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.
November 6, 2011 (San Diego) – Travelers tonight should beware of several serious accidents causing traffic delays in Alpine, Lakeside and San Diego.
Most critical is a head-on collision involving a semi-truck and another vehicle has left one vehicle on fire; CHP is en route to the collision in the 11900 block of State Route 67 in Lakeside; one victim is laying on the ground, IPN reports.
November 6, 2011 (Santee) -- The Santee Firefighters and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department are sponsoring a the 13th Santee Breakfast in honor of Veterans Day. All of the proceeds will benefit the Warrior Care Inititive Armed Services YMCA.
COUNTY EXPANDS BAN ON SUNDAY HELICOPTER FLIGHTS, BUT RESIDENTS COMPLAIN NOISE CONTINUES AS SDG&E PUSHES FORWARD ON POWERLINK
By Miriam Raftery
November 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – On Friday, the County Department of Planning and Land Use announced a new amendment to noise variances granted to SDG&E for Sunrise Powerlink construction.
Due to residents' complaints, the County has banned Sunday flights over the Carveacre area, according to LeAnn Carmichael at DPLU. The County is also considering requests from other communities seeking broader bans on Sunday flights in the Alpine and Lakeside areas.
By Miriam Raftery
November 5, 2011 (San Diego's East County) - Julian receiving a dusting of snow in Friday's storm, though the slushy white had melted away by late today. For those who missed a snow-day adventure, however, take heart. More snow is forecast tomorrow in East County's mountain areas.
National movement to support Main Street, not Wall Street, yields big impact
Story by Miriam Raftery
Photos by Jerry Malamud and Ron Logan
November 5, 2011 (San Diego) –“As of today, one million American consumers are hurling a lightning bolt at the big banks, moving their money out,” Diane Sawyer at ABC news reported Friday.
That report aired before today's target date set by the “Move Your Money” movement for consumers to strike back at Wall Street banks blamed for the financial meltdown. Across America, people are heeding the call, shifting their funds into credit unions or locally-owned banks.
November 4, 2011 (San Diego) – Rain-slicked highways resulted in 340 collisions countywide by 10 p.m. tonight, roughly six times the number of crashes (50 to 75) on a normal “good weather” day, California Highway Patrol Officer Larry Landeros reports.
November 4, 2100 (United States) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).
November 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Yesterday, ECM reported that some rural residents were left without power during a red flag alert, after receiving warnings from SDG&E that the utility might shut down power due to high fire-risk conditions.
Today, however, SDG&E has denied that power shut-offs impacting an esteimated 5,200 customers was intentional.
COUNTY WEIGHS DECLARING EYE GNATS VECTORS, LOOKS TO FARM BUREAU TO PROPOSE SOLUTION TO PESKY PROBLEM
By Miriam Raftery
Update November 10, 2011--County Supervisors voted 4-0 yesterday to ask the Farm Bureau to craft a proposed solution within 90 days. Supervisor Bill Horn, an organic farmer, abstained.
November 3, 2011 (San Diego) - -County Supervisors appear to be backing off a proposal to declare eye gnats a vector. The vector proposal, on the agenda for November 9, would allow the County to order chemical spraying for eye gnats similar to programs used to control mosquitoes. A vector declaration is sought by neighbors plagued by the insects near two organic farms, but is opposed by growers including the San Diego County Farm Bureau.