EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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February 23, 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
  • Community meeting discussing Quail Brush Power Plant Feb. 28 (Santee Patch)
  • Grossmont expands school enrollment choices for some (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • San Diego Gas & Electric wants you to pay for its negligence (San Diego Reader)
  • Nature reclaims local cold war relic (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Hunter introduces bill to name Ramona Post Office after Mac McWilliams (Ramona Patch)
  • Helix claims Hills League title with tiebreaking victory over Grossmont (La Mesa Patch)
  • Veterans recover from war wounds on the farm (MSNBC)
  • SDPD Oversight Board Faces Favoritism Accusations
     
STATE
  • Prop 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown:  California to reopen trade offices in China (Sacramento Bee)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

LOCAL 

Community meeting discussing Quail Brush Power Plant Feb. 28
 
 
Grossmont expands school enrollment choices for some (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
 February 21, 2012 -- In an effort to support neighborhood integrity and sense of community, the Grossmont Union High School District has approved long-term changes to its enrollment practices that gives more choice to families living in “transition areas.”
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/21/grossmont-union-high-school-district-expands-enrol/ 
 
San Diego Gas & Electric wants you to pay for its negligence (San Diego Reader)

February 15, 2012 Your pocket is being picked in an alleged conspiracy between San Diego Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission, which is supposed to regulate utilities but actually mollycoddles them. This chicanery, spelled out in a lawsuit filed February 6, could cost every SDG&E bill-paying customer more than $350 initially and far more than that later.
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/feb/15/citylights1-san-diego-gas-electric-negligence/ 
 
Nature reclaims local cold war relic (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
February 21, 2012 -- The U.S. Forest Service is returning a mountaintop perch with unparalleled views of San Diego County back to its original landlord, Mother Nature.
The federal agency is wrapping up its $6 million razing of a former Air Force radar base in the Laguna Mountains that kept a vigilant eye on sea, sky and space during the Cold War and nuclear arms race decades ago.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/21/nature-reclaims-local-cold-war-relic/ 

Hunter introduces bill to name Ramona Post Office after Mac McWilliams (Ramona Patch)
 
February 16, 2012 -- U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives Thursday to name the U.S. Post Office in Ramona in memory of Nelson “Mac” MacWilliams. 
MacWilliams worked as a field representative for Rep. Hunter, covering veterans, defense and law enforcement issues in Hunter's El Cajon office. 
 
Helix claims Hills League title with tiebreaking victory over Grossmont (La Mesa Patch)
 
February 18, 2012 -- Brian Valadez scored 17 points to lead Helix 54-43 over host Grossmont in a basketball game that broke a tie at the top of the Grossmont Hills League standings. The title-deciding game followed a moment of silence for Foothillers football coach Ron Murphy, who died early Valentine’s Day. His family was present for the event. Helix also saw scoring from Xavier Jones and Kaelen Mitchell (11 points each), Kene Anigbogu (5), William Mildenhall (4), Romario Wilson (3) and Derrick Chandler (2).
http://lamesa.patch.com/articles/helix-claims-hills-league-title-with-tiebreaking-victory-over-grossmont#photo-9141576
 
Veterans recover from war wounds on the farm (MSNBC)
 
February 9, 2012 -- On a sunny, crisp January morning in Southern California, 16 young veterans gathered to learn the finer points of organic farming: how to brew "compost tea" (an organic liquid fertilizer), irrigation, planting techniques and urban crop production.
 
As they pounded freshly ground compost in a plastic container, one of the students, Anthony Rohrbaugh, stopped to adjust his wool beanie. Rohrbaugh, 27, had completed two deployments with the Marines to Iraq where he fought in the Battle of Fallujah. He credits the farm’s program, Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT), for helping him deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder and transitioning back to civilian life.
 
SDPD Oversight Board Faces Favoritism Accusations (10News)
 
February 21, 2012 -- The San Diego Citizens' Review Board on Police Practices was created to protect citizens from overly aggressive police officers and to clear officers facing erroneous claims, but critics say this important safeguard is failing.

According to the board's own data, in 2001, the board reviewed 133 allegations against officers.
In 2009, the board reviewed 46 cases.
 
STATE
 
Prop 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case (Sacramento Bee)
 
February 22, 2012 -- Same-sex couples in California will have to wait a while to find out if they have regained the right to get married, after the backers of the state's gay marriage ban petitioned a federal appeals court to review a split decision by three of its judges that struck down Proposition
Lawyers for a coalition of religious and legal groups on Tuesday asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the 2-1 decision that declared the voter-approved ban to be a violation of the federal civil rights of gay and lesbian Californians, opting for now to avoid taking their chances with the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
Jerry Brown:  California to reopen trade offices in China (Sacramento Bee)
 
February 17, 2012 -- Nine years after California disbanded its foreign trade offices amid controversy, Gov. Brown announced today that the state will open two offices in China.
 
California shut down 12 taxpayer-funded trade offices in 2003, after the Office, among other observers, questioned their effectiveness and cost. Brown's office said in a statement that new trade offices in Shanghai and Beijing will be financed by "partners in the private sector."
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/02/jerry-brown-california-to-reopen-foreign-trade-offices-in-china.html