EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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August 26, 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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New Rules Go Into Effect At Busy U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing (NPR)

At the San Ysidro crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico is requiring foreign pedestrians to show a passport and fill out entry paperwork. 

Update coming for La Mesa civic center area (U-T)

Update being planned that will have city hall and more looking fresh and updated.

Pizzaria about to wrap it up (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sanfilippo’s in La Mesa bowing to high costs after 4 decades of tossing pies

Regional park could boost southeastern SD (U-T)

Supporters of the proposed Chollas Creek Regional Park, which would cover 32 square miles including much of southeastern San Diego and parts of La Mesa and Lemon Grove, say it would give the area an identity, connect diverse neighborhoods with trails and bring greater attention to a neglected natural and cultural resource.

Police wrangle rogue reptile in East County (Fox 5)

The officers discovered the animal was a very large iguana and managed to take it into custody, but not before being whipped by the 5-foot-long tail a couple of times.

14-2 Blowout! Sweetwater Valley Wins Little League World Series Game (Patch)

The game was stopped in the fourth inning because of Little League’s 10- run mercy rule.

San Diego City Council politics and the Ethics Commission (San Diego Union-Tribune)

On Feb. 5, 2014, San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith sent to the City Council a long list of possible changes in the City Charter. On his list was changing the way members of the Ethics Commission are appointed to eliminate an obvious conflict of interest – the mayor and council members appointing commissioners who sometimes investigate the mayor and council.

San Diego Lawsuit Filed Against SeaWorld (KPBS)

A consolidated federal lawsuit filed in San Diego Friday alleges that SeaWorld has concealed the mistreatment of its captive orca whales with a deceptive marketing campaign.

Roundtable Digs Into Coastal, Backcountry Development Controversies (KPBS)

Huge planned developments are riling up residents of Carlsbad and the rural backcountry near Valley Center. Meanwhile, three luxury hotels on Harbor Island may not be built at all, unless developers can comply with a little-known law.

Iran deal puts Christians at risk in Middle East (San Diego Union-Tribune, opinion by Mark Arabo)

Let’s be clear about something before discussion of the unforeseen consequences of the nuclear deal with Iran. This is a rotten deal for America, for American interests and for our strongest partner in the Middle East – Israel. The criteria for a good deal with Iran would be one that 1) prevents Iran from becoming a nuclear power and 2) dismantles a sizable part of its nuclear infrastructure. This does neither fully.

Heroin Use Among San Diego County Arrestees Rise (KPBS)

According to the SANDAG, 15 percent of women and 13 percent of men arrested in San Diego County last year tested positive for heroin or some sort of opiate.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/kpbs/local/~4/6hiBmb7dMQ4

Outside Groups Seen As Crucial For Anderson In San Diego County Supervisor Race (KPBS)

State senator Joel Anderson's ability to dislodge county Supervisor Dianne Jacob may depend on large donors financing an independent committee that doesn’t have to follow local campaign contribution limits.

 Developer and County May Seize Private Property for Lilac Hills Project (Voice of SD)

San Diego County officials could use their power to take private property from neighbors of Lilac Hills Ranch to make way for the 600-acre, 1,700-home project in rural Valley Center. The Board of Supervisors may force the project’s neighbors to sell land to the private developer, Accretive Investments, so they can make road improvements. 

Downing drone at beach leads to jail (U-T)

A confrontation over a drone flying above beachgoers ended with damaged equipment, a man behind bars and lingering questions over the line between public air space and personal space. 

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New California Law Upholds Public Right to Record (Reason)

Will major civil liberties measure change the way California police behave?

Inmates use empathy to tame wild horses (Sac Bee)

Joe Misner, the ranch manager for Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center's Wild Horse Program explains how wild mustangs and prisoners have benefited from a new program where inmates train wild horses to become more adoptable.

California water prices set to rise next year: Fitch Reuters)

Seventy-eight percent of the 46 retail water utilities polled said rate increases would either begin next year or have already begun. / The median increase in 2016 will be about 5 percent, although the largest increase will be 31 percent, Fitch said.

California drought impact pegged at $2.7 billion (SacBee)

Seasonal farm jobs down by 10,100, UC Davis study says. An estimated 542,000 acres are fallowed.