December15, 2011 (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:
- Majority supports Jerry Brown’s tax plan, poll finds (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry Brown’s cuts to California schools less than feared (Sacramento Bee)
- California’s financial forecasts this week will have real-world consequences (Sacramento Bee)
- Groups say closing state parks is bad economics (KPBS)
- County won’t take on SDG&E over higher solar rates (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Inside La Mesa’s Traffic ‘killing zone’ (La Mesa Today)
- Helix football team earns state bowl berth (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- District Attorney settles public records lawsuit [filed by Lakeside resident Mel Shapiro] (San Diego CityBeat)
- Planning group, Mussey Grade alliance oppose suggested changes in local planning input (Ramona Patch)
- Guitar-making class hits all the right notes (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Private paramilitary training complex slated for border hits a hitch (Narco News)
- County okays turkey hunt for youth—again (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Changes at VOSD (Voice of San Diego)
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories.
Majority supports Jerry Brown’s tax plan, poll finds (Sacramento Bee)
Jerry Brown’s cuts to California schools less than feared (Sacramento Bee)
California’s financial forecasts this week will have real-world consequences (Sacramento Bee)
December 12, 2011 -- Next month, rural residents may struggle to find library books, and low-income families could lose subsidized child care.
Come February, public school districts may scour their calendars looking for days to shut their doors. The rosy budget crafted by Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers in June confronts reality this week when state finance officials update their revenue forecast.
Groups say closing state parks is bad economics (KPBS)
December 7, 2011 -- California plans to close 70 of its 278 state parks, including two in San Diego County, due to budget cuts. The two parks in San Diego County are Palomar Mountain State Park and the San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park.
County won’t take on SDG&E over higher solar rates (San Diego Union-Tribune)
December 6, 201 -- The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday refused to oppose a contentious proposal from San Diego Gas & Electric that would result in substantially higher rates for solar users.
Inside La Mesa’s Traffic ‘killing zone’ (La Mesa Today)
December 11, 2011 -- On Friday night, during the daily rush hour, traffic on the 125 slowed to a crawl as usual.
Cars racing down the I-8 and wanting to get to the 94 East or West found out what 125 motorists know all too well: the backup caused by cars exiting at Spring Street -- as all motorists wanting to head east on the 94 must do -- make this stretch of road treacherous.
Helix football team earns state bowl berth (San Diego Union-Tribune)
December 11, 2011 -- Early in a telephonic press conference before the announcement of which teams that would be invited to play in the high school Football Bowl Championships, State CIF Executive Director Marie M Ishida said: “Strength of schedule is the No. 1 criteria, not if you lost a game or two.”
District Attorney settles public records lawsuit [filed by Lakeside resident Mel Shapiro] (San Diego CityBeat)
December 7, 2011 -- Mel Shapiro just won a legal settlement, but forgive the 84-year-old if he doesn’t look ecstatic about it.
Planning group, Mussey Grade alliance oppose suggested changes in local planning input (Ramona Patch)
December 9, 2011 -- Ramona's input in the local development approval process could take a hit if recommendations by a task force are approved by the county Board of Supervisors.
Guitar-making class hits all the right notes (San Diego Union-Tribune)
December 7, 2011 -- With the nimble fingers of a surgeon, Rockne O’Brien glued kerfing around the curves of the guitar frame on the table in front of him, affixing the slim strips with wood clothes pins. A student in the popular guitar-making class at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, the 15-year-old sophomore doesn’t play guitar, but loves the meticulous drilling, sawing and sanding that goes into crafting the instrument.
Private paramilitary training complex slated for border hits a hitch (Narco News)
October 22, 2011 -- A paramilitary service company’s plan to develop a nearly 1,000-acre military and law-enforcement training facility near the California border with Mexico is now in the process of being scuttled by a foreclosure action on the property.
County okays turkey hunt for youth—again (San Diego Union-Tribune)
December 7, 2011 -- A group of mentored youth has received preliminary approval to shoot wild turkeys at a county open-space preserve.
Changes at VOSD (Voice of San Diego)
Last year, we raised more than $1.1 million and drew up a budget for 2011 at $1.2 million. We're projecting lower revenue for the coming year and set the budget at $1 million.
There's no one cause for the change. No major donor has dropped out. Our sponsorships are consistent and our membership is growing rapidly. But in the past, we've relied on grants from national foundations to make up a large part of our funding and we can't be sure they'll be there for us again. We're in the process of building a thriving membership program to reduce our reliance on foundations, but we need time to fully establish a diverse donor base. Quite simply, like many of the agencies we cover and many families across San Diego, we have to be realistic about our prospects for the New Year.