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A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS OFFER HOPE AMID DESPAIR TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS AT PRAYER VIGIL IN EL CAJON

THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT PRAYER VIGIL FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS TONIGHT

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DESPITE MONITORING, SEX OFFENDER BREAKS INTO HOME, MOLESTS 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18


MISSING ALZHEIMER’S PATIENT WITH FEEDING TUBE IN RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 17, 2014 (Ramona) – A search is underway in Ramona to locate Carl Salayer, 66, who was last seen when he went to bed last night. He left his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road in Ramona between 2:30 and 6:30  this morning. 

He suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and has other medical conditions and needs to take his medications.   He had a feeding tube and may only be wearing his undergarments. He is white, 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, with blue eyes , balding grey hair and a moustache  He could run when approached, so if you see him please call the Sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200. Refer to Sheriff’s missing persons case 14130623.

CRIME EXPERTS SPEAK AT RANCHO SAN DIEGO AND JAMUL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

 

By Janis Russell

June 12, 2014 (El Cajon)- The East County Chamber of Commerce had its Rancho San Diego and Jamul Business Roundtable at Hooley’s in El Cajon on Thursday May 29. Jesse Navarro, director of community relations from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ office, and two representatives from the Sheriff’s office spoke about issues businesses and residents have been facing.

FORMER PADRE STAR AND BASEBALL LEGEND TONY GWYNN PASSES AWAY

 

Aztecs Coach succumbs to cancer

Public memorial set for June 26

By Trevor Hill and Stevon Marshall

June 17, 2014 (San Diego)--Baseball legend Tony Gwynn passed away on Monday, June 16th at the age of 54. The former San Diego Padre and Aztecs baseball coach lost his long battle with cancer after years of fighting.

Gwynn was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer in February of 2007 after being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

In 2001, Gwynn, properly nicknamed “Mr. Padre,” retired from the major leagues having been awarded eight National League batting titles and five Gold Glove awards, as well as having a statue of his likeness erected at Petco Park. In addition, according to the Union Tribune, Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star, “holds the Padre career record in virtually every non-slugging category, including 2,000 more hits in a San Diego uniform than anybody else and 19 straight seasons with an average of .300.” He also took the Padres to their only two World Series appearances in the history of the team.

ARREST MADE IN BRUTAL LA MESA ASSAULT AFTER CONFRONTATION AT MCDONALDS

 

June 17, 2014 (La Mesa)—Jorge Alberto-Rocha Osuna, 26, is on life support with life-threatening injuries after a bizarre confrontation that began in the drive-in lane at McDonald’s, then ended in a vehicle intentionally striking the victim and pinning him against a building at a residence in the 3600 block of Avocado Village Court. Both locations are in unincorporated portions of La Mesa.

FUNNEL CAKE EXPRESS

 

By Trevor Hill

June 16, 2014 (San Diego)--When attending the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar, any local will tell you that there are some certain “must-do” features that are required to get the full fair experience. These include attending the pig races, riding the ferris wheel, watching the amazing Bandolini, trying some bizarre fried foods, and, of course, eating a delicious funnel cake.

PARK STATION HEARING WEDNESDAY AT LA MESA PLANNING COMMISSION

 

June 16, 2014 (La Mesa) -- On Wednesday, June 18 the La Mesa Planning Commission will hear a request for a proposed “Park Station Specific Plan” and “Final Environmental Impact Report,” a conceptual plan for a 5.23 acre project in the Village which could include commercial and retail space, as well as 416 residential units with an option for a 500 room hotel in lieu of the residential units.

The developer is requesting the properties be removed from the city’s Village Specific Plan and given its own proposed plan, to be called the Park Station Specific Plan.

While scaled down from the original proposal, the current iteration still proposes double the density, up to a little more than double the height limit, and to cut the residential parking by half compared to current requirements as part of the Village Specific Plan.

UNCLE ARRESTED IN CAMPO MURDER CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 15, 2014 (Campo) –A Campo man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his nephew.

The victim was Teddy Iouwqe Pablo, a 23-year-old resident of the Campo Indian reservation.  He suffered traumatic injuries at a home on Highway 94 on the reservation, according to Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio.

SAN DIEGO DRONE INDUSTRY "TAKING OFF"

 

By Trevor Hill

June 16, 2014 (San Diego)--On Tuesday, June 10th, experts in the field of drone manufacturing convened at a summit at the Liberty Station Conference Center to discuss the implications and details of the industry, which is currently booming in San Diego.

STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES BUDGET

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 16, 2014 (Sacramento)—The California Legislature approved a $58.3 billion budget shortly before the constitution deadline Sunday night. The measure was a compromise between Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

GUHSD HOLDS HEARING MONDAY NIGHT JUNE 16 ON KEY SCHOOL FUNDING ISSUES IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Jaden Jimenez

June 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Following last year’s plan that was signed by Governor Brown, districts will have the ability to direct funds to specific areas in their schools rather than being told by the state for direction.

