EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 20, 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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Fanita Ranch ready to roll again in Santee (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fanita Ranch is back in Santee, and in a big way. The housing development planned for 2,600 acres of rolling hills in the north part of the city has been in the works in some fashion since 1982, two years after Santee incorporated. At the end of August, HomeFed Corp. delivered to Santee’s development services department official plans for Fanita Ranch. Included are nearly 3,000 homes.

Poverty rates drop in San Diego County, but there are still big inequities by race (Voice of San Diego)

… Countywide, 12.3 percent of the population was in poverty last year, a 1.5 percentage point improvement. In 2016 there was economic progress among some of the poorest households in the county, and some were able to escape poverty, but there are still major economic disparities, said Kyra Green, the executive director at CPI.

Reviving the film industry in East County San Diego (East County Californian)

.. Raul Sandelin, writing professor at Grossmont College since 2002 and indie filmmaker, is trying hard to gather professionals, students and amateur moviemakers in the area to meet regularly, create a network that can provide support for future projects and also a non-profit partner to receive funding for movie projects…The group has a Facebook page and next meeting will be announced for November: East County San Diego Filmmakers.

Customers at San Diego restaurant may have been exposed to hepatitis A (10 News)

Health officials said they believe people who consumed food or beverages at World Famous restaurant (711 Pacific Beach Drive) might have been exposed on the following dates and time periods:

Family of construction worker killed in El Cajon wall collapse files suit (NBC 7)

….The family of Fernando Martinez filed a lawsuit against construction corporation, Kunzik & Sara Construction Inc. in late June, claiming the corporation was negligent, and that the family has suffered emotional and financial damage.

Bipartisan bill to plug Tijuana sewage spills comes amid looming budget cuts (Voice of San Diego)

A bipartisan congressional proposal announced Monday seeks to help stop ongoing sewage and wastewater spills in Tijuana from polluting the San Diego region. Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, and Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said they will be pushing hard for Congress to embrace HR 3795, dubbed the Tijuana River Valley Comprehensive Protection and Rehabilitation Act.

Prebys Foundation in legal fight over settlement with late philanthropist’s disinherited son (San Diego Union-Tribune)

When Point Loma philanthropist Conrad Prebys died last year from cancer, he left behind legal papers detailing who should receive gifts from his $1 billion estate. And who should not. Over and over, in typewritten clauses that were underlined, he excluded his only child, Eric Prebys, a physicist who at one time had been in line for $40 million.

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Former judge accuses CPUC of wrongful termination, racial bias (KQED)

A former California Public Utilities Commission administrative judge announced Tuesday afternoon that she is filing a legal complaint with the State Personnel Board alleging wrongful termination of a whistleblower and systemic racial bias… She claims that she was fired in retaliation for speaking out against the commission’s “unethical conduct” and communications with PG&E.

California lawmakers approve landmark 'sanctuary state' bill to expand protections for immigrants (Los Angeles Times)

California lawmakers on Saturday passed a “sanctuary state” bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration. The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.

Jerry Brown signs 27 new bills into law, including no marijuana use in cars: List (Santee Patch)

Brown signed 27 bills into law this week and vetoed two others. Read about them here.

California regulators require auto insurers to adjust rates (Pro Publica)

The state changed its approach in response to ProPublica’s finding that minority neighborhoods were paying higher premiums than white areas with the same risk.

Efforts to control Calif. housing cost go to Gov. Jerry Brown after tight vote (Sacramento Bee)

A multi-bill package aimed at addressing California’s housing affordability crisis headed to Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday as lawmakers prepared to draw the curtain on the 2017 legislative year.

California’s housing costs are driving its number one poverty rate (KPCC)

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show California has the country's highest poverty rate, with nearly one in five residents facing economic hardship when factoring in living costs such as housing.