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LEGISLATORS GRILL CPUC OVER HIRING OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO CHALDEANS, ASSYRIANS AND SYRIACS WORLWIDE

ISIS SEIZES HUNDREDS OF CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA

WILDFLOWERS ARE BLOOMING IN ANZA-BORREGO DESERT

SAN MIGUEL FIRE VOTES TO OPEN FINANCE COMMITTEE TO PUBLIC, PRESS

MAJOR TRAIL CHANGES PROPOSED TO THREE SISTERS FALLS

CHAMBER’S “CABARET” EVENT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HEROES


FIRST POW-WOW AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE IS A SUCCESS

 

By Leon Thompson

February 26, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) The new Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at Cuyamaca College hosted the first annual Cuyamaca Pow Wow earlier this month. “Our goal is to share the rich heritage of our region’s Native culture” said Teka Tsosie, vice president of the student organization, and coordinator of the event.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FEB. 28 - MARCH 28

 

February 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes rock climbing, live jazz and R&B concerts here in East County.  Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the Ramona Music Fest a Shakespearean play with a contemporary twist, and Vallecito Day--celebrating our frontier heritage. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

MEN TRIED TO LURE SPRING VALLEY GIRL INTO VAN

 

February 25, 2015 (Spring Valley) - The Sheriff’s Department is warning Spring Valley residents about two masked men who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into a van.

SPRING HEADED TO COLLIER PARK

By Kristin Kjaero

February 24, 2015 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents can look forward someday to new life for the city’s oldest park, as the La Mesa City Council voted 4-0 to adopt the Collier Park Project Master Plan and Environmental Impact Report for its proposed renovation.

Much of the site is undeveloped, and the new plan makes use of this space, lowering the top of the hill by 20 feet to create a larger usable area. When funding can be found, development will be undertaken in phases corresponding to four project areas: Panhandle, Spring House, History Hill and Collier Club House.

Planned amenities include renovated tennis courts and restrooms, picnic area, ADA accessible walking paths and interpretive signage throughout, three separate playground areas aimed for growing age groups, two gazebos, a giant outdoor chess set, a bocce court, a hillside amphitheater, drainage for the soggy lower portion, and a club building with outdoor event area and ceremonial stage.

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING HIKER WHO LEFT ANZA TWO WEEKS AGO

 

Hikers find belongings 13 miles off Highway 79, north of Warner Springs

East County News Service

February 24, 2015 (San Diego) updated February 26, 2015—San Diego Search and Rescue Crews are hunting for a 28-year-old hiker, Chris Sylvia, who left Anza, California on Thursday, February 12th to hike south on the Pacific Crest Trail for a week or more. He called a friend February 16th to meet him near Warner Springs to pickup supplies on February 17th, but never arrived.   

His friend told authorities he assumed Sylvia had continued his hike without stopping. But when he failed to reach his final destination, Campo, Sylvia’s friend became concerned and contacted the Sheriff on February 24.

Also on the 24th, other hikers found gear including a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and backpack that appear to belong to Sylvia. His identification was also found at this site approximately 13 miles off Highgway 79, north of Warner Springs.

PIZZA CARJACKER HALTED BY HAZMAT SPILL

By Leon Thompson

February 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Happy’s Pizza delivery person was not so happy Monday night when he was held up at gunpoint by two masked suspects. 

The thieves called in a pizza order and when the delivery driver arrived at a house in the 1100 block of West Chase Avenue in El Cajon, they brandished a gun and stole his SUV, cell phone, cash and even his shoes, El Cajon Police Department reports.

The suspects handed off the stolen SUV to a woman near the 1200 block of El Cajon Boulevard.  She drove into La Mesa, where she encountered a street closure on Amaya Drive due to a hazmat incident from a big rig fuel spill.  La Mesa Police spotted the stolen vehicle and stopped the driver to question her.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

February 25, 2015 (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:

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

ROCK HOUSE/BORDER PATROL TRAIL HIKE IN JACUMBA FEB. 28

 

February 24, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Spring is in the air – and the Jacumba Hikers and Walkers are hitting the trail. On Saturday, February 28th the group will meet at the Jacumba Spa (44500 Old Highway 80) then head out along the Border Patrol Trail to Airport Mesa and the Rock House for a five mile hike.

