March 2010 Articles
March 18, 2011 (Santee)—Thousands of East County residents are expected to party hearty at Saturday's “52 from Sea to Santee” grand opening festival being held right on top of the new freeway connector, State Route 52, on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The long-awaited stretch of freeway will connect to State Route 67, creating a straight route to Santee from I-5 and the sea.
This one-of-a-kind community festival will include a three-mile run/walk/ride, music, ribbon cutting ceremony, sponsor/vendor booths, and fun for all ages. East County Magazine will have a booth there, along with many local businesses. See below for location and parking details.
RSVP by March 21; proceeds benefit St. Madeleine Sophie's Center
By Abigail Migala
March 17, 2011 (El Cajon)--The St. Clair Gallery announces “Wine-Down Wednesday” at the Westfield Parkway Shopping Center at 415 Parkway Plaza in El Cajon on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 5 - 7 p.m. The gallery and the shopping center team up twice a year to host these lively receptions, during which part of the common area in Macy’s Court is sectioned off to provide an intimate locale for 150 guests to enjoy fine art, wine and refreshments.
By Mike Copass
March 10, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) --On a serious-meets-funny note, Rep Duncan Hunter Jr's (R- El Cajon) newly-submitted "Life at Conception" bill, HR 374, would grant citizenship rights to pre-born human beings -- that is, from moment of conception, rather than at birth.
“She is still the light of her Mom’s light…sunshine in the face of darkness.” – Facebook page posted by Katrina’s family
March 7, 2011 (Escondido) – Suzanne Stewart Pohlman, executive director of Interfaith Community Services in Escondido, has issued an urgent plea for a live donor willing to donate a lobe from a lung to save her daughter, Katrina "Katie" Howell. Katie lost her younger sister, Amanda, to cystic fibrosis at age 8. Though she suffers from the same disease, Katie has survived into adulthood; she is married and a college graduate. But now, she needs a live lung lobe donor immediately to live.
“The long term effects for the donors are minimal to none,” the cardiothoracic surgery center website for the University of Sothern California states. Donors for Katie must be 18-55 years old with type A+ blood, in good health, life-long non-smokers, 5 feet 8 inches or taller.
March 3, 2011 (San Diego) -- Chelsea King never got to finish her run at Rancho Bernardo Community Park on February last year, when convicted sex offender John Gardner murdered her. This Saturday, March 5th, Sheriff Bill Gore and Sheriff’s Department employees will participate in Finish Chelsea’s Run at Balboa Park starting at 7:30 a.m.
Burning questions focus on suspected arson at business owned by Issa
By Jeremy Los
March 2, 2011--Recently disclosed documents are raising troubling questions about past actions of Congressman Darrell Issa (R-San Diego). Watchdog groups have put the new Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the hot seat as they look to discredit Issa’s integrity to hold this powerful position.
March 28, 2010 (El Cajon)--The 44th annual El Cajon 20K race will be held on Saturday, April 3. The 12.4 mile course starts and ends at Granite Hills High School, located at the corner of Madison Avenue and 4th Street.
The event kicks off starting at 6:30 a.m. for walkers and race walkers, and at 7 a.m. for runners.
By Miriam Raftery
March 30, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Tom Metzger, a white supremacist and former Fallbrook resident who previously ran for Congress in San Diego County, is now running again—this time as an Republican write-in candidate in Warsaw, Indiana. Metzer is a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.
Metzger shocked local Democrats in 1980, when he won a three-way Democratic primary. Democratic party leaders condemned the racist views of Metzger and endorsed Republican Claire Burgener. Burgener won with an unprecedented 86% of the vote. Metzger later ran for U.S. Senate as an independent and has since joined the Republican Party.
March 30, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Thirty-nine young women from East County entered the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageant,s which crowned winners on March 5th. The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1950’s. Mayors Art Madrid and Randy Voepel presented Miss La Mesa 2010 Erynne Grecco, Miss La Mesa Teen 2010 Danamarie McNicholl-Carter, Miss Santee 2010 Kimberly Swank and Miss Santee Teen 2010 Taylor Shelton.
