April 2018 Articles

April 2018 Articles

WOMAN KILLED IN SPRING VALLEY CRASH

 

Updated May 2, 2018 with identity of the victim.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by ECM news partner 10 News

May 1, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Maria Cristina Duran, a 35-year-old mother from Spring Valley, was driving a blue Kia SUV westbound on State Route 94 this morning near the Kenwood Drive exit when she swerved to avoid hitting a Honda Civic that had pulled in front of her. She crashed onto the center divide and the vehicle overturned, CHP reports. 

Duran, who was wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene, says California Highway Patrol Officer Ben Demarest.

Her son, 17, and daughter, 12, both passengers in the Kia, were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

BILL WELLS, EL CAJON MAYOR AND CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, SUPPORTS REVOLT AGAINST “SANCTUARY STATE” LAW IN FOX TV INTERVIEWS

 

 

 

April 30, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Bill Wells, El Cajon Mayor and a Republican challenger to Rep. Duncan Hunter in the 50th  Congressional district,  has appeared on the FOX Business program "Risk and Reward" and FOX News Channel's "FOX and Friends" openly endorsing a growing revolt by Southern California cities against Senate Bill 54.  The mmeasure signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) last October declared the State of California as a "sanctuary state" for undocumented immigrants. It was passed in response to the Trump administration’s broad crackdown on undocumented immigrants including increased deportations.

BILL TO CONTROL HEALTHCARE COSTS DRAWS FIRE FROM PHYSICIANS’ GROUPS AND HOSPITALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2018 (Sacramento) – The state Assembly’s Health Committee has approved Assembly Bill 3087, the Health Care Price Relief Act. The controversial bill would create the California Health Care Cost, Quality and Equity Commission to set amounts that health plans, hospitals, doctors and other health providers may charge. 

FIRE AT CLOVER FLAT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
April 30, 2018 (Boulevard) -- Cal Fire reports a fire at Clover Flat Elementary School on Old Highway 80 earlier today seriously damaged a classroom and two outbuildings.
 
Some 100 students and faculty members were relocated to another location on the campus while firefighters worked to get the blaze under control.

BORREGO SPRINGS HELICOPTER CRASH INJURES THREE

 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
April 30, 2018 (Borrego Springs) -- Emergency response vehicles from Cal Fire, the San Diego County Sheriff, Borrego Fire, and State Parks were called to the scene this afternoon of a helicopter crash north of Borrego Air Ranch airstrip, east of Borrego on Stinson Road at about 1:30 p.m.

READER’S EDITORIAL: SAFETY CONCERNS REGARDING BUS ROUTES AGREEMENT BETWEEN GROSSMONT AND ALPINE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICTS

 

An open letter to the Grossmont-Union High School District governing board asserts changes led to “very late buses, lost children” and other serious problems

By Holly Hernandez, California School Employees Association President, Chapter 607 Alpine

April 30, 2018 (Alpine) -- CSEA has concerns with transportation issues that have been reoccurring since last Tuesday April 10th, 2018.

During Bargaining on April 12th, 2018, it was voiced by Holly Hernandez that GUHSD would not be able to go to four routes in Alpine. After four days of drastically failing at the attempt to comply with only four bus routes, the following occurred; very late buses, lost children, routes getting to bus stops in the mornings very early because of last minute route changes, parents not being notified of changes, incorrect student rosters, kindergartners being on the bus for up to 1 hr. 45 minutes, and very worried and frustrated students and parents.

ART DAYS: FAMILY ART FESTIVAL MAY 19 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

April 30, 2018 (Lemon Grove) - San Diego County Library’s Lemon Grove branch is partnering with the City of Lemon Grove for the second  annual Art Days: Family Art Festival. The event takes place in front of the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane) on May 19 from 1-3 p.m.  The highlight will be an engaging community art project, led by local artist Ben DeHart. Art Days allows the community to get creative and participate in a variety of explorative art options, including button making and painting.

LMSV SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DAVID CHONG TAKES FIRE FOR HIS COMMENTS AS GUN SHOP OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2018 (La Mesa) – Remarks made by La Mesa School Board president and gun shop owner David Chong in a video on his Facebook page are drawing criticism from some parents and teachers, bringing gun issues to the November reelection campaign.

JIM STIERINGER ANNOUNCES FOR STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

 

East County News Service

April 30, 2018 (La Mesa) - Former La Mesa City Treasurer Jim Stieringer announced that he has joined the crowded field for election to the Fourth District State Board of Equalization. Incumbent Dianne Harkey has announced that she will seek election to the 49th Congressional District seat currently held by Congressman Darrel Issa. The Fourth District includes one fourth of the entire state including San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Imperial and San Bernardino Counties.

MERCHANTS CRY FOUL OVER FARMER’S MARKET SURVEY AND VOICE CONCERNS OVER DEBTS OWED BY EVENT'S PROMOTER, AARON DEAN

 

 

 

Updated April 30, 2018:  The city has rescinded $3,400 in fines and administrative citations on Depot Springs after finding the property in "substantial compliance" April 26, for violations and citations dating from 11/30/17 through 4/11/18.

Also comments from city manager Yvonne Garrett on availability of the existing Farmer's Market site have been added.

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – Numerous merchants in La Mesa’s downtown village are calling for the City Council to reconsider its vote to move the Farmer’s Market to the heart of the village on Friday nights. Some say they were never contacted, while others contend they were deceived  in a survey sent around by the La Mesa Village Association (LMVA) about which night of the week the market would be held, and/or about the inclusion of food trucks. One says that her survey was forged—with even her name misspelled.

 Several long-time merchants are also raising concerns over the financial stability of Aaron Dean, president of the La Mesa Village Merchants Association which is currently set to takeover management of the Farmer’s Market from the City of La Mesa starting the first Friday in May, on a six-month trial basis.

SDSU BASEBALL COMPLETES SWEEP OF UNLV WITH 4-2 WIN

 

Aztecs have won five in a row and eight of its last nine

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy Ernie Anderson

April 29, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team completed a three-game sweep of UNLV on Sunday afternoon and extended its season-best winning streak to five after defeating the Rebels, 4-2, at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU improves to 30-14 (13-7 Mountain West) on the year, while UNLV drops to 29-17 (10-11 MW).

TAYLOR SCORES GAME-WINNER 23 SECONDS INTO OVERTIME AS SDSU LACROSSE WINS BACK-AND-FORTH AGAINST UCD FOR MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

Cover photo:  sophomore Morgan Taylor had four goals, including the game winner 23 seconds into overtime.

April 29, 2018 (San Diego) - Today’s game, win or lose, marked a milestone for SDSU lacrosse as it was the first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title game in program history.  The Aztecs had only the Aggies of UC Davis blocking their way to glory.

SHELBY THOMPSON'S WALK-OFF HOMER LIFTS AZTEC SOFTBALL PAST COLORADO STATE 3-2

 

SDSU wins in extra innings to claim series  

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Shelby Thompson's walk-off homer in the 10th inning lifted SDSU past Colorado State, 3-2.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 29, 2018 (San Diego) - Shelby Thompson led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run to lift San Diego State to a 3-2 win over Colorado State Sunday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium. The win gave the Aztecs (16-29, 7-11 MW) the series over the Rams (25-16, 9-9 MW).

SDSU WATER POLO CRUISES TO 8-5 WIN OVER AZUSA PACIFIC AT GCC TOURNEY

 

Aztecs jump out to 7-0 lead and never look back to win third-place game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 29, 2018 (Los Angeles) - Third-seeded and 21st-ranked San Diego State scored the first seven goals en route to an 8-5 victory over fourth-seeded Azusa Pacific in the third-place game of the Golden Coast Championship Sunday afternoon at LMU’s Burns Aquatics Center.

SDSU ROWING MEDALS AT WIRA CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Aztecs log second, third and first place finishes on Lake Natoma

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 29, 2018 (Gold River, Calif.) - The San Diego State women’s rowing team competed in its final events at the WIRA Championships on Sunday, April 29, on Lake Natoma where in Sunday’s final events, the Aztecs logged a second place finish in the varsity eight, third in the second varsity eight and first place in the varsity four.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE’S CAMPAIGN SAVES ABANDONED PUPPY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2018 (Spring Valley) – You could say that 71st Assembly district candidate James Elia’s campaign is going to the dogs – after adopting an abandoned dachshund puppy.

After a doggedly determined day of canvassing precincts, Assembly candidate James Elia says some volunteers wanted to call it a day.  But he adds, “I believe in a little thing called fate.” 

LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST SDG&E OVER POWERLINE EASEMENTS: ATTORNEYS SEEK OTHER IMPACTED PROPERTY OWNERS IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Screenshots, KUSI Turko Files

April 30, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Several property owners have filed lawsuits against SDG&E over negative impacts from the utility’s plan to widen easements to 15 feet on each side of power lines in communities including Pine Valley, Descanso and Alpine.

SDSU TRACK & FIELD: ASHLEY HENDERSON BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD IN THE 100M DASH

 

Aztecs cracked the top-ten all-time in six events

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (Tucson) - The San Diego State Track & Field team wrapped up their regular outdoor season by rewriting the record book Saturday evening at the Desert Heat Classic at the University of Arizona. Senior standout Ashley Henderson set a new school record in the 100 meter dash, finishing in 10.98 seconds.

SDSU WATER POLO UNABLE TO OVERTAKE LMU AT GCC TOURNEY

 

Aztecs rally to tie game in third quarter, but cannot complete comeback

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (Los Angeles) - Third-seeded and 21st-ranked San Diego State found itself trailing after one quarter and battled back to tie the score twice in the third quarter, but could not complete the comeback, ultimately falling to second-seeded and No. 15 Loyola Marymount 10-7 in the semifinal round of the Golden Coast Championship Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.

