July 2012 Articles
July 25, 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:
- Justice Department to challenge states’ voting rights laws (Washington Post)
- A political chill for charities? (Jewish World Review)
- Mood turns somber for Democrats in 2014 race for Senate control (The Hill)
- Trayvon Martin's parents lead protests over Zimmerman verdict (Reuters)
- George Zimmerman Saves Family of Four From Car Wreck (Reason)
- Transparency Fail (Reason)
- Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines (NPR)
- Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out (Reuters)
- Al Qaeda growing, but less focused on US, study finds (CS Monitor)
- Crippled Japanese nuclear plant leaking radiation into sea (NBC/AP)
- Polio Eradication Suffers A Setback As Somali Outbreak Worsens (NPR)
- Taliban-style edict for women spreads alarm in Afghan district (Reuters)
- 20 cars torched near Paris after veil tensions (U-T San Diego)
- Iran denies missing World Bank payments, blames sanctions (Reuters)
- Israel to free Palestinian prisoners for peace talks: minister (Reuters)
- EU blacklists Hezbollah - sort of (CS Monitor)
- Pope Francis speaks against drug liberalization (U-T San Diego)
- Report: Yemeni Journalist Who Obama Reportedly Helped Keep Behind Bars Is Now Free (Reason)
- China indicts ex-politician Bo Xilai for graft (U-T San Diego)
- Spain train derailment scene deemed 'Dante-esque' by official (CS Monitor)
- .Russia's top lawyers sound alarm about government abuse of the Constitution (CS Monitor)
- Which Nations Hate The U.S.? Often Those Receiving U.S. Aid (NPR)
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August 30, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians will celebrate Native American culture and traditions at the 42nd annual Barona Powwow this weekend. The festivities begin on August 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and continue on September 1 & 2 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Barona Baseball Field, 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside.
Since its inception in 1970, the tribal celebration has grown into a 3 day event featuring traditional tribal dances, singing and music, a hand drum contest, authentic Native American food and handcrafted arts and jewelry. More than 200 dancers from across the country will compete for more than $60,000 in cash prizes.
August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – ArtsNFashion Magazine presents “Welcome to Ramallah”, a play by Sonja Linden and Adah Kay at Swedenborgh Hall, 4144 Campus Avenue, San Diego on Fridays and Saturdays from September 7 through 30 at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturdays.
The play tells the tale of a Palestinian man, Daoud, in love with a Jewish woman, Mara. Together they are trapped in an apartment in Ramallah in the West Bank, along with his uncle and her sister. They are forced to confront the painful history of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.
August 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- Little Saigon Foundation presents San Diego Lantern Festival 2012 August 17- 19 at Hoover High School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. The event is from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The multicultural event features a display of 6,000 lanterns and brings neighbors, businesses and community groups together.
The event includes carnival rides and games, a kids talent contest, Chinese chess competitions, Lion dance and martial arts performances and more. The 2nd annual Miss Asia San Diego Pageant will also be held.
July 29, 2012 (Campo) – The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is celebrating the 100 th birthday of Southern Pacific Co. Steam Locomotive & Tender #2353 that was built in 1912 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia that was featured in the movie “Pearl Harbor”. The event is August 11 at the Museum, State Route 94 and Forrest Gate Road, Campo, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and birthday cake will be available.
August 2, 2012 (La Mesa)—For the second weekend in a row, La Mesa residents will experience a scheduled power outage, SDG&E has announced. The power will go out at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 4 and is expected to last up to five hours.
August 2, 2012 (Washington D.C.) Effective August 1, 47 million women across America have access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday.
The new benefits range from wellness checkups to domestic violence screenings, birth control, and free screenings for HIV (the AIDS virus), sexually-transmitted diseases, and gestational diabetes. The benefits are required to be covered free under many, though not all, healthcare plans.
Report provided by Sam Giovanna, East County Magazine’s in-house fire chief
August 1, 2012 (San Diego) – A brush fire burning in Murrieta near the San Diego County border at La Cresta/Camp Pendleton has charred 400 acres. As of 9 p.m., the blaze in 50% contained. Smoke drift is visible in northern San Diego County.
Cause of the fire was motorized equipment used to clear brush, Cal Fire investigators have found.
By Miriam Raftery
July 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s one of our region’s best-kept secrets. The Back Country Winemaking Tour, which swiftly sells out each year, is a great way to meet local vintners and savor the fruits of their labors—all with a designated driver aboard an air-conditioned bus.
This year’s tour rolled into four diverse wineries in Ramona and Warner Springs, where participants sipped, savored, and partied their way across the sun-drenched countryside in East County.
August 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--As El Cajon celebrates 100 years as a City, some may wonder how the City came to be, who were the early settlers, and what life was like 100 years ago?
As part of the Centennial Celebration, the City, the downtown El Cajon Library and the El Cajon Historical Society will present an exciting series of historical speakers. “Journey to our Historical Past,” will feature a variety of historians sharing their stories on the first and third Thursday of the month beginning August 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at El Cajon library, 201 East Douglas Avenue. The schedule is as follows:
July 31, 2012 (San Diego) -- Andiamo! Ristorante Italiano is offering a night of Peruvian cuisine on August 11, beginning at 5 p.m. at 5950 Santo Road in Tierrasanta. The evening will include live music from the coast of Peru as interpreted by singer Miguel Angel and accompanied by Angelo Salazar on acoustic guitar and Richard Gomez on cajon (Peuovian box).
July 31, 2012 (Jamul) -- Reno’s Pub & Grub is hosting its 2nd Annual “Summer in Jamul” Party August 18, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 14019 Campo Rd., Jamul. The afternoon will include music and craft booths on the patio. Featured food will be Ivan’s “Smoking Hole” BBQ, burgers and more. Beer and wine will be available.
For more information call 619-303-0127 or visit www.renospubandgrub.com.
July 31, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is holding social media workshops in August at Willowbrook Golf Course, 11905 Riverside Dr., Lakeside. Each workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The workshop schedule is as follows:
August 10 – Facebook
August 17 – LinkedIn
August 24 – Twitter
By Miriam Raftery
July 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – With County Supervisors poised to consider approval of Tule Wind and a wind ordinance that could open much of fire-prone East County to wind energy development, a wildland fire that started at a wind turbine facility in Riverside County last month provides fuel for opponents concerned about fire risks posed by industrial-scale wind projects.
“The fire started with the windmill itself,” Captain Greg Ewing with Cal Fire/Riverside Fire Department informed ECM today.
Despite extensive area cleared around the base of each turbine, Ewing said, the blaze still spread into a wildland fire that swiftly engulfed 367 acres. If not for prompt reporting by a witness, it could have been far worse.
The camp will feature instruction on fundamental skills, group and individual contests and three-on-three tournaments, along with life lessons about sportsmanship, communication and goal setting. Cost is $75 per camper, which includes t-shirt, contest prizes and giveaways.
July 31, 2012 (San Diego) -- Want to help save lives? Can you create an app? The County of San Diego has been selected as one of four communities nationwide to help launch a mobile app development challenge to help prevent a million heart attacks and strokes as part of the Million Hearts initiative. The County is gaining a reputation as a leader in health innovation with the county’s Live Well, San Diego! 10-year plan to build a healthy, safe and thriving community.
July 30, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police and San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson unit are investigating a suspicious device at 5800 Clay Avenue near Amarillo in La Mesa, Incident Page Network reported at 10:46 p.m.
A flash flood warning will expire at 6pm for east central San Diego county. Earlier at 4:24pm national weather service doopler radar indicated heavy rain producing flash flooding, with one hour rainfall rates between 1.5 and 3 inches. CHP reported roadway flooding in Ocotillo Wells.
July 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through 10 p.m. tonight for San Diego County mountains and deserts. Up to 2 inches of rain is expected for mid-afternoon, along with thunderstorms. The flash flood potential is moderate to high.
July 30, 2012 (Alpine) -- Alpine business owners have been invited to a meeting tonight, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center Oak Room, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine, to discuss possible litigation. A letter from the law firm of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP in San Diego states that Alpine business owners "may have a claim against San Diego Gas & Electric Company for business losses resulting from construction of the Sunrise Powerlink.
The law firm will discuss a potential class action lawsuit and advise business owners on the legal time limits for filing legal action to pursue their rights.
By Charlotte Reed, Realtor, SRES, CRS