DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 12-28

DESSERT & WINE PAIRINGS AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY, LA MESA FEB. 12-14

SANDERS, TRUMP TROUNCE OPPONENTS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY

LA MESA SENDS MERCHANTS’ OKTOBERFEST DEBT TO COLLECTIONS

RESIDENTS VOICE CONCERNS OVER CHECKPOINT DELAYS ON HIGHWAY 94

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HOLD NEW HAMPSHIRE DEBATES

EAST COUNTY ST. PATRICK’S HALF MARATHON AND FUN RUN MARCH 12 TO BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FOLLYWOOD (HAIL, CAESAR!)

FIRST “FLOWERS IN THE MOUNTAINS” GARDEN TOUR BLOOMS MAY 7

ZIKA VIRUS IN SALIVA, MAY BE SPREAD BY KISSING

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PARADISE IN DESCANSO

CROCS AND KINGS

SAN DIEGO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT APRIL 3 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2016 (El Cajon) — The San Diego Early Music Society will present  Dorothee Oberlinger on recorder, Florian Birsak on harpsichord, and Marco Testori on cello in “Flauto Veneziano,” a concert on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center.

VIOLIN AND HARPSICHORD CONCERT FEB. 21 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 23, 2016 (El Cajon) – The San Diego Early Music Society will present Lina Tur Bonet on violin and Kenneth Weiss on harpsichord in “La Petite Merveille and the Red Priest: Music of Jacquet de la Guerre and Vivaldi” on Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon).

CITY NO LONGER DRAINING LAKE MORENA RESERVOIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draining stopped days after our radio broadcast and coverage

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2016 (Lake Morena) – Back in February 2014, we ran a story exposing Lake Morena residents’ criticisms of the City of San Diego for draining the Lake Morena Reservoir down to a mere puddle of its former self.  We also aired a radio interview (listen at link) with area residents and a city representative, which won an award from Society of Professional Journalists for best talk radio broadcast. 

After the recent rains, the water level at Lake Morena is still only 2.6 percent of capacity. But here’s some good news for lakefront residents: Kurt Kidman, public information officer for the City, advised East County Magazine this week, “With respect to Morena Reservoir, the City stopped drafting water out of Morena Reservoir back in February 2014 and we have not resumed any drafting since.”

In our radio interview aired that same month, a city official admitted that San Diego had done essentially nothing to ask its citizens to conserve water before making its decision to decimate a lake popular with recreational users, eliminate wildlife habitat and negatively impact the lifestyle and property values for years  to come.

PASSAGES: NATIVE SAN DIEGAN AND PROMINENT BUSINESSMAN DAVID CHARLES PRICE DIES AT AGE 86

 

 

Photo: David Charles Price   1929 - 2016                            

January 22, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Services will be held Saturday, January 30 in Carlsbad for David C. Price, who passed away January 13 at age 86.

A lifetime San Diego resident, David C. Price was instrumental in the formation and operation of several San Diego area businesses and real estate developments, and was actively involved with various philanthropic ventures benefiting San Diego County. Most recently he lived in Carlsbad and formerly resided on Mt. Helix with his family for over 30 years. He also served for eight years on the Cajon Valley School District board in the 1960s. 

Price was born in San Diego on October 21, 1929.  He was a 1947 graduate of Grossmont High School and graduated from San Diego State University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. After serving two years in the Army, he worked in the aeronautical industry for 15 years, including serving as General Manager of Advanced Structures in La Mesa, a division of Whittaker Corporation.

JURY RETURNS NEARLY $12 MILLION VERDICT AGAINST CALTRANS FOR VALLEY FEVER EXPOSURE IN CONTRACTOR’S WORKERS

East County News Service

January 22, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Residents in San Diego’s East County have raised fears of spreading Valley Fever spores in their arguments against projects ranging from a sand mine in Lakeside to solar projects in Boulevard and Jacumba.  Now a jury in Northern California has shown just how expensive a verdict might be for a government entity or company that ignores such risks.

