EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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May 4, 2016, 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

Two Home Invasions, Two Families Who Waited on Hold With 911 (Voice of San Diego)

In response to a recent infant death after a family waited on hold with 911, SDPD has discussed its average wait times. But being an outlier doesn’t offer much comfort when there’s an intruder in your home, as there was for two families that waited several minutes each for someone to pick up their call.

Growing water crisis in Borrego (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The water crisis in Borrego Springs is as simple to understand as it will be difficult to solve. The elephant in the room is farming.

What’s behind San Diego County’s alarmingly high C-section rates? (KPBS)

Nearly one in three first-born babies in San Diego County is delivered by cesarean section surgery, a rate that is far higher than what federal health officials say it should be. What’s more, San Diego County’s rate is higher than all other urban counties in the state.

Annual count finds nearly 9,000 homeless in San Diego County (KPBS)

A countywide tally of San Diego County's homeless in January found almost 19 percent more people living unsheltered compared with last year, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless reported Friday. The WeAllCount Campaign, also known as the Point-in-Time Count, found a total of 8,692 people living on the streets or in shelters, a 0.6 percent decrease from last year.

Senate Demands Department Of Energy Remove San Onofre Nuclear Waste (KPBS)

The state Senate approved a resolution demanding the agency remove stored nuclear waste at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.http://feedpress.me/13288/3192737.gif

Mom: brain-eating amoeba killed my daughter (10  News)

El Cajon woman caught it in Colorado River, three and a half hours east of San Diego.

San Diego Needs Transit More Than Ever — and SANDAG’s Plan Doesn’t Have Enough (Voice of San Diego)

Despite SANDAG’s sales tax expenditures, the agency has failed to make any impact on transit ridership.

San Diego Home Prices Jump 6.4% From 2015 (KPBS)

Home values in the city more than doubled over more than 16 years, according to a new report. The rise was the second-fastest in the country, behind only Los Angeles.

After 47 years, La Mesa volunteer says bye to kindergartners(San Diego Union-Tribune)

After 47 years of helping kindergarten students and pre-kindergartners at Lemon Avenue Elementary School learn their shapes, numbers and the letters of the alphabet, Shirley Mabee has retired.

Five Apollo astronauts to visit San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Five Apollo astronauts -- including three who walked on the moon -- will visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum on June 23rd to attend "To the Moon and Back: An Evening with America's Space Heroes."

Hispanic entrepreneurs do best in Texas (San Diego Reader)

A study by WalletHub, which prepares statistics on cities, metro areas, and states, indicates that San Diego and its nearby cities are not particularly good places for Hispanic entrepreneurs.

STATE

Deadline passes in Probe of San Onofre nuclear deal (KPBS)

While California Attorney General Kamala Harris gathers steam in her campaign to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, the statute of limitations has run out for her to file charges for a secret meeting in Poland that spawned a San Onofre settlement.

Jerry Brown raises California smoking age to 21, tightens vaping rules (Sacramento Bee)

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday enacted California’s most significant new tobacco regulations in decades, signing laws that will place tight restrictions on use of the increasingly popular e-cigarette and make California the second state to raise its smoking age to 21. Brown signed five closely-watched bills, which will also expand smoking restrictions in the workplace and on school properties.

CPUC meets with Wall Street types, too (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Critics say it's part of the same problem as backchannel dealings with utilities.

Three-day drama led to UC Davis Chancellor Katehi’s suspension (Sacramento Bee)

Katehi was suspended and told she would face an independent probe into allegations that she lied to Napolitano, engaged in nepotism and misused public funds… Napolitano said UC would investigate the employment of her daughter-in-law, including raises that boosted her pay by more than $50,000 over two and a half years. She also expressed concern about whether Katehi made “material misstatements” about her role in UC Davis spending $175,000 on an attempt to scrub online search results of negative stories about the school – and Katehi herself – resulting from the 2011 pepper spraying of students.