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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EL CAJON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

 

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon) – Nominations are now being accepted for El Cajon Citizen of the Year through December 19th. Do you know someone who has selflessly worked to better the El Cajon community?

SAN ONOFRE SETTLEMENT APPROVED, LOCAL GROUP PLEDGES COURT BATTLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (San Onofre) - By a unanimous vote, the California Public Utilities Commission has approved the $3.3 billion San Onofre settlement. No public comment was allowed at the hearing, which was held in San Francisco despite the fact that the ratepayers impacted all live in Southern California.

BROADWAY STAR TO PERFORM IN LES MISERABLES AT SDSU DEC. 4-7

 

December 1, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State University is producing an epic-scale concert version of Les Miserables, the classic tale of love and redemption set amid revolutionary times in 19th century France.  The show stars Broadway veteran Ivan Rutherford as hero Jean Valjean, along with a cast of musical theater graduate students, members of the SDSU Symphony Orchestra, the SDSU Chamber and Concert Choirs, as well as “rock-concert quality lighting and projections,” according to the SDSU news center.

CAROLING ON MT. HELIX DEC. 14

 

December 1, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – The annual Mt. Helix Park Sing-Along Caroling event will be held Sunday, December 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the ampitheater atop Mt. Helix.  Gina Seashore, and her talented group of musicians, will be leading the caroling at this free and festive event for the whole family.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED COUNTYWIDE

 

 

December 1, 2014 (San Diego) – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Tuesday and early Wednesday in San Diego County’s mountain, valley and coastal areas.

Mountains and recent burn areas will have the greatest threat pontetial with up to five inches of rain forecast; be prepared for flooding and debris flows. Moderate to heavy rain in coastal and valley areas will produce urban flooding in flood-prone low-lying areas and streets with poor drainage.

REALTOR CONVICTED OF PROSTITUTION WITH YOUNG GIRLS IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego realtor Michael E. Lustig, 77, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for prostitution-related crimes.  Lustig admitted that he paid for sex with a 13-year old girl on several occasions after he was caught on surveillance video at an El Cajon motel.

EX-DIRECTOR CONVICTED OF STEALING FUNDS FROM INDIAN HUMAN RESOURCE CENTER

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (San Diego)--The Indian Human Resource Center’s former executive director, David Hedley from San Diego, has been convicted of stealing funds from the federal agency. Hedley was sentenced to spend five months in prison and to pay back $141,260 that he stole.

COUNTY GIVING FREE SAND AND BAGS TO RESIDENTS AHEAD OF RAINS

 

December 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Rain is coming--and you want to be prepared.

The County of San Diego is offering free sand and bags to people living in unincorporated areas to help protect homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding and soil erosion problems.

SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE WORKPLACE PREGNANCY CASE

 

 

“Biggest test of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in a generation” – attorney Tom Spiggle, author of You’re Pregnant, You’re Fired!

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (Arlington, VA) On December 3 the Supreme Court will decide on the biggest test of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act in a generation when it determines the outcome of the Young vs. United Parcel Services case. The case centers around a pregnant employee, Peggy Young, who was denied a request for light duty despite a letter from a medical provider requesting that she not be required to lift heavy packages.

PASSAGES: WINEMAKER WILLIAM JOHN HOLZHAUER, 1955-2014

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (Ramona) – William John Holzhauer, winemaker and co-owner of Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery,  died yesterday at his home in Ramona surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.  Holzhauer was known to many as the proprietor of the winery’s tasting room in Old Town and later, Ramona.

Teri Kerns, executive editor of the Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine, remembered William Holzhauer as a “wonderful man and winery pioneer.” 

His wife and co-owner of the winery, Tammy Rimes Holzhauer, said the winery was William’s dream that began 15 years ago when the couple, living in La Mesa at the time, bought property in Ramona. William’s dream  was to create a winery based on a Spanish mission, also including Tammy’s passion, Peruvian horses.  “Drink fine wine, ride fine horses” became their motto.

JUDGE NOT, THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED!

 

Judging Me: One Woman’s Journey From Abuse And Betrayal To Triumph, by Mary Elizabeth Bullock (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, South Carolina, 2013, 162 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer                                                   

November 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Honorable Mary Elizabeth Bullock’s inspiring memoir describes a hard-won life of achievement. In the face of overwhelming adversity, Bullock – who is blind and has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus – made her name as an experienced trial litigator, respected business law professor, and federal civil rights judge. Her motivation for becoming an attorney and later a federal judge, actually started in East County San Diego, as she became an elected official for a pilot program stemming from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), referred to as Utilities Consumer Action Network (UCAN).

