April 2012 Articles

DEMAIO TO HOST TOWN HALL MEETING ON PENSION REFORM APRIL 21 IN SAN CARLOS

April 20, 2012 (San Carlos) – San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has announced plans to hold a town hall meeting on Saturday to discuss his plans to “fix the City of San Diego’s budget problems” through pension reform, according to his campaign. 

The event will be held at the Elks Lodge, 7430 Jackson Drive in the San Carlos/Navajo area at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

WOMEN LEADERS RALLY TO SUPPORT FILNER FOR MAYOR

 

 

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) –Prominent women leaders in San Diego will be speaking out to support Bob Filner’s mayoral candidacy this Saturday.

“Bob Filner is the only candidate for mayor who has spent his career fighting for women's rights,” a press release from the Filner campaign states. In Congress, Filner co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He is endorsed by the National Organization for Women (NOW) San Diego chapter and has earned an “A+” from Planned Parenthood for his voting record to support women’s rights.

CPUC: SDG&E MUST LET CUSTOMERS”OPT OUT” FROM SMART METERS

By Miriam Raftery

La Mesa leader in anti-smart meter movement says plan offers relief, but does not go far enough

April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Ratepayers now have the right to have a smart meter removed from their homes—provided they pay a $75 removal fee and $10 a month  fee to read their meter (for low income users, the rate is $10/removal and $5/month). 

Consumers who do not yet have smart meters and are on a “delay” list will have to make clear anew that they wish to opt out, or smart meters may be installed.

GALLERY WALK IN EL CAJON: SEASON STARTS APRIL 20

April 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Downtown El Cajon and Arts Alley Gallery Walk 2012 kicks off this Friday, with live music, food and beverages, and giveaways for the public.  Gallery Walk events are set to be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 20, June 15, October 26, Novembr 16, and December 7.

ANDERSON DEATH PENALTY MEASURES DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE

April 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Two measures authored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) were defeated in the Senate Public Safety Committee in Sacramento this week.  Senate Bill 1514 would have eliminated the automatic appeal of each death penalty case, while Senate Constitutional Amendment 20 would have required that any appeals of death penalty cases go to the State Court of Appeal rather than the State Supreme Court.

A CLASS ACT NIGHT: A SPIRITED EVENT APRIL 29 TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY JOURNALISM IN EAST COUNTY


(La Mesa)—Join us for a spirited evening at San Pasqual Winery, 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in historic downtown La Mesa on Sunday, April 29 from 4-7 p.m. to benefit East County Magazine!

WHAT IS BAJA? DISCOVERING ATTRACTIONS SOUTH OF THE BORDER



By Dennis Moore

April 19, 2012 (Baja)--Baja, or Baja California, is the northernmost part of Mexico--just across the border from San Diego. Like a hidden jewel waiting to be discovered, the region has many tantalizing facets. Baja includes the cities and towns of Tecate, Ensenada, Tijuana, Rosarito Beach and Puerto Nuevo, which is world renowned for its lobster fest.  

DISTRACTED DRIVING CAMPAIGN IN SANTEE AND AROUND COUNTY

April 19, 2012 (Santee) -- The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle unit is continuing law enforcement's efforts to curb distracted driving. During the month of April, which has been designated "National Distracted Driving Month," extra patrols are out in force in the County of San Diego. Yesterday the motor unit concentrated their efforts in the City of Santee. Between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., motorcycle deputies wrote a total of 85 citations; 25 of which were for using a cell phone while driving and 38 were for speeding.

JOIN A STAR PARTY APRIL 20 AT SYCAMORE CANYON/GOODAN RANCH PRESERVE

April 19, 2012 -- Join the San Diego Astronomers Association (SDAA) volunteer astronomers and park staff at the Hwy 67 staging area, 16281 Sycamore Canyon Rd., Poway, for a night under the stars starting at sunset. Experience the chance to view the galaxy using the same technology used by the professionals. Viewers will get a chance to see many amazing sights, which they wouldn’t normally see without the trained eye.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED IN RAMONA AT SUTHERLAND RESERVOIR


April 19, 2012 (Ramona)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Sutherland Reservoir Recreation Area Water System located at 22850 Sutherland Dam Road, Ramona, effective immediately.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.

ARRIBA! EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO APRIL 19

 

April 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its April Business After Hours Mixer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 103 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon on April 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be complimentary appetizers and cocktails available for purchase.

5 QUESTIONS WITH BRYAN HAAR

East County Magazine catches up with the former Grossmont High School baseball star

By Ryan Schuler

April 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The exact distance from Grossmont High School in El Cajon, Calif. to the University of San Diego is 14.7 miles. The former is where USD senior first baseman Bryan Haar made a name for himself as one of best high school baseball players in San Diego County; the latter is where Haar is making a name for himself by helping lead the 19th-ranked college baseball team in the nation to what many hope is a berth in the College World Series.

KEHOE BILL WOULD STOP SDG&E EFFORT TO HIKE SOLAR RATES UP TO 600%

 


Petition drive launched to support Kehoe measure set for hearing April 24

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2012 (San Diego) – State Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced SB 1537 to halt efforts by utiliy companies to jack up rates on solar energy producers as much as 600%. 

Daniel Sullivan, president of Sullivan Solar Power in San Diego, says that utilities in alifornia have "launched an offensive on solar producers led by San Diego Gas and Electric. SDG&E has unfairly targeted commercial solar producers by proposing to increase the demand electricity rates they pay by as much as 600%, but only increasing the demand rates on non-solar producers by a mere 52%," he said. To prevent the utilities from derailing our State’s renewable energy goals, Senator Kehoe is introducing SB 1527, which is set for hearing in Sacramento on April 24.

THREE COMPETING BALLOT MEASURES BATTLE TO FIX “BROKEN” PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM THROUGH TAX INCREASES; DEADLINE FOR SIGNATURES IS APRIL 27

 

By Mike Lewis

April 17, 2012 (Sacramento)--The figures behind the state’s educational crisis are alarming. According to the California Teachers Association, California ranks 46 nationally in per-pupil funding, with over $20 billion cut from public schools and colleges statewide in the last four years. More than 40,000 teachers have been laid off during that same time, yet partisan gridlock has stalled any solution in Sacramento.

LAY-OFFS ON GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA APRIL 19

April 17, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School Board meeting on April 19 will include a  Superintendent’s vote on Voting Rights Act issues, a resolution to implement lay-offs of classified employees, and other key issues.  The meeting will be held at the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street. 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: CITIZENS FIGHT BACK AGAINST OCOTILLO WIND PROJECT

 

May 17, 2012 (Ocotillo) –Robert Lundahl spotted these signs posted by residents and environmentalists, who are mobilizing to inform the public about negative impacts of the proposed Ocotillo Express wind energy facility.

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISE AND CONCERTS ON THE PROMENADE ARE ROARING BACK TO EL CAJON

Cruisin’ starts April 25, Concerts on the Green season starts May 4

April 16, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Downtown El Cajon Promenade District has announced the 2012 schedule for the Cajon Classic Cruise and Concerts on the Promenade.

To kick off the festivities on April 25, Opening Night, there will be a vintage aircraft flyover by San Diego’s Air Group One, based at Gillespie Field. The band Breez’n will be performing and there will be a super slide and face painting for kids.

MAN INJURED IN FIRE CAUSED BY CIGAR: SAVES DOG, BUT CAT PERISHES

 

 April 16, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Firefighters with San Miguel Fire District dispatched units to a fully engulfed house fire in  the 1800 Block of Vista Grande at 4:40 p.m. today. On arrival, crews witnessed large flames shooting out of all of the home’s front windows, said Leonard Villareal, public information officer for San Miguel Fire. 

FILNER, BARRERA PUSH FOR TROLLEY ACCESS FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

April 16, 2012 (San Diego) – On April 9, U.S. Congressman and candidate for Mayor, Bob Filner, was joined by San Diego Unified School Board Vice President Richard Barrera and San Diego High School Business Academy Principal Consuelo Manriquez to push for free or reduced trolley and bus fare for San Diego middle school and high school students.

