EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: FEBRUARY 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights top news stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s eastern region, published in other media.


Latest Roundup stories include:

• School district public records access graded (10 News)
• Newsmakers reflect on media glow (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Karate instructor pleads guilty to molestation (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• San Diego could be hurt by New Zealand-style quake (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Grossmont Healthcare CEO gets salary boost, will top $200,000 (La Mesa Patch)
• Water agencies look to power industry for lessons (North County Times)
• Planners say aging population to lessen water demand (North County Times)
 

SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLIC RECORDS ACCESS GRADED

February 25, 2011 (10 News) -- A nonprofit group tested California school districts on their willingness to release public records and found not all districts were compliant.
Californians Aware tested K-12 school districts across the state to find out if they would be willing to make their records public
 

http://www.10news.com/news/26989447/detail.html

 

NEWSMAKERS REFLECT ON MEDIA GLOW

 

Lawmaker, school shooting hero among four on panel commenting on today’s journalism
February 25, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)— How fair and accurate were the media last year?
Depends on whom you ask. Thursday night, four locals who made news in 2010 reflected on their experience in the media spotlight. While they hold different jobs and different overall impressions of the Fourth Estate, the quartet seemed united on several points:
 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/25/newsmakers-reflect-on-media-glow/

 

KARATE INSTRUCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO MOLESTATION

 

February 23, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--The owner of a popular Allied Gardens martial arts school pleaded guilty Wednesday to molesting a teenage boy over a period of several months.
Eric Protas, 38, of La Mesa, faces a maximum of 48 years in prison when sentenced in El Cajon Superior Court on April 15.
 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/23/karate-instructor-pleads-guilty-molestation/

 

SAN DIEGO COULD BE HURT BY NEW ZEALAND TYPE OF QUAKE

 

February 22, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- Seismologists aren't sure exactly what would happen. But they say that the sort of magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, killing more than 75 people, could cause significant damage in the San Diego area. The greatest risk would be to unreinforced masonry buildings that have not undergone earthquake retrofitting.
 

"The lesson here is we still have unreinforced structures and that they could be destroyed if we had this kind of earthquake," said Tom Rockwell, a geologist at San Diego State University.
 

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/feb/22/san-diego-could-be-hurt-type-quake-hit-new-zealand/?sciquest
 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE CEO GETS SALARY BOOST, WILL TOP $200,000

February 18, 2011 (La Mesa Patch) – By a 5-0 vote, board gives former La Mesa Councilman Barry Jantz a series of 4% raises. He earns praise for expanded district roles, dealing with Prop. J bond projects.
 

http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/grossmont-healthcare-ceo-gets-salary-boost-will-top-200000-in-2012

 

WATER: AGENCY LOOKS TO POWER INDUSTRY FOR LESSONS

February 13, 2011 (North County Times)--Water agencies must cut use by 20 percent in less than a decade under a state mandate. To meet that ambitious goal, Southern California's biggest water supplier, Metropolitan Water District, is looking at lessons from the power industry.
The strategy, called "market transformation," is intended to permanently alter consumer habits and purchases. It was described in a report for the Tuesday meeting in Los Angeles of the Metropolitan Water District, Southern California's largest water wholesaler.
 

http://www.nctimes.com/business/article_11be1cde-a35d-5d77-a4f9-609dd756a795.html

 

PLANNERS SAY AGING POPULATION TO LESSEN WATER DEMAND

Move to apartments would lower water strain

February 11, 2011 (North County Times)--Quenching San Diego County's thirst for water will remain a challenge in the decades to come.
 

Prices are expected to remain high, supplies low and always subject to drought.
Still, there are signs that the demand consumers place on the critical resource will lessen due to the way and pace the region is projected to grow, according to officials who gathered in Kearny Mesa on Friday.
 

http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_6e3f1ba8-8628-51e5-a47e-c12ceb88ca69.html