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CALIFORNIA COLLEGE DEMOCRATS RALLY BEHIND TEXTBOOK AFFORDABILITY LEGISLATION

 

April 13, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The California College Democrats fully support SB1052 and SB1053, which are being brought before the California State Senate Education Committee. The bills would significantly increase the affordability of textbooks.  The legislation would allow undergraduate students at all places of public higher education in California to have free access to 50 core textbooks. These materials, mostly used for lower-division coursework, can be accessed free of charge on the web, with the option of a printed version for around $20.

FAMOUS MYSTERY WRITER, JACQUELINE WINSPEAR, IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO

 

April 13, 2012 ( San Diego) -- Author of the popular, "Maisie Dobbs" series, Jacqueline Winspear will be the guest of the La Mesa-El Cajon Branch of the American Association of University Women at their 11th annual luncheon on April 21st.  Ms. Winspear has won praise from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and the San Francisco Chronicle; to name a few.  She is the winner of the Agatha, Alex and Macavity Awards. 

INDECENT EXPOSURE SUSPECT NAMED

April 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Northeastern Division have released the name of a male responsible for a series of indecent exposure cases in Rancho Bernardo and Mira Mesa over the past two years. 

MAN, 21, FOUND DEAD IN VEHICLE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 
April 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Department received a 911 call from a student of Grossmont College reporting an unresponsive male subject in a parked vehicle at 12:40 p.m. yesterday.  The vehicle was parked in the north-west lot of the campus. The student was returning from class and saw the subject in the driver’s seat motionless and unresponsive.  

GROSSMONT COLLEGE ANNOUNCES WORLD’S RECORD ATTEMPT TODAY--& FACEBOOK INVOLVEMENT


April 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--The secret is out!

Grossmont College, as part of its free 50th Anniversary Community Open House, has announced the Guinness world’s record that will be attempted on Saturday, April 14. Previously, the college has kept undisclosed the nature of the record.

The attempted record to be broken will be the most individual contributions to a birthday card. Grossmont College hopes to break the current record of 1,468 people to sign a birthday card with their name and a greeting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is the event timeframe for Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House on Saturday, April 14.

BRRRRR! APRIL SNOWSTORM, HIGH WINDS TO BATTER AREA FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

April 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Forget April showers.  An April snowstorm bearing heavy snows and wind gusts up to 70 mph will be blustering across our region Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts.

Heavy snow and wind will impact Interstate 8 and Highway 78 in San Diego’s inland regions by Friday afternoon, with near zero visibility as snow levels dip to between 3,000 and 3,500 feet by Saturday morning.   Strong winds may create white-out conditions with gusts up to 70 mph on ridgelines.

VINTAGE PLANE FLYOVER TO MARK DEDICATION OF NEW STUDENT CENTER AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE APRIL 14

What world record will attendees seek to break? Shhhh! It's a secret!
 
April 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – On a day Grossmont College is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house full of activities for the public, the campus is also marking a new beginning with the dedication of the Student and Administrative Services Building and Griffin Center.  
 
A dedication ceremony, preceded by a flyover of vintage planes from Gillespie Field, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, on the Main Quad of the El Cajon campus.

WINDS OF CHANGE: COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TO CONSIDER WIND ORDINANCE APRIL 13


 

“We are requesting a moratorium on industrial wind turbine projects and initiation of unbiased, science-based peer-reviewed studies on health…They are subjecting rural residents to be guinea pigs or lab rats on a mass scale that has never been seen anywhere.” –Donna Tisdale, Boulevard Planning Group Chair

 

“Tapping into sources of renewable energy is critical for a number of reasons…We applaud the County’s commitment to achieving these goals by updating and streamling requirements for small and large wind energy systems.” – Jennifer Purczynski Enel Green Power/Padoma Wind Power LLC

By Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9 a.m., the San Diego County Planning Commission will consider a proposed wind ordinance that would make it easier for industrial-scale wind facilities as well as smaller turbines to be built in unincorporated areas—primarily in East County communities. 

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY IN ALPINE APRIL 14

April 12, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Chamber of Commerce is holding its “I Love a Clean Alpine” event on April 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The event begins at the Triangle, 2157 Alpine Blvd. with a free continental breakfast.  Vests and bags will be distributed for cleaning up Alpine Blvd. and Wrights Field. At noon lunch will be provided.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

April 12, 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. 
  • Perfect recipe for wildfires as season starts early (NBC)
  • With Santorum’s exit, Romney shifts focus (Washington Post)
  • FDA details clot risk on birth control pills (USA Today)
  • Romney blames Obama for women job losses actually caused by GOP (Rawstory)
  • Obama: We could call the Buffet rule the Reagan rule (CBS news)
  • Hill insider trading bill signed
  • Where is George Zimmerman? Treyvon Martin shooting (CBS News)
  • Apple, publishers accused of fixing e-book prices (Reuters)
 
WORLD  
  • Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket (Reuters)
  • Syria pledges truce, if rebels hold fire (Reuters)
  • Warnings over medical implant hacks (BBC)
  • No sign of tsunami after powerful Indonesia quake (KPBS)
  • Haitian orphans long wait is over (Fox)
  • China braces for next act in leadership drama (Reuters)
  • Norway’s mass killer Breivik found sane (BBC) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
April 12, 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:  
 
 
 
 
 
 STATE 
  • Radiation from Japan disaster found along California coast (ABC)
  • If California taxpayers paid up, state’s deficit would disappear (Sacramento Bee)
  • High-stakes vote nears in California water waters (KPBS)
  • California deer population declines as habitat disappears (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL  
  • La Mesa, El Cajon to get armored vehicle (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Program to help chronically homeless showing results (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Abandoned orchards must be monitored for pests (Sacramento Bee)
  • 15-year-old Santana High School student injured in crash awakens from coma (Santee Patch)
  • U.S. says beware of ads placed by drug smugglers (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • El Cajon City Council fills vacancy (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • La Mesa home prices trending up (La Mesa Today)
  • Feds misled by SoCal Edison on San Onofre changes, group says (KPBS) 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

READER’S EDITORIAL: SUPPORT FOR ECO SUBSTATION AND TULE WIND

 
By Bill Pape
 
April 12, 2012 (Jacumba)--I have lived in Jacumba for over twenty years. The Jacumba area has been economically depressed since interstate 8 was built approximately 45 years ago. What this area needs is JOBS. These projects will bring temporary and permanent JOBS. We need any and all JOBS created by these projects and all future projects. 

 

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS INAUGURAL TASTE OF THE TOWN APRIL 20

 
April 12, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Steele Canyon High School (SCHS) is holding its inaugural Taste of the Town event on April 20 at the Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort, 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  The event will feature local restaurants, wineries and breweries that will provide samples of their cuisines and beverages.  There will also be entertainment, silent auctions and raffle prizes.

 

RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO COUNTY BEACHES

 

April 12, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall.  Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT SENDS WORKER TO EMERGENCY ROOM

 
April 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Just before 2:00 p.m. yesterday, Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon, with assistance from San Miguel Fire Protection district and El Cajon Police, responded to reports of 48 year-old male injured on the job at Precision Metal Products, located at 850 West Bradley in El Cajon.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: DESERT BIGHORNS

April 12, 2012 (Ocotillo) – “My wife, Mary, and I had the pleasure of seeing a large group of bighorn sheep while we were on one of our desert wildflower trips,” Robert Baran says.

They photographed a group of 15 or more Peninsular Bighorn Sheep on Saturday, April 7 between Meyer Creek and Ocotillo.  

SHELL GAS STATION CLERK IN LA MESA ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

April 12, 2012 (La Mesa) – Police have published descriptions of two men wanted in connection with armed robbery of a Shell Gas Station, 9090 Dallas Street in La Mesa, on April 11 around 6:44 p.m.

The lone clerk was accosted by a man armed with a handgun who demanded cash and cigarettes.  The clerk, who was not harmed, gave the man cash from the register and several packs of cigarettes.  The armed man left the business on foot and was seen by the clerk meeting up with a second male who apparently was acting as a look out.

SAN DIEGO ART LEADERS HOLD PANEL DISCUSSION ON FUTURE OF EAST COUNTY ARTS APRIL 13 IN EL CAJON

April 12, 2012 (El Cajon) –What role can the arts play in bettering El Cajon and its diverse population? 

San Diego Arts leaders including artists, journalists, writers, university professors, critics, and business people will discuss this question in a  panel mediated by Justin Hudnall, creator and leading operative of The Far East Movement. The event will take place Friday, April 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 at Studio C Contemporary, 140 East Main Street in El Cajon.

RSVP on Facebook.

WILL POWER COLUMNIST WILLIAM SCHWENT FOUND DEAD

"Will Power `Bill' would be the first one to say, `Never, never, never give up the fight." -- Robert Schwent

April 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- It is with a heavy heart that we must inform our readers that William "Bill" Gerald Schwent has died of a "circulatory event", his family has informed ECM. 

