Daily Archives: February 22, 2014

Local Sierra Club chapter gets suspended

Local Sierra Club chapter gets suspended


Sierra Club SAN DIEGO — The national Sierra Club Board of Directors voted overwhelmingly Friday to suspend its San Diego chapter for four years because of conflicts within the group.

The suspension, which came on a 13-1 vote with one abstention, will result in the replacement of the San Diego chapter’s executive board, national club spokesman Mark Westlund told City News Service.

He said a search committee was established to recommend candidates for a new local executive board, which would be confirmed by national directors of the environmental group.

The Sierra Club has not officially revealed details of problems within the San Diego organization. However, a recent letter to members cited strife within the chapter and loss of volunteers.

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Famous author supports SD independent book stores

Famous author supports SD independent book stores


Libary books Two San Diego bookstores will benefit from a pledge by best-selling author James Patterson to donate $1 million to independent booksellers.

Mysterious Galaxy in Clairemont Mesa and The Yellow Brick Road in Liberty Station are among the first 55 recipients of grants announced this week by Patterson. Grant amounts range from $2,000 to $15,000.

Mysterious Galaxy specializes in the mystery, science fiction and fantasy genres. The Yellow Brick Road primarily sells children’s books and young adult stories.

Patterson said he doesn’t “think we’re saving any stores, but we’re helping them” in the face of competition from chains and online retailers.

Store owners say independent book stores have special appeal.

“It’s the employees who know the books and the customers come in and appreciate that,” said Bunny Hand, manager of Mysterious Galaxy.

The program by the author of such books as “Along Came a Spider” and “Kiss the Girls” is designed…

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Pendleton Marine’s case for Medal of Honor closed

Pendleton Marine’s case for Medal of Honor closed


Sgt. Raphael Peralta A memorial to Peralta is set up at the Peralta family home in San Diego in December 2004.
Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced Friday that he would not reopen Medal of Honor consideration for a Marine Corps non-commissioned officer from San Diego who was killed in Iraq during the Battle of Fallujah.

After “extensively familiarizing himself with the history” of the recommendation of USMC Sgt. Rafael Peralta for the nation’s highest military award, Hagel reaffirmed earlier findings that the verifiable facts of the serviceman’s death did not meet the requirements of the exalted recognition, according to a Pentagon statement.

“The Department of Defense has taken extraordinary measures to ensure Sgt. Peralta’s nomination received full consideration,” Hagel said. “Three separate secretaries of defense have now examined the case, and each independently concluded the evidence does not support award of…

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