EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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December 6, 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

Sheriff candidate says he’s target of retaliation (KPBS)

On Aug. 18, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore sent a letter to Dave Myers, a commander and 32-year veteran in the department who also happens to be trying to unseat Gore in next year's election. "This notice is to advise you that effective immediately…your duties have been reassigned from the Court Services Bureau to special projects," the letter begins… The final order restricts what Myers can say: "You are ordered to refrain from making statements on behalf of the Sheriff's Department or releasing any Department information to anyone regarding any Sheriff's Department matters without prior review and approval of Assistant Sheriff (Larry) Nesbit."

USS Theodore Roosevelt launches air strike against Islamic State in Persian Gulf (CBS 8)

Air crews aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt began launching strikes against Islamic State targets in the Middle East on Frida

Don’t get left in the dark when going solar: SDG&E’s new rules change the solar economy (East County Californian)

…On December 1, SDG&E plans to charge solar homes $0.27 for electricity consumed during the day and $0.54 for energy consumed in the evening. Solar doesn’t work at night when the utilities want to charge more, so a battery allows homeowners to store their solar power and use it when electricity is most expensive. Systems which are not equipped for a battery will not be able to mitigate these new charges as effectively as system with batteries, according to San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power.  

Group says Rep. Hunter is too close to vaping industry, seeks ethics review (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Legal advocacy group has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to look into Rep. Duncan Hunter’s “endorsement of private vaping products in blatant disregard of the House Ethics Rules” — but Hunter’s office says the group is just blowing smoke.

 The Plan to Build a Giant Water Battery in San Diego County (Voice of San Diego)

Together with a private company, the city and the Water Authority want to build what amounts to a water battery using the San Vicente Reservoir and a new reservoir to be built nearby.

Sweet recognition — and major cash — for three San Diego scientists with Breakthrough Prize San Diego Union-Tribune)

Three top San Diego scientists on Sunday were awarded the world’s richest science prize, established five years ago by a team including the founders of Google and Facebook.  Out of the seven $3 million Breakthrough Prize awards for 2018, San Diego scientists won two, with a third shared equally...

County supervisors approve new grants worth $1.2 million (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Board of Supervisors awarded 37 grants totaling $1.2 million under a program that allows elected officials to direct millions of tax dollars to charities and to public agencies across San Diego County.

The four big differences between Soccer City and SDSU West (Voice of San Diego)

The two initiatives are very similar. But they differ in size, the promises of a park along the San Diego River and how much they pledge (or don't) to pay for the stadium property in Mission Valley.

Saturday’s gun buyback so popular, police ran out of money (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Police officers bought back 164 unwanted guns from people in South Bay on Saturday — a no-questions-asked event that proved so popular, officers ran out of the gift cards they gave in exchange for weapons.

Mini-dorms in College Area a-okay for now (San Diego Reader)

A Superior Court judge today (December 1) put a permanent stop to enforcement of the City of San Diego's mini-dorm ordinance.

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California wildfires’ jaw dropping numbers (CNN)

Barely two months after the wine country fires charred Northern California, the state is once again staring down a spate of wildfires, this time in Southern California. These fires are fueled by some of the strongest Santa Ana winds in recent memory. Here are some eye-popping numbers from these newest fires:

Some fire hydrants didn’t work because of power outages, firefighters say(Los Angeles Times)

As firefighters battled a destructive wildfire that swept through neighborhoods in Ventura, they were stymied by some fire hydrants that didn't work. Officials said power outages caused by the fire and heavy winds left some water pumping stations inoperable, meaning water couldn't reach the fire hydrants.

Northern California fire survivors and victims couldn’t get past garage doors (Press-Democrat)

As Santa Rosa resident Cheryl Diehm raced to escape her Oakmont home in the first hours of October’s deadly firestorm, she encountered an unexpected obstacle: Her garage door would not open. The power was out, the electricity cut off after nearby blazes had toppled utility lines… Among the 44 people who died in Northern California during the devastating wildfires that erupted Oct. 8, at least five did not or could not get out of their garages.

Kate Steinle murder trial: how the prosecution’s case fell apart (San Francisco Chronicle)

A jury’s near-full acquittal in the Pier 14 killing of Kate Steinle shocked many people who expected a conviction for murder or at least manslaughter. After all, there was no dispute that the accused man held the gun that fired the fatal …To prove murder, Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia needed to convince jurors that the round that killed Steinle had been fired intentionally. But this was a difficult task as the bullet first struck the pier’s concrete 12 to 15 feet from Garcia Zarate, then bounced and traveled 78 more feet to strike Steinle …

Politicians call on Attorney General to jumpstart CPUC investigation (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Three Northern California politicians whose districts were the scene of a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010 are urging Attorney General Xavier Becerra to move forward with a long-running investigation of the state utilities commission.