October 2013 Articles

EARLY VOTING BEGINS FOR NEW SAN DIEGO MAYOR

 

October 22, 2013 (San Diego) – Voters in the City of San Diego began casting their ballots for a new mayor Monday.

The Special Municipal Election will fill the vacancy left after Bob Filner resigned.

The Registrar of Voters (ROV) office opened its doors for the first ballots at 8 a.m. Monday morning and will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Election Day, Nov. 19, when the hours will change to 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. As expected for a first day, the turnout has been light.

ARRESTS MADE IN SPRING VALLEY HOME INVASION

 

October 21, 2013 (Spring Valley )—Two suspects are in custody in connection with  home invasion robbery in Spring Valley.   Michael Colace, 46, and Terri Franck, 39,  are accused of robbery, residential burglary, auto theft, false imprisonment, kidnapping, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

READER’S EDITORIAL: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SDG&E’S PROPOSAL FOR CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

 

By Cindy Buxton, Chair, Forest Committee of the San Diego Sierra Club

 

“This is the general “neck of the woods” of the famous Cedar Creek Falls and Three Sisters Waterfall… We are hoping for universal outcry to insist that all parties, SDG&E, the CPUC, and the USFS will embrace this as the golden opportunity to evolve community safety and environmental integrity forward.” – Cindy Buxton

October 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) sent out its request for scoping on SDG&E’s Master Permit renewal.  The comment period is through November 7th.   Document links are provided at the end of this editorial.

The Forest Service, in an attempt to consistently and effectively manage wilderness and wilderness-like portions of their Forest, recommends moving the 626 69kV line that runs up Boulder Creek Road out of these fragile areas and makes this suggestion along with a mile or so wide corridor for study where portions of the line could be moved. But there more to this proposal than meets the eye.

PUBLIC MEETINGS TUES. & WED. ON SDG&E PROPOSAL IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST AND NEARBY PROPERTIES

October 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Two scoping meetings are planned this week in Julian and Alpine  for the public to obtain information and voice views on a proposal by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)  that includes Cleveland National Forest lands.  SDG&E wants to combine over 70 existing special use permits for electric facilities in the forest into one Master Special Use Permit.  In addition, SDG&E wants to replace some power lines and distribution liens both inside and outside the forest  including fire hardening, relocation and undergrounding of certain facilities.

Areas impacted include the vicinity of Descanso, Campo, Pauma Valley, Santa Ysabel, and Warner Springs.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: SUPERVISORS WEIGH INCREASING OUTREACH TO RURAL VETERANS AFTER ECM INVESTIGATION

Highlights of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and San Diego agenda items for this week

Update October 24, 2013:  Supervisors unanimously approved the feasibility study on bringing veterans' services to libraries countywide.

By Miriam Raftery

County Supervisors and local city councils have several significant measures on their agendad impacting East County this week.

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., Supervisors will hear a proposal by Supervisor Dianne Jacob to extend the county’s outreach to veterans. This proposal is being introduced in response to an East County Magazine investigation that found a lack of County veterans’ services in rural East County. 

Supervisor Jacob’s proposal asks the County’s Chief Executive Office to report back in 120 days on the feasibility of using county libraries for veterans services, which would add 34 additional locations for  County Veterans Services representatives to meet with veterans.

DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH: RECIPE FOR ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS

 

October 21, 2013 (San Diego) – Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans, and an additional 79 million are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Eating a diet low in sodium, refined carbohydrates, and added sugars is an important step in the prevention of diabetes. The ADA recommends limiting processed foods and satisfying your sweet tooth with low calorie sweeteners.

READER'S EDITORIAL: A WAKEUP CALL

 

 

By Dave Patterson, Ramona

This is a wakeup call for everyone that assumes that our jobs and pensions are secure, and that we will be taken care of in our elder years.  The fact is that our leadership has bankrupted the nation and we are mostly to blame because of our apathy.

Starting in 1990 I was waving the red flag regarding the National Debt, then $2,000 per capita.  No one was worried because it was such a small percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), and besides Ronald Reagan had said, “Deficits don’t matter.”

The crooks and liars gave the green light to the banks and investment firms that proceeded to gamble our wealth and lose it.  Now the debt is almost as large as the debt accumulated after WWII, and we have a government that is so big no one wants to deal with it.  Our politicians have failed us and now they are saying that Social Security is on the chopping block.  Like our other pensions, they have spent it all into oblivion.

READER'S EDITORIAL: WE GRIEVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editor's note: We received this editorial  from a Canadian reader in response to our coverage of the Ocotillo Wind Energy Project's impacts on our local desert and the people of Octoillo. 

By Catherine Bayne, Bayniche Conservancy

We grieve for you and yours, for the desert, the world and for the future.  The wind war stories are fundamentally the same from everywhere, the disillusionment pervasive.  

How could corruption of such magnitude flourish under the UN? We forgot that, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"

MEXICAN JUDGE ORDERS NO COMMERCIAL DISTRIBUTION OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

 

By Nadin Abbott

October 20, 2013 (San Diego) The 12th District Judge for Civil Matters in Mexico City has ordered no further commercial distribution of genetically modified (GMO) corn for the moment. The Judicial order temporarily prohibits “the suspension of permits, release and pilot field studies and commercialization of transgenic corn.”  

The judge cited “risk of imminent harm to the environment” as the basis for his ruling, which bans multinational corporations such as Monsanto from releasing GMO corn into the Mexican countryside as long as lawsuits filed by citizens, farmers, scientists and other groups are working their way through the court system.

Health Impact News reports that Mexico has over 100 varieties of corn threatened by GMO crops from the U.S.  Since 2001, studies have found Mexico’s native corn has been contaminated by GMO strains such as Monsanto’s Round-up Ready corn, which contains an herbicide spliced into the seed, Food First has reported.

RAY LUTZ SETTLES SUIT WITH CITY OF SAN DIEGO OVER VOTING REGISTRATION ARREST

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2013– Former Congressional candidate Ray Lutz of El Cajon was arrested in November 2011 for attempting to register voters at the Civic Cente Plaza downtown.  This week, Lutz announced he has entered into a settlement with the City in which his arrest record will be expunged and the City will agree not to arrest people in the future for peaceful political activity in public spaces of private property.

"Our goal was to send a clear message and require that the city admit they were wrong. This is about as close to an admission of guilt you can get from the city. We want to make sure this never happens again,” said Lutz.

MINOR DECOYS DEPLOYED IN "SHOULDER TAP" OPERATION AT LOCAL ALCOHOL RETAILERS

 

October 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – On October 17, a shoulder-tap operation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to see if retail outlets are illegally selling alcohol to minors in Santee, Alpine, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and unincorporated El Cajon.

Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Agents from Alcohol Beverage Control, and three minor decoys conducted a "Minor Decoy" and "Shoulder Tap" Operation at various locations in the East County. The operation involved minors who tested "on-sale" and "off-sale" establishments. The minor decoys tested retailers and servers at a number of locations in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages inside their establishments. Three employees sold alcohol to the decoys.

ZACK GIANINO SWORN IN AS NEW GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT STUDENT TRUSTEE

 

October 20, 2013 (El Cajon) -- Zack Gianino, who was installed Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, as a student trustee on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board, describes himself as a man who is “strongly against apathy.”

“I do as much as I can to combat it,” said Gianino, 20, who also serves as vice president of the Associated Students of Grossmont College.

SDSU CRIME ALERT

 

October 20, 2013 (San Diego) – On October 15 at 8:54 p.m., two suspects robbed a victim of a backpack, cell phone and wallet at Pontiac Street and Rockford Drive near San Diego State University’s campus. 

According to campus police, one suspect approached the victim from the front while the second suspect approached from behind and demanded the victim’s property.  The suspects then fled west on foot towards Rockford Drive.  A small black sedan was seen leaving the area and may have been involved.  

A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR: RAMONA MAN BRINGS FANTASY TO LIFE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2013 (Ramona) – At the Tournament of the Phoenix in Poway this weekend, Ramona resident Jeffrey Hedgecock is one of six competitors from around the world vying for glory in a global jousting competition.  These armored competitors joust with real weapons—unlike the mock battles at Renaissance fairs.  The action takes place October 18-20 at the Poway Rodeo Grounds.

“This is an honest competition, a true competition. It’s not staged; it’s not fake,” noted Hedgecock, who makes his living as an armor maker and has won several international competitions, most recently in France.  The  Tournament features medieval sporting competitions as well as a living history encampment, vendors, food and more.

