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San Diego Schools Serving Military Families In Tierrasanta To Get Upgrades

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Thanks to a Department of Defense grant, 30 aging portable classrooms at Hancock and Miller elementary schools will be replaced. The project will also fund better air conditioning, new sidewalks and other improvements.

Mayor Faulconer Revives Balboa Park Plaza Plan

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Once killed off in court, a plan to remove vehicles from the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park was revived Thursday by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who also proposed a ballot measure on funding upgrades at Mission Bay and other regional parks.

Blaze Guts Shuttered Meat Market Building In Escondido

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A raging fire gutted an abandoned commercial building near the Interstate 15/state Route 78 interchange Thursday, sending thick smoke over the North County sky for hours, prompting closures of nearby streets and suspending light-rail service in the area.

Chamber President Sanders Calls Out Trump's Trade Policies

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San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jerry Sanders said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's trade policies would damage the area's economy.

High Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected Along San Diego Coastline

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A National Weather Service beach hazards statement warning of 3- to 6-foot surf, sets up to 7 feet and strong rip currents will remain in effect until Friday evening.

Autopsies Pending On Two Bodies Found In Border Fire's Burn Zone

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Some area residents believed the bodies were that of a couple who went missing as the blaze spread.

Salas, Faulconer Among Top 10 Highest-Paid Mayors In California

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Mary Salas of Chula Vista was the sixth-highest paid mayor in California in 2015, while San Diego's Kevin Faulconer was 10th, according to government salary data released Wednesday.

Power Outage Forces Grossmont College To Cancel Classes

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The outage was caused by crews who were working on a 12-kilovolt electrical line along the campus perimeter road, according to school officials.

UC San Diego Reports Topping List Of Highest Percentage Of Women STEM Grads

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A study found that 32.7 percent of UCSD's 2013 graduates completed degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics — three times the national average.

Two People Die In East County's Border Fire

Neighbors worried about the welfare of a young couple who went missing 10 days ago, as a wildfire spread near their backcountry home, found two bodies believed to be theirs Wednesday morning.

New App Lets National City Residents Report Potholes, Other Issues

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National City Connect also allows residents to comment on and vote to fix problems submitted by neighbors, receive notifications about issues in their neighborhood and follow the progress of service requests.

East County's Border Fire Now At 95% Containment

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The Border Fire has leveled homes and blackened more than 7,600 acres over the past 11 days.

Hot Weather Expected In San Diego County Mountains, Deserts

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Big waves and strong rip currents could stymie those trying to beat the heat at the beaches.

San Diego Unified Board Approves $1.4B Budget

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The budget included more money for visual arts, performing arts, music lessons, instruments and band uniforms.

Developer Doug Manchester To Co-Host Trump Fundraiser In Rancho Santa Fe

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A fundraiser for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is set for July 13 and will cost attendees $28,000 to $449,400 per person, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Man Who Allegedly Fired Shots During Attempted Emu Rescue Pleads Not Guilty

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A Campo man accused of firing a shotgun into the air to chase off county personnel who were trying to rescue a neighbor's injured emu during the Border fire last week pleaded not guilty to four felony charges.

Gov. Brown Appoints Judge In San Diego Superior Court

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced the appointment of Frank L. Birchak to a judgeship in the San Diego Superior Court, where he will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Nugent.

Supervisors Approve Plan To Provide Assistance To Border Fire Victims

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The action directs staff to distribute trash bins to residents who need to clear debris and to waive fees for various permits that will be needed in the rebuilding process.

City Council Approves Raise For Police Dispatchers

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Officials approved a 15 percent raise for dispatchers in an effort to beef up staffing in the San Diego Police Department's overworked communications department, which has been plagued by slow responses to 911 calls.

Containment Of Border Fire In East County Increases

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The so-called Border Fire, which has destroyed homes, prompted widespread evacuations and blackened more than 7,600 acres since it broke out near Potrero 10 days ago, was 92 percent contained Tuesday.

City Council Hearing On Bond Measure For Fire Stations Postponed

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A proposed ballot measure to ask voters for approval to raise $205 million in bond funds for fire station construction in San Diego that was to be heard by the City Council Tuesday was postponed.

More Southern California Residents Expected To Travel Over Fourth Of July Weekend

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More than 3 million Southern California residents are expected to take an Independence Day vacation this year — a 1.3 percent increase over the 2015 Independence Day weekend.

After Hot Spell, Slow Cooling Trend To Kick In Midweek

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A high-pressure atmospheric system that got San Diego sweltering over the weekend kept things unseasonably toasty again Monday and was expected to do so through Wednesday, when a slow cooling trend will kick in, according to the National Weather Service.

2 Women, Teen Girl Found Dead In Rancho Santa Fe Home

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Sheriff's officials said the deaths could be the result of a double murder-suicide. Deputies found the bodies when they went to the house to investigate a report of possible child abuse.

Downsized Carmel Valley Development Gets Council Approval, Again

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The mixed-use One Paseo project will go on an empty 23.6-acre lot south of Del Mar Heights Road. The San Diego City Council approved the original project last year, but it was overturned after opponents collected 60,000 petition signatures.

