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RAMONA MUSIC FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO SIX TOE-TAPPING HOURS APRIL 9

 

April 2, 2011 (Ramona) – This year, The Ramona Music Fest IV benefit concert will be 50 percent longer than in the past – a full six hours on April 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at Dos Picos County Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. in Ramona.

 

The nonprofit event, hosted by Ramona Kiwanis and Ramona Rotary clubs, will feature top local and San Diego-area performers plus emerging talent on two stages.

SHOOTINGS OF TWO MOTORISTS ON 163 PUT POLICE ON ALERT, DRIVERS ON EDGE

 

April 7, 2011 (San Diego) – California Highway Patrol officers are on heightened alert after two shootings around 7:10 a.m. this morning on Highway 163 in Kearny Mesa. One shot wounded a USD student and another bullet lodged in a vehicle owned by a Rancho Bernardo man.

 

Police shut down the freeway and found about 10 shell casings from a small-caliber gun along the side of the freeway between the Clairment Mesa and Balboa exits. There is no evidence to indicate that either victim was targeted.
 

BOOK THESE DATES: APRIL LIBRARY CONCERTS ANNOUNCED

 

 

April 2, 2011 (San Diego)--The second annual San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase is  underway. The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wide variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free to the community. This year's series includes over 30 concerts at 12 branch libraries between February and the end of June.

 

The following concerts are set for April:

 

REP. SUSAN DAVIS NAMED ‘HUMANE CHAMPION’ FOR HER LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING ANIMALS

 

March 31, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – In recognition of her leadership on animal protection issues and for receiving a perfect score on the 2010 Humane Scorecard, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was named a Humane Champion. It is the highest award given by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

 

The organizations also singled out Davis’s bill that would designate National Link Awareness Month to raise awareness about the link between domestic violence and cruelty to animals.

BROWN HALTS BUDGET TALKS; TAKES CASE TO THE PEOPLE

 

By Jeremy Los

 

March 30, 2011 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown yesterday declared budgetary talks with Republicans “dead.”  The GOP issued 53 proposed alternatives, leading the Governor to accuse Republicans of obstructing the process with new demands that would widen the budget gap, not close it.  View Governor Brown's video message to the people by clicking the above image.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY STUDENTS SWEEP GREATER SAN DIEGO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR AWARDS

 

 

SDJA was the big winner at the 2011 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, with 50% of its high school entries taking home the grand prize, or Sweepstakes Awards, and over half of its middle school entries receiving a first place award.

BLOCK’S BILL TO ESTABLISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ASSESSMENT WINS UNANIMOUS SUPPORT

 

Standardized Assessment Would Save $4 Million in Testing Costs and Increase the Number of Students Assessed by 2.2 Million

March 30, 2011 – In an effort to increase efficiencies in California’s higher education system and boost student success, Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) announced that his community college student assessment legislation has been approved by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on a unanimous vote.

BLOCK BILL TO REDUCE BULLYING ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES PASSES COMMITTEE

 

March 30, 2011 (Sacramento)--Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) announced today that the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, which he chairs, has approved his bill to improve the campus climates for LGBT students at public colleges and universities. AB 620 would require the California State University and California Community Colleges, and request the University of California, to adopt policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying in their student codes of conduct.

LA MESA TO HOST COMMUNITY WORKSHOP APRIL 7

 

 

General Plan Update, Health and Wellness in La Mesa on agenda

March 30, 2011 (La Mesa)—Help create La Mesa’s vision for a healthier community at a community workshop on Thursday, April 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Station community room, 8085 University Avenue in La Meas. Topics for discussion include a new Health and Wellness element as well as the 2012 general plan update (available online at www.cityoflamesa.com/GeneralPlanUpdate).

HUNTER INTRODUCES BILLS TO FUND BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION AND CUT FUNDS TO SANCTUARY CITIES, STATES

March 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) Earlier this month, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act, which includes San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray among its cosponsors. The measure would provide the Secretary of Homeland Security with full discretionary authority to build up to 350 miles of additional infrastructure on the Southwest border.

POWAY FATHER COLLAPSES, DIES WHILE HIKING WITH SCOUT TROOP IN RAMONA

 

March 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Charles Dumars, 46, of Poway died of coronary artery disease while hiking near Ramona on Saturday, March 26, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office reports.
 

Dumars was with a group of Boy Scouts and their fathers hiking in remote terrain on Black Mountain Truck Trail. According to Ramona Patch.com, a 911 call indicated that Dumars as unresponsive and CPR was in progress.

