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READER'S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO MY SAN DIEGO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

"Now you are finally considering zoning and operational ordinances regarding medical marijuana, which you will vote on tomorrow, and what are you proposing to adopt? A de facto ban that would effectively eliminate all medical marijuana facilities from operating in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County." -- Martha Sullivan

 

By Martha Sullivan

 

June 29, 2010 (San Diego)--As someone who is not a medical marijuana patient nor dispensary operator, but simply a taxpayer, voter and small business owner, I find the continuing opposition by my County Board of Supervisors to the Compassionate Use Act passed by California voters 14 years ago an affront to voters and taxpayers.

BALLOT MEASURE TO BAN LIVING WAGES IN SAN DIEGO FAILS TO QUALIFY; DEMAIO TO CHALLENGE REGISTRAR'S COUNT

Opponents urge voters “tricked” into signing to ask that that signatures be revoked
 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 28, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego’s Registrar of Voters has rejected a ballot measure backed by Councilman Carl DeMaio that would have made it easier for the City to outsource jobs and overturned living wage standards. The measure was bankrolled by city contractors and developers who stand to gain from increasing outsourcing and lowering wage standards, along with DeMaio, who calls himself the "taxpayer's watchdog."

SUMMER LOOKS BRIGHT FOR POWER SUPPLY, SDG&E REPORTS


Conservation and Demand-response Programs Still Important


East County News Service

June 28, 2010 (San Diego) – Summer is here, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it has lined up adequate electricity supplies and required reserves to meet customers’ expected energy needs this summer, barring extreme weather conditions

MAKE-A-WISH GOLF CLASSIC JULY 23 IN POWAY WILL RAISE MONEY TO FULFILL WISHES OF CHILDREN WITH LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESSES

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2010 (Poway) – The public is invited to participate in the 22nd annual Make-A-Wish Golf Class July 23 at the Maderas Golf Club in Poway. San Diego County Credit Union is presenting sponsor of the event, along with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

COUNTY SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON FUTURE PARKS, SERVICES

Parks and Recreation to Hold Community Meetings to Hear What Residents Want

June 28, 2010 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego’s Department of Parks and Recreation plans to hold community meetings starting this week in Lakeside, Fallbrook, Pine Valley, Ramona and San Diego to hear from residents about what kind of county parks they want.

TWINS' PLAYTIME ENDS WITH BOY SHOT IN HEAD BY ARROW

 


East County News Service

 

June 28, 2010 (Escondido) - San Diego Sheriff’s Department has issued details on the freak injury of a nine-year-old boy in Escondido. On Thursday, a Sheriff’s deputy, along with Escondido Police, responded to a call on San Pasqual Road in the unincorporated portion of Escondido. “

 

"The deputy learned that the nine year old, who had been shot with the arrow, had previously told his brother to shoot an arrow at him so he could catch it. He missed catching the arrow and was subsequently struck in the head, right above the eye,” a Sheriff’s media release stated.

7-11 ROBBED IN ROLANDO AREA

 

June 28, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Police Department seeks two men who robbed a 7-11 store at 6571 El Cajon Boulevard Sunday night at gunpoint at 11:08 p.m.

BRUSH FIRE IN ALPINE

 

June 28, 2010 (Alpine) - A brush fire burning east of Palo Verde Lake in Alpine is now five to seven acres.  "The forward spread is stopped," Chief Don Butz of Viejas Fire informed East County Magazine at 6:40 p.m. this evening.  

CAL-FIRE RESCUES HIKERS & SNAKE-BITTEN DOGS

 

East County News Service

 

June 28, 2010 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire and the Ramona Fire Department came to the assistance of five hikers who became dehydrated while hiking in the Cedar Creek area of Ramona. In addition, firefighters rescued two of the hikers’ dogs, that were bitten by rattlesnakes.

$8,000 NEEDED TO SAVE 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS AT LAKE MURRAY

East County News Service

June 28, 2010 (Lake Murray) -- The Lake Murray Kiwanis Foundation needs to raise $8,000 more in donations and advertising sponsorships to hold the annual 4th of July event, which customarily features bands, fireworks, and family-friendly activities.

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: KEEP COOL & STILL BE EARTH FRIENDLY

By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

Increase your enjoyment of living

June 27, 2010 (San Diego's East County) 

 

“Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.” ~ Ada Louise Huxtable

HONEST COMPANIES WANTED: BBB SEEKS ENTRIES FOR ETHICS AWARDS

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2010 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) invites all local businesses, both large and small firms, to enter the 2010 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. The BBB's annual awards program honors companies that demonstrate ethical business practices. Both BBB members and non members, including for profits and non profits, are encouraged to enter the 13th annual Torch Awards competition, which matches businesses in similar size categories based on number of employees.

COUNTY OFFERS PET MICROCHIP CLINIC TODAY IN ALPINE


CHIPS CAN HELP LOCATE LOST ANIMALS AFTER A FIRE
; MORE CLINICS PLANNED IN OTHER LOCATIONS

June 27, 2010 (Alpine) – San Diego County’s Animal Services Department will offer a clinic from 12 noon to 2 p.m. today at the Alpine Sheriff station, 2751 Alpine Boulevard. Pet owners can have their dogs, cats, rabbits or other small animals microchipped for a $20 fee—just in time for fire season.

 

The clinic will also provide $6 rabies vaccinations, plus spay/neuter coupons at $25 for male and $50 for female dogs and cats. Amnesty from late fees will be provided for owners who renew lapsed dog licenses.

HOMELESS IN EAST COUNTY: EL CAJON MOTHER OF THREE RECOUNTS TRAGIC LIFE

This is the latest in a series on homeless persons in East County based on first-person accounts. Because voices of the homeless are seldom heard in the media, this provides an ongoing platform for the homeless to relay their unfiltered stories. If you are homeless, or know of a homeless individual willing to be interviewed, please contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

 

By Richard Darvas

 

June 28, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Lucy has lived a rootless life. In a recent interview with East County Magazine, the 46-year-old homeless woman detailed how she lost her way. (To shield her children from untoward attention, she is using a pseudonym for this article.)

SANTEE FIRE NOW 259 ACRES

 

Update 3:15 p.m.  The fire has jumped to 259 acres, Viejas Fire Chief Don Butz has informed ECM. "It's in a very inaccessible area," said Butz, adding that the forward spread of the fire has been slowed.

June 26, 2010 (Santee) - A vegetation fire that began late this morning north of Santee is now approximately 70 acres in size, according to Heartland Fire dispatch.  The fire is burning westward into federal property in the adjacent Miramar area.

 

The blaze is not yet contained, however the forward spread of the fire is slowing, Heartland informed East County Magazine. Currently there are 100 firefighting personnel, five hand crews and three helicopters battling the blaze. Fixed wing aircraft have been released. 

JOHNS FLUSHED: UNDERCOVER STING NABS 14 FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTION IN EL CAJON

 

June 25, 2010 (El Cajon) – An undercover operation by the El Cajon Police Department yesterday targeted males soliciting acts of prostitution from women on the streets of El Cajon. With assistance from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, 14 individuals were arrested yesterday during the six-hour operation.

VARGAS PULLS AHEAD OF SALAS—BY SIX VOTES

 

 

June 25, 2010 (San Diego) – It doesn’t get much closer than this. Yesterday, Mary Salas' lead over Juan Vargas had evaporated to a single vote.  Today, in the hotly contested Democratic primary for the 40th State Senate District,Vargas pulled into the lead by a six vote margin with 24,079 votes to Salas' 24,073. But this horse race isn’t over yet, with thousands of votes yet to be tallied in a race spanning three separate counties.
 

FIRE IN LAKESIDE HELD AT ¼ ACRE

June 25, 2010 (Lakeside) – A vegetation fire on Los Coches Road in Lakeside scorched a car and ignited trees, sending up a large column of dark smoke moments ago, but is now under control. “The fire is confined to a quarter of an acre,” Lakeside Fire Chief Andy Parr told ECM.

BRUSH FIRE IN ESCONDIDO STARTED BY WEED WHACKER

 

Update 5:15 p.m.: Cal-Fire confirms this fire was started by a weed whacker with a metal blade. Residents are reminded not to trim brush after 10 a.m. and avoid metal blades, where possible.

Update 4 p.m.:  This fire has been contained at three acres.  
 

June 25, 2010 (Escondido) A brush fire at Harmony Grove and Country Club in Escondido is threatening a mobile home and has potential to reach five acres, Incident Page Network reports. The blaze is currently a half acre burning in light flashy fuel and spreading at a moderate rate.
 

View a map of the location here.

CARS VANDALIZED ON GRAD NIGHT AT WEST HILLS HIGH

 

June 25, 2010 (Santee) – At least 16 vehicles were vandalized or broken into at West Hills High School in Santee sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. yesterday morning. Graduating seniors left their cars parked in the "senior lot" before heading to Knott’s Berry Farm for Grad Night.

BILL TO LET STATE LIMIT HEALTH INSURANCE RATE HIKES ADVANCES IN STATE SENATE

Local legislators split on support, opposition to measure

 


June 25, 2010 (Sacramento) – On Wednesday, the State Senate Health Committee passed AB 2578, the Healthcare Accountability Act. The measure aims to protect California consumers from excessive health insurance rate hikes, such as the 39% rate increase announced by Anthem Blue Cross earlier this year and an up to 75% increase imposed on businesses by Blue Shield.

GARDEN BOUNTY: COOK UP SOME TASTY SUMMER VEGETABLES


RECIPE: SUMMER VEGGIES (A low-fat, tasty side dish.)

 

This seasonal favorite is compliments of Sharon Courmousis, owner of Sacred Rocks Reserve RV Campground in Boulevard and author of the "Purple Mountain Sage" column.

