August 2011 Articles
Looking for a cool place to chill out with your dog? Andiamo’s Ristorante Italiano & Bar in Tierrasanta will host “K9s & Frozen Cocktails” on Wednesday, August 31 for customers and their canine companions. Patio doors open at 5 p.m.
By Nancy Clement
August 18, 2011 (La Mesa) - Marli is about to start a new life adventure, pre-school, and she wanted some pretty, new clothes to wear. I was looking for a model for this column so we decided to team up. Since Marli is only 3½ years old, she needed some help to select clothes so we invited her Mom, Laura, to join us.
August 18, 2011 (Bonita) – A woman kidnapped on Fairmont Avenue in City Heights was beaten and sexually assaulted before escaping her attacker. After flagging down motorists, she was found naked along southbound 125 just south of Highway 54 in Bonita around 8:30 last night. Several drivers stopped to help the victim, 21.
“They saw a male dragging the victim up the side of the hill by her hair,” CHP Sergeant Kevin Mensior said, according to ECM news partner 10 News. “By the time they got turned around they were gone or in the process of leaving.”
An ECM Special Report: Part I
By Walter Hall
August 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--In October, property owners in La Mesa’s downtown district will vote on an initiative with long range consequences for the city and surrounding area. At stake is the charter and character of a Property-based Business Improvement District, commonly abbreviated to PBID.
As with most civic issues, the PBID has defenders and detractors. Some see it as an unwarranted burden on businesses already juggling narrow margins in a fragile economy; others see an innovative civic tool offering a brighter future for those very businesses.
By Brian Lafferty
August 19, 2011 (San Diego) – One Day is the best example in recent memory of what happens when bad endings happen to good films. This movie is (or was, before the ending) by no means great, nor is it innocuous, but a good one. Let me put it this way: Many of the worst films I’ve seen have had endings that were less contrived, idiotic, and less stupid than the one in this movie.
August 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Senior Resource Center offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.
Nothing but the truth!
By Will Power
August 19, 2011 (San Diego)--Here's the definition: The liquidity trap, in Keynesian economics, is a situation where monetary policy is unable to stimulate an economy, either through lowering interest rates or increasing the money supply. Liquidity traps typically occur when expectations of adverse events (e.g., deflation, insufficient aggregate demand, or civil or international war) make persons with liquid assets unwilling to invest.
Aug. 18, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), has closed a public offering of $350 million of 10-year first-mortgage bonds. This transaction marks the second time SDG&E has used a minority-owned investment bank as co-lead in a bond offering.
Proceeds of the bonds will be used to fund SDG&E’s five-year capital investment plan that includes construction of the Sunrise Powerlink transmission line, which the utility aims to have in service next year, as well as the purchase of the El Dorado power plant in Nevada from SDG&E’s sister affiliate company Sempra Generation.
August 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- The Society of Professional Journalists will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a program looking back at coverage of what was one of the most important news events in recent history.
The program, “9/11 Remembered: How Media and Law Enforcement Responded,” is set for Thursday, Sept. 8 at KGTV 10News Studio and will feature reporters who covered 9/11 as well as local law enforcement who responded to the attacks. Find out what these reporters learned about covering a major, breaking international story, including their successes and their mistakes.
Names of 30 defendants made public
By Miriam Raftery
August 19, 2011 (El Cajon) – The property at 811 East Main Street in El Cajon which housed the Chaldean Social Club is owned by the Salim and Wadia Talia living trust, ECM research has revealed. The Club has been described as a "hub" of criminal activities centered around an Iraqi crime ring, according to law enforcement.
“Operation Shadowbox” arrests 60; Suspects at Chaldean Social Club sold improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to undercover officers
By Miriam Raftery
August 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – Swat teams from La Mesa and El Cajon, working with federal Drug Enforcement agents and other agencies, last night raided the Chaldean Social Club at 811 East Main Street in El Cajon.
According to El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco, who initiated the investigation, the club was “a hub of criminal activity conducted by Iraqi organized crime in El Cajon.” The club has been shut down and 60 people have been arrested on charges ranging from drug trafficking to illegal gambling and weapons sales.
August 19, 2011 (Warner Springs)--Get out your Hawaiian clothes and get ready for a feast. Warner Springs Ranch resort will be holding a Luau on Saturday August 20, 2011. A traditional roasted pig with plenty of other island favorites will be served. Entertainment will be a one-hour Polynesian Dance Troupe with audience participation and a dazzling fire dancer to top the evening off.
By Jeremy Los
August 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--Water rates are set to increase yet again after the Helix Water District board voted Tuesday to raise the district water rates yesterday. The board faced a firing squad of comments from concerned and angered citizens about the rate hikes scheduled to be implemented on September 1, 2011.
The board passed the increase by a vote of 4-1 with the lone opposing vote cast by Director Kathleen Hedberg.
August 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Elizabeth Rodriguez, 16, of Spring Valley has been missing since August 11. The San Diego Sheriff’s office is treating the case as a runaway, according to Detective Ward at the Lemon Grove Sheriff substation. However her parents have posted flyers asking the public to help locate their daughter, who was last seen Friday, August 11 in Lakeside at 12:45 a.m.
When last seen, she was wearing “a black blouse with a big red heart on it, blue skiny jeans and red Converse tennis shoes,” said Detective Ward. Elizabeth has brown eyes and black hair with highlights. “There is no indication of foul play,” he added.
August 18, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Today, La Mesa Police Detectives executed a search warrant and arrested a 17-year-old suspect in the 7100 block of Waite Drive after a several week-long investigation into numerous graffiti taggings. The suspect, who faces a felony vandalism charge, began tagging the word “Boston” throughout La Mesa in early July. Since then, the suspect vandalized property on 71 different occasions, causing damage estimated at $8,000.
