February 1, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County residents, published in other media.
Latest Roundup headlines include:
- Brown: Let the people decide (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- San Diego improves but still ranks last in foodstamps (Voice of San Diego)
- General Dynamics is top donor to Hunter, Davis (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Wikipedimaio: City Councilmember spins his Wikipedia page (San Diego CityBeat)
- State budget may close some parks permanently (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Map: How San Diego housing fared in 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Brown's countdown day 20: cut state vehicle fleet, Brown orders Sacramento Bee)
- Police respond to call about argument between councilman and downtown village merchant (La Mesa Patch)
- Local swimmer takes major stroke toward 2012 Olympic games (Mt. Helix Patch)
BROWN: LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE
Governor alludes to Mideast strife in urging lawmakers not to block budget election
January 31, 2011 (San Diego Union Tribune/AP) --In the first State of the State speech of his new administration, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday urged lawmakers to let voters decide the direction of the state as leaders cope with a gaping budget deficit, saying it would be “unconscionable” for them to block his request for a special election.
SAN DIEGO IMPROVES BUT STILL RANKS LAST IN FOOD STAMPS
January 31, 2011 (Voice of San Diego) -- San Diego County still ranks last in the country for enrolling eligible residents in the food stamps program, but the participation rate has increased, according to a new report released last week.
San Diego County enrolled 40 percent of eligible people in food stamps in 2008, the lowest of 22 urban areas surveyed by the Food Research and Action Center.
GENERAL DYNAMICS IS TOP DONOR TO HUNTER, DAVIS
The company, fighting to save vehicle contract, has given $234,500 to Armed Services Committee members
January 31, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune) --As General Dynamics tries to save its $15 billion defense contract to build the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, The Watchdog decided to see how much money the company has given to members of the House Armed Services Committee.
WIKIPEDEMAIO: CITY COUNCILMEMBER SPINS HIS WIKIPEDIA PAGE
January 31, 2011 (San Diego CityBeat)--You can’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia, the encyclopedia anyone can edit. That’s a given.
But you should give yourself an extra helping of salt when using Carl DeMaio’s Wikipedia page to research the District 5 San Diego city council member and mayoral candidate.
On Jan. 18, a user going by the handle “San Diego Watchdog” made significant edits to DeMaio’s page, including the insertion of uncited evaluations of the council member’s “government service.” CityBeat has learned that this user worked in DeMaio’s office, which is not a huge surprise since DeMaio openly describes himself as “San Diego’s Taxpayer Watchdog.”
STATE BUDGET MAY CLOSE SOME PARKS PERMANENTLY
January 30, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--With most options exhausted, state parks officials fear this will be the year closed signs go up permanently.
“We’ve made the easy cuts. Now it’s time for the hard cuts,” said Nedra Martinez, a member of the California State Park Rangers Association, who is based in San Diego County.
MAP: HOW SAN DIEGO HOUSING FARED IN 2010
January 29, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- San Diego County housing in 2010 paused on the way to recovery, as sales dipped and prices rose by almost exactly the same percentage for the second year in a row. The overall median for the year stood at $330,750, 6.7 percent higher than in 2009, as sales dropped by 6.3 percent to 36,829.
… Homes at both ends of the price spectrum were winners and losers last year. Less-expensive inventory generally experienced the biggest jumps in median price from 2009 to 2010 but dipped in sales, while pricier homes were hot sells but fell in median price.
Homes in Logan Heights, Escondido South (92025) and Spring Valley — priced between $156,000 to $265,000 — increased the most in median price from the year-earlier period in combined sales probably because prices in those areas have bottomed out, some industry experts say.
BROWN’S COUNTDOWN, DAY 20: CUT STATE VEHICLE FLEET, GOV. BROWN ORDERS
January 29, 2011 (Sacramento Bee)--First he called for their cell phones. Now he wants their cars.
In the face of a $25.4 billion budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday ordered state agencies to stop buying new cars and to sell ones they don't need, aiming to cut the state's fleet of passenger cars in half.
POLICE RESPOND TO CALL ABOUT ARGUMENT BETWEEN COUNCILMAN AND DOWNTOWN VILLAGE MERCHANT
January 27, 2011 (La Mesa Patch) -- Bookstore owner Craig Maxwell and Councilman Ernie Ewin raise their voices at end of meeting of La Mesa Village Merchants Association on proposed PBID.
LOCAL SWIMMER TAKES MAJOR STROKE TOWARD 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES
January 26, 2011 (Mt. Helix Patch) Christiana Butera of Mount Helix area makes Team USA in synchronized swimming for July world championships. She brought college team to La Mesa in December.