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June 16,7:00PM ~SDG&E Hearing to Protest Surcharge Increases@Embassy Suites Hotel ,4550 La Jolla Village Dr.***Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m. STOP Blackwater Protest/Rally-San Diego Federal Courthouse, 880 Front St.& Other important Events!

From: Carol C.
Sent on: Friday, June 13, 2008 4:44 AM
Stop Blackwater!!

Stop Blackwater Protest/Rally - Tuesday, June 17, 10 a.m.
San Diego Federal Courthouse, 880 Front St. (downtown San Diego/Front and Broadway)


Blackwater abused the City of San Diego's permitting process with a disgusting series of steps shielding their activities from public scrutiny. Then, when their subterfuge was discovered, they circumvented the City by going to a Federal judge?all to gain a foothold in Otay Mesa, for their new training facility at the border.

A Federal court hearing was held on the issue on May 30, 2008, followed by a Temporary Restraining Order issued on June 4, 2008, which forced the City of San Diego to grant Blackwater an occupancy permit for the Otay Mesa facility.
A FOLLOW UP HEARING WILL BE HELD IN SAN DIEGO FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT ON TUESDAY, JUNE 17, AT 10:30AM. WE WILL BE PROTESTING STARTING AT 10AM, 880 Front Street, downtown San Diego (Broadway and Front Street). Bring Signs, etc. (Park in Horton Plaza, free with kiosk validation)

CITY ATTORNEY MIKE AGUIRRE WILL BE ARGUING THE CASE FOR THE CITY BEFORE JUDGE MARILYN HUFF, APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT?S FATHER.
Note: If you wish to enter thecourt hearing, you must not have signs, T-shirts, or other expressive gear.

For More Info, Please Contact the Peace Resource Center of San Diego,[masked] or [address removed]
You can read court documents, including Blackwater's complaint, the City's response and Judge Huff's ruling at www.prcsd.org (Click on the No Mercenaries button).
SPONSORED BY San Diego Peace Resource Center (www.prcsd.org), Activist San Diego (www.ActivistSanDiego.org), Citizens' Oversight (www.citizensoversight.org)

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June 16, 2008 - 7:00 PM ~SDG&E Hearing to Protest Surcharge Increases

HEARING LOCATION
San Diego California Public utility Hearing: June 16, 2008 - 7:00 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Hi you wonderful activists! A friend of mine works for UCAN, like a watchdog company that keeps track of companies like SDG&E. Please read this email from her and if you could please send this out to as many people as you can. We need lots of people to pack this meeting and protest SDG&E unloading more costs for utilities on the consumer.
Thanks! Lynne Sandoval
From: [address removed]
To: [address removed]
Subject: SDG&E Hearing to protest surcharge increase
Date: Wed, 11 Jun[masked]:38:55 -0700

Hi Lynne. You said you could alert all of the people and/or organizations about the hearing next Tuesday evening on June 17th. Go to http://www.ucan.org/ and look at the red box on the left. There is also text on our web site giving details about this. I sure hope you have time to email the following to everyone and anyone who cares about rate increases where corporate America like big oil companies are being released from their fair share to place the financial burden on an already over-taxed middle class?-the residential ratepayer. The email is as follows:
Dear Friend of UCAN.org,

It isn't often that we send out e-mails to you but we think this is
something that deserves your immediate attention. If you've looked at
your recent SDG&E bill you've seen the startling increases in natural
gas (and electric) prices over the past few months. Much of that is
attributable to the ridiculous speculation going on in the oil and
natural gas markets. But some of it is attributable to SDG&E trying to
shift costs for its large customers onto residential customers.

SDG&E is up to its old tricks again with natural gas. It is proposing
that costs for public purpose programs that have been shared by large
and small gas customers should now be paid for fully by residential
customers. It seems like sharing the burden has now become too much of
a burden for the large commercial and industrial customers.

The PUC is holding hearings next Tuesday (June 17th) in the UTC/La Jolla
area and we recommend that you attend the hearing and let the regulators
know your thoughts about this really bad proposal.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO: www.ucan.org
Feel free to call UCAN at[masked] if you have
questions.
Sincerely, Michael Shames, Executive Director, Utility Consumers' Action Network

HEARING LOCATION
San Diego California Public utility Hearing: June 16, 2008 - 7:00 PM
Embassy Suites Hotel, 4550 La Jolla Village Drive San Diego, CA 92122


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Women's Rights Are Human Rights

Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m."Women's Rights Are Human Rights} Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, free event,Please RSVP to info@voicesof women.org


Voices of Women is delighted that four outstanding women are confirmed to speak about women's rights in four continents. This promises to be an insightful, inspirational and educational event. Please join us.

