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August 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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Schools Tied to A3 Charter School Scandal Will All Close (Voice of San Diego)


An online charter school empire whose leaders have been charged with enrolling fake students and misappropriating $80 million in public funds will be forced to close all of its schools across California…At its peak, A3 operated 19 online schools across the state, including three in San Diego, according to investigators. One closed before the charges were filed. And two more – one in San Diego and another in Los Angeles – were slated to close. But now a court-appointed receiver has decided to shutter all of the remaining schools.


County collects ideas for boosting agri-tourism (Ramona Sentinel)


Contributions toward creating rules for agricultural community events such as harvest festivals and wine lectures were made at an Aug. 14 workshop by about 50 people interested in furthering their agri-tourism activities. The meeting held in Ramona Library was the second of two public workshops to collect comments on revising the county zoning ordinance’s Agriculture Promotion Program adopted in San Diego County in 2017.


Ramona Man Mutters 'I Didn't Do It' as Judge Sentences Him for Killing Pregnant Woman on Mother's Day 2017 (NBC 7)


A Ramona man was sentenced Monday to 34 years to life in prison for his role in a hit-and-run crash two years ago that killed a pregnant woman in front of her sons and her husband. Jessica Foderingham, 29, was killed when her car was struck from behind in May 2017…Andrew Milonis, who was convicted of murder and hit-and-run charges, interrupted the hearing, muttering, "It wasn't me." 


Congolese Asylum-Seeker Reunited With Family After Almost Two Years Apart (KPBS)


An asylum-seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo was reunited with his family in San Diego on Sunday after almost two years in ICE detention. 




Jews praise Calif. education board's decision to rewrite curriculum (Jerusalem Post)


After initial draft release, there was a major outcry by Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, as well as several other minority groups over its bias Jewish and pro-Israel organizations have lauded a decision by the California State Board of Education’s to rewrite the initial draft of the Ethnic Studies curriculum. The board rejected the proposed draft to be taught in state schools, saying that it fell “short and needs to be substantially redesigned."  


Developments in disaster-prone areas means big bucks for builders, but can leave communities at risk (News 21)


…from coast to coast, homes continue to go up in floodplains and areas frequented by fire. An emboldened alliance of experts, environmentalists and concerned citizens is pushing back against business-as-usual development.…A recent report from Gov. Gavin Newsom said California should “deprioritize” new development in areas that burn. Three in four Californians now say the government should restrict development in high-risk areas, according to a Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll released in June. But no laws have been passed to keep homes out of harm’s way.


California Supreme Court backs greater access to police misconduct cases (Los Angeles Times)


California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies may disclose to prosecutors a deputy’s history of misconduct when that deputy plans to testify in a criminal case. 


Black Market Hash-Oil Labs Growing, Exploding In California: DEA (Patch.com)


Makeshift hash-oil factories are popping up almost everywhere in San Diego County — warehouses, apartments, RVs and the garage next door.

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