March 2017 Articles

SAPS AT SEA PRESENTS: STAN AND OLLIE OFF TO WAR! JUNE 3

UPDATE:  Date changed to June 3

Source:  Saps at Sea

March 9, 2017 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the local Laurel & Hardy fan club, continues its 39th Anniversary Year on May 27 with a gathering of marvelous movie delights and hijinks!

READER'S EDITORIAL: BLM SHOULD TURN OVER DEED FOR TRANSFER OF SAN DIEGO'S LAST WILD HORSES

 

Editor’s note:  We first wrote about Kathleen Hayden’s efforts to restore the Coyote Canyon heritage herd of wild horses locally in January 2013. Read article. But in July 2013, she was served with an eviction notice and forced to  give up the last descendants of San Diego’s wild horses. Despite a 2012  support  letter from Congressman Darrell Issa and a 2014 letter from a genetics expert confirming that the horses are rare and of historic significance as descendants of Spanish Colonial horses,  the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has done nothing to protect or return them--and now is not turning over the deed of transfer, Hayden says  Now she has penned an open letter to  the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop questioning the legality of the transfer.

Dear Chairman Bishop,

Please investigate the transfer of the BLM Federal CA Coyote Canyon Wild Horse Herd area (20,000 acres)  to CA Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  In response to Ca State Senator Joel Anderson's request for the deed, Parks claim it doesn't exist.

SABERING MARKS OPENING OF BEVMO IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) – The grand opening of BevMo’s new store at 3777 Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon was heralded in with the “sabering” of a ceremonial champagne bottle.   Doug Ratto, EVP and Chief Merchant, wielded a sword to cut off the neck of the bottle to signfy store’s christening.

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND PERFORMS “AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES” APRIL 25 AT KROC THEATRE

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) – “We’re heading for a sold-out house!” says Chuck Brown with the San Diego Concert Band.  “Be among the ‘Last 100’ to get your tickets for the 28th annual Spring Celebration Concert – “Around the World in 90 Minutes” – presented by the San Diego Concert Band.  Don’t miss this musical travel log  as we visit Australia, England, Italy, Ireland, S. Korea, Spain, and other places.”

SOPHIE KENSINGTON'S GALLERY PRESENTS SECRET WORLDS APRIL 1

 

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Sleek Siamese (c) Mark Rimland 1997

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) - "Secret Worlds:  Celebrating National Autism Awareness Month" will feature the 1st public viewing of the original illustrations by Mark Rimland from the book The Secret Night World of Cats and the whimsical sculptures of the prolific ceramic artist Colby Jackson.

AZTECS BASEBALL RALLIES TO DOWN SAN JOSE STATE 5-4

 

Baseball scores twice in seventh to overcome one-run deficit

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Alan Trejo's single in the seventh drove home the winning run.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State took an early lead, but had to rally for a pair for runs in the bottom of the seventh to overcome a one-run deficit as it defeated San Jose State, 5-4, Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

SDSU LACROSSE DEFEATS BROWN 13-8

 

Seniors Ijeoma Ikpe, Alex Watson net hat tricks

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Ijeoma Ikpe notched five points on three goals and two assists.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State closed off its month-long homestand on a winning note Friday with a 13-8 victory over Brown in a non-conference game at Aztec Lacrosse Field.

AZTEC SOFTBALL'S RALLY COMES UP SHORT IN 5-3 LOSS TO SAN JOSE STATE

 

SDSU falls in series opener with SJSU

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Jenavee Peres had two hits, including a solo homer.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning but was unable to tie up the game in a 5-3 loss to San José State Friday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs dropped to 18-14 on the season and 2-5 in Mountain West play with their third consecutive loss, while the Spartans (23-10, 3-1 MW) won for the 13th time in 14 games.

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS SWEPT BY REBELS 7-0

 

SDSU drops first conference match to UNLV

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team hoped to turn its season around with the start of conference play, but fell to the Rebels 7-0 on Friday at the Aztec Tennis Center. UNLV remains perfect in conference play (3-0) while today’s loss marked the fifth straight for the Aztecs.

