August 2009 Articles
August 17, 2009 (San Diego's East County) -- At 2:41 pm firefighters from CAL FIRE responded to a vegetation fire located at Old Highway 80 and Live Oak Springs. In an attempt to rapidly extinguish these flames, firefighters utilized a joint effort with allied agencies to battle the blaze.
By Marisa Kezirian
Photos by Miriam Raftery
August 16, 2009 (La Jolla) – It was a day filled with education and excitement for Native American youngsters enrolled in Camp Heyaay Coome Kooknumch, which means “The Elders Long Ago Tell Our Stories.”
On an August 3rd field trip sponsored by the Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, more than 60 local Indian children and teens visited the Birch Aquarium at Scripps to learn about their origins and ancestral history--then headed to the beach for summertime fun complete with surfing lessons.
August 16, 2009 (San Diego) -- Sheriff William D. Gore announced this week that San Diego County will receive an additional $4.9 million in funding from Operation Stonegarden. This is an augmentation of the initial $8.8 million awarded to the region last month. The Operation Stonegarden grant enhances the capabilities of local law enforcement to coordinate with federal, state and local agencies in an effort to deter violence and combat illegal activity along the Southwest Border.
BOOK REVIEW: HOWARD DEAN’S PRESCRIPTION FOR REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM: HOW WE CAN ACHIEVE AFFORDABLE MEDICAL CARE FOR EVERY AMERICAN AND MAKE OUR JOBS SAFER
By Howard Dean, M.D.
Chelsea Green Publishing
Reviewed by Miriam Raftery
The free market just doesn’t work in medicine. You can’t be an informed consumer. I never saw someone with severe chest pain jump off the table and say, Doctor, I’m going to the cheaper guy down the street.” -- Howard Dean. M.D. , on a recent book tour in San Diego
August 16, 2009 (San Diego) –I first became intrigued to read this book when a conservative Republican hospital board member in East County confided, “I hate to admit it, but the healthcare reform plan that makes the most sense to me is Howard Dean’s.” Dean visited San Diego on a book signing tour last month, where he spoke about his book and fielded questions from the audience—providing scalpel-sharp responses.
Editor's Note: Our columnist, Judith Seid, has been a featured guest on NBC and San Diego News Network recently, for those who want more of her "Good Money" advice.
GOOD MONEY: Your guide to profitable & socially responsible investing
By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Financial Group
August 15, 2009 (La Mesa) -- It doesn’t get much better than this for first-time home buyers. Low interest rates. Home prices at a five-year low--and free government money for your purchase!
By Janelle Eckardt
August 15, 2009 (San Diego)--A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Oh, wait, wrong introduction. Sorry. Not so long ago in a lovely convention center downtown, thousands of people flocked from all corners of the globe to revel in the Mecca of pop culture that is Comic-Con International.
The largest convention of its kind may also be the most accessible to attendees with disabilities and extrasensory powers alike.
George Galdorisi and Thomas Phillips.
Minneapolis, Zenith Press. 2008. 642 pages.
Reviewed by Walter Hall
August 15, 2009 (San Diego)--This is a remarkable and opportune book. San Diego-based authors George Galdorisi and Thomas Phillips – both with significant operational experience in multiple theaters – are not poets. But they have given their narrative an epic quality.
To distill the past 100 years of combat search and rescue (CSAR) experience between two covers is an achievement; to publish it just as the battle for future national security resources is joined may well be a public service.
EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH VIEJAS FIRE DEPT. TO SPONSOR FREE WILDFIRE & EMERGENCY ALERT SERVICE
August 13, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) –East County Magazine (www.eastcountymagazine.org) and Viejas Fire Department announce a partnership to improve wildfire and emergency notification for all San Diego County residents.
“We are pleased to partner with the East County Magazine on the wildfire alerts,” said Viejas Fire Chief Don Butz (photo). “Viejas tribal members have worked on the front lines of fire protection for many generations, and helping to provide these wildfire alerts once again demonstrates the tribe’s continued commitment to protecting the safety of area residents, both on the reservation and off. We look forward to working with East County Magazine to increase the visibility and effectiveness of the Viejas Wildfire Alerts and create another valuable public safety resource for communities throughout San Diego County.” Click here to sign up for free wildfire alerts and East County news.
McGRATH FAMILY YMCA GETS ONE STEP CLOSER TO OPENING DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY
Rancho San Diego (Aug. 13). –After much anticipation, the McGrath Family YMCA’s expansive concrete walls will be lifted towards the sky, giving the community a visual of what’s to come; A 35,000 sq. ft. full-service YMCA facility in Rancho San Diego. A Tilt-Up event that must be seen to be believed is scheduled for Monday, August 17, 2009 from 7:30am to 11:30am at 12012 Campo Road, Rancho San Diego.
August 13, 2009 (San Diego) -- Bring your rafts for the pool or beach chairs for the deck, then head on over to the Allied Gardens Pool for a "dive-in" movie this Saturday night, August 14th. Showtime for a viewing of Shark Tail starts at 7:45 p.m.
August 14, 2009 -- The Utility Consumers Action Network has filed two petitions with appellate courts seeking to halt construction of Sunrise Powerlink, Sempra Energy’s high-voltage power line project slated for East County.
By Miriam Raftery
August 13, 2009 (La Mesa) – This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, join a historical free walking tour through downtown La Mesa and learn about our region’s colorful past. The tour will include a professional impersonator portraying Mary Porter, a famous La Mesa resident of the era, as well as music and costumed tour guides.
August 13, 2009 (La Mesa) -- At 3:20 p.m., a lone suspect entered the Ralph’s Grocery Store, located at 8800 Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa, and approached a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank kiosk. The suspect drew a large frame, semi-automatic pistol from his front waistband, slammed the gun on the counter, and demanded cash from the teller.
LA MESA VOTES FOR CONDITIONAL APPROVAL OF SDG&E POWER SHUT-OFF PLAN; MAYOR, COUNCILMEMBERS BLAST COUNTY ON FIRE PROTECTION
2 CONFLICTING RECOMMENDATIONS MADE TO CPUC
by Miriam Raftery
August 13, 2009 (La Mesa)—“We are here because the County has not done a damn thing to protect the people in the backcountry,” La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid said at a La Mesa City Council meeting on Tuesday. Council voted 4 to 1 to draft a letter supporting its Fire Chief in calling for the California Public Utilities Commission to approve San Diego Gas & Electric’s controversial proposal to shut off power when five key conditions for fire risk exist. Councilman David Allen, a firefighter (photo), also criticized the County for having no fire department.
August 13, 2009 (Santee) -- The Santee City Council held a town hall meeting on Wednesday, August 12th to discuss a proposed cable ski park at Santee Lakes.
August 12, 2009 (Alpine) – Four small fires are burining along Eastbound Interstate 8 between Old Highway 80 and Tavern Road, near the community of Alpine (TB Map 1233) between the Dunbar and Tavern Road exits.
“The spread of all four fires has been stopped,” CAL FIRE spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik reported at 4:45 p.m. “Two of the fires have been contained.” The largest of the fires is currently under an acre.
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10, 2009 – If you had $100,000 what would you do to “green” Southern California? That is the challenge that the Sempra Energy Foundation has posed to non-profit organizations with an environmental focus. Those chosen will receive between $25,000 and $100,000, as part of a new $1 million Environmental Champions Awards program created to recognize the environmental efforts of Southern California organizations.
Non-profits can submit their applications at www.sempraenergyfoundation.org from now until Sept. 4 in one of three categories: natural resource protection and conservation; environmental education; or environmental health.
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IS THE GOOSE COOKED? CHERISHED MOTHER GOOSE PARADE FACES CANCELLATION IF FUNDS NOT RAISED BY MID-SEPTEMBER
August 10, 2009 (El Cajon) The historic Mother Goose Parade is in jeopardy of going dark this year--unless organizers can plump up their nest egg fast.
“We need to get the word out that we need to raise at least $150K minimum to put on this parade,” a letter from parade organizers revealed. “With the economic times hitting everyone, this is the time we need an entertaining parade the most—to bring smiles and something positive to families, especially our kids.”
August 10, 2009 (Campo) - If you see smoke over East County, don't panic. A large fire is burning in Mexico, just south of Campo. However it poses no threat to Americans on this side of the border since the wind is blowing in the opposite direction, CAL-FIRE Battalion Chief Nick Schuler assures us.
Should a threat arise that impacts the San Diego County region, we would activate our wildfire alert service. With fire danger high, we advise all readers to urge friends, family and coworkers to sign up for our free wildfire/emergency alert e-mail service, which can reach you even if phone lines or cell phone towers burn down. Just click the "subscribe" button at the top of this page - it's free!
PLAN PITS URBAN VS. RURAL COMMUNITIES IN HIGH-STAKES, LIFE-OR-DEATH DECISIONS
By Miriam Raftery
August 9, 2009 (La Mesa) – On Tuesday, August 11th at 4 p.m. the La Mesa City Council will consider whether to approve a highly controversial proposal by SDG&E to shut off power to up to 60,000 homes for up to three days during high-risk conditions for wildfires. SDG&E contends pulling the plug could prevent fires caused by its power lines during windy, dry conditions. But opponents contend that shutting off power would put thousands at serious risk if a fire starts from some other cause.
Story and photos by Takayuki Higuchi
In this exclusive interview, Chris Klich shares his insights and inspirations with East County Magazine. A native San Diegan and music instructor at Grossmont College, he has been performing professionally for 26 years, including appearances in East County with his Chris Klich Jazz Quintet. He has toured across America and around the world, playing everything from jazz to blues to swing to top-40. To hear his music and learn more, visit http://www.chrisklich.com/.
August 9, 2009 (San Diego) -- Calm, hard-working, caring, expressive…There are so many words to describe Chris Klich. However, there is one thing on which everyone would agree: he is one of our region’s most notable jazz musicians.
GOVERNOR SIGNS 2 BILLS BY HOLLINGSWORTH INTO LAW; PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT MORE RESOURCES TO MONITOR & PROSECUTE SEX OFFENDERS
August 9, 2009 (Sacramento) - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday announced the signing of two bills that will give law enforcement officials additional resources to more effectively monitor and prosecute registered sex offenders and sexually violent predators. Both were authored by Senator Dennis Holilngsworth (R-Murrieta) whose district includes East County, North County, and portions of San Diego.
Photos by Miriam Raftery and Marilyn Lukinich
August 8, 2009 (Alpine)--A little boredom turned into a roaring artistic success for ex-logger James Lukinich of Alpine.
Using a chain saw, the owner of the White Wolf Tree Service now coaxes charming designs out of wood. Fanciful birds, appealing bears, clever alligators and other creations quickly take shape. Making the first cut is the hardest part for Lukinich, who said in an interview that he’s not sure why that’s difficult.
“This site has posed a serious hazard to national forest visitors for over 20 years, and we have struggled to find the financial means to restore the area to its natural ecosystem. The site has some of the largest pine trees that exist on Laguna Mountain and it will make for a very enjoyable site for visitors once the project is complete.” -- Will Metz, Cleveland National Forest Supervisor
August 7, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) -- Regional Forester Randy Moore and Cleveland National Forest Supervisor Will Metz last week announced the inclusion of the decommissioning of the vacant Laguna Mountain Air Force Base funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Forest Facilities and Trails.
August 7, 2009 (Julian, CA)--(Julian, CA) “Eagle Observatory” will be dedicated at Julian High School at 5 p.m. on August 18, 2009. The astronomical observatory, funded through donations and built by volunteers, will be officially “opened” for observing and “first light”. Named “Eagle” for Julian High School’s mascot, the donated observatory is the result of tremendous collaboration that was organized by the founders of Starfest, a three-day stargazing festival slated for August 20-23 at the Menghini Winery.
By Ryan Lescure
Emerald defends vote for power-shut-off; tells opponents in backcountry to “bellayche to the County Supervisors” and urge use of Prop 172 funds for firefighting
August 6, 2009 (San Diego)--Water issues were the main topic of discussion at the San Diego chapter of Democracy for America's meeting last night. The event featured Marti Emerald, San Diego City Councilmember from District 7 (which includes some San Diego neighborhoods east of I-15, such as Allied Gardens and Del Cerro) and Howard Wayne, former Assemblymember and City Council Candidate for District 6.
By Miriam Raftery
August 6, 2009 (San Diego) – Violence, arrests and racial slurs have disrupted town hall meetings on healthcare reform in Florida, Pennsylvania and other states, where mobs opposed to healthcare reform attempted to shout down and drown out supporters.
August 6, 2009 (El Cajon) – Gene Locklear, former outfielder for the San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees, will be honored at an artist reception Friday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m.
The public is invited to meet Locklear and enjoy his artwork at Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery & Custom Framing, 120 East Main Street in El Cajon. His artwork will remain on display through the end of August.(photo: Bud's Dream, Lockyer painting on display at Heritage of the Americas Museum)
EX E-BAY CEO MEG WHITMAN, GOP CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, LAYS OUT PRIORITIES IN VISIT TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE: JOBS, EDUCATION & SPENDING CUTS FOR CALIFORNIA
By Miriam Raftery
August 6, 2009 (El Cajon) – Can the woman who led e-Bay to become one of the world’s most successful business models turn around California’s troubled economy?