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SANDAG APPROVES INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF INACCURATE REVENUE PROJECTIONS FOR MEASURE A

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2017 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) board of directors voted Friday to authorize an independent investigation into why SANDAG provided inaccurate revenue projections in the ballot description of Measure A, the regional transportation initiative rejected by voters.                                                                                 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED

 

February 27, 2017 (San Diego)--The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the coast, valleys and mountains of San Diego County below 5000 feet for late this morning into this evening.

A low pressure system from the northwest will tap a plume of subtropical moisture directed into northern Baja to bring periods of locally heavy rainfall from late this morning into early this evening. The most significant rainfall is expected from central and southern San Diego County into northern Baja.

BORDER WALL BIDS TO BE ACCEPTED MARCH 4-10

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  © Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0. Wall at San Diego-Tijuana border; crosses represent migrants who died in the crossing attempt.

February 26, 2017 (San Diego) -- President Donald Trump is pushing forward with plans to fast-track building a wall along the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border.

On Friday, The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it will begin accepting bids on March 6th to build the wall and will allow only four days for contractors to submit their concept papers and build prototypes due March 10th.

VACANCY NOTICE: CAMPO LAKE MORENA COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

 

East County News Service

HAVE YOU MOSQUITO-PROOFED YOUR RAIN BARREL?

 

Image Credit: CDC--mosquito larvae

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 26, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you’ve got a rain barrel, this winter’s rains have been great! Your barrel is full. You’re conserving water. You’re watering your garden naturally. You’re growing mosquitoes …

MEGADATA WEB MAKES QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD FOR FAST AND SECURE COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

 

“Diseases could be found in the early stages…Then your doctor could prescribe an appropriate medicine, after processing your DNA analysis on his own machine,” – Nikolai Pepik, CEO, Megadata Web

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  George Toms, PhD, right; Nikolai Pepik, left, demonstrate high-speed processing capabilities of Megadata Web

February 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- Imagine processing data on your own laptop 10,000 times faster than ever before-- with complete security.  That future is here—thanks to revolutionary software devised by Megadata Web, a San Diego-based technology company offering quantum leap improvements for web browsing, data mining, editing and analyzing a treasure-trove of information.

TOW TRUCK DRIVER KILLED BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER ON HIGHWAY 52

 

Source: California Highway Patrol

February 24, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) — A tow truck driver assisting a disabled vehicle on the right-hand shoulder of State Route 52 eastbound was hit by a Ford Explorer yesterday at 5:08 p.m.  and died at the scene.

NBC TV REPORTER’S VEHICLE TOWED WHILE COVERING HUNTER PROTEST RALLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2017 (El Cajon) – An NBC y TV reporter’s car was towed from the parking lot outside Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office yesterday while filming a protest rally on sidewalks nearby that drew several hundred people, NBC 7 news director Greg Dawson told East County Magazine.

REP. HUNTER BANS “INDIVISIBLE” MEMBERS FROM HIS OFFICE, HUNDREDS JOIN PROTEST OUTSIDE

 

Story and photos by Paul Kruze

February 23, 2017 (El Cajon) --Some 300 demonstrators staged a boisterous rally late Thursday afternoon near the El Cajon district office of 50th District U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) on Magnolia and Bradley Avenue. Hunter’s office issued a release earlier stating that his staff would no longer meet with constituents from the group, then shut down the office today in response to the protest rally.

The protestors held up placards representing a mixed array of concerns over his stances on key issues, drawing attention during rush hour traffic, including demonstrators on an overpass visible to motorists on State Route 67.  Their concerns include repeal of the Affordable Care Act, President Trump’s immigration policies, defunding Planned Parenthood, Trump’s election, and an ongoing investigation of Hunter’s alleged improper use of campaign funds.

TRUMP BROADENS ICE SWEEPS TO INCLUDE MANY MORE IMMIGRANTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 23, 2017 (San Diego) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that dramatically expand powers of federal authorities to detain and deport many more undocumented immigrants than in the past – including some who have never been arrested or convicted of any crime.

LEMON GROVE COUNCILMAN JERRY JONES ASKS SANDAG FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO DECEPTIVE INFO ON MEASURE A

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – After Voice of San Diego revealed that SANDAG misled voters on projected revenues for the Measure A transportation initiative (see stories here and here),  seven SANDAG members said they were not informed of the botched forecast and have signed a letter calling for an investigation, VOSD reported.

