EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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January 24, 2018 (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 okays landmark environmental deal that could spur development (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The San Diego City Council approved this week a long-awaited compromise between environmentalists and developers that is expected to accelerate construction of housing tracts and shopping plazas…Federal officials have agreed to cede authority over projects that would destroy vernal pools to San Diego officials.

Sempra hasn’t paid corporate taxes since 2008 (San Diego Reader)

…Utility regulators are noting all around the country that since corporate tax rates have been lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent, utilities should pass on those savings to ratepayers. Don’t expect your San Diego Gas & Electric bills to go down. Its parent, San Diego–based Sempra Energy, hasn’t paid corporate taxes since 2008

New Sheriff’s powers raise concerns among community advocates, activists (SD Union-Tribune)

A new county ordinance that gives Sheriff Bill Gore authority to restrict public access and take other measures to keep the peace during political protests is drawing scrutiny from civil-rights advocates and other activists concerned about how he wields his new power.

La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl in Facebook Video Is Reassigned (KPBS)

Dozens of students and community members protested Monday after a La Mesa police officer was shown roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground in a video posted to Facebook this weekend.

Four San Diego County Hospitals Make C-Section Honor Roll (KPBS)

Four San Diego-area hospitals have met or exceeded a federal target of reducing cesarean births for first-time moms…. The hospitals are Scripps Memorial, Scripps Encinitas, Tri-City Medical Center and Sharp Grossmont.

Prebys buildings near SDSU sell for $20.9 million (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Four buildings near San Diego State University, including 86 apartments, recently sold for $20.9 million. The sale to Los Angeles-based Home Sweet Home Holdings also contained three commercial spaces. It paid $235,562 per unit for the apartments spread out along El Cajon Boulevard and Dayton Street....

Union-Tribune to fold its operation into the Los Angeles Times? (SD Reader)

… Both papers, owned by Chicago-based Tronc, have begun to accelerate the content-sharing that some think will ultimately end with the folding of San Diego’s operation into the Times.

John Coleman dies at 83; climate change skeptic starred at KUSI, founded weather channel (Times of SD)

John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.

Pack of pit bulls euthanized after killing 7 chihuahuas in Skyline (Times of SD)

Four pit bulls apparently got into a neighbor’s yard and killed as many as seven other dogs Saturday in the Skyline neighborhood of southeast San Diego. All of the pit bulls were turned over to animal services and euthanized after the incident... in the 7700 block of Jamacha Road…

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How California lawmakers are preparing for more natural disasters (Los Angeles Times)

Dozens of Californians lost their lives in wildfires and other natural disasters in recent months.  In response to the widespread emergencies, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators want to change insurance rules, emergency alert systems and debris removal policies and spend more money on fire protection. If passed, these new laws would add to the many protections already enshrined in state law for those who have experienced natural disasters, including substantial relief from property taxes.

Gas tax repeal headed for ballot as money about to flow for road repairs (San Diego Union-Tribune)

As millions of dollars from higher taxes on fuel have started pouring into city and county coffers, hundreds of thousands of California’s have signed a petition to roll back the new levies.

Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County reopens, nearly two weeks after a massive mudslide (Los Angeles Times)

Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County reopened Sunday, nearly two weeks after a massive mudslide in Montecito closed the busy roadway. The highway, a key north-south route in California, was shut down after the roadway was covered by eight feet of mud and debris following the deadly Jan. 9 mudslide....