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RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO COUNTY BEACHES

 

Source: County of San Diego

December 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. While many coastal storm drains within San Diego County are permanently posted with white metal warning signs, additional temporary warning signs are not posted for General Advisories. Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain. This includes all coastal beaches and all of Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Elevated bacteria levels can persist after a rainstorm depending upon the intensity of the storm, volume of runoff and ocean and current conditions. 

LANE CLOSURES TONIGHT AND THURSDAY ON NORTHBOUND I-15 AND SR-163

 

Source: Caltrans

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) -- Crews will close multiple lanes on northbound Interstate 15 (I-15) from State Route 52 (SR-52) to Ammo Road and on northbound State Route 163 from SR-52 to I-15 tonight and Thursday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., weather permitting. At least one northbound lane will remain open on each highway.

EAST COUNTY 2016 NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – These are the people whose actions made headlines across our region this year—community leaders and ordinary citizens who worked tireless to help others, whose actions led to changes in our communities, or the promise of changes in the future.

EAST COUNTY 2016 STORIES OF THE YEAR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County ) --It’s been a tumultuous year across our nation and our world. East County has also seen many changes in 2016.  Here are the top stories locally that most impacted our local communities in San Diego's inland region this year--many of which may result in more changes in 2017 and beyond:

U.S. ATTORNEY LAURA DUFFY APPOINTED SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

 

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a San Diego News Association member

December 28, 2016 (San Diego) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has announced that U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy will become a Superior Court judge in San Diego.

Duffy, a Democrat who was appointed by President Obama in 2010, was likely to be replaced by a Republican when President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS TAKING EFFECT IN 2017

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – California has hundreds of new laws taking effect in on January 1, 2017, impacting employment, education, gun rights, health, housing, criminal justice, consumers, motor vehicle drivers, elections, youth sports, and more. Here are some of the most important new laws you should know about before ringing in the New Year:

CALIF. IMMIGRANTS SCRAMBLE TO FILE DOCUMENTS BY JAN. 20

 

By Logan Pollard, Public News Service

December 26, 2016 (Los Angeles) -- Some people in California are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January. They are immigrants, concerned about President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people.

WOMAN KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH AT DULZURA, TWO OTHERS INJURED

 

East County News Service

December 26, 2016 (Dulzura) — A 44-year-old El Cajon woman has died of injuries in a head-on collision in Dulzura.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Pearlstein, the victim was driving a 2011 Ford Fusion westbound on State Route 94 near Barrett School Road around 5:10 p.m. on December 23rd when a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by a Dulzura woman, 28, crossed the double yellow lines, striking the Fusion head-on.

2 ADULTS DEAD IN CHRISTMAS EVE CRASH, BUT CHILDREN SURVIVE

 

Not wearing seatbelt led to ejection of driver from vehicle

East County News Service

December 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Two women died yesterday morning  after they were ejected from a vehicle that rolled over on a rain-slicked section of S-2, the Great Southern Overland Stage Route, south of State Route 78 in rural East County.

DMV REMINDS MOTORISTS OF NEW 2017 LAWS

 

Source: Dept. of Motor Vehicles

December 24, 2016 (Sacramento)--With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to inform the public of several new laws or changes to existing law that, unless otherwise noted, take effect on January 1, 2017.

These include new restrictions on handheld wireless phones and other devices, changes to child safety seat laws for children under age two,  and significant new laws. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws taking effect:

TRACK SANTA’S FLIGHT: NORAD SANTA TRACKER IS NOW LIVE ONLINE

 

 

East County News Service

December 24, 2016 (North Pole)—Kids and families who want to track Santa’s journey around the world can log onto http://www.noradsanta.org/ to view video live on locations this Christmas Eve.

For over 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa Claus complete with secret Santa cameras , satellites and even jet fighter planes. Kids can click on locations to learn about places around the globe.

You can also download NORAD Tracks Santa apps for your smart phone through Windows, Apple and Google Play stores.

ROAD HAZARDS ACROSS REGION, SNOW IN MOUNTAINS, FROST WARNING TONIGHT IN URBAN AREAS

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

December 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County)--Heavy snow is blanketing Mt. Laguna, with several inches reported in Boulevard.  Snow could dip to 3,000 feet tonight, with frost possible even in urban and suburban areas such as El Cajon and La Mesa tonight and tomorrow, according to forecaster Alex Tardy with the National Weather Service.

The storm, combined with accidents, has resulted in numerous accidents and other road hazards across our region.

