February 2013 Articles

AGE RANGE EXPANDED TO 21 FOR LA MESA SOAP BOX DERBY RALLY RACES MARCH 2 AND 3

February 17, 2013 (La Mesa) – By affiliating with National Derby Rallies (NDR), the Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby Rally Races set for March 2 and 3 on Junior High Drive in La Mesa, will allow drivers up to age 21 – if they can still fit in the race cars. The cut-off with All American Soap Box Derby is age 17.

“By affiliating with NDR, we are also gaining exposure of our La Mesa races to the NDR family of soap box derby,” said Derby Director Steve Blake.  “NDR, which is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, focuses on rally races.


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PROTEST TO STOP KEYSTONE XL PINELINE TODAY IN SAN DIEGO

February 17, 2013 (San Diego) – Across the nation, protests are being organized on Presidents Day, February 17, against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. In San Diego, environmental groups including the Sierra Club and 350.org will gather at Mission Bay Park Vistiors Center (Mission Bay Drive and Clairemont Drive) from 1-3 p.m.


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WANT TO GO SOLAR? SULLIVAN SOLAR HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FEB. 23 IN ALPINE

February 17, 2013 (Alpine) – Sullivan Solar is hosting an open house on Saturday, February 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2855 Via Viejas Oeste in Alpine.

Learn about incentives for going solar.

If your average electric bill is $197, installing a 5 kW solar system is now possible with zero out of pocket costs and new monthly solar payments of $165—less than your current utility bill.


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ALPINE CHAMBER PLAYERS PERFORMED FOR LIBRARY LOVERS ON VALENTINE'S DAY

February 17, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine Library celebrated “Library Lovers’ Day” in style, with a delightful performance of the Alpine Chamber Players. The audience enjoyed beautiful classical pieces, intermixed with rousing and romantic vocal numbers sung by Sylvia Hartman, the group’s pianist and leader. Alpine Library Friends Association sponsored the program, and also provided delicious Valentine cookies for all in attendance.

Other Library News for this week include:

1. The next “RUFF Readers” program is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19. Call now (619-445-4221) to sign up for a slot after school, and read toward a FREE book! Beginning March 5, we will be offering this program weekly.


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GUESS WHO'S TURNING 100? LAKESIDE LIBRARY HOSTS CENTENNIAL FEB. 23

February 17, 2013 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Library is having its 100th birthday party on Saturday February 23rd from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. You’re invited to a Centennial Celebration.

Scroll down for a schedule of events, including games, a trivia contest, historical presentations, Sparkles the Clown, a costume contest (dress as your favorite character from a book, or as a librarian) and of course, birthday cake.


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THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR ESTATE PLAN

“Your source for Trusts, Wills, Probate, Family Law & more”

By Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

February 17, 2013 (San Diego County) – I often talk with people who believe estate planning is only for the wealthy. However, even people with few assets may benefit from proper estate planning.

You may be subject to formal probate proceedings if the gross real and personal property value of your estate exceeds $150,000 and you do not have a revocable trust. A properly prepared power of attorney for health care may avoid the need for a costly conservatorship proceeding if you subsequently lack capacity to make your own decisions. A power of attorney may avoid a conservatorship proceeding and ensure that a person you trust is ready to handle your financial affairs if you become incapacitated.


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THE CAREGIVER'S JOURNEY: A LONG AND WINDING PATH

Becoming your parents' parent conjures up pictures of "tangled apron strings."

By Marsha Kay Seff

February 17, 2013 (San Diego) -- As a child, the strings seemed well-defined.  You needed your parents and their role was to fulfill your needs.  Now, with your parents aging and leaning increasingly on you, the apron strings are tangled, wound tightly around you.

This role reversal isn’t easy for any of you.  Your parents, no doubt, are fighting furiously to cling to their dignity and independence.  And you’re pulled between the demands of your life and theirs.


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MASKED MAN ROBS 7-11 IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO AT GUNPOINT

February 16, 2013 (Rancho San Diego) – At 1:33 a.m.,  deputies from the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station responded to an armed robbery at the 7-11 store  at 1498 Jamacha Road in unincorporated El Cajon.

“The suspect in the robbery was a male, wearing a black jacket and jeans. The race of the suspect is unknown because he was wearing a mask,” said Sergeant V.J. Rivera.


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CUYAMACA COLLEGE HOSTING SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE

 

February 16, 2013 (El Cajon)--Cuyamaca College's Ornamental Horticulture Department is hosting its 5th Annual Sustainable Landscape Conference, "Air, Earth, Water, Fire," from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the college's Performing Arts Theater. The $90 registration fee covers the conference, a trade show, and a continental breakfast and lunch.


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SANTEE SANTAS AMAZING RACE IN BALBOA PARK FEB.23

 

February 16, 2013 (San Diego)--It’s like TV’s Amazing Race to help Santee Santas! Teams of two make their way around Balboa Park solving cryptic clues and completing challenges. At the end of the race, everyone meets up at the finish line where teams are awarded prizes, receive free refreshments and re-hash the day’s exciting events.


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MARINE FROM SANTEE ADOPTS DOG THAT FELL 80 FEET OFF CLIFF

 

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February 15, 2013 (Santee)--A Marine from Santee was chosen from more than 70 applicants to adopt the young Chihuahua that fell 80 feet from a cliff in Ocean Beach Jan. 11. The four-month-old pup has been under the care of County Animal Services while it recovered from head trauma, fractured ribs and numerous bruises. Once the little dog was healed, with the help of the department’s Spirit Fund, Animal Services began accepting adoption applications.

“Marine Gunnery Sergeant John Szczepanowski was chosen because he sent a story along with his application and it struck a chord,” said Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. 

Szczepanowski works in the wounded warrior regiment at Marine Corps Headquarters.    


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EL CAJON WILDLIFE PAINTER GLORIA CHADWICK IS FEATURED ARTIST AT WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL FEB. 16-17

February 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--El Cajon resident and wildlife painter Gloria Chadwick has been selected as the featured artist for the 40th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit www.PSWA.net.


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SONS OF NORWAY EVENT TODAY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

Lutefisk - will it produce an Edvard Munch’s Norwegian scream out of you? 

By Rebecca J. Williamson

February 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- “Strange, one of a kind, unique; a very different kind of food,” said a native Norwegian and former President of the House of Norway in Balboa Park—Eugenie King. 

King, a Spring Valley resident, laid out the fundamentals of this Nordic delicacy. “It’s a fish, cod, which is soaked in lye.”


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STAR GAZING PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS TONIGHT, FEB. 16

 

February 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) --Join Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide and resident Star-Gazer George Varga at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground's Day Use Parking Lot from 5 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. A telescope will be available to view the nighttime sky.

Tonight’s event is one day before First Quarter Moon. Deep sky objects like the Orion Nebula, the Little Beehive (M41) in Canis Major, Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus and numerous Open Clusters in Auriga should be visible. Planet Jupiter will be high up almost on the meridian.


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PASSAGES: NAVY VETERAN AND MOUNT HELIX RESIDENT SYLVESTER J. YANTA

February 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – Sylvester J. Yanta, a resident of the Mount Helix area, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013.   A veteran of the U.S. Navy who served his country for 20 years, he later worked for the State of California until his retirement.

He was born December 30, 1920 in Little Falls, Minnesota to Thomas and Mary Yanta, one of 12 children.  He is survived by his wife, Esther Sabo Yanta, and his two daughters, Nina Monrreal and Paula Butler, two grandchildren, one great-grandson, one brother and four sisters.


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HOMEOWNER'S GURU: THE TRUTH ABOUT SHORT SALES

By E. V. Small

February 14, 2013 (San Diego)--If you are a homeowner who is underwater and/or behind on your mortgage payment , you probably feel as though you have very few options.  Believe it or not, you might just be in a better negotiating position than homeowners with equity and their home and who have made all timely mortgage payments.


