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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

VICTIM OF TROLLEY BEATING SPEAKS OUT

ISIS-LINKED BOMB THREAT AGAINST SONY EXECUTIVE DIVERTS SAN DIEGO-BOUND PLANE


READER’S EDITORIAL: 10 POINTS FOR DENIAL ON JULY 19 TO SAVE MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

 

By Stephen Goldfarb

July 4, 2012, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Ten points clarify why an initiation to amend the community plan and rezone from open space to industrial should be denied by the San Diego Planning Commission at the July 19th hearing.  Rezoning, if approved, would allow construction of the Quail Brush gas power plant near Mission Trails Regional Park.

TROLLEY TO COMICON, SAVE THE HASSLE

 

By Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
Photo Nadin Abbott
 
July 4, 2012 (San Diego)-- if you live in the East County, and you are planning to attend Comicon International, the Trolley has a deal for you. Metropolitan Transit will sell commemorative day passes, for $20.00, and decreasing amounts depending on how many days you ride. For the full Convention and the Preview night, cost will be $20 for the five days. 

SANTA YSABEL RESORT & CASINO SEEKS DEBT RESTRUCTURING

July 4, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) -- An official of the Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino announced that the facility will continue to operate as usual while it seeks to restructure its debt under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy law.

The tribeʼs attorneys filed the petition yesterday in federal bankruptcy court Southern District of California.

U.S. CITIZEN FROM SAN DIEGO LANDS ON NO-FLY LIST

 
July 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is speaking out in hopes of aiding a San Diego citizen of Somali heritage who is stranded overseas—the second local Muslim in a month to be barred reentry to the U.S.   
 
Ali Ahmed, a student majoring in journalism  at City College, is an American citizen. He came here as a refugee  and recently sought to return to Africa to meet his father, who he became separated from during the war. The two were slated to meet in Kenya, where many Somalis sought refuge.

READER’S EDITORIAL: TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: GUTTING AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH, TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNICATION, LAND USE, COPYRIGHT, AND LABOR LAWS

 
A Better World is Possible co-organizer speaks out
 
By Norrie Robbins
 
July 4, 2012 (San Diego) -- When a democratic country loses its ability to write and enforce environmental, health, transportation, communication, land use, copyright, and labor laws, it loses its sovereignty.  

SWEET NEWS: NEW LEMON GROVE LIBRARY RECEIVES MAJOR DONATIONS

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
July 1, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A new public library is now under construction in Lemon Grove at the corner of School Lane and Lincoln, thanks to Prop W bond funds.   
 
On June 27, Friends of the Lemon Grove Library presented the county library with a check for $60,000 to purchase the “First Day Collection for the new library. During the ceremony, the group also gave $5,000 from the City of Lemon Grove raised by Rosemary Putnam.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF FEDERAL FUNDS UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM

 
The deadline for applications to be received is July 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

July 4, 2012 (Sa Diego) -- San Diego County anticipates being awarded funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) National Board program. The amount to be received has not yet been announced.

BOTTLE BOMB HURLED AT TROLLEY EXPLODES IN LA MESA

 

July 4, 2012 (La Mesa) –A bottle bomb thrown at a passing trolley at the Spring Street station (4250 Spring Street) exploded shortly before 8 p.m. last night.  There were no injuries and the trolley was not damaged. 

Police seek tips to identify the individual who committed this crime.

READER'S EDITORIAL: TAKE ACTION TO STOP INSURANCE RATE HIKES

 By Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner

July 2, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act was good news for Californians. It means that Californians with health insurance will continue to enjoy the its  benefits. Now we can move forward with reforms to provide health insurance to those without it. 
 
There continues to be a major missing reform in the Affordable Care Act, however. There is still no authority to reject excessive health insurance and HMO rate hikes. And without this reform, rates for individuals, families, and businesses will keep climbing.

