EL CAJON CITY MANAGER DEFENDS DECISION NOT TO FIRE OFFICER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT; CITIZENS ASK FOR JUSTICE DEPT. PROBE

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES: SEASON OPENS APRIL 22

HOT NEWS: SUMMER WEATHER TO START EARLY

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 24 - APRIL 12

PARTY WITH THE PRESS! MARCH 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AS WE UNVEIL OUR LA MESA LIVING SPECIAL SECTION

LAWSUIT IS LATEST IN STRING OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AT EL CAJON POLICE

AMBULANCE UPDATES ANNOUNCED

CA BALLOT INITIATIVE SEEKS TO KILL GAYS

ISIS THREATENS MILITARY MEMBERS, INCLUDING SAN DIEGANS

COUNTY CHANGES AMBULANCE SERVICE WITHOUT PUBLIC NOTICE: PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATES VOICE ALARM

FIREARMS STILL IN HANDS OF MENTALLY ILL

3RD ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY HALF MARATHON, 5K, GREEN MILE

 

Tribes & Clans Competition also held

By Robert Gehr

March 15, 2015 (El Cajon)--This popular event held on Sunday, March 15th - was lively and very crowded with participants and spectators alike.

12 BANDS HEADLINE HARPFEST HARMONICA EXTRAVAGANZA: APRIL 4 IN LA MESA

 

March 15, 2015 (La Mesa)--World-renowned Kim Wilson will headline this year’s Spring Harp Fest XVI on Saturday, April 4thwith 12 of California’s top bands at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ACLU CHALLENGES DUMANIS OVER GANG PROSECUTIONS: D.A. WANTS LIFE IN PRISON FOR GANG MEMBERS NOT ACCUSED OF SPECIFIC CRIMES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wants to put alleged gang members into prison for life, based on Facebook posts and rap music lyrics that her office contends amount to benefitting off crimes.

NEW MOVIE DEBUNKS PHONY CLIMATE CHANGE "EXPERTS"; MEANWHILE FLORIDA CENSORS TALKING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Petition asks media to deny air time to those who intentionally mislead public on climate change

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2015 (San Diego) – Two news stories this week reveal just how desperate some climate change deniers are to censor the public from hearing scientific facts—and how far credible scientists are now willing to go to save the planet and debunk phony “experts.”

LA MESA SELECTS A NEW POLICE CHIEF

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--La Mesa City Manager Dave Witt has announced the selection of 28 ½ year City of San Diego Police Department veteran Walter (Walt) Vasquez, as the City’s new Chief of Police.

Witt said that Vasquez competed against candidates from outside the organization and proved that he has exceptional qualities that will help him succeed in his new position. Vasquez is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the City of San Diego overseeing the Canine Unit, SWAT, Communications Division, Information Services, Property Room, and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards. Vasquez will replace La Mesa Chief of Police Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after 30 years of service.

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REVIEW: GOODBYE CHARLIE

 

A Comedy by George Axelrod

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews

Presented at the Lamplighters Community Theatre

March 6 -29, 2015

http://www.LamplightersLamesa.com

Directed By George Bailey

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) - Have you heard the news? Lamplighters La Mesa has returned. After being dark for several years Lamplighters has reopened in a new location. 5915 Severin Drive. Goodbye Charlie is the third show. Previously they produced "Same Time Next Year" and "Murder at the Howard Johnson's." It looks like they have a season of comedy planned for us.

ECM EDITOR NOMINATED FOR “WOMEN OF INFLUENCE” AWARDS

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2015 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Editor Miriam Raftery is among the nominees for the  Women of Influence Awards set to honor women business leaders as well as organizations and individuals championing women in leadership. 

More than 250 nominations were submitted and 137 final nominees will be honored by ConnectedWomenofInfluence.com at the event on March 25th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mission Valley Hilton.  For tickets and details, visit www.womenofinfluenceawards.com.

CA COULD RUN OUT OF WATER IN A YEAR, NASA SCIENTIST WARNS

 

State considers mandatory rationing

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California could run out of water in a year as reservoirs run dry and groundwater resources are being overpumped.  That’s the dire warning of Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech.

