November 4, 2014 (San Diego) -- With strong, gusty winds and low humidity in the forecast, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning effective immediately for the inland valleys and mountains. The warning is expected to last until 5 p.m. on Thursday night.
Santa Ana winds of 20-30 miles per hours are forecast, with gusts up to 55 miles per hour in places. The Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index for San Diego (Zone 3) indicates that the threat will peak on Wednesday with a threat rating of moderate.
November 4, 2014 (Cleveland National Forest)—U.S. Forest Service officials have signed a Record of Decision for the Cleveland National Forest Land Management Plan Amendment that gives wilderness protection to an additional 43,000 acres in the forest, at least temporarily.
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
November 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in twelve Americans has diabetes? That’s more than 25 million people. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Why is this awareness important? Because diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.
November 4, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes the Aztecs homecoming game, a hike by the light of the moon, the musical Mulan, an acorn harvest festival and a holiday open house at Summers Past Farms. Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including a free concert by the Pomerado Brass Quintet and the much-anticipated East County holiday tradition, the Mother Goose Parade.
So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine!
Source: County of San Diego
November 3, 2014 (Ramona) –A man caught on video throwing a dog over a fence in Ramona has been identified and charged with one misdemeanor count each of animal cruelty and animal abandonment.
County News Service
November 3, 2014 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors has taken another step forward in plans to promote beekeeping and agriculture while protecting the public by directing their staff at last week’s meeting to begin the final steps in creating a proposed “tiered” beekeeping ordinance.
East County News Service
November 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)— East County Magazine has compiled this handy guide for you with links to all of our coverage of local races, as well as some statewide and federal (Congressional) races on your ballot for the election on Tuesday, November 4.
We invited all candidates running in local races listed below to be interviewed, and include print and/or radio interviews with those who responded. We also have links to our coverage of debates, candidate forums, analysis, editorials submitted by our readers (ECM does not editorialize), and other relevant information on candidates and ballot propositions. Also see below for links to additional nonpartisan resources for info on these and other races.
Our nonpartisan guide is arranged in three sections: local, state, and federal (Congressional) races, with the races alphabetical under each section. To view, click "read more" below and scroll down.
By Miriam Raftery
November 3, 2014 (Jamul) – Pirates, wenches and other costumed guests jumped into action at the Fair Oaks Vineyard Grape Stomp last month. Stephanie Young brought her crew from the Manor Vineyard to savor the festivities, as this video from the grape stomping competition shows.
Source: County News Service
November 3, 2014 (San Diego) – Last week, the first ever yellow-fever mosquitos, Aedes Aegypti, were found in our county at Naval Base San Diego. Now County health officials report they have found two more of the yellow fever mosquitoes in Chula Vista after a resident reported being bitten by small, black, white-striped mosquitoes during the daytime in his home. The mosquitoes were found in his residence.
Photo: Barbara Stevens (Steve Mattia did not provide a photo)
November 3, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--East County Magazine invited all candidates for the GUHSD to be interviewed: two incumbents and four challengers.
Two challengers responded: law student Steve Mattia and Barbara Stevens, who wants to apply her financial training to the job. You can listen to their interviews here:
The stakes are high in this race, with a board majority that defied a Grand Jury order, leading to lawsuits filed against the district over its failure to build an Alpine High School despite two bond measures approved by voters that included funds for that purpose.
Photos: Keshav Damoor, left, and Rob McNelis, right
November 3, 2014 (Santee) – Last week, East County Magazine sat down with Councilman Rob McNelis, a realtor who is proud of the city's achievements on his watch, and challenger Keshav Damoor, a UCSD graduate who works with nonprofits on poverty issues and seeks to represent a new generation on the Council.
The candidates shared their views on smart growth for Santee and the future of the community. Will there be a theater complex and entertainment center in Santee's future? What about Fanita Ranch? Listen to our interviews now:
For our previous coverage of these and other candidates in this race, click "read more" and scroll down.
By Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
Photos Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
Reprinted with permission from Reporting San Diego
November 2, 2014 (San Diego) - Reporting San Diego sat down with Captain Ken Bortisser, the Public Information Officer of the Monte Vista Unit. Monte Vista is the name of the San Diego Administrative CAL FIRE unit. We talked about fire issues.
Photo: Father Noel and Congressman Juan Vargas, at Chaldean-American Association banquet Oct. 30
By Miriam Raftery
November 2, 2014 (El Cajon)—Father Noel at St. Peter’s Cathedral in El Cajon is among nine Chaldean Catholic priests ordered to return to Iraq, a situation that likely amounts to a death sentence, or be suspended from the priesthood.
Louis Sako, Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, ordered nine priests from the local diocese suspended on October 22 for refusing to return to Iraq, where priests are being tortured and murdered by ISIS terrorists and mass is no longer being held due to the danger. Now the Eparchy of St. Peter has appealed these suspensions to Pope Francis.
Under church canons, the suspensions are on hold until the Pope issues his decision.
By Sharon Penny
November 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--San Diego’s County Trauma System received recognition last June for its role in saving lives. As noted in a previous East County Magazine story, the rate of preventable trauma deaths today stands at less than one percent, whereas 30 years ago it was 21 percent (http://eastcountymagazine.org/county-trauma-system-driving-deaths-down-east-county-lacks-trauma-center).
STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS RACE PITS TEACHER WHO BACKS STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOLS VS. PRIVATIZATION ADVOCATE BACKED BY OPPONENTS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING
By Miriam Raftery
November 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - One of the closest election contests statewide is shaping up in the California Superintendent of Education race.
By Nadin Abbott
October 18, 2014 (Julian)--Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are locally-based volunteer teams, there to assist in times of disaster. They are locally managed and they almost always are sponsored by an agency.
Brian Kramer, current administrator of Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Department-sponsored CERT team, told ECM that the County did not recognize a second CERT team in Julian sponsored by Johnny and Dianne Hake, since that team is not affiliated with any government agency.
The Hakes said they operate independently and that they broke off their relationship with the Fire Department over philosophical differences.
East County News Service
November 1, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the death of Victoria Lynn Lyman, 22, who died after suffering traumatic injuries.
By Janis Russell
November 2, 2014 (El Cajon)- The Water Conservation Garden hosted its 1st annual enchanted garden gala on October 18, a fundraising event to help the Garden’s award winning Ms. Smarty-Plants programs and provide seed money for a children’s garden with free play spaces and exploration-based exhibits to help kids learn more about global water cycles, watersheds and water conservation, and animal adaptations. The Garden hoped to raise $100,000 at the event.
Source: County of San Diego
November 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Rainfall this weekend is a sign that the winter rainy season is right around the corner. Once again the County of San Diego is making free sand and bags available to residents in the unincorporated areas. (Just bring your own shovel, please.)
Coalition of civil rights leaders say U.S. Department of Justice's use of a six-year time bar “scheme” would restrict federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complainants access to the courts.
November 1, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), recently raised the statute 28 U.S.C. § 2401 (a) with the courts. The general catchall statute sets a six-year limitation period on non-tort civil claims against the United States. The DoJ, which has been representing the U.S. Department of Commerce for years in a race based complaint that two African American females filed against the Commerce Department nearly twenty (20) years ago, presented the statute in the case of Janet Howard and Joyce E. Megginson v. Rebecca Blank, Secretary-U.S. Department of Commerce, Civil Action No. 05-1968. Most recently, the DoJ defended the statute in the Janet Howard and Joyce E. Megginson v. Penny Pritzker, Secretary-U.S. Department of Commerce proceedings (Cas. Nos. 12-5370 and 12-5392).
November 1, 2014 (La Mesa) – Aubrey “Bud” Dunne, 82, passed away on October 28, 2014 at his home in La Mesa. Past president of the La Mesa/Spring Valley Teachers Association, he taught math at La Mesa and Parkway Middle Schools.
