January 2014 Articles

BOOK REVIEW: ON TEACHING WELL MAKES THE GRADE FOR TEACHERS SEEKING TO IMPROVE SKILLS

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On Teaching Well: Using Classroom Instructional Strategies to Increase Your Teaching Effectiveness, by Dr. Dee L. Fabry (Ready or Not Press, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 2012).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

January 5, 2014 (San Diego)--Dee L. Fabry, Ph.D, along with 18 eighteen high school teachers in a graduate level course on effective teaching practice, shares their journey of improving the cognitive skills of students in Fabry’s groundbreaking book; On Teaching Well: Using Classroom Instructional Strategies to Increase Your Teaching Effectiveness.

The author, Associate Professor at National University, School of Education, Teacher Education Department in La Jolla, serves as the Master of Arts in Teaching Program Lead, teaching classroom teachers returning for their post graduate degrees. This makes her eminently qualified to lead these high school teachers in a graduate level course in effective teaching practice, which has resulted in this innovative book. Her research and scholarship is focused around improving teaching and student learning outcomes.


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL DINNER JANUARY 25

January 5, 2013 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner on Saturday, January 25 at the Allen Airways Flying Museum at Gillespie Field, 2020 North Johnson in El Cajon.  The museum is a private facility open by invitation only, housing an impressive collection of vintage airplanes and memorabilia including an aviation poster collection displayed at the Smithsonian. 

Cost is $125 per ticket.   For more information or reservations, visit www.eastcountychamber.org.


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ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN EL CAJON, THANKS TO TIPS FROM PUBLIC

 

January 5, 2014 (El Cajon ) -- El Cajon Police requested the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who was involved in two armed robberies that occurred on Monday December 30, 2013, Thursday January 2, 2014 and an attempted robbery on Wednesday January 1, 2014.

"Based on information received from tipsters and witnesses the suspect was located at an address in El Cajon," said Lt. Frank La Haye.  "The suspect was contacted as he was leaving an address on S. Magnolia.  After a brief foot chase he was apprehended without further incident in the 600 block of Van Houten Avenue."


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BRADY COMPANIES PLEDGE $3 MILLION TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY

 

January 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County Foundation reports it is halfway toward a goal of raising $8.9 million in donations that will be used to construct a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center and fund an endowment to operate both facilities.

Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director, reports he has commitments of $4.45 million, including a $3 million pledge from La Mesa residents Mary Alice and Ron Brady, founders of The Brady Companies, a San Diego-based construction firm.


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LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS BREAKFAST WITH SUPERVISOR JACOB JANUARY 21

 

January 4, 2014 - The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces that its first breakfast meeting of the year, with guest speaker Supervisor Dianne Jacob will be held on Tuesday, January 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Marie Callenderʼs restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120.

The public is welcome to attend, along with Chamber members, to hear from Supervisor Jacob, whose 2nd Supervisorial district includes 620,000 residents – the largest of San Diego County’s five supervisorial districts.


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A HEARTY RECOVERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Leon Thompson also contributed to this report

January 3, 2014 -- As many of you know, our cofounder of East County Magazine and our own "East County Eater" columnist Leon Thompson recently had open heart surgery to patch him up after years of indulgent eating clogged up his arteries.  Already a survivor of one heart attack, like many people in this situation, Leon was initially hesitant to undergo such a seemingly drastic procedure.

Five days after his operation, which wound up being a quintuple bypass, Leon  insisted that we bring our sound equipment to his room at Grossmont Hospital so that he won't miss a beat in recording for our radio show. For his return to the radio, we started out by interviewing Leon on his amazing recovery, which is an inspiration to anyone facing open heart surgery. 

Hear for yourself how energetic he's feeling - and how he's already setting the pace for walking a mile a day around the recovery ward.

This interview originally aired on our East County Magazine Show on KNSJ Radio:  http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/1x5gj5h5h7/Leon-HospitalInterviewPost-Surgery.mp3 .

(Note: You can also read Leon's "Heartfelt Message" to our readers, penned along with a review of hospital food just days before his surgery, here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/heartfelt-message)


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ENDANGERED BIGHORN SPOTTED IN MCCAIN VALLEY

 

January 2, 2014 (McCain Valley) -- While hiking in McCain Valley north of Sacatone Road on New Year's Day, Laurie Baker and her husband encountered these two Peninsular Bighorn rams.

"What a pleasant surprise!" Baker exclaimed of her New Year's discovery -- an important sighting, since the draft environmental impact statement for Iberdrola Renewables' planned Tule Wind project in McCain Valley concludes that wind turbines aren "located outside of critical habitat areas and will not have any detrimental impacts on sheep."

