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"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

PROSECUTION RESTS ITS CASE IN MURDER TRIAL OF IRAQI MAN IN EL CAJON

STORM THE HILL: VETERANS CALL FOR ACTION TO STOP SUICIDES


TRIBAL MEMBERS HOLD VIGIL AT OCOTILLO WIND SITE

Public asked to join with tribes on June 23



“The snake was moved but kept coming back, just like our people.  We will continue to keep coming back.” – Preston Arrowweed, Quechan elder. He believes unusual animal visitations at site are signs from Indian spirits, asking his people to help.

By Miriam Raftery

Jim Pelley, Denee ‘Estevane’ Woolley, and Susan Massey also contributed to this report

June 7, 2012 (Ocotillo)—Neither blistering heat nor blowing dust dissuaded Native Americans from at least four tribes from taking part in a five-day occupation in Ocotillo last week. 

They came to be with the spirits of their ancestors.  They also aim to show that desert devastation occurring with construction of the Ocotillo Express wind facility is wrong and must be stopped. 

EL CAJON TO BECOME CHARTER CITY

 

 

June 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Proposition D, which declares El Cajon to be a charter city independent of many state requirements, has been approved by voters. 

The measure passed by a 57%-43% margin. 

SURPRISES EMERGE FROM FIRST “TOP TWO” PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN CALIFORNIA

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 7, 2012 (Sacramento) – The state’s new top-two primary election is shaking up California politics. In November, voters in 25 of the state’s 120 legislative districts will not have a choice between Republicans and Democrats on their ballots. 
 
The advantage appears to belong to Democrats, since in 11 districts, the run-off will be between two Democratic candidates. Another five districts have two Republicans squaring off in November. In addition, two districts have decline-to-state-party candidates in the run-off, according to the Secretary of State’s website. 

FAIR WEATHER FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

June 8, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Fair is now open with an "Out of This World" theme.  If you head up to the fairgrounds, enjoy sunny skies, says Your Online Weather host Gary Kelley.

 

TOBACCO INDUSTRY SNUFFS OUT CIGARETTE TAX INITIATIVE, BUT TERM LIMITS MEASURE PASSES

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2012 (San Diego)—Proposition 29 sought to add a $1 tax onto a pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund cancer research.  The measure appears headed for defeat,with the count currently showing 50.8% voting no.  (Some counties have not yet certified final results, which is not required until July 6.)

The tobacco industry spent a reported $65 million to defeat the measure--and appears to have got its money's worth with a spate of ads labeled as distortion by prominent newspapers statewide.

DE MAIO AND FILNER GEAR UP FOR PARTISAN FIGHT IN SAN DIEGO MAYORAL RACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Nadin Abbott, Tom Abbott and Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Two feisty and fiercely competitive politicians, polar opposites in the partisan divide, will square off in the San Diego Mayoral run-off race in November. 

Carl Demaio, a conservative Republican and former councilmember, in his victory speech at the U.S. Grant Hotel , said that “Citizens have shifted the city into drive and put their foot on the gas.”  He pledged to “finish the job of fiscal reform”  by implementing Propositions A and B, as well as fixing “roads that are falling apart.”

Congressman Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat and former Deputy Mayor of San Diego, faulted DeMaio for focusing on “a pothole somewhere” while lacking a positive message for voters.  “I want to talk about a vision of the future of what can be a really great city,” Filner told media at Election Central. 

VARGAS, CRIMMINS TO VIE FOR FILNER’S SEAT IN CONGRESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner’s departure from Congress to run for mayor has left an open seat in the 51st Congressional district, which spans southern portions of San Diego and Imperial Counties. In the June primary, a field of seven candidates has been narrowed to two: Democratic State Senator Juan Vargas and Republican Michael Crimmins, a retired Marine  Corps officer and teacher.

BENCH SEATS: MILLER MAKES RUN-OFF DESPITE FACEBOOK FLAP AS CONSERVATIVES SWEEP JUDICIAL RACES

 Photos by Miriam Raftery and Nadine Abbott

June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – A judicial candidate who was removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the San Diego Superior Court days before the primary election has finished in first place. 

Jim Miller, an El Cajon attorney who also drew a “lacking qualifications” rating from the County Bar Association in his judicial race, will compete in the November run-off election against fellow conservative Robert Amador for office 25 on the Superior Court.

