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MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN SAN PASQUAL

 

July 30, 2011 (San Pasqual) – A motorcyclist suffered a broken nose, broken hip and facial laceration in an accident yesterday at 3:43 p.m. on San Pasqual Valley Road near State Route 78. According to Officer David Stafford with San Diego Police, the man, who is in his late 20s to early 30s, lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guard rail.

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON LARGEST HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN AIMED AT “BALANCING” RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT & DESERT CONSERVATION

 

July 31, 2011 (Sacramento) -- The Federal and State Renewable Energy Action Team (REAT) launched a joint environmental review for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP or Plan) that seeks to streamline permitting of renewable energy facilities for seven counties in the California desert, including San Diego and Imperial Counties.

 

Public meetings are set for August 16 and 24, with written comments encouraged for those who cannot attend.

READER'S EDITORIAL: TEA PARTY TACTICS ON DEBT CEILING ARE REVOLTING

By Doug Hunter

 

July 31, 2011 (San Diego)--The original (Boston) Tea Party was staged by area businessmen, who hired and organized a bunch of thugs and drifters to disguise themselves as Indians and destroy the cargos of East Indian Company ships. The parallels with today’s Tea Party are striking, but I fear the ultimate outcome will be less desirable.

LEFT HOOK: THE DEBT CRISIS—ARTIFICIAL, IMMORAL, PREVENTABLE

 

By Walter Davis

 

"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence (1)…

DISNEY POGO STICKS RECALLED DUE TO INJURIES

 

July 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Bravo Sports is recalling Disney-brand Pogo sticks due to fall and laceration hazards. Bravo and CPSC have received 82 reports of the bottom tip wearing out on the pogo sticks, including five injuries. A 9-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture and chipped a tooth. Another child cut her lip and chin, requiring stitches. Other injuries include scrapes, hits to the head and teeth pushed in.

 

The products were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, K-mart, Kohls, Target and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011 for about $20.

WILL POWER REPORT: THE POLICE, POLITICIANS AND THE PRESS


Nothing but the truth!

 

By Will Power

 

July 30, 2011 (San Diego)--It's no secret that politicians attempt to control the press. It's been happening forever. But when the press, politicians. and the police start working together secretly, you can get into a hell of a mess.

HUNTER COMMENTS ON LATEST GDP FIGURES


A new direction—starting with Boehner debt reduction plan—is needed, says Hunter

 

July 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - Yesterday Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52) responded to release of the second quarter report on America’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), calling the report one more example of why “the country needs a new direction.” The GDP report shows the economy grew at a rate of 1.3% from April through June, which, according to the Los Angeles Times, is a “sign that the recovery has faltered dramatically.”

HOW SAFE IS SAN DIEGO’S DRINKING WATER? “FLUORIDEGATE” TOWN HALL MEETING AUG. 1 TO FEATURE AUTHOR/CHEMIST

 

July 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Effective February 2, a water fluoridation program went into effect in San Diego. All other water districts in the County also have fluoridated water, according to a researcher with Citizens Oversight Panels. Is your tap water more toxic as a result?

 

The American Dental Association warns parents not to mix infant formula with fluoridated water "so as to prevent fluoride discolored teeth (fluorosis)." Concerns have also been raised over some studies linking fluoridated water to lower IQs, as well as potential to cause cancer.

 

Paul Connett, PhD, a former chemistry professor, has authored a  book titled, The Case Against Fluoride: How Hazardous Waste Ended Up In Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There.  He will be the lead panelist at “Fluoridegate”, a town hall meeting on Monday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m.in San Diego.

SANTEE SHERIFF STATION TO TAKE PART IN AMERICA’S “NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME” AUG. 2

July 30, 2011 (Santee) – Santee’s Sheriff Station will be among law enforcement outlets nationwide to participate in National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime on August 2 from 5-7 p.m. Activities include block parties, cookouts, a neighborhood walk, safety fairs, child fingerprinting, raffles, free shredding, free disposal of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, games, entertainment and more.

ANDIAMO PRESENTS A NIGHT OF PERUVIAN CUISINE SAT. JULY 30

July 30, 2011 (Tierrasanta) - Javier Ugarte, chef/owner at Andiamo! Ristorante Italiano, is a native of Peru. Tonight, he invites you to experience an evening of Peruvian cuisine and live music from the coast of Peru. 

ADVICE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS: HOW TO SAFEGUARD PERSONAL & FINANCIAL INFORMATION



Wells Fargo offers 10 tips and resources to help young adults prevent fraud and identity theft



San Diego – July 27, 2011 – When heading back to school this fall, college students will be thinking about scheduling classes, buying books and meeting friends. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) advises students to add one more important activity to their back-to-school list: safeguarding personal and financial information to reduce their risk of fraud and identify theft.



Research conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research (2010) revealed it takes people ages 18 to 24 nearly twice as many days to detect fraud compared to other age groups, making them fraud victims for longer periods of time.

