Latest Roundup headlines include:
• Military training facility on Indian reservation is revealed (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Metropolitan Water District ends rationing that began in 2009 (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• El Cajon agrees to help brewing company again (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Police chief cites progress on crime, warns of SANDAG report (La Mesa Patch)
• Man connected to student’s disappearance to be released (10 News)
• Madrid: SANDAG purchase of 125 lease may loom (La Mesa Today)
• Pot dispensary regulations pass; opponents protest (10 News)
• California sets high renewable power goals: Governor signs legislation (10 News)
• New religion: El Cajon homeless services program cuts ties with its problematic past (San Diego CityBeat)
MILITARY TRAINING FACILITY ON INDIAN RESERVATION IS REVEAILED
April 14, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--Miles deep into the largest Indian reservation in San Diego County, a company with ties to at least one former Blackwater Worldwide executive is building a training facility with firing ranges, a helipad and what was described as mock Afghan villages.
Two men told visitors to the remote site last week that Marines and other troops would engage in cultural, language-immersion and ambush exercises there, although in a later interview one stressed there would be no combat training.
The facility, located on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation northeast of Warner Springs, follows a similar effort by Blackwater to create a military and paramilitary training center in Potrero. Blackwater abandoned that proposal amid community opposition in 2008.
METROPOLITCAN WATER DISTRICT ENDS RATIONING THAT BEGAN IN 2009
March 12, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--Plentiful rain and snow across the Southwest on Tuesday lead to an early reversal of the 2009 decision by Metropolitan Water District to limit water deliveries across the region by 13 percent.
The vote in Los Angeles was largely seen as a formality but the official announcement means that lingering water-use restrictions such as even-odd irrigation schedules likely will be rolled across the county back by July.
EL CAJON AGREES TO HELP BREWING COMPANY AGAIN
April 12, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--Any brouhaha over the opening of a microbrewery in downtown El Cajon was quieted at Tuesday's El Cajon City Council meeting.
After more than an hour of discussion and debate, the council voted 3-2 to let businessman and restaurateur Stephan Meadows and his brewmaster brother, David, borrow $300,000 in redevelopment funds to continue building the Downtown El Cajon Brewing Company.
POLICE CHIEF CITES PROGRESS ON CRIME, WARNS OF SANDAG REPORT
April 13, 2011 (La Mesa Patch.com)--City Council hears first-quarter report from Al Lanning, who says La Mesa may not compare “real favorably with some of the other cities” in annual 2009-to-2010 figures.
La Mesa saw year-to-year improvements in a variety of crime rates, Police Chief Al Lanning told the City Council on Tuesday. That included a drop in the property crime rate from 44.3 per 1,000 residents to 31.6 per thousand for the first quarter of the year.
MAN CONNECTED TO STUDENT’S DISAPPEARANCE TO BE RELEASED
John Steven Burgess Admitted To Disposing Of Body Of SDSU Student Donna Jou
April 11, 2011 (10 News). -- A man who admitted to his involvement in the disappearance of a San Diego State University student in 2007 may be released from prison as early as this week.
John Steven Burgess was supposed to spend five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the disappearance of SDSU student Donna Jou, but 10News learned Burgess' sentence may only last two years.
MADRID: SANDAG PURCHASE OF 125 LEASE MAY LOOM
April 13, 2011 (La Mesa Today) -- Mayor Art Madrid, who represents La Mesa at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), said Tuesday he expects the association to take up at its next meeting whether or not to purchase the lease for the bankrupt 125 tollway.
POT DISPENSARY REGULATIONS PASS, OPPONENTS PROTEST
Zoning, Public Safety Regulations For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Passed 5-2
April 12, 2011 (10 News) -- A set of zoning and public safety regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries was passed on second reading on Tuesday by the City Council, with no changes to what was approved the first time around.
CALIFORNIA SETS HIGH RENEWABLE POWER GOALS
Governor Signs Legislation
April 12, 2011 (10 News) -- -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S.
California utilities and other electricity providers have until the end of 2020 to draw 33 percent of their power from solar panels, windmills and other renewable sources.
NEW RELIGION: EL CAJON HOMELESS-SERVICES PROGRAM CUTS TIES WITH ITS PROBLEMATIC PAST
March 30, 2011 (San Diego Citybeat)--In his office, Harold Brown has mug shots of El Cajon’s homeless chronic drinkers posted on a bulletin board. Part of a city program to curb serial inebriation, the photos are handed out to liquor-store owners to stop them from selling to folks on the list. Next to four of the photos, someone’s written “saved.”
April 14, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County, published in other media.