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70-Year-Old Man Is County's Eighth Flu Death This Season

Dec. 24, 2019
By City News Service

The unidentified victim died Dec. 19 from influenza A Pandemic H1N1, and also had "underlying medical conditions," according to the county's Health and Human Services Agency.

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Housing Commission To Expand Homeless Shelters As Rain Drenches San Diego

Dec. 23, 2019
By City News Service

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

The drainage pipe area where U.S. Border Patrol...

Five People Rescued From Flooded Drainage Pipe Near Border

Dec. 23, 2019
By City News Service

The five Mexican nationals — three men and two women — were trapped in floodwaters so high that only their heads were visible above the waterline.

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County Issues Coastal Water Contact Advisory Due To Rainfall

Dec. 23, 2019
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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First Of 2 Pacific Storms Made For Soggy Morning Commute In San Diego

Dec. 23, 2019
By City News Service

Rain that began Sunday afternoon in Southern California and carried on through the night made for a soggy morning Monday in San Diego, further complicating matters for people trying to reach their holiday destinations or wrap up their Christmas shopping.

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FEMA Reimburses County $2 Million for Costs Incurred During Migrant Crisis

Dec. 20, 2019
By City News Service

Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursed the county more than $2 million for providing medical attention to immigrants and asylum seekers who temporarily stayed at a shelter near downtown San Diego earlier this year.

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Credit Card Breaches At Islands, Champagne Bakery Restaurants

Dec. 20, 2019
By City News Service

Between Feb. 18 and Sept. 27, thieves installed malware on payment-card devices at various of the restaurants' locations.

Eastlake Middle School in this undated photo.

Middle School Students Arrested For Bottle-Bomb Blast

Dec. 19, 2019
By City News Service

The suspects, whose identities were withheld because they are minors, were arrested on suspicion of felony charges of possessing and detonating a destructive device in a manner that could cause injury, the lieutenant said.

Nine tons of cocaine being offloaded by the U.S...

Coast Guard Offloads 9 Tons Of Cocaine Seized In Eastern Pacific Ocean

Dec. 18, 2019
By City News Service

The drugs, worth an estimated $312 million, were seized by five separate Coast Guard cutter crews.

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Countywide Flu Cases Rise Nearly 70% in One-Week Span

Dec. 18, 2019
By City News Service

Doctors around the county reported 489 confirmed flu cases during the week of Dec. 8-14, an increase of 198 over the previous week's total of 291 flu cases.

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Main Break Sends Water Gushing Into North Park Streets, Homes

Dec. 17, 2019
By City News Service

The rupture of the 30-inch cast-iron transmission main was reported around 6 a.m. near the intersection of Ray and Capps streets, San Diego city spokesman Scott Robinson said.

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Rallies In Support Of Impeaching President Trump Planned In San Diego

Dec. 17, 2019
By City News Service

MoveOn and Common Cause will hold a series of rallies across the country Tuesday, including in San Diego County, to call for the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump.

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San Diego City Council Bans Electric Scooters On Boardwalks

Dec. 16, 2019
By Andrew Bowen, City News Service

The ban applies to the boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla as well as the walkway in Mission Bay Park.

A man who only gave his first name as Ariel, of...

Only 0.1% Of Asylum Seekers Granted Asylum Under Trump's Remain In Mexico Policy

Dec. 16, 2019
By City News Service

The Trump administration's changes to U.S. asylum policy have led to a drastic reduction in the number of migrants being granted asylum, it was reported Monday.

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Kaiser's Mental Health Professionals Strike In California

Dec. 16, 2019
By City News Service

Thousands of mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in San Diego and across the state hit the picket lines Monday, beginning a five-day strike amid a continued labor standoff.

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

Dec. 12, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 11, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 11, 2019
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.

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County To Explore Creating Vet Connect Office In Tijuana

Dec. 10, 2019
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.

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Moving Truck With 11 Chinese Nationals Stopped At Border

Dec. 10, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 9, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 9, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 6, 2019
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.

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San Diego Getting Another Round Of Rain This Weekend

Dec. 6, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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Trial For Accused Poway Synagogue Shooter Set For June

Dec. 5, 2019
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.

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Storm Dumps More Rain On Drenched San Diego Area

Dec. 4, 2019
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.

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San Diego Records Sixth Flu Death Of The Season

Dec. 4, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 3, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 3, 2019
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.

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34 Arrested In Two Suspected Smuggling Boats Off San Diego Coast

Dec. 3, 2019
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, 2019
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

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

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

Dec. 2, 2019
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.

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

Dec. 2, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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Mom, Daughter Treated For Hypothermia After Wilderness Rescue

Nov. 29, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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More Rain, Snow in Store for San Diego County

Nov. 29, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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Housing Commission Opens Weather Shelter For Wednesday, Thursday Nights

Nov. 27, 2019
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, 2019
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.

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Two More Flu Deaths Reported In San Diego County

Nov. 27, 2019
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 research team on the frozen land of Antarctic...

Scripps Researcher Drills For Planet's Oldest Ice In Antarctica

Nov. 26, 2019
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, 2019
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.