HELP THE ENVIRONMENT--BE GREEN! DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS FREE ON SEPT. 17 IN POTRERO

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 25-OCT. 2

LA MESA WINE WORKS GRAND OPENING PARTY AUGUST 27

ALPINE MAN ARRESTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING GIRL IN WALMART BATHROOM; SHERIFF SEEKS OTHER POSSIBLE VICTIMS

OPEN SEATS IN SANTEE DRAW 2 MAYORAL AND 3 COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS AVAILABLE

OPEN SEATS IN LEMON GROVE ATTRACT 3 MAYORAL CANDIDATES AND 5 COUNCIL CANDIDATES; BALLOT STATEMENTS NOW UP FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

UNSUNG HEROES OF FIRE RECOVERY BRING PRICELESS RELIEF

43RD ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST SEPT. 30 - OCT. 2

ESCAPED PRISONER HAS TIES TO COLLEGE GROVE, CHULA VISTA

JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES STAGE SEPT. 17

JUSTICE DEPT: JAILING PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD BAIL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

HELP THE ENVIRONMENT--BE GREEN! DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS FREE ON SEPT. 17 IN POTRERO

 

 

 

August 25, 2016 (Potrero) --Residents in the  Potrero area /unincorporated San Diego East County are encouraged to use the County’s one-day household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 17 at the Old County Fire Station in Potrero.

Did you know?  Many products used in the home may be hazardous to people, pets or the environment and should not be thrown in the trash or dumped down the sewer or storm drains.  While it is always best to use up your household chemical products, the County of  San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health would like to notify you of a one-day collection event where residents living in the unincorporated county can bring their household chemicals for proper disposal or recycling—for free!

KAZEE NAMED USA TODAY PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN

 

Senior cornerback lands on second team

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Damontae Kazee courtesy goaztecs.com

August 25, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior cornerback Damontae Kazee has been named a 2016 preseason second-team All-American by USA Today, the publication revealed on Thursday. The honor is one of many for the San Bernardino product, who was named the preseason Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

DAMIAN SQUARE SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY FOR FIRST FOUR GAMES OF THE REGULAR SEASON DUE TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

Source: Chargers press release

Photo: Square courtesy chargers.nfl.com

August 25, 2016 (San Diego) - Damion Square of the San Diego Chargers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 24, 2016 (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:

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BARONA POW-WOW SEPT. 2-4 CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS

The 46th annual Barona Powwow will take place September 2nd -4th at the Barona sports park, located on the Barona reservation in Lakeside just north of the Barona Casino and Resort. Powwows aim to preserve Native American cultural traditions for future generations. 

Barona’s powwow attracts tribal dancers and drummers from across the nation, as they compete for prizes. (Admission for spectators is free). You can also shop for Native American arts and craft items at vendor booths, and purchase food such as Indian fry bread.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION RELEASES STRINGENT NEW LIMITS ON CHILDREN'S ADDED SUGAR CONSUMPTION

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2016 (Davis, Ca.) - With its new guidelines, the American Heart Association has definitively taken a stand against added sugars, stating that no child should consume more than six teaspoons – or 100 calories – worth a day.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 25-OCT. 2

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Ramona Country Fair, a Tierra del Sol star party, a grand opening celebration at La Mesa Wine Works, the Live at the Lakes concert in Santa Ysabel, and Corvette Cruise Night in El Cajon. Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a concert at Sycuan Resort, the Julian Grape Stomp Festa, music festivals in Santee and Julian, Julian Apple Days, the La Mesa Oktoberfest, and the Barona Powwow.

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

MILAGRO WINERY’S TASTING ROOM TO REOPEN SEPT. 3

UPDATE FROM THE MILAGRO FAMILY:  Please note that the Milagro Tasting Room will not re-open as previously announced on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016. We are shooting for a tasting room re-opening date towards the end of September and will confirm that date once all necessary procedures are updated. The exact timing of this completion is out of our control. Please bear with us just a bit longer. The wait will be worth it, we promise!

East County News Service

August 1, 2016 (Ramona) - Milagro Farms Vineyard and Winery in Ramona announces it will reopen its tasting room on Saturday, September 3.  The tasting room has been closed for several months for a major remodel.

