September 2010 Articles

PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS TAKES EFFECT, PROVIDNG NEW HEALTH CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

September 24, 2010 (Washington, DC) –Several important consumer protection features of health reform went into effect yesterday, six months after the Affordable Care Act (also know as the Patient's Bill of Rights) was signed into law. While even supporters contend the bill is no panacea, it does contain some key reforms that may affect you and your family.

“The Patient’s Bill of Right makes sure that health care is available to you when you need it most and outlaws the most egregious abuses by the insurance industry,” said Congressman Filner (D-San Diego). For plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010, all privately-insured Americans now have the following protections:

DISABLED VETERANS' PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

September 24, 2010 (Sacramento) --Assemblymember Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) announced that his AB 2314 has been signed by the Governor. A bipartisan measure overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature, this legislation makes it easier for disabled veterans to receive a special property tax exemption available to them by extending the time frame for filing a claim.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: MOVIE MAY BE CALLED "HEARTBREAKER" BUT IT MAY LEAVE YOU FEELING GOOD

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 24, 2010 (San Diego)--My favorite scene in the French film Heartbreaker comes towards the end. Alex (Romain Duris), who is tasked with breaking up a heiress’s relationship with her fiance, puts on I’ve Had the Time of My Life from her favorite movie Dirty Dancing. He starts dancing, having memorized all the steps. I cracked a really wide smile when Bill Medley began singing. I wasn’t laughing a lot during Heartbreaker but I sure was smiling.

 

POWERLINK CLEARS HURDLES AT STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS

 

Supervisor Jacob accuses "so-called regulators" of "deliberately covering up the monumental fire danger posed by this line"

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –The California Public Utilities Commission and the federal Bureau of Land Management have refused requests for additional environmental review from opponents of the controversial Sunrise Powerlink high-voltage transmission line.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: GREAT ANIMATION BUT UNWISE APPROACH TO OWL STORY "LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS"

By Brian Lafferty

 

September 24, 2010 (San Diego)--I watched Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole in a packed theater. Much of the audience consisted of parents and kids, many of them ranging between three to seven years old. There was an air of excitement in the theater during the half hour before the screening. But within the first fifteen minutes all the fun was sucked out. By the end, the atmosphere was cold and joyless. I left the screening depressed, manipulated, angry and appalled. This movie is based on a series of children’s novels but it is definitely not for kids. I will feel sorry for parents who will be understandably misled and take their kids to see a movie that will leave their young ones with tears and nightmares.

 

CAR EXPLOSION VICTIM IDENTIFIED; AREA REMAINS ON LOCKDOWN

Some residents complain about being unable to enter or leave neighorhood

September 23, 2010 (10:15 p.m.) – Connie Hoagland, a day care worker and wife of Larry Hoagland,, is the woman injured in tonight’s car explosion in Rancho San Diego, according to an e-mail sent by Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church. “Connie was rushed to an area burn center and is going into the operating room,” he wrote at 7 p.m.

“Based on reports we have heard at this time, both legs are broken and her left foot has injuries as well.” Her injuries are not life threatening, he said, then asked for prayers for the Hoaglands, both parishioners at Skyline.

THREE MEN SENTENCED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES INVOLVING 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL

 

Victim taken to motel, forced to pose for photos use to solicit johns online

 

September 23, 2010 (San Diego) – U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced last week that three men have been sentenced to prison for sexual exploitation of a child and sex trafficking involving a minor.

CAR EXPLOSION HURTS WOMAN IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

Update 8:45 p.m. - The injured woman was a daycare worker, neigbors have said.  Channel 8 News reports a "large-scale" evacuation that was expected to continue for several hours as the FBI bomb squad searches other vehicles throughout the area.  Officials have not yet stated whether they believe the victim was targeted or not, or what the motive may be.

 

HEAT WAVE! TRIPLE-DIGIT TEMPERATURES FORECAST FOR WEEKEND

 

September 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service predicts hot weather across Southern California this weekend and early next week. High pressure building over the west along with weak offshore air flow will result in mostly clear skies, low humidity and high temperatures:

10 BILLS BY ASSEMBLYMAN BLOCK AWAIT GOVERNOR’S SIGNATURE

 

Septemer 23, 2010 (Sacramento) Assemblymember Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) announced that 10 bills which he authored now await Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature. This package includes measures to boost skills for the unemployed, improve community college student assessment, eases the voting process for military serving overseas and protect funding for special education programs in schools across California.

ALPINE AIMS TO GO SOLAR IN RESPONSE TO POWERLINK


Sullivan Solar has vision for Alpine “solar revolution”; hosts community meeting Sept. 25

Property owners can start saving money immediately, with no money down


September 23, 2010 (Alpine) – Sullivan Solar Power, a San Diego firm ranked among the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine, is offering group discounts to help Alpine homeowners and businesses create a solar-powered community. 

