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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

EAST COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADERS TURN OUT TO HONOR BRADYS AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS ANNUAL CHILDRENS’ BALL

TERM LIMITS TACTICS TAKE NEGATIVE TURN IN LA MESA

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GROSSMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT IGNORES GRAND JURY, VOTES TO OPPOSE UNIFICATION FOR ALPINE FAMILIES

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HOT TOPICS ON OUR SHOW WEDNESDAY! BIG THREATS TO EAST COUNTY & HOW TO SAVE OUR BACKCOUNTRY

Listen online here from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wed. April 16: http://knsj.org/knsjpopup.html

Hot topics:

  • ECM special investigative report on Sheriff response times. How safe is your community?
  • Solar leader Daniel Sullivan says "absolutely" industrial wind/solar projects in our backcountry are not needed. We can produce more clean power for less money AND save our scenic areas. Find out what must change to stop this senseless devastation.
  • Frank Tsimboukakis, candidate challenging State Senator Joel Anderson, takes stand against big energy projects in our region and shares his plan to eliminate tuitions at public universities and colleges in California.
  • Ariele Johannsen’s Destination East County tells you about the hottest events coming up—from a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt to Lakeside's Western Days, a wine-and-rails ride through our backcountry and many others.

All this and more on this Wednesday's East County Magazine show!

You can listen online at the link above (it may take a few moments to load, after you click the play button) or on KNSJ 89.1 FM at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL OVERSIGHT GROUP ISSUES REPORT

 

April 15, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2013 Annual Report to the Community.

CPUC REQUIRES SDG&E TO REPAIR FENCING AT SUBSTATION

 

April 14, 2014 (Boulevard) – In response to a complaint filed by Donna Tisdale, the California Public Utilities Commission has instructed San Diego Gas & Electric Company to make repairs to a torn, flapping construction fence at the Boulevard substation site along state scenic highway 94.

QUAIL BRUSH APPLICANT ASKS FOR 1 YEAR EXTENSION OF APPLICATION SUSPENSION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: simulation of plant viewed from campground at Mission Trails Regional Park

April 14, 2014 (San Diego) – One year after the California Public Utilities Commissions suspended an application for the controversial gas-fired Quail Brush power plan proposed near Mission Trails Regional Park and schools in Santee, the applicant has taken steps to keep the proposal alive.

"BLOOD MOON" TO BE VISIBLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 14, 2014 (San Diego)-- Tonight, San Diegans will be able to view a rare astronomical sight:  a blood moon, which is an unusual type of eclipse in which the moon appears red or orange.

BILINGUAL PROGRESSIVE NEWSPAPER TO LAUNCH IN ESCONDIDO

 

By Miriam Rafferty

April 13, 2014 (Escondido) – On May 1st, a new  bilingual newspaper will launch.  The "Escondido Alliance/Alianza Escondido" aims to fill the news void left by closure of the North County Times, which folded after U-T San Diego publisher Doug Manchester purchased the publication.  The former Escondido Times-Advocate had previously been absorbed by the North County Times, so the series of acquisitions has left Escondido without a local press to cover politics, events and more –until now.

“People are so excited when we tell them we’re starting a newspaper,” said Nina Deerfield, co-publisher of the Alliance along with Marco Lopez.  “They’ve had no voice…There is so little coverage of what’s happening in Escondido.”

SDSU CRIME ALERT: WOMAN REPORTS MAN GRABBED HER NEAR PARKING LOT

 

April 11, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert warning studies that at 10:45 this morning, a female student reported that a man grabbed her buttocks from behind and asked her to come into a parking structure with him.  The incident occurred while the student was walking on Montezuma Road at East Campus Drive.  The victim continued walking and was not injured.

