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ARTISTS’ RECEPTION AT ST. CLAIR GALLERY JUNE 6

 

May 22, 2010 (El Cajon ) – The 19th El Cajon Invitational Art Exhibit and Artists’ Reception will be held on Sunday, June 6 from 3 to 6 p.m.

 

View works of numerous artists and photographers, meet artists Barbara McVey and Cindie Wolf , and savor wine and cheese at the reception, which will be held at the St. Clair Gallery in the East County Business Center, 270 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.

BOOK REVIEW: THE FRANKLIN SCANDAL

The Franklin Scandal, By Nick Bryant ( Trine Day LLC, Walterville, Oregon, 2009, 652 pages.)
 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 23, 2010 (San Diego) –Author Nick Bryant reveals a tragic and sinister tale of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and famous, stretching from Southern California to cornfields of Nebraska and beyond to our nation’s capitol. The Franklin Scandal reveals political powerbrokers who had access to the highest levels of our government and connections in the CIA. One of those powerbrokers is Lawrence E. "Larry" King, Jr. (no relation to the TV talk show host of the same name), identified by other sources as the primary pimp of the nationwide pedophile ring.

 

This book gripped me and held my attention like none I have ever read; I couldn’t put it down. The Franklin Scandal is riveting!

ETHICS, ECONOMY & EDUCATION AMONG TOP ISSUES IN 36th STATE SENATE RACE

 

UPDATE:  Assemblyman Joel Anderson won the Republican primary and will square off against Democrat Paul Clay, a teacher, in the 36th State Senate election November 2.  Scroll down for profiles on both candidates.  

Opponents accuse Anderson of dodging debates, attempting to buy State Senate seat
By Miriam Raftery
May 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth is leaving office due to term limits, creating an open seat in the 36th State Senate district. Now eight candidates are vying to fill the conservative legislator's shoes.

 

The district is vast, including most of East County as well as large areas in San Diego and Riverside Counties.  Top issues include how to balance the state's budget, improve the economy and education, address immigration, and halt sexual predators. Ethics has also emerged as a major theme on the campaign trail--particularly in a no-holds-barred Republican primary race.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "SHREK FOREVER AFTER" AN UNHAPPY ENDING TO ILLUSTRIOUS FRANCHISE

 

By Brian Lafferty

May 22, 2010 (San Diego)--In 2001 Dreamworks released Shrek. Based on a children’s book, the movie was an inventive, clever, and witty satire of fairy tales. It was a huge hit and spawned three sequels, the last of which being Shrek Forever After.

 

2 QUAKES JOLT EAST COUNTY THIS MORNING

May 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Two earthquakes measuring 5.3 and 4.8 in magnitude struck at 10:33 and 10:00 a.m. The temblors were centered 14 and 13 miles SSW of Seeley, California, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

 

The quakes caused significant shaking in East County and San Diego, causing windows to rattle on Mount Helix.  If you had damage from the quake, please post in the comments section below. Click here to see an enlarged map

 

No reports of damage have been received, said a dispatcher for Heartland Fire, which services much of East County.

LAKESIDE MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

May 22, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Robert David Becker, 35, died yesterday morning in a motorcycle accident on the Yuima Indian Reservation on State Route 76 near Rincon.  According to the North County Times, Becker was riding with a group of motorcyclists when he rounded a curve and hit motorcycles stopped ahead of him. He fell into traffic and was run over by a pickup truck.

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL

 

May 22, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Police are investigating  a complaint of a man who reportedly chased a 15-year-old girl last night near South 39th Street and Ocean View Blvd. in the Mountain View neighborhood of San Diego, located east of I-15 and south of Highway 94.

THREE LOCAL ILLNESSES MAY BE LINKED TO RECALLED ALFALFA SPROUTS

May 21, 2010 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health is investigating three illnesses that match a Salmonella outbreak linked to three brands of alfalfa sprouts. Consumers and local grocery stores are urged to check for the recalled products.

 

The products are connected to 23 illnesses in 10 states, including 11 people in California. The latest known illness was on May 2. Six cases nationwide have required hospitalization.

 

The following products have been recalled:

ART FOR HAITI: LOCAL DOCTOR SEEKS GALLERIES, RESTAURANT & SHOP OWNERS TO SELL ART FOR QUAKE RELIEF

 

Donations, supplies also needed to help children who survived quake

 

May 21, 2010 (Mt. Helix) – Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat gives a grim update on the plight in Haiti. “Only a few people have received tents, tarps, or food to sustain them. Many are presently dying of disease, malnutrition, or simply checking out mentally or dying with a broken heart.”

