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WORLDWIDE PROTEST AUGUST 2 OVER VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ & SYRIA

JOIN EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE AT GRAND OPENING OF EAST COUNTY WELLNESS & YOGA CENTER AUGUST 5

TRAGEDY ON EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR: 1 DEAD, SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING BOATER

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS OFFER HOPE AMID DESPAIR TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS AT PRAYER VIGIL IN EL CAJON: HEAR AUDIO

WHY ARE SO MANY FIRE STATIONS CLOSED—AND WHAT’S BEING DONE BY COUNTY TO BOOST STAFFING?

COUNTY SETS SIGHTS ON WILD PIG POPULATION IN EAST COUNTY

ONLY LICENSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY TO OPEN IN EAST COUNTY: GRAND OPENING AUGUST 2

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT PRAYER VIGIL FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS TONIGHT

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESPITE MONITORING, SEX OFFENDER BREAKS INTO HOME, MOLESTS 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN


EMERALD WANTS SDG&E DOLLARS TO FUND FIRE/RESCUE DEFICIENCIES

 

June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego Gas and Electric has agreed to pay the City of San Diego $27 Million to settle a lawsuit over the 2007 wildfires.  Councilmember Marti Emerald is asking the Mayor to reinvest this cash windfall back into public safety. 
 
The councilmember recommends spending $18 million to design and build critically needed fire stations, citywide, as recommended last year in the Citygate Report on San Diego’s emergency preparedness.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
June 14, 2012 --  (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 reflecting 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:   
 
 
  
 U.S.
  • Corporate political efforts don’t guarantee results—study (Reuters)
  • Romney energy plan includes drilling virtually every part of U.S. – no protections even for national parks (Think Progress)
  • Issa demands documents on green energy loans (Fox News)
  • Presidential projections on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • Justice Department sues Florida over voter purge (Huffington Post)
  • Mojave desert: Military wants to limit wind development (Riverside Press Enterprise)
  • Sebelius:  Medicare stronger than ever due to healthcare law (The Hill)
  • Family net worth drops to level of early ‘90s (NY Times)
  • Colorado wildfire moving fast, not contained (BBC)
  • California tribes suing to halt construction of wind factory on sacred land (Indian Country Today)
  • Open letter asks Obama to meet with Tribal leaders on Ocotillo Express wind project (Indian Country Today)
WORLD
  • Russian protesters demand Putin resignation (CNN)
  • U.N.: Syria children tortured, used as human shields (CNN)
  • Syria in Civil War, says U.N. official (BBC)
  • Solar-powered “super trees” breathe life into Sinagapore urban oasis (CNN)
  • Scottish Power (a division of Iberdrola, developer of Tule Wind) tests U.S. tax breaks on interest (Reuters)
  • Ruling on wind farm says countryside as important as climate change targets (UK Telegraph)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

ALL-NIGHT WAKE: PUBLIC IMPLORED TO JOIN TRIBES AT OCOTILLO WIND SITE


East County Magazine to form carpools from San Diego to desert vigil June 23-24

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) –  As bulldozers raze their ancestors’ graves, Native American tribes across the southwest are asking for the public’s help to stop the desecration. 

If you believe this heartbreak funded by taxpayer dollars is wrong, please join with tribes of all nations to take a spiritual stand together against despoilment of these once protected desert lands for private corporate gain.

Determined to halt the Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Express wind energy project, tribes of all nations will gather for a traditional dusk-to-dawn ceremony to mourn disruption of their ancestors' burial sites. From 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 to dawn on Sunday, June 24, members of the public are encouraged to join with Native American neighbors in the Ocotillo desert for these spiritual ceremonies.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 
June 14, 2012 --  (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
  • Carlton Oaks land agreement will connect Mission Trails to River Trail (Santee Patch)
  • Victim in fatal Alpine crash was to graduate from UCSD (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa Spring Valley School District faces negative bond rating (San Diego Reader)
  • Giant SDG&E line sparks rural activism (UT San Diego)
  • A closer look at executive pay at Sempra, Qualcomm and other companies (UT  San Diego)
  • The local newspaper makes national news- NYT criticizes UT San Diego for using newspaper as pulpit for business interests (Voice of San Diego)
 
STATE
  • ‘Third strike’ and GMO foods labeling initiatives qualify ballot (Sacramento Bee)
  • Sacramento leaders eye pension changes, sales tax (Sacramento Bee)
  • Election officials: get used to uncounted ballots (Sacramento Bee)
  • California likely to need to cut spending more (Reuters)
  • California Highway Patrol Officers  union agrees to monthly furlough (Sacramento Bee)  
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

 

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON CONCERT JUNE 15 TO BENEFIT UNITED FARM WORKERS’ 50TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Tickets are on sale now for the Kris Kristofferson & Friends concert series to benefit the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers (UFW). The tickets are available at http://www.ufw.org, and limited VIP seats are available. The San Diego area tickets for the concert on Friday, June 15th are also available at Spreckles Theater. The San Diego concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will feature Mariachi Divas.

 

ART LOVERS DELIGHT: GALLERY WALK & MASTERS OF THE MOMENT SHOW IN EL CAJON JUNE 15

 

 
June 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – Stroll through eight local galleries in downtown El Cajon’s Art Gallery Walk this Friday night, June 15 from 5-8 p.m. 
 
In addition, a reception for the Masters of the Moment Show will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at Sophie’s Art Gallery, 109 Rea Ave, with awards presented at 6:30 p.m.  

 

SAVE ECPAC LAUNCHES EXPANDED WEBSITE

 

 
June 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – In conjunction with launch of a Save ECPAC foundation that proposes to take over management of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) , an expanded website, www.SAVEECPAC.org, has been launched.

 

FIRE OFFICIALS HALT “SKY LANTERN” SALES AT WALMART STORES

 

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A complaint by East County Magazine reader Mary Rajknecht has led Wal-Mart to agree to pull flammable “sky lanterns” off store shelves statewide. Rajknecth notified ECM and local fire officials that the product could be dangerous in our fire-prone area, prompting a warning from the state Fire Marshal's office to be issued. 

EAST COUNTY OBITUARIES, JUNE 13, 2012

 

June 13, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Scroll down to view a list of this week's obituaries here, or visit  www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries. 

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: CREATING DEFENSIBLE SPACE—WILDFIRE SEASON!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna,  East County Magazine “In-House Fire Chief”
June 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Summer is here and brush fires are already happening throughout San Diego, Southern California and historic fires currently burning in Colorado and New Mexico.
Resources are being stripped from local areas and it’s important that homeowners do their part to mitigate the threat of wildfire protecting their property and to those that fight these fires with limited budgets due to our economy.

 

LOCAL ARTIST TAKES AWARD AT SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY’S JUNE SHOW, RUNNING CLEAR.

 
June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s June Member Show with his painting Trickle Down Effect.  The juror recognized Chuck’s painting for excellent design and how he captured the texture of the rounded rocks and depth in the stream. More of Chuck’s work can be seen at his website http://artthatsells.net.  Chuck will be demonstrating at the San Diego Fair June 23, 11-6; June 24, 11-6; July 3, 12-4 and July 4 from 12–4. 

COUNTY PLANNERS VOTE TO DENY TULE WIND INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES ON PRIVATE LANDS

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego's Planning Commission voted Friday to deny Iberdrola Renewables’ application for five 492-foot-tall wind turbines on private land under county jurisdiction.

The proposed turbines were part of the Tule Wind project, which also includes 62 turbines on U.S. Bureau of Land Management property in McCain Valley, seven turbines on state property, and 18 on Ewiiaapaayp tribal lands. To date, only the federal portion of the project has been approved.

“The Tule Wind decision was precedent setting in that turbines were denied on private land in the Boulevard area and the plan amendment was denied,” said Donna Tisdale, chair of the Boulevard Planning Group. “Today’s decision also bodes badly for Enel Green Power's Jewel Valley wind that is proposed for about 7,000 acres both north and south of I-8."

