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DRAFT DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN RELEASED BY BLM AND U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE

CONSERVATION GROUP SUES TO PROTECT EAGLES AT PROPOSED TULE WIND FARM

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

SAVING THE CHEETAHS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 25-OCT. 11

LA MESANS MEET CANDIDATES AT CHAMBER DEBATE

OPERA AND A SCULPTURE GARDEN: GROWING CULTURE ALONG WITH VINEYARDS AT SALERNO WINERY IN RAMONA

U.S. AND ARAB ALLIES LAUNCH AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL STRONGHOLD IN SYRIA

PASSAGES: DUANE SWAINSTON 1965-2014, EL CAJON COUNCIL CANDIDATE

PAUL MCCARTNEY—TODAY (2014) AND YESTERDAY (1964)

FOLLOWING WORLDWIDE CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH, SAN DIEGO COUNCIL CALLS ON MAYOR TO ISSUE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

PROJECT WILDLIFE TO JOIN HUMANE SOCIETY


COUNTY ISSUES HEAT WARNING

Cool Zones Open Throughout Region

 
August 8, 2012 (San Diego County) -- With temperatures expected this week to reach the mid 90s throughout the region, County health officials are warning the public to take precautions to avoid heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
 
“Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can cause serious health problems,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun, or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, exhaustion and cramps.”

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER APPOINTED TO BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD

August 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – Michael Murphy, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, has been appointed to the Board of Examiners for the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Murphy’s appointment was made by Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., Director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for quality and performance excellence that an organization can receive. Sharp HealthCare was recognized by Baldrige in 2007.

WILL IBERDROLA USE GAMESA TURBINES OR BLADES AT TULE WIND?

Company ties, history of fires and failures, raises troubling questions

By Miriam Raftery

August 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – After researching problems with Gamesa wind turbines and blades, ECM asked Iberdrola PR representative Michelle Sinning whether Iberdrola plans to use Gamesa products at the Tule Wind site in McCain Valley. 

“I haven’t  heard anything about Gamesa,” Sinning said.  She indicated she would obtain a statement and get back to us by tonight's deadline (she didn't), but added that Iberdrola will not make a decision on which suppliers to use until after contracts are signed  in order to have flexibility to take advantage of the best “pricing and innovations” on the market.

Perhaps Ms. Sinning should do her homework.

BIRD TALK: THE ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD

By Greg Dunne
                                                
August 8, 2012 (Lake Jennings)--I am going to make an assumption here, but I believe that the Hummingbird is everyone’s favorite backyard bird.

Although there have been sightings of 10 different species of Hummingbirds in San Diego County, our resident Hummingbirds are the Black-chinned Hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird, and, probably the most commonly seen Hummingbird here in the East County, Anna’s Hummingbird. The Hummingbirds’ range is strictly throughout North and South America. They fascinated the first Europeans to arrive on the continent. Christopher Columbus wrote about them and many wondered if they were a cross between a bird and an insect – at one point being called “flybirds”. Later, their feathers became fashionable ornaments in Europe (a practice that has thankfully fallen out of favor).

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: RATTLESNAKE SAFETY

By Sam DiGiovanna, East County Magazine In House Fire Chief

August 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--As spring and summer time calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.

RATEPAYER ADVOCATES GROUP FINDS SDG&E REQUEST WOULD GOUGE RATEPAYERS TO PROFIT SHAREHOLDERS

 

DRA Says SDG&E’s cost of capital request is out of line with today’s market and unfair to customers

August 7, 2012 (San Francisco) – The Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA), the independent consumer advocate within the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), on Monday presented evidence in the CPUC’s proceeding on Cost of Capital. DRA found that San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s (SDG&E) request for an 11.0% Return on Equity far exceeds both the company’s revenue needs and market standards.

 

DRA recommends that the appropriate Return on Equity (“ROE,” or the revenue that shareholders can expect to earn on their investment) should be 8.5%, which would result in a $50 million annual savings to SDG&E’s customers. [See Cost of Capital Comparison Chart]

EDITORIAL: TELL SUPERVISORS TO JUST SAY “NO” TOMORROW TO TULE WIND & OTHER DESTRUCTIVE ENERGY PROJECTS

 

Contact all supervisors through the links below

Supervisors' hearing 9 am Wed., 1600 Pacific Coast Highway downtown

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

August 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Please join me today in taking action to preserve the character of our communities, the beauty of our region, and the safety of people across San Diego County who may be imperiled by another horrific wildfire.

