REP. HUNTER BANS “INDIVISIBLE” MEMBERS FROM HIS OFFICE, HUNDREDS JOIN PROTEST OUTSIDE

TRUMP BROADENS ICE SWEEPS TO INCLUDE MANY MORE IMMIGRANTS

SENATOR ATKINS SAYS CALIF. WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AFTER TRUMP ROLLS BACK RIGHTS

MEGADATA WEB MAKES QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD FOR FAST AND SECURE COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

BORDER ANGELS LEADER BLAMES TRUMP POLICIES FOR DEPORTED MIGRANT’S SUICIDE

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS TO HOST TOWN HALL MARCH 11 AT SDSU

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

ANESTHESIOLOGIST SUES SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 25-MARCH 26

ISSA INTRODUCES REPLACEMENT PLAN FOR OBAMACARE: BUT IS IT A FIX, OR JUST A BANDAID APPROACH?

SWAT TEAM IN SANTEE

MEDICAL EXAMINER SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP TO IDENTIFY OLDER MAN KILLED BY TRAIN IN OCEANSIDE

 

Photo: This red, three-wheeled walker and wooden cane were found near the train tracks where an unidentified man was struck and killed Tuesday night. The Medical Examiner is asking for the public to contact them if they know who owned these items.

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications

February 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying an older man who was struck by an Amtrak train last Tuesday night in Oceanside. A red three-wheeled walker and a wooden cane were found nearby and are believed to belong to the man.

EARTHTALK®: WHAT’S NEW IN BATTERIES TO STORE RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

Photo: Tesla Motors will produce more lithium ion batteries in its new Nevada Gigafactory than were produced worldwide in 2013. Credit: Nakhon100, Flickr CC.

February 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that one of the big hurdles to growth in renewables is energy storage. What’s new in the world of battery technologies? And will better forms of storage really accelerate the development of solar, wind and other alternative forms of energy?  -- Maxwell Jay, Erie, PA

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS DROP NIGHTCAP TO PACIFIC 5-1

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Andrew Martinez had four hits including a pair of doubles over the first two games vs. Pacific.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Right after the completion of Friday's rain-delayed opening day game, which the Aztecs won 11-5, both teams took the field again for game two.  This time, Pacific had the upper hand as they beat the Aztecs 5-1.

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS WIN RAIN DELAYED SEASON OPENER 11-5

 

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February 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Aztecs baseball kicked off their season with a Friday afternoon opening day against Pacific.  Senior lefty Brett Seeburger took the mound for the Aztecs against sophomore right hander Shelby Lackey for Pacific.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: BONNIE PRICE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATE

 

East County News Service

Hear our interview, originally aired in January on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio, by clicking the audio link.

“It wasn’t the e-mails; it was the white males,” – Bonnie Price, on sexism she believed prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming president

February 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Spring Valley resident Bonnie Price is a long-time women’s rights advocate, political scientist and feminist. In January, shortly after Price marched in the historic women’s march in San Diego, we interviewed her about her concerns over the erosion of women’s  rights that she spent much of her lifetime fighting to attain.

 Price has advocated for women’s causes from equal pay to the equal rights amendment.  She once established a Planned Parenthood clinic in rural Pennsylvania. She’s also been active in recruiting women  to run for political office through the nonpartisan Run Women Run and has served as president of the East County Democratic Club. A supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, Price still hopes to see the ultimate glass ceiling broken in her lifetime. 

Scroll down to read highlights of her commetns , or click the audio link to hear our full interview.

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SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS DROPS TO UNLV 80-62

 

Each team made 10 3-pointers in the contest

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

February 18, 2017 (Las Vegas) - San Diego State women’s basketball and UNLV each made 10 3-pointers but the Rebels secured its victory on a better overall shooting percentage, as the Aztecs fell in a Mountain West contest, 80-62, on Saturday in Cox Pavilion.

READER’S EDITORIAL: SUPERVISORS STAND IN WAY OF CLEAN POWER AT LOW RATES BY REJECTING COMMUNITY CHOICE FOR ENERGY

 

By Van Collinsworth

After San Diego Supervisors voted this week to reject a community choice energy alternative to SDG&E, Preserve Wild Santee founder Van Collinsworth posted this open letter to Supervisors on his Facebook page.

February 18, 2017 (San Diego) -- SDG&E and its allies in office are standing in the way of cleaner power at lower rates. My message to the Supervisors advocating energy choice follows...

SUPERVISORS REJECT RENEWABLE ENERGY OVERLAY ZONE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Supervisors have rejected plans for a renewable energy overlay zone feasibility study, which would have cost an estimated half million dollars. The action came during a hearing on a Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan.

Donna Tisdale, Chair of the Boulevard Planning Group and founder of Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), voiced relief at the Supervisors’ rejection of the overlay zone.  “A renewable energy overlay zone would fast track any projects located within the designated boundaries. Based on some previous information, we had concerns that a renewable energy overlay zone would be placed over the Boulevard Planning Area and/or the Jacumba Planning Area,” she told ECM.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ESTELA DE LOS RIOS SPEAKS OUT ON HOMELESSNESS IN SAN DIEGO REGION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio in January,  by clicking the audio link, and scroll down for highlights of how Esetela de los Rios believes  our region’s homeless problems could and should be solved .

February 18, 2017 (San Diego)—Estela de los Rios with CSA, a fair housing and human rights organization in El Cajon since 1969, is calling for  a change in how the homeless are treated in the city of San Diego and across San Diego County.  San Diego now has the fourth highest number of homeless people in the nation according to the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency statistics.  Yet instead of providing meaningful help to homeless people, San Diego has often resorted to criminalizing homelessness—passing out citations for sleeping in public places and having police seize tents and sleeping bags even amid cold winter storms.

Homeless has affected every city in San Diego County,  including East County cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee, as well as unincorporated areas of the County. As San Diego cracks down on homelessness, more homeless people have resorted to camping along river banks,  in parks and on the streets of communities in East County, where homelessness is a problem for every city.

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TREE TIME! ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION IN EL CAJON MARCH 25

 

East County News Service

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon) - Join El Cajon as the city celebrates its 28th Annual Arbor Day ceremony and 20th year of receiving the Tree City USA award on Saturday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. at Kennedy Park (1675 East Madison Ave., El Cajon.)

VOICES OF THE CITY CHOIR TO PERFORM AT EL CAJON LIBRARY MARCH 4

 

East County News Service

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Voices of the City Choir will appear in concert at the El Cajon Library, located at 201 E. Douglas Avenue, Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m.  The 30-voice ensemble, composed of homeless singers, will present a wide-ranging program of ballads, jazz, and gospel infused pop songs, backed up by a professional, 3-piece rhythm section.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR MISS EL CAJON PAGEANT

 

East County News Service

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Pageant officials announce that the 2017 Miss El Cajon pageant will be held on Saturday, April 15th at Greenfield Middle School.  You’re invited to join the rich tradition of the Miss El Cajon Pageant, open to young women from age 9 to 22, residing or attending school in El Cajon, including Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.  

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE MEETING ON COLORING FOR STRESS RELIEF FEB. 22

 

East County News Service

 

February 17, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Coloring for Stress Relief” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESS CONFERENCE FEB. 17: BACK HOME





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Video courtesy goaztecs.com

February 17, 2017 (San Diego) - After winning two in a row, SDSU men's basketball returns home to face UNLV on Sunday.  Coach Steve Fisher, sophomore guard Jeremy Hemsley and junior guard Trey Kell called a press conference today to talk to the media after their big turnaround.  The Aztecs are 15-10 overall and 7-6 in Mountain West play.

TRUMP NAMES NEW LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE WITH STRONG EXPERENCE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2017 (Washington  D.C.) – President Donald Trump has announced a new nominee to head up the Department of Labor, following  fast food executive Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal of his nomination.  The new nominee, Alexander Acosta, has extensive experience in labor and the law.  If confirmed by the Senate,  Acosta will also be the first Hispanic in Trump’s cabinet.

REVITALIZING ECPAC: WILL THE FAT FINALLY LADY GET TO SING?

 

 

El Cajon City Council approves negotiations with major concert promoter Live Nation to manage shuttered East County Performing Arts Center.

By Paul Kruze

 

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon)—As the old saying goes, “It isn’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.”  Just a few years ago, the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) faced possible demise.  It’s remained closed since December 2009.  But the curtain may soon rise again, bringing back stellar entertainment to our region.

SDSU SOFTBALL DEFEATS UC RIVERSIDE 3-0

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Julie McDonald tossed a three-hit shutout to help SDSU beat UC Riverside 3-0.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Julie McDonald (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) tossed a three-hit shutout against UC Riverside to help San Diego State to a split at the 27th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic Thursday at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs (3-4) first downed the Highlanders (1-5), 3-0, before falling to No. 8/9 Washington, 6-5, later in the night.

3 ARRESTED IN COLLEGE AREA DRUG RAID

 

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- Detectives and Crime Suppression Team Deputies from the Sheriff's Alpine Station, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail, served a search warrant at 5090 College Ave. #5 in San Diego this afternoon. Deputies from the Special Enforcement Detail (SED) served the search warrant, since the occupants were believed to be armed with firearms and selling narcotics.

