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November 29, 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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El Cajon takes urgent stand on marijuana (San Diego Union-Tribune)

El Cajon has joined several other cities in the county in passing an emergency ordinance that would temporarily prohibit the cultivation and sale of marijuana within its borders.

Caught on camera: mountain lion in Lakeside neighborhood (10 News)

A family in San Diego’s East County is growing more and more concerned as an unwanted, four-legged visitor keeps returning to their yard.

Across the County, taxpayer-funded turf fields are falling apart while still under warranty (Voice of San Diego)

At least 20 artificial turf fields at schools across San Diego County have deteriorated while still under warranty. Yet instead of getting a free replacement, some schools shelled out even more money for another new field. Without much pushback from public school officials, taxpayers have been left holding the bag for a private company’s admittedly defective product.

Judge allows San Onofre waste lawsuit to advance (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A lawsuit filed by a group that wants to see the 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) transferred some place else — perhaps Arizona — will proceed, a superior court judge in San Diego has ruled. The advocacy group, Citizens Oversight, in its suit claims the California Coastal Commission was wrong in October 2015 when it approved a permit to store the spent nuclear waste in dry casks at the SONGS site within sight of the Pacific Ocean

Trump should renounce Muslim registry: America is better than that (San Diego Union-Tribune editorial)

This week surrogates for President-elect Donald Trump astonishingly invoked one of America’s darkest moments to lay the groundwork for one of Trump’s more controversial campaign proposals, a Muslim immigrant registry. They invoked the internment of 120,000 Japanese-Americans in camps and converted horse stables following the attack on Pearl Harbor that pushed the United States into World War II.

Hundreds of new downtown rentals approved(San Diego Union-Tribune)

Get used to a  skyline filled with construction cranes. The downtown  housing boom looks like it’ll continue for the next six years. Civic San Diego, the city’s downtown development review agency, reviewed seven projects with 1,650 apartments Wednesday — possibly a one-meeting record in more than...


‘Calexit’ movement launches (Los Angeles Times)

Secessionists formally launch bid for California independence.

Can your landlord just say no to marijuana now that Prop 64 passed? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

B ette Molloy, who has rented 13 apartment units and one condominium in three different locations in the San Diego area since 1998, does not like marijuana on her premises. “It’s like cigarettes — it smells up the whole place,” Molloy said. “It stays in the apartment.” But with the passage of Proposition 64 that legalized possession of recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older Molloy was not sure whether she could prohibit pot among her tenants.

 Government sued over offshore fracking in Santa Barbara Channel(Pacific Coast Business Times)

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the federal government for permitting offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel and along the California Coast, alleging that it did not perform a proper environmental assessment.

UC, CSU Consider Raising Tuition For The First Time In 6 Years (KPBS)

Faced with record high enrollments and the need to hire more faculty, the institutions are discussing proposed annual hikes of $270 at Cal State and $280 at UC schools.

Numbers of international students in U.S. is at all-time high and California is top destination (Los Angeles Times)

… A record high of more than 1 million foreign students came to America for higher education last school year. Four of the top 20 institutions that welcomed them were in the Golden State, according to a new report this month.

CalSTRS calculates total fees in likely first for public pension (Reuters)

The California State Teachers' Retirement System announced on Wednesday that it had calculated the total costs and fees paid to manage its entire investment portfolio, likely the first public pension fund to do so.


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