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: OCOTILLO RESIDENTS DECRY DUST RAISED BY WIND PROJECT

 By: Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Why hasn’t the Bureau of Land Management taken steps to protect Ocotillo area residents from clouds of dust in an area with high rates of childhood asthma and where soil reportedly contains potentially deadly Valley Fever spores?

Despite numerous complaints including photos and videos of dust billowing up from construction activities at Pattern Energy’s Ocotillo Express wind energy site, the apparent health hazard continues. 

BURGERS FROM DOWN UNDER: STEERS OPENS DOORS IN LAKESIDE

 9927 Maine Avenue
Lakeside, CA 92040

www.steersburgersfries.com

(619)390-9063

 By Sierra Robinson

June 12, 2012 (Lakeside)—Savoring flame-broiled, 100% Angus beef burgers at Steers, an Australian-based eatery that opened its first American restaurant in Lakeside last weekend, I predict that Steers will soon be rounding up a herd of loyal new customers.

After opening outlets in Australia and South Africa, the owners moved to La Jolla and scouted out an ideal location for their first U.S. venture. The site of the former Lakeside Steak House has been fully remodeled, serving up juicy burgers, espetadas (a shish-kabob like creation) and coming soon, steaks sizzling on the barbie. 

JACOB WINS SIXTH TERM ON SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

June 13, 2012 (San Diego)-- Long-time County Supervisor Dianne Jacob spent Election Day in her East County District meeting with constituents and hoping for a win at the ballot box for a record sixth time. No other Second District supervisor has served over two terms.  

Jacob won re-election outright in the primary with over 50% of the vote, defeating challenger Rudy Reyes, an archaeologist and Cedar Fire victim who championed fire safety issues. Jacob received 28%, while Reyes received 22%. 

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER

 

June 13, 2012 (San Diego) - Looking for relief from coastal June gloom? Sunny skies are forecast inland, says Your Online Weather forecaster Gary Kelley.

 

MISSING PENASQUITOS TEEN FOUND IN ORANGE COUNTY

 

June 14, 2012 (Penasquitos) - San Diego Police have been advised by authorities in Orange County that Kevin Stapp has been found, according to Lt. Andra Brown with SDPD.

Scroll down for our prior report on his disappearance.

FIRE BRIEFLY EVACUATES HOMES IN EAST COUNTY

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – A brush fire this evening at Lavala Lane and Highway 8 Business loop in El Cajon charred at least two acares, forcing evacuations in the area briefly, Incident Page Network reported. Helicopters dropped water on the blaze, swiftly bringing it under control.

Heartland Fire Dispatch reports units are now being released from the scene.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SERIES OF EL CAJON HOT PROWLS

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – On June 11 a suspect, Phillip Murphy of El Cajon, was arrested in the series of hot prowl burglaries in El Cajon and the surrounding areas which have occurred over the past two weeks.  The arrest was made by Officer D. Thompson after responding to a call of a suspect attempting to gain entry into a home on Joanne Way, El Cajon.

SPRING VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THREE DAYS BEFORE GOING MISSING UNDER “SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES”

Update:  Alford was found and arrested after a brief chase, charged with transporting a controlled substance. Click for details.  

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Search and rescue teams, K-9 search dogs and an ASTREA helicopter have been scouring Spring Valley in an effort to locate Rebecca Faye Alford, who was reported missing at 5:17 a.m. by an acquaintance. 

EDUCATION TOUR: DON’T JUDGE A FISH BY ITS ABILITY TO CLIMB A TREE

 
Education News and Notes
 
By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--With the end of the school year arriving, be sure to view the Khan academy video (below) to prepare for tests or simply get ahead for the next school year!

