EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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July 10, 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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San Diego County supervisors weigh a new way for the public to vote (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 Instead of neighborhood polling places, voters in a pilot program may mail in or drop off votes at “vote centers” that open multiple days before an election. 

Public Advocacy Lawyer Cory Briggs Announces Candidacy for San Diego City Attorney (Times of San Diego)

Public advocacy lawyer Cory Briggs announced Monday that he will challenge incumbent Mara Elliott for the San Diego City Attorney post in 2020.

Campo family, community mourn recent graduate killed in crash (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Brianna Meeks, a 17-year-old former cheerleader at Mountain Empire High School in rural East County, graduated on a Thursday in mid June. Just more than two weeks later, she was killed in a two-vehicle crash about a mile from her home.

Politics report: More on the email subject line that jolted the mayor’s race (Voice of San Diego)

The big local political story of the week is probably the big political story of the decade for local Democrats. Housing. Housing. Housing. As Democrats ascend to dominance in local public affairs, they will hardly be unified. And this week, some of the cracks in the coalition blew up with just one sentence from mayoral aspirant and San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry. “They’re coming for our homes.”

San Diego's Quake Risk Is Big, But Not 'Big One' Big (Voice of San Diego)

Everything you ever wanted to know about our shaky past and future.

Local Water Providers Have Racked Up Dozens of Violations (Voice of San Diego)

Regulators have issued dozens of water-quality citations to over 100 different San Diego water providers in the past five years, according to state and county records. Most violations were issued to small districts, which can have a harder time maintaining and upgrading equipment.

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California earthquakes left a crack in in the earth so big, it can be seen from space (USA Today)

The two massive earthquakes that rocked Southern California last week, not only damaged roads and sparked fires, but also left a fissure in the Earth so large it could be seen from space.

California’s not enforcing wildfire-prevention rules for homeowners, leaving tens of thousands of properties vulnerable to big blazes (San Diego Union-Tribune) 

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection rarely issues citations to residents who fail to maintain defensible space landscaping as required by state law 

New CA rules for deadly police force go to governor’s desk (Calmatters)

New standards passed by California lawmakers will let police fire their guns only “when necessary in defense of human life.” 

Amid fears of mass deportation of immigrants, State Bar warns of potential legal fraud (Sacramento Bee)

 If you’re looking for legal representation, make sure you’re not being scammed, the State Bar of California warns. The State Bar issued a news release Wednesday warning immigrants of potential legal fraud amid fears of mass family deportation.