SENATOR ANDERSON’S OFFICE BANISHES VOTER WHO ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS

Anderson running against Supervisor Jacob, but refuses to answer questions about his special interest ties

A podcast of this interview is now online. Listen now at:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/lckbr8zs0o/Newsmaker-BiggersTom-AndersonVoter.mp3

Hear the full show from Feb. 23, 2015 here: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/octrm252x1/ECMShow2-23-15.mp3



This interview originally aired Monday, February 23rd on KNJS 89.1 FM during our East County Magazine show which airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m.. You can also listen live at www.knsj.org or download the TuneIn Ap to hear KNSJ on your cell phone.

By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) has been endorsed by the County Republican Party for his candidacy challenging East County’s Dianne Jacob for her seat on the County Board of Supervisors next year.  But increasingly, media and constituents are raising serious questions about Anderson’s motives for running and his close ties to special interests—questions that Anderson has refused to answer.

Thomas Biggers is a constituent who voted for Anderson previously.  But after doing some research, he became concerned and visited Anderson’s local office. He asked four questions--which led Anderson's staffer to ban Biggers from the office:

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS RECALLED

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 22, 2015 (San Diego)--Fire extinguisher maker Kidde has recalled about 4.6 million disposable extinguishers, saying a faulty plastic valve can prevent them from fully discharging when used.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNSET IN LA MESA

 

 

February 22, 2015 (La Mesa) – Miriam Raftery snapped this brilliantly hued sunset earlier this month, when the setting sun mirrored an amber glow from a streetlamp in the parking lot at the La Mesa Springs shopping center.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM FEBRUARY 22, 2015

 

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

Readers

February 22, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - February 22 (Sunday, 2:00 pm) — Local children's book author Henry Herz's new picture book, Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes (from Pelican Publishing), has garnered considerable praise, including: "For all of us who grew up loving Dungeons & Dragons and Tolkien, Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes is an excellent way to introduce our little ones to the world of fantasy!"

For additional information, contact Henry Herz at 858-212-6111; http://birchtreepub.com/mgnr.htm.

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego.

HERE'S A STORY THAT'S TRULY OUT OF THIS WORLD

 

February 21, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - "Mars One" , a Dutch nonprofit, has announced plans to build the first permanent settlement Mars.  More than 200,000 people applied to join the first expedition of settlers on a143 million mile, one-way trip to the fourth planet from the sun.

HELEN KNOLL FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE FEB. 26 IN JAMUL

 

February 21, 2015 (Jamul) – The Helen Knoll Foundation, which has a mission to prevent breast cancer in women ages 18 to 40, will host an open house on Thursday, February 26th from 5 to 8 p.m. at California Sol, a new restaurant at 12891 Highway 94 in Jamul.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON AIRPORT NOISE NEAR GILLESPIE MARCH 4

 

February 20, 2015 (El Cajon) – Advocates of Safe Airport Policies (ASAP), a nonprofit citizens group, invites the public  to a community meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. to learn what you can do if you’re concerned about noise from planes disturbing your neighborhood.

HIGH SCHOOL CUSTODIAN IN LAKESIDE ARRESTED FOR ARRANGING SEXUAL LIAISON WITH A 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

 

February 20, 2015 (Lakeside) – A 21-year-old substitute custodian with the Grossmont Union High School District was arrested yesterday after texting a 14-year-old female student to arrange an off-campus sexual liaison. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit and Santee Sheriff’s station are continuing the investigation to determine if there are any additional victims.

ISIL ATROCITIES MOUNT AS JIHADISTS SET SITES ON CONQUERING ROME

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2015 (San Diego)—Threats of Islamic State (or ISIL) forces spreading across northern Africa and into Europe are growing.  After establishing a caliphate in portions of Iraq and Syria, ISIL jihadists have reportedly burned 40 people alive  in Iraq’s Anbar province as well as a Jordanian pilot and beheaded 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya. This weeks, Turkish intelligence reportedly warns that ISIL may be plotting terror attacks in Turkey.

RINCON CHAIRMAN WINS AWARD

 

February 20, 2015 (Valley Center)-- Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, was presented with the Fifth Annual Anna Sandoval Leadership Award at the Western Indian Gaming Conference’s Tribal Leaders’ luncheon, February 11, 2015, at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, in Valley Center, Ca.

SOLAR GOLD RUSH IN SAN DIEGO: RULES FOR SOLAR CHANGING

 

Monumental changes in solar market set to spur largest demand in history

 

East County News Service

Hear our interview with Erica Johnson, Sullivan Solar Power, on why some solar incentives will soon be going away as well as advice for consumers and ratepayers:  http://kiwi6.com/file/3v2a5ryrbc

February 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--The rules of solar are changing for California property owners, and property owners who wait for the future will not receive the favorable conditions of today.  The first region to lose incentives may be San Diego, where a cap on net metering is close to being attained later this year.

