April 2013 Articles

COUNTY SUPERVISORS BACK BIPARTISAN BILLS TO SAVE RAMONA AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER

 

Congressional legislation aims to halt June 15 closure of FAA tower, others

County  News Service

April 23, 2013 (San Diego)--The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (4/23) urged federal lawmakers to approve pending legislation in Congress that would save the Ramona Airport traffic control tower. The board, on a 5-0 vote, endorsed a pair of bipartisan federal bills that would halt the June 15 closure of the East County facility, along with nearly 150 other towers funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

CHILD BITTEN BY RATTLESNAKE IN SPRING VALLEY; COUNTY REPORTS JUMP IN SNAKE SIGHTINGS

 

April 23, 2013 (Spring Valley)—A 5-year-old girl was bitten on the foot by a snake yesterday while playing in a grassy common area of a condo complex at 8700 Spring Canyon Road in the La Presa area of Spring Valley.  CAL FIRE/San Miguel Fire District firefighters responded to the call shortly before noon.  With help from residents, firefighters from Station 16 located and confirmed it to be a rattlesnake.

The child was transported to Sharp Grossmont where she is receiving anti-venom.  "She is doing well, according to the mother," Leonard Villareal with San Miguel Fire told ECM today.

San Diego County Animal Services indicated there was a huge jump in snake calls yesterday. As the weather warms up, the snakes become more active.

Animal Poison Control Center offers several tips to avoid chance encounters with snakes:

WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

April 17, 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:

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MAN CRUSHED BETWEEN VEHICLES IN LA MESA

 

April 23, 2013 (La Mesa) – A 64-year-old man has died after being pinned between a car and an RV.  La Mesa Police responded to a 9-1-1- call reporting am an run over by a vehicle in the 4400 block of Dale Avenue.

Upon arrival they found the victim unconscious after being pinned between the two vehicles.  He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

PATTERN ENERGY RECEIVES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AT OCOTILLO

 

Image left: Bighorn Sheep at Ocotillo - Robert Baran photo, East County Magazine

By   Roy L. Hales at San Diego Loves Green, originally posted April 21, 2013

April 23, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Association of Environmental Professionals has awarded the Ocotillo Wind project with its highest award for Outstanding Environmental Analysis and Documentation at a joint conference of AEP and the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP). The Builder, Pattern Energy, claims,  “The Ocotillo Wind project will provide enough clean and renewable energy to power nearly 125,000 homes in Southern California each year.”

Speaking as a non-scientist, the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name Ocotillo is a stream of videos (click on this link to go to the Save Ocotillo index page) that stretches beyond the four months this project has been online and continues to document the scarcity of wind. Though not a “scientific study,” they never-the-less constitute a visual chronology that includes a great many details that would not otherwise be available to the public. One has to merely scan the titles to realize something is very wrong:

PADRES PLAYER IN LINEUP AT POWAY CHAMBER MIXER APRIL 25

April 23, 2013 (Poway) -- Members of the business community are invited to attend the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Mixer at Business Copier Solutions at 13750 Danielson Street, Poway, CA 92064 on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:30 -7:30pm. 

Free refreshments and entertainment will be provided and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held during the Mixer.  Business Copier Solutions will also host an Open House from 1:00 to 7:30pm. During the open house, a surprise Padres Player will be on-hand for pictures and autographs. Attendees will also have the chance to enter opportunity drawings.

THE ATTORNEY'S CORNER: POWERS OF ATTORNEY & ESTATE PLANNING

 

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

By Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

April 23, 2013 (San Diego County) – A power of attorney (POA) is a written document wherein a person (the principal) appoints another person (the agent) to transact business and manage property on behalf of the principal. A POA has many purposes in estate planning, including: allowing the agent to transfer property into a revocable trust that is the principal’s primary estate planning tool; facilitating gifts to take advantage of the federal annual gift tax exclusion; and, allowing the agent to operate the principal’s business that is not included in a trust.

