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IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT PUMPKIN? CHECK OUT THESE PATCHES

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
October 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Halloween is coming soon and with it, the annual tradition of finding the perfect pumpkin for carving a jack-o-lantern—not to mention sweeter varieties for baking pumpkin pies!  Fortunately, there are several great places in East County to find giant pumpkins, as well as fun family activities from corn mazes to petting zoos. 
 
Here are a few of our favorites:

WALL STREET PROTESTS SPREAD ACROSS NATION: “OCCUPY SAN DIEGO” PROTEST STARTS FRIDAY OCT. 7

 East County residents join protest movement

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

October 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Inspired by protests organized through social networking sites that led to toppling of Egypt’s government, thousands of protesters have been staging an occupation in New York City since September 17. They seek an end to Wall Street “greed and corruption” according to Www.OccupyWallStreet.org.

 

Their message has struck a chord with people across the nation who have lost jobs or homes, students, seniors and others who believe their troubles are not been addressed. Posts have spread over Twitter and Facebook, giving rise to occupations in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Denver. Labor unions including United Steelworkers have joined the cause. Now, a group called Occupy San Diego has announced it will peacefully occupy Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Diego starting Friday, October 7.

SPRING VALLEY MAN KILLED IN BONITA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

October 2, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Paul Swayze, 27, has died at Scripps Mercy hospital of injuries sustained at 3:45 this morning in a motorcycle accident.

 

The Spring Valley resident was traveling southbound on Willow Street in Bonita at a high rate of speed when he lost control near the intersection of Bonita Road and was ejected over the handle bars and struck a fence, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner.

MORE THAN A THOUSAND FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING GREAT FIRE; BLAZE BURNING N ANZA BORREGO STATE PARK AND FEDERAL FOREST LANDS

 

October 2, 2011 (Borrego) – Cal Fire reports  that the Great Fire, which started south of 78 near Julian yesterday (see ECM report ), has grown to 2,000 acres and is only 5% contained, Cal Fire spokesoperson Roxanne Provaznik confirms. 

 

The fire has burned over the top of Granite Mountain, heading east into Anza Borrego Desert State Park and federal lands. 

MARKETING MATTERS: ARE YOU READY FOR HOLIDAY SEASON?

Tips and tricks for business success and growth
 
by Rama Beerfas
 
October 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –  For some companies, the holiday season is the busiest one of the year - it can even be the make or break time. Other businesses experience a lull that they could nap to during the last quarter.
In either case, preparing and executing a well thought-out marketing plan will help make the most out of the last quarter and may even spark an up-tick in first quarter revenues.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "HAPPY, HAPPY" JOY JOY

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego) – There is an old proverb that goes, “Honesty is the best policy.” As a theme it serves Happy, Happy well. It’s refreshing to see a film so honest with everything, including its characters, their relationships with each other, and the situations they encounter. Most importantly, it’s honest with itself.

 

YOUNG MAN AND PASSENGER SERIOUSLY INJURED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN EL CAJON


By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Mayan Avitable

 

October 1, 2011 (El Cajon)—Dustin Beyer, 21, has been arrested for suspicion of being under the influence following a tragic accident at Chase Avenue and Jamacha Road in El Cajon at 4:35 p.m. yesterday.
 

 

“It looked like the small compact car had been run over by a white van,” said ECM assistant editor Mayan Avitable, who was on her way to a dance class nearby when she heard sirens, then came across the accident scene.

BORDER FIRE IN BOULEVARD STOPPED AT 20 ACRES

September 30, 2011 (Boulevard)—A brush fire started by lightning threatened homes this afternoon in Boulevard.

 

“My daughter in law and grandkids saw the strike start the fire on their way home from school,” said Donna Tisdale. The lightning struck next to a neighbor’s home and burned onto another neighbor’s property, she added. “Border Patrol agents went door to door to alert neighbors and let folks know that certain roads were being closed temporarily.”

LA MESA MAN ARRESTED IN VIOLENT DOMESTIC ASSAULT

September 30, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Daniel Guzman, 51, of La Mesa has been arrested following a 2:13 a.m. response by La Mesa Police Department to a call of a domestic violence assault in the 5000 block of Thorne Drive. The female victim met officers outside.

 

According to police, during an argument, the suspect kicked the victim in the abdomen, then pinned her down on the sofa and used his hands to strangle her to the point of her not being able to breathe. The victim almost lost consciousness.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: BACKWOODS IN ACTION

By Brian Lafferty

 

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is playing only at midnight tonight and Saturday night at the Ken Cinema.