An e-mail to wine club members reads, “We have used the down time wisely and made some fantastic improvements here at Milagro.  We assure you that the new experience will not disappoint.  The outdoor area directly adjacent to the tasting room has been re-crafted for optimal relaxation and entertainment purposes, complete with bocce courts, a children's play structure, picnic tables, wooden swings and new patio furniture.  Inside we have added an essential board game library and lots more seating options.”

The new Milagro will include:

SDSU FOOTBALL NAMES CAPTAINS FOR 2016 CAMPAIGN

 

Alex Barrett, Damontae Kazee, Calvin Munson, Donnel Pumphrey and Nico Siragusa will lead the Aztecs this season

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 24, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State Football has named Alex Barrett (Mesa, Ariz.), Damontae Kazee (San Bernadino, Calif.), Calvin Munson (St. Charles, Mo.), Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas) and Nico Siragusa (Chula Vista, Calif.) as its captains for the 2016 campaign, head coach Rocky Long announced today.

LA MESA CANDIDATES’ FORUM SEPT. 28

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa First United Methodist Church will host a public forum for Mesa City Council candidates and important ballot initiatives.  The forum will be held on September 28th, with a candidates’ meet and greet at 6:30 and the forum beginning at 7 p.m.

CUBS SWEEP PADS

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 24, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres are facing the winningest team in baseball and they’re trying to avoid being swept.  Not the best situation, but they do what they can.  Another ace Cubs pitcher was on the mound in Kyle Hendricks; he started against Paul Clemens for San Diego.

UNDERWATER HOMES: RISING SEAS COULD SUBMERGE HALF THE HOMES IN OVER 300 CITIIES, ZILLOW PREDICTS

 

San Diego could lose 2,289 properties to rising seas

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Zillow, a leading national real estate company, has issued a new report about homes underwater. (See also http://www.zillow.com/research/climate-change-underwater-homes-12890/).

LA MESA WINE WORKS GRAND OPENING PARTY AUGUST 27

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2016 (La Mesa) - La Mesa Wine Works invites you to their grand opening celebration this Saturday, August 27th, including live music by the Barnyard Casanovas band from 7 to 10 p.m. The La Mesa Wine Works is a co-op designed to showcase local wines; currently they are pouring vintages from both the award-winning San Pasqual and Wyatt Oaks wineries.

ALPINE MAN ARRESTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING GIRL IN WALMART BATHROOM; SHERIFF SEEKS OTHER POSSIBLE VICTIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — A man with a prior conviction for lewd conduct has been arrested for allegedly photographing a 10-year-old girl in the women’s restroom at a Wal-Mart on Camino Canada in El Cajon, just off of Interstate 8, on August 17th.

GOVERNOR SIGNS GONZALEZ BILL REQUIRING NOTIFICATION WHEN AN ARSONIST WHO MURDERED A FIREFIGHTER SEEKS PAROLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) – A new law will require notification of a murdered firefighter’s former fire department when the convicted arsonist seeks parole. Assembly Bill 898, authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) was signed into law by the Governor today.

OPEN SEATS IN SANTEE DRAW 2 MAYORAL AND 3 COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS AVAILABLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Santee) — Long-time Mayor Randy Voepel is running for the state Assembly and is not seeking reelection.  Two Council members are running to lead the city as Mayor: retired police detective John Minto real estate/mortgage professional Rob McNelis.  A special selection will be held to fill the Council seat of whoever wins the mayoral race, since these terms are not expired.

In addition, three candidates are running for the Council seat being vacated by Jack Dale, who is retiring.  Stephen Houlahan is president and co-founder of Save Mission Trails, which led the successful effort to stop the Quail Brush gas-fired power plant. He is also a registered nurse. Dustin Trotter, a carpenter, owns a door and trim company and has been an active community volunteer in organizations such as the Santee Santas and Santee Food Bank. Mason Herron is legislative director for Assemblyman Brian Jones and has also worked as a policy consultant.

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED AFTER PHOTOGRAPHONG GIRL IN RESTROOM AT WALMART IN EL CAJON

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department press release

August 23, 2016 (El Cajon) - Robert Becker is a registered sex offender under arrest on charges of taking cell phone video of a girl in a restroom at Wal-Mart in El Cajon. The investigation is ongoing and Becker is suspected of committing similar crimes in the East County and potential victims are being urged to come forward.

OPEN SEATS IN LEMON GROVE ATTRACT 3 MAYORAL CANDIDATES AND 5 COUNCIL CANDIDATES; BALLOT STATEMENTS NOW UP FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Scroll down for complete ballot statements from all candidates

August 23, 2016 (Lemon Grove)-- The Lemon Grove City Council is undergoing some major changes. Mayor Mary Sessom is stepping down. Council members Racquel Vasquez and George Gastil are running for the open mayoral seat, along with Teresa Rosiak, former president of Lemon Grove’s Chamber of Commerce.

Although the races are officially nonpartisan,Gastil has won endorsement from the County Democratic Party, an advantage in Lemon Grove, a heavily Democratic community.  Vasquez is also a registered Democrat,while Rosiak is a Republican. 

Both Gastil and Vasquez have their terms end this year, meaning they are giving up their seats by running for Mayor and there will be no costly special election to fill their seats. Five candidates are hoping to fill those slots.

Below are highlights on all Mayoral and Council candidates' qualifications, along with their full ballot statements submitted to the cities. (Note,  statements are within the public review period which ends August 29; statements may change on official ballots if any information is challenged.)

PROPOSITION 61 WOULD LET STATE OF CALIFORNIA NEGOTIATE FOR LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

 

East County News Service

August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) - Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act, on the November ballot aims to limit price-gouging on drug prices by pharmaceutical companies.  Some drug prices have skyrocketed for no valid reason, only corporate greed. For instance, the cost of an Epi-pen, which delivers life-saving medication for people suffering severe allergic reactions, has recently gone up 800%.

FREE ENTRANCE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year—and wants everyone to join the party. So they are giving away free entrance to all national parks on August 25th through 28th for the National Park Service’s birthday.

There will also be free admission again to all national parks on September 24th for National Public Lands Day and on Veterans Day, November 11th.

UNSUNG HEROES OF FIRE RECOVERY BRING PRICELESS RELIEF

 

Photo:A member of the California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team work on cleaning up debris on a property burned during the Potrero Fire.

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications OfficeAug. 22, 2016 | 9:00 AM

After the Border Fire swept through rural East County in June, it left burned-out, ashen remains of six homes and 12 outbuildings. To help survivors clear debris, the County Office of Emergency Services turned to some veterans of disaster clean-up: the California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization.

43RD ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST SEPT. 30 - OCT. 2

 

East County News Service

August 19, 2016 (La Mesa) - You're invited to the largest Oktoberfest celebration west of the Mississippi:  La Mesa Oktoberfest from September 30 to October 2, 2016.

The free event is spread out over nearly six blocks in La Mesa Village and features hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, outfits, games and of course, beer.

EX-AZTEC GOLFER J.J. SPAUN VICTORIOUS ON WEB.COM TOUR

 

Former SDSU star captures title at News Sentinel Open in Tennessee

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy Sdsuaztecfan on Wikipedia

August 22, 2016 (San Diego) - Former San Diego State men’s golf standout J.J. Spaun emerged victorious at the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot on Sunday after shooting a 5-under-par 66 during the final round at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER BATTLES CSUN TO 0-0 DRAW IN PRESEASON FRIENDLY

 

Aztecs open regular-season slate next weekend

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo:  Matt Callahan courtesy goaztecs.com

August 21, 2016 (Northridge, Ca.) - In its final tune-up of the preseason, the San Diego State men’s soccer team played host Cal State Northridge to a 0-0 draw in double overtime Sunday night at Matador Soccer Field. The Aztecs will now prepare for their regular-season opener on Friday, Aug. 26 against the University of Illinois, Chicago at the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament in Spokane, Wash.

MOBILE CONSULATE OFFERS HELP FOR MEXICANS IN U.S.: AUG. 27 AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – Mexican Consul General Rafael Laveaga will hold a Mobile Consulate at the Lemon Grove Library (3002 School Lane, Lemon Grove) on Saturday, August 27th from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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