September 15, 2012 (San Diego) - The California Energy Commission on September 12 approved the construction of the proposed Pio Pico Energy Center, a natural gas-fired “peaker” power plant.
By a 4-0 vote, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) for the project.
"This power plant will be able to respond quickly and follow load fluctuations in the San Diego area when power demand is high,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman, presiding member for the committee reviewing the project.
September 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--California's efforts to control the light brown apple moth will not include aerial spraying, although environmental groups say that restriction isn't enough.
Erin Tobin, an attorney with Earthjustice, says there's very little evidence to prove the non-native species causes any real harm to agriculture in California.
September 15, 2012 (Alpine)—Meatball the bear, originally slated to be temporarily housed at Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, will now be staying permanently at the rescue facility. Owner Bobbi Brink has issued a plea for public help to build a larger enclosure for the bear, which had been wandering into neighborhoods before it was captured and taken to LTB to save it from being killed.
September 15, 2012 (Lakeside)—A power outage that occurred at 5:49 p.m. has left 2,605 customers without power in the Lakeside region. SDG&E indicates a problem in the overhead electrical system is the suspected cause.
Portions of the following communities are affected: Blossom Valley, El Monte, Glenview, San Vicente, Foster, Moreno, Winter Gardens, Lakeside, Bostonia. Power restoration is expected by 7:49 p.m.
September 15, 2012 (Palomar) – Assembly Bill 1478, now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk awaiting signature, would issue a moratorium on state park closures until at least 2014. It also directs that a windfall of funds found within the Department of Parks and Recreation should be used in part to keep state parks open, with priority given to those parks where citizens have shown support by raising funds through foundations or nonprofits. (For details see http://www.friendsofpalomarsp.org/legislative_update_09_10.htm.) Now supporters of Palomar Mountain State Park are asking for public help to persuade Governor Brown to sign this legislation.
Case tests "Pruneyard" Supreme Court Decision when applied to public areas
September 14, 2012 (San Diego) – El Cajon activist Ray Lutz, founder of the watchdog Citizens Oversight organization, filed suit on Sept. 13, 2012, alleging a false arrest on November 29, 2011, while he was registering voters in San Diego's Civic Center Plaza, effectively the town square of San Diego.
September 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Naitonal Weather Service warns of elevated wildfire risk over San Diego County’s mountains and valleys, with gusts of 25-35 mph forecast for today. Yesterday, high temperature records were broken in several local communities, including El Cajon, where the high reached 103 degrees.
Scorching hot temperatures and low humidity will continue today, with highs up to 107 forecast for coastal mesas and inland areas expected to peak at up to 103 degrees. “Hottest locations will be near 108 degrees along I-15,” the National Weather Service predicts.
By Sam DiGiovanna, East County's in-house Fire Chief
September 14, 2012 (Oceanside)--Camp Pendleton fire crews are battling several brush fires that ignited on base this afternoon, leaving smoke and flames from the blaze visible in San Diego and Orange County.
Four brush fires began in a training area in the central portion of the base around noon, Pendleton officials said. Crews are expected to continue battling the blazes overnight. A fifth vegetation fire, located in the southern portion of the base, was reported shortly after 5 p.m.
September 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- It is estimated that 11,000 San Diego county residents are affected by brain injury. When a person is brain injured, families’ lives are turned upside down. There can be marital stress, job-related issues, legal or financial problems, and more. After insurance runs out, or progress from rehabilitation becomes difficult to see, or physicians say they’ve done all they can do, the traumatized families feel alone and left to cope on their own. Parents and siblings may have to become caregivers.
September 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The chief law enforcement agency in San Diego County recently announced they are hiring. They are seeking both sworn and professional staff including deputies, radio dispatchers, nurses, crime analysts and a variety of others. Newly hired employees will be able to work at a variety of locations throughout the county at assignments in Law Enforcement, Courts or Detention Services Bureaus.
From now until 2016, they are looking to fill 2,000 sworn and professional positions. Some of the newly hired employees will fill staffing needs at the new Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee, increase patrol staffing in unincorporated areas and provide additional staff in several detention facilities as a result of the recent California Prison Realignment.
“By virtue of his father’s birth in Mexico where he was automatically a Mexican citizen by birth, makes US born Mitt Romney a second generation Mexican American. His actions against the Hispanic immigrant community reflect a loss of gratitude for Mexico granting the Romney family refuge from religious persecution they suffered in the U.S.” – Patrick Osio
September 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- Anyone born in the United Sates is a native-born citizen. Also, anyone who is born of American parents visiting or living in a foreign country, and is registered by those parents with the nearest U.S. consulate or Embassy, becomes a “native-born” citizen, though not born in U.S. territory. The child thus enjoys dual citizenship as a native-born in both the country of birth and the U.S.
September 14, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Chamber of Commerce announced that a blood drive for the community will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Alpine Women’s Club from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment online, log on to www.sandiegobloodbank.org, click on “Donate Blood,” select “Appointments,” and provide sponsor code “KCAL.”
September 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – On September 11 at about 12:01 p.m., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer attempted to stop a car for a Vehicle Code violation. The car accelerated away and the officer pursued it. According to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle slowed in front of a house on Sacramento Avenue as the driver looked back at the pursuing CHP patrol car. The vehicle accelerated again and drove around the block in a circle, stopping in front of the same house.
