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TRAFFIC ALERTS ON HIGHWAYS 125 AND 94

 

August 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –A Sig Alert has been issued for northbound 125 at Spring Street, where a vehicle rolled over, blocking lanes and a dog has reportedly been injured.

 

There is also a hazardous fuels spill on Highway 94 at Dulzura Café reported at 1:19 p.m.

OFFICER ATTACKED BY KNIFE-WIELDING SUSPECT IN CITY HEIGHTS

August 15, 2011 (City Heights) – Michael Anthony Gonzales, 43, has been arrested after attacking a police officer and two citizens who came to the officer’s aide. All three suffered stab wounds in the attacks, which occurred Saturday at 12:35 p.m. in the 4200 block of 43rd Street in City Heights.

DEAF WOMAN, 71, ROBBED IN HOME INVASION

August 15, 2011 (Encanto) – A 71-year-old deaf woman awoke to find a man in her home at 200 Jenna Court on August 13th at 2:35 p.m. According to San Diego Police, the suspect was going through her purse and pointed a gun at her when she awoke, ordering her to give him the key to her truck.

TARGET SHOOTING CAUSED 10 FIRES THIS YEAR; CAL FIRE ISSUES SAFETY GUIDELINES

August 15, 2011 (El Cajon)—Cal Fire/San Diego County Fire Authority has experienced a major increase of fires caused by recreational shooting across the County. To date, CAL FIRE/San Diego has had 10 fires caused by target shooting this year, up from only two the prior year.

 

“There are two types of rounds that we have recovered at the some of these locations,” Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohlere reports, “the first being a Russian made bullet with the caliber of 7.62 x 54R and the other being a 5.56 X 45 caliber used in a M4 rifle." Both are either steel tipped or steel cored bullets which can cause fires when they strike rocks or come apart, he added.

READER’S EDITORIAL: PENNY WISE POUND FOOLISH—CUTS IN FREE FLU VACCINES

 

By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH

 

August 15, 2011 (San Diego)--According to an article in Friday’s Union-Tribune (Aug 12), “State to reduce supply of free flu vaccines,” San Diego County will receive 30,000 “fewer free flu vaccines available for low-income adults than in previous years.”

 

During an average flu season between 5 and 20% of the population gets the flu. According to one study, if none of these 30,000 low-income adults manage to get vaccinated, on average 10 – 15 will be hospitalized for pneumonia and 27- 30 for respiratory and circulatory conditions. Those above 60 will have higher rates of hospitalization.

DREAM DOGS LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

By Cate Sacks
 

 
August 16, 2011 (Alpine) -- Picardy is a beautiful, well trained neutered male Picardy Collie Mix.  He is great with all dogs and people of all ages.

 
Sweet young Maltipoo "Cuddles", tender and sensitive, loves to be cuddled, bonds very closely.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: WHISTLEBLOWIN' IN THE WIND

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 15, 2011 (San Diego) – The subject of sex trafficking is a serious one. Here in San Diego, teenage girls are taken by gangs and forced to become sex slaves. This subject deserves a better exploration and treatment than that seen in The Whistleblower, a film that is nothing more than 35-millimeter TV.

 

BOOK REVIEW: MOORE DELIVERS A COURAGEOUS WORK IN "THE CITY THAT WORKS"

By Linda Loegel
 

My how the tables have turned. I have gone from having my books reviewed by Dennis Moore to now reviewing Moore’s courageous book, The City That Works: Power, Politics and Corruption in Chicago, Part One, "Pay to Play."

 

At present, this volume by Moore, a book reviewer for East County Magazine, is an e-book published by Pubit! of Barnes & Noble, soon to be a hard cover book.

THERAPY DOG TRAINING IN BLOSSOM VALLEY

August 14, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – Does your dog have what it takes to become a therapy dog, comforting patients in hospitals and other special settings?

 

“Any dog can become a therapy dog if the owner has time and commitment to do the work,” says Cate Sacks at Shelter Dogs to Dream Dogs in Blossmon Valley.

MISSING TEEN: ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, 16, LAST SEEN IN LAKESIDE

 

 

August 14, 2011 (Lakeside) – Parents of Elizabeth Rodriguez, 16, have been posting flyers and seeking public help to locate their daughter. She was last seen August 11, 2011 in Lakeside, California at 12:45 a.m. Click here to view and print a flyer: http://cbskscf.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/erica-rodriguez.pdf.

SIX ALVARADO HOSPITAL PHYSICIANS RECOGNIZED BY U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT

 


 
August 13, 2011  (San Diego) -- Six physicians on Alvarado Hospital’s medical staff were identified by U.S. News & World Report as “Top Doctors” in the nation.  
 
These physicians are Dr. Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, infectious disease specialist; Dr. Irwin Goldstein, urology (he is the medical director of the Sexual Medicine Program at Alvarado Hospital);  Dr. Alborz Hassankhani, cardiac electrophysiologist;  Dr. Frederick Howden, thoracic surgeon; Dr. Choll Kim, orthopedic surgeon (specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery at Alvarado Hospital); and Dr. Nasrin Mani, ophthalmologist.
 

AMBER ALERT: FATHER & 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, LAST SEEN IN GREEN TOYOTA 4-RUNNER, CA LICENSE 3XRM111

 

August 13, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Sadly the missing girl and her father have been found dead in the vehicle.  Details here:  http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/13/3836897/suv-involved-in-abduction-of-ca...
August 12, 2011 (Sacramento) The FBI seeks help to locate a 2-year-old girl missing since Sunday, along with her father. Mourad "Moni" Samaan has partial custody of his daughter, Madeline Samaan-Fay, but failed to return her to her mother's home in Sacramento over the weekend.

 

The girl's mother recently filed court papers seeking full custody. Authorities have mounted a statewide search and believe the missing girl and her father are somewhere in California.

WESTFIELD PARKWAY PLAZA PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL “GIVE BACK TO SCHOOL” PROGRAM

Westfield Parkway to make donation to local school; shoppers can join Westfield Parkway in giving back by donating clothes, school supplies, and funds to schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of East County

August 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Westfield shopping centers and the Westfield Family program announced  the start of the “Give Back to School” Program.  Westfield will donate $57,500 to the program, including $2,500 to one school in the Westfield Parkway area.  The funds will be used to support such school programs as arts and music, sciences, physical education, libraries and technology resources.

BENEFIT TONIGHT IN SAN DIEGO TO HELP STARVING PEOPLE IN SOMALIA

 

August 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- Somali Youth League of San Diego in collaboration with the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA), will be hosting a benefit dinner tonight to help address the urgent humanitarian needs in Southern Somalia, where millions of people are in need of immediate help due to severe drought.

 

The dinner will be held at the East African Community and Cultural Center located at 4061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92015 from 7-9 p.m. Cost is $45 at the door, or $40 with advance reservation. Donations are welcome even if you can't attend.

JUDGE CANCELS HEARING ON POWERLINK INJUNCTION

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2011 (San Diego) – U.S. Southern District Judge Roger Benitez has cancelled today’s hearing on local plaintiffs who seek an injunction to stop Sunrise Powerlink construction on federal lands. He will issue a ruling without hearing arguments, based solely on the written record.

WILL POWER REPORT: WHAT IS A JOB?

 

Nothing but the truth!

By Will Power

 

August 12, 2011 (San Diego) --The U.S. government says currently we have around 11% "unemployed." But that figure just means these people are receiving unemployment compensation. Millions of other Americans have given up on finding work, gone into premature "retirement", or simply dropped out of the job market completely. The real rate is over 20%.

 

What exactly is "work'?

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GRAND "TREE"

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 11, 2011 (San Diego) – It can get really eerie when a movie parallels your life. The Tree does so for me, striking a powerful emotional cord.

 

When I lost my mother last November, the following month was the most grueling period of my life. I was angry, sad, and lost. On Christmas night I looked up in tears and asked my mother, “How can I live my life if you’re not in it?” I fell asleep.

 

OTAY WATER DISTRICT APPROVES FREE LIFETIME HEALTHCARE FOR RETIREES & FAMILIES IN LIEU OF COST-OF-LIVING RAISES

 
Taxpayer group calls move “outrageous”; district defends action as "revenue neutral"

August 12, 2011 (Otay) – By a 4-1 vote, the Otay Water District Board of Directors on Wednesday approved free lifetime healthcare for retirees and their dependants. Director Mark Robak cast the sole “no” vote.

 

A coalition of business and community leaders voiced opposition to the measure. Ratepayers, along with members of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, staged a protest outside the meeting. SDCTA has called the action “outrageous” at a time when ratepayers have seen double-digit rate hikes.

NATIONAL FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK AUGUST 7-13: CA LEADS THE NATION

August 12, 2011 (Sacramento) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated of August 7-13 as National Farmers Market Week. California now has 758 certified farmers’ markets—more than any other state in the nation. Find local farmers’ markets, roadside produce stands and other fresh food venues at East County Magazine’s Guide to Fresh Local Foods: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/0809freshguide.

WHAT A HOOT! OWL PROWL AT MISSION TRAILS

August 11, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Join Mission Trails Regional Park's trail guide and resident birder, Jeanne Raimond, for a special evening guided walk in search of resident owls on August 12 and August 19.

COMEDY RADIO SHOW DEBUTS MONDAY ON EAST COUNTY AIRWAYS

 

August 11, 2011 (Alpine) – Brew Ha Ha's hilarious comedians Chris Clobber and Diane Jean are starting up their own radio show, promising “current events made funny as well as weird news from all over the planet.”

 

The laughs start Monday, August 15 from 4-6 p.m. You can listen live to the "Chris and Diane Show" online at www.my1079.com from anywhere on earth, or in San Diego East County’s backcountry communities at 107.9 FM on your radio dial.

FOR THE BIRDS: LAKESIDE EXOTIC BIRD BREEDER FIGHTS TO SAVE HER FLOCK

Owner attributes deaths to helicopter flyovers for SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink Construction

“The mitigation will be handled by the courts. Well by then, they will all be dead.” – Catherine Gorka, Pampered Parrots owner

 

“SDG&E should do the right thing TODAY to protect these endangered birds, up to and including relocating the birds to a safe location...It is unconscionable that they would knowingly allow the deaths to occur instead of proactively doing the right thing.” – Laura Cyphert, East County Community Action Coalition

August 11, 2011 (Lakeside) – “The house was shaking. It terrified me,” Catherine Gorka, owner of Pampered Parrots in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley, recalls the first flyover above her home and aviaries by an SDG&E helicopter working on Sunrise Powerlink on February 25, 2011. “I was waiving my arms, calling out for them to stop.”

LA MESA TO HONOR ITS TINSELTOWN ROOTS AUG. 12-13


Historical Society Honors 100th Anniversary of Flying A Movie Studio

 

August 11, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Hollywood’s long-forgotten roots in La Mesa will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of San Diego County’s first movie studio with two events honoring the Flying A Movie Company studios.

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OVER FLUORIDATION OF SAN DIEGO’S WATER

 

Group contends use of “unauthorized drug” in drinking water should require FDA approval

PR Newswire

 

August 11, 2011 (San Diego)-- Alleging willful misrepresentation and deceptive business practices by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, attorneys for citizen/consumers from San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties filed a lawsuit in the public interest of millions of consumers in Southern California.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

August 11, 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:

 

WORLD


• England riots: Fight back underway, says PM (BBC)
• Riots: The underclass lashes out (London Telegraph)
• Worst day for world markets since ’08 (Washington Post)
• U.S. urges citizens to leave Syria immediately (Jerusalem Post)
• After the revolution, Arab women seek more rights (NPR)

 

U.S.

• Republican tax hardliners on debt superpanel (Reuters)
• Wisconsin recall elections: Democrats fail to take Senate majority by one seat (Washington Post)
• Government considers turning foreclosures into rentals (AP)
• Foreign-born blacks hit hardest of all immigrant groups by jobs crisis (Huffington Post)
• United States loses AAA credit rating (Reuters)
• S&P Fallout: Fannie and Freddie downgraded (CNN Money)
• Blowing money in the wind: lawsuit filed over wind energy (Toronto Sun)

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: AUGUST 11, 2011

 

 

 

 

East County Roundup includes top stories of interest to East County and our reigon, published in other media.

 

Latest Roundup headlines include:

 

• San Diego Fire cuts back fire copters range of response (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• County Board of Supervisors approves rooster ordinance in effort to curb cockfighting (Santee Patch)
• Men accused of igniting Eagle Fire plead not guilty (10 News)
• How will debt impact local region? (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Otay Water District’s benefit decision questioned (10 News)
• Who watches the UCAN watchdog? (The Reader)
• Feds demand return of $6M grant because of Gov. Brown veto (Sacramento Bee)
• Unusual coalition raises $600K to back moderates (Sacramento Bee)
• Tribes don’t have to collect child support (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Wanted: Farmers for this farmer’s market (Voice of San Diego)
• Grossmont College student, living out of car, has drive to obtain MBA (La Mesa Patch)
• San Diego attorney Theresa Erickson pleads guilty to baby-selling (The Examiner)
• Democrats urged to back rapid response team to counter GOP (La Mesa Patch)
• Fletcher accepts money into closed account (Voice of San Diego)

LA MESA APPROVES CITY BUDGET, ENDS CITY FUNDING FOR OKTOBERFEST SECURITY


Councilman Dave Allan announces he will not seek reelection

 

August 10, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa’s City Council by a 5-0 vote approved a revised biennial budget. Revisions included a state takeaway of $215,000 in vehicle licensing fees formerly allocated to La Mesa.

SHERIFF HOSTS WOMEN’S CAREER EXHIBITION AUGUST 13

 

August 9, 2011 (San Diego)—“Put a star in your future and become a part of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department,” states in invitation for a career exhibition Saturday, August 13. The Sheriff’s Department is creating a large pool of diverse and qualified female candidates for the 2016 opening of the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee.

HIGH-SPEED CRASH KILLS MERCEDES DRIVER IN POWAY

August 10, 2011 (Poway)--Thomas Cantrell, III, 30, of Poway died of injuries sustained August 7th at 2:41 a.m. in an automobile accident.  According to witnesses, he was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Poway Road when he lost control of the Mercedes he was driving and skidded down an enbankment, striking trees.

FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 67


August 10, 2011 (Poway) – Leon B. Livingston, 56, of San Diego died August 7th of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Poway. Livingston, who wore a helmet, was driving southbound on State Route 67 in Poway when the vehicle in front of him stopped suddenly and Livingston rear-ended the vehicle.

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