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TAYLOR GUITARS AND WESTFIELD CENTERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES JULY 12 – AUGUST 23

 
Free acoustic performances to showcase local talent
 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- This summer, Taylor Guitars and Westfield Centers are bringing live, acoustic music to shopping malls around San Diego County.
 
Beginning July 12, visitors to Westfield Horton Plaza and Westfield North County will be treated to free performances by local Taylor Guitars artists, including Americana revivalists, The Silent Comedy and Lexington Field, as well as singer-songwriters Oliver Trolley and Chi McClean.

FORMER HELIX TRACK STAR ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPED MURDER OF WIFE

 

July 11, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch reports that Roshawn Lamar Broadnax, 20, a former Helix Charter High School track and field star, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and spousal abuse.  

CITY OF LEMON GROVE HOSTS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY TO COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MAIN STREET PROMENADE JULY 19

 

City’s Highly-Anticipated, Sustainable Redevelopment Project Moves Forward

June 11, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Construction is set to begin next month on the highly-anticipated Main Street Promenade Redevelopment Project in Lemon Grove. The public is invited to join regional public officials for the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. on the 3500 block of Main Street, just north of Broadway.

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS AT UC SAN DIEGO GIVE TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT AND SAVE ENERGY

 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Heat waves and power outages have been plaguing the nation in recent weeks and temperatures are expected to rise higher than usual in San Diego County within the next few days.
 
“In these extreme weather conditions, it’s important for people to be aware of how much power they are using because the high demand for energy and high temperatures go hand-and-hand,” said Dave Weil, director of building commissioning and sustainability at the University of California, San Diego. “At UC San Diego, saving energy is a top priority all year-round. The university generates about 90 percent of its annual electricity demand.”

LANDMARK SETTLEMENT REQUIRES FEDS TO REVISIT PLAN FOR COAL-FRIENDLY ENERGY CORRIDORS ACROSS WEST

 

 Feds Urged to Avoid Sensitive Lands, Support Renewable Energy;  

Critics contend damaging impacts of renewables ignored by settlement

By Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2012 (San Francisco)— A coalition of conservation organizations and a western Colorado county has reached a landmark settlement agreement with federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Department of Energy, requiring the agencies to revise a Bush-era plan creating energy corridors in the West. 

The agreement, filed in federal court in San Francisco, requires the agencies to revise a “West-wide Energy Corridors” plan to facilitate renewable energy, avoid environmentally sensitive areas and prevent webs of pipelines and power lines across the West.

GLUTEN-FREE FOODS DELIVERY SERVICE ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for gluten-free foods?   Now  2GOOD2B  co-owners Mike Barbanti and Diana Benedek are bringing their entrees, delectable desserts and baked breads to you.  The Encinitas-based business announces new 2GOOD2B delivery; a brand new service that combines the convenience of takeout with the quality of a healthy, home-cooked meal. Delivery is available countywide—including East County.

CITY COLLEGE STUDENT ON NO-FLY LIST RETURNS HOME

July 11, 2012 (San Diego) – Ali Ahmed, a local college student whose name ended up on the no-fly list returned home to San Diego on Monday, according to news partner 10 News.  He arrived at Lindbergh Field after a 20-hour ordeal which included a missed flight and lost luggage.

NUCLEAR POWER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: CAN WE AFFORD IT? JULY 12

July 11, 2012 (San Diego) – The Sustainability Alliance of Southern California is holding discussion of nuclear power in Southern California on July 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, 8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, San Diego.  The presenters are Rochelle Becker, Executive Director of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility and John Geesman, Former Executive Director and Commissioner of the California Energy Commission.

ACCIDENTS CLAIM LIVES OF THREE EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS

July 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The County Medical Examiner’s office has identified victims of several accidents this week, including residents of El Cajon, Jamul, and Borrego Springs. 

DOES KADERABEK BELONG IN THE ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP?

By Nadin Abbott

Update July 17, 2012 - Kaderabek has withdrawn his name from nomination and the APCG is now seeking new applicants, who are encouraged to attend the July 26 meeting.

Updated July 13 with a response from Charles Kaderabek

 

July 10, 2012 (San Diego)--The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) has voted 11-1 to nominate Charles E. Kaderabek to fill an open seat.

