May 2018 Articles

May 2018 Articles

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WHO’S THERE?

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2018 (Jamul) – At the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in Jamul, talented wildlife photographer Debbie Ekhaml has been documenting a nest with four Great Horned Owls fledglings.

“Four is really amazing,” she says, adding that the species normally has two or three offspring at a time.

These large, nocturnal birds are found across our regional and can be identified by the tufts of feathers resembling horns. You may hear their distinctive “Hoo -H-Hoo” call after dark. 

SDSU BASEBALL FINISHES REGULAR SEASON WITH 12-10 LOSS AT NEVADA

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 19, 2018 (Reno) - Despite a four-run eighth inning, the San Diego State baseball's late-inning comeback attempt fell short against Nevada on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 12-10 decision at Peccole Park.

JAMUL'S PREMIER WINE FESTIVAL JUNE 30TH TO BENEFIT ST. PIUS PARISH

 

East County News Service

May 19, 2018 (Jamul) - The best of San Diego County’s wineries, fabulous food, and vintner insights on wine production are on tap at the third annual St. Pius X Catholic Church Wine Tasting Festival Saturday, June 30, 6–9 p.m., at The Grove at D&S Farms, home to Granite Lion Cellars. All proceeds will benefit Jamul’s St. Pius X parish improvement fund and youth programs.

STUDENTS PERSUADE LAWMAKERS TO DECLARE CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo CC Flicker/Jeffrey Grandy

May 18, 2018 (Salt Lake City) – Students mobilizing on gun violence issues have captured headlines nationwide. But another student-led effort has yielded tangible results: in Utah, one of the most conservative stations in the U.S., a coalition of students persuaded the Utah Legislature to adopt a resolution declaring climate change real and committing to strive for solutions.

SDSU BASEBALL SLIPPED UP AT NEVADA

 

SDSU will be No. 2 seed in next week's MW Tournament

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 18, 2018 (Reno) - The San Diego State baseball team suffered a 13-3 defeat against Nevada on Friday night at Peccole Park. Nevada (28-22, 19-9 MW) clinched its second regular-season Mountain West Championship in the last four years with the win, while SDSU (36-18, 18-11 MW) will be the No. 2 seed in next week's Mountain West Baseball Tournament at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

DISPENSARY APPLICANT FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNCILMAN ARAMBULA AND CITY OF LEMON GROVE OVER ASSAULT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 18, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – Christopher Williams has filed a lawsuit against Lemon Grove Councilman David Arambula alleging that during a meeting at Arambula’s home on July 15, 2017  to discuss Williams’ applications for marijuana dispensaries, Arambula assaulted and injured Williams. 

The suit also names the city of Lemon Grove, claiming the city knew that Arambula conducted city business outside of city hall and “could be physically violent toward members of the public while he conducted official city business but never took any action to prevent him from acting in such a manner.” 

CUYAMACA COLLEGE OPENS NEW VINEYARD FOR GROUNDBREAKING VITICULTURE PROGRAM

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

May 18, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) - A new half-acre vineyard at Cuyamaca College that is part of a groundbreaking viticulture apprenticeship program to meet a growing demand for skilled workers in the region’s wine making industry will be officially dedicated on June 4.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: LARRY WILSKE, RETIRED NAVY SEAL RUNNING FOR ASSEMBLY

 

 

May 18, 2018 (San Diego's East County)-- Larry Wilske is a retired Navy Seal, running as a Republican challenger to incumbent Randy Voepel in the 71st Assembly district. Voepel, also a Republican, is facing allegations of "stolen valor" or inflating his military record.

Wilske belives integrity is the core issue in his race against Voepel. In our interview aired originally on KNSJ Radio, Wilske talks about the ethics concerns, as well as his stances on issues impacting California statewide such as education, sanctuary state laws, and healthcare.

A resident of Descanso in San Diego's East County, he also shared his views on rural issues including fire preparedness, water, power shut offs and jobs.  Hear our full interview with Larry Wilske by clicking here.

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FIESTA TIME! HACIENDA CASA BLANCA IN EL CAJON OPENS NEW OUTDOOR PATIO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 18, 2018 (El Cajon) – Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Hacienda Casa Blanco opened up its new outdoor patio earlier this month.  The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the occasion, where  Chamber members savored margaritas, festive music and authentic Mexican dishes.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: FINANCIAL TIPS FROM JONATHAN ZIDE, CABRILLO CREDIT UNION VICE PRESIDENT

 


 

By Miriam Raftery

May 18, 2018 (San Diego) – What should consumers know about saving money and choosing a financial institution?  What’s the difference between credit unions and big banks?  When does a home equity line of credit make sense, and what are new options when shopping and financing a car?

