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Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Winner of 1st Place, San Diego Press Club Awards in General News, Daily Newspapers and Websites category. Ponding water that seeps below Seacoast Drive homes and condos after a sand replenishment project has roused residents and beachgoers. But environmental workers are worried, too—that the sand could move south […]
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Over the course of the last five years, some years more than others, I took pictures at City of Hope International (COHI) Church in San Diego. The Pentecostal church is led by Rev. Terrell Fletcher, a former San Diego Chargers running back.
In 2012 City of Hope International combined with Faith Chapel to become COHI at Faith Chapel and is located at 4999 Holly Dr. in San Diego.
Joye Goodwin moved to Valley Center to retire with her daughter Hope two decades ago. Before that, she was a nurse for more than 40 years and founder of Children Having Children, a non-profit assisting parents 13 to 24-years-old reach for life beyond parenthood in southeast San Diego.
Since moving there, together the two raised championship horses and Great Danes, grew dozens of organic fruits and vegetables and were about to go into the business of farming organic garlic and Sea buckthorn.
But on Nov. 16, 2006 an EDCO garbage truck lifting a dumpster in their back yard ruptured a hydraulic line, spraying between 15 to 36 gallons (actual amount is disputed by both sides) of hydraulic fluid on to the ground, into the air and across the property.
Joye, who was gardening outside and already had trouble breathing, may have inhaled some of the fluid.
“We could smell the fumes in the house for weeks,” Hope said.
Since then, the mature Cottonwood trees near the spill died, as did fruit trees and crops planted in the ground further away. The Ice Man, a 23-year-old Irish bred Thoroughbred, had to be put down. Alraune, a German bred Holsteiner, may have cancer. Another horse lost 300 lbs. Hope said.
Then this spring, her health deteriorated, Joye died in the morning hours of the first day of spring.
Published Feb. 1, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch. Winner of 1st Place, San Diego Press Club Awards in General News, Daily Newspapers and Websites category.
Ponding water that seeps below Seacoast Drive homes and condos after a sand replenishment project has roused residents and beachgoers.
But environmental workers are worried, too—that the sand could move south and block the mouth of the Tijuana River.
If the sand stopped flow of the river, said the manager of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, it could threaten endangered species and other wildlife in the Tijuana River Valley.
“It’s like your circulatory system,” said Brian Collins, the refuge manager. “You don’t want it blocked. It causes a heart attack. Or like asthma. You want to be able to breathe, and my analogy is you want the water to be able to go in and out.”
Published March 22, 2013 by Imperial Beach Patch.
A man who died when his trailer caught fire in the Imperial Beach Trailer Park in the early morning March 8 has been identified as Daniel Martin Drake, according to the County of San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, said Detective Anthony Portillo with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Bomb and Arson Unit.
“It appears as though it was an accidental fire. We can’t really nail down the cause right now, but were still doing some testing,” he said.
Family and friends remember the man who lived in Imperial Beach the past two decades as a hard worker, an avid fishermen and a good man.
“It’s so weird. It’s still so surreal to me,” his oldest daughter Angela Bain-Trujillo told IB Patch.
Drake was born Dec. 23, 1950 in Lapeer, MI and moved to Southern California with his parents as a boy. He came to Imperial Beach in the 1990s to be closer to his mother and sister after a divorce, Bain-Trujillo said.
Drake worked in construction, as a carpenter and repaired tractor trailers traveling through Riverside, CA, she said.
While visiting his trailer park after the fire, Drake’s family were told by his friend and neighbor Adolfo Franco that the two went skydiving six years ago. They jumped out of a plane together though Drake used a mobility scooter since his hip was injured in a car accident.
“There was a lot of yelling, you know, and a lot of joking and such, but yeah, he did it,” Franco said.
“Steven just started crying,” said Sal Trujillo, Drake’s son-in-law. Drake’s son Steven went skydiving around the same time but never thought to ask his dad because of his hip. Despite the handicap, Franco said Drake would go horseback riding and regularly make trips to the Imperial Beach Pier to fish.
“Other than that, he was a happy-go-lucky guy. He loved playing dominoes and drinking beer,” Franco said. Eileen McGrath manages the trailer park and knew Drake for more than a decade.
“As the saying goes, ‘May you be in Heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead,’ and I think Danny made it,” she said. “Danny was always well liked by everyone in this community.”
Published Feb. 26, 2006 by San Francisco Chronicle.
Aarhus, Denmark — The questions about my personal safety over the last few weeks have been constant. My mother, other family members and friends back home in the United States are all concerned about how edgy it has become here in Aarhus, the home of the now infamous Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that ran cartoon images of Muhammad.
But every time I hear my mother’s worrying voice, my face winces and I wonder why they think I’m in such danger. I am an African American student studying in Aarhus, a town of about a quarter-million people and Denmark’s second-largest city after Copenhagen.
The images coming in from around the world are amazing. Frantic mobs of people waving green and white Muslim flags while burning red and white Danish ones. Embassies burn while enormous crowds of people shout unsettling, threatening things.
That is a sharp contrast to what’s going on in Aarhus. No mobs have taken the city by storm. None of the town’s buildings has been set ablaze by angry or radical Muslims in retaliation to the offensive cartoons. Shop windows remain intact.