AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT MENTOR & AWARD WINNING AUTHOR FEATURED SPEAKER AT MARCH SPIRIT OF THE BARRIO LUNCHEON
By Miriam Raftery
March 5, 2012 (Jacumba) – County Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to support a state grant for improvements to the runway at the Jacumba Airport. Located one mile east of Jacumba on Old Highway 80, the airport is mainly used as a glider facility for sailplanes and single-engine aircraft.
Howard Cook, a member of the Jacumba planning group, views that as “good news.” He adds, “Perhaps we can leverage this improvement to further revitalize our town, maybe fly ins, balloons, more gliders, use of the airport by Mexicans.” He added,”We need to start thinking about an airport marketing campaign.”
Nations that have led way in cutting carbon emissions have seen strong economic growth, RFK Jr. reveals at Forging a Sustainable Future Conference
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (San Diego) – “I flew over the Cumberland Plateau. They are literally cutting down the Appalachian Mountains,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told attendees at the Forging a Sustainable Future conference sponsored by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University last Saturday.
He painted a grim picture of the devastating costs of coal on the environment and human lives—then offered hope for an alternative that would not only be cleaner, but also revitalize the U.S. economy.
- Strong solar storm to hit earth Thursday (BBC)
- Election irregularities reported across Russia (NPR)
- Syria’s deputy oil minister defects from Assad (Reuters)
- Satellite images show buildup in Syria (New York Times)
- Romney wins Ohio, 4 other Super Tuesday states (Sacramento Bee)
- Seattle’s first urban food forest will be open to foragers (NPR)
- Where women stand on the political race (NPR)
- All the ads pulled from Rush Limbaugh’s show (Yahoo! News)
- Green firms get fed cash, give executives bonuses, fail (ABC)
- Big Pharma’s role in the contraception debate (Daily Beast)
- BP Settlement sells out victims: deal buries evidence of oil company willful negligence (GregPalast.com)
- Deaths from dangerous gut bacteria hit historic highs (NPR)
- Cash mobs profit locally owned stores (PRI)
- Jerry Brown pushes his tax proposal
- Redevelopment demise leaves CA housing money in limbo (Sacramento Bee)
- Scripps warning on Statin-induced diabetes (UT San Diego)
- Would you buy gas in Mexico? It’s $2.91 a gallon (UT San Diego)
- Barona Fire Captain arrested on molestation charges (UT San Diego)
- Madrid opposes county taxes to help build Chargers Stadium (La Mesa Patch)
- Poway reps to oppose water rate increases (Pomerado News)
- Bonnie buys some open government cred (CityBeat)
- SDG&E helicopter has hard landing (10 News)
- Tire surcharge funds paving projects that use old tires (KPBS)
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa seeks two veterans to serve on the newly reorganized Aging and Veterans Commission.
Applicants must live within La Mesa city limits and be either an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. armed forces, an active duty armed forces member serving in a civilian capacity, or a member of a veterans service organization based in La Mesa which is federally chartered and/or recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for claim representation.
By Miriam Raftery
March 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – What are the cumulative impacts on our region from the loss of federal, state and county public lands? In the span of just a few short years, we’ve lost vast tracts of our most beautiful properties once set aside by the federal, state and county governments as preserves for future generations. Wildfires, budget cuts, and now, massive energy projects are destroying our region's scenic wonders.
East County Magazine has sent our photographers into the wilds of San Diego’s East County, as well as just over the border into neighboring Imperial County, to document the destruction of our inland treasures.
March 8, 2012 (Santee) -- County officials and community partners unveiled the new volunteer garden at Edgemoor in Santee yesterday.
The volunteer garden, located at 255 Park Center Dr., is open to both community residents and County staff to increase access to fresh produce and physical activity. Residents of Edgemoor, will be involved in the garden through the Recreational Therapy Unit.
March 7, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Community leaders expressed shock and sadness today over the resignation of El Cajon Councilmember Jillian Hanson-Cox.
Saldaña wins endorsement after impassioned pledge to fight for women’s rights; Secor gains unanimous support
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – The largest Democratic Club in East County last night heard from candidates running for Congress, State Legislature, and local offices before holding endorsement votes.
Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña received overwhelming endorsement over ex-Council president Scott Peters by a 48-7 vote. Both are running in the new 52nd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray.
March 1, 2012 (Julian) -- Imagine making a brutal desert crossing on a San Diego-bound stagecoach and coming to a station with water, food and the first sign of greenery for miles. Or marching east across the desert during the Civil War as a Union volunteer from California, determined to reach Arizona or New Mexico to halt invading Confederates.