SMASHIN’ AND CRASHIN’ AT THE DEL MAR FAIR: EAST COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS SCORE WINS IN DEMOLITION DERBY

Finale at Viejas Fire-Safe Expo proves a bang-up hit with crowd
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

June 25, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Lemon Grove Firefighters scored a victory in the Firefighters Demolition Derby, held June 19th at the Del Mar Fair. Viejas, sponsor of the event to benefit the San Diego Burn Institute, took second in the action-packed event.

The Firefighters Demolition Derby has been a long-standing tradition in East County, dating back to the days of the old Cajon Speedway. The event disappeared when the Speedway shut down in 2005—until now, when Viejas resurrected the Derby and brought it to Del Mar. View our videos of the derby’s opening and final round segments.

CA ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY BROWN SUES PADRE DAM TO PROTECT SACRED NATIVE AMERICAN SITE

 

East County News Service
 

June 24, 2010 (Santee) – California Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown today filed a lawsuit on behalf of the California Native American Heritage Commission against Padre Dam Municipal Water District and its board of directors. The suit seeks a permanent injunction on construction of a proposed pump station, 2.5 million gallon reservoir, flow control facility and pipelines near Lake Jennings.  

BOY ESCAPES KIDNAPPER IN ROLANDO PARK : POLICE SEEK BEARDED MAN IN BLUE VAN

June 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Police report that a man in a faded and rusted blue van tried to kidnap a 12-year-old boy who was walking home from school at 5:23 p.m. today. The man, described as a white man in his 30s or 40s with a long beard, ordered the boy to get in the van in the 3800 block of Demas Street in the Rolando area of San Diego, just west of La Mesa. When the boy refused, the man got out and grabbed the victim, ripping the boy's shirt.

CROWD PACKS POWERLINK MEETING IN ALPINE; ATTORNEY OFFERS HOPE TO BELEAGUERED BACKCOUNTRY RESIDENTS

 


“I am persuaded that this project will not be built. It was conceived in secrecy ….sold with misleading information.” – Stephen Volker, attorney


Anonymous donor pledges to match donations for legal battle up to $20,000

June 24, 2010 (Alpine) – A standing-room-only crowd of around 700 people packed into the Alpine Community last night, where Supervisor Dianne Jacob and the Protect Our Communities Foundation convened a meeting for the public to provide input on SDG&E’s proposal to route Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest.  No representatives were present from the U.S. Forest Service or SDG&E.

 

Many public officials and candidates for office came out in opposition to the project—while others were conspicuous by their absence or failure to take a stance. 
 

The public has until June 29 to submit comments to Forest Supervisor William Metz. You may submit your comments online at www.mailroom_r5_cleveland@fs.fed.us and include the subject line “Sunrise Powerlink Comments” or call to leave recorded comments at (858)673-6180.

INDIAN HEALTH COUNCIL CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH OPEN HOUSE FESTIVITIES & FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS JUNE 25

June 24, 2010 (Valley Center) -- The Indian Health Council, Inc., (IHC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary June 25 with a festive Open House, featuring health screenings, raffle prizes and giveaways, tours of the facility, and a Fun Zone for children that includes a bike rodeo. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the council headquarters, 50100 Golsh Road, Valley Center (on the Rincon Reservation).

I-8 CLOSED DUE TO FIRE AT JACUMBA

 

Update 6:15 p.m. Spread ofd the fire has been completely stopped, Cal-Fire reports. Firefighters remain on scene to mop up hot spots.

Update 3:50 p.m.  -- Firefighters now have a hose lay completely around the fire, which is expected to hold at 10 acres or less.  An air tanker has been dismissed but helicopters remain on site.

 

June 24, 2010 3:15 p.m. (Jacumba) -- I-8 westbound is closed due to a vegetation fire at Carrizo Gorge near the community of Jacumba. CHP has issued a Sig Alert.  The fire, now 7-10 acres, resulted from a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 2:13 p.m.  A car overturned and one victim is reportedly in acute status with burns, Incident Page Network reports. 

WOMAN DEMANDS MORE THAN A JAVA JOLT, ROBS STARBUCKS AT GUNPOINT

 

June 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – A woman posed as a customer for two hours , then pulled out a silver revolver at 8:50 p.m. last night as an employee was removing cash from a register at closing time at Starbucks Coffee, 8497 Fletcher Parkway near PetCo. After the robbery, the suspect was seen driving west through the parking lot toward Jackson Drive in a blue 1990s two-door hatchback, possibly a Honda.

PADRE DAM HALTS CONSTRUCTION; AGREES TO POSTPONE COURT HEARING ON WATER PROJECT

 

 

Viejas calls on District to negotiate in good faith to protect newly discovered Native American burial ground
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

June 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for Friday in San Diego Superior Court has been postponed to July 23, under an agreement reached between Padre Dam Municipal Water District and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

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