March 2012 Articles

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHEN CAMELOT CAME TO SAN DIEGO

 By David Grant

DW Grant, an award-winning author who now lives in Las Vegas, sent us this recollection of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to San Diego in 1963.  You can visit Grant’s website at www.dwbooks.yolasite.com.

                                              
March 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- During the blossoming optimism of the early 1960s the president of the United States of America came to my home town, San Diego, and paraded down my street, El Cajon Blvd.. On that great day my best friend’s name was Johnny Kennedy, I found myself enraptured by my second grade teacher’s clavicle, and someone stole my bicycle.


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PROTEST AT SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR SITE MARCH 11 ON ANNIVERSARY OF FUKUSHIMA MELTDOWN

2 Fukushima-area residents to tell stories; celebrities to join rally

Update March 12:  View a video of the rally www.youtube.com/watch

Video: Fukushim survivors speak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWKHtIUqnOQ&feature=email

March 9, 2012 (SAN ONOFRE) – Activists from San Diego to Eureka will converge at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS,) just south of San Clemente, on the first anniversary of the devastating Fukushima disaster, March 11, 2012. The peaceful protest will occur a short walk from San Onofre State Beach about 1/8 mile south of the SONGS facility.


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SURVEY FINDS HIGH RATE OF WIND TURBINE SYNDROME FROM NEWER TURBINE MODELS

 By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – With two new wind farms proposed for our region and another already in operation, evaluating potential health impacts is important. 
 
A survey was conducted on wind farm noise as part of a Master’s dissertation by Zhenhua Wang, a graduate student in Geography, Environment and Population at the University of Adelaide, Australia. The results show that 70% of respondents living up to 5 kilometers away report being negatively affected by wind turbine noise, with more than 50% of them "very or moderately negatively affected". This is considerably higher than what was found in previous studies conducted in Europe. 

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THE LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES THE SECOND OF ITS 2012 CENTENNIAL YEAR HISTORY ROUNDTABLE PRESENTATIONS MARCH 17

 
“A City is Born: The Incorporation of La Mesa” With James D. Newland 
 
March 10, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Historical Society continues its popular History Roundtable Series for the City’s Centennial year with a presentation on the efforts to establish the City of La Mesa one hundred years ago on Saturday, March 17, 2012  at 10 a.m. The presentation will take place at the Grossmont Heathcare District Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa Drive, La Mesa 91942 (Next to Briercrest Park). 

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NEW COMPANY LAUNCHED TO SERVE EAST COUNTY SENIORS IN THEIR HOMES

 

Senior Resource GroupLaunch InTouch At HomeRancho San Diego group to bring Service to Seniors’ Homes
 

March 10, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The principals of Senior Resource Group (SRG), who have achieved national prominence for their senior living communities, have launched InTouch at Home, to bring SRG’s superior level of service to seniors who choose to age in place in their homes, according to Michael Grust, president and CEO of SRG. 


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

March 10, 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 8 a.m.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.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SPACE COWBOY

By Brian Lafferty

 

March 13, 2012 (San Diego) – This year I (quietly) introduced a rating system. In short, the highest rating a movie can get is an A, a D- is the lowest rating a movie can get on the basis of being bad, and an F given to films that are not only unbearably bad, but immoral, base, incompetently shot, and beneath contempt.

 


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WIND ENERGY SET TO GROW SIX-FOLD IN CALIFORNIA, BUT CONCERNS ALSO RISE

 

By Miriam Raftery
 
March 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Wind power produces electricity from a renewable resource without generating greenhouse gas emissions. But wind turbines also generate controversies over bird kills, health impacts, visual blight, maintenance costs and who takes responsibility if turbines are damaged or abandoned.

 


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MARCH MEANS MUD! SD MUD RUN MARCH 24 IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

March 10, 2012 (La Mesa) --  March means mud in the hills of La Mesa, especially on March 24, 2012 for the San Diego Mud Run spring edition.

All details, including a video clip, online registration and a map can be found at www.sandiegomudrun.com.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: ALL THAT IS DECLARED GREEN IS NOT GOLD

 
By Russell Buckley
 
March 13, 2012 (La Mesa)—Okay-- maybe a hokey title, but I hope it makes my point - which is that our society seems to be uncritically enamored with all things declared to be green.

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KIDZWATCH! AT THE ALPINE SHERIFF’S STATION APRIL 13

March 10, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Sheriff’s Station at 2751 Alpine Boulevard will be hosting a station tour as well as an opportunity to learn about bullying, bike safety, personal safety and much more.  There will also be a K-9 Unit demonstration.


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REP. DAVIS NAMED "HUMANE ADVOCATE" FOR LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING ANIMALS

March 10, 2012  (San Diego) – In recognition of her leadership on animal protection issues and for receiving a perfect score on the 2011 Humane Scorecard, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was named a Humane Advocate by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF).


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14-YEAR OLD ARRESTED FOR DEATH THREATS AT LA MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL

 
March 9, 2012 (La Mesa) –A La Mesa Middle School student was arrested yesterday at his home in the unincorporated area of La Mesa for making criminal death threats against the school. Detectives are also investigating possible bullying and harssing conduct reportedly made against the suspect. 

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BOBCAT IN EL MONTE VALLEY

By Billy Ortiz

March 9, 2012 (Lakeside) – Most every day I like to drive down El Monte Rd in Lakeside. It reminds me of how it used to be in the old days with wide open fields, some farming and the best part is all the wildlife in the area--golden eagles, hawks and falcons, wild turkeys, deer and every once in a while a mountain lion or a bobcat.


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ROBBER IN SKELETON MASK, FEMALE ACCOMPLICE SOUGHT

March 9, 2012 (Rancho Penasquitos)-- San Diego Police Department Robbery Unit detectives are investigating two similar commercial robberies committed by a masked suspect in Rancho Penasquitos.

Surveillance video captured the same female entering the business, just prior to the suspect’s entry, in both cases.

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SDG&E LAUNCHES SMART GRID PRIVACY INITIATIVE

 

Partnership with Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, will bring Privacy by Design best practices to customer offerings

 

March 9, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, has released a joint paper to document the incorporation of Privacy by Design into SDG&E’s smart grid initiative.  

According to an SDG&E press release, this partnership is the first of its kind in the United States, and emphasizes the “commitment of the company in designing, building and operating a secure, reliable and trustworthy smart grid that safeguards customer privacy” from the start.  


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2012 VALHALLA FASHION SHOW AND PROM/GRAD EXPO

 

 
March 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- How do students save on the expense of prom?  By attending the 2012 Fashion Show and Prom/Grad Expo on Friday, March 16, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Valhalla High School theatre. This event is sponsored by the Valhalla High School Cheer Program. All students, parents, and the Grossmont High School community are invited to attend.

 


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STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON RESPONDS TO FEDERAL REPORT ON STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION RATES

 
March 9, 2012 -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has applauded efforts by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to shed light on the problem of excessive use of suspension and expulsion of students as a disciplinary tool in the nation’s schools.

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EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER NEEDS BATH MATS FOR DOGS

 
March 9, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Animal Shelter has sent out a request through its new Facebook page to fill a need of rubber backed bath mats for the outdoor dog runs. The dog runs are floor heated but the dogs need some padding. 
 
“If everyone brought in one mat that could go a long way in satisfying their need,” says Peggy Buffo. Sizes needed are 2 x 3 feet or 3 x 4 feet.

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AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT MENTOR & AWARD WINNING AUTHOR FEATURED SPEAKER AT MARCH SPIRIT OF THE BARRIO LUNCHEON

 

March 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Family Health Centers of San Diego will feature award winning author and international women’s empowerment movement leader, Barbara Field, at their March 16 Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon.
 
Field, a former writer for CBS in New York is currently a U.C. San Diego Communications Manager, Opinion/Editorial Project Regional Manager and a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

 


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FREE PREMIER SCREENING: HARVEST OF LONELINESS, FILM ON BRACERO PROGRAM MARCH 17-18

 
Meet the filmmakers during premier at local libraries
 
February 25, 2012 (El Cajon)--From 1942 to 1964, millions of Mexico's men and their families participated in the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero program. Harvest of Loneliness is a documentary that tells the story of men, women, and children whose lives were changed by this program.

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COUNTY APPROVES GRANT PROJECT TO IMPROVE JACUMBA AIRPORT

By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2012 (Jacumba) – County Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to support a state grant for improvements to the runway at the Jacumba Airport.  Located one mile east of Jacumba on Old Highway 80, the airport is mainly used as a glider facility for sailplanes and single-engine aircraft.


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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE DENISE MORENO DUCHENY HAS BIG PLANS FOR OUR REGION

 

By Mia Myklebust
 
March 8, 2012 (San Diego and East County) --“The reason I’ve run for office is because I’ve always cared about the areas I’ve lived in,” said Denise Moreno Ducheny, Congressional hopeful for California’s 51st district—an open seat, since Congressman Bob Filner is running for Mayor.
 
“This is my district now. It needs representation,” said Ducheny, a self-described Democrat “with a little Libertarian streak.” 

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KENNEDY CALLS FOR SHIFT FROM “FUEL FROM HELL” TO “PATRIOTIC FUELS FROM HEAVEN”

Nations that have led way in cutting carbon emissions  have seen strong economic growth, RFK Jr. reveals at Forging a Sustainable Future Conference

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2012 (San Diego) – “I flew over the Cumberland Plateau.  They are literally cutting down the Appalachian Mountains,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told attendees at the Forging a Sustainable Future conference sponsored by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University last Saturday. 

He painted a grim picture of the devastating costs of coal on the environment and human lives—then offered hope for an alternative that would not only be cleaner, but also revitalize the U.S. economy.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
 
March 9, 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: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 WORLD  
  • Strong solar storm to hit earth Thursday (BBC)
  • Election irregularities reported across Russia (NPR)
  • Syria’s deputy oil minister defects from Assad (Reuters)
  • Satellite images show buildup in Syria (New York Times) 
U.S.
  • Romney wins Ohio, 4 other Super Tuesday states (Sacramento Bee)
  • Seattle’s first urban food forest will be open to foragers (NPR)
  • Where women stand on the political race (NPR)
  • All the ads pulled from Rush Limbaugh’s show (Yahoo! News)
  • Green firms get fed cash, give executives bonuses, fail (ABC)
  • Big Pharma’s role in the contraception debate (Daily Beast)
  • BP Settlement sells out victims: deal buries evidence of oil company willful negligence (GregPalast.com)
  • Deaths from dangerous gut bacteria hit historic highs (NPR)
  • Cash mobs profit locally owned stores (PRI)
 
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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
March 8, 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:    
 
 
 
 
 
STATE
  • Jerry Brown pushes his tax proposal
  • Redevelopment demise leaves CA housing money in limbo (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL
  • Scripps warning on Statin-induced diabetes (UT San Diego)
  • Would you buy gas in Mexico? It’s $2.91 a gallon  (UT San Diego)
  • Barona Fire Captain arrested on molestation charges (UT San Diego)
  • Madrid opposes county taxes to help build Chargers Stadium (La Mesa Patch)
  • Poway reps to oppose water rate increases (Pomerado News)
  • Bonnie buys some open government cred (CityBeat)
  • SDG&E helicopter has hard landing (10 News)
  • Tire surcharge funds paving projects that use old tires (KPBS) 
 
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LA MESA SEEKS VETERANS TO VOLUNTEER FOR AGING AND VETERANS COMMITEE

March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa seeks  two veterans to serve on the newly reorganized Aging and Veterans Commission.

Applicants must live within La Mesa city limits and be either an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. armed forces, an active duty armed forces member serving in a civilian capacity, or a member of a veterans service organization based in La Mesa which is federally chartered and/or recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for claim representation.


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EDGEMOOR UNVEILED A NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN

March 8, 2012 (Santee) -- County officials and community partners unveiled the new volunteer garden at Edgemoor in Santee yesterday.

The volunteer garden, located at 255 Park Center Dr., is open to both community residents and County staff to increase access to fresh produce and physical activity. Residents of Edgemoor, will be involved in the garden through the Recreational Therapy Unit.


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EL CAJON COUNCIL MEMBER JILLIAN HANSON-COX RESIGNS AMID FEDERAL PROBE

 

March 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Community leaders expressed shock and sadness today over the resignation of El Cajon Councilmember Jillian Hanson-Cox.


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CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS ANNOUNCED BY LA MESA FOOTHILLS DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 

Saldaña wins endorsement after impassioned pledge to fight for women’s rights; Secor gains unanimous support

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – The largest Democratic Club in East County last night heard from candidates running for Congress, State Legislature, and local offices before holding endorsement votes.

Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña received overwhelming endorsement over ex-Council president Scott Peters by a 48-7 vote. Both are running in the new 52nd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray. 


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