October 2012 Articles

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BARRICADED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN LA MESA

October 8, 2012 (La Mesa)—Last night at 9:06 p.m., La Mesa Police responded to a report that a man had pushed a woman in the 4200 block of Lowell Avenue.  During the investigation, it was determined that the male had an active felony warrant for his arrest for failing to register as a sex offender and was still inside the residence.

Officers spoke to the suspect, Michael Wilson, through the locked screen door for several minutes, but he refused to come out.  According to police, Wilson, 46, made verbal threats to the officers that he had a weapon and would not come out without a fight.


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SAN DIEGO COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS COLLEGE DISTRICT'S PROPOSITION V

October 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association, a watchdog organization that looks out for citizens’ tax dollars, has given its support to Proposition V, the $398 million bond measure being sought on the Nov. 6 ballot by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.


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PASSAGES: FAMED SDSU GEOLOGIST, FORMER CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE GORDON GASTIL 1928-2012

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2012 (La Mesa)--Russell “Gordon” Gastil, Ph.D. has made his final journey.  The San Diego State University professor emeritus known for trekking across and mapping the entire state of Baja, Mexico as well as much of the U.S. southwest died September 29, 2012 at his La Mesa home. 

“He was gifted as a geologic visionary,”  geologic science professor wrote in a memorial published at the SDSU website.  “Gastil was an internationally renowned geologist for regional geologic mapping and work on the tedtonic evolution of convergent margins." He mapped thousands of square kilometers in Arizona, Calfiornia and the entire state of Baja, California in Mexico.

Gastil hired six undergraduate students in 1963 to produce a reconnaissance geologic map of Baja. Remarkably, the feat was accomplished in an era when there were no reliable topographic maps and virtually no paved roads, making access challenging.


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DEADLINE FOR SANDAG'S PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SURVEY EXTENDED

October 8, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego County residents have until a week from today to fill out an important public participation survey. SANDAG has extended the survey deadline to Oct. 15. The online survey, available in both English and Spanish, asks residents how SANDAG could best provide information and get input from them about significant regional issues, such as transportation, growth, housing, energy, sustainability, and regional planning.


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WRITERS SOUGHT FOR THE SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY'S 47TH ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHORS EXHIBIT

Call for Submissions Answered by Hundreds, Exhibit Brings Exposure to Local Talent

October 8, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Public Library is calling on San Diego county authors who have published books in 2012 to submit them to the 47th Annual Local Authors Exhibit.  The aim of the Exhibit is to nurture writers, foster the pursuit of the writing arts and to create a great opportunity for the recognition of San Diego literary talents. The deadline for registering and submitting books is Monday, December 10, 2012. Authors may register online at www.sandiegolibrary.org.


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FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: WHAT ARE RED FLAG WARNINGS?

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

October 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service (NWS) issues Red Flag Warnings & Fire Weather Watches to alert fire departments and land management agencies about the onset, or possible onset, of critical weather and fuel moisture conditions that could lead to rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity. This could be due to low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, or any combination thereof.


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POWAY COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 24

October 8, 2012 (Poway)—The Poway Chamber of Commerce and the Green Valley Civic Association will sponsor a Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. The forum will be held at Painted Rock Elementary School in the Multi-Purpose Room, located at 16711 Martincoit Road Poway, CA 92064.


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EDUCATION TOUR: EXTRA! EXTRA! GIANT CABBAGES!

Education News and Notes

By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator

October 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Often when we imagine the month of October, witches, goblins and pumpkins come to mind. Now imagine cabbages! The Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program offers a unique curriculum for 3rd grade students to get involved in the love of gardening and raise their environmental consciousness. Think these are small cabbages? Think again! The biggest cabbage grown weighed in at 65 pounds. Read more about these oversized, giant cabbages in this month.


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POLITICAL REFLECTIONS: TWO CAGED TIGERS -- THE OBAMA/ROMNEY DEBATE

By Mark Gabrish Conlan

October 6, 2012 (San Diego)—The first general election Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney concluded on October 3, entering into history. It had become one of those events that seemed important because everybody — or at least all the political pundits — were saying it would be important. In an election in which the recent polls had shown Obama gaining slight but significant leads in many of the so-called “swing states,” the nine or so across the country where the balance between Democrats and Republicans is so delicate the election could go either way, the debates have been hailed as Romney’s last chance to turn things around.


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GOVERNOR SIGNS BILLS TO HELP FARMERS ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE

By Lori Abbott, California News Service

October 8, 2012 (Sacramento)-- California farmers trying to adapt to climate change are getting some support. Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills that will help the state reach its greenhouse gas reduction goals. The bills create a public process for determining how cap-and-trade revenue will be spent, with some of the revenue going to sustainable agriculture activities.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: GUSHD BOARD’S SHORT-SIGHTED POLICIES ARE DRIVING STUDENTS OUT OF DISTRICT

"Alpine could be the first of a district-wide peel off! This GUHSD Governing Board needs a wake-up call." -- Bill Weaver

By Bill Weaver, GUHSD Governor Board candidate and parent

The current Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Board majority, which includes up for re-election incumbent Dr. Gary Woods, has shot themselves in the foot with recent bad policy decisions. They claim declining enrollment, and loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funds as the justifying basis.

