By Brian Lafferty
August 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Watching The Raid: Redemption is like watching someone assemble a house of cards: one mishap and the structure crumbles. I'll start with the tone, a major balancing act for first-time director Gareth Evans. He militantly adheres to a serious tone. A few times the film comes dangerously close to slipping into the Realm of the Not So Serious, but through sheer will, Evans maintains the desired disposition. The same extends to the action scenes, the backbone of The Raid, and among the best executed I've seen since I became a film critic: not a single shred, inch, or drop of laziness. Otherwise, it would be close to worthless, no better than the offensively manufactured video game drivel that Hollywood is so content to pump out to American audiences.
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State levies additional cost without providing additional services.
August 24, 2012 (Alpine)– The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) Board of Directors at its August 21st board meeting adopted a resolution opposing the newly implemented State Responsibility Area (SRA) fees, which will impose additional financial burden on its constituents without providing additional fire services.
August 24, 2012 (Sacramento)—A bill by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) would have made California the first state in the nation to require that public agencies provide records in searchable online formats such as Word or Excel.
Yee introduced the bill after open government advocates complained some public records were difficult to access. Locally, people have complained that they couldn't search for keywords in a wind project's environmental impact report—a document several thousand pages long.
By Brian Lafferty
August 24, 2012 (San Diego) – This week I’ve seen three signs that summer is almost over in San Diego: the weather is getting cooler, kids are back in school, and Hollywood - having exhausted all their major moneymaking, audience-pleasing blockbusters and comic book movies – are now releasing simpleminded films like Premium Rush apparently because there's nothing left until awards season.
Governor , who wants to “crush” opponents of big energy projects, called CEQA reform “Lord’s work”
“Governor Brown is dangerous to the financial and environmental health of California, and I am extremely disappointed in his short-sightedness.”--Laura Cyphert, Cedar Fire Survivor and cofounder of the East County Community Action Coalition
By Miriam Raftery
August 23, 2012 (Sacramento)—In a stealth effort that shocked enviornmentalists, business groups succeeded in gutting a bill in the State Assembly and inserted language to essentially repeal the California Enviornmental Quality Act (CEQA) . The measure passed the Assembly yesterday and advanced to the State Senate. But today, State Senate President Darrell Steinberg and the bill’s author, Michael Rubio, held a press conference to announce that the measure will not be taken up before the end of the legislative session next week.
Sierra Club California director Kathryn Phillips voiced relief, calling SB 317 “one of the worst attacks on environmental protections that we’ve seen in the 40-year life of the law.”
August 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A rattlesnake victim at a campground in Mission Trails Regional Park has been transported to a hospital for treatment today, ECM confirmed with a park ranger. Officials have not released an update on the patient’s condition.
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County Democrats gut fire protection resolution, while Republican supervisors also fail to protect County residents from wind turbine fires
By Miriam Raftery
August 24, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The San Diego Democratic Central Committee this week passed a measure calling on County Supervisors to increase firefighting resources-- but removed a key provision that would have urged lawmakers to ban wind turbines in fire-prone East County.
Wind turbines have been responsible for starting hundreds of fires around the world, including wildfires, but firefighters cannot fight a fire burning in a 500-foot-tall wind turbine whirling off burning debris. With Supervisors poised to approve a wind ordinance opening the door to numerous turbines in the backcountry, the vote was a major disappointment to residents concerned about the clear threat to public safety posed by wind turbines in our fire-prone region.
By Miriam Raftery
August 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Asian Citrus Psyllids, tiny insects that can carry a disease capable of wiping out California’s citrus industry, have been found in several East County communities as well as North County and other southern California locations.
A quarantine is in effect across most of our region.
August 23, 2012 (Dulzura) – The community of Dulzura is invited to attend the grand re-opening and open house at the SDRFPD Dulzura-Barrett Station #35, 1135 Community Building Rd., Dulzura on August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After being remodeled, the SDRFPD station will now be manned by SDR/SDCFA volunteer fire fighters along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Rural Division Law Enforcement Deputies.
The event will be attended by Supervisor Diane Jacob, Rural Fire Chief Dave Nissen, Assistant Sheriff Patricia Duke, Sheriff Lieutenant Rose Kurupas, Sheriff Sergeant Joe Leos, as well as members of the San Diego Rural Fire Board. Refreshments will be served.
By Rick Rogers, Host of Front & Center: Military Talk Radio
August 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Charities rattling their cups for veterans and troop programs in Southern California have grown to epic numbers in recent years.
I bet San Diego County charities have grown tenfold since 2008.
At least I think they have.
Fact is, I don’t know. I don’t know how many there are or what they all do, let alone what happens to all the money they collect.
Unfortunately no one else knows either.
WIND TURBINES ARRIVE IN OCOTILLO AS RESIDENTS COMPLAIN OF “DUST BOWL” , THIRD WORLD CONDITIONS AT PATTERN ENERGY'S OCOTILLO SITE
Story by Miriam Raftery; photos by Jim Pelley and Parke Ewing
"I feel like we are living in a third world country." -- Jim Pelley, Ocotillo resident and ECM photographer
August 23, 2012 (Ocotillo) – Workers have begun constructing the first of 112 industrial wind turbines near the small town of Ocotillo on federal Bureau of Land Management property adjacent to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
But as towering turbines eclipse mountains and desert skies, dust released from scraping desert soils bare and excavating massive turbine foundations have residents complaining that their community has been turned into a “dust bowl” while government officials turn a blind eye to conditions that pose hazards to their health.
August 23, 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:
- Hurricane threat for GOP convention in Tampa? (CBS)
- USDA eyes whether tainted beef entered the food supply (Sacramento Bee)
- U.S. health officials brace for spike in West Nile cases (USA Today)
- Accused Colorado gunman saw three mental health experts (Reuters)
- How Paul Ryan and Todd Akin partnered to redefine rape (Think Progress)
- Todd Akin, Senate candidate: `Legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy (Washington Post)
- Bill calls for more distributed generation to guard against infrastructure failures in grid emergencies (Power Magazine)
- Renewable energy projects on public lands: Obama not living up to his promises (Native News)
- Indian leaders share concerns about sacred sites (Missoulan)
- CDC calls for Hepatitis C testing for all boomers (NPR)
- Ecuador grants asylum to Assange, angering Britain (Reuters)
- Iran: Israel’s existence “insult to all humanity” (AP)
- Arab spring runs amok: Muslim brotherhood starts crucifixions in Egypt (WND)
- City races start to heat up in East County (UT San Diego)
- 11-year-old accused of fatally stabbing friend found mentally incompetent to stand trial (Santee.Patch.com)
- Retired Border Patrol union president indicted (10 News)
- Group hoping to save ECPAC continues fight (UT San Diego)
- Where parolees live in San Diego: map (Voice of San Diego)
- San Diego Gas & Electric wind projects draw national notice (KCET)
- As heat dries land and lake, asthma fears rise in Imperial County(KPBS)
- Summer of hate concert came to El Cajon (San Diego Citybeat)
- High costs of bonds shocks Poway Unified School District (UT San Diego)
- Democratic lawmakers move to oppose rewriting CA environmental laws (Sacramento Bee)
- SoCal groves report new cases of lethal citrus bug (Sacramento Bee)
- Man dies after contracting rare rodent disease at Yosemite (CBS)
FEDS DRAW CRITCISM FOR HEARINGS ON SACRED SITES: TRIBES ASK WHY NO RECORDINGS WERE MADE NOR NOTES TAKEN
Tribal representatives say Interior Dept. is not sincere about resolving concerns over sacred site desecrations by renewable energy projects on public lands
By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Why did the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) host the first in a series of five “listening sessions” with Native American leaders ostensibly to address tribal concerns over impacts of renewable energy projects on public lands—yet didn’t bother to take notes or record the sessions?
Why are no listening sessions scheduled in California or anywhere near our state, where some of the most controversial renewable energy projects are being built atop the graveyards of Native Americans’ ancestors?
By Brian Lafferty
August 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- "A wise man once said, 'If you see a fork in the road, take it,'" says young Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) as 360 opens with her sister (Lucia Siposova) being photographed for a prostitution website. It set me in the mood for a clever and intriguing film. I was in for disappointment. You know your film is in trouble when quoting Yogi Berra is its only meaningful element.
August 23, 2012 (Paradise Hills) – Clarence Blunt, who police suspect killed his wife and children, died today in a local hospital.
Lilly Blunt, 33, a nurse and recent graduate of San Diego State University’s nursing program, was found dead inside her Paradise Hills home along with her 7-month-old son, Richard and her 3-year-old daughter, Lianna on August 20. Her estranged husband, Clarence Blunt, the suspect in the triple homicide, was found in the home suffering from self-inflicted injuries.
Investigations by UT San Diego and 10 News reveal that Clarence Blunt had a history of mental illness and serious crimes, including a gruesome murder of a gas station attendant.
By Miriam Raftery
August 22, 2012 (San Diego)—Some people just don’t learn. Back in January, San Diego Supervisors got sued for hiding information from the public about a developer-backed scheme to eliminate community planning groups. The Board backed down to avoid a trial, vacated votes and held a hearing with proper public notice and open—though heated--public testimony.
Now history has repeated itself. San Diegans for Open Government has filed a lawsuit alleging that Supervisors once more violated the Ralph M. Brown Act. According to the suit, this time the County failed to post an agenda for Supevisors' June 26, 2012 agenda on the County website for the 72-hours required by state law. Supevisors further failed to postpone the meeting, took action on agenda items and refused to allow members of the public to address Supervisors on a key agenda item.
August 22, 2012 (San Diego)—Campus police are evacuating the West Commons area on the San Diego State University campus due to a bomb threat, an alert posted at the SDSU website and updated at 4:30 p.m. states.
The bomb threat was called in at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank branch at West Commons. SDSU police and a bomb unit are investigating.
Officials,organizations across party lines dissect benefits and shortcomings of initiative; consumer interest groups call measure deceptive
By Thea Skinner
August 19, 2012 (San Diego)--According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) for the State of California, Proposition 32 is an initiative that seeks to prohibit political contributions via payroll deductions and contributions to candidates.
The ballot measure proposes to change state campaign finance laws to restrict spending by public and private labor unions, corporations and government contractors in local and statewide political races. The measure has sparked fierce debate and is emerging as one of the most controversial measures on the November ballot.
By Mark Gabrish Conlan
August 22, 2012 (San Diego) – Whoever you think won last June’s elections, there can be no doubt that organized labor was one of the biggest losers.
In San Diego, voters overwhelmingly approved the pension “reform” initiative sponsored by City Councilmember and Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio that abolishes guaranteed-benefit pensions completely for newly hired city employees, freezes all city workers’ pay for five years (on top of five years they’ve already gone without a raise) and pushes workers into a 401(k)-style program that will actually cost the city more to administer than the current pension system.
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August 22, 2012 (San Diego)--THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR EAST CENTRAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA UNTIL 630 PM. * AT 335 PM PDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED PERSISTENT THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OVER SHELTER VALLEY...AGUA CALIENTE SPRINGS...AND CANEBRAKE WHICH WILL LIKELY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING. * LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO OCOTILLO WELLS...SAN FELIPE CREEK...VALLECITO WASH...FISH CREEK...HARPER CANYON WASH...AND HIGHWAY 78.