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May 31, 2017 (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 kids plead to get their parents back after immigration raid (10 News)

A tight-knit family of six torn apart in National City. Now, four kids are left all on their own while their parents sit in a detention cell. 

Ice raid near National City schools:  parents arrested, children left unattended (San Diego Free Press)

National city educators condemn recent ICE raids near local schools. 

How Trump’s proposed budget could affect San Diego County (San Diego Union-Tribune)

President Donald Trump’s full proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, released Tuesday, could have a major impact on some cornerstone segments of San Diego County. Here’s a look:

Sempra VP surprises, say 100 percent renewable grid is possible now (iNewsource)

A vice president with Sempra Energy, one of the nation’s largest utilities, made a stunning admission to a roomful of gas and oil executives this week: there is no technical impediment to California getting all of its energy from renewables – now.

Solana Beach Becomes First in County to Opt for Alternative Energy Program  (KPBS)

The city of Solana Beach became the first in the county to move forward with a program that allows local governments to bypass San Diego Gas & Electric and buy their energy directly.

San Diego DROP pensioners return for more city pay (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego has brought back hundreds of retired city employees in recent years to receive part-time paychecks on top of their pensions — and it turns out the workers are often the same ones who took part in the much-maligned DROP program.

San Diego Among Cities with Largest Population Growth (KPBS)

San Diego added 15,715 residents between July 1, 2015, and June 30 of last year, the 10th largest numeric population increase in the country, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.

San Diegans Pay Some of the Highest Water Rates in the State and Country (Voice of San Diego)

A typical San Diego household pays about $80 a month for water. The national average is less than $40 a month, according to a recent survey. Water in California is more expensive than elsewhere, but San Diego still has among the highest rates in the state.

Religious Liberty Group Suing San Diego Schools Over CAIR-backed 'Islamophobia’ Program (Jewish World Review)

This case could be precedent setting for how public schools interact with groups like CAIR.


The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget (Sacramento Bee)

The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal health care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday. California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total…

Can I get fired for using legal recreational marijuana?  An FAQ for California workers (Sacramento Bee)

Six months have passed since California voted in favor of Proposition 64, the recreational marijuana initiative that allows adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants indoors. And in another six months, state-licensed marijuana stores will begin selling pot purely for adult fun.

Amendment proposed to give control of UCOP budget to state legislature (Daily Bruin)

The University of California Office of the President could lose its financial autonomy if a state constitutional amendment proposed Tuesday becomes law.

Edison violated San Onofre testing rules, NRC says (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Southern California Edison violated procedural requirements in building the storage facility it is relying on to secure millions of pounds of nuclear waste generated by the failed San Onofre nuclear plant, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

More government transparency needed in California (San Jose Mercury News)

It’s time to put teeth in the state Public Records Act. That’s why the Assembly Appropriations Committee should keep alive a bill by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, to strengthen the law.

California desert town Adelanto plans its future around pot (Marketplace.org)

In January of next year, California will become the largest state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana. Medicinal marijuana is already legal in the state. Now, some cash-strapped cities in California are hoping to revive their struggling economies by becoming the first to open their doors to the marijuana industry. 

Brown's top aide gets $300 ethics fine, critics say that's low (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The California Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a $300 penalty against Nancy McFadden, the former Pacific Gas & Electric executive who serves as Gov. Jerry Brown’s top adviser.  Commissioners approved the fine without debate on a unanimous vote despite the objections of Consumer Watchdog...

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