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PUBLIC INVITED TO EAST COUNTY CLEANUP AND RECYCLING EVENT NOV. 15

 Event Follows EnviroFair for Los Coches Creek Students on “America Recycles Day”


November 11 (2011) -- The community is invited to join “America Recycles Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 15, with a neighborhood cleanup and recycling event, which follows an all day “EnviroFair” for students at Los Coches Creek Middle School in Blossom Valley.
  

FIND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE DESCANSO ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR NOV. 19

November 11, 2011 (Descanso)  -- Want to start your holiday shopping early?  Check out one the many unique gift items while welcoming in the winter season at the Descanso Arts and Crafts Fair. The event takes place Saturday, November 19 at the Descanso Town Hall, 24536 Viejas Grade, in the mountain town of Descanso from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
  

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT

By Brian Lafferty

November 11, 2011 (San Diego) – Apparently every generation brings a disaster movie in which an asteroid, meteor, or comet is about to strike the Earth. There was Meteor in 1979. My generation had not one but two such movies in 1998. They were Michael Bay’s Armageddon and Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact. I don’t think I need to tell you which was more popular among my classmates.

 

SAN DIEGO CHILDREN LOSING BULGE

New Study Reveals Obesity Rate Drops: “Live Well” program credited with positive results

November 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- It appears San Diego County children and adolescents are putting down the sodas and Twinkies and becoming more physically active.

A new study conducted by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) revealed that the obesity rate among local children dropped by nearly four percent.

FITDESK PEDAL DESK TURNS SEDENTARY COMPUTER WORK INTO A HEALTHY EXERCISE OPTION

 November 11, 2011 -- (Nashville, Tennessee) - FitDesk is a unique product that combines two seemingly polar opposite activities - exercise & computer work - into one productive and efficient activity. The FitDesk Pedal Desk is an innovative product that allows a person to exercise comfortably on a stationary bike while using a laptop computer or playing a video game.

  

DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SAVE MONEY ON DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS

 By Nancy Clement

November 11, 2011 (La Mesa) - Fall is a good time of year to work on do-it-yourself project, as the weather is cooler.  Many repairs you can do yourself for the cost of items for repairs.   If you have more time than money trade a home repair project with a friend, you work together on their project and they work with you to complete your project.  You could start with a small project and as your skills increase, take on more
advanced projects. 

SAN DIEGO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES GRANT DESIGNED TO SAVE LIVES

 

Allows Probation to Fight Drunk Driving with Intensive Supervision of DUI Probationers
 
November 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Probation Department has the green light to accept a new traffic safety grant for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries resulting from driving under the influence (DUI). The $514,000 grant awarded by the State Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will help the County’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety.
 
 
 

 

OLIVER! TAKES STAGE NOV. 10-20 AT ENCORE THEATRE IN SPRING VALLEY

November 11, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Celebrating its 10th year, Young Actors Theatre re-presents the musical that started it all – Oliver! The public is invited to enjoy the classic Charles Dickens’ tale brought to life onstage at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: UNCONSCIENTIOUS DIRECTOR

By Brian Lafferty

 

November 11, 2011 (San Diego) – As a critic it’s easy to look at a film and say something like, “It would have been better if they did this.” The flaw of such logic is that there’s no guarantee that the replacements or additions would be any better than what made it onto the screen. Nor would excising a scene or plot necessarily benefit the movie.

 

SANTEE SANTAS PREPARE FOR HIGH DEMAND AMID ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, SEEK HELP FROM BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS

 

Applications for those in need accepted Nov. 12, 16, and 29

 November 11, 2011 (Santee) – As the holiday season begins to pick up steam, the Santee Santas are already in full swing with their holiday preparations to ensure that every Santee resident enjoys some holiday cheer.

“WORKING MAN” ENTERS RACE FOR CONGRESS: DAVID SECOR CHALLENGES HUNTER ON JOBS, SOCIAL SECURITY, EAST COUNTY POVERTY AND MORE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – “I’ve been a working man for 40 years,” says David Secor, a military veteran and resident of Crest who has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for the Congressional seat held currently by Republican Duncan D. Hunter.

“I am running to support the working men and women of this district…to be the representative of all the people in the district and to restore the American dream for all of our citizens.” (View a video of Secor speaking on addressing joblessness: http://www.davidsecorforcongress.com/jobvid.html)

DRIVER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION WAS FATHER OF ALPINE TEEN KILLED SAME DAY

By Miriam Raftery


“How many more children are going to have to die before we get a high school in Alpine?” – Rose Urdahl, Alpine resident

 

Update November 11, 2011:  Mother discharged from hospital

November 10, 2011 (Alpine) – A double tragedy has struck an Alpine family. This morning, Granite Hills High School student Devon Sambhi was ejected and killed in a roll-over accident. He would have been 17 on November 22.  His mother, Natalia Sambhi,  was air-lifted to a hospital.  She was driving rolled off I-8 and landed on Old Highway 80 at Dunbar Lane. According to CHP, a tire problem may have caused the crash.  