These are among the questions East County Magazine asked Jonathan Zide, vice president of Cabrillo Credit Union, which has branches in La Mesa, San Diego and Carlsbad. The local company has been serving our region since 1955, starting out helping federal Border Patrol agents. Today, it’s open to everyone.

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MUGSHOT.COM OWNERS ARRESTED FOR CHARGING FEES TO REMOVE ARREST PHOTOS OFF INTERNET

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Mugshots.com owners Thomas Keesee (left) and Sahar Sarid (right)

May 17, 2018 (Sacramento) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft against four defendants who are allegedly behind the “exploitative” website Mugshots.com. The owners of Mugshot.com, arrested in Florida, now have their own booking mugshots and face prosecution in California.

COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY’S PROPOSED 2019 RATE INCREASE IS SMALLEST IN YEARS

 

Successful litigation and Rate Stabilization Fund benefit ratepayers

Source: County Water Authority

May 17, 2018 (San Diego) -- Water rate increases proposed by the San Diego County Water Authority staff for 2019 are among the smallest in the past 15 years due to financial benefits secured through litigation against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Water Authority’s planned use of its Rate Stabilization Fund.

SDSU BASEBALL COMPLETES COMEBACK IN SERIES OPENER AT NEVADA TO CLAIM 12-7 WIN

 

Aztecs score nine unanswered runs to jump to a half-game back for first place in conference standings

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 17, 2018 (Reno) - The San Diego State baseball team overcame a pair of four-run deficits to defeat Nevada on the road Friday night 12-7. The Aztecs, now 18-10 in the Mountain West, are a half-game behind the first-place standing Wolf Pack, which fell to 18-9 in league play.

READER’S EDITORIAL: A PLEA TO GOVERNOR BROWN – PROTECT US FROM THE WILDFIRES THAT THREATEN US MOST. IT’S NOT ABOUT THE FORESTS.

 

Twelve recommendations to protect communities from wildfire, based on science and needs of our families and greatest risk

By the Chaparral Institute

Photo: Devastation of the Fountaingrove II community in Santa Barbara during the 2017 Tubbs fire was predictable. The area had burned in 1964 and the city was warned by its own planning department that the area was too dangerous to build homes in, but development was approved despite not following general plan guidelines.

May 17, 2018 (Escondido) -- The lead purpose of Governor Brown’s Executive Order of May 10, 2018 is to “Protect Communities from Wildfire.” The order emphasizes that “eight of the state’s 20 most destructive fires have occurred in the past four years.”

DEPUTY AIDS WOMAN HELD AT GUNPOINT IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s Deputy Parrot was patrolling on Felicita Avenue in Spring Valley this morning when he saw a man exit the backseat of a parked vehicle and a woman standing nearby. When the Deputy approached, he noticed the woman “silently asking for help,” according to Sergeant. K. Cartie.

ECM PADRES REPORT: ERROR COSTS PADRES GAME ONE AGAINST BUCS

 

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By Liz Alper

Photo:  Eric Hosmer drove in an RBI in the Padres' loss to the Pirates.  Via @Padres on Twitter

May 17, 2018 (Pittsburgh) - The Padres are finally getting some variety in their schedule with an East coast road trip to face the Pirates.  Eric Lauer started on the mound against Chad Kuhl for Pittsburgh.

CHAPARRAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT KILLED BY TROLLEY IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2018 (El Cajon) – A 16-year-old student walking on the trolley tracks near the Roadway Inn in El Cajon was struck and killed by the trolley  around 8 p.m.Tuesday night.

According to a GoFundMe website set up by a teacher to help the family pay for medical expenses, the victim was a sophomore and captain of the basketball team at Chaparral High School.

El Cajon Police and paramedics responded, but the victim, Harley Groleau, was declared dead at the scene.

FULL LANE CLOSURES ON SR-163 THROUGH MISSION VALLEY BEGIN MONDAY

 

Source: CalTrans

May 17, 2018 (San Diego) --  Construction crews will close all lanes of northbound State Route 163 (SR-163) between Interstate 8 and Genesee Avenue Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday night from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. The closure is needed so can remove the bridge abutments on the Friars Road overcrossing including the sign panels. The work closure includes the possibility of closing all lanes of southbound SR-163, within the same project limits, Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. At no time will the freeway close in both directions at the same time. The work is part of the SR-163 Friars Road Interchange Project. 

