EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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June 6, 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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STATE

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REGIONAL

A backcountry newspaper war (U-T San Diego)

Former editor of Borrego Sun starts new papers to compete in Borrego Springs and Julian

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Frozen Berries (KPBS)

Six cases of hepatitis A that are believed to be linked to frozen berries sold at Costco stores have been confirmed in California, including patients in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties, state Department of Public Health officials said today.

Potrero man who fell down well now recovering at home (10 News)

It was a massive rescue effort that required firefighters from all over San Diego County to rescue 43-year-old Jerry Fowler from a well in Potrero earlier this year

Moving forward: the future of the Colorado River Basin, San Diego, California, May 28, 2013 (video podcast)  U.S. Bureau of Reclamation  

On Tuesday, May 28, Commissioner Connor and Interior Assistant Secretary Anne Castle convened key stakeholders representing basin states, the conservation community and Native American tribes to discuss the future of the Colorado River Basin. The Moving Forward event in San Diego, Calif. identified next steps to address identified actions in the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study, issued in December of 2012. This video captures the spirit of the representatives who participated in the event.

Gonzales, Cole and labor win (Voice of San Diego)

And the dominos keep falling. First Bob Filner was elected mayor, leaving his congressional seat open for long-time rival Juan Vargas. This left Vargas’ seat on the state Senate open, which Ben Hueso took easily. Then Hueso’s assembly spot opened. Now comes news that Lorena Gonzalez the CEO of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council will take Hueso’s seat.  But there’s another domino…San Diego Unified school board member Richard Barrera will take Gonzalez’ job  and lead the labor group.

Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest, Fireworks Update (Mission Times Courier)

The Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest and Fireworks Committee regretfully will not hold the fireworks display over Lake Murray again this year. 

Domestic violence a plague for refugees (U-T San Diego)

When people in Laila’s El Cajon neighborhood see her unloading groceries by herself or taking walks with her children, they ask the Chaldean immigrant questions about where her husband is.

A war ends twice, San Diego changes forever (U-T San Diego)

World War II was so big it had two endings. And too many epilogues to count.

 

Working poor line up for food (U-T San Diego)

Most families helped by the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank have at least one person who is working, more than half of all recipients are Hispanic and about a third have received the assistance for one or more years.

Jacobs' committee appeals Plaza de Panama lawsuit (U-T San Diego)

Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Jacobs' Plaza de Panama Committee has appealed a February ruling that scuttled his proposed $45 million redo of the center of Balboa Park. / The filing occurred May 24 but only became widely known Friday afternoon in emailed notices to various organizations.

It's Official: DeMaio to Challenge Congressman Peters for 52nd Congressional Seat   (OB Rag)



It's official. Carl DeMaio has announced his bid to challenge freshman incumbent Scott Peters for the 52nd Congressional District seat in central San Diego



The $2 billion fight: San Diego’s water supply  (Scoop San Diego)

The Water Authority filed two lawsuits, one in 2010 and the other in 2012, challenging MWD’s rates, which improperly classify hundreds of millions of dollars in its water supply costs as transportation costs, according to the Water Authority…. The Water Authority is making progress in its court battle.

 

STATE

Nearly 2,800 told to evacuate amid Calif. wildfire (Sacramento Bee)

Officials estimate that nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes are under evacuation orders as a wildfire rages north of Los Angeles.

Wal-Mart to pay $81.6 million for illegal waste disposal in CA  (Sacramento Bee)

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.

Editorial: State toxics agency could use a cleanup (Sacramento Bee)

Apparently, Caltrans isn't the only state agency that needs thorough scrutiny.

Feds crack down on foreclosure auction scams (Sacramento Bee)

In the past three years, federal prosecutors have charged 54 people and two companies in three states for bid-rigging during courthouse auctions of foreclosed properties. Most cases originated in California, the state with the highest foreclosure rate during the financial crisis

Valley Voice: let’s get busy and save the Salton Sea   (The Desert Sun) 

The Salton Sea is shrinking and dying. This means that the actual sea level is dropping and the water remaining is becoming more saline. Why is all this happening? Because the city of Los Angeles, San Diego County and other member organizations of the Metropolitan Water District have, through a series of contracts and water allocation swaps, positioned themselves to limit the inflows to the sea.