EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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March 25, 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

GOP makes big entry in supervisor race (U-T)

Republican party seeking more influence over county elections.

San Vicente Reservoir large battery ‘years away’, council told (Times of San Diego)

The city of San Diego and San Diego County Water Authority are embarking on a market analysis on the potential of building a hydroelectric power plant in the San Vicente Reservoir, a city official said Wednesday.

71st Assembly: Santee Mayor Voepel makes it official; Harrison locks down some big endorsements (SD Rostra)

If it wasn’t official before that Randy Voepel is seeking the 71st AD seat currently held by Brian Jones…

Energy Obamacare hits California homeowners (UT San Diego)

California’s new energy efficiency regulations, which started being enforced last summer, dramatically boost costs for owners of older homes when they need major maintenance on their systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. That’s because ducts must be “R-8” insulated and certified to be free of leaks, a standard that can force total replacement for many houses built before 2008.

Schools defend solar investments from utility proposal (UT San Diego)

School districts from San Marcos to Lemon Grove protest changes to electricity rates.

STATE

California teachers  unions promote charter schools bill (Sacramento Bee)

California’s politically potent teachers unions are promoting bills requiring charter schools to hold open meetings and to consider all applicants while cracking down on for-profit charter operators.

CPUC boss had backchannel dealings (UT Watchdog)

Picker had regular communications with political insider who has Edison contract.

Prison population down, payroll up (UT Watchdog)

California’s realignment program, which moved thousands of state inmates to county jails, helped push prison populations down — but it didn’t lower the cost of paying guards and other correctional staff.

Overtime hit a six-year high last year, allowing hundreds of prison system employees to more than double their pay. That’s created a situation in which more than a third of officers make more than $100,000 a year.

California Senate Approves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought (KPBS)

The state Senate has approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects in drought-stricken California.

California’s aid in dying bill passes first committee (Sacramento Bee)

A California aid-in-dying bill cleared its first committee Wednesday following a lengthy debate that highlighted stark disagreements between the bill’s supporters and opponents among medical, religious and disability-rights groups.