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HILLTOP LIVING IN LA MISIÓN, BAJA

By Susan A Mahalick
 
June 24, 2012 (Baja, California) -- Picture this if you will: views of the Pacific Ocean;  a river leading into an estuary emptying into the ocean, flanked by hills in a beautiful valley that houses about two thousand souls. Add to that the view of the village itself.

A CAPITAL IDEA

 
 
June 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- Ironically, the only president who didn’t live in Washington was Washington. During George Washington’s administration the nation's capital was situated in Philadelphia.
 
In 1788 Maryland and Virginia in 1789 donated a hundred square miles of land to the American government to be used for a capital city. George Washington chose the territory contributed by Maryland, and title to Virginia’s land was returned to that state. Before Washington, D.C., was established, the early congresses had met in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and York, Pennsylvania; Princeton and Trenton, New Jersey; Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland; and New York City.

REP DAVIS DEFENDS OPPOSITION TO ‘OIL ONLY’ ENERGY BILL

 
Measure would charge citizens to protest drilling in their neighborhoods; Hunter and Issa supported measure
 
June 24, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- As the Republican majority continued its assault on environmental protections, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to oppose an energy bill that would reduce clean air protections, promote a drill anywhere policy, and would require Americans who want to challenge oil drilling to pay $5,000 to the federal government for voicing their opinions.

LITERARY EVENTS: NEWS AND CALENDAR ITEMS FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOOK LOVERS JUNE 26 THRU JULY 1, 2012

 
 
 
 
June 26 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host former U.S. Navy SEAL Brandon Webb as he discusses and signs his book The Red Circle. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed, the author's book must be purchased from Warwick's.

CPUC APROVES SDG&E’S ECO-SUBSTATION IN EAST COUNTY

 

June 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week approved San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) East County (ECO) Substation Project, a development that involves two electric substations along SDG&E's Southwest Powerlink transmission line.

BRUSH FIRE IN DULZURA

 Update 10:32 a.m. - The fire is holding at 3 acres and aircraft have been dismissed, according to Cal Fire.

June 24, 2012 (Dulzura) – Cal Fire reports at 9:51 a.m.  that a 2 to 3 acre brush fire is burning  in Dulzura. The fire started near Marron Valley Road in terrain difficult for ground crews to access. Additional air power has been ordered to the scene. 

INTERIOR DEPT. REPORT SLAMS BLM FOR POOR MONITORING, LACK OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AT WIND AND SOLAR PROJECTS ON PUBLIC LANDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
June 24, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – A scathing new report  by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General highlights “significant failures” by the federal Bureau of Land Managment  in its stewardship over  more than 30,000 wind energy right-of-way (ROW) acres and another 31,000 acres of solar energy ROW  sites.  View the complete report at http://docs.wind-watch.org/BLM-Renewable-Energy-Program.pdf.

DREAM DOGS: LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
June 23, 2012 (Blossom Valley) -- Maya is a two year old German shepherd/ husky mix that has the body of small shepherd and the mind of a smart husky, making it easy to teach her anything. She bonds very closely, and is a love bug when cuddling is concerned. She would like a home where she can act as a companion to her new owners, joining them in their day to day life.

This wonderful girl is a diamond in the "ruff"!!

SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN RAMONA BURGLARIES; STOLEN PROPERTIES RECOVERED

 
 
June 23, 2012 (Ramona) -  This morning, San Diego County Sheriff’s detectives in Ramona, with assistance of the Poway Criminal Apprehension Team and other Sheriff's deputies, served four search warrants simultaneously in the Ramona area. The warrants were served as a result of a hot prowl series occurring over the past several months in the San Diego Country Estates and Ramona.

REPORT: SEVEN SECTORS DRIVING CA'S "CLEAN" ECONOMY

 
ECM News Service
 
June 23, 2012 (Sacramento) -- When the state begins auctioning off cap-and-trade revenues next year, a new report suggests those dollars be put into California's clean-energy economy.

Tim O'Connor, director of the Environmental Defense Fund, says his group's report makes it clear that investing in new energy-efficiency programs produces the greatest economic benefits and job creation for the state. 

