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EAST COUNTY BUSINESSES PROMOTE ETHICS ON THE RADIO

 
January 28, 2012 (East County) -- Owners of two East County businesses are hearing their voices on radio commercials this month as part of the San Diego Better Business Bureau’s “Famous Voices” radio advertising campaign. Mark McDonald of La Mesa Carpet & Linoleum and Brad Belus of Cable, Pipe and Leak Detection of El Cajon are among  several BBB accredited businesses touting the value of the BBB to their company and consumers in the community on about 2,000 30-second commercial spots airing in January on 19 English-language and nine Spanish-language stations.

 

HISTORIC SITES IN EL CAJON AND SANTEE CELEBRATE MUSEUM MONTH

 

January 28, 2012 (El Cajon)--Visit the first commercial building in El Cajon, built in 1876 as a hotel for travelers and teamsters on their way to the Julian gold fields. The Knox House Museum will be open each Saturday in February, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 280 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. Also view a continuing exhibit titled Children's Toys on the Frontier.

 

CARLOS LUGO TO BE GM FOR HELIX WATER DISTRICT

 
January 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Helix Water District Board President DeAna Verbe
ke has announced that Director of Engineering Carlos Lugo has been selected as the new general manager of the Helix Water District.


Director Verbeke noted, “After a comprehensive process with a number of qualified candidates, the board has determined that Carlos Lugo is the best person for the position.  His 20-plus years of experience at Helix and leadership style will sustain the organizational excellence of the District and maintain the outstanding service we provide our customers.”

 

CITY OF LA MESA HIGHLIGHTED AS PART OF STRONG CITIES | STRONG STATE CAMPAIGN


January 28, 2012 (Sacramento) -- The
city of La Mesa was profiled as part of the ongoing “Strong Cities | Strong State” campaign highlighting local government success stories across California.  “Strong Cities | Strong State” is a project of the League of California Cities and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF).

“La Mesa is celebrating its Centennial in 2012 and it is fitting that La Mesa is highlighted as a Strong City with its long tradition of successful community projects,” says Mayor Art Madrid.

SMART CITY SAN DIEGO DELIVERS RESULTS

 
January 28, 2012 (San Diego
) – With a focus on the San Diego region’s job growth, smarter technology development, solar energy storage integration and increased electric vehicle infrastructure and deployment, Smart City San Diego is delivering results.  The collaborative is made up of City of San DiegoGEUC San DiegoCleanTECH San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  It formed to leverage each entity’s strengths to create and implement initiatives to improve the region’s energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and assert San Diego as a clean energy leader.

 

GRAND RE-OPENING OF RENETTE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER FEBRUARY 2


By Monica Zech
 
January 28, 2012 (El Cajon)—The public is invited to the Grand Re-Opening of Renette Park Community Center on Thursday, February 2, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m., at 935 South Emerald Avenue in El Cajon. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m.

UNITEDGREEN OFFERS 3 $1,000 PRIZES FOR STUDENT IDEAS

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2012 (San Diego)--In conjunction with its Forging a Sustainable Future Symposium to be held March 3-4, 2012 at San Diego State, UnitedGREEN is offering three $1,000 scholarships to students engaged in research projects. Students conducting research in how to make the San Diego, Imperial County, and Tijuana region sustainable in the areas of food, energy, water are encouraged to apply for this award.

Top entries will present their research at the March FSF Symposium, display their work at the event, and publish it on the www.unitedgreen.org website. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the keynote speaker for the FSF event.

HOUSE PASSES WAR MEMORIAL PROTECTION ACT AUTHORED BY HUNTER


January 28, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 290, the War Memorial Protection Act. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The War Memorial Protection Act—which allows for the inclusion of religious symbols on war memorials—was introduced by Hunter in response to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit which declared San Diego’s Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial unconstitutional. The measure is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

HOW SWEET IT IS: OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST DESSERTS AND CANDY SHOPS IN OUR REGION

By Mia Myklebust

January 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for something luscious for your special someone?  We promise you’ll love our guide to the most delectable treats in town! Whether you’re seeking candies, cakes, crepes or gelatos, we’ve found an appetizing array of choices.  Or surprise your heart’s delight with a special gift—such as candy-making class or a gourmet chocolate-of-the-month club.

Scroll down for these delicious options, and more "sweet" surprises.

IRC, ORGANIZATION HELPING SAN DIEGO REFUGEES, NAMED AMONG WORLD'S TOP NONPROFITS

January 27, 2012 (San Diego)--The International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit organization active in assisting refugees in San Diego and around the world, has been named number five on Global Journal’s list of the top 100 best non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the world. View the full list: http://theglobaljournal.net/photo/full_view/575/.

“I want to congratulate the IRC for this accomplishment,” said Hamse Warfa, San Diego Refugee Forum.

In San Diego, one of the nation’s leading counties for resettlement of refugees from war-torn nations in Africa and the Middle East, the IRC helps refugees find shelter and food, learn English, obtain job training skills and other important necessities for beginning a new life in America.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: TOUCH OF "GREY"

By Brian Lafferty

 

January 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Around this time last year, Sanctum hit theaters. Set in a series of frigid, but gorgeous underwater caves, it boasted beautiful cinematography. Unfortunately, it was a dopey survival movie whose sole purpose was to kill off its cardboard characters in gruesome ways.

 

FREE FRUIT TREES FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS, NONPROFITS AND COMMUNITY GARDENS


January 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –California Rare Fruit Growers have partnered with the Paul and Helen Thompson Endowment Committee to offer free bare-root fruit trees for schools, nonprofit organizations, and community gardens. Varieties available include apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, and pluots.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON APPLAUDS NEW NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES

 
January 27, 2012 (Sacramento)-- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for making fresh fruits and vegetables the focus of the first major changes to school meals in more than 15 years.

 

HEALTHCARE SYSTEM RANKS AMONG TOP 15 IN NATION

 
Alvarado Hospital Recognized


January 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- Alvarado Hospital was recognized as part of the only hospital system in California—Prime Healthcare—named one of the nation’s top 15 by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

 

NEW CLASSES BLOOM AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN IN FEB.


January 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College  has  announced new classes ranging from raising chickens to beekeeping to aquaponics.  For details, scroll down:

RED FLAG WARNING: HIGH FIRE DANGER SATURDAY FOR EAST COUNTY

January 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Saturday due to high winds and warm, dry weather that will create “explosive fire growth potential.”

COUNTY LIBRARY’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERTS IN FEB. FEATURE MANY EAST COUNTY LOCATIONS

 January 27, 2012  (San Diego County) -- The winter series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase is coming to an end with eight concerts taking place in February!  The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. 

 
These concerts are FREE to the community. 

 

COUNTY BACKS DOWN AFTER LAWSUIT OVER ALLEGED BROWN ACT VIOLATIONS

 

Feb. 29 meeting will allow public testimony on Red Tape Reduction Task Force recommendations, including developers’ proposal to eliminate community planning groups and Resource Protection Ordinance

By Miriam Raftery

January 27, 2012 (San Diego)—A lawsuit filed by Californians Aware has succeeded in persuading the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to vacate votes that approved key changes made by a developer-stacked Red Tape Reduction Task Force without public input. The lawsuit alleged that the Board violated the Brown Act by voting on items not listed as action items on the agenda.  Now, the County has announced it will hold a public hearing on February 29. 

ONLY $13,375 MORE NEEDED TO SAVE PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

By Miriam Raftery

January 26, 2012 (Palomar) – Last week, we reported that Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park launched a pledge drive to save this beautiful place from closing forever.  They asked the state to keep the park open if their group can raise $60,000 to fill the gap between revenues and operating expenses. Already, $16,625 has been raised.

Today, chairman Rick Barclay revealed, “We've received a generous matching pledge challenge from Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Wilson of Rancho Santa Fe: If we can raise $30,000 in pledges and donations, they’ll match that amount.”  Now only $13,375 more is needed to reach the $60,000 total.

LOCAL REACTIONS TO STATE OF UNON SPEECH: LEADERS IN BUSINESS, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SHARE THEIR VIEWS

By Miriam Raftery and Mia Myklebust

January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) - President Barack Obama laid out some ambitious new legislative plans in Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech. Here’s a bipartisan sampling of reactions from local business and community leaders, as well as voters.

Scott Alevy, president and chief executive officer of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, voiced support for some of the president's economic proposals, while voicing skepticism over other points in the speech. “Anything that brings jobs to Americans, be it jobs coming back from another company or creating jobs, is good,” said Alevy. “As a veteran myself, I love the idea of employing the veterans coming back with a Jobs Corps.”

OBAMA OUTLINES PLANS FOR “AN AMERICA BUILT TO LAST” IN STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH

President calls for trade reforms to bring jobs back to U.S., tax fairness and more

By Mia Myklebust and Miriam Raftery

January 26, 2012 (San Diego)—The State of the Union address traditionally reviews the condition of our nation and previews the President’s legislative plan for the future. This year, Barack Obama’s speech had added importance as his last State of the Union address before the 2012 election.  The incumbent presidents challenges were to address successes of his current term and his long-term goals for a potential five more years.    

The President provided evidence that economic recovery is underway. He touted his administration’s success in combating terrorism, eliminating Osama bin Ladin, ending the Iraq War and improving America’s relationships overseas. In addition, he laid out ambitious proposals for “an America built to last.”  He issued repeated calls to action, among them:

  •   Trade reforms and tax credits for businesses that bring jobs back to America
  •   Tax “fairness” to help middle class Americans
  •   Invest savings from ending the Iraq war into reducing the deficit and creating jobs
  •  Creation of a Veterans Jobs Corps
  •  Prevent high school drop-outs and provide incentives to stop tuition hikes
  •  End oil subsidies, increase U.S. oil production, and support clean energy  technologies

DESIGN A DOG DREAM HOUSE OR A COOL CAT CONDO FOR "BARKITECTURE" COMPETITION TO BENEFIT SHELTER PETS

Creations will be displayed at Parkway Plaza and auctioned; entry deadline extended to Feb. 15

January 26, 2012 (El Cajon) --Hoping to make its first "Barkitecture" competition, the ACES Foundation asks your help to design the uldimate "doggy dream house" or "cat condo." Companies, nonprofit groups and individuals are encouraged to let their creativity run wild by designing, building and donating their most delightful and original dog and cat dwellings to the ACES Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter.

46TH ANNUAL AUTHORS EXHIBITION IN FEB.TO FEATURE MANY AUTHORS PROFILED IN EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE


By Dennis Moore

 
January 26, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Public Library hosts the 46th Annual Authors Exhibition at the downtown library throughout the month of February. The Local Author Exhibit highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region, and I am fortunate to be included among those. The aim of the exhibit is to bring exposure to local talent and to nurture the pursuit of the writing arts in San Diego.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
January 26, 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
 
  • San Miguel Fire Agency may contract out its mission (San Diego U-T) 
  • Judge strikes down political fundraising limits in San Diego (LA Times)
  • Ex-Helix QB Smith one win away from Superbowl (UT San Diego)
  • Citing costs, poor service, charters ditch district special ed
  • Special Report: La Mesa Policing 2012—Can the robbery wave be stopped? (La Mesa Today) 
  • Fair Trade La Mesa organizers hold monthly events (La Mesa Today)
  • Doug Manchester, cheerleader in chief (Voice of San Diego)
  • How to dodge lobbyist regulations, the expensive way (CityBeat) 
 
STATE 
  • Federal judge blocks California cuts to in-home care program (Sacramento Bee)
  • Plan would eliminate tuition to UC’s benefit (San Francisco Chronicle 
  • Protesters briefly trap regents inside building at UC Riverside (LA Times blog)
  • Cal-State caps pay for university presidents (Los Angeles Times) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

SOLAR FARMS TOTALING 1,300 ACRES PROPOSED FOR EAST COUNTY: PUBLIC MEETING JAN. 31 IN JACUMBA

BP and Amonix seek to reap the sun in East County

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2012 (Jacumba) – Jacumba, a high desert town with a population of just 561 in the last census, now finds itself at “ground zero” for major energy projects.  Already, adjacent and formerly protected federal wilderness areas have been approved by the Department of the Interior for massive wind turbines 40 stories tall. 

Now, BP Solar –part of the BP corporation made infamous by the Gulf  Coast oil spill, wants to build a massive solar farm on the outskirts of Jacumba. So does Amonix, a major solar corporation. Together, the two solar facilities would cover over 1,300 acres—roughly the size of Balboa Park (1,200 acres), over two square miles. 

But many rural residents are far-from-pleased about these new prospective neighbors.

ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO PRESENTED TO STATE LEGISLATORS JAN. 30


January 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--A study has found that the nine community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties contribute a whopping $6.6 billion to California’s economy each year, provide jobs to thousands of county residents, and increase the pay students receive as the result of completing their education.  
 
The results of the study will be presented January 30 at a Sacramento legislative summit with nine of the area’s state senators and assembly members. Legislators will meet in the state Capitol with members from boards of trustees and leaders of colleges and districts representing the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA). 

LADY ANTEBELLUM AT CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE MARCH 24, TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN. 27

January 27, 2012 (San Diego) - Tickets are now on sale for the Lady Antebellum concert on March 24 at the Cricket Ampitheatre.

"We can't wait for our first big headlining tour in arenas," said Hillary Scott.  "We hope to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience and make some really special memories with our fans."
 
The trio's live show has earned glowing reviews from critics across the country.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


January 26, 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.
 
 General news
  
  • State of the Union: Obama calls for tax fairness (BBC)
  • Starbucks pro-gun policy prompts gun victims’ advocate group to announce nationwide boycott on Valentine’s Day
  • Army says suicides down, but violent crimes up (MSNBC)
  • Senate Dems make Mitt Romney the poster boy for tax reform (The Hill)
  • Wisconsin recall petition of Gov. Walker gets 1 million signatures (Washington Post)
Presidential election
 
  • South Carolina primary: Newt Gingrich defeats Mitt Romney (ABC)
  • Obama launches swing state tour (CNN)
  • Santorum hails delayed Iowa win as huge upset (CNN)
  • Bain Capital owns Clear Channel:
  • Romney parks millions in Cayman Islands offshore tax haven (ABC News)
  • Ex-wife claims Gingrich sought open marriage, Gingrich says allegation false (Fox News)
  • Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich (CNN)
 
WORLD
  • Navy Seal raid frees Somali hostages (BBC)
  • Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse, banks, El Al (Reuters)
  • The secret document that transformed China (NPR)
  • Recent attacks by radical Islamist sect in Nigeria (San Diego U-T)
  • Afghan asylum bids hit 10-year high (San Diego U-T)
 Health
  • Blind can see again: First patients seen to improve with stem cell tissues (Reuters)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
 

GREAT WHITE SHARK SIGHTED OFF LOCAL COAST


January 26, 2012 (San Diego) – If you or your kids love surfing or swimming in the ocean, now may not be the best time to hit the beach. A great white shark was spotted by surfers off Imperial Beach Tuesday by surfers, including one who photographed the dorsal fin with his cell phone camera.

GUHSD TAKES HEAT FOR FAILING TO SEND MAILERS ON BOUNDARY CHANGES

Take our poll: Should the GUHSD have notified all residents by mail before changing school district boundaries? 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – At a Grossmont Union High School District board of trustees meeting on October 13, trustee Priscilla Schreiber asked Superintendent Ralf Swenson how workshops on proposed district boundary changes would be publicized. Swenson replied, “We are sending out mailers, putting things on websites, and we are working with our feeder districts to get the word out through their schools…”

But no mailers were ever sent to district residents. Nor did feeder schools (middle and elementary) notify parents of future high school students. Yet the district approved boundary changes November 10 that will affect thousands of students. Now a clamor has arisen among parents who had no idea such changes were in the works—and want the action reversed.

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