Tuesday, May 8, 2018

JUPITER TONIGHT (TUESDAY)

One thing most backcountry residents enjoy that their downland neighbors usually don't, is a dark sky and nightly vistas of stars and planets. Unless the moon is full, the Milky Way, our home galaxy, is ever-present. Starting tonight— if skies are clear (and they're supposed to be) our fellow planet, Jupiter, should be very visible for the next few nights.
The neat thing about Jupiter is that a good pair of binoculars is usually enough to see its globe and even pick out a couple of its moons:
From Space.com:  How to see Jupiter
Skywatchers will see Jupiter at its brightest Tuesday (May 8), when the planet is exactly opposite to the sun in our sky. Here's how to catch a glimpse of the solar system's largest planet. Jupiter will rise in the eastern sky a few hours after sunset. Then, the planet will be visible all night, shining so brightly that, weather permitting, you will be able to see it easily with the naked eye. If you have a small telescope, you should be able to see cloud bands in the gas giant's atmosphere, as well as its four largest moons (Ganymede, Callisto, Europa and Io). The moons will appear as tiny, bright dots that change position every few hours or days. 
FINDING JUPITER: LOOK TO THE EAST A COUPLE HOURS AFTER SUNSET
The technical word for Jupiter's position in the sky is "opposition," which happens when two astronomical objects are on opposite sides of the sky as seen from Earth. We generally say that a planet is "in opposition" when it is in opposition to the sun — in other words, when Jupiter rises shortly after the sun sets, or vice versa. Jupiter's closest approach to Earth will be on May 10, just a couple of days after opposition. That's because the orbits of Earth and Jupiter are not perfect circles. "If our planets' orbits were perfect circles, then yes, we'd be closest together on the date Earth passes between Jupiter and the sun. But Earth's orbit, and Jupiter's orbit, are elliptical, like circles someone sat down on," according to EarthSky.It's best to wait at least a couple of hours after sunset to look for Jupiter. The sky will be darker, and Jupiter will rise above the horizon, where Earth's air is at its thickest. Jupiter will glide across the sky all night and set at 5:58 a.m. EDT Wednesday (May 9), around sunrise in New York City.   —https://www.space.com/40515-jupiter-at-opposition.html?utm_source=notification

Sunday, April 8, 2018

SURVEY OF FIRE GRANT APPROVALS & DENIALS

FIRE GRANTS SURVEY 2018 

Please answer our survey and contribute your information to our community's database.  Only a community-wide perspective can disclose incorrect information, inconsistent awards, and other issues of concern that we continue to address.
Earlier this year, we advocated for nearly a dozen residents who were scored at far lower fire risk than their immediate neighbors.  Collecting the information from you directly is the ONLY way to see the issues and concerns that occur year after year with this program.
It won't take but 1-2 minutes to complete, and these grants may help save our homes and community for the next catastrophic fire. 
DIDN'T APPLY?  We'd STILL like you to share your thoughts with us.  We promise to keep your information confidential, but it will help us in our next communications with grant administrators when they tell us Deerhorn/Lyons/Lawson (etc.) are not applying for grants.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

FIRE GRANT AWARD RESULTS IN YOUR (E)MAIL...


COMPLETE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE:

FIRE GRANT RESULTS ONLINE SURVEY
Please help DVCA collect information about your Fire Grant approval/denial

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday, March 3, 2018

JAMUL CASINO UPDATES



IS SAN DIEGO'S CASINO INDUSTRY OVER SATURATED?

The San Diego Union-Tribune-6 hours ago

This is a pretty illuminating article in today's San Diego U-T: Some excerpts... then read it all for yourself. My takeaway is that If JIV thinks it can self-manage itself into a profitable business they may be seriously deluded. But we've seen those kinds of JIV decisions for a long time now. So much opportunity squandered. Greed is usually self-destructive.
On Tuesday, the developers and operators of Hollywood Casinoin Jamul, Penn National Gaming, declared in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it was pulling out of a management contract with the Jamul Indian Village tribe, citing a loss of $77.9 million on a $94 million loan... 
While most new casinos need about a year to “really start clicking,” Palermo said, “Jamul was a very problematic project in a lot of ways and got off to a pretty rocky start. 
Intense community opposition and lawsuits against the casino were coupled with a limited, 4-acre footprint that prevented the building of a hotel or other amenities — even that most signature of casino offerings, a buffet. 
“It’s a bad bet, it always has been and it always will be,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who has been one of the most vociferous challengers of the Jamul casino, which, like Barona, Sycuan, Viejas and Golden Acorn, is located in her district.

Including Pechanga and Pala, a total of six local casinos have been undergoing expansions, with Barona Resort & Casino, Sycuan Casino, Valley View Casino & Hotel and Viejas Casino & Resort adding hotels, restaurants, spas, casino space and hundreds of thousands of square footage to their properties...

OTHER GRAVEYARD CASINO NEWS...

March 1, 2018 (Jamul) – In a press release issued tonight, the Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation, a wholly owned entity of Jamul Indian Village, announced termination of Penn Gaming and a transition to a new management team at the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, which will be rebranded as Jamul Casino...

FINANCIAL BACKERS CUT TIES WITH JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE CASINOThe San Diego Union-Tribune-Mar 1, 2018
The financial backers of the controversial Hollywood Casino in Jamul, which opened just 14 months ago despite fierce local opposition, have announced they are cutting ties with the Indian tribe. Penn National Gaming Inc. said that the Jamul tribe is in default on a $48.5 million loan, according to documents ...


PENN NATIONAL GAMING SEVERS TIES WITH CALIFORNIA TRIBAL CASINO...

CalvinAyre.com-Mar 2, 2018
Regional casino operator PennNational Gaming (PNG) has severed ties with a California tribal casino operation after the tribe failed to honor its financial commitments. On Thursday, PNG informed the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that its ...

PENN NATIONAL TO CUT TIES WITH WEST COAST CASINO

Reading Eagle-15 hours ago
Citing $48.5 million in unpaid loans, Wyomissing-based gaming giant Penn National Gaming Inc. is severing ties with Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. According to a March 1 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, San Diego Gaming Ventures LLC, a Penn National subsidiary, and the ...


AND SOME COMMENTS [FROM JIV] THAT HAVEN'T AGED VERY WELL:
"Our [road] improvements will go all the way down to TGI Friday’s in Rancho San Diego." 
"The tribal council right now, we are all young. My dad is the only elder.” [neglected the part about disenrolling and evicting the original elders]
"Our tribe has committed approximately $20 million toward road improvements..." We have agreed to an additional $3.7 million in road improvements requested by the County of San Diego.  
"Going forward, our tribe will contribute more than $2.75 million annually to the county for fire, life safety and public safety over the next 20 years." 
"These improvements, which have already begun with the addition of a traffic signal on Highway 94 directly in front of the casino, will continue in planned phases."

"Steve Davis is the project manager for the Jamul casino...He said the tribe would improve several intersections along state Route 94 to make the highway safer and upgrade access to the reservation. The tribe realizes the project will have its impacts and is committed to mitigating those impacts, he said."