BORDER ANGELS LEADER BLAMES TRUMP POLICIES FOR DEPORTED MIGRANT’S SUICIDE

 

By Chris Stone

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo via Facebook: Guadalupe Olivas Valencia, gardener who jumped off bridge at border after deportation, unable to support his three children after wife’s death

February 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- The founder and head of San Diego-based Border Angels blames President Donald Trump’s “extreme” immigration policies for the apparent suicide of a deported Mexican immigrant.

CLIMATE & SECURITY CONFERENCE REVEALS DISTURBING ATTITUDE SHIFT

 

By Mark Hughes, SanDiego350

February 22, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - On February 21, 2017, an audience of approximately 75 attended the Security & Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives conference, held in the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park. Organized and funded by The Center for Climate and Security (with the support of The San Diego Foundation and Skoll Global Threats Fund). The program focused on the threat climate change imposes on world stability, the burden it puts on the US military, and what they, as well as our local and state governments, are doing to plan for the consequences. The conference was followed by a screening of a new documentary entitled "The Age of Consequences."

ISSA INTRODUCES REPLACEMENT PLAN FOR OBAMACARE: BUT IS IT A FIX, OR JUST A BANDAID APPROACH?

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2017 (San Diego) — San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa on Tuesday announced that he has released a “discussion draft” of his bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new plan.  Issa’s “The Access to Insurance for All Americans Act” would give all Americans access to buy in to same insurance plans provided to federal employees and their families—but not at the heavily discounted rates provided to federal workers.

SANTEE COUNCIL VOTES TO ACQUIRE LAND FOR MOVIE THEATERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2017 (Santee) – For the past 20 years, Santee has lacked an indoor movie theatre, having only a drive-in that’s a throw-back from the ‘50s. But soon, city residents will be able to choose from multiple films to view without leaving town or parking at the drive-in venue.

PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISM ORGANIZATIONS URGE OFFICIALS TO ALLOW REPORTERS TO COVER STANDING ROCK WITHOUT HARASSMENT OR ARREST

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 21, 2017 (Indianapolis) -- The Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism groups are urging officials in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to allow journalists to do their jobs at Standing Rock.  SPJ and the Committee to Protect Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, National Press Photographers Association and Online News Association sent a letter today as the planned enforcement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ evacuation order to protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in is underway. 

SWAT TEAM IN SANTEE

 

February 20, 2017 (Santee) -- The Sheriff has issued this warning for Santee residents: 

 

If you live in Santee, be aware of increased law enforcement activity in your area. A SWAT Standoff is underway in the 8500 block of Massery Lane. Deputies were called to the home just after 9:00 a.m. following reports of a disturbance. A man is holed up inside the home possibly armed with a gun. He is the only person inside the house. 

If you live in the neighborhood, STAY INSIDE. 

BACKCOUNTRY LAND TRUST TO PRESENT PROPOSAL REGARDNG STAR RANCH AT CAMPO-LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP MEETING FEB. 27

 

Planning group also seeks applicants to fill vacancy

By Miriam Raftery

February 19, 2017 (Campo) — At its meeting on Monday, February 27th, the Campo Lake Morena Planning Group will hear a presentation on Backcountry Land Trust’s interest in potentially acquiring Star Ranch. George Barnett, vice president and director of land acquisitions at the land preservation group, will speak on BCLT negotiations and answer questions from the public.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS POSTPONE ACTION ON COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION STUDY

 

By Mark Hughes, SanDiego350

February 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Wednesday, 2/15/17, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors entertained public input on their Comprehensive Renewable Energy Plan (CREP). Twenty-one members of the public provided comment. Twenty of those speaking urged the Supervisors to approve spending $200,000 on a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA, also known as Community Choice Energy) feasibility study. The completion of this kind of study is typically done prior to establishing a CCA program. Only one commenter opposed funding the study.

BORREGO LIBRARY, PARK AND SUBSTATION PROPOSED DESIGNS NOW ONLINE: PUBLIC COMMENTS ACCEPTED THROUGH FEB. 24

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Library entrance, Proposal A

February 19, 2017 (Borrego Springs) -- Proposed designs for the new Borrego Springs Library/Park/Sheriff's Substation project are be viewable online from February 18, 2017 to February 24, 2017. The public is invited to view the three proposed designs at: http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/general_services/Facility_Planning_Design_Construction.html

MEDICAL EXAMINER SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP TO IDENTIFY OLDER MAN KILLED BY TRAIN IN OCEANSIDE

 

Photo: This red, three-wheeled walker and wooden cane were found near the train tracks where an unidentified man was struck and killed Tuesday night. The Medical Examiner is asking for the public to contact them if they know who owned these items.

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications

February 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying an older man who was struck by an Amtrak train last Tuesday night in Oceanside. A red three-wheeled walker and a wooden cane were found nearby and are believed to belong to the man.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: BONNIE PRICE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATE

 

East County News Service

Hear our interview, originally aired in January on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio, by clicking the audio link.

“It wasn’t the e-mails; it was the white males,” – Bonnie Price, on sexism she believed prevented Hillary Clinton from becoming president

February 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Spring Valley resident Bonnie Price is a long-time women’s rights advocate, political scientist and feminist. In January, shortly after Price marched in the historic women’s march in San Diego, we interviewed her about her concerns over the erosion of women’s  rights that she spent much of her lifetime fighting to attain.

 Price has advocated for women’s causes from equal pay to the equal rights amendment.  She once established a Planned Parenthood clinic in rural Pennsylvania. She’s also been active in recruiting women  to run for political office through the nonpartisan Run Women Run and has served as president of the East County Democratic Club. A supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations, Price still hopes to see the ultimate glass ceiling broken in her lifetime. 

Scroll down to read highlights of her commetns , or click the audio link to hear our full interview.

Audio: 

REVITALIZING ECPAC: WILL THE FAT FINALLY LADY GET TO SING?

 

 

El Cajon City Council approves negotiations with major concert promoter Live Nation to manage shuttered East County Performing Arts Center.

By Paul Kruze

 

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon)—As the old saying goes, “It isn’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.”  Just a few years ago, the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) faced possible demise.  It’s remained closed since December 2009.  But the curtain may soon rise again, bringing back stellar entertainment to our region.

PUBLIC ADVOCATES FIND "FAULTS"WITH $64 MILLION SEISMIC STUDY OF EARTHQUAKE RISKS AT SAN ONOFRE

 

Source:  Public Watchdogs

Photo: recently as 1881, the coastline from Northern Orange County to Central San Diego County was officially known as “Earthquake Bay.”

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- A public advocate and a geologist are singing a sour note over the  publicly funded  $64 Million study of earthquake risks at SONGS, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE INCREASES STAFFING FOR EXPECTED RAINS

 

Source: CAL FIRE

February 16, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - With the arrival of another powerful winter storm on Friday February 17TH San Diego County Fire (SDCF) is once again taking steps to ensure an aggressive response to weather related incidents.  Although rain is the focus of this week’s storm, high winds are also expected and could potentially bring the threat of downed trees.  

TRUMP ORDERS SPEAKER RYAN TO KICK HISPANIC CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OUT OF MEETING WITH ICE OFFICIALS

 

East County News Service

Rep. Vargas denounces exclusion as “unacceptable”, says Trump actions are creating “chaos around the nation”

February 16, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Several Hispanic members of Congress including Congressman Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) were booted out of a bipartisan meeting with the acting director of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by Speaker Paul Ryan’s staff, reportedly on orders from President Donald Trump.

RAIN AHEAD, FREE SANDBAGS AVAILABLE

 

By Gig Connaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Rains, possibly heavy at times, are heading back to San Diego County in the coming days, according to weather officials.

Which means that if you haven’t done it already, it’s a good time to stock up on free sand and bags to protect your home and property.

STATE FACES CUTS IN TRANSPORTATION FUNDING

 

Legislators grapple with options to plug gap left by falling gas tax revenues

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2017 (Sacramento) – The California Transportation Commission last week approved a 38% decrease in funding for road and transit projects, a drop of $754 million over the next five years. The cut is due to falling gasoline tax revenues, the Los Angeles Times reports.  That’s left legislators scrambling for proposals to find alternative ways to fund transportation projects impacting counties statewide, which have been asked to list projects to delay or delete completely.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS FINAL CONTRACT FOR PROPOSITION “G,” VOTER-APPROVED, BOND-FINANCED GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION

 

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2017 (La Mesa) – More than a decade after East County voters approved Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure that provided taxpayer funds for improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, the final construction contract was awarded to San Diego-based Swinerton Builders by Grossmont Healthcare District.

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