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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


COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD VOTES TUESDAY ON BOND MEASURE FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

Aging facilities, technology needs behind new facilities bond proposal

August 6, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board is holding a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.  7, at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate to consider placing a $398 million facilities bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

ROCK THE DOME: AUGUST 11 SHOW AT REUBEN H. FLEET BENEFITS ACES IN EL CAJON

 
August 6, 2012 (El Cajon)—On August 11, the El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services (ACES Foundation) and KGB Radio 101.5 invite you to the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park for a fund raising showing of the multimedia rock show, “Rock the Dome.” The show is a 360 degree swirl of state-of-the -art visuals and imagery shown on the legendary Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 76-foot IMAX dome accompanied by top rock music from Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Led Zeppeliln, AC/DC, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush and many more, all synchronized to $2 million worth of cool graphics, futuristic visuals, and mind-blowing imagery. This isn't your Mom’s and Dad’s laserium show!

POLL: FILNER LEADS IN SAN DIEGO MAYORAL RACE

Independent survey of likely November voters shows Filner leads by 8 points

August 6, 2012 (San Diego)--A poll of San Diego voters shows Bob Filner with a significant 8-point lead in the race for San Diego Mayor.

 In a survey of 400 likely November voters in the City of San Diego, 40 percent of respondents said they support or lean toward Filner in the Mayor’s race. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they support San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and 29 percent were undecided.

COMMUNITY BLOG LAUNCHES FOR LAWSON VALLEY

July 28, 2012 (Lawson Valley) –Residents of Lawson Valley in outer Jamul now have a website for local news, thanks to editor Leslie Yoder, who drew inspiration from Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton.

LA MESA IS HOME TO NEW COFFEE SHOP: BUGSY’S BREW

 
August 6, 2012 (La Mesa)--Bugsy’s Brew Coffee opens in La Mesa. Family owned and operated, Bugsy’s Brew offers customers a comfortable place to relax and enjoy fantastic coffee and desserts. Bugsy’s Brew Coffee is located at 8759 La Mesa Blvd at the corner of Jackson, so it is a perfect spot to hit before heading to work in the morning or for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.

READER'S EDITORIAL: SDG&E EXCLUDES FIRE SURVIVORS AND LOW-INCOME PEOPLE FROM FIRE MITIGATION GRANTS

Meeting August 7 in Deerhorn Valley on fire mitigation funds

By Kim Hamilton, Editor, Deerhorn Valley Antler

August 6, 2012 (Deerhorn Valley)--We are now well into a perilous fire season. SDG&E, in its guise as the “Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Group,” has notified some 1,300 at-risk homeowners along the Powerlink that they are “potentially qualified to receive grant funds for the creation of defensible space or structure hardening...” Up to $2,000 per parcel is being made available on a yearly basis. Make no mistake: this is not done out of the goodness of their hearts. Nor will it eliminate the increased danger we now face from Powerlink. It was simply a requirement for approval. A “partial mitigation.”

We, the at-risk and soon-to-be-crushed (as our Governor threatened last week), need answers to some serious questions about these “grants”:

MOUNTAIN LION SPOTTED IN SANTEE NEIGHBORHOOD

August 6, 2012 (Santee)--A mountain lion has been reported in the 10700 block of Princess Arlene, a residential neighborhood in Santee.  Incident Page Network indicates that San Diego Sheriff and animal control officers are conducting a search of the area.

A mountain lion was also spotted days ago in an Alpine residential neighborhood.  Mountain lions are native to our region, though the normally shy animals are rarely seen.  Shooting a mountain lion is illegal in California, except in cases where a permit is obtained such as to address livestock predation.  Violators have faced stiff penalties.

TWO GIRLS DIE AFTER VEHICLE PLUNGES INTO OTAY LAKE

August 6, 2012 (Otay)—Two 5-year-old girls, Giuliana Figueroa of La Mesa and Lesette Silva of Chula Vista have died after the vehicle in which they were passengers plunged into Otay Lake last night, the Medical Examiner reports.  The girls, who were wearing seatbelts,  were in the backseat of a Kia minivan driven by Arlene Hernandez.

“Due to Hernandez’s level of intoxication, she lost control of the Kia,” a statement issued by the CHP indicated.

