September 2011 Articles
By Miriam Raftery
September 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- California’s Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals court decision that upheld the Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) entered into by the San Diego Unified School District in 2009.
The PSA required that for major construction projects, the District would hire contractors that hire local union workers to assure that living wages are paid while assuring quality workmanships.The decision marks a win for labor groups as well as for the District.
September 5, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – Heart’s Horizon, a painting created on site by local artist Chuck McPherson during the HeART of Mt. Helix event last weekend, brought a welcome $2,350 during a live auction to benefit the Mt. Helix Foundation.
The 18 x 24 watercolor took McPherson two and a half hours to complete, delighting onlookers in the crowd as well as the winning bidder.
September 5, 2011 (San Diego) – Before you fire up that Labor Day barbecue, you’d better check the weather. The National Weather Service has predicted a chance of thunderstorms for San Diego’s mountains and deserts this afternoon and evening; thunder can be heard over portions of East County this afternoon. Muggy weather is due to monsoonal moisture from the southeast.
More rain and thunder is possible tomorrow, with a moderate potential for flash flooding in some areas.
September 5, 2011 (San Diego) -- Looking for some appropriate music to liven up your Labor Day picnic, party, or rally?
The Nation magazine has compiled a list of the "top 10" Labor Songs of all time, including audio and video clips of each, sung by original artists: http://www.thenation.com/blog/163148/top-ten-labor-day-songs. Number one? Solidarity Forever, sung by Pete Seeger.
Nothing but the Truth!
...Sadly, the history of labor strife in not taught in schools, and the union-bashers are hoping workers will forget what the Bad Old Days were all about.
By Will Power
September 5, 2011 (San Diego)--Corporate media and extremist neo-con think tanks recently have had great success bashing unions. As Americans celebrate Labor Day, it might be wise to think about the positive contributions of unions.
We no longer have 10-year-olds sorting stones out of coal mine races. There are no young girls losing their fingers changing bobbins in cotton mills. Workers now have the right to bargain collectively for better wages and benefits, in spite of recent efforts to deny them the fruits of their labor. Workers now have a 40 hour week, with overtime for extra work. Teachers no longer have to worry about being fired abruptly for their political beliefs.
The Mountain Empire Kiwanis Club will hold a community yard sale on Saturday, September 10 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the intersection of Highway 94 and Buckman Springs Road in Cameron Corners.
Space rentals are available to community members, such as the Mountain Empire Historical Society, which will be raising funds for the Stone Store Museum.
September 5, 2011 (Lakeside) - A major accident has occurred at 12820 Wildcat Canyon Road, near Old Barona Road south of the Barona Casino in Lakeside. According to Incident Page Network, a vehicle struck a tree and there are major injuries, with a person trapped inside.
Two ambulances have ordered and a rescue is required. Firefighters are currently setting up flares in the roadway, so use caution if driving in this area.
September 4, 2011 (San Diego) – From classical chamber music to jazz pianos, a free concert series offered by San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance has appeal to a wide range of music lovers. The concerts are free and open to the public, as well as to students, faculty and staff.
Performances start at 12 noon each Wednesday in the Smith Recital Hall during September through December. Concerts include:
San Vicente Dam is currently 220 feet tall and when completed, will be 117 feet taller, increasing the reservoir’s capacity from 90,000 acre-feet to 242,000 acre-feet.
originally published August 30, 2011 at GrokSurf's San Diego; reprinted with permission
Everything is going according to plan, though, and right on schedule.
For three years, the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) had a SRPL Ad Hoc Subcommittee...No one is quite sure what it did, since it never had agendas or minutes.
By Lou Russo
September 4, 2011 (Alpine) -- Alpine is suffering especially hard in this recession. This is due to having Alpine Blvd. dug up for Sunrise PowerLink (SRPL). While the entire county and state struggle to overcome hard economic times, businesses in Alpine find themselves not only having to deal with a poor economy, but also with daily traffic jams/delays, noise, dirt, etc. from a power line being placed underground through the business district.
CIRCLE K ROBBERS HIT POLE WITH GETAWAY CAR; LA MESA POLICE SEEK SMALL WHITE CAR WITH DAMAGE AND YELLOW PAINT ON DRIVER’S SIDE
September 4, 2011 (La Mesa) – Yesterday at 3:59 a.m., La Mesa Police responded to an armed robbery at the Circle K store, 8899 La Mesa Blvd. Two Hispanic male suspects reportedly held up the clerk at gunpoint with a black, semi-automatic weapon, then fled on foot eastbound on Grossmont Blvd.
A witness told police that he saw a small white compact car leaving the area at a high rate of speed with headlights off. The car, whose occupants matched the robbery suspect descriptions, struck a pole.
September 4, 2011 (San Diego County) -- It’s that time of year again when moms, dads and school kids are looking to stock up on school and office supplies at a bargain price. Shoppers should be alert when paying for these bargains to make sure they are actually getting the lowest advertised prices.
September 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa have jointly announced that Saturday, Sept. 24 will be the date for the 2011 Kids Care Fest, a free family event featuring free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. It will be the 10th annual Kids Care Fest event. The public is invited to attend.
PRESIDENT URGES HOUSE TO RENEW TRANSPORTATION & FAA BILLS IN ORDER TO PROTECT JOBS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
By Miriam Raftery
“Ten years ago, our nation’s infrastructure was ranked 6th globally. Today, it’s 23rd. We invest half as much in our infrastructure as we did 50 years ago, with more than one and a half the number of people.” – President Barack Obama
September 4, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama issued a Labor Day weekend address urging the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to renew the transportation bill which is set to expire at the end of this month. The issue affects thousands of American workers, as well as millions of Americans who drive on our nation’s roads and bridges.
September 4, 2011 (El Cajon)--To mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and Flight 93, Grossmont College will plant an olive tree of remembrance on the El Cajon campus.
Bill in Sacramento may save park from closure; public help sought
By Megan McGlamery
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
September 4, 2011 (San Diego)--Since their inception in 1864, Califonia’s state parks have served to enlighten citizens about nature, history and culture. Unfortunately, severe budget cuts have led to imminent closure of many of these beloved landmarks.
Located eight miles east of Escondido, the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park is just one of many amazing pieces of living history slated to close forever next July, when 70 California state parks will be shut down.
September 4, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The White Tail and New Moon families, members of a southern Cheyenne tribe, have traveled all the way from Oklahoma to Lakeside to participate in the Barona Pow-Wow. The three day event, which concludes today, draws tribal participants from across North America.
September 4, 2011 (Alpine) --Last year's Monarch Mania event drew thousands of visitors, eager to witness the release of hundreds of magnificent Monarch butterflies, and take part in other Festival activities, along with shopping for unique arts and crafts from event vendors.
In addition to the Monarch butterfly release, Monarch Mania will include caterpillar races, a plant sale (of specialty butterfly host and nectar plants), caterpillar sale to grow your own butterflies, and a chrysalis tree where on lookers will watch butterflies emerge before their very eyes!
By Nancy Clement & Dawn Clement
Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!
September 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) —Want to save money on your college textbooks? Why buy when you can rent? Now you can rent textbooks from Bookrenter for a semester.
We've also got tips for saving money if you do need to buy your textbooks.
Reprinted with permission from GrokSurf's San Diego
Update: Helix directors have voted to suspend the El Monte Valley Recharge project.
September 4, 2011 (Lakeside)--This Wednesday, September 7, the Helix Water District Board of Directors will consider a staff recommendation to suspend the El Monte Valley Project.
The project is a groundwater recharge and recovery operation that would generate 5,000 acre feet of water per year using an advanced recycled water purification process known to water professionals as Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR).
Residents voice outrage; public comment deadline Oct. 3
For East County Magazine
September 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Students from Grossmont College’s cardiovascular technology (CVT) program will provide free screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center, Brier Patch campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The screenings will test the arterial blood flow to the legs and blood pressure at the ankles and arms. Symptoms of PAD can include aching, cramping or pain in your legs after walking or exercising. An appointment is required for the free screening. To register, call 1-800-827-4277, or visitwww.sharp.com.
APPLE SEASON KICKS OFF IN JULIAN: TWO MONTHS OF JUICY DELIGHTS INCLUDING OCTOBER 1-2 APPLE DAYS FESTIVAL
September 3, 2011 (Julian)—September marks the opening of apple season at Julian, where you can sample everything from fresh apple cider to apple pie, or bring the family and pick your own apples at one of several roadside orchards.
As part of Julian’s Apple Days Centennial Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held October 1st and 2nd at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. The admission is $5 for adults with children 12 and under free of charge.
By Miriam Raftery
Video by Billy Ortiz
There comes a time in life when a person may decide to take a chance—to do something wild, so daring that it challenges the spirit and nurtures the soul.
September 3, 2011 (Blossom Valley) – When Dale Harker, a Vietnam combat veteran and cancer survivor, decided to train a wild mustang, friends thought he was crazy. “You old fool, don’t you know that horse is gonna kill you?” one roping expert told him.
But Harker defied the odds, relying on his faith—and training videos he found online—to gentle a wild horse that he obtained through the Bureau of Land Management. His amazing success was chronicled in a documentary, Mustang Man: How a Wild Horse Tamed a Vietnam Veteran. But his story doesn’t end there.
September 3, 2011 (El Cajon) – The Chaldean American Institute present its Second Annual Chaldean Festival this weekend. The event showcases authentic Chaldean food, traditional folk music, arts, dancing, sports tournaments and a fashion show. A special musical performance by TIMZ, a nationally awarded American-born rapper of Chaldean descent, is scheduled for Sunday. Festival proceeds will be used to fund community development programs in San Diego County.
September 3, 2011 (San Pasqual) –Orfila Vineyards will host a Hawaiian-style luau in its Rose Park at 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido on September 11 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Price includes signature “Wine Tai” cocktail, games on the lawn, Hawaiian lei, and live music. Dress in your best Hawaiian garb for a costume contest; winner takes home an Orfila gift basket. Food will be available for purchase from vendor trucks.
September 3, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama will honor East County’s hometown hero, Jimmie Johnson, in a ceremony at the White House next Wednesday.
Johnson will be honored not only for his record fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, but also for the efforts of Johnson and NASCAR to “give back to their community,” according to a White House press release.
Sept. 2, 2011 (Julian) – Think your homemade apple pie recipe rivals the renowned pies of Julian? The Julian Woman’s Club says, “The proof is in the pastry!”
The aroma of freshly baked apple pie will fill the air during the Julian Apple Days Pie Contest, Friday, September 30. The contest is free and open to all amateur bakers in the region.
Fall Home & Garden Festival, Backyard Flock, Build a Scarecrow, Tamale Making 101, From Laundry to Landscape, Small Space Garden, and Gardening on a Rooftop
September 3, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)--The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College invites the public to enjoy its 2011 fall and winter events. Gardening classes help residents save water and money by focusing on water-smart landscaping techniques and plants. Classes are taught by professionals , with offerings for both adults and children.
Scroll down for details on new classes sprouting up this season.