By Miriam Raftery
December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting January 1, new California laws take effect. Some give new protections to the public. Buying a used car? You now have a right to know its history. The government can’t snoop into your online reading habits. Your employer can't peek at your credit report, in most cases. New laws also benefit pregnant employees, organ donors, renters, domestic partners, and bullied gay students.
Other laws impose restrictions. Want to buy popular cough syrups? You’ll need a prescription. If you order items online, you’ll be charged state sales tax. Shark fin soup and beer spiked with caffeine are banned. Employers have new requirements for notifying employees about pay and more. Kids must ride in a booster seat until age 8. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal, even if it isn’t loaded.
These are just a few of the new laws in 2012. Scroll down for details on these and more.
December 30, 2011 (Poway) – A traffic accident caused a power outage in the Poway area briefly yesterday morning, seriously injuring the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.
December 28, 2011 (San Diego) – All lanes on I-805 are shut down due to a fatality accident in which a vehicle struck a bridge support post just south of H Street at 4:37 p.m. A SIG Alert has been issued.
Local business leaders praise decision to expand renewable energy
Opponents hope Supervisors, court will protect scenic, cultural and wildlife resources
By Miriam Raftery
December 26, 2011 (McCain Valley) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed approval December 20 forTule Wind Project on federal lands in McCain Valley in East County. The federal lands portion approved by the Department of the Interior constitute the bulk of the project, capable of generating up to 186 megawatts (MW) of the project’s total 200 MW capacity.
The project will need additional approvals from the County of San Diego, California Public Utilities Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and California State Lands Commission. The County will hold hearings on a major use permit in the first quarter of 2012. Planning Commissioners and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors are expected to vote on the issue.
Story by Miriam Raftery
Photos by Kathie Wellington
December 29, 2011 (Jamul) -- Firefighters are at the scene of a one-alarm structure at Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley Road. Traffic is blocked in both directions at the 15000 block of Skyline Truck Trail at Lawson Valley Road.
December 27, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Lakeside teen Matthew Parish, 17, has been identified as the victim killed December 21 in an El Cajon accident. According to the Medical Examiner's office, Parish was apparently riding his skateboard in the 1200 block of Jamacha Road when he was struck by a vehicle. There are conflicting news reports indicating he may have been walking across the street and carrying his skateboard when he was hit.
December 27, 2011 (San Diego)—Emako Mendoza, 76, the Paradise Hills woman mauled by a neighbor’s two pit bulls in June, died on Christmas Eve after being hospitalized December 23 due to complications from those injuries, according to the Medical Examiner.
December 27, 2011 (Bonita) - A dune buggy accident has claimed the life of David Sylvester Metje, a 52-year-old married man from Bonita. Metje was the driver and sole occupant of an off-road vehicle when he lost control and was ejected. The accident ccurred in the 4700 block of Butternut Hollow Lane in Bonita.
December 27, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) –A paraplegic is trapped in a minivan that has rolled onto its side at 21325 Deerhorn Valley Road in the Jamul area, Incident Page Network reports. Multiple victims are reportedly involved.
December 27, 2011 (Otay) – San Diego Police seek help to locate Josephina Yolanda Lopez, 58. “The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit has been called out to look for Lopez,” said Lt. Andra Brown.
Lopez was visiting family in the Otay area at 523 Doolittle Ave. She was last seen December 23 at 11 a.m., when she told family members she was going to walk to a CVS store at 3300 Palm Avenue. She has medical problems and requires medications.
December 28, 2011 (Lakeside) – A motorcyclist down in the 11400 block of Wildcat Canyon Road has prompted shutdown of the highway. The accident was reported at 3:27 p.m. Traffic is blocked south of Barona, CHP reports.
Update December 27, 2011: The victim has been identified as Daniel C. Dacon, Jr., 24, a single man who lived with his parents n San Diego.
December 26, 2011 (Barrett Junction) – A motorcyclist has died at the scene of an accident on State Route 94 just east of Romo Road near the Barrett Café.
December 25, 2011 (Ramona)—Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams, 54, has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s office as the driver who died December 20 in a rollover accident on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. RamonaPatch.com reports that MacWilliams worked in Congressman Duncan Hunter’s El Cajon office, handling military and veterans’ issues.
“He will be missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Rep. Hunter said, Patch.com reported. MacWilliams, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, resided in Ramona.
December 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, has announced it will return as title sponsor of the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
(from left to right): Chris Sichel, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego, Make-A-Wish kids Aidan, Tyler, Emma and Christian, and Teresa Halleck, president/CEO of San Diego County Credit Union president.
December 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- At approximately 6:02 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, El Cajon Police Officers and Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the roadway, in the 1200 block of Jamacha Road, in El Cajon.
December 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Someone in Lemon Grove has 17 million reasons to be joyful this holiday season. That’s because his or her SuperLotto Plus ticket matched all six numbers in this week’s draw and is worth $17 million.
The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 7607 Broadway in Lemon Grove. The winning numbers are 21, 38, 44, 43, 8 and Mega 24.
If you are the winner, the Lottery wants to remind you to sign your ticket, put it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit your local Lottery District Office as soon as possible.
More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by California lottery players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education.
December 23, 2011 (San Diego)-- The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning for today and tomorrow in San Diego County. Gusts of up to 60 mph are forecast with sustained winds in the 25-35 mph range. Use caution when traveling particularly in high-profile vehicles.
Sunny skies are forecast for Christmas Day.
December 21, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Tonight the 1200 block of Jamacha Road is closed in both directions due to a fatal traffic collision which is under investigation. A skateboarder was the pedestrian involved in the incident.
December 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- At 1:22 p.m. today there was a single vehicle rollover accident at Wildcat Canyon Road and Muth Valley Road in Lakeside. The accident blocked Wildcat Canyon Road in both directions at Old Barona Road, and at Willows Road. One fatality has been confirmed.
December 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The death of Leonard Smith, owner of Leonard Smith Realty on Grossmont Boulevard was confirmed Friday morning, December 16, by his son David.
By Betty McMillen
December 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Dignitaries and VIPs braved the blustery wind for the grand opening of the new Lakeside Fire District Administration Office and combination Fire Station #2 on December 16. It was branded a "sneak preview" since the station has about two weeks worth of finishing work to be done by the contractors. Firefighters are hoping to be moved into the now empty 24,000 square foot structure by mid-January.
December 19, 2011(San Diego) -- The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is expanding Trolley service for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 21. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. and fans can park for free at MTS park-and-rides to avoid traffic and parking hassles.
December 18, 2011 (Jamul) – CHP reports a head-on collision on Highway 94 at Indian Springs in Jamul. The crash now involves three vehicles, a black SUV, a small white sedan, and a black mid-sized sedan. CHP, Cal-Fire and Border Patrol are now at the scene and an ambulance has been called.
“All individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country's investors." -- Robert Khuzami, Director, SEC Enforcement Division
December 18, 2011 (Washington D.C.) --The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged six former top executives of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) with securities fraud.
December 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for mountain areas in San Diego County and other southern California mountain locations. Scattered snow showers are expected early this afternoon with the snow level falling to 4500 feet. Locations where snow is forecast include Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna, and Ranchita locally.
Confirmation of the cause of death will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office pending further investigation.
December 17, 2011 (La Mesa) -- PG&E, the utility that turned off the electricity for six families that had switched out smart meters for analog meters due to health problems that they believed were related to the wireless meters, has now reconnected them with electricity.
WINTER STORM BRINGS ROAD CLOSURES IN MOUNTAINS; WEATHER-RELATED ACCIDENTS CAUSE FURTHER TRAFFIC HAZARDS
December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning effective now through 1 a.m. tomorrow. State Route 79 is closed at Cuyamaca Lake due to snowy, icy conditions. Motorists traveling to Julian need to utilize SR-78 through Ramona, CHP advises. Chains are required on several other mountain roadways including Sunrise Highway.
A multi-car accident is currently blocking lanes on I-8 eastbound just west of Highway 67. Additional accidents are reported on State Route 79 south of Paso Picacho in El Cajon and on State Route 79 just south of Harrison Park Road in El Cajon.
December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you answered “get in shape” or “lose weight” or “build muscle” East County Magazine wants to help. We invite you to join in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM. Shaping up is more fun with friends! Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.
How does it work? The 24-day-challenge includes a combination of healthy eating, meal replacements/supplements, a fitness “boot camp” and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success. The more, the merrier! If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.
December 16, 2011 (Poway)--A search is underway in Poway for Dan Hoff, 43 a missing La Mesa man. He was last seen on Monday, December 12. His mother reported him missing yesterday, December 15 at 11 a.m.
Today, a Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol in Poway found his car at the base of Iron Mountain on Poway Road and Highway 67 at 3:07 a.m. A check of the license plate turned up a missing person report from La Mesa Police.