Senator Anderson receives ‘Bridge Builder Award’ at luncheon honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. January 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — California State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) received the Chuck Nichols & Pierre Frazier Bridge Builder Award Friday from the USS Midway Museum’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the Sixth Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Luncheon.Committee Chair Gabe Cruz stated, “Senator Anderson has been a tireless advocate on behalf of all San Diegans. He was responsible for renaming a portion of I-15 the ‘Tuskegee Airmen Highway,” in honor of the African-American WWII Army Air Force air group, “And he is widely recognized as a tireless advocate for veterans of all ethnicities,” added Cruz.While accepting the award, Anderson shared with luncheon attendees that working with members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 90 and meeting former Tuskegee Airman at the highway dedication ceremony was one of the greatest honors of his legislative career.He went on to say, “While I don’t pretend to fully understand the experience of the Tuskegee Airmen, I do believe that what we can learn from them is this: over the course of its history, America has often failed to live up to its promise. But that promise is still worth fighting for – whether it’s in the skies of Europe, or on a bridge in Selma – the idea of America is worth the fight.”According to the committee, the award is given “to a community leader who embodies the spirit of the committee’s mission and who works to improve relationships, understanding, cooperation and inclusion among the various ethnic communities living and working in the San Diego area (or whose work and inclusion efforts significantly impact San Diegans even though that work may occur or have occurred elsewhere).” Posted: January 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Senator Joel Anderson FacebookTwitter
March 20, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Tuesday released the name of the 27-year-old victim who was fatally injured while playing a “punching game” with a friend in a Gaslamp Quarter sports bar.Corey Poole and a friend were drinking and began “consensually sparring” and punching each other in the chest early Saturday morning when one of the punches dropped Poole to the ground, where he became unresponsive, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Poole was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he died less than an hour later.Police and paramedics responded to Jolt’n Joe’s at 379 Fourth Avenue just before 1 a.m. Saturday after a 911 caller reported Poole’s injuries, San Diego police said. Poole had apparently gone out drinking at the downtown sports bar with a group of friends.“The decedent and a friend began consensual sparring, consisting of concurrently punching each other with closed fists on the chest,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said, describing what police had previously called “playing a punching game.”“After receiving several punches to the chest, the decedent was struck and immediately collapsed and became unresponsive,” the Medical Examiner’s Office said.Bar patrons began giving Poole CPR, and San Diego firefighters and paramedics took over when they arrived at the scene, authorities said. Poole was taken to the hospital, where the resuscitation efforts continued, but he never responded. Doctors declared him dead at 1:45 a.m.Poole’s friend remained at the location and was later taken to a hospital for medical treatment, police said. He was not initially arrested, and it was unclear if he would face charges.The Medical Examiner’s Office had not yet determined the cause of death this morning and said the manner of death — whether an accident, a homicide or something else — is pending based on the police investigation. Posted: March 20, 2018 27-year-old fatally injured while playing ‘punching game’ identified Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:34 PM
Dan Plante Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Urbn Leaf dispensary marked April 20, a date associated with marijuana culture, by hosting a “Bayked by the Bay” festival.The event, which included food and a performance by Wyclef Jean, benefitted San Diego Chihuahua Rescue.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. April 20, 2018 Posted: April 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter ‘Bayked by the Bay’
Redwood Village apartment fire sends one to hospital, displaces several residents May 21, 2018 Ed Lenderman Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEd Lendermen was live at the scene of an early Monday morning apartment fire in the Redwood Village area of Oak Park. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:30 AM Posted: May 21, 2018
October 8, 2018 Updated: 10:39 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Republicans are celebrating the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh tonight at the White House.This after one of the most dramatic Supreme Court vetting in history.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez joined us live from The Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley Monday, where GOP candidates and activists gathered. Ashlie Rodriguez Posted: October 8, 2018 San Diego Republicans celebrate, as Justice Kavanaugh is sworn in Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter Ashlie Rodriguez,
KUSI Newsroom, August 4, 2019 Citizens of El Paso are uniting to donate blood 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Residents of El Paso, Texas stepped up to donate blood after the mass shooting over the weekend.Tonight, blood donations are still pouring in. On the day of the shooting, a line of citizens waiting to help those who were injured in the tragedy formed around the blood bank building. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent earlier this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed concerns regarding the Argentine biodiesel industry seeking access to the United States Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and the potential of displacing U.S. soy biodiesel.EPA is currently considering an application submitted by CARBIO, the trade association representing Argentine biodiesel producers, to establish eligibility of Argentine biodiesel for the RFS. With 1.3 billion gallons of biodiesel production capacity and subsidies that promote exports, Argentine biodiesel could have a large impact on the U.S. biodiesel market.As indicated in the letter, a significant issue with the Argentine application is their plan to comply with the renewable biomass eligibility requirements. The renewable biomass requirements of the RFS statute and regulations require entities to demonstrate that their biofuel feedstock was derived from land that was in agricultural production prior to December 2007. In their proposal, CARBIO is asking EPA to approve an “Alternative Renewable Biomass Tracking Requirement” which would serve to replace the stringent feedstock recordkeeping requirements of the RFS and allow Argentine biodiesel to qualify for the RFS.ASA believes that the far reaching impacts of this issue require an exhaustive review by EPA that includes a public comment period and input from the various stakeholders as well as other government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.EPA must be made aware of the fact that Argentine biodiesel is being heavily subsidized into world markets, and the European Union already has imposed anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports due to the significant subsidies that Argentine biodiesel receives as the result of Argentina’s differential export tax system (DET).ASA also believes consideration of the CARBIO application should be done well in advance of the year in which any Argentine biodiesel would qualify for the RFS program, since the volumes of Argentine biodiesel would need to be factored into EPA’s calculation of the Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel for that year. Clearly, with EPA’s proposed rule to limit the biomass-based diesel program to 1.28 billion gallons in 2014 and 2015, the potential for significant volumes of Argentine biodiesel to flood the U.S. market in 2014 and 2015 has not been contemplated by EPA.In addition to the letter and efforts with EPA, ASA leaders raised the issue at a meeting with USTR in early March. Additional meetings are planned with EPA, USTR, and USDA in coordination with other soybean and biodiesel industry stakeholders. We wanted to make you aware of this issue and will keep you updated on any developments.
Look beyond the artificially low February unemployment numbers released Thursday, and the usual picture emerges of a Clark County economy bouncing along the bottom, with only faint hints of recovery.But managers in Vancouver employment agencies offer anecdotal evidence of springtime flowering of temporary work, at least for persistent job seekers. Economists look for a rise in temporary employment as a signal that employers may soon add permanent jobs.“I would say now there’s at least light at the end of tunnel,” said DeLano Morgan, manager of the Employers Overload employment agency located near Westfield Vancouver Mall. Morgan said temporary jobs started to pick up last month and have increased even more in March. Clark County officially posted a 10.2 percent February unemployment rate, but economist Scott Bailey expects a significant rise to the 13 percent range after claims of Clark County residents who work in Oregon are added in. The state’s revised employment numbers for January show 13.2 percent unemployment in Clark County — far higher that the initial 10.6 percent estimate that didn’t include the Oregon claims. Cowlitz County’s 13 percent unemployment rate for February was unchanged. Wahkiakum County’s unemployment dropped to 14.1 percent from January’s 15.9 percent.“The bleeding has stopped but the healing has not taken hold yet,” said Bailey, regional economist for the Department of Employment Security.Clark County’s unemployment hit 14.8 percent in February 2010, and the recession’s low point was 15.7 percent unemployment last January. The county lost 300 jobs this February, when seasonal adjustments are taken into account, a reversal from the 200 job increase reported in the revised numbers for January. Areas showing strength included manufacturing, finance, business services including temporary staffing, and education, Bailey said. Construction is hitting bottom as commercial and government projects that had been in the pipeline are completed. The health care industry is burdened by a large increase in charity care and by the fact that people are putting off visits to the doctor, Bailey noted.
Certain homeowners, renters, and farmers and ranchers in parts of Southwest Washington are now eligible for federal financial relief for damages from severe winter storms that occurred Jan. 11-21.• A presidential disaster designation for federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department assistance has been declared for Skamania, Klickitat, Lewis, Wahkiakum and three other counties following flooding, landslides and mudslides.It allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in those areas.For questions: 206-220-5356 or http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/washington.• A second disaster declaration makes farmers and ranchers in several counties eligible for aid from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It triggers availability of low-interest loans in affected areas of Skamania, Lewis, Wahkiakum and King counties.Clark and Cowlitz counties are among additional “contiguous disaster counties” also eligible for assistance, in the form of low-interest loans.Emergency loans may be used to replace essential property or pay production costs associated with the disaster. They also may be used to pay essential living expenses, reorganize a farming operation or refinance certain debt.
Four teenagers on their way to Skyview High School were involved in a single-car rollover wreck Wednesday morning near the intersection of Northwest 36th Avenue and Creekside Drive.Clark County Fire District 6 was dispatched to the wreck at about 7:40 a.m., said Dawn Johnson, a spokeswoman.All four teens, three girls and a boy, were out of the car when firefighters arrived.The driver, Alyssa Dawkins, 17, told firefighters she was coming down the hill when a car veered into her lane and she had to swerve to avoid it. Dawkins said she struck a pothole and lost control. The car rolled several times down an embankment near the Salmon Creek Greenway, coming to a rest on its wheels.The driver of the other vehicle continued on without stopping, Dawkins told authorities.All four teens were wearing seat belts, Johnson said. Two girls were transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center to be treated for what were believed to be minor injuries. The three teens’ identities were not released by authorities.Dawkins and the boy were picked up at the scene by their parents. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers are now dealing with a new rift that threatens to stall the end of the special session.Gov. Chris Gregoire has called an afternoon meeting with House and Senate leaders to figure out whether they can agree how to handle the state’s debt limit.The Senate has wanted a constitutional amendment that would eventually reduce the state’s usage of bonds from 9 percent to 7 percent of state revenues. But Democratic Rep. Hans Dunshee says his colleagues are unwilling to even support a plan to create a suggested debt limit of 8 percent.Dunshee says the curbs would lead to cuts for a variety of construction projects, including schools. He says that could force local governments to pay an increased share.The special session ends Wednesday.OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers reached a tentative agreement Monday on how to close the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall, finding the elusive compromise after weeks of talks.Budget negotiators struck the pact in a meeting Monday morning. They declined to discuss specifics of the spending plan and will spend the day compiling the details before presenting it to their respective colleagues and the public on Tuesday.
Three Oregon men were handed prison sentences in federal court in Portland for their roles in a Vancouver-based mortgage brokerage service scheme.Chadwick Amsden, 32, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Robert Jones to 27 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Joel Rosabal, 32, was sentenced Oct. 5 to 33 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Adam Perkins, 37, was sentenced Sept. 19 by Judge Ancer Haggerty to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.2 million in restitution.The defendants did business as Lighthouse Financial Group in Vancouver, and Amsden and Rosabal were principals of a Washington corporation they called Cash Money Brothers Financial Group Inc., according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland.The case involved a large conspiracy involving the purchases of more than 20 properties that ripped off more than 10 lenders, federal prosecutors said. The defendants typically applied for loans for buyers who later obtained title to the properties. But the defendants inflated the sales prices in their fraudulent loan applications to cover their kickbacks.The kickbacks to Amsden ranged from $9,800 to $84,255, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Perkins’ kickbacks ranged from $30,000 to $65,000. The loss to lenders from the defendants’ scheme was more than $3.8 million.
WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools’ board of directors accepted Steve Madsen’s resignation at Monday’s meeting.Madsen was on the board for four years.“Steve will be missed,” Jim Bays, board president, said in a news release. “He brought a valuable perspective and experience to the board of directors.”The Woodland school board approved a timeline for appointment of a replacement for Madsen. Interested parties must be registered voters and live in Director Area 5, which includes Ariel and Cougar.If the appointee wishes to remain on the board, the new member must run for re-election in November 2013 to fill the unexpired term.A description and map of the director area, as well as the application for the position, can be found on the school district website, http://www.woodlandschools.org/.“>www.woodlandschools.org/.”>http://www.woodlandschools.org/.Applications and letters of interest are due to the Woodland School District by 4 p.m. Dec. 13. The school board will interview candidates at the Dec. 19 meeting, then make the appointment.
A Vancouver woman has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in Beaverton, Ore., after a three-car collision killed a 10-year-old boy and sent two others to the hospital.Paige D. Couch, 38, was arraigned Monday in Washington County Circuit Court on manslaughter and a third-degree assault charge. She is being held in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail, a Beaverton Police Department bulletin said.The crash happened around 7:45 p.m. Sunday on the 3800 block of Southwest Canyon Road. A Chevy Avalanche driven by Couch was traveling eastbound, crossed the center line, sideswiped a Toyota Prius and ran into an Acura TL sedan, the release said.A 10-year-old boy in the Acura, David Kardashov, was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy’s mother, Vera Kardashov, 48, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is in critical condition. A 15-year-old boy who was also in the car, Alex Kardashov, was transported for precautionary reasons, police said. He was released from the hospital with minor bumps and bruises.The family lives in Beaverton, and the boys are homeschooled; David also took additional classes at an elementary school east of Beaverton. The driver of the Prius, Michael Montag, 31, of Portland, was uninjured.Police arrived and found all occupants of the Avalanche standing outside the truck. The occupants, who were uninjured from the crash, did not immediately identify the driver, police said. Investigators later determined Couch had beendriving, the release said.
A one-time president of East County Little League has been charged with embezzling more than $11,000 from the league by writing checks to herself between 2009 and 2010.Kimberly A. Dimes-Garner, 41, of Washougal was summoned to appear in Clark County Superior Court Tuesday to face charges of first-degree theft and money laundering.Trial was set for March 26.According to court documents filed in December, Dimes-Garner, the league’s president between 2008 and 2010, allegedly wrote 60 checks to herself from the league’s checkbook, which were then deposited into her personal bank accounts. The alleged embezzlement occurred between September 2009 and October 2010.The league was alerted to the missing money in spring 2010 when a new board of directors came in; a board member notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in November 2010.Of the checks deposited into Dimes-Garner’s account, the money was taken by cash withdrawals or “used to pay the suspect’s personal expenses via a debit card or via checks written by Dimes-Garner,” according to the court summons written by Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata.
James I. Collins was charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run for allegedly striking and killing Maria De Los Carrasco Angulo on May 3 as she walked in the area of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Neals Lane.Since Collins’ arrest, police obtained video images showing three people who they say had contact with the suspect before or after the collision that killed Angulo.The Vancouver Police Department asks you to call Officer Paul Brewster at 360-487-7383 if you have information on who these people are.