FIREWORKS CAUSE BLAZE IN VALLEY CENTER

May 21, 2010 (Valley Center) – Cal-Fire firefighters are dousing hot spots from a half-acre brush fire near 29902 Valley Center Road. The fire’s spread has been stopped. The blaze, which began at 3:46 this afternoon, was caused by youngsters playing with illegal fireworks.

BEE SWARM ATTACKS 68-YEAR-OLD MAN NEAR BORDER

 

Swarm may be Africanized “killer” bees

 

May 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A 68-year-old man has been attacked by bees in the 500 block of Tecate Road. According to Cal-Fire firefighters at the scene, the aggressive swarm may be Africanized bees.

900-ACRE FIRE BURNING IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY

May 21, 2010 (Riverside) – Cal-Fire reports a 900-acre fire is burning in Riverside County east of Corona. The fire, which is 70% contained at 4 p.m. today, was caused by equipment mowing. Full containment is expected at 6 p.m. tonight.

GREEN DESIGN & BUILDING WORKSHOPS OFFERED JUNE 5 BY PIONEERS IN NEW GREEN AND FIRE-RESISTANT MATERIALS


Lakeside’s EcoTectura designer Michael Monterey teams up with eco-planner Jim Bell

 

May 21, 2010 (San Diego) -- Need a green career upgrade or an affordable green dream home? Want near zero or net zero energy bills, super low maintenance, and millennial durability?

 

Jim Bell and Michael Monterey, two of our region’s top experts on green design, have teamed up to offer information on their innovative new materials and designs for natural heating and cooling as well as ultragreen sustainability in areas with high temperature fires, earthquakes, high winds, mold, and termites. In other words, design elements ideal for East County!

K-9S AND COCKTAILS: DINING WITH YOUR DOG

 

May 21, 2010 - It's a dog's life!  Andiamo-Ristorante invites you to bring your canine companion for cocktails and patio dining on the last Wednesday in each month, starting at 5 p.m.  Enjoy drink specials all night at the Italian restaurant, loaced at 5950 Santo Road in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood.

NO-BURN ORDER ISSUED

 

May 21, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Due to the extreme danger of fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire) San Diego division chief David Nissen has issued a no-burn proclamation.  The order suspends burning permits, campfires and other uses of open fire in all areas within San Diego and Imperial Counties for which Cal-Fire is responsible (with the exception of incorporated cities).  The order takes effect today.

TIPS FOR THE BUDGET-MINDED BRIDE: SAVE LOTS OF MONEY AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clemens, Dollar-Wise Divas columnists

May 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - Brides come in all ages, shapes, and sizes yet, they all have in common a desire to look radiantly beautiful for their wedding day and to share a special, memorable day with treasured friends and family. So how do you accomplish this on a small budget?

Your first step is to brainstorm with your future husband to make sure you both have the same ideas about what your perfect wedding would look like. Here are some questions to start the conversation.

IS THE PARTY REALLY OVER? OIL-ALTERNATIVES PRESENTATION MAY 24

 

 

May 21, 2010 (Bonita) – Alan Ridley, former Clean Cities Coordinator, San Diego Regional Clean Fuels Coalition, will give a presentation based on the book The Party’s Over by Richard Heinberg. The free program will be held Monday, May 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnywide Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita. Learn about clean fuel lternatives to our oil addiction.

EAST COUNTY’S BRIDAL AND BEAUTY FAIR DEBUTS SUNDAY, JUNE 6

 

Prizes include honeymoon stay at Angel’s Landing and bachelorette party with “Sam the Pirate” Johnny Depp celebrity look-alike

 

May 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Here come the brides! At last, East County has a one-stop-shop for wedding needs—as well as free beauty services, musical entertainment, prize drawings, raffle, auction, bridal gown modeling, and more.

 

East County Magazine and La Dolce Belladonna Spa & Salon have forged a marriage made in heaven to offer this special event on Sunday, June 6 from 12 to 4 p.m. at La Dolce Belladonna Salon & Spa, 596 Westwind Drive in El Cajon (just south of Fletcher Parkway in the Fletcher Hills area.) The event is free to the public and fun for everyone.

THREE EAST COUNTY CITIES HONORED WITH “GRAND GOLDEN WATCHDOG” AWARD

 

(San Diego) – At last night’s Golden Watchdog and Golden Fleece Awards dinner, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association presented its top honor, the Grand Golden Watchdog Award, to the East County communities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove, for “Heartland Fire Rescue Consolidation Efforts.” The three cities joined forces to consolidate fire management services, creating additional staffing capacity and containing costs while maintaining a high level of fire and emergency medical services. The expected savings is $560,000 among the three cities without a loss of service to the public.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS ON JUNE BALLOT INITIATIVES


May 25, 2010 (San Diego) -- The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of San Diego County has issued recommendations on several propositions on the June 8th statewide primary election ballot.  They include Prop 15 (Fair Elections), Prop 16 (2/3 requirement for local public utility providers), Prop B (term limits for Supervisors), and Prop D (strong mayor form of government). Positions and rationales are as follows:

SWAT STANDOFF ENDS IN SAILOR’S SUICIDE

 

May 20, 2010 (Tierrasanta) – A 24-year-old active duty Navy enlisted man barricaded himself inside his garage yesterday at 4783 Gurke Street in Tierrasanta and committed suicide. San Diego Police SWAT team was summoned after the man, who had access to a handgun and rifle, told his wife he planned to kill himself. Neighbors were evacuated and emergency negotiators attempted unsuccessfully to communicate with the distraught man.

