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LAKESIDE FIRE BOARD CANDIDATES RESPOND TO QUESTIONS

SAVOR SCOTTISH CUISINE AND BREWS WITH EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB SEPT. 26 AT FOURPENNY HOUSE IN LA MESA

SDG&E’S FIREFIGHTING AIR-CRANE NOW STATIONED IN EAST COUNTY YEAR-ROUND

KALASHO SERVED WITH FEDERAL LAWSUIT AT EL CAJON COUNCIL MEETING

KENDRICK-KALASHO RACE HEATS UP

JULIAN SCRAPS APPLE DAYS FESTIVAL, REPLACES WIITH HARVEST CELEBRATIONS

LA MESA VOTERS TO DECIDE ON MARIJUANA BUSINESS TAXES: BABER PROPOSES COUNCIL ALSO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL ADULT USE

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT FOUND SHOT IN LAKESIDE IN APPARENT SUICIDE

 

April 6, 2010 (Lakeside) – Yesterday morning, Lakeside Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence complaint in the 10000 block of Avenida Real in Lakeside, where a man had assaulted a woman while brandishing a handgun. The suspect threatened suicide and left in his car before deputies arrived. Deputies notified surrounding law enforcement agencies due to the suspect being armed and making threats of suicide.

100 AFTERSHOCKS JAR REGION TODAY; MORE DAMAGE REPORTS ROLL IN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Many area residents were awakened by aftershocks during the night following yesterday’s 7.2 earthquake in Mexico. In neighboring Imperial County, Calexico was the hardest hit U.S. city, with historic buildings in several blocks of downtown cordoned off and 80% red-tagged by authorities, Channel 7 news reports. In San Diego and East County, officials continue taking stock of damage and residents tell their stories.

“It was pretty darn strong out here,” said Jan Hedlun, a planning board member and resident in Potrero, located just a couple of miles north of the Mexican border town of Tecate. Hedlund said she went outside and “could see the land rolling and the electrical poles weaving.”
 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

 

April 4, 2010 (San Diego) – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and high wind warning for our region. A Pacific storm will bring wind, rain and snow to San Diego County starting late tonight. A high wind warning is also in effect through 10 p.m. Monday evening for mountain and desert regions in East County, with peak gusts in excess of 60 mph.

2 DEAD, 50 WOUNDED IN MEXICO QUAKE; NUMEROUS FIRES BURNING

 

 

Epicenter is fault line below long-dormant volcano

 

April 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) Updated 11:25 p.m. – East County Magazine has obtained translations of Mexican broadcasts moments ago, indicating damage south of the border is substantially more widespread than earlier media reports indicated. At least 50 are injured, according to Mexican Red Cross, and two people have died. Baja California Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán announced closure of schools at all levels tomorrow.

QUAKE UPGRADED TO 7.2, STRONGEST EVER IN SAN DIEGO AREA

 

 

Major damage in Mexicali; minor damage to some East County facilities

5% chance of even bigger quake in next few days - Cal Tech

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Geological Service has upgraded the quake that struck108 miles southeeast of Tijuana today to 7.2--stronger than the quake that leveled Haiti. 

 

In San Diego’s East County, the Campo Cal-Fire station and Otay Rural Fire Protection District facility sustained minor damage to a water system and communications, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler told ECM this evening.

MORE QUAKES CENTERED NORTH OF BORDER IN EAST COUNTY

April 4, 2010 (San Diego's East County) - A flurry of quakes has struck across Southern California shortly after a 6.9 quake hit Guadalupe Victoria Mexico 108 miles southeast of Tijuana at 3:40 p.m.  In rapid succession, a 5.1 quake hit 1 mile west of Imperial (just east of the San Diego County line) at 3:15 p.m. A 4.5 quake jolted residents 18 miles east of Jacumba Hot Springsin San Diegio's East County at 3:09 p.m., while a 3.8 temblor centered 12 miles east of Pine Valley rattled the area soon after.  Smaller quakes rattled the Julian area.

BIG BIRD STARTLES RESIDENTS IN OTAY LAKES NEIGHBORHOOD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2010 (Otay Lakes) – It wasn’t your traditional Easter chick. A 5’5” bird, estimated to weigh a whopping 150 pounds, startled residents in the Otay Lakes area of east Chula Vista last night and this morning. Police and County Animal Control officers finally captured the giant bird outside Bonita Vista Middle School.

