From the daily archives: Thursday, May 19, 2011

At least 6,000 riders in San Diego County are expected to hit the streets Friday morning for Bike to Work Day (BTWD). They will be greeted by volunteers at a record 75 pit stops throughout the region, where they will receive free refreshments, BTWD t-shirts, and lots of encouragement. Most of the stops will be open from 6 to 9 a.m., but some will open as early as 5:30 a.m. At Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad, riders will be treated to a hot breakfast and massages. Other popular stops include the San Diego Zoo, Anywhere Bike Repair, and Bike MS. (Bike to Work Day is presented by San Diego County Credit Union. The BTWD Corporate Challenge is sponsored by Tri-City Wellness Center. Other sponsors include the San Diego Zoo and

Pit Stop List
(As of May 2, 2011)
Friday, May 20, 2011 is National Bike to Work Day!
The following stops will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. unless otherwise stated. Refuel with free energizing snacks, beverages, and even pick up an official Bike to Work Day t-shirt! (Sizes and quantities are limited.)
24 Hour Fitness
Palomar Airport Rd & College Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008
Will be giving away 7-day 24 Hour Fitness free passes!
Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department and Carbon Connection USA Bike Shop
3200 Carlsbad Blvd Carlsbad, CA 92008
Lawn area on the west side of the southbound lanes of 3200 Carlsbad Boulevard near the intersection of Pine Avenue
Riders will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments, and learn more about the City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Department’s bike friendly activities and trails, as well as the outstanding products and services offered by Carbon Connection USA bike shop
6:00am to 9:30am
Tri City Wellness
6250 El Camino Real Carlsbad, CA 92009
Tri-City Wellness Center is just south of Palomar Airport Road, on the east side of El Camino Real. We are a large two-story building
Join us for a hot breakfast and recovery zone with massage & Compex, bike demos
5:30am to 9:00am
El Camino Real & Town Garden Rd Carlsbad, CA 92009
850 Lagoon Dr Chula Vista, CA 91910
South Bay Family YMCA
At the Northwest corner of East H Street and Paseo Ranchero in Rancho del Rey, Chula Vista, CA 91910 6:00am to 9:00 and 4:00pm-6:00pm
Trek Bicycle Superstore
Corner of Eastlake Parkway and Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, CA 91914 in the grassy area of Mariscos Hector
25 tire levers to give away from Trek
Vibra Bank
Broadway & H St Chula Vista, CA 91910, next to Blockbuster Refreshments and surprises
Holland’s Bicycles
On board the Coronado Ferry, 1201 1st St Coronado, CA 92118
Will have fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries
5:30am to 9am
City of El Cajon
E. Main St at Sulzfeld St, between Magnolia Ave and Claydelle Ave El Cajon, CA 92020-3916
6:00am to 9:30am
Grossmont College
Grossmont College Dr & Highwood Dr El Cajon, CA 92119
6:00am to 10:00am
Bike 101
211 N Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 West side of highway 101, South of the Java Depot Boardwalk
El Camino Bike Shop
121 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024 Ralphs/Trader Joe’s Shopping Center
Full Service Bike Shop with restrooms
REI Encinitas
1590 Leucadia Boulevard, Encinitas, CA 92024
Bike tech to offer basic tunes and bike fits for free
6:00am to 10:00am
California Center for Arts, Escondido
340 N Escondido Blvd Escondido, CA 92025
The Arrival Court is located across from the Regal Movie Theater.
Free bike tune up, Art al Fresco
Like Carr Construction
1546 Auto Park Way Escondido, CA 92029
Fresh fruits and baked goods/snacks in p.m.
6:00am to 9:00am and 4:00pm to 6:00pm
T. Ryx Recumbent Trikes and Bike Vault
316 W Mission Ave #117 Escondido, CA 92025 (Landscaped area in front)
Behind McDonalds, California Bank, and the Wine Cellar, on the north side of Mission Avenue. Middle of the strip, next to Comstock Bar and Grill. After 9:30am, pit stop will be inside the shop during business hours. Can provide quick maintenance if needed.
6:00am to 6:00pm
City of Oceanside
300 N Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054, near water fountain
City of Oceanside
3833 Plaza Dr #701 Oceanside, CA 92056
City of Oceanside
San Luis Rey River Trail at Mance Buchanon Park, 425 College Blvd Oceanside, California 92057
Amylin Pharmaceuticals/Embassy Suites
Towne Centre Dr & Eastgate Mall San Diego, CA 92121
Anywhere Bicycle Repair
Mission Bay Dr and Clairemont Dr. San Diego, CA 92109
Bike adjustments, air, and lube
Beach Bikes and Beyond
1211 Morena Blvd San Diego, CA 92110. In front, 1 block South of Tecolote Rd on Morena Blvd. Next to Little Cesar’s Pizza Free Specialized water bottle! 6:00am to 11:00am
Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour
Camino Del Sur & 56 Bike Trail San Diego, CA 92129
$10 discount on registration for 2011 Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour
Blind Lady Ale House
Adams Ave & 34th St, San Diego, California 92116
Will be offering 15% off on all food and drinks to Bike to Work Day participants and showing bicycle themed movies on the big screen.
6:00am to 9:00am and 11:30am-11:30pm
Cal Coast Bicycles
3020 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116 Free Patch Kit and a Coupon good for 20% off one non-sale item (excludes bike) 6:00am to 10:00am
Caltrans District 11 Office in Old Town
4050 Taylor Street San Diego, CA 92110
5:45am to 9:00am
City Heights Community Development Corporation
University Av & I-15 Transit Plaza above SR-15 in City Heights (north side), San Diego, CA 92105
