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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.)
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.