ANIMAL SERVICES WAIVES PET ADOPTION FEES FOR MILITARY

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB INVITES YOU TO BUCKBOARDS BARBECUE AND BREW IN EL CAJON MAY 29

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FLIES MIGRANTS TO SAN DIEGO, AS THOUSANDS MORE WAIT IN MEXICO AND TEXAS

SANDAG REPORT SHOWS CRIME TRENDS ACROSS REGION

NEW STORM TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN

SANTEE CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE WEDNESDAY ON SMOKE-FREE PARKS

ELEVENTH ANNUAL SANTEE STREET FAIR AND SIXTH ANNUAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL RETURNS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MAY 25

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AND JUNE EVENTS

LA MESA FARMERS MARKET MAY END IN AUGUST UNLESS A NEW OPERATOR COMES FORWARD

FPPC SENDS WARNING LETTER TO BILL BABER, LA MESA COUNCILMAN AND SAN DIEGO ETHICS COMMISSION MEMBER

EL CAJON FIRE WAS CAUSED BY HASH LAB EXPLOSION

JEFF HALL SELECTED PRESIDENT, ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTHEAST SAN DIEGO

 

 

July 5, 2010 (San Diego) -- Jeff Hall has been selected 2010/2011 President of the Rotary Club of Southeast San Diego, starting July 1st. Originally from Atlanta, he settled in San Diego after serving 10 years in the US Navy. He is currently an independent insurance agent representing Aflac.

DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT FROM NEW CORPORATE POWERS, EXPERTS WARN IN SAN DIEGO PANEL

U.S. Supreme Court ruling to allow unlimited corporate spending on elections heightens concerns


“Most Americans, especially champions of business deregulation and the free market, but also many members of Congress and state legislatures, would be shocked to learn that the Founding Fathers firmly believed that corporations were dangerous organizations which, if left unchecked, threatened the very freedom of the nation.” – John David Rose, author, Rescuing Capitalism from Corporatism

By Miriam Raftery
 

July 4, 2010 (San Diego) – At a “Defending Democracy” forum in San Diego on July 1st, a panel of experts raised concerns over the future of democracy in America from threats posed by increasing and unchecked corporate power.

TRUE MEANING OF INDEPENDENCE DAY: HEAR THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READ ALOUD

 

July 4, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – The Fourth of July marks the anniversary of the signing of America’s most cherished document, the Declaration of Independence announcing the American colonies' freedom from British rule. Yet many today have never heard the inspiring words in their entirety.
 

 It was 234 years ago today, while the Revolutionary War was raging, that church bells rang out across Philadelphia to celebrate the Continental Congress' adopting Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence.

 

National Public Radio has a tradition of inviting journalists and show hosts to read the cherished document out loud each year at Independence Day.  Click here to hear the broadcast--and read the full text. Invite friends, family and neighbors to listen, too.  You may be amazed to find how many issues are just as relevant today as they were back in 1776. 

CIGARETTE SPARKS BRUSH FIRE IN LA MESA

 

July 4, 2010 (La Mesa) – Investigators from Heartland Fire & Rescue have determined that a cigarette smoker started a brush fire shortly after 11:30 this morning in La Mesa. Fortunately, an alert homeowner spotted the blaze and called 911 to report a fire behind her home in the 7000 block of Saranac Street.  Firefighters arrived within five minutes and  fully extinguished flames ten minutes later from the quarter-acre fire burning in light, flashy fuels.

POLICE CHIEF’S SON SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING MAN IN EL CAJON

 

July 3, 2010 (El Cajon) – Responding to calls of a man chasing people with a large hunting-type knife yesterday morning, El Cajon motorcycle officer Nick Sprecco spotted the suspect in a Jack-in-the-Box parking lot at 2nd and Madison. According to police, the suspect approached the officer, knife in hand, ignoring repeated orders to halt.

MAN WHOSE WIFE, MOTHER-IN LAW WERE FOUND DEAD IN STAGED ACCIDENT HAD LONG CRIMINAL PAST

 

 By Miriam Raftery

July 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Michael Eugene Richardson, whose wife and mother-in-law have been identified as homicide victims in a staged car crash in Lakeside, has an extensive criminal past, investigations reveal.  Court records in North Carolina indicate Richardson was convicted of robbing and shooting a cab driver in 1976. He served six years of a 30 year sentence before escaping while out with a roadside work crew.

DRUNK MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED

 

July 3, 2010 (Kensington) -- A motorcyclist under the influence of alcohol crashed into a palm tree in the 4300 block of Aldine Drive at 11:05 this morning, San Diego Police Department reports. The D.U.I. driver, a man in his 40s, sustained a broken hip and was transported to a local trauma center.  No further details are available at this time.

NEED SOME LAUGHS? BREW HA HA WEEKLY STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW COMES TO EAST COUNTY

 

July 2, 2010 (La Mesa) – Brew Ha Ha "Sunday Night Comedy" opens July 11 at Gio Bistro and Wine Bar, 8384 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa’s downtown village. The weekly performance will be the first of its kind in East County, according to producers.

GOVERNOR SEEKS TO POSTPONE COSTLY WATER BOND INITIATIVE UNTIL 2012

By Miriam Raftery

Photos courtesy of Helix Water District

 

July 3, 2010 (Sacramento) – Due to the state budget deficit, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this week announced his intent to ask the Legislature to postpone Proposition 18, the $11.4 million water bond measure that qualified for the November 2010 ballot, until November 2012. Postponement would require a two-thirds vote of both the Assembly and Senate. 

 

The measure faced mounting opposition from consumer, environmental and labor groups, with even many supporters urging revision or postponement amid the current economic situation.

OUT OF CONTROL PICKUP’S WILD RIDE IN SAN CARLOS

 

Story and photos by Dennis Richardson

 

July 3, 2010 (Del Cerro) – A driver who lost control of her pickup truck Thursday missed a turn on a steep downhill road, then crashed into two homes in the 6200 block of Camino Largo near Ridge Manor Avenue. The truck entered the garage of the first home, damaged an electrical sub- panel and started a fire.

 

The vehicle then broke through the garage wall and jumped over a property line, slamming into a neighbor’s garage wall.

BEWARE OF SCAM E-MAILS FROM “FRIENDS” TRAVELING OVERSEAS

 

Hackers use Facebook and other social networking sites to swindle friends

 

July 2, 2010 (San Diego) – The San Diego FBI office warns that the Internet Crime Complaint Center has received complaints of e-mail or social networking accounts being used in a social engineering scam to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars.

 

THE SHOW WILL GO ON! LAKE MURRAY FIREWORKS & MUSIC FEST SAVED


BAND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

East County News Service

July 2, 2010 (Lake Murray) – It’s official! Fourth of July fireworks show and Lake Murray Music Fest will be held. While $3,000 is still needed to cover expenses for East County's biggest Independence Day extravaganza, organizers announce that the show will go on—much to the community’s delight.

 

Entertainment starts at noon and continues throughout the afternoon and evening, with a fireworks finale starting at 9:15 p.m. (or whenever the last band finishes performing). Scroll down to view the band schedule:

$5,000 REWARDS OFFERED TO STOP ARSONISTS

 

Cal-Fire provides arson hotline for tips to bust firebugs

 

July 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- One out of four fires is started by arson, Cal Fire reports.

 

“When an arsonist sets a fire, everyone pays,” a public service announcement issued today by Cal-Fire reveals. “Arson fires destroy homes, businesses, communities, forests, wildlands and lives." Arson costs also include fire losses, firefighting expenses and higher insurance premiums--plus arson fires tie up fire crews and equipment.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: JULY 2, 2010

 

East County Roundup features top stories impacting East County published in other media.

Roundup stories in this issue:

 

 

Winery change goes to supervisors with no recommendation
• Final count: Mullin defeats Vaus with 104 votes (Poway Council)
• 2 more to be sentenced in 2008 SDSU stabbing
• Dubois family seeks damages from state
• Court bolsters gun rights
• Doctors test new rattlesnake antivenom
• Man accused of flashing girl, fondling others in Escondido
• Authorities deal with more bee swarms
• King family moving back to Illinois
• Unemployment rate drops in San Diego
• Ex-Helix High official acquitted of some charges
• SDG&E’s customers to pay for fire repairs

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "CYRUS" HITS THE MOTHER LODE

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 2, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--There is a scene at the beginning of Cyrus in which John (John C. Reilly) tries to pick up a woman at a party. The problem is he can’t get the words out and gives up. Later, he meets another woman, Molly, (Marisa Tomei) who describes the conversation he had as raw and honest. Those two words are not just true about the failed pick-up: they accurately describe this movie.

 

SUPERVISORS CRACK DOWN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN COUNTY

Restrictive new ordinance passes 4-1, sharply limits sites where dispensaries may locate

“Virtually all of them are either undeveloped land, cement factories, mining operations, even land that’s zoned for treatment of radioactive materials,” -- Kate Valentine of Americans for Safe Access

July 2, 2010 (San Diego) – A restrictive new ordinance passed Wednesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will sharply limit locations where medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed and make it extremely costly for operators. The measure passed by a four-to-one vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts cast the lone dissenting vote.

 

“I think we’re violating the spirit of the law,” said Roberts, referring to the ballot initiative approved by California voters 14 years ago to legalize medical marijuana.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE SPLITS ON BLOCK BILLS TO HELP LOCAL STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

 

Committee takes action to protect students at other CSU campuses, but fails to reverse change in admission policy at SDSU

 

July 1, 2010 (Sacramento) – AB 2401, which would require San Diego State University and other CSU campuses to give priority to local students who meet admission requirements, failed to secure passage and was held by the Senate Education Committee yesterday. However a companion bill, AB 2402, which would increase transparency by requiring CSU campuses to provide notification and public input prior to change admissions policies for students in their local service area, passed the committee.
 

HOMICIDE VICTIMS IN 67 CRASH IDENTIFIED; HUSBAND ARRESTED

 

By Miriam Raftery
July 1, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Two women found dead at the scene of a car crash off Highway 67 Tuesday in Lakeside have been identified as Thao Richardson, 57, and her mother, Than Lyi, 72. Today, Sheriff’s officers arrested Michael Eugene Richardson, 57, for statutory rape of his 17-year-old niece.

 

An investigation into the crash has concluded that it was staged.  Authorities on the scene told ECM that “suspicious evidence” was found. Richardson has not yet been charged with the double murder, but he is considered “the only person of interest” in those deaths by Sheriff’s officials, according to other media reports today.

SCHWARZENEGGER ORDERS MINIMUM WAGE FOR STATE WORKERS

Four unions that agreed to slash pensions exempted from order

“I find it wrong for a Governor worth $40 million to be telling a state worker earning $40,000 that you are only worth $7.25 an hour.” – Lace Watkins, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
 

July 1, 2010 (Sacramento) – State workers won’t be celebrating this holiday weekend. Late today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the State Controlled to reduce pay for state workers to minimum wage , $7.25 an hour, until the Legislature passes a state budget. The announcement has left thousands of workers worried over how to cover their families’ living expenses with wages slashed to the bone.

SEUSSICAL, THE MUSICAL! PRODUCTION DEBUTS JULY 9 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

July 1, 2010 (Spring Valley) Young Actors Theater (YAT) will present Seussical, the Musical at the Encore Theater, 9620 Campo Road in Spring Valley, July 9-11 and July 16-18. Based on writings of Dr. Seuss, the production is suitable for audiences of all ages. The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge.

ARTIST'S RECEPTION JULY 2 IN LA MESA

 

 

July 1, 2010 (La Mesa) -  A reception for local artist Judith Burnett will be held Friday evening, July 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Foothills Gallery, where an exhibition of Burnett's paintings and sculptures will be featured through August 4.  Burnett's daughter, guitarist Lauren Burnett, will provide musical entertainment at Friday's reception. 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "THE LAST AIRBENDER" RUNS OUT OF AIR

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 1, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--The Last Airbender is a movie that begs to be remade by a different director. It had the potential for an entertaining cinematic experience but it ends up as a vigorously underwhelming film. I didn’t hate this picture as much as I felt really disappointed.

 

WOMEN’S HIGHER EDUCATION & ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP (WHEEL) PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY CHAMBER

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: DEADLINE JULY 23, 2010

 

July 1, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce is rolling out a leadership program designed to empower women to own, lead, and navigate business and community in the global economy.

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