PICNIC WITH THE PARROTS: OCT. 27 IN JAMUL

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 19, 2013 (Jamul) – SoCal Parrot, the only local nonprofit which rescues wild parrots in our region, invites the public to  “Picnic with the Parrots” on October 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will be held at the SoCal Parrot Sanctuary and Garden, 3621 Hidden Ridge Road in Jamul.

Activities include tours, wild parrot aviary viewing,  meet the SoCal parrot ambassadors, a petting zoo, koi pond feeding,  harvest festival and pumpkin carving.  A silent auction and raffles will also be held.  The event also features guest speakers.  Box lunches can be purchased or bring your own picnic. The event costs $15 per adult, $10 per child, or $40 per family.

WHOOPING COUGH CASE AT HELIX IN LA MESA

October 18, 2013 (San Diego) --  A 15-year-old student at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa has contracted whooping cough.  The disease was also reported at three other schools in San Diego County this week. Countywide, 202 cases have been reported so far this year – up from 127 cases for the same period last year, or roughly a 50 percent increase.

REPAVING CAUSES LONG-TERM TRAFFIC DELAYS IN JAMUL, HIGHLIGHTS HIGHWAY HAZARDS POSED BY PROPOSED CASINO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Residents in Jamul are voicing concerns over a repaving project along State Route 94 that is causing dangerous conditions and delays of up to a half hour. Multiple sources have advised ECM that no warning signs are posting to warn motorists that traffic has been reduced to one lane. The delays are projected to continue through January. 

Kim Hamilton, editor of the Deerhorn Valley Antler, says the current situation may be just a precursor of traffic congestion that could occur if a proposed  casino at the Jamul Indian Casino is built. Already,  State Route 94 has a fatality rate per mile that is nearly six times the countywide average—before any casino is built.

BRUSH FIRE DOUSED ALONG I-8

 

October 18, 2013 (El Cajon) – A brush fire east of the El Cajon Boulevard offramp on Interstate 8 in El Cajon burned a half-acre yesterday. Heartland Fire and Rescue crews from El Cajon and La Mesa responded at 11:30 a.m., finding the fire slowly climbing an embankment near the freeway. Crews put the fire out in less than ten minutes. Trolley service was temporarily stopped as a precaution.

The cause of the fire has been listed as undetermined due to numerous possible ignition sources found along the embankment, such as lighters and cigarettes. In addition, there was a large amount of vegetation and numerous homeless encampments in this area.

RAMONA GIRL, 5, RUN OVER BY MOM IN FATAL ACCIDENT

October 18, 2013 (Ramona) – Bella Noble, A 5-year-old Ramona girl has died of injuries sustained when her mother, 42, accidentally backed over the child. The tragedy happened at 5:20 p.m. yesterday in the family's driveway on Carnation Road in Ramona, when the mother was backing her Chevrolet Astro van out to visit a friend. 

According to the CHP, the child ran behind the vehicle.

“The mother lost sight of her daughter and felt a bump at the rear of her vehicle and realized she may have struck her child.  Not realizing she had run over her daughter, she pulled forward and struck her child a second time,” said CHP Officer Tommy Doerr.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE STATIONS HOLD OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY

October 18, 2013 (San Diego's East County ) -- San Miguel Fire District will hold two Open House events on Saturday October 19, 2013 in Spring Valley and El Cajon. The larger event will be at Station 15 in Spring Valley, a smaller event will be at station 18 for Crest and Bostonia Residents. Both events will run from 1 0 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Firefighters will interact with residents, provide station and Apparatus tours and provide tons of Safety information. Station 15 will include the use of a Children’s Fire Safety Trailer, for home safety and evacuation lessons, fire extinguisher training and much more.

The station locations are:

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE’S SPOOKTACULAR GUIDE TO HALLOWEEN AND HARVEST FUN

                                                                                                                                                    

By Ariele Johannson

Our handy guide will help you find fall festivities and family fun throughout our inland region, from pumpkin patches to harvest events to “haunting” Halloween happenings.

If you have a pumpkin patch, fall parade, or harvest festival event that you would like to have added to our guide, please email ariele@eastcountymagazine.org. Please verify information with the event before heading out.