Miller further raised controversy in the legal community after making indiscreet posts on his Facebook page, where he divulged details of cases he was hearing as well as dissing local attorneys,judges, and a law enforcement officer:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9865.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK! SONNETS AND A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM AT MISSION TRAILS JUNE 10

June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego Shakespeare Society will perform excerpts from several of William Shakespeare’s “Nature Related” works on June 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park’s Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater.  The readings will include the Pyrmamus & Thisbe scene from a Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Rupert’s Readers performing an interactive open reading and Surprise Sonnet presentations.

SWING YOUR PARTNER! CAMPO BARN DANCE JUNE 9

June 7, 2012 (Campo) – The Mountain Empire-Campo Kiwanis presents a Barn Dance at the Star Ranch, 31310 Hwy 94, Campo on June 9.  The BBQ begins at 7:00 p.m. with the dance following from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.  The “Honkey Tonk Kings” will be the featured country dance band.

TELEMAGICA’S GALAXIA 2012 MUSIC AND ARTS GATHERING JUNE 8-10

June 7, 2012 (Jacumba) – Telemagica’s Galaxia 2012 takes place June 8, 9 and 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday on the grounds of the Institute of Perception (Railroad Street) in Jacumba. 

The event is a yearly gathering of collective performance art dedicated to the evolution of the human spirit through the arts.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
June 7, 2012 --  (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 reflecting 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:   
 
 
 
 
 
WORLD
  • Al Qaeda commander killed (BBC)
  • Europe mulls major step toward “fiscal union” (Reuters)
  • Plane crash in Nigeria kills all 147 on board (Reuters)
  • Romney aversion to wind power is alienating some Republicans (Bloomberg)
  • Diamond Jubilee Thames pageant for Queen Elizabeth cheered by crowd (BBC)
U.S.
  • Fever during pregnancy doubles autism risk, study finds (California Watch)
  • Unions suffer blow in Wisconsin recall defeat (The Hill)
  • In Wisconsin, reports of voter suppression (CBS)
  • An Open Letter to President Obama from tribal leaders (Indigenous Reflections)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

LITERARY EVENTS: NEWS AND CALENDAR ITEMS FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOOK LOVERS: 1ST 2 WEEKS OF JUNE

 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Public Library continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse during June. The next featured performance is by the Lake San Marcos Writers on Monday, June 11. The performance begins at 4:00 pm in the Lobby of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER! BARBECUE SAFETY TIPS

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

 
June 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--It always pays for consumers to be aware that following a few simple safety precautions will help ensure that their outdoor cooking remains trouble-free and enjoyable.

FBI AND SAN DIEGO SHERIFF‘S DEPARTMENT SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY BANK OF AMERICA ROBBER

 
Bank of America branch located inside of Albertsons grocery store – Spring Valley, California

June 7, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown man responsible for robbing the Bank of America, located inside of the Albertsons grocery store at 543 Sweetwater Road, Spring Valley, California, on Monday, June 4, 2012.

SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL SHIFTS RIGHT

By Nadin Abbott

Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott

June 6th, 2012 (San Diego)--Two Republican candidates supported by the conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego won outright their seats to City Council, winning over 50 percent of the vote. One was businessman Scott Sherman (District 7), and the other was Mike Kersey (District 5).

District 1 will see a run off in November between Ray Ellis, a Republican also backed by the Lincoln Club,  and Sherri Lightner, who is backed by the Democratic Party, nurses and teachers.

VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN FATAL LAKESIDE MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 
June 7, 2012 (Lakeside) – Martin David Erickson, 47, of Lakeside was killed in a solo motorcycle accident June 4 at 7 p.m. According to witnesses and physical evidence, he was riding a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle at a high rate of speed on Ashwood Street north of Mapleview, when he lost control, collided with a rocky embankment and was ejected onto the roadway.

EVENTS ABOUND AT ALPINE LIBRARY IN JUNE

June 7, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library at 2130 Arnold Way has a variety of events for planned for the month of June.  For infants and toddlers story time is held on Wednesday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. including Local Heroes Storytime on June 13 when Alpine’s Postmaster will be the guest reader.

