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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


READER'S EDITORIAL: EARTHQUAKES, FAULTS AND MIDGUIDED DEVELOPMENT IN SAN DIEGO

By Eleanora Robbins

“This is where Doug Manchester has decided to build high rise buildings, right on liquefiable soils.”

November 3, 2012 (San Diego)--Italy isn’t the only place making dumb decisions over earthquake prediction.  Here in San Diego, never-ending broken utility lines and stinky sewers are occurring because our local and state government officials have suspended their responsibility for oversight of development on known and suspected faults downtown.  Surprisingly, the City and Port of San Diego actually funded studies of downtown faults but refuse to release them. The reason?  They probably don't want to turn down potential development money and the resulting property taxes.

OSPREY NESTING TOWER TAKES WING AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK

Story, photos and video by Billy Ortiz

View video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Y0hc267sA

November 3, 2012 (Lakeside) -- On a cool, cloudy autumn morning on October 20 in East County a group of teenage Boy Scouts from troop 801 in Coronado arrived at the Lakeside River Park. They brought heavy timbers and other materials to build what they hope will become a nest for the Ospreys that frequent a pond at the River Park. 

KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH WELCOMES NEW SENIOR MINISTER DARRYL KISTLER

November 3, 2012 (San Diego)—Kensington Community Church welcomes the Rev. Darryl Kistler as its new senior minister.  For the past five years, the Rev. Kistler, 37, served as pastor of Community Congregational Church in Kalispell, Montana, where he tripled average attendance, led the congregation through a vision process, prioritized the church’s online presence and use of technology in worship, and created and led a multi-faith youth group.

WHAT IS DCA? THE REAL STORY BEHIND THIS ALTERNATIVE CANCER TREATMENT

By The Reno Dispatch Guest Blogger Martin C. Winer

November 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- One of the most devastating diagnoses a patient can receive is cancer, which can sometimes mean years of chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery affecting the patient’s quality of life. As a result, patients often look to the Internet hoping to find an alternative that will restore their health with greater speed and fewer side effects.

A simple Internet search produces a plethora of results with great promises but little backing research. Separating the silver from the dross often requires a graduate degree, so typically, the patient, in frustration, brings a ream of printouts to his or her oncologist, who usually hasn’t heard of half of the remedies or at best rolls his or her eyes at them. 

http://therenodispatch.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-is-dca-real-story-behin...

STATE FIRE TAX NOTICES NOW HITTING LOCAL MAILBOXES

November 3, 2012 (Sacramento) – State officials have started mailing notices to tens of thousands of San Diego County property owners warning that they will soon be billed $150 annually to help shore up Cal Fire’s budget. Budget cuts have dropped the number of firefighters per engine, among other cutbacks in wildfire protection.

Residents of Alpine, Dehesa and other communities in Jacob’s Second District report receiving the notices in recent days. They consider the new fire tax an unfair burden, noting they already pay state property taxes to help fund public safety and often community fees for additional fire protection.

SDG&E TO DONATE MORE THAN $600,000 THROUGH "HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED" INITIATIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

November 3, 2012 (San Diego)– With the holiday season approaching, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced that it will provide more than $600,000 in charitable donations to non-profit organizations in San Diego and Orange counties as part of its continuing commitment to help local underserved communities in need. 

HELPING HANDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER DRIVE

Animal rescue operation announces push for volunteers, interns and grant writers to help continue mission of compassion to save animals in need. Sanctuary serves neglected population of animals.

November 3, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Helping Hands Animal Sanctuary of La Mesa announced on October 23 a unique holiday volunteer drive to help continue its mission of providing help to a neglected population of animals in need. The volunteer drive will seek individuals who are willing to assist with the rescue of dogs, cats, birds and other small animals in neighborhoods that may be overlooked by larger animal shelters.  The drive will begin immediately and continue through the end of the year.

PORTABLE GENERATORS SOLD AT COSTCO RECALLED DUE TO FIRE DANGER

November 2, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Portable generators made by Champion Power Equipment have been recalled by the company due to a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today. The generators were sold exclusively at Costco Stores nationwide from December 2011 to July 2012 for about $699.

Fuel can leak from the generator’s carburetor, posing a fire hazard. There have been 11 reports of fuel leaking, including eight reports of generators catching fire and two of property damage. 

“WISH LIST” FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILES WHO LOST HOMES IN THE SHOCKEY FIRE

November 2, 2012 (Boulevard) – Thanks to our generous readers who helped raise several thousand dollars plus supplies to benefit 11 families who lost homes in the recent Shockey fire.

“So many wonderful people are out there with wonderful caring hearts,” Lorrie Ostrander, who organized a fundraising event for fire survivors told ECM.  Some fire surivors are now placed in old trailers donated and others are on the Campo reservation. "A home is what we make of it and for now they are thankful for life,” said Ostrander, adding that items needed most now are cooking utensils, curtains, towels, bedding, dishes and toys. 

She also offered this “wish list” for the kids for Chirstmas:  a girl's bike for a 10 year old, sports items for a boy, 9, who lost his baseball bat, ball, football and basketball, and a motorized toy truck for a 2-year-old whose treasured truck was lost to the flames.

GLOVES COME OFF IN EMBATTLED GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT RACE

Doug Deane and Jim Kelly confirm Grand Jury investigation; education leaders clash on Alpine High and bond money issues

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A prominent education leader has stepped forward to defend GUHSD board member Priscilla Schreiber and candidate Jim Weaver from attacks made by board member Jim Kelly in an editorial published in East County Magazine.

LOCAL REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR RYAN-BILBRAY BUDGET THAT DRASTICALLY REDUCED DISASTER RELIEF AND PREPAREDNESS

November 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego’s local Republican Congressmen Brian Bilbray, Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa voted for the Paul Ryan budget which would have deeply reduced emergency response and preparedness to disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and local wildfires. An analysis from Third Way says that the Ryan-Bilbray budget “would set the clock back on disaster preparation to the days before Hurricane Katrina.”

Mitt Romney, in a primary debate, called disaster relief “immoral” and said he would privatize FEMA.  Following Hurricane Sandy, he has sought to blur his stance, though his running mate’s budget would also have radically cut federal aid and hampered states’ abilities to respond when disasters strike.

27TH ANNUAL GALA SUPPORTING SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL NOV. 3

Proceeds to Benefit Hospital’s Future Heart and Vascular Center

November 2, 2012 La Mesa). –  The Grossmont Hospital Foundation hosts its 27th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Gala is the largest fundraising event of the year benefiting Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s services and programs. Proceeds will support a new, state-of-the-art heart and vascular center at the hospital.

MASSIVE MEDICATION RECALL: FDA REPORTS VOLUNTARY RECALL OF ALL AMERIDOSE DRUG PRODUCTS

Hundreds of drugs recalled, ranging from antibiotics to blood thinners, pain prescriptions to pediatric medications recalled

Update:  “Sharp Grossmont Hospital and any other entity of Sharp HealthCare does not purchase products from Ameridose, the pharmaceutical company that is linked to the drug recall,” spokesman Bruce Hartman has informed ECM.

October 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Ameridose, LLC, based in Westborough, Mass., is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired products due to serious sterility concerns. The move follows 54 cases of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections.

However, the drug recall is much broader, including hundreds of drugs in oral and inhalable forms as well as injectibles. The list includes many commonly used medications such as Ibuprofin, Acetaminophen, Lidocaine, Penicillin, Vancomycin, Oxytocin, Morphine, Vancomycin and Heparin, to name just a few.

View a complete list of all products subject to this recall here with more information at www.ameridose.com. Products from Ameridose can be identified by markings that indicate Ameridose by name or by its company logo. Despite the recall, doctors and healthcare professional have NOT been urged by the FDA to followup with patients who received these drugs, so check the list carefully to see if medications you have received may be on the list. Scroll down for more information.

THE WILD AND WOOLY HISTORY OF EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

www.EastCountyMagazine.org

October 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- With two cities (El Cajon and La Mesa) celebrating their centennials, much attention has been focused on our region’s past of late. But just how much do you know about East County’s colorful history? Take our quiz below to test your knowledge—and learn some fascinating facts.

MEET CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS: EAST COUNTY’S NEW REPRESENTATIVE FIGHTS FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS, MILITARY FAMILIES, WOMEN AND CONSUMERS

Clean tech/green tech research and manufacturing jobs for East County? A local hearing on energy impacts? It could happen–now that Davis’ district has expanded east

By Miriam Raftery and Janis Mork

October 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Many East County residents may be surprised to open their ballots and see that they’re now in Congresswoman Susan Davis’ district instead of Congressman Duncan Hunter’s.  With redistricting, Davis’ 53rd district now includes La Mesa and most of El Cajon, along with San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Rolando, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Bonita, large portions of San Diego and Chula Vista.  View map.

Just who is Susan Davis and what might her representation mean for people in East County?  ECM sat down for an exclusive interview with her last week.

RALLY & HIKE TO STOP THE QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLAN NOV. 3

November 1, 2012 (San Diego) – SaveMissionTrails.org is organizing a Stop the Power Plant rally & hike at Cowles Mountain on Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The meeting place is the Cowles Mountain staging area at the intersection of Navajo Rd. and Golfcrest.  Attendees are asked to wear orange and bring (or borrow) a sign.

MAYOR MADRID BYPASSES COUNCIL, SIGNS COMMENDATION TO DECLARE LA MESA A FAIR TRADE TOWN

October 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – Last year, La Mesa Council voted 3 to 2 against declaring La Mesa a “Fair Trade Town.”  But on October 12, Mayor Art Madrid signed a commendation letter posted on the Fair Trade La Mesa website. Under a rule change by the national Fair Trade Towns USA group, La Mesa has now been granted the designation despite Council's objection, drawing both controversy and praise.

77TH ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE R.J. HERNANDEZ SEES INVESTMENT IN INNOVATION, BUSINESS AND MIDDLE CLASS AS KEYS TO RESTORING CA ECONOMY

By Janis Mork

November 1, 2012 (San Diego)- Democrat R.J. Hernandez is running against Republican Brian Maienschein for the open seat in the 77th Assembly this November. The redrawn district includes 4S Ranch, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Kearny Mesa, and Mira Mesa among other areas. View a map of the district. ECM asked both candidates for interviews; Maienschein did not respond. Below is our exclusive interview with Hernandez .

His focus is on job creation, budget reform and education. 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

November1, 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:

U.S.

  • Sandy blamed for 157 deaths (CNN)
  • Impact by state: States pick up pieces as Sandy fades (CNN)
  • Hurricane Sandy blows election off course (Reuters)
  • Obama on storm recovery: We will not quit until this is done (CNN)
  • Romney’s challenge: How to campaign after Sandy (CBS)
  • Romney ties to voting machine company that could decide the election causing concerns (Forbes)
  • Romney’s lax regulation may have fueled meningitis outbreak (Salon)
  • Did U.S. go too far in secret surveillance of citizens? Case heads to Supreme Court  (Christian Science Monitor)
  • U.S. sues Bank America for mortgage fraud (NPR)
  • Citing food safety concerns, Kroger calls it quits on sprouts (NPR)
  • Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Fallout From Storm

WORLD

  • Death knell for wind farms: Enough is enough, says Energy Minister in Britain (UK Telegraph)
  • In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university (Christian Science Monitor)
  • In vitro fertilization increases risk of birth defects (Jerusalem Post)
  • AP interview: Japan nuke plant water worries rise (U-T San Diego)
  • Did Israel just blow up an Iranian weapons factory in Sudan? (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Death toll tops 100 in ethnic strife in Myanmar (NPR)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

HEARTLAND HOSTS FREEDOM FESTIVAL NOV. 5-6 IN SAN DIEGO

Business Mixer, Political Mixer, and Festivities Focus on Restoring American Dream

November 4, 2012 (San Diego)--Celebrate being American at a fun-filled two day festival at historic Tuna Harbor Park (700 North Harbor Drive) in San Diego, CA on November 5 and 6  from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Freedom Festival is dedicated to connecting people to resources for establishing our original values as Americans, bringing together pioneers dedicated to the promise of the “American Dream” and the prospect of growing businesses to promote the American economy and jobs.

SEMPRA ENERGY FOUNDATION DONATES $50,000 TO ASSIST EAST COAST STORM VICTIMS

November 1, 2012 (San Diego) – Sempra Energy Foundation today pledged $50,000 in disaster-relief assistance funds to East Coast storm victims. In support of Sempra Energy companies’ employee giving efforts, the Foundation also will be matching up to an additional $50,000 in employee donations, bringing the total potential donation to $150,000 by the Foundation and company employees.

Sempra Energy Foundation will direct the funds through the American Red Cross National Relief Fund.

READER’S EDITORIAL: CHOOSING A PRESIDENT IN 2012 –STANDING WITH OBAMA TO PROTECT EQUAL ACCESS TO HUMAN NEEDS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

By Sylvia Hampton

November 1, 2012 (San Diego)--This election is a battle between two very different philosophies of government, especially as it relates to domestic affairs. One that embraces “united we stand” and a role of federal government that is being played out at this moment in the Northeast in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. The Governors of thirteen states are desperate for the coordination skills of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the support of President Obama as they face this horrendous disaster.

