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Surfrider Launches Ocean Friendly Restaurants Campaign In San Diego County

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Surfrider wants to get restaurants to cut back on using containers made of polystyrene, plastic bags and disposable cups and utensils, which frequently get washed down storm drains to area beaches and coastal waters.

Analysis: Financing Recommendations For New Chargers Stadium 'Reasonable And Realistic'

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While the nine-member advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer identified funding sources well in excess of the anticipated $1.1 billion cost of the project, more money will need to be found for operations and maintenance, the president of the group that did the analysis said.

Police Looking For Man Who Groped UCSD Student

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The victim told police the suspect approached her from behind and groped her as she ran in the vicinity of La Jolla Village and La Jolla Scenic drives around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

2.7M Southern Californians Expected To Travel Over Memorial Day Weekend

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The figures, 4.6 percent higher than in 2014, represent the largest number of Memorial Day travelers since the all-time record — set in 2005 — of 3.2 million in the Southland and 5.18 million statewide.

Wounded San Diego Police Officer Released From Hospital

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Officer Heather Seddon is continuing her recovery at home after being shot on Sunday following a pursuit of a man suspected of shooting several Kearny Mesa buildings. The suspect was shot and killed after an exchange of gunfire with other officers, police said.

San Diego Council Approves $57.5 Million Tourism Budget

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The City Council today unanimously approved a $57.5 million budget for the San Diego Tourism Marketing District for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Pollution Alert In Effect For North County Waterway

An estimated 154,000 gallons of treated sewage spilled in an Oceanside waterway.

San Diego Named Third-Fittest City In The U.S.

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The report by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation was based on such criteria as park and recreation centers per capita and percentage of commuters who walk or ride bicycles.

Grand Jury Says San Diego Should Increase Oversight Of Convention Center

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The San Diego Convention Center Corp. also needs to enhance transparency regarding its finances, particularly for the city's annual contribution and the facility's economic impact on the region, the grand jury found.

San Diego County Home Prices Rise

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The median price of a San Diego County home was $455,000 last month, up from $435,000 in April 2014. A

Carson Land Deal Closes For Shared Chargers-Raiders Stadium

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The Carson City Council last month approved plans for a $1.7 billion, 72,000-seat stadium on the site that could house both the Chargers and Raiders.

Officials Identify Marine Killed When Aircraft Made Hard Landing In Hawaii

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A Marine killed when a Camp Pendleton-based tilt-rotor aircraft made a hard landing at a training base in Hawaii was publicly identified Tuesday as a 24-year-old man from Spokane, Washington.

San Diego County Deputies Now Carry Medication To Treat Drug Overdoses

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Naloxone, a generic form of a drug called Narcan, counteracts respiratory failure and other ailments in someone who has taken a life- threatening amount of an opiate, such as heroin.

San Diego Company To Pay Service Members To Settle Allegations

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A lawsuit filed in March claimed Across Town Movers had a practice of selling active-duty service members' storage lots without obtaining necessary court orders.

Chargers Owner Dean Spanos Stepping Down From Operations

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Dean Spanos' sons, John and A.G., will lead the San Diego team as co-presidents.

San Diego City Council Delays One Paseo Vote To Thursday

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Council President Sherri Lightner and Councilwoman Marti Emerald opposed delaying the vote.

Camp Pendleton Marine Convicted Of Rape, Assault

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A jury found Ted Amparan guilty of rape, assault with intent to commit rape and kidnapping for rape. Prosecutors said six women were victims.

Police ID San Diego Cop Wounded In Shootout

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Officer Heather Seddon has been with the department five years. She remains hospitalized and was "alert and doing well," San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said via Twitter after visiting her Monday morning.

1 Marine Killed, 21 Injured When Camp Pendleton-Based Aircraft Makes Hard Landing

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One U.S. Marine was killed Sunday and 21 others were injured when a tilt-rotor aircraft based at Camp Pendleton made a hard landing at a training base in Hawaii.

San Diego Officer Shot, Man Killed In Kearny Mesa

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The officer suffered one gunshot wound, and she was being treated at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said. The man who was killed may be linked to a series of shootings at buildings in the Kearny Mesa area.

$1.4B Chargers Stadium Plan Unveiled; No New Taxes Proposed

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A new football stadium for San Diego should be financed with a mix of financial contributions from the city and county of San Diego, the Chargers and the NFL, plus bond and land sales, a nine-member advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended Monday.

Boil Water Order Issued For Mount Laguna Recreation Area

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The Mount Laguna Recreation Area's water system has tested positive for E.Coli. A separate, unaffected water system serves private businesses and residences in the area.

San Diego Rec Centers, Libraries, Parks See Boost In Mayor's Revised Budget

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's "May Revise" is out following a series of public hearings on the budget and better revenue projections.

Flash Flood Watch Ends As Rain Passes Through San Diego

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A late-season Pacific storm that brought record rainfall to San Diego County along with flooding and gusty winds doused the region Friday.

Marines From Kansas, Arizona Were On Camp Pendleton-Based Helicopter

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The wreckage of a helicopter believed to have crashed while carrying six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers has been found on a Himalayan hillside in earthquake-stricken Nepal.

