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BIG WIN FOR BLOCK AND STUDENTS: BATTLE TO ADMIT LOCAL STUDENTS TO SDSU SUCCEEDS

 

Assemblymember Block Applauds 2 Victories for Students as AB 2402 also signed into law

September 27, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego State University officials today announced that $8.7 million in federal stimulus funds will enable them to admit 852 qualified local freshmen  previously rejecteddue to the school’s last-minute change in admission policies.

PIPE BOMB VICTIM’S HUSBAND ARRESTED

September 28, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) –Lawrence “Larry” Hoagland, 48, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. in connection with the attempted murder of his wife, Connie Hoagland, Lt. Dennis Brugos with the San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail announced this morning.

PLANE DOWN IN JAMUL

September 29, 2010 (Jamul) 12:35 p.m. – An Ultralight glider plane has struck a pole and crashed onto the baseball field at Jamul Primary School on Lyons Valley Road, Incident Page Network reports.

Update 12:40 p.m.  “There were no kids around. The pilot is being evaluated and there is an ambulance. However he didn’t seem to be injured--he got up and walked around.” Erin Bach, administrative assistant to the Superintendent, told East County Magazine.

HOT, HOT, HOT! TEMPERATURES PEAK, THREAT OF LIGHTNING, THUNDERSHOWERS

September 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –San Diego’s inland areas sweltered yesterday, with record temperatures in some areas. The mercury hit 112 in San Pasqual, 111 in Santee, 110 in Rancho Bernardo and Poway, 109 in El Cajon, 108 in Borrego, 106 in La Mesa, and 104 in Alpine.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook, warning of a chance of thunderstorms and lightning strikes Tuesday through Friday, with chances higher in the mountain areas.  Temperatures, however, are predicted to be cooler.

CANDIDATES FORUM ON SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES OCTOBER 2

 

September 28, 2010 (San Diego) -- The Sustainability Alliance of Southern California and the California Center for Sustainable Energy will sponsor a unique sustainability-focused candidates' forum on Saturday, October 2. The event will feature local, state and national candidates addressing their positions on green issues including Proposition 23, climate change and public transportation.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: FOOTHILLERS HOLD ON AGAINST EAGLES WITH 23-14 WIN, NOW 4-0

"You can't get any better than 4-0. We have a lot of room to grow and we can improve on every aspect of the game, but the bottom line is that we played four and we won four, so you can't get any better than that."   -- Ron Murphy, head football coach, Grossmont High School

 

by Christopher Mohr

September 27th, 2010 (El Cajon) - The Foothillers of Grossmont High School faced off at home against Santa Fe Christian in a non-league football game Friday night (9/24) at Lt. Thomas M. Adams Field. Grossmont learned just how determined the Eagles can be after fighting off their last-second comeback bid and holding on for a 23-14 win.

 

It was a fitting way to celebrate Grossmont's 90th annivesary. at a game attended by many alumni in town for an all-classes reunion. 

CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR FACE OFF IN DEBATE: BROWN VS. WHITMAN TUESDAY AT 6 P.M.


September 27, 2010 (San Diego) – The first of three televised debates between California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman will be aired Tuesday night at 6 p.m. on Channel 7/39 KNSD locally.

 

Whitman, former CEO of E-Bay, has spent over $119 million of her own money, breaking the nation’s record for most funds poured into a race by any candidate. Brown, California's former Governor and current Attorney General, has relied on grassroots support but has been outspent by his wealthy opponent.

 

Now voters will have an opportunity to hear directly from both candidates—without the filtering of political advisors or scripted TV ads. The Sacramento Bee has provided a pre-debate analysis of each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

BOMB THREAT PUTS STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL IN LOCKDOWN

 

Updated 1:15 p.m. - The package has been determined to contain party supplies, Sheriff's officials have told ECM news partner 10 News.  Sheriff's representative Jan Caldwell says it is too early to determine if this is related to the pipe bomb that injured Connie Hoagland in Rancho San Diego or the pipe bomb left in the family's Rolando neighborhood earlier this month.

September 27, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) - Steele Canyon High School has been placed in lockdown due to a suspicious package delivered this morning, ECM has learned.  The package was delivered via Federal Express.  According to 10 News and an ECM source close to the investigation, the package was addressed to a child of Connie Hoagland, the woman injured in last week's pipe bomb explosion outside a Rancho San Diego daycare center where she worked. 

CORONER RULES SHOOTING DEATH A SUICIDE; BODY FOUND INSIDE BURNED HOME

September 29, 2010 (Poway) – Firefighters battling a fire at the home of Valentine Derkach in Poway on September 23rd found his body inside the residence. Following an autopsy, the San Diego County Coroner has concluded that gunshot wounds to Derkach’s head and chest were self-inflicted and ruled the death a suicide.

15 ACRES IN U.S. BURNED IN MEXICO FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The Border 11 fire which crossed into the U.S. two days ago has burned 15 acres on American soil but is now 100% contained on the U.S. side of the border, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler told East County Magazine this morning. “The fire is still actively burning in Mexico on the east and west flank,” he said. In Mexico,roughly 500 acres have burned, though accurate estimates are difficult to obtain, he added.

TRUCK ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY 67

September 27, 2010 (Poway) – All lanes of Highway 67 are now shut down due to a rollover accident involving a dumptruck and three vehicles. A SigAlert has been issued. According to the SigAlert, CHP is turning traffic around at Mt. Woodson and Archie Moore. Northbound lanes are shut down at Poway Road as of 9:01 a.m. Northbound motorists are advised to use Poway Road as an alternate route. Southbound traffic is being diverted onto Archie Moore to Highland Valley.

GUNFIRE, STABBING IN EL CAJON ENDS WITH 19 DETAINED

 

September 27, 2010 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire around midnight. Upon arrival, they found a man stabbed and beaten outside an apartment on Cuyamaca Street near Vernon Way, where a large fight had occurred. A six-hour standoff ensued. According to ECPD Lt. Tim Henton, officers believed whoever fired the gun was inside, along with possible shooting victims.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE HOSTS FIRE SAFETY COMMUNITY FAIR OCT. 9

September 27, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Fire station tours, fire safety demonstrations, and a children’s fun activity dinner are among the activities planned for this year’s Fire Safety Community Fair and open house. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th at the San Miguel Fire Station #22, 11501 Via Rancho San Diego in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon.

 

This "hot"event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the San Miguel Regional Firesafe Council, Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, and community partners including East County Magazine and the Viejas Wildfire & Emergency Alerts.

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHITMAN'S EDUCATION PLAN WILL LEAVE BEHIND AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE

 

By Ian Magruder, California Young Democrats 
 
September 26, 2010 (Sacramento) - As the election grows nearer, college and high school students, as well as educators and parents fear the effects of Meg Whitman’s education plan. Whitman clearly doesn’t understand or care about the future of California’s education system.
 
The candidate has already spent $119 million dollars on her campaign or the equivalent of paying a year’s pay for over 2,000 teachers in the state--  teachers that she plans to cut if elected.

SYLVIA'S SOAPBOX: CARLY FIORINA'S PLAN TO CONTINUE TAX CUTS FOR THE SUPER-RICH & CREATE JOBS...IN INDIA

 

By Sylvia Hampton

 

September 26, 2010 (San Diego) -- As the CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina told the world that giving high-tech jobs to foreign workers using H-1B status nonimmigrant visas was just part of the reality of globalization. Fiorina likes cheap labor. The woman she hopes to unseat, United States Senator Barbara Boxer, understands that preparing our own students to take these jobs is the better way to go. That is because Boxer sees the big picture while Firorina only looked at the bottom line for her company, Hewlett Packard. That is the company whose board of directors had to pay her over $20,000,000 just to get rid of her.

 

The company stock shot up on the news that Fiorina was ousted. So why would anyone want to vote for Fiorina instead of Boxer?

MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE FOR “IT’S IN THE HOLE” GOLF TOURNAMENT OCT. 22

September 26, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Some lucky golfer could go home a millionaire in the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce 3rd annual “It’s in the Hole” golf tournament. The event will take place at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego on October 22.

 

INJURIES IN MEXICO FROM FIRE THAT HAS NOW BURNED 6 ACRES IN U.S. AND 500 ACRES IN MEXICO

 

Update 9 p.m. Cal-Fire is sending five engines into Mexico.

September 26, 2010 (Tecate) 6:20 p.m. – Incident Page Network reports that a firetruck was overtaken by the fire at the U.S.- Mexico border fire shortly after 4 p.m. today. Cal-Fire spokesman Mike Mohler said he also received word that a fire truck may have burned but was unable to confirm.

 

However he assured, “All the firefighters are fine; a couple of civilians in Mexico were burned or injured and were transported to a medical facility in Mexico.”

GUHSD CANDIDATE FORUM THURS. SEPT. 30

 

September 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East county) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters of East County and the Foothills Secondary Council of PTAs will host efforts to host a forum for the candidates running for the Grossmont Union High School District Board of Trustees. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 30 at the Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa.

FIRES IN MEXICO

 

Update 4:30 p.m. The Mexico fire has crossed the border into the U.S. and has burned about a half acre. CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority has moved resources to the Tecate point of entry. Air Attack 330 is now equipped with a camera and downlink system that the ground incident commander can view real time to see how the fire is burning across the border. “This is the first Air Attack to have this system and it has proved itself as a major tool in the firefighting arsenal,” Cal Fire’s Mike Mohler said. Smoke is visible across a broad swath of East County.

September 26, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) 8:30 a.m. – Three fires in Mexico that began yesterday are generating smoke visible from East County. “We are monitoring them and we have a lookout out there.,” Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler told East County Magazine this morning. The U.S. Forest Service is also keeping watch, he added.

DESCANSO FIRE DESTROYS STRUCTURE

 


September 25, 2010 (Descanso) – A two-story structure, one vehicle and a boat were destroyed in a 2- to 5-acre brush fire in Descanso this afternoon. A second structure was saved thanks to efforts by firefighters, suffering 10% loss. One civilian suffered smoke exhaustion and two firefighters also suffered heat exhaustion, according to Cal-Fire.

BRUSH FIRE DOUSED IN SANTEE

 

September 25, 2010 (Santee) -- A brush fire in Santee charred approximately 40 acres late this afternoon, briefly threatening structures before firefights brought the blaze under control. Multiple agencies responded to the fire, which began at Carlton Hills and Lake Canyon.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "BRAN NUE DAE" SINGS AND DANCES TO A GRATING BEAT

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 25, 2010 (San Diego)--Bran Nue Dae is a film so dreadful I felt embarrassed just watching it. Everything about it literally made me cringe. Only the completionist in me got me staying until the end. Once the end credits began to roll, I didn’t just walk out of the theater. I ran to the nearest exit. No, I’m not making this up.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS" ON THE MONEY WITH FRESH SCRIPT

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 25, 2010 (San Diego)--Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens with Gordon Gekko being released from a federal penitentiary in the year 2001. Among the personal items given back to him is his mobile phone, one of those ugly giant cell phones that are an eyesore today but were trendy in the late 1980s. Gekko exits the penitentiary and sees everybody else being picked up, including one ex-convict in a limousine. But nobody comes for him. His face exudes loneliness. Here was a man who was big and rich twenty-five years ago but now nobody cares about him.

 

MONARCH MANIA TAKES WING IN ALPINE: SAGE & SONGBIRDS FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 25

 

September 18, 2010 (Alpine) -- After 13 wildly successful spring festivals, Sage & Songbirds s launching its first-ever Fall Festival in Alpine on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Viejas Outlet Center. Admission is free. Monarch Mania will feature a live Monarch butterfly release at 2 p.m., caterpillar races, a plant sale of specialty butterfly host plants, and a chrysalis tree where onlookers will watch butterflies emerge.

EXPLOSIVE WAS NOT FIRST PIPE BOMB FOUND IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOOD


 

September 24, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – The pipe bomb that severely injured Connie Hoagland, 52, on via Hacienda in Rancho San Diego yesterday was not the first such device to be found in the neighborhood. Two other pipe bombs have been reportedly found at an elementary school just blocks away within the past four years, including one that a neighbor claims exploded in August.

VIEJAS WINE FEST & “TRI-TIP THROWDOWN” SEPT. 25

 

September 20, 2010 (Alpine) – The inaugural Viejas Wine Fest, featuring samples from some of southern California’s premier wineries, will be held Saturday, September 25th in the Park at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, east of San Diego.

STOP SUNRISE POWERLINK MARCH AND RALLY SATURDAY SEPT. 25

 

Congressional debate to follow Stop Powerlink events

 

September 25, 2010 (Lakeside) – A rally for San Diegans who oppose the Sunrise Powerlink will be held Saturday, September 25th in Lakeside. The rally will be held at Lindo Lake Park (by the pavilions near the playground) at 10 a.m., followed by a march through Main Street in downtown Lakeside. 

PIPE BOMB CAUSED PICKUP EXPLOSION IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO, AUTHORITIES CONFIRM

Injured woman lives in Rolando, just blocks from where an earlier pipe bomb was found
 

September 24, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – The explosion that seriously injured Connie Hoagland yesterday afternoon after she started up her pickup truck in Rancho San Diego was caused by a pipe bomb, Sheriff’s officials confirmed today.

NEW! FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL IN JULIAN SEPT. 25-26

 

September 17, 2010 (Julian) -- The first annual Folk Music Festival will be held in historic Julian, paired with the 24th annual Julian Art Guild Show. Both events will be held on the rustic grounds of the Menghini Winery on September 25 and 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BRUSH FIRE NEAR RAINBOW SLOWS TRAFFIC

 

September 24, 2010 (Rainbow) -- The evening commute is slow on I-15 in north San Diego County due to a 5-10 acre brush fire near Rainbow. Forward spread has been halted, Cal-Fire reports. No further details are available at this time.

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