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Unemployment Creeps Up To 3.6% In San Diego County

Aug. 16
By City News Service

San Diego County's non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in July, the second consecutive month with an increase, according to data released Friday by the California Economic Development Department.

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Holiday Bowl To Feature Pac-12, ACC Teams Beginning In 2020

Aug. 16
By City News Service

The game's current six-year contracts with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences are set to run out after the 2019 college football season, leading to the change for next year's game. Teams from the Pac-12 and ACC will meet for at least six years in San Diego's annual bowl game. In past year's the game has also featured teams from the Western Athletic Conference and Big 12.

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San Diego Residents File Lawsuit Challenging State Assault Weapon Ban

Aug. 16
By City News Service

The suit, filed on behalf of James Miller, Patrick Russ and Ryan Peterson, as well as the San Diego County Gun Owners Political Action Committee, alleges that the types of firearms banned under California's definition of assault weapons are lawfully protected under the Second Amendment.

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Mixed-Use Development Planned Near Future Clairemont Drive Trolley Station

Aug. 15
By City News Service

The Bayview Plaza project will feature about 40,000 square feet of retail space in addition to the apartments, 16 of which will be made affordable for families earning 50 percent of the county's area median income. The complex, on the corner of Morena Boulevard and Clairemont Drive, will also include 150 parking spaces for trolley riders.

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Another Day Of Extreme Heat Expected In San Diego County

Aug. 15
By City News Service

The NWS issued an excessive heat warning that will last until 9 p.m. Thursday for desert areas. A heat advisory will also last until 9 p.m. Thursday for the inland valleys, including El Cajon, Santee and Escondido.

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Autopsy: Jail Inmate Died Of Meth Overdose

Aug. 15
By City News Service

"An autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner's Office showed a plastic baggie was (in the inmate's) stomach."

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Parolee Suspected Of Sexually Trafficking Teenager Arrested

Aug. 15
By City News Service

Joseph Price, 23, was booked into county jail solely on suspicion of violating conditions of his parole, but sex-trafficking charges are expected to be filed against him, police said.

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Rebecca Zahau's Sister Offers $100,000 Reward For New Info In 2011 Death

Aug. 14
By City News Service

The sister of Rebecca Zahau, whose bound and nude body was found hanging from a balcony at a historic Coronado mansion, offered a $100,000 reward Wednesday for anyone offering new information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of Adam Shacknai — the brother of Zahau's boyfriend — for her death.

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Ex-EMT Admits To Sexually Assaulting Teen, 2 Other Victims

Aug. 14
By City News Service

The EMT was charged with groping one girl as she was being transported in an ambulance on Feb. 9, 2017, in addition to assaulting two other victims on separate occasions in 2014 or 2015, according to a criminal complaint. It was unclear whether the other two incidents occurred while he was on the job.

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Extreme Heat Expected In San Diego County Until This Weekend

Aug. 14
By City News Service

A heat advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. Wednesday through 9 p.m. Thursday for the inland valleys, including El Cajon, Santee and Escondido.

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County Owed $100M-Plus In Taxes, Sending Collection Notices

Aug. 14
By City News Service

Throughout the week, the county is nearly 23,000 overdue property tax bills, which will accrue additional penalties each month they're not paid

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CHP Officer, Suspect Killed During Gunfight in Riverside

Aug. 13
By City News Service

A CHP officer had just pulled over a GMC pickup truck for an unknown violation and was doing paperwork to have the truck towed when the suspect pulled a weapon from the truck and opened fire on the officer, according to CHP Assistant Chief Scott Parker.

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Extreme Temperatures Expected In Desert Areas

Aug. 13
By City News Service

The NWS issued an excessive heat warning that will last from 11 a.m. Wednesday through 9 p.m. Thursday for desert areas.

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Supervisor Fletcher, USD Launch Innovate-Up Business Program

Aug. 13
By City News Service

The Innovate-Up program will leverage roughly $1.5 million in resources from the county and USD to support and invest in local businesses. The program is funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the county to USD's Brink Small Business Development Center.

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Former Male Figure Skater Files Suit Against Coach For Alleged Sexual Abuse

Aug. 9
By City News Service

The suit, filed this week in San Diego County Superior Court, alleges that Richard Callaghan sexually abused Adam Schmidt starting at the age of 14, even after reports surfaced alleging he had abused another skater.

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Ex-Attorney For Navy SEAL Acquitted Of War Crimes Claims He's Owed Up To $1M

Aug. 9
By City News Service

Texas-based attorney Colby Vokey alleges Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Eddie Gallagher is in breach of a contract he signed in October and Vokey is seeking $200,000 to $1 million in damages through arbitration.

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Humane Society Caring For Mother Cat With 11 Kittens

Aug. 8
By City News Service

The San Diego Humane Society announced Thursday that its kitten nursery is currently looking after a cat with a litter of kittens that is more than double the average litter size.

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San Diego County Supervisors Add 160 Acres Of Open Space To Iron Mountain Preserve

Aug. 8
By City News Service

Because the land includes habitat that can support numerous threatened species, it fits within the county's Multiple Species Conservation Program, which was instituted in 1998. Over the past two decades, the county has invested $202 million to acquire more than 22,000 acres of open space to protect habitat and species.

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County Supervisors OK 5G Ordinance But Vent Frustration At FCC

Aug. 8
By City News Service

County officials said that because of strict FCC rules, they were limited on how much they could do.

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San Diego County Launches Program To Replace High-Emission Vehicles

Aug. 7
By City News Service

The program, announced Wednesday, will provide more than $28 million to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.

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Infant Is San Diego's First Confirmed Measles Case This Year

Aug. 7
By City News Service

The first case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in an 11-month-old child who recently traveled to the Philippines. The child might have exposed others to the disease at two Kaiser Permanente medical facilities in recent days.

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Man Carjacked By Two Men Near Mission Valley Shopping Center

Aug. 7
By City News Service

It happened around 12:35 a.m. in the 2100 block of Fenton Parkway, just west of SDCCU Stadium, police said.

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County Supervisors OK Improved Contracting Process

Aug. 7
By City News Service

Based on a working group's suggestions, the county will focus on greater diversity in contracting, including more veteran-owned and small businesses; simplifying the contracting process; removing barriers to participation; and better public accountability and compliance.

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Oceanside Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder In 7-Year-Old Daughter's Death

Aug. 7
By City News Service

Pedro Araujo, 27, is charged in last Wednesday's slaying of Mariah Araujo. Police have not commented on the cause of her death, but the criminal complaint indicates that a knife was used.

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Thunderstorms Possible In San Diego County Mountains And Deserts

Aug. 7
By City News Service

Monsoonal moisture moving up from the south could produce thunderstorms, strong winds and brief periods of heavy rainfall in those areas, according to the National Weather Service.

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SANDAG: Drug Use In Juvenile Offenders Highest In 19 Years

Aug. 6
By City News Service

Drug use among youth booked into Juvenile Hall reached its highest rate since 2000, with 58% of those interviewed testing positive for an illicit substance last year, according to a report released last week by the San Diego Association of Governments.

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Council Approves 420,000 Square Foot Office Campus In Torrey Highlands

Aug. 6
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 Monday to approve a 420,000-square-foot commercial office development on an undeveloped 11-acre lot in Torrey Highlands.

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Victim Of Deadly Leucadia Cliff Collapse Identified

Aug. 6
By City News Service

Authorities Monday publicly identified the third of three women killed last week when a multi-ton section of sea bluff collapsed onto them at Grandview Surf Beach in Leucadia.

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Officer Charged With Sex Crime Found Dead With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Aug. 6
By City News Service

A San Diego police sergeant facing charges of soliciting minors for sex failed to show up for his arraignment Monday before being found dead at his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Dry Lightning Possible Throughout San Diego County Tuesday Morning

Aug. 6
By City News Service

Temperatures are expected to cool off Tuesday in San Diego County, but monsoonal moisture will create a chance of dry lighting throughout the county Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

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Toddler Found Dead In Vehicle At Tierrasanta Home

Aug. 5
By City News Service

A toddler reportedly found unconscious in her mother's vehicle outside their Tierrasanta home Monday was pronounced dead a short time later.

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San Diego Police Sergeant Accused Of Soliciting Minor For Sex Found Dead After Missing Arraignment

Aug. 5
By City News Service

A San Diego police sergeant facing charges of soliciting minors for sex failed to show up for his arraignment Monday before being found dead at his home.

