SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Centre City Development Corp. and the San Diego City Employees Retirement System are two of the nominees for Golden Fleece Awards announced Friday by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.
The SDCTA annually names government agencies for their poor handling of taxpayer funds while also recognizing those that have been careful with public money.
The CCDC was nominated for the Metro Golden Fleece Award for a pedestrian bridge over W. Harbor Drive, near Petco Park, that was finished two years late and at twice the cost initially anticipated. SDCERS was nominated for its generous pensions.
Also nominated were the cities of Chula Vista and Oceanside for playing what the organization called "a shell game" with pensions, and the city of Poway for new water rates that enrich its coffers but discourage conservation.
Finalists for the Regional Golden Fleece Award are:
-- the county of San Diego, for continuing to charge an extra $1 on state vehicle registrations to pay for freeway call boxes even though the system is built-out and the fund has built a reserve of $10 million;
-- the San Diego Unified School District, for canceling a trip by teachers and staff to a conference in Hawaii during the campaign for a parcel tax, and then reinstating the excursion when the measure failed; and
-- problems in management with Southwestern College and the Sweetwater Union High School District.
The awards, for good and bad, are scheduled to be handed out Thursday.
A fire that started in a garage badly damaged a home in Scripps Ranch on Sunday morning, a fire official said.
A seemingly wayward hot air balloon landed in a Ramona field on Sunday much to the surprise of on-lookers.
Several residents of an apartment complex in El Cajon were displaced Sunday after a driver accidentally crashed into their building.
An allegedly-intoxicated driver crashed down an embankment after trying to evade a pursuing sheriff's deputy Saturday night.
San Diegans are going online to raise money to help make ends meet amid a partial government shutdown prolonged by a impasse over President Trump's demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego played host to thousands of people demonstrating in the third annual Women's March, which also took place in dozens of other cities across the country.
Three people robbed a San Carlos jewelry store on Saturday afternoon, then fled before officers were able to arrive, police said.