EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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June 15, 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

Broken from baseball: the rise in youth baseball injuries (10 News investigation)

San Diego has become a major breeding ground for youth baseball players, but the enthusiasm for seeing so many local teams go as far as the Little League World Series is covering up a dark secret: arm injuries. Doctors, surgeons, and baseball experts across the country are expressing concern over a rapid rise in major arm injuries among children. Surgeries which have previously been considered rare procedures performed on a few professional players are now being performed on kids regularly in San Diego.

Ninth circuit approves Tule Wind farm approval (Courthouse News)

Federal regulators adequately addressed whether a proposed wind-turbine project near San Diego would adversely impact migratory birds and global warming, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

 The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) granted Tule Wind, LLC a right-of-way on federal lands in southeast San Diego County to construct and operate a wind energy project.     The facility — which was originally envisioned as 128 wind turbines and supporting infrastructure that could generate up to 200 megawatts of electricity — will be built on 12,360 acres of land in the McCain Valley, 70 miles east of San Diego.

Former desert rail line prez penalized (Reader)

The former president and chief operating officer (now “director of compliance”) for Pacific Imperial Railroad, the company that leases the rights to the binational railroad from Metropolitan Transit System, is in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

San Diego County deputy D.A. accused of texting naked selfies, sexting  on county time (10 News)

An anonymous tipster took to the internet to expose a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney he accuses of getting naughty on the job. The tipster posted a video on YouTube Thursday morning, full of naked selfies he says the Deputy DA took on county time, in his office.

Strike vote to be taken by supermarket workers in San Diego(Reporting San Diego)

San Diego supermarket workers, working for Kroger Corporation, based in Cincinnati Ohio. The company  owns Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons, and workers are to take a strike vote on June 20. The last time the union went into a long strike was in 2003 and 2004. The issues were similar back then. It is health care. It is retirement.

Chinese migrants flocking to San Diego, stats show (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The number of unauthorized Chinese immigrants coming to San Diego has skyrocketed in recent years, the result of a lucrative smuggling industry, mass emigration from China and a diversifying pool of unauthorized immigrants settling in the United States.

Desalination test facility in the works (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Water managers are taking the next steps in exploring whether to increase the amount of drinkable water produced from desalination in San Diego County by up to four times the current level.

STATE

Judge in Stanford rapist case must go, California lawmakers urge (SacBee)

Echoing national outrage over a college rapist receiving a more lenient sentence than prosecutors sought, California lawmakers want the resignation of the judge who presided over Brock Turner’s case – and, failing that, they are considering impeachment. Turner received a six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the Stanford University campus, a lighter penalty than the six-year prison term advocated by prosecutors.

Man with weapons and explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, police say (L.A. Times)

Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as a cache of weapons and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he planned to look for a friend at the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood, a law enforcement source said. Federal and local law enforcement decided against canceling the annual parade, which went forward Sunday morning under tightened security.

California water savings increased despite eased mandates (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Residents and businesses in San Diego County and around the state continued to save large amount of waters in April, even as regulators have eased a mandate for cutting back on urban water use — and are poised to eliminate such targets altogether for many water districts in coming weeks. State officials reported Monday that water use in California dropped by an average of 26.1 percent in April compared with the same month in 2013, the benchmark year set by Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency water conservation order. That program began in June, got eased in March and is being downscaled again.

California panels approve raft of gun control bills in wake of Orlando shootings (San Jose Mercury News)

Two days after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, two key legislative committees on Tuesday approved a sweeping package of gun control legislation following the year's most fiery hearings.

California Budget To Eliminate Contentious Welfare Policy  (KPBS)

As part of a pending state budget deal, Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to repeal these so-called maximum family grant policy that prohibits people from receiving increased welfare income if they have more children while receiving public assistance.

 


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