EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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September 29, 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

San Diego Union-Tribune wins Pulitzer for covering its own demise (Reader)

Judge calls "Paper Trail of Tears" series "A brilliant investigation into the death of print journalism."

YMCA board authors probe into mismanagement allegations against CEO (KPBS)

… The corporate board’s decision to hire an independent investigator comes several months after two Encinitas YMCA board members – Lizbeth Ecke and Bob Ayers – sent a letter to the corporate board outlining complaints. Chief among them was concern about the elimination of a youth program that gave discounted memberships to children under 13. The two also alleged that money from the YMCA branches was being re-directed to headquarters and that the organization lacked a strategic plan and “fiscally sound” financial analysis and projections.

Housing developer in Santee gets turned down (U-T)

The Santee City Council put the brakes on a group that wants to build properties on a site long occupied by a sand mining company.The developer asked the City Council last week to consider changing the land use designation of a 10-acre portion of land from office/professional to residential. Mastercraft Residential Chief Executive Officer Dan Thompson brought forward a plan to build between 80 single-family homes on property now being used by RCP Block and Brick.

Citizens group appeals San Onofre ruling (U-T)

The San Diego consumer group suing to reverse the San Onofre settlement that charges ratepayers billions of dollars for the failed nuclear plant has taken its case to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

San Diego sheriff's costly overtime overpay (SD Reader)

Nearly half of sampled approval records missing and can't be verified.

SDG&E attempts brazen caper #2 (SD Reader)

San Diego Gas & Electric late today (September 25) asked the California Public Utilities Commission to get consumers to pay the uninsured costs of the 2007 wildfires. After a thorough investigation, a unit of the commission had blamed the local utility for those fires.

SDG&E wants 90-10 split on wildfire costs  (U-T)

San Diego Gas & Electric asked Friday for authority to bill its customers  $379 million [(90%)] for costs left over from 2007 wildfires in northern San Diego County.  

Grossmont College Gets Grant To Help Low-Income Students (KPBS)

Grossmont College was awarded a five-year, $2.62 million federal grant that will fund a proposed program aimed at helping Hispanic and low-income students succeed in their classes and progress toward graduation.

Chargers May Be in Violation of Their Stadium Lease (NBC)

There could be a way for the City to delay a move to L.A.

San Diego Advocates Call For Better Regional Transportation Plan (KPBS)

Environmental and transportation planners are at odds over efforts to reduce the city's carbon footprint.

STATE

Vietnamese Refugees Reach Out To Syrians Fleeing By Boat (AP)

More than three decades ago, Vietnamese began fleeing in tiny boats after their country fell to communist rule. Seeing their community's story in the plight of those boarding boats for Europe, some Vietnamese Americans in California are reaching out.

California draws $10 million from reserves for wildfire debris removal (Reuters)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday directed $10 million from the state's budget reserve to help pay for the removal of huge amounts of burned debris left in the wake of two massive wildfires, the administration said.

Banning the ban on clotheslines (U-T San Diego)

Bill would overturn bans on outdoor drying by homeowner associations, building owners.

Why L.A. wants to spend $100 million on the homeless (+video)  (CS Monitor)

The Los Angeles homeless population has increased more than 10 percent over the past two years.