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April 9, 2003 THE STORY BEHIND "ALTITUDES" SKATEPARKco.'t,o. Page 1 The Julian News 7 \\; Julian's skatepark was named "Altitudes" on Opening Day, October 20, 2002 JULIAN LIONS MIXER The Julian Lions Club cordially invites all Julian residents, Julian Lions members (old and new) and their families to enjoy a fun evening of LWE ENTERTAINMENT, RAFFLE, FOOD, & BEVERAGES. THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2003, 6 PM JULIAN TOWN HALL, DOWNSTAIRS On the local scene the Julian Lions Club awards many scholarships to students, helps them with flee eye examinations and glasses, and sponsors select students with an exchange program trip to Julian's sister city in Austria every year. The Julian Lions Club members volunteer their time and effort to produce the two day Bluegrass Festival, and the Mayfest in Julian. The Lions Club International is the largest volunteer organization in the world bringing joy and valuable tools for the sight and hearing impaired and donates and supports many diabetes programs. Please come and support the Julian Lions. Membership information will be available. PUBLIC WELCOME Stanley family, the Gaudette family, Zach Zaubi, the Wendt family. This group met regularly at the Pine Hills Lodge Dinner Theater. Spring, "98 - IPR Insurance says we can't ride share as a function of IPR any more. 11/98 - Sheriff Barker shares a conversation with Chuck Kimball about needing a place to send kids to skate when he tells them to leave downtown Julian. 12/98 - Chuck Kimball meets with Dianne Jacob for the first time about a skatepark for Julian kids. 2/99 - Dianne Jacob has a meeting at the Town Hall. Skaters and parents come and ask for a skatepark. 4/99 - A presentation was made to the Julian Community Services District about Frank Lane Park as a possible site for the skatepark. The request was rejected and interest returned to Jess Martin Park as the site. IPR confirms a willingness to host the skatepark at Jess Martin Park..(* Thing we need # 1) This presentation was made by Kimball, Tom Schultz, Mike Bannoch. 7/99 - Dianne Jacob meets with kids and parents: Bannoch, the Fender family, Kimball, Schultz, the Vile family, the Wendt family, Zaubi, the Stanley family. She presents a check (* Thing we need #2) to the community for skatepark funds ($125,000) at our 4th of July celebration. 8/99 - Third meeting at Jacob's office with Vile, the Lay family, Fender, Zaubi, Wendt, Bannoch, Schultz, Kimball. 4/01 - At baseball opening day, kids and parents complete an interest survey at the proposed skatepark site at JMP. The focus of the survey is skatepark components and operations. POSSIBLE NEW FIRE STATION can't from Page 1 fire district would be responsible for the treatment of the water, if that is needed. Dubler indicated he would be interested in working with Intermountain Park and Recreation (IPR) and County Parks and Recreation about joining them in the use of a proposed new type of sewage disposal system that would return water to the ground that is nearly as pure as naturally occurring ground water. The fire district board wishes to provide sleeping accommodations for four fire personnel and two ambulance staff. This arrangement would allow improved response times for the fire district. The ambulance contract with the County will soon be going to bid for a period that could extend into the fall of 2011, if extension options are exercised. Dubler indicated he is confident the local fire district will receive approval for the new contract. Seifert indicated that money is being budgeted by the firedistrict for construction of the new station and additional funds are being sought from large grants and other private sources. Seifert and Dubler stated that they hope the new station can be constructed within two years. Exterior elevations of the proposed new building would be submitted to the local Architectural Review Board for their approval. Sallee stated that this arrangement would be a good one for the community, since the new location would be more central to the area's population, with about half the residents living in nearby Whispering Pines and Kentwood-in-the- Pines. This would allow better response times, possible reductions in residents' fire insurance rates and more land for the fire district's future expansion needs. This proposal was originally made by Seifert and the two boards reached an agreement in principle on it at a joint December meeting. Formal actions have yet to be taken. Fall,'O1 - After two years of no progress on the skatepark, there is another meeting at Dianne Jacob's office to ask "Where is our skatepark?". She reaffirms her commitment to make the park a reality. She commits to find funds to pay for insurance to get the park up and running. (* Thing we need #3) This meeting was attended by IPR, Noel Parr, Patrick McDonough, Chimine, Supervisor Jacob, and County attorneys. 12/01 - Patrick is assigned by San Diego County Parks and Rec. to bring the skatepark to Julian; the Major Use Permit for Jess Martin Park, including skatepark and playground is put out for review. 4/02 - Patrick starts a search for vendors; kids meet to select specific park components from vendor displays. 5-9/02- Patrick coordihates construction of skatepark at Jess Martin Park. October 20, 2003- Opening Day of "Altitudes", Julian's skatepark. 3/03 - Insurance policy, paid by the County, expired. The County and [PR investigate alternate insurance options and search for funding for insurance premiums for upcoming year. The skatepark, now known as "Altitudes", has it's own telephone and you can call 765-1761 for information. It is open regularly on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon until 4pm. On Mondays it is open 2:30 to 4pro. It is staffed by volunteers. To be a volunteer to open Altitudes you must be at least 16 years of age and receive instruction on how to run the park. The park is used often for parties. Call Dana Pettersen (765-1020) to volunteer or reserve the park for parties. If you would like to make a donation for skatepark operations expenses, mail a check to "IPR - Skatepark" at P.O. Box 1492, Julian, CA 92036. The park is here but the work isn't completed. We need your help to keep your kids' and your neighbor's kids skatepark open. This is still a community park - the County owns it but we have to run it. Thanks for all your support. If anyone has additional details that should be included in this chronology, please call me at 765-1284. Thank you L WE INVITE YOUR OPINION/ The views expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of The Julian News or its management, We invite all parties to submit their opinions and comments to The Julian News. All contributed items are subject to editorial approval prior to acceptance for publication. BL00DBANK GOES TO WARTIME PLAN The San Diego Blood Bank was alerted to stand-by today as the military activated its wartime contingency plan for additional blood. The San Diego Blood Bank is part of that national agreement made by America's Blood Centers, a network of community blood centers that collects nearly half of the nation's blood supply. The blood bank is prepared to ship blood as soon as it is requested. On Friday, March 28, 2003, the military requested blood from America's Blood Centers' national office in Washington, D.C. This agreement was made in January between America's Blood Centers and the U.S. Department of Defense (DAD) to assure all blood needs would be met. While the military collects its own blood and relies foremost on that blood for its troops, America's Blood Centers' members, including the San Diego Blood Bank, are prepared to fulfill part of the military blood needs not met by those sources. "We know that the citizens of San Diego will come forward to help support military blood needs, as well as the needs of local hospital patients," said Ramona Walker, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank. Red blood cells have a 42-day shelf life and platelets only 5 days, so the supply must constantly be replaced. People can donate blood every 56 days, or every eight weeks - up to six times annually. Anyone who is 17 years or older, in generally good health and weighs at least 110 pounds may qualify to donate blood. Active duty military, military dependents, retirees and DaD government employees can donate blood through the Navy's Donor Center at Balboa Naval Medical Center by calling 619-532-6650. Civilian blood donors should call 1- 80O-4MY-SDBB or log on to www.SanDiegoBloodBank.ore. ENT CALENDAR -- APRIL 2003 SUNDAY MONDAY MARCH 30 MARCH 31 ART CLASS DINNER: S.A.L, MEETING AUXILIARY ** POOL *DINNER: MEETING TOURNAMENT STUFFED CHOPS 6 7 A.T cLAss 8 9 PUFL 10 11 12 ** BREAKFAST DINNER: ** POOL *DINNER: (AUX) POST MEETING SPAGHETTI TOURNAMENT SWISS STEAK 13 14 A.rCuss 15 16 PUFL 17 18 19 DINNER: ** POOL *DINNER: (LGN) TOURNAMENT FRIED CHICKEN 20 14 AnT cLAss 22 23 PUFL 24 25 126 DINNER: ** POOL !*DINNER: (S.A.L) TOURNAMENT 27 14 ART CLASS 29 30 PUFL MAY 1 MAY 2 MAY 3 DINNER: ** POOL *DINNER" TOURNAMENT * PUBLIC WELCOME ** SIGN-INS WELCOME BUFFET BREAKFAST FIRST SUNDAY EVERY MONTH FROM 7-11:30 A.M. FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC CALL 765-0126 AFTER 4 PM FOR INFORMATION. - MEETINGS ; -- S.A.L. -- i i 1 s' Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. i -- WOMEN'S AUXILIARY- i ; 1 st Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. ; -- LEGION GENERAL MEETING -- r 9 nd aturdav nf tho mnnth, ln.2fl a rn 00JUUAN ANIMAL .OSF, rrAL s" "U ,,v,,, \\;\ uffdenge v-i!i , aafti,r e" i r d s, rabitos,lnR;ther companion animals 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon./TuesJThurs./Fri. 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Wed. & Sat. For Appointment, Call 765-0500 2907 Washington * Box 550 *Julian, CA 92036 HOW MUCH LONGER CAN YOU AFFORD TO WAIT? ON JULY 29, 2002, the Pines Fire broke out in Banner due to the negligence of the National Guard carrying out a OEA drug surveillance program. The fire destroyed over 37 residential buildings and more than 150 other structures. Through the efforts of many courageous flrefighters, the fire was contained on August 12 and controlled on August 22, 2002, after ripping through nearly 62,000 acres. WILL THE DEA AND DOJ PAY THE CLAIMS? For small claims under $2500, fire victims were told by the Guard that after filing those claims, they would be sent to Sacramento for approval; then after they were approved there, they would be sent to Fort Irwin for final approval. On October 15, 2002, the Guard told victims that they hod no authority at all to settle the claims and that the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the Deportment of Justice would be the agencies of record. Now even the smaller claims are not being settled. For the more substantive claims involving structural loss, personal property loss, debris removal, erosion, flood abatement, watershed and properly protection, revegetotion, reforestation, and many other post-fire remediotions, fire victims, you need the services of The Fire Victim Legal Assistance Coalition: Joseph T. Dibos and Richard P. Verlosky, (619) 235-0307. WHY THE DELAY IN SETTLING THOSE CLAIMS THAT HAVE BEEN PRESENTED? In any major piece of litigation, delay favors the defendant. This is because good, honest folks such as the victims of this fire get worn down, depressed, and emotionally defeated by long, continued delays-:- especially if they are unexplained delays. The overwhelming majority of the Pines Fire victims certainly do not wish to accept the notion that their own government deceived them. The facts, however, show that the National Guard admitted fault; took full responsibility for the fire; set up claims offices; promised to settle the claims quickly; and then on October 15, 2002, told victims that they had no authority at all to settle the claims and that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with the Department of Justice would be the agencies Of record. More importantly, the National Guard knew all along that they were not legally liable for the fire and subsequent damages. WE UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL following the fire.--the Notional Guard promised victims that the claims would be handled quickly, some folks think it is a sign of pure greed to sue, lawyers ore not to be trusted, people are afraid to sue the Federal Government for fear of retaliation or retribution, folks who lost houses are reluctant to sue because their home may not have been built according to code and they are afraid they will be fined (Supervisor Jacob's Office has represented this isn't true), people don't want neighbors to know th business, and they don't want to get tied up in a "class action" and be in the courts for years. These cases cannot be on the basis of a class action because the damages are individualized to each fire victim. While similar claims may be filed together in one lawsuit, each is separate ,and settlement is not dependent upon settlement of the entire group. WHY DO I NEED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY? We have heard stories from folks who were advised by the National Guard not to seek the advice of on attorney. Fire victims were told that hiring an attorney would only reduce the net amount the claimant would receive, and it would prevent the claimants from having direct conversations with the Notional Guard Claims staff. The National Guard said, "You can trust us." What they did not tell victims was that trial attorneys ore able to review cases to make certain the claimant submits a claim for eye,thing they are entitled to receive. A competent attorney will pursue oil theories of damages, many of which have already been misrepresented by the National Guard. Moreover, the lawyer should be able to anticipate what future damages may occur. Can you redly afford to wait any longer? You need the services of The Fire Victim Legal Assistance Coalition: Joseph T. Dibos and Richard P. Verlasky, (619) 235-0307. THE FIRE VICTIM LEGAL ASSISTANCE COALITION JOE DIBOS, ESQ. & DICK VERLASKY, ESQ. -- MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET US AT YOUR PROPERTY.