April 2010 Articles
By Brian Lafferty
April 28, 2011 (San Diego) – For a movie nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Oscars, Incendies is artistically and technically incompetent. Rarely have I sat through a movie feeling so bewildered and frustrated. The story is needlessly complicated but that’s not the real problem. It’s the ineptness of the screenwriter, casting director, and the cinematographer in telling this story.
ADL OFFERS $2,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST & CONVICTION
By Miriam Raftery
May 6, 2010 (El Cajon) –On Monday, April 26, a man with a shaved head banged his knuckles against the office window of a prominent Latino rights leader in El Cajon and issued a death threat.
Since then, vandalism and a break-in have occurred, raising concerns that a prominent Latino organizer here may be the target of hate-motivated crimes. Now the victims are fighting back--determined not to let threats of violence intimidate them into silence.
May 6, 2010 (Sacramento) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared May 2-8 Wildfire Awareness Week to remind Californians to be prepared for wildfires and vigilant as the state approaches peak fire season. CAL FIRE will also be using the week to highlight the importance of the homeowner’s role in preparing their property and families ahead of time to survive a wildfire.
This year’s Wildfire Awareness Week theme is based on the nationwide fire preparedness campaign “Ready, Set, Go."
79th district Democrats Ben Hueso, Pearl Quinones in Bonita;
77th district Republican Christine Rubin at Barrett Junction
May 6, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – On Thursday, May 13th, voters are invited to meet local candidates for Assembly at two separate locations. Both events are free and open to the public.
May 5, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Lakeside First, a citizens' oversight group formed in February 2010, announced today that it will suspend its recall campaign against Lakeside Fire Board Directors Nick Johnson and Jim Bingham. The action came after Lakeside First board members voted in a near-unanimous decision that the recall campaign was no longer supported by the majority of the board.
Proceeds benefit Komen San Diego fund for breast cancer cure
SAN DIEGO, May 5, 2010 – Sports and stilettos will unite at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Second Annual Women’s Football Academy benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, San Diego on Saturday, June 5. SDSU’s head football coach, Brady Hoke, and his staff will teach women how to be football savvy.
By Miriam Raftery
May 4, 2010 – ECM has received several e-mails from readers with updates on the situation in Baja, California and Mexicali in Imperial County more than a month after the devastating Easter earthquake.
According to an eyewitness in Mexico, flooded villages have started to dry up and trucks have been dispatched to remove large quantities of mud from homes. Crowds of people have been asked by police to return to their villages, but sleep outside of their damaged homes.
By Richard Darvas
$63,000 bill stemming from $25,000 weed abatement charge raises questions over fire district's use of private contractor
May 3, 2010 (Dehesa)--As World War II drew to its nuclear close, Joseph Diliberti was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Sicilian parents. From an early age, however, Diliberti discovered his perennial roots in nature. Whether crab fishing in Long Island or hunting in upstate New York, outdoor activities were a family affair.
“I love this ‘cause I feel like I’m home,” the retiree observes several decades later, as he traces his arm in a circular motion to indicate his present rural home in Dehesa.
Employees Illegally Dumped Pesticides and Hazardous Chemicals
May 3, 2010 (San Diego) -- San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis (photo, left), California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. and 18 other District Attorneys throughout the state announced today that a $27.6 million settlement has been reached with Wal-Mart for violations of environmental laws and regulations. It is one of the largest environmental settlements of this type brought by a prosecuting agency in U.S. history.
May 3, 2010 (El Cajon) – Witnesses have told California Highway Patrol officers that a man drinking a beer beside Interstate 8 near the Greenfield exit intentionally stepped in front of a semi-truck, which swerved to avoid him. The man then ran into the path of the truck again and was struck.
May 5, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- After nine years of doing Sprint Nextel business in the Rancho San Diego Community, Connect Direct has remodeled and will hold a Grand Re-Opening/Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, May 7th from 1-4 p.m. at 2656 Jamacha Rd. #106 in El Cajon.
