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SAN MIGUEL FIRE VOTES TO OPEN FINANCE COMMITTEE TO PUBLIC, PRESS

MAJOR TRAIL CHANGES PROPOSED TO THREE SISTERS FALLS

CHAMBER’S “CABARET” EVENT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL HEROES

CHARGERS IN EAST COUNTY? GILLESPIE FIELD SPORTS VILLAGE PROPOSED

MONSTAH SUPERPAC TAKES ON SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR WASTE ISSUE, TARGETS ISSA

SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING HIKER WHO LEFT ANZA TWO WEEKS AGO

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

ROCK HOUSE/BORDER PATROL TRAIL HIKE IN JACUMBA FEB. 28

SENATOR ANDERSON’S OFFICE BANISHES VOTER WHO ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS

SOLAR GOLD RUSH IN SAN DIEGO: RULES FOR SOLAR CHANGING

GUHSD BOARD VOTES TO APPEAL ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL RULING; LEGAL BILLS COULD COST TAXPAYERS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS

RISE IN VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS WORLDWIDE RAISES ALARM


THE GOLD STANDARD OF DEDICATION

 

Keshia Baker returns from the 2012 Summer Olympics with a gold medal, but remains hungry for future success

 

By Julie Mashburn

February 8, 2013 (San Diego)-- “I need you to run.”

Those five words put Keshia Baker, a graduate student at San Diego State University, on the fast track to the other side of the globe.  

COUNTY CLERK WELCOMES COUPLES TO VALENTINE’S DAY TRADITION ON THE BAY

 

February 8, 2013 (San Diego)--It’s the most romantic day of the year… and San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., wants to make sure that all romantic couples wishing to “tie the knot” or renew their wedding vows come down to the historical County Administration Center overlooking beautiful San Diego Bay for their wedding ceremony.

“Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony reservations are filling up quickly,” said Ernie Dronenburg. “We are planning on added staff at our downtown location for Valentine’s Day to accommodate all those wanting to be married on this special day. Call right now so we can plan on helping you.”

ROLLING READERS CELEBRATES 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF “SHARE YOUR LOVE OF READING” EVENT ON VALENTINE’S DAY

 

Elected officials, education leaders, celebrities to read aloud at underprivileged schools throughout San Diego County on February 14 

February 8, 2013  (La Mesa)--Rolling Readers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income, at-risk children enjoy reading, will celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of its “Share Your Love of Reading” event on Valentine’s Day.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: THE UNBEARABLE SADNESS OF BEING (SIDE EFFECTS)

By Brian Lafferty

February 8, 2013 (San Diego) – The press screening announcement for Side Effects read "Please note that due to the non-linear nature of this film, we will not let anyone into screenings of Side Effects if they arrive LATE.”  The impression I got was that Soderbergh's last theatrical release - his final project is a Liberace biopic that will air on HBO later this year - would be a mind-bender like Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky or Christopher Nolan's Memento.  I was wrong, but the publicity people were right to deny entry to latecomers.  (Even if they didn't, I can't grasp how any critic could feel comfortable reviewing any movie they're late for.  In many cases and for many reasons too irrelevant and lengthy to list, the first few minutes are a film’s most important.)

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TRIPLE HOMICIDE SUSPECT CHRISTOPER WARNER

By Nadin Abbott

Vehicle found in Poway; sighting in Lakeside believed to be a hoax

February, 8 2013 (San Diego)--Police agencies all over the state of California are on high alert.   The manhunt for Christopher Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles police officer  wanted for three murders in the L.A. area, has spanned multiple counties including San Diego.  Citizens across Southern California are asked to not engage and call 911.  Dorner is considered extremely dangerous and well armed.

He has threatened additional violence and released a manifesto accusing L.A. Police Department of corruption, other misconduct as well as wrongful firing. ECM news partner 10 News has an edited copy of it, with names removed. 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT ARRESTED FOLLOWING THREATS TO PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

 

Update February 8, 2013:  The court in Imperial Valley has issued a restraining order requiring Graham to stay away from Park Ewing, the photographer he reportedly attacked.

By Miriam Raftery

Jim Pelley and Parke Ewing contributed to this report.

February 7, 2013 (Ocotillo) –Russell Scott Graham, 48, a representative  at Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Wind Express Facility, has been arrested after allegedly attempting to wrestle a camera away from an East County Magazine photographer and making violent threats, including one documented on  video during the attack. (Warning, coarse language.) According to the Imperial Valley Press and photographers documenting the project's daily progress for many months,  Graham is the construction manager at Pattern's site.

Freelance photographers Parke Ewing and Jim Pelley have spent months extensively documenting construction activities at the Ocotillo wind project.  Many of their videos and photos have been published by East County Magazine, including  photographic evidence that raised serious questions on whether the project is producing wind speeds claimed, as ECM previously reported in a story titled Where is the wind?

WINTER STORM TO DROP SNOW LEVEL TO 2500 FEET

 

February 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – A cold front will bring chilly temperatures, thunderstorms and in mountain areas, snowfall starting Friday.  Four to ten inches of snow are expected to fall above 4,000 feet, with snow levels dipping down to 2500 feet or even lower Friday night and Saturday. 

Travel may be hazardous on portions of I-8 as well as on mountain roads.

REP. SUSAN DAVIS SPONSORS MEASURE TO REPEAL CITIZENS UNITED RULING

 

February 7, 2013 (Washington D.C.)--Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) joined Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and more than two dozen of her colleagues in introducing a constitutional amendment to undo the Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on campaigns.

“We need to restore accountability in our political process,” said Rep. Davis. “We are supposed to have a government of the people, by the people, for the people. The integrity of our democracy is at stake when corporations can drown out the voices of the people in our elections.”

FEBRUARY EVENTS AT CREST BRANCH LIBRARY

February 7, 2013 (Crest) – The Crest Branch of the San Diego County Library, 105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon, is hosting a number of events throughout the month of February.  They encompass activities for every age.

MEMOIR WRITING CLASS WITH MARSHA KAY SEFF

February 7, 2013 (San Diego) – Marsha Kay Seff, a former seniors writer for the Union Tribune, is teaching a class a class on storytelling at the College Avenue Older Adult Center, 4855 College Ave., on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 12:45 p.m.  The classes began February 6 and the next one will be Feb. 20.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

February 7, 2013 (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:

NATIONAL

WORLD

SCIENCE AND HEALTH

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

February 7, 2013--(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:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

STATE

 Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EL CAJON LIBRARY TO HOST ONLINE DATING CLASS

 
February 7, 2013 (El Cajon)--Looking for love in cyberspace? Just in time for Valentine's Day, the El Cajon Branch Library, 201 E. Douglas Av, will host a class on online dating, Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. The free session will cover a wide variety of tips and topics, and is open to those ages 18 and over.

LA MESA POLICE SERGEANT BITTEN BY POLICE K-9 FROM EL CAJON

 

February 7, 2013 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police Sergeant Michael Pierce sustained lacerations to his left arm and wrist from a bite by a police canine during a search for a suspect on February 4. At 7:49 p.m. La Mesa Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the 8200 block of Orchard Avenue, where a suspect reportedly had threatened his brother with a hammer. An El Cajon Police K-9 responded to assist in searching for the suspect.

CONGRESSMAN PETERS COMPLETESFIRST MONTH, FOLLOWS THROUGH ON PROMISES

 

February 7, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – This week marks the completion of Congressman Scott Peters’ first month in office. Since Peters was sworn in on January 3rd, he has been appointed to two key committees, helped introduce bipartisan legislation to repeal burdensome medical device taxes, and voted to improve Congress’ preparedness and accountability.

WILDLIFE KILLERS: BIRDS KILLED AT COUNTRY CLUB, COUNTY TAXPAYERS PAY

Editor’s Note:  If you have any information on wildlife killed by tax-funded trappers in East County, please send your tips to editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

 

Reprinted with permission from Voice of San Diego.

By Rob Davis, for voiceofsandiego.org

A country club near Chula Vista’s Eastlake had a gnawing problem.

Coots. Lots and lots of coots.

The small, black bird that looks like a duck was chewing greens and fairways on the club’s golf course, pooping so much near the snack bar that it occasionally closed for cleanups. Birds are attracted to golf courses’ open space, a common problem in heavily developed Southern California. The private country club — records aren’t specific about which one — suspected the coots were hurting their bottom line.

EL CAJON HOSTS MEETNG ON ALCOHOL LICENSING FEB. 8

More local control of alcohol-licensing process possible, experts say

Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego presents model business policy as a case study

 

February 7, 2013 (El Cajon)-- Local community leaders, police and health officials will meet on February 8  with officials from Ventura County to discuss a model program that has successfully reduced alcohol-related problems by improving retail practices at bars, clubs, restaurants and liquor stores. The event, held by the Alcohol Policy Panel for San Diego County, will be held at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon, from 9-11 a.m. Friday.

CHICKEN RANCH OWNER, 12 OTHERS ARRESTED IN BURGLARY RING

 

$44,000 in stolen property seized along with explosives, drugs, guns, and stolen cars

February 6, 2013 (Ramona) – Mark Ertman, an ex-convict, has been arrested along with 12 others after a search warrant found stolen property at his residence at 2411 San Vicente Road in Ramona. 

“The property, known as the "Chicken Ranch," was used by a burglary ring operating in the East County to conceal and dismantle stolen property,” Sergeant B. Hout with the San Diego Sheriff said.  “The ring is believed to be responsible for over 20 burglaries during the course of the last year.”

The burglaries ranged from early morning residential hot prowls to commercial burglaries targeting the Girl Scouts of America.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE DROPS SATURDAY DELIVERY

Congresswoman Davis questions legality of action

February 6, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to end Saturday mail delivery as a cost-saving measure. 

