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TOWN HALL THURSDAY SEEKS FORECLOSURE SOLUTIONS, BANK ACCOUNTABILITY

Town hall forum: "Stand up for Our Neighborhoods" Thursday, June 9

Memorial Prep School Auditorium, 2850 Logan Ave., San Diego

 

June 8, 2011 (San Diego)-- A town hall forum on foreclosures is planned by a coalition of interests on Thursday, June 9 at  6 p.m. at Memorial Prep School.  San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez will participate in the forum, which also will include testimony from people affected by foreclosures and new data illustrating the damage foreclosures do to neighboring property values and city revenue, as well as individual homeowners.


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BIKE TO WORK DAY SUCCESSFUL

 

May 26, 2011 (El Cajon)--Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 20th was a big success in El Cajon.  A total of 103 riders stopped by the Bike To Work Day Pit Stop at East Main Street and Sulzfeld.  City employees and residents were asked to find an alternative way to get to work, such as riding their bike, carpooling or taking public transit.

 

This event also reminded motorists and bicyclists about bicycle safety - and about sharing our roadways.  Those who stopped by the Bike To Work Pit Stop were treated to snacks, water and a Bike To Work Day T-Shirt. 

 

Through the sale of t-shirts, El Cajon employees raised $850 to purchase bikes for deserving grade school children in the City of El Cajon.  Last year six bikes were purchased for area students.   

 

 


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WINNERS IN MISSION TRAILS PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED


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DEFENSIBLE SPACE DAYS: : FIRE OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO GIVE HOMES FIGHTING CHANCE AGAINST WILDFIRES

 

Following cuts in Cal-Fire staffing, fire agencies will be out in force next weekend to inspect properties and educate public

 

 

June 5, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- State budget cuts have slashed staffing on Cal-Fire engines from four men to three.  The manpower cuts as fire season approaches come at a time when heavy winter rains mean more growth of brush, providing increased fuel for fires.  The County asks residents to join in Defensible Space Days and remove fire hazards within 100 feet of your home before peak fire season. Fire agencies and safety groups will be out in the community June 10-12 to provide information about defensible space, including what is required by law and local code.  

 

Click here for information on protecting your home with defensible space. 


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TODDLER DROWNS IN RAMONA POND

 

June 5, 2011 (Ramona) – A two-year-old child has died at a local hospital after rescuers pulled the toddler from a murky pond in the 1800 block of Cedar Street in Ramona.


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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED ON OTAY LAKES ROAD

June 4, 2011 (Otay) – One person is dead and two others injured following a collision on Otay Lakes Road today, the Deerhorn Valley Antler reports. A blue Ford F-150 truck struck a motorcycle near the glider port, causing a shut down of Otay Lakes Road at Highway 94.


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GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGE GRADUATES TRIUMPH OVER TOUGH TIMES

 

• Groundskeeper at Cuyamaca College earns her degree—after 14 years
• Grossmont honors famous alumni, kicks off 50th anniversary

• Former high school drop-out gradautes with honors

 

June 4, 2011 (El Cajon) – Of the more than 2,100 students who received their degrees or certificates from East County’s two community colleges this week, few have worked so hard and so long for that sheepskin as Patty Tackett.


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FREE FAMILY FUN IN LA MESA: OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS & MOVIES

June 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- This summer the City of La Mesa is offering fun, safe, and FREE outdoor family activities including the Chipotle “Sundays at Six” Summer Concert Series each Sunday in June and July at Harry Griffith Park. In addition, the city hosts a popular outdoor movie night July 29 at La Mesita Park plus a special "dive-in" showing at the La Mesa pool July 15.

 

 


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FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE CHILD HIT BY SUV, CREDIT HELMET WITH SAVING LIFE

 By Miriam Raftery

 Photos by Deputy Fire Chief Rick Sitta

 

June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) Updated 8 p.m. -- A 9 year-old boy was struck by a vehicle at Madison Avenue and East Main Street while riding his bike to school at 7:24 this morning.  Trapped under an SUV, the boy was crying for help, Incident Page Network reported.

 

 

Firefighters attribute a bicycle helmet to saving the boy's life. Photos show abrasions on one side of the helmet and tire tread marks on the other side.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: THE SPIRIT IS FULFILLING

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 3, 2011 (San Diego) – Ever since my mother died there have been times when I've imagined my mother’s spirit being around me. I fantasize being able to speak to her, telling her how I feel, asking her what it’s like on the other side.

