May 12, 2012 (Baja)--Greg Niemann, author of Baja Fever, and life-long Baja Buff who has traveled all over the peninsula known as Baja California in Mexico, has written a well-researched and easy-to-read history of the people and resorts that make Baja what it is today.
What is Baja anyway? “Baja,” which means “Lower” in Spanish, refers to an 800-mile long peninsula separated from Mexico’s mainland by the Gulf of California – or the Sea of Cortez, if you prefer. The peninsula is comprised of two Mexican states, Baja California (Norte), with Mexicali as capital, and Baja California Sur, whose capital city is La Paz. To make it easy Norte means “North” and Sur means “South.”
May 12, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego County Parks and Recreation has a cornucopia of events happening around the region in May.There’s something for everyone – from guided hikes to campfires and stargazing.
“We are the canaries in the coal mine. If this is not stopped here, destruction of millions of acres of public lands across the southwest will likely soon follow.” -- Terry Weiner, Desert Protective Council
By Miriam Raftery
May 11, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today signed the Record of Decision, giving a go-ahead for the contentious Ocotillo Express wind project.
The announcement came just hours after a coalition of environmental leaders, tribal representatives, off-road vehicle users, outdoor enthusiasts, residents and legal spokespersons called for a national moratorium on the "fast tracking" of massive energy projects on federal public lands.
May 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Helix Charter High School Speech and Debate Team members know what they are talking about! Eleven students from Helix, along with 80 students from other San Diego County high schools, participated in the California High School Speech Association State Championships in San Francisco April 27-29, 2012.
The Tour Features a Wisconsin-style “Lake House” on the La Jolla Oceanfront, Tennis Star Bobby Riggs’ 1970’s Remodeled Mid-Century in Ramona and Three North County Homes that Showcase Universal Design for Aging in Place
May 11, 2012 -- The San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
is offering an exclusive self-guided tour of five recently remodeled residences on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour, subtitled “Spaces Re-Imagined and Re-Invented,” will feature designers at each location to discuss design challenges and solutions and answer questions. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at www.ASIDSanDiego.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at all tour sites the day of the tour and group discounts are available.
A 1970s home originally owned by Bobby Riggs, one of the top tennis players in the world in the ‘40s, who infamously lost to Billy Jean King in the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis showdown in 1973 is one of five homes featured on the 2012 ASID Remodel Tour May 19. John Mills Davies, ASID, of Marrokal Design & Remodeling, and Kelly Smiar, ASID, designed the whole house remodel. For ticket information, visit www.ASIDSanDiego.org.
May 11, 2012 (El Cajon) -- HomeGoods, the off-price store dedicated to home fashions, will open a new store in El Cajon on Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 a.m. The 25,000 square-foot store is located in the Westfield Parkway, Fletcher Parkway and Johnson Avenue. With the addition of this store, HomeGoods will have four stores in the San Diego marketplace.
May 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Stahl for Congress Committee has called into question not only the journalistic intent, but also the community obligation of the local San Diego media.
The Stahl for Congress Committee is wondering why we are even having a primary if the local media wants to decide for the voters who should be in the debates and the general election without interviewing or vetting anyone but Saldana, Peters and Bilbray.(Editor’s note: East County Magazine HAS interviewed Stahl. View our profile here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/9523)
May 11, 2012 (Santee) -- For the second year, Sportsplex USA has teamed up with SoccerNation to organize a fun and exciting indoor soccer tournament to recognize and honor our active, non-active military friends and family as well as local area veterans.
May 11, 2012 (San Diego) --San Diegans Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh are the proud parents of a bouncing baby book, American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2012). Over a span of a year, the co-authors will share with you their journey through American history. You can order inscribed and signed copies of the book by writing to email@example.com.
May 11, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Lakeside’s River park Conservancy is presenting a free guided Mother’s Day hike on May 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.River Park biologist, Monica Winters, will lead a five mile loop of the San Diego Riverbed in East County.
Winters will point out plants, birds and insects along the way.All mothers will receive a beautiful native plant to take home.
"I thought wind energy was something I could believe in. This film suggests it's just another corporate flim-flam game. - Film critic Rogert Ebert
May 10, 2012 (San Diego) A special free showing of the award-winning documentary ‘Windfall,’ an exploration of industrial wind impacts on a rural community, will lbe held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Landmark Theater in Hillcrest. The showing is cosponsored by Backcountry Against Dumps and The Protect Our Communities Foundation.
Hundreds of industrial wind turbines are currently proposed for public, private and tribal lands in East County with 400-800 thousand acres of Wind Resource Area proposed for designation in the County's Wind Energy Ordinance & Plan Amendment DEIR.
May 10, 2012 (San Diego)--Without warning, Captain S. F. Adams evicted the award-winning Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation from Naval Base Point Loma, just after stopping City buses from entering the base. The all-volunteer museum charged the Navy nothing for 30-years of public service. Abruptly, the Navy hired a private contractor to store the artifacts in a vault 30-miles north in San Pasqual Valley. News of the eviction was announced at the 34th Annual Battle of San Diego Bay Fiesta on Sunday, April 29, 2012.
May 10, 2012 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Fire Protection District, along with San Diego Project Heartbeat will honor two local residents for their heroic efforts in saving the life of a fellow resident who went into cardiac arrest while jogging on Victoria drive in early April.
May 10, 2012 (Barona) -- San Diego County’s Annual Wildland Fire Exercise will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 10, 11, 12) on the Barona Reservation. There will be dozens of fire apparatus traveling on the highways of Lakeside on their way to Barona who is hosting the event this year.
May 10, 2012 (East County) -- If you thought the moon looked larger than usual Saturday night, you’re right! The “super moon” occurs once a year, when the moon’s orbit past brings it closest to the Earth.
Bill Ortiz took this photo of the “super moon” shining brightly over East County.
“There's music to play,(You know it, you know it!) Places to go, people to see!
Everything (Yeah!) For you and me! . . . “Got a lot of livin’ to do!”
(from Bye, Bye Birdie)
May 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Make that “a lot of singin’ to do” and you have the celebrated songsters of the Pacific Men’s Chorale in concert at the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM). Led by Christopher Allen and accompanied by Valerie Victor, the Chorale will present music ranging from “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” to “Ching A Ring Chaw,” “Joshua!” and “Feeling Good.”
May 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – With an increasing number of industrial-scale wind turbines around the world, numerous reports are surfacing to suggest that noise, infrasound and stray voltage (dirty energy) may be harmful to livestock and wildlife.
While evidence is largely anecdotal, incidences of mass die-offs of farm animals, chickens laying soft-shelled eggs, high animal miscarriage rates and disappearance of wildlife near turbines provide pause for reflection. These and other incidents suggest a need for scientific study to determine safety before additional wind energy facilities are erected across the U.S., including several proposed in San Diego’s East County.
May 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A 49-year-old man suffered a head injury in a tumble down a trail leading to Three Sisters Falls on April 29.The injury occurred at a steep section of trail where hikers must descend by rope, ECM has learned.
“The Forest Service considers this area unimproved wilderness,” said Lt. Todd Richardson with the Sheriff’soffice, which performed a hoist rescue via helicopter.
Unlike nearby Cedar Creek Falls, where trails are maintained, the U.S. Forest Service declines to maintain trails in unimproved wildernessareas such as Three Sisters Trails that are not officially designated as hiking trails.
May 9, 2012 -- (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:
Gouged by the Wind Renewable fuel mandates are raising electricity prices in the states.
Obama makes his case for another term
Should Mitt Romney worry about Ron Paul? (Christian Science Monitor)
How Ron Paul could mess with Romney at the GOP convention (Bloomberg)
Key 9-11 suspects to appear in court (BBC)
CIA thwarts new underwear bomb plot by al Qaeda (CBS)
U.N.: U.S. should give back stolen lands to Indian tribes (UK Guardian)
U.S. unemployment falls to 8.1 percent, economy adds 115,000 new jobs (RawStory)
Wind farms warming Texas (Discovery News)
Thousands rejoice as Japan shuts off nuclear power (NPR)
Socialists celebrate as French vote nears close (Reuters)
Socialist Hollande in, Sarkozy out as France elects new president (CNN)
Greek’s governing parties lose majority at polls (BBC)
Putin returns to presidency in a changed Russia (UT San Diego)
Rupert Murdoch declared unfit to lead: The price of half-truths? (Christian Science Monitor)
Running blind: Chinese activist’s dramatic escape (UT San Diego/AP)
Ahmadinejad’s support crumbles in Iran runoff (UT San Diego)
The sorry lessons of green power subsidies (Globe and Mail)
Antarctic ice melting from below – video (Christian Science Monitor)
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May 9, 2012 -- (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:
Nathan Fletcher replaced on committee deciding tax bill (Sacramento Bee)
Body found in Anza-Borrego desert believed to be missing UCSD student (Santee Patch)
Special meeting on Ramona solar farm project May 24 (Ramona Patch)
Planning group votes unanimously against solar project on Warnock Drive (Ramona Patch)
Local human rights advocate’s credibility questioned (10 News)
Parents, teachers speak out against Sweetwater Board (10 News)
Man guilty of trying to blow up wife with pipe bomb (UT San Diego)
Settlement may bring electric vehicle infrastructure to state (Los Angeles Times)
Tobacco firms chip in another $15 million against Prop 29 (Sacramento Bee)
California’s fourth year of teacher layoffs spur concern (Sacramento Bee)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
May 1, 2012 (Jacumba)-- The Jacumba community will be “jammin and wailin” on Saturday May 12th as the Jacumba Arts Council presents their first “Spring Blues Fest” at the Highland Center on old Highway 80. “People have been very enthusiastic about the event,” says Celia Sigmon, President of Jacumba Arts Council. “There have been some wonderful changes happening in Jacumba so we wanted to celebrate with the community and fellow music lovers. We also feel that the arts, especially music, should be available to all. This is why we are putting on a free event that is suitable for families. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy our scenic backcountry location!”
Lots of local and not so local artists will be there. There will be pulled- pork sandwiches, hot dogs, water and soft drinks available at the center. The Jacumba Women’s Club will have delicious baked goods available for sale. A raffle is planned with a Fender guitar and amp as the grand prize.
“We are particularly excited about the variety and talent of the musicians who will be appearing,” enthuses Joe Marshall, Event Coordinator and one of the featured performers. “BC Blues is a real get back together performance by seasoned music professionals. Its members are: Sam Cannon, Allan B3 Carrol on one of his Hammond Organs, Bob Horne, Bruce Craw, Danny Berg and Majid Rahmen from Imperial Valley. Alex Gomez and the Gomez Blues Project will also appear. This is a fine blues group from San Diego with quite a following. Members are Alex Gomez on lead vocals and guitar, Gregg Miller on vocals and drums and others. Don Belter will also play. He is a blues artist from San Diego and formally a member of the Pine Valley Posse. Singer-songwriter Michael Seth Smith will be there from Boulevard. He has some great sounds!”
Joe’s group, One Way Out, will also play. One Way Out is another great blues group that has been retired for some time but is getting back together for this event. Its members are JoeMama on the Harp, Wild Willie on Vocals, Mark the Shark on lead guitar, Rockin Raul on the Bass and Wonderful Ernie on the Drums.
Blues Fest Schedule for May 12
Bill Moffet and the Ghostriders Noon – 12:30
Mike Smith 12:45p – 1:15p
One Way Out 1:45p – 2:30p
Don Belter 2:45 –3:15p
Alex Gomez Blues Project 3:15pm – 4p
BC Blues 4:15p – 5:30p
Monster Jam (all players) 6pm - ?
The Jacumba Arts Council (JAC) is a non-profit organization (501C3 status) located in the high desert community of Jacumba, 70 miles East of San Diego and 50 Miles West of El Centro.
Citing Saldaña’s record of standing up for the 99%, MoveOn commits to national online and on the ground efforts for San Diego candidate
May 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- In a year when many Americans are looking to elect leaders who will work to rebuild the middle class, MoveOn’s members in California’s new 52nd congressional district voted overwhelmingly to endorse Lori Saldaña for her years of community organizing and her track record in the California State Assembly.
May 9, 2012 (Escondido) -- Sponsors are being sought for patriotic banners honoring men and women from Escondido that have served in our Armed Forces. Up to one hundred, eight-foot-tall banners will be displayed on light poles throughout Downtown Escondido by the middle of June through Independence Day, each one honoring a specific Escondido service person. Each banner will include a photo of the honored serviceman or women, his or her name, and the branch and era of service.
“Our rural East County communities are facing industrial transformation with the potential for hundreds of towering and churning industrial wind turbines surrounding, and looming over, virtually all of our residential neighborhoods and along most of our ruggedly beautiful ridgelines.” – Donna Tisdale, Protect Our Communities Foundation
May 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The County's Wind Energy Ordinance & Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will be reviewed at a special San Diego County Planning Commission Workshop at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at 5201 Ruffin Rd., Suite B. The workshop is a response to Commissioners' request for more information after evidence presented at an April 13 hearing indicated that wind turbines can result in negative health impacts from audible and sub audible noise, vibrations, and dirty electricity/stray voltage.