NEPAL EARTHQUAKE DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE AS LOCALS WATCH, WAIT AND LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP

SEE SMOKE? LIVE FIRE TRAINING THIS WEEK IN JAMUL AREA

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 3,700 FROM NEPAL QUAKE, INCLUDING CLIMBERS ON MT. EVEREST

OLÉ! A SPANISH FIESTA APRIL 26 WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE: FABULOUS PRIZES ADDED!

SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON FRAUD AND GAS PRICE-FIXING IN CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA FIRE AGENCIES ROLL OUT ONLINE CAMPFIRE PERMIT

VINEYARD GRANT JAMES ANNOUNCE EVENT SERIES IN RAMONA

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT "CAFE MURDER" MAY 1-3 IN EL CAJON

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON ALCOHOL INITIATIVE

MWD APPROVES 15% CUTS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER SUPPLIES

BLACKWATER GUARDS SENTENCED: 30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MASSACRE IN IRAQ

REACTIONS MIXED TO GOV. BROWN’S STATE OF STATE ADDRESS

 

Governor calls for overhauls of Calif. Environmental Quality Act, Enteprrise Zone Program and more

By Miriam Raftery

January 31, 2013 (Sacramento) – California has “confounded its critics” said Governor Jerry Brown, delivering his State of the State address on January 24. “We have wrought in just two years a solid and enduring budget,” he said, pledging to “keep it that way for years to come.”

"The budget is balanced but great risks and uncertainties lie ahead,” he said, noting that the federal government, the courts, or changes in the economy could all cost the state money."

TOTAL DELIVERANCE WORSHIP TEMPLE SITE OF M.A.N.D.A.T.E. RECORD LABEL CONCERT

By Rebecca J. Williamson

January 31, 2013 (Spring Valley) -- Who doesn’t like the thought of total deliverance? Spring Valley’s Total Deliverance Worship Temple offered up deliverance by hosting M.A.N.D.A.T.E.’s (a local gospel record label) 18th-anniversary concert on Saturday, January 26, 2013. 

Nu Vision, Archie Robinson, J. Pierre, Evangel, Men 4 Christ, and others either performed, did introductions, or contributed to a fun, gospel based evening.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

January 30, 2013 (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 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:

WORLD

NATIONAL

HEALTH

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

January 30, 2013--(San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

STATE

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE RECEIVES FEEDBACK IN SAN DIEGO HEARING ON IMPLEMENTING PROP. 39’S $2.5 BILLION

 

Framework to Advance Jobs, Schools & our Environment

January 30, 2013 (San Diego)--To initiate implementation discussions about Proposition 39 passed by the voters, Senate Appropriations Chair Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) convened the Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness in San Diego on Friday, January 25, Joining Senator De León on the dais were Senate Appropriations Committee member Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) and San Diego representatives Senator Marty Block, and Assembly members Toni Atkins and Ben Hueso. Panelists from education, labor, business and environmental organizations outlined pitfalls to avoid when spending the more than $2 billion in energy efficiency funds generated by the initiative.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES FARMERS’ MARKET IN EL CAJON

The market will be held on Thursdays downtown starting March 21

By Janis Mork

January 30, 2013 (El Cajon) - Following approval at Tuesday’s January 22nd City Council meeting, the City of El Cajon will now have its own farmers’ market in the downtown area. The City is working with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and others to establish a certified farmers’ market on Thursday evenings, beginning March 21, at the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 East Main Street in downtown El Cajon. 

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO APPEAR OVER EAST COUNTY

By Tom Lemon

January 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- The International Space Station is returning to the sky over The East County and will be visible tomorrow morning. You don't need a telescope or binocs. The brightest pass will be Thursday morning, January 31, visit the NASA site at this link for times and where to look:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/view.cgi?country=United_States&region=California&city=San_Diego

BIPARTISAN COALITION IN SENATE ROLLS OUT IMMIGRATION REFORMS

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2013 (Washington D.C.) –One day after a bipartisan coalition of Senators (four Republicans and four Democrats) introduced a framework for immigration reforms,  President Barack Obama has announced a four-part plan for comprehensive immigration changes 

The President's plan includes a pathway to citizenship, strengthening border security, cracking down on employers who hire undocumented workers, and streamlining our legal immigration system.  For details on the President's plan, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/01/29/watch-live-president-obama-speaks-comprehensive-immigration-reform.  For the Senators' framework, see http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/562528/reform0128principlessenatefinal.pdf.

