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SDG&E TO ACTIVATE AND TEST NEW REDUCE YOUR USE REWARD PROGRAM, TODAY

 
During this test event, customers are encouraged to save energy to earn a
bill credit on next month’s bill
                                                                                       
July 20, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Today, SDG&E will call the first, system-wide Reduce Your Use event to test its notification systems and processes.

BOIL WATER ORDER AND PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR THE MOUNT LAGUNA RECREATION AREA WATER SYSTEM

 
July 20, 2012 (Mount Laguna) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area water system located on Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 effective immediately. The water system serves a campground, visitor center and fire station.

IBERDROLA’S ANSWER TO WIND TURBINE NOISE? GIVE RESIDENTS NOISE GENERATING MACHINES

By Miriam Raftery

July 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Iberdrola Renewables wants to build an industrial wind turbine facility on 15,000 acres in East County’s McCain Valley. 

What happens if neighbors complain of noise?

In Fairfield, New York, weary residents asked town officials to measure noise levels at Iberdrola’s Hardscrabble wind facility. The results found levels above the legal limit of 50 decibels. But instead of reducing the noise, Iberdrola gave noise generating machines to residents in hopes of drowning out the whooshing and whirling turbine sounds. Note: The machine is set at the lowest setting in this audio link.

MISSING MAN: BRENT MACNAB LAST SEEN DRIVING JEEP WRANGLER

 

July 19, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Police asks public help to locate Brent MacNab, who was last seen on July 15, 2012, in the area of 12000 Tivoli Park Row, San Diego (Carmel Mountain). 

He is listed as a faculty member at the University of Sydney, Australia School of Business. He obtained a PhD from the University of Hawaii in 2004 and has a decade of experience working with Volkswagen of America, Inc., BankAmerica Corp., and AT&T as well as in corporate consultation.

 

MacNab is 43 years old, 6’0”, 165 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was driving a silver/black 2012 Jeep Wrangler with California license 6VHC214.  It is a rental vehicle.

FORD RECALLS ESCAPE SUVS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD; TELLS OWNERS TO STOP DRIVING IMMEDIATELY

 

July 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) Ford Motor Company today announced a voluntary recall of 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles equipped with the 1.6-liter engine built through July 11, 2012. Ford estimates that there have been approximately 11,500 of these vehicles distributed for sale in North America, with most in the U.S.

Ford is voluntarily recalling the vehicles to replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, potentially resulting in an underhood fire. Three fires have occurred, including two by Ford employees testing vehicles. No injuries have been reported.

HEALTH DEPT. REPORT ON WIND TURBINES DRAWS CRITICISM; COUNTY PLANNERS TO VOTE ON WIND ENERGY ORDINANCE JULY 20

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2012 (San Diego) – Tomorrow at 9 a.m.,  San Diego County's Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a wind ordinance that would enable construction of numerous wind energy projects in our region's mountains, rural and desert communities.

Why, then, did San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency just issue a public health position statement that amounts to a whitewash of serious health problems linked to wind turbines around the world?

PLANNING COMMISSION PULLS PLUG ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT AMENDMENT

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

July 19, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Planning Commission voted not to green light the East Elliot Community Plan Amendment that would have allowed Cogentrix Energy LLC to go forward with the Quail Brush natural gas-fired power plant near Mission Trails Regional Park.

The City Council now has the opportunity to weigh in on the controversial project, which has generated near-unanimous community opposition.

BLM RESPONDS TO ECM INQUIRY ON NATIVE AMERICAN REMAINS AT WIND SITES

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – After forensic dog teams identified dozens of potential ancient human remain sites at energy projects on Bureau of Land Management property in Ocotillo and McCain Valley, as ECM reported this week, ECM asked the BLM what steps it intends to take to assure that any Native American remains are protected.

Two officials from the BLM have responded to our inquiry.

