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NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

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PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

IMAGINE! CREATING WATER FROM AIR TECHNOLOGY TO BE FEATURED AT AFRICA TRADE & BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO OCT. 18

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EXCLUSIVE! ECM RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAMES KIMBER, 50TH CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, NOW ONLINE

STATE & FEDS LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO CPUC SCANDALS; CPUC IGNORES CONFLICTS, AIMS TO HOLD VOTE ON CHARGING RATEPAYERS FOR SAN ONOFRE SHUTDOWN

STAFFER ACCUSES CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CARL DEMAIO OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

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DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

 

Open letter sent to District Attorney, Grand Jury, ratepayers and regulators

October 18, 2014 (Descanso) – An open letter sent to ratepayers, the County Grand Jury, health officials, legislators, media and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis accuses the Descanso Community Water District board of covering up matters that could endanger health and property values—including uranium contamination. (ECM has previously reported on uranium in Descanso's water supply; see story here.)

The letter, titled “Secrecy—The Diseases of Corrupt Public Officials” urges ratepayers to attend the water board’s next meeting on Monday, October 27th at the Descanso Town Hall on Viejas Grade Road.  It is signed by Jeff Rzendal, BoardVice President, GarySanner, incoming Director, John LaPlante, former Director and Treasurer, and Ivan Heckscher, a ratepayer. Below is the text in full. We have asked the Board President, Lee Jonnson, for a response to the allegations raised and will publish his response once received.

PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

PARTY WITH THE PRESS!

We cordially invite you to "Party with the Press" & benefit East County Magazine's nonprofit community media:

Sunday, October 26 from 4-7 p.m.  at Next Door Wine & Craft Beer Bar

7235 El Cajon Blvd.in San Diego  (just east of La Mesa; take I-8 to 70th, left on El Cajon Blvd.)

Includes wine tasting & craft beer tasting, great foods, fabulous prizes, & fun galore! 

Reserve early - space is limited!  Details below. Cheers!

FROM KABOOM TO PBID AT THE LA MESA CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

By Janis Russell

October 15. 2014 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s La Mesa City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved submitting an application to the Let’s Play Community Construction Grant Program through KaBoom! to support a playground upgrade at Vista La Mesa Park.

THE NEWS YOU CARE ABOUT: OUR MOST-READ ARTICLES IN THE PAST MONTH

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Ever wonder what news stories attract the most interest among our local readers?  We decided to find out, so we looked at the number of readers who clicked open each story for the past month.  The results were surprising. Some major news stories, such as Iraq air strikes, didn’t make the top 20-perhaps because that’s news available everywhere else. What DID get your attention was primarily stories relevant to East County, especially news that you can’t get anywhere else.

CHP TO INCREASE PATROLS IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The California Highway Patrol has received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund more CHP patrols on East County highways and roadways.

The number of CHP officers will be increased on Interstate 8, State Routes 54, 95 and 125, as well as Jamacha Road, Dehesa Road, and Winter Gardens Boulevard.

ZONING ORDINANCE UPDATE AND COUNTY CODE AMENDMENTS NOW GO TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

October 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors (Board) will evaluate proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (POD-13-003) when they meet on Oct. 29. The proposed improvement includes changes to various definitions, use regulations, procedures and other miscellaneous revisions and clarifications. They also include proposed amendments related to setbacks, detached garages and barns and recycling.

STATE & FEDS LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO CPUC SCANDALS; CPUC IGNORES CONFLICTS, AIMS TO HOLD VOTE ON CHARGING RATEPAYERS FOR SAN ONOFRE SHUTDOWN

 

 

“This is criminal… This vote could possibly be blocked if enough Edison and SDG&E ratepayers raise enough hell.” – San Diego Reader reporter Don Bauder

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2014 (Sacramento) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris has opened an investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Sacramento Bee reports that the probe centers around rate-setting procedures and oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric Company regarding the deadly San Bruno  pipeline explosion, and assignment of administrative law judges to CPUC matters. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s office has notified PG&E of a separate investigation into private communications suggesting that the  state regulatory issue was trying to help PG&E avoid tough penalties for the fatal explosion. 

