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DALAI LAMA WILL VISIT SAN DIEGO APRIL 18 & 19

 

 Tickets go on sale Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
 
February 14, 2012 (San Diego)-- The 14th Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, will make his first trip to San Diego April 18 and 19 for public events at San Diego State University, the University of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego.
 
The Compassion Without Borders symposium will include three major public events: 

SDG&E ENERGY INNOVATION CENTER OPENHOUSE JANUARY 18


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.

YOUNG ACTORS THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL JAN. 13 – 22

 

 
January 6, 2011 (San Diego)-- Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law school. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

 

TOP EAST COUNTY STORIES OF THE YEAR 2011

 

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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! WORLD CELEBRATION BEGINS

 

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.

A RECORD: FRAUD RECOVERIES BY US JUSTICE DEPT. TOP $5.6 BILLION

 
December 31, 2011 (Washington D.C). The U.S. Department of Justice has recovered more than $5.6 billion in fraud proceeds in 2011 – the largest amount for any single year in the history of the department.
 
 This historic achievement represents an increase of more than 167 percent since 2008, and includes nearly $3.4 billion in civil fraud, as well as $2.2 billion in criminal fraud.

PYROTECHNICS PUT PETS AT PERIL


County Animal Services Offers New Year’s Eve Safety Tips for Family Pets
 
December 31, 2011 (San Diego County) --The risk of harm to pets from loud New Year’s celebrations with fireworks can be reduced by a few simple measures, Dawn Danielson, Director of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, said today.

SHERIFF'S HOLIDAY WATCH: CRIME PREVENTION UPDATE

 By Paula Dickenson, San Diego Sheriff’s office

 
December 31, 2011 (San Diego) -- New Year’s resolution:  organize that paper monster, make that “To Do List”, control the clutter, sort – purge, sort - purge!  Our new year always begins with positive possibilities for organization. Making those checklists for getting organized for taxes, bills, home repair, even cleaning out the closets helps us keep on course.  For the New Year, we encourage you to consider a “Crime Prevention "To Do List” and a Paper Shredder.

INJURED DOG CELEBRATES NEW YEAR PAIN FREE


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.
 

3 ESCAPE BURNING VAN IN EL CAJON

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

IRC BUS TOUR SHARES TASTY AND EXOTIC EATERIES IN EL CAJON AND CITY HEIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

CASINOS PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZAS


By Miriam Raftery
 
December 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for the best parties in town to ring in the New Year?  This year, casinos on tribal reservations in San Diego’s inland regions are offering glitz, glamour, gambling and prizes galore at a variety of festive New Year’s Eve parties.  Check out our guide below for details on the hottest options for welcoming in 2012:

TRUST FUND SET UP TO HELP CHILDREN OF MURDERED ALPINE MOTHER

 
A memorial service is set for December 31 in Alpine
 
December 30, 2011 (Alpine) --A trust fund has been set up at Chase Bank for the two young sons of Debbie Meltzer, who was killed December 23 by her husband, Justin Meltzer. (story:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/8213)
You can donate at any Chase bank to the Jacob and Lucas Meltzer fund. The account number is 3010155215.

VROOM! INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW HAS POWER, STYLE & SIZZLE

From green hybrids and electrics to heavy-duty trucks for backcountry roads, this year’s show has it all
 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Thomas E Abbott
 
December 30, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego International Auto Show is presented by the New Car Dealers Association of San Diego. It’s a cool way for San Diegans to see what’s new in vehicles--and it is among the largest car shows in the nation. For those who are interested in more ecologically sound cars and even trucks, we are seeing more and more hybrids, flex fuel vehicles and electrics across most classes. The technology has come a long way in a short decade, making it both more compact and efficient.
 
Scroll down for highlights from the show—including our video of a test drive on a rugged Jeep track.
 
 

FAMILY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE IN JAMUL AREA

 

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.

FAMILY SEEKS HELP TO FIND MISSING MAN LAST SEEN IN WHITE CHEVY TRUCK

 

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. 

NEED HELP FINDING HEALTH INFO ONLINE? GET EXPERT ADVICE JAN. 25 AT SAN CARLOS LIBRARY

 

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.

STATE SUPREME COURT APPROVES ELIMINATION OF REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS


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.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? JOIN ECM’S EDITOR & READERS IN THE 24-DAY CHALLENGE STARTING JAN. 5!

 

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.)

PASSAGES: REMEMBERING THOSE LOST IN 2011


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.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON SPOTLIGHTS NEW YOUTH LAWS FOR 2012


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.”

NEW LAWS IN 2012 MAY IMPACT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, OR YOUR BUSINESS

 

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. 

CHARTER CITY VOTE TOPS BUSY COUNCIL AGENDA IN EL CAJON

 

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.

ACCIDENT CAUSES POWER OUTAGE IN POWAY

 

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.

SYCUAN CASINO SPONSORS CARY HART AND THE HART AND HUNTINGTON MOTOCROSS TEAM


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.

 

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST JAN. 6


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. 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 


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:
  
 

 
U.S.
 
  • 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)
 
 
 WORLD
 
  • 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) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
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:
 

 
 
 
 
 
STATE  
  • California could lose 1,500 inmate firefighters (Sacramento Bee)
  • Rural schools hit hard by transportation grant cuts (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL  
  • 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) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 
 

 

ALL LANES SHUT DOWN ON 805

 

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.

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