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HELIX WATER DISTRICT MAY CLOSE THE TAP ON THE EL MONTE VALLEY PROJECT


by George J. Janczyn

Reprinted with permission from GrokSurf's San Diego

Update: Helix directors have voted to suspend the El Monte Valley Recharge project. 

September 4, 2011 (Lakeside)--This Wednesday, September 7, the Helix Water District Board of Directors will consider a staff recommendation to suspend the El Monte Valley Project.

 

The project is a groundwater recharge and recovery operation that would generate 5,000 acre feet of water per year using an advanced recycled water purification process known to water professionals as Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR).


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SEX PREDATOR WITH BRAIN CANCER SLATED TO BE RELEASED INTO CAMPO NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Residents voice outrage; public comment deadline Oct. 3

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine 
 
 
September 3, 2011 (Campo) Updated September 4, 2011--A sexually violent predator who is convicted of raping four women, and is currently housed at Coalinga State Hospital, is slated to be placed in a home on Shockey Truck Trail in Campo next month.
 
According to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, Frank William Johnson, 53, will have a hearing on Oct. 14 for a final decision on whether he should be allowed to move into a home located at 33241 Shockey Truck Trail.

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TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR PROPERTY FOR STORMS

By the California Landscape Contractors Association
 
September 2, 2011 (California) -- Storms cause extensive damage to homes each year in California and throughout the United States.  Because weather patterns shift and change it is important to prepare for upcoming storms and events such as fire or flood that could damage your property.  The best time to prepare for a storm is before it happens.  The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) is pleased to offer some recommendations to help protect and prepare your outdoor space for winter storms.
 

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SAN DIEGO AUTHORITIES ISSUE BULLETIN WITH TIPS FOR SPOTTING POTENTIAL TERRORISTS AS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES

September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued the following joint intelligence bulletin:
 

The 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001 is upon us. 9/11 was the result of an al-Qa’ida terrorist attack on all citizens and residents of the United States. This bulletin is to bring awareness of the sensitivity of the anniversary and provide actionable steps that the community and law enforcement can take together to prevent further terrorists acts.


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REMEMBERING 9/11 IN LA MESA

There are strong ties between the 9/11 heroes in New York and our own La Mesa Fire Department--forged in the fires of dual tragedies in both regions

 

September 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa will host a remembrance ceremony on the ten year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. A memorial wreath will be placed at the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station 12, 8844 Dallas Street.

 


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DUI CHECKPOINTS FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND

September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department Traffic Unit, along with members of the “Avoid” team, will be conducting DUI checkpoints on Saturday, September 3 at undisclosed locations within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.

 


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OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

 

 

September 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco is happy to announce that Officer Jarred Slocum, critically injured during the shooting and fire incident on August 21st, at 1033 Prince Street, was well enough to be released from the hospital on Monday.

 
 


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TWO VICTIMS LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT AT SANTA YSABEL

August 27, 2011 (Santa Ysabel) – Two motorcyclists sustained serious injuries this afternoon in an accident on Highway 79 at School House Canyon, Incident Page Network reports.

 

The crash occurred at 1:12 p.m.; two victims were flown to a local hospital via medical helicopter.
 


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CHILD, WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER; DRIVER CHARGED WITH DUI


August 27, 2011 (San Diego) – A Ford Explorer traveling northbound on Aldine Drive struck a curb while merging onto Fairmont Avenue and rolled over several times, San Diego Police report.

 


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FIRE AT CRAFTSTONES IN RAMONA: EVACAUTIONS ORDERED IN AREA

 

Update 2:15 p.m. - The fire is out, however some roads remain closed in the immediate vicinity.

August 27, 2011 (Ramona) 12:05 p.m. – A two-alarm fire is burning at the Craftstones company building at 505 Elm Street in Ramona. Incident Page Network reports chemical explosions have occurred and an evacuation of the area has just been ordered.

 


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FLOOD ADVISORY ISSUED FOR LOCAL MOUNTAIN AREAS TODAY

 

August 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory today for mountain areas in San Diego County. Strong and persistent thunderstorms are occurring with heavy rainful just west of the Eagle Fire burn scar between Anza Borrego and Warner Springs.


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AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE GAS SMELL ALONG ENTIRE SAN DIEGO COUNTY COAST


August 26, 2011 (San Diego) 6:15 p.m. – Multiple agencies have received reports of a strong natural gas odor in coastal areas all the way from Imperial Beach in the South Bay to San Diego's North County, Incident Page Network reports.  An investigation is underway to find the source.

 


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HIGHWAY 125 CONNECTOR TO I-8 WILL CLOSE SUNDAY MORNING

August 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – CalTrans announces a full closure of the southbound 125 connector to westbound Interstate 8 on Sunday morning from 3-10 a.m. Closure is needed to allow crews to safely perform repairs.

 

Detour signs will direct traffic onto Grossmont Blvd. to northbound SR-125, then to westbound I-8.


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POLICE SEEK HIT & RUN DRIVER WHO STRUCK CHILD IN LA MESA; TODDLER SUFFERED HEAD INJURY

 Update August 26: The vehicle is believed to be a 2006-2011 Volkswagen Passat wagon; it may have damage to left front bumper

 


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TRAVELERS’ WARNING: HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR EAST COAST


Potential for “catastrophic” damage; could impact 50 million Americans or more

 


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KNOW HOW TO SPOT POSSIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITY: OFFICIALS ISSUE TIPS AS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES


 
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Often the public is advised to report “suspicious activity,” but what exactly does that mean? A locally-produced video details the “Eight Signs of Terrorism” so that everyone can help law enforcement protect the region’s security.


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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES JOBS INITIATIVES FOR RURAL AMERICA

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2011 (Iowa) – President Barack Obama has announced new initiatives recommended by the White House Rural Council for creating jobs in rural America and helping to grow the U.S. economy.

 

The new efforts include helping rural small businesses access capital, expanding rural job search and training services, and increasing rural residents’ access to health care workers and technology including broad-band Internet access.


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CHEERS! NEW LAW HELPS LOCAL BEER BREWERIES


August 24, 2011 (San Diego) – A bill making it easier for breweries to open tasting rooms has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1014, authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) is expected to boost business for California’s growing craft brewing industry.

 


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OFF-DUTY SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

August 25, 2011 (San Diego)--Christopher Blakeley, 26, an off-duty San Diego Police Officer, was killed in a traffic collision last night at 9:41 p.m.  He was riding his motorcycle in Palm City, SDPD reports.

 


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BEWARE OF CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR SCAMS

August 25, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – If you receive a mailer offering to sell you a carbon monoxide detector in order to comply with a new state law, think twice.

 


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TEEN JUMPS FROM BALTIMORE BRIDGE IN LA MESA

 

August 26, 2011 (La Mesa)—An 18-year-old woman attempted suicide Wednesday by jumping off the Baltimore bridge and landing in lanes on Interstate 8.
 

“She is alive,” Lt. Bell with La Mesa Police informed East County Magazine yesterday. The patient remains hospitalized at Sharp Memorial, he added.

 

Her identity and area of residence have not bee released. La Mesa Police attempted to talk the woman out of jumping, but were unable to prevent her actions.


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MARRIAGE EQUALITY DEMONSTRATORS URGE CITY TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST ‘EQUALITY 9'


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FBI WARNS PUBLIC ABOUT ONLINE AUTO SALES SCAMS

Online vehicle shoppers are being victimized by fraudulent vehicle sales and false claims of vehicle protection (VPP) programs


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SIG ALERT ISSUED FOR I-8 IN LA MESA

Update 9:55 a.m.  - All lanes are now open, though traffic remains slow.

August 25, 2011 (La Mesa) 9:15 a.m. -- A SIG ALERT has been issued for I-8 westbound due to a multi-vehicle accident just west of Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa.

 


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STATE FIRE BOARD REDUCES FIRE PARCEL FEE, EXTENDS CREDITS TO HOMEOWNERS ALREADY PAYING LOCAL FIRE FEES

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Rural homeowners will pay a fire parcel fee of $90 at most, and in many cases considerably less. Statewide, the total annual fire parcel fee will average just $30 under emergency regulations approved yesterday by the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

 


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SDGE SEEKS TO MOVE HEAVY TRANSPORMERS THROUGH I-8 STARTING TONIGHT

 

August 23, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg Fox, Chair of the Alpine Community Planning Group, has forwarded an announcement from the County Department of Public Works (DPW) advising that SDGE’s contractor, American Heavy Equipment (AHE) has submitted a moving permit application and traffic control permit request to transport seven large transformers from the San Diego Port to Bell Bluff Truck Trail (east of Alpine).

 

The truck will get onto I-8 from Greenfield Drive and will exit on Japatul Valley Road and will not be traveling through the Community of Alpine.  AHE is proposing the first move for tomorrow night (August 23, 2011). This is the first of seven roundtrip moves that will occur every two to three days apart after the initial move.


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TRAINEE SAVED LIFE OF WOUNDED OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM; 3 BODIES FOUND AT MURDER-FIRE SCENE IN EL CAJON


By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2011 (El Cajon) – Officer Jerred Slocum, 38, has been identified as the El Cajon policeman shot last night while responding to a domestic violence call.

 


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HORSING AROUND: BUFFET TO SAVE HORSES AT HOOLEY'S TODAY

August 21, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – A buffet brunch with live music will be held at Hooleys Irish Pub in Rancho San Diego from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today to help raise money for Saving Horses, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit horse rescue. The organization rescues horses from slaughter, abuse and neglect.

 

 

 


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A PBID FOR LA MESA'S VILLAGE?


An ECM Special Report: Part I

By Walter Hall

 

August 19, 2011 (La Mesa)--In October, property owners in La Mesa’s downtown district will vote on an initiative with long range consequences for the city and surrounding area. At stake is the charter and character of a Property-based Business Improvement District, commonly abbreviated to PBID.

 


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SDG&E ISSUES $350 MILLION IN BONDS JOINTLY LED BY MINORITY-OWNED INVESTMENT BANK

 

 

Aug. 18, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a unit of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), has closed a public offering of $350 million of 10-year first-mortgage bonds. This transaction marks the second time SDG&E has used a minority-owned investment bank as co-lead in a bond offering. 


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