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EL CAJON’S HOUSING ELEMENT REZONING PROGRAM: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS; COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 5

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ANTHONY MOSTARDO, DIRECTOR OF THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

A REVOLUTION OF STRUGGLE CONTINUES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EAST COUNTY

EL CAJON SETS DEC. 13 PUBLIC HEARING ON MARIJUANA GROWING BAN

NEW TRUMP APPOINTMENTS RAISE ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS

SANTA ANA WINDS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

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

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EL CAJON’S HOUSING ELEMENT REZONING PROGRAM: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS; COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 5

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2016 (El Cajon) — A notice from the city of El Cajon today announces that a Draft Environmental Impact Report on the city’s proposed Housing Element Rezoning Program is available for public review and written comment starting December 5th through January 19th.

A community open house is set for January 5th from 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch Library (201 East Douglas) meeting room to discuss the project, the California Environmental Quality Act public review process and the content and findings of the draft EIR.

A REVOLUTION OF STRUGGLE CONTINUES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EAST COUNTY

 

Fleeing violence in Syria, some fear homelessness in U.S.

By Rachel Williams

December 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Within the Villas of Embasadora, a motel in El Cajon, Syrian refugees have converted their rooms into makeshift homes where it’s cheaper for families of eight, or eleven to survive, than in San Diego’s public housing where costs have risen sharply.

EL CAJON SETS DEC. 13 PUBLIC HEARING ON MARIJUANA GROWING BAN

 

 

East County News Service

December 1,  2016 (El Cajon) –El Cajon’s City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday,  December 13 at 3 p.m. in Council Chambers (200 Civic Center Way) to consider extending an ordinance banning outdoor marijuana growing for the next year.

Following passage of Proposition 64, the statewide ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana including growing up to six plants per household,  El Cajon’s City Council on Nov. 15 passed an emergency ordinance banning outdoor growing of marijuana plants until Dec. 30 in all zones within the city.  The hearing on Dec. 31 would be on a proposal to extend that ban until  Nov.14, 2017.

PET SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP THE HO, HO, HO IN HOLIDAYS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

December 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - ‘Tis the season to dig out those boxes of decorations, blow the dust off of them and start hanging all those lights, stockings, tinsel, garland and everything else that puts you in the holiday spirit. Just make sure your pets don’t put a “bah, humbug” into your plans this time of year.

SANTA ANA WINDS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

 

East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

November 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A potentially strong Santa Ana weather pattern will develop Thursday evening, bringing strong Santa Ana winds Thursday night through Saturday. Sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour and gusts over 65 mph are possible in the windiest locations, including Highway 8 in San Diego County from Alpine to the Imperial County border.

PASSAGES: VICTIM IN RAMONA CRASH WAS SKATEBOARD LEGEND VICTOR EARHART, 70

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29,  2016 (Ramona)—The motorcyclist killed Friday morning on Highway 79 in Santa Ysabel in a collision with a Prius has been identified as Victor Earhart,  70, a prominent skateboarder who inspired fans of all ages. 

Sector 9, a skateboard company where Earhart worked and performed as a team writer,  posted a  tribute titled “Legends Never Die” that praised him as “a great ambassador for skateboarding and a legend to many. He was always down to ride skateboards rain or shine, dirt or asphalt. He was very loved by all and will be sorely missed in the skateboard community.”

WITNESSES SOUGHT TO FATAL HIT AND RUN IN LAKE MURRAY AREA

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (La Mesa) — Ronald Barrios, a 51-year-old father of four, has died of injuries caused by a hit-and-run driver who was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking on Blue Lake Drive near Jackson Street in the Lake Murray area on Saturday at around 5:45 a.m.

HIKERS RESCUED AFTER OVERNIGHT ORDEAL

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

November 28,2016 (Dehesa) — Three hikers were stranded overnight in Sloan Canyon near Dehesa after one fell and injured his head on Saturday.

A rescue helicopter was unable to fly due to a storm. Drenched by the deluge in chilly temperatures, the hikers were rescued the next morning by a Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team which used ropes and pulleys to bring them to safety.

EAST COUNTY CREATES REGIONAL HOMELESS TASK FORCE

 

East County News Service

November 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The newly created San Diego East County Regional Homeless Task Force held its first meeting in mid-November at the El Cajon Police Department. 

The effort is being spear-headed by the San Diego-East County Chamber of Commerce with support from civic leaders, educators, religious and other nonprofit organizations, social service providers and law enforcement. City managers from La Mesa, El Cajon and Lemon Grove and about 100 others attended the inaugural meeting.

