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HOT TOPICS ON OUR SHOW WEDNESDAY! BIG THREATS TO EAST COUNTY & HOW TO SAVE OUR BACKCOUNTRY

ATTENTION CURRENT AND FUTURE COLLEGE STUDENTS! SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE

"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

PROSECUTION RESTS ITS CASE IN MURDER TRIAL OF IRAQI MAN IN EL CAJON

STORM THE HILL: VETERANS CALL FOR ACTION TO STOP SUICIDES

BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS FALLING PREY TO SOLAR POWER TOWER AT IVANPAH

QUAIL BRUSH APPLICANT ASKS FOR 1 YEAR EXTENSION OF APPLICATION SUSPENSION

EAST COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADERS TURN OUT TO HONOR BRADYS AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS ANNUAL CHILDRENS’ BALL

TERM LIMITS TACTICS TAKE NEGATIVE TURN IN LA MESA

49TH ANNUAL LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE

GROSSMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT IGNORES GRAND JURY, VOTES TO OPPOSE UNIFICATION FOR ALPINE FAMILIES


WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR TO STOP AT RAMONA AIRPORT APRIL 23-25

 

 

April 8, 2014 (Ramona)--Aviation enthusiasts and war history buffs will enjoy an exciting display at Ramona Airport when the Wings of Freedom Tour flies into town this month. World War II aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and P-51 Mustang, will be on display April 23 to 25 at 2898 Montecito Rd., Ramona.

GUIDED NATURE WALK AT WRIGHT'S FIELD IN ALPINE

 

"Saving the Endangered San Diego Thorn-mint"

April 8, 2014 (Alpine)--Join Restoration Ecologist, Scott McMillan, as we begin spring field surveys for populations of the rare and endangered San Diego Thornmint at Wright's Field in Alpine on Saturday April 19 from 19 a.m. to 12 noon. Considered to be the "most endangered plant" in San Diego County, Scott will introduce the group to the thorn-mint plant sites, its habitat and ecology, and discuss BCLT's three-year project to restore and enhance this imperiled member of the mint family.

LICENSE TO STEAL: FBI CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION INTO EL CAJON DMV CONTINUES

 

Photo: Surveillance video shows DMV employee accepting cash from license applicant.

Source: FBI http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/february/corruption-in-a-san-diego-motor-vehicle-office

February 25, 2014 (El Cajon) --You could call this scam a license to steal, and it certainly was—until it all came crashing down on the corrupt state employees and their accomplices who were selling California driver’s licenses for cash.

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION ELECTS MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

East County Resident Named President

April 7 2014 (Lakeside) - The San Diego Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), a non-profit trade organization of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors elected its board of directors recently. East County resident Lawrence O’Leary was elected president of the board for a second term.  The other elected board members are:

READER'S EDITORIAL: DAUGHTER'S TESTIMONY RAISES QUESTIONS AT ALHIMIDI TRIAL

 

By Robert Clark

Photo: Shaima Alawadi

April 6, 2014 (El Cajon)--The body of Shaima Alawadi, 32, was found by her daughter Fatima (then 17) on March 21, 2012. She  told El Cajon police that she was asleep upstairs, heard her mother "squeal," followed by the sound of broken glass. She thought perhaps her mother had dropped a plate, and waited about ten minutes before going downstairs.

ASSAULT ARREST IN LAKESIDE FOLLOWING STANDOFF

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2014 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Steve Nakho, 24, for allegedly assaulting a man with a stick, then chased the victim with a knife Sunday night.  The victim told police he fled from the assailant and sought help at a USA gas station on Woodside Avenue.

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER AT CITY OF LA MESA SUMMER CAMPS

 

April 5, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering 19 “Summer to Remember!” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages three years and up:

CDC: POISON CONTROL CENTER CALLS FOR E-CIGARETTES RISE SHARPLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Calls to poison control centers due to electronic cigarettes have risen sharply, the Centers for Disease Control reports. First marketed in the U.S. in 2007, e-cigarettes now account for nearly 42% of all cigarette-related calls to poison control centers.

