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STONEY'S KIDS AND COTTONWOOD GOLF CLUB HOLD TOURNAMENT BENEFITING THE EAST COUNTY FOOD DRIVE DECEMBER 12

 

 

 

 

 

December 9, 2012 (El Cajon)--Where else can you have fun, and do great things for kids at the same time? Sign up for the December 12 golf tournament at Cottonwood Golf Club, and bring an unwrapped toy for East County Toy and Food Drive. For a fee of $49.00, the tournament includes:

THE FAR EAST PROJECT: 2012 CLOSING CEREMONIES NOV. 30

November 18, 2012 (San Diego) – The Far East Project will celebrate its firs year with the 2012 Closing Ceremonies to be held at 3rd Space, 4610 Park Blvd., San Diego on November 30 at 7:00 p.m. The first year of The Far East Project draws to a close with an enormous amount of accomplishment under its belt: a conference on the future of East County arts, a photo contest, a website archiving populist submissions, events on two college campuses, and the first published volume of a people’s history of East County, “Everything Just as It Is”.

AS COUNT CONTINUES, SOME RACES NARROW WHILE OTHERS WIDEN; JUST 7 VOTES SEPARATE CANDIDATES IN ONE EAST COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

By Bill Weaver

November 13, 2012 (San Diego)—On Election Night, several important races in San Diego and East County were too close to call.  Counting is underway of mail-in and provisional ballots at the County Registrar of Voters, where about 210,000 ballots countywide remain to be counted. 

“WORST ENVIRONMENTAL BILL EVER” IN CONGRESS SPLITS VOTES AMONG LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

By Miriam Raftery

October 20, 2012 (Washington D.C) – H.R. 3409 has been called the worst environmental bill ever Congress by SustainableBusiness.com. Deceptively titled the “Stop the War on Coal Act”, the bill in fact repeal major public health and environmental safeguards, even overturning Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act protections. 

Duncan Hunter and Darrell  Issa, both Republicans, voted for the bill, Congresswoman Susan Davis, a Democrat, joined with Republican Brian Bilbray in voting no. Bob Filner did not vote.

“PAINT THE TOWN RED” FOR SDSU HOMECOMING WEEK- OCT. 10-12

October 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Mid-October is Homecoming week for San Diego State University. This year’s homecoming theme is “Paint the Town Red”--something the Honorary Chair and Grand Marshall for the festivities – The Show – knows all about!

SDSU will host several events starting Sunday, Oct. 7 and leading up to the homecoming football game against the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium.

HEARTLAND FIRE AND RESCUE OPEN HOUSE EVENTS OCTOBER 13, 2012

 

October 4, 2012 (East County, San Diego) -- Heartland Fire & Rescue will be hosting three Fire Open House events on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Lemon Grove, El Cajon and La Mesa. 

This is an opportunity to receive free safety tools and important lessons for you and your children.

YMCA’S BRANDING EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOR LOCAL YOUTH AND FAMILIES SEPT. 29

September 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Saturday, September 29, hundreds of East County residents will shine their belt buckles and don their best pair of jeans for East County Family  YMCA’s annual fundraiser called The Branding. The event, now in its 19th year, will be held in a western setting at McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego.

Since The Branding’s inception, thanks to the generosity of community members, sponsors, donors, and dedicated volunteers, The Branding  has raised more than $1.5 million.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWER

 

 

August 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Daren Sefcik photographed our own East County light show—the Perseid Meteor Shower illuminating the night sky above Blair Valley on August 11. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: ON THE ROCKS

 

July 23, 2012 (McCain Valley) - ECM reader Tom Lemon sent in these spectacular photos of McCain Valley, site of the proposed Tule Wind facility in San Diego's East County.

"I first visited McCain Valley around 1995 after reading Jerry Shaad's book Afoot and Afield in San Diego County. I began camping and hiking in the Valley and explored the trails and side roads to vista points where you can see the abandoned San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railroad tracks, the Salton Sea, and Castle Butte in Arizona. Yes, you can see all the way to Arizona," he wrote.

"My friend Brian getting into the spirit of McCain. Yeah, it does make you feel like that."

SAN DIEGO’S PHIL’S BBQ WINS TRAVEL CHANNEL’S BEST WEST COAST SANDWICH

 
Phil’s BBQ El Toro tri-tip sandwich takes one of ten regional titles to advance to the final round
 
July 19, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Phil’s BBQ was named the West Coast Regional Winner of the Travel Channel show “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.” Phil’s El Toro tri-tip sandwich is one of ten regional winners that will move on to the final round of judging, where one sandwich will be named Best Sandwich in America.  There’s good news for East County foodies:  Phil’s BBQ will be coming to Santee this fall. (Here’s a clip of the Phil’s BBQ segment.)

LA MESA CENTENNIAL “AMAZING GEOCACHE” CHALLENGE BEGINS

 
Modern Day Scavenger Hunt Uses GPS-Enabled Devices to Find City’s Historic Treasures
July 17, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial-themed Amazing Geocache Challenge is officially on, and anyone who appreciates a fun and family-friendly modern-day scavenger hunt is encouraged to participate – and possibly win prizes along the way. Officially started on June 2 to coincide with the city’s Flag Day Parade, the Challenge concludes at 5:00 pm October 7, 2012, coinciding with the end of the La Mesa Oktoberfest. It’s not to late to participate!

PROMINENT LOCAL ARTISTS ATTEND COMIC-COM

 

By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott 

July 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Comic book authors and artists from East County and across our region were among the throngs seeking to meet fans, sell their works, and attend the esteemed Iesner Awards. 

SARA'S STORY: EAST COUNTY ACTIVIST LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO FREE SARA KRUZAN

 

 Carrie Christie's "Dear Kamala" Postcard Campaign Brings Attention to Sex Trafficking Victim Sara Kruzan
 
Story by Ron Logan
 
Update November 1, 2013:   Ron Logan e-mailed ECM to inform us that Sara Kruzan has been freed after 19 years in prison and is now living in a halfway house.
 
July 7, 2012 (San Diego) – This Independence Day promised the usual smell of barbecued burgers and dogs, the taste of chilled drinks, the glisten of suntan lotion, the sound of children playing, and the smoke, the lights and the crackle of pyrotechnics. Across the nation, families celebrated their independence, partied with friends, and enjoyed the freedoms that we far too often take for granted. 
 
But this Independence Day meant much more for Sara Kruzan – a woman who has never known independence, has never enjoyed freedom, and has fallen through the cracks of our society. 

 

REMEMBERING DAD: GRAVESIDE AND AT ROADSIDE MEMORIALS

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Buying a round of golf for dear old dad at Carlton Oaks Golf Course for Father’s Day is not an option for many in the East County. Not even buying a tie, cologne, or brunch at Barona or Viejas casinos.
 
The stark reality for many, young and old alike, is that their father has already passed away.  What remains are memories, photos, belongings, and a graveside.

STATE AND FEDERAL RUN-OFF MATCHUPS FOR NOVEMBER

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 15, 2012 (San Diego) –Who will be squaring off in the November run-off  to represent East County and San Diego in Congress and the State Legislature?

With all but 7,000 votes counted locally, according to the Registrar, here’s a rundown on these important race--including our assessment of the odds for those vying in the November run-off election:

EAST COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS RE-ELECTED

No opposition for Bill Garrett, Mary Kay Rosinski
 
June 10, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, and Mary Kay Rosinski, board vice president, have been re-elected without opposition for another four-year term. Because they had no challengers, the names of Garrett and Rosinski were not on the June 5 ballot for East County voters. The college district operates Grossmont College in El Cajon and Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, serving almost 30,000 students.

ICBOC CITIZENS GROUP ISSUES ITS 2011 ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 
 
April 27, 2012 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2011 Annual Report to the Community.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS FEATURED AT “ARTWALK” FESTIVAL APRIL 28 IN LITTLE ITALY

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s original fine art festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 28th year. Featuring artists who live in the East County area as well as San Diego, the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday , April 28 and 29, when 17 blocks of Little Italy will be transformed for this free festival. ArtWalk offers a unique opportunity for members of the public to engage directly with over 350 artists who will be there to display their original works for exhibit and sale. The art on display will include a wide range of paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glasswork and photography.

HIKER FINDS NATURAL BEAUTY—AND NO CROWDS AT CEDAR CREEK FALLS ON REOPENING DAY

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2012 (Cedar Creek) – When Ed Hale read that the National Forest Service (NFS) was reopening one of two entrances to Cedar Creek Falls starting yesterday, he and a friend headed east to hit the trail--and brought back a firsthand account of their experiences as well as some changes at the popular hiking site.

EASTER FEASTS: LOCAL RESTAURANTS SERVING BRAISED RABBIT, LITTLE PIGS, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SEAFOOD AND MORE

 
 
March 27, 2012 (San Diego) –Looking for a place to savor a feast on Easter Sunday?  Several local restaurants are offering a variety of options. From rack of lamb to roasted rabbit, you’ll find a wealth of savory options.
 
Here’s what’s hopping at a trio of our region’s top restaurants, including Terra Bistro in East County and two popular San Diego eateries.

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: EAST COUNTY EARTH DAY--SUBSIDY BEFORE PLANET?

 
By Susan Brinchman
 
March 25, 2012, (San Diego's East County) -- On April 1, 2012, an event called East County Earth Day will be held at Mt. Helix Park, billed as a "free, family-friendly event [that] invites residents of East County to experience a local perspective on Earth-friendly practices". The event underwriter is San Diego Gas & Electric, according to the Mt. Helix Park Foundation website. While I commend those who planned the event, I suggest that an event underwriter should have been found that has a record of being Earth-friendly. 

WINTER WONDERLAND: EAST COUNTY READERS SHARE THEIR PHOTOS

By Miriam Raftery

March 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- As a late winter storm sweeps across our region, readers in San Diego's East County have shared some of their favorite photos of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan La Salle shared these first two pastoral images of Pine Valley, where a blanket of white coats corrals and farmlands--serving up a "cool" setting for local barnyard animals.

KICK OFF SPRING WITH THE CHAMBER'S - MARCH MADNESS MIXER AND NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION MARCH 21

 
March 14, 2012 (Alpine) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is kicking off spring with a March Madness Mixer and New Member Orientation on March 21.  The event is being held at Viejas Casino, Dreamcatcher Lounge, 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Appetizers and cocktails will be served.

HORSE DIES OF RATTLESNAKE BITE

 

March 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite recent cold weather, rattlesnakes are active—and a bite proved deadly this week on a local trail, the Blossom Valley network reports.

SPRITES HOSTS BENEFIT MARCH 24

 
March 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Sprites of East County, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, will host its annual benefit on March 24 at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley.  The theme of this year's event is "Sprites Revolution." The annual benefit includes a silent auction, fashion show featuring apparel from Fashion Valley stores, dance performances, and a delicious catered lunch.  All proceeds benefit their charities.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FLOWER POWER

 

March 4, 2012 (East County) --Henri Migala sent in this close up  image of sunshine-hued blooms here in East County--sure signs that Spring is in the air. 

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

March 2, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:    
 
 
 
 
  
LOCAL 
  • Mayor: City’s structural deficit over (10 News)
  • San Diego has most expensive gas in nation (UT San Diego)
  • Low rainfall may mean more local conservation (10 News)
  • Get to know new District 9 candidates: Speak City Heights (Voice of San Diego)
  • Teen struck by trolley was becoming ‘man of integrity’ mentor says ; has shown improvement from brain injury (La Mesa Patch)
  • Case shows flaws at special police force (UT San Diego)
  • Boy accused of killing friend receiving ‘extraordinary care’ (10 News)
  • Heroin use jumps 229 percent amongst county’s young adults (Santee Patch)
  • Refugee moms and their American daughters bond through cooking (KPBS)
 
STATE 
  • Consumer advocates, unions back healthcare ballot measures (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Republican party endorses auto rates initiative (Sacramento Bee)
  • Fewer than 1 in 3 California registered Republican (Sacramento Bee)
  • Democrats want to extend guaranteed retirement savings to private sector (Sacramento Bee)
  • Investigation alleges abuse cover-up at California centers for the disabled (KPBS)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.  

LAKESIDE HAS STARS—STARLINGS, THAT IS

 
By Emma Cajthaml

February 4, 2012 (Lakeside)--This past weekend, a local East County volleyball club, Lakeside Starlings, competed in Anaheim at the second of three qualifying tournaments. The day started off slow with three losses but ended well with a win against the Christian club, Pursuit. 

 

ELITE GYMNASTICS ACADEMY BLOOD DRIVE FEB 16

 
Elite Gymnastics Academy partners with the American Red Cross

 
February 4, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Elite Gymnastics Academy, along with the American Red Cross, is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, February 16th, from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Elite Gymnastics Academy, 1817 John Towers Avenue in El Cajon.

 

 

MISS ALPINE, MT EMPIRE AND SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY PAGEANTS MARCH 25: CONTESTANTS WANTED


January 31, 2012  (Alpine) -- On Saturday, March 25, 2012 the communities of Alpine and Mt. Empire will host one of their traditions, the Miss Alpine, Miss Mt. Empire, and Miss East County Scholarship Pageants.

The organizers are seeking young women ages 6-24 to participate in the pageants that have been a mentoring program for them. The pageants are produced by the Associated Pageants of Alpine/Mt. Empire and focus on community service. There is no swimsuit competition, and no entry fee to participate, only a sponsorship fee.
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