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EAST COUNTY NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
January 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Who were the movers and shakers in East County and San Diego’s inland regions during the past year? 
 
Below, we bring you our picks in the fields of agriculture, arts, business, community activism, education, fire safety, heroes, humanitarians, labor, notorious newsmakers, politics, sports, tribal leadership, and veterans’ issues.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR AT WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY WITH FREE WESTFIELD FAMILY FUN DAYS

 
January 6, 2012 (North County San Diego) --  On Monday, January 16, at 10-11a.m., North County area families are invited to  join Westfield North County and the Westfield Family Program for Family Fun Days featuring "Cultural Traditions". They will explore how other cultures celebrate the New Year and hear classic folktales from around the world.

 

22ND HEARTLAND FIRE ACADEMY BEGINS SATURDAY

 
January 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Twenty-four recruits will begin a 16-week Firefighter 1 Academy starting this coming Saturday, January 7, at the Heartland Fire Training academy located at 1301 N. Marshall Avenue in El Cajon. The Academy Coordinator will be retired El Cajon Fire Chief Rich Henry.

 

A CENTURY OF FIGHTING FOR FREE SPEECH IN SAN DIEGO


By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott

 
January 6, 2012 (San Diego)--100 years after a Free Speech movement was born in San Diego to protect citizens’ right to protest, the movement has come full circle…..
 

Few San Diegans today are aware of numerous free speech fights across America a century ago—or that “dwarfing them all was the San Diego episode,” according to the San Diego Journal of History’s fascinating account at http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/73winter/speech.htm. Fearing mob violence from the Industrial Workers of the World amid a growing U.S. labor movement and actions by anarchists, City leaders in 1912 outlawed public speaking in a five-square block area of then-downtown centered at Fifth and E streets. Thousands of defiant people turned out in protest of the ban and numerous arrests ensued, clogging jails and courts. Fire hoses, horsewhips and clubs were used by police; vigilantes joined police, even kidnapping a newspaper publisher as riots and deaths ensued in a conflict that lasted six months.


To this day, however, San Diego has never restored the people’s free speech rights.

 
Today, Occupy San Diego members came to City Hall to present a ballot proposal that would amend the encroachment code.

FREE “START SMART” DRIVER TRAINING FOR TEENS & PARENTS JAN. 12 IN ALPINE

 

January 5, 2011 (Alpine) Responding to an alarming teen fatality trend in San Diego County,  Alpine Sheriff’s Station will host “Start Smart” on Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm. at the Viejas Training Center, 5000 Willow Road in Alpine (first driveway on the left after the casino).

FIREFIGHTERS REVIVE DOG “NEAR DEATH” AFTER FIRE IN EL CAJON

 

Photos by Monica Zech

January 4, 2012 (El Cajon) – A homeowner escaped her burning mobile home this morning, but her chihuahua dog, Mojo, was found unconscious and near death. Thanks to dedicated efforts  by local firefighters, however, Mojo's live has been saved. 

78 CLOSED IN RAMONA DUE TO FATALITY

January 3, 2012 (Ramona) – Highway 78 westbound is closed in both directions between Ash and Haverford Road in Ramona due to a fatality accident which occurred at 3:48 p.m.  

Larry Landeros at the CHP confirmed that the collision involved a red scooter and a red car.  There is no word yet on the identity of the victim.

WEB CAM SHOWS PROGRESS AT SAN VICENTE DAM PROJECT WITH TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY IMAGES



By Millicent Arko 
 
January 2,  2012 (San Diego)-The tallest dam raise in the United States is under construction in Lakeside at the San Vicente Reservoir. Now the San Diego County Water Authority has set up a web cam where you can view the progress live.  High-resolution photos are updated every 30 minutes, providing a current snapshot. The time-lapse sequences combine photos, illustrating the construction process with two vantage points of construction.

FIRE DESTROYS TRAILER HOME IN EL CAJON, DISPLACING ELDERLY COUPLE


January 2, 2012 (El Cajon)—An elderly couple and their dog have lost their trailer home in a fire which was reported last night at 9:20 p.m.  Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to the blaze at the Paradise Trailer Home Park in the 1300 block of East Main Street in El Cajon. 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S WET AND WILD WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS 2011

 
January 1, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The National Weather Service has provided the following reflections on local weather highlights for the past year--which included some wet and wild times.

WORKER CRUSHED IN LEMON GROVE EDCO PLANT

January 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—A worker cleaning a packing machine at the EDCO disposal plant in Lemon Grove yesterday afternoon was crushed and injured severely when the machine accidentally up.  According to ECM news partner 10 News, the 57-year-old man may have been in the machine for 10 to 15 minutes before anyone realized he was inside.

MISSING WOMAN FOUND SAFE

January 1, 2012 (Otay)—Josephina Lopez has been found safe in Mexico following an intensive search and rescue effort to find the missing woman.  Lopez, who suffers from medical problems, disappeared from the Otay area while visiting family over the holidays.  She had last been seen December 23, when she told family she was walking to a pharmacy. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! WORLD CELEBRATION BEGINS

 

January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – New Year’s celebrations around the world have begun, starting in Sydney, Australia.  Those party-loving Aussies welcomed in 2012 with an elaborate fireworks display launched from barges on the water, off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and rooftops of buildings.  The extravaganza included 11,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects all synchronized to music.   Click to enjoy the show—and happy New Year!

For more fireworks shows around the world, scroll down to find links.

A RECORD: FRAUD RECOVERIES BY US JUSTICE DEPT. TOP $5.6 BILLION

 
December 31, 2011 (Washington D.C). The U.S. Department of Justice has recovered more than $5.6 billion in fraud proceeds in 2011 – the largest amount for any single year in the history of the department.
 
 This historic achievement represents an increase of more than 167 percent since 2008, and includes nearly $3.4 billion in civil fraud, as well as $2.2 billion in criminal fraud.

PYROTECHNICS PUT PETS AT PERIL


County Animal Services Offers New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Family Pets
 
December 31, 2011 (San Diego County) --The risk of harm to pets from loud New Year’s celebrations with fireworks can be reduced by a few simple measures, Dawn Danielson, Director of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, said today.

INJURED DOG CELEBRATES NEW YEAR PAIN FREE


Once-Lost Pit Bull Recovering From Amputation, Seeking Forever Home

December 31, 2011 (Dulzura) --A once-lost dog who had to have a leg amputated is on the mend and looking to change her luck in 2012 with a loving forever home. “Fergie,” a 1-year-old pit bull, went missing from her Dulzura home in September. She had been missing about two months when she arrived as a stray at the County Animal Shelter in Bonita.
 

VROOM! INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW HAS POWER, STYLE & SIZZLE

From green hybrids and electrics to heavy-duty trucks for backcountry roads, this year’s show has it all
 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Thomas E Abbott
 
December 30, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego International Auto Show is presented by the New Car Dealers Association of San Diego. It’s a cool way for San Diegans to see what’s new in vehicles--and it is among the largest car shows in the nation. For those who are interested in more ecologically sound cars and even trucks, we are seeing more and more hybrids, flex fuel vehicles and electrics across most classes. The technology has come a long way in a short decade, making it both more compact and efficient.
 
Scroll down for highlights from the show—including our video of a test drive on a rugged Jeep track.
 
 

FAMILY SEEKS HELP TO FIND MISSING MAN LAST SEEN IN WHITE CHEVY TRUCK

 

Update December 30, 2:15 p.m. - Wheeler has been located safely, SDPD confirms.

December 30, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Police seek help countywide to locate Gregory Jon Wheeler, 54.  He suffers from depression, bipolar disorder and high blood pressure. 

STATE SUPREME COURT APPROVES ELIMINATION OF REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS


East County Performing Arts Center is among major projects at risk from the decision

December 29, 2011 (Sacramento) – Sounding a death knell for hopes to restore redevelopment funds eliminated by the Legislature to fund education, the California supreme Court today ruled that the state has the right to eliminate local redevelopment agencies. The decision has sparked criticism from local business owners and politicians on both the left and right.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? JOIN ECM’S EDITOR & READERS IN THE 24-DAY CHALLENGE STARTING JAN. 5!

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you’ve over-indulged in all those holiday goodies, or just want to look and feel your best in the New Year, now is the perfect time to make a resolution to get in shape! East County Magazine invites you to join our editor and publisher in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM and Advocare.  Shaping up is more fun with friends  Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.

The 24-day-challenge starts January 5.  It includes a combination of supplements and meal replacement products, a healthy eating plan, and as a special bonus to ECM readers, a fitness “boot camp” with trainers and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success.  The more, the merrier! (If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.)

PASSAGES: REMEMBERING THOSE LOST IN 2011


December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—At year’s end, we reflect on the loss of several prominent residents of San Diego’s inland regions, as well as some less prominent individuals whose tragic deaths tugged at our heartstrings or sparked controversies.

NEW LAWS IN 2012 MAY IMPACT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, OR YOUR BUSINESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting January 1, new California laws take effect. Some give new protections to the public. Buying a used car? You now have a right to know its history. The government can’t snoop into your online reading habits. Your employer can't peek at your credit report, in most cases. New laws also benefit pregnant employees, organ donors, renters, domestic partners, and bullied gay students. 

Other laws impose restrictions. Want to buy popular cough syrups? You’ll need a prescription. If you order items online, you’ll be charged state sales tax. Shark fin soup and beer spiked with caffeine are banned. Employers have new requirements for notifying employees about pay and more. Kids must ride in a booster seat until age 8. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal, even if it isn’t loaded. 

These are just a few of the new laws in 2012. Scroll down for details on these and more. 

U.S. DEPT. OF INTERIOR APPROVES TULE WIND PROJECT IN MCCAIN VALLEY

Local business leaders praise decision to expand renewable energy

Opponents hope Supervisors, court will protect scenic, cultural and wildlife resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 26, 2011 (McCain Valley) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed approval December 20 forTule Wind Project on federal lands in McCain Valley in East County. The federal lands portion approved by the Department of the Interior constitute the bulk of the project, capable of generating up to 186 megawatts (MW) of the project’s total 200 MW capacity. 

The project will need additional approvals from the County of San Diego, California Public Utilities Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and California State Lands Commission.  The County will hold hearings on a major use permit in the first quarter of 2012.  Planning Commissioners and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors are expected to vote on the issue.

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