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EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS SUPPLIES

 November 20, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Volunteers at the El Cajon Valley High School Parent, Teachers and Students Association are hosting a school supply drive on Tuesday, November 29 at 7am-9am and again at 6pm-8pm. Community members are asked to add ECVHS to your holiday shopping list.  Below is a sampling of items that classrooms need.

 

 

MEDIA WATCHDOG: UNION TRIBUTE SALE RAISES MEDIA ETHICS CONCERNS


By Miriam Raftery
 
November 20, 2011 (San Diego) –Media reform and citizens’ groups have voiced concern over purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune, a self-proclaimed “watchdog”, by a team led by real estate developer and political activist Doug Manchester. His major pending development projects are the very sorts of deals an independent media outlet would ordinarily report on and investigate.
 
The acquisition has drawn pointed criticism from both conservative taxpayer advocates and representatives of liberal interest groups.

POLICE INVESTIGATE DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN ENCANTO; SEEK GOLD NISSAN SENTRA

November 20, 2011 (Encanto) – A man treated at Paradise Hospital for gunshot wounds to his back and arm told officers that he was shot late last night in the area of 66th and Herrick Street. According to the victim, two Hispanic males age 18-25 drove up to him in a gold Nissan Sentra. One of the occupants shot him several times.

MOTORIST INJURED IN LAKESIDE CRASH DIES IN HOSPITAL

November 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Esaw O'Guin, Jr., 27, has died of injuries sustained in a crash that occurred November 17 on southbound Highway 67 near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in Lakeside. O'Guin, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a Toyota Camry when for unknown reasons, he crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.

SNOW FORECAST FOR MOUNTAINS; RAIN ACROSS COUNTY AS NEW STORM MOVES INTO REGION


November 19, 2011(San Diego’s East County) – A Pacific storm is forecast to bring several inches of snow  on Sunday to East County mountain areas above 5,500 to 6,000 feet. Gusty winds up to 40 mph are also forecast in the mountains, with thunderstorms possible. Countywide, morning showers are expected to intensify in the afternoon and evening.

WOMAN ROBBED NEAR LAKE MURRAY

November 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – A woman walking in the 5600 of Lake Park Way near Lake Murray called 911 yesterday at 5:34 p.m. to report that a man pushed her to the ground and forcibly took her backpack, which was dark blue and contained her phone and medications.

The suspect is described as black, 20-30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing apprxoimately 160 pounds. He wore a dark beanie hat, navy blue sweatshirt and pants of unknown color.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTING VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE WITH $150,000 GRANT

November 19, 2911 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has unanimously voted to approve a $150,000 grant to Volunteers in Medicine – San Diego, Inc. (VIM), a non-profit that brings together medical professionals and patients who don’t have health insurance.

 

SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES NEW CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION BUILDING, LIBRARY AND CLASSROOM BUILDING

New facilities will equip students with skills needed for the 21st century
 
November 19, 2011 (Santee)--Officials from Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Santana High School joined students for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 16 to celebrate the completion of three modernized buildings on the high school campus.
 

VEHICLE STRIKES TWO PEDESTRIANS IN EL CAJON, WOMAN DIES

Update: The female victim has been identified as Melissa N. Ferreira, 25. She resided in San Diego with her parents.

November 19, 2011 (El Cajon )—Two pedestrians crossing the 300 block of West Main Street in front of the El Cajon Grand Bar were struck by a Mitsubishi Montero at 1:55 a.m. The woman, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man, also 24, was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

GREENSMART TECHNICAL COLLEGE COMING TO SAN DIEGO—ALONG WITH ELECTRIC CAR ENGINE MANUFACTURING PLANT

 

An ECM exclusive special report


Amptran is developing an electric engine with capacity to travel 400 miles between charges using lithium air technology. The break-through could revolutionize the car industry --and eliminate U.S. dependence on OPEC Mideast oil

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2011 (Otay Mesa)—In an exclusive interview with ECM, Heartland Coalition executive director Mark Hanson unveiled plans to bring Amptran Motor Corporation to San Diego and to open a new Greensmart Technical College facility in Otay Mesa, where certified electric vehicle technicians will be trained for good-paying local jobs through Heartland’s Project Greensmart, starting in spring 2012.

WIND ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS

 

November 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) The National Weather Service advises that a trough of low pressure moving inland will bring strong, gusty west winds of 35-55 mph in San Diego’s mountain and deserts tonight. High winds will make driving difficult especially for high profile vehicles. Blowing dust and sand may also reduce visibility.

