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CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS PLEAD FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18

ALL ABOARD! SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM OPENS IN CAMPO

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST EVENTS JULY 16 - 23

FINE FOODS IN A COZY NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT: BISTRO 60 AND SAN DIEGO DESSERTS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

FCC APPROVES SDG&E DRONE TESTING OVER EAST COUNTY SKIES

BRUSH FIRE CLOSES MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK


STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

 

                                                           

By Ariele Johannson

 

Christian Community Theatre has been entertaining San Diegans and providing quality theatrical productions for over 30 years.

This summer’s performance of Les Misérables is exceptional for its casting, talent, music and singing, costumes, child actors, and technology in a fine outdoor performance of this epic work. Also, it is a return to Mt. Helix for CCT after being away for seven years.  Christian Youth Theatre also participated in this production.

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18

 

 

July 18, 2014 (El Cajon) – East County is home to an estimated 40,000 Iraqi Chaldean Christians as well as many Assyrians and Syriacs. 

Local Iraqis including the Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce, churches and other groups, ask the community to join them in a rally today, July 18 at El Cajon City Hall , 200 Civic Center Way, to urge protection and humanitarian help for those now fleeing Iraq, where a terrorist group has declared an Islamic caliph and is slaughtering Christians and other minorities.

A petition has also been launched calling on U.S. representatives to consider creating a safe haven for Assyrians and other minorities in the Nineveh Plains.

PLANNING TO GO TO COMICON? TAKE THE TROLLEY

 

By Nadin Abbott

July 17, 2012 (San Diego)-- if you are planning to attend Comicon International and you’re coming from East County, the Trolley is the least expensive to avoid steep parking costs downtown—if you can find a parking space at all.  Commemorative day passes are already on sale at the Transit Store downtown at $20.00 for all five days.

COURT RULES CALIFORNIA'S DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17,2014 (San Diego’s East County)—A federal judge has ruled that California’s death penalty enforcement has become so arbitrary and lengthy that it amounts to a violation of the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  The ruling may be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently reviewing the ruling.

ALL ABOARD! SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM OPENS IN CAMPO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (Campo) – After years of storage in temporary facilities, an extensive collection of memorabilia and research materials on San Diego’s own railroad history is now available to the public at the new Southwest Railway Library in Campo.

Last weekend, East County Magazine Radio show’s producers rode the rails and interviewed the museum’s archivist.  You can hear our story here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/yku4jfxvdz

At a private VIP party, supporters celebrated a ribbon-cutting at the new museum, toasted its success with champagne, and then road a vintage railway train through East County’s beautiful backcountry.

SAN VICENTE'S RAISED DAM IS NOW COMPLETE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (San Vicente) - The tallest dam raising in the United States is now complete.

On Wednesday, the San Diego County Water Authority  held a dedication ceremony for the new dam at San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.

STATE IMPOSES WATER RATIONING

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2014 (Sacramento)--The California State Water Resources Control Board has announced they will impose unprecedented restrictions statewide on outdoor watering—including steep fines of up to $500 a day for those who ignore the rules.  This marks the first time ever that water rationing has been imposed statewide, though locally San Diegans have seen rationing in prior droughts.

BMW RECALLS HALF MILLION U.S. CARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--BMW has announced a recall of 1.6 million vehicles to repair air bags. 

The recall includes 3-Series cars from model years 2000 to 2006.  That includes over a half million vehicles in the U.S.

SEXUAL PREDATOR RELEASE IN EAST COUNTY WITHOUT MONITORING OR CONDITIONS

 

July 16, 2014  (San Diego’s East County)--David Chambliss is a convicted child molester and sexually violent predator  with a mental disorder who has been living in Jacumba for the past five years, after being released from a state mental hospital.

PALM OIL PRODUCTS ARE KILLING GREAT APES

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Palm oil is in many of the foods you eat, from peanut butter to candy bars. It’s also in cosmetics, soaps and other personal care products.  But as demand for cheap palm oil among major manufacturers grows, rain forests are being decimated in Southeast Asia and now, Africa.

LMPD PARTNERS WITH NEXTDOOR TO CONNECT WITH COMMUNITIES

 

July 15, 2014 (La Mesa) -- Today, the La Mesa Police Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www. nextdoor.com).  Nextdoor is a private social media network for neighborhoods that builds stronger, safer communities by connecting neighbors together.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST EVENTS JULY 16 - 23

 

Plus previews of coming attractions

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County has some wild events across our region, from the Bulls-Only Rodeo in Lakeside to a Yappy Hour in El Cajon. Iceskating starts at Hot Kroc Nights, plus we’ve got news of a blues concert, a wine dinner and a twilight walk—all in East County. We also have a sneak peak of some big events coming up next week, including Pine Valley Days and much more!

FINE FOODS IN A COZY NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT: BISTRO 60 AND SAN DIEGO DESSERTS

                                                                                       

 

By Ariele Johannson

July 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Ahi tatare, bbq pork cheeks, grilled scallops, chipotle linguine, and a homemade chocolate caramel bombe:  what do they all have in common?  All are foods selected, cooked, and presented by gourmet standards; offered up by Bistro 60, and thoroughly enjoyed by me and my dining companion.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

July 16, 2014 (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 reflect 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.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION FULFILL'S PRESIDENT'S NEW INITIATIVE: 'MY BROTHER'S KEEPER'

 

Surf-a-Thon Sept. 20 Raises Awareness and Funds for Fatherless Teenage Boys Helped By La Mesa-based Program

July 16, 2014 (La Mesa)--In the midst of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative–   aimed at helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential – La Mesa-based Boys to Men Mentoring Network has been mentoring fatherless teens of all races for nearly 20 years, with high success rates.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

NEXT YAPPY HOUR AT DOWNTOWN CAFE JULY 17

 

July 14, 2014 (El Cajon)—Camp Bow Wow hosts its 4th annual Yappy Hour season at the Downtown Café in El Cajon, where guests are invited to bring your dog and enjoy free appetizers donated by the restaurant.

