By Brian Lafferty
May 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye – which opens today at the Reading Gaslamp – is not about the progressive rock band first fronted by Peter Gabriel, then later by Phil Collins. I would have rather seen a documentary, any documentary, about that instead of this one. Ballad is a bizarre, pretentious, and ultimately dull sixteen-millimeter home movie.
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – It's been two years since the East County Performing Arts Center went dark. But on Monday, a group of concerned citizens seeking to "Save ECPAC" took a behind-the-scenes tour last week to determine the extent of repairs needed to reopen the cherished community landmark.
Although challenges are steep, the good news is that the cost for critical repairs appears to be significantly less than the estimates provided by the city for a more ambitious renovation.
May 3, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Scroll down to view a list of this week's obituaries here, or visit www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries.
May 4, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Planning a picnic or a hike? Checkout YourOnlineWeather.com with Gary Kelley:
April 25, 2012 (Alpine) – The Center to Help Instill Respect & Preservation for Garden Wildlife, Inc. (CHIRP) is hosting the 15th Annual Alpine Sage & Songbirds Festival & Garden Tour May 4-6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Show Court at Viejas Outlets, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. This year’s theme is Waterwise & Butterflies and the garden tour will include 6 bird and butterfly friendly gardens, a place of worship habitat garden and a raptor rehabilitation facility.
May 2, 2012 (El Cajon) --A free music festival that is the culmination of a Cuyamaca College course on the music industry will feature nine bands rocking at the grand lawn at the Rancho San Diego college from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Now in its fourth year, the Cuyamaca College Coyote Music Festival is the end result of a semester-length project of students in the Music Industry Studies program.
By Miriam Raftery
Flowers, banner at Junior Seau Sports Complex in La Mesa pay tribute to football legend
May 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –East County and San Diego leaders reacted with shock and sadness to news that former Chargers star Junior Seau, 43, was found dead at his Oceanside home today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A former resident of Mt. Helix and supporter of local charities, Seau also frequently visited the Junior Seau Sports Complex at La Mesita Park in La Mesa that was named in his honor.
“He was always here for us,” La Mesa Art Madrid said, La Mesa Today reported. “He was part of the family in this town.”
By Kate Yapjoco
May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – Pulitzer Prize winning author, Tom Hallman Jr. will be discussing his new book, “A Strangers Gift” at Crosspointe Life Church, 8809 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa on May 4 at 7:00 p.m. The book shares Hallman’s journey of faith from indifferent agnostic to growing believer. Hallman interviewed 13 ordinary people from all walks of life about finding purpose in life through faith. The book describes their journeys of faith and how it changed or affected their lives.
La Mesa Police Department’s Captain Dan Willis was one of the 13 people interviewed for the book.
May 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Allied Gardens SpringFest is May 11-12 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego. The kick-off party begins at 5:00 p.m. on May 11 with a concert featuring Fusion Beat at 7:45 p.m. Saturday’s events begin at 9:00 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast, followed by the SpringFest Parade.
Festivities include a car show, vendor booths, including food and a beer garden. Saturday’s performances will be by Pullman Standard and Rockola. Children’s activities include a carnival, pony rides, inflatables, a rock climbing wall and a dunk tank.
- Officials watch for body bombs on US bound planes (ABC news)
- Occupy activists breathe new life into May Day (The Nation)
- Why you should be worried about the California mad cow case (Mother Jones)
- Number of painkiller addicted newborns soars (USA Today)
- New world trade center surpasses Empire State Building (CBS News)
- Why is safety a divisive issue for nuclear regulatory commission? (Los Angeles Times)
- Wind farms warming earth in Texas: Turbines mixing air at night could affect local climate and farming (Discovery)
- CMS: Obama healthcare law has saved seniors $34 billion on prescription drugs (The Hill)
- Romney: Osama hit was easy call (The Hill)
- Mexico passes crime victims’ law (BBC)
- 2-horse race in final stretch for Egypt presidency (Reuters)
- Ugandan army says Sudan is backingJoseph Kony’s LRA (BBC)
- Tokyo soil samples would be considered nuclear waste in U.S. (Fairewinds)
- Transcript: Obama hails 'light of a new day' in Afghanistan
May 2, 2012 (San Diego) – In the hotly contested 52nd Congressional district, incumbent Brian Bilbray is weathering attacks from opponents on both sides of the political aisle for his votes on women’s issues. With the Supreme Court just one vote away from overturning Roe vs. Wade (the decision legalizing abortion) and numerous bills assailing women's access to birth control and equal pay in Congress, women are expected to play a key role at the polls lin June.
Today, Democrat Lori Saldaña received endorsement from the National Organization for Women (NOW)--and assailed Bilbray's record.
- Ramona wines beat French varieties in competition (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa Council deadlocked on PBID approval, will make decision in July (La Mesa Patch)
- $1 billion hospital opens (Valley Roadrunner)
- DEA “accidentally” left forgotten suspect in holding cell for 5 days (UT San Diego)
- 6 La Mesa officers exonerated in fatal shooting of Andrew Yacko (La Mesa Patch)
- Lloyd Jr pleads guilty to manslaughter in Santee teen Carioscias’ death (Santee Patch)
- Lemon Grove School District cuts 30 jobs (UT San Diego)
- Voice of San Diego series: Who is….
- Other mayoral coverage:
- Filner releases pension plan (UT San Diego)
- Fletcher pledges to make cycling, transit a priority (Reader)
- Fletcher-GOP feud still going strong: party sues candidate over $5,000 fundraiser (UT San Diego)
- The Fletcher Flim-Flam (OB Rag)
- The unfortunate trajectory of Carl DeMaio (Citybeat)
- San Diego takes water fight public (New York Times)
- UCAN reaches settlement to allow group to go on (UT San Diego)
- California rakes in healthcare grants (Saramento Bee)
- Environmentalists feeling burned by rush to build big solar projects (Los Angeles Times)
- Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates Genesis Solar project (Los Angeles Times)
- Calif. Public Utilities Commission: PG&E smart meter “opt out” fees suspended
- Diablo Canyon reactor gets some unwelcome guests
Looks Forward to Working with Leadership Team in Sacramento
May 2, 2012 (Sacramento)--Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, today announced that Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, appointed him as Assistant Republican Leader on the Assembly Republican Leadership Team.
“I am eager to continue working with Republican Leader Conway to get Californians back to work. The most important issues facing our state are jobs and the economy – we have to remove the regulatory and tax burdens from California’s middle class and release our creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit. California can be the Golden State again.”
By Miriam Raftery
May 2, 2012 (San Diego) – The newly drawn 52nd Congressional district seat (formerly the 50th) currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray has attracted 10 candidates. Among those is Tea Party stalwart John Stahl, who is challenging Rep. Bilbray’s ethics and conservative credentials.
Host of the conservative talk show “Solutions for America” on KCBQ radio, Stahl has poured $300,000 of his own money into the race. A businessman with an MBA and a former Naval aviator, he pledges to offer “common sense solutions.” In an exclusive interview with ECM, Stahl shares his perspectives on a wide range of issues.
His views are not cookie-cutter political talking points—and some of his stances may surprise you.
By David Secor, candidate, 50th Congressional District
May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery in the 4100 block of Lois Street in La Mesa on April 24 at approximately 7:12 p.m. The victim, 58, was walking north on Lois Street, near University, when she was approached by two black male juveniles. One of them asked the victim for a dollar and they walked away when they were told she didn’t have one. The victim continued walking and a few moments later felt a tug on her shoulder bag. The victim struggled to retain her property but was overpowered and pulled to the ground. Both suspects fled on foot with the victim’s property.
May 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- Andiamo Ristorante is celebrating Cinque di Mayo with live music on the patio with Rosie G and Ed and a prix fixe special menu. Menu items include Filleto “Cinque di Mayo”, a pan-seared 8oz fillet mignon finished with chipotle chile, garlic, gorgonzola cheese, fresh rosemary and a touch of cream and a Shrimp “Mojo de Ajo”, jumbo Mexican shrimp finished with clarified butter, fresh garlic, cilantro and a touch of “Salsa Asada”.
May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police arrested two suspects in the November 22 robbery of the Best Buy store located at 8401 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. The two males had entered the store, the first suspect grabbed two laptop computers, and both of them walked towards the exit without paying for the merchandise. When stopped by a store employee, the first suspect brandished a firearm as they ran out of the store. They fled the area in a red two door Chevy Camaro.
May 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The 22nd Heartland Fire Academy graduation was held April 28th at the Ronald Reagan Community in El Cajon. A total of twenty-four graduates successfully completed 16-weeks of intense firefighter training at the Heartland Training facility in El Cajon in conjunction with San Diego Miramar College. The San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Band led the graduates in as the ceremony began.