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San Diego City Council Approves Downtown Project

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The project, which would break ground later this week, would include 720 apartment units — with some set aside for affordable housing — and 58,000 square feet of retail space.

Mayor Faulconer Proposes $3.2 Billion Budget For San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is also proposing to expand operating hours at the city's 16 busiest recreation centers from 45 to 60 hours a week.

Lawsuit Challenges Civic San Diego's Role In City Government

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The lawsuit was filed Friday to clarify the relationship between the city of San Diego and Civic San Diego, the quasi-independent agency that handles development issues for the city.

National Geographic Channel Labels San Diego A 'Smart City'

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A one-hour documentary on San Diego's quality of life and other features will be part of the National Geographic Channel's "Smart Cities" series.

Transgender Teen Who Committed Suicide Said Peers Bullied Her

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Taylor Alesana, 16, of Fallbrook took her own life during spring break. She had turned to social media in the months before her April 2 death to talk about bullying that she said she endured from her peers.

Threats Prompt Lockdowns, Evacuations At Two San Diego Schools

Sherman Elementary School in Sherman Heights and Curie Elementary School in University City were locked down sometime before 10:20 a.m. Friday after bomb threats were phoned in to both schools, according the San Diego Unified School District.

Bail Set At $2.5M For Man Accused Of Trying To Kidnap Girl At Solana Beach School

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Jack Henry Doshay, 22, of Fairbanks Ranch, had been held without bail since his arrest April 1 in the alleged abduction attempt a week earlier.

San Diego County Property Taxes Due Friday

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San Diego County land owners will have to pay the second installment of their property taxes, or face a 10 percent penalty.

San Diego County Water Authority Asks State To Change New Regulations

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The regional water agency called on state water officials to change proposed regulations that would punish people and agencies that have already been conserving water.

Price Of Homes, Number Of Homes Sold In San Diego County Jumps In March

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The organization said 1,890 houses sold last month, 26 percent over the previous month and 3 percent better than March 2014. For condos and townhomes, 906 sold in March, up 24 percent for the month and 4 percent for the year.

California Awards $600K Grant To Diego Valley Charter School

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Diego Valley, which operates programs in El Cajon, Julian, Oceanside, Vista and San Diego, was one of eight schools that received a total of nearly $4.2 million in California Career Pathways Trust grants.

San Diego Padres Will Face San Francisco Giants In Home Opener

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Gates will open for the general public at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy will throw the game's first pitch at 3:40 p.m.

Two Lawsuits Filed Against One Paseo Development

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Both lawsuits, one filed by the owner of a retail center across the street from the site of the project and the other on behalf of three community groups, allege faulty environmental reports for the One Paseo project.

Study Confirms New Chargers Stadium In San Diego Is Likely To Cost $1B Or More

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A study released Wednesday by the National University System Institute for Policy Research confirms previous estimates that a new stadium in San Diego will cost at least $725 million — and more likely more than $1 billion.

Survey Asks Residents What They Want To See In City Of San Diego's Website

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City staff hopes to learn what locals and visitors think about San Diego as well as why users visit the city website, what tasks they hope to accomplish once they are there and how it can be optimized for a better user experience in the future.

SeaWorld Returns 22 Rehabilitated Sea Lions To Wild

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They're among 650 marine mammals taken in by the theme park's animal rescue team so far this year.

Encanto Street To Be Renamed In Honor Of San Diego Woman Who Died In USS Cole Terrorist Attack

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Lise Avenue will become known as Lakiba Palmer Avenue in honor of the late sailor. The San Diego High School graduate was one of 17 sailors killed in the Oct. 12, 2000 attack in Yemen.

San Diego City, County Approve Plan To Share Costs Of Stadium Consultants

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An agreement between the city and county of San Diego to split the cost of retaining lawyers and other consultants necessary for a stadium project was approved unanimously.

San Diego County Could Get Rain Tuesday

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More gusty winds are expected in parts of San Diego County Tuesday, and up to a quarter inch of rain and mountain snow may be possible as a low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska moves down the coast.

Amended Belmont Park Lease Approved Despite Lawsuit Threat

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The San Diego City Council approved an amended lease for Belmont Park, the Mission Beach amusement facility that includes a wooden roller coaster, the Plunge pool, shops and eateries.

Shawne Merriman Seeks $18M In Case Against Nike

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The former San Diego Chargers linebacker and his company Lights Out Holdings Monday moved for summary judgment against Nike in a legal battle over the use of the "Lights Out" name.

Advocates: San Diego Budget Should Emphasize Bicycling, Pedestrian, Mass Transit Infrastructure

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A group of alternative transportation advocates called Monday on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to emphasize bicycling, pedestrian and mass transit infrastructure in his upcoming budget proposal.

San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Stadium Agreement

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A tentative agreement between the city and county of San Diego to split the cost of retaining lawyers and other consultants necessary for a stadium project will be considered.

Gusty Winds Expected In San Diego County Mountains, Deserts Through Wednesday

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The gusty wind could make driving difficult along Interstate 8. It could also be strong enough to kick up sand and dust, which could reduce visibility, or down tree limbs. Motorists, especially those in high profile vehicles, were urged to use extra caution.

Ramona Brush Fire Briefly Closes State Route 78

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The brush fire broke out along state Route 78, blackening about five acres and closing part of the highway between Ramona and Santa Ysabel.

Lease For Mission Beach's Belmont Park Back Before City Council

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The San Diego City Council on Monday will consider an amended lease for Belmont Park, the Mission Beach amusement facility that includes a wooden roller coaster, the Plunge pool, shops and eateries.

Reward Offered For Information Leading To Arrest In City Heights Arson Fires

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Authorities announced a reward of up to $2,000 Friday for information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals responsible for at least 15 arson fires that have plagued City Heights-area neighborhoods in recent weeks.

Reward Offered For Sinaloa Cartel Member

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Rene Arzate-Garcia is a high-ranking member of the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel. He is wanted for murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Sports Facility To Be Named After Jerry Coleman

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Jerry Coleman was a Marine aviator, New York Yankees second baseman and longtime Padres announcer. He died at 89 last year.

Fire Damages 2 Spring Valley Homes, Displaces Up To 10 Residents

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Investigators from the sheriff's department were summoned to determine the cause of the blaze. Bortisser said he expected them to remain at the scene throughout the morning.

New UC San Diego Findings Could Lead To Diabetes Treatment

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UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers said they've discovered why it's so hard to use stem cells to make liver and pancreatic cells. Their findings could lead to new treatments for diseases like type 1 diabetes.

General Atomics To Unveil Electromagnet To Be Used In Fusion Energy Study

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The Poway-built device is powerful enough to lift an aircraft carrier out of the water and will be used in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor experiments in France.

Solana Beach Kidnapping Suspect Is Son Of Padres Stake Holder

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Jack Henry Doshay, 22, was booked into county jail in Vista on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment with violence and child cruelty. He's the son of Glenn Doshay.

Sharp Memorial Hospital Marks 60th Anniversary

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The nine-story hospital, named after a World War II airman, first opened its doors to patients April 2, 1955. Sharp executives said 1.3 million patients have been treated at the facility over the past six decades.

San Diego's Tented Homeless Shelters Close

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The tented cold-weather homeless shelters sponsored by the city of San Diego closed for what might be the final time, with 102 residents moving into a facility run by St. Vincent de Paul.

San Diego County Property Taxes Due April 10

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Around 550,000 payments remain outstanding as the April 10 deadline approaches. San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said the bills are expected to generate $5.08 billion in revenue.

San Diego Councilman Sherman Shares His Chargers Stadium Concept

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Scott Sherman said Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of his advisory group have put forth bold ideas and taken criticism, so he felt it was time to step forward with his own concept.

San Diego County Economic Indicators Increase For 9 Straight Months

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The University of San Diego Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate's Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego County rose 1.3 percent in February, the ninth straight monthly increase.

March Was Hottest On Record For San Diego

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March was San Diego's 17th consecutive month with warmer than average temperatures. The 66.6-degree average last month surpassed the previous record, set in 1978, by 2.3 degrees.

USD Introduces New Men's Basketball Coach

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Former University of New Mexico Associate Head Coach Lamont Smith will replace Bill Grier, who was fired last month.

San Diego Breweries Make National List Of Top 50 Beer Companies

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The annual list of top breweries from the Brewers Association — which represents small and independent craft brewers — is based on beer sales volume.

Navy Decommissions USS Peleliu In San Diego Ceremony

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The 820-foot-long vessel, which called San Diego and Long Beach home during its nearly 35 years of service, deployed 17 times and steamed more than 1 million nautical miles.

Education Leaders Ask Gov. Brown To Repeal Limit On Reserves

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Opponents said Senate Bill 858, which was passed by the California Legislature last year, undermines local control and fiscal prudence by preventing school districts from maintaining its budget reserves.

More Arson Fires Erupt In City Heights

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At least a dozen maliciously set fires have erupted in recent weeks in the same general area south of University Avenue and west of 54th Street.

The Rolling Stones Coming To San Diego In May

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The May 24 performance at Petco Park is the only West Coast stop of the "Zip Code" tour. It will be the Stones' first appearance in San Diego in nearly a decade.

Man Killed By Deputy Was San Diego County Worker

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Sheriff's officials said that Gary Kendrick, who worked as an environmental health specialist, was shot after pointing a gun at deputies outside his condominium in Encinitas.

Wind Advisory Issued For San Diego County's Deserts

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Meteorologists said the strongest winds would blow around desert mountain slopes.

Closures Planned In Honor Of César Chávez Day

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Many state, county and city offices will be closed Tuesday for César Chávez Day.

FAA Says SDG&E Can Use Drones To Inspect Electrical, Gas Facilities

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SDG&E, which became the second utility in the U.S. to receive such approval, also plans to use drones for emergency response damage assessments throughout its service territory — such as during wildfires or after earthquakes.

March Likely Hottest On Record At San Diego's Lindbergh Field

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As of Sunday there were seven days this March where the mercury topped 80 degrees. The weather service said 1947 and 1988 were the previous March record holders, with 5 days above 80.