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April 19, 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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Physician-turned-entrepreneur begins work on new patients: Union-Tribune and L.A. Times (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Growing up in apartheid South Africa, the son of Chinese immigrants, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong got his information and entertainment from daily newspapers. Television was banned in that country until he was 23.

Steady progress on creating campus to unite generations (Ramona Sentinel)

Like pieces of a puzzle coming together, disparate elements of an intergenerational campus are beginning to fall into place starting with imminent prospects for acquiring a critical piece of property in the heart of Ramona.

Former NMA Head, Barred From Leading Group, Complains of ‘Iraqi Style Coupe d’etat’ (Voice of San Diego)

Five months after a Superior Court judge excoriated the Neighborhood Market Association’s longtime leader, Mark Arabo, the case to determine the future of the influential trade group hasn’t calmed down at all.

Family of Mentally Ill Man Files Wrongful Death Claim With San Diego County (NBC)

Silva was schizophrenic but was not on his prescribed medication when his mother called law enforcement authorities to have him taken to a medical facility for treatment … Instead, the family and their attorney said Silva was taken to the Central Jail…. Deputies used a stun gun on Silva four times while he was in custody… Silva's family's attorneys said Silva suffered a cardiac arrest while in custody..Silva was hospitalized in a coma for weeks before the decision was made by the family to remove life support. 

From deported vet to U.S. citizen (Voice of San Diego)

Both local and national media outlets descended on downtown San Diego Friday to hear from Hector Barajas — a once-deported Army veteran who was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.


California has eight of ten most polluted cities in U..S.  (USA Today)

The Los Angeles/Long Beach area took the dubious distinction of being the nation's most ozone-polluted city as it has for nearly the entire 19-year history of the report…Other California cities on the list include Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego…“Near record-setting heat from our changing climate has resulted in dangerous levels of ozone in many cities across the country, making ozone an urgent health threat for millions of Americans,” Lung Association president and CEO Harold P. Wimmer said.

Nearly 1 million signatures filed for initiative to strike Prop. 13’s ‘moving penalty  (Orange County Register)

If approved, the Prop. 13 “portability” measure would allow homeowners who are 55 or older to take their low property tax base with them after selling their home and buying a new home anywhere in the state. There would be no limit on how many times they can use the provision and no limit on home prices (although buying a more expensive home would result in a slightly higher “blended” tax assessment).

Is California too big? Voters may get chance to split Golden State into three (San Jose Mercury-News)

 Should there be three Californias instead of just one? You may soon have a chance to decide. A Bay Area venture capitalist backing a ballot measure to divide California into three states said Thursday it has received more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Change in law allows pooling of tips in California, aiding cooks, dishwashers (San Francisco Chronicle)

A new law may save tipping as we know it, thanks to a rider slipped into the 2018 federal budget that changes how restaurants in California can pool servers’ tips. The seemingly wonky change may have major ramifications for how cooks and waiters are paid — and how diners settle up their bills.

Jerry Brown says there’s no massive wave of migrants coming into California.  Is he right? (Politifact)

"Here are the facts: there is no massive wave of migrants pouring into California. Overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they’ve been in nearly 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California)."  Jerry Brown on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 in a letter to the Trump administration