September 4, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights important stories of interest to East County readers, published by other media.
Latest Roundup headlines include:
- Watching and opposing every step SDG&E takes
- Former SDSU student arrested for making threats
- County cancels Horn-endorsed grant for pro-life supporters
- The unintendended consequence: How a state law increased California's homeless sex offenders population by 6,000%
- Community clinics on losing end of state budget impasse
- Big problems for little Lemon Grove
- Tribal lands struggle to bring clean power online
- Waitley ordered to serve sentence at work furlough, not home
- Salvation Army drops bid to expand camp
- Ramona development to include luxury homes, sewage treatment plant
WATCHING AND OPPOSING EVERY STEP SDG&E TAKES
September 4, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- When it comes to thinking about what the region’s power infrastructure should look like in the future, an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric’s vision comes from Bill Powers, an electrical engineer who has a very different view of what is needed to keep the lights on here.
FORMER SDSU STUDENT ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREATS
September 3, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) - A former San Diego State University student was arrested for allegedly threatening a faculty member over the Internet and barred from the campus, university police said Friday.
COUNTY CANCELS HORN-ENDORSED GRANT FOR PRO-LIFE SUPPORTERS
I-Team: Supervisor Bill Horn Issued At Least $60K To Life Perspectives In Last 3 Years
September 2, 2010 (10 News) -- A grant requested by San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn was canceled by county officials Thursday because they determined it violated the separation of church and state.
San Diego County's grant to Life Perspectives was first reported in San Diego CityBeat.
THE ‘UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE’
How a state law increased California's homeless sex offender population by almost 6,000 percent
September 1, 2010 (San Diego CityBeat)--Laura Arnold is standing by her car, shivering in a white hooded sweatshirt, jeans and sandals. It’s just past 8:30 on a chilly July evening, and the fog’s starting to roll in.
COMMUNITY CLINICS ON LOSING END OF STATE BUDGET IMPASSE
August 29, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- Sixty days and counting.
Leaders of community clinics that care for low-income residents say that tracking the number of days lawmakers have failed to pass a state budget is more than a math exercise.
Each day, about 1,000 community clinics and other health care facilities across California are losing state funding that typically accounts for 50 percent or more of their operating budgets
BIG PROBLEMS FOR LITTLE LEMON GROVE
August 25, 2010 (San Diego Reader)-- Above the ripe yellow citrus pictured on Lemon Grove’s city seal, inscribed in the swash of the capital L, is “Best Climateon Earth.” While the weather may be ideal, the same can’t be said for the political climate in the city of 26,000, the county’s fourth smallest city in population and third smallest in area.
Since 2007, Lemon Grove’s finances have turned sour.
TRIBAL LANDS STRUGGLE TO BRING CLEAN POWER ONLINE
August 20, 2010 (NPR) -- Many tribal lands in the U.S. don't have electricity yet have a tremendous capacity to produce it from clean energy sources. Only one tribe is currently operating a utility-scale energy facility, as bureaucratic red tape and tax disincentives are hindering renewable energy development on Indian land.
WAITLEY ORDERED TO SERVE SENTENCE AT WORK FURLOUGH, NOT HOME
August 5, 2010 (The Alpine Sun) — Former Alpine developer David Waitley was ordered to report to a work furlough facility on Aug. 23 to begin his 365-day term for grand theft. A judge rejected his bid to work as a consultant in his own home.
Waitley, 47, a former member of the Alpine Planning Group, is the last of three Alpine developers who has not yet served his sentence that was imposed in 2009 by San Diego Superior Court Judge Frank Brown. Waitley, Paul Gonya, 66, and Kenneth Stroud, 54, are all on five years probation.
SALVATION ARMY DROPS BID TO EXPAND CAMP
August 5, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune)-- The Salvation Army said Thursday that it’s abandoning plans to vastly expand its Wildwood Ranch camp off Mussey Grade Road near Ramona because it would take too much money to fight litigation filed by neighbors.
For 12 years, the nonprofit organization has wanted to enlarge and upgrade the 578-acre retreat, which hosts summer camps for disadvantaged youths eight weeks each year
RAMONA DEVELOPMENT TO INCLUDE LUXURY HOMES, SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
August 6, 2010 (San Diego Union-Tribune) -- The county board of supervisors unanimously approved a housing development near Ramona Wednesday that includes plans for construction of 417 homes, which developers expect to range in value from $800,000 into the millions.
The homes may be built as early as 2013, developers said, and will add development to the somewhat rural area, which many say is needed. The 12-year-old Montecito Ranch project has had multiple designs, but feedback from the community yielded a plan with houses on plots ranging from 20,000 square feet to 1.8 acres.
OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS TAKING UC SPOTS FROM LOCAL STUDENTS?
August 5, 2010 (10 News) -- The number of out-of-state students being accepted into California colleges and universities is on the rise, but critics said the non-resident tuition is just a way for schools to close the budget gap.