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SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION TO RETURN AS TITLE SPONSOR OF POINSETTIA BOWL

 

December 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, has announced it will return as title sponsor of the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

(from left to right): Chris Sichel, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego, Make-A-Wish kids Aidan, Tyler, Emma and Christian, and Teresa Halleck, president/CEO of San Diego County Credit Union president. 

 

ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLOCK CONTINUES SEASON OF GIVING DURING HIS HOLIDAY HELPING HANDS TOY GIVE-A-WAY

December 24, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Marty Block, AD-78, continued his season of giving as he distributed toys and baby items to local families at the Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center, one of thirty sites operated by Family Health Centers of San Diego.

ALPINE SHOOTING BEING INVESTIGATED, ONE FATALITY

 

Update: The suspect arrested has been identified as Justin Metzer.  ECM news partner 10 News reports that a family friend has identified the murder victim as Debra Meltzer, his ex-wife. The couple's young children were not in the home and are safe, 10 News reported.
 
 
December 24, 2011 (Alpine) -- At about 6:24 p.m. on Friday, December 23, Alpine patrol deputies responded to a call of a man holding a gun to the head of a handcuffed woman in the 2300 block of Larkspur Drive, Alpine.  Deputies arrived and contacted the man, who was standing near the front door of the home, holding a handgun to the head of a woman handcuffed with her hands in front of her.  At some point during the contact, the deputies and the male suspect fired several rounds from their weapons.

SHERIFF’S HOLIDAY WATCH: MORE SAFETY TIPS


By Paula H. Dickenson, USN, Retired
Crime Prevention Specialist, San Diego Sheriff’s Alpine and East Rural areas
               
December 23, 2011 (East County) -- Holidays are a special time of year, but also a time when busy people become vulnerable to theft and other crimes. Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, we urge you to stay alert.  Criminals do not take a holiday and look for opportunities to victimize you!  The following reminders and safety tips are our gifts to you:

FATAL COLLISION IN EL CAJON REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

 
December 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- At approximately 6:02 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, El Cajon Police Officers and Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the roadway, in the 1200 block of Jamacha Road,  in El Cajon.

 

LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN LEMON GROVE WINS $17 MILLION JACKPOT

 



December 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Someone in Lemon Grove has 17 million reasons to be joyful this holiday season.  That’s because his or her SuperLotto Plus ticket matched all six numbers in this week’s draw and is worth $17 million. 

The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 7607 Broadway in Lemon Grove. The winning numbers are 21, 38, 44, 43, 8 and Mega 24.
                                                           
                                                              
7-Eleven will receive a bonus of one half percent or $85,000 for selling the winning ticket. Jackpot winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot prize. The estimated cash option amount for this ticket is $12.2 million.

 

 

If you are the winner, the Lottery wants to remind you to sign your ticket, put it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit your local Lottery District Office as soon as possible.

More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by California lottery players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education.

UNWRAP SAFETY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: PUT A LID ON YOUR KID

 
Don’t Forget to Add Safety Gear to Bicycle, Scooter or Skateboard Gift


December 23, 2011 -- (San Diego County) -- Give your child the joy of opening an additional holiday present and give yourself peace of mind if you get them a bike, skateboard or scooter. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Rady Children’s Hospital and Racers and Chasers are teaming up to remind people that those gifts need to be accompanied by a properly-fitted helmet, as well as wrist guards and elbow and knee pads if it’s a skateboard. 

TOGETHER, A HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR NIGHTLY SHOW AT VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER


December 23, 2011 (Alpine) -- As the holiday spirit fills the air, the outdoor Viejas Outlets Show Court will host the magical and “ooh”-inspiring production of Together, A Holiday Spectacular! The show will take place nightly at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.

HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED

December 23, 2011 (San Diego)-- The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning for today and tomorrow in San Diego County.  Gusts of up to 60 mph are forecast with sustained winds in the 25-35 mph range.  Use caution when traveling particularly in high-profile vehicles.

Sunny skies are forecast for Christmas Day.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 


December 22, 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.
 
  • Analyzing the GOP presidential candidates (CBS News/Face the Nation)
  • Time person of the year: Why they protest –American movements (Time Magazine)
  • Senate okays short-term extension of payroll tax cut (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Senate wraps up year’s work—finally (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Des Moines Register endorses Romney (CNN)
  • Gingrich: I’ll ‘ignore’ any Supreme Court ruling I disagree with (RawStory.com)
 
 WORLD
 
  • North Korea says its leader Kim Jong Il has died 
  • Radioactive material seized at Moscow airport (Fox)
  • Swept away, flash floods ravage unprepared Philippines (Time)
  • Troops charge into Tahir Square, protesters flee (Jerusalem Post)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
December 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

 
 

 

