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