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CAR THIEVES LEAD POLICE ON HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

 
January 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – Police seek two suspects who led police on a high-speed chase early this morning in a stolen white 1988 Toyota Camry (CA plate 2LQR720).  The chase began when La Mesa Police officers tried to stop a stolen vehicle leaving the parking lot at the Heritage Inn at 7851 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa at 5:49 a.m.
 

 

LONGTIME COMMUNITY LEADER AND EDUCATOR KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN FOR NEW 79TH


January 6, 2012(San Diego) -- Community leader and educator Pat Washington has announced she is running for the 79th State Assembly seat.

 
“I have worked with San Diegans and for San Diego for a long time to help make this city a better place for us all. Through my leadership and activism, I have helped promote educational access, equity and opportunity for local youth and have bridged communities across the San Diego Region.  I am proud of the work I have done at the local level, and I now want to fight for our hard-working families at the state level.”

 

LONGTIME COMMUNITY LEADER AND EDUCATOR KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN FOR NEW 79TH ASSEMBLY SEAT

January 6, 2012 (San Diego) --Community leader and educator Pat Washington has announced she is running for the 79th State Assembly seat.
 
“I have worked with San Diegans and for San Diego for a long time to help make this city a better place for us all. Through my leadership and activism, I have helped promote educational access, equity and opportunity for local youth and have bridged communities across the San Diego Region.  I am proud of the work I have done at the local level, and I now want to fight for our hard-working families at the state level.”

SECOND THEFT SPARKS NEW REWARD OFFER FROM ALPINE CONSTRUCTION SITE

 
January 6, 2012 (Alpine and Spring Valley) -- TC Construction is offering a $500.00 reward for the return or conviction of the person(s) responsible for taking the following items from a jobsite in Spring Valley on December 27, 2011. This is the second theft within the December 2011 time frame.

Items taken include:

 Aluminum shoring, Flanges, Ladder, and Traffic Control Signs. Scroll down for photos and details.

SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY OPENS ITS DOORS FOR ITS PRE-K TO 12 OPEN HOUSE

 
OnJanuary 18, San Diego Jewish Academy will welcome the community to explore its beautiful 56-acre campus and speak with faculty and current parents.

 
January 6, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) will host its Pre-K to 12 Open House on Wednesday, January 18, for both prospective parents and current SDJA families.  The event will provide an opportunity for parents and students to learn about the school, view classrooms and speak with faculty, staff and administrators.

 

EAST COUNTY ACTIVIST ESTELA DE LOS RIOS TO RECEIVE ASHLEY WALKER SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD JAN. 16 AT MARTIN LUTHER KING BREAKFAST

 
January 6, 2012 (East County) --  Estela De Los Rios, social justice advocate from El Cajon, has been selected to receive the Ashley Walker Social Justice Award from the San Diego Human Relations Commission.  She has championed battles to end human trafficking, hate crimes, and discrimination in our region. 

 

LA MESA STARBUCKS CUSTOMER ROBBED OF LAPTOP COMPUTER AND PURSE

January 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – In a brazen robbery, a thief struggled with a female customer seated at a table outside a Starbucks at 5020 Baltimore Drive, stealing her laptop and purse at 5:45 p.m. yesterday.

The suspect, a Hispanic man in his mid-20s wearing a red plaid shirt and jeans, got into the passenger side of a waiting white 4-door vehicle driven by a second male.  The two suspects sped away southbound on Baltimore Drive.

ALPINE SQUARES RAISE $3700 FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL; PLAN OPEN HOUSES FOR SQUARE DANCE INTRODUCTION

 

January 6, 2012 (Alpine) -- In  December, the “Alpine Squares” square dance club held their 27th annual Christmas Sock Hop for the benefit of Rady Children’s Hospital.  Over $3700 was raised at this event, to be used for recreational therapy for the severely medically challenged children being treated there.  The dance was co-sponsored again by Toyota of Santee, and held at their showroom.

