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Stories by Tarryn Mento

First Legal San Diego Medical Pot Co-Op Wants To Set A High Bar

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San Diego medical marijuana patients could buy their pot from the city’s first legal store by next week. The cooperative’s owners are taking great care to exceed the minimum requirements.

Things To Know For San Diego Chargers Stadium Task Force Meeting

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San Diegans will get their chance at a public meeting Monday night to weigh in on the Bolts' effort to get a new facility to replace Qualcomm Stadium.

Report Released On San Diego County Officer-Involved Shootings

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The study from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office found 367 suspects were shot by law enforcement officers in the county from 1993 to 2012.

Faulconer Responds After Chargers Spokesman Questions Task Force

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The team's Mark Fabiani raised concerns in a letter about the task force's independence. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Fabiani's remarks are a distraction.

Chargers To Mayor's Stadium Group: Team Won't 'Provide Political Cover'

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San Diego Chargers team counsel Mark Fabiani issued a statement on the Bolts' website about what he shared Monday with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group.

San Diego Dockworkers Again Locked Out As West Coast Labor Dispute Continues

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San Diego is a smaller port and ships weren't scheduled to come in during the lockout, but larger places like Long Beach and Los Angeles are seeing a build up of ships.

Supervisor Horn Gives San Diego Stadium Task Force Something To Consider

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San Diego County Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn says the county could help issue bonds to pay for a new stadium as long as taxpayers aren't on the hook to pay them back.

What Mayor Faulconer's Telling National News Media About San Diego

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appeared on CNBC, Wall Street Journal Live and Bloomberg during a trip to New York City.

San Diego Supervisors Chairman Horn Declares 2015 ‘Year Of The Veteran'

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After touting the county's financial standing and wildfire readiness in his State of the County, the North County supervisor said he'll focus on the region's service members this year.

San Diego Officers Prepare To Vote On New Contract

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The tentative agreement increases benefits, such as uniform and equipment allowance, over the next three years and raises pay by 6.6 percent over the last two.

San Diego Cops Reach Tentative Deal For 6.6 Percent Raise

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The total cost of the contract is about $92 million over five years, with $62 million being new costs, according to the mayor's office. Police union members and the City Council still have to approve the deal.

San Diego Cops, City Reach Tentative Deal to Raise Officers' Pay

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Brian Marvel, president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, will announce Friday morning a tentative agreement between the City of San Diego and the union.

San Diego Officials Oppose SDG&E Rate Changes

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San Diego City Councilmen David Alvarez and Todd Gloria said the proposed changes are unfair, while the utility said the changes would bring relief to ratepayers who have unfairly shouldered rising energy costs.

Council Updates Rules For San Diego Medical Marijuana Shops

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Last week, the city of San Diego granted its first land-use permit for a medical marijuana cooperative. This week, it gave final approval to amend the city code on cooperatives, but some San Diegans still have concerns.

Longtime NFL Executive, County Chief Appointed to Chargers Stadium Task Force

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A nine-member task force tasked with finding a location to build a new stadium for the Chargers, and coming up with a plan to pay for its construction, was publicly introduced Friday.

The Road To San Diego's First Legal Medical Marijuana Cooperative

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The San Diego Planning Commission upheld a land use permit for the city's first legal medical marijuana cooperative. But there's still one more step before it opens.

San Diego Mayor Faulconer On MSNBC: Infrastructure Repair Is 'Vital'

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A week after mayor Kevin Faulconer delivered his big annual speech, the mayor appeared on national TV commenting on the President Obama’s State of the Union address.

San Diego Chargers Not On Board With Mayor's Stadium Plan

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The Chargers' effort to replace the 47-year-old Qualcomm Stadium began in April 2002, nearly 13 years ago.

Mayor Wants Plan For New Chargers Stadium By This Fall

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced at his first State of the City speech he is creating a task force to develop a plan to build a new stadium for the Chargers. It could be at the current stadium site in Mission Valley or in downtown San Diego.

San Diego Mayors And Their First Big Speeches To the City

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer will lay out his agenda for the year Wednesday night in his inaugural State of the City speech. But how much weight do these annual speeches carry?

Faulconer's San Diego Convention Center Decision Expected Next Week

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For years, the city of San Diego has worked to expand its Convention Center, but a court decision in August brought the project to a halt and little has been mentioned about it since.

Horn, Roberts Begin Final Terms As San Diego County Supervisors

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In office since the mid-1990s, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts will become subject to a new term-limits law in four years.

Chula Vista Moves Toward A Fully Staffed City Council

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The open seat on the Chula Vista City Council will be filled by appointment. The mayor and three sitting council members will select their top candidates Monday.

Lawsuit Filed Challenging McCann's Victory Over Padilla In Tight Chula Vista Race

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A civil lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court Friday challenges John McCann's win over Steve Padilla in November's Chula Vista City Council election.

San Diego County Sheriff Offering Extended Open Application Period

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If you're looking for a new job in the new year, the Sheriff's Department plans to hire 150 deputies in 2015. An open application period runs Friday through Jan. 12.

Yet Another Bad Season Won't Dash Chargers' Stadium Dreams

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The Chargers' elimination from the playoffs marks more than 50 years since the team won a major title, but the Bolts are pushing forward with their dream of a new stadium.

No Deal Yet To Raise San Diego Cop Pay

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San Diego city officials and the police union had hoped for a deal by this month, but the talks will stretch into the new year. The city this month countered the union’s proposal, and the two sides won’t talk again until January.

Possible Open Meeting Violation Leads To Do-Over Vote On San Diego Council President

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Sherri Lightner said allegations were raised about whether improper discussions were held before the meeting that put her in the council president seat.

Protesters Want City Council Staffer Fired Over Shooting Comment

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Student protesters are calling for the immediate dismissal of Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s staff member after the aide made insensitive remarks about them while demonstrating against police brutality at the city’s inauguration.

San Diego's New City Council President Lays Out Priorities

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Sherri Lightner, San Diego's new — and first female — City Council president, said she wants to focus on the priorities of her colleagues and address infrastructure, open data and police officer compensation.

San Diego City Council Staffer Suspended Without Pay After Shooting Comment

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A staffer for Councilwoman Lorie Zapf referred to police brutality protesters as “idiots” and said “I wanted to shoot them" at the city's inauguration Wednesday morning.

Gloria Ousted As San Diego Council President; Fellow Democrat Lightner Elected

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Sitting City Council President Todd Gloria did not get enough votes for another term, despite more than an hour of public speakers supporting him. Democrat Sherri Lightner was elected instead, becoming San Diego's first woman City Council president.

'I Can't Breathe' Protesters Stage Die-In At San Diego City Council Inauguration

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The protesters began their rally outside Golden Hall, chanting "I can't breathe" and "Toy gun, don't shoot." The San Diego City Council met there Wednesday morning for the swearing-in ceremony of Councilman Chris Cate and three re-elected members of the panel.

New San Diego Data Chief Wants To Get Government Records In Public's Hands

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The city of Boston lets citizens track its spending online. In Oakland, public records requests are posted on the city's website. Government tools like these may be coming to San Diego.

First-Quarter Review Shows San Diego's Finances In Good Shape

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By the end of June, the city is expected to be over budget by only $100,000, according to the Financial Management Department's analysis of data from July through September.

Will San Diego City Council Dump Todd Gloria As Its President?

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Rumors are swirling that the San Diego City Council may vote to remove Democrat Todd Gloria as its president and replace him with another Democrat, Sherri Lightner.

San Diego County Leaders To Launch Effort To Battle Alzheimer's

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To battle the disease, which is the third-leading cause of death in the county, officials are proposing a regional strategy to address Alzheimer's treatment, research and awareness in San Diego.

New State Law Gives San Diego Registrar More Time To Certify Ballots

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The San Diego County registrar of voters has 28 days to certify election results. A new state law that requires some late absentee ballots be counted will extend that period by two days.

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.

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