 

HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS HEADS TO GOVERNOR'S DESK

Updated July 5, 2012 with roll-call votes for San Diego legislators

July 2, 2012 (Sacramento) – “Sometimes David beats Goliath...Just a few minutes ago, the Homeowner Bill of Rights was passed by the California State Legislature," the Alilance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) annouced. "This means that Wall Street Banks are on notice: California will no longer tolerate the unfair and abusive foreclosure practices of the big banks." 

The legislation sought by California Attorney General Kamala Harris is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting signature. Hailed as a victory for homeowners, the landmark legislation passed despite the banking industry spending $70,000 a day on lobbying efforts to defeat the bills.

TRANSPACIFIC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS COME TO SAN DIEGO

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos Nadin Abbott
 
Conference sparks protests over proposed new free trade pact
 
July 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 13th round of negotiations for the TransPacific Trade Negotiations (TPP) is being held in San Diego at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel. This treaty will expand free trade across the Pacific Rim. 

OUT OF ASHES, INTO THE FUTURE: BLUE SKY RANCH

By Leon Thompson

June 30, 2012 (Lakeside)--In October 2003 the Cedar Fire incinerated 280,000 acres, destroyed 2820 homes and killed 15 people.  Like many others, Lakeside’s Wildcat Canyon resident Ingrid Coffin was alerted in the middle of the night that she was in the path of the most devastating firestorm our state had ever seen.

“SAVE MISSION TRAILS” EFFORT LAUNCHED TO STOP POWER PLANT: 2 KEY MEETINGS ON JULY 19

 

 By Miriam Raftery

June 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A new website, www.savemissiontrails.org, has been launched to oppose the Quail Brush Generation Power Plant.  The group asks the public to send e-mails to decision makers and attend two key upcoming meetings, both on July 19. 

MOST RESIDENTS UNAWARE OF KEY UNDERAGE DRINKING LAWS, “SOCIAL HOST” ORDINANCES

 

July 3, 2012 (San Diego) –In recent months, police and community groups have stepped up efforts to educate residents about an important law to prevent underage drinking – the Social Host law, often called the house party law.

The awareness push is needed, according to local health professionals. Social Host Laws have been in place throughout the San Diego County for close to a decade. Despite this, many residents are still unaware of the laws – and penalties they hold for those who host underage drinking parties.

SNAKEBITE VICTIM AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL

July 3, 2012 (Pine Valley) – A hiker bitten by a rattlesnake on the Corte Madera Ranch South of Interstate 8 in Pine Valley has been rescued.

Cal Fire units responded to a call at 1:15 p.m. from a female who dialed 911 from a cell phone and provided her GPS location to the dispatcher, Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said.  According to ECM news partner 10 News, the woman was hiking with a friend, who blew a whistle to help rescuers find the location. 

DEPUTIES ARREST SUICIDAL POWAY MAN WITH ARSENAL OF GUNS

 
July 3, 2012 (Poway) – Sheriff’s deputies from the Poway station responded to a report of an armed man trying to kill himself yesterday afternoon at his home in the 13700 block of Powers Road. The man, a convicted felon, told deputies he would not be taken into custody alive and that he had booby-trapped the inside of his home with explosives.

ARRESTS MADE AFTER THIEVES DRAG VICTIM 50 FEET

 
July 3, 2012 (La Mesa) – Thanks to a witness who photographed a crime in progress, La Mesa Police have arrested two suspects who  allegedly stole a laptop computer from a man, then dragged him 50 feet from a vehicle.

Fire severely damages Mt. Helix home

July 3, 2012 (Mt. Helix) -- As crews from the San Miguel Fire District responded to a 9-1-1 call late last night, flames were already shooting through the roof of the single family home located on the 9800 block of Ogram Drive. Once on scene, San Miguel Firefighters discovered the fire was running the attic of the 4200 square foot, single level home and called in a second alarm.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE SCOTT PETERS REFLECTS ON 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

 

July 3, 2012 (San Diego) – Yesterday, on the 48th Anniversary, of the Civil Rights Act, Scott Peters, candidate for the 52nd Congressional District, released the following statement:

“During this campaign, I’ve talked a lot about my dad, Harvey Peters. I’m thinking about him today as our nation celebrates the 48th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race and gender. It was an historic piece of legislation, but the work didn’t stop there; my dad helped continue the fight as a minister and civil rights leader who fought against housing desegregation in the Detroit suburbs in the late 1960s.

