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EAST COUNTY PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Drop-off unused prescription drugs, no questions asked, on April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

El Cajon Police:  100 Civic Center Way
La Mesa Police: 8085 University Ave.
Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station:  3240 Main St.
Walgreens: 10512 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee

SAN DIEGO RIVER TRAIL CLEAN-UP BEAUTIFICATION & RESTORATION PROJECT IN SANTEE APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (Santee) – On April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. an estimated 250 volunteers will clean-up, beautify and restore the area of the San Diego River Trail in Santee.  Volunteers will meet at the northeast pavilion in the Walmart parking lot, 170 Town Center Parkway.

The event is sponsored by Mormon Helping Hands with the City of Santee, the San Diego River Park Foundation, Santee Kiwanis and Santee-Lakeside Rotary Clubs joining in the community effort.

E-WASTE RECYCLING EVENT APRIL 28-29

April 27, 2012 (Santee) -- The Santee Chamber is sponsoring an e-waste recycling event April 28-29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Costco Wholesale Parking Lot at 101 Town Center Parkway, Santee.  The items that are accepted include computers, TV’s, monitors, laptops, wires, stereos, radios, phones, small printers/copiers, VCR’s, DVD players, etc.  Items not accepted include household batteries, household appliances and lightbulbs.

SIGALERT AT I-8 AND EL CAJON BLVD

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April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) --  A Sigalert was issused at 3:47 p.m. at Highway 8 and El Cajon Boulevard. An older grey Toyota with 3-4 occupants hit the center divider, and is facing the wrong way.

The number one lane is blocked, and a flat-bed tow truck is assisting.

6TH ANNUAL SPRING GATHERING APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (Alpine) – The Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. will be holding its 6th annual Spring Gathering on April 28 at 4058 Willows Road, Alpine from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The event is to raise public awareness for sexual assault, child abuse and supervised visitation.

BROKEN PROMISES: OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT WINS APPROVAL DESPITE OUTCRY FROM TRIBES, RESIDENTS AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

 

April 26, 2012 (Ocotillo) – A former firefighter who has parachuted into raging wildfires, Viejas Community Relations Director Charlie Brown (photo, left above) has no shortage of courage. But he choked back tears as he spoke about what Ocotillo and its ancient geoglyphs means to him and other tribes that have long considered the site sacred.

Brown has heard stories from his grandfather, who lived to be 109, about Ocotillo--where mountains are named in tribal creation stories. He has taken his own son there to learn about his heritage. One giant geoglyph is registered on the National Registry of Historic Places. Tribes across the southwest convene here for sacred ceremonies.

But soon, Brown fears, the sound of turbines atop his ancestors’ graves will “be like beating on somebody’s soul…sacrificing something that’s been there for 10,000 years.”  http://youtu.be/FbPmplN2UDA.

AMERICAN TRIVIA: HOW AMERICA GOT ITS NAME

 
April 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh are the proud parents of a bouncing baby book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012). Over a span of a year, the co-authors will share with you their journey through American history. You can order inscribed and signed copies of the book by writing to richard.lederer@pobox.com.

 

LOCAL MEMORIAL CEREMONIES TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

 
April 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- Two local memorials are planned to honor San Diego law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  On Tuesday, May 1,  at 11:00 a.m. the San Diego Police Department Memorial Ceremony will honor San Diego Police Officer Jeremy Henwood, as well as all San Diego Police Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

ICBOC CITIZENS GROUP ISSUES ITS 2011 ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 
 
April 27, 2012 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2011 Annual Report to the Community.

SYLVIA’S SOAPBOX: THE WAR ON POOR AND NEEDY WOMEN ONLY; THE REST OF US ARE FINE

 

By Sylvia Hampton
 
April 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The current “war on women” is really nothing new. Like all wars, its root causes are money and power. Eve was blamed for the “fall of man” in the Bible so it was easy for the early Church to keep women “in their place” as temptresses and troublemakers. Which meant that it was OK for the men to have all the power and control all the money. But the one thing they could not control was the key to the future---childbirth. And so women are today, as usual, fighting to control when they will become pregnant and have children. Especially if they have little or no money. How dare they.

 

BIRD TALK: THE DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

 

By Greg Dunne
                                                
April 27, 2012 (Lake Jennings) –The Cormorant is a silly bird. That’s what I named my favorite photograph of the Cormorant, which I  entered in the Lake Jennings photo contest.  My photo received an honorable mention and will receive a ribbon, which I will proudly display on my desk. Before I provide more information on Cormorants—including why they are silly birds-- I would like to mention a few words about the rangers and staff at Lake Jennings. 

