May 2012 Articles

COMPASSION WITHOUT BORDERS: THE DALAI LAMA AT SDSU

 
"The Dalai Lama's response to oppression is not despair, but compassion." – Laurene Powell Jobs
 
Story and photos by Ron Logan
 
May 3, 2012 (San Diego) – For the first time ever, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso, made an appearance in San Diego to promote the theme of Compassion Without Borders.
 
His whirlwind two-day visit included speaking events at the University of California San Diego to discuss the global impact of climate change, at University of San Diego to lecture on the topic of cultivating peace and justice, and at San Diego State University to discuss upholding universal ethics and compassion in challenging times. 

¡CELÉBRATE! THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN SPANISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES

 
May 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- On three days in May, the Anti-Defamation League San Diego Regional Office with special support provided by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego will be presenting a festival of film, music, and lectures highlighting the historic, and contemporary journey of the Jewish people.

‘NOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN LAID OFF’ AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S CAREER CENTER ON MAY 9

 
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Career Center’s Adult Reentry Program will host “Now That You’ve Been Laid Off,” a free seminar featuring tips on getting hired again, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in Griffin Center, the new student center building, Building #60, Room #140, on the college campus. Admission is free.

 

COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF NFL CHARGERS STAR JUNIOR SEAU

By Miriam Raftery

Flowers, banner at Junior Seau Sports Complex in La Mesa pay tribute to football legend

May 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –East County and San Diego leaders reacted with shock and sadness to news that former Chargers star Junior Seau, 43, was found dead at his Oceanside home today of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  

A former resident of Mt. Helix and supporter of local charities, Seau also frequently visited the Junior Seau Sports Complex at La Mesita Park in La Mesa that was named in his honor.

“He was always here for us,” La Mesa Art Madrid said, La Mesa Today reported.  “He was part of the family in this town.” 

PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR TOM HALLMAN VISITS LA MESA MAY 4

By Kate Yapjoco

May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – Pulitzer Prize winning author, Tom Hallman Jr. will be discussing his new book, “A Strangers Gift” at Crosspointe Life Church, 8809 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa on May 4 at 7:00 p.m.  The book shares Hallman’s journey of faith from indifferent agnostic to growing believer.  Hallman interviewed 13 ordinary people from all walks of life about finding purpose in life through faith.  The book describes their journeys of faith and how it changed or affected their lives.

La Mesa Police Department’s Captain Dan Willis was one of the 13 people interviewed for the book. 

14TH ANNUAL ALLIED GARDEN SPRINGFEST MAY 11-12

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Allied Gardens SpringFest is May 11-12 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego.  The kick-off party begins at 5:00 p.m. on May 11 with a concert featuring Fusion Beat at 7:45 p.m.  Saturday’s events begin at 9:00 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast, followed by the SpringFest Parade.

Festivities include a car show, vendor booths, including food and a beer garden.  Saturday’s performances will be by Pullman Standard and Rockola. Children’s activities include a carnival, pony rides, inflatables, a rock climbing wall and a dunk tank.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
May 2, 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.
  • Officials watch for body bombs on US bound planes (ABC news)
  • Occupy activists breathe new life into May Day (The Nation)
  • Why you should be worried about the California mad cow case (Mother Jones)
  • Number of painkiller addicted newborns soars (USA Today)
  • New world trade center surpasses Empire State Building (CBS News)
  • Why is safety a divisive issue for nuclear regulatory commission? (Los Angeles Times)
  • Wind farms warming earth in Texas: Turbines mixing air at night could affect local climate and farming (Discovery)
  • CMS:  Obama healthcare law has saved seniors $34 billion on prescription drugs (The Hill)
  • Romney: Osama hit was easy call (The Hill)
WORLD
  • Mexico passes crime victims’ law (BBC)
  • 2-horse race in final stretch for Egypt presidency (Reuters)
  • Ugandan army says Sudan is backingJoseph  Kony’s  LRA (BBC)
  • Tokyo soil samples would be considered nuclear waste in U.S. (Fairewinds)
  • Transcript: Obama hails 'light of a new day' in Afghanistan
 
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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 May 2, 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
  • Ramona wines beat French varieties in competition (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa Council deadlocked on PBID approval, will make decision in July (La Mesa Patch)   
  • $1 billion hospital opens (Valley Roadrunner)
  • DEA “accidentally” left forgotten suspect in holding cell for 5 days (UT San Diego)
  • 6 La Mesa officers exonerated in fatal shooting of Andrew Yacko (La Mesa Patch)
  • Lloyd Jr pleads guilty to manslaughter in Santee teen Carioscias’ death (Santee Patch)
  • Lemon Grove School District cuts 30 jobs (UT San Diego)
SAN DIEGO MAYORAL RACE
  • Voice of San Diego series:  Who is….

Bob Filner
Nathan Fletcher
Bonnie Dumanis
Carl DeMaio

  • Other mayoral coverage:
  • Filner releases pension plan (UT San Diego)
  • Fletcher pledges to make cycling, transit a priority (Reader) 
  • Fletcher-GOP feud still going strong: party sues candidate over $5,000 fundraiser (UT San Diego) 
  • The Fletcher Flim-Flam (OB Rag) 
  • The unfortunate trajectory of Carl DeMaio (Citybeat)



STATE

  • San Diego takes water fight public (New York Times)
  • UCAN reaches settlement to allow group to go on (UT San Diego)
  • California rakes in healthcare grants (Saramento Bee)
  • Environmentalists feeling burned by rush to build big solar projects (Los Angeles Times)
  • Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates Genesis Solar project (Los Angeles Times)
  • Calif. Public Utilities Commission: PG&E smart meter “opt out” fees suspended
  • Diablo Canyon reactor gets some unwelcome guests  
 
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ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT REPUBLICAN LEADER

 
Looks Forward to Working with Leadership Team in Sacramento

May 2, 2012 (Sacramento)--Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, today announced that Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, appointed him as Assistant Republican Leader on the Assembly Republican Leadership Team.

“I am eager to continue working with Republican Leader Conway to get Californians back to work. The most important issues facing our state are jobs and the economy – we have to remove the regulatory and tax burdens from California’s middle class and release our creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit. California can be the Golden State again.”

ROLL INTO FUN WITH SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK’S SEGWAY TOUR

 

By Mia Myklebust
 
May 2, 2012 (San Pasqual)--With two wheels on the ground the group speeds forward, smooth cement below and nothing but grass on the horizon. Oh, and a few giraffes. I’m in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and I’m standing on a Segway. An activity I once thought of as daunting and foreign, my Rolling Safari Tour was an easy and exciting way to see the park and get up close and personal with the animals that make it so special.

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: CARROTS WITHOUT STICKS

 

By David Secor, candidate, 50th Congressional District

May 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--When it comes to the current gridlock in Washington, average citizens are justifiably outraged as machine politicians refuse to take any meaningful actions.  They ignore the voters who sent them to Washington, yet work day and night for the special-interests who funnel big money to their campaigns.

 

TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED IN LA MESA ROBBERY

May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of a robbery in the 4100 block of Lois Street in La Mesa on April 24 at approximately 7:12 p.m. The victim, 58, was walking north on Lois Street, near University, when she was approached by two black male juveniles.  One of them asked the victim for a dollar and they walked away when they were told she didn’t have one.  The victim continued walking and a few moments later felt a tug on her shoulder bag.  The victim struggled to retain her property but was overpowered and pulled to the ground.  Both suspects fled on foot with the victim’s property.

CELEBRATE CINQUE DI MAYO AT ANDIAMO RISTORANTE MAY 5

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- Andiamo Ristorante is celebrating Cinque di Mayo with live music on the patio with Rosie G and Ed and a prix fixe special menu.  Menu items include Filleto “Cinque di Mayo”, a pan-seared 8oz fillet mignon finished with chipotle chile, garlic, gorgonzola cheese, fresh rosemary and a touch of cream and a Shrimp “Mojo de Ajo”, jumbo Mexican shrimp finished with clarified butter, fresh garlic, cilantro and a touch of “Salsa Asada”.

TWO MEN ARRESTED FOR NOVEMBER BEST BUY ROBBERY

May 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police arrested two suspects in the November 22 robbery of the Best Buy store located at 8401 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa.  The two males had entered the store, the first suspect grabbed two laptop computers, and both of them walked towards the exit without paying for the merchandise.  When stopped by a store employee, the first suspect brandished a firearm as they ran out of the store.  They fled the area in a red two door Chevy Camaro.

22ND HEARTLAND FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATED

May 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The 22nd Heartland Fire Academy graduation was held April 28th at the Ronald Reagan Community in El Cajon. A total of twenty-four graduates successfully completed 16-weeks of intense firefighter training at the Heartland Training facility in El Cajon in conjunction with San Diego Miramar College. The San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Band led the graduates in as the ceremony began.

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARES FOR 4TH ANNUAL “TASTE OF LA MESA – TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11

May 1, 2012 (La Mesa) --  The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announced that the fourth annual “Taste of La Mesa - Taste of the Century” event will be held on June 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. This year the Chamber has added “Taste of the Century” to celebrate the City of La Mesaʼs 100th Anniversary.

The evening allows guests to sample fare from many local restaurants and food providers, as well as winetasting and craft beers.

ROAST AND TOAST OF SAM DIEGO MAY 19 TO HELP A CHILD IN NEED

May 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Fresh Start Surgical Gifts will be hosting a charity Roast and Toast Sam Diego on May 19 at The Tango Del Rey Palace, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego.  The event, which benefits Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and a bone marrow registry drive for “Smiley” Ricky Martinez, will include live musical performances by Spanish guitar maestro David Maldonado, Lenny Morris, Gabriel Valentin and Ben Verela, a dance show, comedy by Brew Ha Ha Entertainment, Chinese raffles and the Roast.

Sam Diego, an East County resident, is well known for his support of numerous community and charitable causes in East County. 

A BENEFIT FOR LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS: WILD IN THE COUNTRY MAY 12

 
May 1, 2012 -- Lions Tigers & Bears, San Diego's only Exotic Animal Rescue, will be holding their annual fundraiser May 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a VIP reception from 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Events will include silent and live auctions, ranch animal encounters, visits with the big  cats, food and live entertainment.

SIX MULTISPORT PIONEERS NAMED TO USA TRIATHLON HALL OF FAME

 
Inductees, including SDSU alumni Scott Tinley, will be honored May 10 in San Diego
 
May 1, 2012, (San Diego)-- Triathlon legends Mark Allen, Scott Molina and Scott Tinley, who combined to win nine Ironman World Championship titles over the course of their decorated careers, highlight the fourth class of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.

YARD HOUSE SAN DIEGO TO HOST BEER EVENTS THIS WEEK

 

 Book Signing with Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. Takes Place at Yard House on May 3 During the Craft Brewers Conference

May 1,2012 (San Diego) – The Craft Brewers Conference gets underway in San Diego May 2-5 and Yard House, which helped to fuel the craft brew craze 15 years ago when it opened its 250-tap flagship restaurant in Long Beach, will host two events before and during the gathering at its Downtown location at 4th and Broadway.

 

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