May 2013 Articles
May 27, 2013 (Valley Center) – Lisa Hampton of Mindful Fitness will be leading a retreat on June 23 at Keys Creek Lavender Farm, 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center from 1:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. A day of mindfulness will be followed with a jazz concert at 7:00 p.m. by Gregory Page as the sun sets and the full moon rises.
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics
By Brian Lafferty
May 31, 2013 (San Diego) – January saw the release of 56 Up. That film was the latest in a unique documentary series that began in 1964, in which Michael Apted interviewed a group of 7-year old kids from disparate backgrounds. The project became literally a lifelong labor of love, as Apted has revisited these people every seven years.
Five months later, San Diego screens are blessed with Before Midnight, the third film in a series that may or may not have been inspired by the Up documentaries, but feels very much like a fictional version of them. To watch Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight is akin to imbibing a bottle of fine wine that has gotten better with each nine-year passage.
By Nadin Abbott
May 31, 2013 (Spring Valley)—What should be done with the former Evergreen Nursery property in Spring Valley? That was the key question before the Spring Valley Planning Group Wednesday night.
David S. Thomson, Chief Executive Officer for Mastercraft Homes Group, the owner of the property, came to offer his proposal, along with his team.
During earlier meetings there was a palpable hope that the site would be developed into a commercial site, or a mixed use residential and commercial site that would include a community meeting place for Spring Valley residents.
But Mastercraft's plan didn’t include that. Thomson stated that “due to the economy and oversupply (of commercial property) nobody recommended that,” then noted that it is still a “bad retail environment.”
By Miriam Raftery
“Through the years that we had known you, you had been a blessing to know. How sweet and kind you are to all our family. We will cherish every moment and memories we had with you. We love and miss you and you will never be forgotten.” – sign beside the road, where Michelle St. Clair was fatally burned
May 30, 2013 (Lakeside) – Beside the scorched earth where Michele St. Clair was found severely burned during a brush fire on May 12, her friends have created a makeshift memorial . Flowers, crosses, ragged stuffed toys and a hand-lettered sign on cardboard reveal how she touched the lives of those who came to know her, before succumbing to her injuries on May 16.
St. Clair, a Navy veteran who by all accounts worked hard, refused to take handouts, and was not an alcoholic or an addict when she died.
May 30, 2013 (Santee) – The Knights of Columbus of Guardian Angels Church, located at 9310 Dalehurst Rd., Santee, CA 92071, is having a large rummage sale on June 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday.
Some proceeds go to the Church pantry, which helps people in need, as well as other charity projects supported by Knights of Columbus.
By Janis Mork and Jake Christie
May 30, 2013 (La Mesa)- La Mesa’s City Council unanimously approved increasing sewer service rates at its May 14 meeting. For the average family, the rate will rise by 7% in each of the next two years. Ironically, citizens' successful effort at conserving water has reduced city revenues--and was among the factors cited by Council to justify the rate hike, which drew strong objections from some residents present.
Some graduates celebrate triumph over adversity; Iraq war veteran to graduate with daughter
May 30, 2013 (El Cajon) – A campaign to improve student success is paying off at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, where more than 1,700 graduates will receive a record number of degrees and certificates at commencements in early June.
New programs and services helping students achieve academic goals, along with voters’ approval last fall of a tax plan tempering years of debilitating budget cuts, are credited for the strong numbers.
With many graduates earning multiple credentials, Grossmont College will award more than 2,100 degrees and certificates at its commencement ceremony June 5. The following day, Cuyamaca College will confer 830 of the hard-earned associate degrees and certificates at its commencement.
May 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Can Wi-Fi signals stunt plant growth? (ABC News)
- How do you get the best mobile health aps? (Gigaom)
- Israeli cell phone company to pay damages to cancer patient (Local Supporting Locals)
- Aimee Copeland gets new hi-tech prosthetic hands (New York Daily News)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
May 31, 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:
- Bearing down: how safe is that bridge you’re driving over? (CNN)
- Find deficient bridges near you (Transportation for America)
- Principal recounts storm hitting Okla. school (U-T San Diego)
- Four-star general in eye of U.S. cyber storm (Reuters)
- CBO: Tax breaks cost $12 trillion over decade, benefit most wealthy (Reuters)
- Rockets hit south Beirut after Hezbollah vows Syria victory (Reuters)
- French anti-terror unit investigating stabbing of soldier (Reuters)
- Stretched by riots, Swedish police call reinforcements (Reuters)
- 'Assad has enough sarin to wipe out Damascus, Aleppo, Homs' (Jerusalem Post)
- Egypt: 3 women killed in suspected 'honor' crime (U-T San Diego)
Click "read more" for excerpts and links to full stories.
