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"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


BISHOP TERRY ANGEL MASON SPEAKS OUT ON UGANDA LAW IMPOSING LIFE IN PRISON FOR GAY PEOPLE

 

U.S. evangelicals, including a Southern California pastor, have been linked to passage of repressive bill

Hear our radio interviewwith Bishop Terry Angel Mason on KNSJ 89.1 FM Descanso today at 5 p.m. along with the full East County Magzine Show, or listen to a podcast of his interview here:  http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/5nscnmv12w/AngelMason-Uganda.mp3

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Bishop Terry Angel Mason wants to bring his fiancé and their two adopted, orphaned children to America from Uganda. But his family is now in hiding –because of a new law in Uganda that  criminalizes homosexuality and imposes a life in prison sentence on gay people, as well as anyone falsely accused of being gay.

The law further requires that doctors, pastors, journalists and others  inform authorities about the identities of gays and prohibits all discussion of gay rights issues.  The law is fueling hate crimes, including beatings and burnings of gay people.  Nor is Uganda alone; other African nations have also passed restrictive laws penalizing gay people, creating a climate of fear.

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down limits on how much money an individual can donate overall during elections.  By a 5-4 vote in the case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the court’s majority tossed out restrictions on how much a person can donate to political parties, political action committees or PACs, and candidates in any two-year period, though limits on how much one can give to any single candidate remain in place.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, finding that the limits intruded on what he called a “citizen’s ability to exercise the most fundamental First Amendment activities.”

But Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to transparency in government and helping ordinary Americans have their voices heard, denounced the high court’s ruling as a “decision against democracy.”

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS

 

Ariele Johannsen hosts our popular “Destination East County”program on the East County Magazine Radio show. Our show airs  Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM.  Destination East County is heard on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.

April 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –Spring is in the air this week, complete with spring festivals, baby animals, classical music, poetry and art, golf events, and more! Scroll down for details on many happenings in East County for you and your family.

U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE WARNS OF NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON WILDLIFE FROM SOITEC SOLAR PROJECTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Soitec’s four proposed solar projects on 1,490 acres in the Boulevard area of East County could negatively impact migratory birds, eagles, endangered butterflies and wildlife corridors,  Karen Goebel, assistant field supervisor with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife concludes in a comment letter sent to the County regarding the projects’ draft Enviornmental Impact Report (DEIR) on March 11, 2014. The letter also indicates studies have been inadequate and cumulative impacts of projects across a broader area need to be evaluated.

SPECIAL EDITION: BREAKING NEWS APRIL 1, 2014

 

 

 

April 1, 2014—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today.

 

  • Wind turbines to be torn down, replaced with Ocotillo Oasis
  • Snails invade La Mesa
  • Kumeyaay Charter High to rise in Alpine

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Be sure to click this link and SCROLL DOWN to view these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. (Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!)  Then click "read more" to open each story and get the full scoop.

CORRECTED AGENDA FOR BOULEVARD PLANNING GROUP APRIL3: LOSS OF LAND LINE PHONES CONCERNS RURAL RESIDENTS

 

AT&T  and FCC plan to eliminate landline phone service to be discussed, along with major energy projects and more

April 3, 2014 (Boulevard) -- An incorrect agenda was inadvertently sent to our media outlet for tonight’s Boulevard Planning Group.  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Boulevard Fire Training Room on 39919 Ribbonwood Road in Boulevard. 

The agenda will include possible actions regarding FCC and AT&T plans to eliminate landline phone service nationwide. ECM recently reported on grave problems experienced by some rural residents who switched from landlines to cellular, in one case resulting in a barn burning down because the resident could not reach 911.

Other agenda items include the following:

WIND TURBINES TO BE TORN DOWN, SITE CONVERTED TO OCOTILLO OASIS

 

 

By Otto B. Happenin

April 1,2014 (Ocotillo) – A federal judge has ordered the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility to be decommissioned, finding that the project has failed to produce even half of the power promised by its developer, who pocketed huge federal subsidies.  Much to the delight of environmentalists, tribes, and the long-suffering people of Ocotillo, Judge Roland Rock declared, “This is a wind project without wind, plus it's been an ecological nightmare. It’s time to tear it down.  Let’s roll!”

