By Nancy and Dawn Clemens, Dollar-Wise Divas columnists
May 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) - Brides come in all ages, shapes, and sizes yet, they all have in common a desire to look radiantly beautiful for their wedding day and to share a special, memorable day with treasured friends and family. So how do you accomplish this on a small budget?
Your first step is to brainstorm with your future husband to make sure you both have the same ideas about what your perfect wedding would look like. Here are some questions to start the conversation.
May 21, 2010 (Bonita) – Alan Ridley, former Clean Cities Coordinator, San Diego Regional Clean Fuels Coalition, will give a presentation based on the book The Party’s Over by Richard Heinberg. The free program will be held Monday, May 24 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnywide Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita. Learn about clean fuel lternatives to our oil addiction.
Prizes include honeymoon stay at Angel’s Landing and bachelorette party with “Sam the Pirate” Johnny Depp celebrity look-alike
May 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – Here come the brides! At last, East County has a one-stop-shop for wedding needs—as well as free beauty services, musical entertainment, prize drawings, raffle, auction, bridal gown modeling, and more.
East County Magazine and La Dolce Belladonna Spa & Salon have forged a marriage made in heaven to offer this special event on Sunday, June 6 from 12 to 4 p.m. at La Dolce Belladonna Salon & Spa, 596 Westwind Drive in El Cajon (just south of Fletcher Parkway in the Fletcher Hills area.) The event is free to the public and fun for everyone.
May 24, 2010 (La Mesa) -- On Saturday, June 5th beginning at 9:00 am, downtown La Mesa will dress up in red, white and blue for the 13th Annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade, ”A Salute to Old Glory."
The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and marches through downtown La Mesa Village. Spectators will view over 75 entries, including five marching bands led by the Marine Corps Ensemble, which will serve as the 2010 Grand Marshall.
May 25, 2010 (San Diego) -- The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of San Diego County has issued recommendations on several propositions on the June 8th statewide primary election ballot. They include Prop 15 (Fair Elections), Prop 16 (2/3 requirement for local public utility providers), Prop B (term limits for Supervisors), and Prop D (strong mayor form of government). Positions and rationales are as follows:
May 20, 2010 (Tierrasanta) – A 24-year-old active duty Navy enlisted man barricaded himself inside his garage yesterday at 4783 Gurke Street in Tierrasanta and committed suicide. San Diego Police SWAT team was summoned after the man, who had access to a handgun and rifle, told his wife he planned to kill himself. Neighbors were evacuated and emergency negotiators attempted unsuccessfully to communicate with the distraught man.
May 20, 2010 (San Diego) -- The Annual California Budget Mess has started -again! Arnold "Terminator" Swartzenegger has proposed a budget which guts welfare, healthcare. and schools, and aid to the mentally ill. Swartzenegger refuses to tax Big Oil, while California Republicans continue to block a Democratic budget reform which might actually tax businesses. A 10% oil severance tax, which California refuses (unlike all other US states), would easily pay for many of these cuts in state service.
California has been unable to pass a budget for years, thanks to a "Minority Rules" quirk in the State Constitution. Under current rules, a small minority of Republicans is able to block a budget which needs a 2/3 vote to pass new taxes or reform the Governor's Budget.
May 20, 2010 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seek a red Chevrolet El Camino with silver hubcabs and two men accused of grabbing and trying to kidnap a 12-year-old boy at 8 p.m. tonight in the 99 Cents store at 1766 East Main Street. The same men also allegedly approached a group of boys outside earlier.
One suspect is described as a 55-60 year old white man with white hair, bushy eye brows, and a pot belly. He is approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 230 pounds, and was wearing a Blue Chargers shirt and tan cargo pants. The other suspect is a white man age 45-50 with brown hair and a mustache. He wore a black T-shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes and a black ball cap.
By Rick L. Powell, Republican Candidate, 78th Assembly District
May 20, 2010 (San Carlos) – While the citizens and businesses of California continue to suffer economic hardship, Sacramento’s politicians are on an unsustainable and reckless spending spree with our money. This behavior is irresponsible and dangerous, and we must stop the fiscal insanity now.
May 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Ignorance is a sad state. It stops being sad when the ignorant person holds public office, where actions can be harmful to the community, state or nation he/she serves. This is particularly true when adding to ignorance are biases and a narcissist personality. Further damage is often done by passing on to sons/daughters those traits.
May 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host a farewell party for Grossmont Union High School District Superintendent Robert Collins at Hooley's Irish Pub in Grossmont Center. Festivities start at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 4th. The public is welcome to attend.
May 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – One week after signing a controversial immigration bill that opponents fear will lead to racial profiling by allowing police to question anyone believed to be in the U.S. illegally, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a new bill that outlaws ethnic-studies programs in public schools. The move has sparked outrage among some educators and students, while drawing praise from other quarters.
May 19, 2010 (Alpine) – Short of smoke signals, Viejas Vice Chairman Robert “Cita” Welch couldn’t have delivered a stronger message to members of a committee appointed by the Grossmont Union High School Board to recommend names for a planned new high school in Alpine. Despite a “long and proud tradition” of working with the District, Viejas has "increasing concerns" over a proposal to name the school after Ronald Reagan, Welch said.
"Your actions WILL have an impact on our future relationship with the district," he told committee members, then added that former President Reagan “is NOT well-regarded in Indian Country. At best he didn’t really care too much about Native Americans. At worst—and in some well-documented cases—he showed outright contempt for Native Americans. This should matter to each of you."
May 19, 2010 (Camp Pendleton) -- A 50-acre brush fire is burning this evening at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base n Oceanside, Incident Page Network reported at 6:40 p.m. San Diego County Sheriff's Astrea chopper 10 and chopper 12 are assisting in battling the blaze, which is presently confined to the base. No further details are available at this time.
In a separate incident, smoke has also been widely visible today from a controlled burn at Miramar Marine Corps Air Base.
May 18, 2010 (Chula Vistas)– Assemblymember Mary Salas, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 40th District, donated a $500 contribution she received from British Petroleum (BP) to the San Diego League of Conservation Voters in protest of the company’s response to the massive Gulf Oil spill.She also accused her primary opponent, Juan Vargas, of being "in the pocket" of big oil companies.
May 19, 2010 (El Cajon)—After advancing through two phases of competition, the Mount Miguel High School JROTC leadership team will participate in the final Championship round of the 2010 Army JROTC Leadership Symposium in Washington, D.C. at George Mason University, June 25-29, 2010. This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation.
May 19, 2010 (San Diego) -- David Butler, San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, has announced that property owners have until June 1 to submit their requests for an informal review of their properties’ assessed value. By extending the filing period from May 14 to June 1, property owners who believe their properties’ market value on January 1, 2010 is less than the value shown on their property tax bill will have an additional two weeks to submit their requests for review.
May 21, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Clayton M. Anderson, Senior Partner of the law firm of Anderson & Kriger headquartered in La Mesa, is pleased to announce two new attorneys have joined the firm. Bradley A. Schuber (San Diego Office) and Jake J. Fathy (Sacramento Office) will be assisting homeowners of single‐family residences or condominium conversions whose homes suffer from construction defects.
May 18, 2010 (San Diego) – Pazzaz, a nonprofit organization focused on helping under-achieving students attain academic success, will host two events to benefit disadvantaged students in the southeast San Diego region. On May 22, a pancake breakfast will raise funds for college scholarships. Then on June 26, the 12th annual Salute to Rising Stars Achievement Celebration will provide hope and determination to students to succeed in school and life.
May 18, 2010 (El Cajon) – Police are seeking a suspect who shot and wounded a man last night around 8:40 p.m. Officers responded to a 911 call in the vicinity of 500 North Mollison in El Cajon. One man had been shot in the abdomen and was transported to a hospital. His injury is not considered life-threatening
May 18, 2010 (La Mesa) – Enjoy Art in the Garden this Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Gio Bistro Wine Bar. O’Dunn Fine Art and Bella Mesa Galleries will showcase artwork for sale, offering special pricing for art garden visitors. Also enjoy free wine-tasting, appetizers, and visiting with local artists and gallery owners.
Opponents call move a “golden opportunity” for public to weigh in and potentially halt project
May 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Yesterday, Cleveland National Forest issued a request for public comments on SDG&’E’s proposed Sunrise Powerlink project.
The public has 45 days to submit comments on the planned high-voltage line. As part of a national energy corridor, the line could ultimately a 1,000 foot-wide swatch of clearance through Cleveland National Forest in East County. Forest Services officials are preparing a Supplemental Information Report (SIR) to include new information received. The Union-Tribune reports that the Forest Service said Saturday that the massive power line “threatens views, creeks and roadless areas in the forest.”
May 18, 2010 (Poway) – By a unanimous 5-0 decision, Poway Unified School District’s board last night voted to eliminate all school busses for the 2010-2011 school year, with the exception of special education transportation. The District, which faces a $25 million budget gap, estimates the move will save $750,000.
The decision raises serious concerns about student safety, coming on the heels of the murders of Poway High School student Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, who was kidnapped while walking to school in Escondido.
May 18, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Photographers are as plentiful as the sand on the beach. It can be overwhelming to begin your search when there are so many talented people to chose from. How do you know if you are getting the photographer right for you? What do you need to know? Don't give up! Here are a few tips to help you sift through the sand.
May 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – An estimated 800 to 900 teachers and supporters demonstrated in front of the Grossmont Union High School District board meeting on May 13th to protest proposed cuts in salary and health benefits.