March 2012 Articles

HOME VIDEO HERALD: FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (DVD)

By Brian Lafferty

 

March 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Anthology films are like short story collections and concept albums. Like the former, they offer an eclectic selection of stories. Like a concept album, an anthology film’s stories can sometimes be connected to a certain theme or share similar qualities.

 


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RESIDENTS REACT TO NEWS OF PIG KILLINGS AT MILITARY TRAINING SITE IN ALPINE

Editor's note:  A representative of Marc Halcon and Covert Canyon has objected to several points this story. We stand by our story with addtional clarifications and details. Read our full response here:   http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9220

By Miriam Raftery


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OCCUPELLA WOMEN'S CHORUS CHANGES LYRICS TO SEND MESSAGE

 
March 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- There’s a new all volunteer female chorus in town with more gigs than they can handle. The “Occupella Chorus” sings familiar tunes, but rewords the lyrics to convey the message of social and economic injustice. A sample is “Occupy Your Mind” sung to tune of “Do Re Mi:” “Occupy your mind today. Learn what’s really going on. Me - an individual, Against a corporation.”

 


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UTILITY WATCHDOG GROUP UCAN TO SHUT DOWN AMID FEDERAL PROBE: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS EXPRESS SHOCK, DISMAY

"As bad as SDG&E is with a watchdog, imagine it without a watchdog.” – Donna Tisdale

 

“…No evidence confirming such allegations was provided by those lodging allegations, nor discovered by any of the professionals retained by UCAN’s board.” – press release posted on UCAN website

"We're trying to save UCAN and they're dissolving it." -- Mike Aguirre, attorney

March 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – To many ratepayers in East County, the Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN) has been a valued ally in their battles against San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). For example, UCAN filed a lawsuit that tried to halt Sunrise Powerlink and submitted a study that helped persuade the California Public Utilities Commission to reject a rate hike proposal.   

So UCAN’s announcement that it is dissolving amid an FBI investigation into its finances  and a Grand Jury summons has been met with shock, dismay and skepticism here in East County.


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CONGRESSMAN FILNER AWARDED AMERICAN LEGION’S NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

 

March 5, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Congressman Bob Filner was awarded with the National Distinguished Public Service Award by the American Legion this week at the organization’s national conference in Washington, D.C.
 
“It is extremely humbling to receive an award like this because I am working for you all and you are all the heroes,” said Congressman Filner after receiving the award (full video below).

 


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MANHUNT IN LA MESA

 

March 5, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police warns the public to avoid the area of Mohawk and Williams streets, where a police helicopter is assisting in a search for a suspect armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.


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EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WELL REPRESENTED AT 46th ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHORS EXHIBIT

By Dennis Moore

“I am thrilled to see how many local author submissions we received this year. It is an honor to highlight the diverse and abundant talent we have in the San Diego region. Thanks to all our authors for sharing your expertise and inspiration with the community. It is this type of sharing that helps the library fulfill its mission! -    Deborah L. Barrow, Library Director, San Diego Public Library


March 5, 2012 (San Diego)--It was with these sentiments that I joined so many other authors at this 46th Annual Local Authors Exhibit on February 3, 2012, many of whom have been profiled in the East County Magazine. I visited with such illustrious writers and authors as Joshua Graham, Linda Loegel, Anat Tour, Sam Warren and Zohreh Ghahremani.


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SANTEE SHERIFF'S STATION INVITES YOU TO A SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE FORUM MARCH 8


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PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE GRANT APPLICATION

 
March 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Cleveland National Forest officials will submit a cooperative grant application to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for 2011/2012 "Green Sticker" grants. Beginning March 5, 2012, the application can be viewed by clicking on the "Grants" tab on the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation website at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. Comments on the application must be received by April 2, 2012.

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THE WILL POWER REPORT: COURT LIMITS FOREST SERVICE ADVENTURE PASSES

 

Nothing but the Truth! 
 
By Will Schwent 
 
February 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The US Ninth Circuit Court has invalidated an unpopular U.S. Forest Service Program called the “Adventure Pass”.  This scam charged U.S. citizens to drive, park, or hike in their own public lands and fined them if they did not buy an “Adventure Pass.”
 
Four hikers in Arizona challenged the Mount Lemmon Pass program and the court issued a scathing criticism of the double taxation of the Adventure Pass.  

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FDA APPROVES NASAL SPRAY FLU VACCINE TO PROTECT AGAINST 4 STRAINS OF INFLUENZA

 
March 4, 2012 (Washington D.C)--FluMist Quadrivalent, a vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza in people ages 2 years through 49 years, has been approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FluMist Quadrivalent is the first influenza vaccine to contain four strains of the influenza virus, two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.
 
Like the already approved FluMist (trivalent), the quadrivalent vaccine contains weakened forms of the virus strains and is administered as a spray into the nose. 

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AGENTS ARREST ARMED ALIEN SMUGGLER IN JACUMBA

 
March 4, 2012 (Jacumba) --On February 14, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Boulevard Station collaborated with San Diego Sector Air Mobile Unit to conduct anti-smuggling operations in Jacumba. 
 
At approximately 2:00 p.m., agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling along Old Highway 80. Agents stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver and occupants. A field investigation revealed that both subjects were United States citizens in the area attempting to smuggle illegal aliens.

 


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MARCH MEMBERS' MONTH AT THE WATER CONSEVATION GARDEN

 

March 7, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden is encouraging the public to become members in March, and take advantage of several special benefits. (To join click here.
 
Garden Member Plant Sale:  Save 20% on All Plants, All Month
The Garden thrives in large part because of the contributions from members. As a thank-you to this special group of people, the Garden is offering all members a 20% discount on any plants purchased from the Garden’s nursery (Walter Parkola’s plants excluded). Not a member? Become a member on March 3rd and enjoy this month of discounts. 

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DREAM DOGS:LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 

March 4, 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.
 
This sweet young Yorkie/ Poodle Mix "Jethro" is tender and sensitive, loves to be cuddled when he is not playing, bonds very closely. He is a year old, weighs 10 lbs.

 

 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FLOWER POWER

 

March 4, 2012 (East County) --Henri Migala sent in this close up  image of sunshine-hued blooms here in East County--sure signs that Spring is in the air. 

 


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SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC NAMED NATIONAL CLIMATE LEADER

San Diego Utility Recognized for GHG Reductions and Energy Efficiency
March 4, 2012 (San Diego) --  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was nationally recognized last week with the Organizational Leadership Award at the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Climate Leadership Awards recognize organizations that go beyond business as usual in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry (TCR). 

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ELECTION INTEGRITY PROGRAM MARCH 10 IN ALPINE

 
March 4, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Election Integrity Program is a free public education project. Do you want elections to be conducted correctly? Americans for a Constitutional Republic invites you to learn all you wanted to know about voting and elections but were afraid to ask. Come attend this informative session.

 


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MEET THE 50TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES MARCH 10 IN JULIAN

 

March 3, 2012 (Julian) -- On Saturday March 10, at 1 p.m. the Congressional candidates running for the 50th District (previously the 52nd District before redistricting) will participate in a town hall forum. The candidates invited are Congressman Duncan Hunter (R),Terri Linnell (R), David Secor(D), Connie Frankowiak (D), and Michael Benoit (I)(L). 

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AGENTS ARREST LAST MEMBER OF SMUGGLING FAMILY IN JACUMBA

 

March 3, 2012 (Jacumba) -- Members of the Boulevard Border Patrol Station Abatement Team (BLV SAT) executed a Federal Arrest Warrant on February 19 for the notorious alien smuggler Steven Virgin Zavala.  Zavala, the last member of his family residing in the town of Jacumba, was the leader of Zavala Transnational Criminal Organization.

 


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ALPINE FIRE BOARD MEMBER STEPS DOWN; DISTRICT SEEKS REPLACEMENT

 
March 3, 2012 (Alpine) – On February 21 at the Alpine Fire District Board meeting, long-time Alpine Fire Protection District Board member Ron Fuller resigned his position due to health issues. The District is currently seeking interested individuals to fill out Mr. Fuller's term which runs through November of this year. Interested individuals must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of the District and a registered voter. Applications can be picked up at the Fire Station at 1364 Tavern Road or down loaded from the Districts website at: http://www.alpinefire.org. The AFPD Board will review all applications at its March 20 Board meeting.

