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KIFM / 98.1 SMOOTH FM TO HOST “AMERICAN IDOL VIEWING PARTY”


May 8, 2012 (Eastlake) – KIFM / 98.1 Smooth FM is set to host an “American Idol Viewing Party” this Wednesday night (May 9) at The Brewhouse at Eastlake and cheer on hometown “idol” contestant Jessica Sanchez of Chula Vista.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SUPER MOON

May 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- ECM editor Miriam Raftery snapped this image of last night's "super moon" -- the closest that the moon comes to earth in its orbit this year. 

This full moon shot was taken off Highway 79, between Santa Ysabel and Ramona, casting a golden halo as it rose.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR BEATING AND ROBBING TRANSIENT IN RAMONA

May 4, 2012 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Jimmy Dean Freeman, 53, and Mark Pinales, 51.  Both are transients accused of beating and robbing another transient man, 65. 

The victim told deputies that he crawled to the AM/PM Market in the 1000 block of Main Street after being beaten by two men behind the store and robbed of several $20 bills at 2:27 p.m. today. Deputies found the suspects based on descriptions provided by the victim.

WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

May 4, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Planning a picnic or a hike?  Checkout YourOnlineWeather.com with Gary Kelley:

 

15TH ANNUAL SAGE & SONGBIRDS FESTIVAL & GARDEN TOUR MAY 4-6

April 25, 2012 (Alpine) – The Center to Help Instill Respect & Preservation for Garden Wildlife, Inc. (CHIRP) is hosting the 15th Annual Alpine Sage & Songbirds Festival & Garden Tour May 4-6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Show Court at Viejas Outlets, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine.  This year’s theme is Waterwise & Butterflies and the garden tour will include 6 bird and butterfly friendly gardens, a place of worship habitat garden and a raptor rehabilitation facility.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE’S COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL LEAPS ON STAGE MAY 5

 
Free event put on by students as term project showcasing nine Southern California bands

May 2, 2012 (El Cajon) --A free music festival that is the culmination of a Cuyamaca College course on the music industry will feature nine bands rocking at the grand lawn at the Rancho San Diego college from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Now in its fourth year, the Cuyamaca College Coyote Music Festival is the end result of a semester-length project of students in the Music Industry Studies program.

OPPONENTS HAMMER BILBRAY ON VOTES AGAINST WOMEN’S ISSUES

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) – In the hotly contested 52nd Congressional district, incumbent Brian Bilbray is weathering attacks from opponents on both sides of the political aisle for his votes on women’s issues.  With the Supreme Court just one vote away from overturning Roe vs. Wade (the decision legalizing abortion) and numerous bills assailing women's access to birth control and equal pay in Congress, women are expected to play a key role at the polls lin June.

Today, Democrat Lori Saldaña received endorsement from the National Organization for Women (NOW)--and assailed Bilbray's record.

TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN JOHN STAHL ADDS MAVERICK ELEMENT TO 52ND CONGRESSIONAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) – The newly drawn 52nd Congressional district seat (formerly the 50th) currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray has attracted 10 candidates.  Among those is Tea Party stalwart John Stahl, who is challenging Rep. Bilbray’s ethics and conservative credentials. 

Host of the conservative talk show “Solutions for America” on KCBQ radio, Stahl has poured $300,000 of his own money into the race. A businessman with an MBA and a former Naval aviator, he pledges to offer “common sense solutions.” In an exclusive interview with ECM, Stahl shares his perspectives on a wide range of issues.

His views are not cookie-cutter political talking points—and some of his stances may surprise you.

ANDERSON BILL TO CAP STATE EMPLOYEE SALARIES DIES IN COMMITTEE


May 2, 2012 (Sacramento)--A measure by Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) to establish a landmark pay cap on the annual salary of state employees was defeated last week the Senate Government Organization Committee. Current law places no limit on state employee salaries; SB 1368 would have set the limit at no more than the Governor makes ($173, 987) annually.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF RAMONA WOMAN, 94

 

Update:  May 4, 2012 -- The Sheriff’s Department announced on Wednesday night that a suspect had been arrested in the death of a 94-year-old Ramona woman.

Gary Allen Thomas, 63, a resident of the mobile home park where the victim lived, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit said at a news conference at department headquarters.
 

May 1, 2012 (Ramona)—The body of a 94-year-old woman was found inside her mobile home at 1212 H Street in Ramona this morning after paramedics responded to a medical assist call.  Due to obvious signs of trauma, Sheriff’s deputies and Homicide Detail were called in, Lt. Larry Nesbitt said.

According to ECM news partner 10 News, the victim was Jean Eskridge, former owner of Jean’s Dance Studio in Spring Valley. 

CRUCIAL WATER FORUM MAY 1 IN EL CAJON

The “Water Talks” Meeting at the Ronald Reagan Community Center is being held to address challenges facing the Colorado River

April 30, 2012 (El Cajon) – The “Water Talks” Meeting will be held at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Ave., El Cajon on May 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego County residents will discuss the Water Authority’s efforts to ensure a reliable supply of water from the Colorado River, which is the single largest supplier of water to residents of the county.

ACTOR/COMEDIAN KEVIN HART AT SDSU’S VIEJAS ARENA JUNE 15

 

Tickets on sale Friday May 4

April 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- Live Nation welcomes comedian Kevin Hart to the Viejas Arena at SDSU on Friday, June 15th. Kevin Hart has burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television.

 

GAS LINE BREAK IN LEMON GROVE

April 30, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A Hazmat team has been dispatched to 6800 Federal in El Cajon, where a contractor ruptured a natural gas line, Incident Page Network reported at 1:47 p.m.  Local businesses have been asked to shelter in place.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY PROTEST CASE TO BEGIN MONDAY IN SAN DIEGO

 

April 30, 2012 (San Diego) — Marriage equality activists charged with misdemeanors from an August 19, 2010 protest will be in court Monday morning. The “Equality Nine” are nine protesters who were arrested during a peaceful “sit-in” for marriage equality. Jury selection begins in their case Monday, April 30 at 10 a.m. before Judge Joan P. Weber in San Diego County Superior Court, 220 West Broadway, in downtown San Diego.

THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION REVISITED ON THE NEXT "HISTORY ALIVE"

 

April 30, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Lemon Grove Historical Society will screen the award-winning PBS special, "Don't Tread On Me:  Voices from the American Revolution," on the next "History Alive" presentation on May 3 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.  

 

HELPING HANDS IN SANTEE

By Troy Hartpence
April 30, 2012 (Santee) -- Swarming like bees all over an area of the San Diego River Trail in Santee, close to 400 local members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined together on Saturday, April 28 to participate in the annual “Mormon Helping Hands” day of service. Volunteers of all ages performed duties such as trail maintenance, fencing installation, concrete breakdown, weed abatement, painting, laying down mulch, litter removal, water primrose and tamarisk removal and overall beautification tasks of the area.

THE FIVE MEAT SMOKING COMMANDMENTS

 
Chef Ted Reader’s brings on the smoke and the flavor with these tasty tidbits
 
April 29, 2012 (Toronto, Ont.)  --  With Spring already here, and Summer around the corner, people are gearing up to entertain guests during the warm summer months. Meat smoking is becoming very popular in local restaurants this season, and Chef Ted Reader has come up with these five easy tips from his new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Smoking Foods, to help you get rolling the first time you fire up your smoker, and every time to follow.

 

WATER AUTHORITY EXTENDS TEMPORARY AGRICULTURAL WATER RATE PROGRAM FOR TWO YEARS

 
April 28, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The  San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors has approved extending a temporary agricultural water rate program through January 1, 2015.  The action provides the region’s agriculture industry with a measure of economic relief while providing urban water customers increased protection from water shortages.

STATE LOW-INCOME SOLAR PROGRAM HONORED WITH 2012 GREEN CALIFORNIA LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR ENERGY INNOVATION

 
Creative Program Provides More Than 1,000 Low-Income Households with Solar Energy
 
April 29, 2012 (Sacramento) -- During the Green California Summit Leadership Awards Ceremony April 26 and 27, at the Sacramento Convention Center, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) Solar For All California pilot program was honored with a 2012 Green California Leadership Award for energy innovation. The CSD program uses innovative funding solutions through federal funding, state rebates and creative partnerships to address unequal access to residential solar energy for low-income families. 

MAN IN STOLEN VEHICLE DIES AFTER SHERIFF’S PURSUIT ENDS IN HEAD-ON CRASH

 

April 28, 2012 (Valley Center) – A Sheriff’s pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Valley Center ended in a head-on crash resulting in multiple injuries and death of a man who has not yet been identified.

On April 25 shortly after 9 a.m., San Diego Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a stolen 2007 Ford Focus with three people inside, but it failed to yield.  A high-speed chase ensued, reaching speeds of 80 mph, the Valley Roadrunner reports.

PARKS & REC SUMMER 2012 TEEN NITE PROGRAM KICK-OFF MAY 4

April 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The Department of Parks and Recreation announced the May 4 kick-off of their Summer 2012 Teen Nite Program that will run through September 14.  The recreation centers will have extended Friday hours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. all summer long with lots of free activities for boys and girls ages 12 to 17.

LABOR COUNCIL LEADER LORENA GONZALEZ TO SPEAK MAY 2 IN LA MESA

April 28, 2012 (La Mesa) – Labor Council Leader, Lorena Gonzalez, will be speaking at the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club's May 2 General Meeting on labor's increasingly important role in the 2012 election. The program will be held at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

She will discuss how Citizen's United has pushed labor into an ever more important role in many races across the country. The Citizen's United ruling opened the floodgates for unfettered and unaccountable corporate campaign-giving. As a result, labor and working people have been required to raise funds to counter the influence of the enormous funds corporations raise.

RUN WOMEN RUN PRESENTS: RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP MAY 15

April 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Run Women Run is offering a Running for School Board workshop on May 15 from  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hera Hub Workspace for Women, 9710 Scranton Road, Suite 160, San Diego.  Many women begin political careers by running for a school board.  The workshop panelists will provide behind the scenes information about what it takes to run and win, the different types of school boards, the responsibilities and time commitment and the lessons they’ve learned.

RETIRED FIREFIGHTER HITS $744,000 JACKPOT AT VIEJAS CASINO

 
Scripps Ranch man’s last-minute detour nets life-changing win

April 28, 2012 (Alpine) – A retired firefighter from Scripps Ranch is $744,553 richer after taking a detour to Viejas Casino while on an errand in Alpine.  Lloyd S. came to Alpine on April 23 to get his motorhome painted. When he discovered the shop was closed, he decided to make a quick detour to Viejas Casino. After just four spins on the popular Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine, Lloyd hit it big with a jackpot totaling $744,553.18!

 

CAL FIRE DEDICATES WARNER SPRINGS STATION

 

April 28, 2012 After more than 60 years of service, the Warner Springs Fire Station has been replaced by a state of the art facility. The $2.7 million dollar facility was funded by a state bond.

 

UNION BANK APPOINTS EL CAJON RESIDENT GEORGE RAMIREZ AS CHIEF DIVERSITY EXECUTIVE

 
April 28, 2012 (San Francisco)Union Bank, N.A., today named Executive Vice President George A. Ramirez of El Cajon as the company’s first Chief Diversity Executive, whose mission is to broaden the diversity of the company’s senior management and executive ranks.  Reporting to Union Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Masashi Oka, Ramirez will serve a significant role in leveraging diversity as a strategic advantage in the highly competitive banking industry.

SANTEE POWER PLANT REZONING DECISION DELAYED UNTIL JUNE 28

By Miriam Raftery

April 27, 2012 (Santee)—The San Diego Planning Commission voted 4-2 to grant a 60-day continuance to Quail Brush Genco (Cogentrix), delaying a decision on whether to rezone property near Mission Trails Regional Park as industrial space in order to allow construction of a gas-fired power plant. 

Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner called the continuance request “a chance to propagandize" as the project developer seeks to allay widespread community opposition. Filner has said the power plant would “harm the surrounding air quality and degrade Mission Trails Park – plus, installing a gas-powered plant in an area ravaged by the 2003 wildfires makes little sense.”

5 QUESTIONS WITH LORENA KLOPP

 
East County Magazine catches up with SDSU’s career home run leader
by Ryan Schuler

April 27, 2012 (East County) -- It was the summer after her sophomore year in high school. San Diego State’s Lorena Klopp was in Florida playing in a tournament with her travel team.

A SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Wieghorst Museum Auxillary presents “A Spring Fling Fashion Show” April 28 at the Elks Club, 1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon at 11:00 a.m.  The fashions will be from Peggy Harris’ Glamour Girlz with hair and makeup by Marinello School of Beauty.

The event includes a no host bar, boutique, Chinese auction and consulting.  The luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m.

SPEND THE DAY IN THE GARDENS APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – Chuck McPherson, of the San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS), will be doing a live watercolor demonstration at the Cuyamaca College Spring Garden Festival on April 28.  Attendees can create their own watercolor painting and join SDWS Paint-out at 12:30 p.m. for a critique of the day’s paintings.

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