November 17, 2011 (San Diego)-- The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound and westbound State Route 94 (SR-94) connectors to southbound Interstate 15 (I-15) Saturday morning from 3-8 a.m. for guardrail repair.
By Miriam Raftery
November 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – Six East County residents living near Gillespie Field met with Supervisor Dianne Jacob, representatives from the airport and local flight schools Tuesday in an effort to address complaints. Residents claim to be experiencing an increase in flight frequency and noise—with some flights just hundreds of feet over their homes. Officials from Gillespie Field and local flight schools denied flying lower than 1,400 feet above sea level (1,000 feet above the homes), leading Supervisor Jacob to voice frustration over a “disconnect.”
By Miriam Raftery
November 18, 2011 (El Cajon)--Investigators have determined that an early morning house fire in El Cajon was caused by arson, according to Heartland Fire and Rescue.
November 18, 2011 (Alpine) – A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today for Devon Sambhi, 16, and his father, Sunil Sambhi. The service will be held at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., according to Tyler Smittle, general manager of the Ayres Lodge where Natalia Sambhi, mother and wife of the deceased, works.
November 17, 2011 (Chula Vista) – Assemblyman Marty Block (D-78th Assembly District), whose district includes much of East County, invites the public to attend a free clinic to assist homeowners and homebuyers on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A coalition of nonprofit organizations and housing agencies in the San Diego region will be on hand to assist and educate homeowners and homebuyers in their housing needs. The clinic will be held at Calvary Chapel of San Diego, 1771 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista.
By Miriam Raftery
November 17, 2011 (Poway) – A quick-thinking emergency room nurse at Pomerado Medical Center in Poway helped reunite a Caltrans worker with his arm, which was severed in a freak accident at 1:45 p.m. The nurse suggested calling the San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team to find the missing arm.
“There is a three-hour window to reattach the arm,” Melissa Aquino, public affairs officer with the Sheriff, said. Fortunately, a recovery team of 25 volunteers and two search dogs located the missing limb at 3 p.m. The victim is now undergoing surgery to be fully “armed” in time for Thanksgiving.
November 17, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – All lanes are blocked due to an accident on Highway 67 at Slaughterhouse Canyon. Mercy Air is attempting to land and a rescue is in progress for multiple patients in a crash involved a PT Cruiser, a Toyota, and a third vehicle.
One patient was initially unresponsive but is now reported to be breathing as of 1:40 p.m., CHP website states. A SIG Alert has been issued.
November 17, 2011 (Alpine)—The San Diego Coroner's office has identified Patrick Strobel, 52 of El Cajon as the driver who was killed yesterday in Alpine.
By Nadin Abbott
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
November 16, 2011 (San Diego) --Last night, Occupy San Diego called for an emergency march in support of Occupy Wall Street in New York, after police evicted the protesters overnight. Today’s San Diego march was attended by two hundred people, who walked down Broadway to Police headquarters on 14th Street, then into the Gaslamp Quarter.
Tomorrow, occupy groups across America are joining together in a National day of Action. Locally,“Occupy the Clairmont Bridge,” is planned at 4 p.m. According to the group’s Facebook page,Wednesday’s rally will draw attention to a need for infrastructure jobs to put people back to work. Barry Willis, a core organizer and Media Committee spokesman at Occupy San Diego, said the new location will make the movement more accessible to East County communities.
November 1, 2011 (Mt. Helix) --As part of a larger cast iron pipeline replacement project, Helix Water District crews will replace two 60-year-old valves at Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera Drive and install a new valve at Mt. Helix Drive and Alto Drive on Thursday, November 17.
Much of Mt. Helix is served by a single pipeline. As a result, construction activity will create a 10-hour water shutdown between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 242 customers on 20 streets in the vicinity.
STUDENTS JOIN WITH “OCCUPY” MOVEMENT TO PROTEST FEES AT CSU TRUSTEES MEETING NOV. 16, PLAN SCHOOL STRIKE NOV. 15
By Miriam Raftery
November 14, 2011 (San Diego) – Two actions are planned this week by students in coordination with the “Occupy” movement to protest student fee hikes and more.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, thousands plan to converge at a California State University (CSU) Trustees meeting in Long Beach to protest 200 percent increases in tuitions for California college and university students since 2008—with even more hikes looming.
Busses will depart from San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego and CSU San Marcos. Students, educators and supporters call on leaders of California schools and universities to support “Re-Fund Public Education Action Week.” Organizers say students have paid more than their fair share, adding, "It’s time to make Wall Street corporations and the wealthy pay to refund education.” To reserve seats on a bus, visit http://www.makebankspaycalifornia.com/refund_public_education_action_week.
On Tuesday, November 15 a California-wide “school strike” is also being organized.
Update Nov. 30, 2011 -- CHP announced today that it has determined this death resulted from a hit-and-run. “The CHP is looking for a light-colored 1997-2001 Buick Park Avenue," CHP Office Brian Pennings revealed. "The vehicle will have minor to moderate damage on the left side,” he said, adding that the left side mirror, doors, and possibly left front portion of the vehicle may have been damaged." For details, see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/8008
November 14, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Shawn Russell Kinzer, 40, has been identified as the motoryclist killed November 10 in an accident on I-8 in El Cajon. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner, Kinzer was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when "he was witnessed to loose control of his motorcycle and go down just west of Mollison Avenue."
Update: The deceased has been identified as Mark Andrew Jones, 52, who resided with his family in Ramona.
November 14, 2011 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident who was not wearing a seatbelt died after being ejected from a vehicle in a rollover accident yesterday afternoon. Two other men were taken to a hospital with injuries. The driver faces charges for driving under the influence, ECM News partner 10 News reports.
According to a witness, the driver of the car, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, may have been trying to avoid hitting a woman who was unlading her horse from a horse cart.
November 14, 2011 (Poway) – A westbound vehicle struck a pedestrian who was crossing Poway Road just west of Tarascan Drive at 8:55 p.m. last night. According to Sergeant B. Jenkins with the San Diego Sheriff, “The pedestrian was transported to Palomar Hospital with significant injuries.”
Story by Nadin Abbott
Photos by Nadin Abbott and Jennifer Douglas
November 12, 2011 (San Diego)—Over a hundred women walked from the other side of Third Avenue downtown, pushing wheelbarrow and carrying trash bags filled with supplies such as dry socks. The rain came down hard, soaking them. Many East County women were among the crowd, including a Jamul mother and her son.
They chanted “We are the ninety-nine percent,” and “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The occupiers peeked out from under plastic tarps, or came out from whatever cover they were allowed by San Diego Police, and cheered. To them, it was a surprise. A few faces, filled with emotion, had tears. View a video:
November 12, 2011 (Jacumba) - A white truck plunged 50 feet into the Carrizo Gorge off of I-8 at Jacumba. The accident was reported at 8:18 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol website, people are trapped inside and a medical helicopter has been requested.
By Miriam Raftery
“How many more children are going to have to die before we get a high school in Alpine?” – Rose Urdahl, Alpine resident
Update November 11, 2011: Mother discharged from hospital
November 10, 2011 (Alpine) – A double tragedy has struck an Alpine family. This morning, Granite Hills High School student Devon Sambhi was ejected and killed in a roll-over accident. He would have been 17 on November 22. His mother, Natalia Sambhi, was air-lifted to a hospital. She was driving rolled off I-8 and landed on Old Highway 80 at Dunbar Lane. According to CHP, a tire problem may have caused the crash.
Now Sambhi's father, Sunil Sambhi, has died following a second accident close to the location where his son lost his life.
November 10, 2011 (El Cajon )—Plans to reopen the old Marshall Scotty’s go-kart track as Canyon Raceway have been stalled, co-owner Carrie Ludeke has informed ECM.
“We were informed by the County that they could not grandfather this track as a go kart track,” she informed ECM. “They want us to repermit from the ground up. They are asking for site plans, environmental impact reports on march lands, the tree groves, and the air quality.” In addition, the county seeks traffic impact studies with possible redevelopment of freeway exits and $8,000-$20,000 to open a permit process for a 9-18 month review.
East County Magazine News Service
November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Cedar Creek Falls, which has been closed to the public since a fatality accident last July, will remain closed until at least April 1, 2012. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a delay in the reopening that had been slated for yesterday.
The decision has drawn mixed reactions among East County hiking enthusiasts.
“The County is now officially doing the bidding of a well organized industrial wind lobby…Together, the County and the industry/government cabal are also getting ready to gut the Boulevard Community Plan, and the few protections they allowed us to retain.”—Donna Tisdale, Chair, Boulevard Planning Group
By Miriam Raftery
November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s EastCounty) – San Diego County has issued a draft ordinance for publication review (http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dplu/ceqa/POD1007.html. ) But critics say the plan decimates rural community planning authority and makes it easier for large wind farms to be built across broad swaths of East County.
Residents who already live near wind farms are speaking out—claiming they have suffered sleep deprivation and witnessed significant bird kills from existing turbines. They fear the impacts if multiple new wind farms are allowed to be erected across East County’s rural and scenic wilderness lands.
Story and photos by Ron Logan
November 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Free-speech attorney Bryan Pease said yesterday at a press conference at the Civic Center Plaza that he plans to file a restraining order against the City of San Diego for unfairly violating the occupation's right to free speech.
November 10, 2011 (Alpine) – A SIG Alert has been issued and Old Highway 80 is closed in both directions due to a fatality accident this morning just west of Dunbar Lane.
November 8, 2011 (San Diego)—Edward Ti Lee, 77, has been found safe.
"Mr. Lee became disoriented on his drive yesterday. He was able to find his way home this morning shortly after the missing person bulletin was sent out," said Lieutenant Andra Brown with the San Diego Police Department.
November 7, 2011 (San Diego's East County) - At least 10 vehicles are now involved in multiple crashes on I-8 West near the Severin/Fuerte and Grossmont exits at the boundary of La Mesa and El Cajon. Those exits serve the Mt. Helix and Grossmont High School areas.
Several cars are blocking middle lanes and others are on the shoulder as of 6 p.m. Avoid this route if possible; use extreme caution in this area, and watch for emergency vehicles.
November 7, 2011 (San Diego)--On Wednesday, November 9 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.
The test will last approximately 30 seconds and will be transmitted via television and radio stations across the U.S.
Reprinted with permission from www.Groksurf.com athttp://groksurf.com/2011/11/07/san-diego-formation-new-usgs-deep-monitoring-well-progress-report-november-2011/
November 5, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Medical Examiner seeks public help to identify a man struck and killed by an Amtrak train on October 28 at 4 a.m. at Pacific Highway and West Washington Street. His fingerprints have been run through national and local databases, but no match has been found.
The victim was white, estimated in his 40s, missing all of his teeth. He had a long beard and mustache, brown hair with blond highlights, and blue eyes. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 179 pounds.