A honeybee on an apiary, spreading feromones to 'call back' her collegues, showing her nassanoff-gland. Location: Tübingen-Hagelloch - Björn Appel, Username Warden. Edit by Waugsberg (cropped), courtesy Wikipedia

WHAT CAN SAN DIEGO DO ABOUT COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER?

All four of the San Diego County Supervisors present at Wednesday’s regular meeting approved Dianne Jacob’s motion that staff work with the San Diego Beekeeping Society and any other interested parties to investigate options that would protect and promote beekeeping operations throughout the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. Two particular items of interest were the More Info »

IS THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PROCEEDING WITH A FLAWED RENEWABLE ENERGY PLAN?

San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to take the next step in creating what appears, from the outset, to be a flawed attempt to draw up a comprehensive renewable energy plan. Supervisors have given the County’s Department of Planning & Development Services a budget of up to $300,000 and instructed them to form More Info »

Mojave Desert National Preserve May 2011 Black Canyon Campground -photo by Terry Weiner

SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COUNTY’S COMPREHENSIVE RENEWABLE PLAN?

The first item, at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting, will be for the  County’s Chief Administrator to present the options for a comprehensive renewable plan.  This has prompted the Boards of Directors of the non-profit groups, The Protect Our Communities Foundation (POC) and Backcountry Against Dumps (BAD), to express their concern about further industrialization in East County, that More Info »

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK, Scroby Sands wind farm - Anke Hueper, Karlsruhe, Germany, courtesy Wikipedia

ENGLISH COMMUNITIES GET TO VETO RENEWABLE PROJECTS

San Diego’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) appears to be behind the times. The world is starting to demand a more responsible approach to developing renewable technologies. The vast majority of renewable projects in America and the UK are owned by large corporations, who receive vast fiefs of land from the Government. Now, bowing to public opposition, More Info »

Close-up of solar panels on the roof - Baker Solar Electric

COUNTY DECISION ON ADOPTION OF PACE PROGRAM MAY BE IMMINENT

Sometime in the next 90 days, most likely around the time SDG&E brings their latest rate increase into effect,  County staff will bring forth a recommendation as to how San Diego can set up a County-wide PACE program. They are considering  offering the residential PACE program to homes that have no mortgages and homes with mortgages More Info »

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

INTERVIEW WITH SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB ABOUT SUNRISE POWERLINK AND OTHER ISSUES

To gain further insight into the problems confronting East County, I sent another set of questions to Supervisor Dianne Jacob. These were her answers: 1. In regard to the Board of Supervisors alleged lack of control over the Wind Turbines going into East County: Does the Board of Supervisors Supervisors have any control over projects that More Info »

Pristine area of east County

RESPONSE TO SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS’ COMMENTS ABOUT RENEWABLE PROJECTS IN EAST COUNTY

(Image above: courtesy East County Magazine) I disagree with one of the statements County Supervisor Dave Roberts made in his recent editorial. I do not think the County Board of Supervisors is as powerless, in regard to the final decision about wind farms going onto the Federal and tribal lands in East County, as he More Info »

Supervisor Dave Roberts arriving at the County Administration Center during his 26 mile ride from Solana Beach Train Center on "Bike to Work" day. The trip took two hours.

INTERVIEW WITH COUNTY SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS: IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE AND GOOD DIET

(Image above: Supervisor Dave Roberts at the end of his 26 mile ride from from the Solana Beach Train Center on “Bike to Work” Day. The trip took two hours – photo courtesy Dave Robert’s office.) A recent article in Bicycling.com inspired me to query a few of San Diego’s Bicycle clubs and leaders about the importance of More Info »