April 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Join the Water Conservation Garden, the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Ornamental Horticulture Department at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, April 28 from 9a.m. to 4p.m. as they present the 19 th Annual Spring Garden Festival.
April 21, 2012 (San Diego County) -- There are 14 childhood diseases that could sicken children. The good news is that all of them can be prevented by vaccines. April 21-28 is National Infant Immunization Week which was created in 1994 to remind parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.
April 21, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego Police are seeking a missing man believed at risk. Hassan Haft, 62, threatened to commit suicide by overdosing with medication, according to a bulletin issued by SDPD. Hassan is described as an Iranian man with grey hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 210 pounds with a medium build.
April 20, 2012 (San Diego) – The County Medical Examiner has identified Barzeen Barzanji, 20, a student from Santee as the man found dead this morning at a San Diego State University fraternity house.
A 2009 graduate of West Hills High School, Barzanji planned to graduate next year from SDSU and worked as a waiter at P.F. Chang's restaurant, according to his Facebook page.
Update April 21: The suspect surrended late last night, following a five-hour stand-off.
April 20, 2012 (San Diego)— Bank robbery suspects are barricaded inside a home at 8761 Blue Lake Drive in the Lake Murray/San Carlos area.
April 20, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego resident Anastasio Hernandez Rojas was beaten and Tasered to death in a 2010 incident involving Border Patrol. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. members of his family, civic and faith leaders will gather to watch new footage on “Need to Know”, a film that will raise the issue of border brutality to national attention.
April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s original fine art festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 28th year. Featuring artists who live in the East County area as well as San Diego, the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday , April 28 and 29, when 17 blocks of Little Italy will be transformed for this free festival. ArtWalk offers a unique opportunity for members of the public to engage directly with over 350 artists who will be there to display their original works for exhibit and sale. The art on display will include a wide range of paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glasswork and photography.
Update: View video of protest:
April 20, 2012 (Lakeside)—“Animals suffer both physically and mentally throughout these barbaric, violent, `entertaining’ practices,” the Animal Rights Protection and Rescue League of San Diego has posted on its Facebook page, urging a boycott of the Lakeside Rodeo. “They are incredibly scared, stressed, and uncomfortable.”
The group plans to stage protests tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. and again tomorrow from 12-2 p.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
April 20, 2012 (Sacramento) – AB 1902, authored by Brian Jones, did not muster sufficient votes to pass out of the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday. Introduced at the request of East County Magazine, the bill would allow online media to run paid public notices, such as new business announcements.
In his statement, Assemblyman Jones told Committee members that permitting online publications to post public notices is a” reasonable response to changing technology.” He noted that “California is customarily on the cutting edge of supporting new technologies and industries—and the online news business is both.”
April 20, 2012 (San Carlos) – San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has announced plans to hold a town hall meeting on Saturday to discuss his plans to “fix the City of San Diego’s budget problems” through pension reform, according to his campaign.
The event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 7430 Jackson Drive in the San Carlos/Navajo area at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.
April 20, 2012 (San Diego) –Prominent women leaders in San Diego will be speaking out to support Bob Filner’s mayoral candidacy this Saturday.
“Bob Filner is the only candidate for mayor who has spent his career fighting for women's rights,” a press release from the Filner campaign states. In Congress, Filner co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He is endorsed by the National Organization for Women (NOW) San Diego chapter and has earned an “A+” from Planned Parenthood for his voting record to support women’s rights.
April 19, 2012 (San Diego) – A trio of performances this weekend at Mission Trails Park include the play “Squawk”, Edgar Allen Poe readings, and a Santee Community Chorus Concert. Scroll down for details, or visit www.mtrp.org.
By Miriam Raftery
La Mesa leader in anti-smart meter movement says plan offers relief, but does not go far enough
April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Ratepayers now have the right to have a smart meter removed from their homes—provided they pay a $75 removal fee and $10 a month fee to read their meter (for low income users, the rate is $10/removal and $5/month).
Consumers who do not yet have smart meters and are on a “delay” list will have to make clear anew that they wish to opt out, or smart meters may be installed.
April 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Downtown El Cajon and Arts Alley Gallery Walk 2012 kicks off this Friday, with live music, food and beverages, and giveaways for the public. Gallery Walk events are set to be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 20, June 15, October 26, Novembr 16, and December 7.
April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Two measures authored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) were defeated in the Senate Public Safety Committee in Sacramento this week. Senate Bill 1514 would have eliminated the automatic appeal of each death penalty case, while Senate Constitutional Amendment 20 would have required that any appeals of death penalty cases go to the State Court of Appeal rather than the State Supreme Court.
(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!
By Dennis Moore
April 19, 2012 (Baja)--Baja, or Baja California, is the northernmost part of Mexico--just across the border from San Diego. Like a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered, the region has many tantalizing facets. Baja includes the cities and towns of Tecate, Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito Beach and Puerto Nuevo, which is world renowned for its lobster fest.
April 19, 2012 (Poway) – San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate a suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a 44-year-old woman on April 16 at 10:06 p.m. in the 12400 block of Vaughan Road.
The vicitim told deputies she was walking when a man grabbed her and tried to force her into to a nearby drainage ditch. She fought back, holding on to a chain-linked fence, but the man threatened her with a knife.
April 19, 2012 (Santee) -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle unit is continuing law enforcement's efforts to curb distracted driving. During the month of April, which has been designated "National Distracted Driving Month," extra patrols are out in force in the County of San Diego. Yesterday the motor unit concentrated their efforts in the City of Santee. Between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., motorcycle deputies wrote a total of 85 citations; 25 of which were for using a cell phone while driving and 38 were for speeding.
In collaboration with Jewish World Watch, San Diego Jewish Academy will hold a Walk to End Genocide, which is being organized by a group of ninth and tenth grade students. The walk is being held to raise awareness about the mass atrocities occurring in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
April 19, 2012 -- Join the San Diego Astronomers Association (SDAA) volunteer astronomers and park staff at the Hwy 67 staging area, 16281 Sycamore Canyon Rd., Poway, for a night under the stars starting at sunset. Experience the chance to view the galaxy using the same technology used by the professionals. Viewers will get a chance to see many amazing sights, which they wouldn’t normally see without the trained eye.
April 19, 2012 (Ramona)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Sutherland Reservoir Recreation Area Water System located at 22850 Sutherland Dam Road, Ramona, effective immediately.
The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.
April 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its April Business After Hours Mixer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 103 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon on April 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There will be complimentary appetizers and cocktails available for purchase.
East County Magazine catches up with the former Grossmont High School baseball star
By Ryan Schuler
April 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The exact distance from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif. to the University of San Diego is 14.7 miles. The former is where USD senior first baseman Bryan Haar made a name for himself as one of best high school baseball players in San Diego County; the latter is where Haar is making a name for himself by helping lead the 19th-ranked college baseball team in the nation to what many hope is a berth in the College World Series.