EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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June 6, 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

Fletcher leads Dumanis for Supervisor; Desmond holds wide margin (Times of San Diego)

Republican Bonnie Dumanis and Democrat Nathan Fletcher were headed for a November runoff with 100 percent of precincts reporting in one race for county supervisor…In District 5, which stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Imperial County line, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, a Republican, held a wide lead at 45.1 percent in the race to succeed termed-out Supervisor Bill Horn.

San Diego City Council: Incumbents fare well, staffer led way for open seat (Times of San Diego)

Political staffer Vivian Moreno will head to November’s general election race for the San Diego City Council District 8 seat, but two candidates were still battling for the second spot on the ballot. Meanwhile, three council incumbents will also move on to the runoff.

SDG&E losing ground to public-energy proposal with vote looming in San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego Gas & Electric has recently suffered several setbacks in its bid to provide the city of San Diego with 100 percent renewable energy — a proposal competing with a government-run alternative known as community choice aggregation.

Police arrest reported active shooter in downtown San Diego near Rock 'n' Roll marathon (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A report of an active shooter in downtown San Diego that brought the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon to a standstill for more than 30 minutes ended when police arrested a woman who had been armed with an airsoft gun. The suspect, a 58-year-old woman named Mona Elease Williams, was arrested after a pursuit…

Lemon Grove school district, teachers reach contract agreement (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Lemon Grove Teachers Association and the Lemon Grove School District have reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract…The school board will consider the matter at its June 12 meeting.

Ranger Steve’s “egg salad” learning center dedication (Borrego Sun)

t's been a year since the idea was first floated, inspired by the life and teachings of the late Steve Bier. The beloved State Park ranger died tragically last year, and 13 Borregans lent physical, logistical, and financial support to the construction of the Ranger Steve Outdoor Learning Center gathered May 20 for its dedication.

SDG&E to add five new battery storage facilities  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Late last week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric to build five new energy storage projects, each using lithium-ion battery technology, at facilities in San Diego, Poway, Escondido, Fallbrook and San Juan Capistrano. The projects will total 83.5 megawatts — enough to power about 55,000 homes for four hours.

San Diego home prices up 7.7 percent in a year (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego County home prices in March increased 7.7 percent from a year ago, outpacing most of the nation, a closely-watched housing index reported Tuesday

STATE

Gavin Newsom’s top issues for California: affordability and homelessness (San Francisco Chronicle)

 Gavin Newsom rose to statewide prominence on gun control and same-sex marriage, but in the upcoming general election campaign for governor, he sees a new issue at the forefront of voters’ minds — affordability.

In race for governor, Newsom and Cox offer competing views on California education (Ed Source)

 Offering an expansive view of California’s education system that extends from before birth into the workplace, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom last night pledged to deliver on what he called a “cradle to college promise for the next generation” along with setting a goal to “end child poverty in California.” Louis Freedberg and Nico Savidge

Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond to square off in runoff for California schools chief (Ed Source)

 Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond will face each other in the November general election for state superintendent of public instruction in what could be a closely contested and very expensive race funded by wealthy individuals who back charter schools and labor unions that want to restrict their growth.

L.A. County officials demand answers after more than 118,000 people were left off voter rosters  (Los Angeles Times)

The faulty rosters, which were attributed to a printing error, affected roughly 2.3% of the registered voters across the county and 35% of voting locations, according to county figures. Logan called the mistakes a “data and system” issue that had nothing to do with voter eligibility.

California’s net neutrality bill could set a national standard (The Verge)

Or unleash a series of lawsuits.

Cannabis companies now have access to property, liability insurance in California (San Bernadino Sun)

When you’re running a marijuana business in California, getting insurance can be a challenge. Nearly all of the insurers that offer coverage are smaller carriers that aren’t regulated by the state and often are reluctant to enter the industry. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones plans to change that.