Update March 8, 2012: The deceased have been identified as Jim Simmons, 41, and Donna Simmons, 16.
March 6, 2012 (Campo) – Yesterday morning, Sheriff’s deputies discovered the bodies of a man and his 16-year-old daughter at a home in the 2600 block of Cameron Truck Trail in Campo.
“The reporting party told deputies that he read a text message on his phone,” Sgt. David Martinez said. The message, from the father found dead, “essentially read that the man’s daughter committed suicide and the man was going to be with his daughter.”
March 8, 2012 (Potrero) – The SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project) Mobile Veterinarian staffed bus will be at the Potrero Library, 24883 Potrero Valley Road, in Potrero on March 16th and 17th. The project provides spay and neutering services for low income pet owners as well as good Samaritans with feral cats in traps.
March 6, 2012 (Sacramento) -- In January, California Fish and Game Commission president Dan Richards shot a mountain lion on a guided hunt in Idaho, after dogs drove the big cat up a tree. A guide took a picture of Richards smiling as he held up the slain animal. Richards sent it to a hunting newspaper, which posted the photo.
Now the Humane Society of the U.S. has launched a petition drive calling on the Legislature to remove Richards for showing contempt both to wildlife and to “voters in California, too, since they have twice outlawed the very type of unsporting and inhumane hunting he practiced in Idaho,” a message from the Humane Society reads.
CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS FILES TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION IN NEW 53RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; POPADITCH TO OPPOSE
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act? What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools? La Mesa Community Services is offering these 12 “memories-to-be-made” camps to put a smile on children's faces. Camps are offered for ages four years and up:
*Art Smarts Art Camp, *Arts and Crafts Camp, *Creative Theatre Camp, *Day Camp, *Engineering Camp, *Fencing Camp, *Flag Football Camp, *FRESHi Filmmaking Camp, *Jump Rope Camp, *Mad Science Camp, *Tennis Camp and * Woodworking Camp.
March 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Remember to wind your clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daily Savings Time starts Sunday, March 11, so set your clocks forward before going to sleep Saturday night.
To learn more about the history of Daylight Savings Time, which is utilized by California and most other states, visit http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/astronomical-information-center/daylight-time
March 8, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Despite recent cold weather, rattlesnakes are active—and a bite proved deadly this week on a local trail, the Blossom Valley network reports.
March 8, 2012 (Santee)—The City of Santee invites you to join in its free SanTree Fest on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Town Center Community Park, 10123 Riverwalk Drive.
Community volunteers are welcome to help plant 40 to 50 trees, enjoy live bluegrass music by the Box Canyon band, free food samplings, crafts for kids, and get information on landscape improvements, health and wellness, and the environment.
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (Sacramento) –An antiquated California law written before the Internet was invented restricts the running of public notices to only print newspapers. Today, with the majority of Americans seeking out news online, Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) has introduced legislation to update the law and allow online media outlets to publish public notices such as new business announcements.
“AB 1902 will provide residents greater access to legal notices, and will more appropriately fulfill the intent of the law to insure the public is adequately made aware of public notices,” a fact sheet on the bill provided by Jones’ office states. “Permitting online publications to sell and post public notices is a reasonable response to changing technology."
By Miriam Raftery
March 7, 2012 (San Diego)—The U.S. military is tackling a major battle: striving to rely on renewable energy to meet half of all energy that it uses by 2020.
“That’s a tall order,” Captain Marko Medved, Operations Officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest. Marko spoke last weekend at Forging a Sustainable Future, a two-day symposium sponsored by UnitedGREEN. Captain Medved’s job? Makinge the military bases of the Southwest energy efficient. That’s over one million acres—and he reports, “We’ve made significant gains.”
Warning lamp and switch failures may cause airbag failure or inability to start vehicle
March 8, 2012 (Torrance, CA)– Toyota Motor Sales, USA announced yesterday that it will conduct two voluntary safety-related recalls.
One involves air bag warning lamps that may fail, preventing deployment of airbags in a crash. The second is a stop lamp switch that may result in vehicles behind unable to start or shift out of park.
By Megan McGlamery
March 8, 2012 (San Diego)—“Our biggest challenge is to stabilize climate change,” Mike Bullock, chairman of the Transportation Committee for Sierra Club’s San Diego chapter, told attendees at the Forging a Sustainable Future Conference hosted by UnitedGREEN at San Diego State University last weekend.
To accomplish that, the state has set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--and mandated that counties reduce driving and encourage public transportation.
But the San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) failed to meet those goals in a Regional Transportation Plan(RTP) that it approved last fall. Now, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined with the Sierra Club, the Cleveland National Forest Foundation, and other environmental groups to sue SANDAG.