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SDG&E CONTINUES TO WARN CUSTOMERS ABOUT PAYMENT SCAM

 

September 1, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is continuing to alert customers to be aware of an ongoing wire fraud that has been targeting SDG&E residential and business customers. Reports indicate that individuals are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees by calling customers and threatening to turn off electric and gas service if an immediate payment is not made. Customers are instructed to purchase a pre-pay credit/debit card, and are directed to call another phone number where information is then obtained from the card and the cash value is then removed.

SUPERVISORS HAVE BUSY AGENDA WITH MANY EAST COUNTY ITEMS

 

September 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—San Diego Supervisors meet Tuesday and Wednesday this week, with many important items on the agendas impacting East County and our region overall.

TRUCK HITS, KILLS LAKESIDE MAN

 

August 30, 2014 (Lakeside)—An 18-year-old Lakeside man, Christian Nee, died August 17th shortly after his motorbike struck the rear of a truck on Sunview Drive in EL Cajon. He was taken by ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where despite aggressive medical intervention, he died shortly after arrival, of injuries to his head and torso, the Medical Examiner’s office reports.

WOMAN KILLED IN GOLF CART AT SHADOW MOUNTAIN

 

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 30, 2014 (El Cajon) - A truck hit and critically injured a woman driving a golf cart in the parking lot at Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon Friday morning.

MICHAEL BROWN REMEMBRANCE AND SPEAK THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN SAN DIEGO

 

August 29, 2014 (San Diego) - Activist San Diego (ASD), a coalition of community organizations, in an effort to keep the issue of lives lost at the hands of law enforcement, will have a rally at the City Heights Performance Annex in San Diego. As will many other such rallies throughout the country, the rally will be in remembrance of Mike Brown and the town of Ferguson, Missouri.

TRANSPORTATION JUSTICE FOR EAST COUNTY: MEETING & COMMUNITY DINNER SEPT. 9 IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2014 (El Cajon)—You and your neighbors are invited to discuss access to safe, efficient and affordable transportation options.  What are your transportation needs and priorities? How can you influence transportation planning decisions?

A community meeting on these issues is planned for Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Prescott Promenade Park, 201 East Main Street in El Cajon. Dinner will be provided and Spanish translation is available. (View flyer) This event is organized by a coalition that includes the Environmental Health Coalition, Cleveland National Forest Foundation, MAAC,  and City Heights Community Development Corporation. The groups observe that transportation justice increases transportation access, improves public health and safety, and ensures equity for all.

In addition, a petition has been launched calling on local elected officials and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to support transportation justice and adopt a regional transportation plant that:

SDG&E LOW-FLYING HELICOPTER CAUSED HORSE INJURY IN DESCANSO, OWNER CLAIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2014 (Descanso) –A helicopter chartered by San Diego Gas & Electric Company to survey lines in Descanso was flying below the legal height limit on Wednesday, startling a horse that was injured as a result, says owner Rita Gallant.

Tim Garland, a ferrier who works for Garland, was shoeing horses on her property and called Gallant to report that horses were being spooked by the low-flying chopper.

“He said, `You’ve got this helicopter hovering above your property. It’s right at the top of your gate and your horses are going crazy,” Gallant told East County Magazine.  She added that Garland told her the helicopter was just 150 to 200 feet above the gate—close enough to get a good look at the pilot.  Anything under 1,000 feet would be illegal, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

REWARD ANNOUNCED IN COLD CASE OF MICKEY GUIDRY; TEEN WHO VANISHED IN DESERT 5 YEARS AGO

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2014 (Borrego Springs)—The family of Mickey James Guidry is offering a $3,500 reward for information that leads to finding Mickey, who disappeared on November 27, 2009 when he was 16 years old.  Above are photos of what Mickey looked like back then, and a computer-aged photo of what he may look like today.

Mickey had camped with friends at the Mobiland RV Park at 5491 Split Mountain Road in Borrego Springs. The Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving was found broken down and abandoned near Pinion Mountain.

FUNDRAISER TONIGHT IN EL CAJON TO HELP IRAQI CHRISTIANS

 

 

 

East County Chaldean Bishop Jammo to personally deliver donations from Iraqi Christian Relief Fund fundraiser to persecuted Christians in Iraq

East County News Service

August 27, 2014 (El Cajon) Tonight at 7 p.m.,  over 700 San Diegans, including the Chaldean community, will gather in solidarity to raise funds for persecuted Iraqi Christians, at the Iraqi Christian Relief Fund (ICRF) fundraiser at St Peters Chaldean Cathedral in Rancho San Diego.

This is the first major fundraiser in San Diego for persecuted Iraqi Christians.

Speakers at the fundraiser showing unity with Iraqi Christians, will include Dr. Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Church in Rancho San Diego.

BILL TO BAN DRONE WARRANTLESS SURVEILLANCE IN CA ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 27, 2014 (Sacramento)--A bill to restrict law enforcement and other government agencies from using drones to spy on Californians without a warrant has passed the State Senate with overwhelming support.  Senators voted 25 to 8 in favor of AB 1327, which now returns to the full Assembly for a concurrence vote on amendments made in the Senate. If approved there, it will advance to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature.

BICYCLIST STRUCK BY TROLLEY

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2014 (La Mesa)—A bicyclist was struck by a trolley Tuesday in La Mesa, suffering a serious injury to his leg.

SAN DIEGO JIHADIST KILLED IN SYRIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Multiple media outlets are reporting that a San Diego man is believed to be the first American killed fighting with ISIS terrorist forces in Syria. The body of 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain was found with a U.S. passport and cash.

HEWLETT PACKARD POWER CORDS FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS RECALLED DUE TO FIRES

 

August 26, 2014 (San Diego) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Hewlett-Packard (HP) is recalling AC power cords for HP and Compaq notebook computers. The AC power cord can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of property damage.

HELIX SETTLES SUIT OVER EL MONTE VALLEY LAND

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2014 (Lakeside)—Helix Water District’s Board of Directors voted 4-1 on August 20th to approve a settlement agreement with El Monte Canyon LLC and its successor, El Capitan Golf Club LLC.  The settlement ends a six year dispute over plans for a water recharge project and wildlife habit in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley.  It allows for sale of the property and some sand mining at the site, as well as habitat restoration.

WARNING: HIGH SURF AND RIP TIDES FROM HURRICANE

 

August 26, 2014 (San Diego)--The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards warning that Hurricane Marie is approaching San Diego’s coastline, where strong waves, coastal flooding and rip tide currents may occur now through Thursday night.

LAKESIDE TEEN REMAINS IN COMA

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2014 (Lakeside)--A Lakeside teenager who tried to cross a busy intersection on a red light on July 23 was struck by a car.  Now, over a month later, Jason Buss remains in a coma at Rady Children’s Hospital.

NAPA QUAKE A REMINDER TO BE READY

 

County News Service

August 25, 2014 (San Diego)—The middle-of-the-night 6.0 earthquake in Napa resulted in hundreds of injuries and should serve as a reminder to San Diegans that there is a lot that can be done to get ready for a major earthquake. Being prepared can make all the difference for the safety and survival of you and your family in a major disaster.

DEATHS FROM OPIATE PAIN KILLERS FELL 33.7% WHERE MEDICAL POT IS LEGAL

 

Landmark study funded by National Institute of Health yields dramatic results

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Arguments in favor of medical marijuana just got a big shot in the arm.

A new study in the prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, which is published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that in 13 states where medical marijuana is legal, fatal overdoses from prescription pain medications dropped dramatically.

VICTIM OF TROLLEY BEATING SPEAKS OUT

 

August 25, 2014 (La Mesa) - East County news partner 10 News has tracked down the man shown in a video being beaten aboard a trolley in La Mesa on September 18th by MTS security officers.

ISIS-LINKED BOMB THREAT AGAINST SONY EXECUTIVE DIVERTS SAN DIEGO-BOUND PLANE

 

 

Group ties take-down of Sony game network to U.S. bombing in Iraq

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2014 (San Diego)—American Airlines diverted its flight 362 from Dallas to San Diego, landing in Phoenix after a group claiming ties to the terrorist group ISIS tweeted a threat stating explosives were on board. 

The tweet from the group calling itself Lizard Squad referenced Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, who was on board.  Earlier today, Lizard Squad hackers reportedly took down Sony Playstation’s network after tweeting that the group had planted the ISIS flag on Sony’s servers. 

The tweet was sent with the hashtag #ISIS #jihad.

STATE DISASTER DECLARED AFTER MAJOR QUAKE HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

 

At least 87 injured; wineries and historic district hit hard in Napa

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2014 (Napa Valley) – Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and  Solano counties after a 6.0 earthquake hit just south of Napa in Northern California at 3:20 a.m., causing major damage in California’s famed winemaking region and other communities.

At least 87 people have been hospitalized, including a young girl critically injured in a fireplace collapse, CNN reports

"HANDS UP, DON'T SHOOT:" DAY OF RAGE COMES TO SAN DIEGO

 

By Nadin Abbott

August 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Members of the community, including a coalition of Occupy groups, came to Balboa Park for an evening in support of people in Ferguson, Missouri after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown there prompted outrage nationwide.

SWEETWATER VILLAGE PROPOSES LARGER PARK; PROJECT ON AGENDA SEPT. 23 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

Update: This item has been postponed.

August 23, 2014 (Spring Valley) – The developer of the proposed Sweetwater Village housing development on the former Evergreen Nursery site have requested to be added to the agenda for the Spring Valley Community Planning Group’s meeting on September 23rd. The meeting will be held at 2850 Via Orange Way in the San Miguel Fire headquarters at 7 p.m.

FLASH FLOOD ALERTS and ROAD CLOSURES IN EAST COUNTY; FIRE IN BORREGO

 

 

Update 2:45 p.m.: Viejas Grade in Alpine is closed at Willows due to an ATV accident with injuries.

Photo by Brett Staubaum: Smoke from Borrego tree farm fire and thunderheads overhead

August 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The National Weather Service has issued two separate flash flood alerts due to thunderstorms in the East County.  This is the second day in a row of stormy weather; yesterday over 200 lightning strikes occurred countywide, including 95 on land and 129 over coastal waters.

The first storm cell today was reported about 23 miles south of Borrrego Springs, and the cell is nearly stations. It is producing flooding on sections of the S-1, (Sunrise Highway), as well as Pine Valley. Some of these areas were burned during the Chariot Fire, so there is a danger of mudslides as well. 

There is a second cell that is affecting I-8 and it is slowly moving towards the Mexican border. Both alerts are to remain in place until three this afternoon.

In addition, CHP reports a lightning fire in Borrego at the Borrego tree farm; a road closure in the area has been lifted now.

LANSING SUES COUNTY, LOCAL OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS OVER BOULEVARD LAND HOLDINGS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Gregory Lansing, testifying in favor of the ECO Substation project at a 2012 CPUC hearing

August 20, 2014 (Boulevard) – Lansing Industries  and related entities have filed a lawsuit against the County of San Diego and public officials including Supervisors, Boulevard Planning Group Chair Donna Tisdale, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, and County Planning Chair Michael Beck. In addition, the suit names the Endangered Habitat League and two groups fighting to protect rural landowners: Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD).

Greg Lansing and/or his entities acquired Big Country Ranch in 2006 and Empire Ranch in 2007 for a combined 6,280 acres, later adding additional parcels for a grand total of 8,000 acres in rural Boulevard.  He proposed grandiose plans to rename the town Jewel Ranch and create a master planned residential community complete with a shopping mall, Vons grocery store, private fire and law enforcement,  improved infrastructure, medical facilities and trails, according to minutes of the Boulevard Planning Group from January 3, 2008.  After those plans failed to win approval, Lansing, who does not live in Boulevard, later tried unsuccessfully to bring industrial wind or large-scale solar projects to his sites.

COUNTY AGING PROGRAMS EARN INNOVATION AWARDS

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS) has received national honors for two of its programs aimed at supporting older adults.

ARE GUARD RAILS PUTTING SAFETY OF MOTORISTS AT RISK?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Guardrails that are alleged to have crumpled and impaled drivers are installed in all 50 states—including highways right here in San Diego County, a 10 News special report has found.  Reporters from 10 News located at least 14 of the guardrails on local highways.

HUNTER SPEAKS OUT ON MILITARIZATION OF POLICE

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Missouri, and riots that followed have drawn national attention to the militarization of local police departments across America.

HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES MERGER

 

East County News Service

August 19, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego Humane Society has announced that it will merge with PAWS San Diego on September 1st to help more let pet owners keep their pets. PAWS provides support to low-income seniors, disabled and chronically ill people.

MISSOURI TEEN SHOOTING HAS IMPACTS LOCALLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo posted at Wikipedia by Loaves of Bread under Creative Commons (attribution required)

August 17, 2014 (San Diego)--City Heights residents organized a “hands up” tribute late Thursday in San Diego as part of a nationwide event calling attention to the police shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Missouri. About 100 gathered, wearing red ribbons on their arms. They joined hands and held a moment of silence for all victims of police violence.

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