SDSU'S NICK BAWDEN SELECTED ON THIRD DAY OF 2018 NFL DRAFT

 

Detroit Lions select Aztec FB in the seventh round

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (Arlington, Texas) - San Diego State fullback Nick Bawden, who logged the second most snaps nationally at fullback in 2017, was selected by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

SDSU SOFTBALL POWERS PAST COLORADO STATE 6-2

 

Aztecs even series with Rams

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Molly Sturdivant hit a grand slam in SDSU's 6-2 win over Colorado State.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (San Diego) - Molly Sturdivant capped a five-run first inning with a grand slam and the San Diego State pitching staff allowed just two hits in a 6-2 victory over Colorado State Saturday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs (15-29, 6-11 MW) and the Rams (25-15, 9-8 MW) each have one win in the series ahead of Sunday’s rubber game.

SDSU BASEBALL ERASES FIVE-RUN DEFICIT IN 7-6 WIN OVER UNLV

 

SDSU extends its winning streak to a season-best four games

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team captured a series win over UNLV on Saturday night, defeating the Rebels 7-6 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs improve to 29-14 on the year and 12-7 in the Mountain West while UNLV falls to 29-16 and 10-10 in conference play.

AZTEC ROWING PARTICIPATES IN WIRA CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMS

 

SDSU races for lanes Saturday on Lake Natoma

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (Gold River, Calif.) - San Diego State’s women’s rowing raced in the preliminary events of the WIRA Championships Saturday morning on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Aztecs earned lane two in the varsity eight, the third lane in the second varsity eight and the first lane position in the varsity four for Sunday’s final races.

THE WIZARD OF OZ REVIEW: EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH APRIL 26 - MAY 5: IT TAKES COURAGE TO SHINE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

April 28, 2018 (El Cajon) -  Among the buildings when El Cajon Valley opened its doors in 1955 was The Little Theatre, a building that stands by itself. I've really grown to like the little building over the past few years. It's the only school I've been to with anything like this. In the next year or two it will be demolished for a bigger and better (in some views), events center to house band, drama and Associated Student Body (ASB).

If you have performed in this theatre, you may want to come out to a show soon. Introduce your children or grandchildren to a place of fond memories which will not be around much longer.

BENNETT LEADS SDSU WATER POLO TO 7-6 WIN OVER CBU AT GCC TOURNEY

 

 

Bennett records hat trick, draws nine exclusions

Source:  goaztecs.com

Video courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (Los Angeles) - Third-seeded and 21st-ranked San Diego State rallied from a first-quarter deficit, tied the game in the third and received the game-winner from freshman Emily Bennett to defeat sixth-seeded and No. 22 California Baptist, 7-6, Friday morning in the quarterfinal round of the Golden Coast Championship.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS FALLS TO WYOMING IN MW QUARTERFINAL

 

Fourth-seeded Aztecs drop 4-1 decision to fifth-seeded Cowgirls

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (Boise) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team traveled to Boise, Idaho, this weekend to compete at the 2018 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship, where the fourth-seeded Aztecs dropped a 4-1 decision to fifth-seeded Wyoming in Friday’s quarterfinals at the Appleton Tennis Center.

SDSU LACROSSE DEFEATS FRESNO STATE IN MPSF SEMIFINAL 16-6

 

Aztecs’ Harlowe Steele (left) nets sixth hat trick in last nine games

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State lacrosse team exploded for 11 goals in the first half en route to a 16-6 conquest of Fresno State in the semifinal game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship on Friday at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

AZTECS SOFTBALL STOPPED BY COLORADO STATE 3-0

 

SDSU leaves nine on base in 3-0 setback

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Molly Sturdivant had two of SDSU's five hits in a 3-0 loss to Colorado State on Friday night.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego State was unable to come up with the key hits in a 3-0 loss to Colorado State in the series opener Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium.

The Rams (25-14, 9-7 MW) scored all three of their runs in the top of the first inning before being held in check the rest of the game by Aztec (14-29, 5-11 MW) pitcher Marissa Moreno.

SDSU BASEBALL WINS PITCHERS' DUEL OVER UNLV 1-0

 

SDSU has allowed one run over its last three games

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 28, 2018 (San Diego) - The San Diego State baseball team logged its second shutout over its last three games to defeat UNLV 1-0 in a series-opening contest at Tony Gwynn Stadium Friday night. SDSU grows its lead over UNLV to a game-and-a-half in the Mountain West standings and improves to 28-14 (11-8 MW), while UNLV drops to 29-15 (10-9 MW).

MANZANITA HIGH RENDEZVOUS AT LAKE MORENA MAY 11-13 AND MAY 18-19

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 27, 2018 (Lake Morena) – Step back in time and see history come alive at the Manzanita High Rendezvous.  The authentic mountain man encampment with characters from the early 1800s will be open to the public May 11-13 and May 18-19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  at the Northcote Ranch near Lake Morena.

See and participate in tomahawk and knife throwing, archery, black powder shooting and more. Traders sell their goods, story tellers spin their yarns and there is fun for the whole family.  In addition to day visitors, period campers may register ahead at www.Manzanita Rendezvous.com.

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