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NEW AMERICANS MUSEUM HOSTS DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBIT NOV. 1 TO HONOR RITA HAYWORTH

READER’S EDITORIAL: NEW DIRECTION NEEDED AT GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS 11 AWARDS FROM SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB

YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND IN COUNTY

EL CAJON CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE JONATHAN WRIGHT HOPES TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY

READER’S EDITORIAL: BIG MONEY AND HIT PIECES INFLUENCING OUR LA MESA POLITICAL SEASON

HEAR OUR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS & HER OPPONENT, LARRY WILSKE

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERRA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE


SAN DIEGO DELEGATES HEAD TO NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

 
Local "Watch Parties" Planned at Democratic Campaign Offices
September 1, 2012 (San Diego)--San Diego County's sole representative on the Democratic National Committee, Jess Durfee, has left for Charlotte, North Carolina, for a week of DNC business meetings and speeches culminating in President Barack Obama's formal acceptance of the Democratic Party's presidential nomination next Thursday night.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKING INPUT FOR FUTURE STRATEGIC PLAN

September 1, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is soliciting public input as part of its strategic planning process. The public is requested to provide input at a 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at the GHD Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Refreshments will be served.

PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: STORM OVER HEAD

 
By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve
 
September 1,2012 (Boulevard)--Do you remember your last storm? Those who live in the mountains get to experience the power of nature up close, sometimes too close. As clouds build from the vast openness of the sky, turn ever darker, the lightening begins touching the earth randomly. Thunder pounds us with larger and deeper sounds than any other thing in nature. Clouds darken the sky as I await the storm. The smell of rain is in the air. Birds flap and flutter and prepare to run for cover. The dusty leaves of sage and Manzanita seem to open wider as if inviting a cool drink, sensing the coming rain.

EARTHTALK®: SUSTAINABLE FURNITURE OPTIONS

 
E - The Environmental Magazine
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss
 
September 1, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: Are there certain brands or retail stores where sustainable furniture options can be had? And what should I look for when shopping for greener furniture?  -- W. Cary, Trenton, NJ

SENATOR ANDERSON’S TUSKEGEE AIRMEN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY RESOLITION GAINS FINAL APPROVAL

 

September 1, 2012 (Sacramento)--Senator Joel Anderson’s (R-Alpine) Senate Concurrent Resolution 90, which commemorates the service and sacrifice of the Tuskegee Airmen, gained final legislative approval August 29 when the Senate voted 34-0 in support.  SCR 90 had previously been approved by the Assembly on a 78-0 vote.

The measure designates a section of I-15 between Miramar Road and Mercy Road near  Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) as the “Tuskegee Airmen Highway.”

MURDER CHARGE FILED AFTER TEEN STABBING DEATH IN EL CAJON

 

September 1, 2012 (El Cajon) –  Able Torres, 29, has been arrested and charged with murder following a stabbing death in EL Cajon at 11 p.m. last night. The identity of the victim, 18, has not yet been released by authorities.

“El Cajon Police Department began receiving 911 calls reporting a fight between a group of male subjects in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 1050 East Lexington,” Sgt. W. Miller reported. “As police units were responding, the callers reported that one subject had been stabbed.”

WOMAN KILLED BY OUT OF CONTROL VEHICLE IN SPRING VALLEY

 

September 1, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Pamela Sue LeBlanc, 45, was walking through a parking lot in the 9900 block of Campo Road in Spring Valley on August 27 shortly before noon when she was struck by an out-of-control vehicle.

POLICE SEEK HELP TO FIND MISSING MAN

 

September 1, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Police request public help to locate C. Fantozzi, 41.  He was last seen on August 28 at 3719 42nd Street in San Diego. 

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER CRACKDOWN CONTINUES

 
August 31, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is continuing its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign this Labor Day weekend. Deputies and officers from the CHP and 14 other law enforcement agencies will conduct extra patrols and DUI/Driver License Checkpoints.
 
August 31 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Encinitas, Santee and Poway
September 1 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Imperial Beach
September 2 – 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. – Santee (AVOID)

MR. COFFEE SINGLE CUP BREWERS RECALLED DUE TO BURN HAZARD

 

August 31, 2012 (San Diego) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Sunbeam Products Inc., announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

SANTEE CANDIDATE FORUM SEPTEMBER 18

August 31, 2012 (Santee) -- The League of Women Voters will be moderating a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, September 18 at the Santee City Hall, Room 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with refreshments served after the forum.

It will be held in the City's Event Hall, Building 7 of the City Complex at 10601 N. Magnolia in Santee.

DEATH OF A PIONEER: PEARL "SUSIE" JOHNSON HOLADAY DEAD AT 95

By Helen Ofield, President Lemon Grove Historical Society

August 31, 2012 (Lemon Grove)--The last living link with Lemon Grove's pioneer past died at midday on Aug. 29 in her Lemon Grove home of congestive heart failure. Pearl Johnson Holaday -- better known by her favorite nickname Susie -- was born and raised in Lemon Grove. With her at the last were her daughter, Maxine McWilliams, and her son, Bob Holaday, and San Diego Hospice.

LOCAL LABOR AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS REACT TO ROMNEY'S NOMINATION

By Nadin Abbott

August 30, 2012 (Rancho Bernardo)-- At a gathering today in Rancho Bernardo outside the Republican party’s county headquarters, members of labor and the Democratic Party reacted to the Romney\Ryan ticket.

Lorena Gonzales, Secretary-Treasurer CEO of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO, issued a statement which read: “In President Obama's first term, we've seen 4.5 million new private sector jobs, more than one million jobs saved in the auto industry alone, and tax cuts for 95% of working families. And tonight, we'll listen to Mitt Romney accept his party's nomination as the standard bearer for a plan to dismantle Medicare, destroy Social Security, and hand out more tax breaks to corporations and millionaires.”

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT'S WRONG: WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS

 

From the U.S. Department of Labor

August 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – What are your rights if you observe safety hazards or certain other wrongdoing at your workplace? 

This Labor Day, learn how you can help protect coworkers or the public from dangerous conditions and key illegal activities—and be protected under federal and state whistleblower laws. 

LABOR DAY TWEET-A-THON: SHARE PRIDE IN AMERICA’S WORKFORCE

August 31, 2012  (San Diego’s East County)—Labor union members have borne the brunt of budget cuts in these challenging economic times, seeing wages and pensions cut and rights eroded.

This Labor Day, a coalition of labor groups invite you to show support for workers in a Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon.

BOATERS ASKED TO HELP FIGHT SPREAD OF INVASIVE QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSELS THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

 

August 31, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--California agencies battling the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels are asking boaters to be especially vigilant over the three-day Labor Day weekend. In San Diego County, these mussels have been found in Lake Dixon and San Vicente reservoir. 

ROMNEY ACCEPTS GOP NOMINATION, PLEDGES “BETTER FUTURE” FOR AMERICA

 

Ryan speech draws media criticism for factual errors

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2012 (Tampa) -- "I am running for president to help create a better future,” Mitt Romney declared, accepting his party’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention.  (View speech:  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7419730n&tag=mg;mostpopvideo )

 Delayed a day by Hurricane Isaac,  the convention concluded with Romney assailing President Barack Obama on everything from the economy to global warming policy, then pledging to focus on jobs and family if elected. 

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS SPEAKS OUT ON THREATS TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

August 30, 2012 (San Diego) – On the 92nd anniversary of women winning the right to vote, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) gave an impassioned speech warning about threats to women’s hard-won rights.

“I don’t think any of us would have thought that we’d be fighting the kind of extremist legislation that we’ve seen in the last two years,” she said.  View video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzyDO6l9VJU&feature=em-share_video_user

 

Davis, a former League of Women Voters president, spoke of efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress and presidential/vice presidential candidates to redefine rape, weaken the Violence Against Women Act, defund Planned Parenthood, restrict access to birth control, and prevent military rape victims from obtaining abortions. 

She also denounced voter suppression efforts, which she called “chilling.”  

 

 

BODY OF MAN DROWNED IN EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR RECOVERED

 

August 30, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Authorities have recovered the body of Milt Eisen, 41, who drowned August 26 in the El Capitan Reservoir. 

Eisen, manager of the El Cajon Kia dealership, reportedly jumped from a boat into El Capitan reservoir to cool off but was unable to make his way back to the boat. Divers searched the 197-foot-deep for multiple days in conjunction with several agencies.

BARONA CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AT THE 42ND ANNUAL POWWOW BEGINNING AUGUST 31

 

August 30, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians will celebrate Native American culture and traditions at the 42nd annual Barona Powwow this weekend. The festivities begin on August 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and continue on September 1 & 2 from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Barona Baseball Field, 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside.

Since its inception in 1970, the tribal celebration has grown into a 3 day event featuring traditional tribal dances, singing and music, a hand drum contest, authentic Native American food and handcrafted arts and jewelry.  More than 200 dancers from across the country will compete for more than $60,000 in cash prizes. 

DEMOCRATS OPEN CAMPAIGN OFFICE IN EAST COUNTY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
August 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Congresswoman Susan Davis and Congressman/Mayoral candidate Bob Filner were among the many candidates on hand last weekend for the grand opening of a Democratic Party campaign headquarters at 7839 University Ave., Suite 106, La Mesa.
 
County Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee spoke of “fulfilling a promise” to help Democrats in East County.  While much of East County remains solidly “red”, redistricting has shifted many communities in East County into Democratic districts and voter registration is increasingly favoring Democrats in some areas that have long been considered Republican strongholds. 

SAN DIEGO ARTSNFASHION MAGAZINE PRESENTS “WELCOME TO RAMALLAH” SEPT 7 – 30

August 29, 2012 (San Diego) – ArtsNFashion Magazine presents “Welcome to Ramallah”, a play by Sonja Linden and Adah Kay at Swedenborgh Hall, 4144 Campus Avenue, San Diego on Fridays and Saturdays from September 7 through 30 at 8:00 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. 

The play tells the tale of a Palestinian man, Daoud, in love with a Jewish woman, Mara.  Together they are trapped in an apartment in Ramallah in the West Bank, along with his uncle and her sister.  They are forced to confront the painful history of the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.

WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN ANNOUNCES FALL & WINTER EVENTS CALENDAR

August 30, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)—The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to enjoy its 2012 Fall/Winter calendar of classes and events. Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. Classes are taught by professionals, with offerings for both adults and children. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To enroll call 619-660-0614 x 10. Below are descriptions of upcoming offerings on everything from landscape design basics to raising urban chickens.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 30, 2012 --  (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:   
 
NATIONAL
 
        GENERAL NEWS:  
  • U.S. economy expands more than anticipated  (BBC)
  • Isaac reduces to tropical storm, lashes Louisiana (USA Today)
  • Do wind turbines cause forest fires? (Bangor Daily News)
  • Army issues multi-billion dollar solicitation for large scale renewable and alternative energy production for federal installations (Foley) 
        POLITICS: 
  • Republicans highlight Romney nomination, but poll shows low popularity (ABC News) 
  • Romney: I’d cut PBS, Obamacare, arts subsidies (CBS News)
  • McCain: America “can’t afford” another Obama WH (CBS News) 
  • President Obama answers questions on Reddit-AMA; read his full answers (CBS News) 
  • publicans hate Obama’s defense cuts. The trouble is, they voted for them (Washington Post wonk bl
  • Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on abortion: Rape is just another “method of conception”(RawStory)
  • Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words (FoxNews.com) 
WORLD 
  • Al Qaeda followers call for death of Seal who wrote Osama bin Ladin capture book (Washington Post) 
  • Venezuela investigates alleged massacre in Amazon village (Reuters) 
  • Romney: Nuclear Iran “unacceptable” (CBS) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

CRIME RATES UP IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2012, BUT STILL THE SECOND LOWEST IN THE PAST DECADE

August 30, 2012 (San Diego)--After several consecutive years of declines, crime rates in San Diego County are on the upswing in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year – however, both violent crime and property crime rates are still the second lowest in the past ten years, according to a SANDAG report released Tuesday.

The region’s mid-year violent crime rate is 3.70 per 1,000 residents, an 8 percent increase from mid-year 2011, with jumps recorded in homicides, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. The mid-year property crime rate is 21.38, 7 percent higher than in mid-year 2011. The region saw increases in all types of property crimes with the exception of non-residential burglaries.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: "LEGITIMATE RAPE"

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

August 30, 2012 (San Diego) – Just when you thought the political season couldn’t possibly get any weirder, Missouri Congressmember Todd Akin — the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill — told a sympathetic local TV interviewer that he didn’t think the federal government needed to pay for abortions for victims of rape or incest because he didn’t think victims of rape or incest could get pregnant. “From what I understand from doctors, that’s extremely rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”

BILL TO HELP OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY SPOUSES CONTINUE CAREERS HEADS TO GOVERNOR; PART OF WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE

August 30, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, that requires the California Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite professional licensure for the spouses and domestic partners of active duty military service members, tonight passed the Assembly Floor on a 78-0 vote.

“The spouses and partners of our military families make great sacrifices – relocating frequently and interrupting their own career paths and earning power,” Block said. “Helping spouses re-establish their careers aids our military families financially and has the added benefit of putting talented and licensed individuals to work in our state.”

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

August 30, 2012 --  (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: 

LOCAL/REGIONAL 
  • Southern California town declares emergency over quake swarm (Reuters) 
  • Sale of  Padres becomes official (10 News)
  • U.S.-Mexico border: efforts to build a virtual wall (BBC)
  • New poll shows DeMaio trailing Filner in mayoral race (10 News)
  • San Diego’s morphing water policy (San Diego Free Press)
  • Charges against same-sex marriage activists dismissed (10 News)
  • No fines for unpermitted UT car museum (Voice of San Diego)
STATE  
  • 19 wind turbines burned, 9 damaged in Jawbone fire (California Wildfires Today) 
  • Reactions pour in to public pension reform (Sacramento Bee 
  • Are you eating genetically modified foods laced with pesticides? (San Diego Free Press)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

SMART METER OPT-OUT SURVEY

 
August 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Since the California Public Utilities Commission required SDG&E to provide opt-out options for customers who wanted smart meters removed or not installed, some complaints have surfaced over notification, fees, access for meter readers to homes with dogs, and more. The Electrosmog Prevention organization has created a survey for SDG&E consumers in our area. Consumers can fill out the survey below and return the completed survey to Sue Brinchman, director@electrosmogprevention.org. You can also post comments below this article with details on your experiences. ECM will consider a follow-up article after hearing more from readers. 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FAST FOOD DAMNATION (COMPLIANCE)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 31, 2012 (San Diego) – Compliance made me feel uncomfortable and unclean, but that’s exactly how it wanted me to feel. My chest kept pounding and it wouldn’t relent. A part of me wanted to look away, but I couldn’t avert my eyes. It was a grueling experience emotionally, and when the film wrapped up, it took a few days for me to shake it off. Chills coarse through my body as I write this, and my stomach feels weird.

 

Those are just several reasons why Compliance is one of the best films of the year.

 

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