San Diego Council Committee Gives Tentative OK To Revise Referendum Process

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Proposals that would revise the city of San Diego's referendum process, primarily by letting the public know earlier who is funding campaigns, were given a tentative go-ahead by the Charter Review Committee.

Assembly Passes Bill That Would Increase Oversight Of Civic San Diego

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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said her bill would create more oversight by local governments that rely on the planning, zoning or permitting expertise of nonprofit organizations or private individuals.

Border Patrol Supervisor Pleads Guilty To Placing Camera In Women's Restroom

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A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges for secretly placing a camera in a women's restroom at a Border Patrol facility where several of his female co-workers were videotaped in various stages of undress.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Responds To Claims He Misused His Office

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The former staff member alleges San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts misused taxpayer funds, inappropriately delegated campaign responsibilities to government employees and maintained an inappropriate relationship with an employee, according to a claim filed with the county.

Businessman Ray Ellis Announces Second Run For City Council

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Ray Ellis, who ran unsuccessfully against Sherri Lightner in 2012, said city government should focus on customer service.

Tuition At UC Campuses To Remain Steady Under Proposed Budget Revisions

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Tuition at UC San Diego and other University of California campuses across the state would remain steady through the 2016-17 academic year under proposed budget revisions released Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

San Diego County Water Authority Approves New Restrictions

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The board voted to restrict the irrigation of ornamental landscaping with potable water to no more than twice a week, and spend $1 million to heighten the agencies outreach efforts and conservation programs.

Late-Season Pacific Storm Pounds San Diego, Causes Flooding

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The onset of much-needed precipitation in the drought-parched county — the second wet spell to arrive in a week — began in the early afternoon Thursday. The rain is expected to continue Friday.

Paralyzed Navy Officer Surprises Sharp Hospital Nurse By Walking

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Jesus Fernando Ruiz was paralyzed in a motorcycle crash 16 months ago, but surprised his nurse Alison Harmon by walking on Wednesday.

San Diego Planning Department Says Its Making Progress With Community Plans

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Nancy Bragado of the Planning Department said updates to 10 community plans are in the works and seven are close to completion, in Grantville, Southeast San Diego, Encanto, San Ysidro, Uptown, North Park and Golden Hill.

San Diego Nonprofit Collects Supplies For Nepal Victims

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The organization has already had two shipments of medical supplies delivered to the Himalayan country and also had some "hygiene kits" sent from neighboring India.

Grand Jury: San Diego County Waterfront Park's Security Cost Needs Review

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Security at the park outside the County Administration Center cost $2.3 million in the year since it opened in May 2014, the grand jury said.

Camp Pendleton Helicopter Remains Missing In Nepal

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The chopper, which belongs to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, went missing hours after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck midway between Kathmandu and Mount Everest late Monday.

Storm To Bring Rain To San Diego County

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Rain and snow is forecast for San Diego County Thursday evening. The storm will let up some Thursday night, but a second round of rain is expected Friday. Forecasters said a few showers could stick around into the weekend.

9/11 Memorial Flag Comes To San Diego

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San Diego leaders helped raise a memorial flag that was sewn together from miniature American flags representing each victim in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Scripps Health Team Safe In Nepal After Second Quake

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Four nurses and a team leader from Scripps Health who have treated hundreds of victims are said to be safe following a second major earthquake in Nepal.

San Diego County Supervisors Pass Drought Measures

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The supervisors voted unanimously to continue retrofitting water systems at county facilities, installing artificial turf at county-run playing fields and reducing the operating hours of the fountains at the downtown Waterfront Park.

Gusty Winds Expected In San Diego County Deserts

A National Weather Service wind advisory for the deserts is set to take effect at 2 p.m. and extend until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Water Main Break In Normal Heights Shuts Down Freeway Onramp

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A 47-year-old concrete water main ruptured in Normal Heights early Tuesday, leaving some area homes without running water and a nearby freeway onramp closed as crews worked to make repairs.

San Diego County DA Supports Eliminating Some Jury Trials For Misdemeanors

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The San Diego County District Attorney's Office is backing state legislation that would give prosecutors the sole discretion to charge and prosecute infractions in place of many low-level misdemeanors.

San Diego Supervisors Say Dave Roberts Violated Brown Act

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The county Board of Supervisors said Supervisor Dave Roberts revealed a 5-0 vote by the board to deny severance payments to two of his former staffers — a violation of the state's open meeting law.

One Paseo Meeting To Be Held At San Diego Golden Hall

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The City Council will hold its meeting at the larger space to accommodate the large crowd expected when the panel takes up the controversial $750 million One Paseo project.

4,500 Sailors, Marines Depart For Training Exercise Near Hawaii

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The amphibious assault ship USS Essex, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore and the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage departed from San Diego Monday.

Grand Jury Report: San Diego County's Backcountry Needs More Fire Protection

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San Diego County officials have made great strides improving firefighting capability in unincorporated or "backcountry" areas, but more needs to be done.

Increased Terror Risk Causes Heightened Security At San Diego County Military Installations

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On Friday, the commander of U.S. Northern Command raised the force protection level for all Department of Defense facilities in the continental United States from "Alpha" to "Bravo." Bravo status applies when an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists.