EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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April 27, 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

San Diego taking criminal approach to illegal pot shops (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Years of struggling to shut down illegal pot shops has prompted San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith to shift gears and begin criminally prosecuting shop operators and their landlords. Goldsmith has previously resisted a criminal approach, contending the civil injunctions his office has used for many years are the fastest and most effective legal method.

Closed in this box in El Cajon: East County Middle Easterners (San Diego Reader)

Downtown El Cajon is classically American. Main Street is a wide, two-lane road with a rundown western vibe. A quaint bakery, a dress shop, and a café vie for attention. An old hand-painted typewriter-repair sign remains etched on one building. During the summer months, Main Street hosts weekly antique car shows. On those days, downtown El Cajon looks like a midcentury time-warp. But perhaps what aids the most in making Main Street authentically American is the multicultural vibe…

David Ybarra adding the history of Lakeside on Maine Ave. in his murals (East County Californian)

Lakeside artist, David Ybarra, created another slice of history with his latest mural, a cattle drive through Lakeside, during the Mexican era in California. It took more than a month to complete because Ybarra had to work in the blistering bright sun on some days and wait for the rain to let up on other days. Sometimes he even worked at night with lights shining on his work project.

There’s gold in them thar signatures (San Diego Union-Tribune)

We all should quit our jobs and go collect signatures.That’s not exactly the advice from Fred Kimball, who over 35 years has become perhaps the premiere petition consultant in California. But it’s close…Word that the Chargers may pay between $12 and $15 per signature to put their stadium-convention center/hotel-tax plan on the November ballot dropped a few jaws.

Report: San Diego Has 13th Worst Ozone Pollution In US (KPBS)

According to the American Lung Association, the prolonged drought and frequent heat waves caused by climate change are making it more difficult to clean up the air in San Diego. http://feedpress.me/13288/3130459.gif

City attorney probe finds 98 cases bungled (San Diego Union-Tribune)

2 left city attorney's office after internal probe involving domestic violence cases.

Poway City Council Unanimously Rejects SANDAG Sky Gondola Tax (San Diego Rostra)

Last night, Poway rejected the SANDAG tax scheme unanimously.  Escondido unanimously rejected the tax a couple of weeks ago.  Coronado and Vista have it on their agendas for up or down votes.  Efforts are being made in Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa, and Solana Beach to get Council members on record.  The “No New Taxes” coalition is getting stronger in San Diego County.

Stark Differences Emerge In First Forum For County Supervisor's Seat (KPBS)

Three candidates for a seat on the powerful San Diego County Board of Supervisors sparred in the race’s first forum Thursday night. Democratic incumbent Dave Roberts is challenged by two Republican mayors of North County cities.

San Diego desalination plant wins international award (Breitbart)

California's new $1 billion desalination plant, which transforms sea water into fresh water, has won the international awrd for technolical and enviornmental achievement.

STATE

Senate candidates spar over sanctuary cities, the military—and style (KQED)

The five leading candidates for Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat mixed it up Monday night in a debate that was at times feisty, funny and civilized, but did little to change the fundamental dynamics of the race. The front-runner, Attorney General Kamala Harris, escaped mostly unscathed and gave as good as she got on issues ranging from immigration to what some say is an aversion to political risk.

Kamala Harris in driver’s seat in California’s first U.S. Senate debate (Los Angeles Times)

...Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, both Democrats, have the best chance at making it past the state’s top-two June 7 primary to face each other in a general election. The Republican hopefuls used Monday’s debate to attempt to sully Sanchez’s record more than go after Harris, who leads all public opinion polls and had nearly $5 million in the bank at the start of this month.

California Loosens Water Cutbacks In Drought (KPBS)

Water districts serving nearly a million acres of farmland and 40 million residents will receive 60 percent of the water they requested, the state Department of Water Resources announced.

How many professor salaries does it take to pay the prez? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

How many professor salaries does it take to pay the CSU presidents? (SDSU is worst on the list)

Legislation would cut red tape to build 'granny flats' (Silicon Valley Business Journal)

Asssembly Bill 1069 would limit a city or county's ability to reject the accessory units if they meet certain thresholds.

Parrots escaped from pet trade in the US may ‘rival numbers in natural habitat’ (Lonely Planet)

Red-crowned parrots which have escaped from the pet trade are thriving in parts of California and Texas to such an extent that the population may now rival that in its native Mexico. Parrots in US urban areas are just starting to draw attention from scientists because of their intelligence, resourcefulness and ability to adapt. There is also a growing realisation that the city birds may help save certain species from extinction.