January 2012 Articles

CHP CRACKDOWN ON TEEN DISTRACTED DRIVING JAN. 27

 

January 26, 2012 (San Diego)--Did you know it is illegal for drivers under age 18 to drive while using a wireless telephone, even if equipped with a hands-free device?  Did you also know that your teen is more likely to be involved in a collision by having one passenger in the car, even if that passenger is you?


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SUSPECTS CHARGED IN VIOLENT COLLEGE-AREA CRIME SPREE

 

January 25, 2012 (San Diego)—Terence Jarvis and David White have been charged with a series of crimes that occurred during a 12-hour period on December 27 and 28, including the robbery and attempted murder of 18-year-old Grant Richman in the College West neighborhood.


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WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN SELECTS JOHN BOLTHOUSE III AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Former director of The La Jolla Historical Society to assume leadership role on February 21

Rancho San Diego, CA—After an intensive search, The Water Conservation Garden has hired a new executive director to succeed retiring director, Marty Eberhardt.


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: A MID-WINTER HIKE IN LAKESIDE

 
January 24, 2012 (Lakeside) -- What could be more beautiful than a mid-winter’s sunrise over an East County mountainside? 

 

Photographer Billy Ortiz shot these stunning images while hiking in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley, along El Capitan, over the Lunar New Year, marking an idyllic start to this Year of the Dragon.

 


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STOP “DANGEROUS” BUDGET CUTS THREATENING DISABLED PATIENTS, DISABLED SAN DIEGO MAN IMPLORES: RALLY SET FOR FRIDAY

 

 By Miriam Raftery

 

January 25, 2012 (San Diego) – Raul Carranza has Muscular Dystrophy. He cannot walk, move his arms, eat or even breathe on his own. He requires round-the-clock nursing care—care denied after Medi-Cal slashed his nursing hours due to state budget cuts.

 

Last year I moved away to UCLA by myself and lived away from my family for a whole semester,” he said. “Unfortunately I had to come back home to San Diego at the end of December." That's because the state cut his nursing hours, leaving him unable to survive on his own.


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LA MESA’S MAYOR DELIVERS STATE OF CITY ADDRESS, HONORS CITIZENS OF THE YEAR

Council also approves program to promote composting by local gardeners

January 24, 2012 (La Mesa)—Gearing up for the city’s year-long centennial celebration, 2012 promises to be “a very busy, festive and memorable year,” said La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid during tonight’s State of the City address.


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OPTIMISTIC SPIRIT PREVAILS DESPITE BUDGET’S GRIM TOLL AS STUDENTS START NEW SEMESTER AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 
January 25, 2012 (El Cajon) --
Perhaps it is because of spring – that time of year of fresh starts and renewed resolve – that despite the challenges of the day, an air of optimism prevails at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.


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CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL GROUPS CALL FOR REP.HUNTER’s RESIGNATION OVER “INDEFINITE DETENTION OF CITIZENS” VOTE

 

February 3 protest planned at Congressman’s El Cajon office

January 25, 2012 (Ramona)—Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. On February 3rd, members of the liberal Ramona Forum will join forces with conservative members of the TEA party to demand the resignation of Congressman Duncan Hunter. The protest will be held at Rep. Hunter’s office, 1870 Cordell Street in El Cajon, from 1 to 4 p.m.


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CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER, SD MAYORAL CANDIDATE, TO SPEAK FEB. 1 IN LA MESA


January 25, 2012  (La Mesa) -- Congressman Bob Filner, the sole Democratic candidate for San Diego mayor, is the featured speaker at the Wednesday, February 1 general meeting of the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, in La Mesa.  Refreshments will be served t 6:30 p.m, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

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TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 28 FOR VAN HALEN CONCERT JUNE 14 AT VIEJAS ARENA, SDSU

 
Group also announces release of new album, “A Different Kind of Truth”
 

January 25, 2012 (San Diego)--Live Nation is pleased to announce that Van Halen will perform at Viejas Arena at SDSU on Thursday June 14.  Special Guest Kool & The Gang will open the show.  Show time is 7:30; doors open at 6:30. 
 
Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and among the most important and influential rock bands of all time, announced return to the live stage with a 2012 North American tour. 

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COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW AGRICULTURAL LANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAM: APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW THROUGH MARCH 1

 
January 23, (2012)--The County of San Diego is initiating a new agricultural conservation pilot program known as the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program. The PACE program is intended to promote the long term preservation of agriculture in the County. The program is based on the framework of what is traditionally referred to as a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program.

 


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GOVERNOR BROWN CITES ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENTS, CHALLENGES IN STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

Republicans draw fire for criticizing speech—before it was written or delivered

January 22, 2012 (Sacramento ) – Governor Jerry Brown laid out his vision for restoring California’s reputation as a leader in innovation, job creation and renewable energy in his State of the State speech last week.


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INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS’ GROUP CALLS FOR HALT TO WIRELESS SMART METERS

 
Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children

 
January 24, 2012 (San Diego)--The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has become the first national physicians’ group to adopt a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.
 
The group sent a  resolution to the California Public Utilities Commission opposing smart meters due to health risks and calling on the CPUC to take preventative actions to protect public health. 

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GREATER SAN DIEGO VISION INITIATIVE: WHAT’S BEEN LEFT OUT ABOUT EAST COUNTY—AND WHY YOU SHOULD VOICE YOUR VIEWS

By Jo Marie Diamond, President and CEO
East County Economic Development Council (www.eastcountyedc.org)

January 24, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Where’s East County in the scenarios presented by the Greater San Diego Vision? Make your voice heard soon.

