WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN HOSTS FREE CUSTOMER APPRECIATON DAY JULY 31 FOR HELIX WATER AND SWEETWATER AUTHORITY RATEPAYERS

JOIN US SUNDAY! ROARING ‘20S PARTY JULY 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINE BAR IN LA MESA. COME PARTY WITH THE PRESS!

SAN DIEGO POLICE SHOOTING VICTIMS AND SUSPECT IDENTIFIED

TWO SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICERS SHOT, 1 DIES

CASHNER, REA TO MARLINS IN SEVEN-PLAYER DEAL

INTERSTATE 8, STATE ROUTE 125 CONNECTOR RAMPS CLOSED SATURDAY NIGHTS

EL CAJON SETS EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP ON DISTRICT ELECTIONS AUG. 4

LA MESA TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING AUG. 3 ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY PROGRAM; ALTERNATIVE TO SDG&E

PRESIDENT OBAMA URGES AMERICANS TO REJECT FEAR AND CYNICISM, ELECT CLINTON

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ANSWERS "RUNNING MAN" CHALLENGE

PETITION LAUNCHED TO SAVE EAST COUNTY LAKES--AND PROTECT LIVES DURING WILDFIRES

CALIF. ISO ISSUES FLEX ALERT DUE TO HEAT: CONSUMERS ASKED TO CONSERVE POWER TODAY

OBAMA TO LIMIT CORPORATE TAX DODGING

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – The Obama administration has taken steps to pull the plug on corporations moving their headquarters overseas to avoid paying taxes in the U.S.

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CALIFORNIA OVER DELAYS IN MEDI-CAL APPROVALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--A lawsuit has been filed in California, alleging that a huge backlog in processing Medicaid applications has caused suffering to low-income patients who are unable to get healthcare.

POLL: AMERICANS SUPPORT AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

 

Two-thirds of Republicans would support sending ground troops, but 71% of Democrats would oppose risking soldiers on the ground

Photo: Raptors carry out air strikes in Syria; courtesy U.S. Air Force

September 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--A new poll by CBS news and the New York Times has found that Americans overwhelmingly support U.S. airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria.

ALLIANCE SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES VOTER MOBILIZATION EFFORT TO INCREASE TURNOUT

 

September 23, 2014 (San Diego) – Today is National Voter Registration Day and marks six weeks until the November election.

KEEP COOL AND SAVE MONEY

 

By Art Hagopian, General Manager ARS San Diego

September 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The heat is on the rise and your HVAC unit is working overtime to ensure the comfort of you and your family. These safety measures and energy-efficient tips from your local air conditioning experts at ARS® in San Diego will help to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the weeks to come.

FOLLOWING WORLDWIDE CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH, SAN DIEGO COUNCIL CALLS ON MAYOR TO ISSUE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (San Diego) – On Sunday, a global climate march drew a half million people worldwide at over 150 locations, all calling for action to stop climate change. The march drew over 400,000 in New York City and an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 in San Diego.  

Today, San Diego’s City Council voted 5 to 3 in favor of a resolution asking Mayor Kevin Faulconer to issue a climate change plan.

The vote split the council down party lines, with all Democrats voting in favor and Republicans voting against.

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

 

September 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Saturday, September 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

If you are looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect and dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ninth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Old prescription drugs can pose hazards to others if they fall into the wrong hands.

MORE AGENCIES SEEK TO RETURN SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Recently, we reported on the San Diego Unified School District’s decision to return an armored vehicle it received through the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program.  Now it seems that may be the start of a trend.

WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER CASE RAISES SECURITY QUESTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – How could a man with a history of threats and a prior arrest involving a stash of weapons manage to leap over the White House fence and burst inside the White House, home of President Barack Obama and his family?

BRATS, BEER AND MUCH MORE: LA MESA OKTOBERFEST OCT. 3-5

 

September 22, 2014 (La Mesa)--The La Mesa Oktoberfest is one of East County’s biggest street festivals, drawing 200,000 people every year. This year’s Oktoberfest will be held October 3-5 in the heart of La Mesa’s downtown village on La Mesa  Boulevard between 4th Avenue and Acadia.

The event, sponsored by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Village Merchants Association, began as a small street fair over 35 years ago. Now the three-day bash features over 250 vendors, food including German bratwurst and a beer garden, kids’ activities and entertainment ranging from German music to classic rock and roll.

EAGLES TO ROCK SDSU WITH CONCERT OCT. 4

 

September 22, 2014 (San Diego) - The Eagles, one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, will be performing at the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University on October 4th.  The band sold over 150 million records including such hit singles as Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit, Desperado and Tequila Sunrise.

