SUPERIOR COURT PLANS TO CLOSE EAST COUNTY APPEALS AND SMALL CLAIMS COURT: PUBLIC COMMENTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
October 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Superior Court has announced plans to close its appeals and small claims operations in East County, as well as North and South County. The decision would mean major inconvenience and travel costs for residents who live far away from Kearny Mesa, where operations would be centralized. The public can comment on this proposed plan up until December 21st. Below are details:
Project to begin operation in early 2015
October 23, 2014 (Santee)--With California’s ongoing drought and the cost of imported water continuing to rise, Padre Dam Municipal Water District broke ground yesterday on its new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project. The project, funded through a three million dollar Proposition 50 grant from the Department of Water Resources, will use advanced water purification technologies to potentially diversify East County’s water supply by providing a new source of water that is safe, reliable, locally controlled and drought-proof. The project is scheduled to begin operation in March 2015.
East County News Service
October 22, 2014 (San Diego)--By a unanimous vote, San Diego’s City Council has voted to impose mandatory water restrictions starting November 1st.
PARTY WITH THE PRESS--OUR "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR
PARTY WITH THE PRESS!
Yes we still have space available -- so come on out and "Party with the Press" & benefit East County Magazine's nonprofit community media:
Sunday, October 26 from 4-7 p.m. at Next Door Wine & Craft Beer Bar
7235 El Cajon Blvd.in San Diego (just east of La Mesa; take I-8 to 70th, left on El Cajon Blvd.)
Includes wine tasting & craft beer tasting, a fabulous feast, lots of prizes, & fun galore!
Details below. Cheers!
By Miriam Raftery
October 22, 2014 (San Pasqual) – The San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Pasqual is working to save one of the most endangered animals on earth.
Consumer urged to take immediate action
October 22, 2014 (Washington D.C.) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, and General Motors vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags. This is the latest in a series of recalls that now span from 2001 to 2013.
Open letter sent to District Attorney, Grand Jury, ratepayers and regulators
October 18, 2014 (Descanso) – An open letter sent to ratepayers, the County Grand Jury, health officials, legislators, media and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis accuses the Descanso Community Water District board of covering up matters that could endanger health and property values—including uranium contamination. (ECM has previously reported on uranium in Descanso's water supply; see story here.)
The letter, titled “Secrecy—The Diseases of Corrupt Public Officials” urges ratepayers to attend the water board’s next meeting on Monday, October 27th at the Descanso Town Hall on Viejas Grade Road. It is signed by Jeff Rzendal, BoardVice President, GarySanner, incoming Director, John LaPlante, former Director and Treasurer, and Ivan Heckscher, a ratepayer. Below is the text in full. We have asked the Board President, Lee Jonnson, for a response to the allegations raised and will publish his response once received.
By Janis Russell
October 15. 2014 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s La Mesa City Council meeting, Council unanimously approved submitting an application to the Let’s Play Community Construction Grant Program through KaBoom! to support a playground upgrade at Vista La Mesa Park.
By Miriam Raftery
October 14, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Ever wonder what news stories attract the most interest among our local readers? We decided to find out, so we looked at the number of readers who clicked open each story for the past month. The results were surprising. Some major news stories, such as Iraq air strikes, didn’t make the top 20-perhaps because that’s news available everywhere else. What DID get your attention was primarily stories relevant to East County, especially news that you can’t get anywhere else.
By Miriam Raftery
October 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The California Highway Patrol has received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to fund more CHP patrols on East County highways and roadways.
The number of CHP officers will be increased on Interstate 8, State Routes 54, 95 and 125, as well as Jamacha Road, Dehesa Road, and Winter Gardens Boulevard.
October 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors (Board) will evaluate proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (POD-13-003) when they meet on Oct. 29. The proposed improvement includes changes to various definitions, use regulations, procedures and other miscellaneous revisions and clarifications. They also include proposed amendments related to setbacks, detached garages and barns and recycling.
STATE & FEDS LAUNCH INVESTIGATION INTO CPUC SCANDALS; CPUC IGNORES CONFLICTS, AIMS TO HOLD VOTE ON CHARGING RATEPAYERS FOR SAN ONOFRE SHUTDOWN
“This is criminal… This vote could possibly be blocked if enough Edison and SDG&E ratepayers raise enough hell.” – San Diego Reader reporter Don Bauder
By Miriam Raftery
October 12, 2014 (Sacramento) – California Attorney General Kamala Harris has opened an investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Sacramento Bee reports that the probe centers around rate-setting procedures and oversight of Pacific Gas & Electric Company regarding the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion, and assignment of administrative law judges to CPUC matters. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s office has notified PG&E of a separate investigation into private communications suggesting that the state regulatory issue was trying to help PG&E avoid tough penalties for the fatal explosion.
CPUC Chairman Michael Peevey, a former PG&E executive, announced after exposure of internal emails revealed inappropriate communications that he will resign at year’s end. PG&E has fired some executives in the wake of the scandal. But ratepayer advocates say that's not enough.
October 12, 2014 (San Diego)—The drone industry is emerging as a major employer in San Diego County. The technology offers applications for both domestic and military use – and while some hold promises of amazing opportunites, others have sparked controversy. Hear from speakers in the drone industry, an attorney specializing in drone law, and a peace activist raising ethical and privacy concerns at a luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Thursday, October 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego.
October 9, 2014 (El Cajon)—Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Tuesday, a fire caused by unattended cooking displaced a family of five and caused $100,000 in damage to an apartment in El Cajon. It is considered a total loss.
