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RAGTIME ROLLS OUT MARCH 17-27 AT SPRING VALLEY’S ENCORE THEATRE

 

February 26, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Ragtime, the musical that won a Tony Award in 1998 for best musical score on Broadway, will be performed by Young Actors Theatre at the Encore! Theatre in Spring Valley March 17-20 and March 24-27.

 

The musical offers a powerful portrayal of life in turn-of-the-century America based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel. Interweaving stories of three families as they confront the issues of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair--and what it means to live in America--the story’s themes resonate with audiences today.

CA SUPREME COURT REJECTS UCAN APPEAL, SIDES WITH SDG&E ON POWERLINK

 

 

February 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Supreme Court has denied without comment an appeal filed by Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN), which sought to stop the Sunrise Powerlink project on the basis that it violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

RUNNING WILD IN EAST COUNTY: FERAL PIGS A GROWING PROBLEM

 

March 31, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – It's hog heaven in East County. Wild boars and sows have startled horses, hikers and residents in Alpine, Ramona, Poway and other backcountry areas in recent months. A Fish and Game expert estimates there may be as many as 200 to 300 feral hogs rooting their way across East County, the Union-Tribune reported yesterday.

 

But while bacon-on-the-hoof may provide tempting targets for hunters, the non-native species poses threats to agriculture, livestock and the environment, also raising potential human health and safety issues.

SPRITES STAGE BENEFIT MARCH 20


East County Mother-Daughter Philanthropic Organization Hosts  Fashion Show and Silent Auction 

March 18, 2010 (El Cajon).-SPRITES of East County, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, hosts its 42nd annual fundraiser at Steele Canyon High School this Saturday, March 20. The theme of this year’s event is “Takin’ it to the Streets!” 

 

SPRITES help in neighborhoods by providing meals to the hungry, companionship and assistance to the elderly, building homes, or donating gifts to help people have a happier holiday. According to the organization, SPRITES volunteers donate over 7,000 hours of volunteer service each year to San Diego County Charities inclduing Head Start, ElderHelp of San Diego, Children’s Hospital, New Alternatives and Habitat for Humanity. 

TRANSIENT ARRESTED FOR ANNOYING MINOR ON WAY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL IN LA MESA

March 12, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have arrested Gustavo Lugo, 54, a transient living along Highway 125. He was booked Friday for one count of annoying/molesting a child, a misdemeanor, and has not yet been charged by the District Attorney’s office, Lt. David Bond told East County Magazine.
The suspect was walking in the same location where a female student was accosted one day earlier while walking on Fletcher Parkway to Parkway Middle School.

SYLVIA'S SOAPBOX: THE GOOD IDEA FOR HEALTHCARE FROM REPUBLICANS--& HOW IT GOT TURNED ON ITS HEAD

 

 

By Sylvia Hampton

 

March 7, 2010 (San Diego)--When the health reform discussion turned into a three ring circus last summer on the wave of words and statements like “death panels will kill granny,” an important fact got lost in the shuffle. The idea for family counseling programs with doctors on end-of-life care was brought forth by the insurance companies and added to the mix by a Republican congressman. It made so much sense to the Democrats that they included it in the bill.

GARDNER PLEADS NOT GUILTY; MAY BE LINKED TO ADDITIONAL STALKING OF YOUNG GIRLS

 


PUBLIC MEMORIAL SET FOR CHELSEA KING MARCH 13

 

March 5, 2010 (San Diego) – John Albert Gardner III has pleaded not guilty to the murder and rape of Chelsea King. View a video of his arraignment: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/mar/04/chelsea-king-body-confirm...

 

A preliminary hearing is set for March 18. Sheriff Bill Gore has ordered the County Medical Examiner’s report including sealed until the hearing, including identification of a body found at Lake Hodges and believed to be King’s.

CHELSEA KING CASE RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT MEGAN'S LAW

 

By E.A. Barrera
 

March 3, 2010 (San Diego) --In the wake of the case of murdered Poway High school student Chelsea King and the arrest of convicted sex-offender John Gardner who lives in Lake Elsinore, the subject of “Megan’s Law” and what it is supposed to do is once again in the news.

EXPERIENCE LIFE ON THE 1860s FRONTIER AT VALLECITO DAYS MARCH 5-7

 

March 3, 2010 (Vallecito) – Vallecito Stage Station once served as a rest stop for weary travelers along the Southern Overland Trail on the Butterfield Stage Coach. On March 5, 6 and 7, history will come alive as the 1850s camp in the Anza-Borrego desert welcomes visitors to tour the original adobe Vallecito Stage Station and participate in frontier-style activities.

