November 2011 Articles
November 28, 2011 (Escondido) --Children and families can celebrate winter at Westfield North County’s Family Fun Days, featuring a “Snowy Days” theme on Monday, December 5, 10– 11:00 a.m., at Westfield North County, Level 1, Center Court, 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido. The event also features story time with readings of “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and “A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Children will design and create their own snow globe jars to take home and enjoy a healthy snack.
East Mesa Detention Facility photovoltaic system is largest on county property
November 28, 2011 (Otay Mesa)--Today, County Supervisor Greg Cox and Sheriff's Commander Richard Miller switched on a new one-megawatt photovoltaic system at the East Mesa Detention Center. The system is the largest solar energy source on County-owned property and is expected to save taxpayers $1.3 million in power cost over 20 years.
READER’S EDITORIAL: LETS RE-FORM THE PBID IN EL CAJON--AND BRING THE PROCESS OUT FROM BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
By Peggy Buffo
“:…The newly hired [CDC] executive director Cindi Fargo was thrown to the wolves. None of the problems brought out by the Blue Ribbon Commission were her doing. I believe Cindi is probably the best person now to work with the reformed PBID.”
November 28, 2011 (El Cajon)—When a Planned Business Improvement District (PBID) in El Cajon in was originally formed in 1996, several primary goals were identified: clean up the downtown of transient population, get some businesses in the downtown's empty shops, and take advantage of the East County Performing Arts Center by populating some of those businesses as restaurants to bring people of El Cajon back to downtown El Cajon.
Sadly that mission to this point has stalled and in many instances has failed.
By Russell Lindquist
Transaction results in savings of $1.3 million for district taxpayers
November 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) has announced the successful implementation of Proposition H 2004 series bond refunding, which was approved by the Board at its meeting on Oct. 13, 2011. The transaction represents a savings of $1.3 million for taxpayers in the district over the next six years.
November 27, 2011 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police have arrested Sterling Joseph, 27, and Richard Goodman, 26, for stealing a cell phone at gunpoint. The robbery occurred on November 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the 70th Street Trolley Station, located at 7255 Alvarado Road.
November 27, 2011 (Escondido) – Escondido Police are searching for a peeper caught on videotape rubbing up against female shoppers and taking photos up their skirts. The incidents occurred at the Westfield North County Fair in Escondido yesterday around 2:30 p.m. during the “Black Friday” shopping rush.
November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – While much of the nation braces for snow or rain, San Diegans can look forward to possible record high temperatures Sunday. Highs could hit the upper 80s in inland valleys and the low 80s in high desert areas.
If you’re planning to travel east, however, use caution since wind cuts up to 45 mph are forecast for I-8 east of El Cajon and SR-78 east of Escondido.
November 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, which graciously donated space at its beautiful visitor center to benefit our nonprofit with our "Summerfest" event, has asked for our help--and yours.
The foundation is a finalist in the “Earth 8 San Diego” competition--but another group is closing the gap. If Mission Trails gets the most votes by December 1, the park's Foundation will receive $25,000. You can vote once EACH DAY, on every device you have with internet access. Click to vote here.
60 ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, INCLUDING DRIVER OF ROLL-OVER CRASH
November 26, 2011 (San Diego) Updated 3 p.m.—California Highway Patrol reports 60 arrests in San Diego County for driving under the influence (DUI) from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening through 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Two fatalities have occurred thus far over the Thanksgiving weekend locally.
Countywide, arrests are nearly even with last year, when 59 people were arrested for DUIs during the same holiday period. In East County, at least one driver was arrested for DUI after his vehicle rolled over on Highway 79 between Santa Ysabel and Warner Springs yesterday afternoon.
November 26, 2011 (San Diego) – Startled shoppers in two San Diego Walmart stores received a message delivered by 75 Occupy San Diego protesters forming a human microphone. The protesters urged Walmart shoppers to support locally-owned small businesses instead of corporate-owned mass merchandizers.
View a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgafr1uO_EY&feature=share
By Miriam Raftery
November 25, 2011 (Warner Springs) – Avoiding crowded malls on this Friday after Thanksgiving, I headed east instead with a friend for a day of wine tasting and fall foliage viewing. Savoring the spectacular scenery and wide open spaces—along with some fine wines—reaffirmed what all East County residents can be thankful for – the beauty of our backcountry on a resplendent autumn afternoon.
By Mayan Avitable
November 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Councilmember Marti Emerald, Council President Tony Young, the San Diego Police Department and Rebuilding Together teamed to launch the “Safe Light Project” on November 22, beginning with the neighborhoods of Mt. Hope and Mountain View. The organizations are teaming with community volunteers to install solar lighting on homes in neighborhoods that lack adequate lighting.
November 25, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Foothills United Methodist Church Children’s Choirs will perform their Christmas concert on December 4 at 3 p.m.
November 25, 2011 (East County – San Diego) The fourth annual San Diego Pottery Tour is a free, self-guided tour of open studios and beautiful handmade pottery by some of the best potters in San Diego County. The dates for the 2011 Pottery Tour are December 3 and 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
November 25, 2011 (Alpine) -- Gretchen Rossi of Bravo's hit reality series "The Real Housewives of Orange County" will join 11 other local celebrities at Viejas Casino on Monday, November 28 in a Celebrity Slot Tournament at Viejas Casino. 100 percent of the winnings from the tournament, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be donated to the local Salvation Army.
The list of confirmed celebrities for the slot tournament include sports stars, TV news anchors and more:
November 25, 2011 (El Cajon) – Stephen Anthony Harris, 20, has been arrested following an all-night stand-off at 118 West Chase Avenue in El Cajon. Residents called 911 at 10:20 p.m. to report that Harris showed up in violation of a court order and began vandalizing property inside the home. Residents fled the home in fear of their safety.
Firefighter who saved kitten will adopt it, if owner not found
Story by Miriam Raftery
Photos by El Cajon Police Captain Jim Redman
November 24, 2011 (El Cajon )—A Thanksgiving day rescue tale--or should we say "tail", has a happy ending. El Cajon Firefighters have saved a kitten that became trapped several feet down an old electrical plastic pipe at the corner of Washington and Avocado Avenues in El Cajon.
By Miriam Raftery
November 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast—or a totally untraditional experience? Our guides at East County Magazine have left no stone unturned in our quest for the most unusual, delightful and delectable offerings in San Diego’s inland regions this Thanksgiving weekend. Here are our favorite finds:
GROSSMONT CENTER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF HOLIDAY SHOPPING: GROOVY DECOR KICKS OFF RETRO 1960'S HOLIDAYS STARTING FRIDAY
November 23, 2011 (La Mesa) – On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Grossmont Center will unveil new holiday décor complete with bright-colored pencil trees, retro colored lights and peace signs, bringing back nostalgic memories of holidays in the 1960s for the shopping mall’s 50th anniversary holiday season.
The 18-foot Christmas tree will be lit by Santa at 6 p.m., followed by free refreshments, raffle prizes and entertainment. But the fun begins much earlier in the day.
Rhinestone jeans, Montana West leather purses, glitzy saddle blankets and more in El Cajon’s new store
Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
November 21, 2011 (El Cajon)-- “This is my passion,” says Hannah Blume, 16, co-owner of the new Cowgirl Bling store in Parkway Plaza.
Her mom, Cheryl Smith, helped Hannah open the shop to bring glitzy Western wear to East County—and to provide a better future for Hannah, a student at El Capitan High School in Lakeside.
November 23, 2011 (Lakeside) – A three hour stand-off with a SWAT team has ended with the suicide of a 75-year-old Lakeside man. The man, a hospice patient, reportedly had leukemia and had been told he had only days to live, a neighbor told 10 news.
November 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Senator Joel Anderson is inviting the local community to a holiday open house, Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8 pm. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.
The holiday season is a time to reflect on the experiences of the past year and this open house will provide legislative updates. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided (Paid For With Private Funds, Not Tax Dollars). RSVPs are requested to ensure there are enough hors d’oeuvres and refreshment.
SAN DIEGO OFFICIALS JOIN LOCAL AUTHOR IN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SCHOOL BULLYING – AND OFFERING SOLUTIONS
By Walter G. Meyer
November 23, 2011 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Historical Society invites you to A Knox House Christmas on December 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Knox House Museum, 280 N. Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon CA 92020.
Enjoy tours, an antique police car, sale of handmade and holiday crafts, home baked goods, antique items, art, dolls, old lace, photos plants, new and gently used items, etc., and the Broken Strings band will play. Donations are welcome.
Local in-home care provider comes up with new
ways to save on prescription drugs for seniors and their pets.
November 24, 2011(El Cajon, CA) -- Nearly half of all Americans regularly take one prescription medication, according to an August 2011 survey conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center.
November 23, 2011 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police report that a man armed with a black handgun held up a victim at the 70th Street Trolley Station at 7:30 p.m. on November 21.
November 23, 2011 (La Mesa)— A lone gunman forced a female employee to open the door after closing time at the Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt, 5640 Lake Murray Blvd., around 9:46 p.m. on November 21. He ordered two employees to a back room and tied up the hands of one behind her back, using zip ties. He then ordered the other employee to hand over money from a safe.