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PEACE WALK TO END GENOCIDE IN IRAQ:AUGUST 19 IN EL CAJON

FIRE CHIEFS AND REGIONAL OFFICIALS ASSESS RESPONSE TO MAY FIRES, PREPAREDNESS FOR FUTURE FIRES

JUDGE ORDERS CALIFORNIA TO EDUCATE ALL NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING STUDENTS

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD ON ROCK CHURCH LEASE OF ECPAC, BUILD 2ND FACILITY ON CITY LAND FOR SHARED USE

AZANO INDICTED ON 26 CHARGES, INCLUDING BRIBING AN UNNAMED PUBLIC OFFICIAL IN EXCHANGE FOR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

COUNTY OFFERS HELP FOR DEPRESSION AFTER SUICIDE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUGUST 13-30

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO OPPOSE TERM LIMITS IN LA MESA

ROCK CHURCH PLAN TO LEASE EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ART CENTER ON COUNCIL AGENDAY TODAY

SOITEC BARS COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP CHAIR FROM “COMMUNITY” MEETING

LOCAL KURDS RALLY TO PROTEST ISIS TERRORIST ATTACKS, THANK U.S. FOR INTERVENTION IN IRAQ--AND SEEK MORE HELP TO SAVE LIVES

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS Q & A SESSION WITH LOCAL POLITICIANS


FIRE OFFICIALS HALT “SKY LANTERN” SALES AT WALMART STORES

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A complaint by East County Magazine reader Mary Rajknecht has led Wal-Mart to agree to pull flammable “sky lanterns” off store shelves statewide. Rajknecth notified ECM and local fire officials that the product could be dangerous in our fire-prone area, prompting a warning from the state Fire Marshal's office to be issued. 

EAST COUNTY OBITUARIES, JUNE 13, 2012

 

June 13, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Scroll down to view a list of this week's obituaries here, or visit  www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries. 

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: CREATING DEFENSIBLE SPACE—WILDFIRE SEASON!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna,  East County Magazine “In-House Fire Chief”
June 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Summer is here and brush fires are already happening throughout San Diego, Southern California and historic fires currently burning in Colorado and New Mexico.
Resources are being stripped from local areas and it’s important that homeowners do their part to mitigate the threat of wildfire protecting their property and to those that fight these fires with limited budgets due to our economy.

 

LOCAL ARTIST TAKES AWARD AT SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY’S JUNE SHOW, RUNNING CLEAR.

 
June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s June Member Show with his painting Trickle Down Effect.  The juror recognized Chuck’s painting for excellent design and how he captured the texture of the rounded rocks and depth in the stream. More of Chuck’s work can be seen at his website http://artthatsells.net.  Chuck will be demonstrating at the San Diego Fair June 23, 11-6; June 24, 11-6; July 3, 12-4 and July 4 from 12–4. 

COUNTY PLANNERS VOTE TO DENY TULE WIND INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES ON PRIVATE LANDS

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego's Planning Commission voted Friday to deny Iberdrola Renewables’ application for five 492-foot-tall wind turbines on private land under county jurisdiction.

The proposed turbines were part of the Tule Wind project, which also includes 62 turbines on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property in McCain Valley, seven turbines on state property, and 18 on Ewiiaapaayp tribal lands. To date, only the federal portion of the project has been approved.

“The Tule Wind decision was precedent setting in that turbines were denied on private land in the Boulevard area and the plan amendment was denied,” said Donna Tisdale, chair of the Boulevard Planning Group. “Today’s decision also bodes badly for Enel Green Power's Jewel Valley wind that is proposed for about 7,000 acres both north and south of I-8."

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: OCOTILLO RESIDENTS DECRY DUST RAISED BY WIND PROJECT

 By: Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Why hasn’t the Bureau of Land Management taken steps to protect Ocotillo area residents from clouds of dust in an area with high rates of childhood asthma and where soil reportedly contains potentially deadly Valley Fever spores?

Despite numerous complaints including photos and videos of dust billowing up from construction activities at Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express wind energy site, the apparent health hazard continues. 

BURGERS FROM DOWN UNDER: STEERS OPENS DOORS IN LAKESIDE

 9927 Maine Avenue
Lakeside, CA 92040

www.steersburgersfries.com

(619)390-9063

 By Sierra Robinson

June 12, 2012 (Lakeside)—Savoring flame-broiled, 100% Angus beef burgers at Steers, an Australian-based eatery that opened its first American restaurant in Lakeside last weekend, I predict that Steers will soon be rounding up a herd of loyal new customers.

After opening outlets in Australia and South Africa, the owners moved to La Jolla and scouted out an ideal location for their first U.S. venture. The site of the former Lakeside Steak House has been fully remodeled, serving up juicy burgers, espetadas (a shish-kabob like creation) and coming soon, steaks sizzling on the barbie. 

