May 2012 Articles

9 CANDIDATES IN RUNNING FOR BILBRAY'S SEAT IN CONGRESS

 

May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Nine candidates are in the running for the redrawn 52nd Congressional district seat currently held by Republican Brian Bilbray. Eight of them answered a detailed questionnaire provided by the Pomerado News--all but Bilbray himself, who failed to respond to questions.

PROTESTERS TO CALL FOR SHUT-DOWN OF SAN ONOFRE AT SEMPRA HEADQUARTERS AFTER SENATOR WARNS OF FUKUSHIMA THREAT TO U.S.

 

The radiation caused by the failure of the spent fuel pools in the event of another earthquake could reach the West Coast within days. That absolutely makes the safe containment and protection of this spent fuel a security issue for the United States.”—Senator Ron Wyden

May 17, 2012 (San Diego)—U.S. Senator Ron Wyden recently visited Japan and issued a warning that the U.S. faces a national security risk from spent fuel pools at Fukushima’s Unit 4. View an MSNBC interview with Wyden.

If another quake strikes the already exposed spent fuel--an event seismic experts say is likely to occur this year--experts including a Nobel Prize winner and a former U.N. ambassador now say that a cataclysmic disaster could occur threatening  lives across the globe.

JUDGE TO CONSIDER RESTRAINING ORDER TO HALT OCOTILLLO WIND FRIDAY IN SAN DIEGO FEDERAL COURT

By Miriam Raftery

May 16, 2012 (San Diego) – On Friday at 2 p.m., a federal judge will consider a temporary restraining order motion filed by the Quechan Indian tribe seeking to halt construction at the Ocotillo Express wind facility site on federal land.

Despite discovery of six more cremation sites with what are believed to be human remains (12 sites total) that federal law requires be preserved, Pattern Energy is moving forward with heavy equipment, destroying vast acreage in the fragile Yuha desert near Ocotillo.

SUIT FILED TO HALT OCOTILLO WIND AS COALITION HOLDS PROTESTS IN SAN DIEGO AND EL CENTRO

 

“This is nothing more than a public land grab for private profit. The BLM is literally giving this away to corporations…This may be out in the desert today, but tomorrow it could be in your backyard…Already over a dozen projects are proposed in San Diego and Imperial County.” – Robert Scheid, Viejas media relations

May 16, 2012 (La Jolla) – At a press conference yesterday outside the gleaming corporate towers occupied by Pattern Energy in La Jolla, a coalition of environmental groups, Native American tribes and outraged citizens urged President Barack Obama to stop fast-tracking of massive energy projects on public lands and halt construction at the Ocotillo Express wind facility immediately.

Heavy equipment has begun grading the site, ripping massive ocotillo cacti out by the roots, burying burrowing owl nesting sites and breaking hearts of the many people who love this  desert land.

ECM contacted the White House to request an interview with President Obama. No response has been received.

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS PRETENDING TO BE LAW ENFORCEMENT

 
May 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- In the past week the Sheriff's Elder Abuse Unit has received information about two telephone scams which prey upon elderly residents of San Diego County. The first scam involved a suspect who claimed to be a 'relative' of an elderly woman whom he could not reach by phone.

DREAM DOGS: LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES

 
May 16, 2012 (Blossom Valley) -- Coco the Teacup has a chocolate lab look, but I am sure is a Chihuahua mix at only 9 pounds, and is the perfect fun little dog. Coco has wonderful house manners, sleeps quietly in a crate, never shows aggression towards other dogs or kids..but most of all...he is the coolest little guy I have had the pleasure of exiting from the shelter!

CLICK IT OR TICKET TO BOOST SEAT BELT USE DAY AND NIGHT

 
May 16, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Drivers who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. The 2012 startofsummer Click It or Ticket  seat  belt  enforcement  mobilization  kicks off May 21st  to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.

 

LOCAL ARTIST TAKES TOP AWARD AT SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY'S MAY SHOW, CULTURAL EXTRACTION

 
May 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society's May Member Show.  His painting, The Judge, is of a very special person in his life. 
 
