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

ONE DAY FAST IN SUPPORT OF FARMWORKERS

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Top: Photo Credit: Robert Longer

Right: Photo Credit: Emily Davenport

Bottom: Photo: Tom Lemmon

 

August 17, 2016 (San Diego) -- Throughout California yesterday, legislators and community leaders fasted in support of agricultural workers, who do not currently receive the same overtime benefits as non-agricultural workers despite the physically demanding nature of their job. This could change if South Bay Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez’ Assembly Bill 1066 is passed and signed into law.

FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY IN THESE RACES WHERE INCUMBENTS ARE NOT SEEKING REELECTION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 16,2016  (San Diego’s East County)—The deadline for candidates to file, submit signatures and run for local offices has been extended to 5 p.m. tomorrow in  races where incumbents  did not file ot seek reelection. This includes key city council and mayor races in East County, as well as many school boards and special districts such as fire and water boards,as well as community planning boards.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 17, 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

Presidential election

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

RED FLAG WARNING EXTENDED THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT

 

Source: San Diego County Emergency Updates

August 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- The National Weather Service has extended the Red Flag Warning until 9 p.m. Thursday for the San Diego County mountains and deserts. The Red Flag Warning has been issued due to strong gusty winds and low. Gusty winds west to southwest along the ridges and desert slopes of the mountains will be accompanied by very low relative humidity, resulting in critical wildfire conditions.

WELL-KNOWN NAMES IN GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 16, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Six candidates are running for three seats on the Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors.  In addition to incumbents Bob Ayres and Michael Emerson, four other candidates have filed papers to run—including some prominent challengers.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER PICKED FIFTH IN PAC-12 COACHES POLL

 

Aztecs open 2016 regular-season slate on Aug. 26

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 16, 2016 (San Francisco) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team was predicted to finish fifth in the Pac-12 Conference after the league announced its preseason poll Tuesday afternoon. The voting panel consisted of the league’s six head coaches.

CRIMINAL COMPLAINT SENT TO JUSTICE DEPT. OVER TRUMP CAMPAIGN SOLICITING FOREIGN DONORS

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — It’s illegal for U.S. federal candidates to solicit or receive campaign contributions from foreign donors.  So why has Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign repeatedly sent fundraising letters to foreigners including elected officials in other countries—despite repeated warnings that this violates federal election law?

AZTEC FOOTBALL CONTINUES TO GARNER NATIONAL RECOGNITION

 

SDSU earn national recognition by ESPN, CBS Sports

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Rashad Penny via goaztecs.com

August 16, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State football was ranked within the top-25 for the second time in one week, as ESPN slotted the Aztecs in the 25th spot of its 2016 ESPN Power Rankings. Additionally, junior Rashaad Penny was named to CBS Sports’ Preseason All-America Second Team on special teams.

SAN DIEGANS GET FREE GPS DEVICES THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S SAN DIEGO WANDERING PREVENTION PILOT PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2016 (San Diego, CA)San Diegans living with Alzheimer’s received free GPS devices under a Wandering Prevention Pilot Program started by Alzheimer’s San Diego and funded by the County of San Diego.

MALLOY SEEKS DEBATE WITH HUNTER

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - Patrick Malloy, candidate for Congress in the 50th District, has challenged the incumbent, Duncan Hunter of Alpine, to two debates in October.  In a letter sent to Hunter on August 15, Malloy said there should be two debates.  The first should be on veterans’ issues and the second on the economy and the environment because these issues are of top concern in the District, according to Malloy.

CPUC REFORM PACKAGE REVEALED

 

East County News Service

Photo:  San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010, Creative Commons image by MisterOh

August 15, 2016 (Sacramento) - Governor Jerry Brown and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Chair of the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, have announced an agreement to extensively reform the California Utilities Commission with an aim to improve how the state’s utility regulators service the public.

EIGHT BIG FIRES BURNING ACROSS CALIFORNIA

 

Photo: Clayton Fire in Lake County, courtesy of Cal Fire

East County News Service

August 15, 2016 (San Diego) – Cal Fire reports that over 8,800 firefighters are battling eight large wildfires in California.  None are in San Diego County, though hot dry conditions pose a significant risk. Below is an update provided by Cal Fire on the fires burning statewide:

AFTER GREAT FRIDAY NIGHT, PADRES LOSE SERIES TO METS TWO GAMES TO ONE

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 14, 2016 (New York) – If you think you’re tired on work days, the Padres had to play a 10:10 a.m. game after playing an extra innings battle last night.  Clayton Richard started on the mound for San Diego against Steven Matz for New York.

