November 2010 Articles

“ZERO TOLERANCE” FOR DRIVERS USING CELL PHONES ANNOUNCED BY SAN DIEGO COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

 

November 17 day of enforcement announced

November 16, 2010 (San Diego) -- Due to the increase in traffic collisions caused by drivers illegally using non-hands-free cell phones, San Diego County Law Enforcement agencies are joining forces on November 17 to focus enforcement efforts on this danger to safety of the motoring public. The San Diego, Oceanside, and El Cajon offices of California Highway Patrol as well as the Sheriff’s Department, San Diego State University police, and police departments in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, El Cajon, Escondido, National City, Oceanside, San Diego will be aggressively seeking out drivers violating the “hands free” cell phone law.


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TWO ARMED ROBBERIES AT GAS STATIONS IN OTAY AREA

 

November 16, 2010 (Otay Mesa) – San Diego Police are investigating two armed robberies on Sunday, November 14 of gas stations in Otay Mesa. The first occurred at 10:56 p.m. at the Chevron Gas Station, 3302 Palm Ave. The second robbery was at 11:35 p.m. at the Unocal Gas Station, 4360 Palm Avenue. In both cases, the suspect pointed a possible shotgun wrapped in a white cloth or white T-shirt at the clerk, then fled on cash with the cash.

 


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SOMETHING’S UP IN DESCANSO: ARTS FAIR NOV. 20

By: Lisa Lightfoot
 

November 16, 2010 (Descanso) -- Looking for something different to do this weekend? Join local artists in Descanso for an Arts Fair this Saturday, November 20t. Enjoy some free refreshments, listen to some wonderful live music, all while doing holiday shopping as you take in the fresh mountain air along with a little backcountry hospitality.


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HOSPITAL BOARD REFUSES TO GIVE SEAT BACK TO STIERINGER, DECLARES POSITION VACANT

By Miriam Raftery

 

November 15, 2010 (La Mesa) – In closed session this morning, Grossmont Hospital District's  Board unanimously found that Jim Stieringer should not get his old seat on the board back.  Stieringer resigned Novembe 5th, then tried to resuscitate his old job by asking to have his resignation rescind after the Board refused to consider his application for a $60,000 a year staff job, amid questions over legality and  conflict of interest concerns.

 

With Stieringer's Hospital District career in limbo akin to life support, today the District pulled the plug.  


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CHP: DRIVER WHO STRUCK MOTORCYCLES NEAR OCOTILLO HAD NO ALCOHOL IN BLOOD; WILL NOT FACE CHARGES

 

Fund established to help Trayer family; blood drive planned Saturday for injured victims
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

November 15, 2010 (Ocotillo) –The odor of burned rubber still hangs heavy in the air along Highway 98 east of Ocotillo, where five people lost their life in a horrific crash on Saturday. A lone bouquet of flowers in the sand serves as a silent memorial to four members of the Lakeside Saddle Tramp Club and a car passenger who died at the scene.


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STUDENTS REACT TO NEWS OF FEE HIKES

 

By Miriam Raftery
Tanya Huang also contributed to this story

November 15, 2010 (San Diego)--Student reactions ranged from dismay to outrage upon learning that the University of California regents will consider an 8% fee increase for the 2011-2012 school year, while the California State University board of trustees has proposed a 5% increase for spring semester and a whopping 10% increase for 2011-2012.

 

Following last year’s 32% fee increases at the UC and a 5% increase at CSU campuses, many students fear that their dreams of a college education are fast disappearing.


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VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN OCOTILLO MOTORCYCLE CRASH


Driver of car that hit motorcycles may face charges; 2nd driver in gold Honda Civic still sought

November 15, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Four members of the Lakeside Saddle Tramps motorcycle club who were killed Saturday afternoon near Ocotillo have been identified by the club president, Carl Smith. Lance Heath, 43, and his wife, Amy, 36, of Alpine, died, as well as Bill Miller, 57, or Ramona and Tonya Trayer, 37, or Lakeside. Smith told the Union-Tribune that he tried to resuscitate Trayer for several minutes, but “there was nothing we could do.”


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MAJOR INJURIES TO MOTORCYCLISTS IN ACCIDENT NEAR JULIAN

 

November 14, 2010 (Wynola) – A traffic collision involving three motorcycles has resulted in major injuries at the junction of Wynola Road and Farmer Road near Julian.

