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November 1, 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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Republican Duncan Hunter facing new fraud charges as election looms (RawStory)

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is facing a new round of election fraud charges over filing forms that claimed he didn’t know where members of his own extended family work, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The Federal Elections Commission requires political campaigns to document a donor’s employer and occupation. However, Hunter’s campaign claims it “did not know — and was unable to find out” that information for more than a dozen people, including Hunter’s own uncle, James H. Hunter of Idaho.

What happens if Duncan Hunter wins reelection and is convicted? It could depend on who's in charge (San Diego Union-Tribune)

If Hunter wins reelection and is subsequently convicted, there is no constitutional provision or House rule that explicitly requires him to lose his seat, even if he is imprisoned and unable to vote on behalf of his district. Whether he would be pressured to resign could largely depend on which party comes out on top in congressional elections.

Your Biggest Questions About San Diego’s Decision to Start a CCA, Answered (Voice of San Diego)

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants the city to begin buying and selling electricity for city residents. But creating a government-run power agency won’t be easy or without some risk.

Rent control could be coming to California. Do old arguments apply? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego is not exactly a paradise for renters. Nearly six in 10 San Diegans pay one-third or more of their income in rent, making the area the fourth most cost-burdened out of 500 metro areas. Average asking rent here is $1,784 a month, a 25 percent increase from just four years ago.

Trapped In Tijuana: US Asks Asylum-Seekers To Wait Amid Record Homicides (KPBS)

President Trump is urging a “migrant caravan” to apply for asylum in Mexico rather than in the U.S., as homicides there reach an all-time high. KPBS looks at the asylum-seekers already stuck in Tijuana, waiting for their turn to enter the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Most Major Donors to San Diego Unified Bond Campaigns Win Big Contracts  (Voice of San Diego)

Eighty percent of the construction companies that donated $5,000 or more to pro-bond campaign groups in the last seven years received contracts with the San Diego Unified School District….


What you need to know before the midterm election (Los Angeles Times)

How many midterm races are actually competitive? Which polls should you trust? And why is California so important this year? Read on.

How California has become a national battleground for rent control as money flows in from landlords Los Angeles Times)

For some of California’s largest real estate investors, the fight over an initiative to expand rent control goes beyond the state’s borders. They’ve opened their wallets to prove it. Eight of California’s top owners of apartment buildings and their related business entities have donated nearly half of the $74 million raised to defeat Proposition 10, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of state campaign finance data.

Democratic state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra and Republican challenger Steven Bailey discuss the issues facing California  (Los Angeles Times)

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has become a prolific litigant against the policies of Republican President Trump, suing the administration 44 times since the Democrat was appointed as the state’s top lawyer nearly two years ago.

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