PASSAGES: SQUARE FOOT GARDENING CREATOR DIES AT 84: PUBLISHER TO CARRY ON LOCAL AUTHOR’S WORK TO COMBAT WORLD HUNGER

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHERE HAS ALL THE CREAM GONE?

PASSAGES: A FOND FAREWELL TO “MR. EAST COUNTY” B.W. `STONEY’ STONE

CREW SEEKS ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS INTO REP. HUNTER CAMPAIGN EXPENSES INCLUDING TRIP TO ITALY, JEWELRY AND NORDSTROM'S CHARGES

CHARGERS FINISH UP DRAFT STRONG; ADD TWO MORE BUCKEYES, JJ WATT’S BROTHER

THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE OUR "MOUNTAIN MAGIC" EVENT A SUCCESS!

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS WITH GEORGE GASTIL, MAYOR PRO TEM OF LEMON GROVE

MAN MISSING 10 YEARS REUNITED WITH FAMILY AFTER IDENTIFY THE MISSING EVENT

RAMONA RODEO, PARADE AND WESTERN DANCE

CRUZ, TRAILING TRUMP, NAMES FIORINA AS RUNNING MATE

DINNER AND A CONCERT TAKES STAGE MAY 6-SEPT. 30 IN EL CAJON

LA MESA LEGACY PROJECT AND CLOCK WORK UNDER WAY AT LAST

COUNTY STAFF RESPONDS TO ECM INQUIRY ON WINERY ORDINANCE PROPOSED CHANGES

 

East County News Service

April 23, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – On Wednesday, April 27, Supervisors will consider two versions of proposed changes to the tiered winery ordinance, as ECM reported. Ramona winemakers have raised serious concerns over a version proposed by county staff that differs from the version approved by the County Planning Commission. 

GONZALEZ BILL TO PREVENT SEXUAL ASSAULT OF JANITORS ADVANCES

 

AB 1978 would establish janitorial workforce protections against sexual harassment

April 23, 2016 (Sacramento) -- A bill by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) to establish janitorial workforce protections against sexual harassment and create a janitorial contractor registration system was approved on a 5-2 vote by the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment last week.

EARTHTALK®: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF VW CHEATING SCANDAL

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

Volkswagen is ponying up $18.2 billion to deal with its emissions cheating scandal, but environmentalists wonder if all the money in the world will be able to save those already negatively affected by the pollution and the wound to consumer confidence. Photo credit: Roddy Scheer.

April 23, 2016 --Dear EarthTalk: What has been the environmental impact of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal?  -- Emily Warden, Philadelphia, PA

EAGER CHARGERS FANS PACK 13TH AND K FOR CHARGERS STADIUM INITIATIVE

 

 

By Liz Alper



Photos by Liz Alper



April 23, 2016 (San Diego) - Chargers fans gathered at the parking lot of 13th and K Streets downtown, the site of the proposed new downtown stadium, to listen to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos, quarterback Philip Rivers, former Charger LaDainian Tomlinson and other Chargers representatives and players.

PACKED HOUSE FOR CHIEF VASQUEZ AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

By Liz Alper

Photo by Miriam Raftery

April  22, 2016 (San Diego) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce members and guests came bright and early to Marie Callender’s for a breakfast with new La Mesa police chief Walt Vasquez on April 13th.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH JAMUL TRIBE OVER CASINO IMPACTS MITIGATION

 

By Leon Thompson

April 22, 2016 (Jamul) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Jamul Indian Village of California.  The agreement will memorialize negotiations regarding the construction and operation of the tribes Hollywood Casino Jamul set to open this summer.  The agreement passed on a 3-1 vote, with Vice Chairwoman Dianne Jacob opposed and Supervisor Greg Cox absent.

