November 2011 Articles

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GLASS ELEVATORS OPEN AT LA MESA TROLLEY STATION, GIVING COMMUTERS EASY ACCESS TO SHOPPING AND HOSPITAL


November 23, 2011 (La Mesa) – Mayor Art Madrid cut the ribbon this week at the grand opening of twin glass elevators rising from the Grossmont Trolley Station to the street above. Before, commuters and apartment dwellers along the transit line had to climb a steep flight of 77 stairs to access Grossmont Shopping Center or Grossmont Hospital above, an impossible feat for those in wheelchairs.

ANZA BORREGO SCULPTOR’S ARTISTIC JOURNEY RECOUNTED IN RICARDO BRECEDA: ACCIDENTAL ARTIST

Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist, By Diana Lindsay (Sunbelt Publications, San Diego, California, 2012, 240 pages.)
 
Book Review by Dennis Moore
 
“For weeks, for months, I’d been hearing about this crazy-loco artist who does huge life-size metal sculptures of elephants, giraffes, and dinosaurs. Well, the moment we drove up to Ricardo’s compound off of the 215, I’d, too, begun grinning – I just couldn’t help it, I mean, it’s every kid’s dream to travel back in time and come face to face with gigantic mammoths and huge sloths. And all these metal sculptures looked so real and menacing. Then here came Ricardo himself to greet us. He, too, was all smiles and full of happy crazyloco energy.” – Foreword by Victor E. Villasenor

SUPER COMMITTEE FAILURE TRIGGERS STEEP CUTS IN DEFENSE, MEDICARE, VETERANS' BENEFITS AND MORE

By Miriam Raftery

November 23, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The Congressional budtet “super committee” charged with reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years failed to reach a deal by Monday's deadline. This sets in motion triggers forcing automatic deep cuts starting January 2013 in Defense spending and social programs including Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and food stamps.

The six Republicans on the 12-member committee demanded spending cuts in domestic programs listed above and sought to extend Bush tax cuts. Democrats wanted to raise taxes on millionaires, minimize cuts to social programs and add stimulus spending aimed at creating jobs while off-setting costs with savings from ending the Iraq War.

KEEP BACTERIA OFF YOUR HOLIDAY GUEST LIST

Safe Food Handling Tips from the Department of Environmental Health

November 23, 2011 (San Diego County) -- Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate. Because large amounts of food are often prepared and served, food safety is very important. Here are a few safety tips to prevent microscopic guests from joining your party.

 

JULIAN MAKES ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL' NEW AGAIN DECEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 18

 
November 22, 2011 (Julian) --The Julian Stage Company and the Julian Chamber of Commerce present the 2011 stage production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--a Julian holiday tradition. 
 
Give a holiday spirit a boost with the classic story of a lonely, miserable, hard-hearted old man who finds the true meaning of life and love during one haunted Christmas Eve. It is a classic story of redemption and good cheer with a corpus of ghosts thrown into the mix.

CLERGY SHARE “OCCU-PIES”


November 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- On the Monday before Thanksgiving, multi-faith leaders from San Diego County held a short service to promote peace and gratitude in support of Occupy San Diego.

Clergy members brought pies to protesters at the Civic Center “to give thanks for all those lifting up the issues of fairness, compassion and equality being shared by this movement,” Rev. David Miller observed.

BOOK REVIEW: MRS. CUBBISON’S BEST STUFFING COOKBOOK OFFERS SAVORY RECIPES FOR THANKSGIVING AND YEAR-ROUND


By Miriam Raftery

Mrs. Cubbison’s Best Stuffing Cookbook, by Leo Pearlstein and Lisa Messinger (Square One Publishers, 2005)
 

SENIORS FIRST SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

New initiative encourages seniors and their loved ones to ‘use their voice’ to advocate on important issues through workshops and social media 

November 22, 2011 (San Diego ) -- Seniors First San DiegoTM, an advocacy program of Senior Community Centers, announces a schedule of workshops in San Diego and Bonita for seniors and their loved ones to use their voice to advocate on important issues, such as care giving, entitlement benefits such as social security and Medicare, transportation, housing and more.

THANKSGIVING DINNERS SOUGHT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE HOMELESS TODAY

 

November 24, 2011 (San Diego)—Do you have an extra meal to spare as a Thanksgiving dinner for a homeless person? 

Jennifer Hughes, a local attorney, is partnering with friends at a local Buddhist temple to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless.  Hughes has offered to arrange pick up of meals before 4 p.m. today to deliver them to those in need. For pickup, call 619-840-7797.  Alternatively, donated food may be delivered to the temple before 5 p.m.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 November 22, 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 world and U.S. headlines include:  
 
 
 
 
U.S.
 
