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    San Diego city attorney explains job, goals during Rancho Bernardo visit


    Providing legal advice to city officials, prosecuting locals accused of committing misdemeanors and being a taxpayer advocate are the three primary roles San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott and her staffers do on a daily basis. “I love this job and am...

    Providing legal advice to city officials, prosecuting locals accused of committing misdemeanors and being a taxpayer advocate are the three primary roles San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott and her staffers do on a daily basis.

    “I love this job and am having the time of my life,” Elliott said...

    Motorcyclist killed in crash off state Route 163


    A motorcyclist was killed Thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state Route 163 and crashed into a guardrail The accident on the Claremont Mesa Boulevard off-ramp was reported just before 9:20 pm., the California Highway...

    A motorcyclist was killed Thursday night after he failed to navigate an off-ramp from northbound state Route 163 and crashed into a guardrail

    The accident on the Claremont Mesa Boulevard off-ramp was reported just before 9:20 pm., the California Highway Patrol said.

    The rider, who was on a 2006...

    Dutcher puts SDSU through 'Boot Camp'


    The original plan for Brian Dutcher’s inaugural defensive “Boot Camp” at San Diego State was to start at 7 a.m. One of his players had an 8 a.m. class on Tuesdays. So they started at 6:45. The workouts lasted only 45 minutes to an hour, and the...

    The original plan for Brian Dutcher’s inaugural defensive “Boot Camp” at San Diego State was to start at 7 a.m.

    One of his players had an 8 a.m. class on Tuesdays. So they started at 6:45.

    The workouts lasted only 45 minutes to an hour, and the drills were many of the same things you’d see in high...

    Shortstops to watch in the Padres' farm system


    Since Everth Cabrera’s 2013 All-Star campaign and subsequent fall from grace, the Padres have called on the likes of Alexi Amarista, Clint Barmes, Alexei Ramirez, Erick Aybar – and so, so many others – as stop-gaps in their quest to develop the...

    Since Everth Cabrera’s 2013 All-Star campaign and subsequent fall from grace, the Padres have called on the likes of Alexi Amarista, Clint Barmes, Alexei Ramirez, Erick Aybar – and so, so many others – as stop-gaps in their quest to develop the next homegrown shortstop.

    Those days are nearing an...

    Airbnb battle: Residents want short-term rental laws enforced


    San Diego should not enable vacation rentals The proposed “short-term rental” and “vacation rental” ordinances are really bad ideas. It is both wrong and illegal to alter the character of single-family residential neighborhoods without amending...

    San Diego should not enable vacation rentals

    The proposed “short-term rental” and “vacation rental” ordinances are really bad ideas. It is both wrong and illegal to alter the character of single-family residential neighborhoods without amending the municipal code.

    Nowhere are these ill-planned...

    Oceanside police: Officers fatally shoot man who aimed gun at them


    Oceanside police fatally shot a man who pulled a knife, then a gun on them behind a Kohl’s department store early Friday, authorities said. The man, in his late 20s, did not fire any rounds before being shot, police said. No officers were injured....

    Oceanside police fatally shot a man who pulled a knife, then a gun on them behind a Kohl’s department store early Friday, authorities said.

    The man, in his late 20s, did not fire any rounds before being shot, police said. No officers were injured.

    Officers first used a less-lethal weapon and a...

    Where are they now? McNown, Larson, Lee and Whitworth


    Each week, we highlight standout prep athletes from area high schools and their achievements at the college sports level. Jelena McNown SDSU Track and field A redshirt junior out of Murrieta Valley High School, McNown competes in races, hurdles, jumps...

    Each week, we highlight standout prep athletes from area high schools and their achievements at the college sports level.

    Jelena McNown

    SDSU

    Track and field

    A redshirt junior out of Murrieta Valley High School, McNown competes in races, hurdles, jumps and pentathlons at San Diego State University....

    Top weekend events: U2, Julian Apple Days, 'The Little Mermaid'


    U2, with Beck7:30 p.m. Friday. SDCCU Stadium (the venue formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium), 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. $70-$204 (plus service charges). (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.comHindsight being 20/20, it seems almost prophetic that U2’s...

    U2, with Beck

    7:30 p.m. Friday. SDCCU Stadium (the venue formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium), 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. $70-$204 (plus service charges). (800) 745-3000 or ticketmaster.com

    Hindsight being 20/20, it seems almost prophetic that U2’s epic “The Joshua Tree” album topped Prince’s...

