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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:



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Criminal Investigation Sought Into Nuclear Waste Handling At San Onofre (KPBS)

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.

Safety Concerns Mount As Edison Awaits NRC's OK To Bury Radioactive Waste (KPBS)

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 stabbed in El Cajon fight New Year’s eve (10 News)

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.


From guns to the board room: New California laws for 2019 (KCRA)

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.

Camp Fire: PG&E could be prosecuted for murder, attorney general says in filing  (Sacramento Bee)

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.

New year, new rules: California laws that will matter 2019 (Cal Matters)

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.

New California law allows some mentally ill offenders to get treatment, possibly get charges dropped  (Los Angeles Times)

…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.




Whatever, we'll just agree to disagree.


Do the facts bother you that much? Do the math, it's simple economics. Higher paying jobs equal higher cost of living for all consumers. I made that clear in my first comment. A quick Internet research will garner the facts I speak of, and what people such as myself (retired senior) deal with. No need to get snarky with me, thank you. Minimum wages were designed to be an introductory salary for young people entering the workplace, and entry level job positions. Blame the employer for not raising salaries commensurate to an employee's skills and length of time on the job. I have no issue with people surviving on a minimal wage. I lived through many rough years working for very low pay during my life, even homelessness. My answer to that - improve my skills, seek better paying jobs, work more than one job at a time, tighten my budget, etc. Have a better day...

Facts don't bother me, Grandpa, but it looks like they bother u

I'm barely affording my 1,000+ dollar rent right now.  I have to ask my dad for help some months.  Then I hae to factor in groceries, other bills, etc.  I probably have like $50 in my account right now.  A quick Google search will tell YOU the facts about what people trying to survive on minimum wage deal with financially.  Every comment I read from you is so out of touch with what the younger generation (us) deals with, it's unbelievable.

>My answer to that - improve my skills, seek better paying jobs, work more than one job at a time, tighten my budget, etc

Ah yeah sure lemme just go grab a job from the Job Tree without applying and going through an interview process, I'm sure that'll happen.  This is unbeliavable.  It's based on the outdated notion that minimum wage employees are lazy and aren't trying to better themselves and find better work so like...congrats on using stereotypes while trying to sound like the better person?

Again, just say you hate minimum wage employees trying to survive and go.

New 2019 laws for California & minimum wage

AB 1824 allows fines instead of citations for excessively loud exhaust systems on vehicles. No more 'fix it' tickets! About time. Now maybe the police will crack down on those who seem to enjoy sharing their noise with others, at least I hope so. Then again in El Cajon I doubt it. because the police don't appear to be effective at stopping the ones who blast their stereos with heavy bass that can be heard from blocks away. MINIMUM WAGE: Sounds like a good idea on the surface but, as most of us have noticed, the price of consumer products and services rise as well to cover the cost. Businesses certainly will not bear this extra burden. I've been seeing a continued rise in rent for many of us. I believe that could be directly tied in with the rise in minimum wage incomes, not just the usual rent increases we normally experience every year. These added financial burdens affect the poor more than anyone - retired seniors and disabled on fixed incomes in particular. Our COLA (cost of living) has never kept up with inflation, now the rise in minimum wage (eventually to $15 per hour) is adding to our woes.


Just admit you don't want minimum wage employees like myself to survive and go.