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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

BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS FALLING PREY TO SOLAR POWER TOWER AT IVANPAH

QUAIL BRUSH APPLICANT ASKS FOR 1 YEAR EXTENSION OF APPLICATION SUSPENSION

EAST COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADERS TURN OUT TO HONOR BRADYS AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS ANNUAL CHILDRENS’ BALL

TERM LIMITS TACTICS TAKE NEGATIVE TURN IN LA MESA

49TH ANNUAL LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE

GROSSMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT IGNORES GRAND JURY, VOTES TO OPPOSE UNIFICATION FOR ALPINE FAMILIES


WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN 19TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 28

 

April 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Join the Water Conservation Garden, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 28  from 9a.m. to 4p.m. as they present the 19 th Annual Spring Garden Festival.

This year’s theme is “Urban Farming” and will include experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping and vegetable gardening. Garden professionals will be on hand to answer the most puzzling gardening and landscape design questions, the college will offer horticulture demonstrations along with its biggest plant sale of the year and the museum will offer free tours throughout the day.  Plus, live music and dance, an international food court and animal encounters for the kids make this a fun, family-friendly event.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE FRIENDS OF MUSIC TO HOST FUNDRAISER APRIL 28

 
April 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Friends of Music will host its second annual Friends of Music Gala fundraiser to benefit the Grossmont College Symphony and Master Chorale from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Griffin Center, Grossmont College’s new Student Center.

 

PARENTS URGED TO MAKE SURE INFANTS GET VACCINES

 
April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week

April 21, 2012 (San Diego County) -- There  are 14 childhood diseases that could sicken children. The good news is that all of them can be prevented by vaccines. April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week which was created in 1994 to remind parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

POLICE SEEK MISSING SUICIDAL MAN

April 21, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego Police are seeking a missing man believed at risk. Hassan Haft, 62, threatened to commit suicide by overdosing with medication, according to a bulletin issued by SDPD.   Hassan is described as an Iranian man with grey hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 210 pounds with a medium build.

STUDENT FOUND DEAD AT SDSU FRATERNITY IDENITIFIED AS SANTEE RESIDENT

 

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) – The County Medical Examiner has identified Barzeen Barzanji, 20, a student from Santee as the man found dead this morning at a San Diego State University fraternity house. 

A 2009 graduate of West Hills High School, Barzanji planned to graduate next year from SDSU and worked as a waiter at P.F. Chang's restaurant, according to his Facebook page.

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT BARRICADED IN LAKE MURRAY AREA HOME

Update April 21: The suspect surrended late last night, following a five-hour stand-off.  

April 20, 2012 (San Diego)— Bank robbery suspects are barricaded inside a home at 8761 Blue Lake Drive in the Lake Murray/San Carlos area. 

FAMILY OF ANASTASIO ROJAS TO WATCH BRUTALITY VIDEO WITH THE COMMUNITY APRIL 20

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego resident Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten and Tasered to death in a 2010 incident involving Border Patrol.  Tonight at 7:30 p.m. members of his family, civic and faith leaders will gather to watch new footage on “Need to Know”, a film that will raise the issue of border brutality to national attention.

CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 
April 20, 2012  (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2011 Annual Report to the Community.

 

PADRE DAM BOARD APPROVES NEW MEMORANDUMS OF UNDERSTANDING WITH EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATIONS

 
April 20, 2012 (Santee) -- The Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved new Memorandum’s of Understanding (MOU) between the District and the Padre Dam Employees’ Association (PDEA) and the Mid-Management and Confidential Association (MMCA) today. The new MOUs will facilitate a significant change, requiring employees’ to pay a larger portion into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) among other items that will save ratepayer dollars.

DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PROVIDER NETWORK’S 8TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE COMMUNITY FORUM

 
A no cost community event with your elected officials to discuss the state of services to people with developmental disabilities in our community
 
April 20, 2012  (San Diego County) -- East County residents with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and those who support people with developmental disabilities are encouraged to join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network (DDPN) for its 8th Annual Legislative Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 9:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. at the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan America Road West, San Diego.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS FEATURED AT “ARTWALK” FESTIVAL APRIL 28 IN LITTLE ITALY

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s original fine art festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 28th year. Featuring artists who live in the East County area as well as San Diego, the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday , April 28 and 29, when 17 blocks of Little Italy will be transformed for this free festival. ArtWalk offers a unique opportunity for members of the public to engage directly with over 350 artists who will be there to display their original works for exhibit and sale. The art on display will include a wide range of paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glasswork and photography.

RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL FAIR APRIL 28

 
Community Event Offers Food, Games, Music and Family Fun
 
April 20, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Riverview Elementary School and Lakeside Union School District will be holding their 4th Annual Riverview International Fair on Saturday, April 28from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Visitors will travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG: GREEN YOUR ‘SPRING CLEANING’ WITH EARTH-FRIENDLY TIPS FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- Just in time for the season’s most notorious task, Waste Management has come up with a list of five tips to not only motivate Spring cleaning efforts, but ways to go about doing it in a natural, safe way for the environment. Turns out, trading-in the chemicals and expensive cleaning products for a little know-how will yield the same sparkling results without releasing potentially damaging toxins into the air, giving you more time to smell the flowers over the ammonia.

 

ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP PLANS PROTEST AT LAKESIDE RODEO

 Update: View video of protest: 

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW2udw6iCG8

 

April 20, 2012 (Lakeside)—“Animals suffer both physically and mentally throughout these barbaric, violent, `entertaining’ practices,” the Animal Rights Protection and Rescue League of San Diego has posted on its Facebook page, urging a boycott of the Lakeside Rodeo.  “They are incredibly scared, stressed, and uncomfortable.”

The group plans to stage protests tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. and again tomorrow from 12-2 p.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

ONLINE PUBLIC NOTICES BILL STALLS IN COMMITTEE; JONES PLEDGES TO CONTINUE EFFORT

 

April 20, 2012 (Sacramento) – AB 1902, authored by Brian Jones, did not muster sufficient votes to pass out of the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday.   Introduced at the request of East County Magazine, the bill would allow online media to run paid public notices, such as new business announcements.

In his statement, Assemblyman Jones told Committee members that permitting online publications to post public notices is a” reasonable response to changing technology.” He noted that “California is customarily on the cutting edge of supporting new technologies and industries—and the online news business is both.”

DEMAIO TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING ON PENSION REFORM APRIL 21 IN SAN CARLOS

April 20, 2012 (San Carlos) – San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has announced plans to hold a town hall meeting on Saturday to discuss his plans to “fix the City of San Diego’s budget problems” through pension reform, according to his campaign. 

The event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 7430 Jackson Drive in the San Carlos/Navajo area at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

WOMEN LEADERS RALLY TO SUPPORT FILNER FOR MAYOR

 

 

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) –Prominent women leaders in San Diego will be speaking out to support Bob Filner’s mayoral candidacy this Saturday.

“Bob Filner is the only candidate for mayor who has spent his career fighting for women's rights,” a press release from the Filner campaign states. In Congress, Filner co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He is endorsed by the National Organization for Women (NOW) San Diego chapter and has earned an “A+” from Planned Parenthood for his voting record to support women’s rights.

PERFORMANCES AT MISSION TRAILS PARK APRIL 20-22

April 19, 2012 (San Diego) – A trio of performances this weekend at Mission Trails Park include the play “Squawk”, Edgar Allen Poe readings, and a Santee Community Chorus Concert.  Scroll down for details, or visit www.mtrp.org.

CPUC: SDG&E MUST LET CUSTOMERS”OPT OUT” FROM SMART METERS

By Miriam Raftery

La Mesa leader in anti-smart meter movement says plan offers relief, but does not go far enough

April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Ratepayers now have the right to have a smart meter removed from their homes—provided they pay a $75 removal fee and $10 a month  fee to read their meter (for low income users, the rate is $10/removal and $5/month). 