EDITORIAL: TIME FOR LEADING PLAYERS TO TAKE ACTION TOWARD REOPENING EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

April 23, 2013 (El Cajon) – This afternoon, the spotlight will shine on the El Cajon City Council as it considers whether to enter into discussions with the Grossmont Union High School District on a potential partnership to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).  The plan potentially could also including building a state-of-the-art, multi-use facility adjacent to ECPAC, filling a community need for meeting space as well as an additional entertainment venue to create a broader cultural hub for the community.

It’s time for city leaders to take center stage and provide leadership to reopen ECPAC, the jewel of East County’s cultural community.  Shuttered in disrepair for several years, the darkened theater has negatively impacted businesses downtown as well as arts lovers across our region. 

A partnership with the school district could be a win-win situation, though there are challenges that must be explored and overcome.

A WINE EXPERIENCE IN THE COUNTRY: SAVOR VINTAGE ALPINE MAY 5

 

April 23, 2013 (Alpine) – The public is invited to sample wines from California and the world, as well as enjoy tastings from restaurants throughout the County at Vintage Alpine on Sunday, May 5 from 1-4 p.m.  The event will be held at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs.  Guests can also stroll through the gardens, listen to music and bid on silent auction items.  

The event is sponsored by the Alpine Kiwanis Club. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis projects including Bike Rewards for perfect attendance in elementary schools, equipment for youth sports, local scout troops, plus East County Special Olympics Track and Field.

READERS CALENDAR FOR APRIL 23-30

April 23 (Tuesday, 7:30 pm) — Warwick's will host bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen, who will discuss and sign her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. This event is free and open to the public, however Reserved Seating is available. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. at (858) 454-0347 for details. In order to be signed Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake must be purchased from Warwick's.

E-COLI FOUND IN WATER AT EL MONTE COUNTY PARK : BOIL WATER ISSUED

   

April 22, 2013 (Lakeside)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for El Monte County Park located at 15805 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA 92040 effective immediately.  The water system serves a ranger residence, park office and public restrooms.

The drinking water system has tested present for E.Coli and total coliform bacteria.  The presence of E.Coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.  Health effects can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.  E.Coli may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. 

HERITAGE OF AMERICAS MUSEUM HOSTS FIVE-CHOICES DREAM RAFFLE APRIL 27

 

 

April 12, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)—“The Museum’s Five-Choices Dream Raffle is always a hit at the Spring Garden Festival.  Because it’s our 20th anniversary, we really went all out this year,” says curator Kathleen Oatsvall at Heritage of the Americas Museum on the campus of Cuyamaca College.  So the Museum chose five fabulous prizes—one to honor each wing of its museum (natural history, archaeology, anthropology and art) plus the museum gift shop. 

Options include a massive amethyst cathedral crystal, pre-Columbian artifacts, a Hopi Kachina and other artifacts dating from after 1492, an oil painting titled “Medicine Horse” by Douglas Weaver, and a gift certificate to the Museum Store.

GROWING ACTIVITIES AT SANTREE FEST APRIL 27

April 21, 2013 (Santee) – What began eight years ago as Santee’s homegrown observance of Arbor Day and Earth Day has blossomed into an all-day extravaganza named SanTree Fest.

”We named it SanTree Fest because it began as a simple gathering of local families, scout troops and young people to green up our parks with trees,” said Recreation Coordinator Bree Stanley. “While the focus is still on the environment and sustainability, we’ve made it more fun for the entire family.”

This year’s daylong festival will feature more booths, more free activities for children, and more entertainment.

CATCH THE BEAT AT RAMONA MUSIC FEST APRIL 27

 

Event is prelude to nine days of music, with Ramona Bluegrass Festival May 4-5 as finale

April 13, 2013 (Ramona)–Sara Petite and a variety of exceptional music artists will rock Dos Picos County Park during the sixth annual Ramona Music Fest on Saturday, April 27. The event will feature headlining acts, well-established performers and exciting local talent. This is the kick-off event for the nine days of music in Ramona, rolling into the Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest ending with the Ramona Bluegrass Festival the following weekend.

