January 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Darrell Steinberg, president pro tem of the California State Senate, has announced policy committee assignments. Among East County and eastern San Diego’s delegation, committee chairmanships were awarded to Christine Kehoe (Appropriations) and Juan Vargas (Banking & Financial Institutions).
Additional assignments for the region’s four representatives (including Republicans Joel Anderson and Mark Wyland, as well as Democrats Kehoe and Vargas) are as follows:
January 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- The County Board of Supervisors will decide tomorrow whether to merge five fire agencies into the San Diego County Fire Authority. A hearing is set for Tuesday, January 25, at 9:30 in the Board Chamber at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego.
The County Fire Authority was created in 2008 when the County united a handful of rural fire agencies with a goal of creating a stronger, more efficient agency that will eventually serve over half of the geographic area in our region, including unincorporated areas throughout San Diego's East County, where the devastating wildfires in 2003 and 2007 began.
More than $4.7 million is going to local programs that help homeless individuals and families who deal with challenges such as mental illness, disabilities and domestic violence. In East County, projects funded include Crisis House and Kurdish Human Rights Watch.
The County of San Diego Department of Housing and Community Development applied for funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Supportive Housing Program on behalf of community organizations.
January 24, 2011 (Scripps Ranch) – Gusty winds toppled a 100-foot-high eucalyptus tree in Hoyt Park, crashing it down upon a home owned by Art and Terri Moreau on Canyon Lake Drive in Scripps Ranch. Although the massive tree crushed the home’s roof and damaged a kitchen and bedroom, fortunately no one was injured.
January 24, 2011 (Borrego Springs) –Bambi Lynn Woodson, 53, was killed Saturday, January 22 at 8:45 a.m. in a rollover accident on Highway 78 in Borrego Springs, the San Diego Medical Examiner reports.
January 24, 2011 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery, located on Grossmont College’s campus in El Cajon, is presenting an exhibit of 24 wall panels featuring natural materials that display rain patterns that fell on campus during the 2009-2010 rainy season. The exhibit, called “Rain Events and Related Investigations", was created by Grossmont College art faculty member Jim Wilsterman. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs from January 24-February 24.
January 24, 2011 (San Diego)--The FBI reports that Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr. was taken into custody on Sunday, January 23, after he self-surrendered to agents assigned to the Border Corruption Task Force (BCTF) in the vicinity of the Chula Vista Border Patrol Station in San Ysidro.
According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District, of California, U.S Border Patrol Agent Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr. and his father, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr., are charged with violations of federal immigration laws.. Manzano Jr. is accused of harboring an illegal immigrant in a false room and making a false statement.
January 24, 2011 (El Cajon) -- East County's newest gallery, Main Street 5 Gallery at 124 East Main Street in El Cajon, will host a grand opening event on Friday, February 4th from 5-10 p.m. The opening will feature photographic arts by Esther Beish.
January 24, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – More than a year has passed since a massive earthquake leveled Haiti. While much of the country remains in shambles, there is one East County resident who has made a positive difference to the people of her homeland. That person is Dr. Carolle Jean-Murat.
When asked why she has given so much of herself to the people of Haiti, Murat replied, “My mother told me ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’ So, I am doing this, just because.”
January 22, 2011 (Carson, Calif.) – The U.S. Men's National Team (MNT) tied Chile 1-1 in an international friendly match played at The Home Depot Center (HDC) in Carson, Calif. Both teams fielded their third-string teams in a contest that showcased some of the best new young talent from both countries. The 18,850 fans set an attendance record for largest crowd for an MNT friendly at the HDC.
Poway's Marvell Wynne played the second half of the match. Wynne (son of the former San Diego Padres player Marvell Wynne) has earned five career caps with the full national team.
January 23, 2011 (Spring Valley) – A Spring Valley man has been arrested for shooting a handgun inside his home at 1815 Sweetwater Road, #12, in Spring Valley. John Graham, 70, was reportedly intoxicated and despondent when he fired off the gun following an argument with his wife, who fled the residence. Deputies surrounded the home and made numerous calls into the residence via phone and loud speakers, but initially received no response.
