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SAN DIEGO COUNCIL APPROVES PROPERTY VALUE PROTECTION ORDINANCE

November 20, 2012 (San Diego)—By a 5-3 vote, San Diego’s City Council voted last week to pass the Property Value Protection Ordinance (PVPO) aimed at helping banks clean up blighted foreclosure properties.  It requires banks to register with the city and pay a $76 fee whenever they take action to foreclose a home. The registry makes it possible to immediately identify the bank responsible for a blighted property, and the fee revenue will increase code enforcement staff to hold banks accountable for neglected properties.


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VIEJAS HOTEL CELEBRATES FINAL STAGES WITH TOPPING OFF CEREMONY

by Ariele Johannson 

November 20, 2012  (Alpine) --Viejas tribal leaders, casino executives, civic and community leaders, and guests came together for an outdoor Topping Off Ceremony on Wednesday, November 13, 2012. More than 100 people assembled in front of the new five-story Viejas Hotel, amid the noise of hammers, drills, and construction workers’ shouts.

This month, the much-anticipated Viejas Hotel enters its final construction stages. The non-smoking Viejas Hotel with valet parking is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013. Viejas Casino, owned by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, is one of the most successful tribal casinos in California. 


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DETECTIVES ARREST SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT

November 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- On October 26, 2012, a sexual assault was reported to the San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit.  The suspect, Jason Mc Klevey, age 31, had befriended the victim through a website called “conversationexchange.com.”   This website is frequently used by foreign exchange students to practice both written and spoken language skills.


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SPRING VALLEY CITIZENS ASSOCIATION MAY SHUT DOWN; VOLUNTEERS AND MEMBERS NEEDED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

November 20, 2012 (Spring Valley) – On December 20, the Spring Valley Citizens Group will  determine the future of the organization.  The group, which has 200 members, may disband if volunteers are not found to help support the organization. 

“As president, I do not want to disband and am convinced that the people of Spring Valley will once again rally for their community. I believe that the services we provide are too valuable to call it quits,” leader Steven Relyea has said.  But membership is aging and the membership base has shrunk, so help is needed to save the community group and it's good works.


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VETS FIGHT FOR WILDERNESS: ISSA BILL WOULD EXPAND WILDERNESS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Lori Abbott, California News Service

November 17, 2012 (San Diego)-Congress returned to Washington, D.C., to begin its lame-duck session, but a veterans' group has not given up the fight for legislation to protect parts of the California desert. A bill  by Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) would designate as wilderness more than 21,000 acres of Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia in northern San Diego County. 


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HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DECEMBER 1 IN LAKESIDE

November 19, 2012 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting their annual HOLIDAY HOME TOUR on Saturday, December 1 from 10a.m. until 2p.m. Four unique homes and one business will be featured on the self-guided tour. The Lakeside Museum and Olde Community Church will open for viewing as well. Mrs Clause Christmas Resale Shoppe will be open for shopping.


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THE FAR EAST PROJECT: 2012 CLOSING CEREMONIES NOV. 30

November 18, 2012 (San Diego) – The Far East Project will celebrate its firs year with the 2012 Closing Ceremonies to be held at 3rd Space, 4610 Park Blvd., San Diego on November 30 at 7:00 p.m. The first year of The Far East Project draws to a close with an enormous amount of accomplishment under its belt: a conference on the future of East County arts, a photo contest, a website archiving populist submissions, events on two college campuses, and the first published volume of a people’s history of East County, “Everything Just as It Is”.


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VIEJAS CASINO AND OUTLETS LAUNCH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE TO SUPPORT LOCAL SALVATION ARMY

By Bill Weaver

November 18, 2012 Alpine)  -- Viejas Casino & Outlets today launched its annual Holiday Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army. With the help of Viejas Team Members and guests, the goal is to provide 5,000 toys to deserving families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. That’s up from 3,000 toys last year.


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VICKI LAWRENCE AND MAMA: A TWO WOMAN SHOW DEC. 1

November 18, 2012 (Poway) – Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation presents Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show on December 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway.  Vicki Lawrence approaches everything with a sense of humor, from her eleven years with The Carol Burnett Show, her gold record for “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia and her TV series “Mama’s Family”.  She and Mama will share a double-bill for an evening of stories, songs and laughs.

Tickets are priced from $50 - $65 and can be purchased online here.


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LOGO DESIGN CONTEST FOR THE NEW DOWNTOWN EL CAJON FARMERS MARKET – DEADLINE NOV. 30

November 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon is getting a new Certified Farmers Market in March 2013 and a contest is being held to design the logo for it.  Original logo designs can be submitted with a 30 word explanation of how it represents the El Cajon Community.  Winners will receive $150 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place.

The contest deadline is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.  For more information on submission guidelines and the official rules please visit www.ElCajonFarmersMarket.org.


