SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego will be able to fund maintenance of its beach fire rings without private donations for the first time in more than three years, according to the mayor's office.
Maintenance of the concrete rings has been caught up in the past few years of budget cutting, but spending reductions are expected to be comparatively minimal for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Mayor Jerry Sanders recently announced that the city will finish the current fiscal year with a surplus.
Upkeep of the rings costs about $120,000 annually. A little more than half that sum was donated for the current fiscal year by the San Diego Foundation, San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and La Jolla Community Foundation.
Without funding for maintenance, the rings would have been removed.
Civic and tourism officials say the ability to have cookouts and bonfires by the water is one of San Diego's best attractions -- a lure for visitors and contributor to the quality of life of residents.
Sanders will thank the donors when he makes his official announcement late Tuesday at Sunset Point Park.
Fire investigators are working Wednesday to determine what sparked a blaze that ripped through stacks of cardboard at a Kearny Mesa recycling center, authorities said.
Lottery players will have a shot at a $700 million Powerball jackpot that ranks as the second largest in U.S. history.
A deep marine layer settled over much of San Diego County Wednesday, including far into the inland valleys.
Sixteen people and at least one dog fled from a burning home Wednesday morning in the Oak Park neighborhood just minutes before the house became fully engulfed in flames, authorities said.
The Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday denied the Planning Commission’s approval for a liquor license at K1 Speed, the indoor go-kart racing company, but did approve a restaurant.
The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday warned U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.
A federal judge who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's scorn on Tuesday urged a quick trial for a Mexican man who had been shielded from being deported from the U.S. and claims he was wrongly expelled.
Solarte homered and drove in a career-high six runs, Austin Hedges also went deep and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-4 on Tuesday night.
A 9-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties after being abducted by his father, who was suspected of first killing the child's mother, was located safe Tuesday.
Four community meetings will be held in San Diego to take public input on selection of a new police chief, the city announced Tuesday.