November 2009 Articles

LEFT HOOK COLUMN: THE FEDERAL RESERVE--VICTIMIZING AMERICA AND THE WORLD

November 9, 2009 (San Diego) -- After pushing through the Federal Reserve Act and signing it during holiday recess in 1913, even President Woodrow Wilson realized the Federal Reserve was not good for this country:  "I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men." -Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence (1).

 

Today after the markets of 1929 and 2008, we can see that President Wilson was right. We will never be out of debt as long as the Federal Reserve exists.


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COLLEGE-AREA BRUSH FIRE EXTINGUISHED; ARSON PROBE LAUNCHED

 

November 8, 2009 (San Diego) – A fire in an canyon on Adobe Falls Road near San Diego State University has been extinguished. Firefighters made repeated water drops last night to douse the blaze, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes.


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BREAKING NEWS: HOUSE PASSES LANDMARK HEALTHCARE BILL; LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES DIVIDED

 

November 8, 2009 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Affordable Healthcare for All Act last night by a 220-215 margin.  Local Democratic representatives Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted for the landmark measure, while local Republicans Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa and Brian Bilbray voted no. 

 

In the House, only a single Republican (Joseph Cao of New Orleans) voted for the measure.  In addition, 39 Democrats voted no, including representatives from conservative districts as well as some liberal members.


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OFF TO THE RACES....SOAPBOX RACING FINALS TODAY IN LA MESA

 

 

November 8, 2009 (La Mesa) --“If Bryce Taylor can do it, I can do it.”

 

That’s been the attitude among many area youngsters as they prepared to compete in two days of Soap Box Derby Rally Races, with the final rounds today. The event is sponsored by Drew Ford and the Kiwanis Club of La Mesa. The race course is down Junior High Drive adjacent to La Mesa Middle School. Highwood Park is the staging area.


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BETWEEN WILDFIRES: GET RID OF EMBER CATCHERS

 

By Anne S. Fege, Ph.D., M.B.A., wildfire ecologist and educator, and retired Forest Supervisor of the Cleveland National Forest
 


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ARMCHAIR IMPRESSIONISTS EXHIBITION NOV. 1-30: RECEPTION NOV. 15

 

By Tammy Lawhead, events coordinator, Armchair Impressionists

 

November 7, 2009 (El Cajon) -- Renown Western artist, illustrator, and art instructor Jack Jordon and watercolorist Carol Harris are special guest artists at this year’s Armchair Impressionists Exhibition. Paintings by armchair Impressionists Jeffrey Graham, Rustin Holec, David Lawhead, Karen Marsh, and William Marsh will be featured November 1 -30 at the Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via Rancho San Diego in El Cajon.  The public is invited to join the artists at a reception November 15th from 2 – 4 pm in the Community Room.

 

The Armchair Impressionists are five artists who came together as Grossmont College of Community Learning students under the tutelage of  Jordan. The group meets to offer support and encouragement as they submit their paintings to venues available to artists in and around San Diego County. 

Below are biographies of this year’s Exhibition participants and samples of their work:


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2 RESCUED FROM OVERTURNED VEHICLE IN LAKESIDE

Story by Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District
Photos by Firefighter-Paramedic Steve Russo, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Winter Gardens: On November 7th, at 10:54 AM, units from the Lakeside Fire District were dispatched to a “Rescue Vehicle Accident” in the 8600 block of Winter Gardens Blvd. On arrival crews discovered a vehicle still on it’s roof with two occupants trapped inside.

 


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TRADE IN YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT LEDS--FREE!


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CHARGERS AND MTS PARTNER FOR “STUFF THE BUS” FOOD DRIVE

Need for food in East County cities rises sharply
 

November 7, 2009 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Chargers and Metropolitan Transit Service are partnering to run a series of food drives starting Nov. 10 and ending with a game day food drive at the Chargers vs. Philadelphia game at Qualcomm Stadium Nov. 15. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 10 MTS will host “Stuff the Bus Food Drives” at select Vons supermarket parking lots, where the public will be invited to stuff an MTS bus full of food to feed hungry San Diegans over the holiday season.

From January to June, the amount of food distributed by San Diego Food Bank to the needy doubled and tripled across the county. The number of meals distributed by the Food Bank in San Diego alone increased from 1.6 million to 2.4 million. In Lemon Grove, food distributed skyrocketed by 144%. Spring Valley food distribution shot up 80%, while La Mesa and El Cajon rose 31% and 32%.


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SYLVIA'S SOAPBOX: SCHOOLS DEAL WITH DIRTY DANCING, AMONG OTHER THINGS

 

By Sylvia Hampton

 

November 7, 2009 (San Diego)--Every parent and school official in the nation, upon reading about the gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl outside her homecoming dance by boys and men from age 15 to 21, was shocked and outraged. Who was responsible? Where did she get the liquor? Why was she allowed to leave the campus in a drunken state? Where were her friends? Who do we blame? How can we prevent these things from happening? And those boys and men. Where do these creatures come from?


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MARKETING MATTERS: HOW TO GIVE BUSINESS HOLIDAY GIFTS SUCCESSFULLY

 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

By Rama Beerfas

 

November 7, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) - While most people believe that the best time to give holiday business gifts is in the week or two leading up to Christmas, there are several compelling reasons to choose either Thanksgiving or New Year for business-related gift-giving.


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EAST COUNTY ROUND-UP: NOVEMBER 7, 2009

 

 

 

 

                                                 

East County Roundup Includes the Most Important Stories About East County, or relevant to our readers, published by other media. Top stories from the past month include:

 

 

 

• Motorist to stand trial in young mother’s death
• Obama ushers in a new era for Indian Country
• Local GOP party calls for resignation of Poway Councilmember
• Buffalo Soldiers’ base recognized
• Teen’s threats trigger arrests
• FPPC won’t investigate Duvall’s mistress
• Under-fire Helix assistant vice principal is fired
• Long-time La Mesa City Manager stepping down
• Schools, stage budget and safety topics hot at forum
• Commission gives nod to Merriam for 2,700 homes
• The long road back: two years after the wildfires,recovery for many residents has been belated


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TRIO OF FIRES IN LAKESIDE CAUSE ONE DEATH; SHERIFF’S INVESTIGATING “SUSPICIOUS” BLAZE

November 6, 2009 (Lakeside) – Three fires last night in Lakeside are under investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, East County Magazine has learned.  


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AMA AND AARP ENDORSE HEALTHCARE REFORM PROPOSAL NOW BEFORE CONGRESS, LOCAL LEADERS WEIGH IN

 

HUNTER AFFIRMS OPPOSITION TO PUBLIC OPTION; OTHERS OBJECT TO DROPPING AMENDMENT TO LET STATES PASS STRONGER HEALTHCARE REFORMS



By Miriam Raftery

 

November 5, 2009 – The Democratic-sponsored healthcare measure currently before Congress got a booster shot today with the endorsement of two major groups, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).


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THREE ARRESTED IN HEALTHCARE PROTEST AT SAN DIEGO BLUE CROSS


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TIPSY CRANBERRIES

Do something special with your cranberry dish this holiday season


Recipe courtesy of Orfila Vineyards


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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE WE GO: SAN DIEGO’S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION

 

Local Civil Rights Leaders to be Honored Sat. Nov. 7, Waymon Shares Memories, Dreams with ECM



By John P. Falchi



San Diego’s most prominent living civil rights leader, Carrol Waymon, PhD and others who championed civil rights in the 1960s locally will be honored on Saturday, November 7th at a 40th reunion program of the Citizens Interracial Committee (CIC) titled "What you should know before we go: San Diego’s unfinished revolution." In an exclusive interview this week with ECM, Waymon shared triumphs of the past, along with his hopes for the future.


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PADRES, CHARGERS PITCH IN TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ALPINE POP WARNER PLAYER BATTLING CANCER AT NOV, 9 BENEFIT

 

November 5, 2009 (Alpine)-Meet 13-year-old Vincent "Vinnie" Higgins of Alpine, who just discovered he is facing a life changing illness. Vinnie has bone cancer, and he and his family can use some help.

 

The Joan MacQueen Middle School eighth-grader has been an Alpine American Little League player. This year he was playing for the Alpine Pop Warner Mountaineers.

 


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H1N1 FLU FOUND IN CAT, FERRET AND OTHER ANIMALS


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DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: SAVE MONEY WITH SPECIAL THANK YOUS FOR VETERANS


Take advantage of some of the hidden benefits of being a veteran!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 


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GOOD MONEY: ESTATE TAXES--WHICH WAY WILL THEY GO?

Good Money: Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing
 

ESTATE TAXES – WHICH WAY WILL THEY GO?

By Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Financial Group

 

Estate Tax Reform

 

President George W. Bush's 10-year, $1.35 trillion across-the-board tax cut, passed in 2001, included a slow-but-steady reduction of the amount of wealth that is subject to "the death tax." Under the law, the value of an inheritance exempt from estate taxation increased from $1 million in 2001 to $3.5 million in 2009. In addition, the tax rate on inheritances larger than that decreased from 55% to 45%. And currently with a $3.5m exemption amount, this allows a couple who have done proper estate planning to leave a $7m estate completely free of federal estate taxes to their heirs.
 

But this tax is scheduled to revert to the 2001 pre-Bush levels (55% rate on estates over $1 million); unless Congress takes action this year and passes new legislation.

 


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OVER 1,200 STIMULUS JOBS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, REPORT SHOWS

 

November 1, 2009 (San Diego)--Federal stimulus spending has generated 1,290 jobs in San Diego County, according to data reported this week on the first round of job creation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 


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FALL & HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOWS THIS WEEK

November 4, 2009 – Want to get an early start on holiday shopping or pick up some fall decorations? East County’s backcountry area has several events this weekend. Fall is a beautiful time to visit East County’s rural areas—and pick up some one-of-a-kind, hand-made or vintage items as well. Here are details on events in Alpine, Descanso, Julian and El Cajon this weekend, plus a folk art country Christmas sale in Escondido next weekend.


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SHOPPER’S FIND: GLAMOUR GIRLZ BOUTIQUE

 

Story By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

 

November 4, 2009 (El Cajon) – Through this holiday shopping season, East County magazine will be profiling unique shops and shopping districts in our region. I recently discovered Glamour Girlz Boutique at 124 East Main Street in downtown El Cajon, a delightful place to find chic, upscale clothing and accessories at affordable prices. Sweet! It’s not hard to see how this local store was voted second best women’s clothing store in our region – after Macy’s—in an East County Californian reader poll.
 

This Friday, the store celebrates its third anniversary (and El Cajon’s “First Friday” fete) starting at 6 p.m. Bring in this flyer for a 10% discount--and be sure to tell them you heard about Glamour Girlz in East County Magazine!


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ELKS NATIONAL “HOOP SHOOT” PROGRAM

 

November 5, 2009 (El Cajon)--The Elks National “Hoop Shoot” Program is America’s largest non-commercial co-educational sports program. It offers kids ages 8-13 regardless of race, color, or creed an opportunity for character and skill development, healthy spirited athletic competition, social relationships, quality family time and travel with minimal expense to participants and parents.


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LEMON GROVE SUICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED; FELL FROM BRIDGE AS OFFICERS TRIED TO TALK HER DOWN

November 5, 2009 (Lemon Grove) - The coroner's office has identified Jessica Eve Louise Kuntz, 29, as the woman who fell to her death from a bridge in Lemon Grove on October 28th.  Kuntz was witnessed to climb over the safety fence of an overpass at Lemon Grove Avenue above Highway 94.   According to the County Coroner, Kuntz resident in both Santee and Lemon Grove.


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LAKESIDE FIRE CHARS 5 ACRES

 

November 4, 2009 (Lakeside) – A fire that started near San Vicente Reservoir shortly after noon charred five acres north of Lakeside. CAL FIRE dispatched five engines, two fire crews, one bulldozer, three air tankers, three helicopters and a chief officer to quell the blaze, assisted by Heartland Fire Agencies, the U.S. Forest Service and San Diego Sheriff’s Department.


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EL CAJON SEEKS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

 

El Cajon Citizen of the year nominations are due by close of business December 18,2009. Nominees need not be El Cajon residents, but their civic and community activities must be closely identified with the El Cajon Community.


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MAN FOUND HANGED IN POWAY ON HALLOWEEN STILL NOT IDENTIFIED

 

November 6, 2009 (Poway) - A City of Poway worker clearing brush in a secluded area of Hilleary Park on Community Road on Halloween Eve, October 31st, made a grisly discovery.  A man's partially skeletized body was hanging by the neck from a tree. 


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CAR SEATS SAVE INFANT, TODDLER IN HEAD-ON CRASH ON HIGHWAY 67

Story By: Captain Mark Grow

November 4, 2009 (Lakeside) --The Lakeside Fire Protection District received a call of a multi-patient vehicle accident at the intersection of State Highway 67 and Gold Bar Way. This accident was a high velocity head-on collision between two SUV- type vehicles. One vehicle was occupied by a mother, small child, and an infant.


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