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.
August 21, 2012 (San Diego) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) has introduced legislation in response to revelations that federal wildlife officials have killed thousands of animals locally without disclosing justifications to the public.
August 21, 2012 (Ocotillo)--Pattern Energy has begun clearing beautiful desert near Anza-Borrego State Park for the nearly 16 square mile Ocotillo Express Wind project. Once completed, the facility will consist of 112 wind turbines, each one standing over 400 feet tall, and requiring wide new roads carved into the fragile desert soil.
Photographer Phillip Colla gives us a birds-eye view of the beginning phase of the destruction with a series of images available at his website. The photos were made possible by aviation support provided by LightHawk.
August 21, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- Church members from the Gathering @RSD packaged 3,200 meals to be sent to needy children and their families in the Dominican Republic. The church raised the money through collecting extra change. The effort was coordinated through the organization, Children of the Nations, which reach out to children in need in Africa and the Caribbean.
August 21, 2012 (Alpine) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has released the names of two men who died of injuries sustained in an accident on I-8 in Alpine on August 16.
Michael Claude Roe, 45, was driving westbound when the pickup veered off the road and hit a tree, then overturned, pinning him inside. He resided in Lakeside with his son. His passenger was Steven Boyd Bossenbroek, 49, who has lived in La Mesa, Patch.com reported.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene without resuscitation due to their serious injuries.
August 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – Two elderly women struck by a Chevrolet Express van while crossing Calle Verde in La Mesa on August 13 have died of their traumatic injuries.
Jean Gastelum, 77, passed away on August 16 at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Her friend, Dorothy Stephens, 83, was pronounced dead at the scene before a medical helicopter arrived.
Both women were residents of La Mesa.
August 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Scattered thunderstorms and heavy rains are forecast for Tuesday through Sunday in San Diego County’s mountains and desert areas.
Skywarn weather activation is requested for Tuesday.
Flash flooding is also possible, with heaviest rainfall forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Reposted with permission; original published August 14, 2012 at http://www.mojavedesertblog.com/2012/08/desert-lands-policy-wind-industr...
By Shaun Gonzales
August 20, 2012 (Mojave Desert)--If you have been listening to the past few stakeholder conferences for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) -- an inter-agency effort to protect desert ecosystems while identifying areas suitable for renewable energy in California's deserts -- then you know that representatives from the California Wind Energy Association (CalWEA) sound disappointed as their plans to industrialize much of California's desert wildlands meet resistance. Some of the DRECP's proposed development focus areas would only accommodate 2-17% of the nearly 2 million acres to which the wind industry initially requested access. The wind industry expressed frustration during the meetings, wondering aloud why they cannot bulldoze desert, carve hundreds of miles of new roads, and set up massive wind turbines standing over 400 feet tall across public lands.
August 19 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego Police seek public help to locate John Sharpe, 72. Missing from his apartment at 5048 Wightman Avenue #10 in San Diego, he was last seen on August 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The missing man has Alzheimer’s disease and is considered at risk, according to a police bulletin issued today. He was last seen wearing a hat, yellow shirt and brown shoes. He is black with a dark complexion, has grey hair, brown eyes, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 176 pounds.
August 19, 2012 (Poway) – Tickets are now on sale for the 2012 Winter/Spring season at Poway Performing Arts. The season includes Clint Black, The Capital Steps, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Eleanor: Her Secret Journey, featuring Loretta Swit.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.powayarts.org or by calling the ticket office at 858-748-0505.
August 19, 2012 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art presents Inside Out, an art show with a 70’s vibe, on August 25 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the La Mesa biz Center, 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa. The event will feature 70’s music and 70’s art. The show will run through October.
Dress up in 70’s themed attire and step back in time with art that speaks to the 70’s. There will even be an entire wall devoted to black velvet paintings.
August 19, 2012 (El Cajon) – Heritage of the Americas Museum is holding “Museum Roadshow” on August 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Museum Conference Room, 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. Craig Helm will be there to help identify and price treasures.
August 19, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group will be meeting on August 23 at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine to vote on the Alpine Design Review Checklist. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Checklist includes items such as village character, planting, Alpine Blvd., etc. The Checklist can be viewed here.
August 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Seven lightning-sparked fires that burned more than 22,000 acres are all fully contained, Cal Fire reports this morning. No structures were lost, though four firefighters were injured. Below are full details on the fires provided by Cal Fire.
DEPT. OF ENERGY TO ISSUE PRESIDENTIAL PERMIT FOR ENERGIA SIERRA JUAREZ CROSS-BORDER TRANSMISSION LINES
By Miriam Raftery
August 19, 2012 – Yesterday the Federal Register included notice that the U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will issue a Presidential permit to Energia Sierra Juarez U.S. Transmission, LLC (ESJ) to construct, operate, maintain and connect a 230 kV electric transmission line across the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego’s East County. Read the notice: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-17/html/2012-20234.htm
“Long overdue”l tactic to contain California’s dangerous wildfires, Senator Feinstein says
August 19, 2012 (Washington D.C.)— The U.S. Forest Service will update its nighttime firefighting program to battle out-of-control wildfires in Southern California.
Previously, the Forest Service restricted aerial firefighting operations to daylight hours only. The announcement was made August 15 by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Buck McKeon (R-Calif.)