TRUMP TO HOLD RALLY IN SAN DIEGO MAY 27, COUNTERPROTEST PLANNED

CA SENATE APPROVES SB 999, TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH UP TO A 12-MONTH SUPPLY OF CONTRACEPTIVES

CLINTON BACKS OUT OF CALIF. DEBATE WITH SANDERS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 27 - JUNE 24

LA MESA COUNCIL CONSIDERS SPONSORSHIP OF CAR SHOW

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK MALLOY, DEMOCRAT CHALLENGING HUNTER

THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN LA MESA: MAY 25

COBELL BUY-BACK EXTENDED AND EXPANDED TO COUNTY TRIBES

PADRES ERROR DURING GAY MEN’S CHORUS PERFORMANCE OUTRAGES LGBT FANS

CROWDS WELCOME BERNIE SANDERS, BILL CLINTON IN SAN DIEGO

SANDERS VISITS U.S. - MEXICAN BORDER IN SAN DIEGO

DEPT. OF DEFENSE TAKES ACTION TO PROTECT MILITARY FAMILIES FROM ZIKA

MAN TURNS SELF IN, FACES MURDER CHARGE AFTER SHOOTING EX-GIRLFRIEND AND LOVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Abel Angel Martinez has turned himself into the Sheriff after reportedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, shooting her and her boyfriend.  The couple awoke  in bed to find Martinez in the residence. Both were shot with a handgun. The crime at 1525 Wilson Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon was reported at 6:25 a.m.

Eufracio Alberto Enriquez, 35, was pronounced dead after efforts by family members, deputies and paramedics to perform CPR failed to revive him.  Leila Farmer, 40, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was transported to a hospital.

COUNTY BOOSTING OVERSIGHT OF ELDER CARE HOMES

 

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March 16, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego County officials took action Tuesday (3/11) to improve the level of care and oversight at nursing homes and other elder care facilities in the wake of troubling reports of poor supervision and treatment.

CALIFORNIANS AT RISK OF QUAKES CAUSED BY FRACKING WASTEWATER DISPOSAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 16, 2014 (California)--A new report reveals that the risk of earthquakes in California is being dramatically increased by oil companies injecting billions of gallons of wastewater from fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, into disposal wells near active faults near major cities.  “Millions of Californians live in areas at risk for induced earthquakes,” the report concludes.

The report, titled “On Shaky Ground,” was prepared by Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Clean Water Action.   It found that 54% of our state’s 1,553 injection wells are within 10 miles of a recently active fault, 23% are within five miles and 6% are within just one mile. 

Numerous earthquakes across the country have been linked to fracking by scientists, including temblors as high as 5.7 on the Richter scale, the report details. Fracking quakes are common in areas such as Oklahoma and Texas, producing quakes higher than ever seen in some places.

DROWSY DRIVER AWARENESS DAY IS APRIL 6: DROWSINESS CAN IMPAIR DRIVING AS MUCH AS ALCOHOL DOES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – “My wife, Robyn, died when she fell asleep while driving on April 6, 1999 in Texas,” retired California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Konstantin recalls. “She was driving back to San Diego from Florida, where she had just picked up a car from her mother.” 

Since then, Konstantin has championed the cause of warning others about the dangers of driving drowsy.  In 2005, the California Legislature proclaimed April 6th—the date Robyn Konstantin died –as Drowsy Driver Awareness Day. 

On Monday, March 17, Konstantin will be a guest on the East County Magazine Radio Show. Tune in at 5 p.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

“I have always found it to be ironic that one of my duties  as  a California  Highway Patrol officer was to inform the public of the  dangers of driving  while drowsy. Yet, this is how my own wife died,” Konstantin says. “She was  an  excellent  driver. This just proves it can happen to anyone.” Ironically, she   drove past a freeway  rest area just moments before her crash, he added. You can learn more at his website: http://drowsydriverawarenessday.com and by scrolling down in this article.

