September 27, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--The National Weather Service today issued a Red Flag Warning due to high winds, dry brush and increased fire danger in San Diego County. The Red Flag Warning will be in effect from 12 p.m. Friday, September 27 through 6 p.m. Saturday, September 28 for the following communities: Ramona, Valley Center, Fallbrook, Escondido, El Cajon, Alpine, Potrero, Campo, Santa Ysabel, Descanso, Julian, Ranchita, and Warner Springs.
“Firefighting agencies throughout the state will be on high alert this weekend,” said Cal Fire Captain Mike Mohler. “This is the first Red Flag Warning of what is shaping up to be one of the most challenging fire seasons in many years. High winds can turn a spark into a devastating wildfire in just minutes, so we’re calling on San Diegans to be extremely vigilant in the high fire-risk areas of the county.”
During the Red Flag Warning, Cal Fire urges all Californians to exercise extreme caution outdoors in order to prevent wildfires. A few helpful reminders and fire prevention tips include:
September 27, 2013 (San Diego) – A candlelight vigil and fundraiser to help victims of the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at Flavors of East Africa, a Kenyan restaurant at 2322 El Cajon Blvd. , San Diego 92104. Ten percent of all proceeds from food sold tonight will be donated to the Kenyan Red Cross.
September 27, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- While Altamont Pass operators have been hiding most of their wind turbine mortality with search intervals of 30-90 days, the rest of North American wind farms hide mortality by using search areas that are far too small. By using only 50 meter search areas for their huge new turbines, the wind facility operators can easily hide over 90% of fatalities caused from turbine blade strikes.
September 27, 2013 (San Diego) – James Hubbell’s Ilan-Lael Foundation has reached its pearl anniversary and will celebrate 30 years on Saturday, Sept. 28 at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest – the site of Hubbell’s first important volunteer-assisted major outdoor sculpture installation – from 5-9 p.m. The celebration will feature food, wine, a silent auction, speakers and dance, all in revelry for famed Santa Ysabel architect Hubbell’s prolific vision and impact on worldwide culture and art.
September 27, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. Scroll down for details on next month’s programs. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit www.sharp.com.
September 27, 2013 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa will host its fourth annual Senior Expo on Thursday, October 10, 2013. With a wide variety of speakers and exhibitors, Expo will offer free “one-stop shopping” for all adults facing life changes that may affect their independence, or those who would like great tips on safety and security. The Expo will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa 91942 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, and is supported by funding from the San Diego Association of Governments.
September 27, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has coordinated with local organizations and volunteers nationwide in a call for photographs and back stories of Vietnam War veterans listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. for display at The Educational Center at The Wall.
In 2003, legislation passed that authorized the construction of the Educational Center at The Wall by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Plans for the exhibitions at the center include the display of pictures and stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, some of the 400,000 items left at The Wall and a celebration of service member values in all wars.
September 27, 2013 (San Diego) – U.S. soldier Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's 35-year sentence represents the harshest punishment issued to date for providing media with evidence of government wrongdoing (Forbes, 8/21/13). She is the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act, ratifying the new reality that those who give the press information that the government wants to keep secret will henceforth be treated as spies.
September 27, 2013 (San Diego) – The greater San Diego-Tijuana region has been taught a lesson by a group of young people. The little league players from Chula Vista (Eastlake) and Tijuana placed 2nd and 3rd in the Little League World Series (LLWS) – it may not sound like it, as first and second place would have been greater, but what they accomplished is historic in many respects.
Update September 27, 2013: Supervisor Jacob's office has contacted us to advise that she met with County Veterans Services this week to request more equitable staffing. Her staffer advised that Jacob plans to introduce a measure asking Supervisors to approve sending veterans' service representatives to county libraries throughout our region. This is a direct result of our investigative report.
By Miriam Raftery
September 25, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – When Claudia Millerbragg, whose brother was killed in Viet Nam, decided to volunteer to help local veterans, she was shocked to discover that County Veterans Services sends representatives to a dozen different communities – but none to rural East County.