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FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: NATURAL GAS/HEATER SAFETY

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna 

November 18, 2012 (San Diego)--As temperatures cool down, home heating use goes up. It’s important for homeowners and renters to inspect their home-heating appliances and perform any maintenance necessary to avoid any health or safety hazards.


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THE BOULDER BEAT “BRIDGE BUILDING CONTEST FOR ENGINEERING WEEK”

November 19, 2012 (Alpine) -- Marshmallows and toothpicks taught Boulder Oaks Elementary students a lesson in engineering last week as engineers from UTC Aerospace System’s Aerostructures business came to celebrate Engineering Week with the children and serve as judges for the school-wide bridge building contest.

The annual Boulder Oaks Elementary Engineering Week is part of the school’s STEAM program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts & math.

 

Boulder Oaks Elementary welcomed visiting UTC Aerospace Systems engineers:  From L to R, Timothy Ronco- Thermodynamics Engineer, Kate Grabosky – New Program Supply Chain & EPO Community Outreach focal, Kurtis Mundell- Design Engineer, Jared Victor- Materials Engineer, Ryan Bolin- Stress Engineer


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CAL FIRE WILL BE CONDUCTING A PRESCRIBED BURN IN THE RANCHO JAMUL AREA

November 19, 2012 (Jamul) -- –Cal Fire resources will be conducting a small prescribed burn in the  Rancho Jamul area  near the community of Jamul. This burn is scheduled to take place tomorrow, November 20, between 8 a.m. and lasting until 4:00 p.m. 

Cal Fire plans to burn approximately 80 acres. Smoke will be visible along highway 94 and other East County areas.


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SUPERVISOR JACOB ADVISES TAXPAYERS TO PROTEST FIRE FEE

By Bill Weaver
 
November 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Supervisor Dianne Jacob has issued a statement urging backcountry residents who oppose the state fire tax fee to take the following steps to protect their rights in the event that litigation ultimately overturns the fees.  While some support the fees as a means to fund firefighting services by Cal Fire during fiscally challenging times for the state, Jacob contends the tax places an unfair burden on rural residents.
 
"County Supervisor Dianne Jacob advises residents in her district to pay a new state fire tax now being levied on tens of thousands of local homeowners, but to do it under protest.


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SLOW SMOKED TURKEY TIME AT CALI COMFORT THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 22

November 16, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Cali Comfort BBQ Restaurant will be open to celebrate Thanksgiving the Cali Comfort Way from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  A catering package is available for dine in or take-out.  The package feeds up to 6 people and includes slow smoked whole turkey, country stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, wedding beans, mac-n-cheese and rolls with honey butter.  The cost is $89.99 and it must be ordered by November 19.

Call 619-337-0670 to reserve a table or place an order.  Visit www.calicomfortsd.com for more information.


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ZEEK REWARDS: DID YOU “LIKE” IT?

Regulators liken penny auction site to Ponzi scheme

By Rebecca J. Williamson

November 16, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- What has 3,493 “likes” on one participant’s Facebook page that may turn into “hates” and lawsuits?

The answer?   ZEEK REWARDS --- an online penny auction house that is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for financial fraud.  See http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt041.shtm  and  http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-160.htm.


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HOLIDAYS SERVE AS WAKE-UP CALL THAT LOCAL ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS NEED HELP

“10 Holiday Warning Signs” Your Senior Is In Trouble

By Stacey Hilton

November 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- The holiday season may be one of the few times local families get together and realize their elderly loved ones are in deep trouble and need immediate help. Adult children who don’t live nearby often come home to holiday heartbreak with deteriorating relatives they aren’t prepared to handle. So this holiday, the family might gather around the kitchen table – not only for turkey and treats, but also for a talk—a big talk—that maps out a plan to care for aging relatives.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: STAND TALL AND DELIVER (LINCOLN)

By Brian Lafferty

November 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Earlier this year I interviewed for a volunteer position.  The interviewer looked at my resume and asked, "What's your least favorite part of being a film critic?"  I was stumped.  My work at East County Magazine unites two of my biggest passions - movies and writing - and I love doing it so much that it never occurred to me there was something that I least enjoyed about it.

After months of reflection, I now have an answer.  Far too often I get bombarded with questions from family, friends, and colleagues like, "What did you think of so-and-so movie?"  Anyone who is familiar with me on a personal and professional level know that I am an infinitely better writer than a speaker.  If you read my writing and later met me in person, I guarantee you'd be amazed at the difference between my spoken words and my written words.  When I do oblige, usually all I can muster up is, "It was good," or, "I didn't like it.”


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WOOD’N’ LIPS HOSTS OPEN MIC THURSDAYS AT KAFFEE MEISTER IN SANTEE

November 15, 2012 (Santee) – Kaffee Meister a5 9225 Carlton Oaks Blvd., Santee is hosting Open Mic nights every Thursday evening.  The nights are hosted by the group Wood’n’ Lips, whose musicians, Gregory Gross, Bari Zwirn and Tim Woods, handle the lottery drawings for spaces and provide the guidelines for performers.

