EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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August 6, 2014 (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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SDG&E proposal bypasses clean energy sources (UT San Diego editorial)

More than two years after San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station broke down, customers across San Diego County are watching their wallets as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) scrambles to recover the costs related to the closure and pending decommissioning process.

Supervisors adopt Ramona village design plan (Ramona Sentinel)

A new zoning plan for Ramona’s town center that has been in the works for 10 years takes effect 30 days from its approval by San Diego County Board of Supervisors on July 30. “This is a big day for Ramona,” Carol Fowler, vice chair of the Ramona Village Design Group,  told  the supervisors.

Regulator keeps San Onofre study secret (UT San Diego)

California utility regulators refuse to disclose findings on nuclear plant's failings.

Suicidal wrong-way driver had meth, pot in her system (UT San Diego)

A Jamul woman who deliberately drove the wrong way on state Route 67 in Lakeside, killing another driver, had methamphetamine and marijuana in her system, according to an autopsy and investigative report by the county Medical Examiner’s Office. The agency earlier determined that the death of Trista Lynn Stier, 29, was a suicide.

City to defend Goldsmith over records (UT San Diego)

San Diego city leaders have agreed to spend up to $150,000 on outside lawyers to defend a lawsuit against City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, who was sued earlier this year after withholding certain emails from public release. The decision came as the state Supreme Court considers whether communication by officials is subject to the California Public Records Act if it takes place on personal email accounts.

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California Governor declares emergency amid fires (AP)

More than a dozen wildfires in California, some of which destroyed homes, forced evacuations and damaged infrastructure, prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Saturday. The move came as fires in other West Coast states chewed through parched forests, brush and terrain, destroying some homes and threatening many others.

More Than 25 Percent Of California's Firefighting Budget Already Up In Smoke

(KPBS) -- Cal Fire has spent $47 million, out of a total budget of $209 million, in just the month of July.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/kpbs/local/~4/ieeGI1gqqKw

Peeved to be sure: Newspapers called for utilizes chief Peevey’s head (SD Reader)

This week, two events affecting Pacific Gas & Electric, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and CPUC president Michael Peevey, have ignited a firestorm of justifiable indignation.

Utilities commission was cozy with utility (SD Reader)

Pacific Gas gets love letters from state regulators

Neel Kashkari, candidate for California governor, poses as a homeless man (Sacramento Bee)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was five days into his job search and down to the last $5.75 when he turned to a homeless shelter for food. He had boarded a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Fresno with just $40, a backpack, some clothes and a toothbrush with one objective: find a job.

California Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Police to Get a Warrant for Surveillance Drone (Reason)

The California Assembly has passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a surveillance drone as part of a criminal investigation.

California revises rules on use of force with mentally ill inmates (Reuters)

 California on Friday announced court-ordered policy changes aimed at curbing the use of force against thousands of mentally ill inmates after video footage showed prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray.

PG&E to stop providing bottled water in Hinkley (Sacramento Bee)

A utility is halting its program that supplied bottled water to a Mojave Desert community whose toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich."