EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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April 4, 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 average rent up to $1,887, breaking record. Will it last? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The average rent in San Diego County hit a record $1,887 a month in March, increasing 8 percent in a year, said a new report released this week.

County Supe Candidates, Left and Right, Want to Spend County's Reserves (Voice of San Diego)

Candidates to replace longtime County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who represents much of the city of San Diego, want to bolster county spending on homelessness and housing… Each of the five candidates hoping to represent the district that covers much of the city of San Diego pledges to encourage future colleagues to dip into the county’s $2 billion reserve.

Braving the heavy rain on Saturday night, Mar. 10, the community of Lakeside came together in large number at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds to support the inaugural St. Patrick’s fundraising dinner organized by the Lakeside Friends of the Library … Following the generous donation of $50,000 made by the Rise City Church on Christmas last year, the library needed just a little more support to meet its goal of raising $100,000 as a community contribution to the county funded project to build a new library in town.

Report Casts Serious Doubt on SDG&E’s Green Power Plan (Voice of San Diego)

A city-funded review by an outside consultant found SDG&E’s offer to provide city customers with 100 percent green power “gives little or no information about the approach, costs or risks,” and may threaten the city’s ambitious plans to fight climate change… Right now, the power company is scrambling to maintain its monopoly.

This Easter, San Diego churches see a stronger commitment to a shrinking pool of refugees (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Even as Washington moves to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., churches, temples and synagogues in San Diego and across the nation are seeing growing support for foreigners who seek shelter here. That’s true even among white evangelical Christians, despite some polls showing this group strongly opposed to welcoming refugees.

San Diego receives additional $250M in border fence funding (San Diego Union-Tribune)

… The San Diego funds will replace 14 miles of secondary fencing, steel mesh topped in some places with razor wire that runs, with some gaps, from Border Field State Park to Trump’s border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa.

Suspect in San Bruno shooting lived in San Diego, a vegan and animal-rights activist with complaints about YouTube (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Authorities served a search warrant Wednesday morning at an apartment complex in 4S Ranch, the last residence of a San Diego woman who opened fire at YouTube headquarters in Northern California a day earlier, wounding three people.

Mountain lion spotted on road in San Carlos (CBS 8)

Residents in one East county neighborhood are on high alert after a mountain lion sighting, and it was all caught on camera. Mike Johanning was driving home from dinner around 11:30 Thursday night in San Carlos when he got quite the surprise. 

Proposed housing project near Pala casino faces stiff opposition from tribe (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Late this summer, a proposal to build 780 homes just north of state Route 76 and across the highway from the Pala Casino Resort & Spa will go before county planners and ultimately the Board of Supervisors for approval…The developer, Ali Shapouri, has been working on the plans for his Warner Ranch project for 13 years …

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Judge threatens to bar O.C. from enforcing anti-camping laws if it can't shelter homeless (LA Times)

The political crisis over homelessness in Orange County approached a crucial moment Tuesday as a federal judge raised the prospect of barring local governments from enforcing anti-camping ordinances if officials cannot create temporary shelters for hundreds being swept out of tent cities.

Autopsy prompts more protests over killing of black man (Reuters)

About 200 people demonstrated in Sacramento on Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, in the latest of nearly two weeks of rallies since the unarmed black man was gunned down in his grandmother’s yard.… On Friday, an attorney for Clark’s family released a private autopsy showing most of the eight bullets that hit Clark struck him in the back, contradicting the police version of events.

Lawmakers again take aim at California’s tight lid on police shootings (Los Angeles Times)

After police killed an unarmed black man in Sacramento earlier this month, California legislators are poised to again try to loosen some of the nation's strictest prohibitions on the release of officer shooting and misconduct investigations.

Tech CEOs call for gun control following YouTube shooting (Reuters)

Several Silicon Valley leaders called for increased gun control on Tuesday afternoon after a woman at the headquarters of YouTube shot and wounded three people before taking her own life.

California High School Teacher on Leave After Questioning School Shooting Walkout (CBS13)

A Rocklin High School teacher is on paid administrative leave over her views about the national school walk out. The teacher says all she did was open up a debate about the politics of the protest in her classroom.

Father of YouTube shooter says he warned about daughter (Washington Post)

 Father of YouTube shooter says he warned police about daughter; authorities dispute statement.