 

EAST COUNTY NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
January 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Who were the movers and shakers in East County and San Diego’s inland regions during the past year? 
 
Below, we bring you our picks in the fields of agriculture, arts, business, community activism, education, fire safety, heroes, humanitarians, labor, notorious newsmakers, politics, sports, tribal leadership, and veterans’ issues.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR AT WESTFIELD NORTH COUNTY WITH FREE WESTFIELD FAMILY FUN DAYS

 
January 6, 2012 (North County San Diego) --  On Monday, January 16, at 10-11a.m., North County area families are invited to  join Westfield North County and the Westfield Family Program for Family Fun Days featuring "Cultural Traditions". They will explore how other cultures celebrate the New Year and hear classic folktales from around the world.

 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH: MCCAIN VALLEY

January 6, 2011 (McCain Valley) -- Charles and Laurie Baker sent in this birds-eye shot, taken from a rocky precipice while hiking in McCain Valley. 

The scene encompasses portions of a site proposed for the Tule Wind Farm.

GINGHAM RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN LA MESA: TV "TOP CHEF" FINALIST TO COOK UP FARE IN "URBAN COWBOY DINER"


BRAVO “Top Chef” Finalist Brian Malarkey Will Dish Out “Meat Market” Cuisine


January 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – Dubbed the first “urban cowboy diner” and offering “meat market cuisine”, Gingham restaurant is set to open next week in La Mesa in a remodeled building that formerly housed Gio Bistro Wine Bar. 

You won't have to ride the range or wait for meats slow-roasted over a chuckwagon campfire to savor the fare at Gingham's, which is slated to open the second week in January.

POLICE SEEK HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO FLED CRASH SCENE IN OTAY AFTER SERIOUSLY INJURING PEDESTRIAN


Silver Hyundai or Kia sedan has broken headlight and is missing a mirror
 
January 6, 2012 (Otay)— A pedestrian identified as Gloria Serrano was hit and seriously injured at 5:43 p.m. this evening at the intersection of Otay Lakes Road and Elmhurst in the Otay area of east Chula Vista. Chula Vista Police seek the public’s help to locate the driver, who fled the scene. 

22ND HEARTLAND FIRE ACADEMY BEGINS SATURDAY

 
January 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Twenty-four recruits will begin a 16-week Firefighter 1 Academy starting this coming Saturday, January 7, at the Heartland Fire Training academy located at 1301 N. Marshall Avenue in El Cajon. The Academy Coordinator will be retired El Cajon Fire Chief Rich Henry.

 

A CENTURY OF FIGHTING FOR FREE SPEECH IN SAN DIEGO


By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott

 
January 6, 2012 (San Diego)--100 years after a Free Speech movement was born in San Diego to protect citizens’ right to protest, the movement has come full circle…..
 

Few San Diegans today are aware of numerous free speech fights across America a century ago—or that “dwarfing them all was the San Diego episode,” according to the San Diego Journal of History’s fascinating account at http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/73winter/speech.htm. Fearing mob violence from the Industrial Workers of the World amid a growing U.S. labor movement and actions by anarchists, City leaders in 1912 outlawed public speaking in a five-square block area of then-downtown centered at Fifth and E streets. Thousands of defiant people turned out in protest of the ban and numerous arrests ensued, clogging jails and courts. Fire hoses, horsewhips and clubs were used by police; vigilantes joined police, even kidnapping a newspaper publisher as riots and deaths ensued in a conflict that lasted six months.


To this day, however, San Diego has never restored the people’s free speech rights.

 
Today, Occupy San Diego members came to City Hall to present a ballot proposal that would amend the encroachment code.

FREE “START SMART” DRIVER TRAINING FOR TEENS & PARENTS JAN. 12 IN ALPINE

 

January 5, 2011 (Alpine) Responding to an alarming teen fatality trend in San Diego County,  Alpine Sheriff’s Station will host “Start Smart” on Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm. at the Viejas Training Center, 5000 Willow Road in Alpine (first driveway on the left after the casino).

