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August 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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San Diego’s housing crisis squeezing the middle class (KPBS)

Homeowners in San Diego County may not feel it, but a housing crisis is underway in the region, and the middle class is especially hard squeezed.

Focus: San Diego connections to the Rio games(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Climate, competition cited as reasons dozens of U.S. and foreign athletes choose to train here.

Police, sheriff finalize body camera policy (Voice of San Diego)

…The policy only governs the release of video in cases of officer-involved shootings. The policy states that law enforcement agencies will release officer-involved shooting videos “whenever possible, as soon as it’s appropriate to do so,” but there are caveats. Footage will not be released until the district attorney has reviewed the shooting and presented its findings to the law enforcement agency involved. It also won’t be released if criminal charges are filed.

Face off over development in rural San Diego County (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Citing climate change, Sierra Club threatens lawsuit against county to halt new housing, commercial projects. That includes more than a half-dozen projects that would pour concrete on thousands of acres, from the envisioned 608-acre Lilac Hills Ranch in Valley Center to the long-pending 2,160-acre Star Ranch in Campo…For several years now, the county has lost every round of litigation with the environmental group — all the way to the state’s highest court.

Neighbors save veteran from Santee mobile home fire (NBC)

Neighbors jumped into action Thursday and saved a World War II and Korean War veteran who was home alone when smoke filled his Santee home.

Back to school: It is time for the distracted driver talk (Reporting San Diego)

It is time to go back to school. For many parents this is the first year that their teens are also going to get behind the wheel... Teens tend to have more accidents behind the wheel than adults, partly because they are far less experienced. They are also less mature and tend to take more risks than more experienced adults do. So it is time for parents to do two things. If you drive and for example, use the phone pay attention, because you will also have to change your behavior behind that wheel as well. After all, we model behavior that young drivers will imitate.


Pilot Fire scorches 7,500 aces in San Bernadino Mountains; feds say it could become ‘major disaster’  (Orange County Register)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to help battle the growing Pilot Fire which has chewed through more than 7,500 acres of vegetation in the San Bernardino Mountains… and firefighters say the blaze remains about 6 percent contained…“At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 750 homes in and around the communities of Hesperia, Deer Park Lodge, and Summit Valley,” the statement read.

One way to save California’s coast: Save a bill that bans private meetings with developers (Los

SB 1190 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would ban private meetings between coastal commissioners and those who want to lobby for or against any given project…time. The full Assembly Appropriations Committee will decide Aug. 11 whether to rescue Jackson’s bill from its holding cell or sentence it to death. If you want to weigh in on the matter, shoot a message to committee Chair Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) on her website or call (916) 319-2080.

 Two babies born in California with Zika-related severe birth defects (Sacramento Bee)

Two babies in California have been born with the severe birth defect microcephaly after their mothers were infected with the Zika virus while traveling in foreign countries where the virus is common, state public health officials announced Thursday.


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