DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH 24 - APRIL 15

ASSEMBLYMAN VOEPEL AND EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE TO HOST EASTERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: LOIS KNOWLTON AND BONNIE BARANOFF SPEAK OUT ON HELPING HOMELESS IN LA MESA

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT TURNS SELF IN

TRUMP’S ORDER 13769: HOW IT’S GETTING RID OF VISA HOLDERS AND IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE NO IDEA IT EXISTS

WANTED: UP TO $1,000 REWARD FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT WHO FIRED BB GUN AT STORE EMPLOYEES AND THREATENED ANOTHER WITH A HATCHET

HIGH “STEAKS” WIN: FINAL CUT AT HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL-SAN DIEGO

FBI DIRECTOR CONFIRMS INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP-RUSSIA TIES IN TESTIMONY BEFORE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SPRINGTIME IN HARRY GRIFFEN PARK

BOYS BASKETBALL: HELIX DEFEATS IMMANUEL 80-69; ADVANCES TO STATE FINALS IN SACRAMENTO

WETTEST WINTER IN 100 YEARS

CONSUMERS UNION GIVES PROPOSED HEALTHCARE PLAN AN “F”

SPRING VALLEY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH GRAND OPENING OF 33,082 SQUARE-FOOT LIFE CENTER MARCH 31

 

Source:  Mount Miguel Covenant Village

Photo, left:  an artist’s rendering of the entry way at Mount Miguel Covenant Village’s new Life Center.

March 13, 2017 (Spring Valley) – On the heels of a year-long 50th anniversary celebration, Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community will celebrate the grand opening of its $19.1 million Life Center that will serve as the hub of community life.

On March 31, 2017, at 4 p.m., the public is invited to an Open House, which will include a screening of a brief film about Mount Miguel Covenant Village in the new 24-seat movie theater, followed by hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the Life Center. Reservations are required for the Open House by calling 877-226-7350 or visiting www.mountmiguelcovenantvillage.org.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS DRAWS OVER 1,000 CONCERNED CONSTITUTENTS AT TOWN HALL

 

By Miriam Raftery; Jonathan Goetz also contributed to this report

View full video of town hall:  https://www.facebook.com/RepSusanDavis/videos/1499056013470282/

March 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- Concerns over healthcare reforms, deportations, attacks on public education, troops in Syria, climate change, and Trump’s Russian ties were among the issues raised by constituents of Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) at a town hall forum yesterday.  More than 1,000 people filled Montezuma Hall at San Diego State University to capacity.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER ASKS CA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO NAME SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR OLANGO CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Rev. Shane Harris during a January interview with East County Magazine on KNSJ

March 13, 2017 (El Cajon) — Rev. Shane Harris at the National Action Network in San Diego announced that he has asked Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation into the death of Alfred Olango. Olango, an African-American man, was fatally shot in Sept. 2016 by an El Cajon Police officer.

HOMELESSNESS IN LA MESA: LA MESA CONVERSATIONS MIXER MARCH 23

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2017 (La Mesa) – Homelessness in LA Mesa will be the topic for the next La Mesa Conversation mixer on Thursday, March 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Johnny B’s restaurant, 83993 La Mesa Blvd. 

The guest speaker will be Lois Knowlton EdD,  Homelessness and Affordable Housing Advocate at  La Mesa First United Methodist Church. 

VISITORS SWARM TO ALPINE HONEY FESTIVAL

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine’s First Annual Honey Festival, held March 11th, included teaching youths in their community about the history of their land.  That history includes honey and its production. In fact, this region was once the honey producing capitol of the world! Kids dressed up as bees and participated in an art show that portrayed bees and hives, with major doses of yellow and black.  But teaching kids about their local history was just a part of the festival.

NIGHT HIGHWAY WORK IN RAMONA STARTS SUNDAY: TRAFFIC CONGESTION EXPECTED

 

Source: Caltrans

March 13, 2017 (Ramona) -- Lane closures and one-way traffic control will take place on Highland Valley Road near the State Route 67 (SR-67) intersection Sunday and Monday from 7 p.m.-5 a.m., according to Caltrans. The closures are needed to install a new drainage system beneath the roadway as part of the SR-67 Dye Road/Highland Valley Road Improvement Project.

STATE ROUTE 67 CLOSURES

 

Source: Caltrans

March 13, 2017 (El Cajon/Lakeside) -- Caltrans construction crews will close one lane on northbound State Route 67 between Interstate 8 in El Cajon and Mapleview Street in Lakeside on Monday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The closure is needed to apply a fog seal – a protective pavement coating. The same closure will take place Tuesday if needed to complete the work.

WILDFLOWER JAMS: VISITORS FLOCKING TO BORREGO SPRINGS CAUSE LONG TRAFFIC DELAYS

 

East County News Service

March 12, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – The recent rainstorms have created quite a sight in the Borrego Springs area: a desert wildflower bloom that hasn't been this vibrant in years. But those blossoms are also attracting huge crowds, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department warns, and that’s led to traffic problems on roadways in and around Borrego Springs.

