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the T ,.L}an News PO Kc. G39 ,.,so.,...,,..,.. ' Ju,.,..c, iii PERMIT NO. 30111 oJa CA :2()36 Mt. Laguna, r Summit, Volume 27 - Issue 30 Wednesday March 7, 2012 ISSN 1937-8416 Julian, CA. Representative Democracy Meet the 50th District Candidates On Saturday March 10th, the Congressional candidates running for the 50th District, previously the 52nd District, will participate in a question and answer session. The candidates are Connie Frankowiak (D), Terri Linnell (R), David Secor (D), Michael Benoit (I)(L), and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R) has been invited. In this forum the audience asks the questions, and the questions are not be screened. Everyone is welcome to participate. This is a unique opportunity for the citizens of the new 50th district to ask hard questions of our candidates. Location: Julian Town Hall, Saturday, March 10, 1PM, 2129 Main Street Julian. This event is sponsored by the Ramona Forum and the Julian Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Dave Patterson, 760-207-9139. Republican, Terri Linnell says, "As a voter, I want access to my Congressmen, yet Congressman Hunter has never once held a live town hall. The most he's done is a tele-townhall, with pre-arranged questions. This isn't what I want in a Congressman, so rm running against him. Plus, he doesn't understand money like I do. While he's focused on the military, our stores on Main Street are struggling. We have to' stabilize inflation in order to thrive, and that's where I come n. My background is business, and I started researching the economy in 2002, when the price/wage ratio to buy a home was out of balance. This was long before anyone else was noticing a problem. It kept growing afterthat, creating a real estate bubble that would be systemic, across all industries, when it burst. I know how to fix it, and it must be done in Congress." These debates have already been held in Ramona, and Alpine. Supervisors Approve Streamlining At DPLU The Board of Supervisors unanimously directed the County's Land Use and Environment Group Wednesday to start putting into effect 17 recommendations made by a Red Tape Reduction Task Force to reduce permit processing times and cost. The Board also directed the land use group to evaluate a cou pie of dozen other recommendations made by the task force, including suggestions revolving around community planning advisory groups, and-to return to the Board for further discussion and action March 28. The recommendations came from the Red Tape Reduction Task Force that the Board established in April 2011. The task force's seven members were appointed by the Board and the group met twice a month between April and November. The recommendations that the land use group will begin putting into effect now fit into seven different categories, ranging from improving land use procedures and training, to tweaking organizational structures and changing how planners measure SUCCESS. Some of the recommendations included: Establishing an external "Audit Committee" to review and report to the Board how the land use group are implementing the Service First Initiative, a previous report aimed at improving the permitting process. Develop a group wide "sense of urgency" to speed up the permitting process, and encourage County staff who embrace that philosophy. Empower County project managers to make planning decisions on projects. Establish training and mentoring for group staff members. Continue to shift as many types of projects as'possible from needing discretionary approval to "ministerial" approval from needing the permission of the County Board of Supervisors or Planning Commission to simply requiring less formal and time- consuming approval or building permits. Eliminate introducing new project requirements late in the permitting process. Measureemployee performance by how quickly projects move through processing rather than how employees finish individual processing tasks. Establish ongoing customer service training for employees. Assign project managers to individual projects early in the permitting process and keep them in charge until those projects complete the process Wi r .l"ri aiR photo by Angie Brenner For the second time in as many weeks, winter came to the back country. An arctic weather system left its' mark with a healthy coating of snow al over. Up to a foot in Pine Hills more at Cuyamaca and three to four inches down in Santa Ysabel. The major part of the storm hitting Monday night gave the plow-drivers plenty to do, and they did it. At 5am Highway 78/79 into town was clear, even though the traffic report called for drivers to have chains. It meant another snow day for the school kids, we did not hear Chan(3e Service Re(: LJeSed II,l,,I,,I,,I,l,l,,h,l,,h,l,l,,I,l,ll,,,,ll,,,,lll,,,hl,l,I Small Town Papers TFN 217 W Cota St '\\;' Shelton WA 98584-2263 by Michael Hart photo by Ted Snoddy any of them complaining. It also meant an influx of flatlanders taking a "mental health" day to come play in our back yard. By Thursday most of the piles had melted and we started wearing short sleeves again. The pattern seems to be wind for the next week or so, but no storms on the horizon. Maybe winter has come and gone, maybe it's only a respite before we get some more "real" weather. Maybe we shouldn't. complain and just go with it. Our wells would like some more water though, just the same, for ,that other season. photo by Kathy Young Discover The "Accidental Artist" Ricardo Breceda At The Library, Saturday extinct Plio-Pleistocene animals that once roamed these lands as evidenced in the rich fossil- bearing beds of the Borrego Badlands. Like a living museum, elephant-like gomphotheres, giant ground sloths, sabertooth cats, tapirs, mammoths, and an incredible bird of prey with a 17- foot wingspan once again inhabit these desert lands. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's rich cultural history is represented by the sculptures. Spanish explorer and trailblazer Juan Bautista de Anza marches across the desert with his Indian guide and padre. A miner searches for elusive desert gold and migrant farm workers pick grapes from the Borrego fields and the first non-military Jeep makes its inroads into the park. From science to history and nature, the sculptures have Each sculpture since that first installation has become more and more artistically detailed, part of Breceda's never-ending quest to produce "the best." Biographer and historian Diana Lindsay has. been writing about the Anza-Borrego region of Southern California since the 1960s. Her master's thesis in On Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 AM, you are in for a treat! You will get to hear the story about how all of the "Sky Art" aka Prehistoric Creatures in Borrego came to fruition. Purely by accident, I had the opportunity to see. the presentation at the Museum of Natural History with Diana Lindsay and Ricardo Breceda. I have never been so mpressed by a persons' raw talent that came out of nowhere to this incredibly accomplished artist, who in addition to having 125 pieces in Borrego, has pieces on four continents. In ten short years following a life-changing accident, Ricardo Breceda has become a master sculptor turning a primitive welding art form of Mexico into life-size sculptures of imposing outdoor beauty. Placed against the backdrop of the stunning evolved into whim and fantasy-- something for everyone on this large desert palette. Borrego's own "Jurassic Park" boasts fighting dinosaurs and families of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Spmosaurus. Giant raptors dart through the landscape, and off by itself is the 350-foot long mythological serpent that dives under the roadway with a rattlesnake tail and a spectacular dragon head. Startling and stunning as these fantastic sculptures are, they beg a story of how they came to be. Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist is the story of the artist's journey from Durango, Mexico, to California, where Breceda's Perris Jurassic Park emerged. In April 2008, the first of many primitive rustic sculptures was installed at Galleta Meadows in Borrego Springs, California. Anza-Borrego desert in southern California, Breceda's "Sky Art" is the perfect blend of stunning craftsmanship and placement in the open desert landscape. Over 125 metallic sculptures are scattered over three non- contiguous square miles of Borrego Valley, on private property open for the public's enjoyment. The inspiration for the initial installations was the now Ricardo Breceda with Julian librarian Colleen Baker Eagles Athletics Sprina Soorts - Baseball Friday March 16 tournament @ (Warrior Invitational) Saturday March 17 @ (Warrior Invitational) Monday March 19 home River Valley 3:30PM Wed March 21 home Borrego Springs HS 3:30PM Friday March 23 away @ Borrego Springs HS 3:30PM Monday March 26 home FootHills Christian 3:30PM Softball Friday March 09 home Lutheran 3:30PM Wednesday March 14 away @ Calipatria HS 3:30PM Monday March 19 away @ Escondido Adventist 4:30PM Wed March 21 home Borrego Springs 3:30PM Thursday March 22 home Ocean View 3:30PM Friday March 23 away @ Borrego Springs HS 3:15PM Tuesday March 27 away @ San Pasqual Academy 3:30PM Track Saturday Mar. 17 @ Sweetwater Relays 9:00AM Friday Mar. 30 @ Mountain Empire High School (Red Hawks Relay) 3:00PM Saturday Apr. 14 @ Valley Center High School (Jaguar Invite) 9:00AM Golf Wednesday March 07 Borrego Springs @ Escondido Adventist - tba Thursday March 08 Vincent Memorial @ Guajome Park - tba Julian,Warner @ Classical Academy -tba Tuesday April 03 Classical Academy, Guajome Park @ Escondido Adventist- tba Julian @ Borrego Springs - tba Thursday April 05 Borrego Springs, Guajome Park @ Classical Academy - tba history and geography from San Diego State University was published as Our Historic Desert: The Story of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park by Copley Books and the Union-Tribune Publishing Company in 1973. It was followed in 1978 by The Anza-Borrego Desert Region an area guidebook co-authored with Lowell Lindsay and published by Wilderness Press that is now in its fifth edition. Several other publications followed over the years including Anza-Borrego A to Z: People, Places, and Things. Her latest publication is Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist, a lavishly illustrated book about the metal sculptor who has created over 120 life-size sculptures in ST 0 R [ C Chamber in the Town Hall Meet The Merchants Breakfast ABC's Server Training Class Resche, ]uled for 1 March 27 - Contact Merchants Association /