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THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

EL CAJON TURNS THE CORNER: MAYOR BILL WELLS DELIVERS OPTIMISTIC STATE OF THE CITY 2014 ADDRESS

COWLES MTN. WINTER SOLSTICE WALKS DEC. 20-22

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: GUESS WHAT'S SPOTTED IN DESCANSO?

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED; PRESIDENT SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL BUDGET BILL


BRAZEN THIEVES STEAL BULLDOZER IN LAKESIDE

 

December 17, 2014 (Lakeside) – A vehicle theft in East County this week was exceptionally brazen.  Thieves stole an 18-ton bulldozer from a trucking company in Lakeside.

FELIX CAVALIERE'S RASCALS ON STAGE JAN. 14 AT POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

 

December 17, 2014 (Poway) - Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals are coming to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation on Saturday, January 24th at 8 p.m. Felix Cavaliere is best known as the keyboardist and lead singer of the 1960’s Young Rascals, kings of blue-eyed soul! With hits “Groovin’” “Good Lovin’” “A Beautiful Mornin’” and more.

THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Update:  Sony has cancelled release it The Interview on Christmas Day, after Homeland Security confirmed it had linked the hacks/threats to North Korea.

By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2014 (San Diego)--Hackers have threatened 9/11-style attacks on movie theaters debuting “The Interview,” which is set for release on Christmas Day.  The threats follow hacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment over its film, a comedy depicting journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

EL CAJON TURNS THE CORNER: MAYOR BILL WELLS DELIVERS OPTIMISTIC STATE OF THE CITY 2014 ADDRESS

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo by Randy Jordan

December 16, 2014 (El Cajon)--It has been the worst of times and it has been the best of times for the city of El Cajon.

Mayor Bill Wells painted a generally optimistic picture in his State of the City address delivered on Tuesday, December 9th shortly after he was sworn in before a full City Council chamber. The mayor’s upbeat message came despite having to deal with some formidable headwinds during the past year—a year that saw the fifth largest city in San Diego County deal with political appointments surrounded by controversy, a crackdown on the city’s liquor stores, the city’s improving financial stability and ongoing renovation plans for the embattled East County Performing Arts Center.

BORDER ANGELS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2014 (San Diego) – Border Angels founder and San Diego immigrants rights activist Enrique Morones met with President Barack Obama recently at the White House, following a briefing on recent immigration executive action.  Morones told ECM he asked for a second executive action “if the new Congress does not act soon on humane immigration reform.” (You can learn more about Border Angels efforts to help local refugees and immigrants at www.borderangels.org .)

WIND ENERGY COMPANY SUES TO BLOCK RELEASE OF BIRD DEATH DATA TO MEDIA

 

Photo: Hawk at Ocotillo wind farm; photo by Jim Pelley

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A lawsuit filed by Pacificorp, a wind energy corporation, seeks an injunction to halt the Associated Press from obtaining reports filed by the company with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service documenting deaths of eagles and other protected bird species at its wind energy facilities. Pacificorp, which is owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, claims disclosure would cause “irreparable harm” to the company.

SDSU GREEK COMMUNITY DETAILS STEPS FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE EDUCATION

 

All fraternity and sorority members will undergo training and then organize and participate in sexual violence education events and activities

December 16, 2014 (San Diego)--The leaders of the San Diego State University Greek community today announced proactive steps their organizations will be taking to address the issue of sexual assault on the SDSU campus. With support from the division of Student Affairs, all members of the Greek community will undergo a series of trainings, participate in a number of educational events and continue to take part in campus dialogues about this important issue, says Beth Chu, community relations director for SDSU.

RNB LOUNGE SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO CHILDREN

 

December 16, 2014 (El Cajon) - DJ Jam (Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg) and DJ Artistic (San Diego Music Association’s 2014 Best Club D) are hosting the 2014 RnB Lounge Toy Drive at the El Cajon Grand (351 West Main Street in El Cajon) on Wednesday nights.

READER'S EDITORIAL: PROSECUTE AMERICA'S WAR CRIMINALS

 

By Connie Frankowiak, Julian

December 15, 2014 (Julian) -- For 6 years the U.S. Congress creates a tome that would challenge a weight lifter at a cost of millions to come to a conclusion that most Americans knew already that Bush, Cheney, Powell, Tenet, Rice, Rumsfeld and CIA agents and their contractors were involved in war crimes for  years and the U.S. Congress knew it; so much for the rule of law and checks and balances.

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION DONATES 7,000 TOYS TO CHILDREN IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2014 (El Cajon)--The Neighborhood Market Association held its sixth Annual NMA Toy Drive for disadvantaged  youth around San Diego on Sunday at the Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon, raising  over 7,000 toys that were given out to thousands of children throughout the community.

GLOBAL WARMING: HAS ANYONE REALLY DONE ANYTHING?

 

 

 

 

By Roger Coppock

 

 

The first article of this series showed that bone dry East County San Diego warmed more than twice as fast as the rest of the globe.  ( http://eastcountymagazine.org/why-san-diegos-east-county-global-warming-... )  In this second article, we'll measure the success of past solutions.  In the final article of this series, I'll suggest solutions.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: LISTEN UP! THE BEST GIFT THIS SEASON DOESN'T HAVE TO COST A DIME

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

December 16, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The holidays provide a good opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and co-workers while making deposits in our relationships. Naturally, conversation and talking with people is a big part of this season. “Most people are very good at talking about themselves, however, the best gift this year is the gift of listening, and it doesn’t cost a dime reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”

VIEJAS SETS NEW TOY DRIVE RECORD: DONATES 14,000 TOYS TO SALVATION ARMY

 

Viejas Tribal government staff, Casino & Resort team members and guests helped reach toy drive goal

Link to video from Toy Drive “Big Reveal”:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3c8rQTaZqUCY0J5b0JFT193c0U/view?usp=sharing

December 16, 2014 (Alpine)--One of the biggest annual holiday toys drives in San Diego County just set a new record. The 2014 Viejas Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army exceeded its goal …raising a total of 14,702 toys.

BATTY FOR BATS

 

Story by Barbara Loveless

Photos by Barbara Loveless and Cindy Myers

“De bat – he rat got wings – all de children know dat”

December 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - And so goes the chiroptera-phobic Carly Simon song from the 1970s. But all the half-dozen or so children – and about that many adults –who attended “Batty for Bats” at Lakeside River Park Conservancy  know that bats are not even closely related to rats and their ilk. They’re more closely related to … you might want to sit down … well, us!

"CHIT CHAT" BANDIT SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER CHASE

 

December 16, 2014 (El Cajon) - A man suspected of robbing two banks in El Cajon and a third in La Jolla has been arrested after stealing a van and leading authorities on a chase across San Diego and Riverside Counties.

WOMAN REPORTS ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING NEAR SDSU

 

December 15, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State has issued an alert to students following a report of an attempted kidnapping.  A female students reports that while walking home in the 6300 block of Alvarado Road on December 12th at 10 p.m., two men grabbed her by the arm and a third pushed her from behind toward an SUV.

COWLES MTN. WINTER SOLSTICE WALKS DEC. 20-22

 

December 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guides will lead pre-dawn hikes to the area of the solstice observatory on Cowles Mountain on the 20th and 22nd of December. The Canyoneers of the San Diego Natural History Museum will lead the hike on the 21st.

SNOW FORECAST FOR MOUNTAIN PEAKS, RAIN TO SOAK REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--A dip in the jet stream along the West Coast is bringing more wet weather starting Monday night through early Thursday this week. The heaviest rain will be Tuesday morning and again Wednesday morning, with thunderstorms possible on Wednesday, the National Weather Service predicts.

Snow is forecast to fall in the mountains, with snow levels falling as low as 4500 feet by Wednesday.  A total of 6-12 inches could pile up above 5500 feet by Wednesday night, which includes Mount Laguna here in East County.

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: GUESS WHAT'S SPOTTED IN DESCANSO?

 

December 15, 2014 (Descanso) - “Descanso reader Duncan McFetridge was surprised to find an unusual visitor nestled down in his kitchen during this week’s storm:  a spotted skunk, who didn’t mind sharing the space with a couple of housecats, McFetridge adds.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM DECEMBER 15, 2014

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

Readers

December 17 (Wednesday, 7:00 to 8:45 pm) Featured Poets and Open Mic) at the monthly New Alchemy Poetry Series. Featured poet Jackleen Holton & Ron Salisbury. Free parking behind Harbor House Restaurant after 6 pm.

HUNTER ACTION TO TRANSFER MOUNT SOLEDAD CROSS TO PRIVATE GROUP PASSES CONGRESS

 

December 14, 2014 (San Diego) - Language added to the Defense Authorization Act by San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter would transfer the Mount Soledad cross to a private war memorial organization.  Congress passed the bill on Friday and it is now awaiting signature by President Barack Obama.

SAVE WATER: TURN OFF IRRIGATION AFTER RAINS

 

Source: County News Service

December 14, 2014 (San Diego)--It’s the time of year when San Diego County gets most of its rainfall – and this winter it’s more important than ever to take advantage of every drop that Mother Nature delivers to us.

28 ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY SWEEPS

 

December 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - On Saturday, the San Diego Sheriff's Department, San Diego Probation Department, and the Metropolitan Transit System conducted a probation compliance operation which resulted in twenty-eight arrests.

JUDSON PARK AND THE WHITE GAZEBO

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr © 2014

December 14, 2014 (El Cajon )--Judson Park (formerly known as Red Cross Park) is a small place to be sure, yet quite popular for the intimate wedding ceremonies held occasionally at the beautifully crafted white gazebo. The park is located at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Park Avenue near downtown El LCajon.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN SANTEE INJURES 6-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND OTHERS

 

Story and photo by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

December 14, 2014 (Santee)--A call went out to  the Santee Sheriff's Patrol Station at 3:54 p.m. on December 13, according to Deputy W. Price, regarding a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Carlton Oaks Boulevard and Willow Grove Avenue in Santee.  Deputy Price said all the passengers in the blue Xterra vehicle  were transported to the hospital and that included a 6-year-old minor.

SHERIFF CONDUCTS DRUNK DECOY OPERATIONS IN EAST COUNTY

 

December 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and agents from Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a "Drunk Decoy" Operation at various locations in Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, and Jamul on Saturday, December 13th from noon through 6:00 p.m.

SD TRAILS: SPOOKY TRAIL RUN

 

By Randy Zuniga

December 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - I had been training off and on throughout the summer for a night trail half-marathon up by Julian in October. I was doing different trail runs throughout the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains to get ready for it.

WINTER EXTRAVAJAMBA AT LA MESA KICKBOXING ACADEMY DEC. 21

 

December 13, 2014 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Kickboxing Academy invites the public to “Come one, come all! Time to have a ball!” at its Winter ExtravaJamba, described as a “Bohemian extravaganza like no other.”

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AVERTED; PRESIDENT SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL BUDGET BILL

 

Update:  The Senate passed the spending bill tonight.  California Senator Barbara Boxer voted no; Senator Dianne Feinstein did not vote. President Barack Obama later signed the measure.

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2014 (Washington D.C.) –A spending bill with more pages than the epic novel War and Peace passed the House Thursday night.  If not approved by midnight tonight by the Senate, when government funding runs out, the government is set to shut down. 

But controversial provisions slipped in by House Republicans have outraged consumer advocates and many Democrats.These include provisions that would allow big banks to “gamble with taxpayer money,” by repealing key provisions of the Dodd Frank Act separating money in traditional FDIC insured bank accounts from trades, warns Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).  Other controversial items would increase campaign donations to political parties by wealthy donors ten-fold, block money for implementing Medicare and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act,  slash spending for education reforms and the Environmental Protection Agency, among other things.

SHERIFF'S SENIOR VOLUNTEER PATROL BRIGHTENS HOLIDAYS WITH "YOU ARE NOT ALONE" PROGRAM

 

December 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - During the holiday season, members of the Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) work hard to make sure seniors who live alone feel extra special. Throughout the month of December, Senior Volunteer Patrol members will be delivering gift baskets or hot meals to seniors enrolled in the Sheriff's You Are Not Alone (YANA) program.

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