October 2010 Articles

PASSAGES: SEARCH & RESCUE CANINES HONORED BY EL CAJON COUNCIL

 

Dogs and their trainers saved lives during 911, hurricanes, and other disasters

East County News Service

 

October 13, 2010 (El Cajon)--At yesterday’s City Council meeting, October 12th, Mayor Mark Lewis and the City Council paid posthumous recognition to two canines, both former members of the El Cajon Fire Department’s Search & Rescue canine team, Billy and Icon.


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READER'S EDITORIAL: WATER DISTRICT MANAGER SALARIES

 

By Dan McMillan, Ratepayer and Director Padre Dam Municipal Water District

October 13, 2010 (Santee)--Referencing recent articles and discussions about water district general manager’s salaries, I would like to comment that some water districts are keenly aware of the present economic conditions faced by their ratepayers and are taking steps to correct some of the economic issues. In 2010, the Board of Padre Dam MWD lowered the compensation of their management team by over 6% and the General Manager, Doug Wilson’s compensation by 5.5% to $190,740 per year.


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COUNTY LANDS ONE OF NATION'S LARGEST GRANTS TO CREATE JOBS FOR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS

 

$25 Million to Create Local Jobs in Healthcare Industry

  

October 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- In the midst of federal healthcare reform and high unemployment, San Diego County has been awarded a $25 million grant to help create local jobs within the healthcare industry, officials announced today.

 


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BALLAST POINT BREWING CO. DINNER AT VIEJAS OCT. 14

 

October 13, 2010 (Alpine) -- Viejas' top chefs will team up with award-winning Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for a special dinner on Thursday, Oct 14th, 2010 at 6:30 pm in the DreamCatcher Lounge at Viejas. Tickets are $50 each; price includes food, beer and gratuity. A percentage of proceeds will go to the Alpine School District Music & Math Program.

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LMSV SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTION: 4 CANDIDATES COMPETE FOR 3 SEATS AND THE CHANCE TO ALLEVIATE BUDGET CRISIS

 

Challenger Jay Steiger joins race with incumbents Bob Duff, Penny Halgren, and Rick Winet

 

By Tanya Huang

 


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EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RACES: LEARN ABOUT YOUR CANDIDATES

 

October 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Union-Tribune has published Q&As with candidates for eight East County school districts: Alpine Union, Cajon Valley, Grossmont Union High School, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Lakeside Union, Lemon Grove, Mountain Empire Unified, and Santee school districts. Below are links to the questionnaires and replies from those candidates who responded:


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: OCTOBER 13, 2010


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NEED HELP TO PREVENT FORECLOSURE? FREE CLINIC OCT. 16 IN BONITA

 

October 12, 2010 (Bonita) – Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) is co-sponsoring a ree workshop for homeowners on Saturday, October 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Bonita Library, along with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s Pro-Bono Program and the Housing Opportunities Collaboration.


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KERRY KILBER NAMED DEAN OF LEARNING RESOURCES & TECHNOLOGY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

October 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – Kerry Kilber has been named dean of learning resources and technology at Grossmont College. Kilber comes to the district from the University of San Diego, where she served as the director of a web-based master’s degree program in supply chain management in the college of business administration.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: FISCAL INSANITY

 

By Russell Buckley

 

October 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- I just noticed that the American Federation of Teachers is promoting the candidacy of two Community College teachers for seats on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board: Edwin Heil and Debbie Justeson. I have not met either of them. Based on the description given in our Voter Information Pamphlet, both sound like good citizens. What I don't understand is how we can possibly vote for District employees, even good citizens, to serve on the Board that sets their salaries and benefits and working conditions.

 

Does this sound like fiscal insanity to anyone else besides me?


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FINAL BROWN-WHITMAN DEBATE TONIGHT

 

October 12, 2010 (San Diego) - The final debate among gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman will be broadcast live tonight at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Channel 7.   The third of three debates is being held at Dominican College, moderated by Tom Brokaw.

 

For coverage of the prior debates see:

 

 


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IMPORTANT DEADLINES APPROACH FOR NOVEMBER 2 ELECTION

Residents Can Complete Voter Registration Form Online

Oct. 18 deadline to register to vote; Oct. 26 deadline to apply for mail-in ballot


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BAFFLED BY BALLOT INITIATIVES? VIEW ENDORSEMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS BY KEY GROUPS


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DEBATE AT SDSU OCT. 14 ON PROP 23; MEASURE WOULD ROLL BACK CLIMATE CHANGE PROTECTIONS

 

October 12, 2010 (San Diego) – Want to learn more about Prop 23, one of the most important environmental battles ever in California’s history? Prop 23 would overturn the landmark AB 32 measure that reduced greenhouse gas emissions and strengthened clean air standards.


