July 2009 Articles

HIT AND RUN DRIVER KILLS FOUR-YEAR-OLD

 

July 9, 2010 (East San Diego) – Samuel Metu has been arrested for felony hit-and-run. Metu was the driver of a 2000 Toyota Corolla that struck and killed a four-year-old boy in the 6700 block of Madrone Avenue in the Skyline neighborhood shortly before noon today.

 


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BLOCK'S BILL SIGNED INTO LAW: WILL PREVENT THOSE WHO SOLICIT MURDER OF A SPOUSE FROM PROFITING OFF CRIME

July 9, 2010 (Sacramento) --Assemblymember Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) announced today that AB 2674 has been signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger. This legislation closes a loophole in state law that allowed a spouse convicted of soliciting the murder of a husband or wife to reap financial benefits such as community property in retirement and pension benefits from the injured spouse.


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FORMER AZTECS, CHARGERS COACH CORYELL 85, DIES AFTER EXTENDED ILLNESS

 

Public services July 12 at Viejas Arena on SDSU campus

 

By Chris Mohr

 

July 5, 2010 (La Mesa) - Don Coryell, football coaching legend at the collegiate and professional levels, died Thursday (July 1) at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after an extended illness. He was 85.

 
Often credited as the father of the modern passing game, Coryell's offensive play schemes are used in one form or another throughout the NFL. These schemes also influenced defenses, which were forced to adapt to an increase in passing offense from their opponents. 
 
Coryell's coaching career got off to a fast start as head coach of Whittier College from 1957 to 1959. All three teams he coached there won conference titles. He moved on to become an assistant at USC in 1960, before taking over the head coaching job at San Diego State in 1961. 

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THE DOG BLOG: 4TH OF JULY TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR DOG


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ARTIST'S RECEPTION JULY 2 IN LA MESA

 

 

July 1, 2010 (La Mesa) -  A reception for local artist Judith Burnett will be held Friday evening, July 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Foothills Gallery, where an exhibition of Burnett's paintings and sculptures will be featured through August 4.  Burnett's daughter, guitarist Lauren Burnett, will provide musical entertainment at Friday's reception. 


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HEART OF MT. HELIX AUG 15

July 12, 2009 (Mt. Helix) -- Tickets are now on sale for the second annual HeART of Mt. Helix, a festive summer event from 5:30 pm - 10 pm at Mt. Helix Park, atop the mountain. Local restaurants will be serving signature appetizers. The event also features a "Hometown Heroes" program, music and dancing to the Mar Dels under the stars, plus additional attractions.


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DO YOU OWN THE TOP DOG? FIND OUT AUG. 16!

 

August 5, 2009 (El Cajon) -- Want to teach an old dog some new tricks?

 

Enter your canine companion in a fun-filled dog competition on Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m. at the Challenge Ranch, 5973 Stallion Oaks Road in El Cajon.  Games, classes and contests are all part of the fun.

 

 

 

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$1.6 MILLION IN ANNUAL PERMANENT FUNDING ANNOUNCED TO ENCOURAGE DOCTORS TO SERVE IN LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES

 

San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhood Family Health Care Center will benefit from Thompson Program

 


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT NAMED TO CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES’ BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Student leader tasked with keeping state board attuned

 

August 1 2009 (El Cajon) – Marc Valenzuela, Grossmont College’s new student body president, has a busy year ahead--including his latest appointment as a student liaison to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors.

 


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BURNING ISSUE: ECM EDITOR SPEAKS ON SDG&E SHUT-OFF PROPOSAL IN TV, RADIO SHOWS

 

July 31, 2009 (San Diego) – Hosts of two radio programs and a TV show today interviewed East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery on some of the hottest topics in town-- including a fiery East County issue: SDG&E’s proposal to shut-off power during fire-prone weather. Audio, video and transcripts from KPBS and KCBQ are available below.

 


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VIEJAS CASINO NAMED “BEST CASINO” 10 YEARS IN A ROW; ALSO TAKES TOP HONORS FOR DINING & ENTERTAINMENT


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A ROARING WILD NIGHT AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

 

Story and photos by Joel Ryerson

July 31, 2009 (Alpine)--"Look how close you are!" exclaimed Lynn Hopewell, a guest of the overnight event at Lions, Tigers, and Bears in Alpine. "When I was up in Las Vegas I saw the cats at the MGM Grand, but this is a totally different experience," added Hopewell, who was amazed at how close you could get to the big cats.


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YEE-HA! RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR JULY 30-AUG. 2

July 30, 2009 (Ramona) -- From watermelon-eating contests to waterfights, Ramona's down-home country fair offers family fun and crowd-pleasing favorites including carnival rides, live music, food, livestock auctions, junior livestock exhibitions, many vendors and more.  

 


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PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: JULY IN EAST COUNTY

Dear Readers - Please send your favoritie photos taken in East County or San Diego's Eastern Regions to editor@eastcountymagazine.org for consideration in our "best photos" section.

Here are a few of our favorite pics for July:

 


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GOVERNOR USES LINE-ITEM VETO POWER TO SLASH FUNDS: DISABLED, CHILDREN’S HEALTH, SENIORS & HIV/AIDS PATIENTS HARDEST HIT; 100 STATE PARKS MAY CLOSE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 30, 2009 (Sacramento)—Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently told the New York Times that he felt “perfectly fine” and said that no matter what happens with California’s budget crisis, he would still " sit down in my Jacuzzi tonight” and “lay back with a stogie.”

 


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MEG WHITMAN, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR AND EX-EBAY CEO, TO SPEAK AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE AUG. 5

 

August 1, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Chamber of Commerce and Cuyamaca College invite the public to meet Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for Governor. Whitman, former CEO of E-Bay, will speak at the Cuyamaca College Student Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5th.  This event is free to the public.


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COUNTY REPORTS FOUR MORE DEATHS FROM H1N1 (SWINE) FLU; SUMMER FLU HERE “VERY UNUSUAL”

July 30, 2009 (San Diego) – Four women, all with underlying health conditions, have died from the panedemic H1N1 influenza virus (formerly called swine flu), the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reported yesterday.  To date, San Diego County has had 735 confirmed cases, including 12 deaths.

 

 


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EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER FROM A SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE : PLEASE DON'T TERMINATE PROGRAMS FOR DISABLED!

 

Editor’s note: Governor Schwarzenegger and the Legislature just slashed hundreds of millions from programs helping disabled people with medical care, finding jobs, and Special Olympics. An effort to override the Governor’s line-item vetoes is underway. Details at


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EAST COUNTY RESIDENT ORGANIZES DRIVE TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO AMERICAN SOLDIERS SERVING IN COMBAT ZONES

 

By Marisa Kezirian

July 26, 2009 —East County resident Roberta Mattice has begun a heartfelt program to provide care packages for American troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Postal Service, and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary as part of Operation America Supports You.

 


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REWARDS OFFERED FOR GUN TAKEN FROM SLAIN BORDER PATROL AGENT & FOR INFO LEADING TO CONVICTION OF KILLER(S)

 

 

FUNDRAISER PLANNED FRIDAY IN SAN DIEGO TO HELP ROSAS' FAMILY


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JOHN DEAN SPEAKS IN EAST COUNTY ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION USE OF TORTURE

FORMER NIXON WHITE HOUSE LAWYER & AUTHOR TO SIGN BOOKS, OFFERS NEW REVELATIONS ON WATERGATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

 


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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT--KROC CENTER AUG. 4

July 29, 2009 (San Diego)--Join Crime Stoppers, Target and the Salvation Army Kroc Center for the free National Night Out Against Crime. Meet your neighbors and enjoy giveaways, games, face painting, live entertainment, police K-9s, rockclimbing, balloon animals, community booths and more.

 


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DIVINE BOVINE: THE COW, THEN & NOW


ART SHOW AUG 18-30, ARTIST RECEPTION AUG. 22IN LA MESA


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EXPLORE 7 MILLION YEARS OF EVOLUTION AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO

 

Author of New Book on Anza-Borrego Desert’s Fossil Treasures Featured at Aug. 15 Event


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A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR CALIFORNIA? LT. GOVERNOR JOHN GARAMENDI SPEAKS IN SAN DIEGO AUG. 5

 

July 28, 2009 (San Diego)--How can California achieve energy sustainability?  Our state's lieutenant governor, John Garamendi, wll speak on this topic in San Diego on Wednesday, August 5 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.  This special event will take place at the new Scripps Seaside Forum at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography on the UCSD Campus. 

 


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WHAT’S BEHIND A CRIMINAL MIND? FIND OUT FROM INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERTS AT GROSSMONT AUG. 8-11


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COLLEGE STUDENTS FEEL PINCH: STUDENT LOAN APPLICATIONS UP 21% AT GROSSMONT

 

FAFSA, the federal government’s instrument for calculating need-based aid, is used by colleges and universities to determine financial aid eligibility for federal and state aid programs. Historically, a majority of the FAFSA applications received by the college are completed during the first half of the year, Copenhaver added.

 


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PREMIER WESTERN , LANDSCAPE & PORTRAIT ARTIST JACK JORDAN HAS AUGUST SHOWING IN LA MESA

 

 

July 28, 2009 (La Mesa)-- Twenty oil paintings by El Cajon resident Jack Jordan are now on display through the end of August at the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa. The artwork includes landscapes, western themes and portraits. Jordan is a premier oil painter whose work has appeared in national magazines and many galleries in the U.S. and Mexico.


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IT DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS

A review of Lemon Grove’s Concerts in the Park
 

By Leon Thompson

 


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SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL PASSES SDG&E POWER SHUT-OFF PLAN

 

By Ryan Lescure

July 27, 2009 (San Diego)--The San Diego City council voted 6-2 today to pass a resolution in support of SDG&E’s Emergency Power Shut-Off Plan. While supporters argued that the plan is needed to prevent power line-caused fires, opponents contended that blacking out power during fire-prone conditions could actually endanger lives.


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