EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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November 1, 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/REGIONAL

  • The end is near (Turko Files helps bring end to Alpine Blvd. repaving nightmare)
  • The Mayoral candidate scorecard, general election edition (Voice of San Diego)
  • For Filner, it’s always sunny in San Diego  (Voice of San Diego)
  • Filner’s travel becomes campaign issue(UT San Diego)
  • The 2012 elections:  vital issues that affect Latinos (San Diego Free Press)
  • Supervisors could end $1,000 limit on contributions (KPBS)
  • Helix Highlander band takes first place (La Mesa Today)
  • Tesla stores challenge auto dealerships (U-T San Diego)
  • ACLU sues over photo restrictions at border (Sacramento Bee)
  • Spring Valley grocery worker is poster child for New York Times story (La Mesa Patch)
  • From Sex Dolls to Staged Garbage: The Election's Worst Campaign Dirt

STATE

  • Debunked: 6 lies that Biotech and Big Food are telling voters about Prop 37 (San Diego Free Press)
  • CA Charter schools grow to over 1,000 for 2012-13 (U-T San Diego)
  • Court says Arizona group must provide information in CA election (Sacramento Bee)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

LOCAL/REGIONAL

The end is near (Turko Files helps bring end to Alpine Blvd. repaving nightmare)

October 26, 2012 -- Last month KUSI's Michael Turko exposed a controversial plan that could have put a stranglehold on the city of Alpine for another year and a half. Now Turko says that plan has been abandoned and Alpine businesses are thrilled. That should give local businesses the breather they need. By the way, SDG&E is picking up most of the cost of that repaving job.

http://www.kusi.com/story/19925208/the-end-is-near

The Mayoral candidate scorecard, general election edition (Voice of San Diego)

October 29, 2012 -- We figure you're no less busy than you were during San Diego's mayoral primary campaign.

Back then, we did a scorecard breaking down the candidates' positions on key issues. We've done the same now for Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner with lots of new issues making the cut.

If you want to spend more time learning about everything on the list, we've linked to our Reader's Guides, and other good background pieces below the graphic. We've also highlighted the candidates' stances that have changed over time.

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/article_2c9ee344-1fc8-11e2-85ad-001a4bcf887a.html

For Filner, it’s always sunny in San Diego  (Voice of San Diego)

July 2, 2012 -- In Bob Filner’s San Diego, city and school buildings will be powered by the sun’s indefatigable rays.

Solar energy makes up a major part of Filner’s economic development proposal and his branding of San Diego. The city, he has said, should become “the alternative energy capital of the nation.”

“I’ll mandate all public buildings be solar-powered within five years,” Filner said at a candidate forum in May. “It will save money, create jobs and allow us to be proud of ourselves as a city.”

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/article_111e9800-c251-11e1-baa0-0019bb2963f4.html

Filner’s travel becomes campaign issue(UT San Diego)

October 19, 2012 -- Mayoral candidate Bob Filner says 16 free trips he’s taken since 2000 were all justifiable excursions, including one to Paris and a short hop to Chicago to appear on “Oprah.”

“I plead guilty to doing my job as a congressman, informing myself about world issues, building relationships with world leaders and fighting for human rights,” he said.

Filner was responding to opponent Carl DeMaio’s criticisms of his privately financed junkets over the last 12 years with a combined price tag of nearly $40,000.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/19/filners-travel-becomes-campaign-issue/

The 2012 elections:  vital issues that affect Latinos (San Diego Free Press)

October 28, 2012 -- The growing Latino population within the country has now reached 50 million people of which 24 million are registered to vote. This population is predominantly located within the large urban areas and in the key political states of New York, California, Texas and Florida. This is a generally young population which works and pays taxes that benefit all of our society and will do so for many years to come.

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2012/10/the-2012-elections-vital-issues-that-affect-latinos/

Supervisors could end $1,000 limit on contributions (KPBS)

October 24, 2012 -- A $1,000 limit on the amount of money that political parties are allowed to contribute to candidates in county of San Diego elections could be eliminated soon, according to documents posted online today.

At a meeting next week, the Board of Supervisors will take up a proposal to end the restriction on party contributions and increase the $500 donation limit for individuals, in step with the area's inflation rate. The board would schedule a public hearing, probably on Dec. 4, before giving final approval to the amendments to county campaign finance laws.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/oct/24/supervisors-could-end-1000-political-contribution-/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29

Helix Highlander band takes first place (La Mesa Today)

October 30, 2012 -- Congratulations to the Helix Highlander Band for their first place 4A division win at the Mt. Carmel Tournament of Bands on October 27th.  After months of hard work, and countless hours of practice both on and off the field, our students performed their Field Show, “Music from Carmen,” beautifully.  The Band is judged on music, marching and the general effect of the show.  The level of dedication and determination our students demonstrate never ceases to amaze.

http://www.lamesatoday.com/profiles/blogs/helix-highlander-band-takes-first-place?xg_source=activity

Tesla stores challenge auto dealerships (U-T San Diego)

October 26, 2012 -- Inspired by Apple electronics stores, Tesla Motors is taking the pitch for its new luxury plug-in electric car to high foot-traffic malls and shopping areas, expanding a small network of sleek stores and "galleries" across the country.

Opening its all-glass doors on Friday, a Tesla store at an upscale shopping mall in San Diego extolled the aesthetic, engineering and environmental prowess of the back-ordered Model S hatchback sedan.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/26/tesla-auto-stores-galleries-challenge-auto-dealers/

ACLU sues over photo restrictions at border (Sacramento Bee)

October 25, 2012 --  The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over restrictions on taking photos and recording video at ports of entry, saying the policy prohibits the public from documenting possible misconduct by authorities.

The federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of two activists who say authorities deleted their photos at California border crossings with Mexico.

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/10/25/4939603/aclu-sues-over-taking-photos-at.html#mi_rss=AP%20State%20News

Spring Valley grocery worker is poster child for New York Times story (La Mesa Patch)

October 28, 2012 -- A 2,600-word New York Times story on the plight of part-time workers features the Fresh & Easy store in Spring Valley and employee Shannon Hardin.  

The front-page report by Steven Greenhouse, published Sunday, says Hardin, 50, oversees seven self-checkout stations at the Campo Road grocery, “usually by herself.”

http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/spring-valley-grocery-worker-is-poster-child-for-new-york-times-story

 

From Sex Dolls to Staged Garbage: The Election's Worst Campaign Dirt

November 1, 2012 -- The campaign attacks seem to get worse every year, and the 2012 election is no exception.San Diegans are enduring plenty of nasty commercials, mailers and online posts.We put together a list of some of the worst offenders.

• District 1 dig on Councilwoman Sherri Lightner

Two recent mailers accused the councilwoman of political corruption and say she rewarded campaign supporters with taxpayer money.

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/government/article_c625f8ac-2489-11e2-b96d-001a4bcf887a.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+voice-of-san-diego-all-articles+%28All+articles+voiceofsandiego.org+--+full+feed%29

STATE

Debunked: 6 lies that Biotech and Big Food are telling voters about Prop 37 (San Diego Free Press)

October 28, 2012 -- Since Oct. 1, Monsanto and the rest of the Biotech and Big Food gang have been pounding the California airwaves with nearly $36 million worth of boldface lies and twisted truths.

Their goal? Misinform and confuse California voters into believing they’d be better off not knowing what pesticide-makers are hiding in their foods, than they would be if food manufacturers had to label genetically modified foods.

http://sandiegofreepress.org/2012/10/debunked-6-lies-that-biotech-and-big-food-are-telling-voters-about-prop-37/

CA Charter schools grow to over 1,000 for 2012-13 (U-T San Diego)

October 25, 2012 -- The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) yesterday announced that 109 charter schools opened across the state for the 2012-13 school year, surpassing last year’s new charter school openings (100) and bringing the total number of charter schools in California to 1,065. In addition, enrollment grew by an unprecedented 70,000 students, or 17%, for a total of over 484,000 students in charters. California maintained its position as the state in the nation with the highest number of charter schools and charter school students. This growth comes despite intense funding, facilities and authorizing challenges faced by charter schools.

http://scoopsandiego.com/news/local/ca-charter-schools-grow-to-over-for-the--/article_71c75736-1e28-11e2-954b-0019bb30f31a.html

Court says Arizona group must provide information in CA election (Sacramento Bee)

October 30, 2012 -- A Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that an obscure Arizona nonprofit must document the source of its $11 million initiative contribution, siding with the state's Fair Political Practices Commission.

The state campaign watchdog agency and Gov. Jerry Brown have railed against Phoenix-based Americans for Responsible Leadership for cloaking its contributors, saying voters deserve to know who is behind the eight-figure check. The funds went to a business committee opposed to Brown's tax initiative, Proposition 30, and supportive of a measure restricting union dues collection, Proposition 32.

http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/10/court-tentatively-rules-against-watchdog-agency-in-donor-case.html