April 2012 Articles

ALVARADO HOSPITAL APPOINTS NEW ADMINISTRATOR

 
April 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- Robin Gomez has been appointed administrator for Alvarado Hospital Medical Center effective immediately. In this role, she oversees all operations, physician relations and the hospital’s strategic direction. She also will be focused on patient satisfaction, patient safety and key customer service goals.

WANT TO GET PUBLISHED? WRITERS WORKSHOP APRIL 12 IN LA MESA

 

Proofreader of The Color Purple, President Herbert Hoover's WWII memoir and more to lead workshop

April 7, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Sprinkled with stories and tips (e.g., how to find literary agents), this lecture-workshop is designed to empower and inspire writers. Take a peek at the book business, check out the pros and cons of traditional vs. electronic and self-publishing, then chat about genres such as memoir and children’s literature, and close with some ideas to help writers get published and sell their work.

SANTEE LAKES INSTALLING NEW PARK SHELTERS AND PLAYGROUND

 
April 6, 2012 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes is getting a facelift on Lakes 1 and 5. The park is replacing three old picnic/gazebo structures and an outdated playground with new up‐to‐date structures. This will give visitors an opportunity to picnic in a beautiful setting and will add much needed shade, especially during the summer months.
 
 
Padre Dam’s Board of Directors and the Director of Park and Recreation for Santee Lakes break ground on the construction site for the new three‐tiered gazebo.


Pictured (left to right): Director of Park and Recreation Johnathan Skinner, and Padre Dam Board Directors Jim Peasley, Augie Caires, Bill Pommering, Doug Wilson and Augie Scalzitti.

IN WAKE OF TEENS' HIGHWAY DEATH, SHERIFF CONDUCTS CURFEW SWEEPS IN EAST COUNTY

 
April 6, 2012 (Santee) -- The Santee Sheriff's Station which oversees the communities of Santee, Lakeside, and unincorporated El Cajon conducted a pre-planned curfew sweep last night. The purpose of this operation was to enforce the curfew laws under the Santee Municipal Code and San Diego County Ordinances due to Wednesday night's tragic death of two juveniles from a vehicle collision that involved Anthony Foreman 18, and Jaylie Campbell 16, a student at Santana High School from the Santee and East County community. These senseless deaths emphasize and re-enforce the need for these types of operations.

ENERGY WATCHDOGS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS REACT TO SAN ONOFRE VISIT BY NRC CHAIR

 
Citizens urged to demand transparent and thorough investigation of “urgent safety problems”

April 6, 2012 (San Onofre)--Washington, D.C. and San Clemente, Calif. – The ongoing crisis at the troubled San Onofre nuclear reactors entered a new phase today, as Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Gregory Jaczko announced he will visit the plant this Friday, April 6. Concerned organizations and community members reacted by demanding Jaczko announce a new policy of openness and require a full determination of what went wrong. 

The two nuclear reactors at San Onofre, operated by Southern California Edison, have been shut down for more than two months following a radiation leak and the discovery of severely damaged equipment. Tubes in all four, new steam generators at both San Onofre reactors showed significant deterioration, which could lead to a serious release of radioactivity in the event of rupture. 

SAVE ECPAC GROUP TO HOST MEETING APRIL 9 IN EL CAJON

April 6, 2012 (El Cajon) – A bipartisan group seeking to save the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) held its first meeting late last month.  Others concerned with joining the effort are invited to attend a larger meeting set for Monday, April 9 at 5 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the East County Chamber of Commerce office at 201 South Magnolia Street in El Cajon.

2 SANTEE TEENS KILLED IN CRASH ON ROUTE 52

Photo courtesy of ABC 10NewsApril 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Late Wednesday night, two teenagers were killed and three others seriously injured in a high speed rollover crash on eastbound state Route 52 at Convoy Street. The accident was reported at 11:46 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol.

Witnesses told the CHP that a 2001 Volvo S40 and a 1999 VW Passat were racing each other at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour when the Passat lost control and flipped over. There were five people in the Passat and three in the Volvo, all returning from a bonfire at a beach in La Jolla.

ECM EDITORIAL: CPUC SHOULD REJECT SDG&E’S SCHEME TO MAKE RATEPAYERS PAY FOR WILDFIRES THAT IT CAUSED

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

April 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--When ENRON schemed to manipulate markets and defraud ratepayers, its executives went to jail. BP faces billions of dolalrs in fines for causing the Gulf Oil spill.  When automobile manufacturers sold cars with dangerous defects that killed people, it was their shareholders who paid the price. A lost hunter convicted of accidentally starting the Cedar Fire with a flare gun also spent time in jail. 

Why, then, should SDG&E and its publicly traded parent company, Sempra Energy, expect local ratepayers to pay for its uninsured liability costs for the wildfires that it caused, while its executives get off scott free?

THE DARK SIDE OF “GREEN”: WIND TURBINE ACCIDENTS, INJURIES AND FATALITIES RAISE SERIOUS SAFETY CONCERNS

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
April 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Today marks the “International Protest Day Against Wind Power” with 765 websites participating.
 
A dark side of the wind industry that many media outlets have failed to report on is the thousands of documented cases of serious accidents. These include numerous documented cases of turbines falling over, blades flying off, injuries to workers and the public, and at least 99 reported fatality accidents.

SDSU’S MENTOR PROGRAM CULTIVATES NEXT GENERATION’S LEADERS

 
By Breena Loraine
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University’s Mentor Program is a win-win situation for students and San Diego businesses. With the participation of approximately 60 business executives from diverse companies, the program allows business seniors and graduate students to gain insight into the industries and positions that interest them, while also allowing businesses to identify students as potential interns and employees. 

 

AMERICAN TRIVIA

 
by Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh are the proud parents of a bouncing baby book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012). Over a span of a year, the co-authors will share with you their journey through American history. You can order inscribed and signed copies of the book by writing to richard.lederer@pobox.com.

THE WILL POWER REPORT: SUPREME COURT SAYS “TAKE IT OFF!”

 
Nothing but the truth!
 
By Will Schwent
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego)--Forget your license?  Have a misdemeanor warrant for unpaid parking tickets?  Make sure you have clean underwear. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that anyone arrested, even if in error, must be strip-searched. 

MISS RANCHO JAMUL PAGEANT WINNERS CROWNED

 

April 5, 2012 -- Miss Rancho Jamul, Stephanie Grecco and Miss Teen Rancho Jamul, Gigi Gauthier we crowned Saturday, March 31 at the pageant held at the Steele Canyon High School Theater.

Stephanie Grecco is a 21 year old student at Cuyamaca College, and is currently working toward her Associates Degree in Music Industry Studies. She plans to attain her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Stephanie enjoys singing, song writing, playing piano and guitar, and hopes to one day impact lives with the music she creates.

MISSION TRAILS 2012 AMATEUR PHOTO CONTEST: DEADLINE APRIL 27

 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Do you enjoy taking photos of your experiences while in Mission Trails Regional Park? Perhaps you've taken interesting photos of the various flora and fauna within the park. If so, you may want to consider submitting a few of your better photos into our annual Photo Contest. The entry fee is $5 per photo (maximum five entries) and you may win the top prize of $100.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS



April 5, 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:    
    
U.S.
 
  • ‘9-11 planners’ set for Guantanamo Bay trial (BBC)
  • Stocks resume their strong ride (Wall Street Journal)
  • Bankrupt meat processor cites “pink slime” uproar (Reuters)
  • With autism rising, researchers step up search for a cause (USA Today)
  • Romney sweeps Tuesday primary contests (CNN)
  • Arizona bill would declare pregnancy begins two weeks before conception (RawStory)
  • Does a chocolate habit help you learn? (NPR)
 
WORLD 
  • Bombing shatters Mogadishu bid to showcase peace (Seattle Times)
  • Like the U.S., Europe wrestles with healthcare (NPR)
  • Invisible Children to release “Kony 2012” sequel today (10 News)
  • Greek pensioner left suicide note of economic despair (VOA)
  • U.N. spells out Syria peace plan deadline amid skepticism (LA Times) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

“CPUC MUST REJECT PROPOSAL TO STICK RATEPAYERS WITH TAB FOR 2007 FIRES,” JACOB SET TO ARGUE

 

Supervisor warns of ‘purchased’ testimony from groups receiving SDG&E funding

SAN DIEGO— San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob is set to ask state regulators to reject a proposal by SDG&E that would force ratepayers to shoulder the costs of the 2007 wildfires and future wildfires. The California Public Utilities Commission is holding public hearings on the matter tomorrow at the Al Bahr Shriners Memorial Auditorium, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

APRIL POOLS DAY KICKS OFF WATER AWARENESS WITH EVENTS APRIL 21 and 28 IN EAST COUNTY

April 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Aquatic Council will be holding water awareness events throughout the county during the month of April.  In anticipation of Drowning Prevention Month in May the events will provide information on how to keep children safe around water.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

April 4, 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:  
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL 
  • Lemon Grove considers downtown rule change (UT San Diego)
  • Fletcher bolts GOP as San Diego mayoral race nears (Sacramento Bee)
  • Former college official, architect arraigned (UT San Diego)
  • Underemployment holding back San Diego economy (KPBS)
  • Candlelight vigil held for slain Iraqi woman (10 News)
  • Redevelopment pigs back at the trough (San Diego Reader)
  • MTS boosts benefits for boss by $20,000 (10 News)
  • Records Suggest Move Against Racist Icon Tom Metzger in Bombing (SPLC)
 
STATE
  • California Legislative Democrats balk at Jerry Brown’s proposed budget cuts (Sacramento Bee)
  • California GOP lawmakers push budget plan to cut state workers’ pay, nix tax increase (Sacramento Bee)
  • Gov. Jerry Brown’s solar energy campaign (Sacramento Bee)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.

DRUG AWARENESS PRESENTATION FOR APARTMENT MANAGERS PRESENTED BY LA MESA POLICE

 
April 4, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On April 10, 2012, the La Mesa Police Department will be presenting a Drug Awareness presentation for apartment managers. Attendees will learn how to identify illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia and how to recognize symptoms of persons under the influence of drugs. This meeting is open to all La Mesa apartment managers and owners. Reservations are encouraged.

MCFETRIDGE SAYS SUPERVISORS ARE PLAYING THE PLANNING GROUPS FOR APRIL FOOLS

 

By E.A. Barrera 
 
April 4, 2012 (San Diego)--Under California state law, planning and sponsor groups of San Diego County's unincorporated areas are considered elected agencies subject to all the laws governing open debate and process. They have largely been a part of San Diego's planning process since 1968, but they are creatures of any county's Board of Supervisors, and exist at the Supervisors' discretion.

 

READERS EDITORIAL: SOMEBODY IS AFRAID OF YOU

 
By Diane Conklin
 
Speak out at Thursday’s CPUC hearing on SDG&E scheme to make you pay for wildfires that it caused
 
April 4, 2012 (San Diego) -- As you are probably by now aware, SDG&E is trying to get the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make you pay for their future uninsured wildfire costs for fires they start, and including the past 2007 fires:  Witch, Guejito and Rice.  For those fires they want $594 million from their customer’s collective pocket, which works out to about $350 a meter.

CUB SCOUTS FROM RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL GET UP CLOSE LOOK AT MCAS MIRAMAR

April 4, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Cub Scouts and their families got a tour yesterday of at MCAS Miramar.  They were able to see demonstrations of the K-9 dogs used to detect explosives.  They were also shown how a fire is fought should a crash occur on the runway.  Finally, they were shown how ordinance is detonated via a robot and if necessary with highly trained Marines in the field.

The photo is of the Scouts and a Marine from the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN LEMON GROVE MURDER

April 4, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – On April 2, homicide detectives, with the assistance of the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task force, arrested another suspect in the March 14 murder of 23 year old Avel Michael Edgar that occurred in the 8200 block of Vernon Street in Lemon Grove. The suspect, 20 year-old Dasaun Roberts, of San Diego, was booked into the San Diego Central Jail for murder and the transportation/sales of marijuana.  He is currently being held with no bail.

GREENBLUE SAN DIEGO: GREEN LEADERS BRIEF ON OCEANS, WATER, THE ECONOMY CAREERS AND CLIMATE APRIL 5

April 4, 2012 (San Diego) – “GreenBlue San Diego" kicks off Earth Month in San Diego, on April 5th, 2012.  A distinguished group of regional Green leaders will brief on the next wave in the renewable sector, the sustainable oceans and water economy. Career experts will also discuss the growth of careers and job paths in this new and expanding area of the economy.

A FIRESIDE CHAT WITH ESTELLE LAUER APRIL 5

April 4, 2012 (Lemon Grove) --  The "History Alive" lecture series continues on Apr. 5 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, when the Lemon Grove Historical Society presents "A Fireside Chat with Estelle Lauer."   This warm and witty writer, teacher, and former columnist for the Valley Grove News and Life News, is a walking repository of often hilarious tales that reveal the back story of Lemon Grove and its unique cast of people and institutions.  

FIRST COMMUNITY GARDEN BLOSSOMS IN SAN CARLOS

County, City, School and Church Partner to Make Vision a Reality

April 4, 2012 (San Carlos) – San Carlos has its first community garden at Springall Academy, a school serving K-12 students with special needs throughout San Diego County.  The school, in partnership with San Carlos United Methodist Church, developed and will operate and maintain the garden.  The garden, located at 6460 Boulder Lake Ave., San Diego, is one of two community gardens on San Diego Unified School District sites and represents an agreement between the district and the community to jointly use the plots for growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

NEW ‘COMMUNITY BENEFIT DISTRICT’ BILL WOULD LOWER BAR FOR FEE ASSESSMENT IN CALIFORNIA

 
District 51 Congressional candidate seeks more money from residents for local government
 
By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine
 
April 2, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--A new state bill proposed by District 40 Senator Juan Vargas would modify existing law based on Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994 to make it possible for municipalities to levy assessments to pay for improvements in the district without the 2/3 voter approval by people who would pay it.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST FREE OPEN HOUSE, SOCK HOP AND MORE APRIL 13-14

 

April 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A 50-year anniversary doesn’t happen every day, so Grossmont College will celebrate its golden moment in history with a blowout weekend of free events for the community to enjoy April 13 and 14 at the El Cajon campus.
 
Music lovers, foodies, dancers, amateur scientists, artists, CSI fans, poets, fitness and health devotees, theater lovers, techies, gamers, math whizzes – there’s something for everyone. 

 

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