EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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May 16, 2018 (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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LOCAL

El Cajon councilman ordered to pay $30,000 in attorney fees as fraud case takes unusual turns (San Diego Union Tribune)

The defamation and fraud lawsuit against Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho has taken some unusual turns in recent days, even as the first-term El Cajon councilman promotes his nascent campaign for mayor of his adopted hometown.

Four file to run against disciplined judge Gary Kreep (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep, who was given a public censure last year by the state judicial discipline agency, is running for re-election and has drawn four challengers.

Charter or labor board majority at stake in San Diego School County School Board Races (KPBS)

…Charter-friendly candidate Eric Lund is running to oust incumbent Alicia Muñoz in District 3. Charter school administrator Cheryl James-Ward is challenging incumbent Rick Shea in District 5. If either win, the board would tilt in favor of charters.

A Q&A with David Feliciano, La Mesa Spring Valley’s new superintendent (San Diego Union-Tribune)

David Feliciano will be taking over as superintendent of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District next year, replacing Brian Marshall, who announced his retirement in March.

Scam artists targeting Medicare recipients, says DA’s office (Times of San Diego)

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan Monday warned the elderly and disabled who receive Medicare benefits to protect themselves from scam artists who may try to obtain their personal identifying information. The warning comes as about 525,000 senior citizens in San Diego County begin to receive new Medicare cards in the mail.

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Gov. Jerry Brown offers part of a historic budget bonanza to help ease California's homelessness crisis (Los Angeles Times)

Even in the wake of previous tax windfalls, Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement on Friday was breathtaking: The state has collected an unexpected $9 billion in tax revenue in recent months, $3 billion more in cash than projected in January…. "This is a time to save for our future, not to make pricey promises we can't keep," Brown said.  Brown's most significant proposal for spending the cash may be a $359-million boost to ease the state's burgeoning homelessness crisis. The governor's proposal also embraces a plan to put a $2-billion bond for homeless housing on November's statewide ballot. The budget plan adds $312 million for mental health programs.

A few rich charter school suporters are spending millions to elect Antonio Villaraigosa governor (Los Angeles Times)

Their efforts are part of a broader proxy war among Democrats between teachers' unions and those who argue that the groups have failed low-income and minority schoolchildren.

Posting mugshots on internet draws criminal charges from Calif. attorney general (Sacramento Bee)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday filed extortion and money laundering charges against the owners of a website that publishes mugshot photos and charges a fee to remove them.