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HOME INVASION SUSPECT ARRESTED; ABANDONED VEHICLE TRIGGERED FREEWAY DELAY ON I-8

 

 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego)-- San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives confirmed the arrest of Harvey Henry Duson, 45, in connection with the violent home invasion robbery that occurred last month at the Sandburg Avenue residence of former City Councilmember Harry Mathis.       

 

EAST COUNTY VIDEO ADVENTURES: FINDING TRANQUILITY AT KITCHEN CREEK FALLS

 

 
Story and photos by Billy Ortiz
View video by Billy Ortiz and Pam Wilmers: http://youtu.be/0Aelray-VZU
 
February 17, 2012 (Kitchen Creek) -- The name Kitchen Creek brings up many thoughts of times gone by.  One can only imagine gold miners giving this creek its name. 
 

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: SDG&E’S LATEST ATTEMPT TO EXPLOIT ITS MONOPOLY STATUS & CORPORATE POWER

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH 
“If we had free market competition, SDG&E would have to absorb the costs of the fire. Quite simply, if
they raised their rates, consumers would switch to other providers.”
 

February 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sempra-owned utility San Diego Gas & Electric wants “San Diego-area utility customers to pay for nearly all of an estimated $463 million in cost not covered by insurance from the catastrophic 2007 wildfires that were triggered in large part by its power lines,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. “At stake is who ultimately pays for the fire’s destruction — ratepayers or shareholders.” SDG&E wants the ratepayers to cover 95 to 100 percent of excess wildfire and related litigation costs.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

By Brian Lafferty

 

February 16, 2012 (San Diego) – A few years ago I wrote an essay that was published in the anthology book Voices of Autism. I was unaware of the significance until I saw how impressed my college professors, friends, and family were. Shortly after, I was featured in a piece by my alma mater.

 

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE TRAPPED DOG

 

 
February 17, 2012 (Lakeside) – Toby, a Shiba Inu dog belonging to Lakeside resident Tim Ellis and his wife is free, thanks to the efforts of Lakeside firefighters.  While chasing a squirrel, the dog got its head caught between rocks in an artificial waterfall. 

 

WIND INDUSTRY SUSPENDS TURBINE ORDERS AS TAX CREDIT EXPIRATION DATE LOOMS

 
February 17, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Congressional members are wrangling over extension of the production tax credit (PTC) , which is due to expire December 31.  According to Wind Power Monthly, “uncertainly over it future is already causing companies to suspend development activities and hold off on turbine orders for 2013.”

ART SHOW IS THE CAT’S MEOW; RECEPTION FEB. 18, EXHIBIT THROUGH MARCH 1

 

 
February 17, 2012 (San Carlos) – Water color and collage artist Jean Waters will be the featured artist at the San Carlos Library from now through March 1.  A reception will be held Saturday, February 18 from 12-2 p.m. 
 

WORKER BREAKS 8 RIBS, INJURES SHOULDER IN FALL FROM POWERLINK TOWER

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2012 (Lakeside) – A lineman for a PAR Electric subcontractor working on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink suffered serious injuries yesterday in a fall in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley.

“Even though he refused medical attention, he was strongly encouraged to go to the hospital, via ambulance, for precautionary reasons,” Deborah Tate with PAR Electric told ECM. “After being examined at the hospital, he was informed that he has 8 broken ribs [and] a separated shoulder.”

LA MESA ROLLS OUT CENTENNIAL

By Mia Myklebust

February 17, 2012 (La Mesa)--Gold and blue balloons spotted the La Mesa Village Plaza this past Tuesday for the kick-off of the yearlong La Mesa Centennial celebration.

The crowd waited expectantly, cameras in hand, for a special blue Centennial trolley wrapped in historical photos.  A band played old-time tunes as the trolley rolled into the station and the Centennial committee, along with Mayor Art Madrid and the City Council, disembarked.

POW-WOW AT SDSU MARCH 17 RECALLS ANCIENT KUMEYAAY TRADITIONS

February 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 41st annual American Indian Pow-Wow will be held on March 17 at San Diego State University.

This free event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the San Diego State Alumni Association, Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and the SDSU President's Leadership Fund.

JACUMBA: A TOWN SURROUNDED

 

How many massive energy projects are too many for one rural community to absorb?

“They want to put these all out here, because we’re throwaway country people.” – Howard Cook

By Mia Myklebust and Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2012 (Jacumba) – Walking along the shores of Lake Jacumba, it’s clear that Howard Cook has big dreams for his community.  Chairman of the Lake Restoration Committee, he has wrested a pledge from the Audubon Society to restore the once-dry lake.

“We want to have fishing, boating, and recreation,” he says.  Cook is working with others who dream of “making this another Taos—art, wildlife, hiking, Indians and birds.”

But there’s trouble on the horizon.  Multiple industrial-scale wind and solar farms soon stand to surround this tiny town, jeopardizing its most cherished natural treasures. Sites include publicly owned recreation lands, notably a spectacular scenic gorge known to locals as “our Grand Canyon,” Cook points out.

Jacumba is a proverbial canary in the coal mine—a warning of what other publicly-owned preserves and rural communities across America may soon face. 

“SPINELESS RUBBER CHICKEN” AWARD PRESENTED TO JUAN VARGAS, CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS IN KEY RACE FOR EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2012 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas came to the California Democratic Convention hoping to find support for his campaign to fill Bob Filner’s seat in Congress.  He won the party endorsement—but has lost support from many here.  A group of activists surprised Vargas in the hall and presented him with a “Spineless Rubber Chicken” award for twice ducking a vote on SB 810, a landmark healthcare reform bill opposed by the insurance industry. 

Insurers reportedly spent $1.46 million to elect Vargas to the Legislature. His Congressional campaign has taken another $140,000 in insurance and pharmaceutical contributions, as ECM previously reported http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/8577

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE CONDEMNS PAY RAISES FOR COUNCIL, MAYOR

 

 
Proposed Pay Raises Defy all Logic During These Economic Times, Kostrinsky says
 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego) – When the seven members of the City of San Diego’s Salary Setting Commission unanimously proposed to increase the salaries of Councilmembers from $75,000 annually to $175,000 annually while increasing the Mayor’s salary from about $100,000 to $235,000.  City Council candidate for District 7, Mat Kostrinsky has come out against the proposal.

FILNER PLEDGES TO OPEN VETERANS’ OFFICE AT CITY HALL, ASSIST SAN DIEGO VETERANS WITH JOBS AND MORE

“The official casualty count of Iraq and Afghanistan is 5,000 plus killed and about 45,000 wounded…You know how many men and women have approached the VA for help for war-related injuries from those two wars? Almost a million," said Congressman Bob Filner. "We need to take care of these kids when they get back here…Veterans are THE issue for Democrats.”

 

By Miriam Raftery and Mia Mykleberg

February 16, 2012 (San Diego) –Thousands of soldiers are returning home to San Diego County as the Iraq war ends and troop draw downs occur in Afghanistan. 

At the California Democratic Party’s newly formed Veterans’ Caucus, Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner, former Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, laid out detailed plans to welcome home veterans with respect and hands-on help--including establishing a Veterans' Office for San Diego if he is elected Mayor.

ATTORNEY WHO ARGUED ROE V. WADE TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS CONFERENCE AT THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW FEB.24

 

Reproductive Justice Still Hot Topic as 50th Anniversary of Landmark Case Approaches 

February 16, 2012 (San Diego) --  Reproductive rights is the focus of Thomas Jefferson School of Law's 12th Annual Women and the Law Conference on Friday, February 24, 2012. The highlight of the conference will be the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture, which will be delivered by Dr. Sarah Weddington, the Texas attorney who made history when she successfully argued the landmark Roe v. Wade case before the United States Supreme Court.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
 
February 16, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:    
 
WORLD 
 
  • Israelis: Iran behind Bangkok bombings: coordinated attacks around the world (CNN)
  • Israel warns US Jews: Iran could attack here (ABC)
  • Heightened security in U.S. over Iran threat (ABC) 
 U.S. 
  • Congressional negotiators reach tentative deal on payroll tax, unemployment benefits (Washington Post)
  • Lobbyists sue Obama administration after being booted from boards (The Hill)
  • Obama signs $63B FAA funding bill into law (The Hill)
  • U.S. seeks to mine social media to predict future (UT San Diego)
 
Health   
  • Alzheimer’s brain plaque ‘rapidly cleared’ in mice (BBC)
  • How your cat is making you crazy (Atlantic)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

OFFICERS SEARCHING FOR HIT AND RUN SUSPECT IN LAKESIDE


 
February 15, 2012 (Lakeside) –A manhunt is on for a hit-and-run driver following a collision at 7:56 p.m. at Highway 67 and Riverford Road involving a white car and a Toyota pickup. According to the CHP website, the suspect fled on foot and a search is on in the vicinity of Woodside Avenue.

 

2 LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS COAUTHOR BILL TO REQUIRE DISCLOSURE OF CORPORATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

 

 
February 15, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Two San Diego Congressional representatives, Susan Davis and Bob Filner, have taken steps to clean up the secret money plaguing our political system.  Both Democrats have joined colleagues in cosponsoring the Disclose 2012 Act (H.R. 4010) to require disclosure of the corporate and special interest money in politics.

REPRESENTATIVE HUNTER TO HOST JOB FAIR FEB. 24

 
February 15, 2012 (Poway) — Representative Duncan Hunter (R-El cajon)--announced today that he will host another community job fair, in partnership with the East and North County Career Centers, and the San Diego North and Poway Chambers of Commerce. The event will be held February 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Poway Community Center auditorium, 13094 Civic Center Drive.  Admission is free.

 

SMILE! JOIN A CENTENNIAL PHOTO SHOOT FEB. 18 IN LA MESA

 

 
February 13,2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Centennial Committee invites you to join in forming a human “100” to honor La Mesa’s 100th birthday.  A “Century of Smiles” photo shoot will take place on February 18 at 7 a.m. on the upper level of the Grossmont Center parking garage. Refreshments will be provided, plus free t-shirts to the first 300 participants.  

 

WIND SPIN: PUFFED-UP CLAIMS FROM THE WIND POWER LOBBY. AND SOME OPPONENTS.

 

February 15, 2012  (Pennsylvania) -- Reprinted with permission from FactCheck.org (a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania)
 
Originally published February 9, 2012 at http://www.factcheck.org/2012/02/wind-spin/ 
 
Summary
 
The wind-power lobby is spinning the facts in a $1.4-million TV ad campaign aimed at extending a lucrative tax break worth billions to the industry.

HOME INVASION SUSPECT ELUDES POLICE, SNARLS TRAFFIC ON I-8

February 14, 2012 (El Cajon)—A suspect wanted in a January home invasion robbery remains on the loose tonight. Late this afternoon, police with guns drawn surrounded a black sedan with tinted windows matching the suspect’s vehicle description on I-8 in La Mesa.

Officers shut down two lanes during the terse stand-off. The San Diego Police ABLE helicopter used heat-sensing technology to try and determine whether the suspect was in the vehicle.

MIDDLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP ACT COULD REDUCE COLLEGE FEES FOR CALIFORNIA STUDENTS BY TWO-THIRDS

Bill would be paid for by closing a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations

 

By Megan McGlamery

February 14, 2012 (Sacramento)--In an effort to make college more accesible for students of all economic backgrounds, Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D- Los Angeles) has introduced the Middle Class Scholarship Act. This groundbreaking piece of legislation could cut fees in the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems by two-thirds for students whose family incomes are less than $150,000 and who do not already receive financial aid.

ENDORSEMENT BATTLES IN TWO SAN DIEGO-AREA CONGRESSIONAL RACES STIR CONTROVERSY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 12, 2012 (San Diego) – At this weekend’s California Democratic Convention, the statewide party issued pre-primary endorsements in three Congressional races but declined to make an early endorsement in two other races.

PERSONAL SAFETY AWARENESS SEMINAR PRESENTED BY LA MESA POLICE MARCH 1

 

February 14, 2012 La Mesa -- On March 1, 2012, the La Mesa Police Department will be presenting a personal safety seminar which is open to the public.  This seminar will consist of both lecture and demonstration by La Mesa Police Department’s Defensive Tactics Instructors and they will address a number of personal safety questions.  What do street predators look for in a victim? What do you do if you find yourself in a dangerous situation? How do you quickly escape danger in the event of an assault? These questions will be answered during this seminar.  This seminar is designed for adult men and women. 

CALIFORNIA IS “BATTLEFIELD” STATE, LOCAL CONGRESSIONAL RACE AMONG KEY TARGETED DISTRICTS FOR DEMOCRATS, EX-SPEAKER PELOSI ANNOUNCES IN SAN DIEGO

 

Story and photo by Nadin Abbott

February 12, 2012 (San Diego) – Declaring it time to “regain control of the people’s House from the special interests,” California Democratic Party Chairman hosted a joint press conference with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Diego, site of the 2012 California Democratic Convention themed “Battleground California.” 

Democrats’ hopes to pick up 25 Congressional seats in the 2012 elections include three seats in California—one of which is the newly redrawn  52nd Congressional District (formerly the 50th district) currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray.

Two well-known Democrats are vying for the nomination:  Lori Saldaña, former Assemblywoman and past Associate Dean at Mesa College,  and Scott Peters, former San Diego City Council president and Port director. 

BIRD TALK: THE REGAL OSPREY

 

 
By Greg Dunne
                                                
February 14, 2012  (Lake Murray) --  One of the royalty members of the skies in the bird world is the Osprey. The king of raptors may go to the Bald Eagle, but on an equal hierarchy as the Eagle is the magnificence Sea Hawk, Fish Hawk, Sea Eagle--  more commonly known today as the Osprey.

TAX FIGHTER TO SPEAK FEB. 21 AT CAJON VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED

 

 
February 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 a.m. at The Pancake House restaurant, 1000 North Second Street. The guest speaker is Brian Brady, director of Stop Taxing Us, a north county based taxpayer advocacy group dedicated to holding candidates and elected officials accountable to California's taxpayers.

DOES MEDICARE'S USE OF SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS ENABLE IDENTITY THEFT?

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

 
February 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Identity theft, a growing problem, is regularly in the news. We are warned to keep our Social Security numbers safe, to not carry our SSN cards with us.  But recently, I joined the ranks of Medicare recipients and, to my surprise, found that my Medicare number is my SSN number--and we are instructed to carry it with us at all times.

 

CHEERS! EL CAJON BREWING COMPANY SERVES UP MICROBREWS AND A FRESH MENU

 

By Mia Myklebust

February 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--When El Cajon Brewing Company opened in October, it joined the ranks of San Diego’s beer elite. The growing brewery culture in San Diego had a gap in East County that this local brewery and restaurant has filled with gusto.


From filling food to an array of craft beers brewed on site this El Cajon newcomer is well worth savoring.

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