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By: Stephen C. Ross, Esq.
May 30, 2013 (San Diego County) – There are three potential legal remedies for couples who want to terminate or alter their marital or domestic partnership status. They include dissolution, legal separation and nullity. Dissolution terminates the status of a valid marriage resulting in the parties being considered single persons commencing on the date status is terminated. Legal separation is an option for spouses and partners who choose not to live together while maintaining the marital or partnership status. The third potential option, nullity, is the subject of this article.
RENO DISPATCH: MEMORIAL DAY MEMO TO AMERICA'S LAWMAKERS: WHY HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN OUR TROOPS AND VETERANS?
Originally posted Monday, May 27, 2013
By Jamie Reno
May 30, 2013 (San Diego) -- Taking a quick look around, it's easy to cynically conclude that Memorial Day has become nothing more than a paean to big sales at the mall, beach BBQ's, and getting a day off from school and work. Not that there's anything wrong with any of those things - but let's please not forget to whom this day really belongs. And for the record, this holiday isn't just for our brave warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice. It's also for those who served our country and are still with us.
As I reported late last year in The Daily Beast, as many as 30 percent of post-9/11 veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. PTSD is often debilitating. These veterans need our help. Now.
May 30, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced $1.8 million for San Diego to help homeless veterans as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH).
“This increase in housing vouchers will help veterans get off the streets and into a place of their own,” said Davis. “We know that San Diego has a high concentration of homeless veterans. It’s very difficult, knowing the sacrifices these men and women have made on our behalf, to see them living on the street. Hopefully, through programs such as HUD-VASH we can help turn these lives around.”
By Nadin Abbott
May 30, 2013 (San Diego)-- Back in November the Daily Aztec reported San Diego State University to be the seventh most dangerous college campus in the U.S. The Daily Aztec quoted the Business Insider, which stated, “SDSU experiences approximately 27 violent incidents per year.” In 2011 these included were five rapes, three robberies and five aggravated assaults.
ECM asked campus police some questions; Captain Lamine Secka responded in detail.
Our first question, actually coming from my years as a student, was what is the campus doing to improve lighting?
New Report Detailing CA Domestic Workers’ Economic Hardship, Workplace Abuses Underscores Need for Equal Labor Protections
May 29, 2013 (Sacramento)—Today, the California State Assembly passed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (AB 241 Ammiano). If signed into law, the bill would extend basic labor protections—like overtime pay and rest breaks—to the workers who care for California’s homes and families.
“If we can’t pass this bill this year and get it signed, we will owe an explanation to the workers,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, the bill’s author. “These workers, who are mostly women, keep our households running smoothly, care for our children, and enable people with disabilities to live at home and remain engaged in our communities. Why shouldn’t they have overtime protections like the average barista or gas station attendant?”
May 30, 2013 (El Cajon)—Wing walking, mock air battles and pyrotechnics are among the attractions at this year’s Wings Over Gillespie Air Show. The event will take place June 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gillespie Field, 1960 Joe Crosson Drive in El Cajon.
Tickets start at $8 for the event, which also features a free Kid’s Zone, amusement rides and a beer garden. This year's Wings Over Gillespie features a collection of San Diego aircraft and World War II aircraft.
By Miriam Raftery
May 29, 2013 (Lakeside) – Clad in pajamas, Karen Goodman broke down in tears as she told me her story today.
We met with her at the request of Walter Choate, an advocate for the homeless who told us that without immediate help, this bedridden woman who relies on a caregiver to survive could be homeless by Friday--and lose all of her belongings as well.