This is the Democratic Party philosophy that government is necessary for the enforcement of laws, civil order and preserving equal access to basic human needs and civil rights.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY THIS REGISTERED INDEPENDENT VOTER (AND WOMAN) IS VOTING FOR ROMNEY

By Danielle Cook

November 1, 2012 (Jacumba)--Much talk is being bandied about especially by conservatives on how there could possibly be undecided voters out there. After all, there hasn’t been such a clear choice between the two parties in years (goes their argument).  The implication is that we are stupid or uninformed. In reality, it isn’t as simple as that.

Like many Independents, I have a love/hate relationship with election years.  As someone who isn’t tied to either major political party, I am like the un-attached and solo guest at a Valentine party, relegated to the sidelines and watching the enthusiastic bonding of committed couples with envy.

COUNTY APPROVES REVISED EYE GNAT REGULATIONS

November 1, 2012 (San Diego) –Responding to complaints from neighbors of two organic farms in Escondido and Jacumba, County Supervisors on October 30 approved a plan to order farmers to reduce eye gnat infestations. The plan adopted stops short of allowing the county to order pesticide use, but does give the county the right to order other abatement  measures if voluntary efforts don’t work.

For details, see ECM news partner 10 News’ article at http://www.10news.com/news/county-tentatively-approves-program-to-reduce...

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

November 1, 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

  • The end is near (Turko Files helps bring end to Alpine Blvd. repaving nightmare)
  • The Mayoral candidate scorecard, general election edition (Voice of San Diego)
  • For Filner, it’s always sunny in San Diego  (Voice of San Diego)
  • Filner’s travel becomes campaign issue(UT San Diego)
  • The 2012 elections:  vital issues that affect Latinos (San Diego Free Press)
  • Supervisors could end $1,000 limit on contributions (KPBS)
  • Helix Highlander band takes first place (La Mesa Today)
  • Tesla stores challenge auto dealerships (U-T San Diego)
  • ACLU sues over photo restrictions at border (Sacramento Bee)
  • Spring Valley grocery worker is poster child for New York Times story (La Mesa Patch)
  • From Sex Dolls to Staged Garbage: The Election's Worst Campaign Dirt

STATE

  • Debunked: 6 lies that Biotech and Big Food are telling voters about Prop 37 (San Diego Free Press)
  • CA Charter schools grow to over 1,000 for 2012-13 (U-T San Diego)
  • Court says Arizona group must provide information in CA election (Sacramento Bee)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

HIKER COLLAPSES, DIES ON MT. WOODSON TRAIL

November 1, 2012 (Poway)—A hiker who collapsed on a trail on the Poway side of Mount Woodson has been declared dead, Lt. J.T. Faulkner with the San Diego Sheriff’s office informed ECM.

A friend who was hiking with the victim called for help at 11:04 a.m.  “Our unit got there at 11:14 and the Fire Department was already there,” Lt. Faulkner told ECM.  The victim was found about halfway up a trail.  Copter 12 and ASTREA were called in to assist.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY HABITS

By Lauren Schmitt, MS, RD, CPT, www.heatforhealth.com

November 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Want to shape up for the holidays?  Lauren Schmitt, Healthy Eating and Training (www.heatforhealth.com), offers these helpful tips.

Healthy Habit #1: Don’t wait until the New Year.

READER’S EDITORIAL: JIM KELLY IS A BLUE RIBBON FIBBER

A Rebuttal to Jim Kelly's guest editorial in ECM

By Bill Weaver, candidate, Grossmont Union High School Board

November 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Jim Kelly is a blue ribbon fibber. Jim Kelly says, "It is time to answer these misleading, politically-motivated attacks."

I'll say it is--there is only one politically motivated attack agent. It is Jim Kelly who for years has been officially the recruiter for the out of touch extremist right local party that is in charge of ruining the conservative name with its radical right agenda. There is zero validity to Jim Kelly's rebuttal.

READER'S EDITORIAL: RESPONSE TO ATTACKS ON THE GUHSD OVER BOND MONIES AND ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

By Jim Kelly, Grossmont Union High School District Governing Board Member

October 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--I appreciate the East County Magazine’s coverage of the Grossmont Union High School election and a Grand Jury investigation into the issue of using bond money for a new high school in Alpine. As a GUHSD Governing Board Member for the last 10 years, I have crucial information regarding these subjects.

U.S. GOVERNMENT ISSUES SURVIVAL TIPS AFTER DISASTER

CPSC, FEMA and USFA Warn About Deadly Dangers After Hurricane Sandy Passes

October 30, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- For those of our readers with relatives in the path of Hurricane Sandy, here is some potentially life-saving advice from three federal agencies. These tips are also applicable to surviving other disasters, such as wildfires and earthquakes.

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