ROUGH ACRES RANCH: PROPOSED CONFERENCE RETREAT, WELLNESS CENTER & CAMPGROUND IN BOULEVARD

 

Maximum occupancy of 2,600 people is twice the population of Boulevard

Hearing May 8 at Boulevard Planning Group; Comments on proposal accepted through May 12

Photo: Protest held at same site during Sunrise Powerlink groundbreaking

By Miriam Raftery

April 11, 2014 (Boulevard) – Properties controlled by the Hamann Companies entities and family are proposed for a variety of large-scale projects on McCain Valley Road in Boulevard, gateway to the McCain Valley, a federal recreation area.  None are popular with neighbors, thus far. Hamann gained approval for industrial wind turbines as part of Tule Wind and has been pushing to convert another 765 acres to industrial solar as part of Soitec’s controversial proposed projects. The site hosted the groundbreaking for Sunrise Powerlink, drawing protesters from across the county.

Now, Hamann is also seeking a Major Use Permit to construct a conference retreat and wellness center and a campground on 713 acres. At capacity, the facility could house up to 2,600 people—or more than twice the current population of the entire town of Boulevard. 

SHERIFF RESPONSE TIMES IN RURAL AREAS RAISE CONCERNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 J. Richmond also contributed to this ECM special report

Records obtained by ECM show longer response times in rural areas than urban communities; new substation won't increase staffing

April 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Recently, Potrero resident Tarah Corey called 911 to report that someone in her area had been crying out and screaming for help and to send officers immediately. She was shocked to finally receive a call back from the Sherriff’s department 45 minutes later to check to see if the screaming had stopped, according to posts on the Mountain Empire Community Facebook page. While you would expect a quick response to such a dire and life-threatening situation, she learned the hard way in East County’s backcountry that’s not always the case.

BINGO HALL OPENS AT VIEJAS OUTLETS IN ALPINE

 

Believed to be the first bingo hall located in a shopping center in California

 

April 5, 2014 (Alpine)--What is believed to be California’s first-ever bingo hall to be located in a shopping center opened to the public today at Viejas Outlets, following a sneak preview and ribbon cutting yesterday. To celebrate the opening of the new Viejas Bingo at Viejas Outlets, there will be more than $45,000 awarded in April and a chance to win one of two new FIAT 500s.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: THEATER, ALPINE UNIFICATION AND WEED ABATEMENT AMONG HOT TOPICS

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The future of the East County Performing Arts Center, whether Alpine parents should be free to leave the Grossmont district, and whether a fire district should be able to declare most native vegetation as nuisance or not are among the hot items on East County agendas this week.  Click “read more” and scroll down for these and other important items being heard this week.

PASSAGES: LAKESIDE RESIDENT AND NOTED COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LINDA SHIPMAN

 

Celebration of life planned April 13

Linda Marie Shipman, 62, of Lakeside, California, passed away on March 29, 2014. A devoted wife, mother and massage therapist, she was also known as a tireless community volunteer active in local charities, nonprofits and business organizations.

VOLUNTEER WEATHER OBSERVERS WANTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The National Weather Service is looking for CoCoRahs. That stands for Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow  Network, a nonprofit network of volunteer precipitation observers.All you need is a 4-inch rain gauge, the Internet, and a few minutes each day.

BILL WOULD PROTECT CALIFORNIANS FROM DATA BREACHES

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

April 4, 2014 (Sacramento)--A new bill that targets data breaches is aiming to protect California consumers.  The legislation comes after massive data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus last year compromised millions of customers' credit and debit cards.

TELEPHONE LANDLINES MAY SOON BECOME HISTORY

 

Internet-based phones worry rural communities due to spotty reception, posing threats to safety and universal coverage

By Sharon Penny

April 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Many citizens are not aware that AT&T and Verizon, among other telecom giants, are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and individual states to make telephone landlines go the way of the buggy whip. Soon, everyone in the U.S. may only have options for internet-based telephone service and cell service.

At the Boulevard Planning Group meeting held on April 3, local resident Kevin Keane, an IT and Telecommunications professional, discussed the issue with local residents, who were unaware these plans are in the works. 

SDSU SEEKS DOCUMENTATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING SPEECH AT SDSU IN 1964

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2014 (San Diego) – Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at San Diego State University. The campus seeks to commemorate the historic anniversary later this month, but cannot locate a transcript or audio tape of the speech. Only one grainy photo is known to exit.

“We’re looking for people who were present when he spoke, with hopes that they can share their memories of the experience,” said Paul Minifee, PhD,Assistant Professor at the Department of Rhetoric andWriting Studies.

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:

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

QUAKE RATTLES REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Nadin Abbott contributed to this report.

March 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A 5.1 earthquake centered in La Habra in Los Angeles County rattled southern California shortly after 9 p.m. last night. It was initially reported by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 5.4 shaker but later downgraded to 5.1.

No damage has been reported locally . In Anaheim, rides were stopped at Disneyland as a precaution. Gas leaks and water line breaks were reported in some portions of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  The Los Angeles Times reports that about 50 people are displaced in Fullerton, though overall damage has been minor.

URANIUM IN WELL WATER THREATENS DESCANSO RESIDENTS

 

Bringing Backup Well Online May Be First Step in Solving the Problem

By Sharon Penny

March 24, 2014 (Descanso)-- Like all backcountry communities, the town of Descanso depends on groundwater for its water needs. A high level of uranium in the town’s main well has become a concern for many residents.  

For the last three quarters of a year, the water district’s Well No. 5 has exceeded what is considered a safe level of uranium, which the California Code of Regulations lists as 20 pCi/L. Fourth quarter readings are planned for April.

ATTORNEY SENDS PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST TO DESCANSO COMMUNITY WATER DISTRICT

 

By Sharon Penny

March 28, 2014 (Descanso) – Attorney Marco Gonzalez of the Coast Law Group has sent a request to the Descanso Community Water District for inspection of documents, based upon the California Public Records Act.

According to Gonzalez, his firm is representing various ratepayers and other interested entities concerned with management and operation of the District. He is seeking access to public documents that, he says, are “virtually impossible at this time for any member of the public to deduce where such documents are stored.”

SETTLEMENT REACHED OVER SAN ONOFRE: RATEPAYERS TO RECEIVE REFUNDS IF CPUC APPROVES DEAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2014 (San Diego)—After the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Stations (SONGS) were shut down in 2012 due to faulty steam generators, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) continued to charge ratepayers for the costs associated with replacing those generators.  Edison later announced permanent decommissioning of the nuclear facility in June 2013 due to serious safety problems.

Ratepayers will be receiving refunds from SDG&E and Edison for those charges, if a joint settlement agreement announced today is approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  The settlement was reached SCE, the CPUC Office of Ratepayer Advocates, and The Utility Reform Network (TURN).

HIKERS LOST OVERNIGHT FOUND SAFE AT THREE SISTERS FALLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2014 (Julian) – Last night shortly after 8 p.m., a lost hiker called the Sheriff’s communication center to report that he and a companion were lost in the rugged Three Sisters Falls area near Julian.  Their cell phone was dying and they could not find their way back to their vehicle, said Sergeant Carlos Medina at the Julian Sheriff’s Substation.

MISSING WOMAN WITH ALZHEIMER'S IS FOUND IN CLAIREMONT AREA

 

 

 

March 27, 2014 (Spring Valley)--A 73-year-old missing person at-risk from Spring Valley is back safe with her family. World Luz Loper was found in the Clairemont area of San Diego this morning.  

Loper walked away from her home in the 9500 block of Upland Street in Spring Valley last night. Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated to find Loper, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. An off-duty member of SAR, who was not involved in the search, saw Loper's photo in the news this morning and remembered seeing Loper last night in the Clairemont area. Sheriff's SAR called San Diego Police and requested for officers to check the area. Loper was found at the intersection of Balboa Avenue and Genesee Avenue . She has been reunited with her family and will be taken to a hospital for a checkup.

The Sheriff’s Department maintains a free and confidential Take Me Home database of people who may not be able to speak to first responders if they get lost or wander away. The registry is for people with physical or mental challenges, disabilities or medical conditions (i.e. autism, Alzheimer's, Down Syndrome, etc.). This regional database is accessible only to law enforcement agencies.

FUNDING SECURED FOR HIGHWAY 67 IMPROVEMENTS

 

March 25, 2014 (Ramona)--Caltrans announced today that it has secured funding to move forward with a project to improve a busy rural highway intersection in the East County.

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