EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: OCTOBER 28, 2011

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 October 28,  2011 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights articles on top regional and state issues of interest to East County and inland San Diego County, published in other media. This week’s top Roundup headlines include:

 

LOCAL

·         Grossmont District board, others, debate district map (San Diego Union-Tribune)

·         Route 78 between Escondido and Ramona to close [for repairs] (San Diego Union-Tribune)

·         Innovative idea comes to San Diego: converted parking meters will raise money for homeless (CityBeat)

·         Power industry: Still no answer as to why big blackout occurred (KPBS)      

·         Goldsmith’s airpark investment led to a potential conflict of interest (CityBeat)

STATE

·         California board approves cap and trade on climate emissions (Sacramento Bee)

·         Labor balks at Jerry Brown’s pension plan (Sacramento Bee)

·         Gavin Newsom wants ‘pattern interrupt’ on higher education, jobs (Sacramento Bee)

·         California prison layoff notices begin downsizing process (Sacramento Bee)

·         Plastic water bottle makers sued by  California over green claims (Los Angeles Times)

·         State Senate approves bill for National Guard oversight (Sacramento Bee)


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Grossmont District board, others, debate district map (San Diego Union-Tribune)

October 25, 2011  -- Dozens of parents, students and community members filed up to a microphone Tuesday evening in the Los Coches Creek Middle School gym to comment on proposed changes to boundaries for schools in the Grossmont Union High School District.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/25/grossmont-union-parents-others-debate-new-boundar/


Route 78 between Escondido and Ramona to close [for repairs] (San Diego Union-Tribune)


 October 25, 2011 -- State route 78 between Escondido and Ramona, a heavily traveled highway for backcountry residents headed to and from North County, will be closed beginning Thursday for three weeks during parts of the day, but not on weekends.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/26/route-78-between-escondido-ramona-close/ 


Innovative idea comes to San Diego: converted parking meters will raise money for homeless (CityBeat)

October 25, 2011 -- San Diego's not the first to do it, but at least they're doing it: using converted parking meters to raise money for homelessness programs. San Francisco, Denver and Salt Lake City are among the cities that have implemented the meter idea. Today, the San Diego Downtown Partnership unveiled the first of three meters, all located in and around Horton Plaza, where folks can drop in some change (or insert a credit card) to contribute to helping people move off the street and into permanent supportive housing (housing that's combined with a variety of social services). 

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/blog-562-innovative-idea-comes-to-san-diego.html


Power industry: Still no answer as to why big blackout occurred (KPBS)

October 26, 2011 -- California state legislators held a hearing in San Diego on Wednesday looking into the September 8th blackout that affected seven million people in southern California, Arizona and northern Mexico.

At the hearing, grid operators and regulators said they still don’t know what caused the blackout, but that it wasn’t the fault of a single utility worker in Arizona, as was originally reported. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/oct/26/power-industry-still-no-answer-why-big-blackout-oc/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29


Goldsmith’s airpark investment led to a potential conflict of interest (CityBeat)

October 26, 2011 -- San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith says he’s careful not to cross the line with his investments.

“I haven’t invested in California property and businesses over the years I’ve held public office in order to avoid potential conflicts,” writes Goldsmith, who’s served as a state Assembly member, a judge and the mayor of Poway, in an emailed statement toCityBeat.

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-9709-goldsmiths-airpark-investment-led-to-a-potential-conflict-of-interest-city-attorneys-office-was-involved-in-negotiations-with-goldsmiths-business-partners.html


STATE

California board approves cap and trade on climate emissions (Sacramento Bee)

October 21, 2011 -- California approved one of the broadest and most controversial components of its landmark climate change law, pushing the state toward a low-carbon economy that relies less on imported foreign oil.

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday voted to adopt final rules that will regulate carbon emissions across a broad cross section of the state's economy, including oil and gas producers, utilities and transportation companies, farmers and the building industry.

http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/21/3992504/california-board-approves-cap.html


Labor balks at Jerry Brown’s pension plan (Sacramento Bee)

October 27, 2011 -- Less than 24 hours after Gov. Jerry Brown briefed labor leaders on the major pension changes he will propose this morning, labor interests that helped elect the Democratic governor suggested he is in for a fight.

"The governor has indicated that labor will not like many of his proposals," Dave Low, chairman of the union coalition Californians for Retirement Security, said in a prepared statement. "He is right."

http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/10/labor-balks-at-jerry-browns-pension-plan.html


Gavin Newsom wants ‘pattern interrupt’ on higher education, jobs (Sacramento Bee)

October 27, 2011 -- Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom railed against tuition increases and said Wednesday that the state's master plan for higher education is outdated, promising "a different narrative" for higher education by the end of the year.

It was unclear what the plan might contain or how Newsom, a Democrat, might propose to fund it. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/27/4010012/gavin-newsom-wants-pattern-interrupt.html


California prison layoff notices begin downsizing process (Sacramento Bee)


October 24, 2011 -- California's prison agency on Friday began issuing 26,000 layoff warning notices as it begins a massive, slow-motion transfer of some of its work to local governments.

The mailing by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is going to employees with less than http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/22/3998357/california-prison-layoff-notices.html


 Plastic water bottle makers sued by  California over green claims (Los Angeles Times)

October 27, 2011 -- California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris filed a lawsuit against three companies Wednesday for allegedly making false and misleading claims about their plastic water bottles' recyclability and biodegradability. The lawsuit is the first to enforce California's environmental marketing law, which  makes it illegal to label a plastic food or beverage container as biodegradable because plastic takes thousands of years to break down naturally and may never do so in a landfill.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/10/attorney-general-biodegradable-bottle-lawsuit.html


State Senate approves bill for National Guard oversight (Sacramento Bee)

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved legislation to give the governor the power to appoint an independent inspector general to oversee the California Military Department.

Senate Bill 921, by Democratic Sens. Ted Lieu and Lou Correa, comes in the wake of an ongoing Sacramento Bee investigation that has uncovered examples of fraud and mismanagement within the California National Guard. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/01/3876643/senate-approves-bill-for-national.html