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SDG&E PULLS OUT OF NATIONAL UTILITY RATE SURVEY

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED AT FRATERNITES ON SDSU FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULTS

VIOLENCE IN FERGUSON AFTER GRAND JURY DECISION: PROTESTS IN SAN DIEGO

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ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING REPORTED AT SDSU

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FOREST SERVICE TO HOLD MEETING OCT. 1 IN ALPINE ON POWERLINE IMPACTS PLANNED IN AND NEAR CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The Forest Service will host a public meeting on SDG&E’s proposed power line replacement projects and how those may impact Cleveland National Forest. The meeting will be on Wednesday, October 1st in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine, from 5 to 7pm.

CHP USING RANDOM SAFETY INSPECTIONS TO REDUCE COLLISIONS

 

September 30, 2014 (San Diego)-- In an effort to continue to reduce the number of people killed in bus and motorcoach collisions, the Border Division CHP will be conducting random on-highway safety inspections in San Diego County.

PARK STATION HIGHRISE PROPOSAL RETURNS TO PLANNING COMMISSION OCT. 1

 

New simulations show 10-story project viewed from downtown village and neighboring streets, obscuring and dominating views. To view them, click here

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, top left:  High-rise viewed from La Mesa Village intersection by Por Favor

September 29, 2014 (La Mesa) – On October 1st, a revamped version of the Park Station high rise project will be presented at the La Mesa Planning Commission at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall.

PASSAGES: ATTORNEY, TEACHER AND RADIO HOST DOUGLAS HOLBROOK

 

September 30, 2014 (San Diego)--Douglas Holbrook, a San Diego attorney, KNSJ radio host, and past president of Activist San Diego, has died of heart failure that occurred while driving over the weekend. He is survived by his two daughters and a two-year-old granddaughter.

HEAT WARNING: TEMPERATURES RISING TO WELL-ABOVE NORMAL BY FRIDAY

 

September 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The National Weather Service warns that an upper-level high pressure system is building over the San Diego, raising temperatures through next weekend. Highs will rise to near normal by Tuesday, then another 5 to 15 degrees above normal by the weekend with Saturday forecast to be the warmest day .

MAN CRUSHED BY TRACTOR IN LAKESIDE

 

September 28, 2014 (Lakeside)--A 61-year old man was crushed by a skip loader tractor this morning in Lakeside. The Lakeside resident had been working with another man to excavate a pipe on Wildcat Canyon Road near Muth Valley Road when the tractor turned and the heavy load caused it to tip.

BEWARE OF SPARK ENERGY SCAM

 

East County News Service

September 24, 2014 (San Diego)—Residents in El Cajon and City Heights have been approached by representatives of a company called “Spark Energy” claiming to be selling a discount natural gas service plan.

INSURANCE WON'T PAY TO REMOVE MASSIVE TREE THAT FELL IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2014 (La Mesa)—An enormous eucalyptus tree stood 80 to 100 feet tall in front of Korey Mulvey’s home in La Mesa. But during the recent storm, the goliath tree came crashing down into his backyard and onto his swimming pool.

IS OBAMA'S DECISION TO BOMB ISIL TERRORISTS IN SYRIA LEGAL?

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Department of Defense

September 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.)—The U.S. Constitution states that Congress has the power to declare war.  Yet Congress has not provided such declaration to presidents for any war since World War II, back in the 1940s.  That puts presidents in the hot seat when confronting threats including those from terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and now, ISIL, or the Islamic State.

PASSAGES: DUANE SWAINSTON 1965-2014, EL CAJON COUNCIL CANDIDATE

 

Update: A celebration of life will be held on Oct 16th at Foothills Christian Church at 2 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served after the service. The church is located at 365 W Bradley Ave, El Cajon.

East County News Service

September 23, 2014 (El Cajon) – Duane Swainston, a former El Cajon City Council candidate and manager at Aerospace Ketema and GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, passed away today of esophageal cancer. 

Swainston ran for El Cajon Council in 2012 and had set up a website to run again this year, but did not file candidacy papers as he waged his battle with cancer. In a 2012 interview with East County Magazine, he stated his philosophy that guided him in business and in life: “Communication, cooperation and respect are keys to being a successful leader.”

U.S. AND ARAB ALLIES LAUNCH AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL STRONGHOLD IN SYRIA

 

 

 

Photo: Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before Senate Armed Services Committee on the threat from ISIL

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--U.S. military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon Press Secretary, confirmed Monday evening.  The U.S. has previously led over 150 air strikes in Iraq, before joining with allies to expand the assault on ISIL, or Islamic State, forces into Syria.

Residents of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital, have reported attacks on the city on social media sites.  An estimated two-thirds of ISIL forces are located in Syria.

UT OWNER CONSIDERS DEAL TO MAKE THE NEWSPAPER A NONPROFIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

September 24, 2014 (San Diego) - UT-San Diego, our region’s largest newspaper, may soon become a nonprofit media outlet.  The UT confirmed on Tuesday that developer and philanthropist Malin Burnham, along with a group of donors, are putting together an offer that would transfer ownership of the UT to what has been described as a “public-spirited nonprofit.”

POLL: AMERICANS SUPPORT AIR STRIKES IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

 

Two-thirds of Republicans would support sending ground troops, but 71% of Democrats would oppose risking soldiers on the ground

Photo: Raptors carry out air strikes in Syria; courtesy U.S. Air Force

September 23, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--A new poll by CBS news and the New York Times has found that Americans overwhelmingly support U.S. airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria.

KEEP COOL AND SAVE MONEY

 

By Art Hagopian, General Manager ARS San Diego

September 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The heat is on the rise and your HVAC unit is working overtime to ensure the comfort of you and your family. These safety measures and energy-efficient tips from your local air conditioning experts at ARS® in San Diego will help to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the weeks to come.

MORE AGENCIES SEEK TO RETURN SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Recently, we reported on the San Diego Unified School District’s decision to return an armored vehicle it received through the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program.  Now it seems that may be the start of a trend.

WHITE HOUSE INTRUDER CASE RAISES SECURITY QUESTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – How could a man with a history of threats and a prior arrest involving a stash of weapons manage to leap over the White House fence and burst inside the White House, home of President Barack Obama and his family?

PROJECT WILDLIFE TO JOIN HUMANE SOCIETY

 

 

 

 

 

Listen to our radio show Monday on KNSJ 89. 1 FM at 5 p.m. to hear our audio report on Project Wildlife’s event.

By Miriam Raftery

September 21, 2014 (Lakeside) – At Project Wildlife’s “We Like It Wild” event in Lakeside last week, guests had up close and personal encounters with exotic and local wildlife at the Pillsbury Ranch owned by Joan Embery, the San Diego Zoo’s ambassador.  They also heard a special announcement from the Project Wildlife’s executive director Beth Ugoretz, who said Project Wildlife plans to merge by November 1st with the San Diego Humane Society.

Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Human Society and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, emphasized that goal is to keep Project Wildlife “strong” and leverage the strengths of both organizations.  Project Wildlife’s focus on rescuing and rehabilitating local wildlife will continue, and the need is great, since the drought, wildfires and development have put increasing stress on local animals from birds and reptiles to larger animals such as raccoons and coyotes.

HOW SDG&E'S SMART DEVICES HELPED RESTORE POWER TO THEIR CUSTOMERS

 

Originally Published in the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales 

San Diego’s grid has endured an onslaught. A record breaking 5-day-long heat wave, that produced back to back peak demand records of 4,781 megawatts (MW) and 4,890 MW. There were high winds, microbursts followed by sudden downpours and flooding. A lot of trees fell and there were several outages. Repair crews worked round the clock. Some worked 24 hour shifts. Hanan Eisenman, Communications Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), explained how SDG&E’s smart grid devices helped restore power to their customers.

ELECTRIC USE IN SAN DIEGO REACHES ALL-TIME PEAK RECORD

 

SDG&E Thanks Customers for Patience & Conservation Efforts During Five-Day Heat Wave & Thunderstorms

September 20, 2014 (San Diego) – Following a record-breaking five-day heat wave combined with a microburst of thunderstorms bringing high winds, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is thanking customers and community partners for their efforts to save energy and for their patience during power outages. Due to the extreme weather conditions, SDG&E reached new all-time back-to-back peak demand records of 4,781 megawatts (MW) on Sept. 15 and 4,890 MW on Sept. 16. The conservation efforts by customers limited strain on the electric grid and ensured SDG&E was able to provide reliable energy throughout the event.

A CURE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA?

 

September 14, 2014 (San Diego) – Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found what appears to be a chemical basis for schizophrenia.

CAR FLIES OFF FREEWAY IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

September 18, 2014 (Alpine)--An elderly woman was seriously injured after the vehicle she was driving flew off a freeway in Alpine on September 15th.

SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL RESTRICTS SALE OF E-CIGARETTES, BANS VAPING IN PUBLIC PLACES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2014 (San Diego) - San Diego’s City Council has passed an ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes just as tobacco is already regulated. The measure now heads to Mayor Kevin Faulconer for signature.

ADVOCATES QUESTION SPENDING AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

By Nadin Abbott

September  18, 2014 (San Diego)-- Robert Germann,  spokesman for Citizens Against Gillespie Expansion (CAGE), spoke before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to make a presentation. He wants to know the reason for a large increase in funds allocated for Gillespie Field airport that has been kept hidden from the public.

He told the Board, “According to the California Division of Aeronautics, Gillespie Field is slated to receive nearly $417 million."

He added that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will give the El Cajon Center $10.63 million. Yet the County stated that the field is only going to receive $232,070, said Germann. He asked why there is such a discrepancy?

PASSAGES: FORMER LMSV SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER PENNY HALGREN DIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2014 (La Mesa)—Former La Mesa-Spring Valley School District board member Penny Halgren passed away yesterday afternoon.  Halgren served on the school board from 1994 until January 2013. She resigned to move to Arcadia in Los Angeles County to be with her boyfriend and started a quilting business there.

A long-time La Mesa resident, Halgren also served on the board of the East County YMCA for 16 years and was actively involved with the La Mesa Rotary Club.

ROADS CLOSED IN THE BACK COUNTRY

 

By Nadin Abbott

September 16, 2014 (East County) - San Diego has many rural roads, many of them maintained by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) maintains other roads.

E-MAILS SHOW PG&E HAD UNDUE INFLUENCE WITH STATE REGULATORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: CPUC Chair Michael Peevey

September 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –Thousands of e-mails released this week reveal unethical back-channel communications between PG&E and the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency that is supposed to regular public utilities. The e-mails reveal that PG&E was calling the shots as the public agency investigated PG&E mistakes leading up to the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, which killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes.

POWERFUL STORM CELL SOCKS REGION

Photos, left, by Kathleen Hedberg:  Storm cell swoops toward La Mesa

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A powerful storm lashed East County early Tuesday afternoon, causing major damage before moving across San Diego later in the day.  Thousands were left without power from at least 16 different outages in East County, SDG&E reported. Hardest hit areas included Rancho San Diego, Mt. Helix, La Mesa and Spring Valley.

Helix Water Board member Kathleen Hedberg captured dramatic images of the stormcell swooping toward her La Mesa home-- a downdraft from a thunderstorm that looked more like tornados seen in the Midwest than a typical southern California storm. Gusts of at least 50 miles per hour were reported, with coin-sized hailstones and sheets of rain pouring down.  It was all a result of Hurricane Odile which struck the Baja coast at 125 miles an hour, ,still packing a wallop by the time it reached our region.

OVERCHARGED TAX ON AN AUTO PURCHASE? GET YOUR REFUND

 

September 15, 2014 (Sacramento) – Californians who want to know if they overpaid sales or use tax when buying a car or truck should verify their local tax rate (www.boe.ca.gov/taxrate) and review their vehicle registration paperwork carefully.

CALAWARE TO GOVERNOR: BILL TO ALLOW OIL COMPANIES TO SUE PEOPLE SEEKING PUBLIC RECORDS VIOLATES STATE LAW

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Donna Frye presenting Sunshine Award to CALAWARE’s Terry Francke

September 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Californians Aware, or CALAWARE, a nonprofit group that protects the rights of citizens and journalists to access public information, has sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to veto Senate Bill 1300.

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