March 2012 Articles

FATHER AND TEEN DAUGHTER FOUND DEAD IN CAMPO HOME

Update March 8, 2012: The deceased have been identified as Jim Simmons, 41, and Donna Simmons, 16.

March 6, 2012 (Campo) – Yesterday morning, Sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies of a man and his 16-year-old daughter at a home in the 2600 block of Cameron Truck Trail in Campo. 

“The reporting party told deputies that he read a text message on his phone,”  Sgt. David Martinez said. The message, from the father found dead, “essentially read that the man’s daughter committed suicide and the man was going to be with his daughter.”


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NEUTER SCOOTER TO STOP IN POTRERO MARCH 16 & 17

March 8, 2012 (Potrero) – The SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project) Mobile Veterinarian staffed bus will be at the Potrero Library, 24883 Potrero Valley Road, in Potrero on March 16th and 17th. The project provides spay and neutering services for low income pet owners as well as good Samaritans with feral cats in traps.


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HUMANE SOCIETY LEADS EFFORT TO OUST CA FISH & GAME PRESIDENT OVER MOUNTAIN LION SHOOTING

March 6, 2012 (Sacramento) -- In January, California Fish and Game Commission president Dan Richards shot a mountain lion on a guided hunt in Idaho, after dogs drove the big cat up a tree. A guide took a picture of Richards smiling as he held up the slain animal. Richards sent it to a hunting newspaper, which posted the photo.


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CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS FILES TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION IN NEW 53RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; POPADITCH TO OPPOSE

 

March 8, 2012 (San Diego)-- Upon filing the necessary paperwork with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Congresswoman Susan Davis qualified for the 2012 ballot making it official that she will be running for re-election in the newly drawn 53rd Congressional District.

 


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SAN DIEGO STATE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HEAVILY REPRESENTED ON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

 
Aztecs Sweep Player of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 8, 2012 (San Diego)--Everyone knew the San Diego State men’s and women’s basketball teams had great seasons. Both won regular-season titles and are No. 1 seeds heading into this week’s Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.

 


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LA MESA ANNOUNCES "MEMORIES TO BE MADE" SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS

March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps to put a smile on children's faces. Camps are offered for ages four years and up:  

 *Art Smarts Art Camp, *Arts and Crafts Camp, *Creative Theatre Camp, *Day Camp, *Engineering Camp, *Fencing Camp, *Flag Football Camp, *FRESHi Filmmaking Camp, *Jump Rope Camp, *Mad Science Camp, *Tennis Camp and * Woodworking Camp.


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DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME REMINDER

March 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Remember to wind your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daily Savings Time starts Sunday, March 11, so set your clocks forward before going to sleep Saturday night.


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HORSE DIES OF RATTLESNAKE BITE

 

March 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite recent cold weather, rattlesnakes are active—and a bite proved deadly this week on a local trail, the Blossom Valley network reports.


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COME PLANT A TREE AT SANTREE FEST MARCH 17

March 8, 2012 (Santee)—The City of Santee invites you to join in its free SanTree Fest on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Town Center Community Park, 10123 Riverwalk Drive. 


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ATARA-BAKER: AFRICAN MASK SERIES PAINTINGS, COLLAGE & SCULPTURE

 
Meet the Artist Thursday March 15, 5 pm to 8 pm
 
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)--Israeli-born artist Atara-Baker has brought her African Mask Series to O'Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa. This body of work centers on color and the primeval, inspired by the integrated tribal lifestyle and artifacts of the original South Africans, the San people of the Kalahari.

 


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AZTECS SOFTBALL SCORES A WIN IN WALK-OFF FASHION

 
SDSU Downs Old Conference Foe BYU, 1-0
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 8, 2012 (San Diego)--For six and a half innings, the game remained scoreless. It was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel: San Diego State’s Rebecca Arbino versus BYU’s Hannah Howell, squaring off at the SDSU softball stadium on March 1. Not until the bottom of the seventh inning did the first run of the game cross the plate. It proved the gam
e-winning run. 

