SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council Monday will begin a two-day push to approve a slate of redevelopment projects in a bid to save them from Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to close redevelopment agencies.
Council members will consider an agreement with redevelopment officials on about $4 billion worth of projects, which range from large, like cleaning up pollution on a downtown site being studied for a new stadium for the Chargers, to small, such as street light and sidewalk improvements.
City officials believe the agreement will save the projects in case the governor's plan passes the Legislature, since they will have signed contracts.
The agencies are funded with a portion of the tax revenue generated by their projects, but Brown wants to phase them out so all the money will go to the general funds of cities.
Critics of the plan say redevelopment has revitalized downtown and provided affordable housing, and since tax dollars are filtered through Sacramento, the cities will see very little money returned.
A number of cities have pushed through redevelopment projects since Brown made his proposal last month. The language sent to the Legislature for approval includes clauses that will allow the state three years to review the legality of those projects.
For the first time, the SwimRun will be part of the 45th San Diego Crew Classic; the huge athletic event will be at Mission Bay.
Sheriff's detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation Friday after determining that a pair of bomb threats made against two North County high schools late Thursday night was likely part of a "swatting" hoax, authorities said.
Testimony continued Thursday in the civil lawsuit surrounding the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau as her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai took the stand.
The bulk of the rain is over however there will be another slight chance of light showers in the mountains late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
After weeks of school threats countywide, local leaders are announcing a plan of action to put a stop to it.
A man rescued by firefighters and a Sheriff's Deputy from a burning mobile home in Spring Valley was detained and being questioned Friday morning on suspicion of intentionally sparking the blaze, authorities said.
A group of North County lifeguards were honored Thursday night with the Medal of Valor for saving the life of a boater who wound up stranded on a jetty last October.
A San Bernardino man was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for carrying out a credit/debit fraud scheme that targeted retail stores, restaurants and hotels throughout San Diego County, prosecutors announced Thursday.
The defense team of a Marine accused in a fatal stabbing on a California Marine Corps base argued Thursday that the death was a tragic accident and the two friends were playing around with a knife.