August 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Often the public is advised to report “suspicious activity,” but what exactly does that mean? A locally-produced video details the “Eight Signs of Terrorism” so that everyone can help law enforcement protect the region’s security.
“As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, we are providing a resource for the public to remind them that every citizen can help prevent acts of terrorism,” said Chairman Bill Horn, Board of Supervisors.
By Miriam Raftery
August 24, 2011 (Iowa) – President Barack Obama has announced new initiatives recommended by the White House Rural Council for creating jobs in rural America and helping to grow the U.S. economy.
The new efforts include helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural residents’ access to health care workers and technology including broad-band Internet access.
August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – A bill making it easier for breweries to open tasting rooms has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1014, authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) is expected to boost business for California’s growing craft brewing industry.
August 25, 2011 (San Diego)--Christopher Blakeley, 26, an off-duty San Diego Police Officer, was killed in a traffic collision last night at 9:41 p.m. He was riding his motorcycle in Palm City, SDPD reports.
Witnesses said the motorcycle was travelling westbound on Main Street at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a red light at Hollister Street. The motorcycle collided with a pick-up truck, causing the truck to roll over. Passengers in the pick-up truck sustained minor injuries.
August 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – If you receive a mailer offering to sell you a carbon monoxide detector in order to comply with a new state law, think twice.
“This is a scam currently going on in the Los Angeles area. It appears the mailing indicates if you don’t kick down $126 for a carbon monoxide detector, you’ll be fined,” warns Leonard Villareal, public information officer for San Miguel Fire Department.
August 26, 2011 (La Mesa)—An 18-year-old woman attempted suicide Wednesday by jumping off the Baltimore bridge and landing in lanes on Interstate 8.
“She is alive,” Lt. Bell with La Mesa Police informed East County Magazine yesterday. The patient remains hospitalized at Sharp Memorial, he added.
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Mike Kennedy of Encanto was among nine same-sex marriage advocates arrested last year on August 19, 2011. Kennedy and his partner had an appointment to be married at the County Clerk’s office downtown after a federal judge ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. But since the decision was being appealed, the County Clerk refused to marry same-sex couples. Kennedy and others who staged a peaceful sit-in protest were arrested.
Now the City is pressing charges—and Kennedy joined a group of protesters who staged a rally Friday asking that the charges be dropped. “I felt it important to take a stand because, as a gay man, I am subjected to many forms of discrimination all the time,” Kennedy told ECM in an exclusive interview.
Online vehicle shoppers are being victimized by fraudulent vehicle sales and false claims of vehicle protection (VPP) programs
August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego FBI warns of a new scam in which criminals fraudulently attempt to sell vehicles that they do not own, duping online buyers. “Criminals create an attractive deal by advertising vehicles for sale at prices below book value,” a press release issued by the FBI today cautions. “Often the sellers purport they need to sell the vehicle because they are being moved for work or deployed for the military. Because of the alleged pending move, criminals refuse to meet in person or allow inspection of the vehicle, and they often attempt to rush the sale.”
To make the deal appear legitimate, the criminal instructs the victim to send full or partial payment to a third-party agent via a wire transfer payment service and to fax their payment receipt to the seller as proof of payment. The criminal pockets the payment but does not deliver the vehicle.
Update 9:55 a.m. - All lanes are now open, though traffic remains slow.
August 25, 2011 (La Mesa) 9:15 a.m. -- A SIG ALERT has been issued for I-8 westbound due to a multi-vehicle accident just west of Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.
Multiple accidents have been dispatched and a rescue is required. Complicating the traffic snarl, with three lane closures, a second accident has just occurred involving a dump truck, also in the vicinity of I-8 at Fletcher Parkway.
STATE FIRE BOARD REDUCES FIRE PARCEL FEE, EXTENDS CREDITS TO HOMEOWNERS ALREADY PAYING LOCAL FIRE FEES
By Miriam Raftery
August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Rural homeowners will pay a fire parcel fee of $90 at most, and in many cases considerably less. Statewide, the total annual fire parcel fee will average just $30 under emergency regulations approved yesterday by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.
That’s substantially less than the $150 per parcel allowed under the state budget signed into law that was estimated to raise $50 million in fire parcel fees, raising new questions of how to stem the budget gap.
August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg Fox, Chair of the Alpine Community Planning Group, has forwarded an announcement from the County Department of Public Works (DPW) advising that SDGE’s contractor, American Heavy Equipment (AHE) has submitted a moving permit application and traffic control permit request to transport seven large transformers from the San Diego Port to Bell Bluff Truck Trail (east of Alpine).
The truck will get onto I-8 from Greenfield Drive and will exit on Japatul Valley Road and will not be traveling through the Community of Alpine. AHE is proposing the first move for tomorrow night (August 23, 2011). This is the first of seven roundtrip moves that will occur every two to three days apart after the initial move.
TRAINEE SAVED LIFE OF WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM; 3 BODIES FOUND AT MURDER-FIRE SCENE IN EL CAJON
By Miriam Raftery
August 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – Officer Jerred Slocum, 38, has been identified as the El Cajon policeman shot last night while responding to a domestic violence call.
“He was shot in the left front part of his head and the bullet traveled around in his skull and then outside,” Lt. Mark Coit told East County Magazine today. “He has a fractured skull and internal bleeding.” Officer Slocum underwent surgery last night and is in critical but stable condition, said Lt. Coit.
August 21, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – A buffet brunch with live music will be held at Hooleys Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to help raise money for Saving Horses, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue. The organization rescues horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect.
An ECM Special Report: Part I
By Walter Hall
August 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--In October, property owners in La Mesa’s downtown district will vote on an initiative with long range consequences for the city and surrounding area. At stake is the charter and character of a Property-based Business Improvement District, commonly abbreviated to PBID.
As with most civic issues, the PBID has defenders and detractors. Some see it as an unwarranted burden on businesses already juggling narrow margins in a fragile economy; others see an innovative civic tool offering a brighter future for those very businesses.
Aug. 18, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), has closed a public offering of $350 million of 10-year first-mortgage bonds. This transaction marks the second time SDG&E has used a minority-owned investment bank as co-lead in a bond offering.
Proceeds of the bonds will be used to fund SDG&E’s five-year capital investment plan that includes construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which the utility aims to have in service next year, as well as the purchase of the El Dorado power plant in Nevada from SDG&E’s sister affiliate company Sempra Generation.
“Operation Shadowbox” arrests 60; Suspects at Chaldean Social Club sold improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to undercover officers
By Miriam Raftery
August 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – Swat teams from La Mesa and El Cajon, working with federal Drug Enforcement agents and other agencies, last night raided the Chaldean Social Club at 811 East Main Street in El Cajon.
According to El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco, who initiated the investigation, the club was “a hub of criminal activity conducted by Iraqi organized crime in El Cajon.” The club has been shut down and 60 people have been arrested on charges ranging from drug trafficking to illegal gambling and weapons sales.
By Jeremy Los
August 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--Water rates are set to increase yet again after the Helix Water District board voted Tuesday to raise the district water rates yesterday. The board faced a firing squad of comments from concerned and angered citizens about the rate hikes scheduled to be implemented on September 1, 2011.
The board passed the increase by a vote of 4-1 with the lone opposing vote cast by Director Kathleen Hedberg.
August 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Elizabeth Rodriguez, 16, of Spring Valley has been missing since August 11. The San Diego Sheriff’s office is treating the case as a runaway, according to Detective Ward at the Lemon Grove Sheriff substation. However her parents have posted flyers asking the public to help locate their daughter, who was last seen Friday, August 11 in Lakeside at 12:45 a.m.
When last seen, she was wearing “a black blouse with a big red heart on it, blue skiny jeans and red Converse tennis shoes,” said Detective Ward. Elizabeth has brown eyes and black hair with highlights. “There is no indication of foul play,” he added.
August 17, 2011 (San Diego County) -- County, state and University of California officials plan to hold a meeting August 18 to update the public, the nursery industry, landscapers and arborists about the troubling discovery of exotic weevils that threaten several species of crop-bearing and landscape palms.
August 16, 2011 (Poway) – San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team is searching for a lost hiker, possibly injured, Incident Page Network reports. The hiker has erratic cellphone communication in the vicinity of Twin Peaks Road and Midland Road, possibly on Twin Peaks Mountain.
August 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –A Sig Alert has been issued for northbound 125 at Spring Street, where a vehicle rolled over, blocking lanes and a dog has reportedly been injured.
There is also a hazardous fuels spill on Highway 94 at Dulzura Café reported at 1:19 p.m.
August 14, 2011 (Lakeside) – Parents of Elizabeth Rodriguez, 16, have been posting flyers and seeking public help to locate their daughter. She was last seen August 11, 2011 in Lakeside, California at 12:45 a.m. Click here to view and print a flyer: http://cbskscf.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/erica-rodriguez.pdf.
August 13, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Sadly the missing girl and her father have been found dead in the vehicle. Details here: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/13/3836897/suv-involved-in-abduction-of-ca...
August 12, 2011 (Sacramento) The FBI seeks help to locate a 2-year-old girl missing since Sunday, along with her father. Mourad "Moni" Samaan has partial custody of his daughter, Madeline Samaan-Fay, but failed to return her to her mother's home in Sacramento over the weekend.
The girl's mother recently filed court papers seeking full custody. Authorities have mounted a statewide search and believe the missing girl and her father are somewhere in California.
By Miriam Raftery
August 12, 2011 (San Diego) – U.S. Southern District Judge Roger Benitez has cancelled today’s hearing on local plaintiffs who seek an injunction to stop Sunrise Powerlink construction on federal lands. He will issue a ruling without hearing arguments, based solely on the written record.
OTAY WATER DISTRICT APPROVES FREE LIFETIME HEALTHCARE FOR RETIREES & FAMILIES IN LIEU OF COST-OF-LIVING RAISES
Taxpayer group calls move “outrageous”; district defends action as "revenue neutral"
August 12, 2011 (Otay) – By a 4-1 vote, the Otay Water District Board of Directors on Wednesday approved free lifetime healthcare for retirees and their dependants. Director Mark Robak cast the sole “no” vote.
A coalition of business and community leaders voiced opposition to the measure. Ratepayers, along with members of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, staged a protest outside the meeting. SDCTA has called the action “outrageous” at a time when ratepayers have seen double-digit rate hikes.
Owner attributes deaths to helicopter flyovers for SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink Construction
“The mitigation will be handled by the courts. Well by then, they will all be dead.” – Catherine Gorka, Pampered Parrots owner
“SDG&E should do the right thing TODAY to protect these endangered birds, up to and including relocating the birds to a safe location...It is unconscionable that they would knowingly allow the deaths to occur instead of proactively doing the right thing.” – Laura Cyphert, East County Community Action Coalition
August 11, 2011 (Lakeside) – “The house was shaking. It terrified me,” Catherine Gorka, owner of Pampered Parrots in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley, recalls the first flyover above her home and aviaries by an SDG&E helicopter working on Sunrise Powerlink on February 25, 2011. “I was waiving my arms, calling out for them to stop.”
August 10, 2011 (Poway)--Thomas Cantrell, III, 30, of Poway died of injuries sustained August 7th at 2:41 a.m. in an automobile accident. According to witnesses, he was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Poway Road when he lost control of the Mercedes he was driving and skidded down an enbankment, striking trees.
August 10, 2011 (Poway) – Leon B. Livingston, 56, of San Diego died August 7th of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Poway. Livingston, who wore a helmet, was driving southbound on State Route 67 in Poway when the vehicle in front of him stopped suddenly and Livingston rear-ended the vehicle.
August 10, 2011 (Alpine) – Robert Eugene Shy, 41, of Alpine, was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 8 west of Tavern Road August 9th at 9:18 p.m. when for unknown reasons he collided with the rear of a semi-truck.
August 8, 2011 (Ramona)—A fire that began at a hay storage area behind Kahoots Feed Store in the 900 block of Main Street in Ramona spread to two neighboring homes in the pre-dawn hours this morning.