December 2008 Articles
30, 2008 — (La Mesa) On December 29, a woman was arrested for
charges stemming from a carjacking that occurred at Grossmont Center a week
December 26, 2008 (La Mesa) — The five-member board
of directors for the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that
supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East
County, has elected its board officers for 2009. Elected unanimously were Jim
Stieringer as president, Gloria Chadwick as vice president and Deborah McElravy
as secretary. Stieringer appointed board member Michael Emerson to serve as
27, 2008 (La Mesa) — Three armed men robbed the Super Oscar's Restaurant located
at 7102 University Avenue in La Mesa on Saturday, December 27th at 7:52 p.m. A
customer in the drive-thru reported that armed subjects entered the front doors
of the restaurant with handguns.
By Miriam Raftery
December 31, 2008--It's been a tumultuous year for East County and the nation. Here are our choices for the most important news stories of 2008 that had broad impacts on San Diego's eastern region--from heartwarming to heart-wrenching. (Note: watch for a separate "East County Newsmakers" feature next week on individuals making a difference in our region, for better or for worse.)
We couldn't resist adding a few snarky comments--and some probing questions. Starting with this one: aren't you glad this year is finally over?
December 28, 2008 — Looking
to party hearty on December 31st? Here are our picks for the best places
to ring in the New Year east of I-15. From a Chinese dragon parade to
a cozy mountain inn, from an alcohol-free celebration to a lavish multi-band
bash, you'll find it all in East County and San Diego's eastern region. Find
details on these events at
our calendar section.
Nothing but the Truth!
By Will Power
28, 2008 (San Diego) — Another “lame-duck” Federal
rule concerning Nursing homes has been approved by the outgoing Bush Administration.
The rule places State examiners who police Nursing Homes under a Federal Gag
Order which prevents patients and relatives of elderly and infirm patients
from finding out about lapses in patient care.
AMERICAN IDOL STAR JOSH GRACIN'S BENEFIT CONCERT AT BARONA HELPED BRIGHTEN HOLIDAYS FOR THOUSANDS OF NEEDY CHILDREN
|American Idol's country music star and former U.S. Marine,
Josh Gracin shows his support for Toys for Tots with fellow U.S. Marines.
From left to right: Corporal Timothy C. Lewis, Sergeant Viviene B. Sussman,
Josh Gracin, Sergeant Suzanne A. Thiele and Staff Sergeant Michael G. Miller.
December 26, 2008 (San Diego) — American Idol favorite
and country music chart topper Josh Gracin recently headlined a benefit concert
for Toys for Tots at Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. Barona's toy drive collected
more than 6,500 toys for Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program
that collects new toys for underprivileged children during the holiday season.
Dual views on hot topics
LETâ€™S STAY OFF THE BAILOUT BANDWAGON
By Steve Hunyar
PARDON ME, CAN YOU SPARE A BAILOUT?
By Jamie Reno
Governor refuses to sign measure with tax/fee increases to avoid deep cuts in
Republicans, Democrats trade sharp criticisms
Senate leader seeks help from federal government to fund public
works projects and jump start California economy
By Miriam Raftery
December 23, 2008 (San Diego's East County)--Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez
(D-Shafter) has written to Henry Paulson, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
Department, urging him to use the Treasury's investment strength to jump
start planned public works projects in California that would provide the
state with an economic stimulus.
The East County Family Justice Center , opened in mid-December, will
offer a broad cross-section of services in one location for victims of domestic
violence and their children.
Assemblyman Joel Anderson, a supporter of efforts to assist victims of domestic
violence, announced the opening in a newsletter to constituents. ''Over 3,000
domestic violence incidents are reported in San Diego 's East County annually,''
said Anderson. ''Research shows that for every reported case there are two
more that go un-reported.''
|With wet weather expected throughout the week, CAL FIRE-San
Diego County Fire Authority has sandbags available throughout the County. The
sand and sand bags were graciously provided by the County of San Diego-Flood
Control Engineering Group.
State Budget Cuts Threaten Fire Stations; County Offers to Shift
Staff to Protect Region
December 23, 2008 (San Diego) —Acting
swiftly to counteract California's latest budget crisis, the County of San
Diego has proposed to temporarily shift some firefighters from County-contracted
stations to ensure that all 18 CAL FIRE stations remain open this year, according
to a press release issued jointly by San Diego County and CAL FIRE.
1 in 18 San Diego households face foreclosure; food bank demand up
23, 2008 (Washington, D.C.) — California Senator Barbara Boxer has prepared
a report detailing impacts of the nation's recession on California counties
and cities. The report, based on interviews conducted with officials
in 20 cities and all 58 counties, paints a stark picture of the economic strains
felt across California. The analysis includes unemployment figures, home
foreclosure rates, budget deficits, and first-hand accounts.
23, 2008 (La Mesa) — On December 22, 2008, at about 5:30 PM, a woman was carjacked,
robbed and driven into El Cajon by a female suspect as the woman was parking
at Grossmont Center.
The victim, a 20 year old female from La Mesa, told police that she had just
parked at Grossmont Center near Wal-Mart when a white female knocked on
her window. When the victim rolled her window down, the female suspect
indicated she had a gun and directed the victim to move to the passenger
seat. The suspect was described as a white female, 35 years old, blond hair,
5 foot 5 inches tall, heavy build, wearing a pink Chargers beanie, a grey
sweatshirt, and knit gloves.