The GUHSD Board has passed a resolution to not move ahead with the 12th High School, until California State ADA funding returns to the higher 2007/08 levels. This has the Alpine Union School District, and the Alpine High School Citizens Committee, currently mounting an effort to pull out of the GUHSD.


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ROADLESS RULE WITHSTANDS A “SUPREME” TEST

By Chris Thomas, Public News Service

October 7, 2012 (Washington D.C.)-- After a decade of legal challenges, the "roadless rule" landed on the U.S. Supreme Court's doorstep, and on Monday, the court opted to leave it in place rather than hear the latest appeal.

The rule doesn't allow new road-building on millions of acres of national forest land in three dozen states, including California.


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PASSAGES: PIONEERING KPBS BROADCASTER GLORIA PENNER DIES OF CANCER

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Spark Photography / Provided by KPBS

October 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Broadcast journalist Gloria Penner, a pioneer in local broadcasting and a leading voice at KPBS radio/TV station on the San Diego State University campus for more than half a century, died today of pancreatic cancer. She was 81. 

Her death comes just days before the Women’s History Museum was slated to hold a special tribute to Penner at an October 13 “Broads in Broadcasting” celebration of women who broke through the barriers in the broadcast world.


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KIDS AND ADULTS LEARN HOW TO BULLY-STOP

By Janis Mork

October 6, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- In a class last week, 5th degree black belt martial arts master Scot Conway taught kids different techniques of how to handle physical bullying by showing by example at the Bully-Stop Seminar at the Guardian Academy. Adults learned just by Conway explaining it. ECM participated in a few of the techniques with the kids.

First, Conway handed out a sheet of paper to the parents. The kids lined up in a line across the mat and properly greeted Conway as their sensei (teacher) by clasping their hands and bowing.  Then, the kids gathered in a circle around Conway on the mat. Conway explained that one of the biggest problems of bullying is when parents are in the school office and claims are made that the bully and victim are just friends, that they’re just having fun.


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EL CAJON FIRE'S SAFETY & CAREER EXPO IS OCTOBER 13TH!

October 6, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Considered to be one of the largest community events in the East County, the annual El Cajon Safety & Career Expo is being held Saturday, October 13th, at 100 E. Lexington Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

After a special noon welcome ceremony, the El Cajon Police Department will have a special Police K-9 demonstration.  San Diego Gas & Electric and Mission Federal Credit Union are our title sponsors, both dedicated to education in the community.  Stop by their booths for valuable safety information and get a fire badge sticker and red fire helmet for the children.


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ANNUAL AUTUMN HIGH TEA IN THE HISTORIC H. LEE HOUSE OCTOBER 14

October 6, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Historical Society is holding its annual October Autumn Tea at the historic H. Lee House on October 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The Lee House is located at 3205 Olive in Lemon Grove.

The cost to attend is $23 per person and is first come, first served.  The seating is limited to 30.  For more information contact 619-460-4353 or lghistorical@gmail.com.


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EL CAJON SAFETY & CAREER EXPO IS OCTOBER 13

October 6, 2012 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Safety and Career Expo will take place October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 6, 100 East Lexington Ave., El Cajon.  This year’s event will honor the city’s centennial.  Heartland Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Rick Sitta will host the noon welcome ceremony that includes a tribute to responders and a tribute to the City of El Cajon’s Centennial.


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MAURITIUS: A BITTERSWEET, THOUGHT-PROVOKING PLAY

Performances continue Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at the Stagecoach Theatre, Grossmont College

Reviewed by Kathy Carpenter

Directed by Alumni Stephen Schmitz

October 5, 2012 (El Cajon)--It's the errors that make them valuable: stamps and people. Five simple characters or not so simple. Mauritius is the story of two half-sisters whose mother recently passed away The plot and arguments revolve around a stamp collection.

Mauritius was originally produced in New York by the Manhattan Theatre Club.


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6TH ANNUAL “PLAY TO PROTECT” CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT IS OCTOBER 20

October 6, 2012 (San Diego) – The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council will host its 6th annual “Play to Protect” Charity Golf Tournament on October 20 at The Vineyard Golf Course, 925 San Pasqual Rd., Escondido.  The event begins at 1 p.m. and features a fun day of golf and a selection of auction items and raffle prizes.


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EL CAJON ZONED FOR CHICKENS THIS WEEKEND -- AT EL CAJON'S OKTOBERFEST CHICKEN HAT CONTEST THAT IS!

By Rebecca J. Williamson

October 6, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon, indeed, will have chickens in their town – not just in ovens---but on hats! Where?  Oktoberfest -- held this weekend at the German-American Societies of San Diego, Inc. facility on South Mollison.