GRAND OPENING HELD FOR CHICO’S IN VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER

 

March 2, 2010 (Alpine) – A ribbon cutting today heralded opening of the new Chico’s store at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine. This is the first outlet store in San Diego County for Chico’s, an upscale women’s clothing and accessory retailer with 600 stores nationwide. Representatives of Chico’s, Viejas Outlet Center and the alpine Chamber of Commerce were on hand to celebrate the occasion and welcome customers.

JOGGER ID’S GARDNER AS MAN WHO ATTACKED HER IN SAME PARK WHERE CHELSEA KING VANISHED


Self-defense tactics helped first victim escape; learn how you can fight back if assaulted

 

March 1, 2010 (Rancho Bernardo) – Fighting back may have saved the life of a woman attacked by John Gardner, the convicted sex offender now under arrest for suspected rape and murder in the case of missing Poway High School teen Chelsea King. (The search for King continues; Sheriff Gore has stated he still holds out hope that she may be found alive)

Candice Moncayo, a jogger attacked last December in the same park where King vanished, has positively identified John Gardner as her assailant, 10News reports.

 

How did Moncayo escape from Gardner--and what should you do if you are ever attacked?

BODY FOUND AT LAKE HODGES BELIEVED TO BE CHELSEA KING


Suspect may also be linked to Amber Dubois disappearance

March 2, 2010 (Rancho Bernardo) – A body has been found by authorities in a shallow grave near the water’s edge at Lake Hodges. In a press conference at 4 p.m. today, Sheriff Bill Gore said, “There is a strong likelihood that we have found Chelsea.” Poway High School honor student Chelsea King went missing while jogging around Lake Hodges.

FOUR SEXUAL ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES IN SDSU AREA

 

 

March 2, 2010 (SDSU) – Four reported sexual assaults have occurred in the San Diego State University area in the past two weeks, including one case where the suspect reportedly broke in to the victim’s home. In addition, a man was robbed at gunpoint and another was beaten during a robbery on campus.

POLITICAL WRANGLING

 

 

By Buck Shott


A Roundup of the latest national, state and local political news
 

March 1, 2010 -- As filing deadlines fast approach, who's in, who's out, and who's still on the fence?  Find out here!

EDITORIAL: VALUE LIVES, NOT PROFITS!

 
By Kathy Rallings
Chair, Health Care for All-San Diego Chapter

Recently, Anthem Blue Cross made the case for the California Universal Health Care Act (SB 810) by raising its rates 39% this year while pulling in record profits. The company blames rising health care costs, yet overall health care has only increased by 6%. Insurance companies like Anthem do not contribute anything to our health care and take billions of dollars out to satisfy their stockholders.

DEPUTIES ARREST SPRING VALLEY RAPE SUSPECT

 

March 1, 2010 – Jose Luis Covarruibias, 46, of Chula Vista has been arrested and will be charged with raping a Spring Valley woman on February 27.

WINTER RAINS BRING DESERT BLOOMS

 

 

February 28, 2010 (Anza Borrego) – record rainfall in January and February is expected to produce a banner season for wildflowers in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Blooms are expected to peak through mid-March, so plan your trip east to the desert on any clear day over the next couple of weeks.

DEADLY WEEK: 5 DIE ON EAST COUNTY ROADWAYS

February 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of five people in San Diego’s eastern regions during the past week, the San Diego County Coroner’s office reports.

A JUICY STORY: U-PICK STRAWBERRY FARM IS BURSTING WITH FAMILY FUN

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

February 28, 2010 (Lakeside) – What could be sweeter than plump, ripe, just-picked strawberries?

 

Victoria’s Gardens offers guests the opportunity to pick their own berries on a working farm—and also enjoy family fun activities that include a petting zoo, giant slides, train rides, pony rides, hay rides, fun jump and more.

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN CHELSEA KING CASE

 

 

 

February 28, 2010 (Poway) – John Albert Gardner III, 30, a registered sex offender, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. today by the San Diego County Sheriff’s fugitive task force.

 

He is being held on suspicion of rape and murder and is being questioned by homicide investigators about evidence linking him to Chelsea King’s disappearance. However Channel 6 news reports that when asked if the 17-year-old Poway High student is still believed alive, Gore replied, "We’re holding out that hope.”

