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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


SOMETHING TO SQUAWK ABOUT: WILD PARROT PRESENTATION AUG. 12 IN CREST

 

August 7, 2014 (Crest) - SoCal Parrot will be having a presentation at the Crest Library on August 12th at 6 p.m. including a discussion and insight into the wild parrots of Southern California, conservation status, how wild parrots came to the U.S. & how to help.

LA MESA: "SUMMER BASH - BUSINESS EXPO"

 

 

August 7, 2014 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, August 13, La Mesa's Chamberof Commerce invites you to take mix, mingle and enjoy food provided by local businesses and the Chamber.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: ANOTHER SECRET STREAM

 

August 7, 2014 (Borrego Springs) – Tom Lemon sent in these photos of a “secret stream”, along with this description:

CLIMATE CHANGE: POLICY REVIEW IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By Nadin Abbott

August 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The County of San Diego has recognized the reality of climactic change since the County Board of Supervisors adopted the Climate Action Plan in 2012, This is a comprehensive plan that partly complies with the state mandate imposed by AB 32. AB 32, which is the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, signed into law by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

HELIX WATER BOARD ANNOUNCEMENT: NOTICE TO DECLARE CANDIDACY

 

August 4, 2014 (La Mesa) – Notice is hereby given that a General District Election will be held in the Helix Water District on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, for the following offices for which candidates may be nominated:

LOCAL CHURCH HOSTS BORDER CHILDREN FORUM: AUGUST 17 IN LA MESA

 

Church launches drive to save lives, help children fleeing violence

"Jesus himself was a refugee, who with his family fled to a foreign as an infant." --Rev. Kaji Dousa

Hear our interview with Doug Brunson from UCCLM: http://www.kiwi6.com/file/gvviv3lgb6

View or sign a petition to help the children: http://tableucc.com/witness/sign-the-petition-central-american-refugee-crisis/

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 7, 2014 (La Mesa)—United Church of Christ in La Mesa has stepped forward to help children from Central America who have sought refuge in the United States, fleeing violence, drug trafficking and threats of death.   The public is invited to a Border Children panel discussion on Sunday, August 17 at 3 p.m.  at the church, located at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa.

 “We need to welcome the strangers. We need to help those in need,” Doug Brunson with UCCLM told East County Magazine in a recent radio interview, quoting Jesus.  “This is a crisis…something that needs to be addressed now,” he said of the 50,000 children.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

August 4, 2014  (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

KEEP GROWING WITH SEASON-EXTENDING GARDENING TIPS FOR FALL

 

 

Article courtesy of Bonnie Plants

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

NOTED GUITARIST FRED BENEDETTI PERFORMS FREE CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS ON AUGUST 17

 

July 31, 2014 (San Diego)--Flamenco, jazz, classical and popular music will be performed in free a guitar concert by noted musician Fred Benedetti on Saturday, August 17 at 3 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor center theater.   This acclaimed entertainer plays with several local bands. He is also a full-time music professor at Grossmont College, where he heads up the guitar studies program, and serves as chair of the guitar program at San Diego State University.  He has toured in the U.S. Europe, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. Locally, Benedetti has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, Starlight Opera, American Ballet Company,  and the Old Globe Theatre, plus he has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as opera star Luciano Pavarotti and jazz artist Dave Brubeck.

DEADLINE FRIDAY TO FILE AND RUN FOR MOST LOCAL OFFICES: GUHSD LACKS FULL SLATE OF CHALLENGERS FOR SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS

 

Hear our interview with GUHSD member Priscilla Schreiber and Nick Marinovich, who says he was pressured to resign off the district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, on why they want to see new candidates step forward to run for the board: http://kiwi6.com/file/1fth2nlrky

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Tomorrow, August 8 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for running for most local offices in East County--though if an incumbent opts not to file for reelection, that deadline can be extended for several more days. 

Some local districts don't have enough people running to fill the seats--including the Grossmont Union High School District, where at last check only two challengers have filed for three seats, despite controversy including a Grand Jury admonishment.  One of those challengers, Dr. Gary Woods, opposes a high school for Alpine and was previously voted out; his election would solidify the anti-Alpine high school majority on the board.  (Note: incumbent Dick Hoy has said he won't seek reelection, thus this filing deadline will likely be extended.)

Alpine's Community Planning Group has just 5 candidates so for to fill 7 seats.

These are just two examples of a race where the balance of power could shift--or not--depending on which candidates if any step forward to run.

Local seats on the November ballot include school boards, planning groups, water boards, fire boards, mayor and city councils across East County.  Currently a numberof these positions have no candidates filed to run, or only one candidate, leaving voters without a choice.  

HEART OF MT. HELIX: AUGUST 16

 

 

August 7, 2014 (Mt. Helix)--The 7th annual HeART of Mt Helix will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 5:30 pm until 10 pm up in the pPark atop Mt. Helix.  

The event features live music on two stages, visual artists at work, restaurant tastings, auction, a signature cocktail, craft beer, wine and spectacular sunset views. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS AUGUST 7-16

 

Plus previews of coming attractions

By Miriam Raftery

August 7, 2014 (Destination East County) – From fishing at night to fun with firefighters, we have some unique outings featured in this week’s Destination East County – along with some rollicking musical performances and "Politics in Paradise."  Plus we have previews of next week’s top events, from a Cajun concert to a event atop Mt. Helix for lovers of art, craft beer and wine.

RAMONA FUND FOR ANIMALS CENTER IN RAMONA HELPS SAVE LOCAL WILDLIFE

 

 

 

 

Hear our interview at the Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center: http://kiwi6.com/file/6sce6l835w

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 7, 2014 (Ramona) – The Ramona Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is one of only three facilities in San Diego County that rehabilitate injured or ill wildlife for release back into the wild. Currently the Center is nursing back to health two coyote pups found with burned feet during the May wildfires.

The Center, founded by Cleveland Amory, also has some permanent residents that cannot be rereleased, including  a hand-raised captive cougar in these photos (shot through the bars of its enclosure). This mountain lion was reported by a local veterinarian after its owner, who purchased it illegally from out of state, brought the cub in for a “well kitten” checkup.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: AUGUST 6-16

 

Plus previews of coming attractions

By Miriam Raftery

August 6, 2014 (Destination East County) – From fishing at night to fun with firefighters, we have some unique outings featured in this week’s Destination East County – along with some rollicking musical performances.  Plus we have previews of next week’s top events, from a Cajun concert to a event atop Mt. Helix for lovers of art, craft beer and wine.

CHECK CENTER TO DONATE FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO CHILDREN AUG. 9

 

August 6, 2014 (San Diego) – It’s back to school time—and Check Center locations around San Diego County will give away free backpacks and school supplies to the first 250 children who stop by on Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   This includes an East County location at 1090 East Main Street, Suite 103 in El Cajon.

ARABO-LED COALITION CALLS FOR PRESIDENTIAL ORDER TO PROTECT CHRISTIANS & DRONE STRIKES AGAINST ISIS

 

East County News Service

Photo: Arabo speaking at rally for Iraqi Christians last month in El Cajon

August 6, 2014 (El Cajon)—Mark Arabo,  a local Chaldean leader, and a coalition he has assembled will meet with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice at the White House on Thursday and possibly Secretary of State John Kerry.  A press release announcing the upcoming meeting states that they will discuss the Christian genocide in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon by the terrorist group ISIS.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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

THE NEW CONSUMER MOVEMENT: ONLINE PETITIONS ARE WORKING

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Have you ever wondered just how effective those online petitions can be?  Do they really make a difference?

BAJA BLOG: SPLASH, BEST OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR

 

By Susan A. Mahalick

August 5, 2014 (Baja, Mexico) - Want to be outside, see waves splash up onto volcanic rocks, watch dolphins swim by and sea birds perch everywhere? Add to this some of the finest hospitality, drinks and food and this is a sure winner.

CHAPARRAL INSTITUTE: NEWS STORY FALSELY CLAIMS "EVERYTHING IS DEAD" ONE YEAR AFTER YOSEMITE FIRE

 

August 5, 2014 (San Diego)—The Chaparral Institute, a San Diego-based environmental organization, has issued a press release revealing that a CBS affiliate in Sacramento recycled a sensationalized 2013 Associated Press news article this week with a new headline that reads,  “1 Year Later, Scientists Find Yosemite Rim Fire Left Behind a Sierra Moonscape.” The story suggested that “everything is dead” – a point disputed by the Chaparral institute.

WILDFIRES WORSENING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE: NEW WHITE HOUSE VIDEO

THE THIRD ANNUAL SAN DIEGO COMIC FEST

 

August 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The third annual San Diego Comic Fest will be held October 17-19 at the San Diego Town & Country Resort and Convention Center. The guest of honor is Neal Adams, the legendary artist for such super-heroes as Batman, X-Men, Deadman, Green Arrow and Superman.

AFRICAN DESERT TORTOISE FOUND ROAMING SANTEE STREETS

 

August 5, 2014(Santee)--You might say that it’s a slow news day in Santee—where an African desert tortoise weighing 60 pounds has been found roaming the streets in a residential neighborhood.

FINDING ROVER IS WORKING TO LOCATE LOST PETS LOCALLY

 

Coming soon: Finding Kitty

East County News Service

August 5, 2014 (San Diego)--Finding Rover, a new facial recognition software program, is helping to reunite lost pets with their owners. Here in San Diego, it even worked for Roxie, a Shibu Inu dog who turned up in the County Animal Shelter in Bonita.

COUNTERFEIT BILLS IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2014 (La Mesa)--A La Mesa coffee shop has been victimized by patrons passing counterfeit bills, La Mesa Today reports.

DON'T GO KABOOM: CALL BEFORE YOU DIG

 

August 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – National 811 day, appropriately on August 11th, urges people to call 811 before doing ANY type of digging. That means homeowners in their gardens as well as contractors. The service is free; two days notice is requested for an inspection to locate and mark underground lines.

EARTHTALK(R): ECO-TRAVEL DESTINATIONS IN THE U.S

 

 

E - The Environmental Magazine                                           

By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

August 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Dear EarthTalk: Where are some good “eco-travel” destinations right here in the continental U.S. that I can consider for a family vacation?                                               -- Janet Devino, Brooklyn, NY

PLAN ANNOUNCED TO DISMANTLE SAN ONOFRE, BUT SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL TO REMAIN

 

August 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Southern California Edison has announced plans to dismantle the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Stations, which were decommissioned after radiation leaks, and restore the beach near the nuclear plants.

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