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June 28, 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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Protecting the animals left behind in Border Fire (San Diego Union-Tribune)

As the Border fire spread flames and smoke through the dry rocky hillsides that rise near the Mexican border, humans were quickly evacuated. But many animals were left behind: everything from horses and cows to goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, dogs, donkeys, llamas, emus and ostriches. While hundreds of firefighters moved to control the blaze that by Saturday had swept over more than 7,600 acres of southeastern San Diego County, others focused on moving the animals to safer ground, or making sure those remaining had food and water.

Julian residents object to Linden Blue’s development plans (San Diego Reader)

Regardless of how you slice it, if approved, a proposed development of 1416 acres of untouched wilderness in Julian, known as the Hosking’s Ranch Development, violates state law, reads a February 4 letter from California’s Department of Conservation to San Diego County’s Planning and Development Services.

What Brexit means for San Diegans (10 News)

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union has many San Diegans wondering what that means for them.The decision shook up the financial world, and San Diegans could see some impacts beyond a falling 401(k) and stock market.

Google opening in San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Google has signed a lease for nearly 60,000 square feet of office space in Sorrento Mesa, expanding its Southern California footprint into San Diego for the first time.

Forest Service uneasy about mural (Ramona Sentinel)

A new mural depicting a youth jumping into the pool at the bottom of Cedar Creek Falls has caught the attention of the Cleveland National Forest Service, which wants to remind the public of current restrictions and offer tips for summertime hiking.

Federal jury finds two San Diego-area men interfered with flight crew (Reporting San Diego)

…A federal jury has convicted two men who were on a flight last year that was diverted to Amarillo on the felony offense of interference with a flight crew and aiding and abetting… The jury convicted Jonathan Khalid Petras, 21 and Wisam Imad Shaker, 23, residents of the San Diego area...Each defendant will remain on bond pending sentencing, which is set for November 14… Each faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Essa Solaqa, 21, and Khalid Yohana, 20, also residents of the San Diego area were acquitted.

Norovirus vaccine being tested by San Diego Navy research center (Times of San Diego)

If a cure ever is found for norovirus, the highly contagious “stomach bug” that causes vomiting and diarrhea, local Navy doctors might claim credit.

Building codes review board eliminated (La Mesa Today)

At its June 14, 2016 meeting, the City Council voted to discontinue the Building Codes Review Board. Since the City follows the State and national mandated codes, and rarely makes exceptions to these codes, the Council decided the Board was no longer needed.

Tecate: Border’s great exception (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Despite changes, pueblo’s fans still insist it’s magical.


Sweeping public utilities changes announced (Sacramento Bee)

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the day Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers announced a deal to overhaul the troubled California Public Utilities Commission, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, explains why things needed to change.

Sweeping California gun control initiative qualifies for November ballot (Patch)

A sweeping California gun control measure that would outlaw high-capacity magazines, require background checks for ammunition and require people to report lost or stolen guns was approved for the state’s November ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Thursday.

‘Brexit’ could halt growth of California trade with Britain (Los Angeles Times)

California and its $5 billion of annual exports to Britain could be standing in harm’s way if there’s economic upheaval caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The state is a major trading partner with England and the rest of Britain, whose vote to exit the EU -- the so-called  Brexit -- rocked financial markets Friday, with stocks plummeting worldwide and the British pound sterling falling sharply against the dollar.

Officials: 150 homes burned in deadly California wildfire (San Francisco Chronicle)

A voracious and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 150 homes, and the toll may rise, fire officials said Saturday… A voracious and deadly wildfire in central California has burned 150 homes, and the toll may rise, fire officials said Saturday.


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