June 2011 Articles

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STATE SENATE PASSES LANDMARK BILL TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS---AT ZERO NEW COST TO CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS

 

4 local legislators take massive donations from insurance industry--and vote against bill

 

June 3, 2011 (Sacramento) – Today the California State Senate voted 25-14 to pass SB 703, which would establish a low-cost health insurance plan to cover an estimated 720,000 people for premiums as low as $30 a month. If passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor, the measure would provide coverage for more than 723,000 uninsured people who earn between 133% and 200% of the federal poverty level.


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HOUSE REBUKES PRESIDENT OVER LIBYA CONFLICT

 

Measure drew bipartisan support in Congress, though local representatives split votes down party lines

 

June 7, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—By a 268-145 vote, the House of Representatives rebuked President Barack Obama for not seeking Congressional authorization for military conflict in Libya. House Resolution 292, authored by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) asked the President to provide Congress with justification for U.S. involvement in NATO-led military strikes. 


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LAVENDER DAY BLOSSOMS AT SUMMERS PAST FARMS JUNE 18

June 6, 2011 (Flinn Springs) – The South of France is famed for its lavender fields. Yet many local residents don’t realize that lavender is grown right here in East County.

 


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SDG&E HELICOPTER DROPS SECTION OF POWERLINK TOWER 200 FEET

 

June 7, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced that its air crane helicopter was involved in an accident today during construction activities for Sunrise Powerlink in the Imperial Valley.  The Powerlink high-voltage transmission line is also under construction through several communities in East County.  

 

“This morning a section of a transmission tower carried by the helicopter fell approximately 200- feet to the ground outside SDG&E’s Plaster City Construction Yard near the shoulder of the Evan Hewes Highway,” a media statement released by the company indicated.  View a photo of the crash.


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FDA STATEMENT ON E. COLI 0104 OUTBREAK IN EUROPE

 

 

June 7, 2011 (FDA) -- The U.S. FDA has been in routine contact with the European Union and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the current outbreak of E. coli O104 and to track any illnesses in the U.S. that may be related to the outbreak.  A deadly new strain of E-coli in Europe has led to deaths of 23 people.  Cases have been reported in several European countries and the U.S. So far, 2200 cases have been reported in 13 countries.


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SALE OF HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS BY EL CAJON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

June 7, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Vintage objects from the archives of the El Cajon Historical Society not being used in the Knox House Museum or in public exhibits are being released for sale. This collection of post-Civil War through 1960s artifacts is available at Lynn Endicott’s Silvercreek Fine Arts Gallery at 120 East Main Street in El Cajon’s newly renovated redevelopment area for one month, beginning at 10 a.m. on June 17th.


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CAB DRIVER ATTACKED BY MURDER SUSPECT MICHAEL EUGENE RICHARDSON TELLS HIS STORY

By Jeremy Los

 

June 6, 2011 – James Johnson, a cab driver who survived a violent assault by Michael Eugene Richardson,  has shared details of his harrowing ordeal with East County Magazine. Richardson, a Poway auto shop owner, will soon face trial for the murders of his wife, Thao Richardson, his mother-in-law, Phan Lai, and a former girlfriend, Jovita Collaza.

 

Johnson had his fateful run-in with Mr. Richardson in 1975 while as a cab driver in North Carolina. Richardson shot Johnson multiple times, including once in the face. Johnson’s tale reveals the ruthless nature of Richardson, then 22, who had been discharged from Pope Air Force Base three months before the attack.


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NATURE AND TRAILS DELIGHT AT OTAY VALLEY REGIONAL PARK

 

  

June 7, 2011 (Otay Valley) -- Horseback riders, hikers, bikers, and families enjoyed nature and exhibits at Otay Valley Regional Park’s first-ever parkwide community event on Saturday.“Discover Otay Valley Regional Park,” held on National Trails Day, was designed to introduce the public to the South Bay park’s natural beauty and its 8.2-mile trail system. 


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LAKESIDE RELAY FOR LIFE

 

One Day, One Night, One Fight for our Community

 

June 7, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The second annual Lakeside Relay for Life will be held on Saturday June 11, 2011 to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Teams of people camp out and take turns running or walking around the track during this 24-hour free event.


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BEER HEIST BY ARMED THIEF AT LAKE MURRAY ARCO

 

June 7, 2011 ( San Diego’s East County) – A man stole beer from a cooler, then left an Arco Gas Station Store at 8797 Lake Murray Blvd. without paying shortly after midnight on Sunday, June 5 When a clerk confronted the suspect in the parking lot, the man displayed a gun.

 

Authorities describe the suspect as an Asian male adult around 18 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build. He wore a black jacket with red letters.


