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FIRE NEAR JACUMBA CLOSES 1-8 TEMPORARILY

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TIMES ARE LAGGING IN SOME AREAS, THE GRAND JURY HAS FOUND

 

May 2, 2014 (San Diego) -- Where you live in the City of San Diego affects how quickly emergency response teams can bring help to you when you need it, according to a report just issued by the 2013/2014 San Diego County Grand Jury.

WELLS RUN DRY ACROSS CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2014 (Sacramento)--As the drought intensifies, a new report by the California Department of Water Resources reveals that groundwater levels across California have historically low water levels. Half of the 5,400 wells studied had shrunk to levels lower than seen in the last 100 years.

ROUGH LANDING FOR SMALL PLANE AT GILLESPIE FIELD AIRPORT

 

May 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Shortly before 7:30 p.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from El Cajon responded to reports of a plane crash at Gillespie Field Airport.  As firefighters arrived on scene they found that a single engine Cessna had landed without its’ landing gear, sliding to a stop on the runway.

ALPINE MOM CREATES VIDEO TO HELP FAMILIES OF KOREAN FERRY VICTIMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2014 (Alpine)—When Alpine resident Alanna Light heard about the tragic sinking of a Korean ferry boat, she feared for her 24-year-old daughter, who teaches English at a private school in South Korea.

“My dad called me and asked if Kalya was alright,” she recalled, adding that when she heard about the tragedy, “I had a panic attack until I got through to her.”  Fortunately, Kayla was fine.  But at least 242 passengers on the Sewol  ferry have died and another 60 remain missing.  Most of the passengers were high school students.

The captain and 14 crew members have been arrested for leaving the ship and abandoning passengers, including children told to stay in their cabins.  Two others have also been arrested for over-loading the ship, which had 476 people on board.

DEADLY PIG DISEASE REACHES CALIFORNIA, PUSHING UP PORK PRICES

 

Precautions urged for farmers and people entering pigs in livestock competitons at fairs

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2014 (Sacramento) – A virus that is deadly to baby pigs has wiped out 10 percent of all pigs in America in the last year, the National Journal reports. 

According to the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Chief economist, Dr. Joseph Glauber, the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus , or PED, has spread to 30 states.

That includes California, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The state's website does not list where in California the potent virus has been found.

TODDLER BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE IN DEERHORN VALLEY IS RECOVERING

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2014 (Deerhorn Valley) – A 17-month-old child was bitten three times in the abdomen by a rattlesnake yesterday afternoon while playing in on a patio at a home near Barrett Lake in Deerhorn Valley.

NBC reported that the incident was reported at 4:20 in the 20000 block of Manzanita Way.   The Deerhorn Valley Antler indicated that Mercy Air flew out of the area at approximately 5 p.m. with the young patient on board.  The child was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Fortunately, the toddler is recovering, according to his older sister , Jessica Taylor. She posted on the Deerhorn Valley Facebook page this morning that her brother is being treated with anti-venom and is expected to  be fine.  She added, “He’s a tough little guy!”

WATCH FOR RATTLESNAKES AS TEMPERATURES CLIMB

 

Source: County News Service

May 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --As temperatures rise, all sorts of wildlife emerge in the spring., which marks the start of rattlesnake season in San Diego County. As the reptiles come out of hibernation, it’s not uncommon to spot them locally, though bites are rare. Most sightings happen between now and October.

The County’s Department of Animal Services has removed dozens of rattlesnakes from residents’ homes and yards so far this month, said Dawn Danielson, Animal Services Director.

FUNDRAISER MAY 3 FOR LA MESA "LOOKOUT" LEGACY PROJECT

 

May 3, 2014 (La Mesa) -- Today from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Johnny B's restaurant in La Mesa will donate 10 percent of proceeds to benefit a new pocket park project called the "Lookout" planned in La Mesa's downtown vlllage.  The restaurant owner, John Bedlion, wlil also match the amount raised today. Drawings will also be held, along with a live auction. 

The Lookout” at Legacy Park will become a permanent piece of art that will honor the City’s Centennial celebration. Located at the convergence of La Mesa Boulevard (known as Lookout Avenue until 1940), Allison Avenue, and 4th Street; The Lookout will serve a traditional gazebo function – as a gathering place for social interaction. Center city gazebos have historically occupied a special place in the heart of communities; this one will be no different. 

SEMPRA PROFITS SOAR -- THANKS TO RATE HIKES

 

May 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Ratepayers are feeling the pinch from higher utility bills due to rate hikes recently approved by the California Utilities Commission.

BILL WOULD REQUIRE BETTER TRACKING, COMMUNITY NOTICE REGARDING SEXUAL PREDATORS

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

May 2, 2014 (Sacramento) - A bill moving through the state Legislature would allow communities to have more input when a sexually violent predator is released from prison.

GRAND JURY PRAISES COUNTY'S SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

 

May 1, 2014 (San Diego County) - Ordinary citizens serving as senior volunteer patrol members are providing over $10 million worth of support services each year to law enforcement agencies in San Diego County. In an era of tight budgets, this is a significant asset to the community, according to a San Diego County Grand Jury report released this week.

BEACHGOERS BEWARE: RAZOR BLADES FOUND AT MISSION BAY - AGAIN

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 1, 2014 (San Diego) – Yesterday, two children playing barefoot at Bonita Cove Park on Mission Bay stepped on razor blades and injured their feet.  Police officers used metal detectors to find 19 razor blades buried sharp-side-up near playground equipment in the park on Mariners Way near West mission Bay Drive, UT San Diego reports.

HIGH WINDS CAUSED HAVOC ACROSS EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Car on tree in San Diego, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – High winds caused damage across East County today, with hurricane-force gusts up to 101 miles per hour  recorded on Sill Hill near Cuyamaca.  

In Buckman Springs, motorists trapped in a car beneath a fallen tree limb had to be rescued.  Interstate 8 east of Alpine was closed temporarily due to high winds. A fallen eucalyptus tree blocked Otay Lakes Road late this morning. Most tragically, a wind-whipped fire that scorched an acre near Plaza Bonita mall killed a person, whose burned body  was found near a transient camp.

Power outages occurred across East County. In Descanso, some residents were without power for 13 hours, from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m., ECM correspondent Sharon Penny reports.

DEPUTIES SAVE LIFE OF MAN SEEKING TO JUMP OFF BRIDGE IN EL CAJON

 

April 30, 2014 (El Cajon) – Deputies from the Santee Sheriff station saved the life of a man who sought to jump off the Greenfield Drive Bridge over State Route 67.  Deputies responded to a call shortly after 5:30 p.m., where they found the man standing near the edge of the overpass.

FREE INTERNET SETBACK? NET NEUTRALITY DEFENDERS PLAN PUSHBACK

 

PHOTO: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, seen here (top left) at a meeting in January in Oakland, has signaled his support for rules that may threaten net neutrality by allowing broadband service to some companies at higher speed for higher prices. A pushback by opponents is forming quickly. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

 

By Lori Abbott, California Public News Service

April 29, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – There will be speed lanes on the Internet if the Federal Communications Commission goes forward as Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled this week, allowing broadband Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable to charge content providers, including ESPN or Netflix, higher prices for faster download speeds.

OUTAGES ACROSS EAST COUNTY

 

April 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – SDG&E reports 1,625 homes in Spring Valley, La Presa and Rancho San Diego are without power early this afternoon due to a weather-related problem in the electric system. No restoration time has yet been estimated.

Earlier in the day, power outages occurred in Dulzura, Potrero, Campo,  Live Oak Springs, Boulevard and Jacumba.  Power to these areas has now been restored.

ENERGY COMMISSION EXTENDS QUAIL BRUSH SUSPENSION UNTIL 2015

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 27, 2014 (San Diego)--The California Energy Commission has granted a request from Cogentrix for a second one-year suspension of an application for the controversial Quail Brush gas-fired power plant proposed near Mission Trails Regional Park. That means the proposal remains alive, despite overwhelming community opposition.

Opponents of the project had urged the Commission to let the proposal die by denying Cogentrix’s request to extend the original suspension that expired in April.  Despite a barrage of protest comments, the Commission decided to extend the suspension until April 15, 2015. 

MAN FOUND DEAD IN SAN CARLOS MAY BE HIT AND RUN VICTIM

 

April 25, 2014 (San Carlos) – Police believe that 52-year-old Jackie Clinton Jackson, Jr. may be a victim of a hit-and-run accident.  Jackson was found by a passerby unresponsive in the street between parked vehicles in the 8000 block of Beaver Lake Drive in San Diego’s San Carlos neighborhood on April 24.

JULIAN TEEN DIES ON HIKE NEAR LAKE MORENA

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—Timothy Evan Nodal, 19, of Julian has died after suffering medical problems while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail near Lake Morena.

ANIMAL SERVICES RESCUES HORSE AFTER FALL INTO BOULDER-FILLED RAVINE IN POTRERO

 

April 25, 2014 (Potrero)--A horse found injured and bleeding after a fall down a deep ravine Thursday evening in Potrero is now recovering from its injuries at the County Animal Services shelter in Bonita.

HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED AS STORM SWEEPS INTO REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for mountains and deserts in San Diego County  and other inland areas in Southern California.  Dangerous gusts of 70 miles per hour or more are possible. The warning is in effect today through Saturday evening.

Rain is also forecast, along with snow at elevations over 4,500 feet.

IRAQI ELECTIONS APRIL 30; LOCAL VOTING APRIL 27 & 28 IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2014 (El Cajon) – Iraq will hold elections for parliamentary offices including Prime Minister on April 30.  All Iraqi-born people living in the U.S. are eligible to vote, the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce announced today.  Locally, eligible voters can cast their ballots on April 27-28 at the Crystal Ballroom, 414 North Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon from 12-2 p.m.

“This is arguably the biggest election since the fall of Saddam Hussein due to the unique circumstance of post-troop withdraw and immense violence,” said Ben Kalasho, president of the Chamber.

SANTEE LAKES DROPS ZIP LINE PROJECT

 

 

 

“I don’t want Disney Land in my backyard!”—Santee Lakes Resident

Jessica Richmond

April 24, 2013 (Santee)-- Amid growing residents’ concerns, Santee Lakes park administrators dropped the proposed plan for a recreational zip line, removing it from a proposed master plan. After meeting with community members, staff decided it would be in the best interests of the residents and the park to keep incursions into the peaceful out-door serenity to a minimum. Many Santee resident were outspoken in their protests against the addition of a zip line for fears that it would endanger wildlife and increase noise, traffic, and parking problems, leading to over-commercialization of the natural beauty at the lakes.

SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT: EL CAJON COUNCIL VOTES TO FUND SAN DIEGO YOUTH CHOIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a unanimous vote, El Cajon’s City Council on Tuesday voted to grant $10,000 to fund the San Diego Youth Choir, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community youth choir based in El Cajon. The group’s mission statement is to empower young leaders through musical excellence.  It’s mantra is “Empowering San Diego County youth, one note at a time.”

“What it really is, is an investment in children’s future,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine. “$10,000 today could save us $100,000 tomorrow in police costs and property crimes.”  He added that performing together also builds self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment, as well as forging bonds that can last a lifetime.  “My son still has close friendships in Hollywood that started when he was in Christian Youth Theater in San Diego,” Kendrick recalled.

 The San Diego Youth Choir (www.youthchoirsd.org) aims to be housed in a central location in El Cajon with state of the art rehearsal space, practice rooms, dance rooms, and a recording studio.

APARTMENT FIRE IN SPRING VALLEY

 

April 23, 2014 (La Mesa) - A structure fire is burning at a multi-family apartment complex at 3430 Helix Street in Spring Valley. The Incident Commander has requested that the street be closed in both directions. 

Units are on scene, or responding shortly before 4 p.m. from Heartland and Monte Vista. So far there are no reports of injuries.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING?

 

April 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --The deadline for paying your federal income taxes on April 15th is now passed.

But do you know where your tax dollars are going?  You may be surprised to find out just what the federal government is prioritizing – and what it’s not.

CONSUMERS WIN: GENERAL MILLS BACKS DOWN ON STEALTH SIGNING AWAY OF YOUR RIGHTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - It’s not often that a multi-national corporation backs down from a strategy to save money.

ELDERLY LA MESA PEDESTRIAN DIES OF INJURIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2014 (La Mesa)—Louis Bernath, 92, of La Mesa died April 10th of injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while out walking on April 1st on Parkway Drive in La Mesa.

SAILOR FROM RAMONA KILLED IN HEAD ON COLLISION

 

April 19, 2014 (Ramona) – The Medical Examiner has not yet released the identity of a 29-year-old active duty sailor and Ramona resident who died April 11 following a head-on collision in Julian.

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