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VISIT OUR ALL NEW 2010 HOLIDAYS IN EAST COUNTY SECTION

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COUPLE FOUND DEAD IN BORREGO SPRINGS HOME

October 11, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – San Diego Sheriff’s homicide unit is investigating the deaths of a man and woman in the 2000 block of Saint Thomas Drive in Borrego Springs.

 

Detectives went to the home after receiving a call last night at 6:14 p.m. requesting a welfare check on a female at the residence. Deputies arrived and through a window saw an apparently deceased man on the sofa. After entering the home, they confirmed his death and also found the body of a dead female in the kitchen.

HOLIDAY ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR: LA MESA NOV. 14

 

November 12, 2010 (La Mesa) – Savor fair trade coffee while perusing products from fair-trade artisans around the world at the La Mesa Holiday Alternative Gift Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 7710 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa in the parish hall.

FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY SALE NOV. 13 IN LA MESA

 

October 31, 2010 (La Mesa)--The youth of United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) invite you to visit their “SERRV Holiday Sale, Craft Fair and One-Stop Christmas Store” on Saturday, November 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty  by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. A SERRV gift for a friend is also a gift to the global community.

WATER-SMART GARDENING FESTIVAL NOV. 13


Water-wise, fire-wise and cool-season gardening resources available

 

November 12, 2010 (El Cajon) -- In many parts of the U.S., people would scoff at the notion that fall and winter can be prime gardening months. But not in San Diego, with its Mediterranean climate characterized by mild to cool, wet winters and warm to hot, dry summers. The Water Smart Gardening Festival, held at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.on Saturday, November 13, 2010, helps San Diegans make the most of the region’s fall-to-spring planting season--and save water at the same time.

KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH ADOPTS POLICY WELCOMING GAY COMMUNITY

 

November 4, 2010 (Kensington) -- The congregation of Kensington Community Church (KCC) United Church of Christ voted on October 10th to become an “open and affirming” church.

 

“Our church has had a long history of welcoming all,” says Debra Loomis, the chairwoman of KCC’s Open and Affirming committee. “Yet, the recent suicides of gay teens who were bullied made this vote especially timely. We must make our voices of love and affirmation heard over the shouts of bigotry and homophobia.”

SCHOOL BOND PASSES IN JULIAN; TEACHERS’ UNION WINS 2 SEATS ON A LOCAL COLLEGE BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

November 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Amid an era of tight budgets, Julian voters passed a school bond measure with 59% of the vote (55% was needed to win).

 

Debbie Justeson and Edwin Heil, both backed by the teacher’s union, appeared headed for election to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca board, with nearly all votes counted.

 

READERS' EDITORIAL: ELECT A FIRE SURVIVOR, AWARD-WINNING TEACHER, AND GREEN ENERGY LEADER TO STATE ASSEMBLY

 

Dear Voters,

November 2, 2010 (Lakeside) -- I'm Mark Hanson and I’m running in the 77th Assembly District to represent you as a fellow East County resident. I’ve spent my entire life serving the public – and hope to continue doing so in Sacramento.

I will fight for stronger fire protection for our region. As a Cedar Fire survivor, I know how important it is to have fire warning and protection. My nonprofit, Heartland Coalition, raised money to help fire victims rebuild their lives. Heartland also founded the Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts and East County Magazine to help keep people in East County protected and informed.

As a former educator twice named teacher of the year, I’ve taught at our local colleges and also served as an administrator of the Grossmont Union High School District back when it was among the best school districts in the state. I will work hard to restore our public schools to their former high achievement levels for our children.

READER’S EDITORIAL: ON ELECTION TUESDAY, LA MESA VOTERS HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE

 

By Jim Wieboldt

The La Mesa 2010 Campaign brought us a wide array of choices for the City Council and Mayor. However, as is expected, a vocal few have been crying "Wolf" wanting you to believe that the city is in great distress. This group now known as the "La Mesa Coalition for Better Government" or really known as "The Gang of Twelve or Thirteen" has supported candidates in direct violation of California law. The gang's leader, Peter Cuthbert, a longtime resident admitted his involvement and his clear motive, to "get Madrid out". So I guess it's time to connect the dots. Here are some facts that have come out into the light.

 

FACT: Laura Lothian Lied!

FATALITY CRASH ON I-8 SNARLED RUSH HOUR COMMUTE

 

Update November 4, 2010:  The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified Sergio Chan Mora, 54, as the deceased. His place of residence is unknown. According to witnesses, the driver of a Ford Explorer made an illegal u-turn on eastbound I-8 and struck Mora, who was unable to avoid the collision.

