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April 17, 2013 (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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LMPD Was Tony Gwynn of the County in 2012 for Solving Violent Crimes (La Mesa Patch)

When it came to solving violent crimes, the La Mesa Police Department batted .580 last year—the highest rate of any police agency in the county except the Sheriff’s Department.

Five districts have grad rate issues (U-T San Diego)

Five out of 15 high school districts in San Diego County are not yet on track to have a 90 percent graduation rate as of 2020, a U-T review has found.  The five are Escondido, Fallbrook and Grossmont union high school districts, and the Mountain Empire and Vista unified school districts.

San Diego farmers bracing for a tough year  (KPBS) 

San Diego farmers are facing a triple threat: rainfall is three inches below average, water prices have skyrocketed, and the state’s snowpack is 52 percent of normal. …water prices have more than doubled over the past decade.

Where is Councilman Ryan? Council asked to extend absence through May (Santee Patch)

Councilmember John Ryan has been absent from council meetings since around the turn of the year. Council voted to excuse his absence through March 2013, and they will be given the option to extend that excuse through May. The reason for his absence has not been revealed.

Mount Miguel Has Highest Dropout Rate Locally, New Data Reveals (La Mesa Patch)

The Spring Valley school is more than twice as high as the district rate, but far lower than state and county averages.

Evacuations During Nuclear Emergency May Cause Gridlock, Report Reveals (KPBS)

Evacuations during a nuclear emergency at San Onofre may not go as planned. A new government report reveals people fleeing in fear outside of the evacuation zone could cause gridlock.

Regulators see 'no hazard' at San Onofre (U-T San Diego)

The nuclear commission found that Edison’s request to operate at reduced power does not involve an increased risk of an accident or create the possibility of a new or different accident.

Financial regulator responds to San Onofre concerns (U-T San Diego)

The Securities and Exchange Commission is evaluating concerns raised by a congressman about whether Southern California Edison omitted safety information about the idled San Onofre nuclear plant from the company's financial disclosures.

Woman accused of kidnapping baby from Spring Valley pleads not guilty (La Mesa Patch)

Deborah Ann Fowler, 46, was ordered held on $100,000 bail on child abduction charges for allegedly taking her 3-week-old niece from the care of the infant's grandmother without permission.



Fed court rules electricity rebates due in Calif. (AP)

California electricity consumers could see up to $2 billion in new refunds from energy wholesalers that profited during the state's energy crisis more than a dozen years ago if a federal judge's recommendation holds up at trial, state regulators said Thursday.

Calif. court: Motorist can't use hand-held map (Sacramento Bee)

Steven Spriggs was stopped in a traffic jam near downtown Fresno and thought nothing of whipping out his iPhone 4 and clicking on the map feature to see if there was an alternate route around the construction mess.

Judge rules Obama administration overlooked fracking risks in California mineral leases (Reuters)

 A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of "fracking," a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region's enormous energy resources.

Contempt threat against Brown a rare move (Sacramento Bee)

Legal experts say a federal judicial panel's threat to place Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt of court if he fails to comply with a mandated prison population cap is a rare move.

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