March 2010 Articles
March 26, 2010 (San Diego) -- County staff spent a day teaching Monarch School students about jobs in public service by hosting a career day at the County Administration Center.
“We want to help the Monarch School provide these young people with bright futures by showing them how to prepare for a career in government or any other area they want to pursue,” said Helen Robbins-Meyer, the County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer.
By Fernando Suarez del Solar
Seven years have passed since the darkest day of my life. On March 27, 2003, my son Jesús died in an unnecessary war against the Iraqi people.
March 26, 2010 (Poway ) – On June 6, Poway voters will decide whether or not to recall Council member Betty Rexford. Backers of the recall have laid out their arguments at the website www.recallrexford.com. Rexford has launched a site disputing the charges and defending her record at http://www.therealbettyrexford.com/. Voters will also be asked to choose a replacement in case the recall election succeeds. Eight candidates made yesterday’s filing deadline to be included on the ballot.
March 26, 2010 (Escondido) – Private funeral services were held today for Amber Dubois. Tomorrow at 1 p.m. a public memorial service is planned at Escondido High School, where family and friends aim to celebrate her life and say their bittersweet goodbyes.
Mark Klaas will speak at the ceremony, the North County Times reports. Klaas, national spokesperson for missing children cases since the murder of his own daughter, Polly, helped in the search for Dubois.
March 26, 2010 (Borrego Springs) – A hiker who broke her leg on a trail in Palm Canyon, a remote location in Borrego Springs, was hoisted to safety yesterday by San Diego's Copter 10, following a call for assistance from the Borrego Springs Fire Department.
By Kathleen Connell, M.A
Republished with permission from her blog http://www.missiontohumanity.com
One of my favorite Venture Capitalists, John Doerr, is looking for that clean tech killer app that startles and then sends the thundering herds of start-ups across the wetland plains of Silicon Valley--that bullish scent, that feverish Valley buzz, the gridlock on highway 101--and those returns! These signals will be the hallmarks of the coming Green Rush, as it will become known, at least by me, when the clean tech sector really, really arrives in Silicon Valley and in other clean tech clusters in places like San Diego County.
March 26, 2010 – Assemblymember Mary Salas (D-San Diego) announces her new committee assignments for the 2010 Legislative Session, which include Co-Chair of the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee.
“Legislative Ethics has been a priority of mine since I served on the Chula Vista City Council; I am honored to be serving as Co-Chair of the Legislative Ethics Committee. Being a watchdog for the people is a position I will take very seriously,” stated Salas.
She will also serve as Chair of the Select Committee on Insurance Accountability and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee. In addition, Ms. Salas has been assigned to the Assembly Insurance Committee. She remains a member of the Assembly Health, Jobs Economic Development and the Economy and Water Parks and Wildlife Committees.
By Brian Lafferty
March 26, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- After I saw Avatar back in December, I was sure of one thing: there is no longer any excuse for filmmakers to skimp on 3D. Avatar, for me, established several precedents when it comes to the quality of these movies. It demonstrated that a 3D flick can have outstanding image quality, that the medium is best when used to increase depth, and that it can really make you feel like a part of the movie’s world. How to Train Your Dragon, the newest animated feature from Dreamworks, grasps these three notions. The result is a fantastic cinematic experience for both adults and kids alike.
EDITORIAL: POWERLINK SHOCKER: FEINSTEIN TELLS FOREST SERVICE CHIEF SHE SUPPORTS POWERLINK, SEES “NO OPPOSITION” OTHER THAN “NIMBY GROUPS FULLY CONSIDERED & DISMISSED”
ECM URGES FEINSTEIN: COME TO A PUBLIC MEETING IN EAST COUNTY ON POWERLINK
By Miriam Raftery, Editor
March 26, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has pressured the head of the U.S. Forest Service in an appropriations hearing last week to fast-track approval of SDG&E’s request to run Sunrise Powerlink through the Cleveland National Forest, the Union-Tribune reports today. Claiming to be unaware of major opposition, she later said she may reconsider her support if she hears of major concerns from the community.
March 28, 2010 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon’s recreation department holds its annual Dance and Tumbling Recital, “Under The Big Top!” at the East County Performing Arts Center this Sunday, March 28, 2010, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 26, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa hosts its Antique Street Faire on Sunday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once a year, La Mesa Boulevard is closed in the downtown village, while antique dealers from far and wide display their wares.
Editor's note: At least 10 members of Congress who voted for the healthcare reform bill have received threats of violence or harassment. Some family members of Congressional representatives have also been targeted, including one Congressman's brother who had a gas line intentionally severed at his home, police report. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has called on Republican leaders to condemn such acts, which are being investigated by the FBI.
By Emma Turner
Republican candidate, 78th Assembly District
March 25, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- As an African American woman who happens to be a moderate Republican, I am appalled at the incendiary language and violent actions which have ensued since the House of Representatives passed the healthcare bill on Sunday, March 21, 2010. I hereby strongly denounce this rhetoric and these violent acts, regardless of where they originate.
March 25, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diegio Police Department’s northeastern division is inevestigating three burglaries believed to be related, including two in which intruders sprayed caustic chemicals, possibly bear spray or peper spray. The break-ins occurred on March 22 in the Rancho Bernardo, Miramar Ranch, and Scripps Ranch communities.
March 25, 2010 (Otay Mesa) – Roundups may be nothing unusual in some areas of San Diego's East County, but yesterday wild horses descended from hills in the Otay area and spurred domestic horses to escape from an Otay-area ranch. The herd then stampeded through the Eastlake community, galloping through streets, suburbs, fields and the Olympic Training Center before cowboys, law enforcement and volunteers finally corraled all of the animals. View a Channel 10 news video of the action: http://www.10news.com/news/22948374/detail.html.
March 25, 2010 (Jamul) – Detectives at the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s substation have determined that the
Alleged kidnapping of a 12-year-old boy in Jamul was a hoax. After detectives noted inconsistencies in his story, the youth ultimately confessed to detectives that he had made up the story after he was caught away from his home after dark.
March 26, 2010 (Washington and Sacramento) – Do you know how your Congressional and State Legislative representatives voted on important recent bills? Find out here!
For more information on these and other bills, visit www.vote-smart.org, www.govtrack.us, www.opencongress.org and www.aroundthecapitol.com.
RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL CHAMBER HOSTS 4th FRIDAY BREAKFAST MARCH 26: COUNTY ECONOMIC ADDRESS & BUY LOCAL CAMPAIGN FEATURED
March 25, 2010 (Rancho San Diego)- “Success for 2010” and a “Buy Locally” community campaign are the themes for the Rancho San Diego Jamul Chamber of Commerce 4th Friday breakfast meetings, which are held at different locations each month. The next event will be held March 26 from 7:30-9 a.m. at The Press Box Lounge, 2990 Jamacha Rd, Rancho San Diego.
Speakers include Supervisor Dianne Jacob (photo, left), who will provide a comprehensive overview on the economy, and San Miguel Fire Chief August "Augie" Ghio, who will address hot topics including impacts of funding challenges on our region.
Beyond the hype, snipes and myths, what will the landmark measure really do?
By Miriam Raftery
March 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – How will the landmark healthcare bill passed last night by the House of Representatives impact you, your family and your business? The answers, detailed extensively below, may surprise you.
President Barack Obama is expected to sign the measure in the next couple of days, though the Senate has yet to vote on whether to accept House changes to a version of the bill that the Senate recently passed. While some changes may yet be made, major elements include provisions to take effect immediately, as well as many others that will be phased in over several years. These include:
By Brad Rushing, Alpine Fire Department
March 25, 2010 (Alpine) -- On March 20, Alpine Fire Department hosted a bicycling duo from Waterbury Connecticut. The two men are riding bicycles from San Diego to Florida to raise awareness and money for colon cancer.
Empowered Energy Solutions finds hot market for rapid residential audit program
By Dennis Moore
March 25, 2010 (San Diego) – Saving money while converting to green energy sources is viewed by many consumers as both desirable and a necessity in this day and age.
At the forefront of this movement is Empowered Energy Solutions, a Solana Beach, California based business that is helping homeowners county-wide save money from day one on sustainable, energy efficient projects for their homes, offices and commercial buildings, from small restaurants to huge factories. One of the company’s diagnostics was on a building that previously had an annual electric bill of $11.5 million a year.
“Right now in San Diego, thousands of homes are running inefficiently, wasting their owners’ money,” Ted Torre-Bueno, president and founder, told East County Magazine. “Dollars spent on energy efficiency have the highest return on investment and in effect, are free for the homeowner and for the community. If we can reduce power use, we save on utility bills and help eliminate the need for new power plants in the future.”
March 24, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police seeks the public’s help to reduce a growing number of car burglaries.
Over the past month, car burglaries have occurred throughout the City but the l pattern has been for a small area to be targeted and several cars burglarized from late evening to sunrise. Most frequently targeted areas are along Baltimore Drive north of Fletcher Parkway, Parkway Drive west of Baltimore Drive, and the residential areas around the intersection of Amaya Drive and Severin Drive. Apartment and condominium complexes, where residents do not have garage parking, have also been frequent targets.
March 24, 2010 (Jamul) –Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a muscular, tall (6’3-6’5) white man with dragon tattoos on both arms, shaggy brown hair and a beard reaching to mid-chest. He reportedly forced a 12-year-old boy into a pickup truck with screws in tires (racing-type tires) in Jamul around 8 p.m. last night, then later released the victim.
March 23, 2010 (San Diego) – Former White House aide Margaret "Midge" Costanza, 77, died today at Scripps Memorial Hospital following a long battle with cancer. Costanza made history in 1976 when President Jimmy Carter appointed her as assistant to the president, the first woman to occupy a senior position on the White House staff.
An outspoken champion of women’s rights and gay rights, Costanza has lived in San Diego for the past 20 years. Also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University in the political science, communication and women’s studies departments, she established the Midge Constanza Institute at SDSU to inspire young people to become active in political and social causes.
By Miriam Raftery
March 23, 2010 – President Barack Obama today signed into law historic healthcare reform legislation. Locally, the measure drew sharp criticism from Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) but praise from Hunter’s Democratic opponent, Raymond Lutz.
March 22, 2010 (El Cajon) – A juvenile has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old man who told police he was getting into his car outside Parkway Plaza when he was robbed, then attacked.
By Miriam Raftery
March 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – “Cold case” homicide investigators from the San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail and the District Attorney’s office today arrested Russell Upton, 36, for the August 1995 murder of his wife, Marilane Abueg.
Upton was arrested in Reno, Nevada. At the time of the crime, the couple lived in Mission Valley. Abueg’s body was discovered August 24, 1995 about eight miles north of Interstate 8 on Kitchen Creek Road in the Pine Valley area. She had been reported as a missing person by her parents on August 20th. A post mortem examination determined the manner of death to be homicide. She was survived by a three-month old son, Christopher Michael.
By Miriam Raftery
March 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – By a 219 to 212 vote, the House of Representatives passed the landmark healthcare reform bill last night. The bill could be signed by President Barack Obama as early as tomorrow. Later this week, the Senate will consider amendments made by the House to a Senate version previously passed.
All Republicans voted against the bill (including local Congressmen Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray and Darrell Issa) despite efforts by the President to gain bipartisan support. Thirty-four Democrats also voted “no.” Local Democrats Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted for the measure.
March 22, 2010 (Escondido) – At 9:05 a.m., CAL FIRE-Deer Springs Fire Department responded to a report of an accident on I-15 at North Centre City Parkway, just north of Escondido. When firefighters arrived they encountered a passenger vehicle on it roof and two of the three occupants in the vehicle required extrication. The vehicle was traveling north bound on I-15 when it rear-ended another vehicle.
March 21, 2010 (El Cajon) - The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with Grossmont Union High School officials to notify students and faculty who may have been exposed to a Granite Hills High School student who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). The student last attended classes on March 8 and officials have notified students, staff and faculty who have been identified as being at risk.
March 21, 2010 (San Diego) – An investigation by California Watch has found nearly 180 buildings on California public universities are too dangerous to occupy during a major earthquake. That includes San Diego State’s Love Library.
Although the new domed library addition is deemed safe, the report concludes that the old library, which holds more than 3,500 people, “could collapse in a major quake and would pose severe life hazards” due to brittle perimeter columns.