January 18, 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:
- California lawmakers take another crack at single payer healthcare bill (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry Brown’s budget demands would strip demands, payments from local governments (Sacramento Bee)
- Education magazine gives California a “C” for its students (Sacramento Bee)
- California in eye of Internet piracy storm (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Can $20 a head “cash mobs” save local shops? (U-T San Diego)
- E. County leaders like their politics unbuttoned (U-T San Diego)
- Parents protest, but are told school attendance boundaries won’t change (La Mesa Patch)
- San Diego County Water Authority challenges rate (KPBS)
- Stuck in traffic, long awaited Park Place project awaits fifth study (La Mesa Patch)
- Chaldeans launch community newspaper (U-T San Diego)
- Chickens finally okayed in Santee (U-T San Diego)
- 5 involved in Sweetwater District probe plead not guilty (10 News)
- Sweetwater says workers stole from cafeterias (U-T San Diego)
- Campaign limits proposed for Southwestern and San Diego Schools (U-T San Diego)
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California lawmakers take another crack at single payer healthcare bill (Sacramento Bee)
January 17, 2012 -- California's "Medicare for all" bill goes before a key Senate committee today, the latest chapter in a long-running battle between universal health insurance supporters and business.
Senate Bill 810, introduced by San Francisco Democrat Sen. Mark Leno, would establish a California Healthcare Agency to run a single-payer health care system that would pool employer and employee payments. It would administer the money and negotiate rates with doctors, hospitals and other medical providers.
Jerry Brown’s budget demands would strip demands, payments from local governments (Sacramento Bee)
January 18, 2012 -- When former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tried to repeal a state law requiring to keep dogs and cats longer before euthanizing them, outrage from was so overwhelming he was forced to drop the idea.
Eight years later, Gov. is proposing to repeal provisions of the same law. But this time – owing to improved shelter conditions and to years of tough budget conditioning – hardly anyone has complained.
Education magazine gives California a “C” for its students (Sacramento Bee)
January 12, 2012 -- California's 6 million-student public education system receives high marks for setting high academic standards but very low grades for meeting those standards and in the latest nationalrankings by Education Week magazine.
Overall, the state receives a "C grade for its public schools with a mark of 76.1 on the 1-100 scale, slightly below the nation as a whole. For the fourth year in a row, Maryland's schools came out on top at 87.8 while South Dakota came in last with 68.1.
California in eye of Internet piracy storm (San Francisco Chronicle)
January 17, 2012 -- A festering battle over legislation to crack down on Internet piracy promises to escalate sharply on Wednesday when Wikipedia and other websites have vowed to go dark in protest.
Two of California's biggest industries, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, are on opposite sides of the issue, putting heat on the state's two senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Both Democrats are co-sponsoring the legislation, known in the Senate as the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, and in the House as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. The Senate has scheduled a test vote on the legislation next week.
Can $20 a head “cash mobs” save local shops? (U-T San Diego)
January 16, 2012 -- You’ve heard about flash mobs, but what about cash mobs?
E. County leaders like their politics unbuttoned (U-T San Diego)
January 12, 2012 -- Cue the lights. Cue the camera. Cue the exclamation marks.
San Diego County Water Authority challenges rate (KPBS)
January 9, 2012 -- A state-court lawsuit challenges the amount charged to San Diego water users by the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles.
Stuck in traffic, long awaited Park Place project awaits fifth study (La Mesa Patch)
Chaldeans launch community newspaper (U-T San Diego)
January 11, 2012 -- East County’s growing Chaldean community is turning to old-school media to create a new voice.
Chickens finally okayed in Santee (U-T San Diego)
January 11, 2012 -- There were more than a few "egg-centric" puns that played out at Santee's City Council meeting Wednesday, but in the end, the council voted 3-2 to allow chickens in single-family residential zones.
5 involved in Sweetwater District probe plead not guilty (10 News)
January 13, 2012 -- The ex-superintendent of the Sweetwater Union High School District and four other people pleaded not guilty Friday to bribery, perjury and other charges.
Former SUHSD Superintendent Jesus Gandara, trustees Arlie Ricasa and Pearl Quinones, 16-year former board member Greg Sandoval, and Henry Amigable, an executive who worked for a construction company hired by the school district, all remain free on their own recognizance.
Sweetwater says workers stole from cafeterias (U-T San Diego)
January 11, 2012 -- Eight cafeteria workers are under investigation in the Sweetwater Union High School District as officials examine allegations of widespread theft and nepotism, citing at least $500,000 in losses.
Campaign limits proposed for Southwestern and San Diego Schools (U-T San Diego)
January 11, 2012 -- Representatives from two local education agencies are proposing clamping down on campaign contributions in the wake of a criminal probe into relationships between contractors and politicians in South County. Southwestern College trustee Humberto Peraza has proposed reeling in what he called a “shocking” and “ridiculous” lack of limits on campaign contributions for the community college district. San Diego school board member Richard Barrera wants to ban board of education candidates from accepting campaign contributions from organizations and political action committees — including those run by labor unions, political organizations and corporations.