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EAST COUNTY STORIES OF THE YEAR: 2013

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- These are the stories that riveted our attention in 2013 and had major impacts on communities and residents across our East County region. We've chosen stories across a wide spectrum, from energy and politics to the arts, health, public safety, sports and much more.

INSPIRING STORIES FROM 2013

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Too often, media only reports the bad news.  But there are many unsung heroes , dedicated do-gooders and citizens work to make the world a better place, proving that dreams do come true, helping others, or simply offering inspiration to us all.   There are stories here that will tug at your heartstrings and, perhaps, move you to take action in some way.

 Here are a dozen people and organizations who you may never have heard of; most are not famous, but all have stories worth taking to heart as we begin the New Year.

MOST IMPORTANT EAST COUNTY ISSUES IN 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)- Last week we posted our most-read stories of the year—those that drew the most readers, and newsmakers of the year.   Now we present the year’s top stories/issues of most significance to our region--issues with major impact, as well as milestones for our communitie, in the view of our editorial staff. Some are individual articles, others ran a series.

In case you missed these, be sure to scroll down and click the "read more" button to see the stories we think everyone should read--including some hot topics that will continue to be debated in 2013 as major decisions impacting East County remain on the horizon.

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR 2012

December 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A photo is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. East County Magazine’s photographers and readers have compiled an impressive portfolio of dramatic images this year. These are our editor’s picks for the photos that create an emotional chord, from inspiration to anguish. We deeply appreciate our professional photojournalists and citizen photographers who helped document the images that defined the news and character of our region this year.

 

 

WHAT YOU’RE READING: EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE’S MOST READ STORIES IN 2012

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Thanks to technology, we can track exactly how many people click open each story on our site. This year’s results are surprising and bemusing, revealing a lot about our readers.

Some results were predictable; you showed strong interest in big energy projects and local politics. But we’re baffled as to how an article on a drum therapy class in El Cajon attracted 36,000 reads worldwide, or why a political sex scandal drew far more readers than coverage of the presidential election. We learned that our readers care about wildlife, hiking, and our environment. Many of you want to preserve social safety nets and civil liberties. Plus a whole lot of you wanted to find the best holiday party in East County!

Here are this year’s most read stories—and some lessons that we've learned:

2012: THE YEAR OF THE PEOPLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The power of social media has given rise to a new phenomenon seen across our region and around the world:  residents are taking to the streets, sending tweets, and discovering the power of the people.  They’re organizing online, launching petitions, posting viral videos on Youtube, promoting causes on Facebook.  A year aqo, in 2011, the world witnessed the power of citizen activism when the Egyptian government was overthrown.  Here at home, the rise in citizen activism in the past year has led to some remarkable achievements and some noteworthy upsets.

Here are some of the results of citizen activism in our region over the past year.

NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Each year, East County Magazine selects those who made headlines in East County.  Some inspired and amazed our readers, others caused consternation and indignation.  Whether deserving of praise or outrage, these are the newsmakers' whose accomplishments were most noteworthy in 2012, listed in alphabetical order.

PASSAGES: FINAL FAREWELLS BID TO THESE EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS IN 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—East County lost some prominent residents in 2012, from celebrities and pioneers to lesser known individuals who achieved extraordinary accomplishments in their lives or touched our hearts in their passing. 

Scroll down to read about those lost in 2012; click on their names to read more about these remarkable individuals.

 

 

EAST COUNTY NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
January 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Who were the movers and shakers in East County and San Diego’s inland regions during the past year? 
 
Below, we bring you our picks in the fields of agriculture, arts, business, community activism, education, fire safety, heroes, humanitarians, labor, notorious newsmakers, politics, sports, tribal leadership, and veterans’ issues.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S WET AND WILD WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS 2011

 
January 1, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The National Weather Service has provided the following reflections on local weather highlights for the past year--which included some wet and wild times.

TOP EAST COUNTY STORIES OF THE YEAR 2011

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 30, 2011 (San Diego's's East County) – It’s been a year of epic changes around the world and across America. Winds of change have also swept across East County in 2011--with more changes in store in the coming year.

PASSAGES: REMEMBERING THOSE LOST IN 2011


December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—At year’s end, we reflect on the loss of several prominent residents of San Diego’s inland regions, as well as some less prominent individuals whose tragic deaths tugged at our heartstrings or sparked controversies.

NEW LAWS IN 2012 MAY IMPACT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, OR YOUR BUSINESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting January 1, new California laws take effect. Some give new protections to the public. Buying a used car? You now have a right to know its history. The government can’t snoop into your online reading habits. Your employer can't peek at your credit report, in most cases. New laws also benefit pregnant employees, organ donors, renters, domestic partners, and bullied gay students. 

Other laws impose restrictions. Want to buy popular cough syrups? You’ll need a prescription. If you order items online, you’ll be charged state sales tax. Shark fin soup and beer spiked with caffeine are banned. Employers have new requirements for notifying employees about pay and more. Kids must ride in a booster seat until age 8. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal, even if it isn’t loaded. 

These are just a few of the new laws in 2012. Scroll down for details on these and more. 

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: BEST IMAGES OF 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 January 3, 2011 (San Diego's East County) - our photographers and readers have provided a wealth of amazing images in 2010--from dramatic news stories to astounding nature images to heart-warming images of humanity. 

 

We hope you"ll enjoy our 50 most compelling photos. Which is your favorite?  Please share your opinions in our comments section below!

TOP EAST COUNTY NEWS STORIES OF 2010

 

December 30, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--With three disaster declarations in just one year (for earthquake, flooding, and the “bomb house”), it’s been a turbulent year in East County and San Diego’s inland regions.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a look back at some of the biggest stories of 2010—from Mother Nature rocking our region to political and economic upheavals. We’ve also had stories of inspiration and courage, some heart-wrenching tales, plus news items that range from wild to just plain wacky.

Here are our picks for the year’s top stories that impacted East County.

PASSAGES: EAST COUNTY’S LOSSES IN 2010

 

December 29, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Some prominent East County residents passed on in 2010, but left their mark indelibly on our region. A few were famous, such as movie star Dennis Hopper, or tribal leader Anna Sandoval. Some were heroes--including a Pearl Harbor survivor. Others made news with the dramatic means of their passing—stories that touched our hearts or served as lessons learned.

 

Below are some of the most memorable individuals from San Diego's inland region to whom we bade final farewell in 2010.

NAUGHTY & NICE NEWSMAKERS OF 2010

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Who’s been naughty and who’s been nice among this year’s headline makers? Our editorial staff has been making our list and checking it twice.

 

Here are our nominees for the naughtiest—and nicest—newsmakers of the year in 2010. Note: We don't include criminals in this list, as major crimes will be included in our "top news stories of 2010" that will be posted in a couple of days.

Do you agree with our choices? Please post comments--and your own nominees--below!

YEAR IN REVIEW: TOP PHOTOS & STORIES FROM 2009 (1ST QUARTER)

 

 

 

January 3, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--What were the stories that captivated our interest and attention in the past year?  Stories that were newsworthy, tugged at our heartstrings, impacted our lives, or fired up indignation in San Diego's eastern regions?  Which images most indelibly reflect the changing times in East County--or captured key moments in time?

 

We've compiled our most compelling stories and images from 2009, starting with the first quarter (January through March):

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