Public asked to join with tribes on June 23
“The snake was moved but kept coming back, just like our people. We will continue to keep coming back.” – Preston Arrowweed, Quechan elder. He believes unusual animal visitations at site are signs from Indian spirits, asking his people to help.
By Miriam Raftery
Jim Pelley, Denee ‘Estevane’ Woolley, and Susan Massey also contributed to this report
June 7, 2012 (Ocotillo)—Neither blistering heat nor blowing dust dissuaded Native Americans from at least four tribes from taking part in a five-day occupation in Ocotillo last week.
They came to be with the spirits of their ancestors. They also aim to show that desert devastation occurring with construction of the Ocotillo Express wind facility is wrong and must be stopped.
June 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Proposition D, which declares El Cajon to be a charter city independent of many state requirements, has been approved by voters.
The measure passed by a 57%-43% margin.
June 8, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Fair is now open with an "Out of This World" theme. If you head up to the fairgrounds, enjoy sunny skies, says Your Online Weather host Gary Kelley.
By Miriam Raftery
June 7, 2012 (San Diego)—Proposition 29 sought to add a $1 tax onto a pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products in order to fund cancer research. The measure appears headed for defeat,with the count currently showing 50.8% voting no. (Some counties have not yet certified final results, which is not required until July 6.)
The tobacco industry spent a reported $65 million to defeat the measure--and appears to have got its money's worth with a spate of ads labeled as distortion by prominent newspapers statewide.
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Nadin Abbott, Tom Abbott and Miriam Raftery
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – Two feisty and fiercely competitive politicians, polar opposites in the partisan divide, will square off in the San Diego Mayoral run-off race in November.
Carl Demaio, a conservative Republican and former councilmember, in his victory speech at the U.S. Grant Hotel , said that “Citizens have shifted the city into drive and put their foot on the gas.” He pledged to “finish the job of fiscal reform” by implementing Propositions A and B, as well as fixing “roads that are falling apart.”
Congressman Bob Filner, a liberal Democrat and former Deputy Mayor of San Diego, faulted DeMaio for focusing on “a pothole somewhere” while lacking a positive message for voters. “I want to talk about a vision of the future of what can be a really great city,” Filner told media at Election Central.
By Miriam Raftery
June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner’s departure from Congress to run for mayor has left an open seat in the 51st Congressional district, which spans southern portions of San Diego and Imperial Counties. In the June primary, a field of seven candidates has been narrowed to two: Democratic State Senator Juan Vargas and Republican Michael Crimmins, a retired Marine Corps officer and teacher.
Photos by Miriam Raftery and Nadine Abbott
June 7, 2012 (San Diego) – A judicial candidate who was removed as a Judge Pro Tem by the San Diego Superior Court days before the primary election has finished in first place.
Jim Miller, an El Cajon attorney who also drew a “lacking qualifications” rating from the County Bar Association in his judicial race, will compete in the November run-off election against fellow conservative Robert Amador for office 25 on the Superior Court.
Miller further raised controversy in the legal community after making indiscreet posts on his Facebook page, where he divulged details of cases he was hearing as well as dissing local attorneys,judges, and a law enforcement officer: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9865.
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego Shakespeare Society will perform excerpts from several of William Shakespeare’s “Nature Related” works on June 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park’s Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater. The readings will include the Pyrmamus & Thisbe scene from a Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Rupert’s Readers performing an interactive open reading and Surprise Sonnet presentations.
June 7, 2012 (Campo) – The Mountain Empire-Campo Kiwanis presents a Barn Dance at the Star Ranch, 31310 Hwy 94, Campo on June 9. The BBQ begins at 7:00 p.m. with the dance following from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The “Honkey Tonk Kings” will be the featured country dance band.
June 7, 2012 (Jacumba) – Telemagica’s Galaxia 2012 takes place June 8, 9 and 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday on the grounds of the Institute of Perception (Railroad Street) in Jacumba.
The event is a yearly gathering of collective performance art dedicated to the evolution of the human spirit through the arts.
- Al Qaeda commander killed (BBC)
- Europe mulls major step toward “fiscal union” (Reuters)
- Plane crash in Nigeria kills all 147 on board (Reuters)
- Romney aversion to wind power is alienating some Republicans (Bloomberg)
- Diamond Jubilee Thames pageant for Queen Elizabeth cheered by crowd (BBC)
- Fever during pregnancy doubles autism risk, study finds (California Watch)
- Unions suffer blow in Wisconsin recall defeat (The Hill)
- In Wisconsin, reports of voter suppression (CBS)
- An Open Letter to President Obama from tribal leaders (Indigenous Reflections)
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
June 7, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown man responsible for robbing the Bank of America, located inside of the Albertsons grocery store at 543 Sweetwater Road, Spring Valley, California, on Monday, June 4, 2012.
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
June 6th, 2012 (San Diego)--Two Republican candidates supported by the conservative Lincoln Club of San Diego won outright their seats to City Council, winning over 50 percent of the vote. One was businessman Scott Sherman (District 7), and the other was Mike Kersey (District 5).
District 1 will see a run off in November between Ray Ellis, a Republican also backed by the Lincoln Club, and Sherri Lightner, who is backed by the Democratic Party, nurses and teachers.
June 7, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library at 2130 Arnold Way has a variety of events for planned for the month of June. For infants and toddlers story time is held on Wednesday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. including Local Heroes Storytime on June 13 when Alpine’s Postmaster will be the guest reader.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)-Republican Duncan Hunter has won the 50th Congressional district primary with a solid 67% of the vote. Democrat David Secor has a firm hold on second place to square off against Hunter in November.
Secor faces an uphill battle in this heavily Republican District.
June 7, 2012 (San Diego)--From coastal fog to blazing desert temperatures, Your Online Weather with Gary Kelley has today's forecast countywide.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)--With 98.4% of precincts counted, the clear winners in the 79th Assembly District race are Democrat Shirley Weber (30.00%) and Republican Mary England (29.67%).
If elected in the November run-off, Weber would become San Diego county's first African-American woman to serve in the Legislature. England, however, hopes to score an upset win to take back the ethnically diverse district from Democrats in November.
June 5, 2012- For cash strapped school districts in rural East County, tonight's final results will mean deeper cuts for local schools. Two bond measures have gone down in defeat, one by the slimmest of margins.