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Local News January 17th, 2008

Scott Eveland
An Update

Blue Cross of California, Scott Eveland’s insurer, has formally denied a request for an extended stay at Palomar Medical Center. Again.

Scott Eveland is the Mission Hills High School football player who suffered a horrific brain injury during a September game.

His primary care physician, Keyvan Esmaeili, during his rehabilitation believes Scott's slow but encouraging recovery will continue if he remains on the hospital's ninth floor and keeps receiving intense physical therapy three hours a day. His mother and family agree. As does the community.

Last week the family appealed the decision to the state's Department of Managed Health Care. Those who have seen Scott from the initial stages through today are amazed at how much progress he has made. He is talking. At times he seems to understand the world around him. He tolerates physical therapy well.

Diane Luth, mother of Scott Eveland, background, is optimistic about Scott’s recovery if Blue Cross will only continue coverage.

While this appeal is being heard Blue Cross is obliged to continue paying for Eveland’s continued treatment at Palomar. According to state officials, the appeal process normally takes a month or more. They are expediting the appeal and hope to have a ruling sometime this week. If the appeal is denied then Blue Cross intends to have Scott transferred to a less-costly skilled nursing home. Both Eveland’s family and medical officials feel that any treatment plan other than acute rehabilitation will be detrimental to his recovery.

At a skilled nursing facility, doctor visits could plummet to as few as once a month and therapy could be cut back to a maximum of an hour or two a day with less sophisticated equipment, Dr. Esmaeili said. Twice before Blue Cross has ordered Scott transferred to his own home or a nursing home, where his therapy would be much less rigorous and far cheaper.

Scott Eveland and his mother, classmates and friends

State Senator Mark Wyland’s office recently has been contacted by the family of Scott Eveland and by Blue Cross on this matter. His Chief of Staff, Dave Louden, said “we will continue to monitor Scott’s status closely as well as provide whatever assistance possible in order to assist Scott and his family during his rehabilitation.”

Scott’s mom, Diane Luth, spoke with the Senator’s staff on Tuesday and expressed hope that Senator Wyland’s efforts could help.

There is a particularly well written letter summarizing the Scott Eveland story at CraigsList. To read it go to:

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/vnn/533685013.html

Road Improvements Slated for San Marcos

The City of San Marcos will begin roadway structural repairs to San Marcos Boulevard, Grand Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road on January 22, 2008.

The structural repairs involve the removal and replacement of distressed asphalt concrete within approximately eight miles of roadway pavement. The work is being performed in order to enhance the structural integrity of the roadway and to make it safer and easier for motorists to travel on San Marcos arterial roadways.

Exact roadway segments include:
• San Marcos Boulevard from Grand Avenue to Rancho Santa Fe Road
• San Marcos Boulevard from Twin Oaks Valley Road to Knoll Road
• Grand Avenue from Rancho Santa Fe Road to San Marcos Boulevard
• Rancho Santa Fe Road between Melrose Drive and Meadowlark Ranch Road

Work will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will take approximately 25 working days to complete. Construction crews will perform a majority of the work in the late evening hours as a courtesy to motorists. However, as a courtesy to surrounding residents who would be affected by construction noise, work on the section of San Marcos Boulevard between Twin Oaks Valley Road and Knoll Road will be performed during the daytime.

The City is investing $695,058 for this road improvement project.
Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in construction zones. Some minor delays may be experienced. Up-to-date information on road delays and construction can be found at www.san-marcos.net under the “Traffic Alerts Announced” section of the homepage.

For more information, please call the City’s department of public works at (760) 752-7550.

Results of January 8th Escondido City Appearance and Compliance Sweet

Last Tuesday, the Escondido Appearance and Compliance Team (ACT) conducted a sweep in the area along Mission Avenue from Nordahl Road to
Centre City Parkway. The sweep covered 79 parcels in a commercial area. The City’s Code Enforcement Division inspected all 79 properties, opened 20 new cases and issued 31 notices of violation. The largest number of violations, 15 total, was for signage issues. Maintenance and Operations staff removed 39 bags of trash, abated 200 square feet of weeds, trimmed six trees and removed 75 graffiti tags in 36 locations.

The Fire department performed 36 inspections on fire hydrants and sprinklers and found 11 violations. Police issued 17 parking citations, two moving violations, five vehicle impounds, one field interview, recovered one stolen vehicle and made one warrant arrest. Police also met with businesses to ensure full compliance with spray paint can regulations.

ACT continues to support Escondido’s commitment to improving the City’s safety and attractiveness by proactively addressing appearance issues, including graffiti. Monthly ACT sweeps are a part of this effort. The next sweep is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 and will cover East Valley Parkway from Hickory Street to Citrus Avenue.

Community members are encouraged to report graffiti violations by calling the ACT graffiti hotline: (760) 839-4OFF.

Desalination Plant in Carlsbad Challenged

Claiming the California Coastal Commission illegally granted a permit to the proposed $300 million desalination plant in Carlsbad, two environmental groups filed suit Monday seeking to overturn the granting of the permi.t.

The nonprofit Surfrider Foundation and the Planning and Conservation League joined forces in filing the lawsuit.

Poseidon Resources, Inc., the company that has proposed and studied the desalination plant proposal for years, said its officials continue to work with California Coastal Commission officials to address concerns and questions.

The plaintiffs argue that the desalination plant would harm marine life and Agua Hedionda Lagoon, where the plant would be located, and that Poseidon has not offered sufficient proof to establish that no harm would occur.

Poseidon officials claim that over eight years of research and study has shown that no harm would come to the marine habitat. Countless environmental studies have been conducted along these lines, they say. Officials say the suit is without merit.

Coastal Commission officials say Poseidon has to provide detailed plans to satisfy the questions of commissioners, probably within six months, before any building permit can be issued.

At least one water agency official who had contracted to purchase water from Poseidon expressed frustration. “We’ve had eight years of studies; we’ve explored the environmental issues, we’ve come up with plans to mitigate any problems, and, at the last minute, complained that the environmental groups become another obstacle.”

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Tons of Dirt Moved by NCTD

In response to problems created by recent rains and subsequent flooding of businesses located close to the new Sprinter railroad tracks, NCTD brought in heavy earth-moving equipment last weekend. The equipment managed to move tons of soil from the Loma Alta creek bed. The southern bank of the creek was excavated on Saturday and Sunday once emergency clearing permits were secured from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Tom Kelleher, chief spokesman for NCTD, said that 1400 cubic yards of dirt were moved.

Area businesses complained that when NCTD installed the tracks five feet higher than original surface area, a narrowing of the creek channel ensued, and when the heavy rains came, it had nowhere to go but over its banks. Presumably, now that the creekbed has been deepened, the water will flow more freely and not cause flooding condition. Time will tell.

 

 

 

 


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