November 2012 Articles
$1 Billion Loss Experienced By Winter Sports Industry, Future Impacts Could be Larger; Consequences for states including CA listed
December 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County)– A new economic analysis details how the $12.2 billion winter tourism industry spread out across 38 states has experienced an estimated $1 billion loss and up to 27,000 fewer jobs over the last decade due to diminished snow fall patterns and the resulting changes in the outdoor habits of Americans, according to the new study prepared for the nonprofit groups Protect Our Winters (POW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Potentially, diminished snowfall could have impacts here in San Diego, where mountain areas such as Julian, Mount Laguna, Cuyamaca and Palomar Mountain thrive on tourism during the winter months.
“We’re going to see that every community has power.” – Bob Filner
By Miriam Raftery
December 4, 2012 (San Diego) – From day one in his administration, Bob Filner has made clear that it won’t be business as usual for the city’s powerbrokers. To emphasize that point, he hosted not one, but a series of inaugural parties including celebrations in disadvantaged neighborhoods. One such festive event took place last night at the Jacob Center in the Euclid area of east San Diego.
“We’re going to see that every community has power, “ Mayor Filner, wearing a Hawaiian lei, told an enthusiastic and ethnically diverse crowd. He pledged to include faces from the Latino, African-American and Asian communities working in his mayoral office and city bureaucracy through appointments to the boards and commissions that “do the work of the city.”
December 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The board of directors of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) announced last month that CEO Debra L. Reed has been elected chairman of the company.
Effective Dec. 1, Reed will succeed Donald E. Felsinger, 65, who retired at the end of November after a 40-year career with the company. Reed was named Sempra Energy’s CEO in June of last year.
Despite disturbing finding, Edison seeks to restart trouble-prone nuclear facility
Hearing Nov. 30 in Laguna Hills as nine cities voice concerns over safety issues
By Miriam Raftery
November 30, 2012 (San Diego)—Southern California Edison has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of possible sabotage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating facility, after finding coolant poured in the oil reservoir of an emergency backup generator at Unit 3, Energy News reports.
The FBI is taking over the investigation and criminal charges are possible, according to a plant employee who spoke under condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals, Huffington Post reported yesterday. The NRC has confirmed that Edison reported potential sabotage,Energy News reported.
"The FBI is aware of the alleged security incident that occurred at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating (SONGS) Station. The FBI is presently reviewing the facts and circumstances concerning this incident," Special agent Darrell Foxworth with the FBI told ECM. "At this time there is no indication that this incident is terrorism related."
Previous news stories have speculated that a disgruntled employee could be the culprit due to recent layoff announcements.
Failure of emergency generators at Fukushima were key factors in that plant’s meltdown last year. A meltdown at San Onofre would force evacuation of San Diego, portions of East County and also parts of Orange and Riverside counties and could potentially leave the region contaminated for generations.
December 1, 2012 (San Diego) – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in December with concerts taking place throughout the month. The series offers a variety of some of San Diego’s very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are all free to the community.
November 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Julian Union School District and Lemon Grove School District are among six California school districts and a community organization that have collectively won nearly $336,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grants.
The funding is designed to help students understand the food they eat in school cafeterias often comes from local farms.
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November 29, 2012 (Lakeside) – Lakeside Chamber of Commerce’s 14th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Maine Ave. is December 1 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The lighting of the community Christmas tree will highlight the event. Santa will be in attendance for photo opportunities as well.
The event will feature local school performances, kid activities, jumpy jumps, rides and crafters booths. The event is free to attend.
SENATORS ANDERSON AND YEE CALL FOR DISCLOSURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS USED FOR CSU CHANCELLOR'S LEGISLATIVE REPORT CARD
Bipartisan opposition to Chancellor’s "waste of tax dollars"
November 30, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--Senators Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) have sent a letter to Robert Linscheid, Chairman of the California State University Board of Trustees, regarding what they call the gross misuse of state tax dollars to develop and distribute a 2011-12 Legislative Report Card of the administration’s top priorities, which included advocating for pay raises for top executives.
The legislators’ letter asks Linscheid to account for the spending on the report card and asks who approved the expenditure of tax funds.
November 29, 2012 (Escondido) – The 2012 San Pasqual Battle Day will be held on December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a flag-raising at 10 a.m. The Battle re-enactments will be at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Other activities will include craft demonstrations, period music & dancing, children’s activities and a military equipment. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
The free event is cosponsored by the California State Parks and the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association (SPBVA) and is located at the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, 15808 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido.
November 29, 2012 (El Cajon) – A Native Plant Garden Tour will take place in the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon on December 1 at 10:30 a.m. The Native Plant tour, guided by Garden Docent, Jan Tubiolo, explores the lifestyle of the Kumeyaay Indians in southern California and the tremendous role native plants played in every aspect of their lives.
By Miriam Raftery
November 29, 2012 (La Mesa) – Viejas firefighters, clad in uniforms, Santa hats and reindeer antlers, rolled into action at Target in Grossmont Center today to stock up on toys for needy local children. More than 80 Viejas tribal government staffers donated funds to purchase 30 bicycles.
“We’re here because we want to bring a little bit of joy to some kids who may need that,” Viejas Tribal Chairman Anthony Pico told ECM. “We know what it’s like to be poverty stricken and perhaps to have Christmas with no gift. It means so much more when you know where you’ve come from and where you’re going.” He smiled, adding with a Santa-like twinkle in his eye, “These are some of the most fun times of the year.”
By Nadin Abbott
November 29, 2012 (San Diego)--Today lawyers representing residents burned out by the 2007 Witch Creek, Rice and Guejito wildfires and attorneys for defendant San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) came before Superior Court Judge Richard E. L. Strauss in San Diego Superior Court to plead for victims who don't wish to settle to be given a trial date.
This is one of the most complex tort cases in recent San Diego history. It stemmed from the Witch Creek fire, which burned 197,990 acres and destroyed 1,124 homes. Although the California Public Utilities Commission has found that SDG&E lines caused these fires, many wildfire victims have yet to receive a penny in compensation five years after their homes and lives were destroyed. Some remain in trailers or other temporary housing five years after the fires.
by Laura A. Lewis (Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2012, 370 pages)
Book Review by Dennis Moore
November 29, 2012 (San Diego) -- Before reading Chocolate and Corn Flour, I did not know that there was such a thing as a "Black" Mexico.” Having lived in Tijuana, Mexico for a number of years and visited a number of Mexican cities, such as Cancun and Rosarito Beach, this book comes as a revelation to me.
November 29, 2012 (San Diego)--The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warns the public about criminals posing as DEA special agents or other law enforcement personnel. This criminal activity continues despite significant public attention to the illicit scheme. DEA offices nationwide regularly get calls from citizens victimized by this extortion effort.
The criminals call the victims (who in most cases purchased drugs over the internet or by telephone) and identify themselves as DEA agents or law enforcement officials. The impersonators inform victims that purchasing drugs over the internet or by telephone is illegal, and that enforcement action will be taken against them unless they pay a fine.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
November 29, 2012 (Lake Murray) – San Diego Police officers apprehended an adult and a juvenile suspected of beating an elderly resident with a pry bar after forcing their way into his home in the 8400 block of Harwell Drive in the Lake Murray area yesterday afternoon in broad daylight.
The victim suffered a serious head injury and injuries to his arms while trying to defend himself, said Watch Commander Dan Lasher.
By Miriam Raftery
November 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Looking to support our local economy while choosing special holiday gifts? We’ve scoured East County to find truly unique gifts made and sold locally. What could be finer than to receive an alpaca sweater spun and woven with locally grown wool? Or a hand-stitched quilt, locally crafted jewelry or a delectable freshly baked dessert? Perhaps your gift recipients would savor local wines grown in the Old World style, camel milk soaps scented with frankincense and myrrh, or intricately hand-beaded pottery.
Search no more! You’ll find all of these delightful items and more in our “Gifts from the East: 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide” below:
November 28, 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:
- Refugee grateful for new life in new country (U-T San Diego)
- San Diego Congressmen get campaign contributions for domestic drone support (San Diego Free Press)
- Report: We’re in the midst of a housing recovery (U-T San Diego)
- Witness to deadly shooting by border patrol agent disputes official account (10 News)
- El Cajon working to reduce pedestrian deaths (U-T San Diego)
- Border economy to see greater emphasis under Filner administration (San Diego Free Press)
- David Copley dies at 60; heir to Union-Tribune fortune was once worth $1.2 billion ( La Jolla Patch)
- Republican activist seeks ouster of Tony Krvaric as GOP Chairman (Ramona Patch)
- New Lakeside fire station opens (East County Californian)
- El Capitan cross country team runs to state championship (East County Californian)
- Deputies break up 20-man brawl at Carlton Oaks bar (Santee Patch)
- Ocotillo: worker airlifted after falling ( IV Press)
- SDG&E makes last push to bill users for wildfires (U-T San Diego)
- Unemployment checks to stop for 400,000 Californians (U-T San Diego)
- Erin Brokovich town faces new threat from utility company (NPR)
- Democratic power in state capitol has its limits (Sacramento Bee)
- California elected officials set to take pay cut (Sacramento Bee)
- First cap and trade auction a bust for California budget (Sacramento Bee)
- California man accused in plot to join al Qaeda denied bail (Reuters)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
November 28, 2012 (El Cajon)--Like the incessant sounds of a metronome, the clock is ticking for music students working behind the scenes on the Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s answer to Lollapalooza -- set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in the performing arts theater.
Open to the public, the event will showcase five local bands rocking at the Rancho San Diego college from 7-10 p.m. This year, students in the college’s Music Industry Studies Program came up with the idea of a toy and food drive for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and the campus food bank for needy students with families.
