OUT OF THE LABS AND INTO THE STREETS: MARCH FOR SCIENCE APRIL 22

TRUMPCARE DEFEAT: TRUMP PULLS OBAMACARE REPEAL VOTE: PLAN WAS LOSING CONSERVATIVES AND MODERATES

HEALTHCARE VOTE TODAY ON REVISED BILL WITH LESS DEFICIT REDUCTION, ELIMINATION OF MANDATORY MATERNITY AND NEWBORN COVERAGE, OTHER CHANGES

JUSTICE DEPT. LAUNCHES CRIMINAL PROBE INTO REP. DUNCAN HUNTER

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BORREGO SUPER BLOOMS

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

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

LA MESA BANS RECREATIONAL POT BUT ALLOWS DELIVERIES; CITY ALSO MOVES TO ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

March 7, 2017 (La Mesa) - At its February 28 meeting, the La Mesa City Council spent over an hour learning about and discussing cannabis legislation, following a lengthy introduction by City Attorney Glenn Sabine who consulted a conditional Use Permit (CUP) process and cannabis taxing consultant.

QUEEN BEE TEA LIVELY HONEY FESTIVAL CELEBRATION

 

Honey Festival coming up this Saturday, March 11

Source: Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Photos by Kathy Foster Photography for the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

March 7, 2017 (Alpine) -- The first Queen Bee Tea was a honey of a show on March 5 in AlpineAlmost 100 guests attended the Honey Festival kick-off event, turning the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. into a hive of chatter, fanciful bee bonnets, fashion show, free photo booth, opportunity drawings, contests and special vendors. 

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS FALL TO USC 1-0 ON UNEARNED RUN

 

Baseball sees five-game win streak end

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Jorge Fernandez was one of seven SDSU pitchers in Tueday's contest vs. USC.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 7, 2017 (San Diego) - USC scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning and two relief pitchers made that marker stand up as the Trojans downed San Diego State, 1-0, Tuesday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

RAMONA RANCH WINERY TEAMS UP WITH JR ORGANICS TO OFFER PICKUPS OF LOCAL VEGGIES: LEARN MORE THIS SUNDAY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2017 (Ramona) – “We’re crazy about all things local,” say the owners of Ramona Ranch Winery.  Besides offering locally produced wines and cheeses, the winery is now offering customers the opportunity to take home boxes of fresh vegetables from JR Organics.  

SDSU SOFTBALL DOWNS DETROIT MERCY 5-2

 

Aztecs’ Zaria Meshack hits key two-run single in 2nd

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Sydnee Cable hit a two-run HR in the bottom of the fifth vs. UDM on Tuesday.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 7, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State overcame a wobbly start Tuesday to register its fourth straight victory with a 5-2 triumph over visiting Detroit Mercy in a non-conference game at SDSU Softball Stadium. With the win, the Aztecs raise their record to 12-7 on the year, while the Titans slip to 3-15 overall.

INNOVATIONS ABOUND AT NEW U.C.S.D. JACOBS MEDICAL CENTER

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 7, 2017 (La Jolla) - Apps for walking art tours, iPads for patients, an “awake” brain surgery room, and more. These are just a few of the offerings to patients of the new U.C.S.D. Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla opened in November.

EL CAJON HIRES NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER

 

Source:  City of El Cajon

March 7, 2017 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon is very pleased to announce that Mr. Graham Mitchell, current City Manager for the City of Escondido and longtime City Manager for the City of Lemon Grove, has accepted an offer to become the City of El Cajon’s next Assistant City Manager.  He will replace Majed Al-Ghafry, who was recently appointed Assistant City Manager for the City of Dallas, Texas.

SOCIAL SECURITY UNDER ATTACK

 

By nadinabbott on March 6, 2017

Reprinted with permission from https://reportingsandiego.com

March 7, 2017 (San Diego) - The replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was released this afternoon. First off, this is not an alternative to the ACA. It marks up the bill. Second off, it also has a back door weakening of the Social Security Act of 1937.

TRUMP ISSUES REVISED TRAVEL BAN: EXCLUDES IRAQIS, GREEN CARD AND VISA HOLDERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 7, 2017 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump has issued a new, more narrowly crafted executive order restricting refugees’ entry into the U.S. after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked implementation of his earlier executive order as unconstitutional.  Here’s what the new ban includes:

PADRES WIN FRIENDLY AGAINST MEXICO 7-3

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

March 7, 2017 (Peoria, Ariz.) - Padres spring training continued today with a special exhibition game against the Mexican national team.  Walter Lockett started on the mound for the Padres against Luis Mendoza for Mexico.

PETCO PARK TO HOST SECOND ROUND OF WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC MARCH 14-19

 

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By Liz Alper

March 7, 2017 (San Diego) - The second round of the World Baseball Classic will be held in San Diego at the home of the Padres, Petco Park, from March 14-19.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST FREE "ASK THE PHARMACIST" MEETING

 

East County News Service

March 7, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Ask the Pharmacist” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 22. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

MEXICO OFFERS IMMIGRANTS HELP AT U.S. CONSULATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2017 (San Diego) – The Mexican government has announced that it is creating a network of help centers for Mexican immigrants at all consulates in the U.S.

The action aims to help Mexican citizens amid “fear and uncertainty” over President Donald Trump’s executive orders ramping up deportation and construction of a border wall, says Consul General Marcela Celorio in San Diego. 

RACISM CAN NULLIFY JURY VERDICTS, SUPREME COURT RULES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – By a 5 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court has ruled that a verdict can be voided and a new trial ordered if a juror showed racial bias.

