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ANNIVERSARY EVENT MARCH 24 AT O’DUNN FINE ART

 

March 24, 2011 (La Mesa) -- To celebrate two years in business, proprietor Shannon O’Dunn has announced her gallery will host an all-day event featuring special savings on Thursday, March 24, 2011. All are welcome. Three California fine artists have recently joined with O’Dunn Fine Art for representation, furthering the gallery’s role and reputation as an attractive venue and outlet for high-quality fine art in East County.

LIGHT RAIN FORECAST FOR WEEKEND

 

March 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Grab your umbrella if you’re heading out this weekend. The National Weather Service predicts light rainfall late tonight and early tomorrow, with a second storm due to arrive Saturday night.

 

Snow levels are predicted to drop to 5,500 feet, with windy conditions in San Diego’s desert areas.

STEP BACK IN TIME AT LA MESA ANTIQUE STREET FAIRE MARCH 27


March 24, 2011 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Village Merchants Association invites you to step back in time this Sunday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the La Mesa Antique Street Faire.

Once a year, La Mesa Boulevard is closed and antique dealers from far and wide set out their wares. Reminiscent of an old fashioned Midwest flea market. The event also includes live music and entertainment. All restaurants, coffee houses and pubs in La Mesa’s century-old downtown village prepare special fare for the occasion.  Stores are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the event.

MOTORIST KILLED IN LAKESIDE

March 23, 2011 (Lakeside) 11:39 p.m. – A single car rollover accident tonight on San Vicente trapped a driver’s arm beneath the vehicle, Incident Page Network reports. The driver was later pronounced dead at the scene. The coroner is en route and San Vicente has been closed down between Wildcat Canyon Road and Arena, CHP's website reports. No further details are yet available.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


March 24, 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:

 

• ‘Civilians spared’ by Libya Raids (BBC )
• Obama condemns bombing in Jerusalem, urges calm (Reuters)
• 1 dead, 39 injured in Jerusalem bus station bombing (Jerusalem Post)
• Palestinian rocket slams into Ashkelon (Jerusalem Post)
• Radiation found in Tokyo water, infants shouldn’t drink (Reuters)
• Urgent: radiation 1600 times normal 20 km from Fukishima plant. IAEA (Kyodo)
• Japan quake loaded stress on fault closer to Tokyo (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Does Japan quake make a U.S. quake more likely? (Mother Jones)
• California Republican convention scorns Brown tax plan (Sacramento)
• Poll: Deficits best closed by cuts and taxes (Washington Post)
• Genetically modified crops get boost over organics with recent USDA rulings
• Reid: Rider on Planned Parenthood won’t be included in budget deal (The Hill)
• Saudis arrest 100 Shi’ite protesters: rights group (Reuters)
• Saudis gather to demand release of prisoners (Reuters)

LA MESA WOMAN CROWNED MISS SAN DIEGO'S OUTSTANDING TEEN

 

SAN DIEGO, CA – On Saturday, March 19, the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association held the 2011 Miss San Diego Pageant at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Thirty-five talented women ages 13-24 participated in a program that has been a San Diego tradition since the late 1920’s. Over $4,000.00 in scholarships were awarded.

 

Danamarie McNicoll Carter of La Mesa won the title of Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011. She is a former Miss Teen La Mesa and a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She wowed the judges with piano performance which accounted for 35% of the overall score.

SDG&E SIGNS SOLAR CONTRACT WITH TENASKA

 

New solar factory in San Diego to create 450 local jobs and additional 1,000 indirect jobs

March 23, 2011 (San Diego) San Diego Gas & Electric has announced a 25-year contract for up to 150 megawatts of solar energy to be generated at the Imperial Solar Energy Center West’s proposed 1,057-acre solar energy facility near El Centro. 

In addition, Soitec announced its intention to build a new solar panel manufacturing factory in the San Diego region, creating 450 local jobs and more than 1,000 additional indirect jobs.

STATE AGENCIES FAIL TO MAKE THE GRADE IN CALAWARE’S THIRD PUBLIC RECORDS AUDIT

 

March 23, 2011 (Carmichael, California)– For the third time in five years, Californians Aware (CalAware) has tested state agencies’ responses to very basic requests for public records. Analysis of the results found no measureable improvement overall-with agencies overall averaging a C+--and many flunking requirements of California’s open government laws.

 

“What, if anything, will Governor Brown do to make further improvements?” asks Emily Francke, executive director of CalAware.

"WIZARD OF WATERCOLOR" CHUCK MCPHERSON SOLO ART SHOW OPENS MARCH 25 AT MAIN STREET 5 GALLERY

 

By Abigail Migala

 

March 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Main Street 5 Gallery (www.mainstreet5gallery.com) is presenting a solo show by award-winning watercolorist Chuck McPherson. The opening reception will take place on Friday, March 25 from 5 to 9 p.m., when you can come meet the artist, see some of his artwork and enjoy refreshments in a fun, lively atmosphere.

 

The gallery is in the heart of downtown El Cajon at 124 East Main Street and is owned and operated by local photographic artist and promoter Esther Beish (www.eyesofesther.com). She is enthusiastic about this upcoming event, describing McPherson as the “Wizard of Watercolor.”

POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN MAROON ULTIMA WHO ROBBED 95-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IN LA MESA

 

March 22, 2011 (La Mesa) – A witness who saw a 95-year-old woman knocked to the ground in a robbery this evening chased two suspects, La Mesa Police report. Police are seeking two suspects in a maroon 2000-2004 Nissan Ultima 4-door vehicle.

 

One suspect is described as a black male age 16-18, 200 pounds, with three-inch dreadlock braids. He wore a black, brown and red long-sleeved shirt, dark shorts and white tennis shoes. There is no description of the second suspect, who was driving.

REVIEW: A ROLLICKING RENDITION OF RAGTIME AT THE ENCORE! THEATRE

Popular American musical playing March 24-27 in Spring Valley

  

By Miriam Raftery

 

March 22, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Director Jean Isaac calls Ragtime a show that “will get inside your soul.” Drawn to the musical’s epic scale and powerful yet timeless themes, she observes, “It’s a beautiful story to be told," then adds that it's important to tell the story anew in today’s turbulent times.

 

Isaac delivers a moving interpretation, brought to life through often stellar performances by the Young Actors’ Theatre cast. 

NEED HELP TO EAT HEALTHY? RAW FOODS INTRO MARCH 27 IN ALPINE

March 22, 2011 (Alpine) – Whole Raw Food Now is offering an introductory workshop on the nutritional and health benefits of whole, raw foods. The event takes place on Sunday, March 27 from 1-3 p.m. in Alpine.

COURTHOUSE CLOSED IN EL CAJON DUE TO ELECTRICAL SHORT

 

March 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Superior Court has closed today due to a power outage caused by a short circuit in the electrical system. Phone service is also not working. 

 

Smoke detectors went off around 1:40 a.m. and firefighters found the electrical box smoldering, El Cajon spokesperson Monica Zech indicated. The incident also knocked out a backup power system for the courthouse.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY IS OUR DRINKING WATER BEING SIPHONED OFF BY SDG&E FOR SUNRISE POWERLINK CONSTRUCTION?

 

An open letter to San Diego's Mayor and City Council

 

By John Pilch
President, San Carlos Area Council

 

March 22, 2011 (San Diego) --I'm intrigued by what's happening in the San Carlos Community with respect to water usage. While we're being advised of the continuing Stage 2 Drought Alert, the City of San Diego is selling water from two  hydrants on Lake Murray Blvd. West Frontage Road to the contractor who is constructing the Southwest Powerlink.