A look back at some of this week’s top stories:County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental jobState Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was tapped Wednesday to become Clark County’s director of environmental services in a surprise and controversial move by Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.The two Republican commissioners’ action came about despite the angry objection of Democratic Commissioner Steve Stuart, who called the action “political cronyism.”Madore and Mielke directed County Administrator Bill Barron to begin the hiring process for Benton, saying it was unlikely a better candidate could be found, and the need to hire quickly required bypassing the county’s typical hiring practices.Barron said after the meeting he would call Benton to offer him the job.Messages left for Benton requesting comment went unreturned as of The Columbian’s press time.After chiding Madore and Mielke for circumventing the hiring process the county typically goes through, Stuart began to pack up his files and put on his suit coat.“I can’t even believe you guys are discussing that,” Stuart said. “This is disgusting. It really is. I’m done for the day. I am so sick. You gotta honor the organization, you gotta actually honor the integrity of the organization and the process to find the right people for the job. If after that process you find that he is the right person, God bless. Then you choose him. And you choose him with pride. But to choose him without even going through a process is diminishing and demeaning to him. It’s demeaning to Don Benton because it smacks of political cronyism that you would appoint him without a process. It is saying that he couldn’t make it through the process on his own accord with his own merits.”As Stuart left the room, Mielke told him, “you are way out of line.” Stuart snapped back: “You guys are out of line.”See continuing coverage here.Keeping track of crime in Clark CountyDo you feel safe on your home turf? The 2012 year-end crimes rates show where crime is concentrated in Clark County, and what kind of crimes these neighborhoods attract. But statistics and figures aren’t always what they appear to be. Click to enlarge
WASHINGTON — When Peter Ollodart realized earlier this year a bill in Congress to require sales taxes on all Internet purchases could wipe out his company’s slim profits, the owner of Puget Sound Instrument flew to Washington, D.C., to persuade lawmakers to oppose it.The three-day trip cost Ollodart more than $2,000, no small share of the $50,000 salary he draws as the firm’s president.What Ollodart didn’t know is his annual pay equals what Amazon spends per month for one powerhouse lobbying firm to get that same legislation enacted.Seattle-based Amazon late last year hired Patton Boggs, a marquee Washington, D.C., lobbying group, to join two other firms on retainer, as well as Amazon’s in-house lobbyists, in hopes of getting the Marketplace Fairness Act passed.The bill cleared the Senate in May, 69-27. But the measure has stalled in the House Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has expressed “serious concerns” about the Senate version.Still, the end of tax-free shopping on the Internet may be near. That prospect has spawned a fierce duel of special interests.Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and some brick-and-mortar retailers are whipping for votes in favor. Other types of small businesses, the conservative Heritage Foundation and eBay are leading the opposition.
A 32-year-old man was found with a stab wound Friday night by officers investigating a disturbance in Vancouver’s Rose Village neighborhood, according to the Vancouver Police Department.Police were dispatched about 7:30 p.m. to a report of a disturbance involving up to 30 people at an apartment complex near the intersection of T Street and St. Johns Boulevard, said Sgt. Kevin Hatley.Officers arriving on scene found only a few people remaining. One of them had a stab wound. He was taken to a hospital with wounds not believed to be life-threatening.There had been reports of shots’ being fired, but police found no evidence of that, Hatley said. A suspect possibly ran or drove away from the scene and has not been found, Hatley said. Police were still trying to determine whether the incident occurred inside an apartment unit or outside of the complex.The case is being investigated by the agency’s Major Crimes Unit and Safe Streets Gang Task Force. Police remained on scene into the late evening interviewing subjects. T Street, north of St. Johns Boulevard, was expected to be blocked for an extended time.
Well, what can I say? The April showers mentioned here the other day are upon us. Maybe more like a steady rain today, but wet any way you look at it. Temperatures will be mild Friday through the weekend, and Easter Sunday at this point — and I put emphasis on “this point” — looks dry.Confidence is not high in the extended computer models, so I will broad-brush the outlook as a cold trough of low pressure is forecast to linger close to or over us. That means showers and cool next week. Tuesday it looked like Saturday would be nice, but writing this column Wednesday afternoon, models have flipped-flopped, bringing a weak weather system near us. Most of the action remains to our north, but we could get clouds and a few showers by Friday night.As the cold front passes by this evening, there may be a dusting of snow at the Cascades mountain passes and a few inches of nice snow in the higher ski areas.Did you see the lunar eclipse the other night? It was a close call due to the incoming clouds, but they were just scattered and allowed the viewing to continue. The moon was bright and turned a bit toward that “blood moon.” The best viewing was after midnight during the peak of the eclipse.The first half of the month is in the record books, and Vancouver is running warmer and drier than average. Rainfall was 0.79 of an inch, about three-quarters of an inch below normal. The average mean temperature was 53.2 degrees, 2.2 degrees above average. No 80-degree weather so far and none in sight. We managed a warm 74 degrees April 7. The coldest was 36 degrees on April 13.