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City Park Renamed After Neal Petties, NFL Star and Hero to Mountain View’s Kids

Former SDSU and NFL football star Neal Petties in 2022. Neal Petties was a neighborhood hero and his neighbors were gathered at a San Diego Parks and Recreation Board meeting this month to urge that...

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Solicitor General Backs Poway Unified Trustees in Lawsuit over Blocking...

Poway Unified School District Headquarters. Nineteen years ago Facebook was born. Since then the new world it created has been the subject of controversy and lawsuits, perhaps none more important than...

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Southcrest Field Will Be Renamed After Shelley Curtis White, a Legendary...

Little League umpire Shelley Curtis White A San Diego community is celebrating one of its most famous residents, baseball umpire Shelley Curtis White, by naming his workplace after him. It’s not a...

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Controversial Bill Ending Rule for Doctors to Report Domestic Violence Faces...

San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott opposes Assembly Bill 1028. Photo by Chris Stone On average, 13 women in the  San Diego region are murdered every year because of domestic violence. That’s...

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Bill to Make Sex Trafficking of Minors a CA ‘3 Strikes’ Law Faces Crucial...

An officer talks with a sex trafficking victim. Courtesy FBI A bill that would make sex trafficking of minors a strike under California’s “Three Strikes” law heads to the Assembly Appropriations...

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Mission Beach Women’s Club Steps Up to Support Enlisted Women with Care Packages

Care packages from Support Our Servicewomen. Several years ago the Mission Beach Women’s Club’s Sarah Mattinson was pondering what the club membership might do to help military personnel here. The...

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City Leaders Celebrate $195,000 Grant to Replace Statue Honoring ‘The Black...

Jeffrey Hayes cleans the base of the “Black Family” statue. File photo Jeffrey Hayes is testament to the tenet that one person can make a difference. What he accomplished was the reason for a...

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Forensic Artist Inspired at Comic-Con Shows Police How to Reconstruct Faces...

The reconstructed face of the victim. The body was found washed ashore in Imperial Beach in 1995, but no one could identify the remains. Labeled a John Doe, his skull’s 3D images were sent to NCMEC,...

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20 Years Ago This Week, the Massive Cedar Fire Tested Firefighters, Residents...

The Cedar Fire crosses Interstate 15, forcing drivers to turn away. Photo via Wikimedia Commons The Cedar Fire was a game changer.   For the San Diego region, it would become a shared time of fear and...

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Proposed 2024 Ballot Measure Would Close Loopholes in California Public...

The California state Capitol building in Sacramento. File photo courtesy of Sen. Toni Atkins’ office It was a milestone moment in open government in 1968 when then California Gov. Ronald Reagan signed...

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Antisemitic Callers Overwhelm La Mesa City Council Meeting with Hate Speech

La Mesa City Hall. Photo courtesy of the city What began as a typical La Mesa City Council meeting this week to weigh local issues morphed into an antisemitic diatribe by largely anonymous...

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10 Years after Ferguson, Body-Worn Police Cameras Reduce Use of Force, Foster...

An image from a body-worn camera during San Diego Police action. Courtesy SDPD Fifteen years after the first police department in San Diego County experimented with body-worn cameras, and 10 years...

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