NATIONAL NOT-FOR-PROFIT ANNOUNCES THOUSANDS OF YOUNG LOCAL JEWS TO VISIT ISRAEL IN 2012



January 5, 2012 (San Diego
) – Birthright Israel, the national not-for-profit that provides free trips to Israel for young adults from around the world, has announced that thousands of San Diego area Jewish youth will have the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the holy land in 2012 to discover their history and culture for the very first time.

OFFICER ARRESTED FOR TRYST WITH FEMALE INMATE

January 5, 2011 (Chula Vista) – "Loved one in jail?" the Chula Vista city jail website reads. A civilian officer is now accused of doing exactly that. 

A civilian Police Services Officer responsible for supervision of female prisoners at the jail was arrested yesterday following an investigation into sexual activity with an inmate. Joseph Struzzieri, 28, who has been with the department for seven years, was booked for 289.6(2) PC, (Consensual sexual activity with an inmate), and released on his own recognizance.

ALL PEOPLE’S BREAKFAST WELCOMES PULITZER PRIZE WINNER AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 2012

 
José Antonio Vargas, award winning multimedia journalist and founder of Define American,
 to headline Breakfast program heralding “inspirational voices for acceptance, inclusion, opportunity and change.”

 
January 5, 2012 (San Diego) --  The 24th Annual All People’s Breakfast – “All People Speak” will take place on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront , One Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA  The doors will open at 6:45 a.m. for a two-hour program that begins at 7:30a.m.  

EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY FORMS NEW WIND ORCHESTRA: CONCERT BAND

 
Youth symphony seeks students for auditions

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
January 5, 2012 (East County) -- The well-known East County Youth Symphony (ECYS) is going to form a new Wind Orchestra (concert band) which will be conducted by Joe Dyke, former instrumental music teacher in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. The band is a free (no tuition or fees) program for musicians ages 11 to 18 with at least one year of experience.

 

COUNTY ANNOUNCES PILE BURNS IN JULIAN AREA FOR JANUARY THROUGH MAY

 

January 5, 2011 (Julian)--The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting weekday pile burns in January through May, weather permitting, at Santa Ysabel East Preserve, Volcan Mountain Preserve and William Heise County Park.

The pile burns — in which piles of cleared brush and other cut vegetation are burned — will reduce the fire hazard of excess vegetation fuels.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


January 5, 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. news
 
  • U.S. Manufacturing jumps to 6 month high (Journal of Commerce)
  • U.S. warns Iran not to disrupt oil route (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • The bomb buried in Obamacare explodes today—hurray! (Forbes)
  • Robot wars: what is the role of drones and robots in wars and how will they shape the future of the U.S. military? (Aljazeera)
  • Iraqi refugees struggle for peace in America (NPR)
  • Obama’s resolution? To limit dealings in Congress (Los Angeles Times)
 
U.S. presidential race
  • Mitt Romney poised to make history (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama weighs two tactics on Romney (NY Times)
  • Mitt Romney says he would veto Dream Act (Los Angeles Times)
  • Rick Santorum says he would bomb Iraq’s nuclear sites (Slate.com)
  • Paul criticizes Gingrich as campaign shifts to New Hampshire (Wall Street Journal) 
  • McCain chooses former foe Romney over ex-Senate colleague Santorum (CNN)
  • 2012 GOP lawmaker endorsements for president (The Hill)
  • ‘Are the Republican candidates all crazy?’ (BBC)
 
 WORLD
 
  • Iran says it has produced its first nuclear fuel rod (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Egypt forces storm offices of pro-democracy groups (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Who owns 69 patriot missiles seized in Finland? (MSNBC)
  • Muslim Brotherhood vows not to recognize Israel (Jerusalem Post)
  • Amid bloodshed,  Hamas prepares to leave Syria (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
January 5, 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 Diego farmers hit record sales in 2011 amid many challenges (KPBS)
  • San Diego leaders eye new law to save redevelopment  (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • What redevelopment’s death means for San Diego (Voice of San Diego)
  • D.A. says officials took dinners, tickets, more (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • San Diego VA Hospital to get influx of Iraq War vets (KPBS)
  • Helix Water District chief is staying on through Jan. 31—or perhaps later (La Mesa Patch)
  • Rep. Hunter attends services for aide “Mac” MacWilliams, killed in road accident (Ramona Patch)
  • Village’s Larry Stowe sought on arrest warrant; made infamous on ’60 Minutes’ (La Mesa Patch)
  • Otay Water contracts tied to board chairman (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • USO Sailor of the year killed in Afghanistan(San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
STATE  
 
  • State Board eyes fire fees again (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • California Legislature returns to face more budget woes, new election rules (Sacramento Bee)
  • Federal judge blocks California emission rules (Reuters)
  • LA Arson: A turning point for police use of Twitter, social media (Los Angeles Times)
  • Deputy who arrested arson suspect shuns limelight (Los Angeles Times)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

 

FIREFIGHTERS REVIVE DOG “NEAR DEATH” AFTER FIRE IN EL CAJON

 

Photos by Monica Zech

January 4, 2012 (El Cajon) – A homeowner escaped her burning mobile home this morning, but her chihuahua dog, Mojo, was found unconscious and near death. Thanks to dedicated efforts  by local firefighters, however, Mojo's live has been saved. 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SANTEE

 

January 4, 2012 (Santee)—The driver of a sedan that struck another vehicle was unconscious at the scene of an accident on Mission Gorge Road in Santee this evening, ECM photographer Dennis Richardson reports.  

LOCAL BURGLARY SUSPECT ACCUSED OF DUPING SENIORS IN EAST COUNTY IS ARRESTED

January 4, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A man suspected of burglarizing senior citizens in Santee, Chula Vista, and Rancho Bernardo was arrested this morning. Joshua David Nicholes, 20, was taken into custody by detectives from the Santee Sheriff’s Station and Riverside Sheriff’s deputies after a warrant search on Margarita Road in Temecula.

CALIFORNIA FIRE SAFE COUNCIL BECOMES STATE LIAISON FOR FIREWISE IN CALIFORNIA

 
January 4, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Effective January 1, 2012, California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) will become the state liaison for the Firewise Communities/USA program in California. This new designation is part of an agreement between Firewise USA, CFSC and CAL FIRE that delegates CAL FIRE's authority as State Firewise liaison to the California Fire Safe Council. The agreement is memorialized in a Memorandum of Understanding between CFSC and CAL FIRE.

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN TERALTA PARK SEXUAL ASSAULT

 
January 4, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit detectives are investigating a recent sexual assault that occurred near Teralta Community Park.    

 

BIRD TALK: THE WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW


By Greg Dunne
                                                
January 4, 2012 (Lake Murray) -- The Sparrow is not exactly an exotic or glamorous bird, but it’s one with which we are all familiar.  This column highlights just a couple of the many sparrows in our area. Have some fun and try to guess how many different varieties of sparrows have passed through or are residents of our fine county that the San Diego Natural History Museum list on their website.  Answer at the end of article, and I’ll give you a hint, it’s over 10.

SAN DIEGO VETERANS' GROUP HELPS HOMELESS FOR SECOND YEAR; DONATIONS SOUGHT

 
January 4, 2012 (San Diego) --In the beginning of its second year, the San Diego Veterans For Peace (SDVP) group’s Compassion Campaign has coordinated the efforts of a few dedicated veterans in an effort to help some of the most needy veterans. The Compassion Campaign established in December 2010, is the nonprofit group’s crusade to provide sleeping bag sets and waterproof gear to San Diego’s homeless population.

 

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