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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: DON'T DROUGHT YOURSELF, IT'S TRUE

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Our state’s drought really is a state of emergency, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. The state is now around 40 million, and growing.  What happens when America’s most populous state runs low on its most precious resource for the fourth year in a row?

SECRETARY OF STATE: MAKE CA VOTER REGISTRATION AUTOMATIC

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2015 (Sacramento)--What if every California citizen could be eligible to vote? 

California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla, wants to register citizens automatically, using Department of Motor Vehicle records and potentially info from other state agencies.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 24 - APRIL 12

 

March 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes the Ramona Music Festival and Vallecito Days, recreating frontier life, plus our very own Party with the Press. We’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including egg hunts, April Pool’s Day in La Mesa, and readings of baseball’s most famous stories!  Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

PRODUCE PICKS: GOLDEN NUGGET TANGERINE (LOCAL GROWN)

 

Recipe: Tangerine and feta salad

By Greg Dunne

March 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Get your Tangerine on! Here’s a beauty of a Tangerine: the Golden Nugget Tangerine. If you are not familiar with these tangerines you must give them a try, you will have found a “Golden Nugget” in the produce department. This variety is not found everywhere, but plenty of locally grown Golden Nugget Tangerines from Valley Center are on sale at Barons Market in Alpine.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 21 - APRIL 12

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a star party and a free community festival in Lakeside, theater, and musical events. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including some major music festivals, historical renactments, egg hunt extravaganzas and a family fiddle camp.  Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: ST. PATRICK'S DAY - NO LUCK REQUIRED, JUST COMMON SENSE!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

 

March 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Yes, there actually is a 5 - leaf clover, which is a mutation of the 4 - leaf clover that does appear occasionally. The superstition is the 5 –leaf clover is for extra good luck. On St. Patrick’s Day, you won’t need good luck, but common sense to make it a great St. Paddy’s Day and not a Paddy Wagon Day!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH 14 - APRIL 5

 

March 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes Tomatomania, a healthy living fair, a desert art show, and St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Ramona Music Festival, the HarpFest Harmonica extragavanza, and Vallecito Day bringing frontier times to life. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

SD TRAILS: HIKING TO GARNET PEAK

 

By Randy Zuniga

March 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Garnet Peak is a fun and easy hike with spectacular views. The amazing part about this hike is the amount of payoff for how short the hike really is. An “out and back” that is 4.4 miles long (roundtrip) with most of it along the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail. In this compact hike one experiences a picturesque summit overlooking the Anza Borrego desert, Imperial Valley, and on clear days even the Salton Sea.

PRODUCE PICKS: NAVEL ORANGES (CALIFORNIA ORANGES)

 

Recipe: Orange Romaine Salad

By Greg Dunne                                       

March 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) The winter months are the peak of the season for California grown Navel Oranges.  With the cold and flu season here, it’s a good time to pick up some navel oranges loaded with vitamin C.

Picking out navel oranges is an easy task.  Look for navels that are heavy in size relative to the other navels on the stand.  Usually a thin skin will indicate a juicy orange inside.  Lighter skin or slightly blemished on the outside does not necessarily mean a bad orange.  Most conventional oranges at the supermarket go through a color wash to make them a more vibrant orange.  Try to find organic oranges whenever possible.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 5-APRIL 4

 

 

March 3, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes an artists’ reception, a calypso star in concert, and live music at a winery. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including St. Patrick’s Day weekend and Easter egg hunts, Vallecito Day historical reenactments and Tomatomania! Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: SINGING IN THE RAIN, BUT DRIVING IN IT?

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 2, 2015 (San Diego)--It’s nice to finally write about rain! We have a few more storms in the forecast and we certainly need it. We all like singing in the rain but driving in it? It’s rather stressful even when it’s not raining says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Most people just don’t pay attention or exercise common sense much anymore. We have far too many distractions at our disposal. There are around 707,000 automobile crashes each year due to rain, resulting in approximately 3,300 deaths and 330,200 injuries.

BIRD TALK: TURKEY VULTURES

 

By Greg Dunne

Photos by Greg Dunne and Norman Banks                                         

February 28, 2015 (Lake Murray)--The Turkey Vulture is one of the largest birds in San Diego’s East County. With their bald red head and a wingspan of up to six feet, these birds stand out in many ways. You can usually see them soaring at low levels looking for food, using the thermals for gliding effortlessly.  You can also see their slivery-colored wings contrasting with the dark colors of the bird’s feathers.

MEDIA WATCH: INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN CRISIS

 

 

 

New report finds over 500 important stories went unreported in last five years because of a squeeze on investigative reporters, and that freelance investigative journalists are an endangered species. 

Source: Project Word. The report can be downloaded here.

February 28, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--The report, which was conducted by Project Word, under the auspices of Investigative Reporters and Editors, shares the results of a 2014 survey that collected feedback from over 200 freelance investigative journalists. Based in 36 states and 26 countries the respondents represented all ages, media beats, and experience levels.

MEDIA WATCH: FCC VOTES FOR NET NEUTRALITY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Advocates of free and open internet access won a major victory Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to adopt net neutrality.

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.

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.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IT'S TIME FOR A HEART TO HEART

 

By Sam DiGiovanna

February 16, 2015 (San Diego)--If your husband has chest pain you’d call 911. However, many women may not recognize signs of heart attacks themselves. Did you know that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men's. Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America.  Yet acting quickly is vitally important.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

February 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes celebrations of Black History Month, rock and roll concerts, a star party, a sweetheart dance and more. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including St. Patrick’s Day events and Vallecito Day celebrating our frontier heritage and cattle drives along the Overland trail. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: 2015 FEDERAL ESTATE AND GIFT TAX LIMITS

 

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

By: Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

February 13, 2015 (San Diego County) – The federal estate tax exemption for 2015 is increased to $5,430,000.00 per person from $5,340,000.00 per person in 2014. A husband and wife each have an exemption. Therefore, a couple can pass on up to $10,860,000.00 without paying estate tax. This assumes they have not made prior lifetime gifts. This is important to people with a large estate as they can pass on $90,000.00 more tax free this year than in 2014. The top federal estate tax rate is 40% and is applied to amounts exceeding the exemption amount.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS FEB. 10-22

 

February 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Romance is in the air, and this week’s Destination East County includes some romantic Valentine’s events including a campout and stargazing, Valentine’s dances, a poetry campout, and dinner in a vineyard. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Air Supply in concert, a string ensemble performance and a Salute to Local Heroes. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS FEB. 5 - 18

 

February 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from an art show to a pow-wow. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including  a poetry campout and a salute to local heroes. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: FEBRUARY IS HEART AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s February, put your Heart into it!

February 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Heart disease kills over a half million people every year. It’s no surprise February is Heart Awareness month. Together, we all can prevent and cardiovascular disease (CVD), one step at a time says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: DON'T FUMBLE THIS WEEKEND, HERE ARE OUR BEST PLAYS FOR A WINNING SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

 

January 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - As you Coach and prepare Super Bowl festivities this weekend make sure to be a good sport and keep your ‘Safety’ front and center at all times says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS JAN.31-FEB. 14

 

January 30, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from  our own East County treasures event to an art show at Mission Trails Regional Park. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Ballet Folklorico dance performance and Circus Vargas bringing its mesmerizing performances to our region. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

EARTHTALK(R): CONSERVING WILDLIFE THROUGH DNA

 

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

January 26, 2015 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: How are scientists using DNA to conserve wildlife? -- Jake Summerlin, Newark, NJ

Traditionally, conservation biologists have relied on field observation and sample and statistical analysis to help them understand the dynamics behind species loss, but today genetics is taking on an increasingly important role in helping quantify the biodiversity around us and even save some threatened species.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP EVENTS JAN. 24 - FEB. 10

 

January 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has events ranging from a Sock Monkeys concert at a winetasting room in La Mesa to an art show and family nature walk at Mission Trails Regional Park. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Cupids and Canines pet adoption event at Grossmont Center to Circus Vargas bringing its big-top show to El Cajon. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

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