    Man sought in failed bank robbery attempt in Vista


    A less-than-persistent would-be thief made a failed attempt to rob a bank in Vista Thursday. The man, who appeared to be in his early 20s to mid-30s, handed a demand note to a teller at the Bank of America branch on University Drive near Sycamore Avenue...

    A less-than-persistent would-be thief made a failed attempt to rob a bank in Vista Thursday.

    The man, who appeared to be in his early 20s to mid-30s, handed a demand note to a teller at the Bank of America branch on University Drive near Sycamore Avenue about 2:30 p.m., according to the FBI.

    ...

    Girl seriously hurt in Ramona T-bone crash


    A 9-year-old girl was seriously hurt when a car she was in was broadsided by a mini van on Main Street in Ramona Thursday, authorities said. The two-vehicle collision occurred about 2:30 p.m. near 13th Street, the California Highway Patrol said. Fire...

    A 9-year-old girl was seriously hurt when a car she was in was broadsided by a mini van on Main Street in Ramona Thursday, authorities said.

    The two-vehicle collision occurred about 2:30 p.m. near 13th Street, the California Highway Patrol said.

    Fire crews freed the girl and her driver from the...

    Prep scoreboard: Sept. 21 results


    FOOTBALL Schedule Standings Player statistics Team rankings GIRLS GOLF Avocado East League San Marcos 250, Rancho Buena Vista 264 at Shadowridge (36). Med: Teatai Ariki (SM) 39. San Dieguito 253, Carlsbad 257 at Encinitas Ranch (36). Med: Lee (SD) 39....

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    GIRLS GOLF

    Avocado East League

    San Marcos 250, Rancho Buena Vista 264 at Shadowridge (36). Med: Teatai Ariki (SM) 39.

    San Dieguito 253, Carlsbad 257 at Encinitas Ranch (36). Med: Lee (SD) 39.

    Grossmont Hills League

    El Capitan 259, Steele...

    Richard, Villanueva help Padres shut out Rockies


    A clubhouse leader and a newcomer who’d traveled a long road himself carried the Padres to a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Thursday. One day after signing a two-year contract extension, Clayton Richard showed his durability. For the seventh time this...

    A clubhouse leader and a newcomer who’d traveled a long road himself carried the Padres to a 3-0 victory over Colorado on Thursday.

    One day after signing a two-year contract extension, Clayton Richard showed his durability. For the seventh time this season, a Padres starting pitcher recorded at...

    Former substitute teacher, tutor convicted in child porn case


    A former substitute teacher and private tutor was convicted Thursday of possessing more than 300 child pornography videos, some of which depicted children as young as four years old, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. A San Diego federal jury also...

    A former substitute teacher and private tutor was convicted Thursday of possessing more than 300 child pornography videos, some of which depicted children as young as four years old, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

    A San Diego federal jury also convicted Marlin Gougher, 59, of receiving and distributing...

    Audit: Children's Pool lifeguard tower delays and cost increases could have been avoided


    Some of the delays, added expenses and design hiccups surrounding construction of San Diego’s $4.3-million lifeguard tower at La Jolla Children’s Pool beach could have been avoided, according to a new city audit.The 36-page performance review of the...

    Some of the delays, added expenses and design hiccups surrounding construction of San Diego’s $4.3-million lifeguard tower at La Jolla Children’s Pool beach could have been avoided, according to a new city audit.

    The 36-page performance review of the city’s handling of the project found that delays...

    Rep. Hunter calls for preemptive strike against North Korea


    Rep. Duncan Hunter said that the United States needs to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the rogue nation from harming the U.S. first. “You could assume, right now, that we have a nuclear missile aimed at the United...

    Rep. Duncan Hunter said that the United States needs to launch a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the rogue nation from harming the U.S. first.

    “You could assume, right now, that we have a nuclear missile aimed at the United States, and here in San Diego. Why would they...

    John Maffei's prep football picks


    EL CAMINO at SAN MARCOS Ranked No. 5 in the county, El Camino (3-1, 1-0 Avocado League) features a high-powered offense with QB Jaden Casey, RB Chris Brown and speedy WRs Wayne Steward and Malachi Russell. Rocky Katoanga and Jacob Sega anchor the...

    EL CAMINO at SAN MARCOS

    Ranked No. 5 in the county, El Camino (3-1, 1-0 Avocado League) features a high-powered offense with QB Jaden Casey, RB Chris Brown and speedy WRs Wayne Steward and Malachi Russell. Rocky Katoanga and Jacob Sega anchor the defense. San Marcos (4-0, 1-0), ranked No. 4,...