OTAY LAKES ROAD CLOSED AFTER VEHICLE PLUNGES INTO LAKE

 

August 5, 2012 (Otay)—A vehicle has plunged into the Otay Lake reservoir, multiple sources confirm. Divers assisted in rescuing people trapped inside, including two juveniles.  The children were in CPR status, IPN reported, but were later taken to a hospital by medical helicopter. Their condition has not been released.

 Otay Lakes Road is closed between Highway 94 and Wueste Road, a Jamul resident has informed ECM.  “A tow truck is standing by to recover the vehicle,” he added.

SOCIAL SECURITY GOES FOR THE GOLD

 
By Jeannette Nunes
Social Security District Manager
 
August 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Millions of Americans are following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The last time swimmer Michael Phelps competed, he brought home more gold medals at one time than anyone in the history of the Olympics. This week, he collected the 18th gold medal of his career.

FOOD SAFETY GUIDES FOR GROUPS MOST VULNERABLE TO FOODBORNE ILLNESS NOW AVAILABLE

 
USDA and FDA partner on food safety booklets to help those with compromised immune systems prevent food borne illness 
 
August 5, 2012  (Washington) —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have partnered to create six booklets with food safety advice for populations that are most susceptible to food borne illness. The booklets in this “at-risk series” are tailored to help older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS reduce their risk for food borne illness.

WATCHDOG GROUP RELEASES VIDEO AND DATABASE GUIDE TO RISKS OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

 
August 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – How safe are psychiatric drugs?  A disturbing new video released by Citizens Commission on Human Rights highlights serious risks and side effects of commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs.  View the video Psychiatric Drugs-Search Warnings, Studies, & Side Effects:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAqCf2gzYag&list=PLB9EA75455D155D89&feature=plcp

POLITICAL WRANGLING: HATS ARE IN THE RING, GLOVES ARE COMING OFF

 
By Buck Shott
 
August 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – As the political season kicks into gear, we’ve got the roundup of who’s running (so far) for East County’s three city councils.  We bring you the latest mud fests and hot gossip in San Diego’s mayoral race. Plus see who’s having a bad week on the presidential campaign trail – all in this week’s Political Wrangling. Yee-ha!

HOT TIMES AT THE OASIS CAMEL DAIRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

August 5, 2012 (Ramona) – What loves eating watermelon, has feet like snowshoes, and can guzzle up to 40 gallons of water at a time? 

These are among the surprising facts about camels that I learned during the Watermelon Days Festivals at the Oasis Camel Dairy on a sweltering midsummer day in Ramona. The climate here is ideally suited for these “ships of the desert”, which delighted audiences at this unique East County attraction.

"INCENDIARY" FIRE DAMAGES RESTAURANT IN LEMON GROVE

August 4, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – The Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Squad is investigating a fire tht was “incendiary in nature,” according to Heartland Fire.  The blaze began outside Mariscos Negro Durazo restaurant on Federal Boulevard near Broadway in Lemon Grove shortly before 3:15 a.m.

DOLORES CANIZALES TAKES OVER THE REIGNS AT THE POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 
August 4, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dolores Canizales has joined the staff at the Chamber as President and CEO. She was identified from a process that drew from extensive networking contacts developed by the Poway Chamber Board. The Board invited applications from suitable individuals from their list of contacts. From a group of 10 vetted finalists and 3 interviewed candidates, Canizales was the unanimous top choice according to Poway Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Jim Crute. Canizales replaces former president Luanne Hulsizer, who resigned in May.

TWO RENOVATED BUILDINGS AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE RECEIVE LEED GREEN CERTIFICATION

 
August 4, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College’s two newest renovated buildings have received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council, indicating that the buildings were designed, built and are operating using green strategies that incorporate energy and water efficiency and sustainable building materials.
 
The El Cajon college’s Student Services and Administration Building was recognized with a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification while the college’s student center, the Griffin Center, earned a silver LEED certification. This is the first time that a building on the Grossmont or Cuyamaca campuses has achieved LEED certification.

CHAMBER OFFERS LEADERSHIP EAST COUNTY

 
August 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The East County Chamber of Commerce is hosting 11interactive community involvement sessions, a retreat and a Future Vision project with a diverse group of business owners, civic leaders and East County residents - public and private sector - all coming together to learn more about the challenges, economic engine-drivers, cultures and current hot topics in the East County region. 

EAST COUNTY CASH MOB MEETS “PEDRO’S COCINA MEXICANA”

 

August 4, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The East County Cash Mob is targeting Pedro’s Cocina Mexicana, 3515 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley on August 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A ‘cash mob’ is a large number of people organized via social media to draw customers to support a local business during tough economic times.

BLUES AND JAZZ CONCERT WITH THE ROBIN HENKEL BAND AUGUST 17

August 4, 2012 (La Mesa) – Dizzy’s presents Robin Henkel band with Horns! Blues and Jazz Concert at the McCrea Music Company, 8361 Allison Ave., La Mesa on August 17 beginning at 8 p.m.  Henkel is an amazing blues slide guitarist and his music ranges from primitive Mississippi Delta blues to Texas style Swing. 

Tickets for the show are $15 and $10 for students.  Call 619-698-7272 for more information.  Or visit www.robinhenkel.com

GET IN THE GROOVE WITH SATURDAY NIGHT SAX AUGUST 18

August 3, 2012 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room presents Saturday Night Sax on August 18 from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.  Enjoy the saxophone music of Aaron Valencia while sampling wine, cheese and crackers, and decadent desserts.  Admission is free.

For more information about San Pasqual Winery visit http://www.sanpasqualwinery.com/

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN ALLIED GARDENS: MOVIE AT THE PARK AUGUST 4

August 3, 2012 (San Diego) – Allied Gardens Recreation Council, Lake Murray/San Carlos Recreation Council and San Diego Event Professionals are sponsoring National Night Out Movie in the Park August 4 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego.  The movie is Cars 2 and will begin at dusk.  Arrive at 7 p.m. to be ready for the start.

COUNTY’S ACCESS AND CRISIS LINE RECEIVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

 
Crisis Center Recognized for High Quality Support to Individuals in Need
 
August 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County’s Access and Crisis line has received national accreditation indicating that the crisis line is an effective resource to help people who are contemplating suicide. The Crisis Center Accreditation was awarded by the American Association of Suicidology.

FREE SUMMER MOVIE AT RENETTE PARK AUG. 10

 
August 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Summer Movies in the Park 2012 presents the showing of the animated movie, "Cars!" at Renette Park, Friday, August 10. Bring a picnic and enjoy pre-event activities starting at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT WILL HOLD PUBLIC HEARING AUGUST 15

 

August 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Board of Directors of Helix Water District will conduct a Public Hearing on proposed Water Rates August 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Helix Water District Administration Office, 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa.  View the proposed water rate hikes here.

 

EL CAJON COUNCIL TAKES EXTENDED SUMMER BREAK

 
August 2,2012 (El Cajon)—Two El Cajon Council members opted to go on vacation, and the Mayor indicated he was ill; forcing cancellation of the July 24 meeting due to lack of a quorum. The July 24 agenda has been continued until August 14.

SAN ONOFRE STEAM GENERATOR FAILURE SUBJECTED TO REVIEW BY CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT

Watchdog group questions revelations of thinner tubes, "exploding" leak, and incorrect plugging threshold

August 2, 2012
 (San Diego) -- Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPS) today submitted a set of 87 questions to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the recent steam-generator failures and the Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) report, released on July 18, as well as the public meeting, conducted on June 18, 2012.

The submission from COPS included a number of stunning revelations, not previously addressed by the NRC or other oversight groups:

COMMUNITY MEETING AUGUST 13 ON REOPENING EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

August 2, 2012 (El Cajon ) – The public is encouraged to attend a meeting hosted by the ECPAC Foundation on August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Palms Restaurant and Banquet Hall, 143 E.Main Street in El Cajon.

“We will be giving an informal presentation of the Foundation’s proposal to reopen and operate the East County Performing Arts Center,”  Foundation board member Duane Swainston said. The plan was submitted to El Cajon's City Manager on June 21.  Now the Foundation seeks input from all stakeholders including concerned citizens, local businesses, event promoters, vendors, potential sponsors and partners.

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