FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY MURDER CASE

JOURNALISM FORUM FEATURES EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES OCT. 5 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

SANTEE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 13

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 24-OCT. 21

CANDIDATE FORUM SEPT. 21: HELIX WATER AND LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

LIGHTNING STRIKES ACROSS REGION—BUT NOWHERE NEAR RECORD 199–MILE BOLT

FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SEPT. 26 WON’T INCLUDE GREEN OR LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES

POVERTY ON RISE IN SAN DIEGO

INTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO DEPUTIES' ACTIONS AFTER BORDER FIRE FIND “NO VIOLATIONS”; CITIZENS VOICE ANGER

SANTEE AND LAKESIDE STORES ABIDE BY LAW, SHERIFF’S “MINOR DECOY” PROGRAM FINDS

POLITICS IN PARADISE, PART 2: CANDIDATES FROM ACROSS OUR REGION SEPT. 29 AT BNS BREWING & DISTILLING IN SANTEE

FIRE IN CUYAMACA

VISIONARY SCHOOL FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS "JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" AUG. 14-23

 

August 10, 2014 (San Diego)—Chidren at the Visionary School for the Performing Arts presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92115) on August 14-16 and August 21-23.

NEW SUIT FILED OVER HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL, SLATED TO OPEN NEXT YEAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 10, 2014 (Jamul)--The Jamul Action Committee/Jamulians Against the Casino has filed yet another lawsuit seeking to halt a casino at Jamul Indian Village.  The three-story, $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul has broken ground and is slated to open in late 2015.

AUGUST 13 HEARING TO CONSIDER WIDENING OF I-5

 

North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program has “dire consequences to public health, climate change, and coastal integrity” says Duncan McFetridge, Cleveland National Forest Foundation co-director

East County News Service

August 10, 2014 (San Diego)--The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF) has sent a formal request to the California Coastal Commission to postpone project approval for the North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP). This project would expand and widen areas of Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside.

McFetridge has long contended that transit problems encouraging sprawl anywhere in the county puts added pressure on forests in the inland regions.

HOME ENERGY UPGRADE WORKSHOPS AUG. 13 AND 20

 

August 10, 2014 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon invites you to attend one of two Home Energy Upgrade Workshops coming up on August 13th and 20th.   Experts from the California Center for Sustainable Energy will be on hand to provide an educational presentation on home energy upgrades and incentives.

OUR MAY RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE: LISTEN HERE

 

We're catching up on our archiving, after getting through the primary elections and moving our office/studio. Our May podcasts are now online, including many candidates who will be on the November ballot, as well as interviews on issues ranging from firefighting job opportunities to legal tips for surviving disasters.

To listen to our May radio shows online now, plus see a complete list of interviewees and other content on each show in May,  click here.

SDSU WELCOMES NEW AZTEC STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 10, 2014 (San Diego) - It’s back to school time at San Diego State University, which is welcoming 4,600 incoming freshmen and 2,800 transfer students. Orientation events greeted the newcomers, along with over 5,000 parents and guests, with information on class registration and degree requirements, tips for success--and the SDSU Fight Song.

BIRD TALK: THE COMMON RAVEN

 

By Greg Dunne                                             

August 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The Raven has such an undeserved reputation--always associated with darkness, despair, death. Right away one thinks of Ravens and Alfred Hitchcock, the Addams family, or Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” and the movies inspired by Poe’s poetry, the 1935 classic “The Raven” starting Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. The list of Raven influence and culture is endless.

EAST COUNTY AD AGENCY EARNS CREATIVE AWARD FROM THE ACADEMY OF INTERACTIVE AND VISUAL ARTS FOR COMMERCIAL MUSIC PRODUCTION

 

August 9, 2014 (La Mesa) – La Mesa-based advertising agency Clark Marketing Solutions recently earned a 2014 Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for commercial music production.  The agency’s award entry was a jingle/music production package developed last year for automotive client Nelson Honda.

ASK THE RETIREMENT CONCIERGE: CONTEMPLATING RETIREMENT

 

I am 59 years old and contemplating retirement, with dread. I just cannot imagine myself not going into work each day or being able to afford not working. What would I do with the time? I am alone at home and sometimes even on the weekends I get lonesome. My nest egg is comfortable but not luxurious. I wonder if it will last out my life, though. Guess I could live with my kids if necessary. Eeww! I often wake up at night thinking about my future and then cannot get back to sleep. Signed “Worried”

By Sharon Ann Hamilton

August 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Dear Worried, You are right to be worried! And you are not alone. July 13, 2014 research by US Census Bureau, Saperston, and Bankrate shows us that 80% of people, even as young as 30, do not believe theywill have enough money for retirement. In fact 35% rely completely on Social Security. 76% of people polled cite worries about money as a leading cause of stress. As we all have heard, stress can kill you.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILLS ADVANCE IN LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Two bills aimed at fighting human trafficking are advancing in the Legislature.  Both are authored by San Diego State Senator Marty Block. 

Block says gangs are increasingly involved in human trafficking, selling young girls locallylocal into prostitution and immigrants into forced labor. Human trafficking cases have risen over 600% in San Diego in the past year as gangs rake in over $97 million from human sex trafficking in San Diego alone,  KPBS reports.

HELP SAVE A LIFE: SIGN UP FOR PULSEPOINT APP TO BE NOTIFIED IF SOMEONE NEAR YOU NEEDS CPR

 

August 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Every minute that a victim of sudden cardiac arrest waits for CPR, their chance of survival drops by up to 10 percent.

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO CREATE BIG AGRICULTURAL PROMOTION PROGRAM

 

County News Service

August 6, 2014 (San Diego) -- San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously directed County staff Wednesday to start working on a program to promote agriculture. Ultimately, the program could open up nearly one-third of the unincorporated county to wineries.

