PRO-ISRAEL RALLY HELD IN EL CAJON; PALESTINIANS MARCH IN PROTEST

SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE FLOODING TONIGHT, WARM WEATHER ON THE WAY

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CLARIFIES DISABILITY RIGHTS FOR LONG-HAUL COVID SURVIVORS

LA MESA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUALLY ABUSING UNCONSCIOUS WOMEN AT U.S. EMBASSY IN MEXICO

LIBRARY EXPANSION ON AGENDA FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

CROWDED FIELD OF CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL SEAT

STATE DEPT. OFFERS REWARDS OF UP TO $10 MILLION FOR INFO ON FOREIGN MALICIOUS CYBER ATTACKS ON U.S. CRITICIAL INFRASTRUCTURE

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

PALESTINIAN GROUPS PLAN PROTEST AGAINST PRO-ISRAEL RALLY IN EL CAJON

U.S. LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES ON SOMALI AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS, DRAWING CRITICISMS FROM SOME IN CONGRESS

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO WORKSHOP SERIES ON BRINGING CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (CAP) INTO COMPLIANCE WITH CALIFORNIA LAW

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR OUR PARTY IN PARADISE AND COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS AWARDS SEPT. 25

HOMES BRIEFLY THREATENED BY FIRE IN SKYLINE AREA

 

Story and photos by Dennis Richardson

August 23, 2010 (San Diego) -- San Diego Fire Department responded to a canyon fire at 66th and Skyline. The blaze started at mid-day and threatened several homes as the fire expanded in size. Firefighters, with the aid of air attack helicopters, were able to hold the fire to one acre as it burned heavy bush in the center of a populated neighborhood.

FULL CONTAINMENT OF MONTE FIRE EXPECTED BY 6 PM TODAY

East County News Service


Update 7 p.m. - The fire is now fully contained.

August 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –The Monte Fire, which started Saturday at 1 p.m. in the El Monte Park area of Lakeside, is now 75% contained. Full containment is expected by 6 p.m. today, according to the Southern California Interagency incident management team.
 

El Monte Road at Lake Jennings Road remains closed today, along with El Capitan Reservoir and El Monte Park. Cause remains under investigation.

Better Business Bureau hosts mixer Sept. 2 in El Cajon

 

 

August 23, 2010 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB), San Diego’s largest county-wide business membership organization, will host a BBB business-to-business (B2B) networking mixer from 4 to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.  Admission cost is $25 per person.

 

HEAT WAVE TO SCORCH REGION THIS WEEK

 

August 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of extreme heat countywide this week. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the hottest days with temperatures that could soar to a scorching 117 in lower desert areas, with upper deserts and inland valleys 100 to 110 degrees. Mountains below 6000 feet will reach 90 to 100, with 80 to 90 temperatures forecast at higher elevations. Even coastal valleys could hit 100.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE PRESENTS HEALTH TECH SCHOLARSHIPS

 

 

East County News Service

 

August 23, 2010 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has selected nine recipients for its 2010 Health Tech Careers scholarships. The students, who are currently pursuing medical field jobs in positions often defined as technicians, applied for the scholarships by submitting an essay on “Where I will be in my career five years from now.”

MONTE FIRE NOW 60% CONTAINED

August 22, 2010 (Lakeside) 8:30 p.m. – Asked for an update on the Monte Fire, U.S. Forest Service public information officer Kate Kramer had good news.

 

“We’re doing really well,” she said, adding that the fire has been held to 1,027 acres. “We’ve been working hard on getting a line about it, and we expect full containment by 6 p.m. tomorrow.”

CANDIDATES SOUND OFF AT POLITICS IN PARADISE FORUM

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 22, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Two Congressmen and four local lawmakers fielded questions from the audience Friday night, trading quips and barbs on topics ranging from healthcare to gay marriage. The occasion was the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Politics in Paradise” event in the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, where the weather was sultry and the politics even hotter.

FIREFIGHTER INJUJRED IN 25-ACRE FIRE IN SANTA YSABEL

 

East County News Service

 

Update 6:05 p.m. This fire is now 50% contained at 30 acres; aerial support has been released, Cal-Fire reports.

 

August 22, 2010 (Santa Ysabel) – Cal-Fire is on the scene of a 25-acre brush fire off Highway 79 near the Santa Ysabel Casino, assisted by U.S. Forest Service, volunteer fire agencies, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. One firefighter has suffered minor injury, Cal-Fire spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik reports.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "PATRIK, AGE 1.5" OVERCOMES FORMULAIC SCRIPT WITH ROMANCE, HUMOR, AND FINE ACTING

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 22, 2010 (San Diego)--Patrik, Age 1.5 is formulaic, super-sweet, and very sentimental but I liked it. The movie opened on Friday and is playing at the Ken Cinema until Thursday. I found the structure to be overly predictable and some of the song choices questionable and gag-inducing but it was to me a worthwhile cinematic experience.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "CAIRO TIME" A ROMANTIC AND VISUAL WONDER

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 22, 2010 (San Diego)--Cairo Time is a film best appreciated as art. Forget the simplistic, nearly nonexistent plot involving a budding affair between an American woman and her husband’s Egyptian friend. I admired this film for it’s cinematography and it’s visual style which included such lyrical imagery as the Pyramids, the mosques, the streets, the desert, and the Nile. The script, not unlike the characters, wanders almost aimlessly but I liked where it took the characters and I enjoyed where it took me.

