May 2012 Articles

2 MOTORCYCLISTS DOWN AT 78 NEAR BANNER GRADE


May 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County Magazine)—Two motorcyclists are down in the roadway  in a serious injury accident on Highway 78 at Banner Grade in the Julian/Wynola area, Incident Page Network reports.  According to the CHP website, a citizen is attempting CPR on an injured rider while CHP is en route.

The accident is near a twist in the road approximately 1 mile north of a campground at the horse shoe curve. 

ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION NAMES LA MESA A TREE CITY USA COMMUNITY

 
May 19, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa, CA was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 32nd year La Mesa has earned this national designation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

 

BIRD FEEDER BATTLES: WINNING THE WAR AGAINST SQUIRRELS

 
For bird lovers, the sight of a bushy tail hanging off the side of a feeder means just one thing: war.
 
May 19, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Sure, squirrels have to eat, too, and no one wants to harm the persistent critters. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with squirrels scarfing down the seed you put out for the birds, damaging your feeders and bumping up your blood pressure. It’s possible to discourage squirrels—and even outsmart them—with the right seed mix and some nature-friendly squirrel-control tactics.

 

BE BOLD AT OPEN MICROPHONE NIGHT AT VALLEY MUSIC MAY 19

May 19, 2012 (El Cajon) – Valley Music Store is holding Open Microphone Night May 19 at 1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 310, El Cajon at 6:00 p.m.  Dress up as your favorite pirate or gypsy and take the stage to play, sing or tell family oriented jokes.  Or just listen and be supportive.

A light repast of water, snacks, coffee and cookies will be available for a small donation.  During Open Microphone all items in the store (excluding consignments) will be 20% off.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF HELIX STUDENT

 
Suspect also approached two female students near Grossmont High, Police indicate
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – Daniel Hubbard of La Mesa has been arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment and annoying a child following a joint investigation by La Mesa and El Cajon Police departments.  Hubbard is believed responsible for approaching three female high school students over the past week.   

SECOND BORDER FIRE NEAR DULZURA


May 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A border fire in Jewell Valley that has been burning for several days is now 100% contained.  However a new fire erupted this afternoon on Marron Valley Road near Dulzura.  The new fire, known as Border Fire #7, is now 70% contained and its spread has been stopped, according to Cal-Fire.

Border Fire #7 has burned about 25 acres in the U.S. and 15 in Mexico.  The Incident Commander has released three fire crews and all air-tankers assigned.

3RD ANNUAL LAKESIDE RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 JUNE 9-10

May 18, 2012 (Lakeside) – The 3rd annual Lakeside Relay for Life will be held June 9-10. This is a 24 hour, free family fun event open to the public to raise funds and awareness for The American Cancer Society while having a great time together.

Teams of people camp out and take turns walking or running around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event, which represents the reality that cancer never sleeps and neither do we. By participating, you honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives we've lost to the disease, and raise money to help fight cancer in your community.

9 CANDIDATES VIE FOR BILBRAY’S SEAT IN CONGRESS

 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Nine candidates are in the running for the redrawn 52nd Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray. Eight of them answered a detailed questionnaire provided by the Pomerado News--all but Bilbray himself, who failed to respond to questions.

 

LOOKING AHEAD TO EL CAJON SUMMER CAMPS 2012

 
May 18, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will once again be offering week-long summer camps that begin June 18th. To see the variety of camps that will be offered go to the website at http://www.elcajonrec.org. Whether you’re looking for indoor soccer, gymnastics, aquatics, fun in the sun, or any other camps. Register online or by mail starting May 29th. If you prefer to register in person, walk-in registration begins June 4th at any of the recreation centers during operational hours. Many of our camps will sell out, so register early! For more information, call (619) 441-1516.

 

RISING ABOVE BULLYING...AN INTERACTIVE FORUM HOSTED BY UCCLM YOUTH MAY 27

 
May 18,2012 (La Mesa ) -- What is bullying?  Why does it happen? Has it happened to you? What can be done about it? Who can help – and how? These are the questions the young people of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) have been brainstorming on Sunday mornings, questions which sprang from class assignments, observation, personal encounter and the recognition that different school districts approach the problem differently – some aggressively, some only in response to specific incidents.

 

AMERICAN TRIVIA: THE SUPREME LAW OF OUR LAND

 
May 18, 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.

 

WILDFIRE FLARES UP ANEW: NOW 150 ACRES ON U.S. SIDE

 

 

Update May 18, 2012 (3:15 p.m.) -- San Diego County (Engineer Springs)| Major Brush Fire South end Marron Valley Rd.|Fire now 20+ acres on US side. Large resource required helicopters, 2 type 3 striketeams, and water tenders. 

 

Update May 18, 2012 (8 a.m.) -- The fire is now 60% contained at 150 acres on the U.S. side, with full contained expected by tonight and full control by tomorrow night, according to Cal-Fire's Roxanne Provaznik. 

Currently there are 20 engines, 8 fire crews, 4 water tenders, 1 air tanker, and 4 helicopters assigned to fight the fire.

TULE WIND, MORE BACKCOUNTRY ISSUES ON AGENDA FOR COUNTY PLANNING COMMISION FRIDAY MAY 18

May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County's Planning Commission will consider several major issues on its Friday agenda, including the Tule Wind Energy major use permit for McCain Valley, as well as the related General Plan Amendment and Zoning Reclassification for the Mountain Empire and Boulevard subregional plan areas.

Planners will also hear staff responses to concerns raised by planners in last week's Wind Energy Ordinance Amendments workshop. The meeting beginas at 9 a.m. at 5201 Ruffing Rd., Suite B in San Diego.

WALMART EMPLOYEE STABBED DURING ROBBERY AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 
May 17, 2012 (La Mesa) – Zane Holloway, 18, has been arrested for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after injuring a Walmart employee with a knife. La Mesa Police Department received a radio call at 3:45 p.m. yesterday of a robbery that occurred at Walmart in Grossmont Center Employees reported a male suspect attempted to leave Walmart without paying for merchandise. 

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
May 17, 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
  • Forty-nine headless corpses found in Mexico (Reuters)
  • Merkel’s conservative party routed in Germany (Reuters)
  • France’s “Monsieur Normal” takes office…unmarried (NBC)
  • Surfer recognized for riding biggest wave ever (Los Angeles Times-video)
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has explosive family secret (Business Insider)
  • One in six cancers worldwide are caused by infections (BBC)
U.S.
  • Gouged by the wind: Renewable fuel mandates are raising electricity costs  (Wall Street Journal)
  • Court rejects Iraq-Afghanistan veterans demand for better VA care
  • Navy to demonstrate great green fleet (10 News)
  • Bush convicted of war crimes in absentia (Foreign Policy Journal)
  • The unbelievable brutality released on kids in for-profit prison (Alternet)
  • Humane Society calls for reform of federal wildlife agency (Sacramento Bee)
  • The killing agency:  wildlife services’ brutal methods leaves a trail of animal deaths (Sacramento Bee)
  • Game over for the climate (New York Times)   
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SPREAD OF FIRE STOPPED ON U.S. SIDE OF BORDER; I FIREFIGHTER HAS MINOR INJURY

 

May 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The spread of a 600-acre fire that has burned over 15 acres on the U.S. side of the border in the Jewel Valley area has been stopped, CAL-FIRE reports.

 “There is extensive mop up on this portion of the incident, and crews will be committed well into the night,” said Roxanne Provaznik with CAL-FIRE. “The fire is still spreading eastward in Mexico.  We will continue to monitor the fire activity in Mexico to determine any threat.”

There is one minor heat-related injury to a firefighter.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
May 17, 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 
  • Mother Goose Parade celebrity bookings probed (UT San Diego)
  • Shedding light on UT San Diego: Editor’s partisan comments to Nathan Fletcher open daily paper to scrutiny (CityBeat)
  • County budget to decrease by 2% (La Mesa Patch)
  • Construction expected soon at Sempra’s Baja wind farm (San Diego Business Journal)
  • How to prepare for the big eclipse on May 20 (UT San Diego)
     
STATE 
  • Gov. Jerry Brown: State budget now $16 billion (Sacramento Bee)
  • Human trafficking measure qualifies for ballot (Sacramento Bee) 
 
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HERNANDEZ SEEKS TO BRING “FRESH SMARTS” TO NEW 77TH ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

May 17, 2012 (San Diego) – With Nathan Fletcher leaving the Assembly to run for Mayor, the race is on till fill the open seat.  Democrat  Ruben “R. J.” Hernandez is among four candidates seeking to represent the newly redistricted 77th, which include inland communities such as Tierrasanta, Scripps Ranch, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo and as well as areas as far west as Del Mar Heights. 

View a map of the new district: http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/voters/Eng/maps/AssemblySDCountyMap.jpg

 “I’m pro-labor AND pro-business,” Hernandez states on his website.  “Right now, we need jobs."

2012 LAKESIDE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR HARRY J. SPENCE AWARD

 
May 17, 2012 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the Harry J. Spence ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award.  This annual award is given to a man or woman in the community who has been an outstanding contributor to the community.

LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY SWEEPS LOW-PAID WORKERS UNDER THE RUG

 
Report: Janitors’ low wages a blotch on biotech's shining reputation
 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Janitors who clean the offices and laboratories of San Diego's highly profitable biotech companies generally aren't paid enough to live on, while their low wages are excluded from the industry's claims of creating good jobs.

READER’S EDITORIAL: EAST COUNTY CHAMBER TAKES OFFICIAL POSITION ON TWO BALLOT MEASURES

 
By Scott Alevy
President & CEO, East County Chamber of Commerce
 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--One of the most important services the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce offers to the entire business community is our ongoing advocacy, including ballot initiatives and legislative issues. We are proud to serve as the voice of the business community in East County, and take that responsibility seriously.
 
 
 
East County Chamber opposes Prop 29, which would increase taxes on cigarettes

EARTH TALK® E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss 
 
 
May 17, 2012  (Escondido) -- Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is an effort underway to allow all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats and other motorized vehicles into wilderness areas, which would overturn a long-standing ban. What’s behind this?                 -- Harry Schilling, Tempe, AZ

600 ACRE FIRE HAS BURNED INTO U.S. FROM MEXICO

Update 1:20 p.m. - The fire has burned 15-20 acres on the U.S. side of the border, Incident  Page Network and Cal-Fire report.  Additional strike forces teams were ordered however Cal-Fire Roxanne Provaznik now states that good progress is being made on the fire and that two of four air tankers have been released. 

May 17, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--CAL FIRE/San Diego Fire Authority is on the scene of a brush fire along the U.S./Mexico border.  The fire in Mexico is approximately 600 acres and has just crossed into the U.S. 

STRINGS OF SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 19

May 17, 2012 (Flinn Springs) – The Strings of Spring Music Festival is being held at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Hwy 80, Flinn Springs on May 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event benefits the Challenge Center which provides physical therapy and assisted fitness services for the disabled.

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