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PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING ON HIGHWAY 67

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Billy Ortiz

July 21, 2012 (Santee) – Pilot Wayne Oehler, 79 of El Cajon landed safely on State Route 67 in Santee this morning at 10 a.m. after the engine on his homemade plane locked up.

A California Highway Patrol officer noticed the Europa plane attempting to land on the northbound side of the highway and started a traffic break, helping the plane to land safely at the Riverford Road off-ramp, UT-San Diego reported.

ADVOCATES TO UNVEIL PLANS FOR LEGAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA DEFENSE

County's sole legal medical marijuana dispensary to challenge U.S. Attorney for straight legal test of state law

El Cajon business to announce plans for defense of "legitimate medical marijuana operations"

July 20, 2012 (El Cajon) – Advocates, patients, and concerned citizens in support of the only state and county approved legal medical marijuana dispensary in California’s four-county southern border region announced plans to unveil strategy to defend one of the model medical marijuana dispensaries in the nation.

Representatives of Mother Earth’s Alternative Healing Cooperative said they would announce the plans and a specific challenge to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy at the press conference on the steps of the U.S. federal court house in San Diego on Monday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m.

COLORADO THEATER MASSACRE DRAWS INTENSE LOCAL REACTIONS

Did a violent film trailer trigger shootings by San Diego man? Preview depicted an attack on a movie theater 

By Miriam Raftery

July 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Friends and neighbors reacted with shock at news that former San Diegan  James “Jimmy” Eagan Holmes, 24, is under arrest for the mass shooting earlyl this morning of 71 people in a Colorado movie theater. 

A night of fantasy turned deadly when Holmes allegedly burst into an Aurora, Colorado movie theater where a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” a Batman movie was playing.

SDG&E TO ACTIVATE AND TEST NEW REDUCE YOUR USE REWARD PROGRAM, TODAY

 
During this test event, customers are encouraged to save energy to earn a
bill credit on next month’s bill
                                                                                       
July 20, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Today, SDG&E will call the first, system-wide Reduce Your Use event to test its notification systems and processes.

BOIL WATER ORDER AND PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR THE MOUNT LAGUNA RECREATION AREA WATER SYSTEM

 
July 20, 2012 (Mount Laguna) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area water system located on Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 effective immediately. The water system serves a campground, visitor center and fire station.

MISSING MAN: BRENT MACNAB LAST SEEN DRIVING JEEP WRANGLER

 

July 19, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Police asks public help to locate Brent MacNab, who was last seen on July 15, 2012, in the area of 12000 Tivoli Park Row, San Diego (Carmel Mountain). 

He is listed as a faculty member at the University of Sydney, Australia School of Business. He obtained a PhD from the University of Hawaii in 2004 and has a decade of experience working with Volkswagen of America, Inc., BankAmerica Corp., and AT&T as well as in corporate consultation.

 

MacNab is 43 years old, 6’0”, 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was driving a silver/black 2012 Jeep Wrangler with California license 6VHC214.  It is a rental vehicle.

FORD RECALLS ESCAPE SUVS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD; TELLS OWNERS TO STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY

 

July 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) Ford Motor Company today announced a voluntary recall of 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine built through July 11, 2012. Ford estimates that there have been approximately 11,500 of these vehicles distributed for sale in North America, with most in the U.S.

Ford is voluntarily recalling the vehicles to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, potentially resulting in an underhood fire. Three fires have occurred, including two by Ford employees testing vehicles. No injuries have been reported.

PLANNING COMMISSION PULLS PLUG ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT AMENDMENT

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

July 19, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Planning Commission voted not to green light the East Elliot Community Plan Amendment that would have allowed Cogentrix Energy LLC to go forward with the Quail Brush natural gas-fired power plant near Mission Trails Regional Park.

The City Council now has the opportunity to weigh in on the controversial project, which has generated near-unanimous community opposition.

SR 905 TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC

 
New Freeway Will Ease Flow of Commerce from/to Otay Mesa Border Crossing
 
July 19, 2012 (Otay Mesa) -- State Route 905, a newly-built highway designed to accommodate the growing volume of trucks carrying goods between the United States and Mexico, will open to motorists July 30. A grand opening celebration was held today on the freeway that connects the Otay Mesa Port of Entry – the only commercial crossing between San Diego and Tijuana – to the rest of the highway system.

