FIELDS OF DREAMS: LAVENDER FARM FOR SALE

WHOA! THIEVES STEAL IRON HORSE STATUE FROM FEED AND TACK STORE IN RURAL EL CAJON

NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS SET LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LIMITS, BAN GERRYMANDERING AND ALLOW VOTER REGISTRATION AT POLLING PLACES

CORTNEY BAYUK CHOOSES AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE

100,000 EVACUATED AS SADDLERIDGE FIRE IN L.A. COUNTY BURNS DOZENS OF HOMES

PRESIDENTIAL FRONT-RUNNER ELIZABETH WARREN, IN SAN DIEGO VISIT, LAYS OUT PLANS TO REBUILD AMERICA FOR WORKING PEOPLE

SDG&E OPENS RESOURCE CENTER IN DESCANSO FOR RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER

SANTEE BALKS AT JOINING JPA FOR COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY; APPROVES NEW HOUSING PROJECT

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: CASA DE ORO DISPLAYS ITS GOLDEN BOUNTY

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

HOWL-O-WEEN HOUNDS ADOPTIONS SATURDAY AT GROSSMONT CENTER: CATS, BIRDS AND TURTLES, TOO

CONSTRUCTION WORKER DIES AFTER FALL AT MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL

NEED CHILDCARE? FIRST 5 SAN DIEGO APPROVES CHILD CARE BRIDGE LOANS

 

November 6, 2010 (San Diego, Calif.) — The First 5 Commission of San Diego will provide $2.25 million in bridge funding to maintain child care assistance for parents previously on welfare who are now working. The action comes after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed $256 million from the “welfare-to-work” Stage 3 Child Care program.
 

RETURN TO THE DAYS OF CHIVALRY AT RENAISSANCE FAIRE IN ESCONDIDO NOV. 6-7

November 4, 2010 (Escondido) – Visit Falconbridge Village for a trip back in time to merry old England at this weekend’s Renaissance Faire and Fall Festival in Felicita Park, Escondido. Enjoy period music, jousting, pageanty, Shakespearean theater and reenactors representing Queen Elizabeth I and her royal court. Vendors, children’s activities and continuous entertainment are also slated.

 

ARREST MADE IN UCSD MURDER


Editor’s note: While ECM normally only covers crimes east of I-15, because many East County students attend UCSD we are providing this information to our readers.

 

November 6, 2010 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives have arrested Julio Angel Garcia-Puente for the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning vehicle at a University of California San Diego parking lot on October 29 at 9:20 p.m. An autopsy revealed that the victim was murdered.

SUSPECT IS ARRESTED, CONFESSES TO ROBBING BANK IN SPRING VALLEY, FBI REPORTS

 

November 6, 2010 (Spring Valley)--FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department announce the arrest of Christoff Arthur Michael Lerczak, 36. Charges were filed with the U.S. District Court yesterday against Lerczak, who is accused of robbing Bank of the West at 9832 Campo Road, Spring Valley on November 4.  

FBI & SDPD SEEK PUBLIC HELP TO ID SERIAL BANK ROBBER


Thief may drive a beige Mitsubishi sedan

November 6, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man believed responsible for robbing three San Diego banks within the last month. The latest robbery was the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 5624 Mission Center Road on Tuesday, November 2. The same robber is also suspected of bank robberies in the College and Mission Gorge areas, according to special agent Darrell Foxworth with the FBI’s San Diego office.

BOOK REVIEW: CIRCLE THE WAGONS SDG&E REKINDLES DEBATE OVER UTILITY LINES' ROLE IN LOCAL WILDFIRES

Circle The Wagons SDG&E: The Perfect Corporate Cover Up, By Ed Clark (Self-Published, Huntington Beach, CA, 2010, 30 pages.)

