March 2012 Articles

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FAMILY "BLOOD" FEUD


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EL CAJON APPROVES DEAL WITH DEVELOPER FOR EXCLUSIVE PROPOSAL TO TEAR DOWN EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND BUILD HOTEL

 

By Miriam Raftery; Bill Crotty also contributed to this report

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that theater. It could be cleaned up and opened tomorrow.” – Paul Russell, former manager of the theater and founder of Christian Youth Theater

March 15, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Leaders of East County arts groups reacted with shock and condemnation to news that the El Cajon Council, by a 4-0 vote, agreed to enter into an exclusive negotiation with developer E. Neal Arthur for plans to tear down the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a Marriott hotel in its place.

Under Arthur’s plan, the hotel would have a “portable stage to accommodate limited performing arts.” 

But arts experts say that’s woefully inadequate –and leveled sharp criticism at the council. Some also contend that the Council failed to provide adequate notice the community before taking action.


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SAN DIEGO STATE BASKETBALL TEAMS FIND OUT SEEDINGS FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT

 

Men’s Team Gets a No. 6 seed; Women’s Team Gets No. 12 Seed

 

By Ryan Schuler

March 13, 2012 (San Diego)--The Aztecs are going dancing. Both the San Diego State men’s and women’s basketball teams received bids to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.


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TRACK STATE LEGISLATURES’ WORK WITH THE ‘OPEN STATES’ MOBILE APP

 
Learn more about your state capital and lawmakers this Sunshine Week
 

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WOMAN STRUCK, KILLED BY VEHICLE IN EL CAJON

 
March 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A woman, 50, who stepped into a roadway while talking with companions at a bus stop in El Cajon was struck by a PT Cruiser and killed at 8:08 p.m. last night in the 1100 block of East Main Street.

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TRIBAL LEADERS TO MEET WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY, CONSERVATION AND POLICY EXPERTS FRIDAY IN SAN DIEGO

San Diego Workshop Evaluates Controversial Large Solar and Wind Projects, Desert Conservation, “Rooftop” Solar and Distributed Energy Opportunities in Mexico and the U.S.

March 14, 2012 (San Diego) — Indigenous leaders from San Diego County and across the state are set to meet with renewable energy and conservation experts, and lawmakers in a workshop on Friday, March 16, to evaluate strategies for renewable energy implementation in Southern California and Northern Baja California, Mexico.

Controversial energy projects in the Southwest deserts have raised concerns about large-scale impacts to desert ecosystems, endangered and threatened species and Native American cultural resources. Several legal challenges by tribal and environmental groups are being heard in Federal Courts in the United States and Mexico. Projects have repeatedly been stopped and delayed.


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ADVOCATES OF ROOFTOP SOLAR RAISE VOICES IN PROTEST OVER INDUSTRIAL-SCALE DESERT SOLAR AND WIND PROJECTS

  

Story by Terry Weiner and Miriam Raftery

Videos by Jim Pelley

March 15, 2012 (Holtville)--Early Wednesday, rooftop solar activists and desert conservationists from Imperial Valley and San Diego County  convened outside the Barbara Worth Resort—site of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation's three-day Renewable Energy Summit and Expo.

Protesters oppose tax credits going to giant energy companies and called for similar incentives to help property owners put solar on their roofs. They also objected to their viewpoint being excluded by conference coordinators. Participants voiced concerns over negative impacts of industrial-scale wind and solar projects. In some cases, wind turbines have been abandoned, left as rusting blights on the landscape. Other concerns include destruction of habitat for wildlife, noise, health impacts, loss of agricultural lands, and destruction of recreational areas on public lands.


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POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN LA MESA

Update 8:35 a.m. - The search has ended and the suspect was not located.


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EL CAJON COUNCIL VOTES TO FILL COUNCIL VACANCY BY APPOINTMENT WITH NO APPLICATIONS FROM PUBLIC

  By Bill Crotty

March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Council approved Mayor Mark Lewis' motion to appoint a replacement for recently-resigned Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Hanson-Cox at yesterday's council meeting, despite numerous community members who asked to be considered for the slot. 


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COWABUNGA! BEACH BOYS BRING HISTORIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE FRIDAY, MAY 25

 

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks To Tour Together For The First Time In More Than Two Decades
 
Tickets on Sale Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m.
 
March 15, 2012 (San Diego) — The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary and influential bands, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Tour. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will tour together for the first time in more than two decades.  GRAMMY Award nominated rock band Foster the People will join The Beach Boys at their stop in San Diego. The 40+ city tour includes San Diego, where the Beach Boys will take the stage at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on May 25. 

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SDG&E FAILS TO NOTIFY 200-300 LA MESA RESIDENTS OF PLANNED OUTAGE

Incident cost local restaurant money , highlights risk to ratepayers with medical needs

March 14, 2012 (La Mesa) – After ECM received a question from a reader about a power outage that began Friday night, March 2 and extended until Saturday morning, March 3, we contacted SDG&E.  SDG&E spokesperson Alison Zaragosa initially said that all  2800 customers left in the dark were notified via letters mailed February 14 of the planned outage to repair an underground cable.

But after La Mesa Patch ran a story about losses incurred by Riviera Steakhouse, whose owner said he was never informed of the outage, other community members came forward to say that they, too, did not receive notification.  So we called SDG&E again. 

“We did investigate and we did miss 200 to 300,” Zaragosa told ECM.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: APPALLING FACTS

 

By Connie Frankowiak, candidate, 50th Congressional District
 
March 14, 2012 (Julian)--The U.S. soldier who had that mental breakdown and killed all those Afghans reveals what happens when men are given long tours of combat duty one after another without enough leave time. The soldier involved already had a serious brain injury and was displaying serious mental problems and should have been in a veterans hospital receiving intensive care instead of a combat zone.

 


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OTAY WATER DISTRICT PROTESTS MWD AT PUBLIC HEARING

 
Water agencies and community leaders take a stand against proposed water rate increases
 
March 14, 2012 (Spring Valley) – On Monday, Otay Water District’s (the District) Board President, Jose Lopez, and General Manager, Mark Watton, joined elected officials, business leaders, other public water utility representatives, and the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) to protest proposed water rate hikes and the rate-setting structure of the Metropolitan Water District. MWD has raised its rates by 75 percent since 2006.

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RECORD NUMBER OF SUICIDES REPORTED IN 2011

 
392 Suicides Reported; County Officials Urge People to Get Help

March 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- A total of 392 suicides were reported last year,  the highest number in   23 years. This and the tragic suicides reported recently prompted County mental health officials to remind the public to learn the warning signs of suicide and to seek help.

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WILL POWER REPORT: SOLAR POWER—MONOPOLY OR FREE?

 
Nothing but the Truth!
 
By Will Power
 
March 14, 2011 (San Diego)--As gasoline approaches $5.00 a gallon, the public continues to wonder “Where’s the Solar”? The fact is Big Oil and Big Energy has been dragging their feet to keep their energy monopoly alive. 

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KICK OFF SPRING WITH THE CHAMBER'S - MARCH MADNESS MIXER AND NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION MARCH 21

 
March 14, 2012 (Alpine) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is kicking off spring with a March Madness Mixer and New Member Orientation on March 21.  The event is being held at Viejas Casino, Dreamcatcher Lounge, 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Appetizers and cocktails will be served.

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CAL FIRE EXPLAINS EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME (E.D.I.T.H.)

 

March 14, 2012 (San Diego County) -- E.D.I.T.H. stands for EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME and CAL FIRE wants to know if you have a home fire escape plan. If not, draw one up today. Discuss with your family the following strategies: Always sleep with the bedroom door closed, and know two ways out of every room. If the smoke detector goes off (or if you see or smell smoke) feel the door for heat before opening it. If the door is hot, use your alternate escape route. Crawl low in smoke, and meet in a predesignated location. Call 911 from a neighbor's house.  Remember once you’re out, stay out.  Be fire safe, not sorry!

 


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READER’S EDITORIAL: THE 28 YEAR WIND INDUSTRY COVER-UP

 
By Jim Wiegand                         
 
March 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--A recent study from Spain estimates bird mortality to be 6-18 million birds and bats annually from their 18,000 installed wind turbines with an installed capacity of 20,676 MW. This works out to a staggering total of 333-1000 birds and bats per turbine or 290-871 mortalities per MW for wind energy in Spain. In America, on the AWEA web site the reported bird death rate from wind turbines is 2.9 fatalities per MW.                                                                                                                                    

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CAUGHT ON TAPE, ARSONIST PLEADS GUILTY

 
March 14, 2012 (La Mesa/Spring Valley) -- When 51 year old Michael Joseph Morris of La Mesa set fire to a Spring Valley hillside, little did he know security cameras were rolling. The video captured him gathering a pile of combustible material and starting the blaze that endangered lives and property.

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LENOVA RECALLS THINKCENTRE DESKTOP COMPUTERS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

 

March 15, 2012 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Lenovo, today announced a voluntary recall of 50,000  Lenovo ThinkCentre M70z and M90z computers. A defect in an internal component in the power supply can overheat and pose a fire hazard. The firm received reports of one fire incident and one smoke incident in the U.S. No injuries have been reported.

 


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EAST COUNTY BIGGEST ST. PATRICK’S DAY BASH: HOOLEYFEST!

March 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grille invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at HooleyFest, a party that takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at Hooley’s locations in Rancho San Diego and La Mesa.

The event includes a variety of live bands performing Irish music and rock and roll. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 day of event.  VIP passes are also available for $30 (in advance only) which include private bar and seating.


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LAKESIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT’S 14TH ANNUAL RUN FOR THE ARTS MARCH 24

March 14, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park.  Registration begins at 8am and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies. For more information please call Sarah Grosskreutz at (619) 390-2662 ext. 425 or download entry forms at http://www.lsusd.net under the “News” section on the front page.  


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U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION CITIZEN’S ACADEMY TO START MARCH 24

Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Friday, March 16

March 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy is offering classes beginning March 24 to provide the community with information which will familiarize them with CBP’s mission and goals.  CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: DEER, DEER!

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--Students at Grossmont College may be surprised to see who's hanging out just off campus.  ECM editor Miriam Raftery spotted these deer grazing on a sunny slope adjacent to the community college.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
March 13, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:  
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. 
  • State joblessness rate dips to lowest level since ’09 (SF Chronicle)
  • U.S. extends its run of strong job growth another month (NY Times)
  • Drones over America: What can they see?  (NPR)
  • Voters blame Obama for gas prices, but experts say not so fast (Washington Post) 
 
WORLD  
  • Rampage in Afghanistan puts long-term US Presence in peril (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Afghans urge US exit after killings; US says timetable unchanged (Reuters)
  • Syrian opposition calls for international intervention (CNN)
  •  ‘Arab revolts led to Islamization, instability’ (Jerusalem Post)
  • Israel and Gaza factions ‘agree on truce’(Al Jazeera)
 
SCIENCE & HEALTH
  • Loss of Greenland ice could become irreversible,  scientists say (Los Angeles Times)
  • Study: Red meat raises risk of dying; risk higher with processed meats (CBS) 
 
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EDUCATION TOUR: SCHOLARSHIPS AND MORE

 

Education news and notes

By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator

March 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Do you have children, relatives, friends, or neighbors who are planning to go to college? Make sure to check out the scholarships available below.

In addition, here are my picks for this month’s top education stories of interest to local students, teachers, and parents:


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
March 13, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:   
 
 
 
  
 
LOCAL 
  • Fukushima fallout: fire hazard could be state’s tsunami (UT San Diego)
  • Fukushima fallout: lessons not learned by the U.S. government (UT San Diego)
  • Nuke quake study on hold over $64 million cost: utility wants ratepayers, not shareholders,  to pay  (Sacramento Bee)
  • Whistleblowers, Aguirre sue utility watchdog (Voice of San Diego)
  • Water agencies  decry  “secret society”  of agencies (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • La Mesa school shooting plan foiled (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Mary England denies being evicted in family home foreclosure case (La Mesa  Patch)
  • Local nonprofit group’s video parks worldwide movement (10 News)
  • View the video: Kony 2012, Invisible Children
 
STATE 
  • Chamber takes no position on Gov. Brown’s tax plan, opposes rivals (Sacramento Bee)
  • California revenues 3.2 percent shy in February  (Sacramento Bee)
 
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CELEBRATE POTRERO COMMUNITY PARK DAY MARCH 24

March 13, 2012 (Potrero) – After many years, the San Diego County Park system has agreed to make part of the Potrero Regional Park a community park.  There will be a celebration of the community park on March 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and access is free.


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TEE-OFF FOR OVARIAN CANCER GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MAY 4

March 13, 2012 (Jamul) – Nine Girls Ask? is holding its Tee-Off for Ovarian Cancer golf tournament on May 4 at Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Drive, Jamul.  The event registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will start at 1:00 p.m.


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S 10TH ANNUAL GRIP IT AND RIP IT GOLF TOURNAMENT MAY 17

March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber is holding its 10th annual Grip It and Rip It golf tournament on May 17 at Sycuan Resort, Pine Glen Executive Course, 3007 Dehesa Road.  The golfing begins at 11:30 a.m. and the dinner follows at 5:00 p.m.


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