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FUND ESTABLISHED TO HELP FAMILY OF JULIA ELIZABETH HILLS, DESCANSO WOMAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

LAKE JENNING LOSSES DOWN 56%: HELIX TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING WED. ON LAKE’S FUTURE

MEASURE TO PROTECT TEMPORARY WORKERS PASSES SENATE, MOVES TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

TRANSPORTATION JUSTICE FOR EAST COUNTY: MEETING & COMMUNITY DINNER SEPT. 9 IN EL CAJON

SDG&E LOW-FLYING HELICOPTER CAUSED HORSE INJURY IN DESCANSO, OWNER CLAIMS

TROLLEY OFFICERS FIRED OVER PASSENGER BEATING IN LA MESA

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CHAPTER IN EAST COUNTY WORKS TO HELP HUMANITARIAN CAUSES WORLDWIDE

REWARD ANNOUNCED IN COLD CASE OF MICKEY GUIDRY; TEEN WHO VANISHED IN DESERT 5 YEARS AGO

FUNDRAISER TONIGHT IN EL CAJON TO HELP IRAQI CHRISTIANS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

ISIS CAPTURES IRAQ'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN CITY: IRAQIS IN SAN DIEGO & MIDDLE EAST ISSUE WARNING FOR THE WORLD

BORDER CHILDREN: LA MESA CHURCH FORUM HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS


LA MESA EXTENDS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR OPENINGS ON SEVERAL CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 
July 16, 2012 (La Mesa)-Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for vacancies on the Aging and Veterans Commission, Environmental Sustainability Commission and Personnel Appeals Board. The positions will remain open until filled.

NEARLY 2,000 ACRES OF VALUABLE HABITAT ACQUIRED AND PRESERVED

 
Acquisition augments San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
 
July 16, 2012 (East San Diego County) -- With the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, SANDAG and the U.S. Department of the Interior have bought a 1,905-acre property in East San Diego County for open space preservation and the protection of endangered and threatened species, including the Quino checkerspot butterfly and California gnatcatcher.

EAST COUNTY EATERS: HISTORIC CHARM AND FRESH, FILLING FOOD AT EL CAJON’S DOWNTOWN CAFE

Downtown Café

182 East Main Street, El Cajon, CA 92020

www.downtowncafe-ec.com

By Ellinoa Blake

Last week, after a morning of all work and no play, my editor and I craved escape from the heat wave --and more importantly a bite to eat.

We headed into the heart of El Cajon to the aptly titled Downtown Café.  We found welcome relief from the sweltering heat as we swung open doors and stepped into the Downtown Café, a bold corner centerpiece of Main Street rich with vintage flair and historic ambience.

YOUNG ACTORS’ THEATRE PRESENTS "GUYS & DOLLS" BEGINNING JULY 13

July 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The Young Actors Theatre is performing ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Encore Theatre, 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley beginning July 13 at 7:00 p.m.  Performances are July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.  The show is double cast so it will be different actors playing the roles on the second weekend.

YOUR ONLINE WEATHER FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Sunny skies are back:  get the full forecast from Gary Kelley.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: STORM OVER OCOTILLO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jim Pelley

July 15, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- Photographer Jim Pelley captured this inspiring image of sunbeams illuminating the proverbial silver lining of this storm cloud over the desert in Ocotillo.

There is a tragic irony to this spectacular image, however.

LOCAL ENERGY COOPERATIVE AIMS TO GIVE CONSUMERS A CHOICE, OFFER COMPETITION TO SDG&E

 

“Green” power would come entirely from rooftop solar and other urban sources--not industrial wind or desert solar

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –What if you didn’t have to buy power from SDG&E, but could purchase electricity from a local energy cooperative instead? 

Suppose the power was generated all from renewable energy--no oil, gas or nuclear?  Better yet, all of that renewable power would come from urban sources such as rooftop and parking lot solar--and you could get incentives to put solar on your home or business.  

Now envision this "green" advantage as a member of the co-op--you could earn credits by selling your excess solar power. 

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT ASSEMBLYMAN JONES’ OFFICE JULY 26

 

July 15, 2012 (Santee)—Now you can meet your legislator and beat the heat—all at the same time.  Assemblyman Brian Jones, whose district includes most of East County, invites constituents to the second annual Ice Cream Social Open House at his Santee office on Thursday, July 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

SUPPORT REGIONAL ARTISTS AT THE EL CAJON ART GALLERY WALK ON JULY 20TH

July 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – Downtown El Cajon will be holding a Gallery Walk on July 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to encourage community support and involvement. Seven galleries will be taking part in this free event with more than 500 works of art available throughout El Cajon’s Gallery Row.

