EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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October 4, 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                  

  • Voters weigh proposal on trafficking (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown veto seeks closer ties between California healthcare law and federal act (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown signs laws to provide free online college textbooks (Sacramento Bee)
  • New California law sets up framework for spending ‘cap and trade’ revenues (Sacramento Bee)
  • California bans gay “conversion” therapy for minors (Reuters)

LOCAL/REGIONAL

  • LMSV Board to Superintendent: Study “magnet” schools now (La Mesa Today)
  • Council approves “River Bend” project in Allied Gardens (KPBS)
  • Port Commission claims UT CEO threatened him;  CEO says not true (KPBS)
  • San Diego Democrats regain lead in registered voters (UT San Diego)
  • Criminal charge filed in Poway teen’s death (10 News)
  • Camp makes some money for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)
  • Jeweler sues National City over gold-buying ban (UT San Diego)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

STATE

Voters weigh proposal on trafficking (Sacramento Bee)

October 2, 2012 -- Dellena Hoyer says she was 12 years old, a runaway in Oak Park with nowhere to go, when she met her first pimp.

She describes a life in tatters: a neglectful mother, sexually abusive relatives, a growing résumé of group and foster homes. Having fled yet another, she said, she stood on the street that night, not knowing where she would sleep.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/02/4872829/prop-35-backers-say-human-trafficking.html

Jerry Brown veto seeks closer ties between California healthcare law and federal act (Sacramento Bee)

October 3, 2012 -- Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Sunday requiring California health insurers to cover all individuals regardless of medical condition, citing a technical flaw rather than opposition to the most popular part of the federal health care overhaul.

The Democratic governor was concerned that Senate Bill 961 and Assembly Bill 1461 would force health insurers to carry out the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in California even if federal leaders dramatically change the law, such as eliminating the requirement that everyone carry insurance or pay a penalty.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/02/4872431/jerry-brown-veto-seeks-stronger.html

Jerry Brown signs laws to provide free online college textbooks (Sacramento Bee)

September 27, 2012 -- Gov. Jerry Brown today signed legislation to give students access to free online textbooks for common undergraduate courses at California's public colleges and universities.

Senate Bills 1052 and 1053, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, call for the establishment of an online library of digital textbooks for 50 of the most widely taken lower-division courses at the University of California, California State University and state community colleges.

The bills, intended to reduce student costs, were approved on bipartisan votes in the Legislature. Publishing companies that once objected to the bills eventually removed their opposition, and amendments removed a requirement that publishers provide free copies of textbooks in college libraries.

http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/09/jerry-brown-signs-laws-to-provide-free-online-college-textbooks.html

New California law sets up framework for spending ‘cap and trade’ revenues (Sacramento Bee)

October 2, 2012 -- While businesses deride California's new restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions as a giant tax, lawmakers have taken steps to carve up the money.

Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend signed two bills establishing general guidelines on how the expected $1 billion-plus in annual revenue will be spent.

Assembly Bill 1532, by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, D-Los Angeles, requires that the money be spent on environmental purposes, with an emphasis on improving air quality.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/02/4872539/new-california-laws-set-up-framework.html

California bans gay “conversion” therapy for minors (Reuters)

September 30, 2012 -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning a controversial therapy that aims to reverse homosexuality in minors, his office announced on Sunday, making California the first state to ban a practice many say is psychologically damaging.

The move marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say so-called conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/30/us-california-gaytherapy-idUSBRE88T0DR20120930?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

LOCAL/REGIONAL

LMSV Board to Superintendent: Study “magnet” schools now (La Mesa Today)

October 2, 2012 -- Attending La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board meetings in recent years has been painful - filled with layoffs and financial lamentations, rising class sizes and other struggles.

Tuesday evening, the district board changed the tone, for at least the night.

The board voted 5-0 to direct district Superintendent Brian Marshall to begin the process of establishing new "magnet" schools within the district. The board's direction was general, but in discussion with a few members of the public and other district employees present, it was clear the idea of a Science and Technology magnet and a Performing Arts magnet were prominent in everyone's thinking with the middle school years being targeted for these new programs.

http://www.lamesatoday.com/profiles/blogs/la-mesa-spring-valley-school-district

Council approves “River Bend” project in Allied Gardens (KPBS)

The San Diego City Council today gave its unanimous blessing to a nearly 23-acre residential project on undeveloped property along Mission Gorge Road across from the Allied Gardens neighborhood.

The "River Bend'' project will include 996 multi-family units, retail space and a community park fronting the San Diego River. That stretch of the waterway in eastern Mission Valley is currently undeveloped, and the public will be given access when the park is completed.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/oct/02/council-approves-river-bend-project-allied-gardens/

Port Commission claims UT CEO threatened him;  CEO says not true (KPBS)

September 28, 2012 -- The CEO of U-T San Diego Thursday denied sending a threatening email to a port commissioner running for Congress, suggesting the email had been doctored and “somebody could go to jail” for sending it.

Commissioner Scott Peters, who received the email and released it to the Investigations Desk of I-Newsource/KPBS, said, “That’s a doozy,” when told John Lynch was contending the email “is not accurate.”

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/sep/27/port-commissioner-u-t-coming-after-us/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=kpbs-facebook

San Diego Democrats regain lead in registered voters (UT San Diego)

October 2, 2012 -- San Diego County is blue again.

A month after Republicans touted an ever-so-slender lead in registered voters, local Democrats have once again resumed the distinction.

County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler released a report last week showing that, as of Sept. 30, Democrats had taken the lead by 3,881 voters. Of the county’s 1.48 million registered voters, 518,463 were Democrats and 514,582 were Republicans.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/02/san-diego-democrats-reclaim-lead-registered-voters/

Criminal charge filed in Poway teen’s death (10 News)

October 2, 2012 -- The father of a boy who was with a 17-year-old Poway boy when he apparently shot himself fatally was charged with criminal storage of a firearm, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Kevin Brennick, 49, will be arraigned Oct. 16 in connection with the death of Luke Lipscomb.

Lipscomb was shot Nov. 4, 2011 in Brennick's home on Midland Road. The boy, a Poway High School junior, was shot between the eyes with a .22-caliber rifle and died at a hospital two weeks later.

http://www.10news.com/news/criminal-charge-filed-in-poway-teens-death

Camp makes some money for Lemon Grove (UT San Diego)

October 2, 2012 -- Lemon Grove’s recreation department was bounced in May 2011, which led to the cutting of most of the city’s youth programs.

Although some services were retained, the department was disbanded to help close a gap of more than $300,000 and to keep from drawing from the city’s reserves.

The city’s summer camp survived, and this year it brought it just more than $10,000 to the city, Public Works Director Mike James reported at a City Council meeting Tuesday. The cost of the camp to participants was $95 a week, $80 for three days a week or $35 for a single day.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/02/camp-makes-some-money-lemon-grove/

Jeweler sues National City over gold-buying ban (UT San Diego)

October 1, 2012 -- A San Diego jewelry store filed a lawsuit against the city of National City on Monday for what the store argues is a costly and unconstitutional citywide moratorium on buying gold.

In May 2011, San Diego-based Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers took the first steps to open an estate-buying store in National City that would buy and sell used jewelry. One three-year lease, two city permits, four months and several thousand dollars later, the company was informed it couldn’t open for business yet.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/01/jeweler-sues-national-city-over-gold-buying/