SERIAL BURGLARY SUSPECTS BUSTED

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Two men suspected of a series of 15 commercial burglaries in La Mesa from are under arrest.  Both are also connected to burglaries in El Cajon and Oceanside, according to a statement issued by La Mesa Police.

READER'S EDITORIAL: H.R.493 - IS MORE THAN AMNESTY FOR THE INDUSTRY'S EAGLE SLAUGHTER

"When you can no longer hide and you have not obeyed the law, just ask your friends in Congress to bail you out. This is what this Bill represents."


By Jim Wiegand

February 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --For those that do not believe America has lost its way, all one has to do is look at the relationship between the wind industry and Washington D.C. Unbiased observers will see a shell game democracy funneling out untold billions for a highly destructive and inefficient "energy strategy". One of the primary benefactors of this arrangement is a Washington based group of panhandlers know as the wind industry. But this industry's windfall set up with Washington is threatened because word of this industry's undisclosed impacts is reaching the public.

TARGET AGREES TO PAY $4 MILLION FOR OVERCHARGING CUSTOMERS

 

East County News Service

February 18, 2015 (San Diego) – Target Corp. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a complaint of overcharging consumers filed by the San Diego City Attorney, the Marin County District Attorney and other law enforcement agencies in additional counties.

ALPINE STUDENTS PRESENT MUSICAL OKLAHOMA! MARCH 13-21

 

February 19, 2015 (Alpine)--Alpine Union School District will present its 37th annual musical production. This year students are performing in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! The district-wide production includes students in grades fourth through eighth. See attached flyer.

UC POSTPONES TUITION HIKES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that UC will postpone a planned 5 percent tuition hike from the summer quarter until fall.  The decision comes after Governor Jerry Brown proposed an extra $119 million for UC funding in 2016, still $100 short of what regents have said is needed to cancel the rate hikes of 5 percent a year for the next five years that are set to kick in this year.

GUHSD BOARD VOTES TO APPEAL ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL RULING; LEGAL BILLS COULD COST TAXPAYERS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS

By Paul Kruze

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--In a 3-2 vote which was preceded by rancorous accusations, sniping, sharp retorts and loud outbursts between board member Priscilla Schreiber and board chairman Robert Shield, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) approved a measure to appeal an court injunction forcing it to set aside $42 million towards building a disputed high school in Alpine at its regularly scheduled February 11th meeting. Schreiber and board member Jim Stieringer voted against the resolution.

Several times during the meeting, Schreiber expressed concern that the board had voted twice to set money aside for the project and that it was acting in “bad faith." Stieringer said he opposed an appeal because the decision to set aside $42 million for the high school “is well reasoned.”

SUPERVISOR HORN: 2015 WILL BE "YEAR OF THE VETERAN"

 

View video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fTobU9pt0ds

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego)—Supervisor Bill Horn, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, declared 2015 the “year of the veteran” in his state of the county speech last week.

Horn said, “These men and women have made sacrifices that often take terrible tolls on their personal lives. As a county and as a community, we have a responsibility to take care of our veterans.”

An ex-Marine Corps officer and veteran, Horn said programs will be ramped up and new programs rolled out in the coming year.  One is the Vet Connect program being rolled out East County libraries, prompted by an East County Magazine special report that found a lack of veterans’ services in rural areas.

ARCHES OFFERS COOKING WORKSHOP IN ALPINE FEB. 28

 

February 19, 2015 (Alpine)--The Alpine-based nonprofit ARCHES is offering the cooking workshop Let’s Make Hearty Soups from 10:00 AM to 1 PM on Saturday February 28 at Alpine Ranch Chiropractic located at 450 Summerhill Court in Alpine. The workshop will be taught by Nancy Teas-Crain, RD.

BORDER DRONES NOT EFFECTIVE, HOMELAND SECURITY CONCLUDES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego)--The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General has issued a report which slams the use of drones by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.  A press release issued by Homeland Security says the report concludes, “After spending eight years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has yet to prove the value of its Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) program while drastically understating the costs.”

SANTEE VISIONS: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS' ART SHOW FEB. 20

 

February 19, 2015 (Santee)--The West Hills and Santana High School Art Departments will present a student art show entitled “Santee Visions”, an art show reflecting the community of Santee in the eyes of students from West Hills and Santana High Schools.

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