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Stories by Matt Hoffman

San Diego Nonprofit Gives Homeless Thanksgiving Meals, Haircuts

San Diego Nonprofit Gives Homeless Thanksgiving Meals, Haircuts

Nov. 20
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 Alleges Mistre...

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

Nov. 16
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
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 Adult Reha...

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

Nov. 13
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 Day Parade

Preparations Underway For 31st Annual San Diego Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 10
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
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 Former Charge...

Council Members Propose Temporary Homeless Shelter At Former Chargers Facility

Nov. 6
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 From Permane...

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

Nov. 3
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 Often

San Diego's Hepatitis A Coordination Center Meeting Less Often

Nov. 3
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
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 Neighborhoods In Th...

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

Oct. 30
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
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 In San Diego

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

Oct. 24
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 Neighborhoods

Millions Of Dollars Available To Help Improve San Diego Neighborhoods

Oct. 23
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 Levels Boost

San Diego Red Flag Warning Prompts Cal Fire Staffing Levels Boost

Oct. 20
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.

Own A Piece of San Diego Sports History

Own A Piece of San Diego Sports History

Oct. 18
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego Hall of Champions is auctioning off part of its collection after closing the museum in June.

Program Offering Homeless Overnight Parking To Expand

Program Offering Homeless Overnight Parking To Expand

Oct. 16
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A program in Clairemont that provides a safe parking area for homeless people living out of their vehicles and offers them assistance to transition to permanent housing will be expanded, city officials and community leaders announced Monday.

San Diego's Efforts To Tackle Hepatitis A Outbreak Now Include Fire...

San Diego's Efforts To Tackle Hepatitis A Outbreak Now Include Firefighters

Oct. 13
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Municipal, state and federal officials announced various steps Friday to try to corral a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego and other areas.

San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak Continues To Grow

San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak Continues To Grow

Oct. 3
By Matt Hoffman

New numbers reveal 20 more confirmed cases, bringing the total number of people infected to 481. The new numbers come ahead of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presentation about the virus in San Diego.

Carlsbad Bans Commercial Marijuana Ahead of Recreational Pot Sales

Carlsbad Bans Commercial Marijuana Ahead of Recreational Pot Sales

Oct. 2
By Matt Hoffman

Beginning January 1, 2018, marijuana sales for recreational use will become legal in California, but not in Carlsbad.

San Diego's Overnight Parking Laws Hit Homeless Hard

San Diego's Overnight Parking Laws Hit Homeless Hard

Sept. 26
By Matt Hoffman

A current ordinance in San Diego states RV's and certain larger vehicles cannot park on city streets overnight from 2 to 6 a.m.

Disability Advocacy Group Questioning How San Diego's Overnight Par...

Disability Advocacy Group Questioning How San Diego's Overnight Parking Laws Affect Homeless

Sept. 25
By Matt Hoffman

Current law in San Diego stipulates that cars cannot be used for temporary or permanent shelters.

Amidst Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak, Largest Provider of Homeless Se...

Amidst Deadly Hepatitis A Outbreak, Largest Provider of Homeless Services In San Diego Speaks Out

Sept. 20
By Matt Hoffman

Father Joe's Villages said they have found confirmed cases of hepatitis A in their shelter and at least one person has died.

Carlsbad Testing New Police Ranger Program

Carlsbad Testing New Police Ranger Program

Sept. 19
By Matt Hoffman

Go to a beach, park or hiking trail in Carlsbad, and you might notice two new rangers out on patrol. But they are not your average ranger.

Local American Red Cross Looking For More Volunteers After Devastat...

Local American Red Cross Looking For More Volunteers After Devastating Hurricanes

Sept. 14
By Matt Hoffman

The organization said they need shelter and case workers ready to deploy to Florida and Texas.

Qualcomm Stadium Getting New Name Soon

Qualcomm Stadium Getting New Name Soon

Sept. 7
By Matt Hoffman

After a month of bidding, a handful of offers are currently being reviewed by San Diego State, the city of San Diego and their partners.

San Diego Teachers Organize Relief Effort For Hurricane Harvey Victims

San Diego Teachers Organize Relief Effort For Hurricane Harvey Victims

Sept. 4
By Matt Hoffman

One local community spent their Labor Day collecting clothes and school supplies for kids displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Indoor Lacrosse Team To Play In San Diego

Indoor Lacrosse Team To Play In San Diego

Aug. 30
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

A National Lacrosse League expansion team owned by billionaire Joseph Tsai will begin to play at the Valley View Casino Center in November 2018.

San Diego State Kicking Off 2017 Football Season At Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego State Kicking Off 2017 Football Season At Qualcomm Stadium

Aug. 29
By Matt Hoffman

Things are different this year with the Chargers gone from San Diego, leaving the Aztecs as the last major football team in the region.

California Could Become First State To Mandate LGBT Training For Bu...

California Could Become First State To Mandate LGBT Training For Businesses

Aug. 25
By Matt Hoffman

The Transgender Work Opportunity Act is designed to educate employers and transgender workers about their rights.

California Bill Aiming To Change Bar-Closing Time To 4 AM Faces Cri...

