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PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

READER’S EDITORIAL: BIG MONEY AND HIT PIECES INFLUENCING OUR LA MESA POLITICAL SEASON

HEAR OUR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS & HER OPPONENT, LARRY WILSKE

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERRA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT

HEALTH DEPT. AND COURTS BACK NEIGHBORS IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO WIND FARMS

NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


MAYOR PRO TEM GARY KENDRICK VIES FOR RE-ELECTION AGAINST CHALLENGER ELWOOD ALEXANDER

 

By Janis Russell

October 14, 2014 (El Cajon)- Mayor pro tem Gary Kendrick is up for re-election this November against challenger Elwood Alexander. Kendrick served on the City Council and was then elected as Mayor Pro Tem a year ago.

REP. HUNTER NAMED "BEST PARTY ANIMAL" IN CONGRESS BY STAFFERS ON CAPITAL HILL

 

East County News Service

October 15, 2014 (Washington D.C.)—For the past 28 years, the Washingtonian has surveyed Congressional aides about the leadership qualities (or lack thereof) of House members in its “Best and Worse of Congress” annual report .  While some districts’ representatives achieved such honors as being named the top workhorse , rising star or wisest member of Congress, the designation as the top “party animal” in the House  of Representatives was awarded to 50th Congressional district Representative Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine).

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

October 15, 2014 (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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For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

ZONING ORDINANCE UPDATE AND COUNTY CODE AMENDMENTS NOW GO TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

October 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors (Board) will evaluate proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (POD-13-003) when they meet on Oct. 29. The proposed improvement includes changes to various definitions, use regulations, procedures and other miscellaneous revisions and clarifications. They also include proposed amendments related to setbacks, detached garages and barns and recycling.

CALVET LAUNCHES VETERAN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM AND PARTNERS WITH HOMES FOR FAMILIES

 

October 13, 2014 – Today, the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) launches a new affordble home ownership program, Residential Enriched Neighborhoods (REN), for Veterans and their families through a partnership with Homes for Families. This important new program offers manageable loan payments and enrichment services, with permanent home ownership for California’s Veterans.

YOUTH CHOIR OF SAN DIEGO AND EAST COUNTY CONCERT OCT. 16

 

October 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Youth Choir of San Diego will perform its first concert on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center ( 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon).  This is a new nonprofit organization that has formed a group of high school students who gather twice a week, blending their communities as well as their voices to make music under the direction of Jason Prater - Artistic Director and Jonni Glaser - Musical Director. There are several San Diego City and several East County schools represented.

CITY CONSIDERS CRAFT BREWERY LEGISLATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego is gaining a reputation nationally as one of America’s leading craft brewing cities.  Breweries have been opening up beer tasting rooms countywide—including urban or suburban areas, not just at breweries in industrial locations.

EXCLUSIVE! ECM RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAMES KIMBER, 50TH CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, NOW ONLINE

 

 

Listen to our full interview here (it may take a few moments to load): http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/cofd06nvhi/Newsmaker-Kimber-James-.mp3 . For highlights, click “read more” and scroll down.

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine invited both candidates for the 50th Congressional District to be interviewed on our radio show.  Congressman Duncan D. Hunter did not respond, but we did sit down for an in-depth interview with his opponent, Navy veteran and medical professional James Kimber, who talked about his views on topics including Social Security, healthcare, education, veterans, women's issues, bringing jobs to the district, student loans, energy issues, the Iraq and Syria conflicts, and the need to bring back compromise and end the partisan divide in Congress. 

Kimber has served in the healthcare field for 30 years, currently as a physician assistant specializing in neurosurgery. Asked why he’s running for Congress, he states, “I see the inaction going on within Congress. There are a lot of issues facing this country and some of them are very serious right now, but Congress has stepped back and they’re not working together very well right now.”

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN SEASON EVENTS IN COUNTY PARKS

 

October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--Ghouls, goblins and zombies, oh my! Halloween is coming and County Parks has something planned every weekend as the days count down to the big event. From a haunted trail to a pumpkin patch, Parks has you covered.

