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SAN DIEGO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY EXPANDS SEASON OF CONCERTS, ADDS NEW VENUE IN EAST COUNTY FOR OCT. 31 PERFORMANCE

HOW SDG&E'S SMART DEVICES HELPED RESTORE POWER TO THEIR CUSTOMERS

CAL FIRE PROVIDES UPDATE ON FIRES BURNING STATEWIDE

SOMETHING FISHY IN COACHELLA VALLEY

DREW FORD SELLS TO FOREIGN COMPANY FOLLOWING DEATH OF FAMILY PATRIARCH

REP. DUNCAN D. HUNTER TO DEBATE CHALLENGER JAMES KIMBER SEPT. 26

MUSIC TO OUR EARS: ADAMS AVENUE STREET FAIR SEPT. 27-28

PASSAGES: FORMER LMSV SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER PENNY HALGREN DIES

POWERFUL STORM CELL SOCKS REGION


JOIN A "CASH MOB" TODAY TO AID LOCAL MERCHANT IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON

 

July 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – A new phenomenon in today’s challenging economy is the rise of “cash mobs” organized by friends via social media to help local merchants. The craze has caught on across the country and today, takes root in El Cajon.  

The public is invited to meet at the corner of Main St. and Magnolia in front of Starbucks at noon, then walk en mass to Glamour Girlz Boutique one block east on Main St. 

HELIX WATER TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETING ON RATE HIKE JULY 10

 

July 7, 2012 (La Mesa)—Helix Water District invites the public to a public informational meeting on a proposed water rate hike. The meeting will be held July 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.

If 50% of ratepayers object in writing, the rate hike can be halted.  Written protests must be submitted by U.S. mail or in person to 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942, or written protests may be turned in at the Public Hearing on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. before conclusion of the public comment portion. (E-mailed comments are not allowed.)

THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER IS NOW ONLINE

July 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- If you haven't yet seen our weekly e-newsletter, which provides a handy summary of the week's top news and events with links to each special section, check out our latest issue online here

If you'd like to get a FREE subscription to receive our weekly e-newsletter, sign up at the top right side of our homepage.  You can also receive free wildfire and emergency alerts, to stay safe and informed.

TRANSIENT ARRESTED FOR THROWING EXPLOSIVE DEVICE AT TROLLEY IN LA MESA

July 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police today announced the arrest of Darron Willams, 19, a transient accused of hurling a bottle bomb at a trolley station in La Mesa on July 3 shortly before 8 p.m. The device, a 16-ounce plastic bottle filled with magnesium and water, exploded at the Spring Street Trolley Station at 4250 Spring Street.   

HOW HEALTHCARE REFORMS WILL AFFECT NONPROFITS

 By Miriam Raftery

July 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Among the least understood aspects of the Affordable Care Act are the benefits that it offers to nonprofit organizations.  Smaller nonprofits have potential to reap benefits, along with their employees—without the potential penalties facing some for-profit employers.

East County Magazine contacted the new Health Law Guide for businesses site to ask how the law will impact nonprofit organizations.  Here is the response that we received:

POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS’ FALL 2012 SEASON SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

July 6, 2012 (Poway) – Single tickets for the Fall Season at the Poway Center for Performing Arts are now on sale.  The scheduled lineup for the season is:

O Berkley, Where Hart Thou? – September 22
Jake Shimabukuro – October 12
Natalie MacMaster – October 27
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show – Decmeber 1

SDG&E TO AWARD $1 MILLION IN GRANTS TO LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS

 
Applications now being accepted
 
July 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of its 2012 Environmental Champions Initiative, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced that it will contribute $1 million to local environmental non-profit organizations in San Diego County and south Orange County.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE COACH HAS TRIO OF OLYMPIC-BOUND PROTÉGÉS

Two-time Olympian race walker a mentor to next generation of athletes
 
July 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Cuyamaca College cross-country coach Tim Seaman, a two-time Olympian race walker, will be traveling to the Games in London, but this time it will be as a coach instead of as a competitor.

Athletes competing in the  men’s 20,000-meter race walk at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon last week included, from left, Tyler Sorensen;  Cuyamaca College graduate Nick Christie; Cuyamaca College cross country coach Tim Seaman, and the winner of the 12-man race and the lone qualifier for the London Games, Trevor Barron.  Seaman, who has competed twice in the Olympics, is the coach for these three young athletes.

MARKETING MATTERS: TAKING THE SUMMER OFF?

 
Tips and tricks for business success and growth
 
By Rama Beerfas
 
July 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –  It's summer once again and it's easy to be distracted by the idea of beaches, poolside lounging, picnics and long vacations. After all, if the kids can do it, why can't we?
Well, we can. In fact, we should. Some time away from work can renew your perspective, recharge your willingness to work on the business, and give you some new insights as you involve yourself with things outside the scope of your usual workday.

