EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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May 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

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San Onofre breakdown: Boxer wants Justice Department investigation (U-T San Diego)

San Onofre documents stoke standoff on nuke plant oversight, restart decisions.

Ramona parents try to bridge gap in labor stand-off (U-T San Diego)

Six parents were so frustrated by increasing rhetoric and conflicting information in the drawn-out labor dispute between teachers and the Ramona Unified School District that they set out to determine for themselves and other parents what’s fact and fiction.

San Diego man believes Navy tests may have caused mother’s pacemaker to stop (10 News)

A man whose mother passed away believes U.S. Navy testing may have contributed to her new pacemaker shutting off.

Firearms instructor enters plea in molestation case (U-T San Diego)

A Santee firearms instructor accused of molesting three young male victims, one of whom was related to him, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges. Tony Lee Burleson Sr., 43, faces two counts of oral copulation on a 17-year-old boy, and two counts of committing a lewd or lascivious act on two other boys, both of whom were 14 at the time.

10News - 'SONGS Trek' - a Star Trek spoof video made inside San Onofre (10News)

Team 10 obtained an internal video showing senior management at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) dressed as Star Trek characters inside the plant's training simulator.

Cunningham's prison time almost over(UT San Diego)

In about a week’s time, federal prison inmate 94405-198 will complete a 100-month sentence for taking bribes and no longer be in the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham will, once again, be a free man.

City of La Mesa okays $50 million housing project (La Mesa Today)

For the second time in two months, the La Mesa City Council heard a pitch for a development that could replace a long-standing eye-sore, add to the city's tax base and alienate a neighborhood.

Mayoral Trip Shut Down by Budget Concerns (Scoop San Diego)

Mayor Art Madrid’s motion requesting approval of $2,000 in travel expenses to attend an annual national mayor’s conference in Las Vegas June 21-24 died for lack of a second from his four colleagues on La Mesa City Council May 14.

U-T San Diego closes Californian supplement (Sacramento Bee)

U-T San Diego has announced that on Tuesday it stopped publication of the Californian, a onetime newspaper covering Temecula and southern Riverside County that had become a daily section within the U-T.

Water prices threaten to further shrink region's ag land (U-T San Diego)

The region’s land for major crops declined in all but one year from 2006 through 2011, contracting by more than 14,000 acres to the most recent total of about 300,000 acres.

Contractor: 'They drank all my liquor' (U-T San Dego)

U-T San Diego scoured hundreds of pages that detailed much of what already has been reported in the bribery scandal that led to indictments of 15 educators and contractors.

 

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California faces a new quandary: too much money (NY Times)

Mayor Art Madrid’s motion requesting approval of $2,000 in travel expenses to attend an annual national mayor’s conference in Las Vegas June 21-24 died for lack of a second from his four colleagues on La Mesa City Council May 14.

Justice for Sale, Part 3: The War on Consumer Class Actions (Voice of San Diego)

In a game-changing 2011 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to consumer advocates. In a 5-4 ruling, the court essentially said that not only is it OK for companies to put clauses in their contracts forcing customers to settle disputes in private arbitration, but they can also bar customers from bringing class action lawsuits against them or even arbitrating their disputes as a class.

Calif. plastic ocean debris bill dies in committee (U-T San Diego)

A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways died in the state Assembly without a vote Friday.

Audits detail side jobs for state managers (U-T San Diego)

Hundreds of state government managers who were supposed to be working on salary also took lower-level jobs in the same class and facility, padding their pay with hourly wages, a series of state audits has confirmed.

Federal appeals court upholds California's Medi-Cal rate cut (Sacramento Bee)

The full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld Gov. Jerry Brown's 10 percent cut in payments to hospitals, doctors, pharmacists and other providers of medical care to the poor under the state Medi-Cal program.

Calif. bill would expand who can perform abortions (Sacramento Bee)

Women could go to a medical professional other than a doctor to end some pregnancies under a bill advancing through the state Legislature.  The bill by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician's assistants to perform so-called aspiration abortions during the first trimester.

Bill seeks to ensure privacy as drone use rises (Sacramento Bee)

The bill would make it clear that recording people without their knowledge could not be legally done using an unmanned device.

Taxes rise to pay off state's jobless debt (U-T San Diego)

California businesses are seeing annual tax increases because the state can’t afford to pay unemployment insurance claims without borrowing from the federal government.

California's high-speed rail meets opposition over eminent domain (Marketplace.org)

In 2008, California voters approved a $10 billion bond for a high-speed rail system that would get travelers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours. The rail will have to travel through California’s agricultural hub, the Central Valley, but residents there trying to stop the project.