Former Barcelona defender Sergi Barjuan reckons Real Madrid’s Isco is a player that would interest his old club due to his style of playThe 26-year-old midfielder allegedly refused to shake hands with Real coach Santiago Solari after their 3-0 defeat at Eibar this month.Reports in Spain claimed that this was the reason behind Isco’s omission from Real’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Roma last week.The Spain international is yet to handed a start by Solari in his seven games in charge of Los Blancos, which has fuelled rumours of a potential exit.And Barjuan reckons Barcelona could be one of those clubs interested in signing Isco.“I don’t know how each coach manages their starting line-up and backups, but it’s true that coaches are there to take decisions,” Barjuan told Radio MARCA.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Solari took a decision. From Barcelona’s point of view, he is a player who could interest them because he plays with touch and can link up with people well.“With this, we’re speaking a little bit in a joking manner. In the end, the season is long and Real Madrid will have a lot of matches and will need everyone.”Barjuan spent 12 years at Barcelona and made 382 appearances at senior level after graduating through the youth ranks.The Catalan left Barcelona in 2002 with three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and Supercopa de España crowns along with the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.Barjuan now coaches Chinese side Zhejiang Greentown.
A Chelsea supporter, George Bradley has been charged for homophobic slurs during Sunday’s match with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.The incident occurred just one week after Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused at Stamford Bridge by a number of Chelsea fans who were later banned by the club.Before the Brighton game, there were reports of Chelsea fans chanting anti-semitic slurs in Hungary during Chelsea’s Europa League away game against Vidi.George Bradley will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on January 3 to answer to the charges.“The vast majority of Chelsea fans supported their team with passion and pride and were a credit to their club,” a statement from Sussex Police read.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“One individual was ejected from the away section after club stewards dealt with an isolated incident of alleged homophobia.“The individual was subsequently arrested and charged and his details have been passed to Chelsea FC, so they can take the appropriate action.“He was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress and bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 3, with conditions not to attend any Chelsea Football Club match, home or away.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has lamented Arsenal’s diving during their 3-1 loss at the Emirates on Saturday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed his brace in the 48th minute before Ashley Barnes reduced the deficit to give Burnley hopes.But substitute Alex Iwobi made it 3-1, but Dyche was left frustrated and has accused Arsenal of “diving”.“No one wants to see diving in the game,” he told Sky Sports. “There was one with (Granit) Xhaka later in the game and I know he dives as he looks at the ref within a millisecond of going down in the box. I do not want to see that and I do not think anyone else wants to see that.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Ashley Barnes comes out of a tackle and their lad clearly elbows him, but our lad comes out with a booking, which is nearly impossible.“There were two dives in the game and no one got a booking. One of them was already on a booking, so that’s a red card.“I’m alarmed by the amount of diving lately, three last week and two this week. No one [the authorities] wants to touch it.“Our player got two hands in the back today and we are now 60 games without a penalty. They are big moments, important moments.”
Groundbreaking for new Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic begins April 5, 2018 Updated: 10:08 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Groundbreaking has begun on a new Veterans Affairs Healthcare Clinic in Chula Vista.The 31,000-square foot facility will replace the current clinic and will be roughly three times as large.The new clinic will offer state of the art services for veterans.Construction is expected to be done by December 2019 and will open in early 2020. Posted: April 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
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 SettingsNine San Diegans were honored Tuesday for their extraordinary courage in the face of violent crime.It was all part of District Attorney Summer Stephan’s annual Citizens of Courage Awards luncheon.KUSI was joined by District Attorney Summer Stephan and Maria Figueroa, one of the people honored at the luncheon. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 10, 2018 District Attorney Summer Stephan’s annual ‘Citizens of Courage Awards’ April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Citizens of Courage, District Attorney Summer Stephan FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom,
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 23, 2018 Updated: 10:43 AM Posted: May 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Wednesday, May 23rd, Chick-fil-A will give away free food for military families and veterans. Any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military I.D. or proof of service, along with every one of their immediate family members with them, will receive their choice of a free entrée at any of the 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Choices include the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, eight-count Nuggets or three-count Chick-n-Strips. The event also will include raffles for the opportunity to win prizes, music entertainment and a visit from the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Kyle Steck, military veteran and franchise Operator of Chick-fil-A Santee. “We hope they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”This will be Chick-fil-A’s 11th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. The event began in 2008, when there were only four Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in San Diego.Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch, Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley and Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For addresses and directions to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant, please visit www.cfasandiego.com. KUSI Newsroom 2018 Chick-fil-A Military Appreciation Night