May 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:
- San Onofre breakdown: Boxer wants Justice Department investigation (U-T San Diego)
- Ramona parents try to bridge gap in labor stand-off (U-T San Diego)
- San Diego man believes Navy tests may have caused mother’s pacemaker to stop (10 News)
- Firearms instructor enters plea in molestation case (U-T San Diego)
- 10News - 'SONGS Trek' - a Star Trek spoof video made inside San Onofre (10News)
- Cunningham's prison time almost over(UT San Diego)
- City of La Mesa okays $50 million housing project (La Mesa Today)
- Mayoral Trip Shut Down by Budget Concerns (Scoop San Diego)
- U-T San Diego closes Californian supplement (Sacramento Bee)
- Water prices threaten to further shrink region's ag land (U-T San Diego)
- Contractor: 'They drank all my liquor' (U-T San Dego)
- California faces a new quandary: too much money (NY Times)
- Justice for Sale, Part 3: The War on Consumer Class Actions (Voice of San Diego)
- Calif. plastic ocean debris bill dies in committee (U-T San Diego)
- Audits detail side jobs for state managers (U-T San Diego)
- Federal appeals court upholds California's Medi-Cal rate cut (Sacramento Bee)
- Calif. bill would expand who can perform abortions (Sacramento Bee)
- Bill seeks to ensure privacy as drone use rises (Sacramento Bee)
- Taxes rise to pay off state's jobless debt (U-T San Diego)
- California's high-speed rail meets opposition over eminent domain (Marketplace.org)
By Sierra Robinson
Photos by Sholeh Sisson and Miriam Raftery
May 28, 2013 (El Cajon)--Every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., Downtown El Cajon Business Partners hosts a classic car show. Each week the theme changes, from last Wednesday’s “Topless Night” where all of the best convertibles could be seen on the Promenade, to this week's Salute to the Military.
Other upcoming events include Charger Steve's Starz Carz, Return of the Horseless Carriage, and Thunder on Main Street for the season finale at summer's end, featuring a full street closure.
Nationally Honored Local Hero to Speak at Community Service Event
May 28, 2013 (Alpine)--The Alpine Fire Protection District will present a community event on May 30 from 6-8;30 p.m. at the Alpine Elementary School auditorium, 1850 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine. The event will feature Ennis Jackson, an award-winning speaker who has won the National Star of Life for his efforts to alert and educate the community which includes high schools, colleges and business on the subject of destructive decisions and life saving CPR techniques. These destructive decisions include underage drinking, the use of mind-altering drugs and texting while occupied, and most importantly, the value of family. Jackson is a paramedic stationed out of Alpine Fire Station 17.
Update: Santee reader Jerrie Dean informs us that her mother saw Larry Negrette return to his mobilehome park today. The Sheriff's office confirms with the following details:
On Monday, May 27, 2013 at around 10:15 p.m., Mr. Larry Negrette was located in the 10200 block of Ashwood Street in Lakeside. Mr. Negrette had contacted a resident on Ashwood Street and asked for food. The resident provided Mr. Negrette with food and water. As the resident and Mr. Negrette spoke, Mr. Negrette appeared disoriented and could not remember his address or phone number. The resident became concerned for Mr. Negrette and decided to notify the Sheriff's Department. Deputies from the Santee Station responded and contacted Mr. Negrette. He was reunited with his family.
May 27, 2013 (Santee) – Larry Negrette, 70, has been missing form his home in the 9400 block of Mission Gorge Road, Santee, since 5 p.m. Saturday May 25. He suffers from dementia and high blood pressure.
His family is extremely concerned for his welfare. His vehicle is inoperable and accounted for. Negrette is Hispanic with grey hair, receding hair line, brown eyes, and a mustache. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds. He was last seeing wearing blue jeans, T-shirt, and white sneakers.
By Paul Kruze
May 28, 2013 (San Diego)--A wide range of facets and perspectives of the growing “green energy” industry were shared at a special forum titled “New San Diego Green Leaders: The Road To 100% Renewables” on May 7th at Cricket Communications headquarters in Kearney Mesa. Kathleen Connell moderated the forum sponsored by Green Experts Academy; East County Magazine was media sponsor of the event.
The forum addressed how San Diego might utilize 100 percent renewable energy, also focusing on how local leaders can learn from Germany and other countries where development of alternative renewable energy sources is not an option, but a necessity.
May 27, 2013 (Ocotillo) -- When Jim Pelley arose at sunrise and looked out over the desert from his home in Ocotillo, he noticed something missing. So he grabbed his camera to record the unusual sight.
A Siemens wind turbine at Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Express Wind Energy facility had hurled off a multi-ton blade onto a trail on public Bureau of Land Management recreational land. Fortunately, since the accident occurred at night, nobody was harmed.
Photos by Lisa Elkins-Goodman, Brett Stalbaum and Joseph Moulton
By Miriam Raftery and Nadin Abbott
Update May 28, 2013 -- The General Fire is now 950 acres and 85% contained, Cal Fire confirms. The cause of the fire has been traced to shooting. One injury has been reported from the fire.
May 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) Upodated May 27 9 a.m.– The brush that began yesterday in Rodriguez Canyon south of Highway 78, across from the Banner Grade Store in the 3600 block of Highway 78, is now 850 acres and 20 percent contained. IPN indicates the fire is spreading rapidly and has potential for 300 acres. Helicopter indicates no structures are threatened at this time, however there is a power outage.
Power restoration is expected at 3 p.m. There is no estimate on containment.
Multiple strike teams have been dispatched to battle the fire on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property.
May 27, 2013 (San Diego) – “Our school community was deeply saddened as we learned of the magnitude of the widespread devastation caused in the community of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. The absolute destruction has profoundly affected the lives of thousands of the residents in that area,” Chaim Heller, head of the San Diego Jewish Academy wrote in a letter to parents of students. “Jewish tradition teaches us "Al Taamod al dam re'echa" (Do not stand idly by while our neighbors are in pain). San Diego Jewish Academy has a longstanding tradition of reaching out to help any and all who are in need. We believe that our Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and (acts of loving kindness) are essential components of our instructional program at San Diego Jewish Academy.”
May 27, 2013 (San Diego) –San Diego State University’s Honors College will receive a $1 million gift, thanks to a planned endowment from Professor Emeritus Henry Jannsen.
“I owe SDSU more for the life I’ve had than I can ever repay,” Janssen said, SDSU’s news center reported.
Janssen is one of hundreds of SDSU faculty and staff donors to The Campaign for SDSU, which aspires to raise $500 million to support the university’s development as a leading public research university.
May 27, 2013 (San Diego) – The San Diego Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) has named East County resident Lawrence O’Leary president of its board of directors. The San Diego Chapter of the CLCA aims to serve, protect and promote professionalism; and advance public awareness of the landscape industry.
O’Leary is director of sales and marketing at Hydro-Scape Products Inc., a leading provider of landscape and irrigation supplies. Hydro-Scape has 18 different locations serving Southern California, Hawaii and international locations.
May 27, 2013 (San Diego) – Its graduation and summer break time once again; its celebration time! This can be expensive, however, cost is a minor concern for most parents when it comes to these events says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. "Their biggest concern is the risky behavior associated with graduation events and school break parties – drinking and driving, distractions while driving, drugs, unsafe sex." Yes, it happens and it's critical that parents talk to their graduates about these dangers. Here are a few tips that can help keep your teen safe and make this time of year something they fondly remember:
1. Know who’s driving all evening: Are your kids or a friend driving, is there a designated driver, or will they be renting a limo?
May 27, 2013 (Lakeside) – Helix Water District’s Johnstown Tank, located in Lake Jennings Park Estates off Harritt Road, Lakeside, is currently undergoing complete interior and exterior recoating. Work began on Monday, May 13, 2013. The project will take approximately six months to complete.
The viewshed for this tank includes a large area along the I-8 corridor west of the Lake Jennings Park Road exit.
Residents in the area should be aware of increased traffic, elevated noise levels, and a visual change to the tank’s surface.
May 27, 2013 (Santa Ysabel) – The Hubbell/Ilan-Lael Foundation will be holding an Open House Studio and Home Tour of renowned architect, James Hubbell's home and studio on June 16 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 930 Orchard Lane, Santa Ysabel. A morning tour is offered between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. The afternoon tours will be between 2 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
May 27, 2013 (San Diego) – Fields Family Wines will be holding a Wine Dinner at Bistro Sixty, 5987 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego on June 7 at 6 p.m. The dinner includes 5 courses with pairings and costs $70 per person.