MCCOY & BLYTHE SOLAR PROJECTS APPROVED, DESPITE SACRED SITES WITH ANCIENT GEOGLYPHS

 

By Roy L Hales

Deadline for public comments on changes March 24

March 15, 2014 (Mojave Desert)--The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has approved “the construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning of an up to 750-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) solar energy generation facility and related infrastructure called the McCoy Solar Energy Project.This project follows on the heels of the California Energy Commission’s approval of a similar project by NextEra Blythe Solar Energy.

MISSION TRAILS SEEKS VOTES TO WIN TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE

 

March 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The MRC Company "Smart Technology Solutions" is the largest technology and services company specializing in workflow solutions and office systems. They are currently running a contest to provide the winning 501 I(3) nonprofit corporation with up to a $15,000 technology upgrade for their office. The winner will be decided by the number of votes cast on-line through March 17.

ABDUCTED CHILDREN FOUND AT BORDER

 

Update March 18, 2014:  All four children have been found safe at the U.S.-Mexico border by Border Patrol agents. The parents remain at large and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Details below in our earlier story.

March 15, 2014 (Los Angeles) – The California Highway Patrol has issued a statewide Amber Alert for four children abducted in Los Angeles today.  The suspects may be driving a dark-colored Chrysler PT cruiser with paper plates and a missing hubcab. Police believe they may be headed for San Diego or Mexico.

The suspects are Enrique Felix, 28, and Rose Chiarez, 28.  They are suspected of abducting their four children:  Enrique, 7, Justin, 5, and twins Veronica and Janeth.

EL CAJON COUNCIL ASKS STAFF TO REGULATE E-CIGARETTES AND HOOKAH

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a 4-1 vote, El Cajon’s City Council voted to add electronic cigarettes to the city’s tobacco ordinance.  The measure will also regulate hookahs.  Only Mayor Bill Wells voted against the measure, calling it “government overreach.”

The proposed regulations will next go before the city’s planning commission, after which the Council will hold a public hearing.

BENEFIT CONCERT MARCH 15 FOR BELLA NOBLE’S FAMILY

March 15, 2014 (El Cajon )—A benefit concert will be held today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in El Cajon to help the family of Bella Noble cover the costs of  Life Flight, hospitalization and funeral services. Bella, 5, died after a tragic vehicle accident on October 17, 2013. 

The public is invited to join Eve Selis, Caliber, Lightning Train, and The PettyBreakers to sing, dance, celebrate and honor the life of Bella Noble.

“Bella and her brother, William, attended many musical events with their mom Sheri, and their dad, Bill, who has provided sound engineering services for many of the county's top musicians. Many of the musicians have recounted about how much Bella loves to sing and dance at their events, so a concert is a very fitting way to pay respects to her! In fact, the last time I saw Bella, she was dancing with her dad at my wedding - I'll never forget that image. It would mean the world to Bella to see everyone at the concert dancing - as she'll be dancing alongside us all in spirit,” says Mike Reilly.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER ENDORSED BY CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY AT CONVENTION

 

March 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--James H. Kimber, Democratic candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District office currently held by Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), received the official endorsement of the California Democratic Party at the state convention in Los Angeles this past weekend.

BURNED BODY FOUND IN ALPINE IDENTIFIED AS KIMBERLY HAYES OF LAKESIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2014 (Lakeside) – A body found smoldering in a rural area of Alpine on Sunday, March 9 has been identified as Kimberly Renee Hayes, 35, of Lakeside.  

A Sweetwater Authority employee found Hayes’ burning body on a dirt road off the 17500 block of Sequan Truck Trail near Japatul Road shortly before 5 a.m.  The Medical Examiner’s office indicates that her death was a homicide. 

Hayes had worked as an emergency medical technician with San Diego Fire Rescue and at Scripps Mercy Hospital. She had a 14-year-old daughter.  But recently, she led a troubled life.

RESEARCHERS FOCUS ON MEN OF COLOR AT SAN DIEGO COLLEGES

 

March 14, 2014 (San Diego)-- In the wake of President Barack Obama’s declaration of the challenge of helping young men of color  succeed as a “moral issue for the country,” Cuyamaca College recently held a workshop led by two San Diego State University professors  highlighting the issue’s relevance to community colleges.

REP. SUSAN DAVIS' BILL WOULD HELP BORROWERS PAY DOWN STUDENT LOANS FASTER

 

March 13, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- Being able to pay extra on a student loan can provide peace of mind that a financial burden is shrinking faster than usual. That’s until you learn that the extra money has been applied to future payments and interest, reducing your ability to pay down the principal.  Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation today that would require extra payments on student loans go toward the principal of the loan first.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER UNVEILS NEW VINEYARD

 

Sophie’s Vineyard will celebrate a special sneak-peek planting party on April 5

March 11, 2014 (El Cajon)-- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, the East County vocational day program for more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities, has announced the grand opening of Sophie’s Vineyard. As part of its expanding garden, the Center will install 290 vines in a unique double row design with the purpose of providing students with an education on grape agriculture, selling table grapes at local farmers markets, and the opportunity to partner with local wineries and wine makers.

FATAL ALPINE CRASH KILLS WOMAN, 22, INJURES MAN AND BABY

 

March 13, 2014 (Alpine) – A young woman driving a Jeep Cherokee at a high rate of speed lost control when she braked and swerved to avoid a slow-moving vehicle on I-8 west of Tavern Road in Alpine last night at 5:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol reports.  The Jeep plunged down an embankment, trapping her inside. She died at the scene.

CPUC APPROVES PLAN TO REPLACE POWER FROM SAN ONOFRE; ADDS OPTION FOR GAS-FIRED PLANTS

 

 

Opponents say change was made without public input

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2014 (San Francisco)--Today, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously on its plan to replace power from the shut-down San Onofre Nuclear Generating System. The plan will require Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to incorporate clean energy to replace the San Onofre system. But environmentalistssay that last minute changes in the final decision raise the odds that utilities will build gas plants instead of local, renewable energy sources.

According to the California Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2012 for the first time since 2008 because of increased reliance on gas plants after San Onofre closed.

HELP IMPROVE OUR WATER QUALITY: SUBMIT YOUR WATER PROJECT IDEAS BY MARCH 28

 

Public Service Announcement: San Diego County

March 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The County of San Diego needs your help in identifying potential storm water quality improvement projects.  Recently adopted regulations require that the County identify and pursue a variety of on-the-ground projects to improve regional storm water quality.  The first step in this process is to assess and locate potential projects that could be implemented.  

Project types that may be considered include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following categories:

  • Stream or riparian area rehabilitation
  • Retrofitting existing infrastructure (Green Streets, Low Impact Development, Treatment);
  • Regional BMP’s (best management practices for stormwater treatment basins);
  • Groundwater recharge projects (infiltration basins);
  • Water supply augmentation projects (large cisterns); and
  • Land purchases to preserve floodplain functions.

Project suggestions will be accepted until March 28, 2014.  Scroll down for details.

IRISH MUSIC AND MORE AT HOOLEYFEST

 

March 13, 2014 (La Mesa)- Hooley’s Irish Pub in La Mesa will be hosting its annual Sant Patrick’s Day Hooley Fest on Monday, March 17.  The festivities take place under tents in the parking lot at Grossmont Center outside the restaurant, starting at 5 p.m.

This year’s entertainment includes Tony Cummins, Times nominee for the Irish Music Awards, the award winning Jukebox, and American fiddle rock stars Lexington Field.

CRIMEAN EXPERT SPEAKS WITH ECM

By Miriam Raftery

San Diego State University Professor Emeritus Phil Pryde, editor/author of Environmental Resources and Constraints in the Former Soviet Republics, shared insights into the unfolding crises in the Crimea and Ukraine.  What are the implications of the upheaval and impending eleciton for the region and the world?  

ECM editor Miriam Raftery and intern Jessica Redmond interviewed Professor Pryde for KNSJ radio.  Listen to the interview here.  

RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, UKRAINIAN SOVEREIGNTY, OR CRIMEAN SELF-DETERMINATION?

