Skip navigation.
Home

PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT

HEALTH DEPT. AND COURTS BACK NEIGHBORS IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO WIND FARMS

NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

IMAGINE! CREATING WATER FROM AIR TECHNOLOGY TO BE FEATURED AT AFRICA TRADE & BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO OCT. 18


HOME VIDEO HERALD: IN DARKNESS (BLU-RAY)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – A harrowing sequence of events transpire during the first thirty minutes of In Darkness, atrocities that I could describe but I won’t. That’s because as shocking as they are, there is only one shot, seen later, that remains entrenched in my mind.

KITCHEN FIRE CAUSES HEAVY DAMAGE TO HOME IN EL CAJON

 

August 25, 2012 (El Cajon)-- Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire in El Cajon at 11:13 a.m.. Firefighters found the home engulfed with flames and heavy smoke coming from the windows of the house, located at 612 Alderson Street. 

Quick action by fire crews had the fire knocked down in less than 15 minutes, keeping the fire from reaching nearby homes. An elderly man, 87, the lone occupant, was able to escape and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.   

MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED AUGUST 27 THROUGH 31

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center will be closed Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31 for resurfacing of the cement flooring.
The Park will remain open as usual and the Visitor Center parking lot, terrace, amphitheater, and restrooms will all be accessible. The free Guided Nature Walks conducted by Trail Guides every Wednesday, August 29 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. will continue while the Visitor Center is closed. Meet the Trail Guide at the entrance to the Visitor Center. 

EARTHTALK®: REDUCING OUR LIGHT FOOTPRINT

 
E - The Environmental Magazine

Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone calculated the energy wasted at night by unnecessary lighting in and around buildings? What can we do to reduce our light footprint?      -- Bill Rehkamp, via e-mail 
 

EDITORIAL: WHEN “GREEN” IS ONLY GREENWASHING

 

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Watching activists defend "green wind energy" as if it was the only solution turns my stomach. It is like talking to a wall. Facts, and there are facts, make little difference. Green energy is nice and green energy is good, go blindly hug a wind turbine, seems to be the message.
 
So let me ask these same activists: should Pattern Energy, a division of the Carlyle group, target the Rosecrans National Cemetery for development? How dare I suggest this? Well, it's windy there, in fact, probably more so than Ocotillo.

 

HOME VIDEO HERALD: THE RAID: REDEMPTION (BLU-RAY)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Watching The Raid: Redemption is like watching someone assemble a house of cards: one mishap and the structure crumbles. I'll start with the tone, a major balancing act for first-time director Gareth Evans. He militantly adheres to a serious tone. A few times the film comes dangerously close to slipping into the Realm of the Not So Serious, but through sheer will, Evans maintains the desired disposition. The same extends to the action scenes, the backbone of The Raid, and among the best executed I've seen since I became a film critic: not a single shred, inch, or drop of laziness. Otherwise, it would be close to worthless, no better than the offensively manufactured video game drivel that Hollywood is so content to pump out to American audiences.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY NEWS YOU CAN USE

 
By Jeannette Nunes
Social Security District Manager
 
Make social security online services ‘par for the course’
 
August 25, 2012 (El Cajon) -- For many retirees (and near retirees), there is nothing that they look forward to as much as a day on the golf course. The game recently has been made more pleasurable by the use of computers and GPS technology.  A hand-held electronic unit acts just like a personal caddie, providing quick and accurate yardage information — and much more. It saves time … as well as mental and physical effort.

HEARTWARMING ARGENTINE COMEDY:UN CUENTO CHINO CONTINUES SDLFF's 13TH ANNUAL CINEMA EN TU IDIOMA FILM SERIES! SEPT 7-13

 
August 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Latino Film Festival is proud to present its 13th annual Cinema en tu Idioma Fall Film Series showcasing the best of Latin American, Mexican, and Spanish Cinema! 


DOWNTOWN LA MESA'S MOSTLY MISSION

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
August 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- One of the best things about downtown La Mesa is the shopping where you will find stores that are beyond the ordinary, and exceptional. One of the shops that many La Mesans agree is exceptional is Mostly Mission, a shop that carries quality merchandise and accessories for the craftsman style environment. The store first opened in 2007, and has recently moved from a 850 square feet location to a place up the street almost three times the size.
 

ALPINE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BOARD OPPOSES NEW FEE IMPOSED ON CONSTITUENTS

State levies additional cost without providing additional services.

August 24, 2012 (Alpine)– The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) Board of Directors at its August 21st board meeting adopted a resolution opposing the newly implemented State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees, which will impose additional financial burden on its constituents without providing additional fire services.

BILL TO MAKE PUBLIC RECORDS EASIER TO SEARCH IS GUTTED IN LEGISLATURE

 

August 24, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) would have made California the first state in the nation to require that public agencies provide records in searchable online formats such as Word or Excel. 

Yee introduced the bill after open government advocates complained some public records were difficult to access. Locally, people have complained that they couldn't search for keywords in a wind project's environmental impact report—a document several thousand pages long. 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: DON'T RUN OVER THE MESSENGER (PREMIUM RUSH)

By Brian Lafferty

August 24, 2012 (San Diego) – This week I’ve seen three signs that summer is almost over in San Diego: the weather is getting cooler, kids are back in school, and Hollywood - having exhausted all their major moneymaking, audience-pleasing blockbusters and comic book movies – are now releasing simpleminded films like Premium Rush apparently because there's nothing left until awards season.

BILL TO GUT CEQA, CALIFORNIA’S TOP ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, ON HOLD

 

Governor , who wants to “crush” opponents of big energy projects, called CEQA reform  “Lord’s work”

“Governor Brown is dangerous to the financial and environmental health of California, and I am extremely disappointed in his short-sightedness.”--Laura Cyphert, Cedar Fire Survivor and cofounder of the East County Community Action Coalition

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2012 (Sacramento)—In a stealth effort that shocked enviornmentalists, business groups succeeded in gutting a bill in the State Assembly and inserted language to essentially repeal the California Enviornmental Quality Act (CEQA) .  The measure passed the Assembly yesterday and advanced to the State Senate. But today, State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and the bill’s author, Michael Rubio, held a press conference to announce that the measure will not be taken up before the end of the legislative session next week.  

Sierra Club California director Kathryn Phillips voiced relief, calling SB 317 “one of the worst attacks on environmental protections that we’ve seen in the 40-year life of the law.”

RATTLESNAKE BITE AT MISSION TRAILS

August 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A rattlesnake victim at a campground in Mission Trails Regional Park has been transported to a hospital for treatment today, ECM confirmed with a park ranger. Officials have not released an update on the patient’s condition.

For information on how to avoid a rattlesnake attack, please see:

http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-a-Rattlesnake-Attack
 

EDITORIAL: RESIDENTS COUNTYWIDE SHOULD URGE SUPERVISORS TO BAN WIND TURBINES IN FIRE-PRONE REGIONS

 

County Democrats gut fire protection resolution, while Republican supervisors also fail to protect County residents from wind turbine fires

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The San Diego Democratic Central Committee this week passed a measure calling on County Supervisors to increase firefighting resources-- but removed a key provision that would have urged lawmakers to ban wind turbines in fire-prone East County.  

Wind turbines have been responsible for starting hundreds of fires around the world, including wildfires, but firefighters cannot fight a fire burning in a 500-foot-tall wind turbine whirling off burning debris. With Supervisors poised to approve a wind ordinance opening the door to numerous turbines in the backcountry, the vote was a major disappointment to residents concerned about the clear threat to public safety posed by wind turbines in our fire-prone region.

DEADLY CITRUS DISEASE CARRYING INSECTS FOUND IN EAST COUNTY

 By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Asian Citrus Psyllids, tiny insects that can carry a disease capable of wiping out California’s citrus industry, have been found in several East County communities as well as North County and other southern California locations. 

A quarantine is in effect across most of our region.

FDA ANNOUNCES RECALL OF CANTELOUPES LINKED TO SALMONELLA OUTBREAK IN 21 STATES

 

 
August 23, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing a recall of cantaloupe by Chamberlain Farms in Indiana because of possible contamination with Salmonella Typhimurium associated with a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis. The FDA is warning consumers not to eat and to discard cantaloupe from this farm, which shipped products to many states.

