EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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August 8, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

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LOCAL

SANDAG Executive Gary Gallegos To Retire Amid Scandal (KPBS)

Gary Gallegos, the executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, says he will leave the agency by the end of the year. Gallegos was due for a performance review by the agency's board of directors for his role in a widening scandal over tax revenues.

Sheriff’s Department: Yes, we called Border Patrol on undocumented couple; no, we didn’t violate policy (Voice of San Diego)

Despite a Sheriff’s Department policy that prohibits deputies from stopping, detaining or questioning people for reasons related to immigration, deputies contacted U.S. Border Patrol during a traffic stop and held the couple until agents arrived on scene to detain them.

San Diego Superior Court to stop providing court reporters for family law matters (KUSI)

Effective next month, the San Diego Superior Court will no longer provide official court reporters in family law matters for domestic violence restraining order hearings or "request for order'' hearings of 40 minutes or less, court officials announced Thursday.

Walking the path of retirement: honoring a noble career of service to the Kumeyaay (by Nikki Symington, Indian Voices)

I am retiring. However, before I recede into the mists of time and foggy thinking, I want to share the remarkable changes I observed between tribal leaders and non-Indians during my years.

 Ex-Poway Superintendent Is Facing Five Felony Charges (Voice of San Diego)

John Collins is facing five felony charges for allegedly misusing public money, vacation, sick and leave time while superintendent of the Poway Unified School District…. If convicted on all charges, Collins could spend up to seven years, eight months in prison…. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing stripped Collins’ teaching and administrator credentials “because of misconduct” late last month…..

Imperial Beach is preparing to sue the federal government over sewage spills (KUSI)

Imperial Beach is preparing to sue the federal government over the millions of gallons of sewage seeping into United States waters from Mexico. The city is targeting the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission. They say the government is not taking enough action to clean up the mess which has been a problem for years. Imperial Beach Mayor Surge Dedina discusses why the city is suing.

EPA Clears Way for San Diego To Treat Recycled Water for Drinking (KPBS)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board finalized a wastewater discharge permit for the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant to protect ocean water quality and increase water reuse, it was announced Monday.

Officials consider an answer to the homeless question they hear most: where can people go?  (Voice of San Diego)

As street homelessness booms, city leaders and advocates are increasingly mulling where homeless San Diegans can legally go. A City Council committee last week ordered a report on what it would take to establish safe parking and so-called care zones where homeless people could settle without fear of being ticketed or arrested simply for living on the street, as part of a broader look at potential short-term homelessness solutions

The Other Big Revelations from the SANDAG Investigation (Voice of San Diego)

Here are four more things we learned from the investigation by Orange County-based law firm Hueston Hennigan.

Man sentenced for sexual assault and murder in Del Cerro home invasion (NBC7)

A man was sentenced for violently attacking two women, and killing one of them, after breaking into their home in Del Cerro, prosecutors confirmed Friday. The judge told 21-year-old Eduardo Torres that no punishment would be enough, before sentencing him to life in prison without parole for the brutal attacks.

Lemon Grove railroad ties used to replace Starbucks Vibe (San Diego Reader)

Barrio Logan-based Ryan Bros. Coffee brought local coffee to downtown Lemon Grove (7801 Broadway) The location at the corner Lemon Grove Avenue had previously been occupied by Starbucks, but the Seattle chain shut it down late last year to open a drive-thru location less than a mile away.

STATE

Cannabis company plans to turn desert town into pot paradise (Union-Democrat)

 Now that one of the nation's largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania?

Cal State will no longer require placement exams and remedial classes for freshmen (L.A. Times)

Cal State plans to drop placement exams in math and English as well as the noncredit remedial courses that more than 25,000 freshmen have been required to take each fall — a radical move away from the way public universities traditionally support students who come to college less prepared than their peers.

Consumer report alleges conflicts of interest between Gov. Brown and Sempra (SD Union-Tribune)

The 16-page report by from Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog is titled “Power Play: How the Governor’s Sister Makes a Million Dollars from Sempra While his Appointees Let Sempra Bilk Ratepayers for Billions.” It alleges that decisions made by Brown and his political appointees helped usher in hefty profits and a run-up in stock valuations that nearly tripled the company’s market capitalization in less than seven years….The report says the governor’s sister, former State Treasurer Kathleen Brown, has received almost $1.1 million in personal compensation since she joined the Sempra board of directors in 2013. 

One Less Hurdle for California Transfer Students Beginning in 2018 (KPBS)

Beginning in Fall 2018, the CSU system says non-math and science majors will not have to take intermediate algebra before transferring to one of its campuses [from community colleges.]

Davis Islamic Center Under Fire After Sermon Translation Surfaces Online (CBS)

The Davis Imam’s two-hour long sermon… calls for the annihilation of Jews, and asks his higher power to liberate the Al Asqa mosque from their filth….  Rabbi Shmary Brownstein …[say their] family is now being harassed by drivers passing by their home, which is also a house of worship.