EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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February 24,  2016 (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

Homeless ‘dumping’ settlement impacts San Diego (KNSD)

Local advocates for the homeless confirm that for decades, government agencies, churches and social service agencies in other states have provided free transportation to San Diego and other California cities to help rid their own cities of transients. According to lawsuit recently settled, a Nevada mental hospital was accused of sending 500 patients by Greyhound bus to San Diego and other California cities.

Lawsuit claims ‘north of 8’ favoritism (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A former San Diego police officer claims he was told by supervisors to treat citizens who live in the northern parts of the city differently than those who live south of Interstate 8, and when he complained he lost his job. Matthew Francois, who is black, filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and retaliation on Jan. 29. Francois was fired in October, two days before his one-year probationary period as a police recruit was about to expire.

Surprise! California’s High Speed Rail Breaks Major Promise in New Plan (Reason)

Leaked documents show that the California high speed rail is reversing course—quite literally—and changing construction plans on the first 250-mile stretch of track. The new plan will now connect the Central Valley to the Bay Area—not Los Angeles as originally planned. 

 PUC actions raise concerns, require reforms (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Proposed reforms would make the CPUC more focused, more specialized and more accountable.

PUC bias favors industry over public (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The PUC’s rules, policies and processes have evolved to give the captains of industry extraordinary influence. 

Pilot Program Asks Travelers Crossing Into Mexico For ID, Biometric Scans (KPBS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will test biometric scanners for foreign travelers crossing into Mexico at Otay Mesa. All travelers will have to show identification. 2626927

Independent oversight promised with last SANDAG tax hike not so independent (Voice of San Diego)

…Brad Barnum heads the TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee…He’s also a registered lobbyist with the city and county in his role as government relations director for the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.

STATE

Just how low can the PUC go?  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The PUC's handling of a report on a deadly accident shows appalling favoritism.

 

California bill would open police misconduct records to public (Sacramento Bee)

Investigations into police shootings and other serious uses of force by law enforcement in California would be made public under new legislation. Senate Bill 1286, announced Friday by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would also open access to findings of officer misconduct or job-related dishonesty. Law enforcement personnel records are strictly protected in California.

California’s mountain lions are eating our pets: report (Patch.com)

A new California Department of Fish and Wildlife report shows that a majority of the animals necropsied in 2015 had pets in their stomachs.

Data Breaches Exposed Records Of 24 Million Californians In 2015 (KPBS)

Social Security numbers, credit card data and medical records were the top three types of data stolen.2616443

California drivers get 2.2-cent tax cut

The state Board of Equalization voted to cut the gasoline excise tax by 2.2 cents.

Brown vs. CalPERS: The ugly status quo wins(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Term limits for board leadership posts make sense

Judge halts CPUC email case for review  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The utilities commission is appealing lower court's ruling favoring openness