December 23 deadline for public comment on County's proposed wind ordinance
By Caleb Trainer
December 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The eastern portions of San Diego County have become areas for increased interest in wind energy production. In response, County officials are proposing changes to current regulations that, in effect, will make it easier for wind energy development—including both wind farms with large-scale turbines and smaller scale residential windmills.
December 12, 2011 (La Mesa) – David Gonzalez, 16, and his grandmother, Celia Torres, 73, have been identified by family members as the victims who perished in a fiery collision Friday on Highway 125 just south of I-8. Gonzalez was a sophomore at Grossmont High School and hoped to join the military.
Story and photo by Pam Wilmers
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December 11, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Stranded at 3200 feet on the face of El Cajon Mountain (El Capitan) at near freezing temperatures Saturday, two young college students survived the night. Early Sunday morning their cries for help were heard down in the El Monte Valley.
December 12, 2011 (San Diego)--The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
By Miriam Raftery
December 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning. A Pacific storm is forecast to bring cold temperatures, rain and heavy snowfall to our region Monday and Tuesday.
Snow levels will fall to around 4,000 feet, but could drop as low as 3,000 feet in East County's mountainsy. Above 5,000 feet, accumulations of 10 to 16 inches of snow are possible, with the heaviest snowfall forecast for Mount Laguna.
December 11, 2011 (Descanso) – Firefighters have found a body inside a residence in the 24000 block of Los Terrinitos Road, after dousing a fire that engulfed the structure. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office, the deceased man is believed to be the 53-year-old resident of the home.
December 14, 2011 (San Diego's East County) - State Route 125 southbound will be closed today from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
All lanes are closed at I-8, south to Lemon Avenue. In addition, two lanes are closed from Navajo to I-8.
The closure is for a police investigation of the fatal accident that killed a Grossmont High School student David Gonzalez and his grandmother, Celia Torres last Friday.
December 9, 2011 (Santee) – West Hills High School in Santee was briefly locked down this morning after a caller reporting spotting a mountain lion nearby. Fish & Wildlife officers, along with Sheriff deputies, searched the area with help from a Sheriff’s helicopter but could not locate the animal.
Several other lion sightings were reported earlier this week locally, though most remain unconfirmed.
December 9, 2011 (La Mesa) updated 9:40 p.m.-- Justin Foulds, 39, of Lemon Grove has been arrested for driving under the influence in relation to a fiery accident that killed a man and woman in La Mesa this evening.
CARA KNOTT FAMILY SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO BLOCK PAROLE OF CHP OFFICER CRAIG PEYER, CONVICTED OF SDSU STUDENT'S MURDER
Editor's note: I was driving home on I-15 the night Cara Knott was killed, passing the isolated exit at nearly the exact time she was murdered. If Peyer were innocent, why would he refuse a DNA test that could exonerate him? I find it chilling that a law enforcement officer who so violated the public trust could be set free. Please post your comments below.
December 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Craig Peyer, the California Highway Patrol officer convicted in the 1986 strangling murder of 20-year-old motorist Cara Knott, is eligible for parole. The family of Knott, a student at San Diego State University when she was brutally murdered by Peyer, seeks public help to prevent him from being freed.
Photos By Miriam Raftery
December 8, 2011 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino Team Members and guests have donated more than 3,000 toys for the Salvation Army serving eastern San Diego and western Imperial Counties.
Viejas Casino announced the grand total of 3,231 toys donated this holiday season by team members and guests at the annual Salvation Army Holiday Party and Auction, held last night at the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino.
COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUPS FUTURE AT RISK; COUNTY TO HEAR RECOMMENDATIONS WEDNESDAY TO GUT OR ELIMINATE RURAL BOARDS
Proposals aim to sharply reduce communities’ input on major development projects
By Jeremy Los
Update Dec. 8, 2011 --After hearing a proposal yesterday to streamline the regulatory process for developers, Supervisors postponed a decision until Feb. 29, 2012.
Dec. 6, 2011- Local elected planning groups fear that their days are numbered, as the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will hear recommendations from the Red Tape Reduction Task Force on Wednesday.
Recommendations by the task force could greatly diminish community driven input on major developments in East County communities.
December 8, 2011 (Santee) – The Santee Post Office shut down briefly yesterday after an 83-year-old driver hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes while pulling into a handicapped parking space.
December 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Last night, comedian Rick Gene was on stage at the bistro at San Diego Desserts, making people laugh when suddenly his language was inaudible and he started looking very strange. 911 was called and he was taken to Alvarado Hospital. The emergency room doctor did tests and said he had a mild stroke.
Brew Ha Ha Comedy, organizer of the event, has asked Rick Gene back next week to finish what he started on stage.
