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A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS OFFER HOPE AMID DESPAIR TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS AT PRAYER VIGIL IN EL CAJON

THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT PRAYER VIGIL FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS TONIGHT

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESPITE MONITORING, SEX OFFENDER BREAKS INTO HOME, MOLESTS 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY 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


EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
June 21, 2012 --  (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 Chamber of Commerce paints hopeful picture of economic recovery (Ramona Patch)
  • SD Unified bringing back all laid off teachers (Voice of San Diego)
  • Switching on SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink (UTSanDiego)
  • New initiative launches in San Diego to reclaim science’s role in policy decisions (KPBS)
  • Helix leader Rani Goyal got $56,000 severance in settlement deal (La Mesa Patch)
  • The Starting Line: SDG&E’s Trojan Horse (San Diego Free Press)
  • UT CEO’s last media company sold interviews (CityBeat)
  • Man fatally stabbed in unincorporated La Mesa (La Mesa Patch)
STATE 
  • California Dems resist Gov. Brown’s welfare plans (San Jose Mercury News)
  • California schools facing shorter year (Sacramento Bee)
  • Viewpoint: Voters have a right to know how much loopholes are costing state (Sacramento Bee)

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD WIPE OUT ALL PROTECTIONS ON FEDERAL FORESTS AND RECREATIONAL LANDS OUR REGION

Bill also jeopardizes national parks along U.S.-Mexico and Canadian borders;

2 local Congressmen vote to kill environmental protections for all federal lands within 100 miles of borders--encompassing vast swaths in San Diego

 
By Miriam Raftery 
 
June 19, 2012 (Washington D.C) - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would give the Department of Homeland Security the power to override dozens of environmental laws on all federal lands that lie within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders--even though Homeland Security opposes the bill.
 
That would encompass virtually all federal lands in San Diego County, wiping out protections not only for Bureau of Land Management, Cleveland National Forest and military properties throughout San Diego County.

MEASURE TO GIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT NEW TOOL TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEAVES SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 
June 21, 2012 (Sacramento)—On Wednesday, the Senate Public Safety Committee approved Assemblymember Marty Block’s (D-78th Assembly District) measure to allow law enforcement to prosecute human trafficking as a civil nuisance as well as a crime and direct recovered penalties to the victims of these crimes.
 
“Few crimes are more heinous than the enslavement of children and adults,” Block said. “Our law enforcement personnel need all the tools we can give them to battle these crimes and to assist victims.”

HEAT IS ON TO STOP REZONING FOR “QUAIL BRUSH” POWER PLANT: PLANNING COMMISSION TO HEAR ISSUE ON JUNE 28

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Amid vocal community opposition, the city of San Diego’s  Planning Commission will soon consider whether to approve a zoning change  that would allow the proposed  gas-fired Quail Brush power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park. The public  hearing will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, 12th floor in downtown San Diego. 

POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS 62ND ANNUAL INSTALLATION CEREMONY MIXER

 
June 21, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 62nd Annual Installation Ceremony Mixer on Thursday, June 28th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The event will be held at Maderas Golf Club. This business casual event is open to members and non-members of the Chamber.  Guests will enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres compliments of Maderas Golf Club.

JOHNSON RETURNS TO RACING ROOTS

 
Prepares for Longest Off Road Race in United States 
 
June 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- When the Johnson name is mentioned in racing today it's hard not to think of 5-time NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson. But for Jimmie and younger brother Jarit racing began in the deserts of Southern California and Baja Mexico racing off-road. Nearly every weekend was spent either driving off road race cars or working around the sport in some way.  

2012 HEALTH FAIR IN HONOR OF WORLD REFUGEE DAY: SATURDAY IN CITY HEIGHTS

 

June 21, 2012 (City Heights – Somali Family Service of San Diego, in partnership with the East African Collaborative, will host its fourth annual Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day on June 23 from 1- 6 p.m. at the City Heights Community Park, south of the City Heights Weingart Branch Library at 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego.

The event brings together East African communities in San Diego in a setting where residents can get health checkups and learn about health topics including mental health, how to access care, nutrition, exercise, preventive screening and care. Community groups will also provide educational information booths in the park.

TWITTER GOES DARK WORLDWIDE: NEED OUR ALERTS? HERE ARE ALTERNATIVES

 

June 21, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- While attempting to send out an alert about a missing person today, we discovered that Twitter is offline. News and blog sites worldwide are now reporting this as a global outage.  Twitter has thus far offered no explanation for the outage.

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ECPAC FOUNDATION TO SUBMIT PLAN TODAY TO SAVE EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (ECPAC)

 

Public urged to attend and support call to save the theater; plan will reopen venue before City’s Centennial celebration this fall and calls for phased renovation

June 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – After objecting to a proposal by the City of El Cajon to demolish East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site, community members have united around a goal of saving the theater, forming the ECPAC Foundation.

At a recent meeting, Council voted to reject a developer’s proposal to tear down the theater, then invited ECPAC Foundation to submit a proposal to save the venue.

Today, the organization will hold a press conference at El Cajon City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, at 3 p.m. to outline its proposal.  The group will submit an extensive plan for operating the theater to the City Manager at 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come show support to save ECPAC.

POLICE SEEK MEN WHO ROBBED SAM'S MARKET IN LA MESA



June 21, 2012 (La Mesa)—Police seek public help to locate two men who robbed the Sam’s Market at 9:40 p.m. last night. 

The suspects entered the store at 7587 University Avenue in La Mesa and one suspect displayed a brown handgun, demanding cash from the clerk. After the clerk complied, the suspects left the store on foot.  They were last seen running westbound on Sturgess Avenue from Parks Avenue.

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING BONITA MAN, 80, WHO NEEDS OXYGEN

 

Update June 22:  Joe Rodrigues is safe after walking into a medical clinic; he was hospitalized overnight for observation.

June 21, 2012 (Bonita) – The Sheriff seeks public help to find Joe Rodrigues, an 80-year-old Hispanic man who uses oxygen at night and walks with a cane. He walked away from his residence at 3709 Glen Verde Court in Bonita between 4 and 7:50 p.m. yesterday.

Although his destination is unknown, authorities say he may be heading toward his prior residence in downtown San Diego. He may have been wearing a dark baseball cap, long-sleeve blue shirt and glasses.  He is 5 feet 10 and weighs about 180 pounds.

FIRE IN JAMUL CONTAINED WITH NO DAMAGE

 

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

June 20, 2012 (Jamul)-- The fire that started this afternoon around the Thousand Trails Campground damaged no structures, and burned about 30 acres. According to Mike Mohler, Public Information Officer for Cal Fire, it was "wind driven, with light fuel."

Early reports mistakenly informed media that the fire started in a structure, based on a caller who reported the fire and believed it to be in a structure.

A SMASHING SUCCESS: LEMON GROVE WINS FIREFIGHTERS DEMOLITION DERBY

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 17, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—It was a sweet victory for Lemon Grove Firefighters Saturday night, when driver Joe Lavigne climbed out of his smashed-up vehicle to claim his department’s trophy.  Lemon Grove entered two cars in the Firefighters’ Demolition Derby at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar—and both made it into the final round.

 View our video of the final round by clicking above. 

POLICE SEEK WOMAN MISSING SINCE LAST WEEK

June 20, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department  today asked for help from the public to find Beverly Simmons, 57. She was last seen in the area of 2400 Fairmount Ave. on Wednesday of last week, according to an SDPD bulletin.

She is described as black, 5 feet tall and 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Her vehicle is a blue 2009 Subaru Forester, California license plate No. 6EVT885.

30 ACRE FIRE NOW HALTED IN OTAY AREA NEAR JAMUL

 Update 4:05 p.m. - Forward spread of the fire has been halted, says Roxanne Provaznik at Cal Fire.

 Update 3:40 p.m. -- Firefighters are making good progress toward containment, Cal Fire reports.  Two air tankers have been dismissed.  

June 20, 2012 (Otay)—Cal Fire and San Diego Fire are at the scene of a 30-acre brush fire at 1,000 Trails Pio Pico and Otay Lakes Road, near Jamul (Thomas Brothers Map 1313 A4). 

The Deerhorn Valley Antler earlier reported that the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) indicated the fire could reach 1,000 acres, but fortunately a strong response of manpower and equipment has limited the damage to significantly less.

The brush fire started from a structure fire that spread into the brush and is burning northward at a moderate spread. 

JETS’ TIM TEBOW DELIVERS WINNING MESSAGE: FINISH STRONG

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
June 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- East County’s Shadow Mountain Community Church hosted Tim Tebow New York Jet’s backup quarterback, to speak at a Fathers’ Day service held last weekend at Qualcomm Stadium. 
 
ESPN, NFL TV and other media were in attendance. So were fans Jose Luis Duenas and his wife, Carmalina, who came to see Tebow because “he is a good example for boys.” 

FARM BILL: SOME GOOD, SOME BAD FOR CALIFORNIA

 
June 20, 2012 (Washington, D.C.)The U.S. Senate is taking up the Farm Bill, which will set the nation's food policy for the next five years. The legislation's title - the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 - includes the word "reform," although some California farmers question the amount of reform it contains.

Dave Runsten, policy director for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, supports eliminating direct payments to farmers who may or may not plant crops. He adds that the bill shifts much of that money into federally subsidized crop insurance. 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HORNED DESERT LIZARD

 

June 20, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- Photographer Jim Pelley snapped this image of a horned desert lizard, whose camouflaged appearance blends right in with its desert surroundings. Pelley spotted the reclusive reptile on the site of the Ocotillo Express wind energy facility, which is now under construction.

THE SAN DIEGO FREE PRESS IS RE-BORN

June 20, 2012 (San Diego)--A brand new online news and commentary daily has appeared in San Diego. It's the San Diego Free Press - SanDiegoFreePress.org - and was launched by the OB Rag (obrag.org) last week.  It aims to provide progressive views and neighborhood news. 

TEE OFF FOR KIDS: GOLF CLASSIC 2012 JUNE 28 TO BENEFIT SANTEE STUDENTS

 
June 20, 2012 – The Santee Chamber of Commerce and the Santee School District Foundation present the Golf Classic 2012 June 28 at Carlton Oaks Country Club, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee.  The tournament benefits the students of the Santee School District through the Santee School District Foundation. The Foundation is raising funds to support the Arts and enhance Technology instruction in the schools.

WIEGHORST MUSEUM HOSTS A FINE ART SHOW JUNE 29

June 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum & Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave, El Cajon will host an exhibition of nationally known local artists Grace Schlesier, Jack Jordan and Mark Martensen June 29 through August 29.  The opening night Meet the Artists Reception will be held on June 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

TAYLOR GUITARS HAILS "UNITED BREAKS GUITARS" YOUTUBE SENSATION DAVE CARROLL


Musician/author finds new career as author, speaker inspired by baggage mishap

By Sierra Robinson and Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- After United Airlines’ baggage handlers broke the neck of his Taylor guitar, Dave Carroll didn’t just get mad--he got even.

Carroll wrote and starred in a music video that has now had over 12 million hits on Youtube.  Titled United Breaks Guitars, the video uses humor to illustrate the troubles Carroll went through trying to get compensated for his loss. Its success has been hailed as a model of how one person can make a difference by using social media.

GROUP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST PATTERN ENERGY AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, ALLEGES "ILLEGAL" ACTIONS OVER OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Government accused of illegally approving “ineligible” project that failed to meet minimum federal wind speed standards

Violations of other laws alleged, including discrimination against low-income residents

June 20, 2012 (Ocotillo) –A fourth lawsuit seeking to halt the Ocotillo Express wind facility has been filed in federal court.  The plaintiff in this case, Community Advocates for Renewable Energy Stewardship, filed suit yesterday against Pattern Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and top government officials.

The suit, which seeks a permanent enjoinment or halt to the project, differs from prior lawsuits filed by other groups on several fronts.

LA MESA GENERAL PLAN EIR: PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT AT JUNE 21 SCOPING MEETING

 

June 20, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The purpose of the scoping meeting is to provide an opportunity for La Mesa residents and interested parties to review project information, ask questions, and provide oral and written testimony.

OLD FIRE 100% CONTAINED: ELECTRICAL RULED OUT AS CAUSE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated June 21, 2012: The Old Fire is now 100% contained at a cost of approximately $2.3 million

June 20, 2012 (Campo) – The Old Fire has charred 995 acres and is now 90% contained.  One residence burned, as well as a recreational vehicle (RV).  Cause remains under investigation, however electrical and lighting have been ruled out. There are no electrical lines near the origin of the blaze on the Campo Indian Reservation, nor were there any reports of lightning, Cal Fire reports.

MOVIE GOER ROBBED AT GROSSMONT CENTER CINEMA

June 20, 2012 (La Mesa) – Tonight at 10:16 p.m.., La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The victim, 22, told officers he was robbed while buying a movie ticket at the Grossmont Theaters in Grossmont Shopping Center. 

SUPREME COURT RULING COULD IMPACT JAMUL INDIANS' CASINO PLANS

June 19, 2012 (Jamul)—The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 8 to 1 that a lawsuit seeking to shut down a Michigan casino can go forward.

The suit, filed by casino opponent David Patchak, argues that the federal government acted illegally in placing land in trust for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish (Gun Lake) band of Pottawotami Indians, because the tribe was not recognized until after the Indian Reorganization Act passed in 1934.

The Supreme Court stated that the decision was not based on the merits of the case. Should Patchak’s argument prevail, however, the ramifications could impact some 50 other recently recognized tribes across the nation--including the Jamul Indians.

BRUSH FIRE BURNING IN MEXICO

 

By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

Photo by Dan Ortiz

June 19, 2012 (Tecate) – A wildfire is burning south of the border, with smoke visible in the U.S.

Alfredo Escobedo, director of Mexico’s State Civil Defense, told ECM in a phone interview that they have fire fighters from Tecate and CONAFOR (federal fire brigades) on scene.

HOGWARTS SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS IN ALPINE BEGINS JUNE 25

June 19, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Education Foundation is offering Hogwarts Academy for grades K -8th beginning June 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

The program immerses the children in a world of wonder and imagination while the learn the science of astronomy, herbology, potions (science), riddles (language), chess (logic), care of magical creatures and ‘wizardry’ games.  A tour of Wright’s Field with a credentialed biologist/ornithologist is also on the agenda.

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