The case involved a Colorado racetrack employee convicted of sexual battery after a juror stated during deliberations that the defendant must be guilty because “he’s Mexican, and Mexican men take whatever they want.”

HELIX WATER BOARD STAFF ADVISES AGAINST LOWERING RATES: MEETING MARCH 8

 

By Miriam Raftery

Jonathan Goetz contributed to this report

March 6, 2017 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District’s board will hold a special meeting on March 8 at 6 p.m. to consider a proposal by newly elected board member Dan McMillan to lower water rates. 

But a staff report (see agenda) advises against a rate reduction at this time, citing insufficient reserves. Instead, staff recommends that the district continue to look at opportunities to reduce rates as fiscal year 2016-17 concludes, after results of winter and spring rainfall are measured and the fiscal year 2017-18 budget is developed.

REMOVAL OF SMALL STREAM PROTECTIONS THREATENS WATER SUPPLIES IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Image:  Interactive Map Shows if Your Drinking Water Is at Risk from Trump's Executive Order

 Source: Environmental Working Group, from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Geographic Information Systems Analysis of the Surface Drinking Water Provided by Intermittent, Ephemeral and Headwater Streams in the U.S.

 

March 5, 2017 (San Diego) — President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to rescind Clean Water Rule protections for small streams and replace it with a new rule allowing more pollution.  That action threatens drinking water supplies for millions of Americans – including 679,769 residents in San Diego County, according to data obtained from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

WET WEATHER HELPS FILL LOCAL RESERVOIRS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Torrential rains during this wet winter have raised levels dramatically at local reservoirs, with a new storm possibly bringing even more rain this weekend. 

The Lower Otay reached 100% capacity, so a spillway was opened for the overflow.  Lake Poway came within inches of overflowing, closing hiking trails at the lake.

FEATURED COUNTY PARK: EL CAPITAN COUNTY PRESERVE

 

By Michelle Mowad, County of San Diego Communications Office

March 5, 2017 (Lakeside) -- The hike at El Capitan County Preserve is considered one of the most rugged and physically challenging in San Diego County. The preserve’s trails run along a granite-ribbed ridgeline, which has stunning views of both the ocean and mountains. It can easily take up to six hours to complete this 12-mile out-and-back trek.

SANTEE CHICK-FIL-A HOSTING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON MONDAY, MARCH 6TH

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2017 (Santee) – The Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will celebrate the start of its fifth year of serving customers on Monday evening, March 6. The public is invited to attend the celebration to be held between 5 and 8 p.m. Chick-fil-A officials said the celebration will recreate the experience when the store opened in late February 2013.

MEDAL WINNING STREAK CONTINUES FOR LOCAL CRAFTSMEN

 

East County competitors win silver and bronze plus a Safety Award at 2017 National Craft Championships

By Gayle Falkenthal

Photo, left:  ABC San Diego apprentices win medals: ABC San Diego Craft Champions (L to R) Scott Vorarach (Silver and Safety), Eli Anderson, and Rolf Wachter (Bronze) extended the San Diego win streak at the 2017 ABC National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

March 5, 2017  (San Diego) – Scott Vorarach of Spring Valley representing Certified Air Conditioning in San Diego, and Rolf Wachter of Jamul representing Interpipe Contracting in San Diego will bring medals home to San Diego from the 2017 ABC National Craft Championships.

ONE MILLION LETTERS & UNDERAPPRECIATED OCEAN EFFECTS

 

By Mark Hughes, SanDiego350

March 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- On the evening of March 1, the organization Stay Cool 4 Grandkids hosted speakers who presented on two climate change topics. Representatives from Kids 4 Planet Earth spoke about their goal to have school children send one million letters to President Trump by Earth Day, telling him how important it is to them that he address climate change. Please help their request to go viral by sharing this goal on Facebook and other social media outlets.

EAST COUNTY EATER: FARMER’S TABLE SERVES UP WHOLESOME, FLAVORFUL FARE IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – I come from a farming family, so I’ve looked forward to sampling the farm-to-table fresh cuisine at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa. The restaurant lives up to its pledge of “honest food done right” with locally grown, organic vegetables and an array of tasty dishes to savor.

ARCHAEOLOGY WEEKEND IN ANZA BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK MARCH 25-26

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Borrego Springs) - The Colorado Desert Archaeology Society (CDAS), in conjunction with the Anza-Borrego Foundation, will be holding its 14th annual Archaeology Weekend event at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ’s Visitor Center in Borrego Springs, California on March 25-26, 2017. 

WHAT’S HOT? JAMUL KIWANIS’ HOT ROD AND CHILI COOKOFF APRIL 8

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Jamul) — The Jamul Kiwanis are revving up for their 9th annual Hot Rod and Chili Cookoff. The event will be held on April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pio Pico/ Thousand Trails, 14615 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DESERT DELIGHTS

 

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – You never know what you’re going to find in the Anza Borrego Desert!  Our editor, Miriam Raftery, headed out in search of wildflowers this weekend.  It’s still 1-2 weeks too early to see fields of flowers in bloom, but she did get some close-ups of early blossoms, scenic shots and an up-close look at some of the many whimsical sculptures dotting the desert terrain.

ANDY PARR NAMED ADMINISTRATOR OF COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 4, 2017 (San Diego) — Andy Parr has been appointed to serve as the County’s new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Administrator.  Parr is best known in East County as the former Fire Chief of the Lakeside Fire Protection District, where he served for 37 years including during the Cedar and Witch Creek wildfires. Most recently he served as EMS/Fire Liaison for the County Health and Human Services Agency.

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