DEA/NTF SEIZE 41,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS IN SUNSHINE SUMMIT

 
Largest Outdoor Marijuana Grow Seizure on Private Property in San Diego County History
 
July 6, 2012 (Warner Springs) – On June 30 and July 1, 2012, DEA/NTF (Narcotics Task Force) conducted a marijuana eradication operation in the unincorporated area of Warner Springs called Sunshine Summit. A State of California search warrant was obtained for the 40 acre parcel of private property which concealed the marijuana plants.

CHRIS KLICH JAZZ QUINTET WITH LAURA PREBLE: JULY 28 IN SANTEE

 

 

July 6, 2012 (Santee) – Enjoy an  evening of romantic jazz performed by the Chris Klich Jazz Quintet, a well-known local ensemble has played at venues all over San Diego County.  The group’s album "Blue Skies" was nominated for best jazz album at the San Diego Music Awards.  

 

Chris Klich is inspired by the Dave Brubeck quartet and other great jazz artists. His instruments of choice are sax, clarinet, and flute. Vocalist Laura Preble is a full-throated singer-songwriter  whose voice has been characterized as "whiskey velvet." 

HOUSE BILL WOULD MAKE IT COSTLY FOR PLAINTIFFS WHO SUE TO BLOCK ENERGY PROJECTS ON TRIBAL LANDS

 

 

Bill would also ban public from accessing environmental impacts of tribal projects

By Miriam Raftery

July 5, 2012 (Washington D.C.) –The Native American Energy Act, HR 3973, has been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill, which seeks to remove “bureaucratic obstacles” to energy production on tribal lands, would also severely impede residents, environmentalists or even neighboring tribes who file lawsuits to stop tribal energy projects.

THIS ROCKS: THUNDER ROAD PERFORMS FREE BRUCE SPRINGSTEIN TRIBUTE CONCERT JULY 6

 

July 6, 2012 – It’s been many years since rock star Bruce Springstein performed in San Diego.  Now fans of “the Boss”  can enjoy his music performed by Thunder Road, twice nominated as best tribute band in the San Diego Music Awards. 

Best of all, this concert is free! Thunder Road takes stage at the Viejas Casino V-Lounge in Alpine this Friday, July 6 from 8 p.m  to midnight.

CAPITOL REPORT: HOW SAN DIEGO'S LEGISLATORS VOTED ON HOMEOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS

 

July 5, 2012 – The Homeowners Bill of Rights is one of the most significant consumer protection reforms this year. Find out how your representatives in San Diego County voted on this important legislation, which passed both houses in Sacramento and is expected to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JULY 15

July 5, 2012 (San Diego) – The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce is offering 5 $1,000 scholarships.  The deadline to apply for the scholarship is July 15.  The application is available for download at www.csdbcc.com.

The scholarships will be given away on August 9 by Magic Johnson at the State Black Chamber Convention.

ULTIMATE FIELD TRIP: FARM TOUR DISHES UP AN UP-CLOSE LOOK--AND TASTE--OF LOCAL AGRICULTURAL

 

 

By

Miriam Raftery

 

July 4, 2012 (Valley Center and Pauma Valley)– San Diego Farm Bureau’s latest farm tour offered guests the opportunity to visit four unique farms including a citrus ranch, vineyard, cactus farm, and ranch raising turkeys and other livestock.  Tour-goers met with farmers, took a tractor-ride, and learned about the joys and challenges of local farming.

It may surprise you to learn that San Diego County is home to more small farms (under 10 acres) than any other county in America.  Some are generations old, while others are new businesses sprouting up in the fertile soils of our sunny inland regions.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 5, 2012 --  (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 reflecting 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:    
 
 

 

WORLD
  • Al Jazeera: tests suggest Arafat died of radioactive polonium poisoning (USA Today)
  • Mexico’s president-elect may double security spending – aide (Reuters)
  • Iran long range missiles attack ‘mock’enemy  bases (ABC news)
  • Report describes brutal torture centers in Syria (CNN)
U.S.
  • Obama, Romney campaign to square off over energy (The Hill)
  • Congress passes student loan bill (Huffington Post)
  • The bomb buried in Obamacare explodes today – Hallelujah! (Forbes)
  • More state leaders considering opting out of Medicare expansion (Washington Post)
  • Romney campaign enters ‘message mayhem’ on insurance mandate (USA Today)
  • The Nation: Guns blamed for started wildfires in parched west  (North County Times)
  • This summer is ‘what global warming looks like’ (AP/Associated Press)
  • Deadly land hurricane strikes Midwest, Atlantic states  (Accuweather)
  • A health care Judas recounts his conversion  (CNN)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
July 5, 2012 --  (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: 
 
 

 
 STATE
  • CA Wildfire liability bill emerges from the ashes (Sacramento Bee)
  • This summer, electric cars are merging into California’s traffic (New York Times)
LOCAL
  • Citizen protests $11 million no bid contract; Grossmont school district (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa war hero survived wounds, not runaway car (UT San Diego)
  • Plug pulled on San Diego power plant (KPBS)
  • 16-year-old driver in SR 52 crash pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter (Santee Patch)
  • How Darrell Issa’s pursuit of Attorney General Eric Holder is playing back home (Daily Beast)
  • Great white shark sighting closes beach (UT San Diego)
  • San Onofre workers lack whistleblower protections (KPBS)
  • County makes a disaster of the Brown Act (CityBeat)

FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN EL CAJON

 

By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
 
July 5, 2012 (El Cajon) --A single family home at 796 Ballantyne Rd was damaged overnight by a fire. According to Battalion Chief Kelly Sisson from Heartland Fire, two adults and two dogs  were removed from the scene, since they could not stay there overnight.

 

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM FOR KIDS: OPERATION CHILL

July 5, 2012 (San Diego)--FREEZE! Do a good deed and get a cool treat from Sheriff's Deputies.

Sheriff's Deputies are issuing a different kind of "ticket" to children this summer.

Don't be alarmed if deputies stop you along a bike path or sidewalk or call you over to the patrol car, a release issued by the Sheriff’s office cautions. This summer, deputies will "ticket" kids caught in the act of doing a good deed with Slurpee© beverage coupons.

JULIAN CLASSIC MOTORING SHOW: 'SALUTE TO THE 45TH BAJA 1000'

 
July 5, 2012 (Julian) -- Julian's Classic Motoring Show this year will be a blend of extremes, with pristine perfect exotics and down-to-earth and hard-charging off-road vehicles. The off-roaders' appearance is historically significant since they'll be saluting the 45th running of the internationally-famous Baja 1000. Show dates for the Julian Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event are July 14 and 15, 2012.

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR HEALTH CARE CHANGES: NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

July 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, will take full effect by 2014. In light of a recent Supreme Court decision ruling the law constitutional, you may wonder how the law will affect California's small businesses.

The new law does not require employers to provide health insurance for employees. However, there are both penalties for not meeting coverage requirements and tax incentives for small businesses that do. To help small businesses learn more about requirements and opportunities provided by the new law, some of California's leading business organizations have launched a website: healthlawguideforbusiness.org.

2 LIVE COMEDY EVENTS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR KNSJ RADIO JULY 15 AND 22

July 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Brew Ha HA comedians will host two live comedy events aimed at raising money to help a new radio station get on the air in East County.  KNSJ Radio, FM 89.1, has been approved for an FM license to broadcast from Descanso and also streaming live broadcasts online.  The network will focus on social justice issues while also providing an on-air forum to showcase community news, highlight local musicians’ works, and air local emergency alerts.   

BRIDGE JUMPER OVER HIGHWAY 94

Update 10 p.m.: This incident has been cleared.

July 5, 2012 (San Diego) – A possible bridge jumper is on the Federal bridge over eastbound 94. According to the CHP website, he is a white male adult wearing a black shirt and plaid shorts.

The man was spotted shortly after 8 p.m. putting his leg over the bridge rail.  San Diego Police has been dispatched to the scene. 

SHERIFF INVESTIGATING SERIOUS INJURY OF CHILD IN RAMONA

July 5, 2012 (Ramona) – San Diego Sheriff’s Child Abuse unit, Homicide Detail and Crime Lab are investigating the serious injury of a 7-month-old child.

Ramona deputies received a call at 11:27 a.m. yesterday to assist fire department paramedics in 2600 block of Southern Oak Road.  The child, injured inside the home, was transported via air ambulance to Rady Children’s Hospital but is not expected to survive, said Lt. Larry Nesbit with the Sheriff's Homicide Detail.

FRONT AND CENTER: TIME TO GIRLCOTT THE MILITARY

By Rick Rogers, DefenseTracker.com

July 3, 2012 (San Diego)--The scourge of sexual assaults in the military seemingly cannot be stopped.

With the military unable or unwilling to protect our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, it’s time women refuse to join the military and to disband the farcical Uniformed Code of Military Justice – an inadequate and unequal court system more interested in protecting the military than dispensing justice.

Cut off from it fastest growing pool of recruits – women – we’d find out exactly how fast our military leaders could correct this national embarrassment.  

READER’S EDITORIAL: 10 POINTS FOR DENIAL ON JULY 19 TO SAVE MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

 

By Stephen Goldfarb

July 4, 2012, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Ten points clarify why an initiation to amend the community plan and rezone from open space to industrial should be denied by the San Diego Planning Commission at the July 19th hearing.  Rezoning, if approved, would allow construction of the Quail Brush gas power plant near Mission Trails Regional Park.

TROLLEY TO COMICON, SAVE THE HASSLE

 

By Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
Photo Nadin Abbott
 
July 4, 2012 (San Diego)-- if you live in the East County, and you are planning to attend Comicon International, the Trolley has a deal for you. Metropolitan Transit will sell commemorative day passes, for $20.00, and decreasing amounts depending on how many days you ride. For the full Convention and the Preview night, cost will be $20 for the five days. 
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