Areas of dense fog are forecast through Sunday, with rain possible west of the mountains.

JINGLE PAWS THIRD ANNUAL WALK FOR PETS - “PEOPLE HELPING PETS” NOV. 19 IN EL CAJON

 

November 18, 2011 (El Cajon) The Third Annual Jingle Paws Walk for Pets will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Wells Park in El Cajon, 1153 East Madison Avenue, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., sponsored by El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services (ACES) Foundation and Camp Bow Wow.

COUNTY ISSUES WARNING OVER BAGGED LETTUCE SOLD AT TRADER JOE’S : RECALL INCLUDES MULTIPLE BRANDS CONTAMINATED WITH E-COLI

 

November 18, 2011 (San Diego)--County health officials today urged residents to throw out Ready Pac bagged salad products containing romaine lettuce and stamped with a “Use by” Nov. 18 date because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recall applies to the following items; some also carry other labels including Safeway. See ink at bottom of story for product photos:

• 10oz. Ready Pac Caesar Romaine
• 9.25 oz Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad
• 10oz. Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad
• 10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine
• 10oz. Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit
• 10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad
• 16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad

HIGHWAY 94 CONNECTORS TO I-15 WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY MORNING

November 17, 2011 (San Diego)-- The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the eastbound and westbound State Route 94 (SR-94) connectors to southbound Interstate 15 (I-15) Saturday morning from 3-8 a.m. for guardrail repair.

FBI AND EL CAJON POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY MAN WHO ROBBED WELLS FARGO BANK

November 18, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The FBI and El Cajon Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 1235 Avocado Avenue, El Cajon, California, on Thursday, November 17, 2011.


On Thursday, November 17, 2011, at approximately 2:10 p.m. the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 1235 Avocado Avenue, El Cajon, California, was robbed by an unknown male.

 

TRAVELING LIGHT - A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY NOV. 5- DEC. 2

 A Photography Exhibit By Eileen Madell At Mission Trails Regional Park

 
November 18, 2011 (San Diego) The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents Traveling Light - A Photographic Journey, a photography exhibit featuring the work of Eileen Mandell. The exhibition will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center Gallery from November 5 through December 2.
 
Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119, and it is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

JULIAN FITNESS CENTER FITS TOWN’S CULTURE

 By Bobbi Zane

 
November 18, 2011 (Julian) -- In a town where everyone knows everybody, the latest go-to place is the Julian Fitness Center, opened in April 2011 by Matt Kraemer.  The popularity of the gym is due to Kraemer’s close connections within the community, a business plan that focuses on excellent service, and a marketing plan that complements the town culture. 

LA MESA RESIDENT TO PASS ON 'OUTSTANDING TEEN' TITLE: PAGEANT APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR MISS SAN DIEGO

November 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Danamarie McNicholl-Carter is not your average La Mesa teenager.  Besides being an honor student and athlete at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, she spends her spare time playing the piano and volunteering in her community.

WELLS FARGO IS TOP SBA LENDER IN SAN DIEGO AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES

 The company financed $53.7 million in loans to local small businesses

 
November 18, 2011 (San Diiego)–Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is the No. 1 SBA lender for the second consecutive year, in both dollars and units, to San Diego and Imperial Counties’ small business owners. For the federal fiscal year 2011, October 1, 2010- September 30, 2011, Wells Fargo extended 108 loans totaling $53.7 million in SBA 7(a) financing to San Diego and Imperial Counties small business owners. 

UNDERSHERIFF JIM COOKE TO RETIRE; 31-YEAR CAREER INCLUDING MANY HIGH-PROFILE EAST COUNTY CASES

 
November 18, 2011 (Lakeside) --After 31 years of service to San Diego County, Undersheriff Jim Cooke is calling it a career. His  last day on the job is Friday, December 2. Assistant Sheriff Ed Prendergast is taking his place.

 
Cooke’s career including service in many high-profile East County incidents ranging from the Santana and Granite Hills high school shootings to the Cedar Fire.

AIR RESOURCES BOARD KICKS OFF NEW ROUND OF CLEAN VEHICLE REBATES

 15 million available, Board Member Ron Roberts presents first check in San Diego


November 18, 2011 (San Diego) — San Diego County Supervisor Ronald Roberts, a member of the California Air Resources Board (ARB), presented the first rebate check issued from $15 million allocated by ARB for clean vehicles to Kim Adelman of Poway, Calif.
  

