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EL CAJON CENTENNIAL PRESENTS HISTORICAL SPEAKERS

 

 

 

 

 

August 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--As El Cajon celebrates 100 years as a City, some may wonder how the City came to be, who were the early settlers, and what life was like 100 years ago? 

As part of the Centennial Celebration, the City, the downtown El Cajon Library and the El Cajon Historical Society will present an exciting series of historical speakers. “Journey to our Historical Past,” will feature a variety of historians sharing their stories on the first and third Thursday of the month beginning August 2 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at El Cajon library, 201 East Douglas Avenue. The schedule is as follows:

PERUVIAN DELIGHTS AT ANDIAMO! ON AUGUST 11

 

July 31, 2012 (San Diego) --  Andiamo! Ristorante Italiano is offering a night of Peruvian cuisine on August 11, beginning at 5 p.m. at 5950 Santo Road in Tierrasanta.  The evening will include live music from the coast of Peru as interpreted by singer Miguel Angel and accompanied by Angelo Salazar on acoustic guitar and Richard Gomez on cajon (Peuovian box).

2ND ANNUAL SUMMER IN JAMUL PARTY AUGUST 18

July 31, 2012 (Jamul) -- Reno’s Pub & Grub is hosting its 2nd Annual “Summer in Jamul” Party August 18, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 14019 Campo Rd., Jamul.  The afternoon will include music and craft booths on the patio.  Featured food will be Ivan’s “Smoking Hole” BBQ, burgers and more.  Beer and wine will be available.

For more information call 619-303-0127 or visit www.renospubandgrub.com.  

 

SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS IN LAKESIDE AUGUST 10, 17, 24

July 31, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is holding social media workshops in August at Willowbrook Golf Course, 11905 Riverside Dr., Lakeside.  Each workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The workshop schedule is as follows:

 

August 10 – Facebook
August 17 – LinkedIn
August 24 – Twitter

CAL FIRE: WIND TURBINE GENERATOR CAUSED WILDLAND FIRE THAT CHARRED 367 ACRES

By Miriam Raftery

July 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – With County Supervisors poised to consider approval of Tule Wind and a wind ordinance that could open much of fire-prone East County to wind energy development, a wildland fire that started at a wind turbine facility in Riverside County last month provides fuel for opponents concerned about fire risks posed by industrial-scale wind projects.

“The fire started with the windmill itself,” Captain Greg Ewing with Cal Fire/Riverside Fire Department informed ECM today.

Despite extensive area cleared around the base of each  turbine, Ewing said, the blaze still spread into a wildland fire that swiftly engulfed 367 acres. If not for prompt reporting by a witness, it could have been far worse.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WILD RIDES AT THE BULLS ONLY RODEO

 
 
July 29, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Barry Claessens (www.bcphotography.biz) snapped these action shots at the Optimist Club's "Bull's Only Rodeo" at the Lakeside Rodeo arena on July 21. Rodeos began to help cowboys hone their skills and, in the case of bull-riding, showcase their bravado. Isn't this the original extreme sport?

YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP OFFERED AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE, AUGUST 6-9

 
July 31, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Athletics Dept. and Grossmont College men’s basketball coach Doug Weber are inviting all boys and girls entering the 3rd through 9th grades to Grossmont College’s annual youth summer basketball camp, from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6-9.

The camp will feature instruction on fundamental skills, group and individual contests and three-on-three tournaments, along with life lessons about sportsmanship, communication and goal setting. Cost is $75 per camper, which includes t-shirt, contest prizes and giveaways.

EL CAJON HOSTS ANOTHER CENTENNIAL COMMUNITY MEETING AUGUST 6

 
July 31, 2012 (El Cajon )--The excitement grows for El Cajon’s big Centennial celebration on November 12.  Another Community Centennial planning meeting will be held on Monday, August 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.  City staff will again be sharing the latest in  Centennial plans.

COUNTY SELECTED TO HELP LAUNCH NEW NATIONAL HEALTH APP

 
$100,000 Prize in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Contest

July 31, 2012 (San Diego) -- Want to help save lives? Can you create an app? The County of San Diego has been selected as one of four communities nationwide to help launch a mobile app development challenge to help prevent a million heart attacks and strokes as part of the Million Hearts initiative. The County is gaining a reputation as a leader in health innovation with the county’s Live Well, San Diego! 10-year plan to build a healthy, safe and thriving community.

ASPIRE CENTER STORY SHOULD INSPIRE – AND CAUTION

 
By Rick Rogers
Host of Front & Center: Military Talk Radio 
 
July 31, 2012 (San Diego)--The big news recently for San Diego County veterans was both expected and relieving.
 
The Aspire Center, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed 40-bed medical facility in Old Town, finally won approval. Local veterans suffering mental and emotional wounds after their service will finally have a place of their own to recuperate under the best care available. 

BOMB SQUAD IN LA MESA

July 30, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police and San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson unit are investigating a suspicious device at 5800 Clay Avenue near Amarillo in La Mesa, Incident Page Network reported at 10:46 p.m.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING WILL EXPIRE AT 6PM

A flash flood warning will expire at 6pm for east central San Diego county.  Earlier at 4:24pm national weather service doopler radar indicated heavy rain producing flash flooding, with one hour rainfall rates between 1.5 and 3 inches.  CHP reported roadway flooding in Ocotillo Wells.

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED

 

July 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch through 10 p.m. tonight for San Diego County mountains and deserts.  Up to 2 inches of rain is expected for mid-afternoon, along with thunderstorms.  The flash flood potential is moderate to high.

APPLICANTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION FIELD SOUGHT FOR COLLEGE DISTRICT’S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 
July 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Civic-minded East County residents in the construction field are urged to apply for a seat on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which monitors the district’s spending on a $207 million bond measure.

ATTORNEY TO MEET WITH ALPINE BUSINESS OWNERS TONIGHT FOR POTENTIAL LAWSUIT OVER POWERLINK

July 30, 2012 (Alpine) -- Alpine business owners have been invited to a meeting tonight, July 30 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center Oak Room, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine, to discuss possible litigation.  A letter from the law firm of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire LLP in San Diego states that Alpine business owners "may have a claim against San Diego Gas & Electric Company for business losses resulting from construction of the Sunrise Powerlink.

The law firm will discuss a potential class action lawsuit and advise business owners on the legal time limits for filing legal action to pursue their rights.

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST

 
East County Magazine In House Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
 
July 30, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Though right now we are concerned of the high fire danger it’s important to remember disasters both natural and manmade can strike at any given time according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna of East County Magazine.
This checklist (whether at home or work) should help you prepare for most any emergency says DiGiovanna. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 By Charlotte Reed, Realtor, SRES, CRS

 
Real Estate is my business...my only business
 
July 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –This week’s hot topics from the real estate trenches are: 
1- Scam of the week
2- Proposed "Good Faith Estimate Disclosure"
3- New Real Estate Laws
4- Free Light Fixtures
5- Current Mortgage  Rates 

READER'S EDITORIAL: JOIN PETITION DRIVE FOR ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BE BUILT THROUGH UNIFICATION OF AUSD

By Bill Weaver
 
July 30, 2012 (Alpine) -- An Alpine School District Unification Drive Has Begun. It is predicted that if the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) itself builds an Alpine High School, there will be millions of dollars that will be gained by the GUHSD, via a recovery of current LOST students, and some gained new students. If the GUHSD does not build it, and the Alpine Unified School District does, these millions from new student revenues will flow into the Alpine Unified School District (AUSD).

Governor Jerry Brown said "opposition must be crushed" to push through big energy projects such as Sunrise Powerlink and industrial-scale wind in East County. What are your thoughts?

HARPIST MAIR RATHBURN TO PERFORM CENTENNIAL CONCERT AT EL CAJON LIBRARY AUG. 12

 
July 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Singer and harpist Mair Rathburn brings her musical fun in vintage costume to the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Av, in a family friendly concert Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m. The free concert is part of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase series, and is sponsored by the Friends of the El Cajon Library.
 
Rathburn is a historical interpreter at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in San Diego's Old Town State Park, so it piqued her interest when, at a previous Acoustic Showcase concert, she saw the library's mural depicting the history of El Cajon.  As the year 2012 celebrates the Centennial of the City of El Cajon, Rathburn was inspired to return to the library with a musical, historical version of the mural.

A NEW FARMERS MARKET IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

July 29, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is now open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Campus, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon.  The market was created to bring locally grown fresh produce to the community on a weekly basis and to celebrate the diversity of culture in East County. 

 

COLLEGE DISTRICT UNVEILS FACILITIES PLAN TO COMMUNITY

 
Input sought on possible bond proposal

July 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A new facilities master plan identifying unmet needs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges was presented at a community forum Thursday as the East County college district considers placing a bond measure on the November ballot.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON UNVEILS REPORT HIGHLIGHTING PATH TOWARD MORE MODERN SCHOOLS

 

 
UC Berkeley Study Shows Opportunities for Schools and Communities With Investments 
 
July 29, 2012 (Sacramento) -- As the need for new school construction slows over the next decade, California should refocus on updating and replacing aging school buildings with schools designed to be more environmentally friendly and better suited to the needs of the next generation of students, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, report released today by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

AMBER ALERT: TEEN GIRL BELIEVED KIDNAPPED BY 2 MEN IN WHITE ACURA INTEGRA


July 29, 2012 (Los Angeles) An Amber Alert has been issued statewide today for a missing 16-year-old, Eunice Serrato, who was allegedly kidnapped by two men. The victim, from San Ardo, Monterey County, was allegedly taken at 9:45 p.m. last night by a father and son driving a white 4-door 1990 Acura Integra with license 4SAE963.  The son is described as “armed and dangerous” and may have a gunshot wound, authorities indicate.

Serrato is Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink jacket, blue jeans and sandals.

DRIVER TO BE CHARGED IN FATAL VALLEY CENTER CRASH

 

July 29, 2012 (Valley Center) – Salvador Leon, 30, of Valley Center lost control while driving his 2004 Toyota Scion eastbound on Valley Center Road east of Queensbridge last night at 10:47 p.m., hitting a telephone pole. The collision killed his front seat passenger, a 23-year-old man from Valley Center. 

EDITORIAL: THE PEOPLE OUR GOVERNOR WANTS TO “CRUSH”

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

July 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Standing on a former mountaintop blasted away to build the new Suncrest Substation, Governor Jerry Brown yesterday  praised completion of  the 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink high voltage lines—and denigrated 79,000 citizens who have fought against destroying our communities and scenic vistas.

“You have to crush the opposition,”  the Governor said forcefully, after joking that there were more dignitaries inside the celebration than people protesting down the street.

His words are unbecoming of our state’s highest official and an insult to the hard-working people of our region, most of whom couldn’t afford to take off work and attend a protest rally during the work day in this remote spot.  But their concerns are valid, heartfelt and deserve serious consideration, not hate or derision.

Let me tell you about some of those people our Governor wants to “crush.”

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