EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 27, 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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Buyer’s remorse? Chargers could reportedly move back to San Diego (Times of San Diego)

Last Sunday, both the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers combined failed to outsell a college football game that was played a day earlier and that’s the kind of “bad optics” that has some in the NFL considering moving the Chargers back to San Diego, a longtime NFL reporter said.

Borrego Springs trying to deal with underground water crisis (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Residents of Borrego Springs are reluctantly coming to grips with a problem that threatens the very existence of their community, one they have known about and been slow to solve -- until the state threatened to intervene.

Lemon Grove moving on climate action plan (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 Lemon Grove is continuing to develop a climate action plan, joining other California cities working to comply with state-ordered regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future.

Cox Communications to begin charging heavy Internet users who exceed monthly data caps (San Diego Union-Tribune)

For typical cable broadband subscribers, it takes a ton of Internet surfing to exceed their monthly data allowance -- something akin to streaming high-definition video for 21 hours per day.

Diabetes-Related Amputations Up Significantly in California — and San Diego (KPBS)

Clinicians are amputating more toes, legs, ankles and feet of patients with diabetes in California — and San Diego County in particular — in a “shocking” trend that has mystified diabetes experts here and across the country.http://feedpress.me/13288/6862222.gif

State seeks more documents from El Cajon councilman's beauty pageant (San Diego Union-Tribune)

El Cajon Councilman Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho, whose newly organized beauty pageant organization came under scrutiny from the California Attorney General’s Office in August, has been asked for more details and documentation for the tax-exempt entity.

New FBI Data Places San Diego Among 2016's Safest Cities Nationwide (KPBS)

San Diego was the safest big city in the United States last year in terms of murders, while the San Diego-Carlsbad metro area had fewer violent crimes in 2016 than all but three of the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to statistics released Monday by the FBI.http://feedpress.me/13288/6910740.gif

CCAs Have Value Far Beyond Just Price (Voice of San Diego)

Arguments about these government energy programs are often dominated by price, because it is one simple number. But just as there are many factors to consider besides price when paying for transportation or lodging, there are many benefits of a community choice aggregation program besides price that are important.

 

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A Tale of Two States: California Loses and Texas Wins Under GOP Health Plan (KQED)

 California stands to lose billions in health care funding under the GOP’s latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, resulting in millions of Californians losing coverage.

University of California Blows Big Money on Gold-Plated Pensions (Reason)

Students are being asked to pay more and more into the University of California system. In-state tuition has increased from $3,859 (in 2017 dollars) for the 2000-2001 academic year to $12,630 today. Crucially, this money is not funding better educational opportunities, but rather is going toward covering the gold-plated pension benefits of university employees.

What a difference three days makes: How voters shook up California’s Legislature (Cal Matters)

As lawmakers in Sacramento approached the last night of their session—the final opportunity to pass or kill bills for the year—they had had three days to figure out how to vote. …That’s because a new law voters imposed last year forbids them to act on a bill until it’s been available to the public for 72 hours.

Solar growth threatened by trade ruling, with Trump to have final say (San Francisco Chronicle)

A decision Friday in a closely watched federal trade case threatens to upend the U.S. solar industry — much of it based in California — and slow the technology’s rapid growth.

Lawsuit accuses MWD of predatory water diversions in Riverside, Imperial counties (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The nation’s largest municipal water provider attempted to illegally divert water toward Southern California cities by buying up and throttling water use on thousands of acres of farmland, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Riverside County Superior Court.  / The suit was brought by the Palo Verde Irrigation District, which serves parts of Imperial County and Riverside County. It accuses the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California of violating a 2004 agreement that paid farmers not to grow crops on their land, freeing up water for thirsty coastal cities serviced by Metropolitan.