HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: KATIE HALVIN SHARES DETAILS ON LA MESA'S HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE EVENT THIS SATURDAY

READER’S EDITORIAL: VETERANS HELP #NODAPL RESISTANCE ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT VICTORY

JUDGE DENIES STATE FARM'S EFFORT TO STOP RATE REDUCTION ORDERED BY REGULATORS: POLICY HOLDERS TO GET HEFTY REFUNDS IMMEDIATELY

A TIDE OF RATEPAYER REVOLT SWEEPS IN NEW BOARD MAJORITY AT HELIX WATER DISTRICT

SCAMMERS TARGET SDG&E CUSTOMERS

IT’S OFFICIAL: REGISTRAR CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS COUNTYWIDE: OUTCOMES CHANGE IN SOME CLOSE RACES

RESIDENCY COMPLAINT FILED OVER HELIX WATER BOARD ELECTION WINNER LOUIS TEJEDA

NEW YEAR WALK UP MT. HELIX JAN. 7

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY DEC. 8-22

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

READER'S EDITORIAL: STOP THE EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE MEDICARE

VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX: GOVERNMENT TO REROUTE PIPELINE

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.

DIVISION OF LABOR DIMINISHED IN BRAINS OF PEOPLE WITH AUTISM

 

East County News Service

SDSU psychologists discover brain connections in people with autism show more symmetry between hemispheres.

December 1, 2016 (San Diego) — Divvying up tasks between the left and right hemisphere of the brain is one of the hallmarks of typical brain development. The left hemisphere, for instance, is involved in analyzing specific details of a situation, while the right hemisphere is involved in integrating all the various streams of information coming into the brain.

NEW TRUMP APPOINTMENTS RAISE ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 30, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — President-Elect Donald Trump’s holdings in hundreds of companies around the world, as well as his financial holdings, have raised serious concerns over potential conflicts of interest.  Surprisingly, there is no law prohibiting a President from making decisions that may profit him personally, unlike laws that ban such conduct for other elected federal officials.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AT LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY DEC. 11

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society invites you to celebrate the end of the year in style at its annual Christmas Open House on December 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the McKinney House, 8369 University Avenue in La Mesa.

PACIFICAIRES HOLD HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERTS

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Thanksgiving has come and gone. You survived another Black Friday and now we say goodbye to Cyber Monday. The next round of celebration is the Christmas holiday. Are you ready for some unique holiday music? Pacificaires celebrate their 40th year of providing choral music to the community with two upcoming concerts,  including a Dec. 10 event in the College area.

SANTEE LAKES PRESENTS SANTA AT THE LAKES DEC. 11

 

Source: Santee Lakes

November 30, 2016 (Santee) - Santa and snow are in the forecast on Sunday, December 11th from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 16th annual Santa at the Lakes event at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of activities including Snow Hill, photos with Santa, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, carnival rides, holiday crafts, and hay rides.

SANTA ANA WINDS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

 

East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

November 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A potentially strong Santa Ana weather pattern will develop Thursday evening, bringing strong Santa Ana winds Thursday night through Saturday. Sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour and gusts over 65 mph are possible in the windiest locations, including Highway 8 in San Diego County from Alpine to the Imperial County border.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

November 30, 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:

U.S.

General news

Politics

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

November 29, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SERVITUDE CASE

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (El Cajon) – A settlement has been reached in the case of an El Cajon couple accused of keeping a housekeeper against her will as an indentured servant.

The victim, who asked to be identified by her initials, W.M., wanted to go home to Indonesia and did not want to go through the ordeal of confronting her alleged captors in court, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.  So prosecutors negotiated a plea deal.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: DEC. 9-17 IN JULIAN

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (Julian) - Julian Theater Company will present Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at the Julian Town Hall  on two weekends in December – December 9 through 11 and again December 15-17.  This classic holiday tale reveals the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge,  who discovers the holiday spirit after visits by the ghosts of Christmas past,  present and future.

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

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a parade of lights and snow festival, a murder mystery theatre, a pottery studios tour, a holiday concert by the San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra, and a Christmas festival at Lions, Tigers and Bears.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including La Mesa’s Holiday in the Village celebration, a holiday wine trail in Ramona, Victorian Christmas teas, and a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in Julian.

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

STAR RANCH UP FOR SALE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2016 (Campo)- If you’ve got a hankering to own a 2,160 acre cattle ranch,  you may want to mosey on out to rural Campo and saddle up to see the Star Ranch.  The large property is on the market—and the owner is willing to consider offers on any of nine parcels separately or together. (View offering proposal).

A 455-unit housing development has been proposed on the site, drawing opposition from some neighbors concerned about impacts on groundwater supplies, traffic and loss of rural character.  Now the owner has put the site on the market-- and  is giving neighbors the first opportunity to purchase all or part of the sprawling rural property.

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 11/29: GETTING READY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy James Solien

November 29, 2016 (San Diego) - With the Mountain West championship game looming on Saturday, San Diego State Aztecs football head coach Rocky Long, redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman, junior runningback/kick returner Rashaad Penny and senior defensive end Kyle Kelley were on hand this week to speak to the media.

PASSAGES: VICTIM IN RAMONA CRASH WAS SKATEBOARD LEGEND VICTOR EARHART, 70

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29,  2016 (Ramona)—The motorcyclist killed Friday morning on Highway 79 in Santa Ysabel in a collision with a Prius has been identified as Victor Earhart,  70, a prominent skateboarder who inspired fans of all ages. 

Sector 9, a skateboard company where Earhart worked and performed as a team writer,  posted a  tribute titled “Legends Never Die” that praised him as “a great ambassador for skateboarding and a legend to many. He was always down to ride skateboards rain or shine, dirt or asphalt. He was very loved by all and will be sorely missed in the skateboard community.”

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SDSU FOOTBALL DOMINATES 2016 MOUNTAIN WEST AWARDS

Aztecs win three of the five major awards

 

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Rashaad Penny (left), Donnel Pumphrey (center), Damontae Kazee (right) swept the MW awards for the second straight season.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

November 29, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas), senior Damontae Kazee (San Bernardino, Calif.) and junior Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) have each been named players of the year by the Mountain West for the second consecutive season, the league announced today. Pumphrey was chosen as the MW Offensive Player of the Year, Kazee the MW Defensive Player of the Year and Penny the MW Special Teams Player of the Year.

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