T-NO. 12 SDSU WATER POLO FALLS TO NO. 3 UCLA IN HAWAII

 

Aztecs drop 22-5 decision to Bruins at Hawai’i Invitational

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 31, 2017 (Honolulu) - T-No. 12 San Diego State dropped its first game of the Hawai’i Invitational, falling to third-ranked UCLA, 22-5, Thursday night at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex. The loss snapped the Aztecs’ two-game winning streak and lowered their record to 13-10 on the year.

SYCUAN BREAKS GROUND ON CASINO EXPANSION INCLUDING NEW HOTEL AND EVENTS CENTER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) –“This is truly our day. We’re here to celebrate,” Sycuan Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez told a packed house during a groundbreaking on the Sycuan reservation for the tribe’s casino expansion.

The ambitious project will include a 12-story hotel resort with 300 rooms,  adult pool with swim-up bar, kids pool,  gardens including a 420-foot-long “lazy river,” new restaurants , spa,  60,000 in additional gaming space, and a spacious 11,401 square foot ballroom that can double as concert hall seating 1,200 or banquet room  with capacity for 700. The $226 million, 500,000 square foot project is slated to open in 2019.

BIPARTISAN MEMBERS OF SENATE AND HOUSE INTRODUCE BILLS TO REGULATE POT LIKE ALCOHOL, GIVE TAX BREAKS TO MARIJUANA BUSINESSES

 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Republican member of House Ways and Means Committee, joins Rep. Earl Blumenauer as lead sponsor of tax reform bill

East County News Service

March 30, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives this week introduced seven measures to advance cannabis policy at the federal level. The bills covered a broad range of issues related to resolving tension between state and federal cannabis laws.

CHANGES APRIL 1ST FOR TAXES ON CIGARETTES AND ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES

 

Source: State Board of Equalization

March 30, 2017 (Sacramento) -- California voters approved Proposition 56, which increased the excise tax rate on cigarettes and expanded the definition of “tobacco products” to include any type of tobacco, nicotine, little cigars, and electronic cigarettes sold in combination with nicotine.

PHILANTHROPIST AND ENVIRONMENTALIST TOM STEYER SPEAKS APRIL 5 IN LA MESA

 

By Devorah Ann Fox

March 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – California philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer will speak at the La Mesa – Foothills Democratic Club meeting on Wednesday, April 5 at the La Mesa Recreation Center.  A 6:30 p.m. snack and social hour will precede his 7 p.m. speech and a question and answer period.

MAYOR WELLS LEADS EFFORT TO OPPOSE SANCTUARY STATE BILL, LAUNCH “SAFE CITIES” EFFORT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery and Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon )—El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is leading efforts among local officials opposed to Senate Bill 54, which would declare California a sanctuary state.  Officials from several local cities joined  Wells in a press conference March 29th at the El Cajon Police Department, where about 25 protesters who support the sanctuary measure also turned out.

Opponents of SB 54 claim it would make communities less safe and put federal funds at risk.  They have launched their own website, www.mayorsforsafecities.org

Critics disagree, and one local official contends that backers of the Safe Cities website have disseminated "alternative facts"  that mislead the public on SB 54.

SURVEY SHOWS LA MESA RESIDENTS THINK QUALITY OF LIFE IS GREAT, BUT WANT MORE PARK FACILITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – A survey conducted by the city of La Mesa found that 91% of residents rated quality of life in the city as good or excellent, with 87% satisfied with the city’s performance in providing municipal services.

SDSU WATER POLO: IOLI BENEKOU NAMED GCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 

Senior scored two game-winners last week

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 30, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior Ioli Benekou is the Golden Coast Water Polo Player of the Week, the league announced on Wednesday. The award is the second of her career and first since her freshman campaign in 2014.

SENATORS ATKINS AND LARA RELEASE DETAILS ON HEALTHY CALIFORNIA ACT: UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE PLAN TO GIVE CHOICES TO ALL STATE RESIDENTS

 

East County News Service

March 30, 2017 (Sacramento) — Today, Senators Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released details about their landmark Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562) to create universal health coverage for every California resident.

SDG&E IMPROVES BY UPGRADING SERVICE FOR 1,000TH MOBILE HOME CUSTOMER

 

Source:  SDG&E

March 29, 2017 (San Diego) — This week, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) along with local and state officials commemorated the 1,000th mobile home park residence to receive upgraded utility infrastructure. It is part of the Mobile Home Park Utility Upgrade Program that replaces aging energy systems that relied on one master meter for the entire park with new equipment connected directly to individual homes.

BOYS LACROSSE: HILLERS TOP SAINTS 7-2

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

March 29, 2017 (El Cajon) - Grossmont High varsity boys lacrosse faced the Saints of St. Augustine High tonight.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS STYMIED BY NO. 22 STANFORD

 

Aztecs drop seventh straight dual match

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

March 29, 2017 (Rancho Sante Fe) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team stepped off campus for a non-conference dual match against No. 22 Stanford on Wednesday, but came up on the wrong side of a 4-0 decision at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. With the loss, the Aztecs dropped their seventh in a row, falling to 5-12 on the year, while the Cardinal improve to 10-4 overall.

EAST COUNTY ROUND-UP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

 

March 29, 2017 (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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EAST COUNTY WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

 

March 29, 2017 (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.

WORLD

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EARTH DAY VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT IN STATE PARKS APRIL 22

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The California State Parks Foundation invites you to volunteer to help a local state park get ready for the summer season this Earth Day,  April 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Spring flowers have brought splashes of color across the sunny slopes and green pastures of parks around California. After a record-breaking season of winter rains, California’s state parks are flush with wildflowers and wildlife. Winter has transitioned to spring and that means it’s also time for some spring cleaning.  This year marks the 19th year of Earth Day spring cleaning in our state parks.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 1 - MAY 15

 

 

East County News Service

March 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes an anniversary party for the Anza Borrego Foundation, Julian Gold Rush Days, the Peg Leg Smith Liar’s Contest,  a harp concert,  veterans sharing history from the Korean War, and more.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Spring Carnival at Lake Jennings, Sweet Pea Day at Summers Past Farms, a Taste of Julian, Bunny Train Rides, an Eggstravaganza, a butterfly festival, and concerts by country music star Clint Black.

So scroll down for all of these events and many others!

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

THE EPIDEMIC OF RUSSIA SCANDAL DEATHS, DISAPPEARANCES & THAT DAMNED FALLING BATHTUB

 

By Shaun Mullen, originally published at The Moderate Voice, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Shaun Mullen was an award-winning editor and reporter who covered the Vietnam War, O.J. Simpson trials, Clinton impeachment, Osama bin Laden and more before turning to blogging and social commentary. He was a five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, covered 12 presidential campaigns and authored several books. Much of his work is archived and accessible online in the Shaun D. Mullen Journalism Papers in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

March 29, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- Just because people with connections to Donald Trump’s Russia scandal keep dying or disappearing unexpectedly does not necessarily mean that their heart attacks, assassinations in broad daylight, mysterious exits and other premature departures are any more than an uncanny number of coincidences. (Cough, cough.) But the guy authorities claim was critically injured when his bathtub fell on him on the eve of a court appearance that would have been deeply embarrassing to the Vladimir Putin regime who also happens to be a key witness in a U.S. fraud case took my conspiracy-averse, never-leap-to-conclusions investigative self over the top.

AZTECS BASEBALL SUFFERS 2-0 SHUTOUT AT USC

 

SDSU drops second game of season to Trojans

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Andrew Martinez had two hits against USC Tuesday night in Los Angeles.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 28, 2017 (Los Angeles) - For the second time in three weeks, USC held the San Diego State scoreless over nine innings, this time registering a 2-0 victory over SDSU Tuesday evening at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles. SDSU could not dent the run column in two meetings with the Trojans this season, losing by a 1-0 score line San Diego back on March 7.

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