November 16, 2011 (Harbison Canyon) -- It’s November, the month when we all enjoy turkey at Thanksgiving. So this edition of Bird Talk is on the wild turkey and the other turkey namesake bird, the turkey vulture.
The wild turkey is not native to California, although it is native to North America. Numerous attempts tointroduce the turkey to California failed. Then in the early 1990s a second attempt was successful. Today, wild turkeys can be seen throughout the back hills of East San Diego County.
November 17, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – All lanes are blocked due to an accident on Highway 67 at Slaughterhouse Canyon. Mercy Air is attempting to land and a rescue is in progress for multiple patients in a crash involved a PT Cruiser, a Toyota, and a third vehicle.
November 16, 2011 (Santee) -- If you are looking for a family event that is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit, mark your calendar for the City of Santee Holiday Lighting Celebration. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 18, at the Santee Trolley Square from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is free. It is an event that celebrates the start of the holiday season.
November 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California State University Board of Trustees today approved a nine percent fee hike, which will raise the yearly cost by $498 per year--on top of two prior fee increase approved in the past year. Trustees reconvened in a separate room with no media present after "raucus protests" disrupted the meeting.
Four students were arrested, the Sacramento Bee reports, including two San Diego State University Students.
November 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures have been recalled and quarantined statewide by the California Department of Public Health after five children who drank the milk became infected with the same strain of E.coli. A San Diego County child was among those stricken.
November 17, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – What are the hot styles, materials and design trends in kitchens today? ECM spoke with Lynn Wyndham Morris, communications director for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) San Diego Chapter and owner of a Touch of Tradition Home & Garden Shoppe in the Miramar area.
November 16, 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:
Bipartisan pair push jobs plan (The Hill)
Congress ready to pass bill for vets, contractors (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Boehmer backs super committee tax hikes (CBS News)
Supreme Court takes up challenge to healthcare law (CNN)
Occupy Wall Street: Judge backs city, ends camping in park (Los Angeles Times)
‘Secret farm bill’ primed for passage in debt deal (The Hill)
Rick Perry, Herman Cain try to do damage control (Washington Post)
Europe to Israel: Military strike on Iran nuclear program not an option (Christian Science Monitor)
Syria boycotts Arab meeting, pursues crackdowns (Reuters)
Monti due to present new Italian government (Reuters)
East Africa drought: cholera outbreak in Kenya camp (BBC)
November 16, 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:
Report: Safety of 2 local bridges questioned (10 News)
Grossmont Union board approves new boundaries; no Alpine High School(Signonsandiego.com)
$5,000 Fines for Spilling Milk? Rep. Hunter’s Office Can’t Show Examples (La Mesa Patch)
Warning issued after Poway High School student’s death (10 News)
Rocket motors being tested inside Lakeside quarry (10 News)
Stanley Lloyd Jr. trial begins; Carioscia’s mother released from jail to testify (Ramona Patch)
College compact excludes charters (Signonsandiego.com)
UC regents call off meeting; campuses set for protest (Sacramento Bee)
California budget cuts depend on revenues forecasts (San Jose Mercury News)
UC Berkeley cop shoots gunman near Occupy protest (Sacramento Bee)
By Nadin Abbott
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
November 16, 2011 (San Diego) --Last night, Occupy San Diego called for an emergency march in support of Occupy Wall Street in New York, after police evicted the protesters overnight. Today’s San Diego march was attended by two hundred people, who walked down Broadway to Police headquarters on 14th Street, then into the Gaslamp Quarter.
Tomorrow, occupy groups across America are joining together in a National day of Action. Locally,“Occupy the Clairmont Bridge,” is planned at 4 p.m. According to the group’s Facebook page,Wednesday’s rally will draw attention to a need for infrastructure jobs to put people back to work. Barry Willis, a core organizer and Media Committee spokesman at Occupy San Diego, said the new location will make the movement more accessible to East County communities.
November 14, 2011 (Campo)-- Celebrate the holidays aboard the North Pole Limited, a special production offered by the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum and volunteers in cooperation with the Mountain Empire High School and Santa Claus.
These Christmas Trains are favorites for children and adults of all ages. This year the North Pole Limited will run on the following Fridays and Saturdays: November 25-26, December 2-3, December 9-10 and December 16-17.
November 16, 2011 (San Diego)--Recent unexpected earthquakes in Virginia, Oklahoma and England have been linked by some geologists to "fracking"- injecting liquids and sands into underground faults to increase natural gas production.
November 16, 2011 (Lakeside) – After winning the homerun derby during tryouts for the 2011 U.S. Stars and Stripes baseball team, Stevie Montejano Jr. of Lakeside has been selected to represent California in the USSSA Winter World Championships in Orlando, Florida, in December and a summer competition in Nicaragua in July.
A Q&A on healthy holiday eating from Susan’s Healthy Gourmet nutritionist Carissa Sanchez
November 16, 2011 (San Diego)--The holidays mean big meals, which can unfortunately lead to big numbers on the scale. As the nutritionist at Susan’s Healthy Gourmet, a service that prepares and delivers fresh, calorie-controlled meals to Southern California homes and offices, Carissa Sanchez understands how difficult it is to enjoy delicious holiday feasts while sticking to weight-management goals.
November 16, 2011 (Lakeside)--On November 19, the Barona Cultural Center & Museum will open “Rock of Ages: Contemporary Music Traditions on the Barona Reservation” -- an exhibition that will showcase today’s native culture of singer-songwriters, rock bands, country-western players and other popular music, reservation-style.
November 16, 2011 (El Cajon)--Acting El Cajon City Manager Rob Turner has announced selection of El Cajon Police Captain Jim Redman as the City's new Police Chief. He will replace Pat Sprecco, who has served as Chief since March 31, 2008 and will retire on December 9.
Redman has been with El Cajon's Police Department nearly 24 years, starting his career as a patrol officer back in 1988.
November 16, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Imperial Beach Station are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate two unknown suspects wanted for burglary in Bonita.
San Diego-based humanitarian organization launches 2012 gift-giving catalog to promote worldwide health and economic empowerment programs
November 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- PCI (Project Concern International) launched its 2012 symbolic gifts catalog, Gifts of Life. The catalog allows the public to give unique gifts that support PCI’s global programs and the people they reach in some of the most impoverished regions of the world.
November 16, 2011 (Spring Valley)--The Spring Valley Citizens Association will discuss adding a dog-friendly Park in Spring Valley at its next community meeting on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the San Miguel Fire District, 2850 Via Orange Way.
November 16, 2011 (La Mesa)—A man robbed the Denny’s Restaurant at 4235 Spring Street in La Mesa today at 1:32 p.m. According to La Mesa Police, the suspect presented a note demanding money and simulated a handgun under his clothing, then fled with the cash. He was described as a white male, 30-35 years old, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs., wearing a green hat, beige colored pullover sweatshirt and jeans.
November 17, 2011 (La Mesa) -- In October, Catherine Hill of the League of California Cities presented the City of La Mesa with a 2011 Helen Putnam Award for the highly successful Rides4Neighbors transportation program. Helen Putnam was active with the League of California Cities. Throughout her life as a mother, teacher, principal, mayor, and county supervisor, she viewed meeting one’s potential as the greatest measure of success.
To the League and to all the cities in California she defined excellence and the highly competitive award named in her honor recognizes excellence in local government projects each year.
November 15, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble will perform a holiday-themed program, “Wintersongs” at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre. Wintersongs showcases music ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works to pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year and Hebrew folk songs for Chanukah.
November 16, 2011 (El Cajon) – Kaitlin Ortmeier, 16, a Junior at Granite Hills High School, was promoted to NSCC Cadet Chief Petty Officer at a ceremony at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado on November 13. The rank of the Chief Petty Officer or CPO is the highest rank a cadet can earn, and the equivalent of Scouting’s “Eagle” rank.
Naval Sea Cadet Kaitlin Ortmeier, 16 has the anchors of a Chief Petty Officer pinned on her by her grandfather, Frank Ortmeier, who served in the Navy as a Gunner’s Mate from 1958 to 1963.
November 15, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Don’t waste your Thanksgiving leftovers or risk clogging drains to dispose of grease! You can now drop off used cooking oil and grease for recycling at the EDCO Station in La Mesa or four other EDCO recycling buyback centers in the county.
This free service is provided by EDCO and New Leaf Biofuel, both locally-owned companies.
November 15, 2011 (San Diego) – As a way to protect the federal workforce and visitors to federal facilities from secondhand smoke, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) introduced legislation Friday to ban all smoking in federal buildings across the nation.
November 17, 2011 (La Mesa) -- TV and radio personalities, sports stars, elected officials, comedians and entertainers will be serving up fare at Hooley's Irish Pub & Grill in La Mesa from 5-9 p.m. tonight--all for a good cause.
November 20, 2011 (El Cajon) –The public is invited to attend a gospel music concert tonight by the award-winning Legacy Five quartet, one of the most-famed Christian music groups in America. The concert will be held on Sunday, November 20 at 6 p.m. in the El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 East Lexington Avenue in El Cajon.
November 1, 2011 (Mt. Helix) --As part of a larger cast iron pipeline replacement project, Helix Water District crews will replace two 60-year-old valves at Mt. Helix Drive and Vivera Drive and install a new valve at Mt. Helix Drive and Alto Drive on Thursday, November 17.
Much of Mt. Helix is served by a single pipeline. As a result, construction activity will create a 10-hour water shutdown between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 242 customers on 20 streets in the vicinity.