FREE CAB RIDES FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE OFFERED BY LAW OFFICES OF ROBERT HAMPARYAN

 

Avoid holiday driving accidents by taking advantage of a free ride home

December 23, 2016 (San Diego) -- Far too many preventable vehicle accidents happen in San Diego and elsewhere around the country on New Year’s Eve alone. With holiday parties and a spirited atmosphere, it’s no surprise that drunk driving accidents reach an annual high as we transition from one year to another. Given the devastating toll that drunk driving accidents have for victims, the Law Offices of Robert Hamparyan is providing a complimentary cab ride to anyone in San Diego County who needs it.

The program will reimburse anyone who needs a safe trip home, up to a maximum of $30.00. Anyone who uses a cab, Uber, or Lyft is eligible to take advantage of the program. Head attorney Robert Hamparyan is hopeful that this program will help encourage calling in a ride and decreasing the number of drunk driving accidents on the San Diego roads on New Year’s Eve.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: SNOW FORECAST DOWN TO 3,500 FEET

 

Sheriff warns of snow jams

Readers, send us your snow photos! editor@eastcountymagazine.org

East County News Service

December 22, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A winter storm in the region is dropping heavy rain across our region, with snow forecast to dip down to 3,500 feet by Saturday. That includes Pine Valley, Descanso,  and Julian,  with  six inches or more possible atop Mt Laguna.

Strong winds of 60 miles per hour or more are expected in some mountain areas.

The Sheriff offers this advice if you plan to visit these areas:

DRIVER, 23, DIES IN LATE-NIGHT LAKESIDE CRASH

 

 

East County News Service

December 22, 2016 (Lakeside) – A 23-year-old San Diego woman driving a Toyota Solara eastbound on I-8 east of Los Coches Road last night at 11:50 p.m. lost control of her vehicle while changing lanes on the rain-slicked highway.  Her vehicle struck a metal guard rail, then overturned.

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE GIVEAWAY FOR EL CAJON RESIDENTS DEC. 23

 

Source: City of El Cajon

December 21, 2016 (El Cajon) --Newly elected El Cajon City Councilmember Steve Goble and the El Cajon Police Department are hosting a “Free Christmas Tree” giveaway this Friday, December 23rd.

These free Christmas trees will be given out from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Cartwright Pest Control, located at 1376 Broadway in El Cajon.   There will be 150 trees, up to 8’ tall and some will include flocking.  The trees will be given out first come, first serve, while supplies last.

MEDICARE PATIENTS WITH FEMALE DOCTORS LIVE LONGER, HARVARD STUDY FINDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - If you’re a patient admitted to a hospital in the U.S., there is one factor that dramatically increases your odds of survival:  having a woman doctor.  Of 1.5 million hospitalized Medicare patients studied, those with women doctors were 4% more likely to survive at least 30 days.  

WARNING: 'TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING, BUT ALSO TAKING

 

Beware of gift card scammers and fake WIFI

By Veronica Carter, Public News Service

Photo: Thieves are watching and waiting for a chance to be a Grinch during the holidays. (aarp.org)

December 20, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - At this time of year, most of us are getting our credit and debit cards out more often than normal. That means the chance that a cyber thief will try to steal your money or your identity increases as well. Shopping online can be a risk, but it's also easy to fall victim to scammers when using public WiFi.

SPEED UP DEATH PENALTY CASES? NOT SO FAST, CALIF. HIGH COURT RULES

 

East County News Service

December 20, 2016 (San Francisco) — California’s Supreme Court has temporarily blocked implementation of Proposition 66, a measure approved by voters in November that would speed up death penalty cases.  The high court issued the stay to allow time to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by opponents of the measure.

GOVERNOR BROWN, SCIENTISTS FIGHT TO PROTECT CLIMATE DATA

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 19, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Scientists have voiced alarm that the Trump administration might discontinue scientific research into climate science or even destroy decades of data amassed by the government.   But now, scientists and California’s Governor Jerry Brown are pledging a fight to assure that climate science facts don’t disappear into a black hole.

WOMAN, 23, FOUND DEAD AFTER LEXUS CRASH OFF I-8 IN DESCANSO

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2016 (Descanso) — This morning, the body of a 23-year-old woman was found near a Lexus vehicle that had plummeted off I-8 east of State Route 79 in Descanso.  The woman had been ejected from the vehicle and died of her injuries at the scene.

JOIN US SUNDAY AT OUR FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING HOLIDAY PARTY!

 

 

December 16, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Join us for East County Magazine's annual "Feasting and Merrymaking"  holiday party this Sunday, December 18 from 3-7 p.m. at our editor's home on Mt. Helix!  Our elves have been busy preparing a fabulous feast,  plus we'll have live music provided by singer/guitarist Paul Nichols and pianist Andrea Ladmer,  wines from San Pasqual Winery and a wealth of prizes,  holiday games and surprises!

Our party is open to our subscribers, donors and friends by invitation. Subscriptions are free!  Subscribe here to our newsletter and/or wildfire alerts or donate here

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