"Updated Version July 30, 2015"

With Cause of Witch Creek Fire Video

Book Review: By Dennis Moore

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "GAME" HAS RIVETING SECOND HALF BUT FIRST HALF IS TOO "FAIR" IN RETELLING OF PLAME AFFAIR

By Brian Lafferty

 

November 6, 2010 (San Diego)--I remember following the Valerie Plame scandal. I was astonished when I heard a CIA operative’s name was leaked to the press. I was mad when I learned of the motive and whom it allegedly came from. I was happy when Scooter Libby was convicted. Soon I was beyond outraged when George W. Bush commuted Libby’s sentence. When Bush left office, I could not be any more relieved when he refused to pardon him.

 

GUHSD SCHOOL BOARD TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON BUDGET NOV. 9

November 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Grossmont Union High School District’s board has announced a special budget workshop on Tuesday, November 9th upstairs in the Cuyamaca College Student Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway. The public session will begin at 5 p.m., with discussion of the new Alpine High School at 7:30 p.m.

 

CELESTIAL TIPS: DESERT STARGAZING CLASSES OFFERED BY FAMED ASTRONOMER

November 6, 2010 (Borrego Springs) -- Dennis Mammana, famed astronomer, night-sky photographer and syndicated columnist, will offer a series of classes in stargazing in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Courses range from the basics of star map reading to tips on watching the upcoming Geminoid Meteor Shower. An overnight camping trip is also planned.

 

Scroll down for a complete list of classes.

 

 

INFANT CAR SEATS CALLED DUE TO LACERATION AND CHOKING HAZARDS

 

November 6, 2010 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Britax Child Safety Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of Chaperone infant car seat, made in China. About 23,000 were sold at  retailers nationwide from June 2009 to October 2010 for about $230. This product was also recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  

RABID FOX FOUND IN JAMUL

County urges public to have dogs and cats vaccinated; low-cost rabies shots offered at 3 County animal shelters

 

November 5, 2010 (Jamul) -- Rabies has been confirmed in a sick, adult grey fox which was found in a remote area of Jamul, officials announced today, adding that pet owners should ensure their animals’ rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.

 

There was no known human or domestic animal exposure to the sick fox. The last fox diagnosed with rabies was found in the Campo area in June 2000. In that case, three domestic dogs were exposed.

TIME FLIES: SHORT PLAYS AT GROSSMONT’S STAGEHOUSE THEATRE

 

November 5, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present Time Flies and Other Short Plays by David Ives, directed by Beth Duggan. Performances will be in the Stagehouse Theatre on December 2-4 and 8-11 at 7:30 p.m. as well as matinees on December 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

 

FOOTBALL TEAM LENDS WEIGHT IN EAST COUNTY'S LARGEST FOOD DISTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDY

 

By Bill Pogue

 

November 5, 2010 (Lemon Grove) --On October 29, Mt. Miguel’s winning football team (7 and 1 this season) tackled a new task—giving out 41,000 pounds of food to hungry people at the Lemon Grove. Lutheran Church The players, including Pastor Ula Tausaga’s son Smith, were some 50 strong and strode in as a vigorous phalanx, clad in  red "Matador" jerseys. The team distributed food as the line of recipients moved past, offering encouraging words and flashing winning smiles.

LA MESA POLICE HOST COMMUNITY FORUM NOV. 17

 

November 5, 2010 (La Mesa) -- La  Mesa Police Department, in a continuing effort to work in partnership with the community, is hosting a Neighborhood Forum on Wednesday, November 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Northmont Elementary School, 9405 Gregory Street. This forum is the second in a series of community forums to encourage public discussion and questions about issues specific to individual neighborhoods in La Mesa.

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12TH ANNUAL SANTEE PANCAKE BREAKFAST RAISES FUNDS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY & FAMILIES IN NEED

November 5, 2010 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s Santee Station and Santee Fire Department invite you to the 12th annual Santee Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at Fire Station #4, 8950 Cottonwood (corner of Mission Gorge and Cottonwood) this Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th.

Money raised from the breakfast will be split. The Sheriff’s Santee Station will use its half to help families in need through the nonprofit “Spirit of Giving” organization. The Fire Department will buy automated external defibrillators for Santee schools, community centers and churches.

EL CAP DIVE COACH ARRESTED FOR FORCED ORAL SEX WITH STUDENT IN LAKESIDE HAUNTED HOUSE

 

November 5, 2010 (Lakeside) – Today San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced that Ryan Stevens, who recently worked as a part-time assistant diving coach at El Capitan High School in Lakeside, was arrested last night. He is charged with oral copulation with a minor by means of force or fear.

JIM WIEBOLDT TOSSES HAT IN RING FOR COUNCIL RUN IN 2012


By Miriam Raftery
 

November 5, 2010 (La Mesa) –Jim Wieboldt, a Sheriff’s deputy and founding chairman of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, announced Wednesday that he plans to challenge Ruth Sterling for a seat on the La Mesa City Council in 2012.
 

“Public safety will be my number one priority,” said Wieboldt, who pledged to “ask the tough questions about our crime rate” and get recommendations to reduce crime.

POPADITCH INCITES MOB, CURSES AT FILNER AND REPORTEDLY PUSHES OPPONENT AT ELECTION CENTRAL

 

Incident mirrors similar mob scene at Busby-Bilbray debate witnessed by ECM

By Miriam Raftery

ECM reporter Mary Paulet contributed to this report

November 5, 2010 (San Diego) – In the sore loser category, Republican Nick Popaditch wins hands down.

 

Multiple credible news sites have reported that after Democratic Congressman Bob Filner was declared winner  by a 20-point margin, a mob of Popaditch supporters, including Tea Party and white supremacist members, cornered and spat on Popaditch’s opponent, Filner. Video by the Chula Vista Star News reveals that Popaditch cursed at Filner, called him a liar, and made no efforts to calm down an increasingly virulent mob that forced Filner out of Golden Hall’s Election Central and into the lobby. Filner told CityBeat that he was shoved by Popaditch.

 

“Last night, Nick Popadith made Election Central a threatening and unsafe place to be,” CityBeat’s Dave Masse wrote. Mayor Jerry Sanders’ security detail ultimately rescued the Congressman from the mob, CityBeat reported.

East County Magazine reporter Mary Paulet interviewed a witness, Robin Buse, during the altercation, whose statement confirms Filner's allegation. Buse told ECM that she saw Popaditch push Filner. “I ran and got the cops,” added Buse, a Filner supporter. Others, fearful for their safety, confirmed assaults by Popaditch and his supporters.

FAIR TRADE MENORAHS TO LIGHT UP YOU HOLIDAYS

 

November 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --–Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade retailer with 75 locations across the country and online at www.tenthousandvillages.com, offers uniquely handcrafted menorahs from India and Mexico. Made from materials like bicycle gears and ceramic, these menorahs add interest to traditional Hanukkah celebrations.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: FOOTHILLERS SURVIVE TURNOVERS, HOLD ON TO 21-14 WIN OVER EAGLES

by Christopher Mohr

 

November 4, 2010 (El Cajon) - It's hard to argue with the old sports adage that says the scoreboard does not lie. The final score does after all, trump any yardage statistics, hypothetical situations known as 'ifs' and 'buts' and any excuses fans make to defend their team. While the scoreboard may not lie, it doesn't tell the whole story either. Such was the case Friday night (10/29) at Grossmont High School where the host Foothillers defeated the visiting Eagles of Granite Hills High School, 21-14.

 

IT’S PIE IN THE SKY TIME: BUY A PIE, SUPPORT THE WORK OF MAMA’S KITCHEN

 

 November 3, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Thanksgiving is coming and the people of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) invite you to let Mama do the baking this year. Two members are helping Mama’s Kitchen raise money to provide nutritious meals for San Diego men, women and children affected by AIDS and cancer. You can help by purchasing a pumpkin, pecan, apple, or sugar-free apple pie for $20 ($15 is tax deductible).

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