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DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: FREE & LOW-COST ENTERTAINMENT YEAR ROUND

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

November 23, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) - San Diego has excellent theater, and ticket prices are low enough (even free!) that everyone can enjoy great shows.

WHY WON’T REP. ANDERSON DISCLOSE CORRESPONDENCE WITH MAJOR DONORS?

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2009 – After learning of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) investigation into Assemblyman Joel Anderson 's finances and hearing that Anderson (R-Alpine) returned some $100,000 in donations of questionable legality, East County Magazine submitted a public records request to his office. We asked to see correspondence between Anderson, his staff, and major donors implicated in an alleged scheme to bypass campaign finance laws.

 

But our Assemblyman has concluded that the public should not see any corresponndence between his office and major donors implicated in his campaign finance scandal.

VAQUEROS HAVE BIG SECOND HALF, CORRAL WILDCATS 35-10 IN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

 

November 23, 2009 (Lakeside) – After an evenly played first half Friday night, the Vaqueros of El Capitan High School dominated the visiting Wildcats of Brawley High School in the second half en route to a 35-10 win.

 

This was the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs. El Capitan entered the game as an eighth seed, while Brawley was the ninth seed. 

 

NUTRACKER BALLET COMES TO EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER DEC. 4 & 5

November 23, 2009 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College Music Department‘s Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with San Diego Ballet, will present two special performances of The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The ballet will be presented at the 1,142-seat East County Performing Arts Center, 210 East Main St., in El Cajon.

EL CAJON DRUNK DRIVING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

 

November 23, 2009 (El Cajon) – The County Coroner's office has identified Cydil Deann Kohlmeyer, 35, as the young mother who died from injuries sustained when she was hit by a Dodge pickup truck.  Kohlmeyer was walking along Pepper Drive  in El Cajon November 21 at 11:20 a.m. when she was struck by an allegedly drunk driver who fled the scene but was later found by authorities.  The driver, Deborah Felix, 51, was hospitalized and will face multiple charges.

EDITORIAL: PARTICIPATION IN CENSUS 2010 INCREASES FUNDING, REPRESENTATION FOR OUR REGION

By Warren Savage, Executive Director, Santee Chamber of Commerce

The United States Census has been conducted every decade since 1790. This constitutionally mandated census is conducted to determine the number of persons living in the continental United States as well as its tributaries and territories. The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every ten years and is a count of everyone residing in the United States: all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. All residents must be counted. This includes people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and non-citizens.

 

In 2010, the U.S. Census will define who we are as a nation and a community. Taken every ten years, the census affects political representation and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding.

COUNTY RUNS OUT OF H1N1 FLU VACCINE

 

November 23, 2009 (San Diego) San Diego County Public Health Centers and Immunization Clinic have run out of flu vaccines.  When a new shipment is received, details will be announced at the County's H1N1 update page at:  http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/Portal/flu/H1N1vaccine.html.   Some private clinics, hospitals and medical offices have received their own shipments of vaccines; check with your medical provider on availability.

A PURR-FECT PAIR: INJURED CAT & KITTEN NEED NEW HOME--TOGETHER

Nov. 23, 2009 (El Cajon) -  The County animal shelter seeks a good home for Juliet and Sweet Pea, a cat and kitten that have formed an inseparable bond while being nursed back to health from injuries. 

AN INSPIRING PLACE TO BE THANKFUL: SACRED ROCKS RESERVE

Rural retreat to host Thanksgiving potluck feast--and soon, a writer’s retreat

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2009 – It's not Plymouth Rock--but it may be the most dramatic natural setting in San Diego County to celebrate your Thanksgiving. 

“When I saw this, I felt sure there were ceremonies here in ancient times,” said Sharon Courmousis, standing before a natural rock cathedral at Sacred Rocks Reserve in Boulevard. “I also felt a sense of sacred space.” Sharon and her husband, Dmitri, offer guests opportunities to nurture creative artistry, enjoy stargazing, stroll a labyrinth--and savor a Thanksgiving Day potluck amid a natural retreat complete with campground, cottages and a clubhouse for the feast.

THANKSGIVING FEASTS IN THE EAST

 

November 18, 2009 (San Diego's East County) - If you don't want to cook this Thanksgiving, you'll find an array of sumptuous holiday repasts in San Diego and East County.  Choose from an old-fashioned feast amid rustic rural charm, a football fan's favorite, a bountiful budget buffet, a potluck at an outdoor retreat, or a Thanksgiving Day jazz festival to liven up your holiday. 

