VOLUME X          NUMBER 1          DECEMBER 1, 2019

San Diego News Edition

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* Washington News Briefs ...  Downtown San Diego's agent in the U.S. House of Representatives, Scott Peters, says that he helped vote the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act out of committee, because the legislative proposal would permit relocation of the nuclear waste presently stored at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station here to Yucca Mountain, Nevada, which the U.S. Department of Energy has determined makes seismological and geologic sense and offers "a suitable buffer from groundwater."  The Congressman contends that opening existing nuclear-waste canisters and moving the spent nuclear fuel into thicker canisters is "not nearly as safe or smart as moving this spent fuel to Yucca Mountain," considering that San Onofre is situated on a military base, less than 100 feet from the ocean, just miles from earthquake fault lines, near a population center having nearly 8 million residents, and along one of the country's busiest freeways.  Peters asserts, "It's time to bring this legislation to the House floor and move forward on smarter storage options that protect our communities and the environment."

* Governor's Office News Briefs . . . Governor Gavin Newsom has named San Diegan Mark Arabo, 36, to the California Workforce Development Board in one of the Governor's latest rounds of appointments, involving no requirement of Senate confirmation and carrying compensation of $100 per diem.  Arabo, a Democrat, was a member of the Anheuser-Busch marketing and sales team from 2004 to 2006.  He is a past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Neighborhood Market Association, where he served from 2008 to 2015, and he has been President and CEO of Refined Management since 2015.  The Governor has also appointed state and national experts in social impact, financing policy and equity issues to a newly-formed Early Childhood Action Research Team, for the purpose of drafting a Master Plan for Early Learning and Care, and backed, in part, by an extra $2-billion state budgetary investment in the healthy development and learning of young children.  Considered a "down-payment," these funds will directly increase California children's access to quality education and health care, at the same time it finances a two-generation strategy that invests in parents, so they can achieve economic security for their families and invest in their own children.  Besides, he has appointed 20 experts, practitioners and parents to a new Early Childhood Policy Council and advisory committees, to be chaired by California Surgeon-General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and to guide the state's activities in early learning and care, and, Newsom adds, in an initiative "rooted in lifting up California's children and families today, tomorrow and into the future."  The Council includes experts in social services, child care and child trauma and will be available to advise the Governor, the state legislature, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  In addition, the Council, conducting at least four public meetings annually, will be responsible for recommending ways the final report of the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education can be improved and filing its own formal annual report.  He explains that the Research Team is designed to expedite his Administration's plan to furnish universal pre-school and to improve access to affordable, high-quality child care that meets the needs of parents and young children, while tapping their strengths.  With oversight from his Office, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Education, the Research Team has been tasked with submitting a report by October 1, 2020.

* State Legislative News Briefs … The California Senate and Assembly are scheduled to hold a joint hearing on December 10, beginning at 11:15 AM, on the 2020 U.S. Census.  On January 1, 2020, a number of state statutes go into effect, and on January 6 the state Legislature officially reconvenes.  Two days later, at 1:30 PM, the Assembly and Senate conduct a joint hearing on education.  By January 10, a budget proposal is due from the Governor, based on Article IV, Section 12(A) of the state Constitution.  January 17 is the deadline for policy committees to report to fiscal committees the fiscal bills introduced in their particular chamber of the legislature in the odd-numbered year.  With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day intervening on January 20, January 24 is the final day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel, as well as the final day for any committee to hear and report to the floor bills introduced in that particular chamber in the odd-numbered year.  Then, January 31 is the last day for each chamber of the California Legislature to pass bills introduced there in the odd-numbered year.


* County Government News Briefs ... The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, noting that only nine cases of mumps were reported in the County last year, but the largest number in more than 25 years in 2019, a total of 60 reports of confirmed or probable cases, has announced a health advisory to the local medical community to report suspected cases to the County and to make the public aware of the symptoms.  While there have been no deaths to date and the severe complications of meningitis, decreased fertility, fetal loss, and permanent hearing loss are rare, two people suffered hearing loss, five men had swelling of their testicles, and six people have been hospitalized.  Thirty-seven of the reported cases involved men, and the overall average age of contracting the condition is 28 years; however, the mumps cases in the County have affected people aged 9 months to 79 years of age. Since two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are recommended, but only one was recommended before 1990 to prevent the fever, headache, earache and salivary-glands inflammation caused by mumps, County Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten advises a second dose for adults before travel outside the U.S. and giving health providers advance notice before heading for the doctor's reception area.  After all, six of the County's 60 affected people traveled to Tijuana, and Baja California accounts for 754 of Mexico's 7,200 infectious parotitis/mumps cases this year.  Meantime, in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counts 3,067 mumps cases nation-wide from January 1, 2019 to November 16.  The County Public Health Officer reminds, as well, that this is National Influenza Vaccination Week and recently two more influenza deaths were reported in the County, raising the season total to five.

* City Government News Briefs ...  Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announces that, since leading the City Council to approval of a two-year contract with the Police Officers Association that made compensation "significantly more competitive among California law-enforcement agencies," his Administration's funding of police academies has resulted in the largest academy graduating class in 25 years, with 58 recruits joining the San Diego Police Department.  In fact, the 2020 fiscal-year budget provided $8.5 million for four police academies, including the one just mentioned.  The City Planning Commission is set to meet on December 5 at 9 AM, and the City Council is next scheduled to meet on December 9 at 2 PM, then on December 10 beginning at 10 AM.  Before the Council goes into Closed Session for one hour at 11 AM on December 10, public comment on Closed Session agenda items will be accepted during the 10 AM Council Session.

* School District News Briefs …  The Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District, led by President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne and poised to meet at 5 PM on December 3, in the Eugene Brucker Education Center Auditorium (4100 Normal Street), plans to  discuss Propositions S and Z and Measure YY Updates to the Construction Bond Project Plan and a Resolution for approving Revised Propositions S and Z and the Measure YY Plan.  Also, the Board is due to receive the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee's semi-annual update on the propositions and measure referenced, and the Board has scheduled time to act on the charter-renewal petitions of the King-Chavez Primary Academy, King-Chavez Arts and Athletics Academy, and the Magnolia Science Academy; to hold Public Hearings on the charter-renewal petitions of the Iftin Charter School and the McGill School of Success; and to act on revision to charter petitions that add or remove locations for the Audeo Charter School and the Charter School of San Diego.  And the Board is set to ratify an agreement with the Price Philanthropies Foundation to accept grant money for the Mental Health Resource Center on behalf of Clark Middle School.

* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that, as of 2:35 PM Pacific Standard Time, the temperature is 64 degrees Fahrenheit and current conditions are clear at Lindbergh Field.  The relative humidity is 52 percent, the barometric pressure reads 30.09 inches, the wind is out of the west at 6 miles per hour, the visibility is 10 miles, and the dewpoint is 46 degrees. The forecast for this afternoon calls for mostly-sunny skies, with a daily high temperature of about 64 degrees and west wind of about 5 miles per hour.  Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy, with an over-night low temperature of about 52 degrees and calm wind becoming northeasterly at around 5 miles per hour.  The Monday forecast is for partly-sunny skies, with a daily high temperature of about 67 and calm wind becoming westerly at about 5 miles per hour in the afternoon.  A high-surf advisory is in effect for Monday and Monday night.

* Sports … In a National Football League AFC West battle, the Chargers (4-7)  trail the Denver Broncos (3-8) by a score of 10 to 17, but, with 11:57 remaining in the third quarter, the Bolts have the ball second and 10 at Denver's 31 yard line. 

Flying the Flag (Condensed and Reprinted)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Steve Healey

    What's in a name? A rose by any other name really does smell as sweet.  Shakespeare, as so often, was right. But can the same be said of a corporate image or a country for that matter?  Do your blue jeans feel the same or does your soft drink taste quite the same if the name has been changed or the label re-designed….  If those marketing men are to be believed, then branding is of supreme importance.
    Flags, of course, are just about the biggest piece of branding that there is….  British Airways has almost furled the flag.  Gone, they say, are the days of post-imperialist flag-waving.  Not before time, some may say….
    Now being a Brit, I remain a patriot.  I follow my nation's sporting endeavors with interest, and I would hate to see the good old pound disappear from my pocket.  And I would defend to the death my right to sink a pint of beer in my local pub, as opposed to swallowing a Continental half-liter in a cafe.  And, I hate to say this, but we do drive on the right side of the road.  That's the left, by the way.  Why, I would even retain the monarchy.  After all, they are good for tourism and the newspaper industry.

Question Time with Public Officials

The American public expects public officials to deal with, rather than dodge, difficult public-policy problems, to be transparent in their public-policy positions, and to state their views confidently, thoughtfully and boldly.  One week was allowed to finalize the response, by E-mail, of each of the Presidential candidates listed below.
The Continental News Service had announced its intention to publish results of this multi-respondent poll in its on-line newspapers over the course of time, and these newspapers include its Washington D.C. News Edition, Chicago News Edition, Honolulu News Edition, Atlanta News Edition, Anchorage News Edition, Boston News Edition, Seattle News Edition, Miami News Edition, San Diego News Edition, Rochester (N.Y.) News Edition, Minneapolis News Edition, and Houston News Edition.

Would you, Senator/Representative/Governor, support  legislation, or even sponsor legislation, ending all federal government grants to Planned Parenthood if it was conducted in an even-handed and non-discriminatory manner; that is, likewise ending all federal and federally-subsidized state grants to faith-based and all other non-profit groups,  whatever their specific tax-code classification?
 __ Yes.  Uncheck "No Comment."  My reasoning is ________________________________________________________________________________.
 __ No.  Uncheck "No Comment."  My reasoning is _________________________________________________________________________________.
 X No Comment.  Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.



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VOLUME I                                                  NUMBER 1                                    OCTOBER 14, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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* State Government News Briefs … Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that reforms at the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) have allowed hurricane-recovery funding to be distributed more quickly and, as a result, more than $1 billion in such funding has been awarded since January 8.  Specifically, FDEM stopped requiring hurricane-recovery projects to be 100-percent validated before funds are awarded, instead releasing half the eligible funding when a project is 50-percent validated.  The Governor says that this accomplishment is a "testament to our unwavering commitment to every community impacted by recent hurricanes" and to federal support, and he has vowed to "continue to examine every hurricane-recovery resource and every power in my executive authority to ensure that these communities continue to rebuild."  FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz notes that putting in place new procedures to speed FEMA reimbursements to communities struck by hurricanes Michael, Irma, Matthew and Hermine has meant: "The days of counties and cities waiting years for reimbursement and having to pay costly loans are over."  Meantime, the Governor says that the Trump Administration not only granted 45 days of 100-percent federal-cost share for Hurricane Michael debris removal and emergency-protection measures, instead of the usual 5 days, but increased the federal cost share for Hurricane Michael from 75 percent to 90 percent, saving the state and local communities hundreds of millions of dollars.

* County Government News Briefs … Union County is now operating under a 2019-2020 fiscal-year budget that projects total General Fund revenue and expenditures of $7,267,543.  The Solid Waste Management account estimates revenues and expenditures totaling $1,333,773; the Animal Control budget, $14,100; the Mosquito Control budget, $102,009; the E-911 Fund, $478,383; the Emergency Management budget, $358,247; the Emergency Medical Services budget, $1,663,990; the Fire Department budget, $144,125; the locally-funded County Public Library budget, $206,493; the state-funded County Public Library budget, $115,405; the Transportation Trust Fund budget, $4,024,507; the SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) Local Housing Assistance Trust Fund, $350,228; and, among other budget accounts, the Special Law Enforcement budget, $1,309,323.  County Commissioners, just days ago, held a meeting to discuss a proposal to use Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grant money for improvements to the O..J. Phillips Recreation Park on State Road 121 and Southwest 84th Street.  Besides, County Commissioners announced that they would receive Statements of Qualifications to furnish Professional Consulting Services no later than 4 PM on October 10.  Likewise, the purpose of the meeting was to solicit Qualifications for Professional Engineering Services.

