EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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November 13, 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:

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LOCAL/REGIONAL

Filner’s priorities (U-T San Diego)

November 10, 2012 -- On the campaign trail, Rep. Bob Filner repeatedly said he would break the control that developers and lobbyists have over City Hall and return the decision-making power back to the city’s neighborhoods. Now that he is San Diego’s mayor-elect, here’s a look at what he has said he hopes to accomplish under a Filner administration.

Judge rejects gag order in SDG&E noose case (U-T San Diego)

November 9, 2012 -- A Superior Court judge refused on Friday to block a lawyer suing San Diego Gas & Electric Co. from sharing details of the case with reporters in advance of the trial.

Judge Jeffrey Barton rejected the utility’s argument that attorney Daniel Gilleon could taint the jury pool by publicizing testimony taken in depositions earlier this year. Depositions in the case have been featured by the U-T Watchdog team and 10News.

La Mesa Police warn of mall robbers (U-T San Diego)

November 7, 2012 -- Police said Wednesday that two men involved in the robbery of a woman Monday night in a Grossmont Center parking lot may be suspects in similar crimes at the mall and in nearby cities.

The robbery occurred about 6:25 p.m. near Fuddruckers restaurant on Grossmont Center Drive.

The woman was walking with her children when a car drove by and a passenger leaned out a window and grabbed her purse. She was dragged a few feet and was treated at a hospital for a wrist injury.

Girl bitten 6 times after stepping n rattler nest (KUSI)

November 9, 2012 -- A San Diego County girl is recovering after she stepped into a rattlesnake nest and was bitten six times. Sixteen-year-old Vera Oliphant of El Cajon tells UT San Diego (http://bit.ly/S2Z0EK ) that she's lucky to be alive. Vera says she was visiting her uncle in Jamul on Oct. 27 when she went up a hill to get cellphone reception to call her mother.

Escondido scrambling in wake of Prop P (North County Times)

November 10, 2012 -- Because Escondido voters rejected Proposition P on Tuesday, City Council members will meet this week to discuss the dwindling number of options they have in the face of a potentially costly voting-rights lawsuit.

The council tried to resolve the lawsuit, which says Escondido’s at-large elections discriminate against Latinos, by including a change to geographic election districts in Proposition P.

Jerry Sanders named CEO of regional chamber of commerce (Lemon Grove Patch)

November 8, 2012 -- Jerry Sanders will be changing work addresses next month, but only by a few blocks, as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that the departing mayor will become its new president and CEO.

Sanders will replace Ruben Barrales on Dec. 4. His term as mayor of the city of San Diego ends one day earlier, when he will be succeeded by Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego.

Suspects ID’d in Lakeside rock throwing ((U-T San Diego)

November 9, 2012 -- Three Lakeside juveniles have been identified as suspects in two incidents of throwing rocks at moving vehicles this week, including one that resulted in damage to a San Diego Police Department patrol car, the California Highway Patrol said Friday.

The boys were questioned and released to their parents, and the case has been submitted to the juvenile division of the District Attorney’s Office for review, CHP Officer C. Aguerre said.

STATE

ACLU asks courts t block part of Prop 35 on human trafficking  (Sacramento Bee)

November 9, 2012 -- The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the courts to block provisions of California's new voter-approved law targeting human trafficking.

The federal court in Sacramento granted a request for a temporary restraining order to halt implementation of Proposition 35 pending a hearing, writing that the "plaintiffs have raised serious questions about whether the challenged sections of the (proposition) violate their First Amendment right to free speech and other constitutional rights."

Jerry plan plans to restrain Democratic desires at capital (Sacramento Bee)

November 9, 2012 -- The din of election night parties spilled into morning as California Democrats soaked in their victories, but the politician who had perhaps the most to celebrate – Gov. Jerry Brown – had gone home.

He was preparing to address the media, consulting a Bible and measuring his words.

Moody’s says  Prop 30 passage a boost to school credit (Sacramento Bee)

November 9, 2012 -- After previously threatening downgrades if Proposition 30 had failed, Moody's Investors Service said Thursday that voter approval of the tax initiative positively impacted the credit ratings of California's K-12 districts and colleges.

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers enacted a June budget that put education funding at risk this year if voters had rejected the measure. Moody's warned before the election that it would have begun reviewing the most perilously positioned K-12 districts for a credit downgrade if that had come to pass.


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