SDSU SOFTBALL DOWNS HARVARD 6-1

 

Aztecs complete non-conference season with third straight win

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Jenavee Peres hit a grand slam in the sixth inning in SDSU's 6-1 win over Harvard.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 12, 2017 (Long Beach) - Junior Jenavee Peres (Garden Grove, Calif.) hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning to lift the San Diego State softball team to a 6-1 victory over Harvard Sunday afternoon at Long Beach State. It was the third straight win for the Aztecs (16-9) in their final non-conference game of the season.

LISTEN NOW: OUR JANUARY 2017 SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

March 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County)-- Our January 2017 radio shows are now online. For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics an interviews, click here (Sound files may take a few moments to load).

We interviewed Diane Conklin from Mussey Grade Alliance in Ramona on SDG&E’s effort to recoup wildfire losses from ratepayers, Estela de los Rios from CSA on homelessness, Rev. Shane Harris on the Martin Luther King Day march, and more.  We also covered top local, state and national news on issues impacting people across our region including the inauguration of President Donald Trump and newly elected local city council members.

 The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  Our shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Read more and listen to our January shows:

THREE STRIKES, YOU'RE OUT; AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSES FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON AGAINST RAMS; ELIMINATED FROM MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNEY

 

 

Updated with box score, postgame notes and postgame quotes

Like our sports coverage?  Donate to help support ECM’s sports section!

Follow @ECMagSports on Twitter for live sports coverage and stories!

Story by Liz Alper

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 10, 2017 (Las Vegas) - Colorado State has been the Aztecs’ Achilles heel this season.  A thorn in their side.  A bee in their bonnet.  Pick whatever idiom you want.  

But tonight was different.  Tonight, in the Mountain West semifinals, the Aztecs would avenge the past two meetings with the Rams.  At least, that’s what they planned on doing.  But it ended up not working so well.

ACLU BLASTS CONGRESSIONAL BILL THAT WOULD LET INTERNET PROVIDERS SELL YOUR PERSONAL DATA

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Senate introduced a resolution today to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires internet service providers to get customers’ permission before they sell sensitive consumer data, such as browsing history.

COUNTY NAMES NEW PUBLIC DEFENDER

 

 

By Michele Clock, County of San Diego Communications

 

March 10, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Public Defender’s Office will soon have a new leader.

 

Randy Mize, who rose through the ranks of the department to an executive role over the past 29 years, will become the County’s top Public Defender. Mize, 57, currently the department’s Chief Deputy of the Primary Public Defender, will replace outgoing Public Defender Henry Coker.

NATIVE AMERICANS RISE: MARCH IN WASHINGTON D.C. LED BY STANDING ROCK SIOUX

 

 

East County News Service

View video: https://www.facebook.com/ienearth/videos/1657313897618763/

“Native Nations Rise” led by Standing Rock Sioux, indigenous people from across America will march to the White House in response to Trump’s pipeline aggressively calling for a new era of respect

March 10, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Today, indigenous people from numerous tribes led by the Standing Rock Sioux marched on the White House in response to President Donald Trump authorizing the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone Pipeline that threaten waters on indigenous lands.

ROSES, TEA AND EMMA WITH THE EAST COUNTY ROSE SOCIETY APRIL 15

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Alpine) - Join the East County Rose Society as they drink tea and discuss Jane Austen's novel, Emma, on April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Library.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TOM TORLAKSON ASKS FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO CLARIFY POLICY ON IMMIGRATION ACTIONS NEAR SCHOOLS

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, as part of his efforts to ensure parents and students feel safe at schools regardless of their immigration status, this week asked federal law enforcement authorities to explain if they are changing a policy that had avoided immigration actions near schools.

GUHSD APPROVES TEACHER LAYOFFS

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

March 10, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Union High School District Board voted yesterday to send pink slips to at least 35 teachers and eliminate another 10 vacancies within the 22,000-student district.

Governing Board member Jim Kelly asked if the District could begin special education earlier than ninth grade to prevent having to pay for private school for special education students transferring in from districts before 9th grade.  He was told by a member of the audience “At Elite Academy we can take kids in seventh grade, we even have one sixth grader.”

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 11 - APRIL 8

 

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a honey festival, TOMATOMANIA, open house at a camel dairy, a healthy living fair and a stargazing party.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including the Circle of Art show, a lilac festival, a piano and violin concert, a street fair with carnival rides, the famous Peg Leg Smith liar’s competition, Sweet Pea days, a Taste of Julian, and a chili cook-off with a hotrod contest.

So scroll down for all of these events and many others!

CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS CAN’T BAN VIDEOTAPING BY CITIZENS AT TOWN HALLS, CALAWARE ATTORNEY SAYS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Terry Francke, General Counsel for Californians Aware (CALAWARE),  a nonprofit protecting citizens rights to open government, has informed East County Magazine that Congressmen Darrell Issa ‘s plan to ban citizens from videotaping his town hall meetings this Saturday is unconstitutional.