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Although it wasn’t exactly a horror film, John Boorman’s Deliverance (1972) introduced a novel villain that would become a go-to baddie in the years to come. I’m talking about the bloodthirsty backwoods hillbilly, also known as the mountain man. You know the clichés. A bunch of horny young adults get stranded deep in the woods and are terrorized by a few white trash deranged hillbillies.

 

LIGHTNING IGNITES SEVERAL FIRES IN EAST COUNTY; WARNER SPRINGS FIRE NOW 150 ACRES

 

Update October 1:  The Chihuahua Fire in Warner Springs was 50% contained as of 9 a.m. October 1. Cal-Fire has estimated the total acreage downward to 40 acres (from 100 acres estimated yesterday).  The Border Fire is 100% contained.

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Cal Fire is on scene of several lightning caused fires in the backcountry of San Diego County, Captain Roxanne Provaznik reports.  Structures are threatened near Boulevard and Sunshine Summit not far from where fires charred acreage just yesterday.  

A JUICY STORY: APPLE DAYS CENTENNIAL FESTIVAL AT JULIAN OCT. 1-2

By Miriam Raftery

September 30, 2011 (Julian)—Autumn means apple season in historic Julian, where you can sample fresh apple cider or bring the family and pick your own apples at roadside orchards.

 

As part of Julian’s Apple Days Centennial Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held October 1 and 2 at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing,  antique tractor display, kids' games, gold panning demonstrations, beer and wine garden,vendors, contests, and the modern day Julian "gold" -- apple pies!

ATTENTION, MILITARY WIVES: CASTING COMPANY IS RECRUITING IN SAN DIEGO

 
  
 
September 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Doron Ofir Casting, the star-making company behind Jersey Shore, Millionaire Matchmaker, and The A-List officially confirms and announces the search for the most fascinating Military Wives of San Diego! Military Wives will prove once and for all that behind every man stands a great woman, none more so than the man in service to his country.
 
 

ALPINE AND VIEJAS FIRE DEPTS. RECEIVE PETA AWARD FOR RESCUING DOG STUCK IN BOULDER

 
 
September 30, 2011 (Alpine) — Last week, rescue crews were dispatched from the Alpine Fire Protection District in eastern San Diego County after a young dog who had been walking on top of a boulder fell 15 feet into a narrow crevasse and became stuck. Alpine Fire Engine 17 "B" Division responded to the scene, aided by the Viejas Fire Department.
 

"HAPPY, HAPPY" DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT HER DEBUT FILM

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Happy, Happy opens today at the Landmark Ken Cinema for a one-week run. It’s a delightful Norwegian import that is at times laugh out loud funny and other times full of drama. Anne Sewitsky helmed the movie, her first feature film. I had a brief conversation with her by phone.

 

BRIGHT IDEAS: LEARN HOW TO SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY ON SAN DIEGO SOLAR HOMES TOUR OCT. 1

 

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego) –  San Diegans are taking to the streets to combat rising energy costs Saturday, October 1 during the twelth Annual San Diego Solar Tour,  part of the non-profit American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event. 

 

36 ARRESTED IN FEDERAL DRUG CONSPIRACY INVESTIGATION OF HELLS ANGELS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2011 (San Diego) Updated 10 p.m. -- Keith Slotter, Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego FBI office today announced arrest of 36 people with ties to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Six defendants were already in custody and four are considered fugitives at this time.

 

"During this investigation agents and detectives prevented a kidnapping," FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth revealed.

“BIGGEST AND BEST EVER” OKTOBERFEST KICKS OFF FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY IN LA MESA


September 29, 2011 (La Mesa) –“This is the 38th annual Oktoberfest and we’re making plans to have it be the biggest and the best ever,” La Mesa Chamber of Commerce President Mary England told ECM. Festivities encompass 10 city blocks and run from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and fro 12-5 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 2.

 

German music plus rock 'n' roll,  an expanded array of foods, games, contests, 400 vendors, and a "big beer garden" are all part of the fun at the annual fall celebration.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE NATHAN FLETCHER AIMS TO REBUILD CITY, REFORM PENSIONS

 

An East County Magazine exclusive interview

 

By Jeremy Los

 

Sept. 28, 2011 – Elected to the California State Assembly back in 2008, Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher has made a name for himself as a busy legislator, one willing cross over to the other side of the aisle to form bipartisan coalitions in order to get legislation passed. A married father of two and a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Fletcher insists that he brings a different style of leadership to the table, one that qualifies him to be the next mayor of San Diego.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE BOB FILNER DETAILS PLANS TO CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS AND MAKE SAN DIEGO “A MORE LIVABLE CITY”

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September 22, 2011 (San Diego) –Congressman Bob Filner laid out an ambitious plan for revitalizing San Diego in a speech Saturday at the County’s Democratic Convention. He wants to transform the port into a maritime center to employ thousands of people and replace good-paying jobs for skilled middle class workers that vanished when General Dynamics left San Diego. He aims to make San Diego the alternative energy capitol of America, bringing green jobs to our region. In addition, he seeks to create a more “livable city”, moving redevelopment out of downtown and into communities with greater needs.

 

Why does he believe he can succeed at leading such a major redevelopment effort? Because he already has. “I wrote the Gaslamp plan,” he says of his service on the City Council before his election to Congress.

FORK IT OVER FOR SAM THE COOKING GUY OCT. 1 AT KROC CENTER

September 30, 2011 (San Diego-- Fork it Over for Kids with Sam the Cooking Guy, winner of 12 Emmys for his TV cooking shows! 

 

This event benefitting the Salvation ArmyKroc Center Scholarship Fund will be held October 1st at 6 p.m. at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. After enjoying appetizers and tastes from local restaurants, plus listening to live entertainment, guests will see a live cooking demonstration, followed by dessert and coffee.

AMBULANCE DESTROYED BY FIRE AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

September 29, 2011 (El Cajon)—An ambulance burst into flames after oxygen tanks on board exploded late this afternoon at Westfield Parkway Plaza mall in El Cajon, according to Monica Zech, spokesperson for the city of El Cajon.

 

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to reports of the vehicle fire near Wal-Mart and found the ambulance fully engulfed in flames.

COMMUNITY LEADERS, READERS REACT TO NEWS OF POWERLINK HELICOPTER GROUNDINGS

 

"I have called on the CPUC to hold a public meeting in Alpine to look the community in the eye and prove that lives and property are not at risk."

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

September 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Community leaders and residents in East County praised the California Public Utilities Commission for its decision yesterday to ground all helicopter activity on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink due to serious safety incidents.

 

16 DEATHS, 72 ILLNESSES FROM CONTAMINATED CANTALOUPES

 

Deadliest food outbreak in over a decade; illness may occur weeks after consuming Listeria bacteria

 

September 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Federal authorities with the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warn consumers not to eat cantaloupes unless you’re certain where they came from. If in doubt, throw it out.

 

Millions of cantaloupes are being recalled after sickening 72 people and leading to 16 deaths linked to Listeria in the deadliest food outbreak in a decade. The recall covers cantaloupes distributed to at least 25 states, with illnesses reported in 18 states, including California. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

 

September 30, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories in our region and state, published in other media outlets.  These week's top Roundup headlines include:

 


LOCAL

• City to offer exhaustive report on Sept. 9 blackout (10 News)
• The green jobs transition (San Diego Union-Tribune editorial)
• SDG&E chopper strikes went unreported (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Schools, hospitals struggle to serve large Iraqi refugee population (KPBS)
• Santee Freeway smooths traffic but not for all  (San Diego Union Tribune)
• New director of Parks and Rec takes the reins at Santee Lakes (Santee Patch)


STATE

• California sued for cuts to developmentally disabled (KFMB-TV)
• Amazon truce wins Jerry Brown signature (Sacramento Bee)
• California undecided on No Child Left Behind waiver (Sacramento Bee)

The Will Power Report: No Jury Trials?

 
 
 
 Nothing but the truth!
 
 
September 29, 2011 (San Diego)--The US Constitution guarantees a trail by a jury of your peers, a guarantee that has lasted 235 years.  But increasingly, the power of prosecutors to plea-bargain using sentencing enhancements means that jury trials are the exception rather than the rule.
  
 

FIRE NEAR LIVE OAK SPRINGS NOW 40% CONTAINED

Update 4:45 p.m.  The Tierra del Sol fire is 40% contained at 3 acres. There has been structure damage, according to Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler. Forward spread has been stopped.

LA MESA CENTENNIAL CALENDARS ON SALE AT OKTOBERFEST

 

 

September 29, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Historical Society opens its Centennial year activities with the release for sale of its special edition 2012 Centennial Calendar at Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 30 through October 2.

 

Calendars feature historic photos plus fun Centennial facts.

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BURGLARY SUSPECTS BUSTED IN LA MESA

September 29, 2011 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police have arrested Damu Lucas, 20, and Victoria Gonzalez, 19. The pair has been charged with three residential burglaries that occurred on Thorne Drive and Saranac Place the morning of September 27.

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