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson

November 1, 2010 (Alpine) – I-8 east was shut down and a Sig Alert issued following a fatality accident on the freeway just west of Harbison Canyon late this afternoon, as ECM’s Viejas Wildfire & Emergency alerts informed subscribers earlier today. The rollover collision involved a white van and a second vehicle, with several parties trapped and requiring extrication. Smoke from one of the vehicles was doused with a fire extinguisher.

2 INJURED IN DRUNK DRIVING-RELATED CRASH IN ROLANDO

 

November 1, 2010 (Rolando) – Halloween Night ended badly for two 18-year-old men, who were both seriously injured after crashing into a parked car in the 4500 block of Revillo Way in Rolando last night. The driver sustained an open fracture to his leg. The passenger sustained facial fractures and a broken hip.

VOTE EASY: NEW INTERACTIVE SITE FOR VOTERS

 

November 1, 2010 (San Diego) – VoteSmart.org has for several years offered voters basic info on candidates gleaned from candidates’ responses to questions and info from the Registrar of Voters. Now the site has taken it a step farther – with an interactive “Vote Easy” guide that lets you find out which candidates in your area best match your beliefs. Campaign signs move forward and backward as you click through various issues, showing you graphically who most closely fits your views.

Click on the link, then on the map of your state to get started:
www.votesmart.org/voteeasy/

Election 2010 Voters Guide for East County

 

As nonpartisan media, ECM does not endorse candidates.  Instead we provide info from a broad variety of sources--so you can make an informed decision.

November 1, 2010 - Before you head to the polls, East County Magazine has compiled a handy list of links to our major stories on East County races as well as statewide races and ballot propositions.  We also have "one stop shop" voter info for voters in El Cajon, La Mesa, Lakeside, and Santee; each "one stop" link contains links to races on local council races, mayor (in cities where the seat is open), and other local races.  

 

Scroll down for links to stories and debate videos on statewide candidates such as Governor, as well as Congressional and Senate candidates, state Assembly and state Senate, ballot propositions, and questions frequently asked by voters. 

ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD INFO

 

November 1, 2010 (Alpine) - The Alpine Community Network has compiled links to articles about Alpine School Board candidates. Below is the Network's helpful information for Alpine voters.

ONE-STOP SHOP FOR LAKESIDE VOTERS


East County News Service

November 1, 2010 (Lakeside) -- With the election a few days away, ECM offers Lakeside voters this collection of interviews, video clips, and debate coverage for candidates on their ballots.

HALLOWEEN SIGHTINGS IN EAST COUNTY

 

November 1, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Kids and the young at heart had some Halloween fun last night at parties and trick-or-treat events throughout East County. Photos by Trever Richardson and Miriam Raftery.

READER'S EDITORIAL: THE CALIFORNIA DEMOCRACY CRISIS--VOTE FOR PROP. 25

 

"California faces a crisis. It is mistakenly called a “budget crisis.” It is actually a democracy crisis." -- By Professor George Lakoff

 

November 1, 2010 (Sacramento) -- California is the only minority rule state in America. Both houses of the California legislature are in control of a minority on all economic issues - and almost all issues are about what is in the budget. Only 34 percent of only one House of the Legislature can control legislation by saying no, creating gridlock, and blocking the will of the majority that represents the overwhelming majority of Californians.

 

That is why budgets have not been on time, and why they are doing less and less for the state.

CHALLENGERS VIE FOR SEATS ON LAKESIDE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP


October 31, 2010 (Lakeside) – Nine people are running for seven seats on the Lakeside Planning Group, an advisory board to the County on local planning issues. Six are incumbents (Julie Bugbee, Chad Ennis, Emad Bakeer, Thomas Medvitz, Anton Botter, and Glenn Inverso). Three are challengers: retired Lakeside Fire Chief Mark Baker, East County Community Action Coalition co-founder Laura Cyphert, and Jeffrey Brust, a construction contractor.

TRICK OR TREATING IS NO TREAT FOR YOUR PETS

Tips to keep pets safe and secure on Halloween

October 31, 2010 (San Diego) -- Halloween is a fun and spooky time for “ghouls” and boys, but County animal officials want you to know that the event can be scary for your pets.

 

Your pet is not used to costumed characters approaching the door and yelling “trick or treat!” Your cat may become spooked and run, not to be seen for several days. Your dog, the guardian of the household, may lunge or bite the costumed creatures. This is never what is intended to happen during Halloween, but it is a reality faced every year.

PREACHER, TEACHERS, COACHES & PARENTS AMONG CANDIDATES IN RUNNING FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD


Budget cited as key challenge; District faces $15 million deficit

 

By Miriam Raftery
October 31, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont Union High School District's Board of Trustees has long had a reputation as a lightning rod for controversy. In the past, the Board was dominated by religious right wing interests; meetings often drew huge crowds and protests over moves such as teacher lay-offs and a failed proposal to turn the entire district charter.

