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March 21, 2023  (San Diego) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego's inland regions, published in other media.  This week's round-up stories include:



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Biden Meets With UK, Australian PMs In San Diego; Submarine Deal OK'd (Patch)

President Joe Biden visited San Diego Monday with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to lay out a phased plan for Australia to acquire conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines.

Son of scientist fatally shot by law enforcement during confrontation in Little Italy sues city, county  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The son of a Yale-trained scientist who was fatally shot by police and sheriff’s deputies inside a Little Italy condo building is suing the city and the county in federal court for wrongful death, citing use of excessive force and other allegations.

Former anchor claims victory in her discrimination lawsuit against KUSI (KPBS)

The station says it will appeal -- Maas claimed she was fired after demanding to be paid the same amount as her male co-anchor. She sued the TV company for gender and age discrimination and for violating California's equal pay laws

San Diego County now has overdose reversal drug in vending machines  (KPBS)

San Diego County has begun a rollout of these vending machines, with the first now installed at the McAlister Institute treatment and education center in West Chula Vista. It dispenses two nasal doses of naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan. The machine is free to use and available to anyone. . . [There are] 12 planned for the San Diego region, part of a county program to increase access to the life-saving medication. San Diego County officials report two San Diegans die every day because of opioid overdoses.

Man pleads guilty to murder for killing ex's twin daughters in Lemon Grove (10 News)

A man who shot and killed his ex-girlfriend's twin teenage daughters in Lemon Grove nearly three years ago pleaded guilty Friday to a pair of first-degree murder counts. Dwayne Edward Groves Jr., 41, also pleaded guilty to a special circumstance allegation of committing multiple murders, along with an assault with a firearm count, for fatally shooting 15-year-old Caira Rachel Christopher and Leah Sylvania Christopher on April 15, 2020, at their Central Avenue home.

Woman sentenced nearly 8 years for role in injuring El Cajon Police Officer (Times of San Diego)

A woman who had a role in injuring an El Cajon police officer, who was dragged about 200 yards down a roadway by an SUV, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years and eight months in state prison. Keani Flores, 30, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and other charges for injuring Officer Nicholas Cirello on Dec. 14, 2020.


Newsom loosens rules to allow more floodwater to flow into underground reservoirs (Sacramento Bee)

 As another round of heavy storms battered California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that he would ease state rules to allow local water agencies to more easily redirect floodwaters to replenish the state’s severely depleted groundwater supplies.

Storms end Southern California water restrictions for 7 Million (AP)

California’s 11th atmospheric river left…drought-busting rainfall that meant the end of water restrictions for nearly 7 million people…. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's decision brought relief amid the state's historic drought. The district supplies water for 19 million people in six counties.


More than 8,000 people in California were evacuated after a levee failed  (NPR)

The levee breech in Monterey County triggered flooding and evacuations. NPR's Sacha Pfeifer talks to state Sen. John Laird about what must be done to prevent another catastrophe.

California Politics: State GOP starts convention with no prominent Senate candidate (Los Angeles Times)

The GOP is now so marginalized in California that a Republican has not won a statewide election since 2006. California hasn’t elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since Pete Wilson in 1988.

No California salmon: Fishery to be shut down this year (KPBS)

In response to crashing Chinook populations, a council of West Coast fishery managers plans to cancel this year’s salmon season in California.

California bill to protect doctors who mail abortion pills (KPBS)

Doctors in California who mail abortion pills to people in other states would be protected from prosecution under a new bill announced Friday in the state Legislature.  The bill would not let California extradite doctors who are facing charges in another state for providing abortion medication. It would also shield doctors from having to pay fines. And it would let California doctors sue anyone who tries to stop them from providing abortions.

California will remake San Quentin prison, emphasizing rehab (AP)

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday touted a plan to overhaul [San Quentin] in favor of a rehabilitation-centered approach…. The facility will be renamed the San Quentin Rehabilitation Center and the more than 500 inmates serving death sentences there will be moved elsewhere in the California penitentiary system. The prison houses more than 2,000 other inmates on lesser sentences.



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