CONSUMER WATCHDOG BLASTS NO-BID CONTRACTS BY COVERED CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 13, 2014 (Sacramento)--Why did Covered California award $184 million in no-bid contracts – including millions to consulting companies with ties to executives on the Covered California board?   For instance, $4.2 million went to the Tori Group, whose founder once worked with Covered California’s executive director, Peter Lee, and other contracts went to a subsidiary of a firm  that Lee once led.

CLAIMS MOUNT AGAINST CITY OVER SDPD OFFICER'S ACTIONS

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--The City of San Diego has thus far had to pay over $8 million to settle cases with 14 victims who said they were sexually assaulted or subjected to inappropriate sexual advances by former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos.  Almost two dozen women have lodged complaints ranging from groping to harassment by Officer Arevalos over a number of years.

SECOND EBOLA TREATMENT IN TESTING FROM SAN DIEGO FIRM

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--A blood filtration treatment made by a San Diego company has now joined the fight against Ebola.  Aethlon Medical announced Tuesday the first use its Hemopurifier therapy on a patient infected with Ebola virus, Times of San Diego reports.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS OCT. 17-26

 

October 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County has some awesome autumn activities, from a spooky hayride in Julian to classic car cruisin’ at Santee Lakes, plus an international jousting competition—all in San Diego’s inland regions.

STATE & FEDS LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO CPUC SCANDALS; CPUC IGNORES CONFLICTS, AIMS TO HOLD VOTE ON CHARGING RATEPAYERS FOR SAN ONOFRE SHUTDOWN

 

 

“This is criminal… This vote could possibly be blocked if enough Edison and SDG&E ratepayers raise enough hell.” – San Diego Reader reporter Don Bauder

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2014 (Sacramento) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris has opened an investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Sacramento Bee reports that the probe centers around rate-setting procedures and oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric Company regarding the deadly San Bruno  pipeline explosion, and assignment of administrative law judges to CPUC matters. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s office has notified PG&E of a separate investigation into private communications suggesting that the  state regulatory issue was trying to help PG&E avoid tough penalties for the fatal explosion. 

CPUC Chairman Michael Peevey, a former PG&E executive, announced after exposure of internal emails revealed inappropriate communications that he will resign at year’s end.   PG&E has fired some executives in the wake of the scandal. But ratepayer advocates say that's not enough.

NURSES CALL FOR MANDATORY NATIONAL STANDARDS ON EBOLA, MORE PROTECTIONS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

 

National survey finds 80% of nurses say their hospital has not communicated any policy on Ebola: 2,200 RNs across U.S. say hospitals still lagging

Source: National Nurses Union

October 14, 2014 (Silver Springs, Maryland)--Following news Sunday that the first U.S. nurse has now tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs, other hospital personnel to confront Ebola.

MTS READY TO OPEN $44 MILLION 'RAPID' BUS ROUTE

 

San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)

By Chris Jennewein , originally published in Times of San Diego

Photo by Chris Jennewein

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego transit and planning agencies on Thursday  celebrated completion of the $44 million Mid-City Rapid project, which starting Sunday will provide fast bus service between San Diego State University and downtown San Diego.

DR. GARY WEITZMAN - SAVING ANIMALS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Mimi Pollack

Photo: Gary Weitzman with Jake and Betty

October 11, 2014 (San Diego)--The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Humane as “being marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals”. This is a good description of Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, The Escondido Humane Society, and co-host of The Animal House.  Giving back to society and helping animals in need has been Dr. Gary Weitzman stated mission in life.

ASSET FORFEITURE PROGRAM BENEFITS SAN DIEGO SHERIFF AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

October 12, 2014 (San Diego) In a previous story, East County Magazine covered asset forfeiture program.

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/civil-asset-forfeiture-system-leads-abuse

This program, which started with the federal war on drugs, has evolved to the point that the law agencies share the assets that they seize, with 80% of the value staying with the local agency.

40 ARRESTED IN SUMMERS END OPERATION IN EAST COUNTY

 

October 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Forty people are under arrest following Operation Summer's End in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon, the Sheriff announced today. The probation checks were held from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th. Operation Summer's End also included traffic stops and trolley patrols.

CRACKDOWN ON WINERIES USE OF VOLUNTEERS COULD CHILL LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Small wineries have been flourishing since our County passed its boutique winery ordinance.  Unlike most small businesses, wineries that grow their own grapes can’t generate profits for several years, since it takes that long after planting vines before a quality wine can be produced.  Many local wineries have relied on friends and other volunteers to pick grapes, help with events and other tasks.

LA MESA SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES SPEAK WITH ECM

 

 

By Janis Russell

October 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- Four candidates are running for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board. They are incumbents  Bob Duff, Jerry Lecko and Rick Winet, and newcomer David Chong in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. (See the district map: http://www.lmsvsd.k12.ca.us/cms/lib2/CA01001633/Centricity/Domain/184/MAP-Schools.pdf).

ECM spoke with Superintendent Brian Marshall about the issues the district is facing. Marshall cited the budget, implementation of academic and innovative programs, wages, and bringing technology into classrooms.

MOTEL ROBBED IN LA MESA

 

October 11, 2014 (La Mesa)—A masked man armed with a handgun robbed the Motel 6 at 7621 Alvarado Road in La Mesa at gunpoint last night at 9:10, La Mesa Police report. The suspect remains at large.

COUNTY SEEKS RUNNERS EXPOSED TO RABID BAT IN DEL MAR MUD RUN

 

Source: County News Service

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--The County’s Health and Human Services Agency is asking for the public’s help to identify people who may have been exposed to rabies during the Del Mar Mud Run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 4.

SAN DIEGO NAMED A TOP THRILL-SEEKING CITY, CALIFORNIA IS #1 STATE

 

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--For experienced daredevils, that adrenaline rush is hard to come by when you are scared of virtually nothing. So, where do all of these gutsy guys and gals live and what do they do for thrills and excitement?

ECO-FRIENDLY AUTO CARE CENTER OPENS IN LA MESA

 

October 12, 2014 (La Mesa) - San Diego resident John Sterne, will be opening the first Honest-1 Auto Care to serve the La Mesa community at the end of October. The shop will be located at 7375 Jackson Drive.

CALIFORNIA INNOCENCE PROJECT CLIENT RELEASED AFTER 28 YEARS

 

Roeling Adams released from San Quentin State Prison after wrongful conviction, with help from California Western School of Law in San Diego

October 12, 2014 (San Francisco)-- Roeling Adams walked out of San Quentin State Prison a free man on October 10th after he spent 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTS LUNCH OCT. 16: DRONES--THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE AMAZING

 

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)—The drone industry is emerging as a major employer in San Diego County. The technology offers applications for both domestic and military use – and while some hold promises of amazing opportunites, others have sparked controversy.  Hear from speakers in the drone industry, an attorney specializing in drone law, and a peace activist raising ethical and privacy concerns at a luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Thursday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego.

VINES AND WINES: MT. HELIX WINE GROWERS "MEET AND GREET" REPORT

 

 

By Donn Rutkoff

October 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - On a lovely Sunday afternoon in Sept., the Mt. Helix Wine Growers Association held their 3rd annual "Meet and Greet", otherwise known as a potluck and wine sharing.  About 30 growers came together to share news and ideas.  A few really good locally made wines were brought, one in particular was from Kristi (Anderson) and Suzie, a newly bottled Syrah.  Based on what your reporter tasted, the future continues to look very tasty for locally grown wines.

THE HURT AND PAIN A CHILD REMEMBERS

 

The Remembered Self: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Beast, by M.J. Payne (Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2014, 180 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

October 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - M.J. Payne, a graduate of the University of Kentucky Honors Program and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has written a sordid story of human sexuality and trauma based on a true story; The Remembered Self: A Journey Into The Heart Of The Beast. If not for my numerous communications with her I would think it a work of fiction, for some of it is too graphic and traumatic beyond belief, but it did actually happen according to the author. Payne does not attempt to sugar-coat this story, and what happened to her starting as a child, and perhaps that is therapeutic for her.

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