PROMINENT LOCAL ARTISTS ATTEND COMIC-COM

 

By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott 

July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Comic book authors and artists from East County and across our region were among the throngs seeking to meet fans, sell their works, and attend the esteemed Iesner Awards. 

LABOR ASKS COMIC-CON ATTENDEES TO THANK WORKERS

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--  Local labor leaders organized a thank a superhero worker event for Comic-Con International. Sandy Naranjo and Ben Cisneros of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council came to the front of the convention to ask attendees to celebrate labor, as well as pop culture.
 
Workers were excited to receive appreciation for their labors--and for people to be reminded that it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make an event like Comic-Con International run smoothly. 

BOOK REVIEW: LIVING RESOURCEFULLY, YET VERY WELL

 

Living Resourcefully, Yet Very Well, by Susan A. Mahalick (Amazon.com, 2012).
 
Book Review by Dennis Moore
 
July 15, 2012 (San Diego)--Susan Mahalick, an expatriate who grew up in New Jersey and later lived in Iowa before moving to Baja California,  has written a thoughtful and practical guide to being frugal and resourceful.  Living Resourcefully, Yet Very Well is a book based on her own personal learning and life experiences, starting when she was a little girl. She indicates in this well written and thought provoking book that  she learned to save from a very young age and still remember her “little bank book.”

MTS SETS BUS RIDERSHIP RECORD FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012

 
July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Ridership aboard Metropolitan Transit System’s bus network set a new ridership record for the year ending June 30, 2012.  There were 55.5 million passenger trips taken on bus during the year, which was 5.2% higher than the previous fiscal year and more than 800,000 more passenger trips taken in fiscal year 2009, which was when the previous bus ridership record was set.

K-9’S AND COCKTAILS AT ANDIAMO! JULY 18

July 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Andiamo Ristorante Italiano is kicking off summer with K-9’s and Cocktails on July 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 5950 Santo Road, San Diego.  Enjoy superb food and cocktails with your dog in an outdoor atmosphere on the patio. 

Visit www.Andiamo-Ristorante.com to view the menu and/or make a reservation for this event.

TIM LOVELACE TO PERFORM JULY 22 IN EL CAJON

July 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Tim Lovelace, a Christian comedian, singer and motivational speaker, will perform July 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 East Lexington Ave., El Cajon.  Lovelace uses humor to motivate and inspire by sharing life lessons.  He is also an accomplished player of the piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin and more.

The doors will open at 4:00 p.m. for this fun-filled family event.   The suggested donation for the event is $10 per person or $25 per family.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS CAPS FESTIVALS OF THE BELLS AT SAN DIEGO MISSION

 

July 15, 2012 (San Diego) – The 40th annual Festival of the Bells continues today, with the annual Blessing of the Animals at 3 p.m.

The Festival celebrates the anniversary on which Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of San Diego’s 21  missions, was founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1769.   

WIND ENERGY TAX CREDITS SHOT DOWN

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
July 14, 2012 (Washington D.C.) –Efforts by the wind industry to amend the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act (S. 2237) have failed. The industry had sought to insert  language to extend until 2014 the wind production tax credits set to expire at year’s end .Those credits allow wind developers to write off 2.2 cents of every kilowatt-hour produced. The proposed amendment would also have extended an investment tax credit covering 30 percent of costs for a wind development.

 

“BE COOL” BANDIT WANTED FOR COMMERCIAL ROBBERY SERIES

 
July 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --  San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives, in cooperation with detectives from the National City and El Cajon Police Departments, are investigating a series of commercial robberies that began in May, 2012. 
 
The same suspect is believed to be responsible for at least 9 commercial robberies throughout the county.   Four cases occurred in San Diego, four cases occurred in National City and one case occurred in El Cajon.

KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH TO HOST ‘THE SHOWER OF STOLES’ JULY 22

 
Open House Highlights the Role of LGBT People of Faith

July 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- To draw attention to the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith around the country, Kensington Community Church in San Diego will host an exhibit of liturgical stoles called “The Shower of Stoles” at a community-wide open house on July 22nd. The national project represents more than 1,000 clergy members of more than 30 religious denominations on three continents, including many who have been excluded from serving in their church because of their sexual orientation.

SOHO WILL LEGALLY CHALLENGE COUNCIL DECISION ON BALBOA PARK

 
July 14, 2012  (San Diego) - Save Our Heritage Organization will legally challenge the San Diego City Council's July 9 approval of a proposal that SOHO says would irreparably damage Balboa Park and could jeopardize its status as a National Historic Landmark District. The lawsuit will be based on the City's violations of the San Diego Municipal Code, the 1870 Trust Dedication of the Park as "free" in perpetuity, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving the plan.

MEDIA WATCHDOG GROUP WARNS OF “SMALL BUSINESS BALONEY”, SAYS MEDIA FAILED TO FACT-CHECK GOP TAX CLAIMS

 
July 14, 2012 (New York)-- Barack Obama's July 9 announcement that he would extend the Bush tax cuts for income below $250,000 prompted Republican politicians and presidential candidate Mitt Romney to claim the policy is a tax increase on small businesses."

ESCONDIDO POLICE OFFICER’S ASSOCIATION HOSTS MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT TO HONOR FALLEN CADET

 

The annual “Cops for Kids” Tournament Celebrates the Life of Luis “Frank” Romero  

July 14, 2012 (Escondido)  – The Escondido Police Officer’s Association has announced that their annual “Cops for Kids” golf tournament will be rededicated as the Cadet Luis Romero Memorial Golf Tournament, to be hosted at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Course on Monday, July 16 at 1 p.m. The event celebrates Luis “Frank” Romero, an aspiring law enforcement officer who succumbed to a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor earlier this year at the age of 18.

FILING PERIOD OPENS FOR CANDIDATES IN LOCAL RACES

July 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Want to run for office?  There are many seats open for local candidates, from planning groups to school boards and city councils.

Candidates for planning, water, recreation, fire,  and school districts must file to run between July 16 and August 10:  http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/reports/General_Election_candidate_schedule.pdf
For election procedures, visit  http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/voters/Eng/rov_highlights.shtml  

Candidates for city council or mayoral races should contact individual cities (including El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway and Lemon Grove in our county’s inland regions) for rules and details. 

LEGAL OPPONENTS OF FIREWORKS DISPLAYS SPARK CONTROVERSY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Coast Law Group, which represents the Coast Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF), the organization that has sued to halt fireworks shows in San Diego and led to cancellation of the Lake Murray Fireworks in East County, has sparked new controversy. 

On July 4, an attorney representing CERF was caught sneaking into a fireworks staging area and reportedly jeopardized the safety of herself and others.

GAME3R-CON OFFERS MORE TO COMIC-CON ATTENDEES

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott

July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--If you are going to attend Comic-Con this year, you should know there are many side events outside the Convention Center. One of them is Gam3r-Con, located on the 10th Ave Theater, which is on 930th, Ten Avenue.

So what is different or interesting about this small Con running concurrently with Comic-Con?  Live theater. When we attended for this review we were treated to Gamers: The Play, co-written by Brian Bielawski and Walter G. Meyer, an ECM book reviewer. 

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES: THE BIG PICTURE, PLUS LOCAL REAL ESTATE NEWS

 
By Charlotte Reed, REALTOR, SRES CRS
Windermere SoCal Real Estate La Mesa Branch
 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –This week in the real estate trenches, we bring you some “big picture” news of landmark state legislation and a major federal court case settlement, both of which have major ramifications for our local real estate market, lenders and consumers. We also include some local news highlights of interest to the East County real estate community. 

WINTER HOPEFUL TRAINS WHILE SUMMER OLYMPIANS COMPETE

 
By Hunter Hewitt
 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--Over the last few months, athletes from all over the world have been vigorously preparing with hopes to be in peak physical condition to represent their country in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

POWAY LIBRARY HOSTS WOODY GUTHRIE’S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION JULY 14

 

July 13, 2012 (Poway)--Woody Guthrie lived through the most significant events of the twentieth century, forging his talents as a prolific writer who, through his songs, prose and poetry, told the story of everyman.

San Diego County Library joins people around the world in celebrating Guthrie's life and influence. Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday Celebration will be held at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m.  San Diego musicians will band together in a free concert to honor the famed singer, who still has a profound impact even 45 years after his death.

SAFE LIGHT PROJECT: FREE SOLAR MOTION-ACTIVATED LIGHTS FOR QUALIFYING SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--The City of San Diego and the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together San Diego, have developed a program to increase lighting in several areas within the City. 
 
Rebuilding Together San Diego has coordinated purchase and installation of high powered, motion-activated L.E.D floodlights which are battery-operated and charged via solar panels. These lights and their installation are free of charge to qualifying residents.

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