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MAYOR BOB FILNER LAUNCHES OPEN GOVERNMENT WEB PAGES

 

March 16, 2013 (San Diego)--Mayor Bob Filner has launched the City’s first ever Open Government web pages. The newly created web pages are another step by Mayor Filner to provide easier access to documents the public has a right to and need to know.

“The public has a right to know what their government is doing, and why,” said Mayor Filner. “This information will help make it easier for the public to participate and find documents.”

READER’S EDITORIAL: SMOKING BLUNDERBUSS—ILLEGAL FAILURE TO CONSULT WITH TRIBAL PEOPLES DOOMS GIANT SOLAR AND WIND PLANTS ACROSS WEST

 

By Robert Lundahl

March 10, 2013 (Solana Beach) — Chris Clarke's recent article deconstructs a video clip from the film, "Who Are My People?" http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/filmmaker-blm-lax-on-native-consultation-over-solar-projects.html It is important for the public (us) to get our heads around the idea that the federal government is legally responsible to Native people. 

In this case to uphold processes involving consultation when construction projects impact historic grounds, where there was a village, burials, where there is an area historically, or in the present day used by Native peoples, in spiritual or traditional practices. 

ON LOCAL SCHOOL BONDS, BIG DONORS OFTEN WIN BIG CONTRACTS

“Every one of the 12 companies that contributed more than $5,000 to the Grossmont Union High School District's Proposition U campaign in 2008 won a contract from the district.” – Voice of San Diego

Reprinted with permission from Voice of San Diego

Link to original story by Will Carless and Wendy Fry

Posted February 19, 2013 (updated February 27, 2013) 

From the Reporters:

The Question


We wanted to know whether major donors to school bond campaigns are likely to win contracts from school districts once the bond passes.

POWER LINE UPGRADE TO IMPACT TRAFFIC FLOW IN SANTEE

 

February 19, 2013 (Santee)--Motorists will have to be cautious along Magnolia Avenue and Mast Boulevard for the next several months because of a major construction project by San Diego Gas & Electric. Crews will be replacing wood and steel poles with galvanized steel and concrete poles.

The project footprint will span 11 miles from the utility’s Sycamore substation to the Santee substation near Mast Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue.  According to the City of Santee’s website, the infrastructure upgrades are necessary to service the expansion of the Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility and to improve power circuit stability.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT WRAPS UP SUMMER WITH UPDATE ON BOND PROJECTS

October 2, 2012 (East County, San Diego) -- As summer 2012 comes to an end for students, many projects are also ending as part of the Propositions H and U school bond program. Construction teams have been busy renovating campuses throughout Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) to provide ADA upgrades and construct new classrooms, special education suites and Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities.

APPLICANTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION FIELD SOUGHT FOR COLLEGE DISTRICT’S BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 
July 30, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Civic-minded East County residents in the construction field are urged to apply for a seat on the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which monitors the district’s spending on a $207 million bond measure.

PASSAGE OF PROPS A AND B DEAL BLOWS TO LOCAL WORKERS

 
Unions head to court over Prop B Pension cuts
 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego)—Approval by voters of Proposition B, which eliminates guaranteed pensions for many city employees, has drawn praise from conservatives and sharp criticism from labor. So has Prop A, which eliminates Project Labor Agreements for construction projects on city property. 

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING GROUP SEEKING THREE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

 
June 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--The volunteer citizens group monitoring construction improvement projects at Grossmont Hospital is looking for three additional members. The openings are due to one existing vacancy and two other members’ terms of service expiring June 30.

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) monitors the expenditures of voter-approved bond proceeds that are providing financing for a number of capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. Its members are East County residents with experience in project management, construction operations, finance and healthcare industries.

READER’S EDITORIAL: REFLECTIONS ON THE HOMEOWNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

 

By Grey Feathers
 
May 24, 2012 (San Diego)--Antonio and Africa have lived in this house for twelve years.  It is the only home their four children have ever known.  Antonio bought the house from Africa’s father in 2005. When faced with difficult financial hardship due to the crashed economy and medical bills, they went to their lender to negotiate in good faith.
 
Antonio works in construction and Africa has a business she runs from her home office. They were late on just one mortgage payment by 60 days, and ultimately made the payment. They learned there were government programs like the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and the Principal Reduction Alternative (PRA). 

COUNTY PLANNERS DEAL BLOW TO WIND INDUSTRY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 13, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to have staff evaluate health impacts of wind turbines on people and wildlife. Commissioners balked at approving a proposed county wind ordinance or changes to the Boulevard community plan that could make it easier to gain approval of large-scale wind projects—taking the sails out of the wind industry.

LABOR COUNCIL SAYS NO ON “A” “B” AND “D”

 
By Nadin Abbott
 
May 4, 2012 (La Mesa) Evan McLaughlin from the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, speaking Wednesday night at the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, urged El Cajon residents to vote “no” on Prop D, the charter city proposal. He also asked San Diego residents to vote against Prop A and Prop B.

 

CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 
April 20, 2012  (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group that is overseeing how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved public financing for infrastructure improvement construction projects at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2011 Annual Report to the Community.

 

NOTICE OF UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIAL AREA STREET PAVING IN LA MESA

 
March 30, 2012 (La Mesa) - The City of La Mesa has awarded a construction contract to repave Center Drive (From Jackson Drive to Commercial Street), Center Street, Commercial Street, and Guild Street. The construction is scheduled to take place at night, between the hours of 9:00p.m. and 6:00a.m. beginning April 1, 2012. Construction activities will occur Sunday night through Thursday night. The work is expected to take 3 weeks to complete.

MONTH-LONG UNIVERSITY AVENUE SEWER PIPE REPLACEMENT STARTS FEB. 15

 

February 14, 2012 (La Mesa)-- The City of La Mesa has awarded a construction contract to replace the sewer pipe beneath University Avenue from Massachusetts Avenue to Harbinson Avenue.  Construction is scheduled to take place at night, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6 a.m. beginning February 15. The work is expected to take four weeks to complete.

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S REVAMPED STUDENT CENTER GETS RAVE REVIEWS


Griffin Center marks end of major Prop. R-funded construction projects

 
February 5, 2012 (El Cajon) – After 18 months of remodeling and construction, the Grossmont College student center has reopened, instantly becoming a lively hub of activity. And, no wonder. With meeting rooms for student groups, ample comfortable seating for dining,  lounging  or study, easy access to a career  center and other student services, as well as  a 10-foot screen  in the lobby for watching movies, four food stations, and a mini-market, a transformation has taken place to rival any extreme makeover on reality TV.

Stephen Harvey/Grossmont College photographer
Behind the palm trees, a tower housing the elevator shaft is a prominent architectural feature of Grossmont College’s remodeled student center. It is topped by a glowing, green light which, when illuminated, is visible from the highway.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE OFFERS INTRO TO GREEN BUILDING CAREERS—WITH FREE TRAINING


January 19, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – 
For those interested in a career within the “green” construction industry, Cuyamaca College is providing a four-week introductory course free to eligible students through a training program co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

CUMMING NAMES DEBBIE MURRAY AS DIRECTOR OF THE FIRM'S SAN DIEGO EDUCATION SECTOR

 

June 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Cumming Corporation announced the hiring of Debbie Murray, a 20-year construction industry veteran, as Director of the company’s growing education sector practice in San Diego. The move is an indication of Cumming’s local strength and ongoing dedication to project and cost management for educational construction projects in the region.

 
Prior to joining Cumming, Murray served as Program Planning Coordinator for San Diego’s Grossmont Union High School District. The district serves more than 25,000 students and is comprised of nine high schools, two charter schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, four special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and an adult education program.
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