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July 18, 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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Lake Murray burglary calls new gun law into question (KUSI)

A burglar who attacked and stabbed a Lake Murray man today during an early-morning confrontation in the victim’s house was fatally shot moments later by the wounded homeowner’s adult son, according to San Diego police. This particular case is leading people to question the logic of the San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliot’s new law that would require gun owners to safely store their guns in either a safe or with a trigger device when not in use.

Iowa Couple Arrested in San Diego for Smuggling and Allegedly Abusing Migrant Girl From Guatemala (NBC)

An Iowa woman and her husband were arrested in San Diego Wednesday on accusations they helped smuggle Guatemalan citizens into the U.S. and harbored them illegally ... Federal court documents tell the story of an undocumented Guatemalan refugee girl who claims the suspects locked her in a room…She claimed the suspect raped her repeatedly. The alleged assault happened just days after the girl and her father were released from an overcrowded ICE detention center in El Paso, Texas and flown to the defendants’ Iowa home.

Former fraud investigator calls on AG to investigate DA’s office over Rodriguez investigation (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Ramona resident David Sossaman sent a letter to the Attorney General’s Office in San Diego, asking that office to open an investigation in to conduct by former Assistant District Attorney Jesse Rodriguez.

Changes to operation of Sweetwater Authority raise some concerns (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A series of changes related to the operations of the Sweetwater Authority has given rise to concerns that the South Bay water agency’s governing board has ceded too much power to the general manager and diminished transparency.

Local Congolese family pleads with ICE to release detained father (10 News)

A local family is desperately pleading to individual ICE officials to let them see their patriarch for the first time in 19 months. The Bakala family is seeking asylum after they say they barely escaped death in the Republic of Congo


Ridgecrest earthquake aftershocks move toward dangerous faults, sparking concerns of triggered temblors (Los Angeles Times)

Aftershocks of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Ridgecrest have been creeping into areas close to two major earthquake faults, a development that is generating interest and some concern among seismologists over whether it could trigger another huge temblor.

The Ahwahnee is back: Yosemite reclaims historic names in trademark settlement (Sacramento Bee)

Yosemite National Park will get the historic names of its properties back in a civil lawsuit settlement reached between the National Park Service and Yosemite’s former concessionaire, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite. Place names to be restored include the Ahwahnee Hotel, Curry Village, the Wawona Hotel, and Badger Pass Ski Area, Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman said.

California’s coast is disappearing, and the debate over what to do about it is in full swing (Los Angeles Times)

Even as quakes, wildfires and drought have taken up most of our focus, the slow-moving disaster of rising seas has paralyzed Californians, and left us with “both too much and not enough time” to act, as environment reporter Rosanna Xia wrote in a special report examining sea level rise and the future of California’s disappearing coastline. The report, read by more than half a million people since it was published online and in print on Sunday, laid out our limited options in a future where certain areas of California will almost certainly be submerged.

State May Push Cities And Counties To Draw 'Fairer' Districts (CapRadio)

The Supreme Court has given lawmakers the greenlight to gerrymander, but two California bills could drive the state even further in the other direction.

Report: PG&E Ignored Repairs On Aging Power Lines (CapRadio)

A report released Wednesday says that Pacific Gas & Electric knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them


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