April 2010 Articles

HUNTER & FILNER JOIN EFFORT TO STOP CROSS-BORDER TRUCKING



By Miriam Raftery

 

April 26, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) and Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) have joined a bipartisan coalition of 78 Congressional members asking that the U.S. renegotiate the U.S.-Mexico trucking program created under NAFTA. The members sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Trade Ambassador Ronald Kirk, following an announcement that the U.S. and Mexico have established a working group to discuss the cross-border trucking issue.



“Reinstating the cross-border trucking program would directly undermine our nation’s border security, endanger public safety, and disadvantage American trucking companies,” Hunter stated last week in a press release.

BOOK REVIEW: THE MAVERICK AND THE MACHINE


Governor Dan Walker Tells His Story

By Dan Walker

Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, Illinois, 2007, 338 pages. Available on Amazon.com

Reviewed by Dennis Moore

April 25, 2010 (San Diego) -- While sitting on the balcony of Dan Walker’s home overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Baja California a few years ago, the former Governor of Illinois asked me a question that would later give me insight into him and his book about Illinois and Chicago politics, The Maverick And The Machine. The book was winner of the "memoirs" category in the San Diego Book Awards in 2008.

FILNER ASKS INTERIOR SECRETARY FOR INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF POWERLINK ON BLM LAND; CITES CONFLICT OF INTEREST BY SDG&E LOBBYIST-TURNED-INTERIOR DEPT. OFFICIAL


Congressman accuses Sempra and SDG&E of “monopolistic” practices

April 25, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) has sent a letter to Ken Salazar, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary, asking for an independent environmental evaluation on impacts of Sunrise Powerlink proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) through Bureau of Land Management property along the California/Mexico border. 

 

Filner asks that Assistant Secretary of Interior David Hayes be excluded from any decision-making related to the Powerlink project because of his recent role as a lobbyist for Sempra/SDG&E. “Mr Hayes lobbied the Department of Energy (DOE) on behalf of Sempra/SDG&E in 2006 seeking National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor (NIETC) designed by DOE for the SDG&E Powerlink corridor,” Filner's letter points out.

SDG&E TO HOLD 4 COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON SUNRISE POWERLINK IN MAY - OMITS LAKESIDE

 
April 25, 2010 (San Diego's East County) - San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has announced four community meetings on Sunrise Powerlink during May in Campo, Alpine, Scripps Ranch, and Boulevard. (Details below).  But conspicuously absent is a long-awaited second meeting in Lakeside that SDG&E officials promised area residents. 

 

At a contentious first meeting in Lakeside, SDG&E officials promised to respond to citizens' concerns in a follow-up meeting. Lakeside's new fire chief, Andy Parr, missed that meeting but pledged to attend the subsequent public meeting.  SDG&E has since cancelled two followup meetings in Lakeside, one due to weather and a second due to conflicts with the Lakeside Rodeo calendar.

STOWE BIOTHERAPY SHUTS DOORS AFTER CBS 60 MINUTES ACCUSES LA MESA CLINIC OF QUACKERY

April 25, 2010 (La Mesa) – Last weekend, CBS “60 Minutes” ran a story titled “21st Century Snake Oil” accusing Lawrence R. Stowe of Stowe Bio Therapy Medical Oasis in La Mesa of running a con scheme to bilk dying patients.

MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES RECOVER 17 GUITARS STOLEN FROM VALLEY MUSIC


Burgled bicycle-for-two advertised on Craig’s list leads to arrest of suspected serial thief

April 24, 2010 (El Cajon) – On Tuesday evening, a thief broke a window at Valley Music at 166 North Magnolia Avenue and stole 17 electric guitars. The loss was devastating for the Mom and Pop business, which was recently forced to relocate after losing the lease on its long-time storefront in downtown El Cajon. But on Saturday, the store owner received news that was music to her ears: Sheriff’s deputies recovered all 17 guitars, along with stolen items from other burglaries---at the home of a parolee.

IT’S A DOG’S LIFE: “SPRING INTO HEALTH” EXPO AT CAMP BOW WOW

 

Sat. April 24 at Camp Bow-Wow in El Cajon

 

April 23, 2010 (El Cajon)– From pet messages to “doga yoga”, you’ll find plenty of free ways to pamper your pet at Camp Bow Wow’s “Spring into Health” Expo. Also find tips on topics from nail-trimming to neutering—plus info on disaster preparedness for your pet. The Expo will be held Saturday April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camp Bow Wow, an overnight boarding facility for pets located at 677 N. Marshall Ave. Suite A in El Cajon. This event is free and open to the public!

Activities will include:

VACANCIES ON GCCCD’s CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE


Watchdog group oversees construction bond expenditures

April 23, 2010 (El Cajon)--With three seats on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Commitee to be filled in July, civic-minded East County residents are invited to apply for the openings by the May 27, 2010 deadline.

