EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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January 24, 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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LOCAL

Lemon Grove picks S.Broadway as spot for future emergency shelter (San Diego Union-Tribune)

For the time being, Lemon Grove will not be building an emergency shelter for its homeless population — a group that totals about 60 persons, according to last year’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless Point-in-Time count. But the city has zeroed in on a specific area where a shelter could be built if an entity decided to construct one.

Social-justice activist announces bid to challenge Rep. Vargas (San Diego Union-Tribune)

On what would have been her late mother’s 51st birthday, social-justice activist Aeiramique Glass Blake announced that she would challenge Rep. Juan Vargas in next year’s election for California’s 51st District congressional seat. The campaign announcement, which came in a four-minute video posted Thursday on social media, emphasizes Blake’s record of fighting for vulnerable populations across San Diego County and beyond.

Bird, Lime sued by disability rights activists who claim obstructed sidewalks (ArsTechnica)

A disability rights group has sued the City of San Diego and three companies—including e-scooter startups Bird and Lime—over alleged violations of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act and other related state laws. The new proposed class-action lawsuit, Montoya et al v. City of San Diego et al, claims that the city has been derelict in its duty to keep city sidewalks, ramps, crosswalks, and curbs free of errant scooters, which in many cases can be significant hazards to people with physical disabilities.

Man admits to attempted murder (The Alpine Sun)

A Dulzura man pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to three counts of pre­meditated attempted murder in the poisoning of his wife who is a former teacher at Campo El­ementary School. Race Remington Uto, 28, is ex­pected to receive a prison term of 21 years to life…Brigida Uto, 28, became ill in Sept., 2017 with persistent nau­sea and vomiting, but the cause was not properly diagnosed initially, according to court records.

Gov. Newsom reverses parole for San Diego cop killer (Times of San Diego)

Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed a decision to grant parole to a gang member who was a teenager when he shot and killed a San Diego police officer in 1978, San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Wednesday.Stephan had urged Newsom to reverse the state Parole Board‘s decision of last August, saying Jesus Cecena’s parole would jeopardize public safety because he minimized the true execution nature of his killing.

STATE

New Ruling Could Upend Cases Where Poor Litigants Were Denied a Court Reporter (Voice of San Diego)

This week, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that cases where poor parties were not given access to a court reporter could be overturned on that basis alone. That could upend decisions in potentially hundreds of local civil cases.

Judge says uninsulated power conductors caused California fires (NBC)

A federal court in San Francisco tentatively found that equipment owned by Northern California utility Pacific Gas and Electric was "the single most recurring cause" in deadly wildfires that have plagued the state since 2017.

PG&E’s other big problem: Regulators detail gas record falsification claims (San Francisco Chronicle)

 About a decade ago, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. allowed a dangerous trend to take hold: Its workers repeatedly filed false records about the company’s response to excavators who were trying to avoid striking underground pipelines, regulators say