 


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HE'S JUST A HOMETOWN BOY – WITH A PASSION FOR “WEIRD NEWS”

By Mayan Avitable

June 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- When I first met David Moye, he was a sixth-grader at Maryland Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa, California. The school’s students went on to a variety of colleges, careers and dreams.  David's dreams varied from music to public relations to living the American dream. In 1995, he started his career of weird news wriitng. 



"La Mesa," he says, "is the perfect place to start a career in weird news." After all, he tells me, he remembers the story of Frank Zappa coming up from El Cajon to La Mesa to go to the music store to find an obscure LP he had been searching for since reading a Look magazine article: The Complete Works of Edgard Varèse, Volume One. "Where else coud Zappa have possibly found such a work that influenced the world of modern music so much?" he asks."Where else could you find The Age of Unarius?"  The East County cult-like group believed there would be 33 spacecraft landing one on top of the other to teach us the way of peace and harmony. Those are just two among many experiences that led Moye to start a career in weird news. 

 

 


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FREE READINGS IN JAMUL ON FIRST SATURDAY EACH MONTH

 

 

June 3, 2011 (Jamul) --There will be a free reading this Saturday of "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America"" by Joel Castellaw. The haunting story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of March 25, 1911 is told. This horrific event changed labor laws throughout the United States, and is a powerful, historic story.

 

 


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SUMMER HEALTHCARE SATURDAY

 

June 3, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Each June the East County Chamber takes great pride in organizing and hosting East County's largest Health Fair. Summer Healthcare Saturday. now in it's 9th year, the fair has grown to become a fixture in East County. It also provides a whole host of crucial health related screenings and testings for free to East County residents. Mark your calendars for Saturday June 11th and consider participating in this informative and important East County event.

 


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DOLLAR-WISE DIVA: SALLY GARY’S 25+ FREE THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

 

Have more fun this summer…and spend less money!

By Nancy Clement

 

June 3, 2011 (La Mesa) - Sally Gary is the author of the new $Best Freebies, Bargains, Deals & Steals in San Diego book, 9th Edition. This is a MUST Have book for your home library! Her ideas will enable you to have more fun and to save more money this summer. She generously shared her list of favorite FREE things to do in San Diego. Now you will never be at a loss for what to when out of town company comes to visit you, just open the book and you will find countless, terrific ideas. Enjoy!


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CONCERTS ON THE GREEN IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON

 

June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) --The concerts on the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street will be offered on Fridays through September 30th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy great music with no admission charge! Concerts are presented by the El Cajon Community Development Corporation and the downtown business district, and sponsored by Sycuan Casino and Taylor Guitars. 

 


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RAMONA GRASSLANDS PRESERVE’S FIRST TRAIL OPENS TODAY

Four-Mile Trail Allows the Public to Experience the Disappearing Western Landscape


 

June 3, 2011 (Ramona)--Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the County Parks and Recreation Department and community and wildlife partners will open a four-mile trail in the Ramona Grasslands Preserve at 10 a.m. today, marking the first time the public has been able to experience the unique County preserve along a trail.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

June 2, 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.

 


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OLAF WIEGHORST “WESTERN MUSIC JUBILEE” JUNE 4

 

June 2, 2011 (El Cajon) -- On Saturday, June 4, 2011 The Olaf Wieghorst Museum will be holding its Western Jubilee at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Center located at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon, California. The stars are: Rusty Richards, Belinda Gail, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Tom Hiatt and the Sundown Riders. The concert will benefit Wieghorst Educational Programs.

 

 


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2 ACCIDENTS IN EL CAJON; CHILD TRAPPED BENEATH CAR

 

June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) – A child has been run over and remains trapped beneath a car at eastbound Main Street near Madison; Heartland Fire Department has been dispatched. In addition, an ambulance has been dispatched for a second accident on I-8 at Severin, according to the CHP website.

 

Watch for updates at www.EastCountyMagazine.org.


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CA ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO MAKE HEALTH INSURERS GET STATE APPROVAL BEFORE HIKING RATES; REPUBLICANS WALK OUT IN PROTEST

 

Updated June 3, 2011

June 2, 2011 (Sacramento) – Car insurance and homeowner insurance companies have long been required to get state approval before raising rates. But not health insurers. Some have hiked up rates multiple times a year; Blue Cross sought to jack up rates 59% with three increases in six months.

Gouging consumers with unjustifiable rate hikes will no longer be allowed if AB 52 becomes law. The bill would require health insurers to provide justification and get permission from state regulators before imposing increased costs for health care premiums, copayments, or deductibles on consumers.


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JONES BLASTS BROWN ON “SWEETHEART CONTRACT” FOR SOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR


June 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) has issued a press release sharply criticizing Governor Jerry Brown for signing a contract for Will Lightbourne to head up the state’s Department of Social Services. The contract totals $1.25 million, spread over the next three and a half years.


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TRIANGLE: THE FIRE THAT CHANGED AMERICA BY JOEL CASTELLAW

 

There will be a free reading on Saturday of "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America"" by Joel Castellaw. The haunting story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of March 25, 1911 is told. This horrific event changed labor laws throughout the United States, and is a powerful, historic story.

 


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: JUNE 2, 2011


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MEASLES CASE REPORTED ON FRIDAY, MAY 27 SAN DIEGO FLIGHT; PASSENGERS IN TERMINAL ALSO EXPOSED

June 2, 2011 (San Diego)--Passengers on a recent flight from Chicago to San Diego are warned about exposure to measles, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HSA) reports. A passenger on the May 27 United Airlines flight #0521 was confirmed today to have the highly contagious disease.

 


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LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE ON JUNE 4

 

The City of La Mesa invites you to the annual patriotic event

June 2, 2011 (La Mesa) --On Saturday, June 4th beginning at 9:00 a.m., downtown La Mesa will dress up in red, white and blue for the 14th Annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade,” A Salute to Old Glory! “ 

The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. and marches through downtown La Mesa Village. Spectators will enjoy over 75 entries, including marching bands led by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band. The 2011 Grand Marshalls are the 1961 Little League World Champions from La Mesa. Floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs and youth groups will celebrate civic pride and our national symbol, along with a 20-foot wide ‘living flag’ carried by community volunteers. 

 


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BRUSH FIRE IN OTAY/EAST CHULA VISTA NOW 6+ ACRES


June 2, 2011 (Otay/East Chula Vista) – A fire that began in a recycling lot at 880 Energy Way in East Chula Vista near Otay has set 10 to 15 cars on fire and spread into surrounding brush.

 

According to Incident Page Network, the brush fire is now six acres. Or more. Access for firefighters is difficult; a helicopter and type-three strike team have been called in.


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WHOOPING COUGH DISEASE STILL GOING STRONG

 

County urges vaccinations for children

June 2, 2011 (San Diego County) --Five new pertussis cases where others may have been exposed to the disease increased the local case total to 212 this year, the SAn Diego County Health and HUman Services said in Late May. The new confirmed cases occured in schools across the region, including Ramona, Poway, and San Diego schools. In 2010 , pertussis, also known as whooping cough, reached a record 1,144 cases for the county, including two infant deaths.


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VIEJAS HELPS BRING HISTORY TO LIFE IN EL CAJON

 

 

 

June 2, 2011 (El Cajon) -- For the first time ever, historical characters in period costumes will present awards to winning essay writers at the El Cajon Historical Society's 30th annual Third Grade Essay Contest in El Cajon!  The award program is Monday, June 6th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E. Douglas Avenue.  Winning third grade students will receive trophies and cash.


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PASSAGES: RENOWNED JUDGE THOMAS DUFFY 1927-2011

June 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) --The Honorable Thomas Graham Duffy, born July 18, 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin, passed away in his home on Monday, May 23, 2011.

“Known for his keen sense of wit, long time East County resident Thomas Duffy will be fondly remembered as an attorney, former El Cajon City Attorney, San Diego Municipal Court Judge, and later San Diego Superior Court Judge,” said Mark Raftery, former president of the Foothills Bar Association. “While on the bench, he was elected by all the Judges in San Diego County to be the Presiding Judge and was instrumental in unifying the Municipal and Superior Courts.”


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CYCLING ACCIDENT KILLS BIOTECH EXECUTIVE, SERIOUSLY INJURES YMCA LEADER

June 2, 2011 (San Diego) – A sports utility vehicle struck two bicyclists Tuesday in a rollover crash on Highway 56 in Rancho Penasquitos, killing one cyclist and seriously injuring the other. The deceased has been identified as Nick Venuto of Poway, corporate controller of Sapphire Energy, a biotech company in Torrey Pines. Baron Herdelin-Doherty, president and CEO of the San Diego County YMCA, suffered broken bones in his hips, ribs and arms.


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