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Environmental Review of Mid-Coast Trolley Impacts to San Diego Fairy Shrimp
SANDAG has prepared a supplemental environmental document for the Mid-Coast Trolley project that evaluates a previously unidentiﬁed impact to San Diego fairy shrimp, a federally listed endangered species. Called the
Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Supplement to the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report
(Supplement), this document discloses project impacts to San Diego fairy shrimp that were detected adjacent to the existing railroad tracks during surveys in 2014. The Supplement also identiﬁes proposed mitigation.
Public Review and Comment — Fairy Shrimp
The Supplement will be available for a 45-day public review and comment period, from July 18 to September 2, 2014.
Comments during this review period must be limited to the analysis of impacts to the San Diego fairy shrimp.
to view the Supplement and see a list of locations where the hard copy is available for review.
Written comments may be submitted via mail, fax, or email:
Leslie Blanda, Mid-Coast Program Manager SANDAG 401 B Street, Suite 800 San Diego, CA 92101
Verbal comments may be left on the Mid-Coast Trolley’sdedicated voice mail line at
For more information about the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project, please visit sandag.org/midcoast.
SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF
MID-COAST TROLLEY IMPACTS TO FAIRY SHRIMP
A team from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles will conduct a Consular Outreach Program in San Di-ego, California on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24, 2014, at the Council of the Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Inc. (COPAO) Center, 832 “E” Avenue, National City, CA 91950. Service Hours will be
from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. The consular
outreach program is being undertaken in cooperation with COPAO.
The following consular services will be
1. Applications for Electronic Passport
(ePassport) (Cost: $60), to be returned to the applicant by mail at an additional cost of $6.
2. Applications for the retention and re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship pursuant to Republic Act 9225 or Dual Citizenship
Law (Cost: $50). Oath-taking will be sched
uled on the same day for qualied applicants.
3. Applications for Report of Marriage
& Birth (Cost: $25) will be accepted but
this will be processed in Los Angeles and returned to the applicant by mail at an ad-
ditional cost of $6.
4. Application for Overseas Voting.
STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
(by following the applicable scheduling steps below) AND WITH COMPLETED DOCU-MENTS ONLY. NO WALK-IN APPLI-
CANTS WILL BE ENTERTAINED.
Please indicate on application form – Na-tional City, CA Consular Outreach.
Appointment Scheduling Steps for ePassport Applicants
1. Visit the Philippine Consulate website (www.philippineconsulatela.org) to down-load and accomplish the ePassport applica-tion form; and,2. No later than August 14, 2014 or until the Consulate receives 280 applications,
whichever comes rst, send an advance copy
of the completed ePassport application form and data page (bearing the name and photo) of the expired or expiring passport to the
Consulate (Attn: National City Outreach) by email: consular.outreach.sd@gmail.
com. Thumbprints (if needed) and signature
must be afxed and all pertinent data on
the application form must be completed.
INCOMPLETE FORMS WILL NOT BE
Note: a. Personal appearance is required in all cases (including applicants who are
Philippine Consular Outreach in San Diego August 23 & 24, 2014
65 years old and above and minors who are below 18 years old). b. Do not bring passport pictures. Passport pictures are to be taken by the Consulate. c. The applicant must wear decent attire (no sleeveless and/or collarless attire) and without eyeglasses/colored contact lenses. d. No facial piercings allowed.
Appointment Scheduling Steps for Dual Citizenship Applicants
1. Visit the Philippine Consulate website (www.philippineconsulatela.org) and print the Dual Citizenship Application form; 2. Complete the Dual Citizenship Applica-tion form; and, 3. No later than August 14, 2014, or until the Consulate receives 100 applications,
whichever comes rst, send an advance copy
of the completed Dual Citizenship applica-tion form and supporting documents to the
Consulate (Attn: National City Outreach) by email: consular.outreach.sd@gmail.
com. Other than the thumbprint and photo which will be done on site, all pertinent data on the application form must be completed. Otherwise, incomplete forms will not be processed.
Note: 1. Oath-Taking will be scheduled on
the same day for qualied applicants.
2. Applicants should take their oath as Dual Citizens in DECENT ATTIRE. The Consulate shall refuse oath-taking to ap-
plicants wearing inappropriate outts such
as sleeveless shirts, skimpy clothes, shorts, sandos or slippers.
Appointment Scheduling Steps for Re
port of Marriage (ROM) & Birth (ROB)
1. Visit the Philippine Consulate website (www.philippineconsulatela.org) and print
the ROM or ROB form; 2. Complete the ROM or ROB form; and,
3. No later than August 14, 2014, send an advance copy (one set only) of the com- pleted form and supporting documents to the
Consulate (Attn: National City Outreach) by email: email@example.com
m.. Incomplete forms will not be processed.
