December 2011 Articles

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LEONARD SMITH,OWNER OF LEONARD SMITH REALTY DIES


December 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The death of Leonard
 Smith, owner of Leonard Smith Realty on Grossmont Boulevard was confirmed Friday morning, December 16, by his son David.
 
According to his website, he began his real estate career in La Mesa in 1946. A charter member of the La Mesa Board of Realtors and past president, he was instrumental in organizing their Multiple Listing Service. He maintained a La Mesa office for 50+ years, enjoying a reputation of the highest integrity while specializing in selling fine homes in the Mt. Helix and East County areas.

LAKESIDE FIRE STATION GRAND OPENING

 

By Betty McMillen

December 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Dignitaries and VIPs braved the blustery wind for the grand opening of the new Lakeside Fire District Administration Office and combination Fire Station #2 on December 16.  It was branded a "sneak preview" since the station has about two weeks worth of finishing work to be done by the contractors.  Firefighters are hoping to be moved into the now empty 24,000 square foot structure by mid-January. 

EXPANDED TROLLEY SERVICE FOR POINSETTIA BOWL DEC. 21

Fans encouraged to travel early to see TCU take on Louisiana Tech

December 19, 2011(San Diego) -- The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is expanding Trolley service for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 21. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. and fans can park for free at MTS park-and-rides to avoid traffic and parking hassles.
 

HELIX WINS! LA MESA TEAM CAPTURES STATE CIF CHAMPIONSHIP 35-24

By Miriam Raftery

December 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – The Sacramento Bee called the Helix Highlanders “near perfect”, describing the football team as “a mixture of speed, power and fury…storming to a 28-10 halftime lead, scoring three touchdowns in a blur with their array of dazzling skill players sprinting downfield.” 

Ken Stone, editor of La Mesa Patch.com, was at the big game in Loomis, north of Sacramento. Topping what Stone dubbed a “magical season” with a 13-1 record, the team squared off against the Del Oro Golden Eagles, a formidable force with a 13-2 record.

SEC CHARGES FORMER FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC EXECUTIVES WITH SECURITIES FRAUD


 “All individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country's investors." -- Robert Khuzami, Director, SEC Enforcement Division

 

December 18, 2011 (Washington D.C.) --The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged six former top executives of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) with securities fraud. 

PROTEST PLANNED MONDAY IN SAN DIEGO TO URGE PRESIDENTIAL VETO ON BILL ALLOWING INDEFINITE DETENTION OF U.S. CITIZENS

 

December 18, 2011 (San Diego) --San Diegans to Save the Bill of Rights, a coalition of local activists from progressive  groups, plan a sit-in at San Diego County Democratic Party offices beginning Monday, December 19.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MOUNTAINS

December 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for mountain areas in San Diego County and other southern California mountain locations. Scattered snow showers are expected early this afternoon with the snow level falling to 4500 feet. Locations where snow is forecast include Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna, and Ranchita locally.

BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND

 

 

On Monday, December 19, the search for Dan Hoff resumed.  At approximately 10:20 a.m., ASTREA discovered a body with a gun lying next to it, in the rural brush area on the back side of Iron Mountain.  The body was subsequently recovered and positively identified as Mr. Hoff.  The body sustained a single gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted in a suicide.

Confirmation of the cause of death will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office pending further investigation.

 

PG&E RECONNECTS ELECTRICITY FOR SIX FAMILIES WHO REMOVED SMART METERS


December 17, 2011 (La Mesa) -- PG&E, the utility that turned off the electricity for six families that had switched out smart meters for analog meters due to health problems that they believed were related to the wireless meters, has now reconnected them with electricity. 

CAJON VALLEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION HOLDS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA DEC. 19


December 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Hometown Buffet in El Cajon at 390 Main Street will be the site of a breakfast with Santa on Monday, December 19, 2011 from 7:00 until 9:00 a.m. Kids may wear their P.J.s!
 
Breakfast includes:
Scrambled eggs, sausage, oatmeal, fruit, coffee, milk, orange juice, tea, hash browns, pancakes, & toast.
 

DOE GIVES $700,000 ROOFTOP SOLAR CHALLENGE AWARD TO CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY


Project to streamline and standardize procedures and permitting for solar energy systems throughout Southern California
 
December 17, 2011 (San Diego) --  As part of the Department of Energy’s $12 million Rooftop Solar Challenge, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) was awarded $700,000 to lead a team of 11 jurisdictions and five utilities across Southern California to streamline and standardize the installation of solar systems. The regional team will develop guidelines for expedient and uniform permitting and connection of rooftop solar aimed at reducing the cost of solar installations and making solar cost-competitive with other energy sources.

GIFTS TO HELP REFUGEES: INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE PRESENTS LIST AND SAVES LIVES

 December 17, 2011 (San Diego) –This holiday season, the International Rescue Committee offers options for socially conscious, eco-friendly and financially prudent shoppers – Rescue Gifts that save and improve lives of refugees and others hit by war and natural disaster.  

San Diego County last year welcomed more refugees than any other U.S. county, making this especially meaningful here. At Rescue.org/Gifts, holiday shoppers can choose Rescue Gifts to dedicate to friends or family members, including:

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS FOR CIF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY, DEC. 17


December 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The game for the state championship in Division II will be played in Carson, California on December 17. Helix will play Del Oro, Loomis at 4:00 p.m. The game will be covered live on Cox Channel 4 in the San Diego area.
 

READER'S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENERAL PLAN UPDATE FATALLY FLAWED

 by Scott Barnett & Richard Parker

 
December 16, 2011(Alpine) -- Like anything in life, there’s no use doing something quickly if it’s not going to be done right. The adage couldn’t be more relevant to the current effort to update San Diego County’s General Plan. The Board of Supervisors will soon meet again on the plan, and after years of hard work, dozens of meetings and an abundance of feedback from the community, there is an apparent rush to suddenly, unfortunately, and haphazardly complete the effort, despite very significant flaws that threaten the long-term economic viability of the unincorporated areas of our County. Rather than proceeding forward in the face of significant resident opposition and well-considered questions about the Plan, the Board of Supervisors should direct staff to get it right before it is ultimately approved. 

READER’S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGO MOM ASKS CONGRESS TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND KEEP HER FAMILY OFF THE STREETS

 By Vanessa Celia Winters, San Diego

 
December 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- I am a Wal-Mart associate who supports three children, and an unemployed husband. My husband was laid off due to the economic recession and has been on unemployment ever since. I work odd hours at Wal-Mart just to earn enough money to feed my family.

 

CONGRESS AVERTS GOVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN, BUT BATTLE LOOMS OVER PAYROLL TAX CUT, UNEMPLOYMENT, AND OTHER KEY ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – Final votes are expected today in both houses on a compromise funding measure to avoid a government shut-down--just in time for the holiday adjounrment. 

GIFTS FROM THE EAST – PART II: OUR GUIDE TO SPECIAL GIFTS FROM EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –Doing our part to support our local economy, we bring you more delightful gift ideas from Mom-and-Pop retailers in our community. (If you missed part I, click here:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/7950 )  Scroll down to see our newest additions. Shopping locally not only helps support local merchants, artists and artisans and grows our local tax base, it also means you can view gifts first-hand, find some special items, get personalized service, and not worry whether items shipped from far away will arrive in time for the holidays.

FROM THE REAL ESTATE TRENCHES

By Charlotte Reed



December 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)From the Real Estate Trenches is a weekly column focused on real estate news that impacts East County’s real estate market. This week’s local and national real estate highlights include:

 

 

  • Fannie and Freddie suspend evictions for the holidays
  • Prudential Financial sells its real estate brokerage for $110 million
  • Counting my blessings
  • Military Home Loans open house

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: CHRISTMAS AT VIEJAS

December 16, 2011 (Alpine) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Viejas Outlet Centers and Viejas Casino. ECM editor Miriam Raftery snapped this shot of holiday lighting at Viejas, where you'll find San Diego's largest outdoor ice skating rink, a holiday fountain light show, national-brand shops and more this holiday season.  

SEARCH ON FOR MISSING LA MESA MAN AFTER VEHICLE FOUND NEAR IRON MOUNTAIN ON HWY 67

December 16, 2011 (Poway)--A search is underway in Poway for Dan Hoff, 43 a missing La Mesa man. He was last seen on Monday, December 12. His mother reported him missing yesterday, December 15 at 11 a.m.

Today, a Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol in Poway found his car at the base of Iron Mountain on Poway Road and Highway 67 at 3:07 a.m. A check of the license plate turned up a missing person report from La Mesa Police.

HUNTER RECEIVES CONFIRMATION OF NATIONAL GUARD TROOP DRAWDOWN ON BORDER



December 15, 2011 (Washington, D.C) -- Congressman Duncan Hunter has reported that he was informed by Major General David Baldwin, the Adjutant General for the State of California, that on February 29, 2012, the presence of National Guard troops on the Southwest border will be cut by half, at a minimum, and reapportioned along the border.  Specifically for California, the state share of National Guardsmen will be reduced from 264 Guardsmen to only 14 Guardsmen.

SANTA LEADS MORE THAN 150 BICYCLISTS TO THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER TO DROP OFF DONATED TOYS!


The San Diego Bicycle Club’s 24th Annual Light up a Life Holiday Toy Drive

December 15, 2011 (San Diego) -- Don’t miss this visual shot of more than 150 bikes, led by Santa, pulling up to The Kroc Center with toys in tow! On Saturday, December 17th, approximately 150 local bikers led by Santa himself will participate in a bike ride which begins in La Jolla, and ends at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. 

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