AHEAD OF PEAK FIRE SEASON, GOVERNOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES MORE FIREFIGHTING SUPPORT AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

NAVAL SHIP FIRE PROMPTS COUNTY AIR QUALITY WARNINGS ; SHIP MAY BE TOTAL LOSS, IMPACTING NAVAL READINESS

GOVERNOR ORDERS SHUTDOWNS OF MANY INDOOR BUSINESSES, CHURCHES AND MORE AS AVAILABIITY OF ICU BEDS DROPS

NATIONAL EDUCATORS, DOCTORS AND TEACHERS FORMALLY OPPOSE TRUMP THREAT TO FORCE SCHOOLS TO REOPEN

FIRE BREAKS OUT ONBOARD SAN DIEGO BASED NAVAL SHIP USS BONHOMME RICHARD

AFTER ECM INQUIRY, COUNTY REVISES FLAWED RELIEF PLAN FOR RESTAURANTS, SMALL BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS DUE TO COVID-19

NATURAL BALANCE CAT FOOD RECALLED DUE TO DANGEROUS REACTIONS IN PETS

SPRING VALLEY HAS WORST RATE OF COVID-19 TEST RESULTS IN COUNTY

LA MESA PLANS TWO MEETINGS JULY 14: AGENDAS INCLUDE LEASE OF FORMER POLICE STATION SITE, HOMELESS GRANT, SEWER FEE CHANGES, AND FUTURE TOWNHALL ON PROTEST AND RIOT

LMPD CHIEF RECEIVES REPORT ON AMAURIE JOHNSON INCIDENT NEAR TROLLEY STATION

RESCUED EAGLE DIES

LA MESA AUTHORIZES RESTAURANTS TO SET UP OUTDOOR DINING AREAS

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MISSING SAN DIEGO WOMAN IN WHITE TOYOTA RAV 4 MAY HAVE GONE TO JULIAN


December 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Police ask the public’s help to locate Diana Ellen Bielawski, who may have driven to Julian in East County's mountains. She may also need medical attention. She was last seen Christmas day, December 25th at 1 p.m. in the 4100 block of Paseo Montanas in the Carmel Creek neighborhood of San Diego. View map.

She was driving a white 2001 Toyota Rav4 with California license 4TJK342. She is white, 26 years old, 120 pounds, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a tan/brown/white belted sweater and black pants.


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COUNTY SEEKS AID FOR STORM DAMAGE


Local municipalities report $6 million in damage to public property, including $1 million in unincorporated areas

 

December 28, 2010 (San Diego)--County of San Diego Chief Administrative Officer Walt Ekard issued a proclamation of a local emergency today, clearing the way to ask for state help to address the several million dollars of damage inflicted by the storms Dec. 18- 22.


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BRRRR! COLD TEMPS AND NEW STORM TO HIT REGION TUESDAY NIGHT; HIGH WINDS AND SNOW FORECAST FOR EAST COUNTY MOUNTAINS & HIGH DESERTS

 

December 27, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- A winter storm is set to hit San Diego County Tuesday night and Wednesday, followed by chilly temperatures and up to two inches of snow down to 4000 feet in East County’s mountains and snow flurries in the high desert regions. Near zero visibility is forecast due to blowing snow and high wind gusts up to 60 mph.

 

Moderate to heavy rains are predicted. The National Weather Service warns that the added rainfall will cause rapid runoff and flooding due to ground saturation from recent storms.

 


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ECM VIDEOGRAPHY BILLY ORTIZ PROVIDES VICTIM'S DRAMATIC VIDEO OF RESCUE AFTER ROCKSLIDE

 

December 27, 2010 (Lakeside) - It's rare to view a helicopter hoist rescue from the victim's point of view.  East County Magazine videographer Billy Ortiz has posted a dramatic video shot by his hiking companion, Pam Wilmers,  chronicling his rescue off El Capitan Mountain following a rockslide yesterday.

 


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ECM VIDEOGRAPHER BILLY ORTIZ INJURED IN ROCKSLIDE ON EL CAPITAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Video by Ron Cook

December 26, 2010 (Lakeside) – Shortly after reporting about an injured hiker air-lifted off El Capitan Mountain this afternoon, I was dismayed to learn that the victim is East County Magazine’s own videographer Billy Ortiz, creator of our “Video Adventures in East County” series. He was taken to the emergency room at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he spoke with me by phone moments ago about his harrowing ordeal.


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OOPS! TEEN DRIVER LANDS CAR IN LINDO LAKE

December 26, 2010 (Lakeside) – A teenage driver mistakenly stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake this afternoon, plunging his Nissan sports car into Lindo Lake.


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INJURED HIKER RESCUED ON EL CAPITAN MOUNTAIN

December 26, 2010 (Lakeside) –The San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue unit has rescued an injured hiker off El Cajon Mountain (known locally as El Capitan Mountain) early this afternoon. According to Incident Page Network, the hiker fell ten feet and had a rock fall on him, prompting a search to locate him by officials.


