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BILBRAY INTRODUCES BILL TO REPEAL MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURING TAX

 

 

July 7, 2010 (San Diego) -- Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego) has introduced the Medical Device Tax Repeal Bill, H.R. 5615, designed to repeal the medical device manufacturing tax that was passed with President Barack Obama’s health care insurance bill earlier this year.

ON THE PROWL: ALLEY CAT SUMMER FEST JULY 9

 

 

July 5, 2010 (El Cajon) – On Friday, July 9th, fans of art, music, wine and classic cars will be prowling the streets of downtown El Cajon for the 5th annual Alley Cat Summer Fest. The event, which many consider to be the “cat’s meow,” is presented by St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center to benefit Sophie’s Art Gallery, creating opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities.

DRIVER OF STOLEN CAR JUMPS TO HIS DEATH IN SANTEE

 

July 5, 2010 (Santee) – Januario Natividad Ancheta, 37, leaped to his death off the northbound State Route 125 connector to State Route 52 in Santee last night, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office reports. He had been pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers and was driving a black Subaru WXR sedan that had been reported stolen.

JEFF HALL SELECTED PRESIDENT, ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTHEAST SAN DIEGO

 

 

July 5, 2010 (San Diego) -- Jeff Hall has been selected 2010/2011 President of the Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego, starting July 1st. Originally from Atlanta, he settled in San Diego after serving 10 years in the US Navy. He is currently an independent insurance agent representing Aflac.

POLICE CHIEF’S SON SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING MAN IN EL CAJON

 

July 3, 2010 (El Cajon) – Responding to calls of a man chasing people with a large hunting-type knife yesterday morning, El Cajon motorcycle officer Nick Sprecco spotted the suspect in a Jack-in-the-Box parking lot at 2nd and Madison. According to police, the suspect approached the officer, knife in hand, ignoring repeated orders to halt.

$5,000 REWARDS OFFERED TO STOP ARSONISTS

 

Cal-Fire provides arson hotline for tips to bust firebugs

 

July 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- One out of four fires is started by arson, Cal Fire reports.

 

“When an arsonist sets a fire, everyone pays,” a public service announcement issued today by Cal-Fire reveals. “Arson fires destroy homes, businesses, communities, forests, wildlands and lives." Arson costs also include fire losses, firefighting expenses and higher insurance premiums--plus arson fires tie up fire crews and equipment.

HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN 67 CRASH IDENTIFIED; HUSBAND ARRESTED

 

By Miriam Raftery
July 1, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Two women found dead at the scene of a car crash off Highway 67 Tuesday in Lakeside have been identified as Thao Richardson, 57, and her mother, Than Lyi, 72. Today, Sheriff’s officers arrested Michael Eugene Richardson, 57, for statutory rape of his 17-year-old niece.

 

An investigation into the crash has concluded that it was staged.  Authorities on the scene told ECM that “suspicious evidence” was found. Richardson has not yet been charged with the double murder, but he is considered “the only person of interest” in those deaths by Sheriff’s officials, according to other media reports today.

SCHWARZENEGGER ORDERS MINIMUM WAGE FOR STATE WORKERS

Four unions that agreed to slash pensions exempted from order

“I find it wrong for a Governor worth $40 million to be telling a state worker earning $40,000 that you are only worth $7.25 an hour.” – Lace Watkins, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
 

July 1, 2010 (Sacramento) – State workers won’t be celebrating this holiday weekend. Late today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the State Controlled to reduce pay for state workers to minimum wage , $7.25 an hour, until the Legislature passes a state budget. The announcement has left thousands of workers worried over how to cover their families’ living expenses with wages slashed to the bone.

SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL! PRODUCTION DEBUTS JULY 9 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

July 1, 2010 (Spring Valley) Young Actors Theater (YAT) will present Seussical, the Musical at the Encore Theater, 9620 Campo Road in Spring Valley, July 9-11 and July 16-18. Based on writings of Dr. Seuss, the production is suitable for audiences of all ages. The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge.

WOMEN’S HIGHER EDUCATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP (WHEEL) PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY CHAMBER

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: DEADLINE JULY 23, 2010

 

July 1, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a leadership program designed to empower women to own, lead, and navigate business and community in the global economy.

LA MESA CHAMBER ROLLS OUT NEW FUNDRAISER: LUCKY WINNER WILL DRIVE HOME A HONDA

 

East County News Service

 

June 26, 2010 (La Mesa) – Now you can support La Mesa’s business community and have a chance to win a brand new 2010 Honda CR-V LX car---the grand prize in the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s “Drive Away Raffle.”

