June 2011 Articles

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BRUSH FIRE IN SCRIPPS RANCH

 

June 28, 2011 (Scripps Ranch) – A brush fire at Scripps Ranch Blvd. and Carroll Canyon Road has burned two acres as of 3:25 p.m. A helicopter is now making a water drop and command has requested a brush engine response and arson investigators, Incident Page Network reports.


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SDG&E EXPECTS TO MEET SUMMER POWER SUPPLY DEMAND

Conservation and Demand-Response Programs Still Key 

June 28, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced it has secured adequate electricity supplies and required reserves to meet customers’ expected energy needs this summer, barring extreme weather conditions. 


The California Independent Systems Operator (Cal-ISO), the agency responsible for managing the statewide power grid, has issued its 2011 Summer Assessment confirming adequate supplies to meet the projected electricity demand across the state – even if hotter-than-average temperatures occur. 



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FAA AND CPUC FIND SDG&E REPLACEMENT HELICOPTER “CAPABLE OF OPERATING SAFELY”


June 27, 2011 (Sacramento) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today issued an update to its preliminary incident report on two 16,000 pound Sunrise Powerlink towers dropped by an air crane earlier this month.

 

According to the updated report, a new air crane has been provided by the manufacturer, Erickson. The new helicopter has undergone test  transporting and lifting heavy loads, and has now been approved to resume construction activities in East County.


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COUNTY BARS ALPINE PLANNING GROUP FROM REMOVING MEMBER LOUIS RUSSO, AFTER ACLU SAYS SANCTIONS UNCONSTITUTIONAL


By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2011 (Alpine) – San Diego County Counsel Thomas Montgomery has barred the Alpine Planning Group from removing Louis Russo, a member. The board had attempted to oust Russo after he wrote an article published online in the Alpine Community Network criticizing recent board decisions and suggesting that the planning group may need to be disbanded.


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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN BORREGO SPRINGS

June 27, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – A motorcyclist traveling eastbound on State Route 78 this morning in Borrego Springs crossed the center lane after entering a curve. He struck the driver’s side of a BMW traveling westward, then skidded across the roadway.


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JEWEL THIEF ARRESTED IN LA MESA

June 27, 2011 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police detectives today arrested Derek Patterson, 22, for the armed robbery of Zales Jewelry in Grossmont Center. The robbery occurred on June 14th, when the suspect stole 19 rings valued at nearly $77,000 from a display case, according to La Mesa Police.


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REGISTER NOW FOR EL CAJON'S GREAT SUMMER CAMPS

June 25, 2011 (El Cajon) --Whether you're looking for swim lessons, youth sports, instructional classes or an exciting summer camp, El Cajon Recreation has it all! Log onto the website at www.elcajonrec.org to secure a spot for your child. Forgot your password? Just click on the "eRecreation" icon then "Forgot My Password".

Late Registration began June 6 which means registrations are accepted online, by mail or by walking into one of our Recreation centers during operation hours. For more information on instructional programs and general registration questions, call (619) 441-1516. For information on aquatics, call (619) 441-1672; and for information on youth sports, call (619) 441-1678. Our professional and dedicated Recreation Department staff will be happy to assist you. 

 


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KEEP PETS OUT OF HARM’S WAY THIS JULY FOURTH

County Animal Services Offers Independence Day Safety Tips

Family pets can become frightened and frantic because of the noise and commotion of Independence Day celebrations, County Animal Services officials warned today.
 


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TEEN SHOT IN HEAD DURING LA MESA ROBBERY

 

June 27, 2011 (La Mesa)  A 16-year-old boy was shot in the head early this morning at 1:49 a.m. after being robbed in front of 7366 El Cajon Boulevard. The victim is from Paradise Valley, Arizona, and was staying at a local La Mesa motel with his family.

 

The boy was riding his skateboard when the robbery and shooting occurred. The suspects took a personal item and a small amount of cash during the robbery.


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BONITA TEENS KILLED BY FATHER; COUNTY URGES TROUBLED PARENTS TO SEEK HELP

 

 

June 25, 2011 (Bonita) – The bodies of Sean Fuchs, 15, and Kyl Fuchs, 13, were found inside their burning home at 3641 Bonita Verde Drive in Bonita on June 21st. Both died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.


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LOCAL EQUESTRIAN THERAPY CENTER NOW ENROLLING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FOR SUMMER PROGRAM -- ONLY SIX SPACES LEFT.

 

by Shirley Clukey

 

June 24, 2011 (san Diego County) -- Dream Rider Equestrian Therapy in Alpine has room for six more ambulatory children between the ages of five and thirteen for its weekly therapeutic lesson program. Therapy pony Treasure takes children under 10 who weigh 100 pounds or less, especially younger children. She is also available for beginning riding lessons for able-bodied young children. Therapy pony Sailor can take children up to 13 who weigh less than 140 pounds.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: A SOLEMN AFTERNOON

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 24, 2011 (San Diego) – 3 Backyards tackles one of my favorite movie subjects: A seemingly quaint, picturesque small town that masks a dark undercurrent. This foreboding, unsettling subtext is displayed in the opening title sequence, which is set against an ironic canvas of woods, houses, cats, and hummingbirds,

 


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EL CAJON LIBRARY HOSTS SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL JUNE 25


Tricultural Pop Musician Carlos Olmeda Featured as Headliner

June 24, 2011 (El Cajon) --  
World Music fans of all ages are invited to enjoy free acoustic music and dance, crafts for children, refreshments and more at the El Cajon Library’s Summer Music Festival, 201 E Douglas Ave, Saturday, June 25, from 1 – 6 p.m.  The festival will take place on the front lawn of the library, and is free and open to the public. A limited number of chairs will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 


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FEDERAL JUDGE HEARS ARGUMENTS IN SUNRISE POWERLINK HEARING

June 23, 2011 (San Diego) – An attorney representing local groups opposed to Sunrise Powerlink presented arguments in U.S. District Court yesterday in San Diego, seeking  to halt construction of the line on lands in East County owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Volker represented the Protect Our Communities Foundation, Backcountry Against Dumps and the East County Community Action Coalition. Volker argued that the BLM’s environmental review was inadequate and that its approval of Powerlink will increase the number of acres of protected lands open to development from 51 acres to 41,000 acres in McCain Valley, a scenic federally owned wilderness area.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 

 

June 23, 2011 (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 reflecting 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 global and national news stories include:

 

 

U.S.

  • Obama announces Afghanistan troop withdrawl plan (CNN)
  • House sets up Friday vote on limiting funding for Libya mission (The Hill)

  • Leading house democrats say social security cuts are a nonstarter (The Hill)

  • GOP hopefuls divided over anti-abortion pledge (NPR)

WORLD 

  • U.S., other nations agree to release oil; prices fall (USA Today)

  • Israeli  military begins to move West Bank barrier ( Jerusalem CNN)

  • Climate change: public skeptical, scientists sure (NPR)

  • Syria warns against outside influence (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Mexico urges inquiry as U.S. shoots man on the border (BBC)

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OTAY WATER DISTRICT DECLARES END TO LEVEL1 WATER SHORTAGE ALERT

 


June 23, 2011 (Otay Water District) Otay Water District’s (the District) Board of Directors has declared an end to the District’s Water Shortage Response Plan Level 1.  The District has been in a voluntary Level 1 water shortage since June 12, 2008.  The Plan listed ten ways customers could voluntarily cut their water use by up to ten percent.


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MORE ON THE MENU FOR HOME-DELIVERED MEAL CLIENTS

 

County Seeks to Ensure Low-Income, Homebound Seniors Have Fresh, Local Produce

 

June 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- On Thursday June 15th, the County of San Diego is launched More on the Menu (MOM), a community-supported program that will deliver fresh, locally grown produce to the neediest of the County’s elderly home-delivered meal clients. Program recipients are homebound and unable to buy fruits and vegetables for themselves. The weekly bag of fresh produce will provide healthy snacks and supplement the nutritious lunch-time meal these older adults already receive.  

 


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COUNTY NETS 28 NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 

June 23, 2011 (San Diego) --  A prescription drug abuse taskforce, homeless prevention for students, water conserving landscaping and a traffic school of sorts for pet owners are among the County of San Diego’s innovative programs that won national recognition and the second highest number of awards in the country by the National Association of Counties (NACo).


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TIPS FROM THE PURPLE MOUNTAIN SAGE: HOW TO HONE YOUR SENSE OF 360—AND PROTECT YOURSELF

 

Increase your enjoyment of living!

By Sharon Courmousis, Sacred Rocks Reserve

 

June 20, 2011 (Boulevard)--We observe at every news show and every news stand headliners about three types of people: victims, predators, and others [counselors, officers of public safety, family and friends]. While ghoulishly fascinated with the horrifying acts of predators, we feel sympathy for the victims.  But what is even more important is to feel a burning determination never to be a victim yourself and to learn how to deter the bad guys. We need to make it so by learning strategies to be safer. We need to teach others in our circle of influence.

 

You can train yourself to be alert at all times to what is going on around you. This training applies to driving, to walking, to parking, to walking into your home, to stepping outside to take out the garbage. People who live in nature and in rural places have an edge on city dwellers because danger can come from one wrong step – like on a rattlesnake.

  


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BORDER FIRE IN JACUMBA AND MEXICO 100% CONTAINED

 

Final Update: June 22 , 2011 -- The Border 9 Fire that began near In Ko Pah Park Rd, Jacumba in San Diego's East County is now 100% contained. The blaze charred 380 acres (40 in the U.S. and 340 in Mexico), Cal-Fire reports.


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SUMMERFEST MENU UNVEILED: MMMMM! GET TICKETS NOW--BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!

 

June 22, 2011 (San Diego)--SummerFest tickets are selling fast!  Join us June 26 at Mission Trails Regional Park for a  feast cooked up by Chefs de Cuisine, plus wine and beer tasting, live music, thousands of dollars in prizes and more -- all for just $25 ($20 if you buy 2 or more tickets) if you buy in advance online (at the door: $30 or two for $50).

Get tickets and prize list here: www.eastcountymagazine.org/summerfest-2011

Scroll down to view the juicy details of the full menu--then make plans to join us for this fabulous midsummer feast!



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DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SMART MONEY IDEAS FOR NEW GRADS

Simple, easily do-able ways to increase your money management skills

 

By Nancy Clement

 

June 24, 2011(La Mesa) - Congratulations to the new 2011 East County college graduates and best wishes for your future! One important thing to think about is even though the job market is not the best right now, it is turning around, you have skills, and talents that only you can contribute--so do not let the negativity you hear, see or read in the media stifle your career goals.   Our society needs your creativity and contributions.  Remember:   Incredible things happen…when you hold on to your Dreams” Bergsma 1990.

 


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FORAGE DINNER AT KEY CREEK LAVENDER FARM JUNE 25


 

June 14, 2011 (Valley Center) -- The Key Creek Lavender Farm will be holding a Forage Dinner on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. This unique, five course dinner will serve local, organic vegetables grown at Morning Star Ranch, as well as fresh produce from other local organic farmers.  


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MARKETING MATTERS: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

Marketing for a Reason

 

By Rama Beerfas 

June 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Most companies that have a marketing plan tend to market on a similar type of schedule every year – perhaps they have a winter campaign to kick off the new year, a summer campaign to boost business during the slow season, and a holiday campaign to maximize their share of consumers’ holiday spending.

All that notwithstanding, how about marketing for a different reason altogether? There are thousands of designated observances, commemorations and celebratory days that are just asking to be used as an excuse for marketing.


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UC SAN DIEGO RECEIVES NSF SUPPORT FOR WILDFIRE MODELING AND PREVENTION

 

 

June 22, 2011 (San Diego) -- Wildfires are increasing in both absolute number and severity in the American southwest and this trend is predicted to continue over decades to come. Wildfire prevention has now become a major priority, and scientists at the University of California, San Diego have received federal funding to devise descriptive and predictive simulation tools to help prevent or suppress wildfires. 

With a one-year grant* from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Cyberinfrastructure, effective June 1, the UC San Diego researchers have opened a new phase for their SDFireSight project. They will develop a technical framework and computer models that will simulate the conditions that can spark a wildfire in San Diego’s ‘backcountry’. 


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP

 

 

 

East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County, published in other media.

Recent Roundup headlines include:

 


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TEEN DRIVER FLIPS CAR ONTO PORCH IN FLETCHER HILLS

June 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – “We had some uninvited guests last night drive right up to our front porch. Check out the great parking job,” Jim Symington stated in an e-mail sent to ECM and friends.

 

The accident occurred last night around 10 p.m. at the home of Jim and Nikki Symington on Tyrone Street in the Fletcher Hills neighborhood. The car also knocked down powerlines, taking down power to some 200 residences ,according to Incident Page Network.


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FIRE PARCEL TAX AXED IN GOVERNOR’S BUDGET VETO

June 21, 2011 (Sacramento) –The budget vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown this week included 19 bills cobbled together into the budget package. Among those was ABx 1 29, which sought to establish an annual $150 fee for homeowners to fund firefighting costs in areas under state (Cal-Fire) jurisdiction.

“Once again, members of California’s desperate legislature are unfairly targeting rural property owners to make up for the State’s inability to balance its budget and adequately fund fire protection,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said of the measure, which also drew strong opposition from rural residents.


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VIA MOTO RESTAURANT NOW OPEN IN SANTEE

 

 

June 21, 2011 (Santee) -- The Via Moto restaurant is now in Santee.  A  grand opening was June 15 for the 4,400-square-foot Via Moto restaurant in The Marketplace in Santee, California. According to Michael Pirraglia, owner and restaurateur, Via Moto is a new Italian dining concept that will feature an express section where diners can order at the counter, a full service bar and dining area for table service, and a vast selection of local and draft beer at the indoor/outdoor bar. The restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in The Marketplace, at Mission Gorge Road and Carlton Oaks Boulevard.  

 

 


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CHUCK MCPHERSON, EAST COUNTY ARTIST, EARNS SIGNATURE STATUS

 

 

June 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- The paintings of Chuck McPherson, an East County resident,  are often among  the winners in exhibitions  he enters. Since 2008 he has won almost forty awards for his paintings.  In the San Diego Watercolor Society's 31 Annual International Exhibition, his watercolor painting, Cantos Cove, New England ,was juried into the show, and earned McPherson Signature Status.


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