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT THE TRIAL OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER: OCT.29-30

 

East County News Service

August 13, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Who were the key personages that made the Reformation happen? Was it Martin Luther or a series of circumstances? This courtroom trial tells of Luther’s youth, his parents and his reasons for becoming a monk--and shows why he nailed his 95 theses to the church door.

BRUSH FIRE IN MEXICO REACHES CAMPO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo credit: Audrua  A. Lou’Lou, taken at Campo Hills, below cut photo:  Bob Scheid

Update August 14, 2016 2 p.m. -  Fire is now 120 acres, all currently south of the Border,per Cal Fire, which has three engines monitoring the blaze.

Update 7 p.m.:  Cal Fire Captain Isaac Sanchez says the fire is now 60 acres. According to Capt. Sanchez it is entirely in Mexico, though several eyewitnesses have told  ECM it did cross the border earlier in at least one spot near Campo. Cal Fire describes the fire as south of Bell Valley near Potrero,burning southeast along the Mexican side of the border fence."

  Firefighters will remain at scene throughout the evening in order to ensure that it does not spread to the north.  Currently, CAL FIRE and San Diego County Fire have 12 engines, 4 water tenders and 4 hand crews (approximately 100 personnel) at scene. 

 

August 13, 2016 (Campo) – A fast-burning brush fire that started in Mexico has now crossed into the U.S. in Campo, multiple residents confirm.  The fire crossed the border fence about two miles west of the Campo store. 

“It is on both sides of the fence and they are pulling water from private ponds not Lake Morena,” says Karen Noblitt-McIntyre. Lake Morena has been drained to below 3% capacity by the City of San Diego.

Long-time residents of the area advise that the brush there has not burned in many years. Some are voluntarily evacuating near the border.

19TH CENTURY STAGECOACH REPLICA TO BE ADDED TO LOCAL MUSEUM AT RANCHO BERNARDO WINERY

 

Built by Volunteers for the Rancho Bernardo Historical Society and the Escondido History Center

East County News Service

August 13, 2016 (Rancho Bernardo) -- The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society (RBHS) plans to introduce its newest exhibit to the public, a replica of a vintage 1880s Mud Wagon Stagecoach. The rollout is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, at the RBHS museum at the Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte. The 11 a.m. to noon program will feature an explanation by project leaders Rich Thorpe and Phil Ewing of why and how this stagecoach replica came to be built.  Also, a keynote speech on the history of roads and transportation in the back country, especially around the old town of Bernardo, will be given by author Charles R. LeMenager.

MISSING HORSE FOUND SAFE SIX DAYS AFTER RUNNING OFF

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2016 (Cuyamaca) – Royal, a horse missing in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park since August 9, was found today by a runner who spotted Royal drinking water at Dyer Spring.  Royal is currently at the veterinarian for treatment of a gash on the leg, but otherwise appears to be in good health.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON

 

By Monica Zech

August 13, 2016 (El Cajon) – Monica Zech from El Cajon has provided a list of hot happenings in the city coming up, including  anew El Cajon Walks! Meet-up group, Cajon Classic Cruise night, Island Music at the next “Dinner and a Concert,” Oktoberfest, classes, council hearings, nomination deadlines for Women in Leadership and a Veterans’ committee,  a fire station open house, free disaster preparedness class and more.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER FALLS TO USF 2-0 IN FRIENDLY

Aztecs drop lone exhibition before season opener next Friday

 

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 12, 2016 (San Francisco) - San Diego State took the pitch for the first time in 2016 and fell at San Francisco, 2-0, in the Aztecs’ lone exhibition before its season opener. The teams played three 30-minute periods and one 15-minute overtime session before calling it a night.

EARTHTALK®: HELPING SCHOOLS GO SOLAR

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

August 12, 2016 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: I am interested in helping my school get solar panels on the roof to show students how we can be part of the solution to the climate crisis. Are there any resources or grants out there to help schools go solar? --
Charles Hamilton, Warren, OH

U.S. DECLARES HEALTH EMERGENCY IN PUERTO RICO, WHERE OVER 10,000 CASES OF ZIKA ARE REPORTED

 

Crisis comes after Congress adjourned without funding emergency Zika expenditures

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico, where the rapid spread of Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health particularly for children born to women who contract Zika virus while pregnant, since it causes serious birth defects including brain damage.  Over 10,000 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

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