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE 2 FROM ROLLOVER CRASH

 

February 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –Lakeside firefighters rescued two passengers from a rollover accident February 22. At 10:08 PM, the Heartland Communications Center dispatched one engine company, one rescue company, and an ALS ambulance and Battalion Chief to the 14000 block of Highway 8 business in the Johnston community, Captain Mark Grow of Lakeside Fire District reported at http://lakesidefiredist.blogspot.com/.

MULTIPLE SERIOUS INJURIES IN 3 EAST COUNTY ACCIDENTS THIS WEEKEND

February 28, 2010 – Eight people were injured, two with major trauma, in a major accident at Glencoe and Jamacha at 11:15 p.m. last night. Earlier in the day, at 4:40 p.m., a head-on collision at Highway 94 and Steele Canyon Road injured multiple patients, including several with serious injuries, Incident Page Network reported. In yet a third incident, a collision at Avocado and Challenger boulevards in La Mesa injured six people.

THREE ROBBERIES FRIDAY IN LA MESA

 

February 28, 2010 (La Mesa) –A Circle K Store was robbed at gunpoint Friday at 11 p.m. Earlier on the same date, two young men robbed, punched and kicked a juvenile on Spring Street. In yet another incident, a youth was robbed of a cell phone by five men at Water Street and Amaya Drive in La Mesa.

FOR THE BIRDS? PROPOSED BAN ON LEAD SHOT IN STATE WILDLIFRE AREAS DRAWS CRITICISM & PRAISE


SENATOR HOLLINGSWORTH OPPOSES PLAN

February 28, 2010 (Sacramento) –Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Ventura) has introduced a bill to ban use of lead shot by hunters of pheasant, quail, and other game birds in California wildlife areas. The measure is modeled after a federal ban enacted in 1991, which prohibits lead shot in hunting of ducks and other waterfowl.
 

“It has demonstrably improved the health of waterfowl,” Nava said. “But there are 37 other species besides waterfowl that are also known to suffer from lead poisoning.” He cited golden eagles and wild turkeys as two examples.

DEPUTY DIES IN PURSUIT OF WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN SANTEE

February 28, 2010 (Santee) –Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Collier has died following a rollover accident that occurred while he was in pursuit of a wrong-way driver on westbound State Route 52 around 3:20 this morning. Dispatcher Ryan Debillis, who was riding along, was injured.

 

The driver, Jose Jasso Lopez, 23, will be charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, Sheriff Bill Gore announced at a press conference this morning.

EDITORIAL: CONGRESSMAN BILBRAY SIDE STEPS INVESTIGATION INTO THOUSANDS OF HEALTH CARE-RELATED DEATHS


As Congress holds its hearing about Toyota recalls, and Rep. Brian Bilbray recently toured a Toyota dealership in Carlsbad, we need to ask a simple question. Why has Congress sat silently by while the private insurance industry has rushed to gouge us with exorbitant premium increases?

 

By Tracy Emblem

 

Between 2000 and 2009, there were only 34 deaths attributable to the Toyota vehicle defect. According to a recent 2009 Harvard Medical School study, nearly 45,000 people die each year in the United States -- one every 12 minutes -- mainly because people lack health insurance and cannot get health care.

TSUNAMI ALERT ISSUED FOR SAN DIEGO: REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 5:46 PM

 

Update 3 p.m.:  The tsunami effect locall remains in effect through 5:46 p.m. today for the entire west coast following an 8.8 quake in Chile.  An early tidal surge proved minor in San Diego though Santa Monica had tides 2.2 feet above normal sea level. In other regions, second and third waves were higher than the first.    

VIOLENT 8.8 QUAKE ROCKS CHILE; TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED

 

Japan also rattled by 7.0 quake today

February 27, 2010 – A powerful earthquake struck Chile off the coast of Maule during the night. The U.S. Geological Survey has upgraded the quake to 8.8.  A tsunami warning has been issued for coastal areas in Chile and Peru; a nine-foot tsunami wave has been reported.

2 DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS IN RAMONA & ESCONDIDO

 

 

February 26, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Two violent crimes, both involving drive-by shooting, have been reported locally today. Two vehicles involved, a white Lincoln or Cadillac and a Toyota pickup truck, are sought by authorities.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL WORKER WITH TB PROMPTS WARNING TO PATIENTS

 

 

February 26, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with Sharp Grossmont Hospital officials to notify patients, visitors and employees who may have been exposed to a hospital worker diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). The period of concern is Oct. 4, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2010, and limited to individuals who worked or visited one patient care floor of the hospital’s West Tower between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.

 

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