GUHSD BOARD TO WEIGH SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION OF ALPINE DISTRICT ON APRIL 10

 

April 5, 2014 (Alpine)--Grossmont Union High School District’s board meets on April 10 in the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street in EL Cajon.  Public session starts at 6 p.m. after a closed-door-session.

LOWE'S TO PAY $18.1 MILLION FOR DUMPING HAZARDOUS WASTES IN LANDFILLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 6, 2014 (San Diego)-- Lowe’s Home Centers have been ordered to  pay 18.1 million dollars to settle claims from San Diego and other California counties for illegally disposing of hazardous waste.

BORREGO SPRINGS RESIDENTS PROTEST PLACEMENT OF SEXUAL PREDATOR

 

April 7, 2014 (Borrego Springs)--Borrego Springs residents are holding a rally tonight night to oppose the release of a violent sexual predator into their community.   The California Department of State hospitals proposes to place Terry Stone at 2632 Frying Pan Road in Borrego Springs.

NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IN SAN DIEGO APRIL 7

 

April 5, 2014 (San Diego) - April 6-12, 2014 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – a time for law enforcement, prosecutorial agencies, victim advocates and community members to come together and support victims of crime.

A STATE FROG? LEGISLATOR "JUMPS TO CONCLUSIONS"

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Mark Twain’s classic short story, The Celebrating Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, told the tale of a gambler in the Gold Rush era who won a bet by loading up a competitor’s frog with buckshot.  The star of that tale, California’s red legged frog, was made famous—and the town of Angel’s Camp re-creates the fictional even each year.

10 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR POOL SAFE AND LOOKING GREAT!

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The rains have gone and temperatures are expected to start rising again. And that means swimming pool season can’t be far off!

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: THEATER, ALPINE UNIFICATION AND WEED ABATEMENT AMONG HOT TOPICS

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The future of the East County Performing Arts Center, whether Alpine parents should be free to leave the Grossmont district, and whether a fire district should be able to declare most native vegetation as nuisance or not are among the hot items on East County agendas this week.  Click “read more” and scroll down for these and other important items being heard this week.

REBELUTION TO PERFORM AT SDSU AUG. 7-8; TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 10

 

Tour stops in San Diego on Thursday & Friday, August 7 & 8 at Cal Coast CreditUnion Open Air Theater at SDSU.  Tickets on sale Thursday, April 10 at 10am

April 5, 2014 (San Diego) –The band Rebelution’s “Count Me In Summer Tour” across America will include two performances at San Diego State University’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater on August 7 and 8.  Tickets go on sale April 10 at 10 a.m.  The tour promotes the group’s new album, Count Me In, due out in June.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MONSTERS IN THE EAST COUNTY?

 

April 5, 2014 (Jacumba) – Tom Lemon sent this surreal looking shot of a dinosaur sculpture and man-made caves at the Desert View Tower, long a favorite roadside stop of travelers in Jacumba. Visit it while you still can – word is its long-time proprietor may be set to retire in the near future.

PAINT-A-HOLICS CLASS APRIL 8

 

April 4, 2014 (La Mesa)--Learn to paint a masterpiece in just a few hours with step-by-step instruction at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa on April 8 from 6-9 p.m.. No painting experience is necessary.

LA MESA RACES HEAT UP : ARAPOSTATHIS TO CHALLENGE MADRID FOR MAYOR

 

Ewin to step down, leaving two vacancies to fill on Council

By Miriam Raftery

April 6, 2014 (La Mesa) – The filing deadline isn’t until  August for La Mesa’s city council and mayoral races.  But at least two candidates have already declared their intention to vie for Mayor.  Art Madrid announced on East County Magazine’s radio show that he is seeking reelection. Listen to interview here.  Councilman Mark Arpostathis held a press conference to announce he plans to challenge Mayor Madrid. View video of his announcement here.

Whether Aropstathis wins or loses the mayoral challenge, it will open up his seat on the city council.  In addition, long-serving Councilman Ernie Ewin announced this week that he will not seek reelection and has further indicated he will not run for mayor, San Diego Rostra reported. That leaves two open seats on La Mesa’s  council –and a potential shift in the balance of power and priorities for La Mesa.

HOT TEA IN THE LAVENDER FIELDS: APRIL 25-26

 

April 4, 2014 (Valley Center)—What could be more delightful than a springtime English-style high tea amidst blooming fields of lavender?  Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center is serving up a delectable menu including lemon lavender scones with jam and Devonshire cream, appetizers, sandwhiches, smoked turkey, truffled egg salad, chicken tarragon, fresh fruit,  raspberry crème roulade, Viennese chocolate vanilla crescents, lavender lady kisses and an assortment of hot teas.

PASSAGES: LAKESIDE RESIDENT AND NOTED COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LINDA SHIPMAN

 

Celebration of life planned April 13

Linda Marie Shipman, 62, of Lakeside, California, passed away on March 29, 2014. A devoted wife, mother and massage therapist, she was also known as a tireless community volunteer active in local charities, nonprofits and business organizations.

EL CAJON COMMUNITY TO DESIGN NEW PLAYGROUND AT WELLS PARK

 

April 2, 2014 (El Cajon )--The City of El Cajon, Stoney’s Kids, Boys & Girls Club of East County and Foresters will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive) at the Wells Park on Thursday, April 3 to kick off design plans for a one-of-a-kind playground.

COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL TO ROCK CUYAMACA COLLEGE APRIL 26

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Cuyamaca Community College invites you to its sixth annual “Coyote Music Festival” on the campus Grand Lawn on Saturday, April 26 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The festival features seven bands of up-and-coming local talent that will showcase all-original music compositions. These home-grown singer-songwriters will perform a variety of genres, including acoustic, rock, folk and pop.

READER’S EDITORIAL: PROSECUTION’S CASE SHAKY IN ALHIMIDI MURDER TRIAL

 

By Robert Clark

April 6, 2014 (El Cajon)--The recent spate of earthquakes in our area may have been triggered by an explosion at El Cajon Superior Court on March 25, when the prosecution's case against Kassim Alhimidi blew up during a hearing concerning pre-trial motions. The trial began April 1, and testimony has strongly confirmed an opinion I formed some time ago that the evidence against Alhimidi is so shaky  an immediate acquittal would be in order.

MEET THE CANDIDATES RECEPTION APRIL 29

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego) – The League of Women Voters of San Diego will hold a Meet the Candidates Reception on April 29, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm.  The event will be held at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.  There is no charge to attend.

VOLUNTEER WEATHER OBSERVERS WANTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The National Weather Service is looking for CoCoRahs. That stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow  Network, a nonprofit network of volunteer precipitation observers.All you need is a 4-inch rain gauge, the Internet, and a few minutes each day.

READER'S COMMENTARY: DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S CLAIMS IN SAN DIEGO FINANCE SCANDAL ARE ABSURD

 

By Craig E. Kleffman

April 5, 2014 (San Diego County) - San Diego’s chief law enforcement officer is District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. In 2012 she ran for Mayor. Her associate, Ernesto Encinas — a retired San Diego Detective — conspired with a foreign national to secure illegally about $200,000 in a foreign campaign contribution. Approximately $100,000 went to a campaign committee, while the other $100,000 or so funded the campaign’s online presence.

CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM NOW ONLINE

 

April 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - "Keeping illegal activity out of rental property," is the goal of the Sheriff's Department Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) program. Now there is a webpage to help rental property owners/managers, as well as those looking for a new apartment to learn more about this program. Just go to www.sdsheriff.net/cfmh.

DMV IN EL CAJON CLOSING FOR REMODELING

 

By Miriam Raftery

If you’re planning to get a driver’s license, or take care of other business at the Department of Motor Vehicles, you’d better plan ahead.

A BETTER OPTION TO INDUSTRIAL ENERGY PROJECTS IN OUR REGION IS PROPOSED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2014 (San Diego) –“The San Diego County Planning Commissioners and Board of Supervisors have an obligation to look out for the greater good of the people of San Diego,” Timothy D. Schoechle, PhD, an international consultant on smart grid expert technology, engineering expert, and author of the report Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid wrote in his comments to the County’s planning director opposing Soitec’s plan to industrialize rural East County with massive solar modules that other experts have said could destroy the entire ecosystem of the region.

Instead, Dr. Schoechle lays out a detailed case for a saner, safer alternative—and why current government policies are polar opposites of what’s needed to protect the public against rapacious energy corporations.

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