Among those set to appear on two stages are the Combos, HarryJoe Reynolds, Ramona High School Royal Blues Jazz Band, the Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, and Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio. Musical styles will include ska, rock, Americana, rockabilly, blues, jazz and bluegrass.

CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES ARE BACK—STARTING APRIL 24

 

April 18, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Cajon Classic Cruise series starts early this year, with opening night April 24.  The cruise nights will continue each Wednesday through September 25, featuring   more than 200 specialty, classic and unique cars  gathering at Main and Magnolia in Downtown El Cajon.

The Cajon Classic Cruise will be held from 5-8 p.m. and will feature a weekly theme. Visitors can view the best theme cars, enjoy dinner and drink specials from local restaurants, play in bounce houses for the kids, and enjoy street vendors peddling delights including kettle corn and hot dogs.

FLIGHTS CANCELLED, DELAYED AS FURLOUGHS ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS TAKE EFFECT

 

April 21, 2013 (San Diego)--Nationwide federal furloughs of air traffic controllers due to budget cuts that started today are delaying many flights coming into San Diego's Lindbergh Field, KNSJ news director Mike Hancock has informed ECM.  Flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix are running late or have been cancelled.

Check ahead if you're expecting passengers coming into the airport: http://www.san.org/sdia/flights/default.aspx

BLACK GOLD: THE RUSH IS ON--BUT AT WHAT PRICE TO COMMUNITIES AND OUR ENVIRONMENT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2013 (San Diego) – “Another scourge is beginning in California,” environmental activist Peg Mitchell told audience members at a forum on environmental justice issues hosted by Activist San Diego on April 15.  That “scourge”  is fracking – and in California, it’s all about extracting oil, not natural gas. 

To frack for oil requires millions of gallons of water –a precious commodity in Cailfornia.  It also means injecting toxic chemicals that corporations are not required to disclose due to the “Halliburton Law” pushed through by former Vice President Dick Cheney. 

The public doesn’t have a right to know where fracking is occurring or where its waste products will be dumped—even though fracking can cause earthquakes, disturb radioactive substances in the earth, reinject contaminated water into wells, and potentially pollute thousands of miles of coastline.

So why the push to frack for oil in California?

MAN GRABS WOMAN NEAR SDSU, POLICE WARN

 

April 21, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego State University (SDSU) police have issued an alert to warn students of a man who grabbed a woman, 20, who was walking in the south alley of 5600 Montezuma Road just off campus this morning at 3 a.m.  The suspect is described as an Asian male, tall with spiked hair,  in  his mid-20s, wearing black-framed glasses, a white shirt and light jeans.  He fled in a black four-door BMW toward Campanile Drive.

According to police, the suspect  walked up to the victim, grabbed her arm and leg and attempted to pull her. She suffered no injuries and no weapon was used in the incident.

URBAN FARMING IS THEME OF 20TH ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE APRIL 27

 

 

 

 

 

Annual event has become one of the largest community events in East County

April 11, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--With farmer’s markets, community gardens and urban farming growing ever popular among the health- and conservation-minded in East County, it’s no wonder the Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College has become such a major draw.

This year’s festival on Saturday, April 27, marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which began in 1993 as the Urban Forest Field Day, an outreach activity for arboriculture students to demonstrate what they’ve learned. The free festival has grown to become a showcase event for the college’s entire ornamental horticulture program, as well as the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the co-sponsoring Water Conservation Garden, both located on the Rancho San Diego campus. With the addition of local artisans, vendors, kid-friendly activities, and a variety of plant and garden societies, the festival now attracts about 7,000 visitors annually.

SIERRA CLUB WINS LAWSUIT ON COUNTY'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN: JUDGE RULES “ENFORCEABLE MITIGATION MEASURES ARE NECESSARY NOW”

 

 

Exclusive to ECM: How decision could impact East County's transportation and energy production

By Miriam Raftery

April 20, 2013 (San Diego) – On the eve of Earth Day events, the Sierra Club has won a critical lawsuit challenging the County of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan (CAP).  On April 19, Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor issued his final ruling agreeing with the Sierra Club that the County’s Climate Action Plan “contains no enforcement mechanism for reducing GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.”

The ruling could have significant consequences for East County, where numerous large wind and solar projects have been pushed through under the mantra of addressing climate change. 

On one hand, the decision could bolster arguments of some Supervisors who view large energy projects as the fastest or easiest way to meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On the other hand, the ruling also forces the County to conduct an Environmental Impact Report - opening up the process for public comment. That could include discussion of how much fossil fuel it takes to manufacture, build and operate industrial-scale wind and solar projects--and whether there are better alternatives, such as solar on roofs and parking lots in urban areas.

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE RETURNS TO LA MESA

 

Daughters of the Appalachians debuts April 25-27

By Miriam Raftery

April 13, 2013 (La Mesa) – A 76-year tradition returns to La Mesa with the revival of the Lamplighters Community Theatre.  On April 25-27, the group will present “Daughters of the Appalachians”  in the Lamplighters’ first performance since 2006, when the old theater was torn down to make way for the new La  Mesa police station.

The theatrical group was founded back in 1937, originally known as the La Mesa Little Theatre. In 1976, the organization became Lamplighters Community Theatre, performing in the Ben Polak Fine Arts Center until its demolition force the limelight to go dark.  But now , like a phoenix, the group has found new life—and a new theater is rising in La Mesa, a city which just celebrated its centennial. The new Lamplighters theatrical performances will take place at the La Mesa Village Center, 5915 Severin Drive in La Mesa, at the corner of Severin and Amaya drives.

EARTH DAY - TIPS TO MAKE YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT

By Colin Martodam, regional manager of ARS

April 20, 2013 (San Diego) – In honor of this year’s Earth Day on April 22, take action to make your home a hub of energy-efficient practices. “Going green” is no longer just the catch phrase of environmental advocates, celebrities and politicians.  Now, you and your neighbors are empowered to make environmentally friendly changes to your home to address the growing concerns of a shaky economy, increasing energy costs, and our ever-dwindling natural resources.

MASKED SUSPECT ATTEMPTS ROBBERY AT CIRCLE-K IN LA MESA

April 20, 2013 (La Mesa) – On April 19 at 2:37 a.m., a masked subject approached the front doors of the Circle-K convenience store, located at 8899 La Mesa Boulevard, and attempted to force his way inside the store.  The suspect’s attempts to enter the store were foiled as the clerk inside had previously locked the doors while stocking shelves.

The suspect fled the scene of the robbery attempt on foot.  He was last seen running east in the area of 8900 Grossmont Boulevard towards the area of SR-125.  The suspect was described as an unknown race male, stocky build, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall.  The suspect was wearing a red and black wrestler’s mask with silver accents.  He was also wearing a gray sweatshirt with “San Diego” embroidered on the chest and blue jeans.  It is unclear if the suspect was armed in this incident.

ANDERSON CALLS FOR LEADERSHIP CHANGE AT CALTRANS

April 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Senator Joel Anderson has called for a change in leadership at Caltrans, citing an independent state auditor’s report that suggests a “pattern of abuse, theft and mismanagement” under the leadership of Acting Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The study, the latest in a string of critical reports on Caltrans, found that employees falsified safety reports on bridges, jeopardizing lives, as well as stealing property.  Salaries on Dougherty’s watch also rose to over $100,000 for the department’s 20,000 employees while road conditions deteriorated, Anderson charged, contending that the agency has become a “laughingstock.”

