EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 21, 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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Pet owners on alert amid shootings in Lakeside (10 News)

… After several trips to the vet, a wrenching diagnosis: someone had shot Kitty with a pellet gun, the bullet landing in his chest… A rescue group called Rescue X reports in the past week a cat was shot with a dart and a horse was shot with a gun and put down.

Medical Board Drops Drug Charges Against Doctor In Sharp Video Sting (KPBS)

The Medical Board of California has dropped drug theft charges against a physician who appears in controversial surveillance videos that Sharp Grossmont Hospital took in a yearlong effort to nab those taking sedatives from its operating rooms.http://feedpress.me/13288/4451549.gif

San Diego County average rent hits $1,743 a month (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Average rent was $1,743 a month in San Diego County at the start of September, increasing 8.4 percent in a year, said MarketPointe Realty Advisors in a report released Thursday. The number of apartments available to rent could have proved difficult to find, with the vacancy rate dropping to 2.17 percent — its lowest in at least five years. MarketPointe’s data covers mostly complexes that have 25 or more units so…

Two Dozen Donors In Dumanis' Mayoral Run Linked To Key Figure In Azano Case (KPBS)

The donors are tied to former San Diego Police Det. Ernie Encinas, who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in connection with the campaign finance scandal involving Mexican businessman Jose Susumo Azano Matsura.http://feedpress.me/13288/4447833.gif

Green, Libertarian Parties See Gains In San Diego Voters (KPBS)

Voter registration in San Diego County slowed to a crawl after the June primary — except for the Green and Libertarian parties.4429776

San Diego County Rents Rise As Vacancies Fall (KPBS)

The average cost to rent in San Diego County has risen 7.7 percent since March, while vacancy rates for apartments have dropped to 2 percent.4429266

Trolley Extension Gets $1 Billion From Transportation Department(KPBS)

The trolley extension to UC San Diego is described as the largest public transit project in the history of the region. The federal government has now committed to covering about half of its full cost.4412569

San Diego's Private Sector Leads In Naturalization Push Nationwide (KPBS)

San Diego has more than 50 companies helping eligible employees become citizens through a National Immigration Forum project – more than any other U.S. city. 

San Diego Income Stays Flat As Incomes Rise Nationally (KPBS)

San Diego is not seeing the same economic gains as the country overall, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. Why isn't San Diego experiencing a significant boost to its incomes? 4419412

The Water Authority’s Big, Strange Battery Bet (Voice of San Diego)

The Water Authority wants to build a large “pumped storage” facility in East County, which uses water to store wind and solar energy…The Water Authority would create a giant battery using the county’s largest reservoir, the lake behind San Vicente Dam near Lakeside. The city of San Diego would also have stake in the project because it owns and operates San Vicente.

Issa challenger was accused of “stalking”, harassing wife (Politico)

Retired Marine Colonel Douglas Applegate — a Southern California Democratic House candidate who was endorsed Monday by Attorney General Kamala Harris — was accused of “stalking,” harassing and threatening his ex-wife, who was granted two temporary restraining orders, according to court records on file in Orange County, California.

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Leniency has been hard on homeless (San Diego Union-Tribune)

California’s decision to go soft on crime has been hard on its homeless population, and perhapssoon on the rest of us. Police, social workers and street people agree on one thing: Criminals are flooding into the homeless population, lifting the numbers of both perpetrators and victims inside this most-vulnerable segment of the community. One major cause appears to be Proposition 47…

California halves medically uninsured rate to8.6%(Sacramento Bee)

California’s vigorous embrace of Obamacare, particularly its sharp expansion of Medi-Cal coverage for the poor, has has reduced the state’s medically uninsured population by half, a new Census Bureau report says.

Who should pay fines if coastal commissioners are found guilty of breaking rules? Them or taxpayers? (Los Angeles Times)

Just when you thought it might not be possible, the California Coastal Commission story has gotten a little more interesting.

Utilities meet tight energy storage deadline (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Two California utilities have lined up energy storage projects to help prevent potential power outages.

What stoned driving looks like and how California might regulate it  (Sacramento Bee)

NIDA's Dr. Marilyn Huestis discusses new research, which used the most sophisticated driving simulator of its kind to mirror real-life situations.

California Today: Your Voices (New York Times)

Welcome to California Today, a morning update on the stories that matter to Californians (and anyone else interested in the state). California Today will also rely on, and amplify, your voices. Tell us about the issues that matter to you — and what you’d like to see: CAtoday@nytimes.com


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