April 2012 Articles

DREAM DOGS:LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
April 16, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Our little Australian Terrier is doing great learning "On Your Bed". He needs  a best friend to play ball and cuddle with. He's a 10 pound, 2 years old sturdy little guy. He is neutered and has all his shots. Another fun little guy! He would love to be the center of your universe! His goal in life is to stay as close to you as he can to his owner. This little guy seems to almost be able to read my mind. He knows what is right and wrong and does everything he can to please his owner.

AAUW HOSTS CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL SLAVERY OF LOCAL CHILDREN APRIL 28

 
April 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Sexual Slavery - trafficking of 12 year olds .- Cambodia - Thailand?  NO!  This travesty is taking place in San Diego - El Cajon  - Lemon Grove! CNN estimates that from 100,000 to 300,000 children are being prostituted on the streets of the US. It is the girl next door we are talking about. We realize it won't stop until responsible citizens become educated on how to recognize it and what must be done to stop it.  

 

NEWS FROM THE GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

 
Seniors group at health care library to host discussion on chronic pain on Wednesday, April 25
 
April 16, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on “Chronic Pain, Natural Solutions to a Common Problem” disease from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

  
April 16, 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   
  • Taliban hits Kabul, other Afghanistan cities in coordinated attack (Washington Post)
  • Man in nursing home awakens listening to music from his past (Time) 
  • U.S. condemns North Korea missile launch, warns on nuclear (Reuters)    
U.S.  
  • Politifact: Romney claim on women job losses under Obama is “mostly false” (Politifact)
  • Just a few states could decide battle for Obama, Romney (Los Angeles Times)
  • US homebuying season finally signaling a recovery (AP)
  • Residents dig out after Midwest tornadoes (NPR) 
  • Don’t wait for Social Security check  in the mail (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • 15 mind-blowing facts about wealth and inequality in America (Business Insider)

 

 

 
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WIND ORDINANCE HITS TURBULENCE: PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES ACTION AMID CONCERNS FROM ALL SIDES

By Miriam Raftery

 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego)—The San Diego County Planning Commission  voted Friday to postpone action on a proposed wind ordinance after hearing several hours of testimony.  The vote was unanimous, with the exception of Commissioner Peder Norby, who abstained due to a conflict of interest.

ON DUTY SECURITY GUARD ROBBED AT KNIFEPOINT

April 15, 2012 (La Mesa) – An unarmed, uniformed security guard was robbed of cash and a cell phone by two men, one armed with a hunting knife.  The incident occurred on April 13 at approximately 9:49 p.m. at the Parkway Pointe Condominium Complex located at 7500 Parkway Drive in La Mesa.  La Mesa police have released descriptions of the suspects.

LATINO LEADERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS RALLY FOR SOLIDARITY IN DISTRICT 9: EMERALD URGES GREATER CIVIC PARTICIPATION

 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego) – In a show of support for Councilmember Marti Emerald’s reelection, more than 60 Latino leaders and community members attended a rally yesterday in City Heights.
 
“I am extremely grateful for the support of the people from so many diverse neighborhoods and communities in District 9,” Emerald said. “I believe it is critical that all communities are empowered and have a voice.” Emerald said that voting is an important way to empower District 9 residents. “If you want to be heard, you must vote,” she added.

4 CANDIDATES—AND AN EMPTY CHAIR—TAKE STAGE AT 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEBATE IN RAMONA

 By Nadin Abbott

 
April 14, 2012 (Ramona)—Four candidates seeking the 50th Congressional District seat offered contrasting views on key issues in a lively debate last week.  Conspicuously absent, however, was incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon), who has thus far missed all in a series of debates held across East County. 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE INKS WORLD RECORD AT 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

 
April 15, 2012 (El Cajon)--Almost 1,800 people – in person and online – signed a giant birthday card for Grossmont College on Saturday, setting what appears to be a new world record.
 
The feat was achieved Saturday at Grossmont College’s 50th Anniversary Open House, a two-day free public celebration. Crowds lined up at Griffin Center to sign the 4 feet-by-4 feet card between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help beat the previous record of 1,468 people signing a card during a one-day event. The final tally: 1,797 signatures, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page.

COMMUNITY ALLIANCE ASKS FOR EQUITY AND A VOICE IN SAN DIEGO CITY BUDGET

 
Press conference Monday before Mayor delivers budget
 
April 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- A diverse community and labor coalition will rally at San Diego City Hall on Monday to highlight the need for greater community involvement and equity in the city’s budget.

BEARDED MAN ROBS U.S. BANK IN EL CAJON

 
April 15, 2012 (El Canon) -- At 2 p.m. on Friday April 13, a man with long, dark hair and a full beard held up the U.S. Bank at 490 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon.  According to Lt. J.D. Arvan with El Cajon Police, the suspect was white, in his mid- to late-40s, 6 feet tall with a medium build. He wore a black leather jacket, sunglasses and a blue bandana.

SYMPOSIUM FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN APRIL 21

 

County and Other Partners Sharing Resources and Supportive Connections
 
April 15, 2012  (San Diego County) -- More than 24,000 grandparents in San Diego County have primary responsibility for meeting their grandchildren’s daily needs. As surrogate parents, they must re-learn and navigate a complex network of health, educational, and social services, often without much help.

 

JULIAN’S FIRST FILM FESTIVAL, “WILD AND SCENIC ON TOUR” SHOWCASES FILMS, FILMMAKERS AND MUSIC MAY 4-6

 
April 28, 2012 (Julian) -- Awe-inspiring footage, amazing adventures, terrible tragedy, and incredible people all rolled up into Julian’s first ever film festival, The Wild and Scenic on Tour. The event, slated for May 4 - 6, 2012, is a benefit for Volcan Mountain Foundation.  

 

11TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE TRADE FAIR/BUSINESS COMPETITION APRIL 16

Event will showcase student talent

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – More than 1,000 high school business students from over 65 high school Virtual Enterprise programs from California and Illinois will participate in the 11th annual Southern California Virtual Enterprise Trade/Fair Business Competition on April 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego and features more than 65 booths staffed by students marketing virtual products or services showcasing their student-run businesses.

COLLEGE AREA TASTE APRIL 15

 

April 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The College Area Business District is holding its 2nd Annual College Area Taste on April 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Old Town Trolley will be available to drop patrons off in front of every participating restaurant’s door.  The tour starts at the BID Office at 4704 College Ave., San Diego.

BAJA MED FOOD TASTING AND NORTEC COLLECTIVE MUSIC!

 
April 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- There will be an evening of art, music and food to celebrate the culture and cuisine of Tijuana and Guadalupe Valley while viewing Mingei International Museum’s new exhibitions on Friday, April 27, 2012  from 6-9 p.m. at the Balboa Park (Mingei International Museum).

FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FESTIVAL APRIL 21 IN SPRING VALLEY

By Kate Yapjoco

April 14, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The annual free Spring Valley Community Health and Wellness Festival is being held April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Spring Valley County Park, 8735 Jamacha Blvd., Spring Valley.

NATURE HIKE AT LAKE MORENA APRIL 21

April 14, 2012 (Lake Morena) -- Take a relaxing and easy hike at Lake Morena Regional County Park on April 21 at 2:30 p.m., at 2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo. During the hike you will learn about native plants in the area, and how the Kumeyaay Indians utilized the natural vegetation in their daily lives. You will also learn the history of Lake Morena.

TAKE A GUIDED HIKE OF THE EASTERN SANTA YSABEL PRESERVE APRIL 22 & 28

April 14, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) -- Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a guided hike in the beautiful Santa Ysabel Preserve.  Join park Rangers and explore the many wildflowers of the area, and watch for the varied wildlife. The April 22 hike will depart from the Highway 79 Staging area at 9:00 a.m.  The April 28 hike will leave from the Farmer Staging area located at 500 Farmer Rd.

WEEKLY RANGER LED HIKES AT WILLIAM HEISE COUNTY PARK NOW THROUGH MAY 27

April 14, 2012 (Julian) -- Join the park staff at William Heise County Park, 4945 Heise Park Rd. Julian, each Sunday in April and May at 10:30 a.m. for an easy to moderate hike through the trails of the park. The hikes will take place weather permitting. These hikes may be cold, so bring a sweater, jacket, gloves, water, and snacks.

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK LINKED TO SUSHI AND SASHIMI

 
April 14, 2012 (Cupertino) -- Moon Marine USA Corporation (also known as MMI) of Cupertino, Calif. is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, labeled as Nakaochi Scrape AA or AAA. Nakaochi Scrape is tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product.

 

EXPLORE COASTAL SAGE HABITAT AT THE LAKESIDE LINKAGE PRESERVE APRIL 22

April 13, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Join the Ranger April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for a moderate hike to explore the world’s second most endangered habitat, the Coastal Sage Scrub at the Lakeside Linkage Preserve, NE corner of Los Coches Rd. and Ha-Hana Rd. You will learn how the Native Americans used the plants, and will be looking for wildlife that calls this habitat home.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "CABIN" FEVER

By Brian Lafferty

 

April 13, 2012 (San Diego) – The plot synopsis is the easiest part of writing film criticism. It’s also my least favorite. It puts a crimp on word counts; far too often I’ve had to jettison entire paragraphs of criticism to begrudgingly accommodate it.

 

EAGLE DEATHS WILL INCREASE DUE TO FEDERAL RULE CHANGE BENEFITTING WIND INDUSTRY, AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY CHARGES

 

April 13, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- The American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, has charged that the eagle rule change proposed today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will result in more eagles being killed at wind energy projects.

 

DONATED AMATEUR RADIO EQUIPMENT TO AID WITH COMMUNICATION IN A DISASTER IN EAST COUNTY

 
Story by Paul Rios
Photos by Billy Ortiz and Dennis Richardson
 
View a video by Billy Ortiz of this presentation
 
April 13, 2012 (Lakeside)--A once in a lifetime opportunity between the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club and The Lakeside Fire Department arose when the newly built Fire Station #2 was nearing completion.

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