Finding proof of the endangered animals doesn't assure their protection, however.  When Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Express Wind Facility was approved, the project's environmental report similarly concluded that the site was not bighorn habitat.  When photos of a herd of bighorn on the project site were sent to then Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, he issued take permits allowing up to 10 bighorn ewes and lambs to be killed, allowing the project to proceed at the expense of this critically endangered species which is at risk of extinction, according to the Bighorn Institute.


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SPEAKING UP FOR WORKER JUSTICE: ELIZABETH MALDONADO ROBINSON SPEAKS JANUARY 5 IN LA MESA

 

By Mary Domb Mikkelson

January 2, 2014 (La Mesa) -- Have you ever had to take your break in a linen closet, sharing space with toxic chemicals and carts piled high with linens and cleaning supplies?   Had no place to sit and rest, no fresh air, no restroom, no access to food and water?


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NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS IN 2014

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2013 (Sacramento)--A flurry of new laws are slated to take effect in California in the New Year.  Here are a few of the new laws that could affect you, your family, or your business:


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FEINSTEIN SEEKS FIREFIGHTING PLANES FOR FOREST SERVICE

 

January 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--During the past ten years, the U.S. Forest Service’s fleet of firefighting planes has dropped from 44 aircraft to just eight planes.

Now California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein has added language into the Defense Bill that would double the current fleet size to 16 planes – still far short of a decade ago.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES LEASE NEGOTIATIONS WITH SHARP HEALTHCARE

 

January 2, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency that serves as landlord of Grossmont Hospital, has announced it is continuing negotiations with Sharp HealthCare to add another 30 years to its existing lease agreement for the operation of the La Mesa hospital.

The GHD board recently voted to finalize discussions with Sharp officials to extend the current 30-year lease, which was signed in 1991 and is scheduled to expire on May 30, 2021. The parties are discussing extending the lease to May 29, 2051.


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TAKE A QUIZ AND FEED A HUNGRY CHLID

 

By Miriam Raftery

It’s the season for peace, goodwill toward men.  But one out of every eight people in our world goes to bed hungry each night.  Yet the world actually produces enough food to feed all of the 7 billion people on earth.

So why are so many going hungry?


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SAN DIEGO STATE TO REMODEL LIBRARY OVER 15-20 YEAR PERIOD: COST $100 MILLION

 

By Jake Christie

December 29, 2013 (San Diego)--As a courtesy to the thousands of San Diego State University students who use Malcolm A. Love Library, the library administration recently held an open house of sorts to describe their plans for modernizing the Nixon-era structure-- plans that may take 20 years to finish and cost somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million. 

The presentation was held in the Leon Williams Room (fourth floor, Love Library) to an audience of 19 students and made by Stephanie Kingsnorth, an architect with Pfeiffer Partners Architects of Los Angeles.


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GOVERNOR PARDONS FIREFIGHTER WHO HELPED SAVE TEEN IN HARRIS FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Governor Jerry Brown granted a Christmas Eve pardon to a firefighter who saved a teenager’s life during the Harris Fire in Potrero after suffering serious burns herself.

Brooke Linman had been convicted of firearms, drug and theft charges almost 20 years ago, but straightened her life out and began working as a firefighter in 2001. In 2007, her Cal-Fire crew was sent to help save homes in Potrero, where they helped evacuate Richard Varshock and his father, Thomas Varshock, who had been trying to defend their home against the firestorm. But  the fire engine was overcome and caught fire, forcing them all  to race on foot through a wall of flames.


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ORION RISING, ANDROMEDA GALAZY ON HIGH: STAR PARTY AT MISSION TRAILS JANUARY 11

 

January 2, 2014 (San Diego) – You’re invited to a star party with Mission Trails Regional Park guide and resident astronomer George Varga on Saturday, January 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Moon is past First Quarter and waxing. Jupiter will be rising in the Eastern sky. Up for viewing are The Pleiades (Seven Sisters), the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) high overhead as well as the great Orion Nebula rising in the East.


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HISTORY ALIVE: NEW IMMIGRANTS TO LEMON GROVE LECTURE JAN. 9

 

January 2, 2014 (Lemon Grove) – Writer-teacher Estelle Lauer will discuss “New Immigrants to Lemon Grove: History Right Now.”  The event, sponsored by the Lemon Grove Historical Society as part of its History Alive series, will take place on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive in Lemon Grove.


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CHARGERS IN THE RUNINNG FOR SUPER BOWL

 

By Ed Barrena

January 1, 2014 (San Diego) -- The bolts are in!   The Chargers will have an opportunity to compete for the Super Bowl this year as the cards remarkably fell in their favor last weekend.  The playoff picture was stacked with six teams vying for four seats in the American Football League (AFC).

