EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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December 20, 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

San Diego Has Fourth-Highest Homeless Population In The US (KPBS)

A report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says San Diego County ranks fourth among American urban areas for its number of homeless.

New GOP rules limit participation for House members under indictment, like Hunter (Sa Diego Union-Tribune)

New Republican party rules adopted last month for the incoming Congress are expected to block indicted members from committee work, sharply limiting the ability of Rep. Duncan Hunter to deliver specific benefits to his district — at least until his trial, experts say.

Vocal police critic taking over San Diego panel focused on law enforcement (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Councilwoman Monica Montgomery, a vocal critic of the city’s Police Department on issues such as racial profiling and violence against civilians, will lead the council’s law enforcement oversight panel next year. Montgomery, a liberal Democrat from southeastern San Diego who has worked as an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, replaces Republican Chris Cate of Mira Mesa as chairman of the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.

Kasparian ousted as union leader (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Following months of controversy and sexual harassment allegations, San Diego labor titan Mickey Kasparian lost his bid Friday for president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135.

La Mesa one step closer to COSTCO gas station (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The La Mesa City Council last week ratified a November approval by the city’s Design Review Board for a Costco fueling facility….

Sweetwater to be audited over potential fraud, state agency cites 'years of weak governance and leadership' (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The San Diego County Office of Education will order an audit of the Sweetwater Union High School District to find out whether the district committed financial fraud or misappropriation of funds. The county office announced the action less than an hour after state officials gave a scathing report...

San Diego-based Jack-in-the-Box looks into possibility of sale (10 News)

Jack in the Box Monday announced that it’s looking into the possibility of selling the company. The company claimed in a press release it’s exploring several options to “maximize shareholder value.”

STATE

California utility regulators failed to properly oversee water suppliers, state audit finds (San Diego Union-Tribune)

U-T - State utility regulators have not provided the public clear information about water-rate increases or made sure that suppliers notified customers about hearings related to those rate hikes, a new state audit has found. / The California Public Utilities Commission also failed to conduct audits of private water utilities as required by law, according to findings released Tuesday by the California State Auditor.

State utility regulators delayed implementing 2016 law aimed at preventing wildfires  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

U-T - More than two years after the legislation was enacted, state regulators have yet to direct issue directives for the utilities to write the plans, let alone discuss or examine them for compliance

California bus agencies ordered to make fleets emission-free (San Francisco Chronicle)

The days when urban life in California involved regular inhalations of diesel smoke from rumbling buses will soon be history after the California Air Resources Board ordered transit agencies to make their fleets entirely emission-free within two decades

A million California buildings face wildfire risk. (Los Angeles Times)

A new analysis by the Los Angeles Times found that there are 80,000 structures in parts of San Diego at the highest risk for wildfires. That’s the second most of any community next to Los Angeles...