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COUNCILMAN JERRY JONES ANNOUNCES RUN FOR MAYOR IN LEMON GROVE

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AMAURIE JOHNSON SUES CITY OF LA MESA OVER ALLEGED POLICE MISCONDUCT

HOUSE APPROVES SETTLEMENT IN NATIVE AMERICAN TRUST FUND CASE


Local representatives split on votes

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

December 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)—By a 256-152 vote, the House of Representatives has approved the Claims Settlement Act of 2010, which will provide $3.4 billion to settle a lawsuit which alleged federal mismanagement and loss of billions of dollars in trust funds for Indian tribes and individual Native Americans. Arizona Senator John McCain, former chair of the Senate committee on Indian Affairs, has called the government’s mismanagement “theft from Indian people” and declared that Native Americans are “rightfully owed the money.”

Although the measure had bipartisan support, among San Diego’s Congressional representatives, Republicans Duncan Hunter and Brian Bilbray voted against the settlement. Democrats Susan Davis and Bob Filner voted for it, while Republican Darrell Issa did not vote. 

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL BOARD VOTES TO NAME CONFERENCE CENTER AFTER STIERINGER, DECLARES STIERINGER DIRECTOR EMERITUS


Watchdog activist says he will file complaints with FPPC and Attorney General; 2nd watchdog group also questioned board’s actions

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

December 6, 2010 (La Mesa)—By a unanimous vote, the Grossmont Healthcare District Board voted to recognize recently resigned board member Jim Stieringer as director emeritus and to name the District conference center after him. The Board made these votes despite a letter from Citizens Oversight Projects founder Ray Lutz stating that he believes such actions violate the law.

 

Terry Francke, general counsel for CalAware, a statewide watchdog group on open government issues, also questioned legality of the emeritus title and suggested that ”an attorney general’s opinion could and should be sought before action is taken” by the Board, La Mesa Patch.com reported shortly before the vote was taken.

U.S. PROPOSES REAR VISIBILITY RULES FOR VEHICLES TO PROTECT KIDS & ELDERLY

Each week, 50 children are backed over by vehicles, resulting in serious injuries and deaths
 

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 5, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Transportation this week proposed a new safety regulation to help eliminate blind zones behind vehicles.

 

“There hasn’t been an announcement this big since seatbelts and airbags were added to vehicles. We will no longer be backing up blindly,” Janette E. Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org, said of the new safety standards proposed.

BODY FOUND ON BARONA RESERVATION DURING SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN

December 5, 2010 (Lakeside) – Yesterday afternoon, investigators following- up leads in the case of missing 17-year-old Christopher Cory Carioscia discovered a male body in a remote area on the Barona reservation.

 

Carioscia, who was a student at El Capitan High School and lived with his mother in Lakeside, disappeared October 27th. His burned vehicle was later found on the reservation, where the investigation has focused.

EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT CLAIMS MAN’S LIFE IN JACUMBA

 

December 5, 2010 (Jacumba) – Bill George Amantidis, 41, a medical courier, was found by a bystander lying in the road near a crashed Honda CRV on westbound I-8, just east of Jacumba at 5:52 this morning. Cal Fire and El Cajon CHP officers responded and confirmed death at the scene from blunt force trauma.

WINGS & SNOW SHOWCASES WORKS BY DISABLED ARTISTS

 

December 5, 2010 (El Cajon) – Wings and Snow, an annual holiday celebration featuring holiday art, seasonal gifts and angelic dolls by artists with developmental disabilities, will be on display throughout December and January at Sophie’s Gallery & Gift Shop.

 

VIDEO ADVENTURES IN EAST COUNTY: LAKESIDE RIVER PARK

By Billy Ortiz

View our video adventure on Lakeside River Park, where an East County community has reclaimed a former sand mine site to create trails, habitat, and a place of beauty to enjoy the riverfront--and scroll down to learn more about this unique environment.

December 5, 2010 (Lakeside) --Growing up in Lakeside, California, the San Diego River has been a big part of my life. Although I’ve only experienced the full force of the river two times in the late 70’s and early 80’s, it has always fascinated me and captured my imagination.

