September 12, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights stories of interest to East County readers, published in other media. Recent “Roundup” headlines include:
• Group sues County on new winery policy
• La Mesa-Spring Valley School District reserves `down to the bone’
• Lakeside Union High School District falls just short of breaking even
• Questions still linger over County’s fire preparedness
• Fire officials: Mt. Laguna area primed for fire
• Cunningham says judge, IRS have ‘killed me’
• Database: See City Manager pay across California
• Supervisor Horn sponsors new grant for Life Perspectives
• Heavy fine reduced for Tierrasanta mother
GROUP SUES COUNTY ON NEW WINERY POLICY
September 9, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- A lawsuit has been filed challenging an ordinance recently approved by the county’s Board of Supervisors making it easier for growers to open wine-tasting rooms and establish small wineries in unincorporated parts of the region.
Brought on behalf of various property owners, many in the Ramona area, the San Diego Citizenry Group said the ordinance was passed without a proper environmental study. Residents are particularly concerned about additional traffic on rural roads and the amount of water the wineries would need to operate, said lawyer Chris Polychron of the Coast Law Group.
LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT RESERVES ‘DOWN TO THE BONE’
September 7, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- he La Mesa-Spring Valley School District spent $8.4 million more than it brought in during the last fiscal year, according to a report given to the school board Tuesday night.
During the 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the district spent $100.1 million on revenues of $91.7 million, Assistant Superintendent of Business David Yoshihara said.
LAKESIDE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT FALLS JUST SHORT OF BREAKING EVEN
September 9, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- The Lakeside Union School District nearly broke even financially in the last fiscal year, according to a report given at Thursday night’s board meeting.
The district spent just $689,000 more than it brought in during the 2009-10 fiscal year, which ended June 30. A few miles down the road, the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District reported Tuesday night that it spent $8.4 million more than it brought in over the past year.
QUESTIONS STILL LINGER OVER COUNTY’S FIRE PREPAREDNESS
September 9, 2010 (10 News) -- SAN DIEGO -- It has been three years since wildfires devastated much of San Diego County, and while the smoke has cleared, many are still wondering if the county is prepared for a possible repeat.
FIRE OFFICIALS: MT. LAGUNA AREA PRIMED FOR FIRE
September 9, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- San Diego County has avoided a major wildfire for almost three years, but firefighters said one area is primed for a devastating fire.
Cal Fire officials said the area of the 1970 Laguna Fire is a potential wildfire waiting to happen.
CUNNINGHAM SAYS JUDGE, IRS HAVE `KILLED ME’
Imprisoned congressman also says feds 'coached' him to testify at contractor's bribery trial
September 8, 2010 (North County Times) -- Imprisoned former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham has complained to a federal judge that the "KGB IRS" is taking everything he has to satisfy tax liens related to the congressional bribery conviction that landed him behind bars.
DATABASE: SEE CITY MANAGER PAY ACROSS CALIFORNIA
September 10, 2010 (Sacramento Bee) -- The average pay for a city manager in California is roughly $190,000, according to a just-released survey from the League of California Cities. Of the 468 cities and towns with managers, 90 percent responded to the survey, with more continuing to report.
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/09/10/3019670/database-see-city-manager-pay.h...
SUPERVISOR HORN SPONSORS NEW GRANT FOR LIFE PERSPECTIVES
September 10, 2010 (San Diego CityBeat)— San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn has revived a $20,000 grant for Life Perspectives, a non-profit group that has used county money to promote annual fundraisers for religious programs.
HEAVY FINE REDUCED FOR TIERRASANTA MOTHER
Denise Johnson originally fined $11,000 for son’s actions
September 5, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- A Tierrasanta mother is trying to figure out how she'll pay an expensive bill for her son's behavior during his father's deployment.
Last January, San Diego's bomb squad was called to Farb Middle School in Tierrasanta for a suspicious-looking device. Denise Johnson said the device was a fire extinguisher her 15-year-old son innocently left hanging on a chain-link fence. Police said it could have been a bomb.