November 2011 Articles
By Millicent Arko
November 9, 2011 (San Diego)-- Computers 2 San Diego Kids, known as C2SDK, refurbishes used computers and distributes them to eligible families at little or no cost to the recipients. If you or your business is upgrading equipment, you can donate your previous models, helping families in need and assisting children to learn literacy skills.
“The County is now officially doing the bidding of a well organized industrial wind lobby…Together, the County and the industry/government cabal are also getting ready to gut the Boulevard Community Plan, and the few protections they allowed us to retain.”—Donna Tisdale, Chair, Boulevard Planning Group
By Miriam Raftery
November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s EastCounty) – San Diego County has issued a draft ordinance for publication review (http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/dplu/ceqa/POD1007.html. ) But critics say the plan decimates rural community planning authority and makes it easier for large wind farms to be built across broad swaths of East County.
Residents who already live near wind farms are speaking out—claiming they have suffered sleep deprivation and witnessed significant bird kills from existing turbines. They fear the impacts if multiple new wind farms are allowed to be erected across East County’s rural and scenic wilderness lands.
November 9, 2011 (San Diego)-- Mission Trails Regional Park will celebrate Arbor Day at the picnic area near the Visitor and Interpretive Center on Saturday, December 3 at 9 a.m. The public is invited to assist in planting trees including Engleman Oak trees and other native plants.
Approving a 90% sewer rate hike, killing a commission that helps the elderly, and pushing for broad powers under charter city status were just some of the controversial actions taken
By Karen Marie Otter
November 9, 2011 (El Cajon)--It was fortuitous that I had the opportunity to attend the meeting of the El Cajon City Council last night. All I can say is, "Wow, what just happened?"
November 9, 2011 (Lakeside) – Four masked robbers, armed with guns, pulled off a brazen robbery at Barona Casino early this morning only to leave cash behind in an abandoned Ford Limited edition Explorer SUV. The dark green vehicle had a California license plate of 4NA416 and a CMH bumper sticker.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a radio call of shots fired at the casino at 2:21 a.m. The armed robbers reportedly placed a steel chain around a display case filled with cash near the front of the casino and attached the chain to a Ford SUV parked outside.
Story and photos by Ron Logan
November 9, 2011 (San Diego) – Free-speech attorney Bryan Pease said yesterday at a press conference at the Civic Center Plaza that he plans to file a restraining order against the City of San Diego for unfairly violating the occupation's right to free speech.
November 10, 2011 (Alpine) – A SIG Alert has been issued and Old Highway 80 is closed in both directions due to a fatality accident this morning just west of Dunbar Lane.
By Brian Lafferty
Last year I lost my mother to breast cancer. This column is the third of a four-part series about loss and grief from an Autistic’s perspective.
November 10, 2011 (San Diego) – I’m an optimist. I’m not a Lloyd Dobler optimist, but I rarely get pessimistic. When Mom fell ill it was emotionally hard for me to see her sick every day. But I didn’t dwell on the worst-case scenario. I refused to believe the worst-case scenario would even occur. Mom was strong. I believed she would beat it.
By Miriam Raftery
November 8, 2011 (La Mesa) – “Can you remember the first time you ate a garden fresh tomato?” asks Debi Byrd, science teacher at Helix Charter High School. “Many students in my class have never had this opportunity."
Byrd seeks donations of gardening tools and composting to make a community garden at Helix become a reality. Students will work with community members to grow fresh produce that will benefit the entire community.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW FACILITY, OPENING OF TIME CAPSULE ON NOV. 17
November 10, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The community is invited to attend a special event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County on Thursday, November 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the El Cajon Clubhouse, 1171 East Madison Avenue, (next to Wells Park) in El Cajon. Members of the community, government leaders, BGCEC Board members, major sponsors, parents and children will attend a special open house and tour of the El Cajon Clubhouse.
November 8, 2011 (San Diego)—Edward Ti Lee, 77, has been found safe.
"Mr. Lee became disoriented on his drive yesterday. He was able to find his way home this morning shortly after the missing person bulletin was sent out," said Lieutenant Andra Brown with the San Diego Police Department.
November 8, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--A crew of 300 eager volunteers are expected to join with representatives from the Sheriff’s Lemon Grove substation on Saturday, November 19 to clean up the community for the holiday season.
"We're going to make our downtown sparkle,” said Jim Wiebolt, crime prevention specialist.
November 8, 2011, (East County) -- As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high ear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
November 8, 2011 (Alpine) – Sue Roff, director of the Alpine Community Center, will once again be cooking up a Thanksgiving meal for seniors who are alone or can’t travel to be with family for the holidays. Volunteers will deliver the meals to home-bound seniors, along with gift bags filled with items donated by local merchants.
By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH
November 8, 2011 (San Diego)--In an earlier Op Ed I pointed out that according to the U.S. Constitution, the Federal government has no legal right to impose criminal law on marijuana both grown and sold within the State of California (Reader's Editorial: Medical Marijuana and States Rights, October 25, 2011, http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/7674).
November 8, 2011 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery upcoming exhibition is “First Person Plural” a photography exhibition by 16 present and past professors from the photography department. The exhibition dates are November 14 through December 15. An opening event (artist opening) will be on Tuesday, November 15, from 7-9 p.m.
By Brian Lafferty
November 8, 2011 (San Diego) – Attack the Block is made in the same spirit as the early 1980s work of Steven Spielberg. Like E.T., it centers on a group of young boys who have a life-changing encounter with the uncanny. Like The Goonies (which was directed by Richard Donner, but everybody knows it was really Spielberg’s film) the boys in Attack the Block band together on a daring adventure to save their homes.
By Miriam Raftery
November 8, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- ECM editor Miriam Raftery snapped this colorful image of a monarch butterfly on a lantana plant at the backyard of a home near San Diego State University on last weekend's Sustainable Homes Tour.
November 7, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Brewers Guild hosts its third annual San Diego Beer Week now through November 13. Our region has emerged as a nationally recognized hub for craft beer making, with over 40 breweries. San Diego's brewers won more medals at the 2010 World Beer Cup than the traditional beer bastions of Germany, England and Belgium combined.
San Diego Beer Week's celebration features events countywide—including several here in East County:
November 7, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Toy and Food Drive needs community support to brighten the holidays for the many children in need this season. Tomorrow morning from 7-9 a.m., a hearty breakfast will be served up at Hometown Buffet, 390 West Main Street in El Cajon.
Cost is just $10 and includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, toast bar, oatmeal, fruit, and beverages. Hometown Buffet will donate 70 percent of proceeds to the East County Toy and Food Drive. Tickets will be available at the door.
November 7, 2011 (San Diego's East County) - At least 10 vehicles are now involved in multiple crashes on I-8 West near the Severin/Fuerte and Grossmont exits at the boundary of La Mesa and El Cajon. Those exits serve the Mt. Helix and Grossmont High School areas.
Several cars are blocking middle lanes and others are on the shoulder as of 6 p.m. Avoid this route if possible; use extreme caution in this area, and watch for emergency vehicles.
November 7, 2011 (San Diego)--On Wednesday, November 9 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System.
The test will last approximately 30 seconds and will be transmitted via television and radio stations across the U.S.
Reprinted with permission from www.Groksurf.com athttp://groksurf.com/2011/11/07/san-diego-formation-new-usgs-deep-monitoring-well-progress-report-november-2011/
November 7, 2011 (East County) -- Looking for some unique holiday gifts? Wilde Oaks Farm is hosting a holiday sale on three weekends: November 12-13, November 19- 20, and December 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
By Brian Lafferty
November 7, 2011 (San Diego) – The comic book superhero genre won’t be going away anytime soon and that’s all right with me. Thanks to Warner Bros., The Dark Knight and Watchmen rank among my most favorite theater experiences. There have been many other comic book movies that left me excited for the next installment, eager to discuss them with friends.
November 5, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Medical Examiner seeks public help to identify a man struck and killed by an Amtrak train on October 28 at 4 a.m. at Pacific Highway and West Washington Street. His fingerprints have been run through national and local databases, but no match has been found.
The victim was white, estimated in his 40s, missing all of his teeth. He had a long beard and mustache, brown hair with blond highlights, and blue eyes. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed 179 pounds.
By Miriam Raftery
November 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –“This is a historic time for East County,” Jo Marie Diamond, president and chief executive officer of the East Count Economic Development Council (ECEDC) told guests at last week’s “Sky’s the limit” bus tour of East County. Three busloads of business leaders rolled through our region's urban, suburban, and small town communities, learning some surprising facts along the way.
If you haven’t traveled through East County in a while, you may be surprised at the many recent changes.