November 2014 Articles

“I CAN’T BREATHE!” PROTESTS NATIONWIDE AFTER NEW YORK GRAND JURY FAILS TO INDICT WHITE POLICE OFFICER FOR CHOKING DEATH

 

Coalition of local leaders call for changes to restore trust and accountability

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Ben Reid, Creative Commons image on FlickR

December 4, 2014 (San Diego)--For the second time in the past two weeks, a Grand Jury has failed to indict a white police officer for killing a black man.  The latest decision was in New York, where jurors declined to charge a police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.

Unlike the now-famous case in Ferguson, Missouri where a Grand Jury acquitted a white police officer of shooting and killing an unarmed black man who some witnesses said had his hands up in a surrender position,  the case in New York was documented on videotape by a friend of Garner’s.

Yet jurors refused to prosecute the officer in New York, even though the video showed the officer using a chokehold to subdue Eric Garner,  who was accused of selling cigarettes without paying taxes, while several other officers surrounded him. The video shows Garner clearly stating “I can’t breathe” at least 11 times in a panicked voice before passing out.  A second video shows police standing by, making no effort to resuscitate Garner, before an ambulance arrived. The father of six, a large man who also suffered from asthma, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

HOLIDAY WINE TRAIL: RAMONA EAST END LOOP DEC. 13-14

 

November 8, 2014 (Ramona) – ‘Tis the season to be merry along the Holiday Wine Trail, featuring wineries on the Ramona East End Loop.   You can take the tour December 13 or 14 from 12-5 p.m.

FORMER UNITED NATIONS PRESIDENT AND A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR SPEAK OUT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

 

Photo, left: Anne Hoiberg and Marie Johnson

December 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The United Nations is hosting 16 days of events aimed at stopping violence against women, culminating in international Human Rights Day on December 16th.  East County Magazine interviewed Anne Hoiberg, past president of the United Nations Association of San Diego, who is also president of the International Museum of Human Rights in San Diego.  We also interviewed Marie Johnson, president of Activist San Diego, which recently hosted a forum on violence against women; she is also a survivor of domestic violence in her family.

You can listen online now to our interviews, which originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM, by clicking here: http://kiwi6.com/file/i0mlcyzyd6  (sound file may take a few moments to load)

SUSPICIOUS DEATH RULED A SUICIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon) – Sheriff’s homicide investigators have concluded that a suspicious death was a suicide.  A reported love triangle and missing weapon initially prompted a homicide investigation.

Deputies responded on November 28th to a call of a suicide in the 8000 block of Rockview Drive in unincorporated El Cajon.  Deputies and paramedics arrived and found a man inside the home who was dead of a gunshot wound.

“The weapon that was used was missing,” Lieutenant John Maryon told East County Magazine. “There was also a bloody hand print on the wall.”

JUDGE NOT, THAT YE BE NOT JUDGED!

 

Judging Me: One Woman’s Journey From Abuse And Betrayal To Triumph, by Mary Elizabeth Bullock (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, South Carolina, 2013, 162 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”  - Dietrich Bonhoeffer                                                   

November 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Honorable Mary Elizabeth Bullock’s inspiring memoir describes a hard-won life of achievement. In the face of overwhelming adversity, Bullock – who is blind and has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus – made her name as an experienced trial litigator, respected business law professor, and federal civil rights judge. Her motivation for becoming an attorney and later a federal judge, actually started in East County San Diego, as she became an elected official for a pilot program stemming from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), referred to as Utilities Consumer Action Network (UCAN).

EARTHTALK(R): ROOFTOP SOLAR FINALLY COST COMPETITIVE WITH GRID IN U.S.

 

EarthTalk®

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet?                             --Lester Milstein, Boston, MA

November 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the cost of putting solar panels on a typical American house has fallen by some 70 percent over the last decade and a half. And a recent report from Deutsche Bank shows that solar has already achieved so-called “price parity” with fossil fuel-based grid power in 10 U.S. states. Deutsche Bank goes on to say that solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming,that is, that the federal government maintains the 30 percent solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.