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Mass Shootings Loom As Five Presidential Candidates Speak At Latino Conference

Aug. 5
By City News Service

Five candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination spoke Monday in San Diego at the annual conference of the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

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Carl DeMaio Announces Bid For Duncan Hunter's Congressional Seat

Aug. 5
By City News Service

In a statement announcing his candidacy for the 50th Congressional District seat, DeMaio framed the decision to run as one of "fight or flight."

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Biden Expresses Anger At San Diego Fundraiser

Aug. 5
By City News Service

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday evening at a fundraiser in Del Cerro for his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination that he had not been this angry before Sunday.

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Another Day Of Heat Expected In San Diego County

Aug. 5
By City News Service

An excessive heat warning was originally set to last until 8 p.m. Monday in desert areas, but forecasters decided to cancel the warning because temperatures were not as intense as expected on Sunday and the heat is expected to remain around the same Monday.

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Encinitas Bluff Collapse Leaves One Woman Dead, Three Others Injured

Aug. 2
By City News Service

A group of beachgoers was injured Friday, one fatally, when part of a sea bluff collapsed onto them on a stretch of ocean shoreline in Encinitas.

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Police Bust Illegal South Bay Pot Dispensary

Aug. 2
By City News Service

Chula Vista authorities Friday raided and shuttered an illegal marijuana dispensary near Otay Valley Regional Park, seizing its stock and arresting its staff.

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Otay Mesa Fire Burns 490 Acres; 60 Percent Contained

Aug. 1
By City News Service

Ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting aircraft fought the eastward-moving flames, which began spreading near San Ysidro High School and for a time burned close to rows of apartments just south of state Route 905.

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Heat Wave Expected To Last Through Early Next Week

Aug. 2
By City News Service

A high-pressure system moving in from the east will bring scorching heat until Tuesday, when temperatures in inland areas are expected to cool off, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the mountains and deserts will remain hot for another day, then begin dropping on Wednesday.

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San Diego County Closing Four Parks During August For Maintenance

Aug. 1
By City News Service

While these parks are closed throughout the month, more than 100 other parks will be open around the county. In addition, county parks will host events like movie screenings, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food trucks and other amenities.

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Lawsuit Claims Poway Rodeo Uses Electric Prod On Horses

Aug. 1
By City News Service

The lawsuit accuses workers at the three-day event of violating municipal and state laws by electrically shocking tame horses while they are in chutes, or cages, just before they're released into the rodeo arena with a rider on top.

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Jury Rules In Favor Of El Cajon Officer In Alfred Olango Police Shooting

July 31
By City News Service

Jurors deliberated for about an hour before ruling unanimously that El Cajon officer Richard Gonsalves was not negligent in shooting Alfred Olango.

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Thunderstorms Possible In San Diego County Mountains, Deserts

July 31
By City News Service

The chance of measurable precipitation has been set at 20 percent for both areas.

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Third Horse Dies During Training At Del Mar

July 31
By City News Service

Unlike the first two deaths, this fatality was acknowledged only after an inquiry from the Los Angeles Times. It was confirmed by both the California Horse Racing Board and Del Mar.

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Former Chargers, SDSU Football Coach Tom Bass Dies At 83

July 30
By City News Service

Former San Diego Chargers and San Diego State University football coach Tom Bass died Saturday at his Encinitas home, it was announced today. He was 83.

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City Council Ratifies Ordinance Requiring Guns To Be Stored Safely

July 30
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved an ordinance requiring gun owners to store their weapons in a locked container or disable them with a trigger lock when not in use or being worn on their person.

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City Streamlines Mixed-Use Development Process

July 30
By City News Service

City officials proposed adding a mixed-use zoning category after receiving multiple proposals to build such developments, which currently require special discretionary permitting that takes longer to process and costs more money.

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Families Of Three Children Sickened By County Fair Ecoli Outbreak File Claims

July 30
By City News Service

The families of Jedediah Cabezuela, Christiano Lopez and Ryan Sadrabadi have taken the first steps toward a lawsuit against the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which manages and operates the fair.

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Mop Up Underway On Brush Fire Burning Near Golf Resort In Sycuan

July 29
By City News Service

As of 6 a.m. Monday, the fire, which started Sunday evening, had grown to around 150 acres and was 50 percent contained, according to the state agency.

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