SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Workers began removing lead-based paint Thursday from houses more than seven decades old in Linda Vista, according to the city of San Diego's Housing Commission.
The work is being paid for by a $2.48 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which will fund testing in around 175 houses and remediation efforts at 135 residences over the next three years.
The first house, at 1627 Coolidge St., was built in 1941, 37 years before lead-based paint was banned for residential use nationally.
"The work being done here today and in other San Diego homes protects low-income families from one of the top childhood environmental health problems," commission President and CEO Richard Gentry said. "This kind of intervention and blood lead screening will help achieve a major federal priority to eliminate childhood lead poisoning."
Linda Vista is one of several sections of San Diego where housing was quickly slapped together during the World War II-era as workers flooded into the local defense industry.
"Through this program the Housing Commission is helping to provide safer communities for all of our families that are in need," said Councilwoman Lorie Zapf. "And as a result of the grant, we can now test the homes of families who may have lead paint but cannot afford to remediate it themselves."
The grant will also pay for blood testing for 500 low-income children. According to the Environmental Health Coalition, lead-based paint and dust in older houses is the leading cause of lead poisoning, which can cause brain damage.
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.