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AVIAN RADAR FAILS TO SHUT DOWN FOR LARGE BIRD AT OCOTILLO WIND

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo and video by Jim Pelley

February 15, 2013 (Ocotillo) – A turkey vulture narrowly escaped death as it soared between moving blades at a wind turbine at the Ocotillo Express Wind Facility on February 12.  ECM photographer Jim Pelley documented the close call on video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo7fLJ9uSew


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THE THRILL IS GONE: LA MESA OKTOBERFEST ORGANIZERS MOVE TOWARD ELIMINATING CARNIVAL RIDES TO ADDRESS SECURITY CONCERNS

 

By Janis Mork

February 14, 2013 (La Mesa)- Seeking to prevent a repeat of problems at last year’s Oktoberfest, where teen gang members disrupted the event, La Mesa City Council on Tuesday weighed reactions to a report and three potential solutions. See agenda item:  http://www.cityoflamesa.com/Archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=5428

Police Chief Ed Aceves informed the Council  that he had discussions with City Manager David Witt, fire officials, and representatives from the La Mesa Village Merchants Association and La Mesa Chamber of Commerce regarding options including removing carnival rides from this year’s Oktoberfest.

 “It’s an open street event. Anyone can come in anytime anywhere,” Chief Aceves said of challenges posed for maintaining security.  “How do we lower the service costs and still have merchants and the Chamber provide Oktoberfest that’s affordable and within their means?”


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MADRID, EWIN FEUD OVER COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS AND TRAVEL ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery and Janis Mork

February 15, 2013 (La Mesa)--It’s not often that a mayor accuses a councilmember of lying in a public meeting, or that a councilmember contends the mayor is engaging in schoolyard banter.  Both happened in La Mesa this week, where Mayor Art Madrid and Councilmember Ernie Ewin engaged in a terse dispute over appointments to three regional boards plus travel expenses.


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SHERIFF NOTIFIES RESIDENTS OF VIOLENT SEX OFFENDER IN VALLEY CENTER

 

February 15, 2013 (Valley Center)-- Sheriff's Deputies went door to door in Valley Center this morning to inform the community about a former Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) now living in their neighborhood. Mark William PLISKA reported to the Valley Center Sheriff's Substation on February 6th. He is now living at 15236 Woods Valley Road #41, Valley Center. 

Deputies and members of the SAFE or Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force notified 110 homes within a half-mile radius of Pliska's mobile home. Deputies also notified the principals of Valley Center Elementary and Valley Center Middle Schools, which were closest to Pliska's residence. Pliska relocated to Valley Center from Escondido. He is current with his registration and a county probation officer will monitor his compliance. 


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PUBLIC INVITED TO LA MESA CENTENNIAL COMMITTEE MEETING FEB. 18

 

February 17, 2013 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Centennial Committee will hold its next meeting on Monday, February 18 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive.  A reception honoring committee members will take place immediately after the meeting.  Read more for the full agenda:


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EAST COUNTY REGIONAL GANG TASK FORCE SEEKS PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE “RED MENACE” FUGITIVES

 

February 15, 2013 (San Diego)--The East County Regional Gang Task Force (ECRGTF) is seeking the public’s assistance to locate three fugitives who were charged with 30 other defendants on federal charges of possessing and distributing methamphetamine.

The 33 defendants were charged via federal indictments, case number 13cr0491-GPC and 13cr0492-GPC, with violating Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846 – conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) – possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: WHAT A TRIP! (JOHN DIES AT THE END)

By Brian Lafferty

February 15, 2013 (San Diego) – Sometimes moviegoing is a leap of faith.  One question I always dread answering is, “Do you recommend such-and-such film?”  I'm not in the business of recommendations.  Maybe I was in 2010, but my philosophy on film criticism has evolved and will continue to evolve.  My critical approach is to evaluate and write about the elements of the film, my personal reaction to it, and whether the film succeeds or doesn't.  I prefer to stimulate interest and discussion rather than tell you whether you will or won’t like a movie.  (Personally, I would find it presumptuous for someone who doesn’t know my tastes to tell me I’d like a film, so why would I do the same to you?)  I leave it up to you to decide if you should spend your money, but at least you'll be well informed and have an idea of what to expect. 


