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l Volume 24 - Issue 18 Wednesday December 17, 2008 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 Community Planning Group in-Action by Vicki Bryan, Secretary JCPG The regularly scheduled meeting of the JCPG was held on Dec. 8, 2008 at the Town Hall. All members were present with the exception of one. It was a relatively light agenda wffh the following items requiring Board And Superintendent Prepare For Lean Times, Jut~an News PC Box 639 Julia~" CA 92036 Change Service Requested Ihh,h,h,,,Ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,I,,h,,hhlh,,h,II Small Town Papers TFN 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 New FIRE San Diego - CAL FIRE Chief Ruben Grijalva and San Diego County Administrator Walt Ekard met this past Friday to discuss winter staffing levels for CAL SSUIkN] D)A\hY, ]D)]EC 21[ attention; The ARB has 4 positions up Lay Off Of Some Classified Employees Approved F,RE's San Diego unit. The statement below was released '~ for new appointments. JCPG by MichaelHart following their meeting. " is responsible for appointing i those 4. A Motion was made toThursday night December 11th Max Robinson reported that the effect on Jarluary 15,-2009."CAL FIRE and county staff place adds in. the Julian News the board of the Julian Uniondistrict was going to have to send As newly elected board met this morning and agreed to MONDAY DEC, 22 announcing the open positionsSchool District officially elected the interim budget to the County president Susan Seiferth stated extend current staffing levels for along with the criteria for its' president for the 2009 year: BoardofEducationwithanegative"we have been down this roadtwo weeks to allow the county appointment. The applications are requested by February 3 to be placed on our Feb. 9th meetipg agenda, All submitters are also requested to attend the Feb JCPG meeting for interviews. Notices will be placed on the town hall and post office. AT&T has submitted an application to add an additional antenna array on an existing cell tower on Rutherford Peak. Application had been approved by the JCPG with no conditions. Public Affairs Manager, Juanita Hayes, from SDG E was in attendance. The Fire Preparedness Plan put out SDG&E and presented to the CPUC was the subject of her visit. She reported that SDG&E has suspended portion 1 of the plan. Portion 1 is the part that will shut off power to affected areas with the following criteria, a) sustained winds of 35 mph with gusts of 50 mph b) 20% low humidity c) level of fuel moistu~re in plants and red flag warning from Cal .Fire. Hayes is going to Planning Groups of the areas in question and requesting input. JCPG stresses the imPortance of more research into this matter by SDG&E. Few items of great concern by JCPG were a) lack of power to wells for water, b) will this fall under state of emergency or evacuation for insurance purposes c) will they be able isolate the shut-off so that Julian proper, schools, fire departments, service stations, law enforcement offices, water districts remain powered. It was also pointed out that tourist coming to Julian would not be aware of the outage and it would eventually further hurt the tourism. Hayes felt it would be a very rare instance that power would be shut off. Verdugo reported that from the data he has collected from his weather station over the last few years, every month showed possible power shut-offs with the criteria that is in place. Hayes stated that the SDG&E would like everybody to register their generators with them if hard wired to the poles. This would result in them manually checking each generator before restoring that s ction of power for the safety of the lineman (backfeed). Also SDG&E is working with the county on the reverse 911 and encouraged all to sign up for it and to buy generators. Hayes requested input from residences. Her email address is jhayesl@ 760- 480-7650. The Fire Prep Plan needs to be written in detail and submitted to the PUC by the end of the month This was an information item only. There was no further business before the group so the meeting was adjourned. The next regular scheduled will be on January 12, 2009. Susan Seiferth. re-elected the absent Frank Spevacek vice president and welcomed newest board member Erik Fleet with his selection as board clerk. After the usual approval of miutes and adoption of the agenda, the board heard reports from the ASB, Classified employees, Certified employees and Athletic Department. Eagles Peak Charter reported it has now retired its' debt to Wells Fargo Bank and has enrol ed over 1700 students, and once again requested that the Julian District maintain their relationship. The board then took up the certification of the 2008-2009 budget, which the district is required to review twice each year. Interim Business Manager certification, due to income shortages and the ongoing issues surrounding the law suit involving the unoccupied classrooms and costs involved with the use of portable classroom. There were also issues of the original budget not projecting costs accurately for personnel. The bottom lir e is that the district will fall short of it's financial obligations without some serious coast cutting or increases in revenue. The board took acti'on to begin the cost cutting eleminating one custial position and reducing the hours of four other positions (Technology Coordinator, Teacher Aide. Special Education Aide and Groundskeeper) the reductions are scheduled to take before, and know the measures that must be taken..." The Eagles Peak Charter will also play into the money mix as once again the board issued a Notice for Cure and Correct with response required by Monday December 16th. The board tabled for administrative reasons and order to revoke Eagles Peaks' charter. The loss of revenue from oversight of the charter school will also be a factor in future budgets, as is declining enrollment, with a projected incoming freshman class smaller than the graduating senior class. With the shortfall parents and the community may find they need to pitch in just when the overall economy is contracting. Mark Stadsklev- Bush Pilot And Photographer At The Julian Library December 20th Mark Stadsklev is an adventurer with a keen eye for capturing nature on film. His preferred canvas is the Alaskan wilds - places of heart stopping beauty and awe, inaccessible by any othertransport butan airplane. So to capture his matchless images, Mark flies - not as a passenger shooting photographs - as the pilot shooting photographs. Mark Stadsklev belongs to a small and select fraternity known as the Alaskan bush pilots. They provide a vital service - flying people and cargo to some of the most remote destinations in Alaska. Flying routinely into areas where no one can help if something goes wrong, bush pilots tend to be independent types who can handle and adapt to challenges most people would prefer not to experience. That being said, the life of a bush pilot has its notable rewards. He or she routinely observes pristine arctic vistas of breathtaking beauty. The bush pilot is also witness to awe inspiring natural events that few others wil ever visualize - unless the images are captured with a camera and shared with us. That is Mark's Stadsklev's extraordinary talent and passion - giving us the opportunity to see what he has seen. Mark will present a lecture and slideshow of his published photographs December 20th at the Julian Library. The presentation begins at 1:00 PM and is a joint production of the Friends of the Julian Library Arts and Letters Program and the Julian Library. Refreshments will be served, and Mr. Stadsklev book, Exploring Nature's Dance, will be available for signing by the author. One lucky member of the audience will a copy in the free raffle. Mark Stadsklev grew up in Nebraska. Seventy two hour after graduating from high school he by Perry Savage Mark Stadsklev - Bush Pilot And Photographer was on his way to Los Angeles because; Mark relates, "it was about as opposite as you can get from Nebraska". Besides, he hacl a great job lined up - which lasted two days. That was the beginning of Mark's itinerant years - working about 50 jobs - from scuba instructor to chimney sweep, from fry cook to ranch hand. With his first real paycheck, he bought a 35 mm camera, and began shooting nature photography. He got the acting bug, and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts. But acting wasn't paying the bills, so Mark began looking for a career that would. He heard about a student grant program for aspiring pilots that paid tuition to flight school. He jumped on the opportunity immediately. "The student grant ended up paying the first ten hours", Mark said. "Thirty thousand dollars on my credit card later, I had some real pilot credentials". After two years as a flight instructor, Mark moved to Alaska to become a bush pilot, his occu pation for the next seventeen years. He loves the freedom that comes with his job - "you're your own boss in the cockpit", he relates. When asked to relate a memorable bash pilot story, Mark tells of flying above a )od of 20 killer whales, and then landing his pontoon plane on the water, watching them swim by. He also remembers the thrill of landing in a volcano, and photographing . glaciers from under ground The most unusual delivery he ever made? " flew to a remote village, a hundred miles from the nearest town. The village had a population of one. He had requested a Sears catalog. Igot it to him". Besides his local