East County Roundup highlights top stories in other publications on issues of interest in East County. This week's Roundup headlines include:
- Obama to send up to 1,200 troops to border
- Mexican authorities investigate migrant kidnapping ring
- Legal battle heats up over campaign contributions from political parties
- Supervisors back 14 new fire stations
- Hundreds protest proposed cuts to school funding
- County budget plan calls for big cuts
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OBAMA TO SEND UP TO 1,200 TROOPS TO BORDER
May 26, 2010 (New York Times)—President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and seek increased spending on law enforcement there to combat drug smuggling after demands from Republican and Democratic lawmakers that border security be tightened.
MEXICAN AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE MIGRANT KIDNAPPING RING
May 20, 2010 (KPBS) -- Mexican authorities say they arrested a group of kidnappers who've nabbed more than 100 migrants trying to cross the border illegally into the United States. Mexican authorities say they're probing the group's ties to the murder of a Border Patrol agent last year.
LEGAL BATTLE HEATS UP OVER CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM POLITICAL PARTIES
May 19, 2010 (KPBS) -- The City of San Diego is considering its options following a decision by a federal appeals court to allow unlimited campaign contributions from political parties.
San Diego’s Republican Party successfully sued to overturn the City of San Diego’s ban on contributions from political parties. The city’s Ethics Commission proposed a $1,000 limit on party contributions, which would go into effect after the June election.
SUPERVISORS BACK 14 NEW FIRE STATIONS
May 19, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) – San Diego County supervisors unanimously adopted a new study Wednesday morning that calls for the construction of 14 fire stations and creation of a governance structure to consolidate and coordinate the county’s 50-plus fire agencies.
HUNDREDS PROTEST PROPOSED CUTS TO SCHOOL FUNDING
May 8, 2010 (Union-Tribune)--About 600 people rallied in Balboa Park on Saturday to protest a state budget proposal to cut funding to schools.
The event, held at Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street, drew a range of concerned participants, including teachers, parents and children, many of whom chanted “No more cuts!” and carried signs urging citizens to voice their concerns directly to the Legislature.
Read more at: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/may/08/hundreds-protest-proposed...
COUNTY BUDGET PLAN CALLS FOR BIG CUTS: ‘WE KNOW WE’RE NOT THROUGH YET’
May 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- County executives on Tuesday laid out a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that proposes widespread cuts, including dozens of layoffs, reduced treatment for at-risk youths, longer waiting times for social services and shorter operating hours at some county parks and preserves.
“This is the worst budget I’ve seen since my very early years on the board,” said Pam Slater-Price, who was elected as a supervisor in 1992. “And we know we’re not through yet. Our hope is that the cuts won’t be worse next year, but they may be.”