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READER’S EDITORIAL: BIG MONEY AND HIT PIECES INFLUENCING OUR LA MESA POLITICAL SEASON

HEAR OUR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS & HER OPPONENT, LARRY WILSKE

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERRA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT

HEALTH DEPT. AND COURTS BACK NEIGHBORS IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO WIND FARMS

NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


SDG&E CELEBRATES OPENING OF SUBSTATION NEAR ALPINE AND COMPLETION OF SUNRISE POWERLINK

Outside, protesters object to Powerlink and more power projects planned for region

By Miriam Raftery

July 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – “That snap, crackle and pop is the sound of success,’ SDG&E president and chief financial officer Michael Niggli declared, referring to the noises emanating from high voltage lines at the newly completed Suncrest Substation.

 Atop a former mountaintop blasted away for the project’s construction, Governor Jerry Brown  and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined with energy industry executives to celebrate what they view as a milestone in meeting the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME AT THE KROC CENTER AUGUST 7

July 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The 29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime will be held at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Recreation Field, 6845 University Ave., San Diego on August 7 form 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event features live entertainment, including an interactive Self Defense Demonstration, a chance to meet local police and law enforcement officers, free snacks, giveaways, finger-painting, games, community booths and more.

EVENT TO BENEFIT RETIRING OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM AUGUST 10

July 28, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Officer Jarred Slocum, injured during a shooting last August on Prince Street will be medically retiring from those injuries.  He and his family will be moving out of San Diego.  The El Cajon Police Officer’s Association and the El Cajon Elk’s Lodge 1812 will be hosting a benefit for Jarred and his family at the El Cajon Elk’s Lodge 1812, 1400 East Washington Ave., El Cajon on August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

1ST SYNTHETIC DRUG MANUFACTURING OPERATION SEIZED IN SD COUNTY

 

Takedown Netted Thousands of Packages of Spice and Bath Salts
 
July 28, 2012 (San Diego)  –  6 individuals were arrested and more than 7000 packages of Spice and Bath Salt products were seized in a search warrant yesterday in Escondido, CA.  This operation was part of the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production and sale of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense, or plant food.

 

HISTORICAL SPEAKERS AT EL CAJON LIBRARY BRING HISTORY ALIVE FOR CENTENNIAL STARTING AUGUST 2

 
July 28, 2012 (El Cajon)--What was life like 100 years ago here in El Cajon?  As part of the Centennial Celebration for the City, the El Cajon Library and the El Cajon Historical Society are presenting a "Journey To Our Historical Past" speaker series starting August 2. There are currently seven presentations scheduled for the first and third Thursday of the month in the Community Room of the library,  201 E. Douglas Avenue, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

FBI AND SAN DIEGO POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO FIND ALLEGED BANK ROBBER; DNA MATCH FOUND ON CAP

 
Darius Demon Lake Charged With Robbing Chase Bank on April 6, 2012

The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a man charged with robbing the Chase Bank, 4078, Adams Avenue, San Diego, California, on Friday, April 6, 2012.

BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED FOR POTRERO GENERAL STORE AND CAFÉ WATER SYSTEM

 
Test Result Shows Total Coliform Bacteria Absent in Drinking Water Supply   
  
July 28, 2012 (Portrero) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for Potrero General Store and Café Water System, located at 25125 Highway 94, Potrero, CA 91963 effective immediately. 

ASSEMBLYMAN NATHAN FLETCHER, POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIMS

 
 
July 28, 2012 (San Diego)-- California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego Police Officers Association will hold a fundraiser to help those affected by the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting at a special screening of The Dark Knight Rises this Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.
 
Movie ticket proceeds will go to victims and their families to pay for hospital stays, rehabilitation costs and miscellaneous expenses. Proceeds will go directly to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, created by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper through the Community First Foundation.  Nathan Fletcher is an Assemblyman representing San Diego, where the shooter was from. 
 
This event is open to the public. Tickets will be available for a $25 at the door. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Event invitation here.   The location is  UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive #100, San Diego, CA 92108.  For more information visit www.nathanfletcher.com/colorado.

TWO STROLLER RECALLS FROM CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

July 29, 2012 (San Diego) --  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in co-operation with Peg Perego and Kolcraft has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 228,000 strollers.

The Peg Perego USA Inc. recall is of 223,000 strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation.  A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.

HOME DEPOT EVACUATED OVER PESTICIDE SPILL

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

July 27, 2012 (El Cajon)—The Home Depot store at 298 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon was evacuated this afternoon after employees reported a suspicious odor at 2:34 p.m. 

According to Deputy Chief Rick Sitta, El Cajon-Heartland Fire and Rescue, before emergency responders arrived, four people already had gone home and EMS took care of nine people at the scene, but none were transported to the hospital.

