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County water agency may suffer multibillion-dollar legal blow | San Diego Union Tribune County water agency may suffer multibillion-dollar legal blow
A legal ruling that San Diego County water officials said would save customers here up to $7 billion has been overturned. A California appellate court on Wednesday partially reversed a 2015 trial court ruling that awarded the San Diego County Water Authority $234 million in alleged overcharges,...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
National City vows to offer city services regardless of immigration status | San Diego Union Tribune National City vows to offer city services regardless of immigration status
National City has passed legislation declaring that residents can access city services regardless of immigration status. The resolution also prohibits city police from involving themselves in immigration enforcement and calls on President Donald Trump to maintain protections put in place by his...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Final tests shows no additional schools with lead in water | San Diego Union Tribune Final tests shows no additional schools with lead in water
The final round of tests in San Diego Unified School District found no schools other than ones that were previously detected had high levels of lead in drinking fountains and faucets, district officials said Thursday. The City of San Diego began testing water at school sites in March, and drinking...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Dynamite, shotgun "blasts"add sparkle to stunts at fair | San Diego Union Tribune Dynamite, shotgun "blasts"add sparkle to stunts at fair
Honest, they're "highly trained professionals" in the art of shotgun-shooting and stunt-doing, though they might not look like it, the mock marshal told the crowd that gathered for a Tumbleweed Crossing stunt show Thursday at the San Diego County Fair. The marshal — show manager Jared Hollenbeck...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
El Chapo’s Alleged ‘Girlfriend’ Charged with Conspiracy in San Diego Federal Court | Times of San Diego El Chapo’s Alleged ‘Girlfriend’ Charged with Conspiracy in San Diego Federal Court
A former Mexican legislator linked to notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was charged Thursday with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and made her first appearance in San Diego federal court. Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was arrested Wednesday morning at the Otay Mesa Cross Border Xpress, a bridge that connects Tijuana’s A..L. Rodriguez International Airport […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Pauma Valley Shooter Surrenders, Booked on Suspicion of Murder | Times of San Diego Pauma Valley Shooter Surrenders, Booked on Suspicion of Murder
A suspect in a Pauma Valley homicide turned himself in to authorities Thursday. Omar Placencia of Valley Center arrived at Vista Detention Facility along with an attorney late Thursday afternoon and surrendered in connection with the death of 31-year-old Raymond Esparza, according to sheriff’s officials. Placencia, 20, allegedly opened fire on Esparza for unknown reasons […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
San Diego County Water Authority Approves Rate Increase | Times of San Diego San Diego County Water Authority Approves Rate Increase
  Rates charged by the San Diego County Water Authority to its 24 member agencies in the region will increase 3.7 percent next calendar year, according to a budget approved Thursday by the authority’s Board of Directors. The SDCWA said the rate hike is the smallest in the past decade. The Water Authority collects imported […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Oceanside picnic kicks off free summer lunches | San Diego Union Tribune Oceanside picnic kicks off free summer lunches
With music, a bounce house and a barbecue lunch, Oceanside officials invited residents to enjoy a family meal at Balderrama Park on Thursday and learn about free lunches offered this summer. The park is one of a number of locations across the region where kids can get a free lunch, and sometimes...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Legal concerns won't end trash pick-up that solved Mission Beach fly problem | San Diego Union Tribune Legal concerns won't end trash pick-up that solved Mission Beach fly problem
A second weekly trash pick-up that’s helped keep flies from swarming Mission Beach will continue this summer despite legal concerns related to short-term vacation rentals. San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott issued a memo this month saying the presence of so many vacation rentals in Mission Beach...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Border Patrol agent pleads guilty in drug smuggling case | San Diego Union Tribune Border Patrol agent pleads guilty in drug smuggling case
A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling backpacks he believed contained drugs across the border fence pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges. Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine. He faces a possible minimum sentence...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Renowned homelessness expert takes San Diego job | San Diego Union Tribune Renowned homelessness expert takes San Diego job
The San Diego County Regional Task force on the Homeless has picked Gordon Walker as its new CEO, bringing in a leader from Utah who used a strategy there that people are trying to adopt in San Diego. This area is well-poised to address homelessness, Walker said. “There’s a political will, there’s...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Phamatech Workers Held Down Shooting Suspect | Times of San Diego Phamatech Workers Held Down Shooting Suspect
A 54-year-old biotech worker accused of shooting and seriously wounding a fellow employee at their Carmel Mountain Ranch workplace was charged Thursday with attempted murder and assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Arraignment for Julio Riel Narvaez III was rescheduled to Friday when he was not medically cleared to come to court. Narvaez allegedly took aim […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
1 Wounded in Lincoln Park Shooting Outside Home | Times of San Diego 1 Wounded in Lincoln Park Shooting Outside Home
Updated at 3:40 p.m. June 22, 2017 A Lincoln Park resident was wounded outside his home Thursday in a shooting carried out by an unidentified assailant, San Diego police reported. The victim was sitting in his driveway shortly before noon when a blue car stopped in front of him and a man in a dark […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
1,000 Properties Offered in County Online Auction #2 Timeshares Starting at $100 | San Diego Voice 1,000 Properties Offered in County Online Auction #2 Timeshares Starting at $100
Bidders who did not get to participate in the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s (TTC) first online tax sale auction will now get a second chance. Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced today that registration is now open for a reoffer property tax auction featuring more than 1,000 properties.   The TTC sold a record-breaking number […]
San Diego Voice | June 22, 2017
Largest Penguin Home in Zoo History Gets 1st 20 | Times of San Diego Largest Penguin Home in Zoo History Gets 1st 20
The San Diego Zoo said Thursday that its collection of African penguins has begun moving to the Africa Rocks exhibit, which is scheduled to open to the public in phases beginning next week. A group of five penguins in the zoo’s animal ambassador program moved over to the Cape Fynbos penguin habitat first, and 15 […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Oceanside's summer meals program for kids begins | San Diego Union Tribune Oceanside's summer meals program for kids begins
The San Diego Hunger Coalition in partnership with the City of Oceanside and Oceanside Unified School District began the free summer meals program for children in the city with a barbecue at Balderrama Park, June 22, 2017.
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
San Diego Gets ‘Fire Boss’ Water Plane for Free Test | Times of San Diego San Diego Gets ‘Fire Boss’ Water Plane for Free Test
The city of San Diego has been provided free use of a maneuverable single-engine firefighting aircraft through July, the mayor’s office announced Thursday. The AT-802F “Fire Boss” can scoop up water from a body of water near a fire, carry as much as 800 gallons and remain in the air for three hours. It’s owned […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Computer glitch causes scientists to accidentally predict huge California earthquake | San Diego Union Tribune Computer glitch causes scientists to accidentally predict huge California earthquake
Whoops. A computer glitch led the U.S. Geological Survey to accidentally distribute a message that predicts that a 6.8 earthquake will erupt in the Santa Barbara Channel on June 29, 2025. The agency — which does not predict quakes — distributed the forecast late Wednesday in an email that went...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Harvey Furgatch: Eccentric political player was one for the books | San Diego Union Tribune Harvey Furgatch: Eccentric political player was one for the books
Sometime around 1980, George Mitrovich, who founded The City Club forum, took Harvey Furgatch and other San Diegans on an insider tour of Washington, D.C. At the entrance to the Supreme Court, Mitrovich was waiting for the rain to stop. A taxi pulled up and out bounded Furgatch, fresh from the...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Woman linked to drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested at San Diego border | San Diego Union Tribune Woman linked to drug lord 'El Chapo' arrested at San Diego border
A former Mexican legislator who has been linked to notorious cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is scheduled to appear in San Diego federal court Thursday after being arrested at the border. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego said Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez was detained about 9:30...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Duarte children welcome mom home while dad remains in immigration detention | San Diego Union Tribune Duarte children welcome mom home while dad remains in immigration detention
Rosenda Perez-Pelcastre returned home to her four children in National City this week after being held in immigration detention since late May. Perez was granted a bond by an immigration court judge on Friday and released after paying it. She was given an ankle bracelet to monitor her location...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Palomar College Police Academy suspended | San Diego Union Tribune Palomar College Police Academy suspended
The Palomar College Police Academy has been temporarily suspended by the state agency that accredits such training facilities, leaving 19 students who were set to begin their course work Monday out of luck for now. The school said efforts are under way to correct the administrative problems noted...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
One Wounded in Webster-Area Shooting | Times of San Diego One Wounded in Webster-Area Shooting
A shooting in a Webster-area neighborhood left one person wounded Thursday. The gunfire erupted in the 1200 block of 49th Street shortly before noon, according to San Diego Police. Medics took the victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital for treatment of leg wounds, SDPD public-affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said. There was no immediate description of the […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Birth of baby fainting goat adds excitement to fair's livestock exhibit | San Diego Union Tribune Birth of baby fainting goat adds excitement to fair's livestock exhibit
Weary and a little befuddled from working until midnight, the coordinator of the San Diego County Fair's miniature silky fainting goats exhibit couldn't quite process what she saw inside one livestock pen Wednesday morning. "I looked in and went, 'What? Where did you come from?'"exhibit coordinator...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
San Diego to get second opinion on next water rate hike | San Diego Union Tribune San Diego to get second opinion on next water rate hike
The next time San Diegans face a proposed water rate increase, the City Council will be getting a second professional opinion about whether the increase is necessary and how large it should be. The change comes after the city approved in late 2015 a series of rate increases totaling nearly 40 percent...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
CHP: Motorcycle road rage causes chain-reaction crash on Santa Clarita freeway | San Diego Union Tribune CHP: Motorcycle road rage causes chain-reaction crash on Santa Clarita freeway
A motorcyclist who kicked a car on a Los Angeles County freeway Wednesday morning caused a terrifying chain-reaction crash that left a truck overturned and a driver hospitalized. The California Highway Patrol called the incident, which was reported at 5:50 a.m. on south state Route 14 in the Santa...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless Has New Chief at Helm | Times of San Diego San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless Has New Chief at Helm
Gordon Walker, who gained national attention for his efforts to reduce homelessness in Utah, is the new chief executive of San Diego’s Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the organization announced Thursday. Walker, who started with the RTFH on Wednesday, was previously director of Utah’s Division of Housing and Community Development. He has also served […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
First taste of the Pendry | San Diego Union Tribune First taste of the Pendry
When the $120 million Pendry Hotel opened on J Street in the Gaslamp Quarter in February, it was big news for luxury travelers. But it was equally exciting for locals, who were hungry to sample the 317-room inn’s six different dining and drinking establishments. The options include a fine-dining...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Volunteer is focused on charity after life-changing hearing loss | San Diego Union Tribune Volunteer is focused on charity after life-changing hearing loss
Twenty-six years ago, Hollyce Phillips was at the top of her game as the host of a morning news show on Seattle television. Then one day she woke up and couldn’t hear a sound. Her profound deafness, caused by an auto-immune disease, ended her on-air career, but led to renewed purpose. Today, the...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
One Person Fatally Struck by Southbound Coaster in Encinitas | Times of San Diego One Person Fatally Struck by Southbound Coaster in Encinitas
A person was fatally struck by a train Thursday in Encinitas. The incident on the tracks alongside North Vulcan Avenue near Sanford Street shortly before 9:30 a.m. was likely a suicide, sheriff’s Lt. Dave Schaller said. Southbound Coaster service was delayed “due to a trespasser incident,” but buses were sent to transport passengers from the […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Boys & Girls Club raises $95K at gala | San Diego Union Tribune Boys & Girls Club raises $95K at gala
