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News In Numbers: How Doctors And The DMV Decide It’s Time For Calif...

News In Numbers: How Doctors And The DMV Decide It’s Time For Californians To Stop Driving

Oct. 24
By Cheryl Clark / inewsource

DMV statistics reveal the agency took action against the licenses of 4,388 to 6,389 drivers with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia each year over the last decade. That's far fewer than the estimated 50,000 people who develop the disease in the state annually.

Suspect In Homeless Attacks Found Mentally Incompetent

Suspect In Homeless Attacks Found Mentally Incompetent

Oct. 21
By City News Service

Jon David Guerrero, who's accused of attacking five homeless men and killing three of them, is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Mexico's Demand For Potent California Marijuana Creates Southbound ...

Mexico's Demand For Potent California Marijuana Creates Southbound Smuggling

Oct. 21
By Jean Guerrero

Marijuana has long flowed from Mexico into the U.S. Now, it's starting to flow in the opposite direction.

Prescription Drug Abuse Continues To Take Toll In San Diego

Prescription Drug Abuse Continues To Take Toll In San Diego

Oct. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

The latest San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Report Card reveals some disturbing numbers.

Millions 'Drop, Cover And Hold On' For Annual Great California Shak...

Millions 'Drop, Cover And Hold On' For Annual Great California ShakeOut

Oct. 20
By City News Service

Thousands of San Diegans dropped, covered and held on at 10:20 a.m. Thursday during the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill.

Weeks Before Olango Shooting, El Cajon Said 'No' To More Police Ove...

Weeks Before Olango Shooting, El Cajon Said 'No' To More Police Oversight

Oct. 20
By Andrew Bowen

A San Diego County Grand Jury report this year recommended the city of El Cajon establish a civilian board to oversee police conduct. The City Council strongly rejected that recommendation just seven weeks before a police officer fatally shot Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man.

Navy Officer Whose Truck Plunged Off Coronado Bridge Pleads Not Gui...

Navy Officer Whose Truck Plunged Off Coronado Bridge Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Charges

Oct. 20
By City News Service

A Navy petty officer whose pickup truck flew off a transition ramp to the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge and crashed into a crowd in Chicano Park, killing four people, pleaded not guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges.

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

Red Flag Fire Warning Reminds San Diegans Of Past October Wildfires

Oct. 19
By Susan Murphy

San Diego’s most destructive wildfires have occurred during the month of October — typically the time of year when vegetation reaches its driest point and strong Santa Ana winds blow in.

Calls For Safety Improvements After Fatal Coronado Bridge Crash

Calls For Safety Improvements After Fatal Coronado Bridge Crash

Oct. 18
By City News Service

Flanked by law enforcement officials and community activists, a state senator on Tuesday vowed to make improving safety on the Coronado Bridge a top priority in response to a suspected DUI crash that killed four people.

Protesters And Law Enforcement Officers Clash In El Cajon

Protesters And Law Enforcement Officers Clash In El Cajon

Oct. 18
By KPBS News, City News Service

Monday's demonstration and several others in the weeks prior were held in the commercial district a few blocks north of El Cajon Valley High School where Alfred Olango, a 38-year-old Ugandan immigrant, was shot Sept. 27.

San Diego Seeks To Strengthen Civilian Oversight Of Police

San Diego Seeks To Strengthen Civilian Oversight Of Police

Oct. 17
By Andrew Bowen

The San Diego City Council has responded to a county grand jury report finding weaknesses in the Citizens Review Board on Police Practices. Measure G on the November ballot would tweak the board slightly, and open the door to more reforms in the future.

Policing Leader Apologizes For Historic Racial Abuse In The U.S. At...

Policing Leader Apologizes For Historic Racial Abuse In The U.S. At San Diego Conference

Oct. 17
By Associated Press

The president of a group representing tens of thousands of law enforcement officers worldwide said at a conference in San Diego that police have historically been a face of oppression in enforcing laws that ensure legalized discrimination and denial of basic rights.

Truck Falls From Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Killing 4

Truck Falls From Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Killing 4

Oct. 15
By Tom Fudge

A pickup truck plunged off the Coronado Bridge causing four deaths and nine injuries. The driver was placed under arrest.

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

Cameras Keep Watch Over Fire-Prone Regions Across San Diego County

Oct. 10
By Susan Murphy

The high-tech instruments that measure seismic motion and monitor climate hazards are also equipped with cameras that allow fire officials to keep watch over remote fire-prone regions.

Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires

Reveal: More People Living In Areas At Risk For Wildfires

Oct. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Brooke Ruth

Reveal, a program of the Center for Investigative Reporting, found that since 1990, 8.5 million more homes are in wildland-urban interface areas, areas where homes and wildland meet and where the potential for wildfires are higher.