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ISIS CAPTURES IRAQ'S LARGEST CHRISTIAN CITY: IRAQIS IN SAN DIEGO & MIDDLE EAST ISSUE WARNING FOR THE WORLD

VICTIM OF TROLLEY BEATING SPEAKS OUT

ISIS-LINKED BOMB THREAT AGAINST SONY EXECUTIVE DIVERTS SAN DIEGO-BOUND PLANE

BORDER CHILDREN: LA MESA CHURCH FORUM HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

STATE DISASTER DECLARED AFTER MAJOR QUAKE HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

TROLLEY BEATING IN LA MESA NOT THE FIRST ALLEGATION OF ABUSE BY TROLLEY SECURITY; RACIAL PROFILING ALSO ALLEGED IN PAST

LA MESA POLICE INVESTIGATE BEATING OF TROLLEY RIDER BY MTS SECURITY EMPLOYEES

SENATOR BEN HUESO ARRESTED FOR DUI, WRONG-WAY DRIVING

CALLS NEEDED TO LEGISLATIVE LEADERS TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS, REVIVE RESOLUTION, LOCAL LEADERS SAY

CA BILLS WOULD BRING LEGAL HELP TO IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE CHILDREN

SDSU STUDENT GUNN YANG WINS U.S. AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP, EARNS START AT MASTERS

PEACE MARCHERS IN EL CAJON ASK U.S. & UNITED NATIONS FOR AIRLIFTS, ASYLUM TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS


REDUCE CELLPHONE RADIATION EXPOSURE WITH NEW PRODUCTS

May 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Center for Electrosmog Prevention is offering shielding products to help reduce consumer radiation exposure and to raise funds for its battle to oppose smart meters. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO CITY ATTORNEY JAN GOLDSMITH

 
By Hugh Moore, El Cajon
San Diego County Green Party Treasurer
 
May 7, 2012 (San Diego)--In the case of the city against the six gay rights activists who were arrested in August of 2010 for “blocking access” to the office where people get marriage licenses I cannot understand how you can justify the expense of continuing to attempt prosecution.

READERS’ EDITORIAL: ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROPOSITION D IN EL CAJON

 
By Jonathan Goetz, Karen Marie Otter, Bonnie B. Price, Ph.D. , Registered Principals of NO ON D
 
Prop D opens the door for corruption and reduces wages in a community with the highest poverty in San Diego County, opponents warn
 
May 7, 2012 (El Cajon)--Proponents of Proposition D have set forth an argument that identifies key provisions of the proposed charter. All purportedly seem to be beneficial to the citizens of El Cajon, especially when it comes to financial affairs.

SANTA YSABEL TRIBE TAKES A STAND FOR A “FAIR DEAL”

 
May 7, 2012 (Santa Ysabel)-- The Iipay Nation of the Santa Ysabel Tribe is holding its ground against San Diego County demands for a $3 million arbitration settlement. The tribe states that the county projections were unrealistic and fundamentally flawed. The Santa Ysabel Tribe affirms the casino is willing to pay a fair settlement within its actual, not projected, situation.

 

HEALTH SCIENCES HIGH & MIDDLE COLLEGE STUDENT ANDREA ELSER OF LA MESA WINS 9TH ANNUAL AMN/HCC SCHOLARSHIP

 
May 7, 2012, (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident, Andrea Elser, a senior at Health Sciences High & Middle College (HSHMC) in San Diego, has been named the recipient of the Ninth Annual AMN/HCC Scholarship Essay Contest presented by the Health Care Communicators (HCC) of San Diego County and AMN Healthcare http://www.amnhealthcare.com/.

SWAT TEAM IN LAKESIDE; SUSPECT BARRICADED IN HOME NEAR LINDO LAKES

 Update 2:05 p.m. - The suspect is identified as Kenny Lee Walker, 45. 

"Deputies have the place surrounded and under containment. We're still trying to convince him to come out," Detective Tom Poulin told ECM. However the suspect has made threats to harm himself and officers. He says he's going to shoot it out with deputies and then shoot himself," said Poulin, who added that the suspect was wanted for slashing his wife's tires and is believed to be armed with a handgun.  

Update 10:50 a.m.  -- Lindo Lake Elementary and El Capitan High schools are on lockdown as a precaution, ECM news partner 10 News now reports.

May 7, 2012 (Lakeside) 10:40 a.m. – A suspect who wanted on a domestic violence charge has barricaded himself into a residence on Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside.  The suspect is believed to be armed. 

“They’re going to call a SWAT team out,” Detective Tom Poulin with the Sheriff’s substation in Santee told EC, while en route to the situation.  The suspect has been wanted for “a couple of days,” he added.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: DREAM A BIG DREAM

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 7, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently thought about my future. I contemplated my dreams and wrote them down. Some of them are easily achievable while others are quite grand. I may not have accomplished much as an adult other than graduating from college, being a film critic and Autism columnist, and acquiring paralegal certification. But it’s not too late to dare myself to do great things.

