EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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January 6, 2015 (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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STATE

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LOCAL/REGIONAL

A quick peek at 2015 in the East County (UT San Diego)

El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and Lemon Grove all have cool plans for the New Year.

What to Watch for in 2015 (Voice of San Diego)

We asked a few notable San Diegans what they thought the near future might hold.

San Vicente could be whopper in 2015 (UT San Diego)

Closed in 2008, the lake will have had seven bass spawns by the time it reopens for fishing

Innocent Alpine resident detained for a week - San Diego County faces federal lawsuit in a case of mistaken identity (SD City Beat)

On Jan. 13, 2014, two sheriff’s deputies approached a man at his home in Alpine, placed him in handcuffs and said they were taking him into custody for escaping from prison nearly 30 years ago. Standing in his driveway, James Soler and his wife protested, arguing that there must have been some mistake.

City’s cell-phone sniffer cost $738K (U-T Watchdog)

The 'Stingray II' works even when GPS is turned off.

 

STATE

Plastic Bag Ban Opponents Turn In Referendum Signatures (KPBS)

Opponents of California's plastic bag ban said they’re turning in enough signatures to force a voter referendum in November 2016.

California judges sue Calpers pension system over contributions(Reuters)

A group of judges is suing California's public pension system Calpers and the state of California over claims their pension contributions have been almost doubled unlawfully.

California campus union votes 2-1 for Israel divestment (Jewish Daily Forward)

A union which represents University of California student-workers and academic employees voted to approve a resolution to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Cal Fire puts 16 workers on administrative leave in anticipation of sexual misconduct report (Sacramento Bee)

Cal Fire officials put 16 workers on administrative leave Monday after receiving preliminary results of an investigation into allegations that firefighters had sex with prostitutes at the Fire Academy in Ione.