March 2012 Articles

PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: CACOPHONY AND EUPHONY

 

March 13, 2012 (Boulevard) -- What is the distinction between sound and noise?  Wikipedia tells us in common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound, but sound can be desirable. Cacophony is ‘noise’ while euphony is sound.

 


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CATCH THE BEAT MARCH 22 WITH ZIMBEAT AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 
March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Zimbeat brings the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa to Cuyamaca College for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, March 22, at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Theatre.

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JUDICIAL CANDIDATE TO SPEAK TO REPUBLICAN GROUP IN EL CAJON MARCH 20

 

March 13, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Cajon Valley Republican Women Federated  will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:00 a.m. at The Pancake House restaurant, 1000 North Second Street. The guest speaker is Attorney Jim Miller a candidate for Superior Court Judge Seat 25. Mr. Miller is experienced in both civil and criminal law ,and has been certified as an arbitrator by the Better Business Bureau and the San Diego County Bar Association.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARIES OFFER HOME CLINICS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY

 

March 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Foreclosures and notices of default remain a problem for many in the county.  The San Diego County Library is sponsoring HOME Clinics at branches throughout the county during 2012 to help homeowners get the information they need.  The clinics provide homeowners in distress with the opportunity to speak with professionals regarding their options as well as educational sessions on how to keep their home.  


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FILNER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CREATE A “FOOD HUB” FOR SAN DIEGO REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2012 (San Diego) – “What if we can have food and water sustainability here? “ Congressman Bob Filner, also a candidate for Mayor, asked. Filner reiterated his plan to make San Diego a national model of sustainability for energy, water and food, the unveiled a new vision:  “What if we had a food hub in San Diego?”


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ASSEMBLYMAN JONES REFLECTS ON FIRST TERM ACCOMPLISHMENTS, GOALS FOR FUTURE

An ECM exclusive interview by Miriam Raftery

March 13, 2012 (Santee) – Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) announced last week that he is running for reelection.  In an exclusive interview, the conservative legislator shared highlights  and frustrations from his first term in the Legislature, as well as his priorities for the future if reelected in November.

With reapportionment, Jones 77th district will become the 71st Assembly District.  The district picks up some new areas including Pine Valley, Julian, Ramona, and Borrego Springs in San Diego County, as well as portions of Riverside County.


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FDA ISSUES WARNING AND RECALL OF MERCURY PRODUCTS

 
March 12, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on March 6, 2012 about skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions that may contain mercury. Skin products containing mercury have been found in at least seven states. They are manufactured in other countries and marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles.

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CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES PROTEST DEBATE SHUT-OUTS IN 52ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTIRCT

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
March 12, 2012 (San Diego) – What criteria should news outlets use in determining who should be included in political debates—and who should be left out?
 
Ten candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to seek the newly redrawn 52nd Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray.  But which ones receive a seat at debates to bring their messages to voters has become a key point of contention with some debate sponsors restricting the number of participants.

 


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READER’S EDITORIAL: WILL SAN ONOFRE BE OUR FUKUSHIMA?

 

By Faith Attaguile
 
Not if Ramona resident Dave Patterson has his way
 
March 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--A member of Vietnam Veterans for Peace, Mr. Patterson joined about 300 activists yesterday coming up from San Diego, down the coast from Eureka, and across the ocean from Japan. They converged at the San Onofre nuclear power plant for two reasons.
 
One was to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.
 
The other was to demand the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. 

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PROTEST PLANNED MARCH 14 AT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE THAT EXCLUDED ADVOCATES OF ROOFTOP SOLAR

March 12, 2012 (Holtville) – “Why are billions of our tax dollars going to fund large-scale energy development on our public lands instead of to home and business owners for developing rooftop solar?” asks Terry Weiner with the Desert Protective Council and Solar Done Right. Massive solar and wind developments are planned for San Diego and Imperial County, many on public lands, others on prime agricultural croplands.

On Wednesday, March 14 from 7:30 to 11 a.m., activists from throughout California plan to stage a demonstration outside the Barbara Worth Resort in Holtville (Imperial County), where the “Renewable Energy Summit and Expo” is being held.


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HIGHWAY 94 SHUT DOWN IN JAMUL

March 12, 2012 (Jamul) – CHP is shutting down Highway 94 in Jamul due to a head-on collision just west of Honey Springs Road. IPN reports that Cal-Fire indicates both vehicles were traveling at over 50 mph and major injuries are involved.

Deerhorn Valley Antler reports that a car is over the side with three people trapped inside.  A medical helicopter has been requested.

According to the CHP website, smoke from one vehicle was reported and lanes are being shut down in both directions.


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EL CAJON COUNCIL TO WEIGH FILLING VACANCY AT MEETING TUESDAY MARCH 13

By Miriam Raftery

March 12, 2012 (El Cajon)—During Tuesday’s meeting at 3 p.m., the El Cajon Council will consider its options for filling the vacancy left by Jillian Hanson Cox’s resignation.

Council will determine whether to appoint someone to fill the vacancy between now and the November election, and if so, whether to accept applications and conduct interviews prior to selecting an appointee.


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CHEMICALS USED IN "SPICE" AND "K2" TYPE PRODUCTS UNDER FEDERAL CONTROL AND REGULATION FOR ADDITIONAL 6 MONTHS

 

DEA Continues Studies to Determine Whether To Permanently Control Five Substances
 
March 12, 2012 (Washington D.C.) --  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority to extend, by six months, control of five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make so-called “fake pot” products.

 


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VICTORY GARDENS OF SAN DIEGO: SUSTAINABLE GARDENS FOR ALL

 
By Ariele Johannson
 
March 12, 2012 (San Diego)--When I was growing up on Long Island, New York, my family often visited my grandparents who lived in Jamaica, Queens. Upon arrival at their home on 130th Avenue, we would go right out the back door into Grandma Rheba’s garden. I was small and remember it as if it were a lush secret garden with really tall plants; hollyhocks and tall vines of beans and peas trained onto strings reaching up to the sky. Besides being unexpected, it went on forever wrapping around a little shed and an abandoned car into another whole growing area next to a parking lot. We kids were always allowed in the garden. The city traffic whizzed by, but I don’t think I ever heard it. I was in some kind of a heaven.

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FOOD TRUCKS IN LA MESA: NEW LOCATION GIVES REVISED MEANING TO FRIDAY NIGHT TAKEOUT

 

By Serena Scaglione
 
March 12, 2012 (La Mesa)--Forget the busy burger joint, the crowded Chinese restaurant or the packed pizza parlor.  There’s a new spot in town that offers an alternative for those wishing to dine out.
 
For the past few Friday nights, GMC Acupuncture Clinic on University Avenue in La Mesa has been hosting Food Fest Friday, where local food trucks can promote their business and people can try a variety of foods at a reasonable price.

 


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LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: THE AGE OF IGNORANCE

By Brian Lafferty

 

March 12, 2012 (San Diego) – Have any of you encountered the **** People Say Internet meme that recently flared up on the Internet? A great friend of mine introduced me to it weeks ago. Among them are **** Rich People Say or **** Guys Don’t Say Out Loud. I’m not one to get caught up in Internet memes, so I forgot all about it.

 


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2 EAST COUNTY MEN ARRESTED FOR “INSISTENT BANDIT” BANK ROBBERIES

March 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Keith Slotter announces the arrest of Steve Edward Ruby, age 52, of El Cajon, California, and Spiros Romensas, age 51, of La Mesa as a result of the investigation into the “Insistent Bandit” serial bank robbery investigation.


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SDSU THEATER STUDENTS PERFORM "SQUAWK" AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 17

UPDATE: "Squawk!" initially scheduled to be performed by the SDSU Theater Department in the Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, March 17, and Saturday, March 31 has been postponed because of the impending rain on March 17, and the SDSU Spring Break on March 31.  "Squawk!" will now be performed on Friday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m.

March 11, 2012 (San Diego)--SQUAWK! will be performed by the San Diego State University Theater Arts Department on Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in the amphitheater at Mission Trails Regional Park. 

The theme of this 90-minute play touches on human conflict and competition in a metaphorical story about the birds of the world - engaged in a bitter but comical struggle - in their search for a way to choose a winner of a peace song competition. The props are an umbrella and stick held by the performers using bird like movements and sounds. The performance is free and will be performed in the Visitor Center Amphitheater. 


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NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO HELP STUDENTS SECURE THEIR FUTURE

Application deadline is April 1.

March 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- A brand new scholarship program established by the Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego Apprenticeship Training Trust can help San Diego County high school students achieve their career goals in the construction industry.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: STAND UP AGAINST SMART METERS APRIL 5

 

By Susan Brinchman
 

Director and Founder, Center for Electrosmog Prevention
March 11, 2012 (San Diego)--What can be done to gain an opt-out from smart meters here in San Diego and Orange Counties? The CPUC is dragging its heels in "granting permission" for one in our region. They may do so by June, our attorney learned recently. That is not good enough. It is not set and it is not definite. Why? Well, for one thing, few people in our county know about the smart meter problem due to lack of media coverage and no activism that is newsworthy here such as protests; even fewer have taken steps to show the CPUC we want an opt-out.

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FREE STRING QUINTET CONCERT MARCH 18 AT MISSION TRAILS

 
March 10, 2012 (San Diego) – Mission Trails Regional Park’s concert series will feature the Murray Hills Strings on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.  (Musicians include violinists Lee Wolfe and Marilyn Thomas, Janet Mathews on viola, Willis Frisch on cello,  and Don Mathews, string bass.)

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LA MESA CENTURY OF SMILES PHOTO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

 
March 11, 2012 La Mesa) -- On February 18, hundreds gathered to participate in La Mesa's Century of Smiles in honor of the City's Centennial. The Aerial "100" photo and merchandise are available for purchase at the following link:

lamesacentennial.smugmug.com 


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WATER-WISE SCHOOL GARDEN IN JAMUL RECEIVES GRANT

March 11, 2012 (Jamul) – The water saving garden at Jamul Primary School sports a new information board thanks to a generous grant from the Metropolitan Water District. The sign is part of an ambitious outdoor learning project, which demonstrates and promotes sustainable gardening practices in arid East San Diego County. The garden is a project of ARCHES, a local non-profit corporation.


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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SUNFLOWER

 
March 11, 2012 (Lakeside) – Jan Owens sent in this photo of her “accidental bird food” – a golden-hued sunflower that sprouted from a seed in the front yard of her Lakeside home.

 


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ST. PATRICK'S DUI CRACKDOWN

 

March 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Don't push your luck on St. Patrick's Day, give your keys to a designated driver before partying. A DUI/Driver License checkpoint is scheduled in Encinitas on March 16th between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. the next day. The County's Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force will also be conducting DUI patrols on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. Last year during the St. Patrick's Day period, three people were killed and 96 others were seriously injured in DUI related crashes in California. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Report drunk drivers, call 911. 

 


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ST. PATRICK’S BEER PAIRING AT JEREMY’S ON THE HILL

 

March 11, 2012 (Julian) -- Jeremy’s on the Hill and Manzanita Brewery are teaming up and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a three-course beer pairing on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:15pm. 

“We are going to have specials on St. Patrick’s Day and all weekend long, and wanted to extend the celebration to Tuesday by offering 3 great beers from Manzanita Brewery and 3 special courses for just $28!” said Chef Jeremy. 

 


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THE 58th ANNUAL GREATER SAN DIEGO SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

 
March 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- It is science fair time again in San Diego. Tuesday,  March  20 through  Sunday,  March  25 will be the time when more than 850 students throughout San Diego and Imperial counties will present their scientific research ranging in areas from Astronomy to Zoology at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair.  These 7-12  grade student participants, representing over 100 schools, will bring their work to the GSDSEF to be judged by professionals in their fields. They will be competing for 1st through 4th place awards, scholarships, trips, sweepstakes and professional society awards.

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MAKING A SPLASH: THREE NEW AQUATIC CENTERS IN THE GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

March 11, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District will be dedicating three new pools throughout the district this spring thanks in part to funding provided by Proposition U.

The Granite Hills High School Aquatics Facility will be the first to be dedicated on March 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.  The special guest will be Supervisor Dianne Jacob.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SHOCK PARTY

By Brian Lafferty

 

March 13, 2011 (San Diego) – Everyone has the time of their lives in Project X, a comedy movie, party movie, found footage movie, and disaster film all rolled into one. I’m happy that they had fun because I didn’t. I felt like a teenager forced by his parents to attend a social gathering with people he doesn’t know and can’t relate to.

 


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ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA HARRIS AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS UNVEIL CALIFORNIA “HOMEOWNER BILL OF RIGHTS” PACKAGE OF BILS

 

March 11, 2012 (Sacramento) - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John A. Perez have announced their sponsorship of six bills known collectively as the California Homeowner Bill of Rights.

The bills aim to protect homeowners from unfair practices by banks and mortgage companies and to help consumers and communities cope with the state's urgent mortgage and foreclosure crisis.  The bill could bring relief to homeowners statewide include San Diego County, where one in 27 homeowners has faced foreclosure.

The measures, if enacted, would guarantee:

 


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