July 2011 Articles
September 2, 2011 (Lakeside)-- Lakeside's River Park Conservancy will unveil a new trail as it celebrates its 10th anniversary at the Once in a Blue Moon Gala, including dinner plus live and silent auctions at twilight along the banks of the San Diego River on Saturday, September 10th.
August 22, 2011 (Julian, CA) -- Organizers of the fourth annual Julian StarFest announced the popular astronomy event will be held at the Menghini Winery from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28. Presented by the San Diego Astronomy Association and the community of Julian, the event draws thousands of Southern Californians to Julian to enjoy the dark skies.
August 1, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--The Lemon Grove Historical Society will prevent “a hilarious 19th century melodrama adopted to Lemon Grove, California,” says Helen Ofield, president of the organization. “He Ain’t Done Right By Nell” is set in 1906 in the heydey of the town's citrus packing industry. Seven showings will be held from September 16 to September 25.
“The plot hinges on the villain’s efforts to seize control of the Lemon Grove Fruit Packing Plant and win the plucky heroine, Nell,” Ofield noted. But the villain doesn't know that Nell has connections in high places.
August 11, 2011 (El Cajon) - Meet artist Daniel Ketelhut at the Main Street 5 Gallery in El Cajon on Friday, August 12 from 5-9 p.m.
“Daniel leads you on an imaginative journey through fantastic artscapes where expressive, surreal creatures lurk just outside the realm of the known,” says gallery owner Esther Beish.
LIVE & UP CLOSE CONCERT SERIES TO FEATURE SURVIVOR, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, MIDTOWN MEN & MORE
August 4, 2011 (El Cajon) – This fall, Sycuan Casino will welcome famous bands, musicians and Broadway actors to its intimate Live & Up Close concert venue. Performances start August 6 with '60s favorites Herman's Hermits and conclude November 22 with Monty Python's SPAMALOT.
August 4, 2011 (Alpine) -- Gary Spivey, internationally acclaimed psychic, medium and predictor of future events, will appear August 6 in the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino.
Known as the "modern-day Nostradamus," Spivey claims to have forecast the 2004 Madrid train bombings, the Monica Lewinski scandal with President Bill Clinton, the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”, explosion of a TWA flight, and discovery of ancient life on Mars, among other predictions. He also claims the ability to communicate with those who have "passed over to the other side."
By Dawn Celapino
August 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Who says the only thing you can do with your dog is take him or her on a run/walk? Kayaking is a fun thing to do on a hot day with your dog, especially if your dog enjoys the water.
July 31, 2011 (Rancho Bernardo)—Tastings by 20 San Diego County wineries plus food vendors will be on hand at the San Diego Wine Country Festival on Saturday, August 6 from 1-5 p.m. The event takes place at the Bernardo Winery, San Diego’s oldest winery founded 121 years ago.
Live music, raffle prizes, wine education booths and meeting local winemakers are all part of the festivities. Tickets are $20 and include 10 tastes.
August 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County, published in other media.
Latest Roundup headlines include:
• Lemon Grove fighting back against water-rate hikes (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• La Mesa-Spring Valley Board raps law as ‘financially reckless’ (La Mesa Patch)
• Ex-Principal says Superintendent [of Mountain Empre] sexually harassed her (10 News)
• Supervisors may sue over state fire fee (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• County to consider new plan for growth (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Public agency could take over S-125 toll road (10 News)
• New redistricting maps show major changes for San Diego County (Mount Helix Patch)
• Sweetwater scholarship funds sat dormant (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Momentum grows to limit CSU salaries (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Spring Valley father gets 7 years after posting ‘dead or alive’ posters (Mount Helix Patch)
July 7, 2011 (Alpine) -- During the months of July and August, Alpine Community Centers Concerts will present the following concert events on Sunday summer eves from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.:
By T.J. Dunnivant
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
August 3, 2011 (El Cajon) -- For the second week in a row, voters staged a protest outside Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter’s 52nd Congressional District office to urge that their representative address needs of ordinary citizens over corporations and the wealthy.
By Jeremy Los
August 2, 2011 (Sacramento)– California labor unions are waging war against a handful of potential ballot initiatives aimed at restricting the power of local unions. The California Labor Federation has issued a warning to voters to be on the lookout for these “deceptive” petitions that are making the rounds.
Backers of the initiative, in turn, have raised questions over tactics used by labor to dissuade people from signing petitions that unions claim would take away rights from workers.
READER’S EDITORIAL: AUGUST 4 DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS ON U.S. WIND ENERGY GUIDELINES: ASK THE USFS TO PROTECT EAGLES
August 2, 2011 (Washington D.C.)--The US Fish and Wildlife Service is asking the public to send in their comments regarding its revised draft Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines. The deadline for sending your comments is August 4, 2011.
This concerns people from anywhere in the world, as these guidelines may inspire other countries and be used as justification for killing protected species.
August 2, 2011 (El Cajon)--Heartland Fire & Rescue is accepting applications for the "reserve" portion of the Heartland Fire Academy now through August 12th. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 100 E. Lexington Ave. in El Cajon.
A reserve firefighter is an auxiliary position with Heartland Fire & Rescue, serving El Cajon. It’s an opportunity for those interested in a fire service career to get important hands-on experience while giving back to the community.
STUDY FINDS SEMPRA CROSS-BORDER TRANSMISSION PROJECT COULD COST 15,000 U.S. JOBS & $300 MILLION IN LOST TAXES; SEMPRA CALLS STUDY “BIASED”
By Miriam Raftery
August 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Sempra Energy has asked the U.S. Department of Energy for a presidential permit to construct a cross-border transmission line called Energia Sierra Juarez to import electricity from Sempra facilities in Mexico. The line would cross the border near Jacumba in San Diego’s East County.
