Febuary 2012 Articles

DREAM DOGS: LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
February 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -These shelter dogs have been provided training to become dream dogs for individuals or families. This month, we have several wonderful dogs to choose from -- from pups to mature pets.
 
Rudy is an Anatolian Shepherd/ Collie mix who is a 3 year-old male. This wonderful boy is playful as well as loving, and bonds very closely. He is a very tall boy and weighs 90 lbs. He has been neutered, has his shots, rabies, micro chip and is doing very well with his on leash and off leash training. Wonderful family dog or companion. As you can see by his big smile...he is a very happy boy!

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GIRL, 7, AND 2 MEN SHOT IN EL CAJON

 

February 27, 2012 (El Cajon)-- El Cajon police officers responded to multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots fired near Graves and Madison tonight at 7:30 p.m. They arrived to find one adult male victim in the 100 block of E. Madison. Officers found a second adult male victimin the 400 block of Ballantyne. Officers also located a 7-year-old girl with a non-life threatening gunshot in the 500 block of Graves. All gunshot wounds were considered non-life threatening.

 


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SNOW, ICE ON EAST COUNTY HIGHWAYS

February 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Accidents have been reported on both eastbound and westbound I-8 in Alpine near Willows Road due to ice on the highway this evening. Due to snowfall, chains are required on Sunrise Highway, in Julian, and on old highway 80 in Jacumba.


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JIMMIE JOHNSON CRASHES AT DAYTONA

By Miriam Raftery

 

February 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, a hometown hero who grew up in El Cajon and Santee, wiped out on the second lap of the Daytona 500 tonight in a multi-car pileup.


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WILD CATS FROM SAN NICOLAS ISLAND FIND NEW HOME AT RAMONA SHELTER

 

February 27, 2012 (Ramona) – San Nicolas Island is best known as the setting for the novel Island of the Blue Dolphin.  But the isle in California’s Channel Islands was also used by the Navy—and a colony of wild cats believe to be descended from pets of naval personnel  were hunting wild birds and lizards, endangering native species including foxes. 

The Navy was prepared to kill all of the feral cats—until the Humane Society and the Fund for Animals stepped in. 


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SUCCULENT PLANTS AUTHOR/EXPERT TO APPEAR MARCH 2-4 AT SAN DIEGO HOME/GARDEN SHOW

 
February 27, 2012 (Del Mar) -- The award-winning garden photojournalist, Debra Lee Baldwin, who wrote  the bestselling Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens, will be appearing at the Spring San Diego Home/Garden Show on March 2-4.

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EAST COUNTY EATER REVIEW: GINGHAM’S SERVES UP WHAT CARNIVORES CRAVE

 

By Miriam Raftery 
 
February 26, 2012 (La Mesa) –Judging from the crowd on a recent Wednesday night  at Gingham’s,  the restaurant has emerged as a new hot spot in La Mesa Village. Occupying the space formerly home to Gio’s, the new establishment features a remodeled interior and a dramatically different menu cooked up by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, a finalist in Bravo TV network’s “Top Chef” competition. 

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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "SENSE" AND SENSIBILITY

By Brian Lafferty

 

February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Perfect Sense starts out innocently. After it creeps up on you, it snowballs with emotional intensity before hitting you with maximum impact. It subverts every Disease of the Week and End of the World cliché, resulting in a fresh script additionally laden with originality. It opened my mind to new possibilities.

 


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LOCAL LEGISLATORS CLASH ON ABORTION ACCESS BILL

February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Over half of California counties currently have no abortion provider.  To remedy the situation, Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced SB 1501, a bill which would allow trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to provide early-term abortions.


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WHO WILL BE LA MESA’S CENTENNIAL QUEEN?

 

Pageant Volunteers Ready for Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee 2012
 
February 27, 2012 (La Mesa, Santee) -- The Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee pageants will take place this Friday, March 2, 2012 at 6pm at the Sonrise Church in Santee where the queen of the century will be crowned for the City of La Mesa.

 


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GROSSMONT SURGEON JEFFREY MARXEN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR MARCH 3

February 27, 2012 (La Mesa) –A motorcycle accident has taken the life of Jeffrey Leonard Marxen, M.D., 60, a prominent orthopaedic surgeon at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. 


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CITY HEIGHTS’ MARK TRAN AND OTHER YOUTH LEADERS TO ATTEND LADY GAGA'S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION LAUNCH IN BOSTON

 

Panels, discussions and social media trainings will teach innovative ways to mobilize for positive change at conference featuring Lady Gaga, Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey plus Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
 
February 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Today, The California Endowment proudly salutes San Diego City Heights’ youth Mark Tran, one of 18 young adults selected from communities across the state to take part in the official launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, an ambitious new effort focused on empowering youth to be leaders and advocates in their communities.

 


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SNOW DOWN TO 2500 FEET FORECAST FOR MOUNTAINS, WINDS & RAIN ACROSS COUNTY TONIGHT AND MONDAY

 

 

February 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A winter storm is forecast to bring cold temperatures, high winds and snow down to 2500 feet tonight and Monday. Areas expected to receive snow include Aguanga, Boulevard, Cuyamaca, Descanso, Julian, Mount Laguna, Pine Valley and Ranchita.


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WANTED: SPRING VALLEY BANK ROBBER

February 26, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- Detectives from the Lemon Grove Station want your help in identifying a woman wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Spring Valley. The suspect walked into a Bank of America inside an Albertson's grocery store in the 500 block of Sweetwater Road on Tuesday, February 21st. She handed a demand note to the teller then lifted her shirt to show a gun on her waist. She then walked out of the store. No one was hurt. 

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CITIZENS OVERSIGHT SUBMITS COMPLAINT TO GRAND JURY ALLEGING MAYOR SANDERS' EMBEZZLEMENT IN SNAPDRAGON CASE

District Attorney and Mayoral Candidate Bonnie Dumanis Unlikely to Prosecute Due to Political Ties to Sanders, Complaint says

February 26, 2012 (San Diego) - Today, Ray Lutz, national coordinator of Citizens Oversight Projects (COPS - Citizens Oversight, Inc.), submitted a complaint to the San Diego County Grand Jury regarding the claim that Mayor Jerry Sanders committed felony embezzlement by selling promotional signage to Qualcomm, allowing them to change their sign to "Snapdragon" during one NFL football game and two college bowl games for only $1000.


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CHICKENPOX OUTBREAK AT GEORGE BAILEY DETENTION FACILITY

 
February 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- Two male inmates housed at George Bailey Detention Facility have been diagnosed with chickenpox and are isolated from the general population and are not to receive visitors or to attend activities until they are no longer considered infectious. One was diagnosed in late January and the other in early February.
 
 

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CULINARY ARTS DINNERS OFFER A TASTY DEAL AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

 
February 25, 2012 (La Mesa) - Gourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs in Grossmont College's Culinary Arts program can now be yours on Thursday evenings this spring for the bargain price of $20 per person. They're a tasty way to support students aspiring to become culinary professionals.

 


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A TELLING EXPERIENCE: DAVID NOVAK TO PERFORM AT LA MESA LIBRARY MAR. 3

 
February 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- One of the nation's leading performers in the storytelling revival, David Novak, will be hosting a free family performance at the La Mesa Library, 8074 Allison Ave. The event will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. and is sponsored by Young Audiences and is offered in celebration of Read Across America, the National Education Association's annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading.

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DOG BLOG: EXERCISING YOUR DOG IN THE SNOW

 

By Dawn Celapino
 
February 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Has your dog ever been in the snow?  Most active dogs love it!  They are like kids, romping and running in the fresh powder. There are, however, a few things that you need to know if you plan on taking Fido on a snow vacation, especially if they are not used to the cold.

 


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MARKETING MATTERS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

What Is a SWOT Analysis?
 
by Rama Beerfas
 
February 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –  'Tis the season for developing marketing plans. Well, really that season was about four months ago, at the latest. That fact notwithstanding, I am still working with some of my procrastinating clients to put together their marketing plans for 2012. Because of this, I've been looking at a lot of SWOT analyses for the last few months.

 


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SHIFAA RHYTHMS

 
Refugee Women Find Healing and Unity Through Drumming in El Cajon
 
By Nikki Lyn Pugh, MFA
 
In a large room in El Cajon, 43 women sit in a circle. Many smile and nod as they listen to the petite woman who is speaking in the center. The speaker is Christine Stevens, founder of Upbeat Drum Circles, one of the facilitators of the event that day. Christine holds a large drum in her hands as she addresses the women around her. On the skin of the drum is an image of a woman.  Her delicately- painted face is framed in a thin, light blue scarf. 

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CHANCE, DOG SHOT IN ALPINE, RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

 

February 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Chance, the retriever-mix who was found with a bullet wound on the Viejas reservation earlier this week, was released from the animal hospital and arrived at the County Animal Services shelter in San Diego yesterday. X-rays show tremendous improvement in the dog’s lungs and his prognosis is very good.

Animal Services is now accepting applications for Chance’s adoption. The public can visit http://www.sddac.com/docs/Special_Adoption.pdf for an application.


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MEET ROMANCE NOVELISTS IN LA MESA TODAY


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PROGRESS MADE IN ALPINE VEHICLE BREAK-INS

 
February 25, 2012 (Alpine) – A series of vehicle break-ins has occurred recently in the Alpine area. “In the past two weeks, we caught two of the bad guys, linking them to Alpine area vehicle burglaries,” reports Paula H. Dickenson, USN retired, crime prevention specialist at the Alpine Sheriff Substation. But she said public help is needed, since vehicle burglaries continue to take place.

 


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IS YOUR FOOD TRUCK AN ‘A,’ ‘B’ OR ‘C?

Ron Roberts, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors calls for letter grades, mobile phone aps for consumers to check ratings

February 25, 2012 (San Diego) – Supervisor Ron Roberts has announced plans to introduce county legislation to create a grading system for the expanding fleet of local food trucks, which have increased dramatically in popularity across the county.   

The measure follows investigations by the UT San Diego and ECM news partner 10 News, which found that about half of all food trucks received at least one violation notice from county health officials. However,  unlike restaurant records, food truck health safety records are not available online.  http://www.10news.com/news/30393605/detail.html.


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VALLEY CENTER MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

February 25, 2012 (Valley Center)—Marc Thompson of Valley Center has been arrested for igniting a trailer with his fiancé inside following a domestic violence dispute last night.  The woman, Christina English, was able to escape without injury.


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SDG&E WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT SDG&E IMPOSTER

 
SDG&E Shares Tips on how to Properly Identify Utility Employees
 
February 24, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a person or persons who have recently posed as a SDG&E employee and asked to enter a customer’s home. It has been reported that the imposter will distract unsuspecting customers while performing “routine inspections,” while another imposter burglarizes the home. 

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WANT TO BE A CITIZEN? FREE CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOP SAT. FEB. 25 IN SAN DIEGO

February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- This Saturday, the San Diego Naturalization Collaborative will host a free Citizenship Application Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Diego City College Learning Resource Center, 1313 Park Blvd. in San Diego.

This newly formed coalition has launched the You Are America campaign to raise awareness about the importance of becoming a U.S. citizen and to help residents navigate the citizenship process locally.


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NEW VARIATION ON TELEPHONE COLLECTION SCAM RELATED TO DELINQUENT PAYDAY LOANS

 

February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. As previously reported in December 2010, the typical payday loan scam involves a caller who claims the victim is delinquent on a payday loan and must make payment to avoid legal consequences.

 


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FORMER ECM WRITER SPOTLIGHTS INNOCENCE PROJECT'S EFFORTS TO FREE MAN EXONERATED OF MURDER

Richard Darvas, a freelance investigative journalist who has won awards for his reporting in East County Magazine, has painstakingly dissected the case of William Richards, a prisoner whom the San Diego-based California Innocence Project believes was falsely convicted of murder. 

 By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2012 (San Diego)--In August 1993, William Richards lost his wife of 22 years to a grim murder in Hesperia, Calif. Richard Darvas, an investigative reporter convinced of Richards’ innocence, observes, “State accusers wrested away the last vestiges of his dignity during four murder trials over as many years. At sentencing in San Bernardino Superior Court, the remainder of this man’s life was bartered for a hollow expedient.”  

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