He further ordered Pattern Energy to fund reparations for removing turbines, restoring natural desert habitat and creating enhanced recreational  opportunities for Ocotillo residents. This will include the  Ocotillo Wind River Oasis, a water slide park constructed out of recycled wind turbines. The oasis will also include a golf course, poolside bar, wildlife preserve and live simulcasts of off-road racing events at a new off-site race track.  Hot air balloon rides, wafting on the very gentlest of breezes here, will provide tourists with birds-eye views of desert wildlife. (Click read more below for full story)

SNAILS INVADE LA MESA

 

By Shelly Trails

April 1, 2014 (La Mesa) –  La Mesa is gearing up for the unveiling of its Centennial Legacy Project – larger than life snail sculptures honoring the area’s species of  snails  (Helix aspersa) for which Mt. Helix was named.  But that’s not all.  Now a local entrepreneur has announced that she will launch “Escargot To Go,” a culinary delivery service specializing in farm-raised snails served up in buttery French tradition. (click "read more" below to read the full story.)

KUMEYAAY CHARTER HIGH TO RISE IN ALPINE

 

By Jack Pott

April 1, 2014 (Alpine) –Alpine parents have finally found a way to build the long-promised high school. 

“The odds of counting on the Grossmont Union High School District were just unwinnable,” said Sal Casamassimo, Chair, Alpine High School Citizens Committee.  “We twice voted for bond measures to build the school, and both times they spent all the money on other projects not even listed in the bond.”

Parents got signatures to divorce from the district and unify with the Alpine Union School District.  But after learning that this process would take several more years, Alpine parents decided to pool their resources and take a gamble—literally. (click "read more" below for full story)

PALA REZ RADIO SPOOFS LISTENERS WITH NEW FORMAT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Source: Pala Rez Radio 91.3 KOPA

April 1, 2014 (Pala) – “Tuesday is here!  And newly appointed Rez Radio Program Director Olaf Prilos is proud to announce our new format ... Rez Radio LOL.  All comedy, all day long,” reads an announcement issued today by  John Fox, station manager at Rez Radio 91.3 KOPA at the Pala Indian reservation..

The release continues, “In addition to every novelty song you've ever heard and some you probably haven't, Rez Radio LOL will feature standup and comedy bits.  And sprinkled throughout the day, you'll hear not one, but two classic comedy radio series featuring Native American characters ... "The Adventures of the O.B. Ranger" written and performed by Gary Allyn and Neil Ross, and Arigon Starr's creation, "Super Indian" will air in sequence throughout the day.”

TILTING TURBINE? PHOTO SPARKS REACTIONS

 

April 1, 2014 (Ocotillo) – Photographer Jim Pelley posted this photo on his Facebook page, which he stated was shot “early this morning, after very heavy winds last night.”

Ocotillo residents shared reactions to the surreal tilting turbine image, clearly indicating the townspeople’s sentiments about this project.

MISSING EL CAJON SENIOR FOUND DEAD IN RURAL AREA



 

By Miriam Raftery



March 31, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- The search for David Marquez, 73, who was reported missing on March 27 and was last seen March 23 by family and friends, has ended with the discovery of his body yesterday morning by a San Diego Search and Rescue team. The deceased man was found about two miles from his vehicle, which was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 8 near the Crestwood exit.

WATER AUTHORITY ISSUES NEW PLAN TO TAKE THE COUNTY THROUGH 2035

 

By Nadin Abbott

March 31, 2013 (San Diego) On March 27th the San Diego Water Authority Board Of Governors voted to authorize the 2013 Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update that aims to take us into the 2030s. The plan states that one of its principal goals is the creation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The guiding document reads as follows regarding climate change:

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WHO'S TOP BANANA ON LET'S MAKE A DEAL?

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Kathleen Hedberg is best known locally as an outspoken advocate for ratepayers on the Helix Water Board.  But in February, Hedberg's outgoing ways--along with a bright yellow banana costume--caught the eye of Let's Make a Deal's host. 

Hedberg was chosen as a contestant on the popular TV game show's 50th anniversary airing -- and won a gleaming new 2014 Chevrolet Spark car for her "a-peeling" efforts.

PROM ATTIRE SOUGHT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2014 (Ramona)--If you have a tuxedo or formal gown hanging in your closet that you no longer need, Ramona High School is asking that you donate these items to help students who can’t otherwise afford to attend their prom on May 3rd.

WIND ADVISORY ISSUED: STORM DUE TO HIT REGION TUESDAY

 

March 31, 2014 (San Diego County) - The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts from late afternoon Monday through Wednesday morning.  A low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska will bring strong west winds with gusts up to 65 miles per hours.

NEXT HISTORY ALIVE APRIL 3 IN LEMON GROVE: WHEN THE CIVIL WAR MOVED WEST

 

March 31, 2014 (Lemon Grove)--he remarkable of story of San Diego's first school teacher, Mary Chase Walker, is next up on the "History Alive" lecture series, sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society, on Apr. 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

FATAL SKYDIVING ACCIDENT IN OTAY AREA

 

Update March 31: The victim has been identified as Jordan Janway, 27.  Janway is the brother-in-law of NASCAR racing champion Jimmie Johnson and sister to Johnson's wife, Chandra.

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2014 (Otay Mesa) –A skydiving instructor in his 20s is dead after colliding with another skydiver this afternoon.  He may have been knocked unconscious and his parachute never opened.  

He was reported missing, prompting a search of the Otay area by Sheriff's deputies, Border Patrol agents, Cal-Fire firefighters and approximately 20 skydiving volunteers. The Sheriff's A.S.T.R.E.A. helicopter also responded and located the missing skydiver's body.

Ironically, a device that could have saved his life had reportedly been sent out for maintenance. A master parachutist and rigger with more than 1,000 jumps on record, he usually carried a device to automatically open his parachute in the case of emergency.

YEE WITHDRAWS FROM SECRETARY OF STATE RACE AMID CORRUPTION CHARGES

 

Update: Anderson casts lone vote against suspension of Yee, calls for expulsion from Senate instead.

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2014 (Sacramento) – Capitol Hill is reeling over charges against Senator Leland Yee alleging corruption and conspiracy to smuggle firearms. The FBI evidence  reportedly includes Yee caught on tape setting up a meeting with an arms broker for an undercover agent,  as well as ties to organized crime leader  Raymond Chow, better known as Shrimp Boy.

RESTAURANT RECIPES: CASA DE PICO’S CHEESE CRISP SPECIAL IS PERFECT FOR YOUR NEXT FIESTA

 

 

March 30, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Cheese Crisp Special was popular among Casa de Pico customers from the first day it was served in 1971. Diane Powers, owner and operator of Bazaar del Mundo Shops and the Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group, wanted to create a unique signature dish. The 40-year-old recipe consists of a crisp flour tortilla, topped with refried beans, two kinds of beef or shredded chicken, melted cheese, fresh avocado slices, tomato wedges, guacamole and sour cream.

“It’s popular because you taste lots of our Mexican flavors,” said Manager Lino Rodarte. The Cheese Crisp Special originated at Casa de Pico, which has since relocated to La Mesa’s Grossmont Center. It can also be found at all Powers’ restaurants – Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad, and Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands. 

Exclusive to East County Magazine, Casa de Pico has shared its signature Cheese Crisp Special recipe below.

CESAR CHAVEZ FILM OPENS, CALLS GROW FOR NATIONAL HOLIDAY TO HONOR FARMWORKERS’ LEADER

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2014 (San Diego)—Monday, March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day in California and seven other states.  It commemorates the birthday of the tenacious farm workers’ organizer and civil rights leader.  Now, 21 years after Chavez’ death, a  petition drive has been launched asking President Barack Obama to declare March 31 a national day of service. You can view or sign the petition here: http://www.takepart.com/chavez/petition.

In addition, a new movie , Cesar Chavez: History is made one step at a time,  debuted this past weekend in theaters across the nation, including locally in San Diego and East County.  The movie documents Chavez’ courage amid turbulent times as he fought for a better way of life for farm workers and their families.  View a trailer here: http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/cesarchavez-trailer/168951.

SD ADVERTISING FUND FOR EMERGENCIES (SAFE) PLANS 2014 FUNDRAISER ON APRIL 3

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego) - The San Diego Advertising Fund for Emergencies (SAFE), a volunteer, non-profit organization (501c3) providing confidential financial assistance to local advertising and marketing professionals and their families facing a life crisis emergency, will host its 13th annual fundraising party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, at the Ivy Rooftop Lounge atop the Andaz Hotel, 600 “F” St., in the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego.

EAST COUNTY GARDEN TOUR BLOSSOMS APRIL 26

 

March 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Friends of East County Arts, Inc. presents its 19th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Six spectacular gardens will offer an amazing variety of settings and each garden is lovingly planned and cared for by its owner. Included in this year’s tour are:

HUESO ASKS FAA TO GRANT RELIEF TO OCOTILLO RESIDENTS FROM WIND TURBINE LIGHTS, APPROVE RADAR-ACTIVATED LIGHTING

 

 

 

 

FAA may approve radar lighting systems, but won’t require Pattern to install

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2014 (Ocotillo) – State Senator Ben Hueso has taken heed of his constituents’ complaints about flashing red lights on wind turbines shining into people’s homes at night.  In a February 10, 2014 letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Hueso wrote that flashing red lights on over 100 turbines, each taller than a 40 story building, are harmful to the health of Ocotillo residents.

“As most of them live within two miles of these turbines, the steady light transmitted from these structures is causing them to suffer from migraines, vertigo and loss of sleep,”  Hueso wrote. He added that his staff has looked into the issue and found studies indicated that “residents living in such c lose proximity to turbines often suffer from illnesses including chronic sleep deprivation, hypertension and heart attack. Ocotillo is made up largely of senior citizens, a group which has been found to be exceptionally sensitive to the effects of the turbines.”

WATER AGENCIES WARN OF SCAMS

 

Callers claim false reports of water contamination, seek tests at homes

March 28, 2014 (San Diego)--For the second time in about six months, the San Diego County Water Authority has received several reports of scam artists attempting to mislead homeowners by telling them their water is polluted and offering to test it. There are no water safety problems in the Water Authority’s service area.

MICOLE MOORE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF RAMONA VALLEY VINEYARD ASSOCIATION

 

March 29, 2014(Ramona) The Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) elected Vintner Micole Moore, of Ramona Ranch Winery to serve as President of the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association for 2014.   The RVVA represents nearly100 vineyards and wineries, with the Ramona Valley AVA recently named the fastest emerging wine-region in California.  Located approximately 35 miles NE of San Diego, the Ramona Valley is nestled in the front range of the Pacific coastal mountains of Southern California and has a rich history of vineyards and wine making, dating back to the early missions.  Hot days and cool nights, influenced by the coastal marine layer and fog, contribute to conditions that produce quality wine grapes in the Ramona Valley.

REP. SUSAN DAVIS TO HOST CAREER REENTRY & DEVELOPMENT PANEL APRIL 5 AT SDSU

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego) -- If you have considered developing your skills to transition to a new career or are reentering the workforce after time away, Congresswoman Susan Davis invites you to attend a free Career Reentry and Development Panel program on april 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at San Diego State University.  See  below for details.

EAST COUNTY LOCALS MAKE TOP 50 IN PADRES ANNOUNCER CONTEST

 

Update March 30, 2014:  All four of these individuals made Saturday's cut and are now in the top 30 finalists. 

By David Dickens

 March 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego Padres have been holding announcer try-outs for the last several weeks. Almost 800 candidates were given a shot.  It looked as if American Idol was in town. All contestants received a script as judges listened in an undisclosed location in Petco Park. Deamers, professional broadcasters, and writers were in the mix to try and become the new voice of the San Diego Padres.

The top 50 contestants have been notified and this will be cut down to 30 later today. The final announcement of the winner and new voice of the San Diego Padres will be announced on April 18, 2014 when the Friars take on the San Francisco Giants.

Many  success stories have come through  East County, including professional ball players, actors-- and now four lucky contestants who made the top 50 from our own East County: Allen Wilde, Doug Herman, and Patrick Connor. of El Cajon and Randy Mann of La Mesa.

APRIL 5 AT UCSD: "HOW TO PLAN FOR, GET INTO AND PAY FOR COLLEGE"

 

Students in grades 6-11 and their families will learn how to plan for, get into and pay for college

March 29, 2014 (San Diego)--UC San Diego is offering “College Prep For Future Tritons,” a free event on campus for middle and high school students and their families to learn how to plan for, get into and pay for college. Emphasizing that it’s never too early to think about college, the Saturday, April 5 event offers information about the college prep necessary so that qualified students who want to go to college can, regardless of income or ethnicity.

"I'LL TAKE CARE OF YOU": A DANGEROUS WOMAN'S SEDUCTIVE PROMISE

 

I’ll Take Care of You, by Caitlin Rother

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego)--I always look forward to the next Caitlin Rother novel, as she seems to never disappoint. Rother’s I’ll Take Care of You may very well be her best and most incisive to date. This New York Times bestselling author has followed up on her riveting and controversial true crime novel, at least locally; Lost Girls, with another true crime novel that will not let you put the book down; I’ll Take Care of You. I found myself being more engrossed in being an avid reader, than actually a book reviewer.

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