BEEF RECALLED DUE TO E-COLI CONTAMINATION

READER’S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGO SUPERVISORS SHOULD JUST SAY NO TO FIRE-TRAP DEVELOPMENTS

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

SANTEE CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE WEDNESDAY ON SMOKE-FREE PARKS

NEW STORM TO BRING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN

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

WOMAN ATTACKED, DRAGGED BY CAR IN COLLEGE AREA

 

2 men wanted for attempted murder and robbery

 

East County News Network

 

June 20, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Police seek two African-American men in a sedan who accosted a 31-year-old woman in the 5000 block of College Avenue near San Diego State University at 6:35 p.m. last night. One of the men asked the victim if he could use her cell phone. When she approached the car, he grabbed her phone and the driver drove away, dragging the woman about 60 feet.

CSU HIKES STUDENT FEES; MOVE DRAWS PROTESTS


Bill to limit fee increase to be heard Monday in Legislature

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The California State University Board of Trustees today voted to raise CSU fees by 5% for undergraduates and graduate students and by 10% for doctoral education students. For full-time undergraduates, that amounts to a $204 annual increase—bringing total CSU fees to $4,230 starting in fall 2010.

Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, called the hikes “unacceptable” and noted that CSU has raised fees seven times in eight years—including a 32% hike last year alone.

 

“That cost is pricing very many would-be students out of the chances of getting a college education,” said Pat Washington, an instructor at San Diego State University and a leader with California Communities Unitied Institute.

EAST COUNTY’S LARGEST FREE HEALTH FAIR THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19

June 17, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is organizing the East County’s largest free health fair, called Summer Healthcare Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 19, at the Grossmont Center shopping center, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., in La Mesa.

 

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5 MILLLION GREEN JOBS FOR CALIFORNIA: JERRY BROWN RELEASES DETAILED CLEAN ENERGY PLAN TO REVIVE ECONOMY

June 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –  In the hotly contested Governor's race, last week Republican Meg Whitman refused to debate Democrat Jerry Brown, challenging Brown to release a plan to improve California's economy. Now Brown, former Governor and current Attorney General, has responded by releasing a detailed eight-point action plan for investment in renewable energy technology and creation of over half a million green jobs--a plan  he calls the "key to our economic future."  See Brown's detailed plan here or scroll down for highlights. 

 

Whitman's economic plan relies on tax cuts, tax incentives and spending cuts which she contends will boost the economy.  She has also called for repeal of AB 32--a step that leaders at Clean Tech San Diego (a nonprofit formed by prominent San Diego business leaders to make our region a world leader in green-tech industries) say would cripple the emerging green and clean-tech industries in California.

2-YEAR-OLD BOY CRUSHED BY TRASH TRUCK IN SOUTHEAST SAN DIEGO

June 18, 2010 (San Diego) – Two-year-old Jovani Louangxaysongxham was killed this morning after running out in front of a trash truck, the San Diego Coroner's office confirms.  The child’s mother was assisting an older sibling into a vehicle when the two-year-old spotted his father across the street from the family’s home at 1100 South 43rd Street and ran into the roadway. He was struck by an Allied Waste Service trash truck and became trapped beneath the vehicle.

JACOB CONVENES POWERLINK TOWN HALL JUNE 23 AFTER FOREST SERVICE DENIES REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING

 

CORRECTION:  Our newsletter contained an incorrect date for the Powerlink town hall meeting. The event will be held on Wednesday, June 23. 

 

June 18, 2010 (Alpine) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob and The Protect Our Communities Foundation will host a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 23 in Alpine to provide the public a forum for comments to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), which is considering whether to allow the controversial Sunrise Powerlink high-voltage power lines to cross 19 miles of Cleveland National Forest in East County.

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION RULES IN FAVOR OF VIEJAS

 

Declares proposed reservoir site a sanctified Native American cemetery

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 17, 2010 (San Diego) – At a hearing in San Diego yesterday, the state's Native American Heritage Commission declare the site of a proposed reservoir and pumping station to be a sanctified Native American cemetery. The Commission called for the site to be protective and ordered a halt all construction.

 

If construction is not stopped, the Commission  urged the California Attorney General to file suit against Padre Dam Municipal Water District.

CONGRESSMAN FILNER CALLS ON BP TO PUT OIL SPILL VICTIMS OVER STOCKHOLDERS

 

 

ASKS BP TO PUT DIVIDENDS IN ACCOUNT FOR OIL SPILL CLEANUP AND VICTIM COMPENSATION

 

June 18, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – As BP board members debate whether to move forward with a scheduled dividend payment, U.S. Congressman Bob Filner joined 31 other members of Congress to call on the oil company to instead direct those funds to an escrow account dedicated to cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon spill and compensating its victims.

SEX REGISTRANT AND EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN COMMUNITY FORUM

June 17, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa, working with the Institute for Public Strategies, is hosting a community forum on sex registrants and the exploitation of children on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 from 6:30-8:00 PM. The forum is open to the public and will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

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MARKETING MATTERS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

Direct Mail vs. Internet Marketing Part 2: Defining Internet Marketing

By Rama Beerfas

 

June 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Last column, we defined “direct mail.” This time, we will touch on the various avenues available for marketing through the internet, both paid and free.

NEW BOOK ON LA MESA KICKS OFF CITY'S CENTENNIAL

 

JUNE 17, 2010 (LA MESA) --The new book, La Mesa, highlights the history of the city in over 200 evocative historical images of notable events, institutions, landmarks and individuals in the area.