OVERTURNED TRASH TRUCK SNARLS TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 94 IN LEMON GROVE

 

July 19, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A SIG ALERT has been issued for eastbound Highway 94, where an overturned trash truck is blocking access to northbound SR-125.

“It was an EDCO trash truck laying on its side with its wheels pointed south,” El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM, who drove past the incident moments ago.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS RAISED OVER PLANNERS' TIES TO COGENTRIX LOBBYIST AS VOTE NEARS ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2012 (San Diego)  At  9 a.m. today, the San Diego Planning Commission will hold an important vote to determine whether to rezone open space to industrial land in order to allow a proposed natural gas-fired power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE GILLESPIE FIEILD REDEVELOPMENT DESPITE NEIGHBORS CONCERNS

                                         

By Ariele Johannson

July 16, 2012 (El Cajon)—San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted on June 20 to approve the  Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) allowing redevelopment of 70 acres at Gillespie Field Airport from light industrial to aviation-only usage. 

SDG&E AND FOREST SERVICE PRESERVE SENSITIVE WATERSHED HABITAT

 
July 18, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the U.S. Forest Service have collaborated to preserve and protect 266 acres of sensitive habitat immediately adjacent to Cedar Creek Falls in the San Diego River watershed.  The land is now National Forest System land donated by SDG&E.
 
This critical watershed habitat is home to 26 sensitive or endangered wildlife species and twice as many sensitive to endangered plant species. Species include the endangered arroyo toad which relies on sandy streambeds and chaparral as well as the Least Bell’s vireo, a migratory songbird that nests in the poison oak and other brush that grows in the San Diego River watershed.

KADERABEK WITHDRAWS NOMINATION; ALPINE PLANNING GROUP SEEKS NEW APPLICANTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2012 (Alpine)—The Alpine Community Planning Group is seeking new applicants to fill a vacancy for seat 14.  All interested applicants are encouraged to come to the ACPG meeting on July 26 at 6 p.m. on the Alpine Community Center.

ALPINE PLANNERS REOPEN NOMINATIONS FOR VACANCY; PARK LANDS AND ZONING DENSITY CHANGES ALSO ON AGENDA JULY 26

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group meets on Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Boulevard. 

The agenda includes an opportunity for planners to ask questions of community members interested in being recommended for appointment to fill a vacant seat.  The planning group previously recommended Charles Kaderabek for the slot; however he withdrew his name after revelations of tax debts, lawsuits and a lapsed law license have surfaced.

CHP SEEKS WITNESSES TO DOUBLE FATALITY CRASH ON I-15 NORTH OF ESCONDIDO

July 16, 2012 (Escondido) – The California Highway Patrol is seeking witnesses to a deadly collision  that resulted in the deaths of two 10-year-old boys and injury to several other people.  The accident occurred on July 15 at 2:28 p.m. on southbound I-15, north of Deer Springs Road.

LA MESA EXTENDS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR OPENINGS ON SEVERAL CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 
July 16, 2012 (La Mesa)-Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis for vacancies on the Aging and Veterans Commission, Environmental Sustainability Commission and Personnel Appeals Board. The positions will remain open until filled.

MTS SETS BUS RIDERSHIP RECORD FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012

 
July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Ridership aboard Metropolitan Transit System’s bus network set a new ridership record for the year ending June 30, 2012.  There were 55.5 million passenger trips taken on bus during the year, which was 5.2% higher than the previous fiscal year and more than 800,000 more passenger trips taken in fiscal year 2009, which was when the previous bus ridership record was set.

SOHO WILL LEGALLY CHALLENGE COUNCIL DECISION ON BALBOA PARK

 
July 14, 2012  (San Diego) - Save Our Heritage Organization will legally challenge the San Diego City Council's July 9 approval of a proposal that SOHO says would irreparably damage Balboa Park and could jeopardize its status as a National Historic Landmark District. The lawsuit will be based on the City's violations of the San Diego Municipal Code, the 1870 Trust Dedication of the Park as "free" in perpetuity, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in approving the plan.

LEGAL OPPONENTS OF FIREWORKS DISPLAYS SPARK CONTROVERSY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Coast Law Group, which represents the Coast Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF), the organization that has sued to halt fireworks shows in San Diego and led to cancellation of the Lake Murray Fireworks in East County, has sparked new controversy. 

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