SAN YSIDRO (CNS) - President Barack Obama's budget request released Wednesday includes $226 million to fund expansion projects at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to three members of the local congressional delegation.
Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, said the projects are critical to the region's economic growth. "The completion of this project will facilitate the legitimate and efficient movement of people and goods at our port of entry, create jobs and promote cross-cultural partnerships," Vargas said. "Investing in our nation's infrastructure is imperative for a safer and more prosperous border region."
Colleagues Susan Davis and Scott Peters, both San Diego Democrats, said a larger border crossing would cut wait times and increase economic activity.
The San Ysidro border crossing is the busiest in the world, with more than 50,000 vehicles and around 25,000 pedestrians entering the U.S. daily.
The two countries agreed to expand the port of entry in 2011. While Mexico has finished its side, the U.S. has not because of budget cuts. The president has proposed the spending, but it still needs to be appropriated by Congress.
While discussing issues surrounding immigration reform San Diego officials have consistently said the inefficient border crossing is a hindrance to commercial activity in the region.
On Tuesday the San Diego City Council passed a resolution supporting comprehensive immigration reform. It said, in part, "the city supports and immigration reform should include, an efficient and safe border including added federal investment in infrastructure and technology at our ports of entry, as well as adequate staffing, to keep pace with expanding bilateral trade and population growth of the border region."
In celebration of American Heart Month, Rady Children's Hospital hosted its 34th annual Heart Party. It was a chance for former heart patients and the doctors who treated them to have a very happy and healthy reunion.
A local lawmaker is joining the controversial debate about a Point Loma recycling center. Assemblyman Todd Gloria spoke to residents Saturday during a forum.
Neighbors say the Prince Recycling Center on Voltaire Street is attracting crime and transients, and they want the center to move out of the area.
Fair, warm and dry weather continues through Saturday, but an onshore flow will bring low clouds and fog Saturday night and much cooler weather to the county on Sunday.
Few of us really know how our coworkers spend their time when they are off the clock. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff gets to know Ryan Brothers - a writer here at KFMB Stations and News 8 - who put his own signature on Mission Trails Regional Park.
A San Marcos man who shot his girlfriend and left her body in her car, parked along northbound Interstate 15 near Escondido, was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.
A local company is on the cutting edge of ocean exploration using unmanned vehicles powered by wind and sun and the future looks bright for these ocean drones, which currently are being tested off the coast of San Diego.
Two men involved in an apparent road rage incident that ended with a rollover crash on State Route 78 in Oceanside may face charges, according to California Highway Patrol.