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READER'S EDITORIAL: JOIN PETITION DRIVE FOR ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BE BUILT THROUGH UNIFICATION OF AUSD

By Bill Weaver
 
July 30, 2012 (Alpine) -- An Alpine School District Unification Drive Has Begun. It is predicted that if the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) itself builds an Alpine High School, there will be millions of dollars that will be gained by the GUHSD, via a recovery of current LOST students, and some gained new students. If the GUHSD does not build it, and the Alpine Unified School District does, these millions from new student revenues will flow into the Alpine Unified School District (AUSD).

HARPIST MAIR RATHBURN TO PERFORM CENTENNIAL CONCERT AT EL CAJON LIBRARY AUG. 12

 
July 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Singer and harpist Mair Rathburn brings her musical fun in vintage costume to the El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Av, in a family friendly concert Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m. The free concert is part of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase series, and is sponsored by the Friends of the El Cajon Library.
 
Rathburn is a historical interpreter at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in San Diego's Old Town State Park, so it piqued her interest when, at a previous Acoustic Showcase concert, she saw the library's mural depicting the history of El Cajon.  As the year 2012 celebrates the Centennial of the City of El Cajon, Rathburn was inspired to return to the library with a musical, historical version of the mural.

A NEW FARMERS MARKET IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

July 29, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is now open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Campus, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon.  The market was created to bring locally grown fresh produce to the community on a weekly basis and to celebrate the diversity of culture in East County. 

 

COLLEGE DISTRICT UNVEILS FACILITIES PLAN TO COMMUNITY

 
Input sought on possible bond proposal

July 29, 2012 (El Cajon) -- A new facilities master plan identifying unmet needs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges was presented at a community forum Thursday as the East County college district considers placing a bond measure on the November ballot.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON UNVEILS REPORT HIGHLIGHTING PATH TOWARD MORE MODERN SCHOOLS

 

 
UC Berkeley Study Shows Opportunities for Schools and Communities With Investments 
 
July 29, 2012 (Sacramento) -- As the need for new school construction slows over the next decade, California should refocus on updating and replacing aging school buildings with schools designed to be more environmentally friendly and better suited to the needs of the next generation of students, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, report released today by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

AMBER ALERT: TEEN GIRL BELIEVED KIDNAPPED BY 2 MEN IN WHITE ACURA INTEGRA


July 29, 2012 (Los Angeles) An Amber Alert has been issued statewide today for a missing 16-year-old, Eunice Serrato, who was allegedly kidnapped by two men. The victim, from San Ardo, Monterey County, was allegedly taken at 9:45 p.m. last night by a father and son driving a white 4-door 1990 Acura Integra with license 4SAE963.  The son is described as “armed and dangerous” and may have a gunshot wound, authorities indicate.

Serrato is Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink jacket, blue jeans and sandals.

DRIVER TO BE CHARGED IN FATAL VALLEY CENTER CRASH

 

July 29, 2012 (Valley Center) – Salvador Leon, 30, of Valley Center lost control while driving his 2004 Toyota Scion eastbound on Valley Center Road east of Queensbridge last night at 10:47 p.m., hitting a telephone pole. The collision killed his front seat passenger, a 23-year-old man from Valley Center. 

SDG&E CELEBRATES OPENING OF SUBSTATION NEAR ALPINE AND COMPLETION OF SUNRISE POWERLINK

Outside, protesters object to Powerlink and more power projects planned for region

By Miriam Raftery

July 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – “That snap, crackle and pop is the sound of success,’ SDG&E president and chief financial officer Michael Niggli declared, referring to the noises emanating from high voltage lines at the newly completed Suncrest Substation.

 Atop a former mountaintop blasted away for the project’s construction, Governor Jerry Brown  and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger joined with energy industry executives to celebrate what they view as a milestone in meeting the state’s ambitious renewable energy goals.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME AT THE KROC CENTER AUGUST 7

July 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The 29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime will be held at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Recreation Field, 6845 University Ave., San Diego on August 7 form 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event features live entertainment, including an interactive Self Defense Demonstration, a chance to meet local police and law enforcement officers, free snacks, giveaways, finger-painting, games, community booths and more.