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN LA MESA AUGUST 7

July 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa will be participating in National Night Out on August 7 at the north Target parking lot at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event will be an Emergency Preparedness Fair that is family friendly and an easy way to learn to prepare for disaster.

Explore emergency vehicles, get free child fingerprinting and receive free resources and information on putting together an emergency preparedness kit.  Target will provide free BBQ.  For more information call 667-7545.

HEARTLAND FIRE CHIEF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 
July 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The Fire Chief for Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, Mike Scott has announced his retirement. His final day will be July 29, 2012. He had been the Fire Chief for the City of El Cajon since June of 2005, and became the Heartland Fire Chief, overseeing the three cities, in October of 2009.

SMITHSON TAPPED AS PRESIDENT, WARING RESUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF CLEANTECH SAN DIEGO

 
July 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of CleanTECH San Diego is pleased to announce the appointment of Holly Smithson as president and chief operating officer for the organization. Her appointment was approved by a unanimous vote. 
 
Smithson replaced Jim Waring who will be resuming his role as executive chairman of the board of directors of CleanTECH San Diego. Waring previously served as chairman of the non-profit trade organization from its founding in 2007 until 2011, when he assumed the interim role of president and CEO.

OFFICIAL PADRES WATCH PARTY AT SYCUAN JULY 28

 

July 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Padres are on the road, but you can still enjoy a game at an official Padres watch party at Sycuan Casino,  5469 Casino Way, El Cajon on July 28 at 4:10 p.m.  The watch party will be held at GameDay Sports Bar & Grill inside the casino.

Join the Pad Squad and the Swinging Friar while enjoying food and drink specials.  Exclusive Padres items will be available to win.  Visit http://atmlb.com/Ipy8jk for more information. 

SUSPECT USING SCISSORS TO ROB LA MESA AM/PM STORE ARRESTED

 
July, 27, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Before running away from the AM/PM Gas Station at 4925 Spring Street in La Mesa on July 9, a lone suspect with scissors robbed the store at about 1:40 a.m. The suspect ran away westbound from the store with a metal cash box containing petty cash. 

42ND ANNUAL PINE VALLEY DAYS JULY 27 & 28, PARADE ON SATURDAY

July 26, 2012 (Pine Valley) – The Mountain Empire Men’s Club presents the 42nd annual Pine Valley Days on July 27 and 28.  The events begin on Friday at 5:00 p.m. with a Deep Pit BBQ followed by dancing under the stars at Pine Valley County Park, 28810 Old Highway 80. 

Saturday’s events begin at 9:00 a.m. with a 2 hour parade down old Highway 80 from Pine Valley Road to Pine Blvd. After the parade there will be bouncies for kids, a rock climbing wall, music, a horse shoe tournament and food at the park.  A market place with over 30 vendors will also be there.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SURVIVING A POWER OUTAGE

 
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
 
July 26, 2012  (San Diego's East County) -- Though a power outage can occur from a simple malfunction in the system, human error or a traffic accident involving a power pole. Keep in mind, this is the time of year when it is important to prepare for power outages. Excessive heat warning may cause utility companies to issue “rolling brown outs.”  The summer monsoon season can bring electrical storms causing power disruptions.  Most importantly as we approach Fall, the Santa Ana Winds bring a multitude of threats such as wildfires, but also power outages from downed powerlines. A power outage can be extremely annoying and inconvenient, but it won't be a horrible experience if you're prepared for the worst.

RAIN OR SHINE? GARY KELLEY HAS YOUR WEEKEND WEATHER

 

Gary Kelley provides your online weekend weather forecast for San Diego and East County.

  

SIX BRUSH FIRES CAUSED BY SHOOTING FIREARMS IN EAST COUNTY; CAL FIRE ASKS BLM TO BAN SHOOTING DURING FIRE SEASON

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Revelations that six wildfires in the past six weeks have been caused by recreational shooting in East County has caused a firestorm of controversy.  

Cal-Fire, joined by residents of  Dulzura, Potrero and other areas bordering the Otay Wilderness area have asked the federal Bureau of Land Management to ban shooting on its properties within San Diego County for the duration of this year’s expected severe fire season.  

