From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Two homes completed in five days for hardworking Oceanside families


OCEANSIDE, California, August 9, 2011 Professional and volunteer builders alike have put down their hammers and power saws to celebrate the successful end of San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s 2011 Home Builders Blitz.  On Friday, August 5th, Swinerton Builders and Habitat for Humanity dedicated two homes that were built from start to finish during the five day build.

Two new homeowner families were presented with housewarming gifts and keys to their completed homes at a ceremony that took place at Libby Lake Village in Oceanside.  Joining Habitat, Swinerton and the families in celebration were Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Oceanside Housing Commission Chairperson Kay Parker, Oceanside Fire Chief Darryl Hebert and Margery Pierce, Director of the City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department, among other special guests.

“We are celebrating with our newest Habitat Partner Families who have worked so hard and will now experience the joy of homeownership,” said Chris Marek, Chief Officer of Development and Strategy at San Diego Habitat for Humanity.  “The generosity and dedication of Swinerton Builders and our hundreds of volunteers was vital to making the week a success.”

Partner Families qualify for the homeownership program according to Habitat for Humanity’s family selection criteria – a demonstrated need for improved housing, the ability to repay a 0% mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat by completing 250-500 sweat-equity hours before moving into the homes.

The Blitz at Libby Lake Village marks the fourth and final phase of the community in Oceanside, which includes 5 homes.  Habitat Partner Families have already moved in to the 15 completed homes.

About San Diego Habitat for Humanity (SDHFH)

San Diego Habitat for Humanity Inc. (SDHFH), the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that builds simple, decent and affordable homes for ownership by local families in need.  Habitat partner families are selected on the basis of housing need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to repay a 0% interest mortgage loan.


Habitat for Humanity exists through volunteer labor and contributions of money, land and materials, including purchases and donations to ReStore, SDHFH’s building supply thrift store. For more information, visit  or call 619-283-HOME (4663).

About Swinerton Incorporated

The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction services throughout the Western United States, delivering innovative construction solutions and outstanding customer service to a diverse range of business clients that demand exacting performance.

Established in 1888, Swinerton formally incorporated in the State of California in 1908 and holds California Contractor License No. 92. Today, Swinerton offices are located throughout California, in Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico and Washington.

Swinerton is committed to continued leadership in the construction industry by actively engaging in furthering the diversity of our employees and subcontractors, developing innovative technological tools, protecting and preserving the environment, and supporting our communities.

As a 100 percent employee-owned company, everyone at Swinerton has a vested interest in the successful delivery of superb services. Please visit to learn more.



Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

So why do the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees so often? Is it a psychological edge or are they just the better team?

Whatever the case, the Red sox are now 10-2 against New York this season with six games left between the AL East rivals. Boston took two of three over the weekend at Fenway Park to win its fourth straight series over the Bronx Bombers.


The most glaring statistic between the two clubs are runs scored. Boston has outscored the Yankees 75-46 this season, including a 25-13 edge in a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium June 7-9.

“We play these guys so much, if you don’t play well they’re going to beat you,” Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said after an 11-6 loss on June 8. “They’ve outplayed us. They have a good team. The bottom line is they can hit and they can pitch. They can do a little bit of everything.”

The Red Sox got their first win of the season against the Yankees on April 8 after starting 0-6. Dustin Pedroia hit a home run and had three RBIs in a 9-6 victory at home.

Boston reached the .500 mark for the first time in a 7-5 victory at New York on May 15 thanks to a game-tying, three-run blast by Kevin Youkilis and a go-ahead homer from David Ortiz.

Ortiz smashed a three-run shot in the 11-6 win in June. In last Friday’s contest, the Yankees won their eighth consecutive game and snapped their seven-game losing skid against Boston with a 3-2 win thanks to 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball from their bullpen.

But the Red Sox claimed the next two games, first with a 10-4 victory on Saturday when Jacoby Ellsbury had a three-run homer and a career-high six RBIs. On Sunday, Josh Reddick drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 3-2 decision, putting Boston back into first place.

Other than runs, the most telling sign of domination has come between Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia.

Beckett is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four starts this season against New York. Sabathia is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against Boston, but 16-2 with a 2.11 ERA against his other opponents.

“To get wins against guys like that, you try not to think about it too much,” Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford said following Saturday’s win. “You try to just take it.”

Sabathia has allowed 33 hits and 20 earned runs in 23.6 innings pitched against the Red Sox this season. He’s given up six or more runs in each of his last three starts against Boston.

“Believe me, it’s not like we go, ‘We’re going to lunch up on him,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He’s really good. He’s had his way with a lot of teams, and we give him a good battle. I’m sure we’ll see him a bunch more times.”

Sabathia credits Boston’s hitters.

“It’s a good ballclub,” Sabathia said. “They have a good lineup. They wear on you. I’ve faced all of those guys a lot. When I’m right, I can beat anybody.”

Beckett hurled eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the Yankees on April 10; six shutout innings with nine Ks in a 6-0 victory at Yankee Stadium on May 14, and allowed four hits and two runs in an 8-3 win on June 9. He didn’t get the decision in Sunday’s win after giving up six hits and a run in six innings.

StatsWatch: Here are the 10 worst road records, through Monday’s games —

Orioles, 17-37, .315

A’s, 20-39, .339

Astros, 19-37, .345

Royals, 18-34, .346

Mariners, 20-36, .357

Nationals, 23-36, .390

Cubs, 22-34, .393

Brewers, 24-35, .407

Twins, 25-35, .417

Reds, 25-32, .439

Quotable: “They are human. They can be beat.” — Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher after beating the Red Sox last Friday, New York’s first win over Boston in eight attempts.

Diamond Notes: New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and infielder Daniel Murphy have been placed on the disabled list. Reyes strained his left hamstring on Saturday and Murphy has a sprained MCL in his left knee, and might miss the rest of the season…Hypnotherapist AlVera Paxson has apparently cured Giants manager Bruce Bochy from his chewing tobacco habit. Bochy hasn’t chewed tobacco since April 14, following a session with Paxson…Detroit manager Jim Leyland has received a contract extension through 2012, while Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski got extended through 2015…Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 3, made his first rehab start on Sunday. Strasburg threw 25 of his 31 pitches for strikes with a fastball clocking in the upper 90s. He struck out four and allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings for Class A Hagerstown.

Copyright © 2011  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.




By Mario Conde

The County Clerk Recorder office had the support of the County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday as they approved new equipment that will increase the efficiency and customer service of the department.

The board approved a request to amend the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-12 in order to appropriate funding to support the purchase and upgrade of software and equipment in the amount of $450, 536.00 and the purchase of office hardware and software equipment to support new system functions in the amount of $45,000 from South Tech.

County Recorder Chuck Storey said since taking office early this year he has looked for means of improvement and advancement for the Imperial County Clerk-Recorder Department in areas of public service and inter county department services. Storey mentioned this is the first step of many more services in months to come that the department will handle such as electronic recording, website access to complete forms and easy access to records maintained by the department.

“This will increase efficiency of services provided by the Clerk-Recorder and improve the overall operations by making them more accessible to the public, other county departments and government agencies.” Story said Tuesday.

Storey said he was able to negotiate the original price that was over $900,000 thousand dollars to only $450,000.

“Our current equipment is outdated and with this new software we will be able to eliminate time delays and provide a more expedite service to our clients.” He said.

Supervisor John Renison congratulated Storey’s job and said the department has come a long way since he took office since he did a good job remodeling the department and their staff is more professional.

In other news, the County re-districting vote was postponed to next week due to Supervisor Castillo being absent last Tuesday due to illness. The board will vote the final map at their August 16th meeting. The board will also have their budget workshops next week as well at 1:30 P.M.


By Mario Conde
The California state redistricting commission approved its preliminary final maps for congressional and state legislative electoral districts last Friday.
The independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted to move its preliminary final maps to the public review stage and will vote on adoption of the maps on August 15, 2011. The votes brought the Commission a step closer to issuing final maps for U.S. Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and Board of Equalization districts. This is the first time in the history of California that an independent citizen’s commission drew district boundaries. County Intergovernmental relations, Bob Ham, presented to the County Board of Supervisors the new political boundaries for the next ten years.
Imperial County will remain part of Riverside at the State Assembly and will now be the 56 District. Manuel Perez will remain as the Assembly member for this district and for the Imperial Valley. The original proposal was to align Imperial Valley to El Cajon in the Assembly and the State Senate. County Board Chairman Jack Terrazas went and spoke before the commission and asked them to keep Imperial
since they have many issues in common such as agriculture, water, and the Salton Sea.
Terrazas also asked the congressional district to be kept with south San Diego and the border since they need to deal with border trade issues.
The 51st Congressional District will stay the same but it will now include Imperial Beach. Congressman Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) decided to step down from his congressional seat in order to run for San Diego Mayor next year. Rumors began circulating last week that former State Senator Denise Moreno-Ducheny could be running for congress now that Imperial Beach was added to the congressional District.
The 40th State Senate District has a couple of changes now that the new map does not include the city of residence of State Senator Juan Vargas but Ham says he could continue to serve as the 40th District Senator by moving into to the area. Vargas filed to run for Congress in the 51st Congressional District but does not live in the congressional area either. Ham said that is not required for a candidate for congress to live in the area they intend to run for.


By: Jim Predmore
A Grand Opening Celebration was held on Thursday, July 28th as The Valley Center showed off its new offices to the public. The Valley Center has been created to bring three organizations together under one roof for the purpose of supporting and growing the Imperial Valley.  These organizations include Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC), and Imperial Valley Transportation District (IVTD).
Hasan Ikhrata, the Executive Director of SCAG, gave a brief presentation stating how excited he was to see these organizations coming together with the hope of helping the Valley in the areas of development and enterprise.
Pam O’Connor, President of the board of SCAG, spoke of the importance of the three entities working together for the betterment of the Imperial Valley.
Rod Means, director of SCORE, spoke of the free online counseling for small business that is available through his organization.
Jesus Escobar, Chairman for IVEDC, gave a brief overview of how IVEDC is working together with SCAG and IVTD, and how the employees and volunteers of ICEDC were committed to making The Valley Center an integral part of Imperial Valley.
All of the guests were introduced by IVEDC Chief Executive Officer Tim Kelley.  Kelley thanked all who attended the event and gave special recognition to his staff.
At the end of the presentations, guests were given the opportunity to tour the facility which includes numerous offices and conference rooms, including a conference room which enables video conferencing.

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