 

More moderating forces have prevailed recently, though the “nonpartisan” board remains controlled by a majority of conservative Republicans. The board could shift further to the right, however, if efforts by a conservative minister, Robert “Bob” Divine, to elect himself and his son, Robert Brian Divine, prevail.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL MONDAY FOR SLAIN SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER CHRIS WILSON

 

Community grieves for officer who chose to work in one of San Diego's toughest neighborhoods

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 31, 2010 (San Diego) – Community members are invited to a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of San Diego Police Officer Chris Wilson, who died in a gun battle on Wednesday night while trying to arrest an assault suspect. The event will be held on Monday November 1st at 6 p.m. in Skyview Park, 7222 Skyline Drive, next to the police station in the Southeast San Diego neighborhood where Wilson worked for 17 years.

PROP 19: HIGH STAKES INITIATIVE

 

By Mary Paulet

 

October 31, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Advocates believe passage of Proposition 19 would generate millions in tax revenues for our cash-strapped state by legalizing marijuana. Opponents point to a threatened federal lawsuit which could cost the state money to defend, also voicing safety concerns. With such high stakes, Prop 19 is worthy of close scrutiny by voters.

HOMES EVACUATED IN ROLANDO; SWAT TEAM CALLED IN ON SEARCH FOR ARMED BANK ROBBERS

 

Update October 31, 10:20 a.m. -- The SWAT action has ended and a second suspect was taken into custody half an hour ago, Sgt. Randy Levitt has informed East County Magazine. The suspect's name and details of the arrest have not yet been released.

Exclusive! View our video of the SWAT team arriving on scene.

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson

 

October 30, 2010 8:35 p.m.  (La Mesa) -- A stand-off continues tonight as police continue searching for a bank robbery suspect believed to be hiding in the Rolando neighborhood.  A second suspect, Davan Darden, 23, was arrested at 5:45 this evening.  The area remains evacuated, according to Officer Stafford, San Diego Police.

Two robbers conducted a takeover-style robbery at the California Coast Credit Union in the Vons Center on La Mesa Boulevard around 2 p.m., San Diego Police report, prompting a chase through San Diego, La Mesa and El Cajon.

MIXING BUSINESS AND PLEASURE: EAST COUNTY HALLOWEEN MIXER IS A SPIRITED SUCCESS

October 30, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) - Gypsies, pirates and witches were among the costumed guests celebrating the season at LeTip's annual East County Halloween Mixer, held Thursday night at Cottonwood Golf in Rancho San Diego.  

MOTORCYCLIST WHO PLUNGED OFF LA MESA OVERPASS IDENTIFIED

October 30, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified Guy Edward Halac, 51, of Lemon Grove, as the victim of a fatal accident on October 26. Halac’s his Ninja motorcycle plunged over a ramp from State Route 125 at I-8 in La Mesa, landing on a roadway below.

REMEMBRANCE WALK HONORS MEMORY OF EL CAJON COMMUNITY LEADER

 

October 30, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Twenty family members and friends participated in the LightBridge Foundation Second Annual Remembrance Walk in memory of their recently departed patriarch, Juan Salas, most recently of El Cajon. He was active member in the Chamorro (Guamanian) community in San Diego and served as President of the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club ifor two terms.

5-MILE JAMACHA PIPELINE PROJECT COMPLETED $1 MILLION UNDER BUDGET


Part of $50 million water infrastructure investment in East County

Spring Valley, CA - The Otay Water District (the District) has announced the completion of the Jamacha Road Pipeline Project in San Diego’s East County. The more than five-mile long project was not only the largest capital improvement project in the District’s 54-year history, but also one of the most challenging.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: IN "ENTER THE VOID" DIRECTOR GASPAR NOE'S BOLD USE OF CAMERA, IMAGERY BREATHES LIFE IN PSYCHEDELIC TALE ABOUT DEATH

By Brian Lafferty

 

WARNING: If you have epilepsy or are prone to seizures, do not see this film, as it contains frequent strobe effects.

 

October 30, 2010 (San Diego)--After seeing Enter the Void, it became clear to me that the newest film by Gaspar Noe is shaping up to be a very divisive movie. It is not for those even remotely squeamish. People either love it or hate it. I went to the screening with three to five other critics and they thought they had seen one of, if not the, worst movies of the year. I felt I saw one of the year’s best.

 

UNDERCOVER OPERATION NAILS 13 FOR PROSTITUTION

 

October 30, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department conducted an undercover operation Thursday targeting men soliciting prostitution acts from women on the streets of El Cajon. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the operation. A total of 13 individuals were arrested during the five-hour operation.

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