Known to our readers as author of the acerbic and insightful "Will Power Report"  column, Will was found by his wife, Jan, around 3 a.m. this morning. 

POLICE SEARCH FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS IN LA MESA

 Update 8 p.m. - La Mesa Police advise they have cleared the area, but did not locate the suspects.

April 11, 2012 (La Mesa) 7 p.m. – The City of La Mesa warns of police activity near Dallas and Fletcher Parkway, where a police helicopter is searching for two men suspected of robbing a nearby Shell Station. 

Police are looking for two suspects, both black males approximately 20-25 years old, one is wearing black clothing and the other one is wearing a red jacket and white t-shirt. If you see anyone who matches the description in the area or see anything suspicious that may be related call the police immediately.

PATTERN ENERGY REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SEISMIC SAFETY CONCERNS

 

Major fault line runs under proposed Ocotillo wind site slated to provide energy for San Diego, ECM investigation finds

By Miriam Raftery
 
Jim Pelley and Parke Ewing contributed to this report
 
April 11, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Public document searches reveal that “injury or death” from strong seismic ground shaking and ground failure are potential significant impacts of the Ocotillo Express wind facility approved last week by Imperial Valley planners, an ECM investigation has found.
 
Those troubling admissions appear in a preliminary report on seismic issues in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

CANDIDATE DAN HUGHES WILL SPEAK AT THE CAJON VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED MEETING ON APRIL 17

April 11, 2012 (El Cajon) – Dan Hughes, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the guest speaker at the April 17 meeting of The Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated.  The meeting will be held at the Pancake House, 1000 North 2nd Street, El Cajon at 7:00 a.m.

MISSING PERSON AT RISK - POWAY

 

April 11, 2012 (Poway)--Poway Sheriff's Deputies seek public help in finding a missing person at risk.  Shih Saung, 85, walked out of her daughter's house in the 12000 block of Old Pomerado Road in Poway at 5:45 this morning. Saung is diabetic and did not take her medication today. Family members also say she may be in the early stages of dementia. 

CELEBRATE THE WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD AT CDA APRIL 16-20

April 11, 2012 (Spring Valley) – CDA Preschool Programs is celebrating “The Week of the Young Child” with an open house April 16 through April 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 3845 Spring Drive in Spring Valley.  Stop by for a classroom tour, food, music, a special gift and learn about CDA’s nationally accredited preschool program.

East County Obituaries, April 2-8, 2012

April 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Magazine is pleased to announce a partnership with East County Obits, a new website listing obituaries for East County residents.

Scroll down or view a list of this week's obituaries here, or visit www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries.

BACK TO TOP FORM: STEPHEN STRASBURG SHINES ON OPENING DAY

 

By Ryan Schuler
 
April 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--It was as if Washington Nationals starting pitcher and San Diego native Stephen Strasburg didn’t miss a beat. After making only five Major League starts in 2011 after coming back from Tommy John surgery, the West Hill High School alum was on the mound at Wrigley Field starting the first game of the 2012 season April 5 against the Chicago Cubs.

 

FORMER SDSU AZTECS TO LEAD LAKESIDE PARADE APRIL 21

 
El Capitan Alums Ryan Lindley and Tommie Draheim Will Serve as Grand Marshals
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
April 11, 2012 (Lakeside)--Former SDSU football players and El Capitan High School alums Ryan Lindley and Tommie Draheim will serve as the grand marshals of the Lakeside Western Days Parade on Saturday, April 21.

PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT WITH A STRUCTURAL PEST INSPECTION

By Derek Roach

 
April 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- Purchasing a large investment such as a home can be a stressful experience. There can be multiple parties involved to ensure a smooth transaction during the buying process. Real estate agents, loan officers, escrow representatives, appraisers, and home inspectors all play a significant role in accomplishing one goal: Closing the purchase on your house. 

THE GRANDPARENT SCAM: DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU

 
April 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- You’re a grandparent, and you get a phone call or an e-mail from someone who identifies himself as your grandson. “I’ve been arrested in another country,” he says, “and need money wired quickly to pay my bail. And oh by the way, don’t tell my mom or dad because they’ll only get upset!”

 

THE DOG BLOG: PRODUCTS THAT MAY HELP WHEN EXERCISING WITH FIDO

 

By Dawn Celapino
 
April 11, 2012 (San Diego)--Do you run with your dog?  How about kayak or surf?  I know that you don’t leave Fido at home while you are out having fun!  There is no reason not to include Fido into most of your outdoor exercise routines.  Exercising with your dog is not only fun but it creates a great bonding experience!

 

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