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SHOP, DINE, & GOODSHOP/GOODDINING WILL DONATE TO EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE & VIEJAS WILDFIRE ALERTS

 

Our nonprofit receives a donation when you shop at major retailers, dine at local restaurants, or search the Internet--and you save money too!

GoodShop, GoodSearch, and GoodDining have formed a partnership with East County Magazine and Viejas Wildfire Alerts to donate a generous percentage of purchases made at over 2,800 major national retailers, plus up to 6% at local restaurants to benefit our nonprofit.  Scroll down to find out how to help - it's easy, free, and you can get discounts! Get started at www.goodshop.com, www.goodsearch.com, and www.gooddining.com and designate East County Magazine or Viejas Wildfire - Emergency Alerts.

KPBS HONORS NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN AS LOCAL HEROES

 

By Leon Thompson

November is the 2013 American Indian heritage month and Union Bank and KPBS have honored two very special Native American women with Local Heroes awards: Jane Dumas, an elder with the Jamul band of Kumeyaay Indians, and San Diego State University's Rose Margaret Orrantia.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

November 14, 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:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

MISSION HONORED, DREAM ACHIEVED: ALPINE VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION NOVEMBER 11

 

 

November 8, 2011 (Alpine) -- On Monday, November 11th, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., a ceremony will be held at the Alpine Wall of Honor (next to Alpine's Community Center) to celebrate the addition of an additional row of heroes and remember all of the great men and women on the Wall of Honor who have served our country or are currently serving.

VFW Post 9578 will be providing our Color Guard, and Peter Hastings will perform some patriotic songs.

After the ceremony, the VFW will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs at the Post and is inviting all who are interested to continue the day's celebration.

REPORT: TOUGH TIMES FOR U.S. WINTER TOURISM INDUSTRY IF CLIMATE CHANGE GOES UNADDRESSED

$1 Billion Loss Experienced By Winter Sports Industry, Future Impacts Could be Larger; Consequences for states including CA listed

December 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County)– A new economic analysis details how the $12.2 billion winter tourism industry spread out across 38 states has experienced an estimated $1 billion loss and up to 27,000 fewer jobs over the last decade due to diminished snow fall patterns and the resulting changes in the outdoor habits of Americans, according to the new study prepared for the nonprofit groups Protect Our Winters (POW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Potentially, diminished snowfall could have impacts here in San Diego, where mountain areas such as Julian, Mount Laguna, Cuyamaca and Palomar Mountain thrive on tourism during the winter months.

THE “PEOPLE’’S MAYOR” TAKES OFFICE

“We’re going to see that every community has power.” – Bob Filner

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2012 (San Diego) – From day one in his administration, Bob Filner has made clear that it won’t be business as usual for the city’s powerbrokers. To emphasize that point, he hosted not one, but a series of inaugural parties including celebrations in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  One such festive event took place last night at the Jacob Center in the Euclid area of east San Diego.

“We’re going to see that every community has power, “ Mayor  Filner, wearing a Hawaiian lei, told an enthusiastic and ethnically diverse crowd. He pledged to include faces from the Latino, African-American and Asian communities working in his mayoral office and city bureaucracy through appointments to the boards and commissions that “do the work of the city.”

DEBRA L. REED NAMED CHAIRMAN OF SEMPRA ENERGY

December 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The board of directors of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced last month that CEO Debra L. Reed has been elected chairman of the company.

Effective Dec. 1, Reed will succeed Donald E. Felsinger, 65, who retired at the end of November after a 40-year career with the company.  Reed was named Sempra Energy’s CEO in June of last year.

SABOTAGE SUSPECTED AT SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Despite disturbing finding, Edison seeks to restart trouble-prone nuclear facility

Hearing Nov. 30 in Laguna Hills as nine cities voice concerns over safety issues

By Miriam Raftery

November 30, 2012 (San Diego)—Southern California Edison has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of possible sabotage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating facility, after finding coolant poured in the oil reservoir of an emergency backup generator at Unit 3, Energy News reports.

The FBI is taking over the investigation and criminal charges are possible, according to a plant employee who spoke under condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals, Huffington Post reported yesterday. The NRC has confirmed that Edison reported potential sabotage,Energy News reported.

"The FBI is aware of the alleged security incident that occurred at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating (SONGS) Station.  The FBI is presently reviewing the facts and circumstances concerning this incident," Special agent Darrell Foxworth with the FBI told ECM. "At this time there is no indication that this incident is terrorism related."

Previous news stories have speculated that a disgruntled employee could be the culprit due to recent layoff announcements.

Failure of emergency generators at Fukushima were key factors in that plant’s meltdown last year.  A meltdown at San Onofre would force evacuation of San Diego, portions of East County and also parts of Orange and Riverside counties and could potentially leave the region contaminated for generations.

ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE FEATURES FREE CONCERTS IN DECEMBER

December 1, 2012 (San Diego) – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in December with concerts taking place throughout the month.  The series offers a variety of some of San Diego’s very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers.  The concerts are all free to the community.

