ASSEMBLYMEMBER MARTY BLOCK HONORED WITH LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY, PACIFIC SOUTH COAST CHAPTER
February 3, 2012 -- San Diego Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, was honored as the Legislator of the Year from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter, on Saturday, January 28, 2012.
San Diego Residents Now Able to Book Doctor Appointments Instantly Online
February 3, 2012 (Sacramento) --The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA) has announced the group’s new officers for 2012.
CHAIRWOMAN - Leslie Lohse, Treasurer of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians of California.
VICE-CHAIRMAN - Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Luiseño Indians.
SECRETARY-TREASURER - Margie Mejia, Chairwoman of the Lytton Rancheria of California.
By Brian Lafferty
February 3, 2012 (San Diego) – Grading horror movies is the same as grading comedies; whether the film works is dependent on a certain reaction from the audience. Just as a comedy’s success is based on laughter, a horror film’s success is based on scares. During the screening of The Woman in Black, the critic sitting next to me kept covering his eyes and looking away from the screen. I, on the other hand, sat through the film mostly ramrod and admittedly unemotional.
By Brian Lafferty
February 3, 2012 (San Diego) – In 1999, The Blair Witch Project popularized the “found footage” genre. Thirteen years later its influence has been felt in movies from as close to home as here (Cloverfield) to as far away as Norway (Trollhunters). Chronicle is a noble attempt at the genre, but the gimmick here is unnecessary. It severely undermines what could have been a good movie.
(Note: This reader asked to have her name withheld, for fear of government retribution.)
By Cynthia Wharton
February 2, 2012 (Jacumba)- - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held a public participation hearing at the Jacumba Highland Center on January 24.
Presided over by an administrative law judge, the honorable Hallie Yacknin, this hearing provided an opportunity for interested members of the public to express their views on San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) application for a permit to construct the East County Substation Project (ECO Substation).
SIGN A PETITION! Key vote Feb. 29 could take away your right to be informed and speak out
By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine
“People will never hear about projects until after they’re done if this [elimination of planning groups] goes through.” – Mark Ostrander, chair, Jacumba sponsor group
February 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – I've rarely published an editorial commentary, reserving my opinion for only those matters with the gravest of consequences for East County. One such matter will come before San Diego's Supervisors on February 29, when supervisors will vote on whether or not to eliminate all community planning groups countywide. They will also weigh other “reforms” aimed at making it easier to pave over paradise--or put a goliath-scale project next door to you--with nobody the wiser until it's too late.
This ill-conceived idea is the brainchild of a “Red Tape Reduction Task Force” stacked with developers. If adopted, it will stifle voices of concerned residents in the early planning phases of major development projects from condo complexes to wind farms.
Danielle Cook, a concerned citizen in Jacumba, has launched an online petition calling on Supervisors to save community planning groups. I have signed it, and urge all County residents to do the same if you value a democratic process that allows people’s voices to be heard, not just special interests. You can sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/petitions/san-diego-county-supervisor-save-our-planning-and-sponsor-groups.
First, and only hospice in California to receive Partner Level 4 designation for “We Honor Veterans” program
February 2, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Helix Charter High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter invites parents to a party at which large doses of reality will be served. On Thursday, February 9, the group will host a Reality Party for parents.
By Brian Lafferty
February 2, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently read a New York Times article that every Autistic and Asperger’s person, and their families and friends, should read. It’s troubling to say the least. A panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is looking to redefine Autism for its newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They propose lumping most Autistic people into one category, among other things.
Notice I said “most.” By their logic, high-functioning Autistic people would no longer be Autistic.
February 2, 2012 (El Cajon)—The driver of a KSON radio station vehicle smelled smoke while sitting in traffic yesterday in downtown El Cajon. Looking behind his seat, he saw flames, quickly exited the vehicle and called 911 shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday.
February 2, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Casino Royale on February 23 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Hotel and Resort, 500 Hotel Circle in Mission Valley.
Presented by Delta Kappa Gamma Society at the The United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM)
No? Susan Conniry and Tom Beasley, authors of Ready or Not: A Disaster Survival Handbook, can help.
- Obama announces new housing refinance plan (Washington Post)
- Facebook and Zuckerberg embark on mega-IPO(Reuters)
- Obama offers plan to help small businesses, start-ups (Washington Post)
- Proposed jobs bill would target outsourcing by U.S. firms (Washington Post)
- USDA to require healthier meals in schools with updated nutrition standards (NPR)
- Common chemical could make kids vaccines less effective (NPR)
- Romney wins big in Florida, routing Gingrich (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Jailed Rep. Cunningham endorses Gingrich (Daily Beast)
- Villagers scramble for fuel in Europe's big chill (Reuters)
- U.S. plans to end Afghan combat role early; Kabul surprised (BBC)
- Child slavery and chocolate: all too easy to find (CNN)
- Fair trade chocolate creations (CNN)
- Al Qaeda in northern Africa an “afterthought” no more (CNN)
February 2, 2012 (Alpine) – A Sig Alert has been issued due to an accident blocking the left lanes on I-8 east just west of Dunbar Lane. An overturned vehicle is on its roof. The Sig Alert was issued at 10:09 a.m. Traffic has reportedly been backed up to Tavern Road. CHP is in process of reopening one of the blocked lanes, CHP website indicates.
February 3, 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:
- Does new County land use plan go too far? (San Diego U-T)
- State realignment floods county jails and probation departments (KPBS)
- Sheriff reduces jail time for inmates to avoid overcrowding (La Mesa Patch)
- City Council meeting Tuesday: With redevelopment gone, now what? (Santee Patch)
- Santee gets another ‘F’ in state of tobacco report(Santee Patch)
- Beating Briarcrest: How La Mesa attorneys saved city $10.5 million (La Mesa Patch)
- Student protester faces stiff sanctions (Daily Aztec)
- New playground coming to Lake Murray (San Diego U-T)
- Helix community garden vote again delayed again by board, dismaying backers (La Mesa Patch)
- California Health Dept. cites smart meter health risks in report (La Mesa Patch blog by Susan Brinchman)
- Ramona Water District engineering consultant fees goes up 67% (Ramona Patch)
- Controller: State to run out of cash in March with no action (Sacramento Bee)
- Caltrans sidesteps accountability (Sacramento Bee editorial)
- California lawmakers move to limit protests at funerals (Reuters)
- High court overturns CA slaughterhouse law (PBS)
- Los Angeles judge blocks state cuts to Medi-cal providers (Sacramento Bee)
Meet the artist February 3 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
February 1, 2012 (Buckman Springs) – An 80-year-old woman who was a passenger in a rollover accident on January 29 in Campo died yesterday of head and neck injuries sustained in the crash. The victim, Maria Espiritu, was a widow who live in Vista.
Her daugher, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on Buckman springs Road north of Lake Morena Drive.
February 1, 2012 (Lakeside)—Kirell Rybarev, an East County resident, pled guilty today to felony carjacking and felony battery on a peace officer. A judge at the El Cajon Courthouse sentenced him to five years and eight months in state prison for stealing a car from the Barona Casino in Lakeside after punching a valet attendant.
February 1, 2012 (Alpine) –Fresh & Easy Neighborhood market, owned by British retail powerhouse Tesco, has announced plans to open an Alpine store at the site of the former Daniel’s Market. According to the San Diego Business Journal, Fresh & Easy has signed a 10-year lease to open a 22,015 square foot retail store in the Alpine Creek Town Center.
By Serena Scaglione
February 1, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), along with 27 other members of Congress, called upon President Obama to make an immediate appointment for the Director of the Federal Housing Financial Agency (FHFA).
“Reigniting the American Dream and expanding on our nation's economic recovery is contingent on restoring the housing market to the pillar of economic strength it once was," said Rep. Davis. “We need a director in place at FHFA who can guide that effort and help middle class families avoid foreclosures and keep them in their homes.”
February 1, 2012 (La Mesa) School budgets have been cut to the bone, but fortunately for the Grossmont High School Men’s Soccer Team, San Pasqual Winery is kicking in some help—and asks community support. This Saturday, February 4 from 6-8 p.m., San Pasqual Winery will host a fundraiser wine tasting to benefit the Grossmont Men’s Soccer Team. The event will be held at the Winery’s Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.
What the Dickens!
by Richard Lederer
courtesy of San Diego WriteWay
The rags-to-riches life of Charles Dickens's was more remarkable than any of his stories. From such unpromising origins, he arose to become the best-selling writer of his time and one of the most enduring and quotable writers of all time.
February 1, 2012 (San Diego)--San Diego Police Department Northeastern Division detectives are looking for a white male suspected of exposing himself to two Rancho Bernardo High School students as they walked to a bus stop yesterday morning.
February 1, 2012 (Alpine)—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates running against incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter will be squaring off at a candidate forum on Saturday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.
February 1, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is all about being prepared for a disaster, such as an earthquake, firestorm or house fire. This FREE preparedness education program offers residents the knowledge and tools they'll need in the event of a disaster. The first academy is now full, but there are two more academies being offered for 2012. Pick the one that best fits your schedule, and call (619) 441-1737 to register. Please leave your name and best contact phone number. Hurry, classes will fill quickly.
By Millicent Arko
February 1, 2012 (San Diego) – A group of citizens attempted a citizens’ arrest of Mayor Jerry Sanders on Monday, alleging that his deal to temporarily change the name of Qualcomm Stadium without Council’s approval amounted to felony embezzlement.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith ruled that Sanders violated a municipal code by cutting a deal without the City Council's approval to allow a temporary name change for the stadium to “Snapdragon”, a company that provides mobile processing services to Qualcomm.