ALBERT, RESCUE GRIZZLY BEAR AT ALPINE SANCTUARY, EUTHANIZED DUE TO CANCER-RELATED BREATHING OBSTRUCTION

149 PATIENTS HAVE SEVERE LUNG ILLNESS AFTER VAPING, CDC AND FDA WARN: CASES INCLUDE CALIFORNIA

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKS TO DEFY COURT SETTLEMENT, KEEP IMMIGRANT CHILDREN IN INDEFINITE DETENTION

La MESA COUNCIL APPROVES FOUR-STORY HOUSING AND BUSINESS PROJECT AT BALTIMORE AND UNIVERSITY

ECM PRESENTS: EAST COUNTY MOVERS, SHAKERS AND NEWSMAKERS AUGUST 29

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SANTEE COUNCIL GIVES ITSELF A RAISE, WAIVES FEES FOR GRANNY FLATS

SMART LEAK DETECTOR REBATES FOR HELIX WATER AND SWEETWATER CUSTOMERS CAN HELP REDUCE BILLS

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLAN WOULD GUT ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS WARN

RECALL EFFORT LAUNCHED AGAINST NEWSOM; GOVERNOR DEFENDS RECORD

A GREEN FUTURE DAWNS IN LA MESA: COUNCIL VOTES TO OFFER A COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY OPTION FOR RESIDENTS, JOINING SAN DIEGO AND CHULA VISTA

WILD WEST LIVES ON AT WESTERN HERITAGE DAYS

 

Story by Miriam Raftery

Photos and video by Khari Johnson

June 15, 2010 (El Cajon) – History came alive at the eighth annual Western Heritage Days June 5-6 in El Cajon, where Buffalo soldiers, ladies with parasols and Laguna Mountain men roamed the streets.

 

Entertainment also included Native American dancers, musical acts such as Tom Hiatt and the Sundown Riders, shoot-out reenactments and much more. View video highlights.

CAL FIRE TO CONDUCT LIVE-FIRE TRAINING WED. & THURS: SMOKE VISIBLE IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

June 15, 2010 (McCain Valley) -- If you see smoke rising over East County's backcountry tomorrow and Thursday, don't panic.  Cal-Fire will be conducting a “live fire” training exercise in the McCain Valley area near Boulevard approximately one mile north of Interstate 8 on June 16th and 17th. Smoke may be visible from many areas of Boulevard and the Campo Reservation as well as to those traveling on Interstate 8.

FLYING HIGH: PILOTS TAKE WING AT GILLESPIE AIR SHOW

 

 

Story, photos and video by Khari Johnson

 

June 15, 2010 (El Cajon) – Up to 10,000 people turned out to watch more than 20 different types of vintage planes as well as skydivers, historic re-enactors and pyrotechnics displays at Wings Over Gillespie last weekend. View ECM’s highlights from the event.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: DOES A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT MAKE SENSE FOR YOU?

 

 

 

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!



 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

June 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –Love and marriage can be beautiful for all concerned, but there are some things to consider when thinking about getting married . We consulted an attorney, Jennifer Hughes, to share some ideas on the subject of prenuptial agreements.

5.7 QUAKE NEAR OCOTILLIO JOLTS EAST COUNTY

June 14, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- A 5.7 earthquake struck 5 miles southeast of Ocotillo, near the San Diego County line,  at 9:38 p.m.  The jolt, originally reported as a 5.9, was later downgraded by the U.S. Geological Service, was felt throughout San Diego but most strongly in communities in East County.

 

A dozen aftershocks have already struck in the first 20 minutes after the initial quake. In addition, a 3.0 quake was centered 11 miles east of Pine Valley in San Diego County. 

 

"It was a pretty long jolt," said Sharon Courmousis, owner of Sacred Rocks RV Park in Boulevard, an East County community which she estimates is 20 to 30 miles from the quake's epicenter. "We've had a lot of aftershocks but no damage.  I was sitting in my RV.  It really rolled us, but nothing jolted off its pedestal."