November 28, 2012 (San Diego)--Congresswoman Susan Davis announced a lottery for tickets to the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013. Davis will randomly select inauguration tickets for constituents of the new 53rd Congressional District.
“Some lucky constituents will have a chance to be a part of history!” said Davis. “During inaugurations, Americans come together to celebrate our enduring democracy. Holding a lottery gives everyone who wants a ticket a fair chance.”
November 27, 2012 (San Diego)- A storm brewing over the northeast Pacific is expected to bring powerful swells and waves up to 10 feet high to San Diego’s coast this week, with the biggest breakers expected on Friday. But dudes, don’t grab those surfboards and head west--according to the National Weather Service, “very strong rip currents will make for dangerous swimming conditions.”
By Miriam Raftery
November 27, 2012 (La Mesa)—ECM writer Kristin Kjaero has asked us to post a request from a friend stationed in Afghanistan with the Army Corps of Engineers. He seeks donations of twin-sized blankets for 300 female students. Below is his letter, which tells their remarkable story.
Please read it, and consider donating new or second-hand blankets to bring some much-needed comforts to these courageous and determined young women.
November 27, 2012 (Alpine) – The 37th Annual East County Toy and Food Drive is December 5 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Viejas DreamCatcher Lounge, Viejas Casino, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. Drop by anytime during the event and sample heavy hors d’oeuvres, participate in opportunity drawings and silent & live auctions.
The suggested donation is $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive serving needy East County children and their families this holiday season.
November 27, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Center, with Viejas Enterprises, presents Breakfast with Santa on December 1 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the community center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. A buffet style breakfast of pancakes, sausages and eggs will be served.
The event will also feature arts and crafts, decorate your own cookie, door prizes, silent auction items and drawings.
November 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Arbor Day in Mission Trails is being celebrated at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground day use parking lot on December 1. Everyone is invited to take part in the planting of oak trees. Volunteers may help with the planting, or as act as cheerleaders for those that are.
Volunteers are also need to pull weeds and help with general landscape maintenance of the area. Some shovels will be available. Gloves and shoes are recommended.
MILLILONS OF CALIFORNIA SENIORS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED COULD BE HARMED BY LAME DUCK CONGRESSIONAL DEAL TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
Opponents to deliver photos of loved ones to be harmed by cuts at Rep. Hunter's office Wed.
November 27, 2012 (Oakland)--Nearly 5 million Californians could be negatively impacted if Congress cuts Social Security, including 662,232 people with disabilities and 364,365 children, according to a new AFL-CIO report.
Of 11 million Californians who get health care coverage from Medicaid, 4.4 million children and nearly a million seniors could be affected if the lame duck Congress cuts Medicaid benefits. As the “fiscal cliff” approaches, members of Congress have suggested cutting these safety net programs, while calling for extending tax cuts benefitting the richest 2%.
BOXER ANNOUNCES MEASURE TO INCREASE MILITARY WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE SERVICES AND ABORTIONS WHEN RAPED
November 27, 2012 (San Diego)— A startling 28% of all women serving in the military report being victims of sexual assault.
Now the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 that would give women serving in our military the same access to affordable reproductive health care as federal civilian employees. This amendment would allow the federal health care plans of service women to cover abortions in cases of rape or incest.
November 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 reflecti 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:
- Supreme Court blocks Illinois law banning taping of police (Chicago Tribune)
- More Republicans break with Norquist on anti-tax pledge (Washington Post)
- U.S. Fiscal cliff: Death, taxes and the GOP (BBC)
- U.S. gas prices see sharpest dip since 2008 (CNN)
- Millions will qualify for new options under health care law in next few months; most have no idea (Washington Post)
- Five economic trends to be thankful for (Washington Post)
- Electronic tracking: New constraint for Saudi women (France24)
- Anger as Hungarian far-right leader demands list of Jews (Reuters)
- Spanish company involved in nuclear smuggling scheme with Iran (Reuters)
- Clinton announces cease fire between Israel and Hamas (The Hill)
- With Clinton’s shuttle diplomacy success, focus shifts to long-term Mideast solution (Washington Post)
- Egypt: Who holds the power? (BBC)
- Egyptian judges prepare for a strike (NPR)
- Call for noise based wind buffer laws (Queensland Country Life)
- Grapefruit and pills mix: warning (BBC)
- Abortion rate drops 5%, largest drop in decade (LA Times)
- Rare Meat Allergy Caused By Tick Bites May Be On The Rise (NPR)
- Dogs being trained to sniff out ovarian cancer (CBS News)
- FDA halts operations at peanut butter plant (UT San Diego)
- Smoking rots brain, says study (BBC)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
November 25, 2012 (Alpine) – Santa will be riding his sled down Alpine Blvd. on Dec 7 at 6:30 p.m. for the 17th annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights. Following the parade Santa and his helpers will light the Alpine Community Christmas Tree at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road accompanied by a holiday sing-a-long.