HUNTER, SECOR ON TOP IN 50TH CONGRESSIONAL

June 5, 2012 (San Diego)-Republican Duncan Hunter has won the 50th Congressional district primary with a solid 67% of the vote.  Democrat David Secor has a firm hold on second place to square off against Hunter in November.

Secor faces an uphill battle in this heavily Republican District. 

THURSDAY'S WEATHER WTIH GARY KELLEY

June 7, 2012 (San Diego)--From coastal fog to blazing desert temperatures, Your Online Weather with Gary Kelley has today's forecast countywide. 

WEBER AND ENGLAND HEAD TO NOVEMBER RUN-OFF IN 79TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

 By Miriam Raftery

June 5, 2012 (San Diego)--With 98.4% of precincts counted, the clear winners in the 79th Assembly District race are Democrat Shirley Weber (30.00%) and Republican Mary England (29.67%).

If elected in the November run-off, Weber would become San Diego county's first African-American woman to serve in the Legislature.   England, however, hopes to score an upset win to take back the ethnically diverse district from Democrats in November. 

PETERS HOLDS SLIM LEAD OVER SALDANA IN CLOSE RACE TO BATTLE BILBRAY

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – He’s a winner, yet perhaps the biggest loser in San Diego’s June primary election. Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray captured just 41.30% of the vote—first place, enough to secure his spot in the fall run-off, but not exactly a decisive victory for an incumbent legislator. Worse from Bilbray’s point of view, his two strongest competitors—both Democrats—combined to take over 45% of the vote.  

 

EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BOND MEASURES FAIL TO MAKE THE GRADE

 

June 5, 2012- For cash strapped school districts in rural East County, tonight's final results will mean deeper cuts for local schools. Two bond measures have gone down in defeat, one by the slimmest of margins.

NATHAN FLETCHER SPEAKS ON MAYORAL EFFORT

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
 
June 6th, 2012 (San Diego)--Last night as election results came in, Mayoral contender Nathan Fletcher was still telling his supporters that they were going to hold on for a few more hours for results. He said that “one year ago nobody gave us a chance.” He also told his supporters that “given the results and projections things were headed in the right direction.”  
 
By this morning, however, with 100% of precincts counted and only some absentee and provisional ballots remaining, his showing proved not enough to overcome partisans on both sides.

FDA ISSUES ALERT ON REUMOFAN PLUS

 
Health officials in Mexico order recall based on potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients
 
June 6, 2012  (San Diego) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the label that could be harmful.

LOCAL ATTORNEY ESTABLISHES EDUCATION CENTER TO SERVICE FAMILIES WITHIN SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY

 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) — Realizing a need to have individualized enrichment programs for students, a San Diego attorney seeks to develop an education center to serve the entire family. Breana Ha, who came to the United States as a young child in 1979 as one of the boat people, said while there are several organizations serving the Vietnamese community in San Diego, there is, however, not one that provides educational services for the entire family. That idea gave birth to the Vietnamese American Center: Education, Recreation and Culture (VACERC). 

READER’S EDITORIAL: CHAMBER TAKES OFFICIAL POSITIONS ON KEY STATE LEGISLATION

 
By Scott Alevy, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--One of the most important services the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce offers to our members (and the entire business community) is our advocacy on local, state and federal legislative issues. We are proud to serve as the voice of the business community in East County, and take that responsibility seriously.

CAL FIRE OFFERS SAFE MOWING TIPS

 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- If you use a gasoline fueled mower, remember that gasoline gives off flammable vapors which can cause a searing fire or a violent explosion - - it takes only a small spark or flame to bring about such a disaster.

SAN DIEGO INLAND BUSINESS EXPO BACK IN POWAY

 
June 6, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce announces the 2nd Annual San Diego Inland Business Expo will be held in the Poway Business Park on June 14, 2012.  The Expo will showcase a variety of businesses, giving attendees an opportunity to find business services and products appropriate for their needs. The event will be held at Chrome Collision, a 30,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility located at 13175 Gregg St. Poway, CA 92064, from 3pm-7pm on Thursday, June 14th.

EAST COUNTY’S LARGEST HEALTH FAIR ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9

 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The public is invited to attend Summer Healthcare Saturday, the largest annual free health fair in San Diego’s East County region. The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa.
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