EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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April 11, 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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LOCAL

Preserving old, low-rent apartments could play key role in solving San Diego’s housing crisis (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A new battleground is emerging in San Diego’s housing crisis: the need to preserve thousands of older apartments with subsidized rent restrictions that will expire in the next five years. [note: this includes many in East County]

Student awarded $7 million in lawsuit for football brain injury (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Grossmont Union High School District has agreed to pay a former student football player and his family $7.1 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged the boy has permanent brain damage because the coaching staff did not recognize he had a concussion after a game.

New Grossmont clinic aims to take pressure off region's busiest ER (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Equipped with 14 exam rooms, the 6,500-square-foot clinic had a soft opening last week and is set to swing into full operation after a grand-opening ceremony Tuesday.

Roadwork aims to improve SR-67 safety (Ramona Sentinel)

Two car lanes on southbound state Route 67 from Archie Moore Road to the Cal Fire station are being reduced to one lane to widen the adjacent shoulder as part of $1.5 million in projects intended to make the highway safer. Although a dedicated bike lane is not currently planned at that location, the lane reduction by Caltrans is designed to give bicyclists more space to maneuver around cars parked near Mt. Woodson.

City bets millions of dollars on plans to turn skydiving center into homeless hub (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The City of San Diego spent $7 million to purchase of a former indoor skydiving building that will be converted to a one-stop center for homeless people near Petco Park in downtown San Diego.

Sheriff Gore said he considered firing his rival for office, but thought It would look bad (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Tensions between San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore and the deputy trying to take over his job — Cmdr. Dave Myers — are heightening, with the incumbent saying he’d like his challenger gone.

La Mesa police officers to start testing body-worn cams in May (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Officer-worn body cameras are coming to the La Mesa Police Department. The department expects to start trying three brands of cameras by the end of next month.

It's Time for the San Diego Democratic Party's Ideals to Match Its Actions (Voice of San Diego)

Voice of SD - a group of 30 Democratic women are putting their party’s leadership “on notice” that the continued excusing of sexual misconduct for politically expedient reasons won’t be tolerated. 

Sempra shuffles executives amid president and CEO retirement (San Diego Union-Tribune)

With longtime chairman and chief executive Debra Reed retiring, San Diego-based energy giant Sempra Energy on Tuesday announced several top-tier management appointments as part of its succession plan.

Gillespie Field advisory board chairman has airport-related financial interests (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The chairman of a council that advises the county about land use and other development matters at Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon has financial stakes in numerous businesses that operate within its jurisdiction, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest. Robert Dale Davison Jr., 64, of El Cajon, has served on the five-member Gillespie Field Development Council since he was appointed in 2011.

Rare photo of 3 mountain lions sparking excitement (10 News)

A rare local photo showing three mountain lions in the wild is being called "encouraging."   The just-retrieved image of the cougars on an evening in late March was snapped by a wildlife camera run by the San Diego River Park foundation at its preserve near Julian.

Pet daycare known for rescue work closing up shop (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A beloved pet rescue and doggie daycare in East County that has been instrumental in finding homes for thousands of animals is closing its doors. Rebecca Stevens, who for more than a decade has run Four Paws Flying Pet Resort and Four Paws Rescue in Blossom Valley, is moving to Cody, Wyo., next week to take care of her elderly parents.

Supervisors call for bleeding control kits at county buildings and parks (East County Californian)

The response to recent mass shootings has included calls for controversial legislative change, but a less controversial response, in the event of shootings or other traumatic injury in San Diego County, was supported by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their March 27 meeting.

STATE

Is your lawyer a crook? The California State Bar may soon let you know (San Jose Mercury News)

What do you call up to 10 percent of lawyers in California? Convicted criminals. And that’s no rotten-lawyer joke. That’s the eye-popping new estimate by the agency that licenses them.

The missing billions spent on gasoline in California each year (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Between $3 billion to $4 billion that is unaccounted. And here’s the kicker: A state committee that looked into the price discrepancy and turned in its report to the California Energy Commission last fall did not come up with a firm explanation. 

Southern California water agency backs 2 Delta tunnels in breakthrough vote  (Sacramento Bee)

In a historic decision, the wealthy Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to take a majority stake in the $16.7 billion twin-tunnels project.

California wineries brace for bottle shock as US-China trade war escalates (KQED)

All week, the United States and China have been going back forth, threatening to impose tariffs on each other's goods. Friday morning, the trade war escalated once again, with China saying it was ready to strike back "forcefully" at the new U.S. tariffs. Among the products that could feel the burn of a 25 percent tax in China are California exports, including fruits and wine.

Weber bill would limit when police can legally kill (Voice of San Diego)

… Under Weber’s bill, deadly force would be justified only if the officer was in imminent danger of bodily harm or death, and if there was no reasonable alternative, like verbal warnings or non-lethal de-escalation tactics. A shooting would not be considered justified if an officer’s negligence contributed to the circumstances that led to the shooting.

Confusion over ‘independent’ voters in California prompts redesign of voter registration card (Los Angeles Times)

The card millions of Californians use to register to vote is receiving its first makeover in more than a decade, inspired in part by confusion over how to become an "independent" unaffiliated voter — a problem highlighted by a Los Angeles Times investigation in 2016….For those who want to remain unaffiliated, the card now gives them a box to check next to a new selection, "No Party/None.“ That might help voters see the distinction missed by some in earlier versions between being an "independent" voter and selecting the American Independent Party — a conservative political group…