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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER IN EAST COUNTY WORKS TO HELP HUMANITARIAN CAUSES WORLDWIDE

REWARD ANNOUNCED IN COLD CASE OF MICKEY GUIDRY; TEEN WHO VANISHED IN DESERT 5 YEARS AGO

FUNDRAISER TONIGHT IN EL CAJON TO HELP IRAQI CHRISTIANS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

ISIS CAPTURES IRAQ'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN CITY: IRAQIS IN SAN DIEGO & MIDDLE EAST ISSUE WARNING FOR THE WORLD

BORDER CHILDREN: LA MESA CHURCH FORUM HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

VICTIM OF TROLLEY BEATING SPEAKS OUT

ISIS-LINKED BOMB THREAT AGAINST SONY EXECUTIVE DIVERTS SAN DIEGO-BOUND PLANE

STATE DISASTER DECLARED AFTER MAJOR QUAKE HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

TROLLEY BEATING IN LA MESA NOT THE FIRST ALLEGATION OF ABUSE BY TROLLEY SECURITY; RACIAL PROFILING ALSO ALLEGED IN PAST

LA MESA POLICE INVESTIGATE BEATING OF TROLLEY RIDER BY MTS SECURITY EMPLOYEES

SENATOR BEN HUESO ARRESTED FOR DUI, WRONG-WAY DRIVING


EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

August 21, 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/REGIONAL

STATE

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

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SUNSET AND BIRDIES

 

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Bird Talk columnist Greg Dunne sent in this spectacular photos, with the following note:

FLASH FLOOD ALERTS and ROAD CLOSURES IN EAST COUNTY; FIRE IN BORREGO

 

 

Update 2:45 p.m.: Viejas Grade in Alpine is closed at Willows due to an ATV accident with injuries.

Photo by Brett Staubaum: Smoke from Borrego tree farm fire and thunderheads overhead

August 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The National Weather Service has issued two separate flash flood alerts due to thunderstorms in the East County.  This is the second day in a row of stormy weather; yesterday over 200 lightning strikes occurred countywide, including 95 on land and 129 over coastal waters.

The first storm cell today was reported about 23 miles south of Borrrego Springs, and the cell is nearly stations. It is producing flooding on sections of the S-1, (Sunrise Highway), as well as Pine Valley. Some of these areas were burned during the Chariot Fire, so there is a danger of mudslides as well. 

There is a second cell that is affecting I-8 and it is slowly moving towards the Mexican border. Both alerts are to remain in place until three this afternoon.

In addition, CHP reports a lightning fire in Borrego at the Borrego tree farm; a road closure in the area has been lifted now.

SYCUAN TO HOST 25TH ANNUAL POW-WOW SEPT. 5 - 7

 

August 19, 2014 (El Cajon)—The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will host its 25th annual pow-wow on September 5-7 at the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon.

PRESCOTT PROMENADE PARK & OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON

 

 

201 East Main St. - El Cajon, California, www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us

 

Article & photographs by: Robert Gehr - Copyright Ó 2014 by Robert Gehr

 

August 21, 2014 (El Cajon)--Renovated from the ground up, this wonderful park is located in downtown El Cajon at Main St. & Sulzfeld and features plenty of seating - from benches to grassy areas - for a break from the hustle of life. Shade trees, such as the blue flowering Jacaranda, give relief from the hot sun while street noise fades into the background. Sit quietly long enough, and you may see a variety of birds, including ducks from the waterscape across the street, ravens, hummingbirds and an occasional hawk.

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO SOLVE COLD CASE MURDER: LARRY HARGIS, CAB DRIVER FOUND DEAD IN SPRING VALLEY IN 1970

 

August 21, 2014 (Spring Valley) -- The Sheriff's Homicide Detail wants your help in solving the murder of Larry Hargis. This case has remained unsolved for more than 40 years.

BORDER FIRE PROMPTS CAL FIRE WARNING TO SHOOTERS

 

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—A 20-acre wildland fire on the border caused by target shooting last weekend has prompted CAL-Fire to issue a stern warning: shooting on state lands during these extreme drought conditions is prohibited—and if you start a fire, you can be held liable for firefighting costs.

LANSING SUES COUNTY, LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS OVER BOULEVARD LAND HOLDINGS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Gregory Lansing, testifying in favor of the ECO Substation project at a 2012 CPUC hearing

August 20, 2014 (Boulevard) – Lansing Industries  and related entities have filed a lawsuit against the County of San Diego and public officials including Supervisors, Boulevard Planning Group Chair Donna Tisdale, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, and County Planning Chair Michael Beck. In addition, the suit names the Endangered Habitat League and two groups fighting to protect rural landowners: Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD).

