EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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August 9, 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

Ramona laboratory accused of animal distress (NBC 7)

Since 2015, ProSci Laboratory was cited 44 times for violations of the Animal Welfare Act by USDA Inspectors. NBC 7' Investigates.

Sheriff's Dept. investigating accusations that Spring Valley doctor sexually assaulted assistant (10 News)

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating accusations that a Spring Valley doctor sexually assaulted his medical assistant.  Medical Assistant Sarah Shepherd tells us she’d been working with Dr. Hanid Audish at Encompass Medical Group for the past six years.

Facing numerous courtroom setbacks, embattled El Cajon councilman sues his former lawyer (San Diego Union-Tribune)

El Cajon City Councilman Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho is suing his former attorney in San Diego Superior Court. Kalasho and his wife, Jessica Kalasho, sued attorney Stephen Liosi this week, alleging that Liosi’s legal malpractice cost the councilman almost $40,000 in a legal judgment and a host of additional damages.

These are the 10 airports where you're most likely to be hacked [San diego worst in nation] (CNBC)

Just sitting on the ground and connecting to airport Wi-Fi can put you in big jeopardy. A report released last month by an Internet security firm declared that San Diego International Airport is the nation’s worst when it comes to cybersecurity. 

Over-billings on water meters in San Diego topped $2 million (San Diego Union-Tribune)

When customers started complaining early last year about spiking water bills, authorities downplayed the situation.

SDSU wants to create a technology park similar to one that helped revitalize Atlanta (San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego State University has sharpened its proposed plan for a satellite campus in Mission Valley, saying publicly for the first time that it wants to build a technology park similar to one in Atlanta that’s attracted such giants as Boeing, Panasonic and AT&T.

Thousands of Employees Face Uncertainty After Supreme Court Pension Case (Voice of San Diego)

The California Supreme Court decided that former Mayor Jerry Sanders played such an important role in conceiving of and developing a ballot measure to eliminate pensions for city employees that it was his own proposal. Thus, he should have, as the city's chief labor negotiator, met with labor unions first about it. The court didn't invalidate the law, though. It sent it back to the Court of Appeal to decide what to do. With that, the court put the city of San Diego on notice that it could be in for an unimaginably complex series of negotiations and changes.

Chula Vista hiker who died on Lakeside trail hailed as loving father, leader and volunteer (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Victor Parra lived with such enthusiasm for life that he often repeated a motto few others have likely ever uttered: Bring on Monday. “He loved Mondays,” said Jeny Parra, Victor’s high school sweetheart who later became his wife. “It was a new chance to help someone. He always gave. He was just so selfless. Parra died Saturday after collapsing on a hiking trail near Lakeside,…The 47-year-old was hiking the El Cajon Mountain trail with two old buddies…

STATE

So your lawmaker has blocked you on Twitter. What’s wrong with that? (SD Union-Tribune)

Are elected officials allowed to block Twitter users for any reason? That’s a question being litigated in and outside the courts thanks to a growing number of cases around the country, including San Diego County… Those in the county who have been sued for that practice include El Cajon City Councilman Ben Kalasho

DMV scrambles with ‘triage’ measures to ease horrendous long lines (San Jose Mercury News)

Under increased pressure by outraged Californians to reduce waits of eight hours or more at some DMV offices, the besieged agency is sending in more reinforcements even as it’s asking the state for more funding to solve the growing crisis…DMV Director Jean Shiomoto agreed that the long wait times in recent months have been unacceptable. She told lawmakers wait times spiked several months ago as Californians started to update their licenses to meet new federal security standards known as Real ID.

Mendocino Complex fire now second-largest in California history, officials say (Los Angeles Times)

The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to 273,664 acres as of Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze was only 30% contained as of 7 a.m.

After quarter century of rapid expansion, charter school growth slowing in California (EdSource)

After a quarter century of steady expansion, the rate of growth for charter schools in California has slowed to a crawl over the past five years.

Constant Wildfires Leave California Firefighters Strained (NPR)

California hasn't had a month without a wildfire since 2012.

Trump administration moves to open 1.6 million acres to fracking, drilling in California (Sacramento Bee)

 Ending a five-year moratorium, the Trump administration Wednesday took a first step toward opening 1.6 million acres of California public land to fracking and conventional oil drilling, triggering alarm bells among environmentalists.