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'DISTRACTED' DRIVER ON HWY 67 CAUSES SERIOUS INJURIES

December 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Sheriff’s deputies from Poway responded to a three-car traffic collision last night at 7:09 p.m. on Highway 67, a half-mile south of Poway Road. The accident has left two with serious injuries.

EAT, DRINK AND BE LITERARY! SUNBELT PUBLICATIONS HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 8 IN EL CAJON

 
November 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – While the book industry abounds with change and uncertainty, one local publisher continues its holiday tradition that has spanned over a quarter of a century. Sunbelt Publications invites the public to its warehouse for a celebration of literature in the holiday season.

On Thursday, December 8 from 4:30 to 8:30, Sunbelt Publications will host its annual holiday party with the 2011 theme: Eat, Drink, and be Literary.

MEET CANDIDATES RUNNING AGAINST REP. DUNCAN HUNTER IN TOWNHALL FORUM TONIGHT IN RAMONA


December 7, 2011 (Ramona)-- East County residents will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of three candidates running against Congressman Duncan Hunter at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Ramona Library, 1275 Main Street in Ramona . The three candidates are David Secor (D), Terri Linnell (R), and Connie Frankowiak (D).
 

FIRE DESTROYS HOME AND BARN IN DEHESA

December 4, 2011 (El Cajon ) – A home and barn used for storage at 5237 Dehesa Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon were destroyed by fire this morning.

Leonard Villareal, spokesman for San Miguel Fire Department, said the November 1st elimination of the fire engine at the Department’s Dehesa station was “not a factor in this case."

SDG&E SHIFTS HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AS EAGLE NESTING SEASON BEGINS; UTILITY SEEKS VARIANCE FROM STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATORS

Lakeside residents mourn loss of pristine views as towers dominate face of mountain listed as county scenic view corridor. 

By Billy Ortiz and Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – December 1st marked the start of breeding season for Golden Eagles in San Diego’s East County. For SDG&E, that means the Sempra-owned utility company must provide a 4,000 foot no-fly buffer zone around Golden Eagle nesting sites.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that SDG&E has applied to federal and state regulators for a variance to extend flights by several days around eagle nests. But as of yesterday, flights near nesting sites remained halted or rerouted.

MAN DIES IN SPRING VALLEY FIRE

December 2, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- San Miguel Firefighters responded to fully involved structure fire on the 2900 Block of Vista Drive, in Spring Valley. The fire started somewhere inside a detached garage with a large apartment style room above. According to the male property owner, his brother lived in the room above the garage.  Soon after the fire, as they searched the residence a body was found.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


December 1, 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. 
  • Black Friday retail sales hit record, report says (CNN)
  • FCC moves to block ATT-T-Mobile merger: (newser.com)
  • Western states report comeback of cattle rustling (Reuters)
  • Chevy Volt battery catches fire: government investigates General Motors’ electric car (Huffington Post)
  • Woman says she and Cain had 13 year affair; Cain denies allegations (CNN)
  • Historian/former assistant secretary of education under Pres. Bush blasts education reforms (Seattle Times)
  • Hospitals sue to block Medi-Cal cuts (KPBS)
  • Black Friday worker rescued after losing control of car due to exhaustion (Huffington Post)
  • Web giants at odds with Chamber of Commerce over piracy bill (Washington Post)
  • Online piracy act endangered as opponents speak out (Reuters)
 WORLD
  • Al Qaeda targets dwindle as group shrinks: {Washington Post)
  • Arab League plans Syria sanctions (BBC)
  • Pakistan cuts NATO supplies after deadly raid (Reuters)
  • Pakistan orders U.S. to vacate base (Fox News)
 Click "read more" to see links, and stories.
 

LUTZ FILES CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST BUILDING MANAGER OVER ARREST WHILE REGISTERING VOTERS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA

 

Goldman Sachs is majority owner of property management firm headed by Senator Feinstein’s husband

Story by Miriam Raftery, photos by Ron Logan

November 30, 2011 (San Diego) –Startling ironies came to light today in the case of Ray Lutz, an East County political activist and former Democratic Congressional candidate arrested yesterday for refusing to move a voter registration table out of the Civic Center Plaza.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: DECEMBER 1, 2011

 

December 1, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights articles on top regional and state issues of interest to East County and inland San Diego County, published in other media. This week’s top Roundup headlines include:  

 

STATE

  • Kamala Harris, deal breaker: California attorney general refuses to let five big banks off easy in the mortgage mess (Los Angeles Times)
  • University of California Regents okay raises for several executives (Sacramento Bee)
  • Protesters disrupt University of California Regents, but peaceful mood prevails (Sacramento Bee)

LOCAL 

  • UT: Eagles put pressure on SDG&E (10 News)
  • Police say OT for “Occupy” is $144,000 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Firm pulls plug on wind farm near Winters, citing risk to birds (Sacramento Bee)
  • Wind projects spur alarm among Indians (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Tribes say no to wind farm (Imperial Valley Press)
  • Sweetwater bans charter school teams from league (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Charter school parents blast district: exclusionary policy at Sweetwater decried (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • 72-year-old pleads not guilty to hit and run case involving toddler (La Mesa Patch)
  • Grossmont Hospital preps for major overhaul (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 Click "read more" to see links, and stories

HO, HO, SNOW! ALPINE SNOW FESTIVAL AND CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS DEC. 9


November 28, 2011 (Alpine) -- Circle Dec. 9 on your calendar for the 16th Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival in Alpine. The free Snow Festival at the Alpine Creek Town Center at 1347 Tavern Road includes a real snow hill, lighting of the Alpine Community Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, a Ronald McDonald Magic Show, family activities,vendors and crafters.