    49 arrested in drug dealing takedown


    Fourty-nine suspected drug dealers have been arrested in recent weeks, mostly in North County, as part of a nine-month operation by undercover deputies, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Twenty-five of the men and women were arrested Thursday during a...

    Fourty-nine suspected drug dealers have been arrested in recent weeks, mostly in North County, as part of a nine-month operation by undercover deputies, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

    Twenty-five of the men and women were arrested Thursday during a seven-hour sweep. As part of the takedown,...

    Mayor Faulconer's placement of homeless tent in Barrio Logan draws outrage


    Community leaders in Barrio Logan expressed anger and frustration at a public hearing Wednesday night in response to the announcement by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer that two homeless tents capable of housing hundreds of people would be erected in and...

    Community leaders in Barrio Logan expressed anger and frustration at a public hearing Wednesday night in response to the announcement by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer that two homeless tents capable of housing hundreds of people would be erected in and just outside of their neighborhood.

    Residents...

    Pirela's season ended by finger injury


    Padres left fielder Jose Pirela has been shut down for the rest of the season because of a sprained left pinky finger. Pirela, who suffered the injury in a headfirst slide Sept. 10, will continue shagging fly balls during batting practice but will not...

    Padres left fielder Jose Pirela has been shut down for the rest of the season because of a sprained left pinky finger. Pirela, who suffered the injury in a headfirst slide Sept. 10, will continue shagging fly balls during batting practice but will not continue taking swings.

    After doing so Wednesday,...

    Faulk, Padres set for Celebrate San Diego Tailgate


    The jumping off point for his football career, San Diego didn’t truly open Marshall Faulk’s eyes to all it had to offer until after he first moved away. After he piled up 62 career touchdowns at San Diego State. After he put the Aztecs in the...

    The jumping off point for his football career, San Diego didn’t truly open Marshall Faulk’s eyes to all it had to offer until after he first moved away.

    After he piled up 62 career touchdowns at San Diego State. After he put the Aztecs in the national spotlight during three mind-boggling seasons....

    Expect a crisp start to autumn Friday across San Diego County


    Autumn will get off to a cool start Friday in San Diego County, especially across inland valleys where daytime highs are expected to be 10 degrees or more below seasonal averages. The National Weather Service says the high in such communities as...

    Autumn will get off to a cool start Friday in San Diego County, especially across inland valleys where daytime highs are expected to be 10 degrees or more below seasonal averages.

    The National Weather Service says the high in such communities as Escondido will be in the low 70s instead of mid 80s....

    Padres to extend netting at Petco Park


    On Wednesday in New York, a young girl was hospitalized after being struck by a line drive. Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, who had hit the ball, was distraught. Concern rippled throughout the rest of the league, including in San Diego, where...

    On Wednesday in New York, a young girl was hospitalized after being struck by a line drive. Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier, who had hit the ball, was distraught. Concern rippled throughout the rest of the league, including in San Diego, where officials recalled a May 4 incident.

    On Thursday,...

    Chargers have to play smart, fast to keep up with Chiefs


    It’s not a Jedi mind trick or anything like that, though that might help, too. Sunday, when the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs in Carson, part of Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s plan to slow down the opponent will be demands placed on his...

    It’s not a Jedi mind trick or anything like that, though that might help, too.

    Sunday, when the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs in Carson, part of Chargers coach Anthony Lynn’s plan to slow down the opponent will be demands placed on his team’s brains and smarts instead of their legs.

    “When...

    September a good month for Hunter Renfroe


    Hunter Renfroe, the clean-up hitter tonight to start a four-game series against the wild-card hopeful Rockies, is one home run away from seizing sole control of the Padres’ rookie home run record. In September, the 25-year-old right fielder is good bet...

    Hunter Renfroe, the clean-up hitter tonight to start a four-game series against the wild-card hopeful Rockies, is one home run away from seizing sole control of the Padres’ rookie home run record.

    In September, the 25-year-old right fielder is good bet to mash a least a few more before season’s...

    Sailor receives Silver Star for battlefield heroism


    Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Thomas has been awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest commendation for battlefield valor. On Wednesday, Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, pinned the Silver...

    Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Thomas has been awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest commendation for battlefield valor.

    On Wednesday, Adm. Bill Moran, the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, pinned the Silver Star medal on Thomas during a ceremony at Naval...