EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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October 14, 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/REGIONAL

Firefighters object to ‘unreal’ ambulance delays (U-T)

... Firefighters say they too often wait 20 or 30 minutes, or longer, for the arrival of ambulances from the city’s contracted provider, Rural/Metro Corp. of Scottsdale, Arizona. 

How San Diego's Emergency Room Wait Times Stack Up (KPBS)

Hospital emergency departments in San Diego County show enormous variation in how long patients must wait to get pain medication for broken bones, evaluated for a stroke or admitted to a hospital bed.

Jamul braces for utility work (San Diego Union-Tribune)

For some Jamul residents, the casino-related utility work that began late last month along miles of freshly-repaved State Route 94 is a case of profoundly unpleasant de ja vu.

San Diego Association Of Governments Approves Controversial $200 Billion Transportation Plan (KPBS)

The board of the San Diego regional planning agency voted unanimously Friday to approve a $200 billion spending plan that will fund transportation projects for the next 35 years. 

Coastal Commission Bans SeaWorld From Breeding Killer Whales (KPBS)

Executives at SeaWorld San Diego considered Friday how to respond to a California Coastal Commission ruling that the park may expand the tanks in which houses its killer whales but must not breed captive whales to fill them.

Some Elected Officials Urge SANDAG To Reject Transportation Plan (KPBS)

Elected officials from San Diego and National City urged leaders of the regional planning agency Thursday to vote against a plan outlining transportation funding for the next 35 years.

10 local stores that overcharge the most (U-T)

More than 10 percent of items sold at Sears, H&M and Target in San Diego County were overcharged.

Imperial County’s Renewable Power Explosion, in One Map (Voice of SD)

Imperial County’s become a major power player in San Diego. Nearly half of the renewable power San Diego Gas & Electric sells its customers comes from massive solar and wind projects in Imperial County.

Water agency expands desal plant (U-T)

Sweetwater Authority expands desalination plant, doubling water capacity treated daily

Backup nat-gas pipeline would cost $595M (U-T)

Utilities say building a major backup pipeline for natural gas into the San Diego region will cost consumers $595 million. A rival pipeline company says its easier just to import gas from Mexico.

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California Governor Vetoes Bill On Land Use Oversight

A bill designed to strengthen oversight of organizations that make land use decisions for cities, like Civic San Diego, was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 1851649

California to enact comprehensive medical marijuana regulations (Reuters)

 California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law the state's first comprehensive regulations of medical marijuana, two decades after legalization fueled a wild west of disparate local rules, a gray market in cultivation and concerns about the ease of obtaining the drug.

Massive El Niño is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says (LA Times)

“There’s no longer a possibility that El Niño wimps out at this point. It’s too big to fail,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

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