NEIGHBORS COMPLAIN OF LOW FLIGHTS NEAR GILLESPIE FIELD: AIRPORT AND FLIGHT SCHOOL DENY PROBLEMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – Six East County residents living near Gillespie Field met with Supervisor Dianne Jacob, representatives from  the airport and local flight schools Tuesday in an effort to address complaints. Residents claim to be experiencing an increase in flight frequency and noise—with some flights just hundreds of feet over their homes. Officials from Gillespie Field and local flight schools denied flying lower than 1,400 feet above sea level (1,000 feet above the homes), leading Supervisor Jacob to voice frustration over a “disconnect.”

MORNING FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY OF 8 IN EL CAJON: BLAZE FOUND TO BE ARSON

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2011 (El Cajon)--Investigators have determined that an early morning house fire in El Cajon was caused by arson, according to Heartland Fire and Rescue.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FRIDAY FOR FATHER, SON KILLED IN ALPINE CRASHES: FUND ESTABLISHED FOR FAMILY


November 18, 2011 (Alpine) – A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today for Devon Sambhi, 16, and his father, Sunil Sambhi. The service will be held at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., according to Tyler Smittle, general manager of the Ayres Lodge where Natalia Sambhi, mother and wife of the deceased, works.

HUNDREDS OCCUPY SAN DIEGO BRIDGE, CALL FOR INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIRS AND JOBS

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

November 17, 2011 (San Diego)—Several hundred San Diegans, including East County residents, turned out today in answer to a call to occupy the Clairemont Bridge.

Occupy San Diego organized the protest to stress how much maintenance our infrastructure needs. The march started with a chant urging Congressman Brian Bilbray to “fix this bridge.” Occupiers called for infrastructure jobs to put Americans back to work and resolve safety issues with this bridge and others. View a video by Jerry Malamud.

FIRE SURVIVORS’ REBUILT HOME IS ENERGY SELF-SUFFICIENT-- AND BEAUTIFUL


 
By Miriam Raftery
 
November 15, 2011 (Lakeside) – After Scott and Abby Anders lost their home during the 2003 Cedar Fire, they resolved to rebuild. From the ashes, they have created a home that takes maximum advantage of the terrain and climate. In addition, solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems have made the house a net-zero electricity home—producing more power than it consumes.
 
The fruits of their labors were on display November 5 during the Lakeside River Park Foundation's Sustainable Homes Tour.

FREE CLINIC FOR HOMEOWNERS AND HOMEBUYERS NOVEMBER 19

November 17, 2011 (Chula Vista) – Assemblyman Marty Block (D-78th Assembly District), whose district includes much of East County, invites the public to attend a free clinic to assist homeowners and homebuyers on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A coalition of nonprofit organizations and housing agencies in the San Diego region will be on hand to assist and educate homeowners and homebuyers in their housing needs. The clinic will be held at Calvary Chapel of San Diego, 1771 East Palomar Street, Chula Vista.

WELLS FARGO TEAM MEMBERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PERSONALLY DONATE $545,000 TO LOCAL NONPROFITS

 
November 17, 2011 (San Diego) – Wells Fargo & Company announced today that its team members donated $545,000 to nonprofit organizations and schools in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign.  All donations were funded personally by team members. This year’s campaign resulted in a 22% percent year-over-year increase in donations from 2010.
 

READER’S EDITORIAL: RE-THINKING THE EDUCATION PARADIGM

By Vince Wallgren

November 17, 2011 (La Mesa)--As the public education establishment’s quandary over shortfalls in funding reaches critical mass, the time may be ripe for introducing sweeping changes to the entire system. 

During a recent broadcast of the Ladona Harvey Show, a education establishment insider asserted (paraphrasing) that among the more important elements in revamping the education system is a higher degree of parent - teacher communication; and that parents must be more involved in the overall education experience.

SHERIFF’S SEARCH AND RESCUE FORCE FINDS SEVERED ARM FOR INJURED CALTRANS WORKER

By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2011 (Poway) – A quick-thinking emergency room nurse at Pomerado Medical Center in Poway helped reunite a Caltrans worker with his arm, which was severed in a freak accident at 1:45 p.m.  The nurse suggested calling the San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team to find the missing arm.

“There is a three-hour window to reattach the arm,” Melissa Aquino, public affairs officer with the Sheriff, said. Fortunately, a recovery team of 25 volunteers and two search dogs located the missing limb at 3 p.m. The victim is now undergoing surgery to be fully “armed” in time for Thanksgiving.

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