December 2011 Articles
January 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- SDG&E invites you to visit the Energy Innovation Center on Wednesday, January 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a Community Open House which will include guided tours of the center and smart home, demos in the food service demonstration kitchen, and interactive kiosks and exhibits.
DO YOU SPEAK A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH? LEARN TO BE A HEALTHCARE INTERPRETER BEGINNING JANUARY 18
January 7, 2012 (Santee) -- Grossmont Adult School will be offering a 42-hour - Healthcare Interpreting Class at the Health Occupations Center, 9368 Oakbourne Road, Room 5, Santee CA 92071. This class prepares bilingual individuals with the skills, knowledge, and ethics to present accurate healthcare interpreting for people who do not speak English.
By Miriam Raftery
December 30, 2011 (San Diego's's East County) – It’s been a year of epic changes around the world and across America. Winds of change have also swept across East County in 2011--with more changes in store in the coming year.
January 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – New Year’s celebrations around the world have begun, starting in Sydney, Australia. Those party-loving Aussies welcomed in 2012 with an elaborate fireworks display launched from barges on the water, off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and rooftops of buildings. The extravaganza included 11,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects all synchronized to music. Click to enjoy the show—and happy New Year!
For more fireworks shows around the world, scroll down to find links.
County Animal Services Offers New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Family Pets
By Paula Dickenson, San Diego Sheriff’s office
Once-Lost Pit Bull Recovering From Amputation, Seeking Forever Home
December 31, 2011 (Dulzura) --A once-lost dog who had to have a leg amputated is on the mend and looking to change her luck in 2012 with a loving forever home. “Fergie,” a 1-year-old pit bull, went missing from her Dulzura home in September. She had been missing about two months when she arrived as a stray at the County Animal Shelter in Bonita.
Photos and video by Jon Nevin, firefighter/paramedic, Heartland Fire & Rescue (video edited by Paul Kruze, ECM)
December 29, 2011 (El Cajon) – Patrons of a restaurant helped three women passengers, including an elderly woman in a wheelchair, escape from a burning van in downtown El Cajon today.
View a video of firefighters battling the fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmu0RRPH2Fg&feature=youtu.be
By Megan McGlamery
Photos by Woo-Jin Shim and Natalia Robert (http://full-circle-images.com/)
December 30, 2011 (San Diego)--Since 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been helping refugees rebuild their lives after fleeing tumultuous wars or other catastrophes in their homelands. The IRC is currently active in 22 U.S. cities as well as overseas. In 2001, the IRC created its Microenterprise Program with the goal of helping refugees create their own businesses.
In the last 10 years, the IRC has helped 175 San Diego-based refugees become small-business owners. To showcase some of the great refugee-owned eateries of East County, the IRC hosted a Micro-finance bus tour, offering patrons a chance to sample some delicious cuisine from Iraq and East Africa.
By Miriam Raftery
December 30, 2011 (Jamul) -- Yesterday's fire at Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley Road has left a family's lives in ashes.
"Sadly the home was nearly destroyed, although firefighters were able to enter and retrieve personal belongings and photos," Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton reported. The children lost their father, Mark Hooper, to pancreatic cancer two years ago, said Hamilton, who lost her own home in the 2007 Harris Fire and is offering help to the family.
Update December 30, 2:15 p.m. - Wheeler has been located safely, SDPD confirms.
December 30, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Police seek help countywide to locate Gregory Jon Wheeler, 54. He suffers from depression, bipolar disorder and high blood pressure.
December 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Kathy Quinn, library director of the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa, will speak on “Finding Health Information Online: Alternatives to Google” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at the San Diego Library San Carlos branch, 7265 Jackson Dr., San Diego. Handouts on how to evaluate health websites and reliable sites to search will be provided.
East County Performing Arts Center is among major projects at risk from the decision
December 29, 2011 (Sacramento) – Sounding a death knell for hopes to restore redevelopment funds eliminated by the Legislature to fund education, the California supreme Court today ruled that the state has the right to eliminate local redevelopment agencies. The decision has sparked criticism from local business owners and politicians on both the left and right.
By Miriam Raftery
December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you’ve over-indulged in all those holiday goodies, or just want to look and feel your best in the New Year, now is the perfect time to make a resolution to get in shape! East County Magazine invites you to join our editor and publisher in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM and Advocare. Shaping up is more fun with friends Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.
The 24-day-challenge starts January 5. It includes a combination of supplements and meal replacement products, a healthy eating plan, and as a special bonus to ECM readers, a fitness “boot camp” with trainers and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success. The more, the merrier! (If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.)
December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—At year’s end, we reflect on the loss of several prominent residents of San Diego’s inland regions, as well as some less prominent individuals whose tragic deaths tugged at our heartstrings or sparked controversies.
December 29, 2011 (Sacramento)—As Californians close out 2011 and welcome in the New Year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson highlights some of the new education and child safety laws that go into effect in 2012.
“Our goal for the new year and every year is to make education accessible and effective for all children,” said Torlakson. “These new laws will help ensure children are safer, enter kindergarten at the appropriate age, learn what they need to know to succeed in life and careers, and fulfill the dream of a college education.”
By Miriam Raftery
December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting January 1, new California laws take effect. Some give new protections to the public. Buying a used car? You now have a right to know its history. The government can’t snoop into your online reading habits. Your employer can't peek at your credit report, in most cases. New laws also benefit pregnant employees, organ donors, renters, domestic partners, and bullied gay students.
Other laws impose restrictions. Want to buy popular cough syrups? You’ll need a prescription. If you order items online, you’ll be charged state sales tax. Shark fin soup and beer spiked with caffeine are banned. Employers have new requirements for notifying employees about pay and more. Kids must ride in a booster seat until age 8. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal, even if it isn’t loaded.
These are just a few of the new laws in 2012. Scroll down for details on these and more.
By Meg Jensen
December 28, 2011 (El Cajon) – After heated testimony, El Cajon’s Council unanimously approved a ballot measure to grant the City Council “supreme authority over state law by having El Cajon become a charter city. Council members also approved a management team for a new planned business improvement district (PBID)in its December 13 meeting.
The agenda also included a wealth of other items – from banning card playing in public to approving the posting of a religious message in Council chambers.
December 30, 2011 (Poway) – A traffic accident caused a power outage in the Poway area briefly yesterday morning, seriously injuring the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.
December 29, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Carey Hart, team owner of Hart and Huntington Racing, unveiled the new Supercross team riders and sponsors for the 2012 season during a press conference, Thursday, December 1 in San Diego at Sycuan Casino. The Dodge Motorsports/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Team now include a brand new sponsorship with Sycuan Casino for the upcoming season and beyond, as well as, a continuing partnership with Dodge and Bel-Ray. Sycuan Casino is located at 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019, (619) 445-6002.
December 28, 2011 (East County) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its first Friday “Power Breakfast” on Friday January 6, 2012 at 7:15 a.m. at the Hometown Buffet, 390 W. Main Street, El Cajon.
December 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:
- GOP candidates heading to Iowa for final sprint before caucuses (The Hill)
- Iowa caucus: Republicans zig-zag state in pre-vote push (BBC)
- Obama’s approval numbers climb into positive territory (The Hill)
- Gingrich questions Ron Paul on racist newsletters (Reuters)
- Former staffer: Ron Paul `wishes the Israeli state did not exist’ (RawStory)
- Romney falsely claims Obama ‘has not created any new jobs’ (Think Progress)
- Looking up: The economy makes headway (London Economist)
- New powerful painkiller has drug abuse experts worried (Fox News)
- SEC ups its game to identify rogue firms (Wall Street Journal)
- Arab League mission arrives amid violence in Syria (CNN)
- Russians make historic demand for an election rerun (National Public Radio)
- Afghanistan sets ground rules for Taliban (Reuters)
- Czechs, world leaders remember irreplaceable Vaclav Havel at funeral (Christian Science Monitor)
December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- California could lose 1,500 inmate firefighters (Sacramento Bee)
- Rural schools hit hard by transportation grant cuts (Sacramento Bee)
- El Cajon SWAT standoff ends with arrest (10 News)
- 11% of city speeding tickets written in one spot (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Sweetwater committee seeks contractor support (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- If they make me go back, I will be lost (espn.go.com)
December 28, 2011 (San Diego) – All lanes on I-805 are shut down due to a fatality accident in which a vehicle struck a bridge support post just south of H Street at 4:37 p.m. A SIG Alert has been issued.