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December 11, 2019 (San Diego) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego's inland regions, published in other media.  This week's round-up stories include:  



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Ex-Deputy Who Sexually Abused 16 Women On Duty Gets 44-Month Term (Times of San Diego)

A former San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who groped, hugged and tried to kiss more than a dozen women while on duty was sentenced Tuesday to 44 months behind bars followed by 16 months of post-release supervision.  Under his sentence, however, Richard Fischer will not have to register as a sex offender.   

Spring Valley Man Set To Be Arraigned For Alleged Mass Shooting Practice Videos (KPBS)

A Spring Valley man who allegedly posted Youtube videos showing him loading and aiming guns out a window at people walking by his downtown San Diego hotel room is slated to appear in court Monday.

Case involving fight between Lemon Grove councilman, cannabis businessman heads to court (San Diego Union-Tribune) 

Lemon Grove City Councilman David Arambula (left) and Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez are involved in a lawsuit brought by a cannabis dispensary businessman who was injured in a fight with Arambula in 2017.

Televangelist opens his Bible-themed attraction — from wailing wall and catacombs to luxury lodging (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Conceived by Pentecostal preacher Morris Cerullo, the $190 million Mission Valley project could become a draw for tourists.

How the new North American trade pact may lead to a sewage cleanup of the Tijuana River Valley (San Diego Union-Tribune)

One local supporter sees an environmental benefit as well as an economic boost


Newsom to review PG&E’s $13.5 billion wildfire victims’ deal (San Francisco Chronicle)

PG&E Corp. shed more light Monday on its $13.5 billion deal to resolve wildfire claims as part of its bankruptcy case, detailing the breakdown of cash and stock the company will provide and explaining the role Gov. Gavin Newsom will play.

Data shows California is warming faster than anywhere in the continental United States (MSNBC)

California is feeling the dramatic effects of climate change faster than anywhere else in the continental United States. Katy Tur discusses with climate journalist and host of the “Drilled” podcast Amy Westervelt.

Fires, floods and free parking: California’s unending fight against climate change (Washington Post)

… Life in Southern California, once as mild and predictable as the weather, is being transformed as the climate grows hotter, drier and in some regions windier, fueling more intense wildfires, deadly mudslides and prolonged extreme drought… Warming here already has exceeded the threshold set in the 2015 Paris climate accords…Across California, the growing heat and loss of moisture threatens the iconic coastal redwood forests and the Joshua trees of the southern desert. Bird populations have been ravaged by drought, with several once-prominent desert habitats losing 43 percent of their species in the past century…

Firefighter overtime surged 65% in a decade, costing California $5 billion a year in wages (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Overtime pay for firefighters has surged by 65% in the past decade, further evidence of the toll an unprecedented string of wildfires has taken on California.

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It usually costs less to pay OT than to hire and train new employees. Especially jobs like police and fire that have so much specialised training.