SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Pedicab operators in San Diego would need to get a California driver's license under an ordinance approved by a City Council committee Wednesday.
The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee voted unanimously to forward the ordinance to the full City Council for a vote.
In September, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed state legislation that gave cities the authority to require operators of the pedal-driven vehicles to have a driver's license.
Assembly Bill 2294, authored by Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, also gave municipalities the authority to regulate how they license pedicabs and their operators.
Last year, the City Council adopted tough regulations for pedicabs, which capped the number of the vehicles which are allowed to operate in the city, established restricted zones and required seat belts.
The tough laws on pedicabs were imposed in response to the July 2009 death of a convention visitor, who fell from a pedicab in the Marina area and later died.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.
On Thursday night, the HeartCore Leadership company purchased thousands of dollars worth of Domino's Pizza to feed San Diego's homeless in downtown.
A deadlocked jury prompted a judge to declare a mistrial Friday in the case against a man charged with murder in the 2002 disappearance of his 2-year-old stepson in San Diego.
Federal immigration officers arrested 115 people during a three-day operation in the San Diego area amid heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the state of California over immigration enforcement.