By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
East County Magazine “In - House Fire Chief”
June 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Don't assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher.
Here are additional tips to take to protect your home and your family:
117-mile, 500,000-volt transmission line improves electricity reliability, but increases concerns over fire safety for region
June 21, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced June 18 that it had completed and put into service Sunrise Powerlink, a 500,000-volt transmission line linking San Diego to Imperial Valley.
“Putting the Sunrise Powerlink into service is the final milestone in a complex and challenging energy project that ranks among the largest and most significant in the history of San Diego Gas & Electric,” said Jessie J. Knight, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of SDG&E.
By Serena Scaglione
June 20, 2012 (Ramona)—There are more than 60 wineries and vineyards (and counting!) within the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association. What better way to showcase Ramona—which was designated as an American Viticulture Area in 2006—as an up and coming wine region than through a new magazine designed to educate readers about award-winning wines and the people behind the process?
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art, the gallery in residence at the La Mesa Biz Center, 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, is holding an opening reception for Nowhere on June 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The reception will feature the artists and their art. “Nowhere” is a small image show featuring works of art no larger than 12” x 14” and costing no more than $100.
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey is serving up some summer specials Gingham restaurant in La Mesa. Dubbed the first “urban cowboy diner”, Gingham features weekly themed events and specials, fun for couples, friends and families including movies and dining deals. Also, in conjunction with the La Mesa Car Show, Gingham will be offering some to-go food that will be cooked on the grill out back, perfect for anyone who wants to grab a quick lunch and go back to the festivities.
- White House threatens veto on GOP energy bill (The Hill)
- U.S. trafficking report reports ‘modern slavery’ toll (BBC)
- Biotech leader covered up animal deaths from GM corn (RSN)
- Could the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling kill patient safety reforms? (Pro Publica)
- Trans-Pacific Partnership: leaked trade document reveals corporate interests favored over public interest (OB Rag)
- Ousted Egyptian leader Mubarak close to death (BBC)
- Japanese authorities sat on data showing radiation spread (Reuters)
- Regional Chamber of Commerce paints hopeful picture of economic recovery (Ramona Patch)
- SD Unified bringing back all laid off teachers (Voice of San Diego)
- Switching on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink (UTSanDiego)
- New initiative launches in San Diego to reclaim science’s role in policy decisions (KPBS)
- Helix leader Rani Goyal got $56,000 severance in settlement deal (La Mesa Patch)
- The Starting Line: SDG&E’s Trojan Horse (San Diego Free Press)
- UT CEO’s last media company sold interviews (CityBeat)
- Man fatally stabbed in unincorporated La Mesa (La Mesa Patch)
- California Dems resist Gov. Brown’s welfare plans (San Jose Mercury News)
- California schools facing shorter year (Sacramento Bee)
- Viewpoint: Voters have a right to know how much loopholes are costing state (Sacramento Bee)
HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD WIPE OUT ALL PROTECTIONS ON FEDERAL FORESTS AND RECREATIONAL LANDS OUR REGION
Bill also jeopardizes national parks along U.S.-Mexico and Canadian borders;
2 local Congressmen vote to kill environmental protections for all federal lands within 100 miles of borders--encompassing vast swaths in San Diego
MEASURE TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT NEW TOOL TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEAVES SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
HEAT IS ON TO STOP REZONING FOR “QUAIL BRUSH” POWER PLANT: PLANNING COMMISSION TO HEAR ISSUE ON JUNE 28
June 21, 2012 (City Heights – Somali Family Service of San Diego, in partnership with the East African Collaborative, will host its fourth annual Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day on June 23 from 1- 6 p.m. at the City Heights Community Park, south of the City Heights Weingart Branch Library at 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego.
The event brings together East African communities in San Diego in a setting where residents can get health checkups and learn about health topics including mental health, how to access care, nutrition, exercise, preventive screening and care. Community groups will also provide educational information booths in the park.
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Public urged to attend and support call to save the theater; plan will reopen venue before City’s Centennial celebration this fall and calls for phased renovation
June 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – After objecting to a proposal by the City of El Cajon to demolish East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site, community members have united around a goal of saving the theater, forming the ECPAC Foundation.
At a recent meeting, Council voted to reject a developer’s proposal to tear down the theater, then invited ECPAC Foundation to submit a proposal to save the venue.
Today, the organization will hold a press conference at El Cajon City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, at 3 p.m. to outline its proposal. The group will submit an extensive plan for operating the theater to the City Manager at 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come show support to save ECPAC.
