August 6, 2012 (Otay)—Two 5-year-old girls, Giuliana Figueroa of La Mesa and Lesette Silva of Chula Vista have died after the vehicle in which they were passengers plunged into Otay Lake last night, the Medical Examiner reports. The girls, who were wearing seatbelts, were in the backseat of a Kia minivan driven by Arlene Hernandez.
August 5, 2012 (Otay)—A vehicle has plunged into the Otay Lake reservoir, multiple sources confirm. Divers assisted in rescuing people trapped inside, including two juveniles. The children were in CPR status, IPN reported, but were later taken to a hospital by medical helicopter. Their condition has not been released.
August 5, 2012 (San Diego)—An overdose of prescription drugs caused the death of Barzeen Barzanji, 20, a Santee resident found dead in a fraternity house at San Diego State University on April 20, 2012.Following testing, the County Medical Examiner has now concluded that acute oxycodone and alprazolam intoxication were responsible.
August 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Millions of Americans are following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The last time swimmer Michael Phelps competed, he brought home more gold medals at one time than anyone in the history of the Olympics. This week, he collected the 18th gold medal of his career.
USDA and FDA partner on food safety booklets to help those with compromised immune systems prevent food borne illness
August 5, 2012 (Washington) —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have partnered to create six booklets with food safety advice for populations that are most susceptible to food borne illness. The booklets in this “at-risk series” are tailored to help older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS reduce their risk for food borne illness.
August 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – As the political season kicks into gear, we’ve got the roundup of who’s running (so far) for East County’s three city councils. We bring you the latest mud fests and hot gossip in San Diego’s mayoral race. Plus see who’s having a bad week on the presidential campaign trail – all in this week’s Political Wrangling. Yee-ha!
August 5, 2012 (Ramona) – What loves eating watermelon, has feet like snowshoes, and can guzzle up to 40 gallons of water at a time?
These are among the surprising facts about camels that I learned during the Watermelon Days Festival at the Oasis Camel Dairy on a sweltering midsummer day in Ramona. The climate here is ideally suited for these “ships of the desert”, which delighted audiences at this unique East County attraction.
August 4, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – The Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson Squad is investigating a fire tht was “incendiary in nature,” according to Heartland Fire.The blaze began outside Mariscos Negro Durazo restaurant on Federal Boulevard near Broadway in Lemon Grove shortly before 3:15 a.m.
August 4, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dolores Canizales has joined the staff at the Chamber as President and CEO. She was identified from a process that drew from extensive networking contacts developed by the Poway Chamber Board. The Board invited applications from suitable individuals from their list of contacts. From a group of 10 vetted finalists and 3 interviewed candidates, Canizales was the unanimous top choice according to Poway Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Jim Crute. Canizales replaces former president Luanne Hulsizer, who resigned in May.
August 4, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College’s two newest renovated buildings have received LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council, indicating that the buildings were designed, built and are operating using green strategies that incorporate energy and water efficiency and sustainable building materials.
The El Cajon college’s Student Services and Administration Building was recognized with a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification while the college’s student center, the Griffin Center, earned a silver LEED certification. This is the first time that a building on the Grossmont or Cuyamaca campuses has achieved LEED certification.
August 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- The East County Chamber of Commerce is hosting 11interactive community involvement sessions, a retreat and a Future Vision project with a diverse group of business owners, civic leaders and East County residents - public and private sector - all coming together to learn more about the challenges, economic engine-drivers, cultures and current hot topics in the East County region.
August 4, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The East County Cash Mob is targeting Pedro’s Cocina Mexicana, 3515 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley on August 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ‘cash mob’ is a large number of people organized via social media to draw customers to support a local business during tough economic times.
August 4, 2012 (La Mesa) – Dizzy’s presents Robin Henkel band with Horns! Blues and Jazz Concert at the McCrea Music Company, 8361 Allison Ave., La Mesa on August 17 beginning at 8 p.m. Henkel is an amazing blues slide guitarist and his music ranges from primitive Mississippi Delta blues to Texas style Swing.
