February 2014 Articles

ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE AT THE LIBRARY?

 

By Jordan Schaffner

February 19, 2014 (San Diego) - A library would seem to be a safe haven for both children and adults who are looking for a quiet oasis to escape the crime and commercialism on the streets, to find refuge in a great read or to complete a project.


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PEOPLE'S BALL MARCH 15 TO SUPPORT KNSJ RADIO

 

February 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The 2014 Activist People's Ball will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 7:00PM at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. The extravaganza is a benefit for Activist San Diego and its newly-launched radio station KNSJ (Networking for Social Justice).


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CUYAMACA COLLEGE DEAN RECOUNTS CHALLENGES OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP

 

February 20, 2014 (El Cajon)– As an African-American college dean, Marsha Gable knew she was taking a risk focusing on the touchy topic of race in her doctoral dissertation in 2011.


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MISSING PERSON SOUGHT: HENRY CAMARENA

 

 

February 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--  Sheriff’s Deputies at the Rancho San Diego station ask public help to locate Henry Camarena, 38.  He has not been seen of heard from by family or friends since Sunday, February 16. 

Camarena has health issues and requires daily medication, said Detective Moore.  He may be driving a white 2013 Nissan Versa with California license late 6ZAF275.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

February 19, 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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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

February 19, 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:

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GROSSMONT BOARD RESOLVES TO RESTRICT MEMBERS’ RIGHTS; LEAVES QUESTION OF ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL UNANSWERED

 

By Sharon Penny

February 15, 2014 (El Cajon)--At the February 13 Grossmont Union High School District  (GUHSD) meeting, the Governing Board provided some recent positive outcomes in the district (see side story: Grossmont District Schools Shine Academically), but took a step back for democracy.

By a vote of 4-1, the Board adopted a resolution: “In Recognition of the Citizens’ Board Oversight Committee (CBOC) and Their Service to the Grossmont Union High School District.”  It  praises the District’s bond oversight committee-- but also aims to muzzle school board members from giving testimony to the oversight comittee.


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FOR THE BIRDS: LA MESA COUNCIL TO VOTE MARCH 25 ON LEGALIZATION OF CHICKEN OWNERSHIP

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 19, 2014 (La Mesa) –La Mesa residents may soon be able to raise chickens (though not roosters) in their backyards.  On Wednesday, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to allow one chicken for each 2,000 square feet, or three chickens for the average 6,000 square foot residential lot.  The proposed new ordinance must next be approved by the City Council, which is expected to hear the measure on March 25.


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ANTIQUES AND MORE AT KRISARAHS, NEW BOUTIQUE IN LAKESIDE

 

By Jessica Richmond

February 23, 2014 (Lakeside)- Nestled along Maine Street in Lakeside, Krisarahs shop opened its doors on November 29th to share heartwarming antique, vintage and collectible items, natural body care products and more.

Krisarahs, once a dream held by owner Nanci Lynn Hallahan, has turned into a reality this past year with operational help from her daughter, Sarah Espiritu. Nanci dedicated the store’s name, Krisarahs, to an amalgamation of her two daughters, Sarah and Kristasl Roque.


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WEST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION 3RD ANNUAL GALA & DANCE

 

February 19, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - West Hills High School Foundation invites community members and friends to its 3rd Annual Gala & Dance, the IDES OF MARCH: Sumptuous hors d'oeuvres with a no-host bar, dancing to the ever-popular RAMSHACKLE, premium auction items, and a new venue at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center.


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THE ATTORNEY'S CODE: WHO CAN PROBATE AN ESTATE?

 

By Stephen C. Ross, Esq.

February 19, 2014 (San Diego County) – Probate is a court-supervised process whereby a decedent’s (deceased person) real and/or personal property is located, its value determined, his or her final bills and taxes paid (if any) and any remaining assets are distributed to his or her beneficiaries and/or heirs.


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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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IF YOU GROW IT, THEY WILL COME

 

Public asked to plant Milkweed to save Monarch Butterflies;

Monsanto Roundup blamed for sharp demise in Monarch migration

By Grey Feathers

February 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Monarch butterflies in abundance filled the air and gardens in San Diego County for as long as anyone can remember.  These colorful butterflies migrate over 2,000 miles to winter in Southern California and Baja Mexico. The great mystery of how generations of Monarchs find their way south over such vast distances may never be known.

But this year, the numbers of Monarch butterflies reaching Mexico have reached an all time low—down an alarming 90 percent, the World Wildlife Fund has just announced, the Los Angeles Times reports.  How can this be?  One factor stands out: loss of Milkweed.


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STATE REPORT: ONLY A HANDFUL OF GOLDEN EAGLE NEST SITES REMAIN IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

 

Disturbing data suggests Golden Eagles appear on verge of extinction in our region

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –A state inventory of California’ rarest animals, birds and plants reveals that Golden Eagle populations have suffered a precipitous decline statewide, including here in San Diego County.  Statewide, only 141 element occurrences (eagle nests and foraging habitat) are listed in all of California. Locally, the inventory lists just 14 “occurrences” countywide—with only one nest remaining in East County.

“So much for Bittner’s estimates,” wildlife biologist Jim Wiegand with Save the Eagles International told ECM.  David Bittner is the so-called eagle expert hired by major energy companies to justify wind projects locally. Bittner was convicted in federal court and sentenced in August to charges of failing to file data reports with the federal government and illegal taking of an eagle.

Wiegand has previously estimated local nesting sites at 10--a fraction of Bittner's recent estimates.


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SILENT BIRD: ENGAGING FROM ITS PROVOCATIVE START TO RACING FINISH

 

 

Silent Bird by novelist Reina Lisa Menasche

Book review by Ariele Johannson

With podcast interview by editor Miriam Raftery on "East County Magazine Live!" radio show KNSJ 89.1 FM: Listen.

Silent Bird, a novel by Reina Lisa Menasche, could be remembered for its exotic French landscape and romance, or for its treatment of difficult subjects. Maybe it will be reread for its charming humor, an inner view of two young lovers moving too fast, or Pilar, the protagonist learning to adjust to a new culture with its linguistic challenges. There are great descriptions of the meeting of two divergent cultures through the budding and then continually strengthening relationship of Pilar and her lover.

It could also be remembered for its irresistible combination of all of these, but it will be remembered.


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BORDER PATROL AGENT SHOOTS, KILLS MAN AFTER BEING STRUCK IN FACE BY A ROCK

 

Updated February 24, 2014 with identities of agent and suspect

February 18, 2014 (Otay)—A U.S. Border Patrol agent who was struck by a thrown rock shot and killed Jesus Flores-Cruz, 43 , who died at the scene.  The shooting occurred at 6:40 this morning in the White Cross area of the Otay Mountain Range. The identity of the deceased, who sustained two gunshot wounds, was confirmed by comparing fingerprints from a 1996 arrest by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

According to San Diego Sheriff Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannatonio, the agents were attempting to detain a group of suspected illegal aliens.  “The two agents were out of sight of each when one of the agents was struck in the face by a rock thrown by one of the suspects. Fearing for his safety, the agent fired,” he said, adding that the agent suffered minor injuries.


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REPURPOSING SPREADS LIKE RIPPLES IN WATER

 

By Sharon Ann Hamilton

February 16, 2014 (San Diego)--What would you do if you realized that in San Diego County alone, about 225,500,000 pounds of textiles are purchased every year and only 15% are resold, repurposed, or recycled?  Fully 85% end up in landfills.


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THE DEMISE OF LOCAL MEDIA: WHAT IF WE SOON HAVE NO NEWSPAPERS LEFT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--As a journalist, I find it disturbing to see the high number of East County media outlets that have closed their doors, slashed content, or sold out to a corporate conglomerate in recent months.  Those remaining are struggling amid a culture of readers that increasing are failing to support the important job of news gathering that is so critical for our democracy—not to mention keeping you informed of breaking news, emergencies and events in your community.


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POLITICAL REFLECTIONS COLUMN: THE BIONIC MAYOR

 

By Mark Gabrish Conlan • for East County Magazine, www.eastcountymagazine.org

February 19, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - There’s an old saying, variously attributed to the Greek fabulist Aesop and the Roman poet Horace, that “the mountain labored and brought forth a mouse.” Last February 11, after a six-month campaign, the special election for Mayor of San Diego labored and brought forth Kevin Faulconer. Actually, it wasn’t the proverbial mountain; it was the Republican Party and the “independent” Lincoln Club of San Diego County, who essentially took the raw material of Kevin Faulconer and used him as a chassis on which to build a bionically perfect mayoral candidate for the San Diego electorate c. 2014: modishly liberal on the “social issues” and business-friendly, pro-developer and anti-labor without being as obstreperously obnoxious about it as the last Republican Mayoral candidate, Carl DeMaio.


