EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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April 20, 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

What Elections Have San Diego Political Candidates Missed? (KPBS)

In advance of the June 7 election, KPBS examined the voting records of more than three dozen San Diego County candidates running for office… Three congressmen have missed elections. (Some of their opponents have skipped elections, too.) A San Diego mayoral candidate missed 10 elections. And some City Council candidates have spotty voting records.

San Diego County Water Authority Files Lawsuit Against MWD (KPBS)

The region's water authority contends the latest rate structures approved by the Metropolitan Water District board mirror a methodology that a Superior Court judge previously ruled as illegal.

MTS Compass Card Was Insecure From The Beginning (KPBS)

A KPBS investigation into data security shortcomings at the Metropolitan Transit System has put pressure on the organization to fix the problem. But the issue did not start with MTS — it started with SANDAG.

DA won’t file charges against Supervisor Dave Roberts (KPBS)

The District Attorney’s Office won't file criminal charges against San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, who was accused by former staffers of misusing his office and mistreating employees.

Political fine from 2012 mayor's race sets record (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A San Diego towing company that illegally channeled $7,500 in campaign contributions to the 2012 mayoral race has been assessed a $128,000 fine by the San Diego Ethics Commission, the agency's largest penalty ever for campaign finance violations.

The California Democrat setting the national agenda (Atlantic)

From sick days to diapers, Lorena Gonzalez is shifting her party’s focus toward the practical concerns of working Americans.

Hunter repaid funds spent on surf shop, garage door (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Rep. Duncan Hunter’s latest campaign reports disclose additional “mistaken” expenses for questionable purchases — which his spokesman says shows uncommon transparency by the congressman and a desire to reverse any potentially problematic charges.

San Diego County Crime Rate Up 6 Percent (KPBS)

A rise in theft pushed the crime rate in San Diego County up 6 percent last year, but it remains relatively low when compared with statistics compiled over the past 36 years, according to a San Diego Association of Governments report released Thursday.

STATE

Harris Questioned For Representing Gov. Brown During San Onofre Probe (KPBS)

Former City Attorney Mike Aguirre is pushing for records from Gov. Jerry Brown’s office related to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station shutdown, the California Public Utilities Commission and state energy utilities. But California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she’s representing the governor, even while she pursues her own criminal investigation into the San Onofre settlement between state regulators and utilities. A former prosecutor says she can do one or the other, but not both.

Donald Trump to speak at California Republican convention (Sacramento Bee)

Republican frontrunner joins Ted Cruz and John Kasich at gathering.

 Your Speeding Ticket Might Not Be Enforceable (Voice of SD)

If a traffic survey is more than 10 years old, the speed limit on that portion of road is considered unenforceable under state law — but most people don’t know that.

Calif. university spent $175,000 to counter negative Internet posts: newspaper  (Reuters)

A California university has paid consultants at least $175,000 to counteract the effects of negative Internet posts about the school and its chancellor after campus police sparked outrage in 2011 by pepper-spraying student protesters, the Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday.

State nabs more than 80 for unlicensed contracting(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Investigators working undercover for the Contractors State License Board cited more than 80 people for violating construction and home-repair rules during a sting operation aimed at putting unlicensed contractors out of business.

Brickbat: Youthful Offender (Reason)

A 4-year old boy from Alameda County, California, is one of 18 defendants suing to have their names taken off of the federal government's terrorist watch list. The boy, identified in court papers only as Baby Doe, has been on the list at least since he was seven months old. His parents say they have not been told why he was placed on the list.

 


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