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I' I i Julian News Mt. Laguna, r, Warner Volume 27 - Issue 34 Wednesday April4, 2012 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 PC Box 639 -z" 'o\\; Julian CA, 9203E Change Service Requested Ihh,l,,h,hl,h,h,h,l,, hl,,I,h Ih,,,ll,,,,llh,,hl,hl Small Town Papers TFN 217 W Cota St .. i/ Shelton WA 98584-2263 [" Candidates Forum At Town Hall SDG&E Finalizes Installing 8th Annual On Wednesday Apr, 4, the Congress,ona00 candidates running for New .....,'ec*-"c v ..00ene"a'or ... Ce'-' '- Daffodil Show the new 50th District, previously the 52nd District, will participate in a question and answer session. The audience asks the questions, and the questions are not be screened. Everyone is welcome to We want to sincerely thank participate. This is a umque opportunity for the citizens of the new 50th district to ask hard questions the people that may represent us. Location: Julian Town Hall, Wednesday April 4th, 6PM, 2129 Main Street Julian. This event is sponsored by the Ramona Forum and the Julian Chamber of Commerce. For additional information you may contact Dave Patterson, 760-207-9139 "Fire Tax" Repeal Starts In State Assembly fire tax is being unfairly applied and will do nothing to improve our state's wildland fire fighting ability. We need to scrap this tax and find a better approach to funding public safety." Assemblyman Jeffries is the Chair of the Rural Fire Protection /orking Group, and has passed several fire-related bills during histime in the Legislature. "As a 29-year volunteer firefighter, public safety and wildland fire protection is one of my strongest priorities. Some are concerned that repealing this tax will leave rural communities more vulnerable, but today we heard from representatives of fire departments and fire districts who expressed their concern that this double taxation on residents will provide no benefit to their communities, and may even result in a loss of fire protection, as voters refuse to re-authorize their own local fire fees and taxes, because they are under the illusion that the new state fire tax will protect them." AB 1506 will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 1506 Receives Bi-Partisan Support from Assembly Natural Resources Committee In a vote that surprised many Capitol observers, Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries' (R-Lake Elsinore) AB 1506, a bill to repeal the "State Responsibility Area" Fee (also known as the "Rural Fire Tax"), passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. Passed with no committee review last summer, the State Responsibility Area Fee was criticized at the hearing today as poorly written, ineffective, inequitable, and possibly illegal by a series of witnesses from such organizations as the California State Association of Counties, the California Farm Bureau, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers' Association, and representatives of Fire Districts and Fire Departments from throughout California. "1 am very pleased with the bi- partisan coalition that supported my bill today," said Assemblyman Jeffries. "The witnesses made a compelling case that this rural Warner Students Embracing Robotics Mr. Kurt Benjamin with students "You don't have to look too far to find a study that shows United States students to be behind those of other nations in STEM. This is just one way to help get students motivated and connect real life to the classroom." With Warner students already enjoying their interaction with the LEGO robotics kits, it's o surprise that other interests have emerged. The club has decided to work with the San Diego Science Alliance and the Oceanside High School's Robotics Team to develop an underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). This project is still "in the works", but it's something to which several Warner High School students are looking forward. In addition, students from both Warner Junior and Senior High are looking forward to forming a robotics team to compete in future county and regional robotics competitions With National Robotics Week just aroundthe corner, April 7-15, the growing importance of robotics on our 21st century society will be recognized by schools throughout San Diego County. More locally, the students of Warner Junior/ Senior High School will be able to appreciate the design, programming and circuitry of these motorized creations right inside the classroom. Since returning to school from the winter break in January, students at Warner have had the opportunity to work with new LEGO robotics kits that allow each student team to design and program their very own robot. "This is all about putting a greater emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in our school:' said Kurt Benjamin, math teacher and Warner's Robotics Club sponsor. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) recently completed work on a new facility that will help restore power to the community of Julian in a quicker fashion. The new "step-up facility" was installed near 4th Street and C Street in Julian and with this new step-up facility up and running, SDG&E has made it easier to connect a generator when the need arises - all in an effort to keep serving Julian with safe and reliable energy. Having these types of facilities permanently in place helps generators become "plug-in ready" and reduces the amount. of work and time required to set up full operation. "These additional resources will be. instrumental in restoring power quickly for Julian residents," said Juanita Hayes, public affairs manager for SDG&E. "Maintaining reliability is critical and is our core business and we want to continue to partner with the community to .ensure SDG&E provides the" right solution for the residents of Julian." Local weather stations and meteorology equl pment will help SDG&E to forecast when the generator might be needed in Julian, especially during Red Flag Warnings. And, when the need arises, the generator will be brought up from its storage site, and made ready for service. Supervisors Vote to Keep Community Planning Groups Unchanged Saying community planningadvisory groups provide valuable input to the County's land-use prq#[S, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to ke the groups unchanged. The Board did vote to increase training for the current and future members of the County's 26 community planning advisory groups to increase their effectiveness. Supervisors also directed land-use staff to return in the future with a plan to combine and re-organize the County's multiple land use departments into one new organization and to convene a group to re-examine one of the County's environmental ordinances, the Resource Protection Ordinance. All of the actions were taken as the Board considered recommendations made last year bya special task force created to find ways to cut "red tape" in the County's land use and development process. The Board previously directed County staff to begin implementing several other task force recommendations Feb. 29. The task force made dozens of recommendations, including eliminating the community planning advisory groups, or limiting the types of development projects they could review and imposing term limits on their elected members. The task force made dozens of recommendations, including eliminating the community planning advisory groups, or limiting the types of development projects they could review and imposing term limits on their elected members. Those suggestions drew a large crowd of planning advisory group chairpersons, members and people from unincorporated communities to Wednesday's meeting They told supervisors that the groups were important eyes and ears who provided valuable insight into their communities. Supervisors agreed. "Planning groups are not red tape, but an integral part of the planning process," said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, echoing the testimony of many of the speakers. Supervisors also voted to direct County staff IO: Return with detail s for a plan to create a "continuous improvement program" for the new land-use department. Return with options and details for how a performance review committee could be created to review land-use performance. Continue to work with development industry and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to allow private licensed professionals "self- certify" their work without County review. Some of the recommendation s the Board ordered land use staff to immediately implement at its Feb. 29 meeting included: 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. Continue to shift as many types of projects as possible from needing discretionary approval to "ministerial" approval -- from needing the permission of the County Planning Commission or Board of-Supervisors to simply requiring less formal and time-consuming approva or building permits. Eliminate introducing new project requirements late in the permitting process. all the volunteers and all the generous merchants that donated the wonderful prizes; Mom's Pie, Julian Pie Co, Oakwood Creek, Soup's & Such, The Birdwatcher, Julian Cafe, Julian Grille, Kathy's Dress Shop, Miners Diner, Orchard Hill Inn, Mountain Gypsy, Rongbranch, American Gardener, Julian Tea and Cottage Arts, Wynola Pizza, Candy Apple Pastry Company. Winner can pick up their ribbons and prizes at the Town Hall through April 7th, after that you will need to contact Sally Snipes to arrange pick up. 2012 Julian Daffodil Contest YOUTH ENTRIES AGES 3-5 DIVISION 2- LARGE CUP CULTIVARS: Y-Y 1st- Molly Brown 3rd - Willow March W-Y 1st - Allison Britton Y-O 2nd - Molly Brown DIVISION 4-DOUBLE CULTIVARS: W-O 2nd - Elliott Elisara DIVISION 11-SPLIT CUP: W-Y 1st- Elliott Elisara YOUTH ENTRIES AGES 6-10 DIVISION 1-TRUMPETS: Y-Y 1st - Katy John 2nd - Sebastian Lovin 3rd - Eva (5526) Y-Y (triple stem) 1st - Julian Elementary Character Garden 2nd - Sebastian Lovin 3rd - Sebastian Lovin Honorable Mention - Kaelyn Grev DIVISION 2-LARGE CUP CULTIVARS: Y-Y 1st - Julian Elementary Character Garden 2nd - Avery McFedries 3rd - Sebastian Lovin Honorable Mention - Sebastian Lovin Y-P 3rd - Avery McFedries Y,O 1st - Ellie Marushige 2nd - Maggie Schuett 3rd - Eva (5526) W-Y 2nd - Julian Elementary Character Garden 2nd - Benjamin Wentler 3rd - Kaelyn Grev W,P 2nd - Sebastian Lovin W-O 1st - Benjamin Wentler 2nd - Katy John W-Y-Y Honorable Mention - Sebastian Lovin W-Y-P 3rd - Maggie Schuett W-Y-W Honorable Mention - Sebastian Lovin W-Y-Y-O 1st - Julian Elementary Character Garden DIVISION 3-SMALL CUP CULTIVARS: W-O 1st- Elliott Elisara Y-Y 2nd - Kaelyn Grev DIVISION 4-DOUBLE CULTIVARS: W-W Business Mixer - U#SiE IPRESORTED STANDARD PERMIT NO. 30 I JULIAN, CA J Eagles" Athletics Sorino Sports - Baseball Wed April 18 home Calipatria HS 3:30PM Friday April 20 home Mountain Empire 3:30PM Wed April 25 home Vincent Memorial 3:30PM Friday April 27 away @ Vincent Memorial 3:30PM Tuesday May 01 home Ocean View Christian 4:00PM Wed May 02 away @ Mountain Empire Softball Tuesday April 10 home Escondido Adventist 3:30PM Thursday April 12 away @ Ocean View 3:30PM Wed April 18 home Calipatria HS 3:30PM Friday April 20 home Mountain Empire 3:30PM Wed April 25 home Vincent Memorial 3:30PM Friday April 27 away @ Vincent Memorial 3:30PM Wednesday May 02 away @ Mountain Em pire 3:30PM Track Saturday Apr. 14 @ Valley Center High School (Jaguar Invite) 9:00AM Friday Apr. 20 home Calvary Christian School (Southern Confrence #2) 3:00PM Friday Apr. 27 @ Escondido High School (Escondido nvite) Golf Thursday April 05 Borrego Springs, Guajome Park @ Classical Academy - tba Escondido Adventist @ Warner Springs - tba Wednesday April 11 Vincent Memorial, Escondido Adventist @ Borrego Springs - tba 1st - Maggie Schuett YOUTH ENTRIES AGES 11-15 DIVISION 1-TRUMPETS: Y-Y 1st - Laurel Cantor 2nd - Laurel Cantor 3rd - Kristina (2317) W-Y 1st - Mimi (1285) DIVISION 2-LARGE CUP CULTIVARS: Y-Y 1st - David Stringfellow 2nd - David Stringfellow Y-O 1st - Julian Jr. High Living Room Garden 2nd (tie)- Mense Jimenez, Ellie Marushige 3fd - Madison Goswick W-Y 1st - Domiana Andrews-Hensley 2nd - Kristina (2317) 3rd - Lindsey Wagaman W-P 1st - David Stringfellow 2nd - Kathleen Huggms continued on page 5 in the Town Hall