Dozens of toys, hundreds of dollars donated for East County Toy & Food Drive
December 15, 2011 (La Mesa)—Thanks to all of our generous guests , sponsors, and VIP visitors who made this year’s East County Magazine holiday party very merry indeed!As always, we invited community leaders and officials in all parties, plus other special guests.
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), whose district will soon include much of East County, joined the festivities.Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) sent Assembly commendations for our award-winning writers and photographers. Santa and Mrs. Claus heard children’s Christmas wishes, while an elf handed out prizes.
December 15, 2011 (El Cajon) – For an artsy twist on the holiday season, stop by the Holiday Open House Extravaganza located at the Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 120 East Main Street in El Cajon on December 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. Meet featured artists Rick Knight, glass artist, and Denise Rich, cow artist.
Dec. 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--With a large budgetary gap on the horizon, Governor Brown announced $980 million in mid-year budget cuts on Tuesday. Colleges, libraries, and childcare facilities were hit with the hardest cuts, while K-12 education dodged the worst-case scenario that many districts had feared.
December 15, 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:
Made in America gift ideas (ABC)
Possibility of government shutdown looms (Washington Post)
House passes payroll tax bill packed with poison pills (Huffington Post)
President Obama: The economy, the Congress, the future (CBS 60 Minutes interview)
Lawmakers in showdown over payroll tax cuts (Reuters)
Attorney General vows to protect U.S. voters’ civil rights (BBC)
As troops leave, Iraq wants surge of American business (CNN)
Far fewer enter U.S. illegally from Mexico (Wall Street Journal)
Company once known as Blackwater ditches XE for yet another name (Wall Street Journal)
Gunman turns Belgian Christmas market into bloodbath (Reuters)
Chained students rescued in Pakistan (Reuters)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
La Mesa smart meter opponent voices outrage over families left in the cold
By Miriam Raftery
December 14, 2011 (La Mesa)—“We have just learned of a very troubling situation,” Susan Brinchman, a La Mesa activist leading statewide efforts to oppose smart meters, has informed ECM.“Power has been cut off for three families who changed out the smart meters on their homes for analogs.”
The shut-offs were made by Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Santa Cruz. Like a growing number of Californians, the families left in the dark had complained of health problems that they believed were caused by smart meters installed on their residences. Now, Brinchman fears that the same thing could happen in San Diego County.
December 14, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – The Deerhorn Valley Antler has published a warning from regarding a dog poisoning which reportedly occurred last week.
“Our farm dog was poisoned by antifreeze last week somewhere at the end of Deerhorn,” wrote Eowyn Smith of Wilde Oaks Farms, located near the top of Deerhorn Valley Road.He recalled, "Several years ago there was a rash of similar dog poisoniongs in the area, killing at least six dogs at the end of Deerhorn.”
December15, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
Majority supports Jerry Brown’s tax plan, poll finds (Sacramento Bee)
Jerry Brown’s cuts to California schools less than feared (Sacramento Bee)
California’s financial forecasts this week will have real-world consequences (Sacramento Bee)
Groups say closing state parks is bad economics (KPBS)
County won’t take on SDG&E over higher solar rates (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Inside La Mesa’s Traffic ‘killing zone’ (La Mesa Today)
Helix football team earns state bowl berth (San Diego Union-Tribune)
District Attorney settles public records lawsuit [filed by Lakeside resident Mel Shapiro] (San Diego CityBeat)
Planning group, Mussey Grade alliance oppose suggested changes in local planning input (Ramona Patch)
Guitar-making class hits all the right notes (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Private paramilitary training complex slated for border hits a hitch (Narco News)
County okays turkey hunt for youth—again (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Changes at VOSD (Voice of San Diego)
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December 14, 2011 (Europe) –On December 10, the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) and the North American Platform against Windpower (NA-PAW) served notice to two European countries regarding health hazards associated with wind policies. The groups, which plan to notify more government as well as the wind industry in coming weeks, claim to represent 600 citizens' groups from 26 countries.
“Hundreds of families around the world have developed unbearable symptoms of the WTS (wind turbine syndrome) as described by Dr Nina Pierpont in her world-famous book of the same name. Many have been forced to leave their homes,” a letter sent to the Danish government states.
Heaven, Iron and I: The Ron Martinelli Story, By Ron Zuccaro (Tribute House Publishing, Macomb County, Michigan, 2011, 145 pages.)
