SAN DIEGO (AP) - A real estate tracking firm says lenders filed more than 135,000 mortgage default notices against California homeowners during the past quarter, an 80 percent jump from the previous quarter.
MDA DataQuick says in a report Wednesday the increase was likely due to the ongoing recession and to lenders playing catch-up after a temporary lull in foreclosure activity.
The firm says the latest figures for the period ending March 31 were up from about 75,000 during the final quarter of 2008.
The latest figures marked a 19 percent increase from the roughly 114,000 recorded in the year-ago period.
Recorded default notices previously peaked in the second quarter of 2008 at nearly 122,000.
Notices of default are the first step in the formal foreclosure process.
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Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.