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TWO INDEPENDENT ASSOCIATES JOIN LOCAL LAW FIRM

Firm name changes to Crowley Law Group

 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego)--After a more than a quarter century as a sole criminal defense attorney, Michael L. Crowley has brought two independent associates on board and changed the company name from the Law Offices of Michael L. Crowley to Crowley Law Group. The firm has offices in El Cajon and San Diego.
 

LOCAL CAL-FIRE FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN ACCIDENT

 

July 13, 2011 (San Diego) – Colby Shigley, 26, a Cal-Fire firefighter stationed at the Lyons Valley station in East County, has died of injuries sustained in an accident July 8th. Shigley was driving a 2000 Cadillac while visiting his terminally ill father in Munro Township, Michigan, when he struck trees and was killed.

 

Shigley, who lived in Alpine, leaves behind a wife, Justine, and their three children, Jaylynn, 4, Wyatt, 3, and Dylan, 8 months. A fund to help the family, the Firefighter Colby Shigley Memorial Fund, has been established at Navy Federal Credit Union in Santee.

FIRE PARCEL FEE: WHO PAYS, WHO DOESN’T?

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – As controversy burns around the new fire parcel fee signed into law by Governor Brown, many area residents have asked which communities and what types of structures are subject to the fees. East County Magazine spoke with Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant in Sacramento. We have answers--and a detailed map.

CSU HIKES SDSU PRESIDENT’S PAY 25%, ALSO RAISES STUDENT TUITIONS

 

“The assumption is that you cannot find a qualified man or woman to lead the university unless paid twice that of the Chief Justice of the United States. I reject this notion. “—Governor Jerry Brown

 

“The sad truth is that California isn’t prioritizing its education.” – Gregory Washington, president, California State University Student Association

 

EAST OF THE LINE: FIRE FEE SLAPPED ON POLITICALLY IMPOTENT MINORITY IS A SLIPPERY SLOPE FOR ALL

 By Billie Jo Jannen

July 13, 2011 (Campo)--I can vividly describe every one of the four fires that has burned through my property over the past 25 years. Notably, every one was started by someone who doesn’t live here. Causes include burning objects thrown from passing cars and trains, illegal fireworks by drunk Navy men, and border smugglers intent on their own agendas.

 

Also notable is that my family’s home survived every fire because of our personal efforts -- both costly and time-consuming -- to plan and execute our own defenses. Not a single fire department, including CalFire, has ever managed to arrive at my house before the fires did; the distances are simply too great and the fires too unpredictable.

FIRE DAMAGES HOME IN SANTEE

July 12, 2011 (Santee)--The Santee Fire Department along with units from Lakeside and La Mesa responded to the report of a residential structure fire at 9117 Fonteyn Ct. in Santee this afternoon. The first fire unit arrived just over eightminutes after the time of dispatch; 19 firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control and restricted the damage to the garage area.

GUHSD BOUNDARY COMMITTEE TO PRESENT REPORT THURSDAY

 Proposal that could halt Alpine high school construction will also be heard by board

 

July 11, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Boundary Committee for the Grossmont Union High School District has adopted recommendations for shifting high school boundaries throughout the distirct.  The recommendations will be presented Thursday, to the GUHSD Boardat 6 p.m. in the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street in El Cajon.

 

Lines will be changing across East County. For example, on Mt. Helix many students now in the Grossmont High School district are proposed to shift to Monte Vista, a school with a far poorer academic record, to ease overcrowding at Grossmont. In Blossom Valley, proposed new lines would similarly shift some students to a poorer performing school, in Lakeside sparking protests from parents.

BUILDING WITH CLYDE: GO GREEN BY REFURBISHING YOUR DECK

By Clyde Jennings

July 10, 2011 (La Mesa)--If you're not aware of the "green movement", you just haven't been paying attention. More than ever, and growing every year, homeowners not only are asking the age-old questions of price, features and style, but they seriously want to know the green attributes of a project. In other words, does the project in question impact the environment as little as possible?

 

 

BAD BET? TRIBAL BUSINESS ALLIANCE OPPOSES BILL TO LEGALIZE INTERNET POKER

July 12, 2011 (Sacramento) – The stakes are high.

 

SB 40, the Gambling Control Act introduced by Senator Lou Correa of Orange County, seeks to legalize intrastate Internet poker while cracking down on illegal online poker operations. Supporters say the bill would created a new source of revenues and jobs in California to ease budget deficits and high unemployment. But opponents contend it would undermine Indian tribal gaming operations and hurt tribal economic development.

CITY OF EL CAJON HOUSING PROGRAM HAS HELP FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS

 

July 12, 2011 (El Cajon) -- If your dream is to stop renting and own your first home – the City of El Cajon may be able to help you fulfill that dream with its newest housing development: Birchwood Lane, a Weiland Development project. 

 

All units will be affordable to low-and moderate-income “first-time” homebuyers and substantial first-time homebuyer assistance will be available.

MEDIA WATCH: MURDOCH HACKING SCANDAL REACHES U.S.—ASK CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARINGS

By Matt Butler

President and CEO, Media Matters for America 
 
July 12, 2011 (San Diego) --The charges against Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper, News of the World, have gotten so bad in recent days that people are being arrested and the entire newspaper was shut down. The Murdoch-owned tabloid, already under fire for allegedly hacking thousands of people's phones, reportedly hacked into the voicemail of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, potentially impeding a police investigation and giving her family false hope by deleting voicemails. Reports have also emerged of News of the World allegedly hacking the phones of families of fallen soldiers and the father of a victim of a July 2005 terrorist bombing.
 
And why should we care about what's happening over there?
 
 
 

RIVER PARK FOUNDATION TO CELEBRATE 10 SUCCESSFUL YEARS ON JULY 17

 

July 12, 2011 (San Diego, CA) – The San Diego River Park Foundation will be celebrating its tenth birthday on July 17 from 4-7p.m. at Mosaic Wine Bar

 
For ten years the San Diego River Park Foundation has been working to improve quality of life, along with our river and our community. You're invited to join supporters for great food, drink and friends while showing your support for the River Park Foundation. $75 per person includes appetizers and a hosted bar, auction and more.

WINE, DINE & LAUGH FOR HAITI CHARITY: SAN DIEGO DESSERTS TONIGHT 7PM!

July 12, 2011 (San Diego) – The hilarious comics from Brew Ha Ha will present a rollicking comedy show tonight, Tuesday July 12 at 7 p.m. feature top comic Albert Linton. The show is at San Diego Desserts & Bistro, 5987 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego 92115.

 

Half the proceeds will benefit Haitian charities. Donations are suggested; No cover charge.

FREE WORKSHOP FOR NEW ENTREPRENEURS ON "BUSINESS SUCCESS"

 

 

  

July 11, 2011 (East County) --The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s (GCCCD) Continuing Education and Southwestern College’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a free workshop on “Checklist for Business Success” from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday, July 15, at the East County Chamber of Commerce office, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon. 

DREAM DOGS LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 

By Cate Sacks

July 11, 2011 (Blossom Valley)--This wonderful 1 year old pure Rhodesian Ridgeback female is loving and sweet.  She loves to play with other dogs, and bonds closely to her family.  She is safe with dogs and people she does not know.  Comes when called, sleeps happily in a crate at night.  She loves both big and small dogs, and doesn't have aggression towards people or pets.  She has not been cat tested.

 

GET A FREE ORGANIC GARDEN—AND HELP TO BUILD IT

 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego) – Victory Gardens San Diego (VGSD) has kits available to help you start an organic garden – and they’re free to those who cannot afford to buy one. (Others may purchase one for a suggested donation in the $150-$350 range, depending on size). Chose from a raised planter bed or in-ground beds for your garden. In addition to getting plants, irrigation, gopher prevention materials and more, you will also receive a site visit from a project manager and get free advice from experts on how to grow fresh vegetables and fruits in your new garden.
 

SDG&E SIGNS RENEWABLE CONTRACTS FOR NEARLY 200 MW OF GREEN ENERGY

 

 
 
 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego) – Since January 1, 2011, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has added more than 1,200 megawatts (MW) of clean, green energy to its renewable portfolio. Today, the utility announced it has signed two more contracts: a 25-year power purchase agreement for 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power with Solar Gen 2 LLC and a one-year contract for 40 MW of geothermal power with Silicon Valley Power.
 

WILL POWER REPORT: THE INVISIBLE HAND

Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Power
 
 
July 11, 2011 (San Diego)--Capitalism, which is based on the classical economic model of Adam Smith, has morphed into a form of State Socialism, whereby the profits of private corporations are guaranteed by the Full Faith and Credit of the US taxpayers.  This has resulted in a huge national debt of $11 trillion and counting.
 
 
What's worse, the separation of the US Fed and the US Congress means the financial rules have been fixed.  The game is rigged in the favor of Big Banks and Brokers.
 
 

ARRESTS MADE IN OCTOBER, 2010 MURDER IN TERALTA EAST

 

July 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives have arrested two suspects for the October, 2010 shooting death of Aaron Robinson inside his 54th Street apartment.

 

SUSAN DAVIS HOLDING FORUM ON PROTECTING MEDICARE JULY 22

July 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is coordinating an event July 22 regarding the future of Medicare and efforts to protect it for future generations.  Davis is encouraging constituents to attend this meeting which is free to the public.
 
What is Medicare? What does it mean for you? What is the future of Medicare?
 

FORMER EAST COUNTY EDITOR AND CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES FILE LAWSUIT TO FORCE RETURN OFTAXPYERS’ BAIL-OUT FUNDS PAID TO BIG FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

“$40 billion has been stolen. Let’s get it back.” – Mike Aguirre

 

Plaintiffs ask public to urge Senators to press Dept. of Justice to join suit; say federal government should recover bailout funds to reduce deficit instead of slashing Medicare and Social Security

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

July 7, 2011 (San Diego) – Derek Casady, former editor of the Daily Californian newspaper in East County and his wife, Nancy, have filed a lawsuit against several of the world’s biggest financial institutions alleging that AIG and others engaged in fraudulent practices and misled the federal government to get bail-outs. The suit documents fraudulent practices alleged in detail. It also seeks return of bailout monies paid for with taxpayers’ money—plus triple damages and a jury trial.

HOSPITAL BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS TWO NEW MEMBERS

 
July 10, 2011 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group overseeing the Grossmont Healthcare District’s spending of $247 million in voter-approved bonds for construction infrastructure projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has two new members. La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego University professor, and Lakeside resident Kenneth Lavigne, training director with the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 206, have agreed to serve on GHD’s Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). Both were recently appointed to the ICBOC by GHD board of directors.
 
 

COME SEE THE VIEJAS OUTLET CENTERS LIVE MUSIC IN THE PARK

 

 

July 8, 2011 (Alpine) -- Come enjoy the performers at the Viejas Outlet Centers Live Music in the Park on Saturday and Sunday nights in July. The acts range from jazz to country, to flamenco and more. The list of performances is below; for more on acts performing, check our calendar. 

  

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY'S ASSETS FROM DEVASTATING NURSING HOME COSTS

 

 
July 10, 2011 (San Diego) -- It’s the conversation people don’t have until they have to, but by then, it’s too late. The fact is that in 2010, more than 7,000 people turned 65 years old or older every single day, a figure that is predicted to rise in 2011. Further, an AARP survey revealed that only 4 in 10 of those people feel they will be financially secure for their golden years.
 
 
 

INTERACTIVE PUBLIC MEETING ON THE FEDERAL BUDGET TUESDAY JULY 19

 


 
 
July 10, 2011 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will hold an event on balancing the federal budget,  and the debate  raging in Washington on where and how to cut spending.  Davis is encouraging constituents to attend this meeting which is free to the public.
 
During the meetingConstituents are invited to share their views with Davis about priorities and challenges in the federal budget. Davis will be joined by an expert from the Concord Coalition, a national non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public about federal budget deficits and ways to spur economic growth. 
 

 

 

CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

 


Will Not Release Second Draft Maps in Order to Gather More Public Input Throughout Line Drawing Process and Produce Best Final Maps Possible

  
 
July 10, 2011 (Sacramento) -- The California Citizens Redistricting Commission decided at a recent meeting, that in order to produce the best district maps possible, it would amend its schedule and not release a second round of draft maps.  The Commission will be posting visualizations of proposed districts, and make equivalency files available for organizations and news outlets to provide greater detail to the public on the visualization proposals. The visualizations are proposed options for districts and are considered and discussed by the Commission at their meetings instructing the line drawers.
 
At a previous meeting, the Commission set July 28th as the deadline for submission of public comment on the Commission's second round of draft maps to be released July 14th.  The Commission encourages the public to submit their written comment as soon after July 14th as possible so the testimony can be fully considered.
 
 
 

SAN DIEGO POLICE ANNOUNCE ARREST IN GANG-RELATED SHOOTING

July 10, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Gang Unit detectives have arrested 18 year old Anthony Penn and a 16 year old juvenile for a shooting that occurred yesterday in the Emerald Hills neighborhood. Two victims, 21 year old Martin Barnett, who was confronted by the suspects, and 7 year old Laura Castello, an innocent bystander who was playing in her yard nearby, were wounded. Both victims are expected to survive their injuries. 

 

COACH ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF SEX WITH STUDENT

July 10, 2011 (San Diego) – Jose Antonio Carrillo, 49, a resident of Encanto, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he had a sexual affair with a 16-year-old female student. Carillo served as a volunteer field hockey coach at Bonita Vista High School in Otay and also was an instructor at Jackie Robinson YMCA in San Diego.

HALF A MILLION GO HUNGRY IN SAN DIEGO: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

by Miriam Raftery

July 10, 2011 (San Diego)--“Hunger is at record levels here in San Diego,” John Lucero Criswell with the San Diego Hunger Coalition told members of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce during a breakfast Friday at Mission Trails Regional Park.

 

Three food banks distribute 31 million pounds of food a year to the needy in our region, but demand has increased 10% in the past year as more people lose jobs and fall into poverty.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: MIDSUMMER BLOOMS

 

July 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Joan McIntosh captured the fragile beauty of these night-blooming cereus at her backyard in Lakeside.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ghostly cactus flowers blossom just once in the warmth of a mid-summer's night, then wither and perish. 

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