EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

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April 24, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

 

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LOCAL/REGIONAL

 

Ramona resident Steve Tally shares his experience at Boston 2013 Marathon (Ramona Sentinel)

April 15, 2013, is a day that will be forever etched in the memories of Dr. Steve Tally and his wife Kris. On this day Kris was there to support her husband, though she is also an athlete.

 

BP exiting [Sierra Juarez] wind deal with San Diego (U-T San Diego)

plans for a major turbine array in Baja California that would provide power to San Diego are in transition as energy giant BP attempts to sell off its wind energy business, including a 50 percent stake in the project known as Energia Sierra Juarez.

 

Third pair of bald eagles found in County (Fox5)

Wildlife research teams Wednesday announced the discovery of another pair of bald eagles nesting in San Diego County. The third pair of bald eagles were found in a canyon near Palomar Mountain during an annual countywide Golden Eagle nesting survey conducted by the Wildlife Research Institute.

 

La Mesa’s Homeless Count Rises to 68, Says Latest Census from January (La Mesa Patch)

A year ago, a one-day survey of the La Mesa homeless population found 40 people living unsheltered or in their cars.   However, this year’s count found an increase to 68 homeless in the Jewel of the Hills, with an estimated 18 in vehicles.

 

Santee’s Homeless Count Falls to 18 (Santee Patch)

An annual one-day survey of the Santee homeless population found 18 people living unsheltered or in their cars in January- a large drop compared to the 26 tallied last year and 58 in 2011.

 

Woman Who Abducted Her Infant Niece Pleads Guilty

Deborah Ann Fowler, 46, will be sentenced to probation at a June 3 hearing.

 

La Mesa Police Department honors its own (U-T San Diego)

The La Mesa Police awards ceremony drew a big crowd to honor department members.

 

STATE

 

EPA: Calif failed to spend $455M on water projects (KPBS)

(AP) -- The state has failed to spend $455 million of federal money meant to improve water infrastructure in the state, while thousands of Californians rely on groundwater laced with nitrates and other contaminants, federal regulators said Friday. / According to a letter of noncompliance issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the state's public health department, California has received money for the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund over the past decade, but has failed to spend a large part of it in a timely manner

 

State, cities in next round of redevelopment fight (Sacramento Bee)

A second round of bureaucratic bickering has begun over the dismantling of California's community redevelopment agencies.  Nearly 70 lawsuits filed by local governments, developers and affordable housing advocates remain active and are challenging how much redevelopment money the state can claim and redirect to local government entities.  A hearing in one of the most far-reaching lawsuits was held Friday, with a ruling expected within 90 days.

 

Calif. high-speed rail agency changed bid criteria ) (Sacramento Bee)

California's high-speed rail authority changed its rules for selecting a company to build the first phase of the bullet train in a way that allowed a California bidder to emerge as the lead candidate despite having the lowest technical rating for safety and design quality, a newspaper reported Friday.

 

Editorial: PUC culture change should start at the top (Sacramento Bee)

Assembly members blasted Paul Clanon, executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, on Wednesday for tolerating a cozy relationship with utilities while ignoring safety. Lawmakers' anger is clearly justified, but their aim this week was too narrow. Commission President Michael Peevey and the governor deserve to share in the shellacking, as does the Legislature itself.

 

UC admission offers up again for nonresidents (Sacramento Bee)

The number of non-Californians offered admission to University of California campuses for the coming fall has climbed for the third time in three years, officials reported Thursday, making it more difficult for state residents to be assured a slot at one of the schools