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SYLVIA’S SOAPBOX: GET THE FACTS ON MEDICARE AND THE NEW HEALTH-REFORM LAW

DON'T BELIEVE DECEPTIVE POLITICAL ADS, FACTCHECK.ORG WARNS CONSUMERS
By Sylvia Hampton


September 24, 2010 (San Diego) -- A friend in Wisconsin asked me if she would lose her doctor because of the new health-reform law. She said she saw it in a TV campaign ad. A group calling itself “60Plus” is spending $5 million on misleading TV ads, mostly in House races, against Democrats who voted for the bill. They don’t have to disclose the donor or donors’ identities. The ads say the lawmakers "betrayed" their constituents by voting for the health care overhaul bill.

 

But most of the ads, according to the nonpartisan www.FactCheck.org website, also make statements that can’t be backed up, lack important context or are wrong. FactCheck's summary report says:

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.

ELDERLY WOMAN KILLED IN RANCHO BERNARDO ACCIDENT

 

September 24, 2010 (Rancho Bernardo) – An 82-year-old driver crossed four lanes on Rancho Bernardo Road after leaving a shopping center shortly before noon yesterday, landing in a drainage ditch. According to San Diego Police, the woman appeared to have a medical issue.

POWAY RODEO & RODEO DANCE SEPT. 24-25 DRAWS FANS OF AMERICA'S ORIGINAL EXTREME SPORT

September 20, 2010 (Poway) – This Friday and Saturday September 24-25, the 38th annual Poway Rodeo evokes the spirit of our region's western heritage. Saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing and team roping are among the events showcasing skills that date back to the era of Spanish California ranchos. The annual roundup of cattle was a time for cowboys, or vaqueros, to display horsemanship and roping skills--skills that continue to thrill audiences today.

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.

 

September 23, 2010 (Rancho San Diego- A car exploded, injuring a woman who tried to start the vehicle at 12000 Via Hacienda in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon, near Cuyamaca College, Inciident Page  Network reports.  Fire authorities indicated that it appeared to be a bomb, Incident Page Network reported.

 

The Union-Tribune now reports that the area is being evacuated as a precaution and the woman has been hospitalized. 

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:

REP. HUNTER & PRES. OBAMA URGE VETERANS TO COLLECT "STOP LOSS" PAY: APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCT. 21

 

September 23, 2010 (Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) is encouraging individuals involuntarily retained in the military under the “Stop Loss” program, between September 11, 2001, and September 30, 2009, to submit an application for retroactive pay before the October 21st deadline. Veterans and current servicemembers, as well as the survivors of servicemembers who were retained, are eligible to receive a retroactive payment of $500 for each month of extension. 

 

To date, only 58,000 of 145,000 eligible claims have been paid. Information on the “Stop Loss” compensation program and links to the application are available at: www.defense.gov/stoploss.

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.

“WINE AND SWINE” FEAST SEPT. 28 TO BENEFIT JULIAN FFA

 

East County wineries and local produce to be served up at Jeremy’s on the Hill

September 23, 2010 (Julian)-- What better way to support your local Future Farmers of America (FFA) then to wine and dine and enjoy our local back country offerings? Four local back country wineries will be showcased including Menghini Winery, Shadow Mountain Winery, Orfila Vineyards and La Serenissima Vineyards at a special five-course wine pairing event featuring farmers market vegetables.

 

The “wine and swine” event will take place on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Jeremy’s on the Hill California-style Bistro, 4354 Highway 78 in Wynola (just outside of Julian).

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.” 

REP. ISSA REFUSES TO DEBATE OPPONENT HOWARD KATZ

September 23, 2010 (San Diego) – Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is refusing to debate his Democratic opponent, Howard Katz. According to Katz, Issa personally agreed to a debate when the two candidates met at a Fourth of July Parade in Oceanside on July 3rd. Katz s provided a photo of himself speaking with Issa at the event and said Issa asked him to pick a date when Issa was available.

Now Issa's office has confirmed that Issa will not debate, raising questions over the scandal-plagued Congressman's motivations.

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.

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF 11-YEAR OLD

 

September 23, 2010 (Encanto) – Two people in a White Ford Explorer reportedly tried to coax an 11-year-old walking to school into their vehicle yesterday morning, San Diego Police report. The attempted kidnapping occurred near 61st street and Division in the Encanto neighborhood southwest of Lemon Grove.

VEHICLE HITS GAS LINE IN FALLBROOK: EVACUATIONS ORDERED

September 20, 2010 (Fallbrook) – Evacuations have been ordered in Fallbrook, after a vehicle struck a gas line at Green Canyon and Carolton, causing a gas leak, California Highway Patrol reported at 10:40 p.m.

 

Incident Page Network reports the gas line is a four-inch line.That's far smaller than the 30-inch line that ruptured in San Bruno recently, causing an explosion that leveled dozens of homes and killed several residents.

TIJUANA BUILDING MEXICO’S LARGEST `GREEN CITY’

 

 

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to keynote conference south of border in October; sustainable new city aims to house 1 million inhabitants by 2030

By Abraham Nudelstejer

San Diego, CA (Sept. 21, 2010).- Tijuana’s most ambitious development is beginning to take shape as Mexico’s first large-scale green community. When completed, Valle de las Palmas will have housing, schools, shopping centers, medical clinics, parks, government offices and roads. The plan is for the city to be self-sufficient, with the residents able to meet all of their needs locally.

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.

 

Free to the public, the event features scores of vendors, seminars on social media and business-building from OneCoach, as well as a barbecue by the Elks. The event will be held at the Elks Lodge B.P.O. 1812, 1400 E. Washington Avenue in El Cajon.

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.

MAN FLEES ON FOOT AFTER STABBING BROTHERS

 

September 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Police are searching for John Sudds, 20, who fled eastbound on Skyline Drive near the La Presa area after stabbing his two brothers around 2:21 this morning.

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