August 2013 Articles

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR INLAND AREAS

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A flash flood watch has been issued for mountains, valleys and desert areas in San Diego’s East County and other areas in southwestern California. The watch is in effect for this afternoon through 10 p.m. this evening. 

Slow-moving thunderstorms are expected to produce very heavy rainfall with flash flooding.  Debris flows are possible in and below areas burned by recent wildfires.

“SEPTEMBER SONG” FINE ART SHOW IN JULIAN OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

August 29, 2013 (Julian) --The Julian Arts Guild will present "September Song" a Fine Art Show at the Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main Street, Julian, CA, over the Labor Day weekend, August 30 through September 2, 2013. The show will be open each day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Included will be local and regional artists working in a rich diversity of artistic media: oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; drawings in pen, pencil and pastel; photography; printmaking; ceramics, jewelry, collage, assemblage, glass, mosaics, sculpture, and more.

Meet the artists at the show opening in the Town Hall on August 30th from 6–8 pm. Admission to the Julian Arts Guild Labor Day weekend art show is FREE. Each day different artists will be available to talk about their work.  The theme, “September Song” will be reflected in landscapes but also in other creative motifs.

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES COLLABORATIVE ADDRESSES HOUSING AND OTHER ISSUES IN REFUGEE COMMUNITY

 

By Janis Mork

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) - At the San Diego Refugee Forum on August 20, the focus was on housing issues faced by refugees. The forum covered a variety of programs on housing and other topics, including announcements of upcoming events in San Diego and East County. 

Faith Espejo, Director of Program and Operations, and Tina Parra, Resources Coordinator of San Diego HUB, from Housing Opportunities Collaborative addressed housing issues. HUB serves as an information clearinghouse by consolidating housing-related information and making it easily accessible to the public and partners, and also acts as a hub for its partners by conducting outreach events to educate and provide housing counseling services to the public. 

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN ROBBERY OF SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP IN SPRING VALLEY

 

August 29, 2013 (Spring Valley) – According to Sheriff’s detectives, an armed robbery took place at a Subway located at 289 Sweetwater Road on August 22 at about 12:40 a.m.  The suspect, wearing a knit, ski mask and armed with a black handgun, allegedly ordered one of the employees to open the cash register, from which he took the money and left. 

WHAT HAPPENS TO KIDS WHO END UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM?

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Part three in a three-part series (Read part one and part two)

August 29, 2013 (Santee) – During the recent forum on child safety held in Santee, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Weinreb and Lisa J. Sawin, Department of Probation Director, spoke on what happens when a child enters the juvenile justice system.

KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE: A PARENTS GUIDE TO BULLYING

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Nadin and Tom Abbott

Part two in a three-part series (Read Part One and Part Three)

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – Dana Stevens, Executive Director of the Communities against Substance Abuse (CASA), presented a PowerPoint presentation on bullying for parents last week during a forum on child safety in Santee.  East County Magazine has also recently spoken with other bullying experts to get tips on keeping kids safe. 

SDSU ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR'S BIO-ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG IN OAXACA, MEXICO LEADS TO NEW DISCOVERIES

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – Leave it to an anthropologist to have a closet full of skeletons — literally. Arion Mayes does, and she can tell you the story behind each and every one of them.

“I work with human remains ranging from six months to 18,000 years old,” said the San Diego State University professor of anthropology.

"REDUCE YOUR USE" ALERTS AND REWARDS NOW AVAILABLE FROM SDG&E

 

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – As San Diego heads into the warmest weather of the year, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is encouraging customers to sign up for Reduce Your Use alerts, to help them earn bill credits for saving energy during hot summer days when demand for electricity is high.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE PROFESSOR RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD

 

 

August 29, 2013 (El Cajon) –  Dr. Chris Hill, geology professor and former president of the Academic Senate who filled in last college year as acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, was honored as Grossmont College's Distinguished Faculty Member of the year at an academic convocation held on the campus Monday, August 12.

In announcing the award, Sue Gonda, current president of the Academic Senate, said that Hill had created a course studying natural disasters, and had re-instituted courses on California geology and California natural parks. Additionally, Gonda noted, Hill had written numerous articles, papers and abstracts in the field of geology, including those studying landslide movements in California and geologic processes in the Sierra Nevada.

SHRINKING COLORADO RIVER RESERVOIRS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR WATER USE EFFICIENCY, SUPPLY DIVERSIFICATION

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – An unprecedented reduction in reservoir releases on the Colorado River announced on Friday, August 16 by the Bureau of Reclamation won’t cut water supplies to agencies in San Diego County or the rest of the Southwest during the 2014 “water year,” but the move does underscore the importance of continued conservation and water-supply diversification across the region.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: BACKYARD PARADISE

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Lee and Nancy Hauser sent in this photo of their “hummingbird haven,” a backyard paradise for birds. “The potato tree behind the waterfall has gotten very large and always seems to be full of hummers, finches, etc.,” they write.  “Lots of entertainment in a small space.”

GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COLLEGE PRESIDENTS TO PERFORM STAGED READINGS OF EDGAR ALLEN POE WORKS ON SEPTEMBER 6-7

 

August 29, 2013 (El Cajon) – The presidents of sister colleges in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District will be among the performers in a pair of staged readings of the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 6, and Saturday, September 7, in Room 220 of Building 26 on the Grossmont College campus.

Presidents Mark Zacovic of Cuyamaca College and Sunita V. Cooke of Grossmont College will read some Poe poems that have held them in their thrall since their childhoods.

FAMILY SEEKS HELP TO FIND MISSING SANTEE MAN

 

August 29, 2013 (Santee) updated August 30, 2013 --– The family of Jonathan Heredia, 29,  seeks public help to locate the Santee resident who has been missing since August 26.  According to family, he suffers from mental health issues and depression. 

Heredia is Hispanic with dark hair and brown eyes.  He weighs 160 pounds and stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has a crucifix tattoo on his back with the words “our Lord” , a dice tattoo on his chest and a tattoo on his forearm that reads “69.”  He was last seen wearing a black dress shirt, grey jeans, black jacket with grey on the back, and may be seen with navy blue shorts with white stripes on the side.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: LABOR DAY SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – Next weekend is the start of Labor Day Weekend.  In order to ensure your Labor Day is a good one, there are some simple safety precautions to consider, says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.  Anyone want to barbecue or picnic?  Keep a close eye on the grill to ensure safety at all times.  Keep children away.  Keep the grill away from combustibles and vegetation.

TRASH, RECYCLING SERVICES TO BE DELAYED IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – Waste Management of San Diego’s curbside residential and commercial trash and recycling pick-up schedule will be delayed by one day throughout the week of September 2, in observance of Labor Day. In addition, all Waste Management operations will be closed on Monday, September 2, with normal operations resuming the next day

SANTEE MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBING SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – The FBI and San Diego Police Department announced the arrest of Cesar Daniel Flores, age 23, of Santee as a result of the investigation into the robbery of the San Diego County Credit Union, 2245 Fenton Parkway, San Diego on Friday, August 2.

Flores was arrested on Saturday at the Mission Valley Mall after an off-duty FBI Agent spotted Flores at a bus stop.  After seeing Flores, the Agent contacted San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and requested a uniform Patrol Officer to respond to the area. When the agent and SDPD Officer returned to the bus stop they discovered Flores had left the area. After a brief search of the area, Flores was located in the mall and taken into custody without incident.

PEOPLE OF THE EARTH LIVE AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY AUG. 31

 

August 29, 2013 (La Mesa) – People of the Earth, a guitar/keyboard duo, will perform live on Saturday, August 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the San Pasqual Winery tasting room at 9364 La Mesa Blvd.  (map)

The duo will play popular favorites from the 80's through today, in addition to entertaining original music. There is no cover charge; guests may purchase wine by the glass; cheese,  crackers and dessert are available for sale.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 28, 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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LAUGHING MATTERS: PROMINENT COMICS AT COMEDY DEBUT IN LA MESA AUGUST 29

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2013 (La Mesa) – “For my first show, I want to start off with a bang!” Eric Knowles told ECM.  Knowles is launching a comedy show at the Regal Bar in La Mesa the last Thursday in each month at 8:30 p.m., starting August 29.

The opening program will feature nationally renown actor/comedian Tommy Chunn as well as is Brian Simpson, a regular at Mad House Comedy Club who helps produce the famed Comedy Juice shows. 

EL CAJON COUNCIL APPROVES ALCOHOL RESTRICTIONS FOLLOWING SPIRITED HEARING

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2013 (El Cajon) – A century ago, one of the first actions of El Cajon’s City Council was to outlaw saloons due to concerns over negative influences of alcohol on the community. Those restrictions were later relaxed.  But yesterday, Council once again voted to restrict sales of alcohol, over the objections of local merchants and the East County Chamber of Commerce.

By a unanimous vote, Council approved the “deemed approved” ordinance aimed at curbing serial inebriates from purchasing single-serve alcoholic beverages at markets.

24TH ANNUAL FINE ART SHOW AT OLDE RAMONA HOTEL GALLERY

August 28, 2013 (Ramona) – The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery is getting ready for its 24th Annual Fine Art Show.  Artists are encouraged to participate in the show and entries are due September 26 through 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 845 Main St., Ramona.  There is a maximum of three entries per artist.  Categories include: oil/acrylic, watercolor/watermedia, photography/computer art and other (collage, pen & ink, pastels, sculpture, graphics, other media.

HOMECOMING PLANNED THURSDAY FOR EAST LAKE LITTLE LEAGUE STARS

 

By Derek Carlyon

August 28, 2013 (Otay) -- At the start of Little League season, every young player dreams of earning a trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to play in the Little League World Series.  For  12 young players from San Diego’s own Eastlake Little League in Otay, that dream became a reality. 

On Thursday at 6 p.m., a big homecoming is planned for the U.S. champion Eastlake All Stars team at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

SDSU OFFERS PARKING AND TRAFFIC TIPS FOR A SAFER AND EASIER COMMUTE TO CAMPUS

 

 

August 28, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego State University is back to school, welcoming nearly 8,000 new students to campus. For an easier and less stressful commute starting the first day of the fall semester, August 26, SDSU offers the following parking and traffic tips.

San Diego State University Parking Services will implement the SDSU Traffic Management Plan for fall 2013 with staffing from multiple agencies to assist faculty, staff, students and the College Area community with traffic flow, directions and parking.

For an easier and less stressful commute on the first day of the fall semester, SDSU offers the following parking and traffic tips.

COMMUNITY BICYLE RODEO IN LA MESA AUGUST 31

 
 
August 28, 2013 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Human Relations Commission and La Mesa Walk-n-Roll Safe Routes Program is sponsoring a bicycle skills event designed to teach children the skills they need in order to be better cyclists. By learning bike handling and traffic skills, one can enjoy bicycling more and reduce the chance of injury. 

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

 

August 28, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- A flash flood warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m. for east central San Diego County. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are occurring in and around the Chariot Fire burn area. 

Doppler radar estimates up to 0.6 inches of rain has fallen in the burn area in about 30 minutes this afternoon. This is well in excess of U.S. G.S. thresholds for debris flows from this burn scar. Roads, trails and campgrounds located along drainages within or below the burned basins can be impacted by flash floods and debris flows. This includes areas along Highway S-2 and the great Southern Overland Stage route as wel as the Butterfield Ranch area.

SDCL ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES – SEPTEMBER CONCERTS

August 28, 2013 – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase begins in September with 3 East County concerts throughout the month.  The Showcase series offers a variety of San Diego’s best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers.  The concerts are free to the community.

SAN DIEGO CIVIC CRISIS: WHERE DOES THE GREEN SECTOR GO FROM HERE? SEPT. 26

August 28, 2013 (San Diego) – Green Experts Academy is holding a forum to discuss what will become of the Green Vision for the City of San Diego and the region as the city transitions to another Mayoral election and administration. It will be held on September 26 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Cricket Communications Inc. Headquarters 5887 Copley Dr., San Diego.

OFFICIALS OFFER PARENTS ADVICE ON CHILD SAFETY DURING FORUM IN SANTEE

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Part one in a three-part series (Read Part Two and Part Three)

August 27, 2013 (Santee) — Experts offered parents tips on how to keep kids safe in today’s modern world, including advice on free software to monitor children’s online activities.

State Senator Joel Anderson and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis came to the forum at West Hills High School to meet residents in Santee last week. The forum presented a panel of specialists in child safety issues, as well as a question and answer session.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO ALLOW LEGAL RESIDENTS WHO ARE NOT CITIZENS TO WORK AT POLLS

 

By Elena Butler

August 27, 2013 (Sacramento)--Governor Jerry Brown has signed into a law Assembly Bill 817, a bill that will allow appointment of up to five legal residents who are not citizens per jurisidiction  to work at polls on election day.

AB 817 sparked some controversy after it was introduced by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) in February. Bonta’s goal is to increase turnout of eligible voters for whom English has proven to be a barrier that keeps many from exercising their right to vote.

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