April 2010 Articles
Navy Strategic Culture: Why the Navy Thinks Differently.
By Roger W. Barnett. Annapolis. Naval Institute Press. 2009. 223 pages. Notes, bibliography and index. $28.95
Reviewed by Walter Hall
“Seapower is our heritage…Seapower is not merely a fleet of ships and planes. Seapower reaches into every phase of our national life.” --Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
April 20, 2010 (San Diego) --San Diego is still a Navy town. Navy is spoken here; Navy values and modes of thought are as ubiquitous as naval memorials and street names. What is it that renders those “that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters” such a special breed?
April 19, 2010 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is trying to locate the owners of two injured animals that have arrived at County shelters, including a Siamese cat in El Cajon and an apricot poodle in Logan Heights.
February 19, 2010 (El Cajon) -- A single engine Cessna made a crash landing on Johnson Avenue just north of Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon Friday evening shortly after 7 p.m. The two men onboard were able to crawl from the wreckage just before the plane burst into flames. Fire crews from Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon quickly arrived on scene and had the fire out in less than five minutes.
U.S. LABOR SECRETARY & TOP UNION OFFICER SPEAK ON JOBS, SMALL BUSINESS ISSUES & NEEDS OF WORKING FAMILIES
By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2010 (Los Angeles) –“We have to reverse the tide and give working families a fighting chance,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said, speaking at the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles this weekend.
Solis offered some hopeful news for small businesses as well as workers. “The evidence is very clear. The Recovery Act is working. A new study shows we’ve created 2.5 million jobs through the end of March,” she reported, adding that more than 42,000 loans to small businesses have been made since passage of the Recovery Act as well.
The nation also posted a 5.6% increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2009 – a hefty increase from 2.2% the prior quarter according to the latest report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis released in late March.
By Kristin Kjaero
April 17, 2010 (San Diego, California) -- In a surprised development, John Albert Gardner pled guilty to the murders of Chelsea King and Amber Dubois “with premeditation and deliberation,” special circumstances for both murders while engaged in the act of rape, and the attack and attempted rape of Candice Moncayo.
April 19, 2010 (San Diego) – Authorities are asking the public’s help to locate Charles David (Dave) Peckenepaugh. The Fircrest, Washington man is believed to be in the San Diego area. He is despondent, traveling without his heart medications, and may attempt to cross the border into Mexico, according to a bulletin issued by San Diego Police.
April 19, 2010 (Rancho San Diego)--Neighborhood National Bank, in conjunction with the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, will host a grand opening event on Thursday, April 22 at its new East County location, 2987 Jamacha Road in El Cajon. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. Many activities are planned including food, raffle prizes and a $100 gift card. The first 75 individuals will also receive a special gift.
By Brian Lafferty
April 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Kick-Ass is not your typical superhero. He doesn’t have any special powers and he lacks strength. His costume is a garish green wet suit with yellow stripes. He is deathly afraid of heights. This movie is one of the more interesting of its kind: an existential portrait of a tortured superhero.
By Brian Lafferty
April 16, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- As I walked out of the theater after watching Death at a Funeral, I was reminded of something the great director Howard Hawks once said about what makes a good movie: three great scenes, no bad ones. There are three hilarious, uproarious scenes which had me literally gasping for air from laughing so hard. At the same time, there was not a single scene that didn't work.
By Jim Wiegand, wildlife biologist
April 17, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The controversy surrounding wind farms in America has been brewing for over 25 years. The debate centers around the use of the deadly propeller style wind turbines and the large death toll to what are supposedly protected species. One of these species, the federally protected golden eagle, has been at the forefront of this debate from the beginning.
This is for good reason, because at Altamont Pass California, 50-75 golden eagles have been killed each year in the blades of the prop wind turbine. This killing has been taking place for over 25 years. Dr. Shawn Smallwood the foremost expert of bird mortality at the Altamont Pass wind farm estimates that 2300 golden eagles have been killed by the spinning turbine blades.
April 16, 2010 (Spring Valley) -- Recently, a home without a smoke detector was destroyed in Spring Valley and another was severely damaged, San Miguel Fire Department reports. Did you know that:
✪Thirty-seven percent of the homes in the USA still don’t have a working smoke detector
✪Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire by half!
✪Nationally, 83 percent of fire-related deaths were the result of home fires
April 16, 2010 (San Diego) – Effective immediately, the National Weather Service in San Diego is changing its criteria for issuing red flag warnings for fire danger. The change is expected to result in fewer alerts, also saving taxpayers money on overtime staffing for firefighting forces.
BARONA RESORT & CASINO BECOMES 1ST TRIBAL RESORT IN U.S. TO EARN LEED™ GOLD CERTIFICATION FROM U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
April 16, 2010 (San Diego)-- Barona Resort & Casino announced yesterday that it has achieved Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED™-EB) rating system. Barona is the first tribal resort in the nation to earn the internationally recognized certification for the design and operation of high performance green buildings.
April 15, 2010 (San Diego) California Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of a Chula Vista doctor and two employees operating a "complex, multi-level scheme" that bilked more than $200,000 from low-income patients and government agencies by overcharging and prescribed pain medication to individuals who had no medical need for it.
"These individuals operated a complex, multi-level fraud scheme," Brown said. "Today's arrests are a result of the cooperative efforts of state and federal law enforcement to take this dirty doctor off the streets."
By Chris Morrow, freelance journalist/CNN iReporter
April 14, 2010 (City Heights) --Residents of City Heights who spend hours daily tending the garden Michelle Obama visited today wished they had been part of the moment.
Hundreds of guests attended to meet the First Lady as she toured the New Roots Community Farm, but only three of the community growers were invited as she walked through their garden.
Many of the growers watched in their homes across the street. It was a time of happiness to have the First Lady visit the farm and also a time of sadness to not be included.
April 16, 2010 (Poway) – Faced with a budget crunch, the Poway Unified School Board will consider elimination of regular education transportation at the Poway Unified School District school board meeting on Monday, April 19. Cutting out buses would mean 3,300 Poway Unified students would have to find an alternative way to get to school.
By Miriam Raftery
April 15, 2010 - Yes, you can still see wildflowers in bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Thanks to readers Jerry and Marlene Fisher for sending us shots taken this week of the desert floor in bloom--and a flowering ocotillo.
We also spotted a profusion of spring blooms at Summers Past Farm, which hosted its annual Sweet Pea Festival last weekend. Local residents Cindy and Juliana Houser, Laura Butcher, and Bonnie Henselmeier snipped fragrant sweat peas shown in the photo at right. The crowd quickly grew so large that cutting was stopped for the day, but not to worry--more sweat peas will be available to the public this weekend.
by Christopher Mohr
(Spring Valley) April 14 - In an exciting lacrosse match at Monte Vista High School, the host Monarchs prevailed with a 10-6 win over the Sultans of Santana High School. The game featured several momentum shifts and was on the verge of erupting into a fight before Monte Vista squelched a late comeback bid by Santana.
"I call Joel [Anderson] `Maytag' because of his money-laundering skills." - La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, who announced his endorsement of Anderson's opponent, Jeff Stone, for State Senate
By Buck Shott
April 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Candidates for the 36th State Senate race are off and running—airing some dirty laundry as well as poiltical "spin."
April 15, 2010 (El Cajon)--The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians has made a donation valued at approximately $10,000 to the El Cajon Community Development Corporation to further the organization’s economic development efforts in Downtown El Cajon. The Viejas donation was made in support of the El Cajon CDC’s annual “It’s 5:00 Somewhere” fundraiser party held April 16, 2010 in Downtown El Cajon.
Update April 15: Hisaw pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday.
April 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Kameron Nicholas Hisaw, 19, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of arson in Crest. He faces two felony arson charges as well as a burglary charge, according to the San Miguel Fire Department. His father, John Hisaw, is a captain with the Lakeside Fire Protection District.
“He’s been a good kid his whole life. This is shocking to myself and my family, especially in a job that I do where we spend our lives protecting people and property,” Captain Hisaw told Preston Phillips of Channel 10 News. “We stand by Kameron.”
