SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council unanimously approved a comprehensive, long-term plan to maintain 32 miles of frequently clogged flood control channels.
The plan overcame opposition from environmentalists, who appealed last year's approval of the program by the city's Planning Commission. "We've got to get serious to protect life and property" from constant flooding, Councilwoman Marti Emerald said.
Several property owners and business representatives - mainly from flood-prone Grantville and Sorrento Valley - told council members they were getting tired of almost annual overflows of water from the San Diego River, creeks and flood channels during storms.
Many of the channels, including ones that are lined with concrete, have huge buildups of sediment with vegetation growing on top, according to city Stormwater Department officials. They said the clogs collect trash and are home to a number of non-native plant species.
Those officials will next seek permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board and state Department of Fish and Game, with an eye toward beginning actual dredging work next fall.
The plan calls for cleaning up three to seven channels per year, with 113 projects listed in the plan. Opponents contend clearing sediment and vegetation won't solve the flooding problem, which is one of overall capacity of the storm channels, and will worsen the quality of water flowing into coastal waters.
The Stormwater Department's Chris McFadden said plans are in place to monitor water quality.
The City Council's Natural Resources and Culture Committee will receive annual updates on progress of the program.
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.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.