EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 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

Community action pays off in Casa de Oro (East County Californian)

Casa de Oro residents show their community is off to a running start, after a year of collaborative efforts result in crucial improvements. What began with local teens advocating against underage alcohol exposure led to the formation of a community alliance. In nearly a year since the group was created, Casa de Oro has been home to numerous developments, including the addition of several new businesses.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees find new home in San Diego (10 News)

On Sunday, Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh participated in a ceremony in Amman, Jordan, to mark the United States hitting its target of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year-old resettlement program…. "America is a beautiful country," he said through an Arabic translator at the office of the International Rescue Committee in El Cajon, a San Diego suburb that has been a magnet for Iraqis and, more recently, Syrians who are fleeing war.

News In Numbers: Half Of San Diego County Extremely Vulnerable To Wildfire (KPBS)

More than half the land in San Diego County is at high or very high potential for difficult-to-control wildfire, according to data gleaned from maps prepared by the U.S. Forest Service.

School board hopeful disputes ballot statement (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A local school board candidate has filed a court order against one of his opponents in the November election for what he says is her false claim that she is the only one who has experience teaching in the classroom.

 Property Crime Rate In San Diego Region Up 4%, SANDAG Reports (KPBS)

A jump in homicides, auto thefts and burglaries led in part to a 4 percent increase in San Diego County's crime rate compared with statistics from 2015, according to the San Diego Association of Governments. The overall crime rate was 30 percent lower than in the same period in 2006.

Man wearing gay pride shirt stabbed in hate crime, San Diego Police say (Patch.com)

An unknown number of male suspects got out of a car and attacked the man as he walked along College Grove Drive, police say

STATE

Grizzly bears in California: reintroduction push ignites strong emotions (Mercury News)

The mighty grizzly bear ruled California's valleys, forests and coasts with fierce claws and jaws until people shot the last ones nearly a century ago. Now an environmental group is asking the state to consider bringing it back.

2 PUC reform bills die, emails will stay secret (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Advocates hoping for reform at the California Public Utilities Commission were disappointed twice this week, as an overhaul bill died in the legislature and a court ruling allowed certain emails regarding the agency’s response to the San Onofre failure to remain secret.

 Is Ruling Too Late to Fix California's Pension Mess? (Reason)

An August 17 California appeals court ruling rejected a public employee union's claim that its members had a right to "pension spiking"…