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A COMMUNITY DEDICATION FOR ALPINE’S VETERANS WALL OF HONOR MAY 30


 

April 26, 2011 (Alpine) --“Mission Honored: A Dream Achieved” is the theme on May 30, 2011, when the Veterans Wall of Honor Committee hosts a community celebration to dedicate a wall of honor for local veterans.

VICTIM , 92, IN FATAL LA MESA CRASH IDENTIFIED

April 26, 2011 (La Mesa) – Berniece Elizabeth Mosely, 92, died yesterday in an accident at 11:27 a.m. yesterday on Broadmoor Place in La Mesa, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s officer reports.

According to La Mesa Police, The vehicle drove into the front yard of a private residence, where the woman was ejected then run over by the Honda. A witness called 911, but death was confirmed immediately at the scene due to obvious trauma.

READER’S EDITORIAL: DEFEND OUR COMMUNITY SERVICES AND REC DEPT. FROM DESTRUCTON MAY 3

A community leader and historian contends that the City's proposal to eliminate its recreation department is a lemon--and that residents will be squeezed.

 

By Helen Ofield, president, Lemon Grove Historical Society

 

April 26, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – [Councilman] Tom Clabby has given permission to release to you his response to Howard Cook's bizarre email. Please see below. Cook, who ran as a budget wizard, is evidently unable to fathom the same budget figures you and I have been reading.

 

Poison pen letters like the one to Tom, wild statements to media (Channel 10 a couple of days ago, Union-Trib, etc.) to spread inaccurate statements, skewering long-time, skilled, city employees, attempting to divide the council on trumped-up fiscal issues -- all of this is a throwback to the bad old days when we suffered with a rogue councilman, who also touted himself as a financial wizard. The said rogue has long since been discredited, but not before nearly destroying the Senior Center with his budget mismanagement. In other words, history is repeating itself.

WOMAN WALKING IN POWAY IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

 

April 25, 2011 (Poway) – A Poway woman, 27, was attacked by an unknown assailant and knocked unconscious shortly after midnight on Saturday.  According to the San Diego Sheriff's department, the victim was walking in the 12600 block of Metate Lane around 12:30 a.m. when she was assaulted. 

 

After awakening in a nearby field, she made her way to a nearby residence where she was helped by people who called the Sheriff’s Department. The victim was taken to Pomerado Hospital, treated for injuries and examined for a sexual assault.

IT’S HOW WE LIVE! FESTIVAL MAKES HEALTH FUN


County's Family Day in the Park Set for Spring Valley Park on April 30; Family Fun Walk added to list of activities

 

April 25, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- Families are invited to stretch their legs in a day of fitness and fun at the sixth-annual It’s How We Live! Family Day in the Park health festival  from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 30 at Spring Valley Park, 8735 Jamacha Blvd. This year’s event has an invigorating line-up of activities, entertainment and giveaways--all free!

HELP DESIGN A WHEEL PARK AT LINDO LAKE

 HELP DESIGN A WHEEL PARK AT LINDO LAKE

 

(April 26, 2011 -- Lakeside) Skaters, bikers, scooter riders and everyone  is Invited to share Ideas. Interested young people and adults are encouraged to attend an upcoming meeting

to help design a proposed wheel-friendly plaza for Lindo Lake Park.

The meeting is scheduled for 6- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Lakeside

Community Center, 9841 Vine St. 

 

 

ROAD CLOSURES IN EAST COUNTY

April 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – A fatality accident in La Mesa involving a pedestrian struck by a car has shut down Broadmoor Street between Jericho and Kathy, La Mesa Police has informed East County Magazine. In addition, Calavo Drive at Challenge Blvd. in Spring Valley is shut down due to a tree fallen across the road, the CHP website reports.

 

Also use caution on Highway 67, where a signal light has been reported out at Willows Road.

In addition, readers who may have spotted smoke late this morning needn't be concerned. A fire in trees and brush in National City put up a large header of smoke, Incident Page Network reports. However Heartland Fire dispatch assures us that the blaze was swiftly doused. While structures were briefly threatened, only some fencing was damaged.

OPEN MIKE NIGHT AT THE SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFÉ APRIL 28 IN LA MESA

 

April 28, 2011 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to express yourself in public through the spoken word, poetry, song or dance at the Space Bar Internet Café at 7454 University Avenue in La Mesa tonight from 7:30-10:00 p.m.  The event, hosted by Jim Moreno, will feature author, poet and musician Lalo Velasco, recipient of a California Arts Council Grant. Refreshments are available.

 

"We've got a conga player from Cuba, and a percussionist from Ghana, and another from Zimbabwe that make the evening an interesting combination of music and spoken word," Moreno said.

DRAMATIC RESCUE AT MILDRED FALLS

 

April 24, 2011 (Julian) – San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA 12 helicopter conducted a hoist rescue late this afternoon for a victim who fell 30 feet, suffered injuries and became trapped between rocks at the base of Mildred Falls near Julian.

GENERATION ALZHEIMER’S: NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO FOCUS RESEARCH EFFORTS TO FIND PREVENTION, CURE, & TREATMENTS

 

Over the next 40 years Alzheimer’s disease will cost the nation $20 trillion--enough to pay off the national debt and still send a $20,000 check to every man, woman and child in America.

 

By Diane Wright, Alzheimer's Association

 

April 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- This year, the first wave of baby boomers are turning 65 – and with increased age comes increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. A new report, "Generation Alzheimer's: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers," sheds light on a crisis that is no longer emerging – but here.

LOVE IN BLOOM: LAVENDER FIELDS OPEN TO PUBLIC APRIL 29

 

April 24, 2011 (Valley Center) – Visiting season begins April 29 at at Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. Fragrant and beautiful, more than two dozen types of certified organic lavender bloom on the farm, which also features a gift shop, walking tours, classes, distillation demonstrations, speakers and tips for cooking with lavender herbs. The farm is open to visitors on Fridays, Satudays and Sundays through June.
 

Several special events are also planned for this spring and summer, including a Mother’s Day brunch on April 8th and a Forage Dinner on June 25th. Reservations are strongly recommended, since these popular events do sell out. 

VICTIM OF APRIL 20 DRIVE-BY SHOOTING DIES

 

April 24, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego Police Department Homicide detectives have assumed the investigation into Tuesday night’s shooting of Christopher Dunn, 28, after he died last night. Dunn was standing in the 200 block of Catania Street in the east San Diego Mountain View neighborhood around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday when a two-door, white Honda Accord with a tinted rear window stopped near him. The passenger door opened and gunshots rang out.

GOOD MONEY: GAS PRICES—HOW TO COPE!

 

a column written for the East County Magazine

“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”

 

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

April 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Friends, we need to view current gas prices as the “new normal” and not assume that this is a temporary condition. Most people were shocked at the gas prices when they rose in 2008, but this time they are not nearly as shocked and upset, even though prices are surpassing 2008 levels.

DON’T CATCH THE WRONG KIND OF SPRING FEVER!

 
County Urges Residents to Take Precautions, Avoid Disease-Carrying Pests
 

 

April 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- Spring is in the air, which means county residents are probably dreaming about beautiful weather and outdoor activities --- not worrying about mosquitoes, rodents, West Nile virus, hantavirus, plague and tularemia.

 

You shouldn’t have to worry, according to San Diego County Environmental Health officials, as long as you ake simple steps to protect yourselves and your families from disease-carrying animals and insects.

PIPE BOMB SCARE PROVES HARMLESS IN SANTEE

 

 

April 23, 2011 (Santee) – Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson squad responded to a call of a possible pipe squad in a gutter in the 9500 block of Cuyamaca Street in Santee Thursday evening. The device, a foot-long, three-inch-wide PVC pipe, was capped at both ends which appeared to be glued shut. No wires were visible.

SUPERVISOR JACOB HOSTS “COFFEE WITH CONSTITUENTS” APRIL 28 IN ALPINE

 

April 23, 2011 (Alpine) --Supervisor Dianne Jacob invites you to a a “Coffee with Constituents” on Thursday, April 28 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Alpine Woman’s Club, 2156 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.

READER’S EDITORIAL: A VIEW WORTH PRESERVING

 

By Billy Ortiz

April 23, 2011 (Lakeside) – It’s a beautiful April day as I head down East Main Street in El Cajon towards my home near Tunnel Hill. I can't help but notice Old Glory high above the El Cajon skyline and beyond, my favorite place towering in the background: El Cajon Mountain, also known as El Capitan.

 

I have often wondered why it is called El Cajon Mountain, but after seeing this view I think I understand. I am a historian; the first thing I think of when I see a sight like this is what East County must have looked like say 100 years ago. The view today remains much as it did a century ago--but now this scenic and historic view is at risk.

BEADS, BOURBON AND BEIGNETS: ROTARY HOSTS MARDI GRAS-THEMED CHARITY AUCTION APRIL 29

 

April 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Rotary Club of El Cajon will host its 20th Annual Charity Auction, which this year has a New Orleans Mardi Gras theme entitled "Beads, Bourbon & Beignets!"

 

The event will feature live music by the San Diego Cajun Playboys and includes dinner. A silent and live auction will be held to benefit the Rotary Club of El Cajon and continue to help fund the organization's community and civic endeavors throughout the City of El Cajon.

QUILTS FOR JAPAN FROM LEMON GROVE SOROPTIMISTS

 

 

April 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove)—Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove recently created and shipped four handmade quilts to their sister club, Soroptimist International of Yamaguchi, which will auction the quilts on May 8 at a special bazaar. Proceeds will benefit displaced victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation disaster in Japan which have left over a half million people homeless.

WILL POWER REPORT: STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY

 

Nothing but the Truth!

By Will Power

 

April 21, 2011 (San Diego)--The Republican House majority, which has been spending trillions on worthless wars, has suddenly decided that the government is spending too much. But instead of declaring victory and bring the U.S. Army home to watch the Mexican border, the Republicans have decided to cut Medicare and Social Security.

READER’S EDITORIAL: TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION IS ALIVE AND WELL

 

By David Smyle

 

April 23, 2011 (La Mesa)--On Wednesday April 20th, the Helix Water Board on a 4-1 vote approved the two year MOU negotiated by the employees for the employees with no rate payer representation. That’s right! Mark Weston and Lisa Irvine, employees of Helix Water were appointed by the Board to represent the ratepayers’ interest in the negotiations with the employees.

RENTER BACKS INTO LANDLORD, 90, NEAR SDSU

 

 

April 23, 2011 (San Diego) – A 90-year-old woman walking on a private driveway at 4847 Art Street in the east College was seriously injured yesterday when one of her tenants was backing up a vehicle and struck her. She fell to the ground and sustained a serious head injury.

NEED MONEY? “GRANTWRITING FOR SUCCESS: SOURCES & STRATEGIES” WORKSHOP OFFERS NATIONAL EXPERT’S TIPS MAY 6 IN SAN DIEGO

 

Jan McAdams, national grantwriting expert with over $125 million in funded grants and sponsorships, will speak at event sponsored by Heartland Coalition/UnitedGREEN

 

April 22, 2011 (San Diego) -- In accordance with its extensive community outreach services, The Heartland Coalition/UnitedGREEN (publisher of East County Magazine) will host a workshop titled “Grantwriting for Success: Sources and Strategies" on Friday, May 6, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The featured speaker is Jan McAdams, a nationally-recognized grantwriting expert and creator of the book Grantwriting for Success.

 

All nonprofit and for-profit firms that are currently seeking grant support for their services are encouraged to attend this exciting program.

SUSPECT SHOT BY EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER IDENTIFIED

 

4 juveniles arrested on drinking, drugs and graffiti charges

 

April 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police have released new details regarding a shooting that occurred April 19 at 11 p.m. near Johnson Elementary School. Victor Charles Hernandez II, 28, was shot by Officer Jason Briley; the bullet passed through his wrist and lodged in his chest.

EARTH DAY 2011: A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN

April 22, 2011 (The World) – Happy Earth Day! This year, organizers are encouraging people around the world to help create “ A Billion Acts of Green” – actions of environmental service and advocacy aimed at preserving our environment and our planet.

Ready to take part in Earth Day 2011? Pledge your “Act of Green” here: http://act.earthday.org/.  Scroll down for more ideas, and click this link for details: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2011

NO INVITATION TO THE ROYAL WEDDING? NO PROBLEM!

  

VIEJAS ROLLS OUT RED CARPET FOR GUESTS AT A ROYAL TEA

 

Wedding cake, visits from royal family look-alikes and replay of historic wedding on TV

 

April 22, 2011 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino vows to treat everyone like royalty as the world celebrates the historic wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. The public is invited to a Royal Tea (and coffee) from 3-5 p.m. in the V Lounge at Viejas Casino.

 

Cheers!

HOP TO IT: EASTER ACTIVITIES IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Jeremy Los

 

April 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Spring is in the air, the grass is green, the birds are chirping and Easter Sunday is right around the corner. This weekend provides ample opportunities to bask in the wonderful spring weather while enjoying a multitude of holiday activities for the whole family including Easter egg hunts, Easter brunches, a sunrise service atop Mt. Helix, bunny train rides and more.

JAMMIN’ IN THE PARK: SPRING HARP FEST APRIL 23 HELPS BRING BLUES MUSIC TO OUR SCHOOLS

 

 

April 22, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Oh Yeah! Once again, blues musicians will be jamming at the 12th annual Spring Harp Fest. Bring sunscreen, lawn chairs and friends to Harry Griffen Park (near the Amaya Street Trolley Station and Grossmont High School) in La Mesa for this fun, FREE concert on Saturday, April 23 from 12 noon to 7 p.m. 

FED UP TAX PAYERS TAKE TO THE STREETS--AND CALL FOR CORPORATION S TO PAY FAIR SHARE

 

While the TEA Party calls for tax cuts and slashing services, a new taxpayers' movement is outraged by some of America's biggest corporations paying zero taxes while reaping huge profits.  Now a national movement calling for corporations to pay a "fair share" has reached the streets in San Diego.

 

By Maria Yushinsky
Photos by Merton Gaudette (c) 2011

 

April 20, 2011 (San Diego) – Following the deadline for taxpayers to send in payments to the I.R.S., taxpaying members of U.S. Uncut San Diego, MoveOn.org and other community groups gathered at the San Diego Civic Center on Monday. Their goal?

 

Bringing to light the fact that some U.S. corporations are not paying their "fair share" of taxes and that working people of America are paying the price through cuts in social programs and essential services, say organizers.

 

HELIX WATER BOARD APPROVES MOU FOR EMPLOYEES, WEIGHS RATE HIKE OPTIONS

April 21, 2011 (La Mesa) – By a 4-1 vote, Helix Water District’s Board of Directors approved a new two-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) for its employees. General Manager Mark Weston said the “new reality” reflects recognition that employees need to share in pension contributions and that Helix pay rates and benefits are competitive with other districts.

But some ratepayers argued that the changes do not go far enough.

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