May 2011 Articles
May 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.
Top global and national news stories include:
• 2012 GOP Presidential candidates: Who’s in, who’s out (CNN)
• Gas prices could plummet for summer driving (USA Today)
• Obama announces ‘new chapter’ in U.S.-Mideast diplomacy (CNN)
• Osama bin Ladin: Al Qaeda releases posthumous message (BBC)
• Japan readies new tactics for Fukushima after setback (Reuters)
• War crimes prosecutor targets Gaddafi and allies (Reuters)
• North Korea, Japan trade missile technology (Reuters)
• Israeli-Palestinian violence erupts on 3 borders (Reuters)
• Argentinian Jewish group gets Google to nix hate ads (Jerusalem Post)
• Jordan police use force to stop demonstrators from reaching Israeli border (Al Jazeera)
• U.S. to impose sanctions on Syrian president (Al Jazeera)
• Army shelling kills 7 in Syrian protest town (Reuters)
• Saudi woman defies driving ban (AFP)
• Wind farm ordered dismantled (La VanGuardia)
May 19, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- The Sheriff seeks public help to locate Oscar Leyva Gonzales, 85. The elderly man, who has diabetes, went missing from Presidio Healthcare, a board and care facility at 3825 Lamar Street in Spring Valley five days ago on May 14. The Sheriff did not notify media until today.
He does not have his medications with him. He was wearing a black button-up shirt, black pants and sneakers.
May 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top news of interest to our region, published in other media.
Recent Roudup headlines include:
• State Superintendent reacts to funding gap (KPBS)
• Palomar, San Pasqual Parks axed by state (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Rally sends message to Sacramento: Stop cutting our schools’ budgets (Mt. Helix Patch)
• New City budget calls for restoring recreation, library budgets (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• 1,200 at Super Smith Saturday to aid cancer-stricken Grossmont teacher (La Mesa Patch)
• Ramona residents oppose fire evacuation plan (10 News)
• Schwarzenegger reveals he had child with staffer (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Flying marijuana over the border low and slow (KPBS)
• Historic Borrego home to become research center (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• San Diego home ownership drops in past decade (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Study says public transportation connects, but not always to jobs (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Study links autism to mother’s health issues (San Diego Union-Tribune)
May 19, 2011 (Alpine) -- The Boulder Oaks Elementary School PTA will be hosting its annual Western Days Carnival on Friday May 20, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The carnival will feature food, game booths, a silent auction, a cake walk, opportunity drawings, an air jumper, a rock wall, music and much more.
Money raised from the carnival allows the BOES PTA to pay for such things as field trips, assemblies, and new technology items for students. Boulder Oaks Elementary is located at 2320 Tavern Road. For more information please contact BOES at 619-445-8676.
On May 19, 2011, at about 1:15 PM, a man knocked a woman down and took her deposit bag near the Target Store in Grossmont Center. The suspect was described as a black male, 20 years old, muscular build wearing a white “do” rag, a white tee shirt and jeans. He was driven from the scene in a white Nissan X-Terra by a heavyset black female with long hair.
The victim was a 49 year old female who sustained several abrasions as a result of the robbery. She was taken to Grossmont Hospital for evaluation. The loss was the deposit bag and its contents.
Centers Offer Free Gardening Classes as Part of the Healthy Works Initiative
May 19, 2011 (San Diego County) -- Want to learn how to plant and maintain a garden? County officials and community partners announced five Regional Garden Education Center locations today at Olivewood Gardens in National City. Olivewood is one of five sites where residents can take free classes to help them to start or maintain school gardens as well as teach residents how to convert lawns, yards and small spaces into fruit and vegetable gardens.
In addition to Olivewood Gardens, centers are located at: Solana Center in Encinitas, San Diego Youth Services at Spring Valley East Community Center, the International Rescue Committee locations in City Heights and Wild Willow Farm, and Education Center in south San Diego.
Investigation finds NRC cancelled safety regulations designed to prevent hydrogen explosions at U.S. nuclear reactors such as those that occurred in Fukushima, Japan
May 19, 2011—A scathing report critical of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission following the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in Japan has been issued by Congressman Edward Markey’s office following an investigation into NRC procedures.
The report concludes that “flawed assumptions and under-estimation of safety risks are currently an inherent part of the NRC regulatory program, due to a long history of decisions made by prior Commissions or by the NRC staff that have all too often acquiesced to industry requests for a weakening of safety standards.”
Among the disturbing findings:
May 19, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to an armed robbery reported yesterday morning around 9:25 a.m. at the Troy Street Recycling Center, 8743 Troy Street in Spring Valley.
The victim reported that he was robbed at gunpoint by three suspects as he was entering the business to open up. The suspects are described as two Hispanic males, one wearing a mask, and a female. A handgun was used to commit the robbery. The suspects fled in a black four-door vehicle that was recovered a short time later in Spring Valley at a nearby location.
May 18, 2011 (Alpine) -- The FAA, US Marine Corp and local aviators have all approved flyovers to mark the dedication of the Veterans Wall of Honor, planned for May 30, 2011, at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Alpine Community Center.
The ceremony is called "Mission Honored: Dream Achieved." It marks the dedication of the Wall of Honor, and unveil a tile with the name of Lt. John Flinn, our own Medal of Honor recipient whose name is the first to be placed on the Wall of Honor. Hundreds of other tiles will be mounted in honor of veterans who sacrificed to serve our country.
MISSION HONORED: DREAM ACHIEVED
A Community Celebration for the Dedication of the Veterans Wall of Honor
May 18, 2011 (Alpine) -- Fernando Gonzalez volunteered to be the general contractor for the Veterans Wall of Honor, and couldn't be happier with the results. "This is a beautiful symbol of respect and honor for those who have sacrificed for our country in the armed services. The vision is perfect ,the commitment of the community is fantastic, and I am so proud to contribute a small part. It's my best project ever!"
The wall of honor will be dedicated on May 30, 2011 at the Alpine Community Center.
By Brian Lafferty
May 17, 2011 (San Diego) – A couple of months ago someone e-mailed me an article. A team of scientists used gene mutation to create Autism in mice. The study, which was published in the science journal, Nature, could potentially lead to a cure for Autism or reverse it. But you know what?
May 18, 2011 (San Diego) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) invites constituents to a town-hall style public meeting on Wednesday, May 18 from 6-7 p.m. in the Normal Heights Community Center at 4649 Hawley Blvd., San Diego 92116.
“Please come share your ideas, ask a question, and get an update about what’s happening in Congress at my Mid-City/Uptown Neighborhood Day this Wednesday evening,” the Congresswoman said.
May 17, 2011 (Lakeside) – Billy Charles Hileman, 41, a divorced San Diego resident, has been identified as the man found dead behind a dumpster April 1st in the driveway of a home at 12102 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.
By Miriam Raftery
May 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – Ashley Charlton, a junior and AP student at West Hills High School, has been named the grand prize winner for her entry in the 3rd Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition.
Other top entrants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were Cassandra Kingsbury from El Capitan, Scott Holcomb and Noraa Reeder from Santana.
Thousands of students turned away as education opportunities fade for many;
College leaders & students issue plea for public to ask help from local legislators who continue to oppose budget measures to protect community college funding
By Miriam Raftery
May 17, 2011 (El Cajon) –Tens of thousands of students have been turned away from community colleges in our region this summer following $73 million in budget cuts---at a time when California had the largest high school graduation rate in history and unemployment levels are soaring. Fees have gone up by nearly a third and staff positions have been slashed—but the worst may be yet to come.
“An all-cuts budget would be nothing short of an educational Armageddon,” warned Cindy Miles, Chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD). Miles joined leaders of six community college districts in a press conference at Grossmont College today to show the dire consequences of recent budget cuts and worse impacts if the all-cuts budget is enacted. She and other leaders praised Governor Jerry Brown for requesting an extension of existing taxes to prevent the all-cuts budget option. (View a video with more of Miles' remarks.)
But Republicans (including East County representatives Joel Anderson and Brian Jones) have refused to support the Governor’s budget. They remain determined to force an all-cuts budget regardless of consequences on local students and our region’s economy, top educators warned.
May 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- La Maestra Community Health Centers celebrated 21 years of providing quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate health, and well-being services through its Circle of Care.
To begin the 22nd year a generous donation from Kaiser Permanente will help provide more of the sonographic imaging services that have been helping those in need.
$5,000 Award Will Give Middle School Students Access to Laptop Computers
May 17, 2011 – Middle school students at Ramona Lutheran School are set to benefit from a $5,000 education grant awarded today by the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) joined Principal Donna Myers in accepting the grant that was presented to the school by Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
“Today’s teaching and learning process is being transformed by technology,” said Chairman Romero. “Barona is pleased to award this grant that will provide middle school students at Ramona Lutheran with access to computers. Our hope is to enrich their educational experience and help prepare them for high school.”
May 17, 2011 (Sacramento) – Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (AD-78) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s May Revise budget proposal:
“Governor Brown’s May Revise is a responsible roadmap with a long-term vision that preserves education funding and provides hiring incentives to get people back to the workplace – two critical components to maintaining our economic recovery. Given the remaining deficit and difficult choices before us, I am encouraged to see this plan provides funding for K-12 education and community colleges. An otherwise all-cuts budget proposal would have caused unprecedented damage to our public colleges and universities, already grappling with deep cuts that will undoubtedly impact access and affordability."
May 17, 2011 (San Diego's East County) --Now that tax season is over, it is a great time to ask yourself if you are financially prepared to deal with an emergency.
- Below are tips provided by Heartland Fire.
- Insurance coverage:
- Have you reviewed your policy lately? Does it accurately reflect the value of your home?
- Do you have a copy of your policy with contact information in your disaster kit?
- Do you have appropriate coverage (earthquake,flood, etc.)?
- Does it include additional living expenses if you home is uninhabitable?
- If you are a renter, do you have renter's insurance?
- Do you have photo/video inventory documentation of your personal belongings?
May 17, 2011 (Casa De Oro) -- A fast and effective attack allowed San Miguel firefighters to extinguish a fire that started in the kitchen of an upstairs apartment unit in the Casa De Oro area across the street from Spring Valley Middle School. Fire damage was confined to that single unit.
Crews were called to the Helix Square Apartments on the 3800 block of Conrad Drive at 11:21 a.m., Monday. The fire was considered knocked down ten minutes later. Inside the residence at the time of the fire was one adult male who evacuated the upstairs apartment, but was treated on the scene for smoke inhalation. He was later transported to Grossmont Hospital.
Local pastor visits 60 Congressional offices and meets with CA Senators; Feinstein pledges to oppose new nuclear plants
By Rev. Peter Moore-Kochlacs
Special Correspondent for the Southern California Ecumenical Council, the National Religious Coalition for Creation Care and the Green Ecumenical and Interfaith Religious Communities in California
May 14, 2011 (El Cajon) -- April 29 to May 6 was a working week for me in Washington, DC. I was in the Capitol advocating against our government’s current new nuclear power public policies.
Visiting over 60 Congressional Senate and House offices, I made the point on moral, safety and financial grounds that in light of the Fukushima, Japan nuclear power plant accidents and other problems inherent with nuclear energy, the federal government should stop permitting the building of new US land-based nuclear power plants.
Nothing but the Truth!
By Will Power
May 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- Citing budget concerns , the State of California (and the U.S. federal government) are studying plans to turn over California's most precious beaches, lakes, and forests to private entrepreneurs who will rent California's own land back to its citizens for a profit.
Seventy Califiornia state parks are slated for permanent closure, including Palomar Mountain State Park and San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park in San Diego County. Once the title to these pristine and irreplaceable lands is clouded by contract law, do not expect the public to ever see them again for free.
May 16, 2011 (El Cajon) – Captain Darren Norton and his wife, Mary, will be transferred from the Salvation Army’s El Cajon headquarters to accept new assignments as the Corps Officers at the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps effective June 29th. Captain North has headed up many activities in East County for the Salvation Army, including the annual East County Toy & Food Drive each holiday season as well as efforts to help fire survivors.
May 15, 2011 (La Mesa) – Byron Lydell Brown, 46, of San Diego has been arrested for the robbery of a Shell Station in La Mesa. A robber at the station, located at 5150 70th Street, was reported to La Mesa Police at 12:24 a.m. on May 12th.
The clerk told officers that the suspect entered the store and posed as a customer. After several minutes, he approached the clerk and told him that he had a knife in his pocket. The suspect threatened to stab the clerk in the chest if he did not hand over money in the register.
May 18, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Captain Sam Diego and all of his crew are busy preparing for the Cajon Valley Jamboree of 2001 to be held at the Holy Trinity School Campus 405 Ballard Street, El Cajon from May 20 through May 22, 2011.
This year's theme, "Your Passport To Travel and Fun," is rallying the community together for plenty of fun right here in the heart of El Cajon. The Cajon Valley Jamboree is just as committed now as it was in 1948 in bringing the City of El Cajon and fostering communities spirit.
Click on Captain Sam Diego name to view his video preview of this event.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2011 (Potrero) – Local elected officials have reacted with outrage to news that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has sent a letter demanding money back from victims of the Harris Fire. ECM reported on May 12 that Donald and Veronica Lytle of Potrero are among 5,500 disaster survivors nationwide who have been ordered to repay disaster payments.
A FEMA representative who declined to be named admits to ECM that none of these requests involve fraud, but rather errors that FEMA says its representatives made.
Now, Supervisor Dianne Jacob has pledged to contact FEMA and federal officials on behalf of the victims. In addition, Jan Hedlun, an elected member of the Potrero Planning Group, has sent a letter to FEMA urging that the demand be dropped--and providing an eye witness account of horrific conditions during the firestorm.
May 15, 2011 (Washington D.C.) -- In response to reports that the Pentagon is considering allowing detainees at Guantanamo Bay the opportunity to visit with family, Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-52), a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, introduced legislation this week to prohibit the U.S. Secretary of Defense from allowing detainees at the facility to meet with family members.
May 15, 2011 (Spring Valley) – A fire at the McGrath rock quarry resulted in a multi-agency response hindered by explosions from combustibles and ammunition in storage on the site, which had no water access.
“Had this been three weeks later with the brush drying out, we would have also had a wildland fire,” said Battalion Chief Andrew Menshek with San Miguel Fire Department.
By Mike Thaller
May 15, 2011 (San Diego) --I read today that Rep Duncan Hunter is out bashing gays again. Now he wants to revive Don't Ask Don't Tell: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/54644.html.
I ask Duncan: “Don't you have anything better to do with your time?" I see military families everyday here in San Diego and I never hear them talking about Don't Ask Don't Tell. What I do hear families talking about is the high cost of gas at a time oil companies have reaped record profits.
May 14, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Today the San Diego Sheriff's Departments Court Services field unit conducted a warrant sweep in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, as well as unincorporated areas of El Cajon, Alpine and Lakeside. Focus of the operation was on the apprehension of suspects with outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants. A total of 48 persons were arrested and 65 warrants were cleared.