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El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells Challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter ...

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells Challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter For 50th District Seat

Feb. 20
By Brooke Ruth, City News Service, Jade Hindmon

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, a Republican, announced Tuesday he would run for the 50th Congressional District seat.

San Diego Mayor Plans Expanded City Cleanup Effort

San Diego Mayor Plans Expanded City Cleanup Effort

Feb. 20
By City News Service

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Tuesday that he plans to expand the Clean SD street cleanup program.

Threat At Point Loma School Prompts Heightened Police Pre...

Threat At Point Loma School Prompts Heightened Police Presence

Feb. 20
By City News Service

The discovery of a threatening graffiti scrawl at High Tech High Media Arts led Tuesday to a heightened police presence at the Point Loma charter school.

Police Say School Shooting Threat Made To San Marcos High...

Police Say School Shooting Threat Made To San Marcos High School Unfounded

Feb. 20
By City News Service

A social media post originally believed to have threatened a school shooting at San Marcos High School Tuesday sparked an investigation that found there was no specific threat made to the school, law enforcement and school district officials said Tuesday.

Near Freezing Temperatures Hit San Diego County

Near Freezing Temperatures Hit San Diego County

Feb. 20
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A cold snap that settled over Southern California over the weekend delivered a few record low temperatures in the San Diego area Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported.

Many Public Facilities Closed For Presidents Day

Many Public Facilities Closed For Presidents Day

Feb. 19
By City News Service

Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.

San Diego Attorney's Office Orders 10 Gun Owners To Surre...

San Diego Attorney's Office Orders 10 Gun Owners To Surrender Firearms

Feb. 16
By City News Service

Ten San Diego gun owners have been ordered to surrender their firearms after courts determined they were at risk of harming themselves or others as part of an effort launched in January by the City Attorney's Office to obtain such restraining orders.

Qualcomm Board Says Broadcom Takeover Deal Is Too Low

Qualcomm Board Says Broadcom Takeover Deal Is Too Low

Feb. 16
By City News Service

The Qualcomm board believes the per-share price offered by Broadcom in its $121 billion takeover deal of the San Diego company is too low and it is concerned about whether the deal would survive antitrust scrutiny, Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs wrote Friday.

New Border Patrol Policy Shortens Visiting Time For Divid...

New Border Patrol Policy Shortens Visiting Time For Divided Families At Friendship Park

Feb. 15
By City News Service

The amount of time that family members separated by the U.S.-Mexico border are allowed to spend at Friendship Park has been limited by a Border Patrol policy announced this week.

SDSU West Secures Enough Signatures To Appear On Ballot

SDSU West Secures Enough Signatures To Appear On Ballot

Feb. 15
By City News Service

More than 100,000 signatures from supporters of a proposed ballot initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion were certified by the city clerk, paving the way for the measure to appear on an upcoming ballot, organizers announced Thursday.

City To Host Workshop For Water Customers Who Were Overch...

City To Host Workshop For Water Customers Who Were Overcharged

Feb. 15
By City News Service

The city utilities department is hosting a workshop Thursday to help out water customers who believe they were overcharged due to meter misreading.

County Reports More Flu-Related Deaths Bringing Total To 251

County Reports More Flu-Related Deaths Bringing Total To 251

Feb. 14
By City News Service

A total of 20 influenza-related deaths were reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season's total fatalities in the region to 251, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

County Expects To Perform Over 100 Weddings On Valentine'...

County Expects To Perform Over 100 Weddings On Valentine's Day

Feb. 14
By City News Service

County officials expect to perform over 100 wedding ceremonies Wednesday as couples look to tie the knot on Valentine's Day.

San Diego Supervisors To Lobby Against Oil Drilling Off C...

San Diego Supervisors To Lobby Against Oil Drilling Off California Coast

Feb. 13
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to lobby against a Trump administration proposal that would clear the way for oil drilling along U.S. coastal waters, including sites off Southern California.

City Approves Plan Giving Tax Incentives To Landowners Wh...

City Approves Plan Giving Tax Incentives To Landowners Who Use Land For Agriculture

Feb. 13
By City News Service

Owners of some vacant or blighted lots will be able to get a tax break in exchange for growing fruits and vegetables under a plan approved Tuesday by the San Diego City Council.

First Public Hearing For San Diego Police Chief Nominee F...

First Public Hearing For San Diego Police Chief Nominee Focuses On Diversity, Transparency

Feb. 13
By City News Service

Feedback on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's choice of veteran lawman David Nisleit as the next police chief was largely positive Monday at the first of two City Council confirmation hearings.

Lilac Fire Victims Eligible For Government Food Assistance

Lilac Fire Victims Eligible For Government Food Assistance

Feb. 12
By City News Service

People affected by the Lilac Fire may be eligible for government food assistance benefits, county officials announced Monday.

Ramona-Raised Skater Wins Olympic Bronze Medal

Ramona-Raised Skater Wins Olympic Bronze Medal

Feb. 12
By City News Service

Chris Knierim, who was raised in Ramona, will resume competition Tuesday as an Olympic bronze medalist.

San Diego Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Increasing Co...

San Diego Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Increasing Concealed-Carry Permit Requirements

Feb. 9
By City News Service

Two San Diego-area Democratic lawmakers Friday announced a bill to increase requirements for people seeking concealed-carry weapons permits in California.

Proposed Bill Would Ban Tackle Football Before High School

Proposed Bill Would Ban Tackle Football Before High School

Feb. 9
By City News Service

Organized tackle football would be banned at levels lower than high school under a bill announced Friday by San Diego Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, who says the rule would follow medical research in an effort to protect kids from the lasting effects of traumatic brain injury.

UC San Diego Conference Tries To Find New Solutions To 'W...

UC San Diego Conference Tries To Find New Solutions To 'War On Drugs'

Feb. 9
By City News Service

A conference focused on finding new solutions to the problem of drugs flowing across the country's southern border kicks off Friday morning at UC San Diego.

Qualcomm Board Rejects $121B Buyout Offer From Broadcom

Qualcomm Board Rejects $121B Buyout Offer From Broadcom

Feb. 8
By City News Service

The Qualcomm Board of Directors Thursday unanimously rejected a revised $121 billion buyout offer from Broadcom.

Utilities Department Announces Over 300 Water Customers W...

Utilities Department Announces Over 300 Water Customers Were Overcharged

Feb. 8
By City News Service, Claire Trageser

The city utilities department announced Thursday that 343 water customers were overcharged as much as $420 due to meter misreading, possibly answering questions that left residents dumbfounded and city officials searching for solutions in recent weeks.

Cal State San Marcos To Offer Bachelor's In Software Engi...

Cal State San Marcos To Offer Bachelor's In Software Engineering

Feb. 8
By City News Service

Cal State San Marcos announced Thursday the creation of an engineering program thanks to more than $1.5 million in donations from local companies and their employees.

Figure Skater From Ramona, Wife To Participate In Winter ...

Figure Skater From Ramona, Wife To Participate In Winter Olympics

Feb. 8
By City News Service

Chris Knierim, who was raised in Ramona, and his wife, Alexa Scimeca-Knierim, will skate in the pairs short program of the figure skating team event Thursday at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Two Killed In Santee Plane Crash Identified As UC Irvine ...

Two Killed In Santee Plane Crash Identified As UC Irvine Professor, Wife

Feb. 8
By City News Service

A couple killed this week when the light plane they were in crashed in an industrial area in Santee were identified Wednesday as a UC Irvine medical school professor and his wife.

Young Immigrants Rally At Border Wall For 'Clean' Dream Act

Young Immigrants Rally At Border Wall For 'Clean' Dream Act

Feb. 7
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Dozens of immigrants and activists marched Wednesday near San Diego's border with Tijuana to urge Congress to protect immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation.

San Diego City Council Committee Advances $900M Affordabl...

San Diego City Council Committee Advances $900M Affordable Housing Measure

Feb. 7
By City News Service

A San Diego City Council committee advanced a proposed ballot measure on Wednesday that would provide $900 million for affordable housing projects through a property tax increase.

Two Bills Introduced To Improve Safety, Security At San O...

Two Bills Introduced To Improve Safety, Security At San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Feb. 7
By City News Service

California Sen. Kamala Harris is among the cosponsors of two bills introduced Wednesday that aim to increase the safety and security of decommissioned nuclear power plants such as the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

San Diego Home Sales Down 10 Percent, Home Prices Up 7 Pe...

San Diego Home Sales Down 10 Percent, Home Prices Up 7 Percent

Feb. 7
By City News Service

Home sales in January in the San Diego region were down 10 percent compared to the same time last year, though the median single-family home price was up 7 percent, according to data released Wednesday by a local Realtors group.

San Diego Union-Tribune, LA Times Could Soon Have A New O...

San Diego Union-Tribune, LA Times Could Soon Have A New Owner

Feb. 6
By City News Service

The newspapers report Chicago-based Tronc is in talks to sell the paper to health care billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Appeals Court Upholds $25 Million Trump University Settle...

Appeals Court Upholds $25 Million Trump University Settlement

Feb. 6
By City News Service

A $25 million settlement approved by a federal judge in San Diego between Trump University and former students who claim they were bilked by the real-estate program was upheld by an appeals court Tuesday.

Two Killed In Santee Plane Crash

Two Killed In Santee Plane Crash

Feb. 6
By City News Service

Two people were killed when a small plane crashed this morning in Santee northwest of El Cajon's Gillespie Field, authorities said.

Report: Crime In San Diego Hits Historic Low

Report: Crime In San Diego Hits Historic Low

Feb. 5
By City News Service and Jade Hidmon

Crime in San Diego hit a 49-year low last year, according to an annual report released by Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman Monday.

New Railroad Bridge Adds Second Track For Coaster, Amtrak

New Railroad Bridge Adds Second Track For Coaster, Amtrak

Feb. 5
By City News Service

A 900-foot railroad bridge over the San Diego River opened Monday as part of an effort to add a second set of tracks to improve train reliability and increase service frequency.

Citizens Initiative To Expand San Diego Convention Center...

Citizens Initiative To Expand San Diego Convention Center Starts Collecting Signatures

Feb. 5
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The organizers of a proposed ballot measure that would raise money for the downtown convention center and homelessness programs plan to launch their signature-gathering effort Monday.

Report Finds San Diego's Immigrant Community Tied To Regi...

Report Finds San Diego's Immigrant Community Tied To Region's Economic Prosperity

Feb. 2
By City News Service, Tarryn Mento

A new report breaks down the contributions of San Diego's immigrant community.

City Council To Hear Public Feedback On New Police Chief ...

City Council To Hear Public Feedback On New Police Chief Appointment

Feb. 2
By City News Service

Residents will be able to offer feedback on the appointment of David Nisleit as the city's next top cop during two City Council meetings later this month, council President Myrtle Cole announced Friday.

City Announces New Police Chief

City Announces New Police Chief

Feb. 1
By City News Service, KPBS News

The San Diego Police Department has announced Assistant Chief of Police David Nisleit will become the new city police chief. He will take over the job after current Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman retires in March.

University Of California's Largest Union Plans Action To ...

University Of California's Largest Union Plans Action To Protest Wage Proposal

Feb. 1
By City News Service

A protest at Thornton Hospital is among the actions planned across the state Thursday by the University of California's largest union to push back against proposals they say disproportionately hurt low-wage workers of color.

San Diego's Flu Season Death Toll Rises To 206

San Diego's Flu Season Death Toll Rises To 206

Jan. 31
By City News Service

A 10-year-old boy was among 32 influenza-related deaths reported last week in San Diego County, bringing this flu season's total fatalities in the region to 206, the county Health and Human Services Agency said Wednesday.

Housing Commission To Hold Project Homeless Connect Event...

Housing Commission To Hold Project Homeless Connect Event Downtown

Jan. 31
By City News Service

Services including flu shots, haircuts and dental exams will be offered to the homeless Wednesday as part of the 12th Project Homeless Connect event in downtown San Diego.

San Diego State University Selects First Woman To Serve A...

San Diego State University Selects First Woman To Serve As President

Jan. 31
By City News Service, Megan Burks

Adela de la Torre, a nationally known voice on Latino and Chicano health issues, was named Wednesday as the next president — and first woman to permanently lead San Diego State University in its 121-year history.

Power Outage Leaves 30K Customers Without Power In San Diego

Power Outage Leaves 30K Customers Without Power In San Diego

Jan. 31
By City News Service

Parts of San Diego State University's campus were left without power early Wednesday morning in a series of outages that left nearly 30,000 customers in the dark for roughly two hours in the eastern portion of San Diego.

City To Buy Downtown Building To House Homeless Services ...

City To Buy Downtown Building To House Homeless Services Center

Jan. 30
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego City Council Monday unanimously approved the purchase of a downtown building to house a homeless-services center.

Gusty Santa Ana Winds Prompt Red Flag, High Wind Warnings

Gusty Santa Ana Winds Prompt Red Flag, High Wind Warnings

Jan. 29
By City News Service

Gusty Santa Ana winds will buffet East County mountain peaks again Monday amid red flag and high wind warnings from the National Weather Service.

Preliminary Hearing Rescheduled For Former Poway School S...

Preliminary Hearing Rescheduled For Former Poway School Superintendent

Jan. 29
By City News Service

A judge Monday rescheduled a preliminary hearing to April 9 for ex-Poway Unified School District Superintendent John Collins on charges of misappropriating more than $345,000 in public funds, including putting in for vacation time already used.

City Council Rejects Proposal To Fill President's Job On ...

City Council Rejects Proposal To Fill President's Job On Rotating Basis

Jan. 29
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council Monday held a discussion to consider having the council president's job filled on a rotating basis. After a lengthy debate, the city council voted 5-4 against the proposal.

Annual Census Of Homeless People In San Diego Kicks Off

Annual Census Of Homeless People In San Diego Kicks Off

Jan. 26
By City News Service

Volunteers Friday will conduct the annual census of homeless people living on San Diego County streets and shelters.

Military Officials Search For Owners Of Eight Boats Washe...

Military Officials Search For Owners Of Eight Boats Washed Ashore

Jan. 25
By City News Service

Military officials are searching for the owners of eight boats that washed ashore on Naval Base Coronado during the rainstorm earlier this month.

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