By Miriam Raftery
April 14, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – At the “Collaborating for Healthy Communication” conference held April 9 at Cuyamaca College, medical and social service providers heard horror stories of patient care jeopardized by language issues--and potential solutions. The conference was sponsored by the San Diego Refugee Forum, which assists the growing number of refugees in our region from countries around the world.
By Miriam Raftery
April 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A relief effort is being mounted here to bring emergency aid to the Cucapa Indian nation, just ten miles from the epicenter of the 7.2 earthquake that devastated their homeland between Mexicali and San Felipe.
March through May is the fishing season for these indigenous people, who rely on fishing to sustain them throughout the year. But the Easter earthquake severely damaged roads that the Cucapa use to fish on the Colorado Delta, forcing them to end their season early, East County Magazine has learned. Tribal members have lost their livelihoods as well as their homes, roads, electricity and water.
Viejas pledges challenge grant to match community donations
April 14, 2010 (Alpine) – “This has been a dream of ours—to honor or veterans with the great respect and admiration they all deserve,” says Dan Foster, chairperson of the Alpine Veterans Wall of Honor committee, which is raising funds to create a monument to Mountain Empire area military veterans. “It is their sacrifice and commitment that has kept our country strong. We can give a little of our time and money to build a permanent place where we express our thanks and appreciation. It’s worth it—and none of us should hesitate in showing our gratitude.”
April 14, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum, in partnership with the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture Department and the Water Conservation Garden will host the Spring Garden Festival to be held on campus April 24. As part of the festival, the Museum will hold a special event entitled “Artifacts Alive”.
April 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- Yesterday, volunteers from San Diego were met with gratitude by earthquake survivors , delivering food, water, tents, toys and hope for thousands left homeless near the epicenter in Mexico—including a one-day-old infant christened “America.”
April 14, 2010 (San Diego) – All five members of the San Diego Board of Supervisors are conservative Republicans, including Supervisor Ron Roberts, who has held office for nearly 20 years. Though incumbents’ seats are generally considered safe barring a scandal, Roberts may be vulnerable due to changing demographics in his district and a formidable pack of Democratic candidates running for his seat. In fact, the Fourth Supervisorial District now has a hefty majority of 127,000 registered Democrats and only 87,000 registered Republicans, as well as 67,000 who decline to state party affiliation.
Four Democrats say that Roberts has lost touch with his constituents and has failed to represent the needs of families, working people, the poor, and the middle class. Democrats vying to replace Roberts are Shelia Jackson, president of the San Diego Unified School Board, Juan del Rio, affordable housing advocate, journalist/community activist Steve Whitburn, and retired teacher Margaret Moody.
Democratic candidate, 4th Supervisorial District
Stephen Whitburn ran for City Council in 2008, receiving 45% of the vote. Now he’s set his sights on winning Ron Roberts’ seat on the County Board of Supervisors.
“My background is in journalism,” the award-winning reporter says. “I covered government for many years and I know how to ask the tough questions and get to the heart of the matter, and tell people what’s going on. Our Republican Supervisors have done a poor job of telling people what’s going on.”
Democratic candidate, 4th Supervisorial District
April 14, 2010 (San Diego) -- “I think the County needs a leader to represent all of the families inside the Fourth Supervisorial District,” says Shelia Jackson, president of the San Diego Unified School District. “Ron Roberts hasn’t reached all the families,” she concludes. “The Supervisors are out of touch.”
San Diego has a 16.6% poverty rate, the highest since 2000, Jackson observes.
Democratic Candidate, 4th Supervisorial District
April 14, 2010 (San Diego) -- As a housing counselor, Juan del Rio voices alarm over seeing many hard-working families falling into poverty. “This past year has seen a 70% increase in people without permanent housing in our County and all indicators are the situation is going to get worse,” he says. “So many people, who never thought they would be homeless, are turning to shelters and food banks, but while charities and the cities in San Diego County struggle to keep up with the overwhelming demand for services, the County is MIA!”
Del Rio is running on the bilingual slogan “The One Voice for the Poor/La Unica Voz para los Pobres.” He calls incumbent Ron Roberts “entrenched” and believes the Supervisor has “lost his perspective because he feels invincible.”