WITNESS DOUBTS STORY OF TEEN WHO CONFESSED TO KILLING BORDER PATROL AGENT ROSAS

 

November 22, 2009 (Campo) – Christopher Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17, pled guilty in federal court Friday to charges of murdering Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas during a robbery. In court, he testified that he and others lured Rosas from his vehicle to rob him.  But Britt Craig, who heard the fatal shots and spoke with Rosas shortly before the Agent was killed, told East County Magazine that he does not believe that the story is plausible.

VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS: NUTCRACKER BALLET IN POWAY DEC. 12-13

November 22, 2009 (Poway) - California Ballet Company will present The Nutcracker, a holiday classic ballet performance at the Poway Performing Arts Center.  This is the longest running Nutcracker performance in San Diego and has been voted "Best Local Dance Performance" by Ranch & Coast Magazine in 2008.

SUSAN WEST FRIEDMAN, PEACE ACTIVIST WHO FOUGHT BLACKWATER BASE IN EAST COUNTY, IS REMEMBERED IN MEMORIAL SERVICE

November 22, 2009 – Susan West Friedman dedicated her life to fighting for civil rights, social justice, equality for all and the peace movement. She served on the board of directors for Activist San Diego, an organization headed by her husband, Martin Eder. But in East County, she is best known for her efforts to help halt Blackwater from opening a private military base in Potrero. Friedman, 59, died October 31 of a brain tumor. Yesterday, friends and admirers gathered for a memorial event to celebrate her life and honor her memory.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: DOES SAN DIEGO HAVE A SHERIFF ARPAIO?

 

LEFT HOOK COLUMN

By Walter Davis


Eugene Davidovich is a Navy veteran. His service connected health issues resulted in his doctor authorizing medical marijuana. Now, he faces four felony charges and the possibility of a long jail sentence.

 

According to Americans for Safe Access San Diego, the local District Attorney is aggressively pursuing users of Medical Marijuana in San Diego. Aggressive arrest tactics are reportedly in place despite state laws that make medical marijuana use legal and the recent federal guidelines that indicate federal authorities will not be pursuing charges against medical marijuana users in states where such use is legal.

FORUM REVEALS PLIGHT OF IMMIGRANTS FACING HOMELESSNESS IN REGION

 

By John Falchi

November 22, 2009 (San Diego) -- The Center for Social Advocacy (CSA), an El Cajon-based organization,  held its “Homeless in Our Community, Homeless at Our Border” awareness event at the San Diego Woman’s Club on November 6th. The program focused on a long-overlooked and growing epidemic of homelessness prevalent in the County, also recounting the haunting stories of real people facing desperate situations.

JULIAN MAN DIES IN CRASH ON 78

Rees Boynton Skinner, 53, of Julian died November 20th from injuries sustained in a collision between two pickup trucks. According to the County Coroner’s office, Skinner was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck that was struck by another, out-of-control truck on Highway 78 near Ramona.

JINGLE PAWS! WALK TO HELP ANIMAL SHELTER DEC. 5

 

November 21, 2009 (El Cajon – Bring your dog for the first annual “Jingle Paws” Walk for Pets on December 5th.

 

Sponsored by the El Cajon Animal Center for Education Services (ACES) and Camp Bow Wow, the event will raise funds for medical needs of the animals at the El Cajon Animal Shelter. Participants can also try out an agility course, walk a hay bale maze, visits Santa's Village, adopt a pet, and get a photo of your pet with Santa.

A NIGHT OF MERRYMAKING IN SANTEE

 

November 21, 2009 (Santee) – Thousands of area residents turned out at last night’s 7th annual community tree-lighting celebration at the Santee Trolley Square. For a single night, the shopping area transformed into a winter wonderland, offering horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating and live entertainment.

SIMPLE WISDOM: THANKSGIVING TIP

Do you have an easier time giving than receiving? At Thanksgiving attention typically turns to turkey (or tofu) and gratitude.

Paradoxically, giving thanks spotlights your ability to receive. The reason for this is that gratitude requires opening yourself to receiving. If you’re like many of us you may not always feel deserving. It’s easy to get caught thinking its better to give than get.

WOMAN ARRESTED IN LA MESA FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER; ALLEGEDLY STABBED BOYFRIEND WHILE CHILDREN OVERHEARD

 

November 21, 2009 (La Mesa) – Tomika Carey has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of her boyfriend, Sergeant Hanson at the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station has confirmed.

