From the daily archives: Thursday, January 7, 2010

California’s Renewable Energy Future

March 18-19, 2009
This timely meeting will focus on California’s Renewable Energy Future. A field tour by bus will start at themorning of the 18th at the San Diego airport to various stops before ending at the Barbara Worth Resort in Holtville (near El Centro) for dinner and lodging. The meeting on the 19th will address California’s current energy supply picture and directives for renewable energy development and greenhouse gas reductions. There will also be presentations on the initiatives and status of renewable energy development. Bus transportation will be provided to return to the San Diego airport after the meeting.
Field Tour Agenda, March 18
Depart from San Diego Airport
9:15 CBC members and guests meet outside the terminal near the Skywalk to check-in and board the tour bus
9:45 Depart airport for field tour with stops at a wind farm, solar site, geothermal power plant and a visit to the Salton Sea
5:00 Arrive at Barbara Worth Resort, Holtville
5:30 Social hour on the patio – complimentary drink (one per guest) and hors d’oeuvres
6:30 Dinner in the Imperial Room
7:15 Green Jobs Associated with Renewable Energy Development—Carl Zichella, Sierra Club and Apollo Alliance
7:45 Conclude
Meeting Agenda, March 19
Barbara Worth Golf Resort, 2050 Country Club Drive, Holtville, California
7:30 Registration and Complimentary Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:10 Welcome, Introductions and Council Business—CBC Co-Chair Mike Chrisman, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
8:10 – 8:35 Council Announcements & Executive Committee Report—Chris Nota, Chair, Executive
• Natural Resources Projects Inventory—Jim Quinn, UC Davis
8:35 – 8:45 Field Tour Summary—Rick Rayburn, California State Parks
8:45 – 9:05 Renewable Energy 101: Energy supply and demand balance, current energy generation mix, Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), AB 32 and the Executive Order—Anthony Brunello, Deputy Secretary, Climate Change & Energy, The California Natural Resources Agency
9:05 – 9:25 Current Efforts by BLM to Address Renewable Energy Projects Development: Renewable projects and the MOU with the Energy Commission and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements for wind, geothermal and solar—Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Renewable Energy Project Manager, Bureau of Land Management
9:25 – 9:45 Renewable Energy Project Permitting: Projects under review by state and local agencies, the technologies being proposed and the issues being addressed—Eileen Allen, Siting and Compliance Office Manager, California Energy Commission
9:45 – 10:05 New Transmission Lines Needed to Access Renewable Energy—Billie Blanchard, Project Manager, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
10:05 – 10:20 Break
10:20 – 10:40 Reliable Renewable Energy Challenge: Significant challenge of integrating large amounts of intermittent renewable wind and solar generation resources while keeping the interconnected transmission grid reliable— Dave Hawkins, The California Independent System Operator
10:40 – 11:00 Stakeholder-Led Renewable Energy Transmission Initiate: Phase 1a, Phase 1b, Phase 2 Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) Refinement and Conceptual Transmission Plan and Phase 3—Dave Olsen, Coordinator, Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative
11:00 – 11:20 Renewable Energy Action Team (DFG, CEC, BLM, USFWS): Renewable energy permit streamlining efforts required by the Executive Order and the CDFG/CEC NCCP and Best Management Practices manual—Kevin Hunting, Deputy Director, California Dept. of Fish & Game
11:20- 11:40 GIS-Based Planning for Alternative Transmission Corridors (PACT) Model— Linda Spiegel, Public Interest Energy Research (PIER), Manager of the Energy-Related Environmental Research Program, California Energy Commission
11:40 – 12:40 Lunch on the patio
12:40 – 1:00 Desert Managers Group: Clearinghouse for desert mitigation lands—Russell Scofield, Coordinator, Desert Managers Group, Department of the Interior
1:00 – 1:20 The US Military’s Efforts to Develop Renewable Energy and the Renewable Energy Production Incentive (REPI) program to fund mitigation projects. The military is a major land manager in the California desert and is also active in developing renewable energy projects on
its installations and ranges. This presentation will explain the military’s primary mission in the California desert, but it will also describe the military renewable energy program and projects being developed on military lands and the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative
(REPI) program to fund conservation projects.—Pat Christman, Director, Office of Governmental and External Affairs, Marine Corps Installations West
1:20 – 1:40 Meeting Closed by Mike Chrisman


SAN DIEGO – A group of California artists wants Mexicans and Central Americans to have more than just a few cans of tuna and a jug of water for their illegal trek through the harsh desert into the U.S.

