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DEAD WOMAN FOUND IN BURNING VEHICLE AT UCSD


Editor's note: Although UCSD is not in East County, since many East County students attend the university we are publishing this information for our readers.

 

CARJACKERS WHO STRUCK VICTIM WITH SKATEBOARD ARRESTED

 

October 30, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Police report a carjacking last night around 11:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of 48th street.  Two Hispanic men n their 20s, one carrying a skateboard and the other armed with a knife, attacked a motorist and stole his car.  One struck the driver over the head with the skateboard; the suspects then pulled the victim from his car.

HELIX WATER BOARD RACE STIRS LITTLE ATTENTION

October 30, 2010 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District’s Board of Directors has faced challenges amid an era of water shortages caused by drought and court decisions limiting our region’s water supplies from Northern California. Water rate hikes, budget cuts and development of new water sources for our region are all key issues the Board must contend with in the future.

 

Yet campaigns for this board have stirred surprisingly little attention among the public.  Only one seat is contested. Incumbent DeAna Verbeke is running against challengers Stephen D. Last and Jordie Lehr in Division 2. In Division 4, incumbent Kathleen Hedberg is unopposed.

HOW PREPARED IS OUR REGION FOR FIRE? ASK CHIEF GHIO--NOV. 13 IN LA MESA

 

October 30, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The East San Diego County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women are co-sponsoring a meeting with Augie Ghio, Fire Chief of San Miguel Fire Protection District.

 

The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2010, at the Helix Water District Boardroom, 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa.

THE DOG BLOG: RAINY DAY TIPS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG

By Dawn Celapino
 

October 30, 2010 (San Diego) -- Most dogs don't care if it is raining, but some do. Most people do care if it’s, raining but some don't!

Exercising in the rain can be fun and can feel good-- but there are some things you may want to do to make your session safe and enjoyable for you and your dog.

POLL WORKERS STILL NEEDED FOR SOME NEIGHBORHOODS


Registrar Asking for Public’s Help on Election Day

 

October 30, 2010 (San Diego)--Get an inside look at how the election process works by becoming a poll worker on Election Day--and get paid.

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN TRAIL HIKE AT DOS PICOS

 

October 29, 2010 (Ramona)--What could be spookier than a haunted hike in the woods?  Dos Picos CountyPark in Ramona is offering a haunted trail hike on Saturday, October 30th at 7:30 and 8 p.m.

WOMAN FINDS INFANT’S BODY IN EL CAJON

 

Update November 1, 2010:  The San Diego Medical Examiner's office has found that the baby was stillborn and that no homicide occured.  The mother, who is mentally disabled, may not have been aware that she was pregnant and her family attempted to hide the body of the baby after she gave birth, authorities report.

October 29, 2010 (El Cajon) – The body of a full-term baby boy was found in a plastic bag in a backyard storage shed last night at 6:30 p.m. A woman resident found the bag while walking her dog in the backyard of her home in the 1100 block of Flamingo Avenue in rural El Cajon, ECM news partner 10 News reports.

GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT RACE PITS TEACHER-BACKED CANDIDATES AGAINSTCONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES IN 2 OPEN SEATS


By Miriam Raftery and Mary Paulet

October 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District faces huge challenges--challenges that the winners of races for two open school board seats will have to face. 

FAMILY FUN & GIANT PUMPKINS AT BATES NUT FARM

By Miriam Raftery

October 27, 2010 (Valley Center) – Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center is famed for its giant pumpkins—some topping the scales at over 100 pounds. You can also find Jack-o-lantern pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, and much more. In addition, the farm offers tractor hayrides, a straw maze, pony rides, petting corral, farm zoo, costume contest and scarecrow contests—plus a shop chockfull of sweets, nuts, other goodies and gifts galore.

FIRESIGHT WEB CAMS ADD ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF FIRES IN OUR REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – FireSight, a new project funded by the San Diego Board of Supervisors with a $36,000 grant, provides approximately 50 webcams which began broadcasting images of remote backcountry regions and other areas throughout San Diego on Wednesday—just in time for the seventh anniversary of the deadly Cedar wildfire. The public can view the sites at any time via this link: http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras.

PANCAKES & POLITICS: EAST COUNTY CANDIDATES’ FORUM OCT. 29

October 28, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce invites the public to a “Pancakes & Politics” breakfast on October 29th from 7:30-9 a.m. at Press Box Sport Lounge & Restaurant, 2990 Jamacha Road in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

 

Congressman Duncan Hunter and his opponent, Ray Lutz, are both confirmed.  So are many other candidates, from state Assembly to fire board.  

