October 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Jalaludin Hamrah, 39, has been identified as the cab driver who died after he was shot and rolled over his taxicab in Lemon Grove at 3:48 a.m. Hamrah, who is Middle Eastern, worked for the Main Street Cab Co. and has frequented the El Cajon and Lakeside areas, including Barona Casino, according to a bulletin issued this evening by the San Diego Sheriff.
“The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail is seeking the public’s assistance for any information that may help identify the suspect(s) and a motive for this crime,” the bulletin states.
AT HOME IN DEERHORN VALLEY: AN ARTIST'S STRAW BALE STUDIO RISES FROM THE ASHES, DOUBLING AS COMMUNITY CENTER
"At Home” is a new series highlighting creative homes and lifestyles in San Diego East County communities.
“Straw bale building is like a barn raising—a wonderful, friendly activity that reaches out and brings people together.” – Kim Hamilton
October 30, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – Four years after the Harris Fire burned down their barn, Kim Hamilton and Rob Deason celebrate completion of a new art and music studio made with straw-bale construction and hands-on help from friends, family and neighbors. Since the community also lost its former gathering place at a local fire station, the new studio doubles as a meeting room for the Deerhorn Valley Community Association.
The new structure is both fire resistant and green--built of natural, sustainable materials with insulating qualities ideal for the climate extremes found in this rural community.
October 31, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa’s November free family fun events begin November 5 with a tennis play day featuring an introduction to the new 10-and-under tennis program and concludes with a stargazing program on November 18.
“The elements for the perfect storm are falling into place.” – Ron Logan, ECM photographer, following recent arrests, support from labor, and a City Council protest that have fortified resolve in the Occupy San Diego movement
Story and photos by Ron Logan
October 30, 2011 (San Diego) – I've been following the Occupy Wall Street protests since they started – basically through the independent media since the corporate media didn't start covering it for about two weeks. So when Occupy came to San Diego, I was very interested in being there with my camera, shooting the early groundwork of what could be a major revolution—a nonviolent uprising to overthrow the status quo in American politics.
I promised myself early on that I would only be working as a photojournalist for this movement and that I would not be writing anything. What you are reading is the result of a broken promise. One cannot help being affected by attending the protests, feeling empathy with what is going on and the sheer frustration that the 99% feel.
October 29, 2011 (El Cajon) – A crash on September 30 at Chase Ave. and Jamacha Rd. in Rancho San Diego has left two men battling major injuries. Josh Zelt remains hospitalized in very serious condition, while Heath Holley was recently released and is beginning his recovery from home, according to the San Diego Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK).
The organization will host a fundraising benefit on Friday, November 18, to help the two victims, both San Diego Zoo employees, who were broad-sided by a driver arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
By Sharon Courmousis Sacred Rocks Reserve
Increase your enjoyment of living!
October 30, 2011 (Boulevard) -- At 6:20 am I walked into the sun. Tormented by drama in my mind, it took a while to sink in. It was a cool morning, about 64 degrees. I was walking up a sweat. And then I saw. I saw the beginnings of color of the sunrise. The clouds were gently dancing across the sky that was bluing before my eyes. The underside of the clouds became tinged with yellow with the shining of the sun.
October 30, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to free workshops to enter the 20th annual California State Junior Duck Stamp competition. The event is sponsored by Pacific South West Art (PSWA) and Heritage of the Americas Museum. All students who enter will receive a certificate form the State of California Fish and Game Department and be eligible for ribbons and awards.
October 30, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – The San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Unit is investigating the death of a taxi driver found with a gunshot wound following a rollover collision at 3:48 a.m. The crash occurred at 3445 Main Street in Lemon Grove.
Story and photos by Russ Lindquist
“…SDG&E told [residents]that a small gas leak had been going on for a month or more.” Chief Andy Menshek, San Miguel Fire Department
October 29, 2011 (Mount Helix)--Safety officials evacuated two homes and ordered six others "sheltered in place" with windows and doors closed on Pandora drive on Mount Helix in La Mesa yesterday beginning at approximately 9:15 a.m. The evacuation and sheltering lasted about two hours, according to Chief Andy Menshek of the San Miguel Fire Department (SMFD) who was the "incident commander" of the event.
The Chief said that the operator of a front-end excavator had broken a gas line, a pipe approximately three-quarters of an inch in diameter. The operator works for a private contractor for San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E).
A Time Of Reflection About The Meaning Of Life And The Mission That One Needs To Fulfill
By Millicent Arko
October 29, 2011 (Borrego Springs) -- The Borrego Art Institute and the Borrego schools are planning a major celebration of the Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead this year. The celebration will be at the Art Institute Gallery, in the Mall, on Wednesday, November 2, 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., 587 Palm Canyon Dr # 105, Borrego Springs, CA. There will be music, dancing, and food -- a real family celebration. The two-day event features multiple activities, performances, and opportunities for the community to celebrate and learn about this cultural tradition.
Sycuan may offer hope for restoring service in Dehesa; Mount Helix could be next to lose fire services
By Miriam Raftery
October 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Dehesa residents are losing staffing for their fire engine and being left with only a bare-bones medical crew starting in November. Moreover, a District representative told ECM, Mount Helix could be the next community to lose fire protection if the San Miguel Fire District’s financial situation does not improve.
At a community meeting of concerned Dehesa residents Thursday night, participants put forth a variety of concerns—but also constructive suggestions for pitching in to help the district raise funds.
Wal-Mart’s assault on its employees’ health is symptomatic of what ails America
By Bonnie Price, PhD
October 29, 2011 (La Mesa)--What’s happening to our nation? Why are thousands of demonstrators gathering in hundreds of parks and public places with signs and slogans proclaiming everything from, “I AM THE 99%!” to “They got bailed out; we got sold out!”
October 29, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce would like to invite family and friends to join the festivity of Halloween for children ages 12 and under. The event takes place on Monday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., on Maine Avenue, in Lakeside. The spooky streets consist of two blocks of free treats from local businesses with the children being escorted by Lakeside Royalty.
October 29, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- “Please help us send 8th grade students at Palm Middle School, Lemon Grove, to Washington, DC in March, 2012,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society. “The trip--a first for most of the students--will cap two years of history courses in U.S. and world history and give them that in-person experience with the institutions and people who represent our government in action. These 13 and 14-year-olds will greatly benefit from seeing our nation's capital just as they are preparing to move on to high school.”
By Doug Deane
October 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include:
• GUHSD boundary study community forums
• GUHSD Superintendent Swenson’s Newsline
• State looks into loss of funds by start-up charter schools
• California gears up for extra year of kindergarten
• Students need supervision to make online learning work
• The forever recession (and the coming revolution)
• How to break the cycle of remedial college classes
• Definitions, models and characteristics of gifted students
• Designing schools for 21st century learning
• A trigger to disaster at schools
• Young superintendent has district on rise
• West Hills to commemorate 50th anniversary with Gala Nov. 4
• Report calls for new oversight of school construction
• County teachers of the year named
• Weighted AP grade will cost you at Helix
• A new yardstick to measure schools
• Bill would overhaul No Child Left Behind
• Online educators gaining both classes and critics
All-day event to teach energy efficiency and green building
October 29, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego homeowners and home contractors interested in remodeling can learn how to make homes more efficient, safe, healthy and comfortable during an all-day workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). The workshop and parking are free and open to the public.
October 28, 2011(San Diego) — This Halloween, the San Diego Police Officers Association wants to remind San Diegans to stay safe while having fun. Here are some helpful hints to keep the festivities safe:
October 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- As party‐going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Avoid the 14 San Diego County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.
Roving DUI Saturation Patrols will be out in force looking to stop and arrest ‘Drunk’ and ‘Buzzed’ drivers this Halloween weekend. There will also be a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint near SDSU on Saturday October 29th, to deter and lower impaired driving in the region.
Hikers Urged to be Cautious and Use Insect Repellent When Hiking
October 28, 2011 -- Several ticks collected in routine monitoring last week in the Lopez Canyon area of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve have tested positive for tularemia, a potentially serious illness also known as “rabbit fever,” County environmental health officials said Friday.
By Jonathan Goetz
October 27, 2011 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon may become another in a string of cities to remove itself from the safeguards of state law and give “supreme authority” in municipal affairs to the city council. The measure is touted as a cost-savings step. But in some areas, charter city status has led to abuse and even fleecing of taxpayers—notably in Bell, California.
La Mesa couple makes gift in memory of late daughter, treated at UCLA
October 27, 2011 (La Mesa)--Thomas and Nadia Davies of La Mesa have committed $2 million to the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery in memory of their late daughter Alfonsina (Nina) Q. Davies and in honor of Dr. Paul Crandall, the UCLA neurosurgeon who ended her epileptic seizures.
Nadia Davies was named San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 1992. She and her husband later served on the Grossmont Union-High School Board through turbulent times.
SCORCHED: SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD VOTES TO ELIMINATE FIRE PROTECTION AT DEHESA STATION, IMPOSE STEEP CUTS TO FIREFIGHTERS’ BENEFITS
By Miriam Raftery
“This is a shame and an embarrassment.” – La Mesa Councilman David Allen, former San Miguel Firefighter
“These are wickedly difficult decisions…decisions no fire chief wants to have to make.” – Chief August Ghio
Updated October 28, 2011; originally published October 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Over objections of an overflow crowd of more than 100 community members and firefighters, the San Miguel Fire (SMF) District board voted last night to leave only a two-man medical crew at its rural Dehesa station.
October 28, 2011 (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 reflecting 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:
· Senate blocks vote on jobs bill (CNN)
· Obama’s housing rescue plan: Up from underwater (Los Angeles Times editorial)
· U.S. economic growth up (BBC)
· Euro zone deal sparks rally on Wall Street (Reuters)
· Rate on 30-year fixed mortgage falls to 4.6 percent (San Diego Union-Tribune)
· Medicare’s 2012 premium increase is less than expected (CNN)
· The craze for flat taxes: Republican candidates are competing to race to the lowest point (London Economist)
· Flat-tax renews fight on `trickle’down’ economics (Associated Press/San Francisco Chronicle)
· Skeptical scientist ends up confirming climate change (Washington Post)
· Federal contracts study says privatization isn’t cheaper (Sacramento Bee)
· Disasters strain FEMA resources (USA Today)
· Exxon Mobile profits soar 41% (money.cnn.com)
· Ron Paul to “eventually” end all student aid (RawStory)
· Occupy tensions high after vet’s skull fracture (CBS News)
· 7.2 mag quake hits turkey; 217 dead (CBS News)
· Girls given equal rights to British throne under law changes (CNN)
· Rainbow of religious leaders join Pope for peace (Fox News)
· Israel, Palestinians agree on step toward new talks (CNN)
· Bangkok residents flee as floods threaten dikes (Reuters)
Nothing but the Truth!
By Will Power
At Nov. 4 hearing, county planners should reject cell phone tower in heart of our small town
By Lisa Rene Anderson
October 27, 2011 (Julian)--On November 4th, 2011, the San Diego County Planning Commission will render their decision on whether to approve a proposed cell tower to be placed in the center of residential-zoned Shelter Valley, Julian- the tiny, dark sky-designated rural town at the edge of the Anza Borrego Desert State Park that I and my husband live in.
By Deanna Gullo, Secretary, Fair Trade San Diego
October 27, 2011 (La Mesa)--Even though the Tuesday October 11 vote before the La Mesa City Council did not result in the passage of a Fair Trade Town resolution, La Mesa Fair Trade and Fair Trade San Diego welcome this opportunity to further educate La Mesans and the larger San Diego community on what Fair Trade is as well as what it means it means to be a Fair Trade Town.
By Ginny Grimsley
Insider Secrets From A Human Resources Veteran
October 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- You may have aced Intermediate Accounting, but you didn’t count on getting lost on the way to your first big job interview. So you arrived late and flustered, chugged a restorative cup of coffee in the reception area, and then offered your interviewer a sweaty handshake.
Employee award recognizes John Thomas’ many contributions to department