EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 12, 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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Second medical marijuana dispensary heads to Lemon Grove (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Lemon Grove will have a second medical marijuana dispensary on Federal Boulevard. The Lemon Grove City Council last week voted 4-0 to grant a conditional-use permit to Federal and College Group, Inc., headed by applicant Nidia Castaneda, to open a yet-to-be named collective at 6859 Federal Blvd.

County pushes more density in rural San Diego (Reader)

Persuasion meetings in Valley Center, Lakeside, El Cajon.

Amazon to Expand San Diego Tech Hub, Create 300 More Jobs (NBC 7)

Amazon is opening a new 85,000 square-foot office building in San Diego's University City with the ability to provide more than 300 new technology jobs in the area, the e-commerce giant announced Wednesday. 

Water officials take records dispute to state Supreme Court (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The petition from the San Diego County Water Authority, which represents two dozen water systems in the region, is specifically asking the state Supreme Court to resolve two questions raised by the Los Angeles water district’s legal maneuvers.  

State Sues Feds to Stop Renegade Sewage Flows (KPBS)

The state of California joined a list of public and private agencies that have sued the federal government over persistent renegade sewage flows in the Tijuana River Valley. (KPBS)

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Many California marijuana products failing safety tests ABC News)

Nearly 20 percent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1

At Jerry Brown's climate summit, one deadline will overshadow all the others (Los Angeles Times)

 The political leaders coming from around the world for Gov. Jerry Brown’s climate action summit this week will grapple with a lot of urgent deadlines to drive down emissions, but one date is especially exasperating. It is 2035 — the year advocates aim to kill off production of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.

You can get a job at Caltrans in two days. It still has 1,100 openings. (Sacramento Bee)

Motivated by a wave of retirements and an urgency to fill new positions created by the state’s gas tax increase, Caltrans devised a bureaucracy-defying human resources program that let it bring on hundreds of new employees at a time during hiring events.

California’s succulent smugglers: plant poachers seed Asia’s desire for dudleya (S. China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post - The current craze for hardy succulents, which started in South Korea and spread to China, has resulted in organised gangs stripping the US state of a plant crucial to its fragile coastal ecosystem