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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

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

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

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT


SAN DIEGO LANTERN FESTIVAL TO LIGHT UP NIGHT AUGUST 17-19

 

August 16, 2012 (San Diego) --  Little Saigon Foundation presents San Diego Lantern Festival 2012 August 17- 19 at Hoover High School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego.  The event is from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The multicultural event features a display of 6,000 lanterns and brings neighbors, businesses and community groups together.

The event includes carnival rides and games, a kids talent contest, Chinese chess competitions, Lion dance and martial arts performances and more.  The 2nd annual Miss Asia San Diego Pageant will also be held.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 17, 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:   
 
U.S.
  • Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice Presidential nominee (Washington Post)
  • A brief introduction to the potential second lady:
  • Flood won’t delay start of solar farm near Blythe:
  • New homes burn faster, but states resist sprinklers (Reuters)
  • For unpaid college loans, Feds doc Social Security (Smart Money)
  • Right wing extremism terrorism as deadly a threat as Al Qaeda? (CNN)
  • Blind mice given sight after device cracks retinal code (Bloomberg)
WORLD
  • Thousands rally in Tunisia for women’s rights(Reuters)
  • Magnitude 7.3 quake hits eastern Russia (UT San Diego
  • China’s ghost towns and shopping malls (BBC)
  • Sewage-munching microbes may generate electricity (Reuters)   
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

August 17, 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
  • Hundreds of dead fish found in Lakeside’s Lindo Lake Park (10 News)
  • County’s top job filled with no public notice (KPBS)
  • Have your schools done a Poway? (Voice of San Diego)
  • Violence continues at San Diego juvenile hall (CityBeat)
  • Lemon Grove to put 2 medical marijuana ordinances on November ballot(UT San Diego)
  • Protective order issued against Border Patrol agents (10 News)
  • City Council receives mostly low grades on environmental issues (Voice of San Diego)
  • E. County tribal officer arrested for assault (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa bank teller thwarts robbery (UT San Diego)
  • New trolley routes coming next month ((UT San Diego)
STATE
  • Assembly passes corporate tax hike (Sacramento Bee)
  • 3 park officials disciplined in vacation buyout scandal (Sacramento Bee)
  • Despite falling gas prices, California’s gas prices soar in wake of refinery fire (Sacramento Bee)
  • Chevron facility deemed hazardous (UT San Diego)
  • Exclusive: Bond insurer sues California over development agencies (Reuters)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

FATAL CAR ACCIDENT IN DEHESA

August 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – Charles Robert Cook, 35, of San Diego died August 13 of respiratory failure at Sharp Memorial Hospital five days after he was seriously injured in a head-on collision.

He was traveling westbound on Dehesa Road in El Cajon when a Honda CR-V crossed the center divider and struck his vehicle head-on.
 

LA MESA WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY VAN

August 16, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Dorothy Stephens, 85, was walking in a crosswalk with a friend on August 13 around 7:30 p.m. when they were struck by an oncoming truck.

Despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, she died before a medical helicopter arrived. Cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries.
 

BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED, COUNTY LINE BBQ REOPENS

 

Update: August 16, 2012 The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for County Line BBQ & Cafe, located at 23446 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately. 
 
August 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification yesterday for the Lazy H Mutual Water System located at Lazy H Drive & Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061 effective immediately. This public water system serves one restaurant, six cabins, one swimming pool and thirty-seven residential connections.

 

WARNING: SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, FLASH FLOODS, HIGH WINDS IN SOUTH PORTIONS OF COUNTY

 

August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A thunderstorm capable of producing flash floods, deadly lightning and wind gusts to 60 mph has been spotted near Dulzura, moving south, the National Weather Service warns.  The storm is northeast of Tecate; Otay is also under a warning for the severe weather.

 “This is a dangerous storm,” the NWS warns. If you are in its path, immediately move indoors, preferably in a strong building away from windows.  Do not drive through flooded roadways. “Turn around…don’t drown,” the NWS advises.

In addition, a strong thunderstorm has been spotted 9 miles west of Palomar Mountain and 11 miles southeast of Temecula, moving west, capable of 50 mph gusts and heavy rain.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: NOLAN CALLS IT A "KNIGHT"

By Brian Lafferty

 

Catching up on a few I missed.

 

August 16, 2012 (San Diego) – This review of The Dark Knight Rises is one of the toughest I’ve ever written during my tenure at East County Magazine. I spent what seemed like hours trying to figure out how to start writing about one of the year’s most anticipated films. After many false starts, I realized I needed to just get to it.

HOME VIDEO HERALD: THE BLACKBIRD (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Tod Browning is a director whose career I lament as much as I admire. He began as a comedic actor who appeared in dozens of shorts (almost all of them directed by Edward Dillon) for Mutual Film Company. Then he turned his eye to directing, where he slowly established himself as a reliable helmsman of mostly crime and mystery films. He’s best known, however, for his work in the horror genre. In 1931 he directed the now-immortalized Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. After many years pounding the pavement, he seemed destined for even more greatness.

 

Then he directed Freaks.

