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SPRING HARP FEST: WAILIN’ THE BLUES APRIL 19 IN LA MESA

TSIMBOUKAKIS VIES FOR SENATOR ANDERSON’S SEAT: TAKES STAND AGAINST INDUSTRIAL-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS IN EAST COUNTY

ALL ABOARD: WINE AND RAIL EVENT EMBARKS ON APRIL 26

HOT TOPICS ON OUR SHOW WEDNESDAY! BIG THREATS TO EAST COUNTY & HOW TO SAVE OUR BACKCOUNTRY

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP ACTIVITIES APRIL 18-20

ATTENTION CURRENT AND FUTURE COLLEGE STUDENTS! SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE

"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

PROSECUTION RESTS ITS CASE IN MURDER TRIAL OF IRAQI MAN IN EL CAJON

STORM THE HILL: VETERANS CALL FOR ACTION TO STOP SUICIDES

BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS FALLING PREY TO SOLAR POWER TOWER AT IVANPAH

QUAIL BRUSH APPLICANT ASKS FOR 1 YEAR EXTENSION OF APPLICATION SUSPENSION


SDSU CRIME ALERT: WOMAN REPORTS MAN GRABBED HER NEAR PARKING LOT

 

April 11, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert warning studies that at 10:45 this morning, a female student reported that a man grabbed her buttocks from behind and asked her to come into a parking structure with him.  The incident occurred while the student was walking on Montezuma Road at East Campus Drive.  The victim continued walking and was not injured.

THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: FUNDING YOUR REVOCABLE TRUST

 

 

By Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

April 11, 2014 (San Diego County) – “Funding” a trust is the process of taking assets titled in your individual name, or in joint names with others, and changing the title into the name of your revocable trust, or taking assets requiring a beneficiary designation and naming your revocable trust as the primary or secondary beneficiary of those assets. An asset not retitled into the name of your trust is not governed by the trust terms, the trustee has no power over the asset, the asset may be subject to probate and the asset may not transfer to your intended beneficiaries at your death. The following are trust funding suggestions to ensure assets are included in your trust.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: NO "CHARGE" FOR THIS SAFETY TIP

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

April 10, 2014 (San Diego)--Those little nine-volt batteries that you changed last month from your smoke detector or just keep around in drawers could post a serious fire hazard if not stored correctly says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  The batteries could start a fire if surrounded by the wrong items.  Several house fires have been reported caused by the batteries.

JACUMBA HIKERS ANNOUNCE APRIL HIKES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 10, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – The weather is warming up and the Jacumba Hikers are hitting the trail, with a trip to Blue Angel’s Peak  and Nopal Peak planned this weekend and more outings later in the month.  For a list of hikes, click here.  To read hiking safety tips, click here.

LA MESA AND SANTEE CHAMBERS HOST JOINT MIXER MAY 8

 

April 11, 2014 (Santee)--On Thursday, May 8, 2014 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Santee Chamber of Commerce invite you to join them for an evening mixer at Lantern Crest Senior Living, 11010 Sunset Trail in Santee.

LEARN HOW TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A CHILD ON APRIL POOLS DAY

      

 

 

April 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--The city of La Mesa kicks off “May is Drowning Prevention Month” with several free learning and prevention activities at the La Mesa Municipal Pool. On Saturday, April 12th from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., the following classes will be held:

LOST DURING '07 FIRES, DOG REUNITED WITH OWNERS

 

 

 

April 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- In 2007, when devastating wildfires ripped through San Diego County, John Hartman and his family were left without a home. But the fires took more than replaceable items; they also separated the family from their dog, Buddy.

GROSSMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT IGNORES GRAND JURY, VOTES TO OPPOSE UNIFICATION FOR ALPINE FAMILIES

 

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

April 10, 2014 (El Cajon) --Think of it as a contested divorce.

With a vote of four to one, the Grossmont Unified High School District (GUHSD) board made its intent clear. The majority does not wish to allow Alpine parents and students to leave the GUHSD and join forces with the Alpine Union School District. Board Members Robert Shield, Richard Hoy, Jim Kelly and Jim Stieringer voted against unification, while Board Member Priscilla Schreiber cast the lone vote in favor. 

Unification would allow the Alpine district to become a K-12 district, adding high school students so that the AUSD could build the long-promised high school that Grossmont has failed to build.  Not even a scathing Grand Jury report has been able to prod GUHSD members into taking action. The Grand Jury admonished the board to either agree to build the high school by the end of last year, or cooperate with unification efforts. Instead, the board has done neither.

ROUGH ACRES RANCH: PROPOSED CONFERENCE RETREAT, WELLNESS CENTER & CAMPGROUND IN BOULEVARD

 

Maximum occupancy of 2,600 people is twice the population of Boulevard

Hearing May 8 at Boulevard Planning Group; Comments on proposal accepted through May 12

Photo: Protest held at same site during Sunrise Powerlink groundbreaking

By Miriam Raftery

April 11, 2014 (Boulevard) – Properties controlled by the Hamann Companies entities and family are proposed for a variety of large-scale projects on McCain Valley Road in Boulevard, gateway to the McCain Valley, a federal recreation area.  None are popular with neighbors, thus far. Hamann gained approval for industrial wind turbines as part of Tule Wind and has been pushing to convert another 765 acres to industrial solar as part of Soitec’s controversial proposed projects. The site hosted the groundbreaking for Sunrise Powerlink, drawing protesters from across the county.

Now, Hamann is also seeking a Major Use Permit to construct a conference retreat and wellness center and a campground on 713 acres. At capacity, the facility could house up to 2,600 people—or more than twice the current population of the entire town of Boulevard. 

COUNCIL READIES TO SEEK TENANTS FOR EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Updated April 11, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a unanimous vote, the El Cajon City Council on Tuesday asked the City Manager to prepare a request for proposal for groups seeking to rent or lease space at the East County Performing Arts Center. 

The theater has been closed for several years, in need of major repairs. Recently Council voted to allocate funds for renovations and is now moving forward to attract additional tenants in hopes of reopening the theater  next year.

But some community members testified that they believe the city should first make good on its promise to hire a professional theater management company, before making commitment to lock in time blocks for groups such as the Rock Church, which wants to use the theater for church services on Sundays.

MICKEY CAFAGNA MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC A SUCCESS

 

April 10, 2014 (Poway) The Poway Chamber of Commerce hosted the first annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 28, 2014.   The event was held at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.  The tournament included a day of golf and an awards reception that honored the former Poway Mayor, Mickey Cafagna.

IMMIGRANTS START BUSINESSES, PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN THE RECOVERY

 

Photo: immigrant-owned businesses in San Diego’s Little Mogadishu, Little Saigon, and downtown El Cajon

By Nadin Abbott

April 9, 2014 (San Diego)—In recent years there has been considerable debate over how to modify the immigration system and how to grow the economy. Both are related--and both matter to not just the national economy, but our regional economy. There has also been renewed emphasis in growing our export capacity, which has lagged. But there has always been an emphasis on small businesses as the engine of American economy—and now a new report shows that immigrants are fueling that engine.

EARTHTALK(R): EARTH DAY 2014

 

E - The Environmental Magazine

April 5, 2014 (San Diego)--Dear EarthTalk: What’s going on with Earth Day this year and how can I get involved? -- Christine B., Boston, MA

This coming April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever,” reports Earth Day Network, the Seattle-based non-profit that helps coordinate Earth Day celebrations and serves as a clearinghouse for related information and resources. The group hopes to galvanize the support of more than a billion people across 192 countries this Earth Day for increasing the sustainability and reducing the carbon footprints of urban areas everywhere.

CITY OF EL CAJON RECREATION SPECIALIST KATY CHAPMAN RECEIVES AWARD

 

April 9, 2014 (El Cajon)-At a special ceremony held last month, Katy Chapman received the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 12 (San Diego and Imperial Counties) Part-Time Recognition Award.  Chapman, a Recreation Specialist with the City of El Cajon’s Recreation Department, was recognized for her years of dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond in her service to the organization and the community.  At the April 8 City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council congratulated her on this prestigious award.

WINE & CHEESE TRAIL RIDE: APRIL 12 IN CAMPO

 

 

March 22, 2014 (Campo) – What could be more romantic than a trail ride with wine and cheese tasting awaiting you at the trail’s end? 

On Saturday, April 12, a wine and cheese ride will begin at the Camp Lockett Event & Equestrian Facility at 799 Forrest Gate Road in Campo.  The trail ride includes a tour of Gloriosa Vineyard, heavy hors d’heuvres and wine tasting.

RX TAKE--BACK DAY APRIL 26

 

April 10, 2014 (San Diego)--Empty your medicine cabinets of unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the county as part of Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Improper disposal of prescription medicines can harm the environment.

