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HAVE STORM DAMAGE? FEDS ANNOUNCE LOW-INTEREST DISASTER LOANS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES

 

Filing deadlines April 4 for property damage; November 2 for economic harm

 

February 3, 2011 (San Diego)--The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) advised San Diego County officials today that residents and business owners affected by the severe winter storms which impacted our region from December 18 through January 4 could be eligible for low-interest loans.

BUDGET SITUATION “BLEAK” SAYS LMSV SUPERINTENDENT

 

  • Sixth graders may be moved back to elementary schools
  •  60 teachers apt to lose jobs
  • California lags behind rest of nation in per-pupil K-12 spending--and that's before next round of budget slashing

By Miriam Raftery
February 2, 2011 (La Mesa) – Speaking to a packed audience at the La Mesa Spring Valley District headquarters yesterday, Superintendent Brian Marshall grimly informed parents and teachers, “The budget situation is bleak.”
 
He said the District has held off making severe cuts up until now, dipping into reserves in hopes that the financial outlook would improve. But with another round of budget cuts from the state, tough choices can no longer be avoided.

VALLEY CENTER MAN INJURED IN BURGLARY; 2 ASSAILANTS ARRESTED

 

February 1, 2011 (Valley Center) – Cameron Manning, 19, has been hospitalized with head trauma, a skull fracture and broken bones after he was attacked by two burglary suspects. According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, shortly after midnight on January 28, Manning entered his residence at 24586 Lake Wohlford in Valley Center. There he was beaten in the head with a hammer, kicked, and left bound and injured on the floor.

COMMUNITY FORUM FOR MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANTS – TONIGHT 6 PM

 

February 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department is hosting a community forum for the City of El Cajon’s Middle Eastern population. The event was organized for people who recently immigrated to the U.S. to help familiarize these new members of the community with local laws and services available to them in the city.

 

The forum will be held this evening, February 1st, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon at 195 E. Douglas in El Cajon.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SANTEE AFTER STRUGGLE; ACCUSED OF THEFTS AND HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENTS

February 1, 2011 (Santee) – A hit-and-run accident in Lakeside under investigation by the California Highway Patrol led to discovery that the same vehicle had committed a hit and run in Santee yesterday, according to Sgt. Scott Hill at the Santee Sheriff substation. “The subject was seen leaving that vehicle and going into a house. There was a theft of items in a vehicle and that suspect vehicle was tied to that also,” he said.

READER'S EDITORIAL: THE MAN WHO ENDED OUR MALAISE--REMEMBERING RONALD REAGAN

By E.A. Barrera

 

February 1, 2011 (San Diego's East) -- February 6, 2011 marks what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. That milestone is a personal one for me. Though I never knew or met President Reagan, he was the first president who I could recall from start to finish. He was the president as I entered my senior year in high school and came of age … proud liberal-Democrat from a family of the same (dating back to Al Smith running as the first Catholic candidate for president in 1928).

 

As a member of the generation euphemistically once called "Gen X", I was never the less fascinated by the America Reagan promised. Reagan's America was in complete contrast to that of the baby-boomer class, which dominated the airwaves and media all my life. It was the return of the generation that beat the Great Depression and won World War Two. It was John Wayne reborn … and the "Old Man" (as I would come to call Reagan - first in sarcasm, then in reverence) epitomized that return.

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES HEALTH CARE REFORM ACT UNCONSTITUTIONAL


Decision conflicts with some other rulings; measure likely to be decided by Supreme Court

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – U.S. District Court Roger Vinson in Florida today ruled that it is unconstitutional to require people to have healthcare insurance by 2014 or pay fines. His is the fourth ruling on the insurance mandate provision; two have found it constitutional, while a Virginia judge found it unconstitutional. (All four cases are being appealed.) But Judge Vinson’s decision goes further than the Virginia ruling.
 

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void,” Vinson wrote in a decision that promptly sparked both praise and criticism.

2 EAST COUNTY WOMEN AMONG 5 TO BE INDUCTED INTO SAN DIEGO COUNTY WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME MARCH 12 AT SDSU

 

Honorees include Clara Harris of Lemon Grove and the late Midge Costanza with SDSU

February 1, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame will host its 10th annual induction ceremony on March 12th from 5-9 p.m. at San Diegio State University’s Alumni Center. This year’s inductees include Lemon Grove resident Clara Harris. Other honorees include the late Midge Costanza, Judy Forman, Matha Longenecker, and Rita Sanchez. Reservations for the awards dinner must be made by March 1st.

EXPERT OFFERS SELF DEFENSE TIPS

 

By Tracey Hawkins

 

January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month, a time to reflect on safety information and tips, as well as to sharpen survival skills. As a safety expert, my job is to make sure my audience, readers and viewers have the best advice from the best resources.