 

San Diego Ukranians Speak Out

“My 17 year old friend was shot by snipers for delivering vegetables to protestors in independence square.”—Vera Skop, San Diego

By Jessica Richmond

March 14, 2014 (San Diego)-- Since the February 28th takeover of the Crimean region in the Ukraine by unmarked Russian troops, Ukrainians have been asking, “Are we safe from Russian expansionism?” In San Diego, with a population of approximately 15,000 Ukrainians, this has become a sensitive topic. Sources from Ukraine confirm that family members at home and abroad are equally worried about the escalating encroachment of Russia on the sovereign Ukrainian territory of Crimea.

“RUN EAST COUNTY” AND ST. PATRICK’S DAY BEER & WINE FESTIVAL MARCH 17 IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

The second annual “Run East County” 5K Marathon will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014.

You can walk or run three options of courses: a certified half marathon, the Main Street 5 K, or the Green Mile suited for children or adults with developmental disabilities. Participants compete for prizes including cash prizes for best costume, massage and beauty treatments and more.

TRIBAL CHAIRMAN ASKS TRIBAL MEMBER TO REMOVE “OBSCENE” STATUE

 

 

By Jessica Richmond

March 13, 2014 (Santa Ysabel)—Iipay tribal member June Sortore has refused a request from tribal chairman Virgil Perez  to take down  a  statue of a hand with the middle finger raised.

 In a letter delivered to Sortore by tribal law enforcement, Chairman Perez called the hand-made statue ““indecent and offensive,” noting that it can be viewed by children on a school bus. Though the Iipay Tribal Chairman says the middle finger is an “obscene gesture,” Sortore says she erected the statute as a symbol of defiance against former Tribal Chairman Johnny Hernandez.

 “I built the statue to show him we had not lost nor have we given up hope,” she says.  She claims her form of expression is protected as free speech under the U.S. Constitution and further, that the symbol has historical significance.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

March 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM 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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GRAND JURY: SAN DIEGO SHOULD AMEND CHARTER, MAKE IT EASIER TO REMOVE PUBLIC OFFICIALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2014 (San Diego) – Mayor Bob Filner was the latest of several San Diego mayors who resigned under public pressure. Filner pled guilty to a felony count and two misdemeanors following a long string of complaints by women alleging sexual harassment. But there was no legal requirement for a disgraced or disabled mayor to leave office, under San Diego’s Charter. In fact, the charter allows removal of a Mayor or other city official only through death, resignation or recall.

 Now the San Diego County Grand Jury wants to see that changed. Today, the Grand Jury issued a report recommending that the City Council identify additional reasons for removing a public official and place a proposal to amend the City  Charter on the ballot for voters to decide in a future election.

UNIFICATION OF ALPINE SCHOOLS TO K-12 MODEL MOVES TO NEXT STEP

 

Public Hearings to be held on April 29 and May 7

By Sharon Penny

On the evening of March 12, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) board members convened a committee meeting for transmittal of the petition to unify the Alpine Union School (AUS) District. 

Alpine residents successfully submitted a petition meeting all requirements to convert the K-8 Alpine Union School District to a K-12 Alpine Unified School District, which would then include a future high school in Alpine (http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/15043).

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO REGULATE E-CIGARETTES AND "VAPING" DEVICES

 

Photos: Supervisors Dave Roberts, left, coauthor of the measure, and Bill Horn who voted against the regulations.

By Nadin Abbott

March 11, 2014 (San Diego) –Citing health concerns, Supervisors today voted 3-1 to regulate electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.  In addition, a proposal to ban these devices in all County buildings will be brought before the Council in May. Supervisor Bill Horn voted against the measure and Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent.

COUNTY TO STRENGTHEN ELDER CARE STANDARDS

 

Photo: Dr. Gloria Harris

By Nadin Abbott

March 11, 2014 (San Diego)--In response to a media report exposing abuse in elder care facilities locally, Supervisors voted to strengthen protections for elderly patients and their families. The unanimous 4-0 vote (with Suerpvisor Ron Roberts absent) approved funds to improve the county’s system for checking up on care in senior care facilities. These standards include the ability of the District Attorney to look at complaints more closely. In addition, the County will create a system for patient’s families to compare ratings of facilities countywide.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

March 12, 2014 (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:

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