April 28, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top news of interest to East County and our region, published in other media.
Latest Roundup headlines include:
- San Diego's air pollution among worst in nation (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Grand Jury finds value in Supervisors' fund (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Mayor tells engagement to president of Grossmont Healthcare District Board (La Mesa Patch)
- California led nation in pension fund losses
- SD doctors test early autism detection tool (10 News)
- Steinberg considers cuts targeting GOP districts (Sacramento Bee)
- Study: Soda tax could bring $116.8 million ton San Diego schools (Santee Patch)
- Time names UCSD scientist among world's most influential people (San Diego Union-Tribune)
SAN DIEGO’S AIR POLLUTION AMONG WORST IN NATION
April 27, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--An American Lung Association study of air quality across the United States says San Diego’s air is getting steadily cleaner. But the nation’s eigth largest city got a grade of F because the public is still exposed to significant amounts of pollution, especially during the summer.
Greater San Diego ranks seventh nationally among metro areas in ozone pollution and 15th in short-term particulates, says the report, released today. The report compares data collected from 1996-98 and 2007-2009.
GRAND JURY FINDS VALUE IN SUPERVISORS’ FUND
But report recommends greater transparency in awarding of grants
April 26, 2011 (San Diego-Union-Tribune) -- The fund that lets county supervisors grant public money to community groups is valuable for putting tax dollars to work, but officials could do more to increase transparency and improve the program's image, according to a report released Tuesday by the San Diego County Grand Jury.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program has been criticized as a "slush fund" that helps solidify incumbency for the board of supervisors.
MAYOR TELLS ENGAGEMENT TO PRESIDENT OF GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD
April 28, 2011 (LaMesaPatch.com) Wedding date isn’t set, but Art Madrid confirms to Chamber of Commerce audience that he's engaged to Deborah McElravy.
CALIFORNIA LED NATION IN PENSION FUND LOSSES
April 28, 2011 (Sacramento Bee) --All state public pension funds lost money in 2009 as their stock and property investments tanked, a new Census Bureau report says, but California's systems accounted for a huge share of the losses.
SD DOCTORS TEST EARLY AUTISM DETECTION TOOL
Study On Early Autism Screening To Be Published Thursday
April 28, 2011 (10 News) -- A simple checklist that parents fill out in the waiting room may help doctors someday screen for warning signs of autism as early as a baby's first birthday.
San Diego pediatricians tested the tool with more than 10,000 babies at their 1-year checkups, looking for such things as how the tots babble, gesture and interact with others.
STEINBERG CONSIDERS CUTS TARGETING GOP DISTRICTS
April 27, 2011 (Sacramento Bee)--Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today said he is willing to consider calls to target GOP districts with steeper cuts if legislative Republicans will not vote for taxes or to put taxes on a statewide ballot as part of a budget solution.
"When it comes to kids or the vulnerable, I wouldn't want to make distinctions between who lives in a Democratic district and who lives in a Republican district, but when it comes to sort of basic services, convenience services that affect adults... I have an open mind," Steinberg told reporters after speaking at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon.
STUDY: SODA TAX COULD BRING $116.8 MILLION TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY SCHOOLS
April 25, 2011 (SanteePatch.com) The study shows that $68.2 million would go directly to classrooms and $23.8 million would go to healthy lunch and physical exercise programs.
TIME NAMES UCSD SCIENTIST AMONG WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE
April 22, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--You don't have to be famous to be impressive. V.S. Ramachandran learned as much this week when Time magazine named the UC San Diego neuroscientist one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ramachandran's name appears on the same list as President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and actress Natalie Portman.
Ramachandran, 59, is well-known in his field, especially for finding ways to ease pain among people who have lost limbs or suffered movement disorders. But he hasn't been famous to the general public. At least, not until now.