July 2013 Articles

EAST COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION JULY EVENTS

July 6, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego Parks and Recreation has a plentitude of events planned around East County in the month of July.  There is something for everyone, from Ranger led hikes, playing earthball and star parties.  Below is a list of some of the events happening this month.  For a full list please visit http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/parks/index.html.

BUNCO WITH THE KIWANIS CLUB OF EL CAJON ON JULY 12

July 6, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Kiwanis Club of El Cajon Valley presents Bunco at The Salvation Army, 1011 E. Main St., El Cajon on July 12, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  The evening will include a potato bar and raffles.  There will be prizes for 1st and 2nd, most wins most Bunco’s and a Boobie prize.  Bunco is a social dice game involving all luck and no skill.

SANTEE COUNCIL CONSIDERS EMINENT DOMAIN OF NUMEROUS PROPERTIES FOR ROAD WIDENING PROJECT

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2013 (Santee)—At Wednesday’s meeting, the Santee City Council will hold a public hearing on a resolution to declare eminent domain in order to obtain easements and fee interests for dozens of properties on nine different streets, as part of the Prospect Avenue street widening project. 

Property owners have rejected fair market offers made via a letter, according to the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.

LEMON GROVE CITY COUNCIL TABLES A RESOLUTION ON CITIZENS UNITED FOR LATER DATE

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott

July 5, 2013 (Lemon Grove)—On July 2, the Lemon Grove City Council decided to table a motion to support a Constitutional Amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens v. Federal Elections Commission

The high court ruled in 2010 that corporations had a right to virtually unlimited campaign contributions.  Allowing companies to inject massive amounts of money into the political system has led to some of the most expensive elections in American history.

The effort was led by Councilmember George Gastil (photo). Before speakers from both Common Cause and Money out of Politics addressed the Council, Gastil went into some of the problems with the decision, which could ultimately impact municipalities such as Lemon Grove.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: ARIZONA FIRESTORM

July 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – ECM has received an eyewitness account  from a former East County resident, Pamela Lopez-Davies, of the early hours of the Doce Fire, which claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, Arizona, including 18 from the Granite Mountain Fire Department’s hotshot team.  The fire began on June 18 and as of today has scorched 8,277 acres. The blaze is 80% contained.

 “While driving to Chino Valley, AZ at about 11:30 am on Tuesday June 18, I noticed a small plume of smoke in the vicinity of Granite Mountain,” said Lopez-Davies, who snapped these photos near her home in Prescott, Arizona.

FESTIVE 4TH OF JULY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF GETTYSBURG, CENTENNIAL PICNIC, & FIREWORKS GALORE

 

Updated July 3 with even more events!

Jumr 27, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Fireworks , parades,a centennial-themed celebration and an address by an Abraham Lincoln reenactor for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg are among the Fourth of July celebrations in East County and San Diego’s inland areas this year. 

Here’s a rundown on some of the festive Independence Day events, listed in alphabetical order by community.

JOIN OUR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION! BIRTH OF INDEPENDENT MEDIA AND OUR RADIO SHOW

 

TUNE IN JULY 4 TO HEAR OUR RADIO SHOWON  KNSJ 89.1 FM! 

July 3, 2013 -What could be more fitting than to launch independent media for our region on Independence Day?  Our East County Magazine radio show starts tomorrow with two special presentations . Tune in and tell us what you want to hear on community radio!

 On July 4, we launch our show with a special live broadcast on  the new KNSJ 89.1 FM station at a day-long celebration. East County Magazine 's live broadcast July 4  will be:

10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with interviews of community leaders and newsmakers

2 p.m., a special ECM-produced dramatic presentation--featuring "interviews" our nation's founding fathers--and mothers.

Our July 4 show will be at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park, so if you’re in the area stop by to cheer us on!

East County Magazine's regular radio program will launch next week, broadcasting on Mondays through Fridays at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

COOL ZONES IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

July 3, 2013 (San Diego) – As temperatures climb, it’s important to stay cool.  Seniors and those without air conditioning are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness.  The County has provided a list of “cool zones” where you can beat the heat, including places in East County, such as libraries and senior centers:  http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/ais/documents/coolzones.pdf.   All are free and open to the public during designated hours.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: HIGH FIVE, SILVER! AWAY! (THE LONE RANGER)

 

By Brian Lafferty

July 3, 2013 (San Diego) – When I first learned of The Lone Ranger’s budget, I asked myself, “What studio in their right mind would spend a quarter of a billion dollars on a movie based on a property that originated as a long-running radio show, and later a low-budget 1950s kids TV show?”  In the 1930s and 1940s, Monogram Pictures and Republic Pictures rolled out hundreds of low-budget B-movies, a significant chunk of them westerns.  A cursory glance through the Internet Movie Database and a little arithmetic tells me The Lone Ranger cost a ton more than all these companies’ movies put together.

VIEJAS ANNOUNCES FULL WEEKEND OF INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS JULY 4-7

 

July 3, 2013 (Alpine) – Viejas is planning four full days and nights of activities, all free, to celebration Independence Day this weekend. Activities include fireworks on the 4th, as well as music, outdoor movies, and the new ICONS show in the Viejas Outlets Show Court throughout the weekend. For a schedule of events, scroll down.

SANTEE MAN KILLED IN HIGH-SPEED CRASH

 

July 2, 2013 (Santee) -- Sergio Joseph Dyda, 28, of Santee was killed June 30 in a high-speed collision on State Route 52 near Santo Road.  According to the California Highway Patrol, Dyda was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback westbound when the crash occurred.  A witness told CHP the vehicle was traveling at over 100 mph at 4:42 a.m. when the Outback passed him, lost control and collided with a guard rail on the right shoulder, careened across all lines and struck the center median, then traveled to the right and collided with the guard rail yet again before coming to a stop.

FIRE CHARS 110 ACRES IN LAKESIDE

By Nadin Abbott

Photos and videos by Billy Ortiz

View video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFyIKMWlzdE&feature=youtu.be

 July 2, 2013 (Lakeside)—Firefighters from Heartland Fire, the U.S. Forestry Service, Cal-Fire and Lakeside Fire Department have attained 50% containment of a brush fire that consumed at least 110 acres Lakeside as of this evening.  The fire began along El Monte Road in light, flashy fuels this afternoon and burned portions of El Cajon Mountain (El Capitan).

NEW GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA STUDENT TRUSTEES FOR 2013-14

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Two new student trustees were recently officially seated on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board.

The student trustees, who are elected by their peers as non-voting board members, are Grossmont College student Peg Marcus, 62, and Cuyamaca College student Elsa Michelle Hernandez, 19.

FINAL "LEGACY TRASH" REMOVED FROM WRIGHT'S FIELD IN ALPINE

 

July 1, 2013 (Alpine) – The Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) has owned and managed open-space landscapes in San Diego’s East County for over 20 years. The best example of these conservation lands is Wright’s Field preserve in the community of Alpine. Located in the heart of this small foothill town, Wright’s Field is a 230-acre nature preserve, saved from development in 1990 and preserved as open-space for wildlife, habitat conservation, and recreation such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO RESIDENT NAMED HEALTH SECTOR "NAVIGATOR" FOR SAN DIEGO, IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Rancho San Diego resident Ann Durham, Director of the Health Workforce Initiative based at Grossmont College, has been named Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Health for the San Diego/Imperial Region.

The appointment, announced this week by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development, means that Durham will have expanded responsibilities and budget under the "Doing What Matters" program.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: DOG GONE IT! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? 4TH OF JULY SAFETY FOR PETS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 1, 2013 (San Diego) – If your pets could talk, chances are they “wouldn’t” give you a “lick in,” says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Dogs can develop heat stroke and sunburn in the hot weather, but one danger to dogs that's frequently overlooked is the potential for paw pad injuries and burns from walking a dog on hot pavement or sand. Walk the dog in the early morning or evening to avoid paw pad burns. Avoid walking the dog in the heat of the day, when the sun beats down, heating the pavement and sand. Walk the dog on the grass; it’s cooler for you and them. Are you taking your dog hiking? Would you like to hike barefoot in the heat on rocky terrain? Maybe your dog wouldn’t either! Make sure you have water for your dog while hiking and do so during a cool hour and “watch those paws!”

NEW ACADEMIC AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT WENT INCOGNITO AT GROSSMONT

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – The day before she was to meet the Grossmont College search committee that would interview her for the job as vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Katrina VanderWoude, vice provost at Rochester College in Michigan, decided to do some interviewing of her own.  Visiting the Grossmont College campus incognito, she struck up conversations with students over lunch in Griffin Center, and elsewhere on the campus, to see if she could get a feel for the place at which she later accepted the job.

EL CAJON RESIDENT HONORED AS TOP GRADUATE BY ABC SAN DIEGO

 

July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) –  Years of dedication and hard work have paid off for apprentices and craft trainees who graduated with their apprenticeship and journeyman certificates on Friday, June 21 from the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training program. 

The 67 students in the Class of 2013 from the San Diego region have completed a skilled trades apprenticeship and craft training program in crafts such as plumbing and pipefitting, electrical, electronic systems technician and sheet metal. Their course of study included up to four years of classroom training and thousands of hours of practical field experience.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: 4TH OF JULY SAFETY

 

July 1, 2013 (San Diego) – With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before you and your family celebrate, make sure everyone knows about 4th of July safety, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. If not handled properly, fireworks, barbeques and heat can be dangerous and cause injuries to kids and adults. The best advice: “Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals,” says Chief DiGiovanna.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: COOPER'S HAWKS IN JAMUL

 

July 1, 2013 (Jamul) – Debbie Ekhaml captured these close-up images of a Cooper's Hawk family in Jamul, as the fledgling hawks learn how to successfully hunt a sparrow.  Cooper’s Hawks prey on birds and small mammals, even taking on prey larger than themselves such as ducks and chickens.  They have sometimes been known to lose their lives for taking on the wrong prey, such as a large owl.

FAMILIES NEEDED TO HOST EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM CHINA

 

June 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--The Cultural Homestay International (CHI) program needs help finding homes for students from China for a two-week exchange program this summer or a longer 10-month program during the academic school year starting this fall.  For over 30 years, high school age students from many countries have participated in these high school foreign exchange programs, staying with local host families and attending local schools.

TWO KILLED IN GLIDER CRASH AT JACUMBA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

June 30, 2013 (Jacumba) – Two men were killed shortly after noon yesterday in a glider crash in Jacumba.  The victims have been identified by the county Medical Examiner as Richard Riley Noble, 63, of La Jolla and Martin Gary Rothwell, 54, of San Diego. Noble was the pilot and Rothwell was a passenger, a Jacumba source has advised ECM.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, the glider plane was towed and the towline released at about 100 feet. For unknown reasons, the glider lost control, rapidly decelerated and struck the ground.

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