PUBLIC ADVOCATES FIND "FAULTS"WITH $64 MILLION SEISMIC STUDY OF EARTHQUAKE RISKS AT SAN ONOFRE

 

Source:  Public Watchdogs

Photo: recently as 1881, the coastline from Northern Orange County to Central San Diego County was officially known as “Earthquake Bay.”

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- A public advocate and a geologist are singing a sour note over the  publicly funded  $64 Million study of earthquake risks at SONGS, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE INCREASES STAFFING FOR EXPECTED RAINS

 

Source: CAL FIRE

February 16, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - With the arrival of another powerful winter storm on Friday February 17TH San Diego County Fire (SDCF) is once again taking steps to ensure an aggressive response to weather related incidents.  Although rain is the focus of this week’s storm, high winds are also expected and could potentially bring the threat of downed trees.  

VIDEO: HELIX FLUME TRAIL NOW OPEN IN LAKESIDE

 

By Andy Tolley, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 16, 2017 (Lakeside) - The County cut the ribbon Thursday for the new Helix Flume Trail in Lakeside, and a group took an inaugural hike on the 0.8-mile path. It may be short in distance, but it’s long on history, with signs that share the story of early water transportation in San Diego. It also feature spectacular views of Lake Jennings and El Cajon Mountains.

The trailhead is located at 14003-14023 El Monte Road in Lakeside.

TIRE & APPLIANCE RECYCLING DROP-OFF MARCH 3, 4, 11, 13

 

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (La Mesa) - You're invited to drop off your used tires, motor oil, electronic waste, fats, oil, grease and CRV glass, cans and plastic at the EDCO station in La Mesa (8184 Commercial St.) from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 3, 4, 11 and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on March 13.

SDSU SOFTBALL: AZTECS BLOW LEAD ON TWO ERRORS; LOSE TO WASHINGTON 6-5

 

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February 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Due to rain, what was supposed to be SDSU softball’s weekend-long hosting of the 27th annual Campbell/Cartier Classic is now reduced to three games today and one on Tuesday.  The Aztecs hosted UC Riverside earlier today and tonight, they hosted the Huskies from Washington.  The No. 8 Huskies faced UC Riverside earlier tonight.

TRUMP ORDERS SPEAKER RYAN TO KICK HISPANIC CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OUT OF MEETING WITH ICE OFFICIALS

 

East County News Service

Rep. Vargas denounces exclusion as “unacceptable”, says Trump actions are creating “chaos around the nation”

February 16, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Several Hispanic members of Congress including Congressman Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) were booted out of a bipartisan meeting with the acting director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by Speaker Paul Ryan’s staff, reportedly on orders from President Donald Trump.

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CRITERIA FOR DISTRICT ELECTION MAPPING: 5 PUBLIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED

 

Source: City of El Cajon

February 16, 2017 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon has announced five public workshops on redistricting set for February 22, 23 and 28, as well as March 1 and April 18.  All are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   See location details at the bottom of the article. 

HAPPY 65TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE ALPINE SUN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2017 (Alpine) — The Alpine Sun newspaper celebrated its 65th anniversary on Valentine’s Day.  At Tuesday’s Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce “Hot Topics” breakfast meeting,  the newspaper’s publisher and editor were presented with certificates and plaques  from the offices of Congressman Duncan Hunter,  State Senator Joel Anderson, and Assemblyman Randy Voepel.

GOOD SAMARITAN SAVES ORANGE CAT HIT BY CAR IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2017 (La Mesa) - An orange tabby cat struck by a vehicle February 3rd on La Mesa Blvd. near Rosehedge Drive was rescued by a passing motorist and provided emergency veterinary care.  "Diego," as the lucky cat has now been named, may have used up one of his nine lives, but fortunately he's healed and will be heading to a new home tomorrow.

WEAR YOUR GREEN AND RUN EAST COUNTY: ST. PATRICK’S DAY HALF MARATHON MARCH 5

 

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (El Cajon) - You’re invited to start your St. Patrick’s Day celebration early and register now for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile, and Tribes & Clans competition on Sunday, March 5, 2017.  The St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon is dedicated to involve the entire family in fun and fitness.  This event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation.  Funds raised will benefit several East County charities. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS FEB.17 - MARCH 15

 

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes Latin music at a winery, a gardening with nature program, an All That Jazz salute to local heroes, a star NFL quarterback coming to East County, and a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Karamu, a black history month celebration in Spring Valley, more Black history events at local colleges, Jungle Book for Kids, a Queen Bee Tea in Alpine, internationally acclaimed Gregory Page performing at Mission Trails, a healthy living fair for seniors, the annual Run East County St. Patrick’s Day half marathon, plus carnival rides and more at the Rolando Street Fair.

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

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