December 2012 Articles

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HOLIDAY WATCH CRIME PREVENTION TIPS

By Paula H. Dickenson, Crime Prevention, Alpine Sheriff’s Station

December 4, 2012 (Alpine) – The Sheriff's Deputies from Alpine and East County Rural, wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!  It is a privilege to serve and inspiring to be part of a community that has a genuine concern for one another and especially for those who are less fortunate.  We take this opportunity to count our blessings, especially those that we serve.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: UNCLE SAM AT LAKE MURRAY

December 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – “Uncle Sam made sure everyone knew (well - everyone at Lake Murray on my 6 mile walk) it was their civic duty to vote today,” Greg Dunne wrote in an e-mail to ECM on election day, adding that he received enthusiastic comments from walkers, dog walkers, bicyclists, joggers and others.  “Thanks to some great photography work from my walking buddy David,” he added. “Now it's off to vote,” said Dunne, who struck a “muscle pose” while modeling the costume made by his wife.

BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECEMBER 15TH

December 3, 2012 (Alpine) – Christ the King Episcopal Church is hosting a gingerbread house decorating event on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1460 Midway Drive, Alpine. Tickets are sold per gingerbread house and are $20 each. More than one person can work on one house or each person can purchase their own. The gingerbread houses are pre-assembled and ready for decoration with extra icing and candy supplied.

9-FOOT MENORAH TO LIGHT UP EAST COUNTY ON DEC. 9 AT GROSSMONT CENTER AS PART OF WORLD'S LARGEST CHANUKAH OBSERVANCE

Chabad of East County To Light Up One of 10,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom

December 3, 2012 (La Mesa)--Chabad of East County will ignite a public 9-ft menorah erected at Grossmont Shopping Center, followed by a community-wide celebration on the second night of Chanukah, on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m.

The ceremony will feature Congresswoman Susan Davis and La Mesa Councilman Ernie Ewin. Prior to the menorah lighting ceremony, a ventriloquist will perform. Traditional holiday foods, music, dreidels and more will also be provided.

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE REPUBLICANS MARCH TO THE LAND OF OZ

By Daniel J. Smiechowski

December 3, 2012 (San Diego)--Locally in San Diego, as well as nationally, the Republican Party is on its way to the Land of Oz. We're not in Kansas anymore, says Dorothy to Toto. Federalists and Whigs and Republicans, oh my! Yes Wizard, demographics do count and America's GOP better not hide behind the curtain.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THREE-YEAR, $2 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

$500,000 Gift from Philanthropist Conrad Prebys completes campaign which has modernized two Boys & Girls Clubs Facilities in El Cajon
 
December 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation announced today the successful completion of its three-year, $2 Million Capital Campaign that has repurposed two facilities in El Cajon’s Wells Park into a state of the art Boys & Girls Club and Teen Center for East County youth. 

INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR IS DECEMBER 8

December 3, 2012 (San Diego) – IRC’s Microenterprise Program hosts its annual International Holiday Bazaar at the City Heights Farmers’ Market, 4326 Wightman Street, San Diego on December 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event features IRC-supported businesses with an array of arts and crafts from all over the world.

A MERRY BEARY CHRISTMAS AT LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS DEC. 8

Dec. 2, 2012 (Alpine) – Lions, Tigers & Bears is celebrating the season with A Merry, Beary Christmas on Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m. at 24402 Martin Way, Alpine.  There will be cocktails and an array of wine samplings, delicious cuisine from “Chubby’s” food truck and beautiful holiday gifts from over 20 vendors.

Suggested donations (made in advance) are for members $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 and non-members $25 for adults and $15 for children.  The price will increase $20 at the gate.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

OMA’S CHRISTMAS TREE PATCH IS OPEN THROUGH DEC. 21

December 2, 2012 (Lakeside) – Oma’s Christmas Tree Patch is now open Tuesday – Friday 2-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through December 21.  Children can participate in all activities for $5 per child, which includes a water bottle and candy cane.  Activities include a hayride, hay maze, petting corral and more.

HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE KNOX HOUSE MUSUEM DECEMBER 8 & 15

December 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Knox House Museum is open for tours December 8 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 280 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon.  The Museum is decorated for the holidays in the spare 1880’s Frontier style.

On December 7 from 5 – 8 p.m. the museum will be lit with candles and lanters for “Light Up the Knox”.  All tours are free.  For more information visit www.elcajonhistory.org.

