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San Diego Convention Center Expansion Deal That Was At Risk Now 'Moving Forward'

Sept. 25
By Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego said it is executing a deal to acquire land for a convention center expansion. This comes after the agreement nearly fell apart, which could have cost the city millions.

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Taking A Page From UPS, State To Allow Voters To Track Mail-In Ballots

Sept. 24
By Matt Hoffman

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the tracking system will increase election transparency and accountability.

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Civil Rights Leader Rep. Lewis Speaks To San Diego Students, Discusses Border Wall Funding

Sept. 21
By Matt Hoffman

Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, was at Morse High School Friday talking with students about his new book and answering questions about the border wall and an indicted San Diego politician.

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Valley View Casino Center Ponders Future As Midway District Community Plan Moves Ahead

Sept. 19
By Matt Hoffman

The Valley View Casino Center sits in the middle of a neighborhood that could see some major changes after an update was passed to the Midway/Pacific Highway Community Plan.

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Electric Scooter Company Uses Technology To Go After Dangerous Riders

Sept. 19
By Matt Hoffman

Bird, a dockless scooter company, said they will be sharing rider data with the city of San Diego in an effort to improve scooter safety.

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With Declining Ridership, North County Transit District Looks At Increasing Fares

Sept. 18
By Matt Hoffman

This week, the North County Transit District will hear a presentation about proposed rate increases for its buses and trains — which the NCTD said have not increased since 2007.

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Housing Commission Votes To Keep Funding Temporary Homeless Shelters In San Diego

Sept. 13
By Matt Hoffman

New operating agreements would mean the city of San Diego’s three bridge shelters for people who are homeless could soon get funding to stay open through next June.

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Board Votes To Put Gun Shows On Hold At Del Mar Fairgrounds Next Year

Sept. 12
By Matt Hoffman

The fairgrounds board voted to postpone the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows for up to a year, while it looks at different ways to host the event.

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Del Mar Gun Shows To Take Break In 2019 While Board Studies Options

Sept. 11
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman, Pat Finn

The Del Mar Fairgrounds board of directors has voted to postpone gun shows after this year.

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Illegal Charter Boats Are Causing Safety Concerns And Stealing Business On San Diego Bay

Sept. 10
By Matt Hoffman

The U.S. Coast Guard and San Diego Harbor Police said locals and tourists going on fishing trips or whale watching tours don't notice the difference between illegal and legal operations.

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Bill That Mandates Training For Concealed Permits Throughout California Now On Governor's Desk

Sept. 5
By Matt Hoffman

Live fire training is already required to get a concealed carry permit for a gun in San Diego, but not everywhere in California.

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Shooting Outside Del Mar Racetrack Raises Questions About Security At Fairgrounds

Sept. 3
By Matt Hoffman

There are new concerns about safety and security after a gunman opened fire in a crowded area Sunday after trying to get into a sold-out concert at the fairgrounds.

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Are Babies Getting Marijuana From Mother's Milk?

Aug. 31
By Matt Hoffman

Researchers at UC San Diego say new mothers who smoke pot may pass along marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, while nursing their babies.

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Electric Scooters Are Spreading To San Diego College Campuses

Aug. 27
By Matt Hoffman

Classes at San Diego State University start this week and already on the first day, a number of electric scooters were seen buzzing around campus creating a new safety concern for police.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter Responds To Allegations Of Campaign Corruption

Aug. 22
By Matt Hoffman

After an indictment alleging Hunter and his wife used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses the congressman said he would not resign and will fight the accusations.

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Amidst Rising 911 Calls, Firefighters In El Cajon Deploy 'Squad' Truck To Keep Up With Demand

Aug. 21
By Matt Hoffman

Instead of a fire engine, one of the newest emergency vehicles in El Cajon is Heartland Fire Rescue's 'Squad 6' truck.

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San Diego's Deal To Secure Land For Convention Center Expansion Still Alive, $5 Million Payment Delayed

Aug. 20
By Matt Hoffman

On Monday, the city of San Diego announced the $5 million down payment deadline to secure the land would be pushed back to September.

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Mayor Faulconer Weighs Options For Future San Diego Convention Center Expansion

Aug. 17
By Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego could soon have to make a $5 million payment — part of the fallout from no convention center measure on this November's ballot.

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Critics Of Earl McNeil Investigation Call For District Attorney's Office To Recuse Itself

Aug. 15
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County District Attorney's office is seeking guidance from the California Attorney General's Office over whether or not it should recuse itself from the investigation.

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Fallout From Failed Convention Center Expansion Measure Could Cost San Diego Millions

Aug. 15
By Matt Hoffman

In June the council approved a $5 million payment to secure land near the existing convention center — but that payment was contingent on a citizens initiative passing this November, but it failed to qualify for the ballot.

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San Diego Cities Consider Fighting Back Against Proposed State Pot Regulations

Aug. 13
By Matt Hoffman

This week the city council’s of El Cajon and San Marcos are considering sending letters in opposition to proposed state pot rules specifically concerning marijuana deliveries.

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San Diego's Coleman University Is Closing After 55 Years

Aug. 3
By Matt Hoffman

Since opening, the nonprofit college has graduated around 10,000 students but has been struggling financially the last couple of years.

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San Diego Museum Of Man In Balboa Park Wants Your Help Deciding New Name

July 30
By Matt Hoffman

The museum said after having the same name for 70 years, it is looking for a new one that reflects the "values of inclusivity, equity and love."

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Trump’s Aluminum Tariffs Are Raising Costs To Make Beer For Some San Diego Breweries

Aug. 1
By Matt Hoffman

Mike Hess Brewing in North Park said it will lose $44,000 annually after increased prices for aluminum beer cans.

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Unusually Warm Ocean Waters Luring Big Sportfish To San Diego's Coast

July 31
By Matt Hoffman

Higher than average temperatures this summer are warming the ocean which is leading to big catches off of San Diego's coast.

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City Council Approves Mission Valley Stadium Redevelopment Proposals For November Ballot

July 30
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

The San Diego City Council Monday will consider two citizen ballot initiatives to redevelop the Mission Valley stadium site.

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UC San Diego Renovating Sports Arena As It Readies For NCAA Division I

July 26
By Matt Hoffman

The upgrade for the arena comes as the university is looking to increase interest in sports.

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Teens From Middle East Visit US Border, Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 25
By Matt Hoffman

This week, a group of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers is in San Diego learning how to work through conflicts and become better leaders part of a peace summit put together by the nonprofit Hands of Peace.

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High Heat, High Surf Expected For San Diego County This Week

July 23
By City News Service, Matt Hoffman

San Diego County again will face extreme heat and high surf beginning and lasting through Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

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Q&A With Director of 'Bread, Salt & The Graphite Kid'

July 19
By Matt Hoffman

A documentary follows a group of inner-city kids and small-business owners in Barrio Logan competing for the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships.

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San Diego Partners With Region's Health Care Provider For Free Wellness Workshops

July 17
By Matt Hoffman

Workshops on how to eat better, exercise and reduce stress will be held at libraries and recreation centers in the city of San Diego.

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New Aviation Course Has Vista High Students Learning How To Fly Planes, Drones

July 17
By Matt Hoffman

Starting next year Vista students have an opportunity to get training inside of a flight simulator while earning their FAA license for flying drones.

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San Diego's Iconic Adams Avenue Book Store Is Closing For Good

July 13
By Matt Hoffman

The bookstore opened in 1965 and at its peak had more than 60,000 books on hundreds of different subjects — but that all comes to an end Saturday.

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San Diego Program Offering Money To Remove Lawns Is Back, With Changes

July 12
By Matt Hoffman

This year you can get up to $4,000 to remove and replace your lawn with sustainable landscaping thanks to a program from the San Diego County Water Authority.

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City Council Considers Additional Storage Centers To Help People Who Are Homeless

July 10
By Matt Hoffman

At Tuesday's City Council meeting there was a discussion about San Diego's two open storage facilities and where others could possibly be located.

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Residents Who Lost Homes In San Diego County’s West Fire Sift Through The Ashes

July 9
By Matt Hoffman

The wildfire in Alpine on Friday destroyed 34 homes and scorched at least 505 acres, leaving a number of people without a place to live.

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San Diego Shelters Expecting An Increase In Lost Pets This Fourth Of July

July 4
By Matt Hoffman

Fireworks can scare pets and cause them to run away, but there are ways to keep your pet calm this Fourth of July.

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San Diego 4th Of July: What You Should Know

July 3
By City News Service, Elma Gonzalez, Matt Hoffman

Where can you watch July 4 fireworks shows and how will you get there? Get all the information you need for Independence Day here.

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With SDG&E Rates Potentially Going Up 28 Percent, Customers Speak Out

June 28
By Matt Hoffman

The California Public Utilities Commission held its final public forum on the potential rate increases this week in Chula Vista.

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Some San Diego Students Are Spending Part Of Summer Learning About Cyber Security

June 26
By Matt Hoffman

At the University of San Diego, some highs school students are not taking a traditional summer camp, they are learning how to create and protect computer programs.

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New Homeless Storage Facility Is Helpful, But Only For Small Number Of People

June 21
By Matt Hoffman

Last week, a new storage center intended to help people who are homeless opened near downtown San Diego. Although it can hold belongings for up to 500 people, only a fraction of the storage units have been assigned.

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Final San Diego Voter Turnout For Primary Election Will Be Close To 40 Percent

June 15
By Matt Hoffman

As of Friday, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters reported voter turnout at 37.4 percent, with 99 percent of votes counted.

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San Diego County Fire Authority Looks Ahead To Summer Fire Season

June 14
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Fire Authority and Cal Fire said they have enough resources to deal with major fires at this time but are expecting those resources to get stretched.

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Vista Voters Will See Three Marijuana-Related Initiatives This November

June 13
By Matt Hoffman

A citizens' initiative to allow medical marijuana storefront shops has already qualified for the ballot and Tuesday night the Vista City Council voted to put a competing marijuana business and tax initiative to voters in November.

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New San Diego Storage Center Geared Toward Helping People Who Are Homeless

June 12
By Matt Hoffman

The city of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission are spending $1.4 million on a facility that will provide storage for up to 500 people for at least a year.

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Caltrans Is Putting Spikes On Coronado Bridge In Effort To Prevent Suicides

June 8
By Matt Hoffman

Caltrans said they hope to have the spikes put up along the bridge within a year, at an estimated cost of $100,000 to $300,000.

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New Program Will Guarantee Monthly Income For Some People Living In Stockton

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman

If you were given $500 a month, with no strings attached, how would you spend it? That's what researchers in Stockton want to know.

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San Diego And Carlsbad: Two Different Approaches To Homelessness

June 7
By Alison St John, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego City Council recently approved $2.5 million to keep three industrial tents sheltering hundreds of homeless people open, while Carlsbad is deploying two social workers to address a rising number of people living on the streets.

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San Diego Film Critics Give Summer Movie Recommendations

June 4
By Beth Accomando, Matt Hoffman, Maureen Cavanaugh

From blockbuster action movies to indie horror films, the summer movie season has something for everyone.

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After Years Of Back And Forth, Parking Laws For RVs Are Changing In Santee

May 25
By Matt Hoffman

The Santee City Council voted to update an old ordinance after people complained that oversized vehicles parking on streets was a safety hazard.

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