SPIN THE WHEEL APRIL 21 AT CASINO NIGHT 2012

April 16, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- The San Miguel Knights of Columbus, Soroptomist International and Kiwanis Club of Lemon Grove are hosting Casino Night 2012 on April 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at St. John of the Cross Knights of Columbus Hall, 8086 Broadway, Lemon Grove.  The evening will include bingo, black jack, craps, roulette, silent auctions and raffles.  Food and drink will also be available.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFÉ ON APRIL 26

April 16, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Space Bar Internet Café at 7454 University in La Mesa presents open mike night at 7:30 p.m.  The featured performer on April 26 will be Liz Huerta, a writer, who composes verse of truth and beauty interspersing moments of existential angst with human realizations.  Liz has lived in Barcelona, Mexico City and San Diego.

HIGHWAY 94 CLUB TO SEEK ANSWERS FROM SANDAG AND CALTRANS

What can be done to make Highway 94 safer? April 19 meeting set at Barrett Junction Cafe

 
“Pray for me, I drive Highway 94”

April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--That’s a bumper sticker spotted now and again on cars, SUVs and trucks traversing State Route 94 as it departs suburban San Diego out past Rancho San Diego and Jamul and enters a world quite different.  

The people who live along SR 94 “out east” toward Dulzura and Barratt Junction, Potrero and Campo are a different breed — a blend of distinctly Mid-Western American values of land and open space with a spirit of entrepreneurship to raise horses and sheep and to plant vineyards and bottle and brand their own wines.

YEE-HAW! 48TH ANNUAL LAKESIDE RODEO APRIL 20-22

April 16, 2012 (Lakeside) – The 48th Annual Lakeside Rodeo will take place at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. The annual event has been a tradition since the first rodeo was held back in 1920.  It encompasses a series of events April 20-22 that celebrate the community’s Wild West heritage.

 

Each day’s rodeo performances include seven events: saddle bronco riding, tie down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and barrel racing. Other events, including Saturday’s Western Days Parade sponsored by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, are also slated.

MINIMAL FIRE DAMAGE FROM A CHIMNEY FIRE IN DEHESA

April 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – San Miguel Fire District’s Engine 23 and its three person crew was the first on the scene of a chimney fire in a home on the 1200 block of Avenida Elisa on April 15 at 10:46 p.m. The fire, which began in the chimney box, quickly moved to the attic.  Containing the blaze was problematic because the flames burning in the attic compromised the strength of the roof, according to Leonard Villarreal with the District.  The blaze was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes.

STRONG EAST COUNTY PLACEMENT IN SAN DIEGO CITIES PAGEANT

Santee Teen receives Miss Teen San Diego Cities Honor 

April 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Sunday, April 15, 2012 Kayla Ross of Rancho Bernardo was crowned Miss San Diego Cities 2012 while Savannah Keener of Santee was crowned Miss Teen San Diego Cities 2012. Young women from across San Diego County had entered the pageants in hopes of becoming the new city ambassadors.  The contestants were scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, physical fitness and beauty, evening gown and an on stage impromptu question. 

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS “TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11 FOR CENTENNIAL YEAR


April 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--This year, to celebrate La Mesa's 100th anniversary, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is expanding its 4th Annual Taste of La Mesa  to be the Taste of the Century. 

The event, set for June 11, will feature an expanded venue & more restaurants than ever before, as well as VIP opportunities.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
 
April 16, 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  
  • CSU faculty members set to vote on strike (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown turns to robocalls and mailers to qualify his ballot initiative (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL   
  • San Diego County: Rents are Rising (KPBS)
  • Palomar campgrounds reopen after successful fundraising drive (KPBS)
  • Rattlesnakes cruise for females, find people (North County Times)
  • Caregiver sentenced in elder abuse of Pearl Harbor victim (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
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