 

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS MIXER AT NORTH ISLAND FEDERAL CREDIT UNION MAY 9

May 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber is hosting a special evening mixer at North Island Credit Union, 7968 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa on May 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It is an opportunity to meet the business banking team from NICU.

EL CAJON CHARTER CITY INITIATIVE SPARKS HEATED CONTROVERSY

By Miriam Raftery
 
“It’s going to save us a lot of money….By not having to pay prevailing wages, this gives us more control over our own destiny.” –Councilman Bill Wells
 
“I’m concerned about corruption…It is a power grab by a few individuals and the people must say no.” – David Secor, candidate for Congress
 
May 6, 2012 (El Cajon) – State Senator Joel Anderson hosted a fundraiser last week to raise money for proposition D, a measure that would turn El Cajon into a charter city. While supporters gathered inside praising the plan as a money-saver for the city, outside,  protesters carrying ”Stop corruption signs” claimed just the opposite –that Prop D could enable unfair bidding practices, suppress wages, and potentially cost more in the long run through sweetheart deals with developers  without public scrutiny.

DUCHENY BLASTS VARGAS FOR ‘WAR ON WOMEN’S HEALTH

 
May 6, 2012 (San Diego)—Congressional candidate Denise Moreno Ducheny has chastised her opponent, Senator Juan Vargas, for voting against a woman’s right to choose. Vargas voted in opposition to Senate Bill (SB) 1338 (Kehoe) during last week’s Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. The final vote on the bill was 4-4 with one Senator not voting, effectively killing the bill in committee. 

NEW CAPTAIN FOR LEMON GROVE SHERIFF'S STATION

 
 
May 6, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Captain Pete Callewaert is assuming command of the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station. He is replacing Captain Gigi McCalla who will be moving to Personnel Division following the promotion of Commander Don Fowler.

TRES BIEN! CELEBRATE MOM AT BLEU BOHEME MAY 13

May 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Bleu Boheme  in Kensington is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special Brunch Prix Fixe on May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The three course meal includes hors d’oeuvres, entree and dessert for $39.95 per person. 

MUSICALS, COMEDIES, WORLD MUSIC AND MORE AT SAN DIEGO JEWISH ARTS FESTIVAL

May 5, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) hosts the 19th annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. The festival, rich in culture, talent, and Jewish soul, is organized and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REP.

ART IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JULIAN – MAY 11-13

 
May 6, 2012 (Julian) -- Mother’s Day weekend should be all about mothers.  The Julian Arts Guild is presenting its annual Mother’s Day Weekend show and sale.  The theme, appropriately, is called “Mother Earth.”

 

WORTH A TRIP: JULIAN FILM FEST CONTINUES SUNDAY

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 6, 2012 (Julian) – If you missed the many riveting films at yesterday’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Julian, you can still catch repeat showings today .  I caught the afternoon  movies yesterday—a delightful combination of powerful and emotional  films along with breath-taking cinematography, inspirational stories and even some humor in the mix.

Kadoma weaves a spell-binding and tragic tale of adventurers kayaking in the Congo.  Another film, Cold, ends in triumph atop a Pakistani mountain in winter. It’s not hard to see how both have won awards at other prominent film festivals.   

LATE-NIGHT SWAT ACTION ENDS IN ARREST

 

May 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—A transient who destroyed a room at the Motel 6 barricaded himself in a room late last night triggered a response from the La Mesa Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT) and temporary evacuation of the motel. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SUPER MOON

May 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- ECM editor Miriam Raftery snapped this image of last night's "super moon" -- the closest that the moon comes to earth in its orbit this year. 

This full moon shot was taken off Highway 79, between Santa Ysabel and Ramona, casting a golden halo as it rose.

CHIEF GHIO TO RETIRE; MAY STAY ON AS INTERIM CHIEF AT SAN MIGUEL

Update May 6:  Staff has now recommended that Chief Ghio be kept on at up to 40-hours a week (maximum of 960 hours through Dec. 31), which the District refers to as "part-time."  Under the plan he would be paid his existing hourly contract rate as an annuitant in addition to his pensions.  The Board next meets on Wednesday, May 9 with public session at 6:30 p.m.

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2012 (Spring Valley) – In a letter submitted to the San Miguel Consolidated Fire District board, Fire Chief August”Augie” Ghio has announced he will retire May 16th. His letter leaves open the possibility of being rehired as Interim Fire Chief while the District weighs whether or not to outsource its fire services to the state through Cal-Fire.

The prospect has led to some heated commentary.

NATIONAL PETITION SEEKS TO STOP MAIMING, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IN MILITARY MEDICS’ TRAINING

 By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – In March, ECM reported on military medic training at Covert Canyon in Alpine that reportedly includes maiming and shooting of live pigs.  Now Change.org has launched a petition to stop use of live animals in military medical training.

“A new undercover investigation shows in graphic detail how more than 6,000 goats and pigs are intentionally maimed -- while they're still alive and many without adequate anesthesia--in military medical training exercises every year,” Change.org reports. “The Department of Defense says trainers slice open live animals and saw off their limbs in order to train medics in how to treat human injuries.” (Warning: Video footage from the investigation is disturbing:  goats' legs are cut off with garden shears and goats moan in pain.) View video or sign the petition:  http://www.change.org/petitions/us-military-stop-shooting-cutting-open-and-breaking-the-limbs-of-living-animals?utm_campaign=iWVzokHZYt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=action_alert

U.S. FOREST SERVICE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR PROPOSED LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN AMENDMENT

 
May 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Forest Service officials are seeking public comments on a Proposed Amendment to the Land Management Plans for the four Southern California National Forests (including the Cleveland National Forest in San Diego County as well as the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres, and San Bernardino Forests.  The Proposed Amendment would modify existing land use zones allocations in selected roadless areas to include more back country non-motorized and recommended wilderness areas.  An alternate monitoring framework is also proposed. 

 

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES TO HELP EAST COUNTY COLLEGES

District foundation seeking 100 donors by June 30
 
May 5, 2012 (El Cajon) --  As state funding for community colleges continues to decline, the foundation serving Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges is turning to private and corporate donors to contribute toward programs that will benefit students at the two East County institutions.

DEPUTY SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY ENDORSES NATHAN FLETCHER

 

May 5, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County today announced they endorsed Nathan Fletcher for mayor citing his independent voice and ability to work with broad coalitions to keep the public safe.

 

7TH ANNUAL DUNCAN L. HUNTER WOUNDED MARINE GOLF CLASSIC MAY 7

May 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The 7th Annual Duncan L. Hunter Wounded Marine Golf Classic is May 7 at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Road, El Cajon.  The tournament benefits wounded Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel.  The Armed Services YMCA is the host sponsor.  Cottonwood Golf Club is donating the course, personnel and equipment for the event.

16TH ANNUAL HAWAIIANAIRES POLICE GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 11

May 5, 2012 (El Cajon) – The 16th Annual Hawaiianaires Golf Tournament is May 11 at the Cottonwood Rancho San Diego Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Road, El Cajon.  The event benefits the El Cajon Police Officers’ Memorial Fund is sponsored by the El Cajon Police Officers Association.

The entry fee is $120 per person and limited to the first 144 people.  Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a 12:00 p.m. shotgun start.  Dinner will follow the tournament.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 619-442-9891.

COUNTY HELPS BUSINESSES GO GREEN, RECYCLE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS

Environmental Health Department Offering Free Recycling Kits While Supplies Last

May 5, 2012 (San Diego County) --
County officials are reminding small business owners that they can still get free “mail-back” recycling kits to help them legally recycle their old fluorescent lights, thanks to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and a federal grant.

FILNER DENOUNCES BRIDGEPOINT’S VETERANS EXPLOITATION

 
May 5, 2012 (San Diego) – Shortly before the start of the Chamber of Commerce and Bridgepoint Education Mayoral Forum at the “Sunroad” Building recently, U.S. Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner issued a statement denouncing predatory practices of Bridgepoint and its taxpayer-funded targeting of veterans and their G.I. Bill funds.  

DUCHENY CALLS ON OPPONENT TO PASS STRONG HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS

 

Ducheny Chastises Vargas for "Special Interest" Favors

May 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Congressional Candidate Denise Moreno Ducheny took issue with Senator Juan Vargas's recent voting record and called on the Senator to back a strong set of foreclosure protection bills being discussed in the Senate this week. "The recent voting record of my opponent is a disservice to the residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties," Ducheny said in a statement. "He should be spending more time focusing on the needs of his constituents, not just those special interest groups who write his campaign checks."

 

3 DAYS LEFT TO QUALIFY A BALLOT MEASURE AGAINST HEALTH INSURANCE RATE HIKES

May 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, is seeking public help to collect enough signatures to qualify a measure for the ballot that will stop excessive rate hikes by health insurers and HMOs.  The deadline for signature collection is Monday.

54 NATIONAL PARK AREAS JEOPARDIZED UNDER DECEPTIVE "NATIONAL SECURITY” BILL ADVANCING IN U.S. HOUSE

 

“This legislative proposal is perhaps the most direct assault on national parks ever to be advanced at any level in any Congress in U.S. history.” – Maureen Finnerty, Chair, Coalition of National Park Service Retirees


 May 4 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- Legislation pending in the U.S. House of Representatives is falsely touted as improving U.S. border security. Instead, it would “have the potential to devastate 54 of America’s national parks, historic sites, national monuments and other popular park icons and negatively impact the nation’s economy,” according to a warning issued April 18 by the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (CNPSR).

 

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR BEATING AND ROBBING TRANSIENT IN RAMONA

May 4, 2012 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Jimmy Dean Freeman, 53, and Mark Pinales, 51.  Both are transients accused of beating and robbing another transient man, 65. 

The victim told deputies that he crawled to the AM/PM Market in the 1000 block of Main Street after being beaten by two men behind the store and robbed of several $20 bills at 2:27 p.m. today. Deputies found the suspects based on descriptions provided by the victim.

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