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When Storefronts Are Shelter: How San Diego's Homeless Have Been Dealing With The Rain

San Diego's wet weather has been hard on homeless people, and many have sought shelter in storefronts overnight. Reporter Peter Rowe spoke to the homeless that slept in storefronts this week, and the business owners as well. -------- Check out this video of coastal flooding:


Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2018. Here's what San Diego is doing about it.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer surprised pedestrian safety advocates Tuesday when he announced plans to improve hundreds of dangerous intersections throughout the city in the next few years. “Seniors, students and pedestrians should be able to use a crosswalk without having to dodge oncoming traffic,” Faulconer told a crowd gathered for the State of the City speech at the Balboa Theatre downtown. So this year, we’ll begin work on nearly 300 more safe intersection projects throughout the city,” he...


Faulconer calls for aggressive development to fight homelessness and create affordable housing

Solving San Diego’s housing crisis with an overhaul of city bureaucracy, expanding efforts to reduce homelessness and making the city a national leader on the environment are among Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s priorities for 2019. Faulconer used his annual State of the City address on Tuesday to lay out those goals and several others, including efforts to ensure the city’s contractors reflect San Diego’s diversity and upgrading 300 dangerous intersections. The boldest proposals in the mayor’s...


Why The San Diego Safari Park Euthanized A Baby Giraffe

A 5-month-old male giraffe born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was euthanized near the end of December after being gored in the stomach, likely by an antelope, said zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons. The giraffe, named Kumi, was born Aug. 6, 2018. He was in good health until he was discovered the morning of Dec. 29 with the gore wound. A veterinary assessment found that the wound couldn’t be treated, Simmons said, so animal care staff made the decision to put him down. Story:...


Border Dispatch: Breaking Down Facts On The Border Wall

In President Donald Trump’s public push for $5.7 billion to extend existing border fencing by 215 miles, he has painted a dire picture filled with deadly drugs, violent criminals and bloodshed. Meanwhile, congressional Democrats argue the border crisis Trump is referring to either doesn’t exist or was manufactured for political reasons. Besides, they contend, a wall wouldn’t solve many of the problems Trump has identified. It is a debate filled with facts — facts offered by each side that...


Navy Base Eyed For New Airport Transit Center

Doubling down on a mission to connect public transportation to the airport, San Diego’s mayor and the county’s transit chief have landed on a 71-acre, airport- and freeway-adjacent site that they see as the region’s utopian transit hub of tomorrow. Friday, Hasan Ikhrata, the newly installed executive director of the San Diego Association of Governments, will tell his board at their regular monthly meeting that he wants to move swiftly to try and secure the Naval Base Point Loma, Old Town...


Stealing Home? Tony Gwynn's Former Poway Home Occupied by Someone Squatting in Style

Members of an upscale Poway neighborhood have been keeping a close eye on the former home of the late San Diego Padres great, Tony Gwynn. For several months, a man has been living the 6-bedroom home, even though the house is owned by an out-of-state bank. This mysterious squatter has apparently left town, but raises the question: How does this happen? Subscribe to our new daily news briefing: Spotify:…w3RhaWB_z8ubdi2Q iTunes:...


Border Dispatch: The Politics of the Wall, the Border and the Shutdown

President Donald Trump addressed the nation in a primetime address Tuesday night, calling for immediate construction of a border wall. The speech came amid an ongoing government shutdown, with Congressional Democrats opposing any funding that includes appropriations for the border wall. ----- Subscribe to our new daily news briefing: Spotify:…w3RhaWB_z8ubdi2Q iTunes:…d1448514626?mt=2 Google Play:...


Border Dispatch: Can Trump make the military build the wall? The answer is maybe.

As the government shutdown enters its third week, President Donald Trump has changed his strategy for getting funding for the border wall. The administration has been arguing that the crisis at the border is a national emergency and he could use military funding to start construction on the wall. On a number of grounds, advocacy groups opposed to a wall say they would sue almost immediately to stop that approach. ----- Subscribe to our new daily news briefing: Spotify:...


More Problems At The San Onofre Nuclear Plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will question representatives of Holtec International on Jan. 9 about canisters the New Jersey-based company manfactured to store spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The conference — which will take place at NRC headquarters in Maryland and will be open to the public — centers on a change Holtec made in the design of aluminum shims that help center the waste in a “fuel basket” inside the canisters and whether the...


Border Dispatch: New Mexican President, New "Free Zone" at Border

Mexico’s new, left-wing populist president is ringing in the new year with a dramatic economic plan for border communities aimed at attracting new investments and creating jobs that could potentially curb the influx of migrants into the United States. Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced last Saturday what is called the Tax Incentive Decree for the Northern Border Region that will create a “free zone” along the border with the U.S that is 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) wide. It encompasses...


Law Requires Police To Record People's Demographics Without Asking

For months, San Diego Police Department and other large law enforcement agencies have been making assumptions about sexual orientation, gender and other characteristics of the people they stop as part of a state-wide, legally-mandated data collection effort to combat racial and identity profiling.


Trump's Trade War Contributes To Commercial Boom For Tijuana

Trump's trade war contributes to commercial boom for Tijuana, as companies seek to leave China and its rising tariffs.


Here's What To Look Forward To In The Arts This Year

Anew year is a time for new beginnings, and this year, there’s a whole lot of “new” headed our way. Our hometown orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, is welcoming its new music director, Rafael Payare. Best-selling author Don Winslow has a new book, “The Border.” And the long-awaited Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, the La Jolla Music Society’s new home, is expected to open this year, too. Here’s to the new year and to all things new in 2019 — 19 things we are looking forward to this...


19 Things To Look Out For In 2019

Every new year is an unfolding drama, and like most plays, sometimes what happens we see coming, and sometimes we don’t. The issues, events and people that seem destined for center stage during the next 12 months will shape how San Diego County looks, how it’s governed, and what it feels like — and what it costs — to live and work here. Some are perennially thorny dilemmas, such as homelessness and immigration. Others speak to the time we’re in: climate change, scooters, short-term vacation...


Looking Back At The San Diego Union - Tribune's 150th Year

2018 has been a special year for the San Diego Union-Tribune -- On October eighteenth 1868, the San Diego Union published its first edition. Since then, the Union, and the Evening Tribune, chronicled the history of San Diego. In celebration of the paper’s one hundred and fiftieth year , Merrie Monteagudo, the U-T’s librarian, has been reprinting one front page of the paper per day in the local section, showing the history of San Diego as it happened....


Longtime Hotel del Coronado elevator operator likes taking guests for a ride

Everyone has ups and downs at work. Andrew Lounsbury’s are intentional. For 39 years, he’s been an elevator operator at the Hotel del Coronado, a throwback job in a throwback place. The hotel dates to 1888, and so does the elevator. The technology was so new that the hotel included it among the advertised amenities, boasting that the elevator was “rendering the climbing of stairs unnecessary.” Back then, a human was required to open the metal gates and operate the handle that told the...


Border Dispatch: Life Inside El Barretal

It's been nearly a month since the migrant caravan landed in Tijuana, and now migrants have forged their own community in the second shelter, El Barretal.


Border Dispatch: Chef José Andrés Leads Effort To Feed Central American Migrants In Tijuana

Chef José Andrés and his team of volunteers from World Central Kitchen are in Tijuana feeding members of the Central American caravan.


Border Dispatch: What The Central American Migrants Want

Today, about 170 families make up the nearly 2,500 migrants who occupy the El Barretal shelter. A dozen parents living there shared their stories of traveling north and what they hope their journey will mean for their children’s future.