 

REPS. DAVIS & HUNTER INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO ALLOW ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY TO REFINANCE

 

 April 27, 2012 (Washington D.C.)—Wednesday, U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) introduced the Fairness for Military Homeowners Act, legislation allowing military 
homeowners to refinance mortgages on a principle residence while serving at a duty station that prevents them from occupying the home.  Currently, active duty military members cannot refinance if the home is not “owner-occupied.”  

 

MAYORAL CANDIDATE FILNER URGES PLANNING COMMISSION TO OPPOSE ILL-CONCEIVED SANTEE POWER PLANT

 

April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- U.S. Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner spoke in front of the San Diego Planning Commission today to oppose the “Quail Brush” Power Plant, slated for construction next to the San Diego Mission Trails Regional Park. The site is within the City of San Diego, but will have negative impacts in neighboring Santee. The Planning Commission was deliberating on the decision to re-zone the proposed location from “open space” to “industrial use.”

 

CITY’S NEW SUCCESSOR AGENCY BOARD TAKES ACTION ON FUNDS FOR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
April 27, 20011 (San Diego) – Newly sworn in members of the Oversight Board Successor Agency went straight to work yesterday, approving funding for continuing of approximately 800 projects in the pipeline.  The new board is the successor organization to the Centre City Development Corporation, which was required to dissolve following a December California Supreme Court decision upholding Legislative action. 

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

April 26, 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:   
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S.
  • Feds make first arrest in BP Gulf Coast oil spill (CBS)
  • Justices to hear appeal over controversial Arizona immigration law (CNN)
  • Obama takes on college costs, eyes young voters (Bloomberg)
  • Radioactive particles from Japan detected in California kelp (Los Angeles Times)
  • Romney sweeps five northeast primaries (USA Today)
  • Mitt Romney: Mothers should be required to work outside home or lose benefits (HuffingtonPost)
 
WORLD
  • Stirring Mexico volcano closes schools, raises alert (Reuters)
  • Afghan girls in school after poison attack (BBC)
  • Japan fears nuclear plant sits atop active geological fault (Reuters)
  • Hollande and Sarkozy head for runoff in French election (NY Times)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.  

SDWRITEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR THE END OF APRIL

 
April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- The calendar of SDWRITEWAY for the end of April contains multiple events. For further information, please see the website at http://www.sdwriteway.org/readers_lounge/readers_lounge.html
 
April 28 (Saturday, 2:00 pm) — Former San Diego resident and veteran video game designer Erin Hoffman’s Lance of Earth and Sky presents her characters with the challenge of dealing with the consequences of the actions they took in Sword of Fire and Sea, especially the decision to rekindle elemental magic in the world of Andovar.

CONGRESSMAN FILNER TO RECEIVE FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION’S NATIONAL PINNACLE AWARD

 

April 26, 2012 (Washington, DC ) -- Congressman Bob Filner has been selected to receive the Fleet Reserve Association’s (FRA) prestigious national 2012 Pinnacle Award at a ceremony in Washington, DC, today, April 26th.
 
“It is a great honor to be recognized for all of my work on behalf of our Navy, Marine and Coast Guard veterans!” said Congressman Filner.  “I am truly humbled to receive this award. As Chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, we were able to pass landmark legislation to improve the G.I. Bill, increase funding for veterans healthcare and establish a plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015.”

 

SAN DIEGO VETERAN WRITERS TAKE THE STAGE WITH TIM O’BRIEN

 

Local veteran writers to perform stories about the unspoken sides of service in concert with a visit from the author of, “The Things They Carried.”
 
April 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of Grossmont Community College’s 16th Annual Literary Arts Festival, Tim O’Brien will be reading and signing books on Thursday, May 03, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., Griffin Gate (Building 60.)
 
O’Brien is best known for his novel, The Things They Carried, a National Book Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, considered one of the most, if not the most, powerful books about the Vietnam War and war in general.

 

URBAN FARMING IS FOCUS OF SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 28

 

 
 
April 15, 2012 (El Cajon) Join the Water Conservation Garden, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. as they present the 19th annual Spring Garden Festival.  This year’s theme is “Urban Farming” and will include experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping and vegetable gardening. 
 
 

BICYCLISTS PROTEST OUTSIDE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CALL FOR IMPROVED SAFETY FOR RIDERS

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
April 26, 2012 (San Diego)--Bicyclists rode to the San Diego Civic Center Concourse to try to raise awareness among San Diegans of the perils facing riders. They came to pay tribute to Charles Raymond Gilbreth, a 63 year old man killed on Montezuma Road near San Diego State University last Wednesday. 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE SHOWS MOVIE MAY 3 PROMOTING HOMEWORK-FREE WEEKENDS, HOLIDAYS

 

April 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--A free screening of “Race to Nowhere, The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” a documentary movie that promotes homework-free weekends and holiday breaks for students, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Building 26, Room #220, on the Grossmont College campus.

 

MEMORIES ARE MADE AT SUMMER CAMPS FOR LA MESA KIDS

 

April 26, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Do you have a budding artist or a child who loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or a youngster who loves to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages four years and up:  

 

FORMER EAST COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES HONORED AT CSUSM

 

Male Student-Athlete of the Year and co-Female Student-Athletes of the Year come from East County San Diego
By Ryan Schuler

April 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- It was an exciting night for several Cal State San Marcos student-athletes, who attended high school in East County San Diego.

 

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD ON PROPOSAL TO OUTSOURCE FIRE SERVICES TO CAL-FIRE

"What they did tonight is unconscionable."  --Board member Criss Brainard

"We have to fix this now." --Board President Chris Winters

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite unanimous testimony by the public and firefighters in opposition, the San Miguel Consolidated Fire District board voted 4-3 tonight to enter into negotiations with Cal-Fire and with labor to turn firefighting services over to the state agency.

MAY 3 GOLF TOURNAMENT TO FUND BRIAN PICCOLO SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR SAN DIEGO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

April 25, 2012 (Santee) – UNICO San Diego will host its annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for the Brian Piccolo scholarship award on May 3 at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee.  The tournament culminates with the presentation of the award to various San Diego High School seniors during June.   

MEXICAN SEWAGE SPILL IMPACTS LOCAL WATER QUALITY

 
Existing Water Contact Closure for Border Field Park and Tijuana Sloughs to Remain                         
     
April 25, 2012 (Tijuana, Mexico) -- An estimated 2 million gallon sewage spill occurred yesterday in Mexico. The spill, which was caused by a broken sewer line in Rio Alamar drainage, started 12:00 PM and ended at 12:00 AM midnight yesterday. None of the sewage was recovered so all of it flowed into the Tijuana River. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
 
April 25, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:  
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Grossmont District deals with layoffs for 2012-13 (UT San Diego)
  • Fundraiser for missing hiker search efforts (CBS 8 News)
  • DeMaio and Fletcher heat up mayoral debate (UT SanDiego)
  • Heated exchange highlights SD Mayoral debate (10 News)
  • City attorney threatens to squeeze legal fees out of civic watchdog (CityBeat)
  • Controversy, dispute envelop Palomar College construction site at Indian burial ground (OB Rag)
  • Group launches effort to recall Sweetwater school trustees (UT San Diego)
  • SDG&E avoids shutdown of Powerlink helicopters (UT San Diego)
  • Getting to the bottom of city issues (La Mesa Today) 
  • El Cajon Nixes Chickens (UT San Diego)
  • Council refuses to sign PBID petition (La Mesa Today)
 
STATE
  • Measure to repeal death penalty in CA qualifies for ballot (Sacramento Bee)
  • Social media password bill advances in state Senate (Sacramento Bee)
  • Steinberg to push California for initiative changes (Sacramento Bee) 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY OPERA ARIAS MAY 2

 

April 25, 2012, San Diego) --The San Diego State University School of Music and Dance continues the celebration of its 75th Anniversary with two free performances of “Opera Arias” on Wednesday, May 2, at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.  The noon program will be an operatic sampler of the full-length evening program. 

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS DEPT. PRESENTS `LOST IN YONKERS,’ MAY 3-12

 
April 25, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present “Lost in Yonkers,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Neil Simon, at 7:30 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, and at 2 p.m. on May 5 and 12. Performances will be held at the Stagehouse Theatre, located on campus, near Parking Lot #1 and the exterior Aztec wall mural. The public is invited to attend.

 

CREEK TO BAY CLEANUP DAY APRIL 28

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
April 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The City of San Diego passed a resolution today declaring April 28th Creek to Bay cleanup day.  According to Council Member Sherri Leightner (District One) this “will encourage all residents of the City of San Diego to take care of the environment.” 
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