EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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February 9, 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

 

  • Grossmont High School teachers vote to explore becoming charter (La Mesa Patch)
  • Fire Chief Augie Ghio chats about state of San Miguel Fire District following release of RFPs (La Mesa Patch)
  • City Council okays livestock for city residents (10 News)
  • A Guide to Understanding the Sweetwater Scandal (Voice of San Diego)
  • San Onofre shutdown costing up to $1 million a day (KPBS)
  • Secrets of the Centennial: How suffrage put progressive town on path to self determination (La Mesa Patch)
  • Light on cockroaches (Valley Roadrunner editorial on Supervisors’ recent actions)
  • Bob Filner to La Mesa: You have a stake in who is mayor of San Diego(La Mesa Patch)
  • Nuke inspections focus on unusual wear on tubes (Sacramento Bee) 
STATE  
  • Federal appeals court: CA gay marriage ban is unconstitutional (AP)
  • Governor signs bill that allows internal borrowing (Sacramento Bee) 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

LOCAL

 
Grossmont High School teachers vote to explore becoming charter (La Mesa Patch)
 
February 3, 2012 -- Teachers at Grossmont High School have voted “nearly unanimously” to look into becoming a charter school, a teacher involved with the study said Thursday.

“On Wednesday, the staff of Grossmont High School … voted nearly unanimously to explore the option of becoming a charter school,” said the teacher, who declined to be named because “at this point we do not want a single person associated with the charter discussion to be identified.”
http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/grossmont-high-school-teachers-vote-to-explore-becoming-charter-school

 
Fire Chief Augie Ghio chats about state of San Miguel Fire District following release of RFPs (La Mesa Patch)
 
February 1, 2012 -- San Miguel Fire District Fire Chief Augie Ghio wants those residents who live within the agency's boundaries to know one thing: The district is not shutting down.
 
Yes, it’s true that the district is facing a $1.3 million budget deficit, its third such deficit of more than $1 million. And yes, it’s true that they have sent out a Request for Proposal (RFP) about the possibility of outsourcing some components of its mission to another entity. But Ghio, 31-year-veteran of the fire service, is seeking to dispel misinformation and rumors that he has seen and heard.
 http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/fire-chief-augie-ghio-chats-about-the-state-of-the-san-miguel-fire-district-following-release-of-rfp
City Council okays livestock for city residents (10 News)
January 31, 2012 --The San Diego City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to make the city healthier, but the method may be a little intrusive to some neighborhoods.
 
Last March, the city received a $50,000 grant to promote healthier living and urban agriculture. On Tuesday, the City Council voted 8-0 to make it easier for residents to grow and sell food, as well as simplify rules for residents like Eric Robinson to keep chickens, goats and bees.
http://www.10news.com/news/30344873/detail.html
 
A Guide to Understanding the Sweetwater Scandal (Voice of San Diego)
 
January 30, 2012 -- The corruption investigation and scandal that's engulfed the Sweetwater Union High School District, which educates 42,000 South Bay children, has been slowly unfolding for months.
 
Most recently, prosecutors charged four current and former district officials with felonies, alleging that they failed to disclose lavish gifts and traded their influence for expensive meals, show tickets and campaign donations. A contractor has also been charged with bribery.
 
But the scandal has been building for years, and it's not just about one person.
 
San Onofre shutdown costing up to $1 million a day (KPBS)
 
February 2, 2012 -- San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station remained off-line for a second day today after it was shut down by a small gas leak that possibly spread to the atmosphere.
The leak was first detected at the power plant just north of Camp Pendleton at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Personnel then immediately began shutting down the reactor.
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/feb/02/san-onofre-shutdown-costing-1-million-day/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kpbs%2Flocal+%28KPBS+News%3A+Local+Headlines%29
Secrets of the Centennial: How suffrage put progressive town on path to self determination (La Mesa Patch)
 
January 31, 2012 -- On Oct. 19, 1911, some 40 members of the La Mesa Women’s Club headed for downtown San Diego. But unlike most of the club’s excursions, this was not for social reasons. No beach picnic, theater show or lecture was on the schedule.
The ladies of La Mesa had a more determined purpose—they were headed to the County Clerk’s Office to become registered voters.
http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/secrets-of-the-centennial-how-suffrage-put-progressive-town-on-path-to-self-determination
Light on cockroaches (Valley Roadrunner editorial on Supervisors’ recent actions)
February 1, 2012 -- Cockroaches fear the day and will scatter if you shine a bright beam of light on them. Some county Supervisors also fear the light of public scrutiny. They will do anything to keep the public in the dark about what they are doing—until after they have done it and it is too late to undo it. But sometimes they get caught.
 
Last week the board backed down from a vote it took Dec. 7—without announcing that it would be taking a vote, and without letting the public see materials relating to the vote—to adopt the recommendations of the “Red Tape Task Force,” which includes abolishing planning groups—after a public interest group sued them under the Brown Act.
http://www.valleycenter.com/editorials.htm
 
Bob Filner to La Mesa: You have a stake in who is mayor of San Diego (La Mesa Patch)
 
February 2, 2012 -- Rep. Bob Filner calls La Mesa a model for San Diego—and a possible environmental ally if he’s elected mayor of America’s Finest City.

“First thing we’re gonna do is annex La Mesa,” he said to scattered laughs Wednesday night at the La Mesa Community Center.
 
“La Mesa has done some great things,” Filner later told an audience of 130 in a half-hour talk at the 

La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club. “Look at your downtown, which has been revitalized.”
http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/filner-to-la-mesa-you-have-a-stake-in-who-is-mayor-of-san-diego
 
Nuke inspections focus on unusual wear on tubes (Sacramento Bee)
 
February 3, 2012 -- The integrity of some equipment installed in 2009 at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant is drawing concern after unusual wear was found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water.
Thursday's disclosure came two days after a tube leak at the plant's other unit prompted operators to shut down the reactor as a precaution. A tiny amount of radiation could have escaped, but officials say workers and the public were not endangered.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/02/4234785/nrc-heavy-wear-on-new-tubes-at.html#mi_rss=AP%20State%20News
STATE
 
Federal appeals court: CA gay marriage ban is unconstitutional (AP)
 
February 7, 2012 -- Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled California's ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to "lessen the status and human dignity" of gays.
 
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave gay marriage opponents time to appeal the 2-1 decision before ordering the state to allow same-sex weddings to resume.
 
Governor signs bill that allows internal borrowing (Sacramento Bee)
 
February 3, 2012 -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will help the state avoid cash-flow problems this spring by allowing it to borrow from existing government funds.

The governor on Friday announced he had signed SB95, which was passed this week by the Legislature. The cash-management bill ensures that the state has enough money to operate until the bulk of its tax revenue arrives in the spring.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/02/02/4234818/lawmakers-ok-internal-borrowing.html#mi_rss=AP%20State%20News