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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

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

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

CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN


OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFÉ ON APRIL 26

April 16, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Space Bar Internet Café at 7454 University in La Mesa presents open mike night at 7:30 p.m.  The featured performer on April 26 will be Liz Huerta, a writer, who composes verse of truth and beauty interspersing moments of existential angst with human realizations.  Liz has lived in Barcelona, Mexico City and San Diego.

HIGHWAY 94 CLUB TO SEEK ANSWERS FROM SANDAG AND CALTRANS

What can be done to make Highway 94 safer? April 19 meeting set at Barrett Junction Cafe

 
“Pray for me, I drive Highway 94”

April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--That’s a bumper sticker spotted now and again on cars, SUVs and trucks traversing State Route 94 as it departs suburban San Diego out past Rancho San Diego and Jamul and enters a world quite different.  

The people who live along SR 94 “out east” toward Dulzura and Barratt Junction, Potrero and Campo are a different breed — a blend of distinctly Mid-Western American values of land and open space with a spirit of entrepreneurship to raise horses and sheep and to plant vineyards and bottle and brand their own wines.

YEE-HAW! 48TH ANNUAL LAKESIDE RODEO APRIL 20-22

April 16, 2012 (Lakeside) – The 48th Annual Lakeside Rodeo will take place at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. The annual event has been a tradition since the first rodeo was held back in 1920.  It encompasses a series of events April 20-22 that celebrate the community’s Wild West heritage.

 

Each day’s rodeo performances include seven events: saddle bronco riding, tie down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and barrel racing. Other events, including Saturday’s Western Days Parade sponsored by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, are also slated.

MINIMAL FIRE DAMAGE FROM A CHIMNEY FIRE IN DEHESA

April 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – San Miguel Fire District’s Engine 23 and its three person crew was the first on the scene of a chimney fire in a home on the 1200 block of Avenida Elisa on April 15 at 10:46 p.m. The fire, which began in the chimney box, quickly moved to the attic.  Containing the blaze was problematic because the flames burning in the attic compromised the strength of the roof, according to Leonard Villarreal with the District.  The blaze was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes.

STRONG EAST COUNTY PLACEMENT IN SAN DIEGO CITIES PAGEANT

Santee Teen receives Miss Teen San Diego Cities Honor 

April 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Sunday, April 15, 2012 Kayla Ross of Rancho Bernardo was crowned Miss San Diego Cities 2012 while Savannah Keener of Santee was crowned Miss Teen San Diego Cities 2012. Young women from across San Diego County had entered the pageants in hopes of becoming the new city ambassadors.  The contestants were scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, physical fitness and beauty, evening gown and an on stage impromptu question. 

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS “TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11 FOR CENTENNIAL YEAR


April 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--This year, to celebrate La Mesa's 100th anniversary, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is expanding its 4th Annual Taste of La Mesa  to be the Taste of the Century. 

The event, set for June 11, will feature an expanded venue & more restaurants than ever before, as well as VIP opportunities.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
 
April 16, 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:  
 
 
 
 
STATE  
  • CSU faculty members set to vote on strike (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown turns to robocalls and mailers to qualify his ballot initiative (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL   
  • San Diego County: Rents are Rising (KPBS)
  • Palomar campgrounds reopen after successful fundraising drive (KPBS)
  • Rattlesnakes cruise for females, find people (North County Times)
  • Caregiver sentenced in elder abuse of Pearl Harbor victim (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

DREAM DOGS:LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
April 16, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Our little Australian Terrier is doing great learning "On Your Bed". He needs  a best friend to play ball and cuddle with. He's a 10 pound, 2 years old sturdy little guy. He is neutered and has all his shots. Another fun little guy! He would love to be the center of your universe! His goal in life is to stay as close to you as he can to his owner. This little guy seems to almost be able to read my mind. He knows what is right and wrong and does everything he can to please his owner.

AAUW HOSTS CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL SLAVERY OF LOCAL CHILDREN APRIL 28

 
April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Sexual Slavery - trafficking of 12 year olds .- Cambodia - Thailand?  NO!  This travesty is taking place in San Diego - El Cajon  - Lemon Grove! CNN estimates that from 100,000 to 300,000 children are being prostituted on the streets of the US. It is the girl next door we are talking about. We realize it won't stop until responsible citizens become educated on how to recognize it and what must be done to stop it.  

 

NEWS FROM THE GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

 
Seniors group at health care library to host discussion on chronic pain on Wednesday, April 25
 
April 16, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on “Chronic Pain, Natural Solutions to a Common Problem” disease from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

  
April 16, 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:    
 
 
 
 
WORLD   
  • Taliban hits Kabul, other Afghanistan cities in coordinated attack (Washington Post)
  • Man in nursing home awakens listening to music from his past (Time) 
  • U.S. condemns North Korea missile launch, warns on nuclear (Reuters)    
U.S.  
  • Politifact: Romney claim on women job losses under Obama is “mostly false” (Politifact)
  • Just a few states could decide battle for Obama, Romney (Los Angeles Times)
  • US homebuying season finally signaling a recovery (AP)
  • Residents dig out after Midwest tornadoes (NPR) 
  • Don’t wait for Social Security check  in the mail (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • 15 mind-blowing facts about wealth and inequality in America (Business Insider)

 

 

 
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WIND ORDINANCE HITS TURBULENCE: PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES ACTION AMID CONCERNS FROM ALL SIDES

By Miriam Raftery

 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego)—The San Diego County Planning Commission  voted Friday to postpone action on a proposed wind ordinance after hearing several hours of testimony.  The vote was unanimous, with the exception of Commissioner Peder Norby, who abstained due to a conflict of interest.

ON DUTY SECURITY GUARD ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT

April 15, 2012 (La Mesa) – An unarmed, uniformed security guard was robbed of cash and a cell phone by two men, one armed with a hunting knife.  The incident occurred on April 13 at approximately 9:49 p.m. at the Parkway Pointe Condominium Complex located at 7500 Parkway Drive in La Mesa.  La Mesa police have released descriptions of the suspects.

A WALK THROUGH THE WIND FARM WITH IBERDROLA

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2012 (McCain Valley) –Winds of change are blowing in McCain Valley, where Iberdrola Renewables hopes to build the 200 megawatt (MW) Tule Wind energy facility that could power an estimated 60,000 homes.  

On May 18, the County Planning Commission is slated to hear the project, with a hearing before the Board of Supervisors anticipated in June.

LATINO LEADERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS RALLY FOR SOLIDARITY IN DISTRICT 9: EMERALD URGES GREATER CIVIC PARTICIPATION

 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego) – In a show of support for Councilmember Marti Emerald’s reelection, more than 60 Latino leaders and community members attended a rally yesterday in City Heights.
 
“I am extremely grateful for the support of the people from so many diverse neighborhoods and communities in District 9,” Emerald said. “I believe it is critical that all communities are empowered and have a voice.” Emerald said that voting is an important way to empower District 9 residents. “If you want to be heard, you must vote,” she added.

4 CANDIDATES—AND AN EMPTY CHAIR—TAKE STAGE AT 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEBATE IN RAMONA

 By Nadin Abbott

 
April 14, 2012 (Ramona)—Four candidates seeking the 50th Congressional District seat offered contrasting views on key issues in a lively debate last week.  Conspicuously absent, however, was incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), who has thus far missed all in a series of debates held across East County. 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE INKS WORLD RECORD AT 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 
April 15, 2012 (El Cajon)--Almost 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record.
 
The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration. Crowds lined up at Griffin Center to sign the 4 feet-by-4 feet card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help beat the previous record of 1,468 people signing a card during a one-day event. The final tally: 1,797 signatures, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page.

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE ASKS FOR EQUITY AND A VOICE IN SAN DIEGO CITY BUDGET

 
Press conference Monday before Mayor delivers budget
 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- A diverse community and labor coalition will rally at San Diego City Hall on Monday to highlight the need for greater community involvement and equity in the city’s budget.

BEARDED MAN ROBS U.S. BANK IN EL CAJON

 
April 15, 2012 (El Canon) -- At 2 p.m. on Friday April 13, a man with long, dark hair and a full beard held up the U.S. Bank at 490 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon.  According to Lt. J.D. Arvan with El Cajon Police, the suspect was white, in his mid- to late-40s, 6 feet tall with a medium build. He wore a black leather jacket, sunglasses and a blue bandana.

SYMPOSIUM FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN APRIL 21

 

County and Other Partners Sharing Resources and Supportive Connections
 
April 15, 2012  (San Diego County) -- More than 24,000 grandparents in San Diego County have primary responsibility for meeting their grandchildren’s daily needs. As surrogate parents, they must re-learn and navigate a complex network of health, educational, and social services, often without much help.

 

JULIAN’S FIRST FILM FESTIVAL, “WILD AND SCENIC ON TOUR” SHOWCASES FILMS, FILMMAKERS AND MUSIC MAY 4-6

 
April 28, 2012 (Julian) -- Awe-inspiring footage, amazing adventures, terrible tragedy, and incredible people all rolled up into Julian’s first ever film festival, The Wild and Scenic on Tour. The event, slated for May 4 - 6, 2012, is a benefit for Volcan Mountain Foundation.  

 

11TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE TRADE FAIR/BUSINESS COMPETITION APRIL 16

Event will showcase student talent

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – More than 1,000 high school business students from over 65 high school Virtual Enterprise programs from California and Illinois will participate in the 11th annual Southern California Virtual Enterprise Trade/Fair Business Competition on April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego and features more than 65 booths staffed by students marketing virtual products or services showcasing their student-run businesses.

COLLEGE AREA TASTE APRIL 15

 

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The College Area Business District is holding its 2nd Annual College Area Taste on April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Old Town Trolley will be available to drop patrons off in front of every participating restaurant’s door.  The tour starts at the BID Office at 4704 College Ave., San Diego.

SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN RESIDENTIAL APPLIANCE HEIST

 

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Mid-City Division are looking for two suspects who stole large appliances from a Redwood Village/Rolando Park home.   

 

BAJA MED FOOD TASTING AND NORTEC COLLECTIVE MUSIC!

 
April 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- There will be an evening of art, music and food to celebrate the culture and cuisine of Tijuana and Guadalupe Valley while viewing Mingei International Museum’s new exhibitions on Friday, April 27, 2012  from 6-9 p.m. at the Balboa Park (Mingei International Museum).

HELIX INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DEPT HOSTS A MARDI GRAS DINNER AUCTION APRIL 28

 
April 14, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Helix Instrumental Music Dept. will hold its Mardi Gras dinner auction on April 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Arbor Room of the La Mesa Rec Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

 

FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FESTIVAL APRIL 21 IN SPRING VALLEY

By Kate Yapjoco

April 14, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The annual free Spring Valley Community Health and Wellness Festival is being held April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Spring Valley County Park, 8735 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley.

NATURE HIKE AT LAKE MORENA APRIL 21

April 14, 2012 (Lake Morena) -- Take a relaxing and easy hike at Lake Morena Regional County Park on April 21 at 2:30 p.m., at 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo. During the hike you will learn about native plants in the area, and how the Kumeyaay Indians utilized the natural vegetation in their daily lives. You will also learn the history of Lake Morena.

RANCHO BERNARDO RESIDENTIAL HOT-PROWL BURGLARY SERIES

 

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Northeastern Division are investigating a series of hot-prowl burglaries in the Rancho Bernardo area.    

TAKE A GUIDED HIKE OF THE EASTERN SANTA YSABEL PRESERVE APRIL 22 & 28

April 14, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) -- Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a guided hike in the beautiful Santa Ysabel Preserve.  Join park Rangers and explore the many wildflowers of the area, and watch for the varied wildlife. The April 22 hike will depart from the Highway 79 Staging area at 9:00 a.m.  The April 28 hike will leave from the Farmer Staging area located at 500 Farmer Rd.

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