October 2010 Articles

WILL POWER REPORT: REDEVELOPMENT SCAMS

 

 

Nothing but the Truth!

 

By Will Power

 

October 9, 2010 (San Diego) -- As voters watch scandal after scandal rip apart state and municipal politics. most voters are unaware of the gorilla in the budget- redevelopment. According to the LA Times, “ After the savings and loan scandal, the HUD scandal, the EPA scandal and the Pentagon spending scandal, the next scandal to be uncovered will be the redevelopment scandal in the cities across the nation.”

RATE HIKES, WATER SUPPLIES, & SANTEE LAKES’ FUTURE AT ISSUE IN PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER BOARD RACES

 

7 candidates vie for 3 seats
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Water board races don’t often stir up controversy.

 

SAN DIEGO FBI ANNOUNCES ARREST OF CHICAGO DRUG FUGITIVES IN MEXICO


East County News Service

October 9, 2010 (San Diego) -- Two former Chicago residents with ties to a sophisticated drug operation who had been on the run from law enforcement for nearly a decade with their four young children were located and arrested last week in Tijuana. “A tip from a viewer of the “America’s Most Wanted” program led to the arrest of these two fugitives,” said special agent Darrell Foxworth with the FBI in San Diego.

LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM NEW SMALL BUSINESS JOBS

 

East County News Service

 

October 9, 2010 (Washington, DC)  – Just over a week after the President signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act,  HR 5297, close to 2,000 small businesses have been approved for SBA-backed loans.  Nearly $1 billion total will soon go to these small businesses. Locally, at least three business owners have already been approved since the new law went into effect.

GREAT CALIFORNIA “SHAKE-OUT” DRILLS SET FOR OCT. 21

East County News Service

October 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Do you know how to protect your home and your family when a major quake strikes?  Recent seismic activity in San Diego has shown the importance of being prepared. All County residents are urged to participate in the Great California ShakeOut October 21 at 10:21 a.m. Schools, colleges, businesses, churches, and community organizations can register at www.shakeout.org. To date, more than 6.6 million Californians have registered to participate; over 530,000 are from San Diego County.

 

Here are tips from Shakeout on what to do -- and what NOT to do in a quake:

LIVE IN THE VINES: ORFILA PRESENTS JAZZ CONCERT

October 8, 2010 (San Pasqual) – Orfila Vineyards presents “Concert in the Vines” on October17 from 6:30 to 8:30. The concert features the Spirit Wind jazz ensemble with international artist Adrienne Nims.

 

Tickets for the outdoor concert on a pavilion overlooking the vineyards cost $20 each (or $15 for Orfila Wine Lovers – OWL – members) and include a glass of wine.

 

LEGISLATURE SENDS BUDGET TO GOVERNOR; LOCAL LEGISLATORS REACT

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 8, 2010 (Sacramento) The State Senate today approved a budget which is now on the Governor’s desk. The finished measure includes pension reforms for state employees and the complete elimination of the Cal-Works program as well as more deep cuts in education spending.

 

HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM HOSTS 5 SALES OCT. 22-23


Rummage, art, jewelry, fossils, gems and mineral offered for sale by museum patrons

October 8, 2010 (El Cajon) – Over 300 members of Heritage of the Americas Museum have donated household goods to benefit the Museum. This giant sales will occur throughout the Museum with free admission and parking on Friday and Saturday, October 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

GOLF TOURNAMENT TEES OFF TO HELP SIERRA BILLOCK, FORMER MISS SANTEE, PURSUE MISS CALIFORNIA USA CROWN

 

October 8, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon is hosting a tournament fundraiser for Sierra Billock to support her in her mission to become Miss California USA 2011. The tournament will be held on Sunday October 24, 2010 with a 12 p.m. shotgun start.

READER'S EDITORIAL: ACLU FILES SUIT TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RUNNING FOR ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD


October 9, 2010 (Alpine) - The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to protect Chris Neucomb's right to run for Alpine School Board. He was appointed to fill a vacancy and is running for re-election. A retired naval officer, now a federal employee, he is barred by the Hatch Act from partisan political activities. California school board elections are nonpartisan, and Neucomb is campaigning in a nonpartisan manner. Yet the U.S. Office of Special Counsel has warned it may find him in violation and declared that “a nonpartisan election could become partisan” if any candidate in the race seeks or advertises a political party's endorsement.

 

If found in violation, Neucomb could be forced to withdraw from the race, resign his federal position, or face enforcement action. He is asking a federal court to protect his First Amendment right, and asked that we publish his open letter to voters.

 

TOYS COME TO LIFE IN "TIN" AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE'S STAGEHOUSE THEATRE OCT. 22 & 23

 

October 8, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present Tin, written and directed by Jerry Hager, October 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stagehouse Theatre. All tickets for this event are $6 each. The story, Tin, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Steadfast Tin Soldier, an adventurous tale in which toys come to life in the shadows of night.

READER’S EDITORIAL: CURRENCY WARS & DECLINE OF THE U.S. ECONOMY

 

By Vera Moldt

 

October 8, 2010 (San Diego) -- Rather than building a strong industrial base that would provide economic security for a vibrant middle class, the United States instead continues to engage in currency wars that reduce the value of the dollar.

