Sunday, June 30, 2013

A public servant with integrity.

Bob Trimborn has retired from his position as the Airport Executive for the City of Santa Monica for the last 17 years. 

As long as I have known Bob Trimborn he has been  a straight shooter. The John Glenn of our teenage flying club, the Aeroteens, he has developed into a knowledgeable advocate of general aviation, while walking the tightrope of public service,  caring for your constituents (the pilots and operators (flight schools, charters, etc) with the demands of the neighboring public. 

No different in his role as a public servant, managing airports in the increasingly complex airspace over Southern California. The citizens of the city of Santa Monica, as well as his governmental superiors in the municipal city can rest assured that Bob Trimborn gave them a full measure of service. Both to the pilots, which Bob identified with being a former FAA  certified flight instructor or CFI, as well as an instrument rated commercial pilot.  to the mayor and councilmen who represented the complaining citizenry who are relentless in their demands.  

Good Luck, my friend, in your future endeavors  you have already done a great job of helping citizens keep their faith in government by providing thoughtful and considered thought with the issues of jets, traffic, flight schools, angry citizens, councilmen under pressure, lawsuits, FAA, a museum to Donald Douglas  who started on this airport, and provided employment for my parents, and thousands of other South Bay residents. Whenever citizens gaze at the majestic DC-3 on stilts and the Donald Douglas statue with his dog, or visit the air museum, we will pay a nod of the head to you, for preserving this history on this historical airport whose future remains uncertain.  



"We will never surrender" June 4, 1940

"We will never surrender"

June 4, 1940

This is the speech that I have used, almost like narcotic drugs, to help me hold on, during my darkest moments of this last decade and my legal battle with the banks.  I remember playing it excessively at the Corona house, much  to the dismay of some guests. 

Over the next decade I listened to this speech as a sort of booster shot when I would get depressed. I still listen to it frequently.  

Friday, June 28, 2013

Bankruptcy Violations and social media


June 26th, 2013    •  by psasser    •   No Comments »
As if filing for bankruptcy is not emotionally challenging enough, some debtors are feeling the effects of creditor intimidation through Facebook and other social networking media.  In the age of social media, creditors have found a new way to hound and harass debtors and in the process, ultimately violate the automatic stay.
In case 12-024420-DD, Jessica J. Bolin, The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina recently ruled in favor of the debtor who claimed a creditor was harassing her by posting derogatory remarks on her Facebook page.  The debtor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 17, 2012 and at that time the automatic stay, an injunction that prohibits creditors from attempting to collect debts from a debtor who has filed bankruptcy, went into effect.  After receiving notice of the debtor’s bankruptcy filing and refusing the debtor’s attempts to have her cease and desist, the creditor continued to send harassing emails and posted negative comments on both the debtor’s business website and her Facebook page.  The debtor eventually hired an attorney and a filed a Motion for Sanctions seeking damages against the creditor for the “willful and intentional violation of the automatic stay.”  The court agreed with the debtor and awarded the debtor $2,100.70 in actual damages and $5,000.00 in punitive damages stating, “It is clear from the evidence presented to the Court that [the creditor] knew of the bankruptcy filing and continued to contact Debtor for the purpose of collecting a pre-petition debt. [The creditor] received actual notice of the bankruptcy. In fact, this notice appeared to prompt her threatening and offensive actions against Debtor.”
Once a creditor is notified of a bankruptcy filing, all collection efforts must immediately stop. That includes phone calls, mailed bills or letters, foreclosure proceedings and even collection efforts made
through social media.  If a creditor continues to seek collection once it has been informed of the bankruptcy filing, it may be held liable and sanctioned by the court.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Dangerous heat wave forecast for Arizona, California deserts

from reuters

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PHOENIX | Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:43pm EDT
(Reuters) - A potentially deadly heat wave is expected to bear down on some Arizona and California desert areas in the next few days, forecasters said on Wednesday.
The mercury is predicted to soar well past 110 degrees Fahrenheit and perhaps top 120F (40s and 50s degrees Celsius) starting on Friday in the deserts of southeast California and southern Arizona, and the National Weather Service said.
Forecasters said highs could top 118F (48C) in Phoenix on Saturday, potentially setting a new record for that date in the sun-baked Arizona capital, and increasing the risk of heat stroke and exhaustion.
"Exceedingly high temperatures can cause heat-related illness, including death," the National Weather Service said in an excessive heat warning.
The agency added that residents without air conditioning are most vulnerable during the period covered by the warning - 8 a.m. on Friday through 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Another concern is the risk to undocumented immigrants trekking up fromMexico on foot through the remote deserts of southern Arizona, where shade is scarce and heat is expected to reach 115F to 121F (46C to 49C) over the weekend.
"It's a very dangerous situation to have anyone out in these remote areas," Brent Cagen, a spokesman for the Tucson sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, told Reuters. "We definitely see a rise (in rescues and deaths) when it gets to be 115 or 120 degrees (Fahrenheit) out in the desert," he added.
Agents, including 250 specially trained as emergency medical responders, carried out 374 rescues from October 1 through May 31. Ninety-nine deaths, most from exposure, were reported during the period, Cagen said.

(Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Stacey Joyce)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Edward Snowden

Whistleblower or criminal ?

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Branding Of Global Dissent: From Occupy Wall Street To Rio De Janeiro


The stream of images from Rio de Janeiro, Jakarta and Istanbul of protesters pitted against riot police has focused the world’s attention on the grievances of common citizens against their governments, sparking in some observers a sense of solidarity, and in most, discomfort.

Ohio Air show cancelled for day in wake of crash


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Wing walker plane crash
Wing walker plane crash
By Breaking News Staff
The Vectren Dayton Air Show has been cancelled for the day in the aftermath of a fiery crash.
Wing walker Jane Wicker’s plane crashed just before 1 p.m. as she sat on top of the inverted 450 HP Stearman.
The plane burst into flames as it hit the ground. A fire truck was at the crash within seconds and the flames have been extinguished. It is unknown the condition of Wicker or the pilot.
“All of a sudden I heard screaming and looked up and there was a fire ball,” said Stan Thayer of Wilmington.
Shawn Warwick of New Knoxville said he was watching the plane through binoculars. “I noticed it was upside down really close to the ground. She was sitting on the bottom of the plane,” he said. “I saw it just go right into the ground and explode.”
His wife was getting a drink when the crash happened. “I came back and everybody was just in shock,” said Cara Warwick.
Many spectators were already leaving when show organizers cancelled the show for the day at 1:30 p.m.
More details were not immediately available. We will update this story as more information isconfirmed.
This was the third act at the 39th Vectren Dayton Air Show.
The show is scheduled to run today and tomorrow 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dayton International Airport.
Veteran stunt pilot Jim LeRoy was killed when his stunt plane crashed and burned at the 2007 Vectren Dayton Air Show.