California Bill Aiming To Change Bar-Closing Time To 4 AM Faces Criticism In San Diego

Aug. 22
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

San Diego opponents of legislation that would allow cities around the state to extend the closing time for bars to 4 a.m., from the current 2 a.m., said Tuesday the bill would create problems that would spread into the community.

San Diego Gets Its Own Official Craft Beer

San Diego Gets Its Own Official Craft Beer

July 11
By KPBS News, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego Tourism Authority launched an “official craft beer” for San Diego.

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Down

San Diego County's Unemployment Rate Down

June 19
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

San Diego County's unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent in May, down from a revised 3.8 percent for the previous month, and below the year-ago estimate of 4.3 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

Analysis Shows Structurally Deficient Bridges In San Diego

Analysis Shows Structurally Deficient Bridges In San Diego

Feb. 27
By Matt Hoffman

A new analysis of California’s bridges shows that more than 350 "structurally deficient" bridges are located in San Diego County.

Valentine's Day 2017: San Diego Date Ideas

Valentine's Day 2017: San Diego Date Ideas

Feb. 14
By Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

The founder of a San Diego date-idea web site recommends getting out of your routine to enjoy Valentine's Day this year.

Wanted: Head Coach For NFL Team, Location TBD

Wanted: Head Coach For NFL Team, Location TBD

Jan. 2
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

"What we know right now it's one of two locations," Chargers President of Football Operations John Spanos said when asked where a new coach would be based. Team officials fired head coach Mike McCoy Sunday.

Chargers, Aztec Fans Have Some Reasons To Give Thanks

Chargers, Aztec Fans Have Some Reasons To Give Thanks

Nov. 25
By Matt Hoffman

It has been a roller-coaster ride for football fans in San Diego this year. But despite a Chargers season full of question marks, there are some milestones to be happy about — like San Diego State football.

Sports Arena Celebrates 50 Years, Looks At Downtown Expansion

Sports Arena Celebrates 50 Years, Looks At Downtown Expansion

Nov. 17
By Matt Hoffman

Management says a downtown arena would be more valuable than a Chargers stadium.

San Diego State And Major League Soccer Explore Mission Valley Stadium

San Diego State And Major League Soccer Explore Mission Valley Stadium

Sept. 23
By Matt Hoffman

Over 18,000 Aztec supporters were emailed survey, designed to gauge interest in a new stadium for the SDSU football team.

Should California Require Pro Bono Work For Law Students?

Should California Require Pro Bono Work For Law Students?

Aug. 24
By Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

A bill that mandates 50 hours of pro bono work for law students has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Sen. Marty Block of San Diego, who authored the bill, discusses its potential impact.

Chula Vista Team Loses First Game Of Little League World Series

Chula Vista Team Loses First Game Of Little League World Series

Aug. 19
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League was defeated by Johnston Little League from Iowa by a score of 5-1. But the loss doesn’t mean it's out of the Little League World Series.

Chula Vista Little League Team One Step Closer To World Series

Chula Vista Little League Team One Step Closer To World Series

Aug. 12
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League will learn Friday night who will be its opponent in Saturday's West Regional tournament championship game. The winner of the regional championship game will advance to the Little League World Series.

San Diegans Can Opt Out Of Mailed Ballot Pamphlets

San Diegans Can Opt Out Of Mailed Ballot Pamphlets

Aug. 11
By Matt Hoffman

Voters who don't want their mailboxes laden with two ballot pamphlets, each more than 100 pages long, can opt out.

Meet San Diego State's Interim Director Of Athletics

Meet San Diego State's Interim Director Of Athletics

Aug. 9
By Matt Hoffman

Jenny Bramer, who began her career in SDSU in 2003, assumed the role following the university's announcement of Jim Sterk's departure for the University of Missouri.

Padres' Wil Myers To Bat Cleanup For National League In All-Star Game

Padres' Wil Myers To Bat Cleanup For National League In All-Star Game

July 11
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The former American League Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay is coming off a pair of injury-plagued seasons to establish himself as the Padres' top offensive threat.

Carlsbad Company Clocks Major League Baseball Swings

Carlsbad Company Clocks Major League Baseball Swings

July 5
By Matt Hoffman

Baseball is embracing new technology, and Blast Motion's bat sensor is stepping up to the plate.

San Diego Should Meet Energy Needs This Summer

San Diego Should Meet Energy Needs This Summer

June 24
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Sufficient electricity supplies have been secured to meet the energy needs of the San Diego region this summer, officials announced Friday.

UC San Diego Students Approve Move To Division I

UC San Diego Students Approve Move To Division I

May 24
By Matt Hoffman

After similar proposals failed in 2004 and 2012, UC San Diego students passed a referendum to move to NCAA Division I.

UC San Diego Begins Voting On Division I Athletics Proposal

UC San Diego Begins Voting On Division I Athletics Proposal

May 16
By Matt Hoffman

This week, students at UC San Diego will vote on whether they want to move the school's athletic program to NCAA Division I.

Major League Baseball Announces 'Legacy Projects' For San Diego

Major League Baseball Announces 'Legacy Projects' For San Diego

April 25
By Matt Hoffman

This year MLB charities and the San Diego Padres will donate nearly $5 million to local projects and charities under the All-Star Legacy Initiative.

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