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REPORT BY REPUBLICAN-LED HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DEBUNKS GOP’S BENGHAZI ALLEGATIONS, SUPPORTS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ACTIONS

LAWSUIT AGAINST GUHSD OVER FUNDS FOR ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BE HEARD IN COURT DEC. 5

HOW TO MAKE THIS YOUR BEST AND SAFEST THANKSGIVING MEAL EVER

LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL DEC. 6

THANKSGIVING FEAST AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS NOV. 29

PLENTY TO SAVOR AT THE RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

PRESIDENT BACKS NET NETRALITY: FCC CONSUMER ADVISORY MEMBER ART NEILL FROM NEW MEDIA RIGHTS SPEAKS WITH ECM

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES IMMIGRATION REFORMS

UC REGENTS APPROVE 25% TUITION HIKE OVER 5 YEARS UNLESS STATE BOOSTS FUNDING

EDITORIAL: STUDENTS AND PARENTS CAN’T AFFORD ANY MORE UC TUITION HIKES

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 22 – DEC. 7

PROTESTS MOUNT AGAINST UC TUITION HIKES


LOCAL VINTNERS TO PARTICIPATE IN SAN DIEGO WINE SHOW AT DEL MAR SEPT. 29-30: WHERE SURF MEETS SIP



September 20, 2012 (San Diego)—Wine is one of life’s little luxuries. While the majority of us love it, most of us would be hard-pressed to pick the perfect meal pairing, spot those subtle flavors and notes or even decipher the difference between a Malbec and Merlot.

This year’s San Diego Wine Show has something for amateur imbibers and carafe connoisseurs alike. Venture to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 29 and 30 to sample hundreds of selections from some of the Pacific Coast’s finest wineries, including Freemark Abbey, Orfila Vineyards, South Coast and many more. Savor wonderful whites and refreshing reds while schmoozing with sommeliers about all things wining and dining.

FORMER EL CAJON COUNCIL MEMBER JILLIAN HANSON-COX PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES

By Nadin Abbott

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this story

September 14, 2012 (San Diego)—Former El Cajon Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge William W. Gallo.  Her voice flat and without emotion, Hanson-Cox pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of failing to report income on her tax returns.  

Charges filed against her state that “beginning no later than April 2004, and continuing through at least October 2008,” Hanson- Cox devised a plan to defraud her employer, Century Design, INC. (CDI).  The plea agreement states that Hanson-Cox embezzled  over $3.5 million from her employer, where she served as Comptroller.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

September 15, 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.

  • Obstacles may delay drones access to U.S. skies (UT San Diego)
  • State court ruling deals blow to U.S. mortgage system (Reuters)
  • FBI warns of U.S. violence over anti-Islamic movie (ABC)
  • Republicans split on Mitt Romney remarks (Politico)
  • Debunking Romney’s attack on Americans who don’t pay income taxes (L.A. Times) 
  • New Romney ad rips Obama on coal energy (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Libyans see Al Qaeda hand in U.S. embassy attack (Wall Street Journal)
  • Anti-American fury sweeps Middle East over film (Reuters)
  • Protests sweep Islamic world, fueled by domestic politics and anti-U.S. anger (CS Monitor)
  • Prince Harry targeted in Taliban attack in Afghanistan (Telegraph)
  • Police clash with Muslims at protest in East Jerusalem (Jerusalem Post)
  • Peacekeepers attacked in Egypt’s Sinai Penninsula; foreigners injured (CS Monitor)
  • Large anti-austerity protests in Spain, Portugal (UT San Diego)
  • India opposition parties protest economic reforms (UT San Diego)
  • Anti-Japan protests sweep China on anniversary of invasion (Reuters) 

 

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

TWO NEW LAWSUITS FILED OVER OCOTILLO WIND

By Miriam Raftery

September 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Two new lawsuits were filed September 11, 2012 against federal officials and the U.S. government seeking an injunction to halt construction at Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express industrial wind project. 

One suit targets U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act and failing to protect endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep.  Active signs of bighorn activity on the site have been spotted as recently as this week and photos clearly document recent sitings in the heart of the project.