CPUC Chairman Michael Peevey, a former PG&E executive, announced after exposure of internal emails revealed inappropriate communications that he will resign at year’s end.   PG&E has fired some executives in the wake of the scandal. But ratepayer advocates say that's not enough.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTS LUNCH OCT. 16: DRONES--THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE AMAZING

 

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)—The drone industry is emerging as a major employer in San Diego County. The technology offers applications for both domestic and military use – and while some hold promises of amazing opportunites, others have sparked controversy.  Hear from speakers in the drone industry, an attorney specializing in drone law, and a peace activist raising ethical and privacy concerns at a luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Thursday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego.

COOKING FIRE DAMAGES EL CAJON APARTMENT

 

October 9, 2014 (El Cajon)—Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.  Tuesday, a fire caused by unattended cooking displaced a family of five and caused $100,000 in damage to an apartment in El Cajon. It is considered a total loss.

INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST SEMPRA ENERGY REOPEN

By Nadine Abbott

October 10, 2014 (San Diego) Mexican media is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has reopened an investigation against Sempra Energy based in San Diego. The reporting from La Jornada states:

“A DHS source informed this diary that the investigation includes several federal officials including the Federal District Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, and DHS Personnel implicated in a series of crimes in complicity with Sempra.”

They also write that these activities implicate the Office of the Federal Attorney, Laura Duffey in San Diego.

FARMERS INSURANCE & SDG&E HELP LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS CHILL

 

October 10, 2014 (Spring Valley)---The San Diego Gas and Electric Company and Farmers Insurance donated a total of $14,000 to purchase Ice Machines for 5 of the Fire Stations within the San Miguel Fire District.  The generation of a large supply of ice is a simple but effective tool in keeping Firefighters hydrated and cooler.

AMERICAN VETERANS DISABLED FOR LIFE MEMORIAL DEDICATED IN NATION’S CAPITOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos and story courtesy of the Amerian Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

October 11, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--President Barack Obama led an assembly of more than 3,000 disabled veterans, veterans, guests and dignitaries on October 5 for the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.,  the first such tribute in the nation to specifically honor veterans who were injured in military conflicts throughout the nation’s history.

HOMELAND SECURITY: HUNTER CLAIMS OF ISIS ARRESTS AT U.S. BORDER ARE “FALSE”

 

 

"The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any evidence."--Marsha Catron, Homeland Security

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) is drawing flack on national news media for claiming on Fox News  that ISIS (also known as ISIL) terrorists have been apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border. ( View video.)  Multiple sources within Homeland Security and Mexico now insist that Hunter is wrong.

Hunter told Greta Van Sustern on Fox News that “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas.” He said he got the information from a confidential Border Patrol source.

SHERIFF SEEKS SURVEILLANCE VIDEOS AS SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN IN JULIAN CONTINUES

 

Update October 8, 2014:  The search for Sally Estabrook continues.  A witness reported seeing someone resembling her Monday walking near mile marker 15.  A dog search team and helicopters with night-vision goggles have joined in the search.

East County News Service

October 6, 2014 (Julian) – Take a look at these newly-released photos of 75-year old Sally Estabrook, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has been missing since Saturday, October 4th  from the Pinezanita RV Park & Campground on Highway 79.  Dozens of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers have joined professional search teams from across Southern California.

The Sheriff is asking anyone with surveillance video (home or business) from the day she disappeared to come forward, in hopes of finding clues.

Estabrook’s husband discovered she was missing after he finished taking a shower around 4 p.m. Saturday.  The search has been going on ever since then.  On Monday, the search area was expanded to five miles outside of the campground.

MAYOR PROPOSES MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego city residents may soon have mandatory water restrictions.  Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed that the city move to drought alert status.  If approved by the City Council, drought alert status would impose limits on when residents can wash cars, water lawns, gardens and other plants, among other restrictions.

WHY SAN DIEGO'S EAST COUNTY IS A GLOBAL WARMING "HOTSPOT"

 

 

By Roger Coppock



October 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) Everybody has heard of global warming. There is at least one article in the news every day. Scientists who study and write about global warming have reasons to say our Earth's near surface is on average warming.  All their instruments are in agreement. During most of the last couple of hundred years things have gotten hotter.

JUDGE RULES INTRUSIVE MEDICAL EXAMS BY COUNTY ON CHILDREN ARE ILLEGAL

 

October 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The County is violating constitutional rights of children and their parents by conducting intrusive medical exams on youngsters, federal judge Thomas Whelan has ruled.  The examinations have been routinely conducted on all children brought to the Polinsky Children’s Center,  the county’s emergency shelter by social workers, UT San Diego reports.  The tests include genital and anal exams, or what amounts to strip searches without parental notification or consent.

