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COUNTY POISED TO SET SIGHTS ON WILD PIG POPULATION IN EAST COUNTY

A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS OFFER HOPE AMID DESPAIR TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS AT PRAYER VIGIL IN EL CAJON

THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT PRAYER VIGIL FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS TONIGHT

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DESPITE MONITORING, SEX OFFENDER BREAKS INTO HOME, MOLESTS 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK


IT'S OFFICIAL! STATE SIGNS DEAL TO KEEP PALOMAR STATE PARK OPEN

 
May 30, 2012 (Palomar) -- It's official Palomar Mountain State Park, which was slated for complete and permanent closure this July, will be permitted to stay open for the next three years as long as local citizens are willing to cover the deficit between the park's income and expenses. Palomar was one of 70 parks destined for shuttering due to state financial woes.

PERMEABLE PAVEMENTS AND GREEN ROOFS CLASS FOR YOUR HOME

Free class to be held this Saturday, June 2 at Water Conservation Garden

By Sierra Robinson

May 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Imagine plucking a ripe tomato off your roof, or filtering rainwater through your driveway. Green roofs and permeable pavement can make all of that a reality.

This weekend, the Water Conservation Garden  at Cuyamaca College is offering a free class from 9-11am about how and why you can install a green roof or permeable pavement at your home or business.

STEINER BRINGS A “NEW APPROACH” TO THE RACE FOR 77TH ASSEMBLY

 
By Janis Mork
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego)- One of four candidates will succeed Nathan Fletcher when he leaves the Assembly. Republican Dustin Steiner is one candidate who hopes to represent the newly redrawn 77th District, which includes inland communities such as Tierrasanta, Scripps Ranch, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo, as well as coastal communities in Del Mar. View a map of the district: http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/voters/Eng/maps/AssemblySDCountyMap.jpg

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: REFLECTIONS AT SANTEE LAKES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2012 (Santee) – ECM editor Miriam Raftery took a break from the hustle and bustle of news editing for a stroll at Santee Lakes. 

WINGS OVER GILLESPIE TAKES OFF JUNE 2-3

 

May 24, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The 17th Annual Wings Over Gillespie air show will be taking place the weekend of June  2-3, 2012.

This year’s show will feature WWII bombers, F4F Wildcat, the TBF Avenger, the A6M Zero, the SBD Dauntless, and many more "Flying Museums" including the only remaining of their type, the Northrop N9M Flying Wing and the F3F Flying Barrel. Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters and other static displays, Navy SEALs, special military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, daring aerobats performances, and much more.

LITERARY EVENTS: SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CONTINUES DOWNTOWN VERSE POETRY & SPOKEN WORD PROGRAM

www.SDWriteWay.org  Early June
 
May 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Public Library continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse during June. The next featured performance is by the Lake San Marcos Writers on Monday, June 11. The performance begins at 4:00 pm in the Lobby of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS COSPONSORS THE VOTER EMPOWERMENT ACT

 
May 29, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) --  More than 3 million Americans had difficulty voting in the 2008 election for a number of reasons. To improve our voting system, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) joined her Democratic colleagues to introduce the Voter Empowerment Act to protect the right of Americans to choose their government.
 
The Voter Empowerment Act includes language from two Davis bills – the Universal Vote by Mail Act, which would eliminate barriers to voting by absentee ballot and the Election Integrity Act, which would prohibit top elections officials from participating in the political campaigns whose results they oversee.

TWO ARCHITECTS OF LEARNING AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE RETIRING AFTER 33 YEARS

 
Founding instructors of landmark programs leave a legacy
 
May 29, 2012 (El Cajon)– For more than three decades, two instructors at Cuyamaca College have worked within hailing distance of one other, each heading an academic program they personally designed and cultivated.
 
Not only have Jim Custeau, the founder of the automotive technology program and Brad Monroe, the creator of the ornamental horticulture program, worked in close proximity – their careers have followed similar trajectories.

EPA GRANTS EXEMPTION REQUESTED BY COUNCILMEMBER EMERALD

 
May 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Recent Federal Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce diesel emissions were forcing our fire engines off the road, putting the public at risk. Fire apparatus in San Diego and across the nation were breaking down because of the new diesel engine requirements. In the interest of public safety, City Councilmember Marti Emerald called on the federal government to exempt public safety vehicles.

COUNTY ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS AGAINST TRIBE COULD VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW

 
May 29, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) – The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the federal agency charged with oversight of gaming on Indian lands, has warned the County of San Diego that its recent debt collection effort against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel could violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). 

 

TEACHERS, STUDENTS JOIN TO SHOW PROGRESS IN COLLEGE PREP MAY 30 SYMPOSIUM TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT’S WORKING

 
May 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- East San Diego County high school teachers and their former students will join together Wednesday, May 30, 2012, to highlight a daylong symposium on changes made to better prepare high school students for college.
A panel presentation by Grossmont Union High School District English teachers and past graduates is set for 8:45 a.m. in Griffin Gate at Grossmont College. The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. symposium is expected to draw more than 100 teachers sharing changes made this past year as part of the English Curriculum Alignment Project.  ECAP is a project of the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS), the institute for Evidence-Based change (IEBC) and the Grossmont Union High School District.

California's new top-two primary requires the two candidates with the most votes in June to advance to November, even if in the same party. What are your views?

DRIVER HITS PARKED CAR, FLEES FROM DEPUTIES

May 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – After spotting a Saturn car driving erratically near 257 East Bradley Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon at 12:08 a.m., three deputies from the Santee Sheriff’s Patrol Station attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver accelerated, leading deputies on a two-minute pursuit.  The Saturn then struck a parked car in the driveway of a home at 988 Flint Street, pushing it into the garage.

EDITORIAL: KEEPING FAITH WITH VIETNAM VETERANS

 

By President Barack Obama

May 28, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- Today, all across America, we’re coming together to remember our men and women in uniform who gave  their lives so that we could live free.  In town squares and national cemeteries, in moments of quiet reflection and parades down city streets, we’ll pay tribute to all those who gave the last full measure of their devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Memorial Day also holds special significance because it marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER WITH GARY KELLEY

May 29, 2012 (San Diego) - As temperatures sizzle, many East County residents are heading for the shore. Gary Kelley's got the scoop on the coolest place around. 

 

FOUR INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH ON JAMACHA

 

May 28, 2012 (Spring Valley) – A head-on collision has occurred at 10850 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley. Incident Page Network reports four people are injured, including at least two in serious status. 

One vehicle is a Toyota Camry, according to the CHP website. The other vehicle is not yet identified. 

MEMORIAL DAY 2012 MESSAGE FROM THE CALIF. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

 

May 28, 2012 (Sacramento) --We at CalVet can find no better way to express the true meaning of Memorial Day than by quoting the words Abraham Lincoln wrote in a letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow living in Boston to express his condolences for the death of her sons.
 

 

BRUSH FIRE CONTAINED IN BOULEVARD

Note: ECM apologizes for not sending an alert on this incident. Our editor was away briefly and our assistant editor was left without power due to an SDG&E outage. Thanks to Cal-Fire and Donna Tisdale for the information provided below.

May 28, 2012 (Boulevard) – A vehicle collision severed a power pole near  White Star Fire Station,, sparking a brush fire in the 2100 block of Tierra Del Sol in Boulevard this afternoon.

The fire burned four acres but was swiftly brought under control with no damage to structures, though several homes were in close proximity to the blaze.   

READER’S EDITORIAL: REFLECTIONS ON THE HOMEOWNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

 

By Grey Feathers
 
May 24, 2012 (San Diego)--Antonio and Africa have lived in this house for twelve years.  It is the only home their four children have ever known.  Antonio bought the house from Africa’s father in 2005. When faced with difficult financial hardship due to the crashed economy and medical bills, they went to their lender to negotiate in good faith.
 
Antonio works in construction and Africa has a business she runs from her home office. They were late on just one mortgage payment by 60 days, and ultimately made the payment. They learned there were government programs like the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA). 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA DELIVERY DRIVER SHOT WITH PELLET GUN, VEHICLE CARJACKED

By Miriam Raftery
 
Authorities probe series of medical pot thefts, assaults on drivers
 
May 28, 2012 (Rolando) – The latest in a series of attacks on medical marijuana delivery persons occurred May 25 at Livingston and 69th Street in the Rolando area, where a 23-year-old woman driver was shot in the face with a pellet gun and tried to drag her out of the vehicle.  She ran away and the assailants, two Hispanic men, then carjacked her 1998 white Chevy Malibu (CA license 6JAR 664). 

