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November 23, 2015 (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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Nearly 300 Syrian refugees expected in San Diego next year (NBC)

The Obama administration is planning to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. next year, and 300 of them could call San Diego home, according to the International Rescue Committee. Right now, 74 refugees are living in San Diego to escape Syria.

Study finds more Mexicans leaving the U.S. than coming (KPBS)

…The desire to reunite families is the main reason more Mexicans are moving south than north, Pew Research found. The sluggish U.S. economic recovery and tougher border enforcement are other factors. The era of mass migration from Mexico is "at an end," declared Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew's director of Hispanic research.

SDG&E Takes Legal Step To Lobby On 'Community Choice’ (KPBS)

SDG&E's action on Friday would allow the utility to lobby against community choice aggregation, an alternative energy program the city of San Diego is exploring.

Middle-Easterners from the south: Border Patrol confirms apprehension of Pakistanis and Afghans in October (San Diego Reader)

… The first group — 11 men described by a witness as "military age and carrying U.S. cash” — crossed the border illegally and sought out patrol agents in order to surrender, according to reports.Days later, a second group of 6 men entered the country at the same place and also sought federal agents to whom they could surrender.4

San Diego’s small wineries could die on the vine (San Diego Union-Tribune commentary)

One of the bright spots of San Diego County’s local economy during the past few years has been a flourishing of dozens of boutique wineries that have created tourism and jobs, and brought hope to formerly depressed rural areas. Remarkably, the county government seems bent on bringing that prosperity to an end.

The month it rained, rained, and rained in San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune)

100-year floods happen every 100 years, San Diego had better be prepared this winter… But no matter what El Niño delivers, there will be one big difference between this winter and a century ago: A famous rainmaker will not be involved this time around.

College trustees vote for union-friendly pact (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District governing board went back on a promise it made three years ago and voted 3-0 Tuesday night to negotiate a project labor agreement with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades Council for work funded by the 2012 Proposition V bond measure. Trustees Bill Garrett and Edwin Hiel abstained.

Desal plant launches amid ample water (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The $1 billion desalination plant coming online next month in Carlsbad will fit right in with years of careful planning and investment in water supply in San Diego County. It will also worsen a peculiar San Diego problem amid a multi-year drought — oversupply of water.

‘The most amazing dad’ – Walter McCoy (Negro Leagues Baseball Museum)

Yesterday, family and friends of Walter McCoy gathered at Mananatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Skyline Drive in San Diego to not only mourn his passing, but to also celebrate his life and contributions to the world around him…when San Diego baseball historian and long-time friend Bill Swank gave his remarks about Walter’s life at the service, one sentence he said in particular perhaps summed it up the best. “Walter McCoy was San Diego’s Buck O’Neil,” Swank told the gathered flock, “a beloved ambassador for baseball.”

San Ysidro to protect homeless students (San Diego Union-Tribune)

With a third of its students identified as homeless, the San Ysidro School District took action Thursday night to provide vulnerable children with safe housing. Trustees voted unanimously to declare a local state of emergency -- a move that opens up district facilities to be used as shelter.


Jerry Brown asks White House for more information on Syrian refugees (SacBee)

California governor said state should act as “check” on federal vetting process

Accept Syrian refugees? State politicians chart a moderate course (Los Angeles Times)

The question of whether Syrian refugees should be allowed entry into the United States spawned a national debate last week reminiscent of the presidential campaign conflagration over illegal immigration. And not just because Donald Trump was a protagonist in both.

AM Alert: Deadly fire brings more scrutiny to California utilities (SacBee)

The state’s largest utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., is facing fallout from the devastation of the Butte Fire, with a growing body of lawsuits alleging power line mismanagement led to the blaze.oday a Senate Committee on utility infrastructure safety will look at the level of risk and how utilities have added new safeguards since an especially destructive 2007 fire season in which power lines ignited at least four infernos.