GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL RAISING SMOKING AGE TO 21, ALSO APPROVING OTHER SMOKING RESTRICTIONS

FEDS CRACKDOWN ON E-CIGARETTES , HOOKAHS AND OTHER OTHER SMOKING ITEMS

VOTERS REACT TO TRUMP AS PRESUMPTIVE NOMNEE AFTER KASICH AND CRUZ QUIT RACE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 6-26

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

WARNER SPRINGS SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO VANDALISM

SANDERS WINS IN INDIANA; APPALACHIAN STATES NEXT ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

CRUZ DROPS OUT OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE, CLEARS WAY FOR TRUMP NOMINATION

PASSAGES: SQUARE FOOT GARDENING CREATOR DIES AT 84: PUBLISHER TO CARRY ON LOCAL AUTHOR’S WORK TO COMBAT WORLD HUNGER

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHERE HAS ALL THE CREAM GONE?

PASSAGES: A FOND FAREWELL TO “MR. EAST COUNTY” B.W. `STONEY’ STONE

CREW SEEKS ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS INTO REP. HUNTER CAMPAIGN EXPENSES INCLUDING TRIP TO ITALY, JEWELRY AND NORDSTROM'S CHARGES

HARRIET TUBMAN TO REPLACE ANDREW JACKSON ON $20 BILL, TREASURY DEPT. ANNOUNCES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – A woman’s place is on the money. That was the slogan of “Women on 20s,” a group that launched a national effort to put a woman’s face on our twenty dollar bills.  The group held a national vote, with abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman named their number one choice.

EIGHT RAMONA VALLEY WINERIES WIN BIG AT LARGEST-EVER NY FINGER LAKES INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Ramona) -- Eight winery members of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) received a total of 25 medals from the annual, largest-ever New York Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, known as the biggest charitable wine competition. This year’s event reviewed a total number of entries of 3,827 wines from more than 900 wineries in all 50 states, six Canadian provinces, and 26 different nations.

CLINTON, TRUMP WIN NEW YORK PRIMARIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2016 (San Diego) – Frontrunners widened their leads in yesterday’s New York presidential primary, where three of the five contenders had strong New York ties.

New York’s former Senator Hillary Clinton won with 58% percent of the vote, picking up 139 delegates.  But Senator Bernie Sanders, who was raised in Brooklyn, got 42% and picked up 106 of the delegates.

On the Republican side, New York businessman Donald Trump scored a resounding victory with 60, winning 89 delegates. In second place, Ohio Governor John Kasich got 25% and earned 3 delegates.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz, with just 14.5%, was shut out of receiving any delegates.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOLS TRUSTEE ELECTED AS CHAIR OF BLACK SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS/MEMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Vice-President Emma Turner appointed to leadership positions for the National School Boards Association during annual conference in Boston, MA.

Source:  La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools press release

April 19, 2016 (La Mesa) - Emma Turner, Vice-President of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board of Education, was elected to the position of Chair of the National Black Council (NBC) of National School Boards Association (NSBA) and also installed as a member of the Board of Directors of the NSBA at their annual conference on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  During the two-year term of office, Dr. Turner will be the leading educational advocate for providing a quality education for all African American students across the nation, as well as all students.  Dr. Turner will also serve as a spokesperson for issues that impact the education of African American youth.

JUST IN TIME FOR EARTH DAY, HEAT BREAKS 137-YEAR RECORD IN SAN DIEGO

 

Records also shattered worldwide for third consecutive month

East County News Service

April 19, 2016 (San Diego) – As citizens around the world prepare to commemorate the 36th anniversary of Earth Day this week, signs of climate change are increasingly evident on a local and national scale.

SYCUAN CASINO ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PADRES MEMBERSHIP CARD

 

Card announced during opening series

Press Release

April 19, 2016 (El Cajon) - Sycuan Casino recently announced an exciting new level of partnership with the San Diego Padres. Coinciding with their home opener, the casino rolled out a Padres version of its Club Sycuan membership card, a first of its kind program for Major League Baseball. The card, available to all sports fans and casino patrons alike, will allow guests to enjoy exclusive Padres benefits like 10% off future individual game tickets as well as opportunities to win fun VIP experiences and items like batting practice or playing catch on the field, a pre-game tour of Petco Park, VIP game seats and autographed Padres memorabilia.

IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! NO, IT'S A SUPERHERO VIDEO CONTEST!

 

California Coast Credit Union launches social media video contest to benefit local schools

East County News Service

April 19, 2016 (San Diego) – California Coast Credit Union, the oldest financial institution based in San Diego, with over $2 billion in assets, has launched a superhero-themed video contest to help raise money

for local schools. The Superhero Video Contest runs from April 1 to July 31 and contestants can win up to $1,500 for a school of their choice located in San Diego or Riverside County, plus $1,500 for themselves.


SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA PERFORMS ITS “SPRING SERENADE” FROM BEETHOVEN TO BROADWAY APRIL 24

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2016 (San Diego)--The East County based Chorus of 80 with 48 piece symphony orchestra is celebrating its 15th season performing choral masterworks and popular music in a beautiful venue to audiences of up to 1200 people. This spring concert includes Beethoven's  "Choral Fantasy" from the Ninth Symphony. Rarely performed, this magnificent  piece includes  6 soloists from the San Diego Opera and well-known San Diego concert pianist Sylvia Hartman. Dvorak's powerful "Psalm 49" is next. 

This was the composer of the "New World Symphony" with its famous "Going Home" theme.  Then we perform "100 Years of Broadway" from Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

SAND MINING PROJECT APPLICANT SUBMITS REVISIONS TO PROPOSAL FOR LAKESIDE’S EL MONTE VALLEY

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2016 (Lakeside) – The developer who seeks to build a sand mine the scenic El Monte Valley in Lakeside that is overwhelmingly opposed by residents has submitted  a scoping letter to the County of San Diego with significant changes to the proposed project.  Click here to view the full document.

KEYIP! KECHUW! (LISTEN! MAKE!) BARONA MUSEUM’S STORY TIME AND CRAFT PROGRAM FOR KIDS

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2016 (Lakeside) – Barona Museum invites children to a cultural story and art activity on the last Saturday of each month starting April 30th and running through October.  The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the community center meeting room.

MAN SET ON FIRE NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE; POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN BLACK TOYOTA PICKUIP

Update as of April 19, 2016:  the victim's name has been released (Julio Caesar Edeza) and a suspect has been apprehended. Read more here.

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2016 (San Diego) – San Diego Police are searching for a suspect who set a homeless man on fire at 11:45 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside a CVS store  near the Rite Aid  on  Euclid Ave just north of highway 94. 

 The suspect asked for water, then lured the victim into his vehicle, a black Toyota 2-door pickup with a camper shell, then threw chemicals on him and set him afire, watching with chilling calm as the man suffered burns so severe that authorities indicate he is not expected to survive.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man age 30-40, 6 feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds.  He wore a red hat, red shirt, and black pants. Authorities have released a sketch of the suspect showing a beard and mustache.

AFTER MISHAPS IN THE FIRST, DBACKS GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AND BEAT PADRES 7-3; TAKE SERIES 2-1

 

By Liz Alper


Photo:  the Padres honor the armed forces on Military Appreciation Sunday.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

April 17, 2016 (San Diego) - It was a beautiful day for baseball and a series finale as the Padres took on the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Patrick Corbin started on the hill for the DBacks and Robbie Erlin for San Diego.  Unfortunately, it looks like the Padres’ military jerseys are cursed.

SENATOR HUESO’S “EQUAL GENDER PRICING BILL” HEADS TO STATE SENATE FLOOR

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2016 (San Diego) — California women and girls are spending $41 billion  more than men and boys for similar products that everyone needs, according to the Senate Judiciary Committee analysis of Senate Bill 899, the “Equal Gender Pricing Bill” authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego).  Yet they earn $39 billion less than men each year.

WANT TO RECALL A LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL? HERE’S HOW

 

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – With antipathy toward “insiders” in politics running high nationwide, some readers have asked us what it takes to recall a public official for offices such as a local school board or higher office.

The recall process is complex, but has been accomplished locally in the past. For instance, citizens in Potrero recalled five of their planning group officials back in 2007 and also elected a slate of reform candidates during the same special election.  Statewide, Governor Grey Davis was removed from office via a recall election in 2003.

Sometimes, the mere filing of a recall may be enough to bring about change.  Former Grossmont Union High School District trustee Nadia Davies resigned after a recall was launched against her, for example.

The San Diego Registrar of Voters has published a “recall guide” available online here. For more information, scroll down.

HOW PREPARED IS SAN DIEGO FOR THE JUNE PRIMARY ELECTION? Q & A WITH REGISTRAR OF VOTERS MICHAEL VU

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2016 (San Diego) --In light of issues in some other states about long lines to vote, cuts in polling places or numbers of voting machines,  lack of enough voting machines on college campuses and Indian reservations, and an inquiry from a reader, we sent questions to San Diego Registrar of Voters Michael Vu.  We also asked about deadlines to register to vote , change parties or get a mail ballot for the June 7 primary, and procedures to verify your registration. In addition, we got information on how you can vote early, as well as the need for poll workers, particularly bilingual poll workers for the election.

Below are our questions, along with Vu’s responses.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY’S WELLNESS WEDNESDAY APRIL 27 TO DISCUSS ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION

 

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

 April 16, 2016 (La Mesa) -- In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Dispelling Myths About Organ and Tissue Donation,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

7.8 QUAKE STRIKES EQUADOR

 

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- A powerful 7.8 earthquake has struck the coast of Ecuador, killing at least 28 people.  There are also many injuries and collapsed buildings, including a hotel. 

Nadin Abbott at Reporting San Diego is live-blogging updates in both Spanish and English, translating information emerging from Ecaudor tonight:  https://reportingsandiego.com/2016/04/16/breaking-news-7-8-quake-hits-peru/

JOIN EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE FOR “MOUNTAIN MAGIC” APRIL 16 IN RAMONA--WINE, CHEESE & CHOCOLATE TASTING, MMMM!!

 

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2016  (Ramona) – East County Magazine subscribers are invited to join us to savor “Mountain Magic” at the beautiful Vineyard Grant James (25260  Old Julian Highway) in the heart of Ramona's wine region on Saturday April 16 from 1-4 p.m.  (Not yet a subscriber? Join free.)

This very special afternoon will include wonderful wine-tasting, savoring Cheeses from the Cave gourmet cheeses, fresh fruits, chocolates crafted by master chocolate-maker GB Treats  and other delectable delights, plus live music by the award-winning Baja Blues Brothers and a wealth of prizes!

Drawing and silent auction prizes include mountain getaway vacation, wine lovers’ baskets,  gardener’s gifts,  hand-crafted pottery, yoga, personal training, Santee Lakes family fun pack, Mountain Hempire gift basket, bookstore gift certificate, music CDs, coffee lovers basket, and more!

LAKESIDE RESIDENTS AND PARENTS SHOW CONCERN AND OPPOSITION OVER GUHSD REDISTRICTING

 

By Janis Russell

April 18, 2016 (Lakeside) - A public hearing was conducted April 11 in Lakeside to inform the public and let them voice their opinions for the by-trustee area election for GUHSD.  The hearing was held by the County Office of Education’s Committee on School District reorganization, which later approved the redistricting plan and map at its April 13 meeting. (http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/county-approves-guhsd-shift-trustee-districts)

COUNTY APPROVES GUHSD SHIFT TO TRUSTEE DISTRICTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: GUHSD trustee Priscilla Schreiber, losing her seat due to redistricting

April 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Board of Education’s Committee on School District Reorganization last night approved the Grossmont Union High School District’s plan to implement trustee elections and approve the map previously approved by the GUHSD board. 

Next up, the state Department of Education will consider Grossmont’s request for a waiver of a public vote.  If the waiver is approved, the transition to trustee districts will be in place for the 2016 election.  If denied, a public vote would take place and if approved by the public, the changes would be delayed until 2018.

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