Men’s Team Gets a No. 6 seed; Women’s Team Gets No. 12 Seed
By Ryan Schuler
March 13, 2012 (San Diego)--The Aztecs are going dancing. Both the San Diego State men’s and women’s basketball teams received bids to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
San Diego Workshop Evaluates Controversial Large Solar and Wind Projects, Desert Conservation, “Rooftop” Solar and Distributed Energy Opportunities in Mexico and the U.S.
March 14, 2012 (San Diego) — Indigenous leaders from San Diego County and across the state are set to meet with renewable energy and conservation experts, and lawmakers in a workshop on Friday, March 16, to evaluate strategies for renewable energy implementation in Southern California and Northern Baja California, Mexico.
Controversial energy projects in the Southwest deserts have raised concerns about large-scale impacts to desert ecosystems, endangered and threatened species and Native American cultural resources. Several legal challenges by tribal and environmental groups are being heard in Federal Courts in the United States and Mexico. Projects have repeatedly been stopped and delayed.
ADVOCATES OF ROOFTOP SOLAR RAISE VOICES IN PROTEST OVER INDUSTRIAL-SCALE DESERT SOLAR AND WIND PROJECTS
Story by Terry Weiner and Miriam Raftery
Videos by Jim Pelley
March 15, 2012 (Holtville)--Early Wednesday, rooftop solar activists and desert conservationists from Imperial Valley and San Diego County convened outside the Barbara Worth Resort—site of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation's three-day Renewable Energy Summit and Expo.
Protesters oppose tax credits going to giant energy companies and called for similar incentives to help property owners put solar on their roofs. They also objected to their viewpoint being excluded by conference coordinators. Participants voiced concerns over negative impacts of industrial-scale wind and solar projects. In some cases, wind turbines have been abandoned, left as rusting blights on the landscape. Other concerns include destruction of habitat for wildlife, noise, health impacts, loss of agricultural lands, and destruction of recreational areas on public lands.
Update 8:35 a.m. - The search has ended and the suspect was not located.
By Bill Crotty
March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Council approved Mayor Mark Lewis' motion to appoint a replacement for recently-resigned Mayor Pro Tem Jillian Hanson-Cox at yesterday's council meeting, despite numerous community members who asked to be considered for the slot.
The Mayor has indicated that he intends to choose a replacement, to be approved by Council, and will not accept applications from the public.
COWABUNGA! BEACH BOYS BRING HISTORIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE FRIDAY, MAY 25
Incident cost local restaurant money , highlights risk to ratepayers with medical needs
March 14, 2012 (La Mesa) – After ECM received a question from a reader about a power outage that began Friday night, March 2 and extended until Saturday morning, March 3, we contacted SDG&E. SDG&E spokesperson Alison Zaragosa initially said that all 2800 customers left in the dark were notified via letters mailed February 14 of the planned outage to repair an underground cable.
But after La Mesa Patch ran a story about losses incurred by Riviera Steakhouse, whose owner said he was never informed of the outage, other community members came forward to say that they, too, did not receive notification. So we called SDG&E again.
“We did investigate and we did miss 200 to 300,” Zaragosa told ECM.
March 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- A total of 392 suicides were reported last year, the highest number in 23 years. This and the tragic suicides reported recently prompted County mental health officials to remind the public to learn the warning signs of suicide and to seek help.
March 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Hooley’s Irish Pub & Grille invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at HooleyFest, a party that takes place from 5 p.m. to midnight at Hooley’s locations in Rancho San Diego and La Mesa.
The event includes a variety of live bands performing Irish music and rock and roll. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 day of event. VIP passes are also available for $30 (in advance only) which include private bar and seating.
March 14, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park. Registration begins at 8am and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies. For more information please call Sarah Grosskreutz at (619) 390-2662 ext. 425 or download entry forms at http://www.lsusd.net under the “News” section on the front page.
Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Friday, March 16
March 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Citizen’s Academy is offering classes beginning March 24 to provide the community with information which will familiarize them with CBP’s mission and goals. CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S.
By Miriam Raftery
March 14, 2012 (El Cajon)--Students at Grossmont College may be surprised to see who's hanging out just off campus. ECM editor Miriam Raftery spotted these deer grazing on a sunny slope adjacent to the community college.
- State joblessness rate dips to lowest level since ’09 (SF Chronicle)
- U.S. extends its run of strong job growth another month (NY Times)
- Drones over America: What can they see? (NPR)
- Voters blame Obama for gas prices, but experts say not so fast (Washington Post)
- Rampage in Afghanistan puts long-term US Presence in peril (Christian Science Monitor)
- Afghans urge US exit after killings; US says timetable unchanged (Reuters)
- Syrian opposition calls for international intervention (CNN)
- ‘Arab revolts led to Islamization, instability’ (Jerusalem Post)
- Israel and Gaza factions ‘agree on truce’(Al Jazeera)
- Loss of Greenland ice could become irreversible, scientists say (Los Angeles Times)
- Study: Red meat raises risk of dying; risk higher with processed meats (CBS)
Education news and notes
By Anat Tour, math teacher and children’s author/illustrator
March 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Do you have children, relatives, friends, or neighbors who are planning to go to college? Make sure to check out the scholarships available below.
In addition, here are my picks for this month’s top education stories of interest to local students, teachers, and parents:
- Fukushima fallout: fire hazard could be state’s tsunami (UT San Diego)
- Fukushima fallout: lessons not learned by the U.S. government (UT San Diego)
- Nuke quake study on hold over $64 million cost: utility wants ratepayers, not shareholders, to pay (Sacramento Bee)
- Whistleblowers, Aguirre sue utility watchdog (Voice of San Diego)
- Water agencies decry “secret society” of agencies (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- La Mesa school shooting plan foiled (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Mary England denies being evicted in family home foreclosure case (La Mesa Patch)
- Local nonprofit group’s video parks worldwide movement (10 News)
- View the video: Kony 2012, Invisible Children
- Chamber takes no position on Gov. Brown’s tax plan, opposes rivals (Sacramento Bee)
- California revenues 3.2 percent shy in February (Sacramento Bee)
March 13, 2012 (Potrero) – After many years, the San Diego County Park system has agreed to make part of the Potrero Regional Park a community park. There will be a celebration of the community park on March 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and access is free.
March 13, 2012 (Jamul) – Nine Girls Ask? is holding its Tee-Off for Ovarian Cancer golf tournament on May 4 at Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Drive, Jamul. The event registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will start at 1:00 p.m.
March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber is holding its 10th annual Grip It and Rip It golf tournament on May 17 at Sycuan Resort, Pine Glen Executive Course, 3007 Dehesa Road. The golfing begins at 11:30 a.m. and the dinner follows at 5:00 p.m.