SHERIFF’S OFFICERS SHUT DOWN TRANSIENTS ENCAMPMENT IN LAKESIDE

CRITICS ASK WHY HOMELESS ARE TREATED LIKE CRIMINALS INSTEAD OF RECEIVING HELP

November 21, 2009 (Lakeside) The Santee COPPS Unit, Santee Sheriff Crime Prevention and 50 community service workers provided through Cal-Trans started a large scale clean up of transient encampments in open space southeast of Old Highway 80 and Pecan Park Drive in Lakeside on November 12th. Prior to the clean up, approximately 15 arrests had been made on and around the property.

MTS HOLDS PUBLIC MEETINGS OVER PLAN TO CUT SUNDAY BUS & TROLLEY SERVICE

November 21, 2009 (San Diego) -- Sales tax shortfalls and the improper elimination of State Transit Assistance funds are forcing the Metropolitan Transit System to reduce its expenses by more than $7 million. To preserve the network of weekday services and to impact as few riders as possible, MTS is proposing to substantially reduce service on Sundays. The Metropolitan Transit System hosts outreach at transit centers this weekend to notify the public of plans to reduce Sunday bus andt trolley services.

ACADEMIC LEAGUE #3: RESULTS AND FEATURED MATCH: GRANITE HILLS AT EL CAPITAN

 

November 18, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)

By Steve Haiman, co-coordinator

 

The moderator for today’s Grossmont Union-High School Academic League Match pitting the Granite Hills “Eagles” against the El Capitan “Vaqueros” was Valhalla math teacher extraordinaire Brian Andersen. He kept the match moving and in good order with a good sense of humor.

MEFDLY LARVAE FOUND IN FALLBROOK

 

November 20, 2009 (Fallbrook) -- A fruit stripping and cutting operation in Fallbrook has lead to the discovery of 68 Mediterranean fruit fly larvae.

MORE H1N1 VACCINES RECEIVED: INFANT GIRL IS LATEST FATALITY

 

November 20, 2009 (San Diego) -- The County’s six Public Health Centers and one immunization clinic have each received 200 additional doses of injectable H1N1 vaccine.

 

The limited vaccine is prioritized for use in the CDC priority groups of: children and young adults four to 24 years old; adults 25 to 64 years old with chronic medical conditions; household contacts of infants less than 6 months old; and health care workers. The vaccine will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Select clinics also have adult preservative-free vaccine available for pregnant women.

CIF FOOTBALL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS

(SAN DIEGO) - The following is a list football playoff pairings for CIF San Diego Section. We will update it with each round of the playoffs.

 

The team’s seeding, name and overall win-loss record are shown for each team. The top four teams in each division get a first round bye.

SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL GIRL STALKED BY MAN IN DARK BLUE MINIVAN

 

November 20, 2009 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s Department has released the following information about a report of a man who tried to pick up a Spring Valley school girl and told her he had been watching her and her sisters. According to the police report, on November 18th around 8:53 a.m., the girl was walking to school near Apple Street and Paraiso Avenue when she was approached by a Hispanic male adult in a late model dark blue minivan.

ARREST MADE IN ROBBERY OF SPRING VALLEY LIQUOR STORE

November 20, 2009 (Spring Valley) – Joshua Kimble, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of robbing the La Presa Liquor Store at 9410 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley on November 18. At 11:33 a.m., deputies responded to an armed robbery call, where the suspect reportedly brandished a pistol and was last seen on foot in an unknown direction.

4 SAN DIEGO CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES VOTE TO INVEST IN FIREFIGHTING GRANTS TO BOOST FIRE PROTECTION; ISSA VOTES NO

 

November 18, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The Fire Grants Reauthorization Act passed by a 395-31 vote in the House of Representatives today, providing local firefighters with tools and resources to prevent and fight fires, enhancing community safety. At a time when many cities face budget shortfalls and cuts to basic services, the Act invests in programs that allow local fire departments to provide training, purchase equipment and vehicles, and hire personnel.

 

Among San Diego’s Congressional delegation, Republicans Duncan Hunter and Brian Bilbray voted yes, along with Democrats Bob Filner and Susan Davis, while Republican Darrell Issa voted no.

WHOOPING COUGH CASES MORE THAN DOUBLE THIS YEAR COUNTYWIDE; CHULA VISTA STUDENT IS LATEST DIAGNOSED

 

November 18, 2009 (Chula Vista) - A five-year-old student who attends John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista Elementary School Districthas been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reports today. The student was up-to-date on immunizations.

There have been 123 cases of whooping cough in San Diego County this year. In 2008, there were 51.

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