EDITORIAL: DON’T LET GOVERNMENT GROUPS HIDE THEIR AGENDAS

Take these steps to restore Brown Act protections at state and local levels

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

July 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Criticism is mounting over the state’s suspension of Brown Act protections, which have long required local government boards to provide at least 72 hours public notice of meeting agendas.

BUSINESS SPARKLES AS NOTED JEWELER EXPANDS IN EAST COUNTY

July 20, 2012 (El Cajon) –Three decades ago, Leo Hamel of Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers opened his first jewelry store on El Cajon Boulevard.  Now the successful businessman has returned to his historic roots, opening his eighth store, Leo Hamel Jewelry Buyers Office, in downtown El Cajon.
"Diamonds were once considered to be a girl's best friend, but now men and women alike are flocking to the precious stone," says Hamel. "The hardest stone in the world is now more rare than ever, which makes it even more of a luxury accessory and a solid investment." 

2ND ANNUAL WATERMELON DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY JULY 21 & 22

July 15, 2012 (Ramona) -- Here’s a juicy story: the Oasis Camel Dairy will host  its second annual Watermelon Days on July 21 & 22 from 1:00 to  3:30 p.m. at 26757 Old Julian Hwy in Ramona.  Festivities include feeding watermelon to the camels, camel rides, an exotic bird show featuring talking and singing parrots and tours of the camel dairy.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

 
July 19, 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
  • Special report: water supplies pass tipping point (UT San Diego)
  • Ramona’s original horses come home (Ramona Patch)
  • San Diego County’s wildlife killers (Voice of San Diego)
  • Heartland Fire Chief steps down (La Mesa Today)
  • Unclaimed funds being held by county (10 News)
  • 15-year-old Santee driver in fatal SR 52 crash sentenced to one year
  • A costly, cranky day for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • La Mesa’s $1.9 million payment to state could be cut in half, says city manager (La Mesa Patch)
 
STATE
  • California Health Exchange seeks to make buying insurance a breeze (Sacramento Bee)
  • Lawmakers seek state parks investigation (Sacramento Bee) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

SR 905 TO OPEN TO TRAFFIC

 
New Freeway Will Ease Flow of Commerce from/to Otay Mesa Border Crossing
 
July 19, 2012 (Otay Mesa) -- State Route 905, a newly-built highway designed to accommodate the growing volume of trucks carrying goods between the United States and Mexico, will open to motorists July 30. A grand opening celebration was held today on the freeway that connects the Otay Mesa Port of Entry – the only commercial crossing between San Diego and Tijuana – to the rest of the highway system.

SAN DIEGO’S PHIL’S BBQ WINS TRAVEL CHANNEL’S BEST WEST COAST SANDWICH

 
Phil’s BBQ El Toro tri-tip sandwich takes one of ten regional titles to advance to the final round
 
July 19, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Phil’s BBQ was named the West Coast Regional Winner of the Travel Channel show “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.” Phil’s El Toro tri-tip sandwich is one of ten regional winners that will move on to the final round of judging, where one sandwich will be named Best Sandwich in America.  There’s good news for East County foodies:  Phil’s BBQ will be coming to Santee this fall. (Here’s a clip of the Phil’s BBQ segment.)

NEW HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR JOINS GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

 
17-year veteran of labor and employee relations named vice chancellor
 
 July 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Victoria Simmons, a consultant and community college administrator specializing in labor relations and human resources for 17 years, is the new vice chancellor of human resources for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
 
Simmons, who was hired after a nationwide search, began working at the college district July 1. She has experience in labor and employee relations, recruitment, equal employment opportunity compliance, staff development and training, classification, compensation, workers’ compensation and other human resources issues.
 

OVERTURNED TRASH TRUCK SNARLS TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 94 IN LEMON GROVE

 

July 19, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A SIG ALERT has been issued for eastbound Highway 94, where an overturned trash truck is blocking access to northbound SR-125.

