March 2012 Articles

RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE DISPLACES 3 ADULTS AND 10 CHILDREN

March 27, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- At 9:11 a.m., Tuesday morning, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from Lemon Grove, La Mesa, and El Cajon were dispatched to reports of a residential structure fire in the 1500 block of Skyline Drive.  A 911 call reported  a room on fire.  Fire crews arrived within 6 minutes to discover dark smoke coming from the front door and side bedroom window of a single story, single family residence. 


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STRUCTURE FIRE LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF A BODY

 
March 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A fire that started inside a Mobile Home, in an unincorporated area of El Cajon lead to the discovery of a body inside. The fire was reported just before 9AM this morning at the Starlight Mobile Home Park located on the 300 block of East Bradley Avenue.
 
When the first crew arrived on scene, neighbors indicated there might be someone inside. The flames were so intense; crews could not enter the structure. Instead they were forced to shift into a defensive position, to save surrounding homes.

 


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READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO SUPERVISORS ON BEHALF OF RURAL RESIDENTS

 
Editor’s note: On March 28 at 9 .a.m. the San Diego Board of Supervisors will vote on recommendations made by its Red Tape Reduction Task Force, including potentially eliminating or weakening community planning groups, as well as eliminating the county’s Resource Protection Ordinance. 
 
By Patsy Fritz, Pauma Valley
 
Dear Chairman Roberts and Honorable Members of the Board:

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CYCLIST INJURED IN EL CAJON

 
March 27 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Officers and Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire-Paramedics responded to reports of a bicyclist being struck by a vehicle near the intersection of E. Camden Avenue and S. Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon at 4:51 p.m. Monday.

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IRS WARNS OF TAX SCAM: BEWARE OF PHONY REFUND SCHEME ABUSING POPULAR COLLEGE TAX CREDIT

 

Senior Citizens, Working Families and Church Members Are Targets
 
March 27, 2012 (Washington)– The Internal Revenue Service warns senior citizens and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging scheme tempting them to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds.

 


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PORTRAIT OF A HAWK

 

 
March 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Photographer Daren Sefcik captured the nobility of this magnificent bird of prey in a stunning close-up shot.  The red-tail hawk was spotted in Indian Valley within the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

 


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EASTER FEASTS: LOCAL RESTAURANTS SERVING BRAISED RABBIT, LITTLE PIGS, ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SEAFOOD AND MORE

 
 
March 27, 2012 (San Diego) –Looking for a place to savor a feast on Easter Sunday?  Several local restaurants are offering a variety of options. From rack of lamb to roasted rabbit, you’ll find a wealth of savory options.
 
Here’s what’s hopping at a trio of our region’s top restaurants, including Terra Bistro in East County and two popular San Diego eateries.

 


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BIRD TALK: THE AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN

 
By Greg Dunne
                                                
March 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--  You might ask what a Pelican is doing inland at any of these East County Lakes: Lake Murray, Lake Jennings, Santee Lakes and Lindo Lake.  Most people associate Pelicans with the sea coast, as do I.  When I see Pelicans at La Jolla Cove it seems perfectly natural and there are always plenty of them to be seen.  Of the two species of Pelicans in our area, The Brown Pelican and the American White Pelican, it’s the American White Pelican that is frequently seen at and around our lakes in the East County.  

 


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COUNTY ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST INTERGENERATIONAL COMMUNITIES

 
San Diego County is One of Five Nationally
 
March 27, 2012 (San Diego County) -- San Diego County has been named one of five winners of the inaugural America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. San Diego County has long been recognized as a leader in intergenerational programs.

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FOR THE LOVE OF DOG TALES: TIPS FOR CHOOSING A SHELTER PET

 
New book, For the Love of Dog Tales, gives advice on how to choose your new best friend from an animal shelter
 
March 27, 2012 (U.S.) -- Among the biggest victims of the economic recession are the once beloved family pets surrendered to shelters as their owners deal with extended joblessness. The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year – and 3 to 4 million are euthanized.
 
 

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HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL ENROLLMENT LOTTERY EVENT MARCH 29

 

March 26, 2012 (La Mesa) – Helix Charter High School is now enrolling for the 2012-13 school year.  It is a tuition-free public school that all California residents are eligible to attend.  The school focuses on preparing all students for the opportunity to attend college.


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CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET FOR THE PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY!

