BATTLE HEATS UP OVER SAFEGUARD OUR SAN DIEGO COUNTRYSIDE (SOS) INITIATIVE

FIRE WEATHER CONTINUES, GUSTY WINDS RETURN THIS WEEK

PADRE DAM WATER DISTRICT RATES INCREASE IN TWO SEPARATE HIKES

FIELDS OF DREAMS: LAVENDER FARM FOR SALE

NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS SET LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LIMITS, BAN GERRYMANDERING AND ALLOW VOTER REGISTRATION AT POLLING PLACES

WHOA! THIEVES STEAL IRON HORSE STATUE FROM FEED AND TACK STORE IN RURAL EL CAJON

CORTNEY BAYUK CHOOSES AN ADVENTUROUS LIFE

100,000 EVACUATED AS SADDLERIDGE FIRE IN L.A. COUNTY BURNS DOZENS OF HOMES

PRESIDENTIAL FRONT-RUNNER ELIZABETH WARREN, IN SAN DIEGO VISIT, LAYS OUT PLANS TO REBUILD AMERICA FOR WORKING PEOPLE

SDG&E OPENS RESOURCE CENTER IN DESCANSO FOR RESIDENTS WITHOUT POWER

SANTEE BALKS AT JOINING JPA FOR COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY; APPROVES NEW HOUSING PROJECT

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: CASA DE ORO DISPLAYS ITS GOLDEN BOUNTY

News

BRUSH FIRE CONTAINED IN OTAY MESA HAD SUSPICIOUS CAUSE

February 15, 2010 (Otay) 6:15 p.m.  – San Diego Fire Department has contained a brush fire to 1.5 acres in a river bottom near old Jana Ranch Road, just south of Otay Lakes Road. “We initially dispatched two type-1 engines, then added a type-3 engine and a helicopter,” said dispatcher Mike Young.
 

HELIX WATER DISTRICT TO DISCUSS 2010-11 WATER RATES & WATER BUDGETS AT FEB 17 & MARCH 17 MEETINGS

 

 

By Kristin Kjaero

 

February 14, 2010 (La Mesa) -- How will water rates change as of July 1, 2010, and will individual water budgets be imposed as part of the process?

 

The Helix Water District (HWD) Board will discuss these February 17 and March 17, 2010 respectively.

 

OIL TANKER COLLISION ON 54 NEAR 805; ADDITIONAL ACCIDENTS IN CREST & NORTH COUNTY

 

Update 8 pm:  The tanker accident has been cleared and all lanes are now open. 

February 14, 2010 6:20 p.m.  – A collision between a gasoline tanker truck and a van that has rolled over is obstructing traffic in the center lands on southbound 54 at the I-805 onramp in Chula Vista. An ambulance is en route.

 

Three other injury accidents in East and North County have also just occurred.

SLATER-PRICE DELIVERS STATE-OF-THE-COUNTY ADDRESS 2010

 

February 14, 2010 (San Diego) – “Now is not the time to run scared. It’s the time to run smart,” Pam Slater-Price, chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors said in state-of-the-County speech delivered Thursday at Qualcomm Hall. 

 

LOCAL WATER AGENCIES FILE SUIT OVER ALLEGEDLY DEFECTIVE PVC PIPES

February 13, 2010 (San Diego) – East County water districts have joined with the City of San Diego, other jurisdictions around the country, and a whistleblower who alleges that faulty PVC pipes are more apt to break or leak prematurely. Helix Water District, Ramona Municipal Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, and Sweetwater Authority are the local entities seeking damages.

CONTROLLED BURN ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN TUESDAY

 

 

February 13, 2010 (Palomar) -- Cal Fire will continue a prescribed burn to reduce dead and dying vegetation on Palomar Mountain near the Palomar Observatory starting on Tuesday, February 16th.   Burning will be conducted by Cal Fire crews on week-days. Smoke may be visible from many miles away.

MOTORIST KILLED FRIDAY ON I-8 AT ALPINE IDENTIFIED

 

February 13, 2010 (Alpine) – The County Coroner’s office has identified Ruben Dario Fernandez, 35, of Chula Vista as the driver who was killed yesterday in Alpine. Fernandez was driving a Lancer eastbound of I-8 west of East Willows Road around 6:45 in the morning when he collided with a slow-moving truck, lost control and plummeted down an embankment, striking a boulder.

PROPERTY OWNERS INVITED TO WORKSHOP FEB. 16 & 17 ON IMPACTS OF COUNTY'S PROPOSED GENERAL PLAN UPDATES

 

MULTIPLE SPECIES CONSERVATION PROGRAM ALSO ON THE AGENDA

 

By Lola Sherman

 

February 16, 2010 (Escondido) – County Supervisor Bill Horn will host workshops Tuesday and Wednesday to help property owners in unincorporated areas understand the possible effects of a proposed update in the county's General Plan. Also to be discussed are effects on properties within the proposed North County Multiple Species Conservation Program.

EL CAJON FIRE MARSHAL CLOSES DOWN OVERCROWDED EVENT

 

IRAQI IMMIGRANTS WAITING HOURS FOR SERVICES FORCED TO GO HOME EMPTY-HANDED

February 12, 2010 (El Cajon) –Iraqi immigrants began lining up at 5 a.m. today to recertify documentation and quality for social service benefits at the Chaldean-Middle Eastern Services Office at 343 Main Street in El Cajon. But shortly after 9 a.m., Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to a medical aid call. They found a crowd estimated at 500 to 1,000 people congregating in and around the second floor office.

CYCLIST KILLED IN COLLEGE AREA

 

February 11, 2010 (San Diego) – Juan Carlos Navarro, 38, was struck and killed February 8th by a dump truck while riding on his bicycle. Navarro was riding on a sidewalk on 54th Street at College Grove Drive when he attempted to pass a dump truck that was parked in a crosswalk, according to the Medical Examiner's report based on information provided by police.

SD COUNCIL APPROVES BALLOT MEASURE TO HELP VETERANS

 

February 8, 2010 (San Diego) – By an 8-0 vote, San Diego’s City Council has voted to place an initiative on the June ballot that would amend the City’s charter to expand eligibility for veterans’ hiring preference points when they apply for civilian jobs.

I-8 CLOSED AT WILLOW ROAD; SIG ALERT ISSUED AFTER 6-CAR CRASH NEAR JAPATUL VALLEY

 

 

February 7, 2010 (10:10 p.m.) - A six-car crash including a head-on collision is blocking lanes on both east and westbound I-8 at Japatul Valley Road. CHP has issued a SIG ALERT and is turning around vehicles on eastbound 8 at Willows Road.

 

CRASH LANDING: GIANT OAK DESTROYS RAMONA HOME: WAS SDG&E'S TREE-TRIMMING TO BLAME?

 

February 7, 2010 (Ramona) -- It's a good thing residents of this Ramona home weren't hosting a SuperBowl party this afternoon, when a massive tree scored an unforeseen touchdown. 

 

At 1:30 p.m. Cal Fire responded to a report of a tree fallen into the residence, located in the 13000 block of Fernbrook. When firefighters arrived, they found a giant oak tree had crashed down, completely destroying the entire structure.

LA MESA MAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR WITH BABY DIED OF HEROIN & ALCOHOL, CORONER SAYS

 

February 7, 2010 (La Mesa) James Robinson, 29, of La Mesa died of acute heroin and alcohol intoxication, the San Diego County Medical Examiner has found. Robinson was found slumped over his infant child at Gas Depot, a gas station on in San Diego on January 4.

 

TWO "LUCKY" MOTORISTS ESCAPE SERIOUS ACCIDENTS ON HIGHWAY 54

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

February 6, 2010 (National City) -- A vehicle rolled over 100 feet off the freeway at 3:41 this morning at Highway 54 west of Highland, trapping one victim under the vehicle.  Emergency responders from multiple jurisdictions arrived, with National City Fire Department arriving first on the scene. 

SIG ALERT CANCELLED ON I-8 AT MURRAY DRIVE

 

 

February 6, 2010 (El Cajon) Updated 11:45 p.m.. - A serious accident involving several vehicles caused CHP to shut down all lanes on I-8 westbound at Murray Drive in El Cajon, diverting traffic onto 125.  CHP's website reports one vehicle flipped over and a person was trapped inside with fluid leaking.

HEAD-ON COLLISION IN LAKESIDE INJURES 3

 

 

February 6, 2010 (Lakeside) - A high-speed, head-on traffic collision with entrapment on a rain-slicked road brought a multi-agency response to Lake Jennings Park Road in Lakeside.  Crews used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the front seat passenger of one vehicle. Firefighter/paramedics provided advanced life support care and transported a total of three patients to the trauma centers at Sharp Memorial and Scripps Mercy hospitals.

CRASH IN LAKESIDE BLOCKS CENTER LANES ON I-8

February 6, 2010 (Lakeside) 9:25 a.m. -- Center lanes remain blocked on I-8 westbound at Lake Jennings Road in Lakeside due to a vehicle accident.  Emergency workers have now freed all people trapped in a vehicle and transported three patients to a hospital, according to Heartland Fire dispatch.

 

Incident Page Network reports that one of those trapped was a baby.  

 

 

FIRE IS THEME IN 2ND ANNUAL GOLDEN ARTISTRY JEWELRY DESIGN COMPETITION

Open to all GUHSD students – if you can draw, you can win!

February 5, 2010 (La Mesa) – Golden Artistry Jewelry Design invites Grossmont Union High School district students to participate in its 2nd annual jewelry design competition. “We are doing this in order to find students that have creative skills, and help them find their calling,” says Terry Whyte, owner and master goldsmith.

PRESCRIBED BURN SCHEDULED TO REDUCE DEAD VEGETATION NEAR THE PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY

 

February 5, 2010 (Palomar) -- From February 8 through February 15, Cal Fire will be conducting a prescribed burn to reduce dead and dying vegetation on Palomar Mountain near the Palomar Observatory. Firefighters expect the 200 piles to be burned within seven days.

RESIDENTS HOPE TO BUY POWAY MOBILEHOME PARK FROM CITY

 

By D.R. Schwab

 

February 3, 2010 (Poway) -- It would be a first for Poway: Converting a city-owned mobile home park to resident ownership.  For the second time in six years, it's something that residents of Poway Royal Mobile Estates, the City's largest mobile home park, are attempting to do.

LAKESIDE CITIZENS PUT SDG&E OFFICIALS IN HOT SEAT OVER POWERLINK IMPACTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 “How can you sit there and say it’s safe to be there when that canyon has burned every year—and you’re going to put those towers up, leave us with no power, and we only have one way in and one way out?” -- Myles Thurman, Lakeside

 

February 3, 2010 (Lakeside) – San Diego Gas & Electric officials received a far-from-warm welcome from Lakeside residents at a community forum last night hosted by the utility to discuss impacts of Sunrise Powerlink, the proposed high-voltage power line that SDG&E wants to run through Lakeside's El Monte Valley.

 

SDG&E plans to hold a follow-up meeting within 30 days.


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