VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX: GOVERNMENT TO REROUTE PIPELINE

AZTECS WIN REMATCH AGAINST WYOMING 27-24, WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE MW CHAMPIONSHIP

TEJEDA TAKES LEAD IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT; ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD RACE TIGHTENS

EL CAJON’S HOUSING ELEMENT REZONING PROGRAM: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS; COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE JAN. 5

A REVOLUTION OF STRUGGLE CONTINUES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EAST COUNTY

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ANTHONY MOSTARDO, DIRECTOR OF THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

EL CAJON SETS DEC. 13 PUBLIC HEARING ON MARIJUANA GROWING BAN

NEW TRUMP APPOINTMENTS RAISE ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS

SANTA ANA WINDS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

EVICTION ORDER GIVEN AT STANDING ROCK

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 1-23

NEW TRAIL IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2016 (Ramona) – A dedication ceremony was held in Ramona last week for a new public trail along San Vicente Road.

A two-mile section of the San Vicente road from Warnock Drive through Wildcat Canyon to the entrance of San Diego Country Estates has been widened and straightened, also adding a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail alongside the roadway.

2 SUFFER BURNS IN EL CAJON WAREHOUSE FIRE

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

December 5, 2015 (El Cajon) — Two people suffered burns in a warehouse fire today in the 800 block of West Bradley Avenue in El Cajon.

Heartland Fire & Rescue crews dispatched shortly before noon found heavy smoke coming from the single-story structure.  Fire officials called for a second alarm and two ambulances.

BOLTS COMPETE, UNABLE TO SWASHBUCKLE RED HOT BUCCANEERS

 

By Liz Alper

Photos courtesy Joel Price and Jamaal LaFrance

December 5, 2016 (San Diego) - After a big win last week, the Chargers came home happy to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

As usual, the Chargers got started right away with Philip Rivers’ pass to Dontrelle Inman, who made some fancy moves and dove into the end zone for the Chargers’ first score of the game on the opening drive.  San Diego went up 7-0.

STATE SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON HOSTS HOLIDAY LEGISLATIVE OPEN HOUSE

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2016 (El Cajon) – California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will host his annual Legislative Open House from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., El Cajon. The free event is an opportunity for Anderson and his staff to meet with constituents and hear ideas on new legislation for 2017. All attendees will receive a 2016 legislative update and an opportunity to submit ideas to improve state government. Anderson says several of the bills he has introduced in the past originated from suggestions by attendees to this annual event. Donated hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided by local businesses and community partners. To RSVP, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate.ca.gov/anderson.

CALIFORNIA FIGHTS BACK ON DEPORTATION THREATS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2016 (Sacramento) — President-Elect Donald Trump has threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. But now California officials are fighting back.

This week, two bills have been introduced in the California Legislature aimed at trying to protect immigrants.

DEMOCRATS WIN SUPERMAJORITY IN CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2016 (Sacramento) – While Republicans scored sweeping victories in the national election, Democrats have scored a major win in California. On Monday, a close race in the 29th State Senate District was called in favor of Democrat Josh Newman over Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang.  That gives Democrats a supermajority in both houses of the California state Legislature.

MEDICARE, OBAMACARE ON CHOPPING BLOCK WITH HEALTH SECRETARY NOMINEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia and medical doctor, is President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee to served as Health and Human Services Secretary.  But far from protecting the nation’s social safety nets, Price has pledged to dismantle them.

VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX: GOVERNMENT TO REROUTE PIPELINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Newsflasher photo courtesy Bobby Wallace

December 4, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) — In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of people who have converged in Cannonball, North Dakota to opposed the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the federal government has announced that it will not grant an easement to allow completion of the pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir of the Missouri River.

FATAL SHOOTING ON HIGHWAY 94

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2016 (San Diego) – A man shot in the head last night around 11:35 p.m. on the north shoulder of State Route 94 near Euclid Avenue was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. NBC News reports that San Diego Police have indicated that an altercation occurred alongside the freeway shortly before the shooting.

ADAMS PULLS AHEAD OF CARUTHERS IN GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - In the race to fill an open seat on the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District Board, Elena Adams has pulled ahead of Timothy Caruthers by a razor-thin margin of 69 votes.  Adams, a teacher backed by the American Federation of Teachers, has 50.1% with 18,136 votes, while Caruthers, who currently serves on the Alpine Union School District board, has 49.9% and 18,067 votes.

AZTECS WIN REMATCH AGAINST WYOMING 27-24, WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE MW CHAMPIONSHIP

UPDATE:  Aztecs will play Houston in the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl on December 17 at 12:30 p.m. on ABC

By Liz Alper

Photo: Rashaad Penny rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Courtesy goaztecs.com

December 3, 2016 (Laramie, Wyoming) - Today was the day.  Everything the Aztecs have worked for all season came down to this.  The Mountain West conference championship game against Wyoming.  The Aztecs were in Laramie two weeks ago and lost 34-33.  Now, it was time for revenge.

BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FEST SELECTS ARTIST JIM HALL FOR POSTER & PROGRAM

 

Painter featured in documentary headed for festival

East County News Service

Photo: Artist Jim Hall paints an iconic scene of Borrego Springs in his Lineillism style for the town’s 2017 film festival poster and program.  Hall is the subject of  the documentary, Lines of Sight, staging its California premiere at the festival in January.

December 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The Borrego Springs 2017 Film Festival slated for January 12-14 will feature a poster and program created by artist Jim Hall, whose daring new painting style and life story are the subject of the award-winning documentary, Lines of Sight. The hour-long film will stage its California premiere at the festival in January.      

Hall created a new painting style called “Lineillism” after his vision was temporarily marred by a case of Shingles. He saw the world in all vertical lines and decided to paint that way. The style is similar to Pointillism, but instead of dots, Hall uses all vertical brushstrokes - up to 500,000 in a painting.      

CASTLEROCK NEIGHBORS UNLOAD AT SANTEE OFFICIALS OVER CASTLEROCK HOUSING PROJECT

 

Mike Allen

Photo: Councilman Jack Dale moderated meeting on Castlerock project November 29 with elected officials, city workers, and representatives from developer Pardee Homes.

December 3, 2016 (Santee) -- Angry residents near the Castlerock housing project lashed out at Santee city officials and representatives from developer Pardee Homes during a public meeting November 29, saying the way the project is unfolding is nothing like the plans they saw earlier this year.

EDUCATORS RAISE CONCERNS OVER TRUMP’S EDUCATION SECRETARY NOMINEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 3, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.  But the nomination has drawn sharp criticism from prominent educators due to her support of directing public funds into private and largely religious schools through vouchers, charters and other means.

SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO UC DAVIS 75-55

 

UC Davis was 12-for-26 from 3-point range

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

December 2, 2016 (Davis, California) - The San Diego State women’s basketball team couldn’t get past a powerful performance from beyond the arc by UC Davis and lost in non-conference action, 75-55, Friday night.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER ELECTED TO BOARD OF STATEWIDE HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION

 

 

East County News Service

December 2, 2016 (Sacramento) The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), a statewide trade association for California’s several healthcare districts, has announced that Randy Lenac has joined the ACHD Board of Directors. Lenac has served since July 2014 as a member of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors in San Diego County. GHD represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County region. GHD is one of 79 healthcare districts in the state, providing health and wellness services in their respective communities.

SWEARING IN FOR NEWLY ELECTED INCUMBENTS AND NEW GROSSMONT DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER

 

East County News Service

December 2, 2016 (La Mesa) – Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2016 election, plus voters elected a new face to join the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.

TEJEDA TAKES LEAD IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT; ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD RACE TIGHTENS

 

Update December 1, 2016: Lou Tejeda has taken the lead over Dan McMillan by 103 votes in the Helix Water District One race.  In the Alpine Union School District race,  Travis Lyons' lead over Lou Russo has shrunk to 25 votes.

The elections will be certified December 8 after all votes are tallied.

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Three weeks after the election, races in the Helix Water Board District and Alpine Union School District have tightened, with a potential for upsets once the final votes are tallied. 

DECEMBER ART CLASSES AT NAINSOOK FRAMING IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Nainsook Framing (8130 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa is offering art classes this holiday season. Options include oil painting, watercolor and acrylic painting classes, all-day workshops, plus the latest craze—wine and art experiences where you can sip wine, savor snacks with friends and leave with a finished painting.

EL CAJON’S HOUSING ELEMENT REZONING PROGRAM: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS; COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE JAN. 5

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2016 (El Cajon) — A notice from the city of El Cajon today announces that a Draft Environmental Impact Report on the city’s proposed Housing Element Rezoning Program is available for public review and written comment starting December 5th through January 19th.

A community open house is set for January 5th from 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch Library (201 East Douglas) meeting room to discuss the project, the California Environmental Quality Act public review process and the content and findings of the draft EIR.

LOVE IS BLIND

 

 

 

A Foreign Affair, by Amanda Matti (W & B Publishers, Kernersville, NC, 2016, 343 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

December 1, 2016 (San Diego) - Amanda Matti, an El Cajon (San Diego) resident who served six years in the United States Navy, including a 2005 deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has written a riveting true story of romance and war; A Foreign Affair. Matti provides graphic details of her experience in a war that many in this country felt never should have been.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ANTHONY MOSTARDO, DIRECTOR OF THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

Anthony Mostardo, Musical Director

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary season,  with a  Chansons de Noel Concert this Sunday. 

You can hear our exclusive interview with director Tony Mostardo by clicking the audio link above, originally aired on KNSJ radio 89.1 FM.  He provides some fascinating insights into the major works in the upcoming concert,  as well what inspired him to start this marvelous community musical group.  He also recalls the group's auspicious beginning on a date now immortalized in history:  September 11, 2001,  and how the terrorist attacks impacted the group on day one.

A REVOLUTION OF STRUGGLE CONTINUES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EAST COUNTY

 

Fleeing violence in Syria, some fear homelessness in U.S.

By Rachel Williams

December 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Within the Villas of Embasadora, a motel in El Cajon, Syrian refugees have converted their rooms into makeshift homes where it’s cheaper for families of eight, or eleven to survive, than in San Diego’s public housing where costs have risen sharply.

EL CAJON SETS DEC. 13 PUBLIC HEARING ON MARIJUANA GROWING BAN

 

 

East County News Service

December 1,  2016 (El Cajon) –El Cajon’s City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday,  December 13 at 3 p.m. in Council Chambers (200 Civic Center Way) to consider extending an ordinance banning outdoor marijuana growing for the next year.

Following passage of Proposition 64, the statewide ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana including growing up to six plants per household,  El Cajon’s City Council on Nov. 15 passed an emergency ordinance banning outdoor growing of marijuana plants until Dec. 30 in all zones within the city.  The hearing on Dec. 31 would be on a proposal to extend that ban until  Nov.14, 2017.

PET SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP THE HO, HO, HO IN HOLIDAYS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

December 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - ‘Tis the season to dig out those boxes of decorations, blow the dust off of them and start hanging all those lights, stockings, tinsel, garland and everything else that puts you in the holiday spirit. Just make sure your pets don’t put a “bah, humbug” into your plans this time of year.

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