MAN IN BLOODY CRIME MASK ROBS 7-11 IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – It was no laughing matter when a man in a bloody clown mask walked into a 7-11 store on Amaya in La Mesa at 4:34 a.m. yesterday morning.  The suspect, armed with a gun and mace, ordered a clerk to lie down on the ground, then robbed the store of cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets.  A search was conducted but the suspect remains at large.

The man wore a blue sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves, and black and white  tennis shoes along with the mask.  He is 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.

READER’S EDITORIAL: REP. DUNCAN HUNTER’S LACK OF AWARENESS

By Hugh Moore, Treasurer, San Diego County Green Party

Oct. 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- I received the attached response to my letter asking my representative, Duncan Hunter,  to vote in favor of a resolution to keep the government open and prevent a default on the debt of the United States.

My representative’s response was that he had voted against the resolution stating that it “fails to address some of the most serious issues facing this nation.” So what are those serious issues?

NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT LESTER BANGS SET TO SCREEN AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE OCT. 22

 

October 17, 2013 (El Cajon) -- A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs is a new documentary film about legendary music journalist and former San Diegan Lester Bangs. Grossmont College's Creative Writing Program will sponsor a special screening of the film at its annual Lester Bangs Memorial Reading, on Tuesday October 22, 2013 in Room 220 (Building 26).  This event will be free and open to the public.

READER’S EDITORIAL: OCOTILLO WIND ENERGY FACILITY-- I AM A RESIDENT

By Parke Ewing

“Our desert home is not really a home any longer, it is just a place to fight wind turbine syndrome, since the turbines crank out profits for huge investment companies and CEO's get big bonuses while the uninformed public is forced to subsidize and allow production tax credits for a wind industry that could care less about renewable energy.  Profit is the name of the game here.”—Parke Ewing

October 17, 2013 (Ocotillo) --I am a resident, another citizen forced to live adjacent to an Industrial Wind Turbine Facility.  The Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility consists of 112 Siemens 2.3-108 wind turbines, the nacelles are 262.5 feet high, the very tip of a turbine blade at 12 o'clock measures 438' above the desert floor.  This hideous project was approved and constructed by Pattern Energy surrounding the community of Ocotillo, California, which according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is designated as a "Marginal Wind Resource" area.

SANTEE COUNCIL VOTES TO APPROVE ANNEXATION OF CASTLEROCK

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By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2013 (Santee) – Santee’s City Council has voted to allow annexation of the controversial Castlerock Development project, meaning the land will be transferred from San Diego to Santee.  Pardee Homes plans to build 283 single family homes, 147 multi-family dwellings and a public park at the project. 

The Council has fought to oppose Castlerock on the boundary of Santee and San Diego, but the City of San Diego approved it.  Unable to block the project, Santee’s Council decided to allow annexation so that developer fees and property taxes from the new homes will be paid to Santee. In turn, Santee will provide services as fire protection.

SERIES OF OCTOBER EVENTS HIGHLIGHT WESTERNS AND LIFE OF ANZA-BORREGO'S MARSHAL SOUTH

 

Rider South, son of Marshal South, is making a very rare appearance in southern California from October 21-30 at several venues including San Diego, El Cajon, Ramona, Julian, Escondido, Oceanside, Borrego Springs, and Palm Desert to talk about his father as a writer and an artist and to celebrate the publication of two of Marshal South’s western novels originally published 70 years ago. The two novels have the Anza-Borrego desert area as the setting for the stories, incorporating local legendry and desert places that Marshal South new well.

After an introduction about the South family and their experiment in primitive living, Rider will answer questions about this very unusual family and its 17-year sojourn on waterless Ghost Mountain. For an event schedule, scroll down or go to:

http://www.sunbeltbook.com/calendar/calendar.

CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK: MEETING ON GENERAL PLAN NOVEMBER 12

 

October 17, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--California State Parks (CSP) invites you to the third public meeting for the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park General Plan. The primary purpose of the meeting is to receive your thoughts, ideas and concerns about the Preferred Alternative Plan and General Plan proposals which will be presented at the meeting.  View the agenda here

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marriott San Diego Mission Valley Cabrillo Room, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego 92108.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

October 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:

U.S.

Global

For excerpts and links to full stories, scroll down.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

October 17, 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:

Local

State

For excerpts and links to full stories, click "read more" and scroll down.

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