September 13, 2012 (Sacramento) – Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced today that her legislation to protect development from wildfire has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
“SB 1241 will save lives and property. It will also ease the financial burden for fire suppression on both state and local governments through early, consistent, and meaningful fire hazard planning statewide,” stated Senator Kehoe. “We have fires in California every year. As more people move into State Responsibility Areas and high fire hazard severity zones, it’s become critical that local governments plan for fire hazards in these high risk areas as early in their land use planning process as possible,” Kehoe said.
September 13, 2012 (Palomar)--Two ground squirrels trapped during routine monitoring at the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain have tested positive for plague, County Vector Control officials announced Thursday.
Officials said the squirrels represented a low risk of transmission because their blood tests showed that their exposure was not recent, but that they were conducting flea-control measures and posting plague-warning signs at Cedar Grove and nearby Doane campground as a precaution.
The League of Women Voters of San Diego (including East County) will be having its next "Lunch with the League" on Monday, September 17 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse Restaurant, 2150 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island, San Diego.
The program at the luncheon is "Voting with the League: Why is the League Supporting or Opposing Certain Propositions?" Propositions 30, 31, 32, 34, and 40.
September 13, 2012 (Jacumba) – In its heyday, Jacumba Hot Springs housed a resort that drew Hollywood elite and tourists from far and wide. But somewhere along the way, the official name got shortened to Jacumba.
Now a group of Jacumba residents seeks to restore the original name. On Tuesday, County Supervisors voted to support the change. Next up, state and federal geographic name change commissioners will consider whether to formally approve the return to the town’s historic name.
September 14, 2012 (Julian)--For the 43rd year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music. The Julian Music Festival will be held on September 15 from 12 noon to 9 p.m. This year brings a change in location to the Menghini Winery.
Originally this festival was a banjo fiddle competition, and more recently known as the Julian Bluegrass Festival. Now in its 40th year, the Festival expands to offer not only bluegrass, but an Americana mix of Western ballads and classic folk music. This year, an evening dance under the stars from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. is also new--so bring your dancing shoes and plan to kick up your heels.
September 13, 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:
US Ambassador murdered as extremists on all sides win, again (CSMonitor)
There may be no anti-Islamic movie at all (CSMonitor)
Obama vows to “bring justice” to ambassador’s killers (Reuters)
Another protest turns violent outside U.S. embassy in Cairo (CNN)
Global drought causes concerns around the world (CNN)
September 13, 2012 (San Diego) – On Thursday, September 20 at 1 p.m., a motion to oppose Quail Brush power plant will be considered by the Mission Trails Task Force at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center (www.mtrp.ort/directions.asp )
In addition, the San Diego City Council is tentatively slated to hear an appeal of the Quail Brush decision on Tuesday, September 24 at the City Administration Building , 202 C Street, 12th floor in downtown San Diego.
September 13, 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:
U-T San Diego to buy North County Times, Californian (North County Times)
Security tightening at Gillespie Field flight schools that service foreign nationals (Santee Patch)
San Diego’s low income communities want clean energy (KPBS)
Local mom: School puts putting son’s life at risk (10 News)
Poway man invents eco-friendly lawn mower (10 News)
Arrest made in auto theft series involving Maseratis and Mercedes (Mount Helix Patch)
Lakeside crime report: Three cars torched (Santee Patch)
Guilty plea by 21st century “snake oil salesman” targeted by 60 minutes (La Mesa Patch)
Reporters challenge SDPD credentialing process (CityBeat)
September 11, 2012(San Diego)- Language in Senate Bill 1040 which sought to repeal the state fire parcel fees will not take effect, since its enactment was tied to a companion measure, Assembly Bill 1500, that failed passage.
September 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Passport to the Future Business Expo on September 20 at the Elk’s Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Over 50 businesses will be on hand to display their products, services and promotions.
September 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Six members of the San Diego Storytellers: Cyndy Griffin, Mary Holma, Mindy Donner, Jessica Baris, Li-Anne Rowswell, and Jim Dieckmann, will present, "A Harvest of Stories" in the Outdoor Amphitheater at the Mission Trails Visitor Center on September 15, at 6:00 p.m. These engaging storytellers will be sharing wonderful stories from around the world. The theme will be "Autumn and Nature".
September 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Encore! Theatre presents “twi-lite” September 14 – 16 at 9620 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. The show is a fun-filled, family friendly musical spoof on the book series, “Twighlight”. It is styled as an old fashioned melodrama with silliness galore.
September 13, 2012 (San Diego)—A driver, 68, veered off the road and struck a guard rail at Aldine Drive and Fairmount Avenue in Kensington on Tuesday night, September 11, sustaining serious injuries. He was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
September 13, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) — Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Rep. Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) as a Dishonorable Mention in its Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, an annual, bipartisan look at Washington’s worst. According to CREW, Rep. Issa illegally disclosed information from a sealed wiretap, then hid behind his constitutional protections as a member of Congress to avoid the consequences, earning him a spot in CREW’s latest report.
September 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Baffled over ballot propositions? Not sure who’s running for what? Or maybe you need deadlines for registering to vote or requesting a vote-by-mail ballot. The San Diego League of Women Voters has published a guide for new and busy voters with all of this information and more. You can also log onto the LWV’s Smart Voter website to access the complete ballot for your area, including information on candidates running for local, state and national races. Read more for details provided by the LWV: