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September 11, 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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Fire district fray gambles with human lives (U-t San Diego)

Cal Fire is meting out harsh punishment on the Valley Center Fire Protection District for quitting the San Diego County Fire Authority….Cal Fire responded by removing a crucial Internet communications system from one of the fire stations and trying to yank it out of a second until administrator John Byrne refused to allow removal without a court order

Mayor explains why he gave green light to developing Pinnacle Peak area (

10 reasons the Mayor of Santee voted to "give permission to staff, to work with the property owner to develop this underutilized site."

Iraqi Refugee Family Struggles To Make A New Life In San Diego  (KPBS)

Refugee families face major trials to make it to the U.S. Once the initial relief wears off, many, like one local Iraqi family, face tough times.

Former Councilwoman will do less time (U-T San Diego)

Former El Cajon City Councilwoman Jillian Hanson-Cox’s 30-month prison sentence for embezzling more than $3.5 million from the Kearny Mesa company that employed her has been cut by a third.

Skip line, go online for trolley tickets (U-T San Diego)

New app allows trolley riders to pay for fares to football games with smartphones.

TSA Precheck Screening Program Coming To San Diego Airport (KPBS)

An expedited Transportation Security Administration screening program will soon be available at Lindbergh Field and 59 other airports, the TSA announced today.

Study: Tsunami could slam San Diego U-T San Diego)

San Diego Bay could suffer upwards of $300 million in damage if a huge earthquake erupts off Alaska and sends a tsunami to Southern California, scientists say in a new study that models a shaker similar to the one that struck Japan in 2011.

Pattern Energy’s wind field in Ocotillo, California – a case study in environmental degradation (Quixotes Last Stand)

According to Ocotillo Wind Turbine Destruction site, the Pattern Energy industrial wind field has had one problem after another, leaving behind an environmental nightmare for the towns residents to deal with.   Not to mention that there isn’t much wind to ever keep these things moving as evidenced by the videos posted on Quixotes earlier.  So what was the purpose behind all of this destruction?  What has it gained in terms of helping the planet?  

Which ZIP codes pay most for insurance? (U-T San Diego)

Here are the most expensive and least expensive San Diego ZIP codes for car insurance

'We’re doing what the state should’ (U-T San Diego)

Chris Murphy and Chrisy Selder know many of the sordid details by memory. Most Saturdays, they meet at their Hillcrest area office, brew strong cups of Peet’s coffee and go to work investigating local assisted living homes.

Payoffs alleged at assisted living centers (U-T San Diego)

Investigators say inspectors accepted cash and gifts in exchange for expedited applications and positive reports.


Hunter's campfire sparked California blaze that scorched Yosemite (Reuters)

 A monster blaze that has blackened an area larger than Dallas in the rugged northern California forests in and around Yosemite National Park started from an illegal campfire a hunter built and let grow out of control, fire managers said on Thursday.

California lawmakers OK bills to expand family leave, narrow workers comp for athletes (Sacramento Bee)

State lawmakers on Friday approved bills to expand California's paid family leave program and narrow the circumstances under which professional athletes can file for workers' compensation benefits.

California prison debate focuses on about 7,700 inmates (Sacramento Bee)

When the hammer came down in 2009 from three federal judges ordering California to cut its prison population, the numbers were staggering.

State tries to save power by storage (U-T San Diego)

Increased storage capacity would better capitalize on renewable sources of energy

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