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July 29, 2015 (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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San Diego roads among the worst in nation (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego is among the top ten large urban areas that have the worst major roads in the country, according to a study by TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C. The report, “Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother,” also assesses the additional vehicle operating costs caused by bad roads.

County to assist with disposal of storm debris (Ramona Sentinel)

The county is placing dumpsters at three locations in Ramona for the free disposal of flood-related debris…Flood victims who had large amounts of dirt and rocks can place such materials at the edge of their properties and the county will pick it up, said a county official.

Haggen to lay off over 700 in Southern California (10 News)

Not even eight months after Haggen opened new stores across San Diego, the grocery chain issued a second round of layoffs.

UCSD wins control of Alzheimer’s study (San Diego Union-Tribune)

UC San Diego won a major legal battle Friday against the University of Southern California when a judge ruled that the school owns the landmark Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, a source of bitter dispute.

San Onofre proposed site for underground nuclear waste storage (KUSI)

Attorney Mike Aguirre joined KUSI to talk about plans for the nuclear waste dump.

Chairman still wants San Onofre emails (San Diego Union-Tribune)

State regulators do not appear ready to comply with a July 31 deadline to release thousands of emails requested by the chairman of the Assembly committee overseeing the California Public Utilities Commission.

Kaiser health vehicle now serves Alpine (The Alpine Sun)

…The major healthcare organization’s mobile health vehicle began operating June 18 in the Alpine Community Center’s parking lot at 1830 Alpine Blvd.  It will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month.

Where time, nature, and rush hour collide (SD Reader)

Backcountry study on where and how wildlife can safely cross Highway 67 

LA Law Firm Challenges San Diego’s Stadium Efforts (KPBS)

A Los Angeles-area law firm is challenging an early step taken by the city to develop anenvironmental impact report for a proposed NFL stadium in Mission Valley. In a 34-page letter addressed to Senior Planner Martha Blake and dated Monday, lawyer Douglas Carstens urged the city to reissue a document called a "Notice of Preparation," and for city officials to "develop a full understanding of the environmental consequences" before constructing a stadium.

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Advocates for California disabled face uphill quest for more funds (Sacramento Bee)

Funding for developmentally disabled services part of special session on health

Over-the-counter birth control pills will soon be available in CA (KPBS)

California women will be able to buy birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives without a prescription starting this fall, but they'll have to go through a few preliminary steps.

California Supreme Court says Capistrano tiered water rate ruling will remain published, keeping precedent for future legal battles (Orange County Register)

San Juan Capistrano’s messy history with tiered water rates will be a permanent part of California case law.

Pot study in California covers tax, stoned drivers, big tobacco (San Francisco Chronicle)

Even if California voters legalize cannabis in 2016, it will take “many years” of patience to figure out how to tax and regulate a multibillion-dollar industry that’s forever been largely underground. That’s the cautionary conclusion of a thorough examination of what it will take to legalize marijuana in the state, led by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a panel of academic and law enforcement experts.

UC raising minimum hourly wage to $15 (Sacramento Bee)

The University of California will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next three years for all employees, including part-time and contract workers.

Oil is cheap, but gas is still expensive in California (APM Marketplace)

Willie Hudgins drives a 2006 Ford Expedition stretch limo. Earlier today, he pulled into a Mobil station in Birmingham, Alabama to get gas. He paid $2.39 a gallon. Happily… The national average for gas is $2.74 a gallon. Then there's California, where prices are almost always higher.