COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW AGRICULTURAL LANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MARCH 1
January 23, (2012)--The County of San Diego is initiating a new agricultural conservation pilot program known as the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program. The PACE program is intended to promote the long term preservation of agriculture in the County. The program is based on the framework of what is traditionally referred to as a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program.
Republicans draw fire for criticizing speech—before it was written or delivered
January 22, 2012 (Sacramento ) – Governor Jerry Brown laid out his vision for restoring California’s reputation as a leader in innovation, job creation and renewable energy in his State of the State speech last week.
“Wherever I look, I see difficult choices,” he said of the budget decisions to come. “But I also see a bright future up ahead and a California economy that’s on the mend.”
By Miriam Raftery
January 21, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) is holding a series of public hearings on proposed land use changes that could impact about four percent (3,000 acres) of all lands in the APCG planning area. The properties are among some 77,000 acres countywide of privately owned lands within Cleveland National Forest.
January 22, 2012 (La Mesa)—Do you have the “write stuff to be a novelist or nonfiction writer?” Want to learn about the literary world or meet local authors? From romance writing to knights and chivalry, from political figures to an e-book publishing expert, you’ll find it all at the first annual La Mesa Readers and Writers Festival.
This informative event will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Mesa Library, 8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa to usher in the city's Centennial celebration.
Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children
GREATER SAN DIEGO VISION INITIATIVE: WHAT’S BEEN LEFT OUT ABOUT EAST COUNTY—AND WHY YOU SHOULD VOICE YOUR VIEWS
By Jo Marie Diamond, President and CEO
East County Economic Development Council (www.eastcountyedc.org)
January 24, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Where’s East County in the scenarios presented by the Greater San Diego Vision? Make your voice heard soon.
You may have seen the ads, heard the radio spots and received emails urging you to engage in the public choosing process for the Greater San Diego Vision initiative. You may have even visited the Public Choosing site and taken a tour of the scenarios for Land Use, Economic Development, Education, and Culture and Amenities.
What you haven’t seen or heard is any reference to the role of East County in these scenarios.
January 26, 2012 (El Cajon) – – Grossmont College ceramics technician Al Ventura likes watching students discover the magic of creating art. It brings back memories of his first turn at the potter’s wheel, and the community college instructor who took him under his wings back in the ‘70s.
January 24, 2012 (Jamul) – The citizens of Jamul, a small rural town in eastern San Diego Country, have launched of a community website at www.Jamul.com. The new site includes community news, emergency alerts, history, resources, events and more.
The site’s purpose is to provide all those living and working in Jamul and the surrounding area with a comprehensive informational resource.
Cuyamaca College program helps K-14 instructors meet new math, science standards; introduces teens to teaching profession
January 25, 2012 (San Carlos)—A teen driver with four passengers in a Dodge Charger struck a Dodge SUV carry a family with three young children last night on Badin Drive near Jackson Drive. The crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., injured eight people.
January 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS to honor 17 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. The honorees were announced as part of the 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to local heroes from eight diverse communities who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world. The year-long celebration of diversity culminates with an awards ceremony on February 8, 2012, where recipients will be formally recognized.
Update January 29, 2012: The San Diego Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim as Derek anthony Millsap, who lived with his family in Escondido.
January 24, 2012 (Escondido) – A 22-year-old Escondido driver was killed tonight after racing another vehicle, causing a shutdown of multiple lanes on I-15 south late this afternoon.
January 25, 2012 (Santee) --The FBI and San Diego Sheriff's Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man responsible for robbing the Pacific Western Bank, 9955 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, California, on Monday, January 23 at 1:35 p.m.
Modernized Career Technical Education building provides state-of-the-art workspaces to students
January 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and El Cajon Valley High School officials dedicated a newly renovated metal works facility and special education suites with an honorary chain-cutting ceremony yesterday.
January 24, 2011 (Allied Gardens) – A resident a 7300 Viar Avenue in Allied Gardens was locked in a closet during a home invasion robbery yesterday. According to Officer J. Jacobsen with San Diego Police, the two suspects entered through the kitchen door, one armed with a gun.
January 24, 2012 (San Diego) – A Sig Alert has been issued for Highway 94 west near Federal Blvd. due to a rollover accident. At least one victim is reportedly trapped, according to the CHP website. Two lanes are blocked and traffic is impacted in both directions.
By Wendy Holland
January 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- “Are you freaking kidding me?!” It’s a sentiment I experience—and express--daily. My concerns and interests have always been intensely passionate; I vacillate between a deep conviction that God is putting these things in my heart to be shared and an aversion to being perceived as judgmental by virtue of calling out what I see as blatant opposition to the true Gospel. Watching the race for the Republican nomination for president is bringing it all home.
January 24, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has presented $6,000 in scholarships to three nursing students based on their community involvement and future plans in the nursing profession. They include Karen Adams of El Cajon, Melissa Foster of La Mesa and Linda Matheny of El Cajon. Adams received $3,000, while Foster and Matheny each received $1,500. All three are nursing students at Grossmont College.
January 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) seeks nominations for its 2012 Healthcare Hero Awards, GHD’s annual awards program that honors East County residents whose volunteer efforts help advance delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.
4-Month-Old Animal Euthanized Due to Severity of Injuries
January 23, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation.
Update January 24, 2012: Richard Hiel has been found, the Sheriff reports today.
January 23, 2012 (El Cajon)—The San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate Richard Hiel, 83, who suffers from early onset dementia and diabetes. He was last seen driving a red 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck (license CA 6A11090) away from his residence today at 2 p.m. at 2040 Marlinda Way in the unincorporated area of El Cajon. He was wearing a beige raincoat and uses a cane to walk.
Is duck-hunting training for dogs a wise use of public land and water, or just plain daffy?
By Miriam Raftery
January 23, 2012 (Jamul) – Last week, ECM reported on controversy surrounding sporting groups’ plans to create the Honey Springs Sporting Dog Training Facility in the Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, a state-owned preserve. Neighbors were shocked to learn that dog training ponds would be filled with 2.4 million gallons of groundwater a year. So was the local planning group and the area’s rural fire department, which relies on the same water supply to fight fires.
Now state and county officials have both confirmed that groundwater will be the key factor in determining whether or not the project moves forward.
Update January 24: The victim has been identified as Amanda Jean Blessum, according to the Medical Examiner's office.
January 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)Update 5:30 p.m.--A 19-year old Ramona woman driving a silver Kia Spectra was killed in a collision with a Propane truck at 2:10 p.m. on San Vicente Road, jsut east of Wildcat Canyon Road near the Lakeside/Ramona boundary.
"Due to her unsafe speed for conditions (wet roadway), she failed to maintain control of her vehicle," said Officer Brian Pennings with the California Highway Patrol. "She crossed over the solid double yellow line directly into the path of a 2010 International Propane truck."
January 23, 2012 (Mount Laguna)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area water system located on Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 effective immediately.
The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E.coli.
January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – Assemblymember Marty Block is sponsoring a Senior Financial Care and Health Care seminar on Tuesday, January 31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. It will be held at The College Avenue Center at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 4855 College Avenue in San Diego.
January 23, 2012 (San Diego)-- As the hotly contested election year begins, public policy, the green economy and green jobs are in the spotlight. Green Experts Academy San Diego brings together public policy experts to provide breaking information about this arena as the U.S. moves into the election year and beyond.
By Charlotte Reed
By Brian Lafferty
January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – The last few years have been rough on a lot of people. People have lost their jobs, they don’t know how to support themselves and their families, and I’m sure there are those who, like George Bailey, wish they had never been born.