May 2014 Articles

MEDIEVAL BATTLES TAKE STAGE IN POTRERO MAY 24-25

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2014 (Potrero) – Relive the days of chivalry this weekend at Potrero County Park, where the Society for Creative Anachronism will stage a medieval battle May 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to sunset.  This visit to the Barony of Calafia is a free event with vendors, staged fighting events, and instruction. Visitors are invited to wear period attire to fit in with the festivities. 

 The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

BARKITECTURE BASH 2014 FEATURES ANIMAL HOUSE AUCTION JUNE 1

 

By Peggy Buffo

May 22, 2014 (El Cajon)—ACES, the El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services Fooundation,  is holding “Barkitecture 2014”, an animal house auction on  June 1st at O’s American Kitchen, Parkway Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m. The Aces Foundation is a  501c3 formed to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS WITH COUNTY ASSESSOR/RECORDER/CLERK ERNEST DRONENBURG & CHALLENGER SUSAN GUINN

 

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Ernest Dronenburg and Susan Guinn interviews:  https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au...

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego County’s Assessor/Recorder/Clerk is responsible for deciding whether or not you can reassess your property to lower your taxes.   The job also includes marrying couples and providing public records such as marriage, birth and death certificates.  This week, East County Magazine interviewed incumbent Ernest Dronenburg and challenger Susan Guinn , a consumer advocate/attorney, during our show on KNSJ.

Dronenberg, former Chairman of the state Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board, defends his record and says his office has high customer satisfaction ratings.

Guinn contends San Diego County has among the worst rates in the state for unresolved property tax assessment appeals.  She also faults Dronenburg for filing a challenge seeking to avoid conducting gay marriages after Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional. 

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MODERATE REPUBLICAN TONY TEORA CHALLENGES ASSEMBLYMAN BRIAN JONES

Hear East County Magazine’s interview with  Tony Teora: http://kiwi6.com/file/xtdo52vum0 (new link)

By Trevor Hill and Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- - In the 71st Assembly District encompassing most of East County,  Republican Tony Teora is running against Republican incumbent Brian Jones.

There is no Democrat on the ballot (though Democrat Howard Katz has launched a write-in campaign). While Jones takes far-right conservative stances across the board, Teora takes a moderate position on fiscal issues and voices progressive views on social issues and climate change, providing a clear choice for voters.

CITY HEIGHTS PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO REACHING GOALS

 

Hear a podcast of our radio interview on KNSJ with Tad Parzen, City Heights Partnership:

https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au...

By Janis Russell

May 22, 2014 (City Heights)- The mission of the City Heights Partnership for Children, which has been in existence since 2011, is for young people to emerge as adults with the skills to succeed in college or a career and enter adulthood as productive members of the community. From preparing children to kindergarten to saving youngster's vision and even lives, the Partnership is attracting national attention for its successes.

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LATINO POLICYMAKERS CONVERGE AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN SAN DIEGO JUNE 26-28

 

 

Largest gathering of Latino policymakers in nation: speakers include CA Gov. Jerry Brown, CA Attorney General Kamala Harris and Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora

 

May 22, 2014 (San Diego) – Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and less than five months before the upcoming midterm elections, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will assemble the largest gathering of Latino policymakers in the country for NALEO’s 31st annual conference June 26-28 at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.

This year’s conference will feature more than 1,000 Latino public officials and supporters from communities across the country.  Conference participants will join policy leaders for panel discussions on various issues on the national agenda, including immigration reform, education (with an emphasis on STEM), healthcare, voting rights, Latina political leadership, U.S.-Mexico bi-national issues, water, pensions and an in-depth overview of the influence of Latinos in the upcoming midterm elections.  The program will also include a track specifically designed for newly elected officials.

In addition, national leaders will join NALEO for a special plenary on June 26 that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by addressing the evolution and future of the civil rights movement for Latinos and all Americans. 

MEET PADRES LEGENDS AT SYCUAN MAY 24

 

May 22, 2014 (Dehesa)—Visitors to the Sycuan Casino on Saturday, May 24 will have an opportunity to meet San Diego Padres’ 1984 World Series players-- and have a chance to win the grand prize:  a road trip for two to Chicago to watch the Padres take on the Cubs.

The event takes place Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m.  Tickets will be distributed starting at 10 a.m. in the casino’s front lobby. The first 200 people are guaranteed to meet the players.

A free commemorative signed photo plus Padres baseball caps will also be given away, while supplies last.

SDSU POLICE WARN OF STRONG-ARM ROBBERY

 

May18, 2014 (San Diego) – Last night at 9:28 p.m., three unknown male suspects robbed and assaulted a victim while he was attempting to place his backpack and skateboard into his vehicle’s trunk.   The victim resisted the theft and was kicked and punched by the suspects, who fled on foot westbound on Hardy Avenue with the victim’s property.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

May 22, 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

For excerpts and full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

HEAR AUTHOR PEGGY SNYDER DISCUSS HER BOOK, THE TEN MINUTE COGNITIVE WORKOUT

 

May 23, 2014 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche recently interviewed local author Peggy Snyder regarding her book, The Ten Minute Cognitive Workout,  on KNSJ.

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BOATERS ASKED TO HELP FIGHT SPREAD OF INVASIVE QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSELS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

East County News Service

May 22, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--California agencies fighting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels urge boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend. The mussels have been found in numerous lakes in San Diego and East County, among other California locations: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/mollusks/zebramussel/maps/CaliforniaDreissenaMap.jpg

People who launch vessels at any body of water are subject to watercraft inspections and are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their motorized and non-motorized boats, including personal watercraft, and any equipment that comes into contact with the water before and after recreating at a waterway.

7 TIPS FOR JOB-SEEKING GRADUATES

Education and healthcare are among the top five job sectors that will hire the most new graduates this year.
 
By Natalia Elko, SDSU News Center
 
May 22, 2014 (San Diego)--This year, San Diego State University is sending nearly 9,300 
graduates into the workforce. Though James Tarbox, executive director of SDSU’s Career 
Services, is optimistic about the job market the Class of 2014 is heading into, he has some advice 
on what new graduates should keep top of mind.

ANIMAL SERVICES RESCUES DOZENS OF ANIMALS FROM WILDFIRES

 

May 22, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Nearly all the animals rescued by the County Department of Animal Services during the recent wildfires are back home with their owners.  Animal Services rescued more than 50 animals when fires broke out across our region last week. In all six cats, four goats, 18 dogs, 21 horses, an emu and a bird were taken in to the department’s care. Only three cats remain. Animal Control officers also helped a couple dozen owners evacuate their horses to locations other than the shelters. Officers evacuated between 40 and 50 head of cattle from just one ranch alone.

CAUCUS WANTS MORE FUNDING FOR MOMS AND KIDS

 

By Lori Abbott, California News Service

May 22, 2014 (Sacramento) -- Budget negotiations will begin soon, and many of California's female lawmakers want to make sure the state's spending plan does a better job of helping women and children.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 22, 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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COUNTY LAUNCHES RECOVERY ASSISTANCE HOTLINE AND EMAIL ADDRESS

"Update: San Marcos Office Closed"

May 21, 2014 (San Diego)--Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires can get help from the County in person and now via a recovery assistance hotline and email address, too.

CPUC CHAIR CURSES AT RATEPAYERS’ ADVOCATE MIKE AGUIRRE, REFUSES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON SECRET SETTLEMENT TALKS WITH ENERGY COMPANY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2014 (San Francisco) –“I’m not here today to answer any of your goddamn questions. Shut up, shut up!” California Public Utilities Chairman Michael Peevey shouted at former City Attorney Mike Aguirre during a videotaped evidentiary hearing on the $3.3 billion settlement over the closed San Onofre nuclear facility. Aguirre had asked Peevey to confirm secret meetings with Southern California Edison representatives, accusing Peevey and Mike Florio of “collusion.” 

Aguirre asked that SCE president Ronald Litzinger be required to confirm if his SCE stock rose $160,000 days after the settlement was allowed, but Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling refused to require that the question be answered.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES SPEAK AT REPUBLICAN/TEA PARTY EVENT IN LAKESIDE

 

By Nadin Abbott

May 19, 2012 (Lakeside)—The East County Cailfornia Republican Assembly  and the Lakeside Tea Party sponsored a joint event tonight at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post in Lakeside. The event had three Congressional candidates for three different districts, the 50th, 52nd, and 53rd.

SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND CAREER: COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN LANGUAGE ARTS K - 5, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD

 

 

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Every Child in America deserves a world-class education. Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success. America was once the best-educated nation in the world. A generation ago, we led all nations in college completion, but today, ten countries have passed us. The issue is not that their students are smarter than ours. It is that these countries are being smarter about how to educate their students. And the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.

We must do better. Together we must achieve a new goal, that by 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college completion. We must raise the expectations for our students, our schools, and ourselves – this must be a national priority. We must ensure that every student graduate from high school well prepared for college and a career. -- President Barack Obama (2010), 44th President of the United States

“A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act”

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS, EVENTS & ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEK

 

By Ariele Johannson

May 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s  Destination East County includes many outdoor activities from hiking and fishing to car shows, festivals and outdoor movies! Memorial Day activities are included and two local theatre groups have final weekend performances.

INSURANCE INFO FOR FIRE SURVIVORS

 

May 18, 2014 (San Diego) – Senator Joel Anderson’s office has provided a helpful list of insurer claim contacts for those who lost homes, businesses or property, or suffered damage as a result of the past week’s firestorms in San Diego County. In addition, Senator Anderson’s office has provided links to information on how to conduct a home inventory, tips for homeowners and renters on dealing with a YouTube 10-minute evacuation challenge.  Click read more and scroll down for details.

NURSE HONORED FOR SAVING BABY FROM BURNING CAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 17, 2014 (La Mesa) – A Kaiser Hospital nurse who rescued a baby and helped save the driver of a burning car in La Mesa has been honored for her actions at the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Awards ceremony held on May 15th.

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION MAY 26 AT ALPINE VETERANS WALL OF HONOR

 

May 18, 2014 (Alpine)—A flyover by the Buecker Squadron’s World War II biplanes will be a highlight at the 4th annual memorial Day Celebration at the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

IS CALIFORNIA'S 'MONOPOLY PROTECTION ACT' A RESURRECTION OF PROP 16?

ACLU REPORT FINDS RACIAL PROFILING BY SDPD

 

May 18, 2014 (San Diego)--A new report issued by the American Civil Liberties Union reveals a pattern of racial profiling in vehicle stops by San Diego Police officers.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: MAKE IT MEMORABLE!

 

By Chief Sam DIGiovanna

May 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--While next Monday we will be remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, Memorial Day can be thought of as one of the most important holidays in the U.S.  Observed annually every last Monday of May, people usually take some time off from their work and other activities to reflect on the significance of this all-important celebration and enjoy many outdoor activities and events.  Make this Memorial day memorable by following some of these safety tips.

USAA RECOGNIZES VALUE OF FIREWISE PROGRAM TO HELP PROTECT CALIFORNIA NEIGHBORHOODS

 

One of the first insurers to provide policyholder discounts in California

May 17, 2014 -- The California Department of Insurance announced this week that USAA policyholders living in recognized Firewise Communities/USA® sites in California will receive discounts on their homeowners insurance premiums. USAA, which provides a full range of financial products and services to the military community and their families, has been working with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Wildland Fire Operations Division for several years to investigate the possibility of providing incentives for residents of wildfire-prone areas to take steps to create safer, more fire-adapted communities. NFPA’s Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program provided the community action framework and local data that enabled USAA to offer this new discount to policyholders.

COCOS FIRE 80% CONTAINED, DESTROYS 39 HOMES

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2014 (San Diego County) – The last fire still burning in San Diego County’s unincorporated areas is now 80% contained. The Cocos fire has taken a heavy toll, destroying 39 homes and 7 commercial buildings.  Another 35 structures remain threatened by the blaze.

Today, residents of Harmony Grove were allowed to return home. Evacuations remain in effect tonight for the San Marcos-Coronado hills Community.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE HOUSE ABLAZE IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

May 16, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – Valerie Harrison sent in this dramatic image of a pair of firefighters battling an inferno during a house fire in Rancho San Diego on May 14.

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