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Mayor Gloria Begins Pilot Program To Charge City Vehicles With Solar Power

April 22
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria Thursday announced a pilot program that will use solar power to charge San Diego's municipal electric vehicle fleet as part of his climate action goal to cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2035.

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UC, CSU Plan To Require COVID Vaccines, Pending Final FDA Approval

April 22
By City News Service

The California State University and University of California systems jointly announced Thursday that they intend to require all students, faculty and staff returning for on-campus classes and activities to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Three Educators Named SDUSD's Teachers Of The Year, To Be Honored In May

April 21
By City News Service

Thomas Courtney from Chollas-Mead, Guadalupe Celedon from CPMA and Sharon Apple from Hoover High will be honored at a "Day of the Teacher" celebration on May 4.

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County Receives 100,000 More Vaccines, Reports 263 New COVID-19 Cases

April 21
By City News Service

San Diego County received nearly 100,000 more coronavirus vaccines this week than it did the week prior, public health officials said.

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Escondido Police Fatally Shoot Man Allegedly Wielding Large Crowbar

April 21
By City News Service

An Escondido officer fatally shot a man who police say was holding a large metal object near an Escondido intersection Wednesday morning.

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San Diego County Reports 256 New COVID-19 Infections, No New Deaths

April 20
By City News Service

San Diego County public health officials reported 256 new COVID-19 infections and an uptick in hospitalizations.

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City Council Adopts Resolution To Accept $75,000 Grant For Cannabis Justice

April 20
By City News Service

The state grant provides funding in cities and local governments with legal cannabis markets to evaluate the historical impacts of cannabis criminalization locally.

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Mayor Gloria Expands Access 4 All Program To Provide Free Wi-Fi, Hotspots

April 20
By City News Service

In an attempt to reduce the digital divide that has left 53,000 San Diego households with no internet access, Mayor Todd Gloria Tuesday launched an expansion of the "SD Access 4 All" program with free Wi-Fi at more than 300 new locations.

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SD Council Object To Increase Police Funding, Reduce Library Hours In Proposed Budget

April 20
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council found much to like in Mayor Todd Gloria's proposed $4.6 billion budget Tuesday, but two facets — reduced library hours and increased police spending — look to be contentious issues going forward.

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San Diego County Reports 152 New COVID-19 Infections, No Deaths

April 19
By City News Service

San Diego County public health officials reported 152 new COVID-19 infections and no new deaths Monday, as a slight uptick in hospitalizations last week appears to have leveled off.

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Limited Number of Fans Allowed to Attend U.S. Open At Torrey Pines This Summer

April 19
By City News Service

A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, which is slated to take place from June 17-20, the U.S. Golf Association announced Monday.

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UCSD Study Finds Airbnb Hosts In College Towns Raise Rates Against Rival Teams

April 19
By City News Service

A new study by the UC San Diego's Rady School of Management found Airbnb hosts in college towns increase their listing prices when there are home football games against rival teams, reducing bookings and causing a 78% reduction in rental income.

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$5.5 Million Settlement Reached With Family Of Man Who Died In MTS Custody

April 19
By City News Service

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System announced Monday that a $5.5 million settlement has been reached with the family of a schizophrenic man who died after he was taken into custody near the downtown Santa Fe Depot.

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Mayor Gloria Details $10 Million In Budget Plan To Help Homeless San Diegans

April 19
By City News Service

Ahead of presenting his proposed $4.6 billion spending plan to the San Diego City Council Tuesday, Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday detailed parts of the budget designed to help address the city's homelessness issue with "a compassionate, person-centered approach."

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San Diego County Reports 149 COVID-19 Infections, No Deaths

April 18
By City News Service

San Diego County public health officials have reported 149 new COVID-19 infections and no deaths as case rates continue to decline.

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Gusty Santa Ana Winds Forecast For Mountains, Foothills

April 18
By City News Service

Santa Ana conditions were expected to bring gusty northeast winds over the mountains and foothills of San Diego County Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

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San Diego County Reports 245 COVID-19 Infections, 12 Deaths

April 17
By City News Service

San Diego County public health officials reported 245 new COVID-19 infections and 12 deaths Saturday as case rates continue to decline.