BOYS HUNTING RABBITS CAUGHT SHOOTING LASER AT SHERIFF'S HELICOPTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 14, 2010 (Lakeside) –It was a scene worthy of Elmer Fudd hunting down "wascally wabbits" -- only this time, the hunters were the rascals.

 

San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA 3 helicopter was struck by a laser around 10:03 p.m. last night while flying over Lakeside.  The chopper crew located two boys, ages 15 and 12,  near Idyl Drive and Lakeview Grenada Drive and notified Sheriff's deputies.  Under questioning, the youths admitted that they had targeted the helicopter at least twenty times while hunting rabbits with bows and arrows. 

DRIVER ARRESTED IN ACCIDENT INVOLVING FIRETRUCK

June 14, 2010 (Alpine) – Yesenia Mitre, 25,  has been arrested and will be charged with driving under the influence, according to the CHP.  Mitre was the driver of a car that pulled out in front of a Viejas Fire truck, causing a collision on Willows Road/Old Highway 80 in Alpine at 5:42 yesterday morning. Several firefighters and the Mitre were transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

WHISTLEBLOWER: SDG&E QUIETLY CHANGED OUT DESIGN FLAW AT SITE OF PARADISE FIRE

 

 

Electrical expert asks if same changes have been made along other

lines he identified as fire risks; SDG&E does not

respond to inquiries

 

June 14, 2010 (San Diego) – Back in February 2009, East County Magazine published claims by electrical transmission expert Ed Clark, who contended that faulty power line installations caused the Paradise, Witch and Cedar Fires. Clark and two other experts consulted by ECM contended that SDG&E installations of two down-guy wires connected by a single bolt were dangerous.

 

Clark, who has headed up power line installations for Southern California Edison and served as an expert witness for SDG&E, argued that SDG&E's installations were also illegal, violating a state rule requiring 12 inches of separation on poles. He provided evidence of arcing including charred, black marks on anchor bolts at the base of the pole where the 2003 Paradise fire began.

SLOW P.A.C.E. OF SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

By Michael Russell
http://SDsustainableFuture.com

June 14, 2010 (San Diego)--At a recent Home Energy Professionals meeting at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (http://energycenter.org) PACE Program Manager, Jeremy Hutman, enlightened a group of Energy Efficiency Auditors about new developments in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs in San Diego.

HOMEOWNER & GUESTS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, TASERED BY THIEVES

 

June 14, 2010 (El Cajon) – A frightening ordeal was experienced by party-goers at a home located in the 300 block of Sunnybrook Lane in El Cajon’s unincorporated area. Last night at 11:15 p.m., several men entered the residence armed with handguns and tasers. The host and guests were tied up with zip ties and duct tape; some victims were tasered when thieves demanded cash and jewelry.

EL CAJON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP. NAMES CINDI FARGO NEW PRESIDENT & CEO

 

June 14, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Cindi Fargo has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the El Cajon Community Development Corporation, CDC Board of Directors Chairman John McTighe announced.  Fargo was selected from over 60 candidates in a nationwide search that was launched after long-time President/CEO Claire Carpenter announced her departure in December of last year.

CELEBRATE WORLD REFUGEE DAY WITH A 2K WALK AND SOMALI FAMILY SERVICE HEALTH FAIR JUNE 19

 

June 13, 2010 (City Heights) – A 2K fun walk will be held Saturday to promote refugee awareness and senior fitness, followed by the Somali Family Service Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the City Heights Community Park, 3795 Fairmount Avenue. Savor ethnic food and entertainment, meet healthcare providers and local refugee/immigrant and nonprofit organizations, and hear from prominent speakers including Mayor Jerry Sanders, Congresswoman Susan Davis, and City Councilmember Todd Gloria.

DISTRICT DISBANDS NAMING COMMITTEE FOR NEW ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

Committee's objectivity called into question amid Reagan name proposal

 

June 13, 2010 (Alpine) – A naming committee for the Grossmont Union High School District’s 12th high school in Alpine has been disbanded by the GUHSD governing board.  

 

“Among other items, our Board clearly heard the request for a community survey, and was reminded that the Bond language included the new high school in Alpine serving both the Alpine and Blossom Valley areas,” Gary Schwartzwald, director of adult education and special projects, wrote in an e-mail to parents in Alpine.

HIT AND RUN DRIVER BLAMED FOR “GEYSER” IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 13, 2010 (El Cajon ) – A 50 to 75-foot-high geyser of water spewed skyward in El Cajon on Friday morning, visible from as far away as Interstate 8. The gusher resulted from a hit-and-run driver whose truck backed into a fire hydrant on Taft Street, just south of East Main Street.

OIL SPILL CLEAN-UP SCAMS COULD CLEAN OUT INVESTORS' WALLETS

 


June 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a consumer warning about potential investment scams by companies supposedly involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. Some companies touting their role in the cleanup efforts may be legitimate, while others could be nothing more than bogus clean-up operations designed only to clean-out unsuspecting investors, said the BBB.

POMERADO BRASS QUINTET – FREE CONCERT TODAY AT MISSION TRAILS

June 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – What could be more inspiring than a concert in a nature preserve? Pomerado Brass Quintet performs today at 2 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor ampitheater.

The concert will feature light classical music, popular favorites and patriotic songs. A reception in the visitor center gallery will follow.

 

A VIOLENT NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO’S EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS

2 pedestrians stabbings, robberies reported; one suspect had "SD" or "SU" tattoo on shaved head

June 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Police report several major crimes during the past 24 hours in neighborhoods east of I-15, including two violent assaults on pedestrians.

IT’S A DRAW: LONE BRIT CHEERS ON ENGLISH TEAM AT WORLD CUP VIEWING IN SPRING VALLEY BAR

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Some might call it cheeky to hoist a British flag inside an American sports bar where other patrons are rooting for Team USA in game two of the World Cup soccer tournament. But for Santee resident Tom Middleton, watching the big match at Cali Comfort in Spring Valley today, sporting a Union Jack and cheering for the Brits seemed the patriotic thing to do.

“I’m from England,” said Middleton, a Cox Communications employee who has been living in Santee for the past 16 years.

LEND A HAND TO CLEAN UP EL CAJON ON SAT. JUNE 26

 

 

June 12, 2010 (El Cajon)--The public is invited to participate in a monthly Saturday morning neighborhood clean up day.  The next "Lend a Hand" event is Saturday, June 26 from 9:00 to11:00am at East Camden and Lincoln Avenues in downtown El Cajon. Volunteers and residents will come together to remove trash and identify graffiti to promote a clean and safe community.

Barona 40th Annual Pow-Wow

 

 

June 12, 2010 (Lakeside) -- Mark your calendars for the 40th annual Barona Pow-Wow on September 3-5. Over $60,000 in prize money will be given, and there will be contest dancing. All drums and dancers are welcome. Admission and camping is free. For more information call the Barona Tribal Office, (619)443-6612 ext 120.

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20 VALEDICTORIANS ATTAIN TOP HONORS IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

June 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – Our hats are off to the class of 2010!

 

On Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5,258 senior students from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will don caps and gowns for commencement services. The District will also honor 20 valedictorians as well as 13 salutatorians for high academic achievements.

 

Scroll down for graduation dates and locations for each school, as well as graduating class sizes and names of valedictorians and salutatorians attaining top honors.

ANDERSON RESOLUTION PASSES LEGISLATURE: GRANTS HISTORIC DESIGNATION TO HIGHWAY 94


Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

 

June 11, 2010 (Sacramento) - The California State Senate unanimously passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 131, which grants historic designation to the portion of Highway 94 from Jamacha Road in Rancho San Diego to the junction with Historic Route 80. Authored by Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon), the Resolution previously passed the Assembly and is now law.

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