NOMINEES SOUGHT FOR EAST COUNTY COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS AWARDS

I-QUE BBQ: A SMART NEW EATERY IN LA MESA

REP. SARA JACOBS NAMED TO NEW CONGRESS PANEL MODELED AFTER ONE BY FDR IN 1930S

PASSAGES: SDSU PRESIDENT EMERITUS THOMAS DAY, 1932-2021

SAN DIEGO OASIS AND COUNTY HOST FREE VIRTUAL AGING CONFERENCE JUNE 24 WITH “FONZIE” ACTOR HENRY WINKLER

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHY EVERYONE SHOULD CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH, THE NEW FEDERAL HOLIDAY

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES WALK OFF WILD OPENING DAY

KIM G.’S EASTLIGHT: FATHER’S DAY REFLECTIONS

JUNETEENTH BECOMES FEDERAL HOLIDAY, COMMEMORATING END OF SLAVERY

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

VACCINATED WORKERS CAN GO MASK-FREE STARTING JUNE 17 IF CAL-OSHA APPROVES GOVERNOR’S PLAN; MANY OTHER RESTRICTIONS END TUESDAY

CALIFORNIANS MARK 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF AIDS EPIDEMIC

DISTRICT DISBANDS NAMING COMMITTEE FOR NEW ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

 

Committee's objectivity called into question amid Reagan name proposal

 

June 13, 2010 (Alpine) – A naming committee for the Grossmont Union High School District’s 12th high school in Alpine has been disbanded by the GUHSD governing board.  

 

“Among other items, our Board clearly heard the request for a community survey, and was reminded that the Bond language included the new high school in Alpine serving both the Alpine and Blossom Valley areas,” Gary Schwartzwald, director of adult education and special projects, wrote in an e-mail to parents in Alpine.

HIT AND RUN DRIVER BLAMED FOR “GEYSER” IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 13, 2010 (El Cajon ) – A 50 to 75-foot-high geyser of water spewed skyward in El Cajon on Friday morning, visible from as far away as Interstate 8. The gusher resulted from a hit-and-run driver whose truck backed into a fire hydrant on Taft Street, just south of East Main Street.

OIL SPILL CLEAN-UP SCAMS COULD CLEAN OUT INVESTORS' WALLETS

 


June 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a consumer warning about potential investment scams by companies supposedly involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. Some companies touting their role in the cleanup efforts may be legitimate, while others could be nothing more than bogus clean-up operations designed only to clean-out unsuspecting investors, said the BBB.

POMERADO BRASS QUINTET – FREE CONCERT TODAY AT MISSION TRAILS

June 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – What could be more inspiring than a concert in a nature preserve? Pomerado Brass Quintet performs today at 2 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor ampitheater.

The concert will feature light classical music, popular favorites and patriotic songs. A reception in the visitor center gallery will follow.

 

A VIOLENT NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO’S EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS

2 pedestrians stabbings, robberies reported; one suspect had "SD" or "SU" tattoo on shaved head

June 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Police report several major crimes during the past 24 hours in neighborhoods east of I-15, including two violent assaults on pedestrians.

IT’S A DRAW: LONE BRIT CHEERS ON ENGLISH TEAM AT WORLD CUP VIEWING IN SPRING VALLEY BAR

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Some might call it cheeky to hoist a British flag inside an American sports bar where other patrons are rooting for Team USA in game two of the World Cup soccer tournament. But for Santee resident Tom Middleton, watching the big match at Cali Comfort in Spring Valley today, sporting a Union Jack and cheering for the Brits seemed the patriotic thing to do.

“I’m from England,” said Middleton, a Cox Communications employee who has been living in Santee for the past 16 years.

LEND A HAND TO CLEAN UP EL CAJON ON SAT. JUNE 26

 

 

June 12, 2010 (El Cajon)--The public is invited to participate in a monthly Saturday morning neighborhood clean up day.  The next "Lend a Hand" event is Saturday, June 26 from 9:00 to11:00am at East Camden and Lincoln Avenues in downtown El Cajon. Volunteers and residents will come together to remove trash and identify graffiti to promote a clean and safe community.

20 VALEDICTORIANS ATTAIN TOP HONORS IN GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

June 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – Our hats are off to the class of 2010!

 

On Tuesday, June 22, and Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5,258 senior students from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will don caps and gowns for commencement services. The District will also honor 20 valedictorians as well as 13 salutatorians for high academic achievements.

 

Scroll down for graduation dates and locations for each school, as well as graduating class sizes and names of valedictorians and salutatorians attaining top honors.

ANDERSON RESOLUTION PASSES LEGISLATURE: GRANTS HISTORIC DESIGNATION TO HIGHWAY 94


Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

 

June 11, 2010 (Sacramento) - The California State Senate unanimously passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 131, which grants historic designation to the portion of Highway 94 from Jamacha Road in Rancho San Diego to the junction with Historic Route 80. Authored by Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon), the Resolution previously passed the Assembly and is now law.

WEST HILLS ALUM STEPHEN STRASBURG SHINES IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DEBUT

By Christopher Mohr

 

June 10 (Santee) - Tuesday evening (June 8) was the night that many baseball fans eagerly waited for: the Major League debut of Washington Nationals' pitching ace Stephen Strasburg, an alum of West Hills High School and San Diego State University. 

 
 
Fans got what they hoped for and more as Strasburg's performance lived up to the hype that preceded it. Nationals Ballpark in Washington D.C. was sold out with 40,315 in attendance to see the Nationals play the Pittsburgh Pirates and witness what may prove to be one of the team's historic moments. 
 
 
A look at Strasburg's statistics shows a game of dominance and efficiency. Over seven complete innings, he struck out 14 batters, gave up no walks and threw only 94 pitches, 65 of them for strikes. His velocity reached 100 MPH, but a healthy dose of off-speed pitches kept Pirates hitters off balance for much of the game. 
 

SAN MIGUEL FIRE VOTES NOT TO CUT NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS OR BENEFITS; CHIEF PRESENTS OTHER OPTIONS

 

San Miguel Fire District has voted 4-2 against putting a ballot measure on the ballot to reduce the number of board members from seven to five. Members Clark and Jackson voted in favor; Johnston, Augustine, Rickards and Winters voted against. Board member Brainard was absent. Clark, Winter and Augustine have seats up for reelection this fall.

Chief August Ghio said the board weighed information from its attorney, an impassioned plea from a member of the public who spoke against reducing the board, and impacts on the board’s ability to serve the public in making its decision.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "THE A-TEAM" BRINGS ITS A-GAME

 

By Brian Lafferty

June 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- I strongly believe in approaching every movie I review with as neutral an attitude as possible, with no preconceived notions as to whether or not I will like it. The A-Team made it simultaneously difficult and easy. It was difficult in the sense that I’m a huge fan of the original series and easy in that the show was not a work of art. The episodes followed a strict formula and contained mindless action, yet it worked because it was entertaining, energetic, and fun. This movie works because it follows in that same spirit that made the show fun to watch.

 

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER: SYMPHONY AT THE LAKES JUNE 12

 

June 10, 2010 (Santee) – On June 12, Santee Lakes will come alive with the sounds of orchestral and jazz music. Young Artists Symphony (YAS) and the Santee-Lakeside Rotary are collaborating to present this special evening of music, dance, refreshments, wine and cuisine at the YAS Symphony at the Lakes.

POLICE OFFICERS INJURED, 13 VEHICLES DAMAGED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER

 

June 11, 2010 (San Diego) – A man driving a pickup truck the wrong way on 43rd Street in the Talmadge neighborhood refused to pull over for a police officer. A high-speed pursuit ensued, with additional officers joining the pursuit. While crossing Altadena in the 5000 block of Orange Avenue, the truck ran a stop sign and struck a police car at a high speed from the front right side, damaging both vehicles badly. The truck then hit 13 other parked vehicles.

SUMMER MUSIC & CULTURE FESTIVAL COMES TO EAST COUNTY AUGUST 8

June 10, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Celebrating East County’s multitude of cultures from around the world, the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce is organizing a Summer Music & Culture Festival. The event, which is free to the public, will be held Sunday, August 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.

Cultural performers such as dancers, singers and bands as we ll as artisans, crafters and food/beverage vendors are invited to participate as sponsors.

FBI & SD POLICE ARREST “SUN HAT BANDIT” ; TEEN ACCUSED OF ROBBING LOCAL BANKS

 

June 10, 2010 (San Diego) –Victoria Wilkerson, 19, of San Diego has been arrested for suspicion of robbing banks in Spring Valley, the College area, and Mission Valley. San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter announces the arrest of Victoria Wilkerson yesterday at 10 a.m. in the 4000 block of Vandever in San Diego, California.

CAMPO TRIBAL COUNCIL VOTES TO CANCEL CAMPO LANDFILL PROJECT

 

June 10, 2010 (Campo) – The Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation’s general council has voted to rescind lease agreements and terminate the Campo Sanitary Landfill Project, ending a decade-long battle by neighboring community members seeking to halt the project.

ATTENDANCE SPARSE AS SAN MIGUEL FIRE WEIGHS BUDGET CRISIS OPTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

June 10, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Only ten area residents showed up at a June 3rd meeting convened by San Miguel Fire to discuss a budget crisis facing the District. Chief August Ghio presented a Power Point presentation. Several residents offered suggestions for the District to pare back expenses, said public information officer Leonard Villareal.

 

Those suggestions included:

OFFICER WHO STOPPED GRANITE HILLS SHOOTING RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS WITH EL CAJON POLICE

 

June 10, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Agent Richard Agundez, who won the Medal of Valor for his heroic efforts to stop the Granite Hills High School shooting, will retire tomorrow after 30 years of service with the El Cajon Police Department. He is one of the Department’s most highly decorated officers.

LINEUP ANNOUNCED FOR FREE “MOVIES IN THE PARK” AT VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER

 

Season kicks off June 16 with Monsters vs. Aliens, wraps up with Avatar

 

June 10, 2010 (Alpine) — The Viejas Outlet Center officially kicks off its free “Movies in the Park” series on June 16 with a showing of the hit movie Monsters vs. Aliens. The season concludes this year with Avatar, the blockbuster that set new worldwide sales records.

WORLD CUP FEVER HITS EAST COUNTY

 

CALI COMFORT HOSTS VIEWING PARTY FOR OPENING SOCCER MATCH FRI. A.M.

 

June 10, 2010 (Spring Valley) – The World Cup Soccer tournament kick off Friday, June 11 at 7 a.m. with a match between Mexico and South Africa..  Next up, game two on Saturday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. pits the U.S.A. vs. England. Cali Comfort Restaurant & Sports Bar in Spring Valley is hosting viewing parties bright and early for soccer fans both days.

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