TWO EAST COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS WIN "FARM TO SCHOOL" GRANTS

November 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Julian Union School District and Lemon Grove School District are among six California school districts and a community organization that have collectively won nearly $336,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grants.

The funding is designed to help students understand the food they eat in school cafeterias often comes from local farms.  

LAKESIDE CHAMBER’S 14TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS IS DEC. 1

November 29, 2012 (Lakeside) – Lakeside Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Ave. is December 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The lighting of the community Christmas tree will highlight the event.  Santa will be in attendance for photo opportunities as well.

The event will feature local school performances, kid activities, jumpy jumps, rides and crafters booths.  The event is free to attend.

SENATORS ANDERSON AND YEE CALL FOR DISCLOSURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS USED FOR CSU CHANCELLOR'S LEGISLATIVE REPORT CARD

Bipartisan opposition to Chancellor’s "waste of tax dollars"

November 30, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--Senators Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) have sent a letter to Robert Linscheid, Chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees, regarding what they call the gross misuse of state tax dollars to develop and distribute a 2011-12 Legislative Report Card of the administration’s top priorities, which included advocating for pay raises for top executives.

The legislators’ letter asks Linscheid to account for the spending on the report card and asks who approved the expenditure of tax funds.

HISTORY COMES ALIVE WITH SAN PASQUAL BATTLE REENACTMENT DEC. 2

November 29, 2012 (Escondido) – The 2012 San Pasqual Battle Day will be held on December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a flag-raising at 10 a.m.  The Battle re-enactments will be at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Other activities will include craft demonstrations, period music & dancing, children’s activities and a military equipment.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

The free event is cosponsored by the California State Parks and the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association (SPBVA) and is located at the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido.

KUMEYAAY PLANT LORE AND USES TOUR DEC. 1

November 29, 2012 (El Cajon) – A Native Plant Garden Tour will take place in the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon on December 1 at 10:30 a.m.  The Native Plant tour, guided by Garden Docent, Jan Tubiolo, explores the lifestyle of the Kumeyaay Indians in southern California and the tremendous role native plants played in every aspect of their lives.

SHOPPING FOR SMILES: VIEJAS FIREFIGHTERS ROLL OUT BIKES FOR NEEDY KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2012 (La Mesa) – Viejas firefighters, clad in uniforms, Santa hats and reindeer antlers, rolled into action at Target in Grossmont Center today to stock up on toys for needy local children.  More than 80 Viejas tribal government staffers donated funds to purchase 30  bicycles. 

“We’re here because we want to bring a little bit of joy to some kids who may need that,” Viejas Tribal Chairman Anthony Pico told ECM.  “We know what it’s like to be poverty stricken and perhaps to have Christmas with no gift.  It means so much more when you know where you’ve come from and where you’re going.”  He smiled, adding with a Santa-like twinkle in his eye, “These are some of the most fun times of the year.”

JUDGE DENIES TRIAL DATE FOR 2007 WILDFIRE VICTIMS

By Nadin Abbott

November 29, 2012 (San Diego)--Today lawyers representing residents burned out by the 2007 Witch Creek, Rice and Guejito wildfires and attorneys for defendant San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) came before Superior Court Judge Richard E. L. Strauss in San Diego Superior Court to plead for victims who don't wish to settle to be given a trial date.

This is one of the most complex tort cases in recent San Diego history.  It stemmed from the Witch Creek fire, which burned 197,990 acres and  destroyed 1,124 homes. Although the California Public Utilities Commission has found that SDG&E lines caused these fires, many wildfire victims have yet to receive a penny in compensation five years after their homes and lives were destroyed. Some remain in trailers or other temporary housing five years after the fires.

CHOCOLATE AND CORN FLOUR: HISTORY, RACE, AND PLACE IN THE MAKING OF "BLACK" MEXICO

by Laura A. Lewis (Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2012, 370 pages)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

November 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Before reading Chocolate and Corn Flour, I did not know that there was such a thing as a "Black" Mexico.” Having lived in Tijuana, Mexico for a number of years and visited a number of Mexican cities, such as Cancun and Rosarito Beach, this book comes as a revelation to me.

DEA SCAM ALERT -- EXTORTION SCHEME PREYS ON THOSE BUYING DRUGS ONLINE OR BY PHONE

November 29, 2012 (San Diego)--The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warns the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel. This criminal activity continues despite significant public attention to the illicit scheme. DEA offices nationwide regularly get calls from citizens victimized by this extortion effort.

The criminals call the victims (who in most cases purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials. The impersonators inform victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine.  

ELDERLY LAKE MURRAY MAN INJURED IN DAYLIGHT HOME INVASION ROBBERY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

November 29, 2012 (Lake Murray) – San Diego Police officers apprehended an adult and a juvenile suspected of beating an elderly resident with a pry bar after forcing their way into his home in the 8400 block of Harwell Drive in the Lake Murray area yesterday afternoon in broad daylight.

