June 7, 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:
- Bill protects businesses from disability act suits (Sacramento Bee)
- Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters (California Watch)
- More water to be shipped to California; good news for avocado growers (North County Times)
- Fire Chief saves colleague’s life (NBC)
- AT&T opposes SDG&E wildfire recovery request (North County Times)
- Civic leader Jim Wieboldt drops out of race for La Mesa City Council (La Mesa Patch)
- Grossmont and Alvarado hospitals get B and C grades for safety (La Mesa Patch)
- Bullets fired in field hit close to residents, Hanson Elementary (Ramona Patch)
- Man Who Tried To Kill Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison (10 News)
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Bill protects businesses from disability act suits (Sacramento Bee)
May 29, 2012 -- The state Senate passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at protecting small businesses from attorneys who demand quick settlement money under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, said they were trying to balance the civil rights of disabled people against concerns about a growing predatory legal practice.
Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters (California Watch)
May 30, 2012 -- Elections officials throughout California missed a deadline to send 8,250 ballots to overseas and military voters for next week’s presidential primary, prompting a lawsuit and swift settlement over the weekend between the state officials and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Eleven of the state’s 58 counties violated the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act by failing to send ballots to voters abroad on April 21 – 45 days before the primary. While about 5,450 of the late ballots were sent out within two days of missing the deadline, some were delayed as much as a week.
More water to be shipped to California; good news for avocado growers (North County Times)
May 23 2012 -- In a rare piece of good news for water-short California, the state has raised this year's estimated water shipments from the State Water Project to 65 percent of normal, up from 60 percent announced on April 16.
The project is one of two main sources of water for Southern California. Its water is especially sought after by farmers because it is lower in salt than the other main source, the Colorado River.
Fire Chief saves colleague’s life (NBC)
June 5, 2012 -- Former San Miguel fire chief Augie Ghio talks to NBC 7 reporter Tony Shin about his near brush with death. Thankfully, his friend and San Diego City Fire Chief Javier Mainar was there to save him.
AT&T opposes SDG&E wildfire recovery request (North County Times)
June 6, 2012 -- AT&T and the California Cable and Telecommunications Association, a trade group, oppose San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s to recover wildfire costs from ratepayers, the company and association said in filings with state regulators.
The entrance of AT&T into the debate adds significant political and financial heft to the grassroots opposition to SDG&E's request.
Civic leader Jim Wieboldt drops out of race for La Mesa City Council (La Mesa Patch)
May 30, 2012 -- La Mesa Parking Commission chairman Jim Wieboldt has confirmed to La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch that he has dropped out of the race for city council in 2012.
Wieboldt, who also works in the Crime Prevention Unit of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, said that he has taken his name out of consideration for one of the two available council seats, citing "personal reasons."
Grossmont and Alvarado hospitals get B and C grades for safety (La Mesa Patch)
June 6, 2012 -- Eight hospitals in San Diego County received "A" grades for hospital safety Wednesday from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that measures medical center performance.
Top grades in the annual report were received by Fallbrook Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Palomar Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, Pomerado Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Sharp Coronado Hospital and UCSD Medical Center.
Bullets fired in field hit close to residents, Hanson Elementary (Ramona Patch)
June 3, 2012 -- Multiple shots were reportedly fired near Hanson Elementary School June 2 at around 10 a.m., according to the sheriff's department.
Ramona resident Christine Griffin, who was outside with her husband at the time, called authorities after multiple shots came across the large acre field between Hanson Elementary and the equestrian trail and hit at close range to them in their yard.
Man Who Tried To Kill Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison (10 News)
June 5, 2012 -- A Rancho San Diego man who tried to kill his wife of 25 years by placing a bomb in her truck was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.
Larry Hoagland, 50, will have to serve at least 20 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. He was convicted of premeditated attempted murder and weapons charges for trying to kill the mother of his three children, Connie, who suffered injuries to her feet in a Sept. 23, 2010, explosion.