January 3, 2019 (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:
- Criminal Investigation Sought Into Nuclear Waste Handling At San Onofre (KPBS)
- Safety Concerns Mount As Edison Awaits NRC's OK To Bury Radioactive Waste (KPBS)
- Fletcher prioritizes mental health, housing and asylum issue as he joins Board of Supervisors (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Three stabbed in El Cajon fight New Year’s eve (10 News)
- 150 migrants rush U.S. border, are met with tear gas from agents who say they were throwing rocks (San Diego-Union-Tribune)
- From guns to the board room: New California laws for 2019 (KCRA)
- Camp Fire: PG&E could be prosecuted for murder, attorney general says in filing (Sacramento Bee)
- New year, new rules: California laws that will matter 2019 (Cal Matters)
- New California law allows some mentally ill offenders to get treatment, possibly get charges dropped (Los Angeles Times)
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A San Diego attorney wants the FBI to determine whether Southern California Edison’s handling of nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear power plant went beyond violations and merits a criminal investigation. Edison is already under investigation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Southern California Edison wants to resume burying nuclear waste at San Onofre in January. But, as more details emerge about the near-miss accident at the plant last summer, opposition is mounting, and it’s not just from anti-nuclear activists.
Fletcher prioritizes mental health, housing and asylum issue as he joins Board of Supervisors (San Diego Union-Tribune)
At a very young age, Nathan Fletcher learned about the spirit of service. His mother, whom he credits as the most influential person in his life, was a crime victims’ advocate who dedicated herself to running shelters helping battered women and children. “It was this notion that you have some obligation...
Three people were taken to the hospital after an altercation led to a stabbing in El Cajon on New Year’s Eve. According to police, the stabbing happened around 10:15 p.m. on the 1200 block of El Cajon Boulevard near the Roadway Inn and Suites.
150 migrants rush U.S. border, are met with tear gas from agents who say they were throwing rocks (San Diego-Union-Tribune)
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents said the group was attempting to climb over and under the San Diego border fence. When agents and officers responded, about 45 migrants turned back to Mexico, according to the agency.
The new year brings a whole slate of new laws to California, ranging from responses to the #MeToo movement, to police transparency, to street vendors.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. could be prosecuted for murder, manslaughter or lesser criminal charges if investigators determine that “reckless operation” of its power equipment caused any of Northern California’s deadly wildfires in the past two years…Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in an opinion submitted to a federal judge overseeing the criminal case following PG&E’s fatal 2010 natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, outlined a variety of scenarios under which the embattled utility could face criminal charges in the Camp Fire or other deadly blazes since 2017.
One thousand sixteen aspects of California life evidently needed fixing in 2018. That’s the number of bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last year. Most take effect today. Many are narrow, affecting interests that pushed for them. Some are sweeping, such as those that dealt with wildfire and climate change. A few directly affect you, though, and we’ve made them the focus of the first New Laws edition of WhatMatters.
…The law is intended to steer people with mental health conditions into treatment and away from jail or prison. It gives judges discretion to order defendants into a pretrial diversion program for treatment instead of prosecution. If the person’s mental health treatment is ultimately deemed successful — the diversion can last up to two years — then all charges will be dropped. If at any time the judge determines the treatment isn’t working, the criminal case can start again.