SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A place for the homeless to store their possessions in downtown San Diego will stay in operation with a $39,000 donation approved unanimously by the City Council Tuesday.
The next step for supporters of the Transitional Storage Center is to find a permanent site.
The facility, also called the Homeless Storage Check-in Center, is currently located at Father Joe's Villages, 1610 Commercial St., but it can remain there only until the end of the year.
A nonprofit called the Girls Think Tank is looking for a permanent location. According to city documents, the group is focusing on an empty lot on 17th Street.
More than 300 homeless individuals store their bedding and other items in the 4,500-square-foot facility. Backers of the program say that frees them up to look for work, see doctors or visit social service agencies -- things that might lead to getting them off the streets.
Another 120 people are on a waiting list.
"This is a program that works," said Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who represents the area.
It keeps an estimated 30,000 pounds of possessions off the streets.
The storage center vacated its prior site at Broadway and Ninth Avenue last month when the city started construction on a low-income housing complex.
The grant will be administered by the San Diego Housing Commission.
The search is on for two suspects involved in an attempted kidnapping in Encinitas. Residents are being warned to be on the lookout for two men who tried kidnapping a 15-year-old girl as she waxed her surfboard earlier this week.
A trend of warm, dry weather will continue across the county Friday before humidity and possible thunderstorms return over the weekend.
A notorious figure in the Boston Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was released from prison Friday morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s.
The Beach Blaster ride at Belmont Park in San Diego and five similar attractions statewide were voluntarily shut down by operators today in the wake of a fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair, the California Department of Industrial Relations announced Thursday.
Manuel Margot came within a triple of the cycle and fellow rookie Dusty Coleman hit his first major league home run, leading the San Diego Padres past the New York Mets 7-5 on Thursday night.
A crash happened during the morning commute Wednesday on the northbound I-805 just past SR-52. News 8's Marcella Lee reports near the scene with reaction from that witness and the CHP.
Two women who allegedly took part in a botched La Mesa mugging that left a man dead pleaded not guilty today to robbery and murder charges.
A state prosecutor and son of an infamous figure in the Watergate scandal was arrested on a child pornography charge at his home in Coronado.