MEDIA DAY FOR BUSINESSES AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS FRIDAY, APRIL 1

 

Channel 10 News to host Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce WHEEL program, offers special one-day program pass at ABC’S KGTV Channel 10 News

 

March 30, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Want to get media coverage for your business or organization? Find out how at “Media Day” on April 1st. Get tips from editors on print, online and broadcast media on how to maximize your exposure in the press. Hear from marketing and public relations experts on how to write effective press releases and develop winning strategies for “earned media coverage” – in other words, free press!

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: MARCH 30, 2011

 

 

 

March 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights important stories of interest to East County and our region, published in other media.

 

Latest “Roundup” headlines include:

 

• Jerry Brown declares budget talks dead (Sacramento Bee)
• City Council approves medical pot ordinances (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• California construction jobs up in February (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Nearly $44K of lawn art stolen since October (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• California adds nearly 100,000 jobs in February (Los Angeles Times)
• 3 arrested in stabbing near Mast Park (Santee Patch.com)
• Sleeping controller = safety concerns (CNN)
• First sign of radioactivity reaches County (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Small businesses at risk for cyber attacks (KPBS)

YUMA MAN KILLED IN JACUMBA ROLL-OVER ACCIDENT

 

March 30, 2011 (Jacumba) – The San Diego Medical Examiner has identified Gregory E. Gates, 72, as the driver who was killed March 28 in an accident on westbound I-8 in Jacumba. His vehicle crossed traffic lanes, struck an embankment and rolled over.

FREE TRAINING IN GREEN BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PRACTICES

March 29, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Cuyamaca College will again provide free classes and hands-on work experience in green building and sustainable energy to eligible students through a training program funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership. The $1.6 million in funding comes from federal stimulus money along with grants from the State Energy Program, Workforce Investment Act, State Energy Sector Partnership and others.

Robert Garber, interim president of Cuyamaca College, said the green building program is part of the college’s commitment to train workers for the expanding green economy.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MARCH 29, 2011

 

 

March 29, 2011 (San Diego's East County)-- Signs of spring abound! 

 

The past couple of weeks, our photographers found no shortage of birds and bees, flowers and trees resplendant in spring foliage.  They also spotted signs of wild life both on the trail and off,  as East County residents heralded in St. Patrick's Day.

 

CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 

March 29, 2011 (La Mesa)--A volunteer citizens group that oversees how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved funds for infrastructure improvementprojects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has issued its 2010 Annual Report to the Community.

ALPINE TREE TOWN PARTY APRIL 16

 

March 29, 2011 (Alpine) -Do you love trees? Are you interested in promoting tree planting in Alpine? Would you like to help establish tree programs for local schools? If so, you’re invited to join "Alpine's Tree Town Party" on April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Alpine Woman's Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd.
 

Learn about the oak beetle that is killing local oaks--and watch Warren Stormthunder prune a tree and then give it away to someone in the audience. Children's programs l be held throughout the day and vendors will also participate.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


 

March 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.


Top global and national news stories include:

 

 

Japan

• Japan finds plutonium at stricken nuclear plant (Reuters)
• Extreme radiation detected at No. 2 reactor (NHK)
• Japan’s PM Pessimistic about crippled nuclear reactors (Voice of America)
• Tsunami was more than 77 feet at its peak (NPR)

Libya

• Gaddafi troops force rebels back (Reuters)
• Air rades force Gadhafi retreat: rebels seize the East (AP/Huffington Post)
• President Obama acted correctly on Libya (Congressman Duncan Hunter, editorial in San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Mother “offered cash” if Libya woman changes story

United States

• Ten giant U.S. companies avoiding income taxes (Chicago Sun-Times)
• GOP Lawmakers announce own plan to wind down Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (Washington Post)
• U.S. and U.K. uncut: `Austerity is not the solution’ (The Nation)

Israel

• Israel deplys first anti-missile defense system
• Gaza rockets strike deeper inside Israel
• Israel braces for flare-up as Gazan rockets hit

Other world news

• 6 dead in port city as Syrian crisis grows
• Canada to vote for new government May 2
• Large quake hits Myanmar near Northern Thailand

HAZEL ROSS ARTWORK ON DISPLAY THROUGH MAY AT WILLIAM HERRICK LIBRARY IN LA MESA

 

 

March 29,2011 (La Meas)--The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is featuring an exhibit of 22 paintings by El Cajon resident Hazel Ross. The paintings include Ross’ signature watercolor landscapes and portraits in pastel.  Art will be on exhibit now through the month of May.