By Nadine Abbott
October 10, 2014 (San Diego) Mexican media is reporting that the Department of Homeland Security has reopened an investigation against Sempra Energy based in San Diego. The reporting from La Jornada states:
“A DHS source informed this diary that the investigation includes several federal officials including the Federal District Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, and DHS Personnel implicated in a series of crimes in complicity with Sempra.”
They also write that these activities implicate the Office of the Federal Attorney, Laura Duffey in San Diego.
October 10, 2014 (Spring Valley)---The San Diego Gas and Electric Company and Farmers Insurance donated a total of $14,000 to purchase Ice Machines for 5 of the Fire Stations within the San Miguel Fire District. The generation of a large supply of ice is a simple but effective tool in keeping Firefighters hydrated and cooler.
Photos and story courtesy of the Amerian Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
October 11, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--President Barack Obama led an assembly of more than 3,000 disabled veterans, veterans, guests and dignitaries on October 5 for the dedication of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., the first such tribute in the nation to specifically honor veterans who were injured in military conflicts throughout the nation’s history.
"The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any evidence."--Marsha Catron, Homeland Security
By Miriam Raftery
October 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) is drawing flack on national news media for claiming on Fox News that ISIS (also known as ISIL) terrorists have been apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border. ( View video.) Multiple sources within Homeland Security and Mexico now insist that Hunter is wrong.
Hunter told Greta Van Sustern on Fox News that “I know that at least 10 ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the Mexican border in Texas.” He said he got the information from a confidential Border Patrol source.
Update October 8, 2014: The search for Sally Estabrook continues. A witness reported seeing someone resembling her Monday walking near mile marker 15. A dog search team and helicopters with night-vision goggles have joined in the search.
East County News Service
October 6, 2014 (Julian) – Take a look at these newly-released photos of 75-year old Sally Estabrook, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has been missing since Saturday, October 4th from the Pinezanita RV Park & Campground on Highway 79. Dozens of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers have joined professional search teams from across Southern California.
The Sheriff is asking anyone with surveillance video (home or business) from the day she disappeared to come forward, in hopes of finding clues.
Estabrook’s husband discovered she was missing after he finished taking a shower around 4 p.m. Saturday. The search has been going on ever since then. On Monday, the search area was expanded to five miles outside of the campground.
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego city residents may soon have mandatory water restrictions. Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed that the city move to drought alert status. If approved by the City Council, drought alert status would impose limits on when residents can wash cars, water lawns, gardens and other plants, among other restrictions.
By Roger Coppock
October 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) Everybody has heard of global warming. There is at least one article in the news every day. Scientists who study and write about global warming have reasons to say our Earth's near surface is on average warming. All their instruments are in agreement. During most of the last couple of hundred years things have gotten hotter.
October 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The County is violating constitutional rights of children and their parents by conducting intrusive medical exams on youngsters, federal judge Thomas Whelan has ruled. The examinations have been routinely conducted on all children brought to the Polinsky Children’s Center, the county’s emergency shelter by social workers, UT San Diego reports. The tests include genital and anal exams, or what amounts to strip searches without parental notification or consent.
October 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Alcarion, 28, has suffered major injuries in a motorcycle accident this morning.
San Diego County News Service
October 7, 2014 (San Diego) -- More than two dozen neglected horses rescued by County Animal Services are now healthy enough to be put up for adoption on Saturday.
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – Wedding bells will soon be ringing for same-sex couples in many more states, after the U.S. Supreme Court denied hearings on all appeals pending.
American Civil Liberties Union attorney James Esseks called the decision “a watershed moment for the entire country.”
The high court refused to hear appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in five states where appellate courts ruled that bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. However,the decision is expected to expand same-sex marriage rights to a total of 11 states that are all under jurisdiction of the federal appeals courts that ruled same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Add those to the number of states where same-sex marriage already is legal, including California, and the U.S. will likely soon have 30 states—a majority--where same-sex marriage is protected.
October 4, 2014 (Jamul)--For the second time in several months, SoCal Parrot in East County is caring for a wild parrot that has been victim of a pellet gun.
Community Update: Missing person at risk found safe – East County
October 5, 2014 (Santee) – A missing person at risk from Santee has been found safe. 27-year-old Jennifer Klos was located in El Cajon around 6:15 p.m. She was not hurt, but was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for mild dehydration. Klos has now been reunited with her family.
Update: Jennifer Klos has been found and is safe. She was treated for dehydration at a hospital and released.
October 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The Sheriff asked the public’s help to locate 27-year-old Jennifer Klos. She is developmentally challenged with the mental capacity of a seventh grader.
October 5, 2014 (Julian)-- Sheriff's Search and Rescue has been activated in an effort to find a 75-year old woman with Alzheimer's who walked away from a campground in Julian.
Sally Estabrook was last seen Saturday, October 4th, around 4:00 p.m. at the Pinezanita RV Park & Campgrounds in the 4400 block of Highway 79. When Estabrook's husband finished taking a shower, he noticed she was gone.
By Janis Russell
October 2, 2014 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s La Mesa Planning Commission meeting, where a hearing on the Park Station specific plan was discussed, the planning commission voted 6-1 to recommend that the La Mesa City Council deny the proposed plan because the commission found the 10-story height inconsistent with the city’s general plan.
Before the hearing began, Chair Noah Alvey welcomed Jim Newland, who replaced Harold Bailey as commissioner.
This hearing drew a crowd that spilled out the doors. Co-applicant South Baltimore LLC replaced the American Legion, which withdrew its support.