May 9, 2012 (San Diego) – It’s not often that labor groups and the conservative San Diego Taxpayers Association's former president agree on much of anything. But both are opposed to Proposition A on the June ballot for San Diego residents.
Now the State’s top financial officer, Controller John Chiang, has sent a letter to San Diego voters warning that if voters ban Project Labor Agreements by passing Prop A, San Diego will automatically lose massive state funding.
“Last year alone, San Diego received $158 million in construction projects, but this funding would be completely eliminated under Prop A,” Chiang warned.
By Miriam Raftery
The tobacco industry has thus far spent $38 million in its efforts to snuff out Proposition 29. But supporters, including leading medical professionals and major newspapers statewide, say big tobacco is using a "smokescreen" of false statements and urge voters not to be deceived.
A quick fact check (see links below) prove the tobaco industry is continuing its long track record of making provably untrue statements to the detriment of public health.
GROSSMONT COLLEGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE PERFORM MUSIC OF MORTEN LAURIDESEN MAY 11, 12
May 8, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will present two performances of “Resonantes Musica,” featuring the works of choral music composer Morten Lauridsen, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave., San Diego, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 7710 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa.
May 8, 2012 (Eastlake) – KIFM / 98.1 Smooth FM is set to host an “American Idol Viewing Party” this Wednesday night (May 9) at The Brewhouse at Eastlake and cheer on hometown “idol” contestant Jessica Sanchez of Chula Vista.
He is running for the third District Supervisorial seat currently held by 20-year incumbent Pam Slater-Price. Slater-Price decided not to seek reelection for what would have been a fifth term, thus breaking up a board of five members who have served together for 17 years.Roberts’ main opponent is Congressman Brian Bilbray’s Chief of Staff Steve Danon.
By Serena Scaglione
May 8, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson squad has been called to the scene of a house fire in the 11000 block of Lakeside Avenue to investigate the cause of the blaze, the Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.
May 8, 2012 (San Diego) – It’s hard to imagine that in the 21st Century , a woman could be fired from her job for addressing the needs of her pregnancy. Yet a woman was fired for simply drinking water to stay hydrated—and the firing was legal under current the law.
Today, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the lead sponsor of the bill, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect expectant mothers from discrimination.
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Second transient beating in a week raises questions in this rural town
By Miriam Raftery
May 9, 2012 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Tanner Hendee, 19, for the severe beating of a homeless man found unconscious yesterday morning.
Paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 5:28 a.m. requesting an ambulance at an abandoned home near the 100th block of 12th Street. They found the victim inside on his back and unresponsive, having suffered a one-inch head laceration, a right orbital fracture, and a possible spinal fracture.
By Miriam Raftery
Photos and Video by Billy Ortiz
View our dramatic video report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBC7xxuGmkw
May 7, 2012 (Lakeside) 4:46 p.m. – A domestic violence suspect who barricaded himself into a home in Lakeside has been arrested and taken by ambulance to a hospital moments ago, ECM has learned.
“SWAT officers went in and arrested him,” Sgt. Tom Poulin with the Sheriff’s substation in Santee informed ECM.
May 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – The committee for La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade is raising funds for this year’s annual parade on June 2. Its financial goal is $15,000 which will be used to offset operational expenses, including transportation costs for school marching bands, public address equipment and traffic control set up.
There are different levels of sponsorship available and all donors will receive a support poster for display. A sponsorship form, including information on the different levels is available at Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits Form.
May 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – The “Sundays at Six” summer concert series will be held in the amphitheater at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street in La Mesa on Sundays, at 6:00 p.m. during June, July and August. In honor of the City’s centennial celebration each concert will celebrate the music of the ten decades from 1912 to 2012.
By Miriam Raftery
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) – In the hotly contested 52nd Congressional district race, Democrat Lori Saldaña has recently circulated a video in which her rival, Democrat Scott Peters, tells a KUSI reporter that he would support cuts to entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Today, in an interview with ECM, Peters sought to set the record straight. He now says by “cuts” he meant cuts to reduce cost of services to seniors-- not cuts in benefits.
Both Peters and Saldaña have pledged to strengthen these programs--in sharp contrast to incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray, who has voted to slash funds and benefits and move toward privatization.
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- Richard C. Atkinson, who served as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego for15 years, was barely four weeks into his tenure as president of the University of California system when the UC Regents voted to end affirmative action in August 1995.
How he dealt with the admissions wars—the political, legal and academic consequences of that historic and controversial decision, as well as the issue of governance—is discussed in a new book by Patricia Pelfrey recently released by the University of California Press entitled The Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003.
May 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- Mother’s Day is almost here. The National Resource Defense Council offers some great green gift ideas for mom.
For the mom committed to delicious food there is the “Foodie’s Delight” which helps the NRDC to grow the local and organic food movement and ensure that we all have access to an abundant supply of healthy, locally-grown food, free of pesticides and other toxins.
May 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – Stephen Watson, a Christian High Grad, won the NCAA PacWest Div II Men’s Golf championship April 24. He was honored with PacWest Co-Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and is a member of the All-Conference First Team.
Watson captured the individual title by recording a five-under-par 211. On the final day of the tournament he carded his second 69 of the tournament, finishing (69-73-69) after entering the day in a four-way tie for second place. Watson wins the tournament in the Lancers' first season as a member of the conference. He was one of just two players to shoot under par in the final round.
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Center for Electrosmog Prevention is offering shielding products to help reduce consumer radiation exposure and to raise funds for its battle to oppose smart meters.
HEALTH SCIENCES HIGH & MIDDLE COLLEGE STUDENT ANDREA ELSER OF LA MESA WINS 9TH ANNUAL AMN/HCC SCHOLARSHIP
Update 2:05 p.m. - The suspect is identified as Kenny Lee Walker, 45.
"Deputies have the place surrounded and under containment. We're still trying to convince him to come out," Detective Tom Poulin told ECM. However the suspect has made threats to harm himself and officers. He says he's going to shoot it out with deputies and then shoot himself," said Poulin, who added that the suspect was wanted for slashing his wife's tires and is believed to be armed with a handgun.
Update 10:50 a.m. -- Lindo Lake Elementary and El Capitan High schools are on lockdown as a precaution, ECM news partner 10 News now reports.
May 7, 2012 (Lakeside) 10:40 a.m. – A suspect who wanted on a domestic violence charge has barricaded himself into a residence on Lakeshore Drive in Lakeside. The suspect is believed to be armed.
“They’re going to call a SWAT team out,” Detective Tom Poulin with the Sheriff’s substation in Santee told EC, while en route to the situation. The suspect has been wanted for “a couple of days,” he added.
By Brian Lafferty
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently thought about my future. I contemplated my dreams and wrote them down. Some of them are easily achievable while others are quite grand. I may not have accomplished much as an adult other than graduating from college, being a film critic and Autism columnist, and acquiring paralegal certification. But it’s not too late to dare myself to do great things.
May 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber is hosting a special evening mixer at North Island Credit Union, 7968 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa on May 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is an opportunity to meet the business banking team from NICU.