5,000 GALLON SEWAGE SPILL & LARGE GAS LINE BREAK

 

October 7, 2010 (San Diego County) – Incident Page Network reports two breaking emergencies late this afternoon. In Carlsbad, a 5,000-gallon sewage spill from the sewage treatment plant is flooding city streets in the area of Avenida Encinas and Palomar Airport Road. North County residents are asked to reduce water usage, 10 News reports.

 

The second incident is a large diameter natural gas line break at Towns Gate Drive in Carmel Country Ranch.  Evacuations of a complex are underway.  A Haz-Mat crew and SDG&E have been dispatched.

FIRE DAMAGES GARAGE IN LA MESA

October 7, 2010 (La Mesa) – A fire at 4651 Pomona Avenue in La Mesa caused an estimated $75,000 in damage to a garage and its contents. Heartland Fire & Rescue arrived on the scene at 12:10 p.m., three minutes after receiving a call, to find fire engulfing a detached garage behind a home. As fire crews stretched hose lines to attack the fire, flames began spreading to a neighbor’s fence and vegetation.

OLYMPIAN TO JOIN EAST COUNTY INTERGENERATIONAL GAMES OCTOBER 14 IN LA MESA

 

October 7, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Adult athletes ages 50 and older from East County are teaming up with elementary and middle school students for the fifth annual East County Intergenerational Games in La Mesa. This year’s event is held at La Mesa Middle School, 4200 Parks Ave in La Mesa. Students from grades second through sixth are paired with active adults age 50+ to complete in a circuit of non-competitive fun and simple activities. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.on October 14.

 

Opening ceremonies will highlight Philip Dunn, a three-time Olympian race walker, four-time U.S. 50 km champion and USA Track and Field Board member.

SPOTLIGHT EL CAJON: MAYOR MARK LEWIS SHARES CHALLENGES, GOALS & ACHIEVEMENTS

By Miriam Raftery
 

October 7, 2010 (El Cajon) – Mayor Mark Lewis grew up in El Cajon, served three terms on the Council and is now running for his fourth term as Mayor. “I was on the 75th anniversary committee, and now I look forward to the 100th,” he said, referring to the City’s upcoming centennial in 2012.

EL CAJON ANIMAL SHELTER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE & DOG COSTUME CONTEST OCT. 23

 

The public is invited to the Fourth Annual El Cajon Animal Shelter Open House on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1275 North Marshall Avenue. This family Halloween- themed event includes displays and activities, such as photos of your pet for $5. A low-cost rabies clinic and micro chipping I.D.’s for pets will be offered, plus “late fees” on licenses will be waived for El Cajon residents. Tour the shelter to see dogs and cats available for adoption.

 

As a special treat there, a Halloween Costume contest for dogs will include prizes for winners; contest starts at 1 pm.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE OFFERS FREE "GREEN TRAINING" TO UNEMPLOYED & UNDEREMPLOYED WORKERS

 

October 7, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Out of work and looking for a way to prepare for a new career? Cuyamaca College is offering free courses in landscape irrigation management and water use efficiency as part of the Rancho San Diego college’s Gateway to Green Water program.

 

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER RACE HEATS UP AMID ALLEGATIONS OF INSURANCE INDUSTRY INFLUENCE

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

October 6, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Who gets elected as California’s next insurance commissioner is important for East County,  where many residents face problems getting fire insurance and where recent tremors have heightened concerns over earthquake insurance costs. The new commissioner will also oversee healthcare reform implementation and regulation of rates for auto, health, and homeowner's insurance costs.

 

Dave Jones, a legislator who authored major bills to curb abuses by the insurance industry and who refused insurance industry donations in this race, is running for the job. Now the insurance industry has been revealed using back-door tactics to fund multi-million dollar TV ads for Jones' opponent, Mike Villines.

HALLOWEEN HIKE WITH A RANGER: LOOK FOR BATS OCT. 22

October 6, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) -- Join Ranger Lisa, and BLM’s Biologist Joyce, a bat expert, in watching a short bat movie, and take a bat hike with bat-sensing equipment on October 22 from 6-7 p.m.. Families are encouraged to attend, and also get to know their local National Wildlife Refuge in Rancho San Diego--the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

SPOTLIGHT EL CAJON: COUNCIL CANDIDATE DUANE SWAINSTON WANTS TO “ADD VALUE TO THE BOX”

October 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) – “We need to think outside the box,” El Cajon City Council candidate Duane Swainston said at a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters this week, “even though we’re in El Cajon, which is `the box’,” he quipped noting the Spanish meaning of the City’s name.

ALPINE TREE TOWN USA: OCTOBER 8


October 6, 2010 (Alpine) -- Do you love trees? Are you interested in promoting tree planting in Alpine? Would you like to be a part of Alpine's Tree Town USA celebration on April 16th 2011? Would you like to help establish tree programs for our local schools? If you answered yes to any of these questions, mark your calendar and join other Alpine residents on Friday October 8th at 5:30pm at 2451 Night Star Court in Alpine.

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