Daily Archives: March 29, 2012

California Firestorm, 2003 : Anatomy of a Fire

I have not been terrified, saddened, frustrated, angry, confused – all at one time – except during the Firestorm in 2003.  It was my awakening on so many levels, and profoundly changed my life.  Nothing made sense.  Now, with this blog, I can start to put in writing what my seven plus years of research has yielded.  Remember, I am only examining the facts.  I use their words, articles, reports.  I’ll let you make your own conclusion.  It all began in October 2003 with the fires.  Here is my thoughts in April 2004 when I started recording information and compiling it.


My background in investigative research, advocacy and activism spans more than 30 years and is fueled by my belief in the very tenets that make this country great.  As a citizen, I possess the right to question and challenge any ‘authority’ that does not act in our best interest.  The events that led up to, during, and after the Firestorm that engulfed San Diego County has amplified my commitment to investigate local, state and federal authorities that failed and even obstructed efforts to defend our wildlands, wildlife and residents.

It is my assertion that the California 2003 Firestorm that consumed more than 750,000 acres and killed 24 people was preventable.  I further assert that,

The public and media were deliberately fed disinformation on the local, state and federal level that knowingly put the public at risk,
State agencies deliberately deceived the pubic on firefighting resources available,
Firefighting agencies did not proactively attack these fires, putting the public at risk,
Negligence in providing adequate ‘first-alert’ systems or alerting media
State Firefighting agencies suppressed local efforts to fight the fire,

While the CDF and related state agencies assert they did the best they could, they concede that the loss of wildlands, wildlife and residents was a regrettable consequence of the fire (see Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission report), however, overall they consider their efforts successful.

Based on my research and knowledge – this is not true.  There are and were massive state and federal resources available that were established under the National Fire Plan. In particular, ESF#4 clearly identifies lead agencies, support agencies and their individual responsibilities in detecting and suppressing fires.  These agencies function under the Federal Response Plan, and were specifically created in order to ensure efficient and effective response mechanisms and seamless communications.  They include the United States Fire Commission (Dept of Homeland Security), Office of Aircraft Services (DoI), Dept. of Commerce, Dept. of Defense, United States Forest Service, (DoA), US Fish & Wildlife (DoI), National Park Service (DoI) Bureau of Land Management (DoI) Bureau of Indian Affairs (DoI), etc.

Sources and Compelling Observations:

The United States is currently under an ‘elevated’ (yellow) status of alert,
12 fires from Ventura County to Otay were of ‘suspicious origin’ (not lightning)
DHS considers ‘fire’ a credible threat by terrorists,
All 12 fires began within 5 days of each other,
Incident Reports for Cedar Fire (10/25 – 12/4) showing latitude and longitude
Initial Cedar Fire report neglects to mention impending Santa Ana winds
Aerial extraction of hunter real-time but no fire response
Purpose and scope of CFCG (California Fires Coordination Group) Washington, DC
Purpose and scope of NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center) Boise, Idaho
National Fire Plan Doctrine
$483M in Federal assistance channeled into California post fire
FEMA report into DHS

Initial Findings:

Either every agency from the federal level to local municipalities failed to coordinate and communicate effective response mechanisms, and demonstrated massive incompetence and indifference


These fires were deliberately allowed to grow.

Personal Thought from December 7, 2010

Once again “wildlife management” (the greatest oxymoron in U.S. lingo) has allowed a situation to grow to a ‘perceived’ level of urgency.   The trauma of this type of event in wildlife is devastating … for the animals (all animals) and humans that are totally opposed.

I wish you – and others – would become familiar with The American Hunting Myth by Ron Baker.   Rick – wildlife management of the park clearly wasn’t doing the right thing… for years… otherwise we wouldn’t have this conflict NOW.  To use the homeless as an excuse to have a hunt “aawww… let’s be nice and kill deer that we have allowed to grow in numbers… and use the homeless as a justification…” is one of the ROUTINE justifications.  The public also has a right to have witnesses to this hunt.

Once again — our government who is totally indebted to us for their existence – is telling US – the American People .. no you can’t stop this and no you can’t watch us either.  We’re the ones in control.  These agencies (local and federal) are funded by our hard-earned tax dollars.  The USF&W, EPA, DOA etc., are not friends of animals, Rick.  Please do not become fooled by their speak.  The so-called park management has allowed this to happen — and now the deer are the ones to be killed.   Realize something — many of us who were former conservatives have a jaundice about the federal government. I don’t believe them and I do not trust their word … especially when it comes to so-called “wildlife management”.  To them — this is a SPORT!!!!

So let’s talk astrology for a second : Keeping Your Cool – Week of March 26, 2012

This morning I received a post about this week … and it is spot on.  Two steps forward, one backward… situations that could become *testy* if given room… and just a lot of energy out there.  I subscribe to ElsaP for her interpretations of the transits and I must give this lady credit.  She is good.  Anyway, as I’ve written before, I am still a student of astrology, making a deeper dive is on my bucket list, and I have integrated astrology into my life.  For you initiates out there… keep track of your life, start to *read* the energy – positive and negative.  Step back when you feel angst or when someone has crossed into your aura.

The following is her *heads-up* alert.

This whole week looks like a traffic jam to me.  The arrangement of cars changes constantly but no one is going to sail through these next days without a variety of encounters with others.

Not all the the meetings will be jarring or stressful. It’s possible to fall in love in a traffic jam.  People who can keep their wits and sense of humor in the chaos will be fare best.

Thursday we have two grand trines for support, but Mercury, Mars and Saturn are all retrograde and people are fed up with delays. It’s like being stuck on the freeway in Los Angeles.  The weather’s nice, but you may be pissed off anyway.  Note that you get to choose what you focus on. The Sun also squares Pluto exact on Thursday.  This is difficult energy to deal with – See Transit Watch for details.

Friday, the Moon in Cancer forms a T-square with the Sun, Uranus and Pluto. It’s a safe bet someone gets their feelings hurt.  Whether this is because they’re oversensitive or because the other person has a shocking (Uranus) ego (Sun) on steroids (Pluto) will be debated.

The Moon squares Saturn on the weekend while Mars opposes Neptune and Chiron and both configurations are worrisome. Work and service would be positive expressions of this energy but some will be depressed (Moon Saturn) and act as their own worst enemy.  To avoid this, boundaries are key.  My advice is you stay out of the confused fray if at all possible.

Monday is ego day with the Moon in Leo and the Sun exalted in Leo.  If you’ll allow me mine, I’ll allow you yours and we won’t have to come to blows.

Tuesday begins the shift of planets into Mercury-ruled signs which will end our week with a flourish.   Venus enters Gemini, the Moon enters Virgo and then Mercury turns direct on Wednesday morning opening the floodgates for communication of all kinds (see details)

Last, continue to watch your step around Virgo and Gemini this week. Here’s the PSA on that.

If you want to talk about these issues or anything else, please schedule a phone appointment or contact me for an email consult.

I am holding a workshop on the Uranus Pluto square 2012-2015 – you can check that out here. It’s starts on April 4th.

I also have a variety of astrology reports for just $10.  Check them out here.
Thanks and best wishes for a great week,
Elsa P


With all due respect — what is going on here?  Every day, I see this government more and more out of control.  The DOI and its daughter agencies are, in my opinion, an enemy of the people.

When the US Congress unanimously passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act in 1971, America’s wild horses roamed on 53,518,146 acres of Western rangeland.

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (the primary agency charged with managing and protecting our wild horses and burros) manages wild horses and burros on 34,340,678 acres – a decrease of more than 35%. This stunning land loss is the direct result of erroneous management and decision making by the BLM.

Despite the BLM’s claim regarding the number of wild horses, there is no accurate count of wild horses on public lands. In 2008, the BLM’s best guess put the number at 29,644 wild horses and 3,461 wild burros, totaling 33,105 wild horses and burros.

The BLM complains that wild horses are competing with livestock and damaging the environment, but there are an estimated 8 million livestock grazing on approximately 235 million acres of federal public lands in 11 western states. The vast majority of all BLM administered lands (92%) is leased for livestock grazing.

Over 10 years ago the BLM established long-term holding facilities to provide care for these animals until they could be adopted or lifetime care for those animals deemed “unadoptable” instead of operating a responsible management strategy to protect wild horses and burros on the range.

The idea was to guarantee the welfare of these animals, but the program has become so unbalanced that the BLM now spends more than half of its annual budget simply warehousing horses unnecessarily. Strapped for cash and insisting that more horses need to be removed from the range, the BLM is now proposing mass euthanasia of warehoused wild horses.