POLICE OFFICER FATALLY SHOT, 2 OTHERS FOUND DEAD IN SKYLINE AREA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 28, 2010 (San Diego) – Christopher Wilson, a veteran police officer was shot last night and died early this morning, San Diego Police report. “Officers were assisting U.S. marshals and probation units in doing a compliance check, when there was an exchange of gunshots,” Lt. Andra Brown told East County Magazine. “The officer was fatally wounded and a police canine was injured as well.” The shooting occurred at the Canyon View Apartments at 479 S. Meadowbrook Drive in the Skyline area of southeast San Diego, near Paradise Valley Road.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: ARE YOU IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME? FREE LOAN MODIFICATION ASSISTANCE

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

October 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Recently, Dollar-Wi$e Diva Nancy had lunch with Jeff Davi, the California Department of Real Estate Commissioner. The event was a real estate summit with several hundred realtors in attendance. Davi challenged us to become more proactive and share our knowledge with our communities. We accepted the challenge! Our next few Dollar-Wi$e Divas columns will focus on ideas and solutions to assist homeowners who are facing hardships in paying for their mortgages.


A startling statistic:
as of June 30, 1 of every 10 American homeowners is at least one month behind on their mortgage payment according to the Mortgage Brokers Association.

SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AWARDS OCTOBER 29

 

October 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery is among the nominees for a Women in Leadership Award. Winners will be announced Friday, October 29 at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women in Leadership luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley.

 

For reservations, visit http://www.eastcountychamber.org/events. For a list of nominees and categories, scroll down.

A SPIRITED ADVENTURE: GHOST TOURS IN THE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT

October 27, 2010 (Borrego) – California Overland Desert Excursions invites you to learn about the spirits who roam the desert in a unique, overnight ghost tour on Saturday, October 30th. Spend the night next to a haunted cemetery near a historic stagecoach stop, or opt for an evening-only rate. Historians will relate true tales of people who met their demise along the Southern Overland Trail—and whose restless souls are said to still haunt the region.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT QUIZZED OVER ALLEGED MISUSE OF SPECIAL FUNDS


Former Mountain Empire teacher:  `Misspent or reshuffled' monies should go back to the classroom

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
Special report for East County Magazine

 

October 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --In the wake of East County Magazine’s story about the abrupt reshuffling of principals at two elementary schools, new questions have risen about site management and the handling of special funds in Mountain Empire Unified School District.

"THRILLING" HALLOWEEN EVENTS ANNOUNCED AT WESTFIELD PARKWAY PLAZA

 

Mall-wide trick- or-treating, “Scare Away Hunger” with San Diego Food Bank, and a dance performance of “Thriller” by St. Madeleine Sophie Center students

 

October 27, 2010 (El Cajon) Westfield Parkway is hosting a mall-wide trick or treat event on October 31st and has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank to “Scare Away Hunger.” Anyone can bring a non-perishable food item to the Shopping Center Concierge to be eligible to trick or treat. Plus, the students of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and The Malashock School of Dance will perform the “Thriller” dance.

SPOTLIGHT LEMON GROVE: 5 CANDIDATES VIE IN FRUITFUL PURSUIT OF SEATS ON CITY COUNCIL

 

Update October 27, 2010 -- This story has been updated to include comments provided by Councilman Jerry Jones, who was not available when the original story ran.

By Emily Anderson

 

(Oct. 8, 2010) The City of Lemon Grove, home to a little more than 24,000 residents, is nestled south of Highway 94, east of I-15 and mostly west of Highway 125 in city boundaries that resemble an animal with two ears and a tail. Incumbent councilmembers Jerry Jones (currently serving as Mayor Pro Tem) and Jerry Selby face re-election in the nonpartisan November 2 race. Their challengers are Tom Clabby, Howard Cook and Lou Melendez.

 

Each candidate that we reached offered seeds of plans to improve Lemon Grove, though with very different visions for the future.

NEW TAGGER HOTLINE NABS 3 IN FIRST DAY

 

October 27, 2010 (El Cajon)--Just hours after announcement of the new El Cajon Tagger Tip Line on Monday, an El Cajon resident saw a group of individuals using spray paint to vandalize the rear of a business. The reporting party kept watching the suspects as he called the El Cajon Police Department. He directed officers to the location of the vandals and three juveniles were arrested.

FIORINA HOSPITALIZED

October 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Carly Fiorina, the Republican candidate for Senate in California, is in the hospital due to an infection resulting from reconstructive surgery in July. Her chief of staff, Deborah Bowker, assured that Fiorina, who underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation last year for breast cancer, has been free of cancer since October 2009 and “is anxious to get back on the campaign trail later this week.”

BLUE FLAYME PROTEST UP IN SMOKE: RESIDENTS FUME OVER HOOKAH LOUNGE GRANTED ALCOHOL PERMIT NEAR HIGH SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery

October 26, 2010 (Spring Valley) Despite disapproval of two County agencies and community groups, the County’s Planning Commission gave the thumbs up for an Alcoholic Beverages commission (ABC) license allowing beer at Blue Flayme, a new Hookah lounge in Spring Valley. The Commission overturned a decision by the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU), which opposed the license.

 

Hookahs have been linked to serious health hazards.  Now, the new trend of combining Hookah smoking and alcohol consumption locally has many in the community up in arms.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: COUGARS WIN EPIC BATTLE OVER FOOTHILLERS, 3-2

 

"'Expect a lot of ups and downs', because both teams were great teams and we're in their house, and we expected a big crowd, loud, and that's pretty much what it was" -- Steele Canyon head volleyball coach Karolyn Kirby

 

by Christopher Mohr

October 26, 2010 (El Cajon) - Monday night's (10/25) girls high school volleyball match at Grossmont High School between the host Foothillers and the visiting Cougars of Steele Canyon High School had about everything you could want in a sporting event. No one could have gone home feeling cheated with two contenders for the Grossmont Hills league title facing each other in a highly competitive, playoff-like atmosphere.

CALIFORNIA SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATES VIE FOR VOTES

By Miriam Raftery
Gail Lover also contributed to this article


October 26, 2010 – The California Secretary of State’s race pits two candidates who each represent historic milestones. Democratic incumbent Debra Bowen won a national John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage Award” for ordering hack tests on electronic touch screen voting machines—then decertifying some machines after tests at universities proved that tampering could change votes. She was the second woman elected to the office (March Fong Eu, in 1974, was the first).
 

Her opponent, Republican Damon Dunn, aspires to be the first African-American elected to the office. A Stanford alumnus, he told Chamber members that he was mentored by Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State. Founder of a real estate business and an active community volunteer, he also had an award-winning career as a college and NFL football player.

MAN ARRESTED FOR GROPING 3 TEENS

 

October 26, 2010 (San Diego) – City Heights resident Alejandro Muzquiz, 30, was arrested this morning following a traffic stop in the 4400 block of University Avenue. According to Lt. Rick O’Hanlon with San Diego Police Department’s sex crimes unit, Muzauiz is suspected of the recent assaults on three victims—ages 14, 16, and 17 – who were walking near a school in the Talmadge area.

GHOULISH TIMES AHEAD AT THE RETURN OF BARONA’S PARTY PIT


Table Game Halloween-Themed Party on Oct. 30 to Feature Treats and Cash Giveaways

 

October 27, 2010 (Lakeside) – Barona Resort & Casino is getting in the Halloween spirit with the return of its popular Party Pit with a fun trick-or-treat theme. On Saturday, October 30 from 6 p.m. to midnight, table game players will have a chance to win prizes and cash.

BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER TO JOIN EL CAJON CAR SHOW & “TRUNK OR TREAT” WED. OCT. 27

Kamps Propane makes challenge donation to raise funds for veterans’ Wall of Honor

October 26, 2010 (El Cajon) – Alpine Kiwanis joins Blackhawk Helicopters at tomorrow’s El Cajon Car Show and “Trunk or Treat” Halloween event tomorrow tonight, October 27, at Main and Magnolia in downtown El Cajon from 5-8 p.m.

 

Visitors can have photos taken with a Vietnam helicopter and meet Sam the Pirate (celebrity impersonator of “Captain Jack” Sam Sparrow). Alpine Kiwanis seeks donations for a Veterans Wall of Honor in Alpine and will also accept naming proposals. Kamps Propane in Alpine has pledged to match up to $250 in donations. Vintage cars will be decked out with Halloween decorations. There will also be treats for trick-or-treating youngsters—costumes are encouraged!

WELLS FARGO ROBBED IN EL CAJON BY TATTOOED THIEF; ROBBER MAY HAVE FLED IN RED SPORTS CAR

 

October 26, 2010 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seek the public’s help to locate a man who robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 1235 Avocado in El Cajon at 2:35 p.m. today.

 

FREEBIE ALERT! SAN DIEGO EARLY HISTORY CONFERENCE – FAMILY FUN FOR EVERYONE

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

October 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - Stan Rodriquez, Kumeyaay Community College instructor, will share ideas about the Kumeyaay lifestyle and their use of plants at an hour-long presentation for the Early San Diego History conference. This family friendly event will be on Saturday, November 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are activities for kids, music, dancing and theatre skits, fascinating lectures, vaqueros and horses.

SIG ALERT ON I-8 IN COLLEGE AREA

October 26, 2010 (San Diego) 9:45 a.m.-- A collision involving several vehicles on I-8 near San Diego State University has prompted a SIG ALERT to be issued.   The accident has resulted in several injuries, blockage of an offramp at College and some lanes on I-8 westbound, as well as a vehicle up an embankment.  

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