REP. SUSAN DAVIS AND EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN CALL FOR EDUCATION REFORM

 

March 29, 2011 (San Diego)--Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan made a call for education reform, framing the issue in a national security context. The push for reform was at a recent press conference following a tour of an early childhood facility at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: THE INQUIRING MIND, A DARING ADVENTURE!

 

 

Someone once said, “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”

 

By Sharon Courmousis

ARTISTS SHARE TIPS ON TECHNIQUES AT WINE-DOWN WEDNESDAY

 

March 29, 2011 (El Cajon ) – Twenty artists displayed more than 100 works, met with visitors and shared secrets of their success at “Wine Down Wednesday” last week. The event, held at Westfield Parkway Plaza in the Macy’s court, showcased artwork from St. Clair Gallery with 20% of proceeds benefitting St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.
 

Kathy Huneke says she uses texturing compound combining plaster, joint compound and metallics to create eye-catching, large-scale geometric forms.

MARCELLA JUNE’S COFFEE LOUNGE PROVIDES AN ILLUMINATING EXPERIENCE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

March 29, 2011 (La Mesa)—David Zaloudek decided to combine his two passions: coffee and restoring vintage light fixtures. You can savor and purchase both at Marcella June’s Coffee Lounge, La Mesa’s newest java joint at 8513 La Mesa Blvd. The coffee lounge is named in honor of Zaloudek’s mother, whose portrait adds a vintage touch in keeping with the period lighting that softly illuminates this cozy, one-of-a-kind shop.

EAST COUNTY GROWERS TO SHOWCASE EXOTIC BLOOMS AT PLUMERIA SOCIETY’’S SALE APRIL 2-3

 

By Jeremy Los

 

March 28, 2011- Plumeria blooms, the traditional Hawaiian lei flowers, conjure up the exotic mystique of the tropics. This weekend, several East County growers will showcase their sweet-scented blossoms at the Southern California Plumeria Society’s cutting sale.

 

The two-day event, April 2-3, will mark the first cutting sale of the year for the Society at the Casa Del Prado in Balboa Park. The event runs from 10 am-4 pm, and attendance is free.

JEANS FOR JAPAN: SDSU SPORT CLUBS COLLECTS PANTS THROUGH "CLOTHES FOR SOULS" PROGRAM APRIL 4-18, 2011

 

SDSU and San Diego residents are invited to participate by donating gently worn jeans

 

March 28, 2011 (San Diego) – For a limited time, Clothes4Souls and SDSU Sport Clubs will be collecting gently worn jeans to ship to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. Beginning April 4,2011, clothes will be collected as part of the SDSU Sport Clubs Jeans for Japan.

 

For more information about the campaign and SDSU Sport Clubs please visit http://arc.sdsu.edu/sportclubs/index.php. Scroll down for details:
 

GIVE A HOMELESS PERSON IN SAN DIEGO A WARM SLEEPING BAG, A PONCHO AND A STUFF SACK FOR $35

 

By Dave Patterson

March 27, 2011 (San Diego)  There are now about 4,000 homeless folks in San Diego County, with many of them located downtown on the streets. Many of them are the "newly homeless" and have nothing other than the clothes that they are wearing. The nights can be very cold and wet.

San Diego Veterans For Peace, a local 501-C-3 veterans educational organization, has created a "Compassion Campaign" to provide the homeless downtown with a set of a sleeping bag, poncho, and nylon stuff sack, which will help make their life immensely better while they are homeless.

ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN LA CRESTA

Update 8:50 p.m. - The eastbound lane is now open.  There is damage to a guardrail, so use caution.

 

March 27, 2011 (El Cajon) 8:10 p.m. -- An accident has shut down La Cresta Blvd. near Mountain View in El Cajon, the main access route into the Crest community.  The road is expected to remain shut for several hours, an area resident has informed ECM.

SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL BLOSSOMS APRIL 9 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

 

March 26, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Celebrate spring on Saturday, April 9 at the Spring Garden Festival, one of East County’s biggest annual events.

 

Held at Cuyamaca College from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the festival features live music and international foods as well as expert garden design advice, horticulture demonstrations, a plant sale, water smart gardening tips, children’s activities, book sale, and displays by gardening clubs. Admission and parking are free.

THE DOG BLOG: IS YOUR DOG SAFE IN THE CAR?

 

By Dawn Celapino
www.Leashyourfitness.com

 

March 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Recently a few of my Leash Your Fitness “dog friends” were in a car accident with their mom. Thank goodness that everyone is safe, but it made me think about how safe my dog, Jack, is in the car with me.

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