Greg Lansing and/or his entities acquired Big Country Ranch in 2006 and Empire Ranch in 2007 for a combined 6,280 acres, later adding additional parcels for a grand total of 8,000 acres in rural Boulevard.  He proposed grandiose plans to rename the town Jewel Ranch and create a master planned residential community complete with a shopping mall, Vons grocery store, private fire and law enforcement,  improved infrastructure, medical facilities and trails, according to minutes of the Boulevard Planning Group from January 3, 2008.  After those plans failed to win approval, Lansing, who does not live in Boulevard, later tried unsuccessfully to bring industrial wind or large-scale solar projects to his sites.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

August 20, 2014 (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.

INTERNATIONAL

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

WOODSTOCK FOR ASTRONOMY GEEKS: JULIAN'S STARFEST AUGUST 21-23

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2014 (Julian)--The Julian StarFest runs from August 21-August 24 among the grape vines and apple orchards at Menghini Winery in Julian.Anyone can enjoy the Julian StarFest by participating in the free public star party on Saturday, August 23rd.

Arrive in Julian between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. and you can enter the StarFest grounds (1150 Julian Orchards Ln, Julian, CA 92036) for free. Take a star tour of the heavens using the many telescopes set up in the viewing area. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about what your looking at and about the telescopes.

UNDER FIRE FROM WILDLIFE OFFICIALS, DESERT SOLAR CO. CLAIMS NEUTERING CATS IS CURE FOR BURNING BIRDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials have warned California this month that solar-tower technology used at Ivanpah and proposed by BrightSource near Joshua Tree National Park on the California-Arizona border have the “highest lethality potential” of all desert solar technologies.  The warning comes after Ivanpah, the first facility to use the concentrated solar technology, was found to be burning birds alive, Associated Press reports.

COMMUNITY RALLIES TO HELP RAMONA MARINE WHO LOST LEGS IN AFGHANISTAN EXPLOSION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2014 (Ramona)--On August 9th, Brandon Dodson’s life changed forever.  The Marine Corps Staff Sergeant from Ramona was on combat patrol in Hemand Provice, Iraq when an Improvised Explosive Device, or IED detonated.  He lost both legs and suffered other serious injuries including a fractured pelvis, broken tailbone and broken hand, KPBS reports.

PEANUT AND ALMOND BUTTERS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA

 

East County News Service

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Before you pack up a peanut butter sandwich for your children’s school lunches, check the labels.

There is a recall of several brands of peanut butters and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway which own Vons, Kroger’s which owns Ralph and Food 4 Less, and others.

COUNTY AGING PROGRAMS EARN INNOVATION AWARDS

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS) has received national honors for two of its programs aimed at supporting older adults.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS AUGUST 20-31

 

Listen to Destination East County on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM.  Our show airs Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 5 p.m. and you can hear Destination East County each Wednesday and Friday with your hosts, Rebecca Williamson and Leon Thompson.

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Stargazers, wine lovers, and music fans will all find plenty to savor in East County this week.  Plus in this week’s edition of Destination East County, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions  so you can mark your calendars– including a pair of Indian pow-wows and the season opener for the Aztec football team.

ARE GUARD RAILS PUTTING SAFETY OF MOTORISTS AT RISK?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Guardrails that are alleged to have crumpled and impaled drivers are installed in all 50 states—including highways right here in San Diego County, a 10 News special report has found.  Reporters from 10 News located at least 14 of the guardrails on local highways.

LOCAL KURDS RALLY TO PROTEST ISIS TERRORIST ATTACKS: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH A LOCAL KURDISH-AMERICAN WITH FAMILY IN TURMOIL

 

Update: Hear our interview with  a loca Kurdish-American whose family is caught up in the tragic actions unfolding in Kurdistan under the ISIS assault. Listen online now: http://kiwi6.com/file/toy925ngc9 (This interview originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM)

Anguish hits home for local Kurdish residents

By Miriam Raftery

August 11, 2014 (San Diego) – “This is a great humanitarian tragedy, and another genocide against the Kurdish nation,” Kurdish-American Amina (who asked that her last name be withheld) told East County Magazine.  She is horrified at news reports of beheadings, mass graves and the kidnapping of young girls as sex slaves by ISIS terrorists who have laid siege to the city of Shingal and trapped 100,000 refugees atop the Shingal Mountain. No one feels safe there. People are hopeless,” she says.

Now the crisis has impacted her own family, like many of the 4,000 to 5,000 Kurdish people in the San Diego region and 15,000 Kurds in the U.S. overall. 

“The Kurdish people know that their dear Pesharga do not have weapons to defend them from these barbarians, and this makes them live and die in fear. We hear that the Kurdish government is asking people (one of them being my brother) to find themselves weapons and join the Peshmarga,” she wrote in an e-mail to East County Magazine. “Sadly, most people do not have weapons, so if they go to war, they will go with bare hands.”

