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.
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.
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.
FBI AND SAN DIEGO POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO FIND ALLEGED BANK ROBBER; DNA MATCH FOUND ON CAP
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.
ASSEMBLYMAN NATHAN FLETCHER, POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIMS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.