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SDSU Researchers Name New Species Of Succulent After Legendary Guitarist

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A new and rare species of succulent was discovered in Mexico by researchers from San Diego State University and UC Santa Cruz, who named it after Jimi Hendrix, one of their favorite rock stars, it was announced Thursday.

Rain, Wind Expected To Hit San Diego County Thursday

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A Pacific storm is expected to hit San Diego County Thursday with rain and potentially damaging winds.

UPDATE: Children's Pool In La Jolla Closed

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It was scheduled for a five-month closure beginning Thursday for harbor seals pupping season.

San Diego County Flu Cases Up From Last Year

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The number of flu cases in San Diego County so far this year is up almost 64 percent compared with the same period last year, prompting county health officials to urge San Diegans to get vaccinated before the worst of the flu season arrives.

Chula Vista Appoints First Female Police Chief

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Capt. Roxana Kennedy has been appointed to become the city's 24th chief of police and will be sworn into office Dec. 30.

With Board Of Supervisors' Vote, Members Increase Their Salaries By $19,000 A Year

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to alter the way their pay is calculated. Outgoing Supervisor Dave Roberts cast the lone dissenting vote.

City Council Approves 45 Day Moratorium On Recreational Marijuana

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The City Council slapped a 45-day moratorium on recreational marijuana activities in San Diego Tuesday afternoon, such as commercial cultivation or sales.

Myrtle Cole Wins San Diego City Council Presidency

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The freshly inaugurated San Diego City Council took its first official action Monday in electing Myrtle Cole as council president. She beat out David Alvarez, who has had a more combative relationship with the mayor.

Local Restaurant Owner Sentenced Two Years For Wage Theft, Worker Abuse

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A two-year jail sentence was handed down for a San Diego restaurant owner who promised wages to immigrant workers but often paid them only in tips, California Labor Commissioner Julie Su announced Monday.

Grants Offered For Local Governments, Groups That Implement Plans To Encourage Biking

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been set aside to help fund the grants.

City Announces Major Improvement In 911 Wait Times

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More than 93 percent of calls to 911 in San Diego were answered within 10 seconds in November. That's a jump from 67 percent of calls in April and better than the national target.

Sharp HealthCare Nurses Vote To Ratify 3-Year Contract

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The months-long contract battle between union nurses and Sharp HealthCare has ended.

Local Governments Get Mixed Review On First Climate Action Plan Report

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Though San Diego's plan for addressing climate change received high marks in its first Climate Action Campaign report card, only 7 of 19 local governments have plans in place.

San Diego Isn't Fixing Street Lights Fast Enough, Report Finds

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Auditors found the city's approach to replacing and fixing street lights inefficient and unable to meet goals.

San Diego Commemorates Pearl Harbor Aboard USS Midway Museum

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Wreaths were tossed off the ship into San Diego Bay to honor veterans and the more than 2,300 servicemen who died during the attack 75 years ago.

Three Chinese Navy Ships Begin 4-Day San Diego Visit

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For the last three years, Chinese Navy ships have visited San Diego to take part in sporting evens and cultural exchanges with U.S. Navy sailors.

SeaWorld Cuts Dozens Of Jobs At San Diego Park

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Sixty employees at SeaWorld San Diego were issued layoff notices Tuesday, part of a wide-ranging restructuring by its parent company, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

City Council Rejects Two Major Projects In University City

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The San Diego City Council killed a project to build a bridge on Regents Road and a plan to widen Genesee Avenue from four to six lanes.

Winds May Make For Hazardous Driving Conditions In San Diego County

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A wind advisory for the mountains and deserts will remain in effect from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Mayor Faulconer Meets With Chargers On Stadium Issue

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After a week of gloomy press regarding the team's future in the city, Mayor Kevin Faulconer met with Fred Maas, the Chargers' advisor on stadium issues.

City Launches Program To Tackle Drug Abuse In San Diego

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The pilot program launched Monday aims to provide substance abuse help and social services to chronic misdemeanor offenders.

Coronado Man Among Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims

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Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, was among at least 36 people killed in a fire that broke out during a party at a converted warehouse in Oakland.

City Council Rejects Regents Road Bridge Proposal And Widening Of Genesee

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The San Diego City Council has approved an amendment to University City's community plan, voting 6-2 to kill a pair of contentious projects in the neighborhood.

Preliminary Hearing Begins In Jahi Turner Case

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin today for a man accused of killing his toddler stepson who went missing from a Balboa Park-area playground more than 14 years ago.

Former Contracting Officer Sentenced To Six Years In Navy Bribery Case

A former Department of Defense supervisory contracting officer who accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for steering Navy contracts to a foreign defense contractor was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison.

Regional Airport Authority President, CEO Thella Bowens Retires After 21 Years

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Thella Bowens, the first and only president/CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, will retire at the end of March and move to Texas, the agency announced Friday.

December Nights Holiday Festival Opens In Balboa Park

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Around 350,000 people are expected to descend on San Diego's Balboa Park Friday and Saturday for the 39th annual December Nights holiday festival.

Potentially Damaging Santa Ana Winds To Hit San Diego County

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National Weather Service wind advisories for the mountains, valleys and deserts will remain in effect from 9 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday. Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 mph are expected.

Dozens Indicted In San Diego County After Months-Long Undercover Operation

"Operation Kwik Boost" was launched in January in an effort to draw out and identify criminals who were dealing locally in stolen vehicles.

San Diego Kicks Off Program To Plant 500 Trees Around The City

The goal of the program is to increase San Diego's tree canopy as part of the city's plan to address climate change.

Three Chinese Navy Ships To Make Port In San Diego

This is the third visit by the Chinese navy in the last three years to take part in sporting events and cultural exchanges with the U.S. Navy.

Santa Ana Winds To Bring Hazardous Driving Conditions To San Diego Valleys, Mountains

A National Weather Service wind advisory for the mountains and valleys will extend from 9 a.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday. Winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50 mph are expected in most areas, but forecasters said localized gusts may reach 60 mph along coastal mountain slopes.

House Passes Bill To Name Post Office After Fallen San Diego Police Officer

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Federal legislation to name a Chula Vista post office after slain San Diego police Officer Jonathan "J.D.'' DeGuzman has passed the House of Representatives, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, said Wednesday.

Man Recovering After First Ever Heart-Liver Transplant Surgery In San Diego

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For the first time in San Diego, doctors successfully performed a combined heart-liver transplant surgery.

USD Economic Indicator Index Remains Unchanged For October

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For the second month in a row, the University of San Diego Burhnam-Moores Center for Real Estate's Index of Leading Economic Indicators remained unchanged.

Members-Elect Urge San Diego City Council To Oppose Trump Immigration Policies

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San Diego City Council members-elect Chris Ward and Georgette Gomez are urging the council to adopt legislative platforms that would oppose some of President-elect Donald Trump's proposed federal policies.

Tony Gwynn To Be Inducted Into California Hall Of Fame

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Padres icon Tony Gwynn is scheduled to be inducted on Wednesday as a member of the 10th class of the state's Hall of Fame.

Potentially Strong Santa Ana Winds Moving Into San Diego County

Calm, cool weather is expected in San Diego County today, but "potentially strong" Santa Ana winds are right around the corner.

New Performing Arts Theater To Be Dedicated At Local High School

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A long-awaited $16 million performing arts theater at Patrick Henry High School that was partially funded by actress Annette Bening is scheduled to be dedicated by San Diego Unified School District officials on Tuesday.

Chula Vista Voters Approve Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase

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Initial plans to implement Measure P will go before the Chula Vista City Council next week.

Weekend Storms Generate Record-Breaking Rainfall

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Gusty winds and a slight chance of rain are in the forecast for parts of San Diego County Monday, but the weekend storms that generated record-breaking rainfall and prompted numerous weather advisories have moved out of the region.

Sharp Nurses Call Off Planned Strike

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The nurses' union called off the strike Sunday, a day before it was set to begin. Negotiations are set to resume on Tuesday.

21 Drunk Driving Arrests, 1 Fatality In San Diego County Since Wednesday

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The numbers are lower than they were last Thanksgiving.

With Negotiations Stalled, Sharp Nurses Prepare To Strike Monday

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The nurses and their employer met Friday in hopes of reaching an agreement before a planned strike.

San Diego Police More Likely To Search Black And Hispanic Drivers, Study Finds

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That's despite the fact that they were less likely to be found carrying contraband than white drivers, according to a new report by San Diego State University.

Wet Weekend Ahead For San Diego

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Friday's fair weather is expected to give way to windy and rainy conditions as a pair of storms moves through the county.

San Diego Police Test System To Detect Gunshots, Explosions

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The "ShotSpotter" technology is being tried out in the Valencia Park, Lincoln Park, O'Farrell and Skyline neighborhoods of San Diego.

New Navy Destroyer Breaks Down On Route To San Diego

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The most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy suffered a mechanical problem in the Panama Canal and had to be towed to port.

Two Tuberculosis Cases Reported At San Diego County Schools

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To date in 2016, 182 TB cases have been reported in the region. There were 234 cases reported in San Diego County last year.

Another Rainy, Blustery Day For San Diego

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Forecasters say scattered showers would linger throughout the day as gusty winds continue to whip through parts of the county.