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Stories by Tarryn Mento

San Diego Taxi Union Wants City To Better Regulate Uber, Lyft

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The United Taxi Workers of San Diego is calling on cab drivers in the area, many of whom live in City Heights, to come together and push for reforms.

Group Hopes Empty City Heights Lot Will Spur Economic Development

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Following the success of its recent pop-up film night in a vacant City Heights lot, a local business group hopes to further develop the empty space into a community hub.

Pop-Up Latino Film Series Brings Life To Empty City Heights Lot

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Cine Carretera, or Highway Theater, will show family-friendly movies in Spanish this month. The empty spot on El Cajon Boulevard is among the spaces in City Heights that became vacant after California abolished its redevelopment program in 2012.

Activists Hope To Spotlight Local Police And Community Relations

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Law enforcement's treatment of minorities is again dominating the national conversation. In San Diego, activists say they appreciate the renewed focus on the issue. But they question how it will make a difference.

Chula Vista Man Arrested In San Diego Homeless Attacks

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San Diego police arrested Anthony Padgett at 10 a.m. near Broadway and H streets in Chula Vista, homicide Capt. David Nisleit said at an evening news conference.

Suspect In San Diego Homeless Attacks Called 'Extremely Dangerous'

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Police said Thursday the man responsible for a four-day crime spree that has left two homeless men dead and two others severely injured may be using public transportation and urged riders to keep an eye out.

San Diego Improving Pedestrian Safety At Site Of Fatal Hit-And-Run

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The safety upgrades, expected by the end of August, come as preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows a nearly 8 percent uptick in national traffic fatalities last year after a 10-year decline.

In Border Fire Aftermath, Potrero Community Prepares For Next Blaze

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While the public awaits confirmation on the identities of two bodies discovered after a fire burned 7,600 acres in southern San Diego County, residents are planning ahead for the next one.

San Diego Library Auction Not Huge Money-Maker But City Says Reduces Waste

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While high profile items like the card catalogue were bought, there isn't much demand for bookshelves and old chairs.

San Diego County Helps Dozens Of Animals Displaced By Border Fire

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Whether your pet is a dog, cat, chicken or even an emu, teams are working to rescue animals from a fire burning in east San Diego County.

San Diego Groups Celebrate World Refugee Day

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The topic of refugees has been a contentious talking point lately in the U.S., but World Refugee Day aims to celebrate and welcome displaced people.

San Diego Mayor, Police Chief Talk Safety With LGBT Businesses

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City officials met with representatives from Hillcrest businesses and organizations to address safety concerns in the LGBT community after a mass shooting in Orlando.

How To Own A Piece Of San Diego's Old Central Library

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You can now own a piece of San Diego's old central library. The city will auction off some of the remaining tables, chairs, bookshelves and even a card catalogue on Saturday.

San Diego Voters Excited, Worried About November Presidential Election

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Hillary Clinton’s claim on the Democratic nomination this week marked progress in American politics. But while many San Diego voters were proud to see a woman leading a presidential ticket, their outlook on the country was a little more complex.

New Initiative Aims To Improve Experience Of Refugees In San Diego

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How do you make a new address into a new home? A study aims to answer that question for the thousands of refugees who arrive in San Diego each year.

Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Project Gets A Jolt

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InterContinental Hotels is set to donate $100,000 to the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge Lighting Fund.

Sidewalk Near Dangerous City Heights Intersection Could See Upgrades This Summer

City staff has pulled together funding for a new sidewalk along a busy road where a 15-year-old skateboarder was killed in an accident last fall.

UCSD, Mexican University Launch Engineering Exchange Program

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Leaders from universities in San Diego and Mexico cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new research collaboration for the development of durable materials.

San Diego Launches Street Repair Program

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The street repair program is designed to fix 1,000 miles of bumpy roadways over the next five years.

Navy Holds First Official LGBT Pride Event On West Coast

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The event comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage to be legal, but an organizer said she worked for years to get it approved.

San Diego City Council OK's Tighter Water Restrictions

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The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the changes Monday to bring San Diego closer to the state-mandated 16 percent cut in water use.

Krav Maga Another Non-Lethal Tool For San Diego County Law Enforcement

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Some San Diego County law enforcement officers are training in a technique that could be an extra tool when situations escalate.

Chargers Spike City, County Plan For December Stadium Vote

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San Diego county and city representatives presented the team with several options on how the project could comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, but a Chargers spokesman signaled the team's doubts.

Free Summer Lunches For Kids At San Diego County Libraries

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When school lets out and summer begins, many kids need to find ways to stave off boredom. But some also need help fighting hunger.

San Diego City Council To OK Food Bank Composting Facility

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The nine council members are expected to give final approval for the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Back to construct an on-site organic composting facility at its Mira Mesa warehouse.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts' Aide Sues 2 Former Colleagues

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Attorney Dan Gilleon has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Harold Meza, an employee of San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, claiming two former staffers created a hostile work environment.

Injuries Reported In Explosion At Poway Business

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The nature of the explosion is unknown but four people were taken to the hospital.

Escondido Mayor To Challenge Dave Roberts For Supervisor Seat

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Sam Abed said he'll run against Dave Roberts who is facing accusations that he misused county office funds.

Competing San Diego Med Pot Co-Op Applicants Cause Opening Delays

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Medical marijuana dispensaries often face opposition when they try to open, but in the city of San Diego, cooperative hopefuls are facing resistance from competitors in the industry.

Supervisor Dave Roberts Responds To Claims He Misused His Office

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The former staff member alleges San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts misused taxpayer funds, inappropriately delegated campaign responsibilities to government employees and maintained an inappropriate relationship with an employee, according to a claim filed with the county.

San Diegans Favor Parks, Libraries In Upcoming Budget

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For nearly 2½ hours Monday night, community members shared their thoughts on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

San Diego Council President Sherri Lightner Gets Analytical About Politics

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District 1 Councilwoman Sherri Lightner is the City Council’s first female president. But it's Lightner’s background in engineering that sets her apart on the council.

San Diegans To Weigh In On Proposed City Budget

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You can share your thoughts on San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 budget at a City Council meeting Monday evening.

San Diego City Council To Begin Budget Hearings This Week

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The City Council on Monday will begin five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

San Diego Opera Settlement With Former Executives Tops $1 Million

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Newly released tax documents show the former head of the San Diego Opera and its chief fundraiser walked away with more than $1 million in a privately negotiated employment settlement.

Budget Analyst: Faulconer's Proposed Budget Is 'Good News' For San Diegans

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A new report out this week shows Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 city budget has plenty to offer San Diegans, but points to some future areas of concern.

Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Replica Helps Veterans, Families Heal

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In Washington D.C., the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is an emotional but healing sight for many who experienced one of the nation’s most unpopular wars. A traveling version of the wall that visits hometowns across the country is on the USS Midway in San Diego until Thursday at 5 p.m.

San Diego City Council Responds Positively To Faulconer's Proposed Budget

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The $3.2 billion spending plan, which would take effect July 1, includes funding for the repair of 300 miles of streets.

Mayor Faulconer Proposes $3.2 Billion Budget For San Diego

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is also proposing to expand operating hours at the city's 16 busiest recreation centers from 45 to 60 hours a week.

San Diego Councilman Todd Gloria Announces Bid For State Assembly

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Democrat Todd Gloria said he hopes to help more families and push forward with transportation options if he's elected to the California Legislature.

Amended Belmont Park Lease Approved Despite Lawsuit Threat

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The San Diego City Council approved an amended lease for Belmont Park, the Mission Beach amusement facility that includes a wooden roller coaster, the Plunge pool, shops and eateries.

Lease For Mission Beach's Belmont Park Back Before City Council

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The San Diego City Council on Monday will consider an amended lease for Belmont Park, the Mission Beach amusement facility that includes a wooden roller coaster, the Plunge pool, shops and eateries.

Ex-SeaWorld Trainer Responds To Video Of Him Using Racial Slurs

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John Hargrove, an ex-SeaWorld trainer who released the book "Beneath the Surface," said the company is attempting to hurt his reputation by releasing a video of him using a racial slur.

New Trails In Rancho Peñasquitos Help Preserve San Diego's Landscape

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The new trails increase San Diegans' access to nature in Rancho Peñasquitos but also help preserve the region's sensitive habitats.

San Diego Zoo Says New Baby Jaguar Is Boy

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The jaguar, born on March 12 at the Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey exhibit, is the third cub for mother, Nindiri.

San Diego's First Legal Pot Co-Op Holds Grand Opening

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A Green Alternative in Otay Mesa started accepting customers Wednesday but celebrated its grand opening Friday.

Gloria, Alvarez Unite As San Diego's Opposing Voice

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During the city of San Diego’s financial struggles and mayoral sexual harassment scandal, partisanship tended to take a back seat. Now, political debate is back, and two city councilmen are leading the charge.

Report: Lapses In Supervision, Accountability Led to SDPD Misconduct Cases

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The federal probe found gaps in San Diego police policies regarding officer misconduct cases as well as a lack of consistent supervision.

Fabiani Says Chargers Not Optimistic About Mission Valley

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A San Diego Chargers spokesman said the team doesn't think a task force’s site selection for a new stadium will be successful and is prepared to pursue a Los Angeles-area stadium plan on its own.

Faulconer's Other Task Force Aims To Boost Job Skills In San Diego

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Members of San Diego's business and education sectors brought their minds together in a small conference room Friday for the first meeting of the mayor's economic development task force.

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