STATE 
  • Signs of an improving economy? Jobless rate continues to fall (Mount Helix Patch)
  • California finally gets a piece of race to the top (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
LOCAL 
  • San Diego utility to pay $24.5 million to county (Sacramento Bee)
  • Del Oro falls to Helix 35-24 in D-II championship (Sacramento Bee)
  • Mount Laguna has almost two feet of snow (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/16/winds-usher-cold-weekend/
  • Women Occupy San Diego sings protest carols at shopping malls (Los Angeles Times)
  • Tollway purchase could increase La Mesa traffic (La Mesa Today) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO COUNTY SUPERVISORS—PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM SMART METERS

 
By Robin Davis, Lakeside

 
December 18, 2011 (Lakeside)--I am one of the people who has experience health issues from what I can only believe are the smart meters.   I have lived in my home since January 1973 and it's never been like this.  In the last year and a half (since May 2010 when my smart meter was installed on my home), my husband and I have developed issues that when it comes down to it, the common denominator has been the smart meter.  I could go on but if you have questions, feel free to email me.   I know other people who live here in Lakeside that are suffering. 

WAL-MART PULLS BABY FORMULA


December 22, 2011 (National)  -- Wal-Mart pulled a batch of its infant formula from more than 3,000 stores when it learned about the death of a newborn. There is no known link between the death and the formula. Also, the government has not ordered a recall of any Enfamil made by Mead Johnson, the brand of powdered formula that the child consumed.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "MISSION" ACCOMPLISHED

 

By Brian Lafferty

December 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Many people I know would be hard-pressed to name their favorite TV show. For me, it’s easy. Mission: Impossible is my all-time favorite TV show. There’s something about the creativity in each mission’s execution. Even though everybody knows that the team will succeed, that doesn’t mean it lacks suspense.

EAST COUNTY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ENCOUNTER A TRAFFIC FATALITY, A HOUSE FIRE, AND BOTTLE BOMBS


December 21, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Tonight the 1200 block of Jamacha Road is closed  in both directions due to a fatal traffic collision which is under investigation. A skateboarder was the pedestrian involved in the incident.
 
As of 11:20 p.m. the block is closed until further notice. There will be traffic control in this area. For more information see: http://www.10news.com/news/30051669/detail.html

KFC ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT

 


December 21, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- An armed robbery of a KFC at 8330 Paradise Valley Road occurred in Spring Valley at 10:55 this morning. The entire cash register was taken. The suspect was taken in to custody a few blocks away.

 

PREPARING AN UNDERGROUND CACHE

 By Megan Davies, Waterproof Case Company

 
December 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –A great way to secure your valuables, particularly in wildfire-prone East County, is to create an underground cache.  The same methods can also be used to create a survival cache or time capsule. For extended underground applications we recommend our Seahorse line of cases as the first choice primarily because they are the only cases on the market that are truly rust proof.  Even the hinge, latch and handle pins are made in molded resin. This applies to case models SE-120 through SE-720.  The larger SE-920 and SE-1220 do have metal screws for the telescopic pull handle assemblies. Even then, the screws are stainless steel, but still not 100% rustproof, especially underground for extended periods of time.

 

EAST COUNTY VIDEO ADVENTURE: RIVER PARK COMMUNITY DAY

 
View East County Magazine’s video of this event:  http://youtu.be/NrWud3-lEGM

 
By Billy Ortiz
Photos and video by Billy Ortiz
 
December 21, 2011 (Lakeside) --  Early in the morning on December 10 at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, students from El Capitan High School AP Environmental Science Group, Lakeside River Valley High School, and biology students from Cuyamaca Collage joined members from AmeriCorps NCCC  for a Lakeside Community Day event. The day’s goal was to teach students how to construct habitat for small wildlife that lives along this stretch of the San Diego River. 

CUYAMACA COLLEGE AWARDED $535,000 GRANT FOR JOB TRAINING IN WATER/WASTEWATER TECHNOLOGY


December 21, 2011 (Rancho San Diego)As water becomes an increasingly precious resource in California, more public water agencies and businesses are hiring experts to help customers find ways to better conserve water. To meet this growing demand, Cuyamaca College has been awarded a $535,000 state grant to lead a partnership of seven California community colleges that will provide more training for jobs in the water and wastewater field.

(Cuyamaca College water/wastewater technology students tour the Point Loma treatment plant and see a sample of sludge from plant supervisor K.C. Shankles.)

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS SERENADE MISSION VALLEY MALL


By Nadin Abbott

 
December 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- Twenty members of Women Occupy San Diego serenaded Mission Valley Mall with modified lyrics of traditional Christmas Carols to tell the message of the Occupy movement. According to Masada Disenhouse of La Mesa this will bring the Occupy message to the community at large.
 
 As another Occupier explained, “Middle Class Women are doing this so the next generation has a democracy.” She added, “this is a way to show another face of Occupy to people who have jobs.”

 

BLEU BOHEME BISTRO FESTIVITIES ON CHRISTMAS EVE DECEMBER 24


December 21, 2011 (Kensington) --  Chef/Owner Ken Irvine of the Bleu Boheme invites you to celebrate a festive "Vielle de Noel" Christmas Eve with a three-course meal, with three choices in each course for $45 per person, Saturday, December 24, 2011. Bleu Boheme is located at 4090 Adams Avenue, San Diego CA 92116, in the Kensington area (between Terrace Drive and Kensington Drive).

THE WILL POWER REPORT: ABOLISH THE EPA?

Nothing but the Truth!
 
By Will Power
 
December 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- Newt Gingrich, the current Republican presidential frontrunner wants to "abolish the EPA".  Gingrich characterizes the EPA as a "jobkiller".

READER'S EDITORIAL: PUBLIC DEMAND FOR SUPERVISORS TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH REGARDING SMART METERS

By Susan Brinchman
Dear San Diego County Board of Supervisors,
 
December 20, 2011 (San Diego County) -- I am the Director of the national nonprofit, Center for Electrosmog Prevention, headquartered in La Mesa, CA. I add my urgent, repeated request for the SD County BOS to investigate and respond to the calamity befalling our county called "smart meters", courtesy of San Diego Gas and Electric, a company that I heard Supervisor Diane Jacobs criticize severely for other reasons, in front of a large audience at the El Cajon CPUC Rate Increase meeting in October. SDG&E have been caught repeatedly lying about smart meter complaints, minimizing these and covering them up.

THE SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT CHRISTMAS TOY DELIVERY DEC. 21

 
December 20, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Police Department is holding its annual Mid-City Division Christmas toy delivery on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 beginning at 6:00 a.m. T
he toy delivery will be held at the Multicultural Storefront at 5348 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: SDG&E WINS AGAIN; CONSUMERS AND FIRE VICTIMS LOSE


By Tom Myers
 
December 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) --The CPUC has approved SDG&E’s request to pass the cost of increased wildfire liability costs on to consumers.
 
Let's see...In testimony before the Powerlink was constructed, SDG&E said their
Power lines do not cause wildfire. The EIR said the Powerlink will cause wildfire during its expected life. CPUC approved the Powerlink. SDG&E changed their story and admitted they caused several 2007 wildfires in East County. CPUC fined SDG&E for lying to them, but let them proceed with Sunrise Powerlink.

SHERIFF’S YOU ARE NOT ALONE PROGRAM BRIGHTENS HOLIDAYS FOR SENIORS


December 20, 2011 (San Diego) -- Senior  Volunteer  Patrol  (SVP)  members  are  making sure the season is merry and bright for seniors who live alone. They  will  be  delivering  holiday  baskets  or  hot  meals  this month to seniors enrolled in the Sheriff’s You Are Not Alone (YANA) program.
 
The program ensures daily telephone calls and a weekly visit from a Senior Volunteer Patrol team year‐ round. If no one picks up the phone during the daily calls, a welfare  check  is  also  conducted. This  is a  FREE  service  for disabled people and seniors who live by themselves within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department. To enroll, please call (858) 565‐5200.

BILL GARRETT RETURNS AS GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD PRESIDENT IN 2012


December 20, 2011 (San Diego East County) -- The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve a fifth term as president, while Mary Kay Rosinski and Edwin Hiel were elected to serve as fellow board officers for 2012. Garrett has served since 2008 as board president for the East County district, with about 30,000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

 

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON WILDCAT CANYON ROAD


December 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- At 1:22 p.m. today there was a single vehicle rollover accident at Wildcat Canyon Road and Muth Valley Road in Lakeside. The accident blocked Wildcat Canyon Road in both directions at Old Barona Road, and at Willows Road. One fatality has been confirmed.  

KITTENS, CATS & DOGS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION - JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 


December 20, 2011 (El Cajon) -- There are plenty of kittens, cats and dogs (large & small), even bunnies, all available for adoption at the El Cajon Animal Shelter. One fee includes their vaccinations, microchip, spay or neuter, as well as a visit to the vet.  In addition to adoptions, the shelter provides many services for the Cities of El Cajon and La Mesa.

 

EL CAJON POLICE HOLIDAY STOREFRONT NOW OPEN AT WESTFIELD PARKWAY

 


December 20, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Take a break from shopping and visit the El Cajon Police Holiday Storefront in the Westfield Parkway Plaza mall near the entrance to Dick's Sporting Goods store "now" through December 30. Stop by and see the restored 1942 Police vehicle, law enforcement photos and displays, plus valuable safety information from both police and fire. The storefront will be open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

 

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