 

POLITICIANS SPAR AT POLITICS IN PARADISE FORUM

By Nadin Abbott

August 11, 2012 (El Cajon)--The mood at the Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden was relaxed. People came to have good food, drink, and listen to some of our local politicians debate in a friendly forum.

Participants were Congressman Bob Filner (D-50th), currently running for Mayor of San Diego, California Senator Joel Anderson (R-36th District), Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-77th District) and County of San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

FIREFIGHTERS MAKE A STAND AT RANCHITA AS SOME RESIDENTS DEFY EVACUATION ORDERS

Update August 16, 2012 8 a.m. - The fires are now 60% contained; acreage remains at 15,525.  Moderate fire growth will continue today and a return to monsoonal flow will begin this morning, says Roxanne Provaznik with Cal Fire. Direct fireline tactics remain difficult due to terrain. Three firefighters have been injured; cost to suppress the fire is up to $3,870,000.  Evacuations  and road closures remain in effect.

Update Augusut 15, 2012 9 p.m. -- Fires have scorned 15,525 acre and are 35% contained.  The two largest blazes are the Wilson Fire (8,000 acres and 50% contained) and the Stewart Fire (7,000 acres and 40% contained). 

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

August 15, 2012 (Ranchita)-- The mood was tense as firefighters made a stand on Old Wilson Road and Montezuma Road this afternoon. Hand crews were about to do what Public Information Officer for Cal- Fire Tom Piranio called "burning the fuel back to the main fire."

CAL FIRE ORDERS STATEWIDE BURN BAN

 

By Chief Ken Mimlott, Director of CAL FIRE

August 16, 2012 (Sacramento)0Due to the menace of wildfires and their potential to destroy life, property, and natural resources, as well as predicted fire weather and other factors, and utilizing the authority vested in me by Section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I hereby proclaim:

1. All RESIDENTIAL “DOORYARD” (FORM LE-62 a and b) BURNING PERMITS within State Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract to CAL FIRE in the counties listed above will be SUSPENDED beginning 08:00 hours August 15, 2012. Previously issued “Dooryard” permits will no longer be valid.

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR: JULIAN STARFEST AUGUST 16-19

 Note: organizers assure that the fires are nowhere close to Julian, and burning away from the town. 

August 16, 2012 (Juian) – The San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) and the town of Julian bring Starfest to Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Lane, Julian,  August 16 – 19. 

The three day event will include numerous speakers, vendors, a Swap Meet and food.  The stars will be the highlight come nightfall and telescopes will be set up throughout the viewing area.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: AFTER THE FIRE CONSIDERATIONS--REPLACING VALUABLE DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS

By Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief


August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Below is a checklist of documents that are commonly lost in a fire. Under the type of document is the institution or agency to contact for a replacement. Do not forget to take any medications.


If you are asked to evacuate, please do so immediately… Don’t become part of the existing problem!


5 INJURED IN BUCK FIRE, SOUTH RIVERSIDE COUNTY

August 15, 2012 (Riverside)--The Buck Fire in Riverside County, meanwhile, has scorched 3,000 acres and is still only 5% contained.  Two civilians and three firefighters suffered injuries in the Buck Fire, including one major injury to a civilian.

Dozens of homes have been evacuated and hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze in the Aguanga area about 15 miles from the San Diego County Line.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GOOD SCOT!

By Brian Lafferty

 

Catching up on a few I missed.

 

August 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs introduced the first Disney Princess. Later Disney Princesses included, among others, Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and Rapunzel (Tangled). It took seventeen years after Toy Story in 1995, but Pixar finally decided to get in the game with Brave, their newest film and first to feature a female leading character.

MY 1079 FM ANNOUNCES SPORTS BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 15, 2012 (Alpine) -- In a collaborative effort to increase high school sports media coverage in the East County of San Diego, the Grossmont Union High School District, in cooperation with the San Diego Section of the CIF, has awarded the live sports broadcast rights to media entity MY 1079 FM. The station will provide live broadcasts of a "Game-of-the-Week" for the Grossmont District schools. The current agreement is for the 2012-2013 scholastic year. Sports will include football, basketball, baseball, and more.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: PAUL RYAN—MITT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE RIGHT

 
By Mark Gabrish Conlan

August 14, 2012 (San Diego) --
Up until presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney named Wisconsin Congressmember Paul Ryan as his running mate on August 10, the safe bet seemed to be that Romney was going to base his general-election strategy on “a referendum, not a choice.” For one thing, that’s Politics 101: as pioneering American political scientist V. O. Key said in the 1960’s, Americans vote on issues but “retrospectively and negatively.”

MILITARY JOINS CAL FIRE TO FIGHT WILDFIRES

Aug. 15, 2012 (Miramar Naval Air Station) – Today, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) has been requested by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to assist with the wildfires burning in eastern San Diego County."

BULLDOZERS SILENCED AS OCOTILLO RESIDENTS TAKE A ‘STAND IN THE SAND”

By Miriam Raftery

August 14, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Like a mirage rippling across the desert, they came.  

A caravan of vehicles rumbled into the Ocotillo Express wind construction site on Saturday, filled with area residents and tribal members from across the southwest prepared to form a blockade to halt the project that is destroying their community.  They came from as far away as Yuma, Arizona, and Los Angeles to take a stand in the sand.

But on this sweltering August morning, the bulldozers were silent—and the protesters claimed victory.

FIRES SWELL TO 9,325 ACRES; POWER LINES THREATENED

August 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Firefighters have achieved 15% containment of the Vallecito Lightning Complex.  Firefighting costs have  topped $2 million.   A threat continues to exist to the 69KV electrical distribution lines in Grapevine Canyon that serve the communities of Borrego Springs, Warner Springs, and Ranchita. Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in Ranchita and San Felipe. No structures have been lost.

A fire information line has been set up at (619)590-3160. 

FIRES TO MERGE OVERNIGHT: EVACUATIONS IN RANCHITA AND SAN FELIPE AREAS AMID "EXTREME" FIRE CONDITIONS

By Miriam Raftery

Update 11:15 p.m. -- Scanner traffic indicates fire jumped Grapevine Canyon. S-2 is closed.  A new evacuation site for large animals for Ranchita residents is established at Creek Hollow Ranch in Ramona, 25279 Creek Hollow Drive, per the County emergency website. (Love Ranch, named in an earlier post, is NOT being used for large animal evacuations.)

By Miriam Raftery

August 14, 2012 (San Diego's East County) 9 p.m. -- Multiple fires in the Vallecito Lightning Complex have scorched 5,925 acres, with only 10% contained, Cal Fire's Roxanne Provaznik reports.  Firefighters have 22.7 miles of containment line to construct.

MID-CENTURY MODERN AT O’DUNN FINE ART AUGUST 17

 

August 14, 2012 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art is showing a select group of paintings from 20th Century postwar America on August 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.  The event features fresh-to-the-market pieces by modernist Gideon Sandelin and works by listed artists Ilya Bolotowsky, William Joseph Rakocy and Ray Vinella.  Sandelin’s son, Raul, will be on hand to talk about his father’s art and paintings.

Sandelin’s son, Raul, will be on hand to talk about his father’s art and paintings.
This hosted event is open to the public.  Visit www.odunnfineart.com for more information.

 

JAZZ IN THE PARK WITH PETER SPRAUGE AUGUST 19

 

August 14, 2012 (San Diego) – Peter Sprague, a critically acclaimed jazz guitarist, will perform August 19 at the Visitor Center theater at Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Fr. Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.  The concert will begin at 3 p.m.

Sprague is a composer, musical arranger and musical transcriber as well as a sound recording engineer and music producer.  Visit his website at http://petersprague.com/.

START SMART DRIVING CLASS AUGUST 23

 

August 14, 2012 (Alpine) – In response to the alarming teen fatality trend the Alpine Sheriff’s Station is hosting “Start Smart” for parents and teens (ages 15- 20) on August 23 at 7 p.m. at the Viejas Training Center, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. The goal of the program is to reduce the number teen driving related injuries due to drunk and distracted driving.

RURAL REFINED LAUNCHES “THE RURAL PROJECT” WITH $1,000 TOP PRIZE

The Rural Project launches its first quarter theme "Making a Difference in Rural America" on August 1.

August 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The Rural Project invites photos and essays that best capture the theme of “Making a Difference in Rural America”.  The top prize is $1,000 cash each Quarter.  The Rural Project is designed to bring light and attention to a segment of the population that often gets lost in the bigger city news.

LEARN FIRE SAFE LANDSCAPING AUGUST 25

 

August 14, 2012 (Escondido) – The fire season has started and it’s important to be prepared.  Waterwise Botanicals, 32183 Old Highway 395, Escondido is offering a free seminar on August 25 on “Fire Safe Landscaping with Succulents”.  The seminar will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be held outdoors.

PRESERVATIONISTS SCORE A VICTORY ON EL CAJON MOUNTAIN

 

August 14, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego River Park Foundation has succeeded in acquiring 157 acres on scenic “El Capitan” (El Cajon) Mountain in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley, a designated county scenic view corridor.  The victory is sweet for preservationists, since a portion of the mountain has been marred by Sunrise Powerlink and this will protect much of what’s left for future generations.  It’s nicknamed El Capitan for its resemblance to the landmark in Yosemite Valley. 

HIKER RESCUED AT THREE SISTERS FALLS


August 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter rescued a woman, 28, suffering from heat exhaustion near Three Sisters Falls at 4 p.m. today.  

Sgt. Mark Johnson and Deputy Warren Voth found the distressed hiker about halfway down the trail from the trailhead parking area. The helicopter landed and Deputy Voth hiked down the trail to the victim.

1800 ACRE FIRE BURNING IN SOUTHERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

August 14, 2012 (Temecula) – The Buck Fire (25 miles southeast of Murrieta and 30 miles northeast of Fallbrook and 18 miles east Temecula)  has charred 1800 acres in the Sage area near Aguanga.  One home is in flames and another ten have been evacuated, the Riverside Press Enterprise reports.  The blaze, which is several miles from the San Diego County , is putting up smoke visible from North County. 

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