DEPUTY INJURED IN SR-94 MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

October 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Alcarion, 28, has suffered major injuries in a motorcycle accident this morning.

DOZENS OF HORSES GO UP FOR ADOPTION SATURDAY OCT. 11

 

San Diego County News Service

October 7, 2014 (San Diego) -- More than two dozen neglected horses rescued by County Animal Services are now healthy enough to be put up for adoption on Saturday.

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS GAY MARRIAGES TO COMMENCE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – Wedding bells will soon be ringing for same-sex couples in many more states, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied hearings on all appeals pending.

American Civil Liberties Union attorney James Esseks called the decision “a watershed moment for the entire country.”

The high court refused to hear appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in five states where appellate courts ruled that bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional.  However,the decision is expected to expand same-sex marriage rights to a total of 11 states that are all under jurisdiction of the federal appeals courts that ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.  Add those to the number of states where same-sex marriage already is legal, including California, and the U.S. will likely soon have 30 states—a majority--where same-sex marriage is protected.

SECOND PARROT FOUND SHOT WITH BB GUN

 

October 4, 2014 (Jamul)--For the second time in several months, SoCal Parrot in East County is caring for a wild parrot that has been victim of a pellet gun.

MISSING WOMAN FOUND SAFE

 

Community Update: Missing person at risk found safe – East County

October 5, 2014 (Santee) – A missing person at risk from Santee has been found safe. 27-year-old Jennifer Klos was located in El Cajon around 6:15 p.m. She was not hurt, but was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for mild dehydration. Klos has now been reunited with her family.

MISSING SANTEE WOMAN

 

Update: Jennifer Klos has been found and is safe. She was treated for dehydration at a hospital and released.

October 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The Sheriff asked the public’s help to locate 27-year-old Jennifer Klos. She is developmentally challenged with the mental capacity of a seventh grader.

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT IN JULIAN

 

 

October 5, 2014 (Julian)-- Sheriff's Search and Rescue has been activated in an effort to find a 75-year old woman with Alzheimer's who walked away from a campground in Julian.

Sally Estabrook was last seen Saturday, October 4th, around 4:00 p.m. at the Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds in the 4400 block of Highway 79. When Estabrook's husband finished taking a shower, he noticed she was gone.

LA MESA PLANNERS RECOMMEND DENIAL OF PARK STATION HIGHRISE PLAN

 

 

By Janis Russell

October 2, 2014 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s La Mesa Planning Commission meeting, where a hearing on the Park Station specific plan was discussed, the planning commission voted 6-1 to recommend that the La Mesa City Council deny the proposed plan because the commission found the 10-story height inconsistent with the city’s general plan.

Before the hearing began, Chair Noah Alvey welcomed Jim Newland, who replaced Harold Bailey as commissioner.

This hearing drew a crowd that spilled out the doors. Co-applicant South Baltimore LLC replaced the American Legion, which withdrew its support.

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS PRIVACY AND CONSUMER LEGISLATION

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2014 (Sacramento) – Today, Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. signed into law over a dozen bills to strengthen privacy and consumer protections.

SB 828 aims to protect consumers from warrantless electronic spying on e-mails and phone calls. It prohibits any state agency from assisting the federal government in collection of personal electronically stored data, with certain circumstances.

FOREST SERVICE TO HOLD MEETING OCT. 1 IN ALPINE ON POWERLINE IMPACTS PLANNED IN AND NEAR CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The Forest Service will host a public meeting on SDG&E’s proposed power line replacement projects and how those may impact Cleveland National Forest. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 1st in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine, from 5 to 7pm.

CHP USING RANDOM SAFETY INSPECTIONS TO REDUCE COLLISIONS

 

September 30, 2014 (San Diego)-- In an effort to continue to reduce the number of people killed in bus and motorcoach collisions, the Border Division CHP will be conducting random on-highway safety inspections in San Diego County.

PARK STATION HIGHRISE PROPOSAL RETURNS TO PLANNING COMMISSION OCT. 1

 

New simulations show 10-story project viewed from downtown village and neighboring streets, obscuring and dominating views. To view them, click here

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, top left:  High-rise viewed from La Mesa Village intersection by Por Favor

September 29, 2014 (La Mesa) – On October 1st, a revamped version of the Park Station high rise project will be presented at the La Mesa Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.

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