GIRL SCOUTS SERVE AS FOOD BANK ELVES

December 2, 2012 (Alpine) -- On Wednesday, November 28, members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 6279 of Alpine worked like elves in the Alpine Food Bank workshop packaging bulk rice and pasta. The girls decorated and packaged over 200 one-pound bags of rice and pasta that will be distributed by the Alpine Food Bank to needy East County families.

 

 

Members of Girl Scout Troop 6279 with their Holiday staples packages at the Alpine Food Bank, pictured from left to right, Back Row: Julia Tompkins, Kate Duffy, Claire Doucet . Front Row: Gracie Wyse, Danika Dabbs, Carlita Coleman, Brinleigh Aland and Kenzie Wray. Not pictured: Rori McCarthy, Karlee Dillon, Carly Hodgson and Carli Sheker. 

SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM, GREEN VENDOR FAIR AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE DEC. 13

December 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Cuyamaca College, known throughout the state for its longtime commitment to the green movement, is hosting its third annual Sustainability Symposium Thursday, Dec. 13, at the college’s performing arts theater.

This is the first year the 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. forum will be followed by a Green Vendor and Networking Fair from 1:30-3:30 p.m. In another first, the event doubles as a scholarship fundraiser for students pursuing careers in green or sustainable industries.

A CHRISTMAS POEM FROM CAL-FIRE

by Darleen Hayden

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
but alas and alack ‘twas no fire screen there!
 
A few feet away stood the holiday tree
so majestic, so regal, and as dry as could be . . .
Its lights left glowing, what a sight to behold,
and the wiring beneath was time-worn and old.
 

GROSSMONT CENTER HOSTS FREE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL DECEMBER 8

Fun includes horse-drawn wagon rides,  caroling and prize drawings for 

December 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Center in La Mesa invites the public to a free holiday festival on Saturday, December 8. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available free from 1-3 p.m. Christmas caroling will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the mall’s Christmas tree.  Other fun activities include ornament decorating, kids crafts, min-fire truck rides, face painting, balloons, and refreshements.

CHP SHOOTS, KILLS MOTORIST AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT IN EAST COUNTY

 

December 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—A driver observed driving a Chevrolet Tahoe erratically at a high speed on I-8 early this morning refused to pull over, leading officers on a high-speed pursuit. The driver ultimately exited the freeway in the Granite Hills neighobrhood, lost control and rolled over.

“The driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, exited the vehicle and the CHP Officers ordered him to stop and raise his hands,” Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail stated. “The suspect made movements leading the officers to believe he was reaching for a weapon while he was advancing toward them. Fearing the suspect would shoot them, one or more of the officers fired their service weapons at him.”

PASSAGES: FORMER GUHSD BOARD PRESIDENT LARRY URDAHL, RESPECTED PUBLIC EDUCATION ADVOCATE

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Larry Urdahl, a former Alpine resident who served as President of the Grossmont Union High School District Board and as a Trustee from 2004-2008, has died of liver cancer on November 28 at a hospital in Sedona, Arizona.  Urdahl also served as president of the Alpine High School Citizens Committee.  A long-time advocate for public education, he stood up against the GUHSD board majority on behalf of students and parents, fighting for a new Alpine High School in Alpine and against conversion to a charter district.

“Larry and fellow Grossmont Board member, Priscilla Schreiber, tirelessly fought for our high school and we are all indebted to them for getting us so close to that goal,” Sal Casamissima, current president of the AHSCC, wrote in an email today.

READER’S EDITORIAL: MAYOR FILNER’S BINATIONAL OFFICE IN TIJUANA IS LONG OVERDUE

By Patrick Osio

December 1, 2012 (San Diego)--The election of Bob Filner as Mayor of San Diego can have positive trans-border economic growth with his plan of San Diego’s opening an office in Tijuana for direct and timely communications with that city’s mayor, other city and state officials and business and community leaders. It's long overdue.

To be sure, the idea of closer cooperation between the cities of San Diego and Tijuana have been important with former San Diego mayors as most recently exemplified by Mayor Jerry Sanders who had a strong and amicable relationship with the former and present Tijuana mayors. Going back to Pete Wilson who worked closely with Tijuana city, state and federal agencies on the location of the Otay Mesa  Port of Entry, and Susan Golding establishing a direct telephone (Red Line) between her office and then Mayor of Tijuana, Hector Osuna Jaime, after the devastating El Niño storms that crippled Tijuana’s economy.

WATER AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES LANDMARK SEAWATER DESALINATION PROJECT

Carlsbad plant expected to produce first water in 2016

December 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- , 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors on Thursday voted to approve a landmark agreement to purchase up to 56,000 acre-feet of water annually from what will be the nation’s largest seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif.  The plant is expected to start producing up to 50 million gallons a day in 2016.

AVOID THESE HOLIDAY HAZARDS

December 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Heartland Fire & Rescue and Rady Children’s Hospital offer the following advice to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

Burns: The typical burn injury seen during the holidays is a scald.  When adults enjoy hot liquids during colder weather, a small child may reach up for your cup and spill hot liquid, such as hot chocolate, coffee or soup. Spilling this scalding hot liquid onto their face, neck, hands and arms. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burns according to the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA). 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: SILENT BEAUTY

December 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Melody Ponchot has provided us with a dazzling set of photographs that are a study in contrasts, some shot in the snow-covered rural landscape around her home in Boulevard, others taken at Valley of the Moon, a boulder-strewn terrain east of Jacumba.  In both places, there is tranquility in the rugged beauty of nature—from serene winter wonderland to jagged peaks in these wild and special vistas here in our own backyard.

LAWYERS CLUB TO HONOR JUDICIARY IN EAST AND NORTH COUNTIES

December 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Lawyers Club of San Diego will host two special events to honor the judiciary of East and North Counties.  Lawyers Club, a bar association founded in 1972 with the mission “to advance the status of women in the law and society,” now has more than 1000 members and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.  Register for these events at:  www.lawyersclubsandiego.com

EDITORIAL: FAR EAST PROJECT PRESENTS SKEWED VIEW OF EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

December 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--I looked forward to a debut last night of the Far East Project, which promised to showcase photos, art, poetry and essays telling the stories of East County. Sadly, the resulting book, The Far East Project: Everything Just as it is,  fails to live up to its promises to show the "soul" of East County. While some of the writers clearly have talent, the book's slanted approach overall is offensive.

Our assistant editor, Mayan Avitable, a retired educator, was equally aghast when she first saw the book and photos displayed at last night's event. “I’ve lived in East County for over 50 years and this is not the East County that I know,” she stated.

The project was funded by San Diego Foundation, an organization that in the past has done great good, including helping firestorm victims in East County. The project claims to capture the “uneasy beauty” of East County.  But instead, the book published under direction of Justin Hudnall, Editor Mindy Solis and So Say We All fails to live up to its expectations. It highlights overwhelmingly the seamiest elements of our region, reinforcing seemingly every negative stereotype that East County residents have long strived to overcome.

CHAMBER HOLIDAY MIXER TO HELP TOYS FOR TOTS DECEMBER 6

December 1, 2012 (Poway)—This year’s Holiday Mixer, hosted by the Poway Chamber of Commerce, will be at The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant on December 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  The Chamber invites all members of the Poway business community to mingle and build business at this festive event. The Brigantine Seafood is located at 13445 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064. Holiday attire is encouraged.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS HOLIDAY MIXER DEC. 12

December 1, 2012 (El Cajon) – East County Chamber of Commerce and Team KIA of El Cajon host the annual Business After Hours Holiday Mixer on December 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Team KIA of El Cajon, 541 N. Johnson Ave., El Cajon.  Stop by for heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, holiday music and lucrative business networking.

Admission to the event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  RSVP online here.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST IS DEC. 7

December 1, 2012 (Alpine) – East County Chamber of Commerce’s last First Friday Breakfast of 2012 will be held December 7 at 7:15 a.m. at Viejas Casino, 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine.  The East County Toy & Food Drive will be showcased to highlight how many underserved families benefit each year from the charity and community spirit of East County residents and businesses.

LET THE HOLIDAY SEASON BEGIN! SANTEE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY NOV. 16

November 9, 2012 (Santee) –Ushering in the holiday season, Santee Trolley Square will be transformed into a cheerful village where carolers dressed in period costumes sing traditional holiday songs, kids can skate on synthetic ice, or pose for photos with Santa Claus while the whole family enjoys live music, food and horse-drawn carriage rides.

It’s all part of the city of Santee’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, a free family event to usher in the holiday season on Friday, November 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

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