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HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT

HEALTH DEPT. AND COURTS BACK NEIGHBORS IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO WIND FARMS

NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

IMAGINE! CREATING WATER FROM AIR TECHNOLOGY TO BE FEATURED AT AFRICA TRADE & BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO OCT. 18


TELLER FOILS BANK ROBBERY ATTEMPT IN LA MESA

August 12, 2012 (La Mesa)—A woman who claimed to be armed attempted to rob Cabrillo Credit Union at 7900 El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa on August 9.  The suspect, who wore a black and white polka dot scarf covering her head and face, left empty-handed after a teller refused to turn over the money.

MOTORIST DIES AFTER HITTING BICYCLE IN LEMON GROVE

 

August 12, 2012 (Lemon Grove) –The driver of a BMW who struck a bicycle last night at 9:48 p.m. lost control of his car and rolled over several times near Central Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Lemon Grove.  He was partially ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sergeant Herbert Taft with the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s substation.

BOOK REVIEW: THE NECROMANCERS: OR LOVE ZOMBIES OF SAN DIEGO

The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, by E.Z. Graves (Contemporary Instructional Concepts, San Diego, CA, 2012).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--San Diego resident E.Z. Graves, who teaches college English composition at Grossmont College in East County, has written a horror science fiction novel: The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, using El Cajon and La Jolla as a backdrop. Reading like George Romero's Dawn of the Dead or the movie Blade with Wesley Snipes, The Necromancers: Or Love Zombies of San Diego, will certainly keep those who are horror or science fiction buffs entertained.

 

BOIL WATER ORDER AND PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR COUNTY LINE BBQ AND CAFE

August 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for County Line BBQ and Cafe located at 23446 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately.

As a result of the boil water order, the restaurant has voluntary closed. The restaurant is situated close to the Chihuahua Fire currently burning in the area.

WHAT ARE AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES?

 
By Jeannette Nunes
Social Security District Manager
 
August 11, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Each year, Social Security announces the top baby names for boys and girls, based on Social Security card applications for babies born in the previous year. If you have children or you’re friends or relatives with those who do, chances are you might know a few babies with the “in” names.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER ANNOUNCES CELEBRITY MODELS FOR 35TH ANNUAL HAUTE WITH HEART FASHION SHOW

 

Several San Diego icons strut the catwalk for charity on August 18, 2012

 

August 11, 2012 (San Diego) --  St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) announced the lineup of celebrity models for its 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show today. On August 18, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego icons including local news anchors, radio DJ’s and even a World Series winning baseball player will strut their stuff in the 35th Annual Haute With Heart Fashion Show.  All proceeds from the fashion show, themed Let the Sunshine In, will benefit SMSC’s programs for nearly 400 adults with developmental disabilities.

FLOOD ADVISORY ISSUED

Update: Flooding is reported in Campo on Buckman Springs Road and in the Warner Springs area, where a fire crew was briefly stranded, the National Weather Service reports. Largest storms have developed over Borrego Springs, Ranchita, Shelter Valley and Warner Springs.

August 11, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - A flood advisory has been issued at 4:40 pm. for San Diego mountains and deserts.  Affected areas include Borrego Springs, Julian, Pine Valley, Agua Caliente Springs, Banner, Boulevard, Canebrake, Cuyamaca Peak, Live Oak Springs, Mount Laguna, Oak Grove, Ocotillo Wells, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley, Tierra Del Sol and Warner Springs.

DOZENS OF LIGHTNING STRIKES SPARK FIRES AS POWER OUTAGES HIT MOUNTAIN AREAS

Update August 11 5:30 p.m. - More than 500 lightning strikes have been reported countywide. 

ECM reader Geoffrey Thomas sent us this reassuring eyewitness account from Chihuahua Valley: "Have surveyed the valley from a high vantage point and there is no smoke evident, especially at 30800 Chihuahua Valley Rd...We received and still are, multiple lightning strikes but due to volume of rain 0.2 inches in the last hour there doesn't appear to be anything igniting...There are no aircraft at all due to the severe thunder cells... Everything is very wet up here!"

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EAST OF EAST COUNTY

By Tom Lemon
 
August 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) — When you're driving east on Interstate 8 past Jacumba and the Desert View Tower there's a sharp left turn and you begin to descend Mountain Springs Grade. You will drop about three thousand feet to the desert in ten miles, and can see the remains of Old Highway 80 in the canyons and some of the original concrete road just past the Mountain Springs exit.

ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY: TRIBAL GAMING A POWERFUL ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR CALIFORNIA, GENERATING $7.5 BILLION FOR STATE'S ECONOMY

August 11, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) – Tribal government gaming generates important benefits across California’s economy, according to a new study conducted by Beacon Economics, a leading independent economic research firm. The study, commissioned by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), surveyed gaming and non-gaming tribes across the state, including a cross section of large and small casinos in urban and rural markets with a range of amenities including hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and entertainment venues. The study finds that Indian gaming operations provide significant benefits throughout California’s economy.

FIRE IN THE SKIES OF EAST COUNTY: PERSEID METEOR SHOWERS AUGUST 11

August 10, 2012 (East County) – The Perseid Meteor Showers will be peaking August 11 and 12 this year.  The meteor shower occurs every August when the Earth passes through space debris left by Comet Swift-Tuttle.  The meteors are bright and often leave trails of luminous gas.  There are a number of events across East County to participate in and enjoy the show.

POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN "HIT AND RUN" BANDITS SERIES

August 10, 2012 (San Diego)--Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit have arrested a man suspected of being the mastermind of a criminal enterprise that included a series of strong arm robberies throughout the county. Cedric Johnson, 33, was arrested on August 7 in Los Angeles at his parole agent’s office.

San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives, in cooperation with investigators from the El Cajon Police Department and La Mesa Police Department to develop information that lead to the arrest of Johnson.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: EARTH TO JERRY BROWN: SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

August 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--It shouldn’t have been much of a surprise when Governor Jerry Brown appeared at the opening of the opening of the Suncrest Powerstation near Alpine July 27 and said “you have to crush the opposition” to giant wind and solar development projects. After all, a year and two days before that the Sacramento Bee reported that Brown had addressed a “renewable energy conference” in Los Angeles and used almost similar language to express his determination to get these mega-projects through no matter what the people who live nearby think of them. “In Oakland, I learned that some kind of opposition you just have to crush,” Brown said in July 2011. “Talk a little bit, but at the end of the day you have to move forward, and California needs to move forward with our renewable energy.”

 

BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

August 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Police report today that the body of Brent MacNab has been found near his Jeep Wrangler, which was located 300 feet down a canyon in Cleveland National Forest.  California Highway Patrol made the discovery on  July 30, after responding to a report of a vehicle in the canyon at Sutherland Dam Road and Sutherland Drive, between San Pasqual and Julian.

MacNab, a corporate consultant and businses instructor, was last seen on July 15 near 12000 Tiviolli Park Row in Carmel Mountain.

TAKE A STAND IN THE SAND: PROTESTERS SEEK TO SAVE OCOTILLO & OTHER PUBLIC LANDS FROM DESTRUCTION SATURDAY MORNING

By Miriam Raftery

August 9, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- Ove 360 million acres of public lands are targeted for industrialization with renewable energy development.  Among the first of these large-scale projects is Ocotillo Wind, a 12,500 wind project now under construction just over the San Diego-Imperial County line on the border of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that has left horrified residents convinced this is anything but green.

"Ocotillo is the beginning--and must be the end.  San Diego mountains and wilderness are next for destructive energy projects," reads a flyer that asks the public to join in a "Take a Stand in the Sand" event on Saturday, August 11 at 7 a.m.

Indeed, today San Diego Supervisors voted to approve the Tule Wind project in McCain Valley, the first of several industrial wind projects proposed in San Diego's East County.  

CREWS BATTLE TO PROTECT 60 HOMES IN CHIHUAHUA VALLEY



By Tom and Nadin Abbott

Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

August 10, 2012 (Chihuahua Valley) 3:30 a.m. – Hundreds of firefighters from across California have been called in to defend 60 homes in Chihuahua Valley, a box canyon northeast of Warner Springs. View a map.

The area contains stands of old-growth oak trees estimated at 400 years old, according to residents.

Residents, shut out of the area, fear for livestock trapped inside without access to water--and some people may be trapped, a property owner at the scene told ECM.

