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PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

READER’S EDITORIAL: BIG MONEY AND HIT PIECES INFLUENCING OUR LA MESA POLITICAL SEASON

HEAR OUR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS & HER OPPONENT, LARRY WILSKE

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERRA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT

HEALTH DEPT. AND COURTS BACK NEIGHBORS IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO WIND FARMS

NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY NAMED “LIBRARY OF THE YEAR”

 
County Library System Honored for Outstanding Service to Public by Library Journal

June 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Library system was named 2012 “Library of the Year” by Library Journal magazine and Gale, an educational publishing company, for “profoundly demonstrating service to community” by automating services, increasing circulation and the number programs it offers — despite the recession.

COLLEGE FOR KIDS AT THE HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

June 17, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Every summer the Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, has week-long classes for students going into fifth through ninth grades. All of the classes are taught by retired school teachers. The cost for each five-day class is only $50.00.  For more information, you can call the Museum at 619-670-5194 or visit the web site at www.cuyamaca.edu/museum.
 
The classes at the Museum are very unique, fun, and educational. The first two sessions are called Survivor: Pioneer Skills in the Computer World. This class teaches students things that they won’t learn sitting in front of a computer. They’ll build a model shelter, make fire by friction, and rig and lift a weight using a rope and pulleys, and more. The list of activities goes on and on and the students always have a great time.

 

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS TAKE STOCK AND REV UP AT THE FAIR

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs by Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
 
June 15 (Del Mar)--The San Diego County Fair is not just games and fun. It also includes the very serious business of judging breeding stock for cattle and other livestock. This is what county fairs used to be centered around. So going to the livestock section is a window to the past.

CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO INCREASES STAFFING FOR PEAK FIRE SEASON

 
June 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- As of Monday June 11, Cal Fire/San Diego has increased staffing for peak fire season with an additional 8 engines and an additional bulldozer. That will  bring the total for brush engines to 26 and 3 bull dozers staffed every day.

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING GROUP SEEKING THREE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

 
June 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--The volunteer citizens group monitoring construction improvement projects at Grossmont Hospital is looking for three additional members. The openings are due to one existing vacancy and two other members’ terms of service expiring June 30.

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) monitors the expenditures of voter-approved bond proceeds that are providing financing for a number of capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. Its members are East County residents with experience in project management, construction operations, finance and healthcare industries.

42ND ANNUAL BIGHORN SHEEP COUNT JULY 5 TO 8, 2012

 
June 16, 2012 (Anza-Borrego) -- Over the Fourth of July weekend, volunteers will head into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to participate in the annual bighorn sheep count. If you can brave the heat, you’re invited to be part of this citizen science in action to help count this endangered population of desert bighorn sheep.
 

BELLUS ACADEMY INCORPORATES WAVEMOTION™ TECHNOLOGY

 
June 16, 2012 (Poway) – Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy has become the first beauty school in the world to incorporate WaveMotion™ technology into its curriculum, This ground-breaking move places Bellus’ aspiring therapists on the cutting edge of wellness treatments as they learn and adapt various bodywork techniques using WaveMotion’s™ bodywork table, the latest technological advancement available.

REMEMBERING DAD: GRAVESIDE AND AT ROADSIDE MEMORIALS

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Buying a round of golf for dear old dad at Carlton Oaks Golf Course for Father’s Day is not an option for many in the East County. Not even buying a tie, cologne, or brunch at Barona or Viejas casinos.
 
The stark reality for many, young and old alike, is that their father has already passed away.  What remains are memories, photos, belongings, and a graveside.

LA MESA NEIGHBORS HELP APPREHEND BURGLARS

 
Trio of Santee Residents arrested 

June 14, 2012 (Santee) – Yesterday morning at 10:46 a.m., several neighbors in the 8700 block of Van Horn Street in La Mesa saw three people pull up in a car and park. One exited the car and rang the doorbell of a residence in an apparent attempt to see if someone was home. When no one answered, the male walked around to the rear of house. Several neighbors who witnessed this called the La Mesa Police Department.