San Diego County Launches Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

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A new public outreach effort is aimed at debunking myths and shining a light on the realities of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in San Diego County.

Border Fire In East County Is Now 90% Contained

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The Border fire near Potrero was 90 percent contained Monday as it entered its ninth day, having scorched 7,609 acres, destroyed five homes and 11 outbuildings, and prompted widespread evacuations in East County.

San Diego Should Meet Energy Needs This Summer

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Sufficient electricity supplies have been secured to meet the energy needs of the San Diego region this summer, officials announced Friday.

San Diego Brits, Officials React To Brexit Vote

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As British expatriates in San Diego express dismay and support for the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, local port officials say they're "committed to keeping trade with Europe viable."

Horton Plaza's Nordstrom Store To Close

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The department store has operated there for 31 years — ever since Horton Plaza opened as part of a major redevelopment effort that revived San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego Electric Bills To Rise

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Electric bills in San Diego and Orange counties will rise about 1 percent after the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday approved a rate structure for San Diego Gas & Electric for 2016-18.

Another Guilty Plea In 'Fat Leonard' Navy Bribery Scandal

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A former Defense Department supervisor pleaded guilty on Thursday in San Diego federal court to charges he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from defense contractor Glenn "Fat Leonard" Francis.

San Diego County Water Authority Votes To Raise Rates

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The water authority cited increasing expenses for imported water and the need to pass on higher costs for water from the desalination plant in Carlsbad.

San Diego Considering Easing Water Use Restrictions

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The City Council's environment committee on Thursday gave tentative approval to a proposal to ratchet back water use restrictions, following reports of ample local supply.

San Diego Activists Disappointed In Lack Of Supreme Court Immigration Decision

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Immigration-rights activists expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court's inability to reach a decision on the president's effort to expand deportation protection to millions of parents of U.S.-born children, but they vowed to continue fighting for change in immigration policy.

Ex-San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio Joins Stadium Debate

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Republican Carl DeMaio, now a talk radio show host, has joined developers and contractors to pitch a plan to build a billion-dollar Chargers stadium that he says will require no tax increases or taxpayer subsidies.

Suspect In Ocean Beach SWAT Standoff Arrested

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A homicide suspect who may have barricaded himself inside a SWAT-surrounded condominium in Ocean Beach overnight turned himself in to police officers in the East Village Thursday morning.

San Diego Gets Ready For Minimum Wage Increase

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The San Diego City Council's Budget Committee is moving forward with an ordinance to ensure the voter-approved increase in the minimum wage is ready to take effect next month.

Public Hearing Scheduled For Smaller One Paseo Project

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After being forced back to the drawing board, the developers of the One Paseo project in Carmel Valley are scheduled to return to the San Diego City Council for a public hearing next week.

Hot Weather In Deserts, Cooler Temps Expected In Rest Of San Diego County

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Although the extreme heat is expected to subside, forecasters said "very warm" weather and above-average temperatures would continue through Saturday. Another round of hot weather is expected Sunday into early next week.

Shots Fired As County Workers Try To Rescue Injured Emu In Border Fire

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A Campo man was arrested in the incident, accused of firing a shotgun into the air to chase off the workers trying to rescue a neighbor's injured emu as the Border fire burned nearby. No one was injured, but the emu escaped.

Slightly Cooler, But Still Hot Day Ahead In San Diego County

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Tuesday is day four of the record-breaking heat wave. On Monday, the torrid conditions set daily heat records across Southern California, including San Diego County.

Headliners Named For MLB All-Star Legends, Celebrity Softball Game

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Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman and Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons will headline the game on July 10 at Petco Park. Baseball Hall of Fame members Ozzie Smith and Rollie Fingers also will participate.

3 Accused In San Marcos Sex Trafficking Case Plead Not Guilty

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District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said law enforcement is committed "to stop the scourge of human trafficking." In this case, the defendants are accused of moving drugs and forcing women in their 20s and 30s into prostitution.

San Diego Takes Steps To Tax Recreational Pot Businesses

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A City Council committee approved asking voters to put an 8 percent tax on gross receipts of businesses that would sell recreational marijuana if voters approve a statewide measure in November to legalize use of the drug.

USS Midway Hosts Minor League Home Run Derby

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Baseballs, not aircraft, will be launched from the deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego on Monday when minor league players compete in a home run derby.

Intense Heat Wave Shatters Records Across San Diego County

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Summer got off to a scorching start in the San Diego area Monday as an intense hot spell grew even fiercer across the region, particularly in its eastern reaches.

All Evacuation Orders Lifted In East County Fire

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Evacuation orders for Potrero, Lake Morena and the surrounding areas have been lifted. The wildfire that started Sunday near the Tecate border crossing had burned 7,483 acres and was 45 percent contained as of Friday morning.

Hot Temperatures Prompt State Officials To Urge Energy Conservation

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Hot weather will cause electricity supplies to tighten in Southern California Monday, and residents should implement "Flex Alert'' procedures starting at 10 a.m., officials urged on Sunday.

San Diego Officials Issue Health Warnings Before Heat Wave

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With a serious hot spell bearing down on the region, health-services officials advised San Diego-area residents to take some simple precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones from suffering any ill effects from the sweltering weather.

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