By Miriam Raftery
July 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – After forensic dog teams identified dozens of potential ancient human remain sites at energy projects on Bureau of Land Management property in Ocotillo and McCain Valley, as ECM reported this week, ECM asked the BLM what steps it intends to take to assure that any Native American remains are protected.
Two officials from the BLM have responded to our inquiry.
Take these steps to restore Brown Act protections at state and local levels
By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine
July 18, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Criticism is mounting over the state’s suspension of Brown Act protections, which have long required local government boards to provide at least 72 hours public notice of meeting agendas.
After some agencies submitted inflated bills to the state for reimbursement of notification costs, the Legislature recklessly suspended public notice requirements to save money--giving public agencies a license to hide their agendas.
ECM has invoked the Brown Act to force local boards to postpone meetings and reverse actions after they failed to provide notice required by the Brown Act. Any individual or media outlet that has requested to be notified of a board’s meetings has a right to do the same.
What’s being done to restore open government protections—and how can you help?
July 15, 2012 (Ramona) -- Here’s a juicy story: the Oasis Camel Dairy will host its second annual Watermelon Days on July 21 & 22 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at 26757 Old Julian Hwy in Ramona. Festivities include feeding watermelon to the camels, camel rides, an exotic bird show featuring talking and singing parrots and tours of the camel dairy.
- Special report: water supplies pass tipping point (UT San Diego)
- Ramona’s original horses come home (Ramona Patch)
- San Diego County’s wildlife killers (Voice of San Diego)
- Heartland Fire Chief steps down (La Mesa Today)
- Unclaimed funds being held by county (10 News)
- 15-year-old Santee driver in fatal SR 52 crash sentenced to one year
- A costly, cranky day for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
- La Mesa’s $1.9 million payment to state could be cut in half, says city manager (La Mesa Patch)
- California Health Exchange seeks to make buying insurance a breeze (Sacramento Bee)
- Lawmakers seek state parks investigation (Sacramento Bee)
July 19, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A SIG ALERT has been issued for eastbound Highway 94, where an overturned trash truck is blocking access to northbound SR-125.
“It was an EDCO trash truck laying on its side with its wheels pointed south,” El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM, who drove past the incident moments ago.
July 19, 2012 (McCain Valley) – Tom Klimek of Lemon Grove shared these photos that he took of McCain Valley “as few have seen it,” blanketed in snow, isolated in its pristine beauty.
“On March 18, 2012 I drove to Laguna Mountain and then to McCain to enjoy the late winter storm that brought wind, rain, hail, and snow to the East County,” he wrote. “McCain Valley Road begins at about 3200 feet elevation and rises to 4500 feet near the end of the road. There were no tracks in the snow as me and my son drove all the way to Cottonwood camp.”
- Drug trial offers hope for Alzheimer’s treatment (USA Today)
- Worst drought in decades grips nation (Los Angeles Times)
- Why Democrats are willing to walk off the “fiscal cliff” (Washington Post)
- Can Obama save manufacturing? (Washington Post)
- Controversial GOP spending bill released (The Hill)
- Romney attacks on Bain questioned: Obama campaign accuses Romney of lying about Bain tenure (Boston Globe)
- Could Obama’s negative attacks on Mitt Romney backfire? (USA Today)
- NAACP crowd boos Romney for voting to repeal health reform (NBC)
- Condi Rice a possible VP pick for Romney: pros and cons (CNN)
- Supreme Court rejects ‘Stolen Valor’ law, says lying about military honors isn’t a crime (McClatchy News)
- Google searching for human traffickers, drug cartels (Fox)
- Olympics security shambles is a “humiliating shambles”, boss concedes (CNN)
- Dutch, U.S. authorities investigating needles in airline sandwiches (CNN)
- Central Damascus hit by clashes (Reuters)
CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS RAISED OVER PLANNERS' TIES TO COGENTRIX LOBBYIST AS VOTE NEARS ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT
By Miriam Raftery
July 19, 2012 (San Diego) At 9 a.m. today, the San Diego Planning Commission will hold an important vote to determine whether to rezone open space to industrial land in order to allow a proposed natural gas-fired power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park.
July 18, 2012 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Police searching the area of La Mesa Blvd. & Grossmont Blvd. near Grossmont Center for a robbery suspect; air support and K9 responding as of 10:20 p.m. Police advise that you avoid this area. Remain indoors if possible due to K-9 unit searching area.
The suspect is described as a 24 to 25 year old Hispanic male, 506/thin, wearing blue baseball cap, blue short sleeved shirt with blue long sleeved shirt underneath it, and blue work type pants.
La Mesa Today reports the suspect robbed a Circle K store and used a knife to demand cash from the clerk.
Please contact La Mesa Police with any additional information or a suspect sighting.
July 18, 2012 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy held a Volunteer Appreciation Party on July 14 to thank all the volunteers who have given many hours of support over the years. The 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Awards were distributed at the party. The winners are:
July 18, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Lakes hosts Friday movie nights this summer. Bring a blanket or chairs and your picnic and enjoy movies under the stars. The Friday night lineup includes:
Kung Fu Panda – July 20
Muppets – August 3
Dolphin Tale – August 17
July 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Fletcher Hills Library is holding its annual Ice Cream Social on July 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 576 Garfield Avenue, El Cajon. The Friends of Fletcher Hills Library will be serving up the ice cream. Firefighters with Heartland Fire and Rescue in El Cajon will be stopping by as well.
For more information call 619-466-1132.
A brush fire that began near High Street at Buena Vista Avenue in La Mesa tonight briefly threatened homes and sent smoke billowing up that was visible on SR-94. The fire was quickly doused by Heartland Fire, however High Street is closed for mop-up.
By Ariele Johannson
July 16, 2012 (El Cajon)—San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted on June 20 to approve the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) allowing redevelopment of 70 acres at Gillespie Field Airport from light industrial to aviation-only usage.
July 17, 2012 (San Diego)--The Brown Act is the state’s open meeting law that requires local governments to prepare and post agendas for public meetings and disclose decisions made in closed meetings. The state will reimburse the entities required to comply with the Brown Act for the costs associated with these requirements because they are considered to be a state mandate.
When the state budget was adopted, the money to reimburse those costs was cut from the budget. Since the requirement to post meeting agendas is considered a mandate, and the mandate was suspended, so was the requirement to continue posting public meeting agendas.
Open meetings would mean little without public notice of where and when they are scheduled and what business is to be addressed, or if actions taken after deliberation in closed session were never to be revealed.
Canines identify dozens of sites in path of wind and power line projects
Wind developers “cooperate” with tribes on searches-- but SDG&E refuses to allow dogs on its ECO-Substation site
Story by Miriam Raftery
Photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott, Miriam Raftery, and Jim Pelley
July 18, 2012 (McCain Valley) – Weaving across cactus-studded terrain in McCain Valley, Piper, a border collie trained to find ancient human remains, pauses to sniff the ground. Ears erect, he sits, alerting handler Lynne Engelbert, who records the GPS coordinates. (Click video to view.) Minutes later, Piper’s find is independently confirmed by a second search dog.
July 17, 2012 (San Diego) – The Summer Pops Concert featuring Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra and presented by Springfest is July 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego.
By Miriam Raftery
July 17, 2012 (Alpine)—The Alpine Community Planning Group is seeking new applicants to fill a vacancy for seat 14. All interested applicants are encouraged to come to the ACPG meeting on July 26 at 6 p.m. on the Alpine Community Center.
The Planning Group previously nominated Charles Kaderabek for the position. But APCG Chair Greg Fox told ECM tonight, “Mr. Kaderabek had contacted me and withdrew his name for consideration.”