SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than $273,000 was donated by about 2,300 San Diegans to the American Red Cross to help rebuild Haiti since an earthquake devastated the Caribbean country one year ago.
Donations from area residents ranged from as little as $1 to as much as $16,000, according to the relief organization.
"People in San Diego and across the country responded quickly to help Haiti, and these donations have made a real difference in the lives of Haitians," said Joe Craver, chief executive officer of American Red Cross' San Diego-Imperial Counties Chapter.
The American Red Cross raised $479 million for Haiti relief and recovery efforts, a little more than half of which has been spent, or is planned for spending with signed agreements, according to a report compiled by the national organization.
About 30 percent was spent on emergency shelter, 26 percent on food and emergency services, 15 percent on clean water and sanitation, and 13 percent on health and disease prevention.
The remaining money will go to longer-term recovery efforts over several years, and responding to unforeseen events like the recent epidemic of cholera among Haitians. The agency hopes to spend $100 million on building permanent housing and community development for Haitians.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a joint-use park at McKinley Elementary.
A vote is expected Tuesday as the Del Mar Fair Board considers transforming the Surf Side Race Place into a new indoor entertainment venue.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved a $225,000 settlement in litigation brought by a deputy city attorney, who alleged sexual harassment by her former supervisor.
The Gate Fire, which has burned about 2,056 acres northwest of Dulzura, was 95 percent contained Monday. Cal Fire also reported that all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in the fire area.
The Gate Fire northwest of Dulzura has been fully contained. Cal Fire says its crews will remain on scene Tuesday mopping up and guarding against flareups.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has voted to lay off its enforcement officers that patrol local train and bus stations.
It'll be mostly sunny in the majority of San Diego County Tuesday, once the morning clouds and fog clear.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has settled a high-profile lawsuit with a former employee for nearly $100,000.