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.
November 9, 2011 -- Bullying of students can lead to tragic consequences. Ten years ago, a 15-year-old who had been the target of bullying opened fire at Santana High School, killing two and wounding 13 others. Fortunately, a growing number of educators are taking steps to stop bullying on campus.
On Tuesday, November 22 from 7-8:30 p.m., a special program on school bullying will be presented at Lestat’s West, 3343 Adams AvenueinSan Diego.
“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.
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.
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 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."
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 (San Diego) The San Diego Native American Flute Circle will perform a two-hour concert in the Mission Trails Amphitheater, Saturday, November 13, beginning at 1:00 p.m. In addition the Soaring Eagles Native American Dance Troop will exhibit its artistry at the event, which is free and open to the public.
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.
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).
Following Federal raids on medical marijuana shops in California, Representative Bob Filner called on President Obama to reclassify medical marijuana as a legitimate controlled substance for medicinal purposes.
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.
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.
November 6, 2011 (Ocotillo) – Why did portable toilets at SDG&E Sunrise Powerlink sites in Ocotillo blow over on multiple occasions? Why did one remain tipped over for at least three days? Where were Powerlink workers relieving themselves during that period?
An ECM investigation has resulted in changes to procedures for SDG&E contractors regarding the handling of portable toilet facilities at Powerlink worksites on federal Bureau of Land Management properties.
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.
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.
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.
November 7, 2011 (San Diego)--On October 20, USGS under contract with the City of San Diego began operations on a new deep monitoring well in the Chollas Creek vicinity near the intersection of Home Avenue and Federal Blvd. The well is the latest in a series of multiple-depth wells being drilled in selected areas of four coastal river basins for the San Diego Hydrogeology Project.
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.
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.