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JOIN US IN FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE DEC. 21!

INCUBATING NEW BUSINESSES IN EAST COUNTY: HEAR NOORI BARKA’S PLANS TO CREATE GOOD JOBS FOR OUR REGION

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

EL CAJON TURNS THE CORNER: MAYOR BILL WELLS DELIVERS OPTIMISTIC STATE OF THE CITY 2014 ADDRESS

COWLES MTN. WINTER SOLSTICE WALKS DEC. 20-22

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: GUESS WHAT'S SPOTTED IN DESCANSO?

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED; PRESIDENT SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL BUDGET BILL

RAIN! STORM COULD BRING FLOODING, WAVES 14 FT. HIGH

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH RAMONA WINEMAKERS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL “GET YOUR MERRY ON” EVENT DEC. 13-14

CHALDEAN CHAMBER MARKS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE “CHIEF ELF” FOR LA MESA’S CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE


LES MIS IN CONCERT AT SDSU: AN EPIC MUSICAL PRODUCTION

 

By Leon Thompson

Photos by Ken Jacques

December 6, 2014 – Those of us who love musicals know the importance of the storyline. But it’s the music that expresses the power, the grief, and the love that make Les Miserables the world’s longest running musical.  

SDSU’s School of Theatre, Television and Film has teamed up with the School of Music and Dance to present “Les Miserable, the Concert” – a lavish production focused on music, not stagecraft, with nearly 200 musical performers on stage throughout the evening.  This production is like skipping to the good parts without missing the plot.  A final performance will be held Sunday, December 7th at 2 p.m.  (For tickets visit http://ttf.sdsu.edu/.)

SD TRAILS: NIGHT LIFE ON COWLES MOUNTAIN

 

By Randy Zuniga

December 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - A mountain of a mere 1,594 ft. high borders three cities -- San Diego, Santee, and La Mesa. For some, it's an epic hike accompanied by packs filled with snacks and water. For others, it's a quick jog up and a small water bottle waiting for them back at their car. No matter who you are -- everyone seems to love this mountain.

CAL FIRE LIFTS BURN BAN AFTER RAINS

 

December 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Following recent rain, CAL FIRE’s San Diego Unit has lifted the suspension of burning within State Responsibility Area (SRA) in San Diego County effective Monday, December 8, 2014.

PRESCRIBED BURNING BEGINS IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 

 

 

East County News Service

December 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—If you see smoke over the backcountry, be aware that the Cleveland National Forest will conduct prescribed burning from December 2014 through June of 2015 as weather and fuel conditions permit on the Trabuco, Palomar and Descanso Ranger Districts. The goal of the burning is to reduce hazardous fuels that have accumulated in the Forest and around local communities.

BANK ROBBERY IN EL CAJON

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

December 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Sheriff's Department wants your help in identifying and finding a man who robbed a bank in the East County on Black Friday.  It happened just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28th at the Wells Fargo Bank located inside Vons in the 13000 block of Camino Canada in an unincorporated area of El Cajon.

JAMES EARP, FINGER-STYLE GUITARIST, IN CONCERT JAN. 4 AT MISSION TRAILS



 

December 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Jim Earp, local fingerstyle guitarist with a national reputation, returns to Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Auditorium on Sunday, January 4 Sunday from 3 - 4 p.m.for a free concert.

HOLIDAY EVENTS ANNOUNCED BY FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN EL CAJON

 

December 5, 2014 (El Cajon)—The First Presbyterian Church in El Cajon announces upcoming holiday events with Christmas music and more.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BOMB THREAT TARGETING SDG&E TRUCKS

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2014 (Valley Center) – A bomb threat e-mailed to an NBC news station threatened to place explosives targeting San Diego Gas & Electric Company work trucks over a land use dispute in Valley Center. 

Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson investigators shut down the Spearhead Trail area for two hours yesterday afternoon to assure that it was safe.

Subsequently, deputies arrested Frits Versteegh, a nearby resident who sent the threatening email, said Sergeant Jeff Lauhon.

