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DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS NOV. 27--DEC. 8

SDG&E PULLS OUT OF NATIONAL UTILITY RATE SURVEY

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED AT FRATERNITES ON SDSU FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULTS

VIOLENCE IN FERGUSON AFTER GRAND JURY DECISION: PROTESTS IN SAN DIEGO

IMMIGRANTS’ ADVOCATES VOICE JOY, THANKS FOR PRESIDENT’S ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION AS CONSERVATIVES DENOUNCE THE CHANGES

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING REPORTED AT SDSU

REPORT BY REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DEBUNKS GOP’S BENGHAZI ALLEGATIONS, SUPPORTS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ACTIONS

LAWSUIT AGAINST GUHSD OVER FUNDS FOR ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BE HEARD IN COURT DEC. 5

HOW TO MAKE THIS YOUR BEST AND SAFEST THANKSGIVING MEAL EVER

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL DEC. 6

THANKSGIVING FEAST AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS NOV. 29

PLENTY TO SAVOR AT THE RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL


FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

August 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--With the recent Earthquakes and the anticipation of more aftershocks it’s a good time to review what to do before, during and after an earthquake says East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

8TH ANNUAL STRUT FOR SOBRIETY! SEPTEMBER 8

 

August 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The 8th Annual Strut for Sobriety! is presented by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing), an organization founded by a Spring Valley mother.

The event takes place on September 8 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.  The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a boutique and silent auction.  At 12:00 p.m. the luncheon, awards ceremony and fashion show will begin.

WORST DROUGHT SINCE DUST BOWL FUELING SEVERE WILDFIRES ACROSS U.S.

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—High temperatures and the worst drought since the Dust Bowl in the 1930s have combined to fuel severe wildfires across the U.S.  in the first 8 months of the year, wildfires have scorched nearly 7 million acres—on pace to make 2012 one of the worst years on record. 

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO HAVE RETIRED JUDGES REDRAW DISTRICT LINES FOR SAN DIEGO SUPERVISORS

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego County Supervisors won’t be able to redraw their own district lines or assign hand-picked appointees to do so if Governor Jerry Brown signs Senate Bill 1331 and San Diego voters approve the new plan. 
 
The bill, authored by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), has passed both houses of the state Legislature.  It would require retired judges to redraw supervisors’ districts starting in 2021. The bill applies only to San Diego County, where Supervisors have been accused of gerrymandering districts to retain power for conservatives. 

BELLUS ACADEMY OFFERS FREE SPA SERVICES TO MILITARY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN ON SEPTEMBER 4 - 8

 


August 30, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Bellus Academy is offering complimentary spa services for active and retired servicemen and women September 4-8.  The award-winning salon and spa has three locations in San Diego, El Cajon, Poway and National City.

2ND ANNUAL BEAUTY IN THE BRIDE WEDDING EXPO ON SEPTEMBER 30

 

August 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa David’s Bridal & Friar Tux Preferred Wedding Planner, Charisma Events & Consulting (CEC) host its second annual Beauty in the Bride Wedding Expo. Join the 2nd Annual Beauty in the Bride Wedding Expo on September 30, 2012. The Beauty in the Bride Expo will take place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.  The event doors will be open to the public from 2-5 p.m. and will consist of a fashion show, raffles and San Diego’s Top Wedding Professionals will display their services and products.

THE OPERA, CARMEN TO BE PERFORMED AT LAS PLAYAS ARENA ON AUG 30 AND SEPT 1

 
Update: All of the tickets for Carmen have sold out.
 
August 28. 2012 (Tijuana) -- One of the most famous operas in the world, Carmen, by George Bizet will be performed in Tijuana, Mexico at the Playas de Tijuana inside the rodeo arena on August 30, and September 1 at 8:00 p.m. The opera is sponsored by Tijuana's Municipal Institute of Art and Culture (IMAC) and Mexico’s National Council for Culture and the Arts.
 
The event is being  held as part of the celebrations organized to commemorate the anniversary of the founding CXXIII city of Tijuana.

EARTHTALK®: CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE

E - The Environmental Magazine 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss 
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: I read that CO2 in our atmosphere is now more than 300 parts per million. Doesn’t this mean that we’re too late to avoid the worst impacts of climate change?                                                                                                                          -- Karl Bren, Richmond, VA

A NEW PATH ORGANIZES EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS DAY (AUGUST 31) TO REMEMBER LIVES LOST AND EDUCATE ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO OVERDOSE CRISIS

 
Accidental Overdose Remain Leading Cause of Injury Death for Adults Ages 25-64
 
Moms United to End the War on Drugs Partners are creating events in several cities to bring attention to the need for Naloxone.
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego) --  (A New PATH) will join the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and dozens of organizations in the U.S. and abroad participating in the 12th annual International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The day honors and remembers those who have lost their lives to an accidental overdose. The occasion is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about the growing overdose crisis in the United States and abroad – and to offer concrete solutions that save lives.