He explains: "Judge Earl Cantos was the patriarch of a wonderful family that "adopted" me a few years back. I'd been best friends with his daughter and her husband who invited me to the Judge's Kensington home one day as she needed to check on her Dad who was showing, at 88, the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

MEET THE JUDGES: JUDICIAL CANDIDATES FORUM TODAY AT NOON AT BJ'S IN LA MESA

 
May 23, 2012 (La Mesa) – Judicial positions are among the most important and influential in the United States. Judges’ decisions have long-lasting impacts, yet many voters have little information on which to base decisions at the ballot box.
 
On Wednesday, May 23, the Foothills Bar Association invites the media, attorneys, and the public to attend a Judicial Candidates Forum at B.J’s Restaurant in Grossmont Center, in La Mesa where the candidates for the Superior Court (Office No. 25) Deputy District Attorney Robert Amador, Attorney James Miller, and Deputy City Attorney George Schaefer will speak and answer questions from the audience.

SDG&E WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT LATEST NATIONWIDE SCAM

 
Imposters Claim President Obama is paying utility bills

May 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a scam that has impacted other utility customers in several states across the country. The scam claims that President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. In some cases, scammers have asked for social security numbers in order to allow for credits or to apply payments to customers’ utility bills, presenting an identity-theft risk. According to reports, scammers have visited customers in person, posted fliers and used social media and texting to send messages claiming that President Obama will provide a credit or directly pay utility bills.  

FREE BIRDS OF PREY PRESENTATION MAY 19

May 16, 2012 (Lakeside) – A free Birds of Prey Presentation by Sky Hunters Raptor Education and Rehabilitation will be held on May 19 at Lakeside’s River Park, 12108 Industry Road, Lakeside from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Attendees will have the opportunity to see live birds of prey up close and learn about their life spans, habitat and diets. 

SAN DIEGO MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO DEBATE AT MAY 18 LUNCHEON

 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- The City of San Diego’s four major mayoral candidates will square off in a debate on May 18 during Family Health Centers of San Diego’s Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon. Congressman Bob Filner, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and Councilmember Carl DeMaio are confirmed to participate.

SPECIAL MEETING ON FIRE PARCEL FEE IN SAN DIEGO WEDNESDAY

 

May 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire) plans to hold a special meeting this Wednesday to receive public input on draft regulations as part of ABX1 29, better known as the $150 annual parcel tax or "triple" fire tax for properties within the state’s area of responsibility. 

 

The meeting will be held this Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors chamber at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego. 

TRIBE ACCUSES COUNTY OF ILLEGALLY SEIZING NON-GAMING FUNDS; COUNTY DEFENDS ACTIONS

By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2012 (Santa Ysabel) -- The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is accusing San Diego County officials of acting illegally in attempting seizure of the tribe’s governmental funds.

TRIM YOUR LAWN AND YOUR POLLUTION FOOTPRINT MAY 19

County to offer discounted zero-emission lawn mowers at 13th Annual Trade-In Event

May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- County residents can roll their old, gas powered lawn mowers down to the County Administration Center this Saturday and come away with new, zero-emission models. The price? The Black & Decker mowers, which normally retail for $400 plus tax, will cost just $99.99.

FUNDRAISER WEDNESDAY TO SUPPORT LA MESA’S CENTENNIAL FLAG DAY PARADE MAY 16

 
May 15, 2012 (La Mesa) --The Regal Bar in the downtown La Mesa Village is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm to help raise funds for the La Mesa Centennial Flag Day Parade 2012 – "A Salute to Old Glory". Tickets are $25 and include two drink tickets and food from area restaurants.

CONNECTING CHILDREN WITH NATURE: EXPLORE MISSION TRAILS DAY MAY 19

 
May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 10th annual Explore Mission Trails Day, a celebration highlighting everything Mission Trails Regional Park has to offer, will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Most activities will be between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Visitor and Interpretive Center and the Equestrian Staging Area. The 2012 event, Connecting Children with Nature, will feature free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals, and special programs for children.

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST PIT STOP ON BIKE TO WORK DAY MAY 18

 
May 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont College will support the annual Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 18 with its own “Bike to College Day,” featuring a pit stop on the El Cajon campus in parking lot 1, at the intersection of Highway 125 and Griffin Drive. The college’s pit stop, manned by students and staff, will be open from 6 to 9 a.m. and will feature free water, snacks, T-shirts, giveaways and bicycle maintenance checks.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFF HOLDS SOCIAL HOST COMMUNITY FORUMS MAY 16

 
May 15, 2012 (The  San Diego  County  Sheriff's Department is reminding teens and parents to be safe, smart and responsible this prom and graduation season. Make this time to remember, not regret. Know  the  County's Social Host Law and what can happen if you violate it.

 

SAN DIEGO WRITEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS: MAY 13-20

May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego Public Library continues the downtown verse poetry & spoken word program for May. Greek Drama, Hawaiian Poetry, San Diego State University Students are featured in May. The next featured performances are: 

GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE PERFORM AMERICANA MAY 18 AND 20

 
May 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The final concerts in the 2011-2012 performance season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale will be held May 18 and 20, celebrating music of American composes from classical to jazz.

SYLVIA’S SOAPBOX: WHO CHEATS IN ELECTIONS? VOTERS OR MASTERMINDS BEHIND THE MACHINES?

 

By Sylvia  Hampton
 
May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- Thirty states (not California) have enacted laws that require a photo-ID in order to vote. These laws are a violation of the Voting Rights Act and are unconstitutional, so they are always challenged in court. But right now---for this election, meet a woman in South Carolina: an 82 year old black woman who has been a registered voter in South Carolina since the Voting Rights Act was passed into law, has no government issued photo ID because she has always used public transportation and her birth certificate, (tucked into the family Bible) from Mississippi was lost in a fire---so she can’t vote.

 

KARL STRAUSS WINS GOLD AND SILVER AT THE OLYMPICS OF BEER

 

 
May 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego hosted the ninth bi-annual World Beer Cup® this past weekend in conjunction with the Craft Brewer’s Conference. The conference brings together brewers from around the world with 4,500 attendees.  The competition is highly regarded and considered the largest international gathering of beers with more than 3,921 entries from 799 breweries across 54 countries and 45 U.S. states.

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL WARNS PARENTS ABOUT STUDENTS APPROACHED BY STRANGERS IN VEHICLES

Suspects drove black Volkswagen and tan minivan 

May 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Two different men approached female students walking to Grossmont High School last week, offering rides. A letter sent by principal Dan Barnes today warns parents to “make sure your child does not travel to school alone. It’s always best to walk with a buddy or group of friends.”

PROTEST AT PATTERN ENERGY TUESDAY: COALITION OF COMMUNITY GROUPS OUTRAGED BY U.S. INTERIOR SECRETARY’S DECISION TO APPROVE WIND TURBINES IN OCOTILLO

May 14, 2012 (La Jolla) -- A coalition of environmentalists, tribes, and residents opposed to the Ocotillo Express industrial wind facility will hold a news conference Tuesday, May 15 at 2 p.m.

SDG&E DONATES TO SUPPORT PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

 
May 14, 2012 (Palomar)--Rick Barclay, Chairman of Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park, is pleased to announce a $20,000 pledge from SDG&E that will help keep the park open and expand its educational programs for visitors and underserved communities. Palomar is one of 70 state parks slated for permanent closure due to recent budget cutbacks. Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park is the non-profit association working to close the gap between the park's revenue and operating expenses through community donations in order to keep the park open.

MEDIA INSIDERS TO SPEAK AT EAST COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB MAY 17

May 14, 2012 (El Cajon) –How can you help “take back the media” and help get messages on campaigns or other issues out to the public?  Two experienced media insiders, who are also political activists, will share their techniques at the East County Democratic Club on Wednesday, May 17.

FUNERAL SERVICES SET FOR HIKER FOUND DEAD IN BORREGO MUD CAVES


Family criticizes search after private investigator locates body; Sheriff defends efforts

May 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –A vigil is set for this afternoon, with a mass service tomorrow morning for Guillermo Pino Jr., 24.  Pino’s body has been recovered from a 60-foot-deep chasm near where he disappeared April 8 in the Arroyo Tapaido “badlands” area in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

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