Not only will the BLM have wasted over 100 million taxpayer dollars spent on animal care, but also the agency will be killing the very horses the Americans have given them the budget – our taxpayer dollars – to PROTECT and CARE FOR.

Return to San Francsico in search of meaning…


My mother was a very unique personality wrapped up in a Scorpio Sun, Capricorn Ascendant.  She was raised to believe that she could be anything or do anything if she put her mind it.  She proved it when she became a real estate broker in 1965, started her own business, and then became a builder and real estate developer- all on a high school education.  Mom was way ahead of her time on so many levels … and not so much on others but that is perfectly O.K.  So, after my father died, and my mother realized that their opportunity to correct and get straightened out from their very sad marriage that had dissolved (due to any number of reasons) into distance – ended abruptly on November 19, 1971 when my father died.  She couldn’t get over that it was finished.  The man she fell in love with at 13 … was dead and they couldn’t talk, yell or make love anymore.

That began her search.  Until that time, I was the one who my parents used to compare to my grandmother – and it was clearly  understood that my grandmother was a witch.  Not a bad witch… but someone who had the gift of prophecy, and a very unusual relationship with animals.  She consulted tea readers and mystics routinely with the money she earned washing people’s clothes.  My grandfather was a policeman, but in addition to my mother and aunt, my grandparents took in their 4 cousins.  Their mother had died, and my grandmother thought her brother was incapable of caring for his children in between his drunken stupors.   His name was Willy and my grandmother wanted to punch him in his nose on many occasions (but didn’t).  Anyway, my grandmother – my mother’s mother – was pretty unique too, it seems.  She was (before getting married and raising children) a big-board operator for New York Telephone in the early 1900’s (1907 ish).  She was one of those girls on skates that you see.

The stock I came from on the maternal side was pretty solid … though I cannot comment too much on my paternal side because of extenuating circumstances.  I really didn’t know my father’s family other than very casually.  Sad but true.

Everything after November 19, 1971 was different…

My mother was truly lost, and years later she confided that she wanted to commit suicide but couldn’t leave Thomas and me with that burden.  She wanted out.  Everything she thought would *work out* came crashing in.  I was only 17 and viewed my father’s death as divine intervention.  I had said to my mother – quite openly – “ma, if daddy is not going to recover and be better than before, it will be so much worse.  you two are going to kill each other some day, and I’d rather daddy die.”  It wasn’t said in malice.  My father had become a very violent man.  The police were at our house routinely because I was routinely having him arrested.  We traced it back to a bad head injury in 1960 when the back of a moving truck’s door came down and knocked him out. He was out cold.  He probably sustained a bad concussion at the least or maybe worse.  Shortly thereafter his personality started getting twisted.  He had terrible headaches.  My parents didn’t believe in going to the doctor unless it was REALLY bad.  I guess being knocked out cold, having blinding headaches that no number of aspirin would stop, changing personalities and becoming violent and menacing.. wasn’t enough of a red flag.

My parents adored each other. Truly.  They loved each other passionately.  I used to compare them to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.  They fought passionately, were extremely disruptive, embarrassed the crap out of Thomas and I on any number of occasions…. and one time when I was skewing my mother about her marriage and my father and their relationship I said “ma, you and dad could have whatever twisted type marriage you ended up with… what you didn’t have the right to do… was inflict it on everybody else.

When my father died on November 19, 1971 – her world crashed and nothing made sense anymore.  That began her journey into metaphysics, the esoteric and astrology.  I was extremely dismissive of her new found knowledge cause I just thought astrology was for the birds.  I attributed all magic and experiences to the universe (yes, I started young, in kindergarten).  I had a very personal relationship with trees and would sit in the woods for hours with the jack-in-the-pulpits, moss, leaves, and animals.  I was reluctant to all the praise she gave astrology and over the next 20 years, I grew to see its merits.  My mother said her proudest moment was when I said to her “ma, i don’t understand how or why it (astrology) works… it just does.”  She was thrilled.  You see, every year, at christmas, one of my stocking stuffers was an astrological ephemeris for the year.  I still have them – all.  Gradually, I would make notations, then observations, then connections, and then summaries.  Wow.  I could be in the office… and *feel* transits (particularly mercury and mars; communications and energy/action).  There is something to it… even if I don’t thoroughly understand the all of it.