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CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS PLEAD FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18

ALL ABOARD! SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM OPENS IN CAMPO

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: HOTTEST EVENTS JULY 16 - 23

FINE FOODS IN A COZY NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT: BISTRO 60 AND SAN DIEGO DESSERTS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

FCC APPROVES SDG&E DRONE TESTING OVER EAST COUNTY SKIES


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S “RELAY FOR LIFE” AT BATES NUT FARM

 
June 10, 2012 (Valley Center) -- Bates Nut Farm hosts the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life of Valley Center” from 9:00 am June 16 – 9:00 am June 17. This overnight relay-style event raises funds to help the American Cancer society save lives. Over 15 teams have already been formed, and the members from each team will take turns walking the course over the 24 hour period. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and fundraising opportunities throughout the event, and the family-friendly environment provides a sense of community.

RICHARD LAWRENCE TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

 
June 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Housing Federation Board of Directors has selected Richard Lawrence as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the Federation’s Ruby Awards…There’s No Place Like Home event Thursday, June 14.

OUT OF THIS WORLD AT THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

Mayan Avitable, Nadin Abbott, and Serena Scaglione also contributed to this report

June 10, 2012 (San Diego County) – It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. So we took a team of our reporters and photographers to a media night preview of the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, which opened yesterday.  We watched bungee jumpers, an acrobatic dog, and 4-H kids with pigs and goats. We savored our fill of fair food. Plus we met up with some East County participants--including Chief Don Butz and the Viejas firefighters, who showed off the shark-toothed, souped-up car they will be driving in the demolition derby on June 16.

Here are our helpful hints and highlights for your fair-going enjoyment this season:  

VIEJAS ROLLS OUT “SAY YES TO BOWLING!” FREE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS & TEENS

 

 
By Sierra Robinson

June 8, 2012 (Alpine) – Looking for something fun, free and cool for the kids to do this summer? Your child or teen can receive a free bowling game each week-day this summer, along with bowling shoes, in Viejas Bowl’s new “Say Yes to Bowling” program.  The fun starts in June and continues on through August.

 

SANTEE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES BEGINS JUNE 14

June 9, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series, now in its 29th year, begins June 14.  Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5.  The concerts take place at the Town Center Community Park at the north side of the San Diego River.

The 9 concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock.

COMMUNITY JOB FAIR IN SANTEE JUNE 15

June 9, 2012 (Santee) – Assemblyman Brian Jones is hosting a community job fair on June 15 at Santee City Hall, Bldg. 8, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event is hosted in partnership with the City of Santee, East County Career Center, Santee Chamber of Commerce and EDD.

WINEMAKER’S DINNER AT GINGHAM JUNE 12

June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – On June 12 winemaker Linda McWilliams, from San Pasqual Winery, and Gingham’s executive chef, Ryan Studebaker will combine to create a specially prepared 6 course dinner designed to pair specifically with six of San Pasquals wines.  Gingham is located at 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.

BACKYARD SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS AT GINGHAM’S EVERY WEDNESDAY

June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – Gingham Restaurant is hosting Backyard Movie Nights on its patio, at 8384 La Mesa Boulevard every Wednesday beginning at 7:30 p.m.   The show will go on rain or shine and the popcorn is free.

FETE DU VIN AT BLEU BOHEME JUNE 19

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Bleu Boheme is hosting an interactive wine event featuring the Niven Family Wine Estates on June 19 at 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego.  The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. when, at 30 minute intervals 20 guests will be greeted in the lounge and taken on a 7 station tour throughout the restaurant with wine and food pairings.

SMALL FIRE DOUSED EAST OF JULIAN

June 11, 2012 (Julian)—A fire near the Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail and Pacific Crest Trail charred three to five acres east of Julian near Banner grade today, Cal-Fire reports. 

MIGHTY JOE LONGA BENEFIT CONCERT JUNE 10

June 9, 2012 (Spring Valley) – A benefit concert for The Mighty Joe Longa will be held at the Spring Valley Moose Lodge, 9062 Memory Lane, Spring Valley on June 10 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The entertainment will include the Robin Henkel Band with Billy Watson, Modern Rhythym, Tomcat Courtney, Joey Harris and Mental Farmers, Black Market III and Mojo Nixon.  The master of ceremonies will be Jim McInnes.

TB EXPOSURES AT SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL AND KEARNY MESA JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY

 
County Health Working with School and Probation Officials to Notify Students, Juveniles and Staff

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Santana High School and the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility have had tuberculosis (TB) exposures, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has reported.

DUNCAN HUNTER ANNOUNCES "DEFENDING OUR DEFENDERS" SAN DIEGO EVENT JUNE 13

 
June 9, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (CA-52) announced that he will be joined by U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (VA-4) in hosting "Defending Our Defenders," at the Shiley Theatre at the University of San Diego on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m..
 
The town hall-style event will begin with an introduction from a Congressional delegation and feature a moderated "open mic" for attendees to express opinions and ask questions pertaining to defense budget cuts and the regional impact.
 

DAPHNE HEARN NAMED SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE OF SAN DIEGO DIVISION

 

 
June 9, 2012 (Sa Diego) -- Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Daphne Hearn special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s San Diego Division. Ms. Hearn most recently served as the SAC of the Administrative Division in Los Angeles.
 
Ms. Hearn began her career as a special agent with the FBI in December 1991. She first reported to the Buffalo Division, where she worked a variety of programs, including the initiation of an organized crime investigation into a large-scale, international illegal gambling operation with ties to La Cosa Nostra (LCN) families in several cities. In May 1998, she transferred to the Chicago Division, where she worked on the Organized Crime Task Force investigating the LCN’s long-term control over the town of Cicero, Illinois.

 

“ BROTHER/SISTER” TEAM SENDING CHILDREN TO WHEELCHAIR CAMP!

 

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Sister and brother team, Danamarie, 17 and Collin McNicholl-Carter, 14 from La Mesa have been bringing awareness to the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation (SDASF) by recruiting their friends to walk in the 3rd annual “Stroll and Roll” events since 2010. Over 250 people attended this year’s event on May 20, 2012 to walk and/or roll in wheelchairs to raise money to send children to SDASF Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp on Mission Bay.

 

LA MESA HOSTS “MOVIE IN THE PARK” JULY 27

June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – Le Mesa will host “Movie in the Park”, featuring “How to Train Your Dragon”, July 27 at La Mesita Park, 8855 Dallas Street, La Mesa.  The movie begins at 8:00 and will be played on a high definition Blu-Ray projection system that includes a twenty-sex foot wide screen and amplified sound.

LA MESA’S “SUNDAYS AT SIX” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES BEGINS JUNE 10

This year’s concerts through the decades will honor the centennial

June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation presents the 2012 “Sundays at Six” Summer concerts beginning June 10 at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa at 6:00 p.m.  The series of free concerts will continue through June, July and August.

WEEKEND WEATHER WITH GARY KELLEY

June 9, 2012 - Always a good sport, Gary Kelley gives us a field-level view of the Rancho San Diego girls' softball team in action in this weekend's weather forecast.  If you're heading outdoors, have a ball!  (Want to sponsor our weather section and have your activities promoted here?  Contact ads@eastcountymagazine.org.)

 

VICTORY GARDENS SAN DIEGO OFFERS 3=PART GARDENING COURSE BEGINNING JUNE 9

June 8, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Victory Gardens San Diego is offering a 3 session basic gardening course on June 9, 16 and 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Spring Valley.  The course teaches about garden tools, garden siting considerations, testing and developing good soil and composting.

LA MESA SUNRISE ROTARY’S GIGANTIC GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER JUNE 9

June 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary is having a Gigantic Garage Sale Fundraiser on June 9 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 6210 Lake Shore Drive, La Mesa.  Items being sold include electronics, household items, tools, fabric, décor, high fashion clothing, plants and much more.  The premium items will be in a “boutique corner”.

HOT PROWL BURGLARS ON PROWL IN RAMONA

 
June 8, 2012 (Ramona) -- The San Diego Sheriff's Department is warning people in Ramona to be aware of a burglar targeting homes in the San Diego Country Estates. Three hot prowl burglaries were reported Wednesday night. A "hot prowl" is a burglary when an intruder enters a house while someone is home. A hot prowl burglary is dangerous because of the possible confrontation between the burglar and the victim. So far, no one has seen the burglar/s.

A “FAIR” DEAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

 
June 8, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Join the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce before June 15 and get a free event table at the Del Mar Fair on 6/22/12 and eight tickets to the Fair.  

ROB AND CHERYL SHIELDS RECEIVE 10NEWS LEADERSHIP AWARD

 
June 8, 2012 (San Diego)–Rob Shields, a partner at the San Diego law firm of Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, and his wife Cheryl, have been awarded the 10News Leadership Award for organizing “A Night to Remember,” a prom for students with special needs who reside in San Diego County. 

TRIBAL MEMBERS HOLD VIGIL AT OCOTILLO WIND SITE

Public asked to join with tribes on June 23



“The snake was moved but kept coming back, just like our people.  We will continue to keep coming back.” – Preston Arrowweed, Quechan elder. He believes unusual animal visitations at site are signs from Indian spirits, asking his people to help.

By Miriam Raftery

Jim Pelley, Denee ‘Estevane’ Woolley, and Susan Massey also contributed to this report

June 7, 2012 (Ocotillo)—Neither blistering heat nor blowing dust dissuaded Native Americans from at least four tribes from taking part in a five-day occupation in Ocotillo last week. 

They came to be with the spirits of their ancestors.  They also aim to show that desert devastation occurring with construction of the Ocotillo Express wind facility is wrong and must be stopped. 

EL CAJON TO BECOME CHARTER CITY

 

 

June 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Proposition D, which declares El Cajon to be a charter city independent of many state requirements, has been approved by voters. 

The measure passed by a 57%-43% margin. 

SURPRISES EMERGE FROM FIRST “TOP TWO” PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN CALIFORNIA

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 7, 2012 (Sacramento) – The state’s new top-two primary election is shaking up California politics. In November, voters in 25 of the state’s 120 legislative districts will not have a choice between Republicans and Democrats on their ballots. 
 
The advantage appears to belong to Democrats, since in 11 districts, the run-off will be between two Democratic candidates. Another five districts have two Republicans squaring off in November. In addition, two districts have decline-to-state-party candidates in the run-off, according to the Secretary of State’s website. 

FAIR WEATHER FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY FAIR

June 8, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Fair is now open with an "Out of This World" theme.  If you head up to the fairgrounds, enjoy sunny skies, says Your Online Weather host Gary Kelley.

 

TOBACCO INDUSTRY SNUFFS OUT CIGARETTE TAX INITIATIVE, BUT TERM LIMITS MEASURE PASSES

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2012 (San Diego)—Proposition 29 sought to add a $1 tax onto a pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund cancer research.  The measure appears headed for defeat,with the count currently showing 50.8% voting no.  (Some counties have not yet certified final results, which is not required until July 6.)

The tobacco industry spent a reported $65 million to defeat the measure--and appears to have got its money's worth with a spate of ads labeled as distortion by prominent newspapers statewide.

DE MAIO AND FILNER GEAR UP FOR PARTISAN FIGHT IN SAN DIEGO MAYORAL RACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Nadin Abbott, Tom Abbott and Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Two feisty and fiercely competitive politicians, polar opposites in the partisan divide, will square off in the San Diego Mayoral run-off race in November. 

Carl Demaio, a conservative Republican and former councilmember, in his victory speech at the U.S. Grant Hotel , said that “Citizens have shifted the city into drive and put their foot on the gas.”  He pledged to “finish the job of fiscal reform”  by implementing Propositions A and B, as well as fixing “roads that are falling apart.”

Congressman Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat and former Deputy Mayor of San Diego, faulted DeMaio for focusing on “a pothole somewhere” while lacking a positive message for voters.  “I want to talk about a vision of the future of what can be a really great city,” Filner told media at Election Central. 

VARGAS, CRIMMINS TO VIE FOR FILNER’S SEAT IN CONGRESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner’s departure from Congress to run for mayor has left an open seat in the 51st Congressional district, which spans southern portions of San Diego and Imperial Counties. In the June primary, a field of seven candidates has been narrowed to two: Democratic State Senator Juan Vargas and Republican Michael Crimmins, a retired Marine  Corps officer and teacher.

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