Consumers who do not yet have smart meters and are on a “delay” list will have to make clear anew that they wish to opt out, or smart meters may be installed.

GALLERY WALK IN EL CAJON: SEASON STARTS APRIL 20

April 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Downtown El Cajon and Arts Alley Gallery Walk 2012 kicks off this Friday, with live music, food and beverages, and giveaways for the public.  Gallery Walk events are set to be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 20, June 15, October 26, Novembr 16, and December 7.

ANDERSON DEATH PENALTY MEASURES DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE

April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Two measures authored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) were defeated in the Senate Public Safety Committee in Sacramento this week.  Senate Bill 1514 would have eliminated the automatic appeal of each death penalty case, while Senate Constitutional Amendment 20 would have required that any appeals of death penalty cases go to the State Court of Appeal rather than the State Supreme Court.

A CLASS ACT NIGHT: A SPIRITED EVENT APRIL 29 TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY JOURNALISM IN EAST COUNTY


(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!

WHAT IS BAJA? DISCOVERING ATTRACTIONS SOUTH OF THE BORDER


By Dennis Moore

April 19, 2012 (Baja)--Baja, or Baja California, is the northernmost part of Mexico--just across the border from San Diego. Like a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered, the region has many tantalizing facets. Baja includes the cities and towns of Tecate, Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito Beach and Puerto Nuevo, which is world renowned for its lobster fest.  

SHERIFF RELEASES SKETCH OF SUSPECT WANTED IN POWAY SEXUAL ASSAULT

April 19, 2012 (Poway) – San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate a suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a 44-year-old woman on April 16 at 10:06 p.m. in the 12400 block of Vaughan Road.

The vicitim told deputies she was walking when a man grabbed her and tried to force her into to a nearby drainage ditch. She fought back, holding on to a chain-linked fence, but the man threatened her with a knife.

DISTRACTED DRIVING CAMPAIGN IN SANTEE AND AROUND COUNTY

April 19, 2012 (Santee) -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle unit is continuing law enforcement's efforts to curb distracted driving. During the month of April, which has been designated "National Distracted Driving Month," extra patrols are out in force in the County of San Diego. Yesterday the motor unit concentrated their efforts in the City of Santee. Between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., motorcycle deputies wrote a total of 85 citations; 25 of which were for using a cell phone while driving and 38 were for speeding.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY STUDENTS WALK TO END GENOCIDE APRIL 22

In collaboration with Jewish World Watch, San Diego Jewish Academy will hold a Walk to End Genocide, which is being organized by a group of ninth and tenth grade students. The walk is being held to raise awareness about the mass atrocities occurring in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

JOIN A STAR PARTY APRIL 20 AT SYCAMORE CANYON/GOODAN RANCH PRESERVE

April 19, 2012 -- Join the San Diego Astronomers Association (SDAA) volunteer astronomers and park staff at the Hwy 67 staging area, 16281 Sycamore Canyon Rd., Poway, for a night under the stars starting at sunset. Experience the chance to view the galaxy using the same technology used by the professionals. Viewers will get a chance to see many amazing sights, which they wouldn’t normally see without the trained eye.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED IN RAMONA AT SUTHERLAND RESERVOIR


April 19, 2012 (Ramona)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Sutherland Reservoir Recreation Area Water System located at 22850 Sutherland Dam Road, Ramona, effective immediately.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.

ARRIBA! EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO APRIL 19

 

April 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its April Business After Hours Mixer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 103 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon on April 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be complimentary appetizers and cocktails available for purchase.

5 QUESTIONS WITH BRYAN HAAR

East County Magazine catches up with the former Grossmont High School baseball star

By Ryan Schuler

April 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The exact distance from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif. to the University of San Diego is 14.7 miles. The former is where USD senior first baseman Bryan Haar made a name for himself as one of best high school baseball players in San Diego County; the latter is where Haar is making a name for himself by helping lead the 19th-ranked college baseball team in the nation to what many hope is a berth in the College World Series.

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