By E.A. Barrera
May 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- Steve Danon has been active in Republican politics since his days as College Republican president at San Diego State University. He has worked for Republicans ranging from Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts to Congressman Brian Bilbray.
He is one of a new generation of youthful conservative leaders emerging in San Diego that include Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and City Councilman Kevin Faulconer (both of whom have endorsed Danon).
- Obama spending binge never happened (Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch)
- GOP Senators push for Medicare cuts (The Hill)
- Wall Street rebounds, but investors dump Facebook (Reuters)
- As NATO summit wraps, Romney and Obama trade attacks (USA Today)
- This terrifying amendment legalizes use of propaganda on the U.S. public (Business Insider)
- Republican-led House votes to allow military action against Iran (RawStory)
- CEOs who delivered the most and least bang for the buck (Wall Street Journal)
- Facebook users file class action over online tracking (RawStory)
- Romney, Obama in dead heat, new poll finds (Washington Post)
- Troops face same risk of brain-wasting disease as football players (KPBS)
- U.S. Senate approves bill to toughen Iran sanctions (BBC)
- Italy earthquake: Monti prepares for state of emergency (BBC)
- Suicide bomber kills 90 in Yemen (Reuters)
- Despite end to Afghan war in 2014, U.S. to shoulder burden of funding (Fox News)
- A look at ‘wind turbines of the deep’ (BBC)
- A Q&A on San Miguel’s situation
- Tony Gwynn joins group seeking to buy Padres (10 News)
- San Onofre future hinges on finding cause of abnormal tube wear (Sacramento Bee)
- San Diego ranked least expensive city in state to do business (10 News)
- La Mesa may welcome wineries and breweries (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa Village Development (La Mesa Today)
- No option at all! (for condo/apartment residents with multiple smart meters) (KUSI Turko Files)
- Walmart Neighborhood Market planned for La Mesa
- Countywide water rates could rise nearly 10% (UT San Diego)
- Grossmont baseball coach Jim Earley quits amid parent accusations (La Mesa Patch)
- Wounded officer asked `Is this my time?’ (UT San Diego)
- CA Senate passes bill for self-driving cars (Los Angeles Times)
- CA Senate passes bill that limits salaries at CSU (Sacramento Bee)
- California Democrats balk at deeper cuts for state’s poorest residents (Sacramento Bee)
- Purple Super Pac launched to support registered Independents (Sacramento Bee)
- U-T: State Plans Big Changes To Testing, Instruction
May 23, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – San Diego Sheriff’s deputies from the Lemon Grove station responded to a residential burglary in progress at 1420 Bakersfield Street, Lemon Grove on May 18 at approximately 9:06 a.m. after a neighbor reported an unknown male forcing open the front door of the residence. The deputies saw two males exiting the residence in the backyard.
May 23, 2012 (Alpine) – Alpine voters will decide on the June ballot whether nearly $12 million in bond monies should be authorized to fund the Alpine Union School District. The District faces a half million dollars in annual budget cuts due to falling property tax revenues and anticipated cuts in state funding.
The average homeowner would pay an estimated $4 more per month if Prop H passes.
Backers seek local control of education funds that can’t be taken away by the state. Funds could be used to improve facilities for safety, energy efficiency, disabled access and to update classroom computers and technology, as well as attract and retain quality teachers.
May 22, 2012 (Mexico) – ECM correspondent Nadin Abbott and her husband, Tom are vacationing in Mexico and captured this image of Popopcapetl, a smouldering volcano 30 miles from Puebla (pictured) and 60 miles from Mexico City. An eruption could occur at any time.
“When it does go, they will have to test air at different altitudes to see if jets can come in...The ash has a bad habit of destroying jet engines. That would be a bad day for flying,” Nadin quipped in an e-mail to ECM.
Update: Mr. McKenzie has been found safely, ECM has been informed by family.
May 22, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Police seek public help to find A.McKenzie, last seen in a silver 2011 Honda Insight (license CA 6SCK316) heading west on I-8 at 2 a.m. on May 21 near Pine Valley. His daughter found what appeared to be a suicide note at 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
ECPAC Foundation, SAVE ECPAC groups plan rally to save theater at 1 pm; workshop at 2 p.m.; Council meeting at 3 p.m.
May 22, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Today at 1:30 p.m., the El Cajon Council will hold a special workshop on the future of the East County Performing Arts Center. Council has given an exclusive 180-day agreement to a developer to propose plans for tearing down the theater and building a hotel. Today, developer E. Neal Arthur will present his plans at the workshop.
