July 2012 Articles

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CHIEF’S CORNER: LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

By Sam Giovanna

East County Magazine’s in-house fire chief

July 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --Following proven safety guidelines can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death from lightning strikes.

Lightning safety tips

The following tips are provided by the American Meteorological Society and the National Lighting Safety Institution.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER WATCH: THUNDERSTORMS, FLASH FLOODS, HEAT & FIRE DANGER

 

July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning for San Diego’s inland areas that includes multiple perils.  An excessive heat warning continues, with temperatures up to 118 degrees forecast for desert areas.

In addition, thunderstorms are possibly Thursday afternoon through Friday morning, producing lightning, gusty winds, hail and light to moderate rainfall.  A flash flood watch has also been issued, as well as a fire weather watch.

HIKER, 19, DIES OF HEAT STROKE AT CEDAR CREEK FALLS

 

Excessive heat warning in effect; Sheriff issues safety tips for hikers

July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County’s desert areas, cautioning that conditions “could be deadly” for unprepared campers or hikers. 

That message comes too late for Lynn Thu Tran, 19, of Escondido.  She was found unconscious with signs of heat stroke on the Julian side of Cedar Creek Falls at 5:30 p.m. on July 9. She was airlifted to Palomar Hospital but did not survive.  According to the Medical Examiner, she died of hypethermia, conditions related to a heat stroke.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 12, 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.
  • Senate Dems  plan tax offensive (The Hill)
  • U.S. beefs up Gulf naval force amid tensions with Iran (Reuters)
  • NOAA: Last 12 months hottest ever (The Hill)
  • U.S. delivers ‘powerful commitment’ to Afghanistan (UT San Diego)
  • Has ‘organics’ been oversized? (New York Times)
  • The tax man cometh to police you on healthcare (UT San Diego)
WORLD
  • Iran says it has plan to close Strait of Hormuz (UT San Diego)
  • What does London’s LIBOR mean to the US? (NPR)
  • Polonium found on Arafat’s clothes was planted (Jerusalem Post)
  • New projects help 3D printing materialize (NPR)
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
July 12, 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: 
 
 

 

 
LOCAL
  • Catching up with San Diego’s legislators (San Diego CityBeat)
  • Report: Padres to be sold to group including local golf star (10 News)
  • Survey: Islam is San Diego County’s fastest growing religion (UT San Diego)
  • Could economics doom ailing California nuclear plant? (Sacramento Bee)
  • Santee among cities getting park grants (UT San Diego)
  • Padre dam board settles on five-year  plan (UT San Diego)  
  • ‘Appalled’ at Costs, Residents Slam Helix Water District Rate Hike Plan
STATE
  • California growers join greens to query frack safety (Reuters)
  • Legislature approves high speed rail spending (SF Gate)
  • Historic bridges of Yosemite Valley under siege (Sacramento Bee)
  • Study: What makes Californians smile? (News Service .org)
  • College tuition is political fodder, from the state Legislature to the presidential campaign trail (Sacramento Bee)
  • Rising costs push California cities to fiscal brink
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

GOVERNOR SIGNS HOMEOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS INTO LAW


July 11, 2012 -- Marking a major milestone for Californians and all Americans, the Homeowners Bill of Rights, a package of bills sponsored by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris that gives homeowners important new protections and places restrictions on how aggressively banks can foreclose, was signed into law today by Governor Brown.

CONFERENCE CELEBRATES WORLD INNOVATION OCT. 11-21

 
July 12, 2012 (Tijuana) -- The world’s leading innovators will gather this October at an international conference on San Diego’s doorstep. Nobel laureates Rajendra K. Pachauri, the United Nations’ point man on climate change, and Ada Yonath, winner of the Chemistry Prize, will join global thought leaders, technology entrepreneurs and pioneering philanthropists at the event, called Tijuana Innovadora 2012.

A NEW PATH (PARENTS FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT & HEALING) RECEIVES A MISSION SUPPORT GRANT FROM ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

 
July 12, 2012 (San Diego) -– A New PATH, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness, has received a grant from the Alliance Healthcare Foundation for $63,158 for core support of their mission and projects. Through education and advocacy, PATH promotes therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ROLL BACK CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego’s Republican representatives Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray and Darrell issue joined the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in voting to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act—taking health benefits away from their constituents as well as eliminating the mandate for coverage.

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton sent an email blasting the vote.  “If ever anyone was looking for a reason to vote Congressional Republicans out of office in November, this has got to be it.”

BASEBALL SCAM ARTIST ARRESTED

 

July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Seth Tucker, 22, was arrested this morning for a scam in which he allegedly asked Santee residents for donations to send a local high school baseball team to Maui for a championship game.

“Investigators learned that Tucker had been doing this scam for several months in several different neighbors,” said Sgt. Tom Poulin.  “He would always represent himself as a player for the local high school team of the area he was in.”

BILL TO CREATE “INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING DISTRICTS” FOR MASSIVE ENERGY PROJECTS –WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL—ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 7, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – If a bill passed by the Assembly and by a key State Senate Committee becomes law, San Diego County residents could be forced to pay for development of massive wind and solar projects in rural East County through property taxes—even though the projects are opposed by numerous area residents.