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BARONA RESORT & CASINO RANKS BEST CASINO 8TH YEAR IN A ROW


Top Awards Include Best Overall Casino, Luckiest, Best Blackjack


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GROSSMONT DISTRICT TO HOST 7th ANNUAL “GOT PLANS?” CAREER & COLLEGE FAIR OCT. 20


Over 7,000 East County Students & Parents Expected to Attend Largest Career/College Fair in San Diego County
 

October 12, 2010 (El Cajon) The Grossmont Union High School District will host its seventh annual “Got Plans?” Career & College Fair for 9 - 12th grade students and parents on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cuyamaca College.


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VW DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SANTEE COLLISION

 

October 11, 2010 (Santee) – The driver of a Volkswagen that collided with a Mazda in Santee last night shortly after midnight sustained serious injuries, Sergeant Craig Johnson of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department reports.


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EL CAJON VALLEY OLIVE ORCHARD GETS NEW LIFE AS PART OF WORLDWIDE WORK PARTIES TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING

East County News Service


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KPBS RADIO INTERVIEWS ECM'S EDITOR ON EAST COUNTY'S HOTTEST POLITICAL RACES


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"TREK ON THE WILD SIDE" OCT. 23 AT MISSION TRAILS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS


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MILITARY VOTING BY INTERNET BALLOTS CANCELLED AFTER HACK REVEALS SECURITY FLAWS

 

Update:  Chinese and Iraqi hackers also attempted to hack this election, a startling report today reveals.  
By Miriam Raftery

 

October 11, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- The U.S. military has cancelled Internet voting for U.S. troops after hackers infiltrated an online election in Washington D.C., playing the University of Michigan “Fight” song on the voting system--and accessing the ability to change votes.


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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: SULTANS' COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT IN 23-21 LOSS TO WARHAWKS

by Christopher Mohr

 
October 11th, 2010 (San Diego) - Friday night's (10/8) high school football game between the Santana Sultans and San Diego Madison Warhawks at Mira Mesa High School was one of the more competitive matchups in the San Diego Section. On several occasions, it seemed as though the Warhawks' team speed would allow them to take control of the game. However, the hard nosed Sultans' defense came up with big plays to keep the game close. Unfortunately their effort was not enough to keep Madison from escaping with a 23-21 win.

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TRAINING FIRES AT MIRAMAR

 

October 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- If you see smoke over the central area of the County today, the source is likely to be training fires planned at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.  Training fires will be set off between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today.


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2 DEAD IN ACCIDENT AT I-15/I-805 INTERCHANGE

October 10, 2010 (San Diego) – Two women died in a multi-vehicle accident on southbound I-15 and 805 yesterday at 7:17 p.m. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has not yet released names pending notification of kin, but provided the following information.


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FIRE CHARS 30 ACRES SOUTH OF POTRERO

October 10, 2010 (Potrero) -- A brush fire that started in Mexico has now burned at least 30 acres in the U.S south of Potrero in the Bell valley area, Cal-Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler said. "Forward spread has been stopped," he informed East County Magzine at 2:30 p..m., adding that power lines were briefly threatened. 


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SPOTLIGHT EL CAJON: COUNCILMAN GARY KENDRICK RUNS ON HIS RECORD

October 10, 2010 (El Cajon ) – Gary Kendrick has served on El Cajon’s City Council since 2002. He takes pride in his efforts to “bring peace to a once volatile Council” and says the Council is “very much in harmony now; it’s much calmer.” His platform includes safe streets, sensible redevelopment, rights of property owners, and getting tax dollars back from Sacramento.

 


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SUPERVISORS TO HEAR PRO-DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR MAJOR CHANGES TO GENERAL PLAN OCT. 20

 

Development interests seek to make it easier to build housing projects in rural areas

 

Photo credit: https://precondo.ca/

 


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VIEJAS CASINO UPS THE ANTE ON CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH NEW V CLUB BOOTH

 

Opening kicks off October’s $250,000 “BONE-ANZA” promotion


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2 MORE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS FROM EAST COUNTY

Have a great East County shot that you've taken and would like to see published?  Send it to editor@eastcountymagazine.org!  


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DIRT BIKE RIDER SUFFERS HEAD INJURY

 

October 9, 2010 (San Diego) – A dirt motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet has suffered a skull fracture after striking a planter box and being thrown off his motorcycle, landing on his head.


Helmets dramatically reduce the risk of serious injury or death for motorcyclists. According to data compiled in 2009 by the National Hihgway Transportation Safety Administration, helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and are 67% effective in preventing brain injuries to motorcycle riders.


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