January 16, 2013--(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:
- Calif desert aquifers contain high chemical levels (Sacramento Bee)
- California Poverty Rate Highest in Nation Based on New Census Department Figures(Huffington Post)
- Judge continues to block part of Calif. Initiative on human trafficking (Sacramento Bee)
- Calif. teachers fund moves to divest from firearms (Sacramento Bee)
- Pilfering plastic a booming industry in Calif. (Sacramento Bee)
- Can San Andreas Break At Once? Study Says Maybe (AP)
- Gillespie Field Expansion Brings Promise And Controversy(KPBS)
- Filner’s agenda for change tempered by finances (U-T San Diego)
- Murder rises second year in row U-T San Diego)
- DA: La Mesa doctor is a fake (U-T San Diego)
- Date set for power plant implosion (UT San Diego)
- Steps taken for possible restart at Cal nuke plant (Sacramento Bee)
- Ground rules set for Somali terrorism trial (U-T San Diego)
- How Will Junior Seau's CTE Diagnosis Affect The Next Generation? (KPBS)
- Local college students turning to ‘sugar daddies?’ (U-T San Diego)
- FBI Says Crime Rates Increased Across San Diego Area In First Half Of 2012 (KPBS)
- San Diego Lawsuit Says Blue Cross Illegally Targeting HIV/AIDS Patients (KPBS)
- City Heights Stuck in the Middle of Filner-Gloria Spat (Voice of San Diego)
- San Diego Will Take A $40 Million Hit On Pension Costs (KPBS)
- San Diego Ordinance Would Require Businesses To Increase Recycling (KPBS)
- Shames sues UCAN for libel (U-T San Diego)
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October 11, 2012 -- (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:
- San Diego’s Bilbray-Peters race reflects new reality in politics (Los Angeles Times)
- Gas stations close as California gas prices skyrocket (KPBS)
- Edison releases restart plan for unit 2 at San Onofre (KPBS)
- Mayoral debate at Politifest: Videos (Voice of San Diego)
- The Starting Line: UT San Diego’s Soviet-style political coverage. Are air-brushed photos next? (San Diego Free Press)
- The Starting Life: DeMaio’s second calendar: private meetings with developers don’t count (San Diego Free Press)
- Filner’s shaky public safety claim (Voice of San Diego)
- Neighbors (in Lakeside) still shaken by deputies’ shootout with suspect (UT San Diego)
- Pastors to send IRS message on political speech (UT San Diego
- Skyline pastor tells flock he will vote for Romney (UT San Diego)
- Proposal to double city funding on arts moves toward City Council (KPBS)
- A guide to the media attention on Poway’s billion dollar bond (Voice of San Diego)
- North County Times lays off one-third of staff (Sacramento Bee)
- Brown acts to reduce gas prices (Los Angeles Times)
- Proposition 34: Repealing the death penalty (Sacramento Bee)
- Report: recycling fraud costs California millions (Sacramento Bee)
- UCAN demands $474K from ex-boss (UT San Diego)
- California’s new migrants following the work (UT San Diego)
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- Ramona wines beat French varieties in competition (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa Council deadlocked on PBID approval, will make decision in July (La Mesa Patch)
- $1 billion hospital opens (Valley Roadrunner)
- DEA “accidentally” left forgotten suspect in holding cell for 5 days (UT San Diego)
- 6 La Mesa officers exonerated in fatal shooting of Andrew Yacko (La Mesa Patch)
- Lloyd Jr pleads guilty to manslaughter in Santee teen Carioscias’ death (Santee Patch)
- Lemon Grove School District cuts 30 jobs (UT San Diego)
- Voice of San Diego series: Who is….
- Other mayoral coverage:
- Filner releases pension plan (UT San Diego)
- Fletcher pledges to make cycling, transit a priority (Reader)
- Fletcher-GOP feud still going strong: party sues candidate over $5,000 fundraiser (UT San Diego)
- The Fletcher Flim-Flam (OB Rag)
- The unfortunate trajectory of Carl DeMaio (Citybeat)
- San Diego takes water fight public (New York Times)
- UCAN reaches settlement to allow group to go on (UT San Diego)
- California rakes in healthcare grants (Saramento Bee)
- Environmentalists feeling burned by rush to build big solar projects (Los Angeles Times)
- Discovery of Indian artifacts complicates Genesis Solar project (Los Angeles Times)
- Calif. Public Utilities Commission: PG&E smart meter “opt out” fees suspended
- Diablo Canyon reactor gets some unwelcome guests
UTILITY WATCHDOG GROUP UCAN TO SHUT DOWN AMID FEDERAL PROBE: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS EXPRESS SHOCK, DISMAY
"As bad as SDG&E is with a watchdog, imagine it without a watchdog.” – Donna Tisdale
“…No evidence confirming such allegations was provided by those lodging allegations, nor discovered by any of the professionals retained by UCAN’s board.” – press release posted on UCAN website
"We're trying to save UCAN and they're dissolving it." -- Mike Aguirre, attorney
March 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – To many ratepayers in East County, the Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN) has been a valued ally in their battles against San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). For example, UCAN filed a lawsuit that tried to halt Sunrise Powerlink and submitted a study that helped persuade the California Public Utilities Commission to reject a rate hike proposal.
So UCAN’s announcement that it is dissolving amid an FBI investigation into its finances and a Grand Jury summons has been met with shock, dismay and skepticism here in East County.
March 7, 2011 (San Diego) – A federal judge has cancelled a public hearing challenging Sunrise Powerlink. The trial was slated to begin today in downtown San Diego, but instead the judge has notified plaintiffs that he will be ruling based on the record. The decision comes as a disappointment to Powerlink opponents, who say they looked forward to having their day in court.
Organizers of a “stop Powerlink” march to the courthouse have announced they will still hold a rally outside SDG&E headquarters today at 12:30 at 101 Ash Street, where speakers will include Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Michael Shamas, executive director of the Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN), and. Dave Elliot, tribal member of the Manzanita Band of Kumeyaay.
February 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Supreme Court has denied without comment an appeal filed by Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN), which sought to stop the Sunrise Powerlink project on the basis that it violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Editor's note: After receiving a refund for excessive charges to relocate a gas meter, Joel Harrison says he found a new form of overcharging--this time for “estimated” meter readings when his yard was easily accessible to the meter reader. Neighbors were also overcharged, according to Harrison. How many other homeowners were, too? If this has happened to you, please post a comment in the comment section below.
By Joel A. Harrison
November 16, 2010 (San Diego)--In a previous OpEd published by East County Magazine (ECM) on October 1st, I explained how SDG&E charged me over four times what my plumber would have charged to relocate my gas meter. Thanks to intervention by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) and ECM publishing my OpEd, a week ago I received a refund for $839 of the $1,599 I paid SDG&E. I consider this a partial victory because SDG&E, as a predatory unregulated monopoly, still received approximately twice what a competitive market would have allowed.
However I've since found new forms of overcharging by SDG&E.
By Joel A. Harrison
October 1, 2010 (San Diego) -- I recently paid SDG&E $1,599 for a job my plumber would have charged between $400 and $500 to do. The job involved relocating my gas meter approximately nine feet from its location under my bedroom window.
I decided to replace the window with a door and steps as an emergency exit, but couldn’t do this as long as the gas meter was in the way. SDG&E told me that its current safety code prohibits gas meters from being under windows, but my home was “grandfathered” in -- and they were under no obligation to move the meter.
SHAREHOLDERS VOTE FOR RIGHTS TO LIMIT SEMPRA CEO'S PAY: CONSUMER LEADER SLAMS $21 MILLION COMPENSATION PLAN
SHAREHOLDERS TO PUT LIMITS ON SEMPRA EXECUTIVE PAY
“Felsinger’s salary is a graphic example of the grossly disproportionate salaries that CEOs continue to feast upon even in our current economic malaise. It is offensive in many ways, including the fact that it is partially paid by themoney we pay SDG&E montly.” – Michael Shames, Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN)
By Miriam Raftery
July 8, 2010 (San Diego) Stockholders at Sempra Energy, parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), have approved a “say on pay” clause giving them power to restrict executive compensation. The vote came in may, following disclosure that Sempra’s chief executive, Donald Felsinger, was the highest-paid executive in San Diego County last year with a $20.9 million annual salary and benefits package, plus a $35 million golden parachute retirement package he woudl receive if the company is ever sold.
September 9, 2009 (San Diego) – Shock and snickers greeted news reports today revealing that a lobbyist for SDG&E/Sempra Energy is accused of granting sexual favors to Republican legislator Mike Duvall, Vice Chair of the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee. If true, the relationship would be a direct conflict of interest and a clear ethical violation, since the committee has oversight over utility industry issues.
Revelations of the affair prompted a flurry of reactions, including this snarky headline published at the Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN) website: Sempra lobbyists caught doing anything to influence votes ... including Assemblyman Mike Duvall.
August 14, 2009 -- The Utility Consumers Action Network has filed two petitions with appellate courts seeking to halt construction of Sunrise Powerlink, Sempra Energy’s high-voltage power line project slated for East County.