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"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

PROSECUTION RESTS ITS CASE IN MURDER TRIAL OF IRAQI MAN IN EL CAJON

STORM THE HILL: VETERANS CALL FOR ACTION TO STOP SUICIDES

BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS FALLING PREY TO SOLAR POWER TOWER AT IVANPAH

QUAIL BRUSH APPLICANT ASKS FOR 1 YEAR EXTENSION OF APPLICATION SUSPENSION

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SEX PREDATOR WITH BRAIN CANCER SLATED TO BE RELEASED INTO CAMPO NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Residents voice outrage; public comment deadline Oct. 3

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine 
 
 
September 3, 2011 (Campo) Updated September 4, 2011--A sexually violent predator who is convicted of raping four women, and is currently housed at Coalinga State Hospital, is slated to be placed in a home on Shockey Truck Trail in Campo next month.
 
According to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, Frank William Johnson, 53, will have a hearing on Oct. 14 for a final decision on whether he should be allowed to move into a home located at 33241 Shockey Truck Trail.

TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR PROPERTY FOR STORMS

By the California Landscape Contractors Association
 
September 2, 2011 (California) -- Storms cause extensive damage to homes each year in California and throughout the United States.  Because weather patterns shift and change it is important to prepare for upcoming storms and events such as fire or flood that could damage your property.  The best time to prepare for a storm is before it happens.  The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is pleased to offer some recommendations to help protect and prepare your outdoor space for winter storms.
 

SAN DIEGO AUTHORITIES ISSUE BULLETIN WITH TIPS FOR SPOTTING POTENTIAL TERRORISTS AS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES

September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued the following joint intelligence bulletin:
 

The 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001 is upon us. 9/11 was the result of an al-Qa’ida terrorist attack on all citizens and residents of the United States. This bulletin is to bring awareness of the sensitivity of the anniversary and provide actionable steps that the community and law enforcement can take together to prevent further terrorists acts.

REMEMBERING 9/11 IN LA MESA

There are strong ties between the 9/11 heroes in New York and our own La Mesa Fire Department--forged in the fires of dual tragedies in both regions

 

September 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa will host a remembrance ceremony on the ten year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. A memorial wreath will be placed at the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station 12, 8844 Dallas Street.

 

 

DUI CHECKPOINTS FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit, along with members of the “Avoid” team, will be conducting DUI checkpoints on Saturday, September 3 at undisclosed locations within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.

OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

 

 

September 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco is happy to announce that Officer Jarred Slocum, critically injured during the shooting and fire incident on August 21st, at 1033 Prince Street, was well enough to be released from the hospital on Monday.

 
 

TWO VICTIMS LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT AT SANTA YSABEL

August 27, 2011 (Santa Ysabel) – Two motorcyclists sustained serious injuries this afternoon in an accident on Highway 79 at School House Canyon, Incident Page Network reports.

CHILD, WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER; DRIVER CHARGED WITH DUI


August 27, 2011 (San Diego) – A Ford Explorer traveling northbound on Aldine Drive struck a curb while merging onto Fairmont Avenue and rolled over several times, San Diego Police report.

 

A 4-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital for suturing of numerous lacerations; she was not in a car seat and was not wearing a seatbelt. A two-year-old in a booster seat was uninjured.

FIRE AT CRAFTSTONES IN RAMONA: EVACAUTIONS ORDERED IN AREA

 

Update 2:15 p.m. - The fire is out, however some roads remain closed in the immediate vicinity.

August 27, 2011 (Ramona) 12:05 p.m. – A two-alarm fire is burning at the Craftstones company building at 505 Elm Street in Ramona. Incident Page Network reports chemical explosions have occurred and an evacuation of the area has just been ordered.

FLOOD ADVISORY ISSUED FOR LOCAL MOUNTAIN AREAS TODAY

 

August 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory today for mountain areas in San Diego County. Strong and persistent thunderstorms are occurring with heavy rainful just west of the Eagle Fire burn scar between Anza Borrego and Warner Springs.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE GAS SMELL ALONG ENTIRE SAN DIEGO COUNTY COAST


August 26, 2011 (San Diego) 6:15 p.m. – Multiple agencies have received reports of a strong natural gas odor in coastal areas all the way from Imperial Beach in the South Bay to San Diego's North County, Incident Page Network reports.  An investigation is underway to find the source.

HIGHWAY 125 CONNECTOR TO I-8 WILL CLOSE SUNDAY MORNING

August 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – CalTrans announces a full closure of the southbound 125 connector to westbound Interstate 8 on Sunday morning from 3-10 a.m. Closure is needed to allow crews to safely perform repairs.

POLICE SEEK HIT & RUN DRIVER WHO STRUCK CHILD IN LA MESA; TODDLER SUFFERED HEAD INJURY

 Update August 26: The vehicle is believed to be a 2006-2011 Volkswagen Passat wagon; it may have damage to left front bumper

 

August 25, 2011 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police seek public help to locate a hit-and-run driver of a white minivan or sport utility vehicle, possibly a Volkwagen, with a luggage rack on top. The vehicle struck a toddler in the eastbound lanes of Fletcher Parkway near the Trolley Court intersection tonight at 7:49 p.m.

TRAVELERS’ WARNING: HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR EAST COAST


Potential for “catastrophic” damage; could impact 50 million Americans or more

 

Update August 26:  Airlines and AMTRAK have begun cancelling flights and trains into the storm's path.  President Barack Obama has issued the following statement:  "If you are in the projected path of this hurricane, you have to take precautions now.  All indications point to this being a historic hurricane."

August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – If you have plans to travel to airports in the eastern U.S., check with your airline or travel agent. The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for portions of the eastern U.S. coast and warns that Hurricane Irene is the strongest storm to threaten the U. S. in decades.

KNOW HOW TO SPOT POSSIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITY: OFFICIALS ISSUE TIPS AS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES


 
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Often the public is advised to report “suspicious activity,” but what exactly does that mean? A locally-produced video details the “Eight Signs of Terrorism” so that everyone can help law enforcement protect the region’s security.

“As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, we are providing a resource for the public to remind them that every citizen can help prevent acts of terrorism,” said Chairman Bill Horn, Board of Supervisors.

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES JOBS INITIATIVES FOR RURAL AMERICA

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2011 (Iowa) – President Barack Obama has announced new initiatives recommended by the White House Rural Council for creating jobs in rural America and helping to grow the U.S. economy.

 

The new efforts include helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural residents’ access to health care workers and technology including broad-band Internet access.

CHEERS! NEW LAW HELPS LOCAL BEER BREWERIES


August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – A bill making it easier for breweries to open tasting rooms has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1014, authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) is expected to boost business for California’s growing craft brewing industry.

OFF-DUTY SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

August 25, 2011 (San Diego)--Christopher Blakeley, 26, an off-duty San Diego Police Officer, was killed in a traffic collision last night at 9:41 p.m.  He was riding his motorcycle in Palm City, SDPD reports.

 

Witnesses said the motorcycle was travelling westbound on Main Street at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a red light at Hollister Street. The motorcycle collided with a pick-up truck, causing the truck to roll over. Passengers in the pick-up truck sustained minor injuries.

BEWARE OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR SCAMS

August 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – If you receive a mailer offering to sell you a carbon monoxide detector in order to comply with a new state law, think twice.

 

“This is a scam currently going on in the Los Angeles area. It appears the mailing indicates if you don’t kick down $126 for a carbon monoxide detector, you’ll be fined,” warns Leonard Villareal, public information officer for San Miguel Fire Department.

TEEN JUMPS FROM BALTIMORE BRIDGE IN LA MESA

 

August 26, 2011 (La Mesa)—An 18-year-old woman attempted suicide Wednesday by jumping off the Baltimore bridge and landing in lanes on Interstate 8.
 

“She is alive,” Lt. Bell with La Mesa Police informed East County Magazine yesterday. The patient remains hospitalized at Sharp Memorial, he added.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY DEMONSTRATORS URGE CITY TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST ‘EQUALITY 9'

 

August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Mike Kennedy of Encanto was among nine same-sex marriage advocates arrested last year on August 19, 2011. Kennedy and his partner had an appointment to be married at the County Clerk’s office downtown after a federal judge ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. But since the decision was being appealed, the County Clerk refused to marry same-sex couples. Kennedy and others who staged a peaceful sit-in protest were arrested. 

 

Now the City is pressing charges—and Kennedy joined a group of protesters who staged a rally Friday asking that the charges be dropped. “I felt it important to take a stand because, as a gay man, I am subjected to many forms of discrimination all the time,” Kennedy told ECM in an exclusive interview.

FBI WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT ONLINE AUTO SALES SCAMS

Online vehicle shoppers are being victimized by fraudulent vehicle sales and false claims of vehicle protection (VPP) programs


 
 
August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – The  San Diego FBI warns of a new scam in which criminals fraudulently attempt to sell vehicles that they do not own, duping online buyers.  “Criminals create an attractive deal by advertising vehicles for sale at prices below book value,” a press release issued by the FBI today cautions. “Often the sellers purport they need to sell the vehicle because they are being moved for work or deployed for the military. Because of the alleged pending move, criminals refuse to meet in person or allow inspection of the vehicle, and they often attempt to rush the sale.” 
 
To make the deal appear legitimate, the criminal instructs the victim to send full or partial payment to a third-party agent via a wire transfer payment service and to fax their payment receipt to the seller as proof of payment. The criminal pockets the payment but does not deliver the vehicle. 
 

SIG ALERT ISSUED FOR I-8 IN LA MESA

Update 9:55 a.m.  - All lanes are now open, though traffic remains slow.

August 25, 2011 (La Mesa) 9:15 a.m. -- A SIG ALERT has been issued for I-8 westbound due to a multi-vehicle accident just west of Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

 

Multiple accidents have been dispatched and a rescue is required.  Complicating the traffic snarl, with three lane closures, a second accident has just occurred involving a dump truck, also in the vicinity of I-8 at Fletcher Parkway.

STATE FIRE BOARD REDUCES FIRE PARCEL FEE, EXTENDS CREDITS TO HOMEOWNERS ALREADY PAYING LOCAL FIRE FEES

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Rural homeowners will pay a fire parcel fee of $90 at most, and in many cases considerably less. Statewide, the total annual fire parcel fee will average just $30 under emergency regulations approved yesterday by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

 

That’s substantially less than the $150 per parcel allowed under the state budget signed into law that was estimated to raise $50 million in fire parcel fees, raising new questions of how to stem the budget gap.

SDGE SEEKS TO MOVE HEAVY TRANSPORMERS THROUGH I-8 STARTING TONIGHT

 

August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg Fox, Chair of the Alpine Community Planning Group, has forwarded an announcement from the County Department of Public Works (DPW) advising that SDGE’s contractor, American Heavy Equipment (AHE) has submitted a moving permit application and traffic control permit request to transport seven large transformers from the San Diego Port to Bell Bluff Truck Trail (east of Alpine).

 

The truck will get onto I-8 from Greenfield Drive and will exit on Japatul Valley Road and will not be traveling through the Community of Alpine.  AHE is proposing the first move for tomorrow night (August 23, 2011). This is the first of seven roundtrip moves that will occur every two to three days apart after the initial move.

TRAINEE SAVED LIFE OF WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM; 3 BODIES FOUND AT MURDER-FIRE SCENE IN EL CAJON


By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – Officer Jerred Slocum, 38, has been identified as the El Cajon policeman shot last night while responding to a domestic violence call.

 

“He was shot in the left front part of his head and the bullet traveled around in his skull and then outside,” Lt. Mark Coit told East County Magazine today. “He has a fractured skull and internal bleeding.” Officer Slocum underwent surgery last night and is in critical but stable condition, said Lt. Coit.

 

HORSING AROUND: BUFFET TO SAVE HORSES AT HOOLEY'S TODAY

August 21, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – A buffet brunch with live music will be held at Hooleys Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to help raise money for Saving Horses, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue. The organization rescues horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect.

 

 

A PBID FOR LA MESA'S VILLAGE?


An ECM Special Report: Part I

By Walter Hall

 

August 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--In October, property owners in La Mesa’s downtown district will vote on an initiative with long range consequences for the city and surrounding area. At stake is the charter and character of a Property-based Business Improvement District, commonly abbreviated to PBID.

 

As with most civic issues, the PBID has defenders and detractors. Some see it as an unwarranted burden on businesses already juggling narrow margins in a fragile economy; others see an innovative civic tool offering a brighter future for those very businesses.

SDG&E ISSUES $350 MILLION IN BONDS JOINTLY LED BY MINORITY-OWNED INVESTMENT BANK

 

 

Aug. 18, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), has closed a public offering of $350 million of 10-year first-mortgage bonds. This transaction marks the second time SDG&E has used a minority-owned investment bank as co-lead in a bond offering. 

 
Proceeds of the bonds will be used to fund SDG&E’s five-year capital investment plan that includes construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which the utility aims to have in service next year, as well as the purchase of the El Dorado power plant in Nevada from SDG&E’s sister affiliate company Sempra Generation
 

IRAQI ORGANIZED CRIME RING BUSTED IN EL CAJON; GROUP LINKED TO SINALOA MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL

 

“Operation Shadowbox” arrests 60; Suspects at Chaldean Social Club sold improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to undercover officers

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – Swat teams from La Mesa and El Cajon, working with federal Drug Enforcement agents and other agencies, last night raided the Chaldean Social Club at 811 East Main Street in El Cajon. 

 

According to El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco, who initiated the investigation, the club was “a hub of criminal activity conducted by Iraqi organized crime in El Cajon.” The club has been shut down and 60 people have been arrested on charges ranging from drug trafficking to illegal gambling and weapons sales.

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