SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An effort to raise private funds for the new Central Library in the East Village is about 15 percent of the way toward its target for the second phase of construction, according to a report to be delivered to the City Council's Rules Committee Wednesday.
According to the report, $4.8 million of the $32.5 million goal has been pledged.
That's $1.3 million higher than the last fundraising report in March.
In the first phase, $32.4 million of private support was gained, including a $20 million donor who wished not to be named. Private backers have also chipped in $10 million for library operations once it opens.
Additionally, the Centre City Development Corp. -- the city's downtown redevelopment arm -- paid $80 million toward construction, and the state librarian and San Diego Unified School District kicked in $20 million each. A charter school overseen by the district will occupy two floors of the nine-story building.
Naming rights for the library are available for a second potential $20 million donor, while a $10 million would allow a name to be placed on the entrance, foyer and lobby.
Smaller donations will be accepted later to pay for benches, courtyard pavers and similar items.
Phase II of construction is set to begin in January and, with work on schedule, the library is scheduled to open its doors in the summer of 2013.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
Vacationing homeowners were hit by thieves in Mira Mesa, but thanks to a smartphone app, the crooks did not get away with it.
Signs warning people to stay out of the water are once again posted in Imperial Beach after a new spill from Mexico dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River - polluting the South Bay.
Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.