They will be offering information to bike commuters who are interested in helping to shape the City Heights built environment (and surrounding area) to make it easier, safer, and more convenient to bike, walk and access transit.
Discover Pacific Beach
742 Felspar St San Diego, CA 92109
Free coffee provided by Turquoise Coffee, refreshments and Bicycle Discovery bike tech on site
Drivecam Inc.
8911 Balboa Ave # 200, San Diego, CA 92123
Parking lot entrance on the South Side of Balboa, Midway between Kearney Villa Road and Ruffin Road. Next door to 94th Aero Squadron.
Southeast corner of Kettner Blvd & W Broadway San Diego, CA 92101
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation- The Gaslamp Museum/Union Bank
4th Ave & Island Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Providing two free passes to the Gaslamp Museum per rider
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
5th Avenue between K & L Street, (outside of Maryjane’s coffee shop and Pinkberry) San Diego, CA 92101 6:00am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 5:00pm
HD Supply Facilities Maintenance
Cul-de-sac of Scripps Summit Dr & Scripps Summit Ct San Diego, CA 92131
IronStone Bank and Nigel Mallett Insurance Agency- Farmers Insurance
835 Pearl St., San Diego, CA 92037
Jack in the Box
Northwest corner of Balboa and Ruffin Road, 9330 Balboa Ave San Diego, CA 92123,
Free orange juice and bananas
University Ave & Normal St San Diego, CA 92103
LG Electronic Mobile
Black Mountain Rd & 56 Bike Trail San Diego, CA 92129
LG Electronic Mobile
Carroll Canyon Rd & Businesspark Ave San Diego, CA 92131
Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92126 South end of Campus in front of fields, just north of Gold Coast Dr.
Moment Cycle Sports
2816 Historic Decatur Rd San Diego, CA 92106. Parking Lot at Historic Decatur Rd and Chauncey intersection. Look for the Moment Cycle Sport Flags! Bagels, coffee, energy drink, water provided at our stop. Prizes for the furthest commute, and a bike fit giveaway! 6:00am to 6:30pm
16620 W Bernardo Dr. San Diego, CA 92127
Ohana Bodyworks
Mira Mesa Blvd & Pacific Heights Blvd San Diego, CA 92121
Free 10 minute chair massages
6:00am to 9:00am and 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Parsons Brinkerhoff
Civic Center Plaza between 1st and 3rd Ave and A and C Streets, San Diego, CA 92101
Free bagels, reusable water bottles, bottled water donated by Nika Water Company
Performance Bike #10
3619 Midway Dr Suite F San Diego, CA 92110
Located on the Point Loma Plaza along with 24 hour fitness, Vons and Sport Chalet
Free bicycle adjustments and maintenance clinic. Enter to win giveaway. Free bananas, energy bars and H2O
Performance Bikes Kearney Mesa
7730 Ronson Rd San Diego, CA 92111
Snacks, bike adjustments, hydration
Performance Bikes Sorrento Valley
11675 Sorrento Valley Rd San Diego, CA 92121
1 mile north of Commuter Train Station on right side of road, 2 blocks south of Carmel Mountain Rd on left side of street.
Minor technical adjustments and flat tire repair.
6:00am-9:00am and 3:00pm-6:00pm
North East corner of Lusk Blvd. and Pacific Center Blvd. San Diego, CA 92121
RECON Environmental, Inc
6th Ave & Laurel St San Diego, CA 92103
10260 Campus Point Dr San Diego, CA 92121
Fruit, water, coupons and 5-10 minute massage
San Diego Credit Union
Mira Mesa Blvd & Viper Way San Diego, CA 92121
San Diego Credit Union
Corner of Regents Road and Arriba Street San Diego, CA 92122 (UTC area)
San Diego Credit Union
Scripps Green Hospital, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA 92037
San Diego Credit Union
Sorrento Valley Rd & Arbutus St San Diego, CA 92121
San Diego Zoo
Park Blvd & Zoo Pl San Diego, CA 92104 (in the parking lot just north of the carousel) Snacks, juice and water are provided to riders. Animal ambassadors will join us throughout the event and our resident chiropractor will be on site offering massage and adjustments! 5:30am-9:00am
SANDAG and State Farm
NBC Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
St Paul’s Senior Homes & Services
4th Ave & Maple St San Diego, CA 92103
UC San Diego
Parking lot 406 next to Gilman Parking Structure, 9500 Gilman Dr San Diego, CA 92093
Goodies and give away prizes. Clif Bar and 5 Hour Energy.
6:00am to 10:00am
UCSD Medical Center
200 W Arbor Dr San Diego, CA 92103, right of the front entrance of the hospital
United Healthcare
3111 Camino Del Rio S San Diego, CA 92108, just west of Dave and Busters in Mission Valley
University of San Diego
USD Main (East) Entrance and Linda Vista Road San Diego, CA 92110
Welcome to San Diego Real Estate Team – Dannecker and Associates
4th Ave & Island Ave San Diego, CA 92101
Will provide Orange Juice and free downtown lifestyle tour tickets ($50 value)
Whole Foods Market Hillcrest
711 University Ave San Diego, CA 92103 On our patio next to the parking lot behind our store at 7th and University Beverages, waters, bananas, snack bars. We will also provide air and do free chain lubes
Whole Foods Market La Jolla
The Shops at La Jolla Square, 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego, CA 92037
Will provide fresh fruit and 365 Organic Honey Crisp Apple Juice
YMCA Downtown
500 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101
On the north side of Broadway between Columbia and India Street.
Cal State University San Marcos
Campus Entrance, corner of Barham Drive and Campus Way, Twin Oaks Valley Road San Marcos, CA 92096
6am to 9:30am
B + L Bike + Sport (Solana Beach)
211 N Hwy 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075
Watkins Manufacturing
1280 Park Center Drive, Vista, CA 92081, parking lot on west side of building


U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday to support the Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act, which would eliminate $21 billion a year in taxpayer subsidies to Exxon Mobil, BP, Conoco Phillips, Shell and Chevron over the next decade.  The Senate voted 52-48 against proceeding to consideration of the legislation.
As gas prices continue to climb, the Big Five Oil companies reported a combined $36 billion in first-quarter profits this year.  At the same time, executive compensation among Big Oil CEOs has continued to climb to a staggering $14.5 million on average.  Ending this wasteful corporate welfare would reduce the deficit and help preserve investments in critical areas, from after-school programs to COPS funding to disaster assistance to communities.
Prior to the vote, Senator Boxer spoke on the Senate floor in support of the legislation to end these ‘corporate welfare’ subsidies.  Below are excerpts of Senator Boxer’s remarks as delivered:
First of all, we see the first quarter profits: Exxon Mobil, $10.7 billion.  A 69 percent increase from last year, and I’m supposed to cry for them.  I don’t think so.  B.P., with all their troubles, corporate profits $7.1 billion, up 17 percent.  This is just in the first quarter.  Shell is up 30 percent.  Conoco Phillips is up 44 percent.  Chevron is up 74 percent.
Well, I’ve got to tell you we have a deficit problem.  If we can’t ask the wealthy few in this country to do their share, I don’t know where we’re headed.
$14.5 million – The average compensation for the Big Five oil company CEOs.  That’s 307 times the average salary of a firefighter.  It’s 273 times the average salary of a teacher.  It’s 263 times the average salary of a public officer.  And it’s 218 times the average salary of a nurse.
Let the American people see who’s on their side or who’s on the side of these corporations.
The effective tax rate for Exxon is 18 percent on their $7.7 billion in income.  A family of two teachers have an effective tax rate of 19 percent.  Can you believe this?
Exxon Mobil, 18 percent on their billions.  A family of a truck driver and a dental hygienist, 19 percent.
So the effective tax rate of these humongous multibillion-dollar, multinational corporations is less than our middle-class families.
What we could do with the $21 billion over the next ten years.
We could continue these handouts, this corporate welfare to Big Oil, or we could fund the entire “COPS” program for all those 10 years.  We could also provide afterschool care for two million kids.
So I’m asking people, would you rather have a cop on the beat at home and know that our police are out there protecting our families?  Would you rather make sure that two million kids are kept off the street and have quality afterschool programs?  Or would you rather continue corporate welfare for these five corporations?
The Joint Economic Committee said, “Repealing oil subsidies would have no effect on consumer energy prices in the immediate future.”
The Congressional Research Services said, “A small increase in taxes would be unlikely to reduce oil output and hence increase petroleum prices.”
The former CEO of Shell Oil said, “With high oil prices, such subsidies are not necessary.”
This administration is moving forward.  The oil companies have over 50 million acres of leased land offshore that they could drill on today.  And all they want is more and more and more.
They want to come to California and drill off our pristine coast and threaten tens of thousands of jobs that we have in our fishing industry and our tourist industry.  They don’t have to do that.  They are sitting on these leases.
This is the moment.  We are looking to cut the deficit.  We are looking for ways to bring billions of dollars home so that we can get out of the red.  And what could be more perfect than this opportunity in the name of fairness, in the name of competition, in the name of deficit reduction and, frankly, in the name of the consumer?
Let’s have some fairness.


Campo, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested seven men in two separate incidents in Campo and seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $349,000.

The most recent incident occurred yesterday morning when Border Patrol agents detected several individuals with backpacks walking north from the U.S./ Mexico border through the brush. Agents responded, intercepting six individuals and discovered six backpacks hidden in the surrounding areas. The backpacks contained 27 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 337 pounds with an estimated street value of $202,000. The men, later identified as Mexican nationals illegally in the country, were taken into Border Patrol custody.

An earlier incident occurred Friday morning when Border Patrol agents working near the international border in Campo observed four individuals carrying large backpacks. Agents observed the subjects attempting to conceal the backpacks in the surrounding brush. Agents arrived in the area and conducted a search and encountered one male Mexican national and found four large backpacks. The three additional suspects absconded from the area and returned to Mexico. The backpacks contained 20 bundles of marijuana weighing more than 245 pounds with an estimated street value of $147,000.

The seven suspected smugglers and the marijuana were taken into custody and were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force.


Retirement: Internet Style

You can retire to  Phoenix, Arizona where……
1. You are willing to park three blocks away because you found shade.
2. You’ve experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5. You know that “dry heat” is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door..
6. The four seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!
You can retire to  California where…
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can’t afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The four seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.
You can retire to  New York City where…
1. You say “the city” and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan .
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can’t find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is “nature.”
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You’ve worn out a car horn. ( ed note: if you have a car)
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.
You can retire to  Maine where…
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco .
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.
I hope you enjoyed these little tidbits from my internet file. They are sent me on a regular basis by friends around the country.
I hope to be back to work next week, being my usual curmudgeonly self. Keeps those cards and letters coming in….


By Luke Phillips
The process of restoring a historic railroad trestle bridge outside of Holtville that partially burned nearly two years ago is going slowly reports Holtville City Manager Laura Fischer.
Fischer says city staff is still working with adjusters from the city’s insurance company, but the process has stalled on their side, she says.
“We’re not making a lot of headway,” Fischer said.
Fischer says that she is keeping the city council informed of developments with the project, but says they may want to “take further legal action” in the matter.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever dealt with an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay, but it can take a while,” she said. “We’re still trying to work amicably with the insurance company. It’s been very slow on their side.”
Fischer says city staff is still having internal discussions with insurance adjusters and trying to agree on the value of the trestle and on compiling data.
Fischer says she’s had personal experience dealing with insurance adjusters after her house burned down and says the process can be frustrating.
“You have to stay on them,” she said. “We’re putting a lot of effort into it and they’re slowly getting the point.”

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