January 2013 Articles
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INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE GIVES PREVIEW OF FARMERS’ MARKET OPENING MARCH 21 IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON
By Janis Mork
January 30, 2013 (El Cajon) Updated March 15, 2013- Last week, Troy McKinney, Fresh Fund coordinator from the International Rescue committee (IRC), participated in an exclusive interview with East County Magazine. He gave more details of the future farmers’ market that will be set up on the Prescott Promenade in downtown El Cajon each Thursday starting March 21.
Like the IRC’s farmer’s market started four years ago in City Heights, the El Cajon farmer’s market will help both local refugees and the broader community.
February 28, 2013--(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:
- All 12 major donors to Prop U school board campaign won contracts (Patch.com)
- Collier Park Master Plan Threatens La Mesa’s Historic Spring House (La Mesa Patch)
- SD Unified names new superintendent (10 News)
- Security breach: Are you safe on SD trains and trolleys? (KPBS)
- License plate recognition has its eyes on you (CityBeat)
- Filner, Goldsmith clash over hotel tax funds (SD Transcript)
- Team 10 Troubleshooter investigates criminals who cut off GPS monitoring devices (10 News)
- Californians get big part of $46 billion mortgage settlement (Sacramento Bee)
- "Amazon tax" payoff starts to arrive in some U.S. states (Reuters)
- Bluefin tuna caught off California still radioactive two years after Fukushima (Huffington Post)
- Jerry Brown fast tracks review of Riverside solar energy project (Sacramento Bee)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
February 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – A driver sought by El Cajon Police following the death of a pedestrian has now contacted the Police Department and is cooperating with authorities.
Based on the preliminary investigation, an adult approximately 70 years of age was wearing dark clothing and attempting to cross the roadway near the intersection of Avocado Avenue and Carter Street this evening, when he was struck by a Toyota Camry traveling southbound on Avocado.
February 10, 2013 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will honor eight local heroes at the 5th Annual Casino Royale Night on Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Town & Country Resort Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N., San Diego. This year’s heroes are paramedics Ryan Ferguson and Paul Forney of American Medical Response, Battalion Chief Kelly Sisson and firefighter/paramedic Brandon Drips of Heartland Fire & Rescue, Officer Derik Cox and dispatcher Kathy Norman of the La Mesa Police Dept. and Don Kurban and Dick Thomas of the La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.
February 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A string of 7-11 daytime robberies have been committed by a masked suspect in the past several days.The suspect may be armed with a handgun.
Two robberies occurred yesterday in unincorporated El Cajon at 3 a.m. and 3:12 a.m. The most recent occurred at the 7-11 on Lake Jennings Road near I-8. The suspect wore a red mask, gloves and a hood. Another occurred at Jamacha and Chase a day or so earlier, Lt. Scott Amos with the San Diego Sheriff’s department indicated. In addition, a similar crime occurred in a neighboring jurisdiction, he added.
February 6, 2013 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in the shooting of a dog in the 600 block of Millar Avenue last night. A witness reported hearing a shot at 7:55 p.m. and saw a medium-sized, mixed breed dog run about 25 yards before collapsing. A vehicle was leaving the area, but the witness saw only headlights.
It is unknown who owned the dog, which did not have a collar but appeared to be clean and well kept, said Lt. Mark Coit.
The El Cajon Police Department is investigating this cruelty to animals crime. There is no suspect or vehicle description at this time. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311.
January 30, 2013 (San Diego) – The CPUC is holding a Public Forum on the Quail Brush Power Plan along with two other proposed power plants in San Diego County on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. at Al Bahr Temple/Shriner’s Auditorium, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego. The CPUC’s proposed decision will prevent the emission of over 900,000 annual tons of greenhouse gases by denying purchase power tolling agreements.
January 31, 2013 (Jamul) –Devin Gaillard has been arrested and charged with murder and arson. Another suspect, Miles Sharp, was arrested January 25 on the same charges. Both men have been booked in connection with the death of Dillon A. Davis, 20, whose body was found in the trunk of a burning vehicle on Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul on September 20, 2012.
Speakers see parallels between destruction by energy companies in our region to environmental degradation, erosion of protections for people around the world
By Miriam Raftery
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) – Idle No More, a movement for the rights of indigenous people and environmental protections that began in Canada, has spread around the world and has now taken root here in San Diego. Earlier this month, members of local Native American tribes met convened at a forum sponsored by Activist San Diego to share their concerns and invite all people to join the movement.
“We must stand up to unite, to respect the Mother Earth,” Dennis Alto, a Viejas tribal member, said. “We are not just addressing the red nations; we are addressing all people.”
The Idle No More movement arose in Canada as a protest against the Canadian Government passing bills which enabled the government to control lands reserved for native people and reduce environmental protections for lakes and rivers. Tar sands, pollution from mining and other sources are polluting the waters and the lands. Tribal members draw parallels to what is happening in the U.S., where mining, dams, and now large-scale wind and solar projects are ravaging the environment , destroying cultural resources and the way of life for many indigenous Americans.
Conservation Leader Tapped To Direct State Conservancy
January 31, 2013 (San Diego)--The Governing Board of the San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC) announced the appointment of Kevin McKernan as its Executive Officer. McKernan, who currently serves as Executive Officer for the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, will assume his new position in March.
January 31, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- The AARP Tax Aide Program offers free tax preparation and E filing for seniors and low income residents and others in need in the East County Community.
Tax sites will be open the week of February 4, 2013 and continue until April 15, 2013
Listed below are the tax sites and phone numbers for appointments:
January 31, 2013 (Santa Ysabel/Ramona) – Highway 78 is shut down due to a fatality accident involving downed power lines. The rollover crash was reported close to 1 p.m. with occupants trapped inside the vehicle. A Sig Alert has been issued. Highway 78 is closed in both directions from Old Julian Highway to the junction of Highways 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel, CHP reports.
GOURMET CHOCOLATES PAIRED WITH CRAFT BEERS AND BOUTIQUE WINES FOR ESCONDIDO’S CHOCOLATE AND SWEETART FESTIVAL
January 31, 2013 (Escondido)--Lovers, chocolate lovers, and art lovers unite! The Chocolate Festival returns to Downtown Escondido again this year on Saturday, February 9th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Grand Avenue will be transformed into the perfect destination for anyone looking for something different to do for Valentine’s Day this year. “For The Love of Chocolate” and “SweetArt” Festival, guarantees to satisfy the sweet tooth and the sweetheart.
January 31, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) re-introduced one of her hallmark bills, the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act (H.R. 376), which would end restrictions many states impose on a person’s ability to vote by absentee ballot.
Currently, 21 states restrict an eligible voter’s ability to vote by mail, also known as absentee. The other states, including California, offer no-excuse absentee voting much to the great satisfaction of many voters and elections officials. Davis’s bill would prohibit states from limiting absentee voting to only certain voters and would allow all eligible voters nationwide to vote by mail for any reason in federal elections.
By Janis Mork
January 31, 2013 (El Cajon)—A dozen trees in El Cajon have been found infested by an insect carrying a disease that is deadly to citrus disease and which has prompted a countywide quarantine, agriculture experts informed El Cajon Council members at yesterday’s meeting.
Mark Olson, a representative for the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, wanted to give the community an update on the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the disease it carries- Huanglongbing (HLB). “It was recently found in El Cajon for the first time,” he said. “The good news is that the pest has been found and the disease has not shown up. We’re preparing for it though; it will probably show up in El Cajon.”
By Jamie Reno
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) – Last summer, as I was nearing the end of a grueling three-set tennis match in 90-degree heat, I felt a very sharp pain in my left side, below my heart, and then just collapsed on the court. It was easily the most painful thing I've ever experienced. I could barely move.
I wasn't sure if it was a heart attack, a ruptured spleen, a tumor, or what. All I knew is that it hurt like heck and that it was probably something serious. With the help of my tennis partner, I made it to the car and then to the hospital, where, after hours of blood tests and scans, the ER doctors finally discovered the problem: multiple blood clots in both lungs.
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) – MTS has completed its transition from paper Day Passes to Compass Cards. To help riders, it has a new YouTube video (click here) showing how easy it is to purchase a 1-Day Pass on Compass Card from a Trolley ticket machine and to use it on MTS Trolleys and buses.
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: My family has bad allergies and I’d like to improve our indoor air quality. What are some steps I should take?
-- Marcia Lane, Scranton, PA
Even for those of us without allergies, poor indoor air quality is an often overlooked health issue. Recent research has shown that the air inside some buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air in the most industrialized of cities. And since many of us spend some 90 percent of our time indoors, cleaning the air where we live and work might be one of the most important things we can do for our health.
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: What is the purpose of National Wildlife Week, which I understand will take place in March 2013?
-- Melissa P., Burlington, NJ
National Wildlife Week is a program of the non-profit National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that is designed around teaching and connecting kids to the wonders of wildlife. Each year, the group picks a theme and provides fun and informative educational materials, curriculum and activities for educators and caregivers to use with their kids.
A summary of the latest news on bird/bat mortality at wind farms
By Mark Duchamp, Chairman, World Council for Nature
"New studies reveal ... that in the United States alone ... wind turbines kill an estimated 13 million to 39 million birds and bats every year” (there are about 39,000 wind turbines in the US)
January 31, 2013--The worldwide slaughter of birds and bats by wind farms has been confirmed by biologist Clive Hambler, who teaches at Oxford University:
January 31, 2013 (El Cajon) -- A shooting in El Cajon may be gang related, Lt. Frank LaHaye with the El Cajon Police Department said. A 21-year-old victim from San Diego and two companions were involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown suspect at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 when the shooting occurred in the 400 block of N. Magnolia. The suspect is described as a black male, age 16 to 21, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build.
The victim has been hospitalized for treatment of his injury.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to contact the El Cajon Police Department at (619) 579-3311.
Host a Food Drive for Mama's Pantry
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) -- Mama’s Pantry, a service of Mama’s Kitchen, provides a nutritional shopping opportunity at no cost for men, women and children of San Diego County affected by HIV/AIDS. The public’s help is needed in February to host food drives throughout the county to ensure the shelves are full with nutritious non-perishable food items. Mama’s Kitchen aims to collect 100 barrels of food for Mama’s Pantry.
January 29, 2013 (San Diego) -- Today, the City Council met in Closed Session to address civil enforcement actions that were filed against marijuana dispensary operators and property owners to compel compliance with the City’s zoning laws.
On a unanimous vote (with Councilmember Faulconer absent) and with agreement by the Mayor, the Council directed the City Attorney not to dismiss the cases. In order to preserve the status quo, the current zoning laws will be enforced. Dispensaries should not open in violation of existing laws.
Governor calls for overhauls of Calif. Environmental Quality Act, Enteprrise Zone Program and more
By Miriam Raftery
January 31, 2013 (Sacramento) – California has “confounded its critics” said Governor Jerry Brown, delivering his State of the State address on January 24. “We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget,” he said, pledging to “keep it that way for years to come.”
"The budget is balanced but great risks and uncertainties lie ahead,” he said, noting that the federal government, the courts, or changes in the economy could all cost the state money."
By Rebecca J. Williamson
January 31, 2013 (Spring Valley) -- Who doesn’t like the thought of total deliverance? Spring Valley’s Total Deliverance Worship Temple offered up deliverance by hosting M.A.N.D.A.T.E.’s (a local gospel record label) 18th-anniversary concert on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Nu Vision, Archie Robinson, J. Pierre, Evangel, Men 4 Christ, and others either performed, did introductions, or contributed to a fun, gospel based evening.
January 30, 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:
- Egypt's leader declares emergency after clashes (Reuters)
- Canadian opposition introduces bill that makes secession easier (Reuters)
- Images suggest NKorea ready for nuke test (U-T San Diego)
- After threatening the US, North Korea turns its ire on South Korea (U-T San Diego)
- Around The Globe, Women Already Serve In Combat Units (NPR)
- Violence flares on anniversary of Egypt uprising (Jerusalem Post)
- Russian forces kill three militants in North Caucasus (Reuters)
- 15,000 crocodiles escape in South Africa? Police need herding help after floods (Christian Science Monitor)
- Russia's Vladimir Putin says West is fomenting jihadi 'blowback' (Christian Science Monitor)
- Muslim ‘modesty patrol’ stalking streets of London (Jerusalem Post)
- Court rejects Saudi blogger case (BBC)
- Title IX redux? Education Dept. says school sports can't shut out disabled. (Christian Science Monitor)
- Court won't hear challenge to Clean Air Act rule (U-T San Diego)
- Regulator: Huge cuts coming to New England fishing (U-T San Diego)
- Shocking: Reporting Factory Farm Abuses to be Considered ‘Act of Terrorism’ If New Laws Pass (Alternet, reprinted at San Diego Free Press)
- Anonymous threatens Justice Dept. over hactivist death (CNN)
- Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional (U-T San Diego)
- Court says EPA overestimates biofuels production (AP)
- Pentagon researches new life for dead satellites (Sacramento Bee)
- Court overturns another Guantanamo conviction (Reuters)
- Pentagon To Dramatically Expand 'Cyber Warrior' Force (NPR)
- New Norovirus Strain Rips Through The U.S. (NPR)
- Scientists create 'tractor beam' (BBC)
- Heroin: Small cities, even rural towns face growing problems (Christian Science Monitor)
- Long-term aspirin 'blindness link' (BBC)
- New lingo for consumers: health overhaul glossary (U-T San Diego)
- Health insurance exchanges will transform market (U-T San Diego)
- Bird, Plane, Bacteria? Microbes Thrive In Storm Clouds (NPR)
January 30, 2013--(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:
- Citrus Pest Spurs State Spraying In La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
- Board of Supervisors Approves Sale of 3-Acre Parcel to La Mesa For New Park
- La Mesa Winery to Open in Summer (La Mesa Courier)
- County’s Equine Ordinance: Public input sought (Ramona Patch)
- Adios, Plaza de Panama project? (CityBeat)
- Watchdog Group Requests Council Transparency (La Mesa Courier)
- Nurse’s vision yields beds for homeless after surgery (U-T San Diego)
- Water war breaks out over PR contract (U-T San Diego)
- Padre Dam picks board officers (U-T San Diego)
- Mayor fires San Diego's lobbyists (Sacramento Bee)
- Governor Jerry Brown delivers State of the State address (Governor’s Office)
- Reactions to Governor’s State of the State address (Sacramento Bee)
- Calif. Speaker seeks to expand Medi-Cal for poor (Sacramento Bee)
- Doctors Ask Court To Review Medi-Cal Pay Cut (Sacramento Bee)
- Analysis: California budget fix relies on good times for the rich (Reuters)
- Secret hearings in case of Chandra Levy slaying (Sacramento Bee)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE RECEIVES FEEDBACK IN SAN DIEGO HEARING ON IMPLEMENTING PROP. 39’S $2.5 BILLION
Framework to Advance Jobs, Schools & our Environment
January 30, 2013 (San Diego)--To initiate implementation discussions about Proposition 39 passed by the voters, Senate Appropriations Chair Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) convened the Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness in San Diego on Friday, January 25, Joining Senator De León on the dais were Senate Appropriations Committee member Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) and San Diego representatives Senator Marty Block, and Assembly members Toni Atkins and Ben Hueso. Panelists from education, labor, business and environmental organizations outlined pitfalls to avoid when spending the more than $2 billion in energy efficiency funds generated by the initiative.
The market will be held on Thursdays downtown starting March 21
By Janis Mork
January 30, 2013 (El Cajon) - Following approval at Tuesday’s January 22nd City Council meeting, the City of El Cajon will now have its own farmers’ market in the downtown area. The City is working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and others to establish a certified farmers’ market on Thursday evenings, beginning March 21, at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 East Main Street in downtown El Cajon.