 

The book marks the kick off of the 2012 City of La Mesa Centennial celebration, and all author proceeds are being donated to the La Mesa Historical Society, from whose archives the images come.

 

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PAUL NICHOLS PERFORMS "EXTRAVAGANZA" FRIDAY AT GIO’S IN LA MESA

 

 

June 17, 2010 – Paul Nichols will perform his “solo acoustic extravaganza” complete with guitar, vocals, foot stomping and harmonicas on Friday, June 18th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Gio Bistro & Wine Bar/Restaurant  in La Mesa Village.

 

Loyal readers of East County Magazine will recall this talented artist's performances at our “On the Road with the East County” party at The Vines in Alpine and our “Celebrate East County” event at Heritage of the Americas Museum.

FLIGHT OF THE SUNBIRD: SUPERVISORS APPROVE USE OF SDG&E CONSTRUCTION HELICOPTER TO FIGHT FIRES


 

"So what we have here is a helicopter that is buildling a fire hazard, and if a fire breaks out, it will respond in two to four hours--and taxpayers will be charged $7,500 an hour." -- Steve Whitburn, candidate, 4th Supervisorial district

 

June 16, 2010 (San Diego) – By a 5-0 vote, San Diego’s Board of Supervisors voted to allow Sunbird, a San Diego Gas & Electric Company helicopter intended to construct Sunrise Powerlink, to also be utilized for firefighting. View video of hearing.

LAKE MURRAY ORGANIZATION NEEDS TO RAISE $10,000 TO KEEP FIREWORKS EVENT

June 17, 2010 (San Diego ) --

 

The Lake Murray Kiwanis Club is looking for donations to fund the Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest. All donations will be appreciated; large sponsors are offered advertising during the Music Fest.

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NEED WORK? FREE JOB FAIR TODAY

 

June 20, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) will host a community job fair today from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in partnership with the East County Career Center and Cuyamaca College. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the student center at Cuyamaca College.900 Rancho Diego Parkway in El Cajon.

“A strong job market is the cornerstone of a strong economy,” said Congressman Hunter. “Thousands of individuals ready to rejoin the workforce turned out to meet with local businesses at the previous job fair. This time, the event will be at an even larger venue with many community businesses and career advisors on hand.” 

 

The following employers will be participating:
 

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ANNUAL LA MESA FIREFIGHTER'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST JUNE 19

June 17, 2010 (La Mesa) --

Bring the family and join the La Mesa Firefighters for a morning of fun at their annual Pancake Breakfast, June 19 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Tickets, $5.00, will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and can be purchased at La Mesa Fire Stations or at the door the day of the breakfast.

Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

The breakfast will be held at La Mesa Fire Station 11, 8034 Allison Avenue, La Mesa CA 91942.

For more information, visit the city's website.

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PRESCHOOL EVACUATED DUE TO BRUSH FIRE: ARSON SUSPECTED

 

June 17, 2010 (Spring Valley) – The KinderCare preschool was evacuated today due to a brush fire that began shortly before 1 p.m. Firefighters From San Miguel Fire quickly got the blaze under control, which began near 10130 Rothgard Road in Spring Valley. Investigators say the fire was arson.

 

The fire, which also threatened several structures around a canyon area, was stopped as it moved onto the playground area. On another flank, the fire was stopped as it moved into a defensible space buffer created just yesterday by a resident.

2010 YMCA NATIONAL GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS COME TO SAN DIEGO

 

More than 4,000 gymnasts to compete June 22-25, 2010


June 17, 2010 (San Diego). – From June 22 - 25, 2010, the East County Family YMCA will host more than 4000 gymnasts and their families at the 2010 YMCA National Gymnastics Championships. The Cameron Family YMCA  in East County has been home to the most highly regarded YMCA gymnastics program in the country for over 25 years.
 

 

FATHER’S DAY CONCERT COMMEMORATES EAST COUNTY CHORAL LEADER HAROLD LUTZ

 

 

June 20, 2010 (San Diego) – The All Saints’ Episcopal Church Choir will present a free classical/sacred choral concert today at 4 p.m. in the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Avenue in San Diego. The event is dedicated to the memory of Harold G. Lutz, an East County choral conductor, composer and educator.

VETERANS FINANCIAL PLANNING & BENEFITS SEMINAR JUNE 21

 

June 19 (Chula Vista, CA) -- Veterans and active duty military will get access to financial planning advice and help with their benefits at a free afternoon seminar on Monday, June 21, 2010. A number of topics will be covered including the availability of tax breaks, eligibility for veterans’ benefits, small business assistance and professional pro bono financial planning advice.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BRACELET'S SAGA OF CHILD ABDUCTIONS HAS TIMELY RING

 

The Bracelet, By Charles A. Bonner (Verily Publishing Company, Sausalito, California, 2009)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

June 17, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Several years ago, my then 11-year old daughter, Brandy, escaped the clutches of a would-be child molester in Chicago, right after she had gotten off the bus from school. Heaven forbid, my daughter could have just as well been one of the victims of a child sex slavery ring, such as Charles A. Bonner writes about in The Bracelet. This is a must-read book that I highly recommend.

100-ACRE BRUSH FIRE BURNING EAST OF JULIAN

 

Update June 17 10 am - The Narrows Fire is now 60% contained, with full containment expected by noon today, according to Chief Schuler.

JUNE 16, 2010 (Julian) – A 100 acre brush fire burning east of Julian is 50% contained, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler has informed East County Magazine. The fire started at Highway 78 and Scissors Crossing, east of S2 and north of Shelter Valley and has burned acreage on both sides of 78.

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