November 2011 Articles
By David Secor, Candidate for 50th Congressional District
Editor’s note: Due to technical problems we could not post on Veteran’s Day, but wish to share this moving story now with our readers.
November 14, 2011 (Crest)--On Veterans Day, and on many other days, I remember Corporal Linden Eiler of Charlie Company, 228th Av Bn, 1st Air Cavalry Division. On April 25, 1968, Eiler had volunteered to join a CH-47 Chinook crew in retrieving a UH-1 Huey helicopter that had been shot down during the initial assault into the A Shau Valley in northern South Vietnam.
November 11, 2011 (San Diego) Looking for a lively time over Thanksgiving weekend? The public is invited to America's Finest San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival November 23 - 27 at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North in San Diego. The Festival features over 25 bands and guest artists from across the U.S. as well as bands with East County ties.
November 14, 2011 (San Diego) -- The holidays are right around the corner and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) wants to help San Diegans become more energy efficient this holiday season. For the sixth year, SDG&E will be offering complimentary light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) to customers throughout San Diego County during the company’s annual LED Holiday Lighting Exchanges.
November 14, 2011 (National) -- It’s you against the turkey. Are you going to come out of this thing a butterball or a better woman for it? Don’t succumb to stuffing yourself this Thanksgiving, says internationally-renowned fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, co-star of TLC’s hit series Freaky Eaters. If you’re like most people during Thanksgiving, you mindlessly slip back into the kitchen to “clean” and nosh on seconds… and thirds… initiating the holiday-season binge that carries through New Year’s Eve.
Don’t give in and pack on the pounds unnecessarily! Instead, put the leftover triple-layer pumpkin pie back in the fridge and replace eating with these suggestions:
Targets of koala “hate tabloid” demand remedy for harassment allowed by university
November 13, 2011 (San Diego) — Students at California State University San Marcos filed a complaint Wednesday, against California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, under Titles IX, VI and II of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The complaint seeks immediate injunctive and remedial action against CSUSM, with regard to its decision to allow the distribution of a publication on campus known as The Koala because of the hostile environment the university has allowed the publication to develop at CSUSM.
November 15, 2011 (Valley Center) -- Bates Nut Farm will host the Annual Santa’s Coming-Craft Fair over Thanksgiving weekend. The Craft Fair will be open November 25, 26 and 27; Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approximately 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art, just in time to start your holiday shopping.
STUDENTS JOIN WITH “OCCUPY” MOVEMENT TO PROTEST FEES AT CSU TRUSTEES MEETING NOV. 16, PLAN SCHOOL STRIKE NOV. 15
By Miriam Raftery
November 14, 2011 (San Diego) – Two actions are planned this week by students in coordination with the “Occupy” movement to protest student fee hikes and more.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, thousands plan to converge at a California State University (CSU) Trustees meeting in Long Beach to protest 200 percent increases in tuitions for California college and university students since 2008—with even more hikes looming.
Busses will depart from San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego and CSU San Marcos. Students, educators and supporters call on leaders of California schools and universities to support “Re-Fund Public Education Action Week.” Organizers say students have paid more than their fair share, adding, "It’s time to make Wall Street corporations and the wealthy pay to refund education.” To reserve seats on a bus, visit http://www.makebankspaycalifornia.com/refund_public_education_action_week.
On Tuesday, November 15 a California-wide “school strike” is also being organized.
November 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Talented musicians from 41 schools in the East County Youth Symphony will perform a concert of classical music at 7 p.m. tonight in the Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Avenue in San Diego (one block east of La Mesa).
The program includes Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Egmont Overture, as well as Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart’s Divertismento K136. Soloist Ekaterina Poukhira will also perform.
Update Nov. 30, 2011 -- CHP announced today that it has determined this death resulted from a hit-and-run. “The CHP is looking for a light-colored 1997-2001 Buick Park Avenue," CHP Office Brian Pennings revealed. "The vehicle will have minor to moderate damage on the left side,” he said, adding that the left side mirror, doors, and possibly left front portion of the vehicle may have been damaged." For details, see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/8008
November 14, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Shawn Russell Kinzer, 40, has been identified as the motoryclist killed November 10 in an accident on I-8 in El Cajon. According to the San Diego Medical Examiner, Kinzer was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed when "he was witnessed to loose control of his motorcycle and go down just west of Mollison Avenue."
Update: The deceased has been identified as Mark Andrew Jones, 52, who resided with his family in Ramona.
November 14, 2011 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident who was not wearing a seatbelt died after being ejected from a vehicle in a rollover accident yesterday afternoon. Two other men were taken to a hospital with injuries. The driver faces charges for driving under the influence, ECM News partner 10 News reports.
According to a witness, the driver of the car, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, may have been trying to avoid hitting a woman who was unlading her horse from a horse cart.
November 11, 2011 (El Cajon) – The mother of all East County celebrations takes place November 20, when the 65th annual Mother Goose Parade rolls through downtown El Cajon.
Enjoy floats, giant inflatable balloons similar to those in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, marching bands, clowns, and local dignitaries. This year, world famous Taylor Guitars, East County maker of instruments played by many musical stars, will be honored as Grand Marshal.
ENVIROFAIR AT LOS COCHES CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL & PUBLIC INVITED TO EAST COUNTY CLEANUP AND RECYCLING EVENT NOV. 15
“Heartwarming and uplifting” performance runs Nov. 10-20 at Encore! Theatre
By Megan McGlamery
November 13, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Ten years ago, Jean Isaac began a small after-school program for young performers based out of her living room. Today, that group has grown into the Young Actors’ Theatre (YAT) with a mission to provide specialized theatrical instruction to children of all ages. Each year, YAT hosts seven musical productions, two touring groups and one holiday piece.
Marking the 10th anniversary season with a reprisal of their very first production, performers with YAT have successfully brought Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Oliver Twist to the stage in a vibrant and melodic musical.
November 13, 2011 (San Diego) The public is invited to a unique presentation regarding the Hubble Telescope at the Mission Trails Regional Park Theater, by amateur astronomer in residence and Trail Guide member, George Varga, and Charles Carter, a Volunteer Entertainment Coordinator. They will present "Above the Ozone", a one-hour program featuring photos from the Hubble Telescope. The presentation takes place on Saturday evening, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.
November 13, 2011 (San Diego)--Amy Lynn Kanner returns to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Theater with her Celtic Harp, for a performance on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. The concert will be followed by a public reception in the Visitor Center Gallery.
November 13, 2011 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rancho San Diego Station on Friday, November 18t at 10:00 a.m. Sheriff Bill Gore, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, community leaders and local law enforcement agencies in the East County will be in attendance.
November 14, 2011 (Poway) – A westbound vehicle struck a pedestrian who was crossing Poway Road just west of Tarascan Drive at 8:55 p.m. last night. According to Sergeant B. Jenkins with the San Diego Sheriff, “The pedestrian was transported to Palomar Hospital with significant injuries.”
Story by Nadin Abbott
Photos by Nadin Abbott and Jennifer Douglas
November 12, 2011 (San Diego)—Over a hundred women walked from the other side of Third Avenue downtown, pushing wheelbarrow and carrying trash bags filled with supplies such as dry socks. The rain came down hard, soaking them. Many East County women were among the crowd, including a Jamul mother and her son.
They chanted “We are the ninety-nine percent,” and “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.” The occupiers peeked out from under plastic tarps, or came out from whatever cover they were allowed by San Diego Police, and cheered. To them, it was a surprise. A few faces, filled with emotion, had tears. View a video:
November 12, 2011 (Jacumba) - A white truck plunged 50 feet into the Carrizo Gorge off of I-8 at Jacumba. The accident was reported at 8:18 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol website, people are trapped inside and a medical helicopter has been requested.
November 12, 2011 (Alpine) -- Santa arrives in Alpine Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. riding down Alpine Boulevard for the 16th annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights.
Immediately following the parade, Santa and his helpers will help light the Alpine Community Christmas Tree at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road. Join a holiday sing-a-long, and stay for the free snow hill sledding.
By Cate Sacks
November 12, 2011 (Blossom Valley) -- News from Facebook, Therapy dog Howard has passed all the training to become a therapy or service dog. This boy is simply awesome. He is gentle, submissive and kind. I have never heard him bark, and he is happy just "being"..whether than means with the other dogs, people, children or just by himself. He is a young boy who has been rounded off to a year old. His body is that of a boxer but his look is that of a chesapeake bay retriever...an amazing combination that is hard to find. He sleeps quietly in his crate and learns quickly.
November 12, 2011 (California) -- Veterans now have a new smart phone tool to help them connect with their benefits and find services that will help them successfully transition from military to civilian life.
By Miriam Raftery
November 12, 2011 (Sacramento)—The California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has approved a $150 fire parcel fee on rural property owners. Those living in a fire district will receive a $35 discount, dropping the fee to $115. The state estimates that 90 percent of structures will quality for the savings.
That’s significantly more than rates originally approved by the Board in August, though less than the $175 that the Governor originally requested.
Tree-lighting and ice show extravaganza light up the night tonight
November 11, 2011 (Alpine) -- Skate into the holidays on Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink, now open at Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine. The nearly 10,000-square-foot rink, one of our region’s most popular winter playgrounds, will remain open through Jan. 8, 2012.
The season kicks off with a lighting of the Viejas holiday tree at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 11, followed by a free Extravaganza on Ice Show with professional skaters--plus a visit from Santa Claus.