GROSSMONT LEARNS A LESSON: COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT UNIFICATION OF ALPINE DISTRICT

 

 

View a video of the complete San Diego County Board of Education meeting on the unification plan: http://stream.sdcoe.net/wc/boardmeeting081314/

By Miriam Raftery and Bill Weaver

August 17, 2014 (Alpine)--The County Board of Education provided a learning experience Wednesday to the Grossmont Union High School District:  If you ignore the will of voters and spend off bond money slated for a new Alpine high school on other projects, there are consequences.

FIRE CHIEFS AND REGIONAL OFFICIALS ASSESS RESPONSE TO MAY FIRES, PREPAREDNESS FOR FUTURE FIRES

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 16, 2014 (San Diego) – In the wake of the May wildfires that resulted in a countywide disaster declaration, Fire Chiefs and elected officials from across the region met on July 31 at the Count Operations Center to assess what went right--and what areas have room for improvement.

PROJECT WILDLIFE'S 8TH ANNUAL WE LIKE IT WILD! EVENT FEATURES EXOTIC ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS, AND JOAN EMBERY AS HOST

               

 

 

August 18, 2014 (San Diego, CA) – Project Wildlife will be hosting its 8th annual We Like It Wild! fundraising event on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the historic Pillsbury Ranch in Lakeside. The VIP Reception will run from 4-5pm, with the Main Excursion from 5-8pm. This ranch gala features renowned wildlife and conservation expert Joan Embery as host, as well as up-close and personal encounters with her exotic animals. We Like It Wild! raises critical funds for Project Wildlife’s work to rehabilitate wildlife in need and educate the public on conservation.

TRAINING TURNS TO REAL-LIFE RESCUE FOR SHERIFF'S VOLUNTEERS

 

August 18, 2014 (San Diego) - San Diego County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, or SAR volunteers got to test their newly acquired skills after a training session turned into a real-life rescue. The crew-in-training hoisted a pilot, who crashed his hang glider near Mount Laguna, back to safety.

WORKERS PICKET AT FOOD 4 LESS STORES IN EAST COUNTY AND SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--If you shopped at Food 4 Less in the past week or so, Grove), you likely encountered picketers.  The United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents grocery store employees at most of the grocery stores in San Diego, have renewed their contract with major grocery store chain owners – except Food 4 Less.  The chain has about a dozen stores countywide, including East County locations in El Cajon, Lemon Grove and Santee.

HUNTER SPEAKS OUT ON MILITARIZATION OF POLICE

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, and riots that followed have drawn national attention to the militarization of local police departments across America.

HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES MERGER

 

East County News Service

August 19, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego Humane Society has announced that it will merge with PAWS San Diego on September 1st to help more let pet owners keep their pets. PAWS provides support to low-income seniors, disabled and chronically ill people.

MISSOURI TEEN SHOOTING HAS IMPACTS LOCALLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo posted at Wikipedia by Loaves of Bread under Creative Commons (attribution required)

August 17, 2014 (San Diego)--City Heights residents organized a “hands up” tribute late Thursday in San Diego as part of a nationwide event calling attention to the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Missouri. About 100 gathered, wearing red ribbons on their arms. They joined hands and held a moment of silence for all victims of police violence.

GEORGE WILL CONFIRMS NIXON'S VIETNAM TREASON

 

By Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman

Photo: President Nixon, with edited transcripts of Nixon White House Tape conversations during broadcast of his address to the Nation, on April 29, 1974.

This article was originally published August 12, 2014 on Common Dreams. Reprinted under a Creative Commons license.

August 18, 2014 (Washington D.C.) -- Richard Nixon was a traitor.

The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

JUDGE ORDERS CALIFORNIA TO EDUCATE ALL NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING STUDENTS

 

Report finds 3 East County schools among state’s worst for educating English learners

By Miriam Raftery and Sharon Penny

Updated August 14, 2014 to include a response from the GUHSD

August 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -A quarter of all school districts in California are failing to educate many children who don’t speak English, according to figures obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union on the Department of Education’s website.

LAKESIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ELECTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

August 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce elected its 2014-2015 board of directors recently.  The board members are:

ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVER INJURED FLEEING SCENE OF CRASH IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – A woman who crashed into a parked car in Lakeside, then fled the scene by jumping down 30 feet into a concrete drainage ditch,  has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.

MIRACLES ACTUALLY HAPPEN: AUTHOR CREDITS DIVINE INTERVENTION

 

Lasting Impact: My Miraculous Recovery From Total Paralysis, by John Miksa, with Scott P. Leary, M.D. (Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC, Mustang, Oklahoma, 2014, 224 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 17, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Yes, I believe in miracles, for in my lifetime I have witnessed and been personally involved in miracles. John Miksa has authored a book, with the assistance of Scott P. Leary, M.D., about the ultimate miracle; Lasting Impact: My Miraculous Recovery From Total Paralysis.

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