FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY MURDER CASE

JOURNALISM FORUM FEATURES EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES OCT. 5 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

SANTEE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 13

CANDIDATE FORUM SEPT. 21: HELIX WATER AND LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 24-OCT. 21

LIGHTNING STRIKES ACROSS REGION—BUT NOWHERE NEAR RECORD 199–MILE BOLT

FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SEPT. 26 WON’T INCLUDE GREEN OR LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES

POVERTY ON RISE IN SAN DIEGO

INTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO DEPUTIES' ACTIONS AFTER BORDER FIRE FIND “NO VIOLATIONS”; CITIZENS VOICE ANGER

SANTEE AND LAKESIDE STORES ABIDE BY LAW, SHERIFF’S “MINOR DECOY” PROGRAM FINDS

POLITICS IN PARADISE, PART 2: CANDIDATES FROM ACROSS OUR REGION SEPT. 29 AT BNS BREWING & DISTILLING IN SANTEE

FIRE IN CUYAMACA

COUNTY GETS SUBPOENAS, FORCES ABSENT OR RELUCTANT PROPERTY OWNERS TO SUBMIT TO SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES DUE TO ZIKA FEARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 16, 2016 (San Diego) - This week, San Diego County sprayed a fourth neighborhood (Grant Hill) for mosquitoes due to a travel-related case of Zika virus.

LA MESA: SPECIAL MEETING ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY PROGRAM SEPT. 21

 

East County News Service

September 16, 2016 (La Mesa) — The City of La Mesa announces a joint special meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Commission and La Mesa Planning Commission on Wednesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers (8130 Allison Avenue).   The meeting wil be to consider a presentation on La Mesa adopting a community choice energy program.

DEAN DEFENDS FOUNDING MEMBERS OF NEW MERCHANTS GROUP

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 15,2016 (La Mesa) – After receiving a reader’s editorial and a call from another local businessperson critical of the new La Mesa Village Association (LMVA), which ECM recently profiled, ECM reached out to Aaron Dean, LMVA  Chair, to respond.

READER’S EDITORIAL: IS THE LMVA REALLY A FRESH START?





Regarding your article "new La Mesa Village Association has big ideas for revitalizing city's historic heart"

By Peter Carzis, Owner, Peter’s Gentlemen’s Apparel

Editor's note: Aaron Dean, chair of the new LMVA, spoke with ECM and provided his responses to concerns raised by Carzis and others.  You can read his remarks here.

October 14,2016 (La Mesa)--I attended the first meeting of this new group. They said they want this group to be a "fresh start" in the village, but yet they boast four Founding Members who are officers and directors of the "old" group that owes the taxpayers and the City of La Mesa $47,900.50.  (Per the city clerk, this amount was turned over to collection and none of the debt has been repaid as of today.)

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER DOWNS WEBER STATE 3-0

 

Three different Aztecs score to post second straight win

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo via goaztecs.com

September 16, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State scored two goals in a matter of four minutes to help defeat Weber State, 3-0, Thursday night at SDSU Sports Deck. With the Aztecs’ second consecutive victory, they improve to 2-4 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 2-3-1.

FORCIBLE ARREST OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN AT SDSU SPARKS OBJECTIONS FROM STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) — An arrest at San Diego State University today sparked protests after videos posted online showed SDSU police officers forcing the African-American man, who was not a student to the groundVideos posted on the Daily Aztec show the man standing on a balcony at the student center near where the rapper Chance was slated to perform when he was tackled from behind.(Warning, strong language). Video does not show events leading up to the incident.  The man, whose identity has not been released, shouted to the officers, “You’re breaking my arms!” and insisted he didn’t do anything wrong. He was arrested after the take-down.

Students took to social media with the hashtag #BlackUnderAttackSDSU.  But SDSU’s president Elliott Hirshman issued a statement indicating the man had jumped a construction fence and had been reported by two callers to be acting erratically.

DRIVER WHO INJURED HIS CHILDREN AND KILLED WOMAN, 21, SUSPECTED OF DRUNK DRIVING

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (Ramona) — A Ramona father who crashed his pick-up truck head-on into a car on Vista Ramona Road Monday afternoon near Old Julian Highway appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, said Officer Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol.

PLANTSTRAVAGANZA AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Water Conservation Garden celebrates the fall planting season with the 2016 Fall Plantstravaganza! on Saturday, November 5 from 10am to 2pm, with a special members-only preview sale from 9am to 10am.   Garden memberships may be purchased at the gate.

SDSU WOMEN'S SWIMMING: MEYER, BERGGREN LEAD AZTECS TO PENTATHLON WIN AT USD

 

Meyer wins pentathlon vs. USD

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Freshman McKenna Meyer was the individual winner at the annual pentathlon meet vs. University of San Diego.  Via goaztecs.com

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) - By a very narrow margin, SDSU freshman swimmer McKenna Meyer captured the individual title as San Diego defeated the University of San Diego, 33-24, in the annual pentathlon at the USD Sports Center Pool Thursday afternoon. The Aztecs captured seven of the top t10 spots in the final pentathlon individual standings.

PADRES GM A.J. PRELLER SUSPENDED 30 DAYS WITHOUT PAY AFTER INVESTIGATION INTO POMERANZ TRADE

UPDATE VIA ESPN:  Padres hid medical information about players from Miami Marlins, Red Sox and Chicago White Sox

By Liz Alper

Photo via San Diego Padres on Facebook

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) - Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been suspended for 30 days with no pay after the MLB completed an investigation into the July 14 trade of pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox.

WHITEWASH? COUNTY’S BORDER FIRE REPORT IGNORES SERIOUS CONCERNS RAISED BY RESIDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Richard Edwords: Harrowing ride along State Route 94 during Border Fire

Sept. 27 meeting at 2 pm set in Potrero Library on Border Fire issues; angering working residents who want their concerns heard

September 15,2016  (San Diego’s East County) – The County’s Border Fire 2016 After Action Report  presents a review on the regional response to the Border Fire that ignores many serious complaints lodged by rural residents in the fire. The report was written entirely by official agencies and  does not include concerns raised by the public, leading rural planning officials,  residents and a community news editor to contend the county whitewashed their concerns.

 The blaze killed two people , destroyed five homes and left countless animals without care in triple-digit heat while residents were refused access  for days after the fire. While residents praise efforts of firefighters who worked valiantly to prevent worse losses, many feel betrayed by officials in the wake of the Border Fire report and other complaints that residents say have yielded little or no meaningful changes.

The report omits entirely any mention of controversies over the deaths of Potrero residents Jim and Kyrie Keefe,  whose bodies were found by community volunteers.  Agencies praised themselves in the report, while omitting criticisms on issues such as lack of  adequate care for animals stranded in triple-digit heat and inadequate evacuation notifications -- in some cases, just yellow caution tape stuck on mailboxes, with no explanation or direct contact with residents in danger.

COUNTRY WESTERN LEGEND CLINT BLACK RETURNS TO POWAY ONSTAGE FOR ENCORE PERFORMANCE

 

Triple-platinum selling country megastar presents his original tunes and full band to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

Source: Poway Onstage press release

September 15, 2016 (Poway) - Poway Onstage welcomes multi-million album selling Clint Black back with a full band for an Encore Performance  at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016.   Black, heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars, promises to deliver a stellar evening of original songs and stories on the intimate Poway stage. 

SDSU FOOTBALL: DONNEL PUMPHREY NAMED MAXWELL AWARD PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Pumphrey ran for 281 yards and three touchdowns in Aztecs’ 45-40 win over Cal

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Donnel Pumphrey against Cal via goaztecs.com

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State football’s Donnel Pumphrey (Las Vegas) has been named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week, the Maxwell Football Club announced Thursday.

TWO EAST COUNTY STUDENTS NAMED NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMI-FINALISTS

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Steele Canyon High School student Matthew Morozov and Helix Charter High School student Winston Lau are among 16,000 semi-finalists named in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

NATURAL GAS LINE BREAK IN LEMON GROVE HALTS TROLLEY

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- At 9:20 a.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue crews were dispatched to a report of a natural gas line break in the 7700 Block of North Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters determined that a 2” gas line had been severed by construction crews who were using an excavator to dig a trench.

U.S.-MEXICO TRADE DEFICIT SMALLER THAN YOU THINK

 

By Jonathan Goetz

September 15, 2016 (San Diego) - Former United States Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, speaking at San Diego State University on Monday, estimated that products made in Mexico and exported to the U.S. contain 40% U.S. components.   As examples, he cited Honda’s CR-V, which contains a motor and transmission made in the USA.

READER’S EDITORIAL -- FORD’S PUSH ON DISABILITY RIGHTS SHOULD BE A MODEL FOR PHILANTHROPY

 

By Steve Bartlett and Tony Coelho

September 15, 2016 (Detroit) -- The Ford Foundation made history last year when it announced it was focusing its grant making on equality. Now one of the nation’s wealthiest and oldest foundations is making history in a new way: It acknowledged in big, bold fashion that inclusion means focusing on disability as well as race, gender, and class. Indeed, according to the U.S. Census, people with disabilities are the poorest of the poor in America.

GROSSMONT BOARD APPROVES MORE MONEY TO FIGHT LAWSUIT OVER ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Grossmont Union High School District’s board voted 3-2 to approve more funds for legal defense in a lawsuit filed by Alpine taxpayers and parents. The lawsuit and a Grand Jury report both contended that the district misappropriated bond funds approved by voters for an Alpine High School.

FOUR WAYS SWIMMING CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

 

By Brooks Hill

September 14, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Almost everyone enjoys hanging out at the pool. Whether it’s in your own backyard or at an apartment complex, people love splashing in the water. Often times, though, pools are viewed simply as a means for fun and not an effective way to workout. Believe it or not, swimming is actually one of the most effective ways to workout and promotes both physical and mental health, and although summer is coming to a close a heated pool or the right recreational swimming or triathlon wetsuit can have you swimming all year round!

MEET THE CANDIDATES FORUM: SEPT. 15 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

September 14, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to a "Meet The Candidates" forum on Thursday, September 15 at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa).

All three candidates for the La Mesa City Councill will be present:  incumbents Ruth Sterling and Kristine Alessio, as well as challengerColin Parent.

This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates who wish to serve you. 

PADRES RALLY IN NINTH; SCHIMPF HOMER LIFTS THEM OVER GIANTS IN GAME TWO; GIANTS BULLPEN CURSES THEM AGAIN

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo via @SFGiants on Twitter

September 13, 2016 (San Francisco) - The Padres said hello to San Francisco in a big way last night with the shutout.  They looked to do it again tonight with Clayton Richard on the mound against Albert Suarez.  

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

East County News Service

September 13, 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.

 

WORLD

 

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

East County News Service

September 13, 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.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

COUNTY TO PRESENT RECOMMENDING ZONING CHANGES FOR ALPINE, FOREST LANDS INITIATIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS AT SEPT. 22 MEETING

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2016 (Alpine) -- The Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) Lands General Plan Amendment (GPA) will be on the agenda for the September 22, 2016 meeting of the Alpine Community Planning Group.  This meeting begins at 6:00 pm in the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine. 

 County staff will present the following:

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER: JEROEN MEEFOUT SELECTED TO COLLEGE SOCCER NEWS TEAM OF THE WEEK

 

Aztec junior notched four goals in two games last weekend

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo via goaztecs.com

September 13, 2016 (San Diego) - After recording braces in each of his last two matches, San Diego State forward Jeroen Meefout (Houten, Netherlands) was named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week, the website announced Tuesday. The Aztec forward was the lone Pac-12 representative on the prestigious 11-player squad.

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