Information For All Applicants
The Consulate regularly updates the ap- pointment schedule posted on the website upon receipt of completed applications. The
nal list of all applicants with conrmed
appointment schedule will be posted at the Consulate’s website (www.philippinecon-sulatela.org) by August 20, 2014. All applicants are required to PERSON-ALLY APPEAR during their appointment
time for data verication, nger printing
and photo/signature capture and must bring all original documents. All applicants are advised to transact their business directly
with Consulate ofcials and not through
Fees must be paid in person at the sched-uled appointment. The Consulate will only accept payments in cash, postal money order or cashier’s check. Personal checks will not be accepted. Payments should be paid di-
rectly to the collecting ofcer/cashier of the
Consulate during the outreach program and inside the venue only. Please be informed that the Consulate has not authorized other people or entities to collect fees for all con-sular services rendered.
- ePassport: $60 processing fee + $6 for
passports to be returned to the applicant by mail
- Dual Citizenship: $50 processing fee - Civil Registry: $25 processing fee + $6
for documents to be returned to the applicant by mail
For information on consular matters, interested parties may contact the Consul-ate at 213-639-0980 (for passport applica-
tions), 213-637-3023 (for Reports of Birth/
Marriage/Death & Legalization/Notariza-tion of Documents), 213-637-3023 (for Dual-Citizenship) and (213) 637-3024 (for Overseas Absentee Voting). For information on the venue and similar details, contact Den Dominguez at 619-477-4090.
SAN DIEGO (July 23, 2014) An interest list is now forming for home- buyers interested in new townhome living in San Diego’s thriving South
Bay. Pardee Homes anticipates a grand
opening in Fall 2014 at Seaview Terrace in Ocean View Hills, which is close to freeway access to downtown San Diego.
Home shoppers can join the interest list
and receive VIP preview information by visiting www.pardeehomes.com or call-ing (858) 342-8797.Seaview Terrace by Pardee Homes will include 40 two-story townhomes
and will feature two oor plans with
two-bay garages and a range of three to four bedrooms, two and one-half baths and square footage from approximately
1,549 to 1,713. Both plans will have
master bedrooms thoughtfully placed in
the front wing of the second oor with
spacious walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with oval soaking tub and a separate shower. Plan 2 will offer the option of a fourth bedroom, loft or nurs-ery. Pricing is anticipated to be from the
“With sea views, fresh design and money-saving features, we anticipate interest will be strong for this exciting new collection of homes in the South
Bay,” said Matt Sauls, regional director
of marketing for Pardee Homes. “These stylish townhomes will offer great room living, welcoming front entry patios and gourmet kitchens with convenient prep-aration islands and pantries. In addition,
the light-lled open space, adaptable oor plans for exible living and walk
-able neighborhood close to schools and shopping will make Seaview Terrace an incredible place to live.”Seaview Terrace will include Pardee’s eco-friendly LivingSmart® program with energy-saving and earth-friendly measures to improve indoor quality of life. The exclusive LivingSmart® brand, with standard and optional
measures, boosts energy-efciency,
saves water, improves indoor air quality
Interest List Forming for New Townhomes in South Bay; Seaview Terrace by Pardee Homes Coming Fall 2014
and encourages material conservation and the use of recycled or sustainable resources.
Ideally located just south of down
-town San Diego, Seaview Terrace is
just off Otay Mesa Road and close
to Interstates 805 and 905, providing
residents with easy access to South Bay beaches, Baja California and downtown
San Diego.Pardee Homes celebrates 60 years of homebuilding in San Diego this
year and is noted for energy-efcient
building practices, quality construction, customer satisfaction and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds. Pardee
Homes was one of the rst builders
in San Diego to embrace sustainable building practices and continues to build consideration for the planet into every home and community. For more information visit www. pardeehomes.com or (858) 342-8797
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do, as tourists or hosts and become potential supporters for a social enterprise or any favorite NGO. The possibili-ties of creating opportunities and wealth might be unlimited
by just changing how we do
things when we travel and spend our precious dollars or dinars or pesos.
As a businessman with sev-eral decades of active involvement in
non-prot organizations, like Rotary
International, that has afforded me to travel and visit other cities and coun-tries in the world, I have seen a lot, learned much, especially when I wear my analytical cap as marketing person and entrepreneur while conversing with many people of diverse backgrounds and culture. Many of our travels have resulted into closer friendships in other cities or foreign countries, in addition to the traditional cultural and educational
benets, especially the times when we
have availed of Rotary International’s “International Travel and Hosting Fel-lowship” (www.ithf.org) where I have been a member for many years. The
primary objectives of this RI fellowship
is to foster camaraderie and friendships through tourism and hosting privileges among its thousands of members. With
common objectives, we as members can
pre-arrange to be the home stay guests or hosts of fellow Rotarians at any-time, anywhere where those Rotarians reside. My wife and I have been guests in other Rotarians’ homes in Japan, England, Mexico and in the Philippines. Likewise, we have also been the hosts of several Rotarians in our Orange County, Southern California home, which is not far from the ‘Happiest Place on Earth, called Disneyland, the last couple of decades.I have had memorable experiences traveling through this non-traditional route where few tourists do. For in-stance, I have been a home stay guests by some Rotarians in a few countries, where we were not obligated to pay the hosts. However, as a token of our deep appreciation I have voluntarily leave some money in an envelope with a brief letter of thanks, and suggestions that the money is to support the local Rotarians’
community or vocational projects. That
money would have been spent, anyway, in the hotel and local restaurants that
exist mainly to make prots for the
owners and stockholders. I was quite certain that although the donation was not expected, it resulted into a good source of funds to support or subsidize
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their Rotary Club’s community projects. Two obvious benets from this transac
tion or gift may include: good and
lasting friendship between the guest and the host, possible “savings” for
the guests, additional nancial sup
- port to local Rotarian’s community or
vocational projects, at the expense of
the commercial hotel that never received a penny from this home stay and hosting program of Rotary. ******With that personal anecdote as a background, this traveller-writer and humanitarian-adventurer has been thinking more and more how we, as tourists, can create and cause deeper or
lasting benets to the communities of
both the tourist-guests and their hosts. The results of my informal experiments during my travels led me to believe that
it might work with the inux of people
who will participate, with an effective marketing that highlights some poten-
tial benets and recommended proto
-cols. It can happen one person, one tourist, one host participating one at a time, in any one place, anywhere where willing participants travel. Allow me
Through the tools of 21st century
social media, especially Face Book or
Twitter, a member of this group (for our discussion purposes, tentatively called World Wide Tourism for Social Purposes or WWT4SP) places his “wish list” in the WWT4SP website to visit and be hosted in another city or country at such a date and for how long. With hundreds or thousand of members (that are listed in the website’s restrict-ed page that can only be accessed with a members password) there is a great likelihood that a member or members will be interested to respond to get more information that may lead to an informal “contract” as recommended in the WWT4SP’s Code of Conduct and Protocol (CCP).The CCP may strongly recommend that the home stay guests agree to pay at least half of the “average” bed and breakfast costs or hotel charges (like Embassy Suites in the USA that pro-vides complimentary breakfast to their registered guests), to the WWT4SP Social Fund to be disbursed according to agreed percentages later on.
Let’s put some imaginary gures.
Embassy Suites in a region in the
United States, for instance, charges $200
a night for a double occupancy. The homestay guests will then pay at least
$100 for each bed and breakfast night
in the hosts’ home or guest house. Just assuming that the guests (as previously arranged) will stay 5 days, the WWT4SP
Social Fund will receive $500 (saving the homestay guests $500 if he were to
book his stay in the Embassy Suites). The Social Fund can then disburse 50% to the hosts to compensate for his time, energy and related expenses (that MAY even include picking his guests from the airport or train station and driving him around, although NOT required in this proposed WWT4SP program)
In this example, $500 is received
by the Social Fund, that will disburse
half or $250 to the hosts to partially
compensate for his time, energy and
home expenses for those ve days. The other half or $250, after allocating 10%
to 20%, may be, for administration, website, marketing and advertising to expand the program, will be chan-
neled to support, subsidize or nance
social enterprises in the hosts or guests countries, as approved by an Executive Committee upon the suggestions or recommendations from the hosts/guests who have participated in this WWT4SP program. * * * *Today, as it is still free to dream, I am dreaming that this outside-the-box idea, can have hundreds if not thousand of tourists ( in the future) to participate, and if only 500 guests per year pay
$500 (while saving $500, in our ex
ample) that is a whopping $2,500,000 that will leave $ 1,250,000 million to the
Social Fund “Community Fund” that can be used to fund, subsidize some
worthy social project in the hosts’ and
guests’ home country. In the Philip- pines, that is a lot of pesos, that is over
50 million pesos! that can start several livelihood projects, subsidizes or builds a few Gawad Kalinga housing project
for the poor, and help educate poor but deserving children to become useful
citizens!The possibilities can be endless! The
question or challenge NOW, is how many of the readers of this column will
say, “LET’S DO IT”!
