October 8, 2012 (El Cajon)--At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the El Cajon City Council will consider the adoption of an ordinance making the sale of synthetic drugs a public nuisance in the City with the seller subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500 for each day said nuisance is in existence.
The ordinance came at the recommendation of El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman at the August 14 City Council meeting.
November 18, 2011 (La Mesa)--Youth at United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) will host a Fair Trade Holiday Sale on November 19 and 20 featuring gifts made by artisans paid fair wages and clean, safe work conditions in communities across the globe.
November 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Lakeside River Park Conservancy will host a Sustainable Homes Tour on Saturday, November 5. The tour includes about 10 sites on tour, including many in East County.
These homes have a variety of sustainable applications from the construction of the homes, products, landscape and conservation. The variation from new build construction to renovations of older homes provides a broad display of opportunities and ideas for the next home owner touring the sites.
November 4, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden is offering a 20 minute landscape design consultation at the Fall Garden & Home Festival. A professional designer who focuses on drought tolerant landscapes will meet with you. After the meeting, you'll leave with design ideas, and a list of plants.
Bring photos of your house and the area you want designed. Also provide the dimensions of the space, and photos of design styles you like.
November 3, 2011 (Ramona) -- This year’s 31st annual Ramona United Methodist Church (RUMC) Turkey Dinner will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Proceeds will help to feed needy families in our area.
Part 2 on March 3-4 to feature Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
November 3, 2011 (San Diego) – UnitedGREEN, a division of the nonprofit Heartland Coalition and sister organization of East County Magazine, will present Forging a Sustainable Future, a two-part conference that aspires to foster alliances between businesses, government and grassroots organizations to build a green future not only for San Diego, but our nation and the world.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will keynote the event.
Alpine residents lodge new complaints; Lakeside residents plan community meeting Wed. Nov. 2 over noise concerns
By Miriam Raftery
November 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Last week, the County revoked a variance granted to SDG&E for helicopter work along Sunrise Powerlink on Sundays in areas where residents had complained. So on Sunday, October 30, residents were looking forward to some much-anticipated peace and quiet –only to find the silence broken once again by the loud roar of helicopters.
At least some of the flights appear to be violating the County’s ban on Sunday flights, according to LeAnn Carmichael with the County Department of Planning and Land Use.
San Diego’s East County is home to the largest population of Iraq War refugees in the U.S. and the second largest Iraqi immigrant population the nation. In a special assignment for East County Magazine, Nabil Taha interviewed local Iraqis and also translated Iraqi TV reports to learn Iraqis’ views on withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.
"At Home” is a new series highlighting creative homes and lifestyles in San Diego East County communities.
“Straw bale building is like a barn raising—a wonderful, friendly activity that reaches out and brings people together.” – Kim Hamilton
October 30, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – Four years after the Harris Fire burned down their barn, Kim Hamilton and Rob Deason celebrate completion of a new art and music studio made with straw-bale construction and hands-on help from friends, family and neighbors.Since the community also lost its former gathering place at a local fire station, the new studio doubles as a meeting room for the Deerhorn Valley Community Association.
The new structure is both fire resistant and green--built of natural, sustainable materials with insulating qualities ideal for the climate extremes found in this rural community.
Oct. 31, 2011 (San Diego's East County) – Local community activist Connie Frankowiak will once again make a run for Congressman Duncan Hunter’s (R-Alpine) seat in the United States Congress in 2012. In June, she will face off against fellow Democrat David Secor, Tea Party activist Terri Linnell, and Congressman Hunter in the new “top two” open primary. As the name states, only the top two vote getters will move on to the general election in November.
We are sorry to advise you that due to extreme cloudy conditions we must postpone the stargazing event originally scheduled for tonight Friday November 18th. We will attempt to reschedule at a later date - weather permitting.
October 31, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa’s November free family fun events begin November 5 with a tennis play day featuring an introduction to the new 10-and-under tennis program and concludes with a stargazing program on November 18.
October 29, 2011 (El Cajon) – A crash on September 30 at Chase Ave. and Jamacha Rd. in Rancho San Diego has left two men battling major injuries. Josh Zelt remains hospitalized in very serious condition, while Heath Holley was recently released and is beginning his recovery from home, according to the San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).
October 30, 2011 (Boulevard) -- At 6:20 am I walked into the sun. Tormented by drama in my mind, it took a while to sink in. It was a cool morning, about 64 degrees. I was walking up a sweat. And then I saw. I saw the beginnings of color of the sunrise. The clouds were gently dancing across the sky that was bluing before my eyes. The underside of the clouds became tinged with yellow with the shining of the sun.
October 30, 2011 (San Diego)--From a social-psychological view the national manifestations on Wall Street are a result of the piano man versus cop syndrome or creativity and obedience. More simply, the protest can be described as inherent to society's pressure valve of conflict and order.
October 30, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to free workshops to enter the 20th annual California State Junior Duck Stamp competition. The event is sponsored by Pacific South West Art (PSWA) and Heritage of the Americas Museum. All students who enter will receive a certificate form the State of California Fish and Game Department and be eligible for ribbons and awards.
October 30, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – The San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Unit is investigating the death of a taxi driver found with a gunshot wound following a rollover collision at 3:48 a.m. The crash occurred at 3445 Main Street in Lemon Grove.
A Time Of Reflection About The Meaning Of Life And The Mission That One Needs To Fulfill
By Millicent Arko
October 29, 2011 (Borrego Springs) -- The Borrego Art Institute and the Borrego schools are planning a major celebration of the Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead this year. The celebration will be at the Art Institute Gallery, in the Mall, on Wednesday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., 587 Palm Canyon Dr # 105, Borrego Springs, CA. There will be music, dancing, and food -- a real family celebration. The two-day event features multiple activities, performances, and opportunities for the community to celebrate and learn about this cultural tradition.
Wal-Mart’s assault on its employees’ health is symptomatic of what ails America
By Bonnie Price, PhD
October 29, 2011 (La Mesa)--What’s happening to our nation? Why are thousands of demonstrators gathering in hundreds of parks and public places with signs and slogans proclaiming everything from, “I AM THE 99%!” to “They got bailed out; we got sold out!”
October 29, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce would like to invite family and friends to join the festivity of Halloween for children ages 12 and under. The event takes place on Monday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., on Maine Avenue, in Lakeside. The spooky streets consist of two blocks of free treats from local businesses with the children being escorted by Lakeside Royalty.
October 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- “Please help us send 8th grade students at Palm Middle School, Lemon Grove, to Washington, DC in March, 2012,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. “The trip--a first for most of the students--will cap two years of history courses in U.S. and world history and give them that in-person experience with the institutions and people who represent our government in action. These 13 and 14-year-olds will greatly benefit from seeing our nation's capital just as they are preparing to move on to high school.”
October 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include:
October 28, 2011(San Diego) —This Halloween, the San Diego Police Officers Association wants to remind San Diegans to stay safe while having fun. Here are some helpful hints to keep the festivities safe:
October 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- As party‐going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Avoid the 14 San Diego County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.
Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be out in force looking to stop and arrest ‘Drunk’ and ‘Buzzed’ drivers this Halloween weekend. There will also be a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint near SDSU on Saturday October 29th, to deter and lower impaired driving in the region.
Hikers Urged to be Cautious and Use Insect Repellent When Hiking
October 28, 2011 -- Severalticks collected in routine monitoring last week in the Lopez Canyon area of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve have tested positive for tularemia, a potentially serious illness also known as “rabbit fever,” County environmental health officials said Friday.