Families frolick in snow near Mt. Laguna
Julian historic building
December 21, 2008 — Something about snow brings out my inner child. So on Thursday, the first clear day after last week's storm descended on East County, I couldn't resist taking a "snow day" and heading up to our beautiful mountain areas. The snowfall was the heaviest I'd seen in this region, transforming dry brushy hills and even fire-ravaged areas into a winter wonderland.
(Note: Since Congress and the Legislature were in recess and took no major actions in November, there is no November Capitol Report)
How did your elected officials vote on the most important bills in Congress and the California Legislature? Find out here!
December 20, 2008 (El Cajon) — La Mesa resident Ron
Asbury, a general contractor and active volunteer for East County schools,
is the newest appointee to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
The CBOC is charged with ensuring that revenues from Proposition R, the $207
million local bond measure passed in 2002, will be spent solely as promised
to voters. The committee's role is to review and report on district spending
of taxpayers' money for construction and to provide a public accounting of
the district's compliance with legal requirements.
San Diego County teachers recognized with thousands of "thank yous" from
grateful parents, schoolchildren in contest sponsored by Mission Federal Credit
Union, Junior Achievement, Cox Communications and Channel 4
December 18,2008 (San Diego, CA) Campaign organizers are
proud to announce the winners of the first-ever "I'm Thankful For My Teacher"
Contest, hosted by Mission Federal Credit Union, Junior Achievement of San
Diego, and Cox Communications and Channel 4 San Diego. Throughout the month
of November, thousands of students throughout San Diego County took the opportunity
to thank a teacher for all of the special things they do in their mission to
educate local students and future generations. More than 3,850 postcards were
turned in to recognize hundreds of teachers at 136 schools throughout San Diego
By Miriam Raftery
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December 19, 2008 (San Diego's East County) — The California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ruled to allow construction of Sunrise Powerlink
across the southern portion of East County. The decision drew a
mixture of praise and criticism from local community leaders.
LA MESA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AT CHOP SHOP IN LA MESA; ARREST MADE ON DRUG, WEAPON AND STOLEN VEHICLE CHARGES
19, 2008 (La Mesa) — Officers from the La Mesa Police Department's
Special Enforcement Detail, and detectives from the Regional Auto Theft Task
Force (R.A.T.T.), served a search warrant at a home in the 6000 block of Amaya
Dr. in La Mesa. The search warrant stemmed from an investigation into stolen
vehicles in the area.
December 18, 2008 (La Mesa) — La Mesa Police Officers responded
to a robbery that occurred at 11:47 a.m. in the parking lot of Toys R Us on
Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa.
When officers arrived, they found that security officers had chased the suspect
on foot northbound on Jackson Drive. The security officers lost the suspect
under the I-8 over pass. Responding officers set up a perimeter and found
the suspect running through a parking lot at 5232 Jackson Drive. After
a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
December 18, 2008 (Ramona) — Local firefighters and sheriff
officers presented 24 lucky children with bicycles for the holidays at Ramona's
annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 13th. "Kelly Marline Crime
Prevention Specialist with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and Audine
Morytko with the Ramona Fire Department worked extremely hard coordinating this
extremely important event," Captain Nick Schuler of CAL FIRE reported.
Jamie Reno suggests a novel approach to California's state budget
19, 2008 (San Diego) — This morning I've been boning up on our
state's massive budget problems and the unthinkably deep cuts that loom. It's
not a pretty picture. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's underlings are reportedly
already telling labor unions that the governor will order two-day-a-month unpaid
furloughs for state employees beginning in February to help the state save
money. And that's just the beginning. I'm sure more painful mandates and sacrifices
Your guide to profitable and socially responsible investing
By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
By now you've probably heard about the $50 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff, a New York City broker, former head of the NASDAQ stock exchange.
What did he do? He allegedly collected money to invest from clients, made up false statements to show that they were doing well, and used new clients' money to pay interest and withdrawals to existing clients. This is known as a Ponzi scheme and is estimated to involve more than a $50 billion loss for his investors. This is one of several recent high-profile cases of advisors and/or managers absconding with funds entrusted to them by their clients. Maddof held his clients' assets, managed them, and priced them, too. See the conflicts of interest? Investment performance can look better if the prices reported to clients are manipulated, which is allegedly how Madoff showed winning year after winning year despite market turmoil.
|Snow blanketed westbound Interstate 8 near the Tecate
A tree limb collapsed onto a CAL FIRE vehicle at White Star Station off
December 17, 2008 (San Diegoâ€™s East County) — Cal Fire
Captain Nick Schuler forwarded these photos taken 12-16-08 in one of the heaviest
snowstorms to hit East County in recent memory.
December 17, 2008 (La Mesa) — A report of an armed man on the Helix High School campus yesterday has now been determined to be a hoax. Further investigation by Helix staff and the La Mesa Police Department confirmed that the student who reported seeing a man with a gun had fabricated the incident. It is not known why the student lied at this time.
GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT PASSES AUDITS; BUDGET FOCUSES ON COST-CUTTING STRATEGIES
December 17, 2008 (El Cajon ) — Grossmont Cuyamca Community College District
today announced it has passed five separate 2007-2008 audits. The audits
presented to the governing board cover the district's general audit, its part-time
employees' pension plan, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges foundations, and the
district's auxiliary. Two more audits relating to the district's Prop.
December 17, 2008 (El Cajon) — The Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District Governing Board has unanimously re-elected Bill
Garrett board president, Deanna Weeks board vice president, and Greg Barr board
clerk for 2009.