EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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April 25, 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

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. On state-mandated disclosure forms, Davison has reported financial interests that are potentially affected by the council he serves on:

Art in the alley: murals liven up Lemon Grove businesses (San Diego Union-Tribune)

There is an alley in Lemon Grove you don’t want to avoid. Five street artists armed with dozens of cans of spray paint and buckets of paint have been working for several weeks to paint six walls and two electrical boxes behind a home health care business.

Local program gives much needed help to homeless (CBS 8)

Hundreds of homeless took advantage of an outreach program called Homeless Connect in El Cajon on Friday. The event offered services such as vaccinations and haircuts. In addition, participants were given access to housing and legal assistance, addiction services, showers, and medical care. The yearly event is organized by a group called Crisis House.

Daughter of former Lemon Grove mayor gets 4 years in prison for role in fentanyl ring (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A Lemon Grove native who owns a horse stable and once ran for city council was sentenced in San Diego federal court Monday to just over four years in prison for her role as a delivery driver in a fentanyl-trafficking ring.

San Diego County’s campaign finance data is hard to search. We’re here to help. (inewssource)

…The city’s system isn’t perfect, but it’s easier to search than the county’s. So inewssource has compiled the county’s e-filed reports into an easy-to-use searchable database that includes money raised and spent by campaigns since January 2017. inewssource will update it throughout the 2018 election season.  Search database: https://data.inewsource.org/interactives/follow-money-san-diego-county-elections/

County sues pension board for refusing to implement reduced benefits for new employees (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego County supervisors are going to court to fight for their plan to reduce retirement benefits for most new workers they will hire after July 1.

SDPD May Not Be Following State Law on License Plate Readers (Voice of San Diego)

According to periodic reviews of SDPD’s records in both 2016 and 2017, officers haven’t entered a reason for their search nearly half the time they’ve accessed the system.

Democrat Claimed Independent Status in Election Filings, but Records Show He Was a Republican (Intercept)

Democrat running to take on Republican Duncan Hunter for a San Diego congressional seat, certified to the California Secretary of State in his election filings that he has been an independent — known there as “no party preference” — since 2008. His filing shows he registered as a Democrat in 2016, four months before he announced his bid for Congress.

Alpine names honorary mayor: Alpine Sun publisher Tschida (San Diego Union-Tribune)

…Jennifer Tschida, associate publisher of The Alpine Sun newspaper, has been named the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Alpine. She will take over for Rose Signore, owner of the Postal Annex of Alpine. Tschida, who raised money during her campaign for research into a mitochondrial disease that kills children, was named the unincorporated community’s unofficial leader on April 10 at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast.

Jimmie Johnson has long career ahead to sell to sponsors (KNSD)

The statistics and history of NASCAR are clear: The twilight of his career has arrived and Jimmie Johnson's got to sell something besides winning.

STATE

Where candidate for California governor stand on universal healthcare (Sacramento Bee)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin, both liberal Democrats, are the only two to unequivocally voice support for creation of a single-payer health care system financed by California taxpayers and run by the government.

Bid to repeal rent control limits in California could be headed to ballot (San Francisco Chronicle)

Tenant-rights advocates say they have enough signatures to ask voters to repeal a 1990s law that sharply limits cities’ ability to impose residential rent control, potentially setting up a multimillion-dollar fight at the ballot box in November.

Groups claim thousands improperly removed from CA voting rolls (Public News Service)

On Wednesday, the "All of Us or None" coalition sent letters demanding restoration of voting rights to agencies in ten counties, including Butte, Contra Costa, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Clara, Solano, Tulare and Ventura.   Staff attorney Brittany Stonesifer with the group Legal Services for Prisoners with Children – part of the coalition – says the counties are failing to comply with a law that took effect in January 2017. It clarified that people sentenced to county jail or parole retain their voting rights – and only those currently in state prison or on state parole for felonies lose the franchise.

As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has had few duties — and he skipped many of them (Los Angeles Times)

LA Times - Newsom, now the front-runner in the governor's race, missed scores of meetings held by the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees and the California State Lands Commission, according to a Times review of attendance records.