EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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August 8, 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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East County woman loses hundreds in pet scam (10 News)

The BBB said pets are the top online scam…. Moon searched online and found a website that advertised pure Maine Coone cats… Team 10 found the website on petscams.com, a site that bills itself as a pet watchdog website.

Lemon Grove residents working on sales tax measure for city  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A group of concerned Lemon Grove residents are trying to help dig the city out of a deep financial hole. Former Lemon Grove City Councilman George Gastil and five other residents are the drivers behind a citizen-led effort to put a three-quarter-cent sales tax measure on the March 2020 election ballot.

As San Diego increases use of streetlight cameras, ACLU raises surveillance concerns (Los Angeles Times)

Privacy groups call on elected officials to put surveillance protections in place, warn about the potential for hacking and internal abuses.

Navy sailor acquitted in deadly East County love triangle trial (Patch)

A Navy petty officer who fatally stabbed his girlfriend's estranged husband after being caught in bed with the victim's wife is a free man.

Can new homes on the edge of San Diego stop wildfires? (Desert Sun)

Since 1910 at least 17 wildfires have burned within Proctor Valley, most recently the 2007 Harris Fire. That's one fire every five to seven years on average. Fire agencies have given the valley a “very high” fire risk designation. It is flanked by two mountaintops with an "extreme" fire risk designation…But neither the risk designation, nor the history of blazes has dissuaded a developer, with the help from the optimistic local fire chief [Cal Fire/County Fire Chief Tony Mecham]  from pushing the urban-wildland boundary into Proctor Valley.

Video: Female duo raids La Mesa house as owner watches on doorbell cam (10 News)

…If you recognize the female duo in the video, call the San Diego Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

San Diego Explained: An Earthquake Could Impact San Diego's Water Supply (Voice of San Diego)  

On this week's San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego's Ry Rivard and NBC 7's Catherine Garcia lay out three worst-case scenarios that could affect San Diego's water supply when an earthquake hits.

3 hurt, 2 killed in Leucadia cliff collapse: Sheriff (NBC 7)

Three people were killed and two others were injured when a cliff collapsed feet away from a lifeguard tower at a beach in Leucadia, California, Friday afternoon, officials confirmed…Given the apparent natural instability, beachgoers should avoid areas near or under the bluffs and keep a recommended safe distance of 25 to 40 feet away.



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States sue Trump administration over fuel economy penalties (Associated Press)

 The lawsuit came a week after four major automakers announced a deal with California to toughen standards for gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement involving Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen bypasses the Trump administration’s push to relax mileage standards nationwide.

Calif.’s new law requiring candidates’ tax returns appears unconstitutional — or does it?  (San Francisco Chronicle)

California’s new law requiring presidential primary candidates to release five years of tax returns might not survive long enough to keep President Trump off the state’s ballot in March.

What is a ‘California Indian tribe’? How a proposed law unearthed a decades-old wound (Sacramento Bee)

Current custom allows California tribes some authority in handling their ancestors’ remains. A bipartisan-backed bill being considered in the state Legislature was introduced to strengthen that jurisdiction by handing them more power during repatriation discussions with state agencies. But because California has more than one legal definition for “tribe,” the original language of Assembly Bill 275 excluded native peoples like the Winnemem Wintu… There are only 109 federally recognized tribes in California, with another 55 without the status…