BRAWL ENDS IN DEATH OF HOMELESS MAN IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2014 (Santee) – Two homeless men sustained blunt force injuries in a fight on a bike trail under State Route 52 and one has died.   Deputies responded to a call on Saturday, November 29th at 5:19 p.m.  Six people have been arrested by deputies, including one juvenile, said Lieutenant John Maryon.

"The six people we have in custody are not homeless," he said, adding that investigators are looking into what prompted the altercation. Those arrested are 18-year olds Cassidy Rowin, Sasrah Baillie and Brian Kish, 19-year-old Tyler Dare and Danny Swan III, and a juvenile whose name has not been released.

 

FORMER DEHESA TEACHER'S HEARING SET FOR DEC. 30 ON CHARGES OF MOLESTING STUDENTS

 

East County News

November 30, 2014 (Dehesa)--A December 30th hearing is set for a former Dehesa Elementary School teacher charged with molesting five young girls.  The alleged crimes occurred between 2003 and 2006, when he was teaching fourth and sixth grade at the school.

GUNMAN ASSAULTS, ROBS WHEEL-CHAIR BOUND WOMAN IN COLLEGE AREA

 

November 29, 2014 (San Diego)—A masked man armed with a gun broke into a home on 67th Street in the College area Friday morning, terrorizing a wheelchair-bound woman with cerebral palsy.

HEAVENLY VIEWS: MT. LAGUNA OBSERVATORY GETS NEW TELESCOPE

 

November 29, 2014 (Mount Laguna)--There’s a brand new, $1.5 million telescope at the observatory atop Mount Laguna in East County.  Astronomers from San Diego State University, which operates the observatory, will now be able to see farther into the universe than in the past.

THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: CONTESTING A WILL

 

“Articles Concerning Trusts, Wills, Probate, Family Law & more”

By: Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

November 29, 2014 (San Diego County) – A "will contest" challenges the validity of a document alleged to be decedent's last will or a codicil to the will. A "contest" may occur either before or after the will is admitted to probate. In the first instance, the challenge is an attempt to preclude admission of the will to probate. In the latter instance, the challenge seeks to revoke probate of the will.

FIRE TRUCK TOY PARADE ROLLS OUT DEC. 13

 

November 28, 2014 (El Cajon)--Heartland Fire and Rescue is now collecting toys for those in need during the holidays.  Bring your new unwrapped toy to the El Cajon fire department headquarters located at 100 E. Lexington Avenue during business hours, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and alternate Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Or, bring your toy to the live KOGO radio news broadcast of the Fire Truck/Toy Parade on Saturday, December 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Target parking lot at 250 Broadway, in El Cajon.

SHERIFF ASKS HELP TO FIND MISSING HIKER IN LAKESIDE EL CAPITAN AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Jerry Hooten has been found safely. After becoming separated on the trail from his friend, he tried to walk to a trolley stop but was unfamiliar with the area and became lost. He called another friend yesterday morning, who heard of the search and notified the Sheriff. Deputies located him a short time later, walking home in the Lake Murray area.

East County News Service

November 29, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Department is asking help from the public to find Jerry Lee Hooten, who was last seen by a friend hiking toward the peak of El Capitan (El Cajon mountain) in Lakeside on Friday, November 28th around 3 p.m.  He did not return to the vehicle he arrive at the mountain in and has not returned home.

Lakeside deputies responded to the call for help at 12777 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.  Hooten is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown/gray hair.  He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, gray shoes, and carrying a yellow backpack.

PETITION LAUNCHED OPPOSING OPENING MILLIONS OF ACRES OF CALIF. DESERT TO INDUSTRIAL-SCALE ENERGY PROJECTS

 

“Without significant input from the public, from you, this juggernaut will proceed relentlessly, sacrificing millions of acres of desert habitat, wasting precious groundwater, degrading air quality, and “taking” endangered species and other wildlife.” —David Garmon, Borrego Springs, petition author

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Environmentalists have launched a petition at Moveon.org asking the public to sign in opposition to the Desert Renewable Energy Plan, which would open up millions of acres of California deserts to industrial-scale wind and solar projects. Instead, environmental leaders want the California Energy Commission to do an analysis of rooftop solar as an alternative. 

You can sign the petition here:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/we-dont-have-to-sacrifice?source=c.em.mt&r_by=1516679

The petition states: “More renewable energy is available from rooftop solar in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties than will be derived from the siting of utility-scale generating facilities on 2 million acres of desert habitat called for in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The unintended consequences of utility-scale facilities in the desert are becoming known and are unacceptable--dust storms in Lancaster, midair incineration of birds at Ivanpah, depletion of scarce groundwater in Borrego Springs.”

The petition was started by Borrego Springs resident David Garmon, president of the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy. It is supported by the Desert Protective Council in San Diego and by Basin and Range Watch, another southwest environmental protection organization.

"WINGS & SNOW" HOLIDAY ART SHOW AT SOPHIE'S GALLERY

 

November 28, 2014 (El Cajon)--Holiday cheer is in full effect this December with the opening of Flyway, the art exhibit of this year’s “Wings & Snow” show!  St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an El Cajon-based center serving over 400 adults with developmental disabilities through innovative programs, is hosting its 14th holiday art show featuring bird-themed art.  Flyway, at Sophie’s Gallery in El Cajon, will offer artwork created by St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s students. The artists have crafted mosaic birdhouses, bird plaques, clay angels, fused glass ornaments, soap dishes, and felted bird art. The art will be displayed at Sophie’s Gallery El Cajon (109 Rea Ave.) from December 1st–31st.

GIFTS FROM THE EAST: OUR 2014 GUIDE TO CREATIVE HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN SAN DIEGO’S INLAND REGION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for some original gift ideas this holiday season – as well as a way to support local merchants and infuse our own economy? Never fear. East County Magazine’s annual “Gifts from the East” features an array of unique specialty items from East County and San Diego’s inland region, with something to suit every budget.

Whether you’re looking for gourmet goodies from local farms, hand-crafted musical instruments, glitzy jewelry, hand-woven clothing and toys, soaps, cowboy boots or a surprise for the wine lover on your list, you’ll find it all right here in our region.

GLAMOUR HAIR SALON SPA NOW OPEN IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – If you’re looking for glitz and glamour, you’ll find it at the Glamour Hair Salon Spa.  The East County Chaldean Chamber of Commerce recently celebrate the grand opening of the salon and spa, located at 1480 Jamacha Road, Suite 202 in the Rancho San Diego community of El Cajon.

NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER NAMED AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)-Sharp Grossmont Hospital is pleased to announce that Daniel Kindron has been named Chief Financial Officer of its 536-bed acute care hospital.  Kindron has been with Sharp Grossmont Hospital since 2006. During his time at Sharp he has fulfilled interim CFO duties and served as Finance Director, Manager, Supervisor, and Senior Financial Analyst.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital announces that Louise White, RN, BSN, MHA has been named Chief Nursing Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital.  She has also been named Vice President of Patient Care Services and will be responsible for the Clinical Nursing Departments.

PETITION ASKS U.S. TO ARM CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A petition launched on Change.org by  Nahren Nora, an Iraqi-American woman in Michigan, is asking President Barack Obama and Congress to” arm Christians in Iraq and grant them their ancestral land of the Nineveh Province before they face extinction.”

NEED HEALTHCARE? OR RENEWAL OF YOUR COVERED CA PLAN? OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS NOW THROUGH FEB. 15

 

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)—If you need healthcare, the open enrollment period for Covered California, our state’s insurance exchanges under the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare, runs from now through February 15.  For the first time, people who fail to have any health insurance will be subject to financial penalties that will rise over time.