Featuring a panel of speakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America, who will address their country's policy on human rights and justice for women. The presentations will be interspersed with dramatic readings by San Diego actors.
The following speakers are confirmed:

Le Ly Hayslip, who grew up during the Vietnam War, is the author of When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace. Both of these books were combined into the film, Heaven and Earth, directed by Oliver Stone.

Gloria Oloya is actively involved in creating social justice. She is a Board member of Friends for Peace in Africa and of Activist San Diego. Gloria's activism also involves working with the Campaign to End Genocide in Uganda.

Fabiola Navarro is a Chilean attorney. She was involved in the struggle to defeat the Pinochet Regime. As a student leader she worked in the educational reform movement with the new democratic government. She lives in San Diego and is an activist for human rights.

Shirley Apple Murphy is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota. She has a B.A., an M.S. and a M.A. in Cultural Psychology, and is currently a Psy.D. Candidate in Cultural Psychology. She is the president and founder of Taspan Consulting Company in San Diego, which conducts research and development of indigenous knowledge. Shirley was awarded the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award at the Annual California Conference on American Indian Education.

Date: June 17, 2008
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
What:"Women's Rights Are Human Rights
Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Free event: Please RSVP to info@voicesof women.org

There will be no charge for the event, however, we will be seeking funds for our ongoing project in Afghanistan and organizations associated with our speakers.

Voices of Women, email: [address removed], phone:[masked]
web: http://www.voicesofwomen.org


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OBAMA CAMPAIGN

So far no one in San Diego DFA Chapter has sign up to host a Unity Action Event.

However, Obama's campaign has asked us to join with them on their Unity Campaign that is being held on Saturday, June 28th. :

Unity Picnic in the Park

Host: Marsha Johnston <[address removed]>
Time: Saturday, June 28 at 12:00 PM - 3 hours
Location: Balboa Park
6th & Laurel
San Diego, CA 92101

You can view this event at any time by going to: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/4qlb
You can manage this event (and any others you're planning) at: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/myevents Thank You!

Saturday, June 28th. Obama '08 "Unite for Change" meetings. These meetings are to reach out and bring together folks who supported all of the Democratic candidates (and those who are just tuning into the process now). To create or find a Unite for Change event in your neighborhood go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/uniteforchange/



I have decided that it would be a great idea for SD DFA to work with our local Obama Campaigns on their Unity Day?. for "Unity sake",

I like the ideas that we unify on at least the date to have our own unity events and as well as be a part of the Saturday, June 28th. Obama '08 "Unite for Change" meetings.

I would like your thoughts on this date change.
Cheers,
Carol [address removed] San Diego DFA Organizer

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?Division is the opposite of multiplication?-Sunday 20 July 2008 @6:00 P.M.

Join leaders in San Diego?s Progressive Community as we unify for common causes.

When: Sunday 20 July 2008 @6:00 P.M.

Featuring: Public Access TV Training for Activists and Peaceful Protest Strategies

Where: Joyce Beers Community Center San Diego, CA 92103
1090 Vermont Street - Ralph's Shopping Center, Next to Aladdin's Mediterranean Cafe-1.5 blocks north of University Ave.

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Calendar of Events

Friday, June 13th, Noon. March for Justice for Janitors. Meet at Civic Center Plaza in Downtown San Diego on and then march to One America Plaza. Info: Albert Velasquez at [address removed]

Friday, June 13th, noon. Catfish Club Luncheon: Nancy Graham, Centre City Development Corporation "Update on the Downtown Government Center Master Plan." At the San Diego Hall of Champions - Balboa Park. Details at http://www.catfishclub.net/Events/CurrentEvents.html

Friday, June 13th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Olga Diaz for Escondido City Council Campaign Kickoff. At the new Democratic satellite office at 135 East Grand, between Kalmia and Broadway in downtown Escondido. http://www.olgadiaz.com/

Saturday, June 14th, 10:30 am. Escondido Democratic Club meeting. Rev. Richard Lawrence, a retired Methodist minister who is a member of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, will discuss ?A Living Wage: Why It?s a Good Payday for Everyone.? At the Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St. in Escondido. Info: Rick Moore at [address removed] or[masked]

Saturday, June 14th, social at 12:30, meeting at 1:00 pm. Lake San Marcos Democratic Club meeting. Jim Bell, an expert on life-support-sustaining development, will discuss the enviroment in San Diego and Tjuana. At the Lakeside Pavilion at the Lake San Marcos Resort. Info: Linda Lewis at [address removed] or (760)[masked] or Betty Ball at[masked]-1035.

