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March 10, 2023  (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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El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells announces bid for Congress, setting up fight with incumbent Sara Jacobs

The head of East County’s largest city gained prominence by challenging the county’s homelessness efforts and shutdown rules

County officials may build small houses for the homeless in Santee. Local leaders are not on board. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

County leaders are exploring setting up dozens of small houses for the homeless in Santee after a similar plan fell through in Lakeside. But council members are already voicing opposition amid long-simmering tensions between local and county governments over how to respond to the region’s homelessness crisis. The proposal calls for around 60 tiny homes on county-owned land near Santee’s historic Edgemoor Barn...

Cops willing to jump to El Cajon will get a significantly larger bonus, part of a broader effort to expand law enforcement (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Police officers willing to jump to El Cajon will now get a significantly larger bonus, part of a broader effort to expand law enforcement in East County’s largest city. El Cajon will give $25,000 to anyone with prior experience, a five-fold increase from the previous amount. The move comes after voters rejected a proposal to raise the local sales tax, which officials had said would be used to hire more cops.

SDG&E Says $16M in Funds Will Help Struggling Customers With Energy Bills (NBC San Diego)

Here is more about the two programs that will receive the millions in funding

Pine Valley businesses benefit from surge in tourists visiting snow (10 News)

Rare snowfall is sticking around lower elevations longer than usual after a massive winter storm hit San Diego County. ABC 10News spoke with businesses in Pine Valley benefitting from a surge in visitors wanting to experience the snow.

Student at Granite Hills HS arrested after attacking teacher (10 News)

… Officers arrested the student and tried to book her into Juvenile Hall for a felony charge. Police say the center refused to book her because the case didn't meet their required threshold of severity. They released her back to her parents.

Settlement reached in Tijuana sewage lawsuit (KPBS)

The conclusion comes five years after the suit was originally filed by Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego.

Over the past year DOJ's Task Force Kleptocapture has been extremely busy (NPR via Boise State Public Radio)

…. over the past year, the task force has kept busy. It's brought charges against at least 35 individuals and corporate entities… Last May, for example, the FBI assisted authorities in Fiji to seize a 348-foot luxury yacht that the U.S. says belongs to sanctioned oligarch Suleiman Kerimov. The $300 million vessel now sits at a dock in San Diego.



New storm could bring more peril to California rivers already hit by deadly flooding  (Los Angeles Times)

 A powerful storm barreling toward California from the tropical Pacific threatens to trigger widespread river flooding throughout the state as warm rain melts a record accumulation of snowpack and sends runoff surging down mountains and into streams and reservoirs. 

California’s snow-stranded residents need food, plows, help (AP)

Olivia Duke said she’s been trapped in her home in the snow-plastered mountains east of Los Angeles for so long that by Thursday the only food she had left was oatmeal. Snow plows have created a wall of ice between her driveway and the road in the San Bernardino Mountains, and there are at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) of snow weighing on her roof.

California bill would eventually ban all tobacco sales (KPBS)

Some California lawmakers want to eventually ban all tobacco sales in the nation's most populous state, filing legislation to make it illegal to sell cigarettes and other products to anyone born after Jan. 1, 2007.

California's solution to regulations around hazardous waste: send it across state lines  (NPR)

California government agencies have found an easy way around the state's strict regulations about dumping hazardous waste: send it across state lines.



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