The judge hearing a civil complaint against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has rejected a request for an immediate stop-work order at the plant.Instead of granting a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Court Judge Janis L. Sammartino gave federal regulators, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and its parent company, Sempra Energy, until Sept. 20 to file responses to the lawsuit filed by Public Watchdogs.“After reviewing the complaint, the motion, the parties’ arguments and the law, the Court finds that setting a briefing schedule to allow defendants an opportunity to respond is appropriate,” Sammartino wrote.Public Watchdogs, a San Diego nonprofit advocacy group, sued the NRC and the utilities on Aug. 30, asking the court to halt an ongoing program of transferring millions of pounds of spent radioactive fuel from cooling ponds into what’s called dry storage. The … [Read more...] about Judge lays out schedule for San Onofre nuclear waste lawsuit
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The standoff in Julian between the community’s volunteer fire department and the county will continue until at least next week after a court hearing was postponed Wednesday.A lawyer representing the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District on Wednesday tried to get a judge to issue a temporary restraining order that would have barred the county’s Fire Authority from taking control of the volunteer department’s fire station and equipment. But an attorney representing the Local Agency Formation Commission, which is being sued by the Julian district, asked that a different judge hear the case.Attorneys on either side of a civil case have the right to challenge the appointment of a judge. No reason was given for the challenge.There were no other judges available Wednesday to hear the restraining order request so the hearing has been reset for the morning of April 17 before San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer. The commission, better known as LAFCO, voted … [Read more...] about Fate of Julian fire department in limbo as court hearing delayed
Lawsuits, locked doors and a police presence disrupted what was hoped to be a smooth transition in Julian as the county’s last volunteer fire department officially became a professional force.On Monday morning, the county legally took control of the 87-square-mile Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District even as legal challenges mount and ill will simmers in the tourist-friendly mountain community in northeast San Diego County.By Monday afternoon, a county transition team comprising a locksmith, a facilities manager and an information technologist were denied access to the main Julian volunteer fire station off state Route 79 by a group of volunteers and supporters who locked themselves inside the building. At day’s end, the county was waiting for a court order allowing the transition team in to assess the condition of the building, change the locks and possibly force the volunteers out. “This may be a multi-day thing,” county Spokeswoman Alex Bell said.That all … [Read more...] about Julian fire department dissolved; volunteers refuse to leave
A new law could impact what happens in a criminal case that has gripped San Diego: Two young children, killed in a fire, after their father – who had allegedly been drinking – fell asleep in their home with a lit cigarette in his mouth. Isabella Lopez, 7, and Cristos Lopez, 10, were killed in the fire on Oct. 28, 2017, at their father Henry Lopez’s two-story condo on Bernardo Terrace in Rancho Bernardo. According to prosecutors, Henry Lopez had passed out from drinking alcohol while smoking a cigarette just before the blaze sparked. His attorney, however, claimed the Metro Arson Strike Team investigating the fire was lying and they fire could’ve been started by a cellphone charger. The children were sleeping when the fire erupted. Isabella was found in the bottom bunk of a bunk bed next to a stuffed teddy bear and an open Bible; the little girl would soon die from smoke inhalation at a local hospital. Cristos, who was found in his father’s bedroom, … [Read more...] about Family Worries New Law Could Mean No Trial for Father in Deadly Rancho Bernardo Apartment Fire
America’s foremost attorney for far-right extremists wanted “a little gravy,” then lied to cover it up. That’s just part of his twisted journey through a lax legal system. By Luke O'Brien 12/27/2018 03:09 pm ET Updated 2 minutes ago One morning this June, a group of lawyers filed into the office of the State Bar of Nevada and closed the door. It was summer in Las Vegas, the morning temperature already nearing 100 degrees, but inside the low-slung tan building, the lawyers had a chilly question to address: what to do about one of their own. Marc Randazza had been a problem for years. Randazza, who represents conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and many other far-right extremists, had long relied on lawyer buddies to pump his public image. By their telling and his own, Randazza was a First Amendment “badass.” But he was a combative badass, even vicious, and he’d left a trail of bad blood and trampled ethics behind him. Randazza had … [Read more...] about Alex Jones’ Lawyer Violated Legal Ethics By Soliciting Porn Bribes. Just How Dirty Is Marc Randazza?