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EARTHTALK® E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss

Dear EarthTalk: Who are the “Clean Air Ambassadors” and what are they trying to accomplish?
                                                                                          -- Brenda Coughlin, Pittsburgh, PA

June 29, 2012  -- Clean Air Ambassadors are everyday folks from across the U.S. who have committed to speaking up for everyone’s right to breathe clean, healthy air. The effort is part of the “50 States United for Healthy Air” campaign, a joint endeavor of Earthjustice, the American Nurses Association, the Hip Hop Caucus, the National Council of Churches and Physicians for Social Responsibility. In the spring of 2011 these Ambassadors—people from all 50 states and every walk of life—convened in Washington, D.C. to ask members of Congress, leaders at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and high-ranking officials in the Obama administration for stronger protections against air pollution.

FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL FIRE HAZARDS; USERS CAN BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES, CAL FIRE WARNS

 
June 29, 2012 (San Diego)--Your Independence Day celebration can be ruined if fireworks injure one of your family or friends. Cal Fire reminds everyone that all fireworks are illegal throughout San Diego County. Their use, transportation or possession could result in a fine or jail. Cal Fire also advises anyone causing a fire with fireworks would be responsible for the damages.

NEW EVIDENCE LINKS OZONE EXPOSURE TO POTENTIAL HEART ATTACKS

 
June 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Young, healthy adult volunteers exposed for two hours to ozone developed physiological changes associated with cardiovascular ailments, according to a small study reported in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: THE BAD NEWS TEDDY BEAR

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 29, 2012 (San Diego) – The average person would likely perceive teddy bears as cute, innocent, and sentimental toys. What about someone with a devilishly twisted sense of humor like Seth MacFarlane?

 

LAKE MURRAY JULY 4th MUSIC FEST AND FIREWORKS CANCELLED

 

June 28, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Due to the continuing litigation by the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation (CERF) and its lead attorney, Marco Gonzalez, the Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest and Fireworks Committee has regretfully decided to not hold the fireworks display over Lake Murray this year.

 

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO OPPOSE QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT; SD PLANNERS POSTPONE ACTION UNTIL JULY 19

 

By Paul Kruze

June 28, 2012 (San Diego)--Facing a sometimes boisterous crowd of onlookers garbed in a sea of bright orange T-shirts and hats packing the San Diego City Council Chamber this morning,  members of the San Diego Planning Commission took public comment on a San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) proposal to build a 100 megawatt “peaker” natural-gas fire power plant.

The Quail Brush Generation Project would be sited on 10 acres of privately-owned land in the city of San Diego that abuts Mission Trails Regional Park, north of State Highway 52 and right outside of Santee’s city border.  

SAN DIEGO HEALTHCARE AND LEGAL EXPERTS, POLITICAL LEADERS REACT TO SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING OBAMA HEALTHCARE PLAN

By Nadin Abbott

June 28 (San Diego)-- This morning the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold the key provisions of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The majority decision was written by Chief Justice Roberts, who was joined by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in a 5-4 vote. Dissenting were Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

The majority ruled that the ACA mandate requiring individuals to purchase healthcare is Constitutional under the federal government’s power to levy taxes.

THE WEEKEND IS HERE AND GARY KELLEY HAS A LOOK AT OUR WEATHER

 

June 27, 2012 (San Diego)--Your Online Weather for SD:  A system moving inland to the north will weaken the high pressure with a deepening of the marine layer this weekend. High pressure will start to rebuild through Tuesday, with a slight cooling trend with more clouds and higher humidity over the mountains and deserts.

RECENT SDSU GRAD LAUNCHES NEW TV SERIES

“What’s the Business” Begins Airing July 3 

June 28, 2012 (San Diego) -- Many people dream of creating the next hit television show, but for San Diego High grad and SDSU alum Charles Magid (2010), that dream is coming true. The series he created, directed, and produced is slated to air this week (see below). 

FIREWORKS SHOW AT GOLDEN ACORN CASINO JULY 4

June 28, 2012 (Campo) – Golden Acorn Casino will be celebrating Independence Day with a free fireworks show on July 4, at 9:00 p.m. at the casino, 1800 Golden Acorn Way, Campo.  The fireworks will be preceded by a food and beer garden from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and live entertainment.

Visit http://www.goldenacorncasino.com/ for more information.

CITY OF EL CAJON 4TH OF JULY PICNIC & FIREWORKS!

 
June 23, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The fun begins at 12:00 p.m. with the annual 4th of July Picnic at Kennedy Park, followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.  Kennedy Park, a smoke and alcohol free park, is located at 1675 East Madison Avenue in El Cajon. Once again Waste Management has generously partnered with the City of El Cajon to provide fireworks for residents in the East County.

PIONEERS HONORED IN 4TH OF JULY “BEST LITTLE SMALL TOWN PARADE” IN HISTORIC JULIAN

June 28, 2012 (Julian)—The historic gold rush town of Julian honors stars, stripes and pioneers at this year’s 4th of July parade.

Known far and wide as the “best little small town parade in America,” Julian presents a homegrown event that celebrates the town’s gold rush era history, the dedication of veterans and active duty military who serve our country, and local residents who cherish the special qualities of the little town tucked into the Cuyamaca Mountains east of San Diego.

POWAY HOSTS OLD-FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY & FIREWORKS

June 27, 2012 (Poway)—Bring the family and your friends to celebrate Independence Day in “turn of the 20th Century style” at Poway’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July” celebration at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road in Poway.  Ride an old-fashioned steam train through a historical village setting and watch for train robbers! 

See our coverage and video from last year’s event:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6592. Also enjoy live music on the gazebo bandstand and a host of other family-fun activities. (Scroll down for details).

Fireworks will be held at Poway High School, 15500 Espola Road in Poway at 9 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) 

SANTEE SALUTES MOVES TO NEW LOCATION FOR JULY 4 FESTIVITIES & FIREWORKS

June 28, 2012 (Santee) – The City of Santee will host “Santee Salutes” festivities on July 4 featuring live musical entertainment by 80z All Stars, patriotic ceremonies, an inflatable zone for kids, food trucks,  and of course, fireworks.

This year, the event moves to a new location in Town Center Community Park East at 550 Park Center Drive in Santee.  Festivities run from 3:30-9:30 p.m..  A patriotic ceremony with color guard will be held at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display starts at 9 p.m. 

MOST STATE PARKS SAVED—INCLUDING BOTH IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY THAT WERE ON CLOSURE LIST

June 28, 2012 (Sacramento)—At least 65 of the 70 state parks slated for permanent closure on July 1 will remain open—even though Governor Jerry Brown made a line-item veto to cut $31 million of the $41 million in funds earmarked to keep parks open.

Fortunately, the Department of Parks and Recreation made deals with private donors, foundations and nonprofits to keep operating 40 parks and has since found outside partners interested in saving 25 more.  That includes both Palomar Mountain State Park and the San Pasqual Battlefield State Park in San Diego County. 

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: STRUCTURE TRIAGE DURING WILDFIRES

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
East County Magazine “In-House” Fire Chief
June 28, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The last couple issues we discussed how you as a homeowner living in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) can create defensible space as fire season truly is “year – round.”

 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
June 28, 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: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL 
  • Helix Water Board approves rate hike for September (UT San Diego)
  • Large El Cap parcel conserved in East County (UT San Diego)
  • Good deeds gone wrong – Rural Fire District (Turko Files-KUSI)
  • Beat the heat in County cool zones: locations in East County (UT San Diego)
  • Could Imperial Valley become Owens Valley? (San Diego Reader)
  • What does climate change mean for water in the Colorado River basin? (National Geographic)
  • Hunter bunks at his office in Washington (UT San Diego)
  • UT San Diego to set up online paywall (KPBS)
  • The Starting Line: Getting past the UT San Diego firewall (San Diego Free Press)
  • U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Mt. Soledad cross case (UT San Diego) 
STATE 
  • Google says California legislators could drive away robotic cars (CNET)
  • Bill to regulate and tax marijuana dies in state Legislature (Sacramento Bee)
  • Budget tweaks could help  Gov. Brown make his case for tax hikes (Sacramento Bee)
  • Warning given on illegal fireworks in California (Sacramento Bee) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

GOVERNOR SIGNS STATE BUDGET

June 27, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Governor Brown has signed California's state budget, which aims to eliminate the state's deficit over the next three years.  The $16.2 budget relies on both spending cuts and projected revenues from the Governor's November ballot initiative. 

For details on the budget, and how it may impact you, see our previous article on the budget: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/10166.  

KEY CLUB VOLUNTEERS BECOME A :”KEY” TO THE FUTURE

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
June 27, 2012 (El Cajon)--While advisors prepared sign-up sheets to volunteer at a Father Joe’s facility in the back; a room full of teens at the El Cajon Branch Library were learning how to become a “Key” to the future. A key to home, school, the community, and the future via serving their communities as members of  the Kiwanis’ Key Clubs.

ECPAC FOUNDATION MAKES ITS CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2012 (El Cajon)– At a press conference on June 22, members of the new ECPAC Foundation provided details to media on their proposal to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) in time for the city’s centennial celebration in November.

Leaders presented City Manager Doug Williford with their 60-page plan in a meeting that extended from a planned 10-15 minutes to an hour and a half.  Foundation members expressed optimism, noting that Williford asked many questions and showed genuine interest in plans to revive the theater with innovative and cost-effective improvements.

