Update 2 a.m. - The highway is now reopened.
October 3, 2011 (La Mesa) – A SIG Alert has been issued in La Mesa, where a pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 125 just north of I-8 near Fletcher Parkway. The driver of a Grey Honda accord notified authorities that she hit a pedestrian who was running across the freeway around 10:26 p.m. The individual was also struck by several other cars.
All southbound lanes are shut down and LA Mesa Police are diverting traffic onto Fletcher Parkway and Navajo, according to the California Highway Patrol website. The Medical Examiner has been called to the scene.
October 3, 2011 (Santee) -- The city of Santee has scheduled a community meeting to explain the long-term financial outlook of landscape maintenance zones currently administered by the city.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5 in Building 7 at the City Hall complex, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee, CA 92071.
October 3, 2011 (San Diego) Update 4:50 p.m. -- I-5 reopened moments ago after being closed from I-805 to Del Mar Heights Road, with traffic diverted onto Highway 56 for investigation into a series of shootings earlier today.
A section of I-805 closed earlier from I-8 to Mesa College has also been reopened.
October 2, 2011 (El Cajon) - Lydia Myers, 93, died September 28 of injuries sustained in a car accident in El Cajon on September 21. According to the Medical Examiner, Myers was driving a 2000 Buick and pulled out into oncoming traffic on Avodaco, colliding with another vehicle.
October 2, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Paul Swayze, 27, has died at Scripps Mercy hospital of injuries sustained at 3:45 this morning in a motorcycle accident.
The Spring Valley resident was traveling southbound on Willow Street in Bonita at a high rate of speed when he lost control near the intersection of Bonita Road and was ejected over the handle bars and struck a fence, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner.
October 2, 2011 (In-ko-pah) – Two people are confirmed to have been killed in a roll-over accident this afternoon, Incident Page Network reports.
According to the California Highway Patrol website, the vehicle is a green sports utility vehicle that rolled off I-8 and down an embankment near In-ko-pah, landing on its roof.
October 1, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Police Officer Jason Prokop was struck and killed early this morning while attempting to come to the aid of a motorist after his vehicle struck a stopped car ahead of him. He was off duty at the time, said Lt. Andra Brown. A five-year veteran of the police force, Prokop was married and leaves behind a toddler and an infant, ECM News partner 10 News reports.
October 1, 2011 (Miramar) – If you’re going to the Miramar Air Show today, expect long traffic delays. A portion of I-15 is closed due to an multi-vehicle accident that has resulted in at least two fatalities, Incident Page Network Reports. A SIG Alert has been issued for what CHP’s website indicates is a five-vehicle crash on I-15 southbound, just south of Miramar Road. HOV lanes are open to all vehicles however alternative routes are suggested to avoid delays.
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Mayan Avitable
October 1, 2011 (El Cajon)—Dustin Beyer, 21, has been arrested for suspicion of being under the influence following a tragic accident at Chase Avenue and Jamacha Road in El Cajon at 4:35 p.m. yesterday.
“It looked like the small compact car had been run over by a white van,” said ECM assistant editor Mayan Avitable, who was on her way to a dance class nearby when she heard sirens, then came across the accident scene.
September 30, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has been awarded a nationally competitive grant of nearly $900,000 to improve the processing time of CalFresh applications through increased use of technology. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s effort to support programs like CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps.)
September 29, 2011 (El Cajon)—An ambulance burst into flames after oxygen tanks on board exploded late this afternoon at Westfield Parkway Plaza mall in El Cajon, according to Monica Zech, spokesperson for the city of El Cajon.
Shortly after 4:00 p.m. Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to reports of the vehicle fire near Wal-Mart and found the ambulance fully engulfed in flames.
"I have called on the CPUC to hold a public meeting in Alpine to look the community in the eye and prove that lives and property are not at risk."
By Miriam Raftery
September 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Community leaders and residents in East County praised the California Public Utilities Commission for its decision yesterday to ground all helicopter activity on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink due to serious safety incidents.
By Miriam Raftery
September 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Public Utilities Commission has issued an immediate stop work order for helicopter activities on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink due to repeated safety violations and unreported serious incidents. The letter cites increasing frequency of pilot errors, mechanical and rigging failures.
September 28, 2011 (San Diego) – As part of its Environmental Champions Initiative, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will contribute $800,000 to non-profit organizations with an environmental focus. SDG&E is challenging non-profits to develop programs that involve and educate young people in the community as stewards of the environment.
Update Sept. 29 - The victim has been identified as Andre Duff Zollicoffer, age 48.
Update Sept. 28, 7 p.m. - Trolley service has been restored.
September 28, 2011 (El Cajon) – A pedestrian has been struck and killed by the trolley at Arnelle and Marshall Avenue, according to Monica Zech, spokesperson for the City of El Cajon.
Public urged to testify at hearings in San Diego area Oct. 10-13
September 27, 2011 (San Diego)-- UCAN, the Utility Consumers' Action Network, announced on September 22 the results of a one-year probe into SDG&E's rate-setting activities. “UCAN's intensive audit shows that in the last three years, SDG&E’s rates have skyrocketed, its profits have soared, and its executives have reaped enormous bonuses even as its customers have suffered through the worst recession since 1929,” a UCAN press release states.
Tempers flare as frustrations over Powerlink impacts on town mount
By Miriam Raftery
"There will surely be one more star in the heavens tonight." -- Dennis Mammana, syndicated Stargazer columnist, upon hearing of Schad's passing
September 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Beloved local hiking writer Jerry Schad has traveled his final trail. The author of 16 books, including Afoot & Afield in San Diego County, a popular guidebook to local hiking trails,and 50 Southern California Bicycling Trips, passed away September 22, 2011 of kidney cancer.
Fire Station Open House Oct. 8; Fire Safety Week Oct. 9-15
September 24, 2011 (El Cajon) -- It’s Monster Truck Madness at the next Cajon Classic Cruise, Wednesday, September 28. The Classic Cruise will run every Wednesday night through October 26, with a special Holiday Parade of Lights Show on December 7, 2011.
This free event is located on East Main Street at the Prescott Promenade, just east of Magnolia Avenue.
September 26, 2011 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey has issued a ruling ordering San Diego Gas & Electric Company and two other utility companies to allow consumers who don’t want a “smart meter” installed to place their names on a delay list, pending the outcome of upcoming workshops on the issue.
The order applies only to homes that do not yet have a smart meter, and does not provide an option for people who want to have a smart meter removed.
September 25, 2011 (El Cajon) -- An elderly woman and her dog have been displaced from their home following an early morning fire.
September 24, 2011, (El Cajon) -- The Mother Goose Parade Association will be holding a fundraising dinner at Mangia Bene's Italian Restaurant, Tuesday, September 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. It’s an-you-can-eat buffet dinner, $12 per adult, $8 for children under 10. Mangia Bene's Italian Restaurant is located at 221 East Main Street in El Cajon.
September 23, 2011 (Julian) – Approximately 1,272 customers are without power tonight in Julian, SDG&E reports, due to an outage caused by a thunderstorm.
September 24, 2011 (Alpine) – Alpine Community Planning Group member George Barnett resigned following last night’s meeting, Barnett has informed ECM. “It’s time for me to move on towards other community service activities I wish to pursue, and for others to pick up the baton at the Alpine Community Planning Group,” he said.
By Miriam Raftery
September 22, 2011 (San Diego) – A sold-out crowd turned out for the San Diego County Democratic Convention at the Jacob Center on Saturday. Democrats now have a majority party registration both in the city and county, party chairman Jess Durfee told an enthusiastic crowd.
State and local party leaders emphasized that the stakes in this year’s elections are high, with funding for Social Security, Medicare, public education and more on the line. The national election will be all about “Republicans dismantling government,” Betty Yee, state board of equalization member, told the crowd, adding, “Americans have suffered enough.”