 

Emus and ostriches are ranched at several locations in the County. There is no word as yet on where this bird originated, or how it wound up running loose in a residential neighborhood. Nor is there any confirmation on whether the feathered frolicker was female. But if you find any giant eggs in the vicinity, it’s a good bet they didn’t come from the Easter bunny.

 

HIGHWAY 78 CLOSED DUE TO ACCIDENT CAUSED BY BOULDER IN ROADWAY

 

 

April 4, 2010 (Ramona) 11:17 a.m. -- Highway 78 is closed in both directions at Ramona Highlands Road, Cal-Fire has informed East County Magazine.  A vehicle struck a four-foot boulder and emergency/rescue workers are now working to extricate at least one victim in the crash.  A sig alert has been issued.  No further details are available at this time.

 

STATE CERTIFIES CHANGES IN COUNTY FIRE CODE, SIMPLIFIES PERMIT PROCESS IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS

 

 

April 3, 2010 (San Diego) San Diego County’s Consolidated Fire Code has been certified by the State of California. According to a County press release issued yesterday, the change will make it simpler for builders and homeowners in San Diego County to comply with fire protection standards on homes and developments.

7-YEAR-OLD SPRING VALLEY GIRL KILLED

 

April 3, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Ayania Murrell, 7, of Spring Valley was visiting a friend’s home in San Diego yesterday afternoon when she ran across the street and was struck by a pickup truck. She died a short time later at Rady Children’s Hospital. Police are reportedly searching for an ice cream truck that may have witnessed the tragedy.

COMMUNITY WEIGHS IN ON EL CAJON’S PLANS FOR THEATER

 

 Can theater be key to downtown revitalization?

April 1, 2010 (El Cajon) – At a community forum Tuesday, dozens of East County residents turned out to hear details of a proposed plan for the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).

 

The conceptual business plan, prepared by consultant Kurt Swanson, calls for the City to takeover management of the theater, invest $4.3 million in renovations, and commit to 48 performances per year including a return to headline entertainers. While some area residents praised the effort, many had questions, suggestions, and criticisms to offer.

RUNNING WILD IN EAST COUNTY: FERAL PIGS A GROWING PROBLEM

 

March 31, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – It's hog heaven in East County. Wild boars and sows have startled horses, hikers and residents in Alpine, Ramona, Poway and other backcountry areas in recent months. A Fish and Game expert estimates there may be as many as 200 to 300 feral hogs rooting their way across East County, the Union-Tribune reported yesterday.

 

But while bacon-on-the-hoof may provide tempting targets for hunters, the non-native species poses threats to agriculture, livestock and the environment, also raising potential human health and safety issues.

LAKESIDE CRASH CLAIMS LIFE OF EL CAJON MAN

 

Updated July 11, 2010 with biographical information and photo provided by Sarah Waldron, the victim's brother.

 
April 1, 2010 (Lakeside) – El Cajon resident Chris Ethan Allen Krum, 34, father of eight children, died from injuries sustained when he lost control of the 1994 Toyota Camry he was driving on Barona Road in Lakeside last night. The vehicle struck a tree and Krum was partially ejected from the vehicle. Despite aggressive resuscitative efforts, he died at the scene.

 

Born September 8, 1975 in Casa Grande, Arizona to Kenneth Arhold Krum and Joan Loreta Allen, Krum's life was marred by tragedy when he was just ten months old.  "My mother's and stepfather's mobile home caught fire in the middle of the night," rcalled Krum's sister, Sarah Waldron, "killing his older sister, Hidey, 3, and brother Kenny, 2, leaving my mother and brother badly burned."

RAMONA MAN KILLED IN CRASH

 

 

April 1, 2010 (Ramona) – Ryan Cupples, 24, of Ramona has been identified as the victim in a fatality car accident that occurred March 27th on San Vicente Road in Ramona. He was the passenger in an Acura driven by Bryan Patrick Powers, who was also seriously injured. CHP reports the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control. striking a tree and a large rock.

FREE SELF-DEFENSE DEMO WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT KROC CENTER

 

March 30, 2010 (San Diego) - San Diegans have been deeply shaken by the tragic deaths of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. In response, the Salvation Army Kroc Center has joined forces with PlayItSafe Defesne to empower women and teens (ages 13 and older) with a FREE preventative awareness training and demonstration of pratical self defense techniques.

EL CAJON UNVEILS PLAN FOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: PUBLIC COMMENT TUESDAY AT 1:30 PM

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

March 29, 2010 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon has issued a proposed business plan for the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC). The proposed plan calls for the City to take back management of the facility, dramatically remodel the theater, then bring back headliner stars as entertainment.

 

SHERIFF SEARCH ON FOR MISSING RAMONA MAN AT LAKE SUTHERLAND

 

 

March 28, 2010 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel have been activated for a large-scale search of the Lake Sutherland area in Ramona after discovery yesterday of a vehicle belonging to Wiilliam Kelly Buntain, 48. The Ramona man, an insulin-dependent diabetic, left home March 22 without his medications and has not been seen or heard from since then.

SUICIDAL LEMON GROVE MAN ARRESTED FOR TERRORIST THREAT

  

Suspect reportedly threatened to blow up deputies with grenade 

 

March 28, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – Jose Gonzalez, 40, has been arrested and charged with making terrorist threats and resisting a peace officer. According to a statement issued by the Sheriff, deputies responded to a call last night in the 7900 block of Longdale Drive in Lemon Grove. Gonzalez had locked himself in his bathroom and reportedly threatened to commit suicide.

KIDNAPPED CONTRACTOR FREED

  

El Cajon man was captured by extremists in Iraq January 23
 

 March 28, 2010 (El Cajon) – The U.S. Department of Defense today announced that Issa Salomi, 60, of El Cajon is free and has been returned to American authorities.

 

“We appreciate all the support everyone has shown towards us from all over the country,” Salomi’s family said in a statement released by the San Diego FBI office.

BLOCK BILL TO CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES FOR COMPANIES OFFSHORING ASSETS PASSED ASSEMBLY; REVENUES WOULD HELP COLLEGE STUDENTS PAY FOR TEXT BOOKS

 

 

March 27, 2010 (Sacramento) Assembly Bill 1178, also known as the “Cayman Islands Tax Loophole” bill, recently passed the Assembly and will next be considerate by the Senate. The measure authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) passed the Assembly with a 42-28 vote.

PUBLIC MEMORIAL FOR AMBER DUBOIS SET FOR SATURDAY

 

March 26, 2010 (Escondido) – Private funeral services were held today for Amber Dubois. Tomorrow at 1 p.m. a public memorial service is planned at Escondido High School, where family and friends aim to celebrate her life and say their bittersweet goodbyes.

Mark Klaas will speak at the ceremony, the North County Times reports. Klaas, national spokesperson for missing children cases since the murder of his own daughter, Polly, helped in the search for Dubois.

HOW THE HEALTHCARE BILL WILL IMPACT YOU, YOUR FAMILY & YOUR BUSINESS



Beyond the hype, snipes and myths, what will the landmark measure really do?

 

By Miriam Raftery



March 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – How will the landmark healthcare bill passed last night by the House of Representatives impact you, your family and your business?  The answers, detailed extensively below, may surprise you.

 

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure in the next couple of days, though the Senate has yet to vote on whether to accept House changes to a version of the bill that the Senate recently passed. While some changes may yet be made, major elements include provisions to take effect immediately, as well as many others that will be phased in over several years. These include:

MIDGE COSTANZA, AIDE TO PRES. CARTER & SDSU PROFESSOR, DIES OF CANCER

 

March 23, 2010 (San Diego) – Former White House aide Margaret "Midge" Costanza, 77, died today at Scripps Memorial Hospital following a long battle with cancer. Costanza made history in 1976 when President Jimmy Carter appointed her as assistant to the president, the first woman to occupy a senior position on the White House staff.

 

An outspoken champion of women’s rights and gay rights, Costanza has lived in San Diego for the past 20 years. Also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University in the political science, communication and women’s studies departments, she established the Midge Constanza Institute at SDSU to inspire young people to become active in political and social causes.

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