 March 26, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Donate a gently-used formal gown to the San Diego County Library for their annual Prom Dress Drive and Gown Giveaway and make a difference in a local teen’s life.  The dresses can be dropped off at the El Cajon County Library branch at 201 E. Douglas Ave. between now and April 20. 


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CELEBRATE THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR MARCH 31!

March 26, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County Library at 201 E. Douglas Avenue, El Cajon is hosting a Persian New Year celebration on March 31 at 2:00 p.m.  Attendees will enjoy free entertainment, including a performance by the Dornob Music Ensemble, and learn about ancient traditions and culture.  Known as Nowruz, the Persian New Year festival typically lasts for thirteen days.


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LA MESA POLICE TAKE ADDITIONAL STEPS TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED: LAUNCH WEEKLY BULLETIN

 
March 26, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Police Department will be providing a weekly “News and Information” bulletin that will provide the public access to current case highlights, traffic enforcement information, crime prevention, emergency preparedness and department highlights. Starting today, this bulletin will be available on the City’s website and updated every Monday morning after 10:00 am. It will provide highlights of La Mesa Police activity from the prior week. This is another way La Mesa is keeping the public informed of recent police related activity. 

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CAL FIRE SUBMITS PROPOSAL TO TAKEOVER FIRE SERVICES FOR SAN MIGUEL FIRE DISTRICT

 
March 26, 2012 (Spring Valley) –Cal Fire has submitted a request for proposal (RFP)to San Miguel Fire Protection District, the only agency to do so by yesterday’s deadline.
 
A committee appointed by the District will begin reviewing the proposal March 26 to assure that it meets minimum standards, or metrics, previously determined. The review committee will present its findings to the San Miguel Fire District Board at a March 28 meeting.

 


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER JONES PLEDGES STRONG SUPPORT OF VETERANS BILL PACKAGE

 

March 26 2012 (Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Brian Jones has joined his Republican colleagues in supporting a new legislative package that he says would improve services for California veterans.
 
“Nearly two million veterans call California home,” Jones said. “The fact that this state has not placed veteran’s services as a top priority is just another example of how misguided Sacramento has been. These men and women have sacrificed greatly for this country—it’s time we show how appreciative we truly are. That is why I am proud to support these bills.”

 


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ASID’S ‘SPRING SPRUCE UP’ HAS ARRIVED

 
March 26, 2012 (San Diego) -- The American Society of Interior Designers’ annual “Spring Spruce Up” event is underway now through the end of May. For a discounted rate of $85 per hour, the public can arrange for a professional designer to come to their home or business to consult on their remodel or design project and obtain advice, direction, and details. 

 


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FORMER HELIX HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK RE-SIGNS WITH 49ERS

 

Alex Smith Signs Three-Year Deal, Will Stay In San Francisco
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 26, 2012 (La Mesa) --After the San Francisco 49ers entered the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, it was expected that free agent quarterback Alex Smith (La Mesa, Calif./Helix High School) would pack his bags and move on from the only franchise he has ever known. Maybe it would be the Miami Dolphins, where he would reunite with former Helix teammate Reggie Bush. That was not case.

 


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RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF

 
Rain Brings Urban Runoff To County Beaches                       
    
March 26, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The 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. 

 


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SKATEBOARDER HIT BY VEHICLE IN LEMON GROVE

 

March 26, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A 20-year-old skateboarder suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle at 7:35 last night while crossing the street in the 7300 block of Central Avenue in Lemon Grove.
 
According to Sergeant V. J. Rivera with the San Diego Sheriff, the victim “was wearing dark clothes and listening to his iPod.”

 


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NEW DETAILS EMERGE ON IRAQI WOMAN SLAIN IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2012 (El Cajon ) – The body of Shaima Alawadi, the 32-year-old Iraqi mother of five who died following a brutal attack in El Cajon last week, will be flown to Iraq for burial. The Detroit Free Press reports that her father, Sayed Nabeel Alawadi, a Shia cleric, confirmed that the Iraqi government will pay for the shipping expense.

Her murder has sparked outrage around the globe--and a show of solidarity among students in distant places.


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TOREROS LEAVE AZTECS BLACK AND BLUE

 

Freshman Austin Bailey Leads USD With Four RBIs

 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 25, 2012 (San Diego)--The bases were loaded with two outs in the top of the second inning. San Diego State held a 1-0 lead in the March 20 game, after the speedy Greg Allen scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Up to the plate came the No. 9 hitter in the University of San Diego lineup, Austin Bailey.

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BRUSH FIRE IN OTAY

March 25, 2012 (Otay) A brush fire that began in a canyon at 5353 Airway Road in the Otay area is being fed by heavy winds, Incident Page Network reports.  A helicopter has been requested to aid with water drops at 4:56 p.m.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: EAST COUNTY EARTH DAY--SUBSIDY BEFORE PLANET?

 
By Susan Brinchman
 
March 25, 2012, (San Diego's East County) -- On April 1, 2012, an event called East County Earth Day will be held at Mt. Helix Park, billed as a "free, family-friendly event [that] invites residents of East County to experience a local perspective on Earth-friendly practices". The event underwriter is San Diego Gas & Electric, according to the Mt. Helix Park Foundation website. While I commend those who planned the event, I suggest that an event underwriter should have been found that has a record of being Earth-friendly. 

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CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS PUSHES FOR RESOURCES TO REGULATE WALL STREET

 
March 25, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) moved to make sure adequate resources are available for a strong enforcement mechanism to protect consumers. Davis and 98 of her colleagues sent a letter to House appropriators urging robust funding for the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  The CFTC is charged with regulating Wall Street, which includes speculation in the oil markets that are driving up gas prices.

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CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY PASSES RESOLUTION CALLING FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED

 
California could bthird State in nation to adopt such a resolution 
 
March 25, 2012 (Sacramento)--California is well in stride to be the third state to call for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, which allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in an attempt to influence elections. The California Assembly passed a resolution – by a 48-22 vote – calling for an amendment, sending the measure to the California Senate.

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CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION GETS AN EARFUL IN QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT WORKSHOP AT MISSION TRAILS

 

Santee Council to weigh resolution opposing power plant March 28;  San Diego Council to consider zoning change to allow facility on April 26

By Miriam Raftery

March 25, 2012 (San Diego/Santee) – Seventeen staffers from the California Energy Commission heard from concerned residents at a standing-room-only workshop on a proposed gas-fired power plant this week at Mission Trails Regional Park.  Over 60 residents filled out speaker cards to oppose the controversial project and dozens more packed the room.  

In emotionally charged testimony, residents pleaded for the project to be withdrawn or approval denied.  They voiced concerns over the dangers pose by wildfire and explosions as well as worries over noise, traffic, air pollution, visual blight, and impacts on wildlife, homes, schools, and Mission Trails Regional Park.


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EL GOBERNADOR BROWN Y LOS MAESTROS UNEN FUERZAS PARA LA INICIATIVA FISCAL DE NOVIEMBRE

 
By Lori Abbott/Alfonso López-Collada, Public News Service
 
15 de Marzo 2012 (Sacramento)--El Gobernador Jerry Brown y la California Federation of Teachers (Federación de Maestros de California) llegaron a un acuerdo sobre la iniciativa fiscal de noviembre. Aunque ambos apoyan iniciativas de impuestos que rivalizan, han decidido unir sus fuerzas con la esperanza de lograr un pacto de apoyo para la votación de noviembre.


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HOUSE FIRE IN LA MESA DISPLACES TWO ADULTS, 2 CHILDREN

 
March 25, 2012 (La Mesa)—A family of four escaped their burning house during the night, alerted to trouble by a garage door going up and down. Heartland Fire & Rescue Crews from La Mesa and El Cajon battled the blaze reported at 2:21 a.m. in the 5700 block of Lambda Lane.

Fire crews arrived in six minutes to discover heavy fire and smoke coming from the attached garage of a single story, single family residence. Firefighters stretched hose lines to the interior of the house and aggressively fought the fire preventing the fire from spreading to the interior of the home. 
 

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FEEL THE BEAT AT THE RAMONA MUSIC FEST MARCH 31!

March 25, 2012 (Ramona) – The Ramona Music Fest is Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dos Picos County Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Road in Ramona.  A variety of exceptional music artists will light up two stages.

The headliners this year are Rockola and Cactus Twan Whyte Grano & Nash.Rockola has earned no fewer than eight San Diego Music awards in their three decades together. Cactus Twang Whyte Grano & Nash offer spot-on performances of beloved classics made famous by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.


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