ODD COUPLE ON STAGE AT THE LYCEUM: TEATRO MASCARA MAGICA'S RENDITION BLENDS HILARITY AND LATINO SPICE

 

A review by Reina Lisa Menasche

September 21, 2014 (San Diego)--What do you get when you cross Neil Simon’s classic 1960s New York comedy “The Odd Couple” with modern day, southern California references and Latino color, characters, innuendo, and ad libs? A surprising and delightful rendition, zestily presented by the Teatro Mascara Magica at San Diego’s Lyceum Theatre. Dave Rivas, co-producer and co-director of the production, is a Spring Valley resident.

The theme of the play remains true to the original and is universal: divorced bachelors, slob versus neat freak, in a friendship strained not only by conflicts over living conditions but also the poignancy of loss and change. But the seasoning on this well-known dish of a show is exotic, original, up to date, and hilarious.

"WE LIKE IT WILD": PROJECT WILDLIFE TO JOIN HUMANE SOCIETY

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to our radio show Monday on KNSJ 89. 1 FM at 5 p.m. to hear our audio report on Project Wildlife’s event.

By Miriam Raftery

September 21, 2014 (Lakeside) – At Project Wildlife’s “We Like It Wild” event in Lakeside last week, guests had up close and personal encounters with exotic and local wildlife at the Pillsbury Ranch owned by Joan Embery, the San Diego Zoo’s ambassador.  They also heard a special announcement from the Project Wildlife’s executive director Beth Ugoretz, who said Project Wildlife plans to merge by November 1st with the San Diego Humane Society.

Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Human Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, emphasized that goal is to keep Project Wildlife “strong” and leverage the strengths of both organizations.  Project Wildlife’s focus on rescuing and rehabilitating local wildlife will continue, and the need is great, since the drought, wildfires and development have put increasing stress on local animals from birds and reptiles to larger animals such as raccoons and coyotes.

ADVANCED TRAINING ASSOCIATES HOSTS GRADUATION CEREMONY AT RONALD REAGAN CENTER

 

September 17, 2014 (El Cajon)--Advanced Training Associates, an accredited private college that provides training in medical and business occupations to civilians, veterans and active duty military located in El Cajon, CA, hosted the largest graduation ceremony in the school’s history on September 9.

ENTEROVIRUS CONFIRMED AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

 

Source: County News Service

September 18, 2014 (San Diego)—Four children at Rady Children’s Hospital have been confirmed by state and county health officials as California’s first cases of Enterovirus D69.

OUR AUGUST RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE! LISTEN NOW

 

 

September 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—During the August heat, we covered some of the hottest topics in town including  a fire chief’s meeting with county officials, whistleblowers speaking out on the Grossmont Union High School District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee,  an interview with Mark Arabo on the Iraq humanitarian crisis, a Kurdish-American woman on how ISIS attacks are impacting her own family,  and coverage of a Border Children forum at a La Mesa church.

On the lighter side, we chatted with the maker of the mbira—a unique musical instrument invented locally, and with a firefighter/historian who recalls the infamous El Cajon jail break, owners of a Ramona winery, and the founder of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center on amazing successes  help developmentally disabled children, plus much, much more.

For a full list of show topics and interviews for each August show, plus links to hear the shows, click here, or click “read more” and scroll down.  You can also hear our show live Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM or online at www.knsj.org.

SAN DIEGO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY EXPANDS SEASON OF CONCERTS, ADDS NEW VENUE IN EAST COUNTY FOR OCT. 31 PERFORMANCE

 

September 20, 2014 (San Diego)—In its 33rd year, San Diego Early Music Society (SDEMS) is significantly expanding its program of concerts by world-class artists, adding a new Adventure Series to its regular International Season, and offering concerts in San Diego’s East County for the first time.

JERRY FAZIO ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY

 

 

September 20, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - After 35 years, Jerry Fazio, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation, has announced his retirement.

EAST COUNTY VINTNER'S HARVEST CELEBRATION OCT. 11

 

 

September 20, 2014 (Potrero) –You’re invited to join the East County Vintners Wine Group for its second annual Mountain Empire Country Harvest Celebration on Saturday, October 11 from 12 noon to sundown. The festivities take place at the Jim and Janet Wright Ranch and Vineyard in scenic Potrero, just 30 minutes east from Jamul off Highway 94/Campo Road. Smokey barbecue with all the trimmings and wine sampling by local vineyards and wineries are among the activities, along with a silent auction and door prizes.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: "EL GRITO" CELEBRATED IN SAN DIEGO

 

 

Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott, Reporting San Diego

Sep. 16, 2014 (San Diego) “El Grito de Dolores” signaled the beginning of the war of independence from Spain by Mexico. Every year in every plaza and government building in Mexico the head of the local government comes out at midnight to recreate the act at the church in Dolores, state of Hidalgo.

WORLDWIDE UKELELE SENSATION JAKE SHIMABUKURO AT CA CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN ESCONDIDO OCT. 31

 

"An international sensation." -The Today Show



"The Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele." -Guitar Player

 

September 20, 2014 (Escondido) -- Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will wow audiences as part of The California Center for the Arts, Escondido's 20th Anniversary 2014/2015 season with a special Halloween show on Friday, October 31, 2014 in the Concert Hall. Redefining a previously under-the-radar instrument, the critically acclaimed slinger combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, folk, and flamenco, fully revealing his musical dexterity. Shimabukuro has appeared on television shows including Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, he's earned notable fans such as Eddie Vedder and Sanjay Gupta, and performed for the likes of the Queen of England. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

HOW SDG&E'S SMART DEVICES HELPED RESTORE POWER TO THEIR CUSTOMERS

 

Originally Published in the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales 

San Diego’s grid has endured an onslaught. A record breaking 5-day-long heat wave, that produced back to back peak demand records of 4,781 megawatts (MW) and 4,890 MW. There were high winds, microbursts followed by sudden downpours and flooding. A lot of trees fell and there were several outages. Repair crews worked round the clock. Some worked 24 hour shifts. Hanan Eisenman, Communications Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), explained how SDG&E’s smart grid devices helped restore power to their customers.

ELECTRIC USE IN SAN DIEGO REACHES ALL-TIME PEAK RECORD

 

SDG&E Thanks Customers for Patience & Conservation Efforts During Five-Day Heat Wave & Thunderstorms

September 20, 2014 (San Diego) – Following a record-breaking five-day heat wave combined with a microburst of thunderstorms bringing high winds, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is thanking customers and community partners for their efforts to save energy and for their patience during power outages. Due to the extreme weather conditions, SDG&E reached new all-time back-to-back peak demand records of 4,781 megawatts (MW) on Sept. 15 and 4,890 MW on Sept. 16. The conservation efforts by customers limited strain on the electric grid and ensured SDG&E was able to provide reliable energy throughout the event.

SAN DIEGO IS BECOMING A HUB FOR RARE DISEASE RESEARCH & TREATMENT, INCLUDING MESOTHELIOMA

 

By Nancy Werner

September 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Most people familiar with drug research think of Boston as the center for leading drug research, but San Diego leads in research and development into RNA therapies and treatments that bring hope for patients with rare diseases like mesothelioma.

CAL FIRE PROVIDES UPDATE ON FIRES BURNING STATEWIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: King Fire viewed from Lake Tahoe, by Steve Ellsworth, courtesy Cal Fire Blogspot

September 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --Over 7,800 firefighters continue to battle seven major wildfires burning in California, CAL-FIRE reports. Of greatest concern is the King Fire in El Dorado County, which has burned nearly 81,000 acres and continues to threaten 21,000 structures. A suspected arsonist has been arrested for allegedly starting the King Fire.

Overnight, crews made progress on several fires including full containment on the destructive Boles Fire in Siskiyou County and the Silverado Fire in Orange County. Firefighters continue to mop up on several other fires with full containment expected this weekend for the Courtney Fire in Madera County, the June Fire in Mono County and the Meadow Fire in Yosemite National Park.

For details on each of the many fires burning statewide, click "read more" and scroll down.

SOMETHING FISHY IN COACHELLA VALLEY

 

San Diego's thirst for Colorado River water threatens ecosystem at Salton Sea

By Leon Thompson

Photos:  Salton Sea Authority, U.S. Geological Survey, Salton Sea Museum, and Tobias Deml

September 20, 2014 (Salton Sea) – The rotten smell in the desert just east of East County is the harbinger of worse things yet to come.

The tell-tale odor of “rotten eggs" prompted officials to issue an air quality warning for the Coachella Valley.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued an odor advisory Tuesday warning residents they could experience headaches and nausea.

REP. DUNCAN D. HUNTER TO DEBATE CHALLENGER JAMES KIMBER SEPT. 26

 

Submit your questions for the candidates here.

September 19, 2014 (San Diego)—The public is invited to submit questions for Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his Democratic challenger, James Kimber.  The two candidates for the 50th Congressional District have agreed to debate on Friday, September 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

Both candidates are veterans. The debate is sponsored by the Veterans’ Campaign and by the National Association for Uniformed Services. The questions are not limited to veterans or military issues, however; all topics are open for debate.

DREW FORD SELLS TO SOCAL PENSKE FOLLOWING DEATH OF FAMILY PATRIARCH

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

September 19, 2014 (La Mesa)—Drew Ford, a fixture in La Mesa with roots dating back to 1927, has sold to SoCalPenske. Mallory Lee, agency manager at Drew Ford, confirmed the sale to ECM reporter Janis Russell, adding that she believes Penske will keep the facility a Ford dealership.

ECM RADIO INTERVIEW: LA MESA-BASED BOYS TO MEN NONPROFIT IS MAKING WAVES NATIONALLY

 

Hear our radio show interview with Boys to Men co-founders Joe Sigurdson and Craig McClain. 

Listen online here for details on how this nonprofit that started in La Mesa has  gone national to  mentor fatherless teen boys. Plus hear details about a September 20th Surf-a-Thon here in San Diego to benefit Boys to Men.  

For more information, click "read more" and scroll down. 

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