YMCA ANNOUNCES SUMMER DAY CAMPS FOR KIDS TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL--AND HAVE FUN

 

Options range from “splash” and “equestrian” camps to “web design” camp and more

 

March 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Instead of spending the summer at home and indoors, the East County Family YMCA is encouraging parents to give their kids a chance to explore nature at the Y’s Summer Day Camp. YMCA campers gain new experiences, develop essential social skills and create lifelong friendships, while enjoying camp adventures.

"WHERE THE WILD THINGS GROW" ART SHOW AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 26-APRIL 22; RECEPTION FOR WILDLIFE ARTISTS APRIL 3

 

March 21, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation will present "Where the Wild Things Grow," an exhibition features paintings by seven award-winning artists in the Mission Trails Regional Park Gallery from March 26 through April 22.

 

The public is also invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Admission is free.

 

About the Artists:

DISASTER RELIEF FUND TO AID JAPAN SET UP BY SAN DIEGO-YOKOHAMA SISTER CITY SOCIETY

 

"You may remember that when the City of San Diego experienced the devastating wildfires in 2007, the citizens of Yokohama donated over one million yen to the Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund." -- Harry Bishop, San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society

 

March 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Victims of the 2007 wildfires our region received help from San Diego's sister city, Yokahama Japan. Now, some local residents are seeking to give back to Japanese people in need. The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society is establishing a disaster relief fund for victims of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 

“We are asking everyone to join us to help those who lost loved ones, homes, and communities to this disaster,” Harry Bishop told East County Magazine.

COUNTY OFFERS FREE TAX SERVICES FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE

 

March 21, 2011 (San Diego) - With about four weeks left until the tax filing deadline, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is reminding families and individuals that free tax assistance is available to help them claim their Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
 

Low-income families and individuals can have their taxes prepared, at no cost, at more than 70 locations throughout the region. The tax assistance will be provided countywide until mid-April. People should call 2-1-1 to make an appointment.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL & NATIONAL NEWS

 

 

March 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- 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:

 

• Allied forces strike Gadhafi compound; leader’s whereabouts unknown (CNN)
• Fukushima reactors begin to cool down (Times of India)
• Syria protesters torch buildings (Al Jazeera)
• Hamas digging “terror tunnels” along border with Israel (Jewish World Daily)
• Yemen president fires government (BBC)
• Yemen in state of emergency after protest massacre (Reuters)
• Judge blocks Wisconsin anti-union law (Los Angeles Times)
• How close is your home to a nuclear power plant? Put in your zip code to find out (CNN)
• Japan finds more types of radiation-tainted food (Huffington Post)
• Armed men attack Reuters Gaza bureau (Reuters)
• Government claims unlimited discretion to look through your laptop at the border (ACLU)
• In Japan, production of consumer brands popular halted after earthquake (Washington Post)

WILL POWER REPORT: LEVEL SEVEN

Editor's note:  This column was deleted at the request of the author for further fact-checking.  

 

U.S., COALITION FORCES STRIKE GADHAFI COMPOUND IN LIBYA

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

March 20, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Navy Vice Admiral William E. Gortney called initial attacks on Libya’s air and missile defense systems “very effective in degrading the regime’s air defense capability” for launching long-range missiles. Speaking at a Pentagon news conference today, Gortney said the U.S.-led coalition launched 124 Tomahawk missiles against Libyan military targets.

 

The attacks, following a United Nations establishment of a no-fly zone over Libya, are aimed at preventing Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi from “slaughtering his own people” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

HELICOPTER RESCUE HIKER WHO REPORTEDLY OVERDOSED AND FELL IN PALM CANYON

 

March 20, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – Copter 10, crewed by Cal-Fire and San Diego Sheriff personnel, was dispatched to aid a downed hiker in Palm Canyon in the desert at Borrego Springs around 4:55 today. “Initial reports were that the victim had overdosed on a hallucinogenic drug and had possibly sustained a spinal injury,” Deputy Scott Bligh said.

