July 2010 Articles
“Moms are uniting and leading the charge to end drug prohibition, just as they did with alcohol prohibition in the 1930s. It’s time to end the pointless and punitive criminalization of people who use drugs and the needless deaths caused by the illegal drug trade.” -- Gretchen Burns Bergman, Executive Director & Co-Founder A New PATH
By: Dennis Moore
July 10, 2010 (San Diego) –Family members of drug victims have joined forces with healthcare and others to forge a coalition calling for changes in failed drug policies. These policies have led to increased violence and mass incarceration, while failing to curb addiction and overdose deaths.
SPECIAL EVENT OPENS AUG.7 TO COMMEMORATE FAMED ARTIST LORA WOODHEAD STEERE, FOUNDER OF IDYLLWILD ARTS
Nobel Laureate to join historians and musicians honoring legendary So-Cal artist, a former San Diego Art Guild member
"So fitting and so overdue to pay tribute to Lora’s life and myriad contributions as a pioneering artist, naturalist, and community builder; who sculpted lives as consciously and creatively as she molded clay.”- - Lora’s grandson John E. Steere Jr.
July 8, 2010 (Idyllwild) -- A retrospective devoted to the art and the love of life of Lora Woodhead Steere (1888-1984), the legendary artist, naturalist, Idyllwild pioneer, and beloved first teacher at the famous Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), now called Idyllwild Arts, will open with a special event at 11am on Saturday, August 7th, at The Rustic Theatre. The exhibit opening and reception will follow at 1pm the Krone Museum on the Idywilld Arts Campus.
“This is going to be something special and everyone is invited and welcome to attend. I have some magic tricks up my sleeve from my recent internship at The Marine Room.”--Chef Jeremy Manley
July 9, 2010 (Julian) -- On Friday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. Jeremy’s on the Hill California Style Bistro will host a four-course wine pairing dinner featuring wines from four back country wineries: Menghini Winery and J. Jenkins Winery from Julian as well as Shadow Mountain Vineyards and La Serenissima Vineyards from Warner Springs.
Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing
By: Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management
July 9, 2010 (La Mesa) -- We have just received notification that two of our top-rated carriers, John Hancock & Metlife, will be raising rates for new policies. If you have already secured your long term care policy, CONGRATULATIONS…you made a great decision! If you have been considering taking out a long term care insurance policy, please contact an independent Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) agent right away for quotes. (See below for tips on what to look for.)
Update on Tax Deductible Premiums:
By Miriam Raftery
July 9, 2010 (San Diego's East County) - What are the odds of a big quake striking your community? Now there's a website where you can type in your zip code and learn the probability of a major quake striking in the near or distant future.
I typed in my own zip code (91941 La Mesa) and was startled to learn that the odds of a 6.0 magnitude quake or greater striking within the next 10 years is 50%--and in some nearby towns the chances are even greater.
What should you do to stay safe when an earthquake strikes?
July 9, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Heartland Fire Dispatch received reports of a brush fire just east of Interstate 8 near West Main Street in El Cajon shortly before 4 p.m. today. As crews from Heartland Fire & Rescue arrived, they found the brush and some nearby eucalyptus trees ablaze. It took 15 firefighters about 25 minutes to contain the fire.
The trolley service is delayed through this area and traffic traveling eastbound on Interstate 8 is heavily congested into El Cajon to West Main Street. Surface street areas of West Main Street and Marshall Avenue are congested. Please watch for traffic control, and if possible use an alternate route.
July 9, 2010 (Escondido) – Escondido Police seek the public’s help to find a man suspected of raping a 16-year-old girl. The suspect reportedly attacked the teen at gunpoint and raped her shortly before 8:30 this morning on the flood control bike path near North Beech Street and East Valley Parkway.
July 9, 2010 (Alpine) – For years, the only “Bear” at Lions, Tigers and Bears, a facility in Alpine for rescued and abused big cats, was a miniature horse bearing that name. But now a black bear cub named “Liberty” has been brought to the facility by California Fish & Game Aget Kevin Brennan, who captured the yearling at a campground near Mt. Baldy in Angeles National Forest.
