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City Council Budget Committee Demands Mayor Fund National Search Fo...

City Council Budget Committee Demands Mayor Fund National Search For New Police Chief

May 3
By City News Service

The chair of the San Diego City Council's Budget Committee demanded Wednesday that the mayor's office fund a national search in the upcoming year for a new police chief.

Prayer Services, Vigil To Be Held In Honor Of University City Shoot...

Prayer Services, Vigil To Be Held In Honor Of University City Shooting Victim

May 2
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Prayer services and a vigil are scheduled Wednesday to remember a woman fatally wounded by a gunman who opened fire at his University City apartment complex, shooting a total of seven people before before being killed by police.

Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

Study: California Gun Sales Spiked After Recent Mass Shootings

May 1
By David Wagner

Researchers found that in the weeks after the San Bernardino and Sandy Hook shootings, many Californians rushed to buy handguns.

What Happened To Hugo Castro, In His Own Words

What Happened To Hugo Castro, In His Own Words

May 1
By Jean Guerrero

The migrant rights activist who disappeared for five days in Mexico after pleading for help on Facebook Live told KPBS he recalls very little of what transpired while he was missing.

The Coronado Surfers Who Created A $100 Million Drug Ring

The Coronado Surfers Who Created A $100 Million Drug Ring

May 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

The Coronado Company started out as a group of teenagers back the 1970s who decided to swim across the U.S.-Mexico border with bundles of marijuana.

San Diego Police: Race Not A Factor In Pool Party Shooting; Shooter...

San Diego Police: Race Not A Factor In Pool Party Shooting; Shooter Despondent Over Breakup

May 1
By Associated Press

A gunman went on a shooting rampage Sunday at a pool area of the La Jolla Crossroads apartment complex in University City on Sunday.

San Diego Nonprofit Prepares To Fight For People Listed In Gang Dat...

San Diego Nonprofit Prepares To Fight For People Listed In Gang Database

April 27
By Claire Trageser

Right now, you could be listed in the state's gang database and not even know it. But a new state law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018 requiring law enforcement to inform everyone who is added to the database after that date.

Chronic Staff Deficit In San Diego Police Department May Get Worse

Chronic Staff Deficit In San Diego Police Department May Get Worse

April 27
By City News Service

A chronic shortage of officers in the San Diego Police Department has gone unresolved over the past five years and is likely to worsen before it gets better, officials told members of a City Council committee Wednesday.

Policing San Diego Homeless Is Much More Than Citations, Says Assis...

Policing San Diego Homeless Is Much More Than Citations, Says Assistant Police Chief

April 27
By Susan Murphy

When it comes to policing the hundreds of desperate men and women living in tents and extensive handmade structures, Assistant Police Chief Chuck Kaye said it is not just about tickets and arrests.

San Diego's 2016 Violent And Property Crime Rates Remain Low

San Diego's 2016 Violent And Property Crime Rates Remain Low

April 24
By City News Service

Violent and property crime rates in San Diego remained low last year despite an uptick in homicides, aggravated assaults and auto thefts, the San Diego Association of Governments reported Monday.

Hugo Castro Returns To San Diego, Recovering From Injuries

Hugo Castro Returns To San Diego, Recovering From Injuries

April 23
By Jean Guerrero

The San Diego activist and U.S. citizen is receiving medical treatment for severe injuries he suffered in Mexico under circumstances that remain mysterious.

New Cal Fire App Helps Users Prepare For Wildfires

New Cal Fire App Helps Users Prepare For Wildfires

April 21
By City News Service

San Diegans who strive to be prepared for wildfires can use a new Cal Fire mobile-device application to keep up with their readiness efforts.

Missing San Diego Activist Recovering After Being Found Wounded In ...

Missing San Diego Activist Recovering After Being Found Wounded In Mexico

April 15
By Jean Guerrero

Hugo Castro is in stable condition after being found Tuesday in Tlalnepantla de Baz, a city just north of Mexico City. Castro disappeared Thursday, after posting an appeal for help on Facebook Live.

Bill Targets Sex Trafficking In California

Bill Targets Sex Trafficking In California

April 12
By Erik Anderson

A state lawmaker from San Diego wants to give prosecutors more tools to fight sex trafficking.

New Price Tag On San Diego Fire Station Needs Tops $91 Million

New Price Tag On San Diego Fire Station Needs Tops $91 Million

April 12
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego Independent Budget Analyst's Office estimates that it would cost $91 million to build seven new, unfunded fire stations recommended in a recent report. Staffing them would cost an extra $18.7 million per year.