It’s an opportunity to perform in front of a small intimate audience and enjoy some quality coffee house beverages.  Visit www.kaffeemeister.com for more information.


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THANKSGIVING DINNER AT BLEU BOHEME NOVEMBER 22

November 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Bleu Boheme, 4090 Adams Avenue, San Diego, will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The special prix fixe menu is $48.95 per person and $16.95 for the children’s menu.


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CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL WARNS OF PHONY CALLS

November 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received calls from San Diego residents stating that they have been contacted by individuals claiming to be a law enforcement employee.  The callers will identify themselves as members of the California Highway Patrol, will provide false information regarding a loved one or relative and make various demands.  Many times the caller will use the name of the person being called. 


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FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: FIRE PREVENTION AND FLU PREVENTION

November 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Fire prevention and flu prevention stages?

We just changed our smoke detector batteries with daylight savings this weekend for fire preventive measures. Flu season is among us and like fire prevention, it’s important to take cold/flu preventive measures. Emergency rooms become saturated this time of year due to those with the flu. Unfortunately this may delay those that have significant health/medical issues or injuries from getting treatment quickly according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.


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BIRD TALK: RARE BIRDS IN EAST COUNTY

By Greg Dunne

November 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--We have our share of rare bird sightings now and then in our East County. The three I am going to talk about are the Greater White-Fronted Goose, the Nutmeg Mannikin, and the Vermilion Flycatcher. The Vermilion Flycatcher and the Nutmeg Mannikin are going to be the hardest to spot by the novice birder, but with any experience watching birds you should be able to see these uncommon visitors.  The Greater White-Footed Goose on the other hand can easily be seen any time of day at Lindo Lake.


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SPORTSPLEX USA DONATES $1410 TO SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION

November 15, 2012 (Santee) – On October 29, Sportsplex USA will made a donation to the Santee School District Foundation in the amount of $1410.00.  Sportsplex USA and the Santee School District Foundation (SSDF) have partnered with the goal of offering affordable recreational youth indoor soccer programs to all parents and children in Santee.  Since the partnership with the SSDF began in January, 2012, Sportsplex USA has donated $4,510 to the Foundation after three successful youth recreational soccer seasons. 


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THE BLACK FRIDAY BARGAIN: WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO START PLANNING THE HOME REMODEL OF YOUR DREAMS

November 15, 2012 (Sunnyvale, CA)—With the holidays (and associated chaos) fast approaching, you probably aren’t putting much thought into home improvement—except, perhaps, to grumble about the fact that you’ll have to cook another Thanksgiving meal in your outdated kitchen, or to wish that you didn’t have to steer your fa-la-la-ing guests toward your house’s only bathroom with its leaky faucet.


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CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOME TOUR, DECEMBER 9

November 15, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its eighth annual “Christmas in Alpine” Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, December 9th from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates and view one of Alpine’s beautiful churches, which will be decorated for the season. The historic town hall will also be open from 1:30 on for ticket holders.  Refreshments will be served.  The tour tickets are $30.00.


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"OPERATION MOUNTAIN HIGH" YIELDS MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS FOR POT GROWING ON PUBLIC LANDS

By Nadin Abbott. 

November 14, 2012 (San Diego)-- Today U.S. State Attorney Laura Duffy called a press conference to announce the arrest of six out of 10 suspects wanted by federal authorities in relation to running illegal marijuana farms on state and federal lands in the East County and Riverside County. 

"Drug agents on routine aerial surveillance happened to spot and remove a marijuana farm in Julian in the summer of 2010," said Duffy, explaining how the operation started. after the “Chariot Canyon Grow” operation. 


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SDSU OPENS NEW REGENERATIVE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

IRRI to be the hub of regeneration research on heart disease in the San Diego region.

November 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- The emerging field tissue regeneration, which harnesses the power and healing potential of stem cells, is an area that scientists around the world are turning their attention to. One of the foremost leaders in this area, Mark Sussman from San Diego State University, today announced the opening of SDSU’s new Integrated Regenerative Research Institute (IRRI) to help advance this area of research in San Diego.


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CAL FIRE TO HOLD CONTROLLED BURN WEDNESDAY IN CUYAMACA AREA

November 14, 2012 (Cuyamaca)  -- Due to a change in weather, this week’s controlled burn planned for McCain Valley was cancelled. Instead, Cal-Fire will hold a prescribed burn on Wednesday, November 15 in the Middle Peak area off Highway 79 and Mild Ranch Road in the Cuyamaca area.  Smoke will be visible from the Julian and surrounding areas, Mike Mohler at Cal-Fire advises.


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THE POMERADO BRASS QUINTET WILL PERFORM AT MISSION TRAILS PARK DEC. 16

November 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The Pomerado Brass Quintet will perform at Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Drive, on December 16 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.  The free concert will feature music selected for the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations presented in a variety of styles that will be certain to appeal to all who attend.


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