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Matt Stucky rides his bike up 30th Street in No...

SANDAG Breaks Ground On Bikeway Projects In North Park, Mid-City

Dec. 12
By City News Service

The regional planning agency broke ground on the Georgia-Meade and Landis Bikeway projects, which will add more than six-and-a-half miles of bike path through urban areas such as City Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, North Park, Normal Heights and University Heights.

Mexico's Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera, lef...

NAFTA Replacement Deal Includes $300 Million For Tijuana River Valley Cleanup

Dec. 11
By City News Service

The funding would be dispersed in four annual installments of $75 million in the form of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants under its Border Water Infrastructure Program. In June, the fiscal year 2020 federal budget for the BWIP was only $30 million.

SeaWorld's animal care specialist Jonathan Dwye...

SeaWorld Animal Care Staff Release Rescued Blue-Footed Booby Back Into Wild

Dec. 11
By City News Service

The bird was found injured and lethargic near the Oceanside Pier last month and brought to SeaWorld, where animal care staff treated it for an infection and a wing injury. The bird received antibiotics and regained 40% of its body weight after arriving at the theme park significantly thinner than is healthy for the species.

A bottle of influenza vaccine sits on a table a...

7th Person Dies Of Flu In San Diego; Flu Cases Nearly Double 2018 Pace

Dec. 11
By City News Service

At this time last flu season, measured from July 1 to June 30 the following year, only five residents had died due to flu complications.

A notice of closure on the door of a Poway rest...

County Supervisors OK Waiver For Poway Restaurants Hurt By Boil-Water Order

Dec. 11
By City News Service

The board voted 4-0, with Supervisor Kristin Gaspar absent, to waive a $459 health permit fee, and reimburse the costs for restaurant owners who already received a modified health permit.

Hector Barajas speaks after receiving his U.S. ...

County To Explore Creating Vet Connect Office In Tijuana

Dec. 10
By City News Service

On a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Kristin Gaspar absent, the Board of Supervisors directed the county's chief administrative office to research the feasibility of opening a Vet Connect station at an existing facility in Tijuana. CAO Helen Robbins-Meyer is expected to report back to the board within 90 days.

A Customs and Border Protection officer discove...

Moving Truck With 11 Chinese Nationals Stopped At Border

Dec. 10
By City News Service

An inspection of a moving truck at a border crossing in San Ysidro turned up 11 Chinese nationals hidden inside appliances and furniture and the driver was taken into custody, authorities announced Tuesday.

Former San Diego County sheriff's Deputy Richar...

Ex-Deputy Richard Fischer Sentenced To 5 Years

Dec. 10
By City News Service

A former San Diego County sheriff's deputy who groped, hugged and tried to kiss more than a dozen women while on duty was sentenced Tuesday to 44 months behind bars followed by 16 months of post-release supervision.

Marcus Rouse, his girlfriend Ka Mcmackins and t...

After Delays, City's Homeless Navigation Center Brings Services Under One Roof

Dec. 9
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego officially opened its first housing navigation center Monday in the East Village, serving as a one-stop-shop for homeless services, resources and support.

Future, a 19-day-old southern white rhino calf,...

San Diego Zoo Names Southern White Rhino Baby Calf 'Future'

Dec. 9
By City News Service

San Diego Zoo officials announced Monday that a nearly 3-week-old southern white rhino calf has been named Future for what she represents to the field of rhino conservation as one of only two calves in North America born via artificial insemination.

Still of a Youtube video of a Spring Valley man...

Man Accused Of Rehearsing Shooting At SD Hotel Arraigned On Gun Charges

Dec. 9
By City News Service

A Spring Valley man who allegedly posted YouTube videos showing him loading and aiming guns out a window at people walking by his downtown San Diego hotel room was charged Monday with three felony counts each of possession of an assault weapon and child endangerment and ordered held on $1 million bail.

San Diego High School is pictured in this undat...

SDHS Student Abused By Teacher Files Suit Against High School, School District

Dec. 9
By City News Service

Attorneys representing a San Diego High School student who was sexually assaulted by a former teacher over the course of 18 months announced the filing of a lawsuit Monday alleging school officials were warned of the educator's conduct and did nothing.

Central American migrants line up for a meal at...

Attorneys File Motion to Block Gov't Policy Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Dec. 6
By City News Service

The filing asks for a temporary restraining order halting the practice until a determination can be made regarding the legality of the new policy, titled Asylum Cooperative Agreements or ACA.

Cars drive through the rain on 54 Street in San...

San Diego Getting Another Round Of Rain This Weekend

Dec. 6
By City News Service

A storm system will move into Southern California Friday and bring periods of light rain in San Diego County throughout this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Mexican black tar heroin seized during a police...

County Health Officials Issue Medical Advisory For Bacteria Illnesses Linked To Heroin Use

Dec. 5
By City News Service

County health officials issued an advisory to the medical community Wednesday in response to the deaths of seven local residents in the last two months from a bacterial infection linked to the use of black tar heroin.

Synagogue members console one another outside o...

Trial For Accused Poway Synagogue Shooter Set For June

Dec. 5
By City News Service

The June trial date could shift depending on a pending death penalty decision by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. A March 5 status conference date may shed more light on the prosecution's decision regarding capital punishment.

City workers pump sewers during a rainstorm in ...

Storm Dumps More Rain On Drenched San Diego Area

Dec. 4
By City News Service

The showers, which began in earnest around daybreak, remained heavy through the morning — though they were a far cry from the intense drenching the region underwent days ago during this year's tempestuous Thanksgiving weekend.

A flu vaccine vial is shown in this undated pho...

San Diego Records Sixth Flu Death Of The Season

Dec. 4
By City News Service

The 59-year-old woman died Nov. 23, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. There was no indication in her medical record that she had received this season's flu vaccine, and health officials said she had additional unspecified medical issues.

Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas and City Councilwo...

Chula Vista Named First 'Welcoming City' For Immigrants In California

Dec. 3
By City News Service

The national nonprofit Welcoming America grants the Certified Welcoming honor to cities and local governments that meet its standards for inclusion of immigrants.

The main gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Base is ...

Another Marine Arrested For Alleged Human Smuggling, 6 Plead Guilty In Separate Case

Dec. 3
By City News Service

A junior-enlisted Marine from the 1st Marine Division was arrested by border patrol officials for allegedly transporting undocumented immigrants at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Meanwhile, six of the 23 Camp Pendleton Marines arrested and charged this summer for alleged human smuggling have pleaded guilty, military officials announced Tuesday.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer flanked by Port...

San Diego, IB Officials Calling For Federal Action On Tijuana River

Dec. 3
By City News Service

The resolution calls for the government to allocate funding to the Environmental Protection Agency to complete restoration projects in the valley that are outlined in the agency's Tijuana River Valley Project Goals report, released in June.

A panga boat intercepted by Border Patrol agent...

34 Arrested In Two Suspected Smuggling Boats Off San Diego Coast

Dec. 3
By City News Service

Border Patrol agents arrested 34 people after stopping two suspected smuggling boats, one off the coast of Point Loma and another near San Clemente, the agency reported Tuesday.

Water from a faucet at the public restroom at L...

Backed-Up Storm Drain Caused Poway's Water Contamination

Dec. 2
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

City officials said Monday they believe the drinking water system was compromised by the recent rains.

A wanted poster of Jehad Serwan Mostafa release...

Reward Offered For Former San Diego Man Accused Of Supporting African Terrorist Group

Dec. 2
By City News Service

Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, is charged in a superseding indictment with providing support to Somali-based terrorist organization al-Shabaab, described by prosecutors as a "militant Islamic" group responsible for numerous deadly attacks on Somali government and military members in East Africa.

The Grandstands and the Del Mar racetrack July ...

Humane Society Calls For Federal Law After Racehorse Dies During Training At Del Mar Track

Dec. 2
By City News Service

The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States Monday called for federal legislation to address current horse-racing regulations after a 3-year-old gelding was euthanized over the weekend after suffering an injury while training at the Del Mar racetrack.

Clouds gather in San Carlos, Nov. 29, 2019.

Another Storm Headed To San Diego Region Tuesday Night

Dec. 2
By City News Service

Partly cloudy skies are expected Monday throughout San Diego County ahead of a storm that will arrive by Tuesday night and bring a moderate amount of rain throughout the region, according to the National Weather Service.

A San Diego County Sheriff's helicopter rescued...

Mom, Daughter Treated For Hypothermia After Wilderness Rescue

Nov. 29
By City News Service

At noon Friday, the San Diego Sheriff's Department received a distress call from a woman and her 16-year-old daughter, who were lost in the wilderness area located southeast of Otay Lakes Reservoir.

Emergency crews working to rescue several migra...

Border Patrol Rescues 20 Migrants From Flooded Drainage Tube

Nov. 29
By City News Service

Twenty people were rescued from a flooded drainage tunnel in San Ysidro on a rainy Thanksgiving night and a body was found in the water of a beach near the west end of the Tijuana river Friday morning.

A man putting on chains on Sunrise Highway befo...

More Rain, Snow in Store for San Diego County

Nov. 29
By City News Service

Rain showers will continue Friday morning, then start decreasing Friday evening before the storm leaves the region Friday night or early Saturday.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Storm Expected To Bring Rain, Snow To San Diego County

Nov. 27
By City News Service

Gusty winds in the San Diego County mountains this morning will precede significant rain showers throughout Southern California Wednesday, with a cold storm expected to make road conditions challenging for holiday traveler through the end of the week.

An inside view of the homeless tent shelter at ...

Housing Commission Opens Weather Shelter For Wednesday, Thursday Nights

Nov. 27
By City News Service

Father Joe's Villages and Connections Housing will accommodate more than 160 additional homeless residents needing shelter Wednesday and Thursday due to forecasted rain.

Volunteers serving Thanksgiving lunch at the Pa...

Father Joe's Hosts Thanksgiving Lunch, Dinner Services For Homeless Residents

Nov. 27
By City News Service, Priya Sridhar

Father Joe's Villages got an early start on Thanksgiving on Wednesday for residents who are homeless in San Diego.

A person receives a flu shot in this undated ph...

