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December 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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Tunnel would potentially connect trails throughout the county (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A vision hatched nearly three years ago to create an interconnected trail system that stretches across much of the county is inching ahead with a recent vote of the Poway City Council. Officials agreed to fund the creation of designs for a pedestrian tunnel that would be built beneath state Route 67 just north of the intersection of Poway Road and the highway.

Immigrant rights advocates launch San Diego rapid response network (KPBS)

Immigrants in San Diego now have a 24-hour hotline where they can get legal advice and report Border Patrol checkpoints, immigration raids and arrests.

Cause of Lilac Fire may never be known (San Diego Union-Tribune)

… Cal Fire and County Fire Authority Chief Tony Mecham said investigators know exactly where the Lilac fire began off the west side of Interstate 15 on Dec. 7, roughly a half-mile south of state Route 76. “We’ve narrowed it down to a one-square-foot area where it started, but we didn’t find anything,” Mecham said Friday. “There was nothing there that we could tie to a heat source.”

San Diego Universities Look To Expand Amid Growing Student Interest (KPBS)

Applications to San Diego State University and UC San Diego are up more than 10 percent in one year. More than 93,000 undergraduate students are crossing their fingers for a spot at SDSU, and 116,000 hope to attend UCSD.

Inside the Slow Death of the Neighborhood Market Association (Voice of San Diego)

Before a judge issued a blistering ruling against Mark Arabo, the trial offered an inside look at the influential trade group he ran – and its slow death.

Dems tried to kick out Mickey Kasparian months ago, and the party boss said no (San Diego Union-Tribune)

ack in September, Mickey Kasparian, a powerful union leader who had been accused of sexual misconduct, was tangled up in the local Democratic Party’s rules. A handful of Democrats wanted him kicked off the Central Committee, and they noticed that he was absent from seven subcommittee meetings he was supposed to attend.

Judge nullifies mini-dorm crackdown near San Diego State (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A judge says a crackdown on “mini-dorms” near San Diego State University is illegal because two ordinances adopted by the city conflict with state housing laws, invade the privacy of renters near the campus and violate the U.S. Constitution.


All Significant California Wildfire Evacuation Orders Lifted (KPBS)

All remaining significant evacuation orders for areas around the smoldering remnants of Southern California's huge wildfire were canceled Thursday after a new round of winds caused little fire activity.

California man charged with plotting Christmas Day attack in SF ((NBC 7)

A Modesto man was charged Friday with plotting a terror attack — using explosives and a truck — in San Francisco on Christmas Day "in support of ISIS," according to a criminal complaint. The suspect, Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, is accused of providing "material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization" between Oct. 24 and Dec. 20, and expressing his willingness to "do anything for 'the cause,'" according to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Christopher McKinney.

California Salmon Lose Way After Ride Downstream In Drought (KPBS)

A desperate decision to truck California’s native baby salmon toward the Pacific Ocean during the state’s drought may have resulted in generations of lost young salmon now hard-pressed to find their way back to their reproductive grounds.

Last Native American village in Yosemite being rebuilt (NBC7)

The last Native American village in Yosemite Valley, destroyed 40 years ago, is being rebuilt in the same spot so that Miwuk Indian youths can learn about their culture. Bill Tucker, who is Miwuk and Paiute, said the project is personal. The 78-year-old Tucker lived in the village that was razed by the National Park Service in the 1960s and says the village "is home."

Fearing huge liability for wine country fires, PG&E is suspending dividend payments (Los Angeles Times)

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is suspending dividend payments to shareholders out of concern for any finding of financial liability in Northern California's devastating wildfires, the San Francisco-based utility said Wednesday.

Governor issues holiday pardons, cuts sentences for 150, including 8 from San Diego (Times of San Diego)

Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons or sentence reductions for some 150 convicted criminals, including eight whose crimes were committed in San Diego County.

Rat poison found in body of California mountain lion (CBS 8)

Authorities say a mountain lion that managed to cross a Southern California freeway and make its home in the mountains north of Los Angeles had rat poison in his system when he was found dead.