EARTHTALK(R): ROOFTOP SOLAR FINALLY COST COMPETITIVE WITH GRID IN U.S.

 

EarthTalk®

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet?                             --Lester Milstein, Boston, MA

November 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the cost of putting solar panels on a typical American house has fallen by some 70 percent over the last decade and a half. And a recent report from Deutsche Bank shows that solar has already achieved so-called “price parity” with fossil fuel-based grid power in 10 U.S. states. Deutsche Bank goes on to say that solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming,that is, that the federal government maintains the 30 percent solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.

BRAWL ENDS IN DEATH OF HOMELESS MAN IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2014 (Santee) – Two homeless men sustained blunt force injuries in a fight on a bike trail under State Route 52 and one has died.   Deputies responded to a call on Saturday, November 29th at 5:19 p.m.  Six people have been arrested by deputies, including one juvenile, said Lieutenant John Maryon.

"The six people we have in custody are not homeless," he said, adding that investigators are looking into what prompted the altercation. Those arrested are 18-year olds Cassidy Rowin, Sasrah Baillie and Brian Kish, 19-year-old Tyler Dare and Danny Swan III, and a juvenile whose name has not been released.

 

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN EL CAJON

 

November 30, 2014 (El Cajon)—A death reported as a suicide is now being investigated by Sheriff’s homicide investigators due to “some unusual circumstances, said Lieutenant John Maryon, who did not provide details.

FORMER DEHESA TEACHER'S HEARING SET FOR DEC. 30 ON CHARGES OF MOLESTING STUDENTS

 

East County News

November 30, 2014 (Dehesa)--A December 30th hearing is set for a former Dehesa Elementary School teacher charged with molesting five young girls.  The alleged crimes occurred between 2003 and 2006, when he was teaching fourth and sixth grade at the school.

GUNMAN ASSAULTS, ROBS WHEEL-CHAIR BOUND WOMAN IN COLLEGE AREA

 

November 29, 2014 (San Diego)—A masked man armed with a gun broke into a home on 67th Street in the College area Friday morning, terrorizing a wheelchair-bound woman with cerebral palsy.

HEAVENLY VIEWS: MT. LAGUNA OBSERVATORY GETS NEW TELESCOPE

 

November 29, 2014 (Mount Laguna)--There’s a brand new, $1.5 million telescope at the observatory atop Mount Laguna in East County.  Astronomers from San Diego State University, which operates the observatory, will now be able to see farther into the universe than in the past.

SHOPPING? WATCH OUT FOR OVERCHARGES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The holiday shopping is here, and the County wants to remind consumers to double-check receipts  and make sure you’re not getting overcharged by faulty cash register price scanners.

THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: CONTESTING A WILL

 

“Articles Concerning Trusts, Wills, Probate, Family Law & more”

By: Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

November 29, 2014 (San Diego County) – A "will contest" challenges the validity of a document alleged to be decedent's last will or a codicil to the will. A "contest" may occur either before or after the will is admitted to probate. In the first instance, the challenge is an attempt to preclude admission of the will to probate. In the latter instance, the challenge seeks to revoke probate of the will.

FIRE TRUCK TOY PARADE ROLLS OUT DEC. 13

 

November 28, 2014 (El Cajon)--Heartland Fire and Rescue is now collecting toys for those in need during the holidays.  Bring your new unwrapped toy to the El Cajon fire department headquarters located at 100 E. Lexington Avenue during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and alternate Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Or, bring your toy to the live KOGO radio news broadcast of the Fire Truck/Toy Parade on Saturday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Target parking lot at 250 Broadway, in El Cajon.

SHERIFF ASKS HELP TO FIND MISSING HIKER IN LAKESIDE EL CAPITAN AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Jerry Hooten has been found safely. After becoming separated on the trail from his friend, he tried to walk to a trolley stop but was unfamiliar with the area and became lost. He called another friend yesterday morning, who heard of the search and notified the Sheriff. Deputies located him a short time later, walking home in the Lake Murray area.

East County News Service

November 29, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Department is asking help from the public to find Jerry Lee Hooten, who was last seen by a friend hiking toward the peak of El Capitan (El Cajon mountain) in Lakeside on Friday, November 28th around 3 p.m.  He did not return to the vehicle he arrive at the mountain in and has not returned home.

Lakeside deputies responded to the call for help at 12777 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.  Hooten is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown/gray hair.  He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, gray shoes, and carrying a yellow backpack.

