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February 17, 2010 9 The Julian News (760) 00765 0192 We have our own private parking lot behind the office... entrance off 'C' Street CORNER OPE R TII:00S IAIN www.j ulian-properties.com TREET Est. 1967 P.O. Box 1000 Julian, CA 92036 IMMACULATE CUSTOM HOME on one acre EXQUISITE LAKE CUYAMACA HOME. Newer 3 JULIAN ESTATES - Gated community of high end with views to Palomar. Gourmet kitchen, top grade Bedroom,2.5Bathresidenceon.94Acres.Wonderful homes. This 4.7 acres has incredible views, private SINGLE LEVEL HOME on wooded acre in Pine lce, Many custom features. 3 BR, 2.5 BA, modern kitchen, high ceilings, 2 fireplaces, 2 wood cul-de-sac drive, and well already drilled. Don't Hills. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, family room, gr nite counter tops, cathedral ceilings in living room, ft. with floor to ceiling windows and wrap- decks, large stone patio, double garage RV parking, miss this opportunity to own in one of the nicest attached garage. Private spa off master bedroom. communities in the mountains. $575,000 . $625,000 Reduced to $275,000. $398,000 LOVELY SPACIOUS HOME - on 9.24 Acres Great Floor plan - 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Gourmet Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, 2 Fireplaces, Central Air and Heat, Deck, Garage. $649,000 UNUSUAL AND REMOTE MOUNTAIN PROPERTY. 20 Acres, Complete with dry cabin for secluded get- away weekends. Oak, Fir and Spruce trees. Views. $240,000 AVAILABLE LAND FIVE ACRES with views, paved pri a e road, well and septic in, shed and pttrr p house - lots of improvements. $187,000 4.32 ACRES on North Peak. On a clear day you can see to the coast line - also Stone'v [l and Cuyamaca Peak. $180,000 JULIAN ESTATES - Gated community. f high end homes. 4.7 acres with incred ib e views, private road, well in. CHOICE SITE IN PINE HILLS. 1.28 Acres with $275,000. _. easy access, mature trees. Serviceby water company, 6.14 USABLE ACRES - Views to Valomar has approved septic layout. Mountain and the Volcan Mountain range. II Great horse property. $188,000 Priced at $319,000 Juli Zerbe, Broker Associate email: julinjoe@gmail.com Rose Steadman, Broker / Owner Melo-de Savage, Realtor Associate Kirby Winn, Realtor Associate email: melo-de@sbcglobal.net ernail: kirbylwinn@gmail.com Ken Bunch, Broker Associate email: ken.cbunch@aol.com Insurance Commissioner Announces Anthem Blue Cross Agrees To Delay Health Insurance Increase California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner today (February 12) announced that Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to a February 8 request by Commissioner Poizner to delay their individual health insurance rate increase until May 1 to allow an independent actuary to review their rates. 'Tm pleased by Anthem Blue Cross's decision to delay their rate increases for two months to allow independent actuaries hired by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) to closely scrutinize their 2010 rates," said Commissioner Poizner. "We have instructed the actuaries to review the rates with a fine tooth comb to ensure they comply with state law that requires that 70 cents of every dollar in premiums is spent on medical benefits. Should they find that these rate increases were unwarranted, I will immediately take action to get Anthem Blue Cross to follow the law and lower their rates." Yesterday, CDI retained David Axene and John Fritz of the actuarial firm Axene Health Partners, LLC in Southern California to provide the independent analysis. The review is expected to be completed by mid-April. Last Monday (February 8), Commissioner Poizner sent a letter to WellPoint Anthem President and CEO Angela F. Braly and Chairman of the Board Larry C. Glasscock asking them to delay their California affiliate Anthem Blue Cross's rate increases until May 1. They complied with the request today. Commissioner Poizner has worked aggressively to protect consumers. His strong actions have led to insurance companies paying millions of dollars in fines and reimbursements for improperly rescinding nearly 4,000 individual health insurance policies claims were filed. He has also introduced regulations to prevent future improper rescissions. CDI is also currently undertaking an enforcement action against PacifiCare for thousands of alleged violations of the California Insurance Code based on PacifiCare's failure .to properly process claims from physicians, failure to meet its payment obligations on a timely basis, and a host of other improper claims paying practices. The alleged violations came on the heels of PacifiCare's acquisition by United Health Group, now one of the two largest .health insurance companies in the United States. Since filing the Accusation, the Department of Insurance has continued to receive complaints from patients and providers about PacifiCare. Please visit the Department of Insurance Web site at www. insurance.ca.gov. [ Small Business Recovery [ Recovery Act Used To Expand Business Loans , NAPSA)--A federal initiative designed to aid the economy is ........................................... supplementing a program that has helped small businesses for .... decades. The Recovery Act of 2009 was established by the federal govern- ment to create jobs, save existing ones, spur economic activity and promote long-term economic growth. The Small Business Administra- tion (SBA) has years of experience assisting smaIl businesses through loans and technical assistance. Now; elements of" the Recovery Act implemented through the eftbrts of the SBA expand or support five of the SBis loan programs: The SBA provides microloan funding for qualified nonprofit, community-based lenders who, in turn, provide microloans of up to $35,000 to local entrepreneurs and small-business owners, in conjunction with technical assis- tance training. The Recovery Act has provided $50 million in addi- tional funding to support these microloans as well as $24 million for technical assistance training. ARC loans provide an imme- diate infusion of up to $35,000 to small businesses to assist with making payments of principal and interest on existing debt. These loans are interest-free to the bor- rower, carry a 100 percent guar- antee from the SBA to the lender and require no fees paid to SBA. Through its Surety Bond Guarantee program, the SBA arantees bid, payment and per- formance bonds to help small businesses that would otherwise be unable to obtain bonding in the traditional commercial market- place. Surety bonds protect the The Recovery Act of 2009 is being used to expand several loan programs designed to aid small businesses. project owner against financial loss if contractors default or thil to perform. The SBA may now, in some cases, offer surety bonds of up to $5 million and up to $10 million in the case of some federal government contracts. The higher amount, a result of the Recovery Act, more than doubles the previ- ous maximum. The SBA's 504 loans, or Cer- tified Development Company loans, are designed to provide financing for the purchase of fixed assets, which usually means real estate, buildings and machinery, at below-market rates. Provisions in the Recovery Act temporarily eliminate certain 504 loan fees. The Recovery Act eliminates some loan fees and increases the SBA's guarantee on most 7(a) loans to 90 percent. These loans provide working capital to start- ups and existing businesses that can't get credit elsewhere. To learn more, visit www.sba gov or call (800) U-ASK-SBA. To learn more about the Recovery Act, visit www.recovery.go: Wildflower Blooms Beginning To Appear In Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Enhance Your Visit With A Guided Hike Borrego Springs, CA - Early blooms of Sand Verbena, Brittlebush, and even the spectacular Desert Lily are popping up in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP). Environmental Services Intern Paul Johnson predicts a "very good to outstanding" bloom this spring, with the peak expected between the last week of February and the second week of March, depending on the weather. and its cooperating association, Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF), will both offer wildflower walks and tours throughout the bloom. To view the schedule of events, visit ABDSP's website, http://www, parks .ca .gov/?page_ id=638 or ABF's website, www. theabf.org. When the bloom reaches its peak, the massive fields of wildflowers are found at the northern edge of Borrego Springs on Henderson Canyon Road and at the northern end of DiGiorgio Road, about mile beyond the end of the pavement. A great variety of wildflowers are found along washes or in the canyons of the Park. An off-road trip through the badlands, a hike up Borrego Palm Canyon or a trip to Plum Canyon may yield a startling array of wildflowers. Anza-Borrego Foundation's Step-On Naturalist program tailors trips especially for those visiting on tour buses and in groups of twenty or more. Schedule a guided tour with a naturalist who will take you to the lesser known hot spots in the Park. Contact Kelley Jorgensen at (760)767-4961 or visit www. theabf.org for more information about this unique opportunity. Starting at $10 per person, tours focus on a variety of topics including geology, general botany, and prehistoric animals of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Park naturalists lead half-day or full- day trips which can be catered to the needs of your group. If you need 4WD transportation for your trip, consider a licensed Park tour with California Overland, who will take you on a special wildflower route through varied terrain in open-air jeeps and excursion vehicles. Call (760) 767-1232 or visit www. californiaoverland.com for more information. Monkey Flower photos courtesy ABF Wildfiower sightings will be updated weekly at ABDSP's website, http://www.parks. ca.gov/?page_id=638 and Anza- Borrego Foundation's website, www.theabf.org. You can also call the Wildflower Hotline (760- 767-4684) for regularly updated information on the bloom. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's Visitor Center will be open seven days a week from February 22 through April 11 to ensure that all visitors can get the information they need. ABDSP Out on a Limb Ocotillo Buds by Ga. Kopervas ," :',. (.bL O "THE WI L.O _ -- ,,.. _ 4