BACK TO SCHOOL TIME IS CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS TIME

 
County Urges Consumers to Protect Themselves from Overcharges When Shopping 
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego)--The end of summer means back to school and lots of shopping for moms, dads — even teens — to pick up binders and backpacks, the latest pair of colorful jeans or Vans, even high-tech tools like tablets and e-readers. It also means it’s time to remind consumers to double-check their receipts to make sure they’re not being overcharged by faulty cash-register price scanners.

VOLUNTEERS TAKE ‘THE GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP’ REGISTERING VOTERS AT CONCERTS

 

Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Phish and Furthur Host Voter Registration Drives on Their Summer Tours
 
August 28, 2012 (New York, N.Y.) -- What’s more American than rock n’ roll and democracy? Well, a few lucky young people are getting a healthy dose of both this summer, taking “The Great American Road Trip” to register voters at Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Phish and Furthur concerts across the country. The Dave Matthews band will perform at the Cricket Wireless Ampitheater in Chula Vista on September 7.

 

SUPERVISORS' CLOSED-DOOR VOTE TO PICK NEW CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER DRAWS NEW BROWN ACT VIOLATION ALLEGATIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2012 (San Diego) – Last week, San Diegans for Open Government sued San Diego’s Supervisors for apparent Brown Act violations at a June 26 meeting. 

Now, the group has sent a letter requesting a cure for yet another alleged Brown Act violation--this time at the August 8 meeting, when Supervisors announced resignation of Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard and went into a closed session to choose an appointment with no public notice or input.

HOME VIDEO HERALD: TONIGHT YOU'RE MINE (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – The first half of 2012 saw the release of not one but two films by British director David Mackenzie, although the second one never played in San Diego. The first was Perfect Sense, released in February. Although small in scope, it was quite a cinematic trip, a melancholia-saturated tale of two people who fall in love, a love tested when the whole world loses their five senses one by one. Perfect Sense was in some ways pretentious, it was heavily restrained in every respect (mood, acting, writing, etc.), and it was dead serious in tone. It's the type of movie that you either mock or you buy into and relish; I did the latter.

 

PETERS AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2012 (San Diego)—Democrat Scott Peters’ Congressional campaign has issued a press release blasting his opponent, Republican Brian Bilbray, for a record on women’s rights and choice that “closely mirrors Mr. Akin’s,” Peters’ communications director MaryAnn Pintar said.

 

COUNTYWIDE POLL SHOWS INCREASED SUPPORT FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENTS IN WATER SUPPLY RELIABILITY

August 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County residents’ support for funding seawater desalination or other investments to enhance the reliability of the region’s water supplies has increased compared to last year, a new public opinion poll commissioned by the San Diego County Water Authority has found.

GROSSMONT HIGH CELEBRATES TOPPING OUT OF NEW HUMANITIES BUILDING

August 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District and Grossmont High School celebrated the topping out of the new humanities building on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The ceremony marked the completion of the steel framing as the construction team set the final beam into place. The humanities building is scheduled for completion in spring of 2013.

FIERY COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 94 IN JAMUL

 

August 27, 2012 (Jamul) – Both lanes of Highway 94 are blocked by fire just east of Melody in the Jamul area, CHP incidents page reports at 10:25 p.m.  A call reported hearing a traffic collision and indicated the crash may be on Campo Road near Melanie. Watch for details soon. 

SANTEE HAZMAT INCIDENT: CHEMICAL ODOR

August 28, 2012 (Santee) -- There is a Hazmat incident in Santee at 9457 Carlton Oaks Drive. A wide area is secured. E5 and chief are there with the Sheriff's Department. SDFD and County Hazmat are required responding to unit A.

Update:4:30 p.m.


By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
 
August 28, 2012 (Santee)-- The Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a chemical odor at 9457 Carlton Oaks Dr. in Santee. At their discretion they escalated the call to a full Hazardous Materials response.

SWARM OF EARTHQUAKES FELT ACROSS REGION; STRONGER QUAKE POSSIBLE IN NEXT DAY OR SO

 By Miriam Raftery

Nadin Abbott contributed to this report

August 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – More than 200 earthquakes centered near Brawley in Imperial County have rocked our region in the past 24, many felt by residents across San Diego.  The strongest measured 5.5 and 5.3 on the Richter scale; the most recent, a 5.1, rattled the area at 10 p.m.

View a map; hit “animation” to see the progression: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsanim/canv/.  For details and eyewitness accounts, scroll down.

A TOUCH OF JAZZ FROM HARRY JOE REYNOLDS AT JEREMY’S ON THE HILL AUGUST 31

 

August 26, 2012 (Julian) – Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro presents Live Music with Harry Joe Reynolds on August 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Reynolds, a local favorite since 1979, has been making music in Julian for 3 decades.  He will bring a touch of jazz to Jeremy’s on the Hill with easy listening songs on the jazzier side of blues with classic ballads and blue standards.

EARTHTALK® HOW EFFICIENT IS RADIANT HEATING?

 

E - The Environmental Magazine
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss
 
August 30, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: How energy efficient (and comfortable) is underfloor heating, sometimes known as radiant heating? -- Marcy Dell, Boston, MA

Underfloor radiant heating involves under laying the floor with a hot element or tubing that transfers heat into the room via infrared radiation and convection, obviating the need for forced or blowing air.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: IN DARKNESS (BLU-RAY)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – A harrowing sequence of events transpire during the first thirty minutes of In Darkness, atrocities that I could describe but I won’t. That’s because as shocking as they are, there is only one shot, seen later, that remains entrenched in my mind.

KITCHEN FIRE CAUSES HEAVY DAMAGE TO HOME IN EL CAJON

 

August 25, 2012 (El Cajon)-- Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire in El Cajon at 11:13 a.m.. Firefighters found the home engulfed with flames and heavy smoke coming from the windows of the house, located at 612 Alderson Street. 

Quick action by fire crews had the fire knocked down in less than 15 minutes, keeping the fire from reaching nearby homes. An elderly man, 87, the lone occupant, was able to escape and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.   

MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED AUGUST 27 THROUGH 31

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center will be closed Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31 for resurfacing of the cement flooring.
The Park will remain open as usual and the Visitor Center parking lot, terrace, amphitheater, and restrooms will all be accessible. The free Guided Nature Walks conducted by Trail Guides every Wednesday, August 29 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. will continue while the Visitor Center is closed. Meet the Trail Guide at the entrance to the Visitor Center. 

EARTHTALK®: REDUCING OUR LIGHT FOOTPRINT

 
E - The Environmental Magazine

Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone calculated the energy wasted at night by unnecessary lighting in and around buildings? What can we do to reduce our light footprint?      -- Bill Rehkamp, via e-mail 
 

EDITORIAL: WHEN “GREEN” IS ONLY GREENWASHING

 

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Watching activists defend "green wind energy" as if it was the only solution turns my stomach. It is like talking to a wall. Facts, and there are facts, make little difference. Green energy is nice and green energy is good, go blindly hug a wind turbine, seems to be the message.
 
So let me ask these same activists: should Pattern Energy, a division of the Carlyle group, target the Rosecrans National Cemetery for development? How dare I suggest this? Well, it's windy there, in fact, probably more so than Ocotillo.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: THE RAID: REDEMPTION (BLU-RAY)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Watching The Raid: Redemption is like watching someone assemble a house of cards: one mishap and the structure crumbles. I'll start with the tone, a major balancing act for first-time director Gareth Evans. He militantly adheres to a serious tone. A few times the film comes dangerously close to slipping into the Realm of the Not So Serious, but through sheer will, Evans maintains the desired disposition. The same extends to the action scenes, the backbone of The Raid, and among the best executed I've seen since I became a film critic: not a single shred, inch, or drop of laziness. Otherwise, it would be close to worthless, no better than the offensively manufactured video game drivel that Hollywood is so content to pump out to American audiences.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY NEWS YOU CAN USE

 
By Jeannette Nunes
Social Security District Manager
 
Make social security online services ‘par for the course’
 
August 25, 2012 (El Cajon) -- For many retirees (and near retirees), there is nothing that they look forward to as much as a day on the golf course. The game recently has been made more pleasurable by the use of computers and GPS technology.  A hand-held electronic unit acts just like a personal caddie, providing quick and accurate yardage information — and much more. It saves time … as well as mental and physical effort.

HEARTWARMING ARGENTINE COMEDY:UN CUENTO CHINO CONTINUES SDLFF's 13TH ANNUAL CINEMA EN TU IDIOMA FILM SERIES! SEPT 7-13

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to present its 13th annual Cinema en tu Idioma Fall Film Series showcasing the best of Latin American, Mexican, and Spanish Cinema! 


DOWNTOWN LA MESA'S MOSTLY MISSION

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
August 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- One of the best things about downtown La Mesa is the shopping where you will find stores that are beyond the ordinary, and exceptional. One of the shops that many La Mesans agree is exceptional is Mostly Mission, a shop that carries quality merchandise and accessories for the craftsman style environment. The store first opened in 2007, and has recently moved from a 850 square feet location to a place up the street almost three times the size.
 
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