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Hawthorne W.B.,University of California at San Diego | Hawthorne W.B.,Community Research Foundation | Aarons G.A.,University of California at San Diego | Folsom D.P.,University of California at San Diego | And 8 more authors.
Psychiatric Services | Year: 2012

Objective: Incarceration of people with mental illness has become a major social, clinical, and economic concern, with an estimated 2.1 million incarcerations in 2007. Prior studies have primarily focused on mental illness rates among incarcerated persons. This study examined rates of and risk factors for incarceration and reincarceration, as well as shortterm outcomes after incarceration, among patients in a large public mental health system. Methods: The data set included 39,463 patient records combined with 4,544 matching incarceration records from the county jail system during fiscal year 2005-2006. Risk factors for incarceration and reincarceration were analyzed with logistic regression. Time after release from the index incarceration until receiving services was examined with survival analysis. Results: During the year, 11.5% of patients (N=4,544) were incarcerated. Risk factors for incarceration included prior incarcerations; co-occurring substance-related diagnoses; homelessness; schizophrenia, bipolar, or other psychotic disorder diagnoses; male gender; no Medicaid insurance; and being African American. Patients older than 45, Medicaid beneficiaries, and those from Latino, Asian, and other non-Euro-American racial-ethnic groups were less likely to be incarcerated. Risk factors for reincarceration included co-occurring substance-related diagnoses; prior incarceration; diagnosed schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; homelessness; and incarceration for three or fewer days. Patients whose first service after release from incarceration was outpatient or case management were less likely to receive subsequent emergency services or to be reincarcerated within 90 days. Conclusions: Modifiable factors affecting incarceration risk include homelessness, substance abuse, lack of medical insurance, and timely receipt of outpatient or case management services after release from incarceration.

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AFT Holdings, Inc., today updated its stakeholders on the growth and advancements of its two signature San Diego-based investments, Intesa Communications Group, LLC, a PR and government affairs firm, and The Global Fleet (Ocean Global, Sea Global, and Pacific Global) the largest tuna fleet operating in the region with 14 purse seiner vessels harvesting more than 100,000 tons of tuna per year. December 3, in Nadi, Fiji, the U.S. Government signed an extension of the 30-year-old South Pacific Tuna Treaty with 16 Pacific Island Nations. The finalized treaty was the product of the seven years of negotiations between the parties. It grants the fleet access to the critical fishing areas with the nations’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), while providing needed flexibility and continuing to promote combined interest of all. Max Chou, partner in The Global Fleet, attended the Treaty ceremony with representatives from all the Nations involved and Industry. “This was a tireless effort between U.S. Department of State Office of Seafood, Congressional leadership, and Tuna Industry leaders,” Chou said. “The treaty represents the best of all of us to come together and ensure the future of our Distant Water Tuna Fleet. Personal thanks go out Bill Gibbons-Fly and Michael Brakke of the U.S. State Department Office of Seafood, who supported the challenge over a long period. We also wish to thank the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee, chaired by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bipartisan Congressional leaders for their support, including Representative Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Another key investment within the portfolio, Intesa Communications Group, announced the completion of the restructuring that began in early 2016 with the addition of Maddy Kilkenny as a partner in the firm. This completes Intesa’s realignment to provide not only strategic communications, but also lobbying and public affairs council to companies doing business with San Diego city and county governments. Kilkenny has extensive experience working with local government at all levels in San Diego. She spent six years as Vice President of Government Relations at The Clay Company where she worked with Microsoft, Motorola, Kaiser Permanente, and many others clients in a variety of areas including land use, healthcare, and public safety. Prior to her work at The Clay Company, she spent 11 years at the County of San Diego, where she was a Senior Policy Advisor to Supervisor Greg Cox, focusing on health and public safety policy issues, community outreach and special events. “The addition of Maddy, working alongside Intesa co-founder Margie Newman, shows tremendous promise for Intesa’s ongoing expansion throughout the San Diego market and nationwide,” said AFT CEO J. Douglas Hines. “In an era of instant action and reaction, there is increasing demand for thoughtful planning to set the stage for efficient and effective communication and advocacy when it matters most.” AFT Holdings, Inc. is an international investment and management group with a diverse portfolio including commercial and residential real estate, sustainable foods development, global fishing fleets and technology. More at