 

DULZURA SHERIFF STATION OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 25

 

August 23, 2012 (Dulzura) – The community of Dulzura is invited to attend the grand re-opening and open house at the SDRFPD Dulzura-Barrett Station #35, 1135 Community Building Rd., Dulzura on August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  After being remodeled, the SDRFPD station will now be manned by SDR/SDCFA volunteer fire fighters along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Rural Division Law Enforcement Deputies.

The event will be attended by Supervisor Diane Jacob, Rural Fire Chief Dave Nissen, Assistant Sheriff Patricia Duke, Sheriff Lieutenant Rose Kurupas, Sheriff Sergeant Joe Leos, as well as members of the San Diego Rural Fire Board.  Refreshments will be served.

 

FRONT AND CENTER: DONORS BEWARE

By Rick Rogers, Host of Front & Center: Military Talk Radio

August 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Charities rattling their cups for veterans and troop programs in Southern California have grown to epic numbers in recent years.

I bet San Diego County charities have grown tenfold since 2008.

At least I think they have.

Fact is, I don’t know. I don’t know how many there are or what they all do, let alone what happens to all the money they collect.

Unfortunately no one else knows either.

WIND TURBINES ARRIVE IN OCOTILLO AS RESIDENTS COMPLAIN OF “DUST BOWL” , THIRD WORLD CONDITIONS AT PATTERN ENERGY'S OCOTILLO SITE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Story by Miriam Raftery; photos by Jim Pelley and Parke Ewing

"I feel like we are living in a third world country." -- Jim Pelley, Ocotillo resident and ECM photographer

August 23, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Workers have begun constructing the first of 112 industrial wind turbines near the small town of Ocotillo on federal Bureau of Land Management property adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. 

But as towering turbines eclipse mountains and desert skies, dust released from scraping desert soils bare and excavating massive turbine foundations have residents complaining that their community has been turned into a “dust bowl” while government officials turn a blind eye to conditions that pose hazards to their health.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 23, 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.
  • Hurricane threat for GOP convention in Tampa? (CBS)
  • USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered the food supply (Sacramento Bee)
  • U.S. health officials brace for spike in West  Nile cases (USA Today)
  • Accused Colorado gunman saw three mental health experts (Reuters)
  • How Paul Ryan and Todd Akin partnered to redefine rape (Think Progress)
  • Todd Akin, Senate candidate: `Legitimate  rape’ rarely causes pregnancy (Washington Post)
  • Bill calls for more distributed generation to guard against infrastructure failures in grid emergencies (Power Magazine)
  • Renewable energy projects on public lands: Obama not living up to his promises (Native News)
  • Indian leaders share concerns about sacred sites (Missoulan)
  • CDC calls for Hepatitis C testing for all boomers (NPR)
WORLD
  • Ecuador grants asylum to Assange, angering Britain (Reuters)
  • Iran: Israel’s existence “insult to all humanity” (AP)
  • Arab spring runs amok: Muslim brotherhood starts crucifixions in Egypt (WND) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
August 23, 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
  • City races start to heat up in East County (UT San Diego)
  • 11-year-old accused of fatally stabbing friend found mentally incompetent to stand trial (Santee.Patch.com)
  • Retired Border Patrol union president indicted (10 News)
  • Group hoping to save ECPAC continues fight (UT San Diego)
  • Where parolees live in San Diego: map (Voice of San Diego)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric wind projects draw national notice (KCET)
  • As heat dries land and lake, asthma fears rise in Imperial County(KPBS)
  • Summer of hate concert came to El Cajon (San Diego Citybeat)
  • High costs of bonds shocks Poway Unified School District (UT San Diego)
 
STATE
  • Democratic lawmakers move to oppose rewriting CA environmental laws (Sacramento Bee)
  • SoCal groves report new cases of lethal citrus bug (Sacramento Bee)
  • Man dies after contracting rare rodent disease at Yosemite (CBS)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

FEDS DRAW CRITCISM FOR HEARINGS ON SACRED SITES: TRIBES ASK WHY NO RECORDINGS WERE MADE NOR NOTES TAKEN

 

Tribal representatives say Interior Dept.  is not sincere about resolving concerns over sacred site desecrations by renewable energy projects on public lands

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Why did the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) host the first in a series of five “listening sessions” with Native American leaders ostensibly to address tribal concerns over impacts of renewable energy projects on public lands—yet didn’t bother to take notes or record the sessions?

Why are no listening sessions scheduled in California or anywhere near our state, where some of the most controversial renewable energy projects are being built atop the graveyards of Native Americans’ ancestors?   

DREAM DOGS: LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
August 23, 2012 (Blossom Valley) -- Eight month-old, 69 lb. Olde English Bulldoggie. He is great with all dogs, people and children. He loves to run and play, but also knows the value of a good nap. He is crate-trained, and sleeps quietly through the night. We have lots of pictures on our Facebook page showing the fun our dogs have both during training; as well as playing with the other dogs.

PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: HOW A CHILD IS LIKE A TREE

 
By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve
 
August 23, 2012 (Boulevard)--I have a tree at Sacred Rocks, planted 5 years ago, a Purple Robe Locus. The tree specialist explained to me about watering, and nutrients, and pruning. Because I am away a lot, I have to trust people to do those things for good tree health. Last fall the wind whipped a large branch off, nearly cutting the tree in half. I thought we would lose the tree. But no! It survived.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON FIRST URGENT CARE FACILITY IN RAMONA

 
August 23, 2012 (Ramona) -- C.W. Driver, has broken ground on Palomar Health’s new $4.5 million satellite clinic, the Ramona Ambulatory Care Center in Ramona, Calif. Designed by San Diego-based Mascari Warner Architects, the 7,600-square-foot, single-story outpatient medical clinic built on approximately an acre of land will expand the healthcare services for the Ramona community.

"HISTORY ALIVE" AT 35 -- NEW SEASON STARTS SEPT. 6 IN LEMON GROVE

 
August 23, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- The audience will be the star on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, when the Lemon Grove Historical Society launches the 35th season of its much-loved series showcasing the life and times of Lemon Grove and its broad connections to American history.
 
Oral histories are why "History Alive" is so popular and why the Historical Society's running theme is "your story begins at home."  

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: VICIOUS CIRCLE (360)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- "A wise man once said, 'If you see a fork in the road, take it,'" says young Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) as 360 opens with her sister (Lucia Siposova) being photographed for a prostitution website. It set me in the mood for a clever and intriguing film. I was in for disappointment. You know your film is in trouble when quoting Yogi Berra is its only meaningful element.

CONVICTED HATCHET MURDERER SUSPECTED IN SLAYINGS OF WIFE AND CHILDREN DIES IN HOSPITAL

 

August 23, 2012 (Paradise Hills) – Clarence Blunt, who police suspect killed his wife and children, died today in a local hospital.

Lilly Blunt, 33, a nurse and recent graduate of San Diego State University’s nursing program, was found dead inside her Paradise Hills home along with her 7-month-old son, Richard and her 3-year-old daughter, Lianna on August 20. Her estranged husband, Clarence Blunt, the suspect in the triple homicide, was found in the home suffering from self-inflicted injuries.

Investigations by UT San Diego and 10 News reveal that Clarence Blunt had a history of mental illness and serious crimes, including a gruesome murder of a gas station attendant.

SUPERVISORS SUED BY SAN DIEGANS FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT


By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2012 (San Diego)—Some people just don’t learn.  Back in January, San Diego Supervisors  got sued for hiding information from the public about a developer-backed scheme to eliminate community planning groups. The Board backed down to avoid a trial, vacated votes and held a hearing with proper public notice and open—though heated--public testimony. 

Now history has repeated itself. San Diegans for Open Government has filed a lawsuit alleging that Supervisors once more violated the Ralph M. Brown Act. According to the suit, this time the County failed to post an agenda for Supevisors' June 26, 2012 agenda on  the County website for the 72-hours required by state law. Supevisors further failed to postpone the meeting, took action on agenda items and refused to allow members of the public to address Supervisors on a key agenda item.

Syndicate content