STORMS SOAK REGION; HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  UCSD HP Wren camera on Mt. Laguna

November 27, 2016 (San Diego's East County) --The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for our mountain and desert regions through tonight,with gusts up to 65 miles an hour possible.  If traveling watch for downed trees and power lines, blowing sand, rain-slicked highways and icy conditions in higher mountain areas.

Drought-parched mountain areas in East County have received welcome relief from a pair of storms that swooped into the region over the weekend.

As of 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the National Weather Service reports over 2.4 inches of rain fell at Lake Cuyamaca, with nearly 1.7 inches at Julian. Snow has fallen on taller mountain peaks, including over an inch on Mount Laguna.

RAIN, STRONG WINDS, HIGH SURF AND SNOW TO IMPACT REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Rain, thunderstorms and high winds are forecast starting Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening to cap off Thanksgiving weekend. Up to three inches of snow is possible above 5,500 feet, with rain-slicked highways expected to slow holiday travelers in lower elevations.

HIGH TIME FOR QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AS PROP 64 PASSAGE PLACES MARIJUANA IN LIMELIGHT

 

By Thea Skinner

November 25, 2016 (San Diego) - Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), approved by voters, legalizes recreational use of marijuana in California, where legal medical use continues for some two decades.  Legalization of recreational pot is raising questions from cities, landlords, employers and marijuana users.  Just what are the rights and limitations under California’s new law?

SYRIAN REFUGEES THANKFUL FOR NEW LIVES IN SAN DIEGO REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

November 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The youngest survivors of Syria’s civil war are a traumatized generation.  In the U.S., 80% of the 10,000 Syrian refugees admitted in 2016 are children—and nearly all have suffered unspeakable trauma. 

BLACK FRIDAY IS HERE, SANTA'S ON HIS WAY; TIME TO CHECK RECEIPTS

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Black Friday is coming. Santa is readying the reindeer.

That means the “shop ‘til you drop” holiday season is back! It also means it’s time to remember to double-check your receipts when you hit the stores so you don’t get overcharged by faulty cash-register price scanners.

VETERANS LED BY WESLEY CLARK JR. TO DEPLOY DEC. 4-7 TO SUPPORT STANDING ROCK WATER PROTECTORS AGAINST MILITARIZED POLICE

 

By Miriam Raftery

“Bring body armor, gas masks, earplugs (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons…if we don’t stop it, who will?”—Wesley Clark Jr., a veteran and son of retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark Sr., former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

November 23, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) – Nearly 1,000 U.S. military veterans have signed to join  Veterans for Standing Rock December 4-7 to support Native American tribes standing up to protect clean water and halt the Dakota Access oil pipeline that they fear will burst and contaminate the Missouri River.  The pipeline also desecrates sacred Standing Rock Sioux sites.

The water protector activists have faced brutality at the hands of a militarized police force in recent days, including spraying a water cannon in below-freezing temperatures.  Three hundred people have been injured and 26 hospitalized, including a 21-year-old girl hit by a concussion grenade whose bone was shattered and now faces possible amputation of her arm.

OCOTILLO TURBINE COLLAPSE: INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Jim Pelley

November 22, 2016 (Ocotillo) – Ocotillo Wind Energy has issued a statement on its website after collapse of a massive wind turbine Monday at its Ocotillo, California site.  The statement indicates the turbine fell within the designed setback zone and no one was injured. Officials say they are working closely with Siemens, the manufacturer, to identify the cause of the failure, with a “full investigation” underway.   The company said safety is its “first priority” and that more information will be released as it becomes available, KYMA TV reports.

ALLAN GOETZ NAMED GHD REPRESENTATIVE TO GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CORPORATION BOARD

 

East County News Service

Nov. 21, 2016 (East County) – Spring Valley resident Allan Goetz has been approved to serve on the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC) board of directors as a representative of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). GHC is the legal entity for the hospital lease agreement between Sharp HealthCare and GHD, the East County public agency that serves as landlord of the hospital’s property and buildings on behalf of taxpayers.

WIND TURBINE COLLAPSES IN OCOTILLO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jim Pelley

November 21, 2016 (Ocotillo) – A 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed this morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor.

Photographer Jim Pelley, an Ocotillo resident, says 30 minutes after the collapse, the other 111 turbines were still spinning and no one from Pattern Energy had arrived.  Around an hour or more after the collapse, Pattern arrived and deenergized the entire project.

PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR TO SPEAK SATURDAY IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2016 (Casa de Oro) -- Pearl Harbor Day is coming up on December 7th, a day to recall the worst attack on U.S. soil when the Japanese air force bombed an American air base in Hawaii during World War II.

There are very few survivors of Pearl Harbor left to tell their tales. But on Saturday, November 26th at 10 a.m., Pearl Harbor survivor Stuart Hedley, a Navy veteran, will give a presentation at the Casa de Oro Library in Spring Valley (9805 Campo Rd., #180).   Hedley was aboard a U.S. ship that was bombed and will share harrowing tales of survival and heroism.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE NEW RULES FOR FOOD SAFETY AT WINERIES AND BREWERIES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2016 (San Diego)-- County Supervisors adopted new rules Wednesday aimed at making sure people are safe when they visit the region’s hopping number of breweries and wineries and decide to have a burger with their brew or more than just a little cheese with their wine.

Supervisors voted 4-0 to adopt an ordinance and two new permits that will apply food-safety rules found in restaurants to caterers hired to serve food at breweries, wineries and other businesses.

PASSAGES: DR .RICHARD BUTCHER, 77, HEALTHCARE HERO

 

Hear our 2015 radio interview with Dr. Butcher:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/9ljhcdy6y7/Newsmaker-RichardButcherMD-heal...

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18,  2016 (El  Cajon)—Dr. Richard O.  Butcher,  77, an El Cajon resident and  prominent San Diego physician honored nationally for his dedication to serving patients in poor and minority communities,  died of heart failure Saturday while attending the American Medical Association’s annual meeting in Florida.

Dr. Butcher was  highly respected in San Diego’s medical, philanthropic and sports communities,  as well as at the national  level.   Last year, he received the National Medical Association’s Practitioner of the Year Award.

FALL IN LOVE: DOGS AND CATS FOR HALF PRICE THIS WEEKEND AT COUNTY SHELTERS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- It’s the season to “fall” in love with a warm and fuzzy cat or dog at County Animal Services. It’s offering a “Fall in Love” half-price adoption special on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

As part of a 90-day pilot project, all three of the County’s shelters are open on Sundays, except for holidays. So feel free to stop by between 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on either day and you may possibly meet the unconditional love of your life.

ALPINE MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Alpine) — A 55-year-old Alpine man died yesterday in a solo motorcycle accident.  He was riding a Harley Davidson westbound on Japatul Road near Hidden Glen Road at 2:36 p.m. when the vehicle crossed the yellow lines onto the dirt shoulder and struck an embankment, ejecting the rider.

TWITTER SUSPENDS RACISTS’ ACCOUNTS

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) — Twitter is taking aim at racism.  In dual actions, the company announced it will suspend accounts of prominent ‘alt-right’ leaders who are promoting white supremacy and bigotry.  Twitter also released new anti-harassment tools that allow users to block offensive tweets containing key words.

BOXER INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — For the fifth time in U.S. history, the president who won the popular vote has lost the presidency.  Hillary Clinton received nearly a million more actual votes than Donald Trump, yet Trump is poised to be named president by the Electoral College after receiving more electoral college delegates.

HELP SOUGHT TO FIND MISSING WOMAN LAST SEEN IN LA MESA/LAKE MURRAY AREA

 

East County News Service

November 15, 2016 (La Mesa) – Friends of Angie Andrus are asking for public help to locate her.  According to Esther McElroy Beish, a family friend, Andrus suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

She was last seen in the Lake Murray area on October 24, when her vehicle was towed.   She could be living on the streets and confused.  “We have no idea where she is or if she is okay,” says Beish.

LANE CLOSURES THIS WEEK: STATE ROUTE 67 AND DYE ROAD/HIGHLAND VALLEY ROAD

 

Source: Caltrans

November 15, 2016 (Ramona) - Caltrans crews will set up lane closures on northbound State Route 67 at the intersection with Dye Road/Highland Valley Road near Ramona on Monday and Tuesday from  7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. for paving operations.

MISSING LAKESIDE MAN MAY TRY GOING HOME TO LEMON GROVE

 

Update 8 p.m.:   Todd Perkins has been found safe in Lemon Grove.

East County News Service

November 14, 2016 (Lakeside)—The  Sheriff has issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for Todd Randolph Perkins,48.  He has been missing since 2:30 p.m.  His caretaker says he may have walked away from his home on Dorsal Drive in Lakeside.

He suffers from a medical condition that causes him to limp.  He has green tattooso on both arms. He is white with brown hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 130 pounds.  He has told his caretaker that he would like to return to his former home on the 7100 block of Broadway in Lemon Grove,though he does not drive.

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