS OF AFGHAN WOMEN AFTER TROOPS WITHDRAW

 

May 25, 2014 (San Diego)--While many legislators spent time with family on Mother’s Day, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San  Diego) went to Afghanistan. Davis, whose district includes much of East County, led a bipartisan group of women Congressional members to visit with U.S. service members and with groups of Afghan women—as she has done each Mother’s Day since 2009.

GOSSELIN ACCUSED OF MISLEADING PUBLIC ON SIGNS IN JUDICIAL RACE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 25, 2014 (San Diego) Campaign signs posted by Ken Gosselin’s judicial campaign  are raising ethical questions In large letters, the words Judge Gosselin are displayed.  Nearly invisible to motorists and passersby, the word “for” in small italics is also present on the signs.

Gosselin, a candidate for Superior Court Judge seat 25, has previously worked as a temporary judge pro tem handling traffic and small claims court cases. He is currently not listed on the Superior Court’s roster of judges pro tem and has stated he is on leave due to the campaign. However, judicial candidates by law are not allowed to call themselves judges, even if  the candidate is currently serving as a judge pro tem.

FIRE CLOSES HIGHWAY 67 IN LAKESIDE: BLAZE HALTED AT 3 ACRES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Mary Micklin

May 25, 2015 (Lakeside)—The “Lazy Fire” at Highway 67 near Sycamore Canyon has been halted at 3 acres, Cal Fire reports.  The blaze forced closure of Highway 67 in both directions. Most lanes are now reopened but traffic may remain slow, so use caution.

Helicopters scooped water from Lake Vicente to douse the blaze, a reader, Gloria Duncan reports.

BAJA BLOG: WHY MOVE TO BAJA?

 

By Susan Mahalick

May 20, 2014 (Baja)--I am not retired, like so many people are down here, but I consider Baja to be my home, and have for eleven years now. I used to come down for long weekends when I lived up in San Diego, staying with a friend in Baja del Mar. I started crying going back over the border on Sunday evenings, so I decided I could fix that problem by moving here. My friend helped me a find my first tiny casita to rent in Colonia Reforma which is close to the power plant in Rosarito.

SILENT BIRD NOMINATED AS FINALIST IN 2014 SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARDS

 

May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host, Reina Menasche, announced this week that her second novel, Silent Bird, is a finalist in this year’s San Diego Book Awards in the romance category.

For more details, see the links below. Congratulations, Reina!

http://www.sdbookawards.com/2014/05/15/2012-finalists-being-announced/

NEW OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT AT WELLS PARK

 

May 24, 2014 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Recreation was awarded a grant through the Indian Gaming Local Benefit Committee for fiscal year 2013 - 2014 to replace the outdoor adult exercise equipment located at Wells Park.  The ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of the fitness area will be on Friday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m.

PETITION LAUNCHED TO HALT POWER GRAB BY UTILITIES

 

May 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Community opposition is growing to a bill, AB 2145, that  would make it harder for communities to invest in clean energy through community choice aggregation, i.e., giving consumers alternatives on where to buy their electricity.  Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Dave Roberts are among those who have signed a petition asking the State Legislature to oppose the measure.   You can view those who have signed it here:  http://www.no2145.org/

You can read and sign the petition here:  http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/stop-the-utility-power-grab-1?sp_ref=43541140.4.7738.e.0.2&source=mailto_sp

GRAND JURY URGES THAT COUNTY, CITY AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO IMPLEMENT GRAND JURY RECOMMENDATIONS TO WHICH THEY HAVE AGREED

 

May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report “Say what you’ll do and then do what you say.”  It urges the County Office of Education and the City of San Diego to each establish an implementation review committee.  The report notes pointedly, “The 2013/2014  Grand Jury believes that all agencies within the county should be held accountable for implementing those Grand Jury recommendations to which they have agreed.”

ALL NIGHT HAPPY HOUR TO BENEFIT SAN DIEGO FIRE RELIEF

JACUMBA’S HEALING WATERS & ARTS FESTIVAL OFFERS REJUVENATION & ENTERTAINMENT

 

 

May 24, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Jacumba Hot Springs (Jacumba) celebrates its Centennial with a major festival on Saturday, May 24th in downtown Jacumba. The Healing Waters & Arts Festival will stretch along Old Highway 80, from the old pink bath house ruins on the west end of town, east to the community park.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Parking and attendance are free. Attendees will enjoy Kumeyaay Bird Singers, Native American flute players holistic healers, New Age vendors, drum circles, bounce houses for the children, and many unique crafts, clothing and jewelry vendors. Also featured are multiple music venues, art walk with open studio tours, delectable food trucks, Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum display, Campo Motor Transport Museum displays, raffles for prizes and more, all in a beautiful high desert setting.

IS PG&E MAKING A MOCKERY OF CALIFORNIA SENATE BILL 790?

 

 

Originally published in the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

May 22, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - California Senate Bill 790 (SB 790) bans utility companies from using ratepayer funds for negative publicity campaigns against local community utilities ( community choice aggregators, or CCA). They are now required to file the details of any anti-CCA marketing with the California Public Utilities Commission. Only PG&E has not filed in the case of AB 2145 (popularly known as the “Monopoly Protection Act” ) because the marketing is being done by associated third parties.

READ THIS BEFORE JET-SKIING THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

PWIA Launches 2nd Annual Safe Rider Program: Awareness initiative focused on education and personal watercraft rider responsibility.

May 20, 2014 (Washington D.C.) - The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) announced May 19 that it is again promoting the responsible use of personal watercrafts (PWC) by encouraging safety and education.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AWARDS COMMENDATIONS IN CONNECTION WITH GROSSMONT COLLEGE PARKING STRUCTURE ASSAULT

 

May 23, 2014 (El Cajon) -- A Grossmont College student, two sheriff’s deputies and a public safety dispatcher were honored Thursday morning by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for actions leading to the arrest of a man who accosted a lone female student as she was getting into her car in the Grossmont College parking structure last October.

LEBANESE CULTURAL FESTIVAL MAY 23 IN EL CAJON

 

May 23, 2014 (El Cajon)--A Lebanese cultural festival takes place this weekend from Friday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and then on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at St Ephrem Catholic Church in El Cajon.

Authentic Lebanese foods will be served, such as hummus, falafel, shawarma, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, chicken kabob, and a wide assortment of gourmet sweets. Visitors can expect live music and dancing, folkloric performances, and a variety of booths with Lebanese specialties, a beer & wine garden, hookah bar, carnival rides, and raffle prizes.

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