KEEP PETS SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – As you’re decking the halls for your holiday festivities, it’s important to be aware that many holiday traditions can be hazardous for your pets—including popular holiday plants, tinsel, tree preservatives, candles, glass ornaments and potpourri. Here’s what you need to know to keep your dog or cat safe this holiday season:

MISSION TRAILS HOSTS GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS' ART EXHIBIT DEC. 6--JAN. 2

 

December 5, 2014 (San Diego)--The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present an exhibition featuring art students from the Grossmont Union High School District. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery December 6, 2014 – January 2, 2015. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 - 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A BEARY MERRY CHRISTMAS AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS IN ALPINE

 

Bobbi Brink, founder of the rescue facility in Alpine (photo, left) works to save bears and other exotic animals from canned hunts and cub petting operations in U.S.

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 5, 2014 (Alpine) – East County Magazine stopped by  Lions, Tigers and Bears this week for a sneak-preview of the brand new bear enclosure that opens this Saturday, December 6th, at the rescue facility’s annual holiday party and fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m.. 

We also got some up-close-and-personal looks at some of the big cats and bears who will be celebrating too—with Christmas trees, holiday packages to rip open and special foods for these special rescued animals—including Cherry Bomb, Teddy, Albert and Baloo —grizzly and Himalayan black bears who will be turned loose into their new two-acre home (albeit a temporary home while an even bigger two-acre preserve is built.)

NEED HELP? FREE LEGAL CLINICS OPENS IN EL CAJON

 

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County Law Library announces a free legal clinic in El Cajon at 250 East Main Street.  The clinic will provide free legal services on Wednesdays from now through December 17th in the areas of family law, immigration, consumer law, employment law, business law, wills and trusts, civil litigation and more.

“I CAN’T BREATHE!” PROTESTS NATIONWIDE AFTER NEW YORK GRAND JURY FAILS TO INDICT WHITE POLICE OFFICER FOR CHOKING DEATH

 

Coalition of local leaders call for changes to restore trust and accountability

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Ben Reid, Creative Commons image on FlickR

December 4, 2014 (San Diego)--For the second time in the past two weeks, a Grand Jury has failed to indict a white police officer for killing a black man.  The latest decision was in New York, where jurors declined to charge a police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.

Unlike the now-famous case in Ferguson, Missouri where a Grand Jury acquitted a white police officer of shooting and killing an unarmed black man who some witnesses said had his hands up in a surrender position,  the case in New York was documented on videotape by a friend of Garner’s.

Yet jurors refused to prosecute the officer in New York, even though the video showed the officer using a chokehold to subdue Eric Garner,  who was accused of selling cigarettes without paying taxes, while several other officers surrounded him. The video shows Garner clearly stating “I can’t breathe” at least 11 times in a panicked voice before passing out.  A second video shows police standing by, making no effort to resuscitate Garner, before an ambulance arrived. The father of six, a large man who also suffered from asthma, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

CHULA VISTA POLICE RAISE MONEY, BUY GIFTS FOR CHILDREN OF MURDER VICTIM

 

December 2, 2014 (Chula Vista)--Detectives from the Chula Vista Police Department Crimes of Violence unit are raising donations from fellow officers and Department employees to provide the children of a murder victim some holiday gifts. Leonor Castillo was murdered by her ex-husband (the children's father) when he ran her over in a jealous rage on Friday November 28th on Elm Ave in Chula Vista. The suspect turned himself in at the Mexico border last night and was booked into County Jail on charges of Homicide.

GM RECALLS 300,000 VEHICLES DUE TO HEADLIGHT DEFECTS

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego)--General Motors has ordered a recall of over 300,000 vehicles because of headlights that stop working.  The low-beams may turn off intermittently or permanently, increasing the risk of an accident.

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT DEC. 5

 

December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will offer a unique performance on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. centered around E.T.A. Hoffman’s holiday favorite—The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Well-known actress Bobbie Helland joins the ensemble reciting from the story “in the first person.”

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: VIEW FROM MT. HELIX

 

December 2,2014 (Mt. Helix) – Leon Thompson caught the moon amid a golden glow in the sky, looking east across El Cajon and the mountains beyond from atop Mt. Helix.

