EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: OCTOBER 6, 2011

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September 30, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories in our region and state, published in other media outlets.  These week's top Roundup headlines include:

 
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  •          Tribe attempts to evict private military contractor: Los Coyotes band in a legal standoff with Blackwater-tied company (San Diego CityBeat)
  •          Ballot effort to repeal fire fee falls short (Sacramento Bee)
  •          San Diego family of 3 needs $63,000 to be self-sufficient (KPBS)
  •         San Diego ATM fees second highest in nation (KPBS)
  •          Tankers for Sunrise Powerlink project upsets residents (10 News)
  •          Palomar Mountain State Park campgrounds close for good (signonsandiego.com)
 
STATE
  •          California breaks from 50 state probe into mortgage lenders[will conduct own probe] (Los Angeles Times)
  •          Education lawsuit would impact future California budgets (Sacramento Bee)
  •          Advocates for disabled to sue over state budget cuts (Sacramento Bee)
  •          FPPC looks at easing candidate reporting requirements (KPBS)  
 
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TRIBE ATTEMPTS TO EVICT MILITARY CONTRACTOR: LOS COYOTES BAND IN A LEGAL STANDOFF WITH BLACKWATER-TIED COMPANY
September 28, (City Beat) --An American Indian tribe in San Diego County has been engaged in a four-month standoff with a military contractor that refuses to leave its reservation, according to documents recently filed in U.S. District Court. http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-9584-tribe-attempts-to-evict-private-military-contractor-los-coyotes-band-in-a-legal-standoff-with-blackwater-tied-company.html

BALLOT EFFORT TO REPEAL FIRE FEE FALLS SHORT

September 28, 2011 (Sacrament Bee) -- An effort to repeal a new fire charge on rural homeowners has fallen short, according to Sen. Ted Gaines, who was gathering signatures for a referendum.
Gaines had to collect 504,760 signatures by Thursday to place a measure on the ballot that would ask voters to block the new fee. Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers enacted Assembly Bill X1 29 in June to raise an estimated $50 million from rural residents in an effort to balance the state budget. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/10/by-kevin-yamamura-kyamamurasacbeecom-an.html

SAN DIEGO FAMILY OF 3 NEEDS $63,000 TO BE SELF-SUFFICIENT
October 5, 2011 (KPBS) --It costs a family of three nearly $63,000 to be self- sufficient in San Diego County, about $10,000 more than three years ago, according to a study released today by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. The organization tallied the price of housing, food and health care, as well as transportation costs, child care and taxes, for a family with one adult, a school-age child and a preschooler. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/oct/04/san-diego-family-3-needs-63000-be-self-sufficient/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29 

SAN DIEGO ATM FEES SECOND HIGHEST IN THE NATION
September 26, 2011 (KPBS) -- San Diego banks charge the second highest average fee for automated teller machine (ATM) transactions in the nation. The average charge for an out-of-network transaction is $2.70. Bankrate.com says that's 30 cents higher than the national average. The only city with a higher average fee is Denver. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/sep/26/san-diego-atm-fees-second-highest-nation/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29 

TANKERS FOR SUNRISE POWERLINK PROJECT UPSETS RESIDENTS
September 29, 2011 (10 News) -- A San Carlos resident is threatening to go to court to stop water tanker trucks from rolling through his neighborhood. John Pilch calls the number of trucks hauling water through the city streets "an assault on the community," and he has asked the city of San Diego to do something to stop it.

Pilch showed 10News the damage he said the trucks caused on the Lake Murray Boulevard frontage road. Large potholes and deep cracks in the pavement were easy to spot. http://www.10news.com/news/29344857/detail.html

PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK CAMPGROUNDS CLOSE FOR GOOD
October 3, 2011 (signonsandiego.com) -- With no advance warning and with as little fanfare, Palomar Mountain State Park’s two campgrounds were closed to the public Sunday and, according to the park’s superintendent, are not scheduled to reopen because of the state’s budget problems. A news release issued Monday said “due to severe budget restrictions, seasonal service reductions begin Oct. 2, 2011, at two California State Parks.” http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/03/palomar-mountain-state-campgrounds-close-good/ 
 
STATE
CALIFORNIA BREAKS FROM 50 STATE PROBE INTO MORTGAGE LENDERS (WILL CONDUCT OWN PROBE)

September 30, 2011 (Los Angeles Times) -- California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will no longer take part in a national foreclosure probe of some of the nation's biggest banks, which are accused of pervasive misconduct in dealing with troubled homeowners.
Harris removed herself from talks by a coalition of state attorneys general and federal agencies investigating abusive foreclosure practices because the nation's five largest mortgage servicers were not offering California homeowners relief commensurate to what people in the state had suffered, Harris told The Times on Friday. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/09/california-atty-gen-kamala-harris-breaks-from-national-foreclosure-probe.html
 
EDUCATION LAWSUIT WOULD IMPACT FUTURE CALIFORNIA BUDGETS
September 28, 2011 (Sacramento Bee) --School board officials and administrators held a press conference on the 28th of Septemberto explain their lawsuit against California for the $2.1 billion in education. If the suit is filed in San Francisco Superior Court is successful, any remedy would likely impact future budgets. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/09/education-lawsuit-would-impact-future-california-budgets.html

ADVOCATES FOR DISABLED TO SUE OVER STATE BUDGET CUTS
September 28, 2011 (Sacramento Bee) -- California faces another budget-related lawsuit today, this time over cuts in services provided to 250,000 developmentally disabled residents. The Arc of California and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of San Diego want to block a 4.25 percent cut in state reimbursement for services to people with mental or physical disabilities. The groups also want the U.S. District Court in Sacramento to prevent the state from furloughing such services 14 days a year and introducing a half-day billing definition. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2011/09/advocates-for-disabled-to-sue-california-over-budget-cuts.html

FCCP LOOKS AT EASING CANDIDATE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

October 4, 2011 (KPBS) -- California’s campaign finance watchdog is looking at removing some of the candidate reporting requirements for personal benefits like gifts, meals and travel. The Fair Political Practices Commission met to discuss the issue Tuesday in Sacramento.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/oct/04/fppc-looks-easing-candidate-reporting-requirements/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29