SUPERVISORS IGNORE HEALTH AND FIRE SAFETY CONCERNS, APPROVE TULE WIND

Energia Sierra Juarez Substation and Cross-Border Transmission Lines Also Approved in East County

By Miriam Raftery

“This will impede firefighting efforts to a frightening degree…a wind-drive fire is not going to stay in the backcountry. We must not roll the dice…There are other, safer alternatives….I also have serious problems about an energy policy that depends on the stability of Mexico.” –Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who voted against both projects

“I’m opposed to green energy…I don’t think the Department of Energy should be putting subsidies in this….but the state has mandated renewable and we have to comply.” – Supevisor Bill Horn, who voted for both projects

August 9, 2012 (San Diego) – The irony was enormous. San Diego’s Board of Supervisors yesterday spent much of the morning debating whether cell phone towers five feet taller than current ones would mar community character on Mount Helix.  In the afternoon,  three of the five Supervisors then threw county height limits to the winds—voting to approve 500-foot-tall industrial wind turbines in scenic McCain Valley over the objections of numerous backcountry residents.

By a 4-0 vote, Supervisors also approved a power substation and cross-border transmission lines designed to bring power up from the massive Energia Sierra Juarez wind project proposed in Mexico.

CONCERT AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN AUGUST 11

 

August 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – Rose & the Nightingale’s concert Spirit of the Garden will be held August 11, at 7 p.m. at the Water Conservation Garden Amphitheater,  12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon.  Rose & the Nightingale is a New York City based quartet of world-class improvising vocalists and instrumentalists.  Spirit of the Garden blurs the boundaries of world music, folk and jazz improvisation for a unique sound.

SAN DIEGO STARS TO COMPETE IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION; HOLD PRACTICES IN RAMONA

Team is scouting for new players
 
August 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The San Diego Stars semipro baseball team has been invited to participate in the Grand Forks International Baseball Classic in British Columbia, Canada, to be held over Labor Day weekend.
 
Since many members of the Stars are returning to college at this time, Stars owner/head coach Mickey Deutschman is seeking quality ballplayers -- former or current professional and independent league participants, players from colleges which have yet to begin its school year, and other experienced players -- to join the Stars for one of the world's best-known international baseball events.

READER'S EDITORIAL: CALIFORNIA TO BUSINESSES - 'HERE'S YOUR HAT, WHAT'S YOUR HURRY?'

By Assemblyman Brian Jones
 
 
August 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Have you ever sat down with friends to enjoy a meal at a restaurant, only to be handed the bill before you have even taken your first bite? Maybe the server mentioned you could pay at your convenience, but still signaled that it was “time to go?”
 
In other words: “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?”

SAN DIEGO WINE COUNTRY FESTIVAL AUGUST 11

 

August 10, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego Wine Country Festival will be held at Bernardo Winery on August 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Meet the winemakers of San Diego County in one location and sample 10 different wines.  Bernardo Winery is located at 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego.

Tickets are $25 online at www.brownpapertickets.com or $30 at the door.  Each admission includes 10 wines, tasting glass, baguettes, and oil and vinegar.  Visit http://bernardowinery.com/ for more information.

 

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN CHIHUAHUA VALLEY; FIRE NOW 900 ACRES

 

August 9, 2012 (Warner Springs)--Reverse 911/AlertSanDiego contacted residents in Chihuahua Valley at 10 p.m. to tell them sheriff's deputies would be conducting mandatory evacuations due to the Chihuahua Fire. Residents need to be prepared to evacuate when called upon by deputies to do so.

Residents will be able to evacuate to Warner Springs High School at 30951 State Route 79. Large animals will be able to evacuate to Love Acre Ranch at 35490 State Route 79.

All residents are asked to remain aware of their surroundings and to stay tuned to local radio and television stations for updates. If you require emergency assistance with evacuating or have another emergency call 911. For all other information call 211. 

TWO FIRES MERGE IN WARNER SPRINGS AREA, EVACUATION CENTER OPENED

Update 9:05 p.m. - 6 airtankers and 6 helicopters have been ordered for first light in the morning.

Update 8:40 p.m. : The Chihuahua Fire is now 900 acres and 0% contained.  There are 31 engines, 12 fire crews, 4 water tenders, and 3 bulldozers and approximately 230 firefighters.  More resources have been ordered, says Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik.

 August 9, 2012 (Warner Springs) – The Chihuahua Fire near Warner Springs has swelled to 275 acres and may soon merge with another blaze, the West Branch Fire, near Santa Ysabel, ECM has learned. 

CATALOG CHOICE TO AWARD CUSTOMIZED WASTE-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO SELECTED CALIFORNIA MUNICIPALITIES

BERKELEY, CALIF. (August 6, 2012)Catalog Choice, through its Catalog Choice for Communities program, helps municipalities and their residents reduce paper waste and save costs on garbage collection and disposal. The nationally acclaimed zero-waste initiative has just announced a new effort to enable more communities to fulfill their plans to reduce waste by offering those that excel in educating and engaging their citizens about sustainability initiatives a waiver of the first-year fee for selected communities. 

BRUSH FIRES IN PALOMAR AND OCEANSIDE; CHIHUAHUA FIRE NOW 100 ACRES

 Update 6 p.m. - The Chihuahua Fire is now in the Warner Springs area, threatening to jump firelines, Cal Fire reports. The blaze is 125 acres.

August 9, 2012 – A major brush fire at  Highway 79 and Chihuahua Valley Road in the Poway area is now more than 100 acres.  The likely cause was a lightning strike, Cal Fire reports.  Traffic control is in effect with access limited to residents only.

A second fire just south of the Chihuahua Fire is now 25 acres in size, spreading rapidly. Additional strike teams and crews have been dispatched to the scene.

In addition,  a brush fire at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside is burning in a heavy stand of trees, with smoke affecting traffic on I-5.

PARTY CHAIRS & ELECTED OFFICIALS TOP SLATE AT CHAMBER'S “POLITICS IN PARADISE” AUGUST 10

August 2, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s  lively annual political event, Politics in Paradise, will be held on Friday, August 10 at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.

This year, the two-part event includes a panel of federal, state and local officials discussing their legislative agendas and how they related to business.  Panelists include Congressman Bob Filner, State Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblyman Brian Jones, and Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

In addition, chairs of the San Diego County Republican and Democratic parties, Tony Krvarik and Jess Durfee, will discuss three key ballot initiatives.

SDSU ALUMI LEAD MARS ROVER MISSION

Six SDSU alumni are part of the Mars Science Laboratory team that landed the Mars Rover "Curiosity" on the planet.

By Gina Jacobs
 
August 9, 2012 (San Diego)--At approximately 10:31 p.m. PDT on Sunday, Aug. 5, the Mars Rover “Curiosity” touched down on Mars where it began a long-term exploration mission of the red planet.

 

A NEW FIRE CHIEF HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR HEARTLAND FIRE & RESCUE IN THE EAST

August 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, whose jointly managed fire departments make up Heartland Fire & Rescue, have selected Rick Sitta as its new Fire Chief. Sitta replaces Chief Mike Scott, who retired on July 27, 2012. The City Managers for the three cities, Douglas Williford of El Cajon, Dave Witt of La Mesa, and Graham Mitchell of Lemon Grove, made the announcement after completing the recruitment process on Monday.

Sitta has served as Deputy Fire Chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue since January of 2010. Between 2003 and his elevation to Deputy Fire Chief, he served as a Fire Division Chief in both El Cajon and in Coronado.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 
August 9, 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.
 
General news
  • Sikh temple shooting to be probed as domestic terror (CNN)
  • Sikh temple shooter tied to hate groups (Washington Post)
  • Despite Supreme Court ruling, many minors may stay in prison for life (Pro Publica)
  • CDC warns about reemergence of swine flu (NPR)
  • Firefighters battling wildfires in Sequoia national forest (Los Angeles Times)
  • At least 18 blazes scorch Oklahoma; one  nears record size (Los Angeles Times)
Presidential campaign
  • Santorum, Jeb, Ron Paul get convention speaking spots (Politico)
  • ‘Romneyhood’: Obama derides Mitt’s tax plan (RawStory)
  • Romney campaign on fundraising winning streak (USA Today)
  • Reid puts Romney in a bind over taxes (CNN)
  • The massive policy gap between Obama and Romney (Washington Post)
 
WORLD
  • Syria’s prime minister leaves regime (CNN)
  • Floods paralyze Philipine capitol, Manila (BBC)
  • Suicide bombers attack as Somali delegates approve new constitution (ABC)
  • Islamists kill 15 Egyptians, Israel strikes attackers (Reuters)
  • Chemo may make cancer stronger (iScienceTimes and BBC) 
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