SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two San Diego County women will be among 27 bachelorettes vying for Juan Pablo Galavis' affection in the two-hour season premiere of "The Bachelor," which begins at 8 p.m. tonight on ABC.
Chantel Forrest, a 27-year-old account manager who lives in San Diego, said she hopes to have a relationship with Galavis.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience so I do hope for an amazing experience, meet new friends and travel, but most of all I want love," Forrest said.
Forrest said she considers herself a romantic "because I've watched too many love story movies."
"I believe in a `fairy tale' love and fall hard for someone I really like," Forrest said.
Lacy Faddoul, a 25-year-old nursing home owner who lives in La Jolla, said she loves it when her date "is polite, opens the door for me, greets me with a hug."
The field of bachelorettes will be reduced to 18 by the end of the episode.
Galavis, a 32-year-old professional soccer player-turned-sports-and-entertainment-consultant, was eliminated in the sixth episode of the 2013 season of "The Bachelorette."
The Miami resident is the first Latino bachelor and said "there's going to be a lot of Latino things in the show... a lot of food, a lot of dancing."
Galavis said he is looking for a woman "that is smart, that is honest... that knows how to dance because I love dancing."
Galavis, the father of a daughter named Camila who will turn 5 on Valentine's Day, called being on "The Bachelor" "a great opportunity for me to find the person that I've been looking for many years."
"It's very important for me to find true love," Galavis said. "It's what I'm missing in my life right now. I'm willing to take that risk and come to L.A. to find a wife and a stepmom for Camila. Finding a wife that understands and appreciates family is what I'm looking for."
The season will include trips to Salt Lake City, Seoul, South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand.
"The Bachelor" has resulted in one marriage -- Jason Mesnick, the bachelor in the 2009 season, married runner-up Molly Malaney.
Sean Lowe, the bachelor in the 2013 season who appears in tonight's episode to offer advice to Galavis, is scheduled to be married this month to Catherine Giudici, who he presented with the final rose.
Metropolitan Transit System is scheduling extra service starting Monday for a three-day game series between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs at Petco Park, a spokesperson said.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Commencement was held Sunday for seniors at the University of San Diego, with ceremonies featuring a pair of distinguished alumni.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A 30-year-old was knocked out and stabbed three times at the Beyer Trolley Station early Sunday morning, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
A bird was responsible for an outage that left thousands without electricity Sunday, a San Diego Gas & Electric spokesperson said.
The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot killed when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War have been brought to San Diego for burial.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.