The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) creates concentration grants in place of the existing funding plans giving districts more say in how money should be spent on education in their specific district. This eliminates revenue limits and will cut out three quarters of state categorical programs which are currently deciding what funds are needed for specific expenditures, without any consideration to the needs of each individual district.

CORAL, HUMAN CELLS LINKED IN DEATH

 

SDSU News Service

A new study finds that humans and corals share a key biomechanical pathway which tells cells when to die, providing important insights into both species' biology.

June 15, 2014 (San Diego)-- Humans and corals are about as different from one another as living creatures get, but a new finding reveals that in one important way, they are more similar than anyone ever realized.

REPUBLICANS GAIN HOPE IN COUNCIL RACES

 

By Stevon Marshall and Miriam Raftery

June 14, 2014 (San Diego)—Two Democratic Council members, Myrtle Cole and David Alvarez, won their races outright in districts 4 and 8, with over 50% of the vote in recent primary, so they won’t have to vie in a run-off race in November.  Republican Lori Zapf,  a Councilwoman who had to run in a different district due to reapportionment, also won her district 2 race with over 50%.

FDA ISSUES NEW GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION SAFETY FOR SENIORS

 

By Jaden Jimenez

June 13, 2014 - The FDA has put out a consumer update to ensure safety among older adults when taking medication. The FDA strongly advises adults on medication to not prescribe your own doses, each person is different and should be dosed appropriate to the person by your healthcare provider. The FDA has also posted other safety tips when taking medication:

CPUC TO HOLD COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING ON PROPOSED SONGS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

June 14, 2014 (San Diego) — The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a community information meeting June 16, 2014 in Costa Mesa, Calif., on the proposed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) settlement agreement currently before the Commission.  The proposed agreement was announced to the CPUC March 27 by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and leading state consumer representatives and other parties.  If approved, the settlement would resolve all issues regarding the CPUC’s investigation of the San Onofre Units 2 and 3.

HELIX WATER APPROVES BUDGET WITH LOWER RATE HIKE THAN PLANNED

 

Source: Helix Water District

June 14, 2014 (La Mesa)--Helix Water District’s board of directors on Tuesday approved a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014-15 that calls for a rate increase of 4.5 percent for the average domestic-class customer.  The increase amounts to $5.93 on the average bimonthly bill—well below the anticipated 6.2 percent or $8.23 increase that was approved last year as part of a two-year rate notice in accordance with requirements of Proposition 218.

JOURNEY CHURCH VOLUNTEERS BRING MUSIC BACK INTO LA MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL: CONCERT TAKES STAGE JUNE 14

 

June 9, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Volunteer worship leaders at Journey Community Church in La Mesa have been teaching students at La Mesa Middle School to play instruments and create their own bands in what is called “Rock University.”  The after-school program was instituted three years ago as school funding dried up for music classes in the schools. The music team at Journey – all accomplished musicians – decided to fill in the gap and give the free lessons to students who have never experienced playing music.  This event is the recital/concert for nearly 20 students who have gone through Rock University this past school year and takes place Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Journey Community Church.

READER'S EDITORIAL: SHOULD CALIFORNIA'S POOREST SCHOOLCHILDREN BE INTEREST FREE LENDERS TO THE STATE?

 

By Gloria Roma



June 12, 2014 (San Diego)--Should California's poorest schoolchildren be the interest free lenders of first resort to the state? I don't think so, but they are. For the past 10 years, the state has been diverting the property taxes that were allocated to schools to cover the state's other obligations. Most counties still report the property taxes are going to schools, even though they are not getting there. This violation of the public trust hurts our schools and our state.

ALUMNI FOOTBALL GAME PLANNED, PLAYERS NEEDED!

 

June 14, 2014 (La Mesa)--If you’ve ever wished that you could play football one more time, you’re wish has been granted. Alumni football is coming to La Mesa.  Gridiron Alumni is planning several full contact alumni football games.  Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time.  Hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time. Gridiron Alumni is targeting teams like Grossmont, Foothills Christian, Mount Miguel,  and many others. Players from the local area are invited to register and play.  The first 40 players on each team get to play.  The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home field advantage.

THE OCOTILLO WIND FARM KEEPS LIMPING ON

 

By Roy L Hales

Photos Credit: Parke Ewing

Originally published in the ECOreport

The Ocotillo Wind Farm keeps limping on. According to a recent article in East County Magazine, the site was producing just under 18% of capacity during the first quarter of 2014. As that was the windy season, it seems unlikely that Ocotillo will beat the slightly less than 16% average they set for the first for year of operation (2013). Then there is what the Bureau of Land Management keeps refering to as "general maintenance."

A CITY DIVIDED: GERMAN AUTHOR SHARES MEMORIES DURING RISE AND FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

 

By: Trevor Hill

June 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- J. Elke Ertle, author of Walled-In, A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom, hosted a book signing at the Lemon Grove Library on May 28, where she spoke about the history of the Berlin Wall and her experience in West Berlin during the separation. Ertle described her book as “juxtaposing historical events with personal experiences”. She calls it “a coming of age story. Of breaking off and staying alone."

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN LAKESIDE

 

June 13, 2013 (Lakeside) – On June 14 from 4-7 p.m. the Bucking Delorian restaurant in Lakeside will host a fundraiser for the Menegos family.  Douglas Menegos was killed in a tragic car accident last week, after he was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Highway 67. He left behind his wife, Lisa, and two children, Kara and Jake.

THE FATHER'S DAY TALK NOBODY WANTS TO HAVE WITH DAD

 

“Dad, we’re taking away your car keys because you’re not safe to drive!”

June 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County) – It’s the great debate – who’s the better driver? Mom or Dad?  This Father’s Day, dads will love to hear in a recent national survey 63% of adult children say Dad’s a better driver than Mom. However, if adult children had to take away Dad’s car keys because he’s unsafe to drive, many fear Dad would get so angry he’d cut them out of the will.

WINE PAIRING DINNER - FRIDAY, JUNE 13TH AT JEREMY'S ON THE HILL

 

June 12, 2014 (Ramona)--Ramona Ranch & Turtle Rock Ridge wineries are joining with Chef Jeremy at Jeremy's on the Hill to present a 5-Course Italian Wine Dinner on Friday, Friday June 13th at 7 p.m.  The menu and details are below.

INEQUALITY FOR ALL SCREENING JUNE 19 IN EL CAJON

 

June 17, 2014 (El Cajon)—A film by Robert Reich, Inequality for all: On behalf of the middle class will be shown June 19 at the East County Democratic Club’s meeting.  The film won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and highlights economic inequality in America.

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET ASSOCIATION OPPOSES TODD GLORIA MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSAL

 

Mark Arabo speaks on behalf of NMA's 700 San Diego small business owners, says stores may stage a “Todd Gloria Tax Day” protest

By Miriam Raftery

June 11, 2014 (San Diego)-- On the heels of Todd Gloria's minimum wage hike, Neighborhood Market Association President & CEO Mark Arabo has announced NMA's opposition to a $13.10 minimum wage proposal.  In addition,  NMA leadership is considering the proposal of a Todd Gloria Tax Day, where “our member stores implement sales prices that would accurately reflect that of the minimum wage hike,” Arabo stated in a press release.

PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER LIMITING STUDENT LOAN DEBT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 11, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- Students graduating from college today face an increasing burden of debt. The average undergraduate student must borrow $30,000 and for graduate students, the burden is many times worse. The high cost of tuition, even at public colleges and universities, has made college unaffordable for many students.

TYPE-O BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2014 (San Diego)--If your blood type is O-positive, the San Diego Blood Bank wants your blood.

The Blood Bank announced this week that it has a shortage of O-Positive, the universal donor blood type which is the only blood that can safely be given to trauma patients when there is no time to test for blood type.

READER'S EDITORIAL: DOES WAR HAVE A FUTURE?

 

By Lawrence S. Wittner

June 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--National officials certainly assume that war has a future.  According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, world military expenditures totaled nearly $1.75 trillion in 2013.  Although, after accounting for inflation, this is a slight decrease over the preceding year, many countries increased their military spending significantly, including China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.  Indeed, 23 countries doubled their military spending between 2004 and 2013.  None, of course, came anywhere near to matching the military spending of the United States, which, at $640 billion, accounted for 37 percent of 2013’s global military expenditures.  Furthermore, all the nuclear weapons nations are currently “modernizing” their nuclear arsenals.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKING MEASURES TO DEAL WITH INFLUX OF IMMIGRANT MINORS

 

 

By Trevor Hill

June 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This year, the number of minors illegally crossing the border north through Mexico into the United States has increased to approximately 48,000 (92% higher than last year) and is projected to reach over 60,000 by the end of the 2014 fiscal year. The vast majority of these children is not coming from Mexico, but in fact is fleeing Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

To deal with the influx, immigrant minors and adults alike are being shipped to warehouses and other facilities in order to hold them until they can be deported or granted a green card. About 700 minors are currently being held in a warehouse Nogales, Arizona, where living conditions have become deplorable due to overcrowding and lack of supplies. Fortunately, this is only a temporary housing for the children who will spend only enough time in Nogales to receive vaccinations and be checked medically before being sent to facilities in Ventura, California; San Antonio, Texas; and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

This overcrowding is due to a lack of legal representatives willing and/or able to represent these children in Immigration Court. Because courts are not required to fund lawyers for the children, they must find a legal representative through advocacy groups or pro bono law programs.

FRIDAY: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH BEN KALASHO ON ESCALATING VIOLENCE, HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN IRAQ

 

 

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June 11, 2014 (El Cajon) -- A terrorist group that splintered off from Al Qaeda has taken the city of Mosul in Iraq, where several other cities have erupted in violence.  East County Magazine interviewed Ben Kalasho, president of the East County Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce on the escalating hostilities and humanitarian crisis, as well as the impacts on members of the Iraqi community in El Cajon -- home to our nation's second highest population of Iraqi Chaldean immigrants. 

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