EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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April 23, 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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LOCAL

El Cajon event brings hope, help to homeless (UT San Diego)
Project Homeless Connect East County brings people, services together for one day.

Where San Diego Gets Its Water – and Where it Goes (Voice of SD)

Let’s review a few key numbers that explain where San Diego’s water comes from and how we use it.

Federal official admits taking bribes, theft (U-T San Diego)

 A federal building manager at the Otay Mesa and San Ysidro border crossings pleaded guilty Thursday to eliciting $120,000 in bribes from a contractor, as well as stealing government metal to recycle for cash.

3 top staffers leave supe's office (U-T San Diego)

 Dave Roberts' ex-chief of staff cries foul in resignation letter.

Iraqi official seeks local Chaldean support (U-T)

 Parliament member Yonadam Kanna updated El Cajon Chaldeans on Islamic State's terror... Kanna said it is important for the faithful to keep giving and also to put pressure on the American government to hold neighboring countries such as Turkey accountable for the arms, armor and manpower that help the Islamic State keep fighting.  

San Diego jobless rate falls to 5.1 percent (UT San Diego)

The jobless rate is near a seven-year low

Surprise! San Diegans are good budgeters (SD Reader)

 Statistics show it: San Diego has a median household income that is moderately higher than the nation's, but the cost of living — particularly housing — is far higher than the national average. Locals call it "the squeeze." So, you might expect that San Diegans go heavily into debt and struggle with their budgets. It doesn't seem to be true, according to a new study by WalletHub…

Schools That Best Prepare Neighborhood Kids for Graduation Also Retain Them, or Vice-Versa (Voice of San Diego)

There’s a major problem with San Diego Unified’s plan to keep kids in their neighborhood schools: Parents aren’t buying in. Related: The 10 Schools San Diego Parents Are Avoiding Most

David Glismann, 91, Grossmont choral director (U-T San Diego)

The unusually limber Mr. Glismann knew how to bring a room to attention.

STATE

Bill would ease CPUC appeals (U-T)

 Cases could be brought in Superior Court under proposed legislation.

Regulators back higher electric rates for some (U-T)

California backs away from tiered rates for electricity. // Regulators at the California Public Utilities Commission issued a recommendation Tuesday that largely endorses proposals by the state’s investor-owned utilities that would increase household electricity bills for small and moderate consumers and shift costs away from a smaller number of heavy users.

A call to invest in safety of the power grid (Marketplace.org)

....Two years ago, one transformer site in California was attacked by snipers. "This was a well-trained group that had sophisticated weaponry, shooting at a very critical part of the power grid," says Peter Fox-Penner, principal of the Brattle Group consultancy and senior policy scholar at Georgetown University.  The lights stayed on, thanks to redundancies. "The real fear is that terrorists would target several transformers at once," Fox-Penner says, "really damage them so they couldn't be repaired.".

Elizabeth Warren to headline California Democratic convention (Sacramento Bee)

Elizabeth Warren, a champion of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, will headline the California Democratic Party’s annual convention next month in Anaheim, organizers said Thursday. Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has said repeatedly that she will not run for president. But her voice is viewed by liberal activists as one that could help push Hillary Rodham Clinton, a more moderate Democrat, to the left.

Are race relations in California better than rest of US? (CS Monitor)

 Nearly 75 percent of California voters described race relations in their neighborhood as good or excellent, according to a new survey.... Diversity is increasing in many communities throughout the country as well. The Census Bureau projects that, by 2043, no single group will hold claim to a majority. And by 2060, combined minorities will make up 57 percent of the population.

Chairman: Scrap San Onofre deal (U-T)

 The settlement that assigned billions of dollars in San Onofre nuclear plant closure costs to customers should be revisited after revelations about how the deal came together, the chairman of the state Senate committee overseeing utilities said.... Hueso said Southern California Edison, majority owner of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, receives a state-guaranteed return on investments in exchange for providing a safe and reliable power supply… the senator said, “I strongly believe that the shareholders should bear the costs resulting from the closure of SONGS.”