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TREASURES OF EAST COUNTY: 4 SALES AT ONE LOCATION JANUARY 31 TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE REPORTING AND WILDFIRE ALERTS!

MILHOLLAND SOLAR AND ELECTRIC CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVESARY AT NEW EL CAJON LOCATION

DESERT VIEW TOWER: EAST COUNTY'S HISTORIC HIGHWAY STOP

CHANGES ON HORIZON FOR GROSSMONT CENTER & VICINITY

FLIGHTS THREATENED, INCLUDING SOUTHWEST PLANE FROM SAN DIEGO

SOITEC TO SHIFT FOCUS AWAY FROM SOLAR

LAKESIDE VANDALS SOUGHT: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

PRESIDENT LAYS OUT POPULIST PLANS TO HELP MIDDLE CLASS IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

REPUBLICAN RESPONSE TO STATE OF UNION OFFERS SHARP CONTRAST TO PRESIDENT’S VISION

WHAT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION MEANS FOR SAN DIEGO

COME TO THE CABARET: LA MESA CHAMBER'S 7TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO LOCAL HEROES

TENTATIVE VICTORY FOR ALPINE IN LAWSUIT OVER FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL


SUSPECT IN LEMON GROVE MURDER CASE ARRESTED IN OREGON

By Miriam Raftery

January 5, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Casey Tschida, 32, has been arrested by Portland, Oregon police for the murder of Jennifer Rene Krajnak on January 3. 

“Ms. Krajank and Tschida were acquaintances and were at a bar in Lemon Grove prior to the murder,” Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit said.  “The two left the bar at separate times and Tschida approved Ms. Krajnak as she was walking home. Tschida shot her once in the head and left her lying in the street.”

Sheriff’s patrol deputies found her, still alive, beside the road at 7600 Pacific Avenue near Olive in Lemon Grove, but she died a short time later at a local hospital.  

WOMAN BURNED WHILE LIGHTING FIREPLACE TELLS HOW TO AVOID THIS TYPE OF ACCIDENT

January 5, 2013 (Santee) -- An 18-year-old Santee woman says she is lucky to be alive after a gas fireplace she was trying to light exploded into flames, burning her face, hair and arm.  Schannon Burr, who is now recuperatoring at home, spoke with ECM 10 News to share details of how the accident happened, plus get tips on how to avoid having a similar situation occur in your home.  For details see: http://www.10news.com/news/santee-woman-burned-while-lighting-familys-ga...

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: FARMER'S DAY OFF

January 5, 2013 (Boulevard) – It’s clear they weren't plowing fields at this ranch in Boulevard, where a heavy snowfall created these winter wonderland scenes on New Year’s Eve taken by Melody Ponchot. 

2 LA MESA MEN ARRESTED IN NATIONAL PORN RING SWEEP

January 5, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents Robert Mckany, 36, and Richard White, 57, have been arrested as part of an international effort to break up child pornography rings and rescue young victims from predators.

Arrests of 245 suspects in 35 states have been made. In addition, 123 victims were identified and 44 have been rescued from their abusers. 

RACING VEHICLES CRASH ON I-8, INJURIIES INCLUDE CHILDREN

January 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –a white KIA  SUV and a dark red Nissan sports car racing at speeds over 100 mph crashed into the center divider on I-8 west near College Avenue around 9:40 p.m. last night.   California Highway Patrol also seeks a third vehicle, a white sedan, seen fleeing the scene that may also have been racing.

EL CAJON COUNCIL AGENDA TUESDAY INCLUDES RESOLUTION TO CONDEMN ACTIONS OF JILLIAN HANSON-COX & PROPOSAL TO BUY SURPLUS PROPERTY FROM CAL-TRANS

By Miriam Raftery

January 4, 2013 (El Cajon) – At its meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 3 p.m., El Cajon’s City Council will consider a resolution to condemn the actions of Jillian Hanson-Cox in embezzling at least $3.5 million from her former employer, Century Design.

In addition, Council will consider a proposal to buy surplus property from Cal-Trans for $299,500 and weigh a recommendation to pay $662,000 in a promissory note to act as the successor agency to the former El Cajon Redevelopment Agency. 

Council’s agenda will also include an ordinance to provide more flexibility for signage downtown and an ordinance to revise the zoning code. In addition, Council will hear an appeal of a planning commission decision to deny a permit for alcohol sales to the Magnolia Family Market at 112 East Madison Avenue.

TOP THIS FOR DATE NIGHT: THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

By Rebecca J Williamson

January 4, 2013 (La Mesa)--Madeleine Falco is taking date night to a higher standard by going on a date to the swearing in ceremony of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

So how did this all happen?  U.S. House of Representative’s Congresswoman Susan Davis, representing the 53rd district, offered a lottery for tickets to the inauguration ceremony shortly after the presidential election.  Her constituents had to enter their name in the lottery to be selected. Falco and a male friend, entered their names.

MUSICIANS SOUGHT FOR EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY

January 4, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Youth Symphony is a free, after school advanced music program for young musicians ages 6 to 25. No tuition and/or fees are required to participate. Ongoing auditions are now being held  in January and February for the Spring 2013 Concert Season. All sections have open positions.

Pre-Orchestra Division is for the string players ages 6 to 12. Concert Band is for the winds and percussions ages 9 to 18. Symphony Orchestra (all instruments except saxophone and bass clarinet) is for ages 10 to 25.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: TALKING TURKEY

January 4, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--ECM editor Miriam Raftery photographed this healthy-looking flock of wild turkeys near Cuyamaca. There is some debate on whether turkeys are native or non-native in our region.  Thousands of wild turkeys present today in our backcountry are descendants of wild turkeys released in 1993 by hunting groups.  But it's quite possible that turkeys here are in fact a reintroduction ofdescendants from native birds that inhabited southern California eons ago.

Ancient remains of M. Califiornica, a now-extinct species of wild turkeys and a predecessor of modern turkeys, have been found in the La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles County. 

GET OUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSELTTER!

January 4, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- If you're not yet receiving our free weekly e-newsletter with top news and events each week, take a sneak preview by clicking here.  For a free subscription to our weekly newsletter and/or wildfire and emergency alerts, click here. 

HAWKWATCH 2013 BEGINS JANUARY 5 IN RAMONA

January 4, 2013 (Ramona) – HawkWatch 2013 begins on January 5 at 9 a.m. at WRI Headquarters in Ramona on Highland Valley Road.  Observe wintering and resident raptors including Golden Eagles, wintering Ferruginous Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, Prairie Falcons and Red-shouldered Hawks, to name a few.  There are over 19 species of raptors that can be seen at the Ramona Grasslands.

EAST COUNTY RADIO STATION KNSJ NEARS GOAL TO LAUNCH: DONOR PLEDGES $9,000 IN MATCHING FUNDS FOR TRANSMITTER

Community must match donations by Jan. 31 to reach $18,000 total

Activist Ball January 19 aims to raise remaining funds; donors also welcome -- East County Magazine Radio show can launch once station is on the air

January 3, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – KNSJ Radio (89.1 FM), Network for Social Justice, moves closer to going live on the airways across East County and much of San Diego with nonprofit community radio.   The station already has FCC approval for a station to broadcast out of Descanso.  Now, an angel donor has come forward to pledge $9,000--half of the $18,000 still needed to build a transmitter---under condition that the community match that with $9,000 by the end of January.

On January 19 at 7 p.m., the Activist Ball in the World Beat Center at Balboa Park will be held to raise money for the station’s transmitter.  Join ECM's VIP table for $20; RSVP to editor@eastcountymagazine.org. Individual tickets cost $19 in advance or $25 at the door and include appetizers, a drink, live music and dancing. Additional food available for purchase. There will also be a silent auction and prize drawings.  For general reservations call 619-283-1100 or visit http://knsj.org/

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: THE DRAMATIC SEARCH FOR OSAMA BIN LADEN (ZERO DARK THIRTY)

By Brian Lafferty

January 4, 2013 (San Diego) -- A day or so after the Zero Dark Thirty screening, a colleague wanted to know why I said it would rank very high in my Top Ten list.  I struggled to come up with an answer.  At the time, I just knew in my heart and somewhere in my head that it was not only one of the best films of the year, but the best Hollywood film of 2012.  I had this same feeling as I watched Samsara, Compliance, and In Darkness.  In each case, it wasn't until I wrote the reviews that I figured out why these films would earn spots in my upcoming Best of 2012 column. 

MOST IMPORTANT EAST COUNTY ISSUES IN 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)- Last week we posted our most-read stories of the year—those that drew the most readers, and newsmakers of the year.   Now we present the year’s top stories/issues of most significance to our region--issues with major impact, as well as milestones for our communitie, in the view of our editorial staff. Some are individual articles, others ran a series.

