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June 9, 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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That judge attacked by Donald Trump? He’s faced a lot worse. (New York Times)

For much of a year, Gonzalo P. Curiel, then a federal prosecutor in California, lived officially in hiding. He hunkered down for a while on a naval base and in other closely guarded locations under the protection of United States marshals...The reason: In a secretly taped conversation inside a San Diego prison, a man accused of being a gunman for a Mexican drug cartel said that he had received permission from his superiors to have Mr. Curiel assassinated.

Former Trump University workers call the school a”lie” and a “scheme” in testimony (New York Times)

In blunt testimony revealed on Tuesday, former managers of Trump University, the for-profit school started by Donald J. Trump, portray it as an unscrupulous business that relied on high-pressure sales tactics, employed unqualified instructors, made deceptive claims and exploited vulnerable students willing to pay tens of thousands for Mr. Trump’s insights. One sales manager for Trump University, Ronald Schnackenberg, recounted how he was reprimanded for not pushing a financially struggling couple hard enough to sign up for a $35,000 real estate class …I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme,” Mr. Schnackenberg wrote in his testimony, “and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”

.Transparency? SDPD rejects requests for body cam video of Trump protests aftermath (10 News)

Claims video is evidence and must be preserved

Group forms to fight San Onofre nuclear waste plan (San Diego Union-Tribune)


Residents of San Diego and Orange counties concerned about the longterm storage of radioactive waste on the coast between Oceanside and San Clemente have organized a new coalition aimed at forcing the removal of tons of spent nuclear fuel.

ribune Renames Itself 'Tronc' While Gannett Weighs Its Bid (KPBS)

The new corporate name of Tribune Publishing, which publishes The San Diego-Union Tribune, stands for "Tribune online content."

Feds OK weapons for San Onofre (San Diego Union-Tribune)

U.S. nuclear regulators have granted Southern California Edison permission to arm private security guards at the defunct San Onofre power plant with assault rifles and “ammunition feeding devices.”

Helix Charter High School Names New Leader(La Mesa Today)

The Helix Charter High School governing board members have announced a replacement for Executive Director Michael Lewis, Ed.D., who will retire at the end of this school year. Kevin Osborn, co-author of Helix’s original charter application, has been named as the school’s next leader.

Poway Unified Paid a Financial Firm Double the Contract Amount in Half the Time (Voice of San Diego)

When Poway Unified approved a contract with financial firm Dolinka Group in 2014, it did so with the understanding the deal would “not exceed” $625,000….  Poway staff now say the fee cap was actually an annual amount, so the board really approved a $3.1 million contract in February 2014.

Supervisor Bill Horn’s code additions still not up to code (CBS8)

When you build a home addition, you have to foot the bill for building permits and pay your fair share of property taxes.  The law is supposed to apply to everybody. But San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn still hasn't completed his building permits on home construction projects he began more than a decade ago.

Signatures submitted on Lilac Hills vote (San Diego Union-Tribune)

About 110,000 signatures have been submitted to the county Registrar of Voters in support of a  countywide ballot measure that would allow a huge housing development to sprout near Valley Center.


From useful to wasteful: How utility customers have born the brunt of failed projects (Los Angeles Times)

F ifteen years after blackouts rolled through some California neighborhoods, utility customers are still feeling the effects of post-energy-crisis regulatory changes that pushed the risk of costly projects from utility investors to ratepayers. This little-noticed change in how utility rates are set has had profound repercussions for utility customers, leaving them on the hook for billions of dollars even when projects fail.

Brush fires fueled by extreme heat hit Southern California; parts of Calabasas evacuated (LA Times)

Pushed by extreme heat, brush fires hit several parts of Southern California on Saturday, prompting mandatory evacuations in the Calabasas area as flames threatened homes. Fires were burning close to homes in the Topanga Canyon and Mulholland Highway areas around Calabasas, where temperatures hovered over a 100 degrees earlier in the day. 

Californians Will Get Their Choice Between Coke, Diet Coke for the Senate (Reason)

Wondering where a Republican or third-party option might be? You're not getting one.

You can thank California's relatively recent implementation of a top-two primary system….  


Congressional Candidate Deluged With Anti-Semitic Harassment (Buzzfeed)

Erin Schrode is a 25-year-old Democrat running an underdog campaign to unseat Rep. Jared Huffman in California’s second congressional district. Schrode said commenters on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi blog, posted her cell phone number and personal email, and said she had received a “deluge” of anti-Semitic abuse this week — and that she ultimately had to alert law enforcement to the matter.

Watchdog Makes Emails From California Utility Officials Public (KPBS)

A searchable website contains more than 100,000 emails and other records that detail the California Public Utilities Commission's dealings with state utility companies over issues such as the shutdown of San Onofre.

Bill to overhaul CPUC passes Assembly (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Legislation that would completely reshape how the state regulates utilities, telecommunications and other sectors of the California economy is moving forward.

Edison, regulators cooperated on subpoena (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Even as it was preparing to review a $4.7 billion deal settling costs for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant, the California Public Utilities Commission was working behind the scenes to draft and send subpoenas on behalf of plant owner Southern California Edison.


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