By David Grant
DW Grant, an award-winning author who now lives in Las Vegas, sent us this recollection of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to San Diego in 1963. You can visit Grant’s website at www.dwbooks.yolasite.com.
March 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- During the blossoming optimism of the early 1960s the president of the United States of America came to my home town, San Diego, and paraded down my street, El Cajon Blvd.. On that great day my best friend’s name was Johnny Kennedy, I found myself enraptured by my second grade teacher’s clavicle, and someone stole my bicycle.
2 Fukushima-area residents to tell stories; celebrities to join rally
Update March 12: View a video of the rally www.youtube.com/watch
Video: Fukushim survivors speak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWKHtIUqnOQ&feature=email
March 9, 2012 (SAN ONOFRE) – Activists from San Diego to Eureka will converge at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS,) just south of San Clemente, on the first anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster, March 11, 2012. The peaceful protest will occur a short walk from San Onofre State Beach about 1/8 mile south of the SONGS facility.
By Miriam Raftery
THE LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE SECOND OF ITS 2012 CENTENNIAL YEAR HISTORY ROUNDTABLE PRESENTATIONS MARCH 17
March 10, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The principals of Senior Resource Group (SRG), who have achieved national prominence for their senior living communities, have launched InTouch at Home, to bring SRG’s superior level of service to seniors who choose to age in place in their homes, according to Michael Grust, president and CEO of SRG.
March 10, 2012 (Lakeside)--Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies.
By Brian Lafferty
March 13, 2012 (San Diego) – This year I (quietly) introduced a rating system. In short, the highest rating a movie can get is an A, a D- is the lowest rating a movie can get on the basis of being bad, and an F given to films that are not only unbearably bad, but immoral, base, incompetently shot, and beneath contempt.
March 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- March means mud in the hills of La Mesa, especially on March 24, 2012 for the San Diego Mud Run spring edition.
All details, including a video clip, online registration and a map can be found at www.sandiegomudrun.com.
March 10, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Sheriff’s Station at 2751 Alpine Boulevard will be hosting a station tour as well as an opportunity to learn about bullying, bike safety, personal safety and much more. There will also be a K-9 Unit demonstration.
March 10, 2012 (San Diego) – In recognition of her leadership on animal protection issues and for receiving a perfect score on the 2011 Humane Scorecard, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was named a Humane Advocate by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF).
By Billy Ortiz
March 9, 2012 (Lakeside) – Most every day I like to drive down El Monte Rd in Lakeside. It reminds me of how it used to be in the old days with wide open fields, some farming and the best part is all the wildlife in the area--golden eagles, hawks and falcons, wild turkeys, deer and every once in a while a mountain lion or a bobcat.
Today a bobcat just happened to pop up just off the side of the road in time for a photo and some video! View it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf0InbHxles.
March 9, 2012 (Rancho Penasquitos)-- San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives are investigating two similar commercial robberies committed by a masked suspect in Rancho Penasquitos.
Surveillance video captured the same female entering the business, just prior to the suspect’s entry, in both cases.
Partnership with Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, will bring Privacy by Design best practices to customer offerings
March 9, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, has released a joint paper to document the incorporation of Privacy by Design into SDG&E’s smart grid initiative.
According to an SDG&E press release, this partnership is the first of its kind in the United States, and emphasizes the “commitment of the company in designing, building and operating a secure, reliable and trustworthy smart grid that safeguards customer privacy” from the start.
STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON RESPONDS TO FEDERAL REPORT ON STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION RATES
AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT MENTOR & AWARD WINNING AUTHOR FEATURED SPEAKER AT MARCH SPIRIT OF THE BARRIO LUNCHEON
By Miriam Raftery
March 5, 2012 (Jacumba) – County Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to support a state grant for improvements to the runway at the Jacumba Airport. Located one mile east of Jacumba on Old Highway 80, the airport is mainly used as a glider facility for sailplanes and single-engine aircraft.
Howard Cook, a member of the Jacumba planning group, views that as “good news.” He adds, “Perhaps we can leverage this improvement to further revitalize our town, maybe fly ins, balloons, more gliders, use of the airport by Mexicans.” He added,”We need to start thinking about an airport marketing campaign.”
Nations that have led way in cutting carbon emissions have seen strong economic growth, RFK Jr. reveals at Forging a Sustainable Future Conference
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (San Diego) – “I flew over the Cumberland Plateau. They are literally cutting down the Appalachian Mountains,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told attendees at the Forging a Sustainable Future conference sponsored by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University last Saturday.
He painted a grim picture of the devastating costs of coal on the environment and human lives—then offered hope for an alternative that would not only be cleaner, but also revitalize the U.S. economy.
- Strong solar storm to hit earth Thursday (BBC)
- Election irregularities reported across Russia (NPR)
- Syria’s deputy oil minister defects from Assad (Reuters)
- Satellite images show buildup in Syria (New York Times)
- Romney wins Ohio, 4 other Super Tuesday states (Sacramento Bee)
- Seattle’s first urban food forest will be open to foragers (NPR)
- Where women stand on the political race (NPR)
- All the ads pulled from Rush Limbaugh’s show (Yahoo! News)
- Green firms get fed cash, give executives bonuses, fail (ABC)
- Big Pharma’s role in the contraception debate (Daily Beast)
- BP Settlement sells out victims: deal buries evidence of oil company willful negligence (GregPalast.com)
- Deaths from dangerous gut bacteria hit historic highs (NPR)
- Cash mobs profit locally owned stores (PRI)
- Jerry Brown pushes his tax proposal
- Redevelopment demise leaves CA housing money in limbo (Sacramento Bee)
- Scripps warning on Statin-induced diabetes (UT San Diego)
- Would you buy gas in Mexico? It’s $2.91 a gallon (UT San Diego)
- Barona Fire Captain arrested on molestation charges (UT San Diego)
- Madrid opposes county taxes to help build Chargers Stadium (La Mesa Patch)
- Poway reps to oppose water rate increases (Pomerado News)
- Bonnie buys some open government cred (CityBeat)
- SDG&E helicopter has hard landing (10 News)
- Tire surcharge funds paving projects that use old tires (KPBS)
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa seeks two veterans to serve on the newly reorganized Aging and Veterans Commission.
Applicants must live within La Mesa city limits and be either an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. armed forces, an active duty armed forces member serving in a civilian capacity, or a member of a veterans service organization based in La Mesa which is federally chartered and/or recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for claim representation.
By Miriam Raftery
March 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – What are the cumulative impacts on our region from the loss of federal, state and county public lands? In the span of just a few short years, we’ve lost vast tracts of our most beautiful properties once set aside by the federal, state and county governments as preserves for future generations. Wildfires, budget cuts, and now, massive energy projects are destroying our region's scenic wonders.
East County Magazine has sent our photographers into the wilds of San Diego’s East County, as well as just over the border into neighboring Imperial County, to document the destruction of our inland treasures.
March 8, 2012 (Santee) -- County officials and community partners unveiled the new volunteer garden at Edgemoor in Santee yesterday.
The volunteer garden, located at 255 Park Center Dr., is open to both community residents and County staff to increase access to fresh produce and physical activity. Residents of Edgemoor, will be involved in the garden through the Recreational Therapy Unit.