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 26, 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
  • Returning migrants boost Mexico’s middle class: net immigration to U.S. now zero (Washington Post)
  • Pressure mounts to stop China’s forced abortions (USA Today)
  • Syria says could use chemical arms against foreigners (Reuters)
  • Tax havens: Super rich ‘hide’ 21 trillion (BBC)
  • Murdoch resigns from his British papers’ boards (NY Times)
U.S.
  • Poverty issue missing on presidential campaign trail (OpEd News)
  • Offshore jobs play role in campaign and economy (KPBS)
  • Romney walks political tightrope on foreign policy (CNN)
  • What happens to current nursing home residents if House Budget Resolution becomes law? (Medicare Advocacy)
  • White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill (The Hill)
  • Solar trade war hurts Chinese imports (Technology Review)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
July 26, 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
  • Health insurance rebates due next week across California  (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Parks Director resigns amid scandal (Sacramento Bee)
  • Prop 32 opponents blast measure as flawed, unfair (Sacramento Bee)
  • 4th night of unrest in Anaheim as protesters confront police (San Diego Free Press)
  • Will California’s controversial desalination plant get off the ground?  Here’s the last hurdle it faces (Alternet)
LOCAL
  • Foreclosures plummet in San Diego County (UT San Diego)
  • Council won’t sign PBID yet (La Mesa Today)
  • San Diego: America’s Olympic capital (UT San Diego)
  • Lakeside’s Long new face of Olympics (UT San Diego)
  • Abuse of power allegations levied against Border Patrol (10 News)
  • Video shows border agent destroying water for migrants (10 News)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EARTHTALK®: AIR POLLUTION IN NATIONAL PARKS E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss
 
July 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: I was appalled by the pollution haze I saw on a recent visit to Acadia National Park in Maine, and was told by a ranger that it was from smokestacks and tailpipes hundreds of miles away. Is anything being done to clear the air in Acadia and other natural areas where people go to breathe fresh air and enjoy distant unobstructed views?                 -- Betty Estason, via e-mail

AWASH IN COMPLAINTS, OCOTILLO RESIDENTS SEEK PROTECTION FROM WIND DEVELOPER’S ACTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

July 24, 2012 (Ocotillo) – On Friday the 13th of July, foaming  floodwaters rushed through the town of Ocotillo, leaving a white chemical residue behind on lawns, streets, and the surrounding desert floor. 

Despite numerous complaints to federal, state and local officials, however, nothing has been done to test the residue or correct a drainage pattern altered by Pattern Energy’s construction at the adjacent Ocotillo Express industrial wind site on Bureau of Land Management property.

The flooding is the latest in a long string of problems tied to Pattern and its subcontractors, which residents say have exhibited a pattern of breaking rules that protect public health and safety, with seemingly no serious consequences. 

JAMUL FIRE KNOCKED OFF BY A MULTI AGENCY FIRE RESPONSE

 

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

July 25, 2012 (Jamul)-- A brush fire that began at or near 128480 Proctor Valley Road in Jamul shortly after 4 p.m. was knocked down by a  massive, multiple agency response that included over 100 firefighters from at least a half dozen fire departments.

 The road at Proctor Valley Road and Echo Valley Road was hard- blocked, preventing access to the scene this evening. It is a narrow road, and heavy fire equipment needed the room to maneuver. Authorities indicated it was also shut down on the Chula Vista side.

PROTEST PLANNED AT SDG&E’S SUNRISE POWERLINK SUBSTATION “CELEBRATION” THURSDAY IN EAST COUNTY

 Governor Brown to be present at event

July 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Opponents of Sunrise Powerlink and massive industrial energy projects proposed to tie into the line are encouraging the public to join a protest on Thursday, July 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

While SDG&E's invited dignitaries including Governor Jerry Brown celebrate completion of the new Suncrest Substation just east of Alpine, protesters will gather outside at Interstate 8 and Japatul Valley Road just east of Alpine.

FIRE BURNING IN JAMUL NEAR MT. MIGUEL

Update 5:20 p.m.: The fire's forward spread has been stopped at 20 acres, Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik reports. No structures were burned. Proctor Valley Road remains  closed between Chula Vista and Jamul. Echo Way is also closed but should be opened soon. 

LUCKY LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN LEMON GROVE: $590,000 WINNER

 

July 25, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – If you bought a Mega Millions California Lottery ticket at a gas station in Lemon Grove, you may be the lucky winner of over half a million dollars.

The winning ticket matched five of six winning numbers in Tuesday’s draw (5, 9, 38, 46 and 51) but did not match the Mega number 5.  The Lemon Grove ticket is worth $587,468, Lottery officials announced today.

“UNDERGROUND” PERFORMED BY YOUTH THEATRE CONSERVATORY JULY 23-28

 

July 25, 2012 (El Cajon) – Youth Theatre Conservatory (YTC) will be performing “Underground” July 23-28 at 7:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on the July 28, at Granite Hills High School Little Theatre, 1719 East Madison Ave, El Cajon.  The show is centered around forgiveness and letting go of struggles.  It was previously named “A Room Full of Strangers”.

PADRE DAM WEIGHS RATE HIKE: PUBLIC FORUM THURSDAY JULY 26

July 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Padre Dam Municipal Water District are considering a rate hike on its 24,000 customers in East County.

On Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m., the District will hold a workshop at its board room (9300 Fanita Parkway in Santee) to explain the proposal and answer questions. 

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