 

DRAMATIC RESCUE DETAILS REVEALED

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2010 (Lakeside) -- As East County Magazine reported earlier, a San Diego Sheriff's helicopter rescued two people trapped on the face of El Capitan (El Cajon Mountain) when the fast-moving Monte fire encroached below them.

 

Now the Sheriff and Cal-Fire have released details of the harrowing ordeal, revealing how two deputies risked their own lives to save others.  They narrowly escaped, as flames burned so close that one rescuer leaped onto a landing skid and hung on as the chopper descended 3,675 feet to the valley floor.

EL MONTE FIRE 10% CONTAINED, FORWARD SPREAD STOPPED

August 21, 2010 (Lakeside) 9:05 p.m. --“Barring anything else happening it looks like it is contained for the night,” Chief August Ghio, head of the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association informed East County Magazine at 8:45 p.m. The fire which began in the El Monte Valley early this afternoon is more than 2,000 acres, but forward spread has been halted, he confirmed.

The U.S. Forest Service is taking over management of the fire, which is now burning in the Cleveland National Forest.

SPREAD SLOWS ON EL MONTE FIRE

 

Fire burning along Powerlink route; eagle's nest threatened

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

August 21, 2010 (Lakeside) 5:15 p.m. – Firefighters are expected to work through the night battling a blaze that Cal-Fire now estimates at 2,000 acres, with 5-10% containment. (Note: Cal-Fire issued a correction of an earlier release, which had indicated 3,000 acres.)

 

"The fire went right up El Cap to where one of the towers is to be located," Candy Barra-Jenkins said of the planned Sunrise Powerlink line. "All the pictures I took of the planes and helicopters are where the transmission line would be. This fire would have been much worse if the transmission line were here." View more of her fire photos.
 

 

APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR EAST COUNTY'S LARGEST BUSINESS EXPO SEPT. 23


“Passport to the Future” brings together La Mesa, Santee and East County Chamber for business showcase on September 23

 

August 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Applications are now available for the East County’s largest Business Showcase and Expo to be held on Thursday, September 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Avenue, El Cajon, 92019.

ROCK CLIMBERS RESCUED AS FIRE SWELLS TO 1,500 ACRES IN EL MONTE VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson

August 21, 2010 (Lakeside) – 2:50 p.m. – Two rock climbers were trapped 1,500 feet up the side of El Capitan, dangling on the sheer rock face in El Monte Valley with a wildfire burning toward him.  Moments ago, Sheriff's Lieutenant Munsey informed ECM that the climber has been rescued.  Cal-Fire reports that a total of 10 people have been evacuated via helicopter, including 8 residents and the two climbers.

LAKESIDE FIRE NOW 100 ACRES

Climbers reportedly trapped on mountain

 

August 21, 2010 (Lakeside) 1:55 p.m. - The fire in El Monte Valley is now 100 acres, actively burning to the north, into steep terrain, away from structures,  Cal-Fire's Roxanne Provaznik reports. 

 

ECM photographer Dennis Richardson, on the scene, reports the fire is burning up the face of El Capitan. A radio scanner report indicated that hikers on a trail expressed concerns about becoming trapped.

FREE DENTAL EXAMS FOR KIDS TODAY IN SANTEE

 

 

August 21, 2010 (Santee) - Free dental exams for children will be offered today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pathway Community Church in Santee, thanks to a program through Rady Children’s Hospital. The free exams aim to help parents meet state requirements for youngsters entering kindergarten or first grade to have a dental checkup before starting school.

RED-HANDED SUSPECT? WELLS FARGO BANK ROBBER TRIPS DYE PACK IN EL CAJON

 

August 20, 2010 (El Cajon) – Police seek a bank robber who held up Wells Fargo Bank, 475 Fletcher Parkway, at 9:07 this morning. The thief got more than cash, tripping a red dye pack to explode. Police are seeking the suspect, a white man in his late 20s to early 30s with blond hair and a goatee. He wore a black-and-white camouflage sweatshirt, glasses, and a black baseball cap with white logo.

LES MISERABLES DEBUTS AUG. 27-29 AT KROC CENTER THEATRE

 

August 20, 2010 (San Diego) – The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Verge Teen Theatre company will present Les Miserables School Edition, the first show for this teen-organized theatre company.

 

POLITICAL WRANGLING: EAST COUNTY MAYOR & COUNCIL RACES: HERE'S THE LINEUP

 

By Buck Shott

August 19, 2010 (San Diego's East County) – The races are on for mayor and council positions in East Couny. Two local mayors’ seats are up for reelection in November. Both face challengers vying for the leadership spots in El Cajon and La Mesa. In addition, a pack of contenders is vying to run for council seats in East County’s cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Santee. Here's the lineup: 

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