FUN WITH PHYSICS: APRIL 18 IN LA MESA

 

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--Fun with Physics is Saturday April 18, from 9:00 am – 12 noon at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Teen Club at Highwood Park, 7775 Junior High Drive, La Mesa, 91941.  Fun with Physics introduces all ages and the family to fun hands-on science experiments.  Experiments include: Bubbles, Sink or Float, Oobleck, Dry Ice Experiments, Barges and more. The city of La Mesa invites you to come join the fun.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A TRIO OF BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

 

March 14, 2015 (Granite Hills) – Tim Hall sent in these beautiful bird images, including a Red-Tail Hawk nesting in a eucalyptus tree near his home in Granite Hills, an American Kestrel (also known as a Sparrow Hawk) and a Goldfinch.

CA SUPREME COURT ACCEPTS SANDAG REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN CASE ON NARROW CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUE

 

Majority of Lower Court Ruling Stands

March 13, 2015 (San Francisco)--The California Supreme Court has granted partial review of a closely-watched environmental case that could have broad implications for transportation planning throughout the state.

CELTIC MUSICAL GROUP HIGHLAND WAY CELEBRATES ST. PATRICK'S DAY AT HOOLEY'S IRISH PUB IN LA MESA

 

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) – In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day,  the Celtic musical group Highland Way will perform at Hooley’s Irish Pub, located at Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Tuesday, March 17th from 1 to 4 p.m.

SDG&E WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT IMPOSTERS BURGLARIZING HOMES

 

March 13, 2015 (San Diego)  – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a person or persons who have recently posed as utility employees asking to enter a customer’s home. It has been reported that the imposter will distract unsuspecting customers while performing “routine inspections,” while another imposter burglarizes the home.

READER'S EDITORIAL: ROY COOK FAREWELL

 

By Grey Feathers

March 12th, 2015 (Viejas) - A huge throng of people from all over came to say goodbye to Roy Cook in the gym at the heart of the Viejas Reservation on Saturday.  Roy died suddenly and we are overwhelmed with a sense of loss.  It was comforting to hear from so many friends how they were touched by his magic.  The prayers, the songs, the Honor Guard, the Soaring Eagles, the drums building up to heaven and the wailing releasing our anguish.  We cried in each other's arms.

The first day I met Roy Cook was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jamul Casino in 2005.  I was proud and happy for the Jamul Indian Village and perplexed by the angry faces marching with signs on the street.  Roy sensed the vicious opposition would eventually delay the project and he was right.  He told me some of the history of the Jamul Band.  He said they were the poorest of the poor.  Their little village had dirt roads, their homes had dirt floors.

That encounter changed my life because Roy spoke with such certainty and compassion I began reading everything he wrote.  The words lifted off the pages like they were written in my heart.  Being indigenous became more than a card I carried in my wallet.

CENTURY OLD LANDMARK COMING DOWN

By Miriam Raftery

March 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A barn that has stood for more than a century at the site of the former Paul  citrus orchard, later known as the Fryendale Ranch, at 11861 Fuerte Drive in El Cajon is coming down.

WHEN YOUR PHARMACY POSTS "ON PROBATION" SIGNS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This pharmacy is on probation. When this sign is posted on your neighborhood pharmacy’s wall it is easy to miss.  After all, people do not always read the posted signs anywhere. People walk by signs all the time. Especially if you are sick and standing in line waiting to pick up your prescription before you dash home to recover and sleep.

SENATOR FEINSTEIN ASKS FDA TO INVESTIGATE DOG FOOD ILLNESS CLAIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – California Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to know why the FDA has not taken action to halt the sale of Purina Beneful dog food. The products remain on the market despite numerous complaints and now a lawsuit claiming that thousands of dogs were sickened or died after eating the dry kibble food.

IRISH HARPS IN CONCERT MARCH 15 & 17: FOLK HARP MOVEMENT HAS ROOTS ON MOUNT LAGUNA

 

 

Hear our KNSJ radio interview with Christina Tourin - and learn how the folk harp revival found its roots right here in East County, atop Mount Laguna which now has 9 harp companies among its 81 residents!

Also hear excerpts of Irish music on her Celtic harp - and a special song she used to play for Maria Von Trapp from Sound of Music fame:

Listen now:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/wfh7ez24ev/Newsmaker-HarpistChristinaTourin-complete.mp3

By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 13, 2015 (San Diego) – Over 100 Irish harp players will be in town for St. Patrick’s Day, performing tow concerts open to the public in San Diego March 15th and 17th . The musicians are in town for the International Harp Therapy Training Program at the Hanalei Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, where participants learn to take harp music into senior homes, schools, hospitals, hospices and more.

FREE FOOD MARCH 24 AT CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE FOR TAKING DIABETES TEST

 

-- Take the diabetes risk test for diabetes risk awareness, then get free food from Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, March 24

March 12, 2015 (Santee)--The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, is supporting the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day” by rewarding customers with free food giveaway on Tuesday, March 24.

A COUNTRY GARDEN MARRIAGE WITH A HORSE AND CARRIAGE: HAZY MEADOW IN LAKESIDE

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2015 (Lakeside)—If you’re looking for a romantic special setting, East County has beautiful venues where you don’t have to worry about coastal fog or crowds.  One of our favorites is Hazy Meadow Ranch, nestled at the base of El Capitan Mountain in Lakeside’s scenic El Monte Valley. 

This idyllic wedding venue comes complete with a white horse-drawn carriage ride, gazebo, lawn with expansive shade trees and flowering gardens, outdoor dance floor, plus options for Western or Spanish themed weddings including an entire Western town settingg – to name just a few of the unique amenities here.

JAMUL RESIDENTS PROTEST CASINO AS CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSES

East County News Service

March 11, 2015 (Jamul)--Approximately 200 protesters held a “flash mob” demonstration in Jamul Saturday, wearing red as they voiced their continuing opposition to a casino under construction at the Jamul Indian Village.

Excavation is completed at the project, site of a planned Hollywood-themed casino in conjunction with Penn National Gaming.

Projected to open in mid-2016, the casino is expected to include a three-story gaming and entertainment facility of approximately 200,000 square feet with gaming, restaurants, bars, and parking.  The tribe estimates the project will create an estimated 2,500 construction and permanent jobs in the area.

SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 23

 

March 11, 2015 (Santee) - The Santee Chamber of Commerce invites you to join over 30,000 visitors at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Festival highlights include: a craft beer festival, live music and entertainment, a crafter row and artist alley, over 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides and games for the family. In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, there will also be a tribute to our veterans. This free event will be held at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.

SUNGEVITY AS THE PARTNER OF CHOICE FOR UTILITIES

 

By Roy L Hales

March 13, 2015 (San Diego's east County) - Alec Guettel is back in North Carolina. It has been decades since he obtained his bachelor of arts in Political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guettel and another of Sungevity’s executives are staying at the local Mariott, while they oversee the company’s entrance into the state. They will also be attending the NC Clean Tech Summit, where Geuttel will be one of the key people in a panel discussion on February 20, 2015. He took my call in his hotel room. In the course of our interview, Guettel said, “we have really positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLARS

 

March 12, 2015 (Anza Borrego Desert) -  Kristin Kjaero visited the Anza Borrego desert Tuesday, where she observed "thousands of caterpillars in a feeding frenzy...The roads were dotted with yellow splotches."  Standing still for just a few moments to take a photo, she adds, "I had caterpillars crawl onto each foot."

SAN DIEGO COUNTY VINTNERS ASSOCIATION WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL MAY 17

 

March 12, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Vintners Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015 with its expanded annual wine festival. The SDCVA Wine & Food Festival will exclusively feature San Diego County wineries along with educational winemaking and food demonstrations, a silent auction and live music.

LA MESA COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON SENIOR LIVING FACILITY AND VILLAGE PARKING

By Janis Russell

March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council voted to move forward on negotiations with Westmont Companies for development of a senior living facility adjacent to Briercrest Park. The Council also set an optional $25,000/parking space fee for a space in a conceptual parking building, for expanding Village businesses in lieu of providing additional on-site parking.

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