Tuesday, June 17th, 6:30 pm dinner. The City Club of San Diego Proudly Presents: Scott McClellan ? Former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush Speaking on ?What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington?s Culture of Deception.? In the Harborside Room ? Holiday Inn on the Bay, Harbor Drive at Ash Street. City Club Members: $40, Non-Members, $60 (copies of Mr. McClellan`s book will be available) Phone Reservations:[masked]

Tuesday, June 17th, 7:00 pm. Women?s Rights Are Human Rights - Five human rights activists will discuss women?s conditions in five countries within Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. The program will also feature professional actors performing dramatic readings about war and peace, and the effects on human rights. Sponsored by Voices of Women. At the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the University of San Diego campus. Info: www.voicesofwomen.org or 858.642.6770.

Wednesday, June 18th, Social at 6:30, Program at 7:00 pm. Rancho N. Coast Democratic Club meeting. Guest speaker: Ray Lutz, 77th AD candidate and leading anti-Blackwater activist. At the Encinitas Terrace Apts. Clubhouse, 454 Requeza St. Info: Patsy Cutler, (760)[masked] or www.ranchodemocrats.org

Thursday, June 19th, (6:30 pm wine and cheese social - 7:00 pm meeting). Black Mt. Democratic Club meeting with City Attorney Mike Aguirre. At the Rec. Center, 10550 Caminito Flores, San Diego 92126. Map Info: Judy at [address removed]

Saturday, June 21st, 4:30-6:30pm. Vow to Vote No - A fundraiser to help defeat the Marriage Amendment in San Diego. Cabinet Member $500, Freedom Fighter $250, Supporter $125. At the Rancho Santa Fe home of John Venekamp and Clifford Schireson on S 16354 Via del Alba Rancho Santa Fe 92067. RSVP to Dr. Delores Jacobs before June 19, 2008 at [address removed]

Sunday, June 22nd, 11:30 an sharp. La Jolla Democratic Club's Annual Candidate Fundraiser Brunch. Former Congressaman Jim Bates witll talk about national and local politics. At Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive. $25 per person w/RSVP by June 16th, $30 afterwards. RSVP to Ann Heinemann at[masked] or [address removed]

Sunday, June 22nd, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Progressive Democrats of San Diego meeting. Special speaker, lively discussion. Vista Public Library community room, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. ,Vista. [masked]). Info: [address removed] or[masked]-5001.

Tuesday, June 24th, 1:00 pm. Progressive Grandmothers meeting. Guest speaker: Marshall Saunders has been trained by VP Gore's non-profit CLIMATE PROJECT and is Founder and Managing Director of the Citizen's Climate Lobby. At at the Remington Club, 16925 Hierba, Rancho Bernardo. All are invited regardless of gender or age. Info: Vi Mooberry at[masked]-7833.

Wednesday, June 25th, 10:15 am to noon. Voter registration for newly naturalized citizens. Join other volunteers to register voters at Golden Hall, Corner of 3rd and B Street. Parking at Horton Plaza. RSVP to Greg Bolan at [address removed]. Note: The San Diego Voter Registration team usesYahoo Groups to send out volunteer emails. To receive these emails go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sdvoter/ and click on "Join This Group."

Thursday, June 26th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Codepink Kids PEACE Playgroup - teach the next generation about peace NOT war. At the Del Mar Beach main lifeguard station (16th street). Info: [address removed]

Thursday, June 26th, 6:30 social, 7:00 pm meeting. San Diego Democratic Club Meeting. At the Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, Uptown District, Hillcrest ? Vermont Ave., 2 Blocks North of University Ave. Info: (858)[masked] or [address removed]

Friday, June 27th, noon. Catfish Club Luncheon: "Politically Speaking," an appraisal of local and national elections, with KNSD Anchor Gene Cubbinson, San Diego Union-Tribune Political Reporter Ron Powell, and others. At the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Details at http://www.catfishclub.net/Events/CurrentEvents.html

SFriday, June 27th, 7:30 pm. Roy Zimmerman with his satiric musical social commentary returns to San Diego. With the Presidential Conventions looming its not hard to imagine that Roy will have plenty of new and entertaining material. Click HERE for YouTube videos of Roy Zimmerman. At Acoustic Music San Diego, 4650 Mansfield Street, San Diego 92116 (in the Normal Heights area). Get advance tickets online at http://acousticmusicsandiego.com/june.html

Saturday, June 28th. Obama '08 "Unite for Change" meetings. These meetings are to reach out and bring together folks who supported all of the Democratic candidates (and those who are just tuning into the process now). To create or find a Unite for Change event in your neighborhood go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/uniteforchange/

Saturday, June 28th, 10:00 am-noon. Democratic Club of Carlsbad-Oceanside Meeting. Topic: General Election. Speakers: 50th CD candidate Nick Leibham, and 49th AD candidate Judy Jones of San Clemente,. At the Carlsbad Woman's Club, 3320 Monroe St., Carlsbad, 4 blocks east of Highway 5, Carlsbad Village Dr. exit. Info: Robin Friedheim,[masked], [address removed].

Sunday, June 29th, 2:00 pm (refreshments at 1:30 pm). The film "JFK II - The Bush Connection" will be shown by Current Events Theater. A discussion will follow the movie. Free and open to the public. At the Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via Rancho, San Diego 92019. Info: (619)[masked] or http://www.ecdcweb.org.