July 9, 2010 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Highway Lions Club is hosting a fundraiser on all “to go” orders placed July 12-14 at Mario’s Restorante Italiano, 12440 Woodside Avenue in Lakeside. Mention the Lakeside Skatepark and the restaurant will donate 20% of proceeds to help build a premier skatepark where skaters can exercise in a clean, safe environment.
July 9, 2010 (College Area) – What could be better than a free feast, music, and partying with East County Magazine? You’re invited to our “Midsummer Night Mixer and Mediterranean Feast” to welcome our region’s new restaurant, Garden Fresh Grill & Smoothie in the College area.
This free event will be held on Friday, July 30th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll also have prize drawings—including a two-hour party with a D.J. from Nights of the Sound Table. RSVPS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT. Space is limited to the first 30 who reserve space, so RSVP now to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Since the Easter Sunday earthquake in Mexico, strong tremors and aftershocks have moved northwards and westwards. The 5.4 magnitude quake near Borrego on July 7 had its epicenter in San Diego’s East County, leaving residents wondering whether the temblor is a late aftershock from the Mexico earthquake—or a precursor of a larger quake yet to come. The quakes also raise questions over whether it's time to invest in earthquake insurance--or at least seismic retrofitting for your home or business.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AWARD PRESENTED TO EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE BY SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS
July 9, 2010 (San Diego) – East County Magazine added another award to its growing list of honors last night at the Society of Professional Journalists awards banquet at the Bali Hai restaurant in San Diego. SPJ-San Diego presented ECM with a first-place award for investigative reporting in the daily news reporting category.
The winning story, “Sonic weapons used in Iraq positioned at Congressional town hall meetings in San Diego County,” by ECM editor Miriam Raftery, revealed that San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore’s office had been rolling out a long-range acoustical device (LRAD) at public events ranging from a sand-castle building contest to Congressional town hall meetings on healthcare reform. (Read the award-winning story.)
July 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce invites you to “pack your suitcases and travel to some of the most breathtaking and exciting locations throughout the world.”
The 2010 Tours and Trade Missions with the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will be heading out to Spain, Thailand, China, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy, our own New England Coast and the National Parks of the Northwest.
July 9, 2010 (Sacramento ) State Controller John Chiang has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court to block Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order that would reduce state workers’ pay to the federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour. The decision could determine whether 200,000 state workers ranging from DMV employee workers to Cal-Trans highway workers will face pay cuts of two-thirds or more of their salaries in some cases.
July 9, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Want to help homeless animals and clean up your dirty dog at the same time? Camp Bow Wow is hosting a charity dog wash at Cat & Doggie Works, 1137 N. Second Street in El Cajon, on Saturday July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By Sylvia Hampton
July 9, 2010 (San Diego) -- One of our most prized regional achievements and treasures in San Diego County is the San Dieguito River Park, located in our back yard. When Mayor Sander’s budget was approved by the San Diego City Council recently it included cutting $254,000 annual contribution to the river park, which is 36% of the park’s budget.
July 8, 2010 (San Diego) – “We have to make sure that California is the hub of a new clean energy economy,” Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) said in a press conference Tuesday in San Diego. She added, “If we do this right, we’re going to see the words `made in America’ again.”
The Senator’s plan includes creation of transportation jobs, including high-speed rail construction. “I’ve been to Otay and 805 and seen the jobs being created,” she noted. “I have an opponent saying nothing is happening from the Economic Recovery Act, and that’s just wrong. I see people every day who say thank you for the jobs that have been created.”
By Ann Menasche
The 2010 election cycle is demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt that California’s proposition process is undemocratic, corrupt, and irreparably broken. It’s time to reform the process to eliminate moneyed interests and return decision making power to the voters.
July 8, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Moses Jovid Muhammad, 56, died today after being shot by an El Cajon policeman outside Jack-in-the-Box.
July 9, 2010 (El Cajon) --The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation wants to notify residents to leave the alcohol at home when visiting Hilton Head County Park, which features an aquatic center with a pirate-themed water-spray for children.
