EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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June 27, 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 considering changes on street where teenager was hit by car and killed (San Diego Union-Tribune)

City and school officials in Lemon Grove are exploring ways to improve safety along San Miguel Avenue following the death last month of 13-year-old Trevon Harris.

La Mesa looking at $51.7 million budget for next fiscal year (San Diego Union-Tribune)

La Mesa is proposing to spend $51.7 million in the next fiscal year and $53.1 million in 2020-21, but revenues will fall short both years, Director of Finance Sarah Waller-Bullock told the City Council during a workshop earlier this month. To compensate for the shortfall, the city will need to tap its reserves to close the gap in its general fund spending, she said. 

Border apprehensions: looking to the past to understand the current spike in illegal crossings (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Just two years after apprehensions reached a historic low, immigration arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border rocketed to a 13-year high last month. But today’s migration trends look quite different from what they were in 2006, the last time numbers were this high.  

Trump: San Diego  mayor thanked me for the wall. Mayor: I did not. (Voice of San Diego)

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and President Donald Trump have very different memories of their discussion at the White House.

Former KUSI anchor sues station for $10 million (CBS)

Former KUSI News anchor Sandra Maas on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming gender discrimination. According to the lawsuit, Maas' male counterpart was paid more than $90,000 than she did. 

Real men at Wilson Middle School, SDSU, El Cajon City Council (San Diego Reader)

It’s early Friday morning in City Heights. Nearly 30 boys flock to Wilson Middle School an hour before school starts to spend time with their mentor Roosevelt Johnson…It’s time for “Man Up,” a weekly school club Johnson founded eight years ago when he noticed an alarming number of boys were failing to graduate.

STATE

What to do if your wildfire insurance gets dropped (10 News)

Following several years of record-breaking fires around California, the state’s department of insurance is letting residents know they have options if their insurance gets dropped.  

Avian incident’ knocks out 84% of massive California solar farm (Los Angeles Times)

An “avian incident” sparked a fire at one of California’s biggest solar farms, affecting 1,200 acres and knocking out 84% of the California Valley Solar Ranch’s generating capacity.

Audit says CSU stashed away $1.5 billion and raised tuition (AP and KGTV) 

California's state auditor says the California State University system kept $1.5 billion in discretionary reserves while raising tuition at its 23 campuses and lobbying the Legislature for more funds. 

California utility PG&E to pay $1 billion to local governments for a series of wildfires (CNN)

A utility blamed for igniting deadly wildfires that killed dozens in California has agreed to pay $1 billion in damages to local governments for blazes linked to its power lines, poles and other equipment. Pacific Gas and Electric will pay the funds to more than a dozen state public entities for losses from the deadly blazes sparked by its equipment.

California vaccine bill undergoes major changes, wins support of Newsom, a former critic (Los Angeles Times)

 A key California lawmaker has amended contentious vaccine legislation amid a national measles outbreak, sharpening its focus on unscrupulous doctors while easing the list of medical conditions that physicians could cite in allowing schoolchildren to skip required immunizations.