EAGLE EXPERT HIRED BY WIND INDUSTRY LOCALLY PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL GOLDEN EAGLE TAKE AND FAILING TO FILE REPORTS ON BIRDS HE TRACKED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –  David Bittner, eagle expert with Wildlife Research Institute, pled guilty to federal charges of unlawful taking of a Golden Eagle without a permit and failing to file any data reports for a four-year period on birds that he had banded. 

Bittner conducted studies on Golden Eagles for Iberdrola’s Tule Wind project in East County, which was approved by the federal government on public lands as well as by the county on private properties. Portions of the project on state and tribal lands, where several Golden Eagle nests were reported, are pending approvals by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and State Lands Commission.

“Can those agencies rely on Bittner’s Golden Eagle work for Tule wind that was apparently unpermitted and unlawful?” asks Donna Tisdale, chair of Boulevard Planning Group and a founder of two citizens groups, Protect Our Communities Foundation and Backcountry Against Dumps, that has filed a lawsuit seeking to halt the project.  “What other breaches of law or professional ethics might be involved?”

BORDER PATROL AGENT ACQUITTED OF ABUSE IN STRANGLING CAUGHT ON TAPE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2013 (San Diego) – A jury today has acquitted U.S. Border Patrol agent Luis Fonseca of using unreasonable force.  Fonseca was shown on Border Patrol video strangling a migrant to unconsciousness while the undocumented migrant,  Adolfo Cesar Escobar, tood with his hands against a wall waiting to be fingerprinted at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol station. Jurors found the video evidence inconclusive.

“This sends the wrong message to Border Patrol and fuels a culture of impunity in the agency,” said Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego in a statement released today.  The rights activist added, “It should never be acceptable to strangle someone who poses no threat, then kick him while he is down and walk away as if no harm had been done.”

SOUTHERN INDIAN HEALTH COUNCIL HOSTS SPRING GATHERING APRIL 27 IN ALPINE

 

April 19, 2013 (Alpine) – Bird singers, resources, food, activities, crafts for kids, entertain and more are all part of the Southern Indian Health Clinic’s annual Spring Gathering set for April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpine Clinic, 4058 Williows Road in Alpine.

GERMAN-AMERICAN SOCIETIES’- AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE ON SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 20, IN EL CAJON

By Caprice Harrison

April 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – The German American Societies of San Diego, in friendship with the countries of: Poland, Japan, Italy, Greece, Holland and Germany are collaborating to bring the community a special evening of international food and entertainment.

This Saturday, April 20, beginning at 6:00 p.m., the public can experience a night of folk dance performances, dance to the music of the Red Baron Band and enjoy a delicious international dinner buffet. Guests can also delight in watching the “Kindertanzgruppe,” children’s dance group at 7:30 p.m.

FREE, “APRIL POOL’S DAY” SAFETY EVENT IN LA MESA THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20

By Caprice Harrison

April 19, 2013 (La Mesa) – Water Awareness in Residential Neighborhoods (“W.A.R.N.”) and The City of La Mesa are holding a  FREE, “April Pool’s Day” at the La Mesa Municipal Pool, located at 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, on Saturday, April 20, from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 3:00 p.m.

This special event highlights the importance of safety in recognition of “Drowning Prevention Month” in May. The public is invited have fun while learning how to keep children and others safe near and in water.

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ECPAC PARTNERSHIP WITH GUHSD AT MEETING APRL 23

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – On Tuesday, April 23, the El Cajon City Council will weigh creating an ad hoc committee to explore discussions with the Grossmont Union High School District Board on a potential partnership to revive the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).  The proposal could also include opening a new multi-use facility adjacent to the theater, in addition to restoring and reopening the theater itself.

"It's potentially beneficial (for the district), a great use for the East County region," City Manager Doug Williford (photo, left) said, the Union-Tribune reported. "However even without (the district as a partner), we're going to re-open it. There are only three or four venues like it - Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, Escondido and Poway. These are rare facilities. Arts and events centers are important components to a community. And this goes well beyond the city's boundaries."

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