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SDG&E ON TRACK TO MEET 33% RENEWABLES GOAL BY YEAR'S END

 

Photo: Wind turbines in Ocotillo dwarf resident and mountains surrounding the desert town

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Jim Avery, a senior vice president at San Diego Gas & Electric Company, says the utility will meet California’s 33% renewable energy goal by the end of 2014 – six years ahead of schedule, IT San Diego reports.

OTAY RESIDENT HIDES FOR HOURS TO CATCH CRIMINALS STEALING PACKAGES

 

Police release photos of items believed stolen from other homes including coins, shoes, phones, camera accessories,  and Nano copter

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2014 (Otay Mesa) –An Otay resident,  tired of having his delivered mail items stolen from his front yard, decided to take action and detained four juvenile males ages 15 and 16 as they attempted to steal a package from his front yard yesterday.  He armed himself with a baseball bat, a pet Rottweiler, and a cell phone.

WORK BEGINS ON NEW HIGHWAY PROJECT TO CUT BORDER WAIT TIMES, IMPROVE CROSS BORDER COMMERCE

 

December 10, 2013 (Otay) – Elected officials and business leaders from the U.S. and Mexico will hold a groundbreaking ceremony today on a new state highway project aimed at reducing border wait times and improving cross-border commerce.  State Route 11  will be a four-lane highway connecting a planned port of entry, Otay Mesa East, to the state highway system.

The 2.5-mile project will be built in three segments. The $112 million Segment 1, starting construction now, will include connectors to SR 905, plus a stretch of new highway from SR 905 east to Enrico Fermi Drive. Segments planned for the future will extend the highway to the border and create a new border crossing.

DRIVER KILLED WHEN VEHICLE PLUMMETS OFF BRIDGE ONTO HIGHWAY 94

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Jesus H. Rodriguez, 24, or Otay Mesa died at the scene of an accident at 3:17 a.m.  Rodriguez was driving west on the State Route 94 connector bridge to southbound I-15 when he lost control and went off the bridge, landing on State Route 94 beneath.  Rodriguez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

ENERGY COMMISSION APPROVES POWER PLANT IN OTAY MESA

September 15, 2012 (San Diego) - The California Energy Commission on September 12 approved the construction of the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center, a natural gas-fired “peaker” power plant.

By a 4-0 vote, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) for the project.

"This power plant will be able to respond quickly and follow load fluctuations in the San Diego area when power demand is high,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman, presiding member for the committee reviewing the project.

FIRE IN OTAY MESA

Update 10:30 p.m.  The fire is now 20 acres and additional resources have been ordered to the scene.

July 7, 2012 (Otay) – Cal Fire is at the scene of a vegetation fire reported at 8:20 p.m. just east of Otay Mesa in Tin Can Canyon, a remote area. The fire is currently 3-5 acres; no structures are in the vicinity. 

Cause is under investigation, said Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.

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. 

BRUSH FIRE IN OTAY

Update 2:55 p.m.:  The fire is now 5-10 acres, burning at Otay Truck Trail.

 

June 29, 2011 (Otay Mesa) – A brush fire that originated in Mexico has burned three to five acres in Otay Mesa along Alta Road, Cal Fire reports. Currently one air tanker, one helicopter, one air attack plane, three engines and two handcrews are at the scene.

BRUSH FIRE HELD TO 12 ACRES IN OTAY AREA

 

June 17, 2011 (Otay Mesa)-- Highway 94 was closed briefly late today while firefighters worked to contain a brush fire.  The fire was held at 12 acres and all lanes are now open, Cal-Fire confirms.

WOMAN ON CELL PHONE DIES AFTER STEPPING IN FRONT OF TRUCK

 

March 11, 2011 (Otay Mesa) – A woman talking on her cell phone walked against a red light into the path of a tractor trailer on Paseo De Las America at Sempre Viva Road in Otay Mesa. The truck ran over the woman, 31, as the driver, 37, made a right turn.

TWO ARMED ROBBERIES AT GAS STATIONS IN OTAY AREA

 

November 16, 2010 (Otay Mesa) – San Diego Police are investigating two armed robberies on Sunday, November 14 of gas stations in Otay Mesa. The first occurred at 10:56 p.m. at the Chevron Gas Station, 3302 Palm Ave. The second robbery was at 11:35 p.m. at the Unocal Gas Station, 4360 Palm Avenue. In both cases, the suspect pointed a possible shotgun wrapped in a white cloth or white T-shirt at the clerk, then fled on cash with the cash.

 

$20.2 MILLION FEDERAL RECOVERY GRANT AWARDED FOR INTERCHANGE IN OTAY MESA

 

October 5, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Bob Filner announced that the Department of Treasury has approved a grant for construction work on the final segment of the I-805/SR-905 interchange near the Otay Mesa Port-of-Entry. Awarded under the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program, the grant will pay for the completion of access to the Otay Mesa Port-of-Entry’s intermodal connector.

LOCKDOWN AT PRISON IN OTAY MESA; RIOT & INJURIES REPORTED

Updated 3 p.m.

May 6, 2010 (San Diego) – A lockdown was been ordered earlier this afternoon at the George Bailey Detention Facility in Otay Mesa, a detention information assistant at the facility confirmed.

SHERIFF WARNS PUBLIC ON RELEASE OF VIOLENT SEXUAL OFFENDER IN OTAY AREA

December 28, 2009 (Otay Mesa) – The Sheriff’s office  issued an advisory dated December 16 warning the public that Matthew Hedge, a sexually violent predator, has been granted conditional release to his court-approved residence at 480 Alta Road in the Otay Mesa area.

 

Hedge served several years in prison and was later committed to Coalinga State Hospital as a sexually violent predator. His crimes included annoying or molesting a child, indecent exposure, and lewd acts with a child under 14. His victims included both male and female juveniles ranging in age from 6 to 13 years of age.

MOTORCYCLE IGNITES FIRE IN OTAY MESA

 

July 8, 2009 (Otay)—A motorcycle accident has sparked a vegetation fire on Otay Lakes Road that is currently eight acres, CAL-FIRE informed East County Magazine at 5:43 p.m.

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