August 2012 Articles

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MEASURE ALLOWING LAW ENFORCEMENT TO PROSECUTE HUMAN TRAFFICKERS UNDER CIVIL NUISANCE CODES SENT TO GOVERNOR

 
August 18, 2014 (Sacramento)—A measure which would permit law enforcement to prosecute human trafficking as a civil nuisance as well as a crime and direct recovered penalties to the victims of these crimes was on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown on a 76-0 vote.
 
Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78) introduced the legislation, AB 2212, earlier this year.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORISTS

 
From Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna East County Magazine’s “In-House Fire Chief” 
 
August 18, 2012  (San Diego) -- School is starting to begin for many of our districts. It’s important to use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses so excited and may not be paying attention while traveling to school and back home. Here are some safety reminders:

VALLECITO LIGHTNING FIRES NOW 90% CONTAINED

Higher humidity and cooler temperatures are aiding firefighters, Cal Fire reports. The Vallecito Lightning Complex is now 22,828 acres and 90% contained. The suppression costs are up to $6,400,000 and firefighters still have a mile of containment line to construct. There have been a total of 4 injuries to firefighters.

As of  this evening, all roads in the fire area have been opened and all evacuation orders have been lifted.

FBI WARNING: CITADEL MALWARE DELIVERS RANSOMWARE IN ATTEMPTS TO EXTORT MONEY

August 17, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego FBI warns of a new Citadel malware platform used to deliver ransomware named Reveton. The ransomware lures the victim to a drive-by download website, at which time the ransomware is installed on the user’s computer. Once installed, the computer freezes and a screen is displayed warning the user they have violated United States federal law.

FLASH FLOODS, MUD SLIDES FORECAST IN BURNED AREAS; EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED IN FIRE ZONE

 

Update August 17, 2012:  All evacuation orders have been lifted.  The Lightning Complex Fires are now 85% contained at 22, 836 acres.  Flash floods and rainfall are forecast, with mud slides possible in recently burned areas.

 

ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION REPORTED NEAR HELIX HIGH

August 17, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have issued a warning that a man in a “beat up” white small or medium pickup truck attempted to lure a 16-year-old female student into his vehicle. The girl was walking to Helix High School at 8 a.m. today in the 7500 block of University Ave. when the suspect pulled up next to her, got out of his truck and told her, “Hey, get in my car.” 

WILDFIRE JIHAD: AL QAEDA URGES TERRORISTS TO START WILDFIRES, CALIFORNIA AMONG POSSIBLE TARGETS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Amid blistering heat and wildfires blazing across our region, here’s news that may inspire a chill down your spine. 

A recent issue  of Al Qaeda’s publication, Inspire, has surfaced on jihad forums inspiring Western terrorists to start forest fires in the U.S. 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

August 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:   
 
U.S.
  • Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice Presidential nominee (Washington Post)
  • A brief introduction to the potential second lady:
  • Flood won’t delay start of solar farm near Blythe:
  • New homes burn faster, but states resist sprinklers (Reuters)
  • For unpaid college loans, Feds doc Social Security (Smart Money)
  • Right wing extremism terrorism as deadly a threat as Al Qaeda? (CNN)
  • Blind mice given sight after device cracks retinal code (Bloomberg)
WORLD
  • Thousands rally in Tunisia for women’s rights(Reuters)
  • Magnitude 7.3 quake hits eastern Russia (UT San Diego
  • China’s ghost towns and shopping malls (BBC)
  • Sewage-munching microbes may generate electricity (Reuters)   
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 

August 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
  • Hundreds of dead fish found in Lakeside’s Lindo Lake Park (10 News)
  • County’s top job filled with no public notice (KPBS)
  • Have your schools done a Poway? (Voice of San Diego)
  • Violence continues at San Diego juvenile hall (CityBeat)
  • Lemon Grove to put 2 medical marijuana ordinances on November ballot(UT San Diego)
  • Protective order issued against Border Patrol agents (10 News)
  • City Council receives mostly low grades on environmental issues (Voice of San Diego)
  • E. County tribal officer arrested for assault (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa bank teller thwarts robbery (UT San Diego)
  • New trolley routes coming next month ((UT San Diego)
STATE
  • Assembly passes corporate tax hike (Sacramento Bee)
  • 3 park officials disciplined in vacation buyout scandal (Sacramento Bee)
  • Despite falling gas prices, California’s gas prices soar in wake of refinery fire (Sacramento Bee)
  • Chevron facility deemed hazardous (UT San Diego)
  • Exclusive: Bond insurer sues California over development agencies (Reuters)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED, COUNTY LINE BBQ REOPENS

 

Update: August 16, 2012 The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for County Line BBQ & Cafe, located at 23446 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately. 
 
August 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification yesterday for the Lazy H Mutual Water System located at Lazy H Drive & Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061 effective immediately. This public water system serves one restaurant, six cabins, one swimming pool and thirty-seven residential connections.

 

WARNING: SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, FLASH FLOODS, HIGH WINDS IN SOUTH PORTIONS OF COUNTY

 

August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A thunderstorm capable of producing flash floods, deadly lightning and wind gusts to 60 mph has been spotted near Dulzura, moving south, the National Weather Service warns.  The storm is northeast of Tecate; Otay is also under a warning for the severe weather.

 “This is a dangerous storm,” the NWS warns. If you are in its path, immediately move indoors, preferably in a strong building away from windows.  Do not drive through flooded roadways. “Turn around…don’t drown,” the NWS advises.

In addition, a strong thunderstorm has been spotted 9 miles west of Palomar Mountain and 11 miles southeast of Temecula, moving west, capable of 50 mph gusts and heavy rain.

FIREFIGHTERS MAKE A STAND AT RANCHITA AS SOME RESIDENTS DEFY EVACUATION ORDERS

Update August 16, 2012 8 a.m. - The fires are now 60% contained; acreage remains at 15,525.  Moderate fire growth will continue today and a return to monsoonal flow will begin this morning, says Roxanne Provaznik with Cal Fire. Direct fireline tactics remain difficult due to terrain. Three firefighters have been injured; cost to suppress the fire is up to $3,870,000.  Evacuations  and road closures remain in effect.

Update Augusut 15, 2012 9 p.m. -- Fires have scorned 15,525 acre and are 35% contained.  The two largest blazes are the Wilson Fire (8,000 acres and 50% contained) and the Stewart Fire (7,000 acres and 40% contained). 

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

August 15, 2012 (Ranchita)-- The mood was tense as firefighters made a stand on Old Wilson Road and Montezuma Road this afternoon. Hand crews were about to do what Public Information Officer for Cal- Fire Tom Piranio called "burning the fuel back to the main fire."

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR: JULIAN STARFEST AUGUST 16-19

 Note: organizers assure that the fires are nowhere close to Julian, and burning away from the town. 

August 16, 2012 (Juian) – The San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) and the town of Julian bring Starfest to Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Lane, Julian,  August 16 – 19. 

The three day event will include numerous speakers, vendors, a Swap Meet and food.  The stars will be the highlight come nightfall and telescopes will be set up throughout the viewing area.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: AFTER THE FIRE CONSIDERATIONS--REPLACING VALUABLE DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS

By Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine’s in-house Fire Chief


August 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Below is a checklist of documents that are commonly lost in a fire. Under the type of document is the institution or agency to contact for a replacement. Do not forget to take any medications.


If you are asked to evacuate, please do so immediately… Don’t become part of the existing problem!


5 INJURED IN BUCK FIRE, SOUTH RIVERSIDE COUNTY

August 15, 2012 (Riverside)--The Buck Fire in Riverside County, meanwhile, has scorched 3,000 acres and is still only 5% contained.  Two civilians and three firefighters suffered injuries in the Buck Fire, including one major injury to a civilian.

Dozens of homes have been evacuated and hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze in the Aguanga area about 15 miles from the San Diego County Line.

MY 1079 FM ANNOUNCES SPORTS BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 15, 2012 (Alpine) -- In a collaborative effort to increase high school sports media coverage in the East County of San Diego, the Grossmont Union High School District, in cooperation with the San Diego Section of the CIF, has awarded the live sports broadcast rights to media entity MY 1079 FM. The station will provide live broadcasts of a "Game-of-the-Week" for the Grossmont District schools.

POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: PAUL RYAN—MITT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE RIGHT

 
By Mark Gabrish Conlan

August 14, 2012 (San Diego) --
Up until presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney named Wisconsin Congressmember Paul Ryan as his running mate on August 10, the safe bet seemed to be that Romney was going to base his general-election strategy on “a referendum, not a choice.” For one thing, that’s Politics 101: as pioneering American political scientist V. O. Key said in the 1960’s, Americans vote on issues but “retrospectively and negatively.”

BULLDOZERS SILENCED AS OCOTILLO RESIDENTS TAKE A ‘STAND IN THE SAND”

By Miriam Raftery

August 14, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Like a mirage rippling across the desert, they came.  

A caravan of vehicles rumbled into the Ocotillo Express wind construction site on Saturday, filled with area residents and tribal members from across the southwest prepared to form a blockade to halt the project that is destroying their community.  They came from as far away as Yuma, Arizona, and Los Angeles to take a stand in the sand.

But on this sweltering August morning, the bulldozers were silent—and the protesters claimed victory.

FIRES SWELL TO 9,325 ACRES; POWER LINES THREATENED

August 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Firefighters have achieved 15% containment of the Vallecito Lightning Complex.  Firefighting costs have  topped $2 million.   A threat continues to exist to the 69KV electrical distribution lines in Grapevine Canyon that serve the communities of Borrego Springs, Warner Springs, and Ranchita. Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in Ranchita and San Felipe. No structures have been lost.

A fire information line has been set up at (619)590-3160. 

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