1,500 TURN OUT IN LOCAL MAY DAY PROTESTS; OFFICIALS & CANDIDATES VOICE VIEWS
By Miriam Raftery
May 1, 2010 – Across America, hundreds of thousands participated in May Day marches and rallies to protest Arizona’s new immigration law, which requires that law enforcement officers demand papers proving legal status from anyone suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. Supporters say the law is necessary to stem the flow of illegal immigration, but opponents fear it will lead to civil rights violations, illegal detention of legal residents, and a climate of intimidation.
Tylenol, Motrin, Bendryl, and Zyrtec on list; FDA offers consumer advice
May 1, 2010 (Washington D.C.) –Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare is implementing a voluntary recall of infant and children’s liquid products due to manufacturing deficiencies which may affect quality, purity or potency. Following McNeil’s recall announcement on Friday evening, the FDA is providing additional the following advice to consumers.
By Miriam Raftery
May 1, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – At 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, East Count y Magazine columnist Dennis Richardson of Lakeside reports spotting a large, white object “burning across the skies” from south to north in the western sky. “It started falling apart towards the end of my field of vision,” he said, adding that smaller pieces “flew away in a cone-shaped tail as they burned up more quickly and disappeared.”
A larger piece traveled on and disappeared behind clouds, said Richardson, who believed the object could be space debris, a meteorite, or shooting star.
May 1, 2010 (Spring Valley) – A brawl involving 200 or more juveniles at the Spring Valley Community Center may have been gang related, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s office. The rowdy crowd was ultimately dispersed without injuries and no arrests were made.
May 1, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Three East County youngsters are going to Akron, Ohio, this July to compete in the National All-American Soap Box Derby. They will be winners of their divisions in the 8th Annual Drew Ford-Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby. Who will they be?
That won’t be known until race day, Saturday, May 22, on Junior High Drive adjacent to La Mesa Middle School.
By Hugh Moore
May 1, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- At a public forum this past week Rep. Duncan Hunter suggested that children born in the US of parents that are not citizens should not be granted citizenship specifically stating, “And we’re not being mean. We’re just saying it takes more than walking across the border to become an American citizen.”
Bill to regulate rate hikes introduced by Insurance Commissioner candidate Dave Jones
April 30, 2010 (Sacramento - Following a storm of criticism, Anthem Blue Cross announced yesterday that it will withdraw its request to raise premiums by as much as 39% on California policy holders.
“The hearings I chaired revealed that Anthem Blue Cross and its parent company, Wellpoint, have made billions in profits at the expense of Californians,” Assemblyman Dave Jones, candidate for State Insurance Commissioner, said in a press release issued today. When the insurer refused to provide information on salary packages of its executives, Jones said, “I issued the first Legislative subpoena in a decade to get that information.”
SAN DIEGO BOOKSHELF: JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY, ONE MOM SPEAKS OUT ON GREATEST GIFT A MOTHER CAN RECEIVE
Author will share her story and sign copies of Delivering Hope on Saturday May 1st in El Cajon
May 1, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Ten years ago, Pamela MacPhee offered to become her very own human biology experiment by carrying a baby for her cousin’s wife, who was devastated by infertility from cervical cancer. MacPhee successfully delivered a healthy baby girl, named Hope, to the couple in May of 2000—born one day after Mother’s Day.
After fielding thousands of questions from friends, family and strangers about surrogacy, she decided to put her surrogacy story down on paper to share her experience with a broader audience.
As the Country Suffers, Leadership Fails
By Walter Davis
April 30, 2010 (San Diego)--With the economy in the tank and American families suffering, a deadlocked government continues to look after the interests of the corporations. These are tough times for the American family. So many teens seem not to have hope; young adults do not seem to be able to realize their true potential. Our world class education system has been gutted while the war machine never seems to run out of money.
East County Roundup highlights important stories impacting East County published in other publications.
Roundup stories for this month include:
- Jail land to be acquired by eminent domain: legal action okayed for expanded Las Colinas facility
- Streamlined zoning code proposed in El Cajon; City to hold hearing on revised rules
- Salas, Vargas financing debate turns ugly
- Crackdown curbs crime on trolley
- How a strict earthquake safety law doesn't apply to all schools
- Famliy, friends remember slain Poway couple
- New info prompts release of woman in elderly thefts
- King parents, Fletcher lobby for Chelsea's Law
- Santee man catches child in 30-foot mall plummet
- Energy: solar fire raises questions about panel safety; building code leaves firefighters unable to fully kill power
- Mingei Escondido latest casualty of economy
- Council's oversight of meeting knocked;public isn't given chance to comment (El Cajon hearing on East County Performing Arts Center)
Suspect’s truck was towing a trailer with possible license CA/4KW5935
April 30, 2010 (Otay Ranch) –Authorities seek the public’s help to locate a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl who was accosted while walking to High Tech high School on Thursday.
April 30, 2010 (Poway) – U.S. Secret Service Agents and San Diego Sheriff’s deputies found numerous counterfeit bills, computer, narcotics and stolen property in a search of a Poway home yesterday. Some of the stolen property found has been linked to burglaries of homes and cars in San Diego County. Mina Thamracksa and Thanh Nguyen were arrested and their infant son was taken into protective custody.
April 30, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – A 15-year-old Lemon Grove resident was arrested this morning in connection with the assault and robbery of a 78-year-old woman on her way to church last Sunday morning in Lemon Grove. The youth was arrested on a probation violation and struggled with deputies during his arrest, injuring one deputy and ripping the badge off another, according to the Sheriff’’s office.
By Brian Lafferty
April 30, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--Re-imagining a classic movie like A Nightmare on Elm Street is very risky, primarily because there will be constant comparisons to the original. Wes Craven’s 1984 masterpiece has garnered a spot in the pantheon of horror films and spawned numerous sequels with varying degrees of quality. I happily report, however, that the reboot, directed by music video director Samuel Bayer, is a solid piece of filmmaking.
April 30, 2010 (El Cajon)—The City of El Cajon invites the public to its 13th year of receiving the Tree City USA award and the 21st Annual Arbor Day ceremony. Festivities will begin at 3:00 p.m., next to the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 East Main Street. In celebration of Arbor Day, over 125 trees will be planted at El Cajon Parks, public grounds, parkways and schools.
“THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH BUTTERFLIES” AT VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER: 13TH ANNUAL SAGE & SONGBIRDS FESTIVAL & GARDEN TOUR
Alpine’s Biggest Annual Festival to be held May 1 & 2, 2010
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – April 29, 2010 – Viejas Outlet Center will host Alpine’s biggest festival, the 13th annual Sage & Songbirds Festival & Garden Tour on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. The theme for this year’s event is “The Hills Are Alive with Butterflies.”
By Tracy Emblem
Recently Arizona enacted its own immigration bill which potentially usurps the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration.
California Congressman Brian Bilbray, Chair of the Immigration Reform Committee, and former lobbyist for FAIR (listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), offers no real solutions to the immigration debate. In response to Arizona’s new radical immigration bill, Bilbray supported its legality and explained that police could spot illegal immigrants merely by the way they dress. His remarks demonstrate a lack of critical thinking skills necessary for leadership in Congress on complex, human, social and economic issues.
By Miriam Raftery, Editor
April 28, 2010 (Deerhorn Valley) – Five days after a man’s dead body was found by motorists on Deerhorn Valley Road following a night of freezing temperatures, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has not bothered to issue a press release. Neither has the County Medical Examiner. The Sheriff’s office has not returned a call from ECM requesting information on the man, who carried no identification.
Why aren’t local authorities interested in getting public help to identify the deceased stranger?
FEINSTEIN BLASTS WELLPOINT CORPORATE GREED, INTRODUCES BILL TO HALT RATE INCREASE ON 800,000 CALIFORNIANS
Insurer also targeted breast cancer patients with computer program to terminate their coverage
April 27, 2010 (Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) expressed outrage after Reuters published a story detailing how WellPoint Inc. used a special computer program to target breast cancer patients and terminate their health coverage. (Read the story here.) WellPoint is the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross of California, which plans to hike premium rates by up to 39 percent on 800,000 California policyholders on May 1.
"We have a duty to protect the American people from the corporate greed of these for-profit, publically traded health insurance companies," said Senator Feinstein. "If a CEO thinks it is okay to deprive women of their health coverage when they become seriously ill with breast cancer, we can't trust them to do the right thing, period. Left to their own devices, companies like WellPoint will throw paying customers to the sharks for the sake of profit."