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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
July 5, 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: 
 
 

 
 STATE
  • CA Wildfire liability bill emerges from the ashes (Sacramento Bee)
  • This summer, electric cars are merging into California’s traffic (New York Times)
LOCAL
  • Citizen protests $11 million no bid contract; Grossmont school district (UT San Diego)
  • La Mesa war hero survived wounds, not runaway car (UT San Diego)
  • Plug pulled on San Diego power plant (KPBS)
  • 16-year-old driver in SR 52 crash pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter (Santee Patch)
  • How Darrell Issa’s pursuit of Attorney General Eric Holder is playing back home (Daily Beast)
  • Great white shark sighting closes beach (UT San Diego)
  • San Onofre workers lack whistleblower protections (KPBS)
  • County makes a disaster of the Brown Act (CityBeat)

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

 
 
June 28, 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.
 
GENERAL NEWS
  • Supreme Court says Montana cannot ignore Citizens United ruling (NPR)
  • Supreme Court rules juvenile life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment (Chicago Tribune)
  • GM Grass linked to Texas cattle deaths; fields found toxic with cyanide produced by crop (CBS)
  • E-mail change angers Facebook users (CNN)
  • Thousands evacuated as wildfire nears Colorado towns (USA Today)
  • With no vote, taxpayers stuck with tab on bonds (New York Times)
POLITICS
  • Issa: No evidence White House covered up `Fast and Furious’ fallout (Los Angeles Times)
  • Obama invokes executive privilege over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents (Los Angeles Times)
  • Rubio sticks to GOP doctrine over immigration (The Hill)
  • Cash rules at Romney retreat while Condoleeza Rice steals the show (Yahoo news)
WORLD
 
GENERAL NEWS
  • Analysis: Mexican ruling party faces defeat but may back reforms (Reuters)
  • Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi named Egyptian president (CBS)
  • Morsi quits Muslim brother hood, vows to unite country (NBC)
WIND ENERGY NEWS
  • Iberdrola to explore sale of U.S. wind plants and projects (Recharge News)
  • Quatar takes state in Iberdrola (The National)
  • Texas wind energy fails again (National Review)
  • Presidential projects on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • The trouble with turbines: an ill wind (Nature) 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

 

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
June 14, 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.
  • Corporate political efforts don’t guarantee results—study (Reuters)
  • Romney energy plan includes drilling virtually every part of U.S. – no protections even for national parks (Think Progress)
  • Issa demands documents on green energy loans (Fox News)
  • Presidential projections on wind power flawed according to new book (KXXV)
  • Justice Department sues Florida over voter purge (Huffington Post)
  • Mojave desert: Military wants to limit wind development (Riverside Press Enterprise)
  • Sebelius:  Medicare stronger than ever due to healthcare law (The Hill)
  • Family net worth drops to level of early ‘90s (NY Times)
  • Colorado wildfire moving fast, not contained (BBC)
  • California tribes suing to halt construction of wind factory on sacred land (Indian Country Today)
  • Open letter asks Obama to meet with Tribal leaders on Ocotillo Express wind project (Indian Country Today)
WORLD
  • Russian protesters demand Putin resignation (CNN)
  • U.N.: Syria children tortured, used as human shields (CNN)
  • Syria in Civil War, says U.N. official (BBC)
  • Solar-powered “super trees” breathe life into Sinagapore urban oasis (CNN)
  • Scottish Power (a division of Iberdrola, developer of Tule Wind) tests U.S. tax breaks on interest (Reuters)
  • Ruling on wind farm says countryside as important as climate change targets (UK Telegraph)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

BANNER FIRE BURNING EAST OF JULIAN


May 24, 2012 (Julian) – The “Banner Fire” which started at 2:14 p.m.  has burned four to five acres thus far east of Julian near the Banner Grade. 

“The fire is located in an area known as Cigarette Canyon close to the location of last year’s `Great Fire,’” Battalion Chief Nick Schuler say, adding that the blaze is spreading at a “moderate rate.”

Webcam image from Volcan Mountain:  http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/L/sy-av8185-1_3.jpg

DONATED AMATEUR RADIO EQUIPMENT TO AID WITH COMMUNICATION IN A DISASTER IN EAST COUNTY

 
Story by Paul Rios
Photos by Billy Ortiz and Dennis Richardson
 
View a video by Billy Ortiz of this presentation
 
April 13, 2012 (Lakeside)--A once in a lifetime opportunity between the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club and The Lakeside Fire Department arose when the newly built Fire Station #2 was nearing completion.

CPUC TO HOLD 2 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION HEARINGS ON SDG&E REQUEST TO CHARGE RATEPAYERS FOR WILDFIRE COSTS

 

March 16, 2012 -- The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold Public Participation Hearings regarding the request of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company to establish a Wildfire Expense Balancing Account for recovery of wildfire-related costs. Two hearings will be held on April 5 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the  Al Bahr Shriners Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego.

 

PREPARING AN UNDERGROUND CACHE

 By Megan Davies, Waterproof Case Company

 
December 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –A great way to secure your valuables, particularly in wildfire-prone East County, is to create an underground cache.  The same methods can also be used to create a survival cache or time capsule. For extended underground applications we recommend our Seahorse line of cases as the first choice primarily because they are the only cases on the market that are truly rust proof.  Even the hinge, latch and handle pins are made in molded resin. This applies to case models SE-120 through SE-720.  The larger SE-920 and SE-1220 do have metal screws for the telescopic pull handle assemblies. Even then, the screws are stainless steel, but still not 100% rustproof, especially underground for extended periods of time.

 

FOUR FIRES ALONG I-8 NEAR TAVERN ROAD, ALPINE

 

August 12, 2009 (Alpine) – Four small fires are burining along Eastbound Interstate 8 between Old Highway 80 and Tavern Road, near the community of Alpine (TB Map 1233) between the Dunbar and Tavern Road exits.

 

“The spread of all four fires has been stopped,” CAL FIRE spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik reported at 4:45 p.m. “Two of the fires have been contained.” The largest of the fires is currently under an acre.

WILDFIRE AT SAN DIEGO/TEMECULA COUNTY LINE NOW 50% CONTAINED

UPDATE MARCH 3, 7 a.m.: Fire officials have reduced the acreage estimate to 77. The fire is now 80% contained with full containment expected by 6 p.m. this evening. March 2, 2009 (Temecula)--A fire urning in the Deluz area of Temecula north of Fallbrook in Riverside County, just one mile from the San Diego County line, has engulfed 100 acres.

 

FIRE NEAR CAMPO 50% CONTAINED, HWYS 94 AND 8 CLOSED, 400 EVACUATED

October 13 (Campo) 9:30 a.m. -- Three hundred homes have been ordered to evacuate due to a 100-acre wildfire that began at Highway 94 near Shockey Truck Trail. The blaze has burned 100 areas on both sides of 94 and is 50% contained. No structures have been lost. Evacuation centers have been established at at the Potrero Library and Mountain Empire High School.

4,000 FLEE FIRES IN PENDLETON, OCEANSIDE, FALLBROOK

Fire in North County. Photo by Corina Squires

October 14 (Camp Pendleton) 12:10 p.m. - The third blaze in there weeks to
strike Camp Pendleton has charred over 1,500 acres, forcing evacution of over
4,000 people from Oceanside as well as base housing. Some schools in Oceanside
may be closed tomorrow, ECM has learned.

The Juliet fire forced evacuation of Serra Mesa Housing and San Luis Rey Housing
on the base, authorities at Camp Pendleton told ECM. As flames spread to the
northeast tonight, a second fire broke out near Fallbrook. The City of Oceanside
has announced that mandatory evacuations are now in effect for the East end
of Sleeping Indian to include Wilshire, Indian Trail, Hidden Valley and Camino
Baja Cerro.

PENDLETON FIRE 100% CONTAINED

October 9, 2008 (Camp Pendleton) 9:30 a.m. -- A wildfire that began late yesterday afternoon at Camp Pendleton is now 100% contained, though firefighters continue to douse hotspots.

"Between 900 and 1,000 acres have burned," Major Kristen Lasica, Public affairs officer told East County Magazine last night. ECM activated our wildfire alert system last night after learning that aircraft including super scoopers were grounded for the night with the fire then 0% contained.

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