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COWABUNGA! BEACH BURGLAR BUSTED IN LA MESA

 

Suspect booked for vehicle break-ins in East County and at beaches

 

January 13, 2012 (La Mesa– Detectives from the San Diego Police Department’s Western Division announce the arrest of Curt Simnitt (40) in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred between August and December, 2011.  Many stolen items have been recovered, ranging from surfboards to computers.  

NEW DROUGHT LIKELY THIS SEASON, RAISING FIRE RISK

Amid firefighting cuts, County Fire Chiefs voice concerns

By Megan McGlamery

January 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--On January 5, the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center released the United States Seasonal Drought Outlook for January 5- March 31. The forecast map reveals that drought is likely in southern California and the southwest. View map.

Restricted water usage and rate hikes were among the impacts the last drought had on local residents. But in East County, drought also brings heightened risk of wildfire-- a potentially alarming prospect at a time when firefighting resources are spread thin.

"ARMED AND DANGEROUS" : SUSPECT WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SANTEE

January 13, 2012 (Santee) – The San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate Joseph Todd Hall, also known as “Happy.”  He is wanted for an attempted murder in Santee this morning and is considered armed and dangerous. 

A special bulletin describes Hall as having multiple tattoos with a shaved head and brown eyes. He is 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. If you see him, call 911 immediately and do not make contact with him.

SDG&E WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT POTENTIAL PAYMENT SCAM


Fraudulent Activity Reported in Other Service Territories

January 13, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of an ongoing wire fraud that could potentially reach SDG&E customers. Fraudulent activity has been reported on the East Coast, though there are no indications that SDG&E customers have been targeted.

Scammers posing as utility employees call customers and threatento turn off electric and gas service if payment is not made that day. Utility customers, primarily in Hispanic neighborhoods, have been told that payment must be made by purchasing a pre-pay credit card.

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

 

by Charlotte Reed

"Real estate is my business…my only business."

 

January 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – In today’s column, we cover the latest hot topics in real estate locally and nationwide.  This week’s topics are:

 

  •    MLS consumer website now available
  •    Three realtor associations in merger talks
  •     Agents search for the perfect office
  •     Fair-lending charges against Bank of America settlement

25% OF CALIFORNIA'S RENEWABLE ENERGY NEEDS CAN BE MET BY SOLAR AT MILITARY BASES, SAYS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

 

January 13, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) could generate 7000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy -- equivalent to the output of seven nuclear power plants -- on four military bases in the California desert, according to a study released today by DoD’s Office of Installations and Environment. 

That's 30 times more electricity that the bases use--and a quarter of all the renewable energy that California is requiring utilities to utilize by 2015.

MAN ON LIFE SUPPORT AFTER SHOOTING IN SANTEE

 

 

January 13, 2012 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s Homicide detail has been called to the scene of a shooting in the 10000 block of Prospect Avenue in Santee.  At 5:09 a.m., deputies responded to a call of a shooting and found the victim inside the home. 

“The victim was transported to an area hospital by helicopter where he is on life support,” Lieutenant Larry Nesbitt with the Sheriff's Homicide Detail said.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SMUGGLING ACT

By Brian Lafferty

January 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Contraband is a goofy mess. It inspires laughter at the wrong moments and reticent admiration for its actors, who display a work ethic not unlike the horse in Animal Farm, but are deserving of a better film. Part of me wants to tell you to see it for its awfulness, but I can’t. Time and money are precious. Maybe it when it comes out on home video.

 

COUNTY RESCUES EMACIATED HORSES IN BOULEVARD

 
FalconRidge Equine Rescue and the San Diego Horse Coalition to Rehabilitate Two Horses


Animal Control Officers with San Diego County Department of Animal Services (DAS) rescued two severely neglected horses from the community of Boulevard, and now those horses need a new home.

 

NEW "EMFINDERS" TECHNOLOGY HELPS FIND MISSING ADULTS

 
Chula Vista Police becomes first local law enforcement agency to use high-tech system—and offers tracking devices free


January 13, 2012 (Chula Vista) -- This week, the Chula Vista Police Department announced a new partnership with a national emergency location system known as EmFinders, a program created to enhance police response capability by greatly expediting the safe return of adults who become lost.

 

ATTENTION CAMPUS LOVEBIRDS: LOOKING FOR COUPLES WHO MET THEIR SPOUSE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE


January 13, 2012 -- Grossmont College is looking for former students, faculty and staff members who met their spouses at Grossmont College. The couples who respond to college officials will be invited to attend a free pre-Valentine’s Day reception to be held on Friday, Feb. 10 at the El Cajon campus. The event is one of several the college is planning as part of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration through June 2012. The reception will feature refreshments and live music, including love songs from the past five decades.

SYCUAN GAINS SUPPORT OF SUPERVISORS TO EXPAND RESERVATION

By Miriam Raftery

January 13, 2012 (El Cajon )—The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation has moved a step closer to its goal of tripling the size of its one-square-mile reservation along the Sweetwater River in Dehesa.

