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Three Americans Die After Airtanker Crashes Battling Australian Bushfire

Jan. 23
By Priya Sridhar

Three American firefighting airplane crew members were killed Thursday when the C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker they were in crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia, officials said.

A volunteer part of the effort to count San Die...

Governor Gavin Newsom Joins Volunteers In San Diego's Homeless Count

Jan. 23
By City News Service

Gov. Gavin Newsom joined Senate President pro tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and 100 volunteers downtown Thursday in a federally mandated effort to count the county's homeless population.

A settling pond, which collects water and allow...

Trump Removes Protections For Waterways, Aiding Developers

Jan. 23
By Associated Press

The Trump administration lifted federal protections Thursday for some of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks.

County officials announce the launch of a new p...

County Launches Disaster Preparedness Pilot Program For 'Vulnerable' Communities

Jan. 22
By Priya Sridhar

The program is focused on making sure elderly and disabled people in unincorporated areas of the county have evacuation plans for when wildfires and other disasters strike.

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Father Joe’s Breaks Ground On Affordable Housing High Rise

Jan. 21
By Matt Hoffman

The $145-million downtown project built by Father Joe’s Villages is expected to take more than 550 people off the streets.

In this Jan. 13, 2020, photo, travelers pass by...

US To Screen Airline Passengers From China For New Illness

Jan. 17
Mike Strobbe / Associated Press

U.S. health officials have announced they will begin screening airline passengers from central China for a new virus that is making people sick.

An undated X-ray of a Tuberculosis patient's lung.

County Health Reports 2 TB Cases; Advises Testing For Those Exposed

Jan. 17
By City News Service

The county Health and Human Services Agency Friday reported two unrelated tuberculosis cases, and that people may have been exposed to the bacteria at Southwestern and San Diego City colleges, and on a Metropolitan Transit System bus route.

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Roundtable: San Diego Airport's Crowded Terminal 1 Due For $3B Makeover

Jan. 17
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

Terminal 1, the home to Southwest, Alaska and a few other carriers, is closer to a major makeover.

San Diego fire crews put out a fire on Fairmoun...

Homeless Mentioned In Nearly 13% Of All San Diego Fire Dispatch Calls

Jan. 17
By Mary Plummer / inewsource

As San Diego grapples with a large, unsheltered homeless population, some turn to canyons and parks for a place to live. Many of those areas are at the highest risk for fire in the city, putting nearby homes and structures at risk.

One of the portraits that will be on display as...

Trafficking Victims Reclaim Their Stories In Photo Exhibit

Jan. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

A photo exhibit opening Friday in San Diego not only literally puts a human face to the issue of human trafficking but also shows how former victimization does not define lives.

Volunteer Daniella Martinez, left, and Shane Sa...

A California Housing Crisis Mystery: Rents Are Way Up This Decade, But Eviction Filings Are Way Down

Jan. 16
Matt Levin / CALmatters

Despite a major run-up in rents, California landlords are using the courts far less frequently to remove tenants. What’s going on?

U.S. Geological Survey ecologist Todd Esque hol...

Climate Change, And Our Response To It, Is Making Life Hard For Desert Tortoises

Jan. 16
Luke Runyon/KUER

Few species are equipped to handle a hot and dry climate better than the desert tortoise. But with climate change making their home hotter and drier, and energy projects meant to limit carbon emissions springing up in the desert, the tortoises are being hit with a one-two punch.

San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey speaks to...

San Diego Waives Permit Fees For Sidewalk Repairs

Jan. 15
By Priya Sridhar

The city of San Diego will temporarily waive permit fees for property owners who want to fix damaged sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses.

Microbiologist Anthony Aziz walks through the s...

SD County Records 9 More Flu Deaths, Bringing Number To 20 This Season

Jan. 15
By City News Service

The ages of the patients ranged from 45 to 88, and all had underlying medical conditions with the exception of a 57-year-old San Diego woman who died Jan. 3, according to the HHSA.

Pacific Gas & Electric, PG&E crews work on rest...

California Lawmaker Demands Probe Of PG&E's Chief Regulator

Jan. 15
By Associated Press

A state lawmaker on Wednesday demanded an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether regulators’ lax oversight enabled neglect at Pacific Gas & Electric that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts.