May 2, 2011 (East County) -- During the week of April 23, 2011, all personnel from Heartland Fire and Rescue serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove attended vehicle extrication training. C&D Towing made the training possible by providing twenty vehicles to practice the vehicle extrication and rescue techniques. The training was especially valuable because newer cars continue to change.
State Dept. warns of possible retaliation for U.S. operation against terrorist leader
By Miriam Raftery
May 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Local leaders reacted with shock, joy, and relief to last night’s news that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. forces.
“It gives us certainly some hope,” Abdi Mohamoud, executive director of the Horn of Africa center in San Diego, told East County Magazine. Mohamoud, whose center serves African refugees and asylees including many Muslims from war-torn Somalia, added that “Al Shabaab, an affiliate of Al Qaeda which is burning down the whole country of Somalia, is a byproduct of this man, so it is a pain that is constantly with the refugees.”
Update: The freeway is reopened. The device found was a pipe sealed at both ends containing inert military ordnance, NBC news reports. It is unknown how the object wound up in this location.
May 2, 2011 (San Diego) 9:30 a.m. - A possible pipe bomb has forced closure of I-5 southbound at the Coronado Bridge, Incident Page Network reports. San Diego Police, San Diego Fire Department and the Bomb/Arson squad has been summoned. A SIG Alert has been issued and all traffic is being diverted, San Diego SIG alerts confirms.
May 1, 2011 (San Diego's East County)
Updated 11 p.m. -- Osama bin Laden was killed today in a special operation led by U.S. forces, President Barack Obama revealed tonight in a broadcast to the nation.
"Today at my direction," President Obama said, "A small team of Americans carried out this operation...After a firefight they killed Obama bin Laden and took custody of his body." The leader of Al Qaeda and mastermind behind the 911 attacks was hiding in a compound deep within Pakistan, U.S. intelligence learned last August. After months of confirming intelligence and planning the operation, the strike today went smoothly with no U.S. casualties, he confirmed.
April 29, 2011 (La Mesa) --La Mesa Police Officers received a report last night shortly after 8 p.m. of a robbery victim being treated at Grossmont Hospital. Officers responding to the hospital located a 13 year old male victim. He told police he was walking home on Mills Street near Orchard Avenue when he was attacked from behind.
Owners of El Cajon facility may apply to reopen if costly equipment changes are made to eliminate smoke, odors
By Miriam Raftery
April 28, 2011 (San Diego) – By a unanimous 4-0 vote, San Diego County’s Air Pollution Control District Board ordered an immediate shut down of a Neptune Society crematorium on Lake Jennings Road in El Cajon to abate a public nuisance.
“This was clearly a violation of public policy and a public health hazard,” Michael Drake, public affairs officer for the County’s land use and environmental group, told East County Magazine after the hearing. He praised the Board for “doing the right thing” and expressed hope that the owners will upgrade or replace antiquated equipment so that they can “comply and come back into business.”
pril 28, 2011 (Kensington) – A clerk refused to hand over cash to a suspect armed with a handgun last night at the New Money Express, 4202 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego’s Kensington neighborhood east of the college area. The would-be robber, described as a black male juvenile age 15-17 with short curly black hair, showed the clerk a handgun in his waistband, according to Officer David Stafford with the San Diego Police.
April 28, 2011 (Buckman Springs) – A driver is trapped in a vehicle following a rollover accident on I-8 east at Buckman Springs near the Border Patrol checkpoint as of 12:48 p.m. , CHP and IPN report. The roadway is closed due to debris and am ambulance is en route, along with Border Patrol.
146 TORNADOES RIP DEADLY SWATH ACROSS U.S: 77 DEAD, HUNDREDS INJURED AS NEW WARNINGS ISSUEDIN NUMEROUS STATES
April 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A string of powerful tornadoes is moving across the U.S., with more than 146 twisters reported in southern and eastern states and as far north as New York. At least 77 people have died from the tornadoes thus far, including 61 in Alabama alone. Hundreds more are injured.
If you have family or friends in the path of these deadly tornadoes, please notify them of the danger.Scroll down for more links.
Neighbor hospitalized with chest pains
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Ron Logan
April 27, 2011 (Poway) – A fire in the 13600 block of Sycamore Tree Lane this afternoon forced evacuation of 16 homes and has displaced a family with two children.
“The fire gutted the home and the fire department needed to cut a hole in the roof to control the fire,” photographer Ron Logan, who was at the scene, informed East County Magazine.
Nuclear disaster offers lessons to be learned in San Diego, as safety questions arise over San Onofre
By Miriam Raftery
April 27, 2011 (San Diego) – They are the tiniest victims of the world’s worst nuclear disaster: the children of Chernobyl. Yet few have seen their photos or heard their story, even as the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl crisis this week. If you haven’t seen these shocking images, view them here: http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/chernobyl.
Now imagine this happening to the children of San Diego, which lies within 50 miles of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Or having our city evacuated for our lifetime and beyond, as residents near the Fukushima, Japan, reactors are now enduring.
April 27, 2011 (Lakeside) – A five-year-old girl who slipped and fell into the pool at Barona Resort in Lakeside this afternoon has been transported to Children’s Hospital, East County Magazine has learned.
“A guest jumped in, pulled her out and gave her CPR,” a source at Barona who asked not to be named confirmed. “Our EMTs showed up and she was fine, breathing on her own.”
By Jeremy Los
“This issue has received band-aid approaches to fix it when it needs a tourniquet.” – La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid
“We look at them as a resource… they are the eyes and ears of the community… they certainly know when something is going on.” – El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis, on the homeless in his town
"I do not feel there needs to be a regional center for the homeless in East County." -- Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessom
"I am not in the homeless business." - Santee Mayor Randy Voepel
April 26, 2011 – Four East County mayors shared their reactions on a new study on the many homeless in our region. Their views differed dramatically on how to address the homeless problem. In addition, three of the four mayors questioned the study findings and voiced doubts on the numbers of homeless people listed in their cities.
According to the 2011 Point-In-Time Count by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, East County is now home to 8.9% of San Diego County’s homeless population, with El Cajon staking claim to the highest number of homeless people. However, the majority of El Cajon's homeless are in shelters--while in other East County communities, the homeless are living on the streets, in cars, or camped along riverbeds.
SAN DIEGO A GHOST REGION FOR 10,000 YEARS? NUCLEAR SAFETY QUESTIONED AS SAN DIEGANS BEGIN A MOVEMENT TO SHUT DOWN SAN ONOFRE
Nuclear Regulatory Hearing April 28 on San Onofre safety
By Helen Villines
Editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
“What if you had just 15 minutes to evacuate, looking around your apartment or house, trying to quickly decide what you will take, how overwhelmed would you be – knowing you couldn’t return for ten thousand years?” he asks.
April 26, 2011 (La Mesa) – Berniece Elizabeth Mosely, 92, died yesterday in an accident at 11:27 a.m. yesterday on Broadmoor Place in La Mesa, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s officer reports.
According to La Mesa Police, The vehicle drove into the front yard of a private residence, where the woman was ejected then run over by the Honda. A witness called 911, but death was confirmed immediately at the scene due to obvious trauma.
April 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A fatality accident in La Mesa involving a pedestrian struck by a car has shut down Broadmoor Street between Jericho and Kathy, La Mesa Police has informed East County Magazine. In addition, Calavo Drive at Challenge Blvd. in Spring Valley is shut down due to a tree fallen across the road, the CHP website reports.
Also use caution on Highway 67, where a signal light has been reported out at Willows Road.
In addition, readers who may have spotted smoke late this morning needn't be concerned. A fire in trees and brush in National City put up a large header of smoke, Incident Page Network reports. However Heartland Fire dispatch assures us that the blaze was swiftly doused. While structures were briefly threatened, only some fencing was damaged.
April 24, 2011 (Julian) – San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA 12 helicopter conducted a hoist rescue late this afternoon for a victim who fell 30 feet, suffered injuries and became trapped between rocks at the base of Mildred Falls near Julian.
April 23, 2011 (Santee) – Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson squad responded to a call of a possible pipe squad in a gutter in the 9500 block of Cuyamaca Street in Santee Thursday evening. The device, a foot-long, three-inch-wide PVC pipe, was capped at both ends which appeared to be glued shut. No wires were visible.
April 23, 2011 (San Diego) – A 90-year-old woman walking on a private driveway at 4847 Art Street in the east College was seriously injured yesterday when one of her tenants was backing up a vehicle and struck her. She fell to the ground and sustained a serious head injury.
While the TEA Party calls for tax cuts and slashing services, a new taxpayers' movement is outraged by some of America's biggest corporations paying zero taxes while reaping huge profits. Now a national movement calling for corporations to pay a "fair share" has reached the streets in San Diego.
By Maria Yushinsky
Photos by Merton Gaudette (c) 2011
April 20, 2011 (San Diego) – Following the deadline for taxpayers to send in payments to the I.R.S., taxpaying members of U.S. Uncut San Diego, MoveOn.org and other community groups gathered at the San Diego Civic Center on Monday. Their goal?
Bringing to light the fact that some U.S. corporations are not paying their "fair share" of taxes and that working people of America are paying the price through cuts in social programs and essential services, say organizers.
April 21, 2011 (La Mesa) – By a 4-1 vote, Helix Water District’s Board of Directors approved a new two-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) for its employees. General Manager Mark Weston said the “new reality” reflects recognition that employees need to share in pension contributions and that Helix pay rates and benefits are competitive with other districts.
But some ratepayers argued that the changes do not go far enough.
April 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – Michael Hendricks , 26, died Tuesday from a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting. He had been hospitalized and was in a coma after being stung a week earlier in Alpine. A pastor at East Valley Christian Fellowship, Hendricks is remembered by parishioners for his leadership in teen and youth programs.
April 21, 2011 (San Diego)--The property values in San Diego County have been dropping in market value over the last couple of years. Consequently, some property owners are submitting a request for review of their assessed value with the County Assessor’s Office. Ernie Dronenburg, the San Diego County Assessor, reminds property owners that the deadline to request a review of their assessed value is April 29, 2011.
This year for the first time, the application for an Assessment Review may be submitted online at www.sdarcc.com.
Public comments will be heard at hearing; action comes after years of citizen complaints and recent media spotlight on polluter
By Miriam Raftery
April 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – East County Magazine photographer Dennis Richard, disgusted by the sight of smoke belching from the Neptune Society crematorium at 13065 Old Highway 80 in El Cajon, sent a photo to media outlets that started a firestorm of controversy.
“You can see from my picture; the smoke of ...human bodies blowing out of the smoke stack and drifting over Jack in the Box and the nearby neighborhoods,” he wrote.
Family wants case reopened; believes daughter may have been sold to human traffickers
Retirement benefit cost-sharing for employees also on the table
By Miriam Raftery
April 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – Metropolitan Water District declared the drought over after heavy winter rains. But Helix Water District' general manager Mark Weston, in a report to the Board, recommends that staff prepare a Water Rate Study which could lead to rate increases in the fall.
April 19, 2011 (El Cajon ) – Do you have blankets or a dog bed that you don’t need? The El Cajon Animal Shelter seeks donations or new or used dog beds and blankets for dogs that are currently housed in outdoor kennels with concrete floors. Cushioning will help make them more comfortable.
April 18, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) needs help finding a veteran in his district to honor. The 77th Assembly District is looking for a veteran to honor who is a veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan/Desert Storm and has contributed significantly to the community. (View map of 77th district.)
April 17, 2011 (Julian) – A motorcycle accident prompted a SIG Alert briefly today near Julian, Incident Page Network reports. The accident occurred on Highway 79 in front of Jeremy’s on the Hill around 11:15 a.m.
Update 2:30 p.m.: SDG&E reports power is out to under 100 homes in this area.
April 17, 2011 (Jamul) – A vehicle that struck a power pole and caught fire has resulted in shut-down of Highway 94 in both directions at Honey Springs Road in Jamul. According to the CHP, there are live wires down across the roadway and SDG&E is en route, as of 1:47 p.m.