January 23, 2011 (Fallbrook) – East County Magazine writer Will Schwent seeks the public’s help to locate his brother, John Allen Schwent. “He was last known to be living in the Fallbrook area,” Will Schwent said. “He has alcohol and mental problems, but his family is anxious to know if he is even alive.
The family has not heard from the missing man for over two years. He was last seen during a visit with his sister in San Marcos. Family members initially believed he’d gone into hiding while paying off a court debt, but have become oncerned after so much time has gone by with no contact.
January 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—Cleaning for a Reason, a nationwide organization, is offering free housecleaning service for women undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
The service is available once a month for four months during treatment. To sign up, just have the patient’s doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.
January 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- Every few years we get a Japanese anime, mainly from Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo, Spirited Away). This year’s import is not from Miyazaki but from Mamoru Hosoda. Summer Wars features one of the most unlikely genre combinations: shomin-geki (a genre that depicts the lives of ordinary, working-class families) and technothriller.
January 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- Over the last few years I’ve discovered a love-hate feeling with Pixar. Back in 1995 I was enthralled when I saw Toy Story in the theater. Since then I have seen every Pixar movie and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of their films. They put more effort into their movies than most studios and it shows every time.
January 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- Circus Vargas is coming to town with a new Big Top tent and shows at five San Diego County locations. This year’s production combines traditional circus acts with modern showmanship and lots of comic relief.
January 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – If you bought a lottery ticket in December, be sure to check your numbers. A Mega Millions lottery ticket sold at a Shell gas station at 13538 Camino Canada in El Cajon is worth $195,910---but so far, the winner has not come forward to claim the prize, State Lottery officials announced today.
The winning numbers drawn on Dec. 21 were 8, 32, 31, 11 and 12, and the outstanding ticket missed only the Mega number of 29.
January 22, 2011 (La Mesa)--The La Mesa Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate and apprehend Jeffrey John McPherson, 41, who is wanted for several counts of child molestation after meeting the victim on MySpace.com.
On June 24, 2010, McPherson was arrested by the LMPD for molesting a 16-year-old boy over a 9-month period. He failed to make a court appearance while out on bail. On December 3, a felony arrest warrant was issued. McPherson’s current whereabouts are unknown. He is white, 6’0”, 185 lbs, with brown hair, blue eyes, and multiple tattoos covering both arms.
January 21, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Many who get caught drinking and driving are under the impression that if they simply avoid the court system, the whole thing might fade away. Not in La Mesa, where police have issued a press release titled “You can run, but you can’t hide.”
La Mesa Police will be hot on the tails of the DUI (driving under the influence) offenders, with sweeps targeting those who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in a DUI case. On Monday, January 24, officers will deploy throughout the city to residences and places of business to clear court warrants on the books for the past year.
January 21, 2011 (La Mesa) – How can tragedies such as the massacre in Arizona, the workplace shooting at Barona, or the mass school shootings at Santana and Granite Hills be prevented?
James N. Madero, Ph.D., specializes in workplace and school violence prevention. He is the Director of Violence Prevention International, a national organizational consulting firm based in San Diego. Madero will speak on Wednesday, February 2nd at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. The event, sponsored by the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, is free and open to the general public. Socializing starts at 6:30, with the program at 7 p.m.
Senate leaders vow to block repeal--but a Virginia judge declares mandate to buy health insurance unconstitutional
By: Jeremy Los
January 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- House Republicans have stuck to their campaign promises and passed a measure to repeal the newly established health care bill. In what was a strictly symbolic vote, since the repeal will most likely die in the Democrat-controlled Senate and would not be signed by President Obama, the House Republicans have sent a strong message to the nation that they mean business.
Local Republican representatives Brian Bilbray, Darrell Issa, and Duncan D. Hunter fell in line with conservative cohorts, as every House Republican voted to pass the repeal. On the other side of the aisle local Democratic representatives Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted against the repeal.
January 20, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include: