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November 7, 2019 (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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Donations to Anderson’s 2020 county supervisor campaign draw questions (San Diego Union-Tribune)

After several days of internal debate, county elections chief refers case to District Attorney.

San Diego farmers find innovative solutions to climate change problems (10 News)

Drought, heat make water the biggest issue… "We are forced to adapt," says Farm Bureau Executive Director Hannah Gbeh. "Facing global climate change, our farmers come up with the most innovative solutions possible."

Morning Report: Backlogged Rape Kits Yielded Dozens of DNA Hits (Voice of San Diego)

The San Diego Police Department has long contended that the testing of all rape kits is not appropriate. … in 2017, the City Council allocated $500,000 to the department to test the backlogged kits…between late 2017 and November 2018, the department screened 313 backlogged kits — 121 of which yielded a viable DNA profile that was uploaded to a federal database. Thirty-eight of those profiles matched to one already in the database, generating a possible lead. 

Lemon Grove Councilman Matt Mendoza resigns (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Freshman councilman says work responsibilities will take him out of state.

San Diego Explained: The Policy That's Wreaking Havoc on San Diego's Immigration Courts (Voice of San Diego)

The so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy has upended San Diego’s immigration courts. 

Salvation Army’s Red Shield Center opens in El Cajon (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Long awaited project will have gym, kitchen, food pantry and more.


California DMV ‘data breach’ exposes thousands of drivers’ Social Security information (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday said it suffered a “data breach” in which government agencies had improper access to the Social Security information of 3,200 people issued driver’s licenses

Apple pledges $2.5 billion to help with housing crisis (San Francisco Chronicle)

Apple’s move, by far the largest such commitment by a tech company to date, follows similar announcements by Google and Facebook. Both companies recently released separate $1 billion plans to build affordable housing and otherwise ease the strained housing market in the region they call home.  

Judge orders state takeover of insurer at heart of Lara political controversy (San Diego Union-Tribune)

- A Superior Court judge in Northern California has ordered the insurance company at the heart of a political controversy enveloping the state insurance commissioner to be taken into immediate conservatorship by government regulators. 

As Newsom Meets With PG&E, Nearly A Dozen Mayors Propose To Make The Utility A Customer-Owned Co-Op (San Francisco Chronicle)

 California's governor called the chief executive of a troubled utility to his office on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting as the company struggles to emerge from a high-profile bankruptcy while facing criticism for its practice of shutting off power for millions of people to prevent wildfires.