EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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May 31, 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:   
 
 
 
 
 
LOCAL
  • Radioactive bluefin tuna caught off coast of California (10 News)
  • A special Memorial Day delivery for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
  • Soccer unites refugee and immigrant kids (UT San Diego)
  • Fletcher campaign receives over $56,000 from donors outside of state (Reader)
  • Portion of Interstate 8 dedicated to fallen agent  Robert W. Rosas (Backcountry Messenger)
  • New library, updated school for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
STATE
  • CA Senate passes bill prohibiting schools and employers from asking for Facebook passwords (Sacramento Bee)
  • California Democrats bid for 2/3 control of state Senate (Sacramento Bee)
  • Mentally ill inmates on the rise (Sacramento Bee) 
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LOCAL
 
Radioactive bluefin tuna caught off coast of California (10 News)
 
May 28, 2012 -- Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away -- the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance.
 
"We were frankly kind of startled," said Nicholas Fisher, one of the researchers reporting the findings online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
http://www.10news.com/news/31122527/detail.html
 
A special Memorial Day delivery for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
 
May 28, 2012 -- City Councilman Dave Allan arrived right on schedule in the nation's capital Monday to deliver a special Memorial Day message from La Mesa.
Allan, above with capital staffers Ellen Malin of Rep. Duncan Hunter's office, and Ericka Perryman, of Rep. Darrell Issa's office, placed the special La Mesa commemorative marker at the World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall. Allan originally intended to leave the marker at the Vietnam Memorial, but security for President Barack Obama's speech there Monday prohibited leaving anything at that memorial for the day.
http://www.lamesatoday.com/profiles/blogs/memorial-day
 
Soccer unites refugee and immigrant kids (UT San Diego)
 
May 28, 2012 -- Akuar. Robel. Jose. Ara. Lei.
                          Kenya. Iraq. Mexico. Turkey. Myanmar.
Common language: soccer.
El Cajon’s Wells Park welcomes the boys twice a week for drills, scrimmages and small team coaching. Across the grass field, chatter is heard not just in English but also in Arabic, Spanish, Urdu and a mosaic of other languages.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/may/28/soccer-unites-refugee-and-immigrant-kids/ 
Fletcher campaign receives over $56,000 from donors outside of state (Reader)
 
May 26, 2012 -- From March 18 to May 19 Nathan Fletcher raised a total of $302,866 in campaign donations, second only to Carl DeMaio, who raised $373,590.Since Fletcher's announcement that he was jumping ship from the GOP, the two candidates have gone at each other. They have traded barbs at debates and traded first place in local polls.
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/may/26/fletcher-campaign-receives-over-56000-from-donors-/
Portion of Interstate 8 dedicated to fallen agent  Robert W. Rosas (Backcountry Messenger)
 
May  2012 -- A  ceremony was held at the Campo Border Patrol Station on April 12th to dedicate a stretch of Interstate 8 in honor of Border Patrol Agent Robert W. Rosas, Jr., who was killed in the line of duty on the night of July 23, 2009.
http://www.backcountrymessenger.com/Edition%20Files/2012/05.12/MAY2012%201.pdf
 
New library, updated school for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
 
May 23, 2012 -- The Lemon Grove school board authorized a joint-use agreement with the county library system Tuesday so that a branch library could be built on a middle school campus, which will be modernized as part of the project.
The funding comes from Proposition W, the $28 million school bond measure passed by voters in 2008.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/may/23/new-library-updated-school-in-lemon-grove/ 
 
STATE
 
CA Senate passes bill prohibiting schools and employers from asking for Facebook passwords (Sacramento Bee)
 
May 25, 2012 -- A bill that would prohibit public and private postsecondary schools or employers from asking students, employees or job applicants to provide a user name and password for personal social media accounts passed in the California state Senate today.
"The reality is that in a social media account there is a lot of private information," said Sen. Leland Yee,D-San Francisco, the author of the bill. Yee added that there is information such as religion on social media accounts that "is protected by state and federal law."
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/05/calif-senate-passes-bill-prohibiiting-schools-and-employers-from-asking-for.html
 
California Democrats bid for 2/3 control of state Senate (Sacramento Bee)
 
May 28, 2012 -- Bill Berryhill's pitch to voters at a recent candidates forum came down to more than just his positions on issues affecting San Joaquin County's 5th Senate District. It was about the balance of power in the Capitol.
"Do you realize if one party gets sole power, you think you're taxed to the max now? Guess what? You better grab your wallet, because they only have one way to go and that's to tax and spend, tax and spend," the Republican assemblyman told the crowd at Tracy's Kimball High.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/28/4520612/california-democrats-bid-for-two.html
Mentally ill inmates on the rise (Sacramento Bee)
 
May 27, 2012 -- Inmates with serious mental illnesses deemed incompetent to stand trial are languishing in California jail cells for months as they wait for state hospital beds to open up, according to advocates, jail officials and family members.

State and county budget cuts to mental health programs are combining with prison realignment and a shrinking number of state hospital beds to exacerbate the problem, they say.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/27/4519117/mentally-ill-inmates-on-the-rise.html