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Nonprofits still need worn-out wheels

Recent campaign slowed
Now that the cash for clunkers campaign has ended successfully, nonprofit charities are reminding folks they need worn-out autos to continue their worthwhile endeavors. No cash is paid, of course, but they do issue certificates indicating the value of the car for IRS deductions which can be substantial next year when taxpayers begin paying down the $$$$$$$$ multitrillion national debt. Participating charities make all the necessary arrangements for car pickup with no cost to the giver.
Pac Ocean water
Barring further last minute hang-ups, North County folks may be enjoying desalinated Pacific Ocean water by 2013. Recently Poseidon Resources Corp announced that plans to build the $300 mil. desalination plant adjacent to Encina in Ponto had received the OK from the State Coastal Commission to fast track the permit. No less than seven water agencies have signed on to purchase the water besides C’bad and O’side including Rincon del Diablo, Sweetwater, Santa Fe, Rainbow, Valley Center, Vallecitos and Olivenhain. With the recent appointment of O’side Councilwoman Esther Sanchez to the Coastal Commission the project should move ahead smoothly.
50th District contender
Former Solbeach mayor and current Councilman Dave Roberts has announced he will oppose Francine Busby and Escondido resident Tracy Emblem in the 50th Assembly District Democratic primary in June. Sole Republican candidate at this time is Rep. Brian Bilbray, who is not expected to face serious opposition. Roberts has been active in community affairs since moving to the beach city in 1995. He currently heads an areawide health care informational project with several dozen members and was previously involved with health care programs in Washington and still commutes there on a regular basis.
Taxspenders concerned
about ethics?
Golden state lawmakers have committed the unthinkable. They have made it unlawful for spouses or domestic partners to work on their campaigns and to be paid from these contributions. Paying for lavish functions and miscellaneous expenses apparently is still okey dokey.
Convention complex OK’d
Except for Lani Lutar who represents S.D. County Taxpayers Association, a Harbor City convention center task force has approved a $753 mil. expansion program. No word, however, on where funding will come from and this concerned Lutar who said more info is needed.
Synthetic vs. dirt tracks
With the number of Thoroughbreds injured on Del Mar’s Polytrack there has been growing palaver as to whether it’s better than plain ole’ dirt. Del Mar ponied up (no pun intened) more than $12 mil. to install Polytrack. Not by choice but by direction of the California Horse Racing Board that mandated that major tracks replace dirt surfaces with synthetics. These have worked OK on Eastern tracks and in Europe where they originated. Both Hollywood Park and Santa Anita have synthetic tracks. Santa Anita’s initial installation proved disastrous and was replaced which cost millions to redo. Will Del Mar convert back to dirt? Not likely.
Coast clean up Sept. 19
With diminished beach crowds, thousands of volunteers are expected to turn out Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon to pick up debris left behind by beach users. San Diego Coastkeeper is spearheading the cleanup and everyone of all ages can be a volunteer at their local beach.
Green workshop on tap
C’bad planning commish has asked its city electeds to sponsor a green workshop. It sez present codes aren’t encouraging greater use of solar panels, recycled materials and other energy-efficient possibilities. To the south, the Flower Capital has made great strides in this endeavor and has been recognized for what it has accomplished rather what it plans to do.
Role models
The area’s role models in sports aren’t the Chargers or Padres — several who are either on probation or on parole — they are Chula Vista’s Park View Little Leaguers who knocked off all competition including Taiwan, to become world champs. Kudos, too, go to their parents and supporters who scraped up the cash to send the Little Leaguers back East to compete for the national title.
Pretty green
Supe Pam Slater-Price notes that San Elijo Nature Center at Cardiff-by-the-Sea has been recognized as the greenest public building in the county. The $5.7 mil. complex opened in January and was constructed with recycled materials. It includes enough solar panels to be the prime energy producer. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the center features a variety of exhibits that inform the public of environmental concepts. Worth a visit. Admission is free.
Never say can’t
It didn’t qualify for stimulus funds, but the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe was “shovel ready” last month when it broke ground for an expanded facility that was years in the hoping. When finished, it will have 115,000 square feet of indoor uses, two new buildings and a remodeled one.
O’sides highly popular annual Harbor Days on Sept. 20 will again feature the Nail & Sail competition in which marine crafts must be constructed on site in two hours and of course be seaworthy … Les Paul, who passed away recently, and his wife, Mary Ford, were the grandstand entertainers at the County Fair in 1952 when the big draw was his six-string electric guitar that he had just designed … Tony Brandenburg of Olivenhain who was a City Council candidate in 2006 has joined JAMS, a mediation and arbitration services provider … Encinitas Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Octoberfest on Sept. 20 … Leucadia Town Council prexy Rachelle Collier sez the annual membership meeting of the organization will be on Oct. 13 at Central School on Vulcan … Catch the Coastal Artists works at Solbeach City Hall gallery thru Sept. 30 … J. Stryker Meyer, former NC Times staffer, is associate director of Veterans Outreach & Mobilization program with InterFaith Community Services based in O’side.

Hasta la Vista