FBI SEEKS INFO ON SUSPECTED CHILD PREDATOR

 

April 10, 2014 (Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.  Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

SHERIFF RESPONSE TIMES IN RURAL AREAS RAISE CONCERNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 J. Richmond also contributed to this ECM special report

Records obtained by ECM show longer response times in rural areas than urban communities; new substation won't increase staffing

April 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Recently, Potrero resident Tarah Corey called 911 to report that someone in her area had been crying out and screaming for help and to send officers immediately. She was shocked to finally receive a call back from the Sherriff’s department 45 minutes later to check to see if the screaming had stopped, according to posts on the Mountain Empire Community Facebook page. While you would expect a quick response to such a dire and life-threatening situation, she learned the hard way in East County’s backcountry that’s not always the case.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS PARTY APRIL 19

 

April 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Aspire Martial Arts, located in Rancho San Diego is excited to announce their hosting a  free "Hyper Launch Party" April 19th at 4 p.m. Aspire Martial Arts is a proud licensee of the Hyper Martial Arts curriculum. Hyper combines traditional martial arts with elements of gymnastics, resulting in extreme high jumps, flips and twists with your kicks, strikes and blocks. . This event is open to the all martial art students, family, friends and anyone interested in taking their training to the next level to become a martial arts athlete! Space is limited. Please call 619-303-3725 to reserve your stop.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

 

 

April 10, 2014 (La Mesa) -- Our editor, Miriam Raftery, didn't have to look far to find a photo of the week. She snapped this picture in her home office of her cat, Rex, snuggled up with her dog, Ginger--who didn't seem to mind awakening form naptime to find the interloper occupying her space.

If only the whole world could get alone so well!

THE SHORT LIST: WORLD'S BEST FILM SERIES ON SCREEN IN LEMON GROVE DURING MAY AND JUNE

 

April 10, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove Historical Society and New Pacific Productions, Inc., will present a five-part film program featuring The Short List, the showcase for outstanding international short film, starting Apr. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.The series will continue on May 7, 14 and 21 and culminate on June 4 with a hilarious comedy show.  All programs will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemary Putnam Community Room of the library, where comfortable seating and state-of-the-art projection made the recent screenings of "John Adams" a pleasure for audiences.

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S FEBRUARY RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE: LISTEN NOW!

 

Our February 2014 shows are now online—including special reports on East County issues, holiday specials, interviews with top newsmakers and people making a positive difference in our community.  Click here to listen now online and to read a list of our interviews and guest.

Our guests in February included many local leaders, including Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, local authors, the Bayou Brothers, plus hear our latest investigative reports on issues ranging from wind farms to wildfires.

You can also hear our one-hour show live when it airs on KNSJ 89.1 FM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. and reruns Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m.  Or listen live online during those hours at www.KNSJ.org.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

April 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM 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

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

April 10, 2014 (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

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

CHRISTINA WALKER, ROCKIN' CW RANCH, NAMED TO NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONALS

 

April 9, 2014 (Pine Valley) — Christina Walker, Owner and Founder of The Rockin’CW Ranch and Splash of Passion LLC, has been selected as an Honored Member of the National Association of Distinguished Professionals.  The selection recognizes Christina Walker’s commitment to excellence in Hospitality and outdoor recreation.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: WEEKEND OF APRIL 11-13

 

April 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has some hot rods, hoofbeats, hoppin’ good fun with the Easter Bunny, and a Sweet 16 party! Click read more and scroll down for details.

DEPUTY STABBED,SUSPECT SHOT IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2014 (La Mesa) – A man who stabbed a Sheriff’s deputy  was shot by the deputy’s partner this morning in La Mesa.

ESCAPE TO TROPICAL PARADISE: LAS HERMANAS BENEFIT MAY 23

 

February 18, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--San Diego Las Hermanas, a group of women dedicated to meeting the needs of East County, has raised over $600,000 for local charities in the 12 years they have been serving the community.  This year they are raising money for Fostering Opportunities/Dollars for Scholars, Include Autism and The Challenge Center.

REPUBLICANS KILL PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT FOR WOMEN--AGAIN

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – As a slap in the face to women on Equal Pay Day today, Senate Republicans blocked passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act for women – for the third time. The measure failed due to lack of a single Republican vote. The bill had aimed to provide more effective remedies for women who are paid less than men for the same work.

California's Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, support the bill.  On the House side, San Diego Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis is pushing for passage of a similar measure,  H.R. 377.  San Diego Democratic Congressman Scott Peters is a cosponsor of the bill, which local Democratic Congressman Juan Vargas also supports.  

East County Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter has previously voted no on a similar paycheck fairness measure for women, along with San Diego Republican Darrell Issa.

BINGO HALL OPENS AT VIEJAS OUTLETS IN ALPINE

 

Believed to be the first bingo hall located in a shopping center in California

 

April 5, 2014 (Alpine)--What is believed to be California’s first-ever bingo hall to be located in a shopping center opened to the public today at Viejas Outlets, following a sneak preview and ribbon cutting yesterday. To celebrate the opening of the new Viejas Bingo at Viejas Outlets, there will be more than $45,000 awarded in April and a chance to win one of two new FIAT 500s.

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