FDA APPROVES THREE NEW DRUG TREATMENTS FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES

 

January 29, 2013 (San Diego)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved three new related products for use with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes: Nesina (alogliptin) tablets, Kazano (alogliptin and metformin hydrochloride) tablets, and Oseni (alogliptin and pioglitazone) tablets.

CLERK INJURED IN LIQUOR STORE ROBBERY IN LA MESA

 

Suspect fled in light blue minivan

January 29, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police offers responding to a robbery report at Sierra Market, 3834 Massachusetts Avenue, at 8:34 p.m. last night found a 68-year-old clerk bleeding from a wound to his head.

The clerk told officers he was behind the cash counter when a black male with a goatee wearing a curly blond wig entered the store holding a handgun.  The suspect walked behind the counter, where he was confronted by the clerk.  A struggle ensued and the suspect used his handgun to hit the clerk on the head.  The suspect demanded that the clerk open the cash register. While the suspect was filling his pockets with money, the clerk struck the suspect on the back of the head with a liquor bottle.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: WILE.E COYOTE IN EAST COUNTY

 

January 29, 2013 (Santee)--Van Collingsworth, Executive Director of Preserve Wild Santee, snapped this portrait of a coyote this week.

“The Coyote had just finished drinking from Sycamore Creek near the boundary of Fanita Ranch, MCAS- Miramar, and a Mission Trails Expansion Area parcel of East Elliot,” he states. “Sycamore Creek is an important wildlife corridor and is the last clean running creek in Santee because there is no urban development in the watershed that feeds it on MCAS-Miramar and Fanita Ranch.” 

Learn more about Preserve Wild Santee at  facebook.com/PreserveWildSantee

BETTER SURVIVAL RATES SEEN WITH LUMPECTOMY COMPARED WITH MASTECTOMY FOR EARLY BREAST CANCER

 

January 29, 2013 (San Diego)--A new analysis has found that lumpectomy plus radiation for early breast cancer may provide patients with a better chance of survival than mastectomy. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the results provide confidence in the efficacy of breast-conserving treatments even among patients with aggressive, early disease.

SHOULD SHU’LUUK WIND BE BUILT IN EAST COUNTY? HEARINGS JANUARY 29 AND 30 IN ALPINE AND CAMPO

Federal comment period now open for Enviornmental Impact Statement;

SDG&E also seeks approval for power lines tied to project without environmental review or public  hearing

By Miriam Raftery

January 14, 2013 (Campo) – The Campo Indian tribe has proposed to lease a portion of its reservation to Invenergy LLC for  an industrial energy project, Shu-luuk Wind.  The project would include 85 wind turbines, each approximately 500 feet tall, on tribal lands near the rural communities of Campo and Boulevard.  The project study area  of impact spans over 4,700 acres; the developer claims a project footprint of 900 acres;  many new miles of roads  and power lines are also proposed.

START SMART DRIVING CLASS FEBRUARY 21

January 28, 2013 (Alpine) – In response to the alarming teen fatality trend the Alpine Sheriff’s Station is hosting “Start Smart” for parents and teens (ages 15- 20) on February 21 at 7 p.m. at the Viejas Training Center, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. The goal of the program is to reduce the number teen driving related injuries due to drunk and distracted driving.

DRIVING ON 100% SUNSHINE

 

By Roy L Hales

Originally printed at San Diego Loves Green 

January 28, 2013 (San Diego)--Peder Norby’s interest in renewable energy goes back to his wind powered home in Denmark. Even then, Peder knew that someday he would drive an electric vehicle. In 2005, he and Julie built a 4,600 square house, overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Peder wanted a cheaper form of transportation, powered by sunshine. Julie was more concerned that it be dependable, comfortable and fun to drive. They installed 21 solar panels on the roof and a year later bought their first EV.

