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Stories by Tarryn Mento

San Diego Joins National Black Friday Protest At Local Walmart Stores

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San Diego protesters join demonstrators and Walmart employees around the country calling for better pay and work schedules.

Chula Vista City Council Race Separated By Two Votes

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After all votes were counted, the two candidates were tied. Then the San Diego County Registrar of Voters began manually counting ballots and posted an update Wednesday afternoon.

Ferguson-Fueled Protests Continue Wednesday Night In San Diego

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Around 150 people marched through City Heights and North Park on Wednesday night in a peaceful protest to oppose a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer for shooting and killing a black unarmed teenager.

Registrar Of Voters To Review Ballots In Tied Chula Vista Race

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Candidates Steve Padilla and John McCann each has 18,450 votes. The San Diego County registrar of voters has until Dec. 2 to certify the vote tallies for every election in the county.

Addressing SDPD's Retention Problem Begins With More Pay, Officers Say

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After a city-funded statewide salary survey showed the pay of police officers in San Diego ranks near the bottom, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he is "committed" to finding a solution.

City-Funded Survey Confirms San Diego Police Officers' Complaints About Low Pay

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The report found San Diego officers' pay ranks near or at the bottom among 18 other departments in California.

Salas, Aguilar Victorious In Chula Vista City Races

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With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Mary Salas has a 4 point lead in the race for mayor over opponent Jerry Rindone, who previously served on the Chula Vista City Council.

Cate Defeats Kim For San Diego City Council District 6 Seat; Democrats Lose Supermajority

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Cate's win defeats the Democrats' supermajority on the San Diego City Council and returns veto power to Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Election Day: Time To Cast Your Ballot Unless You've Already Voted

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Polls are open in San Diego County from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. You can locate your polling location online.

Busy This Election Day? Here's How To Vote Early In San Diego

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Election Day is still a few days away, but there’s plenty of ways to vote before then.

San Diego Cops Hope Salary Survey Leads To Raises

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The police union says the preliminary results of the officers' pay and benefits survey show San Diego pay is at or near the bottom of the 19 departments analyzed.

Cate, Kim Battle For More Than Just A San Diego City Council Seat

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If you don’t live in Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa or part of Rancho Peñasquitos, you may be unaware of the District 6 City Council race between Democrat Carol Kim and Republican Chris Cate, but nearly $1.5 million has poured into the race.

San Diego City Council Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

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The San Diego City Council voted to up the city's water rules to a drought response level 2 — or "drought alert."

San Diego's Fire-Rescue Vehicles May Be Miniaturized As Toys

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City Council members will consider Monday a licensing agreement with Mattel Inc. that would allow the company to create miniature versions of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department vehicles.

Enough Signatures Gathered To Force San Diego Minimum Wage Hike To Ballot

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Opponents to the City Council-approved minimum wage increase have successfully gathered enough signatures to force the issue on a future ballot.

Chula Vista's Bay Front Project Inches Closer To Development

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The Port of San Diego’s board approved Tuesday opening negotiations with a Houston-based developer to build a hotel and convention center on Chula Vista's bay front.

South Park Group Wants To Block Target From San Diego Neighborhood

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Target plans to put a mini-store in South Park, but opponents say it will ruin the character of the neighborhood and are circulating a petition to keep it out.

What People Are Saying About Sexual Harassment Allegations Against DeMaio

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Brief local reports about a former staffer accusing congressional candidate Carl DeMaio of sexual harassment surfaced this week, but the issue became national after a CNN story.

Jobs Top Issue In Chula Vista Mayor, Council Races

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Chula Vista is the county’s second largest city, but a lack of jobs is driving a third of its population to commute outside the city every day. This is one of the biggest challenges facing candidates running in the city’s mayoral and council elections.

San Diego City Council Moves Forward Plan To Raise Developer Fee For Affordable Housing

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The battle over how much developers should have to pay to help subsidize affordable housing in San Diego is approaching an end as City Council moved forward a compromise proposal on Monday.

San Diego Mayor Releases Climate Action Plan

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After the San Diego City Council last week urged the mayor to get moving on a climate action plan, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his strategy Tuesday with council leadership by his side.

Council Supports Initiative To Fight San Diego Gangs But Requests Details

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To address gang activity, the city’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention proposed a new initiative that begins as early as preschool.

Last Active Case Against Former SDPD Officer Arevalos Settled For $5.9M

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Attorneys have revealed details of a $5.9 million settlement reached in a lawsuit filed by one of the victims of then-San Diego police Officer Anthony Arevalos, who was convicted of soliciting sexual favors from women during traffic stops in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Report Shows High Costs In San Diego Hurt Convention Business

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Without an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, city leaders say the region's convention business is at risk. But a new Tourism Authority report shows a lack of space isn’t the biggest problem — it’s the expense of coming here.

Wage Hike Backers Say Opponents Violated Election Law

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A community group in support of San Diego's minimum wage hike claims opponents of the increase are violating state law when gathering signatures for a referendum campaign, but the rule is tough to enforce.

San Diego Police Staffing Problem Growing Worse

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City Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin said in a report released Thursday the average number of San Diego officers leaving the department each month is now nearly triple the rate of 2010.

San Diego Vets Group Protests Obama's Plan To Defeat ISIS

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The 35-member San Diego chapter of Veterans for Peace displayed banners Thursday afternoon that read "End the wars" and "Vets for peace" along the Sixth Avenue bridge over Interstate 5.

San Diego Unified: New MRAP Is Not A Tank

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San Diego Unified School District's Police Chief Ruben Littlejohn says having the vehicle doesn't reflect a militarization of the educational system.

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidates Agree On Many Issues, Differ In Experience

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In addition to talking hot-button issues ranging from medical marijuana to infrastructure, Republican Chris Cate and Democrat Carol Kim each told a packed auditorium at Mira Mesa High School that their careers make them the best fit for the gig.

District 6 Candidates To Discuss Public Safety, Infrastructure At Mira Mesa Forum

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Republican Chris Cate and Democrat Carol Kim will answer questions on public safety and other key issues facing San Diego City Council District 6, which includes the communities of Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Clairemont and Kearny Mesa.

Legislature Moves San Diego Lawmakers' Bills To Governor's Desk

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Paid sick leave and fire relief are among the bills local lawmakers authored that forward to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk the last week of the legislative session. Brown has until the end of the month to sign hundreds of bills.

Another Assault Reported In North Park Despite SDPD's Increased Presence

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Officials say they're finding ways to make do with fewer personnel, but another attack was reported in the area late Thursday night.

San Diego Convention Center Expansion Plan In Limbo

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The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday not to appeal a ruling by a state appeals court that rejected San Diego's plan to finance the project.

Federal Judge Nixes Most Of Mexican Businessman's Requests

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In the latest development regarding a Mexican billionaire’s alleged funding of U.S. campaigns, a federal judge Monday denied most of the defense's requests for discovery.

Former Filner Aide Sues Ex-Mayor, City Of San Diego

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A lawsuit brought by Benelia Santos-Hunter claims harassment by Bob Filner began in February 2013.

Small-Business Coalition Launches Campaign To Put San Diego Wage Hike On Ballot

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Members of the San Diego Small Business Coalition said Thursday the decision to raise the city's minimum hourly wage belongs to voters, not the City Council.

Feds Allege Mexican Billionaire Has Long History Of Criminal Activity

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Federal prosecutors say a Mexican billionaire at the center of a campaign finance scandal in San Diego has a long history of criminal activity.

Victims Of Police Violence Honored At City Heights Vigil

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A moment of silence was held at the City Heights Performance Annex on Thursday afternoon to honor Michael Brown and victims of police brutality.

San Diego's Police Officer Retention Problems Hit New Low

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As the city continues to struggle with recruiting and retaining its police force, the San Diego officers union says the number of patrol officers has fallen below the minimum requirement.

Mayor Vetoes San Diego Minimum Wage Increase; Council Considers Override

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The mayor has previously said the ordinance increasing the city's minimum wage would raise prices and cause layoffs.

A Few Actions The San Diego City Council Took Before Vacation

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The San Diego City Council put off deciding on big issues at the last meeting before a month-long recess.

Keeping Accounts Secure When Russian Hackers Steal More Than A Billion Web Credentials

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If you’ve been on the web recently, you probably have heard about a Russian hacking gang that stole more than a billion user names and passwords. Here's how to beef up your security.

How The Ebola Serum Traveled From San Diego To West Africa

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The serum used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus was developed based on research conducted in San Diego.

What's Next For San Diego Convention Center Expansion?

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The fate of the $520 million Convention Center project is uncertain after a state appeals court ruled Friday that the city's plan to fund the expansion was unconstitutional.

217-acre Banner Fire East Of Julian Contained

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Cal Fire announced Sunday morning that the Banner fire, which started Thursday, was 100 percent contained. Two homes were destroyed in the brush fire.

County Supervisors Assess If San Diego's Fire Resources Are Enough

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The Board of Supervisors will review Tuesday the aftermath of last month’s fires and discuss recommendations to better prepare the region for the upcoming fire season.

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

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As a San Diego City Council committee gets ready to discuss raising San Diego's minimum wage to $13.09 an hour, we hear from San Diego's small-business community.

More Free Parking For Hillcrest Residents, Visitors

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New parking spaces available at the DMV lot in Hillcrest will offer motorists an alternative to the busy neighborhood streets where parking is frequently hard to come by.

The Race For San Diego City Council Districts 2, 6

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Incumbents in two of San Diego's four City Council contests are expected to win re-election, but the race for the two other seats is wide open and the competition is heating up.

District Elections Could Shake Up San Diego City Council

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Only residents in four of San Diego’s nine City Council districts will vote on June 3, but the results could affect all of San Diego.

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