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2,000 UC San Diego Medical Center Workers Vote To Strike

About 13,000 employees at the five University of California hospitals — including UCSD Medical Center — have voted to go on strike 10 days from now, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced Friday.

Qualcomm Co-Founder Revealed As Father Joe's Million-Dollar Donor

Franklin Antonio, Qualcomm Inc.'s executive vice president and chief scientist, was announced Friday to be behind a $2 million gift that to Father Joe's Villages lunch program.

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Comic-Con Passes Go On Sale Saturday

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General admission badges for Comic-Con International are scheduled to go on sale Saturday. The five-day event, which attracts up to 130,000 attendees, usually sells out in two hours.

San Diego Named Top City For Small Business By Forbes Magazine

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San Diego is the best place in the nation to start a small business this year, according Forbes magazine.

San Diego City Council Members To Propose Ballot Initiative On Minimum Wage, Sick Days

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The proposal will be presented in two weeks to the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, which would begin hammering out details.

Suspect Hospitalized, 4 Marshals Suffer Minor Injuries After Point Loma Officer-Involved Shooting

A 28 year-old suspect was hospitalized and four deputy U.S. Marshals were treated for minor injuries after an officer-involved shooting, authorities said.

Father Joe's Villages Lunch Program Receives $2M Grant From Unnamed Donor

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The Father Joe's Villages lunch program will be named in honor of the so far unidentified $2-million donor, who was described by the social services agency as a local businessman and philanthropist.

Prosecutors To Retry Death Penalty Phase Against ‘Los Palillos’ Gang Members

Prosecutors said they will again seek death penalty for two leaders of violent Mexican "Los Palillos" drug trafficking gang, who were convicted of several murders and kidnappings in San Diego County between 2004 and 2007.

Zimmerman Names Three New San Diego Police Assistant Chiefs

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In her first major personnel moves, newly appointed San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman named three new assistant chiefs, creating an additional assistant chief position in the agency.

Qualcomm To Receive Inaugural Duane Roth Renaissance Award

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The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday it has created an award named after biotech executive Duane Roth, who died from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident. Qualcomm Inc. will be the first entity to receive the award.

San Diego Teen's Flu Research Earns Him $100K Prize

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A Carmel Valley teen's research focused on drugs that inhibit an enzyme essential for viral propagation so that scientists will have more time to develop a vaccine during a flu pandemic.

ACLU Sues Over Rejection Of Anti-SeaWorld Ad At San Diego Airport; PETA Joins Suit

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PETA and the ACLU contend that advertisements for nonprofits and SeaWorld San Diego are allowed at Lindbergh Field, making the rejection of the animal rights group's message discriminatory.

San Diego Medical Marijuana Regulations Get Final OK From City Council

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The City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a package of zoning and operating restrictions for medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego.

Supervisors Put Limits On Electronic Cigarette Use In San Diego County

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The San Diego Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to reduce minor's access to tobacco products and limit exposure to second hand smoke.

UC San Diego Ranked Best In Nation For Neuroscience

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UC San Diego was rated among the best in the nation for a variety of science, neouroscience and biology graduate programs Tuesday, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual evaluation of the best schools.

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San Diego County Tightens Oversight Of Elder Care Facilities

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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday tightened oversight of residential care facilities for the elderly and funded a one-year pilot program to investigate and prosecute crimes committed at care homes.

Lorie Zapf Endorsed By Faulconer, Police Union In San Diego City Council Race

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Lorie Zapf is one of three City Council members up for reelection. The others are ex-mayoral candidate David Alvarez and Myrtle Cole, a former law enforcement officer who has also been endorsed by the SDPOA.

San Diego Reaches Agreement To Host 2021 U.S. Open At Torrey Pines

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces that the city of San Diego and U.S. Golf Association have reached an agreement to hold the 2021 U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Documents Show Balboa Park Centennial Planning Group Spent $2.6 Million

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The disbanding organization that sought to put on a yearlong extravaganza to celebrate next year's 100th birthday of Balboa Park released financial documents Monday showing it received more than $3 million in revenue and spent $2.6 million.

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Fire Crews Fully Contain Gun Fire In Pine Valley Earlier Than Expected

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The so-called Gun Fire erupted east of Sunrise Highway in Pine Valley about 12:30 p.m. Saturday and was initially expected to be contained Thursday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Man Who Shut Down Freeway With Thanksgiving Bomb Hoax Fined $8,300

A San Diego man whose prank phone call shut down a major highway for three hours on Thanksgiving Day admitted violating the law and was ordered to pay $8,300 in restitution

San Diego Woman Wanted In Michigan To Remain In Jail Pending Governor's Warrant

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A judge refused Monday to release a San Diego woman wanted in Michigan for allegedly escaping from prison 37 years ago on a misdemeanor larceny conviction, giving prosecutors more time to obtain a governor's warrant from Michigan to send her back to that state.

UC San Diego Professor Awarded $1.2M Grant To Help Reduce ER Visits By Psychiatric Patients

A UC San Diego professor was awarded a $1.2 million grant by the University of California on Monday to expand a program designed to reduce the length and frequency of hospital emergency room visits by psychiatric patients.

USS Kidd Joins Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

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The USS Kidd has joined the USS Pinckney in the Gulf of Thailand, where the two San Diego-based guided missile destroyers are searching for signs of a Malaysia Airlines jet.

San Diego City Council Votes To Maintain Salary Levels

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The San Diego City Council has voted to maintain the salary levels of roughly $100,000 for the mayor and $75,000 for council members.

City Breaks Ground On New 22-Story Central Courthouse In Downtown San Diego

After more than a decade of planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the $555.5 million Central Courthouse for the San Diego County Superior Court.

USS Coronado Set To Arrive At Its New Home Port Monday Morning

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The Coronado is the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of the San Diego County city, where Naval Air Station North Island is situated.

Tiny Increase Pushes San Diego County Gasoline Price To Highest Amount Since Sept. 26

The streak of increases to the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County was extended Monday to 20 days but barely, as it rose two-tenths of a cent to $3.957, the highest amount since Sept. 26.

Brush Fire In East County San Diego Shuts Down Freeway For 2 Hours

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A stretch of Interstate 8 in East County was shut down for two hours as a 75-acre brush fire burned along the freeway east of Pine Valley, authorities said

SeaWorld San Diego Calls California Bill Against Orcas In Shows 'Severely Flawed'

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Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said he was driven to author the bill by allegations of animal abuse made in the documentary "Blackfish.'' SeaWorld executives have adamantly denied animal abuse allegations.

Set Ahead Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke Alarms — It's Daylight Saving Time

Before going to bed Saturday night, remember to turn your clocks ahead by one hour.

Former California Republican Party Chairman Files Papers To Run For Lieutenant Governor

Nehring, the state GOP leader in 2007-11, will face business owner John Estrada in the primary.

Former Council President Young Out As San Diego Red Cross CEO

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The Red Cross would not reveal why Young — who stepped down as City Council president at the end of 2012 — was no longer with the relief organization.

Some Train Service In North County San Diego Suspended This Weekend

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Amtrak and Metrolink trains will not come south into the county Saturday or Sunday because of work at the Santa Margarita Bridge in Camp Pendleton.

Faulconer Says Economic Opportunity Talks With Tijuana Mayor Were 'Well Received'

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The trip to Tijuana, coming in his first week on the job, was designed to showcase the importance of the San Diego-Tijuana relationship, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said at a press briefing following his return to San Diego.

San Diego Housing Prices Crept Downward In February

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Housing prices in San Diego County inched down last month, but the number of sales increased, according to data released Friday by the San Diego Association of Realtors.

San Diego Unemployment Rate Rose To 7 Percent In January

A post-holidays drop of 8,700 retail positions fueled the jobless spike in San Diego County, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.

Los Angeles Plays Host To California Democratic Party Convention

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The three-day California Democratic Party convention will begin Friday at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles with a series of committee and caucus meetings.

What California's Orca Bill Would Mean For San Diego's SeaWorld

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We take a look at proposed legislation that would ban SeaWorld San Diego from using orcas in entertainment shows. Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said he was being driven by allegations of animal abuse made in the disputed documentary "Blackfish."

City Clerk Receives Final Petitions For San Diego City Council Elections In June

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A handful of prospective candidates for San Diego City Council seats delivered their nominating petitions to the City Clerk's Office on Thursday, including those of three incumbents.

Valley Center Man Fatally Stung By Bee Swarm

A 67-year-old man died at his rural Valley Center home Thursday after being attacked by bees, authorities reported.

Kevin Faulconer Meeting With Tijuana Mayor To Discuss Border, Trade

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At his first news conference as San Diego mayor Thursday, Kevin Faulconer said he's meeting with his counterpart in Tijuana to discuss border infrastructure and trade opportunities.

2 Flu-Related Deaths In San Diego County Last Week

Two people died of influenza-related causes in San Diego County last week, bringing the number of seasonal flu fatalities to 48. More than 3,700 people in the U.S. were officially diagnosed with the flu this year.

New Mission Trails Equestrian Center Admin Building Moving Forward

The 5,000-square-foot administration building, which still has to be approved by the full City Council, is the final phase of an improvement project that has included parking, a picnic area and restrooms.

Former Secretary of State Clinton Awarded UCLA Medal

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will receive the UCLA Medal and deliver a lecture at UCLA on Wednesday, the university's highest honor.

High Surf Hitting San Diego A Bit Smaller Than Meteorologists Expected

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Through early Wednesday afternoon, 4- to 7-foot waves with higher sets are expected.

Emergency Personnel To Conduct Simulated Boat Rescue Near Mission Bay Channel

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Lifeguards, police and Coast Guard personnel were scheduled to begin a two-day mass-rescue exercise involving a simulated boat accident in the ocean outside the entrance to the Mission Bay Channel Wednesday.

Soledad Cross Battle Might Be Heading To Supreme Court

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Lawyers for the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association on Tuesday filed a petition to send a long-running court battle over the fate of a 43-foot cross in the hills above La Jolla directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Declares Mistrial In Penalty Phase Of 'Los Palillos' Trial

A judge has declared a penalty phase mistrial for two Los Palillos gang members convicted of several murders between 2004 and 2007 in San Diego.

New Rules For San Diego Food Trucks Approved By City Council

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Municipal code amendments that clarify rules for the 78 food truck operators in San Diego were approved Monday by the City Council.