EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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March 28,  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

NRC fines Southern California Edison $116,000 for nuclear canister incident at San Onofre (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission hit Southern California Edison on Monday with $116,000 in civil penalties following an incident last August in which a 50-ton canister filled with nuclear waste was left suspended for 45 minutes about 18 feet off the floor of a storage cavity at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. In addition, the NRC revealed that Edison officials last week began inspecting via remote video a “representative sample” of canisters already lowered…NRC officials said they will not give Edison the OK to resume transferring more canisters until the inspection data have been analyzed.

Faulconer proposes new law to ban living in vehicles (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 

Faced with a flood of homeless people living in cars near the beach, San Diego officials said Monday they are pursuing a new law that would restore the city’s ability to prohibit such behavior…. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the city will also double its number of “safe” parking lots, from two to four, so that unsheltered people forced to live in vehicles have someplace to go at night.

Feds take down alleged gang drug ring that sold dangerous carfentanil (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Three people overdosed, including one who died, after taking counterfeit pills laced with the extra-potent derivative of fentanyl

Local Democrats, Republicans react to Mueller report (KPBS)

Local officials were beginning to react to the news that Attorney General William Barr had submitted to Congress his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation of President Donald Trump.  In a four-page letter, Barr told Congress the special counsel had come to the conclusion that the Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with the Russian government's election interference in the 2016 election. However, Barr quoted the report as saying "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Four Men Accuse San Diego Unified Trustee Kevin Beiser of Sexual Misconduct, Abuse (Voice of San Diego)

Four men say they were groped, harassed or assaulted by San Diego Unified Trustee Kevin Beiser. One of them this week filed a lawsuit against Beiser, alleging sexual harassment and assault.

A Local Water Board Paid an Employee Not to Work There. Now He’s on the Board. (Voice of SD)

Five years ago, the Sweetwater Authority paid one of its engineers $175,000 to drop a lawsuit against the water district if he agreed to never work there again. Now, the engineer, Hector Martinez, is one of seven board members in charge of running the district.

VOSD Podcast Live: Transit San Diegans Might Actually Use (Voice of San Diego)

At our live podcast taping at the Whistle Stop Bar, hosts Scott Lewis, Andrew Keatts and Sara Libby were joined by Hasan Ikhrata, the new executive director of SANDAG, and Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign.

STATE

California voters could be asked to impose an estate tax, replacing the one Trump loosened (Los Angeles Times)

California voters would consider a state-mandated tax on the assets of wealthy residents, one that could generate as much as $1 billion a year for low-income families, under legislation introduced in the state Legislature on Tuesday.

Nearly 1,000 acre of redwood forests preserved in $11 million deal (San Jose Mercury-News)

Environmentalists are joining forces with loggers in an $11.7 million deal to preserve two large redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Together, the forests cover 937 acres, an area the size of 710 football fields.

School accountability good for some, not others? (CAL matters)

If it’s good policy to hold community colleges and charter schools accountable for how well their students are being educated, why do we continue to shield the state’s immense K-12 public school system from such accountability?