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Despite Increase In Violent Crime, San Diego Remains Safer Than Other U.S. Cities

April 20
By City News Service

San Diego County is generally safer than the U.S. as a whole, though elder abuse and several types of violent crime are on the rise locally, according to a report released Friday.

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San Diego County Faces Rise In Dementia Patients

April 20
By City News Service

Two studies released Friday indicate San Diego County will see increasingly devastating health and economic effects from dementia-related diseases in coming years.

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For The Second Time, San Diego Students Walk Out Against Gun Violence

April 20
By City News Service, Megan Burks

Students from about two dozen San Diego County schools walked out of class Friday for the second time in just over a month to protest gun violence and urge politicians to better protect campuses.

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Qualcomm Laying Off 1,231 San Diego Employees As Part Of 'Cost Reduction Plan'

April 19
By City News Service, KPBS News

Qualcomm is laying off 1,231 San Diego employees and another 269 workers in Northern California as part of a $1 billion cost- cutting plan.

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Workshops Generate Affordable Housing, Tenant Protection Ideas

April 19
By City News Service

Creating an inventory of soon-to-expire affordable housing projects and ordinances to protect residents were among the suggestions generated at workshops Wednesday hosted by the City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee.

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San Diego City Council Committee Hears Suggestions To Address Housing Crisis

April 18
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee hosted discussions Wednesday intended to alleviate the city's affordable housing challenges.

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San Diego Grand Jury Recommends City Planning Group Changes

April 18
By City News Service

A grand jury recommended in a report released Wednesday that the city of San Diego consider consolidation of neighborhood planning groups, and whether to develop methods to diversify group membership.

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Gaspar Defends San Diego County Sanctuary Vote, But Local Dems Lash Out

April 18
By City News Service

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar said Wednesday the county's opposition to California's sanctuary state law is intended to send a message to Sacramento that immigration enforcement is vital in border communities.

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San Diego County To Study Affordable Housing Solutions

April 18
By City News Service

The Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to direct staff to investigate ways to promote the construction of homes for low- and middle-income families in unincorporated San Diego County.

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San Diego County Board Of Supervisors Votes To Support Trump ‘Sanctuary’ State Lawsuit

April 17
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

With the vote, San Diego County became California's most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protect select immigrants from deportation.

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Sheriff's Department Will Review Rebecca Zahau Case

April 16
By City News Service, KPBS News

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Monday they will reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case, following a civil verdict that found a man responsible for her death.

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Local Officials Urge County To Join Challenge Of Sanctuary Law

April 16
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Elected officials and local residents urged the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Monday to join the federal government's lawsuit challenging California's sanctuary state law.

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After 14-Years Deported Veteran Finally Granted Citizenship

April 13
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Hector Barajas on Friday was finally sworn in as a United States citizen.

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Actor Will Ferrell Suffers Minor Injuries In Orange County Crash

April 13
By City News Service

Actor Will Ferrell sustained minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Orange County following a voter participation drive in Oceanside, authorities said Friday.

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San Diego County Breweries Among Fastest Growing

April 13
By City News Service

Two San Diego County businesses are included in the Brewers Association's inaugural list of the top 50 fastest-growing small, independent breweries in the nation.

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Faulconer Proposes $3.8 Billion Budget, Averting Major Cuts

April 12
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for next fiscal year manages to close a deficit by carrying over unspent money from the current fiscal year, dipping into reserve accounts and trimming the budgets of several departments.

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San Diego Promises Safety Upgrades For Dangerous Intersections

April 11
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Councilman Chris Ward, members of Circulate San Diego and other transportation advocates gathered Wednesday at the San Diego City Hall Concourse to reaffirm their commitment to pedestrian safety, starting with safety upgrades at 15 intersections.

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Gov. Brown Commits 400 Troops To Combat ‘Transnational Crime,’ Not For Immigration Enforcement

April 11
By City News Service

In a letter to federal authorities, Brown said the National Guard troops would be added "statewide," so it was unclear exactly how many of those 400 troops would actually be sent to the border.

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug, Illegal Firearm Possession

April 11
By City News Service

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was arrested in Oceanside when officers found him asleep in a pickup truck with heroin and an illegal rifle, police and Border Patrol officials said Wednesday.

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Council Approves First Phase Of Pure Water Project

April 11
By City News Service

The environmental impact report for phase one of the Pure Water project was unanimously adopted by the City Council Tuesday.

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Interim Chief Of Fire-Rescue Department Confirmed Following Fennessy's Departure

April 10
By City News Service

The City Council is expected Tuesday to confirm Mayor Kevin Faulconer's appointment of Assistant Chief of Business Operations Kevin Ester as interim chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

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Judge Finalizes $25 Million Trump University Settlement

April 9
By City News Service

The settlement was initially approved a year ago by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, but a former Trump University student challenged the agreement, saying she wanted to file her own lawsuit in hopes of recouping more money and getting now-President Donald Trump to apologize.

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Efforts Underway To Better Track San Diego's Homelessness Outreach Efforts

April 9
By City News Service

Since April 2, homeless shelter workers have kept data on the location of outreach services offered and whether services were accepted.

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SANDAG Settles Climate Change Study Lawsuit

April 9
By City News Service

A legal battle against the San Diego Association of Government's long-term transportation plan ended Friday when the agency and the environmental group plaintiffs settled out of court.

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Hottest Temperatures Of The Year So Far Expected Monday In San Diego County

April 9
By City News Service

Winds that are forecast to slam Southern California early Monday morning will die down and give way to above-average temperatures in the 90s, forecasters said.

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City Votes To Launch Program Aimed At Better Connecting The Homeless To Jobs

April 9
By City News Service

City staff will explore how the city can use its rapid rehousing programs to connect people with long-term employment.

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Rep. Issa Praises Escondido's Support Of Trump's Sanctuary State Lawsuit

April 6
By City News Service

Congressman Darell Issa praised Escondido on Friday for becoming the first city in San Diego County to express support for the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary laws.

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Menendez Brothers Moved Into Same San Diego Prison Unit

April 6
By City News Service

Erik and Lyle Menendez, whose 1989 shotgun murders of their wealthy parents in Beverly Hills made them two of the nation's most notorious convicts, this week got their first chance in more than two decades at a reunion due to a housing-unit transfer at the Otay Mesa prison where they are incarcerated.

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Final Settlement Reached In Beth Burns Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

April 6
By City News Service

Former San Diego State University women's basketball coach Beth Burns, who sued the university after she was fired in 2013 with four years left on a new five-year contract, has signed a final settlement agreement with the university, her legal team announced Thursday.

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Mexican Independent Presidential Candidate Margarita Zavala To Speak At UCSD

April 6
By City News Service

The woman who hopes to be Mexico's first female president, Margarita Zavala, will deliver a talk Friday at UC San Diego.

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Strong 5.3 Earthquake Rocks Los Angeles Area

April 5
By City News Service

A strong earthquake rocked the Los Angeles area Thursday, swaying buildings in a wide area including West Los Angeles, Burbank and Woodland Hills.

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San Diego To Explore Smart Transportation Fixes With LA, DC And San Francisco

April 5
By City News Service

San Diego was one of 22 communities selected Thursday to join a collaborative that will explore how new technologies can improve transportation.

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Jury Rules Boyfriend's Brother Liable In Woman's Death At Coronado Mansion

April 5
By City News Service, Jade Hindmon

A San Diego jury Wednesday awarded more than $5 million in damages to the mother of a woman who authorities said committed suicide by hanging herself at a Coronado mansion in 2011, determining that the brother of her boyfriend was liable for her death.

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San Diego Unified Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement With Union

April 4
By City News Service, Megan Burks

The district and the San Diego Education Association reached the agreement at 1:40 a.m. after a 16-hour bargaining session that culminated a year of negotiations. The agreement must be ratified by union members and the San Diego school board in order to take effect.

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Escondido Council Vote 4-1 In Favor Of Supporting Trump's Sanctuary Lawsuit

April 4
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The Escondido City Council Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of adopting a resolution supporting the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary laws.

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Four Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash In El Centro

April 4
By City News Service

Four U.S. Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar were killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission Tuesday afternoon in the El Centro area in Imperial County.

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Construction Underway To Improve Carlsbad's Poinsettia Station

April 3
By City News Service

Initial work to improve the Poinsettia train station is underway.

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#TransitTuesday Encourages San Diegans To Walk, Bike Or Take Transit To Work

April 3
By City News Service

Tuesday is the first #TransitTuesday in San Diego, a two-month-long campaign that aims to encourage residents to bike, walk or take public transit rather than drive to work one day a week.

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Loma Verde Elementary In Chula Vista Honored For Test Score Improvements

April 3
By City News Service

Loma Verde Elementary in Chula Vista was among nearly three dozen schools in San Diego County and 290 statewide to be honored today by the California Department of Education for improvement in standardized test scores for English-language learners and low-income students.

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San Diego County Likely To Join Trump's Sanctuary Lawsuit, Jacob Says

April 3
By City News Service

San Diego County is likely to join the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary state laws, a "cautiously optimistic" Supervisor Dianne Jacob told Fox News Channel Monday.

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Clouds To Dominate San Diego Sky This Week

April 2
By City News Service

San Diegans should expect cloudy weather for much of the rest of the week, forecasters said Monday.

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Little Caesars Offers Free Pizza Lunch Combo

April 2
By City News Service

Dozens of Little Caesars pizza restaurants around San Diego County will give away free lunches Monday as part of a national promotion thanks to a little-known college basketball team from the other side of the country.

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Padres Opening Day Will Start With Trevor Hoffman Pitch

March 29
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego Padres will face the Milwaukee Brewers today at Petco Park, with former Padres star reliever Trevor Hoffman throwing the ceremonial first pitch, four months before he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Scooter Company Bird Pledges To 'Save' Sidewalks From Vehicle Clutter

March 28
By City News Service, KPBS News

Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden wrote an open letter to his counterparts at four bike-sharing companies urging them to join him in a pledge to "Save Our Sidewalks." He says the pledge would help American cities avoid the plight of the "out-of-control" bike-sharing deployment in China.

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11 Flu-Related Deaths Reported In San Diego County Last Week

March 28
By City News Service

Another 11 influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing the flu season's total to 319 in the region, health officials announced Wednesday.

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San Diego County Supervisors Vote To Expand Addiction Treatment Services

March 28
By City News Service

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to ramp up the addiction treatment program for the county's most vulnerable populations by expanding its network of providers, increasing available services and opening those services to more people.

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Dead Whale Carcass Spotted Off Torrey Pines Coast

March 26
By City News Service, Jade Hindmon

A dead whale turned up Monday in the ocean off the coast of Torrey Pines State Reserve, authorities reported.

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San Diego County Looks To Increase Addiction Treatment Spending

March 26
By City News Service

San Diego County is looking to triple spending on addiction treatment from $54.6 million to $179.6 million, officials announced Monday.

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Marine Recruit Dies In San Diego

March 26
By City News Service

A recruit at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego has died after being hospitalized for an unspecified "medical emergency," corps officials said Sunday.

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Water Main Break Shuts Down Street South of SDSU

March 26
By City News Service

Repair efforts on a broken water main Monday morning shut down a residential street south of San Diego State University's campus in the El Cerrito neighborhood, police said.

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