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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.

San Diego County Offers Tuberculosis Testing At Two Local...

San Diego County Offers Tuberculosis Testing At Two Local High Schools

Jan. 25
By City News Service

County health officials said Thursday that tuberculosis testing will be offered at two San Diego area high schools where students and staff may have been exposed to the infectious bacterial disease, in light of two recently diagnosed cases.

UC San Diego Medical Center Nurses Plan To Rally Amid Con...

UC San Diego Medical Center Nurses Plan To Rally Amid Contract Talks

Jan. 25
By City News Service

UC San Diego Medical Center nurses plan to rally at two hospitals Thursday as part of actions across the state amid contract talks between the UC system and the union.

Former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman Elected To National...

Former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman Elected To National Baseball Hall Of Fame

Jan. 24
By City News Service, KPBS News

Former Padres relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Flu-Related Deaths Continue To Increase In San Diego

Flu-Related Deaths Continue To Increase In San Diego

Jan. 24
By City News Service

Influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region continued to increase last week, bringing the total to 174 this flu season, though the overall number of cases declined for the third week in a row, according to county data released Wednesday.

Protests Continue In La Mesa After Police Body Slams Stud...

Protests Continue In La Mesa After Police Body Slams Student

Jan. 24
By City News Service

Students, community members and activists marched from Helix Charter High School to La Mesa Police Department headquarters Thursday to protest the actions of a police officer who twice slammed a handcuffed female student to the ground while arresting her last week at the University Avenue campus.

Activists To Speak Against Commercial Development Project...

Activists To Speak Against Commercial Development Project In Lakeside

Jan. 24
By City News Service

Activists plan to sound off at the Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday against a proposal to build a commercial development — designated by the county as a location for 160 units of housing — on 9.5 acres in Lakeside.

County Votes To End State Of Emergency Declaration Over H...

County Votes To End State Of Emergency Declaration Over Hepatitis A Outbreak

Jan. 23
By City News Service

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to end a state of emergency declaration over the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County amid a declining number of cases.

Friends And Family Identify Man Who Fell Off Crystal Pier

Friends And Family Identify Man Who Fell Off Crystal Pier

Jan. 23
By City News Service

A search for the body of a musician feared dead after he fell off Pacific Beach's Crystal Pier over the weekend entered its third day Tuesday, with lifeguards combing the shoreline from a helicopter starting just after sunrise.

County Supervisors Consider Ending Hepatitis A State Of E...

County Supervisors Consider Ending Hepatitis A State Of Emergency

Jan. 23
By City News Service

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider whether it's time to end a state of emergency over the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County.

Southbound I-5 Border Traffic To Be Redirected Due To Con...

Southbound I-5 Border Traffic To Be Redirected Due To Construction

Jan. 22
By City News Service

Traffic heading south on Interstate 5 toward the Mexican inspection station will be rerouted to a newly constructed roadway beginning Thursday as part of ongoing construction at the border.

Search Continues For Man Who Fell Off Crystal Pier

Search Continues For Man Who Fell Off Crystal Pier

Jan. 22
By City News Service

A man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing remained missing Monday morning after a nightlong search by U.S. Coast Guard personnel, authorities said.

La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl I...

La Mesa Police Officer Shown Body Slamming Teenage Girl In Facebook Video Is Reassigned

Jan. 22
By City News Service, Matthew Bowler, Megan Burks

Dozens of students and community members protested Monday after a La Mesa police officer was shown roughly slamming a teenage girl to the ground in a video posted to Facebook this weekend.

Unemployment In San Diego County Remains At 3.3 Percent

Unemployment In San Diego County Remains At 3.3 Percent

Jan. 19
By City News Service

The San Diego County unemployment rate remained steady at 3.3 percent between November and December despite a loss of 3,500 jobs.

SDG&E To Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastruct...

SDG&E To Unveil New Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Projects

Jan. 19
By City News Service, Erik Anderson

San Diego Gas & Electric Friday will unveil several new projects at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal to expand the county's electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles.

Crews Break Ground In New Phase Of San Diego Trolley Expa...

Crews Break Ground In New Phase Of San Diego Trolley Expansion Project

Jan. 18
By City News Service

Crews Thursday began building a viaduct that will carry the Blue Line along Genesee Avenue as part of an 11-mile extension of the trolley line from downtown to University City.

Mission Bay Dredged For Boat Safety

Mission Bay Dredged For Boat Safety

Jan. 18
By City News Service

Crews Thursday will begin dredging Mission Bay to help make it easier and safer for boats to navigate.

San Diego Blood Bank Calls For Donations In Honor Of Fath...

San Diego Blood Bank Calls For Donations In Honor Of Father Joe

Jan. 18
By City News Service

The San Diego Blood Bank Thursday solicited donations through the end of the month in honor of Father Joe Carroll, who will undergo surgery Feb. 1 due to complications with diabetes.

Amazon Releases Shortlist For Second Headquarters; San Di...

Amazon Releases Shortlist For Second Headquarters; San Diego Out Of Bid

Jan. 18
By City News Service

San Diego and Chula Vista are out of the sweepstakes to get Amazon's second headquarters, the company announced Thursday.

IRS Announces Potential Extended Tax Filing Deadline For ...

IRS Announces Potential Extended Tax Filing Deadline For Lilac Fire Victims

Jan. 17
By City News Service

Residents and businesses affected by the Lilac Fire and other recent natural disasters in California may qualify for extended tax filing deadlines, the Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday.

Flu-Related Deaths Reaches Record High

Flu-Related Deaths Reaches Record High

Jan. 17
By City News Service

The number of reported influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region this flu season has reached 142 — a record high, county health officials reported Wednesday. The previous deadliest flu season was in 2014-2015, when 97 people died.

Border Wall Security Cost San Diego More Than $1 Million

Border Wall Security Cost San Diego More Than $1 Million

Jan. 17
By City News Service

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department incurred nearly $900,000 in added costs and the San Diego Police Department incurred more than a quarter-million dollars in added costs to patrol and secure the Otay Mesa border area during the month long construction of eight border wall prototypes.

SANDAG To Hold Public Forums To Find New Executive Director

SANDAG To Hold Public Forums To Find New Executive Director

Jan. 17
By City News Service

The San Diego Association of Governments will kick off a series of public forums Wednesday night aimed at finding a new executive director after the last leader left the agency amid fallout from a scandal.

Supporters Of Initiative To Increase Hotel Tax Revenue Sa...

Supporters Of Initiative To Increase Hotel Tax Revenue Say It Would Generate $2B For Homelessness

Jan. 17
By City News Service

A proposed ballot initiative to increase hotel tax revenue would generate $3.78 billion to expand and update the downtown convention center, $2.02 billion for homelessness services and $604 million for street repairs over four decades, according to projections released Tuesday by supporters.

SDSU West Backers Submit Signatures To Take Initiative To...

SDSU West Backers Submit Signatures To Take Initiative To City Council

Jan. 17
By City News Service

Backers of a proposed ballot initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion submitted more than 100,000 petition signatures to election officials Tuesday.

Camp Pendleton Stabbing Leaves One Marine Dead, Another I...

Camp Pendleton Stabbing Leaves One Marine Dead, Another In Custody

Jan. 16
By City News Service

The stabbing was reported shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday at a School of Infantry West facility at the northern San Diego County military station.

County's Newest Skate Park Opens In Linda Vista

County's Newest Skate Park Opens In Linda Vista

Jan. 16
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A 34,000-square-foot skate park opened Tuesday in Linda Vista that was nearly 5 years in the making.

Citizens Initiative Organizers To Offer In-Depth Look At ...

Citizens Initiative Organizers To Offer In-Depth Look At Convention Center Expansion Plan

Jan. 16
By City News Service

Organizers of an initiative that would raise revenue to expand the downtown convention center and pay for roads and homelessness services will offer a more "in-depth" look at their ballot proposal Tuesday.

SDSU West Backers To Submit 100K Petition Signatures To Q...

SDSU West Backers To Submit 100K Petition Signatures To Qualify For 2018 Ballot

Jan. 16
By City News Service

Backers of a ballot initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion plan to submit their petitions to election officials Tuesday.

Homeless Rights Advocacy Group To Speak Out After Members...

Homeless Rights Advocacy Group To Speak Out After Members Arrested For Feeding Homeless

Jan. 15
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The leaders of a homeless rights advocacy group plan to speak out Monday after about a dozen of the group's members were arrested in El Cajon for feeding the homeless on city property in defiance of a city ordinance.

FEMA Help Available For Lilac Fire Victims

FEMA Help Available For Lilac Fire Victims

Jan. 15
By City News Service

County residents whose property was damaged during the Lilac Fire can register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, county officials announced Monday.

Most Government Offices Closed For Martin Luther King Jr....

Most Government Offices Closed For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 15
By City News Service

San Diego city and county offices, libraries, pools and some recreational facilities will be closed.

Horse Racing Organizers Honor Those Who Rushed To Help Du...

Horse Racing Organizers Honor Those Who Rushed To Help During Lilac Fire

Jan. 12
By City News Service

The organizers of the thoroughbred racing Eclipse Awards announced Friday that those who rushed into action when the Lilac Fire burned through the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center will receive a special honor.

Oceanside City Council Look's For New Mayor After Jim Woo...

Oceanside City Council Look's For New Mayor After Jim Wood Steps Down

Jan. 11
By City News Service

The Oceanside City Council Thursday solicited input from residents on how to proceed in replacing former mayor Jim Wood, who stepped down on Jan. 1 for health reasons.

Free Flu Shots Available In North County San Diego

Free Flu Shots Available In North County San Diego

Jan. 11
By City News Service

Palomar Health Thursday announced that it will distribute its 150 remaining flu shots for free.

Mayor Faulconer Focuses On Homelessness, Housing In State...

Mayor Faulconer Focuses On Homelessness, Housing In State Of The City Address

Jan. 11
By City News Service

A "different" way of doing things is required to tackle homelessness, increase access to affordable housing and bolster the city's economy, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in his State of the City address Thursday night.

Winter Storm Brings Power Outages, Flooding, Traffic To S...

Winter Storm Brings Power Outages, Flooding, Traffic To San Diego

Jan. 10
By City News Service

A strong winter storm buffeted the San Diego area Tuesday, knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses, flooding roadways, tangling traffic and prompting a 24-hour closure of SeaWorld.

State Assemblyman Todd Gloria To Meet With Mexican Leader...

State Assemblyman Todd Gloria To Meet With Mexican Leaders In Four-Day Trip

Jan. 10
By City News Service

State Assemblyman Todd Gloria will join a delegation of lawmakers on a four-day junket to Mexico beginning Wednesday.

Lilac Fire Cleanup Expected To Cost San Diego County $3.9M

Lilac Fire Cleanup Expected To Cost San Diego County $3.9M

Jan. 9
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The county's estimated cost of cleanup and erosion control in areas affected by the Lilac Fire stands at $3.9 million, officials said Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to extend a state of emergency in connection with last month's massive and destructive blaze.