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MOTHER KILLED AT BUS STOP IDENTIFIED AS EL CAJON RESIDENT


June 6, 2011 (San Diego) –A woman who died after being struck at a City Heights bus stop yesterday has been identified as Vanessa Mae Shane, 25, of El Cajon.  She was seated at a bus stop in the 4800 block of University Avenue near Euclid when the driver of the PT cruiser lost control and drove onto the sidewalk.

 

Shane resided with her parents in El Cajon.  Her 4-year-old son, Elijah, and boyfriend David Abilez, were also transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.


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POLICE INVESTIGATE DRIVE-BY SHOOTING MURDER IN EAST SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOOD

June 6, 2011 (San Diego) –San Diego Police Department’s homicide detectives seek public help to locate the driver and occupants of a 1990s burgundy Cadillac with chrome rims. This afternoon at 2 p.m., a passenger in the vehicle shot and killed a 24-year-old man standing in the 600 block of Chester Street, one block east of 69th Street in the Skyline neighborhood.


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DRIVER SURVIVES 360-FOOT PLUNGE IN POWAY

 

June 6, 2011 (Poway) -- A 57-year-old driver was rescued today after he lost control of his vehicle on Kirkham Way and plummeted 360 feet down into a valley.

 

Poway Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash around 8:12 a.m. and found the black Mercedes, which was upright in the canyon despite hurtling downhill for hundreds of feet. A helicopter air-lifted the survivor and sole occupant out of the valley; he was then transported by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center, the Sheriff’s office reports.


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FIRE STATION BROWNOUTS TO END JULY 1, COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET AMENDMENT BY EMERALD

 

June 6, 2011 (San Diego) –  San Diego City Council has voted 7-1 to approve a budget that will eliminate brown-outs at city fire stations starting July 1, also restoring funds for libraries and city parks.

 

After staff projected that reserve accounts will have more money than estimated earlier, several proposals were made to utilize the new-found surplus. Council adopted an amendment proposed by Councilmember Marti Emerald to restore eight fire engines that have been shut down for over a year. Brownouts have been blamed for at least one death, a toddler who choked to death waiting on a fire engine with paramedics to arrive from a distant location while a station a block away was closed.


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SWAT STAND-OFF ENDS IN ARREST IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by EJ Helzer

 

June 6, 2011 (El Cajon) – David Douglas Wittmer, 31, surrendered to an El Cajon Police Department SWAT team last night at 997 Avocado. Police received a 911 call at 4:05 p.m. from a caller who said Wittmer owned a gun and had threatened to kill him, according to LieutenantTim Herndon.


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"HOW TO PUT YOUR BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET: FREE CLASS JUNE 14 AND JUNE 21 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

June 6, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s (GCCCD) Continuing Education and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southwestern College will host a free class on “How to put your business on the Internet” from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 and 21, at Cuyamaca College, Building “L,” Room 103, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, in El Cajon.

 


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PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT RELEASES DRAFT 2010 URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

 

 

 

June 6, 2011 (El Cajon) -- A draft of Padre Dam's Urban Water Management Plan is now available for public comment and review. To view a copy of the plan click on the link in above or visit www.padredam.org. Padre Dam will hold a public hearing to accept comments on our 2010 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) on June 17 at 3:30pm. To comment and ask questions in advance of the public hearing, please contact Mike Uhrhammer at muhrhammer@padre.org or call 619-258-4613.

 


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DRYER FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY FROM EL CAJON APARTMENT

 

 

June 6, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Just before 10:00 a.m. this morning Heartland Fire & Rescue, serving the City of El Cajon, responded to reports of an apartment fire at 525 East Camden Avenue in El Cajon. As crews arrived smoke was coming from a second floor apartment. El Cajon fire crews, assisted by firefighters from the San Miguel Fire District, had the fire knocked down in about ten minutes. Quick action kept the fire from reaching neighboring apartment units. The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it appears to have started in or around the clothes dryer area located in the middle of the apartment.


Damage has been estimated at $15,000 to the apartment and its contents. There was some smoke damage to an adjoining apartment. The family was at home at the time of the fire and were able to escape safely. The family will be staying with relatives. There were no injuries reported. 

 

 


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SOPHIE'S GARDENS NOW OPEN

 

Flowers, herbs and other plants on sale to public

 

June 2, 2011 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeline Sophie's Center how has a Certified Organic Garden program that includes a full citrus orchard, flower gardens, a passive-solar greenhouse, a propagation house, ornamental trees, shrubs, herbs, and a worm farm.

 

The Garden Program cultivates more than strong, healthy plants; it is a vocational training ground where professional horticulture managers help students reap the benefits of developing physical and mental skills, social relationships, teamwork, self-esteem, and a sense of community and accomplishment.

 


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SAN DIEGO COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS, AND COUNTY SHERIFF ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE

 

June 7, 2011 (Bonsall) --San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from San Diego County Sheriff’s Department seek help from the public to identify a suspect wanted for a battery that caused serious injuries to the victim.  

  


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HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: HIGHLANDERS HOLD OFF COUGARS FOR CIF DIVISION II TITLE

"I'm exhausted, but so happy right now. My arm could fall off and I wouldn't care."

-Helix pitcher Jake Reed

 

 

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

June 6, 2011 (San Diego) - Jake Reed held off a last-inning rally, pitching a complete game with seven strikeouts and only one walk as the Helix Highlanders defeated the Steele Canyon Cougars 7-3 to capture the CIF-San Diego Section Division II baseball title Saturday (June 4) at SDSU's Tony Gwynn Stadium. Reed also helped his cause by hitting a triple and a double, scoring a run and batting another run in.


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GRADUATION SCHEDULES, VALEDICTORIANS AND SALUTATORIANS ANNOUNCED FOR GUHSD

June 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – This month, approximately 5,300 senior students will be graduating from the Grossmont Union High School District’s 9 comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools, and three alternative high schools.

 

For a list of graduate dates, times and locations, as well as statistics on graduates by school and a complete list of valedictorians and salutatorians, click here.


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BEE FIRE NOW 100-130 ACRES

Update June 6, 2011 6 a.m. -- The Bee Fire is now 90% contained at 100 acres, Cal-Fire says. 
June 5, 2011 (Dulzura)—The Bee Fire, which started at Marron Valley Road and Bee Canyon south of Dulzura at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, is now 100 to 130 acres. The wildfire is now 5% contained and forward spread has been stopped, according to the Cal-Fire incident page: http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current

 

Full containment is projected for midnight tonight.


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ASSEMBLY APPROVES BLOCK BILL TO STREAMLINE ASSESSMENTS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

 

June 6, 2011 (Sacramento) -- The method for assessing skills of incoming community college students will become more efficient and less costly to taxpayers under a bill approved by the California State Assembly. AB 743 by local Demcratic Assemblyman Marty Block (AD-78), chair of the Higher Education Committee, establishes a standardized assessment system at the California Community Colleges for the purpose of placing and advising students, and promoting uniform assessment across all campuses.


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50-75 ACRE WILDFIRE BURNING IN DULZURA

 

June 5, 2011 (Dulzura) – A 50-75 acre wildfire is burning in the rural Bee Canyon area late this afternoon.

“It’s holding at a ridge line right now,” Cal-Fire spokesman Mike Mohler informed ECM at 5:30 p.m. “No homes have been damaged or destroyed and there are no evacuations.”

 

Marron Valley Road is closed at the gun range and Border Patrol is turning back traffic, a reader has informed ECM.


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BACK TO THE 50'S CAR SHOW --TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME .....

 

Every Thursday night 5-8 p.m.  during the months of June, July and August

 

June 5, 2011 (La Mesa) --Starting Thursday June 2, 2011, The La Mesa Car Show starts a thirteen week run. Thousands of spectators attend the weekly car show.

 

In addition to the show crafters and street vendors display their products.


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WILDLIFE ART BY GLORIA CHADWICK AT EL CAJON LIBRARY IN JUNE

 

June 5, 2011 (El Cajon) – Thirty oil and acrylic paintings featuring wildlife from Africa, North America and Asia are on exhibit in a solo show by artist Gloria Chadwick during  June at the El Cajon Library.  Located at 201 East Douglas in El Cajon, the library is open seven days a week.

 

The artist has traveled to Africa and many national wildlife reserves to obtain painting resource material for her vivid and compelling works.


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CONDUCT WALK AUDITS AND EVALUATIONS OF LA MESA CITY PARKS

 

June 5, 2011 (La Mesa) --Volunteers to conduct walk audits and evaluations of City of La Mesa parks are needed during the months of June and July as part of a citywide Park Master Plan project. Volunteers will walk neighborhood areas surrounding the City’s 14 parks to identify access barriers to the parks as well as potential opportunities for adding open space or green space in areas of the community that are underserved by parks and recreational facilities.

 


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COLLEGES PRESS ON WITH FUNDRAISING

 

Campuses in the home stretch as deadline nears for Osher Scholarship Fund

 

June5, 2011 (El Cajon) – After several years as a stay-at-home mom with three young children, Vicki Watkins faced the prospect of going back to work after a marital split. She struggled at first to make ends meet with a near-minimum-wage job as a retail clerk, and then decided with some trepidation to return to school. At Cuyamaca College, she found the support she needed – an on-campus job and financial aid, including a $1,000 Osher scholarship, made possible by donations and matching dollars from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

 

 

Evelynn 6, Jordan 7, Cainaan 12
with mom Vicki

 


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: CLASS ACTION

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 5, 2011 (San Diego) – Most comic book movies that are the first in a franchise feel like a feature-length first act. I had this feeling with X-Men and Spider-Man. They’re good movies but they functioned more like set-ups for X2 and Spider-Man 2, which also delivered the goods better.

 


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