Around Sandy Ego County

by on January 19, 2011 · 9 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, San Diego

Here are some news stories about our huge San Diego County that you may have missed.

County Supervisors to Try (Again) to Restrict Medical Marijuana

By John Langeler / FOX 5 San Diego / January 19, 2011

SAN DIEGO — Medical marijuana providers in San Diego County may face a steep new fee and restrictions on sales, depending on a vote next week.

The Board of Supervisors is considering an amended ordinance on medical marijuana sales that would charge an $11,017 fee to all businesses, which would cover law enforcement costs. Those businesses would also be restricted on sales and deliveries to patients.

“Pharmaceutical drugs are delivered every single day to patients in their homes,” says Eugene Davidovich of Americans for Safe Access. “It goes directly against what the law was intended for, the non-profit, collective association of patients.”

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Las Vegas Mob-linked Developer to Build New San Diego FBI Building

by Don Bauder / San Diego Reader / Originally published Jan. 15, 2011

Las Vegas’s Molasky Group of Companies will construct a $100 million, four-story San Diego headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ironies abound.

The Molasky Group of Companies was founded by Irwin Molasky and now run by his children. The elder Molasky and three others, including notorious bootlegger and owner of illegal casinos, Morris (Moe) Dalitz, developed La Costa in North County. Dalitz was grilled by the Kefauver committee’s organized crime committee in the 1950s. Dalitz was one of the kingpins of the Cleveland mob during Prohibition. After that era ended, he ran illegal casinos in Ohio and Kentucky, and ultimately ended up in Las Vegas, where he was generally known as the peacemaker who kept the various mob groups from attacking one another. A story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal related Dalitz’s life in the mob, and in reputable businesses.

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SDG&E plans to raise rates despite consumers’ reduction of energy use

KUSI News / Jan 19, 2011

Since the recession hit, San Diegans have made great efforts to conserve energy, despite that SDG&E residential electric rates went up at the start of the year because SDG&E say they took in less money than expected last year.

San Diego Gas and Electric is taking great pains to explain why selling less power to its residential customers in 2010 translates into those customers having to pay 2-to 3-percent more for their electricity at the start of 2011.

That state regulated process involving the rates the utility can charge its customers includes a forecast on how much it should cost SDG&E to deliver energy, including infrastructure and how much customers are going to buy.

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San Diego bands shut out from Coachella April festival – except one

NBC San Diego/ Jan. 19, 2011

Organizers finally lifted the veil on the iconic desert festival scheduled for April.

San Diego bands were largely shut out , with only Delta Spirit’s show on Saturday standing out.

Fans are getting a healthy dose of big headliners, though, with Kings of Leon set to perform on Friday, Arcade Fire on Saturday and the Strokes on Sunday. Also headlining Sunday: Kanye West.

Other familiar names througout the weekend include the Black Keys, Interpol, the Chemical Brothers, Lauryn Hill and the Killers’ fonrtman, Brandon Flowers, performing a solo shot on Friday. Saturday’s other A-listers include Big Audio Dynamite, Cage the Elephant, Mumford & Sons, Bright Eyes, Erykah Badu and Gogol Bordello. Helping wrap things up in Indio on Sunday will be Duran Duran, the National, PJ Harvey, Best Coast, Nas & Damian Marley and Jimmy Eat World.

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dave rice January 19, 2011 at 1:23 pm

“SDG&E plans to raise rates despite consumers’ reduction of energy use.”

‘Despite’ or ‘due to?’


Frank Gormlie January 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm



RB January 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm

SDG&E is just following the model used by our government run water department.


Charley January 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

It’s a conundrum that we are implored to be “green”; use less electricity, fuel, reduce our carbon footprint, yet when we do the corporations that buy and sell these commodities raise their rates to offset reduced demand. Understandable from a business perspective, but why should we suffer economically whenever our leaders decide something is “good” without consideration of consequence ?


annagrace January 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Why should we suffer economically? Because supply and demand drives the profit motive, and profits will be made, no matter the demand or the supply. Unless we remove the profit motive, we will be screwed coming and going. I would like to think that there are alternatives which encourage energy independence and reduced demand .


Charley January 20, 2011 at 3:55 pm

We will always need energy in some form and people will always seek profit from their endeavors, that is inescapable. Unfortunately we are the pawns of this game; while SDG&E claims reduced consumption, energy companies are worried about the increasing number of people with electric cars. (congratulations america !) So again rates will increase because of demand.


RB January 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

AB32 is going to drive up electrical rates well beyond any profit margin.
I expect electrical rates to double in the next ten years, if the state’s economy recovers.

In 2006, the Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal into law.


Sunshine January 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

i must be gettin old…the only names i recognize at this years Coachella Fest are Duran Duran and Marley’s son. just look at all the money i save by skipping this event.


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