EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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July 6, 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

San Diego County Water Authority Votes To Raise Rates (KPBS)

The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors on Thursday voted to raise rates 6.4 percent for untreated water and 5.9 percent for treated water in 2017.

San Diego County home prices rise 6.3% (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego home prices continue climb, up 6.3 percent in last 12 months

Police identify suspect in string of deadly attacks against homeless (Times of San Diego)

San Diego Police sought the public’s help Monday in finding find a man they suspect of murdering two homeless men and stabbing a third in a 25-hour period. Police held an extraordinary midday news conference on the Fourth of July to release a photo taken by a camera at a convenience store that may show the suspect.

Photos: migrants from around the world come to Tijauana, to wait (Voice of San Diego)

A look inside the Tijuana shelters that are seeing an unprecedented surge in people stranded from all over the world as they await answers from the U.S. on whether they’ll be allowed to enter

Planners okay expansion for two wineries (Ramona Sentinel)

Ramona Community Planning Group gave unanimous thumbs up to two boutique wineries that want to move to the small winery tier, and to two road safety projects during its June 2 meeting. Altipiano Vineyard and Winery and Vineyard Grant James will need administrative permits to move up to the next tier in the county’s four-tiered winery ordinance.

In Campo, 25 feet from the Mexican border, California’s Old West roots remain (Washington Post)

…Few realize that Campo and Highway 94…have a rich history …. The Buffalo Soldiers, an African American cavalry regiment of the Army, patrolled this rough border terrain during World War II. Half a century earlier, bands of horse thieves linked to Tiburcio Vásquez plotted raids amid the chaparral-spiked hillsides, while post-Civil War settlers made their way to San Diego from Texas and points east…

San Diego First To Hit Solar Power Cap In California (KPBS)

The city has reached the 5 percent limit on the amount of electricity utilities have to buy back from customers. As a result, new residential solar customers face extra charges.

Rates go up slightly for SDG&E, SoCalGas (San Diego Union-Tribune)

SDG&E and SoCalGas customers will pay a little bit more, starting in August, after the CPUC passes a rate hike.

Plan for regional power grid raises hopes, doubts(San Diego Union-Tribune)

A plan to expand management of California's power grid to a six-state area is raising concerns that the energy -- and the governance -- might not be as clean as billed.

Photos: migrants from around the world come to Tijauana, to wait (Voice of San Diego)

A look inside the Tijuana shelters that are seeing an unprecedented surge in people stranded from all over the world as they await answers from the U.S. on whether they’ll be allowed to enter

The Line Between Education and Advocacy on SANDAG’s Tax Proposal(Voice of San Diego)

County voters in November will decide whether to increase the sales taxes by a half-cent to fund a host of regional projects, from expanding transportation options to repairing busted infrastructure to preserving open space and replenishing sand on local beaches. San Diego County Taxpayers Association CEO Haney Hong is already angry that the regional planning agency is spending public money to convince voters it’s a good idea.

Report: Cybersecurity jobs jump in San Diego(San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego’s two-year effort to build a cluster of technology expertise around cybersecurity is taking root, with an estimated 14.7 percent increase in cyberjobs since 2014.

Lawmakers move to revive abusive eminent domain  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

…A new bill, AB 2492, is now being pushed by some legislators to increase funding for government-led redevelopment schemes. It also makes it easier to declare private property “blighted,” in some cases only because the median income of the occupants is lower than city or county medians.

Dense One Paseo project approved (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego council votes in favor of precedent-setting 'smart growth' project in Carmel Valley .

STATE

Initiative to legalize recreational use of pot in California qualifies for November ballot (Los Angeles Times)

…The initiative would allow adults ages 21 and older to possess, transport and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and would allow individuals to grow as many as six plants.

Study  up, California! You’ve got 17 statewide measures to vote on (KQET)

The California Secretary of State’s Office has certified the final list of statewide measures that have qualified for the November ballot.Along with several big bond and tax questions, voters will get to decide the future of the death penalty, a collection of tough new gun laws, and whether they really like a yet-to-be-enacted statewide ban on plastic bags.

Utility:  Keep deal that split costs from closed nuke plant(SF Gate)

Southern California's largest utility on Thursday urged state regulators to uphold a 2014 settlement under which consumers would shoulder most of the nearly $5 billion in costs tied to the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

California may have a water ‘rainy day fund’(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Californians are so used to bad news on the water front — from lengthy droughts to soaring water rates — that any good news seems particularly welcome. That’s certainly the case with a Stanford University study showing that the parched Central Valley has three times as much groundwater as previously assumed.

With Doomsday in Mind, California Officials Are Ceding Water to Arizona, Nevada (Voice of San Diego)

California representatives have offered to forgo up to 8 percent of the state’s Colorado River water, if things get bad enough. The worry is cuts would be worse later if California doesn’t play ball with Arizona now.

Proposed Measure To Cap Hospital Execs' Pay Pulled From November Ballot (KPBS)

SEIU United Healthcare Workers West was forced to withdraw the measure, which would have limited compensation to $450,000 a year, after an arbitrator ruled it violated an agreement the union had with the California Hospital Association. 

CPUC has room to improve, state auditors say (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Major reforms may be coming to the California Public Utilities Commission, but the agency has plenty of room for improvement, state auditors said.

7 charged with attacking KKK members during bloody California rally (Chicago Tribune)

Seven counter-protesters have been charged with attacking members of the Ku Klux Klan during a so-called ” rally that turned into a bloody melee in Anaheim earlier this year, prosecutors said Thursday.

 


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