* City Government News Briefs …   Lake Butler City Commissioners have scheduled a regular meeting for October 15 to take up an agenda including such items of business as approval of Financial Reports for September, 2019; purchase of a portable welder/generator; approval of Longevity Compensation for City employees; payment of Florida League of Cities annual dues; examination of a Codes Enforcement report; scheduling of a Public Meeting concerning a USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) grant; consideration of a proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance; and review of a Department of Corrections contract for water and wastewater services.  With respect to the Code Enforcement report of October 3, covering the month of September, City Code Enforcement Officer "Lyn" Williams reported on the status of 10 beautification and other issues and revealed spending approximately 20  hours  in  routine  patrol  of the City—apart  from the patrols of  the Union  County  Sheriff's  Office—16  hours  on  meetings,  on  


research of  City  Ordinances  and property owners,  and on follow-up and re-inspections of past property found in compliance and not listed on the report of October 3; and 24 hours on the active cases listed in the report.  Concerning the Consolidated Vehicle Report for September, the nine drivers assigned various City vehicles logged anywhere from 215 miles to 748 miles, depending upon their work duties, while reporting use of anywhere from 21 to 118 gallons of fuel.  The ending mileage on the City vehicles used ranged from 2,342 miles to 134,815 miles.  Now, the Longevity Bonus draft prepared by the City Manager and Deputy City Manager, for review by Mayor Fred Sirmones and the City Commission, proposes payment of $200 to those employees with 4 to 7 years of City service; $300, for those with 8 to 15 years of service; $400, 16 to 20 years; $500, 21 to 30 years; and $600, 31 or more years.  Payable each year on the third Tuesday in December, the City entertains what it considers a token of its appreciation for long-term employees' loyalty and dedication to learning their jobs.  Since not all 11 City employees have established this degree of longevity in employment, the total that would initially be payable for 2019 under this plan is $1,300, five employees qualifying.  Issuing his monthly report for October, City Manager Dale M. Walker, commenting on staff development, has recommended that employees read Stephen Covey's book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  In addition, Walker reports that the City has received a $24,100 Hazard Mitigation Grant from the State Division of Emergency Management for purchase and installation of a large generator in the main lift station, the generator capable of withstanding 140-mile-per-hour winds in a building capable of withstanding a 500-year flood.  Then, too, there are grant opportunities available through USDA for money to purchase a backhoe, and, although a prior City application was denied, the City will persist in its quest for a grant.  In fact, the City has arranged a Special Public Meeting for 6 PM, on October 15, at City Hall, to discuss filing of a USDA Rural Development Grant Application, the funds to be used for purchase of a backhoe. Thirdly, there is USDA grant money available, as well, for welcome signage, so, with the object being to install a welcome sign in the triangle across from Hardee's before the close of the 2020 fiscal-year, the City will seek approval from the Florida Department of Transportation to erect a gateway sign.

* School District News Briefs …  Union County School District Superintendent Carlton Faulk announces that the next School Board meeting is set for November 12 at 6 PM and that the Board will be conducting a Reorganization Meeting at that time.  The District’s Athletic Department reports that the Union County High School Boys Varsity Football Team (3-4) attempts to even its win-loss record on October 18 in a 7:30 PM game at home against Hawthorne.  Games against Jordan Christian Prep on October 25 at home and on the road against Keystone Heights on November 1 follow.

* Weather …  The National Weather Service reports clears skies in Lake Butler, as of 12:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time, with an overnight low temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, wind out of the south-southwest at 1 mile per hour, relative humidity of 92 percent, and a 10-percent chance of precipitation.  The forecast for Monday calls for partly-cloudy skies, a daily high temperature of 89 degrees, wind out of the southwest at 3 miles per hour, relative humidity of 64 percent, and a 20-percent chance of precipitation.

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