The second suit takes aim at Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Department of Interior officials for ignoring  California Desert Conservation Area protections passed by Congress to conserve fragile desert areas for future generations. This suit alleges that officials also ignored many other laws intended to protect natural and cultural resources, views, archaeological sites, and the health of local residents.

EAST COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS ASK VOTERS TO SUPPORT BOND MEASURES

By Janis Mork

September 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)- Several local school districts have ballot propositions on the November ballot, including Cajon Valley, Mountain Empire, San Diego Unified, Dehesa, Ramona Unified, Grossmont- Cuyamaca Community College, Chula Vista, and South Bay. All need 55% to pass instead of the usual 2/3 majority vote, according to Prop 39 that was passed several years ago. Below are details on each proposition, along with comments from Superintendents in each district.

OFF-ROAD SHOOTING IN POTRERO

September 19, 2012 (Potrero) – A man was hospitalized Monday after suffering gunshot wounds to his legs. A Sheriff’s media spokesman informed ECM that “We are looking at a couple of suspects. They were off-roading,” he added.

CIVIL LIBERTIES ACTIVISTS, PLAINTIFFS CHEER COURT'S RULING AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION

Petition launched urging President Obama not to appeal decision

September 14, 2012 (New York) – On September 12, 2012, Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that the so-called “indefinite detention” provision of the fiscal 2012 National Defense Authorization Act violates the Constitution and issued a permanent injunction against its use. The law would have allowed the military to indefinitely detain civilians -- even Americans -- without charge or trial if they are accused of certain crimes, or even associated with certain criminals.

There are six plaintiffs in the case including writer Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, and the leaker of the Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg.

DUANE SWAINSTON SEEKS TO BRING “NEW IDEAS, A NEW FOCUS AND NEW ENERGY” TO EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL

Swainston is one of four challengers and three incumbents running for El Cajon City Council.

By Miriam Raftery

September 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – Duane Swainston wants to end the “good ole boy” network on El Cajon’s City Council.  “There seem to be a lot of back room deals and not enough transparency where people know what’s going on,” he says of the current council members. 

Swainston aims to bring his 16 years of experience in management at private sector manufacturing companies  to the job as councilmember if elected.   He holds a degree in business management and has worked for two of El Cajon’s largest employerse, Senior Aerospace Ketema and GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics. 

“It’s a cost-conscious, schedule-dominant world focused on quality,” he told ECM in an exclusive interview.  “If you’re not doing things faster, better, cheaper, then you’re getting bypassed by your competition.”

EL CAJON ASKS BUSINESSES TO STOP SELLING SPICE AND BATH SALT SYNTHETIC DRUGS

September 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- On September 14, the El Cajon Police Department in conjunction with Communities Against Substance Abuse (C.A.S.A.) and the Neighborhood Market Association will be delivering letters to 138 El Cajon businesses asking them to voluntarily decline selling the psychoactive drugs known as Spice and Bath Salts.

"The distribution and use of psychoactive herbal incense (most commonly marketed as “Spice”) and psychoactive Bath Salts (marketed under multiple brands) appears to be reaching epidemic proportions in the United States. These products are being disingenuously marketed and sold as if they were standard bath salts and incense whereas in fact they are not. Instead, they are being snorted, smoked and used intravenously," states a press release issued by El Cajon Police.

RENO DISPATCH: KEEP KILLING THE BAD GUYS, KEEP TALKING TO THE GOOD GUYS

By Jamie Reno

The Reno Dispatch

Sept. 19, 2012 (San Diego)-- I'm not a bleeding-heart liberal. I certainly recognize that the violent anti-American protests this week throughout the Middle East and beyond in response to a stupid video denigrating the Muslim religion are a real threat to the United States and need to be taken very seriously.

PACE PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN SAN DIEGO: BUSINESSES CAN NOW PAY FOR CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENTS SUCH AS SOLAR VIA PROPERTY TAXES-- WITH NO UP FRONT COSTS

September 19, 2012 (San Diego)—A new state program to help business owners invest in solar and other energy-saving projects with zero up-front costs launched yesterday in San Diego County. 

The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) enables commercial property owners to use their properties as collateral for energy upgrades—and to pay off those costs through their property tax bills.