Faculty at University of California, San Diego are developing a GPS-enabled cell phone that tells dehydrated migrants where to find water and pipes in poetry from phone speakers, regaling them on their journey much like Emma Lazarus’ words did a century ago to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” on Ellis Island.

The Transborder Immigrant Tool is part technology endeavor, part art project. It introduces a high-tech twist to an old debate about how far activists can go to preventmigrants from dying on the border without breaking the law.

Immigration hardliners argue the activists are aiding illegal entry to the United States, a felony. Even migrants and their sympathizers question whether the device will make the treacherous journeys easier.

The designers — three visual artists on UCSD’s faculty and an English professor at the University of Michigan — are undeterred as they criticize a U.S. policy they say embraces illegal immigrants for cheap labor while letting them die crossing the border.

“It’s about giving water to somebody who’s dying in the desert of dehydration,” said Micha Cardenas, 32, a UCSD lecturer.

The effort is being done on the government’s dime — an irony not lost on the designers whose salaries are paid by the state of California.

“There are many, many areas in which every American would say I don’t like the way my tax dollars are being spent. Our answer to that is an in-your-face, so what?” says UCSD lecturer Brett Stalbaum, 33, a self-described news junkie who likens his role to chief technology officer.

Migrants walk for days in extreme heat, often eating tuna and crackers handed out at migrant shelters in Mexico. On Arizona ranches, they sip desperately from bins used by cows when their water runs out.

Hundreds have perished each year since heightened U.S. border enforcement pushed migrants out of large cities like San Diego and El Paso, Texas, in the 1990s. In response, migrant sympathizers put jugs or even barrels of water in the desert.

The designers want to load inexpensive phones with GPS software that takes signals from satellite, independent of phone networks. Pressing a menu button displays water stations, with the distance to each. A user selects one and follows an arrow on the screen.

Some worry the software could lead migrants to damaged or abandoned water stations. Others wonder if it would lull them into a false sense of security or alert the Border Patrol and anti-illegalimmigration activists to their whereabouts.

John Hunter, who has planted water barrels in California’s scorching Imperial Valley since the late 1990s, says vandals destroy about 40 of his 150 stations every year.

“My concern is for people who arrive and find (the water) doesn’t exist,” he says.

Luis Jimenez, 47, was abandoned by smugglers and rescued by the Border Patrol twice this year — once after hitting his head on a rock and again after being bit by a snake. The Salvadoran migrant, who hopes to reach family in Los Angeles, would try the GPS device but can’t afford one.

“If it tells you where to find water, it’s good,” he said at a Tijuana, Mexico, migrant shelter.

The phone designers say they are addressing the concerns, with an eye toward having the phone ready by midsummer.

“We don’t want to create a safety tool that actually puts people in more danger,” Stalbaum says.

The water locations beamed to the phones will be updated constantly to ensure accuracy. If the distance is too far, they won’t appear on the screen.

The designers, who have raised $15,000 from a UCSD grant and an art festival award, hope to hand out phones for free in Mexico. The phones sell used for about $30 apiece. It costs nothing to addthe GPS software.

Distribution would be tightly controlled by migrant shelters and advocacy groups to keep them away from anti-illegal immigration activists. The migrants would need passwords to use them.

U.S. authorities are unfazed. The Border Patrol has begun a $6.7-billion plan to drape the border with whiz-bang cameras, sensors and other technology.

“It’s nothing new,” said Border Patrol spokesman Mark Endicott. “We’ve seen handheld GPS devices used by smugglers. … We’re just going to have to learn to adapt to any challenges.”

Critics of illegal immigration say the device is misguided, at best.

“If it’s not a crime, it’s very close to committing a crime,” said Peter Nunez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego. “Whether this constitutes aiding and abetting would depend on the details, but it certainly puts you in the discussion.”

The software is being designed to direct migrants to water stations but Cardenas said they may add other “safety markers,” like roads, towns and Border Patrol lookouts.

The group has published verses to be played on the phone’s “Global Poetic System.”

One poem reads, “May your tracks cut the shortest distance between points A and B.”

(Source: AP)



A array of workshops will be hold during the subsequent couple of weeks to refurbish farmers as well as ranchers about the brand brand new cost-share module to assistance revoke air peculiarity emissions from off-road mobile or still rural sources. Fifteen workshops have been scheduled in assorted rural prolongation areas via the state, commencement upon Wednesday May twenty-seven in Fresno as well as final upon Tuesday, Jun sixteen in Stockton. A finish list of workshops is below.

The cost-share module is administered by the USDA — Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as partial of the brand brand new air peculiarity sustenance of the 2008 Federal Farm Bill, supposing by the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Under the program, rural producers can request for cost-share supports to replace, repower, or retrofit existent explosion engines. The deadline to request is Jun 26, 2009.

Producers in 36 counties have been authorised to make use of the supports to assistance revoke ozone as well as particulate make the difference emissions. Priority will be since to replacing older, higher-polluting engines with newer, reduced-emission record engines which encounter or surpass stream glimmer standards. Stationary, unstable as well as heavy-duty off-road mobile systems have been eligible.

Other authorised practices to revoke refugee dirt (particulate matter) embody charge tillage, collect activities, pointing harassment carry out as well as fertiliser injection. Up to $22 million is accessible for this program. In addition, sure informal Air Pollution Control Districts might yield co-funding opportunities.

The workshops will yield minute report as well as applications for the program.

Representatives from the USDA’s NRCS as well as Farm Services Agencies, informal Air Districts, rural associations as well as plantation apparatus dealers will be during any seminar to answer questions as well as to assistance producers establish if they have been authorised for the program.

For finish details, visit:

Agriculture Air Quality Workshops

Wednesday, May 27

9 a.m. — Thomason Tractor, 985 12th St., Firebaugh

2 p.m. — Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1274 W. Hedges Ave., Fresno

6 p.m. — Madera County Fairgrounds, Van Alen Hall, 1850 W. Cleveland Ave., Madera

Friday, May 29

9 a.m. — Kern Ag Pavilion, 3300 E. Belle Terrace, Bakersfield

2 p.m. — Tulare County Ag Commissioner/UCCE Auditorium, 4437 S. Laspina, Tulare

Tuesday, Jun 2

10 a.m. — San Mateo County Fairgrounds, EXPO Cafe, 2495 S. Delaware St, San Mateo

3 p.m. — Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 970 Piner Rd., Santa Rosa

Wednesday, Jun 3

8 a.m. — Yuba-Sutter County Fairgrounds, Franklin Hall, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City

Thursday, Jun 4

2 p.m. — El Dorado County Farm Bureau, 6170 China Hill Rd., El Dorado

Monday, Jun 8

1 p.m. — U.C. Coop Extension, Ventura, 669 County Square Drive, #100, Ventura

Tuesday, Jun 9

1:30 p.m. — Riverside County Farm Bureau, 21160 Box Springs Rd., Ste. 102, Moreno Valley

Wednesday, Jun 10

8 a.m. — Imperial County Farm Bureau, 1000 Broadway, El Centro

Tuesday, Jun 16

8 a.m. — Merced County Farm Bureau, 646 S. Highway 59, Merced

1 p.m. — Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, 1201 L St., Modesto

5:30 p.m. — San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, 3290 N. Ad Art Rd., Stockton



Transportation Security Administration issued new security directives to all United States and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4, 2010.

The new directive includes long-term, sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners.

Because effective aviation security must begin beyond our borders, and as a result of extraordinary cooperation from our global aviation partners, TSA is mandating that every individual flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world traveling from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest will be required to go through enhanced screening. The directive also increases the use of enhanced screening technologies and mandates threat-based and random screening for passengers on U.S. bound international flights.


City of Holtville


January 2


It was reported that the caller’s next-door neighbors are playing their music very loudly, after a few demands from the caller they finally complied when an officer asked them to keep it down or shut it down, the neighbors will be keeping it quiet.


It was reported that the caller’s aunts and uncles are having a very loud argument in the back yard over a few personal matters. The caller was concerned because it only seemed to be escalating,  both parties had disbursed for the evening.


January 3


It was reported that two unknown subjects were having an argument while loitering in the middle of the dirt road. The caller was on his way home late that evening, but they didn’t seem to mind him waiting; the two suspicious subjects were gone before an officer could arrive.


It was reported that four males are drinking and littering at  Mac Park the subjects were under the influence and left before an officer arrived. The caller was advised to call back should they return.


January 4


It was reported that the caller’s vehicle’s  front passenger tire had been slashed open with an unknown blade, the time of the incident remains unknown, a full report was written of the incident, the caller was advised of his options.


It was reported that the caller’s vehicle had been vandalized, the rear window on the passenger side was shattered though nothing was stolen from the vehicle, a report was taken of the incident.


January 5


It was reported that a tenant has damaged one of the rooms in which he was staying in. A damaged headboard and door were a few of the items that were damaged; the caller was advised of his options.


It was reported that the caller’s vehicle was vandalized sometime last night, the caller found large scratches on her vehicle side door and bumper which are believed to have been made with a key. A report was taken, the caller was advised of her options.

City of El Centro


January 2


A caller reported that someone had tried to break into her home during the night, shattering her sliding glass door. The caller didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of the suspects. The caller was advised of her options.



A mother called police to report that her son was irate and acting aggressive after they had an argument over his curfew. The young man was contacted and counseled. The caller was advised of her options and advised to call back, should it happen again.


January 3


Two female subjects were reported to be burning trash in a city dumpster. An officer proceeded to the area, but did not find the women. The fire was put out and the caller was advised of his options.


Someone called police to report neighbors playing music loudly. The neighbors have ignored the caller’s demands that they keep their music down. An officer asked the neighbor to keep the music down or shut it off and they complied.


January 4


A caller reported being harassed by his ex-girlfriend’s 17-year-old son. The caller wanted to know if he could get a restraining order against a child. The man was advised on his options.


Someone called police to report that their front window had been shattered by a baseball.  The damages were estimated at $200. The caller was advised of their options after a full report of the incident was taken.


January 5


An subject was reported to be dumping trash in a vacant lot. The reporting party stated that a city crew had just cleaned the lot. The caller was advised of their options, and a report was made. The caller was asked to keep their eyes open.


A neighbor was reported to be causing trouble. The caller stated that the neighbor’s son was threatening and bothering his son. Both boys were contacted and counseled. They were warned to stay away from each other.

City of Brawley


January 2


Two males were reported to be fighting over a female subject. The two were separated by their friends and left the area before an officer could arrive. The reporting party was advised to call back should they return.


Loud music was reported to be coming from a home in the neighborhood, keeping the reporting party awake. The reporting party asked the neighbors to turn it down, but they refused. An officer arrived and the music was turned down.


January 3


Someone called police to report that they had captured a stray dog in their back yard. The caller stated that the dog did not have a collar, and didn’t seem to be from around the area. Animal control was advised and the dog was taken to the city pound.


A couple were reported to be having an intense argument on their front porch. When an officer arrived, the male half had already left. The female half was counseled and advised.


January 4


Two young men were reported to be throwing things at each other in the park. The reporting party believed they might hit each other and hurt themselves. The young men were sent on their way with a warning.


The parents of a young man reported that their son was throwing things around the house. The young man, who was out of  control for an unknown reason,  was counseled and calmed down. He was advised to listen to his mother and father.


January 5


A caller reported to police that her husband had come home drunk. When contacted, both the caller and the husband were found to be drunk and admitted to having an argument. The husband agreed to stay with a friend for the night.


Two subjects were reported to be hiding in some bushes in the area. The suspicious subjects were not found. The caller was advised of his options.

City of Calexico


January 2


It was reported, that a driver in a grey vehicle with tinted windows was in the area, the subject was driving erratically, speeding, and passing several stop signs, the driver was not found in the area, the caller was asked to call back should he decide to pass by again.


It was reported, that the caller noticed a missing “for sale,” sign while he was checking up on his friends home, the house has been  vacant for a week, the caller was advised to advise the home owner as soon as possible, close patrol was established.


January 3


It was reported, that a group  males were in the alley behind the callers home sitting down, the only problem is that they were smoking marijuana, the subjects were gone before an officer arrived, the caller was advised on his options.


It was reported, that there is a beggar in the area, the caller stated that he has been there for awhile and up till now hasn’t caused any problems, the caller stated that now he is actually yelling at people, asking them for any loose change as they go in and out of the store, the male subject was contacted and advised to go elsewhere.


January 4


It was reported, that an unknown subject has struck the caller’s fence bending the corner pole with a vehicle. The Vehicle took off immediately, the caller did catch a glimpse of the vehicle, a white Ford Expedition was seen fleeing the area at a high speed, and the caller was advised of her options.


It was reported, that a fight had  broken out between two gang member, though there are several subjects in that area,  all whom appear to be wearing gang type clothing, the area was checked, the subjects had dispersed, the caller was advised to call back should they return again.


It was reported, that the caller is having a large verbal argument with her ex-boyfriend who is in his truck the subject did leave the area before an officer could arrive, the caller stated that he subject refused to leave, the caller was advised to obtain a restraining order against the subject.


January 5


It was reported, that the caller is being kept awake by a group of people whom are hanging out late by their porch, though he has asked to keep it down, they refused to, an officer was able to make contact with the group, they quieted down and complied to call it a night.


It was reported, that a subject is out on his lawn, under the influence, the caller stated that the subject was about to pass out, the subject was contacted, he was found to have several previous warrants and was arrested.

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