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO EXTEND TRAIL SYSTEMS AND ADD GNATCATCHER HABITAT

 

California Gnatcatcher, Photo via Wikimedia Commons

East County News Service

December 4, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County Supervisors voted this week to approve purchase of 345 acres of open land to extend trail systems and to protect habitat for the endangered California gnatcatcher.

ROADWAY FLOODING AND ACCIDENTS

 

East County News Service

 

December 4, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- California Highway Patrol reports the following hazards this rainy morning:

 

  • Vehicle overturned on Wildcat Canyon Road, near the racetrack
  • Dehesa Road is shut down between Sloan Canyon and Willow Glen due to 18 inches of mud across the road
  • Roadway flooding at Campo Road and Kenwood in Spring Valley
  • Harmony Grove Road is closed at Wilgen Drive due to a mudslide and flooding

REGIONAL PLAN TO TACKLE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE GETS GO AHEAD

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego)--Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disorder that plunges its victims into a fog of lost memories, forgetfulness and an eventual loss of the ability to remember the most basic day-to-day details about their own lives.

It’s the region’s third leading cause of death.

PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2015 SCHEDULE

 

December 3, 2014 (Campo) - The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association  announces its spring 2015 schedule of trains and special events at its Campo Living-History & Train-Operation Center, 50 miles east of downtown San Diego.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS DEC. 5-14

By Miriam Raftery

December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County is packed with holiday festivities, from Christmas on Maine Street in Lakeside to Santa at Santee Lakes and the "Light up the Grove" bonfire in Lemon Grove! Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including La Mesa’s Christmas in the Village, a Winter Wonder Jam concert, and our very own East County Magazine holiday party.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine.

SENATE AND ASSEMBLY LEADERS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO HALT UC TUITION HIKES FOR CALIFORNIA STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (Sacramento)—Today Senate Democrats announced a plan to prevent a tuition hike approved by University of California Regents from taking effect for California students. However out-of-state students’ tuitions would increase by 17 percent. 

The plan follows an earlier proposal by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). The two plans have similarities, but also differences in their approaches.

EL CAJON CONSIDERS BODY CAMERAS FOR POLICE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon )—At next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, El Cajon will consider a proposal by Councilman Gary Kendrick that would require El Cajon Police to wear body cameras.

IT'S A WRAP: SHERIFF NABS PACKAGE THIEF IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery 

December 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A Grinch suspected of stealing holiday packages across East County is now in custody,  the Sheriff’s office reports.

The thief nabbed over a thousand dollars worth of packages in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and unincorporated areas of El Cajon from November 21st until the thief was finally caught on December 3rd.

HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL: RAMONA EAST END LOOP DEC. 13-14

 

November 8, 2014 (Ramona) – ‘Tis the season to be merry along the Holiday Wine Trail, featuring wineries on the Ramona East End Loop.   You can take the tour December 13 or 14 from 12-5 p.m.

EIGHT FUNNY FACTS ABOUT WILD TURKEYS

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--So you thought there was nothing to know about turkeys except whether you liked drumsticks or white meat. Think again. Here are some fascinating facts provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

BORDER RIGHTS GROUP SUPPORTS OBAMA FUNDING FOR BODY CAMERAS, ASKS THAT BORDER PATROL BE INCLUDED

 

 

East County News Service

December 2, 2014 (San Diego) – President Barack Obama has announced a proposal to spend $75 million on equipping police officers with body cameras.

The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) issued a statement welcoming the proposal as a “positive step toward accountability” but called on the President to also include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the nation's largest law enforcement agency.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

December 3,  2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

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For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

CAMPUS CHILD CARE DECLINING DESPITE GROWING NUMBERS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS RAISING CHILDREN

 

Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research

December 3, 2014 (Washington D.C.) While the number of college students with dependent children has been growing, and more than one in four college students (4.8 million undergraduate students) in the United States are raising children, campus-based child care has been declining, according to new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Campus child care has decreased most dramatically at community colleges—where nearly half (45 percent) of all students with children are enrolled. Less than half of all 2-year institutions offer campus child care services. The proportion of community colleges with child care on campus declined from a high of 53 percent in 2003-2004, to 46 percent in 2013. IWPR’s analysis is based on 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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