INSURANCE COMPANY PAYS ASSAULT SETTLEMENT TO DISABLED MAN -- IN HEFTY BUCKETS OF COINS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 6, 2014 (California) – Consumers have launched an online backlash against Adriana’s Insurance Service after the company delivered five-gallon buckets filled with coins as payment for a $21,000 settlement  to an elderly man assaulted by a company employee.

BIRD TALK: THE GREAT BLUE HERON

 

By Greg Dunne                                          

August 8, 2014 (Lake Murray) --Always dazzling when you see them with their long S-shaped necks, usually standing motionless, they look as if they are in stealth mode. The Great Blue Heron is one of our largest, most majestic birds in the East County.

MAYOR KEVIN FAULCONER VETOES MINIMUM WAGE AND SICK DAYS ORDINANCE

 

By Nadin Abbott

August 8, 2014 (San Diego) San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has vetoed the Minimum Wage: Sick Leave Ordinance previously approved by the City Council.

RACQUEL VASQUEZ HOSTS COFFEE WITH YOUR COUNCILMEMBER SATURDAY IN LEMON GROVE

 

August 8, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--Councilmember Racquel Vasquez invites residents to join her for “Coffee with Your Councilmember.” The first meeting will be held this Saturday, August 9, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lemon Grove Starbucks, located at 7801 Broadway.

SUPER MOON AND A METEOR SHOWER TO LIGHT UP SKY ON SUNDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - A “Super moon” and a meteor shower will both light up the sky this Sunday night, according to NASA.  The Super moon is caused by the Earth’s orbit bringing us closer to the moon, and it will be most visible in the early evening, appearing larger and brighter than usual.

DRY TIMES: LOCAL OFFICIALS VOICE CONCERNS AS DROUGHT WORSENS

By Miriam Raftery

August 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The severity of California’s drought has taken a sharp turn for the worse.  Virtually all of California (99.8%) is now in severe drought or worse, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor's latest report.  Nearly 82% is in extreme drought (including San Diego County) and over half the state (58%) is now in exceptional drought—the worst possible rating. 

“The challenges drought has presented to Cal Fire are huge,” said CAL FIRE Chief Tony Meecham in a public forum last night in Boulevard for residents to meet new fire officials. “We have entire counties in California that are going to run out of water.” 

THE FBI WANTS YOU

 

Applications received will be considered for the 2015 and 2016 hiring years:

Deadline Friday, August 15, 2014

August 8, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Joining the FBI is like no other career choice you have explored.  It is challenging. It is exciting.  It is rewarding and every day you have a chance to serve your country.

BID FOR DEALS ON WHEELS AT COUNTY ONLINE AUCTION

 

August 8, 2014 (San Diego)--Need a car, boat, or other vehicle? Bidding for the County’s latest online public vehicle auction is now  open, so you can check out what’s available before these steals on wheels are going, going, gone.

PRESIDENT LAUNCHES AIR STRIKES AGAINST IRAQI TERRORISTS TO HALT “GENOCIDE”

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: President Obama meets with national security advisors on August 7 (WhiteHouse.gov)

August 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – U.S. fighter jets today dropped two 500-pound bombs on terrorists’ artillery that were being used to attack Kurdish forces in Irbil, the capitol of the Kurdish province in Iraq. In addition, U.S. planes dropped humanitarian relief to aid refugees stranded without food or water.

President Barack Obama last night authorized the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Al Qaeda splinter group that has renamed itself the Islamic State.  The President also authorized humanitarian aid for victims of ISIS forced to flee their homes or be killed, including persecuted Christians and other religious minorities. The President made clear however that he will not authorize ground troops in the conflict.

Locally the announcement drew praise from Mark Arabo, CEO of the Neighborhood Market Association and a national spokesman for Iraqi Christians.

​"​Our work that began seven weeks ago in Congressman Juan Vargas’ office has resulted in a crescendo of tears, smiles and joy throughout the ​entire Iraqi Christian community​," Arabo said, referring to a Congressional resolution authored by Vargas and drafted by Arabo calling for humanitarian aid. 

HELIX WATER DECLARES DROUGHT LEVEL 2 ALERT: MANDATORY CONSERVATION MEASURES IMPOSED

 

Source: Helix Water District

August 7, 2014 (La Mesa)--Helix Water District’s board of directors voted yesterday to put Drought Level 2 into effect in response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s passage of mandatory water conservation measures to deal with the current drought.

Since February, the district had been in Drought Level 1, which called for numerous voluntary actions to eliminate water waste. Drought Level 2 makes them mandatory.  Residents and businesses are required to take the following conservation steps:

SOMALI BANTU ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA DISCUSSES ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ASKS FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS AND PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES

 

By Janis Russell

August 7, 2014 (San Diego)- At the July 31 Somali Bantu Association of America board meeting, president and CEO, Said Abiyow, told ECM he is specifically looking for more volunteers to help promote events and they also hope to promote themselves.

SOMETHING TO SQUAWK ABOUT: WILD PARROT PRESENTATION AUG. 12 IN CREST

 

August 7, 2014 (Crest) - SoCal Parrot will be having a presentation at the Crest Library on August 12th at 6 p.m. including a discussion and insight into the wild parrots of Southern California, conservation status, how wild parrots came to the U.S. & how to help.

CLIMATE CHANGE: POLICY REVIEW IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Nadin Abbott

August 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The County of San Diego has recognized the reality of climactic change since the County Board of Supervisors adopted the Climate Action Plan in 2012, This is a comprehensive plan that partly complies with the state mandate imposed by AB 32. AB 32, which is the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, signed into law by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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