April 2013 Articles

ATTENTION CAR ENTHUSIASTS! OLD-TIME CAR SHOW IN ALPINE APRIL 20

April 1, 2013 (Alpine) – Enter your pre -1973 cars in The Alpine Car Show fundraiser on April 20 at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A pancake breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will consist of a hot dog or hamburger with chips and a drink.

NEWS FLASH! MAJOR BREAKING STORIES: SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR ALL READERS

 

April 1, 2013—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today.

  • ECM acquires surveillance drone reporter
  • Backcountry towns secede to form new county, create ultimate wildlife preserve
  • Coming attractions: Amusement park, movie studio to replace Grossmont Center
  • San Diegans plan party for "do or die final battle"
  • Anonymous donor buys Julian-Cuyamaca Fire District
  • Jamul Indians to build casino in Jacumba Hot Springs
  • Spotlight El Cajon: F St. Performing Arts Center unveiled

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide. Be sure to click this hot link  to view these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. (Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!)  Then click "read more" to open each story and get the full scoop.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: MOVIE STUDIO, AMUSEMENT PARK TO REPLACE GROSSMONT CENTER

 

Special Report By Opie Taylor

April 1, 2013 (La Mesa)--The Cushman family, owners of Grossmont Center, announced yesterday that the La Mesa Planning Commission has approved plans to revive  La Mesa's historic Flying A Studio as part of their redevelopment plans when the shopping center's lease runs out . The ambitious redevelopment plans combine the movie studio with an amusement theme park that reflects our region’s heritage.  The new development is slated to open to the public for studio tours and amusement park rides in spring 2016.

The first film to be produced at the studio will be Mayberry: The Movie.  Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle in the original TV series, will cut the opening ribbon at Goober's Grub Cafe to be located in the theme park.

SAN DIEGANS PLAN PARTY FOR “DO-OR-DIE FINAL BATTLE”

 

“I’m planning to ride the end-of-the-world wave when those bombs start hitting the Pacific. Cowabunga!” -- Sandy "Surf Dog" Shores

Special Report By Dawn Last

April 1, 2013 (Ocean Beach)-- Hundreds of San Diego residents have flocked to the beach to begin a vigil watching for incoming missiles that the North Korean government announced  it intends to launch against U.S. military bases  in an effort to turn our nation into a “boiled pumpkin,” in the words of dictator Kim Jun Un. 

The U.S. State Department officially maintains that the threats are merely “bellicose rhetoric” and that the missiles can't reach our shores.

Undaunted,  San Diego beach residents are organizing  “an end of the world party to end all parties,” as a flyer posted in Ocean and Mission Beach proclaims. After Kim Jun Un was photographed with a map of possible targets, San Diego  was clearly in the bullseye--a fact not lost on students  eager for any excuse to party over spring break.

ANONYMOUS DONOR BUYS JULIAN –CUYAMACA FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Special Report By  Rock E. Miner

April 1, 2013 (Julian) – As ECM previously reported, an anonymous donor recently offered a  large donation to end the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District’s budget gap for this year.  Despite the generous donation, however, the fire district’s board refused to assure townspeople that it would not dissolve the district and hand over firefighting responsibilities to the County.

The board offered to settle the matter with an apple pie-eating contest: winner takes the fire district.  But the citizens refused to participate. So today, the wealthy and determined donor announced a permanent solution to aid this historic mining region.

JAMUL INDIANS TO BUILD CASINO IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

 

A Special Report by Rollin Dice

April 1, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – The Jamul Indian tribe announced today that tribal leaders have reached an agreement to build an off-reservation casino at the site of the former Hotel Jacumba.  The original hotel, once a magnet for Hollywood celebrities in the 1930s and 40s, burned to the ground decades ago.

SPOTLIGHT EL CAJON: F STREET PERFORMING ARTS CENTER UNVEILED

 

 

Special Report By Lacey Blue

April 1, 2013 (El Cajon ) -- In a joint statement released  Friday by the City of El Cajon and San Diego-based F Street Corporation, the chain of locally-owned adult bookstores revealed that it has reached a definitive agreement to purchase naming rights for the troubled East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) in downtown El Cajon. 

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY- EVENTS AND CLOSURES

By Janis Mork

April 1, 2013 (San Diego)- In honor of César Chávez day, all  state administrative offices, most local government offices and schools will be closed today, and all trash/recyclables will be delayed by one day. For a full list of closures and the businesses that will remain open, visit: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/04/01/closures-for-cesar-chavez-day/#axzz2PEZ9g7Tf.

Chávez was born March 31, 1927. He became active with the Community Service Organization, which helped fight racial and economic discrimination against Chicanos. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in the 1960’s. He believed in non-violence and organized strikes and boycotts to gain rights for migrant farm workers, gaining support to have his organization be the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States. Up until his death on April 23, 1993, he remained president of United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO).

MMMM! TASTE OF THE COLLEGE AREA APRIL 14

 

Savor the flavors from more than 20 restaurants to suit your fancy at the College Area Taste on Sunday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. 

To purchase tickets, visit   https://tix.extremetix.com/Online/?siteID=1526&cartID=edf319ce-ae52-424b-b4cb-0413e46ffdbd.

HISTORIC DESCANSO TOWN HALL TO BE HONORED ON APRIL 20

 

The Descanso Town Hall will be honored on Saturday, April 20 at 9 a.m. and you are invited to join in the festivities.  The historic Town Hall has been selected by E Clampus Vitus, a national primer historical society, to be honored with a monument and plaque. 

This historical preservation society, under the leadership of Descanso’s own Warren Geiske, will be unveiling the monument on April 20.

GASOLINE EXCISE TAX TO INCREASE 3.5 CENTS ON JULY 1, 2013

March 2, 2013 (Sacramento) – Effective July 1, 2013, the excise tax on gasoline will increase 3.5 cents per gallon following a vote February 28, 2013 by the California State Board of Equalization. The Board is sensitive to the financial impact consumers are feeling at the pump, but state law requires the BOE to adjust the excise tax rate by March 1 of each year in order to ensure revenue neutrality.

As gasoline prices increase, the relative amount of state sales tax that would be collected, but for the fuel tax swap, decreases and must be offset by an increase in the excise tax rate.

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