March 30, 2010 (San Diego) - San Diegans have been deeply shaken by the tragic deaths of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. In response, the Salvation Army Kroc Center has joined forces with PlayItSafe Defesne to empower women and teens (ages 13 and older) with a FREE preventative awareness training and demonstration of pratical self defense techniques.
March 30, 2010 (Alpine) --The FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department ask the public’s help to identify a man who robbed a California Bank & Trust at 2250 Alpine Boulevard yesterday at 11:27 a.m. After the robbery, the suspect fled on a red BMX type bicycle westbound on Alpine Boulevard and was last seen heading westbound on Arnold Way.
Witnesses describe him as white, age 17 to 25, 5’7” to 5’8” in height, weighing 140 to 150 pounds. He wore a full-face, off-road motorcycle helmet with a black design on top, a white bandana covering his face, goggles or sunglasses, a black sweatshirt, black pants and white sneakers.
March 30, 2010 (El Cajon)--Six unique gardens are featured in the Friends of East County Arts, Inc. 15th Annual Garden Tour on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Two of the star attractions on this year’s tour are ‘Ali,’ a strapping three-year-old Clydesdale horse born the day prior to the 2007 garden, tour and Magnum, a retired San Diego police patrol horse, whose former beat was Balboa Park.
Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!
By Nancy and Dawn Clement
March 30, 2010 - San Diego's East County - Spring is here-- and what a colorful, vibrant springtime we are experiencing due to this winter's rains. Trees and flowers are blooming, birds are singing and building nests, and many of us experience a desire to be outdoors enjoying the springtime beauty. Spring is also a great time to freshen up your home. If you have a hankering to do some spring cleaning, here are some ideas and tips to help you save money on household cleaning products.
Local wall to feature butterflies honoring children who died in Holocaust
March 29, 2010 (San Diego -- Each year, San Diego Jewish Academy hosts a Remembrance Ceremony for Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in partnership with the New Life Club, a San Diego-based group of Holocaust survivors. The ceremony will focus on honoring the 6 million Jews, 1.5 million of whom were children, murdered in the Holocaust.
Survivors will share their stories with students to ensure that an important part of Jewish history is passed on to the next generation. With most survivors now in their 80s, the event could be one of the last opportunities for students to hear these historically significant individuals’ stories first hand.
March 29, 2010 (Alpine) – An Alpine woman drove away a winner at Viejas Casino over the weekend, taking home a new Smart Car.
Barbara L. (last name withheld on request) won the Smart Car when her name was drawn Sunday evening from a drum full of entries of players at Viejas Casino during the month of March.
March 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- Following recent minor earthquakes in our region and the recent devastating quakes in Haiti and Chile, Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) advises that advance preparation is critical in getting ready for the next major earthquake. The Gas Company offers these safety tips to help reduce the chance of injuries or property damage from the next quake:
PARK: Louis Stelzer County Park
LOCATION: 11470 Wildcat Canyon Rd Lakeside, CA 92040
OVERALL RATING: 5 OAK TREES
By Dennis and Trever Richardson
March 29, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- This secluded park has a family-friendly environment with an educational orientation directed at teaching school children about local wildlife. The park prides itself on education, utilizing its proximity to the outdoors to teach children. Inside the visitor’s center, the park offers views of all types of snakes in enclosures and local plants categorized on the walls.
Stelzer Park recently won the ‘Parents Pick Stelzer Park as County's Best’ award for its great efforts to provide activities and education to children. It is also clean and orderly, with friendly staff who will answer any of your questions with facts and personal stories related to the subject. It is no wonder the park is so popular!
March 29, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has joined with Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) to introduce legislation aimed at stopping frivolous patent litigation related to the marking of products.
“Our bill discourages deceptive patent marking while simultaneously moving to eliminate frivolous lawsuits,” said Rep. Issa. “This is a common sense effort that protects consumers from higher costs created by abusive lawsuits.”
By Senator Christine Kehoe
March 24, 2010 (San Diego) --Violence against women has plagued the world for centuries, and recent events in San Diego County remind us just how much more needs to be done in California.
With the recent cases of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, a torrent of sadness, frustration, and anger has overtaken us. Their deaths fueled calls for tougher laws against registered sex offenders and self-defense classes for middle and high school students in an attempt to better prepare girls and women to protect themselves.
By Miriam Raftery
March 29, 2010 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon has issued a proposed business plan for the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC). The proposed plan calls for the City to take back management of the facility, dramatically remodel the theater, then bring back headliner stars as entertainment.
A City Council Advisory Meeting will be held tomorrow at City Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Way, at 1:30 p.m. Public comment will be heard and a recommendation made to the Council on the future of the performing arts facility. View the proposed plan.
By Tracy Emblem
March 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- For far too long our government has allowed our manufacturing jobs to be outsourced to foreign countries. Recently the Blue-Green Alliance, a partnership between labor and environmental groups, called for a comprehensive industrial policy and commitment to rebuild America with green technology and products.
The public should ask both government and corporate America this question: Should corporate America focus only on making profit any possible way using the cheapest possible avenues to produce products and services they sell in America or should corporate America ask itself how do we create good paying jobs for Americans?
By Miriam Raftery
March 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Hilda Moreo, 31, spent 24 years living in refugee camps on the border between Burma and Thailand. Today, she lives in a two-bedroom apartment in City Heights with her husband, her 10-year-old son, 4-year-old daughter, and her mother.
Born in Thailand to parents from Burma, Moreo recalls hardships and fear growing up. “The government in Burma, they want to control all the people who live there,” she said softly. “They kill the little kids and the pregnant women. Sometimes they ask the old men, pregnant women to carry heavy things.” Women were often raped, she revealed.
March 28, 2010 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel have been activated for a large-scale search of the Lake Sutherland area in Ramona after discovery yesterday of a vehicle belonging to Wiilliam Kelly Buntain, 48. The Ramona man, an insulin-dependent diabetic, left home March 22 without his medications and has not been seen or heard from since then.
March 28, 2010 – Sokin Roberts, 19, of La Mes has been arrested and charged with burglary and possession of stolen property. Roberts reportedly used a large rock to break a window of a vehicle at 8464 Echo Drive and steal property.
EAST COUNTY LWV HOSTS BRUNCH APRIL 17
March 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The League of Women Voters is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2010. Known for its voter education efforts, this non-partisan, government watchdog group has been an institution in East San Diego County for decades.
Photos by Howard Bagley
March 28, 2010 (El Cajon ) – On March 27, winners were crowned in the Miss El Cajon and Miss Teen El Cajon Scholarship Pageant at the East County Performing Arts Center. A total of 26 young women ages 14 to 26 competed for titles.
By Sharon Courmousis
March 28, 2010 (Boulevard) –An interesting group of people pulled into Sacred Rocks Reserve on February 27th. They were driving a motor home followed by a car stuffed full and topped off with a bunch of bicycles. Their goal: to bike from San Diego, California to Sarasota, Florida in 60 days.
Suspect reportedly threatened to blow up deputies with grenade
March 28, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – Jose Gonzalez, 40, has been arrested and charged with making terrorist threats and resisting a peace officer. According to a statement issued by the Sheriff, deputies responded to a call last night in the 7900 block of Longdale Drive in Lemon Grove. Gonzalez had locked himself in his bathroom and reportedly threatened to commit suicide.
El Cajon man was captured by extremists in Iraq January 23
March 28, 2010 (El Cajon) – The U.S. Department of Defense today announced that Issa Salomi, 60, of El Cajon is free and has been returned to American authorities.
“We appreciate all the support everyone has shown towards us from all over the country,” Salomi’s family said in a statement released by the San Diego FBI office.
BLOCK BILL TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR COMPANIES OFFSHORING ASSETS PASSED ASSEMBLY; REVENUES WOULD HELP COLLEGE STUDENTS PAY FOR TEXT BOOKS
March 27, 2010 (Sacramento) Assembly Bill 1178, also known as the “Cayman Islands Tax Loophole” bill, recently passed the Assembly and will next be considerate by the Senate. The measure authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) passed the Assembly with a 42-28 vote.
AB 1178 would generate an estimated $120 million in revenue currently lost to a few large corporations which hide California-sourced income in foreign accounts. The bill would also help college students by reducing the state’s sales tax on college textbooks, utilizing the anticipated revenue from the loophole closure to achieve this assistance for struggling students without cost to the state.