Enrollment is off to a brisk beginning during the current sign-up period.  Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that 69,245 consumers submitted applications for health coverage, including Medi-Cal, during the first four days of the 2015 open-enrollment period.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH PAULA MARGULIES, AUTHOR OF BOOKS WITH NATIVE AMERICAN THEMES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – As part of our coverage of Native American Heritage Month,  East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche interviewed local writer Paula Margulies. She is the author of Favorite Daughter, Part I, a story about Pocahontas told from a Native American point of view.  She has also written a novel, Coyote Moon, set on the Pala Indian Reservation here in San Diego’s inland region.

Listen to our interview with Paula Margulies, originally aired on KNSJ radio, now online here: http://kiwi6.com/file/rax9zn8o2m

GOT LEFTOVERS? SAM THE COOKING GUY TEAMS UP WITH COUNTY TO OFFER RECIPES

 

 

 

 

 

 

   East County News Service

 

 

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)--Thanksgiving is all about tradition. And part of that tradition is food: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries. Sam the Cooking Guy gives a twist on some of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes in these original County News Center TV episodes—including ideas for using up those leftovers, such as turkey pie and stuffing omelet. You can watch videos of Sam whipping up these tasty recipes and try them out with your family this holiday season.

View video at left for how to make a turkey pie and see the recipe below. For more videos and recipes, visit:http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/thanksgiving-recipes-sam-cooking-guy

LOCAL CHURCH LEADERS ORGANIZE “BLACK LIVES MATTER” CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND BLACK FRIDAY BOYCOTT

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East Coujnty)--Many are wondering how to best respond to the cries for justice coming from communities across the country in the wake of the situation in Ferguson. 

The San Diego Partnership of Churches is asking people in San Diego County to “prayerfully consider making this Black Friday a day of prayer and of participation in the nationwide boycott encouraging  shoppers to not to spend one dime on Black Friday,” says Mary Domb Mikkelson with United Church of Christ in La Mesa. “This is a form of nonviolent protest in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Organizers plan a candlelight vigil at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw Street, San Diego, CA 92108, (http://www.missionhillsucc.org/).

WALMART WORKERS STRIKE ON BLACK FRIDAY, ASK PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR FAIR WAGES FROM NATION'S RICHEST RETAIL OWNERS

 

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)— “This Black Friday, there will be a different kind of crowd at Walmart stores around the country,” says Cynthia Murray, a Walmart worker seeking to make change at the nation’s biggest retailer.

She explains, “Workers like me are going on strike, and we’re bringing our communities out to call for an end to Walmart’s unfair labor practices. As Walmart workers, we are sick of struggling to put food on the table while our hard work makes the country’s wealthiest family, the Waltons, even richer. But when we speak up for fairer treatment, we face threats and harassment from our managers. We’re striking to show Walmart and the Waltons that we can’t be silenced.”

A NEW TIGER IS COMING TO LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2014 (Alpine) - Phevos will soon be the newest tiger to call Lions, Tigers and Bears home.  The Alpine rescue facility has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a permit to import the tiger, who was suffering in abusive conditions in a foreign zoo.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM NOVEMBER 23, 2014

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

Readers

Friday November 28, 10:30 am) — Children's Event, Storytime. Perfect for ages 4 and under, our weekly Storytime features books, music, movement and sign language!

Barnes & Noble, Mira Mesa MarketCenter, 10775 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126, 858-684-3166

TWO PACE COMPANIES DOMINATE CALIFORNIA'S HEADLINES

 

Originally Published in the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

November 26, 2014 (San Diego)--It has been nine months since California approved a $10 million reserve fund, to reimburse mortgage holders if homeowners with Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) default. (The residential program has been moving in slow motion since 2010, when, concerned about the priority PACE loans had over mortgages, the Federal Housing Finance Agency ordered the government-sponsored enterprises to not underwrite mortgages for homes with PACE loans.)

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