 

Mercy Air has been requested and a landing area established following the accident, which was reported at 3:31 p.m., CHP reports.


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CRAFTING WITH MARY: YOU WON'T BE "BORED" WITH THESE EASY—TO-MAKE BOARD GIFTS

By Mary Genser
 

November 14, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Hand-made boards provide easy, inexpensive, and customizable ways to brighten up the holiday season for those on your gift-giving list. Whether you need gifts to give—or you’re simply a little bored—get some little boards and have fun!


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REVELRY ABOUNDS AT RENAISSANCE FAIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

November 14, 2010 (Escondido)--Knights and knaves, wizards and wenches, pirates and peasants strolled the grounds at Felicita Park in Escondido, where the Renaissance Faire was held on November 6th and 7th.

 

Thousands of people turned out for this festive annual event, including many community members clad in medieval and Renaissance-era attire.

 


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SPRING VALLEY WOMAN, SAN DIEGO MAN DIE IN ROLLOVER CRASH AT -805 RAMP TO HIGHWAY 94

November 14, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – On November 11, a vehicle driven by Deshaun Glover went out of control, struck a guardrail and electrical box, then overturned on the northbound I-805 transition ramp to Interstate 94. Glover, 21, and a rear seat passenger, Candice McClean, 21, of Spring Valley were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.


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MAN KILLED RUNNING ACROSS FREEWAY IS IDENTIFIED

November 14, 2010 (El Cajon) – Anthony Watson, 22, of Spring Valley was struck and killed on November 10th when he attempted to run across the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 near State Route 67. He was hit by an SUV. Medics transported him to Sharp Memorial Hospital’s trauma unit, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.


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MAN KILLED IN RAMONA ACCIDENT

November 14, 2010 (Ramona) – An unidentified Hispanic man lost control of the 1994 Jeep SUV that he was driving, crashing into a wooden utility poll on Elm Street in Ramona on November 12th.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: November 14, 2010

 

 

 

November 14, 2010 --EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP highlights top news stories of interest to East County published in other media.


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5 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN OCOTILLO CRASH, INCLUDING 4 MEMBERS OF AN EAST COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB

 

Authorities seek driver who fled scene after crossing line, causing collision

Update Nov. 14:  Authorities now say that the driver who fled the scene was in a gold Honda Civic

 

November 13, 2010 (Ocotillo) – A horrific pileup today included seven motorcycles from Lakeside’s Saddle Tramps club and two other vehicles.  The crash left five dead, including at least four East County residents, and injured six others.

 

According to the CHP, a car crossed the center line on State Route 98 seven miles east of Ocotillo around 1 p.m., attempting to pass a group of motorcyclists. A  sedan veered to avoid a head-on collision with the car, then struck several motorcycles.


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HELIX WINS GROSSMONT HILLS TITLE WITH 26-7 WIN OVER STEELE CANYON

by Christopher Mohr

November 13, 2010 (La Mesa) - Friday night's football game at Helix High School between the host Highlanders and the visiting Cougars from Steele Canyon High School effectively amounted to a league championship game. The CIF may not have planned it that way, but both teams have had outstanding seasons; Helix had a 9-0 record, while Steele Canyon was 8-1.

 

The game began as a stalemate, but the Cougars blinked first, making costly mistakes that the Highlanders capitalized on en route to a 26-7 win and a Grossmont Hills league title.


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EL CAJON SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR CITY COMMISSIONS

 

November 13, 2010 (El Cajon)--If you're an El Cajon resident seeking to be more involved in your community, the City of El Cajon is now accepting applications for commissioners on four boards:  Planning Commission, Personnel Commission, Gillespie Field Development Council, and the Public Safety Facility Finance Oversight Committee.

 

The filing period is November 10 through December 3, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. Interviews and appointment are scheduled for December 14, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located at 200 Civic Center Way in El Cajon.  Below are details: 


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CANINE COUNSELORS BRING HOPE TO CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE SURVIVORS

 

By Janice Arenofsky


November 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)--As Lois Abrams drove to El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., her car all but disappeared behind the heavy curtain of smoke and ash stemming from the October 2007 San Diego County wildfires.


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EAST COUNTY ART FESTIVAL NOV. 13-14 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

November  12, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Two local artists from La Mesa  are organizing an East County Art Festival. 
 


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FEAST WITH THE BEASTS: THANKSGIVING BUFFET AT SAN DIEGO SAFARI PARK

November 13, 2010 (San Pasqual Valley)--The San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly the San Diego Wild Animal Park) in the San Pasqual Valley east of Escondido is offering a lavish buffet with Thanksgiving favorites as well as a children’s buffet at the Park’s Hunte Nairobe Pavillion.

 


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MILITARY AND VETERANS: DEC. 3 IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT RETROACTIVE STOP LOSS SPECIAL PAY CLAIMS

 

November 12, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all active duty and veterans who were forced to involuntarily extend their service know that the deadline to submit a claim for retroactive “Stop Loss” pay is approaching.

 

All claims must be submitted by December 3, 2010.


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SKY HUNTERS: JEWELRY SALE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ALPINE BIRDS OF PREY CENTER NOV. 13

 

November 13, 2010 (Alpine) - The public is invited to help support birds of prey at Sky Hunters, an Alpine-based center that takes in injured birds of prey, nurses them back to health and reintroduced them into the wild. 

 


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ROBBER THREATENS TO STAB CLERK IN LA MESA; 2ND ROBBERY AT KNIFEPOINT IN ALLIED GARDENS

November 13, 2010 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police responded to a robbery at the 76 gas station at 6085 Lake Murray Blvd. at 3:32 this morning. The clerk told police that a white man with heavily tattooed arms a shaved head and plug-style earrings posed as a customer and asked to purchase some items. When the clerk began ringing up the purchases, the man produced a large pocket knife and threatened to stab the clerk if she did not hand over cash from the register.


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FOSTER YOUTHS DELIVER FRESH FRUITS & VEGGIES TO COUNTY EMPLOYEES

 

Youth Learn Agricultural Business; Teach County Employees to Eat Healthy

November 12, 2010 (San Diego)--With Thanksgiving right around the corner, several San Pasqual Academy foster youth made their bimonthly delivery today of certified, organic produce to County employees to encourage them to eat healthier for the holidays, which is part of County’s year-round Build Better Health plan.


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MEDIA WATCH: CRITICS OF COMCAST-NBC MERGER EXPECT WIDESPREAD CONSUMER FRUSTRATION IF MERGER IS APPROVED


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JULIAN STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS DICKENS' "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" OPENING DEC. 9 THROUGH DEC. 19

 

November 12, 2010 (Julian)--Julian Stage Company and the Julian Chamber of Commerce present the 2010 production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--a Julian holiday tradition. Give your holiday spirit a boost with the classic story of a lonely, hard-hearted old man who finds the true meaning of life and love one haunted Christmas Eve.

 

Be sure to allow time to take in the quaint holiday charm of small-town historic Julian this holiday season, with its horse-drawn carriages, strolling carolers, and spiced cider.


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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD CALLS SPECIAL SESSION MONDAY ON STIERINGER RESIGNATION

 

November 12, 2010 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Healthcare District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 15 at 7:30 a.m. in the District conference center, 9001 Wakarusa in La Mesa. Following public comments of up to five minutes per person, the board will adjourn to closed session to confer with legal counsel on “significant exposure to litigation.”

 


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LION SEEN IN DOWTOWN ALPINE NEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery
 

November 12, 2010 (Alpine) – People in an Alpine barber shop in were startled to see a mountain lion roaming along the 1700 block of Alpine Blvd. shortly after 9:30 a.m. The lion reportedly leaped from a pine tree and later ran into bushes next to a home near the Alpine Community Center and Alpine Elementary School, prompting the Sheriff’s department to summon Fish & Game officials. By the time wildlife officers arrived, however, the lion was gone.


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ESCONDIDO BOY, 5, DROWNS IN CANOE ACCIDENT

November 12, 2010 (Escondido) – Keona Kazuo Ferreira, 5, drowned after a canoe in which he was riding with his father capsized and sank on November 6th at Mission Bay. Despite resuscitative efforts, he was pronounced brain dead at a local hospital two days later, on November 8th.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: BY HOOKER, BY CROOK, CAUSES OF FORMER GOVERNOR SPITZER'S RISE AND DOWNFALL CHRONICLED IN "CLIENT 9"

 

By Brian Lafferty

November 12, 2010 (San Diego) – At the beginning of Client 9, Eliot Spitzer describes his rise and downfall as a classic Greek story archetype. You have the hero who overcomes all odds and becomes successful. Then he makes a fatal mistake that brings his downfall. What makes this story fascinating is that it isn’t fiction.

 


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