October 2013 Articles

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

October 3, 2013 (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 reflect 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:

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS GETS UPDATE ON HOW COMMUNITY CAN BE BETTER PREPARED FOR FIRE SEASON

 

By Janis Mork

October 3, 2013 (San Diego)- At its September 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors received an update from the Office of Emergency Services (OES) on how the department is better preparing San Diego for the 2013 fire season. The board also learned steps to keep those with special needs safe and what caregivers can do.

Supervisor Dave Roberts, a former firefighter, spoke first. “ I have tremendous respect for fire fighters…[to] take care of the vulnerable population.”  He  thanked the OES for its efforts and said he is pleased to be moving the item forward. “This will help get caregivers more assistance.. It’s my hope that today everyone will leave with a better understanding of being prepared.”

RENO DISPATCH: SANDERS BILL WOULD PROTECT VETERANS BENEFITS IN A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

 

By Jamie Reno

October 2, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) – Just hours before the likely shutdown of the government, legislation that many anxious American veterans have been hoping for has arrived - and Congress had better pass it. Tonight, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) introduced legislation to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to make disability compensation and pension payments to veterans in the event of an extended government shutdown.

“We must not let our veterans be counted among the House Republicans’ hostages,” Sanders said this evening.

SAN DIEGO SHERIFF’S MOST WANTED FUGITIVE: SEAN MCREA

 

October 1, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –San Diego’s Sheriff seeks public help to located Sean Colin McRea, 35.  He is wanted for making terrorist threats to harm his wife and for reckless driving while intoxicated. A felony warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court regarding a Sheriff’s investigation in unincorporated El Cajon 

He has a military background and is believed to have access to weapons; he is believed to be armed and dangerous.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST ANNOUNCES CLOSURES DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

 

October 1, 2013  (San Diego’s East County)Due to the lapse in federal government funding, the U.S. Forest Service, as with other federal agencies, is closed with the exception of certain essential services.  The Cleveland National Forest offices as well as some recreational areas will be closed until further notice.  The entire U.S. Forest Service website and other federal websites are offline due to the spending bill impasse in Congress.  Shutdown of U.S. Forest Service activities does not impact firefighting on forest lands, however.

The following will be closed, including popular sites in East County:

NEW LAW LEGALIZES HEMP GROWING IN CALIFORNIA

 

But feds still outlaw cultivation of hemp, leaving farmers in legal limbo

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2013 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act,Senate Bill 566.  The measure authorizes growing of hemp for industrial purposes—but only varieties that don’t contain substantial levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical in hemp’s close relative, marijuana.  

BILL TO REFORM SCHOOL BOND FINANCING ON GOVERNOR’S DESK

 

 

Measure targets  school districts engaged in  risky borrowing, including  Poway Unified and Santee School District

By Cary Hyatt and Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2013 (Sacramento) – Assembly Bill 182 has been passed by the Legislature and is now on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.  Several local legislators coauthored the bill including Democrats Ben Hueso and Marty Block as well as Republicans Rocky Chavez and Mark Wyland. 

The measure would create restrictions in California on capital appreciation bonds (CABs) used by school and college districts.  CABs defer payments far into the future and can cost 10 to 20 times more than the original amount borrowed. 

SUPERVISORS URGE FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO KEEP RAMONA AIRPORT TOWER OPEN AS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS

 

September 30, 2013 (Ramona) – With the federal government nearing a shutdown, Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Ron Roberts have issued a press statement emphasizing the importance of keeping the Ramona Airport traffic control tower open. The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year targeted the facility – a hub of aerial firefighting operations -- for closure due to sequestration, but extended the funding to October 1.  In recent weeks, the FAA has not publicly disclosed its plans for the tower and the looming shutdown is heightening worries about the facility’s future.

RENO DISPATCH: CONFUSION AND OUTRAGE: WHAT THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN REALLY MEANS FOR VETERANS

 

September 30, 2013 (San Diego) – With the government on the brink of shutting down for who knows how long, America's veterans are trying to make sense of the conflicting and confusing information spewing from inside the Beltway. And the national media isn't helping much.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been sending out painfully mixed messages. Last week, the department announced that under its contingency plan, 95 percent of VA employees would be either fully funded or required to perform excepted functions during a government shutdown.

INTERPRETING FOR CALIFORNIA EVENT HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR MORE MEDICAL TRANSLATORS

 

By Trang Pham

September 30, 2013 (San Diego)--On September 27th, Assemblymember Toni Atkins met with community members, medical interpreters and former patients to honor those who have been affected by language access barriers at medical facilities. She also called on Governor Jerry Brown to sign legislation to improve patients’ access to interpreters.

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