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LORI SALDAÑA SHARES VIEWS ON JOBS, HEALTHCARE, ENERGY POLICIES, VETERANS AND SENIOR ISSUES, AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
May 22, 2012 (San Diego) -- Watch for relief from sweltering temperatures, starting soon. Click for details on Your Online Weather with Gary Kelley.
May 21, 2012 (Julian) – Julie Faith Fortier, 39, of Irvine, lost her life in a motorcycle accident that occurred May 19 on State Route 78 at the Banner Grade near Julian.
According to the Medical Examiner’s office, Fortier was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her husband when he lost control on a curve at a high rate of speed.
May 21, 2012 (McCain Valley) – A rollover accident that occurred on I-8 west near McCain Valley Road this morning at 10:45 a.m. has claimed the life of a Campo man, 46.
The vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck, was driven by Alexus Ramirez, 19, of Alpine. Although traveling 55-60 mph, within the speed limit, for unknown reasons she lost control of the vehicle. It traveled off the south shoulder down an embankment separating east and westbound lanes, rolling over several times before coming to rest on the driver’s side.
May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Five San Diego County transmission projects are among 30 identified transmission projects needed to maintain grid reliability that were approved by the California Independent System Operator Corporation Board of Governors in the 2011/2012 Transmission Plan. The local projects are:
By Kate Yapjoco
May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) is threatening the oak trees of San Diego County. Widespread oak tree mortality can have severe environmental and human safety implications. The dead and dying oak trees create a more dangerous wildfire situation by adding combustible fuel and hazards along evacuation routes.
May 21, 2012 (Boulevard) – A medical helicopter is en route to an accident on I-8 east near State Route 94 in the Boulevard/McCain Valley area. Three victims are trapped with extrication in process, Incident Page Network Reports. A Sig Alert has been ordered, according to the CHP website.
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve seen a lot of warm and fuzzy TV ads, some sponsored by BP Oil, urging me to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico. But are things really “back to normal?” -- Paul Shea, Dublin, OH
May 21, 2012 (Ocotilllo) -- A train loaded with what appeared to be segments of approximately 20 wind turbines arrived in Imperial Valley yesterday, apparently destined for the Ocotillo Express wind facility now under construction. View a video by Anita Nicklin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHPPYxI9PVY&feature=youtu.be.
The fast-track construction of the project set to ultimately have 122 turbines continues, even as a federal judge weighs whether or not to grant a temporary restraining order sought by the Quechan Indians to halt construction. On Friday, Judge Hayes asked if "irreperable harm" would occur to viewsheds if construction is allowed to continue for the next 30 days. Based on arrival of the turbines and the rapid rate of ground-clearing and excavation in the past week, the answer to that question may well be "yes."
May 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Two thirds of big U.S. manufacturers have moved their factories in the past two years—and the most popular destination is the U.S. Financial Times reports.
The trend appears to be a positive and dramatic response to President Barack Obama’s plan to offer tax incentives for companies that return their operations to the U.S., while imposing tax penalties on U.S. companies that keep jobs outsourced overseas.
Among the 65% of top executives who said their company is moving operations, 40 percent said they are moving those jobs back to America, compared to 28 percent moving to China.
A podcast tape is now available to listen, if you missed the show: http://www.windwiseradio.org/2012/05/fighting-for-feathered-friends-sun-52012-7pm-et/
May 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Tonight from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery will be a guest on WindWise Radio. The network, which specializes in wind energy issues, broadcasts nationally via live-stream over the Internet.
Listen live at http://www.windwiseradio.org and call in with your questions and comments at (213)943-3683.
Today’s show will focus primarily in the impacts of industrial wind projects on wildlife and will include concerns raised for wildlife in the Ocotillo and McCain Valley areas, where massive wind projects have been approved by the Bureau of Land Management on public lands where wildlife protections have been severely eroded.
May 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- The League of Women Voters, San Diego this week presented East County Magazine with its Media Award 2012. The honor was bestowed in recognition of ECM's coverage of developer's efforts to abolish community planning efforts.
May 20, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Scroll down to view a list of this week's obituaries here, or visit www.EastCountyObits.com to read the full obituaries.
Staff recommends denial of Tule Wind turbines on County lands
By Miriam Raftery
May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – A decision on two controversial wind issues have been postponed by San Diego County’s Planning Commission.
A proposed wind ordinance as well as changes to the Boulevard community plan have been delayed until July 20. In addition, planners heard public comments on the Tule Wind project proposed for McCain Valley, but postponed a decision until June 8, due to the absence of two planners.
Without changes to the wind ordinance, any approval of industrial-scale turbines would violate county height requirements in rural areas. Thus approval of Tule Wind turbines on County lands June 9 appears unlikely.