EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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January 31, 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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Tule Wind now producing electricity (San Diego Union-Tribune)

After 13 years of bureaucratic and legal battles, the Tule Wind Farm in a rugged area of San Diego’s East County is now producing electricity.

Protests to Continue in La Mesa After Police Body Slams Student (KPBS)

Students, community members and activists marched from Helix Charter High School to La Mesa Police Department headquarters Thursday to protest the actions of a police officer who twice slammed a handcuffed female student to the ground while arresting her last week at the University Avenue campus.

San Diego home price increases, once again, among highest in U.S. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego had the fourth highest price gains in the nation in November, said a key real estate index released Tuesday. The region’s home prices rose 7.4 percent in a year, said the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices.

Illegal Pot Shops Are Opening Faster Than San Diego County Can Shut Them Down (Voice of San Diego)

Currently, there are 14 active investigations in Spring Valley and Casa de Oro, according to the county. Four illegal dispensaries have been raided in the area in 2018. Two of those four dispensaries have already reopened. 

Medical examiner: Homeless deaths on the rise in San Diego County (iNewsSource)

Volunteers were out early Friday canvassing the streets, canyons and riverbanks as part of San Diego County’s annual homeless count. But one stat is already known: The number of homeless people dying in the county increased significantly in 2017, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Homeless man almost crushed after San Diego city workers scooped him up and tossed him in a garbage truck  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The shrieking came from inside the jumble of tents and bedding and personal belongings scooped off the street. Arms started flailing and the screams grew louder. In what can only be described as a jaw-dropping blunder, a homeless man scrambled his way out of a San Diego city trash truck and avoided being crushed to death by mere seconds.

Concerns about Santee housing boom (KNSD)

NBC 7's Audra Stafford reports on the addition of new homes in Santee, one of the few communities in San Diego that still has land to develop.

Lemon Grove man convicted on child pornography charges (Patch)

Dylan Heatherly, 34, of Lemon Grove, was convicted of child exploitation crimes…Heatherly and 12 co-conspirators located in different states worked together and with others to create a secure space on a video conferencing website where like-minded individuals could regularly live-stream videos of child pornography of prepubescent children, some as young as infants…

 

What is that mysterious foul smell at Lindo Lake? (CBS 8)

News 8 reached out to the San Diego County Parks and Recs Department. The department said it is working with several agencies, including the Air Pollution Control District and County Sanitation, to try and figure out what the problem is.

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Calif. murder suspect said to have trained with extremist hate group (MSN)

 

The California man accused of killing a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student earlier this month is an avowed neo-Nazi and a member of one of the most notorious extremist groups in the country…

 

‘Anything could happen’: Amid newsroom clashes, Los Angeles Times becomes its own story (Washington Post)

 

 The news has been frenetic lately for reporters at the Los Angeles Times. Massive wildfires swept a region just getting over a historic drought, followed by deadly mudslides, and then the explosive Turpin family child-abuse saga — a chain of events that tested the chops of the prizewinning newsroom. But some of the biggest news at the Times has been coming from within its downtown headquarters.

 

In California, Stockton Experiments With Guaranteed Basic Income (NPR)

The city of Stockton, Calif., plans to give its poorest residents $500 a month, no strings attached. It's the first U.S. city to guarantee a basic income. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs about the plan.

Why a California judge swiped left on Tinder's 30-or-older fees (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A California court ruled on Monday that the online dating app cannot charge older customers more on the belief they have more money than younger clients.