RESIDENTS HOPE EYE GNAT PLAGUE TO END AS FARMER PLANS TO PULL OUT OF JACUMBA

 
June 12, 2012 (Jacumba)–Residents of this rural town are “cautiously” optimistic after receiving written confirmation from the San Diego Department of Environmental Health [DEH] that Bornt Farms will soon cease operations in Jacumba. The reason given by the farmer is “water supply constraints” according to DEH.
 
But the eye gnat plague has worsened as Bornt has halted mitigation efforts—so residents’ woes are not yet over. Bornt’s withdrawal always raises questions about the future of his land—and who will be the townspeople’s new neighbor.

 

REP. SUSAN DAVIS HOSTS GRANTS WORKSHOP FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS JUNE 13

 

 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a workshop to assist health care organizations in locating federal and local grants. 

The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the
University of San Diego, Hahn University Center, Forum B, 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92111.

MAN WANTED IN GRANTVILLE ATTACK THAT LEFT VICTIM WITH BRAIN DAMAGE

 

 
Attacker believed to have met his victim at McGregor’s Bar & Grill
 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division have released photos of a man wanted as a “person of interest” in the attempted homicide of a Grantville woman last month. On May 13, officers responded to a call that a female victim, 34, had been found unconscious in her apartment. Severely beaten, the woman remained unconscious for almost three weeks and sustained brain damage from the attack. 

 

HOMICIDE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE CASE OF MISSING SPRING VALLEY WOMAN

 

Update: Alford was located near her home and has been arrested on a new charge of transporting a controlled substance. Click here for details.

 

June 12, 2012 (Spring Valley ) – San Diego Sheriff’s Department is investigating the whereabouts of Rebecca Faye Alford, also known as Fatima Garcia.  Reported missing, she was last seen Monday, June 11 at 10:30 p.m. at her residence in the Lamplighter Village Park, 10767 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley.

Homicide detail is investigating the case.  The missing woman, 41, has red hair and hazel eyes. She is described as light-skinned, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weight 125 pounds. A 1999 black Ford F159 with license plate #67216A1 may also be involved.

FLORIDA ATTACK PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON `BATH SALTS’: DANGEROUS DRUGS PUT LOCAL YOUTHS AT RISK, AUTHORITIES WARN

By Sierra Robinson

 

 

June 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Last month, a tragic incident in Florida, now nationally known as the ‘Florida Zombie Attack’, has been attributed to a dangerous drug most commonly known as ‘bath salts’. But just how dangerous is this new drug? Are we all in danger of such a horrific attack like that in Florida? 

Use of ‘bath salts’ has been dramatically increasing.  The American Association for Poison Control Centers took 303 calls about the drug in 2010; while in the first eight months of 2011, 4,720 calls were received regarding use of such synthetic drugs. Local and national authorities now warn the public about an alarming rise in serious health reactions and violent incidents linked to these drugs.  But what are they, exactly, and what makes them so dangerous? 

TRANSFORMER FIRE IGNITES VEHICLE, SHUTS DOWN POWER AND CONFINES RESIDENTS TO THEIR HOMES IN EL CAJON

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon) 9:35 a.m. – Power remains out in parts of El Cajon following a transformer fire this morning. Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a transformer fire in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue in El Cajon. As crews arrived, they found not only the transformer fire, but downed power lines and a resulting vehicle fire. 

WILDFIRE EAST OF TECATE IN MEXICO

June 11, 2012 (Tecate)—A Mexican newspaper reports that a forest fire which began east of Tecate on the Mexican side of the border has consumed hundreds of square meters of vegetation, including wildland areas and crops. The blaze is burning toward Mexicali; cause is unknown.

A forest-fire fighting brigade is battling the blaze, which has produced a cloud of smoke visible in East County. The fire is burning near several electrical towers with high-voltage lines.

EL CAJON MERCHANT HOPES REOPENING THEATER WILL BRING BUSINESS BACK TO DOWNTOWN

Click screen above to view our exclusive video interview

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Many of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon opened their doors several years ago because of the proximity of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) on Main Street. One of those is Domenico Donato’s “Mangia Bene” Italian restaurant located directly across from the theater which opened a decade ago. 

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