 

WRITER'S CALENDAR

 

 
LITERARY EVENTS
News and Calendar Items for San Diego County Book Lovers July 1 thru July 8, 2012
 
July 5 (Thursday, 7:30 pm) – Warwick's will host writer and photographer Mark Johnson who will discuss and sign his book Argyle Armada: Behind the Scenes of the Pro Cycling Life. This event is free and open to the public. In order to be signed the author's most current title must be purchased from Warwick's.

DUI TASK FORCE CRACKING DOWN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS THIS FOURTH OF JULY

 
July 3, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcoholimpaired driving crashes. 
 
That’s why this Fourth of July the Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is stepping up enforcement efforts as part of the ongoing “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk. 

UPDATE ON FIREWORKS LITIGATION AND CANCELLATION OF LAKE MURRAY 4TH OF JULY ACTIVITIES

 
July 3, 2012 (Lake Murray) –Many of our readers have contacted us asking for more information on the Lake Murray fireworks situation.  We received the following e-mail today from Navajo Events, confirmation cancellation and providing an update on the status of pending litigation:
 
The Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest and Fireworks Committee has regretfully decided to not hold the fireworks display over Lake Murray this year. This difficult decision was made after careful consideration of the liability exposure which the event would produce and the possibility of litigation directly involving the Committee. It was based on the continuing litigation by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF) and its lead attorney, Marco Gonzalez against the City of San Diego and the La Jolla Fireworks Foundation.

ELEVATED FIRE RESTRICTIONS ENACTED ON THE CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 
July 3, 2012 (Cleveland National Forest) -- Effective today at 6:00 a.m., fire restrictions on the Cleveland National Forest have been moved to the “Elevated” level. The increase in fire restrictions is due to dryer fuel conditions, higher temperatures, and the likelihood of small fires becoming larger fires.
 
The purpose of fire restrictions is to reduce the risk of human-caused fires during high fire danger. Fire restrictions impose limitations on forest users and are implemented only as deemed necessary to help prevent wildfires.

ART SHOW AT THE WIEGHORST MUSEUM BEGINS JULY 3

July 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Wieghorst Museum Foundation is hosting an art show from July 3 through August 31, every Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The participating artists include Jack Jordan, James Kermott, Mark Martensen, Ross Provence and Grace Schlesier.

The show is at the Olaf Wieghorst Musuem, 131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon.  The event includes a red tag sale.  For more information call 619-590-3431 or visit http://www.wieghorstmuseum.org/.

PRI RETAKES THE MEXICAN PRESIDENCY

PAN also rebuked in governor races

By Nadin Abbott

July 2, 2012 (San Diego)-- Enrique Peña Nieto has been declared the winner of  Mexico’s federal election yesterday. Mexico, unlike the United States, has a one-term limit for every office, from Mayor to President. His defeat of the PAN counterpart, Josefina Vazquez Mota, was not unexpected. All polling going into the election had Peña Nieto ahead by five to ten points.

DOG BLOG: DOGS AND FIREWORKS DO NOT MIX

 
By Dawn Celapino
 
July 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Do you know that the Fourth of July is the busiest day at most animal shelters? 
 
Dogs have highly sensitive hearing and can detect sounds high above human capabilities. Their ears are mobile due to 18 muscles that turn, lift, and tilt them to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. Because of their acute sense of hearing, dogs can hear sounds from four times the distance a human can.

US TEXAS COLLEGE HACKS UNARMED DRONE..

 
July 2, 2012 (Austin, Texas) -- There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a U.S. government drone? 

A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security. 

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