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EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE RADIO SHOWS FOR AUGUST ARE POSTED: LISTEN NOW!

 

August 31, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Podcasts of our August radio show broadcasts are now posted online -- so you can listen to shows you missed them on the airways.  Click "read more" below  to open and then scroll down for  links to each show with a lineup of  guests.

Our show schedule has changed. It now runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and repeats on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM.  If you can’t hear the signal, you can listen live at www.knsj.org or click “read more” below and scroll down to hear podcasts of past shows.  We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future shows!

THE HEART OF MT. HELIX SEPTEMBER 15

 

 
September 13, 2012 (La Mesa) -- East County’s most recognizable landmark, the memorial cross and historic amphitheater atop Mt.Helix, will be the site of the Fifth Annual HeART of Mt. Helix. The event will be held on September 15 from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm and will feature vignettes by local performing and visual artists. 

HEALTHY EATING ON A TIGHT BUDGET

September 8, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Food is expensive, but preparing your own meals can be healthier and less expensive than eating out. Get ideas on how to eat healthy meals on a budget, including:

2012 KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 22: FREE HEALTH CARE SCREENINGS FOR 1,000 CHILDREN UNDER AGE 12 IN LA MESA

 


September 1, 2012 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa have jointly announced that Saturday, Sept. 22 will be the date for the 2012 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event featuring free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be the 11th annual Kids Care Fest event. The public is invited to attend.


ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS FILE FORMAL PROTESTS OVER FEDERAL PLAN TO EXPEDITE DESERT SOLAR PROJECTS IN 6 WESTERN STATES

 By Miriam Raftery

September 1, 2012 (San Diego)—Seeking to prevent massive and  irreversible environmental damage, numerous environmental groups have filed formal protests against the  Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States.  

“We want the public to know that several conservation groups are not planning to go down easily on the Interior Department’s plan to destroy up to 20 million acres of southwest deserts, not even including the wind projects,” Terry Weiner of the Desert Protective Council i(DPC) in San Diego told ECM.  DPC is a co-founder of Solar Done Right, one of the environmental groups that filed a protest.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

September 6, 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/REGIONAL

  • La Mesa-Spring Valley schools face cuts of $12.5 million  if tax vote fails (La Mesa Patch)
  • Wages in San Diego not rising fast enough (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa City Council Candidates (La Mesa Courier)
  • 10 privatization fact checks (Voice of San Diego)
  • 21 homes red-tagged: What to expect from classic Brawley earthquake swarm  (NBC)
  • Recruiting allegations haunt Helix, defending state football champions (Mt. Helix Patch.com)

STATE

  • California jobs picture brightens (Sacramento Bee)
  • Gov. Brown promotes Prop 30, warns of devastating cuts to education if it fails (Santee Patch)
  • Most tax deals die as GOP stands united (UT San Diego)
  • Self-driving cars approved by California legislature (CNBC)
  • California way behind Germany in solar development (KCET)
  • Three races could tip the balance of power in state Legislature (Sacramento Bee)
  • U.S. Chamber launches ad attacking California budget, economy (Sacramento Bee)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

SYCUAN TO HOST 23rd ANNUAL POW-WOW SEPT. 7-9


August 24, 2012 (El Cajon)—Native Americans from across the nation will convene September 7 -9 at the Sycuan reservation for the 23rd annual Sycuan Pow-wow. 

More than $125,000 in prize money will be awarded for top participants in bird singing and dancing and a drum/singing contest.  Native American arts and crafts will be available for purchase, as well as food.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity to learn more about Native American culture and heritage. 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

September 6, 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.

        GENERAL NEWS

  • The way ahead: U.S. hands of war to Afghan troops (UT San Diego)
  • Sorry savers, interest rates set record lows (ABC News)
  • Federal  Reserve audit finds $16 trillion in secret loans  (Senator Bernie Sanders, author of amendment requiring the audit)
  • Residents impacted by Isaac return home (CBS News)
  • National Conference of American Indians opposes Dept. of Interior fast-tracking on renewable energy projects near Colorado River
  • Are small businesses being heard this election year? (Entrepreneur)
  • Dumped by home insurance after a disaster?  (BankRate.com)
  • VA phone calls won’t solve massive problems (The Reno dispatch)

        PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

WORLD

  • More than 100,000 Syrians flee in one month (CNN)
  • 7.6 quake in Philippines triggers tsunami alert (CNBC)
  • Syrian rebels hit back at Assad’s air power (Reuters)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

“HONKY TONK KINGS” AT THE GRAND LADIES OF THE OLD WEST DANCE SEPTEMBER 8

 


September 5, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Grand Ladies of the Old West host their annual dance on September 8 at the VFW Hall, Post 5867, 12650 Lindo Lake Lane, Lakeside from 6:00-11:00 p.m.  The “Honky Tonk Kings” will provide live entertainment at the event, which also features dancing, raffles, food and drinks.


The cost is $15 per person or $25 for a couple.  The event will benefit the 2012 donation to “Project Safehouse and Big Sisters League”. 


BALLOT PROPOSITIONS ON AGENDA SEPT. 20

 

August 31, 2012 (El Cajon)--California State Ballot Propositions 30 through 40 will be discussed at the East County Democratic Club Meeting on at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. 

The main speaker will be Eric Banks, immediate past-president of SEIU Local 221, who will be addressing issues embedded in Proposition 32, focusing on the questionable issue of "paycheck protection" and sharing information about his public employee union.  Diane Cates, a new member of the SEIU Executive Board will be in attendance and adding her insights.  ECDC President John Martes and his wife Gloria will be presenting information about the other propositions.  Also local Propositions C,D,G,and V, which are bond issues for public education, will  be addressed. 

AN ILL-WIND BLOWS IN OCOTILLO: HANGING THE TOWN OUT TO DRY



by Terry Weiner


August 31, 2012 (San Diego)--Ocotillo California is an apron of desert fanning out broadly from the base of the  rugged Jacumba and Inkopah Mountains, ninety miles east of San Diego and 60 miles west from Yuma Arizona. After winding down 16 miles of Interstate 8 from the agricultural town of Jacumba at 3,000 ft. to the desert floor at 500 ft., you will be treated to a view of a spectacular and relatively uncluttered Colorado Desert landscape. On a rare clear day, you can see the blue of the Salton Sea about 40 miles away. Mexico is just south on the other side of the Jacumba Mountains.

WRITER'S CALENDAR, NEWS AND LITERARY EVENTS

 
 
 
September 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- News and Calendar Items for San Diego County Book Lovers August 22 October 28, 2012
SEPTEMBER
September 4 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) —  Warwick's will host writer and entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau, who will discuss and sign his book The $100 Startup. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed the book must be purchased from Warwick's.

TIJUANA INNOVADORA 2012 CONFERENCE KICK OFF BEGINS

September 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 30-day countdown has begun for the largest innovation conference this year: Tijuana Innovadora. This event is unlike any other event in the U.S. or Mexico in the range of renowned speakers and the variety of cultural events. Nearly 700,000 people attended the last time the conference was held. San Diegans are invited to attend this celebration of innovation and culture close to home. Mayors Sanders and Bustamante are celebrating their cities' historic cooperation to promote Tijuana Innovadora. Community groups  on both sides of the border have been invited to promote the upcoming conference. 

SAN DIEGO DELEGATES HEAD TO NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

 
Local "Watch Parties" Planned at Democratic Campaign Offices
September 1, 2012 (San Diego)--San Diego County's sole representative on the Democratic National Committee, Jess Durfee, has left for Charlotte, North Carolina, for a week of DNC business meetings and speeches culminating in President Barack Obama's formal acceptance of the Democratic Party's presidential nomination next Thursday night.

PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: STORM OVER HEAD

 
By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve
 
September 1,2012 (Boulevard)--Do you remember your last storm? Those who live in the mountains get to experience the power of nature up close, sometimes too close. As clouds build from the vast openness of the sky, turn ever darker, the lightening begins touching the earth randomly. Thunder pounds us with larger and deeper sounds than any other thing in nature. Clouds darken the sky as I await the storm. The smell of rain is in the air. Birds flap and flutter and prepare to run for cover. The dusty leaves of sage and Manzanita seem to open wider as if inviting a cool drink, sensing the coming rain.

EARTHTALK®: SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE OPTIONS

 
E - The Environmental Magazine
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss
 
September 1, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: Are there certain brands or retail stores where sustainable furniture options can be had? And what should I look for when shopping for greener furniture?  -- W. Cary, Trenton, NJ

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CRACKDOWN CONTINUES

 
August 31, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is continuing its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign this Labor Day weekend. Deputies and officers from the CHP and 14 other law enforcement agencies will conduct extra patrols and DUI/Driver License Checkpoints.
 
August 31 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Encinitas, Santee and Poway
September 1 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Imperial Beach
September 2 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Santee (AVOID)

MR. COFFEE SINGLE CUP BREWERS RECALLED DUE TO BURN HAZARD

 

August 31, 2012 (San Diego) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Sunbeam Products Inc., announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

SANTEE CANDIDATE FORUM SEPTEMBER 18

August 31, 2012 (Santee) -- The League of Women Voters will be moderating a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, September 18 at the Santee City Hall, Room 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with refreshments served after the forum.

It will be held in the City's Event Hall, Building 7 of the City Complex at 10601 N. Magnolia in Santee.

DEATH OF A PIONEER: PEARL "SUSIE" JOHNSON HOLADAY DEAD AT 95

By Helen Ofield, President Lemon Grove Historical Society

August 31, 2012 (Lemon Grove)--The last living link with Lemon Grove's pioneer past died at midday on Aug. 29 in her Lemon Grove home of congestive heart failure. Pearl Johnson Holaday -- better known by her favorite nickname Susie -- was born and raised in Lemon Grove. With her at the last were her daughter, Maxine McWilliams, and her son, Bob Holaday, and San Diego Hospice.

LOCAL LABOR AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS REACT TO ROMNEY'S NOMINATION

By Nadin Abbott

August 30, 2012 (Rancho Bernardo)-- At a gathering today in Rancho Bernardo outside the Republican party’s county headquarters, members of labor and the Democratic Party reacted to the Romney\Ryan ticket.

Lorena Gonzales, Secretary-Treasurer CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued a statement which read: “In President Obama's first term, we've seen 4.5 million new private sector jobs, more than one million jobs saved in the auto industry alone, and tax cuts for 95% of working families. And tonight, we'll listen to Mitt Romney accept his party's nomination as the standard bearer for a plan to dismantle Medicare, destroy Social Security, and hand out more tax breaks to corporations and millionaires.”

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT'S WRONG: WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS

 

From the U.S. Department of Labor

August 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – What are your rights if you observe safety hazards or certain other wrongdoing at your workplace? 

This Labor Day, learn how you can help protect coworkers or the public from dangerous conditions and key illegal activities—and be protected under federal and state whistleblower laws. 

ROMNEY ACCEPTS GOP NOMINATION, PLEDGES “BETTER FUTURE” FOR AMERICA

 

Ryan speech draws media criticism for factual errors

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2012 (Tampa) -- "I am running for president to help create a better future,” Mitt Romney declared, accepting his party’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention.  (View speech:  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7419730n&tag=mg;mostpopvideo )

 Delayed a day by Hurricane Isaac,  the convention concluded with Romney assailing President Barack Obama on everything from the economy to global warming policy, then pledging to focus on jobs and family if elected. 

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS SPEAKS OUT ON THREATS TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

August 30, 2012 (San Diego) – On the 92nd anniversary of women winning the right to vote, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) gave an impassioned speech warning about threats to women’s hard-won rights.

“I don’t think any of us would have thought that we’d be fighting the kind of extremist legislation that we’ve seen in the last two years,” she said.  View video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzyDO6l9VJU&feature=em-share_video_user

 

Davis, a former League of Women Voters president, spoke of efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress and presidential/vice presidential candidates to redefine rape, weaken the Violence Against Women Act, defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to birth control, and prevent military rape victims from obtaining abortions. 

She also denounced voter suppression efforts, which she called “chilling.”  

 

 

BODY OF MAN DROWNED IN EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR RECOVERED

 

August 30, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Authorities have recovered the body of Milt Eisen, 41, who drowned August 26 in the El Capitan Reservoir. 

Eisen, manager of the El Cajon Kia dealership, reportedly jumped from a boat into El Capitan reservoir to cool off but was unable to make his way back to the boat. Divers searched the 197-foot-deep for multiple days in conjunction with several agencies.

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DEMOCRATS OPEN CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN EAST COUNTY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
August 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Congresswoman Susan Davis and Congressman/Mayoral candidate Bob Filner were among the many candidates on hand last weekend for the grand opening of a Democratic Party campaign headquarters at 7839 University Ave., Suite 106, La Mesa.
 
County Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee spoke of “fulfilling a promise” to help Democrats in East County.  While much of East County remains solidly “red”, redistricting has shifted many communities in East County into Democratic districts and voter registration is increasingly favoring Democrats in some areas that have long been considered Republican strongholds. 

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN ANNOUNCES FALL & WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR

August 30, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2012 Fall/Winter calendar of classes and events. Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. Classes are taught by professionals, with offerings for both adults and children. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To enroll call 619-660-0614 x 10. Below are descriptions of upcoming offerings on everything from landscape design basics to raising urban chickens.

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