SEE SMOKE? LIVE FIRE TRAINING THIS WEEK IN JAMUL AREA

DEATH TOLL RISES TO 3,700 FROM NEPAL QUAKE, INCLUDING CLIMBERS ON MT. EVEREST

OLÉ! A SPANISH FIESTA APRIL 26 WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE: FABULOUS PRIZES ADDED!

SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON FRAUD AND GAS PRICE-FIXING IN CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA FIRE AGENCIES ROLL OUT ONLINE CAMPFIRE PERMIT

VINEYARD GRANT JAMES ANNOUNCE EVENT SERIES IN RAMONA

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT "CAFE MURDER" MAY 1-3 IN EL CAJON

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON ALCOHOL INITIATIVE

MWD APPROVES 15% CUTS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER SUPPLIES

BLACKWATER GUARDS SENTENCED: 30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MASSACRE IN IRAQ

BEECH-NUT RECALLS BABY FOOD DUE TO BROKEN GLASS IN JARS

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS TO 2013 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

December 30, 2012 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Hospital Foundation recently appointed three new members – Harry Ellison, M.D., Lew Silverberg and Philip Szold, M.D. – to its 2013 Board of Governors. Each appointee serves a three-year term, which began October 1, 2012.

The Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Governors mission is to establish policy for the Foundation, determine its fundraising priorities, and support Sharp Grossmont Hospital in developing high-quality, accessible and affordable inpatient and outpatient services to the residents of San Diego’s East County community.

POLICE OFFICER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SANTEE CRASH WITH ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED DRIVER

By Miriam Raftery

December 30, 2012 (Santee) – A San Diego Police officer sustained serious injuries when a pickup truck traveling at a high speed collided with a patrol car. The crash occurred at 2:28 a.m. at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and State Route 125.  The driver of the truck, who was also injured has been charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The pickup truck was driving northbound on State Route 25 when it collided with the patrol car, knocking both vehicles off the road and onto the shoulder on northbound Mission Gorge Road. 

“Fire Department personnel used rescue equipment to cut and pry the car open to extricate the officer,” said Sgt. D. Hale with the San Diego Sheriff.

DROPPING THE BALL: VIEJAS BEGINS 4-DAY NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION, NEW YORK-STYLE

 

View video of countdown and ball drop:  click here or scroll down.

December 30, 2012 (Alpine)--Thousands of people looking to get a jump on their New Year's Eve celebrations gathered at Viejas Casino Friday night.

Friday marked the start of a four-day New Year's Celebration at Viejas Casino. Each night, including New Year's Eve, New York City's Times Square is re-created at Viejas Casino, including a massive, 700-pound New Year's Ball that drops at midnight, with a countdown and fireworks to ring in the new year.

Each night, the party is free and features New York-style food, drink specials, free music and dancing to the local band Rising Star and DJs all night. And each night from now until December 31, at 9pm, a Porsche Boxster will be given away on the Viejas Casino floor.

SAN DIEGAN FILES SUIT OVER SMART METER HEALTH ISSUES

December 29, 2012 (San Diego)—A federal lawsuit has been filed by Celeste Deborah Cooney, who alleges that radiation from a bank of smart meters left her unable to reside in her home. Defendants in the suit include the SDG&E,  the State of California, Attorney General Kamala Harris, California Public Utilities chairman Mi chael Peevey, and Itron Inc., manufacturer of smart meters used in San Diego.

Cooney, a former bank vice president in Massachusetts, moved to San Diego to pursue a new career as a musician.  She performed at prominent locations including the Queen Mary and the Ritz Carlton.  But in April 2011, she developed a ringing in her ears, a “shock to her heart”, numbness, chest pain, heart palpitations and sleep problems that she attributes to a bank of smart meters at an apartment complex near her home in La Jolla.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENT APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN TO THE CA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS

December 29, 2012 (Sacramento)--On December 21, 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Frank Ruffino to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Ruffino, 49, of El Cajon, is the Community Partnership Manager at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Also, Ruffino serves as the Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the Association of California State Supervisors, and is a member of the California State Employees Association Board of Directors.

WRONG-WAY DRUNK DRIVER KILLS MOTORIST IN SANTEE

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

December 29, 2012 (Santee)—Jayme Midland, 25, was killed when the Volkswagen Beetle he was driving on State Route 52 was struck head-on by a Chevy pickup truck driving on the wrong side of the highway. 

The woman driving the truck suffered moderate injuries.  After treatment at Sharp Memorial hospital, she was arrested for gross vehiclular manslaughter while intoxicated. She has been booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility, according to the California Highway Patrol.

 Midland,  a resident of Clairemont, was declared dead at the scene. The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on eastbound 52, just east of Mast Boulevard in Santee.

PLANE CRASH KILLS 3 IN POWAY

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10  News

Update 12/30/12:  The Medical Examiner has released the names of the victims, all from Phoenix. They are William Arthur Stern Jr.,, 65, his wife, Jennifer Jane Stern, 53, and their daughter, Katelyn Jane Stern, 19,

December 29, 2012 (Lakeside) –All three occupants are dead following  a l plane that crashed this morning west of State Route 67 off Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in Poway, IPN reports.

According to ECM news partner 10 News, the home-built plane was a Lancair IV-P model that is no longer in production.  The plane had taken off from Montgomery Field in San Diego en route to Phoenix, Arizona, when it went down in the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: DOE, A DEER

 

 

December 29, 2012 (Cuyamaca) -- While driving through Rancho Cuyamaca State Park last week, ECM editor Miriam Raftery spotted several groups of deer grazing in the sun-dappled woods, including this doe, which paused to pose for a picture-perfect moment.

The best time to see deer is in the last hour before sundown; this photo was taken shortly before 4 p.m. just two days after the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MOON HALO

December 29, 2012 (Mount Helix) -- "Ring around the moon, rain is coming soon," according to an old saying. There is truth to the statement, since a halo around the moon is caused by high cirrus clouds and a reflection off millions of ice crystals high up in the atmosphere that creates this irridescent rainbow-like effect.  Moon halos were seen by many people across the eastern U.S. before Hurricane Sandy, for example.

ECM editor Miriam Raftery took this photo last night from Mount Helix--and sure enough, rain is forecast for today and tomorrow.

LET IT SNOW! STORM TO BLANKET MOUNTAINS DOWN TO 4,000 FEET

December 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County ) -  A storm moving through our region today and tomorrow is expected to bring rain and in mountain areas, snow.  By tomorrow, snow is forecast to drop down to 4,000 feet—low enough to include Julian and  Lake Cuyamaca—popular destinations for families seeking to frolic in the snow.

Gusty winds are also forecast in mountains and on desert slopes late Sunday. The storm system is expected to move east and out of our county on Monday,  so if you’re planning a trip to the mountains it’s best to wait until after the weekend.

WHAT YOU’RE READING: EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE’S MOST READ STORIES IN 2012

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Thanks to technology, we can track exactly how many people click open each story on our site. This year’s results are surprising and bemusing, revealing a lot about our readers.

Some results were predictable; you showed strong interest in big energy projects and local politics. But we’re baffled as to how an article on a drum therapy class in El Cajon attracted 36,000 reads worldwide, or why a political sex scandal drew far more readers than coverage of the presidential election. We learned that our readers care about wildlife, hiking, and our environment. Many of you want to preserve social safety nets and civil liberties. Plus a whole lot of you wanted to find the best holiday party in East County!

Here are this year’s most read stories—and some lessons that we've learned:

BAYLOR BEATS UCLA 49-26 AT BRIDGEPOINT HOLIDAY BOWL

 

Story by David Lissek

Photos provided by www.JM2-Group.com

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Thursday’s 35th anniversary of the Holiday Bowl was sponsored by Bridgepoint Education and celebrated with Baylor University’s Bears winning in a runaway game over the 17th ranked UCLA Bruins.

The Holiday Bowl was played at Qualcomm Stadium and highlighted contending NCAA teams from the Pacific-12 against the Big 12 Conference. UCLA entered the contest slightly favored but heavily represented by its supportive Southern California fan & alumni base. Unfortunately for the Bruins, neither proved helpful.

BRIDGE JUMPERS SHUT DOWN MAJOR FREEWAYS

Update: Both 163 and 805 are now reopened, though traffic on 163 remains slow as of 5:55 p.m.

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) -- For the second time today, a suicidal person threatening to jump off a bridge has caused major traffic delays.  Late this afternoon, State Route 163 has been shut down in both directions at the Laurel Street Bridge in Balboa Park.  The I-5 connector to 163 is also closed due to the jumper.

Earlier today, a man threatening to jump off a bridge forced shut-down of I-805 at State Route 54. That individual has been taken into custody and 805 is now reopened. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please contact these resources: 

County Suicide Prevention Resources
County Suicide Prevention Hotline:

1-800-479-3339

DRIVER KILLED WHEN VEHICLE PLUMMETS OFF BRIDGE ONTO HIGHWAY 94

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – Jesus H. Rodriguez, 24, or Otay Mesa died at the scene of an accident at 3:17 a.m.  Rodriguez was driving west on the State Route 94 connector bridge to southbound I-15 when he lost control and went off the bridge, landing on State Route 94 beneath.  Rodriguez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

COUNTDOWN TO 2013: EAST COUNTY GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE

 

By Ariele Johannsen

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for the best parties and most fabulous feasts in East County and San Diego’s inland areas this New Year’s Eve?  East County Magazine has prepared our guide to the top local activities where you can ring in the New Year.  Local casinos are hosting parties with drawings for prizes ranging from cars to cash, and some offer free shuttle rides from convenient East County locations. Local chefs are pulling out all the stops with special menus.  There’s even an alcohol-free celebration for those who prefer not to imbibe, plus special transportation to help you reach destinations in more distant locales. Check the websites below for the latest details.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

FBI AND SAN DIEGO POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY WELLS FARGO BANK ROBBER

December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 9996 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, San Diego on December 26 at approximately 12:08 p.m.  The robber approached the victim teller, who had just finished helping another customer, and held a demand note in one hand and a bag in the other.  The teller placed a sum of money in the bag and the robber quickly exited the bank with the bag, spilling money on the way.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!

East County Magazine is now on Facebook!  You can follow us, be our friend, and "like" us here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/East-County-Magazine/524328380924611.

This is a new page, separate from our editor, Miriam Raftery's Facebook page.  We will be transitioning our news site's information to the new page, so please be sure to "friend" us for the latest posts. 

OH, YEAH! THE YES TEAM PERFORMS JANUARY 8 AT JULIAN LIBRARY

December 28, 2012 (Julian) – As part of the San Diego County Library’s acoustical performance series, The Yes Team will perform at the Julian Library on January 8.

The free concert will be held from 6- 7 p.m. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036.

LA MESA TO HOST "PARTY OF THE CENTURY" FOR CENTENNIAL JANUARY 12

December 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa Centennial Committee invites you to take a step back in time at the "Party of the Century", celebrating 100 years of La Mesa history.  The event, priced at $100 a ticket, will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the La Mesa Community Center.

The party will feature music by the Cadillacs as well as teh pEter Marin and Fran Unqueto Trio, dancing, and food.  

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: NEW YEAR’S SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

December 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--New Year's Eve is a night to have fun and celebrate the coming year. However, safety is a must when participating in the festivities.

Whether you're staying in and celebrating with friends and family, or you're traveling to a party or city bash, following a few safety tips will ensure that you're safe and sound when the clock strikes midnight, ringing in the New Year!

 

 

SOBER RIDE HOME OPTIONS FOR SAFE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

December 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 774 people were killed in California last year due to alcohol-related crashes. Don't become a statistic or endanger others. Use the phone numbers below to arrange for a designated driver, or for a free towing service to your home.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be out in force this holiday weekend with extra patrols and DUI checkpoints across the county.  “Celebrate the festivities with your family, not the in the jail or hospital,” the Sheriff urges. “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime. You will be arrested. Remember, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.' We will be watching.”

CAR SHOW DRIVES INTO TOWN: ECM CHECKS OUT TRUCKS RUGGED ENOUGH FOR BACKCOUNTRY ROADS

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott, video by Nadin Abbott

December 27, 2012 (San Diego)-- The New Car Dealers Association of San Diego brings once again the San Diego International Auto Show, among the largest in the nation and the second largest in Southern California, to the San Diego Convention Center now Thursday through Sunday. The show this year features some old stand bys such as the Jeep Experience, where you can ride in one of several Jeeps to highlight the abilities of these vehicles. This year I rode a Trail Hawk Special Edition and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Limited, which is a four door model. 

View a video of the ride here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9pv9QI__bM&feature=youtu.be

DON'T MESS WITH EAST COUNTY WOMEN, ARMED INTRUDER LEARNS THE HARD WAY

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

December 27, 2012 (Harbison Canyon) – A gunman who broke into a home in Harbison Canyon today is now hospitalized after a woman inside fought back in self defense.  ECM news partner 10 News reports the man  demanded  cash and shot at two women in the residence. Fortunately, one of the victims was able to wrestle the gunman to the ground, grab the gun and strike him on the head with the weapon.

2012: THE YEAR OF THE PEOPLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The power of social media has given rise to a new phenomenon seen across our region and around the world:  residents are taking to the streets, sending tweets, and discovering the power of the people.  They’re organizing online, launching petitions, posting viral videos on Youtube, promoting causes on Facebook.  A year aqo, in 2011, the world witnessed the power of citizen activism when the Egyptian government was overthrown.  Here at home, the rise in citizen activism in the past year has led to some remarkable achievements and some noteworthy upsets.

Here are some of the results of citizen activism in our region over the past year.

NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2012

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Each year, East County Magazine selects those who made headlines in East County.  Some inspired and amazed our readers, others caused consternation and indignation.  Whether deserving of praise or outrage, these are the newsmakers' whose accomplishments were most noteworthy in 2012, listed in alphabetical order.

DOG FOUND IN BURNING HOME DIES DESPITE CPR

December 27, 2012 (La Mesa)—A fire that began in or near a wall heater yesterday morning swiftly engulfed a granny flat in the 8400 block of Sunrise Avenue.  After a neighbor reported the blaze, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews arrived within five minutes.  

Firefighters stretched hose lines inside the building to aggressively fight the fire, while other crews vented the structure to allow smoke and hot gases to escape.  The blaze was doused within 10 minutes and firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings. 

EARTHTALK®: LINK BETWEEN CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES AND PESTICIDES

E - The Environmental Magazine

Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

December 27, 2012 (San Diego)--Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that children are sicker today than they were a generation ago and that pesticides have played a major role?                                             -- Maria Jenkins, Clewiston, FL

FIGHTERS AT FITNESS CENTER HOLD TOY DRIVE

By Rebecca J. Williamson

December 27, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Marquez vs Pacquiao fight has nothing over the boxers (and stuffed animal lovers) at El Cajon’s Und1sputed Fitness and Training Center. Boxers Andy Murad and 14-year-old high school student Anthony Cesena were among those who pitched in to help during the Center’s toy drive, Christmas party, and fight club exhibition held Saturday, December 15.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY OFFERS RESOURCES FOR HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH TRAGEDY

December 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- People of all ages are struggling to comprehend the shootings that took place in Newtown, Conn. In particular, children and teens are likely struggling to make sense of the things they are seeing and hearing regarding the tragedy on television, at school, and among their peers. Many children will have questions and be in need of additional comfort in the coming days and weeks. San Diego County Library has put together a list of resources that parents can use to help answer questions and reassure children of their safety and comfort.

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