May 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to San Diego’s eastern region, published in other media.
Recent Roundup headlines include:
• Arsonist suspected in San Carlos brush blaze (Channel 6)
• Ex-employee says SDG&E targets low-income ratepayers (10 News)
• SDG&E soaks up scarce tap water (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• County sues over state funding shifts (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Sweetwater official complaints of forgery (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Sweetwater schools take top `Golden Fleece’ award (San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Padre Water may lower rates, boost fees (San Diego Union-Tribune)
ARSONIST SUSPECTED IN SAN CARLOS BRUSH BLAZE
May 26, 2011 (Channel 6) -- SAN DIEGO - A possible arson fire scorched about two open acres in the San Carlos area early Tuesday, authorities reported.
The non-injury blaze began spreading near Golfcrest Drive and Mission Gorge Road shortly before 1 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
EX-EMPLOYEE SAYS SDG&E TARGETS LOW-INCOME RATEPAYERS
Former Supervisor David Bryant Filed Lawsuit Against Utility
May 26, 2011 (10 News) -- A former longtime supervisor at San Diego Gas & Electric is accusing the utility of lining its pockets on the backs of certain customers.
David Bryant, who said he was fired after complaining to superiors in person and in e-mails, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the power company.
SDG&E SOAKS UP SCARCE TAP WATER
Company says regulatory hurdles block recycling efforts
May 25, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune( San Diego Gas & Electric uses roughly 300,000 gallons a day of drinking water for construction of its 117-mile Sunrise Powerlink transmission line through the backcountry even though the company touted the use of recycled wastewater at its groundbreaking.
COUNTY SUES OVER STATE FUNDING SHIFTS
May 20. 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--SD County is mounting a legal challenge to prevent the transfer of $90 million from a local commission that administers tobacco taxes for early childhood programs. The county in a lawsuit filed Thursday claims the total statewide shift of $1 billion from early childhood development programs to state health services is illegal because it violates voter-approved Prop 10. A budget bill that moves half of reserve funds — $88.3 million for First 5 San Diego — to the state was recently approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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SWEETWATER OFFICIAL COMPLAINTS OF FORGERY
Letter sent to parents regarded Montgomery High School’s federal status
May 20, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--A Sweetwater Union High School District administrator who is facing demotion has filed a complaint with the district, saying her signature was placed on a letter sent to about 1,400 parents without her consent.
SWEETWATER SCHOOLS TAKE TOP ‘GOLDEN FLEECE’ AWARD
May 20, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- The Sweetwater Union High School District won the Grand Golden Fleece award Thursday night from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
PADRE WATER MAY LOWER RATES, BOOST FEES
East County agency looking for ways to stabilize revenue
May 18, 2011 (San Diego Union-Tribune)--The Padre Dam Municipal Water District is looking to reduce water rates, but consumers may not see lower monthly bills because the agency is also weighing a hike in its fixed fees.
“It’s budgeted to be a wash,” said Bill Pommering, district board president.