AMERICAN TRIVIA: LADY LIBERTY

 
June 15, 2012  (San Diego) --San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh are the proud parents of a bouncing baby book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012). Over a span of a year, the co-authors will share with you their journey through American history. You can order inscribed and signed copies of the book by writing to richard.lederer@pobox.com.

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHY SMART METER OPT-OUTS SHOULD BE FREE

 

By Susan Brinchman 

June 15, 2012 (La Mesa)--It has been one month since the opt-out officially began for SDG&E customers. The beginning appeared "rocky", with misinformation and long waits on the phone reported by customers wishing to opt-out. People who decry smart meters are understandably upset with the costs, and this has led to many not wishing to opt-out. Those who don't know why an opt-out might be desirable become very disinterested when they hear of the costs. It is important to know that an email has surfaced (through FOIA submitted by another party) from the CPUC to CA utility contacts that suggested fixing a penalty-type fee for opting out, in order to discourage people from opting out. PG&E reportedly conducted surveys to determine how many might opt-out if there was such a fee, at varying amounts. If free, 40% would opt-out.

“BE A SPORT” WESTFIELD FAMILY FUN DAY JUNE 18

June 15, 2012 (Escondido) – Westfield North County hosts “Be A Sport” Family Fun Day on June 18 at 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido on Level 1 at Center Court.  The event will include Little Kids and Big Kids activities.

AS SUMMER HEATS UP, SIGN UP FOR POWER GRID FLEX ALERTS

 
ISO asks media partners to promote electricity conservation, especially in Southern CA

June 15, 2012 (Folsom) -- The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is making it easier for media and the public to track power grid conditions and conserve electricity, if necessary. The real-time information is just a click away thanks to new web tools on the ISO homepage:  http://www.caiso.com.

BLOCK’S BILL TO REDUCE CAMPUS TENSIONS DURING STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS PASSES SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

 
June 15, 2012 (Sacramento)—A measure requiring California State University (CSU) Trustees to designate a senior administrator as a liaison between protesting students and campus officials to improve safety and communication Wednesday won Senate Education Committee approval on a six to zero vote. AB 1955, authored by local Assemblyman Marty Block (AD 78)) also requests the University of California (UC) to name a liaison when protests occur on those campuses.

LDS HONOR EAST COUNTY TEACHER

 
By Troy Hartpence
 
June 15, 2012 (Santee) -- A West Hills High School math teacher has been honored with a “Crystal Apple Award” from the seminary students of the Santee Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

JUNE BLOOM SEASON AT KEYS CREEK LAVENDER FARM

June 15, 2012 (Valley Center) – The lavender is still blooming at Keys Creek Lavender Farm, 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center.  The farm is offering free walking tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of June.  The tours start at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

BASKET WEAVING AT MISSION TRAILS PARK JUNE 23

June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – A Kumeyaay instructor from Baja California will teach how to make an authentic willow basket at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail San Diego on June 23.  The baskets will be smaller copies of the large willow granaries that were historically woven to store each family’s annual crop of acorns.

ART IN THE PARK AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK JULY 14

June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and the California Art Club present Treasures of the Mission Trails Regional Park Art Exhibit and Benefit on July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.  The event will include fine art, fine wine, cheese and chocolate.

MALAMANA, FLAMENCO DELIGHT AT ANDIAMO JUNE 16

June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Malamana will be performing flamenco at Andiamo Ristorante on June 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The prixe fixe menu is $29.95 per person and includes 3 courses.

DOUBLE FUN FOR DAD: JULIAN BLUES BASH JUNE 16 AND A FATHER’S DAY COUNTRY JAM JUNE 17

 

June 13, 2012 (Julian)—Music lovers will want to head east to Julian this weekend for a pair of popular events, both at the Menghini Winery.

On Saturday, Robb Bower presents the annual Julian Blues Bash, ‘Key to the Highway.’ Then on Sunday, bring Dad and the whole family to the Julian Father’s Day Jam for “All American Country Music" for a day jam-packed with fun.

STATE AND FEDERAL RUN-OFF MATCHUPS FOR NOVEMBER

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 15, 2012 (San Diego) –Who will be squaring off in the November run-off  to represent East County and San Diego in Congress and the State Legislature?

With all but 7,000 votes counted locally, according to the Registrar, here’s a rundown on these important race--including our assessment of the odds for those vying in the November run-off election:

BABY KILLED BY PIT BULL IN LEMON GROVE

June 14, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – Animal Control officers have removed three apparent pit bull dogs from a home in the 3500 block of West Street in Lemon Grove, where an eight-month-old baby boy was attacked late this afternoon.

KELLY’s TRIPS AND TIPS: PLACES TO MAKE MEMORIES

By Kelly Wiebolt
 
June 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Here are some wonderful place to share & explore with your children, grandchildren or your “inner child”. They will cherish the memories and they will get to know their parents, grandparents and culture better. Have a little fun...explore together!

SENIOR FOLLIES RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO WITH CALENDAR GIRLS A MUSICAL COMEDY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 
June 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- A group of vibrant San Diego seniors will take the stage in a spectacular musical comedy proving that our golden years need not be idle. About 70 performers make up the cast of Senior Follies ranging in ages from 55 to 97 years old.

 

JANET'S MONTANA CAFE GIVES CUSTOMERS A TASTE OF THE WEST

By Sierra Great Food and Good TimesRobinson

2506 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901

http://janetscafealpine.com/
 

June 12, 2012 (Alpine)- Janet’s Montana Cafe, a cozy little hideaway in Alpine, definitely shows the true meaning of western-style. The Old West theme was apparent the moment we walked in, greeted by large bull moose head on the wall.

EMERALD WANTS SDG&E DOLLARS TO FUND FIRE/RESCUE DEFICIENCIES

 

June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego Gas and Electric has agreed to pay the City of San Diego $27 Million to settle a lawsuit over the 2007 wildfires.  Councilmember Marti Emerald is asking the Mayor to reinvest this cash windfall back into public safety. 
 
The councilmember recommends spending $18 million to design and build critically needed fire stations, citywide, as recommended last year in the Citygate Report on San Diego’s emergency preparedness.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
June 14, 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:   
 
 
  
 U.S.
  • Corporate political efforts don’t guarantee results—study (Reuters)
  • Romney energy plan includes drilling virtually every part of U.S. – no protections even for national parks (Think Progress)
  • Issa demands documents on green energy loans (Fox News)
  • Presidential projections on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • Justice Department sues Florida over voter purge (Huffington Post)
  • Mojave desert: Military wants to limit wind development (Riverside Press Enterprise)
  • Sebelius:  Medicare stronger than ever due to healthcare law (The Hill)
  • Family net worth drops to level of early ‘90s (NY Times)
  • Colorado wildfire moving fast, not contained (BBC)
  • California tribes suing to halt construction of wind factory on sacred land (Indian Country Today)
  • Open letter asks Obama to meet with Tribal leaders on Ocotillo Express wind project (Indian Country Today)
WORLD
  • Russian protesters demand Putin resignation (CNN)
  • U.N.: Syria children tortured, used as human shields (CNN)
  • Syria in Civil War, says U.N. official (BBC)
  • Solar-powered “super trees” breathe life into Sinagapore urban oasis (CNN)
  • Scottish Power (a division of Iberdrola, developer of Tule Wind) tests U.S. tax breaks on interest (Reuters)
  • Ruling on wind farm says countryside as important as climate change targets (UK Telegraph)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

ALL-NIGHT WAKE: PUBLIC IMPLORED TO JOIN TRIBES AT OCOTILLO WIND SITE


East County Magazine to form carpools from San Diego to desert vigil June 23-24

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2012 (Ocotillo) –  As bulldozers raze their ancestors’ graves, Native American tribes across the southwest are asking for the public’s help to stop the desecration. 

If you believe this heartbreak funded by taxpayer dollars is wrong, please join with tribes of all nations to take a spiritual stand together against despoilment of these once protected desert lands for private corporate gain.

Determined to halt the Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Express wind energy project, tribes of all nations will gather for a traditional dusk-to-dawn ceremony to mourn disruption of their ancestors' burial sites. From 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 to dawn on Sunday, June 24, members of the public are encouraged to join with Native American neighbors in the Ocotillo desert for these spiritual ceremonies.

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