FLEETWOOD MAC TO PERFORM AT VIEJAS ARENA JULY 5: TICKETS ON SALE FEB. 1

 

Rhino records to reissue landmark Rumours album on January 29

January 28, 2013 (Alpine) - Based on an overwhelming response to the recently announced Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 North American tour, which has already sold over 325,000 tickets, the band announced today that they will be adding 13 shows—including the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University.  The newly announced leg of the tour includes second shows in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, new stops in Cleveland, Wantagh, Charlotte, Des Moines, Spokane, Portland, Sacramento, Albany, as well as, Montreal, Canada. A complete itinerary follows this release.  Tickets for the second leg of the tour go on sale beginning February 1st at Ticketmaster.com

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ALIEN INVASION?

 

January 28, 2013 (Ocotillo) - A reader on our Facebook page posted that when she drove east over the Mountains into Ocotillo recently at night, she was startled to see an array of blinking lights that resembled an "alien invasion."

Ocotillo resident Jim Pelley sent us this photo of the "invaders" -- nearly 100 wind turbines flashing red blinking lights all night long.  The developer, Pattern Energy, promised officials and community members before the project was built that lights would only come on if an aircraft was approaching.  But as this photo indicates, the reality for Ocotillo residents is far different. Three similar projects are proposed near homes in rural East County and beside campgrounds in McCain Valley, a federal recreation area.

BATTLE LINES DRAWN IN BOULEVARD TO FIGHT MASSIVE ENERGY PROJECTS

"We're just surrounded by an enormous industrial attack." -- geologist Chris Noland

"The fire risk will increase...Our fire department is just going to have to watch it burn...The bigger the fire, the harder it is to put out." -- retired Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Mark Ostrander

"The utilities have big bucks. They hire the slickest lawyers and liars." -- Sam Milham, M.D., epdemiologist specializing in diseases caused by electricity

"Stand up for your lives and your children's lives." -- Occupy San Diego representative

By Miriam Raftery

January 27, 2013 (Boulevard ) – More than 100 people packed  into the fire station in Boulevard, voicing concerns, questions and outrage over plans to transform their rural community into an industrialized energy zone covering thousands of acres.  By meeting's end, it was clear that rural residents - buoyed by supporters from major activist and environmental groups in San Diego -- are gearing up for the fight of their lives.

“We need to change the standards in order to protect people,” said Donna Tisdale, who helped organize the meeting hosted by the Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry Against Dumps.  “In my opinion, the wind industry actions meet the legal definition of deceit, constructive fraud and fraud.”

FARM-FRESH FOODS DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOU

Our Guide to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in East County

Updated January 27, 2013

By Ariele Johannson

Note: Please help us update this directory. If you know of any CSA programs we missed, please contact Ariele at arielejohannson@gmail.com or editor@eastcountymagazine.org. Farmers: Please send in any changes and visit our blog to connect with other farmers to help create a self-sufficient East County.

January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Eating healthy means including plenty of fresh foods-- and the freshest of all are those grown here in East County. Have you thought about allotting part of your food budget to locally-grown organic fruits, vegetables, milk, meats, and more?

MISS EL CAJON AND MISS RANCHO SAN DIEGO CONTESTANTS SOUGHT

 

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon)--Young women between the ages of 10 and 24 who would like to represent the City of El Cajon or the communities of Rancho San Diego are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Miss El Cajon Pageant.

“The pageant is a rewarding experience for all who participate, with the chance to win a scholarship and to serve our community for an entire year,” a press statement for the event states.

PINE VALLEY SHERIFF'S SUBSTATION OPENS IN TEMPORARY LOCATION

 

January 27, 2013 (Pine Valley)--Beginning Friday, February 1, the Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation can be found at a new location as construction on a new substation gets underway. The temporary address of the substation is 28914 Old Highway 80 Suite 106, Pine Valley, CA 91962 with the same telephone number at (619) 473‐8774.

CHILD ABDUCTION: 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL TAKEN BY MOTHER WITH TROUBLED PAST

Update January 28, 2013: Resa White has returned Amya to a babysitter;  the child is now safe and home with her grandmother.

January 27, 2013— Chula Vista Police seek public help to locate a 4-year-old girl abducted by her mother.  The missing child, Amya White, is African-American and was wearing a yellow raincoat and black pants when taken from her grandmother’s home yesterday at 4:30 p.m.

