April 2010 Articles
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.
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.
April 25, 2010 (Lakeside) – An 11-year-old boy digging in the backyard of his home on Hillvale Lane in Lakeside Saturday evening unearthed a military shell measuring two and a half feet long and possibly live. Lakeside firefighters responded to the scene and evacuated the boy’s family and a neighboring family.
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.
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.
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.
After the 60 Minutes show aired, the Attorney General’s office, the California Medical Board and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration confirmed that they have launched investigations, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Now Stowe has closed his storefront in La Mesa’s downtown village.
April 25, 2010 (La Mesa) – Homeowners in the 4300 block of Merritt Boulevard in La Mesa got a surprise wake-up call shortly after 2 a.m. this morning, when a burglar turned on their bedroom light. One of the homeowners called 911 while the other confronted the prowler.
By Robert Deason, Deerhorn Valley resident
April 25, 2010 (Deerhorn Valley) -- On behalf of my community and all people living in fire-threatened areas, I want to point out that your one-sentence "HOT NEWS" article (only mentioning the Counties limits on firefighting monies and a proposed tax) should – NEVER – have been splashed with "head turning" "sensationalistic" photos of fire devastating the country we live in and love.
April 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – It was a deadly week on local roadways, where accidents have resulted in five deaths of people who resided or lost their lives in San Diego’s eastern regions.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Morrie Itzkowitz
April 23, 2010 (Poway)--It’s un-American; it’s financial rape; it’s against State Law – the City is planning to sell the land under our homes to a Chicago firm Hometown America – instead of the Homeowners.
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.
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.
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.
In addition, Maria Montana, Accion loan officer, will advise business owners how to obtain small business loans and be prepared for the upcoming stronger economy, advises Chamber president Valerie Harrision. “Be prepared, or your competition will be!”
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.
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.”
Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!
By Nancy and Dawn Clement
April 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Each month offers bargains and specials savings for you. Food savings seems to be the theme for April; now is a good time to take advantage of candy and decorations due to Easter clearance sales. April is also National Car Care month. With Earth Day fast approaching, we offer you tips to save money and drive green.
Sand volcanoes pose new hazards for quake survivors; thousands left homeless
Photos: Joe Espinoza
April 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Rescue Task Force (RTF), a nonprofit international relief organization founded in El Cajon and now headquartered in Carlsbad, seeks donations of tents, supplies and money to help quake survivors in Baja, Mexico including the hard-hit Cucapah Indians. “RTF is working with our local Indian tribes to bring relief,” said Gary Beck at RTF. “Friday we will be delivering 80 long-term use tents to 80 families suddenly left homeless.”
Besides direct damage to buildings and infrastructure, the quake has caused a new and bizaare hazard. "Thousands of sand volcanoes were errupting very hot muddy water during the earthquake in the Mexicali Valley," Patricia Robles wrote to a former colleague who teaches in Calexico. "The erruptions reached at least six feet above the ground, don't know how deep they came from. They happened everywhere, even inside people's homes and caused a lot of panic." Photos were taken by Joe Espinoza, an eyewitness to the erruptions.
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.
Recipe courtesy of www.RealCaliforniaMilk.com
April 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Arriba! Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching. Bright colors, spirited music and flavorful foods are the very essence of Cinco de Mayo (May 5) celebrations throughout the U.S. and Mexico. The date honors Mexican patriotism and commemorates the Mexican army’s triump over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year with a dish that offers a cheesy twist on traditional Mexican fare. This unique recipe for Fiesta Green Chile and Cheese Bread Puddings marries a blend of traditional Mexican spices with green chiles, California Monterey Jack and tangy sharp California Cheddar cheese.
Students Advance to Global Competition in May that Focuses on Creativity, Problem-Solving, Teamwork
El Cajon, CA – April 13, 2010 -- Two teams from Granite Hills High School won first place in events against 150 other teams from across California at the Destination ImagiNation (DI) State Finals in San Jose, CA, last Saturday, April 10. All thirteen students will now represent California in the Destination ImagiNation Global Finals at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in May, competing against over 1,000 teams from around the world.
JERRY BROWN ISSUES PRE-PRIMARY DEBATE CHALLENGE; POIZNER ACCEPTS BUT WHITMAN REFUSES TO DEBATE FORMER GOVERNOR
“We can restore the dynasty of California.” – former Governor Jerry Brown
April 19, 2010 (Los Angeles) – At the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles Saturday, ex-Governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown noted that he created 1.9 million jobs during his eight years as California's governor, then outlined his plans for creating new jobs and restoring California's economic prosperity. He called for easing the credit crunch to get funds flowing to small businesses as well as investing in ”innovation and creativity” at public universities, in green job creation, and more.
Brown also challenged his Republicans opponents Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner to California’s first three-way pre-primary debate. Poizner has accepted the debate invitation, the Mercury News in Silicon Valley reports. But Whitman, who criticized Brown before the convention for being “vague” on proposals to fix the economy, has rejected his invitation as a “stunt” and reportedly refused to participate in a debate with the former Governor.
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.
This scholarly examination on the health-nutrition link is certainly food for thought for anyone wanting to eat right and to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.