 With losses in the morning by Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, the Chargers only needed to win against the Kansas City Chiefs to secure the sixth seat. The Chiefs had already secured the AMC fifth seat and benched some starters, however it was a close game.


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POPE FRANCIS APPEALS FOR PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR

 

Pontiff named Time Magazine's Man of the Year

By Miriam Raftery

January 2014 (Rome)--On New Year’s Day at the Vatican, Pope Francis issued an impassioned plea for world peace.  He told the thousands of faithful gathered there that we are all part of the same human family, and we share a common destiny.

“This brings a responsibility for each to work so that the world becomes a community of brothers who respect each other, accept each other’s diversity, and takes care of one another,” the Pope said.

Then he did a remarkable thing.  Pope Francis laid aisde his prepared speech, and asked, “What is happening in the heart of man? What is happening in the heart of humanity?”  Deploring the violence in nations around the world, he said, “It’s time to stop.”


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U.S. CITIZEN DIES IN BORDER PATROL CUSTODY IN PINE VALLEY

 

January 1, 2013 (Pine Valley ) – Steven Brian Keith, 58, died in a holding cell on Christmas morning shortly after midnight  after being detained for possession of three pounds of marijuana at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Pine Valley.  A pipe with methamphetamine traces was also found in the trunk.

According to the County Medical Examiner, Keith was found unresponsive in his holdng cell. Paraemedics were summoned and CPR was initiated, but he failed to respond.


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SAN DIEGO AUTO SHOW ROARS INTO TOWN AT CONVENTION CENTER

Photo, left: Enduro Racer, world's first electric off-road racing vehicle

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos Tom and Nadin Abbott

January 1, 2014 (San Diego) --The San Diego Auto Show opened this morning in San Diego. With it came a slew of new and old offerings from multiple manufacturers. We talked safety, future tech and new releases with people who are in the industry.

The first surprise, at least for this reporter, was the Enduro Racer, the EV 1.1 that sat with the hybrid and electric vehicles. The obvious question is, what is an off road racing vehicle doing in the middle of this green technology?


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

January 1, 2014  (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

January 1, 2014 (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.

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

January 1, 2014 (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:

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: RED TAIL HAWK

 

January 2, 2013 (Santee) – Laurie Baker sent in this photo of a Red Tail Hawk eating an American Coot, also known as a mud hen. 

“Isn’t it beautiful?” Baker says of the raptor, photographed at Santee Lakes.


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ALPINE COUPLE’S HOME DESTROYED IN CHRISTMAS EVE FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 31, 2013 (Alpine) – Residents of Alpine are pulling together to help a young couple whose home on Arnold Way was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve.

Shara Halverson and her boyfriend, Sean Barrett were away visiting friends when their home caught fire.  They have no renters insurance and lost almost everything in the flames, though they are grateful for small miracles.


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STORES TIGHTEN UP GIFT EXCHANGE POLICIES

 

January 1, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Ho ho! So that sweater from Grandma is two sizes too small, or the video game you got isn’t working at all.

If you have gifts to return, be aware that some stores have moved up deadlines to return holiday gifts this year according to a survey by www.ConsumerWorld.com


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CPUC TO HOLD HEARING IN ALPINE FEB. 5 ON NEW "STEALTH" SDG&E POWER LINE PROJECT PROPOSED IN BACKCOUNTRY

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Judge to Decide Whether to Have Hearings on Nearly Half Billion Dollar SDG&E Power Line Project That Opponents Say Threatens Back Country Communities

January 31, 2014 (Alpine)--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a prehearing conference at 1:30 p.m. February 5 in the Oak Room of the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine regarding proposed SDG&E’s Master Special Use Permit project that wouldl impact communities throughout the San Diego backcountry from Pauma Valley to Potrero (north to south) and from Ramona to Boulevard (west to east). The project is so large that SDG&E estimates construction will take about five years. 

Administrative Law Judge Jean Vieth will determine if there will be full evidentiary hearings for this project or if this prehearing conference will be the only time the issues are heard. "In its application, SDG&E asked the CPUC for permission to construct this $418.5 million project without any hearings at all—their usual method of operation,"Backcountry Against Dumps, a nonprofit community organization, states in a press release.

Donna Tisdale, President of Backcountry against Dumps and Chair of the Boulevard Planning Group, voiced these concerns. “SDG&E’s project is being sold solely as fire-hardening but it appears to be an undisclosed stealth increase in carrying capacity that may directly or indirectly support numerous commercial solar projects that are already proposed along or near the route in Boulevard, Pine Valley, Descanso, Potrero, Julian, Ramona, and perhaps elsewhere that we are not yet aware of. Solar generation projects represent potential new fire ignition sources that cannot be de-energized during red flag wind events or other emergencies.”


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