Granite Hills Grad Continues Legacy of Revving up Student Learning
June 13, 2013 (El Cajon)– El Cajon native Jimmie Johnson continues to blaze new trails in his efforts to support student learning, this time with the generous gift of 25 Samsung Galaxy Tabs™ 7” for use in the classroom.
Santana High School Social Science teacher Rebecca Short got a big surprise recently as Santana Principal Tim Schwuchow notified her in front of her students that her winning technology proposal was selected by the District’s Ed Tech Taskforce.. Short’s students will soon get more mileage out of accessing the information highway thanks to a generous gift of 25 Samsung Galaxy Tabs™ 7” from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Samsung.
The troubling history of our U.S. shadow factory -- and how we have lost rights in the name of security
By Nadin Abbott
June 13, 2013 (San Diego) Edward Snowden shook the power elites in Washington D.C. with his revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on Americans. He released documents such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) order to the British newspaper, The Guardian, sending high-level U.S. government officials demanding his prosecution.
By Supervisor Dave Roberts
June 13, 2013 (San Diego)--On May 15th, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that establishes a rigorous process to install wind turbines. By a 4-1 vote, Supervisors agreed to strict guidelines. Our action did not approve a single, specific project.
My vote to adopt the ordinance came after much careful consideration.
As Dr. Dan Silver of the Endangered Habitats League said during his testimony, "wind energy presents a conundrum."
On one hand, I am very supportive of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gasses. On the other, I am concerned about the significant, unmitigable impacts of large wind turbines.
Campo Creek Ranch offers local delivery of all-natural grass-fed beef
By Miram Raftery
June 13, 2013(Campo)—Cattle come running when rancher John Clark arrives. It looks like a scene out of a California “happy cows” commercial. View video.
These beef cattle are raised in open pastures, not crowded feed lots. They graze in green pastures at Campo Creek Ranch in San Diego’s East County. They receive no hormones and their diet is all natural – native grass or in some cases, barley.
“They’re all much healthier to eat,” says Clark, adding that grass-fed cattle re higher in omega-3 fatty acids. The ranch also offers all-natural chickens, pigs and rabbits – with meat delivered straight to consumers.
June 13, 2013 (Julian) – Julian Brewing Company, Baileys BBQ Pit and Jeremy's on the Hill will present "As local as it gets" – a farm-to-table dinner Friday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.
June 13, 2013 (La Mesa) – On June 7, 2013 La Mesa Police Detective Dale Perry indentified the robbery suspect from the Sierra Market (3800 Massachusetts Avenue) robbery that occurred on January 28, 2013. In the Sierra Market robbery, the clerk got into an altercation with the suspect and was injured.
On June 7, 2013 at approximately 10:00 am, La Mesa Police detectives arrested 43 year-old Johnny McGee of San Diego and 38 year-old Gina E. Ludwig of San Diego for the robbery.
Throughout June and July, SANDAG will hold community workshops countywide to solicit public input on the biggest issues facing the region between now and 2050 – including the economy, environment, energy, transportation, public health, land use, borders, and social equity. Iinput gathered at these workshops will be used to develop San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The SANDAG Board is expected to adopt the plan in 2015.
A workshop in East County will be held on June 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the La Mesa Community Center, Arbor View Room, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. For a full list of workshops, scroll down.
By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss, E - The Environmental Magazine
June 10, 2013 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: I'm concerned about toxic ingredients in my cleaning supplies, especially now that I have young children. Where can I find safer alternatives? -- Betsy E., Hartford, CT
It is true that many household cleaners contain potentially toxic substances, so parents especially should make an effort to keep them out of the reach of children or, better yet, replace them with safer alternatives.
Hear audiotape of Pelosi remarks on leaks
By Nadin Abbott
June 13, 2013 (Chula Vista)— During a visit to Southwestern College in the San Diego area on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fielded questions from local media on Edward Snowden. Snowden has fled the country over fears of possible espionage charges for leaking classified documents revealing that the National Security Administration (NSA) has been accessing phone records for millions of Americans.
The former House Speaker called for a balance between “liberty and security” in a press conference following a forum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.
By Nadin Abbott
June 12, 2013 (Chula Vista)—House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-53) came to Southwestern College to participate in a forum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act on June 10.
President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. It was sponsored by one of the first women elected to the House, Patsy Mink from Hawaii. Mink also sponsored the legislation behind Title VIX.
By Janis Mork
June 12, 2013 (El Cajon)- Over 400 students received degrees at Grossmont Community College’s commencement ceremony on Thursday. Commencement speakers included student Derrick Torrence, a Marine Corps veteran who graduated with his daughter, as well as Reverend Eric Smith, a Navy veteran who also wrote his memoir From Crack to Clergy: Provoking Thoughts published in 2011.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos, Tom Abbott, Video Nadin Abbott
June 12, 2013 (San Diego)— Here's some entertainment that's strictly for the birds. Nancy and Gil Riegler, owners of the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, are holding turkey races at the San Diego County Fair at Del Mar--as well as an exotic bird show.
So how do they get the turkeys to race?
By Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
June 7, 2013—(Jamul) A full house of 600 Jamul residents came to a meeting on June 5 to hear a presentation by Penn International Representatives, the latest company engaged by the Jamul Indian Village hoping to build a gaming facility for the Jamul Indian Village, part of the Kumeyaay Nation.
The project has generated widespread community opposition, pitting Native American sovereign rights and economic prosperity against concerns of neighbors over traffic, fire, and rural community character. All but one of the residents who testified opposed the project, despite efforts by the tribe to sharply scale back its original proposal.
June 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) – Sunbelt Publications' authors of books on East County’s history and cultural heritage will join East County Magazine’s “Celebrate Our Roots” event on Wednesday, June 19 at Heritage of the Americas Museum from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The authors will speak and autograph their books. Sunbelt has also donated books as prizes for this event, which celebrates our region’s cultural and agricultural roots. For tickets, call (619)698-7617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The event benefits East County Magazine’s nonprofit media outlet and is cosponsored by Sullivan Solar.
June 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Hey, Fellas, Olive Oil And Nuts Tied to Prostate Cancer Survival (NPR)
- Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus (NPR)
- Old Mars rover makes rock discovery (BBC)
Raptors are attracted to wind turbines (Save the Eagles)
- Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (NPR)
- Plant and human gene modification goes past transgenics (UT San Diego)
- Thought-powered helicopter takes off (BBC)
- Few options for online users to avoid spying, experts say (Jewish World Review)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
June 12, 2013 (Santee) – Sharp Healthcare will be providing free health screenings in East County. These screenings could help prevent heart problems, diabetes and other risk factors. The screenings will only take about 15 minutes and are offered on eight different dates this summer.
The screenings will measure your cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure. Sharp Healthcare will also provide personalized strategies to improve your overall health and well-being. No appointment is needed. All adults over the age of 18 are welcome to participate.
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
June 12, 2013 (San Diego) – Every day Fire and EMS personnel respond to workplace accidents resulting in injury and even death. It’s estimated that nearly 4 million employees suffer from a workplace injury and employers spend more than $170 billion on associated costs each year. Many of these accidents could be avoided if an education and prevention program were in place says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
June 12, 2013 (San Diego) – Local home sales were strong in May and median prices continued to rise steadily, according to the latest housing statistics from the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR).
Detached home sales increased 15 percent in May compared to April, and about 10 percent from last year. Properties also continued to be scooped up fast, with an average of only 54 days on the market. The median price of detached homes increased to $466,000 in May. That’s up 4 percent from the previous month, and 22 percent from May of 2012. The median price of attached properties was up nearly 6 percent from April, and 33 percent from a year ago. Condos and townhomes surpassed the $300,000 median price, which, according to SDAR’s statistics, hasn’t been topped since March 2008.
By Janis Mork
June 13, 2013 (San Diego)--“When I woke up, I was confused, I was terrified,” recalled Santee resident Johana Guzman, who was in a coma for two weeks after she was struck by a car while trying to protect her 2-year-old son. With help from Sharp Hospital’s Rehab Services, she overcame her injuries and now helps others. “We are warriors,” she said. “Hard times are opportunities to be better,” she told ECM. “I believe inner strength heals us, helps us to see clearly the value of life. We must never give up our dreams.”
On May 31, Guzman was honored at the annual Victories of Spirit event at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Four individuals and one organization received the Eagle Spirit Award, named for the most potent healing symbol of the Navajos. Honorees also included Mike Buxbaum, Anne Herman, and Zach Meno of La Mesa for patient achievement. San Diego State University Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities was honored for community achievement.
June 12, 2013 (La Mesa)- On Saturday, June 15, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Healthcare District will again team up to produce Summer Healthcare Saturday, a one day health exposition that will be held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
The event will feature free demonstrations, free health information and screenings. Up to 75 booths are expected to be present and lining up throughout the mall.
June 12, 2013 (Julian) – Musicians will be wailing the blues on Saturday, June 15, when Robb Bower presents the 15th annual Julian Blues Bash “Family Affair.” Six blues bands will perform all day. The event also features dancing, food, beer, wine tasting and free parking.
Shanieka Thomas is the fifth individual national champion in the program's history
By Go Aztecs
June 12, 2013 (San Diego)--San Diego State junior Shanieka Thomas won the national title in the triple jump to lead the 23rd-ranked Aztecs at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday in Eugene, Oregon. She became the fifth individual national champion in program history and second straight, joining Whitney Ashley, who won the discus throw at the 2012 championship meet.
Thomas, who finished runner-up in the event at both the 2013 indoor meet and 2012 outdoor meet, beat the other 23 entrants with a best of 46 feet, 4 ¾ inches (14.14 meters).
June 11, 2013 (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:
- After losing season, Grossmont captures CIF (ECM)
- Women found living on Lakeside pot farm (UT San Diego)
- Alien smuggler indicted in Boulevard case (Alpine Sun)
- Amid legal test, SANDAG starts massive new plan (UT San Diego)
- 'Little Saigon' official in City Heights (UT San Diego)
- Next at San Onofre: Defuel, dismantle(UT San Diego)
- Nuclear Fuel To Be Stored At San Onofre As Part Of Decommissioning (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa residents slam land-use proposal (UT San Diego)
- Back To The '50s Car Show (La Mesa Today)
- San Diego County To Hire Nearly 600 (KPBS)
- 'Boy I spent a lot of money on those people' (UT San Diego)
- How California school districts fare in possible funding deal (Sacramento Bee)
- California oil tax push would direct new funds to schools (Sacramento Bee)
- Judge Upholds Landmark 2003 Colorado River Accord (Mission Times Courier)
- Editorial: State can't take risks with county public health (Sacramento Bee)
- All businesses could get state tax perks (UT San Diego)
For excerpts and full stories, click read more.
June 11, 2013 (La Mesa) – At 12:30 a.m. on June 8, the crew of the Sheriff’s ASTREA 3 helicopter was repeatedly struck by a green laser. ASTREA 3, piloted by Deputy Dollard with Tactical Flight Officer Deputy Brown, was flying in the La Mesa area when Deputy Brown noticed a green laser was striking him. Deputy Dollard positioned the aircraft so that Deputy Brown could locate the suspect using the Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) camera. While orbiting an apartment complex in the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue, La Mesa, the suspect stood on his balcony and illuminated ASTREA 3 with the laser.
June 11, 2013 (San Diego) – County of San Diego Parks and Recreation has activities at parks throughout East County. Activities include everything from guided hikes to Snakes ‘N Skins for the younger set. Following is a list of events at East County parks:
DOS PICOS REGIONAL PARK
17953 Dos Picos Park Rd, Ramona | (760) 789-2220
FREE SATURDAY PROGRAMS
Free Saturday programs meet at the Amphitheater at the scheduled time. Programs may change or cancel without notice depending upon the weather and Ranger availability. The Ranger needs to have at least 10 people for each program to begin.
June 11, 2013 (El Cajon) – The summer series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic begins in June. Erika Davies will be performing June 15 at 2 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch, 201 E. Douglas, El Cajon. Davies first came to local attention singing with former Rugburn Gregory Page before striking out on her own as a solo artist.
The Acoustic Showcase offers a variety of some of San Diego’s very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are free to the community.
June 11, 2013 (San Diego) – African American Writers and Artists, Inc., San Diego in collaboration with International Action Center San Diego present a Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Malcolm X Library and Performance Arts Center, 5148 Market St., San Diego. The event’s theme is “Are we there yet? Pulling back the curtain on Racial Equality in America.”
June 11, 2013 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is hosting a Coffee with the Community on June 22, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon. The public is invited for a chance to chat with Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station Captain, Pete Callewaert, in a casual environment to exchange ideas and concerns.
June 11, 2013 (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:
- Reports on surveillance of Americans fuel debate over privacy, security (Reuters)
- White House defends surveillance as world digests leaker’s motives (CNN)
- U.S. farmer lawsuit filed against Monsanto over GMO wheat (Reuters)
- Supreme Court bars retroactive use of sentencing guidelines (Washington Post)
- Chrysler refuses to recall 2.7 million Jeep SUVs (CNN)
- Senate passes five-year farm bill (The Hill)
- White House defends top officials' use of 'secret' accounts (Christian Science Monitor)
- East Africans told to resettle: Are these 'land grabs' or progress? (Christian Science Monitor)
- Masai herders appear victims of land deal with Dubai hunting firm (Christian Science Monitor)
- Mexico says it rescues 165 migrants kidnapped near U.S. border (Reuters)
- In Gaza, Hamas Targets Palestinian Informants In Crackdown (NPR)
- Most Europeans, especially the French, unhappy about EU: survey (Reuters)
- Anti Khamenei slogans chanted at large Iran protest (Jerusalem Post)
- Another contaminated water leak at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant (Reuters)
- 15 dead in European flooding, thousands evacuated (UT San Diego)
- Egypt prosecutor orders trial for leading activists (Reuters)
- Convictions put Egypt's beleaguered NGOs into deeper chill (+video) (Christian Science Monitor)
- Pakistan PM Sharif sworn in, calls for end to drone strikes (Reuters)
- Not Everyone Cheers Turkey's Move To Tighten Alcohol Rules (NPR)
- Putin orders crackdown on Islamists, police detain 300 people (Reuters)
For excerpts and links to full stories, click "read more" and scroll down.
MAYOR’S FIRST BUDGET APPROVED: FOCUSES ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND STABILITY, INCLUDES 5-YEAR LABOR DEAL
Funds also approved to increase library hours, improve fire and police services, make neighborhoods safer and keep city’s homeless shelters open
June 11, 2013 (San Diego) -- Mayor Bob Filner’s balanced budget and financial priorities were adopted by the San Diego City Council on June 10. A 7-2 majority of the Council sided with the Mayor and made a commitment to fiscal responsibility and enhanced city services for the coming year.
In a separate action, the Council approved the Mayor’s five-year labor deal with City workers that will save more than $108 million over the term of the agreement by reducing the amount that the City has to pay into the employee retirement system. The labor deal will provide the City with much needed stability and predictability continuing its path toward recovery, the Mayor’s office indicated.