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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.

Lawsuit Over Gas Plume Under Qualcomm Stadium Settled

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The settlement ends nine years of legal battles between the city and Kinder Morgan, owner of a gasoline tank farm across Friars Road from the Mission Valley stadium. The dispute arose from releases into the ground of petroleum products dating as far back as the late 1980s and early 1990s.

US Border Patrol Ramps Up Presence In East County To Combat Smugglers

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The Border Patrol's San Diego sector this week launched an operation to stifle the smuggling organizations' criminal activity in the area.

San Diego's Unemployment Rate Drops To Lowest Since 2007

The unemployment rate in San Diego County was 4.2 percent last month, the lowest figure since May 2007, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

Fire Officials Brace For Heat Wave, Lifeguards Expect Big Beach Crowds

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Temperatures on Sunday and Monday could exceed record levels. Forecasters predict temperature highs to reach 100 to 107 degrees inland, 80 to 95 degrees on the coast and 115 to 121 degrees in the deserts.

Sewage Spill Dumped 800,000 Gallons Of Waste Near Camp Pendleton

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A sewage spill that went undetected for nearly three years likely sent in excess of 807,000 gallons of waste onto property in the northwestern reaches of Camp Pendleton before being discovered two weeks ago, the Marine Corps disclosed Thursday.

Gwen Stefani, OneRepublic To Headline Free Concerts Before Next Month's All-Star Game

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The shows will take place at Embarcadero Marina Park South and are scheduled to begin July 8, the MLB announced. The All-Star Game is on July 12 at Petco Park.

San Diego-Based Marine Aircraft Attack ISIS Targets

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U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers flying from the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Boxer attacked Islamic State targets in the Middle East today, the Navy announced.

Soaring Temps Expected As San Diego Heads Into The Weekend

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High temperatures are predicted to range from 90 to 96 degrees at mountain resort level to 110 to 120 degrees in the deserts. Forecasters said Monday — the first day of summer — will likely be the hottest day.

Carpool Lanes Opening On 805 Freeway

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San Diego civic and transportation leaders on Thursday celebrated the near completion of a project that added carpool lanes and direct access ramps on Interstate 805 in the Golden Triangle.

San Diego Police Finish Bulk Of Accountability Recommendations

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All but seven of 40 recommendations from a federal study of the San Diego Police Department have been implemented, and the rest are in process, Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Wednesday.

San Diego To Consider Top-Two Primaries For All Elections

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San Diego voters could decide this fall on a proposal to do away with outright victories by candidates who win a majority of votes in primary elections.

San Diego Appeals State Court Ruling On La Jolla Seals Ordinance

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The City Council has decided to fight a court decision overturning the city's ordinance meant to protect the La Jolla seals. The ordinance bans people from entering the Children's Pool during pupping season.

City Council Moves To Save San Diego High School

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The school is nearing the end of its 50-year lease at Balboa Park. The City Council wants to ask voters to extend the lease, but advocates fear that would jeopardize parkland protection.

5 Suspected Drug Traffickers Face Charges After Fatal Chula Vista Shooting

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An undercover narcotics investigation at an Eastlake-area strip mall culminated with a Homeland Security agent fatally shooting a suspect. Five other suspects are facing charges for possession of marijuana for sale, robbery and conspiracy.

San Diego Task Force Busts 'Cyber Pimping' Scheme

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The San Diego police have arrested two men accused of running an online prostitution ring. The bust follows a year-long investigation by the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force.

San Diego Mayor Signs $3.4B Budget

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The budget for San Diego's coming fiscal year, which starts July 1, includes more funding for road repairs and expanded recreation center hours.

Chargers Hall Of Famer Earl Faison Dies At 77

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A dominating defensive end for the Chargers, Faison was the team's first selection in the 1961 American Football League draft.