“It was an EDCO trash truck laying on its side with its wheels pointed south,” El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM, who drove past the incident moments ago.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 19, 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.
  • Drug trial offers hope for Alzheimer’s treatment (USA Today)
  • Worst drought in decades grips nation (Los Angeles Times)
  • Why Democrats are willing to walk off the “fiscal cliff” (Washington Post)
  • Can Obama save manufacturing? (Washington Post)
  • Controversial GOP spending bill released (The Hill)
  • Romney attacks on Bain questioned: Obama campaign accuses Romney of lying about Bain tenure (Boston Globe)
  • Could Obama’s negative attacks on Mitt Romney backfire? (USA Today)
  • NAACP crowd boos Romney for voting to repeal health reform (NBC)
  • Condi Rice a possible VP pick for Romney: pros and cons (CNN)
  • Supreme Court rejects ‘Stolen Valor’ law, says lying about military honors isn’t a crime (McClatchy News)
WORLD
  • Google searching for human traffickers, drug cartels  (Fox)
  • Olympics security shambles is a “humiliating shambles”, boss concedes (CNN)
  • Dutch, U.S. authorities investigating needles in airline sandwiches (CNN)
  • Central Damascus hit by clashes (Reuters) 
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS RAISED OVER PLANNERS' TIES TO COGENTRIX LOBBYIST AS VOTE NEARS ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2012 (San Diego)  At  9 a.m. today, the San Diego Planning Commission will hold an important vote to determine whether to rezone open space to industrial land in order to allow a proposed natural gas-fired power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park.

LA MESA POLICE SEARCHING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT: ADVISE STAYING INDOORS

 

July 18, 2012 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Police searching the area of La Mesa Blvd. & Grossmont Blvd. near Grossmont Center for a robbery suspect; air support and K9 responding as of 10:20 p.m.  Police advise that you avoid this area. Remain indoors if possible due to K-9 unit searching area. 

LAKESIDE’S RIVER PARK CONSERVANCY RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS

July 18, 2012 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy held a Volunteer Appreciation Party on July 14 to thank all the volunteers who have given many hours of support over the years.  The 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Awards were distributed at the party.  The winners are:

FRIDAY NIGHT IS MOVIE NIGHT AT SANTEE LAKES: JULY 20, AUGUST 3 & 17

July 18, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Lakes hosts Friday movie nights this summer.  Bring a blanket or chairs and your picnic and enjoy movies under the stars.  The Friday night lineup includes:

Kung Fu Panda – July 20
Muppets – August 3
Dolphin Tale – August 17

FLETCHER HILLS LIBRARY’S ANNUAL ICE CREAM SOCIAL IS JULY 25

July 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Fletcher Hills Library is holding its annual Ice Cream Social on July 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 576 Garfield Avenue, El Cajon.  The Friends of Fletcher Hills Library will be serving up the ice cream.  Firefighters with Heartland Fire and Rescue in El Cajon will be stopping by as well.

For more information call 619-466-1132.

SUPERVISORS APPROVE GILLESPIE FIEILD REDEVELOPMENT DESPITE NEIGHBORS CONCERNS

                                         

By Ariele Johannson

July 16, 2012 (El Cajon)—San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted on June 20 to approve the  Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) allowing redevelopment of 70 acres at Gillespie Field Airport from light industrial to aviation-only usage. 

DOG TEAMS SEARCH FOR NATIVE AMERICAN REMAINS IN MCCAIN VALLEY , OCOTILLO AND JACUMBA

 

Canines identify dozens of sites in path of wind and power line projects

 

Wind developers “cooperate” with tribes on searches-- but SDG&E refuses to allow dogs on its ECO-Substation site

 

 

Story by Miriam Raftery

Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott, Miriam Raftery, and Jim Pelley

July 18, 2012 (McCain Valley) – Weaving across cactus-studded terrain in McCain Valley, Piper, a border collie trained to find ancient human remains, pauses to sniff the ground.  Ears erect, he sits, alerting handler Lynne Engelbert, who records the GPS coordinates. (Click video to view.) Minutes later, Piper’s find is independently confirmed by a second search dog.

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