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TREASURES OF EAST COUNTY: 4 SALES AT ONE LOCATION JANUARY 31 TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE REPORTING AND WILDFIRE ALERTS!

MILHOLLAND SOLAR AND ELECTRIC CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVESARY AT NEW EL CAJON LOCATION

DESERT VIEW TOWER: EAST COUNTY'S HISTORIC HIGHWAY STOP

CHANGES ON HORIZON FOR GROSSMONT CENTER & VICINITY

FLIGHTS THREATENED, INCLUDING SOUTHWEST PLANE FROM SAN DIEGO

SOITEC TO SHIFT FOCUS AWAY FROM SOLAR

LAKESIDE VANDALS SOUGHT: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

PRESIDENT LAYS OUT POPULIST PLANS TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

REPUBLICAN RESPONSE TO STATE OF UNION OFFERS SHARP CONTRAST TO PRESIDENT’S VISION

WHAT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION MEANS FOR SAN DIEGO

COME TO THE CABARET: LA MESA CHAMBER'S 7TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES

TENTATIVE VICTORY FOR ALPINE IN LAWSUIT OVER FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL


1ST ANNUAL POW-WOW AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 7

 

 

January 21, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Cuyamaca College will host its first annual pow-wow on February 7th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.   The public is invited to enjoy gourd dancing at 10 a.m. followed by a grand entry at 11 a.m. There will also be Native American arts and crafts, fry bread and Indian tacos. Admission is free.

REPUBLICAN RESPONSE TO STATE OF UNION OFFERS SHARP CONTRAST TO PRESIDENT’S VISION

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – The official Republican Party response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, a mother and  Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard.

Ernst stated that “rather than respond to a speech, I’d like to talk about your priorities.” She said the newly elected Republican majority in Congress “understands how difficult these past six years have been” citing economic concerns and “frustration with Washington’s dysfunction.”

She then laid out priorities of the Republican party, casting clear differences for voters between the President’s goals and those of the GOP Congress.

WHAT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION MEANS FOR SAN DIEGO

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

White House photo: President Obama speaking to Congress.

January 21, 2015 (Washington D.C.) --President Obama’s nearly hour-long State of the Union speech on Tuesday had good news for a number of constituencies in San Diego, from veterans to scientists to immigrants.

The speech drew praise from Democrats in the San Diego congressional delegation, but criticism from Republicans. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican, labeled it “old ideas” while Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat, said he was encouraged by the president’s commitment to scientific research, tax changes and wider educational opportunity.

“I was encouraged to hear President Obama engaging on issues of importance to San Diego and the country, and calling for bipartisanship on economic growth,” said Peters, whose district covers most of central San Diego County.

Here’s a synopsis of the Obama’s comments on issues of specific importance to San Diego:

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

January 21, 2015 (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/REGIONAL

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

2 SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHOSEN FOR 1ST EVER OFFERING OF 4-YEAR DEGREES

 

January 21, 2015 (San Diego)--Community colleges will enter a whole new world as 15 of them begin offering four-year degree programs under legislation authored by Senator Marty Block (D-39).

HELICOPTER CRASHES IN RAMONA

 

 

January 21, 2015 (Ramona) - A Black Hawk helicopter crash landed at the Ramona Airport on Tuesday, causing minor injuries to two Army National Guard aviators.

DROUGHT CONTINUES DESPITE RAINS - BUT MORE WET WEATHER IS FORECAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –The National Weather Service has issued a Drought Report following the recent rains. While the winter storms have brought some relief, water supplies remain low, though the situation may ease in coming months.

COME TO THE CABARET: LA MESA CHAMBER'S 7TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES

 

 

January 21, 2015 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces its seventh annual Salute To Local Heroes, which will incorporate a Cabaret theme entitled “Come To The Cabaret.”

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

January 21, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's 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 details and excerpts to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down”

TENTATIVE VICTORY FOR ALPINE IN LAWSUIT OVER FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2015 (Alpine)—Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman has submitted a preliminary ruling ordering the Grossmont Union High School District to set aside bond funds for construction of a new high school in Alpine. 

The judge sent his ruling to attorneys for the district and to Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability, which sought the injunction to protect taxpayer money approved for the high school.

LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE PRESENTS “LOUIS AND IRVING, THE MOVIE MOGULS” JAN. 23-25

 

January 21, 2015 (La Mesa)--Journey back to the world of 1930s cinema in the play "Louis and Irving, The Movie Moguls." Lamplighter Theatre in La Mesa’s performances continue this week on January 23rd and 25th..

The play portrays the early days of MGM, one of the most successful film studios of all time--all made possible by the two very different, yet passionate, movie moguls Louis B. Mayor and Irving  G.Thalberg.

IRS WILL REQUIRE SMALL WIND TURBINES TO BE CERTIFIED

 

Distributed wind industry views performance and quality assurances at the Federal level as a positive step for successful deployment of distributed wind projects in U.S.

January 20, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines – defined as having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 kW – in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS JAN. 24 - FEB. 10

 

January 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from a Sock Monkeys concert at a winetasting room in La Mesa to an art show and family nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Cupids and Canines pet adoption event at Grossmont Center to Circus Vargas bringing its big-top show to El Cajon. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONSIDER BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 20, 2015 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board meets this evening at 7:00 p.m., and will consider candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board resulting from former Board Member Bill Baber’s election to La Mesa City Council.

Each Board member will select two candidates tonight, that will go on to a final interview on January 27. Applications for each candidate  can be viewed online here: Jerry AndersonStephen BabbittJohn Greenwell John HiltonRebecca Pollack-RudeJay Steiger.

READER'S EDITORIAL: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S ECONOMIC DREAM AND THE SAN DIEGO REALITY

 

By Crystal Page, Center for Policy initiatives



January 19, 2015 (San Diego) --  Dr. King painted his vision of economic justice with clear visuals:

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In San Diego County 300,000 families lack economic security. Many of these families may technically have access to education, food and housing but in very real terms their wages do not afford them the ability to truly attain the American dream.

WOMAN FIGHTS OFF WOULD-BE RAPIST IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

January 20, 2015 (Santee) – A woman was assaulted Saturday night in Santee by a man who knocked her down, then tried to remove clothing from her lower body, the Sheriff’s office reports.

PRESCRIBED BURN AT CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK JANUARY 21

 

January 19, 2015 (Julian)--California State Parks will be conducting a prescribed burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park with CAL FIRE’s assistance on Wednesday January 21st. The prescribed burn will occur on the south side of Middle Peak in the Park.

MORE MEASLES CASES: 13 CONFIRMED COUNTYWIDE

 

East County News Service

Update January 21, 2015: 13 cases are now confirmed, the County reports.

January 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A measles outbreak in San Diego County has now climbed to 10 confirmed cases and 3 more suspected cases. That includes 9 confirmed cases in East County and one in San Diego. The 3 suspected cases are in North County.

COUNTY PLANNERS APPROVE SOITEC SOLAR PROJECTS IN BOULEVARD DESPITE SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND FINANCIAL ISSUES

Feb. 4 hearing set before Supervisors; rural group vows to sue if approved

January 19, 2015 (Boulevard) – Rural  planning group chairs and environmentalists are blasting county planners for approving Soitec Solar’s controversial industrial scale solar projects.  Planners largely ignored evidence that the projects could deplete groundwater supplies, threaten wildlife and create fire hazards—as well as Soitec’s precarious financial position.

Next up, San Diego Supervisors will hold a hearing on the project February 4th.  At least one citizens’ group, Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD) has promised to file a lawsuit against the County if Supervisors approve the projects, which would cover 1500 acres with approximately 8,000 massive solar trackers, each 30 feet high.

EXOTIC BIRDS IN THE PARK

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2015

January 16, 2015 (El Cajon)--On Monday morning, I was out for my daily morning walk. It was cloudy, cool, and a little gloomy. I was zoned out listening to some music on my iPod Touch, yet as always, keeping an eye out for a photo opportunity. Passing by Prescott Promenade Park (229 East Main Street, El Cajon), this writer noticed four birds in a tree which were definitely ‘non native’ to the area. In fact, the birds include parrots, a cockatoo and a macaw.

SD TRAILS: IRON MOUNTAIN

 

By Randy Zuniga

January 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Iron Mountain, located at the backside of Poway, just off of the Highway 67, stands 2,696 ft. tall. I consider this a moderate hike of about 6 miles in length and 1,000 ft. in elevation gain.  I don’t want to put a time frame on it because everyone is different and anyone could spend all day out there if they took the time to take in every sight along the journey.

COLORADO RIVER IS MAJOR ECONOMIC DRIVER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, REPORT FINDS

 

By Chris Thomas, Public News Service, CA

Photo: Palo Verde Dam near Blythe, Calif., by Sandra J. Owen-Boyce, U.S. Geological Survey.

January 18, 2015 (Los Angeles) — A little more than half the economy of Southern California is dependent in some way on the health of the Colorado River system, according to a new report that quantifies the value of the river to the seven Western states that use it.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WIND TURBINES ON THE HORIZON

 

January 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – “No more uninterrupted horizons,” laments Wayne Brammer, who took this photo of wind turbines recently built in Mexico, viewed from I-8 eastbound in Boulevard.

EAST COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHER'S STAR WARS WEDDING PHOTO GOES VIRAL

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)—“This week, an image we shot at a Star Wars themed wedding went viral on Imgur and Reddit and the story has been picked up by many news affiliates across the U.S.,” Rancho San Diego photographer Mark Hills at Unveiled Wedding Photography ( http://www.unveiledwedding.com) told East County Magazine.

PICKER ROLLS OUT REFORMS AS NEW PRESIDENT OF CA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

 

Massive release of emails between CPUC and utilities also ordered by administrative law judge

By Miriam Raftery

January 18, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Taking the helm of the scandal-ridden California Public Utilities Commission, new president Michael Picker announced reforms aimed at ending back-door access by utilities to state regulators and improving transparency to the public.

NEW CEO NAMED AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

 

January 18, 2015 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital has announced that Scott Evans, Pharm.D, MHA, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital in East San Diego County.

CHALDEAN PATRIARCH DEFIES POPE, ORDERS PRIESTS BACK TO IRAQ

 

East County News Service

Photo: St. Peter’s Cathedral in El Cajon; photo by Khari Johnson

January 18, 2015 (El Cajon)—Chaldean Church Patriarch Louis Sako has issued a statement published in an Arabic language publication indicating that he refuses to recognize the authority of Pope Francis.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER BANS POLICE FROM SEIZING ASSETS WITHOUT WARRANTS OR CHARGES

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Last September, East County Magazine reported on alleged abuses of a federal policy that allowed local law enforcement agencies to keep 80% of cash and other assets seized – even when no criminal charges were filed.  Critics contended the system led to corruption.

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