WILL POWER REPORT: LIAR'S POKER


Nothing but the Truth!

May 20, 2010 (San Diego) -- The Annual California Budget Mess has started -again! Arnold "Terminator" Swartzenegger has proposed a budget which guts welfare, healthcare. and schools, and aid to the mentally ill. Swartzenegger refuses to tax Big Oil, while California Republicans continue to block a Democratic budget reform which might actually tax businesses. A 10% oil severance tax, which California refuses (unlike all other US states), would easily pay for many of these cuts in state service.

 

California has been unable to pass a budget for years, thanks to a "Minority Rules" quirk in the State Constitution. Under current rules, a small minority of Republicans is able to block a budget which needs a 2/3 vote to pass new taxes or reform the Governor's Budget.

PEARLS: NINETY-THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS

 

By Charlavan Baker Hart

May 20, 2010 (El Cajon) -- It looks like this $93,000. That is a nine, a three and three zeros!

 

It is also the cost of a drug just approved by the FDA for terminal prostate cancer patients.

TWO MEN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF BOY IN EL CAJON

May 20, 2010 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seek a red Chevrolet El Camino with silver hubcabs and two men accused of grabbing and trying to kidnap a 12-year-old boy at 8 p.m. tonight in the 99 Cents store at 1766 East Main Street. The same men also allegedly approached a group of boys outside earlier.

One suspect is described as a 55-60 year old white man with white hair, bushy eye brows, and a pot belly. He is approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 230 pounds, and was wearing a Blue Chargers shirt and tan cargo pants. The other suspect is a white man age 45-50 with brown hair and a mustache. He wore a black T-shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes and a black ball cap.

BOY HURT IN BICYCLE-VEHICLE COLLISION

 

May 19, 2010 (La Mesa) – A boy, approximately 12 to 14 years old, sustained facial injuries after striking a car and being thrown into the street. According to La Mesa Police, a 90-year-old driver pulled her 1995 Buick into a driveway in front of the bicyclist in the 8600 block of Lemon Avenue in La Mesa.

EDITORIAL: STOP THE FISCAL INSANITY

 

By Rick L. Powell, Republican Candidate, 78th Assembly District

 

May  20, 2010 (San Carlos) – While the citizens and businesses of California continue to suffer economic hardship, Sacramento’s politicians are on an unsustainable and reckless spending spree with our money. This behavior is irresponsible and dangerous, and we must stop the fiscal insanity now.

READER'S EDITORIAL: DUNCAN D. UNTER INHERITS HIS FATHER'S IGNORANCE, POSING DANGER TO CONSTITUTION

By Patrick Osio, Editor, www.HispanicVista.com  

May 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Ignorance is a sad state.  It stops being sad when the ignorant person holds public office, where actions can be harmful to the community, state or nation he/she serves.  This is particularly true when adding to ignorance are biases and a narcissist personality. Further damage is often done by passing on to sons/daughters those traits.

FAREWELL PARTY FOR SUPERINTENDENT COLLINS PLANNED JUNE 4

 

May 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host a farewell party for Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent Robert Collins at Hooley's Irish Pub in Grossmont Center. Festivities start at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 4th. The public is welcome to attend.

ARIZONA BANS ETHNIC STUDIES IN SCHOOLS, BARS TEACHERS WITH ACCENTS FROM TEACHING ENGLISH

 

May 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – One week after signing a controversial immigration bill that opponents fear will lead to racial profiling by allowing police to question anyone believed to be in the U.S. illegally, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a new bill that outlaws ethnic-studies programs in public schools. The move has sparked outrage among some educators and students, while drawing praise from other quarters.

SALAS PROTESTS MASSIVE SPILL - DONATES BP CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL CONSERVATION GROUP

 

May 18, 2010 (Chula Vistas)– Assemblymember Mary Salas, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 40th District, donated a $500 contribution she received from British Petroleum (BP) to the San Diego League of Conservation Voters in protest of the company’s response to the massive Gulf Oil spill.She also accused her primary opponent, Juan Vargas, of being "in the pocket" of big oil companies.

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