EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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June 1, 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:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

STATE

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LOCAL/REGIONAL

Homes values in San Diego continue to increase (10 News)

Home values in San Diego rose 1 percent in March, compared to the previous month, and 6.2 percent over March 2015, according to the Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released Tuesday.

Barrio Logan community unhappy about treatment of Trump protesters (KPBS)

Community leaders Tuesday decried what they described as a decision by city leaders "to effectively put Barrio Logan under martial law" last week during a Donald Trump campaign rally at the Convention Center.

Slight increases proposed for SDG&E, SoCalGas customers (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A proposal from CPUC would lead to slight increases for customers of SDG&E and SoCalGas.

Can A Tiny Wasp Save The Citrus Industry? (NPR)

Citrus greening, spread by a ravenous pest, has destroyed millions of acres of fruit and cost billions in damage. Fortunately, these pernicious peewees are prime prey for another parasitic predator.

Documents in Trump University case unsealed in San Diego (NBC 7)

The class-action lawsuit involving Trump University is scheduled to be heard in November 2016 in San Diego federal court. (Read documents at this link)

San Diego Drops 7 Spots in American Fitness Index (KPBS)

The American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Blue Cross Foundation last year ranked San Diego the third fittest city in the U.S.

STATE

U.S. approves fracking Santa Barbara’s channel (Eco Report)

… Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing in California’s Santa Barbara Channel… Miyoko Sakashita, director of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Oceans program, vigorously disagreed with the agencies’ finding of “no significant impact” — and warned they may file new litigation to halt offshore fracking. “The Obama administration is once again putting California’s beautiful coast in the oil industry’s crosshairs,” said Sakashita. “Our beaches and wildlife face a renewed threat from fracking chemicals and oil spills. New legal action may be the only way to get federal officials to do their jobs and protect our ocean from offshore fracking…”

One year after Santa Barbara oil spill, California presses criminal charges (+video) (CS Monitor)

The May 2015 spill forced 21,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. If convicted, Plains All American Pipeline could face $2.8 million in fines.

Poll: Clinton and Sanders in dead heat in California (Politico)

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are virtually deadlocked in California, the biggest prize of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary season, according to a new poll.  The survey, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, finds Clinton with only a small lead over Sanders, 46 percent to 44 percent, among likely voters in the Democratic primary next month.

California Will Let Local Authorities Assess Water Conservation Goals Amid Drought (NPR)

This will replace mandatory state-driven standards. It's happening because California's drought — now entering its fifth year — is easing in some parts of the state but not others.

United Health to exit California’s Obamacare market  (KPCC)

“United is pulling out of California’s individual market including Covered California in 2017,” said Amy Palmer, a spokeswoman for the state exchange. It’s expected that UnitedHealth will continue offering coverage to employers in California and to government workers and their families through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Prosecutors fight to stop San Bernardino shooter’s family from getting $250,000 in life insurance (Los Angeles Times)

“Terrorists must not be permitted to provide for their designated beneficiaries through their crimes,” said U.S. Atty. Eileen Decker in a statement. “My office intends to explore every legal option available to us to ensure these funds are made available to the victims of this horrific crime…

High-Speed Rail Is a Fast Train to Fiscal Ruin, in California and Elsewhere (National Review)

Massive cost overruns, construction delays of years, and growing public disapproval do not dissuade train supporters. …Now it has lost the support of key figures such as Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a likely successor to Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, and Quentin Kopp, former head of the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

California Jerry Brown endorses Hillary Clinton in June 7 primary (Times of San Diego)

…“I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump,” said Brown.

Governor Brown: Notice anything fishy about your Coastal Commission? (Los Angeles Times)

For months, I’ve been hearing the same question over and over from readers following the ongoing festival of the absurd at the California Coastal Commission. Where in the name of the father, son and holy coast is Gov. Jerry Brown, and why doesn’t he say or do something? Good question.

 

 

 


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