 

“When the powers-that-be such as the PUC, Sempra and SDG&E don’t respect the wishes of the constituents, it’s time for the constituents to declare independence,” Daniel Sullivan, president of Sullivan Solar Power, told East County Magazine. “What we are doing is setting the stage for them to declare independence at a cost that’s less than they would find anywhere else.” 

RURAL PARENTS SAY PRINCIPAL EXCHANGE WILL HURT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND SPANISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine

 

September 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The principals of Campo and Potrero elementary schools in Mountain Empire Unified School District were reassigned by the superintendent without warning on Sept. 9; shocked parents were issued hasty letters of explanation five days later.

 

Campo Principal Diane Yops was informed that she was being removed. A janitor was dispatched to collect her keys and, in the presence of parents and staff members, moved her office items to Potrero Elementary. There, the non-Spanish speaking educator will supervise a student body that is mostly made up of native Spanish speakers. Witnesses said she was forbidden to speak to anyone at the time of her removal.

“STRUT FOR SOBRIETY” FASHION SHOW SEPT. 25 TO BENEFIT A NEW PATH

 

September 19, 2010 (San Diego) -- A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing) of Spring Valley will present the sixth annual “Strut for Sobriety!” luncheon, “Path to Recovery” awards ceremony and fashion show on Saturday September 25, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

 

BARONA EDUCATION DONATIONS REACH $1 MILLION MILESTONE

Carlton Hills Elementary School receives $5,000 grant; State Superintendent of Public  Instruction Jack O’Connell joins tribal leaders at presentation

By Miriam Raftery
 

September 22, 2010 (Santee) – “Education is the foundation of our future. I urge you to get as much of it as you can,” Barona tribal chairman Edwin “Thorpe” Romero told schoolchildren at Carlton Hills Elementary School in Santee this morning. “My tribe, the Barona band of Mission Indians, and I are thankful that we are able to support your school.”

 

Romero presented principal Terry Heck with a check for $5,000 – surpassing the one million dollar mark for the Barona Education Grant program statewide.

“SHAME ON WALGREENS” LABOR DISPUTE TAKES TO STREETS NATIONWIDE & LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2010 (Santee)—Outside Walgreens pharmacy in Santee today, local carpenters held a banner reading “Shame on Walgreens.”

“This is a nationwide campaign,” Ian Law, a representative of Carpenters Union Local 1506, told East County Magazine. “Walgreens has decided to use non-union contractors and sub-contractors to do remodeling and construction of Walgreens stores around the nation,” he said.  Non-union contractors may avoid paying healthcare and pension benefits to workers, also paying lower wages that threaten the quality of life for workers and their families, Law added.

PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE: CHAMBERS HOST COMBINED BUSINESS EXPO SEPT. 23

September 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – The public is invited to attend “Passport to the Future,” the 2010 Business Showcase and Expo in El Cajon. This event is hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Santee and La Mesa Chambers.

 

MOTORIST REPORTS ROBBERY BY THIEF IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER

Updated September 21, 2010.

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2010 (Alpine) – A man driving near the intersection of Dehesa Road and Dehesa Ranch Road in Alpine around 11 p.m. last night told officials that he pulled over after seeing a flashing red light and a white spotlight behind him, Channel 10 News reports. Sheriff’s Lieutenant. Jim Duffy said the motorist claims that he was robbed at gunpoint after pulling over, believing he had been stopped by law enforcement.

ARREST MADE IN SANTEE FOR MURDER OF EL CAJON WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN TUOLUMNE COUNTY

 

September 20, 2010 (Santee) – Pete Frank Dominguez, 39, was arrested today in the 10200 block of Prospect Avenue in Santee by El Cajon Police in cooperation with investigators from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. Dominguez was arrested on an outstanding homicide warrant in the death of Christina Maria Pierce, formerly of El Cajon.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: COUGARS DETHRONE MONARCHS IN SWEEP

by Christopher Mohr

 
September 21, 2010 (Spring Valley) - Steele Canyon High School's girls volleyball team traveled to Monte Vista High School for a three game, non-league match against the host Monarchs Monday night. The Cougars won the match with a sweep of all three games by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-9. 
 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: HIGHLANDERS STRUGGLE TO 14-7 WIN OVER DONS

by Christopher Mohr

 

September 21st, 2010 (San Diego) - Darrien Hancock rushed for a personal best total of 233 yards and scored the winning touchdown as the Highlanders of Helix High School defeated the Cathedral Catholic Dons on their home field in Carmel Valley by a score of 14-7 Friday night. Helix overcame penalties, dropped passes and a tough Dons defense to pull out the win against the defending 2009 Division III CIF champions.

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