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WINE CLUB MEMBERS CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS AT MILAGRO FARM VINEYARDS AND WINERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 10, 2013 (Ramona) – Milagro Farms Vineyards and Winery owners Kit and Karen Sickels have plenty to celebrate. At a Mardi Gras party for wine club members yesterday,  Kit Sickels (right) and winemaker Jim Hart shared news that their boutique winery took home top honors in the 2013 Winemakers Challenge International  Wine Competition in late January, beating out big-name winemakers.


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SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS AND NUMBERS

By Erika Lawrence

Social Security District Manager, El Cajon

February 19, 2013 (El Cajon)--Do you know where your Social Security card is located? Hopefully, it’s in a safe place, tucked away securely with your other important papers. It certainly should not be in your purse or wallet and should not be carried with you every day since it can be more valuable than cash to an identity thief.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES)

By Brian Lafferty

February 15, 2013 (San Diego) – The Twilight movies are easy targets for online hostility and teasing.  But at least those movies, as lifeless as they are to me (I gave up after the second one), respect their audience, especially their target young adult audience.  They don't insult anyone’s intelligence.  Beautiful Creatures, inspired by (or, rather, ripped off from) the Twilight series is offensive, rife with exaggerated phony accents, Southern stereotypes, hammy acting, and dialogue so awkward and bad that it confounds the actors who have to say these lines.  I’m surprised my neck didn’t get stiff from all the double takes.  Beautiful Creatures is downright insulting towards not just the general audience, but also particularly its target young adult audience and their intelligence, and the flagrancy of it is appalling.


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SANTA ANA WINDS SWEEP INTO REGION

February 14, 2013 (San Diego's East County) - Gusty northeast Santa Ana winds are forecast from tonight through Saturday afternoon. Sustained winds of 15-30 mph and gusts up to 55 mph are possible in some local mountain passes and canyons.

Driving may be difficult, especially for higher-profile vehicles. Minor damage to trees and outdoor objects that are unsecured may occur.


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FORECLOSURES DROP NEARLY 40% IN CALIFORNIA DUE TO NEW LAW PROTECTING HOMEOWNERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 14, 2013 (San Diego) – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s some news homeowners will love.  In California, foreclosure filings plunged 39.5% from December to January – the first time since early 2007 that California did not have the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. Nationally, foreclosures have fallen too, though far less steeply: 11% from December to January, and 28.5% from a year ago.

What’s fueling the sudden change?  According to Mortgage Daily News, the state and national shifts are due to California’s new Homeowners Bill of Rights, passed by the Legislature at the request of California Attorney General Kamala Harris (in photo, left, with Governor Jerry Brown).


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FILNER TO NRC: RESTARTING SAN ONOFRE WOULD BE A “DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT” THREATENING 8.2 MILLION PEOPLE

February 14, 2013 (San Diego) – In a letter sent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on February 8, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner urged denial of Southern California Edison’s request to restart Unit 2 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station for five months at 70% as a test to see if similar problems that caused failure of a steam generator at Unit 3 would occur.

Mayor Filner stated bluntly, “The NRC has previously determined that both Unit 2 and Unit 3 steam generators had similar serious design flaws and errors in the computer models used for design. The restart of Unit 2, even at reduced power, is a dangerous experiment that threatens the safety of the 8.2 million Southern California residents living within a 50-mile radius, including much of San Diego.”


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

February 14, 2013 (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 reflect 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.

WORLD

HEALTH

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.


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