October 25, 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:
- Scout files show abuse in county (U-T San Diego)
- La Mesa ready to allow beer and wine-making (U-T San Diego)
- U.S. to study cancer risk near San Onofre nuclear plant (KPBS)
- Appeals court deals another blow to sprawling Fanita Ranch project (Santee Patch)
- DeMaio once attacked tax hike he now champions (Voice of San Diego)
- U-T San Diego publishes questionable poll in mayoral race (LGTB Times/Free Press)
- California woman survives car bombing, husband’s double life (ABC)
- Another DeMaio scandal: U.S. attorney Laura Duffy (LGTB Weekly)
- San Vicente Dam reaches full height (FoxCT)
- California has lowered number of uninsured children (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry Brown accuses anti-tax group of illegal money laundering (Sacramento Bee)
- Medical pot growers ravage state forest habitat (Sacramento Bee)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
Scout files show abuse in county (U-T San Diego)
October 20, 2012 -- Decades-old court files and confidential records kept by the Boy Scouts of America show that San Diego County was not spared the repeated sexual abuse of scouts by leaders.
There was the den leader ousted from his Cub Scout pack in El Cajon in 1990 when he was arrested for luring an 8-year-old into his home, wrapping a cord around his neck and fondling him.
La Mesa ready to allow beer and wine-making (U-T San Diego)
October 23, 2012 -- After a public hearing, the La Mesa City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to amend the municipal code to allow wine and beer creation in commercial and industrial areas of the city.
There will be a second review before the change can go into effect.
A portion of the city’s municipal code written in 1979 has forbidden the manufacture of various products in the city, in addition to wine and beer. They include charcoal, certain cement products, detergents and soap using animal fat, fertilizers, glass, insecticides, meat and poultry (slaughtering), paints, wax, petroleum products and hazardous materials.
U.S. to study cancer risk near San Onofre nuclear plant (KPBS)
October 24, 2012 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is launching a pilot study of cancer risks in people living near six U.S. nuclear power plants, including the San Onofre generating station in Southern California.
That plant has been offline since Jan. 31 to repair corroded steam generator tubes.
The $2 million study announced Tuesday will look at multiple types of cancer in populations around plants in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee and near a uranium fuel producer in Tennessee. It also will specifically examine cancers in children living near the facilities.
Appeals court deals another blow to sprawling Fanita Ranch project (Santee Patch)
October 23, 2012 -- An appellate court ruled Friday in favor of the opponents of the Fanita
Ranch project, a 1,380-unit development that would cover thousands of acres on Santee’s northern edge. That decision comes in the wake of two earlier legal setbacks for Fanita Ranch.
The city of Santee approved the latest iteration of development at Fanita Ranch in 2007. Subsequently, after legal challenges by Preserve Wild Santee, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Endangered Habitats League, a superior court judge twice ruled that the city failed to adequately consider the project’s fire safety impacts. Friday’s California Court of Appeal decision adds to these rulings, finding that the city improperly deferred dealing with the project’s effects on the endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly and did not properly consider the project’s water supply demands.
DeMaio once attacked tax hike he now champions (Voice of San Diego)
October 15, 2012 -- With a possible San Diego tax increase on the horizon in fall 2005, the budget hawk swooped.
Carl DeMaio, then-owner of Performance Institute, a government-training company, pennedan op-ed eviscerating the plan:
They're at it again! The politicians and lobbyists at San Diego City Hall have concocted yet another plan to impose a stealth tax in San Diego. The net increase of the tax is estimated to be $9.6 million — all of which will go to the same City Hall that already cannot account for two years' worth of revenue it has spent. What's worse, this scheme they plan to impose is a tax that has been voted on and decisively rejected by San Diego voters not once, but twice in the past two years.
U-T San Diego publishes questionable poll in mayoral race (LGTB Times/Free Press)
October 21, 2012 -- The San Diego U-T published a poll suggesting that Carl DeMaio is ahead in the mayoral race by ten points. Shocking. You mean Doug Manchester and the U-T have conducted a poll that supports his candidate, DeMaio? No other poll has shown DeMaio in the lead. So I guess the cheese stands alone, as the old nursery rhyme goes. We in the LGBT community know that the U-T coverage of the mayor’s race has been cheesy at best.
Let’s analyze the actual U-T poll. First the margin of error is +/- 4%. That means that you can subtract 4% from DeMaio and add 4% to Filner. That would mean DeMaio could be as low as 42% and Filner as high as 40%. Hmm, that would make it a 2% lead for DeMaio. Of course, there are more issues with the headline and the poll.
California woman survives car bombing, husband’s double life (ABC)
October 19, 2012 -- Connie Hoagland, a mother of three from suburban San Diego, says she is ready to forgive and forget the man who tried to kill her by planting a bomb in her car more than two years ago.That man was her husband."I don't want to think about him anymore," she told "20/20." "I just am done with that. I had to forgive him."
Another DeMaio scandal: U.S. attorney Laura Duffy (LGTB Weekly)
October 20, 2012 -- Many are asking whether US Attorney Laura Duffy should resign amid allegations of a conflict of interest. The answer is a resounding yes. Duffy, reputedly a lesbian, organized an event for the Jewish community that had mayoral candidates Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio debating. Duffy not only organized the event, she established the parameters and was the apparent sole arbiter to ensure that each candidate played by the rules.
Congressman Bob Filner complained about the apparent partisanship showed by Duffy during the debate when she allowed DeMaio to ask direct questions to him that were beyond the level of civil discourse expected in mayoral campaigns.
San Vicente Dam reaches full height (FoxCT)
October 17, 2012 -- The San Vicente Dam, now that roller-compacted concrete placement is complete, has reached its new full height of 337 feet. The San Diego County Water Authority raised the dam 117 feet to more than double the reservoir s capacity.
California has lowered number of uninsured children (Sacramento Bee)
October 24, 2012 -- California, the nation's most populous state, also has the nation's largest number of medically uninsured children, but has lowered that number sharply in recent years, according to a new study by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute.
Ironically, however, the study attributes that decline from 2009 to 2011, in part, to the state's Healthy Families program, which was repealed this year as part of the 2012-13 state budget, saving $13 million. Children who had been insured under Healthy Families are now being shifted into the Medi-Cal program, a move that has angered children's health advocates.
Jerry Brown accuses anti-tax group of illegal money laundering (Sacramento Bee)
October 21, 2012 -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday accused opponents of his Nov. 6 ballot measure of illegal money laundering, saying the committee that accepted an $11 million donation from an out-of-state group is shielding the identities of its donors because it is ashamed of them.
"I think it's crucial to find out about this stuff, and I think the law of California is violated in this respect: A committee, when it gets money, particularly of $11 million, has a duty to understand where it comes from," Brown told reporters after speaking to members of the California Teachers Association at a campaign event. "Is this money from a foreign source? That's illegal. Is it money from terrorists? That's illegal. Or what? So, in order to assure yourself that everything is up and up, you've got to find out where it is."
Medical pot growers ravage state forest habitat (Sacramento Bee)
October 21, 2012 -- California's annual medical marijuana harvest is just about done, but this year brings a new revelation sweeping the nascent industry: The feel-good herb may not, in fact, be so good for the environment.
From golden Sierra foothills to forested coastal mountains, an explosion of pseudo-legal medical marijuana farms has dramatically changed the state's landscape over the past two years.