A DIVERSE FIELD OF EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

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

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH COLIN PARENT: ATTORNEY, ENVIRONMENTALIST AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVOCATE RUNS FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

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

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

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

SUPERVISOR JACOB SPEAKS OUT AT PROTEST OVER HOLLYWOOD CASINO IN JAMUL

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2016 (Jamul) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob today joined with residents at a press conference to voice concerns over state actions regarding the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

SCHIMPF IS THE HERO TONIGHT; PADRES WALK OFF DBACKS TO WIN TWO STRAIGHT

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo:  recognizing San Diego first responders before the game.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

 

August 19, 2016 (San Diego) - After a big win last night, the Padres aimed to win again tonight in a less dramatic fashion with Jarred Cosart on the mound against Zack Greinke for Arizona.

CBP REMINDS TRAVELERS OF SERVICES AT SAN YSIDRO AND OTAY MESA PORTS OF ENTRY

 

 

Source:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection

August 19, 2016 (San Diego) - U.S Customs and Border Protection officials want to remind the traveling public of the services available at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry, and changes in the processing of travelers.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST MEETING ABOUT VITAMIN D

 

East County News Service

 

August 19, 2016 (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 “The ABCs of Vitamin D” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. 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.

ASK AN AUTHOR – HAS THE ROMANCE GENRE GROWN?

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller, author of the free book Between Boyfriends

August 19, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - One of my favorite local authors, Jan Moran, is helping me to talk about romance and writing. Jan and I “met” on Goodreads.com when I reached out to her because she had recently moved to San Diego and my Between Boyfriends protagonist is named Jan as well. We've since done two local author events together and I've found her to be as smart about publishing as she is talented at writing. We also happen to each have a book included in the Finding Love in All the Right Places romance bundle, 12 novels for 99 cents.

How do you think the romance genre has grown? Is it overwhelmed, growing, dying, or in need of a face lift? – Annelle Willard, author of Frosted Sweets

WATER AGENCIES RESPOND TO MERCURY CONCERNS IN RESERVOIRS: TESTS FOCUSED ON FISH

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19,2016 (San Diego’s East County) – State and local water agency representatives have offered more information for the public following a recent report revealing that 150 reservoirs statewide are “mercury impaired,” including10 in San Diego County, as ECM reported

A key clarification is that the term “mercury impaired reservoirs” referred to testing of fish in those waters,  not testing of water for drinking.  Drinking water can test with no detectable mercury levels, yet still have high, unsafe concentrations of mercury in fish, particularly larger fish that have consumed smaller fish.  This problem raises a new issue: the need for new testing methods to detect low levels of mercury that while not unsafe in drinking water,  can result in unsafe levels in fish living in those waters.

8 CANDIDATES IN RUNNING FOR 2 SEATS ON GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – For the first time,  the Grossmont Union High School District will elect its board trustees by individual trustee districts this fall, not at-large elections.  The two seats up for grabs have each attracted four candidates (eight total) offering candidates some diverse choices.

COUNTY RELEASES REPORT ON BORDER FIRE, SETS MEETING IN POTRERO ON SEPT. 27

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19, 2016 (Potrero) – San Diego County staff has completed its after-action report on the Border Fire.  The report is available at http://www.readysandiego.org/aar/Border-Fire-June-2016-AAR.pdf.  View reports on prior fires at http://www.readysandiego.org/aar/.

POWAY KID SAVES THE DAY IN PADRES' MUCH-NEEDED HOMECOMING

 

By Liz Alper

Photo: 94.9 FM is presented with a framed jersey before the game in honor of the Padres’ transition to 94.9 FM for 2017. Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 18, 2016 (San Diego) – After an absolutely dismal series against the AL East, the Padres were ready to return home to Petco Park to face the Diamondbacks.  Paul Clemens started on the mound for San Diego against Archie Bradley for Arizona.

IT’S OFFICIAL: 10 CANDIDATES QUALIFY FOR EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2016 (El Cajon) — Planners, business and marketing leaders, a teacher, a restaurant partner, and a mother/ex-deejay are among the ten candidates who have qualified for the ballot to run El Cajon’s City Council in November, the city clerk confirms.

SUSPECT DEAD AFTER CARJACKINGS, SHOOTING AND CRASH IN POWAY

 

East County News Service

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News


 

Update August 23,2016: The deputies involved in this shooting have been identified as Deputy Hugh Davidson, Deputy Nikholas Johnson, Deputy David Smith and Sergeant Robert Niderost. Davidson has been employed as a deputy sheriff with the San Diego Sheriff's Department for 2 years, Johnson for 10 years, Smith for 5 years, andNiederost for31 years. All involved deputies are assigned to the Poway Station.

Update August 19, 2016:  The deceased suspect has been identified as Trenton Lohman, 38, of Lakeside. He was on parole from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Cause of death was a thoracic gunshot wound.

August 18, 2016 (Poway) — Deputies opened fire on an armed man who carjacked two vehicles, including a patrol car.  A wild chase along Poway Road ended in the suspect driving into a ravine, where he was found dead.

SAN DIEGO BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTERS TO PLAN “NEXT STEPS FOR POLITICAL REVOLUTION”AUG. 20

 

East County News Service

Photo by Ron Logan

August 18, 2016 (San Diego) -- Local supporters of the Bernie Sanders campaign are meeting to plan next steps for building the political revolution that Sanders called for.  The event, dubbed “Beyond Bernie: Uniting the Political Revolution” will take place on Saturday August 20, 2016 at the Logan Heights branch of the public library (567 S. 28th St., San Diego) -- from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE ARE THE WEASELS? COUNTY RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS OVER GOPHER POISONS AT LINDO LAKE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2016 (Lakeside) – Weasel-watching has been a popular pastime for photographers at Lindo Lake Park. But after the County applied poison to kill gophers, a reader of ours raised questions over what impact that could have on weasels, which have not been popping up in the area lately.

GREGORY PAGE PERFORMS AT SYCUAN RESORT SEPT. 2

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2016 (El Cajon) -- On Friday, September 2, The Gregory Page Show comes to the Sycuan Golf Resort: Red Tail Grill Veranda.  (3007  Dehesa Road,  El Cajon 92019)  from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This picturesque venue is an ideal backdrop to experience the vintage-inspired “Modern Nostalgia” of Gregory Page.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM: SEPT. 15 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to a "Meet The Candidates" forum on Thursday, September 15 at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa).  This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates who wish to serve you. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FIGHTING THE POINTE VALLEY IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

 

August 17, 2016 (Spring Valley) - Thanks to Kreg Kearly for sending in these dramatic images of the Pointe Fire in Spring Valley taken by his son, Kerouac Geoffroy-Kearley. The brush fire threatened homes and forced evacuations in Spring Valley on Wednesday. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG.18-SEPT. 25

 

 

East County News Service

 

August 18,2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County include night fishing, a jazz musical, and the Ramona Country Fair.  Plus we’ll tell you about coming attractions including grape stomp, a bluegrass festival, an apple festival and other festive finds.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

POINTE FIRE NOW 80% CONTAINED, EVACUATIONS LIFTED

 

Update August 19,2016 8 a.m.:The fire held to 26 acres overnight and is now 80% contained.

Update 8:40 p.m.: Evacuation orders are now lifted. Please watch for firefighters as you return home.

Update7 p.m.:The fire is 15 acres and 40% contained. A firefighter was bitten by a rattlesnake and has been hospitalized.

East County News Service

Photos by Kristink Kjaero taken off State Route 94 and Kathleen Coates-Hedberg, viewed from Mt. Helix.

August 17, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Evacuations have been ordered in Spring Valley on Ledge Side between Ledge View and South Barcelona due to the Pointe Fire, Cal Fire reports. Structures are threatened north of Point Parkway near the water tanks, NBC 7 news reports.

Monte Vista High School is being set up as an evacuation center at 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd. in Spring Valley. The fire is approximately 3 to 5 acres.

 

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER DOWNS SANTA CLARA IN MID-WEEK FRIENDLY 3-2

 

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Travis Nicklaw courtesy goaztecs.com

August 17, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team got its first taste of the 2016 campaign on Wednesday in thrilling fashion with a 3-2 triumph over Santa Clara in a preseason friendly at SDSU Sports Deck.

LANDLORDS NEEDED TO HELP HOMELESS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 17, 2016 (San Diego) --San Diego area landlords: homeless people need your help.

The County of San Diego and its many partners are looking for landlords who are willing to rent apartments to help house 130 people who are currently homeless.

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