Program readies retiring Marines for manufacturing jobs

Program_readies_retiring_Marines_for_manufacturing_jobs_-_Seaside_Courier_Oceanside_-_2016-01-08_21.03.42This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Nov. 11, 2015.

After serving as a Marine for 18 years, an Oceanside resident now has a taste of what he would like to do once he retires from the U.S. military.

Master Sgt. Charles Spencer, 36, is one of 28 active duty Camp Pendleton Marines who are currently enrolled in a program aimed at giving them the skills needed to enter into the manufacturing sector.

The program by San Diego-based Workshops for Warriors offers certifications in various manufacturing disciplines to members of the military.

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Poway City Council: All Boys Club In A Town Of Women

This story was reported for KPBS News on Jan. 27, 2015.

The last woman to serve on the Poway City Council was Merrilee Boyack, who sat on the board from 2004 to 2012. Boyack said there were instances when she felt her approach was different because of her gender.

“I felt very drawn to and connected to the people,” Boyack said. “That reaction wasn’t quite the same with the other council members. It was just a different perspective.”

Women make up more than half of Poway’s population of 49,417 people. According to the census, 400 more women than men live in the city. But, at least for the next two years, Poway will have an all-male council leading the city. It joins Santee in being one of two cities in San Diego County without any female council members.

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Solana Beach: Styrofoam ban on way to implementation

Solana_Beach_Styrofoam_ban_on_way_to_implementation_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2016-01-08_20.58.52This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Oct. 15, 2015.

Solana Beach is on its way to becoming the first city in San Diego County to ban Styrofoam.

The City Council on Wednesday voted 4 to 1 to adopt an ordinance banning the use of polystyrene — or as it is commonly known, Styrofoam — at restaurants. Councilwoman Ginger Marshall cast the lone no vote.

The ordinance also bans the use of expanded polystyrene packing materials by businesses in Solana Beach. An exception was made for foam ice chests.

“This health of the environment outweighs, the really, temporary disposable nature of the polystyrene container,” said Councilman Peter Zahn, who proposed the idea at the Sept. 9 City Council meeting.

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‘Life Storms’: Encinitas woman pens Hurricane Katrina memoir

_Life_Storms_Encinitas_woman_pens_Hurricane_Katrina_memoir_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2016-01-08_21.23.50This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Aug. 19, 2015.

There’s a new story on the shelves of American bookstores meant to help others overcome life’s challenges.

But the author of the book, “Life Storms: Hurricane Katrina,” isn’t just offering advice. Jennifer Gremillion, a 45-year-old Encinitas resident, wrote from experience.

Gremillion, a native of New Orleans, escaped Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago before it made landfall in the beloved southern city. She and her family spent five weeks living in 13 different areas before finding refuge in Encinitas.

“We were displaced after Hurricane Katrina,” Gremillion said. “There were postings on our church website for rooms, housing and jobs in various states. A family in San Diego posted three available apartments for a year in Encinitas. We took one apartment and my mother-in-law took the other apartment.”

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New Oceanside majority approves puppy mill ban

New_Oceanside_majority_approves_puppy_mill_ban_-_Seaside_Courier_Business_-_2016-01-08_21.18.08This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Jan. 9, 2015.

Oceanside’s City Council majority enjoyed its newfound power at its first meeting of the year on Wednesday.

Mayor Jim Wood and Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, who previously saw many of their proposals dismissed, passed several new items with the help of newcomer and now Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery. Former Councilman Gary Felien lost the November election—leaving Council members Jerry Kern and Jack Feller as the minority on the five-person council.

Among the items approved by the City Council on Wednesday included a draft ordinance that would regulate the retail sale of dogs. The controversial ordinance—which was previously denied by Felien, Kern and Feller in September 2013 after Oceanside Puppy opened in the city—was passed by the new majority.

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