 By contast,  Rep. Duncan Hunter, who also has a town hall this weekend in Ramona, will allow videotaping by constituents, ECM has confirmed. Both Issa and Hunter are Republicans. 

DISSECTING THE REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE BILL: AARP AND AMA WARN MEASURE HURTS PATIENTS AND SENIORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

AARP warns that seniors age 50-64 will pay $8,500 a year more for health insurance premiums each year, on average, under the GOP plan. Read the bill here

March 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) –Major organizations representing patients, doctors, nurses and senior citizens have come out against the “American Health Care Act” ( AHCA or “Trumpcare”), Congressional Republicans’ plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA Obamacare) that’s being fast-tracked through Congress. 

The American Medical Association (AMA),  the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and others warn that the plan will weaken benefits and make healthcare much more expensive than many people are paying now, whether you’re on an ACA plan, private health insurance or Medicare/Medicare.   

“As drafted, the AHCA would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and benefits,”  Dr. Andrew Gurman, prseident of the AMA, the nation's largest organization of doctors, said Wednesday. "By replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits,  AHCA will also make coverage more expensive—if not out of reach—for poor and sick Americans. For these reasons, the AMA cannot support the AHCA as it is currently written.”

DESPITE NEW BOARD MEMBERS, HELIX WATER RATES ARE STILL GOING UP

 

 

Board tables proposal to reduce rates due to skimpy reserves

By Jonathan Goetz

March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Two Helix Water Board incumbents who voted for multi-year double digit water rate increases were ousted in November. But that didn’t prevent water rates in this district serving 270,000 people from increasing 10.1% earlier this year, as the prior board had approved. 

SAPS AT SEA PRESENTS: STAN AND OLLIE OFF TO WAR! MAY 27

 

Source:  Saps at Sea

March 9, 2017 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the local Laurel & Hardy fan club, continues its 39th Anniversary Year on May 27 with a gathering of marvelous movie delights and hijinks!

JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER IN CELEBRATING 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE JUNE 21ST

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, June 21st, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Lamplighters Community Theatre will welcome members, local businesses and guests to the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 80th Anniversary celebration.

CONGRESSIONAL BILL WOULD DESTROY CALIFORNIA'S ELDER ABUSE PROTECTIONS, PATIENTS' ADVOCACY GROUP WARNS

 

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Congress is considering a bill that will effectively end California’s 20-plus year civil protection system for victims of elder abuse or neglect perpetrated by health care providers.



“H.R. 1215 is a corporate wish list of anti-justice measures to immunize health care providers from accountability for terrible care by limiting justice for victims of health care malpractice,” warns California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a nonprofit that advocates for improving care for patients needing long-term care. “The bill is misleadingly named the `Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017.’  A more apt name for H.R. 2115 would be `Obstruction of Justice for the Injured.’”

KALASHO HOSTS SECOND TOWN HALL TONIGHT, ACCUSES MAYOR OF SEEKING TO MUZZLE HIS VOICE

 

 

 

Councilman speaks out against Mayor Wells' proposal to prevent any councilmember from placing items on the agenda without support of another member

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho will hold his second town hall meeting tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police community room, 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon. 

In a video posted on his Facebook page,  Kalasho asks public support to block a measure introduced by Mayor Bill Wells that would prevent any individual councilmember from adding an item to the agenda without support of another member.  The only Democrat on the Council, Kalasho contends that the proposal is targeting him. That measure is expected to be on the agenda for the March 14th Council hearing at 3 p.m..

SHOTS FIRED AT ROLANDO HOOKAH LOUNGE: GUNMAN REMAINS AT LARGE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy 10 News, ECM news partner

March 9, 2017 (Rolando) – A gunman fired multiple rounds into the Blue Nile Hookah Lounge shortly after midnight, but fortunately no one was injured.

Panicked customers dove for cover to avoid bullets that went through a front window and also struck vehicles in the 7200 block of El Cajon Blvd.

FREE IMMIGRATION SERVICES FILL IN THE BLANKS OF DEPORTATION PREVENTION

 

By Rachel Williams

Photo:  Enrique Morones,  Border Angels,  holds cross reading “No Olvidados”, meaning “never forget” the thousands of migrants who have died crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.

March 9, 2017 (San Diego) — Unless law enforcement has a search warrant, do not open the door. You can remain silent, Enrique Morones, executive director of Border Angels, says. On behalf of the organization, Morones educates the immigrant community of the dos and don’ts for people fearing deportation.

HACIENDA DE LAS ROSAS WINERY TO CLOSE DOWN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Tammy Rimes and her husband/winemaker, the late William Holzhauer

March 9, 2017 (Ramona) – Hacienda de las Rosas Winery in Ramona is closing its doors.   The last day in business will be Saturday, April 29th. The property will be going up for sale in April, owner Tammy Rimes announced in an email to wine club members.

Pages