You may have seen the ads, heard the radio spots and received emails urging you to engage in the public choosing process for the Greater San Diego Vision initiative. You may have even visited the Public Choosing site and taken a tour of the scenarios for Land Use, Economic Development, Education, and Culture and Amenities.

What you haven’t seen or heard is any reference to the role of East County in these scenarios.


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE CERAMICS TECH RELISHES LIGHTING A FIRE UNDER STUDENTS


January 26, 2012 (El Cajon)
 – – Grossmont College ceramics technician Al Ventura likes watching students discover the magic of creating art. It brings back memories of his first turn at the potter’s wheel, and the community college instructor who took him under his wings back in the ‘70s.

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JAMUL LAUNCHES COMMUNITY WEBSITE

January 24, 2012 (Jamul) – The citizens of Jamul,  a small rural town in eastern San Diego Country, have launched of a community website at www.Jamul.com. The new site includes community news, emergency alerts, history, resources, events and more.


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LEMON GROVE TO CLOSE PALM MIDDLE SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery

January 24, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – Trustees in the Lemon Grove School District voted unanimously tonight to close down Palm Middle School after the spring semester. The wrenching decision came in response to repeated budget cuts, which have cost the district $10 million in the past four years.


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8 INJURED IN SAN CARLOS CRASH


January 25, 2012 (San Carlos)—A teen driver with four passengers in a Dodge Charger struck a Dodge SUV carry a family with three young children last night on Badin Drive near Jackson Drive. The crash, which occurred around 8:30 p.m., injured eight people.


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UNION BANK AND KPBS HONOR SEVENTEEN LOCAL HEROES

 
January 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS to honor 17 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others.  The honorees were announced as part of the 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to local heroes from eight diverse communities who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world.  The year-long celebration of diversity culminates with an awards ceremony on  February 8, 2012, where recipients will be formally recognized.

 


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YOUNG DRIVER KILLED RACING ON I-15

 

Update January 29, 2012:  The San Diego Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim as Derek anthony Millsap, who lived with his family in Escondido.

January 24, 2012 (Escondido) – A 22-year-old Escondido driver was killed tonight after racing another vehicle, causing a shutdown of multiple lanes on I-15 south late this afternoon.


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BANK ROBBED IN SANTEE FOR SECOND TIME IN A WEEK: AUTHORITIES SEEK HELP TO ID SUSPECT


January 25, 2012 (Santee) --The FBI and San Diego Sheriff's Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man responsible for robbing the Pacific Western Bank, 9955 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, California, on Monday, January 23 at 1:35 p.m.
 

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EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DEDICATES METAL WORKS FACILITY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION SUITES


Modernized Career Technical Education building provides state-of-the-art workspaces to students

January 26, 2012 (El Cajon)--Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and El Cajon Valley High School officials dedicated a newly renovated metal works facility and special education suites with an honorary chain-cutting ceremony yesterday.


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HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN ALLIED GARDENS


January 24, 2011 (Allied Gardens) – A resident a 7300 Viar Avenue in Allied Gardens was locked in a closet during a home invasion robbery yesterday. According to Officer J. Jacobsen with San Diego Police, the two suspects entered through the kitchen door, one armed with a gun.


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SIG ALERT: ROLLOVER ON HWY 94


January 24, 2012 (San Diego) – A Sig Alert has been issued for Highway 94 west near Federal Blvd. due to a rollover accident. At least one victim is reportedly trapped, according to the CHP website. Two lanes are blocked and traffic is impacted in both directions.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: ELECTION CRINGE AND CONFLICT

By Wendy Holland 


January 24, 2012 (San Diego) --  “Are you freaking kidding me?!”  It’s a sentiment I experience—and express--daily.  My concerns and interests have always been intensely passionate; I vacillate between a deep conviction that God is putting these things in my heart to be shared and an aversion to being perceived as judgmental by virtue of calling out what I see as blatant opposition to the true Gospel.  Watching the race for the Republican nomination for president is bringing it all home.

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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING STUDENTS


January 24, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has presented $6,000 in scholarships to three nursing students based on their community involvement and future plans in the nursing profession. They include Karen Adams of El Cajon, Melissa Foster of La Mesa and Linda Matheny of El Cajon. Adams received $3,000, while Foster and Matheny each received $1,500. All three are nursing students at Grossmont College.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR HEALTHCARE HERO AWARDS

 
January 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) seeks nominations for its 2012 Healthcare Hero Awards, GHD’s annual awards program that honors East County residents whose volunteer efforts help advance delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.


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BILL AND NORMA VERBECK HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO EAST COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS

                                      

January 26, 2011 (La Mesa)--Officials of many East County organizations recognized the contributions made by Bill and Norma Verbeck at a special luncheon eeting of the Kiwanis Club of La Mesa today at the La Mesa Community Center.
 
Bill Verbeck was awarded the Kiwanis International 50-Year Legion of Honor at the meeting. Tony Zambelli, president of the La Mesa Kiwanis Club, mad the presentation.

 


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EAST COUNTY MAN ARRESTED IN VICIOUS PUPPY BEATING


4-Month-Old Animal Euthanized Due to Severity of Injuries
 

 
January 25, 2012 (Crest) -- Crest resident Phillip Shawn Rich, 26, was arrested over the weekend for severely beating his 4-month-old male Siberian husky, causing such bad injuries the animal had to be euthanized.

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RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO BEACHES: NO SWIMMING FOR 72 HOURS, COUNTY WARNS

 
January 23, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall.  Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.   Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. 

 


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