December 14, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights stories of importance to East County residents published in other media. Latest Roundup headlines include:
- Police: Dangerous gang still operating in Santee
- Sheriff's conceal weapons carry permit program upheld
- Santee's mayor says he's done being a Republican
- Iraqi Christians flee wave of targeted violence
- State sets few rules when home=school
- Water board members get healthy benefits
POLICE: DANGEROUS GANG STILL OPERATING IN SANTEE
Santee Resident Lyle Snow says Peckerwoods members attacked him
December 13, 2010 (10 News) -- Police said a dangerous and sometimes deadly gang continues to operate in Santee.
Santee resident Lyle Snow said he has had to protect his home since June when the son of Peckerwoods member gave him a gash across his head that took 16 stitches to close.
SHERIFF’S CONCEAL WEAPONS PERMIT PROGRAM UPHELD
December 13, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- SAN DIEGO — San Diego County’s system of issuing permits to carry concealed weapons does not violate the constitutional rights of gun owners, a federal judge in San Diego has ruled.
SANTEE’S MAYOR SAYS HE IS DONE BEING A REPUBLICAN
December 13, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- SANTEE — Mayor Randy Voepel has taken the unusual step of changing political parties while in office, saying the Republican Party has become too “liberal” for him and that he identifies more with the tea party movement.
The three-term Santee mayor has shed his Republican affiliation after four decades with the party and become an independent.
IRAQI CHRISTIANS FLEE WAVE OF TARGETED VIOLENCE
December 13, 2010 (National Public Radio)-- In Iraq, a wave of attacks targeting Christians is leading to an exodus from Baghdad and other cities. Before the 2003 U.S. invasion, there were nearly 1 million Christians in the country. That number was cut in half in the past several years.
Now, with the latest violence, families are seeking refuge in northern Iraq and trying to emigrate.
STATE SETS FEW RULES WHEN HOME=SCHOOL
December 12, 2010 (Voice of San Diego)--Something had long bothered Laura Tate.
Her mother had started home schooling her three younger siblings when Tate was still in public high school. When Tate went back to visit her family in Ramona, it looked to her like her mother never taught the three teens.
WATER BOARD MEMBERS GET HEALTHY BENEFITS
December 10, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- Board members of local water agencies don’t collect a salary, but most of them reap a big benefit nonetheless — full-freight medical insurance for them, and in many cases, their families.
The elected officials don’t work full-time — they go to a few meetings a week at most — but they award themselves benefits not given to their agency’s own part-time workers. The health care is a better deal than what’s offered to Sacramento’s full-time state lawmakers, who at least contribute to health premiums.