 

In light of the recent news story about a young woman who was jogging locally and who was able to stop an attacker with pepper spray, I have created a guide to help you choose a self-defense class, learn basic safety tips, and choose the best weapon for your safety.

 

HUNTER’S `FACTS' ON HEALTHCARE BILL ARE " INACCURATE" & "MISLEADING", SAYS FACTCHECK.ORG


January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Sylvia Hampton, past president o f the San Diego County League of Women Voters, sent a letter she received from Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) to www.Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan project of the Annenberg Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania that researches accuracy of statements by public officials.
“Congressman Hunter’s description of the bill is not entirely accurate,” concluded Eugene Kiely, director of FactCheck.org in Philadelphia. Further, he found Rep. Hunter’s use of some statistics “misleading.”
Below is the full response from Factcheck.org, which Hampton forwarded to East County Magazine:

CHARITY GOLF EVENT TO BENEFIT ETHAN MILLER, 2, CANCER PATIENT IN SANTEE

January 31, 2011 (Santee) – Two-year-old Ethan Miller, son of Darren and Christie Miller in Santee, has neuroblastoma cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. A charity golf event will be held on Thursday, April 7th at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego to benefit Ethan Miller and his family.

MOTHER ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF DAUGHTER, 9

January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives have arrested Crystal Cardenas for the murder of her daughter, Elizabeth Holloway, 9. The mother was arrested at 10:25 a.m. today while walking in the 1600 block of Canyon Road in Spring Valley.

 

On January 17 at 10:22 p.m., officers and paramedics were dispatched to the family’s home at 328 Milbrae Street in the Mountain View community when the child went into medical distress. She was taken to a trauma center, and her autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma.

SHERIFF WARNS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING & VIOLATING SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE ON SUPERBOWL SUNDAY


DUI Victim do
nates vehicle to educate public about dangers

January 31, 2011 (San Diego) – Sheriff Bill Gore held a press conference today to remind San Diegans not to drink and drive on Super Bowl weekend, or anytime. He was joined at the conference by Erin Limonchi of La Mesa, whose mother, Pamela Marabeas, was killed September 30, 2009 when a drunk driver smashed into her mother’s SUV in Santee. Limonchi has donated the crumpled vehicle for use in free “Start Smart” classes to provide teens a graphic reminder of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.

GUHSD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON BUDGET FEB. 3

 

January 31, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District has announced that it will hold a special budget study session on Thursday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m.

 

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Instructional Resources Meeting room at 301 North Mollison in El Cajon.

ALPINE PLANNING GROUP HAS 3 VACANCIES

 

January 31, 2011 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group is accepting applications through February 7, 2011 for three vacancies (seats #10, 12 and 14). You can obtain an application from the County of San Diego web http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dplu/CommunityGroups.html or at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dplu/docs/Planning-Sponsor_Group_Application.pdf.

LOTS OF LUCK! CALIFORNIA LOTTERY PARTNERS WITH VIEJAS CASINO TO BOOST WINNING ODDS

 

Deal gives players more ways to win in MEGA Millions plus Viejas to have 22,000 winners in February Lottery promotions; winnings help benefit public schools

 By Miriam Raftery

 

January 31, 2011 – For the first time ever, the California State Lottery is teaming up with a casino to provide more winning opportunities for both Lottery players and Viejas Casino guests.
 

“We believe this agreement is the first of its kind in the nation between a state lottery and a casino,” Robert Scheid, public relations director at Viejas Casino & Outlets, announced at a press conference today in the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge.  
 

“This partnership takes winning to a whole new level,” said California Lottery Spokesman Bill Ainsworth. “Viejas Casino is one of the best known names in gaming and entertainment in Southern California and we are proud and excited to partner with them.”

MANY SHADES OF GREEN: SAN DIEGO'S GREEN JOBS KEEP ON GROWING

 

By: Jeremy Los

 

January 30, 2011 (San Diego) – The green economy is booming in San Diego County and California as a whole. In a new study titled Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs, Next10.org finds that California’s green economy has boasted persistent growth and now encompasses over 174,000 jobs in the state. 

 

Between January 2008 and January 2009, the growth rate was highest in San Diego and the Bay Area; San Diego’s green jobs rate grew 7 percent while the Bay Area saw an 8 percent growth.

COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION WANTS YOUR INPUT


Public Workshops to be Held in Pine Valley and Ramona, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

 

January 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The County of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of a Cost Recovery, Resource Allocation, and Revenue Enhancement Study to ensure the sustainability of parks and recreation in the future.  Residents of Pine Valley and Ramona are invited to participate in this process to help the County determine how to allocate future Parks resources.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKS HEALTHCARE HERO NOMINATIONS IN EAST COUNTY

January 30, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominations for its 2011 Healthcare Hero Awards, an annual awards program that honors East County residents whose volunteer efforts help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.

1 DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED IN HEAD-ON MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN OTAY

 

 

January 30, 2011 (Otay) – Two motorcycles collided head-on around 11:02 this morning on Otay Lakes Road, just west of the Otay Glider Port.

 

“Unfortunately, one patient was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Nick Schuler with Cal Fire. “The second patient who suffered arm and leg fractures was flown to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center by Mercy Air.”

RAIN, HIGH WINDS FORECAST FOR REGION

January 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Rain is likely this afternoon and tonight, with a chance of thundershowers. A wind advisory has been issued for mountain and desert areas, where strong westerly winds are forecast with gusts over 50 mph. Winds are expected to increase in intensity, with gusts over 50 mph Tuesday night through Thursday.

CONTROLLED BURN PLANNED NEAR PINE VALLEY

January 30, 2011 (Pine Valley) – Cal-Fire/San Diego County Fire Authority will conduct a controlled burn starting at Corte Mader Road near Pine Valley starting Monday, January 31 through Wednesday, February 2.

MARKETING MATTERS: THE POST-SHOW FOLLOWUP

 

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

By Rama Beerfas

 

February 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – We’ve identified the three components of a successful trade show marketing plan:

 

• Have a system in place for attracting potential customers to the exhibit.
• Qualify those people who visited the booth.
• Follow up with those visitors who left contact information.

Last month, we looked at some methods to qualify the people who visit your booth as legitimate prospects. This month, we’ll explore the most critical part of the trade show process: the post-show follow-up.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, A POSSIBLE FATALITY, CLOSES OTAY LAKES ROAD

 

January 31, 2011 (Otay)— Otay Lakes Road is closed in both directions due to an accident at Otay Lakes and Wueste Road at the Divider Creek bridge. CHP reports the accident is a possible fatality; Mercy Air is landing as of 11:30 a.m.

SHERIFF'S HOMICIDE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE DEATH OF ELDERLY MAN IN LAKESIDE

 

January 30, 2011 (Lakeside) – Last night, a 28-year-old man reported that his 77-year-old father was deceased at their residence. Paramedics pronounced the elderly man dead at the scene, 12645 Laurel Street, Apt. 1, in Lakeside. “The condition of the body was such that paramedics expressed their concerns to deputies,” said Lt. Dennis J. Brugos with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.

POWAY WOMAN TRANSLATES GOSPEL INTO WRITTEN SIGN LANGUAGE

Former dancer draws inspiration from La Jolla woman who created a written sign language, inspiring a global movement

 
January 30, 2011 (Poway) –Ballerinas Nancy Romero and Valerie Sutton met during their dancing careers—and soon turned their creative energies to helping deaf people read in sign language. “It happened by accident,” recalls Romero, a Poway resident who recently completed writing The Gospel According to John in American Sign Language (ASL). 

VETERANS HERALDED AS ALPINE WALL OF HONOR BREAKS GROUND

By Miriam Raftery

January 29, 2011 (Alpine) -- Elected officials, tribal leaders, community members and veterans turned out this morning at a “Labor of Love” event to break ground for Alpine’s Wall of Honor.

Viejas tribal chairman Anthony Pico spoke movingly about his own military service in the Army and his memories of visiting the Viet Nam memorial in Washington D.C., where 13 of his friends’ names are inscribed. “For every friend who has fallen, there is someone who will remember them,” he said, expressing sorrow that his fallen comrades could not live into the autumn of their lives but instead, sacrificed their futures for our country. “They stayed forever young in my mind,” he said.

OFFICERS JUSITIFED IN SHOOTING EAST COUNTY MAN WHO THREW CHEF'S KNIFE AT POLICE, DISTRICT ATTORNEY FINDS

January 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has concluded that the non-fatal shooting of Huong Quy Luu on July 25th was justified. San Diego Police Officers Blake Williams and Christopher Blakely “fired in self-defense as well as in defense of one another,” a letter issued by Dumanis on January 24 states.

 

The officers had responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a violent man breaking out windows in the 6900 block of Jamacha Road.

VIDEO ADVENTURE: FLYING HIGH OVER EAST COUNTY

 

By Pam Wilmers

 

View an aerial video of East County: http://www.facebook.com/v/1274446437632

 

January 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- With my heart beating and my curiosity rising, I lifted off from Gillespie Field in El Cajon in a single engine Cessna with pilot Bill Howell. Nothing could have prepared me for what we are about to behold on a warm and gorgeous winter morning.

MAN ROBS BANK, USES MOTORHOME AS GETAWAY VEHICLE

 

January 28, 2011 (Rancho Bernardo) – The FBI and San Diego Police seek the public’s help to identify a bank robber who robbed the Navy Federal Credit Union at 17030 Bernardo Center Drive around 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25th. The man, who is around 50 years old, and wore a green baseball cap demanded money from a teller and fled with the cash in an older model motorhome.

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