January 2017 Articles

READER’S EDITORIAL: AN “OPEN, DEMOCRATIC PROCESS” CAN BENEFIT FROM FOREIGN INTERVENTION

 

By Steve Cunningham, La Mesa

January 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- John Lewis recently said that "I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians, and others, that helped him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.” Putting aside questions of whether or not Russia hacked at all, and the claim of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that his "source is not a state party," there is nothing wrong with a foreign entity helping to disclose truth about public officials.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON ANNOUNCES FUNDING RELIEF FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING, WINTER STORMS

 

East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (Sacramento) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today directed the California Department of Education to work with all schools and school districts forced to close as a result of flooding and other winter storm related issues so that they may qualify for relief from the loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding.

LA MESA TOWN HALL MEETINGS JANUARY 31 AND FEBRUARY 2

 

Source: City of La Mesa

January 23, 2017 (La Mesa) -  In an on-going commitment to communicate with residents, the La Mesa City Council will host two Town Hall Meetings. These open-forum sessions provide an opportunity for citizens to share their concerns, ideas, and opinions on issues in their neighborhood and throughout the City.  

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FALLING BOULDER ON HIGHWAY 76

 

East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (Pala) – “I almost hit this boulder coming home last night from work,” says Tracy Lee Nelson, who reported the obstruction on Highway76 on the La Jolla Indian reservation. “I called 911 and Caltrans showed up and said they can’t move it and ordered the dynamite crew.”

BIRD TALK: THE GOLDFINCH

 

By Greg Dunne

January 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The most loyal aviating visitor to my yard is the Goldfinch. These little guys are a blast to watch, feeding on their thistle all day long in my front yard. I get as many as 12 to 20 birds or more on my two-sack feeder most of the day – everyday. However, this might drive you to the poor house in bird seed as they are voracious eaters.

CHIEF’S CORNER: WITH SO MUCH IN THE NEWS, DON’T FORGET…

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- With inaugurations, drought, protests, storms etc we seemed to have forgotten that about 23 years ago this month was the Northridge earthquake. The 6.7 quake killed 16 people and damage was reported up to 85 miles away!

We are “way” over-due for an earthquake and we ALL live near a fault line. Now is the time to prepare, not afterwards reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

SDSU BASKETBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 1/23: ON TRACK

 

By Liz Alper

Photos and video courtesy goaztecs.com

Full quotes courtesy Jen Heisel and James Solien

 

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January 23, 2017 (San Diego) - With both the men's and women's Aztecs basketball teams taking on Air Force this week, men's head coach Steve Fisher, women's head coach Stacie Terry, senior forward Matt Shrigley and junior guard Trey Kell answered questions from the media today.

AGREEMENT PROTECTS SAN DIEGO’S VANISHING BURROWING OWLS, INCREASES SOLAR ENERGY

 

Agreement includes pilot project to repopulate burrowing owls across San Diego County

January 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- An agreement announced today between conservation and environmental justice groups and private developers will protect imperiled burrowing owls, increase renewable solar energy and conserve wildlife habitat to offset impacts from the redevelopment of San Diego’s Brown Field Municipal Airport. The airport — located near the Mexico border in Otay Mesa — will be redeveloped with new commercial and aviation facilities and include on-site solar energy to reduce energy consumption.

SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY DUE TO STORMS

 

East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - Monday’s severe storm provided a day off to many students in East County.

Heavy rains, high winds, and mountain snow led to school closures in several districts, including Julian Union High School District, Julian Union School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, and Warner Springs Unified School District. 

ROBERT BRANCH TRIAL STARTS MONDAY: MOTORIST SUED SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OVER BEING CHOKED UNCONSCIOUS IN DEL CERRO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Still shot from video taken on Branch’s cell phone

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – The trial of Robert Branch, an African-American motorist choked unconscious by a white Sheriff’s deputy in Del Cerro in May 2015, begins Monday.  Branch was charged initially with resisting arrest, but after he filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Sheriff’s department alleging inappropriate use of force, additional felony charges of reckless driving and use of deadly force against an officer were filed against Branch.  Branch captured a portion of the altercation on a disturbing video

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: JANUARY 23-FEBRUARY 5, 2017

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren, Editor

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – Whether you’re looking to find some great reads, meet the authors, or learn how to write the great American novel yourself, you’ll find a wealth of literary happenings in Sam Warren’s Reader’s and Writer’s Calendar. 

CHAMBER MEMBERS "OPTIMISTIC" ABOUT TRUMP IMPACT ON SAN DIEGO ECONOMY

 

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego businesses reported a moderately optimistic outlook at the close of 2016, with two-thirds expecting the new Donald Trump administration to have a positive impact.

SDG&E CREWS RESTORE POWER BETWEEN STORMS

 

SDG&E crews restore power to approximately 39,000 customers between storms

Source: SDG&E

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) -- Friday delivered severe winds and rain to San Diego and Orange counties, uprooting trees that brought down power lines throughout the area. SDG&E crews worked to restore power to approximately 39,000 customers in a matter of hours. In isolated cases, where there was extensive damage, restorations took a bit longer, however most customers were restored by Sunday morning.