Now a new report claims the project will cost jobs and loss of tax revenues in the U.S., particularly Imperial County, where the unemployment rate is the nation’s highest at 27.9%.
Sempra disputes the findings as “pure fiction.”
3 local representatives vote yes, 2 oppose
August 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) -- By a 269-161 vote, the compromise measure hammered out by President Barack Obama and bipartisan leaders of both houses passed the House of Representatives. It now advances to the Senate, which is expected to vote before tomorrow's deadline to raise the debt ceiling or face default on our national debt.
Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) voted no on the measure, citing concerns over defense spending cuts. Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted in favor, calling it the "best of no good alternatives." Both have issued statements explaining their positions in detail. (Scroll down for full text). San Diego Republican Congressmen Brian Bilbray and Darrell Issa voted for the measure, while Democrat Bob Filner voted against it.
In a moment of drama, Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords returned to the House floor for the first time since being shot in the head, drawing bipartisan applause as she entered the chamber to vote for the bill.
August 1, 2011 (Santee)--A brush fire that began at 8756 Mast Boulevard near West Hills High School spread into nerby vegetation, Incident Page Network reported at 4:09 p.m.
At 4:35 p.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue dispatch confirmed that the fire, which began between the high school and the ball field, is now out.
August 1, 2011 (El Cajon)--El Cajon resident Mike Shepard has been named programming/operations manager for BCA Radio San Diego properties, announced Tex Meyer, BCA Radio vice presisent and general maanger. These include XPRS FM–The Walrus 105.7, XPRS AM-XX 1090 and XEPE-ESPN AM-1700.
August 1, 2011 (San Diego)—The wife of Officer David Hall called San Diego Police today to report that her husband had shot and killed himself at their Linda Vista home. He was pronounced dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Lt. Andra Brown.
Update August 1: The House has passed the compromise measure 269-161 late today. Rep. Hunter voted no. His explanation may be found here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6852
August 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) has served in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. But now he’s facing fire from both sides of the political aisle as tomorrow’s deadline draws near to approve a plan to raise the debt ceiling, or see the U.S. default on its debts.
Rep. Hunter has reportedly not yet made up his mind how he will vote on the high-stakes measure.
By Buck Shott
August 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Gearing up for another rough-and-tumble campaign season, our Political Wrangling column is back with answers to questions inquiring minds want to know.
- Which Presidential candidate flunked 13 of 13 fact-checks?
- What prominent candidates are eyeing Bob Filner’s seat in Congress, in a redrawn district that includes the southern chunk of East County?
- Which liberal school board member may be living outside her San Diego district, making her potentially ineligible to serve?
- Which local Republican official admits to paying off folks to pack a council hearing in support of hiking rental rates for mobile home owners?
- What national office holder is collecting rent from public servants providing security for his family?
"...When this happens to elected officials and they choose to drive under the influence, that just shows the public how prevalent the problem is…” -- Eloisa Orocco, executive director, MADD San Diego County.
By Miriam Raftery
August 1, 2011 (Sacramento)—Assemblyman Republican Martin Garrick, whose name has been floated as a potential candidate in a redrawn State Senate District that includes much of San Diego’s East County, has been sentenced on drunk driving charges in Sacramento. Garrick pled no contest to driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.
August 1, 2011 (San Diego) –Witnesses reported that a big-rig with an empty trailer for hauling automobiles zig-zagged across several lanes of traffic before plummeting over the side of I-15. The vehicle came to rest on Murphy Canyon Road in front of Wal-Mart at 6:40 a.m.
By Miriam Raftery
August 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders from both parties reached a last-minute deal last night aimed at forestalling the U.S. from defaulting on the national debt by tomorrow’s deadline. But the agreement hinges on getting both sides of Congress to pass it swiftly.
Who wins, who loses? The most detailed and impartial analysis we’ve seen, including an easy-to-read chart, is in the Washington Post article titled “Who Got What?” http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/who-got-what/2011/07/31/gIQAZDDUm...
August 1, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- Ready for some hot August nights? There's still time to catch the last two free summer concerts of the season at Lemon Grove's Berry Park. Videographer Jack Winemiller prepared a video report for ECM, including interviews with a teen queen, reminiscences of an event organizer, and of course, music!
July 31, 2011 (Cleveland National Forest) – On Saturday, August 13, the San Diego Archaeological Center will host a presentation on volunteer opportunities including the Cleveland National Forest heritage program, “Passport in Time.” The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the San Diego Archaeological Center, 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road in Escondido.
July 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for San Diego County’s mountains and deserts for this afternoon through 8 p.m. this evening. A flash flood warning was also issued for central portions of the County this afternoon including the recently burned areas near Warner Springs and Julian.
July 31, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Spring Valley resident Scott Beach, 28, of has died of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Vista, the San Diego Medical Examiner reports.
On July 25th at 8:45 a.m., Beach veered onto loose debris at the side of the road on Buena Creek Road in Vista, striking a tree. Although he wore a helmet, he suffered a severe brain injury.
July 31, 2011 (Spring Valley) Elisa Maria Osuna, 27, of Chula Vista was killed when her car swerved off Highway 94 eastbound in Spring Valley and plunged down an embankment, striking a building at 3:23 a.m. yesterday morning.
July 31, 2011 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a summer social at Gio Bistro & Wine Bar on August 24, as well as breakfast with Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) on August 31. Members and nonmembers who pre-reserve for both attends will be given a discount price of $20 total for both events. (Chamber members will save $10 and non-members will save $20). Scroll down for full details.