 

Now Sambhi's father, Sunil Sambhi, has died following a second accident close to the location where his son lost his life.

SUSPECTED JEWEL THIEVES ARRESTED, LINKED TO BARONA CASINO ROBBERY

November 10, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives have arrested Ryan McKnight, 34, and Robert Chavira, 40, in connection with a series of robberies throughout California, according to Lt. Andra Brown at SDPD. These include the September 16 armed robbery at the Ben Bridge Jewelry in Mission Valley and the November 9 armed robbery at Barona Casino in Lakeside.

NO-GO FOR GO-KART TRACK AFTER COUNTY DEMANDS HEFTY FEES


November 10, 2011 (El Cajon )—Plans to reopen the old Marshall Scotty’s go-kart track as Canyon Raceway have been stalled, co-owner Carrie Ludeke has informed ECM.

 

“We were informed by the County that they could not grandfather this track as a go kart track,” she informed ECM. “They want us to repermit from the ground up. They are asking for site plans, environmental impact reports on march lands, the tree groves, and the air quality.” In addition, the county seeks traffic impact studies with possible redevelopment of freeway exits and $8,000-$20,000 to open a permit process for a 9-18 month review.

SEX OFFENDER COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

November 11 (2011) San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force went door to door in Campo this morning to notify neighbors that a Sexually Violent Predator is now living in their community. Seventy homes were visited during the public notification. Addresses with no one home were noted and will be revisited.

UNUSUAL GALLERIES PARTICIPATE IN JULIAN OPEN STUDIOS TOUR

November 10, 2011 -- Several special art businesses are participating in this year’s Julian Open Studios tour, November 19-20.  They are open much of the year but, unlike the galleries on the Main Street of Julian, are sometimes hard to find and easy to overlook.

 

 

 

READER’S EDITORIALS: A WIN FOR SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN CALIFORNIA

A Major Win for all Californians:
What you need to know about the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011

by Paul Downey, CEO & President, Senior Community Centers, San Diego

November 10, 2011 (San Diego)--We all aspire to age and with age we all hope to be able to provide ourselves with the basic needs to simply survive – home, food, health care, transportation, etc. However, this is not the case for all seniors. Many struggle to get by daily and though they may have saved in their youth, unforeseen circumstances can turn almost anyone’s lives upside down. 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HONOR VETERANS

 

November 10, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Veterans were remembered with honor on the morning of Wednesday, November 9, as the Mount Miguel High School JROTC held its 22nd Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. More than 175 JROTC Cadets participated in the ceremony honoring all military personnel who have served our country throughout history.
  
 

MOTORIST BOOKED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SPRING VALLEY

November 10, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Wayne A. Bell has been arrested for attempted murder after striking his brother-in-law with his vehicle in what Sheriff’s deputies believe was an intentional act.

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS DECLARE EMERGENCY DUE TO FUNDING CUTS THAT THREATEN MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL FOR CALIFORNIA SENIORS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2011 (Sacramento) – California, already ranked among the nation’s worst in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, faces more steep cuts in its 2011-2012 budget. In late October,the federal government approved the bulk of the state's cuts. Now, Congress will soon weigh whether to slash a mammoth half-trillion dollars from Medi-Cal and Medicare.
 

“Cuts to these programs would deny millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children lifesaving care and cost our country millions of good jobs,” states a press release issued today by SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, Catholic Healthcare West, and a coalition of doctors and patients.

CEDAR CREEK FALLS WILL STAY CLOSED UNTIL APRIL, FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES

East County Magazine News Service

 

November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Cedar Creek Falls, which has been closed to the public since a  fatality accident last July, will remain closed until at least April 1, 2012.  The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced a delay in the reopening that had been slated for yesterday.

The decision has drawn mixed reactions among East County hiking enthusiasts.

FORGING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: A 2-PART EVENT TO CHANGE SAN DIEGO’S FUTURE, STARTS THIS WEEKEND AT QUALCOMM HQ

November 8, 2011 (San Diego)--UnitedGREEN’s Forging a Sustainable Future event series begins on November 12 and 13 at Irwin M. Jacobs Hall at Qualcomm Corporate Headquarters in Sorrento Valley. This two-part event covers a wide array of topics including green building, green job training, building sustainable communities, community redevelopment, renewable energy sources, community- centered architecture, and green transportation. The goal of the conference is to plan for economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability in the San Diego/Tijuana region. View video of ECM publisher Mark Hanson of Lakeside discussing this global event (click screen above).