ASK AN AUTHOR – HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOUR WIP IS READY

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller



April 23, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Aidan Donnelley Rowley and I tackle works in progress (WIPs) in this week's column, specifically the part of the process when they stop being “in progress” and become completed manuscripts. Rowley is the author of Life After Yes and a Yale University graduate with a law degree from Columbia University. Her latest novel The Ramblers is a “sophisticated tale of entangled urban lives” about three 30-something Manhattanites whose lives are forever altered over the course of Thanksgiving week.  

How does an author know when to stop editing/changing/reading the WIP and send it out into the world? Linda Crawford

FREE SENIOR HEALTH FAIR IN SANTEE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 29

 

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

April 22, 2016 (Santee) - The 17th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Sonrise Community Church, 8805 Magnolia Ave. in Santee. Admission is free. No advance registration is necessary.

WORLD LEADERS TO SIGN CLIMATE AGREEMENT ON EARTH DAY

 



 

On Earth Day, world leaders are expected to sign the historic Paris Agreement, marking an important global step toward slowing climate change. (Pixabay)

By Eric Galatos, Public News Service

April 22, 2016 (New York) -- Leaders from 150 nations are gathering in New York today, Earth Day, to sign the historic Paris Agreement, a coordinated global effort to reduce climate pollution.

SURGE OF CAL FIRE FIREFIGHTERS HIRED TO PREVENT WILDFIRES

 

Residents urged to prepare for wildfires now

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Sacramento) -- With spring now taking hold in California, CAL FIRE is already staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but CAL FIRE firefighters are not letting their guard down, instead they are training for another potential busy fire season and working hard to prevent wildfires. Across the State, CAL FIRE has already hired a surge of over 400 additional seasonal firefighters, whose focus includes fire prevention, fuel reduction and defensible space programs.

PIRATES LOOT PADRES IN SEVENTH; AVOID SWEEP AND WIN 11-1

 

By Liz Alper



Photo:  the presentation of the colors before the game.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

 

April 21, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres were looking for the sweep in the final game of the series against the yinzers from Pittsburgh.  James Shields was on the hill for San Diego, with Pirates ace Gerrit Cole on the mound for Pittsburgh.

EARTH DAY PARTY AT THE TRIPLE H RANCH B&B IN LAKESIDE

 

 

East County News Service

April 21,2016 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to a fun and festive Earth Day celebration and birthday party for the new Triple H Ranch bed and breakfast, 12453 Yerba Valley Road in Lakeside from 1 to 8 p.m.

Activities for the whole family include tours of gardens and the bed and breakfast, a petting zoo, face painting, an open gallery, mosaic making, music, plant and seed exchange and gifts, poster and photo contests, and a pot luck luncheon.

CAJON VALLEY STUDENTS SHARE "IDEAS WORTH SPREADING" ON THE TEDX STAGE

 

Source: TEDxKids ElCajon Press Release

April 21, 2016 (El Cajon) - Cajon Valley Union School District hosted the community’s second annual TEDxKids@ElCajon event on Saturday, April 16. Speakers included students in grades 1-8, as well as featured speakers Aidan Fay, a local student who built a flight simulator in his bedroom, Brynjar Karl, the “Lego Boy” from Iceland who built a 20-foot replica of the Titanic using over 56,000 Legos, and Chula Vista teen Tae Ho, a Master Chef Junior contestant. Over 1500 children and families listened to inspiring talks from our youth, engaged in a unique Innovation Park, and participated in workshops such as hip hop dance and Minecraft modeling.

GUHSD SEEKS PARENT REPRESENTATIVE FOR CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

East County News Service

April 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy within the eleven-member Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). The CBOC oversees the implementation of Proposition U, the $417 million general obligation bond measure passed in November 2008, to bring facility improvements and renovations to the district’s schools.

The appointee will serve a two-year term beginning June 2016, in the capacity of “Parent-at-Large” and will be eligible for up to two additional two-year terms, with the condition that the appointee must have a child or children continuously enrolled in a District school for all term periods. Deadline to apply is May 24 and there is a June 9 hearing.



In order to apply, you must….

