August 2009 Articles
BORDER PATROL OFFERS QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFO ON AGENT’S DEATH; FBI ASKS PUBLIC HELP TO SOLVE MURDER CASE
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Deborah Craig
August 6, 2009 (San Diego) –The U.S. Border Patrol has added a $250,000 reward to the growing pool of reward money offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing agent Robert Rosas July 23 at the border near Campo.
“As a result of some of the media attention and as a byproduct of the investigation we are following up on a number of leads here in the U.S. and in Mexico,” FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth told East County Magazine in an interview today. “This is one of the highest priority investigations that we are conducting here in the Southern California law enforcement community.” The FBI previously announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the killers, plus a $10,000 reward for information leading to recovery of Rosas’ stolen .40 caliber service pistol, a Heckler-Koch P2000.
August 6, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)1:45 p.m. – Two brush fires in Lakeside and Poway have been quickly contained.
In Poway, a vegetation fire started at approximately noon today next to 15281 Hilltop Circle. “With assistance of the San Diego Fire Department, helicopters and us, we were qable to keep it at three acres,” Poway Fire Chief Mark Sanchez said. One structure was threatened, however no property damage or injuries occurred, he confirmed. “We are currently on scene doing mop-up."
The forward spread of another fire has been stopped at Broken Wheel Road and Eucalyptus Drive near the community of Eucalyptus Hills in Lakeside.
By Peter Tworoger
Identity theft can be devastating. The costs associated with identity theft have surpassed that of the drug trade. According to USA Today, the number of victims is expected to increase 20 fold over the next few years.
Identity theft is not just about credit cards. The five types of identity theft are: DRIVERS LICENSE * SOCIAL SECURITY * MEDICAL * CHARACTER/CRIMINAL * FINANCIAL
How can identity theft harm you—and what can you do to protect yourself, your family and your business from identity theft?
SAN DIEGO SELECTED AS TARGET MARKET FOR LARGEST TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT IN U.S. HISTORY
U.S. Department of Energy Chooses ECOtality’s eTec to Implement Project: 1,000 Electric Cars to be Tested in San Diego County
August 5, 2009 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec) today announced that eTec, a leader in development of advanced transportation and energy systems, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to implement the largest transportation electrification project in U.S. history through a $99.8 million grant.
SAN DIEGO, August 4, 2009 – Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) has reported second quarter 2009 earnings of $198 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared with second-quarter 2008 earnings of $244 million, or $0.98 per diluted share. Sempra Energy reaffirmed its previously announced 2009 earnings-per share guidance range of $4.35 to $4.60. Second-quarter 2009 results included an asset write-off of $64 million at Sempra Pipelines & Storage.
August 4, 2009 (Borrego Springs) -- On Friday, July 31, Borrego Springs was designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as only the second official International Dark Sky Community on earth—and the first in California.
By Miriam Raftery,, Voter's Watchdog columnist
August 4, 2009 (San Diego) – An overflow crowd packed the Mission Valley Library on Saturday, August 1st, when Common Cause hosted a town hall meeting to discuss overhauling the state’s constitution. The government reform group is hosting a series of townhalls throughout California, joining a diverse coalition calling for change in our legislative process. One business-led group revealed plans to put initiatives on next year’s ballot to convene a state Constitutional Convention and rewrite the rules on how we make our laws.
“We believe California’s system of government is fundamentally broken,” Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, said in a statement published the group’s website. The Council represents 275 of the Bay Area’s largest employers ranging from Google to major oil companies, foundations and educational institutions.
By Sylvia Hampton
August 2009 (San Diego) -- I was born in Chicago and grew up in St. Louis Missouri. Back in “the day” I thought California was the coolest state with the best of everything---youth, sun, beauty, film making, innovation, and good government. It had the best schools and led the way on bright ideas. Then along came the anti-tax, anti-environmental protection, anti-public schools, anti-gay, anti-evolution, pro-assault weapon, pro-three strikes, flat earth society crowd to change all that. They took great advantage of their minority status to make demands on the majority because their votes were needed to get that pesky two thirds super majority vote to pass the budget. Now we are cutting education funding, environmental protections and social services and to hell with the consequences.
California is no longer the “golden” state, but the state of chaos.
August 3, 2009 (San Diego)—Movies in the park have emerged as this summer’s hot new trend for free family fun.
This weekend, Allied Gardens Community Park (just north of I-8) installs a 15 by 20 foot inflatable screen and professional sound system to bring you a first-rate Hollywood movie in the park at dark. Navajo Events, sponsors of the film showing, invite you to watch a big-screen presentation of “Night at the Museum” starring Ben Stiller.
By Ryan Lescure
August 3, 2009 (Alpine) -- I found Pure Hoppiness a month ago, largely by accident. I strolled into the local watering hole and attempted to order my usual beer. I was informed by the bartender that they had just run out. After regaining my composure, and wiping the tears from my eyes, I settled on Pure Hoppiness, a double India Pale Ale brewed by the Alpine Beer Company.
I was so taken with the hoppy, yet smooth taste of Pure Hoppiness that I made sure to look up Alpine Beer Company after my walk home. Upon visiting their website, I was astonished to discover that were based in Alpine, California.
August 3, 2009 (El Cajon) Grossmont College in El Cajon will host a one-day film festival featuring 20 films produced by students and independent filmmakers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. The public is invited to attend. An all-day admission ticket is $5. In addition to film viewing, workshops will be delivered on script writing, casting calls and tips on how to make a film for under $500.
August 2, 2009 (El Cajon) --Looking for some fun in the sun? Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce invites community members to take their best shots with local business members in the “It’s in the Hole Golf Tourmanent” Friday October 16. The event will be held at the brand new Lakes Course at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego. Early-bird registration (before Sept. 15) is $89 and includes dinner, awards ceremony, riding cart, and prizes plus 18 holes of golf. (photo: Team Barney & Barney, 2008 winners)
Not a golfer? No problem! The Chamber encourages you to make a donation to sponsor a military veteran.
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July 5, 2009 (Borrego Springs)--Few celestial sights are as stunning as an August desert sky. On Saturday, August 15, famed astronomer and night sky photographer Dennis Mammana offers an evening of galactic viewing along the Milky Way.
Mammana invites guests to "witness some of the most magnificent scenery anywhere" from “the nearest of stars and glowing nebulae to the shattered remains of once mighty suns to our galaxy's most distant stellar clusters."