 

CREST FIRE SAFE COUNCIL AWARDED COUNTY GRANT TO PURCHASE GENERATOR

 

Benjamin Franklin's descendent helps invent plan to keep Crest residents safe during emergencies

 

March 20, 2011 (Crest) — Benjamin Franklin discovered the power of electricity, reportedly by flying a kite during an electrical storm. Now his descendant, Kandhy Franklin, is helping bring an electric generator to Crest, harnessing her famous ancestor's discovery to power her community in case of wildfire. 

 

The Crest Fire Safe Council has been awarded a San Diego County Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant written by Franklin and community volunteer Faith Berry.  Funds will be used to purchase a generator for a community clubhouse, providing emergency response during disasters and rolling brownouts.

THOUSANDS FROLIC ON NEW FREEWAY: HIGHWAY 52 NOW OPEN FROM SANTEE TO THE SEA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 20, 2011 (Santee) – An estimated 20,000 people turned out to run, walk, bike and party atop the last link of Highway 52 at yesterday’s “Sea to Santee” celebration. Now open to traffic, the new freeway segment is the last link connecting Highway 67 in East County to Interstate 5 and La Jolla.

 

Transportation improvements have historically heralded changes in East County, starting with cattle drives and the coming of stagecoach and railway lines in the 19th century. Invention of the "horseless carriage" brought construction of Highways 94 and 80, connecting East County to San Diego and Arizona. The aviation era led to the airfield at Gillespie Field. More recently, construction of Interstate 8, Highway 67 and now Highway 52 further improved access to East County for visitors from around the county and across the nation. 

 

The new highway will also make it faster for East County residents to reach San Diego destinations including employment and yes, beaches.  Surf's up, Santee!

ANZA-BORREGO DESERT GARDEN TOUR MARCH 27

 

 

March 20, 2011 (Anza-Borrego) – Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Museum Association offers a self-paced tour of five private gardens plus a “bonus garden” on Sunday, March 27 from 9:30-4 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for members, $18 for nonmembers. For information, contact naturecenter@att.net or call 1-760-767-3098. The Borrego Desert Nature Center is located at 652 Palm Canyon Drive in Borrego Springs.

 

Below are descriptions of the gardens abloom on this year’s tour:

PROTESTS MOUNT AGAINST BIG BANKS STATEWIDE AND LOCALLY


HOMEOWNERS & COMMUNITY MEMBERS ASK PUBLIC TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO SLOW FORECLOSURES; RAMONA CITIZENS LAUNCH NATIONAL REFORM CAMPAIGN

 

March 20, 2011 (San Diego) -- Rallies held in San Diego, Ramona, and across California last week demanded accountability by big banks and called on the public to support new legislative bills aimed at curbing California’s soaring foreclosure rates.

COUNTY WARNS LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS OF PHONY “HEALTH INSPECTORS” PHONE SCAM

March 20, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is warning local businesses of a fraud targeting restaurants and other small businesses in California, including San Diego County.

 

How the scam works:  An individual claiming to be a “health inspector” has been calling restaurants in California claiming there is a new procedure to arrange a health inspection. Scamsters use info obtained from the business to set up online accounts, which can then be used in other fraud schemes.

FIRE SEVERELY DAMAGES CHURCH COMPLEX IN VALLEY CENTER

March 20, 2011 (Valley Center) – An electrical fire that started in the basement has severely damaged Saint Stephens Roman Catholic Church in Valley Center, causing an estimated $150,000 in damage. County building inspectors have found the structure to be unsafe, requiring immediate stabilization before salvage and repair can begin.

MEASLES CASE REPORTED IN COUNTY

 

Possible public exposure in Carmel Mountain, Rancho Bernardo and Poway areas

March 20, 2011 (San Diego)--A 27-year-old Poway male has been diagnosed with measles, according to County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials. The man became ill after traveling to the Philippines and Thailand.

BBB WARNS CONSUMERS OF PHONY IRS CALLS IN LATEST ID THEFT SCAM

 

March 20, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers about a new identity theft scam involving phony e-mails supposedly from the federal government’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The phishing e-mails are requesting personal information from a W-2 form that are prepared by employers.

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