February 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- This petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Keep-IHSS-out-of-Managed-Care/ is calling for an IHSS "carve-out", to keep the present IHSS program (which enables me to hire my own caregivers/assistants) as an option apart from total inclusion within a new managed care mandate.
By Bonnie Burns Price; research assistance by Olive Ball
“Are Republicans engaged in a war on women, with women’s rights, needs, and hopes just the collateral damage of their war?” -- Bonnie Burns Price
February 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The 2012 Republican presidential contest is one of the most intriguing events on the national political stage. Many debates have allowed the nation to consider candidate positions on subjects as diverse as the Great Recession, the war in Afghanistan, a nuclear Iran, sustainability of Social Security and Medicare, tax fairness, contraception and abortion.
“If we had free market competition, SDG&E would have to absorb the costs of the fire. Quite simply, if
they raised their rates, consumers would switch to other providers.”
February 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sempra-owned utility San Diego Gas & Electric wants “San Diego-area utility customers to pay for nearly all of an estimated $463 million in cost not covered by insurance from the catastrophic 2007 wildfires that were triggered in large part by its power lines,” the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. “At stake is who ultimately pays for the fire’s destruction — ratepayers or shareholders.” SDG&E wants the ratepayers to cover 95 to 100 percent of excess wildfire and related litigation costs.
By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH
READER'S EDITORIAL: GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SHOULD NOT FUND ENERGY COGENERATION EXPANSION WITH BORROWED MONEY
(Note: This reader asked to have her name withheld, for fear of government retribution.)
SIGN A PETITION! Key vote Feb. 29 could take away your right to be informed and speak out
By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine
“People will never hear about projects until after they’re done if this [elimination of planning groups] goes through.” – Mark Ostrander, chair, Jacumba sponsor group
February 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – I've rarely published an editorial commentary, reserving my opinion for only those matters with the gravest of consequences for East County. One such matter will come before San Diego's Supervisors on February 29, when supervisors will vote on whether or not to eliminate all community planning groups countywide. They will also weigh other “reforms” aimed at making it easier to pave over paradise--or put a goliath-scale project next door to you--with nobody the wiser until it's too late.
This ill-conceived idea is the brainchild of a “Red Tape Reduction Task Force” stacked with developers. If adopted, it will stifle voices of concerned residents in the early planning phases of major development projects from condo complexes to wind farms.
Danielle Cook, a concerned citizen in Jacumba, has launched an online petition calling on Supervisors to save community planning groups. I have signed it, and urge all County residents to do the same if you value a democratic process that allows people’s voices to be heard, not just special interests. You can sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/petitions/san-diego-county-supervisor-save-our-planning-and-sponsor-groups.
GREATER SAN DIEGO VISION INITIATIVE: WHAT’S BEEN LEFT OUT ABOUT EAST COUNTY—AND WHY YOU SHOULD VOICE YOUR VIEWS
By Jo Marie Diamond, President and CEO
East County Economic Development Council (www.eastcountyedc.org)
January 24, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Where’s East County in the scenarios presented by the Greater San Diego Vision? Make your voice heard soon.
You may have seen the ads, heard the radio spots and received emails urging you to engage in the public choosing process for the Greater San Diego Vision initiative. You may have even visited the Public Choosing site and taken a tour of the scenarios for Land Use, Economic Development, Education, and Culture and Amenities.
What you haven’t seen or heard is any reference to the role of East County in these scenarios.
By Wendy Holland
January 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- “Are you freaking kidding me?!” It’s a sentiment I experience—and express--daily. My concerns and interests have always been intensely passionate; I vacillate between a deep conviction that God is putting these things in my heart to be shared and an aversion to being perceived as judgmental by virtue of calling out what I see as blatant opposition to the true Gospel. Watching the race for the Republican nomination for president is bringing it all home.
Workshop set for Feb. 3 in Lakeside
Co-Authored by Senator Joel Anderson, 36th District, Kathy Kassel, Executive Director, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, and John Olsen – Executive Director, Santee Chamber of Commerce
January 17, 2012 (Lakeside)--Employers already struggling to survive in California’s difficult business climate can’t afford to take their eye off another lurking hazard: lawsuit abuse.
By Doug Deane, Chair, 2011 GUHSD Boundary Committee
READER’S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL SHOULD MOVE FORWARDS WITH A CITIZEN PETITION TO PUBLICLY FUND ELECTIONS
By Nadin Abbott
By Lori Holt Pfeiler, Associate Vice President of Our Greater San Diego Vision
By Rikki Borkowski, Rancho Santa Fe
January 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- One in 16 children in the U.S. is suffering from food insecurity, the state of not being able to provide nutritious foods to you, oneself or family. This is a major problem all around the country, even in our own backyard. How can a country so advanced still be living in the 1950s in terms of food insecurity?
By Robin Davis, Lakeside
By Tom Myers
by Scott Barnett & Richard Parker
READER’S EDITORIAL: SAN DIEGO MOM ASKS CONGRESS TO EXTEND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND KEEP HER FAMILY OFF THE STREETS
By Vanessa Celia Winters, San Diego
By Sierra Severson
READER’S EDITORIAL: LETS RE-FORM THE PBID IN EL CAJON--AND BRING THE PROCESS OUT FROM BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
By Peggy Buffo
“:…The newly hired [CDC] executive director Cindi Fargo was thrown to the wolves. None of the problems brought out by the Blue Ribbon Commission were her doing. I believe Cindi is probably the best person now to work with the reformed PBID.”
November 28, 2011 (El Cajon)—When a Planned Business Improvement District (PBID) in El Cajon in was originally formed in 1996, several primary goals were identified: clean up the downtown of transient population, get some businesses in the downtown's empty shops, and take advantage of the East County Performing Arts Center by populating some of those businesses as restaurants to bring people of El Cajon back to downtown El Cajon.
Sadly that mission to this point has stalled and in many instances has failed.
By Vince Wallgren
November 17, 2011 (La Mesa)--As the public education establishment’s quandary over shortfalls in funding reaches critical mass, the time may be ripe for introducing sweeping changes to the entire system.
During a recent broadcast of the Ladona Harvey Show, a education establishment insider asserted (paraphrasing) that among the more important elements in revamping the education system is a higher degree of parent - teacher communication; and that parents must be more involved in the overall education experience.
By David Secor, Candidate for 50th Congressional District
Editor’s note: Due to technical problems we could not post on Veteran’s Day, but wish to share this moving story now with our readers.
November 14, 2011 (Crest)--On Veterans Day, and on many other days, I remember Corporal Linden Eiler of Charlie Company, 228th Av Bn, 1st Air Cavalry Division. On April 25, 1968, Eiler had volunteered to join a CH-47 Chinook crew in retrieving a UH-1 Huey helicopter that had been shot down during the initial assault into the A Shau Valley in northern South Vietnam.
A Major Win for all Californians:
What you need to know about the Elder Economic Planning Act of 2011
by Paul Downey, CEO & President, Senior Community Centers, San Diego
November 10, 2011 (San Diego)--We all aspire to age and with age we all hope to be able to provide ourselves with the basic needs to simply survive – home, food, health care, transportation, etc. However, this is not the case for all seniors. Many struggle to get by daily and though they may have saved in their youth, unforeseen circumstances can turn almost anyone’s lives upside down.
READER’S EDITORIAL: WHY DOES OUR SENATOR CARE MORE ABOUT THE DEAD THAN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN HIS DISTRICT?
By Drum Macomber, former El Cajon Citizen of the Year
November 9, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The city of El Cajon wants to be a "Charter City.”
Instead of abiding by the citizen protections provided by state and federal law, the “charter city” designation gives city councils total control over a host of municipal decisions.
By Russell Buckley, co-founder, East County Tax Hawks
November 10, 2011 (La Mesa)--The annual update of the CalPers $100,000 pension club (a list of CalPers pensioners receiving more than $100,000 per year) was recently published. It continues to show remarkable growth. The Club had 1,841 members in 2005. By 2009 it had grown to 6,133. 2010 membership was 9,111 and this year's membership is 12,199. That is a 99% growth in just the past two years!
By Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH
November 8, 2011 (San Diego)--In an earlier Op Ed I pointed out that according to the U.S. Constitution, the Federal government has no legal right to impose criminal law on marijuana both grown and sold within the State of California (Reader's Editorial: Medical Marijuana and States Rights, October 25, 2011, http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/7674).
By Jim Bell
My goal in releasing this commentary is to introduce the Net-Meter Option to the public as a cost-effective way to increase local electricity supply and price security instead of investing ratepayerâ€™s dollars into SDG&E/SEMPRAâ€™s Sunrise Power Link, a proposed 16-story tall transmission line that SDG&E and its parent Company, SEMPRA, are pitching to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). If built, the Power Link transmission line would run 150 miles from San Diego to Mexicali, Mexico, running through numerous state parks, wild life habitat areas and private properties. Read More