May 2012 Articles

WINGS OVER GILLESPIE TAKES OFF JUNE 2-3

 

May 24, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The 17th Annual Wings Over Gillespie air show will be taking place the weekend of June  2-3, 2012.

This year’s show will feature WWII bombers, F4F Wildcat, the TBF Avenger, the A6M Zero, the SBD Dauntless, and many more "Flying Museums" including the only remaining of their type, the Northrop N9M Flying Wing and the F3F Flying Barrel. Also on hand will be USN/USMC helicopters and other static displays, Navy SEALs, special military and law enforcement vehicles and equipment, daring aerobats performances, and much more.

LITERARY EVENTS: SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY CONTINUES DOWNTOWN VERSE POETRY & SPOKEN WORD PROGRAM

www.SDWriteWay.org  Early June
 
May 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Public Library continues its poetry and spoken word series Downtown Verse during June. The next featured performance is by the Lake San Marcos Writers on Monday, June 11. The performance begins at 4:00 pm in the Lobby of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS COSPONSORS THE VOTER EMPOWERMENT ACT

 
May 29, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) --  More than 3 million Americans had difficulty voting in the 2008 election for a number of reasons. To improve our voting system, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) joined her Democratic colleagues to introduce the Voter Empowerment Act to protect the right of Americans to choose their government.
 
The Voter Empowerment Act includes language from two Davis bills – the Universal Vote by Mail Act, which would eliminate barriers to voting by absentee ballot and the Election Integrity Act, which would prohibit top elections officials from participating in the political campaigns whose results they oversee.

TWO ARCHITECTS OF LEARNING AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE RETIRING AFTER 33 YEARS

 
Founding instructors of landmark programs leave a legacy
 
May 29, 2012 (El Cajon)– For more than three decades, two instructors at Cuyamaca College have worked within hailing distance of one other, each heading an academic program they personally designed and cultivated.
 
Not only have Jim Custeau, the founder of the automotive technology program and Brad Monroe, the creator of the ornamental horticulture program, worked in close proximity – their careers have followed similar trajectories.

EPA GRANTS EXEMPTION REQUESTED BY COUNCILMEMBER EMERALD

 
May 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Recent Federal Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce diesel emissions were forcing our fire engines off the road, putting the public at risk. Fire apparatus in San Diego and across the nation were breaking down because of the new diesel engine requirements. In the interest of public safety, City Councilmember Marti Emerald called on the federal government to exempt public safety vehicles.

COUNTY ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS AGAINST TRIBE COULD VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW

 
May 29, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) – The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the federal agency charged with oversight of gaming on Indian lands, has warned the County of San Diego that its recent debt collection effort against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel could violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). 

 

TEACHERS, STUDENTS JOIN TO SHOW PROGRESS IN COLLEGE PREP MAY 30 SYMPOSIUM TO HIGHLIGHT WHAT’S WORKING

 
May 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- East San Diego County high school teachers and their former students will join together Wednesday, May 30, 2012, to highlight a daylong symposium on changes made to better prepare high school students for college.
A panel presentation by Grossmont Union High School District English teachers and past graduates is set for 8:45 a.m. in Griffin Gate at Grossmont College. The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. symposium is expected to draw more than 100 teachers sharing changes made this past year as part of the English Curriculum Alignment Project.  ECAP is a project of the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS), the institute for Evidence-Based change (IEBC) and the Grossmont Union High School District.

EDITORIAL: KEEPING FAITH WITH VIETNAM VETERANS

 

By President Barack Obama

May 28, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- Today, all across America, we’re coming together to remember our men and women in uniform who gave  their lives so that we could live free.  In town squares and national cemeteries, in moments of quiet reflection and parades down city streets, we’ll pay tribute to all those who gave the last full measure of their devotion, from Lexington and Concord to Iraq and Afghanistan.

This Memorial Day also holds special significance because it marks the beginning of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

FOUR INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH ON JAMACHA

 

May 28, 2012 (Spring Valley) – A head-on collision has occurred at 10850 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley. Incident Page Network reports four people are injured, including at least two in serious status. 

One vehicle is a Toyota Camry, according to the CHP website. The other vehicle is not yet identified. 