CHEERS! GIVE A TOAST TO OUR VETERANS AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AND TASTING ROOM IN LA MESA

November 9, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--The staff at San Pasqual Winery invite you to honor present and past service men and women by participating in “A Toast to Our Veterans.”

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
November 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:

  
 
 U.S.
  • Immigration bill splits House GOP (The Hill)
  • 40 House Republicans sign letter saying they’re open to tax increases (Truthout)
  • Mississippi to decide if fertilized egg is a human being (Reuters)
  • Survey finds anti-Semitic attitudes rising in America (Fox)
  • Restaurant grease as good as gold to biofuels thieves (NPR)
  • Study proves many U.S. corporations paid zero taxes (Raw Story)
  • House panel votes to subpoena White House for Solyndra records (Fox)
  • Obama rips House “In God We Trust” vote (CBS)
  • Filner urges Obama to back off medical marijuana (San Diego Union-Tribune)
WORLD
  • Greek PM on brink; world tells Europe to fix crisis (Reuters)
  • IMF chief warns of a “lost decade” for global economy (BBC)
  • “Monster” greenhouse gas levels seen (CBS)
  • French, Germans explore idea of core Euro zone (Reuters)
  • What’s the matter with Italy? (BBC)
Click "read more" to see links, and  stories.

ACCLAIMED JOURNALIST GREG PALAST RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO NOV. 17 WITH NEW BOOK, VULTURE'S PICNIC

 

By Ron Logan

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Internationally recognized investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author Greg Palast will be speaking and signing copies of his latest book, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores (available in stores November 14) on Thursday, November 17th at 7 p.m. in Hillcrest.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: NOVEMBER 11, 2011

 

November 11,  2011 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights articles on top regional and state issues of interest to East County and inland San Diego County, published in other media. This week’s top Roundup headlines include:
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Energy projects spur alarm among Indians (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Manchester looking at buying Union-Tribune (Voice of San Diego)
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley teachers, staff toss lifeline to janitors, grounds crews (Mount Helix Patch)
  • Not enough help for growing refugee population (KPBS)
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter: Small businesses should pay no taxes (La Mesa Patch)
  • Iconic East County nursery to close (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • All dried up in San Diego County (California City News)
  • A soldier’s return after 60 years (Ramona Journal)
  • Democrats face off in long bid to unseat Issa (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
STATE
  • Science gets short shrift in California elementary schools, study finds (Sacramento Bee)
  • Initiatives could protect funds for San Diego, other counties (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • New report finds numerous problems with ICE program (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Jerry Brown names PG&E official as his senior advisor (Sacramento Bee)
Click "read more" to see links, and  stories

 

HUNTER PROTESTS SENTENCE FOR BORDER PATROL AGENT CONVICTED OF ASSAULT

 

 
November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder objecting to a two-year prison sentence given to U.S. Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz for restraining a drug smuggler caught entering the U.S. illegally.  
 
Testimony by other agents indicated that the suspect had already been handcuffed and was laying on his stomach, not resisting, when Diaz arrived. "It was Diaz's fellow Border Patrol Agents on the scene who testified they witnessed his misconduct, which they found shocking, and complained about it to their supervisor," the U.S. Attorney's office statement read.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY DOES OUR SENATOR CARE MORE ABOUT THE DEAD THAN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN HIS DISTRICT?

By Rex Lyons
 
November 8, 2011 (El Cajon) –There’s something very troubling about the newsletter I received from Joel Anderson, our Republican state senator.  It’s filled with stories about honoring the dead—naming a roadway for a fallen CHP officer,  breaking ground at a sports park named for the late President Ronald Reagan, and commemorating  9/11 victims.
 
 
 
 

STUDENT WHO HELPED FIRE VICTIMS NOW HEADING OBAMA DESIGN TEAM

 By Ray M. Wong

November 9, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Imagine working for the President of the United States, consulting with him personally and being responsible for the artwork and design of his whole reelection campaign. Josh Higgins doesn’t have to pinch himself awake from the dream. He’s living it.

Higgins studied graphic design at San Diego City College from 1999 to 2002. He has done design work for Fender Guitars, Hewlett Packard and Perry Ellis International. His artwork has helped San Diego County fire victims. Now he’s the Design Director for Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.    

READER’S EDITORIAL: WE DON’T NEED A CITY OF BELL-STYLE OF GOVERNMENT IN EL CAJON

By Drum Macomber, former El Cajon Citizen of the Year

November 9, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The city of El Cajon wants to be a "Charter City.”

Instead of abiding by the citizen protections provided by state and federal law, the “charter city” designation gives city councils total control over a host of municipal decisions.

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