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  • Giant pandas set to return to California

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – California could become the first state in the U.S. to welcome a new pair of giant pandas in the latest round of a collaborative conservation effort with China. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced that it has signed a cooperative agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association and filed a permit application with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. According to reports, two pandas could arrive by the end of the summer. "California and China s...

  • Chairwoman delivers her second State of the County address

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas gave her second State of the County address during an evening presentation Wednesday, Feb. 21. The chairwoman talked about the county’s many accomplishments over the last year, but said she was particularly proud of the community for rallying together to help flood victims from the devastating Jan. 22 storms. She postponed her original date for the State of the County address to host a Day of Service. The chairwoman said 1,000 volunteers responded to help more than 1,000 fa...

  • Vista Fire Chief to speak at Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting

    Updated Feb 29, 2024

    VISTA – Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland will host the North County Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborative meeting Thursday, March 14, at 9 a.m., at United Methodist Church of Vista, 490 S. Melrose Ave., in Vista. The event is free to the public, and complimentary coffee and pastries will be provided. The guest speaker will be Vista Fire Department Chief Gerard Washington. He will speak about how firefighters are now being trained to spot and assist...

  • Help county set budget priorities

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    It is not released until May, but the county is already working on the budget for the next fiscal year. And thinking about what to prioritize in a volatile economy. That’s where you come in. The county wants your help. You’re invited to fill out a survey on Engage San Diego County to tell us which services are most important to you, https://engage.sandiegocounty.gov/countybudget24-26. Your responses will be considered in balance with other critical factors to set budget priorities for this and future budget cycles. And...

  • New county report to address inequity in the region

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region. The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County's first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday. The report comes in the wake of the county's declaration of racism as a public health crisis in January 2021. Many residents in San Diego County face oppression due to their race and ethnicity, gender, immigration status,...

  • County Supervisors approve Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors approved a work plan to reduce gun violence activities in San Diego County. The Board voted to receive the Gun Violence Reduction Work Plan, using recommendations from the Gun Violence Community Needs Assessment Final Report authored by Health Assessment and Research for Communities. The plan includes 17 actions for the County to take to protect against and prevent firearm-related violence. The Board also approved a staff position to...

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have risen 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.78/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 22.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 6.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 10.0 cents in the last week and stands at $4.09 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, on Feb. 19, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.99/g yesterday...

  • Marine Corps identifies troops lost in California helicopter crash

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Micaela Burrow Investigative Reporter, Defense Daily Caller News Foundation The Marine Corps identified the five crew members declared dead after a helicopter crash in a statement Friday, Feb. 9. The five Marines – three captains, a sergeant and a lance corporal – were flying a CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, to California when the aircraft went down near Pine Valley, California. While an investigation is ongoing into the crash, the unit, known as the Flying T...

  • Goat crisis spurs search

    Tim O Leary, Special to the Valley News|Updated Feb 10, 2024

    Hello again, friends and fellow travelers. I come before you today with an announcement and an alert. First the announcement: a stellar column written by your humble narrator last July – which ran under the headline "Writer reports his foray into farming" – has won me a prestigious promotion. I am now the official goat and chicken reporter for a media juggernaut that has become, by default, the lone surviving voice in a vast area that stretches from Bonsall to Lake...

  • New Year, New Baby: First Little Blue Penguin hatches at Birch Aquarium

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    LA JOLLA – For the first time, a Little Blue Penguin hatched at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego. The chick made its debut on New Year's Day in the aquarium's Penguin Care and Conservation Center in Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins. "Our team is beyond excited to welcome this adorable new addition to the Birch Aquarium family. Our penguin colony is truly a diverse group, comprised of individuals from five...

  • County, San Diego Foundation launch Flood Response Fund

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diegans who want to help local victims recover from this week’s severe storm can now make financial donations to a new Flood Response Fund. The county worked with the San Diego Foundation to set up the online fund. The San Diego Foundation will match donations up to $100,000. Money from the fund will only be directed to non-profits helping flood victims. The fund is not accepting any non-monetary donations at this time. Monday’s storm was the fourth wettest day recorded since 1850. The torrential downpours caused...

  • County leader wins prestigious Baldrige Foundation Leadership Award

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has recognized Barbara Jiménez, Community Operations Officer for the County's Health and Human Services Agency, with a community leadership award. Jiménez, who oversees the County's Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities (HSEC), was among the national awardees representing large and small businesses, health care, education,...

  • Sriracha sorrows fade as new farms harvest jalapeños

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Caleb Hampton California Farm Bureau Over the past several months, a vegetable farmer in the Imperial Valley pulled off an improbable feat that may help solve an urgent supply shortage – at least for those who crave some extra heat in their rice, soup, noodles or stir-fry. Shoppers who set out to buy a bottle of Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha sauce in recent years likely went home empty-handed. That's because in 2022, after churning out the sauce for decades, the company in Los...

  • The financially motivated sextortion threat

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The FBI this week issued a new warning about an evolving online threat targeting minors and young adults: financially motivated sextortion. In these schemes, predators typically pretend to be alluring young girls to befriend teen boys – often on social media and gaming platforms. The predators then trick these teens into exchanging sexually explicit material or believing the predators have already obtained it. Once the scammers have a victim's pictures or video, they demand money to keep the explicit...

  • Girl Scouts San Diego kicks off 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Jan. 28

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – On Sunday, Jan. 28, Girl Scouts San Diego will kick off the 2024 Girl Scout Cookie Program in San Diego and Imperial counties. Through Sunday, March 10, Girl Scouts and troops will rally their communities, neighbors, and friends to support the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, which are available in nine varieties and cost $6 per package. One-hundred percent of Girl Scout Cookie Program proceeds stay local, making the magic of Girl Scouting available and...

  • Judge mandates reinstatement of teachers who objected to hiding students' "transitions" from parents

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Village News Staff In a significant development in Escondido, California, Judge Roger Benitez of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California ordered the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) to reinstate two Christian teachers, Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West. The teachers had been placed on administrative leave for opposing a district policy that involved withholding information about students' gender transitions from parents. Earlier this month, the federal court's decision came in...

  • Desert farmers report strong harvest of winter vegetables

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Caleb Hampton Ag Alert Winter vegetable harvest is in full swing in the Imperial Valley, and growers say the conditions this season have been close to perfect. "I've had a great growing season. Everything is on time and beautiful, with great yields," said Jack Vessey of Vessey & Co., which grows romaine and iceberg lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables in the Imperial Valley. "That's always nice as a grower." Farmers in the Imperial Valley...

  • County Supervisors reelect chairwoman for 2024

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to select Supervisor Nora Vargas as the chairwoman for 2024. Chairwoman Vargas served as board chairwoman last year. The chair acts as the voice of the county. During Tuesday's organizational meeting, Jan. 9, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer was reelected as vice chair and Supervisor Joel Anderson as chair pro tempore. After the vote, Chairwoman Vargas thanked her colleagues...

  • County supports federal initiative to protect immigrant military families

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The county's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is promoting a federal immigration program that supports immigrant families of U.S. service members. The Military Parole in Place (MPIP) program provides some members of U.S. military families temporary permission to remain in the country while seeking permanent residency. The temporary immigration status allows spouses, widow(er)s, parents and children of U.S....

  • San Diego Weekly Gas Price Update

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    DALLAS – Average gasoline prices in San Diego have fallen 12.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.59/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 784 stations in San Diego. Prices in San Diego are 15.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 13.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 2.0 cents in the last week and stands at $3.89 per gallon. According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in San Diego was priced at $3.86/g yesterday while the...

  • Statement on State Bill 2 (SB 2)

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. California Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) went into effect Jan. 1. SB 2 establishes new statewide standards for issuing concealed weapons licenses (CCW) and public carry regulations by amending and adding multiple Penal Code sections relating to firearms. On Dec. 20, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a preliminary injunction in two companion cases, May v. Bonta and Carralero v. Bonta. The court order prohibits enforcement of specific SB 2 provisions that...

  • RTFH calls for more point in time count volunteers

    Updated Jan 11, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The Regional Task Force on Homelessness (RTFH) is in need of more volunteers for the upcoming 2024 Point in Time Count on Jan. 25. This HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) required activity is a great way to get involved, give back and make an impact for residents of San Diego County. “We’re looking for people across the region to join us for this vital activity,” RTFH CEO Tamera Kohler said. “Although we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm so far, there are areas around the county...

  • Riverside County Sheriff drug smuggling investigation nets nine arrests

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    RIVERSIDE COUNTY – Nine people were arrested after the Riverside County Sheriff’s department conducted the “largest investigation in years” to solve the issue of drug smuggling into the jails. In October 2023, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office’s Corrections Investigation Bureau began an investigation into inmates coordinating with persons outside of the jail facilities to smuggle narcotics into the jail. Through the course of this investigation, several suspects were identified who were smuggling in fentanyl,...

  • Safeguarding streets with crime lab grant

    Updated Dec 28, 2023

    SD Sheriffs Media Relations In the spirit of giving, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Regional Crime Laboratory is unwrapping a $517, 374 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). This festive windfall is set to sprinkle some serious holiday magic on our efforts against impaired driving. To ensure our roads stay merry and bright throughout the year, the money will be used in funding two full-time Crime Lab Criminalists specializing in the analysis of...

  • Poll workers still needed for March Presidential Primary

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    The Registrar’s office is seeking additional poll workers throughout the county for the March 2024 presidential primary election. Poll workers play an essential role in elections and can serve their community while earning a stipend. There is a particular need for poll workers who are bilingual in Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino to work at vote centers located around North County, South Bay and East County. In addition, the Registrar’s office needs poll workers who are bilingual in Somali for vote centers in Oak Park,...

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