January 2012 Articles

CALAWARE SUES SAN DIEGO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR SURPRISE ACTIONS

Supervisors accused of approving items not on agenda regarding cutting red tape for development projects

By Terry Francke, General Counsel, Californians Aware

January 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Californians Aware has filed suit against the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, challenging its decision at a meeting last month as a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law for local government.

The petition, filed today in San Diego County Superior Court, cites the Board’s immediate approval of a slate of recommendations from an advisory committee on cutting red tape in development approvals.


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WOMAN’S HUSBAND AND MOTHER-IN-LAW ARRESTED IN EL CAJON MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT


January 20, 2012 (El Cajon ) – El Cajon Police have arrested June Carol Pickard, 57, and her son, Francis Richard Noble, 31. The two were arraigned Tuesday, accused of conspiring to hire a hitman to kill Noble’s wife.

Police learned of the plot after a former classmate of Noble came forward and revealed that Pickard had offered money for killing the 31-year-old victim. 


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SDG&E WANTS RATEPAYERS TO PAY FOR ITS WILDFIRE LIABILITY COSTS: FIRE VICTIMS ASK PUBLIC TO URGE CPUC TO HOLD HEARING IN SAN DIEGO


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NOW THAT YOU HAVE THAT KINDLE, NOW WHAT?


by Mayan Avitable

 
January 20, 2012 (La Mesa) -- So many people now have one of the forms of the Kindle by Amazon. Some of the Kindles do more than others, but all of them have a book-reading function.  Many readers have been finding that books are very expensive through ordinary sources.  However, there are many sites online that offer free  books for download. 

 


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SDG&E LAUNCHES “GREEN BUTTON” CUSTOMER ENERGY USAGE DATA TOOL

 
New online tool provides customers with easy access to energy use data


January 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Today San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced the launch of the “Green Button,” a new tool that will provide customers with easy access to their energy usage data.

 


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HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST ANNOUNCED FOR EL CAJON 3RD GRADE STUDENTS

 

January 20, 2012 (El Cajon ) -- Did you know that the Chase Gold Mines in El Cajon yielded $100,000?  Third grade students in El Cajon are invited to dig up more historical stories and enter an essay contest sponsored by the El Cajon Historical Society.  Children learning about local history are encouraged to write a 300-word essay about El Cajon's past.

 


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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RELATIONS BETWEEN AFRICANS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS IN SAN DIEGO JANUARY 26

 
January 20, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego Voice & Viewpoint newspaper will host a forum on leadership in the African and African American Communities on Januuary 26. The purpose of this event is to discuss the differences and similarities between communities, and to begin to work more collectively on issues. Thoughts and comments are welcome to this discussion on relations between those in the African and African American communities.  


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10-YEAR-OLD PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MURDER CHARGE; SERVICES ANNOUNCED FOR VICTIM, 12

 

January 20, 2012 (January 20, 2012 ) Lakeside –A memorial service will be held January 27 for Ryan Carter, the 12-year-old Lakeside boy stabbed to death by a playmate, age 10.  


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THE DARK SIDE OF GOING GREEN: HIGH DEATH TOLL AT RECYCLING CENTERS RAISES CONCERNS FOR WORKERS' SAFETY

 

Man crushed in EDCO packing machine remains hospitalized

By Miriam Raftery

January 19, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A worker crushed inside a packing machine December 31 at an EDCO recycling center in Lemon Grove remains hospitalized three weeks later, ECM has learned.

“We understand his condition is improving,” said John Snyder, general manager at EDCO.  Snyder declined to provide the worker’s name or details of his injuries, citing medical privacy laws. But he said the man, 57, is a long-time employee.


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KRUGER BROTHERS BRING AMERICAN MUSIC TRADITION TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE JANUARY 24

 
January 16, 2012 (El Cajon) --  World-renowned bluegrass band The Kruger Brothers will perform at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. 

The Kruger Brothers play original music composed by Jens Kruger. It's called "unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh." The Kruger Brothers are known for their remarkable musicianship and unique take on the American Songbook.

 


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UNDOCUMENTED PULITZER PRIZE WINNER JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS GIVES KEYNOTE SPEECH AT ALL PEOPLE’S BREAKFAST HONORING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

By Manuel Ocana (Spanish translation below)
 

January 19, 2012 (San Diego) --Philippino undocumented immigrant and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Jose Antonio Vargas was the keynote speaker for the All People's Breakfast honoring Dr Martin Luther King on Monday, January 16.


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CALIFORNIA RANKS 36TH IN MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT OF JOB CREATION PROGRAMS, EARNS C- GRADE

 
Report: States Lack Sound, Consistent Policies to Enforce Job-Creation and Other Performance Requirements in Economic Development Subsidy Programs

 
January 19, 2012 (Washington D.C.)—Despite the fact that many economic development deals fall short on job creation or other benefits, states are highly inconsistent in how they monitor, verify and enforce the terms of job subsidies that cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year.  Many states fail to even verify that companies receiving subsidies are meeting their job-creation and other commitments, and many more have weak penalty policies for addressing non-compliance.
 

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GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND AT HUMANITIES BUILDING


January 19, 2012 (El Cajon)--Grossmont High School and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) broke ground last week for a new humanities building at Grossmont High School. The two-story, 35,000-square-foot building now under construction is the largest classroom project funded by the Proposition U construction program passed by voters in 2008.

 


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CUYAMACA COLLEGE OFFERS INTRO TO GREEN BUILDING CAREERS—WITH FREE TRAINING


January 19, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – 
For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOMELESS COUNT ON JANUARY 27 COUNTYWIDE

January 19, 2012 (San Diego) – The Regional Task Force on the Homeless seeks volunteers to help with its annual countywide point-in-time count of homeless people in our region. Titled the “We all County Campaign,” the count will be held on Friday, January 27 from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. To volunteer, sign up at http://www.rtfhsd.org/pitc/weallcount-registration/.


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ON THE SILVER SCREEN: HAVE A NICE FLIGHT


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CONTROLLED BURN TODAY AT CUYAMACA

 

January 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re seeing smoke over our local mountains, don’t panic.  Cal-Fire confirms that it is assisting the Rancho Cuyamaca State Park with a controlled burn today.

IPN indicates the burn is at the Middle Peaks area of the Park.


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CITIZENS PROTEST SOLAR TAX

 

Crowd reacts warmly to news that CPUC denied SDG&E charge as "illegal"

Photo by Bob Silvern

January 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- Over sixty San Diegans angered by SDG&E’s proposed tax (network use charge) on rooftop solar customers protested at the company’s Energy Innovation Center open house today, pleading: “Please don’t take our sunshine away.”

Unbeknownst to protesters, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a ruling during the same hour rejecting SDG&E’s proposal after concluding that the proposed charge would be illegal.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS


January 18, 2012 --  (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 world and U.S. headlines include:  

 

  
 
U.S.
 
          National News 
  • Obama seeks to revamp government, focus on exports (Reuters)
  • Limits on military funeral protests advance (San Diego Union Tribune)
  • USDA says it will close 259 offices to save $150 million (San Diego UT)
  • Tea Party may get rebuffed in tax cut showdown (Reuters)
  • Cantor: US allies have doubts about policies to control Iran (The Hill) 
 
          Presidential Campaign  
  • Huntsman drops out, endorses Romney (CNN)
  • Romney takes some heat over Bain Capital’s actions (Winona Daily News, South Carolina)
  • Judge rejects Republican candidates requests to be on Virginia ballot (Fox News)
  • Mitt Romney’s lies (US News & World Reports)
  • Which presidential candidates have earned the defense industry’s support? (RawStory)
  • CNN Poll: Ron Paul tied with President Obama (CNN) 
 
WORLD 
  • Government says Hezbollah profits from U.S. cocaine market via link to Mexico drug cartel (Propublica) 
  • U.S. warns Iran over military posturing (CBS News)
  • It’s official: S&P announces mass downgrade of Eurozone countries (Business Insider)
  • Iran says nuclear expert killed by bomb attach (NPR)
  • Russian ship stopped with arms bound for Syria (NPR)
  • Shiite and Sunni: what are the differences? (Christian Science Monitor)
     
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • Research provides diabetes hope (BBC)
  • New tuberculosis strain thwarts all antibiotics (NPR)
  • Lights at night not a bright idea (Jerusalem Post)
 
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ROE V. WADE ANNIVERSARY TO BE COMMEMORATED AT JACOBS CENTER TONIGHT

 January 19, 2012 (San Diego) – Tonight, the Coalition for Reproductive Choice will commemorate the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Speakers will give international and local perspectives on the battle over reproductive rights. The event will be held at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue in San Diego.


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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
January 18, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media.  This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
   

 
 
 
 
STATE
  • California lawmakers take another crack at single payer healthcare bill (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown’s budget demands would strip demands, payments from local governments (Sacramento Bee)
  • Education magazine gives California a “C” for its students (Sacramento Bee)
  • California in eye of Internet piracy storm (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
LOCAL

  • Can $20 a head “cash mobs” save local shops? (U-T San Diego)
  • E. County leaders like their politics unbuttoned (U-T San Diego)
  • Parents protest, but are told school attendance boundaries won’t change (La Mesa Patch)
  • San Diego County Water Authority challenges rate (KPBS)
  • Stuck in traffic, long awaited Park Place project awaits fifth study (La Mesa Patch)
  • Chaldeans launch community newspaper (U-T San Diego)
  • Chickens finally okayed in Santee (U-T San Diego)
  • 5 involved in Sweetwater District probe plead not guilty (10 News)
  • Sweetwater says workers stole from cafeterias (U-T San Diego)
  • Campaign limits proposed for Southwestern and San Diego Schools (U-T San Diego)
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CPUC TO HOLD HEARING IN JACUMBA JAN. 24 ON ECO SUBSTATION AND NEW TRANSMISSION LINES PLANNED FOR BOULEVARD

 

January 19, 2012 (Jacumba) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and assigned Administrative Law Judge Hallie Yacknin will hold a hearing in Jacumba on January 24. The public may testify with comments on SDG&E's proposed $285 million 60-85 acre ECO Substation and 13 miles of new 138kV transmission lines planned for Boulevard.


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EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATS HOST “UNDER THE BIG BLUE SKY” EVENT, PLAN TO OPEN A CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS


January 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – East County has long been a conservative bastion.  But with changing demographics, party registration has shifted in some communities; La Mesa is now a majority Democratic and El Cajon has only a slight Republican edge. With reapportionment, La Mesa and much of El Cajon have shifted into districts represented by Democrat Susan Davis, raising visibility for the party.

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FREE “LUNCH AND LEARN” SUSTAINBLE ARCHITECTURE SEMINAR JANUARY 26


January 18, 2012 (San Diego) – SDG&E will host a Sustainable Architecture seminar on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 11am to 1 pm at the Center for Sustainable Energy, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92117.  The presentation will be made by Simi Razavian, a certified green building designer who specializes in environmentally friendly building design incorporating ancient ideas into modern buildings.

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CPUC REJECTS SDG&E PLAN TO CHARGE SOLAR HOMEOWNERS & BUSINESS OWNERS

By Miriam Raftery

Updated January 20, 2012 to include SDG&E's response to the CPUC decision.


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BOMB SQUAD CALLED TO HOME ON CONRAD FOR SUSPICIOUS DEV ICE

Update: The device has been found to be harmless. "Itw as either debris or a device made to look like an explosive," said Maurice Luque with San Diego Fire. Also, the device was on Conrad in San Diego, not Conrad on Mount Helix. 

January 18, 2012 *(San Diego's East County) – The Metro Arson Strike Team from San Diego Fire Department, along with a representative from the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency, has been deployed to a home at 4549 Conrad, Chris Hoffman with the ATF has confirmed to East County Magazine.

According to Incident Page Network, a suspicious device in front of the home has triggered the investigation and multiple homes on the street are being evacuated.


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SOLAR FOR RENTERS & HOMEOWNERS: SDG&E TO EXPAND LOCAL SOLAR MARKET, INCREASE CUSTOMER ACCESS

 

Pilot Program Will Offer Solar Options for All Customers

January 18, 2012 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval of its new solar proposal called “connected…..to the sun.”  The proposal complements rooftop solar and includes two different pilot programs that would give all SDG&E customers options to buy solar power even if they do not own a home, cannot afford a solar investment, or do not have the ability to put photovoltaic panels on their roof. 

Customers could choose to buy all or some of their energy from solar projects located in SDG&E’s service territory or negotiate directly with a local solar provider.   


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‘OMIGOD YOU GUYS!’ YAT’S PRODUCTION OF LEGALLY BLONDE IS A HIT


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MULTIPLICITY ART EXHIBIT AT HYDE ART GALLERY JAN. 23-FEB 23; ARTIST OPENING SET FOR JAN. 31

 
January 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College opens its spring semester with “Mmmultiplicy” Installation Works by Lea Anderson.  This exhibition runs from January 23 to February 23, with an artist opening even on Tuesday, January 31 from 7-9 p.m. 

 


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“10 AND UNDER TENNIS” IN LA MESA STARTS FEB. 6

 
January 17, 2012 (La Mesa)— The City of La Mesa is serving up “10 and Under Tennis”  for kids.  This is a new method using the QuickStart format to learn the game of tennis in a fun, fast, and effective way. Kids will use shorter lighter rackets, slower and lower-bouncing balls, smaller court dimensions and modified scoring systems tailored to the age and size of the child.

 


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