Possession of alcoholic beverages will not be allowed when the park is open to the public. The alcohol-free ordinance will take effect immediately and continue through October 2010.
East County Roundup highlights stories of interest to East County featured in other media outlets.
This week’s “Roundup” stories include:
• SDG&E wants to charge more during peak hours
• Expert suggests quake insurance for San Diegans
• County’s home prices up 7% in May
• Horn’s non-permitted work goes beyond barn alterations
• Salinity stresses avocado trees, growers
July 8, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa is offering two free summer movie nights. The movies are shown on large screens, providing family entertainment under the stars. Now you can enjoy a "dive-in movie" while swimming or floating, or relish a movie in the park at dark.
By Dawn Celapino
July 11, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--Take severe caution when walking your dog on the trails this summer! Make sure you always keep your dog on a tight leash, and try to avoid allowing them to sniff in tall grass and bushes. Rattlesnakes can be found on or near trails taking in the sun and won’t hesitate to attack if surprised by your furry friend.
July 8, 2010 (La Mesa) – A 74-year-old woman whose car crashed through a fence and tumbled 60 feet down an embankment on Aztec Drive in La Mesa has been rescued. Heartland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the accident at 12:30 p.m. and found the vehicle had landed in a drainage ditch. It took ten firefighters approximately half an hour to extricate the woman from the vehicle by removing the roof of the car.
SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR RIGHTS TO LIMIT SEMPRA CEO'S PAY: CONSUMER LEADER SLAMS $21 MILLION COMPENSATION PLAN
SHAREHOLDERS TO PUT LIMITS ON SEMPRA EXECUTIVE PAY
“Felsinger’s salary is a graphic example of the grossly disproportionate salaries that CEOs continue to feast upon even in our current economic malaise. It is offensive in many ways, including the fact that it is partially paid by themoney we pay SDG&E montly.” – Michael Shames, Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN)
By Miriam Raftery
July 8, 2010 (San Diego) Stockholders at Sempra Energy, parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), have approved a “say on pay” clause giving them power to restrict executive compensation. The vote came in may, following disclosure that Sempra’s chief executive, Donald Felsinger, was the highest-paid executive in San Diego County last year with a $20.9 million annual salary and benefits package, plus a $35 million golden parachute retirement package he woudl receive if the company is ever sold.
East County News Network
July 8, 2010 (San Diego) – A man who struggled with a police officer repeatedly and fled following a routine traffic stop is in critical condition at a local trauma center after being shot, struck with a baton, and tasered. He has been identified as Bobby J. Kemp, 27, of Spring Valley.
July 8, 2010 (La Mesa) -- What does author Jack Brandais do when he’s not busy being the media spokesperson for the San Diego Unified School District, writing a driving column, or reviewing new cars? He hits the weekly Back to the 50’s car show in La Mesa! On July 22 at 6 pm, he’ll be signing copies of his book, Weekend Driver San Diego, at the Readers Inc. bookstore in the heart of La Mesa village.
July 7, 2010 (Pine Valley) -- A man is dead of injuries sustained in a rollover accident on I-8 near the Mt. Laguna exit near Pine Valley this afternooon. The accident caused a small brush fire that was swiftly contained by U.S. Forest Service firefighters.
July 7, 2010 - A strong earthquake jolted East County at 4:53 p.m. today. The quake, which was centered 13 miles north northwest of Borrego Springs in San Diego's East County, was initially rated a 5.9 on the Richter scale but subsequently downgraded to a 5.4 according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
"Montezuma Valley Grade had boulders rock and come loose, laying in the roadway, a citizen reported," a deputy at Borrego Springs told East County Magazine. "They felt it was a safety hazard and I dispatched County Roads...Cell phone service went out for about five minutes also; all circuits were busy."
"It was a rough jolt," Linda Narrin, an employee at Orchard Hill Bed & Breakfast Inn in Julian, told East County Magazine.
East County News Service
July 7, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- It’s summer – the perfect time to dust off the barbeque and invite all your family and friends over to celebrate National Grilling Month in July. What better way to eat healthy than to savor some fresh, grilled vegetables from your home garden, a nearby farmer’s market or roadside produce stand?