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TSUNAMI ADVISORY EXTENDED FOR WEST COAST INCLUDING SAN DIEGO

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LA MESA REPLACES ITS SANDAG REPRESENTATIVE AND EXTENDS VIRTUAL MEETINGS; LOTHIAN DEFIES MASK MANDATE

DA ISSUES COVID TEST AND PRICE GOUGING WARNING AMID OMICRON SURGE

COUNTY PROPOSES HOMELESS SHELTER LOCATIONS IN EAST COUNTY: VIRTUAL MEETINGS ON SPRING VALLEY SITES JAN. 14 AND 18

FEAST WITH THE BEASTS: THANKSGIVING BUFFET AT SAN DIEGO SAFARI PARK

November 13, 2010 (San Pasqual Valley)--The San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly the San Diego Wild Animal Park) in the San Pasqual Valley east of Escondido is offering a lavish buffet with Thanksgiving favorites as well as a children’s buffet at the Park’s Hunte Nairobe Pavillion.

 

MILITARY AND VETERANS: DEC. 3 IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT RETROACTIVE STOP LOSS SPECIAL PAY CLAIMS

 

November 12, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all active duty and veterans who were forced to involuntarily extend their service know that the deadline to submit a claim for retroactive “Stop Loss” pay is approaching.

 

All claims must be submitted by December 3, 2010.

SKY HUNTERS: JEWELRY SALE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ALPINE BIRDS OF PREY CENTER NOV. 13

 

November 13, 2010 (Alpine) - The public is invited to help support birds of prey at Sky Hunters, an Alpine-based center that takes in injured birds of prey, nurses them back to health and reintroduced them into the wild. 

 

ROBBER THREATENS TO STAB CLERK IN LA MESA; 2ND ROBBERY AT KNIFEPOINT IN ALLIED GARDENS

November 13, 2010 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police responded to a robbery at the 76 gas station at 6085 Lake Murray Blvd. at 3:32 this morning. The clerk told police that a white man with heavily tattooed arms a shaved head and plug-style earrings posed as a customer and asked to purchase some items. When the clerk began ringing up the purchases, the man produced a large pocket knife and threatened to stab the clerk if she did not hand over cash from the register.

FOSTER YOUTHS DELIVER FRESH FRUITS & VEGGIES TO COUNTY EMPLOYEES

 

Youth Learn Agricultural Business; Teach County Employees to Eat Healthy

November 12, 2010 (San Diego)--With Thanksgiving right around the corner, several San Pasqual Academy foster youth made their bimonthly delivery today of certified, organic produce to County employees to encourage them to eat healthier for the holidays, which is part of County’s year-round Build Better Health plan.

JULIAN STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" OPENING DEC. 9 THROUGH DEC. 19

 

November 12, 2010 (Julian)--Julian Stage Company and the Julian Chamber of Commerce present the 2010 production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--a Julian holiday tradition. Give your holiday spirit a boost with the classic story of a lonely, hard-hearted old man who finds the true meaning of life and love one haunted Christmas Eve.

 

Be sure to allow time to take in the quaint holiday charm of small-town historic Julian this holiday season, with its horse-drawn carriages, strolling carolers, and spiced cider.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD CALLS SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY ON STIERINGER RESIGNATION

 

November 12, 2010 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Healthcare District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the District conference center, 9001 Wakarusa in La Mesa. Following public comments of up to five minutes per person, the board will adjourn to closed session to confer with legal counsel on “significant exposure to litigation.”

 

LION SEEN IN DOWTOWN ALPINE NEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery
 

November 12, 2010 (Alpine) – People in an Alpine barber shop in were startled to see a mountain lion roaming along the 1700 block of Alpine Blvd. shortly after 9:30 a.m. The lion reportedly leaped from a pine tree and later ran into bushes next to a home near the Alpine Community Center and Alpine Elementary School, prompting the Sheriff’s department to summon Fish & Game officials. By the time wildlife officers arrived, however, the lion was gone.

DRIVER SENTENCED IN FATAL CRASH THAT KILLED RAMONA MOTHER BRIDGETTE HALE


MADD JOINS FAMILY'S EFFORT TO CHANGE LAW, REQUIRE DRUG-TESTING IN FATALITY ACCIDENTS

November 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – John Holsheimer has been sentenced to a maximum of 300 days in jail, five years probation, and 320 hours of community service for killing Bridgette Hale, mother of an infant son, in a head-on collision January 24th on Highway 67. Holsheimer must also undergo 90 days of drug rehab at his own expense, pay $4,700 in restitution costs to the court, and is prohibited from coming within 100 feet of a casino for the rest of his life.

DRIVER, 19, SENTENCED IN FATAL HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR STEELE CANYON



November 12, 2010 (El Cajon)—Baseball player Andrew Bellati, 19, pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter in a head-on collision January 22 that killed David Norman Reid, 50, and injured three others. Yesterday, a judge sentenced Bellati to five years of probation and eight months in custody, with credit for three months time that he has already served.

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS DOUSE CAR FIRE

 

November 12, 2010 (Lakeside)--The Engine 3 crew from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) responded to a vehicle fire in the 13000 block of Highway 8 Business Wednesday night. Engineer Chris Downing had little trouble finding the location of the fire as it was putting up a large, black smoke column visible from a distance. Luckily, the vehicle's driver had stopped in the middle of a parking lot with no other vehicles or structures in close proximity, Lakeside Fire reports.

VETERAN’S DAY TRIBUTE: NAVAL PILOT HONORED AT CRASH SITE IN LAKESIDE

 

On a dark, cloudy night in 1961, Lt. J.G. Thomas Allen Ryan, 23, crashed a Navy jet fighter plane onto a mountainside in Lakeside. Four decades later, a group of Lakeside residents hiked to the crash site to pay homage to the military pilot’s memory.

 

By Betty McMillen

 

EAST COUNTY VIDEO ADVENTURE: REDISCOVERING LOS COCHES CREEK DAM--AND A TOWERING HIDDEN WATERFALL

 By Billy Ortiz

Adventurist/Historian

November 11, 2010 (Lakeside) – This  video adventure  reveals an exciting discovery in my search for East County history. Reading about the history of the Lakeside Inn, I discovered that the innkeepers needed a water source, so a dam was built on Los Coches Creek back during pioneering days in the 1800s. An old black and white photograph of the dam captured my imagination.

 

I’d assumed that when the flood channel was built in the 1880s, the dam may have been destroyed. So I was excited when Pam Wilmers, a friend, told me a story of riding her horse to a waterfall back in the 1970's. I just had to take a look.

RESCUE TASK FORCE MOUNTS RELIEF EFFORT FOR CHOLERA VICTIMS IN HAITI

 

November 11, 2010 (El Cajon) – Rescue Task Force, a nonprofit organization founded in El Cajon, and World Emergency Relief of Carlsbad are sending relief to victims of the cholera outbreak in Haiti. More donations are sought as the death toll rises. More than 724 people have died since the outbreak began in October, and more than 11,000 have been infected. A thousand new cases a week are being reported, according to BBC news.

CELEBRITY WAITER NIGHT AT HOOLEYS NOV. 23

Benefits East County Toy and Food Drive

November 11, 2010 (La Mesa)--The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation invite you to a night of “blues and brews” during Celebrity Waiter Night at Hooleys. The event takes place Tuesday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill in Grossmont Center, La Mesa. All tips and donations will benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive, serving needy children and their families this holiday season.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: YOU EARNED IT-- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF VETERAN’S DAY FREEBIES!

 

“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.” --Will Rogers

 

 By Nancy and Dawn Clement

November 5, 2010 (San Diego) - Today’s column is dedicated to our military in East County, and to active duty military and veterans worldwide--especially Dollar-wise Divas’ good friend Katie R. who is serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. Thank you for your service to our country. 

EL CAJON SALUTES OUR VETERANS

 

November 11, 2010 (El Cajon) – In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, Supervisor Dianne Jacob will join the El Cajon Flag Committee for a flag display by Boy Scouts of America at 9:30 a.m. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter will also make an appearance at 5:30 p.m.

 

Both events are slated to take place at 250 E. Main Street in front of the courthouse and East County Performing Arts Center.
 

CSU TRUSTEES VOTE TO HIKE STUDENT FEES --AGAIN

 

"Increasing the cost of attending a CSU or UC translates to more money from the pockets of students already struggling with multiple jobs and heavy class loads.” -- Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove)

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2010 (Sacramento) - California State University trustees today approved a two-step tuition increase that will raise fees by 15.5 percent over the next year. Tuition for students at CSU's 23 campuses, including San Diego State University and CSU San Marcos, will rise 5 percent in January and another 10 percent in the fall, a total of $4,884. Average fees at each campus add an additional $950--for a whopping $5,834 total hike that students must pay.

HOOKED ON BAJA WILL LURE YOU SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Hooked On Baja, By Tom Gatch, (The Countryman Press, Woodstock, Vermont, 2007, 206 pages.)

 

Book Review: By Dennis Moore

 

November 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- Tom Gatch, who has built a solid reputation as one of the foremost writers and photographers focusing on outdoor and recreational topics in Southern California and the Baja Peninsula, has written the definitive book on where and how to fish Mexico’s legendary waters, Hooked On Baja.

FBI SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO FIND “OPERATION ECLIPSE” FUGITIVE IN EAST COUNTY DRUG RING

 

November 11, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)--FBI and the East County Regional Gang Task Force are seeking the public’s assistance to find and arrest Manuel Vera, age 37, of Chula Vista, California. Vera is wanted on federal drug charges related to a methamphetamine distribution ring in East County.

EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. HOSTS COMMUNITY FORUM NOV. 13

 

 

November 10, 2010 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Police Department invtes all City of El Cajon residents to a family friendly meeting to discuss issues facing our community. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Police Department, as well as other City services. This  presentation will be held on Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E Douglas Avenue in El Cajon.

ALL ABOARD! NORTH POLE EXPRESS CHRISTMAS TRAIN RIDES BEGIN NOV. 26

 

November 10, 2010 (Campo) -- In association with Santa Claus, the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo announces the sixth annual North Pole Limited Christmas Trains. Rides begin Thanksgiving weekend on November 26 and run through December 18.

 

FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY ARTS CELEBRATES ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA DEC. 9

November 10, 2010 (El Cajon)—You’re invited to begin the holiday season with the warmth of friendship at Friends of East County Arts’ Annual Holiday Tea on Thursday December 9 the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Avenue, El Cajon, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

 

This year’s event promises participants a stimulating afternoon of delicious tea and sandwiches, entertainment, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Entertainment will be provided by rising new vocalists Jody Bagley and Christy Phares, with accompaniment by Sally Brumfield.

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