But revelations about a string of delinquent taxes, hefty tax liens, and loss of Kaderabek's law license now raise serious qusetions about his fitness to represent taxpayers.

THE SECRET LIFE OF ALBERTSON’S SIZZLIN’ SUMMER GIVEAWAY 2012

 

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The secret life of a giveaway collect & win game?  Gosh, most people would think a secret life involves actors pictured on the cover of the grocery store tabloids.  But no. This secret life involves various states, $20 million in giveaways (including a million bucks cash prize) and many East County residents-- neighbors you wouldn’t think have a secret life. But they do.

COALITION OF LOCAL GROUPS MARCHES AGAINST TPP

 

By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Nadin Abbott
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego)-- The mood at the Civic Center was defiant. On July 7, the marchers were getting ready to take to the streets once again. They were protesting the Trans Pacific Trade Negotiations (TPP) happening at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel. 

ARRIBA! ANDIAMO’S PRESENTS FLAMENCO NIGHT JULY 14

July 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- Flamenco Night at Andiamo Ristorante is July 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  with a prix fixe menu. The event features Malamana’s Spanish guitars and vocals in a fusion of flamenco and romantic Latin music.

CELEBRATE THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY’S NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER JULY 12

July 10, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will be holding a Grand Re-Opening of the Lakeside Clubhouse’s new Technology Center on July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at 12824 Lakeshore Drive, Lakeside.  The guest speaker at the event is Senator Joel Anderson.

Light refreshments will be served.  Call 619-440-1600 or visit www.bgcec.org for more information.

CELEBRATE THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CITY HEIGHTS FARMERS’ MARKET JULY 14

July 10, 2012 (City Heights)--Join the City Heights community as it celebrates the Fourth Anniversary of the City Heights Farmers’ Market this Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is FREE and features colorful cultural performances highlighting the rich ethnic diversity of City Heights as well as children’s activities (arts & crafts and face painting). The farmers’ market is located on Wightman Street, between 43rd Street and Fairmount Avenue (across from the City Heights Weingart Library). Free parking is provided in the parking structure on 43rd Street (and there is also plenty of free street parking).

“STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE” MUSICIAN REPORTS MUGGING IN LA MESA

 

By Monica Hampton 

 
July 12, 2012 (La Mesa)--Michael Reed, a member of a local band, “Steam Powered Giraffe,” reported that he was mugged in downtown La Mesa and “knocked unconscious.”  According to Reed, he was “hit on the back of the head” on La Mesa Blvd. on Saturday, July 7 between 11 p.m. and midnight. 

POWAY BRUSH FIRE KNOCKED DOWN BY FIRE CREWS

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos Nadin Abbott
 
July 10, 2012 (Poway)-- A fire that started along Metate Lane and Carriage Road in Poway was knocked off fairly fast by fire crews from multiple agencies.
 
According to John Canavan, Division Chief of the City of Poway Fire Department, the fire started at 11:45 a.m. yesterday. It was a grass fire near homes, that burned eastwards towards Community along the road, pushed by a ten to fifteen mile wind.

BRIGHT IDEAS: ENERGY INNOVATION CENTER LIVES UP TO ITS STANDARDS

 

 
By  Janis Mork
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego)-  ECM toured SDG&E’s new Energy Innovation Center at Clairemont Mesa, designed to be a demonstration facility and educational center, led by supervisor Ellery Stahler. We found an array of creative ideas and cool technologies that you can utilize to save energy and conserve resources in your home and garden.

 

PASSAGES: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RESTAURANT FOUNDER DON SANFILIPPO

 

July 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Memorial services were held at Faith Chapel at 11:00 a.m. this morning for Donato "Don" Sanfilippo who was the founder of a popular pizza restaurant in La Mesa. Sanfilippo died on July 1 as a result of a massive stroke that occurred in 2007.  For further information, see the article in the La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch.

 

“CASH MOB” BRINGS BUSINESS—AND TEARS OF JOY--TO LOCAL SHOP OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – “It’s a great way to give a local business a shot in the arm,” said Susan Barron, who organized a “cash mob” yesterday to aid her friend, Peggy Harris, owner of the Glamour Girlz Boutique at 124 East Main Street.  “July has been a really tough month for her and this was a winner.” 

The event was a "cashing" success—with more than 60 shoppers marching into the shop on Main Street to collectively spend over $2,000. 

LANDMARK SETTLEMENT REQUIRES FEDS TO REVISIT PLAN FOR COAL-FRIENDLY ENERGY CORRIDORS ACROSS WEST

Feds urged to avoid sensitive lands for coal--but development for "renewable" energy pressure intensifies

July 9, 2012 (San Francisco)— A coalition of conservation organizations and a western Colorado county reached a landmark settlement agreement with federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Department of Energy, requiring the agencies to revise a Bush-era plan creating energy corridors in the West. 

The agreement, filed in federal court in San Francisco, requires the agencies to revise a “West-wide Energy Corridors” plan to facilitate renewable energy, avoid environmentally sensitive areas and prevent webs of pipelines and power lines across the West--an action that while protecting lands from coal projects, will accelerate pressures to develop formerly protected public lands for wind and solar projects.

BABYSITTER ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN RAMONA

 

July 9, 2012 (Ramona)—David Humberto Ortiz, 19, has been arrested for the murder and assault of 8-month-old Liliana Velasquez. 

According to Lt. Larry Nesbitt with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Ortiz was babysitting the infant in the 2600 block of Southern Oak Road in Ramona when the fatal assault occurred on July 4 at 11:27 a.m.

FIRE IN LAKE MORENA AREA

Update 7:50 p.m. - A resident at the scene reports the fire is now under control and nearly extinguished.

Update 5:39 p.m. - Incident Page Network reports the fire is now 15 acres, spreading fast and moving toward structures.

July 9, 2012 (Lake Morena) – A three acre fire is burning off Bass Road in Lake Morena, Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler has informed ECM.   “It sounds like crews can hold it,” said Mohler, who called while on the road.

Two additional air tankers and one additional helicopter have been ordered to assist in dousing the blaze, he said.  “There are structures in the area but as of now, they are not threatened.”

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: HIGH NOON

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Leave it to Oliver Stone to take sleazy, salacious, and lurid material and transform it into art. Very few filmmakers can make graphic violence so lyrical without pretension the way Stone does in Savages. On the surface the film is trashy, but if you look deeper, this trash has class.

 

SCISSORS-WIELDING SUSPECT ROBS AM/PM STORE IN LA MESA

 

 
July 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – This morning at 1:46 a.m., La Mesa Police responded to a report of a robbery at the AM/PM at 4925 Spring Street in the city of La Mesa.

According to the police, the clerk told officers that he was working behind the registers when the suspect walked into the store and demanded cash. When the clerk told the suspect that he didn’t believe he had a gun, the suspect pulled a pair of scissors from his pocket and walked behind the cash register counter. 

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: POOL SAFETY GUIDELINES

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna  East County Magazine “In-House” Fire Chief
July 9, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The National Safety Council reports that 600 children and adults drown annually in swimming pools, 330 in home pools. By communicating these pool tips effectively as well as using common sense, your backyard pool can be a safe and pleasurable experience for children as well as adults.

VEGETATION FIRE THREATENS FOUR HOMES

 
Property owner doing the right thing the wrong way
 
July 9, 2012 (La Mesa) -- San Miguel Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire at the base of Mt. Helix just before 1:30 yesterday afternoon. Light to moderate flash fuel spread to half an acre before it was contained. In total four Engine Companies responded, two of the Engines responded from La Mesa as part of an automatic mutual aid agreement.

BOOK REVIEW: MURDERING THE MOM—A SOUL-SEARCHING MEMOIR

 

 Murdering The Mom: A Memoir, by Duff Brenna (Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC., La Grande, Oregon, 2012, 217 pages).
 
Book Review by Dennis Moore
 
July 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Duff Brenna, a long-time East County resident and graduate of San Diego State, where he also taught and garnered several faculty awards, has written a candid and somewhat disturbing memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family. Murdering The Mom: A Memoir resonates with me, for there are some aspects of this brilliantly written and insightful book that are eerily reminiscent of my mother and how she had to raise 10 of us – basically by herself.
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