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San Diego Council Members Support Increase To Library Funding

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A bipartisan group of City Council members expressed support for increasing the San Diego library system's fund for acquiring books and audio/visual materials, which was reduced in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed spending plan.

Water Authority Expresses Disappointment Over California's New Regulations

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San Diego County Water Authority Chairman Mark Weston said the agency is disappointed the state regulations don't encourage the development of new water supplies.

Gusty Winds Expected In San Diego County's Deserts

A National Weather Service wind advisory for the deserts is scheduled to take effect at 4 p.m. Wednesday and extend until 3 a.m. Friday.

SDPD To Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

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The question of why a veteran San Diego policeman did not activate his uniform-worn camera prior to fatally shooting a suspect will be part of SDPD's internal investigation into the death.

Scripps Health Nurses Treat 240 Patients In Nepal

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The five employees from San Diego paired up with a small group of physicians from Harvard to form two mobile medical teams that went to mountain villages outside the capital of Kathmandu.

Conan O'Brien To Host Show At San Diego's Comic-Con

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Television host Conan O'Brien will broadcast from the Spreckels Theatre between July 8-11.

22 San Diego County Schools Designated As 'Gold Ribbon Schools'

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The "Gold Ribbon Schools" award recognizes schools "that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners."

San Diego County Supervisors Schedule Public Hearings For $5.4B Budget

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The budget envisions a 6.1 percent spending increase over the current fiscal year. Public hearings on the spending plan are set to begin June 1.

High Surf, Strong Rip Currents To Continue Along San Diego County Coastline

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The National Weather Service predicted 6- to 9-foot surf with sets of up to 11 feet north of Oceanside and 5- to 8-foot surf between Point Loma and La Jolla until a high surf advisory expires at 11 p.m.

Report: Water Use Cutbacks Could Affect Several Industries In San Diego Region

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Agriculture, life sciences, brewing and soft drink bottling, dry cleaning and laundry services, food manufacturers and construction could face the impacts because they traditionally use more water than other business sectors.

San Diego Zoo's California Condor Breeding Program To Continue

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The program will continue despite the death of Almiyi, a female euthanized after suffering from cancer for several months. Almiyi laid 49 eggs, of which 38 hatched, with 28 of the majestic birds being released into the wild.

San Diego Man Who Spread HIV Sentenced To 6 Months

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Thomas Miguel Guerra told Judge Kathleen Lewis that while he has sympathy for the victim, he doesn't have remorse because he doesn't feel he did anything wrong.

ProFlowers Co-Founder Announces San Diego City Council Run

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Entrepreneur and political activist Barbara Bry announced that she'll run for the seat of San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner.

2 San Diego County Students Named Presidential Scholars

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Shayan Afshar of El Cajon, who attends Granite Hills High School, and Melinda Wang of Encinitas, who goes to Torrey Pines High School, are among the students recognized for achievements in academics and the arts.

Navy Announces New Commander For San Diego-Based USS America

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Capt. Michael Baze has served in San Diego-based helicopter squadrons in a variety of command positions and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C.

San Diego City Council Looks At Personnel Challenge As Budget Hearings Begin

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The challenge of hiring 424 new employees in the fiscal year that begins July 1 was highlighted Monday as the San Diego City Council started five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget.

Rain, Isolated Thunderstorms Expected In Most Of San Diego County

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Isolated showers and thunderstorms were forecast for the coastal areas, the valleys and the mountains.

San Diego City Council To Begin Budget Hearings This Week

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The City Council on Monday will begin five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

San Diego Gas Prices Keep Climbing Higher

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since Sept. 24, increasing 5.8 cents to $3.727.

Team From Scripps Health Heads To Nepal To Help Earthquake Survivors

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Four nurses and a team leader from Scripps Health left San Diego Friday on a three-week trip to help survivors of the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Port Truck Drivers Return To Work After Four Days Of Striking

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Friday morning, drivers for Pacer Cartage, Intermodal Bridge Transport and Harbor Rail Transport returned to work, although what prompted the decision was not immediately announced.

San Diego Unified District, Teachers Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

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The contract would decrease class sizes, increase teacher preparation time, place additional staff at high-need campuses and add more counselors and special-education support. The pact must be ratified by the San Diego Education Association membership and the school board.

Polar Bear At SeaWorld San Diego Artificially Inseminated

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SeaWorld and the Cincinnati Zoo are working together in an effort to get Snowflake pregnant.

Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course Switches To Recycled Water System

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With drastic state-mandated water use cutbacks looming, The Farms Golf Club Thursday switched over to a recycled water system to irrigate its greens and fairways, which is expected to save millions of gallons of drinking water.

50 Port Truck Drivers Walk Picket Lines At Otay Mesa Toyota

As the strike went into a fourth day, workers and their supporters rallied at the Japanese automotive manufacturer's operation just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Civic San Diego OKs Guidelines For Publicly Funded Projects

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Civic San Diego staff will use the policy, developed after several months of public meetings, to evaluate projects proposed for downtown San Diego, City Heights, Encanto and Southeast San Diego.

Healthcare Group Gives 4 San Diego County Hospitals 'A' Grade

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The four to gain an A grade from the nonprofit organization that focuses on healthcare safety were the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Scripps Memorial Hospital, Tri-City Medical Center and UCSD Medical Center.

Sage Project At SDSU To Focus On Santee

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The Sage Project at San Diego State University directs student and faculty projects on individual communities.

Three San Diego City Council Members To Lobby In D.C.

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Council President Sherri Lightner, and Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald plan to discuss economic development, infrastructure financing, workforce development, homelessness and cyber security.

4 San Diego Mountain Climbers Rescued From Mountain In Nepal

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Kathleen Heldman and her husband Kevin Krough were on a month-long trip with friends Oscar Olea and Brigida Martinez to climb Mount Ganchempo when the earthquake hit. An avalanche wiped out a village below the mountain, leaving them trapped in Kyanjin Gompa in the Langtang region.

8 San Diego State University Students Selected For Fulbright Program

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Seventy-four SDSU students have been offered Fulbrights in the last 10 years, including 26 in the last three years, according to the university.

San Diego Navy Commander Removed Due To Loss Of Confidence

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Capt. John Banigan was removed from his position by Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 11.

San Diego County's Dropout Rate Increases

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San Diego County high school students dropped out of school at a slightly greater rate and graduated at a slightly reduced rate, according to year-over-year figures released Tuesday.

San Diego Nonprofit Renews Lease With City

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A 20-year lease renewal for Barrio Station, a nonprofit that serves youth in a disadvantaged area just south of downtown San Diego, was approved by the City Council.

City Council OKs $1.5M SDPD Settlement

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The City Council finalized two legal settlements worth a total of $1.56 million with women who sued the city for personal injuries stemming from encounters with San Diego police officers.

Judge Tentatively Denies Attempt To Stop San Diego's Open Taxi Market

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Permit holders asked Judge Ronald Prager for a temporary restraining order to stop the Metropolitan Transit System from issuing new taxi cab permits.

Report: San Diego Needs To Increase Talent To Compete Globally

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Education policies in the region need to be updated to ensure there are qualified employees for the area's nearly 830 aerospace companies, according to the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Delaware North Gets San Diego Qualcomm Stadium Contract

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A contract for the stadium's long-standing concessionaire, Centerplate, expired in February. Centerplate received backlash late last year after its former CEO was caught on camera kicking a dog.

City Of San Diego Employees To Get 3 Paid Sick Days

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The city of San Diego will offer up to three paid sick days a year to its hourly employees, beginning July 1.

Brush Fire Scorches 350 Acres At Camp Pendleton

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A brush fire charred open terrain but posed no structural threats and caused no reported injuries.

Vigil Scheduled At UCSD For Victims Of Nepal Earthquake

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Two San Diego-based relief organizations are gearing up to provide assistance to the region.

Port Truck Drivers Strike In Otay Mesa

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The drivers and their counterparts in Los Angeles and Long Beach are on strike against the short haul transport companies for which they work.

One Paseo Proposal To Return To San Diego City Council

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Opponents of a controversial development in Carmel Valley collected enough referendum petition signatures to force the San Diego City Council to either rescind its approval of the project or put the issue to voters.

Dollar Tree To Pay $3M In Lawsuit Against California DAs

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The Dollar Tree discount chain, which operates more than 30 stores in San Diego County, will pay to settle an environmental protection lawsuit filed by 45 California district attorneys and two city attorneys, including San Diego's.

Former San Diego Council Members Celebrate 'Living Wage' Ordinance

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When the "Living Wage" ordinance was passed in 2005, it set a living hourly wage at $12 for contractors performing at least $500,000 worth of work for the city. The figure has since climbed to $14.17 an hour and is due to go up to $14.43 an hour on July 1.

Gusty Winds, Light Rain Move Across San Diego

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Weather disturbances passing through Southern California will bring cool, unsettled and windy weather through Saturday.

Annual Count Finds 8,700 Homeless In San Diego County

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Of those who were unsheltered, 70 percent were men and 15.4 percent were military veterans, according to the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Council.

San Diegan Arrested, Charged In Terrorism Investigation

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Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati was charged in a federal complaint with two counts of making false statements involving terrorism matters. Saeed was arrested Wednesday in Rancho Bernardo.

State Legislative Counsel Weighs In On Civic San Diego

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State legislative counsel said Civic San Diego does not have the authority to make final land use decisions.

Rain Possible In San Diego County

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Rain will be possible in the majority of San Diego County Thursday and strong gusty winds are expected to develop Thursday night in the mountains and deserts.

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