SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday announced his 38-member California Leadership Team, which includes a former San Diego mayor, two local congressmen and a pair of state legislators.
Pete Wilson, a former San Diego mayor, senator and governor, was named a statewide honorary chairman, along with former Gov. George Deukmejian.
"I am proud to be a part of this team and encourage my fellow Republicans to unite behind the one candidate we know can beat President (Barack) Obama and create an economic climate that will bring jobs back to California," Wilson said.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, was named one of seven statewide chairs. The list also included former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and past U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina.
Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, and Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, were named to the list of statewide co-chairs. Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, who represents parts of San Diego and Riverside counties, was named to the statewide steering committee.
"It is an honor to have so much support from such distinguished leaders in California," Romney said. "This is further proof that my pro-growth message is resonating with voters and that Californians want a conservative businessman to replace President Obama. I look forward to their counsel in my efforts to bring back jobs and restore fiscal sanity in Washington."
Due to strong and gusty Santa Ana winds and a red flag warning, several San Diego County school districts were closed Tuesday after San Diego Gas & Electric officials shut off power for several thousand customers as a safety precaution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.