This year’s “Mad about The Boys & Girls Club of Vista” Diamond Gala raised $95,000 for the nonprofit club that serves 2,400 area youths, ages 5-18. The club provides programs that focus on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. The event included stories from...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Opinion: What Business Owners Should Learn from Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal | Times of San Diego Opinion: What Business Owners Should Learn from Amazon’s Whole Foods Deal
The grocery industry has seen its share of mergers over the past few years, though they’ve been largely between competitors. Albertsons buying Safeway, Kroger acquiring Roundy’s and the owners of Giant, Stop & Shop and Food Lion joining up are just a few examples. This recent history makes the $13.4 billion purchase of Whole Foods […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
San Diego Police Announce Thursday Night DUI Checkpoint | Times of San Diego San Diego Police Announce Thursday Night DUI Checkpoint
The San Diego Police Department is planing a DUI and license checkpoint somewhere within the city limits on Thursday night. Police will be stopping drivers and checking for signs of alcohol or drug impairment at the checkpoint between 11 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday. Checkpoints are routinely announced in advance because this has a […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Police Find Fatally Injured Man Lying on Ocean Beach Sidewalk | Times of San Diego Police Find Fatally Injured Man Lying on Ocean Beach Sidewalk
A man was fatally injured in an assault early Thursday morning in Ocean Beach. Someone called 911 shortly before 12:30 a.m. to report that one man was attacking another in the vicinity of Bacon Street and Coronado Avenue, San Diego Police Lt. Mike Holden said. The assailant fled before police arrived. Officers found the unidentified […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
San Diego Challenge to Metropolitan Water District Rates Headed to State Supreme Court | Times of San Diego San Diego Challenge to Metropolitan Water District Rates Headed to State Supreme Court
Damages awarded to the San Diego County Water Authority in a long-running legal dispute over rates need to be recalculated, a panel of state appellate justices ruled Wednesday. The ruling by the three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco amounted to a split decision for the Water Authority, which sued […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
Heat Wave Creates Huge High/Low Temperature Spread in East County | Times of San Diego Heat Wave Creates Huge High/Low Temperature Spread in East County
Heat wave headlines are focused on record-breaking temperatures across the Southland, including one for the history books Tuesday in Ocotillo Wells when the mercury rose to 124 degrees. But high/low temperature differences in East County San Diego are worth noting too. In Campo, Wednesday’s high reached 102, but the overnight low is expected to drop […]
Times of San Diego | June 22, 2017
North County School News, June 22 | San Diego Union Tribune North County School News, June 22
ENCINITAS SDG&E helps out at district’s Farm Lab Hundreds of SDG&E employees and their families recently helped out at the Encinitas Union School District’s Farm Lab — a 10-acre organic working farm that grows produce for the district’s nine campuses. They dug their hands in organic soil to...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Students from seven districts honored in Standout program | San Diego Union Tribune Students from seven districts honored in Standout program
More than 50 students were recently honored by the Greater San Dieguito Association for California School Administrators Student Standout program. Each year, students from seven coastal North County school districts — Cardiff School District, Carlsbad Unified School District, Del Mar Union School...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 22, 2017
Issa, other Republicans seek change to HUD homeless policy | San Diego Union Tribune Issa, other Republicans seek change to HUD homeless policy
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and 22 other Republican Congressmen are seeking a change to a federal policy they say penalizes homeless programs that refuse to stop drug-testing their clients. “This is one of the worst examples of Washington’s we-know-better-than-you mentality and is just the kind...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
Weber Names Army Veteran, Social Justice Advocate Veteran of the Year | San Diego Voice Weber Names Army Veteran, Social Justice Advocate Veteran of the Year
Moved from military prison guard to criminal justice reformer SACRAMENTO- Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber has named Chula Vista resident Mark Bartlett as her 79th Assembly District Veteran of the Year. Bartlett, a former soldier who served in Afghanistan, now serves as an advocate for reentry and criminal justice reform. “Mark is an energetic and charismatic […]
San Diego Voice | June 21, 2017
How a Lone San Diego Sailor Changed Policy for All Navy Women | Times of San Diego How a Lone San Diego Sailor Changed Policy for All Navy Women
Thanks to a San Diego sailor’s question, the Navy has changed its dress code to allow women’s hair buns to hang out the rear of its ball caps. Adm. John Richardson said the question came from a lieutenant j.g. during an all-hands call June 6 at Naval Air Station North Island. On Wednesday, the Navy […]
Times of San Diego | June 21, 2017
Rescue Mission picks new CEO | San Diego Union Tribune Rescue Mission picks new CEO
The San Diego Rescue Mission has selected a new president and CEO to lead the charity that serves some of the region’s most vulnerable residents. Donnie Dee will take over from Herb Johnson, who will retire on June 30 after 11 years with the mission. Dee, who lives in Vista, will start on July...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
Donation will help county buy defibrillators for backcountry fire stations | San Diego Union Tribune Donation will help county buy defibrillators for backcountry fire stations
The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has donated $44,500 to the county government to purchase automatic external defibrillators that could provide life saving emergency treatment. The donation will allow the county to buy 25 AEDs that will be put in fire stations in rural communities. The devices...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
'I thought I would never have a good day again," Romney tells San Diego audience | San Diego Union Tribune 'I thought I would never have a good day again," Romney tells San Diego audience
Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was hard enough. The indifferent attitude of doctors she dealt with made it worse. “You’re not that sick,” Ann Romney recalled being told about her diagnosis two decades ago. “Wait until you’re really sick and then we might think about treating you.” Romney,...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
Former San Diego Junior Theatre teacher sentenced for sex with teen girl | San Diego Union Tribune Former San Diego Junior Theatre teacher sentenced for sex with teen girl
A former teacher at the San Diego Junior Theatre will have to register as a sex offender and spend three years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, authorities said Wednesday. Eric von Metzke, 35, was sentenced Tuesday at San Diego County Superior Court, roughly...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
Aggressive bees attack in Vista, killing dog and stinging several people | San Diego Union Tribune Aggressive bees attack in Vista, killing dog and stinging several people
A swarm of what authorities say were probably Africanized honey bees protecting a colony in the eves of a Vista home went on the attack Sunday, killing at least one small dog and stinging three young women and a neighbor. “They were the most aggressive bees I’ve ever encountered...,” said exterminator...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
San Marcos Man Denies Trying to Murder Oceanside Police Officer | Times of San Diego San Marcos Man Denies Trying to Murder Oceanside Police Officer
A San Marcos man accused of running down a motorcycle officer with a car while the lawman was conducting a traffic stop near Buddy Todd Park in Oceanside pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder on a peace officer. Roberto Ignacio Flores, 26, was ordered held on $5 million bail and faces 20 years to […]
Times of San Diego | June 21, 2017
Opening of $555M San Diego Central Courthouse Delayed, Smoke Dampers Re-Testing Blamed | Times of San Diego Opening of $555M San Diego Central Courthouse Delayed, Smoke Dampers Re-Testing Blamed
The opening of the $555.5 million San Diego Central Courthouse will be delayed until early fall so that 1,100 smoke dampers in the new building can be re-tested, Superior Court Presiding Judge Jeffrey Barton said in a message to court employees Wednesday. The 22-story structure, which had been set to open to the public July […]
Times of San Diego | June 21, 2017
Judge rules only $500 bond needed for appeal of $25 million Trump University settlement | San Diego Union Tribune Judge rules only $500 bond needed for appeal of $25 million Trump University settlement
A Florida woman who is appealing the $25 million settlement against President Donald Trump’s defunct real estate seminar business known as Trump University will have to post a $500 bond, a federal court judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego said Sherri B. Simpson should not...
San Diego Union Tribune | June 21, 2017
San Diego Sailor’s Query Yields New Navy Policy: Hair Buns OK for Ball Caps | Times of San Diego San Diego Sailor’s Query Yields New Navy Policy: Hair Buns OK for Ball Caps
Thanks to a San Diego sailor’s question, the Navy is changing its dress rules to allow women’s hair buns to hang out the rear of its ball caps. Adm. John Richardson said the question came from a lieutenant j.g. during an all-hands call June 6 at Naval Air Station North Island. On Wednesday, the Navy […]
Times of San Diego | June 21, 2017