EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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November 2, 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

Businessman donates $100,000 to El Cajon Valley High (San Diego Union-Tribune)

El Cajon native Daryl Priest, a local developer with several business ventures, surprised a room full of people with a six-figure gift last Thursday at an event at El Cajon Valley High. Priest, a 1977 graduate of the school, presented the El Cajon Valley athletics program with a check for $100,000 at the school’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony.

 

Father of man fatally shot by police establishes foundation for police reform (Los Angeles Times)

The father of Alfred Olango has announced the creation of a foundation for police reform, in the name of his son, who was killed by El Cajon police last month.  Richard Olango said San Diego would be the headquarters of the Alfred Olango Justice and Unity Foundation “for the whole world.”

 

Grossmont schools chief organizing campaign work for students, staff (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District has been organizing “calling sessions” among his staff and students to help pass Measure BB, the agency’s third major bond proposal in the past dozen years.

 

In failing the homeless,  San Diego stands apart (San Diego Union-Tribune)

By any reasonable definition, the soaring population of homeless people in San Diego represents a genuine crisis. More people are living and dying, miserable and filthy, on our sidewalks, parks and canyons. Yet here’s the real shocker: Most of the suffering is unnecessary. Far from being a hopeless cause, reducing or even ending homelessness seems quite possible, at least outside of San Diego…From 2007…to 2015, the nation’s overall number of unsheltered homeless people fell 32 percent…Over the same eight years, the number increased 24 percent in San Diego County to 4,156….While Los Angeles has managed to find housing for thousands of its hardest cases, San Diego has expanded its version of Skid Row.

 

Toxic Plume Leads To Testing Of El Cajon Mobile Homes(KPBS)

Residents in an El Cajon neighborhood are just finding out their homes have been sitting above a shallow, toxic plume for more than half a century.

 

Raided by never charged, cannabis distributor seeks return of seized assets (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Dozens of well-armed agents swept into the Med-West Distribution medical cannabis business in Kearny Mesa early this year. Before the raid was over, they seized $324,000 in cash and thousands of dollars worth of inventory.Within days agents also froze owner James Slatic’s bank accounts and those of his wife and two teenaged daughters.Nine months later, Slatic has yet to be charged with a crime.

 

Resident says his tree-trimming case shows CPUC favors utilities (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

David MacKinnon thought he had an understanding with his electric company. For years he kept the trees ringing his University Heights house neatly trimmed and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. let him know if the looming palms ever grew too close to its overhead wires.Things changed a few years back...

 

$47B Deal Could Help Qualcomm Move From Phones To Cars(KPBS)

In the largest deal in the company's history, Qualcomm will acquire Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors.

 

Educators getting trained to 'run, hide or fight'(San Diego Union-Tribune)

After years of practicing lockdown drills to prepare for the threat of school shooters, public schools across San Diego County are deploying a new strategy: “run, hide or fight.” The County Office of Education is training school employees to make split-second decisions in the event of an attack,...

 

Refinancing La Mesa to save $9 million(San Diego Union-Tribune)

The La Mesa City Council is refinancing its bond debt for Proposition D, which will save taxpayers an stimated $9 million.The city will refinance two bonds into one, reducing the interest rate from 5 percent to 3 percent, and ending its repayment schedule by five years.

 

Ramona Unified School District Board:  Choose 2 (Ramon Sentinel)

Three candidates are on the Nov. 8 ballot for two seats on the Ramona Unified School District Board: incumbents John Rajcic and Dawn Perfect, and Daryn Drum. The Ramona Sentinel presented each the same questions and appreciates the responses they shared with the community.

 

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‘Pot Prop’ 64: Clearing the haze on a complex measure (Orange County Register)

Proposition 64, on its surface, poses a simple question: Should people be free to smoke pot in California? But the 62-page initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot asks voters to determine much more…

 

Sexually transmitted diseases reach record high (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The three most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases all saw an increase from 2014 to 2015 in California and San Diego County, according to data from the California Department of Public Health.The recently released report found that the number of reported STDs in California is rising...

 

SeaWorld Marine Rescues Remain Higher Than Usual (KPBS)

Warming ocean waters are increasing the number of marine mammals and sea turtles needing rescue by SeaWorld staff.

 

DMV uncovers fake ID ring on Craigslist(San Diego Union-Tribune)

You can buy a lot of things on Craigslist: an apartment, a used coffee table, a date … and even a fake ID. Investigators from the California DMV found out how easy it was to get a fraudulent driver’s license in a sting that ended with at least one arrest.