FUROR OVER ROMNEY’S “47%” COMMENTS: FACT-CHECKS REVEAL DISTORTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Author H. Jackson Brown once observed that “Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” 

Now a video shot secretly during a fundraiser for Mitt Romney with wealthy donors is sparking controversy over his apparent insensitivity to nearly half of the American people. In the video, which Romney admits is authentic, the presidential candidate is seen insulting Americans who receive any form of public assistance—including recipients of Social Security and Medicare, as well as military veterans, students, the disabled and the poor.  He also slammed those who pay no taxes—from retirees to some of his own wealthy patrons.

His remarks have drawn sharp criticisms even from many conservative Republican commentators.

JAY STEIGER SEEKS TO PROVIDE "OUTSTANDING EDUCATION" FOR KIDS IN LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT

“If I’m on the board, I will have an open door policy and be able to work with all groups.”- Jay Steiger

By Janis Mork

September 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)- Challenger Jay Steiger is running against Incumbent President William ‘Bill’ Baber and Board member Emma Turner. He hopes to join the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board, which includes El Cajon, Santee, and La Mesa this November. View map of the district here: http://www.lmsvsd.k12.ca.us/cms/lib2/CA01001633/Centricity/Domain/184/MAP-Schools.pdf

BIG BBQ PARTY IN LEMON GROVE SEPTEMBER 29

 

September 18, 2012 (Lemon Grove)  -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society is sponsoring a Big BBQ Party in Civic Center Park, 3200 Main Street, Lemon Grove on  September 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will feature West Texas Barbecue from Coop’s, music by Two Guys Will Move U, and demonstrations from Apollo Stables, face painting and much more.

CHEERS! 2ND ANNUAL ADAMS AVENUE BEER TASTE SEPTEMBER 29

 

September 18, 2012 (San Diego) – The 2nd Annual Adams Avenue Beer Taste is being held in conjunction with the Adams Avenue Street Fair on September 29.  There will be over 15 brewers in attendance, with more than 30 beers to sample.

SAN DIEGO YOUTH SYMPHONY AND CONSERVATORY WINS GRAND PRIZE LEADERSHIP AWARD

September 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- On September 15, 2012, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory(SDYS),  was named Grand Prize Winner of BoardSource's Prudential Leadership Awards for Exceptional Nonprofit Boards. SDYS Board Chair Robert Gaan and Ann Hix, Chair of the Board's Community Relations Committee, attended BoardSource's annual conference to complete the final round of the national competition, a question and answer session before a team of judges. The winners were announced at the conference plenary session.
 
 

From left to right: Linda Crompton, BoardSource President & CEO; Ann Hix and Rob Gaan from SDYS; David Nygren, BoardSource Chair and Prudential representative

EFFORT AIMS TO BRING BACK PACE CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM, ALLOW HOMEOWNERS TO FINANCE UP-FRONT SOLAR COSTS THROUGH PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

September 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Sierra Club Desert Committee has launched a campaign to help bring back the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which allows homeowners to finance rooftop solar installations through property tax assessments.   This link enables you to submit comments in support of PACE to the Federal Housing Finance Authority:  

FDA APPROVES PRODUCTION OF IMAGING AGENT THAT HELPS DETECT PROSTATE CANCER

Mayo Clinic is the first facility approved to manufacture Choline C 11 Injection
 
September 18, 2012  (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the production and use of Choline C 11 Injection, a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging agent used to help detect recurrent prostate cancer.
 
Choline C 11 Injection is administered intravenously to produce an image that helps to locate specific body sites for follow-up tissue sampling and testing in men with recurrent prostate cancer.

EARTHTALK®: U.S. CONSUMPTION

E - The Environmental Magazine

Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

September 18, 2012 -- Dear EarthTalk: I read that a single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country? Can you explain why?  -- Josh C., via e-mail

WATER AGENCIES TO HOST GARDEN-FRIENDLY PLANT FAIRS THIS FALL

Events feature discounts on low-water-use plants in time for fall planting season

September 18, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Water Authority, its member agencies and The Home Depot have teamed up for a series of San Diego County garden-friendly plant fairs this fall, which is the most successful planting season for drought tolerant plants.

