SAN DIEGO (CNS) - U.S. and Mexican authorities were preparing Thursday for the opening of a customs inspections station in Tijuana that for the first time will allow northbound commercial shipments to be screened on Mexican soil before reaching San Diego.
The Mexican federal government is building the facility near the Otay Mesa border crossing, according to U-T San Diego. Once opened, officers from both countries would operate out of it under a pilot program aimed at speeding up the processing of certain produce items, the newspaper reported.
An exact opening date was pending but it is ready and expected to open once Mexico's new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, and the Obama administration give the final go-ahead, visitors who have toured the site told U-T San Diego.
U.S. authorities have refrained from public comment about the pilot program until they make a joint announcement with Mexican authorities.
Otay Mesa is the third busiest commercial port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border, behind Laredo and El Paso, Texas.
A wildfire that scorched about 200 acres of brush in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County and threatened about 20 back-country homes was 40 percent contained Tuesday morning, fire officials said.
Authorities Monday released an artist's rendering of a man being sought for following and pestering teenage girls in East County neighborhoods early this summer.
Temperatures across San Diego County are expected to be about average Tuesday for mid-August with cooling expected for midweek before hot weather returns for the weekend.
Substance abuse prevention advocates in San Diego plan to speak out Tuesday against legislation that would allow cities around the state extend the bar-closing time to 4 a.m., from the current 2 a.m.
An Amber Alert was in effect Tuesday in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for a 9-year-old boy believed to have been abducted in Santa Maria following a homicide.
At least three brush rigs, four fire engines and two helicopters were dispatched early Tuesday morning to battle a blaze that scorched about two dozen palm trees in Mission Valley, authorities said.
The future of a Confederate monument in a municipally operated cemetery in San Diego was unclear Monday amid an online petition calling for its removal.
A former Uber driver pleaded guilty Monday to raping a female passenger and sexually assaulting as many as 14 other victims, including many who were unconscious from drugs or alcohol when the attacks occurred.
News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow traveled to Wyoming to see the Great American Eclipse. He had one of the best view points in the nation with clear skies and temperatures in the low 80's.
The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.