Update 1:46 p.m. - The fire is now 8 acres and is 90% contained, Incident Page Network reports.
July 9, 2012 (1:25 p.m.) -- A fire that began at Metate Lane and Carriage Road in Poway shortly before 1 p.m. today has grown to seven acres, Greg George, Emergency Resource Officer at San Diego Fire Department told ECM. "It is still in fairly light fuel but it is growing," he said.
July 9, 2012 (Lakeside)--Usually open only weekends and holidays, Lake Jennings will be open every day between July 30 and August 12 from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For only nominal fee, you can pack a picnic, enjoy marvelous vistas, watch the wildlife, take the 5-mile hike around the lake, or just relax with a barbecue in a wilderness just a short drive from San Diego and East County’s urban areas.
For only a few more dollars you can launch your boat ($8) or rent one (motorboat $40, rowboat $19), dip a line in the water — catching fish may be another story (fishing permit and state license fees apply) — or enjoy a paddle boat excursion around the 160 acre lake’s surface ($10/hour).
July 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Effective immediately, Cal Fire has issued a no-burn proclamation for all state responsibility lands in San Diego and Imperial Counties. All open burning is banned and campfires are restricted to designated campfire facilities in established public campgrounds.
Former Veterans Affairs Secretary who resigned amid scandal is named co-chair of Romney’s advisory team on veterans' policies
By Miriam Raftery
July 8, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Award-winning Newsweek correspondent Jamie Reno, a founding member of East County Magazine’s editorial team, has published a report in Newsweek/Daily Beast that examines the track record of a top Mitt Romney advisor on veterans' affairs. He reveals a troubling history of failures to properly care for soldiers who served our nation honorably.
July 8, 2012 (El Cajon)—A crisis negotiation with a woman brandishing a shotgun ended with an officer firing three rounds, striking the suspect. The woman, Jamie Fitzgerald, is hospitalized for treatment of her injuries.
July 8, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)-- Rancho San Diego- San Miguel firefighters along with Cal Fire held a wildland fire in Rancho San Diego today to half an acre.
The fire started in a gulley west of Campo Road at Jamacha Blvd., an area that contains several homeless camps. Discarded clothing and debris burned along with brush and grass, San Miguel Fire reports. Cal Fire is conducting an investigation into the cause.
The Heat is On! Triple digit temperatures expected beginning Sunday and into next week!
July 8, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- If you work or play outside in the summer or areas that are warm all year you should know about heat stress safety tips. Heat stress is caused by over exposure to hot climates. You might not think it is possible but you can suffer from heat related injuries inside as well as outside. Heat stress occurs when your bodies core temperature rises above normal. Follow these heat stress safety tips to prevent an accident.
GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES ENERGY-SAVING COGENERATION EQUIPMENT AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL
and Tom Saiz, GHD chief financial officer. Credit Courtesy GHD
July 8, 2012 (Spring Valley)—San Miguel Fire District’s Board of Directors will consider the possible appointment of Gary Croucher to become the District’s new Fire Chief. Croucher, a 26 year district veteran, has been serving as Interim Chief since Chief August Ghio suffered serious injuries in a mid-May motorcycle accident, just four days before Ghio’s announced retirement. Read Croucher's full bio.
The Board will also discuss two retired annuitant temporary employment contracts, one for Ghio as a special projects consultant, the other for Amy Wrightson as an administrative specialist.
July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County libraries are offering an Adult Summer Reading Club now through August 5. Participants sign up for the club at a local County Library branch or online and keep track of the number books read or listened to this summer.
July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its Second Friday Breakfast on July 13 at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon. The monthly breakfasts bring together connected and influential business and community leaders.
By Jeanne Brown, Co-president, League of Women Voters of San Diego
July 7, 2012 (San Diego)--Monday afternoon, July 9, the future of Balboa Park may be changed forever. At that time, the City Council will take testimony and debate the merits of the Plaza de Panama proposal. While the central purpose of this proposal is to remove cars from the Plaza de Panama, which has nearly unanimous support, this particular plan is unnecessarily aggressive, disruptive and expensive. How ironic that we would celebrate the centennial of our beloved park by ruining its historic beauty.
Because of the extravagant public relations effort and pressure from the Mayor’s office to circumvent certain approval procedures, the citizens of San Diego, the owners of this park, have been misled. Most do not realize that:
Update 10:30 p.m. The fire is now 20 acres and additional resources have been ordered to the scene.
July 7, 2012 (Otay) – Cal Fire is at the scene of a vegetation fire reported at 8:20 p.m. just east of Otay Mesa in Tin Can Canyon, a remote area. The fire is currently 3-5 acres; no structures are in the vicinity.
Cause is under investigation, said Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.
SAN DIEGO HALF MARATHON’S INAUGURAL RACE NETS $100,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES: LAKE MURRAY PLAYGROUND PROJECT COMMUNITY BUILD JULY 14
SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON AND SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® TO HOST FREE WORKSHOP FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS
July 7, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego State student, Whitney Ashley has become San Diego State’s fourth national champion since 1985. She won the national title in discus throw on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa in June.
July 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – A new phenomenon in today’s challenging economy is the rise of “cash mobs” organized by friends via social media to help local merchants. The craze has caught on across the country and today, takes root in El Cajon.
The public is invited to meet at the corner of Main St. and Magnolia in front of Starbucks at noon, then walk en mass to Glamour Girlz Boutique one block east on Main St.
July 7, 2012 (La Mesa)—Helix Water District invites the public to a public informational meeting on a proposed water rate hike. The meeting will be held July 10 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.
If 50% of ratepayers object in writing, the rate hike can be halted. Written protests must be submitted by U.S. mail or in person to 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942, or written protests may be turned in at the Public Hearing on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. before conclusion of the public comment portion. (E-mailed comments are not allowed.)
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July 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police today announced the arrest of Darron Willams, 19, a transient accused of hurling a bottle bomb at a trolley station in La Mesa on July 3 shortly before 8 p.m. The device, a 16-ounce plastic bottle filled with magnesium and water, exploded at the Spring Street Trolley Station at 4250 Spring Street.
WARMER WEATHER THIS WEEKEND THROUGH NEXT FRIDAY WITH SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE NEXT WEEK. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, SEE FAST FORECAST.
By Miriam Raftery
July 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Among the least understood aspects of the Affordable Care Act are the benefits that it offers to nonprofit organizations. Smaller nonprofits have potential to reap benefits, along with their employees—without the potential penalties facing some for-profit employers.
East County Magazine contacted the new Health Law Guide for businesses site to ask how the law will impact nonprofit organizations. Here is the response that we received:
July 6, 2012 (Poway) – Single tickets for the Fall Season at the Poway Center for Performing Arts are now on sale. The scheduled lineup for the season is:
O Berkley, Where Hart Thou? – September 22
Jake Shimabukuro – October 12
Natalie MacMaster – October 27
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show – Decmeber 1
Athletes competing in the men’s 20,000-meter race walk at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon last week included, from left, Tyler Sorensen; Cuyamaca College graduate Nick Christie; Cuyamaca College cross country coach Tim Seaman, and the winner of the 12-man race and the lone qualifier for the London Games, Trevor Barron. Seaman, who has competed twice in the Olympics, is the coach for these three young athletes.