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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS




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March 13, 2012 --  (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:   
 
 
 
  
 
LOCAL 
  • Fukushima fallout: fire hazard could be state’s tsunami (UT San Diego)
  • Fukushima fallout: lessons not learned by the U.S. government (UT San Diego)
  • Nuke quake study on hold over $64 million cost: utility wants ratepayers, not shareholders,  to pay  (Sacramento Bee)
  • Whistleblowers, Aguirre sue utility watchdog (Voice of San Diego)
  • Water agencies  decry  “secret society”  of agencies (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • La Mesa school shooting plan foiled (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Mary England denies being evicted in family home foreclosure case (La Mesa  Patch)
  • Local nonprofit group’s video parks worldwide movement (10 News)
  • View the video: Kony 2012, Invisible Children
 
STATE 
  • Chamber takes no position on Gov. Brown’s tax plan, opposes rivals (Sacramento Bee)
  • California revenues 3.2 percent shy in February  (Sacramento Bee)
 
Scroll down for excerpts and links to full stories. 
 
LOCAL
 
Fukushima fallout: fire hazard could be state’s tsunami (UT San Diego)
 
March 10, 2012 -- A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, the U.S. nuclear industry and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, its regulator, are contemplating measures to protect American reactors from similar hazards. The Fukushima disaster was caused by the one-two punch of an earthquake and tsunami, which disabled both the normal and backup power sources for the equipment needed to keep the radioactive fuel from melting. The operators were left with equipment that they were literally powerless to use, resulting in multiple reactor meltdowns.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/10/fire-hazard-could-be-states-tsunami/ 
 
Fukushima fallout: lessons not learned by the U.S. government (UT San Diego)
 
March 10, 2012 -- Residents and businesses within a 50-mile radius of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station – the evacuation zone prescribed by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko for Americans near last year’s Fukushima nuclear meltdowns – will have a hard time detecting just what lessons have been learned by their own government in the 12 months since the Japanese catastrophe.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/10/lessons-not-learned-by-the-us-government/
 
Nuke quake study on hold over $64 million cost: utility wants ratepayers, not shareholders,  to pay  (Sacramento Bee)
 
March 12, 2012 -- An earthquake study at the San Onofre nuclear power plant is on hold until regulators determine whether utility customers should pay the $64 million dollar cost.
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/12/4330653/nuke-plant-quake-study-on-hold.html#mi_rss=AP%20State%20News
 
Whistleblowers, Aguirre sue utility watchdog (Voice of San Diego)
 
March 12, 2012 -- When the Utility Consumers' Action Network began the process of dissolving, its executive director described the effort as a ruse to elicit a lawsuit from former city attorney Mike Aguirre.
If so, it worked. Aguirre, who represents two UCAN whistleblowers, filed suit Friday, alleging that the organization's board and top leaders had breached their fiduciary duty by failing to take internal complaints about UCAN's financial management seriously. (Read the lawsuit here.)
 
Water agencies  decry  “secret society”  of agencies (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
March 12, 2012 --  San Diego County water officials claimed Monday to have uncovered evidence of a “shadow government” that secretly controls key budget decisions for the Metropolitan Water District as part of a coordinated campaign to discredit the county water authority’s push for more independence and lower rates.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/12/sdcwa-vs-metropolitan-feud-escalates-as-rate/   
 
La Mesa school shooting plan foiled (San Diego Union-Tribune)
 
March 9, 2012 --  A 14-year-old La Mesa Middle School student who allegedly planned to shoot several teachers and students on campus was arrested Thursday night at his home, where police also confiscated a gun.
The eighth-grader’s plan was foiled last week when other students reported him to school staff, who detained the boy until police arrived, La Mesa police Capt. Dan Willis said Friday.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/09/la-mesa-school-shooting-plan-foiled/ 
 
Mary England denies being evicted in family home foreclosure case (La Mesa  Patch)
 
March 8, 2012 -- La Mesa Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary England, a Lemon Grove councilwoman and GOP candidate for state Assembly, has denied being evicted from her residence as alleged in reader comments on the 2010 foreclosure of her longtime family home.
recent Patch article about a chamber event where Assemblyman Brian Jones called for support of England’s race for a seat in the new 79th Assembly District elicited an exchange of reader comments on the foreclosure and whether a candidate’s private financial troubles have any bearing on holding public office.
 
Local nonprofit group’s video parks worldwide movement (10 News)
 
March 9, 2012 -- The organization known as Invisible Children has seemingly gained millions of supporters overnight for their mission.
 
A 30-minute documentary produced by the group has more than 50 million video views over two days on the websites YouTube and Vimeo. The video calls on viewers to join Invisible Children's fight.
 
"We're hoping that it will create enough momentum to remove Joseph Kony from the battlefield," explained Chris Carver, chief operations officer of Invisible Children.
http://www.10news.com/news/30641098/detail.html ;
 
View the video: Kony 2012, Invisible Children
 
STATE
 
Chamber takes no position on Gov. Brown’s tax plan, opposes rivals (Sacramento Bee)
 
March 13, 2012 -- The California Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition today to two of Gov. Jerry Brown's tax rivals but remained silent on the governor's own plan, tacitly giving his proposal a boost as he tries to thin the field.
The Chamber's board voted to oppose a tax on millionaires circulated by the California Federation of Teachers, as well as a progressive income tax hike on most earners backed by wealthy attorney Molly Munger. It did not take a vote on Brown's initiative, according to Chamber president and CEO Allan Zaremberg.
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/03/california-chamber-of-commerce-gov-jerry-browns-new-sales-pitch-business-neutrality.html
 
California revenues 3.2 percent shy in February  (Sacramento Bee)
 
March 12, 2012 -- California revenues missed the mark in February by 3.2 percent, or $146.3 million, state Controller John Chiang said Monday.
Chiang, who manages the state's cash, said the shortfall was likely due to a spike in tax refunds going out earlier than expected in February. Income tax receipts were 5.7 percent, or $99.9 million, below the Department of Finance's projection.
http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/03/california-revenues-32-percent-shy-in-february.html