Reinvigorated restaurant from founders of Pat & Oscars opens in Parkway Plaza
By Ellinoa Blake
Photos by Miriam Raftery and Ellinoa Blake
July 25, 2012 (La Mesa) – Patients, some in walkers and wheelchairs, were dismayed to learn that a power outage has forced evacuation of the five-story medical office building #3 at 5565 Grossmont Center Drive.
A spokesperson at the property management company told ECM that power may not be restored until after 5 p.m. tonight.
Power was also out briefly at buildings #1 and #2, but has been restored. The outage was first reported by Incident Page Network, confirmed by ECM at the scene.
July 25, 2012 (Ocotillo) – No, this isn’t the mother ship that’s landed in Ocotillo. It’s another alien power – the first wind turbine foundation poured at Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express project. Photographer Jim Pelley measured a single turbine foundation hole measures 286 feet.
More than 100 turbines, each 450 feet tall, are planned to invade this desert on public land--despite protections under state and federal law intended to preserve the habitat, wildlife and scenery.
Update: Missing teen Calvin Kilonzo has been located. According to La Mesa Police, he left voluntarily and has since returned home.
Update, 6:20 p.m.: Smoke south of I-8 is from fire on the Mexican side of the border, per CalFire. A Border Patrol agent told ECM the fire was about two miles south of the international border.
July 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Space Bar Internet Café presents Open Mic Night with Jihmye on July 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 7454 University Ave., La Mesa. Brandon Cesmot is the featured poet and Jim Moreno is hosting.
Cesmot has been among California’s most active poets and has won four San Diego Book Awards. His poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Prism Review and Homestead Review among others.
July 24, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: Has an alternative to air conditioning to keep rooms cool been invented that is significantly cheaper and/or that uses significantly less energy than traditional air conditioning?
July 23, 2012 (El Cajon) --All westbound lanes of I-8 are blocked at Johnson Ave. in El Cajon due to a crash involving a van and another vehicle on the center divide. Traffic is also slow on eastbound I-8, an eyewitness at the scene told ECM at 9:45 p.m. No emergency vehicles had arrived yet as of this report; avoid area if possible.
July 23, 2012 (La Mesa) – SDG&E announces a power outage is scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 3:00 am lasting up to four hours and a second power outage on Saturday, August 4 at 2:30 am lasting up to five hours in La Mesa. The outage will affect the following streets:
July 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Your Online Weather forecasts warm weather through Wednesday with isolated thunderstorms over the mountains and deserts Monday night.
On the coasts and in inland valleys, expect night morning low clouds with minor cooling and drier through the weekend.
Decision allows industrial-scale wind development across East County and northeast region, including San Diego's scenic mountain, desert and rural areas
By Miriam Raftery
"This is absolutely unneeded and ill advised."--Commissioner Peder Norby
July 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – By a 4-2 vote, San Diego County’s Planning Commission voted Friday to approve a controversial County Wind Energy Ordinance, an amendment to the Boulevard General Plan enabling approval for industrial scale wind turbine projects across vast areas in local mountain, rural and desert areas. Also approved was an amendment to the Borrego Springs Community Plan to increase flexibility for small turbine projects.
Communities targeted as prime industrial-scale wind resource areas include Santa Ysabel near Julian, Ranchita, Ocotillo Wells, Boulevard, Campo and Jacumba and other areas under County jurisdiction, as well as many federal recreational and U.S. forest lands as wlell as tribal properties.
July 23, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Hit the trail with your smartphone and you can get more than a little hiking in. How about working out your core, your lower body, upper body and improving your flexibility too? The County Parks and Recreation Department kicked off QR (Quick Response) Fit Trails at 4S Ranch Sports Park this morning.
SIERRA CLUB FILES CLIMATE LAWSUIT: COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO MUST FACE FACTS AND KEEP PROMISES, GROUP SAYS
2nd plane to land on freeway in two days
July 23, 2012 (Escondido) – A 1968 Piper airplane made an emergency landing on I-15 just north of El Norte Road at 11:25 p.m. last night after running out of fuel. Moments later, it was struck by a pickup truck, the California Highway Patrol reports.
July 22, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 125 south at State Route 94 in the Spring Valley area has resulted in injuries to several people.
"We have transported all patients to hospitals," a Heartland Fire dispatcher told ECM.
1) Meat consumption, health and the environment
2) Challenging Canada's Prime Minister's efforts to weaken environmental protections
July 22, 2012 -- According to CalFire, the forward spread of the Dehesa brush fire at 4700 Dehesa Boulevard has been stopped. The fire is holding at 15 acres. Smoke may still be seen from Crest, and surrounding areas.
ACCOUNTING TECH’S SUNNY OUTLOOK A MORALE-BOOSTER TO CO-WORKERS DURING GRAY DAYS OF STATE’S FINANCIAL CRISIS
July 22, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Kasi Althaus, a Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District accounting tech with a dedication to service and a joie de vivre that lifts the spirits of all around her was lauded at this week’s Governing Board meeting with an award for worker excellence.
READER’S EDITORIAL: SHOCKWAVES-- MASTERS SHOULD BE FIRED IF INVESTIGATION PROVES J.P. MORGAN ENGAGED IN ENRON-STYLE POWER MARKET MANIPULATION
July 22, 2012 (San Diego) – A new online database has been created for California students that is a directory of all online college programs available in the state. The database will be updated yearly and is a free and open resource. School districts and high schools throughout the state have added the database as a resource for students and parents to use.
The web address is http://www.onlineschools.org/guides/california/.
July 22, 2012 (Spring Valley)—A Spring Valley man was shot by two masked men with a shotgun after responding to a knock on his door by a unknown female at 3:00 a.m. in the 800 block of Sacramento Avenue in Spring Valley.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Billy Ortiz
July 21, 2012 (Santee) – Pilot Wayne Oehler, 79 of El Cajon landed safely on State Route 67 in Santee this morning at 10 a.m. after the engine on his homemade plane locked up.
A California Highway Patrol officer noticed the Europa plane attempting to land on the northbound side of the highway and started a traffic break, helping the plane to land safely at the Riverford Road off-ramp, UT-San Diego reported.