News Article | October 28, 2016

Lococo Sports, Inc. (“Lococo”) the parent company to soccerloco has filed a Complaint against Diane Scavuzzo (“Scavuzzo”) in the Superior Court of San Diego alleging breach of written contract, violation of the Unfair Competition Law (Cal Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17200, et seq.), violation of the False Advertising Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17500, et seq.), and declaratory relief. The Complaint alleges that Scavuzzo launched “a website and brand entitled, ‘GOAL NATION’, which is a derivative and confusingly similar name to ‘SOCCER NATION.’” The case number is 37-2015-00024420-CU-BC-CTL and is in the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego. About Lococo Sports Founded in 1997, Lococo Sports, and the specialty channel at soccerloco, has rapidly grown into the top destination to buy premium soccer shoes, jerseys, apparel and equipment; both online and in-store. The company carries all of soccer's top brands and dominates the competition in offering their customers the best variety of hand-selected soccer gear on the market. In addition to having an online and in-store presence, Lococo Sports is also the owner of soccernation, a leading soccer blog covering real time soccer updates and trends. For more information, please visit or or follow their Twitter and Facebook pages.

News Article | February 22, 2017

Koch General Engineering is set to launch after recently incorporating. Koch General Engineering is a San Diego-based small business that focuses on public works, residential and commercial construction. “We provide top-quality asphalt and concrete service,” said Jeffrey Briggs, co-owner of Koch General Engineering. Services include asphalt slurry work, freeway paving, ADA-compliance paving, grading, concrete paving, asphalt patching and more. The mission of Koch General Engineering is to exceed its customer’s expectations. “We partner with our customers in government and industry to provide engineering and construction solutions that enhance the delivery and quality of the projects we do in the communities in which we serve,” said Monty Koch, Operating Managing Owner of Koch General Engineering and a third-generation contractor. Koch began his career working for his father’s company, washing dump trucks and working his way through the ranks as a laborer, bridge carpenter, operating engineer, plant mechanic, asphalt foreman and general superintendent for several prominent San Diego construction companies. He later became the Responsible Managing Owner for Koch-Armstrong, a General Engineering Company that operated for the last 18 years. “The marriage of field and estimating expertise allows Koch General to provide a wide range of resources and the knowledge needed to complete all facets of any project,” concluded Briggs. “Monty and our other foremen have supervised jobs for clientele including public/government agencies as well as private entities ranging from small backyard jobs to huge commercial and public works projects.” About Koch General Engineering Koch General Engineering specializes in irrigation, drainage, water power, water supply, flood control, river control and reclamation works, highways, streets and roads, parks, playgrounds and other recreational works, land leveling and earthmoving projects, excavating, grading, trenching, synthetic turf field, horse racing tracks and paving. It mainly performs work in the County of San Diego, but does venture into surrounding areas. Koch General Engineering is the only experienced local contractor to place central Mix REAS (Rubberized Emulsion Asphalt Slurry). For more information, please call (619) 561-2005, or visit About the NALA™ The NALA offers small and medium-sized businesses effective ways to reach customers through new media. As a single-agency source, the NALA helps businesses flourish in their local community. The NALA’s mission is to promote a business’ relevant and newsworthy events and achievements, both online and through traditional media. For media inquiries, please call 805.650.6121, ext. 361.

Oppert B.,U.S. Department of Agriculture | Ellis R.T.,Dow AgroSciences | Babcock J.,County of San Diego
Journal of Stored Products Research | Year: 2010

