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.
An investigation was underway Sunday into a possible arson attack at a mosque in Escondido, according to authorities.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity dedicated the first four homes of an affordable housing community in Logan Heights on Saturday.
At least one person was killed and three were injured in a crash on state Route 163 in Balboa Park early Saturday morning.
Chaos ensued on a Phoenix freeway on Friday morning after a car crashed off the side of the road. As witnesses pulled over to help, they saw a man stabbing a woman to death.
Sheriff's deputies arrested more than two dozen people as part of a warrant sweep in South Bay on Saturday -- including a man who tried to resist being taken into custody.
The city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department hosted an automotive product recycling event on Saturday at San Diego Miramar College.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.
Henry Avocado Corporation is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose on Saturday to its highest amount since Sept. 2, 2015, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.462, one day after recording its largest daily increase since Nov. 4, 2017 -- 3.8 cents.