July 6, 2015 (Lakeside) – Residents across East County are invited to a Neighborhood Watch training program put on by staff of the Lakeside Sheriff Substation. The training will be held on Friday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 99841 Vine Street in Lakeside.
Update: The spill was at Abacana Industries, a pool manufactoring and supply company. Approximately 2,000 gallons from a 4,000 gallon storage tank leaked out. A secondary containment area in place to contain potential runoff from spills also failed, leading to a spill in the parking lot and storm drain. A private environmental company is now also assisting with cleanup. Photo courtesy of Heartland Fire & Rescue.
July 6, 2015 (El Cajon)--Heartland Fire & Rescue is on the scene of a hazardous materials spill at 545 W. Bradley Ave. in El Cajon. San Diego County and City Haz Mat crews are on scene assisting, and the spill is currently contained.
There are no road closures, as measurements on gas monitors are within normal range, however the public is advised to avoid the area until approximately 1:15 p.m.
Cherie Kephart, the sweet girl next door who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. Cherie spent seven frantic and comical years seeking support from both medical specialists and eccentric New Age healers to find her life saving answers. A Few Minor Adjustments will move you with its fiercely inspirational and humorous account of one woman's incredible journey to answer the age old question—is life worth living?
July 5, 2015 (Santee) – Currently, only individuals may donate to campaigns for Santee City Council and Mayoral candidates. But on July 8th, the Council will consider eliminating that restriction and allow donations from entities such as corporations, political action committees or organizations to donate to campaigns for city officials.
July 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Dear SharonAnn:
I will be 66 years old and retired by year-end. I am single, in good health, my parents are still living and healthy, and my grandparents passed away in their late 90s so it is likely that I have at least 30 years ahead. I am concerned that my nest egg will not last as long as I do. I want to know for sure! Is there a way to prove the projections made by my financial advisor? I have about $1.5M in 401K investments, I own my own home outright, and Social Security will be $2350 per month.
SB 340 Protects Private Financial Data in Family Law Cases Where the Responding Spouse Cannot Be Located
July 4, 2015 (San Diego)--Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) has announced that his bill, SB 340 was signed by Governor Brown. The measure allows courts to protect people from having to send highly confidential and personal financial information out when it is clear that the intended recipient is no longer at the last known address.
Helix, Padre and Otay Districts share info, tips at Chaldean Chamber meeting
By Miriam Raftery
July 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Representatives from Helix, Padre Dam, and Otay Water districts spoke at a California Drought program hosted by the San Diego East County Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce on June 24th in La Mesa.
All three districts are working to make sure their customers comply with Governor Jerry Brown’s order for 25% cuts in water use statewide. But their approaches vary, ranging from educating consumers to offering rebates to one district readying to impose fines on heavy water users.
July 4, 2015 (La Mesa) – A two-alarm fire 8420 Buckland Street in La Mesa on Friday morning started in a kitchen and caused $325,000 in damages to three apartment units and the contents, Heartland Fire reports.
July 4, 2015 (Borrego Springs) – Stargazing guru Dennis Mammana has been photographing the night sky for nearly a half century and leading night sky tours for nearly thirty years. He also teaches workshops that provide in-depth tips on how you can photograph everything from the Milky Way to constellations – and as we discovered last weekend in Borrego, you don’t have to have a backpack full of professional camera gear to come up with some gorgeous images.
Borrego Springs in 2009 became the first designated International Dark Sky Community in California--thanks in part to the efforts of our helpful host, teacher and guide. That means there are no bright lights at night to interview with your night-sky viewing pleasure.
July 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --Caltrans construction crews will close several connector ramps on State Route 67 (SR-67) to and from Interstate 8 (I-8) and from SR-67 to State Route 52 (SR-52) for night work Sunday to Wednesday. See attached.
Trails To The Stream: Poetry and Inspiration for Everyday Living, by Priscilla Koranteng (Poised Publishing LLC, 2014, 136 pages).
Book Review by Dennis Moore
July 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Priscilla Koranteng, author of two earlier books reviewed by this writer in the East County Magazine; Janju: The Voice of One Girl and Janju: A Village Girl in a City World, and the owner and publisher of Poised Publishing LLC, as well as an HR consulting firm; Poised HR Solutions LLC, has written a moving and insightful book on poetry: Trails To The Stream: Poetry And Inspiration For Everyday Living.
July 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Ask An Author welcomes guest columnist Jonny Holt of Literati Resources, a San Diego-based company offering PR and event management. I know Jonny from several events we organized together for Barnes & Noble. Learn more about Literati Resources on Facebook, Twitter @jonnyliterati, and Instagram @LiteratiGram.
July 4, 2015 (San Diego)--As part of the San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition, County Animal Services and six other animal sheltering organizations in the region launched a “Getting to Zero” campaign Wednesday. The effort includes animal shelters in East County.
July 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - - -Our May 2015 radio shows are now online! You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in May, click here and scroll down.
Our interviews included Jana Clark with Cleveland National Forest Foundation (on their suit over the county’s transit plan), internationally acclaimed wildlife photographer Roy Toft, , environmental activist Cindy Buxton (on progress toward Eagle Peak wilderness designation and on an ECM investigation that helped stop dumping on public lands) and Leticia Sandoval with Stronger Communities, a new nonprofit bringing help to East County residents.
Youth from the Juvenile Ranch Facility will be moved to the Camp Barrett facility by early August.
County News Service
July 3, 2015 (Camp Barrett)--Plunging juvenile populations are prompting San Diego County Probation to consolidate operations of its two camps for young people: Juvenile Ranch Facility in Campo and Camp Barrett youth facility in rural Alpine. Both camps house male youths.
June 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--Our April 2015 radio shows are now online! You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in April, click hereand scroll down.
Our interviews included Megan Hamilton with Surfrider Foundation on water-saving ideas, Author Deborah M. Pratt, Ashley Mazanec, San Diego Energy District Foundation, Ken Woodward, Ramona’s Woodward Museum, Jim Cooper, Ramona Old West Days, Joel Gossett, Circle Players on Café Murder, and Estela de los Rios on human trafficking.
July 3, 2015 (La Mesa)--Mama’s Kitchen, www.mamaskitchen.org, prepares and delivers nutritious meals to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Additionally, they provide pantry services (Mama's Pantry) and nutrition education to its clients.
The people of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa invite you to join them in overfilling a collection barrel for Mama July 8 through July 28. She needs nonperishable food items (no expired food, please): canned tuna, chili, salmon, fruit and soup; peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, boxed cereal and dry milk (small boxes).
July 3, 2015 (La Mesa) - The FBI and La Mesa Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the suspect responsible for robbing the U.S. Bank, located inside of the Albertsons grocery store located at 8920 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, California, on Thursday, July 2 at 10:07 a.m.
July 3, 2015 (Ramona) – On June 29, we reported that this could be the last year for the Ramona fireworks show, since the Ramona Rotary Club had fallen short of raising the enormous funds needed for the display. Fortunately, the Club has now reached its fundraising goal, the Ramona Home Journal reports in an e-mail sent to its readers.
July 2, 2015 (La Mesa) –June Takekawa Hsu, an 85-year-old La Mesa resident, has died of injuries sustained in a crash on northbound I-5 in Del Mar on June 24th shortly before 5 a.m. , the County Medical Examiner’s office reports.
July 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is having a very special fundraiser that really highlights the history and beauty of San Diego’s East County. “Plein Air paintings of East County,” features the original art of Gloria Chadwick. An open reception, fine art show and sale will be held on the museum’s Tropical Garden Patio on Friday, August 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.View more of Chadwick’s paintings.
July 2, 2015 (Ramona) – The San Diego County Fire Authority and CAL FIRE are making a major upgrade to fire and emergency medical services at the County’s Intermountain fire station. Starting July 1, new, around-the-clock paramedic service will be offered for the first time ever. The station is located east of Ramona along CA-78, a main route to Julian.
July 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Outdoor World RV Park located at 1331 Shasta Way, Boulevard, CA 91905 effective immediately. The water system serves a recreational vehicle park with a swimming pool, office, gift-shop and camp sites.
July 2, 2015 (La Mesa) – There have been reports of a young man with dark hair observed going through people’s mailboxes as he goes door to door in La Mesa. He then mentions neighbor’s names, supposedly to sell educational material.
In response, Claudia Ortega of the La Mesa Police Department provided a refresher on solicitors in La Mesa and how to stay safe:
July 1, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) this week announced the winners of its 2015 member awards. Now in its 39th year, the APGA awards honor the professional horticulture industry's most influential and pioneering individuals and organizations.
June 28, 2015 (San Diego)--Bill Burke, the chief of police for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), passed away today of unknown causes. He was 68 years old. Burke started with MTS in 2001, was promoted to director of security in 2004 and became its first chief of police in 2011. Prior to working with MTS, Burke was the chief of police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department in Chicago, Ill.
July 1, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect 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: