$500 REWARD FOR DOG LOST DUE TO FIREWORKS: CHECK THESE SITES IF YOU HAVE A LOST OR FOUND PET

SAN MIGUEL FIRE DISTRICT FREEZES NON-ESSENTIAL EXPENSES DUE TO COVID-19, WILL HEAR PROPOSED BUDGET JULY 10

READER’S EDITORIAL: BORDER WALL IN JACUMBA WILDERNESS THREATENS GROUNDWATER FOR COMMUNITIES AND AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, THE CRUCIFIXION THORN

EL CAJON ADDS SEWER TAXES ONTO COUNTY PROPERTY TAX BILLS

NAACP SAN DIEGO: FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE IN A COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT

HUMANE SOCIETY WORKS TO SAVE YOUNG BALD EAGLE IN EAST COUNTY ON FOURTH OF JULY

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE SAN DIEGO AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

JIMMIE JOHNSON AND HIS WIFE TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

WHERE TO FIND FIREWORKS IN EAST COUNTY THIS JULY 4TH

FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL TO OWN OR USE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY: HERE ARE SAFE ALTERNATIVES

COUNTY TO BE PLACED ON WATCHLIST DUE TO RISING COVID CASES; IMPACTED BUSINESSES SHOULD PREPARE FOR SHUTDOWNS

LA MESA FARMERS MARKET IS OPEN AGAIN

SCHWARZENEGGER APPOINTS HOLLINGSWORTH TO $128,000 STATE JOB

January 3, 2011 (Sacramento) – Just before leaving office, outgoing Governor Arnold Scharzenegger yesterday appointed State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth to a lucrative $128,000 a year position on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta), whose district included San Diego’s East County, left office due to term limits.

PEARLS: STEM CELL TRANSPLANTS CAN REPAIR HEART DAMAGE


A $115 million dollar stem cell research center is being built in San Diego

 

By Charlavan Hart
 

January 4, 2010 (San Diego--A heart patient's own skin cells soon could be used to repair damaged cardiac tissue thanks to pioneering stem cell research of the University of Houston's newest biomedical scientist, Robert Schwartz.

SCHWARZENEGGER COMMUTES SENTENCE FOR ESTEBAN NUÑEZ, KILLER OF STUDENT NEAR SDSU


“I guess if you’re the son of somebody important you can kill someone and get all sorts of breaks.” – Fred Santos, father of slain student


December 3, 2010 (San Diego) –Hours before leaving office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger commuted the sentence of Esteban Nuñez, son of former California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez. Esteban Nuñez had pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of Louis Don Santos, 22, during a fight near san Diego State University on October 4, 2008.

DESPERATION PUSHED HOMEOWNER FACING FORECLOSURE TO FATAL ACTIONS


2 bodies found in burned  home of retired teacher/coach and ailing wife

Settlement just announced by CA Attorney General targets couple's lender for predatory lending practices--but relief is too late for Santee couple

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2011 (Santee) – Michael L. Cour, 60 and his wife, Janice Gervais, 70, faced a bleak future. The couple filed for bankruptcy June 30th. On December 6th, their lender, World Savings Bank, foreclosed on their property. A neighbor, Ruth Talaza, said Gervais had cancer and that the couple had tried multiple times to refinance, without success.

 

So Cour, who taught for 35 years in the Grossmont Union-High School District, told a neighbor that he was going to kill his wife and burn down their home on Clifford Heights Road, a quiet cul-de-sac in Santee.  Soon after, a man called 911 to say he’d shot his wife and set fire to the home. He also threatened to shoot anyone if they tried to stop the inferno.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED

January 3, 2010 (San Diego)—Scattered showers are forecast today across San Diego County, with snow forecast in mountain areas.

“We’re all hoping for snow,” said Teresa Manley at Julian Meadow View Inn in Julian. Snow is good for the tourism business in Julian, but despite forecasts of snow last night, the mountain town which has an elevation of 4,235 feet got only drizzle, Manley said.

BEER RUN TURNS SOUR

 

January 3, 2011 (La Mesa) – Yesterday around 4:52 p.m., La Mesa Police received a report of a beer run at the Eastridge Liquor Store, 7705 University Ave. Two white male juveniles and black male entered the store and allegedly concealed beer in a backpack. As they were trying to leave the store, the manager confronted them and attempted to detain the trio until police arrived. The suspects resisted and fought with the manager.

 

CYPRESS WINS GROSSMONT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

 

Story and photos by Ron Logan

 

January 2, 2010 (El Cajon)-- Cypress College defeated Mt. San Jacinto College to win the Grossmont College 23rd Annual Holiday Tournament for women's basketball held on the Grossmont campus in El Cajon December 28 - 30. The Grossmont Griffins finished in fourth place.

VETERANS FOR PEACE SEEKS HELP FOR HOMELESS

 

January 2, 2010 (San Diego) – As winter temperatures locally dip below freezing, San Diego Veterans For Peace is distributing sleeping bags and ponchos to the homeless.

“So far we have distributed 145 sets, and are seeking donations to continue,” said Ramona resident Dave Patterson, Veterans for Peace spokesman.  The group seeks donations of cash, sleeping bags and ponchos to help protect local veterans from winter storms and cold.  Last year, more than 60 homeless people died on the streets of San Diego, many from exposure to harsh winter weather.

LOCAL ACTIVIST RINGS IN NEW YEAR WITH MESSAGE OF PEACE

 

 

January 2, 2011—“New Year’s Day is a perfect day to celebrate Peace on Earth,” said El Cajon resident Norrie Robbins. 

 

Perhaps you were among the people passing by who honked car horns or displayed the two-finger peace symbol throughout the day, as Robbins shivered on a sunny but cold mid-winter afternoon to bring her message of peace to East County residents.

WOMAN HEADED FOR CASINO DISAPPEARS; WALLET FOUND IN EL CAJON WITH MONEY MISSING

 

January 1, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Police seek public help to locate Juana Caltzontzin Martinez, a mother of eight. She was last seen on Christmas Day, December 25th, in the area of 700 Raven Street in San Diego, according to SDPD.

 

The San Diego Examiner reported yesterday that Martinez left to go to an Indian casino and told her family she would return Sunday.  She normally takes the trolley to El Cajon, then transfers to a bus bus to reach one of three casinos in East County (Barona, Sycuan, and Viejas).  The family is not sure which casino she intended to visit this time.   According to the Examiner, a few days ago a man came to the family home and said he found the  missing woman's wallet on a sidewalk in El Cajon. Her ID was in it, but the money was gone.

HATE CRIMES, TERRORIST THREAT AMONG CHARGES TO BE FILED AFTER RACIAL SLUR LEADS TO LAKESIDE BRAWL

 

January 1, 2011 (Lakeside) – An argument that began with racial slurs resulted in a fight involving 30 to 40 people shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve. The brawl ended with multiple injuries and five arrests in Lakeside.

2-ALARM FIRE IN SANTEE: MAN INSIDE CLAIMS HE SET FIRE, SHOT WIFE

 

Update 6:45 p.m. - The fire destroyed one home and damaged a neighboring residence before fire officials were able to douse the blaze.  Authorities have not yet disclosed the fates of the homeowner and his wife, however the investigation has been turned over to the Homicide Unit.  Neighbors have told other media that the homeowner was despondent because he and his wife had lost their jobs, faced foreclosure, and because the wife had cancer.

BURGLAR STABS HOMEOWNER IN HEAD

 

January 1, 2010 (Normal Heights)—A homeowner at 4348 38th Street in San Diego’s Normal Heights neighborhood heard a knock on his front door, but didn’t answer. Moments later, the living room window was smashed. The homeowner pursued the intruder into an alley, where a fight ensued and the homeowner was stabbed several times in the head, Officer Frank Cali with San Diego Police reports.

READER’S EDITORIAL: FLUORIDE LOWERS CHILDREN’S IQ

 

An open letter to Mayor Jerry Sanders opposing plan to fluoridate San Diego’s water

By Jeanie Ryan
 

January 1, 2010 (San Diego) --The problem with water fluoridation is that it negatively affects those we try to protect. The American Dental Association advises no fluoride for children under 6 months and then very little to one year of age-- less than that with is supplied in fluoridated water.
 

We know that fluoride crosses the blood brain barrier and that one in six children have a learning disability. Studies have shown that children in high fluoride areas have lower intelligence. (See a Chinese study linking mental retardation and low IQs to fluoride in water.) 

SANTANA VARSITY TEAM LEADS IN WEEK 6 OF ACADEMIC LEAGUE

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – At the holiday break, Santana High School’s Varsity leads 5-0 after the first six weeks of the 10-week Academic League competition in the Grossmont Union High School District. In the Junior Varsity division, Granite Hills is on top with a flawless 6-0 record.

FBI SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO IDENTIFY UMBRELLA-TOTING BANK ROBBER WITH ORANGE GLASSES, BANDAID ON FACE

 

January 1, 2010 (El Cajon)--The FBI and local law enforcement are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the man responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank, 2366 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, on Monday, December 20th. The suspect entered the bank at around 3:05 p.m. carrying a black umbrella in his right hand to conceal the right side of his face. Once at the teller counter, the robber pulled out a demand note using his left hand.

HEATERS SOLD AT WAL-MART AMONG LATEST PRODUCT RECALLS

 

January 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced recalls on several products that have caused injury to consumers, including heaters sold at Wal-Mart, portable butane stoves, children's hooded jackets, Fagor refrigerators, and pacing loudspeakers. Below are details. 

 

LA MESA SEEKS VOLUNTERS FOR "KIDS & SENIORS" PROGRAM

 

January 1, 2010 (La Mesa) --Kids and Seniors Together (KAST) is looking for a few good volunteers! Jointly sponsored by the City of La Mesa and La Mesa Spring Valley School District, KAST is an intergenerational after-school program that matches mature adults with second through-fourth-grade students. It is designed to provide mature adults an opportunity to share their talents, skills and special interest with students who benefit from one-on-one mentoring.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED, LA MESA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING

 

 

January 1, 2011 (La Mesa) Updated 8 p.m.– Dana Lohner, 48, of La Mesa has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after she struck and killed Kelly McPherson, 53, a pedestrian from Mission Valley.  McPherson died at the scene.  

 

Lohner, who was driving a Ford Mustang was booked into the Las Colinas Jail.

“TIPSY TOW” OFFERS FREE RIDES HOME FOR NEW YEAR’S REVELERS

December 31, 2010 (San Diego) – A free tow home is available for New Year’s party-goers who don’t want to take chances behind the wheel. The “tipsy tow” service is offered by the Automobile Club of Southern California, but is open to everyone, even if you are not a member. Free tows are available from 6 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. tomorrow by calling 1-800-400-4AAA.

 

The Auto Club estimates that a first time conviction for driving under the influence can cost $13,468 or more in fines, penalties, restitution, legal fees and increased insurance costs.

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE A DOZEN CATS FROM HOUSE FIRE IN SANTEE

 


Filthy conditions lead Animal Control to take custody of animals

 

December 31, 2010 (Santee) – Firefighters responded to a house fire this morning in the 9600 block of Halberns Blvd., where they discovered at least a dozen cats living in filthy conditions inside. According to ECM news partner 10 News, Animal Control officers took the cats for veterinary evaluation, include two which were ill from the smoke.

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