 

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "THE LOSERS" ANYTHING BUT A WINNER

 

By Brian Lafferty

April 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Losers is an action movie that had no effect on me except for making my eyes glaze over. It stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Watchmen, TV’s Supernatural) and Zoe Saldana. There are moments of great inventiveness, which include grabbing an armored car using a magnet attached to a chopper…taking place in broad daylight in front of downtown commuter traffic. The problem? This film is nothing special. I just didn’t care.

 

COMMITTEES PASS KEHOE’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUNDING BILL

April 22, 2010 (San Diego) – Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced today that her legislation to generate new funding for emergency response equipment and personnel passed two Senate committees.

Senate Bill 1258 would create a 4.8 percent fee on home and commercial insurance policies that would be used for purchasing fire trucks, ambulances, fire fighting helicopters, and hiring more firefighters and other emergency responders.

POLITICAL WRANGLING

A round-up of national, state and local political news

 

By Buck Shott

 

April 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week in the political arena, Jerry Brown came out swinging against Meg Whitman, Republicans duke it out for the 36th State Senate race, and Democrats endorse candidates at their state party convention.

CHELSEA’S LAW PASSES KEY COMMITTEE, GAINS SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR

April 22, 2010 (San Diego) – Assembly Bill 1844, known as Chelsea’s Law, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday and now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is authored by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego), who has worked closely with the family of slain teen Chelsea King to craft legislation aimed at protecting children from violent sexual predators.

RAIN, SHOW HIT COUNTY, MORE FORECAST THROUGH THURSDAY

April 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A surprise late-season storm didn’t stop firefighters county-wide from participating in a “Fill the Boot” campaign to collect donations for the Burn Institute—but did make for some chilly conditions.

“Firefighters at the Cal Fire Julian Station braved the freezing temperature for hours,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.

JAMUL HAVEN: FEEL A WORLD AWAY IN 30 MINUTES

 

A"Staycation" in East County

 

By Rachel Ford
April 2010 (Jamul) -- Jamul Haven is an 1890 Victorian mansion that has been lovingly transformed into a luxury bed and breakfast. Situated within 30 minutes of downtown San Diego, this European style bed and breakfast is nestled in a picturesque valley and is well worth a visit.

HEARTLAND FIRE ACADEMY DEMONSTRATION DAY APRIL 24

 

April 21, 2010 (El Cajon)--Just two days before their graduation, fire academy recruits will be demonstrating their firefighting skills for several Heartland Fire Chiefs, family members and for the media, at the Heartland Fire Training Facility, at 1301 North Marshall in El Cajon, from 10-11 a.m.

HOW WILL YOUR BUSINESS BE AFFECTED BY HEALTHCARE REFORMS? FIND OUT FRIDAY, APRIL 23 AT SUNUP BREAKFAST IN EL CAJON

 

April 21, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Tom Gehring, executive director of the San Diego Medical Society, will be the featured speaker at the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce “Sunup Breakfast” this Friday, April 23. His nonpartisan presentation will discuss how the new federal healthcare reform bill will affect businesses of all sizes.

 

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST DEAN CALBREATH TO SPEAK MAY 5 IN LA MESA

April 20, 2010 (La Mesa) – Dean Calbreath, a business columnist/reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune, was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that exposed bribery by former Congressman Duke Cunningham. Calbreath will speak on Wednesday, May 5th at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club meeting.

LA MESA ATTORNEY LEADS RELIEF TRIP TO HELP MEXICO QUAKE VICTIMS

April 21, 2010 (La Mesa) –Clayton Anderson, senior partner at Anderson & Kriger, a La Mesa law firm, is organizing volunteers to bring relief supplies to earthquake victims and help clear rubble in Mexico this Saturday. Thousands have been left homeless in Baja, Mexico from the earthquake and flooding that it has caused.

“My goal is to punch south of Mexicali and get to some of the villages being ignored by the Mexican government and international agencies,” Anderson told East County Magazine. “I want to do this every month if it works out.”

FILNER & SCHWARZENEGGER ASK PRESIDENT FOR FEMA FUNDS TO HELP QUAKE VICTIMS

 

April 20, 2010 (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Bob asked President Barack Obama today to grant California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for a Federal Disaster Declaration that would help make funds available for Imperial County to rebuild after the April 4 quake that shook the valley.

SAN DIEGO BOOKSHELF: LINKING NUTRITION TO MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDES FOOD FOR THOUGHT

 

by Ruth Leyse-Wallace PhD, RD
iUniverse, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2008, 299 pages.

 

Reviewed by Dennis Moore

 

April 20, 2010 (San Diego) -- You are what you eat! That is the premise of Dr. Ruth Leyse-Wallace’s book on nutrition and mental health, Linking Nutrition To Mental Health. The book provides a scientific exploration of the correlation between eating right and mental health.

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