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JONES BILL WOULD GIVE CONSUMERS ACCESS TO PUBLIC NOTICES ONLINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2012 (Sacramento) –An antiquated California law written before the Internet was invented restricts the running of public notices to only print newspapers.  Today, with the majority of Americans seeking out news online, Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) has introduced legislation to update the law and allow online media outlets to publish public notices such as new business announcements.

“AB 1902 will provide residents greater access to legal notices, and will more appropriately fulfill the intent of the law to insure the public is adequately made aware of public notices,” a fact sheet on the bill provided by Jones’ office states.   “Permitting online publications to sell and post public notices is a reasonable response to changing technology."


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TOYOTA RECALLS CERTAIN CAMRY, VENZA AND TACOMA VEHICLES

Warning lamp and switch failures may cause airbag failure or inability to start vehicle

March 8, 2012 (Torrance, CA)– Toyota Motor Sales, USA announced yesterday that it will conduct two voluntary safety-related recalls. 

One involves air bag warning lamps that may fail, preventing deployment of airbags in a crash. The second is a stop lamp switch that may result in vehicles behind unable to start or shift out of park.


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CA ATTORNEY GENERAL & ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUE SANDAG OVER REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

 

By Megan McGlamery

March 8, 2012 (San Diego)—“Our biggest challenge is to stabilize climate change,” Mike Bullock, chairman of the Transportation Committee for Sierra Club’s San Diego chapter, told attendees at the Forging a Sustainable Future Conference hosted by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University last weekend. 

To accomplish that, the state has set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--and mandated that counties reduce driving and encourage public transportation. 

But the San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) failed to meet those goals in a Regional Transportation Plan(RTP) that it approved last fall. Now, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined with the Sierra Club, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, and other environmental groups to sue SANDAG. 


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THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER – A MUSICAL PRODUCTION BY YOUNG ACTORS’ THEATER – MARCH 16 – 25

 
March 7, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The classic novel by Mark Twain is brought to stage in song and dance at the Encore! Theatre at 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley, on March 16 – 25. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on March 16, 17, 23, 24 and at 2 p.m. on March 17, 18, 24, 25.

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“ALL ABOARD!” AT CAMPO RAILROAD MUSEUM AS THE CHEFS FIRE UP THE IRON HORSE MARCH 24

 

March 7, 2012 (Campo) -- The Chefs de Cuisine and Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo are celebrating over fifty years of service to the San Diego community, together with The San Diego County Vintners Association. This savory event will be at the Campo Railroad Museum, located at State Highway 94 and Forrest Gate Road in Campo from 12:00--5:00 p.m. on March 24.

 


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PARADISE PLUNDERED: BOOK REVEALS POLITICAL MISMANGEMENT HAS LEFT SAN DIEGO REGION STILL VULNERABLE TO CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE

 
By Walter G. Meyer
 
What residents of East County are likely to find most frightening in this book is how the head-in-the-sand attitude left—and still leaves—the entire region vulnerable to the next firestorm. Erie and his co-authors make clear that almost nothing has been done to make the inevitable fire any less cataclysmic. – Walter G. Meyer
 
March 7, 2012 (San Diego)--Paradise Plundered is not a fun read. Far from it. The book will likely leave the reader angry at past mismanagement by San Diego elected officials and frustrated at mistakes that local government seems about to make--with little likelihood that they will avoid the same pitfalls that have dotted San Diego’s landscape like potholes left unfilled due to budget cuts. 

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VETERAN WITH POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) DEPARTS ON 3,800 MILE CROSS COUNTRY BICYCLE RIDE MARCH 10 IN LA MESA

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa)--Tom Skinner, an Army veteran, will depart on Saturday. March 10, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. from the United Church of Christ, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa on 117-day cross country ride covering over 3,800 miles ending at White River Junction, Vermont the National PTSD Headquarters.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES! – EASTLAKE-BONITA DEMOCRATIC CLUB MARCH 8

 

March 7, 2012 (Bonita) – The Eastlake-Bonita Democratic Club will be meeting on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bonita Library Community Room, 4375 Bonita Road. Candidates will be there to earn your vote.

 


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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH INFORMATION NIGHT PRESENTED BY LA MESA POLICE MARCH 8

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On March 8, 2012, the La Mesa Police Department will be hosting an informational meeting on how to start Neighborhood Watch. This meeting is open to the public and will outline the process of forming a new Watch group.

 


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A DOZEN CANDIDATES IN LA MESA MARCH 7

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa) – Over a dozen Democratic candidates will be appearing at tonight’s meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. In addition, Scott Lewis, chief executive officer of the Voice of San Diego news outlet, will speak. 

 


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS, “BUILDING BETTER HEALTH” IN LEMON GROVE MARCH 13

 
March 6, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- East County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join Mark Fenton, nationally-known public health, planning and transportation consultant, to explore how community design can strengthen and support active healthy lifestyles and economic vitality. The Chamber, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and Healthy Works will participate in this event.

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20 EVACUATED DURING FIRE AT LOCAL PUB

 

March 6, 2012 (El Cajon)—Smoke from an attic fire filled Kelley’s Pub on East Bradley Avenue this evening, but no one was injured thanks to the swift response from San Miguel Fire. Firefighters evacuated about 20 patrons safely, then attacked the fire by removing ceiling tiles, eliminating the need to cut large holes in the roof to vent the fire.


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ECONOMICS EXPERT TO SPEAK MARCH 15 AT EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 
March 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Dr. Alan Gin, Associate Professor of Economics at the University of San Diego, will be the guest speaker at the East County Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon. Dr. Gin, who is best known for developing and publishing the University of San Diego's, “Index of Leading Economic Indicators” for San Diego County, a monthly economic report, will present his economic forecast for 2012 for the local and national economy.

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FIRE AT MIDDLE SCHOOL IN EL CAJON

 

March 6, 2012 (El Cajon )- 7:00 p.m. – El Cajon Firefighters are at the scene of a one-alarm fire at Emerald Middle School, 12221 S. Emerald Avenue in El Cajon. Incident Page Network (IPN) reports heavy smoke on arrival with firefighters laying lines for a fast attack.


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BARDIN BROTHERS ARE BIG WINNERS OF TWO DAYS OF SOAP BOX DERBY RACING

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Declan and Aidan Bardin of La Mesa dominated the results of the two-day Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby Rally Races on March 3 and 4 in La Mesa. Between them the Bardin brothers won four first place trophies, two second place and two third place. The boys are students at Literacy First Charter School in El Cajon.

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WILD BARN OWLS RETURN TO THE GARDEN

 

Source: Water Conservation Garden

File photo of barn owls, by Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Last year, the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon installed a barn owl nesting box to provide a natural way of protecting the gardens from damage, mainly from rabbits because the natural predators were unable to enter the gardens, but the rabbits were. Now, the owls have returned for a second year to raise a family.  

The owls, Hoot and Holla, can be seen 24/7 on the Owlcam at www.thegarden.org/owlcam.

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SAN DIEGO WOMEN RALLY MARCH 8 TO DEMAND CONTRACEPTION ACCESS FOR ALL WOMEN

March 6, 2012 (San Diego)--Women from all over San Diego County will rally in front of the US Federal Courthouse, 940 Front Street in San Diego on Thursday, March 8 from 12-1 p.m. to support women's rights to contraception on International Women's Day.

 


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NEW STUDY WILL HELP PROTECT VULNERABLE BIRDS FROM IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

March 6, 2012 (Sacramento)--Scientists from the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and PRBO Conservation Science have completed a study on the effects of climate change on vulnerable birds. This first-of-its-kind study prioritizes which species are most at risk and will help guide conservation measures in California. The study was published last week in the journal PLoS ONE.


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SPRITES HOSTS BENEFIT MARCH 24

 
March 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Sprites of East County, a mother-daughter philanthropic organization, will host its annual benefit on March 24 at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Road in Spring Valley.  The theme of this year's event is "Sprites Revolution." The annual benefit includes a silent auction, fashion show featuring apparel from Fashion Valley stores, dance performances, and a delicious catered lunch.  All proceeds benefit their charities.

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