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December 22, 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:

 
 

 

STATE 
  • Signs of an improving economy? Jobless rate continues to fall (Mount Helix Patch)
  • California finally gets a piece of race to the top (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
LOCAL 
  • San Diego utility to pay $24.5 million to county (Sacramento Bee)
  • Del Oro falls to Helix 35-24 in D-II championship (Sacramento Bee)
  • Mount Laguna has almost two feet of snow (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/16/winds-usher-cold-weekend/
  • Women Occupy San Diego sings protest carols at shopping malls (Los Angeles Times)
  • Tollway purchase could increase La Mesa traffic (La Mesa Today) 
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 

STATE

 
Signs of an improving economy? Jobless rate continues to fall (Mount Helix Patch)
 
December 16, 2011 (Mount Helix) -- The unemployment rates in Mount Helix and Spring Valley continued a downward trend in November, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. For four straight months the jobless rate has gone down, dipping to 10.6 percent in Spring Valley and 8.6 percent in Mount Helix and Casa de Oro.
http://mounthelix.patch.com/articles/signs-of-an-improving-economy-jobless-rate-continues-to-fall-78ba54e8
 
California finally gets a piece of race to the top (San Francisco Chronicle)
 
December 17, 2011 -- After being soundly rejected in the first competitive rounds for federal Race to the Top money, California finally scored. The Obama administration announced Friday that the state would receive nearly $53 million in school reform money to rate preschool and child care providers.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/17/MNGO1MDFRT.DTL
 
 
LOCAL
 
San Diego utility to pay $24.5 million to county (Sacramento Bee)
 
December 22, 2011 -- A San Diego utility company has agreed to pay the county $24.5 million in relation to the 2007 brush fires that destroyed more than 1,500 homes.The Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/vuTwj7) reports Friday that San Diego Gas & Electric Co. didn't admit fault in the settlement.The utility has agreed to pay $15 million to the county general fund and $9.5 million to a fund for fire protection.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/16/4128593/san-diego-utility-to-pay-245m.html#mi_rss=AP%20State%20News
 
Del Oro falls to Helix 35-24 in D-II championship (Sacramento Bee)
 
December 22, 2011The long faces, the choked-up emotions, the deflated feel of a season suddenly over spoke volumes of the Del Oro Golden Eagles mood here Saturday night.But someday, coaches and players admitted later, they will collectively conclude that the 2011 high school football season was a dream ride. Del Oro finished as the Sac-Joaquin Section's top team even if it fell frustratingly short in the CIF State Division II State championship, falling to a near-perfect Helix of La Mesa outfit 35-24 at the Home Depot Center.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/17/4130470/del-oro-falls-to-helix-35-24-in.html

Mount Laguna has almost two feet of snow (San Diego Union-Tribune)

 
You'll need snow chains for your car. But you won't be disappointed if you drive out to East County to see all of the snow that's fallen on Mt. Laguna. The ridgeline, which has about 20 inches of snow, is visible from Pine Valley (where the temperature is in the upper 30s.) There are some broken clouds. But the National Weather Service says that the next round of snow in that area won't arrive until tonight. (The temperature at the Mt. Laguna Observatory is 31 degrees, and winds are gusting to 25 mph.)
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/dec/16/winds-usher-cold-weekend/
 
Women Occupy San Diego sings protest carols at shopping malls (Los Angeles Times)
December 17, 2011 -- A group of self-described "middle-class, middle-aged" women are taking the Occupy message about "economic justice" to San Diego malls filled with holiday shoppers.
The group, calling itself Women Occupy San Diego, is singing parodies of Christmas carols stressing the message that financial barons have rigged the game against 99% of Americans.
Included in the medley: "Jingle Bills, Jingle Coins,"  "O Little Town of Occupy" and "You Better Watch Out, Occupy Is Here in Your Town."
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/women-occupy-san-diego.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lanowblog+%28L.A.+Now%29
Tollway purchase could increase La Mesa traffic (La Mesa Today)
The San Diego Association of Governments today agreed to purchase the privately-operated 125 Tollway, a road that has been little used since its completion because its tolls were judged far too expensive by commuters heading to and from South Bay eastern neighborhoods.
The purchase could reduce tolls by 40 percent and could increase the volume of traffic on the 125 and Interstate 8 as it moves through La Mesa.
La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, who serves on the SANDAG board, said he believes the move will be good for the region because it will reduce the need to expand the 805 and will provide residents with quicker ways to get to Chula Vista.
http://www.lamesatoday.com/profiles/blogs/la-mesa-transportation-2