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CELEBRATE THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY’S NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER JULY 12

July 10, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will be holding a Grand Re-Opening of the Lakeside Clubhouse’s new Technology Center on July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at 12824 Lakeshore Drive, Lakeside.  The guest speaker at the event is Senator Joel Anderson.

Light refreshments will be served.  Call 619-440-1600 or visit www.bgcec.org for more information.

CELEBRATE THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CITY HEIGHTS FARMERS’ MARKET JULY 14

July 10, 2012 (City Heights)--Join the City Heights community as it celebrates the Fourth Anniversary of the City Heights Farmers’ Market this Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is FREE and features colorful cultural performances highlighting the rich ethnic diversity of City Heights as well as children’s activities (arts & crafts and face painting). The farmers’ market is located on Wightman Street, between 43rd Street and Fairmount Avenue (across from the City Heights Weingart Library). Free parking is provided in the parking structure on 43rd Street (and there is also plenty of free street parking).

“STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE” MUSICIAN REPORTS MUGGING IN LA MESA

 

By Monica Hampton 

 
July 12, 2012 (La Mesa)--Michael Reed, a member of a local band, “Steam Powered Giraffe,” reported that he was mugged in downtown La Mesa and “knocked unconscious.”  According to Reed, he was “hit on the back of the head” on La Mesa Blvd. on Saturday, July 7 between 11 p.m. and midnight. 

POWAY BRUSH FIRE KNOCKED DOWN BY FIRE CREWS

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos Nadin Abbott
 
July 10, 2012 (Poway)-- A fire that started along Metate Lane and Carriage Road in Poway was knocked off fairly fast by fire crews from multiple agencies.
 
According to John Canavan, Division Chief of the City of Poway Fire Department, the fire started at 11:45 a.m. yesterday. It was a grass fire near homes, that burned eastwards towards Community along the road, pushed by a ten to fifteen mile wind.

BRIGHT IDEAS: ENERGY INNOVATION CENTER LIVES UP TO ITS STANDARDS

 

 
By  Janis Mork
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego)-  ECM toured SDG&E’s new Energy Innovation Center at Clairemont Mesa, designed to be a demonstration facility and educational center, led by supervisor Ellery Stahler. We found an array of creative ideas and cool technologies that you can utilize to save energy and conserve resources in your home and garden.

 

PASSAGES: MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RESTAURANT FOUNDER DON SANFILIPPO

 

July 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Memorial services were held at Faith Chapel at 11:00 a.m. this morning for Donato "Don" Sanfilippo who was the founder of a popular pizza restaurant in La Mesa. Sanfilippo died on July 1 as a result of a massive stroke that occurred in 2007.  For further information, see the article in the La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch.

 

BABYSITTER ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN RAMONA

 

July 9, 2012 (Ramona)—David Humberto Ortiz, 19, has been arrested for the murder and assault of 8-month-old Liliana Velasquez. 

According to Lt. Larry Nesbitt with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Detail, Ortiz was babysitting the infant in the 2600 block of Southern Oak Road in Ramona when the fatal assault occurred on July 4 at 11:27 a.m.

FIRE IN LAKE MORENA AREA

Update 7:50 p.m. - A resident at the scene reports the fire is now under control and nearly extinguished.

Update 5:39 p.m. - Incident Page Network reports the fire is now 15 acres, spreading fast and moving toward structures.

July 9, 2012 (Lake Morena) – A three acre fire is burning off Bass Road in Lake Morena, Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler has informed ECM.   “It sounds like crews can hold it,” said Mohler, who called while on the road.

Two additional air tankers and one additional helicopter have been ordered to assist in dousing the blaze, he said.  “There are structures in the area but as of now, they are not threatened.”

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: HIGH NOON

By Brian Lafferty

 

July 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Leave it to Oliver Stone to take sleazy, salacious, and lurid material and transform it into art. Very few filmmakers can make graphic violence so lyrical without pretension the way Stone does in Savages. On the surface the film is trashy, but if you look deeper, this trash has class.

 

SCISSORS-WIELDING SUSPECT ROBS AM/PM STORE IN LA MESA

 

 
July 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – This morning at 1:46 a.m., La Mesa Police responded to a report of a robbery at the AM/PM at 4925 Spring Street in the city of La Mesa.

According to the police, the clerk told officers that he was working behind the registers when the suspect walked into the store and demanded cash. When the clerk told the suspect that he didn’t believe he had a gun, the suspect pulled a pair of scissors from his pocket and walked behind the cash register counter. 

FROM THE CHIEF’S CORNER: POOL SAFETY GUIDELINES

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna  East County Magazine “In-House” Fire Chief
July 9, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The National Safety Council reports that 600 children and adults drown annually in swimming pools, 330 in home pools. By communicating these pool tips effectively as well as using common sense, your backyard pool can be a safe and pleasurable experience for children as well as adults.

VEGETATION FIRE THREATENS FOUR HOMES

 
Property owner doing the right thing the wrong way
 
July 9, 2012 (La Mesa) -- San Miguel Firefighters responded to a vegetation fire at the base of Mt. Helix just before 1:30 yesterday afternoon. Light to moderate flash fuel spread to half an acre before it was contained. In total four Engine Companies responded, two of the Engines responded from La Mesa as part of an automatic mutual aid agreement.

BOOK REVIEW: MURDERING THE MOM—A SOUL-SEARCHING MEMOIR

 

 Murdering The Mom: A Memoir, by Duff Brenna (Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC., La Grande, Oregon, 2012, 217 pages).
 
Book Review by Dennis Moore
 
July 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Duff Brenna, a long-time East County resident and graduate of San Diego State, where he also taught and garnered several faculty awards, has written a candid and somewhat disturbing memoir of growing up in a dysfunctional family. Murdering The Mom: A Memoir resonates with me, for there are some aspects of this brilliantly written and insightful book that are eerily reminiscent of my mother and how she had to raise 10 of us – basically by herself.

BRUSH FIRE IN POWAY

Update 1:46 p.m. - The fire is now 8 acres and is 90% contained, Incident Page Network reports.

July 9, 2012 (1:25 p.m.) -- A fire that began at Metate Lane and Carriage Road in Poway shortly before 1 p.m. today has grown to seven acres, Greg George, Emergency Resource Officer at San Diego Fire Department told ECM.  "It is still in fairly light fuel but it is growing," he said. 

LAKE JENNINGS TO OPEN DAILY JULY 30-AUG. 12

July 9, 2012 (Lakeside)--Usually open only weekends and holidays, Lake Jennings will be open every day between July 30 and August 12 from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  For only nominal fee, you can pack a picnic, enjoy marvelous vistas, watch the wildlife, take the 5-mile hike around the lake, or just relax with a barbecue in a wilderness just a short drive from San Diego and East County’s urban areas.

For only a few more dollars you can launch your boat ($8) or rent one (motorboat $40, rowboat $19), dip a line in the water — catching fish may be another story (fishing permit and state license fees apply) — or enjoy a paddle boat excursion around the 160 acre lake’s surface ($10/hour). 

CAL FIRE ISSUES NO BURN PROCLAMATION DUE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER

July 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Effective immediately, Cal Fire has issued a no-burn proclamation for all state responsibility lands in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  All open burning is banned and campfires are restricted to designated campfire facilities in established public campgrounds.

NEWSWEEK RAISES CONCERNS OVER VETERANS' CARE UNDER MITT ROMNEY

 

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary who resigned amid scandal is named co-chair of Romney’s advisory team on veterans' policies

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – Award-winning Newsweek correspondent Jamie Reno, a founding member of East County Magazine’s editorial team, has published a report in Newsweek/Daily Beast that examines the track record of a top Mitt Romney advisor on veterans' affairs. He reveals a troubling history of failures to properly care for soldiers who served our nation honorably.

FROM THE CHIEFS CORNER: THE HEAT'S ON!

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna : East County Magazine “In-House” Fire Chief

The Heat is On!  Triple digit temperatures expected beginning Sunday and into next week!

July 8, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- If you work or play outside in the summer or areas that are warm all year you should know about heat stress safety tips. Heat stress is caused by over exposure to hot climates. You might not think it is possible but you can suffer from heat related injuries inside as well as outside. Heat stress occurs when your bodies core temperature rises above normal. Follow these heat stress safety tips to prevent an accident. 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES ENERGY-SAVING COGENERATION EQUIPMENT AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 July 8, 2012 La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors on Friday, June 29, 2012, unanimously approved plans to greatly improve energy efficiency and reliability at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.
 
The GHD board approved financing and a purchase agreement that will replace decades-old equipment with new, state-of-the-art cogeneration energy equipment at the regional medical facility. Estimated to cost $18 million to install, the hospital’s cogeneration project is projected to save millions of dollars in energy costs and provide a reliable source for up to 95 percent of the hospital’s electricity needs, GHD officials said.
 
 
Grossmont Healthcare District 2012 board president Debbie McElravy
and Tom Saiz, GHD chief financial officer. Credit Courtesy GHD

COURT CLEARS THE WAY FOR SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY’S LAWSUIT TO BE HEARD

Overrules another round of MWD “demurrers” seeking to dismiss the case without trial 
 
July 8, 2012 (San Diego)-- San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled on July 2 that the San Diego County Water Authority’s legal challenge to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 2011 and 2012 wholesale water rates will move forward, despite another round of pre-trial motions by MWD that sought to dismiss most of the case.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S SECOND FRIDAY BREAKFAST IS JULY 13

July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its Second Friday Breakfast on July 13 at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon.  The monthly breakfasts bring together connected and influential business and community leaders.

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