Tickets for the show are $15 and $10 for students. Call 619-698-7272 for more information. Or visit www.robinhenkel.com.
August 3, 2012 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room presents Saturday Night Sax on August 18 from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. Enjoy the saxophone music of Aaron Valencia while sampling wine, cheese and crackers, and decadent desserts. Admission is free.
August 3, 2012 (San Diego) – Allied Gardens Recreation Council, Lake Murray/San Carlos Recreation Council and San Diego Event Professionals are sponsoring National Night Out Movie in the Park August 4 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego. The movie is Cars 2 and will begin at dusk. Arrive at 7 p.m. to be ready for the start.
Crisis Center Recognized for High Quality Support to Individuals in Need
August 3, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County’s Access and Crisis line has received national accreditation indicating that the crisis line is an effective resource to help people who are contemplating suicide. The Crisis Center Accreditation was awarded by the American Association of Suicidology.
August 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Summer Movies in the Park 2012 presents the showing of the animated movie, "Cars!" at Renette Park, Friday, August 10. Bring a picnic and enjoy pre-event activities starting at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk.
August 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Board of Directors of Helix Water District will conduct a Public Hearing on proposed Water Rates August 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Helix Water District Administration Office, 7811 University Avenue, La Mesa. View the proposed water rate hikes here.
August 2,2012 (El Cajon)—Two El Cajon Council members opted to go on vacation, and the Mayor indicated he was ill; forcing cancellation of the July 24 meeting due to lack of a quorum. The July 24 agenda has been continued until August 14.
Watchdog group questions revelations of thinner tubes, "exploding" leak, and incorrect plugging threshold
August 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- Citizens' Oversight Projects (COPS) today submitted a set of 87 questions to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the recent steam-generator failures and the Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) report, released on July 18, as well as the public meeting, conducted on June 18, 2012.
The submission from COPS included a number of stunning revelations, not previously addressed by the NRC or other oversight groups:
August 2, 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:
East County hit by 700 lightning strikes (UT San Diego)
Is boy, 10, competent to stand trial in killing? (UT San Diego)
Ailing nuke plant, San Onofre, may restart by 2013 (AP News)
$4 billion in unpaid hospital bills (Voice of San Diego)
Teen wins $25,000 for science fair project (UT San Diego)
Editorial: Is a sequel of Enron scandal scamming state? (Sacramento Bee)
Most California for-profit colleges lose Cal Grants (Sacramento Bee)
Cal-State reaches tentative agreement with faculty (Sacramento Bee)
Gov.. Brown: Earth’s future more important than preserving East County Vistas (La Mesa Patch)
Californians consume 4th lowest amount of energy in nation (Scoop San Diego)
Scientists looking for large local quake (KPBS)
Leaue of California Cities touts openness but shuns disclosure requirements (Reader)
August 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – For the second time this summer, an industrial wind turbine sparked a grass fire in Southern California. On Friday night, July 27, a large wind turbine burst into flame in the Tehachapi are above the Mohave Desert. In June, as ECM previously reported, a wind turbine fire in the Whitewater area of Riverside County spread into a wildland fire that charred 367 acres and forced evacuation of homes.
August 2, 2012 (Deerhorn Valley) – Two dogs running loose attacked and killed an emu inside a pen on the Hornsby ranch on Sierra Cielo in Deerhorn Valley on Tuesday. According to the Deerhorn Valley Antler, the dogs were described as a pit bull mix (white with brown spots) and a brown Shepherd mix.
August 2, 2012 (La Mesa) –An evangelical church led by a prominent conservative pastor may seem an unlikely place for a forum on same-sex marriage featuring prominent voices on both sides of the controversial issue. But on Sunday, July 29, Skyline Church in La Mesa featured “A Conversation on the Definition of Marriage” Sunday, July 29, moderated by Skyline’s Senior Pastor Jim Garlow.
August 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – Heritage of the Americas Museum presents a discussion and book signing by James E. Thomas of us book Corps of Discovery Lewis and Clark on August 4 at the Museum Conference Room on the Cuyamaca College Campus, 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. The discussion will begin at 1:00 p.m.