 

The car, donated by DCH Honda of Lemon Grove, has a value of $22,255—or the lucky winner may opt to take $15,000 in cash instead. Second and third prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 cash will also be given away.

ROBERT ROSAS MEMORIAL OFF-ROAD RIDE JULY 10

 

July 1, 2010 (Campo) – The second annual Robert Rosas Memorial Off-Road ride will be held on July 10th. Proceeds will benefit the family of slain Border Patrol Agent Rosas, who was shot and killed while on duty in July 2009 near Campo.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE LOSES NEW PRESIDENT

 

July 1, 2010 (El Cajon) – Dr. Stuart Savin, currently out on medical leave, will be returning to Pennsylvania with his family and, as of July 1, will no longer serve as president of Cuyamaca College. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board and Chancellor Cindy L. Miles express their appreciation to Dr. Savin for his service and wish him a speedy recovery and the best in his future endeavors.
 

GUHSD BOARD SELECTS RALF SWENSON AS NEW SUPERINTENDENT TO LEAD DISTRICT

 

 

July 1, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Ralf Swenson has been tentatively selected as the next superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District contingent on successful contract negotiation, a positive community visit by the Governing Board to his current school district and further routine background checks.

SIMPLE WISDOM: REBOOT YOUR LIFE CONNECTION

 

By Penelope Andrade

 

June 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Are you connected to life? While many move in a daze of action, haze of forgetting, or tangle of technology, real life requires full frontal engagement. Yes, I’m talking about getting naked with the present moment. This means dropping in right here, right now sans overwork, alcohol, drugs, IPod, Blackberry, laptop, etc. to see how you feel. If you can barely imagine such a thing, you’re probably overdue to reboot your life connection.

MURDER ON HIGHWAY 67? DEATHS NOW INVESTIGATED AS HOMICIDES

 

Two women’s bodies found at site of car crash in Lakeside yesterday with "suspicious" evidence

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson

 

June 30, 2010 (Lakeside) – San Diego Sheriff’s Department today announced that it is investigating the deaths of two women found yesterday as homicides. The bodies were found approximately a mile and a half north of Slaughterhouse Canyon off the eastbound side of Highway 67 in Lakeside after a neighboring property owner reported that he had found a dark blue vehicle that plunged 200 to 300 feet down an embankment.

DRIVER HITS 5 PARKED CARS, INJURES 2 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

 

June 30, 2010 (La Mesa) – Last night at 11:43 p.m., a driver in La Mesa collided into a parked vehicle, causing a chain reaction collision in the 5300 block of Baltimore Drive.

STUDENTS & EDUCATION LEADERS JOIN ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK IN URGING SDSU TO RESTORE GUARANTEED LOCAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS


 

 

2 BILLS BY BLOCK TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS WILL BE HEARD WED. IN SACRAMENTO

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) – “What was once my dream had become a nightmare on the day I was notified that I was denied admission,” Donna Chanthalangsy, a student who had met all requirements for admission to San Diego State University. “I was angered, saddened and disappointed.”  She is among 1,740 local students rejected by SDSU due to a last-minute rule change made by SDSU president Stephen Weber.

EMERALD PUSHES NEW FIRE SAFETY POLICY

 

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- Concerned about potentially deeper cuts to fire safety, San Diego City Councilmember Marti Emerald is pushing for a new Council policy. She will introduce the new safety plan at the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on Wednesday, June 30th, at 2 p.m.
 

“Fire engines are already browned out affecting response times. The last thing we want to do is water down our Fire and Rescue Services even more,” says Emerald.

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT OF NETWORKING JULY 14

 

June 29, 2010 (City Heights) – Refugee Works and the San Diego Refugee Foreign invite local businesses to an International Night of Networking on Wednesday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at City Heights Center conference hall, 4305 University Avenue, San Diego. The event will showcase talents of foreign-trained professionals, forced to leave their homes because of war or persecution, who are now legal U.S. residents.

LOCAL EX-BEAUTY QUEEN PREJEAN TO WED RAIDERS' QUARTERBACK

 

Will a wedding between a provocative model and an NFL star adept at catching passes prove a marriage made in heaven?

 

East County News Service

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- Dethroned Miss USA California Carrie Prejean is about to score a new title:  Mrs.

 

According to Hollywood publications, East County’s notorious celebrity is set to wed Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Kyle Boller on Friday at the Del Mar Inn in San Diego.

COYOTE ATTACKS 12-YEAR-OLD IN SPRING VALLEY

 

Recent coyote attacks on large dogs in East County also reported; area residents suggest packs are becoming more aggressive

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 28, 2010 (Spring Valley) – A coyote attacked a 12-year-old girl shortly before 9:30 this evening at 9119 Jamacha Road in Spring Valley, just one block from the Spring Valley Library and La Presa Middle School, Heartland Dispatch and the San Diego Sheriff's office have confirmed.  

CAMPO MAN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH DEATH OF BABY DAUGHTER

 

June 29, 2010 (Campo) – Luis Alberto Duran, 21, of Campo was arrested yesterday and charged with assault resulting in the death of his infant daughter.

 

On Friday, deputies and paramedics were called to the family’s home in the 1800 block of Campo Truck Trail after receiving a medical assistance call reporting a four-month-old infant who was not breathing. The baby, who exhibited no outward signs of trauma, was pronounced dead at the scene.

POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER IN COLLEGE EAST NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Two possible suspects seen fleeing scene

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man inside a College East apartment. Around 11:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to 7240 El Cajon Boulevard on a report of a person shot. They found a male inside an apartment who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics attempted lifesaving measures, but the victim died at the scene at 12:10 p.m.

ATTENTION DOG OWNERS! K-9S AND COCKTAILS WED. JUNE 30TH IN TIERRASANTA

June 29, 2010 (Tierrasanta) – Looking for a doggone fine place to take your canine companion—and socialize with other dog owners? Back by popular demand is “K-9s and Cocktails” night at Andiamo’s restaurant this Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Bring your dog and enjoy happy hour drink specials on the patio.

WILL YOUR VOTE BE COUNTED? PANEL ON MIDTERM ELECTION ISSUES JUNE 30

 

Since it is easier to rig an electronic voting system than it is to rig a Las Vegas slot machine, citizens are rightly concerned about who is counting the ballots and how we can be sure that the real winners are sworn in.” --Linda Poniktera, executive director, Psephos

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) - Psephos, a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to election integrity, is sponsoring an expert panel on the 2010 Midterm Elections with co-sponsors including 10 News, Common Cause of San Diego, Plan of Action in a Changing Era (P.A.C.E.) and the Peace and Democracy Action Group of the First Unitarian Universalist Church. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the 10 News station, 4600 Air Way, San Diego.

2 DEAD IN HIGHWAY 67 CRASH WITH "SUSPICIOUS EVIDENCE"

June 29, 2010 (Lakeside) – An accident  has claimed two lives on Highway 67 near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in Lakeside. According to the California Highway Patrol, a dark blue vehicle plummeted 200 to 300 feet down an embankment before landing upside down.

MEXICAN APPELLATE COURT REVOKES ORDER TO SUSPEND SEMPRA LNG TERMINAL PERMITS

 

 

Next Hearing on Dispute Scheduled for July 6

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) – Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, yesterday reported that a Mexican federal appeals court has revoked a June 17 district court order that had directed Mexican regulatory agencies to suspend authorizations for operations of Sempra LNG’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Ensenada, Mexico. Sempra plans to bring LNG fuel to North America from the project. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCES VOTE TOMORROW, JUNE 30


“Many have difficulty traveling very far, and to make someone travel 10, 15, 20 miles or more to get their medicine is inhumane. For some who are forced to take public transportation, such a trek could easily take up to half of a day.” – Charlie Imes

An Open Letter to the San Diego Board of Supervisors

 

By Charlie Imes

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego) – I am a medical marijuana patient. I wasn't using marijuana prior to my diagnosis and emergency surgery in 2001 for stage 3 colon cancer. I had complications. I almost died a few times; the chemo almost killed me, too. I've had subsequent abdominal surgeries for diverticulitis, then later for a ruptured spleen, and finally for a severe abdominal hernia related to the previous surgeries.

MASTERWORKS EXHIBITION OF OIL PAINTINGS BY THE LATE STANISLAUS SOWINSKI OPENS WEDNESDAY AT O’DUNN FINE ART IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 28, 2010 (La Mesa) – “This is a wonderful opportunity for art collectors,” Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa, told East County Magazine. On Wednesday from 5-8 p.m., the gallery will host a reception and opening of a month-long exhibition of masterworks by Stanislaus J. “Stan” Sowinski, who died in January at his Rancho Bernardo residence at age 82. 

 

His large-scale oil paintings and Byzantine-style icons grace the walls of many public buildings including city halls and a university, as well as corporate headquarters, restaurants, and prominent churches.

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