MAYOR MADRID BREAKS WITH COUNCIL OVER EXPANSION OF CHARTER SCHOOL

 
Story by Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
 
June 28, 2012 (La Mesa)--A contentious issue facing the City of La Mesa has been whether to allow the College Preparatory Middle School, located in the La Mesa Church of Christ, to expand its student body from 180 pupils to 259.
 
The key issue is noise concerns of neighbors near the school. The property, located at the southwest corner of Jackson Drive and Grossmont Boulevard is not new. But the use of it as a Charter school has raised controversy.

EL CAJON DEALS WITH REDEVELOPMENT ISSUES

 

Story by Nadin Abbott; Photos Tom Abbott

June 28 (El Cajon)—El Cajon  City Council, under its role as successor agency to the San Diego East County Economic Development Council, voted to approve funding for Saint Madeline Sophie’s Center and the El Cajon Scholarship Association.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 
 
June 28, 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:    
 
 
U.S.
 
GENERAL NEWS
  • Supreme Court says Montana cannot ignore Citizens United ruling (NPR)
  • Supreme Court rules juvenile life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment (Chicago Tribune)
  • GM Grass linked to Texas cattle deaths; fields found toxic with cyanide produced by crop (CBS)
  • E-mail change angers Facebook users (CNN)
  • Thousands evacuated as wildfire nears Colorado towns (USA Today)
  • With no vote, taxpayers stuck with tab on bonds (New York Times)
POLITICS
  • Issa: No evidence White House covered up `Fast and Furious’ fallout (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama invokes executive privilege over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents (Los Angeles Times)
  • Rubio sticks to GOP doctrine over immigration (The Hill)
  • Cash rules at Romney retreat while Condoleeza Rice steals the show (Yahoo news)
WORLD
 
GENERAL NEWS
  • Analysis: Mexican ruling party faces defeat but may back reforms (Reuters)
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi named Egyptian president (CBS)
  • Morsi quits Muslim brother hood, vows to unite country (NBC)
WIND ENERGY NEWS
  • Iberdrola to explore sale of U.S. wind plants and projects (Recharge News)
  • Quatar takes state in Iberdrola (The National)
  • Texas wind energy fails again (National Review)
  • Presidential projects on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • The trouble with turbines: an ill wind (Nature) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

 

NEW RISKS FROM DESERT SOLAR FOUND: BURNED BIRDS, PLUS HAZARDS TO PILOTS, MOTORISTS & MILITARY

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – With over 100 large-scale solar applications pending in the Mojave Desert and more planned in San Diego and Imperial counties, an article published in the Los Angeles Times raises some disturbing questions.

“At what temperature might a songbird vaporize?” the article asks.  “What happens if one of the Air Force’s heat-seeking missiles confuses a solar power plant with a military training target?”  

MEXICO FIRES BURNING ON THREE FRONTS; HOMES AND PRISON THREATENED

 

By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Multiple fires in Mexico are threatening homes and a penitentiary tonight, ECM has learned.  Late this afternoon, Cal Fire informed ECM that the agency is monitoring the fire in Mexico, which at that time was eight miles from the border.

Alfredo Escobedo, state director of Civil Defense, told ECM that the fires are burning on three fronts. The first is in Loma Toba, near the state jail, about 20 km (12 miles) east of Tecate, a border town. The blaze, which has consumed 100 hectares, has burned to within 10 yards of the jail wall.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE FILNER ANNOUNCES OPEN GOVERNMENT PLAN FOR SAN DIEGO

June 27, 2012 (San Diego)--“Open government is the cornerstone of ensuring the public trust. The public has a right to know how their taxpayer dollars are being spent and should be able to rely upon the information they receive from city government,” said mayoral candidate Bob Filner, who today released the first part of his Open Government Plan. 

The first steps in Filner’s plan aim to help the public and media access public records. The plan also improves training of public officials in Brown Act and Public Records Act and adds stronger audits and oversight. Specifically, the plan would:

FIRE IN MEXICO

June 27, 2012 (San Diego's East County) --A brush fire in Mexico is sending up large billows of smoke visible across much of East County.  According to Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler, the fire is burning eight miles south of the border.

"We dispatched two units to the scene and there is no threat to the U.S. at this time," Mohler told ECM at 3:35 p.m.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

 

June 27, 2012 (Rancho San Diego)  – Two teenagers have been arrested for suspicion of iintentionally setting a vegetation fire yesterday.  The blaze briefly threatened  several units at the Woodbridge Apartments, as well as six vehicles parked along the canyon rim. The wildland fire was reported at 5:30 p.m. yesterday  in the 10800 block of Calle Verde.

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