EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 3, 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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East County

New Technology To Help Fight San Diego County Wildfires (KPBS)

Firefighters continue to fight wildfires across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. As San Diego County prepares for wildfire season, we look at new technologies that will help firefighters and residents.

Tribal fire departments help protect county (U-T)

Gaming tribes have big, professional departments that don't just stay on the reservations

East County High Schoolers Spotlight Liquor Store Rule Violations (KPBS)

Possibly every liquor store within a mile and a half of Monte Vista High School is violating ABC rules, according to East County Youth Coalition.

For One Youth Soccer League In El Cajon, College Is The Goal (KPBS)

The nonprofit Yalla helps refugee and immigrant youth rebuild their lives in San Diego County through soccer and after school education programs

Young at Art in La Mesa (NBC)

NBC7's Dagmar Midcap reports on a senior who creates stunning jewelry in La Mesa.

Interim city manager named in Santee (SD Union-Tribune)

Paul Malone, ex-San Marcos city manager, will lead Santee until a permanent CM is found.

 

San Diego region

Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance (NPR)

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."

Former UCAN founder wins lawsuit (SD Reader)

Michael Shames yesterday (August 27) won a lawsuit filed against him by the Utility Consumers Action Network (UCAN), which he had cofounded. UCAN had filed suit claiming that Shames owed it $450,000. By 11 to 1, Shames won and was awarded $141,00 he said he was owed.

San Diego Lands on FAA’s List of Aircraft-Drone Encounter Stats (NBC)

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there were 17 reported sightings of drones flying too close to aircraft in San Diego over the past nine months

Audits find airport leases amiss (U-T)

When two small airplanes collided in the clear skies over Otay Mesa last Sunday, killing five people, it put one of San Diego’s lesser known facilities back into the public spotlight. The latest was a report by the San Diego City Auditor released in May. It found numerous problems with airport operations…

Laboratory To Bring Career Pathways — And A Bit Of The Ocean — To City Heights (KPBS)

A long-awaited science facility in City Heights now has enough funding to break ground.

UC San Diego, Scripps Institution Lead Way On Adapting To Warming Planet (KPBS)

A new research nexus in La Jolla aims to anticipate the problems and offer solutions to the inevitable effects of climate change.

San Diego Police Have Turned Down Big Opportunities to Be Transparent (Voice of SD)

From fatal police-involved shootings, to high-profile political investigations to federally recommended reforms, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman has sent a clear message: She’s going to try and keep as much information from the public as she can. 

Imperial Valley Battery System Will Be Largest In West (KPBS)

Imperial County power managers are building a battery system that will help keep the grid operating smoothly. It will be the largest battery storage system in the West.

San Diego: Tech City, U.S.A. (San Diego Reader)

San Diego has a significant presence in seven of eight major tech areas, notes Cunningham; none of the other 24 major metro areas can make that statement

Daily Transcript gets new life (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Daily Transcript, which is scheduled to cease publication next Tuesday following a 130-year run, will live on, thanks to the purchase of its name and masthead by the Los Angeles-based Daily Journal Corp., the newspaper announced Thursday.

Poway bans drones in most of city (U-T)

An urgency ordinance temporarily banning the use of drones throughout most of Poway was approved by the City Council Tuesday night amid concerns that the devices could hamper firefighting efforts./ Poway is the first city in the nation to take such a step, officials said.

Sunny San Diego fights new utility charges on rooftop solar (SD Union-Tribune)

City of San Diego says new charges on rooftop solar customers would hurt climate plans.

Chula Vista Making $15M Investment In Arts Education (KPBS)

Chula Vista Elementary School District has launched an arts education expansion unlike any that local arts educators have seen.  The district serving 30,000 students hired about 60 new art teachers in the span of a few months, and 16 arts instructor spots still remain open.

 

STATE

California Cut Water Use By 31 Percent In July Amid Drought (KPBS)

The strong water conservation figures show California residents are beginning to understand the dire need to cut back in a fourth year of drought, Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, said.

When the wells run dry, California neighbors cope in drought (CS Monitor)

Farming in Tulare County brought in $8.1 billion in 2014, more than any other county in the nation, according to its agricultural commissioner. Yet 1,252 of its household wells today are dry – more than all other California counties combined.

Five more California inmates diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease (Reuters)

 Five more California inmates have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at San Quentin State Prison, as officials work to determine the source of the outbreak and minimize its spread, the state corrections department said on Sunday.

State is slow to approve water projects (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Slow process for approving desalination says much about state's response to the drought.

Group sues over bottling plant in parched California (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A group of neighbors and activists has sued bottled water company Crystal Geyser and Siskiyou County over plans to build a bottling plant near Mount Shasta in parched Northern California..../ the suit accuses Crystal Geyser of pushing through an illegal plan to suck thousands of gallons of water a day from an aquifer that feeds the drought-parched Sacramento River.

Californians Hope Alert System Will Help Catch Drivers Who Hit-And-Run (NPR)

Most of the 7,500 people who fled an accident in Los Angeles county last year will never be caught. But a proposed statewide hit-and-run system could get some of these drivers off the streets.

CPUC investigator: 'No records have been produced' (U-T)

Special Agent Reye Diaz of the California Attorney General's Office filed a search warrant on June 5 seeking certain utilities commission documents related to its handling of the premature failure of the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County....

California Lawmakers Advance Aid-In-Dying Bill On Second Try (KPBS)

California lawmakers have advanced right-to-die legislation through an Assembly committee after an earlier measure stalled this year amid opposition from religious groups and some Democrats.

California Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age To 21 (KPBS)

A bill that would require Californians to be at least 21 years old to buy cigarettes has been introduced in the Legislature’s special session.

California Moves To Stop Misuse Of Psychiatric Meds In Foster Care (NPR)

There's ample evidence that children in foster care often get powerful psychiatric medications when other treatments would be safer and more effective. But those treatments can be hard to get.