Book Review by Dennis Moore
December 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Ron Zuccaro, a highly decorated former Marine, has written a riveting and at times spiritual memoir of a tumultuous time in our country’s history, the Vietnam War--and how it steeled him to overcome a devastating personal tragedy after coming home.
December 3, 2011 (Jamul) – At Jamul Haven, a five-star Victorian bed and breakfast inn in Jamul, a cherished holiday tradition is the annual “Children’s Candy Train Party.” Held on December 17, this free and festive occasion includes making candy trains and gingerbread houses.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego)--Texas Governor Rick Perry made another major Senior Moment in a recent speech. Governor Perry said their were only eight judges on the US Supreme Court (The real total is nine!)
December 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Live Nation is pleased to announce Rise Against at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. Showtime is 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Chicago rockers Rise Against recently announced the first leg of their 2012 tour kicking off January 17th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX. Special Guests A Day to Remember and Title Fight will open the show in San Diego.
December 15, 2011 (San Diego County) -- The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year‐long anti‐DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego) – A HazMat team is en route to the Coca Cola bottling plant, where an ammonia leak has occurred, Incident Page Network reports. The plant is located at 1348 47th Street, located just off Federal Blvd. next to the 10 News station. Ammonia is toxic if inhaled.
Dec. 13, 2011- The “failed” leadership of Congressman Duncan Hunter was the topic of discussion Wednesday night at the Ramona Forum. Candidates in both the Democratic and Republican party vying to unseat the incumbent Congressman in the newly created 50th district introduced themselves to the voting public—and took shots at Hunter’s record.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Following an examination, the San Diego Medical Examiner has concluded that Jeffery Martin Andrews, 33, died of sudden cardiac arrest associated with coronary artery atherosclerosis.
Andrews collapsed while hiking in Mission Trails Regional Park on September 7. He was found by a hiker, who asked a jogger to call 911. Santee Fire Department responded to the call and confirmed death without medical intervention.
December 23 deadline for public comment on County's proposed wind ordinance
By Caleb Trainer
December 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The eastern portions of San Diego County have become areas for increased interest in wind energy production. In response, County officials are proposing changes to current regulations that, in effect, will make it easier for wind energy development—including both wind farms with large-scale turbines and smaller scale residential windmills.
December 12, 2011 (La Mesa) – David Gonzalez, 16, and his grandmother, Celia Torres, 73, have been identified by family members as the victims who perished in a fiery collision Friday on Highway 125 just south of I-8. Gonzalez was a sophomore at Grossmont High School and hoped to join the military.
December 12, 2011 (El Cajon) --Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will present the Senate District 36 “Business of the Year” award tomorrow to Bob Taylor (photo, left), founder of Taylor Guitars.The award will be made on the bustling factory floorin El Cajon where the company’s world famous musical instruments are made.
“Taylor Guitars is an example of the American dream come true,” Senator Anderson says.
December 12, 2011(San Diego) – Around 100 Occupy San Diego protesters took part locally today in a multi-state effort to shut down West Coast ports. The protesters succeeded in preventing some trucks from off-loading cargo from ships docked at the port.
December 12, 2011(Alpine) -- San Diego author, Walter G. Meyer, who has been speaking around the country about the bullying crisis, will be the first guest on the new radio show “The Week You Missed with Diane & Chris” on My107.9FM. The Alpine-based radio station is also available online at ww.my1079.com
Diane Jean and Chris Clobber have been doing stand-up comedy around San Diego for decades and are the originators of the Brew HaHa Comedy nights that have been running for years. Their new radio show has been on the air for three weeks and highlights news, current events, strange occurrences, comedy, music, and the occasional serious topic. The show airs Thursday nights from 8-10, and Meyer will be the guest for the second hour, starting at 9 p.m. on December 15.
December 12, 2011 (San Diego)--The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
December 12, 2011 (El Cajon, CA) -- NewMark Merrill Companies, a retail development and full-service property management firm, will host a free holiday celebration featuring a real snow play area from noon to 3 p.m. at El Cajon Town & Country on Sunday, December 18.
December 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- La Maestra is preparing for its 19th Annual Holiday Toy & Gift Drive. Each December, La Maestra Community Health Centers and La Maestra Foundation partner to collect and distribute gifts to low-income families in communities, including nutritious food, household items, clothing and toys.
Beautiful Noble fir trees and Paul Ecke poinsettias will be sold in November and December to raise funds for La Maestra Foundation's community development programs and pre-orders are being taken now.