The announcement drew swift criticism from Congresswoman Susan Davis, who also noted that since Congress mandated Saturday delivery, eliminating it should require Congressional action.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK LEADS IN FATAL DOG SHOOTING

February 6, 2013 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in the shooting of a dog in the 600 block of Millar Avenue last night. A witness reported hearing a shot at 7:55 p.m. and saw a medium-sized, mixed breed dog run about 25 yards before collapsing.  A vehicle was leaving the area, but the witness saw only headlights.

It is unknown who owned the dog, which did not have a collar but appeared to be clean and well kept, said Lt. Mark Coit.

The El Cajon Police Department is investigating this cruelty to animals crime.  There is no suspect or vehicle description at this time.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311.

HOMEOWNER'S GURU: IS IT A GOOD TIME TO BUY OR SELL A HOME?

 

 

By E.V. Small

February 5, 2013 (San Diego County)--For the past two years this question was extremely easy to answer. The combination of historically low interest rates and abundant inventory due to the record number of foreclosures has resulted in the lowest housing cost in decades.

A “RAISE” FOR PEOPLE WHO GET SOCIAL SECURITY

 

By Erika Lawrence

Social Security District Manager, El Cajon

February 5, 2013 (El Cajon)--As we ring in a new year, we can expect to see a number of changes. Social Security is no exception: in 2013, people who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments will see their benefits increase.

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB TO SPEAK AT LA MESA CHAMBER’S BREAKFAST FEB. 12

February 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Chamber of Commerce’s first Breakfast Meeting of 2013 will host Supervisor Dianne Jacob as Guest Speaker on February 12 from 7:15 – 9:00 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 4731 Date Street, La Mesa.  

The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for potential members and guests.  The “At Door” cost will be $25 for all attendees.  The Attendance Drawing is currently valued at $800.00.

WOMEN’S ONLY NETWORKING EVENT FEB. 4 & 18

February 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – Women Inkorporated (WINK) will be holding a Women’s Only Networking event on Feb. 4 & 18 at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.  Network with other women in this non-exclusive networking group from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

First time Guests are free.  For more information on the group visit http://womeninkorporated.com.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY DESSERT & WINE PAIRING FEB. 12 – 14

February 4, 2013 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery will be hosting a Dessert & Wine Pairing at the Tasting Room & Gallery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa Feb. 12 – 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  The Winery will pair five mini desserts with 5 specifically chosen San Pasqual Wines.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door ($20/$25 for wine club members).  For more information visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com.  For tickets call 619-462-1797.

LOCAL POLO PLAYERS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL TEAM USPA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

February 4, 2013 (Campo) – Campo resident Miguel Questel and Rancho Santa Fe resident Harrison Samaniego are among eight new players nationwide who have been selected to participate in the U.S. Polo Association’s Team USPA development program.  The prestigious Team USPA program was established two years ago to help advance the sport of polo by identifying talented young American players and giving them an opportunity to develop and refine their skills.  The roster now includes 46 young aspiring polo players from all over the country.

MISSION TRAILS ART SHOW AND BAMBOO FLUTE CONCERT FEB. 17

February 4, 2013 (San Diego) – The Friends of Taka Sumi-e Art Society will exhibit traditional Japanese-style brush paintings, called sumi-e, on February 17 at Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Fr. Junipero Serra Drive, San Diego from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Mission Trails Regional Park concert series featuring the Japanese bamboo flute.  The art show features the works of the members of the art- based society, Friends of Taka Sumi-e dedicated to studying and sharing the art of sumi-e brush painting.

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION HOLDS PUBLIC FORUM ON PEAKER POWER PLANTS; QUAIL BRUSH OPPONENTS TURN OUT IN FORCE

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott

February 4, 2013 (San Diego)-- In a public hearing Friday, Public Utilities Commission Representative Denise Tyrrell listened to the concerns of over 500 San Diego citizens regarding three proposed peaker gas-fired power plants, including the Cogentrix and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) plan to develop Quail Brush,near Mission Trails Regional Park. Other proposed plants were Pio Pico in the Otay area and the Wellhead Escondido Energy Center.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY I WON’T BUY PROPERTY IN BOULEVARD

 

By Jay Gee

February 4, 2013 (Boulevard)--I recently became aware of the numerous industrial size green energy projects being planned for the Boulevard area after looking at properties for sale. I have since changed my mind about purchasing property in the area as it will forever be changed in a negative way.

Having just read about the cumulative effects of the projects apparent "socioeconomic impact" to local residents the official response is that the impact will "diminish over time due to diminished sensitivity to the features". In other words, the local residents will get used to the beatings once they become numb to the pain.

READERS CALENDAR FOR FEBRUARY 4-11, 2013

 

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

February 4, 2013 (San Diego)--The San Diego Public Library's 47th Annual Local Authors Exhibit : The Library is going to display it in the exhibit, which will run the entire month of February 2013 in the lobby of the Central Library downtown.

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