LAKESIDE FAMILY GROWS 1,600 PUMPKIN

HEALTHY VEGETARIAN RECIPES TO SAVOR

PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT ELECTIONS

OUTDOOR PUBLIC PLAYGROUNDS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES CAN REOPEN

TRUMP’S TAX RECORDS SHOW PRESIDENT MIRED IN DEBT, BEHOLDEN TO FOREIGN INTERESTS AND AVOIDED PAYING TAXES FOR YEARS DUE TO BUSINESS LOSSES

LA MESA POLICE RELEASE NUMEROUS PHOTOS OF SUSPECTS WHO LOOTED PIERRE’S JEWELERS ON MAY 30-31

FIVE CANDIDATES VIE FOR THREE SEATS ON LEMON GROVE SCHOOL BOARD

LEMON GROVE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION: PART TWO

ECM TO HOST EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUMS

FAST-MOVING FIRES THREATEN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES

RED FLAG WARNNG: HIGH FIRE DANGER TODAY

CREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S NEW OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROGRAM SHINES IN THE ERA OF COVID

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STATE SUPREME COURT APPROVES ELIMINATION OF REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS


East County Performing Arts Center is among major projects at risk from the decision

December 29, 2011 (Sacramento) – Sounding a death knell for hopes to restore redevelopment funds eliminated by the Legislature to fund education, the California supreme Court today ruled that the state has the right to eliminate local redevelopment agencies. The decision has sparked criticism from local business owners and politicians on both the left and right.


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WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? JOIN ECM’S EDITOR & READERS IN THE 24-DAY CHALLENGE STARTING JAN. 5!

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you’ve over-indulged in all those holiday goodies, or just want to look and feel your best in the New Year, now is the perfect time to make a resolution to get in shape! East County Magazine invites you to join our editor and publisher in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM and Advocare.  Shaping up is more fun with friends  Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.

The 24-day-challenge starts January 5.  It includes a combination of supplements and meal replacement products, a healthy eating plan, and as a special bonus to ECM readers, a fitness “boot camp” with trainers and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success.  The more, the merrier! (If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.)


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PASSAGES: REMEMBERING THOSE LOST IN 2011


December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—At year’s end, we reflect on the loss of several prominent residents of San Diego’s inland regions, as well as some less prominent individuals whose tragic deaths tugged at our heartstrings or sparked controversies.

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NEW LAWS IN 2012 MAY IMPACT YOU, YOUR FAMILY, OR YOUR BUSINESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting January 1, new California laws take effect. Some give new protections to the public. Buying a used car? You now have a right to know its history. The government can’t snoop into your online reading habits. Your employer can't peek at your credit report, in most cases. New laws also benefit pregnant employees, organ donors, renters, domestic partners, and bullied gay students. 

Other laws impose restrictions. Want to buy popular cough syrups? You’ll need a prescription. If you order items online, you’ll be charged state sales tax. Shark fin soup and beer spiked with caffeine are banned. Employers have new requirements for notifying employees about pay and more. Kids must ride in a booster seat until age 8. Openly carrying a handgun is illegal, even if it isn’t loaded. 

These are just a few of the new laws in 2012. Scroll down for details on these and more. 


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ACCIDENT CAUSES POWER OUTAGE IN POWAY

 

December 30, 2011 (Poway) – A traffic accident caused a power outage in the Poway area briefly yesterday morning, seriously injuring the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.


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ALL LANES SHUT DOWN ON 805

 

December 28, 2011 (San Diego) – All lanes on I-805 are shut down due to a fatality accident in which a vehicle struck a bridge support post just south of H Street at 4:37 p.m.  A SIG Alert has been issued.


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U.S. DEPT. OF INTERIOR APPROVES TULE WIND PROJECT IN MCCAIN VALLEY

Local business leaders praise decision to expand renewable energy

Opponents hope Supervisors, court will protect scenic, cultural and wildlife resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 26, 2011 (McCain Valley) – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed approval December 20 forTule Wind Project on federal lands in McCain Valley in East County. The federal lands portion approved by the Department of the Interior constitute the bulk of the project, capable of generating up to 186 megawatts (MW) of the project’s total 200 MW capacity. 

The project will need additional approvals from the County of San Diego, California Public Utilities Commission, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and California State Lands Commission.  The County will hold hearings on a major use permit in the first quarter of 2012.  Planning Commissioners and ultimately, the Board of Supervisors are expected to vote on the issue.


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STRUCTURE FIRE IN JAMUL BLOCKS TRAFFIC

 

Story by Miriam Raftery

Photos by Kathie Wellington

December 29, 2011 (Jamul) -- Firefighters are at the scene of a one-alarm structure at Skyline Truck Trail and Lawson Valley Road. Traffic is blocked in both directions at the 15000 block of Skyline Truck Trail at Lawson Valley Road.


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WOMAN MAULED BY PIT BULLS DIES AFTER THIRD AMPUTATION

December 27, 2011 (San Diego)—Emako Mendoza, 76, the Paradise Hills woman mauled by a neighbor’s two pit bulls in June, died on Christmas Eve after being hospitalized December 23 due to complications from those injuries, according to the Medical Examiner.


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BONITA MAN KILLED IN DUNE BUGGY ACCIDENT

December 27, 2011 (Bonita) - A dune buggy accident has claimed the life of David Sylvester Metje, a 52-year-old married man from Bonita.  Metje was the driver and sole occupant of an off-road vehicle when he lost control and was ejected. The accident ccurred in the 4700 block of Butternut Hollow Lane in Bonita.


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PARAPLEGIC TRAPPED IN CRASH ON DEERHORN VALLEY ROAD

December 27, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) –A paraplegic is trapped in a minivan that has rolled onto its side at 21325 Deerhorn Valley Road in the Jamul area, Incident Page Network reports.  Multiple victims are reportedly involved.


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SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR WOMAN MISSING FROM OTAY AREA

 

December 27, 2011 (Otay) – San Diego Police seek help to locate Josephina Yolanda Lopez, 58.  “The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Unit has been called out to look for Lopez,” said Lt. Andra Brown.


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WILDCAT CANYON ROAD SHUT DOWN

 

December 28, 2011 (Lakeside) – A motorcyclist down in the 11400 block of Wildcat Canyon Road has prompted shutdown of the highway.  The accident was reported at 3:27 p.m.  Traffic is blocked south of Barona, CHP reports. 


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MOTORCYCLE FATALITY ON HIGHWAY 94


Update December 27, 2011:   The victim has been identified as Daniel C. Dacon, Jr., 24, a single man who lived with his parents n San Diego. 

December 26, 2011 (Barrett Junction) – A motorcyclist has died at the scene of an accident on State Route 94 just east of Romo Road near the Barrett Café.


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HUNTER AIDE KILLED IN LAKESIDE CAR WRECK

December 25, 2011 (Ramona)—Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams, 54, has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s office as the driver who died December 20 in a rollover accident on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. RamonaPatch.com reports that MacWilliams worked in Congressman Duncan Hunter’s El Cajon office, handling military and veterans’ issues.
 


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SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION TO RETURN AS TITLE SPONSOR OF POINSETTIA BOWL

 

December 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, has announced it will return as title sponsor of the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

(from left to right): Chris Sichel, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego, Make-A-Wish kids Aidan, Tyler, Emma and Christian, and Teresa Halleck, president/CEO of San Diego County Credit Union president. 

 


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FATAL COLLISION IN EL CAJON REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

 
December 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- At approximately 6:02 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, El Cajon Police Officers and Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the roadway, in the 1200 block of Jamacha Road,  in El Cajon.

 


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LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN LEMON GROVE WINS $17 MILLION JACKPOT

 



December 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Someone in Lemon Grove has 17 million reasons to be joyful this holiday season.  That’s because his or her SuperLotto Plus ticket matched all six numbers in this week’s draw and is worth $17 million. 

The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 7607 Broadway in Lemon Grove. The winning numbers are 21, 38, 44, 43, 8 and Mega 24.
                                                           
                                                              
7-Eleven will receive a bonus of one half percent or $85,000 for selling the winning ticket. Jackpot winners have 180 days from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot prize. The estimated cash option amount for this ticket is $12.2 million.

 

 

If you are the winner, the Lottery wants to remind you to sign your ticket, put it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit your local Lottery District Office as soon as possible.

More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by California lottery players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education.

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HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED

December 23, 2011 (San Diego)-- The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning for today and tomorrow in San Diego County.  Gusts of up to 60 mph are forecast with sustained winds in the 25-35 mph range.  Use caution when traveling particularly in high-profile vehicles.

Sunny skies are forecast for Christmas Day.


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EAST COUNTY EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ENCOUNTER A TRAFFIC FATALITY, A HOUSE FIRE, AND BOTTLE BOMBS


December 21, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Tonight the 1200 block of Jamacha Road is closed  in both directions due to a fatal traffic collision which is under investigation. A skateboarder was the pedestrian involved in the incident.
 
As of 11:20 p.m. the block is closed until further notice. There will be traffic control in this area. For more information see: http://www.10news.com/news/30051669/detail.html

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ROLLOVER ACCIDENT ON WILDCAT CANYON ROAD


December 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- At 1:22 p.m. today there was a single vehicle rollover accident at Wildcat Canyon Road and Muth Valley Road in Lakeside. The accident blocked Wildcat Canyon Road in both directions at Old Barona Road, and at Willows Road. One fatality has been confirmed.  


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LEONARD SMITH,OWNER OF LEONARD SMITH REALTY DIES


December 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The death of Leonard
 Smith, owner of Leonard Smith Realty on Grossmont Boulevard was confirmed Friday morning, December 16, by his son David.
 
According to his website, he began his real estate career in La Mesa in 1946. A charter member of the La Mesa Board of Realtors and past president, he was instrumental in organizing their Multiple Listing Service. He maintained a La Mesa office for 50+ years, enjoying a reputation of the highest integrity while specializing in selling fine homes in the Mt. Helix and East County areas.

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LAKESIDE FIRE STATION GRAND OPENING

 

By Betty McMillen

December 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Dignitaries and VIPs braved the blustery wind for the grand opening of the new Lakeside Fire District Administration Office and combination Fire Station #2 on December 16.  It was branded a "sneak preview" since the station has about two weeks worth of finishing work to be done by the contractors.  Firefighters are hoping to be moved into the now empty 24,000 square foot structure by mid-January. 


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EXPANDED TROLLEY SERVICE FOR POINSETTIA BOWL DEC. 21

Fans encouraged to travel early to see TCU take on Louisiana Tech

December 19, 2011(San Diego) -- The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is expanding Trolley service for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 21. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. and fans can park for free at MTS park-and-rides to avoid traffic and parking hassles.
 

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HEAD-ON COLLISION IN JAMUL

 

December 18, 2011 (Jamul) – CHP reports a head-on collision on Highway 94 at Indian Springs in Jamul. The crash now involves three vehicles, a black SUV, a small white sedan, and a black mid-sized sedan. CHP, Cal-Fire and Border Patrol are now at the scene and an ambulance has been called.


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SEC CHARGES FORMER FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC EXECUTIVES WITH SECURITIES FRAUD


 “All individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country's investors." -- Robert Khuzami, Director, SEC Enforcement Division

 

December 18, 2011 (Washington D.C.) --The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged six former top executives of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) with securities fraud. 


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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MOUNTAINS

December 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for mountain areas in San Diego County and other southern California mountain locations. Scattered snow showers are expected early this afternoon with the snow level falling to 4500 feet. Locations where snow is forecast include Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna, and Ranchita locally.


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BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND

 

 

On Monday, December 19, the search for Dan Hoff resumed.  At approximately 10:20 a.m., ASTREA discovered a body with a gun lying next to it, in the rural brush area on the back side of Iron Mountain.  The body was subsequently recovered and positively identified as Mr. Hoff.  The body sustained a single gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted in a suicide.

Confirmation of the cause of death will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office pending further investigation.

 


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PG&E RECONNECTS ELECTRICITY FOR SIX FAMILIES WHO REMOVED SMART METERS


December 17, 2011 (La Mesa) -- PG&E, the utility that turned off the electricity for six families that had switched out smart meters for analog meters due to health problems that they believed were related to the wireless meters, has now reconnected them with electricity. 


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