KEHOE BILLS PASS LEGISLATURE, AWAIT ACTION BY GOVERNOR

September 19, 2012 (San Diego) – Senator Kehoe (D-San Diego)  has several bills that have passed the Legislature and are awaiting action by the Governor, as well as one measure signed into law.  Pending measures include bills to prohibit charges on homeowners producing solar power, protect open space in San Diego, and require general plans to address fire hazards. Others include measures to require that retired judges draw new lines for County Supervisors’ districts and to extend party central committee terms to four years.

MAN JUMPS OFF BRIDGE OVER HIGHWAY 52

September 18, 2012 (Santee) --  A man is dead after jumping off a bridge over westbound State Route 52 near Mast Boulevard in Santee, CHP's webpage confirms.  The freeway is closed and the Medical Examiner has been called to the scene.

 

TEE UP FOR THE ALL FORE R.E.C. GOLF TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 5

 

September 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department, together with Crest Kiwanis, present the annual ALL FORE R.E.C. Golf Tournament.  The tournament will be held at the Sycuan Resort, 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon, on October 5.  All proceeds from the tournament directly support activities that develop youth and provide positive choices through youth activity scholarships, youth sports, recreation classes and after-school programs.

TEEN ROBBED AT TROLLEY STOP

September 19, 2012 (La Mesa) – A 16-year-old girl was robbed in the Spring Street Trolley Station, 4250 Spring Street, on September 17 at 6:47 p.m. According to La Mesa Police, the victim was in the parking lot near the bus stop when she saw the suspect. She walked away to the opposite side of the lot, but the suspect approached and grabbed for her purse on her shoulder. The victim began hitting the suspect with her cell phone, trying break away. He grabbed her cell phone and ran downstairs towards Spring Street.

SAN DIEGO WRITEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September 19, 2012 (San Diego) --NOTE TO READERS: The SDWriteWay webzine is temporarily down for maintenance. Below are events for late September and October. — Sam Warren, editor

September 20 (Thursday, 7:00 pm) — Join Dr. Jon Rebman, author of Baja California Plant Field Guide at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Time to be announced.

EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT APPROVES BUDGET; PREPARES FOR UNCERTAINTIES

September 17, 2012 (El Cajon) – Under darkening clouds of economic uncertainty, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board battened down the hatches Tuesday, September 11, passing a $150.4 million budget that prepares the district to weather the storm, should Proposition 30 – the governor’s tax measure – fall short in the November election.

NOVELIST OFFERS FREE BOOK CONTEST FOR BEDBUG VICTIMS

Participants must post photos of their bites to win

September 17, 2012 (San Diego) – To promote the release of his new novel Shady Palms in October, San Diego author Allen Dusk is holding a contest to give away signed copies of his book, set in El Cajon. Victims of bedbug attacks are encouraged to post photos of their bites on Twitter and Instagram with the hastag #ShadyPalms. On October 1, 2012 Allen will announce the winners on his website http://www.allendusk.com.

LA MESA CANDIDATE FORUM SEPT. 27

September 15, 2012 (La Mesa)--The League of Women Voters will sponsor and moderate a candidate forum for La Mesa City Council candidates in the 2012 election. The forum will be held on September 27 from 7 to 9 pm at the La Mesa City Council Chamber.

GALLERY WALK AND ARTIST RECEPTION IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON FRIDAY, SEPT. 21

September 17, 2012 (El Cajon) – Downtown El Cajon invites you to a gallery walk featuring seven galleries on Friday, September 21 from 5-8 p.m. More than 500 works of art will be available along El Cajon’s Gallery Row in the community’s burgeoning arts district. The evening also features giveaways, food and beverages, live music and demonstrations by local artists. In addition, a “meet the artist” reception with Dawn Hough Sebaugh will be held at the Main Street 5 Gallery.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: AFTER THE CONVENTIONS

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

September 17, 2012 (San Diego) – Well, now we know. The 2012 Presidential election won’t just be between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, but between two starkly different philosophies not only of politics, or how to revive the economy and preserve the capitalist system, but also of life itself and what it means to be human. It won’t be a serious debate over how much government the American people want, or how they propose to pay for it. Nor will it really be about the budget deficit or the national debt, however much Republicans — especially their vice-presidential candidate, Congressmember Paul Ryan —might claim the moral high ground on that issue even though their giveaway tax cuts to the ultra-rich will actually make the national debt bigger, not smaller.

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