WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN HOSTS FREE CUSTOMER APPRECIATON DAY JULY 31 FOR HELIX WATER AND SWEETWATER AUTHORITY RATEPAYERS

JOIN US SUNDAY! ROARING ‘20S PARTY JULY 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINE BAR IN LA MESA. COME PARTY WITH THE PRESS!

SAN DIEGO POLICE SHOOTING VICTIMS AND SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

TWO SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, 1 DIES

CASHNER, REA TO MARLINS IN SEVEN-PLAYER DEAL

INTERSTATE 8, STATE ROUTE 125 CONNECTOR RAMPS CLOSED SATURDAY NIGHTS

EL CAJON SETS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP ON DISTRICT ELECTIONS AUG. 4

LA MESA TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING AUG. 3 ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY PROGRAM; ALTERNATIVE TO SDG&E

PRESIDENT OBAMA URGES AMERICANS TO REJECT FEAR AND CYNICISM, ELECT CLINTON

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ANSWERS "RUNNING MAN" CHALLENGE

PETITION LAUNCHED TO SAVE EAST COUNTY LAKES--AND PROTECT LIVES DURING WILDFIRES

CALIF. ISO ISSUES FLEX ALERT DUE TO HEAT: CONSUMERS ASKED TO CONSERVE POWER TODAY

PADRES NEARLY AVOID SWEEP BY REDBIRDS, BUT PISCOTTY THREE RUN HR AND DIAZ WALK-OFF MAKES THEM LOSE IT ALL

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

July 21, 2016 (St. Louis) – It has been a very bad series for the Padres in St. Louis.  But tonight they got one more chance to avoid a sweep.  Andrew Cashner—despite swirling rumors that he could’ve been traded before his scheduled start tonight—was on the mound for San Diego against Adam Wainwright for the Cards.

SDG&E AWARDS SAFETY GRANTS TO MORE THAN A DOZEN COMMUNITIES IN SAN DIEGO'S EAST COUNTY

 

Contribution provides critical support for community fire preparedness and prevention programs

By Stephanie Donovan

Photo: getting prepared; on July 14, SDG&E hosted a breakfast at the utility’s Kearny Mesa headquarters to distribute dozens of grants to support community partners focused on fire and emergency preparedness. John Sowers, SDG&E’s vice president of electric distribution operations, applauded the efforts of these grassroots groups to help improve regional safety.

July 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - More than a dozen East County community-based organizations dedicated to fire and emergency-preparedness programs recently received a financial boost, thanks to a $900,000 grant from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). SDG&E distributed the grants July 14 to more than 80 representatives of San Diego County Fire Safe Councils, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other regional safety partners.

FULL CLOSURE OF STATE ROUTE 67 IN LAKESIDE SCHEDULED FOR TWO WEEKENDS

 

Source: Caltrans news release

July 21, 2016 (San Diego) - Construction crews will close northbound State Route 67 (SR-67) from Winter Gardens Boulevard to Lakeside Avenue and southbound SR-67 from Lakeside Avenue to Mapleview Street Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23 from nine at night until 11 the following morning. Mapleview Street at SR-67 will also be closed intermittently during these hours. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to avoid the area if possible.

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DAY THREE: PENCE ANNOUNCES VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION, CRUZ DOESN'T ENDORSE TRUMP

 

By Liz Alper

Slideshow photo courtesy Gage Skidmore on Wikipedia

July 20, 2016 (Cleveland) - As ECM reported last night, Indiana governor Mike Pence formally announced his vice presidential nomination by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on day three of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland tonight.

SCHIMPF'S KNOCK NOT ENOUGH; PADRES LOSE 4-2 IN GAME ONE OF DOUBLEHEADER

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

July 20, 2016 (St. Louis) – Thanks to rain, the Padres and Cardinals are now playing two games today, the first of which is a morning (for us) matinee for game two which should’ve been last night.  Colin Rea started for San Diego against Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez.

AZTECS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOLD SUMMER CAMPS FOR GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL IN AUGUST

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Lady Aztecs head coach Stacie Terry via goaztecs.com

July 20, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State University women's basketball team has scheduled another session for its Elite Camp for August 5 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the new Jeff Jacobs JAM Center at SDSU.  Also, the team announced that spots are still open for the Girls High School Team Camp August 6 and 7.

SANTEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S GALA AT GILLESPIE ON AUGUST 20

 

East County News Service

July 20, 2016 (Gillespie Field) - Join the Santee Chamber of Commerce at their first-ever Black Tie Car Show Gala on Saturday, August 20th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HIGHLIGHT MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM FOR ELDERLY

 

East County News Service

 

July 20, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “More than a Meal,” a free presentation about Meals on Wheels San Diego County, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27. 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. Speaking will be Brian Midkiff, community outreach coordinator with Meals on Wheels San Diego County, a community nonprofit organization. 

THE WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN INVITES HELIX WATER DISTRICT CUSTOMERS TO CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY

 

East County News Service

 

July 20, 2016 (East County) – The Water Conservation Garden, a six-acre conservation demonstration garden in El Cajon, will host a customer appreciation day for customers of the Helix Water District. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 31. The Water Conservation Garden is at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, adjacent to Cuyamaca Community College, in El Cajon’s Rancho San Diego area.

TRUMP FORMALLY NOMINATED AT DAY TWO OF REPUBLICAN CONVENTION

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy Anythingyouwant on Wikipedia

July 19, 2016 (Cleveland) - Republican delegates formally nominated their frontrunner, millionaire businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump as their candidate for president at day two of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO TAKE A LARGER ROLE IN PREPARING SDSU AND CAL STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS FRESHMEN NEEDING BASIC SKILLS COURSEWORK





East County News Service



July 19, 2016 (San Diego) - A new $2 million grant will give area community colleges a larger role in helping many students get a successful start at San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos by sharpening their math and English skills.

When "East meets West": C.K. Thomas Tseng and Anat Tour

A is Not Only for Apple: English Alphabet Rhymed and Illustrated, by C.K. Thomas Tseng (NOOK Book, 2016, 38 pages).

Illustrated by Anat Tour

Book Review by Dennis Moore

July 19, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - A classic case of “When East Meets West” is this book written by author C.K. Thomas Tseng of Taiwan; A is Not Only for Apple: English Alphabet Rhymed and Illustrated, and illustrated by San Diego’s East County’s own Anat Tour, an established author in her own right. Combining two familiar literary figures of speech – alliteration and end rhyme – A is Not Only for Apple: English Alphabet Rhymed and Illustrated helps very young learners of English obtain their early sensitivity to the sounds of the English alphabet in a natural and linguistic way. This collaboration on the part of Tseng and Tour seems to be the perfect marriage of cultures, East and West.

SAN CARLOS MAN WINS AMATEUR PIANISTS SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

July 19, 2016 (San Diego) - The first ever AmateurPianists San Diego International Piano Competition For Outstanding Amateurs was held in San Diego from July 15 – 17th at Point Loma Nazarene University. The creator behind it, Glenn Kramer, is to be given credit for not only making it happen but for growing the largest amateur piano Meet Up Group (an online way to organize special interest groups) in the country. 

Kramer’s AmateurPianists Meet Up members include residents in East, North, and South County, as well as San Diego proper.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S MONTHLY ELECTRICITY BILL FROM $180,000 TO ZERO

 

East County News Service

 

July 19, 2016 (La Mesa) – The lights are staying on for patients and medical staff at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa thanks to a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) reports. And, the hospital’s normal electric bill to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) of about $180,000 per month is now zero.

REPUBLICAN CONVENTION DAY ONE: TRUMP VS. ANTI-TRUMP, CELEBRITIES HAVE THEIR SAY

 

East County News Service

July 18, 2016 (Cleveland) - Day one of the Republican National Convention was already filled with drama, as Trump supporters and anti-Trump delegates took the floor for a tug of war.

133 ACRE BRUSH FIRE EAST OF BARONA

UPDATE AS OF JULY 20, 1:08 PM:  FEATHER FIRE 100% CONTAINED AT 100 ACRES/

UPDATE AS OF 2:24 PM:  Fire 90% contained, lawn mower believed to be cause of blaze.

UPDATE AS OF 9:47 AM July 19:  Fire 65% contained, still at 133 acres.

UPDATE AS OF 8:48 P.M.:  Fire 50% contained, still at 133 acres.

East County Alerts

Photo courtesy Geof Applegate

July 18, 2016 (Barona) - A fast moving brush fire east of the Barona Reservation started at around 14:00 hours, and has a rapid rate of spread. Residents on or around Feather Canyon Road are under evacuation orders, with Sheriff's officers carrying out those contacts.

As of 17:00 hours, the evacuation order has been lifted and the acreage has been updated to 133 after more thorough mapping.  The fire is still holding.  Crews are on scene.

Large animals can be taken to Equestrian Center at 16911 Gunn Stage Road in Ramona.

HELP CLEAR THE SHELTERS – COUNTY WAIVES ADOPTION FEES JULY 23

 

Source: County News Service

SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION REACTS TO THE SHOOTINGS IN BATON ROUGE

 

Source: San Diego Police Officers Association

July 18, 2016 (San Diego) - Brian R. Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association, has released the following statement on behalf of the association in response to the shooting deaths of three Baton Rouge police officers:

MASS CASUALTY/ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING IN LA MESA THIS THURSDAY

 

Source: Heartland Fire Press Release

July 18, 2016 (La Mesa) - On Thursday July 21st at 9:45 a.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue in partnership with La Mesa Police Department and allied agencies, will be conducting our annual Mass Casualty Incident training. The training will include an Active Shooter element. This training allows Law Enforcement and Fire Department personnel to work together in the event of an actual active shooter, like what we have recently seen in Dallas, Texas and San Bernardino, California. To make this training more realistic, we will have live actors in moulage, simulating injuries that we would encounter in this type of emergency.

PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK SAN DIEGO TO MEET WITH CONGRESSMAN SUSAN DAVIS TODAY AT 3:30

 

Source:  National Action Network San Diego

July 18, 2016 (San Diego) - Reverend Shane Harris, president of the National Action Network San Diego branch, will meet with Congresswoman Susan Davis today at 3:30 p.m. to find common ground in policy and reform in regards to the recent police shootings.

RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 18, 2016 (El Cajon) - At approximately 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Heartland Fire & Rescue units from El Cajon were dispatched to reports of a single story, single family residential structure fire in the 1000 block of Leslie Road in El Cajon.  Fire crews arrived within 5 minutes to discover smoke and fire coming from a room attached to the rear of the structure. Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the area of origin with some attic involvement.The fire was controlled within 10 minutes.

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