The mother, Resa Carolyn White, 21, has a history of drug abuse and is known to rely on bus transportation. She was last seen wearing a black top, black leggings and Ugg-style boots.  She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.  Note: the photo at left is the most recently, but her hair is now black and straight. 

The suspect lost custody of her two children, who were being raised by their grandmother at 2150 Caminito Leonzio in Chula Vista.

CHP WARNS DISTRACTED DRIVERS: YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE. IT’S NOT WORTH IT

 

January 27, 2013 (Sacramento)--Distracted driving is a serious safety concern for all drivers throughout California, especially teen drivers.  Eighty percent of vehicle crashes involve some kind of driver distraction. Talking on the cell phone or texting is the main source of driver distraction.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is urging teenage drivers to stop texting, put away cell phones, and focus on driving.  In an effort save lives, CHP along with Impact Teen Drivers will be conducting a year-long teen distracted driving traffic safety campaign through September 2013. 

EAST REGION RESIDENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY STARTS SOON

 

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Collaborative invites you to join the East Region Resident Leadership Academy starting in late January, continuing every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This free, 14-week course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become a leader in the community.

MENTAL PATIENT ARRESTED FOR HATE CRIME, ARSON IN BURNING OF GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery and Nadin Abbott

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon)- San Diego Sheriff today announced the arrest of Darin Williams in connection to an early morning fire that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Christian Church in the unincorporated area of El Cajon.  Williams s charged with arson, burglary and a hate crime, said Sergeant E. J. Dayitt.

The suspect was released last week from a psychiatric institution and became upset when the church’s priest, Simeon Corona, told him he could no longer stay at a parishioner’s home if he woud not take his medications,  U-T San Diego reports.  The priest called Williams, 38,  a “troubled man.”

SPRING 8 FOOTBALL REGISTRATIONS ON JAN. 30

 

 

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon) – Steele Canyon Youth Football & Cheer is now registering players for its Spring 8-Man Football League.  Registration will take place at Round Table Pizza, 2650 Jamacha Road, El Cajon on January 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Practice will start and February.  There are no try-outs and everyone plays.  Open to grades 5 through 8.  Competition lasts through May.

JACK SHU IS FEATURED SPEAKER AT LA MESA-FOOTHILLS DEMOCRATIC CLUB ON FEB. 6

January 27, 2013 (La Mesa) – Jack Shu, Board President of the Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF), will be the featured speaker at the February 6 meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club.  The meeting will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa at 6:30 p.m.

FROM THE FLUME TO THE OZONE:NEXT IN THE HISTORICAL SPEAKER SERIES FEB. 7 IN EL CAJON

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s Centennial Historical Speaker series continues for 2013.  The next speaker is Ms. Kate Breece from Helix Water District, with a presentation titled “From the Flume to the Ozone.”

This talk is scheduled for Thursday, February 7th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown El Cajon Library, located at 201 East Douglas Avenue.  Talks are scheduled for the first and third Thursday of the month.  Light refreshments will also be provided.

HAWK WATCH: AN UP CLOSE LOOK AT RAPTORS

 

Event continues each Saturday in January and February

By Miriam Raftery

January 27, 2013 (Ramona ) – A Ferruginous hawk, the largest hawk found in San Diego County, hunkers down on a treetop at the Ramona Grasslands preserve.  In a field nearby,  volunteers with the Wildlife Research Institute give visitors an up-close look at another of these magnificent birds (left), which winter in our region after migrating south from the northern U.S. and Canada.

Rainfall  moved the event indoors, where a Peregrine Falcon and a Screech Owl were shown off next. “We’ve never cancelled a single time,” WRI executive director Dave Bittner notes.  Later, as the weather cleared, Bittner displayed a golden eagle outdoors; a special report by the WRI warns that “our last remaining Golden Eagle territories in San Diego County are being threatened.”

LILAC TRAIL 5K RUN/WALK AND FUN RUN FEBRUARY 2

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Earth Discovery Institute is holding the Lilac Trail 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run on February 2 at the Crestridge Ecologilcal Reserve, 1171 Horsemill Road, El Cajon.  Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the runs beginning at 8 a.m.

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