ALPINE CHAMBER HOT TOPIC BREAKFAST “BULLYING” SEPTEMBER 11

 

August 5, 2012 (Alpine) – The topic for the September 11 Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topic Breakfast will be Anit-Bullying/Cyber Bullying.  The guest speakers are Jihan Yacoub,Deputy District Attorney and Jesse Navarro, S.D. County D.A. Office. The breakfast will be at Wells Fargo Bank from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The cost to attend is $15 per person.  RSVP to Chamber.Kelly@att.net.  Visit www.Alpinechamber.com for more information.

 

SUMMER FUN AT VIEJAS OUTLET CENTER

 

August 7, 2012 (Alpine) – The Viejas Outlet Center has plenty of summer activities to entertain one and all at 5000 Willows Road, Alpine.  Activities include everything from mini golf to free movies in the Show Court.  Following is a schedule of events:

STOMP GRAPES FOR CHARITY AT HACIENDA DE LAS ROSAS WINERY SEPTEMBER 3

August 7, 2012 (Ramona) – Hacienda de las Rosas Winery is hosting its annual Grape Stomp on September 3 at its ranch and winery in Ramona.  This year’s proceeds will be given to Wounded Warrior Homes, Inc, a local organization that will provide transitional housing to single service members who are being medically discharged with Traumatic Brain Injury.

The event is private and open only to members of the Winery’s Club.  Join the Club by August 10 and you will be able to attend the event.  Festivities will include a live band, huge buffet, wine tasting and grape stomping.

Click here to join the Club.

COMMEMORATE WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY WITH A SCREENING OF MISS REPRESENTATION AUGUST 26

 

August 7, 2012 (San Diego) – Run Women Run, along with 20 Partner Organizations, is presenting a screening of the documentary “Miss Representation” on August 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Irwin M. Jacobs Hall, 5775 Morehouse Dr., San Diego to commemorate Women’s Equality Day.  The documentary, by Jennifer Siebel Newsome, explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT PACIFIC SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSUEM AUGUST 11

 

July 29, 2012 (Campo) – The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is celebrating the 100 th birthday of Southern Pacific Co. Steam Locomotive & Tender #2353 that was built in 1912 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia that was featured in the movie “Pearl Harbor”.  The event is August 11 at the Museum, State Route 94 and Forrest Gate Road, Campo, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Free hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and birthday cake will be available.

 

FLASH FLOOD WARNING ISSUED--AND A FIRE IN POTRERO

Update 2:40 p.m. The fire is holding at 7 acres.

August 7, 2012 (San Diego's East County) - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the south central portions of San Diego including but not limited to Pine Valley, Descanso and Morena Village.  

In addition, a flash flood watch is in effect for East County's mountains and high desert areas. Hundreds of low water crossings are potentially dangerous in heavy rains, the NWS warns; do not attempt to drive through flooded roads as even a few inches of swiftly moving water can sweep a vehicle away.

BOY, 12, ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS SISTER IN LA MESA

August 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—A 12-year-old boy shot his sister in the shoulder in what police believe is an accidental shooting  La Mesa Police responded to a 911 call from the boy at 9:44 a.m. today at the family’s home in the 8800 block of Jefferson Avenue in La Mesa.

COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD VOTES TUESDAY ON BOND MEASURE FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

Aging facilities, technology needs behind new facilities bond proposal

August 6, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board is holding a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.  7, at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate to consider placing a $398 million facilities bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot.

ROCK THE DOME: AUGUST 11 SHOW AT REUBEN H. FLEET BENEFITS ACES IN EL CAJON

 
August 6, 2012 (El Cajon)—On August 11, the El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services (ACES Foundation) and KGB Radio 101.5 invite you to the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park for a fund raising showing of the multimedia rock show, “Rock the Dome.” The show is a 360 degree swirl of state-of-the -art visuals and imagery shown on the legendary Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 76-foot IMAX dome accompanied by top rock music from Pink Floyd, Van Halen, Led Zeppeliln, AC/DC, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Rush and many more, all synchronized to $2 million worth of cool graphics, futuristic visuals, and mind-blowing imagery. This isn't your Mom’s and Dad’s laserium show!

POLL: FILNER LEADS IN SAN DIEGO MAYORAL RACE

Independent survey of likely November voters shows Filner leads by 8 points

August 6, 2012 (San Diego)--A poll of San Diego voters shows Bob Filner with a significant 8-point lead in the race for San Diego Mayor.

 In a survey of 400 likely November voters in the City of San Diego, 40 percent of respondents said they support or lean toward Filner in the Mayor’s race. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they support San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and 29 percent were undecided.

COMMUNITY BLOG LAUNCHES FOR LAWSON VALLEY

July 28, 2012 (Lawson Valley) –Residents of Lawson Valley in outer Jamul now have a website for local news, thanks to editor Leslie Yoder, who drew inspiration from Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton.

LA MESA IS HOME TO NEW COFFEE SHOP: BUGSY’S BREW

 
August 6, 2012 (La Mesa)--Bugsy’s Brew Coffee opens in La Mesa. Family owned and operated, Bugsy’s Brew offers customers a comfortable place to relax and enjoy fantastic coffee and desserts. Bugsy’s Brew Coffee is located at 8759 La Mesa Blvd at the corner of Jackson, so it is a perfect spot to hit before heading to work in the morning or for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.

READER'S EDITORIAL: SDG&E EXCLUDES FIRE SURVIVORS AND LOW-INCOME PEOPLE FROM FIRE MITIGATION GRANTS

Meeting August 7 in Deerhorn Valley on fire mitigation funds

By Kim Hamilton, Editor, Deerhorn Valley Antler

August 6, 2012 (Deerhorn Valley)--We are now well into a perilous fire season. SDG&E, in its guise as the “Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Group,” has notified some 1,300 at-risk homeowners along the Powerlink that they are “potentially qualified to receive grant funds for the creation of defensible space or structure hardening...” Up to $2,000 per parcel is being made available on a yearly basis. Make no mistake: this is not done out of the goodness of their hearts. Nor will it eliminate the increased danger we now face from Powerlink. It was simply a requirement for approval. A “partial mitigation.”

We, the at-risk and soon-to-be-crushed (as our Governor threatened last week), need answers to some serious questions about these “grants”:

MOUNTAIN LION SPOTTED IN SANTEE NEIGHBORHOOD

August 6, 2012 (Santee)--A mountain lion has been reported in the 10700 block of Princess Arlene, a residential neighborhood in Santee.  Incident Page Network indicates that San Diego Sheriff and animal control officers are conducting a search of the area.

A mountain lion was also spotted days ago in an Alpine residential neighborhood.  Mountain lions are native to our region, though the normally shy animals are rarely seen.  Shooting a mountain lion is illegal in California, except in cases where a permit is obtained such as to address livestock predation.  Violators have faced stiff penalties.

TWO GIRLS DIE AFTER VEHICLE PLUNGES INTO OTAY LAKE

August 6, 2012 (Otay)—Two 5-year-old girls, Giuliana Figueroa of La Mesa and Lesette Silva of Chula Vista have died after the vehicle in which they were passengers plunged into Otay Lake last night, the Medical Examiner reports.  The girls, who were wearing seatbelts,  were in the backseat of a Kia minivan driven by Arlene Hernandez.

“Due to Hernandez’s level of intoxication, she lost control of the Kia,” a statement issued by the CHP indicated.

OTAY LAKES ROAD CLOSED AFTER VEHICLE PLUNGES INTO LAKE

 

August 5, 2012 (Otay)—A vehicle has plunged into the Otay Lake reservoir, multiple sources confirm. Divers assisted in rescuing people trapped inside, including two juveniles.  The children were in CPR status, IPN reported, but were later taken to a hospital by medical helicopter. Their condition has not been released.

 Otay Lakes Road is closed between Highway 94 and Wueste Road, a Jamul resident has informed ECM.  “A tow truck is standing by to recover the vehicle,” he added.

SOCIAL SECURITY GOES FOR THE GOLD

 
By Jeannette Nunes
Social Security District Manager
 
August 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Millions of Americans are following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The last time swimmer Michael Phelps competed, he brought home more gold medals at one time than anyone in the history of the Olympics. This week, he collected the 18th gold medal of his career.

FOOD SAFETY GUIDES FOR GROUPS MOST VULNERABLE TO FOODBORNE ILLNESS NOW AVAILABLE

 
USDA and FDA partner on food safety booklets to help those with compromised immune systems prevent food borne illness 
 
August 5, 2012  (Washington) —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have partnered to create six booklets with food safety advice for populations that are most susceptible to food borne illness. The booklets in this “at-risk series” are tailored to help older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with cancer, diabetes or HIV/AIDS reduce their risk for food borne illness.

WATCHDOG GROUP RELEASES VIDEO AND DATABASE GUIDE TO RISKS OF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

 
August 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – How safe are psychiatric drugs?  A disturbing new video released by Citizens Commission on Human Rights highlights serious risks and side effects of commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs.  View the video Psychiatric Drugs-Search Warnings, Studies, & Side Effects:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAqCf2gzYag&list=PLB9EA75455D155D89&feature=plcp

POLITICAL WRANGLING: HATS ARE IN THE RING, GLOVES ARE COMING OFF

 
By Buck Shott
 
August 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – As the political season kicks into gear, we’ve got the roundup of who’s running (so far) for East County’s three city councils.  We bring you the latest mud fests and hot gossip in San Diego’s mayoral race. Plus see who’s having a bad week on the presidential campaign trail – all in this week’s Political Wrangling. Yee-ha!

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