LAKESIDE PLANNERS, RESIDENTS AWASH IN QUESTIONS FOR HELIX OFFICIALS OVER WATER RECLAMATION/SAND MINING PROJECT
"What about the complete loss of our lifestyle?" - Linda Hayes, Lakeside rancher
August 5, 2011 (Lakeside) – Mark Weston, General Manager, and Carlos Lugo, chief engineer for Helix Water District fielded heated questions at a Lakeside Planning Group meeting Wednesday night over the District's proposed El Monte Valley Mining, Reclamation, and Groundwater Recharge project.
August 5, 2011(Escondido)-- The San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved the acquisition of four properties needed to complete the widening of Bear Valley Parkway in unincorporated Escondido, between Boyle Avenue and Highway 78.
Update August 5, 2011: John Williams was found safely last night and has been reunited with his family, Jan Caldwell with the Sheriff reports.
August 4, 2011 (Lakeside) – San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate John Hollis Williams, 96. He was last seen at 2 p.m. yesterday when he left his home in Lakeside and was believed to be heading to one of several restaurants that he frequents daily in Lakeside, Santee, or El Cajon. A check with those restaurants indicates he never arrived. He also visits the beach areas on occasion and always wears a white cowboy hat.
August 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--If you see smoke today over East County, don't panic. Cal Fire and the San Diego Fire Authority will be burning brush piles in the Corte Madera area. These piles are a result of a fuels management program, said Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler.
31 rescues since June; firefighting aircraft diverted to save hikers
By TJ Dunnivant
August 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—East County is home to some of the most adventurous and beautiful hiking trails in San Diego. Trails such as Cedar Creek Falls have recently been in the media due to the tragic loss of Joe Meram, an El Cajon teen who fell to his death three weeks ago while attempting to navigate the trail.
On July 26, the Sheriffs Search and Rescue (SAR), Cal Fire and other agencies held a news conference at Mission Trails Regional Park to inform hiking enthusiast about safety tips. A volunteer team from SAR performed a mock search and rescue so that a more realistic portrayal of the seriousness of the situation could be viewed by the public.
“A lot of videos that are on YouTube show how much fun it is going to the falls and a lot of young people are going up there ill-prepared,” said Lt. Todd Richardson.
Update: The victim has been identified as Wesley Stewart Grove, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner. No other information has yet been released.
August 2, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- An individual has committed suicide by jumping off a bridge and landing in freeway lanes on Highway 94 eastbound at Lemon Grove Avenue around 6 p.m. The freeway was shut down; one lane is now open but traffic remains slow so alternate routes are advised.
August 1, 2011 (San Diego)—The wife of Officer David Hall called San Diego Police today to report that her husband had shot and killed himself at their Linda Vista home. He was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Lt. Andra Brown.
August 1, 2011 (San Diego) –Witnesses reported that a big-rig with an empty trailer for hauling automobiles zig-zagged across several lanes of traffic before plummeting over the side of I-15. The vehicle came to rest on Murphy Canyon Road in front of Wal-Mart at 6:40 a.m.
July 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts for this afternoon through 8 p.m. this evening. A flash flood warning was also issued for central portions of the County this afternoon including the recently burned areas near Warner Springs and Julian.
July 31, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Spring Valley resident Scott Beach, 28, of has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Vista, the San Diego Medical Examiner reports.
On July 25th at 8:45 a.m., Beach veered onto loose debris at the side of the road on Buena Creek Road in Vista, striking a tree. Although he wore a helmet, he suffered a severe brain injury.
July 31, 2011 (Spring Valley) Elisa Maria Osuna, 27, of Chula Vista was killed when her car swerved off Highway 94 eastbound in Spring Valley and plunged down an embankment, striking a building at 3:23 a.m. yesterday morning.
July 30, 2011 (San Pasqual) – A motorcyclist suffered a broken nose, broken hip and facial laceration in an accident yesterday at 3:43 p.m. on San Pasqual Valley Road near State Route 78. According to Officer David Stafford with San Diego Police, the man, who is in his late 20s to early 30s, lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guard rail.
July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Cal Fire warns of a high risk of flash floods and debris flow in areas burned by the Eagle Fire tonight through Sunday. Rob Balfour, National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist assigned to the Eagle Fire, forecasts a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms over the burned area. An estimated 0.15 to 0.68 inches of rain could occur all at once, or in several episodes. Intense rainfall is most likely late Saturday afternoon/evening and again on Sunday.
Rainfall rates as low as 0.15 inches in a 20 minute period are capable of producing debris flows and flash floods in recently burned drainage basins, which include popular camping areas in Anza-Borrego.
Areas at risk of flooding or debris flows include:
July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a motion by San Diego Gas & Electric Company seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three East County organizations. The groups have asked the court to issue an injunction halting construction on the Sunrise Powerlink on federal Bureau of Land Management property.
Supervisors to vote on legal challenge of $150 assessment on rural properties
By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine
July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--As County supervisors mull a possible lawsuit over a state plan to bill rural property owners $150 per dwelling, CalFire officials say the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will take public input through Aug. 22 on how and which rural residents will be charged the new fee.
Tragedy elicits sharp criticism of AT&T from backcountry residents who share horror stories of outages, poorly maintained lines, and service hassles
CPUC encourages residents with phone land-line complaints to email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Miriam Raftery
July 27, 2011 (Lyons Valley) – Llama rancher John Klacka knew he had to get help fast when he found his prized stud llama, Muneco, had been bitten by a rattlesnake on July 7. “He was foaming at the mouth and having trouble breathing,” he recalled. “I ran into the house and tried to call the vet—and my phone was dead. I thought `This can’t be happening.’”
By Jeremy Los
July 28, 2011 – A community information meeting held by Helix Water District last week turned into a discussion of employee benefits and pensions amid public outcry over raising water rates.
District officials provided citizens with a Power Point explanation and breakdown of the statistical reasons behind the proposed increase. Those explanations didn't wash, however, with some irate residents who argued that the District should cut expenses rather than impose another rate hike on consumers in today's challenging economy.
Sanctuary Founder Makes Desperate Visit to Save Bears Headed for Game Farm
July 27, 2011 (Alpine) - Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB) Founder and Director, Bobbi Brink, has just returned from an emergency visit to Norman, Oklahoma to assess the condition of two black bears, Delilah and Blossom, who are the lone residents of the recently closed Little River Zoo. Brink has made arrangements to bring them back to Alpine to be cared for at Lions, Tigers and Bears Big Cat Sanctuary.
Update: This missing person has been located, San Diego Police reports.
July 27, 2011 (San Diego)—Ariana Khair, 19, was last seen on Saturday, July 23 in the area of 5400 El Cajon Blvd in San Diego, San Diego Police reported today.
July 27, 211 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police seek witnesses to a violent assault which has left a 43-year-old man hospitalized with serious head injuries. The attack occurred Saturday, July 23rd around 1:55 a.m. in the 5500 hundred block of Jackson Drive, near Rigoberto’s Taco Shop.
July 26, 2011 (Bonita) – San Diego Sheriff’s office today notified media that 14-year-old Luke Roundy, aka Michael McWilliams, disappeared the night of July 15. The teen and his family are from Texas and were staying with relatives in the 3800 block of Alta Loma Drive in Bonita.
July 25, 2011 (San Diego)—An unidentified male driver of a 2003 Kia hatch back missed a turn and struck a tree on westbound State Route 94 at the Euclid offramp last night at 11:36 p.m., the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office reports.
By Miriam Raftery
July 23, 2011 (Lakeside) – Back in February 2009, SDG&E officials met with a packed hall full of residents in Lakeside, including the town’s planning board. Residents were furious that SDG&E had changed its proposed route to march 40-story high voltage towers through El Monte Valley, a County-designated scenic view corridor.
After numerous residents objected to desecration of views, SDG&E representative Laura McDonald promised that towers would be “camouflaged” by painting them tan or green. This reporter was present and can vouch for that pledge made. Don Parent and at least two other SDG&E representatives were also present.
But now SDG&E has reneged on its promise to the people of Lakeside—and its representatives have apparently developed convenient cases of amnesia.
July 22, 2011 (San Diego)-- Eastbound State Route 94 will be closed at State Route 125 on Saturday morning, July 23 from 4 until 8:30 for guardrail repair, according to the California Department of Transportation.
July 22, 2011 (Jamul) – The Deerhorn Valley Antler reports heavy Sheriff and Police presence throughout the Jamul area today due to a motorcycle gang rivalry.
“There are units from San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon, Vista, Oceanside,” the Antler reported, adding that undercover units are also in the area.
Update: Kathryn Kevern has been located and is safe, authorities confirm.
July 22, 2011 (Tierrasanta) – San Diego Police ask the public’s help to locate Kathryn “Kate” Kevern, 53, who told a friend she was going for a walk at 7:30 p.m. last night and would return within the hour, but never came back to the home at 4792 Calle de Vida. She has short brown hair and wears prescription glasses. She was last seen wearing a white straw hat and a full length green sundress.
July 22, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink have appealed a lower court decision in their federal lawsuit challenging construction of the project across federal lands to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and are preparing an opening brief, a spokesman for plaintiffs’ attorneys has informed ECM.
by Kristin Kjaero
(July 22, 2011) -- Breaking news on Danmark's Radio reports that the capital building where the Prime Minister' Jens Stoltenberg's office has been bombed, although he is reported safe. Norwegian television NRK confirms seven dead and fifteen seriously injured, and the city is on full Terror Alert. Multiple other terrorist-related incidents are reported.
Update July 22, 2011 5 p.m. - A fatality has been confirmed. No further details are yet available.
July 22, 2011 (Pine Valley) 12:20 a.m. – More than an hour after a car plunged off an embankment, authorities on scene are still awaiting for a Life Flight helicopter to arrive. The accident is now being described as a possible fatality.
Concerns raised in San Diego, where 1,462 new homeless veterans were on the streets last year
By Richard Darvas
July 21, 2011 (San Diego)--In the second in a series of regional stops which include Sacramento and Los Angeles, the California Assembly’s Select Committee on Homelessness convened in San Diego on July 20.
According to a January 2011 report by the national Alliance to End Homelessness, the state’s total estimated homeless population has climbed to 133,129. The mission of these statewide forums, collectively known as “The Road Home,” is to engage the public and policymakers in developing strategies to address the diverse needs of California’s homeless--including a growing homeless population in San Diego and East County.