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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.

GEORGE WILL CONFIRMS NIXON'S VIETNAM TREASON

 

By Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman

Photo: President Nixon, with edited transcripts of Nixon White House Tape conversations during broadcast of his address to the Nation, on April 29, 1974.

This article was originally published August 12, 2014 on Common Dreams. Reprinted under a Creative Commons license.

August 18, 2014 (Washington D.C.) -- Richard Nixon was a traitor.

The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

STORMY WEATHER FORECAST

 

August 17, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Temperatures are set to cool off while humidity will rise in San Diego’s inland areas starting Monday through mid-week, bringing relief from sweltering triple-digit temperatures in some portions of East County. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible over mountains and deserts across Southern California starting Wednesday, according to the Southern California Geographical Area Coordination Center, which issues fire weather reports.

RAYMOND LUTZ TO SPEAK ON PROPOSED $3.3 BILLION CPUC DECISION

 

August 16, 2014 (El Cajon)--Raymond Lutz, national coordinator of Citizen Oversight Projects (COPs), will   present his message regarding the proposed $3.3 billion settlement before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at a public meeting on August 21, 2014, at 7 p.m.  The East County Democratic Club (ECDC) is the host for the event.   The site is Coco’s Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon.

TWO RESIDENTS SELECTED FOR EL CAJON VETERANS' COMMISSION

 

August 14, 2014 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon City Council has filled two vacancies on the City of El Cajon Veterans’ Commission. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City Council selected Leo P. Dano and George V. Glover.  Mr. Dano is a United States Army veteran and his term on the commission expires on January 31, 2017.  Mr. Glover is a veteran member of the United States Coast Guard and his term expires on January 31, 2015.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION FOR SAN DIEGO TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS

 

August 14, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- As part of $300 million in grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced that $1.02 million would go to fight homelessness among veterans in San Diego. Vietnam Veterans of San Diego will be the recipient of the VA grant.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO OPPOSE TERM LIMITS IN LA MESA

 

 

“A vote is too precious to limit.” – No Term Limits in La Mesa slogan

East County News Service

August 11, 2014 (La Mesa)--With the slogan “A vote is too precious to limit,” a group of La Mesa residents has joined together to form No Term Limits in La Mesa, to oppose a term limits initiative  in the city of La Mesa that will be on ballots this November. The group asks the public’s help to spread the word through a people-powered grass roots campaign using word of mouth, a website (www.NoTermLimitsInLaMesa.com ), social media and downloadable graphics to print your own flyers, car signs, posters and T-shirts.

The group objects to term limits on principle, Kristin Kjaero explained, saying “The Founding Fathers didn’t give us term limits, they gave us the Bill of Rights which guarantees our right to free expression. The most fundamental form of that expression is our vote, which allows us to put teeth behind our opinions.”

GET HELP FIXING UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Source: County News Service

Photo: Funds paid for new playground equipment at Campo Community Center Park.

August 11, 2014(San Diego’s East County)--Want to help improve your neighborhood over the next five years?  Meetings set for Sept. 23 and 25 in Ramona, Spring Valley, Fallbrook and National City are set for the public to learn about programs and grants available for community projects in San Diego County’s unincorporated areas.

A RASH OF CONTROVERSY OVER DIAPER BILL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (San Diego)--A local legislator says she has received threats over introducing a bill that would help poor mothers afford diapers for their children, 10 News reports. 

AB 1516 would give $80 for diapers to every family with a child under 2 years old, if the family qualifies for CALWORKS, the state’s program that helps welfare recipients get jobs.  

The high cost of diapers prevents many parents from returning to work, since most child care centers require that children wear disposable diapers, so reusing cloth ones is not an option during working hours.

SOITEC BARS COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP CHAIR FROM “COMMUNITY” MEETING

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 8, 2014 (Boulevard)—Donna Tisdale is the elected chair of the Boulevard Community Planning Group and has long been a champion fighting for rights of rural residents against an onslaught of industrial-scale development proposals.  So why did Soitec Solar snub Tisdale in three invitation-only meetings with residents on Soitec’s controversial industrial-scale solar projects in Boulevard, held at a private ranch?

LOCAL CITIES CRIMINALIZE HOMELESSNESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A national report has singled out El Cajon as a negative example of how to handle homeless issues.  According to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty reported titled “No Safe Place,” El Cajon is among a growing number of cities putting homeless people in jail for sleeping in public places, without offering long-term solutions to help the homeless get off the streets and back on their feet.

HELIX APPROVES WATER RATE INCREASE

 

Fiscal year 2014-15 budget calls for 4.3 percent rate increase—far lower than the anticipated 6.2 percent

August 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Helix Water District’s board of directors Wednesday revised the final budget for fiscal year 2014-15, including a rate increase of 4.3 percent for the average domestic-class customer who uses 25 units of water.  One unit is 748 gallons.  The increase amounts to $5.68 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.

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