This investigation was significantly helped through utilization of Graffiti Tracker. a comprehensive, web-based computer database designed to assist investigators in identifying, tracking, prosecuting, and seeking restitution from graffiti vandals.
East County Roundup highlights stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland region, published in other media. This week’s top Roundup headlines include:
• State singes more from Cal-Fire budget (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Schools flagged for earthquake list left unchecked (Voice of San Diego)
• County has $250,000 in unclaimed funds (Lemon Grove Patch)
• Big changes coming for Alvarado Hospital (La Mesa Courier)
• Journey’s end for reknowned hiker and writer Jerry Schad (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• La Mesa says its ready to put down roots (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Man shot in face Saturday faces months in hospital (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Public art in Village may cost $125,000 as part of City centennial celebration (La Mesa Patch)
• Teachers play musical chairs as school starts in La Mesa-Spring Valley District (La Mesa Patch)
• El Cajon Police Chief retiring (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Former Helix baseball coach named commissioner of CIF San Diego (La Mesa Patch)
• ACLU threatens suit over County grant to church (CityBeat)
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
August 18, 2011 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Community Development Corporation (CDC) invites you to East County's Best of the West BBQ on Saturday, August 27 from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum 131 Rea Avenue in El Cajon.
The event features live dance music by Coyote, barbecue, beer and wine. Attire is casual—Western Wear is welcome Tickets cost $35.00 per person; proceeds will benefit the El Cajon CDC.
August 18, 2011 (Laguna) – How did people live on Laguna Mountain more than a century ago? Find out September 3 and 4, when the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association celebrates its 25th annual living history celebration.
Take a guided tour to relive the travels of a 1908 pioneer family, visit an encampment of mountain men, learn about Native Ameriacns, rugged cowboys, and the first Cleveland National Forest ranger.
August 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.
Top world and U.S. headlines include:
• Obama to issue new proposals on job creation, debt reduction (Washington Post)
• Study: 1 in 5 U.S. children live in poverty (CBS)
• GOP debate: Hitting hard at Obama and each other (Sacramento Bee)
• Sharp jabs thrown in Minnesota debate—and not all at Obama (USA Today)
• 7 pulled from Iraqi mosque, killed execution style (USA Today/AP)
• London riots: more than 1,000 people charged (BBC)
• Hamas bans Gaza students studying abroad (MSNBC News)
• France, Germany propose ‘true European economic summit’ (NPR)
• Gobachev criticizes Putin’s Russia as backsliding on democracy (CS Monitor)
By Matt Kopjak
August 17, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Ernest Hemingway wrote: “Wine… offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
Looking for something quick and easy to bring to your Labor Day party?Wine makes the perfect complement to any meal, and the perfect gift for any social occasion. So it’s easy to say, “I’ll pick up a bottle.” But is it really that simple to choose the right wine for your family gathering? Grocery and liquor stores carry hundreds of bottles of wine, each one crafted for a different occasion.
August 17, 2011 (San Diego County) -- County, state and University of California officials plan to hold a meeting August 18 to update the public, the nursery industry, landscapers and arborists about the troubling discovery of exotic weevils that threaten several species of crop-bearing and landscape palms.
By Brian Lafferty
August 17, 2011 (San Diego) – As a kid I remember watching The Parent Trap (1961). That was the Disney movie that starred Hayley Mills as two separated-at-birth twins. It was the film that probably didn’t invent it, but it certainly perfected the split screen technique that enabled the same actor to appear as separate characters in the same scene.
August 18, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will provide an update on what’s happening in Washington D.C. and take question from attendees at the Spring Valley Citizens Association Meeting tonight, August 18 from 7-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be at 2850 Via Orange Way in Spring Valley.
Final redistricting maps released this week show that Davis will soon be representing much of East County in the 53rd Congerssional District which will include La Mesa, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Bonita, San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, and portions of El Cajon as well as Grossmont College and San Diego State University, Otay, and portions of central and western San Diego.
Name of Product: "metoo" Clip-on Chair
By Brian Lafferty
August 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- I’m sure many of you are wondering about the absence of columns. I feel it’s required of me to explain.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I lost my mother last November from aggressive and invasive breast cancer. It was so aggressive that doctors believed that by the time she discovered something was wrong it was already too late.
August 17, 2011 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition kicks off another year of leadership and community service. Candidates must be residents of El Cajon or attend a school within the City limits, in grades 6th through 12th, and be under age 19 as of September 1, 2011. Those interested in becoming coalition members need to complete an application and return it to the Recreation Department at City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3rd, 2011.
By Lauren Radice
August 17, 2011 (El Cajon)--After a successful run on Broadway, not to mention a national tour, four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys have now become men -- Midtown Men that is. The Midtown Men (comprised of San Diego’s own Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer) will be performing their highly anticipated show at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon on September 3rd at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
August 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police detectives today arrested Robert Titus Jr., 23, at his home in San Diego. He is charged with stealing a shopping cart filled with food from Albertson’s at 8920 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.
August 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – “7 Galleries~1 Evening” will be held this Friday, August 19 from 5-8 p.m. “Come and join us for a fun, short 1/2 block walk, full of Art, champagne, wine, hors d'oeuvres and a "Downtown Gallery Walk" passport full of prizes,” says Lynn Endicott, owner of Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery.
Silver Creek, located at 120 East Main St., welcomes Dave Richards, Silversmith and also will be selling a vintage collection, post-Civil War through the 1960's, from the archives of the El Cajon Historical Society.
August 16, 2011 (Poway) – San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team is searching for a lost hiker, possibly injured, Incident Page Network reports. The hiker has erratic cellphone communication in the vicinity of Twin Peaks Road and Midland Road, possibly on Twin Peaks Mountain.