SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Caltrans Wednesday awarded a dozen grants totaling nearly $5 million to agencies in San Diego County to fund projects that will make it safer for children to walk or bicycle home from school.
"By improving safety, more children are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, ultimately resulting in healthier children and less traffic congestion," said acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The grants recipients include:
-- the city of El Cajon, $769,400 to build sidewalks and install pedestrian safety equipment near Greenfield Middle School and EJE Academies;
-- the county of San Diego, $670,800 to build sidewalks near Lakeview Elementary School in Lakeside;
-- the San Diego Unified School District, $500,000 to create a Southeast San Diego Safety Resource Network that will benefit Bell Middle School, Gompers Charter Middle School, Keiller Leadership Academy, Memorial Preparatory School for Scholars and Athletes and O'Farrell Community Middle School;
-- the National School District, $500,000 to conduct safety education and create an incentive program; and
-- the city of Encinitas, $331,200 to build raised medians, crosswalks and islands near Flores Elementary School.
The grants will fund similar programs and improvements in La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Marcos, Santee and San Ysidro.
Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. Including former SDSU assistant coach Tony Bland now of the University of Southern California.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider Monday a proposal banning certain items that could be used as weapons in unincorporated areas where border wall prototypes are set to be constructed.
A powerful wildfire swept through the well-populated suburban canyons of Southern California, creeping up to the edges of homes and down to the shoulder of a major freeway.
A woman who was hit by a pick-up Friday night as she crossed Encinitas Boulevard to catch a train remained in critical condition on Monday.
A 29-year-old man was stabbed to death at a City Heights homeless encampment and a woman was hospitalized Tuesday with a stab wound from the same attack as police searched for the assailant, authorities said.
The City of Chula Vista is making a push to hire more officers as the city's population continues to steadily grow and the police department said it does not have enough officers to keep pace.
A fire at an East County condominium complex damaged two residential units Monday and left a woman seriously injured, authorities reported.