March 8, 2014 (San Diego)--They are the first line of public safety. They answer calls from people during the worst moments of their lives. They give up family time, weekends and holidays; work graveyard shifts and make critical decisions during life and death situations. When a call for help is made, the voice on the other end is a Sheriff’s Dispatcher.
March 8, 2014 (Santee) – Padre Dam Municipal Water District Board Member Doug Wilson has been appointed by the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors to serve on the Colorado River Board.
March 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - A case of tuberculosis has been reported at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa. Students and staff may have been exposed, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.
March 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in finding 14-year-old Venicia Ortiz from Alpine. Venicia was last seen on Wed. February 26. She is known to hang out along Imperial Avenue and 24th Street in the Grant Hill area of San Diego as well as National City and Chula Vista. She may be in the company of 28-year-old Edgar Morales.
March 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – On March 4, the San Diego Rural Fire Protection District’s board majority voted to dissolve the district and join the County Fire Authority.
Board member Lou Russo (photo, left) voted against the action and says he intends to pursue a protest allowed under the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, that would require signatures from 25% of the district’s voters in order to put the matter on the ballot.
Russo said he views the County takeover of the district as “nothing more than a power grab.” He is also asking why residents in some Alpine areas did not receive a letter about the proposed action so that they could attend the meeting.
By Miriam Raftery
March 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Are wind turbines safe for wildlife, livestock and humans living nearby? A new study published in the Journal of Veterinary Sciences has found that geese living near wind turbines suffered loss of appetite, weight loss, and measurable physical changes.
March 4, 2014 (El Cajon)--At approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday afternoon, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from El Cajon and La Mesa responded to reports of a structure fire in the one-thousand block of Leslie Road in El Cajon. As fire crews arrived on scene they found heavy smoke coming from a lower unit of the apartment structure at 1016 Leslie Road. Firefighters were able to stop the fire in approximately twenty minutes.
Judge announces tentative ruling – before hearing arguments
By Sharon Penny
March 6, 2014 (San Diego)--On March 3, U.S. District Court Judge Janis L. Sammartino heard testimony from legal representatives for both sides in a lawsuit brought by the Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC – www.protectourcommunities.org) against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over controversial approvals for Iberdrola's controversial Tule Wind project planned in Boulevard’s McCain Valley Recreation and Conservation Area in East County.
The POC originally filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in August 2013. This week marked the first hearing under the U.S. District Court. According to Plaintiff Donna Tisdale, POC’s attorney Stephan C. Volker had prepared for a one hour argument and was surprised by the Judge’s announcement that she had a tentative ruling in hand. The judge read that ruling aloud, took a 15 minute break for attorneys to prepare a response. Each side was then allowed a half hour to argue their points and one minute for rebuttal.
By David Dickens
March 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Steele Canyon Cougars finished the 2013 varsity baseball season, (4-11) in league, and (14-15) overall. Shortstop Tanner Perry was one of the bright spots last season, as he made all-league. Perry also plays basketball, and is the key senior amongst many returning this season. Helping the turnaround, first year coach and former Oakland Athletic Dan Nerat, will be commanding the Cougars this year to assist Perry and his teammates reach the promise land.
February 28, 2014 (Santee) – Are you ready for a rollicking evening of New Orleans-style festivities including the award-winning Bayou Brothers band, Cajun/Creole dinner feast, masks and beads for all guests, prizes drawings and silent auction with thousands of dollars in prizes? Then you won’t want to miss our East County Mardi Gras party March 12 from 6-10 p.m. at Pinnacle Peak restaurant, 7927 Mission Gorge Road in Santee!
Hear our radio interview with the Bayou Brothers (and some lively music) here: http://kiwi6.com/file/lk1mwrss4u
Reserve now: The first 50 RSVPs will be entered into a special prize drawing. Call 619-698-7617 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also on sale at Pinnacle Peak. $25 for tickets purchased by March 6, $30 after that or at the door.
Our fabulous prizes include a Solidbody Guitar by the world famous Taylor Guitars , tickets to Lions Tigers and Bears “Wild in the Country” gala, private tour of the California Wolf Preserve in Julian, Hawaii resort stay, a performance by the Bayou Brothers at your next event, golf rounds and lessons at Cottonwood Golf, dance lessons at Rubio’s studio, dog lover’s basket from Camp Bow Wow, staycation at Santee Lakes, gourmet wine donated by wine judge Brad Bruce, wine tasting at San Pasqual Winery, dinners, art, jewelry, music CDs, hiking gear and much more.
March 6, 2014 (Crest)-- Kurt Koontz, author of A Million Steps, will be speaking and signing books at the Crest Library on Tuesday March 11th at 6pm.
A Million Steps recounts Koontz's journey across the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago, a Spanish pilgrimage route dating to medieval times. Those million steps inspired Koontz to write about his life-changing adventure when he arrived home.
After his remarks, Koontz will answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase.
By Janis Mork
March 5, 2014 (El Cajon)- Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat, who has her own healing center on Mt. Helix and was born and raised in Haiti, was recently selected as one of 22 ‘Brilliant, Beautiful, and Brave Black Women’ and her profile is on display in the women’s museum in San Diego until March 28.
They had looked for women who did a lot for the community, and that is what Murat has done. In an interview with East County Maazine, shoe provided more details into her efforts to help people in Haiti and here in our local communities.
March 5, 2014 (San Diego)- The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering announces the winners of the Bright Ideas Society award. Sponsored by the Kimmich Educational Foundation at the San Diego Foundation, the award is presented to one outstanding science and engineering club at the elementary, middle and high school level for their illuminating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) ideas. Under the direction of their advisor, the students will produce an interactive exhibit to share their findings with more than 25,000 EXPO DAY attendees.
March 5, 2014 (Alpine)--Join Back Country Land Trust & Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC) along Alpine Creek for the kick-off of a new volunteer workshop series in 2014. This first hands-on restoration event will celebrate National Invasive Species Awareness Week as the organizations begin a community-based stream restoration project along this section of Alpine Boulevard by removing non-native & invasive plants from the stream bank along Alpine Creek.
By Ariele Johannson
March 6, 2014 (Crest)--Mimi Kirk has written her second book on raw food cuisine entitled Live Raw Around the World, and it abounds with multicultural recipes from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Greece, India and Thailand. Mimi Kirk, a local author from Ramona, presents techniques and information on how to create surprisingly delicious raw food recipes at home. Her presentation included a live demonstration, creating almond milk in her food processor and using a spiral slicer to make “pasta” out of vegetables. After her demonstration, Mimi served the small gathering a sampling of stuffed mushrooms; vegetable pasta with tomatoes, olives, and cashews that resemble parmesan cheese for the topping; and small delectable cookies adorned with small carob chocolate chips.
By Lizbeth Francisco, Hannah Haller, Faisal Imami, & Damien Martinez
The authors are seniors at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, CA working together to help refugees by organizing a petition for their cause.
March 5, 2014 (San Diego)-- Nations throughout human history have been torn apart by civil war, natural disasters, famine, and foreign and domestic wars leaving millions of people displaced in a region they once called home. Refugees, as they are called, are forced to live in horrid conditions, usually having to take shelter in government provided camps; these camps however, have no rules on sanitation, drug use, or hardly have an intact system of peacekeeping. Other refugees flee their home countries to seek asylum in other neighboring countries, not facing the same perils as theirs.
Urgent Call—Get the Call When it Counts
March 4, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) - The founder and creator of Urgent Call™ missed the most important call of his life when his father had a heart attack. He was sleeping and his phone was on silent. This crisis inspired the creation of Urgent Call™, a service created to make sure you are available to your loved ones when they need you most. UrgentCall™ is a mobile app and service designed to notify call recipients of an emergency situation, regardless of their phone’s setting. The easy-to-use mobile app allows users to receive emergency calls from anywhere in the world, regardless of a “do not disturb” or “silent” setting, from any type of phone: mobile, landline, and VOIP telephones.
Area Environmentalists Chartering Buses for Trip North on March 15
March 2, 2014 (San Diego)--A large number of local environmental groups are joining forces for a big rally on March 15 in Sacramento to urge Governor Brown for a moratorium on fracking in California. Activists expect this event to be the largest mobilization against fracking ever seen.
Over 150 statewide environmental organizations will be represented at the rally, called "Californians Against Fracking," which is scheduled to include a march around the Capitol area and a rally with speakers on the capitol steps. With a new Public Policy Institute survey showing that 51 percent of Californians oppose the increased use of fracking in the state, organizers are expecting several thousand people to join the rally.
March 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.
- IRS: Renewables Companies May Be Double-Dipping Federal Subsidies
- Massive desert solar plant opens, already a threatened species (Los Angeles Times)
- Why U.S. new installed wind capacity fell 99% (Eco Report)
- Proof wind turbines take thousands off your home (Daily Mail)
- Wind farm plans in tatters after subsidy rethink (UK Telegraph)
- Montana judge won’t dismiss SDG&E wind farm case (Reader – Don Bauder)
- A case against systemic vandalism and theft in rural Ontario: Why wind turbines are not the answer (National Wind Watch)
- Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome (NPR)
- 30,000-year-old virus comes to life (BBC)
- Study: Oral Hygiene Can Save Patients' Lives (KPBS)
- Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain (NPR)
For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.
March 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County ) --ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
- White House touts tax breaks in budget (The Hill)
- Majority of Americans now support gay marriage, survey finds (Reuters)
- Who'll fund journalism? Meet the new Medicis (CS Monitor)
- Thermal Imaging Gets More Common But The Courts Haven't Caught Up (NPR)
- Shutdown cost national parks at least $414M (SacBee)
- Ukraine mobilizes troops after Russia’s declaration of war(CNN)
- Ukraine crisis resurrects Cold War ghosts as U.S. warns Russia, Poland appeals to NATO (Washington Post)
- Will Mexico's capture of 'El Chapo' mean border instability? US agents on alert. (+video) (CS Monitor)
- Idle No More: Japan Plans To Restart Closed Nuclear Reactors (NPR)
For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.
March 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Storm far from a drought buster (U-T San Diego)
- DUI victim wanted to make a difference (NBC)
- Floods force 3 families out of homes in San Carlos (NBC TV)
- Charter cities in SD County sue over prevailing wage law (UT San Diego)
- San Diego Open Government Ballot Measure Tabled By City Council (KPBS)
- Plan For San Diego Police To Wear Uniform Cameras Receives Support (KPBS)
- City’s plan to delete emails should be scrapped (UT San Diego)
- San Diego County wins round in battle with water district (LA Times)
- Document says Navy knew USS Reagan was dangerously contaminated by Fukushima (Common Dreams)
- Special Report: 'Teflon' Cop Avoided Serious Investigation for Years (Voice of San Diego)
- Jerry Brown signs drought relief package (Sacramento Bee)
- California drought: Why state's big cities aren't in crisis mode (CS Monitor)
- Toni Atkins, the Assembly’s Speaker to be (Los Angeles Times)
For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.
By Cary Hyatt
March 5, 2014 (San Diego East County)--On February 26, ECM Editor Miriam Raftery interviewed Assembly Member Shirley Weber PhD, who represents the 79th district including the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Diego. Chula Vista and National City.
Assemblywoman Weber’s legislation has been mostly focused on early childhood education, but she also spoke about her efforts to improve higher education in our region, prevent harassment of minority students, and restore cuts made to health and human services.
You can hear the full radio interview on KNSJ 89.1 FM at this link, or scroll down for highlights.
March 6, 2014 (La Mesa) - - The public is invited to join in the 2014 “Spring Into Health Living” on Wednesday, /March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This is a health and wellness event featuring free health screenings, lectures and information for older adults provided by community service providers in the East County.
March 3, 2014 (San Diego)--Apple picking is a trend nationwide – no, we’re not talking about plucking fruit. Thieves have been stealing Apple iPhones, which are costly to buy and hold their resale value.
There has been a rash of iPhone thefts at San Diego State University, prompting numerous alerts recently.
March 5, 2004 (Lemon Grove)--The painters of the Lemon Grove History Mural, Kathleen Strzelecki and Janne LaValle, will receive the esteemed Ben Dixon Award, the highest award bestowed annually by the Congress of History of San Diego & Imperial Counties, on March 8 between 11 a.m. and noon in the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego. All are welcome to attend the annual two-day conference, Mar. 7 - 8 (www.congressofhistory.org).
The award recognizes those who have made a long term contribution to enriching and enhancing the cultural and historical resources of our region. Between 2006 - 2013 Strzelecki and LaValle painted the five-panel history mural, an epic 65 feet wide by 18 feet tall, at 3308 Main Street in the heart of Lemon Grove. The mural adorns a wall of the historic 1912 original general store, better known since 1980 as the famous Grove Pastry Shop.
March 3, 2014 (Sacramento)—Democrats have lost a supermajority in the state Senate, which means they can no longer pass tax measures or constitutional amendments without at least one Republican vote. That could mean a return to gridlock in Sacramento.
March 3, 2014 (Pala) – Today, the Pala Band of Mission Indians hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce the grand opening of the new Deli & More at the Pala Mini-Mart, located at 11152 Hwy 76 in Pala.
MIKE LUMPKIN AND FORMER OPPONENT DUNCAN HUNTER FIND COMMON GROUND SEEKING INFO ON MISSING SERVICE MEMBERS
By Nadin Abbott
March 1, 2014 (San Diego)--Mike Lumpkin, a Democrat who once ran against Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter for the district representing much of East County and San Diego, has been named Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.
Now Congressman Hunter and his former appointment have found some common ground.
E - The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: Should those of us who care about our health and the planet be concerned about the new trend in genetic engineering called synthetic biology? -- Chrissie Wilkins, Bern, NC
“Synthetic biology” (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE). But unlike GE, whereby genetic information with certain desirable traits is inserted from one organism into another, synbio uses computers and chemicals to create entirely new organisms.
March 3, 2014 (San Diego): The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, in partnership with the Resource Conservation District of San Diego County, is offering a free Defensible Space Assistance Program (DSAP) for low income seniors or disabled residents.