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September 19, 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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Clean energy projects ‘harm’ environment in U.S. (Al Jazeera)

Renewable energy sources like wind and solar have long been seen as a solution to global warming. Policymakers argue replacing fossil fuels with clean energy will stem climate change. But some people living in areas targeted for such projects say they are instead harming the environment. Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Jacumba in the Southern California desert.

San Diegans raising money to help Mexico flood victims (10 News)

San Diegans are mobilizing to help family and friends after two powerful storms pummeled Mexico. One of the biggest blows came to the town of Acapulco after remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel caused major flooding. Photos show flood waters so high, a father struggled to carry his kids to safety and evacuees waded in waist deep water with just the clothes on their backs. Crocodiles have even swum into villages.

Filner gave raises on way out (U-T San Diego)

Former Mayor Bob Filner gave raises to seven of his staff members shortly before resigning Aug. 30 amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a report by 10News. The raises added $86,000 in annual salary for the employees, but Gloria adjusted many of those salaries lower once he took over.

How Donna Frye, Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs ended Bob Filner’s political career - For the first time, the trio of progressives talk in detail about why they did what they did (CityBeat)

Frye, Gonzalez and Briggs set Filner’s downfall in motion. But why these three? CityBeat interviewed the three of them for nearly six hours in two sittings, and the answer might be unsatisfying to some readers: It just happened.

County responds to winery complaints (Ramona Sentinel)

San Diego County’s code compliance division recently received a number of complaints targeting several Ramona wineries. Some complaints were not found to be valid, but records show that between July 30 and Aug. 15, six wineries in the Ramona Viticultural Area received warnings or citations for code compliance issues. One of the winery owners said he never received a notice and another said many of the claims proved to be false.

SANDAG: Releasing data could be deadly (U-T San Diego)

Entrepreneur Michael Robertson wants to know what information the government is storing about the comings and goings of his minivan, and his legal effort is running into opposition from the regional agency that stores the data. / The San Diego Association of Governments says the data from its license plate reader or LPR program could be misused if the public gets access.

Making A Difference In The Lives Of San Diego's Fatherless Teens (KPBS)

A San Diego nonprofit is working to mentor fatherless teens. The Boys To Men Mentoring Network gives teens alternatives to getting in trouble by providing role models.

Bo-beau La Mesa gets a head chef (La Mesa Today)

…The Cohn Group has announced that a young chef hired away from the well-regarded kitchens at the Barona resort -- Benjamin Moore -- will lead the culinary team at what is hoped to be a new flagship for dining in La Mesa Village.

Helix Water mulls over future of Lake Jennings (U-T San Diego)

 Campground facilities and a fishing program were subjects of a four-hour workshop.


Water Unaffordable To Some In San Joaquin Valley (KPBS)

A new study finds people living in poverty in California's rural San Joaquin Valley pay more than two percent of their income on tap water — above the threshold of affordability set in a state law.

 Calif. utility agrees to $1.8M wildfire settlement (Sacramento Bee)

Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit over a 2007 wildfire that burned about two square miles of Sequoia National Forest land. / Prosecutors say poorly-maintained hardware on a power distribution line owner by Edison was to blame. / They say the equipment caused an electrical fault that ignited dry vegetation. / Edison denied liability for the fire. 

Bill Would Give Law Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants (KPBS)

A bill authored by state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, that seeks to permit law licenses for people in the country illegally cleared the Legislature Thursday and was awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature Friday.