FLASH FLOODS, MUDSLIDES POSSIBLE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY IN EAGLE FIRE AREA

 

July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Cal Fire warns of a high risk of flash floods and debris flow in areas burned by the Eagle Fire tonight through Sunday. Rob Balfour, National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist assigned to the Eagle Fire, forecasts a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms over the burned area. An estimated 0.15 to 0.68 inches of rain could occur all at once, or in several episodes. Intense rainfall is most likely late Saturday afternoon/evening and again on Sunday.

 

Rainfall rates as low as 0.15 inches in a 20 minute period are capable of producing debris flows and flash floods in recently burned drainage basins, which include popular camping areas in Anza-Borrego.

 

Areas at risk of flooding or debris flows include:

9TH CIRCUIT COURT DENIES SDG&E MOTION TO DISMISS REQUEST FOR STAY IN POWERLINK CASE, PENDING APPEAL

July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a motion by San Diego Gas & Electric Company seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by three East County organizations. The groups have asked the court to issue an injunction halting construction on the Sunrise Powerlink on federal Bureau of Land Management property.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SPLISH-SPLASH, I WAS TAKING A BATH….

July 29, 2011 (Lakeside) –Thanks to Mike and Cathy Sears for sending in this photo of a surprising visitor in the birdbath outside their home on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.

 

“It’s one of two red shouldered hawks in the area,” Mike said. “The hawks will even in get in and splash around in the bird bath.”

THEY’RE BAAAAAAACK! RUNNING OF THE GOATS SATURDAY A.M. IN LEMON GROVE

Update: View a video of the goat-run.

July 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove, along with its fire department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, will be taking steps to clear brush from eight and one-half acres of land near Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas. Goats will be used as part of the process in clearing heavy brush and creating defensible space for homes in this area.

ELM will begin work Saturday morning, creating a staging area and paddock at the end of Lawton Drive. The public is welcome to come by between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. There will be a small nursery of baby goats for children to see, and ELM Operations Manager Johnny Gonzales will prepare his goats for the traditional “running of the goats” starting at 9:00 a.m.

JUVENILES BEATEN AND ROBBED AT GUNPOINT NEAR LA MESA TROLLEY STOP

July 29, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Three boys told La Mesa Police they were assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by a group of teens on July 26 around 9:38 p.m. near the Amaya Trolley Station on Amaya Drive.

THREE SUSPECTS CHARGED IN MURDER OF OFFICER CHRIS WILSON

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 29, 2011 (San Diego)—District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis announced this week that Alex Charfauros, 26, Melissa Ortiz, 21, and Patrick Luangrath, 19, will face 13 charges including murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. The three were inside the apartment when Officer Wilson was shot on Oct. 27, 2010 while trying to arrest a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. Officer Wilson later succumbed to his wounds.

NEW LAW HELPS UNEMPLOYED WORKERS GET TRAINING OR EDUCATION


July 29, 2011 (Sacramento) – Implementation began July 1st for AB 2058, legislation authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) and recently signed into law. The bill expands training and education options that unemployed workers can receive without losing their unemployment insurance benefits.

LAKE MURRAY CHEVRON ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

July 29, 2011 (Lake Murray) – Two men wearing black masks robbed the Chevron gas station at 8780 Lake Murray Boulevard at 11:19 p.m. last night.

EAGLE FIRE 90% CONTAINED; SOME CAMPGROUNDS TO REOPEN TODAY

 

 Photos by Daren Sefcik

  

New:  View videos by Daren Sefcik

 

July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Full containment is expected tomorrow on the Eagle Fire, which has now charred 14,100 acres. Cal Fire has determined that arson caused the fire, but has not disclosed details pending completion of an investigation.

 

 

 

The Borrego Palm Canyon Campground in Anza Borrego Des ert State Park and the Lost Valley Boy Scout Camp re-open today.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WILDCAT!

 

July 29, 2011 (Anza Borrego) -- Daren Sefcik captured this rare image of a bobcat peering out of a rocky cave at Potrero Canyon in Anza-Borrego, a remote location accessible only by foot or by horse. 

 

 

"I went out hiking the canyon to try and reach the base of Stephenson Peak," Sefcik said. "About a mile from the base on the mountain, I stopped to eat some lunch and I noticed a black silhouette of what looked like a Batman head in some rocks. With a 300mm zoom on my lens I was able to see a bobcat."

FORMER PINE VALLEY CAL-FIRE CAPTAIN PLEADS GUILTY TO MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS

July 28, 2011 (Pine Valley) - Former Cal Fire Captain Scott Mackellar pled guilty on July 26 to fraudulent appropriation by a public officer of public funds. A Cal Fire internal investigation found that Mackellar misappropriated $7099.36 worth of purchases on fuel and credit cards belonging to Cal Fire while employed in the community of Pine Valley.

AUGUST 22 DEADLINE LOOMS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON STATE FIRE FEE

 

Supervisors to vote on legal challenge of $150 assessment on rural properties

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine

 

July 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--As County supervisors mull a possible lawsuit over a state plan to bill rural property owners $150 per dwelling, CalFire officials say the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will take public input through Aug. 22 on how and which rural residents will be charged the new fee.

FREE FAMILY FUN AT THE RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR JULY 28-31


July 28, 2011 (Ramona) – It’s opening day at the Ramona Country Fair, where admission is free! This four-day event includes live entertainment including musical bands and the Ramona Idol contest, animals, livestock auction, crafts, food, and carnival rides.

CPUC HEARING IN SAN DIEGO ON PROPOSED MERGER OF AT&T & T-MOBILE DRAWS BIG CROWD

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2011 (San Diego) – Hundreds of local residents spoke out at a hearing held by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Monday evening at the Al Bahr Shriners auditorium in San Diego.
 

The majority voiced support for a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. Supporters said the merger could create a more reliable network for cell phone service and create good-paying union jobs; many also praised AT&T’s record of community service. Opponents, by contrast, voiced concerns over creating a monopoly and feared the merger would lead to higher rates, decreased incentive for innovation, and job lay-offs.

 

The public can still submit comments to the CPUC by e-mailing public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov and referencing proceeding #I1106009 – AT&T/T-Mobile Merger.

 

A DREAM DESTROYED: DEAD PHONE LINE LEADS TO LLAMA DEATH


Tragedy elicits sharp criticism of AT&T from backcountry residents who share horror stories of outages, poorly maintained lines, and service hassles


CPUC encourages residents with phone land-line complaints to email public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

July 27, 2011 (Lyons Valley) – Llama rancher John Klacka knew he had to get help fast when he found his prized stud llama, Muneco, had been bitten by a rattlesnake on July 7. “He was foaming at the mouth and having trouble breathing,” he recalled. “I ran into the house and tried to call the vet—and my phone was dead. I thought `This can’t be happening.’”

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

July 28, 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 world and U.S. headlines include:

 

 

U.S.

 

• The debt ceiling battle: where things stand (CNN)
• Republicans seek big cuts in environmental rules (New York Times)
• U.S. accuses Al Qaeda of secret deal with Iran (USA Today)
• McCain blasts “bizarro” Tea Party debt limit demands (CBS)
• An end to Bush-era tax cuts near? (CNN)
• House Dems to Obama: Require contractors to disclose political donations (Washington Post)

 

WORLD

 

• Norway mourns, ponders impacts of terror attacks (Christian Science Monitor)
• Somali famine: fighting in Mogadishu after ‘aid threat’ (BBC)
• Mubarak trial to open next week, Egypt says (CNN)

 

RATES TO RISE DESPITE WET WINTER, HELIX WATER TELLS CUSTOMERS IN PUBLIC MEETING

 

By Jeremy Los

 

July 28, 2011 – A community information meeting held by Helix Water District last week turned into a discussion of employee benefits and pensions amid public outcry over raising water rates.

 

District officials provided citizens with a Power Point explanation and breakdown of the statistical reasons behind the proposed increase.  Those explanations didn't wash, however, with some irate residents who argued that the District should cut expenses rather than impose another rate hike on consumers in today's challenging economy.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: JULY 28, 2011

  

 

 

 

July 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego's inland region, published in other media.

 

Latest Roundup headlines include:

 

• What SD’s new political lines would look like (Voice of San Diego)
• State forces GEICO to cut rates by 10.7% (Sacramento Bee)
• Helix Water District notes proposed rate hikes at sparsely attended forum (Mount Helix Patch)
• Eagle Fire neighbors ask `Who will pay?’ (Ramona Patch)
• Improving Mexican economy draws undocumented immigrants home from California (Sacramento Bee)
• Hearing: Extremist group Al-Shabaab recruiting in San Diego (10 News)
• Lanning to retire as La Mesa Police Chief (La Mesa Today)
• FBI investigates hack on Grossmont Union High School District (Mount Helix Patch)
• Supervisors weigh legal action against fire fee (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Jerry Brown signs first part of California `Dream Act’ for undocumented immigrants (Sacramento Bee)
• A dilemma in Kensington and Talmadge (Voice of San Diego)
• San Diego City Council repeals medical marijuana restrictions (Mount Helix Patch)
• Cream of the crop: Scott’s small farm (Lemon Grove Patch)

FUGITIVE EXTRADITED FROM MEXICO FOR MURDER OF WIFE, A TECATE BORDER CROSSING OFFICER

 

July 28, 2011 (Tecate)—Yesterday, Jesus Arteaga Garcia was extradited to San Diego from Mexico to face murder charges stemming from the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife, Maribel Arteaga, who was two months pregnant.She was stabbed to death in front of her children on December 9, 2009, at her apartment in Chula Vista. She was a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer who served at the Tecate Port of Entry.

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