The victim suffered a serious head injury and injuries to his arms while trying to defend himself, said Watch Commander Dan Lasher.

GIFTS FROM THE EAST: 2012 HOLIDAY SHOPPING IDEAS FOR UNIQUE GIFTS MADE IN EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --  Looking to support our local economy while choosing special holiday gifts? We’ve scoured East County to find truly unique gifts made and sold locally. What could be finer than to receive an alpaca sweater spun and woven with locally grown wool? Or a hand-stitched quilt, locally crafted jewelry  or a delectable freshly baked dessert? Perhaps your gift recipients would savor local wines grown in the Old World style, camel milk soaps scented with frankincense and myrrh, or intricately hand-beaded  pottery.

Search no more! You’ll find all of these delightful items and more in our “Gifts from the East: 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide” below:

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

November 28, 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

STATE

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE’S WINTER WONDER JAM A HOLIDAY TREAT AND A CHANCE TO GIVE

November 28, 2012 (El Cajon)--Like the incessant sounds of a metronome, the clock is ticking for music students working behind the scenes on the Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s answer to Lollapalooza -- set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in the performing arts theater.

Open to the public, the event will showcase five local bands rocking at the Rancho San Diego college from 7-10 p.m. This year, students in the college’s Music Industry Studies Program came up with the idea of a toy and food drive for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and the campus food bank for needy students with families.

James Block/Cuyamaca College photograph
Curt Owen, with bassist Gabriel Fleming, performs in the
2011 Winter Wonder Jam music festival at Cuyamaca College.

Rep. Susan Davis Announces Constituent Lottery for Presidential Inauguration

November 28, 2012 (San Diego)--Congresswoman Susan Davis announced a lottery for tickets to the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013. Davis will randomly select inauguration tickets for constituents of the new 53rd Congressional District.

“Some lucky constituents will have a chance to be a part of history!” said Davis. “During inaugurations, Americans come together to celebrate our enduring democracy. Holding a lottery gives everyone who wants a ticket a fair chance.”

STORM TO BRING 10-FOOT WAVES TO SAN DIEGO

November 27, 2012 (San Diego)- A storm brewing over the northeast Pacific is expected to bring powerful swells and waves up to 10 feet high to San Diego’s coast this week, with the biggest breakers expected on Friday.  But dudes, don’t grab those surfboards and head west--according to the National Weather Service, “very strong rip currents will make for dangerous swimming conditions.” 

SOLDIER SEEKS BLANKETS FOR AFGHAN WOMEN STUDENTS

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2012 (La Mesa)—ECM writer Kristin Kjaero has asked us to post a request from a friend stationed in Afghanistan with the Army Corps of Engineers.  He seeks donations of twin-sized blankets for 300 female students.  Below is his letter, which tells their remarkable story.

Please read it, and consider donating new or second-hand blankets to bring some much-needed comforts to these courageous and determined young women.

37TH ANNUAL EAST COUNTY TOY AND FOOD DRIVE DEC. 5

November 27, 2012 (Alpine) – The 37th Annual East County Toy and Food Drive is December 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Viejas DreamCatcher Lounge, Viejas Casino, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine.  Drop by anytime during the event and sample heavy hors d’oeuvres, participate in opportunity drawings and silent & live auctions.

The suggested donation is $20 per person.  All proceeds benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive serving needy East County children and their families this holiday season.

SANTA BREAKFAST & VIEJAS TOY DRIVE DEC. 1

November 27, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Center, with Viejas Enterprises, presents Breakfast with Santa on December 1 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the community center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. A buffet style breakfast of pancakes, sausages and eggs will be served. 

The event will also feature arts and crafts, decorate your own cookie, door prizes, silent auction items and drawings.

ARBOR DAY 2012 AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK DECEMBER 1

November 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Arbor Day in Mission Trails is being celebrated at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground day use parking lot on December 1.  Everyone is invited to take part in the planting of oak trees.  Volunteers may help with the planting, or as act as cheerleaders for those that are.

Volunteers are also need to pull weeds and help with general landscape maintenance of the area.  Some shovels will be available.  Gloves and shoes are recommended.

MILLILONS OF CALIFORNIA SENIORS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED COULD BE HARMED BY LAME DUCK CONGRESSIONAL DEAL TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

Opponents to deliver photos of loved ones to be harmed by cuts at Rep. Hunter's office Wed. 

November 27, 2012 (Oakland)--Nearly 5 million Californians could be negatively impacted if Congress cuts Social Security, including 662,232 people with disabilities and 364,365 children, according to a new AFL-CIO report.

Of 11 million Californians who get health care coverage from Medicaid, 4.4 million children and nearly a million seniors could be affected if the lame duck Congress cuts Medicaid benefits. As the “fiscal cliff” approaches, members of Congress have suggested cutting these safety net programs, while calling for extending tax cuts benefitting the richest 2%.

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