In case you missed these, be sure to scroll down and click the "read more" button to see the stories we think everyone should read--including some hot topics that will continue to be debated in 2013 as major decisions impacting East County remain on the horizon.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO VIOLENT DEATH OF WOMAN FOUND BY ROAD IN LEMON GROVE

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2013 (Lemon Grove) –Jennifer Rene Krajnak, 30, has died shortly after Sheriff’s deputies on patrol found her lying beside the road bleeding from a severe head injury at 2:00 this morning. She was discovered in the 7600 block of Pacific Avenue near Olive Street and died about a half hour later after being transported to a hospital.

“There was a shell casing found at the crime scene,” confirmed Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio, who said it is not certain if the casing was related to this incident.  Channel 7 News reports officials said she may have suffered multple gunshot wounds.  Krajnak had filed a restraining order alleging domestic abuse in 2010 against a former boyfriend, but later vacated the order after he claimed self defense. Authorities have indicated he is not a suspect, 7 News reports.

The death comes just days after someone shot through the window of a vehicle driven by a woman with her 10-year-old  son on December 26 on Glencoe Street in Lemon Grove, about two miles away.  ECM has left word with Sheriff Homicide investigators to find out if the incidents could possibly be related.  The victim in that case reported being passed by a white two-door coupe moments before the shot was fired.

HUNDREDS OF NEW LAWS TAKE EFFECT TODAY IN CALIFORNIA

Impacts will affect drivers, gun owners, renters, homeowners, immigrants, employers, and many more

January 1, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting today, your boss can’t ask for your Facebook password or username, thanks to AB 1944. Neither can universities, due to SB 1349.

Duke Cunningham won’t be able to run for office again under AB 2410, which bans those convicted of a felony involving bribes, embezzlement of public funds, perjury or offense of the public trust from becoming a candidate for any elective office in California.

These are just some of the new laws that take effect January 1, 2013.  Scroll down to read more--and how these legislative changes may impact you, your family, your workplace or your school.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FITNESS RESOLUTION

50 school districts participate, including East County and inland North County regions

By Nancy White

January 3, 2013 (San Diego County)--After the binges of the holidays, who hasn’t noticed the post-holiday blahs? The clothes fit a little tighter, the energy level just isn’t there and we’re afraid to peek in a full-length mirror. It’s no surprise that losing weight is a top new year’s resolution.

ISSA IN STORM OF CONTROVERSY FOR BACKING HOUSE LEADERSHIP'S BLOCKING OF HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF BILL

January 3, 2013 (San Diego)-- Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast 66 days ago, but the House Republican leadership has thus far refused to bring up a measure to provide relief to survivors. Among the staunchest defenders of that decision is San Diego Republican Congressman Darrell Issa. In a Fox News interview, Issa claimed the measure was loaded with pork. But now Issa has drawn scathing criticism from fellow Republican Congressmen Peter King and Michael Grimms of New York, areas hit hard by the storm.

King said, "Darrell Issa is 1,000 percent wrong. There is absolutely no pork in the bill." He noted that less than one percent of the Senate bill formerly included funds for Alaska, which were removed from the House version.  King added, “I wish Darrell Issa had learned that and looked into that before he went public and said that my constituents should not get their homes rebuilt, should not have the waste management plants rebuilt, that Governor Christie should not be given the opportunity to rebuild New Jersey and Governor Cuomo in New York."

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

January 3, 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:

U.S.

WORLD

HEALTH

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

QUAIL BRUSH DEVELOPER SELLS TO THE CARLYLE GROUP

Gas-powered plant is pitched to provide backup for non-windy days at Ocotillo wind project—also owned by Carlyle

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) –Cogentrix has sold a majority of its North American assets, including Quail Brush GENCO (applicant for the Quail Brush power plant near Mission Trails) to subsidiaries of Carlyle Entities, managed by the Carlyle Group.   View letter to  California Energy Commission with details.   

Cogentrix had argued that the Quail Brush gas-fired “peaker” power plant was necessary to meet energy needs when there is now enough wind or sunshine for large-scale wind and solar projects.

Carlyle's 2009 Annual Report confirms that Carlyle also founded Pattern Energy, developer of the Ocotillo Express Wind project, a site that has drawn criticism for minimal wind resources.  But now, if Quail Brush is built, Carlyle stands to profit whether the wind blows or not.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

January 2, 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:

 EAST COUNTY

SAN DIEGO REGION

STATE

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES- SHELTER DOGS TO DREAM DOGS

January 2, 2013 (Alpine) -- Meet our 6 month-old neutered, purebred, Bichon Frise male that is extremely loveable. He would fit in well in a loving home with children who would be gentle with him in return.

SIX-WEEK SERIES OF DOCENT TRAINING CLASSES FOR KNOX HOUSE MUSEUM IN EL CAJON BEGIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013.

January 2, 2013 (El Cajon)—If you love history and want to learn more, volunteer opportunities are now open for Knox House Museum docents in El Cajon. Pre-registration of $37 is required for docent training classes covering the area’s post-Civil War settlement in 1869 to Cityhood in 1912.

Training sessions are led by Knox Curator, historian and author Eldonna Lay, who will provide overviews of national, regional and local history. Settler descendants and experts in specific subjects will present in-depth information featuring the Importance of the San Diego & Arizona Railroad, family and business reasons for relocating to the Valley and the elevated stature of gifted teachers and world and nationally famous entertainers and writers in El Cajon’s early decades.

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR 2012

December 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A photo is worth a thousand words, as the saying goes. East County Magazine’s photographers and readers have compiled an impressive portfolio of dramatic images this year. These are our editor’s picks for the photos that create an emotional chord, from inspiration to anguish. We deeply appreciate our professional photojournalists and citizen photographers who helped document the images that defined the news and character of our region this year.

 

 

AAA WARNS MOTORISTS AGAINST USE OF E-15 FUEL WHICH CAN VOID AUTO WARRANTIES

Automobile Association of America calls on government to halt sale

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The American Automobile Association (AAA) has issued a press release urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend sale of E15 fuel (a blend of 15% ethanol from corn and 85% gasoline).  AAA warns that 13 major automobile manufacturers say that use of E15 fuel could void warranty claims. 

E15 fuel is not currently sold in California, however it is allowed in approximately 30 states and is currently available for sale in several.  The EPA authorized its sale in June 2012 over objections of the auto industry.

READER'S EDITORIAL: FREEDOM VS. GUN CONTROL - AN ABSURD DICHOTOMY

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

January 2, 2013 (San Diego)--Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut the news and internet has been abuzz with some variant of “Freedom vs Gun Control,” as if no reasonable rational alternative exists beyond this absolute dichotomy. In the mix is always the 2nd Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The 2nd Amendment has been interpreted both as a right to individual self-defense and, by some, as a check on government, i.e. a right to use force to overthrow a “tyrannical” government.

TELL YOUR LANDLORD: AS OF JAN. 1, 2013, IT'S THE LAW TO INSTALL A CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM FOR YOU!

January 2, 2013 (San Diego) -- Without carbon monoxide alarms, one neighbor’s faulty appliance in a multi-family dwelling can easily become a tragedy that affects ALL tenants. The California Office of the State Fire Marshal cited a recent study that found nearly nine in 10 California households do NOT have a CO alarm

All multi-family dwelling units, such as apartments, are required to have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm by January 1, 2013. Landlords are responsible for installation, so for tenants whose units do not have a CO alarm, now is the time to remind your landlord by requesting one.

RENO DISPATCH: WILL CONGRESS THROW VETERANS UNDER THE BUS?

January 2, 2013 (San Diego) – What has sadly been lost this week amid all the chatter about the so-called fiscal cliff is the fact that members of Congress are already threatening to throw our veterans under the bus. And it is nothing short of despicable.

Back in September, I reported for Newsweek/The Daily Beast that an unidentified Senator tried to block disabled veterans and their survivors from getting a cost-of-living adjustment to their benefits. The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) increase for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, which typically passes the House and Senate without opposition, was cleared by Senate Democrats but was unconscionably placed on a “secret hold” by an unidentified Republican senator.

http://therenodispatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/will-congress-throw-veterans...

READER'S EDITORIAL: HO, HO, HUMBUG

GUHSD Board Member Jim Kelly led the last 8 years by controlling the Board’s majority; now with a new member, Jim Stieringer, elected, let's review progress of a 12th high school

By Bill Weaver

December 2, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--There is an endless trail of disingenuous acts on behalf the majority on the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Governing Board; this editorial touches on a few. Let’s reflect on years past. Prop H passed in 2004, authorizing $274 million; the Superintendent and the Board put a 12th new high school in the main summarizing Ballot statement headlining the bond explanation. There was a GUHSD Long Range Facilities Master Plan (LRFMP) dated 2003 that stipulated a 12th high school for "Safety and Overcrowding" reasons.

CHABAD LAUNCHES TORAH STUDIES IN EAST COUNTY

January 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Chabad of East County’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) new Torah Studies lessons. Classes will be held at the Andrusier residence, 8361 Beaver Lake Dr, San Diego, beginning tonight, January 2, 7:45 – 8:45 pm, and continue for eleven consecutive Wednesday evenings. Like all of Chabad’s courses, this latest adult education offering is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge.

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