BILL TO DROP LAND LINES PHONES PASSES COMMITTTTEE AFTER HEATED DEBATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2016 (Sacramento) – Despite intense opposition from more than 100 Californians at a grueling 3-hour hearing on April 13th, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee approved Assembly Bill 2395 by a 10 to 3 vote.  View hearing video on CalChannel.  (Click on AB 2395 to hear testimony).  The measure would allow elimination of land line telephones in many parts of California.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

April 20, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH                                                                          

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

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

SWEETWATER VISTAS ON AGENDA APRIL 25 AT SPRING VALLEY PLANNING GROUP MEETING

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Spring Valley) - The Spring Valley Planning Group will hold a special workshop meeting regard the old Pointe Property at Sweetwater Springs and Jamacha Blvd. known as Sweetwater Vistas, where 243 residential units are proposed.  The meeting will be held on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Otay Water District meeting room, lower level, 2553 Sweetwater Springs Blvd.

GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL MAY 5-8 TO FEATURE ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH

 

15th annual celebration includes East County musicians

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (San Diego)
San Diego’s 15th annual Gator By The Bay is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. The festival will be held from May 5-8, 2016 at Spanish Landing Park, across from the San Diego International Airport. Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, it features four days of live music with over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay.


Several East County bands are among the performers, including Chet Cannon Blues Party (El Cajon), Fanny & the Atta Boys (La Mesa), Blue Frog Blues Band (La Mesa), Bubba McCoy Band (La Mesa), Todo Mundo (La Mesa) will be joining the list of more than over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages.

RAMONA WINE INDUSTRY IN JEOPARDY, VINTNERS WARN: SUPERVISORS HOLD HEARING APRIL 27 ON REGULATORY CHANGES

Update April 23, 2016:  County staff has responded to ECM questions on this issue.  View their response here.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Elaine Lyttle, Hatfield Creek Winery & Vineyard, says the county's "priorites are wrong" and faults excessive regulations for stifling her award-winning winery in Ramona.

April 20,2016 (Ramona) –  Leaders in Ramona’s burgeoning wine industry warn in correspondence to Supervisors that Ramona’s wine industry could die on the vine as a result of changes proposed to the County’s Boutique and Small Wineries Regulations.

 The changes are set for hearing by Supervisors on Wednesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Center (Room310, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego).  View agenda and hearing announcement. 

Two versions of the ordinance will be up for consideration, one approved by the Planning Commission, the other a recommendation by staff of Planning & Development Services. One important note: legal challenges may be limited only to issues raised at a public hearing or in written correspondence delivered to the hearing body at or before the hearing, according to the hearing notice.

ZIPSPROUT PROFILES EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

 

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Zipsprout.com, a national company that puts the "roots" in grassroots marketing, has published a profile on East County Magazine.

Author Megan Hannay writes: “The demise of traditional journalism is a topic of unending fascination for me. Personally, I love a good story, and it’s sad to see so many tales go untold for the sake of another “which cat breed are you?” quiz. Professionally, as a strategy manager for an agency with PR clients, I feel a responsibility to remain on top of industry best practices, and with a decrease in journalists, the chances of local coverage for a brand’s community-oriented story also go down. For these reasons, I’m equally excited to see new forms of local storytelling grow, they be via podcasts, websites or startups. And I’m especially intrigued by nonprofit outlets, such as East County Magazine.”

THE GOATS ARE BACK—CLEARING BRUSH IN LEMON GROVE

 

April 20, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove, along with its fire department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, will be taking steps to clear brush from eight and a-half acres near Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas in Lemon Grove. Goats will be used as part of the process in clearing heavy brush to minimize fire danger and help create defensible space for homes in this area.

ELM began delivering 150 adult and 50 juvenile goats (kids) on Monday, April 18, 2016. The brush clearing event will last approximately 2 weeks. The goats may be visible to those traveling along the 125 freeway in the area of Lemon Grove during this weed abatement process.

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