Two crystalline protoxins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), Cry1Fa1 and Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 (Cry1F, Cry34/35Ab1), were evaluated for efficacy against lepidopteran and coleopteran storage pests. Cry1F was tested against the lepidopterans Sitotroga cerealella (Angoumois grain moth) and colonies of Plodia interpunctella (Indian mealmoth) that are susceptible or resistant to Bt Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac toxins, Bt subspecies entomocidus, and the commercial formulation Dipel®. Cry1F was also tested against the coleopterans Cryptolestes pusillus (flat grain beetle) and Tribolium castaneum (red flour beetle). Cry34/35Ab1 was tested against S. cerealella, C. pusillus, and T. castaneum, and against additional coleopteran storage pests, including Tenebrio molitor (yellow mealworm), Trogoderma variabile (warehouse beetle), Oryzaephilus surinamensis (sawtoothed grain beetle), Rhyzopertha dominica (lesser grain borer), and Sitophilus oryzae (rice weevil). Strains of Bt-susceptible or -resistant P. interpunctella generally were more sensitive to Cry1A protoxin or toxin than either Cry1F protoxin or Dipel. Despite difficulties with the bioassay of S. cerealella larvae, the data suggest that Cry1F and Cry34/35Ab1 caused increased larval mortality, and a developmental delay was observed and no pupae emerged with 0.9% Cry1F. Neither Cry1F nor the corn rootworm-active toxin Cry34/35Ab1 significantly affected the biological parameters of the coleopteran species evaluated. © 2010 .

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BNBuilders is pleased to announce it has commenced construction on the renovations at the County of San Diego Housing and Community Development Services (HCDS) administrative offices. Located at 3989 Ruffin Road in San Diego, the project is one of...

Underwood J.G.,County of San Diego
Environmental Management | Year: 2011

Habitat loss is major factor in the endangerment and extinction of species around the world. One promising strategy to balance continued habitat loss and biodiversity conservation is that of biodiversity offsets. However, a major concern with offset programs is their consistency with landscape-level conservation goals. While merging offset polices and landscape-level conservation planning is thought to provide advantages over a traditional disconnected approach, few such landscape-level conservation-offset plans have been designed and implemented, so the effectiveness of such a strategy remains uncertain. In this study, we quantitatively assess the conservation impact of combining landscape-level conservation planning and biodiversity offset programs by comparing regions of San Diego County, USA with the combined approach to regions with only an offset program. This comparison is generally very difficult due to a variety of complicating factors. We overcome these complications and quantify the benefits to rare and threatened species of implementing a combined approach by assessing the amount of each species' predicted distribution, and the number of documented locations, conserved in comparison to the same metric for areas with an offset policy alone. We found that adoption of the combined approach has increased conservation for many rare species, often 5-10 times more than in the comparison area, and that conservation has been focused in the areas most important for these species. The level of conservation achieved reduces uncertainty that these species will persist in the region into the future. This San Diego County example demonstrates the potential benefits of combining landscape-level conservation planning and biodiversity offset programs. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Vidales R.A.,County of San Diego
ICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure | Year: 2014

When a master planned community's mitigation measures required implementation in an adjacent community, that community weighed in as to how those measures would actually be put in place. A community-driven design took more than 2 years to take shape at monthly public community planning group meetings (many of which included the developer and some of which included city staff). The community applied many sustainability principles in the project design, including multimodal connectivity between communities. The installation of pedestrian-scale lighting was one of the most prominent and community-advocated project features. The implementation of the project's pedestrian-scale acorn lights became a challenge when city maintenance was not available due to a technicality in the city's maintenance contracting (i.e., the acorn lights were deemed an ornamental feature and not a city standard). Also, the street's location was outside of the nearest Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) boundary. Therefore, the city requested that the project proponent install the cold and unsophisticated looking standard "cobra" style light fixtures ubiquitous in today's urban landscape. The community was persistent, and the developer was patient enough to successfully navigate through the city's complicated planning, design, and permitting process. Ultimately, the resilient neighborhood triumphed and got the acorn style lights installed using a creative maintenance financing mechanism and thus maintaining the neighborhood's civil and aesthetic pride. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

News Article | November 7, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The cost of renting an apartment or buying a home in the County of San Diego is mostly out of reach for Millennials. As prices skyrocket due to a lack of supply, Millennials are having to make tough choices. Either leave San Diego...

News Article | November 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- County of San Diego voters have a very clear choice before them November 8. The region is in the midst of the worst housing crisis in generations, with no end in sight. Nearly all housing experts agree, the best way to keep families together...

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