Sponsored by San Diego legislators Ben Hueso and Juan Vargas, AB 2551 would provide a fresh source of funding for energy companies pushing large wind and solar projects, since federal subsidies expire at year’s end. Both Vargas and Hueso have accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the electric utilities industry. 

The bill has drawn outraged reactions from key community leaders, who note that backers have vested interests in massive-scale energy projects and transmission lines proposed here. The measure is also opposed by the California Taxpayers Association and the California Association of Realtors.

READER’S EDITORIAL: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: SDG&E FAILS TO PROVIDE MITIGATION FUNDS FOR FIRE SEASON—AFTER ENERGIZING POWERLINK AND RAISING FIRE DANGER

 

By Catherine Gorka, Lakeside

July 10, 2012 (Lakeside)--Many residents of the East County /back county have received a letter from the Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Grants Program telling us about the  grant program. 

TAYLOR GUITARS AND WESTFIELD CENTERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES JULY 12 – AUGUST 23

 
Free acoustic performances to showcase local talent
 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego) -- This summer, Taylor Guitars and Westfield Centers are bringing live, acoustic music to shopping malls around San Diego County.
 
Beginning July 12, visitors to Westfield Horton Plaza and Westfield North County will be treated to free performances by local Taylor Guitars artists, including Americana revivalists, The Silent Comedy and Lexington Field, as well as singer-songwriters Oliver Trolley and Chi McClean.

CITY OF LEMON GROVE HOSTS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY TO COMMENCE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MAIN STREET PROMENADE JULY 19

 

City’s Highly-Anticipated, Sustainable Redevelopment Project Moves Forward
June 11, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Construction is set to begin next month on the highly-anticipated Main Street Promenade Redevelopment Project in Lemon Grove. The public is invited to join regional public officials for the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m. on the 3500 block of Main Street, just north of Broadway.

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS AT UC SAN DIEGO GIVE TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT AND SAVE ENERGY

 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Heat waves and power outages have been plaguing the nation in recent weeks and temperatures are expected to rise higher than usual in San Diego County within the next few days.
 
“In these extreme weather conditions, it’s important for people to be aware of how much power they are using because the high demand for energy and high temperatures go hand-and-hand,” said Dave Weil, director of building commissioning and sustainability at the University of California, San Diego. “At UC San Diego, saving energy is a top priority all year-round. The university generates about 90 percent of its annual electricity demand.”

LANDMARK SETTLEMENT REQUIRES FEDS TO REVISIT PLAN FOR COAL-FRIENDLY ENERGY CORRIDORS ACROSS WEST

 

 Feds Urged to Avoid Sensitive Lands, Support Renewable Energy;  

Critics contend damaging impacts of renewables ignored by settlement

By Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2012 (San Francisco)— A coalition of conservation organizations and a western Colorado county has reached a landmark settlement agreement with federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Department of Energy, requiring the agencies to revise a Bush-era plan creating energy corridors in the West. 

The agreement, filed in federal court in San Francisco, requires the agencies to revise a “West-wide Energy Corridors” plan to facilitate renewable energy, avoid environmentally sensitive areas and prevent webs of pipelines and power lines across the West.

GLUTEN-FREE FOODS DELIVERY SERVICE ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for gluten-free foods?   Now  2GOOD2B  co-owners Mike Barbanti and Diana Benedek are bringing their entrees, delectable desserts and baked breads to you.  The Encinitas-based business announces new 2GOOD2B delivery; a brand new service that combines the convenience of takeout with the quality of a healthy, home-cooked meal. Delivery is available countywide—including East County.

NUCLEAR POWER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: CAN WE AFFORD IT? JULY 12

July 11, 2012 (San Diego) – The Sustainability Alliance of Southern California is holding discussion of nuclear power in Southern California on July 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the California Center for Sustainable Energy, 8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, San Diego.  The presenters are Rochelle Becker, Executive Director of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility and John Geesman, Former Executive Director and Commissioner of the California Energy Commission.

DOES KADERABEK BELONG IN THE ALPINE COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP?

By Nadin Abbott

Update July 17, 2012 - Kaderabek has withdrawn his name from nomination and the APCG is now seeking new applicants, who are encouraged to attend the July 26 meeting.

Updated July 13 with a response from Charles Kaderabek

 

July 10, 2012 (San Diego)--The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) has voted 11-1 to nominate Charles E. Kaderabek to fill an open seat.

But revelations about a string of delinquent taxes, hefty tax liens, and loss of Kaderabek's law license now raise serious qusetions about his fitness to represent taxpayers.

THE SECRET LIFE OF ALBERTSON’S SIZZLIN’ SUMMER GIVEAWAY 2012

 

 
By Rebecca J. Williamson
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The secret life of a giveaway collect & win game?  Gosh, most people would think a secret life involves actors pictured on the cover of the grocery store tabloids.  But no. This secret life involves various states, $20 million in giveaways (including a million bucks cash prize) and many East County residents-- neighbors you wouldn’t think have a secret life. But they do.

COALITION OF LOCAL GROUPS MARCHES AGAINST TPP

 

By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Nadin Abbott
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego)-- The mood at the Civic Center was defiant. On July 7, the marchers were getting ready to take to the streets once again. They were protesting the Trans Pacific Trade Negotiations (TPP) happening at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel. 

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