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GROSSMONT DISTRICT SCHOOLS SHINE ACADEMICALLY

 

By Sharon Penny

February 17, 2014 (El Cajon)--Ralf Swenson, Superintendent of the Grossmont Unified High School District (GUHSD) proudly discussed recent academic success rates throughout the district’s 11 high schools at last week’s board meeting.


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A "FOWL" CRASH BLOCKS HIGHWAY 94 IN DU LZURA

 

February 17, 2014 (Dulzura)– A semi-truck carrying an estimated 1,000 chickens rolled over, then burst into flames that have spread to a tree. The semi is blocking the roadway at 16895 State Route 94 near Campbell Ranch Road, close to the Dulzura Post Office. Chickens are reportedly running loose, the California Highway Patrol website indicates. 

A Sig Alert has been issued and the semi driver is injured. Avoid this area.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: DEEMED APPROVED ORDINANCE FEE IN EL CAJON

 

By Mary Wang

February 17, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Last fall, the City of El Cajon passed a Deemed Approved Ordinance (DAO) in an attempt to resolve some of the alcohol-related issues many business owners and residents have been experiencing over the years in our community.


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PASSAGES: WOMAN, 80, IN WHEELCHAIR KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY 80 IN JACUMBA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2014 (Jacumba) – An 80-year-old woman in a motorized wheelchair crossing Old Highway 80 in Jacumba was struck and killed by a white van turning onto the highway at 6:38 p.m. last night. The victim, Jimmie Dyampert Genet of Jacumba, died at the scene.

“Jimmie was a larger than life character who was liked by everyone,” said Danielle Cook, a Jacumba resident.  “I used to see her in the pools at the spa or rolling down the road towards the store and Post Office. She will be missed.”


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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR

February 17, 2014 (San Diego) – Below are highlights of events for readers and writers countywide for the last half of February. For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org


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SANTEE MOM, STARBUCKS WORKER BRAIN DEAD FROM MENINGITIS

 

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

February 17, 2014 (Santee) – Jackie Billings, mother of three, has been declared brain dead from meningitis, 10 News reports.  She worked at a Santee Starbucks and had been fighting the flu for a couple of weeks before being admitted to Sharp Memorial Hospital, her husband told 10 News.

Twelve hours later, the meningitis had spread to her spine and left her brain dead, though she remains on life support so that her organs may be donated.


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MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS OPPOSE SOITEC SOLAR PROJECTS, WARN OF PERMANENT ECOLOGICAL HARM

 

Anza Borrego Foundation calls for halt to fast-tracking of all major energy projects;

Cleveland National Forest Foundation says EIR violates CEQA, fails to examine less harmful alternatives such as rooftop solar

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The Anza Borrego Foundation (ABF) and a law firm representing  the Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF) have submitted comments warning of dire consequences from Soitec Solar’s proposed massive solar projects in the  Boulevard community.  Both urge the County to put the brakes on the proposed projects, which they warn would cause irreparable harm to wildlife and ecosystems not only in rural Boulevard, but in Anza Borrego State Park and Cleveland National Forest.


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HERO PACE REACHES SAN DIEGO, MOST OF CALIFORNIA

 

By Roy L Hales

February 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - A little more than two years since it was launched in Riverside County, the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Financing program is on the verge of an expansion that will take it into 70% of California’s population.


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FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: HOME SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--“On average 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits occur annually, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Firefighters and Paramedics respond to thousands of accidents every day.”

Follow some of these tips to help prevent accidents in your home:


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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WALLS RISE TO PROTECT MOTORISTS

 

Photos by Eldonna Lay and Meghan M. Lay

February 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Motorists along Fuerte Drive at Mt. Helix drive and on Chase Avenue near Fuerte in the unincorporated areas of the County will soon be safer, thanks to two new retaining walls under construction.  The walls are being built to halt erosion of enbankments and rockslides onto the roadways below.


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BURGLARY SUSPECT BUSTED IN RAMONA

 

February 14, 2014 (Ramona)—Matilda Abaez, 42, has been arrested after residents found her inside a neighbor’s garage and called  for help.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress shortly before 2 p.m. today in the 200 block of Kalbaught Street, Ramona.


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