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Scripps Health Invests $398M Into San Diego Community Benefit Programs

May 30
By City News Service

Scripps Health invested $398 million into community benefit programs in San Diego County during fiscal year 2017, the nonprofit health care company announced Wednesday.

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Museums Offer Free Or Reduced-Price Access For Low-Income Visitors

May 30
By City News Service

Six San Diego-area museums announced Tuesday they will participate in Museums for All, a national initiative to provide free or reduced-price access low-income individuals and families.

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School Board Votes To Promote Climate Change Education

May 30
By City News Service

A resolution underscoring the San Diego Unified School District's support for educating students about climate change was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.

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San Diego To Have Team In New Football League

May 30
By City News Service

San Diego Tuesday was awarded a team in the Alliance of American Football, an eight-team league set to begin play Feb. 9.

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County Grand Jury: Population At Adult Detention Facilities Exceed Capacity

May 29
By City News Service

The grand jurors found the inmate population at several jails exceeded the Board of State Community Corrections-rated capacity when they visited the facilities.

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Final Day To Request Mail-In Ballot Is Tuesday

May 29
By Alison St John, City News Service

Tuesday is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 5 primary election.

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Councilmen Ward, Alvarez To Attend Memorial Day Rose Ceremony

May 28
By City News Service

San Diego City Councilmen Chris Ward and David Alvarez are expected Monday to attend the fourth annual Truman San Diego Memorial Day Sunrise Rose Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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Study Provides Look Into Native Plant Recovery Following Wildfires

May 25
By City News Service

Researchers from UC Irvine and San Diego State University Friday announced study results that may provide insight on how native plant habitats can more successfully recover from wildfires.

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County Web Application Ranks Beach Water Quality

May 25
By City News Service

With Memorial Day weekend signifying summer's unofficial start, San Diego County officials Friday urged beachgoers to use their "Check In Before You Get In" web application.

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Tuesday Is Last Day To Request Mail-In Ballot

May 25
By City News Service

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the June 5 primary election is Tuesday, the San Diego County registrar reminded residents Friday.

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SANDAG Committee To Receive Overview Of Gas Tax-Funded Trade Corridor Projects

May 25
By City News Service

The San Diego Association of Governments' Borders Committee Friday will receive an overview of trade corridor projects to be funded with $104 million from California's recently implemented gas tax.

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Group Of Local Officials Oppose State Water Tax Bill

May 23
By City News Service

A group of San Diego area business, civic and water industry officials voiced opposition Wednesday to a water tax bill currently making its way through the Assembly.

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New Record: San Diego Median Home Price Now $570,000

May 23
By City News Service

The median price of a home in San Diego County rose by 8.6 percent in April compared with the same month a year earlier, as median home prices across Southern California edged up to a record level, a real estate information service announced Tuesday.

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LA County Backs Legislation To Automatically Update Cannabis Convictions

May 23
By City News Service

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to back legislation that would automatically remove or reduce certain cannabis-related convictions.

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Pioneer Astronaut Sally Ride To Be Commemorated With USPS Forever Stamp

May 23
By City News Service

Sally Ride, who became the first American woman in space in 1983 and taught at UC San Diego after leaving NASA, will be posthumously honored Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service, which will hold a ceremony at the university to unveil a stamp depicting the Encino-born physicist, astronaut and educator.

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Border Patrol Detains 10 Mexican Citizens After Panga Boat Lands In La Jolla

May 23
By City News Service

Border Patrol agents using coastal surveillance cameras spotted a human-smuggling boat approaching the shore and were waiting on a La Jolla beach to arrest 10 people entering the country illegally early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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Wildfire Chars 59 Acres Near Pala Casino, Now 60 Percent Contained

May 23
By City News Service

A slow-moving brush fire that blackened about 50 open acres east of Pala Casino was 40 percent contained Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

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San Diego City Council Rejects Boardwalk Scooter Ban

May 22
By City News Service

State law already bans motorized scooters from sidewalks but doesn't mention boardwalks.

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Sheriff's Deputy Charged With Groping Teenage Girl In Vista Restaurant

May 22
By City News Service

A sheriff's deputy accused of groping a teenage girl while standing behind her in a Vista fast-food restaurant line pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of committing a lewd act on a 14-year-old and accessing a computer to look up information on the case.

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San Diego City Council Renews Homeless Tent Shelter Contracts

May 22
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council, also operating as the Housing Authority, Tuesday renewed operating and oversight agreements for the city's three temporary tent shelters for the homeless over the objections of Councilman David Alvarez, who called the shelters a "complete failure."

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County Grand Jury Report Finds Missed Opportunities On Stadium Revenue

May 22
By City News Service

The San Diego County Grand Jury found that city staff had the "knowledge and expertise" to seek new naming rights for the stadium.

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City Has $1.2 Million In Unclaimed Money

May 22
By City News Service

Anyone who has done business with the city of San Diego could be owed some money, a city official said Tuesday.

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San Diego County Grand Jury Recommends Improvements To Police Review Board

May 21
By City News Service

The grand jury's report was spurred by a citizen complaint that the board is understaffed and unable to exhibit proper oversight of the San Diego Police Department.

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City Council Committee Advances Proposed Middle-Income Housing Incentives

May 21
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council's Smart Growth and Land Use Committee Monday advanced regulation proposals intended to encourage middle- income housing construction.

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Caltrans: San Diego Infrastructure Projects Underway Thanks To Additional Gas Tax Funds

May 18
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The California Transportation Commission last week awarded an additional $312 million in Senate Bill 1 funds to infrastructure projects in the San Diego region.

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Study Aims To Tackle Cross-Border Sewage Spills

May 18
By City News Service

Researchers will evaluate ways to improve and expand sewage diversion infrastructure, as well as methods to optimize existing facilities during rain, storms and other weather events that typically increase sewage flows.

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San Diego County Unemployment Lowest Since 2000

May 18
By City News Service

The San Diego County unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent to 2.9 percent in April as the region's labor market continues to tighten, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

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San Diego City Council "Disappointed" With Mayor Faulconer's Budget Revisions

May 17
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council's Budget Review Committee received Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget revisions Thursday and "disappointment" was a recurring theme.

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SDSU Will Keep Aztec Nickname, Modify Mascot

May 17
By City News Service

Outgoing San Diego State University President Sally Roush announced Thursday that the university will retain the Aztec moniker and create a more culturally sensitive version of its Aztec Warrior mascot.

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Annual Homeless Count Shows 6 Percent Drop

May 17
By City News Service

An annual one-night count found 8,576 homeless individuals in San Diego County, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless announced Thursday.

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County Grand Jury Report Finds Shortcomings In San Diego's Hepatitis Response

May 17
By City News Service

A San Diego County grand jury report released Thursday identified "a number of shortcomings" in existing plans and procedures for dealing with local health emergencies such as the recent hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 people.

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State Committee Approves Audit Of San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak Response

May 16
By City News Service

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee Wednesday approved a request by Assemblyman Todd Gloria for a state audit of the response by the city of San Diego and San Diego County to the hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 people and infected almost 600 last year.

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County Supervisors Postpone Hearing On Hindu Temple Construction

May 16
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to put off hearing arguments for and against the construction of a Hindu temple near Escondido after neighbors complained too few people are aware of the proposed project and haven't had a chance to form an opinion on the matter.

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California Leaders Opposed To Sanctuary Law Meet With Trump

May 16
By City News Service

City and county officials from across the state who oppose California's sanctuary-state law sat down with President Donald Trump Wednesday to voice their objections to the law, and they got a pep talk from the president who slammed the state for failing to crack down on illegal immigration.

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City Council Votes To Join Amicus Against Trump Sanctuary Lawsuit

May 15
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted during closed session Tuesday to join an amicus brief being prepared by cities and counties to support California's so-called sanctuary state law in the face of a Trump administration lawsuit against it.

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Surfrider Announces Plans To Sue Federal Agency Over Sewage Spills

May 15
By City News Service

The Surfrider Foundation environmental advocacy group announced Tuesday it also plans to sue a federal agency in response to years of sewage flow from the Tijuana River into U.S. waterways.

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Becerra, Water Quality Board File Intent To Sue Federal Agency Over Cross-Border Sewage Flow

May 14
By City News Service

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Monday submitted a 60-day notice of intent to sue a federal agency regarding several years of sewage flow from the Tijuana River into U.S. waterways.

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Deadline To Register For San Diego June Primary Approaches

May 14
By City News Service

The deadline to register for the June 5 primary election is next week, the San Diego County registrar reminded residents Monday.

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Trump Admin. Unlawfully Targeted Only Migrant Caravan Members, Attorneys Say

May 10
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

On the last weekend of April, as a caravan of Central American migrants waited in Tijuana to seek asylum at the United States border in San Ysidro, 29 undocumented immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol agents for allegedly trying to sneak into the country, but only 11 of those detainees were later charged with a crime.

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Justice Department Settles Discrimination Claim Against UC San Diego

May 10
By City News Service

A settlement agreement announced Thursday resolves the Justice Department's investigation into whether the University of California San Diego discriminated against workers when verifying their continued authorization to work.

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San Diego County Issues Report On Hepatitis A Outbreak

May 10
By City News Service

A report released Thursday identifies "areas of success as well as areas for improvement" in regard to San Diego County's response to a hepatitis A outbreak that killed 20 people and infected nearly 600 between 2017 and early this year.

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Potential Tuberculosis Reported At Grossmont-Cuyamaca Campuses

May 10
By City News Service

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency Wednesday reported potential tuberculosis exposure at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District's El Cajon and Rancho San Diego campuses between Jan. 30 and April 24.

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Qualcomm Announces $10 Billion Stock Repurchase Authorization

May 10
By City News Service

Qualcomm Inc. announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors approved a $10 billion stock repurchase authorization that replaces the previous $15 billion stock repurchase program announced in March 2015, which had $1.2 billion of repurchase authority remaining.

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Affordable Housing Advocates To Call For Development Of Underused MTS Lots

May 10
By City News Service

Circulate San Diego officials and other housing advocates will call on San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Thursday to develop underused parking lots into affordable housing.

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San Diego Unified Superintendent Seeks Charter Changes Following Critical Report

May 9
By City News Service, Megan Burks

Citing a report that contends the district loses $65.9 million a year in state funding due to students attending area charter schools, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten called Tuesday for greater local control in the review of charter applications.

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UC Service Workers To Strike For Third And Final Day

May 9
By City News Service

Thousands of University of California service workers — joined by nurses, lab workers and members of other unions — are expected to take part in the final day of a three-day strike Wednesday at campuses and medical facilities across the state, including at UC San Diego's Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla and UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest.

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UC Service Workers Will Return To Picket Line As Three-Day Strike Continues

May 8
By City News Service

Thousands of University of California service workers will continue a three-day strike Tuesday, with pickets planned at campuses and medical facilities across the state, including at UCLA and UC San Diego Medical Center.

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Earthquakes In Riverside County Jolt San Diegans, Felt As Far South As Tijuana

May 8
By City News Service

At least two earthquakes — one of them capable of causing moderate damage — rocked an area of Riverside County early this morning and sent the ground shaking for people throughout San Diego County and at least as far south as Tijuana, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

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Sessions Says 'Zero Tolerance' Policy For Border Crossers May Split Families

May 7
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to refer anyone who enters the United States illegally on the Mexican border to his office for prosecution.

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UC Employees Hit Picket Lines For Three-Day Strike

May 7
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Thousands of University of California service workers began a three-day strike Monday at campuses and medical facilities across the state, including at UC San Diego's Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla.