September 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – An El Cajon resident awoke this morning to find a dead man in the swimming pool of her home on Terrace Crest shortly after 8 a.m. El Cajon Police and firefighters responded and determined that the victim, who had no signs of trauma, had been dead for several hours.
The County Medical Examiner has identified the victim has Jose Luis Rodriguez, a transient who was unmarried.
September 1, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Pamela Sue LeBlanc, 45, was walking through a parking lot in the 9900 block of Campo Road in Spring Valley on August 27 shortly before noon when she was struck by an out-of-control vehicle.
September 1, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Police request public help to locate C. Fantozzi, 41. He was last seen on August 28 at 3719 42nd Street in San Diego.
According to the SDPD bulletin, “Fantozzi is very depressed over a recent divorce and lives in an assisted living facility for his depression.” He walked away from the residence and has been known for walk for many miles a day.
August 31, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is continuing its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign this Labor Day weekend. Deputies and officers from the CHP and 14 other law enforcement agencies will conduct extra patrols and DUI/Driver License Checkpoints.
August 31 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Encinitas, Santee and Poway
September 1 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Imperial Beach
September 2 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Santee (AVOID)
August 31, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--California agencies battling the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels are asking boaters to be especially vigilant over the three-day Labor Day weekend. In San Diego County, these mussels have been found in Lake Dixon and San Vicente reservoir.
August 30, 2012 (San Diego) – On the 92nd anniversary of women winning the right to vote, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) gave an impassioned speech warning about threats to women’s hard-won rights.
Davis, a former League of Women Voters president, spoke of efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress and presidential/vice presidential candidates to redefine rape, weaken the Violence Against Women Act, defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to birth control, and prevent military rape victims from obtaining abortions.
She also denounced voter suppression efforts, which she called “chilling.”
August 30, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Authorities have recovered the body of Milt Eisen, 41, who drowned August 26 in the El Capitan Reservoir.
Eisen, manager of the El Cajon Kia dealership, reportedly jumped from a boat into El Capitan reservoir to cool off but was unable to make his way back to the boat. Divers searched the 197-foot-deep for multiple days in conjunction with several agencies.
August 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Since the California Public Utilities Commission required SDG&E to provide opt-out options for customers who wanted smart meters removed or not installed, some complaints have surfaced over notification, fees, access for meter readers to homes with dogs, and more. The Electrosmog Prevention organization has created a survey for SDG&E consumers in our area. Consumers can fill out the survey below and return the completed survey to Sue Brinchman, email@example.com. You can also post comments below this article with details on your experiences. ECM will consider a follow-up article after hearing more from readers.
August 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County residents’ support for funding seawater desalination or other investments to enhance the reliability of the region’s water supplies has increased compared to last year, a new public opinion poll commissioned by the San Diego County Water Authority has found.
The poll, which surveyed 816 adult San Diego County residents in July, found:
August 27, 2012 (Jamul) – Both lanes of Highway 94 are blocked by fire just east of Melody in the Jamul area, CHP incidents page reports at 10:25 p.m.A call reported hearing a traffic collision and indicated the crash may be on Campo Road near Melanie. Watch for details soon.
August 28, 2012 (Santee) -- There is a Hazmat incident in Santee at 9457 Carlton Oaks Drive. A wide area is secured. E5 and chief are there with the Sheriff's Department. SDFD and County Hazmat are required responding to unit A.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
August 28, 2012 (Santee)-- The Sheriff's Department responded to a call of a chemical odor at 9457 Carlton Oaks Dr. in Santee. At their discretion they escalated the call to a full Hazardous Materials response.
August 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – More than 200 earthquakes centered near Brawley in Imperial County have rocked our region in the past 24, many felt by residents across San Diego.The strongest measured 5.5 and 5.3 on the Richter scale; the most recent, a 5.1, rattled the area at 10 p.m.
August 25, 2012 (El Cajon)-- Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a structure fire in El Cajon at 11:13 a.m.. Firefighters found the home engulfed with flames and heavy smoke coming from the windows of the house, located at 612 Alderson Street.
August 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center will be closed Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31 for resurfacing of the cement flooring.
The Park will remain open as usual and the Visitor Center parking lot, terrace, amphitheater, and restrooms will all be accessible. The free Guided Nature Walks conducted by Trail Guides every Wednesday, August 29 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. will continue while the Visitor Center is closed. Meet the Trail Guide at the entrance to the Visitor Center.
August 24, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) would have made California the first state in the nation to require that public agencies provide records in searchable online formats such as Word or Excel.
August 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A rattlesnake victim at a campground in Mission Trails Regional Park has been transported to a hospital for treatment today, ECM confirmed with a park ranger. Officials have not released an update on the patient’s condition.
For information on how to avoid a rattlesnake attack, please see:
August 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Asian Citrus Psyllids, tiny insects that can carry a disease capable of wiping out California’s citrus industry, have been found in several East County communities as well as North County and other southern California locations.
A quarantine is in effect across most of our region.
August 22, 2012 (San Diego)—Campus police are evacuating the West Commons area on the San Diego State University campus due to a bomb threat, an alert posted at the SDSU website and updated at 4:30 p.m. states.
The bomb threat was called in at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank branch at West Commons. SDSU police and a bomb unit are investigating.
August 22, 2012 (San Diego)--THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR EAST CENTRAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA UNTIL 630 PM. * AT 335 PM PDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED PERSISTENT THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OVER SHELTER VALLEY...AGUA CALIENTE SPRINGS...AND CANEBRAKE WHICH WILL LIKELY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING. * LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO OCOTILLO WELLS...SAN FELIPE CREEK...VALLECITO WASH...FISH CREEK...HARPER CANYON WASH...AND HIGHWAY 78.
August 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation in response to revelations that federal wildlife officials have killed thousands of animals locally without disclosing justifications to the public.
August 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The colonization of Africanized Honey Bees in San Diego County was confirmed in 1994 and has since caused multiple fatal attacks in Southern California. Feral honeybees in urban areas of San Diego County have been determined to be predominately Africanized by biologists who test the genetic makeup of local bees.