The County Board of Supervisors, which previously opposed the tribe's plan, voted to approve the annexation after Sycuan agreed to reimburse the County about $321,000 a year in lost tax revenues for seven years. The tribe will also fund $800,000 in traffic improvements in Dehesa. If approved by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, Sycuan hopes to build an equestrian center, 50 houses and an RV park on the added land, which will also include the Sycuan Resort and golf course.

WIND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MOUNTAINS IN EAST COUNTY; CAL-FIRE ISSUES NO-BURN PROCLAMATION

January 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for this morning, remaining in effect until 2 p.m. for mountain areas in San Diego’s East County.

Winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph are forecast through and below passes and canyons. Cal-Fire has issued a no-burn proclamation banning campfires and other open fires effective immediately.

SAN DIEGO RIVERBED CLEAN-UP JANUARY 16 HONORS MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE

January 13, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Lakeside's River Park Conservancy, along with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, is planning a San Diego Riverbed Clean-Up in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.

NORTHBOUND HIGHWAY 67 RAMP TO I-8 WEST CLOSED SATURDAY MORNING

January 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Due to guardrail repairs, the connector ramp from northbound State Route 67 to westbound Interstate 8 will be closed Saturday morning. The closure will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans).

MMMM! WINTER HARVEST COOKING CLASS JANUARY 21 IN JAMUL INCLUDES GARDEN-FRESH LUNCH

By Miriam Raftery

January 12, 2012 (Jamul) – Looking for some tasty ways to cook up winter vegetables from your garden? Alpine Ranch Creative Health and Ecological Solutions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is sponsoring a garden-to-kitchen winter harvest cooking class on Saturday, January 21 in Jamul.

Cost is $50 and includes both the class and lunch. The menu includes fresh garden salad, curried squash soup, dahl, chutney, vegetable curry with rice, naan, and citrus sorbet with cake.

A JAZZY TREAT: FREE CONCERT BY SAN DIEGO CLARINET QUINTET AT MISSION TRAILS THIS SUNDAY

January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Clarinet Quintet will perform a free concert this Sunday, January 15 at 3 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park. These talented musicians have performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet, San Diego Opera, and Starlight Opera.

Their dazzling technique and versatility include classical chamber music of Mozart and Debussy as well as jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin ragtime and the music of George Gershwin.

STARRY, STARRY NIGHT: JOIN A STARGAZING PARTY SATURDAY AT MISSION TRAILS


January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – View the planet Jupiter, star constellations, and the Andromeda Galaxy at a stargazing party this Saturday, January 14 at Mission Trails Regional Park from 5-8 p.m. Join trail guide and resident stargazer George Varga for this star-studded free event.

PROPOSED DOG TRAINING PONDS HAVE NEIGHBORS HOWLING IN JAMUL

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 12, 2012 (Jamul) – In the  Honey Springs Ranch/Deerhorn Valley area of Jamul, some residents are  crying “fowl” over a proposal by private sporting clubs to create “dog ponds” on public lands.  The ponds, one the size of a football field and a smaller“puppy pond” would be used to train hunting dogs to retrieve live birds in Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area, a state-owned preserve. 

Why are neighbors howling?  At least 53 residents on Honey Springs Road say they were never notified when the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) held a comments period. Now, long-time residents and hydrology experts say that pumping water to fill and maintain the ponds could deplete groundwater supplies, leaving neighbors with dry wells.

MEMORIAL CEREMONY HONORS FALLEN SOLDIER, FORMER CHEF AT OCCUPY SAN DIEGO

 Update February 3, 2012:  Sgt. Polk's death has still not been reported by the Dept. of Defense, nor has any notice of his death appeared in his family's hometown newspaper. A source has further informed ECM that his name has not been provided for addition to a memorial that honors fallen special services soldiers. Thus at this point, it appears likely that Polk did not die in service overseas. Perhaps he faked his death, or possibly someone else posted misleading information on his Facebook account. Where is he now? If anyone has conclusive evidence, please email editor@eastcountymagazine.org. 

By Nadin Abbott

January 12, 2012 (San Diego)—U.S. Army Master Sergeant Jay Polk has reportedly been killed overseas while on active duty with U.S. special forces, according to friends and family in San Diego, where he had been living recently. 

During a candlelight memorial service held this evening at the Civic Center Plaza, one mourner observed, “Jay was a Cavalryman, he was a Master Sergeant, and he knew how to take care of people.”  The service was attended by local veterans, occupy members, and friends of the fallen soldier.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 


January 12, 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. 
  • U.S. economy creates 200,000 jobs in December: 6th month of gains in a row as unemployed drops to 8.5% (BBC)
  • South Carolina in spotlight after Romney win in New Hampshire (CNN)
  • Richard Cordray appointment turns “lights on” at consumer bureau (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama recess appointments anger GOP (CNN)
  • President Obama has made far fewer recess appointments than any recent president (ThinkProgress)
  • Tweak in rules to ease a path to green card (New York Times)
  • Families of dead Blackwater contractors settle suits (San Diego Union-Tribune)
     
WORLD 
  • Assad promises victory, Syria accused of war crimes (Reuters)
  • Iran Court sentences American to death (Washington Post)
  • Japan to issue new limits on atomic reactor use (NPR)
  • Wholesale approval of genetically engineered foods: Obama administration disappoints, angers public (Cornucopia)
  • Egypt Islamists win nearly two-thirds of seats (Jerusalem Post)
     
SCIENCE AND HEALTH 
  • Experimental magnetic pulses may help heal a brain after stroke (NPR)
  • New ‘seek and destroy’ method to fight cancer (Jerusalem post)
  • Study: parasitic fly could explain bee die-off (NPR)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

 

SDSU RECEIVES $300,000 FROM FORMER UT OWNER PLATINUM EQUITY FOR DIGITAL NEWS LITERACY PROGRAM

 
January 12, 2012 (San Diego)—Platinum Equity, which recently sold the San Diego Union-Tribune (now U-T San Diego), has donated $300,000 to San Diego State University’s School of Journalism & Media Studies. The donation will create the Platinum Project in Digital News Literacy and support instruction in digital and social media for undergraduate SDSU students and professionals in the community.

 

PHONE SCAM TARGETS REFUGEES


January 12, 2012 (San Diego) – The  Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has been alerted to a new telephone scam that thus far is targeting Bhutanese refugees.  A man identifying himself as a representative of the “Federal Grants Department” calls from a Washington, DC-based telephone number, (202) 436-9601, informing recently resettled refugees that they are eligible to receive $10,000 because they are refugees from Bhutan. To claim the money, they are instructed to produce a money order for $650, and call the telephone number for further instructions on where to send the money. Be advised that this is NOT a legitimate solicitation.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 


January 12, 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:
   
 
 
 
 
STATE
 
  • Referendum drive to overturn California Dream Act fails (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Supreme Court tackles redistricting (Sacramento Bee)
  • Gov. Jerry Brown proposes axing traditional kindergarten (Sacramento Bee)
LOCAL
 
  • Algae biofuels inject money in San Diego’s economy (LPBS)
  • County Supervisors back Sycuan pact (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • 5 charged in Sweetwater school corruption (KPBS)
  • Susan Davis meets her new constituents (Mount Helix Patch)
  • SOHO buys historic Santa Ysabel store (Ramona Journal)
  • Merchant alleges city, PBID violations of Brown Act (La Mesa Patch)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

 

ATTENTION FOODIES & FILM FANS: AUTHOR OF DEAD CELEBRITIES COOKBOOK TO HOLD BOOKSIGNING IN SAN DIEGO JANUARY 14

 

January 12, 2011 (San Diego) – Want to cook up a dish savored by your favorite Hollywood celebrity from a bygone era? Frank DeCaro, author of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook—A Resurrection of Recipes from More than 145 Stars of Stage and Screen, will sign copies of his book January 14 at Babette Schwartz gift store, 421 University Avenue in Hillcrest.

“Frank DeCaro reminds us that many Hollywood celebrities enjoyed cooking long before it was ‘cool.’ The man everyone knows as the movie critic on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has compiled recipes from over 145 of Hollywood’s favorite stars who are no longer with us, publicist Kim Weiss observed.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ON OCCUPY ARRESTS, CLAIM CHILLING EFFECT ON FREE SPEECH

 
By Miriam Raftery

 
January 11, 2012 (San Diego)—An East County comedian finds the latest rounds of arrests at the Occupy San Diego protest site to be no laughing matter.  “I’m afraid to go down there. We have become a police state,” said comic Diane Jean. 

ELDERLY WOMAN MISSING FROM EL CAJON FOUND SAFE

January 11, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Gloria Maria Moler, 81, who was reported missing last night has been located.

“Police received a call about a wrong-way driver at 5:00 a.m.,” said Melissa Aquino with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. “An officer detained Miss Moler and later discovered a missing person’s report about her.”

COUNCILWOMAN/CHAMBER LEADER MARY ENGLAND ANNOUNCES RUN FOR ASSEMBLY

By Miriam Raftery

January 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Lemon Grove Councilwoman Mary England announced today that she will seek a seat in the state Legislature. She is running in the newly redistricted 79th Assembly District, which has no incumbent. England is also president of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce.England said her priorities will be to encourage private sector job growth, balance the state budget without raising taxes, and reform of the state’s public pension system.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY ANNOUNCES JANUARY FAMILY PROGRAMS


January 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- You can still take the Winter Reading Challenge that runs until January 15 with more prizes being given away every week.  For more details, visit your local branch or http://www.sdcl.org/

READER’S EDITORIAL: VOICE YOUR CHOICE FOR THE FUTURE OF SAN DIEGO TODAY!

 
By Lori Holt Pfeiler, Associate Vice President of Our Greater San Diego Vision

 
January 11, 2012 (San Diego)--Right now San Diegans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan for this region’s future.  We can weigh in on our priorities, hopes and concerns for this wonderful place, and become part of a collective vision and action plan for the future at www.ShowYourLoveSD.org. 
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