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Mostly Sunny Skies Forecast For San Diego County

April 17
By City News Service

Mostly sunny skies were predicted for San Diego County Saturday with near-normal temperatures prevailing in most locations, the National Weather Service said.

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Road Closures Underway For Mid-Coast Trolley Project

April 17
By City News Service

The Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend UC San Diego Blue Line trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego north to the University community, serving major activity centers such as Mission Bay Park, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego and University Towne Centre.

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San Diego County Average Gas Price Tops $4 Per Gallon

April 17
By City News Service

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County surpassed $4 for the first time since Nov. 13, 2019 Saturday, rising 1.1 cents to $4.008.

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San Diego County Reports 317 COVID-19 Infections, 9 Deaths

April 16
By City News Service

San Diego County public health officials reported 317 new COVID-19 infections and nine deaths Friday as case rates continue to decline.

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Mayor Gloria Opens Franchise Agreement Bids, Finds Minimum Bids From SDG&E

April 16
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria revealed bids for the city's franchise agreements Friday with only San Diego Gas & Electric bothering to submit a bid — two minimum offers totaling $80 million.

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Del Mar Bluff Repairs Cause Another Full Weekend Rail Closure

April 16
By City News Service

The regional rail closure affects the North County Transit District, Amtrak and freight carrier BNSF and will be in effect from just after midnight Saturday through Tuesday at 4 a.m.

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Unemployment Rate Decreases To 6.9% In San Diego County

April 16
By City News Service

Between February and March, non-farm employment increased by 9,900, from 1,382,200 to 1,392,100 and agricultural employment increased by 200, from 8,900 to 9,100

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Balboa Park's Museum Of Photographic Arts Reopens Friday With New Exhibits

April 16
By City News Service

The museum opened its doors to welcome a new exhibition embracing the creative nature of young talent.

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COVID Vaccine Pool Expands In San Diego County, State

April 15
By City News Service

Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans became eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines Thursday when the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 and over.

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Mayor Gloria Proposes $4.6 Billion Budget To Help City Recover From COVID-19

April 15
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

Nonprofit and small business loans, building "sexy" streets, reducing police overtime, investing in the city's Climate Equity Fund and a focus on supporting the San Diego Convention Center are among the highlights of Mayor Todd Gloria's $4.6 billion proposed budget.

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Bidder Registration For San Diego County's May Tax Property Auction Opens

April 15
By City News Service

Bidders who did not get to buy property in San Diego County's March online property auction will now get a second chance, county Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced Thursday.

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Lawsuit Filed Seeking EPA Protections For 19 Plant And Animal Species

April 15
By City News Service

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allegedly failing to protect 19 plant and animal species, including a butterfly currently found only in San Diego County and Baja California.

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Legoland California Reopens After 13-Month Closure

April 15
By City News Service, Jacob Aere

Following two weeks of a limited reopening, Legoland California officially reopened Thursday, allowing access to Sea Life aquarium, Lego Chima Water Park and some of the park's more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.

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People 16 And Older Can Now Get COVID-19 Vaccines In San Diego County

April 15
By City News Service

Hundreds of thousands of San Diegans become eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines Thursday when the state expands eligibility to everyone age 16 and over.

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UC San Diego Announces In-Person Graduation Ceremony

April 14
By City News Service

UC San Diego will host its commencement ceremony in person this June, with alumna Alicia Garza — co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network — as keynote speaker, it was announced Wednesday.

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Mayor Gloria Signs Short-Term Rental Ordinance Into Law

April 14
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria signed into law an ordinance Wednesday capping short-term vacation rentals at 1% of the city's housing supply and prioritizing "good actors" in a lottery to determine who gets to offer properties for whole-home vacation rentals.

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Wind Advisory Extended For San Diego County Deserts, Mountains

April 14
By City News Service

A wind advisory has been extended until 2 a.m. Thursday for the San Diego County deserts and mountains, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.

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County Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccines As 278 COVID Cases, 2 Deaths Reported

April 13
By City News Service

Following federal guidance, San Diego County stopped administering Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday, as county public health officials reported 278 new coronavirus infections and two deaths.

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San Diego County Announces Pause Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

April 13
By City News Service

San Diego County announced Tuesday morning that it is pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, following guidance from the federal government.

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San Diego Acquires 100 Works Of Art Through New SD Practice Initiative

April 13
By City News Service

San Diego has acquired 100 new works of art from 89 local artists for its Civic Art Collection through the SD Practice initiative, which focuses on the purchase of existing artworks from San Diego area artists, city officials said Tuesday.

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Shooting Suspect Killed By SWAT During Standoff At San Diego High School

April 13
By City News Service

A fugitive wanted in connection with two shootings within the last month was fatally shot by SWAT officers Tuesday morning during a standoff at San Diego High School, according to multiple media reports.

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Padres Announce Increase In Petco Park Crowds To 33% Of Capacity

April 13
By City News Service

The San Diego Padres announced Tuesday that Petco Park's attendance limits have been increased to 33% of capacity in accordance with San Diego County's move to the orange tier of the state's coronavirus reopening system.

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Female Protagonists Declined Significantly In 2020 Films, SDSU Professor Finds

April 13
By City News Service

The percentage of top-grossing films featuring female protagonists dropped from 40% in 2019 to 29% in 2020, according to the latest "It's a Man's (Celluloid) World" report released Tuesday by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

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Mayor Gloria Releases Black Empowerment Plan To Fight Systemic Racism In San Diego

April 12
By City News Service

Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday announced an empowerment policy plan for San Diego's Black community focusing on housing, economic mobility, the effects of climate change, police reform, educational barriers and differing health outcomes in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Marine Corps Recruit Depot To Allow Guests To Attend In-Person Graduations

April 12
By City News Service

Guests will have to undergo temperature screenings to enter the installation, face coverings will be mandatory, and "strict" social distancing will be expected.

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Man Sues San Diego City, County For Alleged Police Projectiles Fired At Downtown Protest

April 12
By City News Service

According to his suit filed Friday in San Diego federal court, Matthew Burgess attended the May 31 demonstration and was fired on, along with other protesters.

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San Diego Officials Report 229 New COVID-19 Cases, 8 More Pandemic Deaths

April 11
By City News Service

Public health officials in San Diego County have reported 229 new COVID-19 cases and eight more local deaths from the disease, increasing the region's cumulative totals to 273,286 infections and 3,621 fatalities.

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High Clouds, Cooler Weather Predicted For San Diego County

April 11
By City News Service

Marginally cooler weather was predicted Sunday for San Diego County, with an expansive shield of high clouds, the National Weather Service said.

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San Diego Officials Report 361 New COVID Cases, 13 More Pandemic Deaths

April 10
By City News Service

The county also reported a total of 652,257 people in the San Diego area — or 24.3% — are fully vaccinated.

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Del Mar Bluff Repairs Cause Another Full Weekend Rail Closure

April 10
By City News Service

The regional rail closure affects the North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak and freight carrier BNSF and will be in effect from just after midnight Saturday through Monday at 5 a.m.

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San Diego Officials Report 202 New COVID Cases, Eight More Pandemic Deaths

April 9
By City News Service

Public health officials in San Diego County reported 202 new COVID-19 cases and eight more local deaths from the disease Friday.

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Weber Wins 79th Assembly District Special Election

April 9
By City News Service

La Mesa City Councilwoman Akilah Weber Thursday evening was elected to the 79th Assembly District seat her mother Shirley held from 2012 until being appointed secretary of state in December.

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300 Teen Girls Moved From Convention Center To Make Room For Younger Migrants

April 9
By City News Service

To create space in the convention center, the U.S. Department of Health and Human services moved the 300 girls to Fort Bliss in Texas in an exchange for an equal number of children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their older siblings.

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