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" (http://www.sdreader.com/ed/city/) Published on April 5, 2007
U-T and Police Lie About Aguirre
By Don Bauder
"Last week, members of the mainstream media believed they were covering a
story about a search warrant issued by the city attorney's office and
approved by a judge but blocked by the police chief. The chief has broken the
law, but I will get into that in paragraphs below. The real story is that this
incident was a smokescreen in the biggest land grab in San Diego
history.
Developers ? with the covert assistance of city government ? are
attempting to seize Montgomery Field for housing tracts. It's a stealth
campaign that dates back at least four years, with the likes of Sol Price, Malin
Burnham, the Chamber of Commerce, and former City Manager, now developer Jack
McGrory, pushing for it. James Waring, the City's land czar, has mentioned in at
least two meetings that he has such intentions, and in one of those meetings he
said that he, as a developer,"lusted after" the Montgomery land. "For years they
have been trying to turn Montgomery Field into a city of villages. That is no secret,"
harrumphs Councilmember Donna Frye. There are environmentally sensitive lands
at Montgomery that should make this land grab legally impossible, but that won't
stop San Diego: its Incest Perpetuation League does all kinds of extralegal
things on behalf of developers.
Let me explain. The biggest enemy of the San Diego taxpayer is incest ?
specifically, the incestuous relationships between real estate developers and
elected officials, bureaucrats, law enforcement, the judiciary, and the
Union-Tribune. The Incest Perpetuation League is a group of business, political,
judiciary, and media insiders that tries to thwart any inquiry into the incest
at the heart of San Diego's corruption. Scratch any corporate welfare scam
? ballpark, Naval Training Center, almost any shopping center or
redevelopment project ? and you'll find incest and its perpetuators in the center
of the action, helping to shovel public money to private interests, often, their
own.
The attempt by Sunroad Enterprises to complete a building in defiance of
federal aviation laws is just one step in the stealth Montgomery land
grab. The fact that Tom Story, Sunroad's Vice President of Development, oversaw
development for the City of San Diego for almost 20 years is symbolic of
the incest so jealously cultivated by the developer-dominated establishment.
Sunroad is building a 12-story, 190-foot building, called Sunroad Centrum I,
near Montgomery Field. The company plans to build two even taller high-rises,
14 and 20 stories, in the same vicinity. All of these structures violate
the Federal Aviation Administration's height restriction for buildings near
airports. In April of last year, the federal aviation regulator informed Sunroad
that a Centrum I structure above 160 feet would create a hazard. But the building
remains 190 feet. Sunroad says it is following the guidance of the City's Development
Services Department. Surprised? Between 1989 and 2000, Story was deputy planning
director, overseeing development activities for the City. Then he became Senior Policy
Advisor to former mayor Dick Murphy. This put Story in charge of land-use decisions
for Murphy. Then, Story became Murphy's chief of staff. Murphy resigned in spring
of 2005. In the second half of 2005, Story left and shortly joined Sunroad. This was the
year Sunroad applied for the permit to build Centrum I. The city attorney, backed by
the Federal Aviation Administration, the California Department of Transportation, and
other groups interested in safety, has sued Sunroad, which has countersued.
In 2002, San Diego enacted an ethics ordinance that bars a city official, upon leaving
government, from influencing former staff underlings or coworkersfor one year. On
March 21, the city attorney's office filed an affidavit to search Story's office. It was
approved by superior court judge George "Woody" Clarke. It is a well-researched
document ? one of the better search warrant affidavits I have seen.
A search warrant has to show probable cause that a crime has been committed;
it is not designed to make the case. This one is so thorough that it almost makes the case.
It shows that several times in early and middle 2006, Story, both directly and indirectly
contacted city development employees on behalf of Centrum I. As soon as the search
warrant was completed, the Incest Perpetuation League went to work frantically. Police
Chief William Lansdowne refused to serve the warrant, proclaiming it "legally
insufficient." California's penal code Section 1523 says that a search warrant is an order
in writing commanding a peace officer to carry out a search. David S. Law, associate
professor at the University of San Diego law school, says the police can refuse to carry
out a warrant that, say, "totally and obviously fails to specify who/what/where is to
be searched." That hardly applies to the city attorney's warrant. "Judge Woody Clarke
is an experienced scholar in criminal law, and if he authorizes a search warrant,
legally it should be served," says Ed Miller, former district attorney and U.S. attorney.
Enough said. Immediately after Lansdowne refused to do his duty, the Union-Tribune
editorial page ? always eager to distort the truth on behalf of developers and the
Incest Perpetuation League ? lauded Lansdowne's dubious action and
denounced City Attorney Mike Aguirre for orchestrating a "smear" against
Sunroad.
Smear? Aguirre was trying to squelch discussion of the warrant. It was Lansdowne
and the U-T that revealed the matter publicly, probably to prejudice the city attorney's case.
State law says that a peace officer who "willfully discloses the fact of the warrant prior
to execution for the purpose of preventing the search or seizure" should go to state prison
for up to a year.
Last Thursday, the U-T got the search warrant unsealed. And it continued on its
thoroughly disingenuous mission. The news story about the document had no mention
of the material clearly showing Story's contacts with the City. Then the newspaper
wrote still another editorial, personally attacking Aguirre. And the U-T's editorial page
permitted Lansdowne to write a childish, emotional, dishonest op-ed screed of his own.
Lansdowne enlisted support of two other ineffective members of law enforcement: District
Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Sheriff Bill Kolender ? two charter members of the Incest
Perpetuation League who have tried to stop Aguirre's reform attempts before. Mayor Jerry
Sanders, who received $3600 from Sunroad people in 2005, denounced Aguirre. But a
big question remains: Did Lansdowne contact Sanders on March 21, before he refused
to serve the search warrant? Aguirre says that he did. Sanders's spokesman insists
that he didn't. I have extremely good reasons to believe that Aguirre is the one telling
the truth. Unfortunately, Aguirre does not intend to pursue this aspect further by putting
both Sanders and Lansdowne under oath.
The city council hurriedly passed a measure barring Aguirre from filing a lawsuit without
council support. The Incest Perpetuation League has been lobbying for such a bill for a
long time. The measure was sponsored by Councilmember Ben Hueso, who raked in
$1750 from Sunroad people last December alone.
There are several conclusions to be drawn from this sorry episode. First, City government
will go to any lengths to permit a developer to defy Aviation Safety Regulations, or almost
any regulations. No surprise there. Developers run city government. Second, if the Sunroad
building stays at its current height, the Federal Aviation Administration may have no choice
but to close Montgomery Field. Since the airport has been receiving federal funds for
decades, it would normally be almost impossible for San Diego to close it. But those two
extra floors on the Sunroad building may force the federal government's hand. You can see
the Incest Perpetuation League straining to weep, feigning unhappiness: "Oh goodness,
oh dear. Now what shall we do with that land? I guess we'll have to develop it. Oh pooh
and bother." Third, this is all prelude to the 2008 campaign against Aguirre, if he chooses
to run for reelection. No matter what he says or does, it will be completely distorted by the
Incest Perpetuation League and its tool, the Union-Tribune."

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