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“GLEE” STAR LAUREN POTTER TO BE GUEST OF HONOR AT HOME OF GUIDING HEARTS ANNUAL HEART AND HAND GALA JUNE 25

April 12, 2011 (El Cajon)--Lauren Potter, born with Down’s syndrome, plays cheerleader Becky Jackson on Fox’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Glee. The California native is teaming up with www.AbilityPath.org and recently testified before a special Congressional briefing that Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D- California) hosted, speaking out against the bullying of children with special needs.

 

Potter will be guest of honor at Home of Guiding Hands's 37th Annual Gala, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which will take place on Southern California’s largest and most exclusive yacht, the Inspiration Hornblower, on June 25.

CAT’S MEOW: NATIONAL CAT PROTECTION SOCIETY HOSTS OPEN HOUSE/FUNDRAISER JUNE 5

 

June 2, 2011 (Spring Valley) – The National Cat Protection Society invites you to its 43rd anniversary party. Tour includes kitten center, adult cat areas and retirement homes—enriched with a wall-to-wall overhead walkway, ramps, lifeguard tower,  island, volcano, pressure-controlled heating pads, scratching posts, and “Retirement Bay."

 

 

Founded 43 years ago with a mission to shelter homeless cats, the facility operates solely on donations. Admission is free to this event, which promises to be the cat’s meow. Event includes silent auction, door prizes and refreshments.

FISH & WILDLIFE RECOMMENDS CAUTION AROUND COYOTES

May 29, 2011 -- If you’re outdoors this spring, you may cross paths with one of our state’s most common predators, the coyote.

 

Coyotes and their  melodic "songs"  are revered in Native American cultures, even honored in creation stories. They also provide benefits to communities by hunting rodents such as gophers and mice. But in urban settings, clever coyotes can grow accustomed to humans and become emboldened to the point of posing public safety concerns, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) cautions. 

WOMAN, 52, ROBBED OF PURSE IN LA MESA

May 29, 2011 (La Mesa) – Friday night at 10:45, La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery in the 4500 block of Maple Avenue.

TOP NBC COMIC TO STAR IN "HUMOR FOR HAITI" BENEFIT MAY 27 IN LA MESA

 

 

 

 

 STUDENT RATES ADDED: $10 at door

EARLY-BIRD RATES EXTENDED! ($15 if you pre-pay online; $20 at door)

Prizes * Great Food * Hilarious Comics

 

May 24, 2011 (La Mesa)—Laughter is truly the best medicine! Comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence, co-star of the NBC-TV series “Chuck” and numerous movies and TV shows will perform with comics from Brew Ha Ha in “Humor for Haiti” on May 27 at 7 p.m. in La Mesa.  It's all to help meet medical needs of people in impoverished Haiti.  East County Magazine is a media sponsor of the event--and we hope to see you there!

ALLISON AVENUE GRAND OPENING

 

May 21, 2011 (La Mesa)--On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the City of La Mesa will host the Grand Opening of the Allison Avenue streetscape improvement project. The event will take place in front of and just east of the La Mesa Library (8074 Allison Avenue) at 4:30 pm.


Allison Avenue is located in the heart of La Mesa’s downtown and Civic Center providing access to shopping, the Trolley Station, bus stops, Civic Center, the Library and Post Office.


The award winning Allison Avenue project includes many new urban smart growth design concepts; including enhanced crosswalks with inlayed flashing pavement markers, decorative streetlights, walkability features, street trees,  landscaping, diagonal parking and improved bus shelters. 


JAMUL MAN KILLED BY TROLLEY

May 7, 2011 (Jamul) – A landscaper on his way home from work was struck by a passing MTS trolley in National City on May 4 at 2:07 p.m. He was transported to a hospital, where despite life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead soon after arrival. The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified the victim as Stephen Palmer, 64, a married resident of Jamul.

HEAR ECM’S EDITOR ON RADIO FRIDAY MAY 6 FROM Y 6-7 PM

May 6, 2011 (Alpine) – East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be on the air Friday from 6-7 p.m. on Billie Jo Jannen’s “TGIF” program on FM 107.9 radio. Today’s show will also feature Alpine Sun Editor Christy Scott in an editors’ panel discussing the hottest backcountry issues. Topics include Sunrise Powerlink, trans-border trucking, new solar proposed projects, graffiti, grants for fire mitigation, and more.   Listen live!

JUST WING IT: WIN FREE TICKETS TO THIS WEEKEND'S 14TH ANNUAL SAGE & SONGBIRDS FESTIVAL & GARDEN TOUR

 

Garden tours May 6-8, festival May 7-8

Win 2 free tickets!  See below for how to enter drawing today to win!

 

May 6, 2011 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlet Center will host Alpine’s biggest festival, the 14th annual Sage & Songbirds Festival & Garden Tour on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8.  The theme for this year's festival, which includes live butterfly releases, is "Just Wing It."

 

A tour of residential gardens with butterfly and songbird-friendly habitats will also be held from May 6-8, with proceeds benefiting CHIRP, a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation and enjoyment of birds, butterflies and other creatures through hands-on and interactive programs and gardens.

SENATOR ANDERSON LEADS EFFORT TO PERSUADE GOV. BROWN TO HOLD TOWNHALL MEETING ON BUDGET IN EAST COUNTY

 

May 5, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has announced plans to travel throughout California discussing the budget deficit with the people. Now Senator Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon) has sent a letter inviting the Governor to meet with people in El Cajon. He has collected letters of support for his invitation from prominent community leaders including elected officials, business leaders, and prominent educators.

 If you would like your voice heard and want the Governor to come to East County, Senator Anderson suggests that you send your letter via fax (916-447-9008) or e-mail (senator.anderson@senate.ca.gov; his staff will then deliver it to the Governor.

HUNTER BILL WOULD ALLOW RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS ON WAR MEMORIALS

May 5, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) testified yesterday before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on H.R. 290, the War Memorial Protection Act. Hunter introduced the legislation—which allows for the inclusion of religious symbols on war memorials—in response to a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit declaring the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial unconstitutional.

‘FAIREST OF THE FAIR’ LIKE PAGEANT RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO

May 5, 2011 (San Diego) – A new pageant takes the stage on Monday, May 30, when the Joan B. Kroc Center will host the 2011 Miss San Diego Cities Pageant. Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing women ages 13-26 to participate in the program. Miss San Diego Cities 2011 will receive at $1,000.00 scholarship while Miss Teen San Diego Cities will receive a $500.00 scholarship.

 

The pageant is open to residents of unincorporated areas as well as residents of cities within San Diego County. It will be the first county wide pageant since the “Fairest of the Fair” ended in 2004 that does not have a swimsuit competition, does not have a talent competition and where the contestants do participate in essay writing and speech presentation.

POWERLINK HEARING CANCELLED—AGAIN

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 5, 2011 (San Diego) – A hearing on a request filed by three East County organizations seeking an injunction to stop construction on Sunrise Powerlink until opponents’ case can be heard in court has been cancelled. The hearing was set to take place tomorrow, May 6 in San Diego federal court.

 

According to David Hogan, consultant for the plaintiffs seeking an injunction, “Things are moving very quickly and little information is available but it appears that Federal District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia has abruptly recused himself from several federal lawsuits filed by Powerlink opponents. The cases have been transferred to Judge Roger Benitez.”

25 TOP ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT AT “WONDERFUL WORLD OF WATERCOLOR” SHOW AT MAIN STREET 5 GALLERY MAY 7

 

By Abigail Migala

May 6, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Main Street 5 Gallery (www.mainstreet5gallery.com) is presenting “Wonderful World of Watercolor,” an art event showcasing the work of 25 top names in watercolor painting. The show’s opening will be on Saturday, May 7, from 5-9 p.m.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: MAY 5, 2011

 

 

 

May 5, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights stories of importance to East County, published by other media.

 

Recent Roundup headlines include:

• Terrorist group setting up operations near border: Hezbollah considered to be more advanced than Al-Qaida (10 News)
• California considers shorter school years as budgets wane (Sacramento Bee)
• East County school layoff notices confirmed (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Mike Lumpkin named to special ops post in Pentagon, ran for Congress (Santee Patch)
• California legislative lawyers say redevelopment plan illegal (Sacramento Bee)
• Ambulance company faced penalties elsewhere (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• University of California targets out of state students (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Lobbying builds up redrawing of Council districts (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Water agency ends mandatory restrictions (North County Times)
• Water agencies would be taxed under state bill (North County Times)
• La Mesa serious crime rate in 2010 was 2nd highest in County (La Mesa Patch)
• Personal income tax rate goes up as corporate’s falls (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• A tree, actually 900 new ones, grows in Lemon Grove (San Diego Union-Tribune)

RIVER DAYS ROLL OUT THIS WEEKEND

San Diego River Park Foundation announces a series of events to raise funds for establishing trails, parks, gardens and visitor centers along the 52-mile-long San Diego River. The events include San Diego Days, San Diego RiverFest, and a Healthy River Run.

San Diego River Days May 7-8 and 14-15 offer community events along the 52-mile San Diego River from the mountains near Julian to Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach. Activities include bike rides, cleanups, mountain hikes, planting along the river, educational venues, along with nature and history walks. At the conclusion of River Days on May 15, the San Diego River Park Foundation and more than 50 organizations of the San Diego River Coalition join together with families from throughout the county for RiverFest.

CINCO DE MAYO: A GREAT BATTLE, A GREAT VICTORY

 

An essay by Patrick Osio, Jr.

 

May 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- On May 5, 1862, Mexican troops defeated an invading French army in the outskirts of Puebla, a city around 60 miles east of Mexico City. How did events come to this point; what were French troops doing in Mexico and why?

MOVING FORWARD FROM THE BACK OF THE BUS

 

Congressman Filner, the Freedom Rides, and Three Generations of Civil RIghts Activism

 

“I was 18. We did this thing, and we changed the whole legal structure of America. The sense that change is possible has been with me since."–Congressman Bob Filner

 

For the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Rep Bob Filner (D-San Diego) shares his memories as a Freedom Rider and of enduring two months in jail  to take a stand during the tumultuous Civil Rights movement.

MAR DELS HEADLINE SEASON OPENER FOR CONCERTS ON THE GREEN: FRIDAY NIGHT IN EL CAJON


May 4, 2011 (El Cajon)--Concerts on the Green, downtown El Cajon’s free weekly Friday night summer music series, opens this Friday, May 6, 2011. Chosen one of San Diego Magazine’s Top 10 outdoor music venues, Concerts on the Green at Prescott Promenade Park feature musicians performing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Opening night of 2011 features San Diego’s favorites - the Mar Dels – to rock your socks off.

ARE U.S. PENSION FUNDS ABOUT TO FAIL? CORPRATE LEGAL EXPERT WILLIAM LERACH TO OUTLINE TROUBLING FORECAST MAY 4 IN LA MESA

May 2, 2011 (La Mesa) – William S. Lerach has spent his career heading up prosecutions of some of Wall Street’s biggest corporate crooks. He's recovered billions of dollars for defrauded shareholders from big banks, corporations, accounting firms and insurance companies. After his most notable success—recovering $7.2 billion for defrauded shareholders of Enron—he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Enron, the Smartest Guys in the Room.”

A frequent commentator on economic matters as well as securities and corporate law, Lerach now makes a chilling prediction: that America’s public and private pension funds are poised to fail.  The new financial crisis will threaten the financial security of retirees due to the actions of Wall Street, he warns.

OUR "SUMMERFEST" TEAM THANKS YOU!

 

 

 

Thanks to all who made our SummerFest a sizzling success--over 300 community members who attended, dozens of sponsors, a legion of loyal volunteers, the talented Chefs de Cuisine,  Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation for hosting our event at their beautiful facility, and our VIP guests including two members of Congress. (Watch for photos soon). 

If you missed the festivities, join us next year!

 

 

BOULEVARD MAN DIES FROM COLLISION WITH TRUCK IN DULZURA

May 4, 2011 (Dulzura) – Gilbert N. Amador, 73, died May 2nd at Sharp Hospital of injuries sustained in a collision with a semi-truck April 28 at Dulzura. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office, Amador was en route to an appointment and struck a semi-truck that was stopped in the roadway preparing to make a left turn.

VICTIM IN FATAL CAMPO MOTORCYCLE CRASH IDENTIFIED

May 4, 2011 (Campo) – The driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle who died in a crash on Highway 94 in Campo on May 1, 2011 at 5:58 p.m. has been identified as Pauline Elaine Walker, 57. She was temporarily living and working in Boulevard, though her permanent residence was in Davenport, Washington.

FBI WARNING: DON’T OPEN PHOTOS OR VIDEOS OF BIN-LADEN , WHICH MAY CONTAIN MALICIOUS VIRUS


May 4, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – E-mails that claim to show photos or videos of the killing of Osama bin Laden may contain a virus that will damage your computer and steal your identity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warns.

BRUSH FIRE IN SANTEE DOUSED

 

 

  

Update 7 p.m.   The fire is now out, after charring over 12 acres and briefly threatening homes.  View our video shot by Billy Ortiz by clicking the image above.

BRUSH FIRE DOUSED IN PARADISE HILLS

May 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A small brush fire scorched less than quarter of an acre this afternoon near Bell Junior High School on Briarwood Road in the Paradise Hills area.  According to Maurice Luque, spokesman for San Diego Fire Department, the blaze was swiftly doused. 

BREAKING NEWS: BIN LADEN KILLED BY U.S. FORCES

 

May 1, 2011 (San Diego's East County)
Updated 11 p.m.  -- Osama bin Laden was killed today in a special operation led by U.S. forces, President Barack Obama revealed tonight in a broadcast to the nation.  

 

"Today at my direction," President Obama said, "A small team of Americans carried out this operation...After a firefight they killed Obama bin Laden and took custody of his body."  The leader of Al Qaeda and mastermind behind the 911 attacks was hiding  in a compound deep within Pakistan, U.S. intelligence learned last August.  After months of confirming intelligence and planning the operation, the strike today went smoothly with no U.S. casualties, he confirmed.

ECHO PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION PRESENTS THE 2011 POW! GOLF CHALLENGE CELEBRATION, THE ROARING TWENTIES

 

April 30, 2011 (Poway) -- The  Echo Pacific/POW! Golf Challenge  will tee off on May 16, 2011.  Golf, cocktails, games, dinner, live entertainment, and a silent auction are the components of a lively day and evening. Bid on weekend spa getaways, private cruises on San Diego Big Bay, VIP Padres tickets and a wide variety of dinner and entertainment packages- all to benefit  the POW! Foundation Profession Performances and Arts in Education Initiatives. 

 

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: CHECKMATE! HOUSEWIFE FINDS HAPPINESS THROUGH CHESS IN "QUEEN TO PLAY"

By Brian Lafferty

 

April 29, 2011 (San Diego) – The great sportswriter Grantland Rice said, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Queen to Play purports to be a film about a housewife in a mid-life crisis and stale marriage who finds happiness through chess. It then ends in a Big Game. The movie fails on both counts.

 

ARRESTS MADE IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO HOME INVASION ROBBERY

April 29, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Four suspects have been arrested for allegedly participating in a home invasion robbery in which a Rancho San Diego family was brutally assaulted and their dog shot. The home invasion occurred on December 15, 2010 on Wildwood Drive.

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