May 2014 Articles

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS MAY 9-11

 

By Ariele Johannson

May 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination:East County features events to honor Mom for Mother’s Day, such as “Tea with the Queen,” along with family activities, art, an Old West Saloon, literature, and golf. In our preview, we have selected some film and theatre, and a patriotism event for next weekend.

"WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK" DECLARED IN CALIFORNIA FOR MAY 4 - 10

 

CAL FIRE Encourages Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention

May 8, 2014 (Sacramento) – Drought conditions have led to a significant increase in wildfire activity and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 4-10, 2014 as “Wildfire Awareness Week”. CAL FIRE is reminding residents during Wildfire Awareness Week of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them.

GAMBLER TO STAND TRIAL ON CHARGES OF CHEATING BARONA CASINO

 

May 3, 2014 (Lakeside)--A world famous gambler accusing of cheating Barona Casino out of $8,000 will be arraigned in court on May 14.   In a preliminary hearing earlier this month at the El Cajon courthouse, Judge John Thompson found sufficient evidence for the defendant to stand trial.

MORE JUDICIAL CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT, CRITICIZE SAN DIEGO BAR’S RATING SYSTEM

 

Hear a podcast of our interview with Carla Keehn (photo, left), Superior Court judicial candidate: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au... .  The interview aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2014 (San Diego) – How fair are ratings for judicial candidates meted out by the San Diego County Bar Association?

Last week, the Bar’s Judicial Election Evaluation Committee (JEEC)came out with rankings in five contested Superior Court judicial races.  The Bar ranked three candidates as “lacking qualifications” including one with extensive experience and no disciplinary actions. The professional lawyers’ group also gave a “highly qualified” rating to an incumbent judge who  pled guilty to reckless driving  with alcohol involved and has faced multiple legal disciplinary actions.

Now some candidates are speaking out to criticize the Bar’s ratings system—calling for its abolishment or dramatic changes to make the system more transparent and fair.

One of those candidates, Carla Keehn, has erected billboards starting today to reveal her opponent’s criminal conviction.  “Vote for Carla Keehn, the only candidate without a criminal conviction. No one is above the law—not even judges,” the billboards read.

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DONNELLY, CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, CALLED ON TO REPUDIATE DEFAMATORY ANTI-MUSLIM FACEBOOK POST

 

Minute Man leader/anti-immigrant candidate is endorsed by East County Assemblyman Brian Jones

By Miriam Raftery

May 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican candidate for Governor who founded California’s largest anti-immigrant California Minute Man chapter, is now drawing fire for anti-Muslim remarks made about a prominent member of his own party.  

Donnelly, one of 14 candidates including five Republicans in the gubernatorial primary, has won the endorsement of East County Assemblyman Brian Jones as well as the Tea Party. 

At the state Republican convention, Jones said he believed Donnelly had heeded party leaders’ advice to be more “inclusive” in his message, Huffington Post reported,. Jones added that he believed Donnelly was “saying the same things, but in a more welcoming manner.”

HOSPITAL URGES YES VOTE ON PROP H

 

By Janis Russell

May 5, 2014 (La Mesa)- At a Proposition H executive briefing held on April 25 by Grossmont Hospital, community leaders in San Diego and East County showed up to learn more about the measure, which will be on the upcoming June ballot.  The measure seeks to extend Grossmont Healthcare District’s leae agreement with Sharp Healthcare at Grossmont Hospital for 30 years, until 2051.

EARTHTALK(R): FOOD SAFETY

 

E - The Environmental Magazine

Photo Credit: Heather Buttrum, courtesy FlicKer

May 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Dear EarthTalk: What would you consider to be the key areas we need to improve to make our food safer for our health and easier on our environment?

 -- Billy A., Oakland, CA

Although we have come a long way in recent years with regard to the safety and sustainability of our food supply, we still have a long way to go. Toxic pesticides are still used on the vast majority of U.S. grown crops, while other hormone-disrupting chemicals are omnipresent in our food packaging. And excessive use of antibiotics in animal agriculture threatens to render many human drugs ineffective. Environmental leaders would like to see the federal government step up and institute regulations banning such substances in our food supply, but for now it’s still up to individual consumers to make the right choices.

2ND ANNUAL ANGELA AUGUST 'FUN-RAISER' INCLUDED ENTERTAINMENT, BOOTHS, AND PETTING ZOO

 

By Janis Russell

May 3, 2014 (Alpine)- Last Saturday, April 27, a crowd came out to support Dawn August, her husband and their sons, Daniel and Nathan, at the second annual Angela August ‘Fun-raiser’ (For the Love of Angela) at Alpine Town Hall. This fundraising event for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers was held to honor the memory of 25 year old Angela August, who was killed by a drunk driver on June 11, 2012--just five days before she was going to walk and graduate summa cum laude with her graduating class at UC San Diego.

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