EVENT TO BENEFIT RETIRING OFFICER JARRED SLOCUM AUGUST 10

July 28, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Officer Jarred Slocum, injured during a shooting last August on Prince Street will be medically retiring from those injuries.  He and his family will be moving out of San Diego.  The El Cajon Police Officer’s Association and the El Cajon Elk’s Lodge 1812 will be hosting a benefit for Jarred and his family at the El Cajon Elk’s Lodge 1812, 1400 East Washington Ave., El Cajon on August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

1ST SYNTHETIC DRUG MANUFACTURING OPERATION SEIZED IN SD COUNTY

 

Takedown Netted Thousands of Packages of Spice and Bath Salts
 
July 28, 2012 (San Diego)  –  6 individuals were arrested and more than 7000 packages of Spice and Bath Salt products were seized in a search warrant yesterday in Escondido, CA.  This operation was part of the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production and sale of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense, or plant food.

 

HISTORICAL SPEAKERS AT EL CAJON LIBRARY BRING HISTORY ALIVE FOR CENTENNIAL STARTING AUGUST 2

 
July 28, 2012 (El Cajon)--What was life like 100 years ago here in El Cajon?  As part of the Centennial Celebration for the City, the El Cajon Library and the El Cajon Historical Society are presenting a "Journey To Our Historical Past" speaker series starting August 2. There are currently seven presentations scheduled for the first and third Thursday of the month in the Community Room of the library,  201 E. Douglas Avenue, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

FBI AND SAN DIEGO POLICE SEEK PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO FIND ALLEGED BANK ROBBER; DNA MATCH FOUND ON CAP

 
Darius Demon Lake Charged With Robbing Chase Bank on April 6, 2012

The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to locate a man charged with robbing the Chase Bank, 4078, Adams Avenue, San Diego, California, on Friday, April 6, 2012.

BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED FOR POTRERO GENERAL STORE AND CAFÉ WATER SYSTEM

 
Test Result Shows Total Coliform Bacteria Absent in Drinking Water Supply   
  
July 28, 2012 (Portrero) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for Potrero General Store and Café Water System, located at 25125 Highway 94, Potrero, CA 91963 effective immediately. 

ASSEMBLYMAN NATHAN FLETCHER, POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION TO HOLD FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF COLORADO SHOOTING VICTIMS

 
 
July 28, 2012 (San Diego)-- California State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego Police Officers Association will hold a fundraiser to help those affected by the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting at a special screening of The Dark Knight Rises this Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m.
 
Movie ticket proceeds will go to victims and their families to pay for hospital stays, rehabilitation costs and miscellaneous expenses. Proceeds will go directly to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, created by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper through the Community First Foundation.  Nathan Fletcher is an Assemblyman representing San Diego, where the shooter was from. 
 
This event is open to the public. Tickets will be available for a $25 at the door. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Event invitation here.   The location is  UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive #100, San Diego, CA 92108.  For more information visit www.nathanfletcher.com/colorado.

TWO STROLLER RECALLS FROM CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

July 29, 2012 (San Diego) --  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in co-operation with Peg Perego and Kolcraft has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 228,000 strollers.

The Peg Perego USA Inc. recall is of 223,000 strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation.  A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT IN LA MESA AUGUST 7

July 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa will be participating in National Night Out on August 7 at the north Target parking lot at Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event will be an Emergency Preparedness Fair that is family friendly and an easy way to learn to prepare for disaster.

Explore emergency vehicles, get free child fingerprinting and receive free resources and information on putting together an emergency preparedness kit.  Target will provide free BBQ.  For more information call 667-7545.

HEARTLAND FIRE CHIEF ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 
July 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The Fire Chief for Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, Mike Scott has announced his retirement. His final day will be July 29, 2012. He had been the Fire Chief for the City of El Cajon since June of 2005, and became the Heartland Fire Chief, overseeing the three cities, in October of 2009.

SMITHSON TAPPED AS PRESIDENT, WARING RESUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF CLEANTECH SAN DIEGO

 
July 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of CleanTECH San Diego is pleased to announce the appointment of Holly Smithson as president and chief operating officer for the organization. Her appointment was approved by a unanimous vote. 
 
Smithson replaced Jim Waring who will be resuming his role as executive chairman of the board of directors of CleanTECH San Diego. Waring previously served as chairman of the non-profit trade organization from its founding in 2007 until 2011, when he assumed the interim role of president and CEO.

OFFICIAL PADRES WATCH PARTY AT SYCUAN JULY 28

 

July 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Padres are on the road, but you can still enjoy a game at an official Padres watch party at Sycuan Casino,  5469 Casino Way, El Cajon on July 28 at 4:10 p.m.  The watch party will be held at GameDay Sports Bar & Grill inside the casino.

Join the Pad Squad and the Swinging Friar while enjoying food and drink specials.  Exclusive Padres items will be available to win.  Visit http://atmlb.com/Ipy8jk for more information. 

42ND ANNUAL PINE VALLEY DAYS JULY 27 & 28, PARADE ON SATURDAY

July 26, 2012 (Pine Valley) – The Mountain Empire Men’s Club presents the 42nd annual Pine Valley Days on July 27 and 28.  The events begin on Friday at 5:00 p.m. with a Deep Pit BBQ followed by dancing under the stars at Pine Valley County Park, 28810 Old Highway 80. 

Saturday’s events begin at 9:00 a.m. with a 2 hour parade down old Highway 80 from Pine Valley Road to Pine Blvd. After the parade there will be bouncies for kids, a rock climbing wall, music, a horse shoe tournament and food at the park.  A market place with over 30 vendors will also be there.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SURVIVING A POWER OUTAGE

 
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
 
July 26, 2012  (San Diego's East County) -- Though a power outage can occur from a simple malfunction in the system, human error or a traffic accident involving a power pole. Keep in mind, this is the time of year when it is important to prepare for power outages. Excessive heat warning may cause utility companies to issue “rolling brown outs.”  The summer monsoon season can bring electrical storms causing power disruptions.  Most importantly as we approach Fall, the Santa Ana Winds bring a multitude of threats such as wildfires, but also power outages from downed powerlines. A power outage can be extremely annoying and inconvenient, but it won't be a horrible experience if you're prepared for the worst.

SIX BRUSH FIRES CAUSED BY SHOOTING FIREARMS IN EAST COUNTY; CAL FIRE ASKS BLM TO BAN SHOOTING DURING FIRE SEASON

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Revelations that six wildfires in the past six weeks have been caused by recreational shooting in East County has caused a firestorm of controversy.  

Cal-Fire, joined by residents of  Dulzura, Potrero and other areas bordering the Otay Wilderness area have asked the federal Bureau of Land Management to ban shooting on its properties within San Diego County for the duration of this year’s expected severe fire season.  

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 26, 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
  • Returning migrants boost Mexico’s middle class: net immigration to U.S. now zero (Washington Post)
  • Pressure mounts to stop China’s forced abortions (USA Today)
  • Syria says could use chemical arms against foreigners (Reuters)
  • Tax havens: Super rich ‘hide’ 21 trillion (BBC)
  • Murdoch resigns from his British papers’ boards (NY Times)
U.S.
  • Poverty issue missing on presidential campaign trail (OpEd News)
  • Offshore jobs play role in campaign and economy (KPBS)
  • Romney walks political tightrope on foreign policy (CNN)
  • What happens to current nursing home residents if House Budget Resolution becomes law? (Medicare Advocacy)
  • White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill (The Hill)
  • Solar trade war hurts Chinese imports (Technology Review)
 
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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
July 26, 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: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STATE
  • Health insurance rebates due next week across California  (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Parks Director resigns amid scandal (Sacramento Bee)
  • Prop 32 opponents blast measure as flawed, unfair (Sacramento Bee)
  • 4th night of unrest in Anaheim as protesters confront police (San Diego Free Press)
  • Will California’s controversial desalination plant get off the ground?  Here’s the last hurdle it faces (Alternet)
LOCAL
  • Foreclosures plummet in San Diego County (UT San Diego)
  • Council won’t sign PBID yet (La Mesa Today)
  • San Diego: America’s Olympic capital (UT San Diego)
  • Lakeside’s Long new face of Olympics (UT San Diego)
  • Abuse of power allegations levied against Border Patrol (10 News)
  • Video shows border agent destroying water for migrants (10 News)
 
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