EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS
June 14, 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:
- Carlton Oaks land agreement will connect Mission Trails to River Trail (Santee Patch)
- Victim in fatal Alpine crash was to graduate from UCSD (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa Spring Valley School District faces negative bond rating (San Diego Reader)
- Giant SDG&E line sparks rural activism (UT San Diego)
- A closer look at executive pay at Sempra, Qualcomm and other companies (UT San Diego)
- The local newspaper makes national news- NYT criticizes UT San Diego for using newspaper as pulpit for business interests (Voice of San Diego)
- ‘Third strike’ and GMO foods labeling initiatives qualify ballot (Sacramento Bee)
- Sacramento leaders eye pension changes, sales tax (Sacramento Bee)
- Election officials: get used to uncounted ballots (Sacramento Bee)
- California likely to need to cut spending more (Reuters)
- California Highway Patrol Officers union agrees to monthly furlough (Sacramento Bee)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
Carlton Oaks land agreement will connect Mission Trails to River Trail (Santee Patch)
June 12, 2012 -- for the city of San Diego to lease 64.3 acres it owns at the in Santee to the facility's owner has been unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council.
The 40-year lease to TY Investment Co. , which was opposed by environmentalists. Most of the land, owned by the city since 1933, is along the banks of the San Diego River near the Santee-San Diego city limits.
Victim in fatal Alpine crash was to graduate from UCSD (UT San Diego)
June 11, 2012 -- A chain-reaction freeway crash involving several vehicles in the East County highlands killed two motorists Monday and left a third jailed on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities reported.
The deadly series of accidents began shortly before 3 a.m., when Angela August, 25, lost control of her eastbound 2009 Toyota Yaris for unknown reasons on Interstate 8, just west of Tavern Road in Alpine, according to the California Highway Patrol and county Medical Examiner's Office.
La Mesa Spring Valley School District faces negative bond rating (San Diego Reader)
June 7, 2012 -- As if there isn't enough bad news for school districts across San Diego County. Yesterday, Moody's Ratings Agency downgraded general bond obligations for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District.
According to Moody's the outlook on the rating is now negative.
Giant SDG&E line sparks rural activism (UT San Diego)
June 11, 2012 -- SDG&E had promised at the start of the work to limit construction to 75- to 150-foot sections of the road to minimize the impact. Crews installed several miles of underground vaults to house the transmission cables.
On many weekdays, however, it wasn’t unusual to see several sections closed at once, mangling crosstown traffic and making it harder to patronize the local mom-and-pop shops.
A closer look at executive pay at Sempra, Qualcomm and other companies (UT San Diego)
June 9, 2012 -- Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis gave Sempra Energy’s pay practices an “F” grade, which isn’t unusual. It handed the company either a failing grade or a “D” on executive compensation for the past three years.
Glass Lewis said Sempra pays its executives too much relative to a group of similar companies. “Overall, the company paid more than its peers but performed moderately worse than its peers,” it said in a report.
The local newspaper makes national news- NYT criticizes UT San Diego for using newspaper as pulpit for business interests (Voice of San Diego)
It took just more than six months. On Sunday, The New York Times' media columnist, David Carr, sized up the implications of the ownership change at the U-T San Diego with . Carr writes:
‘Third strike’ and GMO foods labeling initiatives qualify ballot (Sacramento Bee)
June 12, 2012 -- California's November ballot will include questions on modifying the state's "three strikes" sentencing laws and requiring labels for genetically modified foods.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced Monday that two additional initiatives have qualified for the general election ballot, bringing the total measures slated for a vote this fall so far to eight.
Sacramento leaders eye pension changes, sales tax (Sacramento Bee)
June 9, 2012 -- The debates over pension changes and a possible sales tax increase in Sacramento are heating up.
Earlier this week, City Council members made their strongest comments to date on what they argue is the need for the city's employees to contribute more toward their pensions.
Election officials: get used to uncounted ballots (Sacramento Bee)
June 7, 2012 -- The waiting is the hardest part.
With more than 830,000 primary ballots still uncounted, many candidates and campaigns in California remained on pins and needles Thursday awaiting the results of undecided races.
Proposition 29, the proposal to increase taxes on tobacco products to pay for cancer research, was among the contests that remained too close to call.
California likely to need to cut spending more (Reuters)
June 11, 2012 -- California's $15.7 billion deficit is about 30 percent of the total gap all states face in the coming fiscal year, Standard & Poor's said in a report on Monday, saying the state likely will have to cut spending further to balance the 2013 fiscal budget.
State spending as a share of California's total economy is the lowest in 39 years. But the state's tax revenue system is "dysfunctional" and California relies heavily on volatile personal income tax collections, which are expected to total 63 percent of general fund revenue in 2013, S&P said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/11/us-california-sp-idUSBRE85A11120120611?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews
California Highway Patrol Officers union agrees to monthly furlough (Sacramento Bee)
June 6, 2012 -- For the first time, California's Highway Patrol officers are going to be furloughed.
The union reached an agreement at with Gov. Jerry Brown that furloughs Patrol officers 8 hours per month for one year starting July 1. Officers can bank the hours to take later, but their paychecks will reflect the 5 percent pay reduction regardless.
Department of Personnel Administration spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley confirmed the agreement. Jon Hamm, CEO of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, said that the language of the deal encourages officers to take their banked furlough time before taking paid vacation.