presentation at the Julian Library, Mark has a showing of 30 photographs at Cafe Libertalia at 3834 5th Ave. in San Diego. The show runs through December. Mark recently learned the Anchorage Museum collection committee has selected his in, age "Secret Stream" for their permanent collection. Also, two of Mark's images were selected to tour Alaska with the Rarefied Light juried exhibit. Before seeing Mark Stadsklev's photographs "oh the big screen at the Julian Library, drop by his excellent website, www. Then come and meet Mark in person December 20th. For more information, call the library - 765- 0370. I time to evaluate its specific needs for winter staffing and to develop an appropriate plan to manage the transition. "The discussion during the meeting focused on extension of this one time budget reduction of $1.3 million within the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit, the various ways that it can be applied witli the least amount of disruption and doing so while keeping people and their property safe. "We want to make it clear that during times of imminent fire danger and the need for fire personnel to fight those fires, CAL FIRE will have the personnel available to protect the people and property of San Diego County and all other regions of the state. "We have been good partners, CAL FIRE and San Diego County, we have worked well together as is evidenced by the outcome of this meeting and we look forward to maintaining our strong, long- term relationship." . After the statement was released the Julian News contacted Supervisor Jacob for her thoughts; -. "1 am deeply concerned by the State's proposal to cut funding to the CAL FIRE budget. adamantly oppose the closure of rural fire stations in the fire-prone unincorporated communitieS of San Diego County. Likewise, I am troubled by the prospect of the State pulling its staff from one of the County's firefighting helicopters. I implore the State to reconsider these reckless and dangerous decisions. San Diego County does not have a fire season. Our climate is among very few places on the globe where desert-fueled winds, chaparral and limited rainfall combine to pose a unique and especially deadly fire risk; these one-of-a-kind conditions warrant year-round fire protection. The Viejas Fire in January of 2001 and the Gavilan Fire in February of 2002 are proof positive of the destruction that can and has occurred outside of what the State claims is an "Off season."_ The County has worked very hard to educate the State about our atypical fire protection needs. These cuts are an affront to the positive progress that has been made between the County and the State, including the County's commitment to add $15.5 million a year to augment rural fire protection in key areas. Wildland fire protection is a core responsibility of State government. In the tightest of budget times[ these public safety Basketball (boys)- 12/11 - 12/18 Imperial Tournament Thursday 12/18 Away @ SCY - 6;30 12/26- 12/29 Coronado Tournament Basketball (girls) - 12/29 - 12/31 Tri City Tournament Soccer (boys)- Thursday 12/18 - 3:15 Home vs Horizon Soccer (girls) - Thursday 12/18 - 3:15 Away @ Borrego Eagles Set To by Aracely Abarca Changes ,only make one stronger. For the Julian Girls Varsity Soccer Team, the changes that have occurred this year have only made us into a better team. From losing .six seniors, all who were dominant starters, to recruiting a new coach, Javier Cordova, it has become a very anticipated for season. On the first day of practice, Saturday November 15th we greeted our never before seen Coach with open arms. We had no idea what to expect. The only thing we were sure of was that we were eager to learn, and by the end of our practice we were positive he was willing to teach. As the days became weeks, we realized the youthfulness of our team. Besides having only nine returnees, five of them being returning starters, our team consisted of eleven new girls. We begat1 with the basics and progressed with each practice. Even though such a young team can be frustrating once in awhile, Coach Javi has constantly encouraged us to better ourselves..He is like a sculptor, rbfining all the raw talent. With our determination dollars must not be compromised, and capability, our eyes are set t Monies saved by reducing the on playoffs. So, come support ! CAL FIRE budget will ,pale in comparison to the costs incurred by the State to respond to another catastrophic wildfire along the lines of the 2003 Cedar Fire and the 2007 Witch and Harris fires." your Girls Varsity Soccer Team at our next home game against Calvin Christian on January 1st, 2009. As all eagles do. we are going to soar high this season and as our beloved Coach Javier would says, "Eagles, you know". miss our e ,8:00 AM, the S