March 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County published in other media.
Latest Roundup headlines include:
· Southern California growth prospects improve (San Diego Union-Tribune)
· Reports: City spent less, increased revenue (10 News)
· Escondido: City might join growing list of charter cities (North County Times)
· Santee mayor plans Santana shooting memorial (San Diego Union-Tribune)
· Merger of Henry's, Sprouts is latest in Boney family's retail saga (San Diego Union-Tribune)
· Wife files for divorce from officer accused of rape (10 News)
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GROWTH PROSPECTS IMPROVE
For first time in three years, economic index above 100 points
March 3, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--For the first time in three years, an index of Southern California leading economic indicators has risen above 100 points, indicating stronger growth for the economy over the next three to six months.
The index, compiled by California State University at Fullerton, rose from 94.4 points in the third quarter to 100.0 in the fourth quarter - the first time it has been that high since the first quarter of 2008, at the dawn of the recession.
REPORTS: CITY SPENT LESS, INCREASED REVENUE
In First 6 Months Of Fiscal Year, City Spent $16.9 Million Less Than Expected
March 2, 2011 (10 News) -- The city of San Diego spent less money and increased revenue in the first six months of the fiscal year, while employee pay rose in several departments, according to a pair of reports delivered to the City Council Wednesday.
ESCONDIDO: CITY MIGHT JOIN GROWING LIST OF CHARTER CITIES
March 2, 2011 (North County Times)--Aiming to reduce the cost of public projects, Escondido might soon join Oceanside, Carlsbad, San Marcos and Vista on the growing list of California cities that have increased their power by becoming "charter" cities.
Charter cities can exempt themselves from many state regulations, including requirements to pay higher wages on construction projects and hire the lowest bidder for such projects. They can also have greater power than so-called "general law" cities over zoning, taxation, fees, elections and the salaries of City Council members.
But critics say such power can be dangerous.
SANTEE MAYOR PLANS SANTANA SHOOTING MEMORIAL
February 28, 2011 (San Diego Union Tribune)— Santee Mayor Randy Voepel on Monday said he was perturbed over plans for a private memorial Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Santana High School shooting.
So he said he would hold his own brief tribute to those killed and invites the public to join him – at noon, Saturday, at the concrete Santana High sign in front of the North Magnolia Avenue campus.
MERGER OF HENRY’S, SPROUTS IS LATEST IN BONEY FAMILY’S RETAIL SAGA
February 27, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--Every little dynasty has its ups and downs.
But for Jessie Boney, the 88-year-old matriarch of the Boney family fiefdom of specialty grocery stores, last week marked a decided up note in a San Diego business saga that stretches over seven decades.
Henry’s Farmers Market, the beloved, funky natural and organic specialty grocery chain named after her late husband, is returning to the family fold.
WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM OFFICER ACCUSED OF RAPE
March 2, 2011 (10 News -- The wife of a local police officer accused of raping a college student has filed for divorce, 10News' Melissa Mecija reported.
According to court documents, the wife of San Diego police vice detective Art Perea filed for divorce about a week and a half ago. The couple lived in Alpine and was married for just 10 months.
In early February, police sources said Perea and another woman raped a 19-year-old Point Loma Nazarene University student at an El Cajon home.