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FREE ART FESTIVAL IN JACUMBA OCTOBER 27 CELEBRATES LOCAL ARTISTS

October 5, 2012 (Jacumba)--The Jacumba Arts Council (JAC) is holding an art festival and fund-raiser between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th at the Highland Community Center on Old Highway 80. Some of Jacumba’s most talented artists will be displaying their art and offering many pieces for sale. Mark your calendars now!


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: TURKISH WRATH (TAKEN 2)

By Brian Lafferty

 

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

October 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Another week, another Liam Nelson film.  Taken 2 is his fourth this year alone.  First came The Grey, a gritty action survival film set in Alaska that packed a psychological punch.  The second was the wretched Wrath of the Titans, which right now is my pick for the worst film of the year.  Following that was Battleship, a stupid and turgid alien invasion flick that cribbed the worst elements of Michael Bay’s films.  Taken 2 does nothing to better Neeson's batting average this year, but at least it's somewhat more tolerable than Wrath and Battleship.  But that isn't saying much.


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SEX OFFENDER COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION

October 5, 2012 (East County) -- Former Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Matthew Harvey Hedge has reported to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department License and Registration Division on October 3, 2012 that he is now a transient in the areas of Spring Valley and Lemon Grove.

Since the court lifted his designation as an SVP on September 28, 2012, Hedge is free to live and go anywhere. He is no longer required to wear a GPS tracking device. He has served the sentence imposed by the court and is not currently on parole or probation.  Hedge is required to notify the Sheriff's Department of his whereabouts every 30 days.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: PRESS PLAY...IF YOU DARE (V/H/S)

By Brian Lafferty

 

Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

October 5, 2012 (San Diego) – V/H/S is a twisted ode to the videotape, a once-venerable technology that is becoming an increasingly forgotten relic in the high definition digital age.  Taking the best elements of the found footage genre and integrating it with the anthology film format, it made me scared, anxious, and queasy.  Each story, helmed by a different director, uses the found footage genre to its fullest potential, with scary, disturbing and unsettling results. 


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“PAINT THE TOWN RED” FOR SDSU HOMECOMING WEEK- OCT. 10-12

October 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Mid-October is Homecoming week for San Diego State University. This year’s homecoming theme is “Paint the Town Red”--something the Honorary Chair and Grand Marshall for the festivities – The Show – knows all about!

SDSU will host several events starting Sunday, Oct. 7 and leading up to the homecoming football game against the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium.


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CHEERIO! ENGLISH HIGH TEA AT KEYS LAVENDER FARM OCT. 6

October 5, 2012 (Valley Center) – Feast your eyes on the delicacies to be served up Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m. during an English High Tea at Keys Lavendar Farm in Valley Center.  Savor vanilla scones with Devonshire cream and strawberry preserves,  Chicken Herbs de Provence and more while sipping on a variety of fruit blend and black teas—and of course, lavender tea.  See full menu.

Keys Creek Lavender Farm is located at 12460 Keys Creek Road in Valley Center, CA 92082.  For reservations call 760-742-0523 or email events@kclfarm.com 

If you can't attend, you can order products here.


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HOME INVASION IN LAKESIDE LEAVES 3 PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED

Photos, video and story by Billy Ortiz

October 5, 2012 (Lakeside)—Shots rang out at 6:24 yesterday morning after an intruder stabbed a resident in the 15000 block of El Monte Road in Lakeside.  According to Sergeant Tom Poulin with the Santee Sheriff’s Department, as the intruder was fleeing the scene in the car he was attempting to steal from the resident, the resident shot off a couple of gun rounds.


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RACISM AND DIRTY POLITICS IN EL CAJON COUNCIL RACE

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2012 (El Cajon)—Three challengers running for office in the El Cajon Council race have made allegations including sign-stealing, racism and pressure on local merchants to back incumbents and suppress messages from other candidates.

On September 25, John Gibson with the Hamann Companies, a backer of  incumbents Bill Wells and Tony Ambrose,  made racially-charged remarks  about Iraqi Chaldean candidate Ben Kalasho in a City Council meeting.  The comments came after the Kalasho campaign accused Gibson, along with an incumbent Councilman, of involvement in removing and defacing Kalasho campaign signs.


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MAN SHOT IN EL CAJON

October 5, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Police responded to calls reporting gunshots heard in the 1300 block of Oakdale this evening at 7:40 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found a 22-year-old man with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg.

"Officers were able to determine there was some type of argument in the street just prior to the shooting. The victim was transported to an area hospital. It is unclear at this time what led to the shooting," said Lt. Mike Moulton.


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MAN SHOT IN HEAD IN LA MESA; POLICE SEEK TWO SUSPECTS SEEN RUNNING FROM SCENE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

On October 5, 2012 (La Mesa)—At 5:22 p.m. yesterday, La Mesa Police Department received reports of “shots heard” and a victim on the ground in the area of 5800 Amarillo Avenue. Upon arrival, La Mesa Police Officers found an unknown white male lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to the head.  He was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition.


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