June 2014 Articles

LES MISERABLES AT MOUNT HELIX

 

By Annie Crandall

June 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s official!  The cast for Christian Community Theater’s  Les Miserables has been selected and the rehearsals have begun.  This summer blockbuster will be staged atop Mount Helix (July 17 – August 2).

JULIAN FOURTH OF JULY PARADE CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE

 

 

July 3, 2014 (Julian) - The Julian 4th of July Parade has been cancelled due to the brush fire burning in the area, the CHP advised late today.

However the American Legion BBQ will still be held.

BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND

 

June 30, 2014 (Ramona)--The search for a missing Ramona man has ended tragically.

The Medical Examiner has determined that a body found in a field in Ramona is Carl Lee Salayer,  The 67-year-old man was reported missing from his Ramona home on June 17.

MICHAEL AND PAULA MANTELL: FIT AND FABULOUS IN THEIR 60'S

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - How can one have a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle? The psychologist Dr. Michael Mantell likes to use acronyms when conveying his healing messages as he believes they are a helpful way for people to remember them. 

For him, the acronym PERMA is an important message as it stands for positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Although coined by Marty Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, it is a way of life for Dr. Michael Mantell and his wife Paula, who live in El Cajon and share an office in La Mesa near Grossmont Center. 

As Mantell says, “It is important in life to create positive emotion in every situation and be engaged or in the flow of whatever you are doing. Relationships are also valuable as is finding meaning in every moment and doing the best you can to accomplish and reach your goals.”

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS FILING PERIOD OPENS SOON

 

June 30, 2014 (San Diego) -- Do you disagree with your property tax assessment for the 2014-2015 year? San Diego County residents and business owners who do may file an application to appeal their assessment from July 2 through Dec. 1, according to Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards Thomas J. Pastuszka.

WHITE HOUSE CREATES TASK FORCE TO SAVE BEE POPULATIONS; ALSO TAKES STEPS TO REVERSE BUTTERFLY DECLINES

 

June 30, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--Honey bees are vital for our food supply, since a quarter of all foods that Americans eat depend on pollination by bees.  But bee populations fell by 23% over the winter.

SAN DIEGO ACLU SUES IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FOR EXPULSION OF U.S. CITIZEN

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego ACLU has filed suit against top immigration officials for unconstitutionally preventing a born-and-raised U.S. citizen from returning to the United States from Mexico. Like Joseph K. in Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial, Oscar  Olivas, a 45-year-old natural-born U.S. citizen, has been detained but does not know why. He is unable to access the court before which he stands accused, and has not been allowed to view any evidence used against him.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Diego, naming the port director of Calexico, the San Diego field director of  U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and  Secretary of State John Kerry. The suit asks the court to allow Olivas to return to the United States, declare that he is a United States citizen, and affirm that the order exiling him violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.

IT’S WARM, IT’S DRY, IT’S THE 4TH OF JULY!

By Sam DiGiovanna

June 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--These words are make fire officials cringe says Fire Cief Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine’s in-house fire chief and columnist.  It will be a long three-day 4th of July weekend.

As drought conditions worsen and the fire danger escalates, fire officials recommend everyone attend public fireworks shows, and leave the lighting to the professionals.  Purchase or use of fireworks by individuals is illegal across San Diego County.

“The problem is many cities that ban fireworks are already seeing an influx of illegal fireworks being set off, says Chief DiGiovanna.

HOT, DRY WEATHER PREDICTED FOR JULY 4TH; THUNDERSHOWERS POSSIBLE NEXT WEEKEND

 

June 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The San Diego region ends the first six months of this year with just over 5 inches of rain – less than half of normal.

If you’re planning some outdoor activities over the Fourth of July holiday, the weather forecast is warm and sunny, with temperatures about 5 degrees above normal through the end of this week.

SUPER FULL MOON JAZZ CONCERT AT KEYS CREEK LAVENDER FARM

 

June 29, 2014 (Valley Center) – With the scent of lavender in the air, a golden sunset and colorful fields of lavender as a backdrop, Gregory Page  will perform at the Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. The concert will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. 

Page performs melodies and lyrics reminiscent of the 1920s sweet jazz era as a “super full moon” rises to illuminate the night sky,  promising to be a magical night.

CENTRAL AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS BOUND FOR SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2014 (San Diego) – The Border Patrol has announced that starting this week, it will bring undocumented Central American immigrants from Texas to California.  The first groups will include families, not unaccompanied minors, to ease overcrowding of facilities due to an influx of children fleeing violence in Central America.

The families will be brought to San Diego and El Centro to ease what President Barack Obama has called a humanitarian crisis. 

ABC News this week interviewed a 17 year old girl who was among those immigrants apprehended attempting to cross into the U.S.   In a tearful voice, she told them that she fled her home in Central America after her brother was murdered and a gang threatened her with harm if she would not join.  On her journey here, she was gang-raped by several men before reaching the U.S. She was  detained after reaching the U.S. but eventually released into custody of a relative in Florida, where she awaits an asylum hearing to determine if she can stay in the U.S. or not.

ERNEST EWIN TAKES ON NEW ROLE WITH THE FOUNDATION FOR GROSSMONT & CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

 

June 27, 2014 (El Cajon) - From student body president at Grossmont College during the 1960s to his fundraising efforts on behalf of students over the past 10 years, Ernest Ewin is the gift to East County’s community colleges that keeps on giving.

POLITICS IN PARADISE AUGUST 7: MEET YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

June 27, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Chambers of East County are all getting together this year to co-host Politics in Paradise on Thursday, August 7th from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Elected officials at the federal, state and local level are invited to participate in a lively panel discussion and take questions and answers from the audience.

SUMMER TWILIGHT WALKS AT MISSION TRAILS

 

June 26, 2014 (Mission Trails)—You’re invited to join Mission Trails Regional Park guides this summer for free Saturday evening guided walks in the park to learn about changes that occur as the sun goes down.  These walks last approximately an hour and a half and start from the parking lot across from Kumeyaay Campground on July 19 at 7:15 p.m.August 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BOARD VACANCY

 

June 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District, an East County public agency, is accepting applications to fill a vacant seat on its board of directors.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS, AND ATTRACTIONS FOR JUNE 27-JUNE 29, 2014

 

 

By Ariele Johannson

June 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East Count)--Summer is officially here – and this week’s Destination East County brings you plenty of sizzling summertime activities – from concerts and movies under the stars to night fishing, a chili cook-off, and a Firefighters Appreciation Day event to support our local heroes!

FDA APPROVES FIRST WEARABLE EXOSKELETON TO HELP PARAPLEGICS WALK

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are about 200,000 people in the United States living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paralysis, or paraplegia. But now there is hope that some of them may soon be able to walk again.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just approved marketing of  the first wearable, motorized exoskeleton  device to help people with lower body paralysis due to a spinal cord injury stand on their own two feet once again.

ReWalk is a motorized device worn over the legs and part of the upper body.  It helps a person sit, stand, and walk again with help from a trained companion, such as a spouse or home health aide.  Using a wireless remote control on the wrist, the user commands ReWalk to stand up, sit down or walk.

EAST COUNTY CHALDEAN CHAMBER ISSUES STATEMENT ON IRAQ: KALASHO CALLS FOR EQUAL TREATMENT OF MEN AND WOMEN IN MIDDLE EAST

 

June 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –The  San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement on the escalating violence in Iraq.

NEW E-COMMERCE SITE STARTED IN SAN DIEGO OFFERS AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS

 

AMERICANBRANDPROJECT.COM LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS

Site Gives Companies A “Buffalo-Rating” to Evaluate Domestic Production Compliance; Intends to Create Additional Job Opportunities In the USA By Introducing Consumers To American Products and Businesses

June 26,  2014 (San Diego)-- American Brand Project (www.AmericanBrandProject.com) launched this week with the goal of helping consumers find American brands. American Brand Project tells the stories behind these brands and individuals who are manufacturing in the US, and promotes these qualifying products in its social commerce marketplace. With multiple product categories including apparel, food and beverage, pet supplies, home & garden, sporting and beauty, American Brand Project is a collaborative endeavor that aims to educate and motivate consumers to support those who are essentially building brands on Main Street, U.S.A. American Brand Project intends to track the number of new jobs created among their brand partners as a result of more consumers buying directly from their social commerce market place.

EAST COUNTY SCOUTS HONORED FOR SAVING WOMAN'S LIFE



Listen to our interview with Adrianah Castro and Wyatt Holcomb originally aired Friday, June 27  on KNSJ 89.1 FM. You can now listen online to our podcast of this interview here: http://www.kiwi6.com/file/2bxq7g0kbi

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Adrianah Castro, from Venture crew 1833 El Cajon & Wyatt Holcomb, Troop 355 Spring Valley



June 24, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- Four Boy Scouts  from East County are being honored with the Medal of Merit for saving  a woman's life. On June 8th 2013, Sierra Holcomb, 21, Wyatt Holcomb,16, Adrianah Castro, 15, and Padraic French, 17, were attending a party at Shelter Island on June 8, 2013 when they heard someone yelling for help and to call 911. The four Scouts went to see if they could help and found a young woman lying next to her car unconscious, injured and bleeding.

BODY OF MISSING ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT FOUND IN RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2014 (Ramona) – The Medical Examiner has determined that a body found in a field in Ramona is Carl Lee Salayer, a 67-year-old man reported missing from his Ramona home on June 17. 

Salayer suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He had a feeding tube and required medications.  His disappearance prompted an intensive search involving dozens of Sheriff’s deputies, other law enforcement officers and volunteers.

FUTURE OF FOREST LANDS , ALPINE GROWTH AT STAKE

 

By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Supervisors heard heated testimony on Wednesday regarding plans to change densities for lands on private property within the Cleveland National Forest boundaries. The Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) passed by voters in 1993, which limited development on these lands to one home for each 40 acres, expired in 2010.  The County has rejected calls to enact the FCI protections into law. Instead, Supervisors directed staff to create an Environmental Impact Report based on staff recommendations that would increase densities in some areas and reduce them in others.

The hot potato is Alpine, where the Alpine Planning Group’s majority called on Supervisors to allow increased densities and development that could double the size of their rural town.  That has drawn opposition from environmentalists, board member Lou Russo, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service itself, which raised concerns over fire dangers and preservation of federally protected wild lands adjacent to proposed development.

BICYCLE RODEO: LEARN BIKE SAFETY JUNE 28 IN PINE VALLEY

 

The County invites kids and parents to a Bicycle Rodeo at the Pine Valley Park on Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley this Saturday, June 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.   

Kids can enjoy riding a short course to learn how to properly operate a bicycle. Children and parents will learn bicycle safety and how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Kids are encouraged to bring bicycles, bike helmets and other safety gear.

SUPREME IRONY IN HIGH COURT’S RULING ON ABORTION PROTESTS

 

East County News Service

Photo: Anti-abortion protestors at a Mississippi abortion clinic

June 26, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics in Massachusetts violate the free speech rights of protesters.  But ironically, the high court has its own, far wider 100-foot-wide buffer zone to keep protesters away from the Supreme Court.

Massachusetts passed its law to protect abortion workers and patients after a gunman killed two abortion clinic receptionists and wounded five others at two area clinics in 1994.    Violence against abortion providers has occurred elsewhere, notably the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a doctor who provided abortions in Wichita, Kansas.

Similar laws are on the books in other states, including California. But abortion opponents argued that such restrictions violated their First Amendment free speech rights.

COUNTY'S LARGEST FREE HEALTHCARE FAIR JUNE 28 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

June 26, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Grossmont Healthcare District to offer  Summer Healthcare Saturday, the largest annual free health fair in San Diego’s East County region. The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa.

Information also will be available about senior housing and home care services, hospice, home safety, fitness centers, health insurance, herbal supplements, medical supplies and volunteer opportunities. Additional information will be available about Alzheimer’s disease, chiropractic, dentistry and eye surgery.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

June 26, 2014 (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:

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

HOW TO EXPRESS CONDOLENCES TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE

 

By Suzie Kolber

June 26, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - It is customary to send condolences to the bereaved when someone dies, but sending condolences to someone you love, someone you’re extremely close to can be a difficult task.

BLADE FLICKER POSES DRIVER DISTRACTION ON I-8

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2014 (Ocotillo) – Moving shadows of massive blades the length of football fields flickering across I-8 near the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility  has been the subject of many complaints we’ve received from readers, residents and motorists since Pattern Energy built the project on Federal Bureau of Land Management property.

LAWYERS OFFER ADVICE TO WORKERS AND FAMILIES TO PREVENT SPREAD OF VALLEY FEVER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Dust at job site during construction of Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility

June 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – With Valley Fever at epidemic proportions across the Southwest, the Monterey Herald has published tips from two attorneys on precautions employers should take at job sites to lessen the risk of contracting Valley Fever, particularly in desert areas. Suppressing dust is a key element –and one that some major project developers in our region have ignored.  (See photo of dust at Ocotillo wind construction site, where the developer was cited for violations of dust suppression requirements.)

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