May 2012 Articles

BELLUS ACADEMY HOSTS INDUSTRY APPRECIATION PARTY

 
May 22, 2012 (Poway) -- Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy will host its annual Industry Appreciation Party on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its Poway campus. The evening features industry experts unveiling the latest innovations and trends as well as Bellus providing complimentary spa and salon services, exclusive raffle prizes, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and gifts bags for attendees.

DEPUTIES CAPTURE MAN WHO ESCAPED FROM PATROL CAR

 
May 22, 2012 (Santee) – On May 16, Santee Patrol Deputies arrested Dylan Castle, 20, of Lakeside in the 9400 block of Carlton Oaks.  He had escaped from a marked patrol unit the night before, after an arrest for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia just one block from where he was later apprehended again.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE LORI SALDAÑA SHARES VIEWS ON JOBS, HEALTHCARE, ENERGY POLICIES, VETERANS AND SENIOR ISSUES, AND THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, 52nd Congressional District candidate Lori Saldaña offered in-depth perspectives on top national issues—including the impacts of federal policies being felt in San Diego and East County. 
 
May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Lori Saldaña knows how to be a tough competitor. A field hockey athlete  in college and outdoor enthusiast who led hikes through San Diego’s backcountry, she became our region’s Sierra Club President and sued to enforce environmental laws.  As an educator, she created successful job training programs. In Sacramento, she chaired  powerful committees and pushed through landmark legislation that she authored--including AB 32, California’s major measure to combat global warming and  SB 1, the million solar roofs initiative.  President Bill Clinton appointed her to co-chair a committee on water quality improvements for 10 U.S.-Mexico border states. Scrappy and determined,  she’s earned her reputation as a fighter with a winning  record.

VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN FATAL JULIAN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

May 21, 2012 (Julian) – Julie Faith Fortier, 39, of Irvine, lost her life in a motorcycle accident that occurred May 19 on State Route 78 at the Banner Grade near Julian.

According to the Medical Examiner’s office, Fortier was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her husband when he lost control on a curve at a high rate of speed. 

CALIFORNIA ISO BOARD GREEN LIGHTS GRID UPGRADES

May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Five San Diego County transmission projects are among 30 identified transmission projects needed to maintain grid reliability that were approved by the California Independent System Operator Corporation Board of Governors in the 2011/2012 Transmission Plan. The local projects are:

INVASIVE PEST THREATENS SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Kate Yapjoco

May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) is threatening the oak trees of San Diego County.  Widespread oak tree mortality can have severe environmental and human safety implications.  The dead and dying oak trees create a more dangerous wildfire situation by adding combustible fuel and hazards along evacuation routes.

SIG ALERT ON I-8 NEAR BOULEVARD: RESCUE IN PROGRESS AT CRASH SITE

 May 21, 2012 (Boulevard) – A medical helicopter is en route to an accident on I-8 east near State Route 94 in the Boulevard/McCain Valley area.  Three victims are trapped with extrication in process, Incident Page Network Reports.  A Sig Alert has been ordered, according to the CHP website.

EARTHTALK®: E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
 
EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss 
 
This week’s topics: 
 
1) The Gulf of Mexico two years after the BP oil spill
2) Lead in aviation fuel

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve seen a lot of warm and fuzzy TV ads, some sponsored by BP Oil, urging me to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico. But are things really “back to normal?”    -- Paul Shea, Dublin, OH

READER’S EDITORIAL: PROTECTING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES

 
By Dave Roberts, Supervisorial Candidate, Third District
 
May 21, 2012 (San Diego)--I understand the importance of preserving our environment, coastline, lagoons, and open spaces while fostering an economic climate that puts people to work. As a candidate for County Supervisor in the Third District and as the Deputy Mayor of the City of Solana Beach, it has been one of my top priorities to protect our precious natural resources and do so in a balanced way. For those reasons I have been endorsed by the Sierra Club, U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, the League of Conservation Voters and the friends of the San Dieguito River Valley. 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HONORS EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WITH MEDIA AWARD 2012

May 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- The League of Women Voters, San Diego this week presented East County Magazine with its Media Award 2012.  The honor was bestowed in recognition of ECM's coverage of developer's efforts to abolish community planning efforts.

SAN DIEGO PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES DECISIONS ON TULE WIND AND COUNTY WIND ORDINANCE

Staff recommends denial of Tule Wind turbines on County lands

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – A decision on two controversial wind issues have been postponed by San Diego County’s Planning Commission. 

A proposed wind ordinance as well as changes to the Boulevard community plan have been delayed until July 20.  In addition, planners heard public comments on the Tule Wind project proposed for McCain Valley, but postponed a decision until June 8, due to the absence of two planners.

Without changes to the wind ordinance, any approval of industrial-scale turbines would violate county height requirements in rural areas. Thus approval of Tule Wind turbines on County lands June 9 appears unlikely.

EUROPEAN UNION’S PUSH FOR WIND ENERGY WITHOUT PUBLIC INPUT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW, UNITED NATIONS FINDS

 
May 20, 2012 (Switzerland) –As in the United States, wind energy projects have been fast-tracked through much of Europe, including sites within protected preserves. Now the United Nations Economic Commission’s compliance committee has found the European Commission in violation of international rules under the Aarhus Convention by failing to allow citizens’ adequate participation in decision-making processes regarding siting of renewable energy projects.

 

LA MESA WOMAN PLANNING HEALTHY LIVING SAN DIEGO EXPO JUNE 2

 
May 20, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa resident Cristy Boisvert is a member of a committee planning the first annual Healthy Living San Diego Expo. Slated for June 2nd at the Scottish Rite Event Center, the event will offer options in our community for healthy living and is geared toward those living with an autoimmune disease or people who want to explore healthy lifestyle options.

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO ‘MOW DOWN POLLUTION’

 
Residents exchange old, gas guzzling lawn mowers for zero-emission models at County
 
May 20, 2012 (San Diego)--County residents began lining up early this morning at the County Administration Center for the chance to trade-in their old, gas powered lawn mowers for new, zero-emission models. The price? The Black & Decker mowers, which normally retail for $400 plus tax, cost just $99.99 at the 13th Annual “Mowing Down Pollution” Lawn Mower Trade-In Event.

REGION’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHIEFS WARN OF ‘DISMANTLING’ CUTS IF TAX VOTE FAILS

 
Local campuses face $27 million hit without passage of November initiative

May 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- The heads of the region’s six community college districts issued a tsunami warning of sorts Wednesday, saying a new wave of funding cuts will further cripple the colleges if voters reject the governor’s November tax initiative.
 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HONORS HEALTHCARE HERO VOLUNTEERS

 

Grossmont Healthcare District honors Healthcare Hero volunteers
 
May 20, 2012 (East County) -- Two volunteer physicians, two members of a community service club and a hospice volunteer were among this year’s recipients of a 2012 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD).
 
 
 
(from left): GHD board members Dr. Michael Long, Debbie McElravy, Carol Lewis of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Dr. Robert Eisenberg of the San Diego Medical Society Foundation, Harry Bair of San Diego Hospice, Henry McAdams of La Mesa Lions Club, Dr. Steven Globus of Volunteers in Medicine, and GHD board members Michael Emerson, Gloria Chadwick, Bob Ayres. 

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS: U.S. GOVERNMENT AUTHORIZES KILLING OF ENDANGERED BIGHORNS IN PATH OF WIND PROJECT

By Miriam Raftery

May 19, 2012 (Ocotillo) -- In a precedent that has horrified wildlife experts, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has authorized the “take” (meaning harassment, displacement or even death) of 10 endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep – five ewes and five lambs. 

The decision comes after federal wildlife officials were provided photographic evidence by ECM  that the endangered animals were seen in recent weeks on the site of the just-approved Ocotillo Express wind energy facility—a presence federal officials and the project developer have long denied.

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS INDEFINITE DETENTION AFTER JOURNALISTS AND ACTIVISTS FILE SUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A federal judge has ruled that section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 is unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment of the Constitution by having a chilling effect on free speech.

The clause allowed the U.S. military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone—even U.S. citizens—for providing substantial support to terrorist groups.  Civil libertarians opposed the clause and journalists filed suit, arguing that the definition was so vague that reporters and political activists feared they could be indefinitely detained.

FARM BUREAU SPONSORS SAN DIEGO COUNTY FARM TOUR DAY JUNE 16

May 19, 2012 (Valley Center) – The San Diego County Farm Tour Day, sponsored by the Farm Bureau, on June 16 gives a close-up look at what fresh and local agriculture is all about from those who know it best: San Diego farmers. Eight local growers will open their farms to the public for San Diego County Farm Bureau’s third annual Farm Tour Day, with guided walking tours starting every half hour from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at each site. 

RAUL CARRANZA, LOCAL DISABILITY ACTIVIST, HOSPITALIZED AFTER MEDI-CAL CUTS NURSING CARE

 
“I want you to fight. Fight for me, fight for the millions of unheard voices.” – Raul Carranza
 
May 19, 2012 (San Diego)—When Medi-Cal cut Raul Carranza’s round-the-clock nursing care, the paralyzed student feared for his future.  “Please join us so we can stop these cuts and save not only my life, but thousands of others,”  Carranza said at the time, organizing rallies in an effort to restore in-home healthcare services.

NOTICE OF UPCOMING SMOKE TESTING OF SEWER PIPES

 
May 19, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa has awarded a contract to conduct smoke testing of the sewer pipes within the area bound by State Route 125, Fletcher Parkway, the City Limit and Dallas Street. Smoking testing is a tool that the City uses to detect defects in the sewer pipes and system. An informational flyer will be distributed to the neighborhood 48 hours prior to the start of work. This door hanger contains useful information regarding the smoke testing procedure. The work is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday May 23, 2012.

CARE CLUB’S STUDENT DIRECTED FASHION SHOW: “THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE JEANS” MAY 25

 
May 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The CARE Club at El Cajon Valley High School, a student-directed fashion show, will host its fifth annual fashion show on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the El Cajon Valley High School gym.  This year, the theme will be “The Ends Justify the Jeans.”  The show will benefit the YWCA of San Diego and Laura’s House of Orange County, two organizations helping women.

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