JACOB WINS SIXTH TERM ON SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

June 13, 2012 (San Diego)-- Long-time County Supervisor Dianne Jacob spent Election Day in her East County District meeting with constituents and hoping for a win at the ballot box for a record sixth time. No other Second District supervisor has served over two terms.  

Jacob won re-election outright in the primary with over 50% of the vote, defeating challenger Rudy Reyes, an archaeologist and Cedar Fire victim who championed fire safety issues. Jacob received 28%, while Reyes received 22%. 

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER

 

June 13, 2012 (San Diego) - Looking for relief from coastal June gloom? Sunny skies are forecast inland, says Your Online Weather forecaster Gary Kelley.

 

MISSING PENASQUITOS TEEN FOUND IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

June 14, 2012 (Penasquitos) - San Diego Police have been advised by authorities in Orange County that Kevin Stapp has been found, according to Lt. Andra Brown with SDPD.

Scroll down for our prior report on his disappearance.

FIRE BRIEFLY EVACUATES HOMES IN EAST COUNTY

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – A brush fire this evening at Lavala Lane and Highway 8 Business loop in El Cajon charred at least two acares, forcing evacuations in the area briefly, Incident Page Network reported. Helicopters dropped water on the blaze, swiftly bringing it under control.

Heartland Fire Dispatch reports units are now being released from the scene.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SERIES OF EL CAJON HOT PROWLS

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – On June 11 a suspect, Phillip Murphy of El Cajon, was arrested in the series of hot prowl burglaries in El Cajon and the surrounding areas which have occurred over the past two weeks.  The arrest was made by Officer D. Thompson after responding to a call of a suspect attempting to gain entry into a home on Joanne Way, El Cajon.

SPRING VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THREE DAYS BEFORE GOING MISSING UNDER “SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES”

Update:  Alford was found and arrested after a brief chase, charged with transporting a controlled substance. Click for details.  

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Search and rescue teams, K-9 search dogs and an ASTREA helicopter have been scouring Spring Valley in an effort to locate Rebecca Faye Alford, who was reported missing at 5:17 a.m. by an acquaintance. 

EDUCATION TOUR: DON’T JUDGE A FISH BY ITS ABILITY TO CLIMB A TREE

 
Education News and Notes
 
By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--With the end of the school year arriving, be sure to view the Khan academy video (below) to prepare for tests or simply get ahead for the next school year!

RESIDENTS HOPE EYE GNAT PLAGUE TO END AS FARMER PLANS TO PULL OUT OF JACUMBA

 
June 12, 2012 (Jacumba)–Residents of this rural town are “cautiously” optimistic after receiving written confirmation from the San Diego Department of Environmental Health [DEH] that Bornt Farms will soon cease operations in Jacumba. The reason given by the farmer is “water supply constraints” according to DEH.
 
But the eye gnat plague has worsened as Bornt has halted mitigation efforts—so residents’ woes are not yet over. Bornt’s withdrawal always raises questions about the future of his land—and who will be the townspeople’s new neighbor.

 

REP. SUSAN DAVIS HOSTS GRANTS WORKSHOP FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS JUNE 13

 

 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a workshop to assist health care organizations in locating federal and local grants. 

The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the
University of San Diego, Hahn University Center, Forum B, 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92111.

MAN WANTED IN GRANTVILLE ATTACK THAT LEFT VICTIM WITH BRAIN DAMAGE

 

 
Attacker believed to have met his victim at McGregor’s Bar & Grill
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division have released photos of a man wanted as a “person of interest” in the attempted homicide of a Grantville woman last month. On May 13, officers responded to a call that a female victim, 34, had been found unconscious in her apartment. Severely beaten, the woman remained unconscious for almost three weeks and sustained brain damage from the attack. 

 

HOMICIDE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE CASE OF MISSING SPRING VALLEY WOMAN

 

Update: Alford was located near her home and has been arrested on a new charge of transporting a controlled substance. Click here for details.

 

June 12, 2012 (Spring Valley ) – San Diego Sheriff’s Department is investigating the whereabouts of Rebecca Faye Alford, also known as Fatima Garcia.  Reported missing, she was last seen Monday, June 11 at 10:30 p.m. at her residence in the Lamplighter Village Park, 10767 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley.

Homicide detail is investigating the case.  The missing woman, 41, has red hair and hazel eyes. She is described as light-skinned, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weight 125 pounds. A 1999 black Ford F159 with license plate #67216A1 may also be involved.

FLORIDA ATTACK PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON `BATH SALTS’: DANGEROUS DRUGS PUT LOCAL YOUTHS AT RISK, AUTHORITIES WARN

By Sierra Robinson

 

 

June 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Last month, a tragic incident in Florida, now nationally known as the ‘Florida Zombie Attack’, has been attributed to a dangerous drug most commonly known as ‘bath salts’. But just how dangerous is this new drug? Are we all in danger of such a horrific attack like that in Florida? 

Use of ‘bath salts’ has been dramatically increasing.  The American Association for Poison Control Centers took 303 calls about the drug in 2010; while in the first eight months of 2011, 4,720 calls were received regarding use of such synthetic drugs. Local and national authorities now warn the public about an alarming rise in serious health reactions and violent incidents linked to these drugs.  But what are they, exactly, and what makes them so dangerous? 

TRANSFORMER FIRE IGNITES VEHICLE, SHUTS DOWN POWER AND CONFINES RESIDENTS TO THEIR HOMES IN EL CAJON

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) 9:35 a.m. – Power remains out in parts of El Cajon following a transformer fire this morning. Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a transformer fire in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue in El Cajon. As crews arrived, they found not only the transformer fire, but downed power lines and a resulting vehicle fire. 

WILDFIRE EAST OF TECATE IN MEXICO

June 11, 2012 (Tecate)—A Mexican newspaper reports that a forest fire which began east of Tecate on the Mexican side of the border has consumed hundreds of square meters of vegetation, including wildland areas and crops. The blaze is burning toward Mexicali; cause is unknown.

A forest-fire fighting brigade is battling the blaze, which has produced a cloud of smoke visible in East County. The fire is burning near several electrical towers with high-voltage lines.

EL CAJON MERCHANT HOPES REOPENING THEATER WILL BRING BUSINESS BACK TO DOWNTOWN

Click screen above to view our exclusive video interview

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Many of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon opened their doors several years ago because of the proximity of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) on Main Street. One of those is Domenico Donato’s “Mangia Bene” Italian restaurant located directly across from the theater which opened a decade ago. 

SIG ALERT: I-8 AT COLLEGE DUE TO BRUSH FIRE

June 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- A SIG ALERT has been issued for I-8 eastbound at College Avenue due to a brush fire. Two lanes are now blocked, Cal-Trans reports. Expect traffic delays.

GANG AND DRUG SWEEPS SNAG 26 SUSPECTS IN LA MESA

 
June 11, 2012 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police Department reports that a Special Enforcement Detail arrested 26 people last month. The unit targets gangs, drug deals, and serial criminals.  After executing four search warrants, the unit resulted in seizure of over $20,000 in drug sales cash, two guns, over 7 ounces of methamphetamine, 5 pounds of marijuana, and 2.2 ounces of heroin. 

SAN DIEGO STUDENT AMONG 15 FINALISTS AT GLOBAL GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR

San Diego Jewish Academy eight grader Jonah Kohn's project uses tactile sound to enhance music for people with hearing loss through vibrations

 

June 11, 2012 (San Diego)--San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) eighth grade student Jonah Kohn was recently notified that he is one of five finalists in his age group out of a total 15 finalists in the 2012 Google Science Fair, which received thousands of entries from over 100 countries worldwide.

His project, Good Vibrations: Improving the Music Experience for People with Hearing Loss Using Multi-Frequency Tactile Sound, has the potential to affect millions of people with hearing loss by enhancing their ability to enjoy music.

HIGH-POWER LIVING: SOLAR FUELS HOUSE AND VEHICLE FOR LOCAL COUPLE—WITH ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME

 
“It’s just the right thing to do.” – Gene Dolphin

How Kathy and Gene Dolphin walk their talk every day
 
By Faith Attaguile
 
June 11, 2012, (San Diego) -- When the energy “crisis” hit California in 2001, Kathy and Gene Dolphin got angry.
The roving blackouts and triple-digit rate increases in California caused by Enron’s market manipulations tipped the scales. The soaring electric bill pushed them over the edge.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 11, 2012 (San Diego) – I attend every screening with a pen and small notebook in hand. I have a strong visual memory, but it never hurts to jot down certain things I may later overlook. For Prometheus, I wrote only three brief sentences before I put the notebook down. This film had the tractor beam effect on my eyes. I sat fully entranced, unable to look away.

 

EARTHTALK® E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

June 11, 2012 (
 Norwalk, CT) --  Dear EarthTalk: I own a small business and would like to do what I can to minimize its impact on the environment. Can you help me? -- Jacob Levinson, New York, NY
 
There are many ways to green up any business, large or small—and an added benefit might just be saving money. Just like individuals, businesses can measure their carbon footprints to get a sense of where they are starting from and to get some initial ideas of areas to focus on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CLOUDY AND COOLER TODAY

June 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- No sweltering summer heat today!Gary Kelley brings you the latest forecast at Your Online Weather:

 

NEW FIRE IN EL MONTE VALLEY

June 10, 2012 (Lakeside) – San Diego County’s third wildfire in one day has charred several acres in El Monte Valley on the north side of Lake Jennings near El Monte Park. No structures are threatened, according to Cal Fire.

“Two water helos and two bombers out of Ramona are knocking it down pretty quick,” reader Charley Barranco e-mailed ECM late today. “Only white smoke is showing.”

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