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Stories by Tarryn Mento

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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San Diego Survives Record Winds And Heat As Fire Season Arrives

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San Diego's dry, hot and windy weather this past week made for ripe fire conditions, but among the half of a dozen brush fires that broke out none burned more than a few acres.

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Santee Brush Fire Flare-Up Fully Contained

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The fire, which started Tuesday afternoon in the dry bed of the San Diego River on the east end of the Carlton Oaks Country Club, reignited Wednesday morning and threatened about a dozen homes.

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San Diego's Hot, Dry Weather Puts Cal Fire On High Alert

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Near triple-digit temperatures in inland San Diego County and the ongoing drought have prompted the state fire agency to beef up its firefighting personnel and resources.

San Diego-Born Production Leads Tony Award Nominations With 10 Nods

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Born at the Old Globe Theatre, "A Gentleman's Guide To Love And Murder" led the pack with 10 nominations.

San Diegans Look At Their City's Future Through A Lens

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Filmmakers across the region — both professional and amateur — grabbed their cameras, GoPros and smartphones to capture scenes of San Diego life for a national documentary.

San Diego Opera Board Still Making Plans To Close

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Members of the San Diego Opera board decided Friday to stick to a plan to end operations on April 29, but some will serve on a committee to possibly take the company in a new direction.

San Diego Taxpayers Group Casts City's 'Top Guns' In Parody Video

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Playing off the plot of the 1986 Tom Cruise classic, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Council President Todd Gloria play two pilots who go head-to-head for the honor of "top gun" at MCAS Miramar.

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San Diego Opera Announces Current Season Will Be Its Last

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After nearly a half century on stage, San Diego Opera is taking its final bow on April 13. Its board voted 33-1 Wednesday to fold amid financial concerns.

Border Patrol Limits Use Of Force Against Rock Throwers, Moving Vehicles

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The U.S. Border Patrol announced limitations on when agents can use deadly force against rock throwers and moving vehicles in an internal memo.

Strong Storm Whips Through San Diego County; Forecasters Warn Of More Rain

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A powerful Pacific storm buffeted the San Diego area Friday with heavy rain and stiff winds, vexing motorists in particularly drenched areas while delivering a healthy dose of moisture to the parched region.

Pacific Storm Hits San Diego County With Heavy Rain, High Winds, Flash Flood Watch

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Strong and gusty winds continued into Friday afternoon following a wet morning. More rainfall and strong winds made for wet, slippery roadways and a dangerous evening commute.

Cleveland National Forest Roads Closed Due To San Diego Rainstorm

As San Diego County both braces and rejoices for much-needed rain, the threat of flash flooding prompts the Cleveland National Forest to close some forest roads until next week.

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Oscars 2014: Pick Your Winners, San Diego

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards are this Sunday and if the winners tend to leave you scratching your head and yelling at the TV then here’s your chance to cast your own vote and choose your own winners.

Mexican National Accused In San Diego Campaign Finance Scheme Free On Bail

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Jose Susumo Azano Matsura is charged with using a straw donor to funnel $120,000 to the campaign of a 2012 mayoral candidate.

Ex-Detective Linked To San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal Pleads Not Guilty

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A retired San Diego police detective accused of illegally funneling money to local campaigns has pleaded not guilty, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

Court Tosses San Diego County's Concealed Weapons Rules

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A divided federal appeals court has struck down San Diego County's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

While Winter Storm Hits Eastern U.S., San Diego Flights Delayed, Canceled

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At least eight flights departing from or arriving to San Diego are canceled and more than 20 delayed, according to the San Diego International Airport's website.

Breaking Down Faulconer's Win In San Diego Mayor's Race

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Overnight, Republican Kevin Faulconer went from city councilman to mayor-elect. For insight into how he defeated Democrat David Alvarez, KPBS Morning Edition Anchor Deb Welsh spoke with San Diego Mesa College political science Professor Carl Luna.

Company Doesn't Want Medical Needs To Keep San Diego Voters From Polls

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If you need medical assistance getting to the polls to cast your vote for San Diego's mayor or Solana Beach's Prop B, a San Diego company will give you a lift.

CPUC Approves Pio Pico Plant In Otay Mesa Despite Protest

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State public utilities officials have unanimously approved a previously rejected natural gas power plant in Otay Mesa.

San Diego Politicians Return Donations From Alleged Schemers

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As more donations from men tied to an illegal campaign finance scandal are unearthed, local politicians are rushing to return them.

San Diego County Not Ready For Aging Population, Jacob Says

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As San Diego residents continue to get older, the county needs to be prepared, Supervisor Dianne Jacob said in her 2014 State of the County.

San Diego Lobbyist Tied To Illegal Campaign Finance Scheme To Be Released On Bond

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San Diego lobbyist Marco Polo Cortes, who federal prosecutors say helped funnel illegal campaign funds to local politicians, is expected to be released on bail.

Feds: Filner Offered To Help Businessman Tied To San Diego Campaign Finance Scandal

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Federal prosecutors said disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner personally offered to help a wealthy Mexican businessman who is at the center of a campaign funding probe.

San Diego's Toni Atkins Named Next Assembly Speaker

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Toni Atkins, San Diego's representative in the state Assembly, has been voted to succeed Assemblyman John A. Pérez as Speaker of the Assembly.

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