He also played a major role in the Associated Community Theatres (ACT) of San Diego County, which named the Aubrey Awards in his honor. During the 1960s on Lincoln’s birthday, you could find him dressed up as Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address at Grossmont Center. A lifelong stamp collector, he also founded the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors.
East County News Service
November 1, 2014 (Ramona)—A man who ran south across State Route 67 south of Mussey Grade Road was struck by a motorist and killed at 2:27 p.m. today. “At this time, the pedestrian has not been identified,” said Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol.
The unidentified man was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 24-year-old Ramona man. According to the CHP, the driver was traveling eastbound at 50 miles per hour when he came around a curve and saw the pedestrian running across the roadway in front of him.
October 31, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- East County Magazine Show's September shows are now online. We covered top local and national issues, from East County election races to to air strikes in Iraq. Our top newsmaker interviews included Supervisor Dianne Jacob on child predator releases, Nathan Fletcher on his new Three Wise Men Foundation helping veterans, Lane Sharman from San Diego Energy Foundation on defeating the Monopoly Protection Bill, Santee Council candidates John Minto and Maggie Acerra, Kristin Kjaero and Dexter Levy from No Term Limits for La Mesa, charitable leaders from Sprites and Boys to Men, Alby Quinlan on the climate change march, Susan Barron on bringing a cash mob to La Mesa, Jack Shu on transportation justice for East County. Plus hear from local authors, artists, theater producers and more.
To listen to our September shows and view a full list of stories and interviews in September, click here, or click “read more” and scroll down. To listen to future shows, tune in to KNSJ 89.1 FM Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. or listen online live during our broadcasts at www.KNSJ.org.
November 1, 2014 (Ramona) - Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065 will be hosting a book signing on Thursday, November 6th at 6:00 pm to present local Ramona author, Timothy Daniels second novel, “An Ongoing Investigation.” This book draws on the author's experience as a border agent assigned to "Operation Alliance" and as a supervisor of special agents conducting border narcotics investigations.
November 1, 2014 (La Mesa)--On the first Friday of November, the La Mesa Village Farmers’ Market will start operating on a “winter hours” schedule, running from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The venerable and quaint year-round farmers market, which has been sponsored by the City of La Mesa for over 20 years, typically operates from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In winter these hours have the market starting in sunshine, transitioning through dusk, and ending in darkness, which must be illuminated by cumbersome portable lighting fixtures.
November 1, 2014 (San Diego)--Caltrans advises motorists that northbound and southbound Interstate 15 (I-15) connectors to eastbound/westbound State Route 52 (SR-52) will be closed Sunday morning from 3 to 7 to repair damaged guardrail.
View flyer here.
East County News Service
October 31, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A flyer that landed in mailboxes just in time for Halloween features images of a haunted house and a cemetery-–along wtih a message urging recipients to “Look inside…At the scary report on the Grossmont Union High School District Board Members Jim Kelly and Robert Shield, IF YOU DARE…”
The flyer supports challengers Shirley Anderson and Barbara Stevens in the election, which has six candidates running including incumbents Kelly and Shield. The mailer was paid for as an independent expenditure by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.
By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-CA
October 31, 2014 (Ramona)-- Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farms, slaughterhouses or livestock auctions.
By Brian Lafferty
October 31, 2014 (San Diego) – For a film directed by Gregg Araki – well-known for anarchic, usually erotically charged films like The Living End (1992), The Doom Generation (1995), and Mysterious Skin (2004) – White Bird in a Blizzard is unusually peaceful. While small traces of his trademarks – teenage angst, sex, and homosexuality – appear, his latest film is his most accessible by far. Whether that's refreshing or disappointing will depend on how much you're willing to readjust your expectations.
By Leon Thompson
October 29, 2014 (La Mesa) – Medical Marijuana dispensaries are prohibited by code in La Mesa. Proposition “J” The measure would require that City officials issue an operating permit and business registration to any dispensary applicant who demonstrates compliance with location requirements and presents a plan for compliance with operational requirements.