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ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP PLANS PROTEST AT LAKESIDE RODEO

 Update: View video of protest: 

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW2udw6iCG8

 

April 20, 2012 (Lakeside)—“Animals suffer both physically and mentally throughout these barbaric, violent, `entertaining’ practices,” the Animal Rights Protection and Rescue League of San Diego has posted on its Facebook page, urging a boycott of the Lakeside Rodeo.  “They are incredibly scared, stressed, and uncomfortable.”

The group plans to stage protests tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. and again tomorrow from 12-2 p.m. and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

CPUC: SDG&E MUST LET CUSTOMERS”OPT OUT” FROM SMART METERS

By Miriam Raftery

La Mesa leader in anti-smart meter movement says plan offers relief, but does not go far enough

April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Ratepayers now have the right to have a smart meter removed from their homes—provided they pay a $75 removal fee and $10 a month  fee to read their meter (for low income users, the rate is $10/removal and $5/month). 

Consumers who do not yet have smart meters and are on a “delay” list will have to make clear anew that they wish to opt out, or smart meters may be installed.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED IN RAMONA AT SUTHERLAND RESERVOIR


April 19, 2012 (Ramona)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Sutherland Reservoir Recreation Area Water System located at 22850 Sutherland Dam Road, Ramona, effective immediately.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING CHICKEN OWNERSHIP APRIL 24

 

April 16, 2012 (El Cajon) – “The time has come.  After 100 years of chickens being illegal in El Cajon, it’s time to bring back some private property rights,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM in an exclusive interview today.   On April 24 at 3 p.m., Kendrick will introduce a measure asking staff to develop an ordinance that would legalize owning hens (but not roosters) within city limits. 

MAN INJURED IN FIRE CAUSED BY CIGAR: SAVES DOG, BUT CAT PERISHES

 

 April 16, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Firefighters with San Miguel Fire District dispatched units to a fully engulfed house fire in  the 1800 Block of Vista Grande at 4:40 p.m. today. On arrival, crews witnessed large flames shooting out of all of the home’s front windows, said Leonard Villareal, public information officer for San Miguel Fire. 

FILNER, BARRERA PUSH FOR TROLLEY ACCESS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

April 16, 2012 (San Diego) – On April 9, U.S. Congressman and candidate for Mayor, Bob Filner, was joined by San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Richard Barrera and San Diego High School Business Academy Principal Consuelo Manriquez to push for free or reduced trolley and bus fare for San Diego middle school and high school students.

HIGHWAY 94 CLUB TO SEEK ANSWERS FROM SANDAG AND CALTRANS

What can be done to make Highway 94 safer? April 19 meeting set at Barrett Junction Cafe

 
“Pray for me, I drive Highway 94”

April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--That’s a bumper sticker spotted now and again on cars, SUVs and trucks traversing State Route 94 as it departs suburban San Diego out past Rancho San Diego and Jamul and enters a world quite different.  

The people who live along SR 94 “out east” toward Dulzura and Barratt Junction, Potrero and Campo are a different breed — a blend of distinctly Mid-Western American values of land and open space with a spirit of entrepreneurship to raise horses and sheep and to plant vineyards and bottle and brand their own wines.

MINIMAL FIRE DAMAGE FROM A CHIMNEY FIRE IN DEHESA

April 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – San Miguel Fire District’s Engine 23 and its three person crew was the first on the scene of a chimney fire in a home on the 1200 block of Avenida Elisa on April 15 at 10:46 p.m. The fire, which began in the chimney box, quickly moved to the attic.  Containing the blaze was problematic because the flames burning in the attic compromised the strength of the roof, according to Leonard Villarreal with the District.  The blaze was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes.

WIND ORDINANCE HITS TURBULENCE: PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES ACTION AMID CONCERNS FROM ALL SIDES

By Miriam Raftery

 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego)—The San Diego County Planning Commission  voted Friday to postpone action on a proposed wind ordinance after hearing several hours of testimony.  The vote was unanimous, with the exception of Commissioner Peder Norby, who abstained due to a conflict of interest.

A WALK THROUGH THE WIND FARM WITH IBERDROLA

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2012 (McCain Valley) –Winds of change are blowing in McCain Valley, where Iberdrola Renewables hopes to build the 200 megawatt (MW) Tule Wind energy facility that could power an estimated 60,000 homes.  

On May 18, the County Planning Commission is slated to hear the project, with a hearing before the Board of Supervisors anticipated in June.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE INKS WORLD RECORD AT 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 
April 15, 2012 (El Cajon)--Almost 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record.
 
The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration. Crowds lined up at Griffin Center to sign the 4 feet-by-4 feet card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help beat the previous record of 1,468 people signing a card during a one-day event. The final tally: 1,797 signatures, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page.

EAGLE DEATHS WILL INCREASE DUE TO FEDERAL RULE CHANGE BENEFITTING WIND INDUSTRY, AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY CHARGES

 

April 13, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- The American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, has charged that the eagle rule change proposed today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will result in more eagles being killed at wind energy projects.

 

MAN, 21, FOUND DEAD IN VEHICLE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 
April 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Department received a 911 call from a student of Grossmont College reporting an unresponsive male subject in a parked vehicle at 12:40 p.m. yesterday.  The vehicle was parked in the north-west lot of the campus. The student was returning from class and saw the subject in the driver’s seat motionless and unresponsive.  

WINDS OF CHANGE: COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION TO CONSIDER WIND ORDINANCE APRIL 13


 

“We are requesting a moratorium on industrial wind turbine projects and initiation of unbiased, science-based peer-reviewed studies on health…They are subjecting rural residents to be guinea pigs or lab rats on a mass scale that has never been seen anywhere.” –Donna Tisdale, Boulevard Planning Group Chair

 

“Tapping into sources of renewable energy is critical for a number of reasons…We applaud the County’s commitment to achieving these goals by updating and streamling requirements for small and large wind energy systems.” – Jennifer Purczynski Enel Green Power/Padoma Wind Power LLC

By Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Tomorrow (Friday) morning at 9 a.m., the San Diego County Planning Commission will consider a proposed wind ordinance that would make it easier for industrial-scale wind facilities as well as smaller turbines to be built in unincorporated areas—primarily in East County communities. 

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT SENDS WORKER TO EMERGENCY ROOM

 
April 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Just before 2:00 p.m. yesterday, Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon, with assistance from San Miguel Fire Protection district and El Cajon Police, responded to reports of 48 year-old male injured on the job at Precision Metal Products, located at 850 West Bradley in El Cajon.

PATTERN ENERGY REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SEISMIC SAFETY CONCERNS

 

Major fault line runs under proposed Ocotillo wind site slated to provide energy for San Diego, ECM investigation finds

By Miriam Raftery
 
Jim Pelley and Parke Ewing contributed to this report
 
April 11, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Public document searches reveal that “injury or death” from strong seismic ground shaking and ground failure are potential significant impacts of the Ocotillo Express wind facility approved last week by Imperial Valley planners, an ECM investigation has found.
 
Those troubling admissions appear in a preliminary report on seismic issues in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Environmental Impact Report (EIR). 

CANDIDATE DAN HUGHES WILL SPEAK AT THE CAJON VALLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED MEETING ON APRIL 17

April 11, 2012 (El Cajon) – Dan Hughes, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be the guest speaker at the April 17 meeting of The Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated.  The meeting will be held at the Pancake House, 1000 North 2nd Street, El Cajon at 7:00 a.m.

MISSING PERSON AT RISK - POWAY

 

April 11, 2012 (Poway)--Poway Sheriff's Deputies seek public help in finding a missing person at risk.  Shih Saung, 85, walked out of her daughter's house in the 12000 block of Old Pomerado Road in Poway at 5:45 this morning. Saung is diabetic and did not take her medication today. Family members also say she may be in the early stages of dementia. 

MTS PLANS TO ADD BUS AND TROLLEY SERVICE: OPEN HOUSES ARE BEING HELD TO GET RIDER INPUT

 

An Open House at the El Cajon Transit Center will be held April 14 with others around the county throughout the month.

April 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- For the first time since the economic downturn began in 2008, the Metropolitan Transit System is planning to add Bus and Trolley services. MTS will hold several open houses at transit centers to get rider input on planned service improvements and the opportunity to learn about proposed changes and ask questions in an informal setting.

APPEALS FILED OVER OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT

By Mia Myklebust
 
April 10, 2012 (Ocotillo)—At least three appeals have been filed over the Imperial County Planning Group’s approval of the Ocotillo Express wind project.  The appeals seek to have the Imperial Valley Board of Supervisors review the decision.   
 
Appeals filed by yesterday’s deadline include the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, California Environmental Law Project, and Boulevard Planning Group Chair Donna Tisdale.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE DISTRICT HOSTS COMMUNITY MEETING APRIL 17 TO DISCUSS OUTSOURCING SERVICES TO CAL-FIRE

April 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – The San Miguel Fire Protection District will host a community meeting from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on April 17 at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa.  The meeting will provide residents a State of the District presentation and discuss the Request for Proposal submission from CAL FIRE for the outsourcing of the district’s fire protection. 

RESCUE ON EL CAJON MOUNTAIN

 
Story and photos by Billy Ortiz
Video by Billy Ortiz and Pam Wilmers   
 
April 9, 2012 (Lakeside)—San Diego Sheriff’s Fire and Rescue performed a hoist rescue off the east face of El Cajon Mountain (known locally as El Capitan) today.  Leonard Pierini, 65, of Poway told ECM videographer Billy Ortiz that he was hiking alone, although other hikers were in the same area.  View a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omaz5TEpZrs

GOOD NEWS! RESURRECTION OF PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK IS APPROVED

April 8, 2012 (Palomar) – It seems fitting that on Easter Sunday, we got word of a modern-day resurrection.

Rick Barclay chairs a foundation that’s been striving to save Palomar State Park from permanent closure in July, drawing help from many of our readers to fill the budget gap.  Today, he sent East County Magazine the following message of hope: 

SUPERVISORS SHOW SUPPORT FOR EYE GNAT ORDINANCE

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
April 7, 2012 (San Diego)--On Wednesday, the San Diego County supervisors were asked to receive a report from Jack Miller, Director of San Diego County’s Department of Environmental Health. The report concerns a new county-wide ordinance aimed to reduce the nuisance level of eye gnats produced by two large organic farms in Jacumba and S. Escondido.
 
 
 

RESCUED LIVESTOCK READY FOR NEW HOMES

 
Animal Services Looking For “A Few Good Homes”

April 7, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The starving animals rescued from a Campo ranch by County of San Diego Animal Services last December are now ready to be placed into new homes. The livestock includes 10 sheep, 5 goats, 6 cattle, 11 llamas, and 6 horses. Most of the animals may be viewed at the County Shelter in Bonita at 5821 Sweetwater Road, 91902. Four sheep are being housed at the County Shelter in Carlsbad at 2481 Palomar Airport Road, 92011 and can be viewed there.

 

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