Two More Flu Deaths Reported In San Diego County

Nov. 27
By City News Service

A 78-year-old North County woman died earlier this month and a 70-year-old woman died in July, but both deaths were only reported last week, according to the county Health and Human Services Agency.

A female rhino calf plays with her mother, Aman...

Southern White Rhino Calf Born At Zoo's Safari Park, Second In Four Months

Nov. 26
By City News Service

The San Diego Zoo Tuesday announced the birth of a southern white rhino calf at the Safari Park.

A research team on the frozen land of Antarctic...

Scripps Researcher Drills For Planet's Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Nov. 26
By City News Service

The research trip is part of a cordial international race to find the ice, which will give geologists and climate scientists new insight into Earth's climate history.

U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped this camoufla...

Feds Foil Seafaring Human-Smuggling Attempt

Nov. 26
By City News Service

Agents with Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations intercepted the camouflage-painted pleasure craft roughly eight miles west of Mission Bay and took the occupants — two women and 12 men — into custody.

Storm clouds over the Ocean Beach Pier, Nov. 19...

Storm To Arrive Wednesday, Bringing Rain And Snow To San Diego County

Nov. 26
By City News Service

Sunny skies are expected Tuesday throughout San Diego County before a major storm system arrives Wednesday and drops moderate to heavy amounts of rain and snow through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The San Diego Blood Bank at San Diego's Rady Ch...

Blood Bank, Broken Yolk Cafe to Hold Holiday Season Blood Drives

Nov. 26
By City News Service

The San Diego Blood Bank will host blood drives Today at multiple Broken Yolk Cafe locations around the county, part of its holiday season blood donation campaign.

Storm clouds over Ocean Beach, November 19, 2019.

Strong Winds Expected In San Diego County Ahead Of Storm

Nov. 25
By City News Service

Gusty winds are expected in the San Diego County mountains and deserts today ahead of a storm system that will bring wet weather throughout Southern California from Wednesday morning through Friday.

Rep. Duncan Hunter exits the federal courthouse...

Duncan Hunter Supports Gallagher, Trump Amid Navy Review Controversy

Nov. 25
By City News Service

Embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter criticized Navy officials Monday for their plans to possibly remove a Navy SEAL acquitted of murder charges from the service against the wishes of President Donald Trump.

Ezekiel Valdivia, far right, along with his bro...

Hospitalized 9-Year-Old Boy Dies Two Weeks After Paradise-Hills Murder Suicide

Nov. 25
By City News Service

A 9-year-old boy who was shot along with his mother and three brothers by his father in their Paradise Hills home has died, the Medical Examiner's Office said Sunday.

District Attorney Summer Stephan, left, and San...

Dealers Indicted Following Undercover Operation Targeting East Village Drug Dealers

Nov. 22
By City News Service

A grand jury has returned indictments against more than three dozen street-level drug dealers operating a "blatant, open drug market" out of San Diego's East Village neighborhood, many of whom were arrested after a four-month undercover operation, authorities announced Friday.

A San Diego County Sheriff's Department cruiser...

Former San Diego Sheriff's Captain Indicted For Alleged Illegal Arms Trafficking

Nov. 22
By City News Service

Former San Diego County sheriff's Capt. Marco Garmo was arrested Friday for allegedly running a longstanding illegal arms trafficking operation, in which he bought and resold guns available only to law enforcement for both financial and professional gain.

The flooded intersection of La Media and Airway...

Rain Continues As Storm Wraps Up In San Diego County

Nov. 21
By City News Service

Scattered rain showers are expected and light snowfall is possible Thursday in San Diego County as the first rain event of the fall season comes to an end this evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A surfer rides a wave in Imperial Beach in San ...

County Issues Closure For Tijuana Slough Shoreline

Nov. 21
By City News Service

The closure extends along the shoreline from the U.S.-Mexico border to the southern end of Seacoast Drive.

A San Diego County microbiologist holds a test ...

San Diego County Flu Cases More Than Doubling Last Year's Flu Season To Date

Nov. 20
By City News Service

Lab-confirmed flu cases rose countywide last week for the third consecutive week, health officials announced Wednesday.

A group of Bird scooters parked at San Diego St...

Faulconer Proposes Late-Night Curfew For Dockless Scooters

Nov. 20
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

San Diego officials are proposing a host of changes to the city's dockless scooter and bike regulations, including a ban on riding between midnight and 5 a.m., meant to curb dangerous behaviors.

Tom Wong in an undated photo.

UCSD Professor Tom Wong Announces Bid For 53rd Congressional District

Nov. 20
By City News Service

Wong is aiming to become the first formerly undocumented Asian American and Pacific Islander member of Congress.

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Supervisors OK Revamped Data Collection For Air Quality Research

Nov. 20
By City News Service

Under the plan, the county Air Pollution Control District will use automated license reader software to analyze vehicles at 12 intersections in disadvantaged communities, including Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and western National City.

Storm drains bring urban runoff directly into t...

County Warns Against Water Contact In Coastal Waters Due To Storm

Nov. 20
By City News Service

The Department of Environmental Health warned swimmers, surfers and other water users that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in coastal waters, particularly near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

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