At a Homes for Our Troops event in March honoring combat vets who each lost both legs and now live in a rural area in El Cajon, Supervisor Dianne Jacob said that San Diego has the largest military installation in the world.
“In East County we have the highest concentration of military and veterans in San Diego County,” she added.
If East County has the most veterans, why does our region have the fewest services for them -- and no services at all in the poorest rural areas with no public transportation?
September 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Three fires burning in East County have now charred a total of 40 acres. All three started off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield Drive in El Cajon, and Los Coches in the Lakeside/El Cajon area.
“Forward spread is stopped,” Mike Mohler with Cal Fire told East County Magazine at 7:45 p.m. “Residents should be informed that there are still open fire lines and engine lines will remain in the area through probably mid-day tomorrow.”
No evacuation orders are currently in place and residents have been allowed back home, he added. Earlier, 10 news reported some residents on Lotus Lane had been advised to evacuate. No structures have been damaged.
September 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Arizona officials are reporting the first two cases in the United States of addicts using Krokodil, a drug that rots the skin from the inside out after first turning skin green and scaly. It can cause gangrene and amputation of limbs. A Time investigation of the drug overseas found the average user is dead within 2 or 3 years after first injecting the deadly mixture.
Krokodil , or Desomorphone, is an opiate. It is cheaper and far more potent than heroin. It’s been called the world’s most horrifying drug, also known as the zombie apocalypse drug. Illicit drug dealers make it by combining codeine with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and red phosphorous which addicts inject. The drug ruptures blood vessels, causing flesh to rot and even exposing bone.
September 26, 2013 (Poway) –The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. It will feature a presentation by Jack Cohen of Insperity. Cohen will discuss health care reform, what it is, and how it will impact your business. He will cover five key areas: (1) Individual Mandate; (2)Taxes/ Fees/Costs; (3) State Exchanges; (4) Employer Share (Play or Pay); and (5) Reporting.
September 26, 2013 (San Diego ) – JVD Golf and Promotions in Rancho San Diego is teaming up with the Strong Will Foundation to host the annual STRONG Will Foundation Golf Tournament, complete with helicopter ball drop contest and a chance to win $2,500—even for non-golfers.
The event will be held Friday, November 1 at The Crossings Carlsbad Golf Course, and benefits patients with traumatic brain injuries. The tournament is named after Will Barton, who was shot three times at close range while walking home from work at Barrio Star. With a bullet lodged in his brain, his chance of survival was less than one percent.
September 26, 2013 (San Diego) -- The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown man responsible for robbing the Chase Bank, 4627 College Avenue, San Diego, on Wednesday, September 25,
The robber entered the bank around 5:42 p.m. and presented the teller with a demand note. After receiving an undisclosed sum of money, he walked out.
Witnesses describe the robber as Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build. He had a mustache and wore a dark jacket, dark baseball cap, sunglasses and light-colored shoes.
September 26, 2013 (San Diego's East County) --Fires are burning off I-8 at Dunbar Lane in Alpine, Greenfield in El Cajon, and Los Coches Road behind Vons in the Lakeside/El Cajon area. The first blaze began about 5:30. 10 News has a live video http://www.10news.com/video/live_video.
An eyewitness told 10 News that as she passed Greenfield, she saw a string of small flames popping up. She said she got repeated busy signals trying to call 911.
"Right now the total acreage is around 30 acres," Mike Mohler of Cal-Fire reported. "Firefighters are making good progress but we still have a long way to go." Homes are threatened and residents have been advised to leave some homes on Lotus Lane. Mohler said authorities are investigating the possibility of arson, or a vehicle malfunction.
September 26, 2013 (Julian) -- As part of Julian’s Apple Days Celebration, a two-day Apple Days Festival will be held October 5th and 6th at Menghini Winery featuring apple displays, music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, gold panning demonstrations, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests, and, of course, apple pie. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.
