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.
LUTZ FILES CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST BUILDING MANAGER OVER ARREST WHILE REGISTERING VOTERS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
Goldman Sachs is majority owner of property management firm headed by Senator Feinstein’s husband
Story by Miriam Raftery, photos by Ron Logan
November 30, 2011 (San Diego) –Startling ironies came to light today in the case of Ray Lutz, an East County political activist and former Democratic Congressional candidate arrested yesterday for refusing to move a voter registration table out of the Civic Center Plaza.
November 30, 2011 (Escondido) – Escondido police today released a sketch of a man who reportedly assaulted a 15-year-old girl who was walking to school. The girl told police that the man, who was dressed all in black, pushed her to the ground beside his white station wagon and tried to sexually assault her.
No holiday events slated to help downtown merchants this year, as redevelopment agency forced to close doors due to state funding cuts and lack of support from city
City to vote December on management of a new PBID
By Miriam Raftery
November 27, 2011 (El Cajon) – Community leaders are reacting with shock, dismay, and questions after learning that the Board of Directors of the El Cajon Community Development Corporation has voted to dissolve the redevelopment organization due to lack of funding from both the city and state. President and CEO Cindi Fargo has been laid off, along with the remaining staff.
November 30, 2011 (San Diego)—A 23-year-old woman suffered facial fractures after she was hit by a car while bicycling yesterday around 5:30 p.m. She was riding southbound on College Avenue in the 4900 block near Cresita Drive when she was struck by a Hyundai SUV trying to pass her.
CHP SEEKS BUICK PARK AVENUE INVOLVED IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT THAT KILLED MOTORCYCLIST NOV. 10 ON I-8 IN EL CAJON
November 30, 2011 (El Cajon ) – An investigation into the death of motorcyclist Shawn Russell Kinzer, 40, has determined that his injuries were caused by a hit and run accident—not losing control of his vehicle as initially reported by authorities. The accident occurred on November 10 at 8:40 p.m. on I-8 east of Magnolia.
CAL FIRE ISSUES NO-BURN PROCLAMATION
November 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for a storm forecast to have 70 mph gusts capable of toppling trees and damaging power lines. The wind warning is in effect from 7 p.m. this evening through 2 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys. Strong winds are also expected along coastal areas.
Stronger than a wind advisory, a wind warning means that a “hazardous high wind event” is expected or occurring. The NWS advises securing unsecured objects such as lawn furniture, closing windows, and using caution when driving, particularly for high profile vehicles. Visibility may also be reduced due to blowing dust and sand in some areas.
LEGAL EXPERTS BLAST SAN DIEGO FOR ARREST OF RAY LUTZ, FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE, OVER VOTER REGISTRATIONS AT CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
“This is what they do in banana republics and undemocratic societies.”—former San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre, calling arrest a violation of the Civil Rights Act and the First Amendment
By Miriam Raftery and Ron Logan
November 29, 2011 (San Diego) Updated November 30, 2011—Attorneys, civil rights activists and community leaders tonight are expressing outrage at the arrest tonight of Ray Lutz, former Democratic Congressional candidate who ran against Duncan Hunter in 2010 seeking to represent East County.
San Diego Police arrested Lutz late today for refusing to remove a voter registration table at the Civic Center Plaza downtown (dubbed "Freedom Plaza" by Occupy San Diego protesters). View arrest video.
An East County Magazine special report
By Jeremy Los
Nov 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)- Could the San Diego freeway shootings on October 3 have been prevented? A La Mesa resident has informed ECM that she witnessed the freeway shooting suspect, Enrique Ayon, draw his weapon and take aim—but was unable to reach 911. Her story raises serious concerns over mobile phone network reliability for reporting emergencies.
November 27, 2011 (Escondido) – Escondido Police are searching for a peeper caught on videotape rubbing up against female shoppers and taking photos up their skirts. The incidents occurred at the Westfield North County Fair in Escondido yesterday around 2:30 p.m. during the “Black Friday” shopping rush.
November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – While much of the nation braces for snow or rain, San Diegans can look forward to possible record high temperatures Sunday. Highs could hit the upper 80s in inland valleys and the low 80s in high desert areas.
If you’re planning to travel east, however, use caution since wind cuts up to 45 mph are forecast for I-8 east of El Cajon and SR-78 east of Escondido.
November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, which graciously donated space at its beautiful visitor center to benefit our nonprofit with our "Summerfest" event, has asked for our help--and yours.
The foundation is a finalist in the “Earth 8 San Diego” competition--but another group is closing the gap. If Mission Trails gets the most votes by December 1, the park's Foundation will receive $25,000. You can vote once EACH DAY, on every device you have with internet access. Click to vote here.
60 ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, INCLUDING DRIVER OF ROLL-OVER CRASH
November 26, 2011 (San Diego) Updated 3 p.m.—California Highway Patrol reports 60 arrests in San Diego County for driving under the influence (DUI) from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening through 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Two fatalities have occurred thus far over the Thanksgiving weekend locally.
Countywide, arrests are nearly even with last year, when 59 people were arrested for DUIs during the same holiday period. In East County, at least one driver was arrested for DUI after his vehicle rolled over on Highway 79 between Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs yesterday afternoon.
November 26, 2011 (San Diego) – Startled shoppers in two San Diego Walmart stores received a message delivered by 75 Occupy San Diego protesters forming a human microphone. The protesters urged Walmart shoppers to support locally-owned small businesses instead of corporate-owned mass merchandizers.
View a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgafr1uO_EY&feature=share
November 23, 2011 (Lakeside) – A three hour stand-off with a SWAT team has ended with the suicide of a 75-year-old Lakeside man. The man, a hospice patient, reportedly had leukemia and had been told he had only days to live, a neighbor told 10 news.
GLASS ELEVATORS OPEN AT LA MESA TROLLEY STATION, GIVING COMMUTERS EASY ACCESS TO SHOPPING AND HOSPITAL
November 23, 2011 (La Mesa) – Mayor Art Madrid cut the ribbon this week at the grand opening of twin glass elevators rising from the Grossmont Trolley Station to the street above. Before, commuters and apartment dwellers along the transit line had to climb a steep flight of 77 stairs to access Grossmont Shopping Center or Grossmont Hospital above, an impossible feat for those in wheelchairs.
The project took 22 years and close to $8 million to complete, using federal stimulus funds for infrastructure improvements.
November 23, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning on Thanksgiving Eve. No, it's not a terrorist threat. The danger lies in failing to thoroughly thaw out a turkey before attempted to deep fry it.
November 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- On the Monday before Thanksgiving, multi-faith leaders from San Diego County held a short service to promote peace and gratitude in support of Occupy San Diego.
November 20, 2011 (San Diegio)--The County Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain due to elevated bacteria levels. This includes all coastal beaches, Mission Bay and San Diego Bay.
November 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Esaw O'Guin, Jr., 27, has died of injuries sustained in a crash that occurred November 17 on southbound Highway 67 near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in Lakeside. O'Guin, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a Toyota Camry when for unknown reasons, he crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.
November 19, 2011(San Diego’s East County) – A Pacific storm is forecast to bring several inches of snow on Sunday to East County mountain areas above 5,500 to 6,000 feet. Gusty winds up to 40 mph are also forecast in the mountains, with thunderstorms possible. Countywide, morning showers are expected to intensify in the afternoon and evening.
Update: The female victim has been identified as Melissa N. Ferreira, 25. She resided in San Diego with her parents.
November 19, 2011 (El Cajon )—Two pedestrians crossing the 300 block of West Main Street in front of the El Cajon Grand Bar were struck by a Mitsubishi Montero at 1:55 a.m. The woman, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man, also 24, was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
November 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) The National Weather Service advises that a trough of low pressure moving inland will bring strong, gusty west winds of 35-55 mph in San Diego’s mountain and deserts tonight. High winds will make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Blowing dust and sand may also reduce visibility.
Areas of dense fog are forecast through Sunday, with rain possible west of the mountains.
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.