As we are already doing it in a very informal manner, I am dreaming that
through this column and in Face Book and social media, especially FaceBook,
FaceTime or Twitter hundreds or thousands more will try it and then par-ticipate regularly and thereby converting millions of tourism dollars into a social or community fund to support, subsidize or fund some worthy social enterprises in our communities.
PHOTO: (Page 1) District Governor
and ofcers of the Rotary Club Inter
-national gathered in the Royal Country Club in Walnut/Roland Hills CA for the induction/demotion ceremony of the Global Kalinga e-Rotary Club. They were joined by a delegation from Club Rotario of Rosarito.
ers.DFA previously raised alert level 4 in Gaza Strip, the center of the ongoing
conict between Hamas and Israel and the area where majority of the estimated
300 casualties come from.
Both sides have red rockets at each
other leading to a large number of casu-alties and destroyed homes, particularly on the side of the Palestinians. Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile and artillery defense system has been successful in
intercepting rockets red from Gaza.
development,” he said.
He added people and not only infrastruc-ture should be at the center of growth and development.He stressed the need to address the “high dependency ratio” of the non-working popu-lation on workers to cope with the soaring population.“We know that people in production are
Inquirer.net | WASHINGTON, DC — Ten young Filipino-American “change-makers” from all over the US are in the Philippines from July 24 to 28 as participants in the prestigious Filipino-American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro).The delegates were selected in rec-ognition of the work they are doing to advance the welfare of their respective Filipino-American communities, among other criteria,” according to the Depart-ment of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
This year’s delegates are:
Edward Aparis (Chula Vista, California) – Consultant at the Strands GroupRyyn Chua (Gardena, California) – Found-er and CEO of Double Y EntertainmentRommel Clemente (Milpitas, California) – Supervising Senior Associate for the Connor Group
Adette Contreras (Brooklyn, New York)
– Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, Co-Founder and Partner at Tinsel & TwineMichael Dahilig (Lihue, Hawaii) – Direc-tor of the Department of Planning at the County of Kauai in Hawaii
Rafael Diokno (Washington, D.C.) – Proj
-ect Lead at SGT, Inc.,Abbey Eusebio (Lincolnwood, Illinois)
– Constituent Advocate at the Ofce of US
Representative Jan SchakowskyJan Paul Ferrer (Tinley Park, Illinois) – Associate Vice President at Morgan StanleyRyan Letada (New York, New York) –
CEO and co-founder of Next Day Better
Inc.,Jason Tengco (Washington, D.C.) – Senior Advisor at the White House Initiative on
Asian Americans and Pacic Islanders
FYLPro is an annual weeklong immer-sion program in the Philippines designed to give the delegates a chance to interact with government, industry and thought leaders in the country, and get hands-on experience in development initiatives.The program, the brainchild of Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and his wife, Vicky, was a direct result of the Ambassador’s efforts to engage and interact with young Filipino-Americans, who, he observed, had begun to take groundbreak-
ing initiatives that were raising the prole
and awareness of the unique needs of the Filipino-American community and Filipinos in the US.
“I rmly believe it is vital that the next
generation of Filipino-Americans be in-volved in the affairs of their communities,” Cuisia said.Launched in July 2012 in partnership with the Ayala Foundation, FYLPro taps the Phil-ippine Embassy and Philippine Consulates in the United States to identify 10 outstanding young Filipino-American leaders who have great potential in pushing Philippines-US relations forward.Following the program, the delegates are expected to maintain ties with the Philippine Embassy or the nearest Consulate, to work
on projects that will elevate awareness of the
Philippines, and strengthen the Filipino-American communities in their areas, and champion Philippine initiatives in the US.Past FYLPro delegates have gone on to undertake cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American
heritage projects, voter awareness and educa
-tion programs, political advocacies and some have even launched political campaigns of their own.“I have always anticipated much from the delegates, and they often exceeded our expectations,” Cuisia said.The FYLPRO 2014 delegates will be shar-ing their experiences through social media. To track their progress through this year’s program, search for #FYLPRO2014 and #FYLPRO.
Young Fil-Am leaders in PH for ‘immersion’
not enough and there are too many people who depend on workers. Right now, the ratio is 65 percent working, while 30 to 35 percent are dependents. That is not a good ratio,” he said.PopCom said there should be at least one dependent for every two people who are working. If a worker is working not only for himself but also for his dependent, he would likely end up having no savings.PopCom is also looking at addressing the rising teenage pregnancy in the country. – With Evelyn Macairan