INFANTS MAKE UP MAJORITY OF PERTUSSIS HOSPITALIZATIONS IN COUNTY


Babies Are at Higher Risk For Complications from Whooping Cough

December 5, 2010 (San Diego)00The pertussis epidemic has resulted in 41 hospitalizations, most of them infants, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced on December 1st. . The total number of whooping cough cases jumped to 960, including two infants who died.

 

WATCHDOG GROUP CALAWARE SENDS WARNING TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS; THREATENS LAWSUITS TO ASSURE BROWN ACT `STRICT ENFORCEMENT’’

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Californians Aware (CalAware), the nonprofit center for public forum rights, has advised state associations representing most local government agencies that their members may be subject to short notice lawsuits for common violations of California’s open meeting law, the Brown Act.

 

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STRUT THEIR STUFF TO HELP CHILDREN A WORLD AWAY


Funds raised will help stop abductions, child soldiers in Africa

 

By Jeremy Los

 

December 4, 2010 (Santee)--Santana High School students channeled their inner super models on Friday night for a charity fashion show at the New Heights Community Church in Santee. Using clothes from their own wardrobes, students from Santana high’s Invisible Children club took to the catwalk to raise money for the Invisible Children Foundation.

LEMON GROVE LIBRARY TO NAME COMMUNITY ROOM FOR LONG-TIME VOLUNTEER ROSEMARY PUTNAM

 

Naming ceremony scheduled for Dec. 9

 

 

December 4, 2010 (Lemon Grove)--The Navy Band Southwest Brass Quintet, balloons, dignitaries--and legions of fans--will welcome Rosemary Putnam, doyenne of the Friends of the Lemon Grove Library, on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Library, 8073 Broadway, for the gala Rosemary Putnam Naming Ceremony.

HELIX WATER ANNOUNCES WINNER OF LAKE JENNINGS PHOTO CONTEST

 

December 4, 2010 (San Diego's East County) – This fall, as part of the Helix Water District’s watershed awareness campaign, a photo contest was held for residents that live within the Lake Jennings watershed. The District has now announced the winner—Sid Cavey who lives near the reservoir and submitted a spectacular photo of a rainbow over the Lake, which is located in Lakeside.

 

 

CAL FIRE TO HOLD “FILL THE BOOT” CAMPAIGN TO HELP MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION DEC. 6-8

 

December 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Authority in partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will be holding its annual Fill The Boot Drive to raise funds to battle this debilitating disease. Locations and times of East County locations where you can help “fill the boot” with donations are listed below:

SHERIFF PLANS DUI CHECKPOINTS IN SANTEE AND POWAY THIS WEEKEND

 December 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –In a continuing effort to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol related crashes. The Sheriff’s Poway and Santee Stations will be deploying deputies on saturation patrols and DUI/driver’s license checkpoints tonight and tomorrow.

TRAGEDY HIGHLIGHTS RISK OF HEAD INJURIES

 

By Miriam Raftery
December 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The tragic death of Santee resident Bryson Lukacik points up the importance of knowing the danger signs following a head injury--and when to get treatment. 

 

Lukacik suffered a head injury while snowboarding but didn’t tell family members at first. He became disoriented and had a lump on his head before disappearing from a cabin in Big Bear where he and his family were vacationing. His body was found in the snow this morning.
 

If you or someone you know suffers a head injury, here are guidelines on what to watch for—and when to seek medical help.

BODY FOUND IN SNOW IDENTIFIED AS MISSING SANTEE MAN

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 3, 2010 (Santee) –The body of missing Santee resident Bryson Lukacik, 22, was found this morning beneath the snow in Big Bear, just a couple of blocks from where he was last seen.

Bryson Lukacik graduated from El Capitan High School and played ball for the San Diego Stars semi-pro baseball club, Santee Patch.com reports.

HEALTHY COOKING WITH CHEF BERNARD: DEC. 13 IN LA MESA

Dec. 3, 2010 (La Mesa)– Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver of the Marine Room team up with Sharp HealthCare’s Registered Dietitian Candy Cumming for a live cooking demonstration in La Mesa--along with a discussion on how carbohydrate content of foods can affect your blood sugar. The famed chefs will share cooking techniques, healthy recipes and information about fresh seasonal ingredients.

 

HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS

By Miriam Raftery
 

December 3, 2010 (San Diego) – A new program is proving effective at helping chronically homeless people in San Diego County find permanent homes, get medical care and other support services needed to rebuild their lives.

 

Facilitated by United Way of San Diego County, the San Diego County Plan to End Chronic Homelessness (PTECH) has found permanent homes for 177 chronically homeless San Diegans in the past 17 months, including people in East County--and actually saved taxpayers money.
 

DRIVER EVADES POLICE IN HIGH-SPEED CHASE THROUGH LA MESA

 

December 3, 2010 (La Mesa)-- La Mesa Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit through La Mesa. An officer attempted to stop a black BMW for running a red light at the intersection of University Avenue and Allison Avenue at 8:20 last night. When the officer initiated his emergency lights and siren, in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver fled.

HOLIDAY IN THE GARDEN LIGHTS UP NIGHT AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN DEC. 3 & 4

 

December 3, 2010 (Rancho San Diego)--The public is invited to enjoy holiday-merry making at The Water Conservation Garden’s third annual ‘Holiday in the Garden’ event. The five-acre water-saving garden will be illuminated with thousands of energy-saving lights, courtesy of SDG&E.

HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS: LAKESIDE’S SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS ON MAINE DEC. 4

December 3, 2010 (Lakeside) –Santa Claus is coming to town, arriving in Lakeside for the 12th annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Avenue this Saturday, December 4th, Festivities will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., with a community tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce invites you and your family to visit with Santa and enjoy holiday music, a petting zoo, hay rides, jump area for kids, games, a Blackhawk helicopter, Christmas shopping, food, and entertainment.

SANTA TO LEAD BICYCLE TOY DRIVE TO KROC CENTER

 

December 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Santa Claus will soon be getting some exercise. Instead of riding in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, Santa will utilize pedal power as he leads over150 bicyclists in the San Diego Bicycle Club’s 23rd annual “Light up a Life” holiday toy drive on December 11th.

ELDERLY DRIVER INJURES THREE STUDENTS FROM MOUNT MIGUEL HIGH SCHOOL

December 2, 2010 (Spring Valley) -- San Miguel Firefighters responded in force to a multi-casualty accident which injured a driver and three Mount Miguel High School students who were walking home from school just after 3 p.m. today.  A section of Sweetwater Road was shut down, allowing Mercy Air to transport the most seriously injured student, according to Leonard Villareal, spokesman for San Miguel Fire.

SANTEE MAN, BRYSON LUKACIK, MISSING FROM BIG BEAR VACATION AFTER POSSIBLE HEAD INJURY

December 2, 2010 (Santee) – Santee resident Bryson Lukacik, 22, walked out of a vacation cabin at Big Bear shortly after midnight early on Saturday morning, November 27th. He told family members that he had fallen from a chairlift while snowboarding on Friday. The temperature was below freezing and a foot of snow was on the ground when he stepped out into the night.

He hasn’t been seen since. Lukacik, a graduate of El Capitan High School, is bipolar and does not have his medication with him.

COUNCIL RESTRICTS WAL-MART SUPERCENTERS IN SAN DIEGO

UPDATE DEC. 2:  The council has voted 5-3 to override a veto by the mayor to enact this law.  The same members who initially supported the ban voted for the override.


Requires impact study before a Supercenter could be built; mayor may veto measure
 

November 29, 2010 (San Diego) – Negative TV advertising by Wal-Mart didn’t dissuade members of the San Diego City Council from voting against Wal-Mart. By a 5-3 vote last week, Councilmembers voted to require a neighborhood impact study be conducted before a building permit may be issued for big-box vendors such as Wal-Mart that want to open stores over 90,000 square feet that sell groceries.

WHAT'S HOT? LEMON GROVE HOLIDAY BONFIRE DEC. 3

 

December 2, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove hosts its annual community holiday bonfire on December 3 from 6-8 p.m. at Civic Center Park, corner of Olive and Church Streets. Rain or shine, this free family-orientated event features live music, horse-drawn wagon rides, free refreshments, game booths, crafts, face painting, and more.

 

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