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Stories by Matt Hoffman

Port Of San Diego Invites Public To Give Input On Improvi...

Port Of San Diego Invites Public To Give Input On Improving City’s Waterfront

Feb. 21
By Matt Hoffman

The Port of San Diego is looking to ease transportation along the waterfront. They want to hear how people living, visiting and working near Harbor Drive think the area could be improved.

Near Freezing Temperatures Hit San Diego County

Near Freezing Temperatures Hit San Diego County

Feb. 20
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A cold snap that settled over Southern California over the weekend delivered a few record low temperatures in the San Diego area Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported.

Wristbands Connect East County Homeless To Services

Wristbands Connect East County Homeless To Services

Feb. 19
By Matt Hoffman

The city of El Cajon is partnering with the East County Chamber of Commerce to give out the wristbands with numbers they can text for help.

San Diego Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Creating Affo...

San Diego Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Creating Affordable Housing

Feb. 14
By Matt Hoffman

California’s Sustainable and Affordable Housing Act would incentivize developers with a "floor area ratio (FAR)" that lawmakers said would create small and less expensive housing units.

Santee Again Looks At Changing RV Parking Laws

Santee Again Looks At Changing RV Parking Laws

Feb. 14
By Matt Hoffman

The Santee City Council is scheduled to hold another public workshop Wednesday regarding recreational vehicle parking. This comes after the city received numerous complaints that RVs do not follow parking laws and cause safety hazards.

Advocates Rally For Minimum Wage Workers In San Diego

Advocates Rally For Minimum Wage Workers In San Diego

Feb. 12
By Matt Hoffman

Supporters of Fight for $15 and the Poor People’s Campaign took to the streets Monday, advocating for minimum wage earners.

Watchdog Group Evaluates Climate Action Plans In San Dieg...

Watchdog Group Evaluates Climate Action Plans In San Diego County

Feb. 6
By Matt Hoffman

The Climate Action Campaign said while most cities are working toward climate action plans, they are struggling with actually implementing the plans.

Citizens Initiative To Expand San Diego Convention Center...

Citizens Initiative To Expand San Diego Convention Center Starts Collecting Signatures

Feb. 5
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The organizers of a proposed ballot measure that would raise money for the downtown convention center and homelessness programs plan to launch their signature-gathering effort Monday.

Blood Bank Low On Donations Amidst Record Flu Season In S...

Blood Bank Low On Donations Amidst Record Flu Season In San Diego

Feb. 2
By Matt Hoffman

With a low number of donations, the blood bank said they have begun rationing supplies to local hospitals.

Hundreds Of People Who Are Homeless Get Help At Resource ...

Hundreds Of People Who Are Homeless Get Help At Resource Fair Downtown

Jan. 31
By Matt Hoffman

The event organized by the San Diego Housing Commission at Golden Hall was a chance for people to get free hygiene kits, clothes, vaccines and information about housing.

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.

Salvation Army Receives $50 Million Donation Toward New H...

Salvation Army Receives $50 Million Donation Toward New Homeless Facilities

Jan. 29
By Matt Hoffman

The Salvation Army is raising money to build two new facilities to house homeless people and their families in San Diego. On Monday, the campaign got a $50 million kick-start from local philanthropists Ernest and Evelyn Rady.

NASA Testing Orion Replica Space Capsule Off San Diego Coast

NASA Testing Orion Replica Space Capsule Off San Diego Coast

Jan. 25
By Matt Hoffman

This week NASA and the U.S. Navy tested recovering an unmanned capsule that is going into space next year.

Donations Needed For San Diego's Annual Homeless Resource...

Donations Needed For San Diego's Annual Homeless Resource Fair

Jan. 24
By Matt Hoffman

The 12th annual Project Homeless Connect is a one-day homeless resource fair for people living on the streets to get a hot meal, flu shot and legal advice, among other services.

FEMA Disaster Relief Center Opens To Help Lilac Fire Victims

FEMA Disaster Relief Center Opens To Help Lilac Fire Victims

Jan. 22
By Matt Hoffman

The disaster recovery center is run by FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration who will be in Fallbrook until Wednesday before the center relocates to Bonsall.

Rally In City Heights Supports Young Immigrants Rights

Rally In City Heights Supports Young Immigrants Rights

Jan. 19
By Matt Hoffman

The rally held Friday outside the City Heights Performance Annex featured personal stories from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients.

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.

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.

Cleanup In City Heights Benefits Somali Neighborhood

Cleanup In City Heights Benefits Somali Neighborhood

Jan. 12
By Matt Hoffman

More than 250 volunteers gathered near 50th Street and University Avenue on Friday to pick up trash, build benches and lay fresh coats of paint.

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.

Citizens Initiative Announced To Expand San Diego Convent...

Citizens Initiative Announced To Expand San Diego Convention Center

Jan. 8
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A citizens initiative announced in San Diego Monday would raise revenue to modernize and expand the downtown convention center to drive economic growth and jobs, as well as generate significant funding to alleviate homelessness and repair roads, according to local tourism and labor leaders.

San Diego County Grand Jury Applications At Historic Low

San Diego County Grand Jury Applications At Historic Low

Jan. 8
By Matt Hoffman

With less than a week before applications are due for the 2018-2019 jury, San Diego Superior Court officials said just 56 applications have been collected.

Flu Deaths Rise To 45 In San Diego County, Including Infant

Flu Deaths Rise To 45 In San Diego County, Including Infant

Jan. 3
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A 12-month-old child died on New Year's Eve after contracting influenza, bringing the total flu deaths in San Diego County this season to 45, health officials reported Wednesday.

San Diego Supervisors Vote To Extend Hepatitis A Emergency

San Diego Supervisors Vote To Extend Hepatitis A Emergency

Jan. 2
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The Board of Supervisors voted in a special meeting Tuesday to extend a state of emergency over a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego County.

San Diego Firefighter Killed While Battling Thomas Fire T...

San Diego Firefighter Killed While Battling Thomas Fire To Be Remembered

Dec. 22, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Saturday funeral services will be held for Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson who died last week while fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Most Likely Over, Public Health Emer...

Hepatitis A Outbreak Most Likely Over, Public Health Emergency Could End Soon

Dec. 19, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

As number of confirmed hepatitis A cases fall, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to again extend the local health emergency, which officials said could end by January 2018.

Time Is Running Out To Send Holiday Mail

Time Is Running Out To Send Holiday Mail

Dec. 19, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

This is the U.S. Postal Service's busiest week of the year. For letters to arrive by Christmas, USPS said they need to be sent first-class by Tuesday.

Frozen Fairgrounds: How Del Mar And Other Ice Rinks Keep ...

Frozen Fairgrounds: How Del Mar And Other Ice Rinks Keep Cool In Sunny San Diego

Dec. 15, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Frozen Fairgrounds in Del Mar joins the Hotel Del Coronado and Liberty Station who operate their own rinks. But how do you keep water frozen when it’s nearly 80 degrees outside?

Veteran Triple Amputee Receives New 'Smart Home' In San D...

Veteran Triple Amputee Receives New 'Smart Home' In San Diego

Dec. 12, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The specially adapted home for retired U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician Andrew Bottrell features a kitchen with a lowered microwave, specialized oven and pull-down shelves.

National City Considers Raising Sewer Costs

National City Considers Raising Sewer Costs

Dec. 5, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The City Council voted 4-1 to adopt the ordinance establishing new sewer charges in National City. The council will vote on Dec. 19 to give it final approval.

SANDAG Seeks Community Input For 2019 Regional Plan

SANDAG Seeks Community Input For 2019 Regional Plan

Dec. 4, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego Association of Governments on Monday held the first of 10 planned public workshops to see what San Diegans are concerned about.

First Of Three Temporary Homeless Shelters Opens In Downt...

First Of Three Temporary Homeless Shelters Opens In Downtown San Diego

Dec. 1, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The shelter, run by the nonprofit Alpha Project, will house up to 350 homeless men and women each night.

Community Group Sues To Oppose Privatization Of Escondido...

Community Group Sues To Oppose Privatization Of Escondido City Library

Nov. 28, 2017
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Opponents of a move by the city of Escondido to outsource its library functions to save money announced Tuesday that they've filed a lawsuit contending that the action violated state law.

UC San Diego Announces Move Up To NCAA Division I

UC San Diego Announces Move Up To NCAA Division I

Nov. 27, 2017
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

UC San Diego announced Monday that it will begin the process of moving its athletics program from NCAA Division II to Division I, the top level in collegiate sports.

After 38 Years The Annual Chargers Blood Drive Is Gone, B...

After 38 Years The Annual Chargers Blood Drive Is Gone, But Not The Need For Blood

Nov. 24, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The annual Chargers Blood Drive took place during a critical holiday season when blood donations are typically down. However, just because the NFL team has left, does not mean the need for blood is gone.

San Diego Nonprofit Gives Homeless Thanksgiving Meals, Ha...

San Diego Nonprofit Gives Homeless Thanksgiving Meals, Haircuts

Nov. 20, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Streets of Hope is having their annual Thanksgiving Feed the Homeless event Monday that offers free haircuts, supplies and a turkey dinner.

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against City Of San Diego Alle...

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against City Of San Diego Alleges Mistreatment Of Homeless Living In RVs

Nov. 16, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Disability Rights California is representing nine named clients, as well as hundreds of others who claim the city of San Diego's parking laws unfairly target them.

New Affordable Housing Complex Opens In Chula Vista

New Affordable Housing Complex Opens In Chula Vista

Nov. 14, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Located in Otay Ranch's Millenia development, there are 210 units for low-income seniors and families.

Salvation Army Launches Largest Yearly Fundraiser, While ...

Salvation Army Launches Largest Yearly Fundraiser, While Adult Rehabilitation Center Struggles

Nov. 13, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The local Salvation Army said it hopes to raise $900,000 from the Red Kettle Program this year, but its Adult Rehabilitation Center is dealing with a lack of non-cash donations.

Preparations Underway For 31st Annual San Diego Veterans ...

Preparations Underway For 31st Annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 10, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The 31st annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday near Waterfront Park in downtown.

Where Do You Park An RV In Santee?

Where Do You Park An RV In Santee?

Nov. 6, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Santee municipal code says recreational vehicles cannot be parked on city streets for more than 72 hours without being moved.

Council Members Propose Temporary Homeless Shelter At For...

Council Members Propose Temporary Homeless Shelter At Former Chargers Facility

Nov. 6, 2017
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Two members of the San Diego City Council proposed Monday that the former Chargers training facility in Murphy Canyon be used for a temporary shelter for the homeless.

Housing Commission Votes To Move $6.5M In Funding Away Fr...

Housing Commission Votes To Move $6.5M In Funding Away From Permanent Housing

Nov. 3, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Instead, the money would be used to open and operate three, new temporary shelters within the city of San Diego.

San Diego's Hepatitis A Coordination Center Meeting Less ...

San Diego's Hepatitis A Coordination Center Meeting Less Often

Nov. 3, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

As the local hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow, the city of San Diego's hepatitis A Coordination Center will no longer meet daily.

San Diego Hepatitis A Death Toll Reaches 20

San Diego Hepatitis A Death Toll Reaches 20

Oct. 31, 2017
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The death toll in an almost year-long hepatitis A outbreak in the San Diego region has reached 20, county health officials reported Tuesday.

Coronado Named One Of The Top Trick-Or-Treating Neighborh...

Coronado Named One Of The Top Trick-Or-Treating Neighborhoods In The U.S.

Oct. 30, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

Coronado Beach South Island is ranked the 9th best neighborhood, according to real estate investment firm HomeUnion. Rankings were based on factors including median home prices, neighborhood safety and density.

Meet The New Indoor Lacrosse Team: San Diego Seals

Meet The New Indoor Lacrosse Team: San Diego Seals

Oct. 25, 2017
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

San Diego's indoor National Lacrosse League expansion team, which will begin play at the Valley View Casino Center in November 2018, announced Wednesday it will be known as the Seals.

Another Parking Lot For Homeless Living Out Of Cars Opens...

Another Parking Lot For Homeless Living Out Of Cars Opens In San Diego

Oct. 24, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

The lot near the corner of Aero Drive and Murphy Canyon Road is owned by the City of San Diego and operated by Dreams for Change and Jewish Family Service.

Millions Of Dollars Available To Help Improve San Diego N...

Millions Of Dollars Available To Help Improve San Diego Neighborhoods

Oct. 23, 2017
By Matt Hoffman

$3.2 million in federal funds are available for projects in San Diego County's unincorporated communities, and the cities of Solana Beach, Del Mar, Poway, Coronado, Lemon Grove and Imperial Beach.

San Diego Red Flag Warning Prompts Cal Fire Staffing Leve...

San Diego Red Flag Warning Prompts Cal Fire Staffing Levels Boost

Oct. 20, 2017
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A lack of rain, low humidity and strong winds are all combining to create dangerous fire conditions in San Diego over the weekend.

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