EAST COUNTY MURDER SUSPECT TURNS SELF INTO POLICE

 

June 23, 2012 (La Mesa)—Manual Morales Rodriguez, 28, is under arrest after turning himself into the Chula Police headquarters Friday night. Rodriguez told officers that he was wanted for the murder of Jesse Nader, 26.  Nader, a resident of Spring Valley, was stabbed to death in the 4200 block of Mars Way in Rancho San Diego on June 17.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE: YOUR BEST PROTECTION AGAINST WILDFIRES

 
June 23,2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The recent wildfires serve as warnings that if you haven’t already cleared defensible space around your home, now is the time to do so. For tips on creating defensible space, the zones pictured, as well as a guide to preparing and evacuating in the event a major wildfire occurs, visit this website: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/defensible_space

SANTEE-LAKESIDE ROTARY CLUB FOUNDATION CONCERT AT THE LAKES 2012 JUNE 30

 
June 23, 2012 (Santee) – The Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation and the Santee Lakes Foundation present Concert at the Lakes 2012 on June 30 at Santee Lakes from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The musicians performing include Dave Scott’s Band, Monsoon and Santee’s own, Fossil Fuel.

ALPINE COMMUNITY CENTER CONCERTS IN THE PARK ARE BACK

June 23, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Center Summer Concerts in the Park begin on July 1 with the Marine Corps Band.  The free concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. at Alpine Community Center Park, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine.  Food is available at the concerts.

WEDNESDAY IS MOVIE NIGHT AT VIEJAS THROUGH AUGUST 29

June 23, 2012 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlets is hosting free movies in the Show Court every Wednesday through August 29.  The movies begin at 8:00 p.m.  It is recommended to arrive early and bring a blanket.

POLICE SEARCHING FOR STOLEN SILVER NISSAN PICKUP IN LA MESA: LICENSE 8V91560

 

June 23, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Police and El Cajon Police with assistance from San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter are currently involved in a police activity in the Fletcher Parkway/Dallas vicinity.. The public is advised to avoid the area.  Officers are looking for a stolen vehicle, silver Nissan Pickup Plate 8V91560

If you see this vehicle do not approach, contact 911.

SHERIFF ARRESTS 13 JUVENILES AND 2 ADULTS IN EAST COUNTY

Curfew and social host ordinance sweeps to continue this weekend
 

June 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – During the past two nights, the Santee Sheriff’s station conducted a sweep in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated areas of El Cajon. Deputies arrested 13 juveniles for violating curfew after 10 p.m. They also looked for social host violations (adults providing alcohol to minors) but no social host arrests were made.

HEARTLAND COALITION TAKES NEIGHBORHOOD REDEVELOPMENT SERIOUSLY AT GREEN UP-CLEAN UP BLOCK PARTY

 

 
By Sherry Adler, El Cajon, CA
 
June, 22, 2012 (Chula Vista)  --  An uninhabitable residence at 102 East Oxford Street in Chula Vista provided the setting for Heartland Sustainable Housing (HSH)’s “Clean Up-Green Up Block Party” on Saturday, June 16. HSH is a division of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition, publisher of East County Magazine.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS “UNDER ASSAULT” IN CALIFORNIA, STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS WARN

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 22,2012 (San Diego’s East County)-- Statewide leaders of the Planning & Conservation League (PCL)warned of “unprecedented attacks” in the Legislature on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
 
The remarks came during an event honoring East County environmental champion Duncan McFetridge, president of Save Our Forest and Ranchlands and executive director of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation.

 

ALPINE WOMAN'S CLUB PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS AND INSTALLS NEW BOARD MEMBERS

 
June 22, 2012 (Alpine)--At the Alpine Woman’s Club’s monthly meeting on June 19, the following students were presented with $1,000 scholarships: Zachary Wiley from Steele Canyon High School; Teresa Williams from Alpine Academy; Amanda Brookshire, Victoria Pool and Evan Myres from Granite Hills High School.

FDA APPROVES NEW COMBINATION VACCINE THAT PROTECTS CHILDREN AGAINST TWO BACTERIAL DISEASES

 
June 22, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18 months, for prevention of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y and Haemophilus influenzae type b.

SMALL FIRE SQUELCHED NEAR DEER SPRINGS

June 22, 2012 (Deer Springs) – Cal Fire and San Diego Fire have stopped a two-acre brush fire that started midmorning near Circle R Drive in the Deer Springs area. Cause of the blaze is under investigation. No structures were threatened or lost.

SAVOR A "TASTE OF LITTLE SAIGON" JUNE 23

 

June 21, 2012 (San Diego)--The Taste of Little Saigon was created to showcase the many businesses in the newly established Little Saigon District, specifically the wide array of restaurants offering authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
 
This event, held Saturday June 23 from 1-5 p.m. on El Cajon Boulevard will also include performances from local singers and live painting by San Diego artist Leah Younker who paints urban landscapes of El Cajon Boulevard.

ROAD TO EVERYWHERE: SOLAR ROADWAYS

By Miriam Raftery

Sierra Robinson also contributed to this report

June 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – it sounds like a vision out of Utopia. Imagine driving on highways and streets made of glass—12-x12 foot solar panels that produce electricity and ultimately, recharge your solar-powered car as you drive. 

No need for power lines or power plants anymore, since roads and driveways will actually deliver electricity straight to your doorstep.

Sound impossible? Think again.  The Federal Highway Administration issued a contract to Solar Roadways, brainchild of Idaho electrical engineer Scott Brusaw, to build the first ever solar Road Panel prototype in 2009. In 2011, a contract to build a solar parking lot was issued--with completion due this September

But a solar roadway can do much more than produce power--and the potential is enlightening.

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: BEFORE A FIRE REACHES YOUR HOME

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

East County Magazine “In - House Fire Chief”

June 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Don't assume that someone else has already called. Describe the location of the fire, speak slowly and clearly, and answer any questions asked by the dispatcher.

Here are additional tips to take to protect your home and your family: 

SDG&E ENERGIZES SUNRISE POWERLINK


117-mile, 500,000-volt transmission line improves electricity reliability, but increases concerns over fire safety for region

 June 21, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)  announced June 18 that it had completed and put into service Sunrise Powerlink, a 500,000-volt transmission line linking San Diego to Imperial Valley.  

“Putting the Sunrise Powerlink into service is the final milestone in a complex and challenging energy project that ranks among the largest and most significant in the history of San Diego Gas & Electric,” said Jessie J. Knight, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of SDG&E.

RAMONA VALLEY WINE REGION MAGAZINE GIVES LOCAL WINE AFICIONADOS PLENTY TO SAVOR

By Serena Scaglione 

June 20, 2012 (Ramona)—There are more than 60 wineries and vineyards (and counting!) within the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association. What better way to showcase Ramona—which was designated as an American Viticulture Area in 2006—as an up and coming wine region than through a new magazine designed to educate readers about award-winning wines and the people behind the process?  

AN OPENING RECEPTION FOR “NOWHERE” AT BIZ CENTER ART ON JUNE 23

June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art, the gallery in residence at the La Mesa Biz Center, 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, is holding an opening reception for Nowhere on June 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The reception will feature the artists and their art.  “Nowhere” is a small image show featuring works of art no larger than 12” x 14” and costing no more than $100.

WHAT’S NEW AT CELEBRITY-CHEF BRIAN MALARKY’S GINGHAM RESTAURANT

 

June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey is serving up some summer specials Gingham restaurant in La Mesa.  Dubbed the first “urban cowboy diner”, Gingham features weekly themed events and specials, fun for couples, friends and families including movies and dining deals. Also, in conjunction with the La Mesa Car Show, Gingham will be offering some to-go food that will be cooked on the grill out back, perfect for anyone who wants to grab a quick lunch and go back to the festivities.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
June 21, 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. 
  • White House threatens veto on GOP energy bill (The Hill)
  • U.S. trafficking report reports ‘modern slavery’ toll (BBC)
  • Biotech leader covered up animal deaths from GM corn (RSN)
  • Could the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling kill patient safety reforms? (Pro Publica)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership:  leaked  trade document reveals corporate interests favored over public interest (OB Rag) 
WORLD 
  • Ousted Egyptian leader Mubarak close to death (BBC)
  • Japanese authorities sat on data showing radiation spread (Reuters)
 
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