December 6, 2011 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Network reports that two mountain lion cubs were spotted the night before last in the 3000 block of North Victoria Drive. The sighting was reported by Bill Randall, who said he spotted the two lions in his driveway two nights ago.
December 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Nearly 3,000 customers are without power this morning in Dulzura, Potrero, Campo, Jamacha, Jamul, Indian Springs, La Presa, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, Barrett Lake, and Lyons Valley. According to San Diego Gas & Electric Company, the power outage is due to a suspected problem in the overhead electrical system.
Power went out at 8:42 a.m. and restoration is expected by 9:44 this morning on two circuits affected. There are additional outages, however, in Bonita and Pala with separate causes and later restoration times projected.
December 5, 2011 (Poway) – Two Poway schools, Stone Ranch Elementary and Oak Valley Middle School, were briefly locked down this afternoon following a report of a large mountain lion sighted in a canyon at 4S Ranch Parkway near Dove Creek Road. The big cat was close to a boys and girls club as well as the schools, the Union-Tribune reports.
December 5, 2011 (Descanso) -- The Medical Examiner's office has identified Gabrial A. Edwards, 40, as the victim in a fatality accident that occurred late last night in Descanso. Edwards was the driver and sole occupant of a pickup truck which struck the rear of a parked truck tractor semi-trailer on the Japatul Valley Road offramp from westbound I-8.
December 5, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- Dominic Estevan Penney, 20, died of head injuries sustained when he was struck by a black Ford Mustang near Mount Miguel High School. According to the CHP, he was hit while crossing Sweetwater Road at Blossom Lane in Spring Valley at 9:40 p.m. on December 3.
New nesting pair found near McCain Valley, an ECM reader reports
By Miriam Raftery
December 4, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has been granted a variance to continue flights within 4,000 feet of golden eagle nests through December 7 and, in the event of exceptional unforeseen circumstances, as late as December 15 for completion of Sunrise Powerlink work.
December 4, 2011 (San Diego) –The driver of a Land Rover has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after causing a crash that sent a family of four to the hospital. The accident occurred about 10 a.m. on eastbound I-8 near Waring Road.
December 4, 2011 (Ramona) – A child who died Tuesday at his adoptive parents’ home in Ramona has been found to be a victim of homicide. The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that 6-year-old Samuel Isaiah Dahlke died from complications of a head injury inflicted by his father at age two months.
December 4, 2011 (Jamul)—Shawn Andrew Corrigan, 34, ignored orders to stop at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Campo on November 28. He fled the scene at a high rate of speed, traveling westbound on Highway 94, and lost control of the vehicle in Jamul. He collided with two vehicles traveling eastbound.
December 4, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Alberto Octavio Valenzuela, 49, crashed the Honda he was driving at a high rate of speed into the Jamul Feed Store at 12868 Campo Road in Spring Valley shortly before 4 a.m. on Friday. The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled his death a suicide, noting that Valenzuela suffered from clinical depression.
58 LARGE ANIMALS SEIZED FROM CAMPO RANCH IN NEGLECT INVESTIGATION; 10 DEAD ANIMALS PREVIOUSLY FOUND DUMPED NEARBY
December 4, 2011 (Campo)--The Campo Sheriff’s Station and County Animal Services are investigating reports of animal neglect at a ranch owned by Raymond and Nennette Wyatt in Campo. This morning, authorities seized 58 animals including horses, goats, sheep and cattle from the ranch, located in the 1900 block of Buckman Springs Road this morning.
December 4, 2011 (El Cajon ) – A home and barn used for storage at 5237 Dehesa Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon were destroyed by fire this morning.
Leonard Villareal, spokesman for San Miguel Fire Department, said the November 1st elimination of the fire engine at the Department’s Dehesa station was “not a factor in this case."
SDG&E SHIFTS HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AS EAGLE NESTING SEASON BEGINS; UTILITY SEEKS VARIANCE FROM STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATORS
Lakeside residents mourn loss of pristine views as towers dominate face of mountain listed as county scenic view corridor.
By Billy Ortiz and Miriam Raftery
December 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – December 1st marked the start of breeding season for Golden Eagles in San Diego’s East County. For SDG&E, that means the Sempra-owned utility company must provide a 4,000 foot no-fly buffer zone around Golden Eagle nesting sites.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that SDG&E has applied to federal and state regulators for a variance to extend flights by several days around eagle nests. But as of yesterday, flights near nesting sites remained halted or rerouted.
Cal-Fire asks public to be on the lookout for fires and be prepared
December 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A wind warning has been downgraded to a wind advisory, however sustained northeasterly winds of 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph are forecast tonight through Friday afternoon in East County mountains, valleys and desert areas.