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa)—Police seek public help to locate two men who robbed the Sam’s Market at 9:40 p.m. last night.
The suspects entered the store at 7587 University Avenue in La Mesa and one suspect displayed a brown handgun, demanding cash from the clerk. After the clerk complied, the suspects left the store on foot. They were last seen running westbound on Sturgess Avenue from Parks Avenue.
Update June 22: Joe Rodrigues is safe after walking into a medical clinic; he was hospitalized overnight for observation.
June 21, 2012 (Bonita) – The Sheriff seeks public help to find Joe Rodrigues, an 80-year-old Hispanic man who uses oxygen at night and walks with a cane. He walked away from his residence at 3709 Glen Verde Court in Bonita between 4 and 7:50 p.m. yesterday.
Although his destination is unknown, authorities say he may be heading toward his prior residence in downtown San Diego. He may have been wearing a dark baseball cap, long-sleeve blue shirt and glasses. He is 5 feet 10 and weighs about 180 pounds.
Story and photos by Nadin Abbott
June 20, 2012 (Jamul)-- The fire that started this afternoon around the Thousand Trails Campground damaged no structures, and burned about 30 acres. According to Mike Mohler, Public Information Officer for Cal Fire, it was "wind driven, with light fuel."
Early reports mistakenly informed media that the fire started in a structure, based on a caller who reported the fire and believed it to be in a structure.
By Miriam Raftery
June 17, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—It was a sweet victory for Lemon Grove Firefighters Saturday night, when driver Joe Lavigne climbed out of his smashed-up vehicle to claim his department’s trophy. Lemon Grove entered two cars in the Firefighters’ Demolition Derby at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar—and both made it into the final round.
View our video of the final round by clicking above.
June 20, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department today asked for help from the public to find Beverly Simmons, 57. She was last seen in the area of 2400 Fairmount Ave. on Wednesday of last week, according to an SDPD bulletin.
She is described as black, 5 feet tall and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her vehicle is a blue 2009 Subaru Forester, California license plate No. 6EVT885.
Update 4:05 p.m. - Forward spread of the fire has been halted, says Roxanne Provaznik at Cal Fire.
Update 3:40 p.m. -- Firefighters are making good progress toward containment, Cal Fire reports. Two air tankers have been dismissed.
June 20, 2012 (Otay)—Cal Fire and San Diego Fire are at the scene of a 30-acre brush fire at 1,000 Trails Pio Pico and Otay Lakes Road, near Jamul (Thomas Brothers Map 1313 A4).
The Deerhorn Valley Antler earlier reported that the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) indicated the fire could reach 1,000 acres, but fortunately a strong response of manpower and equipment has limited the damage to significantly less.
The brush fire started from a structure fire that spread into the brush and is burning northward at a moderate spread.
Dave Runsten, policy director for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, supports eliminating direct payments to farmers who may or may not plant crops. He adds that the bill shifts much of that money into federally subsidized crop insurance.
June 20, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- Photographer Jim Pelley snapped this image of a horned desert lizard, whose camouflaged appearance blends right in with its desert surroundings. Pelley spotted the reclusive reptile on the site of the Ocotillo Express wind energy facility, which is now under construction.
June 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum & Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave, El Cajon will host an exhibition of nationally known local artists Grace Schlesier, Jack Jordan and Mark Martensen June 29 through August 29. The opening night Meet the Artists Reception will be held on June 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Musician/author finds new career as author, speaker inspired by baggage mishap
By Sierra Robinson and Miriam Raftery
June 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- After United Airlines’ baggage handlers broke the neck of his Taylor guitar, Dave Carroll didn’t just get mad--he got even.
Carroll wrote and starred in a music video that has now had over 12 million hits on Youtube. Titled United Breaks Guitars, the video uses humor to illustrate the troubles Carroll went through trying to get compensated for his loss. Its success has been hailed as a model of how one person can make a difference by using social media.
GROUP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST PATTERN ENERGY AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ALLEGES "ILLEGAL" ACTIONS OVER OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT
By Miriam Raftery
Government accused of illegally approving “ineligible” project that failed to meet minimum federal wind speed standards
Violations of other laws alleged, including discrimination against low-income residents
June 20, 2012 (Ocotillo) –A fourth lawsuit seeking to halt the Ocotillo Express wind facility has been filed in federal court. The plaintiff in this case, Community Advocates for Renewable Energy Stewardship, filed suit yesterday against Pattern Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and top government officials.
The suit, which seeks a permanent enjoinment or halt to the project, differs from prior lawsuits filed by other groups on several fronts.