TREE FALLS ON VFW HALL IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Don Lumb

January 22, 2017 (Alpine) – A towering eucalyptus tree has toppled onto a patio roof at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Alpine.  The VRW center is located at 944 Tavern Road.  Don Lumb sent these photos; no other details are  immediately available.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SNOWMAN ON THE BEAT IN JULIAN!

 

East County News Service

January 22, 2017 (Julian) – As a new storm sweeps into our region, the San Diego Sheriff retweeted this image, along with some winter wit from the Sheriff’s Julian substation: “Extra police presence in SD Mtns during inclement weather, use caution, FYI.”

DANGEROUS NEW STORM SYSTEM HITS AREA, DOWNING TREES AND POWER LINES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo credit: SDG&E

January 22, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Another round of heavy rain soaking our region will continue into Monday. This strong storm system is forecast to potentially bring more flash flooding, river flooding, and debris flows.  A winter storm warning is in effect for mountain areas with snow likely to dip down to 3,500 feet by Monday night.

COUNTY SUED OVER CHANGES TO FOREST CONSERVATION PLAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNF) and Save Our Forest and Ranchlands (SOFAR) filed a lawsuit against San Diego County last week in San Diego Superior Court.  The suit argues that Supervisors adopted an amendment to the Forest Conservation Initiative (FCI) based on a faulty environmental analysis and failed to identity ways to minimize impacts of the new plan. 

RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT STORM DAMAGE

 

Source: SD County Emergency

January 20, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - San Diego County residents experiencing significant damage to their homes or businesses are requested to report it to the County Office of Emergency Services online: http://www.sdcountyrecovery.com/damages-resulting-from-disaster/

Completion of this form will assist the County and City in collecting damage information and associated costs with the series of winter storms moving through our area. Compiling total costs throughout the county will assist local governments in determining whether we might qualify for state or federal disaster recovery assistance.

"A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER: NARCISSISM IN THE ERA OF DONALD TRUMP" A MUST READ

 

Book review by Joe Gandelman, Editor in Chief, The Moderate Voice

Reprinted with permission from The Moderate Voice, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

January 22, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissim in the Era of Donald Trump was written before the election — but boy is it needed to be read now.

It’s a thoughtful volume comprised of contributions by psychiatrists, doctors, psychologists– and a notable storyteller-author-clinical-psychologist that’ll be read for many years and deserves to be read and studied. Because there is a history of narcissism in world history and politics. And in world history, leaders who fit the definition of having narcissistic personality disorder often don’t often fare well — and their countries may fare worse. One thing they do: they backhand societal and political norms, often get away with it and can change their societies, often little by little, sometimes abruptly — and often legally.

TRUMP CANCELS MORTGAGE INSURANCE RATE CUT FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS UNDER FHA, DRAWS OPPOSITION FROM REALTORS AND HOME BUILDERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – Representatives for the California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and National Association of Homebuilders have all voiced opposition to an executive order issued by President Trump that could add as much as $1,500 to costs for some first-time homebuyers.

TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER COULD WEAKEN HEALTHCARE PROTECTIONS, RAISE PREMIUM COSTS AND DESTABILIZE INSURANCE MARKET, EXPERTS WARN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – In one of his first actions as President, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order directing federal agencies to reduce financial costs of the Affordable Care Act on insurance companies, healthcare providers and patients, allowing agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions or delay implementation of any provision or requirement” of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

TOP CLIMATE SCIENTIST AT SCRIPPS INSTITUTE DENOUNCES TRUMP ENERGY PLAN AS "TRAGIC"

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

“In stark terms, hundreds of millions of people will die - and countless species become extinct - because of eight more years of US inaction.” – Jeffrey Severinghaus, PhD

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – One of the world’s top climate scientists is speaking out to denounce President Donald Trump’s energy plan and warn of its dire consequences for humanity.   Jeffrey Severinghaus, PhD  from Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego actually measures the ice cores in Antaractica and Greenland.

“This is sad, and tragic,” Jeffrey Severinghaus, PhD, told East County Magazine after we sent him a copy of the energy plan posted at Whitehouse.gov by the Trump administration and informed him that climate change has been removed from the issues page at the White House website, along with all data on climate science previously posted there. 

Severinghaus warns bluntly, “We as a species cannot afford four more years—or eight, of delay on climate action. The stakes are simply too high.”

AZTECS WOMEN'S TENNIS DEFEATS UC SAN DIEGO IN HOME OPENER

 

SDSU improves all-time record over Tritons to 6-0

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

January 21, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s tennis team starts its season 1-0 after defeating UC San Diego at its home opener Saturday. The Aztecs were able to log a 4-3 victory over the Tritons, improving SDSU’s all-time record against UCSD to 6-0.

SDSU MEN'S TENNIS FALLS SHORT TO NO. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 5-2

 

Source: goaztecs.com

Photo:  Milen Ianakiev won his No. 2 singles match on Saturday vs. MSU.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 21, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s tennis team came up short in its home opener Saturday, falling to 20th-ranked Mississippi State by a 5-2 count at Aztec Tennis Center. The Aztecs (1-2) posted a pair of victories in singles play, but it wasn’t enough against the veteran Bulldogs (1-0), who returned the bulk of their lineup after advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.

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