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.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.