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Stories by Matt Hoffman

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New Homeless Storage Facility Is Helpful, But Only For Small Number Of People

June 21
By Matt Hoffman

Last week, a new storage center intended to help people who are homeless opened near downtown San Diego. Although it can hold belongings for up to 500 people, only a fraction of the storage units have been assigned.

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Final San Diego Voter Turnout For Primary Election Will Be Close To 40 Percent

June 15
By Matt Hoffman

As of Friday, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters reported voter turnout at 37.4 percent, with 99 percent of votes counted.

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San Diego County Fire Authority Looks Ahead To Summer Fire Season

June 14
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Fire Authority and Cal Fire said they have enough resources to deal with major fires at this time but are expecting those resources to get stretched.

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Vista Voters Will See Three Marijuana-Related Initiatives This November

June 13
By Matt Hoffman

A citizens' initiative to allow medical marijuana storefront shops has already qualified for the ballot and Tuesday night the Vista City Council voted to put a competing marijuana business and tax initiative to voters in November.

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New San Diego Storage Center Geared Toward Helping People Who Are Homeless

June 12
By Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission are spending $1.4 million on a facility that will provide storage for up to 500 people for at least a year.

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Caltrans Is Putting Spikes On Coronado Bridge In Effort To Prevent Suicides

June 8
By Matt Hoffman

Caltrans said they hope to have the spikes put up along the bridge within a year, at an estimated cost of $100,000 to $300,000.

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New Program Will Guarantee Monthly Income For Some People Living In Stockton

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman

If you were given $500 a month, with no strings attached, how would you spend it? That's what researchers in Stockton want to know.

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San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council recently approved $2.5 million to keep three industrial tents sheltering hundreds of homeless people open, while Carlsbad is deploying two social workers to address a rising number of people living on the streets.

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San Diego Film Critics Give Summer Movie Recommendations

June 4
By Beth Accomando, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

From blockbuster action movies to indie horror films, the summer movie season has something for everyone.

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After Years Of Back And Forth, Parking Laws For RVs Are Changing In Santee

May 25
By Matt Hoffman

The Santee City Council voted to update an old ordinance after people complained that oversized vehicles parking on streets was a safety hazard.

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Del Mar Council Rejects 'Managed Retreat' In Face Of Rising Sea Levels

May 22
By Matt Hoffman

The Del Mar City Council voted 4-1 Monday in favor of adopting a plan that does not call for managed retreat, which could mean relocating homes threatened by flooding.

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Caltrans: San Diego Infrastructure Projects Underway Thanks To Additional Gas Tax Funds

May 18
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The California Transportation Commission last week awarded an additional $312 million in Senate Bill 1 funds to infrastructure projects in the San Diego region.

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Felony Charge Dropped Against Vista Man Accused Of Resisting Officer

May 15
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County District Attorney's office is dropping a charge against a Vista man whose arrest was captured on video last week. The man's family said deputies abused him and his son.

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Making Some Local Calls In San Diego Will Soon Require Extra Digits

May 14
By Matt Hoffman

Phone numbers with the 619 area code are running out and to make room for more 858 area code numbers, local landline calls will soon require a 1 plus the area code, while wireless calls will need just the area code.

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Commercial Drone Testing Coming To San Diego

May 11
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego region is one of 10 locations selected from across the nation by the U.S. Department of Transportation to take part in an unmanned aircraft pilot program.

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Suicide Awareness Campaign Visits San Diego Colleges

May 9
By Matt Hoffman

The nonprofit Active Minds displayed more than 1,000 backpacks at San Diego City College Wednesday — representing the number of college students who commit suicide each year.

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Mail Ballots For June Primary Are On The Way To San Diego Voters

May 7
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters is mailing the ballots Monday. People who vote by mail can expect to start getting ballots on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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UC Employees Hit Picket Lines For Three-Day Strike

May 7
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Thousands of University of California service workers began a three-day strike Monday at campuses and medical facilities across the state, including at UC San Diego's Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla.

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Newsom's Campaign For Governor Makes A Stop In El Cajon

May 2
By Matt Hoffman

The current lieutenant governor of California spoke about education and housing affordability while addressing a possible gas tax repeal.

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Mayor Faulconer Pushes $633M Infrastructure Investment

May 1
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Mayor Kevin Faulconer Tuesday touted his proposed budget's infrastructure investment of $633 million, which would be the largest in city history.

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San Luis Rey Stables Back To Racing After Devastating Lilac Fire

April 30
By Matt Hoffman

Seven buildings were destroyed by the fire last December and 46 horses died. For the last four months, the facility has been being rebuilt, and now more than 400 horses are back on the property.

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San Diego's First Affordable Senior Housing Community Designed To Support LGBT Seniors

April 27
By Matt Hoffman

The new North Park Senior Apartments have 75 units with rents ranging from $740 for a studio to $1,150 for a two-bedroom apartment.

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County Health Officials: San Diego Flu Season Is Over

April 26
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Two flu deaths were reported in San Diego County last week, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.

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Del Mar Fairgrounds Board To Look At Future Of Gun Shows

April 25
By Matt Hoffman

The decision comes after the board heard people voice support for and against gun shows Tuesday, which have been coming to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for over 25 years.

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UC San Diego Celebrates Naturalist John Muir's Life

April 23
By Matt Hoffman

UC San Diego's second college was named after Muir 50 years ago and on Monday, the university is hosting a symposium dedicated to the naturalist.

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Caltrans: Trash Is Piling Up Along San Diego Highways

April 19
By Matt Hoffman

Caltrans said since last July it has picked up over 30,000 cubic yards of trash and debris, where it normally sees upwards of 22,000 cubic yards per year.

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Solana Beach Continues Push To Fill City Council Seats After Recent Resignations

April 17
By Matt Hoffman

Solana Beach is accepting applications to fill former Mayor Ginger Mashall's council seat after filling the vacancy left by Councilman Mike Nichols last week.

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Proposed Changes To Food Stamp Program Could Impact San Diegans

April 16
By Matt Hoffman

A Republican-drafted Farm Bill is proposing mandatory work or job training for people who receive federal food aid, which could impact around 25,000 people in San Diego County.

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Federal Prosecutors Targeting Fentanyl Dealers During Opioid Crisis

April 12
By Matt Hoffman

Recently, the U.S. Attorney's Office brought charges against three opioid dealers after they sold fentanyl to someone who had a fatal overdose.

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San Diego Promises Safety Upgrades For Dangerous Intersections

April 11
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Councilman Chris Ward, members of Circulate San Diego and other transportation advocates gathered Wednesday at the San Diego City Hall Concourse to reaffirm their commitment to pedestrian safety, starting with safety upgrades at 15 intersections.

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Rally Against Supervisor's Meeting To Discuss Lawsuit Against California's 'Sanctuary' Laws

April 10
By Matt Hoffman

Next week the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is looking at joining the Trump Administration's lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary state laws. Tuesday supporters of SB-54 voiced opposition to the closed session meeting.

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San Diego's Flu Season Still Going Strong; Hepatitis A Outbreak Not Over

April 9
By Matt Hoffman

County health officials said San Diego's flu season is lasting longer than usual this year, and despite the hepatitis A public health emergency declared over, the outbreak is continuing.

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Escondido Council Vote 4-1 In Favor Of Supporting Trump's Sanctuary Lawsuit

April 4
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The Escondido City Council Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of adopting a resolution supporting the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary laws.

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San Diego Rolls Out A Digital Water Meter Tester Following News Of Overcharges

April 2
By Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego said they have been looking to buy a new water-meter testing machine since 2014. They spent $400,000 to get one after people complained of high water bills.

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Officials Set April Date For New Mexico Border Wall Work

March 30
By Associated Press, Matt Hoffman

Officials are hoping to break ground on a project replacing 20 miles of border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico in early April.

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Padres Opening Day Will Start With Trevor Hoffman Pitch

March 29
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego Padres will face the Milwaukee Brewers today at Petco Park, with former Padres star reliever Trevor Hoffman throwing the ceremonial first pitch, four months before he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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School Officials, Police Pledge Effort To Combat School Threats In San Diego

March 23
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

Education and law enforcement officials on Friday pledged a collaborative effort to dealing with violent threats against school campuses in San Diego County.

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Transit Officials Deny Knowledge Of ICE Operations At Transit Center

March 22
By Matt Hoffman

A recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation netted 115 arrests in San Diego and Imperial counties. Part of the operation took part at the Escondido Transit Center.

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San Diego Homeless Shelter Network Looks To Help LGBTQ Youth

March 6
By Matt Hoffman

For 32 years the Interfaith Shelter Network has provided emergency housing on a seasonal basis. Now the network is seeking additional congregations to operate year-round and to provide services to LGBTQ youth.

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El Cajon Dropping Charges Against A Dozen People Arrested For Feeding Homeless

March 5
By Matt Hoffman

In January, 12 people were arrested and cited with misdemeanors in El Cajon after defying the city’s ban on feeding the homeless in public areas. Now, they are being told their charges are dismissed.

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SeaWorld Losses Widen For The Year, CEO Manby Departs

Feb. 27
By Associated Press, Matt Hoffman

SeaWorld's CEO Joel Manby is stepping down from his post as the theme park operator posted a fourth-quarter loss and continues to work on transforming its business.

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Supreme Court Rejects Administration Appeal Over Immigration

Feb. 26
By Associated Press, Matt Hoffman

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federal appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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