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SANTEE CHAMBER AWARDS PRESENTED

 

March 3, 2012 (Santee) – The Santee Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards for businesses and individuals who helped the Santeecommunity prosper in 2011. The awards were presented at the organization’s annual Rock n’ Santee's Finest awards banquet at the Barona Resort in Lakeside  February 10.  This year’s award winners are:
 

 


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SAN DIEGO RIVER BEND PROJECT DRAFT EIR OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Reprinted with permission of  GrokSurf's San Diego
March 3, 2012 -- San Diego) -- The City of San Diego has announced that the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the San Diego RiverBend project (aka the proposed Shawnee/CG7600 Master Plan redevelopment project) is now available for public review and comment. The deadline for comments is Monday, April 29.

 


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MARKETING MATTERS: THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS IN MARKETING

 
Tips and tricks for business marketing success
 
By Rama Beerfas
 
March 3, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –  Marketing is any activity that furthers the cause of your business. Pretty much everything you do in business is either impacted by your marketing actions and/or has an impact on them.

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SDSU CELEBRATES MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TITLE ON SENIOR NIGHT

 
Aztecs Kalena Tutt and Sajoyia Griffin Play in Last Home Game
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego)--When the final buzzer hit 00.0 at Viejas Arena on Feb. 29, it was time for the celebration. Fans rushed the court. Music began blaring through the loud speakers. Both teams shook hands before the San Diego State women’s basketball team rushed to midcourt to join the rejoicing mob that had formed.

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EL CAJON ANNOUNCES SPRING RECREATION CLASSES AND MULTI-SPORTS DAY CAMP

 

March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – Registration for El Cajon’s Spring recreation programs begins March 13 online or by mail, with walk-in registrations accepted starting March 19. Spring recreation classes are offered for kids of all ages and include multi-sports camp, aquatics, dance, preschool programs and gymnastics.
 
To learn more, visit http://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/dept/rec/ , or call (619) 441-1516.  For details on the multi-sports day camp, read more.
 

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2nd ANNUAL VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL HOSTED BY GUHSD

 

 
March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Union High School District will host its second Annual Visual and Performing Arts (V.A.P.A.) Festival on Saturday, March 10, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Arts Center located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. Admission to the event and parking are free.  

 


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SAN MIGUEL FIRE EXTENDS RFP DUE DATE

 
 
March 2, 2012 (Spring Valley)--The San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District has received a request from an interested agency for an extension of the due date for a Request for Proposal (RFP) submission for outsourcing of fire services.  That request has been approved, district spokesman Leonard Villareal confirms. The Addendum documents that the new due date is March 23, 2012 at 4 p.m.  

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GOOD MONEY: UPDATE ON CLEAN ENERGY SECTOR

 

A column written for the East County Magazine
“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”
 
By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management 
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Many of our clients own some stock in clean energy companies and so, given the significant negative performance of this sector over the last couple of years, we’ve had numerous conversations about where these companies are headed and whether or not they still make good investment sense.

 


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OFFICER SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING MAN IN EL CAJON

 

March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A man acting "irrationally" who refused to put down knives when asked was shot in the arm by an El Cajon Police Sergeant, Lt. J.D. Arvan reports.  The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday in the area of Villa Crest and Pepper Hill, after police received calls reporting a suspicious person in the area.  Callers believed he might be casing homes in the neighborhood.

 


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HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND ON PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX

 
New complex to offer students state-of-the-art facilities
 
March 2, 2012 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Helix Charter High School officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the school’s new performing arts complex on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The 34,000-square-foot complex will feature a 410-seat theatre, a Black Box for theater in the round, dance studio, recital rooms, costume shop and scene shop for performing arts students. The renovations also include new digital music labs, and classrooms for band and choir students.

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