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT AGREES TO REDISTRICTING

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2016 (El Cajon) – Grossmont Union High School District’s board voted unanimously last Thursday to shift from at-large elections to district elections in which each trustee will represent a specific portion of the district. The move comes after an attorney for Diego Valley Charter School sent the district a letter advising that it may be in violation of the Voting Rights Act and threatening legal action.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: BALD EAGLES AT LAKE JENNINGS IN LAKESIDE

 

 

Story and photos by Billy Ortiz

 

January 22, 2016 (Lakeside) -- On January 21, 2016, I drove to Lake Jennings to look for the bald eagle I had been watching for the last couple days. On the 20th, I saw the young bald eagle with a fish and an osprey chasing it trying to take away its meal.

SAVE OUR BOLTS URGES CHARGERS FANS TO WRITE LOVE LETTERS

Photo credit to saveourbolts.org 
 
By Liz Alper 
 
January 22, 2016 (San Diego) - While San Diego waits on pins and needles for the final word on whether or not the Chargers go to LA, the Save Our Bolts organization is urging Chargers fans to use the old-fashioned form of persuasion:  writing a letter.

WATER FRIENDLY HOME GARDEN TOUR SPONSORED BY WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN MARCH 26

 

East County News Service

“The Water-Wise Garden Tour” Will Showcase Drought-Tolerant Home Gardens

January 21, 2016 (El Cajon)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its first annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour.  The tour will highlight a variety of five beautiful gardens utilizing an array of color, variety, and low water usage.  The gardens also emphasize plants from semi-arid regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Southwestern U.S. and South Africa.

PRO-AM TENNIS TOURNAMENT JAN. 28 TO SPOTLIGHT SCHOOL CHOICE

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 21, 2016 (Ramona)  The community is invited to a Pro-Am Tennis Tournament and instructional clinic hosted by USPTA elite tennis pro Mike Rogers at La Casa del Zorro Resort. Juan Bautista de Anza Online Charter School students will participate by attending and learning. The event is open to the public and JBDA is excited to celebrate athleticism and School Choice options.

WINE TASTING IN EL CAJON TO BENEFIT RESTORATION OF HISTORIC CHURCH JANUARY 23

By Liz Alper
January 21, 2016 (El Cajon) - A night of enjoying fine wines, great food and live jazz is on the horizon in East County.  On Saturday, January 23rd, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the community will come together for a fun evening to benefit St. Pius X Catholic Church's building fund.  The money raised by the event is earmarked for the restoration of the church's buildings dating back to the 1950s.  Guests will enjoy unlimited wine tasting and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 

SINKHOLE CLOSES LANES ON I-8

 

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --A large sinkhole has opened on I-8 at Waring Road in the College area, forcing closure of the two right lanes through tomorrow morning.  A SIG ALERT has been issued and motorists are advised to use other routes if possible to avoid traffic delays.

10 News estimates the sink hole is 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep, caused by water that undermined the freeway.  For additional coverage visit www.10News.com.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO IN JAMUL WILL HAVE TONY GWYNN SPORTS PUB

 

By Leon Thompson

January 20, 2016 (Jamul) – The Jamul Indian Village (JIV) of California announced the first ever Tony Gwynn Sports Pub will open in its Hollywood Casino Jamul slated for completion this summer.  Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub will feature an unprecedented collection of memorabilia from the greatest athlete in San Diego’s history.

CALIFORNIA HEALTH NETWORK: PROMOTING HEALTH AWARENESS IN SANTEE

 

Hear our interview with Steve Lauria, California Health Network, on Santee's Health Awareness Month (originally aired on KNSJ radio):

http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/pvv1xj39d8/Newsmakers-SteveLauriaSanteeHealthMonth-CAHealthNetwk.mp3

 

By Steve Lauria

January 20, 2016 (Santee) -- At the end of December, we ran a story on January being Health Awareness Month in Santee. With the month halfway over, here is an update: more than 30 organizations have offered a free or discounted service to the citizens of Santee, for the month of January. The specials can be found here:

www.californiahealthnetwork.org/healthawarenessmonth.

Some organizations, such as Volunteers in Medicine, offer free service, year around to people who can’t afford medical service.Many organizations are offering free services, such as personal training sessions, chiropractic exams,  exercise classes, dance classes and more.

PRESIDENT VETOES GOP BILL THAT SOUGHT TO WEAKEN CLEAN WATER ACT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Contaminated water in Flint, Michagan (Flint Water Disaster on Facebook)

January 20, 2016 (Washington D.C.)—On the heels of the poisoned drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan caused by the state cutting corners to save costs and then covering up the consequences, President Barack Obama vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-controlled Congress that would have killed an Environmental Protection Agency clean water rule that allows the federal government to protect the nation’s waterways and keep them clean. 

San Diego’s Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa voted for weakening clean water protections and shifting responsibility for many waterways back to the states, while Democrats Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas voted against.

In Michigan, Republican Governor Rick Snyder’s administration ordered that the polluted Flint River  be used for drinking water to save money and ignored federal law requiring an anti-corrosion additive that would have cost just $100 a day.  That decision caused lead pipes to corrode, leeching lead into the public’s drinking water. For two years, families have been drinking contaminated water. Now children are suffering irreversible lead poisoning including brain damage. Also, 10 people have died of Legionnaire’s disease believed tied to tainted river water.

A MULTI-TALENTED MAN: YALE STROM

 

Photo credit:  Yale's wife, Elizabeth Schwartz

By Mimi Pollack

January 20, 2016 (San Diego) - Yale Strom may be a multi-talented man, a respected teacher at SDSU, and a well known musician both locally and internationally, but he is also refreshingly down to earth and modest, answering my questions at his rustic, comfortable home in Mission Hills with his loving dog, Olive, snuggled on his lap.

CPUC TO HOLD SAN DIEGO UTILITY RATE DESIGN FORUM: FEB. 2 EVENT WILL DISCUSS NEW STRUCTURE THAT REFLECTS ACTUAL COSTS

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 20, 2016 (San Diego) -- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a community forum in San Diego on Tuesday, February 2 at 6 p.m. to discuss and answer questions about the CPUC’s July 2015 decision to significantly change residential electricity rates, including the requirement that starting in 2019 all residential customers will be offered time of use rates as a default.  The event will be held at the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego 92114.

NATIONAL “TRAIN YOUR DOG” MONTH: FREE TIPS FOR TRAINING YOUR FURRY FRIEND

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- According to the U.S. Humane Society, bad behavior is one of the top reasons people give up their pets. January is National Train Your Dog Month and to help promote responsible pet ownership to help pets stay in their fur-ever homes, Heidi Ganahl, CEO and Founder of Camp Bow Wow, the nation's largest pet care franchise offers tips for training your dog. Training not only helps to build a strong owner-dog relationship, but it gives you a reason to spend quality one-on-one time with your pet.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 20, 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.

Presidential campaign

Other national news

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

January 20, 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

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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 23-FEB. 1

January 19, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes disaster preparedness classes, hawk watching in Alpine, wine tasting with East County wineries from along Highway 94, desert hikes, and Health Awareness Month in Santee. 

CHP OFFICER WHO SAVED KIDNAPPED KIDS IS NOW IN NEED: DAUGHTER DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

 

January 19, 2016 (San Diego) – California Highway Patrol Officer Jared Mikulsky helped save the lives of four kidnapped children in a dramatic rescue on a Santee freeway overpass back in 2014.  Now his own two-year-old daughter, Kaylee, has been diagnosed with leukemia.  She is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Rady Children’s Hospital.  Officer Mikulsky and his wife, a nurse, are asking for the public’s help to pay for costs their insurance does not cover, 10 News reports. They have set up a GoFundMe page here where you can donate.

EL CAJON POLICE NAME OFFICER INVOLVED IN FATAL SHOOTING

 

 

ECM interviewed Officer Pak in December

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: Kelsey Hauser, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

 

January 19, 2016 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Department has identified Officer Samson Pak as the patrol officer involved in a fatal shooting of a woman passenger (photo, left) and a dog in the vehicle on Sunday following a high-speed chase. The identities of the driver and all three passengers have also been released, including two El Cajon residents.

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