November 25, 2012 (El Cajon ) - A brush fire is burning along Interstate 8 west at East Main Street in El Cajon. The fire is burning uphill in medium fuel. CHP shut down the freeway briefly but one lane is now reopened.
Further east, a car fire on I-8 east near Jacumba is also impacting traffic.
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November 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Free Family Arts & Literacy Series hosts The Mojalet Dance Collective at The Salvation Army Kroc Center Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave., San Diego on November 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company will transport you to the beautiful country of Italy using colorful costumes, witty movement, the music of Mozart and tenors Mario Lanza and Luciano Pavarotti.
November 24, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The National Weather Service has issued an advisory warning of dense fog tonight in coastal and inland regions. Fog is also forecast for tomorrow and Tuesday nights, clearing by Wednesday.
Use caution on roadways and rely on low beams, not high beams in heavy fog. Flight delays are possible at Lindbergh Field.
November 26, 2012 (San Diego) – The Mission Trails Regional Park foundation presents The Wonders of the Wild, an exhibition featuring seven award winning artists December 1 through 21 in the Visitor Center Art Gallery at One Father Junipero Serra Dr., San Diego.
November 27, 2012 (Chula Vista) –Arlene Anna Hernandez will stand trial for causing an accident that killed two children, a judge determined today. Hernandez had a blood alcohol level of .13 when her Kia Sedona minivan landed in an Otay lake on August 5, drowning her daughter, Lesette Hernandez Silva, and a 5-year-old La Mesa child, Giuliana Figueroa.
November 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- There are many ways of encouraging young people to go to college, and community events like the popular “college for kids” day are good starting places. Once students enroll, our obligations to them do not end, as today’s post discusses.
Education writer Bree Hernandez takes a look at important new data suggesting that more college-age kids than ever before are suffering from mental illness.
Grief experts provide tips on coping with the holidays after the loss of a loved one
November 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- Signs of the approaching holiday season have descended upon the general public through vibrant store displays, jingling television and radio commercials, and a rush of decorative party invitations from employers, friends and family.
November 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), to support heart function and blood flow in patients with end-stage heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant.
November 24, 2012 (El Cajon)--Firefighters with Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to reports of fire at the "Turn In" Trailer Park in the 200 block of South Second Street at 1:25 a.m. Upon arriva,l firefighters found a trailer home in space 15 fully involved and threatening other nearby trailers.
Walmart's low wages keep workers on the public dole, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill for its corporate profits
By Nadin Abbott
November 23, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Black Friday today was marked by a nationwide protest at 1,000 Walmart stores, including Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
Walmart workers are not unionized. So local volunteers and members of United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) staged the protest to give voice to grievances of Walmart employees who say they have been pressured to keep quiet and not participate in the demonstrations.
November 23, 2012 (La Mesa)—At 4:07 a..m. Grossmont Center’s mall security observed a suspicious vehicle in the mall parking lot. Two male subjects were observed tampering with a vehicle before leaving in a silver two--door sedan. Grossmont Security relayed the information to La Mesa Police and officers searched the area and surrounding streets but were initially unable to locate the suspect vehicle.
November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Very few people will ever face pleural mesothelioma. Only around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year – but for these Americans, the symptoms of their disease can interfere with daily life.
November 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Chula Vista Police seek public help to locate a missing mentally disabled man who had written “El Cajon” on a notepad shortly before he was last seen at 7:18 a.m. this morning at the H Street trolley station.
Heriberto Tari, 48, was last seen wearing a burnt-orange dress shirt, black dress pants and black shoes. He has a hunched-over posture and communicates by writing on a notepad that he carries.
November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) has published the first two in a three-part series on infrasound and low frequency noise problems reportedly caused by windfarms.
November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts. But it wasn’t until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday amid the Civil War, with a proclamation in which he asked "the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation" and restore "peace, harmony, tranquility and union."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during the Depression in 1933 issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in which he urged, "May we seek guidance in more surely learning the ancient truth that greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors. May we be grateful for the passing of dark days ... for the brighter day to which we can win through by seeking the help of God in a more unselfish striving for the common bettering of mankind."
November 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Agencies throughout the county are providing FREE Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. There are also agencies giving out toys for children during Christmas. Below are details.
November 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- With the cold weather setting in, consumers should be aware of certain safety measures and energy-efficient tips to keep their home comfortable throughout the winter months.
1. One of the easiest heating tips: On sunny days, take advantage of the sun to bring in heat. Adjust blinds so they are open and tilted toward the ceiling—but be sure to close the blinds at sundown.
November 20, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – Sheriff’s detectives in Lemon Grove have arrested Wyatt Kirk Bradley, 24, of San Diego for a brutal attack on an elderly couple assaulted on November 14 in broad daylight at 2:05 p.m. The couple was collecting cardboard to make ends meet behind a strip mall in the 7000 block of Broadway in Lemon Grove.
According to Sgt. G. Hampton, the suspect approached the couple and after a short conversation with the woman, attacked and beat both victims, knocking them to the ground numerous times. He also tried to steal their vehicle but it would not start.
The California Public Utilities Commission has announced that its November 29 meeting agenda in San Francisco will include SDG&E’s proposed Wildfire Expense Balancing Account (WEBA), the utility’s proposal to charge ratepayers for uninsured costs of wildfires.
But the Mussey Grade Road Alliance, a Ramona citizens group, has filed a request asking the commission to move the meeting to San Diego.
November 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Thanksgiving is almost upon us and family and friends will come together to celebrate. Food safety is very important because large amounts of food are often prepared and served. Here are a few safety tips to prevent microscopic unwanted guests from joining your party:
November 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – ECM videographer Paul Kruze captured video highlights from the 2012 Mother Goose Parade, celebrating 100 years of El Cajon history in the city’s centennial year.
This year’s parade featured fewer Hollywood celebrities than in the recent past, drawing on hometown heroes, Western equestrian groups, high school marching bands and a city centennial float for this once-in-a-century celebration. In keeping with tradition, the parade's finale featured Santa Claus and his reindeer-drawn sleigh, ushering in the start of the holiday season.
November 20, 2012 (Warner Springs) – Hawk Watch Winery will be holding its Holiday Harvest Fair on November 24 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 27054 Chihuahua Valley Rd., Warner Springs.
Wingshadows Hacienda farms will be offering up homemade, home grown holiday fare including fresh jams, jellies, sauces, marinated feta cheeses, infused balsamic vinegars and fresh bread. Also featured will be goats milk soaps, bath oils and bath gels. Hawk Watch will introduce their own Hawk Watch Hand Roasted coffees.
November 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – I am pleased to report that ITEX has taken steps to resolve the conflicts that we previously reported regarding our account.
In an email received today, the company has agreed to refund payments, cease billing for time after our cancellation notice, and provide a generous one-year extension for us to use our remaining credits. ECM has agreed to donate a portion of those credits to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. We look forward to working with ITEX to find good uses for our remaining credits that will support our own nonprofit media efforts on behalf of our readers.
We applaud ITEX for stepping forward to do the right thing--and we are thankful for their efforts on this Thanksgiving Day.
November 20, 2012 (Jacumba)--Cal-Fire will conduct a burn tomorrow, November 21 in McCain Valley near the community of Jacumba. The burn will be approximately 35 acres and smoke will be visible off Interstate 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Some workers arrived after their shifts ended; others came from home to join a march yesterday afternoon outside Grossmont Hospital. All were determined to draw public attention to their efforts to gain better working conditions and compensation.
United Healthcare Employees, affiliated with the AFL-CIO,continues contract negotiations for workers contracted by Sharp Healthcare through Sodexo to manage food services and custodial work.
November 20, 2012 (Lakeside) --Early in the morning on November 15 in El Monte Valley, I was driving slowly like always, hoping to see a cat. Today was my day--I spotted one close to the road, followed it up the mountain a bit and discovered that there was more than one. Much to my surprise, I saw a second and then a third bobcat to my right. What I didn't realize was that I had gotten between the mama and one of her young.
November 20, 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:
November 20, 2012 (Warner Springs) -- Hawk Watch Winery is holding its 3rd annual Christmas party on Dec. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 27054 Chihuahua Valley Rd., Warner Springs. The party is free and open to everyone. Enjoy the solo saxophone of Jason Weber while sampling some amazing homemade holiday desserts among the twinkling Christmas lights in the barrel room.