July 26, 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:
- Health insurance rebates due next week across California (Sacramento Bee)
- California Parks Director resigns amid scandal (Sacramento Bee)
- Prop 32 opponents blast measure as flawed, unfair (Sacramento Bee)
- 4th night of unrest in Anaheim as protesters confront police (San Diego Free Press)
- Will California’s controversial desalination plant get off the ground? Here’s the last hurdle it faces (Alternet)
- Foreclosures plummet in San Diego County (UT San Diego)
- Council won’t sign PBID yet (La Mesa Today)
- San Diego: America’s Olympic capital (UT San Diego)
- Lakeside’s Long new face of Olympics (UT San Diego)
- Abuse of power allegations levied against Border Patrol (10 News)
- Video shows border agent destroying water for migrants (10 News)
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Health insurance rebates due next week across California (Sacramento Bee)
July 25, 2012 -- Consumers across California will be gettingrebate checks from their health insurers next week – one of the first tangible results of the federal health care overhaul.
About 1.8 million Californians will be getting money back, either directly or through a reduction in their monthly premium. The average California rebate: about $65 a family.
California Parks Director resigns amid scandal (Sacramento Bee)
July 20, 2012 -- The director of California's state parks resigned and a deputy was fired Friday after officials learned the department sat on nearly $54 million in surplus money for years while parks were threatened with closure over budget cuts.
Ruth Coleman, director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation, stepped down, and chief deputy Michael Harris was let go amid questions about the underreported funds that date back 12 years, announced state Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird, whose agency oversees the parks department.
Prop 32 opponents blast measure as flawed, unfair (Sacramento Bee)
July 23, 2012 -- Leaders and activists representing good government advocates and labor organizations today officially lauched their fight against a campaign finance reform measure on the November ballot, depicting it as unfair and fatally flawed.
The measure, Proposition 32, eliminates payroll-deducted monies from use for political purposes by unions and corporations. It also bans campaign contributions by either interest group, although both could continue spending unlimited sums on independent expenditure efforts.
4th night of unrest in Anaheim as protesters confront police (San Diego Free Press)
July 25, 2012 -- Unrest continued last night – Tuesday, July 24th – in Anaheim, the fourth night in a row – between community residents protesting recent police lethal shootings and law enforcement. 24 arrests were made yesterday and overnight, near a half dozen injuries occurred during the seven hours of conflict Tuesday that ended around 2 a.m.
Anaheim police remained on alert Wednesday. The family of the man fatally shot on Saturday are suing the City and police and a support caravan from San Diego is going up to Anaheim on Sunday, July 29th.
Will California’s controversial desalination plant get off the ground? Here’s the last hurdle it faces (Alternet)
July 17, 2012 -- After more than a decade spent talking about building a large-scale ocean desalination plant in Carlsbad, California, the private equity firm proposing to finance the project has one last hurdle to overcome: It needs someone to agree to buy the water.
Poseidon Resources has put forth several iterations over the years of its proposed plant in San Diego County, expected to produce up to 50 million gallons of freshwater daily. In one attempt , Poseidon inked agreements with local water agencies claiming it could sell water at no greater cost than imported water supplies.
Foreclosures plummet in San Diego County (UT San Diego)
July 23, 2012 -- More San Diego County homeowners turned to short sales to avert foreclosure in the second quarter as the local market continued to gain momentum. Those were key factors that pushed down distress to lower-than-normal levels, based on a report from DataQuick on Monday.
The number of San Diegans who received default notices, the first step in the formal foreclosure process, fell 1.4 percent in the second quarter of this year (April to June) to 4,099 compared to the same period in 2011. This marks the lowest level of mortgage defaults seen in a single quarter in more than five years. In the first quarter of 2007 3,931 default notices were filed.
Council won’t sign PBID yet (La Mesa Today)
July 25, 2012 -- This city is in its Centennial year and, well, its politics is showing its age.
Some may interpret that judgment as respect for the complexity of its issues and the measured ways it resolves its differences.
Others who sat through Tuesday night's council meeting might see a touch of dementia in this aging.
For nearly two hours, the council listened as various factions of the community adamantly expressed their views of plans to establish a professional management for the city's historic Village downtown. This was not the confusing part of the meeting. The lines in these speaker sands were as clear as lines on a map.
San Diego: America’s Olympic capital (UT San Diego)
July 21, 2012 -- Everyone just assumes 800-meter runner Alice Schmidt moved here in 2005 for the weather, or the chance to play volleyball on weekends and take barefoot runs in Tidelands Park, or the vast resources of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, or the expert coaching of Joaquim Cruz, a gold and silver medalist in her event. They assume wrong.
Schmidt, who grew up in Nebraska and ran for the University of North Carolina, moved here because her husband got into California Western School of Law.
Lakeside’s Long new face of Olympics (UT San Diego)
July 24, 2102 -- Nic Long tried out for the golf team as a freshman at El Capitan High in Lakeside. He played poorly that day. Got cut.
That’s the extent of his high school sports career.
“I wasn’t like a big, popular kid,” says Long, now 22. “I never really hung out with anybody (from school) outside of school. I just kept to myself and tried to do the least amount of homework possible. I didn’t stick out much, beside my long hair.”
Abuse of power allegations levied against Border Patrol (10 News)
July 23, 2012 -- A South Bay family is accusing the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego of overstepping their authority during an intense early morning raid that some have said was motivated by revenge.However, the 10News I-Team learned the law enforcement action was not what it seemed. It was a Chula Vista residence targeted in a U.S. Border Patrol investigation over a confrontation at a taco stand.
Video shows border agent destroying water for migrants (10 News)
July 20, 2012 -- One of the lesser-known missions of the U.S. Border Patrol is to rescue illegal immigrants who are in distress, dehydrated or injured as they try to cross into the U.S.
However, video obtained by PBS shows border agents destroying the vital water legally placed in the desert by humanitarian groups.
In the footage, Border Patrol Agent David Kermes can be seen not only openly dumping humanitarian water supplies meant for illegal immigrants, he is also heard openly showing contempt. With his face just inches from the camera, he said, "I don't care."