EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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April 16, 2012 --  (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:  
 
 
 
 
STATE  
  • CSU faculty members set to vote on strike (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown turns to robocalls and mailers to qualify his ballot initiative (Sacramento Bee)
 
LOCAL   
  • San Diego County: Rents are Rising (KPBS)
  • Palomar campgrounds reopen after successful fundraising drive (KPBS)
  • Rattlesnakes cruise for females, find people (North County Times)
  • Caregiver sentenced in elder abuse of Pearl Harbor victim (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
 
STATE 
 
CSU faculty members set to vote on strike (Sacramento Bee)
 
April 15, 2012 -- Faculty members at all 23 California State University campuses will begin voting Monday on whether they should strike if they are unable to come to a contract agreement with the university system.
The vote comes a week after mediation between the faculty and the university failed to end with a collective bargaining agreement.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/15/4415050/csu-faculty-members-set-to-vote.html
Jerry Brown turns to robocalls and mailers to qualify his ballot initiative (Sacramento Bee)
 
April 7, 2012 -- Gov. Jerry Brown is turning to robotic telephone calls and mailers in his race to collect enough signatures to place his tax initiative on the November ballot.
The effort, unusual for a signature-gathering campaign, reflects the short time in which Brown must gather signatures and the premium – $3 per signature – being paid for those gathered on the street.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/07/4397056/jerry-brown-turns-to-robocalls.html
 
LOCAL  
 
San Diego County: Rents are Rising (KPBS)
 
April 13, 2012 -- The report says rental rates in San Diego County and the rest of Southern California stopped falling and started going up last year. The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate study found San Diego rents rose 4.3 percent last year. The study says rents will climb another 3.4 percent this year and 5.2 percent next. Demand is pushing up prices, but that demand isn't all created from positive economic developments.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/apr/13/san-diego-county-rents-are-rising/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29
 
Palomar campgrounds reopen after successful fundraising drive (KPBS)
 
April13, 2012 -- Good news for campers: At least eight campgrounds at Palomar Mountain State Park opened today after being closed for months. The campgrounds were closed by the state in October due to budget cuts. Palomar was among 70 parks across California with facilities slated for closure. But a nonprofit has raised $78,000 so far to keep Palomar's campgrounds open.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/apr/13/palomar-campgrounds-open-after-successful-fundrais/
Rattlesnakes cruise for females, find people (North County Times)
 
April 11, 2012 -- It's mating season in San Diego County, the rattlesnake-bite capital of California.
That means snakes are perking up after a groggy winter season, and the males are feeling adventurous.
"They're cruising around, trying to find females," said Rulon Clark, rattlesnake expert and assistant professor of biology at San Diego State University. "That might be a reason people see more snakes in the spring."
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/region-rattlesnakes-cruise-for-females-find-people/article_278e985e-3498-5a46-8df3-4285bafd3531.html#ixzz1sE2dJ9rQ
 
Caregiver sentenced in elder abuse of Pearl Harbor victim (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
April 12, 2012 -- A caregiver accused of taking money from a 93-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor and letting him live in squalor was sentenced Thursday to two years in custody, according to 10News, a media partner of U-T San Diego. Milagros Angeles, 63, will be allowed to serve that time in local jail instead of prison. She pleaded guilty last month in El Cajon Superior Court to false imprisonment of an elder and forgery, both felonies.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/12/caregiver-sentenced-elder-case/