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DEPUTY SAVES FAMILY FROM CHRISTMAS MORNING FIRE

 

Home damaged, pets lost in blaze

 

December 25, 2010 (La Presa) – A family of five has been displaced from their home by an early morning fire in the La Presa neighborhood of Spring Valley. But the tragedy could have been far worse if not for the actions of San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Cruz. On patrol at 4:36 a.m., Cruz spotted smoke at the home in the 700 block of Safford Avenue and began pounding on the door to awaken the sleeping family.


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WHITE CHRISTMAS! SNOW FORECAST FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAIN PEAKS

 

More rain likely to bring more flooding, debris slides, National Weather Service cautions

 

December 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A light dusting of snow is forecast for San Diego County mountain peaks over 5500 feet on Christmas Day, the National Weather Service predicts. That includes Mt. Laguna and other high peaks in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. If traveling in mountain areas, be prepared for winter storm conditions and carry tire chains in higher elevations.


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TEEN DRIVER, PASSENGER DIE IN CRASH ON OLD 80 NEAR DESCANSO


Update:  The San Diego Medical Examiner has identified the driver as Mark Pasquale Gullaci, 18.  The passenger was Malu Ako, 22.  Both men were single and lived in San Diego.  The Medical Examiner has also clarified that the accident occurred in Guatay.  

December 24, 2010 (Descanso) – It will be a grim holiday season for families of two young men who died in a fiery single-car crash on Old Highway 80 last night. According to Brian Pennings with the California Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old man was driving a Volkswagon westbound on old Highway 80  east of State Route 79 near Descanso at a high rate of speed arou 10:15 p.m.. “He failed to maintain control of his vehicle and it overturned,” said Pennings.


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STATE PROCLAIMS EMERGENCY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

San Diego Joins List of Counties Eligible for State Aid Because of Winter Storms

December 24, 2010 (San Diego)--Acting California Gov. Abel Maldonado proclaimed an official state of emergency in San Diego County Friday because of the recent winter storms, making the County eligible for state aid.


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SINKHOLE BLOCKS STREET IN EL CAJON ; AGENCIES DISPUTE WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FIXING IT

December 23, 2010 (El Cajon) – A massive sinkhole in the 1900 block of Verde Glenn in El Cajon has forced shut down of the street, putting a crimp in holiday entertaining plans for several households. Frustrated residents made numerous calls last night, only to encounter multiple agencies that claimed fixing the problem was not their responsibility.


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PASSAGES: SOCCER COACH HOWIE HAWVER LOSES BATTLE WITH LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE

December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Howie Hawver, former soccer coach at Grossmont College and Patrick Henry High School, died December 5th following a two-year battle with Amyotrphic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 27th at St. Andrew’s, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd.


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MISSING TEEN SARA RAFOU FOUND SAFE

 

December 23, 2010 (La Mesa) 8:25 p.m. - Missing teen Sara Rafou, 19, has been found, reports La Mesa Police Captain Ed Aceves. "Sara Rafou was located in San Diego County at 7:45 pm tonight. Sara is safe and as an adult she made a decision to separate herself from her family," a press release issued moments ago by La Mesa Police reveals. "It appears that evidence was staged in her vehicle to make it look like foul play was involved."


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“SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES” IN DISAPPEARANCE OF TEEN GIRL AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 UPDATE: She's been found safe. See new story posted.

Evidence found in missing woman's beige Nissan Ultimata parked near Target store

December 23, 2010 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police, with assistance from the San Diego Sheriff’s crime lab, have processed the vehicle of Sara Rafou, 19, whose vehicle was found in Grossmont Center’s parking lot after she disappeared last night. “Evidence in the vehicle leads us to believe that Sara is missing under suspicious circumstances,” a press release issued by Captain Ed Aceves with La Mesa Police late today states.

Co-workers from Bank America in Grossmont Center saw her exit the front doors at 6:30 last night at the end of her shift. Her unoccupied vehicle was found in the parking lot near the Target Store.  A Facebook page has been set up to help find her.


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MISSING TEEN GIRL: LAST SEEN AT GROSSMONT CENTER LAST NIGHT

 

December 23, 2010 (La Mesa) – Shortly after midnight at 12:07 a.m., La Mesa Police received a report of a missing 19-year-old woman, Sara Rafou of El Cajon. Her car was found abandoned in the parking lot at Grossmont Center, near the Bank of America where she works. According to La Mesa Patch.com, she left work at 6:30 p.m.last night and has not been seen since.


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SILVER LINING: STORM EASES DROUGHT’S IMPACT

 

 

December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – One bright spot resulting from the recent storm is the refilling of local reservoirs and aquifers.

 

“By the end of this current storm, we expect about 1600 acre feet of net local water for this water year,” said Helix Water General Manager Mark Weston. “We budgeted 2200 acre feet from the local watershed, so with this series of storms, we ahe accumulated a great start on the water year.”


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EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS COPE WITH FLOODING AND STORM DAMAGE

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery
December 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)4:30 p.m.-- In Blossom Valley, one property owner found a creative place to shelter her horses during the storm.

 

“My horses were up to their knees this morning, so the net came down and the hay went in,” said Catherine Sacks in an e-mail sent to East County Magazine, along with the photo at left. “Tennis anyone?”

 

On Fletcher Parkway, a mud slide is currently blocking two lanes on the hill heading east down to El Cajon. Meanwhile in Alpine, Via Viejas Road is flooding as Viejas Creek has over-flowed a small dam at the Little Lake in Palo Verde Ranch, reports resident George Barnett.


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DRAMATIC VIDEO OF FLOODWATERS RUSHING INTO MISSION VALLEY

 

December 22, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego River Park Foundation program coordinator Shannon Quigley-Raymond has provided this astonishing video of the floodwaters rushing into Mission Valley today. Amazed to see small islands of reeds, plants and debris being pushed along by flood waters from the San Diego River, she stopped to take a video on San Diego Mission Road, where two cars had just been pulled into the river by floodwaters.


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MAJOR FLOODING IN MISSION VALLEY

December 22, 2010 (San Diego) 2 pm.--Over 1,000 people are being evacuated by life guards from the Handlery Hotel and the Archstone Apartments in Mission Valley after the San Diego River overflowed its banks, Incident Page Network reports. Qualcomm Stadium’s field and parking lot are also flooded, though organizers say tomorrow’s Poinsettia Bowl will be played.


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15-FOOT SINK HOLE IN SANTEE

Update 6 p.m.  The sinkhole is now 20-30 feet across and around 30 homes are without water.  Santee Patch has details. 

December 22, 2010 (Santee) -- ECM news partner 10 News reports that a large sinkhole measuring 15 feet wide by six feet deep  has opened up in the 10000 block of Pebble Beach Drive in Santee early this morning. 


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STORM HALTS TRAINS & BUS SERVICE IN SOME AREAS, CAUSES POWER OUTAGES, SHUTS DOWN SEA WORLD

December 22, 2010 (San Diego) – More than 8,000 people in San Diego County are without power this morning due to storm damage, including inland communities in Crest, Ramona and Poway as well as a large outage in Oceanside and other scattered outages.

 


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ROCKY ROADS: HEAVY RAINS TRIGGER ROCKSLIDES, MUDSLIDES, AND FLOODING OF ROADWAYS

December 21, 2010 – CHP’s website reports that a “mountain side came down” completely blocking Rainbow Valley Blvd. at I-15, including a boulder the size of a vehicle. Many other area motorists faced obstacles in the following areas:


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STORM DELUGES COUNTY—BUT WORST IS YET TO COME


Palomar Mountain doused with nearly a foot of rain


“We are moving into the last, most dangerous stage of the event…Thunderstorms, tornadoes, waterspouts possible later tonight into Wednesday.” – National Weather Service
 

December 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Dangerous conditions are forecast for tonight and tomorrow, as heavy thunderstorms are slated to move into our already water-soaked region, dropping 1-2 inches of rain per hour. Flash flood watches and warnings remain in effect across San Diego County.


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SANTEE MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK, KILLED BY SPEEDING VEHICLE

December 21, 2010 (Santee) – David Dickinson, 47, was driving a motorcycle Saturday, December 18 on Cuyamaca Street at Prospect in the unincorporated area of Santee when he was struck from behind by another vehicle traveling approximately 80-90 miles per hour. He was taken by ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he died the next day, December 19.


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MISSING BOY FOUND

 

December 21, 2010 (San Diego)—Tristen Roberts, a 12-year-old homeless boy reported missing this afternoon, has been found this evening by his mother near 5th and C Street downtown, San Diego Police report.


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MORE WILD WEATHER WOES

 

December 21, 2010 (2:30 p.m. update) – Here are updates new since our earlier story today, with the latest hazards and casualties of the storm.   Incidents include evacuation of a flooded apartment building, another swift water rescue, traffic accidents, and a sinkhole.


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Rollover Accident 1-8 - Lanes Blocked

 

Viejas Wild Fire Alert - East County MagazineDecember 21, 2010 (La Mesa) -- A rollover accident is blocking lanes between Lake Murray and College on westbound I-8 early this afternoon.


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SD RIVER FLOOD WARNING ISSUED; FLOODING ON I-15 AND I-5 , PLUS OTHER AREA ROADWAYS


December 21, 2010 (San Diego) 9:15 a.m.--The flood watch issued yesterday has been upgraded to a flood warning for the San Diego River. In addition, many roadways are flooded and there are accidents on numerous streets and highways. Below are details on several of the most recent and severe:

Southbound I-15 at Eastbound I-8: all lanes flooded
Southbound I-5 at 1st Ave. flooded near downtown San Diego

 

More road problem reports this a.m.:


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ROCKSLIDES AND HIGH WINDS ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

 

December 21, 2010 (Mt. Palomar) – Heavy rains and high winds have caused numerous rock slides, mud slides and downed trees during tonight’s storm on Palomar Mountain, Fire Chief George E. Lucia reports. “The South Grade Road access was closed twice to traffic due to rocks and trees,” he added.

 

Palomar Mountain’s Volunteer Fire Department is working around the clock with the San Diego County Road Department, State Parks, Cleveland National Forest and CHP to keep the roadway open and free of rocks and debris.  The Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department CERT team was also activated to assist local residents and firefighters during this severe weather.


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