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.
The ninth annual San Diego Green Homes Tour is taking place on Sunday, and it is your chance to visit 12 of the county's most eco-friendly homes.
An ex-con who allegedly killed the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business during a robbery pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge that could lead to the death penalty if he's convicted.
A light plane occupied by a flight instructor and a student pilot made a safe emergency landing Friday amid late-morning traffic on Interstate 8 in El Cajon.
The San Diego Yacht Club will welcome the International Masters Regatta back to the city Friday for the start of a three-day sailing competition.
UTC Aerospace Systems plans to wind down manufacturing at its Chula Vista aircraft plant beginning early next year, eliminating around 300 jobs, it was reported Friday.
Defined as a person who behaves badly, but in an amusing way, a scallywag does not mean to cause harm, but to have fun. The same kind of mischief will be happening on Saturday, October 20 at Waterfront Parki in downtown San Diego as the day long Ye Scallywag music and beer festival takes place.
Residents in El Cajon are sounding the alarm on what they say are growing problems related to increased homelessness in the area. Some neighbors say they feel unsafe in their own yards because of drug use and nearby encampments.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Friday denoting a strong risk of wildfire in San Diego County.
San Diego State University students who were recently vaccinated for meningitis may need to receive the vaccine again, the school and Walgreens warned on Friday.
A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.