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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

May 8, 2013 (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 reflect 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:

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REMEMBERING DAD: GRAVESIDE AND AT ROADSIDE MEMORIALS

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Buying a round of golf for dear old dad at Carlton Oaks Golf Course for Father’s Day is not an option for many in the East County. Not even buying a tie, cologne, or brunch at Barona or Viejas casinos.
 
The stark reality for many, young and old alike, is that their father has already passed away.  What remains are memories, photos, belongings, and a graveside.

MISSING PENASQUITOS TEEN FOUND IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

June 14, 2012 (Penasquitos) - San Diego Police have been advised by authorities in Orange County that Kevin Stapp has been found, according to Lt. Andra Brown with SDPD.

Scroll down for our prior report on his disappearance.

SWING YOUR PARTNER! CAMPO BARN DANCE JUNE 9

June 7, 2012 (Campo) – The Mountain Empire-Campo Kiwanis presents a Barn Dance at the Star Ranch, 31310 Hwy 94, Campo on June 9.  The BBQ begins at 7:00 p.m. with the dance following from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  The “Honkey Tonk Kings” will be the featured country dance band.

TELEMAGICA’S GALAXIA 2012 MUSIC AND ARTS GATHERING JUNE 8-10

June 7, 2012 (Jacumba) – Telemagica’s Galaxia 2012 takes place June 8, 9 and 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday on the grounds of the Institute of Perception (Railroad Street) in Jacumba. 

The event is a yearly gathering of collective performance art dedicated to the evolution of the human spirit through the arts.

READER’S EDITORIAL: EL CAJON POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION IS AGAINST PROPOSITION D

 

By Bryan Zmijewski,  President, El Cajon Police Officers Association

“Most alarming is the ECPD patrol staffing levels. At times, there may only be four police officers working the street…The El Cajon Council wants more power, yet they choose to handcuff the police chief...The ECPOA fears that this will continue, especially if the current city council is allowed to have the additional power that they crave.”—Bryan Zmijewski

The people behind Proposition D say changing El Cajon from a general law city to a charter city will save tax payer money by giving more control over decision making to the city council. Charter city status may be appropriate for other municipalities. We don't believe it would be appropriate in El Cajon at this time with our current city council in power.

We don't believe the city council, in its current form, has the experience, insight or forward thinking ability to handle any more power than it already has. More power for this city council? One council member just resigned as a result of a pending FBI investigation, reminding us about what happened not too long ago in the City of Bell.

FLETCHER PLEDGES “INDEPENDENT VOICE” IN MAYORAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2012 (San Diego) –In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher laid out his vision for our region’s future. His priorities are to “make San Diego a leader in 21st century jobs” by rebuilding the economy base,” improve public education, and rebuild infrastructure to create more walkable and livable communities,  Fletcher told ECM.    

A retired Marine and decorated Iraq war veteran who has worked in counter-intelligence, Fletcher has also laid out plans to help returning veterans on issues ranging from homelessness to jobs.

 “I believe it’s important to have open and transparent government,” says Fletcher, who recently made headlines by announcing that he’s left the Republican party to run as an independent, shortly after the GOP endorsed Carl DeMaio for mayor. 

RISING STARS TO GADFLIES IN THE 79TH ASSEMBLY CONTEST

 

 
(Analysis for East County Magazine)
 
By E.A. Barrera
 
May 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- With only days left in the 2012 primary season, no contest reflects the nature of modern California politics better then the race in the 79th Assembly District. The new California Primary system is in place this year, forcing all candidates of any party to run in what are now quasi-municipal elections. No single party may field a candidate for the fall, and the top two vote-getters of the primary-- no matter the party--will face each other in a run-off election this November.

 

JUDICIAL TEMPERAMENT? FACEBOOK POSTS, LAWSUIT RAISE JUDGMENT ISSUES IN CONTENTIOUS SUPERIOR COURT RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) –Accusations are flying in the contentious race for San Diego Superior Court seat 25.   Candidate Jim Miller has been removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the Superior Court—and now he’s crying foul.

Miller claims he’s a victim of dirty politics. He’s accused one of his opponents, Robert Amador, of involvement in his ouster, a claim denied by Amador, who previously sued Miller over ballot statement claims. 

Miller maintains he knows of no legitimate reason for the court to remove him from its list of approved Judges Pro Tem.

Posts on Miller’s Facebook page, however reveal  some intemperate remarks made about cases he heard while serving as a Judge Pro Tem--as well as barbed criticisms of local attorneys, judges, and parties in cases he handled as a lawyer.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES SALE OF PROPOSITION H REFUNDING BONDS

Transaction results in $4.9 million in savings for district taxpayers 

 
May 31, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) has successfully implemented Proposition H 2006 Series bond refunding and announces a savings of $4.9 million for taxpayers over the next 11 years. The GUHSD board approved the refunding during its April 19 meeting.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 
May 31, 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.
 
Memorial Day/Veterans issues:
  • Almost half of new vets seek disability (AP)
  • Romney tells vets dangerous world demands powerful military (Reuters)
  • Op-ed by President Obama: Keeping faith with our veterans (White House)
  • How Memorial Day glosses over the real horrors of war (AlterNet)
Other national news:
  • Iberdrola drops two wind projects  (Tribune-Democrat)
  • Help wanted, but not for mid-level jobs (NPR)
  • More relatives, friends caring for kids (Reuters)
  • Democrats to offer a ‘lifeline’ for single payer healthcare (ThinkProgress)
  • Romney hits magic number for GOP nomination (CNN)
  • Military campaign money favors Obama (USA Today)
 
WORLD
  • Official: 160 girls poisoned at Afghan school (CNN)
  • U.S. officials among the targets of Iran-aimed assassination plots (Washington Post)
  • Syria condemned for massacre (BBC)
  • Iran hit by new cyber-weapon “Flame” (Jerusalem Post)
  • Sudyei dispute, Sudan to ‘withdraw troops’ (BBC)
 
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KICK UP YOUR HEELS AT GROSSMONT CENTER’S SUNSET SUMMER CONCERT SERIES—FRIDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY

 

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Nothing says summer like dancing under the stars, and dining al fresco. Back by popular demand, Grossmont Center will host its popular summer concerts series beginning Friday evening, June 1 and each Friday through July in the Macy’s courtyard from 6-8 p.m.

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
May 31, 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
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna caught off coast of California (10 News)
  • A special Memorial Day delivery for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • Soccer unites refugee and immigrant kids (UT San Diego)
  • Fletcher campaign receives over $56,000 from donors outside of state (Reader)
  • Portion of Interstate 8 dedicated to fallen agent  Robert W. Rosas (Backcountry Messenger)
  • New library, updated school for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
STATE
  • CA Senate passes bill prohibiting schools and employers from asking for Facebook passwords (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Democrats bid for 2/3 control of state Senate (Sacramento Bee)
  • Mentally ill inmates on the rise (Sacramento Bee) 
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TASTE OF LA MESA - TASTE OF THE CENTURY JUNE 11

 30 Restaurants, 4 Wineries, & Signature Beer Sponsor Karl Strauss Brewery 

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – In honor of La Mesa’s Centennial, on June 11 the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its biggest-ever  “Taste of La Mesa-Taste of the Century.”  This delectable event takes place at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 La Mesa.

COMMONLY USED PAINKILLERS MAY PROTECT AGAINST SKIN CANCER

 
May 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--A new study suggests that aspirin and other similar painkillers may help protect against skin cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that skin cancer prevention may be added to the benefits of these commonly used medications.

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULES DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

May 31, 2012 (Boston) – Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.  

Passed by Congress in 1996, DOMA declared that a marriage is between a man and a woman, nullifying marriages of gay and lesbian couples for purposes of federal law.  

Judge Michael Boudin, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, authored the unanimous decision. He was joined by Judge Sandra Lynch,an appointee of President Bill Clinton, and Chief Judge Juan Torruella, a Ronald Reagan appointee. 

NEWSPAPER CHARGES VARGAS USED TAXPAYER FUNDS FOR MAILERS WHILE IGNORNING CONSTITUENTS AMID CONGRESSIONAL BID


“This is exactly the kind of behavior that infuriates voters and must be stopped.” – Denise Ducheny, former state Senator and current 51st Congressional district candidate

 

May 31, 2012 (San Diego)– State Senator Juan Vargas is under fire again, this time in an article from The Press Enterprise, published yesterday. The article catalogued the actions of Vargas and his Senate office, who stand accused of using taxpayer dollars to fund mail pieces aimed at helping his candidacy.  Vargas is now running for the 51st Congressional District seat, which spans San Diego and Imperial Counties, seeking to replace Bob Filner who is retiring to run for Mayor.

SUNNY SKIES - JUST IN TIME FOR THE AIR SHOW!

May 31, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Gary Kelley gives a clear look ahead in Your Online Weather report--along with a sneak preview of one of the hottest events in town.

 

YEE-HA! WESTERN MUSIC JUBILEE JUNE 2

May 24, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The Olaf Wieghorst Western Heritage Center will present the 2nd Annual Wieghorst Western Music Jubilee!  The event will take place on Saturday, June 2, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater in Rancho San Diego.

Belinda Gail, Sourdough Slim, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Tom Hiatt & The Sundown Riders, are just a few of the artists who will be entertaining. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.

LA MESA CONTINUES ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT CENTENNIAL FLAG DAY PARADE SATURDAY

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On Saturday, June 2, downtown La Mesa will dress up in red, white and blue to celebrate 100 years and “A Salute to Old Glory!” at the La Mesa Centennial Flag Day Parade. Spectators are encouraged to dress in patriotic attire and join in the fun in this old fashioned Centennial event! Following is a line up of the activities:

 

NEW BOOK OFFERS HELP FOR SUDANESE REFUGEES, FAMILIES IN SAN DIEGO AND SUDAN

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) – “The clash between traditional South Sudanese values and western values threatens the survival of families already rocked by decades of war, poverty and injustice,” says Walter Davis. “This book provides powerful tools with which the South Sudanese people can experience an epiphany."

Davis is editor of South Sudanese Community Insights, authored by John Chuol Kuek, chairman of the Southern Sudanese Community Center in San Diego and a refugee camp survivor. View an interview with Kuek conducted by Davis as guest host of Consider the Possibilities:
 

AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED BY SD HOUSING FEDERATION

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Housing Federation has announced finalists for its annual affordable housing and community development awards newly named the “Ruby Awards  . . . There’s No Place Like Home”. Finalists include individuals, organizations and developers of affordable housing.

PETERS MAKES CASE FOR ELECTABILITY IN NEW 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

 
In exclusive interview with East County Magazine, Peters talks about key issues in our region
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego) –“I’m the candidate with the best record of working across the aisle to get things done,”  says Scott Peters, a Democrat. He is  one of ten candidates vying for the new 52nd Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray.

BUGLARY INTERRUPTED IN LA MESA, SUSPECT GETS AWAY

 
May 30, 2012 (La Mesa)—At  approximately 4:15 p.m. yesterday, the La Mesa Police Department received a call of a burglary that had just been interrupted in the 7400 block of Colony Drive. The witnesses reported that they observed a female suspect hanging out of the window of the victim’s home.

HIKING AND CAVING SAFETY TIPS FROM THE SAN DIEGO SHERIFF

 

May, 2012 (San Diego County) -- In light of recent rescues in the backcountry, the Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to be safe and prepared for caving or hiking.
Cave hiking can be challenging and require technical skills of varying levels. Caves are dark, muddy, rocky and at times quite wet. People can become easily disoriented once deep inside. Caves are an easy place to get hurt, and no one will know if you're trapped if no one knows you're there.

 

FDA WARNS CONSUMERS ABOUT COUNTERFEIT VERSION OF TEVA’S ADDERALL

 
May 30, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about a counterfeit version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Adderall 30 milligram tablets that is being purchased on the Internet. Adderall, which is approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy, is a prescription drug classified as a controlled substance – a class of drugs for which special controls are required for dispensing by pharmacists.

 

PAKISTANI “WOMEN FOR PEACE” BRING MESSAGE TO SAN DIEGO AND OUR NATION’S CAPITOL

 

By Mia Myklebust

Stop the drones.” – Mossaret Qadeem, Amn-o-nisa implores

May 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- Dressed in brightly colored robes and hijabs, the women of Amn-o-nisa make a powerful statement with their presence alone. These 11 Pakistani women have come to the United States for the second time to spread their message of peace and international cooperation.

The name Amn-o-nisa translates to “women for peace,” which is the message the group hoped to spread on their visit to the U.S. The group visited Washington D.C., San Diego and Los Angeles and met with political figures including Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein.

IT'S OFFICIAL! STATE SIGNS DEAL TO KEEP PALOMAR STATE PARK OPEN

 
May 30, 2012 (Palomar) -- It's official Palomar Mountain State Park, which was slated for complete and permanent closure this July, will be permitted to stay open for the next three years as long as local citizens are willing to cover the deficit between the park's income and expenses. Palomar was one of 70 parks destined for shuttering due to state financial woes.

PERMEABLE PAVEMENTS AND GREEN ROOFS CLASS FOR YOUR HOME

Free class to be held this Saturday, June 2 at Water Conservation Garden

By Sierra Robinson

May 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Imagine plucking a ripe tomato off your roof, or filtering rainwater through your driveway. Green roofs and permeable pavement can make all of that a reality.

This weekend, the Water Conservation Garden  at Cuyamaca College is offering a free class from 9-11am about how and why you can install a green roof or permeable pavement at your home or business.

STEINER BRINGS A “NEW APPROACH” TO THE RACE FOR 77TH ASSEMBLY

 
By Janis Mork
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego)- One of four candidates will succeed Nathan Fletcher when he leaves the Assembly. Republican Dustin Steiner is one candidate who hopes to represent the newly redrawn 77th District, which includes inland communities such as Tierrasanta, Scripps Ranch, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo, as well as coastal communities in Del Mar. View a map of the district: http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/voters/Eng/maps/AssemblySDCountyMap.jpg
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