SDG&E customers outraged over summertime high usage charges Posted: August 15, 2018 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 outrage continues over how high SDG&E bills are in San Diego this summer. A number of viewers reached out to KUSI NEWS via email and Facebook to share stories of their bill doubling, even tripling in some cases.Retiree Frank Gibson has drawn his shutters and turned on his fan in effort to stay cool without using his AC. But even though Gibson conserves energy he was hit with a much bigger bill this month.KUSI NEWS learned about Gibson’s issues with SDG&E after he emailed Tuesday, explaining the rates on the KUSI NEWS at 6 weren’t the ones he was paying.That’s because these were the rates of SDG&E “Time of Use Plan” when Gibson and most others are on the Standard Plan which charges customers more per kilowatt hour depending on how much energy they use that month.Standard Plan:Tier one: 0-to-374 kilowatts of energy used = $0.27/kilowatt.Tier two: 375-to-1152 kilowatts of energy used = $0.48/kilowattTier three: 1153 kilowatts and more is considered “high usage,” which is $0.55/kilowattSDG&E follows state mandated rules which went into effect last November. Customers may not not have realized there are three tiers of payment on a standard SDG&E plan. SDG&E wants to remind people- they aren’t price gouging you; they’re following state rules. The utility company also encourages people to sign up for alerts, notifying them when they are about to enter into high-usage territory. It also offers other energy plans, they don’t follow the tiers but instead, the time of day a customer uses energy, which may save the customer money.Gibson showed his bill from June that was just under $70. By July it had nearly doubled. He is not alone in his frustration. Members Facebook group “Santee Ca Today’s Current News and Information” lashed out at Tuesday’s report, one person writing:“This tier system is a crock. We just got our bill today and it was $906 for a 2 person household and we’re both at work all day!!! $272 was a fine for high usage. Gimme a break, we’re living in 100 degree heat non-stop.”Another wrote:“I keep the thermostat at 79-81, all light bulbs are LED, I do one load of laundry a week, only after 7:30PM. If it’s after dark and below 72, I use box fans to blow/suck air to cool the house. And the bill was STILL over $800!! What the hell is going on with SDGE?!”In response SDG&E:“Every year, electricity prices rise in the summer time (per the California Public Utilities Commission summer months are June 1 – October 31) as energy demand from homes and businesses rises across the state. As energy demand goes up, prices tend to increase, similar to other markets. This year, there is also a state-mandated High Usage Charge that gets applied to a customers’ bill when they use four times more energy than the average amount of energy needed to run a household. This average is also known as the baseline allowance, which varies by season and climate zone. Not all pricing plans we offer have baseline allowances and customers can choose a plan that best fits their energy needs.“Per state law, SDG&E does not profit off the sale of electricity to our customers. In other words, the electricity we purchase for our customers is a direct passthrough to their bills, SDG&E does not profit from that transaction. Our earnings come from the infrastructure system required to meet our customers’ energy needs. The power grid is growing more complex each year as our customers have new choices and energy needs. For example, the power grid must be able to support a growing number of electric vehicles and private rooftop solar systems.“At SDG&E, we are committed to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy to every family and business we serve. Currently, 45 percent of the electricity we deliver to our customers comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind. The national average among utilities is 8 percent. We are committed to ensuring every family and business we serve has reliable energy to keep the lights on, cool their homes, and power their lives. In fact, we delivered industry-leading reliability for our customers for the past 11 years straight years. ” Ashlie Rodriguez, August 15, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Vista City Hall holds lottery for marijuana dispensary applicants Elizabeth Alvarez 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) – Emotions ran high at the thought of winning the big prize.The big prize in this case is being among the first to have the city of Vista review an application to open one of 11 medical marijuana dispensaries.Several dozens of applicants showed up to City Hall first thing Tuesday morning.Every applicant had to have two cashier’s checks. One for $10,000 for processing fees and another in the amount of $100,000 to prove they had the financial resources to finish the approval process. If not they were turned away.Residents from across the state drove to Vista to get a shot at the opportunity. Elliot Lewis from Long Beach said, “We heard Vista was opening up for medical marijuana dispensaries and we hold quite a few licenses in the state so we decided to come in here and give it a shot.”This is a first for the city of Vista. Measure Z,which passed in November, was a citizens initiative that forced the city to allow medical pot shops to open.Just like a lottery drawing, each applicant that showed up before 10 a.m. was giving a ball with a letter on it. It was placed in a spinning drum and a blindfolded city employee pulled out one by one.Elliott Lewis was drawn 8th, giving him a good chance as long as he meet all of the requirements.“It’s definitely a big prize. It’s high-stakes, it’s not again for little boys with short shorts. Your heart gets going, you spent a lot of time and money and effort and it just comes down to the luck of the draw”, says Lewis.The city will continue taking applications until 5 p.m. January 29th.Building a registration priority list, it will work down that list from first to last verifying the applicants. Posted: January 22, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez, January 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
San Diego County housing permits drop for fifth straight year Posted: September 6, 2019 September 6, 2019 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 housing shortage in San Diego County is getting worse.For the fifth year in a row, there was a drop in the number of permits issued for new housing. Housing permits in San Diego County dropped by 43% through the first six months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.The numbers show a steady decline in housing construction in San Diego.We talked to Borre Winckel, the President of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County, about the issue. Winckel says the only solution is to ease regulations and make it easier for companies to build. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The American Soybean Association (ASA) provided comments today to the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production. ASA told the Committee that biodiesel made from soybean oil can play a vital role in fulfilling the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) without any adverse impacts to the food or feed markets.”ASA appreciates the opportunity to provide input to the National Research Council Committee on Economic and Environmental Impacts of Increasing Biofuels Production,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean farmer from Sidney, Ohio. “We hope that the information and perspective provided by ASA will be of value to the committee and reflected in the results of their study.”Soybean farmers have a great interest in the development and expansion of the U.S. biodiesel industry,” Joslin said. “Biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean farmers, and jobs and economic stimulus for the U.S. economy, especially in rural communities.”Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel as defined in statute for the RFS and for other federal biofuels programs. The EPA determined that emissions reductions from biodiesel could range as high as 85 percent.”To our knowledge, each and every analysis that exists shows that biodiesel results in significantly lower GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions than petroleum diesel, with significant energy gain,” Joslin added.Soybeans are produced primarily for their 80 percent meal content, a valuable protein source that is used in the feed and food markets. Biodiesel is produced from soybean oil, a commodity that has historically existed in surplus. An increase in the quantity of soybeans that are grown and processed results in an increase in soy meal supply and decrease in meal prices for the food and feed markets.As people around the world improve their standard of living, they want more animal protein in their diet. Increased meat consumption, particularly poultry and pork, has increased demand for soy meal, while simultaneously increasing the amount of surplus soy oil on the market.”ASA strongly believes that the RFS will have economic, energy, and environmental benefits for the country,” Joslin said. “Biodiesel, including soy biodiesel, can play a vital role in fulfilling the RFS and can do so without any adverse impacts to the food or feed markets. In fact, we believe soy biodiesel provides benefits to those sectors as well.”ASA told the committee that continued yield and productivity increases by U.S. soybean farmers will play a significant role in providing these benefits by producing more soybeans on the same amount of land.
On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved, by unanimous voice vote, the FY2015 Energy and Water appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program, with record-strong numbers reflecting the impact of policy changes made by the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA), which ASA strongly supported.The bill funds the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program at $5.4 billion, which is $25 million above FY14 and $959 million above the President’s budget request.In the Construction account, the Committee provided $112 million in additional funding for Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) projects, plus $85.5 million in undesignated navigation project money reflecting the funding increases from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. The bill’s overall funding level for the Construction account was $1.7 billion, $48.5 million above FY14, and $579.5 million above the Administration’s requested level.In the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) account, of the $303.4 million in additional funding provided, $45 million is for inland waterways, $150.5 million is for deep-draft harbors and channels, $42.5 million is for small/remote/subsistence projects, and $25.4 million is undesignated. This is the highest O&M funding level to date. The bill’s overall funding level for the O&M account is $2.9 billion, $44 million above FY14 and $305 million above the Administration’s request.On the Senate side, however, the Appropriations Committee postponed their scheduled markup of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, amid controversy over potential amendments related to climate change and Clean Water Act issues. No new mark-up date or plan has been announced as of yet. The House and Senate must pass the FY15 appropriations bills or an extension of FY14 spending by the end of the fiscal year (Oct. 1) to avoid a shutdown.
This past week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and World Food Programme (WFP) launched the 2014 edition of the “State of Food Insecurity in the World” (SOFI) report. The good news: the number of people in the world that are chronically malnourished has fallen by over 100 million people in the last 10 years, with 63 countries reaching the hunger target set by the first U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG). Those numbers are something to celebrate!But, as outlined in the summary report (found HERE), it is important to remember that there are still 805 million chronically undernourished people in the world. Latin America and the Caribbean have made the most progress so far to increase food security, thanks in part to the increased political commitment of the governments there. However, Africa and Asia still have not seen the necessary growth toward food security—with conflict and natural disasters to thank for its slower progression.With that said, the world is still on track to achieve the hunger target of the first MDG of halving the number of malnourished people in developing countries by 2015. We could see a food secure world in our lifetime if this momentum continues, and the World Soy Foundation is proud to work toward that goal—developing programs and activities in those developing countries that are known to be critically impoverished and malnourished.What would a food secure world look like? Let’s find out! Join us in being a part of the solution to hunger and malnutrition and give the gift of protein. Visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org to learn more and give today.You can also hear the webcast of the press conference presenting the report by clicking here.
Rob was active at ASA for 10 years and served as president in 2010.The American Soybean Association (ASA) this week remembers our friend, former ASA president and spirited soybean advocate—Rob Joslin, who passed away on May 25 at age 63.Former ASA President Rob Joslin (left) and former ASA Chairman Johnny Dodson (right) attend NAFB Trade Talk in 2011.Rob was a lifelong farmer in Shelby County, Ohio, with his wife Ellen. He began farming fulltime after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1975. Rob had a lifelong relationship with 4-H and enjoyed learning parliamentary procedures during his early years at Starting Farmers 4-H Club. Later he enjoyed putting those experiences to work in his endeavors with the soybean associations.Rob was active at ASA for 10 years and served as president in 2010. He was a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and also served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary. He was an active member and past officer in the Ohio Soybean Association, serving as president and chairman over the years.Rob made a big impact on the soybean industry and many growers, leaders and friends shared their memories and kind words to honor him on ASA’s Facebook page this week:“This man started out being my mentor when I became an ASA director and ended up being a great friend,” Bob Worth said. “Rob was always such a wonderful inspiration and advocate for the Young Leader Program. My deepest sympathies to Ellen and the rest of his family,” said Michelle Beck Siegel. “So sad to learn of Rob’s passing. One of the leaders always willing to give advice or ask for advice. Very humble man in best sense of the word,” said Gary Joachim. Rob Joslin (left) was a dedicated supporter of ASA’s World Soy Foundation and also served on the board of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC), including one year as board secretary. He was an active member and past officer in the Ohio Soybean Association, serving as president and chairman over the years.“The ag community lost a great leader. Our prayers extend to the entire Joslin family,” said Jeff Wuebker. Rob was a member of the Farm Foundation NFP and was currently a Trustee at Edison State Community College. He had served as a zoning officer for Clinton Township. He was also a current member of the Ohio Corn Grower and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, a lifetime member of Shelby County OSU Alumni and Sidney Rotary Club, and member of the Sidney Moose, Elks and VFW. He enjoyed sailing and riding his ’85 Harley FX.Rob is survived by his wife Ellen, along with daughter, Gail Elizabeth Joslin of Wilmington, N.C., one brother, William “Woody” Joslin and wife Ann of Maplewood, and one sister, Mary Ellen Drees of Tavares, Fla.Rob was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where Funeral Services will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Jonathan W. Schriber officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Cromes Funeral Home 302 S. Main Ave, Sidney, Ohio.The family requests that memorials be made to Shelby County 4-H Foundation, St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, and American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the Joslin family at the funeral home’s website, www.cromesfh.com.ASA’s thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s wife Ellen and his entire family.
Provide greater predictability and reliability of funding for the locks and dams along the inland waterway system.Provide block grants to states to replace the top twenty most critical rural bridges.Provide grants to states to implement rural bridge load testing projects to more accurately diagnose which bridges are sufficient and which bridges are deficient.Ensure full utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund for port improvement initiatives.Permanent (or at least multi-year) extension of the short line railroad tax credit. The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) released a list of infrastructure priorities this week, urging policy makers to include and understand the interests of rural America.“Farmers should realize that if we are unwilling to promote the transportation solutions that would benefit our industry, we should not expect others to do so,” said Gerry Hayden, a soybean farmer from Calhoun, Ky., American Soybean Association board member and chairman of the Soy Transportation Coalition. “During this pivotal time in which the White House and Congress are developing a strategy for improving our multi-modal transportation system, it is critical the farmer perspective has a seat at the table.”The list includes improvements to roads, bridges, railways, waterway systems and more.Top 10 Most Wanted ListMaintenance and rehabilitation of locks and dams to significantly reduce the potential for unexpected, widespread, and prolonged failure. Priority should be devoted to ensuring the reliability of locks and dams along the nation’s inland waterways. Available funding for new construction of locks and dams should be directed first to locks and dams 20-25 on the Mississippi River.Dredging the lower Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the Gulf of Mexico to 50 ft.Ensuring the Columbia River shipping channel from Portland, Oregon, to the Pacific Ocean is maintained at no less than 43 ft.Permit six axle, 91,000 lbs. semis to operate on the interstate highway system.Increase the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by ten cents a gallon and index the tax to inflation. Ensure rural areas receive proportionate, sufficient funding from the fuel tax increase.
Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire asserted in a federal court brief Monday that Attorney General Rob McKenna’s participation in a Florida lawsuit challenging national health reform doesn’t reflect the state of Washington’s position — and shouldn’t stand in the way of the law’s implementation. McKenna, a Republican and likely candidate for governor in 2012, is one of 26 state attorneys general who have signed on as plaintiffs in a suit challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the 2010 Affordable Care Act — the requirement that all Americans enroll in a health insurance plan or pay a penalty.The Obama administration has asked U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to clarify his Jan. 31 ruling striking down the health reform law in its entirety. Clarification is necessary, the Department of Justice wrote, “so that defendants know how to proceed in this litigation and in implementing the act, and to dispel the confusion of the public and many plaintiffs regarding their rights and obligations going forward.”Three federal district judges have ruled that the law’s individual mandate is constitutional, while two have struck it down. Vinson ruled that the whole law is unlawful because the mandate is central to its functioning.The White House has appealed the adverse rulings to two appeals courts rather than asking the Supreme Court to review the contradictory rulings on an expedited basis.
The 17th annual Rural Heritage Fair at the Schurman Iron Ranch is in the books, and the weekend event drew an estimated 2,000 visitors.The fair is sponsored by the Fort Vancouver Antique Equipment Association, which Alan Schurman founded in 1982.Schurman is a retired machinist with eight buildings of artifacts on his 36 acres at 23100 N.E. 10th Ave.The fair included displays of small engines, tractors pulls, blacksmithing demonstrations by Ridgefield’s Don Kemper and others, a broom-making display, and tours of Schurman’s museum, which houses old toys, an antique kitchen display, cars, bicycles and antique equipment.Guests came from as far as Montana, Schurman said.Schurman said the 18th annual fair will be the third weekend of July 2012.
Neither side in the fight over a biomass plant in downtown Vancouver backed down last week, and the project appears destined for court.On Oct. 12, a hearing examiner sided with Schneider Electric, which signed a contract with Clark County to build a biomass electricity generating plant west of the Clark County Jail,Two days earlier, the Vancouver City Council had passed an emergency six-month moratorium on development for the location’s zoning, a light industrial overlay in the city center district.In a letter last week to Vancouver City Attorney Ted Gathe, attorneys for Schneider wrote that the moratorium amounts to “interference with a business expectancy, civil rights violations, arbitrary and capricious action and abuse of power.” Attorneys LeAnne Bremer and Steve Horenstein of Miller Nash also argued the project was vested, meaning the moratorium couldn’t be applied.“Given the substantial investment Schneider Electric has made thus far, it has no hesitancy in considering court intervention to achieve what we are asking for in this letter. We hope we do not have to take that step.”In response, Vancouver City Attorney Ted Gathe said he disagreed with their analysis.“The City has an absolute right under the moratorium statutes and case law that apply in this situation to impose a moratorium in the face of any anticipated application that would frustrate the purpose of its long-range land use planning,” Gathe wrote. Any “business relationship” the city had with Schneider was preliminary, he said. The project isn’t vested because the application wasn’t completed; Schneider’s application was a request to Vancouver Planning and Review Manager Chad Eiken for his opinion on whether the plant would be allowed under city code.
Firefighters have rescued a dog from a burning home in the extreme northwest corner of Vancouver. It was the second house fire today on the metro area’s west side.This fire is at 6407 N.W. Cherry St., in the extreme northwest corner of the Vancouver city limits. Fire District 6, which has the closest station, is on the scene along with the Vancouver Fire Department.Here’s what happened, according to firefighters and witnesses at the scene: Two neighbors, one an off-duty Portland firefighter, noticed smoke and flames coming from the electric meter box on the split-level home and called the fire department at 2:11 p.m.Firefighters arrived to find a working electrical fire, with flames damaging the siding of the garage. No one was home except for the dog, who was rescued. Firefighters waited for Clark Public Utilities to disconnect the power, then attacked the fire from inside and outside the garage. It was quickly brought under control.There was obvious damage to some of the siding outside the garage, but the flames apparently did not spread into the living space above the garage. There is smoke damage to the home, firefighters said.