PETITION LAUNCHED OPPOSING OPENING MILLIONS OF ACRES OF CALIF. DESERT TO INDUSTRIAL-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS

 

“Without significant input from the public, from you, this juggernaut will proceed relentlessly, sacrificing millions of acres of desert habitat, wasting precious groundwater, degrading air quality, and “taking” endangered species and other wildlife.” —David Garmon, Borrego Springs, petition author

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Environmentalists have launched a petition at Moveon.org asking the public to sign in opposition to the Desert Renewable Energy Plan, which would open up millions of acres of California deserts to industrial-scale wind and solar projects. Instead, environmental leaders want the California Energy Commission to do an analysis of rooftop solar as an alternative. 

You can sign the petition here:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-dont-have-to-sacrifice?source=c.em.mt&r_by=1516679

The petition states: “More renewable energy is available from rooftop solar in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties than will be derived from the siting of utility-scale generating facilities on 2 million acres of desert habitat called for in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The unintended consequences of utility-scale facilities in the desert are becoming known and are unacceptable--dust storms in Lancaster, midair incineration of birds at Ivanpah, depletion of scarce groundwater in Borrego Springs.”

The petition was started by Borrego Springs resident David Garmon, president of the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy. It is supported by the Desert Protective Council in San Diego and by Basin and Range Watch, another southwest environmental protection organization.

"WINGS & SNOW" HOLIDAY ART SHOW AT SOPHIE'S GALLERY

 

November 28, 2014 (El Cajon)--Holiday cheer is in full effect this December with the opening of Flyway, the art exhibit of this year’s “Wings & Snow” show!  St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an El Cajon-based center serving over 400 adults with developmental disabilities through innovative programs, is hosting its 14th holiday art show featuring bird-themed art.  Flyway, at Sophie’s Gallery in El Cajon, will offer artwork created by St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s students. The artists have crafted mosaic birdhouses, bird plaques, clay angels, fused glass ornaments, soap dishes, and felted bird art. The art will be displayed at Sophie’s Gallery El Cajon (109 Rea Ave.) from December 1st–31st.

GIFTS FROM THE EAST: OUR 2014 GUIDE TO CREATIVE HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN SAN DIEGO’S INLAND REGION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for some original gift ideas this holiday season – as well as a way to support local merchants and infuse our own economy? Never fear. East County Magazine’s annual “Gifts from the East” features an array of unique specialty items from East County and San Diego’s inland region, with something to suit every budget.

Whether you’re looking for gourmet goodies from local farms, hand-crafted musical instruments, glitzy jewelry, hand-woven clothing and toys, soaps, cowboy boots or a surprise for the wine lover on your list, you’ll find it all right here in our region.

GLAMOUR HAIR SALON SPA NOW OPEN IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, you’ll find it at the Glamour Hair Salon Spa.  The East County Chaldean Chamber of Commerce recently celebrate the grand opening of the salon and spa, located at 1480 Jamacha Road, Suite 202 in the Rancho San Diego community of El Cajon.

NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER NAMED AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)-Sharp Grossmont Hospital is pleased to announce that Daniel Kindron has been named Chief Financial Officer of its 536-bed acute care hospital.  Kindron has been with Sharp Grossmont Hospital since 2006. During his time at Sharp he has fulfilled interim CFO duties and served as Finance Director, Manager, Supervisor, and Senior Financial Analyst.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital announces that Louise White, RN, BSN, MHA has been named Chief Nursing Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital.  She has also been named Vice President of Patient Care Services and will be responsible for the Clinical Nursing Departments.

PETITION ASKS U.S. TO ARM CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A petition launched on Change.org by  Nahren Nora, an Iraqi-American woman in Michigan, is asking President Barack Obama and Congress to” arm Christians in Iraq and grant them their ancestral land of the Nineveh Province before they face extinction.”

NEED HEALTHCARE? OR RENEWAL OF YOUR COVERED CA PLAN? OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS NOW THROUGH FEB. 15

 

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)—If you need healthcare, the open enrollment period for Covered California, our state’s insurance exchanges under the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare, runs from now through February 15.  For the first time, people who fail to have any health insurance will be subject to financial penalties that will rise over time.

Enrollment is off to a brisk beginning during the current sign-up period.  Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that 69,245 consumers submitted applications for health coverage, including Medi-Cal, during the first four days of the 2015 open-enrollment period.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH PAULA MARGULIES, AUTHOR OF BOOKS WITH NATIVE AMERICAN THEMES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – As part of our coverage of Native American Heritage Month,  East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche interviewed local writer Paula Margulies. She is the author of Favorite Daughter, Part I, a story about Pocahontas told from a Native American point of view.  She has also written a novel, Coyote Moon, set on the Pala Indian Reservation here in San Diego’s inland region.

Listen to our interview with Paula Margulies, originally aired on KNSJ radio, now online here: http://kiwi6.com/file/rax9zn8o2m

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