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SYNTHETIC DRUG ORDINANCE ON EL CAJON COUNCIL AGENDA TUESDAY

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. 

GIFTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE: FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY SALE NOV. 19-20 IN LA MESA

 

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.

Handmade gifts including jewelry, kitchen and decorative items, accessories, food, and other items from around the world will be featured, along with crafts and food items offered by church members.

SUSTAINABLE HOMES TOUR NOV. 5 SHOWCASES CREATIVE LIVING—FROM A STRAW BALE HOME TO AN AIRPLANE HANGER

 
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.

ASK THE DESIGNER LANDSCAPE CONSULTATIONS DURING FALL HOME AND GARDEN FESTIVAL NOV. 5

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.

 

RAMONA CHURCH HOSTS TURKEY DINNER NOV. 6 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

 

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.

 

FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: 2-PART CONFERENCE STARTS NOV. 12-13 IN SAN DIEGO: LT. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM AMONG SPEAKERS

 

 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.

OCCUPY SAN DIEGO LEADS LOCAL EFFORTS TO WITHDRAW MONEY FROM BIG BANKS

 Local Occupy members to meet with banking industry representatives as widespread account closures get bankers' attention


November 2, 2011 (San Diego) – The Occupy movement is now making its impact felt directly on big banks blamed for the financial meltdown.

 

Across the nation and in San Diego, supporters are heeding calls to “move your money” by this weekend, closing accounts at big multi-national financial institutions and transferring their money into locally-owned banks and credit unions. 

SUNDAY STILL NO DAY OF REST FOR RESIDENTS NEAR POWERLINK CONSTRUCTION

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.

BALD EAGLES, CANADA GEESE TAKE WING AT LAKE CUYAMACA

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

October 31, 2011 (Lake Cuyamaca) - In search of fall foliage, I ventured out to Rancho Cuyamaca State Park today.  Though it's still early for the vibrant gold aspens and oaks yet to turn, some splashes of color were visible. 

I found a far more rare and thrilling sight -- a pair of bald eagles soaring high above Lake Cuyamaca.

AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF WAR, WHAT DO IRAQIS THINK?

 

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.

By Nabil Taha

MURDERED CAB DRIVER IDENTIFIED: VICTIM FREQUENTED EAST COUNTY LOCATIONS; SHERIFF SEEKS LEADS


October 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Jalaludin Hamrah, 39, has been identified as the cab driver who died after he was shot and rolled over his taxicab in Lemon Grove at 3:48 a.m. Hamrah, who is Middle Eastern, worked for the Main Street Cab Co. and has frequented the El Cajon and Lakeside areas, including Barona Casino, according to a bulletin issued this evening by the San Diego Sheriff.

“The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail is seeking the public’s assistance for any information that may help identify the suspect(s) and a motive for this crime,” the bulletin states.

AT HOME IN DEERHORN VALLEY: AN ARTIST'S STRAW BALE STUDIO RISES FROM THE ASHES, DOUBLING AS COMMUNITY CENTER

"At Home” is a new series highlighting creative homes and lifestyles in San Diego East County communities.

 

 


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Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

 

 

“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.   

JULIAN ACTIVIST MAKES THIRD RUN FOR CONGRESS

 
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.

NOVEMBER 5 BRINGS FREE FAMILY FUN TO LA MESA: A TENNIS PLAY DAY, AND STARGAZING NOVEMBER 18

 

 
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.

RON LOGAN’S PHOTOG BLOG: OCCUPY SAN DIEGO, DAY 24


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The elements for the perfect storm are falling into place.” – Ron Logan, ECM photographer, following recent arrests, support from labor, and a City Council protest that have fortified resolve in the Occupy San Diego movement

Story and photos by Ron Logan

 

October 30, 2011 (San Diego) – I've been following the Occupy Wall Street protests since they started – basically through the independent media since the corporate media didn't start covering it for about two weeks. So when Occupy came to San Diego, I was very interested in being there with my camera, shooting the early groundwork of what could be a major revolution—a nonviolent uprising to overthrow the status quo in American politics.

 

I promised myself early on that I would only be working as a photojournalist for this movement and that I would not be writing anything. What you are reading is the result of a broken promise. One cannot help being affected by attending the protests, feeling empathy with what is going on and the sheer frustration that the 99% feel.

FUNDRAISER SET NOV. 18 FOR 2 ZOOKEEPERS INJURED BY DUI DRIVER IN EL CAJON


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).
 

The organization will host a fundraising benefit on Friday, November 18, to help the two victims, both San Diego Zoo employees, who were broad-sided by a driver arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

ADVICE FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: JUST OPEN YOUR EYES

 By Sharon Courmousis Sacred Rocks Reserve


Increase your enjoyment of living!


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.  

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY WE ALL OCCUPY WALL STREET

 

By Daniel J. Smiechowski
 
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.
  

JUST DUCKY: CALL TO YOUNG ARTISTS FOR JR. DUCK STAMP COMPETITION WITH $5,000 PRIZE

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.

 
 
 

MURDER IN LEMON GROVE: TAXI DRIVER WTIH GUNSHOT WOUND DIES AFTER ROLL-OVER CRASH

 

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.

HOMES EVACUATED AFTER SDG&E CREW STRIKES GAS LINE

Story and photos by Russ Lindquist

 

“…SDG&E told [residents]that a small gas leak had been going on for a month or more.” Chief Andy Menshek, San Miguel Fire Department

 

October 29, 2011 (Mount Helix)--Safety officials evacuated two homes and ordered six others "sheltered in place" with windows and doors closed on Pandora drive on Mount Helix in La Mesa yesterday beginning at approximately 9:15 a.m. The evacuation and sheltering lasted about two hours, according to Chief Andy Menshek of the San Miguel Fire Department (SMFD) who was the "incident commander" of the event.

 

The Chief said that the operator of a front-end excavator had broken a gas line, a pipe approximately three-quarters of an inch in diameter. The operator works for a private contractor for San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E).

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION NOV. 2 IN BORREGO

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.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE DISTRICT RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO SAVE FIRE ENGINE


Sycuan may offer hope for restoring service in Dehesa; Mount Helix could be next to lose fire services

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Dehesa residents are losing staffing for their fire engine and being left with only a bare-bones medical crew starting in November. Moreover, a District representative told ECM, Mount Helix could be the next community to lose fire protection if the San Miguel Fire District’s financial situation does not improve.

 

At a community meeting of concerned Dehesa residents Thursday night, participants put forth a variety of concerns—but also constructive suggestions for pitching in to help the district raise funds.

READER’S EDITORIAL: OCCUPY THE NATION

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!”

LAKESIDE CHAMBER OFFERS FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR KIDS ON MAINE STREET OCT. 31

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.

 

 

COMMUNITY SEEKS HELP TO SEND LEMON GROVE STUDENTS TO WASHINGTON D.C.

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.”

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS AND NOTES

By Doug Deane

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:

• GUHSD boundary study community forums
• GUHSD Superintendent Swenson’s Newsline
• State looks into loss of funds by start-up charter schools
• California gears up for extra year of kindergarten
• Students need supervision to make online learning work
• The forever recession (and the coming revolution)
• How to break the cycle of remedial college classes
• Definitions, models and characteristics of gifted students
• Designing schools for 21st century learning
• A trigger to disaster at schools
• Young superintendent has district on rise
• West Hills to commemorate 50th anniversary with Gala Nov. 4
• Report calls for new oversight of school construction
• County teachers of the year named
• Weighted AP grade will cost you at Helix
• A new yardstick to measure schools
• Bill would overhaul No Child Left Behind
• Online educators gaining both classes and critics

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FROM THE SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

 

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: 

 

DRUNK DRIVERS CAN’T HIDE BEHIND HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Drivers Beware: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

October 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- As partygoing 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.

TICKS TEST POSITIVE FOR TULAREMIA IN LOS PENASQUITOS CANYON PRESERVE

 
Hikers Urged to be Cautious and Use Insect Repellent When Hiking


October 28, 2011 -- Several ticks 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.
 
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