April 2012 Articles

FROM A TO Z---ADULT BALLET TO ZUMBA, SPRING ADULT AND YOUTH RECREATION CLASSES ANNOUNCED IN LA MESA

 

April 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Community Services is enrolling now for their popular adult classes , and for the youth recreation classes that begin the week of April 9th. La Mesa Community Services Recreational Program was honored as 2010 Best of East County, by the 2010 East County Californian Readers Poll. 

Adult classes include: Adult Ballet, Belly Dancing, Boot Camp, Dog Obedience, Fencing, Ice Skating, Irish Folk Music, La Mesa Stroller Strides, Tennis, Walk and Talk, Yoga, Zumba, Adult Lap Swim, Adult Learn to Swim, Masters Swim Team, and Watercise.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: ONLY IN EAST COUNTY!

 

 
April 3, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Pami Wilmers of Lakeside rides her horse, Seth Boy, through the Jack in the Box drive-through in Lakeside.  Photographer Billy Ortiz offers this explanation for the unusual jaunt. “Pami will be in the Lakeside Western Days Parade next month, so she rode through town to get Seth Boy used to the cars and noise.”

 

FIREFIGHTER BOOT DRIVE TUESDAY

 
April 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Tomorrow,  April  3rd,  firefighters  across  the  county  will  be  at  various intersections collecting donations for the Burn Institute’s “Give Burns The Boot” fundraiser.  Money raised benefits the Burn Institute’s burn prevention programs in the County.
 
Firefighters  from  Heartland  Fire  &  Rescue  in  El  Cajon,  will  be  at  the intersection of Greenfield Drive and East Main Street from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. collecting donations!

 

MEET THE NEW 50TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES IN RAMONA APRIL 11

 

April 2, 2012 (Ramona) -- On Wednesday April 11, the Congressional candidates running for the new 50th District, previously the 52nd District, will participate in a question and answer session. The candidates are Connie Frankowiak (D), Terri Linnell (R), David Secor (D), Michael Benoit (I)(L), and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R) has also been invited to participate. 

A DAY OF ACTION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING APRIL 7 IN SAN DIEGO

April 2, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego has become a hotbed of human trafficking and it includes more than undocumented immigrants. Law enforcement have identified San Diego as an international gateway for sex trafficking and one of the 13 cities in the nation with the highest incidence of child prostitution, including local teens. Forced marriages and modern slavery are also critical issues. Worldwide, trafficking is an estimated $40 billion industry affecting every country. 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S 2012 HOMELESS COUNT SHOWS 8.6% RISE, EARLY RESULTS SHOW

THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER CELEBRATES EASTER WITH THE KROC HOP BUNNY DROP

April 2, 2012 (San Diego) – The Kroc Center’s 9th annual free community Easter Egg Hunt and festival will be held April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center Recreation Field, 6845 University Avenue, San Diego.  The event includes visits and pictures with the Easter Bunny, pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, carnival games and prizes.

TONY GWYNN RETURNS TO THE SAN DIEGO STATE DUGOUT

 
Aztecs Head Coach Missed First 21 Games of Season
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 30, 2012 (San Diego)—A legend has returned. Baseball Hall of Famer and current San Diego State baseball head coach Tony Gwynn has returned to the dugout after missing the team’s first 21 games recovering from Feb. 14 surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and insert a nerve from his shoulder into his right cheek. 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE “TAKE” PERMITS FOR EAGLE KILLS BY WIND ENERGY COMPANIES

By Megan McGlamery

Concerns are growing across the nation over the number of birds, particularly eagles, that are losing their lives. Now, as the number of wind energy projects grows, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to issue “take” permits that will make it legal for wind energy companies to kill eagles with no consequences.

The move comes as San Diego County Supervisors are poised to consider a wind energy project for East County as well as a proposed wind ordinance that would make it easier for industrial-scale wind projects to be built here.

RURAL RESIDENTS' “ULTIMATE RED TAPE REDUCTION” INITIATIVE QUALIFIES FOR COUNTYWIDE BALLOT

By O. Howe Sweet

April 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Last month, we reported on a proposal to eliminate all community planning groups, a plan put forth by a “Red Tape Reduction Task Force” of developers appointed by County Supervisors. 

Today, citizen activists and backcountry volunteer community planners announced that they have secured signatures to place their own measure for cutting red tape on the ballot.

LA MESA FINDS MISSING TIME CAPSULE—AND A WELCOME SURPRISE

By Justin Time

April  1, 2012 (La Mesa) –Back in 1957 when City Hall was dedicated, La Mesa buried a time capsule that was intended to be opened for the city’s centennial in 2012.  But nobody remembered where the time capsule was hidden and the keys were also lost, as ECM has previously reported.

SHOCKING CAUSE OF THE BIG BLACKOUT REVEALED

 

By Meg A. Watts

April 1, 2012 (Jacumba) – Officially, the power outage that left 1.4 million customers in San Diego and across the southwest in the dark last September has been blamed on a worker in Yuma, according to SDG&E.  But an ECM investigation reveals an electrifying new theory, backed up by photos and an eyewitness account from an  off-duty Border Patrol Agent. 

NUTRITION IS VITAL TO THE SICK—AND MAMA’S KITCHEN DELIVERS TO THOSE IN NEED

 
By Alberto Cortés
Executive Director, Mama’s Kitchen
 
March 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- March is National Nutrition Month and while most of us are focusing on how we can develop sound eating and physical activity habits, there are many who are wondering how they will be able to shop or cook their meal tonight. Why? Because they are suffering from a debilitating illness such as HIV/AIDS or cancer that doesn’t enable them to live an everyday existence.

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