LOCAL RANCHERS HIT BY DROUGHT

 

 

 

East County News Service

July 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The drought is hitting local ranchers hard.

Severe drought has killed off grasses in pasturelands across inland San Diego County, forcing cattle ranchers to sell off calves early and even their breeding stock.

MISSION TRAILS PRESENTS "SEVEN ARTISTS, ONE GREAT SHOW" JULY 19 - AUGUST 15: ARTISTS' RECEPTION JULY 20

 

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring seven award winning artists who work in various mediums. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.  

July 2, 2014 (San Diego) - July 19 – August 15, 2014.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

WOMAN ASSAULTED BY MEN IN SILVER PICKUP TRUCK IN ALPINE

 

July 14, 2014 (Alpine) – A woman who was parked on South Grade Road in Alpine at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 7th, has told Sheriff’s deputies that two men in a silver Ford Ranger pickup truck pulled over and then sexually assaulted her.

STAR PARTY AND FAMILY CAMPOUT AT OAK OASIS CAMPGROUND IN LAKESIDE JULY 25-26

 

July 8, 2014 (Lakeside) - At Oak Oasis  Preserve Campground in Lakeside, a free family campout and star party will be held on Friday night, July 25 through Saturday July 26.  You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and park staff, using telescopes to view stars and planets from 8 to 10 p.m. If you plan to campover, arrive by 7 p.m.on Friday to set up before sunset.  (Note: Camping is only on Friday night.)

SUICIDES AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG OVERDOSES REMAIN LEADING CAUSES OF DEATHS COUNTYWIDE

 

County News Service

July 15, 2014 (San Diego) – For the third year in a row, suicides and prescription drug overdoses continue to be the leading causes of death in cases investigated by the San Diego County Medical Examiner. Meanwhile, homicide numbers fell for the first time in two years.

CRIME VICTIM SUES PEPPER SPRAY MAKER OVER CAN CONTAINING SILLY STRING

 

July 15, 2014 (San Diego) – What if you were assaulted by a robber and sprayed the attacker with pepper spray – only to have Silly String emerge from the can instead?

PINE VALLEY DAYS ROLLS OUT JULY 25 AND 26

 

 

July 14, 2014 (Pine Valley) – The mountain town of Pine Valley hosts its annual festivities on July 25 and 26.  The fanfare begins on Friday night, July 25, with a deep pit barbecue from 5-8 p.m. and live music by Emerald River from 6-10 p.m.

COUNCIL ADOPTS ORDINANCE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE WITHOUT A BALLOT MEASURE

 

“The only thing to fear is fear itself.” – Joe Reilly, quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt

By Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego

Video: Richard Barrera, Seretary-Treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrwq27eZspE&feature=youtu.be

July 15, 2014 (San Diego)-- Joe Reilly, World War II veteran of the 101 Airborne Division, jumped onto Normandy on June 6, 1944 and fought at Bastogne. On July 14, he told the San Diego City Council that “fear is in close proximity to courage. In combat you make a choice. If fear overcomes courage, you will be defeated in combat. Our workers deserve courage from our leaders.”

FCC APPROVES SDG&E DRONE TESTING OVER EAST COUNTY SKIES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is the first utility company in the nation to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test the use of small, unmanned drone aircraft for monitoring electric and gas lines. 

The company announced that this will improve safety and response times, but the announcement is also drawing criticism for the lack of public input and potential environmental issues.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SIMIAN KIND OF WONDERFUL (DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES)

 

 

By Brian Lafferty

July 12, 2014 – I highly doubt the makers of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes read my less-than-enthusiastic review of the first film three years ago.  Although the screenplay was chillingly effective as a cautionary tale, Rise of the Planet if the Apes (Rupert Wyatt, 2011) could have used a lot more polished effects work considering the high human-to-ape ratio. 

Nevertheless, I looked forward to this sequel.  The director is Matt Reeves, who is best known for making Cloverfield (2008) and Let Me In (2010).  Of his small directorial output, I’ve only seen the latter, but this must be said: any director who can remake a seemingly "untouchable" film like Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008), retain the key ingredients that made the original successful - namely the haunting performances of the child actors, the icy dark photography, and unnerving violence – and at the same time make it his own, is one I will watch with little hesitation.

LOCAL COMPANY OFFERS FREE PHOTO SCANNING FOR WILDFIRE SURVIVORS WHO LOST HOMES IN SAN DIEGO'S MAY WILDFIRES

 

July 11, 2014 (San Diego) – ScanDiego, a local digital scanning service company (www.clickscanshare.com), is donating $500 worth of scanning services to any family who lost a home in the San Diego county wildfires during May 2014.

MISSION TRAILS PARK CLOSED MONDAY FOR FIRE INVESTIGATION

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Nadin and Tom Abbott

Videos by Nadin Abbott

July 13, 2014 (San Carlos) The “Trails Fire” scorched 90 acres at the Mission Trails Park today. The fire started near the Junipero Serra Trail near the visitor center and was first discovered and reported to fire officials by the Bieker family from El Cajon.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: WHEN THUNDER ROARS - HEAD INDOORS!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - It’s that time of year when we notice large cumulous clouds forming around southern California. This ‘monsoonal pattern’ is produced by an area of high pressure over the four corners. The clockwise flow draws moisture into southern California from the south. These clouds can produce lightning, thunder, hail and heavy rain reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

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