MEMORIAL DAY 2012 MESSAGE FROM THE CALIF. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

 

May 28, 2012 (Sacramento) --We at CalVet can find no better way to express the true meaning of Memorial Day than by quoting the words Abraham Lincoln wrote in a letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a widow living in Boston to express his condolences for the death of her sons.
 

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: REFLECTIONS ON THE HOMEOWNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

 

By Grey Feathers
 
May 24, 2012 (San Diego)--Antonio and Africa have lived in this house for twelve years.  It is the only home their four children have ever known.  Antonio bought the house from Africa’s father in 2005. When faced with difficult financial hardship due to the crashed economy and medical bills, they went to their lender to negotiate in good faith.
 
Antonio works in construction and Africa has a business she runs from her home office. They were late on just one mortgage payment by 60 days, and ultimately made the payment. They learned there were government programs like the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA). 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA DELIVERY DRIVER SHOT WITH PELLET GUN, VEHICLE CARJACKED

By Miriam Raftery
 
Authorities probe series of medical pot thefts, assaults on drivers
 
May 28, 2012 (Rolando) – The latest in a series of attacks on medical marijuana delivery persons occurred May 25 at Livingston and 69th Street in the Rolando area, where a 23-year-old woman driver was shot in the face with a pellet gun and tried to drag her out of the vehicle.  She ran away and the assailants, two Hispanic men, then carjacked her 1998 white Chevy Malibu (CA license 6JAR 664). 

CA ENERGY COMMISSION STAFF RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF GAS POWER PLANT IN OTAY

 

May 28, 2012 (Otay) - The California Energy Commission staff yesterday released its final analysis recommending the licensing of the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center.


In the final staff assessment (FSA), Commission staff concluded that with the implementation of staff's recommended mitigation measures described in the conditions of certification, the proposed 300-megawatt peaker power plant would comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS).
 

CA BALLOT INITIATIVE WOULD REQUIRE LABELING OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS AMID GROWING EVIDENCE OF HEALTH IMPACTS

 
Genetically modified foods linked to animal deaths, liver damage and sharp rise in allergies


May 28, 2012 (Sacramento)--California is ground zero in the growing national movement to give consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered food, according to today’s front page story in the New York Times. The California Right to Know ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods “cleared a crucial hurdle this month, setting the stage for a probable November vote that could influence not just food packaging but the future of American agriculture,” wrote Times reporters Amy Harmon and Andrew Pollack.

SAN DIEGO ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER BBQ JUNE 2

May 18, 2012 (Escondido) – The San Diego Archaeological Center will be celebrating 10 years in San Pasqual Valley with its annual BBQ on June 2, from noon to 5:00 p.m. at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido.  The catered event will include smoked pork sandwiches, beans, coleslaw, drinks and dessert for $6.00.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 28, 2012 (San Diego) – In November of 2007, Dad called me. He informed me that he put our Rancho Peñasquitos house of twenty years on the market. I was surprised because it was so abrupt, but I understood that it was time for my parents to move on.

 

ECPAC SAVED! EL CAJON COUNCIL REJECTS PLAN TO TEAR DOWN THEATER AND BUILD HOTEL ON SITE

Update May 28, 2012 with a video news report by Paul Kruz, exclusive to East County Magazine, including interviews with the developer and Councilman Wells:

 

By Janis Mork and Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Council drew applause yesterday when by a unanimous decision, Council members rejected a proposal to tear down the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site.

Instead, Council agreed to work with community members and a newly formed ECPAC Foundation to reopen the theater long heralded as a centerpiece of El Cajon's downtown revitalization. 

 

VIRTUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL, CAPISTRANO CONNECTIONS ACADEMY, TO HOST FREE FAMILY INFORMATION SESSION IN EL CAJON MAY 30

 
Parents seeking innovative K-12 education alternative can learn how virtual public school, offered tuition-free, can meet their individual needs
 
May 27, 2012 (El Cajon) --  Capistrano Connections Academy, a tuition-free, fully accredited virtual public school, will host a free information session in El Cajon for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education.

BILL TO RECOGNIZE MILITARY EXPERIENCE, CUT ‘RED TAPE’ FOR STUDENT VETERANS MOVES FORWARD IN LEGISLATURE

 
AB 2462 standardizes credit recognition at community colleges for vets 
 
May 27, 2012 (Sacramento) — A measure by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) to help military veterans gain academic credit for their military experience passed the Assembly today on a vote of 67-0.

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