TRAFFIC ALERT: FATALITY CRASH CLOGS I-8 WEST

 

Update May 18, 2018: Sajjad Hameed Ismael, 20, driver of 2001 Toyota, has been charged with felony hit and run causing death/injury, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license. He was also booked on outstanding warrants.

East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

May 17, 2018 (San Diego) -- Four lanes of Interstate 8 West at Waring Road in the College area are expected to remain closed this evening for investigation and clean-up following a fatality crash. The multi-vehicle collision that occurred this afternoon killed a passenger in a Toyota Avalon and has prompted a SIG Alert.

According to the Cailfornia  Highway Patrol, the Avalon driver struck a slow-moving vehicle and veered onto a hill, struck several trees and then rolled back down onto the freeway.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 19-JUNE 29

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes America on Main Street in El Cajon, the Manzanita High Rendezvous at Lake Morena, the Ramona Rodeo,  a bike ride at Lindo Lakes, a salute to military families at Lake Morena, customer appreciation days at the Garden,  Rock and Roar at Lions, Tigers and Bears, and Stars on the Water in concert in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, Laurel and Hardy comedy night in Spring Valley, a stockroom speakeasy in Alpine, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, Fido Fest in Santee, outdoor movies in county parks, a Secret Garden Party at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, San Diego Concert Band in concert, a Taste of La Mesa, Santee’s summer concert series, and a heritage quilt show in Julian.

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

EL CAJON LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN ON THE DANGERS OF LEAVING KIDS AND PETS IN HOT CARS

 

Source: City of El Cajon

May 17, 2018 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon has launched the Stay Cool El Cajon campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving children and pets in hot cars. Last year in the United States, 43 children died as a result of being left in hot vehicles. Since 1984, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars.

BARON’S MARKET KICKS OFF SUMMER WITH STOCKROOM SPEAKEASY MAY 30 IN ALPINE

 

Backroom Beer Pairing to feature imaginative brews from Temecula’s Aftershock Brewing; proceeds benefit animal rescue charities

East County News Service

May 17, 2018 (Alpine) - Summer calls for sipping on refreshing brews in great company. On May 30, you can do just that when Barons Market teams up with Temecula’s Aftershock Brewing to pair tasty beers with delectable dishes at each of its seven Southern California grocery stores for its summer-themed Backroom Beer Pairing. Often with sell-out crowds, Baron’s Backroom Beer Pairings transform Barons Market’s loading docks and stock rooms into food and local brew speakeasies.

CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA, SANTEE HONOR MILITARY FAMILIES AT MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT ON MAY 23

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2018 (East County) – The San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will honor the community’s military personnel and their families with free food and entertainment at its annual Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, May 23.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

May 16, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to 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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A SALUTE TO REDS, WHITE AND BREWS IN RAMONA

 

By Liz Orient

May 16, 2018 (Ramona) -- The historic town of Ramona is well known for its wineries and breweries. Mom and Pop brewing companies hold a special place in my heart and I love their genuine character. If you are looking for the same experience, look no further than Reds, Whites and Brews in downtown Ramona.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

May 16, 2018 (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:

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STATE

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EAST COUNTY ARTISTS CELEBRATED IN NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

 

A local take on Humans of New York; book launch event July 19 at Warwick's La Jolla at 7:30 p.m.

By Jennifer Coburn

May 16, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - We’ve all seen how projects like the popular blog and book Humans of New York connects people through photography. Real people are seen through a new lens as they share their life experiences. Snapshots and text serve as a means to share universal truth through unique images.

San Diego artist and photographer Jennifer G. Spencer is adding a new photographic element to this conversation with the release of her new book THE ARTIST PORTRAIT PROJECT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMOIR OF PORTRAIT SESSIONS WITH SAN DIEGO ARTISTS (She Writes Press, July 12, 2018). Eleven of the artists live right here in East County, including La Mesa residents: Dottie Korn-Davis, David Beck-Brown, Suda House, Chris Lee, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Jess Dominguez, and Mary Lynn Dominguez; El Cajon residents Ellen Phillips, Ron Tatro, and Bill Mosley; and Spring Valley resident Kim Knox. 

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