POLICE SEEK MAN WHO ATTACKED TEEN GIRL ON ESCONDIDO STREET; $1,000 REWARD OFFERED


November 30, 2011 (Escondido) – Escondido police today released a sketch of a man who reportedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl who was walking to school. The girl told police that the man, who was dressed all in black, pushed her to the ground beside his white station wagon and tried to sexually assault her.

COMMUNITY LEADERS VOICE CONCERN OVER CLOSURE OF EL CAJON CDC

 

No holiday events slated to help downtown merchants this year, as redevelopment agency forced to close doors due to state funding cuts and lack of support from city

City to vote December on management of a new PBID

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2011 (El Cajon) –  Community leaders are reacting with shock, dismay, and questions after learning that the Board of Directors of the El Cajon Community Development Corporation has voted to dissolve the redevelopment organization due to lack of funding from both the city and state.  President and CEO Cindi Fargo has been laid off, along with the remaining staff.

RABID BAT FOUND AT CONDO COMPLEX IN DEL CERRO


County Health Officials Notify Residents

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is reporting that a bat found at a condominium complex in Del Cerro has tested positive for rabies. The sick bat was found on Nov. 23 by a building maintenance worker at the Adobe Falls Condominium Complex located at 5485 Adobe Falls Road in San Diego.

SECOND MAJOR DRUG TUNNEL IN TWO WEEKS FOUND IN OTAY MESA


November 30, 2011 (Otay Mesa)--
A drug tunnel discovered Tuesday between Tijuana and San Diego was described by U.S. authorities as one of the most elaborate ever found beneath the U.S.—Mexico border. The passageway, the second major one uncovered in the past two weeks, connected a warehouse in Mexico to another in Otay Mesa.

“It’s one of the most sophisticated tunnels we’ve ever discovered,” said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "It’s got a number of features that were used to facilitate the smuggling." She said details of the tunnel’s construction would be forthcoming Wednesday.
 
This image provided by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force shows the entrance to a cross-border tunnel in Tijuana on Tuesday Nov. 29, 2011, the latest in a spate of secret passages found to smuggle drugs from Mexico. 

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS HOLIDAY MIXER AT CRUNCH FITNESS DEC. 1

 November 24, 2011 (El Cajon) The public is invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Business after hours Holiday Mixer at Crunch Fitness.  The event will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The location is Crunch Fitness, 565 Fletcher Parkway, Suite 202, El Cajon CA, above Dick’s Sporting Goods, in the Parkway Plaza. The admission fee is Members $10; Non-members $15. 

 

SENIORS FIRST SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING WORKSHOPS


New initiative encourages seniors and their loved ones to ‘use their voice’ to advocate on important issues through workshops and social media
 
November 30, 2011 (San Diego) --  Seniors First San DiegoTM, an advocacy program of Senior Community Centers, announces a schedule of workshops for seniors and their loved ones to use their voice to advocate on important issues, such as care giving, entitlement benefits such as social security and Medicare, transportation, housing and more.

FREE CONCERTS, CRAFTS & GIVEAWAYS AT GROSSMONT CENTER IN DECEMBER


November 30, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Shopping Center announces a series of free concerts each Friday night in December from 6-9 p.m. featuring popular local bands.  In addition, each Saturday from 1-3 p.m., kids can enjoy craft activities with favorite holiday characters.  In addition, free gift giveaways will be held each Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
 
For a complete schedule of events, click on read more.
 
 
 
 
 

STATE LAUNCHES CONSUMER-FRIENDLY WEB SITE TO HELP CALIFORNIANS PLAN FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL LONG-TERM CARE

 Californians Urged to Prepare for Silver Tsunami

 
November 30, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Studies show that two out of three California seniors will need long-term care at some point in their lives.  To prepare for this silver tsunami, the state has launched www.RUReadyCA.org, an independent, easy to use Web site that offers a host of tools, information and calculators to help each Californian plan for their individually unique long-term care needs. 

TEN TIPS TO HOST A MEMORABLE HOLIDAY PARTY THIS YEAR

Celebrity Lifestyle Expert and Best-Selling Author Dawn Bryan Offers Ten Tips for Hosting This Holiday Season

 

November 30, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Whether the Holiday is Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas Eve, Kwanza, or the New Year, these occasions are meant to be shared with an abundance of good food and drink, good conversation, and good cheer.  In addition, the thoughtful host will know how to provide a welcoming atmosphere of warmth and conviviality.

CYCLIST INJURED IN COLLEGE AREA

 November 30, 2011 (San Diego)—A 23-year-old woman suffered facial fractures after she was hit by a car while bicycling yesterday around 5:30 p.m.  She was riding southbound on College Avenue in the 4900 block near Cresita Drive when she was struck by a Hyundai SUV trying to pass her.

 

CHP SEEKS BUICK PARK AVENUE INVOLVED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT THAT KILLED MOTORCYCLIST NOV. 10 ON I-8 IN EL CAJON

November 30, 2011 (El Cajon ) – An investigation into the death of motorcyclist Shawn Russell Kinzer, 40, has determined that his injuries were caused by a hit and run accident—not losing control of his vehicle as initially reported by authorities. The accident occurred on November 10 at 8:40 p.m. on I-8 east of Magnolia.

POWERFUL WIND STORM TO HIT REGION TONIGHT: STRONGEST WINDS SINCE 2007 FIRESTORMS


 CAL FIRE ISSUES NO-BURN PROCLAMATION
 
November 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for a storm forecast to have 70 mph gusts capable of toppling trees and damaging power lines. The wind warning is in effect from 7 p.m. this evening through 2 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys. Strong winds are also expected along coastal areas.
 
Stronger than a wind advisory, a wind warning means that a “hazardous high wind event” is expected or occurring. The NWS advises securing unsecured objects such as lawn furniture, closing windows, and using caution when driving, particularly for high profile vehicles.   Visibility may also be reduced due to blowing dust and sand in some areas.

LEGAL EXPERTS BLAST SAN DIEGO FOR ARREST OF RAY LUTZ, FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, OVER VOTER REGISTRATIONS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA


“This is what they do in banana republics and undemocratic societies.”—former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre, calling arrest a violation of the Civil Rights Act and the First Amendment


By Miriam Raftery and Ron Logan

November 29, 2011 (San Diego) Updated November 30, 2011—Attorneys, civil rights activists and community leaders tonight are expressing outrage at the arrest tonight of Ray Lutz, former Democratic Congressional candidate who ran against Duncan Hunter in 2010 seeking to represent East County.

San Diego Police arrested Lutz late today for refusing to remove a voter registration table at the Civic Center Plaza downtown (dubbed "Freedom Plaza" by Occupy San Diego protesters). View arrest video.

LEMON GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER BREAKS GROUND NOVEMBER 30


November 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) --  The Lemon Grove School District will break ground on November 30 at 9:00 a.m. for the joint-use library/media center planned following passage of Proposition W.

The ceremony will take place at
Lemon Grove Middle School, 7866 Lincoln Street, Lemon Grove. When the Proposition W bond passed in 2008, the Lemon Grove School District began to plan for the implimentation of the projects outlined in the bond:

THE DOG BLOG: LOST OR FOUND DOG? WHAT DO YOU DO?

 
New Technologies, local and national databases help reunite lost dogs and their owners

 
By Dawn Celapino
 
November 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Have you ever experienced any doggy parent’s worst nightmare--losing your dog? Have you ever found a dog and didn't know what to do? 

 

HONESTY PAYS: GOOD SAMARITAN GIVEN MONEY HE FOUND AND TURNED IN TO POLICE

November 29, 2011 (Chula Vista) -- Even in challenging economic times, people do the right thing. On June 30, 2011, a construction worker at Sharp Hospital in Chula Vista found $700 in cash. He brought the money to a hospital staff member, who notified police.

 

FIRST “GREEN” TAXIS COME TO SAN DIEGO AIRPORT

Program provides rebates and incentives for hybrid cabs
 
November 29, 2011(San Diego) -- The first “green” taxis at San Diego International Airport made their official debut Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, as part of an initiative to bring hybrid vehicles into the taxi fleet involving the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), Mossy Toyota and San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.
 

LEMON GROVE PHONE STORE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

November 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) Monday morning at 10:36 a.m., Lemon Grove Deputies responded to an armed robbery at Mobile.Com in the 7900 block of Broadway.

 
The first suspect was described as a black male juvenile 5’10”‐ 6'0'', thin build, wearing a dark colored hoodie, mask and dark shorts. This suspect was carrying a silver handgun. The second suspect was described as a black male juvenile, wearing a dark colored hoodie, and dark pants.

WITNESS WHO SAW FREEWAY SHOOTER TAKE AIM COULD NOT REACH 911 DUE TO CELL PHONE PROBLEMS


An East County Magazine special report
By Jeremy Los

Nov 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)- Could the San Diego freeway shootings on October 3 have been prevented? A La Mesa resident has informed ECM that she witnessed the freeway shooting suspect, Enrique Ayon, draw his weapon and take aim—but was unable to reach 911. Her story raises serious concerns over mobile phone network reliability for reporting emergencies.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER DEC. 2011 PROGRAMS


November 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.

 

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