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KELLLY'S TRAVEL TIPS & TRIPS: CLASSIC TRAIN TRIPS

 

 

All aboard for the most scenic and relaxing train rides in North America--and beyond…

 

By Kelly Wieboldt

 

Are you ready for a unique experience? A great train ride might be exactly what you are looking for! Once you're snug in your window seat, you've already begun.

 

The joy is in the journey itself. There is a feeling of old-fashioned civility that saturates the experience, while the thrills likewise seem to hearken back to another era--a leisurely conversation with a friendly stranger, sipping cocktails in the lounge car, being lulled to sleep by the comforting hum of clickety-clacking.

MOM PACKS A WALLOP: WOMAN WITH TODDLER ROBBED AT GROSSMONT CENTER PARKING LOT, PUNCHED THIEF IN FACE

 

 

July 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – A woman holding her three-year-old son in one arm and a wallet and cell phone in her other hand was accosted at 9:45 last night in the Target parking lot at Grossmont Center. A man grabbed her arm and attempted to take her wallet and phone.  A struggle ensued.  The victim punched the suspect in the face and fled to her vehicle, managing to hold onto her wallet, but her phone was stolen.

FBI SEEKS PUBLIC'S HELP TO LOCATE AND ARREST "OPERATION LUZ VERDE" FUGITIVES

July 23, 2010 (San Diego) -- The FBI is seeking information that will lead to the arrest of the following individuals in relation to the"Operation Luz Verde" (green light) charges announced early today on federal racketeering charges related to a drug trafficking cartel:  

 

Juan Carlos Rique, aka JC Age 26 Tijuana, Mexico
Jennifer Escamilla Age 26 Tijuana, Mexico
Hassain Alzubaidy, aka Arab Age 25 Moreno Valley, California

4 BATS TEST POSITIVE FOR RABIES, COUNTY REPORTS

 

While bats, skunks, raccoons and other wild animals might be interesting to look at. touching them—even when they’re dead—could expose you to rabies.

 

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reports that four of 20 bats submitted for rabies testing to HHSA’s Public Health Laboratory since January 1, 2010 have tested positive for rabies. All four bats tested positive for rabies during the month of June.  The County has not provided details on where the rabid bats were found.

SAN DIEGO FBI ANNOUNCES RICO CONSPIRACY CHARGES AGAINST 43 WITH ALLEGED DRUG CARTEL TIES: CRIMES INCLUDE MURDER AND KIDNAPPING

 

Official in Mexican Attorney General’s office implicated; arrests include numerous San Diego County residents
 

East County News Service

July 23, 2010 (San Diego)—A criminal complaint was unsealed today charging 43 defendants with participating in a federal racketeering (RICO) conspiracy. The RICO conspiracy alleged involves the commission of both state and federal crimes, including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, drug trafficking and money laundering offenses. The complaint accuses defendants of being members and associates of the Fernando Sanchez Organization (FSO), an offshoot of the Arellano-Felix drug-trafficking cartel.
 

BROWN-OUTS MAY BE TO BLAME FOR TOT'S DEATH

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 22, 2010 (San Diego) – Two-year-old Bentley Do’s family lives just one block from a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Station. But the station’s crew was filling in for another Mira Mesa station’s personnel as part of city-ordered “brown-outs” to save money.

As a result, when the toddler’s parents called 911 to report that the boy was choking on a gumball and had stopped breathing, an engine company from the South Bay responded—and took nine and a half minutes to arrive. By then, police officers were also at the scene performing CPR. But paramedics with the firefighting team arrived too late to save the child.

BEST OF MIDDLE EAST COUNTY: GARDEN FRESH GRILL & SMOOTHIE

 

 

GARDEN FRESH GRILL & SMOOTHIE


6165 El Cajon Blvd., Suite F, San Diego 92115
(corner of College Ave. and El Cajon Blvd.)
(619)287-2373
www.gardenfreshsd.com  

 

Review by the East County Eater
 

 

July 23, 2010 (San Diego) – If you’re looking to savor a Middle East feast without leaving San Diego County, stop by Garden Fresh Grill & Smoothie. As the name implies, owner Sammy Elasad, a Lebanese immigrant, takes pride in serving up flavorful foods home-made with the freshest possible ingredients.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "RAMONA AND BEEZUS" SWEETENED BY SUNNY DISPOSITION, HONEST CHARACTERS

By Brian Lafferty

 

I will admit going into Ramona and Beezus fearing the filmmakers would somehow screw it up. I remember reading all the Beverly Cleary books in third grade and loving every one of them. Fortunately, the director and screenwriters not only have crafted a good, sweet and entertaining movie but as an added bonus they have captured the spirit of the books.

 

OBAMA SIGNS BILL TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO 2.5 MILLION AMERICANS

 

Democrats break Republican filibuster in Senate and win passage of bill

 

July 23, 2010 (Washingon D.C.) – President Barack Obama yesterday signed into law legislation to extend unemployment benefits for 2.5 milllion out of work Americans.

 

The law extends unemployment insurance through November for out-of-work Americans who have not yet exhausted up to 99 weeks of aid. Benefits will be retroactive to late May, when the last extension expired. Benefits vary by state but will average $310 per week.

IMMIGRATION ISSUE POLARIZES PUBLIC IN CALIFORNIA

 

Hunter introduces bill to block federal lawsuit against Arizona; local activists head to Arizona for mass protest

Obama administration audits thousands of companies to force them to drop undocumented immigrant workers
 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –Local opponents and supporters of Arizona’s new immigration law are taking actions ranging from protests to legislation. Meanwhile, a new statewide Field poll of California voters released this week finds the public nearly evenly divided, with 49% in support and 45% opposed. 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "SALT" CONTAINS NO SPICE

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 23, 2010 (San Diego)--The scenario of Salt is gleefully implausible, with twist after twist and sequences of events that go way beyond the valley of the absurd. The film knows this. These would not be criticisms if the movie was any good, but Salt is a surprisingly boring action movie, completely devoid of suspense as if the filmmakers made a conscious effort to avoid it.

 

PRESIDENT SIGNS WALL STREET REFORM BILL TO HELP CONSUMERS & BUSINESS OWNERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 22, 2010 – President Barack Obama has signed into law H.R. 4175, a landmark reform measure that “cracks down on corporate fraud and holds big banks accountable for reckless, risky behavior,” said Senator Patrick Leavy (D-Vermont.)
 

Leaders of the retail industry and consumer groups have praised the bill.  Among local Congressional representatives, Republicans opposed, while Democrats supported the reform measure.

 

View a video and read details provided by the White House detailing specifically what the bill does: http://www.whitehouse.gov/wallstreetreform.  

MARKETING MATTERS: IS SOCIAL NETWORKING A SUCCESSFUL MARKETING TOOL?

 

 

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

By Rama Beerfas

 

July 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Social networking seems to be the newest big thing in the marketing world. People are spending several hours per week (or day) updating their profiles, looking for connections,  tweeting, and more in the hopes of building their businesses.

BODY FOUND IN PINE VALLEY BELIEVED TO BE MISSING RANCHO SAN DIEGO MAN

 

 

East County News Service

 

 

July 22, 2010 (Pine Valley) -- Sheriff Bill Gore announced that the body of a man has been located south of Interstate 8 and just west of the Pine Valley Bridge. The discovery was made this morning shortly after 9:00 a.m. by Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers.

 

 

A video released late today by the Sheriff indicates the remains are those of a “previously missing person.” The video shows a cadaver-sniffing beagle apparently locating the body amid rubble and boulders at the base of a steep, rocky slope. View the video. www.youtube.com/watch

BUSINESSMAN RUNS FOR CONGRESS TO BRING JOBS TO OUR REGION--& PUT ISSA OUT OF WORK

 

 

Challenger Howard Katz believes questions over Issa's finances and votes against public's interests make Issa vulnerable

 

 By Miriam Raftery

 

July 20, 2010 (San Diego)–-The 49th Congressional District seat has been held for the past decade by Republican Darrell Issa.  The richest member in the House of Representatives with a net worth of $251 million, Issa has long been viewed by political strategists as unbeatable. But watchdog journalists at San Diego CityBeat have unearthed serious questions about Issa’s finances and potential political corruption.

 

Now Howard Katz, a seasoned businessman who has held a senior management position with IBM and served as a management consultant for Oracle, believes Issa is vulnerable. He's running for Congress--and hopes to add Issa's name to the unemployment rolls come November. 

FIRE DISPLACES 9 IN LAKESIDE

 

 

July 22, 2010 (Lakeside) – A fire at a duplex in Lakeside last night caused heavy damage, displacing nine residents. “It’s a robust response that included four fire engines, one truck company, and a paramedic ambulance, so about 20 people,” said Lakeside Fire Chief Andy Parr. “We were assisted by City of Santee and San Miguel fire departments.”

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "INCEPTION" DREAMS UP A RICH SCRIPT

By Brian Lafferty

 

"This is one of the best movies of the year." -- Brian Lafferty

July 22, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--Dreams have always been part of  cinema. A common film use is the “it was only a dream” stunt applied to generate cheap thrills and groans (Jaws: The Revenge) or to foment laughter (A Serious Man, An American Werewolf in London).  Dreams have also acted as visually expressive tools to reveal character or relay exposition (Salvador Dali’s dream sequence in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound). Sometimes, dreams have been used to shock the audience (the movies of Luis Bunuel, particularly Un Chien Andalou, which opens with an eyeball being slashed).

 

Dreams may be old subjects in motion pictures, but with Inception Christopher Nolan has delivered one of--if not the most--original movie of the year, taking the concept in many new directions I never thought possible.

 

GOOD MONEY: INTERNET USE, GREENPEACE & YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

 

In short, Google U.S. alone is emitting the same quantity of CO2 every year as 28,823 average U.S. homes.

“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”

By: Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management
 

 

July 23, 2010 (La Mesa) -- You may never have given it much thought, but the amount of energy needed to maintain the billions of web pages on the internet is rising, with an increasing carbon emissions footprint of around 10-percent each year - on track to soon surpass the air travel industry!

TAKE OUR LIGHTNING QUIZ: THE RESULTS ARE ELECTRIFYING!

 

Warning: What you don't know can be deadly

 

July 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Most East County residents know safety steps to take during an earthquake or wildfire, which are common in our area. But many are misinformed about dangers posed by lightning, a less common peril in our region. When a thunderstorm does strike, however, risks are substantial—and relying on myths can be deadly.

 

Lightning has caused deaths in California and in San Diego County. In East County, a man in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park was killed by lightning. Another local resident suffered neurological damage.  Lightning strikes have caused many fires in East County. A Campo resident lost phone service due to lightning; in Alpine, a writer's computer was destroyed by a bolt.  

 
Test your knowledge on lightning—the answers may shock you!

SALAS CONCEDES TO VARGAS

July 22, 2010 (San Diego) – The recount has ended in the 40th State Senate Democratic primary race with Vargas ahead by a total of 26 votes. He picked up three votes in Riverside County and one in San Diego County, where challenges included a military ballot sent from overseas.

LOST LOBOS: LOCAL WOLF EXPERTS VOICE DISMAY OVER KILLING OF 3 RARE MEXICAN WOLVES

 

 

ONLY 40 REMAIN IN THE WILD; MOST ENDANGERED ANIMALS IN NORTH AMERICA

 

"There were pups. Now it will be a challenge for them to survive."--Patrick Valentino, California Wolf Preserve in Julian

 

July 21, 2010 (Julian) -- “It’s depressing—very bad news,” Patrick Valentino at the California Wolf Center in Julian said upon learning that two endangered Mexican grey wolves had been found shot in Arizona. Eva Sargent at Defenders of Wildlife in Tucson told East County Magazine that a third Mexican wolf, or lobo, has been found dead in New Mexico under suspicious causes.  A fourth wolf is missing.

SINK HOLE CLOSES FANITA IN EL CAJON

 

 

July 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – A cracked storm drain has undermined the roadway on Fanita Drive, causing a sink hole measuring four feet wide and 20 inches deep. Fanita remains closed in both directions between Valley Lake Drive and Gibbons Street for repairs begun yesterday.

MUSIC, MAGIC, & MORE AT SUMMER MUSIC & CULTURE FESTIVAL AUGUST 8

 

 

July 20, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Where can you see a snake charmer and fire dancers, sample foods from around the world, savor music and dancing by top performers, enjoy beer and wine gardens, find face-painting for kids and a mesmerizing magic show—all free? Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce invites you to the first-ever Summer Music & Culture Festival on Sunday, August 8.

THE HIDDEN GARDENS OF MT. HELIX

 

Part 1: English Tudor's country gardens are fit for royalty

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2010 (Mt. Helix) – Ever wonder what lies behind those gated estates on Mt. Helix? Each spring, Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) hosts an art and garden tour open to members only, showcasing amazingly elaborate landscapes (as well as works by local artists).
 

Some tour gardens are lavish, located on large lots where results are limited only by well-heeled owners’ imaginations. These range from an English country garden at a manor fit for a queen to a private jungle that Indiana Jones would envy.  Others are at more modest properties where creative homeowners have made the most of limited space and water conservation practices.  This week, we feature the first of five spectacular gardens from this year’s tour.

LYONS VALLEY FIRE CONFINED TO 3 ACRES

 

July 19, 2010 (Lyons Valley) -- A brush fire in the Lyons Valley area of  Jamul has been contained at three acres, Cal-Fire reports. No structures were damaged or destroyed, but smoke was widely visible in the Deerhorn Flats area to the east, between Deerhorn Valley and Barrett Lake.  (photo: View from Lyons Valley peak webcam at 1:30 p.m.)

SPECIAL MISSION: BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2010 (San Diego) – A procession of around 100 visitors accompanied by their pets lined up yesterday morning outside the San Diego Mission de Alcala. The faithful and the curious turned out for the Blessing of Animals, a tradition started by St. Francis of Assisi in the 1200s.

 

The custom was practiced in San Diego by Father Junipero Serra, founder of the Mission, and has continued ever since--accompanied by barks, mariachi music, and an occasional "oink."
 

SAN DIEGO BOOKSHELF: A TERRIBLE MISTAKE

 

 

A Terrible Mistake, The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA’s Secret Cold War Experiments, By H.P. Albarelli, Jr. (Trine Day, LLC, Walterville, Oregon, 2009, 826 pages.)
 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

 

Who Was George Hunter White? The author of this best-selling true-life thriller implicates former southern California Border Patrol agent, journalist and intelligence operative in the mysterious death of CIA chemist Frank Olson. 

DOG DIES, 4 HIKERS RESCUED ON CEDAR FALLS TRAIL DURING 100 DEGREE HEAT

 

July 18, 2010 (Ramona) – Cal-Fire rescued four dehydrated hikers and a dog, but were unable to save a second dog that collapsed and died on the trail to Cedar Falls near Ramona on Saturday. The group had hiked more than two miles in temperatures over 100 degrees.

 

The tragedy illustrates the need for hikers to know safety tips for themselves--and their dogs.

HOLLINGSWORTH’ S BILL TO ALLOW HUNTING WITHOUT A LICENSE ADVANCES

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 18, 2010 (Sacramento) – Being a lame duck legislator (leaving office in January due to term limits) hasn’t stopped Senator Dennis Hollingsworth from authoring legislation to create two free days a year for hunting ducks and other wild game without a license.

 

The San Diego Republican’s Senate Bill 1179 has passed the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, after already winning approval from the State Senate.  It  will next be heard by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.

DOG BLOG: TIPS FOR A HAPPY DOG

 

By Dawn Celapino
 

July 18, 2010 (San Diego) -- Most dogs don't get enough mental stimulation to be satisfied or happy, and behavior problems are often a result. Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as they need physical stimulation, so simply taking them for a walk isn't going to cut it! Your dog might be tired after the walk, but will end up bored with even more stamina in the long run to fuel that boredom in the long run.

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