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City Council Approves Marketing Contract To Boost San Diego Police Recruitment

June 19
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council Tuesday approved a media branding and marketing contract to bolster police recruitment efforts.

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Firms Sought To Build $74M County Wellness Center In Southeast San Diego

June 19
By City News Service

Officials will search for firms to design an 80,000- square-foot consolidated health and social services center in Southeast San Diego after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to advance the project despite opposition from some neighbors.

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San Diego Takes Steps To Alleviate Housing Crisis, Report Reveals

June 19
By City News Service

The city of San Diego has taken steps to address the housing shortage, though "it may take some time to start seeing results,'' according to a city report released on Tuesday.

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San Diego Council To Consider Funding For Waterfront Park, Parking Structure

June 19
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council will consider on Tuesday whether to transfer more than $2.1 million to the San Diego Unified Port District for the development of a park and parking structure along the downtown waterfront.

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San Diego Moves To Expand Employment Program For Homeless People

June 18
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council's Select Committee on Homelessness on Monday advised staff to move forward with a pilot program intended to increase employment for homeless people using the city's rapid-rehousing programs.

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New Union-Tribune Owner Patrick Soon-Shiong Writes Letter To Readers

June 18
By City News Service

An immigrant who once bundled ink-fresh newspapers at a newspaper printing press took control of the San Diego Union-Tribune Monday, and promised in a letter to readers to fight fake news as if it were cancer.

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Unemployment Remains Flat In San Diego County

June 15
By City News Service

Unemployment in San Diego County remained flat at 2.9 percent in May as the labor market remained tight, according to statistics released Friday by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

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Court Rejects Lawsuit Against SDSU West

June 15
By City News Service

SDSU West proponents Friday praised the Superior Court of California's recent decision to reject a lawsuit alleging improper use of the San Diego State University name.

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Porn Star In Trump Controversy Will Reportedly Bring Tour To San Diego

June 15
By City News Service

Stephanie Clifford, the 39-year-old porn actress known as Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump in 2006, will come to San Diego in November as part of her nationwide strip-club tour, it was reported Friday.

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Committee Advances Sale Of Properties For Affordable Housing Development

June 15
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee Friday advanced the sale of unimproved City Heights properties slated to become affordable housing.

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San Diego Storm Water Spending Not Nearly Enough, Says City Auditor

June 14
By City News Service

Projected infrastructure spending for the city of San Diego's Storm Water Division isn't even halfway sufficient to meet future needs, a deficiency that could increase the deferred maintenance backlog and affect the city's ability to meet water quality requirements, according to an audit released Thursday.

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Crews Subdue 35-Acre Ramona Brush Fire

June 14
By City News Service

A brush fire possibly ignited by a burning vehicle spread over nearly three dozen open acres in Ramona Thursday, threatening homes for a time but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.

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Mayor Faulconer Proposes Vacation Rental Rules

June 14
By Alison St John, Andrew Bowen, City News Service, Marissa Cabrera

The mayor’s plan would allow homeowners to rent their home for up to 6 months and a second property year round. The city council will take up the proposal July 16.

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San Diego County Proposes 8 Percent Increase For New Budget

June 13
By City News Service

The $6.26 billion fiscal year 2019 recommended budget presented to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday represents a more than 8 percent increase from this year's spending.

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Jurors Recommend Death Penalty for Ex-Marine Who Killed 5 SoCal Women

June 13
By City News Service

An Orange County jury recommended the death penalty Wednesday for a former Marine who killed five women in Southern California and is already serving a life prison term in Illinois for three murders in Chicago.

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Caltrans To Shutter Westbound Friars Road On-Ramp To Southbound SR-163

June 13
By City News Service

Caltrans Wednesday will permanently close the on-ramp from westbound Friars Road to southbound state Route 163, the agency said.

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Officials Approve Convention Center Expansion Lease Agreement

June 13
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council and Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners both voted Tuesday to support a three-party settlement agreement to secure long-term control of the land needed to expand the San Diego Convention Center.

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USD Expert: Sessions' Policy Change Leaves Asylum-Seekers Few Options

June 12
By City News Service

Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to block entry into the U.S. by asylum-seekers citing fears of domestic abuse or gang violence doesn't leave many options for those facing persecution in Mexico and Central America, University of San Diego immigrant expert Everard Meade said Tuesday.

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San Diego City Council Approves Budget For Next Fiscal Year

June 11
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year Monday that included last-minute funding for projects such as tree trimming, graffiti abatement and library security.

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Cheesecake Factory, Contractors Fined $4.57 Million For Labor Violations

June 11
By City News Service

The state of California Monday found Cheesecake Factory and its janitorial subcontractors liable in a $4.57 million wage theft case related to hundreds of underpaid employees at eight San Diego and Orange County locations.

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County Seeks Participants For Homeless Health Care Program

June 11
By City News Service

San Diego County is actively seeking homeless individuals to take advantage of a budding health care program intended to save public money, officials announced Monday.

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Southbound I-5 Shut Down For Two Hours After Flames Erupt By Border

June 11
By City News Service

A fire broke out early Monday morning near the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the South Bay, prompting firefighters and highway patrol officers to shut down all southbound lanes just a little north of the U.S.-Mexico border for about two hours, authorities said.

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Reminder: San Diego Water Rates Will Increase In August

June 8
By City News Service

City of San Diego officials Friday reminded water customers that their rates will increase 2.16 percent starting Aug. 1.

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Tuberculosis Case Reported At Olympian High School In Chula Vista

June 7
By City News Service

San Diego County health officials Thursday confirmed a case of tuberculosis at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, and said they were working with Sweetwater Union High School District officials to notify people who may have been exposed.

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Report Card Has Good Grades For San Diego's Beaches

June 7
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

Dry weather is good news for San Diego County beach water quality.

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Man To Have Life Support Pulled After Reportedly Suffering Brain Injury While In National City Police Custody

June 7
By City News Service

A mentally-ill man walked into a South Bay police station seeking help nearly two weeks ago, but instead wound up in a coma, having suffered permanent brain damage while in custody, relatives said Thursday, hours before the man was scheduled to be taken off life support.

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Wildfire Burning Remote Open Land In Campo Area Now 30 Percent Contained

June 7
By City News Service

A fast-moving wildfire that blackened hundreds of open acres in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County was 30 percent contained Thursday, fire officials said.

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Officials To Discuss Water Quality Monitoring Related To Sewage Spills

June 7
By City News Service

Local governmental stakeholders will provide an update on water quality monitoring of local beaches affected by sewage spills from the Tijuana River Valley during a meeting Thursday.

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Deputy Accused Of Groping Women While On Duty Ordered To Stand Trial

June 6
By City News Service

A San Diego County sheriff's deputy accused of groping 13 women he encountered while on duty over a two-year period must stand trial on charges of assault and battery by an officer, sexual battery and false imprisonment, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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Republican Harkey Leads In Race For 49th Congressional Seat

June 6
By City News Service

Republican Diane Harkey is heading for a November runoff with former Orange County Democratic Party official Mike Levin, who finished in second place.

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Wildfire Spreads In Campo Area; One Firefighter Injured

June 6
By City News Service

A fast-moving wildfire spread across hundreds of open acres in southeastern reaches of San Diego County Wednesday, sending a thick column of brown-and-white smoke into the air near the U.S.-Mexico border but posing no immediate structural threats.

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Grand Jury: Bring Back Program That Reduced 911 Overuse

June 6
By City News Service

In the final report of its term, San Diego County's 2017-18 grand jury Wednesday recommended the city of San Diego find a way to bring back a program aimed at reducing unnecessary 911 calls.

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Authorities Seek Suspect Who Abandoned Injured, Maggot-Infested Dog

June 6
By City News Service

The San Diego Humane Society and San Diego County Crime Stoppers Wednesday announced a $1,000 reward for information about the person or people responsible for abandoning a maggot-infested, critically injured miniature poodle mix who later died.

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San Diego Council President Cole Keeps Narrow Lead, Moreno Advances To Runoff

June 6
By City News Service

Political staffer Vivian Moreno will head to November's general election race for the San Diego City Council District 8 seat, but two candidates were in a dead heat for the second spot on the ballot.

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Four State Ballot Propositions Approved Include Money For Water, Parks

June 6
By City News Service

The propositions approved by voters include a $4 billion bond measure to fund parks, water quality and flood-protection projects.

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Dumanis, Fletcher Advance To November Supervisors District 4 Race

June 5
By City News Service, KPBS News

Democrat Nathan Fletcher and Republican Bonnie Dumanis will face facing off in the November general election for the Supervisors District 4 race.

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Record Number Of Mail Ballots Sent To San Diego County Residents Could Slow Vote Tally

June 5
By City News Service

More than 1.1 million mail ballots were sent out to San Diego County residents for the June 5 primary election — meaning the majority of the county's 1.69 million registered voters will likely skip the voting booth.

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San Diego Election Turnout Predicted At 40 To 45 Percent, Registrar Says

June 5
By City News Service, KPBS News

As of the close of registration, there were 1,693,774 registered voters in the county. There were 617,701 Democrats, 492,861 Republicans, 498,989 non-partisan voters and 84,223 with other party registrations.

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Officer Wounds Self During Pursuit Near San Diego Marathon

June 4
By City News Service

A San Diego police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg Sunday while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who pointed a weapon at officers and was eventually arrested on the roof of a parking structure near the finish line of an annual marathon, authorities said.

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County Offers Polling Place Locator

June 4
By City News Service

Voters unsure of their polling place for Tuesday's primary election can use San Diego County's online locator, the county registrar reminded residents Monday.

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Evacuations Lifted After Firefighters Contain 10-Acre Fire In Rancho San Diego

June 4
By City News Service

A small brush fire scorched about 10 acres of vegetation and prompted the evacuation of several homes in Rancho San Diego before firefighters knocked down the flames, authorities said Monday.

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Brushfire In Del Cerro Now 100 Percent Contained, 'Likely Started By Juveniles'

June 4
By City News Service

A fire that scorched 38 acres of vegetation and forced the evacuation of about 80 homes in Del Cerro, north of San Diego State University, was "more than likely started by juveniles," authorities said.

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SDPD Arrest One In Shooting Incident Along Marathon Route

June 3
By City News Service

San Diego police have arrested one person in a shooting incident along the route of the Rock'n'Roll Marathon.

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County Grand Jury Found Staff Shortages Hampered Law Enforcement Review Board

June 1
By City News Service

A San Diego County grand jury report released Thursday found that staffing shortages within a county law enforcement review board led to a history of dismissing cases involving deaths before an investigation could be completed.

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Delinquent Property Tax Bills To Incur Heavier Penalties

June 1
By City News Service

More than 33,000 property owners have one month to pay their delinquent property taxes before their bills go into default and incur heavier penalties, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Thursday.

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Council members Ward, Bry Introduce Proposal To Ban Styrofoam And Related Products

June 1
By City News Service

City Councilman Chris Ward Tuesday introduced a proposal to ban products made with Styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene, in San Diego, citing adverse effects on local waterways and the coastline.

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Former Student Arrested In Torrey Pines High School Threat

May 31
By City News Service

Former Torrey Pines High School student Kevin Gregory Matlak, 21, was taken into custody in Point Loma early Thursday afternoon on suspicion of making the threat.

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San Diego’s New AAF Football Team Introduces Head Coach

May 31
By City News Service

Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz is expected to be introduced Thursday as the coach of San Diego's team in the Alliance of American Football.

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Woman Testifies Sheriff's Deputy Sexually Assaulted Her After 911 Call

May 30
By City News Service

A 64-year-old woman testified Wednesday that a sheriff's deputy who responded to her early morning 911 call hugged her three times, grabbed her buttocks and put her hand on his crotch while he was in her San Marcos home.

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San Diego County Expands Suicide Prevention Efforts

May 30
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

Following a series of community focus groups and online surveys, the council revised its Suicide Prevention Action Plan to include nine strategies on suicide mitigation.

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