          General news and politics
  • A defense for Thanksgiving (Washington Post)
  • Supercommittee’s failure pushes Bush tax cuts to forefront of 2012 campaign (Washington Post)
  • Idaho man charged with attempting to assassinate Obama (Washington Post)
  • Bomb plot suspect arrested in NYC (BBC)
  • House GOP fails to pass balanced budget amendment (RawStory)
  • Video: Police pepper spray passive students at UC Davis (CBS News)
  • UC Davis police chief placed on leave following pepper-spray incident (Sacramento Bee)
          Energy and environment
  • Meet a 13-year-old solar panel developer (CNN)
  • GOP House energy chairman advocated loan for struggling solar company (The Hill)
  • GE: Cutting residential solar costs in half (USA Today)
  • Congress kills request for national climate service (Washington Post)
  • Romney’s energy advisors all used to work for Bush. Is that good or bad? (New Republic)
 
WORLD
 
  • Gadhafi’s son, Saif al Islam, captured in Libya (BBC)
  • Egypt’s Tarir Square explodes in violence (Slate)
  • Fukushima plant, a world left behind (Washington Post)
  • Ethiopian troops cross border into Somalia (BBC)
Click "read more" to see links, and stories. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: NOVEMBER 22, 2011

 November 22,  2011 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights articles on top regional and state issues of interest to East County and inland San Diego County, published in other media. This week’s top Roundup headlines include: 

 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • SDG&E not telling the truth: Turko investigates smart meters (KUSI)
  • Wildfire reduction program faces funding cuts (KPBS)
  • Navy moves closer to green fleet (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • SDG&E wants higher rates for solar homeowners (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • SDG&E solar charge attacked at San Diego City Council meeting (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • New service lets you pay by the minute to rent electric car: (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Escondido Marine loses legs in Afghanistan blast (North County Times)
 
STATE
  • Studies show climate change impacts in California (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Statewide unemployment declines to 11.7 percent (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Supreme Court deals major blow to gay marriage advocates (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Higher Education Commission shuts down (Sacramento Bee)
  • Community college reforms seek higher completion rates (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Community college reforms make sense (San Diego Union-Tribune 
Click "read more" to see links, and stories
 

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS PAINTINGS AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER

 
November 21, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is featuring an exhibit of 21 paintings by East County two breast cancer survivors through the end of November. The exhibit features 10 portraiture paintings by L.J. Crowe of El Cajon and 11 abstract collages and cat portraits by Jean Waters of San Carlos. Both artists are members of the Foothills Art Association.
 

 

KIDS GROW GREEN GIANTS IN THE BONNIE PLANTS COLOSSAL CABBAGE CONTEST


November 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Its easy going and growing green with the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.  Kids across America are learning to garden and some are earning a lot of “green” participating in Bonnie’s Cabbage Program.

This season, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states dug in and got hands-on gardening experience growing colossal cabbages, reaping hefty harvests and holding high hopes to win “best in state” and receive a $1,000 scholarship towards education from Bonnie Plants.
 

OLD-FASHIONED HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AT JULIAN LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING NOV. 26


November 19, 2001 (Julian) -- Julian celebrates the holiday season by illuminating the town's enormous living Christmas tree--and paying homage to the individuals who contribute time and energy to making Julian what many consider the best small town in Southern California.
 
The tree lighting will take place in Julian’s Pioneer Park on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, marking the  beginning of the annual Julian Country Christmas celebration--three weeks of holiday festivity during which visitors and residents can capture the spirit of the season in an old fashioned way.
 

FOOD HANDOUT: LARGEST IN EAST COUNTY

Samoan Independent Pentecostal Church feeds Lemon Grove needy, with help of Mt.Miguel football team.
 
By Bill Pogue
 
November 21, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- The largest, annual free food distribution in East County occurred on Friday, November 18, was made by the Samoan Independent Pentecostal Church, where they rent church accommodations from the Lemon Grove Lutheran Church at 2055 Skyline Drive. This is the 8th consecutive year that Pastor Ulalei Tausaga, his wife Mai and son Smith, and their congregation performed this feat.

LAKESIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS MRS. CLAUS GIFT SHOPPE DEC. 1,HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC. 3


November 21, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting its annual Mrs. Claus Gift Shoppe daily be
ginning on December 1. Gently used holiday decorations will be for sale at bargain prices.  The gift shop is located at the Olde Community Church, 9906 Maine Avenue.  Store hours are from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

 

A GEM OF AN EVENT: GOLDEN ARTISTRY HOSTS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 3 IN LA MESA


November 21, 2011 (La Mesa)--Golden Artistry invites the public to an open house onSaturday, December 3, from 12-7 p.m.The location is 8346 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa CA 91942.
 
Golden Artistry has been a staple for fine jewelry shoppers in San Diego since 1984. Led by jewelry designer and master goldsmith Terry Whyte, the store specializes in creative custom jewelry designs.

POWAY CHAMBER TO HOST HOLIDAY MIXER DEC. 1

November 21, 2011 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce invites members and nonmembers to celebrate the season at a Holiday Mixer on Thursday, December 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 11611 Bernardo Plaza Court, San Diego. Cost is $5 for members and $15 for prospective members.

 
The holiday mixer includes a buffet food station and opportunity drawings.  A cash bar will also be available.
 

 

A DOG-GONE GOOD TIME: JACK RUSSELL DOG SHOW AT BATES NUT FARM DEC. 3-4

 November 21, 2011 (Valley Center)   The South Coast Jack Russell Terrier Club will host the 2011 Winter Sol Terrier Trial I & II 2011 at the Bates Nut Farm, Saturday and Sunday, December 3 – 4, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 
Several events will be held throughout the weekend, including Racing, Agility, Go to Ground, Super Earth, Brush Hunt and Conformation. There will be a silent auction on Saturday and a raffle both days. Lunch will be provided by the Russell Rescue for a nominal charge.
 

2ND ANNUAL POMEGRANATE DAYS AT OASIS CAMEL DAIRY NOV. 26-27

November 21, 2011 (Ramona) –Want to feed pomegranates to a camel—or let the kids take a camel ride?  One of East County’s most unique events takes place November 26-27, when the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona hosts Pomegranate Days. 

Guests can also enjoy an exotic bird show performance, petting zoo, and souvenir shopping including camel milk soaps and chocolates.

RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO BEACHES: COUNTY WARNS OF CONTAMINATION


November 20, 2011 (San Diegio)--The County Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Activities such as swimming, surfing and diving should be avoided in all coastal waters for 72 hours following rain due to elevated bacteria levels. This includes all coastal beaches, Mission Bay and San Diego Bay.

STORE OFFERS FREE TURKEYS WITH $25 PURCHASE

By Suellis Kelly

November 23, 2011 (San Diego) – An Albertson’s store in San Diego is serving up deals to help families in need this Thanksgiving. The Albertson’s at 2235 University Avenue in North Park will give away a free turkey with any $25 purchase. “We have four pallets of turkeys on hand,” a spokesman told ECM.

HOLIDAY FEATURED SPECIAL: BUY 2 CHILDREN'S BOOKS, GET 1 FREE AT READERS INC

 

Have you checked our Holiday coupons section lately?  We've added some great new deals! 

Give the gift of reading to children in your family or community:

Reader's Inc is a delightful children's book store in La Mesa Village. You'll find a treasure-trove of wonderful books, hand-made toys, and even a miniature train to delight kids and adults alike.Reader's Inc coupon is valid ONLY this week, so visit soon!

ALL ABOARD! JULIAN CHRISTMAS TRAIN EXPRESS NOV. 26-DEC. 31



November 20, 2011 (Julian)  -- The Smith Ranch in Julian invites you to take a ride aboard the 2011 Christmas Train Express. Celebrate the holidays at this special event that consists of a one mile train ride, a visit to the authentic Smith Ranch 1870 gold rush mine, and country Christmas surprises.
 

VIEJAS CASINO WILL HOST CELEBRITY SLOT TOURNAMENT TO PROFIT LOCAL SALVATION ARMY NOV. 28


November 20, 2011 (Alpine) -- Viejas Casino will host a Celebrity Slot Tournament on Monday, November 28 at 10:30 a.m. with 100% of the winnings donated to the local Salvation Army. 

SANTEE COUPLE PICKED FROM DOZENS TO ADOPT $1,000 PUPPY WITH BROKEN LEG

 November 20, 2011 (Santee) -- Parker,  the puppy whose former owner paid $1,000 for her at a pet store only to abandon her a few weeks later when she broke her leg, was adopted into a new home on November 18. The energetic Beagle/Boston Terrier mix pup, marketed by a pet store as a “Boggle,” is recovering from specialized surgery for a broken leg. 

 
Her new owners, a Santee couple, took her home and will provide lots of love and any ongoing care she needs.

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