CA ENERGY COMMISSION STAFF RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF GAS POWER PLANT IN OTAY

 

May 28, 2012 (Otay) - The California Energy Commission staff yesterday released its final analysis recommending the licensing of the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center.


In the final staff assessment (FSA), Commission staff concluded that with the implementation of staff's recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, the proposed 300-megawatt peaker power plant would comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).
 

CA BALLOT INITIATIVE WOULD REQUIRE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS AMID GROWING EVIDENCE OF HEALTH IMPACTS

 
Genetically modified foods linked to animal deaths, liver damage and sharp rise in allergies


May 28, 2012 (Sacramento)--California is ground zero in the growing national movement to give consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered food, according to today’s front page story in the New York Times. The California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods “cleared a crucial hurdle this month, setting the stage for a probable November vote that could influence not just food packaging but the future of American agriculture,” wrote Times reporters Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack.

SAN DIEGO ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER BBQ JUNE 2

May 18, 2012 (Escondido) – The San Diego Archaeological Center will be celebrating 10 years in San Pasqual Valley with its annual BBQ on June 2, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido.  The catered event will include smoked pork sandwiches, beans, coleslaw, drinks and dessert for $6.00.

POLICE WARN OF “HOT PROWL” BURGLARIES IN EL CAJON

May 28, 2012 (El Cajon) – This morning between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., a series of “hot prowl” burglaries occurred at homes in the vicinity of Mollison and Bradley in El Cajon.  A “hot prowl” burglary occurs while residents are home, often at night while victims are sleeping. 

“Several of these cases involved the suspect gaining entry to homes through unlocked garage doors,” said Lt. Tim Henton with El Cajon Police. Screens were removed from windows in some  cases.  Losses were mostly small, easy to carry items. 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 28, 2012 (San Diego) – In November of 2007, Dad called me. He informed me that he put our Rancho Peñasquitos house of twenty years on the market. I was surprised because it was so abrupt, but I understood that it was time for my parents to move on.

 

POWER OUTAGE IN LA MESA AND LEMON GROVE

 

 

May 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Approximately 3,012 SDG&E households in La Mesa and Lemon Grove are without power today due to a suspected problem in the overhead electrical system, according to SDG&E. The power went out at 1:47 a.m.

Pack a picnic or fire up the BBQ for your Memorial day mid-day meal, since full power restoration is not expected until around 4 p.m. today, SDG&E indicates.

 

ECPAC SAVED! EL CAJON COUNCIL REJECTS PLAN TO TEAR DOWN THEATER AND BUILD HOTEL ON SITE

Update May 28, 2012 with a video news report by Paul Kruz, exclusive to East County Magazine, including interviews with the developer and Councilman Wells:

 

By Janis Mork and Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Council drew applause yesterday when by a unanimous decision, Council members rejected a proposal to tear down the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site.

Instead, Council agreed to work with community members and a newly formed ECPAC Foundation to reopen the theater long heralded as a centerpiece of El Cajon's downtown revitalization. 

 

CHEERS! MOUNT HELIX WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION TAKES ROOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2012 (Mount Helix) – Sipping wine and noshing on chocolate dipped strawberries, a vineyard planting team at Stephanie Young’s Mount Helix home savored a sunset and the camaraderie of friends.   

“Our intention is to have 2,000 vines on the mountain,” Young, a member of the newly-formed Mount Helix Wine Growers Association, told ECM at the May 11 planting party.  “Our our first meeting, we signed up about 30 members.”

BANNER FIRE NOW 90 PERCENT CONTAINED

May 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Banner Fire has burned 5,321 acres and is now 90 percent contained, Cal Fire reports.  Full containment of the fire is expected Monday, when acreage estimates are also projected to increase due to more accurate mapping, Roxanne Provaznik at Cal-Fire said.

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