EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

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May 10, 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

San Diego's night-time surf glowing with aqua colored light as bioluminescence takes hold (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A red tide that developed off San Diego over the past few days is producing one of nature’s small but grand spectacles: bioluminescent light in the ocean.

‘People are afraid of retribution’: Hunter clan fights for survival (Politico)

Duncan Hunter, the former congressman from San Diego, tries to save his son and successor in office, Duncan Hunter, as the feds bear down.

Gathering aims to relaunch Minutemen, fortify border in response to caravan (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Pledging to report unauthorized entries into the United States — and shame any state leaders who welcome them — about 20 border security supporters assembled Saturday morning near Jamul.

Granite Hills High teacher resigns amid misconduct allegations (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Granite Hills High School teacher who resigned Monday amid allegations of misconduct involving a child, authorities said Thursday.Ral Christman was placed on administrative leave on April 20 when the allegations arose, according to a statement issued by the Grossmont Union High School District.

Lemon Grove teachers, district at impasse, hire mediator (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Contract negotiations between the Lemon Grove Teachers Association and the Lemon Grove School District have reached an impasse. An impartial state mediator was hired on April 27 to help the parties come to an agreement.

San Diego DA Candidates Spar Over Police Shooting Investigations, Leadership (KPBS)

San Diego County's top law prosecutor will be one of the only elected positions filled in June, with only two candidates vying to be the region's district attorney. Interim District Attorney Summer Stephan, who was appointed after Bonnie Dumanis resigned as DA last year, is running against San Diego County Deputy Public Defender Geneviéve Jones-Wright.

Homeless court offers alternative to revolving door (San Diego Union-Tribune)

One by one and in quick succession, about 60 homeless people’s lives got a little better during an afternoon last month.

Congressional District 50: Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign finance issues have drawn plenty of challengers (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Nearly 10 years since he entered Congress, Rep. Duncan Hunter is campaigning for a sixth term. While re-election would normally be a pro-forma process for a second-generation House Republican in one of the most conservative districts in California, an ongoing campaign finance scandal and energized Democratic voters might make this his most difficult effort yet.  But the June 5 primary isn’t as much about Hunter, R-Alpine, as much as it’s about the candidates who hope to finish in second place and face off with the incumbent in a November runoff election.

STATE

Neo-Nazi candidate kicked out of California state GOP convention (NBC)

An anti-Semitic Senate candidate who praised Adolf Hitler has been kicked out of the California Republican Party's convention in San Diego. State GOP spokesman Matt Fleming says Patrick Little was ejected from the gathering Saturday. Little posted a video of himself standing and spitting on the flag of Israel Saturday on YouTube after he said he was expelled from the convention. Little is running against Senator Dianne Feinstein…

Gig economy faces shakeup after California high court ruling (San Francisco Chronicle)

…After a groundbreaking ruling last week by the California Supreme Court, Powell and other drivers — as well as millions of other gig workers in the state — may in fact become employees. It’s a seismic change that could up-end the app-driven gig economy, the new sector that has created flexible ways to earn money but drawn fire for bolstering a new class of precarious work that lacks social safety-net benefits.

Big utilities are desperately trying to stick consumers with bills for  Calif. wildfires (Los Angeles Times)

.. now the utilities, which earned a combined $3 billion in profits last year on nearly $41 billion in revenues, are moving on several fronts to limit their liability for wildfires sparked by their own lines or equipment. Their goal is to stick taxpayers or their customers — rather than their own shareholders — for the costs of damages resulting from those fires.

Offshore wind farms coming to California — but the Navy says no to large sections of the coast (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fans of renewable energy anticipate a bonanza blowing off the coast of California. But a map released by the U.S. Navy puts large swaths of the state off limits to future offshore wind farms — including all of San Diego and Los Angeles, extending up to the Central Coast. The military does not have the final say in the matter…

3 Californias? The initiative to break up the state may be on the ballot in November (CNN)

Should the country's most populous state be split into three separate states? California voters might be able to make that decision this fall.

Calif. Republicans won’t endorse in governor’s race (Los Angeles Times)

The California Republican Party declined to offer an endorsement Sunday in the governor’s race, a move that could hurt the chances for GOP voters to coalesce behind a candidate before the June 5 primary election. Businessman John Cox received 55.3% of the vote, short of the 60% required for the party nod. Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach received 40.5%, and 4.1% voted for no endorsement at the party’s convention in San Diego.

 

Comments

3 CALIFORNIA'S ?

That's an idea which is sure to cause issues and confusion if the idea actually comes to fruition.

Not good for San Diego;

if you look at the map we'd be lumped in with Imperial County and inland/desert areas, not any of the economic drivers in San Diego. We'd be cut off from LA, SF, Sacramento, all the coastal areas north of SoCal, and I think even the national park at Yosemite.  And what do we gain?  Nothing that I could see., other than the "right" to do as we pleased but without the funding that flows from the state. Where will money come from for maintaiining our highway and funding schools, already underfunded, if we're aligned only with the poorest counties?  And don't forget that Cal Fire, which runs the County Fire Authority's stations now all over East County, is funded by the state. You'd lose that and be on your own totally in wildfires. Insane and dangerous; for all the problems many have with our legislature including valid complaints, cutting off our source of firefighting funding is a bad idea.