September 26, 2013 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon will be hosting a community meeting for El Cajon’s America on Main Street, a new City special event. This community meeting will be held on Monday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 East Douglas Avenue
El Cajon’s America On Main Street will be on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which is also recognized as National Flag Day. The event will include American and ethnic foods, live entertainment on two stages, displays and more. For more information please call (619) 441-1754 or visit us online at www.cityofelcajon.us.
September 26, 2013 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon receives approximately $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds and $420,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Funds each year for housing and community development projects. The City invites the public to have input in how the City programs this money over the next five years.
September 26, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recognized California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Dane Norem with the 2012 Governor’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor for performing extraordinary acts of bravery on October 25, 2012.
While on duty, Officer Norem of the CHP’s Riverside Area office responded to a call of a potential suicidal subject attempting to jump off of a freeway overpass to the roadway below. Officer Norem arrived at the scene and observed an adult male climbing the overpass fence. While attempting to save the subject’s life by preventing him from jumping, Officer Norem was stabbed nine times, including in the eye, with a utility knife. Despite his injuries, and continually being stabbed, Officer Norem continued to hold onto the man’s leg until help arrived to take the man into custody.
September 26, 2013 (San Diego)-- County and local health officials will kick off the 2013 flu vaccination season and encourage everyone to get immunized. The San Diego Black Nurses Association will be offering 400 flu shots to adults 18 years or older for free on Friday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive in San Diego.
“We supported the renewable energy plan but we wanted it done in the right. The stakeholders advisory group is biased and stacked. It’s all industry…” – Donna Tisdale, Chair, Boulevard Planning Group
By Alex Riggins
September 26, 2013 (San Diego) – The County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Wednesday to approve a work plan for a comprehensive renewable energy plan. The plan includes options for creating an alternative to SDG&E such as a publicly owned utility district, as well as plans for the type, scale and location of energy development. A cost analysis and comparison of various energy options was removed, however.
The work plan will analyze ways in which the county can move forward with renewable energy options. It was approved unanimously after the Board heard public comments and deliberated for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning. The plan drew support from the energy industry and concerns from rural residents.
September 26, 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:
September 26, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
September 25, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law Assembly Bill 10, a measure that will raise California’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 starting July 1, 2014 and to $10 an hour on January 1, 2016.
“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” said Governor Brown. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”
AB 10 was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. The group’s website states that the bill will “will continue to increase costs on employers of all sizes, regardless of other economic factors or costs that California employers are struggling with to sustain their business.”
September 25, 2013 (San Diego) – Campus police have issued an alert for students following two thefts of cell phones at 3:30 this afternoon.
In one case, the suspects approached and asked to use the victim’s cell phone. The suspects started to dial the phone and then ran off with it. In the second case, the phone was taken by force. The suspects fled the scene in a white or champagne colored four-door sedan, possibly a Lexus. The victims were not injured.
September 25, 2013 (San Diego)--In a potentially race-changing move, the San Diego County Democratic Party last night voted to endorse Councilmember David Alvarez for San Diego Mayor.
This means two things for the young Councilmember. The party will now work for him and no other candidate, including walking precincts, phone banking and any mailings to party members.
On the eve of the Democratic Central Committee meeting, Alvarez released this video to tell his story. Raised in Barrio Logan, he has pledged to support social, economic and environmental justice. A former social worker and political activist, he is married with a young child and a second on the way.
September 25, 2013 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon's City Council has given a green light to getting rid of red light cameras, voting on Tuesday to shut them down permanently.
Back in February, El Cajon’s Council voted to temporarily halt using the city’s 10 Redflex red light cameras while a six month study was conducted to see if there was any impact on safety. The cameras have been covered up since February 27.
The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors who serve East County and South County communities, will host a class for realtors on real estate title, title insurance and social media from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon.